Indians in UAE looking forward to PM Modi’s speech

first_imghe Indian community in the UAE is eagerly waiting to hear and cheer Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Madison Square-like event in Dubai on Monday that is expected to draw over 50,000 people.Modi, the the first Indian premier to visit the oil-rich Arab nation in 34 years, was accorded a rousing welcome by the community members at the reception to be held at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City.About 50,000 Indians have registered for Modi’s public reception. Indian residents in Dubai said that they are eagerly awaiting Modi’s visit to the city.Several Indians living in Ajman, Umm Al Quwaiin and Ras Al Khaimah said that they are driving to Dubai to attend the event despite it being a working day.”He is the pride of our nation,” Amit Soni, a resident of Dubai said.Indian consul general in Dubai Anurag Bhushan hoped that Modi’s visit would be truly memorable.”I hope everyone will come with the national flag and celebrate in the spirit of our brother-hood,” he said.Bhushan praised the efforts of the members of the Indian community in Dubai who are putting a lot of effort to make the event successful.The Indian Consulate has planned a cultural show to welcome Modi during the reception.Although the stadium has an expanded capacity of 30,000, the authorities have made arrangements to accommodate more by covering the ground. Huge television screens have been installed outside the stadium for those who would not be able to go inside.The organisers have made elaborate arrangements to cool the stadium and the air-conditioning system will be switched on a day before to ensure the place is sufficiently cool on the day of the event, the report said.advertisementDubai temperatures are as high as 42 degrees Celsius and the humidity is almost 60 per cent in the evening.Shuttle services have been arranged to transport people to the stadium from nearest metro stations as well as from landmark points. Modi’s address to the community would be made available in Malayalam and Telugu on FM channel.A website set up for the occasion has received an overwhelming response.Although the DCA event is being organised on the lines of Modi’s celebrated Madison Garden event, no entry fee will be charged from the audience.”The executives have done well for themselves. But it is the workers who need Modi’s support and encouragement.” Aditya Patel, a marketing professional, was quoted by Khaleej Times as saying.”It’s after a long time that we have an energetic and aggressive leader, and it is a matter of great pride,” Patel said.Vaibhav Raisinghani, an MBA student, said, “I’ve been thinking of excuses on how to leave work early all week,”.Some said that they are willing to skip work for a few hours because meeting Modi is a “once in a lifetime event”.”It is not like he comes to visit every few days. Maybe I might not see an Indian leader again in my lifetime. Why should I miss it,” said Insiya Asghar, a resident of Sharjah.Another Sharjah resident Dolly Gir said: “I am coming to Dubai on Monday with a group of friends. I will be missing four hours of work on that day, but I don’t mind. I won’t get this opportunity again.”Modi is the second Indian prime minister after Indira Gandhi who visited the UAE in 1981.Indian expatriate community is the largest ethnic community in UAE constituting roughly about 30 per cent of the Gulf country’s population.last_img read more

WWE: EC3 talks about his release from WWE in 2013

first_imgAdvertisementEC3 was a guest on Edge and Christian’s Pod Of Awesomeness recently where he talked about a number of topics. Among them, he discussed the reason why he was released from WWE in 2013.“As much as that sucked at the time, it was the best thing that could happen to me for a numerous amount of reasons.” EC3 continued, “and, like, what a better time, what a better opportunity than now? I don’t believe in, ‘ah, everything happens for a reason’. I believe in that in a sense, but the way that everything panned out, played out, worked out, damn, I couldn’t be happier or more excited about what’s to come and where it’s going.”EC3 remembers when he got the call when he was fired from the company, he was in a gym and after his release, he had to wrestle in the same gym for $50.“It’s not like I was surprised, but it was kind of still… or no! I’m trying to equate the shock and what it felt like and, like, you don’t know if you’re awake or you’re dreaming. And, all-of-a-sudden, anything that’s drastic, life changing that happens out of nowhere, it was a very bizarre feeling. And the toughest call, it wasn’t tough for me, just knowing the industry and knowing how things were lining up, and I can complain and b—h about people in the past or whatever, but at the same time, I could see it from every perspective. But, like, calling my dad to tell him, calling my girlfriend at the time to tell her, like, that was the hardest part.” EC3 added, “the second hardest part was the building I got fired in when I got the call was a gym, and then, the very first independent show I did post-firing, in front of 73 people for $50, was in the same building, ironically.” You can listen to the podcast here. Quotes via WrestlingInc.Advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017,GL vs RPS: Andrew Tye, Brendon McCullum heroics lead Gujarat to 7-wicket victory over Pune

first_imgA hat-trick from debutant all-rounder Andrew Tye and sensible top-order batting from Brendon McCullum and Smith helped Gujarat Lions outclass Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.Tye bagged five wickets giving away only 17 runs, the first in this edition of the IPL, including a hat-trick in the final over of Pune’s innings, before the batsmen put on a collective show to chase down the 172 target, with two overs to spare. HighlightsTye’s hat-trick was the second of the day after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s leg-spinner Samuel Badree got his in the afternoon game against Mumbai Indians. (Also read: Andrew Tye, Samuel Badree: 2 matches, 2 hat-tricks, different results)Gujarat got off to a flier with the opening duo of Dwayne Smith (47) and Brendon McCullum (49) putting on 94 runs with none of the Pune bowlers having an answer to their onslaught. (Also read: Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)The West Indian started his innings with an unconvincing four to square leg off Ankit Sharma before gaining in confidence with a mammoth six on the fifth ball and then ending the over with another boundary through the covers to milk 16 runs. (Also read: Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)McCullum did not lag behind either to take fellow New Zealander Lockie Ferguson out of the park for a six over long-off before meting out special treatment to South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, whocost Pune 35 runs in his first two overs.advertisementThere was no stopping the duo as the hosts rushed to 50 in just over five overs with Pune skipper Steve Smith changing as many as six bowlers before getting the first breakthrough in the form of Dwayne Smith, three short of his half century.Playing his first match of the season, pacer Shardul Thakur’s slower delivery did the trick for Pune, when he induced Smith for an uppercut only to be land down the throat of Rahul Chahar at third man. The West Indian’s 30-ball knock was laced with eight hits to the fence and one over it.Two overs later, a rush of blood saw McCullum’s end, one run short of his half century. The former Kiwi skipper, who had by then faced 32 balls, firing five boundaries and three massive sixes was outsmarted by Chahar, who dragged the length back seeing McCullum coming down the track leaving the rest for stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.The very next over saw the back of stumper Dinesh Karthik (3), who failed to pick Tahir’s googly before chopping it back on to his stumps.The loss of three quick wickets saw Gujarat slump to 111/3, before skipper Suresh Raina (35 not out) and Aaron Finch (33 not out) batted sensibly, sharing a 61-run undefeated stand for the fourth wicket to see the team home.Finch appeared to be in a hurry to get his team over the line, lofting two consecutive sixes off Ferguson to take the hosts home.Earlier, Pune’s opening woes continued to haunt them with the loss of the in-form Ajinkya Rahane (0) in the very first over.Skipper Smith (43) along with opener Rahul Tripathi (33) launched an onslaught, which medium pacer Praveen Kumar will perhaps remember for a long long time.Bowling his third over on the trot, the 30-year-old Praveen was milked for 25 runs, with Tripathi dispatching him for two consecutive sixes and a four before Smith fetched two back to back boundaries as Pune rushed to their fastest IPL 50.As Pune looked set for a massive total, Tie ended the 64-run second wicket stand between the duo, dismissing Tripathi with a slower delivery which the batsman failed to lift and was caught by Aaron Finch at mid-off.Englishman Ben Stokes then joined Smith to add 25 runs before Dwayne Smith got the prized scalp of the Australian, who mistimed a back of a length outside off to be caught at long-on by Finch.Two overs later, Stokes departed to another slower delivery from Tye which knocked off his off-stump, after the IPL 2017’s costliest buy faced 18 balls, hitting two boundaries and a six.All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, playing his first match of the season, immediately provided another breakthrough with the wicket of Dhoni (5), whose form continued to desert him for the fourth consecutive match.last_img read more

Mavs’ Bouncer Beats Knicks, 110-108

first_imgNEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki called it “probably the ugliest game-winner I ever shot,” and this is how he described it.“Basically it hit the board, every part of the rim, hit Jerry West over there (the logo on the backboard), came back over and it was definitely an ugly, ugly shot,” he said.But when the 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, the Dallas Mavericks had a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks.The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through. “I didn’t even feel like celebrating it was so ugly,” Nowitzki said.His teammates and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did it for him, rushing onto the floor after Dallas moved into seventh place in the Western Conference.Carmelo Anthony had 44 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. He played strong defense on the Mavericks’ final possession, but was left standing in disbelief long after the buzzer after Nowitzki’s shot appeared to hit the backboard first, then the front rim, then bounced up before dropping.“It was like a needle in a balloon right there,” Anthony said. “It sucks all the air out of you. He hit a hell of a shot.”Vince Carter made seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points. Monta Ellis had 22 for Dallas (35-23), which has won nine of 11 and is a season-best 12 games over .500.Jose Calderon finished with 20 points for the Mavericks, who swept a three-game road trip and beat the Knicks for the 20th time in the last 25 meetings. Nowitzki had just 15 points after missing all five 3-point attempts.“That’s one thing about the greatest players. I played with (Larry) Bird for three years. He took more pleasure in hitting a game-winning shot after he missed eight or nine in a row than having a great game at times,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 12 rebounds against his former team, sparking the Knicks’ comeback after they trailed 108-100 with 1:37 left. But New York (21-36) lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell a season-worst 15 games below .500.The Knicks had blown big leads in their last two games, giving away a 14-point advantage at Orlando and a 17-point cushion at Atlanta, collapses that coach Mike Woodson called “mind-boggling.” This one had to hurt worse.“There were games last year when our backs were against the wall and we just found a way to win,” Woodson said. “This year when we’ve been in the situation where we needed a big stop or two we haven’t been able to get it done.”The Mavericks seemed to have put it away when Calderon made a 3-pointer, and Brandan Wright followed with a basket to stretch the late lead to eight points.But after Raymond Felton’s basket, Chandler converted a three-point play, then came up with a steal to start a break that ended with Anthony’s 3-pointer that tied it at 108 with 50 seconds remaining.The Knicks got the ball back after a Dallas miss but committed a shot-clock violation, giving Dallas the ball for Nowitzki’s winner.“We maybe shouldn’t be in the situation at the end, I think six points up,” Calderon said. “It was a good lead with 1:20 or something, but it was good at the end.”Amare Stoudemire scored nine points in his first start since the end of the 2011-12 season for the Knicks, who had just 10 available players after waiving Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih earlier Feb. 25  following contract buyouts.The Mavericks shot 55 percent and led 31-21 after one quarter, but the Knicks came right back and made 14 of 19 shots (74 percent) while scoring 38 points in the second, when Anthony scored 17 points. New York erased a 14-point deficit to grab a two-point lead on Anthony’s jumper with 11 seconds left, but Ellis made a 3-pointer as time expired to give Dallas a 60-59 edge.Dallas had the lead back up to eight in the final minute of the third, but Anthony made three free throws, then nailed a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining as the Knicks trimmed it to 84-82.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

We don’t have to rush into things: COA’s Edulji on Supreme Court judgement

first_imgThe Supreme Court has delivered its judgement and upheld the new BCCI constitution submitted by the Committee of Administrators (COA) following some revisions. This now paves the way for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to return to democracy after the revised constitution is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act in thirty days.It also marks the beginning of the end of the COA’s nineteen month stint so far during which they made some significant decisions like giving cricketers, selectors, umpires, scorers pay hikes as well as upgrading the players’ contract system. However failing to enforce the Supreme Court order on Lodha reforms, they were constantly accused of exceeding their brief and meddling in BCCI’s day to day affairs.COA member Diana Edulji takes some of these questions from India Today…Q. Diana Edulji, your initial thoughts on the order which has come a year and a half after your committee was appointed?A. It’s been some time now since we got into this. We wanted to implement it quickly but there were lot of appeals and we got stuck. I am happy the final order is out now. We are still reading through it and seeking legal opinion. But there is a clear road map now to get these things implemented as soon as possible so that we can have a new BCCI functioning as soon as possible.Q. The court doing away with ‘one state one vote’ was not unexpected after requests from all quarters. But how do you read the decision to relax ‘cooling off clause’ which now allows an office bearer to stay in office for two consecutive terms?advertisementA. There were suggestions for cooling off period to be wiped out completely also. In all fairness, two terms is good enough. One term would have been a little short that’s my personal opinion. You need a bit of continuity. But I think two terms is fair enough and a right step taken by the Supreme Court.Q. So you don’t agree it’s dilution of the original order?A. I don’t think two terms is a dilution of the first order. It’s just to broad-base the situation and take the consideration to have a good functional BCCI and state associations. In that respect it’s a fair judgement.BCCI COA member and former India captain Diana Edulji welcomed all the modifications made by the SC in its revised order on BCCI reforms. Speaking about the COA role, she said, ‘We are in the slog overs now.’#ReporterDiary by @rkmraseshMore videos: Today (@IndiaToday) August 9, 2018Q. You have been a player yourself. So you would not be surprised with the number of selectors being revised to five with the work load before them?A. Yes. It was becoming difficult with the number of matches increasing, the no of tournaments increasing, both men and women with three selectors. It was getting a bit impractical and now with five it will be eased a bit. There will be less pressure on selectors.Q. What are the immediate implications though? Can the current three member selection Committee continue to pick teams?A. We donn’t have to rush into things. The legal will be looking into the order. And we have to get the new constitution under Tamil Nadu Societies Act. It will take some time. As and when we get legal advice, we will decide. If we have to take urgent steps, we will do so.Q. You have scheduled interviews for women’s head coach on Friday. The order says head coach of any Indian team will be picked by the Cricket Advisory committee.A. I will have to send this point across to legal as well as Mr. Vinod Rai, if we can go ahead with the women’s head coach interviews. But we need to get the coach in place too. One option is to continue to have the interim arrangement, we currently have.Q. You are right that the new coach needs to be in place soon. This is a World T20 year for the women’s team.A. And before the World T20 we go to Sri Lanka as well. So the new coach has to be in place with the team and strategise with the team. One has to get to know the team. So it’s important. Also the selection committee has to be in place to pick the men’s and women’s team. It has to be something we have to look into quickly. If possible we have to take decisions because until new constitution is framed, these things will have to be looked into properly. We can’t rush things either which leads to problems later.advertisementQ. I know you still have a job to do to oversee implementation of new BCCI constitution. But how do you look back at the stint so far? One could see from the outside there was a lot of acrimony between the COA and office bearers.A. It’s part of life. You have acrimony on the cricket field too. It’s a game. As a player I never bothered about all this, I was going to do my job. Now most importantly, the slog overs are on and we have to finish the job.last_img read more

Sam Kerr unable to stop Courage from crushing Red Stars in NWSL final

first_imgnews Share via Email Share on Messenger US sports Debinha scored in the fourth minute and the North Carolina Courage went on to beat the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 on Sunday for their second straight National Women’s Soccer League title.Jessica McDonald, Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis added goals for the Courage, who also won the NWSL Shield for the third straight year with a league-best 15-5-4 regular-season record.The Red Stars had a six-game winning streak heading into the final but they quickly found themselves in trouble. Debinha’s pounced on a loose ball and shot past Alyssa Naeher from close range to open the scoring early. McDonald then rose to meet Lynn Williams’ cross in the 26th minute to consolidate the lead. After Dunn scored in first-half stoppage time, Sam Mewis added a goal off a long ball from Abby Dahlkemper in the 61st. It was the third time the Courage and Red Stars had met in the playoffs. The Courage also won the first two and did not give up any goals. Sam Kerr NWSL Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Australia sportcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter NWSL (@NWSL)A game of inches for @sammymewy on the Courage’s 4️⃣th goal.#NCvCHI | #NWSLChampionship 27, 2019 The game capped an eventful week for the league. Chicago’s Sam Kerr was named the league’s Most Valuable Player after scoring a record 18 goals in just 21 games. The Australian forward was absent for part of the season because of this summer’s World Cup.It was Kerr’s second league MVP award – she also won in 2017 during her time with Sky Blue. “Eighteen goals doesn’t just come from one player so thank you to my teammates. I love playing for Chicago,” Kerr said. “I love the girls, I love the team, and they allow me to be the best player I can be.”The Reign’s Vlako Andonovski was named Coach of the Year after leading the Reign to the playoffs after a spate of injuries and the World Cup absences of several key players, including US star Megan Rapinoe. Andonovski is expected to be named the new coach of the US national team at a news conference on Monday in New York. He replaces Jill Ellis, who led the United States to back-to-back World Cup titles. The league this week also announced an expansion team in Louisville, Kentucky, to start play in 2021, as rumors swirled about additional expansion in the nine-team NWSL for next season. A sellout crowd of 10,227 attended the final at Sahlen’s Stadium. Share on Pinterest Women’s football Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Predicts When Country’s Top 8 Teams Will Lose Their First Game

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of college gameday.Kirk Herbstreit.The top eight teams in the latest edition of college football’s Coaches Poll top 25 are all undefeated.Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, LSU, Notre Dame, and West Virginia are all undefeated heading into the sixth week of the 2018 season.When are losses coming for these eight teams?Here are the latest predictions from ESPN.The Worldwide Leader’s Football Power Index projections predict when the first losses are coming for these eight teams.1. Alabama:  No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Nov. 32. Clemson: No lossMost-likely loss: at Boston College on Nov. 103. Georgia: No lossMost-likely loss: at LSU on Oct. 134. Ohio State: No lossMost-likely loss: vs. Michigan on Nov. 245. Oklahoma: No lossMost-likely loss: at West Virginia on Nov. 236. LSU: vs. Georgia on Oct. 137. Notre Dame: at Virginia Tech on Oct. 138. West Virginia: at Texas on Nov. 3You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

Rapports détape sur les objectifs environnementaux et économiques

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais vivent dans une province plus propre, plus écologique et plus durable grâce à des engagements pris par le gouvernement en vue de devenir l’un des endroits les plus durables au monde, du point de vue environnemental et économique, d’ici 2020. Le ministre de l’Environnement, Mark Parent, et le ministre du Développement économique, Angus MacIsaac, ont publié aujourd’hui 14 mai des rapports qui présentent les progrès réalisés par la province en ce qui a trait au respect de ses engagements dans la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable (Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act) et dans la stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable. « Aujourd’hui, je suis fier d’indiquer à tous les Néo-Écossais que nous progressons dans l’atteinte de nos objectifs, qui sont plutôt agressifs, » a dit M. Parent. « Notre succès environnemental et économique continu fait de la Nouvelle-Écosse un endroit encore meilleur où il fait bon vivre, travailler et élever une famille. » La loi établit 21 objectifs à très long terme pour la province, qui varient de la réduction des émissions atmosphériques et des déchets aux nouvelles normes relatives à l’énergie pour les édifices et la protection accrue de nos terres et de nos cours d’eau. Le rapport démontre que des progrès ont été réalisés, incluant le règlement sur les déchets électroniques visant à réduire les taux de déchets jetés, la protection d’une plus grande superficie de terres en vertu de la loi, et un plan d’action en réaction aux changements climatiques. « Afin d’assurer la prospérité future de la Nouvelle-Écosse, nous devons travailler ensemble : tous les ordres de gouvernement, les entreprises, les groupes communautaires et chaque Néo-Écossais, » a dit M. Parent. La loi appuie l’initiative Possibilités pour une prospérité durable, une stratégie de croissance économique pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle aidera la province à atteindre un rendement économique égal ou supérieur à la moyenne nationale d’ici 2020 et à jeter les bases pour une croissance continue. « Ce gouvernement crée des conditions gagnantes pour profiter des possibilités d’aujourd’hui sans compromettre notre avenir, » a dit M. MacIsaac. « Notre stratégie de croissance économique combine les systèmes environnementaux, sociaux et économiques afin de renforcer le capital financier, matériel, naturel, humain et social. » Le deuxième rapport annuel sur la stratégie met en évidence les domaines de croissance et de progrès envers un climat d’affaires solide. Par exemple, les programmes gouvernementaux tels que le programme Opportunités Nouvelle-Écosse contribuent à assurer une main-d’oeuvre douée et solide à l’appui du développement des affaires. L’outil amélioré de remise sur les salaires de Nova Scotia Business Inc. permet une plus grande flexibilité et aide les entreprises à améliorer leur caractère concurrentiel. Il aidera Parrsboro Metal Fabricators Ltd. à maintenir au moins 68 emplois à temps plein au cours des cinq prochaines années alors que l’entreprise concentrera ses efforts sur l’expansion de sa gamme de produits de chauffage éconergétiques. Un autre exemple est le concours I-3 Technology Start-Up de InNOVAcorp. InNOVAcorp collaborera avec 50 des 121 entrepreneurs qui ont participé au concours afin de les aider à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour créer des entreprises axées sur le savoir. Pour plus d’information au sujet de la loi sur l’environnement et sur la prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement au La stratégie Possibilités pour une prospérité durable et son rapport d’étape peuvent être consultés sur le site Web du ministère du Développement économique au read more

Jet Saga Buyers await regulators scrutiny of airlines flying license

first_imgNew Delhi: With prospective buyers lining up to take a shot at bagging Jet Airways cheap, its prime asset — the flying license — is under the aviation regulator’s scrutiny that might derail the NCLT-backed resolution process. Industry insiders privy to the development say that buyers are waiting for the final word from the regulator which is expected to be announced on July 16. Even the bankers to the now grounded airline are nervous. A revoked Air Operator Certificate (AOC) will render lower than expected recovery from the airline which has an outstanding of over Rs 8,000 crore. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep A meagre return will be equivalent to bank’s taking a massive haircut, somewhere in the tune of over 90 per cent. However, since the NCLT has stated that matter of resolution at Jet Airways is considered to be of “national importance”, the resolution professional is widely expected to request the aviation regulator to extend the AOC’s validity. At the same time, buyers have shown interest in the grounded airline. Recently, London-based AdiGroup partnered with Jet Airways Employee Consortium partnered to bid for 75 per cent stake of Jet under the insolvency resolution process. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs AdiGroup Chairman Sanjay Viswanathan said the combined bidding entity expects a likely investment of Rs 2,500 crore-Rs 5,000 crore, adding that the exact figures will be reached once complete financial details about the company’s liability emerge. Similarly, he did not reveal the source of funding, but said that AdiGroup will hold 49 per cent followed by employees consortium’s 26 per cent and the rest will be handed to Indian lenders. The NCLT process entails that resolution professional will first finalise a list of genuine claimants of due money from Jet. It has asked all to submit claims before the IRP by July. A committee of creditors will then be formed which will invite expression of interest (EoI) from potential bidders. If a bid is approved by a majority of CoC members, only then resolution can move ahead. A formal concurrence from the NCLT, though, will be required. Till recently, domestic lenders group led by SBI was in the process of selling the airline to recover their dues of over Rs 8,000 crore, but the plan fell apart as only Etihad gave its offer. Consequently, last week, a SBI insolvency plea was admitted by the NCLT to take the company under the resolution process. Besides the lenders, the airline is estimated to have a total liability of about Rs 25,000 crore which includes dues of operational creditors. Running out of cash, Jet Airways had suspended its entire operations on April 17. Subsequently, the government re-allocated the airline’s slots and foreign traffic rights to rival carriers.last_img read more

Fisheries Department announces conservation measures to protect chinook in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER — The federal government has announced commercial and recreational fishing restrictions in British Columbia as a way to conserve chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River this season.The Fisheries Department’s regional director general Rebecca Reid says urgent protection measures include the closure of a commercial fishery involving seven endangered stocks.Reid says an independent committee of wildlife experts and scientists conducted an assessment last November and determined seven chinook populations on the Fraser River are endangered, four are threatened and one is of special concern.One area salmon was considered not at risk while three others were not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.Reid says harvest management measures alone won’t deal with declining numbers of chinook in recent years due to multiple factors including warming waters because of climate change and destruction of habitat that must be rebuilt.She says last year’s catch reduction by one-third to limit pressure on the stocks was not enough and the decrease in chinook also affects southern resident killer whales that depend on the salmon as their preferred prey.Reid told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a five-year plan to manage chinook and is committed to working with the B.C. government.“Collaboration with the B.C. government, Indigenous groups and stakeholders is a cornerstone of the implementation plan,” she says, adding the department will also consult with the province on land and water-use policies that impact critical habitat.“Community advisers and DFO work alongside the stewardship community, building partnerships with the community to support salmon and salmon protection and education activities at the local level across British Columbia.”Regional resource manager Jeff Grout says protection measures for the commercial sector in the northern community of Haida Gwaii mean no retention of chinook until August 20, a delay of about two months from the normal start of that fishery.Nicole Gallant, chief of enforcement operations for the department’s Pacific region, says 140 fisheries officers will be conducting patrols by land, air and water in order to monitor compliance.She urges the public to report poachers.The department says it will work with recreational and fish harvesters to look for additional fishing opportunities for stocks such as coho and halibut.Other limitations include:— On the west coast of Vancouver Island, the troll fishery that typically starts in May has been closed until August 1 to allow stocks of high concern to migrate there.— A small fishery that harvests chinook for sale in Kamloops Lake has been closed for the season.— A mix of management measures in the recreational sector on the west coast of Vancouver Island mean chinook can be retained starting this week and until July 14, after which there will be a return to the normal limit of two chinook a day.— In the southern Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, measures to protect chinook stocks of concern will include no retention of the salmon until July 31 before one chinook a day will be allowed in August, followed by an increase to two chinook daily.— For the recreational fishery in the Fraser River, no fishing for chinook will be allowed until late August and then no chinook can be retained for the season.— No new measures have been announced for the northern B.C. recreational sector, where the normal limit is two chinook per day.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Women protest outside SC over clean chit to CJI

first_imgNew Delhi: Several women including lawyers, activists and members of NGOs on Tuesday protested outside the Supreme Court after an in-house panel of the court cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment charges.The women were detained by the police and taken to the Mandir Marg Police station. Soon after, prohibitory orders banning the assembly of four or more people were imposed outside the Supreme Court in the heart of Delhi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe women held placards as they protested against the clean chit given to the Chief Justice by the in-house committee of his colleagues. “Do Constitutional rights to protest not apply to the Supreme Court?” tweeted noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said: “The procedure seems to be totally unjust. Why can’t the victim be given the report? It’s wrong. When they are dismissing the matter, more questions are being raised about the procedures adopted by the Supreme Court. It’s an injustice.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe protest comes after a three-judge top court panel headed by Justice S.A. Bobde found no substance on Monday in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former apex court employee against Chief Justice Gogoi. On Tuesday, the woman asked the in-house probe committee for a copy of the report giving a clean chit to the CJI. “I have a right to know how, why and on what basis have your Lordships found my complaint to have ‘no substance’,” she said, adding she was “deeply shocked” on the outcome of the committee’s findings. “Despite my detailed affidavit, ample corroborative evidence and clear, consistent statement reiterating my experience of sexual harassment and consequent victimization, the Committee has found no substance in my complaint and affidavit,” she said.last_img read more

A Model to Implement Moroccan Development

Rabat – In terms of human development potential, Morocco is a nation of immense promise. It is where gifted fortunes of nature (including agricultural) come together with dynamic social development Frameworks that could launch the country into a bottom-up haven in Africa and the Near East of community-managed projects and change.Sadly, however, for the majority of people, the application of the country’s combined initiatives for development is not seeming consequential.  The problem is that Morocco’s programs for national growth and development through people’s participation are not being orchestrated together. Integrating these programs would enable their mutual reinforcement to promote accelerated growth and success of development initiatives. Commenting on the calls in Morocco, publicly by King Mohammed VI, that the nation must now reconsider its development model: I submit that it is specifically the model to implement the nation’s development model that requires the major reevaluation and overhaul.These Moroccan Frameworks–among others, including those that intend to advance women’s and youth empowerment–set out to structurally guide local and national growth:1) The Municipal Charter, amended in 2010, requires the creation of multi-year community development plans that are formed by people’s participation;2) The National Initiative for Human Development was launched in 2005 to provide access to sub-nationally managed funding for multidimensional development projects; and3) The Decentralization Roadmap, first unveiled in 2008, innovatively synthesizes three pathways–delegation, deconcentration, and devolution–to empower regions in development;How can the three Frameworks better fulfill their individual purposes, and how can they relate with each other to create human development that is sustained by the local beneficiaries?The first Framework, the Municipal Charter, requires locally elected representatives to assist participatory community planning in the determination of projects.  This could and should be a major pathway for sustainable development to take hold, due to the fact that people’s participation (along with finance) is the key factor of sustainability.Further, people-driven projects, instituted in the Municipal Charter, are necessary for sustainable development and actualization of the other Frameworks that compose the Moroccan model.  However, in Morocco there is a constant challenge: elected members to municipal councils are typically not trained in facilitating participatory methods.Catalyzing widespread, inclusive development projects, means first implementing experiential training programs for university students, school teachers, technicians, civil society members, elected officials, and local people, for example, to be active agents of participatory development. Through training-by-doing, the aforementioned municipal development plans can then reflect the actual will of the people in regards to the projects and future they most want.The second Framework, Morocco’s National Initiative for Human Development, is a national fund for infrastructure projects, capacity-building, social and cultural revitalization, and job generating activities on sub-national levels. This fund should include a multi-billion-dollar budget over five years for participatory planning training and community-identified projects.The NIHD should primarily help actualize the development projects designed according to the Municipal Charter.  Indeed, the NIHD and the Municipal Charter can only be successful if they work in tandem.  NIHD should help fund the participatory development plans embodied in the Charter, and finance projects that local people expressed they most need and want to implement.Third, the “Roadmap” of Moroccan decentralization–taken from the public statements of the King of Morocco since 2008–aims to utilize ongoing national level engagement (devolution) along with sub-national partnerships (deconcentration), to help implement community projects (delegation).  In other words, the Moroccan pathway aims to rally national resources and partnerships for local development, which in principle is good for the sake of sustainability.Without the Municipal Charter and the NIHD working together, however, adequate decentralized arrangements of public administrations will not be enduring.  Overall in Morocco, decentralization is not significantly taking hold, which further adds to the suppression of new local development. The national level still generally decides the parameters, terms, cases, and situations for sub-regional actions.As far as destabilizing political outcomes that may be a concern and caused by decentralization, as described in international cases, the following seems clear in regards to the Moroccan case, certainly based on my experience: the entire emphasis of people during community-based discussions centers on livelihoods and meeting immediate human needs. I have observed no basis for concerns that stem beyond these developmental factors.Understandably, executing decentralization, particularly in regards to its pace, is a delicate process.  The local level is stratified socio-economically, environmentally, and in regards to gender just as it is on the societal level and globally.  Advancing decentralization quickly can be fraught with unhelpful consequences, such as entrenching further the locally affluent and political classes. However, genuine implementation of the Municipal Charter in close conjunction with the NIHD could create the needed participatory democratic conditions which would enable Morocco to eventually opt for an emerging form of communalization–or decentralized management to the municipal level.The Moroccan Frameworks for development bear essentially what are needed in order for sustainable development for marginalized areas and groups to be catalyzed with enduring results.  The Municipal Charter could provide the plans for projects that the NIHD may then help accomplish.  Decentralized arrangements are subsequently built in that wake of community project implementation that involves multi-sectoral partnership.Moroccan agriculture, with its enormous income-generating and environmental-enhancing potential, can and should be the engine for self-reliant financing of the people’s projects.  Agriculture projects may also become identified and determined through the process of implementing the mandates of the Municipal Charter.It is not the insufficiency of these Frameworks that accounts for the hardships that afflict Moroccan people, especially in rural areas.  It is their inadequate implementation stemming from a considerable lack of their popular understanding and the skills that are needed in order to translate them into reality.  I have found that all that is needed is to give men and women of all ages the chance to come together for community workshops that if followed through can ultimately deliver the projects that they and their families have hoped for far too long. read more

Myanmar and UN agriculture agency agree framework to improve nutrition and food

The launch of the CPF follows intensive consultations and agreements with the Ministry of Planning and Finance and relevant line ministries, civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector and other development partners.Specifically, the CPF intends to help the Government achieve three primary goals.Enhanced food security, nutrition and food safetyStrengthened governance and sustainable management of land, forests, water resources and ecosystemsEnhanced resilience of local communities and farming households to natural and humanitarian disasters, climate change and transboundary and emerging infectious disease risks.Despite having reached a state of self-sufficiency in staple foods, food insecurity, particularly seasonal food insecurity, remain a concern across Myanmar, which risks being worsened due to climate and weather-related shocks and instances of social instability. Myanmar had experienced a rapid decline in malnutrition figures in just a few decades. The prevalence of stunting among children below the age of five was reduced from around 40 per cent in the 1990’s to less than 30 per cent in 2016 but the improvements have since slowed.“With nearly one child in three stunted much work remains to be done for Myanmar to achieve SDG-2, the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030,” said Ms. Kadiresan. “But the fact that the Government and FAO have produced and published this comprehensive framework sets us on a clear path forward.” “FAO is ready to do its part to help,” she added. “The agriculture sector has a major role to play in addressing [the] sustained rates of food insecurity and malnutrition through agricultural diversification and rural income generation,” Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said at the launch of the accord in Nay Pyi Taw.The Country Programming Framework (CPF) was signed by U Than Aung Kyaw, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department (FERD), Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations (MIFER) and Ms Xiaojie Fan, FAO Representative in Myanmar. read more

Annual main campus switch from heating to cooling

Facilities Management is busy preparing the main campus cooling systems at the central chilling plant for summer operation. Due to the type of heating and cooling system that is used at Brock University, many buildings on the Main Campus are not capable of heating and cooling during the same cycle. With the arrival of unseasonably warm temperatures and lower outside temperatures at night, building heating at this time of year still remains a priority. As typical springtime daily cycles of low nighttime temperatures and higher daytime temperatures continue, some areas on the main campus will experience higher than normal temperatures during regular office hours. Facilities Management staff will continue to make the main campus as comfortable as possible by bringing in cool fresh air to the areas that are normally cooled by the central chilling plant unit until nighttime heating is no longer required.If your area experiences cooling issues please refrain from operating any heat producing equipment which is not necessary and shut off any lighting that is not required. Offices with windows should close blinds when possible to keep out radiant heat.If your area is experiencing any extreme or ongoing cooling issues please notify Facilities Management at x3717 or or Dave McArthur, Associate Director, Maintenance & Utilities at so the situation can be investigated. read more

Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients livers during transplant ops

first_imgQueen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham After Bramhall’s pleas were entered, prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said the Crown accepted the medic’s not guilty pleas in a case which was “without legal precedent in criminal law”.Bramhall, who appeared in the dock wearing a pink shirt and dark suit, was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced on January 12.Judge Paul Farrer allowed Bramhall to stand in front of the dock, in the well of the court, as the surgeon pleaded guilty to assaulting a patient whose name is protected by a court order during an operation in August 2013. Describing the offences as an abuse of position, Mr Badenoch said they had been carried out with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients.The prosecutor said of the assaults: “It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised.”His acts in marking the livers of those patients were deliberate and conscious acts. “Suffice to say, for current purposes, these pleas meet the broad public interest.”It will be for others to decide whether and to what extent his fitness to practise is impaired.”The offence of assault by beating was brought against Bramhall to reflect the act of marking the liver and there is no suggestion that he was responsible for physically “beating” either patient.Crown Prosecution Service  specialist prosecutor Elizabeth Reid said: “Simon Bramhall was a respected surgeon who assaulted two of his patients while they were undergoing surgery.”It was an intentional application of unlawful force to a patient whilst anaesthetised. His acts in marking the livers of those patients, in a wholly unnecessary way, were deliberate and conscious acts on his part.”Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally. It was an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients.” A surgeon has admitted burning his initials into the livers of two transplant patients with a laser beam.Consultant Simon Bramhall, 53, branded “SB” on the organs of a man and a woman undergoing transplant operations.On Wednesday, he admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court but pleaded not guilty to alternative charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.Liver surgeons use an argon beam to stop livers bleeding, but can also use the beam to burn the surface of the liver to sketch out the area of an operation.It is usually not harmful and the marks would normally disappear.But the female patient’s liver did not heal itself in the normal way and the initials were found in a follow-up operation, it is alleged. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in BirminghamCredit: He also entered a guilty plea relating to an operation performed on an unknown patient in February of the same year.Addressing the court after the pleas, Mr Badenoch said: “This has been a highly unusual and complex case, both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law.”It is factually, so far as we have been able to establish, without legal precedent in criminal law.”The barrister added that Bramhall was employed as a consultant surgeon in Birmingham at the time of the transplant operations and that both patients had been under anaesthetic.”The pleas of guilty now entered represent an acceptance that that which he did was not just ethically wrong but criminally wrong,” Mr Badenoch told the court.”They reflect the fact that Dr Bramhall’s initialling on a patient’s liver was not an isolated incident but rather a repeated act on two occasions, requiring some skill and concentration. It was done in the presence of colleagues.”Bramhall was a liver, spleen and pancreatic surgeon who worked at the liver unit within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, West Midlands, for 12 years.He was also involved in tutoring and examining medical students and supervising postgraduate students in higher degrees, management and research. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Alesha MacPhails murderer revealed as boy 16 who bought cannabis from victims

Alesha MacPhail was raped and murderedCredit:Twitter Prior to the ruling, Campbell’s mother told the Scottish Daily Mail: “I wanted him to grow up in a safe place, a peaceful environment and get a good education.”They said in court that he was depressed but I never saw any signs of depression. He would get down now and again, like other boys his age, but he was doing well. Alesha MacPhail’s mother Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow High Court following the judge lifting the ban on the murderers anonymityCredit:Getty Images Aaron Campbell Tony Graham QC, the lawyer representing several news organisations, told Lord Matthews at the High Court in Glasgow that it would be “naive” to think the teenager’s identity is not already known among members of the Bute community and at Polmont Young Offenders Institute.He said the name of the boy, convicted on Thursday of the six-year-old’s rape and murder, had been on Facebook, Twitter and available via a Google search since last July.A “substantial majority” of Scotland’s printed press and broadcast media are represented in the application, the lawyer said.He asked the judge to allow the publication of the boy’s name, address, school, and images of him.The Crown remained neutral but Brian McConnachie QC, representing the boy, said: “The fact that things may be on social media is not a reason that the court should overrule the prohibition.”He added: “It’s little argument to say, well, it’s going to happen (his identification) when he’s 18 anyway.”Mr McConnachie also said the fact that the boy had incriminated another person was no reason to identify him. Aaron Campbell He said: “To make an order on the basis that Toni Louise McLachlan was incriminated would simply be tit for tat and nothing more than that.”Mr McConnachie said the accused had been warned there was a “price on his head” and that publishing his name could exacerbate the situation as it would increase the number of people aware of his identity.He said: “It is also important to identify at this stage that there is a history, so far as the accused is concerned, of self harm.”There is a history of anxiety and depression and he had been previously tested for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was awaiting further testing in relation to that matter at the time of his arrest, so as far as he is concerned there are issues with regard to attacks from others and because of his identification other people knowing the situation and the effect this could have on that issue.”Also there is a potential of self harm.” He said: “I can’t think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion. I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him.” The schoolgirl suffered 117 injuries in the violent attack, with a pathologist telling the jury he had never seen anything like the injuries inflicted on her private parts.Campbell accused of killing her was arrested on July 4. It emerged on the first day of the trial that he knew the family because he had bought cannabis from Alesha’s father.Ms McLachlan also learned on the same day that he was accusing her of killing the schoolgirl. In what the prosecution described as a “preposterous” defence, he said he had previously been in a sexual relationship with the 18-year-old and claimed he had sex with her the night Alesha went missing. He claimed she then took a condom and “planted” his DNA at the scene of the murder.Campbell gave evidence in his own defence and was branded a “confident liar” by the prosecution. But the jury was unanimous in rejecting his evidence. The MacPhail family also issued a statement saying they could not believe they would never see their “wee angel” again. They added: “We miss her so much. We hope that the boy who took her from us is jailed for a long time because of what he has done to our family.” Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered “He had passed some exams – he was especially good at maths and planned to go to university. He wasn’t a violent boy. He was very normal.”Yes, he smoked cannabis but it’s rife among kids on this island. I knew he was buying it from Rab and Toni (Alesha’s father and his girlfriend) but what could I do?”If I went to the police my son would be in trouble. I just hoped it was a phase and he’d grow out of it. Anyway it wasn’t every weekend. It was only occasionally.”Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane, who sat through the trial, issued a statement saying she could not express how devastated she was to have lost her “beautiful, happy, smiley wee girl”. The teenage boy who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on a Scottish island has been named as Aaron Campbell.Judge Lord Matthews, who presided over his trial, agreed to lift a legal restriction on revealing the 16-year-old’s identity following an application by media organisations.Under Scots law a convicted criminal cannot be identified until they turn 18 but such was the severity of the crime, that the judge has ruled that he could be named and his photograph published.The ruling came the day after he was found guilty  of Alesha’s murder at the High Court in Glasgow, where he attempted to blame 18-year-old Toni McLachlan, the girlfriend of Alesha’s father Robert MacPhail, for the murder.Campbell took the schoolgirl from her bedroom, carried her along the shore in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and left her “brutalised” body in woodland at the site of a derelict hotel.The teen killer, who is from Ardbeg near Rothesay, faces a mandatory life sentence on March 21.Lord Matthews allowed the media to name him and publish his picture despite Campbell’s lawyer warning there was a “price” on his client’s head.The judge said: “Parliament has provided the court with a discretion to dispense with the prohibition.” Alesha MacPhail was raped and murderedCredit:Facebook Alesha MacPhail's mother Georgina Lochrane leaves Glasgow High Court following the judge lifting the ban on the murderers anonymity His DNA was found “all over” Alesha and her clothes, which lay near her body, and he had been caught on CCTV leaving his home on three separate occasion in the early hours of July 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The six-year-old lived with her mother in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, but was on the holiday island in the Clyde to spend three weeks with her father and grandparents.She had only been there for a matter of days when her grandmother Angela King, 47, discovered she was missing for her room at around 6.30am on July 2.The family launched a frantic search for her and were joined by dozens of islanders. But her naked “brutalised” body was discovered in the grounds of the old Kyles of Bute Hotel less than three hours later. Alesha MacPhail was raped and murdered read more

Jaguar Land Rover uses light to tell pedestrians where selfdriving cars are

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: This cat will hunt 0 Post a comment Review • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Traditional Jag values, truly modern powertrain More From Roadshow More about 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Jaguar Land Rover Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Future Cars Enlarge ImageKeep your eyes on the road — literally. Jaguar Land Rover We caught our first glimpse of Jaguar Land Rover’s self-driving development pods when it slapped a set of creepy googly eyes on ’em. Now, it’s working on a system that is equally informative but not nightmare fuel.Jaguar Land Rover’s “projection pod” technology uses lights to cast images on the ground. Those images are meant to convey directions to pedestrians, so nearby people can see what the vehicle intends to do next. The lights are dynamic, too. The space between the lines displayed on the road will shorten as the vehicle prepares to brake, and that space will expand as the vehicle speeds up. They can also flex to the left or right to announce an upcoming turn.Removing the human-driver element eliminates the usual method of looking at the driver and waiting for them to either ignore you or wave you past, so JLR’s trying to figure out how to make up for that. Its creepy googly eyes were meant to mimic making eye contact with a driver to determine that you’ve been noticed and accounted for. But since those are creepy as all get-out, this seems like a better solution.”The trials are about understanding how much information a self-driving vehicle should share with a pedestrian to gain their trust,” said Pete Bennett, a mobility research manager at Jaguar Land Rover, in a statement. “Just like any new technology, humans have to learn to trust it, and when it comes to autonomous vehicles, pedestrians must have confidence they can cross the road safely. This pioneering research is forming the basis of ongoing development into how self-driving cars will interact with people in the future.” Tags Land Rover Jaguar Self-driving carslast_img read more

Bail for BJP leader arrested for Mamata Banerjee meme Twitter calls out

first_imgPriyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019 and Mamata Banerjee meme.TwitterBJP activist Priyanka Sharma was released on bail on Tuesday after she was arrested for making a meme on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The meme was an image of the face of Banerjee superimposed on the face of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at the Met Gala.The image went on social media on May 10 was shared by Sharma, who is BJP’s Yuva Morcha leader.This image drew the ire of many Mamata Banerjee supporters who called her out and led to her arrest. The Supreme Court on May 14, Tuesday, let her out on bail and asked her to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister for the insensitive image.An official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell told TOI that a complaint against Sharma was lodged at the DFasnagar Police station. The FIR accused her of uploading and sharing Mamata Banerjee’s meme which featured a morphed image of the West Bengal chief minister ion the face of Priyanka Chopra. This image allegedly violated the community guidelines on Facebook. Those who were on Priyanka’s side were against her arrest and started a social media campaign with the hashtag #ISupportPriyankaSharma. The users of the hashtag commended Priyanka Sharma’s act and mocked Mamata Banerjee and her supposed intolerance for the freedom of speech and expression. They asked why Priyanka was not given the fundamental right in the constitution of India.Here are some of the reactions after news broke out that Sharma was released but had to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister.last_img read more

7 Ways to Stay Ahead of Hackers and Keep Your Companys Data

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When news about a data breach breaks, it’s tempting for people to just roll their eyes and return to their overflowing to-do lists. But these threats are getting closer and closer to seriously affecting individuals’ own precious data. Turning a blind eye could be the death of their budding businesses.Big-name Sony Pictures is the latest in a long line of brands that have garnered attention for the wrong reasons. In November, Sony was hacked, leaving a number of financial records vulnerable after one of its servers was compromised — not to mention the embarrassing pre-release of a bunch of movies the company didn’t want out yet, which is immeasurable in the amount of revenue it will lose.The U.S. Postal Service is another scary example. The breach, which potentially endangered more than 800,000 employees, customers and even top directors’ data, shows just how easily threats can undermine even the most trusted organizations.Yet, many people still think that data-hacking is at a safe distance. They’re aware of threats on the horizon, but because they’re not directly affected, they don’t spend the time and money to build secure practices. However, members of the business community can’t allow themselves to become immune to the bad news of each new breach.The scariest thing about the data-hacking trend is that no one knows what form it will take next. That being said, business leaders need to arm their businesses now so they can adapt to the next threat. Here are seven steps to get started:1. Build the business around security.Security needs to be built into every aspect of a business. Establishing security controls often becomes more complicated the longer businesses wait, so it’s easiest and safest to found every aspect of a business with security in mind.Related: 5 Lessons Leaders Can Learn From the Sony Hacking Scandal2. Strengthen every link in the chain.As Sony discovered, it only takes one weak component to destabilize a whole business. Train every single employee to have security awareness. When working with engineers or third parties, make sure they have secure mindsets and don’t allow anything to be distributed until it’s absolutely secure.3. Get your workflows right.Secure DevOps isn’t a buzzword. Build awareness and adjust methodologies so security becomes a part of the cyclical workflow. If software is produced internally, be aware of development and operations workflows, and be constantly thinking about how operations can be connected with development.Related: Which Age Group Is Most Likely to Be Hacked?4. Encrypt just about everything.Follow best practices when it comes to encryption. Encrypt web traffic and make sure laptops have encryption turned on.  Most vendors, including Apple, have the capability to remotely wipe information if a device is compromised. Use it.5. Invest in security.Just like any other part of a business plan, security needs to be budgeted. Attackers often have the latest tools and adapt quickly, so  benchmark spending and invest in ahead-of-the-curve technology. The price tag for security needs varies, so regularly reassess and reinvest.6. Build awareness into your continuity plan.If “security response” hasn’t been rolled into the continuity plan, do so immediately. If a reliable way to solve security problems does exist, then it’s through awareness of threats and tools. Be constantly aware of the risks, and prepared to react against security slips.7. Unite against hackers.Don’t face the problem of data-hacking alone. Businesses can build safety in numbers by spreading awareness about secure practices, uniting with others and encouraging everybody to be aware of the latest developments in threats and protection.Expert, dedicated hackers are patient criminals. They’re ready to adapt and bring new, unforeseen infringements into the next news bulletin. But next time, instead of rolling their eyes, business leaders need to show them the force of up-to-the-minute technology, well-funded strategies and aggressive resistance. Data’s integrity depends on it.Readiness: Why Competitors Should Collaborate More on Cyber Security Issues February 26, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more