Affordability Measures to Help Nova Scotians

first_imgFinance Minister Graham Steele and Minister of Seniors Denise Peterson-Rafuse visited Sackville Heights Community Centre today, April 7, to talk about affordability measures targeted at seniors. Mr. Steele announced several measures in the provincial budget that will make life more affordable for seniors while working to ensure government gets back to balance. Removing the Guaranteed Income Supplement from calculation of the adjusted family income will benefit roughly 18,000 low-income seniors. Beginning in the 2010 tax year, they will no longer include the amount they get from the Guaranteed Income Supplements. For example, a couple with $25,252 income could save $480. Among the measures that will benefit seniors and other Nova Scotians is the new Affordable Living Tax Credit which will impact 225,0000 households. People with an income of $30,000 or less will receive a rebate of at least $240. “We listened to what we heard from the public during our Back to Balance sessions that if we make tax changes, they must not adversely affect Nova Scotians with low or modest incomes,” said Mr. Steele. “We want to support our seniors and this is a way to alleviate any tough measures in the budget.” “Through targeted and strategic measures we will make life more affordable for seniors throughout Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Peterson -Rafuse. About 400,000 households, including many seniors, are already being helped by the energy rebate which eliminated the provincial portion of the HST from home heating. In 2010-11, that measure is forecast to help Nova Scotians to the tune of $83.6 million. “To make life better for Nova Scotians living in poverty and who we consider our most vulnerable, we are introducing a new Poverty Reduction Credit,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This credit will help about 15,000 Nova Scotians living in poverty, many of whom are disabled. This is not about tweaking Income Assistance. This is a change in direction, a new way of looking at how we provide support to people in need.”last_img read more

Hollywood Legends Estate Gifts 11 Million To Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

first_imgChildren’s Hospital Los Angeles announced today that the estate of the legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder and his wife Audrey made an $11 million gift to the hospital’s new endowed chair in the Division of Neurosurgery and to the hospital’s Endowment in Neurosurgery.In honor of the generous gift from The Wilder Family Trust, the hospital will name the new Neurosurgery chair the Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery, which will receive $5 million of the donation. In addition, $3 million will be dedicated to the new Billy and Audrey Wilder Endowment in Neurosurgery, a hospital clinical care program under the stewardship of Chief of Medical Staff Mark Krieger, MD, (Los Angeles, Ca.), head of the hospital’s Neurosurgery division.Of the remaining gift, $1.5 million is to be distributed to the endowed chair of the hospital’s newly-established inter-departmental Neuro-Oncology Program under the direction of Jonathan Finlay, MD, (Studio City, Ca.), director of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Neural Tumors Program within the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. In addition, $300,000 will be earmarked to complete the Hay Edward Baher Chair in Pediatric Rheumatology, which will be under the leadership of Andreas Reiff, MD, (San Marino, Ca.), chief of the Division of Rheumatology. The remaining donation will go toward the hospital’s under-funded and unreimbursed hospital programs that help the more than 96,000 young patients Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats annually.Would you like to help Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treat kids better? The hospital welcomes all gifts. To give, go to CHLA.org/Donate. Or to make a holiday gift that goes twice as far, donate to the Holiday of Hope challenge by Dec. 31 at CHLA.org/Holiday, and ask your friends to do the same. 
 
“We are incredibly thankful and humbled by this donation from The Wilder Family Trust,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This generous and amazing gift will impact the lives and future treatment of children diagnosed with life-threatening and often devastating diagnoses. As our chief of Medical Staff and our division chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Krieger has demonstrated the leadership ability to utilize this gift to the utmost in the treatment and care of our patients and to strengthen and build our world renowned Neurosurgery division.”“I am honored and thrilled by this incredible gift from The Wilder Family Trust, one that will change the lives of many patients we treat at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” says Krieger. “This endowed chair will create a permanent philanthropic legacy in the hospital’s Neurosurgery division, allowing us to provide the best care for our young patients. It will also support outstanding research scientists working to find cures for children diagnosed with brain tumors here at Children’s Hospital, and beyond.”Billy and Audrey Wilder were longtime supporters of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mrs. Wilder, a Paramount actress in the 1940s, managed the family’s philanthropic activities. She was especially interested in the hospital’s undertakings and passionate about giving back to children’s causes and the arts. Mrs. Wilder, who passed away in June, was married to Mr. Wilder for 53 years. She was a singer with the Tommy Dorsey Band and appeared in several films in the 1940s. In 1944, she met Mr. Wilder on the set of The Lost Weekend, a film that garnered Mr. Wilder the first of his two film directing Oscars. They wed five years later.The Austrian-born Billy Wilder received international recognition as one the world’s great filmmakers. His Hollywood career as a writer, director and producer spanned five decades, and his work included such popular classics as Sabrina and Some Like It Hot, and Oscar-winners, like Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment and The Lost Weekend. Renowned for his ability to cross film genres, Mr. Wilder became the first individual to win three Oscars in one night when The Apartment (1960) earned the filmmaker awards for directing, producing and co-writing. In all, he won six Academy Awards and also earned the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1988, and later, the National Medal of Arts, which he won in 1993 nine years before his passing in 2002.Dr. Krieger came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2002, joining the Children’s Neuroscience Center. He performs more than 300 brain surgeries a year and cares for children with surgical diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, specializing in tumors of the central nervous system. He previously was the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Dr. Krieger completed his training in Neurological Surgery at the University of Southern California, Department of Neurological Surgery.He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters, in addition to giving more than 100 talks at national meetings. He is active in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurosurgeons and the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons. His research interests include novel therapeutic strategies and imaging technologies for pediatric brain tumors. Dr. Krieger is an associate professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).According to Dr. Krieger, a portion of the gift devoted to the Endowment in Neurosurgery will be directed toward the clinical care of the hospital’s pediatric patients being treated for brain tumors and for innovative treatments into functional neurosurgery, which includes surgical procedures for youngsters diagnosed with epilepsy. The hospital’s Division of Neurosurgery performs more than 500 surgeries annually. “This gift will enable us to build on our reputation as one of the finest pediatric brain tumor clinical programs and neurosurgery research centers in the country,” Krieger says.Dr. Finlay, a leading international authority in the management of the brain tumors of children, adolescents and young adults, is a professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He will direct the $1.5 million gift toward research and education activities to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to treat brain cancer in children. The Neuro-Oncology endowed chair will work in collaboration with the hospital’s divisional and departmental chiefs in Neurosurgery, Pathology and Radiology.Dr. Reiff, a professor of Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at USC, has led the Rheumatology division at Children’s Hospital since 2005 and oversees the care of children with chronic arthritis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases. An avid researcher, Dr. Reiff, who earned his medical degree from University Medical School in Freiburg, Germany, has also investigated the treatment, management and genetics of autoimmune diseases and is well-known internationally as an authority on biologic drug development and the treatment of chronic inflammatory eye diseases. He will direct the gift toward departmental operations and clinical and research activities.last_img read more

Evictions not the answer to challenge of world slums – Annan

“The build-up of slums and informal settlements occurs in large part because of policies and exclusionary practices that deny public services and basic facilities – including water, sanitation, health and education – to informal settlements that are deemed illegal,” he said in a message marking World Habitat Day.“Evictions and demolitions are not the answer to the challenges of rapid urbanization. We must have pro-poor, participatory urban development in which women and men are empowered to manage their communities, and where development is carried out with respect for human rights and in accordance with international law,” he added.World Habitat Day which is celebrated in cities around the world, is being spearheaded this year from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to remind the world that countless thousands of homes were destroyed last December by the tsunami killer wave that so devastated Indonesia’s Banda Aceh coastline and other Indian Ocean countries.Mr. Annan noted that recovery efforts are moving beyond immediate disaster mitigation and humanitarian relief in the stricken areas, and are now focused on establishing sound physical and land-use plans and using appropriate building technologies to protect new settlements and people from similar threats in the future.“This approach encompasses land and property administration, local governance, institutional development, capacity-building and the special needs and concerns of women. Amid the ongoing hardship, there are signs of hope that we can help build new lives and new opportunities,” he said.“We need to give the millions of slum dwellers who are suffering from the slow-motion tsunami of rapid urbanization the same chance.”From the richest countries to the poorest, the Day was being marked with special ceremonies. In the West African nation of Benin, a conference was being held on poor health from water and degradation of the urban environment, while in Switzerland the non-governmental organization, Urbanistes sans Frontières, ran a special workshop.In New York, UN-HABITAT, the world body’s human settlements agency, together with Habitat for Humanity International and the Earth Institute at Columbia University were bringing together United Nations diplomats and representatives from faith-based and civil society organizations to take part in voluntary activities with families at a worksite in Harlem.And in Bolivia, La Paz municipality was holding a public meeting in one of the capital’s main squares and a seminar for government and nongovernmental institutions on the right to shelter. read more

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Widow of Nobel prize winner burgled twice by raiders looking for valuable

first_imgSir James Black receives his Nobel Prize winner for medicine in Stockholm, 1988 Lady Rona Black and Sir James Black pictured in 2008Credit:Alpha-Edward Lloyd Lady Rona Black and Sir James Black pictured in 2008 “They do seem interested in medals and I just wonder if it is that,” she said of the raiders.“The fact that they came back does make you worry what they are looking for, and to what extent they will go to get it.“I spent January turning my little house into Fort Knox. I thought I was safe but they got back in again, despite the CCTV and a better burglar alarm.“I don’t think I can do anything else to stop them. I would like the message to go out that there are no valuable medals in my possession at all.”The first raid took place on December 29 and Lady Black believes she disturbed the raiders as she returned home from Australia, where she had spent Christmas with her son. The widow of Sir James Black, the Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist, has twice been targeted by burglars apparently trying to locate his highly valuable medals.Lady Rona Black, 77, revealed that she was first burgled at the end of December, when she  returned home from a holiday to find her bedroom “trashed” and significant efforts made to drill a safe out of a wall.In response, she turned the property in south London “into Fort Knox,” installing a motion-activated burglar alarm, CCTV cameras and better lighting outside.But the intruders returned on Wednesday evening, prompting Lady Black to publicise the raids in order to send a message to the perpetrators that there are no valuable medals in her possession.Sir James, who discovered beta-blockers, donated his Nobel medal to the National Museum of Scotland in 2009 and it is on display in Edinburgh, thought to be worth at least £500,000.His Order of Merit medal – the UK’s highest honour, which is awarded personally by the Queen – was returned to Buckingham Palace on his death aged 85 in 2010. The medal is deemed priceless as there are only 24 in circulation. The raiders did not remove the safe but managed to force it open and took some medals belonging to Sir James, including his knighthood insignia, as well as jewellery including Lady Black’s grandmother’s wedding ring.On Wednesday evening, shortly after she left the house to visit a friend, a neighbour called to say her alarm was going off again.Burglars, who were captured on her newly installed CCTV, smashed through her bedroom window and pulled it from a wall to silence it. “They seemed to be looking for more medals,” she said. “They ignored a camera and a radio and other electrical items. Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner for medicine Sir James Black receives his Nobel Prize winner for medicine in Stockholm, 1988Credit:JAN COLLSIOO/AFPcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Her bedroom door had been blocked shut from the inside and when she went out via a rear terrace, she discovered the windows of a glass door had been carefully broken to prevent the burglar alarm sounding.“They had trashed the bedroom,” she told the Evening Standard. “I think I was probably the one who disturbed them. Behind one of the wardrobes was a small safe. They had obviously spent a lot of time trying to drill it out. There was cement dust everywhere.” “The CCTV shows a man on my roof at 7.33pm. You can see him fiddling with my security light. He seems to be talking to someone at the back of the garden that leads to the lane.“This time round he has taken jewellery and a cache of medals in my husband’s study, mostly non-precious medals. I just wonder if he is looking for a Nobel prize medal, though how anybody got to know this is the home of the late Sir James Black, I don’t know.”Lady Black said it had been a “a very unpleasant week,” adding: “I was a bit shaken this time because I really did think I’d made myself pretty safe. “Basically the police’s view is that this was a return visit of a team. They think it’s a return visit of someone who didn’t get what they wanted the first time around.”Sir James, a Scottish pharmacologist, died in 2010 after a long illness.He won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1988 for his work on drug development.  Known as the father of analytical pharmacology, he was said to have relieved more human suffering than thousands of doctors could have done in careers spent at the bedside.His invention of the beta blocker drug propranolol is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs of the 20th century and led to the lives of hundreds of thousands of heart patients being saved.He also discovered the anti-ulcer drug cimetidine. Launched in 1975 under the brand name Tagamet, cimetidine rapidly outsold propranolol and became the biggest selling prescription drug of any kind in the world, with annual sales of around $1 billion. Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner for medicineCredit:LASSE HEDBERG/AFP Lady Black, known professionally as the eminent dermatologist Professor Rona MacKie, acknowledged that the Order of Merit was “a beautiful bit of important jewellery” but stressed that when the holder dies, the next of kin hands it back.last_img read more

AK47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov dies

first_imgMIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, THE designer of the fabled AK-47 automatic rifle, has died.Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported the news today, citing the office of the presidency in the Udmurtia region where he worked.He was 94.Kalashnikov designed a weapon that became synonymous with killing on a sometimes indiscriminate scale, but was seen in the Soviet Union as a national hero and symbol of Moscow’s proud military past.The Telegraph reports that the former soldier was inspired by the drawbacks of Russian weaponry in World War II in deciding to invent the assault rifle.The AK-47 was designed in 1947, when he was in his 20s, and over the course of his career he evolved the basic design into a ‘family of weapons’.He famously said he “will be the first one to shake hand of the person who creates a better rifle”.However, BBC News reports that he made little money from the gun and once remarked that he would have been better off designing a lawnmower.Born in western Siberia in 1919, he was one of 18 children.- additional reporting from AFPlast_img read more

Agent to tomorrows stars

first_imgFrom inception up until the setting up process, how did you start your business?I started working in football in 2006 as a scout for Australian clubs and in 2007 obtained my FIFA license. When the A League was set up, I realised the need for professional agents. Knowing friends who played football in the past but did not take advantage of career opportunities, I was motivated to work with the next generation. I believed I could help recruit better overseas players to the A League. I enjoyed success in my first year, bringing Cassio to Adelaide United and Daniel to Wellington Phoenix. I was proud to have them voted in the top 10 overseas recruits in the history of the A League.Has your Greek-Australian background play any role in your business?No doubt it has its advantages. They talk about the ‘Scottish Mafia,’ thankfully I have some excellent Greek friends in the game. At VPL level there will be five Greek teams this year.What are some of the major challenges that a soccer agent faces?Football is a small industry in Australia and there are 35 licensed agents in the country, not counting unlicensed agents that filter around the game, which makes it very competitive. The problem is that outside of the A League, the game is part-time and there is a void for talented young players trapped in a part time system. It is a challenge finding quality players. There needs to be a stronger watch dog on the industry. I have experienced some shameful tactics from competitors. One unlicensed agent forged a signature of a player I was working for on a mandate to a Japanese agent, claiming he had exclusive rights on the player. The player nearly fell off his chair when he saw his forged signature on the contract.What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?I have taken time to get my business set up with excellent overseas and local contacts.  I  have met some outstanding football consultants who I work with to help young players develop their game. You need natural passion for your work and to enjoy working with your players. Sharing their dreams, is important as is working as a team, to take their football as far as their talent allows. All my players can confirm how hard I work for them. They become friends as well as business partners. It is an intimate relationship, football is a beautiful game but it is also a ruthless industry. Players need full-time professional agents managing their careers, otherwise they are at a major disadvantage.How is business currently?It has been exciting. I have been spending time in Asia and have placed some players in countries such as Vietnam and India, I have a player trialling in Holland and I am constantly working with my A League players on their careers. I have signed some good young Greek players in the past month, and they need considerable time planning their development work. I have also worked closely with South Melbourne helping with their recruiting, after I was approached by Ange Dallas.Since its 2006 Premiership the recruiting needed improvement and I am pretty confident we have got it right this year. How has the evolution of the A-League impacted on your business?I would not be working as an agent if not for the evolution of the A League. The professionalism of the A League has created the need for licensed agents to manage professional footballers. The list of agents has tripled in the last three years due to Australia finally having a full time professional league to work in. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Giraffe Dies After Rare Emergency CSection at Ohio Zoo

first_img The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio is mourning the loss of Cami, a 6-year-old Masai giraffe that died four days after a Cesarean section was unable to save her calf.Cami collapsed approximately 1 a.m on Saturday and was unable to rise, the Zoo said in a press release. The veterinary team immobilized her to assess her condition and also provide fluids, but she died a short time later.Initial bloodwork suggests acute kidney failure, but a full necropsy will be conducted, according to the Zoo.Cami had began to exhibit signs of labor around 3 p.m. on December 4, and as labor progressed, it became evident that the calf was presenting rear hooves first. Giraffe calves are typically born front hooves first, and it is extremely rare for calves to survive after being born rear hooves first.After the Zoo’s  animal care team, as well as a large animal surgeon from The Ohio State University, attempted to manually extract the calf from Cami without success, they decided to perform an emergency C-section. After the calf was removed, the veterinary team found that the calf had serious congenital defects and thus would not have survived even if it had been born front hooves first, said the Zoo.We are saddened to report that Masai giraffe Cami has passed away four days after an emergency C-section. She collapsed at approx. 1 a.m. and was unable to rise. The veterinary team immobilized her to provide care, but she passed a short time later. More: https://t.co/MqMny8NBMN pic.twitter.com/1FYeX40EhK— Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) December 8, 2018Cesarean sections in giraffes are extremely rare. There have only been three documented reports of a giraffe surviving a C-section, none of which occurred in North America.“Our devoted team is truly devastated but continues to be lifted by the outpouring of concern and support we have received from giraffe lovers from around the world,” the Zoo said in the press release. “The Columbus Zoo’s animal care experts made heroic efforts to try and save Cami and the calves. Every individual animal in our care is extremely important not only to us, but to their species, and as giraffe populations are declining rapidly in their native ranges, it is up to all of us to help protect them.”Cami came to the Columbus Zoo in 2013 from the Nashville Zoo. Father, Enzi, is the 8-year-old breeding male Masai giraffe, and he arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2013 after first being at The Wilds and the Toledo Zoo, where he was born.More on Geek.com:Study: Giraffes Prefer to Dine With Friends‘Badass’ Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the WildIs This the World’s Smallest Cow? Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

Edgell Communications Overhauls Its Approach to Lead Gen

first_imgWhatever happened to lead gen? The hot ticket for b-to-b publishers to generate new revenue from their very specified audiences has lost some of its luster, thanks to the market being commoditized by companies simply giving away names, as well as publishers not following through on actually driving and nurturing leads down the value chain. In response, Randolph, New Jersey-based Edgell Communications, a b-to-b publisher serving the IT and seasonal merchandising markets, has undergone a major overhaul of its lead gen offerings. “We’ve been offering lead gen for more than five years, generating what we call a transactional lead–defined as someone downloads something and we pass that information onto our client,” says vice president of online media Robert Keenan. “It’s become clear to us in the last couple years that that’s become a more commoditized part of the business, especially in the b-to-b space. It’s imperative that we make a change so we move beyond that transactional lead provider and move into becoming that lead nurturing and lead scoring provider.” Starting last January, Edgell gutted its infrastructure, selecting a new CMS (Kentico) and rebuilding its proprietary lead gen platform in tandem with the CMS. “That allowed us to bring a level of intelligence between the two that we didn’t have before,” says Keenan. “This unites all our databases into one centralized audience database. This helps us move those transactional leads down the value chain and at the same time gain new levels of intelligence into our reader base so we can better leverage that from a marketing standpoint and a content creation, content targeting standpoint.” The new system includes individualized lead portals that allow customers and agencies access to leads on demand; custom reporting options that allow customers to receive leads in formats that align with their own CRM processes; custom question and polling capabilities that allow customers to further qualify leads; custom filtering that allows reports based on demographic, geographic and other filtering options; and personalized e-mail delivery options that let customers decide how and when reports are delivered. Edgell is also developing an integration with SalesForce.com that it expects will be available by third quarter 2011. The new system can accommodate customers with specific privacy policy or lead gen qualifications that don’t align with Edgell’s standard qualifying questions. “In the old days, that was a week’s worth of development time and maintaining that data was a headache,” says Keenan. “Today we can add those questions in a couple hours and be reporting on them immediately.Pricing is set on a sponsorship-based model, with typical packages ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. “The number one problem with lead gen is going up against people who are just giving names away,” says Keenan. “We’ve not offered a cost-per-lead model to date, but we get challenged on that topic every day. For a niche publisher, it’s a tough place to be. Our audiences tends to be higher level execs yet we’re being looked at for a $30 CPL. We needed to look beyond that, to offer value to our leads and become a bigger player in our ecosystem. We do that by a better user database. We can track everything our users do. Say we have User X and User Y. User X reads a story on point-of-sale, downloads a Webinar on POS and reads three news items on POS. User Y reads a POS story but is also looking at loyalty cards and reading about hospitality. Who is the more qualified lead? With the system we have, we can track user behavior and look at behavior over time to better qualify the lead.”last_img read more

Woman working in a brick kiln allegedly gangraped

first_imgHyderabad: A woman working in a brick kiln was allegedly gangraped by four unidentified men late night on Friday under Maheswaram police station limits. According to the police, a 28-year-old woman, living in a hut along with her two children was working in a nearby brick kiln in Maheswaram. On Friday, four unknown persons allegedly dragged her into a secluded place nearby and raped her. The incident came to light when she returned home and told her family members. On receipt of the complaint police registered a case and efforts are on to nab the accused.last_img

The Future of Business Where Will We Be by 2020

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. March 27, 2018center_img 2 min read The one thing that stays the same in business is…nothing stays the same. New hardware, software, services and other technologies are coming at a breakneck pace and all of these changes will have a significant impact on commerce, the global economy and individual businesses within the next few years. As a leader and executive, what changes will have the most impact on your business and how can you best prepare to meet—and take advantage of—these challenges now?This 60-minute webinar called “The Future of Business: Where Will We Be by 2020?”, presented by Sprint Business and Entrepreneur was a lively and fast-paced discussion about the technologies of today and tomorrow, and how they might revolutionize the way we live, play and do business.Our panelists included Sprint Business’s Ivo Rook, senior vice president, Internet of Things. Most recently under Rook’s leadership, the company launched Sprint IoT Factory, the digital store and factory where businesses can find secure, connected solutions or have them custom made. The second panelist was Tom Andriola, chief information officer at the University of California System.Gene Marks, president of sales and marketing consulting firm The Marks Group, served as moderator.The conversation covered the most significant trends and technologies that will be impacting businesses over the next few years, including:Internet of ThingsSecurity and privacyDrones and autonomous vehiclesArtificial Intelligence and software botsSelf service automationMobile apps for communications, collaboration and reportingRobotics in manufacturing and serviceAttendees learned where technology is advancing to ensure that you are making the right business investment decisions in the years ahead.last_img read more

VirusTotal Enterprise launches with new and improved features

first_imgVirusTotal Enterprise launches with new and improved features by Martin Brinkmann on September 27, 2018 in Security – Last Update: September 27, 2018 – 5 commentsVirusTotal, which is part of Alphabet’s cybersecurity company Chronicle, announced the release of VirusTotal Enterprise on September 27, 2018.VirusTotal was previously available as a free and premium service. The free service allowed anyone to scan files or URLs against different antivirus engines and use the built-in search to find matches in the VirusTotal database.VirusTotal Premium, a paid service, added new capabilities and features on top of that such as Intelligence which linked items together or options to monitor uploaded files constantly to receive notifications whenever supported antivirus engines reported new issues with a monitored file.VirusTotal EnterpriseThe new VirusTotal Enterprise service aims to “help enterprise threat intelligence teams move much faster and smarter”. The service introduces new features exclusive to enterprise customers and improves existing features next to that.Private Graph and improved SearchPrivate Graph is one of the new features that VirusTotal Enterprise supports and an extension to the Graph feature that VirusTotal launched earlier this year. Private Graph gives Enterprise customers options to include assets such as devices, people, email and other sets of data to include these in visualizations.Basically, it is a way to add custom sets of data to VirusTotal to have these analyzed just like files and other data bits that VirusTotal detects and analyzes by default. The new functionality provides organizations with options to see connections between company assets and malware in a private environment.Search is the second major feature that is available to VirusTotal Enterprise customers. Search speed was improved by the factor 100 using n-gram content searches. Additionally, search us more powerful and accurate as it includes new information such as emails using a similar layout or icon use across files.One example of such a search would be to query VirusTotal to return all samples of malware that it has in its database that use the same icon.Malware analysis improvements reveal additional information about files uploaded to the service. New information may include domain names, IP addresses, strings ranked by interest and more that these files may contain.Other improvements and changesImproved search capabilities and the introduction of Private graphs are certainly the main features of VirusTotal Enterprise but they are not the only ones.The new service features user management improvements such as support for two-factor authentication support to access VirusTotal Enterprise accounts or new corporate group management options powered by APIs which allow organizations to sync user directories with VirusTotal.Closing WordsVirusTotal Enterprise is the next logical step for the service. Especially the new ability to include company assets in visualizations should appeal to organizations as it is now possible to see how company assets such as machines related to threats.Check out the official blog post by Chronicle on Medium as well for additional information on the launch.SummaryArticle NameVirusTotal Enterprise launches with new and improved featuresDescriptionVirusTotal, which is part of Alphabet’s cybersecurity company Chronicle, announced the release of VirusTotal Enterprise on September 27, 2018.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Tackles Affordable Housing and Sustainability

first_img On Tuesday, to coincide with the launch of its Sustainable Communities Innovation Challenge (The Challenge), Fannie Mae announced the formation of an Expert Advisory Panel. The panel will support The Challenge, two-year $10 million initiative by the GSE to advance the growth of sustainable communities while addressing the nation’s affordable housing shortage. The GSE recently launched the first phase of its 3 phase plan, which includes accepting contract proposals to be reviewed; the final round of review will be performed by the Expert advisory Panel.“Affordable housing is not an isolated issue. It requires a broad set of solutions and dedicated individuals,” said Maria Evans, VP, Sustainable Communities Partnership and Innovation. “We have brought together a stellar group of experts representing a diverse range of backgrounds and industries. All will bring an important perspective to the panel that will take us one step closer to improve access to affordable, sustainable communities.”According to Fannie Mae, the Expert Advisory Panel is a “key element” of The Challenge, as it brings in experts in economic development, employment, and innovation, from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The panel will select proposals which they determine to be the most relevant in addressing issues regarding affording housing in the U.S.According to Lucretia Murphy, senior director of Jobs for the Future, and Expert Advisory Panel member, efforts to increase economic mobility do not often connect with those to provide more affordable housing. This is a problem Fannie Mae hopes to address through The Challenge.“Investing in communities’ efforts to develop a comprehensive solution for employment and affordable housing could be a game changer for residents and communities,” said Murphy. “I look forward to serving on the advisory panel for the Fannie Mae Innovation Challenge.”Fannie Mae will host a webinar on January 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET for those interested in applying. More information on the Challenge and applicant requirements may be found here. in Daily Dose, News, Servicing Fannie Mae Tackles Affordable Housing and Sustainability Affordable Housing Fannie Mae Sustainability 2018-01-23 Seth Welborncenter_img Share January 23, 2018 724 Views last_img read more

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