first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo Cyrus, said he would establish the first private security firm in the West African sub-region in the next two years.He made the disclosure over the weekend at the program which marked SEGAL’s 9th annual staff awards ceremony and the turning over of the National Excellence Award to SEGAL family.Cyrus explained that his plan to establish Liberia’s first private security entity in the West Africa sub-region will strengthen the country’s private security sector and show a distinction between the government and private security firms in the discharge of their duties to protect Liberia.“This plan is based on my passion and dream that I have especially with the huge absence of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) because we have to fully prepare for the challenges ahead,” he said.According to him, negotiations are underway for the establishment of the entity which will be seen by many in and around Africa to provide quality services to the country and other countries that would need their services.SEGAL was awarded the ‘Innovative Security Institution of 2016’ by the National Excellence Awards (NEA), which Cyrus presented to his officers.“SEGAL is the first private institution in Liberia to have received such an award and this dream has come true,” he said. He said the award encourages SEGAL from a national status to an international status with more vigor to partner with government and other national security institutions so as to create a more peaceful and stable country where the rights of all citizens, irrespective of one’s status can be equally protected.Presenting the award to staffers of SEGAL, who worked over the years to get SEGAL where it is today, Cyrus indicated that the award could not have been given, had it not been the collective effort of his officers.During the ceremony, several officers were awarded various certificates ranging from Employee of the Year 2016, staff that performed beyond the call of normal duty, long service as well as territorial counties awards among others. Cyrus meanwhile said, “Giving all praises to God, we are pleased to extend thanks and appreciation to all our employees and clients for their cooperation, their involvement, their endeavors and their support. We welcome the opportunities provided us to work together and help strengthen the security sector of Liberia and safeguard lives and properties through SEGAL.”Cyrus who was seen dancing and giving thanks to God for the success of his company further indicated that SEGAL will always remain diligent, professional and disciplined in executing its call to national duty by providing safety for all, including lives and properties. Mr. Lionel Keller, SEGAL’s Chairman, appreciated “everyone for exerting numerous sacrifices over the years that have brought SEGAL to national and international recognition.”SEGAL officers expressed appreciation to General Manager Cyrus for his courage and work in helping to raise one of Liberia’s best private security agencies that is contributing to peace and improving the lives of Liberians through job opportunities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img28 October 2003The Western Cape has launched a 24-hour toll-free hotline for information and referrals on emergency contraception – the first of its kind in Africa.The hotline – 0800 246 432 – is a public-private partnership between the provincial health department, the University of Stellenbosch, the World Population Foundation, and private clinic Medi-Challenge.“There is a perception – that we need to change – that emergency contraception causes an abortion”, said the provincial health department’s deputy director-general of reproductive health, Marie Adamo.“One young woman told me that teenagers do not get information on emergency contraception from parents and at schools, and they are also shy to go to clinics”, Adamo said, adding that young people were more comfortable talking to people on the phone than face-to-face.“The trained professionals at the call centre will be able to advise young people and give correct information about emergency contraception without passing any judgements”, she said.The call centre is funded by the World Population Foundation, while Stellenbosch University provides infrastructure and research, and Medi-Challenge and the provincial department of health supply the medicines.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts chris cameron Motivational speaker and author of the book Start With Why Simon Sinek believes he has found a way to map out the way inspiring leaders and innovators think. Young entrepreneurs who may think they aren’t up to snuff with the big boys of innovation should be encouraged by Sinek’s theories which seek to break down inspiration into an easily replicated formula.He calls his concept “The Golden Circle,” a series of three concentric circles that represent the different ways we think about a product or goal. The outermost circle, labeled “What,” represents, for instance, a company’s product. The next circle, “How,” would be the technology behind this product, and the innermost circle represents “Why” the company makes the product.The crux of Sinek’s ideas lie within this center “Why” circle When he talks about why a company makes a product, he doesn’t mean “to make money,” because that’s the result of the “What.” Instead, the “Why” represents an innovator’s beliefs and passions that drive them toward success.In a TEDx speech in Puget Sound, Wash., Sinek repeated a mantra several times to the audience throughout his presentation that sums up his “Golden Circle” theory. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. And what you do serves as the proof of what you believe,” he said.While Sinek points out today’s leaders and innovative companies, like Steve Jobs and Apple, the best example of his theory in practice is of a historical sense. Sinek recounts the story of Samuel Pierpont Langley, who was given money and resources by the U.S. government to invent “the flying machine” only to be beaten to the punch by upstart and impassioned Wright Brothers. Sinek says it didn’t matter that Langley – who he says was driven by greed and the possibility of fame – had more money, more people and more resources, because the Wright Brothers were driven by their belief and their passion. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate today should take note of what makes a great leader, and it all starts with “Why”, says Sinek.“The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have,” he says. “The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Internet is groaning today under the load of a huge cyberattack — one of the worst on record — that’s clogged some of its most vital systems. And while you might be inclined to blame Spamhaus or Cyberbunker, two European outfits at the center of this online dustup, almost no one is talking about the real villains here: the world’s Internet service providers.First, some background on Spamhaus vs. Cyberbunker. Yes, that sounds like the lineup at a punk-rock show, but it’s actually a virtual battle that began when the anti-spam group Spamhaus added the Dutch web hosting company Cyberbunker to a blacklist used to fight spam. That apparently stung the outlaws at Cyberbunker, which prides itself on hosting anything but “child porn and anything related to terrorism.”http://polldaddy.com/p/6997102.jsSeemingly insulted, on March 19 Cyberbunker allegedly launched a major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack — that is, one that aims huge streams of data at target Web servers in an attempt to knock them offline — against Spamhaus. When that failed, the attackers pivoted to a much more serious attack, one that exploited a vulnerability in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). And in so doing, they almost broke the Internet.Dissing the DNSDNS is a core service that translates URLs like readwrite.com into the numerical Internet addresses used by computers (204.9.177.211 in the case of ReadWrite). Without it, traffic on the Internet goes nowhere.In this case, the attackers targeting Spamhaus turned to what’s called a DNS amplification attack — one that basically tricks DNS servers into directing a huge flood of traffic at a target. This is relatively easy because many network providers and ISPs have left DNS servers (also called “resolvers”) open and unprotected, meaning that they’ll respond to requests from anywhere on the Internet.All an attacker needs to do is to send a stream of forged DNS requests that appear to come from their target’s computers. Open DNS resolvers do the rest, responding with automated messages that are much larger than the initial requests. The security company Cloudfare, which has assisted Spamhaus in its current fight, wrote that attackers can use DNS amplification to boost their initial DDoS data flood by a factor of 50 or more.Which is exactly what Spamhaus’s attackers appear to have done.Why Your ISP SucksThe big problem here, as you’ve probably already figured out, is that so many network operators have left their DNS resolvers open. It’s fairly trivial to configure resolvers to filter out and ignore forged requests, but relatively few network operators have done so. The Open DNS Resolver Project, an Internet community initiative aimed at blocking this vulnerability, has catalogued more than 25 million open DNS resolvers around the world.“If ISPs had fixed those issues, [which are] relatively simple, and [involve] very little cost, this kind of attack would have been impossible,” Rodney Joffe, a senior vice president at the Virginia security firm Neustar, told me. Sam Erdheim, a senior security strategist at the network security company AlgoSec, says ISPs should be doing more to block certain IP addresses and identify and monitor network traffic better “before these threats impact the networks of the ISP’s customers.” These are what’s called DDoS signatures, and enabling them allows ISPs to track and trace the source of attacks.While that wouldn’t stop attacks, Erdheim said, it would be possible to identify them earlier and to cut off traffic from a questionable source before it bogs down users.How To Stop The SuckageDNS resolvers are becoming an increasingly popular target for hackers. Dan Holden, a security official at Arbor Networks, told me that in a recent Arbor survey, a full quarter of respondents said they’d experienced serious DDoS attacks on their DNS servers in 2012 — double the number who acknowledged similar attacks in the previous year.Fixing DNS vulnerabilities would be an ideal way to stop these attacks, says security expert Dan Kaminsky, who has helped shore up previous DNS problems. But he’s skeptical that this will ever happen.“If only everyone on the Internet made major changes at the same time, this wouldn’t have happened,” Kaminsky told me via email. Short of that, he said, the answer may lie in straightforward police work:We stop DDoS by getting as close as possible to the source and doing something about it there, or by doing nothing and tolerating it. I prefer the former, in this case, by perhaps finding the person almost certainly responsible.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#ddos#privacy#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescucenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


first_imgBJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav too tweeted a picture of Lenin’s statue being demolished, but without any comment.Tweets on RSS activistsOn Monday, Mr. Roy had taken to Twitter attacking critics for “misunderstanding” his decision on the death of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activists in the recent past.“I never asked for any probe into the death of four Swayamsevaks. I simply said I’ll ask the new (BJP-led coalition) government to find their remains if possible! Strange that a simple tweet is misunderstood deliberately?” he said in a tweet on Monday.The Governor also praised Tripura BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb for meeting outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and touching his feet for his blessings after laying a wreath upon the body of Khagendra Jamatiya, the CPI(M) candidate and minister who died at AIIMS in New Delhi before counting began on March 3.“Very healthy democratic norms are being set up in Tripura,” Mr. Roy tweeted.The Tripura Governor is not new to controversy in the world of Twitter. In 2016, he tweeted: “Whatever gave you the notion I am secular? I am a Hindu. My state, India, however is secular since 1976.” This was in response to a man who identified himself as a Dubai-based Marxist “currently fighting the Fascist Indian”.He had also criticised the mourners of 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon, who was hanged. “Intelligence shd keep a tab on all who assembled bfr Yakub Memon’s corpse. Many are potential terrorists,” he had tweeted on July 31, 2015. Watch: Statue of Vladimir Lenin brought down in Tripura Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has commented on the controversy surrounding the demolition of a statue of communist icon Lenin by BJP supporters in the southern town of Belonia.“What one democratically elected government can do another democratically elected government can undo. And vice versa,” Mr. Roy tweeted on Tuesday.People celebrating the BJP’s Assembly polls victory in Tripura brought down the statue of Lenin — set up a year ago near a government college in Belonia — with a bulldozer on Monday afternoon. The town is about 90 km south of the State capital Agartala.Mr. Roy is believed to have referred to instances of statues of leaders iconic to other parties demolished or defiled in the past. They include those of Rajiv Gandhi immediately after the Left Front won the elections in 2008.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: “This little tiny thing … has turned into something that’s impacting the local film industry,” Fleet said.The film festival revealed its lineup Tuesday, featuring everything from a five-hour film in Chinese with English subtitles to family-friendly animated shorts. The opening film, “First Round Down,” tells the story of a Hamilton hockey player with a questionable past.“Hamilton was our target film festival,” said First Round Down producer Marina Cordoni of Toronto. “Hamilton is dear to our hearts because we shot most of the film here, and the storyline of the film is based in Hamilton.”Forty-seven of the festival’s selections were shot in Hamilton, including “Milton’s Secret,” a feature film starring Donald Sutherland, Michelle Rodrigues and Mia Kershner.For the first time, the festival also includes an opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their movies to professional distributors.This industry-only event, called the Canadian Film Market, has drawn Canadian, American and international distributors. Movies that are picked up will have the opportunity to stream on video-on-demand platforms, Netflix or iTunes.“An event like what we’re doing has never really happened in Hamilton before,” Fleet said. “You can make a movie here and screen movies here, but there’s never been a way to sell a movie.”Another element of the festival is a convention-style expo on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Digital Canaries film and TV studio. Open to the public, this event will feature vendors, panel discussions and film set tours (offering attendees the chance to take selfies in a jail cell, an ER or the oval office). Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The Hamilton Film Festival has seen a few changes since its inception 11 years ago.In that first year, festival director and CEO Nathan Fleet received 26 submissions on DVD and VHS — mostly from his friends.This year, the festival, running from Saturday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Nov. 13, is screening 150 feature-length movies, documentaries and short films whittled down from 700 submissions received from countries across the globe. Twitterlast_img read more