Everton, Crystal Palace move for Valencia striker Michy Batshuayiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia striker Michy Batshuayi is being offered a return to England.On-loan at Valencia from Chelsea for the season, Batshuayi has been told coach Marcelino wants him to cut short his loan this month.The Belgium international would prefer to stay, though the Guardian says two Premier League clubs are now in contact about bringing him back to England.Everton and Crystal Palace are both keen, while Olympique Marseille are also watching developments.For their part, Valencia want to move on Batshuayi to free up a loan slot for Marcelino’s squad. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Scouse tough to understandby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he struggles to understand the Scouse accent.The 26-year-old says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.He told the Daily Star: “The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Accents aside, Alisson says he’s “comfortable and happy” with his new life in Liverpool, with his wife Natalia.He said: “It’s been easier to adapt to England than it was moving from Brazil to Italy, probably because I’m more mature and experienced now.“Signing for Liverpool was a huge step forward in my career and I’m really proud to be here.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OSU then-sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternA stinging loss to No. 19 Marquette followed by a marginal win against Detroit Mercy was not what the then-No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had in mind going into the Midwest Lacrosse Classic last weekend. But the now-No. 14 Buckeyes (5-1) have had a full week of practice to improve their play as they prepare to clash with Towson for their first game of the season at Ohio Stadium.The Tigers have stumbled to a sluggish 2-3 record this season with an 0-2 away record. But the Buckeyes aren’t counting them out, especially considering Towson’s previous performances against them.“This is a game that the last four years we’ve played them — twice last year and the two prior to that — you’re looking at two overtime games and two one-goal games,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We anticipate it being a really healthy competition, seeing two teams collide and probably being something like that as it has been in the past.”The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the past four years against Towson, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 season by way of a 10-9 overtime decision. Last year, Ohio State managed a 6-3 mid-season win versus the Tigers, and followed that up with a dramatic 11-10 win in the NCAA semifinals, before losing to Maryland in the championship game. Towson brings Colonial Athletic Association player of the week Jon Mazza to the table. He is a 6-foot-4 junior attack who had a standout day for the Tigers in their 8-6 win against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday. He recorded five goals and two assists. Myers specifically mentioned Towson junior midfielder Alex Woodall, who has won 72-of-105 draws, as a notable opponent for Ohio State’s own faceoff specialists — freshman midfielder Justin Inacio and sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani. “They’re very disciplined. They typically don’t do anything to beat themselves, and they’re going to force you to beat them, which for us creates a really good challenge,” Myers said.Myers said Ohio State’s first loss on the road against the Golden Eagles on Friday created a sense of urgency among team members, forcing them to analyze the facets of their game that needed attention before going up against Towson. “I think it just starts with leadership, you know just taking that one-goal-at-a-time approach,” senior attack Colin Chell said. “I think it’s really settling the guys down, making sure we have good offensive possessions, making stops on defense, big ground balls at the [faceoff] and just taking it one possession and one goal at a time.”Saturday’s game will be the team’s first this season playing in Ohio Stadium, a fact that leaves players both excited and humbled.“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in there for three years – this’ll be my fourth year – and you know we’re just excited to get out there,” said Chell. “[We’re] pumped for these young guys to experience the Shoe – it’s a truly incredible experience.”The Buckeyes’ faceoff is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
AC Milan are a long way off from being in any position to challenge Juventus right now, admits club icon Paolo MaldiniThe Rossoneri are only 14th in the Serie A standings with just one win in their first three games of the new season.And Maldini, who returned to Milan this summer as a Sporting Strategy & Development Director, admits that it will take time to get the club back into a position to challenge Juventus.“Projects are important, but you can’t yet compare Milan to Juventus,” he told Sky Italia.“The anti-Juventus? Let’s be serious, we’re still a long way off being that,Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We’re aiming to reach the top four in the league and have a great run in the Europa League.“This is a serious project, we want to take Milan back to the highest levels.”Milan last won the Serie in the 2010/11 season and have been unable to finish higher than sixth in the past five years.Gennaro Gattuso’s side will take on Dudelange in the Europa League on Thursday before another league fixture against Atalanta on Sunday.
Toby Alderweireld is in the right frame of mind now at Tottenham, despite making no progress with contract talksThe 29-year-old defender will be out of contract with Spurs at the end of the season and had been strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United in the last transfer window.But Alderweireld revealed that while there are no updates in regards to a new deal at the Premier League side, becoming a first-time dad has given him a new sense of optimism.“I’m the old Toby again. I try to do my best and help the team,” Alderweireld told Sky Sports.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“How happy am I on a scale of one to 10? When you have a daughter it’s 10 out of 10. It doesn’t matter what happens. The joy that I get from that, I try to give it to my football.”As for a new deal at Spurs, he added: “Not that I can say, no. I’m focused on Spurs and trying to help the team. That’s all I can do.”Alderweireld has made nine starts for Spurs this season and is currently with the Belgium squad ahead of their Uefa Nations League games against Switzerland and the Netherlands.
DR wants consulate office in TCI Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – Parade Grounds this morning was filled with family and friends and well-wishers as the inaugural ceremony for the Turks and Caicos National Honours and Awards was held. It was the new element to the month of cultural festivities and was attended by Premier Rufus Ewing and Governor Peter Beckingham. Still to come this month as the country continues to mark the National Heritage Month are: a blast from the past party in Middle Caicos on Bambara Beach on October 17; Gospel Concert featuring the TCI Mass Choir on Sunday October 18; a symposium on the effects of globalization, cultural imperialism and cultural homogenization in Provo on October 19 from 6-9pm; there will be a Farmer’s Market, historical site tours and festival of the arts cultural explosion and a Gospel concert in North Caicos on October 24 and 25; Youth will take on the subject: ‘Living our culture, preserving our heritage’ on October 28 in a panel discussion which is also set for Provo from 10am to noon; October 29 will see a culinary and fine arts exhibition with performing arts concert at the Victoria Public Library in Grand Turk and on October 31, Provo will host the finale event which is a cultural extravaganza. This is the second year the TCI marks National Heritage Month, which replaces Columbus Day or Discovery Day through an Act of Parliament. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded Related Items:governor peter beckingham, national heritage month, national honors and awards More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again
Related Items:#44yearoldmanfounddead, #formerPremierhitandrun, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Police are looking into several matters from the weekend including the hit and run of former Premier Rufus Ewing. Ewing was out cycling in the Bight on Sunday morning when he was clipped by a passing vehicle, that person did not stop. Dr. Ewing said the impact was not enough to throw him from the bicycle, but he decided to report the matter to police anyway.Man found dead. No word as yet on how they are ruling the death, but an expat, said to be from Ireland was found dead in his home. Police got the call around 5pm on Saturday and confirmed to Magnetic Media on Sunday that a 44 year old man was found dead. No other details were provided.#MagneticMediaNews#formerPremierhitandrun#44yearoldmanfounddead Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hit & Run involving former Premier Rufus Ewing, says he is fine…
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 1, 2019:#1) Minecraft MondayThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Minecraft Monday at 3pm. Come play Minecraft with other enthusiasts. Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#2) Wilmington Housing Authority MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Monday activities — blood pressure clinic (9am); SBF Exercise Class (9:45am); Special Exercise Class (11am); and Wii Bowling (12:30pm).#4) Boys Soccer & Track Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child. Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic. (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
NASA Space At the time, some astronomers suggested a collision with another object could’ve caused the asteroid to start spouting off, but a new paper from an international team of researchers concludes that Gault was actually ready to come apart, perhaps even without an impact to trigger the breakdown.”This self-destruction event is rare,” co-author Olivier Hainaut from the European Southern Observatory, explained in a release. “Active and unstable asteroids such as Gault are only now being detected by means of new survey telescopes that scan the entire sky, which means asteroids such as Gault that are misbehaving cannot escape detection any more.” The paper will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. The images from Hubble show Gault being trailed by two narrow tails of debris, indicating the material was thrown off in a pair of short bursts lasting between a few hours and a few days. Active asteroid 6478 Gault last night from the @INGLaPalma after discovery by @TheGenghisKen @fallingstarIfA . The ejected dust extends > 400,000 km, more than the Earth-Moon distance.From observations by @astrostevanus and @Sun_d_citizen @AstroQUB pic.twitter.com/Xc1ByV4OhJ— Alan Fitzsimmons (@FitzsimmonsAlan) January 12, 2019 The asteroid 6478 Gault as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Two narrow, cometlike tails of debris indicate that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction. NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory) We first noted in January that an asteroid discovered decades ago was showing signs of transforming into a comet, but now astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say the space rock may be completely falling apart.The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) asteroid 6478 Gault is located in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, where it was first seen in 1988. Though it’s been observed by telescopes many times over the decades, it wasn’t until last November that scientists saw signs something was changing. By January, Gault had developed a cometlike tail of dust extending over 249,000 miles (400,000 kilometers). Sci-Tech Tags Post a comment There are around 800,000 known asteroids in the asteroid belt beyond Mars, but astronomers estimate that this kind of crack-up happens only once per year. The asteroid’s fragile state is attributed to something called the Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack effect, or YORP torque. The basic idea is that electromagnetic radiation from the sun interacts with small objects like asteroids in ways that can cause them to spin faster and faster, becoming more and more unstable. “It could have been on the brink of instability for 10 million years. Even a tiny disturbance, like a small impact from a pebble, might have triggered the recent outbursts,” explained lead author Jan Kleyna from the University of Hawaii.Astronomers say the tails will begin to fade in the coming months as the dust disperses into space. That is, unless 6478 Gault continues to fall apart before our eyes. Share your voice 0
Andhra Bank has posted 35% growth in net profit during the quarter ended September.The net profit was ₹144 crore, a jump of 35% quarter-on-quarter.The core operating profit of the bank during Q2 stood at ₹710 crore compared to ₹622 crore during corresponding quarter of previous year.The bank said its total income grew by 16% year-on-year. It stood at ₹4,424 crore compared to ₹3,818 crore during Q2 of 2013-14. This comprised interest income of ₹4,146 crore and and non-interest income of ₹278 crore.Total business of the bank stood at ₹260,012 crore, an increase of 13% year-on-year.The deposits grew from ₹129,343 crore to ₹145,084 crore, an year-on-year increase of 12.2%.The gross bank credit during the quarter stood at ₹114,928 crore, a growth of 14% over corresponding quarter last year.
Ferrari Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne after the presentation of the new LaFerrari hybrid car at the 83rd Geneva Car Show.ReutersSergio Marchionne, the Italian-Canadian business magnate who was the chairman and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the chairman and CEO of Ferrari and the chairman of Maserati till last week, died at 66 on Wednesday. Marchionne was in a critical condition at Zurich’s University Hospital for complications after undergoing a surgical procedure on his right shoulder early this month.”Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone,” FCA chairman John Elkann, of the controlling Agnelli family, said in a statement. The deteriorating health condition of Marchionne prompted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to replace him with the head of Jeep and Ram brands, Mike Manley, on July 22. Sergio MarchionneSergio Marchionne was known for his masterstroke that saw the merger of the auto industry’s weakest companies — Fiat and Chrysler — in 2014. The intervention of Marchionne made the Italian and American multinational corporation the world’s seventh-largest automaker from the edge of closing down.Born in Chieti near Italy’s Adriatic coast on June 17, 1952, Marchionne had moved with his parents to Toronto in 1966. Marchionne joined Fiat in 2004. During his tenure at Fiat, Marchionne boosted the company’s value more than tenfold. It was Marchionne’s idea to spinoff supercar-maker Ferrari NV in 2015 from FCA, where Marchionne also served as CEO and chairman.
Taapsee Pannu’s act of pressing man’s private part in Mission Mangal causes controversy.TwitterTaapsee Pannu is yet again in a controversy for a scene in Mission Mangal new trailer that shows her pressing a man’s private part.The particular scene, which has been shot in a humorous manner, shows Taapsee’s character being taught driving, while she mistakenly gets her hand on to the driving teacher’s private part instead of the car gear. This leaves the man in deep pain and he screams.This clip from the Mission Mangal trailer is being widely shared on social media, with many netizens expressing disgust at the scene. Angry Twitterati not only have been trolling Taapsee for the act, they have also been lashing out on feminists for apparently not objecting to this scene.They opined that the feminists of the country would have lashed out to the makers of the film if the same scene had shown a man doing something like this to a woman. Some of them even slammed the makers of Mission Mangal for adding a “disturbing” scene in the name of humour.”That’s called toxic & cheap FEMINISM. Imagine the vice versa & see the rage on social media. One more thing men will go on riot mode ( laughing) at this scene. @taapsee#MissionMangalNewTrailer,” tweeted a person.”They made Mission Mangal to show India’s achievements or so that Tapsee Pannu can harass men? If Kabir Singh sl@pping a girl was wrong, Tapsee molesting a man is definitely crime,” wrote another.That’s called toxic & cheap FEMINISM. Imagine the vice versa & see the rage on social media. One more thing men will go on riot mode ( laughing) at this scene. @taapsee#MissionMangalNewTrailer pic.twitter.com/4cS6akJU1n— PROFESSOR VEER PAAJI (@SRKVEERSINGH) August 8, 2019 Peak feminism from @taapsee ?? https://t.co/YjlVZUNcRx— Arindam ?? (@bhattac_arindam) August 8, 2019 Well, it will be interesting to see if and how Taapsee or the makers of Mission Mangal would react to this criticisms.Apart from Taapsee, Mission Mangal also features Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithiya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi among others.Directed by Jagan Shakti, the film is based on the true events of India’s first successful satellite launch to Mars. Mission Mangal will be released on August 15.
State Minister for power, energy and mineral resources Narsul Hamid and ENOC Group CEO Saif Humaid Al Falasi sign one of the MoUs. Photo: PIDBangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on establishing port, industrial park, supply and setting up LNG terminal, power plants and a special economic zone in Bangladesh, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the signing of the documents at St Regis hotel where she is staying.Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque briefed reporters after the signing ceremony. PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim and Bangladesh ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Imran were present.The government of Dubai and Public Private Partnership (PPP) authority under the prime minister’s office signed the first MoU to set up a port, dry port and industrial park in Bangladesh.Chairman of DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Bangladesh shipping secretary M Abdus Samad signed the document.DP World said whenever they construct any port, they do not limit their activities to the port but set up an industrial park, said Shahidul Haque. “They’re thinking of a massive investment,” he said.”prime minister Sheikh Hasina told them to come to Bangladesh, and the government will extend all necessary cooperation to them,” the foreign secretary added.The second MoU was signed between Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and the power, energy and mineral resources of Bangladesh to supply LNG to Bangladesh on a long-term basis and develop a land-based LNG receiving terminal in Payra.State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Narsul Hamid and ENOC Group CEO Saif Humaid Al Falasi signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.ENOC wanted 300 acres of land in Payra where they will construct the terminal.The third MoU was signed between Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Power Development Board of Bangladesh (PDB).The objective of this MoU is to set up integrated 800-1000 MW LNG power plant in two phases. Besides, there will be a 100 MW solar power project.Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and PDB chairman Khaled Mahmud signed the MoU on behalf of their respective side.The fourth MoU was signed between the private office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA).The focus of this MoU is on setting up a special economic zone in Matarbari.They wanted 300 acres of land where they will set up a company for investment.Sheikh Ahmed Dalmukh signed the MoU for his side while PM’s principal secretary Nojibur Rahman signed it for Bangladesh.By signing these MoUs, the foreign secretary said, the possibility of opening new door has been created for trade and business between Bangladesh and the UAE.
X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of Greater Houston PartnershipGreater Houston home sales increased by 23 percent year-over-year in November. In November, Realtors sold 5,706 single-family homes, 1,055 more than the same month a year ago, according to a monthly report from the Houston Association of Realtors. That’s a 22.7 percent increase.Tim Surratt, a real estate agent with Greenwood King Properties, said that’s great news, “but if we go back two years, it’s really only a 10 percent increase. In 2015, we were still having some instability for the oil prices and all of that. And so it looks like our market is very stabilized here in Houston.”He said the recovery is also finally having an effect on the sales of homes above $500,000.They jumped 32.5 percent from November 2015 – the first time this category saw an increase in sales in more than a year.“People are just feeling confident to get back into the market,” Surrat said. “They kind of sat on the sidelines to see if prices would come down, and they absolutely have not come down. And because of that, they couldn’t put off those purchases any longer.”The median price for a single-family home in Greater Houston went up by 8.3 percent from a year ago, to $222,000, a record for a November. 00:00 /01:01
Gender stereotyping in baby boys and girls may start as young as three months and men recognise gender of the new-born babies based on the pitch of their cries, researchers reveal. Adults often wrongly assume babies with higher-pitched cries as females and lower-pitched cries as males.The findings revealed that inspite of no actual difference in pitch between the voices of girls and boys before puberty, the study found that adults make assumptions about the gender of babies based on their cries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It is intriguing that gender stereotyping can start as young as three months, with adults attributing degrees of femininity and masculinity to babies solely based on the pitch of their cries,” said David Reby from the University of Sussex in Britain. The team recorded the spontaneous cries of 15 boys and 13 girls who were on average four months old and the participating adults were a mixture of parents and non-parents.They synthetically altered the pitch of the cries while leaving all other features of the cries unchanged to ensure they could isolate the impact of the pitch alone. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results also indicate that men assume that boy babies are in more discomfort than girl babies with the same pitched cry which may indicate that this sort of gender stereotyping is more ingrained in men. “The research shows that we tend to wrongly attribute what we know about adults —that men have lower pitched voices than women — to babies, when, in fact, the pitch of children’s voices does not differ between sexes until puberty,” added Nicolas Mathevon from Hunter College in the US in the paper published in the journal BMC Psychology.
Jhargram (WB): A person was critically injured after he was shot at from point blank range in West Bengal’s Jhargram district, police said on Sunday. The BJP blamed the TMC for the incident, a charge denied by the ruling party. The police has initiated an investigation and detained a villager in connection with the incident. The incident happened at Bagua village under the jurisdiction of Jamboni police station on Saturday night, the police said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Two persons approached Khagapati Mahato, while he was attending a Kirtan (devotional song) programme, and one of them shot at him from point blank range, a police officer said. The miscreants fled the scene immediately, he said, adding, the injured person and the miscreants are residents of Bagua village. Khagapati Mahato was rushed to Jhargram hospital and from there he was taken to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, the police officer said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Later, he was referred to a hospital in Kolkata, he added. BJP’s Jhargram district president Sukhomoy Satpati alleged that the TMC supporters were involved in the incident. “We have informed the district administration. The miscreants should be arrested immediately,” he said. Denying the allegation, TMC’s district core committee member Prasun Sarangi claimed that the incident happened as a result of personal problems.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by Business on Main Yes, viruses, worms, phishing and other horrible-sounding threats make for a dangerous world out there for your computer network. But there’s comfort in the fact that 84 percent of network attacks are considered preventable with simple security measures.Yet to be convinced that you need to take protective measures? Then consider the following:It takes 20 minutes for an unprotected computer to get infected after it’s been hooked up to the internet.Forty percent of passwords can be cracked within one hour.In 2007, 127 million personal records were either lost or stolen.Now that I’ve made you aware that something must be done, it’s good to know that protecting your computers doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. In fact, just like in the physical world, it mostly requires some basic common sense. Below are the four critical tools for locking your computer network up tight.Antivirus software. In my opinion, antivirus software should be mandatory, like car insurance–you can’t get a computer without it. Yes, antivirus software has historically been a royal pain in the processor. It was costly, it updated itself all the time and it would slow your computer to a crawl. But I see antivirus protection as being like flossing: It sucks, but think what you may lose without it. Besides, there are some free (yes, free) antivirus programs that are top-notch, such as AVG (which also has a pay version). And the performance drags have drastically improved in the last year or two, especially with products like Symantec’s Norton Internet Security . Get something on every system in your company and keep it up to date. It’s basic hygiene.Firewall. For both individual PCs and networks, firewalls are must-haves. These are simple programs that, based on a certain set of rules, examine the traffic coming in and out of your computer or network and block any unauthorized access. It’s like having a lock and peephole on your front door. Many internet security software packages, such as Symantec’s, have firewalls built in. Check Point Software Technologies , probably the most recognized brand in the firewall business, also markets a free version of its basic firewall software called ZoneAlarm .Get a VPN. If you or your employees ever access the company servers remotely, you need a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN simply creates an encrypted tunnel between your PC and the network, so that anything you send between the two is protected. It sounds more complicated than it is. And there are free versions of this as well, including Alonweb and PacketiX VPN . Some of these free versions hit you with advertising, but that’s nothing you can’t handle.Passwords, passwords, passwords. I’m not just talking about passwords to log on to the network or a website. Those are obvious. But did you know that your hard drive can (and should) be password-protected? Did you know that you can require your employees to enter a password before they download anything onto their system? And did you know that those passwords must all be different; change regularly; include letters, numbers and symbols; and in general be really difficult to guess? It’s called password strength, and for more on how to make a weak password stronger, see this handy reference guide .How well you protect your network will depend on how well your employees adhere to the guidelines. And sometimes just educating them on good, safe computing habits (like not clicking on links in e-mails from unknown sources or downloading anything from an untrusted site) is not enough. So a little security technology can go a long way toward helping you sleep at night. And most of it won’t cost you a thing, which will also help you sleep. 4 min read July 16, 2010 Register Now »
Motorola Mobility shipped 6% more set-tops in 2011 than the previous year.Announcing fourth quarter and full-year results, the company said it saw a decline in set-top shipments during the fourth quarter, with figures down 3% year-on-year.Motorola’s set-top business falls within its Home segment, which reported fourth quarter revenues down 11% to US$897 million (€684 million). Full year revenues were down slightly to US$3.5 billion from US$3.6 billion.Motorola Mobility’s full year revenues for its entire business, which includes mobile devices, were up 14% to US$13.1 billion.Motorola Mobility is in the process of being acquired by Google. It said it expects the deal to close in early 2012.
Floreta ZhulaliAlbanian service provider ALBtelecom has chosen Amino to provide set-top boxes for an IPTV service that is currently being rolled out across the country.ALBtelecom will deploy Amino’s HD set-tops as part of a – package that is being rolled out initially to Korçë and Pogradec in south-eastern Albania. The service will be rolled out across the whole country via ALBtelecom’s fibre and DSL network over the remainder of the summer.ALBtv is offering a multiscreen service with a range of popular news, sport and entertainment content distributed to TVs, tablets and smartphones, plus a video-on-demand service.ALBtelecom serves around 230,000 subscribers, with an 80% share of the country’s fixed-line market. Over the last five years the company has invested over €150 million in building out a fibre backbone. ALBtelecom is offering four bundled packages, including between 50-100 channels and 1Mbps to 8Mbps internet access for between ALL1,300-4,000 (€9-28).“We will always bring to the Albanian market the best service and latest technology, and in our effort to successfully launch IPTV, Amino has been instrumental in securing reliable and top quality products,” said ALBtelecom chief marketing officer Floreta Zhulali.“We’re delighted to secure this strategic and important contract with one of eastern Europe’s most vibrant IPTV service providers. The combination of Amino’s award winning technology and ALBtelecom’s future thinking philosophy is a compelling proposition and we look forward to supporting their service rollout,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva.