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Petron remains unbeaten; PLDT thumps Generika

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It was the eighth straight victory for the Blaze Spikers, who handed the Tornadoes their seventh consecutive defeat for a 1-7 card.Stephanie Niemer had 11 points off attacks, five off aces and one off a block as Petron bucked the return of towering Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Foton’s new import, Spanish standout Milagros Collar, to continue its roll.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSantiago-Manabat flew home from an import’s stint in the Japanese pro league.Kendra Dahlke unloaded 30 points and made 16 excellent digs to power PLDT Home Fibr to a hard-earned 25-21, 20-25, 29-27, 13-25, 15-12 victory over Generika-Ayala in the other match. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Kendra was tremendous, especially in the third set. She truly helped us and delivered what we need from her,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb, whose wards improved to 8-4. “It’s her best game so far.”The Power Hitters also drew 18 points and 10 excellent receptions from import Grace Lazard with Aiko Urdas and Shola Alvarez combining for 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There’s still no stopping Petron in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.The defending champion kicked off the second round with a dominating 25-20, 25-13, 25-21 triumph over Foton Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre to stretch its unbeaten run in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Briefs LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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New Zeeburg Secondary School to be opened in September – HM

first_imgThe new Zeeburg Secondary School, West Coast Demerara, is scheduled to be finally opened for the new school year in September.The school was scheduled to be commissioned and opened earlier this year following its completion but saw numerous setbacks.Unidentified persons had vandalised the school, causing a major delay in its opening.Following this, more work had to be carried out to have the school repaired and cleaned where needed; however the slowness of those working to have the issue rectified angered parents who were fearful for the lives of their children attending the old facility.However on Saturday, the Headteacher of the school announced to parents that the school will be officially opened for the new school year.Staff are currently working hard to have all the necessary equipment and furniture moved to the new building, she informed.Parents, especially those with children that were being registered, expressed delight with the announcement.One mother Natasha Adolphus noted that even though she was delighted to have her daughter attend the school, she was afraid of its condition and was hopeful the new building would be opened.The head teacher also expressed satisfaction and enthusiasm for the new school year: “I am beyond delighted that we can finally move over and be comfortable; this has been long overdue”.The Ministry of Education had a new school built following many complaints from teachers and students/parents of the poor conditions of the old building.last_img read more

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Region 2, 6 record minor hiccups

first_imgBy Mohanlall Suelall & Andrew CarmichaelVoting in Region Six started off very slow at Monday’s Local Government Elections (LGE), but not without hiccups.Polling agents who were initially not allowed to enter the Polling Station at at LiverpoolOn the Corentyne at Liverpool in the Hogsty-Landcaster Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), it was reported that the Returning Officer (RO) refused to allow replacement polling agents for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) saying that GECOM had instructed that replacement polling agents would not be accepted. However, after much discussion, the agents were eventually allowed to take up their positions at 06:45h. The Party had to make contact with the Chief Elections officer Keith Lowenfield in order to get the matter resolved.Speaking with Guyana Times, the PPP/C’s Deputy Agent for the NDC, Suban Ally said it was very disappointing not knowing what transpired in their absence.Meanwhile, there were reports that an elderly woman was denied the right to vote at Port Mourant after her wheelchair could not get into the polling station.While this was ongoing, the pace of voting was picking up at Number 56 Primary where four polling stations were located.There was a hive of activity at Whim, with both the PPP/C and the Alliance For Change (AFC) making all efforts to get voters out and many of them were responding. At the last LGE, PPP/C took most of the seats in the Whim-Bloomfield NDC.The AFC has since then been trying to pull most of the support from that community, since the Prime Minister is from that village.Some residents of Whim recently sought the intervention of the High Court to have their names removed from an AFC list of backers claiming that they were tricked into signing AFC backers’ forms.By noon, the voter turnout was below 20 per cent.New Amsterdam has a voting population of 14,063, Rose Hall Town 4198 and Corriverton 8468. The region has 92,801 voters registered on GECOM’s list.The two NDCs are the Plegtanker-Koortbradt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice and the Wyburg-Caracas NDC in West Canje.Peter Tambron, an A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) constituency candidate in Plegtanker-Koortbradt, told this publication that the process went smoothly. Many of the voters waited until about 10:00h before they went to vote.However, first-time voter at the LGE level, Zamal Hussain, who is also the PPP Regional Supervisor, said he was disappointed to be part of the polls.He explained that the NDC status was imposed on the community for the first time in Guyana’s 52-year history as an independent state.“This was not about consultation democracy; this is about imposed democracy on the people of Caracas/Wyburg. I think many of the persons in this area don’t want the Local Authority. They want local democracy to prevail, this area was developed by the people of the area,” Hussain added.Essequibo CoastLike the rest of the country, the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) also recorded a low voter turnout on Monday. A visit to polling stations in the region confirmed reports of voters trickling in.However, at Queenstown village, PPP/C agents complained that they were not being treated equally by GECOM staff at the polling stations. The agents said that they were asked to observe 80 feet from the polling area while candidates from the APNU were allowed to stay.However, the tranquillity of the Cinderella County was disturbed about 17:15h when a carload of persons went to some female PPP/C supporters at Danielstown village and reportedly hurled threats at them. Reports reaching this newspaper stated that some PPP/C supporters, who were under a bus shed, helping persons to find their names on the voters list before they voted were approached by the car and an occupant threatened them that if they continued, the Police would be called to arrest them. The women then shouted for help and some male villagers started walking towards the car, which immediately drove away.The women told Guyana Times that they would not be intimidated by the persons in the car since they are known People’s National Congress troublemakers.last_img read more

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U.S. space tourist returns safely

first_imgThe astronaut set the U.S. record for continuous space flight by spending 215 days in orbit, and set another U.S. record – 10 space walks over his career. The capsule raced down to Earth after separating from the two other sections of the Soyuz TMA-9 craft following its departure from the station, where one of the final tasks the travelers performed was to move containers with biological experiments from refrigerators on the station into the Soyuz. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He then bit enthusiastically into a green apple – a traditional offering for space crews touching down in Kazakhstan, which is famous for the tasty fruit. Asked about his first impressions back on Earth, a smiling Simonyi said in Russian, “The sun is shining, the weather is good,” in footage broadcast on state television. Simonyi had studied Russian in school in his native Hungary and took another language course in preparation for the flight. Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin looked pale and tired, but soon managed a smile in a video link with Mission Control. “The first thing I felt on Earth was the smell,” he told the television network. Spanish-born U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, the last out of the capsule, sighed with relief, smiled and talked to the support crew as doctors monitored the men’s vital signs. KOROLYOV, Russia – An American billionaire who won a junior cosmonaut contest as a child returned Saturday from a dream voyage to the International Space Station, riding a Russian capsule to a soft landing on the Kazakh steppe Charles Simonyi, a 58-year-old native of Hungary who helped design Microsoft Word and Excel, smiled and chatted with rescuers who helped him gingerly out of the Soyuz capsule and appeared energized by his $25 million, two-week trip. The capsule carrying the space tourist, a Russian cosmonaut and a U.S. astronaut touched down after a more than three-hour return trip from the orbital station. Simonyi looked delighted after rescuers helped him from the rounded capsule, which lay askew on the bleak grassland, and into a chair covered with fur for warmth. He smiled, grinned broadly and spoke animatedly with members of a support crew who greeted him with hugs and handshakes. last_img read more

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Ribery blasts critics of his Sh140,000 24-carat gold steak

first_imgThat ostentatious luxury drew ferocious criticism before Ribery — who earns an estimated eight million euros a year with the German champions — hit back.“Let’s start with the envious, the angry, surely born because of a broken condom,” read the first of the posts on Ribery’s Twitter account. “F*ck your mothers, your grandmothers and your whole family tree,” wrote Ribery, having taken care to sanitise the French word “n*quez”.“I owe you nothing, my success is above all thanks to God,” the post continued. “To me, to my relatives and to those who believed in me, for the others, you were only pebbles in my socks.”German tabloid Bild reported that the meal was in Dubai where Salt Bae owns the Nusr-Et restaurant.Golden steak, coated in 24-carat gold, is one of Salt Bae’s signature dishes.Bild reported that the steak cost Sh139,585 (,200 euros). Ribery’s supporters said the tabloid had misread the currency on the menu.Contacted by AFP, the restaurant did not comment on Ribery but said that it’s most expensive “golden steak” costs Sh55,000 (2,000 Emirati dirhams, or 478 euros).Later Saturday, Bayern said that while they did not condone Ribery’s words, the issue was a “private matter”.In his second Tweet, Ribery castigated “pseudo-journalists” who are always “negative”.One of the journalists who had criticised Ribery was Audrey Pulvar, a celebrity in France and president of the charitable Nicolas Hulot foundation.She had Tweeted “Mr. @FranckRibery if you do not know what to do with your money, there are plenty of causes to fund and support, worldwide.”Ribery’s third Tweet on Saturday showed Pulvar wearing a pair of glasses that he said cost 3,000 euros and said: “I do what I want with my money.”“When I donate (because I was taught to give when I earn a lot…) Why does not a major national media broadcast that? No, you prefer to talk about the holidays that I go on with my family, you scrutinise my actions, what I eat, etc!” Ribery wrote.Ummah Charity, an “international humanitarian aid organisation” based in suburban Paris tweeted: “Without any intention to justify anything, we confirm that @FranckRibery is one of our most generous donors. Thanks to him and his wife who spend lavishly to finance our humanitarian activities…”Bayern, where Ribery is reportedly in his last season, are holding a winter training camp in Qatar.In November, Ribery insulted and attacked a Patrick Guillou, a former player who is now a pundit on French TV, after a match in Dortmund. Bayern made Ribery post a video apology on the club web site.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000High steaks: Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery (left) in training in Doha on Saturday © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBERLIN, Germany, Jan 5 – French football star Franck Ribery on Saturday launched a foul-mouthed response after he was criticised for eating a gold-coated steak, telling his critics: “I will spend my money how I like”.On Thursday, the 35-year-old Bayern Munich player had posted a video on social media of a visit to a steak house owned by celebrity Turkish restauranteur Salt Bae and rubbing his hands before tucking into a huge chop coated in gold.last_img read more

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Get your FREE tyre checks with Ulster Tyres this Road Safety Week

first_imgToday marks the start of the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) weeklong program promoting road safety across Ireland.How safe are your tyres?One of the key messages is regular tyre checks. After all, it’s the only part of your car connected to the road. But did you know, that the legal limit for tyres is 1.6mm Ulster Tyres have lots of activities planned over the next few days during Road Safety Week. Ulster Tyres are doing pop tyre clinics at Kavanagh’s Supervalu Ballybofey on Friday 11th October 11am-1pm. They are in Letterkenny shopping centre Saturday 12th October from 9am-1pm.Get your FREE tyre checks with Ulster Tyres. Stay tuned to Ulster Tyres Facebook page for lots of free giveaways during Road Safety Week.Here’s Ulster Tyres quick guide to tyre safety will help keep you and your family safe on the road.Tyre pressure and tread depth: The legal minimum tread depth in Ireland is 1.6mm across a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread and round its entire circumference.Tyre treads are designed to give good grip on wet roads but in general wet grip decreases as the tyre tread depth approaches the legal minimum.Motorists should take this into consideration and reduce speed when driving in wet conditions. For the same reason, motorists may wish to consider replacing tyres before the tread depth reaches the legal minimumHaving the correct wheel inflation levels is vital as your wheels need to support the weight of your car and also its passengers. Required tyre inflation varies from car model to car model, so you need to check your specific car manufacturer’s handbook.As the temperature drops, so does your tyre pressure. So, if you haven’t inflated your tyres over the last few months, there is a chance they have less pressure than you think. Tyre ageAge is another critical factor when it comes to the health of your tyres. Tyres deteriorate naturally through exposure to heat, sunlight (Ultraviolet/UV), rain and general weathering. The process of the tyre degrading can depend on the amount of exposure and the severity of the weather. In everyday vehicles, tyres almost certainly will wear out before they degrade to such an extent they are unusable.Tyres more than 10 years old, including your spare tyres, should be replaced, even if they appear to be in good condition and above the legal tread wear limit of 1.6mm.Believe it or not, when a tyre has been in use, the effects of aging are lessened to a degree, so tyres that have been in storage should not be placed into use if more than six years old. So, remember to check the age of your tyres, and this can be found on the tyre sidewall, the serial number comprises of a four-digit code which refers to the tyre’s date of manufacture (the last two digits refer to the year of manufacture and the first two the week in that year e.g. 2017 is week 20 of 2017).Tyre aging increases the risk of tyre failure which may include a blow-out while being driven.Pot Hole Abuse Driving over pot-holes, kerbs, etc, even at low speed, can result in the weakening or fracture of the tyre’s inner structure. It may be dangerous to re-inflate a tyre which has been run flat or seriously under-inflated and such tyres should be removed for comprehensive examination by a tyre specialist.Tyres should be inspected at least monthly for punctures, cuts, bulges, cracking or any other abnormal visual indications.Particular attention should be paid to tyres that are used infrequently; for example as fitted to spare wheels, trailers, caravans and specialist or collector’s vehicles.Motorists should also be attentive to any unusual noise or vibration arising from the tyre whilst driving.If any degradation is found or suspected the consumer is strongly advised to have the tyre inspected as soon as practicable.Get your FREE tyre checks with Ulster Tyres this Road Safety Week was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cards utilize drone to film football practice

first_imgCorning >> Technology keep growing and getting more advanced everyday. In Dallas at “Jerry’s World,” also known as AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys play, NFL fans can watch a replay on one of the biggest Mitsubishi video screens in the world right above the 50-yard line. Professional quarterbacks now have tablets to watch film rather than solely talking on the headset like they used to go over a play during a game. The transcendent tech gains in football have found their way to the prep level …last_img

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Great Telescopes Converge on Kepler’s Supernova

first_imgThe last supernova in our galaxy seen from earth was described October 9, 1604, by Johannes Kepler, a few years before the invention of the telescope.  Now, on the 400th anniversary of that observation, three of NASA’s “Great Observatory” orbiting telescopes – the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope – have joined forces to produce a combined image of the expanding shell of this exploded star.  The supernova remnant is now spread out 14 light-years wide and is still expanding at 4 million miles per hour, according to the press release at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The press release has links to the telescope sites.Like fireworks, supernovae are fun to watch from a safe distance.  Michael Shirber in an article on Space.Com confirms a claim in the new film The Privileged Planet that certain parts of the galaxy are dangerous (see 09/01/2004 headline).  He mentions a study that shows the galactic center is subject to deadly radiation from exploding giant stars.  “Anyone looking for signs of extraterrestrial life,” he says, “need not look in the center of our galaxy.”  Fortunately, earth is situated about 25,000 light-years away, where starbursts are rare.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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The Great Dinosaur Mix-up

first_img(Visited 156 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists seem to enjoy rearranging branches on the Darwin tree, not to find the truth, but to fool the public into thinking they’re getting warmer.Alas, everything you were told about dinosaur evolution is wrong! That’s the impression from the headline hype. We’ll get to what’s actually happening below.We might have to completely redraw the dinosaur family tree (The Conversation). Michael J. Benton (University of Bristol) warns that new dinosaur research “threatens to change our understanding of how dinosaurs evolved at a much deeper level, and blow aside 130 years of agreement on the topic.”The Dinosaur Family Tree Has Been Uprooted (Live Science). Laura Geggel, not to be outdone, opines that “we may have to revisit what we think we know about the first dinosaurs, what features they evolved first, and where in the world they came from.” (Who’s we, Paleface?)Dinosaur family tree poised for colossal shake-up (Nature News). A “‘textbook-changing’ analysis of dinosaur bones upends long-accepted relationships among major groups,” Sid Perkins says.OK, what’s the hubbub about? Some evolutionists at Cambridge decided to rearrange some early branches on the dinosaur ancestry chart. Live Science quotes Steve Brusatte from London’s Natural History Museum:The change may seem small, “as only a few branches are being reshuffled,” said Steve Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, who was not involved in the study. “But because these are the big branches right near the root of the tree, changing them around is huge. It’s saying that much of what we thought about the origins and early history of dinosaurs, going back to the late 1800s, is wrong.“Basically, they’ve united the two major classes of dinosaurs we were taught about in school, and split off a branch somewhere else. Geggel explains,In the old family tree, there are two major groups of dinosaurs: the bird-hipped ornithischian dinosaurs (such as duck-billed dinosaurs and stegosaurs) and the reptile-hipped saurischians, which include the theropods (such as Tyrannosaurus rex) and the sauropods (the long-necked, long-tailed herbivorous giants).The new study completely reorganizes this setup. According to new analyses, theropods and ornithischians are more closely related than scientists previously thought, and both fit into a previously unknown group called Ornithoscelida, the researchers said.Matthew Baron and 2 colleagues from Cambridge looked at 457 anatomical characteristics from 74 different dinosaur species on four continents, assigned each trait a binary number, and entered the resulting ‘barcode’ scores into a computer program that builds evolutionary trees. The computer output told them the tree needs a good shaking. They published their new tree this week in Nature. But notice: the work wasn’t independent of evolutionary theorizing (see DIGO in the Darwin Dictionary). Geggel continues,The team plugged these bar codes and various evolutionary parameters into a computer program that builds family trees. No matter how many times they changed the parameters and ran the program, they still got one main and “quite shocking” result: a “previously unexpected pairing of theropods and ornithischians,” Baron said.On the other branch, they grouped sauropods with herrerasaurs, early meat-eating dinosaurs that were difficult to classify, though some previously thought they were theropods. This grouping suggests that features shared by the carnivorous herrerasaurs and mostly carnivorous theropods likely evolved independently through convergent evolution, the researchers said.The new grouping allows all the ‘feathered dinosaurs’ to perch on the same branch, whereas before evolutionists had to invoke extreme convergence to explain feathering. But to solve that problem, they had to put the convergent evolution somewhere else. It’s a bit like tying the ends together and finding it causes a new break in the middle.Sid Perkins mentions other ramifications of the new tree, ramping up the perhapsimaybecouldness index:Besides upending decades of accepted wisdom about the relations among various dinosaur lineages, the new study hints that the first dinosaurs might have appeared around 247 million years ago, slightly earlier than previously suspected. They may also have originated in what is now North America, rather than in Gondwana — the southern portion of the supercontinent Pangaea — which was presumed to have been the dinosaur cradle.Reactions of other scientists give proof that evolutionists enjoy playing Fruit Basket Turnover (or rearranging the deck chairs, whichever metaphor you prefer):The new finding about the new Ornithoscelida group is a “bloody big deal,” said Thomas Carr, an associate professor of biology at Carthage College in Wisconsin and a vertebrate paleontologist.“This knocked the wind out me,” said Carr, who was not involved in the study. “This is a fundamental shake-up of Dinosauria.”Brusatte, however, is not ready to re-write the textbooks. And Benton is even less ready to get his wind knocked out of him.Is this new paper the true answer for the evolutionary origins of dinosaurs? The data we have is riddled with question marks, and so the algorithms still struggle to calculate the one true tree. This is no criticism of the researchers, just a statement of the practicalities. We don’t know yet whether we can see the wood for the trees.Hans Dieter-Sues of the Smithsonian even thinks that further dinosaur finds might send evolutionists back to the traditional classification.The discovery of new dinosaur species or more complete specimens of those already known might also drive future analyses back toward more currently accepted arrangements of dinosaur lineages, Sues says. In recent years, South America has yielded a flurry of new dinosaur discoveries. And, he says, North American rocks laid down during the dinosaurs’ earliest days have yet to be explored as thoroughly as South American rocks of the same age.“For many regions of the world, there’s so much we don’t know about the fossil record,” he notes.One thing to realize is that this tree is floating in the air. It has no root. The Nature paper by Baron et al makes this admission in the ending discussion:Our hypothesis forces a re-evaluation of previous scenarios of early dinosaur evolution and diversification. The recovery of two distinct clades, Ornithoscelida and Saurischia, provides several challenges to established hypotheses concerning the anatomy, palaeobiology and palaeobiogeography of early dinosaurs. For example, there has been much debate concerning the appearance of the common ancestor of the dinosaurs and its way of life, and recent discoveries have shed some light on these matters. However, a number of key issues remain hotly contested, including the ancestral dinosaur’s body plan, size, stance, method of locomotion and diet, as well the clade’s centre of origin.So they haven’t solved the problem of dinosaur origins. They have just provided a new plot twist for the storytellers who cannot bring themselves to consider even the possibility that dinosaurs might have been designed.Our hypothesis for dinosaur relationships and evolution, with the recovery of two new, major clades, reframes the debate about dinosaur origins. The timing and geographical setting of dinosaur evolution may require reappraisal and our proposal raises numerous questions about the ancestral dinosaur’s body plan, the sequence of evolution of key anatomical features within the clade, and the timing of this radiation. This work provides a new framework for addressing fundamental questions regarding these iconic animals.That should keep the storytellers busy for another 130 years.Update 3/25/17: In Nature, noted paleontologist Kevin Padian says that the Ornithschia have long been the “weirdest of all” to try to fit into a family tree. He also fails to identify a common ancestor, but alleges that it included pterosaurs (which also lack a common ancestor in the fossil record). Science Magazine says that the new tree is “likely to be debated for some time to come.” Evolutionists have lots of time. Millions of years, in fact.In other dinosaur news, the BBC indicates that there’s plenty of storytelling potential at Chicxulub, that Yucatan crater of the asteroid that supposedly wiped out mighty dinosaurs but left butterflies flapping on dainty wings. Reporter Paul Rincon is puzzled by that. But on the bright side, puzzles to evolutionists are opportunities to carry on their favorite pastime: confabulating.But why this environmental cataclysm killed off some groups such as the dinosaurs, while allowing birds and mammals, for example, to survive remains unclear.“The differential survival of animals on the planet – we don’t know why birds survived and why turtles and some types of reptiles survived,” pondered Dr Kring. “But based on this borehole, we are going to get some limits on important parameters like energy, like trajectory – and all of that is data that will carry us towards those answers.“Rincon was glad to hear that the Chicxulub borehole shows possible evidence of hydrothermal activity. That really set him and the evolutionists he interviewed into storytelling mode! Now they had the hydrobioscopy meme to work on: “we think these kinds of systems might have been crucibles for pre-biotic chemistry and the habitats for the evolution of the earliest life on our planet.” Might have been. Pigs with wings, you know. Bigfoot. Fairies. Multiverses.We’re not right sure why Astrobiology Magazine is saying that Mars volcanoes were erupting when the Chicxulub meteor hit. Is there a way to tie those two plots together? Sounds like fun.For those who want to learn how to ‘walk the tree of life,’ Harry Greene will be glad to teach you. Phys.org shows that his method is more like ‘talking’ the tree of life. He has a course called “Walking and Talking the Tree of Life: Why and How to Teach About Biodiversity.” He thinks by talking to students as they walk outside and pick up salamanders from the mud, he will have good opportunities to inculcate the initiates into the dark secrets of Darwin.Ahem. Dinosaurs were intelligently designed on Day Six of creation week. That’s why their soft tissue still remains after the Flood. Now, after reading about the situation with evolutionists preaching fake science for 130 years, and still being clueless, who can possibly label that account pseudoscience? Dr. Quack, heal yourself.Darwin stole the tree of life from Christians and made it into an idol. It’s time to take it back and clean it up.last_img read more

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5 key steps you need to take if you have a data breach

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Data Breach#data security#ddos#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#top In the wake of the recent OneLogin data breach, it becomes evident that no one is safe in the cyber world. All companies are susceptible to attacks and should be prepared to react in case of a sensitive data breach. Have you ever paused to consider what you would do if your company became a target? If you haven’t, this post is for you.Below you will find five steps you can take to secure your business after you discovered a breach. After all, it is in everyone’s interest to move through the process swiftly and thoroughly to restore your operations and bring forth a restored sense of trust between you and your clients.Step #1: Round up your teamData breach is a serious matter and its effective resolution will hinge on the quality of the team of experts you’ll assemble to address the problem. This will depend on the size and nature of your business. In most cases, the people who will need to be brought into the fold will include management, IT and legal. It is also a good idea to talk to those who discovered the breach.See also: Why data security is everyone’s challengeIf your company is larger and the breach extensive, it is wise to include in your strategic discussions information security, human resources, communications, investor relations, and operations. You may also look into bringing forensic investigators on board to help trace the breach to its source, assess its scope and assist you in forging a remediation plan.Forensic experts supply knowledge of what evidence to collect and how to interpret it. Furthermore, they can be helpful in outlining remediation steps to bring your business back online. In the event of privacy exposure, consider hiring outside legal counsel to advise you on the type of laws implicated in the breach.Step #2: Boost your securityTo prevent having to face multiple compromises, it is critical that you act quickly and secure all your systems. This may include changing access codes and even a physical lock up. For machines running online, it’s best to unplug them from the network but not shut them down to allow forensic experts to trace the history of what happened. Be sure to inform your team to not damage any forensic evidence in their post-compromise activity.It is critical that your employees change their administrative credentials as soon as the breach is discovered. This will prevent any hacker who has gained access to such credentials from having unimpeded access to your data. If you need to access the web, consider plugging in uncontaminated machines. Make sure your IT team is closely monitoring the ingress and egress points, especially those implicated in the breach.Have your team investigate any inappropriate postings of stolen data on your as well as other public websites and request their removal. Contact search engines to ensure that they don’t archive personal information posted in error. Also, determine exactly what kind of data was compromised, how many were affected and have their contact information ready.Step #3: Develop a communications planBeing upfront with your employees and customers can save you much time, money and headaches in the long run. To be most effective, your communication plan should address all implicated parties: customers, employees, investors, and business partners. Avoid being misleading in your communication and withholding details that could help people better protect themselves.If the breach compromised the privacy and security of individuals, bringing media into the fold via a public relations campaign could help you reach the people whose contact information you lack. For all others, set up a communication channel, such as a website or a toll-free number, to keep them informed of the case.When speaking publicly about the breach, aim to address common questions in a plain language while avoiding sharing information that can put people at risk. Have a trained communications team in place designated as point of contact to help disseminate intelligence about the event.Step #4: Reach out to all relevant partiesTo minimize the risk of identity theft, it is wise to notify your local police, or even FBI, immediately after you discover the breach. Depending on your legal requirements, you may also need to contact specific government branches. Do your research to find out what exactly you are required to disclose. The type of data stolen, financial versus health for example, may require additional steps for you to take, such as notifying the FTC.See also: Will these Chinese satellites provide hack-proof data securityIf the breach affected other businesses you are partnering with, be sure to let them know as soon as possible. To prevent access to financial information that you do not store on your machines, contact banking and credit institutions to make them aware of what has happened and allow them to monitor their systems. If the theft included Social Security numbers, major credit bureaus, such as Equifax and Experian can be of assistance.To help individuals reduce risk, notify them as soon as you’re able so that they can take steps to prevent identity theft. Educate them on what they can do if their sensitive data was exposed. As a make good, you may consider offering your clients free monitoring or identity restoration service. Work with the law enforcement and your investigative team to determine what information to disclose and when.Step #5: Don’t let it happen againData breaches expose system vulnerabilities. Therefore, before closing the case it is imperative to know what areas of the system need additional bolstering and what precautions need to be taken to prevent a future breach. A careful review and analysis of logs and history should reveal the blind spots. You may also limit access of certain individuals to sensitive data, and take a look at your encryption and network segmentation meant to prevent the spread of infection to multiple servers.Most importantly, make sure to choose the most appropriate hosting solution for your data. If cyber security isn’t your company’s expertise, you may want to work with an expert provider whose job is to ensure the safety of your data. Since cyber attacks will only become more sophisticated over time, do your research and select an organization that has taken extra steps to fortify their security with the best tools.The author is the founder and CEO of Atlantic.Net, a Managed Cloud Hosting company focused on providing valuable hosting solutions for businesses and healthcare providers, backed by world-class support. Related Posts Marty Puranik Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Pucklast_img read more