INDOT Preparing for Winter

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence has declared this week, as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.The Indiana Department of Transportation began preparing for the upcoming winter season soon after the snow and ice melted last spring.INDOT’s top winter priority is removing snow and preventing ice on more than 11,000 miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.Last winter, 211,428 tons of granular salt and more than 2.8 million gallons of salt brine were deployed on state and federal highways.INDOT continues to receive deliveries of salt and already has more than 225,000 tons on hand.Last winter, INDOT’s yellow plow trucks logged nearly 3.8 million miles, the equivalent of 152 trips around the earth or 8 round trips to moon.INDOT will have more than 1,000 plow trucks available to clear roads of snow and ice this winter.INDOT purchased 72 new trucks to replace older equipment and 12 new tow plows.Last year during winter operations, INDOT staff logged 202,168 hours, the equivalent of nearly 17,000 12-hour shifts.INDOT has been holding job fairs and aggressively hiring seasonal and full-time workers over the past few months.Applications are still being accepted for some locations including the Aurora sub district.last_img read more

Cindy Crawford gives lecture on branding

first_imgOn Wednesday night, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Marshall School of Business hosted international icon Cindy Crawford, who spoke about her experience building an enduring brand.Model behavior · Cindy Crawford reflected on her achievements in both her modeling and business careers. She credited her success to her parents’ different personalities, referring to them as a “great balance.” – Kirstin Louie | Daily Trojan Those in attendance included USC alumnus and benefactor Lloyd Greif and many USC faculty and staff.The event was moderated by David Belasco, co-director and adjunct professor at the Greif Center. Belasco organizes entrepreneurs such as Crawford to speak as a part of his entrepreneurship class, BAEP 470: “The Entrepreneurial Mindset — Taking the Leap.” Past speakers for Belasco’s class have included everyone from the creators of Siri to Pete Carroll at last week’s event in Bovard Auditorium.Crawford, who had a prominent modeling career before creating Meaningful Beauty and the Cindy Crawford Home Furniture, grew up in the Midwest, in what she referred to as a “small town, blue-collar world.” Crawford watched her parents get divorced at a young age, and she remembered vividly how this has impacted her viewpoints to this day.“I saw my dad controlling my mother through money, when he would withhold her money every week,” Crawford said.Seeing this relationship between her parents, Crawford was determined not to let anyone control her the way her father did her mother.Because Crawford’s parents possessed opposite personalities, she was able to gain different but equally important traits from each of them. Crawford’s mother was an unconditional supporter of her decisions, Crawford’s father taught her to be ambitious and chase her dreams.“It actually was a really great balance,” Crawford said.Crawford’s parents are not the only people in her life who have shaped her to be who she is. While spending one quarter of college at Northwestern University before dropping out to pursue a modeling career, Crawford found that she was subjected to judgment based on her looks.Walking into calculus on her first day of classes, the teacher looked at her and said, “Sweetie, I think you’re in the wrong class.” Rather than giving up, however, Crawford used her looks to her advantage and didn’t try to fight the unavoidable bias that exists in the world.“You can take advantage of the way people treat you, too,” Crawford said. “You can learn how to work the system and it’s not fair, but instead of spending your whole life fighting, you can learn how to work your way through that.”When she was just beginning her career in the modeling agency, Crawford noted that it was beneficial for her to sit back and take note while everyone around her did their jobs.“If you’re interested and you keep your eyes and ears open, you learn,” Crawford said.This ambition and mindset helped the international celebrity begin building her brand in her                             mid-twenties and enabled her to focus on her passion products.When Crawford was approached with the opportunity to be the spokesperson for Revlon, she turned it down and instead took the option of building her own company, Meaningful Beauty, which just recently passed its billionth dollar in revenue.“I believed in the idea and the intention behind Meaningful Beauty enough that I wanted to take the chance,” Crawford said.Whether it is Meaningful Beauty or Cindy Crawford Home Furniture, Crawford has learned that the most important resource in any business is time.“Budget your time in a way that reflects your passion and your goals and what you want to accomplish,” Crawford said. “My time is my greatest resource, so where do I want to give my time and which things give back to me?”Though Crawford’s celebrity status has helped her brands take off, she notes that any product can’t be successful unless it is actually worth buying.“I can get eyes on it, and then the product has to speak for itself,” Crawford said.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 89-67 win over Seattle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez For the first time this season, Syracuse is above .500. After a blowout season-opening loss and a blowout win, the Orange defeated Seattle in what may be their easiest contest of the season. Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) routed the Redhawks (2-3), 89-67, on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. With Joe Girard III leading all scorers with 24 points, Syracuse cruised in the NIT Season Tipoff’s campus game.Here are takeaways from Syracuse’s win. Fast start A staple of Syracuse’s first two games was a slow offensive start while the defense steadied. Virginia rode an early-margin to victory and the Orange had to climb past an early eight point deficit against Colgate. Against Seattle, however, Syracuse didn’t need a mid-game swing to spark its offense. The unit clicked from tip with each starter playing the first seven minutes. They all scored and benefited from the tempo established by new starting point guard Joe Girard III. Syracuse ran components of the cyclical offense they used against Colgate, piggy-backing off the Orange’s 2015 Final Four strategy. Early in the first half, Girard corralled a defensive board, dashed up the court and dished a hockey assist to Buddy Boeheim who then fed Hughes for a 3. Hughes capped the highlight with his first air guitar celebration of the season, a light strum as he jogged back defensively. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse connected on 10 of its first 11 shots and led by as much as 20 before halftime. Closing inIn the second half, Buddy curled around the bottom of Seattle’s defense and looked up to find the ball sail over his head. Hughes had targeted Buddy for a mid-range jumper, but the turnover earned a groan from the crowd. To start the frame, the Orange offense operated in the halfcourt and giveaways paired with Redhawk 3-pointers cut the lead to seven.But on the next possession, Girard tracked down a loose ball, canvassed the court and muscled inside for a lay-in. The lead grew two possessions later when Buddy tallied his fourth assist to Marek Dolezaj. Girard swished a catch-and-shoot 3 one minute after, forcing a Seattle timeout. Syracuse led by 18 again six minutes later. For most of the game, Girard triggered the offense. He held the ball on nearly every transition chance, slinking through traffic and feeding an open white jersey on the perimeter. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim turned to freshman Brtcen Goodine instead of Jalen Carey all game to spell Girard. The 44-year head coach benched Carey, who didn’t play a minute on Saturday, in favor of Girard four nights prior, opting for ball security and shooting instead. Girard finished with five deep balls and earned several ovations from the crowd. For the first timeSyracuse, introduced as the sixth-winningest program in Division I history, hosted Seattle,’s 177th-ranked team. The Redhawks and the Orange never played before and the expected result occurred. Seattle led for 21 total seconds after Myles Carter opened the scoring. Syracuse totaled more rebounds (36 to 30), points in the paint (34 to 26) and fastbreak points (14 to six), compiling highlights and stuffing the box score at every turn.  Commentslast_img read more

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-team PPR Superflex league

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT:  Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetRecently, I took part in a 12-team mock draft as part of Howard Bender’s Mock Draft Army for Fantasy Alarm. I was given the No. 3 pick in a league that incorporated both PPR scoring and a superflex position (QB/RB/WR/TE). It also didn’t include defenses or kickers, meaning all 16 rounds would be spent taking offensive players. I knew the third pick would allow me to take one of the top three non-holdout running backs, which is never a bad way to start a draft. Initially, I hoped I’d be able to snag one or even two QBs to put in my starting lineup at the first turn back my way, but that changed quickly. Instead, I ended up drafting fantasy’s top TE. It meant I waited a while on quarterback, just as I’ve done in my two previous mocks. MORE: 12-team standard league mock | 12-team PPR league mockLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY QB PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWLet’s see how my mock draft turned out.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR, Superflex league* This draft was for a PPR league that starts 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 Superflex and has 7 bench spotsAlvin Kamara (Round 1, Pick 3). With Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout carrying on with no end in sight, the running back position feels like it has three players above the rest: Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey and Kamara. All three catch plenty of passes, too, making them just as great PPR options. Because you can never go wrong getting a good RB early, I resolved to pick one of these three. Kamara is the one who fell to me. His role may not change much with Latavius Murray essentially replacing Mark Ingram, but Kamara should have no trouble repeating his top-five RB season from 2018.Travis Kelce (Round 2, Pick 22). This is where my initial strategy went off the rails. Five QBs had already been taken by the time it got back to my second pick. Instead of forcing it, I decided to try something I hadn’t in my first two mock drafts. In both of those, I waited a long time at TE and ended up with Delanie Walker and Trey Burton, respectively. Here, right about at the spot where Kelce should be selected, I took fantasy’s top tight end. I figured this would prevent me from having to worry about the position for basically the entirety of the draft. This pick also set me up to wait on QB, as the best options would all be picked over by my fourth-round pick.Joe Mixon (Round 3, Pick 27). Mixon gets a bad rap in PPR leagues. Really, he’s not as bad a player for that format as you might think. He caught 43 passes a year ago and finished as the 10th-best PPR running back. That seems repeatable in 2019. Picking Mixon here was tough because of this league’s three starting WR spots that I’ve currently filled none of through three rounds. The only one of our top-eight WRs remaining at this selection was Antonio Brown, whose Week 1 status is totally up in the air. Mike Evans had just gone off the board, so it was Mixon or Adam Thielen. I felt good enough about the depth at receiver to go with Mixon.2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Kenny Golladay (Round 4, Pick 46). I didn’t feel good enough about Russell Wilson at this point to go QB, so this was the time I’d get my first two receivers. Both Golladay and Calvin Ridley were available (Stefon Diggs had just gotten taken), and I had to make a tough call here. We rank Ridley higher than basically everyone else, so it felt like he’d have a better shot of falling to me five picks later. Ideally, I’d end up with both of them. Golladay might have the most potential of any non-top-10 WR to finish the year there. He’s exactly the type of big-bodied athlete Matthew Stafford thrives with. I didn’t want to miss out, so I snagged Golladay here and crossed my fingers.Calvin Ridley (Round 5, Pick 51). Phew. This might be the biggest benefit to finding occasional players who you’re much higher on than others. Ridley saves my WR corps after I went with Kelce in the second round. Obviously, we’ll have to be right on Ridley (or at least close), but to get a borderline WR1-caliber player in the fifth round makes me feel much better about waiting on receiver until Golladay. To end up with the top TE, two top-12 RBs and two top-20 WRs at the end of five rounds feels like a win.Jarvis Landry (Round 6, Pick 70). This was my second PPR mock draft and my second time getting Landry at a value of nearly 30 picks below where we rank him. He’s a classic PPR weapon who makes up for a lack of huge plays with a high volume of catches. Some might have concern that Odell Beckham’s arrival spells the end of those big-catch days for Landry, but there should be plenty of throws to go around with Freddie Kitchens and Todd Monken running a pass-happy attack in Cleveland. Landry feels like the perfect high-floor player to complement the higher-risk, higher-reward pick of Ridley.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STA.J. Green (Round 7, Pick 75). If I had chosen to end my wait on QBs here, it would’ve been for Jared Goff. I expected a few options who aren’t that much different from Goff to be available rounds later, though, so I used this pick to take a shot with Green. I get him as my fourth wideout, sliding into my FLEX spot as soon as he’s healthy (which we know he won’t be in Week 1). Green doesn’t need to play 16 games to return value at his ability at this selection, though. Between 10 and 12 solid Green games makes my team that much better in those weeks, and my team won’t be crushed if he gets hurt again because I didn’t invest too highly in him.Nyheim Hines (Round 8, Pick 94). As I discovered in my previous PPR mock draft, pass-catching running backs seem to be the most undervalued asset in these formats. There’s a reason we rank Hines about 30 slots higher than this draft selection. His 63 catches in 2018 provide him a good floor, and he might be due to improve after a total of four TDs last season. He’ll provide me a solid option to fill my FLEX spot until Green returns from injury, and he will be a safe backup to my workhorse RBs if one were to get hurt.Kirk Cousins (Round 9, Pick 99). The wait is over. I’d considered Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger with my last pick, but they both were selected just before I took Hines. I figured because we’re higher on Cousins than his ADP, I could give him the turn to get back to me, and he did. Cousins is coming off a career-high completion percentage, which makes sense since he was throwing to two of football’s best receivers. He’s our 12th-ranked QB, and after six went in the first two rounds, getting a starter this late works for me. He really shouldn’t be that much different than Matt Ryan, who went in the second round. Dion Lewis (Round 10, Pick 118). Lewis fits in our PPR rankings right near Hines and is another one of the players who should outperform his selection in this format. Even in a Titans offense that doesn’t love to pass, he caught 59 passes last year, ran another 155 times and scored only two TDs. I’d bet on at least a small jump in scores, and even a repeat of last year would make him worth picking in this spot. Again, I considered QB here, but the guy I get with my next pick was sure to fall based on his ADP, so I waited through the turn again.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamDerek Carr (Round 11, Pick 123). Assuming this Antonio Brown saga ends with him on the field for Oakland, Carr should return solid value. We rank him in our top-15 QBs despite his ADP closer to 25th at the position. Carr had a sneaky good year in 2018 with limited weapons, and the Raiders added Brown, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs in the offseason. The loss of Jared Cook should be more than offset by those gains. Carr finished 18th among QBs last year, and there’s really no reason to believe he’ll go anywhere but up in 2019.Jaylen Samuels (Round 12, Pick 142). The two players at the top of my queue before this pick were Justin Jackson and Anthony Miller, both of whom went just picks before my turn. Obviously, I have a type because I pivoted to another pass-catching back. Samuels has gotten a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh this month because of his ability to do multiple things. A college TE, Samuels should line up all over the field for the Steelers and not really be affected by James Conner’s workload because he’s a different enough player. Once I’m filling up my bench at this part of the draft, it makes sense to try and nab a young player like Samuels with untapped potential.DeSean Jackson (Round 13, Pick 147). Jackson might be the poster boy for players who aren’t exciting in PPR leagues. He just felt like a good upside play at this point in the draft. This pick was bookended by Rashard Higgins and John Brown, both much less proven than Jackson and not assured better roles. Jackson’s shown a good connection with Carson Wentz back in Philly this summer, and he’ll still surely reel in a few of his signature long TDs. I won’t be relying on him to start, but rather fill-in occasionally, so one or two big weeks from a bye-week option would be plenty for this pick to pay off.Devin Funchess (Round 14, Pick 166). Assuming Andrew Luck’s calf doesn’t keep him out of too much action, Funchess feels like a player being too-far undervalued in fantasy leagues. He’s Indy’s obvious No. 2 WR and provides a much different option than T.Y. Hilton. Maybe he has too much overlap with Eric Ebron, but at this point in the draft there’s no reason not to take a shot on a talented player with a good QB and a certain role. T.J. Hockenson (Round 15, Pick 171). With Kelce on my roster, I considered making it through this whole draft without picking a second TE. But my bench felt filled out enough at this point to take a shot on the No. 8 pick from April’s draft. Hockenson isn’t assured a huge role, but the Lions invested enough in him and should play enough two-TE sets for him to matter. I may never have to play him (save Kelce’s bye week), but that’s what makes him worthwhile here. It’s a pure upside play.Jamaal Williams (Round 16, Pick 190). I wanted to finish my roster off with one more running back, and my first choice available was Jerick McKinnon, who went a few picks before this. Williams was a good player to have to settle for. He’s in a high-powered offense and was solid last year when Aaron Jones was hurt. It’d take another injury for Williams to have substantial value this year, but that’s basically true of anyone I could’ve gotten at this point. MORE: Dollar values | IDP rankings | Best ball tips | Team namesBy the end of the draft, this is what my team looked like:StartersQB Kirk Cousins, VikingsRB Alvin Kamara, SaintsRB Joe Mixon, BengalsWR Kenny Golladay, LionsWR Calvin Ridley, Falcons WR Jarvis Landry, BrownsTE Travis Kelce, ChiefsFLEX A.J. Green, Bengals (Once he’s healthy)Superflex Derek Carr, RaidersBenchRB Nyheim Hines, ColtsRB Dion Lewis, TitansRB Jaylen Samuels, SteelersWR DeSean Jackson, EaglesWR Devin Funchess, ColtsTE T.J. Hockenson, LionsRB Jamaal Williams, PackersThis team feels different than my first two mocks, where the obvious weak link was in the TE spot. Taking Travis Kelce obviously took care of that issue. Looking at the roster in its entirety, it stands out that the other positions don’t really feel like weak links the same way tight end did when I waited on that position. Sure, there will be weeks where my opponent has the better WR1 and QB, but not by too much. I still have four very good WRs and two borderline fantasy starting QBs. My bench feels like a good mix of upside and floor. Hines and Lewis should be productive players in this PPR format, while Samuels and Hockenson provide the potential to greatly exceed their draft position. Fantasy Alarm gave me an ‘A’ grade for this draft, so that’s gotta count for something, right?🏈 Here’s the full draft board of the PPR, superflex mock draft I did for @sn_fantasy tonight (I had the third pick) as part of @rotobuzzguy’s @FantasyAlarm #MockDraftArmy. Check out tomorrow for a full breakdown of the mock! #NFL #FantasyFootball— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) August 13, 2019Best fantasy draft picksThis draft was filled with a number of people who write or have written for Fantasy Alarm, so there were definitely others who knew what they were doing in the room. I’ll break down a few of my favorite picks made by other drafters here.Stefon Diggs (Round 4, Pick 45). I wrote about the idea of Diggs exceeding Adam Thielen this year at some length in our boom-or-bust team. In a PPR league, Diggs could wind up as a sort of Michael Thomas-lite, although not that much lighter. He feels about as safe a bet for 100 catches as you can get outside the top-tier WRs, and with his after-catch ability, there’ll be some big play involved, too. Diggs getting taken the pick right in front of me prevented me from having to make a tough choice between him and Golladay.Golden Tate (Round 10, Pick 114). Yes, Tate begins the season with a four-game suspension. That’s why he’s available in the 10th round, though. When he’s on the field, he’s always been a PPR weapon in the vein of Jarvis Landry, who went off the board 44 picks earlier. It’s about the right disparity to account for Tate’s four games off. As a bench selection, though, Tate is great, because once he’s back he’s as good as another starter.Emmanuel Sanders (Round 12, Pick 140). Sanders’ value has been deflated all offseason as he recovered from an Achilles’ injury. He seems to be on track for Week 1, though, which makes him an intriguing selection this late. Sanders is a lot like Tate, except with the possibility of playing every game yet on the board later on. I’ve noticed Sanders slide in my other two mocks, too, despite how proven he is and his health looking decent at this point in August.SEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STWorst fantasy football picksCalling a fantasy football draft pick the “worst” is kind of misleading. Of course there’s no way of knowing whether a player will live up to his selection until the end of the season. There are just some guys who feel out of place selected where they are, in part because they could’ve been picked later on. There’s an argument to be made to always pick the guys you want, but sometimes waiting or passing is the best strategy.FANTASY CONSISTENCY RATINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Nick Chubb (Round 2, Pick 16). Because of the five QBs that went ahead of Chubb, this is even earlier than it might seem. He went as the ninth RB, while we have him as our No. 21 running back in PPR leagues. He’ll almost certainly see a role decline at midseason when Kareem Hunt returns, and he’s not a great pass-catcher, either. Joe Mixon went to me a round later and feels like the better Ohio running back to have.Robby Anderson (Round 6, Pick 72). Anderson is never going to be a PPR monster because his usual routes are too far down the field to create high-volume catch outputs. He also is coming off a disappointing season, and the Jets added Jamison Crowder, who should garner a number of targets each game. Anderson isn’t a bad upside pick in general, but this is a bit too high. He went ahead of A.J. Green, Corey Davis, Will Fuller, and Tyler Lockett, among others.Kalen Ballage (Round 8, Pick 90). As I’ve made perfectly clear, I like picking receiving backs in PPR leagues. There are two problems with Ballage here, though. One, Kenyan Drake is a good receiver himself and has an edge on winning the Miami job. Two, there were more proven pass-catching backs on the board, like Dion Lewis and Nyheim Hines. It just feels like a reach for a player who might not even have the role you’re drafting him to have. Fantasy football mock drafts are the perfect time to figure out if your draft strategy works. You might enter a draft hoping that one thing will happen, only to see the players you want picked directly ahead of you time and time again. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to freeze in your real draft. Mock drafts give you an opportunity to adjust your rankings and cheat sheets on the fly before anything actually matters, and if you’re playing in a different format than usual — as we are in this PPR superflex mock — you’ll definitely want to give things a test run.As we always point out, if your time is limited, you can accelerate your mock draft experience by using the FantasyPros Mock Draft Simulator. There, you’ll be able to complete a full mock draft customized to your league’s rules in just minutes. last_img read more

If FC Sarajevo makes a miracle and passes Lech, they will face with Basel

first_imgThe draw of the 3rd  qualifying round of the Champions League, which was held today in Nyon from 12 p.m., decided that the winner of the match Lech – Sarajevo will be playing against FC Basel 1893.This morning before the draw, UEFA announced list of potential opponents, and the draw confirmed the next opponent. The winner will be known after the match in Poznan, on the 22nd of July.After the defeat by 2: 0 in the rematch, FC Sarajevo has small chances of passing in the next round.The first matches of the third qualifying pre-round are scheduled for the 28th or 29th of July, and rematches on the 4th or 5th of August. Other matches:Ludogorets / Milsami Orhei – Skenderbeu / CrusadersVentspils / Helsinki – Maribor / AstanaCeltic / Stjarnan – Qarabag – Rudar PljevljaTrencin / Steaua – Partizan / Dila GoriMidtjylland / Lincoln Red Imps – APOEL / VardarHibernians / Maccabi – Viktoria PlzenDinamo / Fola Esch – Molde / PyunikThe New Saints / Videoton – BATE Borisov / DundalkSalzburg – Malmo / ŽalgirisPanathinaikos – BruggeYoung Boys – MonacoCSKA Moscow – Sparta | PrahaRapid Wien – AjaxFenerbahce – Sharhtar Donetsk (Source: read more


first_imgDear Editor,Permit me a space in your publication to highlight some of the perils which both private and public organisations in developing countries such as Guyana face on a daily basis.The threats referred to are those which are birthed from our dependence on the technological platforms which are designed to allow for, inter alia, structured communication; targeted marketing of products and services; archiving and reporting on information critical to executive-level decisions; and overall enhancement of business processes which are intended to promote efficiency and efficacy at key levels.More recently, on 6th Feb, 2019, the Guyana Power & Light Inc. (GPL), through a press release, informed of a “cyber-attack on the Company’s computerized systems”, which affected their Customer Information System. The statement further alluded to the request of a “ransom of bitcoins (digital money) to remove all encryptions from within its network”.While the GPL Information Systems team should be commended for their quick response, for initiating a quarantine to prevent propagation, and for invoking the disaster recovery mechanisms to restore the systems in a timely manner, I am of the view that such a threat should never have occurred in the first place.The issue here is that of ransomware, which occurs when a network of systems is penetrated by one of a myriad of various ways, to introduce a virus which propagates across that network insofar as it is able, and accesses files and performs an encryption on them. In simple terms, the only way to regain control of those files is through the decryption process, which requires a decryption key.Due to its difficulty in traceability, perpetrators of ransomware attacks promise the decryption keys in exchange for digital currency, such as bitcoins.In January 2017, the Guyana Water Inc. suffered a similar attack, which resulted in downtime of services. It should be noteworthy to mention also that the Guyana National Computer Incident Response Team (GN-CIRT), in May of that very year, issued a cybersecurity alert warning of the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, which exploited a vulnerability in the Windows Operating System. That vulnerability has since been patched.The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report ( – Feb. 2019) reveals that worldwide ransomware attacks were down 20 per cent during 2018, as opposed to 2017, when enterprise ransomware attacks had surged 12 per cent. This indicates a revolution in cryptovirology, which is intended to target more advanced infrastructure rather than the regular “mom and pop shops”.In 2018, the report referenced the “chief ransomware distribution method” as being targeted email campaigns exploited due to dependence on the use of email.In my experience, and through studies, most ransomware attacks are as a result of some form of negligence on the part of network administrators, whether directly failing to implement security and alerting platforms, or indirectly, through the inadequacies of their systems. The ever-evolving threat-landscape must be constantly analysed, and actions taken insofar as those are affordable to organisations across the spectrum.Organisations and companies are urged to invest significantly in ensuring that their IT personnel are trained, and implement mechanisms which constantly keep security best practices in check. The importance of the formulation of a detailed Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) should be as a result of careful studies of both the internal and external dynamics of any organisation, big or small, public or private. Brainstorming sessions intended to identify all risks and possible mitigative measures can also be of great utility to the formulation of a DRP.IT administrators are further urged to assess the risk at every level of staff (from the customer service representatives straight up to executive management, and specifically IT personnel and the systems which they interact with) to ensure coverage and implementation of usage policies.Regards,Aneal Giddingslast_img read more

Diego Costa: ‘Chelsea have to fight and battle for the title’

first_img 5 5 You’ve had a superb start to your Chelsea career: 17 goals in just 19 league games. What do you put this down to?“Hard work. Also, Jose Mourinho is a very clever man. He knows exactly the kind of team he wants to build and the way he wants to play. The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Oscar have eased my adaptation [off the pitch] as well as helping me score, too.”Have your Chelsea teammates taught you any interesting phrases in English?“I try to learn words here and there, but I find it very complicated. I am a bit lazy for that! Let’s do the things step by step: I will adapt to London and win a title first. Meanwhile, I will try to grab the language.”You must have a way of communicating on the pitch…“I call John Terry ‘Capi’ [Spanish slang for skipper]. I think my teammates understand me better than I understand them! Our communication is getting better as time goes by.”Have you had to adjust the way you play at all to suit the Premier League?“Yes, I am getting used to getting kicked more than before. Premier League defenders are really strong and physical. In England, the referees don’t call many fouls, as opposed to Spanish football. Consequently, you must be really strong all through the 90 minutes.”What is the quality that has taken you most to where you are now in your career?“My fighting spirit and my resilience. I approach every game with the same energy. I always think: ‘I must score next game, I must score next game.’ That’s the way I go into the games.”Do you like drawing a defender into a one-on-one contest on the pitch?“I like the challenge. My life wasn’t easy, neither are my games. Every time I see a good defender I cannot wait to play against him. He might beat me, but I will learn from the experience.”Do you think you still have the mentality of a ‘street’ footballer, rather than an academy-trained one?“It depends on the point of view. Some of the kicks I suffer in England would be punished with a red card in Spain. My challenges on the ball are strong but noble at the same time. If you check my records, you will find out that I’ve never caused a bad injury to any player.“The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions. But if you rewind a bit and go through what they did to me, you may have another point of view. I consider myself a player who fights and gives everything on the pitch. Those who know me and appreciate those values understand what I say.”How much did it mean to you to hear the Chelsea fans sing your name during the recent Manchester City match, even though you weren’t involved?“The fans sang my name because I know I was a bit down after receiving the ban, but I have a lot of gratitude to the Chelsea crowd. No one will stop my determination and my way of approaching the games. I am really grateful to the Chelsea fans. They have been very good to me.” This article appears in the current edition of our sister publication, Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmagukDiego Costa confounds our expectations. Waiting for him to arrive for our interview, we are half expecting a giant crane to rumble into view and lower down a Jurassic Park-style crate with Costa inside, snarling and growling.Then we can roll up our questions on tiny pieces of paper and poke them through the slats to be consumed by The Beast within.You see, Costa is a lot like a dinosaur. He’s fearsome, strong and – crucially – really, really, old. He’s the world’s most ancient 26-year-old man! He’s a velociraptor with the wizened face of an aged crone. So it’s a surprise when the Chelsea striker arrives with an infectious grin, a firm handshake and a warm demeanour – then proceeds to give us one of the more honest interviews you can expect from a Premier League superstar.Speaking in Spanish, shot through with occasional Portuguese slang (a heritage of his being Brazilian-born but a naturalised Spanish international), Costa is thoughtful in his replies. He doesn’t even look old, disappointingly. A rough and ready type, sure, but his thick mop of dark curls gives him a youthful air. Who is this innocent, young, latin Oliver Twist – and why is he so misunderstood?Not quite. Costa plays on the edge, as he admits. Yet it strikes us as a contradiction. If you’re Eric Cantona or Zinedine Zidane fly-kicking fans or head-butting defenders, you’re an enfant terrible – a tortured French genius. If you’re Alan Shearer physically battling with defenders (or accidentally mistaking Neil Lennon’s head for a football), you’re a hard-man centre forward in the old English tradition. Yet if you’re a rugged-looking Hispanic sort, you’re a thug and a brutish villain.Costa is no angel, but he hasn’t nutted or bitten anyone. He hasn’t broken any heads or legs or roamed the plains of the Cretaceous era world, snacking on herbivores. So, as Sport unrolls its tiny scrolls of questions, we get to know the man – not the monster. 5 5 What’s the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome in your football career?“My biggest challenge was leaving home in Lagarto [in Brazil]. I left my parents in tears as I crossed the doorstep on my own.”You were a teenager when that happened [Costa signed for Portuguese club Braga in 2006]. How did you find it adjusting to a new life in Europe at that age? “As you can imagine, it was hard. I was very bonded to the small village I am from. In my village, we all are very close to our families and it’s unusual to end up living in a different way to your relatives. However, I love them more than anything else. I always knew that I wanted to change my family’s life.”Did that feeling put extra pressure on your shoulders?“No – in fact, my determination suppressed any feeling of loneliness. Determination gave me the strength I needed. If it weren’t for my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. If you want to achieve something, you must have a goal in life. In my case, being a football player was a dream; my real obsession was to give my family a better life, no matter what.”How did it feel to break the Barcelona/Real Madrid stranglehold and win La Liga with Atletico Madrid?“We did it little by little, game by game… Obviously, you might get nervous as tension and expectations amalgamate. However, everyone knows his role on the pitch, and on top of that there’s a common target, which is winning each game. Pressure, past or memories disappear as soon as the ball rolls.”On the flip side: how hard was it not being fully fit for last season’s Champions League final?“I think that it was harder for Simeone. He is aiming to trigger a change in Spanish football. It was a shame not to win the title after the great job we all did throughout the entire season. Personally, I felt well and fit the day before the Champions League final. It was a shame to lose the final the way we did. The goal we conceded in the last minute tore apart our great work.”Does that make you even more determined to have an impact on the competition this season with Chelsea?“I am going to be honest: I want to be a champion with Chelsea, either a Premier League champion or a Champions League winner. I presume that winning the Champions League must be an amazing experience. I reached the final of this beautiful tournament once, but I couldn’t win it. We know that our manager is a multiple Champions League winner with loads of experience, and that will help. I also hope we are a bit lucky. There are great teams yet to be faced.” 5 What’s Jose Mourinho’s style like compared with other managers you’ve played for?“Jose Mourinho and [Atletico Madrid manager] ‘Cholo’ Simeone have plenty of things in common, such as the passion for the game or the levels of commitment they demand from players. They ask the player to give everything he has inside. However, when it comes to tactics, Mourinho and Simeone have a different vision of the game.”Given that, what have you learned from having Jose as a boss at Chelsea?“Many things. We all know that he’s among the best managers in the world. When you arrive in a team with a manager like him, you try to spot every single thing you can learn from him. Every manager has a different way of reading the game. In regards to Jose Mourinho, he is a clever manager who spots very well the opponent’s virtues and weaknesses. Our training sessions are based on that.”You are named after Diego Maradona. Is this not a bit unusual in Brazil?“I know my father called my brother Jair as a tribute to Jairzinho. When I asked him about the origin of my name, he said that when I was born, Diego Armando Maradona was the big thing. I guess my father just loves football!” Chelsea’s Diego Costa speaks to Sport magazine Your next game could well be Paris St-Germain in the Champions League knockout stages. Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic a player that you admire?“Zlatan is a beast. He is one of those players that I like because of his character and his quality. He is among the best strikers in football history. We all know how hard it is going to be playing against PSG. Most of their footballers play at international level… If we want to progress, we must do very well in both legs.”Lastly, what constitutes a successful season for Chelsea this year?“Winning titles. That’s exactly what a good season means for a club with this grandeur, players and trophy-winning manager. But we must keep on improving, which is what the manager demands for each game. If we put our game into practice, we are going to fight for every title. We must be ourselves. We have to fight and battle. The most difficult game is the next one to come.”last_img read more

Truck accident blocks traffic in Carson

first_imgA truck swerved off the San Diego (405) Freeway and rolled down an embankment Thursday morning, coming to rest at a Carson intersection and delaying commuters on Main and Figueroa streets. The accident at 7:08 a.m. caused the closure of Main Street for less than an hour, while the vehicle was removed from Moneta Avenue, CHP Officer Anthony Martin said. The accident happened when the driver of the truck swerved to avoid debris on the freeway, Martin said. The driver sustained only minor injuries. Main Street was reopened at 8:07 a.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgKATHLEEN RUSSELLThe death has taken place of Kathleen Russell, Rahan, Letterkenny, mother and mother-in-law of Sammy and Hillary Russell, Carnamuggagh. Removal from St. Joseph’s Hospital today at 4.30pm, going to the residence of her grandson, Mervin Russell, Stranlongford, Drumkeen. Funeral service on Sunday at 2.30pm in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Letterkenny, with burial afterwards in Gortlee Cemetery.  Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Joseph’s Hospital Comfort Fund, c/o Con McDaid and Sons Funeral Directors, Oldtown, Letterkenny, or any family member.CHARLES MCGOWAN The death has occurred of Charles McGowan Killybegs. Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital at 6.15pm today to arrive at his late residence at 8pm.Removal on Sunday at 10.30am to the Church of Saints Joseph and Conal in Bruckless, for Requiem Mass at 11am.  Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Killybegs.DANIEL MCKINNEYThe death has occurred of Daniel Mc Kinney, The Big House, Ballymagann, Buncrana. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there on Saturday at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice or the Irish Cancer Society, Donegal branch, c/o Mc Kinney Funeral Directors, Ballymagann, Buncrana.MARGARET DOHERTY The death has taken place at her residence of Margaret Doherty, Billy, late of Ballamena, Glengad. Funeral from there on Sunday at 9.45am for Mass at 10.30am in St Patricks Church, Aughaclay with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.JOHN P WARDThe death has taken place at his late residence of John P Ward, Solicitor, Drumcliff, Donegal Town. Removal from there on Sunday at 12.30pm for Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, KIllymard at 1pm with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. House private.CHARLIE BONNERThe death has occurred at Letterkenny General Hospital of Charlie Bonner, 610 New Houses, Killea, Carrigans. Remains reposing at his home. His remains will leave his late residence on Sunday at 10.30am going to All Saints Church, Netwowncunningham for funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please from 11pm – 11am. SALLY MCFADDENThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Sally McFadden, 428, Colehill, Newtowncunningham. Remains are reposing at her home. Funeral mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham on Sunday afternoon at 1pm with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to The Donegal Hospice c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny. House private please from 11pm to 11am.DENIS BRANLEYThe death has occurred of Denis Branley, at his daughter Patricia and son in law Eamonn Grant’s residence, Gortfad, Clonmany. Funeral from there tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 10.15am going to St Mary’s Church, Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am . Interment afterwards in the New Cemetery. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 was last modified: April 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:2012APRIL 20DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR FRIDAYlast_img read more

Smith is made to work for first pro title

first_imgHarrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith won his first professional title but was pushed all the way by underdog Scott Moises at the Copper Box Arena.Former ABA champion Smith, 20, picked up the southern-area belt after coming through the toughest test of his promising career so far.He won a decision by just one point (96-95) following a fiercely competitive 10-round contest at the east London venue.Moises, from Norfolk, showed great spirit and landed with a number of shots but Smith was able to extend his unbeaten record to 7-0.See also:Title would make Smith a happy HammerSmith to defend title at the Copper BoxFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more