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Guidance: Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technology

first_imgThe guide contains a set of principles that set out what we expect from suppliers and users of data-driven technologies.The aim is to make it easier for our suppliers to understand what we need from them, and to help health and care providers choose safe, effective, secure technology to improve the services they provide.last_img

Cuba will again isolate visitors to fight COVID-19

first_imgHAVANA (AP) — Cuban authorities say they’ll tighten measures against the spread of COVID-19 by requiring tourists and others who visit the island to isolate at their own expense for several days until tests for the new coronavirus come out negative. The announcement Saturday by Cuba’s director of epidemiology comes as the country is seeing a sharp rise in new cases. Officials say that as of Feb. 6, arriving tourists and Cubans who live abroad will be sent to hotels to wait for the results of a PCR test for the new coronavirus, which will be given on their fifth day in the country.last_img read more

Big Tax News

first_imgNot all good news will naturally catch your eye. Some news can slide by, like the factthat the 1997 conservation-use (current-use) valuation tables for land are ready. To learn more about the program, get Extension Service Bulletin 1089, “Tax Incentivesfor the Georgia Landowner.” It’s $1 per copy at the county extension office. In return for a covenant with the county, the landowner agrees to keep the land in itsfarm or forest use for 10 years. The tax assessor also has the maps and tables and can tell about program details andhow to sign up. These tables show the value per acre for all classes of land. “Conservation-use valuation keeps land in farms and forests,” said ColemanDangerfield, an economist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Theresult is more open and green areas for all to enjoy.” In 1990, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Resolution 836. The measureoffered a constitutional amendment to allow the taxation of farm and forest land to berevised. The Georgia Department of Revenue developed these tables. They’re tools forlandowners, but in some ways they help everybody. The county extension office has two Georgia maps. Each has a table with theconservation-use land values. “Covenants are between qualified landowners and county governments,” Dangerfieldsaid. “They allow qualifying farm and forest lands to be valued for county ad valoremtaxes based on current (conservation) use. Fair market value is the approach normallyused.”center_img That may not look like something that would interest you. But if you own any farm,forest or environmentally sensitive land, it could be big. The maps and tables show the valuation areas under the original rules and the revisedrules used after 1992. Each year the DOR revises the tables. The legislature sets theguidelines for the changes. Sign-up for the program is through the county tax assessor office before the propertytax-return filing deadline. It’s March 1 or April 1, depending on the county. The publication tells about the ’91 timber tax law that appeared to offer tax breaks tolarge timber firms and big farms. It covers the tax issues of the conservation-useprogram, too. The one-time county ad valorem tax on timber at harvest is alsoincluded. The program sets values that reflect farm and forest uses on some land. It may alsolower the landowner’s county ad valorem tax bill. After Georgia voters passed the amendment, H.B. 283 became law in 1991. That gavethe means to qualify and set values for land under a current-use concept for 1992. In early 1993, H.B. 66 improved the means to qualify and value land for 1993 andbeyond.last_img read more

New York environmental regulators reject Williams Companies’ natural gas pipeline

first_imgNew York environmental regulators reject Williams Companies’ natural gas pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The New York Times:In a major victory for environmental activists, New York regulators on Wednesday rejected the construction of a heavily disputed, nearly $1 billion natural gas pipeline, even as business leaders and energy companies warned that the decision could devastate the state’s economy and bring a gas moratorium to New York City and Long Island.The pipeline was planned to run 37 miles, connecting natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York. Its operator, the Oklahoma-based Williams Companies, pitched it as a crucial addition to the region’s energy infrastructure, one that would deliver enough fuel to satisfy New York’s booming energy needs and stave off a looming shortage.But environmental groups said Williams was manufacturing a crisis to justify a project that would rip apart fragile ecosystems, handcuff New York to fossil fuels and hobble the state’s march toward renewable resources.The result was an arcane but fevered battle, over what was potentially New York’s most fraught environmental decision since it banned fracking in 2014. The fight also took on political overtones, as progressive activists pressed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to urge his Department of Environmental Conservation to reject the application, casting it as a threat to his environmental legacy.In a statement announcing the denial, the conservation department did not refer to the firestorm that had preceded its decision, aside from noting that it had received comments from more than 45,000 people about the project — 90 percent of whom opposed it. The department laid out its decision in technical terms, noting that construction would contaminate New York’s waters with mercury and copper.“Construction of the NESE pipeline project is projected to result in water quality violations and fails to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards,” the department said, referring to what is formally called the Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline.More: New York rejects Keystone-like pipeline in fierce battle over the state’s energy futurelast_img read more

Incoming Guatemalan Administration Promises to Improve Security in Six Months

first_img The administration of Otto Pérez, who will take office on January 14, will show concrete results in its first six months in the fight against the crime wave that is scourging Guatemala, acting interior minister Mauricio López promised. “Six months is a good parameter for demonstrating that we’ve changed the way of doing things and how we’re going to tackle things,” López stated after meeting with Pérez and current president Álvaro Colom to discuss the transition process. “If in six months there aren’t radical substantive changes that can demonstrate a difference on this issue, they surely aren’t going to demonstrate one in the following six or four years,” he added. Official figures indicate that around 18 people die violently in Guatemala every day and that the homicide rate is 48 per 100,000 inhabitants, six times the world average. Drug cartels, which have spread into vast areas of Guatemalan territory, are responsible for 40 percent of the deaths that occur in the country, according to President Colom. Violence is one of the problems that will be inherited by Pérez, a retired general specialized in counterinsurgency, who based his election campaign on the promise of an “iron fist” to fight crime. Pérez’s victory marks the return of a military man to power in Guatemala after 25 years of civilian administrations. By Dialogo November 17, 2011last_img read more

How to save when you’re young

first_imgYou can decide how to save now and dramatically improve your retirementby: Charles SizemoreIt’s hard to save money when you’re young. If you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not flush with cash. With a glut of young and talented job seekers, companies have little pressure to offer generous starting salaries.Meanwhile, apartment rents have steadily risen for 23 straight quarters, and life’s other inevitable expenses—utilities, food, taxes, etc.—haven’t gotten any cheaper.And let’s not forget educational expenses. Inflation in college tuition has massively outpaced broader consumer price inflation for decades, meaning most college graduates start their careers with large student-loan debts hanging over their heads. A recent poll found that college graduates finish their studies with an average debt load of $35,200. And if you are the ambitious sort who decided to go to graduate school, you might have multiple hundreds of thousands of dollars in student debts.Still, the savings you manage to sock away while young will have an outsized effect on the lifestyle you’re able to live when in middle age and your golden years. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 times being lazy costs you money

first_imgThere’s nothing wrong with a little laziness. After all, someone has to make the overachievers of the world look good. When your lazy tendencies begin to have a negative impact on your finances, however, it’s time to change your behavior.The following are seven costly habits to break today, as well as lazy-proof tips on how.1. Not Bothering to Clip CouponsWhether it’s a matter of being too lazy, or perhaps even too proud, overlooking coupons is essentially giving up free money. According to the Promotion Marketing Association’s Coupon Council, the average family can save up to $1,000 per year by using coupons when making everyday purchases.Consumer and money-saving expert, Andrea Woroch, said, “Most families need only spend 20 minutes per week finding and clipping coupons, making it a worthwhile measure — especially when the cost of groceries is rising.”Lazy fix: You don’t have to sift through the Sunday paper to find coupons worth clipping. “Apps like CouponSherpa provide coupons right to your smartphone for savings on groceries to department stores to restaurants,” advised Woroch. “The Honey web browser extension alerts you when a coupon is available at a site you’re shopping online as well.” continue reading » 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month. Do you know what data is leaving your credit union?

first_imgDid you know that it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)? This year Ongoing Operations has become a Champion of NCSAM, joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.As part of our commitment, we’re sharing detailed information and technical advice to help your credit union improve its cyber security posture. The first key question we’d like to ask is: Do you know what data is leaving your credit union?Another way to ask this same question more technically is: Does your Credit Union have Egress Filtering in Place?Having been in security for as long as I have, I always ask the same questions over and over again. I usually get the same answers. Particularly when I ask if an organization has egress filtering in place on its perimeter. The answer is normally no or kind of, sort of. That is not the right answer.First – What is Egress Filtering? Egress Filtering is a perimeter defense tool that restricts data from leaving your credit union to the outside world. This is great for creating a layered defense and making it tougher for sensitive data to get in the wrong hands. Think of it like a reverse firewall…First and foremost, it is extremely risky not to strictly identify and control what traffic is leaving your network – period. Is it easy to retrofit a policy into an organization that has legitimate dependencies on resources that are on the Internet? Absolutely not, but given the risk reduction, it is worth the pain.Of course the decision that it is worth the reduction in risk, even though you will break some things along the way, has to come from senior IT management. I kid not about breaking some things, I have yet to see a deployment of egress filtering not miss at least one application dependent on Internet access, regardless of how well it was planned, researched, and sniffed.There are really only two types of policies that are normally used when deploying an egress filter: Default-allow or Default-Deny. I don’t spend much time on default-allow, to me it is pointless, at least in the financial services industry. I have seen where it might make sense in a certain use case, but not this one. Default-deny is by far the best way to deploy. It just makes sense. Short list of permit statements on top (well documented and backed by business justifications, of course) and a dead stop deny any at the bottom.One common question that is: how do you handle operating system and software updates? At a minimum, restrict outbound access to Microsoft’s IP address ranges and subnets, but the real answer is have a Windows Update Server (or use a managed service provider) on your internal LAN. This is especially true for servers. For third party software, there are a number of vendors that provide secure ways of managing that aspect.Here is why this matters:I worked for a group service credit card provider that had a third party vendor for its loyalty program. I received a call on a Friday evening that a ransom email was received by the vendor with a snippet of their database, demanding cash or they would sell or publish the data they compromised. After further investigation it was determined the vendor recently deployed a new form on their web site that did not go through QA/security. This form had SQL injection vulnerabilities.The SQL injection vulnerability on the web server was exploited, leading to a full compromise of their MSSQL server. The company did have a WSUS server on their DMZ, but was having issues connecting the MSSQL server to it based on VLAN ACL mis-configurations. Instead of fixing the ACLs the administrator decided to just allow full outbound Internet traffic from the MSSQL server to get the latest updates, intending to turn it off when they were complete. He forgot to turn it off.Once the database was compromised there was nothing to stop the hackers from exporting the data using whatever protocol they wanted to wherever they decided. Very bad.So, just like a double-sided deadbolt is safer than a single sided deadbolt – setting up Egress restrictions for your credit union is a much improved situation.Learn more about how Ongoing Operations can help you with Egress filtering and other cyber security enhancements by contacting us at [email protected] or visiting www.ongoingoperations.com. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Miles Providing Credit Union clients with an expert, board-level resource that can help manage and steer their clients’ information security compliance, governance and/or regulatory program(s). Performing some or all … Web: ongoingoperations.com Detailslast_img read more

Ride-hailing apps rely on deliveries during pandemic

first_imgTopics : “Our transportation sector is sloping but our food and logistics delivery orders are still doing quite good,” said Grab Indonesia public affairs head Tri Sukma Anreianno during a press conference on March 23.The company’s food, logistics and grocery shopping delivery services have seen increased business, said a Grab Indonesia spokesperson. “We will expand GrabMart, our daily essentials delivery service, as well as GrabAssistant, our on-demand concierge service so that more people can stay home. This would also provide our driver-partners access to more earning opportunities through the Grab platform,” the spokesperson wrote in an email to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.To help its employees, Grab has committed to US$10 million in initiatives, such as giving a one-time payout of Rp 1.5 million and Rp 3 Million to any GrabBike or GrabCar driver-partner, respectively, who undergoes the government-mandated quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19, among others. The government’s appeal for people to work from home or travel by personal vehicle has left ride-hailing drivers with almost no customers. As such, ride-hailing providers have strategized to help their driver-partners and keep business afloat.A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics said Grab and Gojek had experienced 16 percent and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among its active ride-hailing users within the last week of March.A significant drop was seen on March 19, three days after schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.center_img The initiatives are partly funded by voluntary Grab employee donations that are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.Previously, Grab had also given 100,000 face masks, hair nets and hand sanitizers, as well as helmet cleaning vouchers, to their drivers.Similarly, Gojek’s chief of public policy and government relations, Shinto Nugroho, said on March 23 that since the implementation of physical distancing, the company’s ride-hailing business had seen an overall decrease in orders, while its food and delivery service GoFood and GoSend, were said to be stable.A study by mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform AppsFlyer showed that downloads of food and beverage delivery apps had risen 23 percent from January to early March in Indonesia, while food delivery orders rose 11 percent.Gojek chief of corporate affairs Nila Marita said on Wednesday that the company had also halted its house-call massage service GoMassage since March 26 and had implemented health safety measures for house cleaning service GoClean.“We’ve temporarily stopped the GoMassage service to comply with the government’s call for social distancing,” she told the Post.She went on to say that for the GoClean service, cleaners went through daily health check-ups and were equipped with masks, gloves and disinfectant. They can also decline a house-call if the customers are visibly ill. Meanwhile, customers must also present travel history from the last 14 days to ensure they have not been in contact with patients under treatment for COVID-19.Recently, the company’s senior management cut their salaries to allocate more than Rp 100 billion to help drivers and employees cope with low demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.It has also imported face masks to be distributed to its drivers and the country’s healthcare providers. Drivers who get COVID-19 or become a patient under treatment can also receive financial aid from Gojek and its foundation, Yayasan Anak Bangsa Kita.last_img read more

Three ways Unai Emery could set Arsenal up with Nicolas Pepe and Philippe Coutinho in the side

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho could be on the verge of a sensational move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal completed one of the shocks of the transfer window when they signed Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille last week and they could be on the brink of securing another incredible deal on the eve of the transfer deadline.According to reports in France, Arsenal are set to complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan from Barcelona in what would represent one of the most remarkable transfers of the summer.The 27-year-old has endured a difficult spell at Barcelona following his £142m move from Liverpool in 2018 and he has frequently been linked with a return to the Premier League with Chelsea, Manchester United and his former club all mentioned as suitors.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s interest in Coutinho, though, has seemingly come out of nowhere and considering the club can call upon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dani Ceballos and Alex Iwobi at present, it is difficult to work out exactly where he would fit in.ADVERTISEMENTUnai Emery would have his work cut out to configure a side featuring his best players but here are three possible ways he could set Arsenal up if Coutinho were to join.1. All-out attackIt doesn’t take a genius to work out that Arsenal’s strength lies in their attack rather than their defence and should they fail to secure the signing of a new centre-back – and possibly even a left-back – their squad will have a very unbalanced look to it.Regardless, while Arsenal might face problems at the back, they would certainly fancy themselves to outscore anyone given the quality of their attack. One way in which Emery may look to assemble his best players into their optimum positions could be by employing an offensive-minded 4-2-4 system.Coutinho has spent much of his career roaming infield from a left-wing position, while Pepe was predominantly deployed in a similar manner on the right by his former club Lille. The presence of energetic full-backs like Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin would ensure that the flanks are adequately covered.Such a system would also allow Aubameyang and Lacazette to play in their favoured positions as central strikers and both players have admitted that they prefer to play in tandem rather than on their own at the top-end of Arsenal’s side.There would be a danger of Arsenal over-crowding central areas of the pitch due to Coutinho and Pepe’s tendencies to wander from the flanks, while it would leave Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos with a frightening amount of work to get through in midfield.It would be a lot of fun to watch, mind.2. A *slightly more reserved* 4-2-3-1A 4-2-4 formation sounds like something taken from the 1950s but in reality, it would be much more fluid than simply being a six-pronged attack accompanied by a five-man defence.Arsenal could still find a way of incorporating their four principal attacking threats – Coutinho, Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe – into the same forward line while also adding a bit more solidity in midfield through the inclusion of Granit Xhaka rather than the more forward-thinking Ceballos.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn a 4-2-3-1 system, Arsenal could utilise Xhaka and Torreira as a double pivot – a tactic that worked well, particularly during the first half of last season – while freeing Coutinho up to play in a more advanced position just off the frontman.Although Coutinho’s creative output has waned alarmingly since his move to Barcelona, he was posting excellent numbers at Liverpool prior to making the switch, creating 2.9 chances per game for Liverpool during the first half of 2017-18 and registering six assists in total across 14 matches.There would be a pretty similar attacking make-up at Arsenal for him to feed off as he did at Liverpool too, with Aubameyang and Pepe providing rapid, goalscoring options out wide similar to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and Lacazette offering a hard-working presence centrally, not dissimilar to Roberto Firmino.It is worth considering, though, that since Coutinho’s departure – and Virgil van Dijk’s arrival – Liverpool have become a far more complete team without losing any of their attacking potency and Arsenal would have to try and find a better overall balance.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City3. Emery’s back-three Plan BA feature of Emery’s first season was the tactical versatility the Spaniard employed, with the team regularly set out in different shapes and systems. It was a far cry from the Arsene Wenger days when the Frenchman used 4-4-2 in his first decade, 4-2-3-1 in his second and dabbled with a back three towards the end.Emery is far less wedded to one shape than his predecessor and often switched things up by alternating between a back four and a back three, playing either a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation last season.AdvertisementThe drawbacks of doing so with his current squad is that using a three-man central defence with wing-backs requires five defenders as opposed to four, which would, therefore, result in one of the attacking players having to be sacrificed.Given Pepe’s status as the club’s record-signing, Aubameyang’s consistency in front of goal and Lacazette’s invaluable contributions both on and off the ball, all three would have to start in the most advanced positions.That would leave Coutinho having to occupy a rather unfamiliar central midfield position, although it perhaps wouldn’t be the most catastrophic role for him with the tenacious Torreira tasked with getting through much of the defensive work.This would be Emery’s most ambitious experiment yet, however.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Three ways Unai Emery could set Arsenal up with Nicolas Pepe and Philippe Coutinho in the side Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 6 Aug 2019 4:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.4kShares Commentlast_img read more