RBIs Weird Layoff Document

first_imgAs we reported and confirmedyesterday, Reed Business Information eliminated 41 positions, months after ReedElsevier, its parent company, announced that the unit was up for sale. The tipcame from this document,sent to one of the “victims,” which, curiously, lists the titles and ages ofthose who were laid off, as well as the titles and ages of those who remain.That’s something I’ve never seen a company do before. RBI declined to comment on the document itself, although myinitial thought was that it was intended to show that the company was notresorting to ageism in making its cuts. (At least one reader agreeswith me).Still, as another reader noted,it seemed “a bit cutthroat.” Perhaps because it is.last_img

Tampa Leaders Look to Expand Tanker Mission at MacDill AFB

first_imgTampa leaders are working to bring KC-135 Stratotankers displaced from installations that receive the Air Force’s next generation aerial tanker to MacDill Air Force Base in an effort to demonstrate the base has the capacity to handle more aircraft.MacDill, which currently has 16 KC-135s, was passed over in 2013 to become one of the first bases to receive the KC-46A Pegasus. That competition would have brought 36 jets to MacDill, and local officials want to show that the base can support a greater number of aircraft, reported the Tampa Tribune.With MacDill already slated to receive eight additional tankers starting in 2017, base supporters are pushing to obtain 12 more. They are targeting the four bases in the running to host the first Reserve-led KC-46A unit — Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.; Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; and Grissom ARB, Ind. Additional KC-135s should become available from the installations that receive the newer aircraft.“When these bases get the KC-46, we want the KC-135s to continue to come here,” said Chip Diehl, a former MacDill base commander who now serves as vice president of the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance.Air Force officials, however, say no decision have yet been made about relocating the Eisenhower-era tankers.The area’s congressional delegation is spearheading the effort to show that MacDill has the operational and logistical capacity to accommodate more aircraft.“Our ‘MacDill Means Mobility’ campaign will not stop there and will advocate for KC-46s to be assigned to MacDill in future years,” said a spokeswoman for Rep. Kathy Castor (D). Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Town Officials Brainstorm Ideas To Fix Emergency Vehicle Obstruction At N Wilmington Station

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull updated the public on the town’s latest efforts to address the ongoing issue of trains stopping at the North Wilmington Commuter Rail station on Route 62 and blocking emergency vehicles en route to emergencies.Town officials, including Hull and Selectman Chair Kevin Caira, recently met with State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative David Robertson, and others to discuss the matter.Hull stressed the station’s ridership is extremely low, which is affecting MBTA’s desire to fix the situation.“On average, the number of riders inbound is 57 per day and outbound is 85 per day,” said Hull. “This colors MBTA’s approach to dealing to this. With ridership at those levels, I think there’s some trepidation about spending money on upgrades to that area.”Hull outlined two scenarios the town are currently exploring.“Right now, for every scheduled stop, the train does – in fact – come to a complete stop, even if people aren’t trying to onboard or offboard,” explained Hull. “The thought going forward is, when there’s no ridership at the station, for the train to continue to travel through at a slow rate, but not stop. This doesn’t solve the problem, but the train will be impeding travel for a shorter period of time.”Hull and officials are also looking into the Federal Transit Administration’s criteria that governs the requirements to making substantial upgrades when a platform is being redesigned. A redesigned platform could potentially allow trains to sometimes pull through without having to stop across Route 62.“There may be cases with stations like Wilmington’s where the ridership level is so low that there may be some limited upgrades that can be made without triggering a more expansive and expensive upgrade to the whole facility,” noted Hull.Wilmington’s legislative delegation at the State House will provide an update to the town in mid-February.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”THIS NEEDS TO STOP: Selectmen Outraged At MBTA As Trains Continue To Block Route 62 In N. WilmingtonIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Grapples With Whether To Eliminate 5 Daily Stops At N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

The original Echo Show Just 70 today only

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Originally published on March 6.Update, June 27: Renewed availability, lower price. Removed bonus deal.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: See It Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before See it Smart Speakers & Displays 2:16 Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa’s new touchscreen needs… $229 $229 See It $229 CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) News • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display coming in June for $90 Tags Amazon Echo Show Share your voice No, that’s not what Alexa looks like. It’s an example of video calling, which you can do easily on the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon The arrival of new Amazon Echo products means price breaks on older Echo products. Case in point: The Echo Show 5 went on sale earlier this week, and today we have a huge sale on its first-generation predecessor.Today only, in fact, and while supplies last, Woot has the first-generation Amazon Echo Show for $69.99, shipped free for Amazon Prime members. (Everyone else pays $5.) Last time around, back in March, it was $99.99.See it at WootThe Echo Show is Amazon’s Alexa-with-a-screen product. You get all the voice-activated goodness of a smart speaker, but with a lovely 7-inch screen for watching videos, making video calls, checking the feed from your security cameras and so on.It’s not perfect, though, as you’ll learn from reading CNET’s Echo Show review. There’s a second-generation model that’s better looking and better sounding, but it’s currently priced at $229. (It’ll definitely see a discount on Prime Day next month.)Meanwhile, there’s also the new Echo Show 5, which sells for $89.99 — but has a smaller screen and speaker. If you want a bigger screen and bigger sound, the original Show is a tempting buy at this price.Your thoughts?Read more: Build your own Echo Show on the cheap 10 Comments $229 Crutchfield Dell Amazon Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better sound See Itlast_img read more

Jr NTR rejects Bigg Boss Telugu 3 even after getting hefty remuneration

first_imgJunior NTR on Bigg Boss TeluguYoung tiger Junior NTR is said to have rejected the swanky offer of hosting Bigg Boss Telugu 3 even after the makers assured him hefty remuneration and he quoted dates issue as a reason for it.It is known that Junior NTR hosted the first season of Bigg Boss Telugu, which went on to become big hit with the audience. The makers wanted to bring him back on the second season of the reality TV show, but the actor could not return, as he was busy with Trivikram Srinivas’ Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava.Star Maa brought natural star Nani on board to host Bigg Boss Telugu 2. He tried his best, but some section of audience trolled heavily and tortured him throughout this season. The upset actor declined to return to the third season of the show. The makers approached some popular Telugu actors for this season.It was reported that the bosses of Star Maa had approached Junior NTR for Bigg Boss Telugu 3, but he rejected their offer, saying that he wanted to focus on SS Rajamouli’s upcoming movie RRR. But it was said that they requested the director to convince him to make some time and he had agreed for it.Later, it was rumoured that the bosses of Star Maa restarted the talks with Junior NTR and agreed to pay high remuneration. The actor was said to have accepted their offer and would host Bigg Boss Telugu 3. But the latest we hear is that the young tiger has backed out, quoting the same issue of dates.”Although the makers were game to pay a huge remuneration to Jr NTR, the actor did not take it up. He was honest enough to admit that the dates of his film would clash. They are now scouting for a replacement for the show, which is expected to start in July later this year,” A source close to the makers told Deccan Chronicle.Junior NTR’s RRR is historical fictional drama on two freedom fighters. The actor is playing the role of Komaram Bheem, while Ram Charan essay the role of Alluri Sitaramaraju. He is all set to the shoot for his next schedule of the movie in Pune and Ahmedabad.last_img read more

CPJ urges president Hamid to return Digital Security Act for revision

first_imgThe Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed its deep concern about the Digital Security Act passed by parliament on 18 September.The independent press freedom advocacy organisation, in a letter to Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, called for returning the act to parliament for review.The letter said CPJ is concerned that this legislation, if allowed to become law, would violate constitutional guarantees of freedom of the press, and would create extensive legal dangers for journalists in the normal course of carrying out their professional activities.“CPJ respectfully urges you to exercise your constitutional authority to return the legislation to parliament for revisions that would eliminate these dangers,” read the letter signed by CPJ’s Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler.The letter outlined the concerns repeatedly expressed by the Bangladeshi journalists and asked the members of parliament to address those.“One of the most worrisome provisions of the Digital Security Act is an amendment added at the last minute in Section 43, which will allow police to arrest or search individuals without a warrant.“In addition, the Digital Security Act includes problematic aspects of Section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology Act, despite public promises by government ministers to eliminate it.“Section 57 has been repeatedly used to imprison journalists in defamation cases. Government ministers had previously acknowledged that police have misused Section 57, and had promised that procedures would be established to prevent this. Instead, journalists continue to be subject to the danger of arbitrary arrest in the normal course of their activities.”Also of concern, CPJ added, is the inclusion of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in the Digital Security Act, which seems to contradict the Right to Information Act provisions, included elsewhere in the legislation. “The extension of the Official Secrets Act into the digital sphere escalates the hazards faced by investigative journalists who play a vital role exposing corruption in government.”The letter expressed fear about the extremely heavy fines and punishments, up to Tk 50 million (US$600,000) and life imprisonment depending on the offense, threaten to make journalism an unacceptably hazardous profession and will result in a timid press that cannot play the important role required to support a vital democracy in Bangladesh.CPJ also expressed concerns over the vague descriptions of potential offenses, such as hurting religious values or causing deterioration in law and order, and said this would invite arbitrary use and misuse of the law to restrict the media.Praising Bangladesh’s 46-year history as a secular democracy with strong affirmations of human rights and freedom of speech and the press, the body feared this legislation will damage that tradition, and severely harm the country’s standing among the community of democracies as a defender of press freedom.“We urge you to take action to prevent this, and ensure that the next bill the legislature sends you adheres to the guarantees made in Bangladesh’s constitution as well as to international norms,” the letter concluded.last_img read more

Thailand freezes ousted Yinglucks bank accounts

first_imgFormer Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. AFPThai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday.The move is seen as unprecedented because it financially sanctions an elected leader for a government policy and it is the latest in a barrage of legal battles she has had to fight since she was booted from office.Thailand’s first female prime minister, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, is already facing up to a decade in jail for allegedly failing to stop graft in the subsidy programme that targeted her party’s rural farming base.She was also retroactively impeached soon after the coup, a move that banned her from politics for five years.Yingluck’s legal team had petitioned for an injunction against the $1 billion fine—which dwarfs the roughly $18 million she has in publicly declared assets.But the Finance Ministry said Monday it was moving ahead with the order and planned to seize at least 12 accounts belonging to the embattled politician as an initial measure.Yingluck’s lawyer confirmed Tuesday that at least seven accounts had now been locked.“Bangkok Bank notified us that seven of her bank accounts have been frozen and cannot carry out any transactions,” Noppadon Laowthong told AFP.Yingluck, whose supporters have accused the junta of launching a political witch-hunt against her since seizing power, turned to Twitter to insist on her innocence.“I am ready to prove my innocence and that I have not done anything wrong in my closing statement on 1 August,” she wrote in reference to the final stage of her criminal negligence trial over the rice scheme.The verdict in that trial is due to be announced on August 25.Analysts say the junta and its establishment allies are bent on crushing the political machine led by Yingluck and her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was also ousted in a 2006 coup.The siblings are beloved in Thailand’s poor northeast but loathed by Bangkok’s traditional elite, who keep knocking down their governments with coups and court rulings.Under Yingluck’s flagship rice-pledging scheme the government bought paddy at nearly twice the market rate.It cemented her popularity among many farmers but led to huge stockpiles of unsold rice and cost Thailand its spot as the world’s leading rice exporter.Critics blasted the scheme as the latest graft-riddled populist handout by the Shinawatra camp, which has won every national election since 2001.The junta claims the policy cost Thailand around $8 billion in lost revenue.The subsidy scheme helped galvanise elite-backed protests in Bangkok that paved the way for the 2014 coup.last_img read more

Greece wildfires death toll hits 50

first_imgA wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece on 23 July. Photo: ReutersFifty people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on Tuesday.The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati.The bodies were entwined and severely burnt, an AFP photographer at the scene said. They appeared to have been caught by the flames trying to reach the sea.The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the capital.Of the injured, 11 people were in serious condition.Port authorities told AFP they had found four bodies in the sea, including three women and a child who had apparently tried to escape the flames.There were fears the toll may rise further, as people remained unaccounted for.- ‘National tragedy’ -Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said rescue workers were “still searching if there are more missing”.”It’s a national tragedy,” civil protection agency official Ioanna Tsoupra told public broadcaster ERT.By dawn Tuesday, fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night.Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.”Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens”, he said, prompting Greece to request drones from the United States, “to observe and detect any suspicious activity”.Nine coastal patrol boats, two military vessels and “dozens of private boats” assisted by army helicopters were mobilised to help those stuck in the harbour in Rafina, one of the worst affected areas close to Mati.Evacuees were transferred to hotels and military camps, while worried relatives flocked to the area.Police in the town said they found two Danish tourists out of a group of 10 in a boat at sea off the town and were trying to locate the others.Civil protection chief Yannis Kapakis said he had told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who cut short a visit to Bosnia to return home, that winds up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour were creating “an extreme situation”.Forecasters said conditions would remain challenging on Tuesday, although showers and falling temperatures were expected in Athens.In the north, more than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters were mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.- Children evacuated -Video footage showed inhabitants fleeing the fires by car, with several buildings and homes damaged, as the region of Attica — which includes Athens — declared a state of emergency.”If I hadn’t left, I’d have been burned,” a 67-year-old resident named Maria told AFP.Near the town of Marathon, residents fled to safety along the beach, while 600 children were evacuated from holiday camps in the area.Tsipras said “all emergency forces have been mobilised” to battle fires along at least three fronts.”I am really concerned by the parallel outbreak of these fires,” he said, with officials raising the possibility they could have been started deliberately by criminals out to ransack abandoned homes.Fires are a common problem in Greece during the summer and can be major killers.Fires in 2007 on the southern island of Evia claimed 77 lives.- Sweden battles 27 fires -The Greek government has asked the European Union for help fighting the fires.In recent days, wildfires have also caused widespread damage in northern Europe.Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented drought and the highest temperatures in a century.On Monday, the Nordic nation’s civil protection agency MSB said there were 27 active fires across the country, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius this week.Several European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent planes, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes in Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius.Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn — an area twice the size of the city of Paris.At least four of the fires had not been brought under control, MSB said, and weather conditions were unfavourable.- No rain since May -There has been practically no rain since the beginning of May in Sweden.The Forestry Bureau said Monday put the value of the destroyed forests at 900 million kronor (87 million euros, $102 million).Meanwhile in Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, fires have ravaged woods and grassland close to the border with Russia.Norway, which experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has also seen several small fires, and one firefighter was killed on July 15 trying to contain a blaze.Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 800 hectares in the Baltic state’s western regions.last_img read more

European Central Bank starts 12trillion monetary stimulus

first_imgThe European Central Bank has hit the launch button on its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus programme by starting to buy government bonds.The chief monetary authority for the 19 countries that use the euro confirmed on Monday it had begun the purchases, which aim to make credit cheaper, boost growth and raise inflation. ECB President Mario Draghi had announced the start date last week, sending stocks higher and the euro lower. The bonds are bought from banks and other financial institutions using newly printed money. Among the ECB’s chief concerns is low inflation – which at negative 0.3 per cent annually is a sign of the economic weakness that has plagued the currency union as it struggles with high government debt. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe ECB has said it will buy 60 billion euros per month in government and corporate bonds through September 2016, and in any case until inflation turns convincingly upward toward the bank’s goal of just under 2 per cent. Yields on government bonds have already fallen in anticipation of the programme’s start. Some eurozone government bonds are trading at negative yields, meaning investors pay that government for loaning it money.One key effect of the programme is expected to be a weaker euro, which would help eurozone exporters. More euros in circulation help drive down the currency’s value, as expressed by its exchange rate. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsLow or negative interest rates encourage investors to invest in a currency where rates are higher, such as the US German 10-year government bonds are now trading at yields of just 0.29 per cent, while 10-year US Treasurys yield 2.22 per cent.The euro traded at $ 1.09 on Monday, well down from just under $1.40 in May, 2014. Some analysts think it could be headed for parity — one euro for one dollar.last_img read more

5 Cybersecurity Tools Your Company Should Have

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals No business, small or large, can afford to ignore cyber security. According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 60 percent of cyber-attacks target SMBs, largely because they are easier targets.Related: 4 Reasons You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Tech TeamsBut you don’t have to be passive. Here are five tools and services which small and medium business can use to protect themselves.1. Get secure office hardware.”In the scramble to secure the cloud, hardware is often overlooked,” says Christoph Schell, president, Americas, HP Inc. “The truth is, if you have 500 employees, it is easier to have one secure cloud structure than it is to secure 500 laptops. Reduce your risk through security-centered device management and proactive practices and policies to engage each employee in the security process.”In addition to creating a secure network, small businesses must select secure hardware and adopt secure protocols to really protect themselves. HP Inc., has developed security software Touchpoint Manager to help companies streamline their protection policy, minimize security vulnerabilities and monitor protected systems.2. Keep spies out of your email.Marketers, lawyers and sales people are widely using email tracking solutions to improve sales and better engage with prospects and current clients. Those solutions are popular in CRM systems as well. But cybercriminals are also using these tools to track the date and time emails are opened, where they are opened, where they are forwarded and so forth.MailControl allows companies to block spymail from hitting their inbox. It is an especially effective tool in preventing targeted phishing attacks from reaching your business.3. Stop ransomware.The most prevalent cyber security risk to small businesses today is ransomware. The FBI estimates that over 4,000 U.S. businesses are infected by ransomware every day.  Ransomware takes control of the files on small business networks by encrypting them and holding them for ransom. The existing tools, like anti-virus, are not effective against the rapidly changing variants.WatchPoint has an easy to use tool, called CryptoStopper, which small businesses can download and install to protect their network. CryptoStopper deploys bait files throughout a network. When these bait files are encrypted, the infected user is isolated, and the ransomware is stopped before doing damage. This is a new and unique approach to stopping ransomware.Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In Security4. Train your employees.One of the most common, and preventable, attacks on small businesses is a social-engineering attack triggered by phishing attempts, improper web use or incoming phone calls. The most current training systems on the market are designed for large enterprises, but some companies set up our solution to help any size business, from those with just a few employees to those with thousands.Security Awareness Training — Security Mentor: Employees aren’t always ready to combat a cyberattack or know when they are being baited into one. Security Mentor has created 10-minute lessons with its Security Awareness Training program. Small businesses will be able to train employees to be aware and alert, while making the right choices in a potential cyber crisis through these brief, online lessons.5. Get SLL for your website.Traditionally, companies have used SSL/TLS certificates (displayed as “https”) only on shopping carts or login pages. This can help, as it encrypts the data being sent between the customer’s computer and the SMB’s web server. Also, if companies use an Extended Validation (EV) certificate, the web browser will display a green padlock and website-address bar, as well as the company’s name next to the website address.Today, though, companies are encouraged to follow what’s known as Always on SSL. This means that the entire website is protected by https, instead of just a couple of pages. This helps protect against modern attacks that seek to steal information when a site visitor browses between secure and not-secure pages.Finally, Dan Hubbard, product CTO of Cloud Security, Cisco Systems, shared some advice. “There are a few things small businesses can do,” he said. First, make sure you have security solutions in place that are proven to detect and stop the majority of malware — and make sure they are deployed at critical points within the company.”Second, in terms of ransomware: Back up your data. If you have a copy of your information that the attackers can’t get to, you are not at their mercy.”Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandIn sum, you don’t need to do everything, but do something. Attacks happen and small businesses need to pay close attention to cybersecurity because they are increasingly becoming a point of focus for attackers.  5 min readlast_img read more