TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – 747 hikers took to the hills south of Tumbler Ridge on Saturday to compete in the 18th annual Emperor’s Challenge.After placing 1st in last year’s half-marathon despite competing with a broken collarbone and some serious road rash, Victoria’s Kris Swanson managed to repeat once again with a time of 1:31:57 despite breaking his foot back in January of this year. Prince George’s Jim Van Bakel was the top competitor from Northern BC, and managed to finish only twenty-eight seconds behind Swanson for a 2nd-place finish. Jayms Morrison did Fort St. John proud with a fourth place finish in 1:38:09.Fort St. John can also lay claim to the fastest female hikers in the Peace Region. Bailey and Niki Haugan were this year’s leading ladies in the 20 kilometre hike finishing in 11th and 12th spots, respectively. Only 38 seconds separated Niki from Bailey, who hiked the Challenge in 1:45:42.- Advertisement -Kids from the Fort St. John also managed impressive showings in the 4- and 2-kilometre Emperor’s Challenges. 13 year-old Troyer James placed 3rd in the 4-kilometre hike, while 11 year-old Levi VanderMeulen came 2nd in the 2 km, only 6 seconds behind Dawson Creek’s Tegan Steckly. Steckly topped the 2-kilometre hike in 10:29.
Centre has declared the entire State of Nagaland a “disturbed area” for six more months under the controversial AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice.In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole State of Nagaland is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2019 for the purpose of that Act,” the notification said.The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. It was not withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 by Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor R.N. Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The framework agreement came after more than 80 rounds of negotiations over 18 years. The first breakthrough came in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 26, 2018 – Montego Bay – Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, says while leptospirosis is not at a crisis level, every effort should be made to ensure the disease is easily detected and speedily treated. Mr. Morris, who was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on February 20, said health officials continue to remind the public of the dangers of swimming or wading in water which has resulted from flooding, or eating foods that might have been contaminated with animal urine.“We are also advising parents to look out for their children who we all know are prone to going into whatever water they see around them, all in the name of fun. Food, too, must be covered and protected from contamination, which again is dangerous for unsuspecting youngsters as well as adults. If you see any food item that looks suspect, throw it away as it could easily be contaminated,” he warned.Mr. Morris said they have been seeing an increase in the notifications for leptospirosis across the parish. “It is always on our radar, so we are looking at how best we can reach persons to reduce these notifications. Currently, we are looking at education as one of the better means of reaching persons, in addition to implementing a rodent-control programme in the township of Savanna-la-Mar,” he noted.He emphasised that the rodent control programme has to be a collaborative effort between commercial entities, stakeholders, the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation and other agencies, adding that “the health department cannot, by itself, financially sustain such a programme”.Mr. Morris said leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that could lead to possible fatal infection of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart. He said while it cannot be spread from human to human, it can be contracted through exposure to the urine or body fluid of infected animals.Meanwhile, Veterinary Public Health Inspector, Jodi-Ann Harris, said that leptospirosis can be fatal if it is incorrectly diagnosed or not detected and treated “very quickly”. Ms. Harris stressed that a big part of the problem is that the symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to other illnesses, notably the flu, and which can oftentimes go untreated. She is appealing to Jamaicans to visit the nearest hospital or health centre and get tested if they experience any such symptoms.“If you are experiencing high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and rash, go and see the doctor right away,” she implored.“Parents are also being advised that if any of these symptoms do occur, medical attention should be sought right away. The disease should be treated with antibiotics as soon as it is detected,” Ms. Harris said. She pointed out that failure to expeditiously treat leptospirosis can result in kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure and respiratory distress. “It can also be fatal,” she added.Release: JIS
Tags Tech Industry 15 Comments Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. Getty Images While Equal Pay Day might sound like some kind of holiday, it’s actually a stark reminder that men and women don’t always get paid equal money for equal work.In fact, when looking at part-time and full-time workers in the US, women earned about 85 percent of what men did in 2018, according to data released in March from the Pew Research Center.The annual marker, which falls on Tuesday this year, symbolizes how far into this year women would have to work in order to have earned as much as men did in the previous year. Usually around Equal Pay Day, there’s a new offering of research from various sources shedding light on how and why that is. In the tech industry— which regularly grapples with numbers that show it’s predominantly made up of white men— disparity in pay is shrinking, but slowly. Glassdoor, a site that corrals employment information on companies, looked at more than a half million salary reports and found that at the pace we’re going, it’s going to take 51 years to close the pay gap. In its March report, called Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019, Glassdoor found the adjusted pay gap in tech is 5.4 percent, above the national average of 4.9 percent. The adjusted pay gap incorporates factors such as experience and education when comparing the earnings of men and women. While it’s improving, the gap has closed just 0.5 percentage point since 2016.”It’s not a surprise that there’s still a fairly large gap when you consider the fact that most of the highest paying jobs are still predominantly male,” said Daniel Zhao, a senior economist who worked on the report.Tech recruiting platform Hired also put out a report last week called The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace, and found that when men are offered the same job role women, they’re offered higher salaries 60 percent of the time. The report also found that in the tech industry, white and Asian women made 97 cents for every dollar white and Asian men made. The amount dropped for black (89 cents) and and Hispanic women (91 cents).Meanwhile, not all tech workers are convinced there’s a problem. The reported stated that “64% of female survey respondents believe a racial wage gap exists due to racial identity, while 54% of men believe it exists.”Over the years, some companies have set goals to close their pay gaps. Tech companies like Salesforce, Intel and PayPal have all said they’ve closed their pay gaps. “There’s a cultural phenomenon where women are paid less,” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told 60 Minutes in April 2018, when recounting how the company conducted an audit to correct its pay imbalance. (Editor’s note: 60 Minutes is owned by CNET’s parent company, CBS.)One reason progress in tech might be slow, Zhao said, is because there are so few women in the field to start with. He said that industries making quicker progress, like the nonprofit world, tend to be already more gender-balanced.It isn’t just money that women are missing out on. “People spend a third of their lives at their jobs,” Zhao said, “a lot of their overall happiness and satisfaction with life is tied up into how they feel about their job… reducing the amount of discrimination and stress is really important.” Share your voice
Baba BhaskarTwitter/StarMaaBigg Boss is all about controversies between 15 people who live together in a house for 100 days. Of course, one contestant gets eliminated every week. But each contestant competes with the other and that is something we all are interested in seeing.The Telugu Bigg Boss season 3 has been in the middle of controversies since its beginning. In the third week of the show, with 2 contestants have been eliminated and a wild card entry, the total count stands at 14 people now.While all the contestants are involved in some argument, fight and controversy, there are three contestants in this house who are least bothered about what is happening around them. Wondering who they are? Let us tell you that it is none other than Baba master, Himaja and Ashu Reddy.The three contestants have been playing the game really well. Well, Baba master is in fact the hero of the house for being a really good person. He takes care of everyone in the house and does all the possible house chores. In fact, he even cooks for everybody.Himaja and Ashu Reddy have both been courteous with the contestants and are making sure that they don’t get into unnecessary arguments and fights. Himaja ReddyTwitter/StarMaaThough contestants call Himaja an aggressive person, she has explanations for being so and is pretty much clear about what she wants, what she bears and what she doesn’t.Ashu Reddy also looks plain hearted and is not getting into any unnecessary fights. She is completing her tasks, doing the assigned work and is genuine with everyone without grudges for her fellow contestants.These people, especially in Bigg Boss house, are pretty rare to find. This is why these people have a special place in the audience’s heart.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on World Television Day, mentioning the initiatives taken by her government for further growth of the tele-industry and benefit of television artistes and technicians.In a tweet on Wednesday, the Chief Minister stated: “Today is #WorldTelevisionDay. To give more support to the television industry, we are building the tele academy (complex) at Baruipur, #Bangla.” It may be recalled that on January 18, the Chief Minister had addressed the Tele Academy Awards 2017-18 that was held at Najrul Mancha. In the same programme, Banerjee had stressed upon the need of setting up the tele academy at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. She had maintained that construction of the tele academy will be completed within a year. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that setting up the tele academy will be of great help for the people involved in the industry. It will also inspire more people to get involved in the industry. The tele academy at Baruipur will be a state-of-the-art one, with all sorts of facilities available in it. Moreover, it will open a new arena for the tele-industry in the state. In the tweet, Banerjee has also maintained: “We have also raised the mediclaim for television artistes and technicians from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh annually.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that the announcement regarding the increase in the amount of medical insurance was made by the Chief Minister in a January 18 programme. She had said while addressing the programme: “Television has become one of the most important medium now-adays. Many TV serials have become popular. A large number of people are involved in the profession. The artistes toil hard to do a serial. They often work till late night. We have decided to increase the medical insurance for the television artistes from Rs 1.5 lakh to 2.5 lakh per annum, in addition to the Rs 1 lakh accident benefit that they get.” Besides announcing the medical insurance, the Chief Minister also took a series of other initiatives to support the television artistes and technicians.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress is not leaving any stones unturned to ensure the victory of its candidate from the Kolkata South Lok Sabha seat.The workers of the Rashbehari Assembly segment held a meeting on Tuesday evening, where the candidate from Kolkata South seat Mala Roy and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, state Power minister who is the MLA from Rashbehari seat, were present. Kolkata South is the only constituency where every Assembly segment has been represented by a minister. The seven Assembly segments are Bhowanipore, Port, Behala West, Kasba, Behala East, Ballygunge and Rashbehari. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe representatives are Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister, Bhowanipore), Firhad Hakim (Urban Development minister, Port), Partha Chatterjee (Education, Behala West), Javed Khan (Disaster Management, Kasba), Subrata Mukherjee (Panchayat and Rural Development, Ballygunge), Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay (Power, Rashbehari) and Sovan Chatterjee, who is no longer a minister. Chattopadhyay urged party workers to work hard to increase the margin of Mala Roy from their areas. The councillors under the Rashbehari Assembly constituency were also present at the meeting. The workers and councillors have been urged to go for door-to-door campaign and build contacts with every voter in the area. In 2014, Trinamool candidate Subrata Bakshi, who is the party’s state president, won the seat by over 1.36 lakh votes. Bakshi is not contesting in the election and will be looking after the party instead.
December 19, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. As holiday shoppers attempt to “wow” their friends, families and coworkers with the top presents of the season — think Amazon Echos, smart TVs and internet-enabled toys — they could be inadvertently exposing their giftees to a world of cybersecurity pain. Unfortunately, hackers looking to expand their attacks beyond networks and emails have set their sights on devices that are connected to our home networks.Despite the recent security issues with IoT devices (i.e. smart teddy bear flaw), a recent survey found that 65 percent of millennials are unaware of IoT risks and the same percentage don’t take this type of security seriously. However, with stockings already being hung by the chimney with care, it’s important to raise awareness about the types of threats plaguing these devices. Before making those final purchases, let’s explore which popular items are most at-risk and ways in which owners can secure their new toys.Related: Government Agencies and Hospitals Face Increasing Risk of IoT-Powered CyberattacksHo-Ho-Hold the Phone — Consider These Potential RisksThe newest, hottest devices are obviously high on holiday wish lists, and for good reason! Many of them are not only fun additions to the home, but also add a significant convenience factor when it comes to day-to-day activities like switching lights on and off, controlling music, locking doors and entertaining children. However, before bringing these items into the home, it’s important for consumers to weigh the pros and cons.One of the biggest risks associated with installing IoT devices revolves around the loss of privacy. As IoT evolves, devices that have video cameras in them should be avoided at all costs. We’ve seen vulnerabilities appear within connected cameras time and time again — see examples here and here. While using IoT cameras externally for security purposes makes sense, bringing them into the home can be, and has been, an issue.Besides security cameras, we are seeing video capabilities in TVs, toys and even appliances such as vacuum cleaners. Before purchasing and gifting these items, shoppers need to think long and hard about the potential implications.Related: 3 Reasons Why IT Security Must Be a Top Concern for Tech StartupsSo, Which Devices are on Santa’s Naughty List?Over the last year, there have been a number of toys designed for children that pose serious risks — the Cayla doll is a prime example. Unfortunately, as manufacturers continue to develop and release connected toys, security is not always top of mind when installing components like remote audio and/or video capabilities. Combined with the fact that children can easily be preyed-upon, shoppers should take great caution when selecting any internet-embedded technology device for a child.From a connected home perspective, smart speakers are a perfect example of a risky addition to the household. While these items will be all the rage this year, it’s important to evaluate the security implications. We saw just last month the BlueBorne vulnerability that left prominent devices within this category vulnerable to hackers via just a Bluetooth connection — through this, malicious actors could feed smart speaker owners false information (i.e. traffic reports and inaccurate schedules) and even spy on victims. And the scariest part? If a hacker gained control of the connected device, they could potentially spread to other networked devices or eavesdrop on network traffic communication.Additionally, smart systems that are used to control door locks and garage-door openers are being exposed by hackers. Apple’s HomeKit is the most recent example. As usual though, Apple was able to fix the issue quickly via a server-side patch.Related: Why Millennials Don’t Worry That Much About Online SecurityDoes This Mean IoT Devices Should be Taken Off Our Wish Lists?Let’s be realistic — the entire holiday shopping population isn’t going to abandon purchasing IoT devices as gifts due to the chance that they might be hacked. And, to be honest, a number of items still make great gifts — for example, ones that add convenience and entertainment like automation for lighting and switched outlets.With that said, consumers still need to do their due diligence for securing these items and be especially cautious with devices that contain video cameras. A few questions to ask before purchasing an IoT device include:Who is the manufacturer? Is it someone reputable, or a suspicious knock-off that may save you a few bucks? Look for products issued by companies like Amazon, Apple, Bose and Google this holiday season. Many of these companies — like Amazon and Google — have patching solutions already in place, so in the event that a vulnerability does arise, they can quickly mitigate the issue. It may cost more up-front, but the savings from a potential security breach are greater by leaps and bounds.What are the known vulnerabilities? Before completing your purchase, do a quick search to see if any security vulnerabilities have been discovered previously in your gift. Is the first Google search result on that product you’ve been eyeing a vulnerability exploit/issue? If so, you might want to stay away from that one and consider another gift.Will the device update automatically? Ensuring that the latest firmware is installed on any internet-connected device is of utmost important. Old firmware equals new entry points for malicious actors. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is the case is to buy devices that update automatically and don’t require manual firmware installations.IoT is Coming to TownWhether we like it or not, these devices are in our homes. Fear not, though, if you’ve already purchased and wrapped these gifts for your loved ones and coworkers. Give the gift of security this year and pass along these helpful tips with your connected purchase:Use the tech as it was intended: Make sure the device is deployed properly and used the way it was designed. Follow installation directions completely and double check that the latest firmware is installed.Change default password: Never stick with what’s given! Also, when selecting a new password, follow the same procedures you would when selecting one for your online bank account. Don’t use any of your personal information — that includes Fido’s name — and avoid passwords that contain words/phrases that can be associated with you, your business and/or personal life. In addition, don’t reuse passwords across multiple devices/accounts.We have enough to worry about this holiday season with 10s of family members running around the house fueled by eggnog and candy. Don’t let cybersecurity add yet another thing to your checklist. Follow these simple IoT security tips to ensure a carefree holiday for you and your loved ones.