OIT encourages online security

first_imgStudents can best protect themselves while shopping online by paying attention to who they are purchasing from, said David Seidl, Information Security Program Manager for Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, OIT is working to inform students of the dangers that can come from breaches in cyber security, including online shopping. Seidl said the two biggest areas where online shoppers neglect to protect themselves are in checking the credibility of the site they purchase from and the form of payment they use to buy their merchandise. “People will go to one website and get linked over to some fly-by-night site that’s not something like an Amazon,” he said. In order to prevent being scammed, Seidl said students can visit resellerratings.com, a website with ratings on different online retailers. “Resellerrattings.com generally gives you a star-based rating scheme. If you see it has 500 and has been in business for 10 years, then the website is probably okay,” he said. Another general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to think about the type of deal the website is offering. “One of the giveaways is that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t [true],” Seidl said. Another area where online shoppers run into problems is in the way they chose to pay for their purchases. Seidl said the best way to pay for merchandise purchased online is with a one-time use credit card number. “The basic concept is that you are able to go to a credit card companies website and click on a function that can generate a one-time use number,” he said. “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.” As opposed to giving a credit card number, where there is the possibility for someone to steal it and use it until the card expires, a one-time use number will be invalid after the transaction is completed, Seidl said. If, however, an online purchaser must choose between using a credit card or a debit card, Seidl said to opt for the credit card. Aside from potentially giving a website complete access to one’s checking account, there are also more safeguards put into place for credit card theft. “Credit cards have more protections by law so potential issues for you are much smaller,” he said. In addition to offering advice about online shopping, OIT is also hosting a number of speakers Tuesday at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall to advise on different topics related to cyber security. The first portion of the day features two speakers, who will address topics aimed at technologically oriented students and professionals. During the afternoon, events will be geared toward a wider audience, with speakers focusing on securing one’s mobile phone and tips for parents to protect their students online. A complete listing of the day’s events can be found on OIT’s website.last_img read more

UGA-Tifton Student Recruiter

first_imgKatie Murray, the new face of the academic program at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, joined UGA-Tifton this summer as the new student recruiter, just in time to welcome this semester’s crop of students.Murray, a Moultrie, Georgia, native, UGA alumna and one-time high school agriculture teacher, is excited to again be working with students.“To be able to have an influence on students and to work with the best and the brightest minds representing the future of agriculture are just a couple of reasons why I’m so excited to be at the University of Georgia,” Murray said. “The college education I received at UGA helped pave the way for the career opportunities I experienced after college. I want others to have that same experience.”Murray, who graduated from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, will promote the campus to high school students and to freshman and sophomore college students interested in transferring to UGA-Tifton. To do so, she’ll travel to high schools throughout the year to talk to prospective students.The college’s annual Southwest showCAES recruitment event, one of Murray’s first recruiting events, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Students interested in enrolling at the university as a freshman or transferring to UGA-Tifton are invited to attend.“That’s what I like about the job, this idea that I would get to help promote the campus in a way that would appeal to students. Southwest showCAES is an opportunity to paint a picture for these students about what they’ll learn if they attend UGA-Tifton,” Murray said. “They’ll get to meet faculty as well as interact with current UGA students. I look forward to meeting students at showCAES and, hopefully, working with them for many years to come as they enter into their college years.”Murray’s background is deeply rooted in south Georgia agriculture. Her father was a farmer before he became an agriculture teacher, and he encouraged Murray to show livestock, first in 4-H and then later as a National FFA Organization member. She is one of three siblings who received a college-level agricultural education, earning a degree in agriculture from UGA. Murray later earned a master’s degree in agricultural education from North Carolina State University.She joins UGA-Tifton after working for three years at Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, where she was responsible for marketing, coordinating social media and writing for the blog. Murray believes her experiences in the produce industry will help her recruit students who are interested in various aspects of agriculture.Murray comes to UGA-Tifton at a time when student enrollment is growing. Last spring semester, 19 students — the largest class to date — graduated from UGA-Tifton. This semester, 47 undergraduates are enrolled at UGA-Tifton. Agricultural education is the most popular major on campus, with 18 students.“It’s my job to help students and their families realize the type of education they’d receive here. I have been in these students’ shoes before and understand the pressures that come with finding the right college,” Murray said. “Fortunately, if they’re interested in agriculture and want to stay closer to home here in south Georgia, there’s not a better place they can be.”For more information about the academic program at UGA-Tifton, visit www.caes.uga.edu/campuses/tifton/academics.html.last_img read more

FARC Leader Who Shipped Cocaine in Submarines Dies

first_imgBy Dialogo October 24, 2011 A leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), accused of coordinating shipments of cocaine to the Mexican cartels by submarine, died on October 20, in a bombardment by the Armed Forces, the Government announced. José Neftalí Umenza, alias “Mincho,” commander of the FARC’s Front 30 and sought for extradition by the United States, died together with four other rebels in a jungle area near the city of Buenaventura, in the department of El Valle. “He was a leading drug trafficker, he was a supplier of finance, responsible for multiple terrorist actions, crimes, and the export of drugs, to Central America in particular,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said. The official affirmed that the Armed Forces calculate that alias “Mincho” supplied about 30 percent of the total resources received by the FARC. Colombia was offering a reward of almost a million dollars for information on the location of the rebel leader, who spent over 40 years in the FARC, a group confronting the Armed Forces in an internal conflict lasting almost five decades. “This criminal was in direct contact with the Mexican cartels; that was his chief activity. This is a blow to the backbone of the FARC’s finances,” Pinzón affirmed at a press conference. The dead guerrilla leader, who operated in the jungles of the Colombian Pacific coast, participated in actions such as the 2002 kidnapping of 12 legislators, 11 of whom were murdered by the rebels five years later, as well as a 1991 attack on a military base in which 18 Marines died. The FARC have been weakened since 2002 by a military offensive, supported by the United States, in which important commanders have died, while thousands of fighters have deserted. Submarines have become one of the chief methods for shipping Colombian cocaine, according to security sources.last_img read more

Seaford Man Facing Weapons, Drug Charges

first_imgCLICK HERE FOR UPDATED STORYNassau County police arrested a Seaford man Wednesday for criminal possession of a weapon after they discovered a rifle in his car and several assault weapons at his home, police said.Detectives said 29-year-old Jonathan Erler was driving a 2004 Subaru north on Seamens Neck Road when Asset Forfeiture Criminal Investigative Rapid Response Team officers stopped him for a traffic violation and found a Flint Lock Rifle in the back seat and marijuana inside the car.After he was placed under arrest, CIRT task force detectives and the Arson Bomb Squad conducted a search of his Seamens Neck Road home where they recovered six assault weapons, five high-capacity ammunition clips, several Chinese throwing stars, two bullet proof vests, marijuana and concentrated cannabis, police said.Erler was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.Police did not immediately release arraignment information. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

A shift back to used vehicles creates opportunity for credit unions

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melinda Zabritski Melinda Zabritski is Senior Director for Experian automotive financial solutions team, where she is responsible for implementing products and services specific to the automotive credit and lending industry. She also … Details At the onset of COVID-19, the automotive industry experienced an unprecedented situation with stalled sales resulting from factory shutdowns, business restrictions and buyers choosing to delay purchases. To adjust, manufacturers offered competitive incentives to increase sales. Low interest rates, no money down offers, and extended loan terms made new vehicles an enticing buy, driving prime consumers back into the new vehicle market. As a result of the incentives, we saw captives increase overall market share, while credit unions and other lenders took a hit. Captives have historically held the largest portion of the new vehicle financing, but with the incentives offered early on during COVID-19, their market share jumped even higher. According to Experian’s Q2 2020 State of the Automotive Finance Market report, captives held more than 60% of new vehicle financing, up from 54.8% in Q2 2019. Comparatively, credit unions comprised 10.2% of new vehicle financing, down from 11.8% in the same time frame.Additional opportunity still exists for credit unions. Months into the pandemic, there are fewer incentives, new vehicle inventory shortages and rising vehicle costs could trigger car shoppers to lean back into the used vehicle market; a sweet spot for credit unions. Used vehicles rebound faster than newOverall, used vehicles are still in greater demand than new ones. Used vehicles made up 59.25%, of all financed vehicles in Q2 2020. And with new vehicle inventory shortages, used vehicle sales have rebounded at a faster rate than new. In June 2020, new vehicle sales were still down 10.73% year-over-year, while used vehicle sales actually grew 12.14% over the same period. This trend has continued through the summer, with 2.38% growth in July and 4% growth in August. This opens a great window of opportunity for credit unions. In the current environment, many consumers will expand their search for affordable financing options outside of what’s offered at the dealership. Historically, credit unions have held a strong percentage of the used vehicle lending market. In fact, in Q2 2020, credit unions held 24.9% of the used market share, second only to banks who held 34.8%. Credit unions can grow their market share offering loans at affordable rates that appeal to in-market car buyers.Prime consumers make up the largest segment of used vehicle loans at 36.9%. This is a positive trend for credit unions. Staying close to the data can help credit unions understand trends and anticipate demand, such as used vehicle demand rebounding—especially for prime consumers.  Extended terms keep payments manageable The average used vehicle loan amount continued to grow in Q2 2020, reaching just over $36,000. But to manage this increase, car buyers increasingly opted for extended loan terms to keep their monthly payments manageable. Terms reached record highs for used vehicle loans, with an average term length of about 65 months. Seventy-three-to-84-month term loans also saw an increase from 18.7% in Q2 2019 to 20.6% in 2020. This helped keep the average monthly payment for a used vehicle loan at $568, which was only an $18 increase from Q2 2019. Another contributing factor to manageable monthly payments was interest rates, which saw a steady decline, clocking in with an average rate of 9.69% for used vehicles in Q2 2020. As incentives continue to decrease, car buyers will look for the best rate for their loan, making way for credit unions to offer incentives that will attract more in-market consumers.  The automotive industry has experienced significant change since the beginning of COVID-19. While the initial reaction of manufacturers was to offer competitive, sales-driving incentives to push new car sales, they’ve scaled back their efforts, resulting in many consumers returning to the used market. As we continue to navigate toward recovery, credit unions can leverage this shift by staying close to the data, identifying trends and remaining fluid with strategies that offer consumers the best financing options, no matter their needs and budget.last_img read more

Egypt reports two human H5N1 cases

first_imgAug 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported two more H5N1 avian influenza cases, both in children, raising the country’s total for this year to 34, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Both patients have been treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and are in stable condition, the WHO said.One is a 14-year-old girl from Damitta governorate who fell ill on Aug 21 and was hospitalized 2 days later. The other patient is 2-year-old girl from Menofyia governorate. She became ill Aug 23 and was admitted to a fever hospital Aug 26, the agency said.The WHO said investigations indicated that both girls had contact with dead and/or sick poultry.Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Web site Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported that sampling triggered by the human case in Menofyia detected the virus yesterday in some household chickens. SAIDR said two other poultry outbreaks were also found yesterday, in Fayoum and Beheira governorates.Of the 34 human H5N1 cases in Egypt this year, 4 have been fatal. The country has had a total of 85 cases and 27 deaths since the avian flu virus arrived in 2006, according to the WHO.With the latest cases, the WHO’s global H5N1 count reached 440 cases with 262 deaths.See also:Aug 31 WHO report on Egypt H5N1 caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_08_31/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Shell accused of lying about clean up

first_imgSouth Africa Police accused over Marikana deaths Related FOCAC: Clean energy projects in Africa Zuma accused of making sexist comments Oil giant Shell is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. It’s being accused of not cleaning up oil spills in the Niger Delta as it promised. CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam reports.last_img

Here’s how football stars are spending COVID-19 lockdown

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Neymar’s quarantineSergio RamosThe Real Madrid captain is training in his private gym and is locked up with his family.In addition, videos posted by Ramos on social media show a garden set up for a number of sports. Cristiano RonaldoSurrounded by his extended family, Cristiano Ronaldo has been spending quarantine in his native Madeira since March 9. Paul PogbaThe Manchester United midfielder has been playing football in his very own ‘Paul Pogba Arena’ inside his house with his son.Toni KroosThe Real Madrid star has been setting challenges to his followers and training both inside the house and in his garden. Arturo VidalThe Barcelona midfielder is spending the coronavirus lockdown in his back yard, where he has been seen dancing and playing sports.Lautaro MartinezThe Barcelona target is locked up in his Milan apartment.The Argentine has been having barbecues, playing sport and enjoying the view from his rooftop terrace. While the majority of the planet is on lockdown as a result of the coronavirus, not everyone is spending it in quite the same way. We take a look at how and where footballers are passing their time. Neymar The Paris Saint-Germain forward is spending the coronavirus lockdown period in his mansion in his native Brazil along with his group of friends.Advertisement Read Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workoutsLuis SuarezThe Uruguayan striker has been seen giving dance lessons to his daughter. Leo Messi The Argentine has been training from home, with the help of his young sons. MarceloThe Real Madrid left-back uploaded a photo of his dog, with a Teqball table appearing in the background. According to L’Equipe, his house has a tennis court, football pitch and restaurants. Alvaro MorataMorata showed off his garden on social media, which looks more like a private park.He even had to answer a follower who accused him of having left home.“It is my house,” the Atletico Madrid striker insisted. Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread Masterpieces10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?last_img read more

FA amends disciplinary rules

first_img From November 22, the FA will be able to charge players even if match officials have seen part of the incident. Torres escaped punishment for scratching Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen because the incident had been “partially seen” by an official even if the full seriousness of the actions had been missed – a case that prompted FA chairman Greg Dyke to take action to close the loophole. The Football Association has closed the disciplinary loophole that saw Chelsea’s Fernando Torres escape action despite being caught on video scratching a rival player. Press Associationcenter_img The new rules will now cover: :: acts of violent conduct that occur secondarily to a challenge for the ball. :: off-the-ball incidents where one or more match official did see the players coming together, but the match officials’ view was such that none of them had the opportunity to make a decision on an act of misconduct that took place within that coming together. The FA’s move to ban Fulham’s Sascha Riether for stamping on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj was not taken under the latest rules, however, as they only come into effect after the international break. Riether’s case was dealt with via a three-man panel of former elite referees which was brought in during the summer to look at video evidence and in that incident no officials saw the stamp. FA director of governance Darren Bailey said: “This enables the FA to consider acts of violent conduct, like an elbow or a stamp, which have occurred after a challenge for the ball or coming together of players. “It is sometimes difficult for officials to see such incidents, as they are often concentrating solely on the challenge for possession of the ball, and we are mindful of this. “Also, where off-the-ball incidents are concerned, the policy adjustment will allow action to be taken where an act of misconduct could not have been seen by the match officials, even though they may have seen some part of the players coming together. “This is an important step forward for the game and provides an appropriate level of discretion for the FA to consider action. However, we remain of the view that the best outcome for all is that referees are able to make correct judgements on the day to benefit the teams involved.” last_img read more

DeSantis to announce gyms, fitness center reopenings in Florida on Friday

first_imgDuring a news release Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he will make an announcement regarding the reopening of gyms and fitness centers on Friday.DeSantis said “I think it’s really important that people have access to gyms and to different exercise,”… “You had certain guidelines that the CDC put out, and they think that gyms were a problem, so that’s why they were closed.”DeSantis also said it’s important for people to get exercise.GOVERNOR ON GYM REOPENINGS: Currently, under Phase One of Florida’s reopening plan, gyms and fitness centers throughout the state are closed except for gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of hotels which have a capacity of 10 people or less, gyms and fitness centers that are amenities of residential buildings, gyms inside fire or police stations, and gyms inside any single-occupant office building.last_img read more