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Theres Still Time to Register to Vote – Heres How

first_img 0% Tags: Airbnb • Election 2015 • housing • mission moratorium • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Monday, October 19, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 3 election. The good news is you don’t even have to get off the couch to do this — voters can register online here. You will, however, need to be a citizen, a resident of San Francisco, 18 years old, and not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation for a felony. Also have your driver’s license or ID or last four digits of your Social Security number handy. Other options include picking up and filling out a voter registration card at a local library branch, DMV, post office, or at City Hall.San Francisco has a current total of 441,799 people registered to vote overall – a roughly 5,500 increase from last year, and a little more than half the city’s total population. 2,720 eligible voters have registered since the beginning of this month alone. Now it’s your turn!center_img Turnout, however, has recently been dismal. Last November only about half of eligible voters did so, and in June of 2014 less than 30 percent of voters participated. The highest turnout in the last ten years was 81 percent in November of 2008. So why bother? This November 3 Election Day is a particularly important one locally because the outcome will make a significant difference in San Francisco’s housing market. The election also includes six mayoral candidates, millions in possible affordable housing funding, the Mission moratorium, a disgraced sheriff, and the regulation of short-term rentals.  It comes in the midst of San Francisco’s unprecedented housing crisis. You can see some more detailed stories specifically on these issues here.Though it’s clear tech workers haven’t yet formed a voting bloc, they may soon, especially since a new voting app has partnered with the Chronicle to reach young tech workers. Developers and tech firms have spent millions of dollars to defeat the Mission moratorium and short-term rental restrictions, while the non-profits and officials supporting the measures are working with very few resources. All of this is happening in an election year when San Francisco traditionally has a low voter turnout, so getting to the polls will make a difference. During the registration process you’ll be asked to select a party and be given the option of becoming a permanent vote-by-mail voter. Party affiliations can be confusing – “Independent” is a party. If you’d rather not be part of any party you should register as “No Party Preference.” That may exclude you from voting in primary elections to select a party’s presidential candidate, since many of those are private to party members, but it depends on the party. More on that here. Becoming a permanent vote-by-mail voter means you’ll get a ballot sent to you in the mail. You can sit down with it in your home whenever you like, fill it out, and then sign the envelope and send it back or drop it off at a polling station on Election day. You can still request a vote by mail ballot up until October 27. If you don’t select that option you’ll have to go to your assigned polling station on election day (find out where that is here) and vote in person. Or you can go early – City Hall is accepting ballots (during business hours) outside Room 48 right now. last_img read more

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SAINTS were edged 2016 by Widnes Vikings in their

first_imgSAINTS were edged 20-16 by Widnes Vikings in their first run out of the season.Tries from Joe Greenwood, Adam Swift and James Roby looked to have completed a solid afternoon’s work – but Declan Hulme scored twice in the final few minutes to seal the win for the visitors.This was a game more about getting players ready for the season ahead though with Head Coach Keiron Cunningham quick to praise the youngsters that took to the field in the second half and Greenwood.He gave 26 players in total game time including new signings Atelea Vea and Travis Burns whilst Widnes, in their second friendly of pre-season, whittled down their roster to 23.That match sharpness seemed to benefit the Vikings in the early stages as on two minutes they took advantage of a Saints knock on. The ball was shifted right and Paddy Flynn scored in the corner.Saints almost hit back but Luke Thompson had the ball whacked out of him on the line thanks to a crunching tackle.The home side’s D was certainly tested in the opening quarter with Burns in particular showing his strength.And that strong defence was eventually rewarded.Dawson was initially held up over the line in the 20th minute but seconds later Joe Greenwood went in under the sticks.Makinson with the extras.Saints could have been further ahead in the 34th minute but a fabulous move from a scrum on the right saw Dawson just bundled into touch.And they were punished when Patrick Ah Van finished off a great move in the corner two minutes later.Saints would be better for their first 40 minutes but had a lot to tidy up on in the second half.Cunningham made wholesale changes too bringing in the likes of Paul Wellens, Mark Flanagan and Olly Davies.The new look Saints immediately forced a drop out before Savelio put them in a good position once more.A Roby break, bettered by Wellens and Swift then forced a drop out.Saints were on top and were given a numerical advantage when Macgraff Leuluai was sinbinned.He was adjudged to have hit Wilkin late as he kicked on the last – but it was probably a case of mistaken identity.And the Saints man was lucky not to depart with him after a melee on the floor.A man up, on 55 minutes Saints scored. Savelio broke through in the middle, offloaded to Hewitt who fed Turner; the centre making no mistake, finding Josh Jones to put Swift over in the corner.Moments later Roby increased the lead from short range.Buoyant, Saints continued to come and had great contributions from Hewitt and Jack Ashworth who was unlucky not to score when he broke from deep within his own half.But it was Widnes who scored next, Declan Hulme flying over in the corner after great work from one touchline to another.And seconds later, he repeated the feat to give the Vikings a late lead.Saints tried to force a late winner with Hewitt and Fleming combining to force a drop out, but there wasn’t enough time to take advantage.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Greenwood, Swift, RobyGoals: Makinson (1 from 1), Hewitt (1 from 2)Vikings:Tries: Flynn, Ah Van, Hulme (2)Goals: Tickle (0 from 1), Marsh (0 from 1), Craven (1 from 1)Penalties: Saints: 3Vikings: 7HT: 6-8FT: 16-20REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 3,508Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Matty Dawson; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Paul Wellens, 24. Jordan Hand, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 27. Dave Hewitt, 28. Jack Ashworth, 29. Olly Davies, 30. Matty Fleming.Vikings: 1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 14. Chris Dean, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor; 25. Alex Gerrard, 9. Lloyd White, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 17. Chris Clarkson, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Hep Cahill.Subs: 3. Cameron Phelps, 19. Ben Kavanagh, 20. Declan Hulme, 21. Danny Craven, 22. Liam Carberry, 23. Phil Joseph, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 27. Grant Gore, 28. Matt Whitely, 31. Ryan Ince, 33. Aaron Heremaia.last_img read more

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Hilton Riverside will rebrand to Hotel Ballast Wilmington

first_img It will be a part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton which is a portfolio of upscale hotels.The hotel is currently undergoing a $8.5 million renovation. The conversion to Hotel Ballast should be done by spring.“We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Hilton to extend the relationship at our Wilmington, North Carolina asset,” Drew Sims, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said in a news release. “This action is consistent with our strategy to rebrand our assets to offer a unique local experience for our guests. In this instance we retain the power of the Hilton reservation system, via its new Tapestry Collection by Hilton, while modifying our product and service to emphasize the history of Wilmington through the application of Southern Hospitality. We believe this will result in an opportunity for higher rates, leading to more profits for our shareholders.”Related Article: Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cutAccording to Sotherly Hotels, planned guestroom upgrades include hardwood floors, elevated bedding packages, and high-end marble bathroom finishes, while the hotel’s meeting spaces will receive new furniture, carpeting, and lighting.The hotel opened in 1970 as the Timme Plaza Motor Inn. Hilton Hotels acquired the property a short time later and renamed it the Wilmington Hilton Riverside in 1970.The announcement comes as an Embassy Suites nears completion just up the street at the Wilmington Convention Center. Other hotels have recently opened downtown with more in the works. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Change is coming to perhaps Wilmington’s best known hotels.Owner Sotherly Hotels announced Friday a 10-year franchise agreement with Hilton to rebrand the Hilton Riverside as the Hotel Ballast Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Neighbors plan to enforce tolls on Pender Co road again

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — WWAY told you last month about a Pender County neighborhood that began enforcing tolls to keep travelers from using their road.WWAY checked in with one of the neighbors to find out when they plan to do it again.- Advertisement – Tourists frequent the Cedar Landing and Creek Estates neighborhoods as a shortcut to get to Surf City.Jeff Conerly tells us that the neighbors plan to set up the toll road on several days during the week of July 4.He says all staffing will be by volunteers, so they have to figure out what days will see the highest traffic.Related Article: Surf City restaurant fined for violating minimum wage, child labor lawsThe neighbors say they made $800 off the toll road during Memorial Day weekend.last_img read more

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CPD and Heritage Malta restoring WW2 firetruck as part of MOU

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Civil protection Fire EngineCivil protection Fire Engine Members of the Civil Protection Department and Heritage Malta will be working on the restoration of a wartime Fordson7v Fire Tender.The old fire truck was stationed at one of the three local aerodromes and airstrips in Malta and Gozo during World War II.The restoration project follows a Memorandum of Understanding which has been signed between the two organisations, which also includes the restoration of the old wartime air traffic control tower at Ħal Far.The Fordson7v Fire Tender is currently part of the Heritage Malta collection was a regular service vehicle used by the UK Auxiliary fire service and Fire Service during the war.A number of the models were moved to service with the Royal Air Force serving on its airfields.Commenting on the signing of the MOU and restoration projects, the Director General of tehEmanuel Psaila, Director General of the Civil Protection, said that this collaboration is, ‘one of a series of agreements which are taking place with a number of different entities in order to enhance co-ordination. Even in this case, the two entities are coming together so that they could collaborate more with each other.’Acting CEO of Heritage Malta, Noel Zammit, was positive about the MOU saying that ‘such collaborations with experts outside the Agency are more than welcome.’WhatsApplast_img read more

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Breakfast Club €85 per child in a scholastic year

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 636 children benefited from the Breakfast Club service provided before school hours. Over a median of 172 days, each student ate around €85 worth of breakfast.Minister for Education Evarist Bartolo added that 10,600 days of absence were registered throughout the 2018/19 scholastic year. This means that on one of these given days, at least one student would have been absent without reason.This statistic is lower than previous years’. The figures tabled in Parliament show that during the 2016/17 scholastic year, 11,321 days of absenteeism were recorded.Furthermore, 4,789 children attended the free Childcare service, with expenses amounting to some €15.53 per child, everyday.These were figures presented in Parliament in response to Nationalist Party Parliamentary Members Ivan Bartolo and Herman Schiavone.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Devious Devices Designed to Harm You

first_imgAdvertisement They can steal your credit card just by walking past you without touching your wallet. They can hijack a lifesaving insulin pump and turn it against the user. Here’s a roundup of some of the technology that bad guys can use to hack you and everything around you.ATM SkimmersATM skimmers are rogue devices surreptitiously attached to automatic teller machines and programmed to read and record your bank card’s magnetic strip, and then pass the data on to criminals.Examples of a new thin ATM skimmer. – Advertisement – Older ATM skimmers commonly made the card slot look unusually bulky or otherwise tampered-with, but detecting the new skimmers is much harder.They are so thin now that a crook can now insert the skimmer directly inside the card slot at your local ATM, grocery self-checkout, or gas pump, and still leave room for your card to pass through, thus ensuring that only an expert is likely to notice the skimmer’s intrusion.The information on your credit or debit card’s magnetic strip is useless without the card’s PIN code, and even the most sophisticated in-slot skimmer can’t retrieve PIN codes.However, criminals have developed transparent rubber overlays that they place over the ATM’s keypad, to record the victim’s PIN code. ATM skimmers and PIN code recorders can be very difficult to detect before money goes missing from customers’ bank accounts.War TextingThe term war texting may sound like something that an easily distracted soldier might pause to perform during a lull on the battlefield, it actually refers to the process of hijacking hardware connected to ubiquitous GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) mobile phone networks.Surveillance cameras, home automation systems, and cars often depend on GSM telephony for over-the-air firmware updates.Though GSM makes updating these systems far more convenient, it also leaves them vulnerable to outside attack.Last year at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, iSec Partners security consultants Don Bailey and Matthew Solnik demonstrated the threat of war texting by unlocking the doors of a Subaru Outback and then starting its engineall remotely.Bailey said that he and Solnik took about 2 hours to figure out how to intercept wireless messages between the car and the network, and then re-create the messages from his laptop.Power PwnAnother looming threat involves rogue chameleon devices treacherous gear that victims fail to spot because it doesn’t look odd or out of place.Pwnie Express’s Power Pwn incorporates covert wireless transfer capabilities in what looks like a simple surge protector.The Power Pwn, for example, masquerades as a typical office surge protector, but it conceals some crafty tech.The Power Pwn was developed by Pwnie Express with funding from DARPA, the Department of Defense’s secretive and experimental research and development wing.High-gain, extended-range Wi-Fi, 1000-foot-range Bluetooth, and 3G are built into the Power Pwn, which is designed to bypass your network security and firewalls, while maintaining a constant covert connection with the attacker.The product’s makers, Pwnie Express, say that the Power Pwn is intended as an enterprise test tool for network vulnerabilities, but anyone with $1300 can buy one.Considering the high value of information on business networks, the Power Pwn’s price hardly guarantees that criminals won’t be able to get their hands on one.Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)An RFID chipRFID chips are tiny devices that contain information about the object they are attached to, which may range from an ID card containing personal medical information, to a car-key fob, to your U.S. passport, to a pet, to an electronic door lock, and to a credit card.The primary purpose of an RFID chip is to embed digital information in something nondigital, making the object easier to keep track of and communicate with.Some RFID chips don’t even require a battery; instead, they are powered electromagnetically by a nearby receiver.But anything that has an associated RFID chip is potentially hackable—and with such chips priced as low as $0.07 each, RFIDs are sure to show up in more and more things inthe future.Earlier this year at the ShmooCon hacker-centric security conference, security researcher Kirstin Paget demonstrated just how easy RFID-equipped credit cards are to hack.Using about $350 worth of equipment, Padget wirelessly copied her credit card’s RFID data, cloned it onto a blank card, and then easily made a payment to herself using a Square card reader. Padget described the hack as “embarrassingly simple.”The ability of a knowledgable person to clone RFID with ease should raise red flags for anyone using the technology for personal data, door locks, or any other form of security.Global Positioning System (GPS)What users of the Girls Around Me app saw.GPS in and of itself is a benign technology, but the GPS built into smartphones can be problematic.App developers use GPS in all kinds of ways beyond simply establishing latitude and longitude coordinates.For example, apps such as FourSquare rely on GPS to track their users’ social habits and spending habits, and let users share where they are hanging out by “checking in” on the app.However, location-based app developers often provide their APIs (application programming interfaces) to third parties, increasing the danger of misuse by interested outsiders.This is precisely what happened in April, with an app called Girls Around Me. Using a combination of FourSquare’s and Facebook’s APIs, the Girls Around Me app displayed for anybody to see the location, pictures, and even names of nearby women.Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this situation is that, under existing law, everything the developers of Girls Around Me did in making individual people’s information available to its users was strictly legal.A level of intrusive data gathering that might raise concerns of stalking if pursued in person in the real world amounted to nothing more than the cleverly directed collection of readily available digital information.Hackable Insulin PumpsJay Radcliffe, director of the Smart Device Threat Intelligence Center and a type 1 diabetic who is always connected to an insulin pump discovered that his Medtronic wireless insulin pump could be hacked and taken over by a rogue signal.An insulin pump.From up to half a mile away, a hacker could assume control of the pump and deliver a deadly dose of insulin to an unsuspecting diabetic. The chances of such a thing happening are exceedingly small, but the potential consequences are dire.If nothing else, the scenario suggests a plot device in a James Bond movie featuring a ruthless criminal mastermind and an otherwise well-guarded diabetic target.Though technology does far more good than bad in our lives, it has a dangerous side. Given that more and more of our world is connected through technology, criminals and hackers are virtually certain to find more ways to exploit the technology we depend on in our daily lives.The best advice is to be aware of your devices’ behavior. If you notice a change, it could be due to hacking. Often, this is how banks discover skimming and credit card fraud.You can also consult resources such as the FBI’s Scams & Safety website to stay informed and safe from various threats, online and off.Source: Pc Worldlast_img read more

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Uganda Sim Registration Deadline extended

first_imgUCC’s Godfrey Mutabazi Advertisement MTN Customers register their SIM cards during the ongoing at Lugogo Shoprite in Kampala. Image: In2EastAfrica.netAfter months of intense activity, from hurried sim card registration to attempted court proceedings, intense debate and numerous blog posts and tweets, government has taken the route many had predicted, extending the deadline for Simcard Registration for a further 3 months!The exercise will continue till May 31 and thereafter, another three months will be allocated for data verification.Uganda Communications Commission boss (UCC) Eng Godfrey Mutabazi told journalists at the regulator body’s headquarters in Kampala on Friday the extension was aimed at allowing room for telecommunication companies to verify and validate data obtained. – Advertisement – He further said the body had registered complaints of extortion by registration agents and Local Councils, which he said was illegal.Mutabazi further noted that some of the collected data had been lost by telecoms.This could be one of the reasons why some subscribers who had registered their SIM cards were later informed to register again.Despite a huge publicity campaign urging Ugandans to register SIM Cards before close of February 2012, millions remained defiant.Mutabazi said out of 16 million mobile phone users, 11 million SIM cards have been registered.“I appealed to political and local authorities to drum up support for the SIM card registration to ensure timely completion of this exercise,” said Mutabazi.He noted the registration is aimed at among others crime prevention “for the safety of all Ugandans.”last_img read more

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Hackers now using USB Flash drives to steal cash out of ATMs

first_imgAdvertisement Hackers have developed USB drives which can infect ATMs with malware allowing them to withdraw bundles of cash within a matter of minutes.The hackers cut out a piece from the frame of the machine, exposing a USB port through which they insert the USB drive containing the software and covered up the hole.The USB allows the user to type in a 12-digit code which would then bring up a new screen on the machine telling them how many of each denominations of notes was available in that particular ATM. It would then offer “withdrawal” options for each. – Advertisement – [related-posts]The thieves could then target the biggest denominations, taking the most money in the smallest amount of time.The malware were reported by two researchers at the Chaos Computing Congress of international hackers held in Hamburg, Germany.The hackers  not only had the capacity to extract cash directly, but also intercept information such as customer PIN details or account data.According to the researchers,  the criminals did not even trust each other, requiring those who approached the machines to not only enter the initial 12-digit code but also another code which they could only be told from their headquarters by phone when they were at the machine. If they entered the first code, they had only three minutes to secure the second set of numbers before the machine returned to normal.A number of thefts came to light in July after a financial institution noticed several of its ATMs were being emptied despite their use of safes to protect the cash inside. The USB was located and examined to find out how the scam worked.Source: www.irishexaminer.comlast_img read more

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The computer virus that blackmails you

first_imgRansomware is the fastest growing form of computer malware, experts warn. Image Credit: Komando Advertisement It’s a malicious virus that locks the user out of their computer and demands a fee to return their files.A report published by the Australian government claims 72% of businesses surveyed experienced ransomware incidents in 2015.The figure was just 17% in 2013 . – Advertisement – It’s also a growing threat for mobile devices as it can be hidden in an app, says Gert-Jan Schenk, vice-president at internet security company Lookout.“For the most part, we’ve seen ransomware delivered through drive-by downloads – it pretends to be a popular app, increasing the chances that you’ll click on it,” he explains.“To avoid these threats, users should be very careful about what apps they install, and where they come from – read the reviews on Google Play, and avoid side-loading from untrusted sources.”How does it work? Like most computer viruses, ransomware often arrives in the form of a phishing email, or spam, or a fake software update – and the recipient clicks a link or opens an attachment.The virus then sets to work encrypting the user’s files.Once the computer is effectively locked down, it demands a fee – often in bitcoins because it is less easy to trace – for the return of the files.The fee is generally one or two bitcoins – the equivalent of about $500 (£330).It is less common now, but in the earlier days of the malware – about five years ago – the ransom note could take the form of a law enforcement notice.The user was directed to a web page that appeared to be from, for example, the FBI, falsely claiming illegal images of children had been been found on the machine and a fine was payable.There is generally a time limit to comply, after which the ransom increases.Is there any way to get round it? Sometimes it is just a threat, but mostly the virus really does encrypt files.The only way to retrieve your files without paying the ransom is to go to a backed-up version.Neil Douglas, from Edinburgh-based IT company Network Roi, has just helped a small business client whose server was hit by ransomware.“We had to recover everything from back-up. We’d had a back-up two minutes before the infection, so the timing couldn’t have been any better – but it did result in quite a bit of downtime,” he says.“You could risk paying them – but it’s a bit like paying a blackmailer. We would only recommend it as a last resort.“You don’t know whether they’ll come back for more, you don’t know that they’ll clear the infection.”Cybersecurity expert Prof Alan Woodward says paying also leaves you vulnerable to further cybercrime.“As soon as you pay up, you get on a suckers’ list and you’ll probably get contacted again,” he says.“It’s low-hanging fruit for the criminals.”Do many people pay? While all the expert advice is, of course, not to pay, plenty of people do – even those you would least expect to.Tewksbury Police, in the US, admitted they had paid up when their main server had been attacked and locked down at the end of last year.“Nobody wants to negotiate with terrorists. Nobody wants to pay terrorists,” Police Chief Timothy Sheehan told the town’s local paper.“We did everything we possibly could.“It was an eye-opening experience, I can tell you right now. It made you feel that you lost control of everything.“Paying the bitcoin ransom was the last resort.”Ransomware is lucrative for criminals because so many victims pay rather than face the shame of false accusations – or like the police department, they just desperately need their files.“Some companies have set up bitcoin accounts in case it happens to them,” says Prof Woodward.“I would recommend that nobody ever pays up.“The only way to deal with it is to be sure you have a virus checker and back up.”Who is behind it? “It tends to be organised crime,” says Prof Woodward.“They do make millions out of it. It’s opportunistic… they just try it on everybody. You keep third parties out of it – the bank isn’t involved.”Recent research by Palo Alto Networks and industry partners suggested one family of ransomware known as Crypto Wall had generated about $325m (£215m) for the gang behind it.“In the volume cybercrime space, ransomware is one of the most prolific problems we face,” Greg Day, chief security officer for Europe at Palo Alto Networks, told the BBC last month.“Credit card theft is getting to the point where the value of each card is very low. As a result, ransomware has stepped into that gap and gives a higher value for each victim.”[BBC]last_img read more

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New Vulnerability Revealed in WhatsApp and Telegram Allowed Hackers to Gain Complete

first_imgNew vulnerability revealed in WhatsApp and Telegram, allowed hackers to gain complete control over user accounts. Image Credit: de Volkskrant Advertisement Check Point Software Technologies Ltd researchers have revealed a new vulnerability on WhatsApp & Telegram’s online platforms – WhatsApp Web & Telegram Web – two of the world’s most popular messaging services with over 1 Billion and 100 Million monthly users respectively.By simply sending a photo, an attacker could gain control over user’s accounts, access message history, all photos that were ever shared, and also send messages on behalf of the user. The vulnerability allows an attacker to send the victim malicious code, hidden within a photo and as soon as the user clicks on the image, the attacker can gain full access to the victim’s WhatsApp or Telegram storage data, thus giving full access to the victim’s account.“This new vulnerability put hundreds of millions of WhatsApp Web and Telegram Web users at risk of complete account take over,” Doros Hadjizenonos; Country Manager of Check Point South Africa said in a press statement. – Advertisement – Check Point disclosed this information to the WhatsApp and Telegram security teams earlier this month, and the teams have since acknowledged the security issue and developed fixes for worldwide web clients.“Thankfully, WhatsApp and Telegram responded quickly and responsibly to deploy the mitigation against exploitation of this issue in all web clients,” Doros said. WhatsApp and Telegram web users wishing to ensure that they are using the latest version are advised to restart their browser.[related-posts]Check Point still reported that WhatsApp and Telegram end-to-end message encryption was also the source of this vulnerability, since messages were also encrypted on the side of the sender, making it impossible for the social media platforms to prevent the malicious content from being sent.However, after fixing this vulnerability, Check Point says content will now be validated before the encryption, allowing malicious files to be blocked.last_img read more

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Facebook Recognizes African Developers at the F8 Developers Conference

first_imgAfrican Developers pose for a group photo at the 2017 annual edition of Facebook’s F8 Developer’s Conference in San Jose, California U.S. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developers and partner ecosystem at its recent ended annual F8 Developer Conference.African developers shared the stage with Facebook and developers from around the world, showcasing innovative products and services they have created for their local communities and the global market.This year Facebook brought F8 to developers around the world through F8 Meetups hosted with tech hubs around the world. In Africa, it hosted F8 Meetups in Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), and Cape Town (South Africa), where participants watched live streams of the sessions in San Francisco. – Advertisement – “We’re partnering with many African developers to launch products that not only meet the needs of their local markets, but which are also ready for the world stage,” says Emeka Afigbo; Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa said in a press statement.In attendance, Facebook invited two representatives each from the winning teams in the previous Internet’s Innovation Challenge in Africa. In addition, also invited four graduate students from Carnegie Melon University Africa in Rwanda to attend after they won the CMU-Africa Messenger Bot Hackathon.University’s Aimable Rwema and Lenah Chacha developed BiasharaBot, which provides an innovative platform for merchants and buyers to connect.“The Hackathon showed me the importance of building a business or idea on a social media platform. Facebook is used by over a billion people worldwide, offering developers a huge market,” Rwema said.Ime Archibong; VP Partnership at Facebook, is pictured interacting with Carnegie students. (Photo Courtesy)At F8, Facebook also announced a new program dubbed Developer Circles; a community-driven program that’s free to join and open developers all over the world to connect, learn, and collaborate with other local developers.Each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community who act as leads for the circle, organizing events offline and managing a local online Facebook community.Nigeria was the first place in Africa that Facebook piloted this global program.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Something stupid… and then I go and spoil it all

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Liverpool v Everton and Man U v ArsenalPremier LeagueTIME: 1.30pm and 4pm TV: SKYWe just had to add another giraffe to the Star Sports site today.Regular viewers and readers will be used to the odd giraffe, monkey, rabbit and even occasional pigeon popping up as we continue to get the message over that we are a very DIFFERENT bookmaker.Yesterday, we were in unchartered waters. This column was bidding for a FIFTH win in a row and all was looking good with the Swindon tip after 93 minutes…. Swindon 1 Brentford 0.An 11/8 winner would have been quite acceptable for the 5th on the spin…. your pundit was within seconds of getting a call from Ben Keith reprimanding us for being TOO successful and the column may well have been withdrawn for, as they still say on the trains, ‘operational issues’.But then something stupid happened.And we’re not talking Something Stupid in a warm and cuddly Frank and Nancy Sinatra kind of way (copied below for Sunday calming purposes).We are talking something stupid in a “…..and then I go and spoil it all by giving a penallty away in time afer injury time.” way.I’ve got to be very careful with language here but Massimo Luongo what on earth were you thinking of….. He may well have put Swindon ahead but countered that (and more) with stupidly giving away a penalty in the last few seconds, which of course was duly converted.It’s a cruel and stupid game at times.Not a bad day of sport today is it ? There are as many ‘Super Sundays’ on Sky as El Clasico’s these days but with Liverpool v Everton and Man U v Chelsea today they have a point.And I think they’ll all have a point too. I can quite easily see both games drawn but we just need one draw to secure a profit.Add to that the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket (check our VIDEO PREVIEW) and who can forget last year with Homecoming Queen making a mockery of the form book and scooting home by nine lengths at 25/1.Talking of big prices – full props to colleague David Haddrell who alerted you in his 2000 Guineas preview yesterday to the EW chances of Van Der Neer – a very creditable third at 20/1.And I quote……“The front two in the betting are clearly deserved first and second favourites, but they are both a bit too short for me and whilst it’ll be hard to turn them both over, I think the value in this race is definitely Van Der Neer EW but there are a few other possible angles into making a few bob in this race.”The World Snooker Championship Final also gets underway today with Ronnie O’Sullivan taking on Barry Hawkins in what should be as one-sided as the odds suggest but with Ronnie, you never quite know.I’m not sure sure whether his decision to pop in and ‘collect some prize money’ after a year out of the game says more about his immense natural talent or the quality of opposition.O’Sullivan, has made no secret that he’s in Sheffield for the wonga. He has three children, pays maintenance and school fees and estimates he has spent £250,000 on lawyers in the last three years.….. and finally, Britain is preparing for a scorching Bank Holiday Monday as temperatures continue to increase across the country.England and Wales is set to be swathed in more sunshine today but tomorrow could be the hottest day of the year so far.Weather experts have predicted highs of at least 23C, which is likely to beat temperatures in sunny European destinations including France and Italy.Bank Holiday = Good weather. Now that really is something stupid.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)2 points DRAW Liverpool v Everton2 points DRAW Man U v Arsenal(-5 points Saturday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

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NotStaffs vote UKIP

first_imgMassive News: Master of the Not-Staff Universe, Nigel Farage, is coming to town on June 3rd, to speak at Hove Town Hall.So, if you’re a fan of common-sense, rather than silly-billy-political-correctness, you know where to be. Mr Farage, and his party, UKIP, are supporters of the following:1 A level tax-rate for all. ‘Oh no!’ I hear the drong cry! ‘Who’s going to carry us and continue subsidizing our easy lives? Its nottt faaaaiiirrr!’.2 Not wasting any further money on loony-leftie wind-farms and other such absurdities. God alive, Gaul Wood, how did we miss that move years ago?! What a wonderful gig it would have been to be involved in. Talk about fools being relieved of money. And, for once, it would have been us doing the relieving! And the huge money that’s been knocked out on recycling? We’ve got PLENTY of room for a bit more junk out the back of the office!3 Stopping pissing away billions into the bottomless-drain, which is the EU. (That’s his big one). Oh come on you copy-cat, Nigel. We all know our finest leader told all of the idiots that years ago!4 All aboard the gravy-train to Britain! Ah, but like Oz and the US of A, only if you can bring something to the party when you get here.5 (My favourite one) Once you’ve reached the promised land, you can’t have any hand-outs until you’ve been paying tax for five years.The top man, that he is, hates the politically-correct and also gets right behind small-businesses (‘What’s a small business? There’s no freebie vouchers for them in The Guardian!’ I hear the middle-class-lefties cry out.)What more do you NEED to know? Not-Staffs vote UKIP!In other news:Belindabelle is lying next to me reading ‘Grandes Esperanzas’. One of the many hollow and broken promises I made myself years ago, before I became overtaken by slogging forward the staff and endless-taxes gravy-train, which is Star Racing Ltd, was to read Great Expectations, again, every year. Surely the greatest story of all? And who is my favourite character? Come on, you know that one, Blog. They don’t come any better than the rough-diamond, Magwitch. Fierce loyalty, an elephant’s memory, and such love in his heart. In our modern day and age of never ending perceived entitlements, where are these characteristics found? Certainly not in any of Peninsula staff-rights handbooks I see clogging up every corner of the office.I shall leave you with this YouTube clip of Nigel Farage. In my book, if you’ve got The Guardian making anti propaganda videos about you, of unshaven student scum like that, spitting venom at you, you must be doing something right.Over and out, Ben xlast_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ake the most of FC United v Chesterfield tonight as there’s not much football to look forward to with the international action again gate-crashing the domestic action.In fact, the next televised league game isn’t until Saturday and the League One game between Rochdale and Wigan.Chesterfield are understandably a short price to win this, given they are on a good run of form in League One (winning three of their last four games) and face a FC United side who are finding life tough in the National League North, having won just twice in their last six home games and are currently on the back of a five-match losing streak.FC manager Karl Marginson expects to have a fully fit squad to choose from as does Chesterfield’s manager Dean Saunders apart from the long-term injured Angel Martinez.FC United can’t be dismissed lightly – apart from the ‘cup spirit’ and all that, more tangibly they beat Rochdale in 2010 at the same stage of the competition.However, Chesterfield themselves went on a good cup run last season, making it to the fourth round.FC United of Manchester v ChesterfieldFA Cup 1st Round19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Never played)STARTING XIFC United of Manchester01 Carnell02 Brownhill05 Lynch06 Ashworth03 Thurston08 Sheridan04 Stott07 Fallon10 Wright11 Lindfield09 GreavesChesterfield01 Lee02 Herd34 Wood06 Evatt03 Jones10 O’Shea05 Morsy28 Ariyibi11 Novak09 Ebanks-Blake25 TalbotA good result for the column yesterday with the DRAW at the Emirates. Keeping things fairly simple tonight with a Chesterfield HT/FT bet at around 10/11 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHESTERFIELD HT/FT for 10 points at around 10/11 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 100.62 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACINGCLICK HERE FOR OUR CHELTENHAM 2017 ANTEPOST PRICES3.40 SandownKayf Adventure 5/4 > 4/54.40 LeicesterDelta Borget 3/1 > 2/17.30 DundalkGold Eliza 3/1 > 5/2FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD5/6 Brighton & Hove Albion 18/5 Derby County 13/5 DRAWScottish Championship19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD21/10 Dundee United 5/4 Hibernian 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 10 Marchlast_img read more

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Ormways Orsay ummytay Unique protein partly to blame

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0306_ORSAY-3-web-18576od.jpgRice University postdoctoral researcher Ying Zhou, left, and graduate student Yanlin Fan obtain images of the Orsay virus on an electron microscope. The virus, which infects only a particular kind of worm, is the subject of a study by Rice scientists, who discovered it contains a unique protein that may be modified to treat infectious diseases. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduOrm-way’s Orsay ummy-tay? Unique protein partly to blameRice University scientists detail protein in worm virus that could help fight infectious disease HOUSTON – (March 6, 2017) – A protein unlike any other appears to be partially responsible for upsetting the stomachs of the most common animal on the planet.Results of a Rice University study of the Orsay virus unique to nematodes, the worms that make up 80 percent of living creatures on Earth, have revealed the molecular structure of a fusion protein that forms unusual fibers and attaches the virus to cells and infects them.Rice researchers detailed the structure of an Orsay virus protein that gathers into fibers and mediates host cell entry, thereby infecting the cell. The head domain of the CP-delta fiber recognizes a host cell receptor to enable virus attachment and host cell entry. The cell receptor for Orsay, which has not yet been identified, is shown as a transmembrane protein. At right are two Orsay particles without CP-delta fibers that cannot attach to and infect host cells. Click on the image for a larger version. Courtesy of the Tao Laboratory and Zhong LabThe researchers led by structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong said the protein is the first pentameric fiber with potential antiviral applications. They hope it will guide bioengineers as they develop synthetic variations of the virus that can infect new worm hosts, including the parasitic ones that infect humans and animals.Their research is detailed in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens.The Orsay virus, the first known to infect Caenorhabditis elegans, was discovered in France in 2011. It doesn’t kill the worm, but infects its digestive tract. Three years ago, the Rice researchers won a race to detail the complete crystal structure of the virus — a key step in figuring out its mechanism — and then won a major National Institutes of Health grant to study it.What they call the delta protein is one of three proteins that make up the Orsay virus. The others are the viral capsid shell and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) that are responsible for protecting and replicating the viral genome, respectively. The protruding delta protein appears to be responsible for binding the virus to the surface of cells, which enables infection.An Orsay virus-like particle is seen via negative-staining electron microscopy. The protruding delta fibers are highlighted by yellow stars. Courtesy of the Tao Laboratory and Zhong LabThat function isn’t unique, but the protein’s form is out of the ordinary, Tao said. Immediately upon expression, individual delta units gather into five-unit fibers known as pentameric proteins that extend the reach of the virus well beyond the capsid and allows them to probe for receptor targets on cells.The fibers can also exist as stand-alone units that show promise for disrupting infectious disease. The researchers synthesized free-floating pentameric delta fibers and fed them to C. elegans, where they quickly filled cell-receptor sites. When the researchers exposed these worms to Orsay, the virus was unable to deliver its infectious load.The researchers did not find single delta subunits in cells, which suggested the proteins are programmed to assemble into only five-unit fibers. While protein fibers are not uncommon for viruses, Tao said this is the first molecule that was found to form pentameric fibers.Rice postdoctoral researcher Ying Zhou, left, and graduate student Yanlin Fan obtain images of the Orsay virus on an electron microscope. Photo by Jeff FitlowLead authors and Rice graduate students Yanlin Fan and Yusong Guo not only detailed the protein’s homogenous structure but also captured electron microscope images of the ultrafine spikes they produce.“The virus only encodes three proteins, so we knew this one must be important,” said Tao, whose lab analyzes the structure and function of molecules through X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy. “By studying Orsay’s replication cycle, we learned that it’s a receptor binding protein. The virus first has to recognize a permissive host and get into the cell, and this protein carries out that function.”Zhong said lab-created mutants of the virus that lacked the fiber could not infect worms. In another experiment, the researchers found that free-floating delta protein fibers would bind to receptors on the worms’ cells, also protecting them. “Ying just doped the worms with delta proteins, which saturated and locked the receptors,” she said. “Then she added the virus, which was unable to infect them.”Rice researchers, from left: Ying Zhou, Yizhi Jane Tao, Yanlin Fan and Weiwei Zhong. Photo by Jeff FitlowZhong noted that since the discovery of Orsay’s ability to infect C. elegans, two related viruses called Santeul and LeBlanc have been found to infect a similar nematode, C. briggsae. All cause intestinal symptoms without killing the worm, she said, but tests showed Orsay does not infect C. briggsae, nor do Santeul and LeBlanc infect C. elegans.Structural details of the unusual protein could help bioengineers synthesize custom versions to generate new viruses to target parasitic worms, Zhong said. “By studying the binding tip of the fiber, maybe we can figure out why the delta recognizes specific species of worms,” she said.The next step will be to figure out how the viral payload gets into cells, where Orsay is replicated – and then how it gets out to infect others. “But finding this binding protein is a good start,” Tao said. “It’s novel and it’s eye-opening.”Co-authors of the paper are former Rice graduate student Yusong Guo, postdoctoral researcher Wang Yuan and current postdoctoral researcher Ying Zhou; graduate student Matthew Holt, postdoctoral associate Tao Wang and Nicolas Young, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, all at Baylor College of Medicine; and Borries Demeler, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.The Robert A. Welch Foundation, the Hamill Foundation, the Kresge Science Initiative Endowment Fund at Rice, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1006231 http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0306_ORSAY-1-web-1hnvko9.jpgRice University researchers detailed the structure of an Orsay virus protein that gathers into fibers and mediates host cell entry, thereby infecting the cell. The head domain of the CP-delta fiber recognizes a host cell receptor to enable virus attachment and host cell entry. The cell receptor for Orsay, which has not yet been identified, is shown as a transmembrane protein. At right are two Orsay particles without CP-delta fibers that cannot attach to and infect host cells. (Credit: Tao Laboratory/Zhong Lab/Rice University) Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:The Tao Laboratory: www.bioc.rice.edu/~ytao/Zhong Lab: http://wormlab.rice.eduNicolas Young Lab: www.bcm.edu/research/labs/nicolas-youngWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0306_ORSAY-2-web-1b4rjzy.jpgAn Orsay virus-like particle is seen via negative-staining electron microscopy. The protruding delta fibers are highlighted by yellow stars. (Credit: Tao Laboratory/Zhong Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0306_ORSAY-4-web-y4b972.jpgRice University researchers, from left: Ying Zhou, Yizhi Jane Tao, Yanlin Fan and Weiwei Zhong. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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What Are The Best Houston Marketing MBA Programs

first_imgCameron School of Business – University of St. ThomasThe Cameron School of Business MBA program provides nine concentration options, including marketing. CSB’s MBA requires 27 hours of the standard core business classes, including Marketing Management and Ethical and Moral Business Management. Additionally, students will devote nine credit hours to electives. To earn their elective credits, students can choose three of the following courses: Marketing Applications and Research, Seminar in Marketing, Global Marketing, E-Business Strategies, Entrepreneurship and Sourcing Management. Last Updated Mar 15, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz regions: Houston What Are The Best Houston Marketing MBA Programs? While Houston is perhaps more famously known as the communication hub for America’s astronauts, the sprawling city’s opportunities extend far beyond NASA. The Houston metro is home to half of the Fortune 500 companies in Texas and is ranked third among metro areas in Fortune 500 headquarters.Renowned for its affordable cost of living and multitude of job opportunities, Houston also tops Forbes’ list of America’s coolest cities. Its favorable business landscape makes it an attractive option for anyone looking to pursue a career in marketing.The Best Houston Marketing MBA ProgramsMcCombs School of Business – University of Texas at AustinThe McCombs School of Business offers a marketing specialization to its full-time MBA students. U.S. News rates McCombs as one of the top schools in the country to earn a Marketing MBA. At McCombs, a concentration in marketing will not appear on a student’s diploma, but will rather provide a roadmap for prioritizing courses. The flexibility of McCombs’s curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their career goals. McCombs focuses on training students to think critically and understand the complexities of managerial decision-making. According to Forbes, about 24 percent of McCombs graduates go on to pursue jobs in marketing or sales. Rice University – Jones Graduate School of BusinessIt is no secret that Rice University is one of the most prestigious schools in Texas and the Jones Graduate School of Business provides registrants the choice to earn an MBA with a marketing concentration. Students can earn up to two concentrations, making Jones the perfect option for anyone who would like to specialize in marketing, but also wishes to gain immersive experience in a complementary field within the general management program, such as accounting or entrepreneurship. Jones has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1, making it a fantastic option for students who prioritize small class sizes and individualized attention from the staff. The program is constantly changing, but as of right now, Marketing MBA students take four required courses and earn the rest of their credit hours through electives.C.T. Bauer College of Business – University of HoustonThe C.T. Bauer College of Business has comprehensive options for students pursuing a Marketing MBA. The program offers the opportunity to earn one of six different marketing certificates, each of which demands nine credit hours:Business Consulting—The business consulting track zeroes in on problem-solving and project management. This is an ideal option for students who wish to pursue a career in business and management consulting. The curriculum includes two mandatory consulting labs.Digital Marketing Management—In this internet age, digital marketing has become ubiquitous. Bauer’s digital marketing management certificate is sure to provide the knowledge needed to get a job in this growing field. Students must take Introduction to Digital Marketing. After that, they can choose from the following suggested courses: Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Web Analytics and Digital Marketing Lab.Entrepreneurship—This is the perfect track for entrepreneurial-minded students interested in creative thinking and pioneering innovation.Marketing Analysis—The Marketing Analysis certification is the ideal path for those whose interests lie in the big picture thinking required to assess the market and draw larger conclusions.Product Management—This track is appropriate for those who want to be involved in the entire marketing lifecycle of specific products.Sales Leadership—The Sales Leadership curriculum will empower students to inspire and seize growth opportunities for their future clients. RelatedFinding An MBA In Texas: Dallas Vs. HoustonCan a full-time MBA program differ per city? While you might assume that they’re all the same, the truth of the matter is that location can play a significant role in what’s available at any given program. Different cities focus on different industries or even job functions based on the…June 27, 2017In “Advice”Top Employers in Houston, TexasIf you’re an MBA graduate in Houston, Texas, there are a few things you can expect. First, you can expect a lower cost of living than other U.S. cities—it currently ranks #26 in the nation. Second, you’ll find a vast and diverse population of over 2.239 million people. Finally, you’ll…May 16, 2016In “Featured Home”The Best Houston Part-Time MBA ProgramsNot every MBA candidate can manage the schedule of pursuing full-time degree. Many business school students continue to work throughout their studies, balancing a job and graduate school through a part-time MBA program. Many of these programs take place in the evenings and on weekends, allowing for flexibility along with…January 26, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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Finding The Best Affordable FullTime MBA Programs

first_imgFinding The Best Affordable Full-Time MBA Programs RelatedThe Best Dallas Part-Time MBA ProgramsIt’s well understood that both the cost and time commitment of an MBA can be often overwhelming, and for many students losing up to two years of income can be a deal breaker when  it comes to their education. Thankfully, part-time MBA programs are an excellent opportunity for students to…June 8, 2017In “Featured Home”The 5 Best Northeast Part-Time MBA ProgramsAs applications to full-time MBA programs have waxed and waned in recent years, there is understandably quite a bit of speculation about the future of the degree. While full-time applicants might be dipping in the U.S., the explosion of part-time programs making the business school experience more accessible to a…April 8, 2019In “Featured Home”How Boston Business Schools Help Low-Income MBA ApplicantsAnyone planning on earning a postgraduate business degree knows that MBA programs cost a lot of money. In the Boston metro, where the cost of living is already high, the annual cost of an MBA program can reach upward of $100,000 … Ouch! Thankfully, business schools recognize that money shouldn’t…November 14, 2017In “Featured Home” Earning an MBA is a great way to ensure some level of financial security in the future. However, if earning the degree leaves you with mountains of debt, that security can start to seem like a pipe dream. Fortunately, there are business schools that provide some of the best affordable full-time MBA programs in the country.Analyzing the full-time MBA rankings from U.S. News & World Report, we outline ten of the best MBA programs throughout the country that don’t come with the hefty price tag. Check out the ten programs that cost less than $25,000 per semester below.The Best Affordable Full-Time MBA ProgramsThe D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University charges $1,600 per credit for their 55-credit program. The cost comes to about $22,000 per semester, which is not bad considering the average starting salary for recent grads is $88,000. The Boston school also offers its students a corporate residency while pursuing their degree, which helps alleviate financial pressure. The average salary for the Corporate Residencies was a respectable $32.52 per hour in 2018. Moreover, 91 percent of MBAs receive job offers within three months of graduation. Students with an interest in international business can participate in the Global Consulting Project or International Field Study. At $11,855 per semester, going to La Salle University allows students to earn their MBAs without breaking the bank. The length of the program varies depending on a student’s previous credits and scheduling choices. Students who majored or minored in business can complete their degree in 12 months, whereas students without a business major or minor may take up to 24 months. Options for specialization include: accounting, business systems and analytics, finance, general business administration, management, and marketing.Despite the reasonable price tag, La Salle grads have gone on to work high-level positions at well-known companies like Deloitte LLP and Morgan Chase.The University of Colorado, Boulder Leeds School of Business ranks 65th overall among the best full-time MBA programs on U.S. News, and has a welcoming price tag to back it up. For in-state residents, the program is only $900 per credit ($1,200 for out-of-state residents). Over the course of 55 credits, this comes to just $49,500 for in-state residents over the entire two years of the program: $24,750 per year.Leeds emphasizes entrepreneurship and a global outlook. The degree electives encourage students to concentrate on finance, marketing, management, or systems-operations. Students can complement this “functional focus” with a more tailored specialization like entrepreneurship, real estate, or sustainability. MBAs are not limited to MBA courses, as the program allows them to take up to four electives in other schools at CU Boulder. Additionally, students earning their MBA in Sustainability have the opportunity to take courses in University of Colorado’s Environmental Studies, Engineering, and Law Schools.Upstate New Yorkers will be pleased to learn that the Binghamton University School of Management costs about $17,205 (with fees) per year for in-state residents. Non-residents pay about $26,745 (with fees) per year. Binghamton also does not require that entering MBAs have a business background, though they recommend a rudimentary knowledge of calculus, as well as strong skills in English and IT. The standard four-semester MBA is open to students from all undergrad majors. The school is currently 76th on the U.S. News list. Binghamton, NY may also be a strategic career-launch location, as the city made the Forbes list of “The Best Small Places For Business And Careers.”Internships and opportunities to hobnob abound in the U.S. capital, making DC an excellent place to earn an MBA. However, with the cost of living on the rise, finding a relatively affordable school is key to maximizing return on investment. The cost of pursuing an MBA at the Kogod School of Business at American University comes out to about $20,923 per semester, for a total cost of $83,692. And, with a mean graduate salary of $84,725, it should not take grads long to see a respectable ROI. Kogod offers features like weekly Business Leadership Luncheons, wherein local business pioneers share their experiences and insights with students. Speakers have included senior executives from PayPal, IBM, and Marriott International. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at companies like Amazon, Deloitte, and Ford Motor Company.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: The Five Most Valuable Online MBAs Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail MBAs at the Argryros School of Business—the 79th overall school on the U.S. News list—pay $1,655 per credit. Which, for the 50-credit program, averages to about $20,687 per semester. The Orange County, CA school offers tracks in accounting, business analytics, entertainment and media management, entrepreneurship, finance, global business, marketing, and strategic management. The school also offers a variety of dual degrees, including an MBA/MFA in Film & TV Producing.The University of San Diego School of Business Administration MBA currently costs $1,420 per credit. With a 56-credit requirement for the two-year program, the cost without fees comes to around $19,880 per semester. It is tied with the aforementioned Argyros School of Business at 79th overall on the U.S. News list of the country’s best business schools.USD’s curriculum is based on four pillars: Leadership development; business function core; corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and ethics; integrative problem solving. For students with a global mindset, the International MBA has the same cost per credit, but requires only 44 credits.In addition to being affordable, the Lerner College of Business is located in Delaware, where tax-free shopping makes the cost of living far less daunting. The Lerner MBA costs just $825 per credit for Delaware residents, and $1,000 per credit for those from out of state. This puts total cost per semester in a range from $9,075-$11,000.Lerner MBAs can choose from a variety of concentrations, including (but not limited to): business analytics, international business, and sport management. Students can pursue a full-time, part-time, online, or hybrid MBA. Pursuing a hybrid of online and on-campus courses may also be fiscally helpful, since online credits tend to be more cost-effective.The CSU College of Business offers several options for students pursuing an MBA. The school has a nationally renowned online MBA program, and also offers a Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA, an Executive MBA, and an Evening MBA.According to U.S. News, tuition for the full-time program is $757 per credit for in-state students and $1,557 per credit for out-of-state students. Given the huge cost cut for Colorado natives, CSU may be a prudent choice for residents of the state.Students who are NYC-bound might consider applying to the Pace University Lubin School of Business. The total cost of an MBA education at Lubin education can vary, as different tracks require a different number of credits. However, at $1,267 per credit, the cost can be very manageable, particularly considering its prime spot in downtown Manhattan and all of the internship and job opportunities this location presents. Particularly for those with a bent toward accounting or finance, Lubin may be the perfect launching pad for a career in the big city. A substantial 92 percent of recent grads found jobs upon graduating. About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DClast_img read more

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Doctor Removes 130Pound Tumor from Mississippi Man

first_imgKitty Logan stands by her husband Roger Logan as he rests on a bed at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital two days after he had his 130-pound tumor removed at the hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 2, 2017. (Henry A. Barrios/The Bakersfield Californian via AP) US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on Jan. 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning to Gulfport, Mississippi.The tumor probably started as an ingrown hair that became infected, swelled and developed its own blood supply, Logan’s surgeon, Dr. Vipul Dev, told the Bakersfield Californian.It sprouted from his lower abdomen more than a decade ago.Doctors told him: “You’re just fat, it’s just fat,” Logan told KERO-TV in Bakersfield.The tumor grew so massive that it hung to the floor when he sat. “I used to equate it, you just put a strap around your neck and carry three bags of cement around with you all day long, just swinging,” Logan said.Virtually unable to move, he spent most of his time in a recliner in one room of his home.By the time the tumor reached 130 to 140 pounds, doctors told Logan it was too risky for him to have surgery, giving him only a 50 percent chance of surviving it.In this Feb. 2, 2017, photo, Roger Logan holds up a smartphone that shows a photo of him with a 130-pound tumor before a surgery to remove it at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Logan, a Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat, has had the 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield. (Henry A. Barrios/The Bakersfield Californian via AP) In this Feb. 2, 2017, photo, Roger Logan holds up a smartphone that shows a photo of him with a 130-pound tumor before a surgery to remove it at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Logan, a Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat, has had the 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield. (Henry A. Barrios/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)But his wife, Kitty, scoured the country for specialists to perform the operation and found Dev, who had performed similar surgeries.“She just kept pushing,” Logan told the Californian. “She wouldn’t let me quit.”Logan finally made the 2,000-mile, 40-hour trip to Central California with his chair bolted to the floor of a cargo van, “just like I was in my living room at home,” Logan told the paper.Logan is now recovering and last Thursday he was able to walk for practically the first time in years.“My feet are together,” Logan said, wiggling his toes in his hospital bed. “They haven’t been together in years.”He is looking forward to returning home and resuming his life, out of an armchair. Sharecenter_img Doctor Removes 130-Pound Tumor from Mississippi Man By The Associated Press February 7, 2017 Updated: February 7, 2017 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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