ANALYST VIEWS: HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU BY THE RETAIL SALES FIGURES

first_img GEORGE BUCKLEY| CHIEF ECONOMIST, DEUTSCHE BANKI’m not as gloomy about the numbers as some people are. We have seen six months of increases in retail sales and there’s usually some form of kickback. With VAT going up next year consumers are going to make their purchases before the end of the year.JAMES KNIGHTLEY | ECONOMIST, ING BANKThe numbers are awful. Rather than rise 0.3 per cent as forecast, sales fell 0.5 per cent month-on-month. We suspect consumer spending will remain subdued. Our base case remains for a long drawn out recovery rather than a double dip.ALAN CLARKE |UK ECONOMIST, BNP?PARIBASJuly saw an increase of 0.8 per cent and the increases in the previous two months before this were also high.?So it was going to be difficult to maintain that. Also August was a wet month which won’t have helped sales a great deal. ANALYST VIEWS: HOW CONCERNED ARE YOU BY THE RETAIL SALES FIGURES KCS-content Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com whatsapp Thursday 16 September 2010 9:00 pm Tags: NULL Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndolast_img read more

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Oberthur walks away from De La Rue bid

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com Monday 24 January 2011 2:20 pm Share Tags: NULL Oberthur walks away from De La Rue bid Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp whatsapp alison.lock FRANCE’S Oberthur Technologies has walked away from a bid for De La Rue after a higher indicative offer failed to engage the banknote printer’s board in talks.Oberthur said it had increased its indicative bid to 935p per share from 905p, with the objective of receiving a recommendation from De La Rue.But the British firm, which has had problems in its key Indian market, earlier said it had rejected the improved cash proposal, saying it still significantly undervalued the group.“We have repeatedly sought to enter into constructive discussions with the board of De La Rue over the last four months and we believe our approach could have offered a much needed catalyst to restore De La Rue’s reputation,” Oberthur President Jean-Pierre Savare said.“The board of De La Rue has not only rejected our approach but has also ignored requests for clarity to be given to the market in relation to fundamental questions about the company’s customer relationships and financial prospects.”De La Rue’s shares plunged 15 per cent to close at 695p after Oberthur Technologies said it would not make another bid.De La Rue chairman Nicholas Brookes said: “The board has carefully considered Oberthur’s revised proposal and believes that it continues to significantly undervalue the company and its prospects … The board therefore unanimously rejected this latest approach.”Evolution Securities analyst Adrian Kearsey had said the increased offer was an improvement but he thought the final price would need to be over £10 to get a recommendation.An offer of 935p would have valued the group at around £925m. last_img read more

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Ensco sees profits fall by 66pc

first_imgWednesday 20 April 2011 9:01 pm Share whatsapp Offshore driller Ensco reported a 66 per cent fall in first-quarter profit yesterday as it said day rates for its rigs fell. London-based Ensco, poised to become the world’s second-largest offshore driller following its $7bn (£4.3bn) takeover of Pride International, said it was also affected by a seven per cent decline in usage of the rigs. Net profit fell to $64.6m from $189.8m a year before, while revenue fell 19.4 per cent to $362m. The results came exactly a year after BP’s Gulf of Mexico blow-out. KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Ensco sees profits fall by 66pc whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgTerra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileTerra Mauricia Limited is an investment holdings conglomerate that is engaged in the production and distribution of alcoholic products, such as wine and spirits, and cane spirits, as well as sale of various consumable goods, production and sale of electricity from coal and bagasse. The company also manufactures and sells hollow concrete blocks, aggregates, rock sand products, rents properties and engages in the property development and promotion activities that include, site identification and surveying, project conception, market survey, administration, project management, as well as marketing and sale. Terra Mauricia Limited operates within the segments of sugar, commercial and alcohol production, and energy. The company is based in Mauritius. Terra Mauricia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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TCU Alert System doesn’t reach GrandMarc residents

first_imgSkylar Kalbhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/skylar-kalb/ Previous articleHow the TCU gender ratio affects campus hookup cultureNext articleResidents “deck the halls” for the holidays Skylar Kalb RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Skylar Kalbhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/skylar-kalb/ ReddIt ReddIt Skylar Kalbhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/skylar-kalb/ + posts TAGSGrandmarcHousing and residence lifesafety Twitter Facebook Linkedin Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Students struggle to navigate finished lot Students wait hours in line for Big 12 Championship tickets Skylar Kalbhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/skylar-kalb/ TheCREW hosts DogFest 2K17 Twitter Facebook Skylar Kalb is a sophomore journalism major with a minor in Spanish and the intent to add another minor in Criminal Justice. In 5 to 10 years you will be able to find her hosting Sports Center or sideline reporting on ESPN. When she is not out reporting you will most likely find her watching re-runs of college football games, or browsing the bread section at Central Market. Skylar Kalb Greeks join together to celebrate friendship, gather donations printTCU Alert is meant to warn students of imminent danger, school closures and weather conditions; but the notifications can be tricky when students move off campus – even if the move is just down the street to the GrandMarc.Many students living in the GrandMarc apartments at Westberry Place complex – located on Greene Avenue and W. Bowie Street – were not able to hear the TCU Alert system warning students and faculty of an armed person on campus last month.“I didn’t wake up because all of the alarm speakers were outside of my room and were not loud enough,” said Patrick Bowler, a sophomore business major who lives in the South Tower of the building. “My roommate and I didn’t wake up until it was all over.”The TCU Alert system is installed in all buildings located on campus and buildings owned by TCU. Although the majority of residents in GrandMarc are TCU students, the school does not own the building– meaning the university cannot install the alert system inside of the building.Craig Allen, Director of Housing and Residence Life, said if they decide to install the system in GrandMarc, they must also install it in all surrounding apartment complexes where TCU students live.“TCU students live in Village East, in University House, in Loft Vue and in other apartments near campus,” Allen said. “We cannot mount speakers on all those buildings, so where do we draw the line?”The TCU Alert system speakers are only installed on the outside of GrandMarc and in the two courtyards in the middle of the building. When asked why the alarms were only installed on the exterior of the building and whether a deal to install them inside of the building had ever been considered, the GrandMarc declined to answer.However, Allen said there are other ways students can receive the alerts to stay informed.He encouraged all students, no matter where they live, to sign up for the TCU Alert phone calls and text message alerts. Allen said this is the most effective way to reach students both on and off campus to let them know what is going on.But this solution also has its issues. Spotty phone coverage in the building means some students could not receive alerts at all.Melanie Higgins, a sophomore business major who lives in the North Tower of GrandMarc, was not able to receive the TCU Alert phone calls or text messages due to an outage zone in the building.“I have had issues with service since I moved in,” Higgins said. “I cannot receive any texts unless they are iMessages, or any phone calls until I leave the building. I have missed many important calls, including from the TCU Alert.”Higgins said she did not receive any of the TCU Alert phone calls or text message alerts until she left the building after the all-clear had been given.“We know about the issues with particular carriers’ reception in the building,” said Ajax Atzinger, community manager for GrandMarc. “It’s up to the carriers themselves to improve their coverage in a given area.”Higgins said she contacted her provider, T-Mobile, and was told she would need to install a service booster in order to have service in her room; however, the GrandMarc and TCU student wifi networks prohibit these boosters.Higgins was also given the option of improving her reception through an Ethernet outlet in the room, but this would require her to have at least two bars of service at any given location in the room– which she does not.Though the GrandMarc does not have the TCU Alert system installed inside of the building, the building hosts programming for residents to prepare for situations similar to the incident earlier this month.“We have health and safety seminars as part of our regular resident life programming,” Atzinger said. “We continually evaluate the content of those programs, and we will likely incorporate a reminder for residents on what to do if a campus-wide shelter in place alert is issued in the future.” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 Needs A Relook

first_imgColumnsEpidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 Needs A Relook G. S. Bajpai & Ankit Kaushik2 May 2020 8:09 AMShare This – xIn response to the increasing instances of attacks against doctors and healthcare workers throughout the country, the government brought into force the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (the Ordinance). Judging by past experience, there is a looming possibility that the temporary Ordinance may gain permanence through a legislative stamp of validity from the Indian Parliament…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn response to the increasing instances of attacks against doctors and healthcare workers throughout the country, the government brought into force the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (the Ordinance). Judging by past experience, there is a looming possibility that the temporary Ordinance may gain permanence through a legislative stamp of validity from the Indian Parliament in the next session. The requirement of the Ordinance under the given circumstances can hardly be doubted. There are, however, several problem areas that must be addressed before the temporary nature of the Ordinance is allowed to become a permanent feature of our statutory framework. Primarily, the Ordinance creates penal provisions with respect to punishment of offences created therein. Though bundled as ‘compensation,’ the Ordinance also includes restorative provisions for both financial and material loss in good measure. While both the features of the ordinance are laudable, they are both applicable only upon a conclusion of the trial. The ordinance does nothing to address the immediate needs of the victim or healthcare service personnel. No provisions have been made for any interim compensation or restitution, free and immediate medical aid to the workers etc. The healthcare workers, who undergo extreme psychological stresses even in the best of times, are being pushed to the brink in times of this pandemic. Provision of cost-free access to psychological and psychiatric services should, in and of itself, be a regular feature of any law that seeks to the regulate and promote the healthcare profession. It goes without saying that the added threat of increased violence against them also exponentially increases the stress and trauma. The Ordinance, however, makes no provision to provide for psychological first aid as well as counselling, either for healthcare workers in general or the victims of such violence in particular. There is also a requirement for the victims of such violence to be provided with free legal assistance and legal aid services. It would be naive to assume that the doctors would be able to freely traverse our legal landscape solely by virtue of their higher education. The Ordinance should have provided for legal assistance to the victims of the offences created therein, including the communication of comprehensive information regarding the nature and extent of their role in the trial process as well as what to expect our criminal justice process. While the issues raised above deal with the basic substantive problems in the ordinance, there are several practical issues that are required to be addressed as well. It is curious that though the Ordinance seeks to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1983 (the Act), which is meant to tackle exceptional circumstances, the Ordinance hardly takes into account the exceptional circumstances themselves. At a time when the police across the country is busy enforcing the lockdown, the Ordinance expects the investigating officer to complete the investigation with a period of thirty days. Such an expectation is not only unreasonable under the given circumstance, but is also impracticable. Assuming that the investigating officer is able to complete the investigation within the prescribed period, the Ordinance further assumes that the judiciary shall work ‘as expeditiously as possible.’ In relation to examination to witnesses, the Ordinance requires the Court to function on a day to day basis until the examination of all witnesses. The Ordinance once again fails to take into account the practical considerations, namely, that the Courts are hardly functional in light of the pandemic. While the higher courts are listing only urgent matters, the work of the lower courts has been limited to only remand or bail matters. The Ordinance also fails to account for the increasing backlog of cases that the Courts will have to deal with once the pandemic like situation eases out. Apart from the practical issues, it also important to highlight the other general issues with the Ordinance. The Ordinance is only applicable to violence against ‘healthcare service personnel,’ which has generally been defined to mean a person who may come into contact with affected patients in the discharge of their duty. While it specifically does not exclude other essential workers, it does not specifically include them either. Unless other essential workers such as police and sanitation/municipal workers are notified by the respective State governments as being ‘healthcare service personnel,’ this ambiguity effectively removes them from the ambit of the Ordinance. Violence is not only being faced by doctors, nurses, ASHA workers etc., but also by other essential workers. In Punjab, the hand of a police officer was chopped off while he was trying to enforce social distancing norms. In Madhya Pradesh, municipal workers sanitizing neighbourhoods were attacked in line of their duty. It is only a matter of time before these essential and frontline workers too start demanding adequate statutory protection on the lines of the Ordinance. Pre-empting such demands, the provisions of the Ordinance should have been extended to all such essential and frontline workers. Finally, as pointed above, it is curious that the government chose to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act rather than the bringing a specifically tailored Ordinance to address violence against all essential and frontline workers. The Epidemic Diseases Act has been widely criticized for being a colonial weapon aimed at providing the executive with wide ranging and unencumbered powers. It deserves a place in an archive or a museum rather than our statute books whether in an amended or un-amended form. The originating concern embedded in the Ordinance is to prevent violence against health care staff. The Ordinance, however, does not have any preventive prescription or strategy in this regard. Tackling such instances through judicial process is never an easy thing and it is imperative to develop violence prevention scheme within the ordinance by emphasising the mitigation of vulnerability of such staff members against the violence. Except for fine or compensation, the Ordinance largely fails to create severe civil liabilities against the wrongdoers under this Ordinance. This requires a clear recognition and conferment of legal rights to such staff members. It is imperative that the wrinkles pointed above be creased out before the provisions find place in our statutory framework in a final form. It is nobody’s case that our frontline workers do not require either protection or our collective attention to their problems. Our response to their problems and issues, however, must not be half-baked or ill-thought out. It is not that the problem of violence against frontline workers is novel, but one that has been fairly recurrent. Yet the manner in which the Ordinance seeks to resolve the issue seems more like a knee-jerk reaction than a lasting solution.Views Are Personal Only (G. S. Bajpai is a Professor and Chairperson of the Centre for Criminology and Victimology at National Law University Delhi where Ankit Kaushik is a Research Associate.) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Local business provides grants to local VFDs

first_img Next UpThe grant awards to the two Pike County volunteer fire departments were examples of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation’s continuing commitment to improving the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities, Vargas said.The Spring Hill Volunteer Fire Department received a thermal imaging camera and gas meter at a cost of $6,410.Jeff Helms, chief of the Spring Hill volunteer firefighters, said the camera will be used to detect body heat and hot spots in burning buildings. Local business provides grants to local VFDs Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories “With this camera, we could find a person in a smoke-filled room by the detection of his body heat,” Helms said. “We could also detect exactly where a fire is within a wall. The camera is a valuable piece of equipment and can save lives and property.”Helms said the gas meter will assist in detecting hazardous gases in dangerous environments.Helms expressed appreciation to Firehouse Subs for the grant that made it possible for the Springhill volunteer firefighters to have equipment that would not have been available without the financial assistance.Shayne Brown, chief of the Banks Volunteer Fire Department, also expressed appreciation for the financial support of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated $21,220 worth of life-saving equipment grants awarded to Spring Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Banks Community Volunteer Fire Department. David Conklin, Firehouse Subs Area representative; Rex Lewis, Troy Firehouse Subs franchisee; and Meghan Vargas, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation senior manager of foundation development attended the celebration along with members of the volunteer fire departments and members of the local law enforcement agencies. Below, Banks VFD Chief Shayne Brown expressed appreciation to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the grant funds that allow his department to purchase a skid until that can be used on large tracts of farmland or timberland. Jeff Helms, chief Spring Hill Volunteer Fire Department, demonstrated the thermal imaging camera that was purchased with grant funding from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded more than $21,000 in grant funding to the Spring Hill and Banks volunteer fire departments for the purchase of life-saving equipment. The grant awards were celebrated with a gathering of firefighters, members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Firehouse Subs representatives at Firehouse Subs in Troy Wednesday.Meghan Vargas, senior manager of Foundation Development, said the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.“Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders as well as survivors,” Vargas said. “As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew we could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born.” “There is no way, with our limited budget, that we would have had the $14,810 necessary to purchase a new skid unit,” Brown said. “This new skid unit will replace our old unit and give us the ability to get into rural areas that we couldn’t reach with traditional emergency vehicles.Rex Lewis, local Firehouse Subs franchisee, said he is pleased that his employees get behind Firehouse Sub’s fundraising efforts to provide funding, live-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.“Our employees ask customers to round up their bills to the nearest dollar, drop their spare change in a bucket or purchase pickle barrels for $2,” Lewis said.“All funds that are raised benefit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. We appreciate the efforts of our employees to encourage donations and to our customers for their support of the heroes in our community.”The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $18 million to hometown heroes in 44 states and Puerto Rico.More than $1 million has been donated in Alabama. Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2016 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like TO HONOR: Memorial service to honor fallen medical flight crew members Christopher Heisler will lead the U.S. Honor Flag service honoring the three members of the Haynes Life Flight crew who… read more Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Outdated computer system exploited in Florida water treatment plant hack

first_imgjganser/iStockBy JOSH MARGOLIN and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(OLDSMAR, Fla.) — An outdated version of Windows and a weak cybersecurity network allowed hackers to access a Florida wastewater treatment plant’s computer system and momentarily tamper with the water supply, federal investigators revealed in a memo obtained by ABC News.The FBI’s Cyber Division on Tuesday notified law enforcement agencies and businesses to warn them about the computer vulnerabilities, which led to the Bruce T. Haddock Water Treatment Plant in Oldsmar being hacked on Feb. 5.The plant’s computer systems were using Windows 7, which hasn’t received support or updates from Microsoft in over a year, according to the FBI.“The cyber actors likely accessed the system by exploiting cybersecurity weaknesses, including poor password security and an outdated Windows 7 operating system to compromise software used to remotely manage water treatment,” investigators wrote in the report. “The actor also likely used the desktop sharing software TeamViewer to gain unauthorized access to the system.”The hacker was able to use remote access software to raise the levels of sodium hydroxide in the water from about 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million for a few minutes, according to investigators. Sodium hydroxide is used in liquid drain cleaners and used, in small doses, to remove metals from water.A plant manager who noticed the hack as it unfolded was able to return the system to normal before there any major damage occurred, investigators said. The public was never in danger because it would have taken 24 to 36 hours for tainted water to hit the system if no one intervened.The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are still trying to determine who was behind the hack and any possible motives. It’s unclear if the suspects were foreign or domestic, sources close to the investigation told ABC News. Investigators said they’re concerned the culprit could strike again — and the outcome could be far worse.The FBI memo urged information technology administrators to make sure computers are up to date and that passwords are secure.“Microsoft, the FBI, and other industry professionals strongly recommend upgrading computer systems to an actively supported operating system,” the memo said. Not doing so “presents vulnerabilities for cyber actors to exploit.”ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, Luke Barr and Mike Levine contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A barcode of life database for the Cephalopoda? Considerations and concerns

first_imgThe concept of a Barcode of Life Database (BoLD) for the Class Cephalopoda (Phylum Mollusca) was introduced at the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC) symposium in Hobart, Australia, February 2006. This suggestion was met with significant interest, concern and debate. This review attempts to describe the concept of the BoLD initiative and to outline considerations and concerns specific to a cephalopod BoLD.last_img

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Russia: Prosecutors Open Case Against Pirates

first_imgRussia’s southern transport procuracy took under control investigation of the criminal case initiated after pirating of the…(rusnavy)[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, September 20, 2012; Image: Flot View post tag: Pirates View post tag: Prosecutors September 20, 2012 Industry news View post tag: case View post tag: open View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: against View post tag: Naval Russia: Prosecutors Open Case Against Pirates Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Prosecutors Open Case Against Pirates View post tag: Navylast_img

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