City cancels evacuation alert for Sewage Lagoons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has rescinded the evacuation alert for the City’s South Sewage Lagoons.The alert was issued on October 10 as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders.The Peace River Regional District also downgraded some areas of the Old Fort from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert. The majority of the community remains under an evacuation order.last_img

Dust Control Technology release four new sizes of dust suppression ring

first_imgDust Control Technology (DCT) has released four new sizes of its dust suppression ring, designed to suit a range of conveyor sizes and discharge flows. The DustBoss® DB-RTM is designed for use at material discharge points, creating a virtual curtain around outflow for particle containment. The four new sizes include 76.2 cm, 121.92 cm, 137.16 cm and 182.88 cm models and DCT now offers nine standard sizes from 43.2 cm to 254 cm in diameter. The number and size of the atomizing nozzles vary by model, from 18 to as many as 85 on the largest ring, the DB-R 100. Water flows range from 3.25 GPM (12.3 LPM) to 52.95 GPM (200.44 LPM). An optional booster pump can also be added to increase water flow and pressure, and units can be equipped with a two-way valve to provide manual control over water flow.DCT VP, Aaron Valncic said “The DB-R is designed for mounting at the end of conveyor belts to aid in dust suppression directly at the discharge point. The most effective approach to dust management is to address the source whenever possible, and the ring applies suppression right as the material leaves the conveyor or discharge chute.”last_img read more

Veselin Vujovic with physical attack on Cervars assistant

cervarmetalurgVardarvujovic The heat between the two top Macedonian clubs, Metalurg and Vardar, is geared up even more now after the incident that happened today at the beginning of Metalurg’s training in the Sports Arena “Boris Trajkovski”. As Vardar was finishing the training and Metalurg beginning theirs, the coach of RK Vardar, Veselin Vujovic, physically attacked Alexandar Petrovski by slapping him in the face, the assistant coach in Metalurg, and also threatened to Lino Cervar that he “will pay 10,000 euros to have his nose cut”. On behalf of Metalurg, they said that they are disgusted from this incident, and that the attack will reported to the police.This is all happening ahead of the cup clash that is scheduled for this weekend. It is expected that Vardar and Metalurg meet in the final. ← Previous Story Audray Tuzolana leaves BSV Silkeborg this summer Next Story → Four new players in EHF CL Winner – Buducnost Podgorica! read more

Gardaí issue alert about new killer substance found in ecstasy tablets

first_imgUpdated 11pmGARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a warning about the ecstasy tablets that have killed two people in four days.The green pills have an apple or a rolex logo while the white pills have a Mitsubishi logo.These contain a substance called PMMA or PMA which is more lethal than MDMA normally contained in ecstasy tablets.The effect of this substance is slower than MDMA which means people are known to take more to achieve the feeling they expect from MDMA.This has led to rapidly increased heart rates, extremely high body temperatures, respiratory failure and sometimes death.Two people died in the space of four days and the last month has seen a number of hospitalisations due to the ecstasy pills.Gardai and the HSE want to get the message out about how dangerous these drugs are ahead of the summer months and upcoming music festivals.The HSE says it’s important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm.This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service ( First published 3.50pmRead: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four days>Read: Students warned about “bad batch” of drugs>last_img read more

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency.But that may be wishful thinking, given that Sen. Lindsey Graham also says Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall before agreeing to reopen shuttered government departments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Trump reopen the government first.The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.“Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we’re almost there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal,” said Graham, a South Carolina Republican. “If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off.”“See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. That’s my recommendation,” added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall. Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a “crisis” of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back. He has said several times since he first mentioned the idea in public earlier this month that he prefers to try to reach a deal with Congress.last_img read more

Stakeholders in the Banking Industry Validate the CIBG Draft Bill

first_imgBy Alhagie FS SoraMembers of the Gambia Bankers Association (GBA) on Tuesday, 16 September, 2014 at the Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau, held a validation workshop on the Chartered Institute of Bankers of the Gambia (CIBG) Bill 2014.In his welcoming remark, Mr. Mamour Malick Jagne, Executive Secretary of GBA and Registrar of IBG, recalled that what is today called the Gambia Bankers Association has started years ago when there were only three or four banks in the Gambia with their managing directors at the time meeting over lunch periodically to share ideas on the economy, the foreign exchange market, the tourism industry and other areas of common interest. He said “over time, the number of bankers in the country increases rapidly in a relatively short period of time and that the economy became more complex, financial intermediaries deepened and the relationship between the customers and the banks changed in character as competition between the banks grew in intensity.”He added that the outstanding growth in the Gambian banking industry had overstretched the available human capacity in the financial sector.Mr. Jagne said under the circumstance, the managing directors considered that banks should continue to compete but that they should also create a non profit making body to be called the Gambia Bankers Association, hence on the 27th February, 2002 the Registrar General at the Attorney General’s Chambers issued them with the certificate of incorporation “No.112/2002.’’The GBA Executive Director said the step they are about to take is a logical follow up on the commitment of managing directors to train their staff to international standard when this Bill becomes an Act of the National Assembly, adding that Gambians will no longer need to travel overseas to study to become chartered bankers and that students in the sub-region can be attracted to come to the Gambia to undergo this course.Mr. Pa Macoumba Njie, the President of the Gambia Bankers Association and also the Managing Director of Trust Bank Gambia Ltd. (TBL), said the institute is the trading arm of the bankers association of the Gambia and was established in 2010 to provide training in banking and finance in line with international standards and to determine standard knowledge skills to be obtained by persons seeking to become members of the banking profession. In order to meet these objectives, he added, an MOU was signed on 17 January 2011 with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He said the partnership formally mandates the Institute to serve as an examination center and to also help the institution draw from CIBN experience to provide quality education in banking and finance.“The Gambia with only twelve banks operating in the industry will continue to need the professionals,” said the GBA President.Mr. Njie said “the institute is also working towards the amendment of the legal status as a Chartered Institute. The draft bill presented to you was prepared by the legal Adviser of GBA and a board member of IBG, Mr. Omar F, Mbai. This draft was rounded for proper checking and went through all the stakeholders, including the Central Bank of The Gambia, the University of The Gambia, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, National Training Authority (NTA), the managing directors of all the commercial banks and members of the trustee of the Institute of the Bankers of the Gambia.”He concluded that one of the main objectives of GBA is to develop it into a fully fledged chartered institute for bankers and set it to a level where it will become world class professional training body and a national center for bankers in the Gambia and overseas.Mr. Bernard James Manneh, head of the membership and education department at IBG, thanked the Governor of the Central Bank of the Gambia, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, permanent secretaries, the GBA President and the chairman of board of trustees of IBG for their support to both the Association and Institute. He also thanked Mr. Mamour Malick Jange, the Registrar of the Institute for his open door policy and ability to provide the necessary and appropriate guidance on how and what to do at every giving stage.]]>last_img read more

SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and math

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress has been released.The report shows the San Diego Unified School District out-performed other large urban districts by demonstrating significant grade-level improvements in both reading and mathematics.KUSI was joined by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten with more on the school district’s accomplishments and latest report card. , SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and mathcenter_img Posted: April 12, 2018 April 12, 2018last_img read more

1 hospitalized following shooting in Miami

first_imgAn employee at an auto dealership reportedly shot a customer who charged at him with a knife in Miami.Miami Police responded to the scene of the shooting at Easy Auto Pay along Northwest 79th Street and Fifth Court, around 3:48 p.m., Friday.Officials said the employee shot the customer after he charged at him with a knife. The man was reportedly angry with the service he received.Rescue crews transported the customer to the hospital in stable condition.The incident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Healths Mobile Tag Issue Draws 5000 Downloads in Six Days

first_imgReaders could also register to win products featured in the Beauty Awards as well as a sweepstakes to win a $1,000 Sephora gift card. Advertisers Respond, Ad Pages up 22.5 PercentThere are a total of 17 tags in the issue–13 videos and four slideshows. Of the 13 videos, seven were tied directly to winning brands in the Beauty Awards. “We don’t pick the winning brands by advertisers, it happens independent of that,” says Watt. “Seven of the videos were tied to actual winners and we did go to those brands’ agencies and ask if they wanted to be part of this.” Of those seven brands, five (Rusk, Sally Hansen, Olay, Schick and Aveeno) decided to come into the issue. Sally Hansen, Schick and Rusk were all new advertisers. Health asked for an incremental magazine ad rather than selling directly against the digital component. Ad pages in the May 2011 issue are up 22.5 percent over May 2010. The magazine is planning to repeat the program in October for its Food Awards. Health magazine’s May issue features Microsoft Tag technology as part of an effort to drive readers to bonus content online. The program requires readers to download the free Microsoft Tag app, which allows the reader to scan the issue via smartphone to see bonus video and slideshows related to the issue. The feature went live on April 19 and in the last six days the magazine has generated 5,000 downloads with many subscriber issues yet to be delivered, according to publisher Dave Watt. The Microsoft Tag program is packaged with the Health Beauty Awards, which recognize best buys among beauty products. “Microsoft presented this to us and we thought it was a really cool thing but we had to have the right idea,” says Watt. “We thought, what if we use the tags to bring the awards to life? We’d have judges appear in video to talk about the products, why they picked them and offer tips to readers such as the best way to apply eye shadow. We didn’t want editors just saying, ‘I picked Olay because of x.’ That’s not adding value, that’s just parroting what was in the magazine.”While Microsoft Tags are free to create, Health hired an outside company to shoot the videos and a mobile vendor to create connections with the tags and mobile phones. “You have to have those videos mobile-enabled to be properly viewable on smartphones,” says Health director of integrated marketing Zovig Garboushian. The video features bonus content beyond the beauty awards, including a behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot with singer Miranda Lambert, yoga moves and spring style tips. “When Microsoft met with us, they said, ‘To make this work, you’ve got to have it integrated throughout the magazine, not just in one little section,’” says Watt. last_img read more

Wilmington Seniors At Shawsheen Tech Encouraged To Apply For Special Rotary Scholarships

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rotary District 7903, which includes Wilmington, is offering ten $500.00 scholarships to graduating seniors that attend a Technical High School.The scholarships will be awarded to seniors that plan to pursue a trade after graduation. The funds can be used to obtain a certificate or license as well as to purchase tools for their trade (electrician, plumber, automotive mechanic, carpenter, beautician etc.)This award is funded by Annual Giving donations to The Rotary Foundation.The application can be found HERE. The application has also been sent to the Shawsheen Tech’s Guidance Department.The application deadline is April 19. The Scholarship Committee will meet in late April to select the winning candidates.(NOTE: The above information was submitted by the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Shawsheen Tech Scholarship NightIn “Education”last_img read more

Amritsar woman chains drugaddict daughter blames easy

first_imgAmritsar: Following the incident of a mother chaining her daughter to bed due to drug-addiction in Amritsar, Congress lawmaker Gurjeet Singh Aujla on Tuesday visited the family and assured them of arranging proper medical treatment. “It is an unfortunate incident. I have assured the family that proper treatment will be given to the daughter. I have directed the doctors to treat the affected girl at her home,” Aujla said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The visit by Amritsar Parliamentarian comes a day after the shocking incident of a widowed mother tying her 24-year-old daughter to bed with chains had come to light. The mother had resorted to the extreme measure after she allegedly failed to get proper medical treatment for her daughter to stop her from taking drugs. She accused the de-addiction centre in the city of providing ‘poor treatment’ and said that she was forced to take this action because of the ‘easy availability of drugs in the area’. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “I admitted my daughter to a government-run de-addiction centre three times, but the doctors used to release her in four to five days. How can a drug addict be cured in four to five days? I even implored the doctors to admit my daughter till she was cured, but that was to no avail,” she had said. According to the 50-year-old mother, her daughter got addicted to drugs when she went for a job in a beauty parlour in Chandigarh. “Whatever she earned there, she spent on drugs. She returned home around two years ago and since then I have been taking her to Swami Vivekanand government de-addiction centre in Amritsar,” she added.last_img read more

Army deployment not in ECs plans

first_imgThe election commission (EC) has turned down the opposition parties’ proposal to deploy army giving them magistracy power in the next parliamentary elections.Besides, the inclusion of the armed forces to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is also very unlikely.Eleven opposition parties, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had placed a number of proposals before the EC last month, recommending these changes be made.On the other hand, eight parties, including the ruling Awami League, had proposed the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the upcoming election. There is a possibility of the EVM being included in the RPO, but the EC has not made a final decision to this end yet, according to the EC’s electoral rules and regulations committee.The committee in a meeting on Wednesday reviewed the amendment proposals of the BNP and other political parties, election commissioner Kabita Khanam, president of the committee, told Prothom Alo. She said the committee did not find deployment of the armed forces with magistracy power necessary.However, the use of EVM is mentioned in the election manual of the city corporations. So, they are considering the proposal to include EVMs in the RPO.Among the proposals placed by the BNP, the committee is considering setting up a complaint centre at the workplace of the returning officers in every upazila and transferring or withdrawing controversial officials, she added.Besides, the committee is also reviewing a number of proposals placed by other parties, including publishing RPO in Bangla, submitting nomination papers online, and reviewing the cost and income of the candidates and increasing the punishment for violation of electoral laws.Badiul Alam Mojumdar, secretary of Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan), told Prothom Alo that the EC should ensure a congenial environment during the election.The armed forces should be included to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO), he observed.Mass people rely on the army as they believe they are not heavily politicised, he added.As many as 25 among 40 political parties recommended deployment of the armed forces during the dialogues with the EC. BNP, along with ten other parties, wanted the army to be given magistracy power.The committee will gradually review all the proposals, placed by the 40 opposition parties and members of the civil society, including media representatives and experts. The summary of these proposals will be placed before the EC for final review.Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the BNP’s standing committee, told Prothom Alo that the country will question the EC’s intentions if they do not deploy the armed forces, but introduce EVMs instead.Former election commissioner Suhul Hussain said deployment of army would be welcomed by the mass people, but they are not much familiar with the EVM. The time is not right for the introduction of EVMs and it can only be introduced when the countrymen are ready to accept it.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Angry Birds Go drives straight into your wallet with inapp purchase ov

first_imgWhat would have otherwise been a really fun game was brutally ripped open and stuffed with in-app purchases today. Please, a moment of silence for Angry Birds Go!.When Rovio announced their intention to bring what appeared to be a Mario Kart clone to mobile devices, there was a great deal of excitement. We all know Nintendo isn’t going to bring their addictive yet wonderful racing game to anything other than the 3DS and Wii U, so someone else needed to step up if it was ever going to happen. The Angry Birds franchise has been a global success, due just as much to compelling gameplay as it was good business sense. Unfortunately, it’s hard to feel anything more than resentment towards the business decisions made in Angry Birds Go! after about 20 minutes of gameplay.Everything about the first few minutes of Angry Birds Go! was done exactly right. There’s a few trial races to get you familiar with the controls, and when you’re ready to move on you can pick one of three karts that best suit your driving style and move on. After another race you realize that the coins you have been collecting can be spent on upgrading your kart, and all the makings of a great game fall into place. Suddenly you reach the end of the next race and you notice there’s a pulsing button allowing you to double the amount of coins you make forever, and the first of a never ending assault on your wallet begins.Doubling your coins every race will cost you $7 in real money, which in reality is probably what Rovio could have charged for the game and still been incredibly successful. It’s not a requirement that you spend this money, but that pulsing icon will be at the end of every race you play ever again unless you do. Heading back to the shop after this experience will show you that there are now more karts available for you to check out. The two karts that you didn’t choose in the beginning of the game are now available for five coins each, but there are four others in the list now.The next one you see costs $3 of real money to own, which is immediately followed by a slightly improved kart that is 50% off today. That kart is currently $10, which would seem like a lot if it weren’t sitting next to two more slightly improved karts that are $50 each. Keep in mind, even if you own one of these expensive karts, you can’t just race it whenever you want. Your bird will get tired after a certain number of races, and you’ll be prompted to either pay real money for an energy boost or you’ll have to come back and play later. You can unlock more characters and switch them out as the game progresses, but the whole mechanic is grossly unnecessary.On top of in-app purchases, there are sponsored items that you can take advantage of. You can soup up your engine with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, or you can consult a State Farm agent about making sure your vehicle remains in good racing condition. There are also physical karts that can be bought at toy stores that you’ll be able to add to the game via QR code, much in the same way that Angry Birds Star Wars 2 did. The end result is what was probably a really fun game a one point but is now mostly ruined by the endless torrent of grabby hands in search of your digital bank account.last_img read more

40 Countries Agree Cars Must Have Automatic Braking Systems

first_img Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo Stay on target Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union — but not the U.S. or China — have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting next year in an effort to reduce crashes, according to a United Nations agency.The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe said Tuesday that a draft agreement reached Feb. 1 is set to be formally adopted in June.The UN regulation require all vehicles sold to come equipped with Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) technology that “employ sensors to monitor the proximity of the vehicle or pedestrian in front and detect situations where the relative speed and distance between the two vehicles or between the vehicle and pedestrian suggest that a collision is imminent.” In such a situation, if the driver does not react to the system’s warning alerts, emergency braking will be automatically applied to avoid the collision or at least to mitigate its effects.The Associated Press reports that the measure will apply to vehicles at “low speeds”: 60 kilometers per hour (42 mph) or less, and only affects new cars sold in the markets of signatory countries — so vehicle owners won’t be required to retrofit their cars and trucks already on the roads today.The site of a Jan. 28, 2019 accident in Brussels, Belgium that injured a grandmother and her two grandchildren.(Photo Credit: Thierry Roge / AFP / Getty Images)A study by Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP concluded that AEBS lead to a 38 percent reduction in real-world rear-end crashes at low speeds. According to estimates by the European Commission, AEBS could save more than 1,000 lives every year within the EU.AEBS are already available for some cars in some countries, but there were no standard technical requirements guaranteeing the effective performance of such systems so far, the Commission said.The agency is hoping the regulation will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over 9,500 fatalities were recorded in 2016, accounting for 38 percent of all road deaths. Inside urban areas, 50 percent of the fatalities were drivers and 40 percent were pedestrians.Th regulation would mean that over 15 million new cars in the EU (sales figures for 2017) and over 4 million new cars in Japan (sales figures for 2018) would be equipped with the AEBS technology every year.China, the United States, and India were among the countries that have not signed on to the regulations, the AP said.More on Wants to Design Cars With Virtual Reality SketchesWatch: Tesla, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, TooFord’s Sweaty ‘Robot Butt’ Tests Car Seat Durabilitylast_img read more

Forget Constant Communication This App Offers Instant Communication

first_img Editor’s Note: The TrepLabs column puts little-known but notable apps and their makers in the spotlight each week. For more information on how to become a TrepLabs app, go to, and to contribute to the discussion surrounding these apps, tweet us @TrepLabs.Kyle Richey is a millennial in the truest sense of the moniker. The 27-year-old Troy, Ohio resident isn’t just an early adopter of technology, however. He’s wants to create it too.“I love apps. I have downloaded so, so many of them,” says Richey, who started out in entrepreneurship with a web marketing company called Conquer Apathy in 2006.Richey says his first business Conquer Apathy earns six figures annually. But rather than use the profits to splurge on himself and his family, Richey two years ago decided to turn his mobile-app addiction into a mobile-app enterprise called Pure Signal.The company’s second app, Slide Contacts seeks to be “the fastest way to call, text and email the people you talk to most” with a one-step sliding motion, according to Richey. An industrial and systems engineer by training, Richey couldn’t help toying with the design of the apps he’s encountered, trying to optimize the user experience. “Industrial engineers make things better. The optimization thing is in my blood,’” Richey said.With Slide Contacts, users can see their associates in a “favorites” list, and slide right on a contact to call them, slide left to text message or slide way left to email. (Check out this quick tutorial.)Slide Contacts debuted in Apple’s App Store in June, with a more cleanly designed version launching last month. Richey plans to roll out an Android version next year.Market opportunityA review from Appsfire, an app for discovering other apps, helped spur 12,000 free downloads of Slide Contacts when it first hit the App Store, Richey says.Kyle Richey launched Pure Signal to feed his need to create apps. The company’s second app, Slide Contacts, helps people reach out to favorite contacts in a jiffy.Slide Contacts has since been selling for 99 cents a pop, and has more than 15,000 users.“All the positive feedback emails have been very encouraging, especially the people that have put it in their dock. … I’ve noticed a lot of people saying they’ve completely stopped using the phone and messages app on their home screen,” Richey says.He suspects that it is not as much an app for social networking, the app’s original category, in which it reached No. 6 in the App Store. Rather, Slide Contacts is more a time-saving tool for people who are juggling work and family commitments. It has since been moved to the productivity category.Related: Independent App Developers, Meet TrepLabs“It’s productivity all the way,” Richey said. Plus, he’s found that users really like the “cool” factor of the app’s sliding gestures, minimalist design and 10 themes to customize the look and feel of the interface.ChallengesStill, great design doesn’t always translate into more sales. Richey learned this lesson the hard way with his last app, CalcForm. About $19,500 in development expenses produced $500 in revenue over two years.With Slide Contacts, he says he has been much more conscientious about getting his idea validated. For instance, he tapped his friends and family and of course random strangers to test out the app.“The validation is key,” says Richey. “Show people the prototypes. Ask people a bunch of questions.”Strengths Seems simple enough, but Richey has proven himself to be a strategic thinker. He started Conquer Apathy two years before his college graduation, and then flipped the profits over to his new Pure Signal venture in 2011. He learned from the stumble over CalcForm.And Pure Signal already has a beta version of a goal tracker app called Strides that has been quietly selling for $2.99 in the App Store with little to no promotion. The official launch of Strides is planned for December, before the New Year’s resolutions season, and a web version is in the works so users can sync their goals across all their devices.Related: In Mobile Gaming, the ‘Eyes’ Have ItEven so, the task at hand is Slide Contacts and how to position it. One possibility could be to give it up for free, then sell premium versions of the app with more customization options. “We’ve talked about doing it as a mass market thing,” Richey says.What do you think he should do? Let us know with a comment below. October 29, 2013 Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min readlast_img read more

Avoiding the Inevitable Breach 4 Ways Retailers Should Amp Up Security

first_img For small, medium and large companies, the threat to both customers’ data and the company’s bottom line is real. This past August, the Department of Homeland Security announced that “Backoff,” an aggressive piece of point of sale malware, was responsible for breaches at several stores, and that it could afflict the networks of up to 1,000 other retailers.There’s ample advice out there telling chief information officers, or CIO, to build a breach recovery plan, but the key steps to avoiding such an event are not as clear. The first move is to ensure compliance with PCI guidelines for basic data security. Beyond that, here are four steps to protect retail customers from a breach:Related: 6 Leaders Share the Secrets to SaaS Startup Success1. Know when to call for backup.In today’s complex business environment, underpinned by cloud, mobile and other new technologies, it’s a real challenge to keep up with security news and monitor all potential weaknesses at all times. That can be a massive undertaking and one that shouldn’t always be left to the CIO.After analyzing specific needs and security team abilities, the next step is deciding whether it makes sense to recruit outside help from auditors or other security experts, or if it’s time to hire a full-time chief information security officer (CISO), a person tasked with knowing about vulnerabilities and preventing them from harming business.When Target’s data was compromised, Karl Mattson, the retailer’s former global and cyber intelligence manager, argued that a CISO was the missing link. By June of last year, Target had staffed the role, tasking Brad Maiorino, who previously held CISO positions at General Motors and General Electric, with homing in on both internal and external risks and making sure key company stakeholders were always in the loop.This staffing format allows a CIO to focus on overseeing business processes while relying on the CISO to dive deeper to ensure no security vulnerabilities are left undetected. For small businesses, bringing in a temporary consultant or part-time IT security professional should be sufficient to help minimize risk. 2. Avoid processing payments in-house.It’s easy to understand the appeal of processing payments in-house, since businesses who do this may save a few cents per transaction. But it’s risky. Breaches have increased in frequency as more companies have transitioned to processing their own payments.A breach at TJX in 2007 that cost the company $265 million and the recent Target breach of 2013 that totaled $148 million prove the high-risk nature of processing payments in-house. This creates a one-stop shop for hackers to access the information they’re after.As cyber criminals get better at targeting in-house systems, the need to externalize payment processing also becomes greater. For the majority of retailers, cloud-based processing systems will add an ideal layer of security that eliminates the physical link between a customer’s card, a payment terminal and the in-store systems. The bottom line: Spend a bit more now to reduce the liability later.3. Brush up on encryption and tokenization.The most secure data is the kind cyber criminals can’t read. Encryption, tokenization- –or better yet, a combination of the two — can ensure that customer information is extremely difficult to decipher. So how do the two differ, exactly? End-to-end encryption ensures sensitive information requires a “key,” or a constantly changing numerical code to access. Data that’s in transit between point of sale systems and processing locations is effectively scrambled, making it illegible until it reaches an end point. However, effective management of encryption key access is a crucial step in keeping customer information secure.Related: 4 Essential BYOD Security MeasuresTokenization, on the other hand, isn’t a new practice, but it is a rising star in the payments industry thanks, in part, to the introduction of Apple Pay. Unlike encryption, it sends data from one point to another without the information ever being identified, scrambling it without the use of a key. If attackers are able to gain access to data, they still can’t view credit card numbers or passwords, but rather a fake version of the data. In many cases, the actual data is stored locally or by a third-party service, which are the only places it can be read correctly.4. Understand and embrace emerging payment technologyThe retail industry is going through significant changes right now — from mobile payments to the adoption of EMV card processing. For the risk-averse, adding more payment options to the mix might seem like a dangerous route, but as these new tender types gain popularity, companies should support them to remain competitive. And as the threat of breaches grows, these new methods provide innovative ways to safeguard customer and business data.With the October 2015 deadline for EMV compliance fast approaching, now is the time to implement chip-and-pin card readers. Sure, adopting the proper POS hardware and software just in the knick of time next year will avoid financial responsibility if a breach happens after the deadline but adopting EMV now means fewer gaps in stores’ security plans pre- October 2015. With EMV’s three-pronged security system, each sale is linked to a transaction number, instead of specific credit card details, making it far more secure than traditional magnetic-stripe card payments.Mobile is also making waves for its security capabilities. Some systems one-up not just traditional mag-stripe credit and debit payments, but even EMV. Those that access credit card information to complete purchases incorporate safety measures already in place through card providers, but they also bring the added benefit of transparency via real-time account alerts. Some also have features that help identify purchases and detect fraud early on. Plus, shoppers are likely to notice a missing phone faster than a missing wallet.While all of the steps outlined above can play a key role in amping up security on their own, the best retail strategy blends them together. In other words, retailers can’t just pick and choose; they need to implement all of these methods to keep customer data safe.Other tips to keep hackers at bay? Schedule training sessions and perform regular employee background checks to ensure all hardware and software is current.And if disaster does strike, the best line of defense is a go-to approach for communicating the breach to customers quickly and effectively. After all, reputations and jobs depend on the trust of shoppers. Related: 12 Tips to Protect Your Company Website From Hackers March 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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Federal officers shut down stage building inside Puerto Morelos park

first_imgPuerto Morelos, Q.R. — The Federal Office of Environmental Protection has temporarily shut down work and activities for the construction of a stage they say is inside the Natural Protected Area (ANP) Arrecife National Park Puerto Morelos.In a public statement, federal officers say they recently inspected a semi-fixed stage located on a beach within the Arrecife National Park of Puerto Morelos.Inspectors noted that the construction affected the coastal dune ecosystem. At the time of the inspection, those responsible for constructing the stage were unable to prove they had the necessary environmental authorization to carry out the construction.As a result, a temporary total closure of the construction and its activities was placed along the stage in order to prevent additional damage to the coastal ecosystems they found at the inspection site.More than 1,800 square meters had already been affected.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Residential 900B Mortgage Pool from Springleaf

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing March 12, 2014 514 Views Acquisitions Mortgage Servicing Rights New Residential Springleaf 2014-03-12 Tory Barringer New Residential $900B Mortgage Pool from Springleafcenter_img Real estate investment trust (REIT) New Residential Investment Corp. announced a commitment to purchase interests in a $900 million pool of non-agency loans.According to a release from New Residential, the loans involved in the deal were previously securitized by an affiliate of Springleaf Financial Corporation, which was previously affiliated with AIG until it was acquired by Fortress Investment Group managed funds in 2010.Though the terms of the deal were not disclosed, New Residential expects to settle the acquisition by the end of this year’s first quarter.The latest transaction isn’t New Residential’s first foray into mortgage servicing assets acquisitions. Late last year, the company announced an agreement to acquire $3.2 billion of servicing advances from Nationstar.”We continue to believe that our robust portfolio of servicing related assets, non-Agency RMBS [residential mortgage-backed securities], consumer loans and other related investments positions us well to generate strong returns for our shareholders,” CEO Michael Nierenberg said at the time. Sharelast_img read more


first_img Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The veteran says he plans to appeal the fine.“I don’t know if I even have a voice in it. All I can do is appeal it,” Moore said. “Do I disagree? Yes. Do I dislike it? Yes. I don’t feel like that was a fine. But I would like for us to be able to play real football.”Moore was fined nearly $75,000 for illegal hits last season.center_img In the waning moments of the Atlanta Falcons’ 29-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton connected on a 23-yard pass over the middle to Jaron Brown.At the tail end of the play, Brown was walloped by Atlanta safety William Moore. The hit drew a loud reaction from Falcons fans in attendance at the Georgia Dome, but didn’t draw a flag from the officials.Thursday, Moore told the Atlanta media that he had been fined $22,050 by the NFL for the hit. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Latest road victim would have lived had he worn seatbelt Updated

first_imgThe 52-year-old man who was killed in a road accident on Monday morning on the road from Psematismenos to Maroni would be alive if he had worn a seatbelt, police have said.The victim, a Syrian national, had a head-on collision with another car driven by an 82-year-old man at 6am. The elderly man and his son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, are been treated in Larnaca hospital for minor injuries.“Human error was an element,” Larnaca traffic police spokesman Haris Hadjiyiasemis said. “The drivers were not wearing seatbelts. If they were, the 52-year-old would surely be alive.”Neither of the two had a driving licence. The pickup van driven by the 82-year-old had been struck off the road transport’s register, while the other car had been declared as immobilised.Asked about the circumstances of the fatal accident, Hadjiyiasemis replied the 82-year-old did not have a clear field of vision.The spot has been known for being dangerous for years and the community councils of Psematismenos and Maroni have repeatedly asked to do something about it, community leader of Psematismenos Christodoulos Papachristou commented.It was decided to create a roundabout, but for this the expropriation of three properties is necessary. One of the owners however has refused to agree, and the matter has been referred to the Larnaca court, he added.He said the plans for the construction of the roundabout have been ready for two years.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsSearch Walk In Tubs Rowland HeightsWalk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more