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Symbol of global unease barrel of US crude drops below 40 a

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis.Friday’s fall, to $39.86, was just the latest indicator of a vast shift in the energy landscape over the past year. U.S. Oil bounced back a bit to close down 87 cents at $40.45, the lowest close since March 3, 2009.The price of oil has fallen for eight consecutive weeks, the longest streak since 1986. Oil is down 34 per cent from its high of $61.43 this year, and 62 per cent from its high of $107.26 last year.A boom in production has outpaced growth in global oil demand. The U.S. is churning out oil at a rate not seen in decades. Meanwhile, even with sharply lower prices, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations haven’t cut production.Production in the U.S. averaged 9.4 million barrels in the four weeks ending Aug. 14, up nearly 11 per cent from a year ago, according to data released this week by the Energy Department. U.S. oil held in storage has reached levels not seen in at least 80 years. Meanwhile, OPEC production averaged 31.5 million barrels a day in July, a three-year high.Adding to the downward pressure on oil prices is a steady drumbeat of economic data out of China suggesting that the world’s second largest economy is slowing. Data released Friday showed a further contraction in China’s manufacturing sector and it sent ripples through global stock markets.The world’s biggest oil producers are getting hit by falling prices and pessimism about China and other economies that have not recovered from the recession like the U.S. has.Almost all oil companies, from Exxon Mobil to BP PLC, have cut spending on exploration in anticipation of a prolonged period of lower prices. Over the past 12 months, Chevron shares have lost nearly 40 per cent, while Exxon shares are down 26 per cent. Companies that primarily drill for oil onshore in the U.S., such as Continental Resources, have suffered even steeper declines.Energy companies make up roughly 7 per cent of the market value of the Standard & Poor’s 500, but that amount was much higher earlier this year. While the S&P 500 is down 3 per cent this year, the energy sector is down almost 20 per cent.While energy investors feel the pain, U.S. drivers are saving an average of 80 cents on each gallon of gasoline they buy at the pump. Gasoline is averaging $2.63 a gallon, compared with $3.44 a year ago. Analysts say gas prices could drop below $2 a gallon in many areas of the country later this year.Brent crude, which is used to price international oils, fell $1.16 to $45.46 in London. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2015 3:43 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2015, file photo, stacks and burn-off from the Exxon Mobil refinery are seen at dusk in St. Bernard Parish, La. A barrel of U.S. crude fell below $40 per barrel, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Symbol of global unease, barrel of US crude drops below $40, a first since economic crises read more

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UN will support Colombias drive to build a future in peace says

A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson recalled that four years ago, the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP set out to resolve through dialogue one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts. Today, the statement continued, they announced the end of the negotiations “and will deliver to the Colombian people the results of their discussions.”Since 2012, the parties have been in talks hosted in Havana, Cuba. Throughout the discussions, negotiators have reached agreement on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice. Among other developments, the Government and the FARC-EP announced in May an agreement to release and reintegrate child soldiers from the opposition force. The parties also announced the establishment of a gender sub-commission to bolster the voice of women in the peace process. In June, the Secretary-General travelled to Havana, where he witnessed the bilateral signing of a ceasefire and the laying down of arms and noted that the “peace process validates the perseverance of all those around the world who work to end violent conflict not through the destruction of the adversary, but through the patient search for compromise.” In the statement issued today, Mr. Ban warmly congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos, FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez and their negotiating teams in Havana for their hard work and patience in reaching this stage in the process. The UN chief also congratulated the many Colombian organizations and citizens who have contributed to the talks with their proposals and encouragement.The Secretary-General also commended the guarantors, Cuba and Norway, and accompanying countries Chile and Venezuela, for their “unfailing support” to the talks.“Now that the negotiations have concluded, an equally determined and exemplary effort will be required to implement the agreements,” Mr. Ban underscored in the statement, calling upon the international community to lend its full support to Colombia at this new and critical stage of the peace process.The United Nations will strive to continue and intensify the support it has given to peace efforts over the years through its agencies, funds, and programmes, and the UN Mission in Colombia, which is mandated to verify the ceasefire and the laying down of arms, said the statement.“We will stand with Colombia in its drive to build a future in peace,” it concluded. read more

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EYEWITNESS Raising the temperature…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Hapless…July 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Affirmative action…October 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A political problem…January 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …in politicsYour Eyewitness has often written (…like that, eh??!!) about events serving as “Rorschach Tests” that reveal the mindsets and motivations of political actors in Guyana. But with the fallout from the “Chronicle firings” we don’t need to project anything…the players are openly “telling it like it is”!! It’s like everyone has now been given Superman’s “X-ray vision” – adapted to expose political machinations!!The “official” explanation by the Chronic editor for firing Hinds and Lewis was the paper was being “rebranded”. Let’s take that for what it’s worth and examine the writings of the fellas who replaced the two whose heads were served on a platter, a la Salome and Herod, for clues about the “rebranding”!!They’re two youngsters who seem to’ve been just exposed to the western “classics” in book form and couldn’t have possibly been around long enough to experience how the nuggets of wisdom might’ve fared in our Guyanese reality.It’s clear the two young men still believe history unfolds in a unilinear fashion along paths trod by the Greeks and Romans. Even Black Panther hasn’t woken them up to the fact that there can be other (maybe more relevant) trajectories!! Anyhow, one of the replacements, essayed a piece taken from the Philippics of Cicero against the ambitions of Mark Anthony to take over the Roman Empire. He warned against “The Enemy Within” who’re doubly dangerous because they speak in the “accents” of the incumbents. In other words, they’re traitors to the Republic.This argument was made explicitly against David Hinds by the fella your Eyewitness referred to yesterday, Milton Bruce, who seem to have a real grouse against the activist. His venom is palpable! And this is where your Eyewitness thinks things are getting out of hand. Once the “chosen” start using words like “enemies” and “betrayal” of “us” and “they” will get in to do “us” in, then we are unleashing a mindset that took us over the abyss before.This is the language of extremism that inevitably leads us to ensure “purity” of those who’ll be allowed to enter into the Kingdom of (in our case) the coming oil wealth. Hinds and Lewis have repeatedly assured the powers-that-be they’re committed to the end game, but are just in disagreement with some particulars. This is not “pure” enough for the new gatekeepers, so what about the rest of us??It’s just like when Rodney dared to tell Burnham he was insulting African Guyanese when he assumed they’d railroad a “PPP Indian” from the Corentyne, for treason.And we all know the “sharper steel” had to be brought out, don’t we? It’s like déjà vu all over again!!…in elections riggingHave you, dear readers, been following the accusations of a Data Mining company – Cambridge Analytica (CA) – having access to 50 million Facebook accounts – and using the info to possibly influencing the last US elections on behalf of Trump? Now, while most have been obsessing about the betrayal of the Facebook business model’s confidentiality assurances to its members, your Eyewitness is more concerned about the “influencing” of elections by CA!!He’s always assumed Facebook would be using its data to make money – and that means closing their eyes to a whole lot of slackness. But while you, dear reader, may believe this kind of data exploitation might work in the US where everyone’s plugged into the Matrix, and it doesn’t concern us, think again!! News is out from a secret taping of a CA executive by a British TV Channel, they were involved in the recently (very) troubled elections in Ghana that had to be held over because of violations!And, dear reader, if data manipulation could affect the Kenyan elections, why should we be exempt??…of waterGWI just announced they want to build a new HQ on prime Bel Air land they reclaimed because a fence was obstructing the Lama Canal.As opposed to a building? read more

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Gardaí want to know if you saw this assault on a taxi

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to an assault on a taxi driver and another man at a rank on Lower Sheriff Street in Dublin last month.The incident occurred at around 10pm on 8 June. Gardaí said a male taxi driver in a black VW Passat was involved in an altercation with two males.These two males were they joined by a large number of youths. Another man jumped in to help the taxi driver and both sustained injuries. They were taken to hospital and later discharged.Gardaí said two taxis at the rank were also “extensively damaged”.They appealed for any witnesses who may have been in the Lower Sheriff Street or Amiens Street area at the time or anyone who can assist with the investigaiton to call Store Street Garda Station on 01- 6668000, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Taxi drivers to discuss new security options following recent attacks>Read: Clampdown on rogue taxi drivers reportedly resulted in no arrests>last_img read more

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Watch EAs Gamescom press conference right here

first_imgAs one of the big publishers preparing for the next generation of game consoles, EA’s press conference at Gamescom 2013 looks to be full of new information about the games we can’t wait to get our hands on.Whether you’re drooling into the floor for Titanfall, strangely curious about Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, or eager to hear about what’s new in FIFA 14, the chances are good EA has something for you today.EA Games is at Gamescom this week with promises to deliver some new information about their upcoming games, as well as offer new demos for unreleased titles on the show floor. As we get closer to the launch windows for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, information like this is just enough to keep a firm grip on our wallets for the launch games.EA has already teased that FIFA 14 is going to be one of the big topics at the conference, but given the massive Titanfall logo plastered across the front of their booth it’d be difficult to imagine there won’t be some new info on that front, too.EA’s Gamescom press conference starts at 10AM EDT and is expected to last an hour. We’ll be following up the press conference with our thoughts on whatever gets discussed.last_img read more

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NDs election strategy revealed

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras presented New Democracy’s candidates for the May 25 European Parliament elections and unveiled the conservative party’s main strategy for the upcoming electoral contest, which will be to argue that a vote for SYRIZA will put Greece’s economy recovery at risk.“Do we want to be represented by those who are trying to put the country in a precarious position again, who want to tear up the old bailout memorandums and lead us to new ones? No,” said Samaras. “We want to exit the memorandums step by step.”Samaras claimed that Greece’s recent fiscal and economic achievements, such as producing primary budget and current account surpluses, as well as last week’s return to the bond markets had left SYRIZA without the necessary firepower to win at the ballot box next month.“As we progress toward the European elections, we will talk about the things the prophets of doom cannot talk about,” he said.New Democracy’s list of 42 candidates is a mix of politicians, lawyers, sportsmen, journalists and people from other walks of life in what appears an attempt to give the conservatives the broadest possible appeal going into the May 25 vote. MPs Manolis Kefaloyiannis and Costas Mousouroulis and MEP Rodi Kratsa are on the list but this is balanced with the inclusion of Greece’s Euro 2004-winning soccer team captain Theo Zagorakis, composer Stavros Xarchakos and Mega TV journalist Maria Spyraki. A late surprise was the inclusion of TV presenter and cycling campaigner Giorgos Amyras. A bid to include Kyriakos Velopoulos, a former MP with the ultra-nationalist LAOS, failed.SYRIZA, however, appeared ready to meet New Democracy’s challenge. Nikos Pappas, the head of SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras’s political office, said that the leftists support the idea of the prime minister and opposition leader holding a televised debate. Pappas also dismissed the idea that SYRIZA would suffer from internal conflict, highlighted by the reopening of a debate about the euro at the party’s central committee meeting over the weekend and the failure to name all 42 candidates.“These differences did not stop our party rising from 4 to 27 percent,” Pappas said in reference to the 2012 elections. SYRIZA’s remaining eight candidates are to be announced on Wednesday.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La Cour des comptes fustige le plan santé mentale mis en place

first_imgLa Cour des comptes fustige le plan santé mentale mis en place par le gouvernementLe plan gouvernemental chargé d’améliorer la prise en charge des soins psychiatriques est un échec, selon la Cour des Comptes.La Cour des comptes a sévèrement critiqué les résultats du plan gouvernemental destiné à améliorer la prise en charge des soins psychiatriques. Ce plan représente une dépense de 1,8 milliard d’euros sur la période 2005-2017.Didier Migaud, premier président de la Cour, a indiqué dans Les Echos : “ce plan a produit des résultats que l’on peut qualifier de médiocres en raison de l’insuffisance des moyens financiers”. Sachant qu’1 million de personnes sont prises en charge tous les ans, cela représente 13 milliards d’euros de dépenses.Il apparaît également que le nombre de lits dans les établissements publics et privés a beaucoup chuté lors des trente dernières années. De 130.000 au début des années 1970, on n’en compte plus que 60.000 environ à l’entame des années 2010. D’après la Cour des Comptes, “les progrès permis notamment par les médicaments rendent possible une prise en charge efficace des patients sans leur faire subir une hospitalisation dont les conditions sont inégalement adaptées à leur état de santé”.Enfin, le bilan établi par l’établissement parisien montre que “le point le plus décevant concerne la prise en charge des enfants et des adolescents, où il faut faire d’énormes efforts”, d’après le professeur Roger Salomon, président du Haut Conseil de la santé publique, qui a contribué à ce rapport. La Cour des comptes critique par ailleurs la situation de la population pénitentiaire qui est “un concentré des difficultés rencontrées en psychiatrie.” Le 24 décembre 2011 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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11 XLadies You Need on Your Mutant Team

first_imgStay on target Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men There are two things etched into my Geek life: Batman and X-Men. I grew up absolutely enamored with the X-Men. They were the misfits. The ones who were cast from society and formed a found family that they could finally be themselves in. Lately, I’ve been binging A LOT of X-Men comics. Revisiting some old favorite characters and discovering some new ones.In my binging of these comics and massive research, I’ve come across a lot of characters that haven’t gotten a lot of love or a proper story arc that they truly deserve, especially some of the ladies. Keep in mind, I am not an expert in all things X-Men. I just have a deep love for them and… I’d love to see these lesser known X-ladies get some more love.AURORA – JEANNE-MARIE BEAUBIERvia MarvelI feel like we don’t get enough Aurora. It might be because of her twin brother, Northstar overshadows her a little bit even though Aurora has a fascinating and empowering story. Aurora, real name Jeanne-Marie was first introduced in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #120. Born in Canada, Jeanne-Marie was separated from her brother Jean-Paul (Northstar) after their parents were killed in a car accident. She was sent to a boarding school where things were very upsetting and sad for the young girl. She contemplated suicide, but when she decided to go through with it, the power of flight saved her. This allowed her to find something immaculate about herself. Aurora developed dissociative personality disorder when she told the school; she was immediately punished for it. Here, she created two personalities, one that was a teacher and the other that was more confident.Aurora’s first recruitment was with Alpha Fight where she reunited with her brother. In this, she suffered a lot from her DID, which messed her up a bit when she was in the group Gamma Flight. She was kidnapped by Headlock who wanted to restore (get another word for this) her personalities. After that, Aurora’s gained the lover, not fighter philosophy. She very much aimed to regain her mental health and help others, which is a superpower all its own. Aurora’s mind and powers have developed into something that she has a handle on. Gifted with super speed, flight, photokinesis and more Aurora deserves just as much love as her brother.OYA – IDIE OKONKWOvia MarvelOya is a fairly new mutant on the scene, especially after M-Day (post-mutant activation). Nevertheless, that doesn’t make her any less an insanely cool and deep character to explore. Introduced in Uncanny X-Men #528, Oya was born in Oyo, Nigeria she was happy there and from a deeply religious background. Things took a turn for the worst when at fourteen years old, she accidentally burned down her village. Her mutant power was activated. In this tragedy, she also accidentally killed her parents, resulting in Storm and Hope to find Idie before anyone was to take her away. She took the codename “Oya” and considers herself a “witch child” or “heretic” because of her abilities. She’s since come to terms with being a mutant, but also thinks of herself to be a sin.Oya has the powers of thermokinesis, which sounds super dope on its own, but even better explained a bit. Thermal manipulation is her thing. She has both pyrokinesis and cryokinesis. If you see her eyes, this is reflected in her character design where her right eye is blue, and her left is red. If that’s not cool enough, Wolverine himself took a shine to Oya and mentored her. Oya is a powerful mutant, but with a little more exploring, she could be even more of a favorite.BLINDFOLD – RUTH ALDINEvia MarvelThere are so many amazing things that go through my mind when thinking of Blindfold. She is probably one of the most underrated, but highly used beacons in X-Men. Blindfold has a ton of abilities when it comes to astral energy, telepathy, telekinesis, reality manipulation and much more. Blindfold, aka Ruth Aldine, was introduced in Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3 #7.Ruth’s background stories happen to be one of my favorites, but super tragic as well (all mutants have sad stories, you’ll see a pattern). Ruth was born with no eyes or eye sockets, because of this her father left, and her mother works a lot to support her and her brother. Speaking of, her brother, Luca, HATED her. He emotionally and physically abused Ruth and was general garbage of a human being. He also did an unspeakable act that I won’t spoil for you readers. You have to see the human trash that is Luca for yourself.Ruth has become, again, somewhat of a beacon. She’s able to walk on other plans and mentally see things in the present. However, some of her best moments are with Legion aka David Haller. If there’s any book that will tell you a lot about Blindfold, her powers and her relationship with David its the series X-Men Legacy: Legion. They’ve traveled planes together, helped heal each other’s broken minds and honestly complete each other. Write more Legion/Blindfold, you cowards.KARIMA SHAPANDARvia MarvelKarima Shapandar slides in and out of the X-Men comics since her conception in X-Men Unlimited. She started her adventures in comics as a police offer in India. She was in love or almost in love, nothing came happened of it, and you’ll hear why. Karima was sent to look for someone with Neal Shaara, who she had a romantic relationship with and looking for his brother, Sanjit. However, all of that took a turn for the worst when Sanjit was killed by Bastion, a Sentinel Master Mold. But then, Bastion was killed by Neal who turned out to be a mutant AND discovered that his brother was a Prime Sentinel, a robot designed to locate and destroy mutants. BUT THEN, Karima turned out to be a Prime Sentinel and Neal being a mutant was a bit of a problem. A love, never to be.After this though, she’s regained most of humanity and somewhat functions to her human body. Karima is almost 90% technology with Prime Sentinel enhancements that have been upgraded, fixed and toyed with. Some of her coolest arcs are when possessed by Malice via computer virus (X-Men Vol. 2, 2007) and then Arkea (X-Men Vol. 4 #1). There are some ladies on this list that have the “they’re super dope, now what do we do?” I think Karima is one that suffers from that and she left the X-Men, but whatever, she’ll come back. They always do.ARKEAvia MarvelSpeaking of Karima, one of my favorite new favorite villains to come out of X-Men comic is Arkea. She’s a literal infection! Arkea is introduced in X-Men #1 – Primer, so relatively new. This was the all-ladies X-Men comic that dreams are made of (….until). It brought together a fantastic cast that, in the beginning, had one villain to look out for. Arkea was born with her twin brother Sublime, a sentient bacterium who can possess people. The first thing he wanted to do was fight her as any sibling would. Arkea made her way through the solar system, trying to find a host before traveling along Shogo, Jubilee’s adopted son. She can possess robotics, so when she gets to the school, Karima’s body was prime pickings for this infection to crawl inside.Arkea is one of the most interesting X-Men villains because, again, literal infection. I have an absolute fascination with mutants who have psychic abilities, can possess other things and can go unseen to do some damage. Think of the destruction Arkea can do with merely owning Karima alone? Imagine if she got into another piece of machinery? Bring back Arkea!FRENZY – JOANNA CARGILLvia MarvelIf you were to play Frenzy in D&D, I’d say she’s probably Chaotic Neutral. Or Chaotic Evil. I know she’s one, but you never know what happens with Frenzy, to be honest. Joanna Cargill made her debut in X-Men comics in 1986, via X-Factor #4. Joanna’s mutant powers manifested as she was brought up in an abusive household. Her father was in the army, taking time out for his son while continually belittling and torturing his daughter. One day, her brother died in battle, he took out his rage and frustration losing his only son on Joanna. This was when her mutant powers went full form, hitting him in the chest and her father died. I swear, these sad moments will not stop rolling for a second.Frenzy has been affiliated with a ton of supervillain groups, plus the X-Men (and she was kind of brainwashed into it, so it shouldn’t count?). In an alternative universe, she was married to Cyclops when Legion warped everything. Her mutant abilities heighten everything into a superhuman level, but one thing that’s changed from her first introduction is her appearance. She goes from Grace Jones with cornrows to dreads to a full side shave with hair on the side. If you want full blown super strength and transformation, Frenzy is your girl.KARMA – XI’AN COY MANHvia MarvelComic history fact: Karma is one of the first openly lesbian characters in a major comic, but more on that in a later article (*wink*). Karma has endured a lot. Most of the X-Men have tragic pasts, and without comparing any of them to anyone else, Karma’s past never dictated her future. She lived through her experiences and made sure to lead a better life.Karma aka Xi’an Coy Manh’s first appearance came to readers in Marvel Team-Up #100. In this issue, we get to see Xi’an’s past with her growing up in Vietnam. The first time Xi’an uses her powers, she’s trying to help her brother. She possessed a soldiers mind, making him step away from her brother, but her brother soon discovered he was also in possession of the same power. He did the opposite of Xi’an, possessing the soldier’s mind and making him kill himself. Xi’an promised not to use the power like her brother, even later when her uncle blackmailed her.Xi’an has gone through so much more, but again, rose above it. She enrolled in school, finally got her name Karma and went on to be one of the founding members of the New Mutants. One interesting story is how she got her cybernetic leg in X-Men: Legacy #235 as she was fighting Cameron Hodge and his Smiling Killer Robots.TEMPUS – EVA BELLvia MarvelTempus seems to suffer the opposite of Karima Shapandar. Where she has the “what do we do now,” Tempus is almost in the “whats left to do when you’ve done everything?” Tempus or Eva Bell makes her first appearance in All-New X-Men Vol. 1, which is relatively recent so get on this now. Her new mutant powers happen after she’s at a party with her friend, brother, and crush in tow. The brother, being overprotective, gets into a brawl with the crush. This leads Eva to activate her powers and temporary stop time to break them up. Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Magneto go to find her, they then take her before the Austrailian military to get her.Tempus obviously can stop time, which should make her a very powerful mutant, at least alpha or omega status. This especially becomes apparent when she accidentally travels through time in Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3. Here, she sees that Magik is Sorcerer Supreme, she’s married with a husband and a baby, and life was pretty okay. However, all good things for mutants must come to an end she’s booted to another future and learns that everything she knew didn’t happen. Tempus is a highly influential and lesser-known character that could definitely use more of a platform to show what else she can do.WARBIRD – AVA’DARA NAGANANDINIvia Marvel ComicsHow have we not had more Ava’Dara Naganandini in our comics?! There’s not a lot to say about her, but if I had to describe her, think of Valkyrie, but more badass? Yes. That’s how I’d like to explain her. Ava’Dara was birthed by an “automated seed sprinkler” (dude, I don’t know either) and an alien birth mother that sadly passed away when she was born. Ava’Dara grew up knowing she wanted to be a Warbird, assembling weapons and working in a factor. When she was older, she was sent to protect Kid Gladiator as he went to school at Jean Grey School for Higher Learning and became his bodyguard.Ava’Dara Naganandini made her first appearance in Wolverine and the X-Men #1, but it’s been a ride for her. It’s a bit cheating to put her on this list cause she’s not an X-Men per say, but being associated with them and being a lesser known character is all you need. Ava’Dara Naganandini would be a cool addition to the team again. Just… keep her 100 yards away from Iceman.LIN LI – NATURE GIRLvia Marvel ComicsHear me out! I know you’re saying, “Why would she put THIS mutant on the list?” Before you turn your back on me, I’ll make it short and sweet cause we don’t know much about this mutant besides whats in her first couple of appearances. Lin Li debuted in Wolverine and the X-Men Vol. 2 #1. Lin is quiet, a bit shy, but she hands out with little Bamfs and doesn’t bother many people. She can talk to plant life, animal manipulation, animal bonding and flight, which is very underestimated by a lot of standards.Lin’s presence in the comics have been great, but not enough JUST yet to make her a full X-Men just yet. Right now, she’s still a student at the Insitute and apart of Generation X with other new mutants Eye-Boy, Bling, Quentin Quire, Hindsight, and Morph, lead by nonother than Jubilee.You can doubt who she is and her powers, but you know who else we questioned when she first made her debut? Squirrel Girl. I think Lin Li, with the right person at the helm, can create zany, yet grounded stories for Lin. They have the potential to be maybe the funny, silent and observing opposite of Squirrel Girl, but if we make her a villain, deviously wonderful like Poison Ivy. I see potential in Nature Girl’s abilities.ILLYANA RASPUTINA – MAGIKvia MarvelI saved the best for last, as always. When I wanted to get back into X-Men comics, Magik was the first mutant that intrigued me. She’s sarcastic, straightforward, and a flippin’ sorceress! She’s the most well-known on this list for sure, especially with her current leads in the franchise and Anya Taylor-Joy bringing her to life in New Mutants next year. However, a lot of people still don’t know much about her because she’s so multi-fascinating and secretive (in her own way).Magik aka Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 first as the youngest sister of Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin (or Colossus) and Mikhail Nikolaievitch Rasputin. Being the youngest sister Colossus was very protective of her, as she so she had a bit of a hand in his powers manifesting while saving her from a runaway tractor. After this, Piotr was recruited to join the X-Men, but Illyana’s adventures were just getting started. One of the COOLEST arcs for her has to be her Limbo arc.Long story short, Illyana is kidnapped by Belasco and the alternate universe versions of Storm and Kitty Pryde, named Storm and Cat, go to rescue her. In Limbo, she learned how to use good and evil magic, taught both by Storm and Belasco. The manipulation in Limbo via Belasco is predatory, and this storyline becomes a linchpin for who Illyana turns out to be and her powers. Please read Magik: Storm and Illyana, it’s so worth it.As Magik’s evolved in the X-Men universe, she’s learned her powers throughout exporting in teleporting, Limbo and again, being a flippin’ sorceress! I hope one day she goes super Omega level mutant on everyone. She honestly has the potential to be dangerous for all involved. I swoon over Magik on a regular basis. Currently, she’s back to New Mutant form, starring in New Mutants: Dead Souls, written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Adam Gorham, as the leader of the team.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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GEEK PICK Hori DPad Controller for Nintendo Switch

first_img The most fundamental part of the Nintendo Switch experience is obviously the Switch tablet itself. Undocked it’s the body of a high-end gaming portable. Docked and plugged into a TV it’s the brains of a modest home gaming console. And you can Switch between the two modes at anytime.However, the secret sauce for what makes the console-handheld hybrid concept sing so beautifully are arguably the detachable the Joy-Con controllers. Their versatility is what makes the Switch so versatile. Snap them onto the tablet to complete the portable. Attached them into a controller grip for TV play. Or even turn them each sideways for immediate two-player fun.Unfortunately, that last feature required a bit of a design compromise. In order to get four face buttons on both Joy-Con, the directional pad on the left Joy-Con was replaced with a set of four different buttons. It’s totally playable but not the idea way of tackling 2D classics like the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection or Mega Man X Legacy Collection. Fortunately, a true D-pad Joy-Con is now possible thanks to this new accessory from Hori. The Hori D-Pad Controller is a Nintendo Switch accessory that’s basically a replacement left Joy-Con swapping the four directional buttons for a true cross-shaped D-Pad. It slides onto the side of your Switch like any other Joy-Con and includes the other buttons you need like the screenshot button, analog stick, and shoulder trigger. You can get custom Mario and Zelda color schemes and at $25 it’s half the price of a traditional Nintendo Joy-Con.But you should know you are losing some things in exchange for gaining that D-Pad and some extra cash. This Joy-Con lacks Bluetooth, HD rumble, motion-sensing, and the inner SR/SL triggers. That means you can’t play with it sideways or detached from the Switch at all. This is really just for having a D-Pad while playing the Switch portably. Besides, the Pro Controller already has a D-Pad for playing on the TV.The Hori D-Pad Controller for Nintendo Switch launches in America this September. Hopefully the Japanese battery drainage issues will be fixed by then. And if you’re looking for more ways to make your Switch more convenient, check out our Geek Pick on the Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

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35 WWE Results Saginaw MI Kane vs Bray Wyatt

first_img Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Twitter 3/5 WWE Results: Saginaw, Michigan* Fandango & Damien Sandow def. Stardust & Tyler Breeze.* R-Truth def. Heath Slater.* Rusev def. Sin Cara.* Big Show & Dolph Ziggler def. The Wyatt Family.* Paige, Alicia Fox & Sasha Banks def. Naomi, Tamina & Cameron.* Ryback def. Konnor.* Kane def. Bray Wyatt in a street fight match.Source: Prowrestling.net Pinterest Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Google+center_img WhatsApp Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV last_img read more

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Ronaldos sister blames the Mafia for his Ballon dOr snub

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, was far from impressed with voters for her brother’s Ballon d’Or snub on Monday nightRonaldo’s hopes of a record sixth Ballon d’Or ended on Monday night after his former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric beating him by nearly 300 votes.The Portuguese forward has now finished as runner-up to Modric twice after losing out in the FIFA Player of the Year to the Croatian in September, despite another prolific campaign.This came in light of a stunning year from Modric, which saw him help Real win three straight Champions League titles and lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.But, as far as Ronaldo’s two sisters are concerned, the Juventus star deserved the Ballon d’Or and pointed the blame towards “the mafia” for his omission.“Unfortunately this is the world we live in, rotten, with the mafia and f******g money,” Elma Aveiro wrote on Instagram.“The power of God is a lot greater than all this rottenness. God takes his time but he doesn’t fail.”Ronaldo’s older sister Katia Aveiro added on Instagram: “Best player in the world….for those who understand football of course.”last_img read more

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Governor says Waterloo also hit by water shortage says ball in PNP

first_img Water Undertaking Unit Exercise in Grand Turk a Success Related Items:governor beckingham, hon. robert hall, reverse osmosis, water shortage, waterloo CFO recommends bypass of Cabinet & House of Assembly for $2.1 million spending Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – Meanwhile, the Governor tells Magnetic Media that Waterloo is also suffering water shortage issues; the question to the Governor was posed by us after a recommendation in the House of Assembly that it should be checked on. The Speaker, Hon Robert Hall expressed curiosity about whether or not the Governor’s home and office is suffering the same water flow issues as other areas of Grand Turk. In that reply to Magnetic Media, we were told specifically that: “You asked about water issues at Waterloo. Waterloo has, in fact, suffered serious water supply problems on occasions over the past two years.” We also asked about why the CFO turned down the Cabinet’s request to get money to fix the reverse osmosis plant, and was informed that, and I quote: “I understand that the matter rests with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning which has yet to identify the recurrent costs associated with running the plant once it is operational.” HE’s office said we should direct further inquiries about the RO plant and its yearly expense to service Grand Turk to the Ministry; and we have. Up to news time, we await a formal reply. Recommended for you Vehicle Accident Claims Lifelast_img read more

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California governor to sign law to limit shootings by police

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he plans to sign a measure aimed at deterring shootings by police.His office says the bill he will approve Monday will modernize the state’s standards for the use of deadly force by officers.The measure by Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego will change California’s existing lethal force standards to require that deadly force may only be used when necessary.His office says it will encourage law enforcement to try de-escalation techniques such as verbal persuasion and other crisis intervention methods.It was spurred by last year’s fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, whose death sparked major protests in the state capital and reverberated nationwide.The measure passed with bipartisan support after major police organizations won concessions. Posted: August 19, 2019 California governor to sign law to limit shootings by police AP, Updated: 4:32 PMcenter_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter August 19, 2019 AP last_img read more

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Mother son and 3 pets escape Fort Lauderdale apartment fire

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A mother, her son and three pets were treated after a fire broke out inside their Fort Lauderdale apartment.They were inside the apartment near Southeast Third Avenue and Ninth Street when the microwave caught fire.Paramedics treated the young boy on the scene.His mother was rushed to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.Fire officials said the smoke damage has made the unit uninhabitable.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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State Funds to Create DOD Deployment Hub at Youngstown ARS

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lawmakers from northeastern Ohio have secured $250,000 in state funding to convert an unused cargo building at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to a military deployment center for the adjacent Youngstown Air Reserve Station.Plans call for the 25,000-square-foot building and a 13-acre cargo apron to serve as a regional hub from which troops from all branches of the military in Ohio and three neighboring states could deploy, reported WFMJ. It would be the sixth such Air Force facility. The deployment center also could serve as a staging point during an emergency in the Mahoning Valley.Establishing a deployment hub would help boost the local economy and strengthen the air reserve station, said Col. James Dignan, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing.“Actually something that the valley can be proud of to make the 910th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve viable for the long run and the long term. We can grow the mission here and further cement our long term sustainability here in the valley,” Dignan said.Mahoning Valley lawmakers are trying to secure at least $800,000 in additional state funds to finish paying off the bond on the building and donate it to the Air Force. Discussions about adding funding for the debarkation center in next year’s biennium budget already are under way, said state Rep. Sean O’Brien.last_img read more

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Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Lake Ghosts

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. I just hope you can swim.The eerie, hollow-eyed, homicidal ghost of Prentis (via BBC)LAKE GHOSTSFirst appearance: “Under the Lake”/”Before the Flood” (2015)—season 9, episodes 3 & 4Home planet: N/ADoctor: TwelfthCompanion: Clara OswaldIn folklore, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person that appears to the living. In Doctor Who, they are eerie, hollow-eyed apparitions intent on murder.When the Twelfth Doctor and Clara land in an underwater mining facility in the year 2119, they’re met with a couple of not-quite-Casper-y ghosts seemingly intent on killing the entire crew.One by one, the creatures take down members of the group, starting with Commander Moran and Vector Petroleum rep Pritchard—whose diving suit somehow makes his ghostly appearance even more creepy.(I mean, really, these villains are so scary, even the TARDIS wants to run away.)The ghost of Prentis takes aim (via BBC)“So, we are fighting an unknown homicidal force that has taken the form of your commanding officer and a cowardly alien, underwater, in a nuclear reactor,” the Doctor sums up the situation. “Anything else I should know? Someone got a peanut allergy or something?”It takes a clever mind and a quick pace to outsmart—and outrun—the ghosts. But, of course, that’s exactly what the Doctor does. With a little help from resident lip-reader, deaf acting-commander Cass, who decodes the mumbling whispers of the walking dead: The dark, the sword, the forsaken, the temple.Coordinates, according to the Time Lord. Galactic coordinates that lead the Doctor, Bennett, and O’Donnell back—before the flood.The Doctor faces the Fisher King (via BBC)Where the Doctor becomes entangled in a paradox in order to defeat the Fisher King (represented by not one man, but three: the late Neil Fingleton as the physically imposing beast, Peter Serafinowicz as the haunting voice, and Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor as its “roar”).As it turns out, the towering warlord killed Prentis (the rat-faced undertaker) in 1980, initiating a plan to build an army of ghosts, in an attempt to transmit Earth’s coordinates to his race, before invading and destroying the planet.His scheme, of course, is foiled by the Doctor, who uses a hologram of his own ghost to trick the ruthless alien and his ghastly minions into a deadly trap.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Improved Volumetric Displays May Lead to 3D Computer Monitors

first_imgOne of the biggest problems with volumetric displays is the difficulty in portraying shading of object surfaces and displaying opaque objects, both of which are common in real-world situations. To improve these traits, the researchers developed a new technique that modifies the original input data in such a way as to allow the light rays to produce more shading and darkening effects. They call the modified dataset a “lumi-volume.” The researchers demonstrated that, when they fed the lumi-volume data into the IEVD, the emitted light field and image contained shading effects as good as the shading found in images rendered on a traditional 2D computer screen – an achievement that was once thought to be impossible. The technique could also generate better quality opaque objects.“Our paper mathematically formalizes the rendering equation/model for these displays, minimizing the difference between the intended 3D output and the actual one,” Mora told PhysOrg.com. “Without such formalization, shading cannot be kept under control. This can be compared with the traditional use of such a display by spatially lighting and coloring the 3D object’s surface, which is intuitive from a modeling point of view, but, unfortunately, cannot reproduce proper shading.” (Left) The Perspecta volumetric display generates 3D images, and is based on a sweeping plane that performs 24 rotations per second. (Right) A 3D volumetric image of a rabbit. Image credit: Benjamin Mora, et al. (Left) A 3D volumetric image of a tower, based on a 2D rendering from a computer. (Right) A 3D volumetric image of a face. Image credit: Benjamin Mora, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — Volumetric 3D displays have been around for nearly a century, but they face several challenges that have prevented their use in widespread applications. Recently, a team of researchers from the UK and the US have made some significant improvements that may pave the way toward commercializing volumetric displays for 3D viewing. Volumetric displays involve thousands of 3D pixels (or “voxels” for “volume elements”) that either absorb or emit light from an “isotropically emissive light device” (IEVD). The voxels are projected onto a screen that rotates 24 times per second, creating a 3D image. Because the image is composed of either the presence of absence of light, it creates an X-ray-like effect of the input data. Ideally, the technique could be used for data visualization, such as viewing complex mathematical surfaces, technical designs, and biological and chemical structures, as well as for entertainment purposes.Researchers Benjamin Mora and Min Chen of Swansea University in Singleton Park, Swansea, UK, along with Ross Maciejewski and David S. Ebert of the Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in West Lafayette, Indiana, US, have developed a technique that improves the image quality in volumetric 3D displays. Their study will appear in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. Volumetric 3D displays have several inherent advantages compared with other kinds of 3D displays. For instance, viewers don’t need to wear special glasses, but can still observe the 3D scene from multiple angles and depths. Also, unlike holographic techniques, volumetric displays don’t require extremely large amounts of computation for data processing. And now, the shading effects can capture surface curvature and texture to provide improved image quality.“3D displays have several advantages when compared to similar techniques,” Mora said. “Stereo techniques need either special glasses or special 3D screens, which may not suit every user. Other more complex 3D devices use multiplex images on a horizontal axis, but not on the vertical axis. This may result in a distorted 3D image if the user is not located at a pre-defined distance from the display.”Further improvements are still needed before immediately jumping to applications, the researchers said. But they expect that this study will stimulate further research into hardware improvements, increasing the field of view, and reducing transparency effects. They suggest that some of these problems might be solved by projecting two images onto opposite sides of the rotating screen, enabling the use of two different lumi-volumes and better quality renderings.Eventually, volumetric 3D displays could be easily incorporated into a future computer system as a second monitor. The 3D monitor could have applications in data visualization, medical and military training, and movies and games.“Virtually any 2D application could eventually be ported to a 3D volumetric display system and then experience some visual improvement,” Mora said. “However, current technology limits prevent these devices from going mainstream. Thus, 3D displays are mainly suitable to domains like entertainment, education, and scientific visualization. For instance, gaming or watching a video on such a display may not yet be ideal due to a lack of power on current processors; however, this technology can already be deployed in museums for showcasing virtual objects. Also, these devices have strong potential for estimating the visual impact of objects (e.g., car design, buildings, etc.) in their environment and the interpretation of complex 3D datasets and medical images, although more user studies there would be needed.” More information: Mora, Benjamin; Maciejewski, Ross; Chen, Min; and Ebert, David S. “Visualization and Computer Graphics on Isotropically Emissive Volumetric Displays.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. To be published.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Images in the air: Researchers turn to femtosecond lasers Citation: Improved Volumetric Displays May Lead to 3D Computer Monitors (2008, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-volumetric-3d.htmllast_img read more

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Watching TV for too long may double blood clot risk

first_imgDo you have the habit of sitting glued to the idiot box everyday? Beware, you may be at nearly twice the risk of developing blood clots, researchers warn. The findings showed that risk of blood clots in the veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as venous thromboembolism or VTE increases with the amount of time spent watching television even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity. “Watching TV itself isn’t likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching,” said Mary Cushman, Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington.For the study, the team examined 15,158 middle-aged (45-64 years) participants. Those who watched TV “very often” were at 1.7 times higher risk of developing blood clots compared with those who watch TV “never or seldom”.The people, who met recommended guidelines for physical activity and reported watching TV “very often”, had 1.8 times higher risk compared to those who reported watching TV “never or seldom”.”Think about how you can make the best use of your time to live a fuller and healthier life. You could put a treadmill or stationary bike in front of your TV and move while watching,” Cushman said. The results were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 in California. Previous studies have associated prolonged TV viewing with heart disease involving blocked arteries.Although venous thromboembolism is more common in people 60 and older, it can occur at any age.Besides avoiding prolonged TV watching, one can also lower the risk of venous thromboembolism by maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, the researchers suggested.But that’s not the end of the problems. There are various other issues that you will keep on encountering later in life. Sitting for long hours in front of television not only develop blood clots but also increases the risk of cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, took into account published scientific studies dating from 1970 all the way to 2011 and found that collectively, the data from those studies reveal a clear correlation between more than two hours of TV viewing time and risk factors for type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease. The risk of heart disease increased by 15 percent. For diabetes, the risk increased by 20 percent for people that watched TV more than two hours a day.Yet another study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2011 revealed that when people lower their activity from over 10,000 steps a day to less than 5,000 steps a day, physical changes in the body directly increase that person’s risk to death due to various diseases.agencieslast_img read more

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Robert Herjavecs Dos and Donts From Cryptocurrency to Cyber Hygiene

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 11 min read April 13, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » “There are no more excuses. We’re all aware of internet-based threats and have a responsibility to protect our corporate data as well as the data of our customers.” That’s according to Robert Herjavec, star of Shark Tank and one of the country’s most well-known entrepreneurs. He’s also the founder and CEO of the Herjavec Group, an internationally recognized cybersecurity firm.Herjavec’s advice is as timely as it is crucial: This may be cybersecurity’s most sensational year to date. Last year brought government hacks, state-sponsored ransomware, corporate cover-ups and ransoms paid. But the industry’s response is far from apparent, with few concrete solutions to these very real problems. Business owners in 2018 are justified in feeling anxious about their companies’ vulnerabilities. Still, many organizational leaders remain ignorant of how exposed they are to digital attacks — until those attacks take place. Even worse are those who are aware of weaknesses but don’t take appropriate action. “Be knowledgeable of what assets you’ve kept online, know if it’s on the cloud or only on your computer’s/company’s network and get rid of assets that are not utilized,” Herjavec says. “Always keep cyber hygiene top of mind — keep up with password etiquette, delete old accounts and make sure that when you conduct financial transactions, you use a secure network.”Related: No One Is Safe From the Data Breach EpidemicNew currencies, new vulnerabilities.There is a sense that cybersecurity — especially with the advent of cryptocurrency — is so complicated that institutions are powerless to protect their customers’ data. In reality, the past year’s breaches follow some very distinct trends.“We’re still seeing ransomware and malware exploit unpatched networks,” Robert Herjavec says. “Cryptocurrency ‘mining bots’ are the new thing, and we’re seeing that expressed with web-server compromise, browser hijacking and even web ads that are co-opting your-processor-to-mine (cryptocurrency) coins. We are also seeing a resurgence in banking Trojans. Everyone should be using two-factor authentication wherever possible and using unique and frequently changing passwords everywhere else. We can expect phishing attacks to become more sophisticated as well.”With these trends in focus, organizational vulnerabilities can be broken down to a few key challenges. First, leaders must identify recurring and common points of failure. Certain aspects of the data pipeline are crucial to operations and across organizations, and the same weak points exist in each. The silver lining: A common trend in security breaches across industries means many people also are developing solutions to help companies in their field operate very securely.Related: The Major Security Risks Small Businesses Face and How to Defend Against Them Cyber hygiene is key.Email is core to nearly every organization’s internal and external functions. Both types, however, pose a security threat. Due to its volume and key role, email has become the weapon of choice for hackers. Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report 2017 reported that one in every 131 emails contains malware — and that’s only one kind of attack associated with email use. Spoofs are even more common. These fraudulent messages fool employees into believing the hacker is a colleague who needs access to proprietary or sensitive information. In a high-profile spoof last year, a hacker tricked the White House’s cybersecurity officer into disclosing his own private email address.Business owners can help raise awareness of these scams and encourage healthy skepticism by proactively training their employees on cybersecurity etiquette. “You have to educate your employees about security risks and employ some basic technologies to try to prevent ransomware and phishing attacks,” Herjavec says. “Don’t open a suspicious email when the subject or sender doesn’t make sense in terms of your role. Hover over URLs before you click on them to ensure the destination is what is truly presented. Never download attachments without validating the source or its content. It’s important businesses also control the use of cloud storage providers and limit data exfiltration within their corporate environments.”Related: The Biggest Threats in Your InboxEvery IT leader should be thinking authentication solutions. For example, organizations can implement DMARC authentication to verify all incoming emails are, in fact, from the purported sender. Additionally, companies can purchase email-security applications from vendors that specialize in authentication for enterprises. Businesses also can hedge their expsoure by incorporating other forms of communication. Internal-messaging services often are more secure than email and allow for quick verification of any suspicious content — without requiring users to reply to a fraudulent message.Information storage: a necessary risk.Information storage is both a necessity and a huge weakness. Most organizations need to house massive amounts of data to comply with privacy regulations, enable daily tasks and facilitate business analyses. Computing has moved largely into the cloud. Keeping data stored in one place, with only one point of failure, no longer is commonplace.However, fraudsters evolve just as quickly as the technology changes. In 2016, Uber leaked data from 57 million of its users and drivers when hackers discovered that Uber developers had published their usernames and private-access keys on Github. This allowed access to Uber’s Amazon Web Services-based datastores. Uber reportedly paid the hackers a ransom of $100,000 to keep the leak under wraps. Herjavec strongly suggests that businesses limit access to cloud storage outside the corporate network and ensure their employees understand the basics of “cyber hygiene.” This includes how to create complex passwords and rotate them. “Also, it’s important to have a schedule for inventory analysis across the corp network — knowing what devices are connected, who is using a personal device versus corporate device, etc.,” Herjavec says. “Understanding what the endpoints are at play will ensure that you understand the scope of the risk and what you have control over.”Related: Password Statistics: The Bad, the Worse and the UglyProtect data in motion.Not all data moves within an organization. Static and transmitted information require different protocols. “Encrypt data at rest,” says Siobhan McNamara, a published researcher and data scientist in the American and European cybersecurity sectors. “Data that is stored and is stationary can be stored and encrypted without breaking the bank. Data storage platforms will offer security measures for data at rest. Be sure to incorporate this into your data plan.”Data that flows is more complex and costly to lock down. “Therefore, data that moves between hosts and storage systems and is replicated on various platforms requires a separate security approach. This will depend on the data needs of an organization in question,” says McNamara, who is part of the engineering team at Agari. She and her colleagues are designing systems to protect email from malicious messages and phishing attacks.”Storage solutions may encrypt data at the network level, in networking equipment, at the application level, in the database or at the data-set or operating-system level,” McNamara says. “Talk to the experts managing your storage solution and explain your data environment. They will create the best security solution depending on how your data moves.”Related: Thanks to Blockchain, Decentralization — and Data Security — Are the FutureEstablish safeguards and oversight.Oftentimes, it is simply poor data-management that poses the greatest risk. Organizational error can lead to enormous breaches and be every bit as costly as intentional cybercrime.Saks Fifth Avenue accidentally leaked sensitive data of tens of thousands of customers via a link on its website.Equifax, the credit bureau that centrally stores personal data, recently was targeted in a hack that leaked the social security numbers, birthdays and credit card numbers of more than 145 million Americans. As the story unfolded, it came to light that Equifax executives were aware their infrastructure left the door open to cyber attacks. Yet for months before the breach, they failed to implement an available patch for their version of Apache Struts software.In June 2017, a marketing company working for the Republican National Committee leaked the sensitive data of 60 percent of the U.S. voting population. Deep Root Analytics accidentally stored the information on a publicly available Amazon Web Services cloud server. This included approximately 200 million American citizens’ home addresses, birthdates and phone numbers — as well as political views and analyses. Political groups use these analyses to predict where individual voters fall on controversial issues such as gun ownership, stem-cell research and reproductive rights.Earlier this year, the Swedish Transport Agency (STA) released sensitive information on the country’s military units and witness-relocation program. The STA had contracted IBM to manage its databases and networks. However, the STA mistakenly uploaded IBM’s entire database to cloud servers and then emailed the data to marketers in clear text format. Clearly, each of the above examples represents a data-governance issue. Occasional mistakes are bound to happen, but the sheer scale of these breaches points to pure data negligence. Predictably, these companies and agencies had to deal with public fallout over the lack of respect for data-handling.Related: When It Comes to Adopting the Cloud, You’ve Got to Secure Company DataFocus on what you do best. Hire an expert for the rest.Data security is a highly specialized field and one that’s pertinent to every organization. “I always advocate for doing what you do best and trusting experts to support you in your areas where you are not as strong,” Herjavec says. “In most cases, you’re running a business — not ensuring security. So you’ll need to balance some investment in technology with some basic principles in policy to get started. You don’t need to outsource your entire infrastructure right off the bat, but I recommend getting feedback from an expert and evaluating outsourced IT solutions to alleviate the pressure and risk. Your job as a business owner is ensuring that security is top of mind, that you make your team aware of the risks and that you’re controlling the cyber hygiene policies within your scope of responsibility.”Give your organization’s data the respect it requires. Trained specialists create the architecture for data pipelines and generate succinct data-governance procedures. This places accountability in one central place and keeps details from falling through the cracks. An effective data-storage strategy will promote security awareness. It also encourage employees and users to consider best practices from technological and process perspectives. The first step is deciding whether your business will best be served by hiring in-house staff or contracting with a independent consulting firm. In either case, look for experts with a proven track record.“We’ve grown from three people doing $400,00 in sales a year to roughly 300 people doing $200 million in sales a year. We have done so well because of our wide expertise in multiple technologies, our team approach to cyber services (including consulting, identity and managed security services) and our ability to find flexible, customizable solutions to meet our customer’s needs in the enterprise space. It’s been a wild ride over the last 15 years, but we’re now operating across the U.S., U.K. and Canada. We love what we do and we’re laser-focused on cybersecurity. This niche is incredibly challenging as the technologies evolve so quickly and threats are always emerging — but when you love what you do and you love the industry, you’re able to attract an incredible team of people. I’m very lucky.”Related: 4 Security Questions to Ask When Outsourcing IT Operations to Make Sure Your Business Isn’t at RiskWhile there’s no way to become 100 percent secure, organizations can take clear action to drastically decrease their vulnerability. Each requires some up-front investment, but it’s much cheaper to abate the risk than it is to clean up after a breach.Employing experts and developing a structure around data governance is the first step. Investing in storage platforms with dynamic security options and requiring email authentication will patch all the weak points.In the end, the tools for solid security are within reach. And the time to build awareness is now.  last_img read more

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Volume Concierge 2 autovolume scheduler for Windows

first_imgVolume Concierge 2: auto-volume scheduler for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on March 03, 2018 in Software – 12 commentsVolume Concierge 2 is a free program for Microsoft Windows PCs that lets you configure automatic rules that change the system volume.You can change the volume for individual applications on Windows, but you cannot make any other modifications to it.Maybe, you’d like the volume to be lower in the morning or late at night, and higher throughout the day. Or, you want the volume to be high on the weekend when you play all that rock music on your PC, or very low late at night when you listen to an audiobook before you fall asleep.We reviewed the first release of Volume Concierge in 2011.Warning: Volume Concierge is free software. It includes a PUP (potentially unwanted program) offer in the installer though. The offer to participate in “The Savers Fund Charity Network” is enabled by default. You need to uncheck the button and click on “skip and ignore saving others” to block the participation.Volume Concierge 2Volume Concierge 2 displays a single volume rule when you launch it by default. You can click on the “add new volume rule” button to set up additional rules.Rules define day, time and the volume level. Days are limited to every day, work days or weekends. While that works well for many use cases, an option to select specific days of the week would improve the program further in my opinion.The time is limited to the start time. If you want to define start and end times, you need to configure two rules to do so.Volume Concierge 2 runs in the background from that moment on. The program is started automatically on system boot by default. If you have disabled the option in the setup, you may add it again with a right-click on the program’s system tray icon.Comparable programsVolume Concierge is not the first program that gives you more control over the volume of your Windows PC.Speaker Locker (previously known as Speaker Admin) can change the volume automatically based on the time of the day. It restricts the volume to a certain range, e.g. exactly 50 or greater than 75, and locks the volume at that level.Volume² is a free program for Windows that supports a wide range of features. You can schedule the volume changing and make use of nice to have features such as keyboard shortcuts, mouse events, screen edge volume controls or an on-screen display.Closing WordsVolume Concierge 2 is a specialized program to change the volume of the system automatically based on day and time.  It may be useful to you if you need the volume to be at a certain level at specific times of the day; most users probably don’t require it.The program uses about 20 Megabytes of memory while it runs in the background. Note that its download or installation may be blocked by your antivirus solution because of the inclusion of the third-party offer.Now You: Do you use small helper apps like Volume Concierge 2?Related articlesConfigure Automatic Volume Adjustments Under Windows 7Control the volume of apps on AndroidHow to set a fixed video volume on YouTubeSoundVolumeView: create, save and load custom Windows audio profilesWindows 10: control app volume individuallySummary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Volume Concierge 2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://softorino.com/volumeconcierge2/ Advertisementlast_img read more