League-leading Beermen hold off Bolts

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes San Miguel head coach Leo Austria was pleased with how his team played despite coming off a Christmas break. “The game we’ve shown tonight is the game we want to have,” said Austria whose Beermen are on a two-game win streak. “We want to be consistent and if we’re consistent we get good results, so I’m thankful to the players because they were focused.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMeralco managed to keep three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo at bay with the big man putting up a pedestrian, by his standards, 11-point, 14-board double-double.It was San Miguel’s perimeter offensive that dealt Meralco the heavy blows with Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot providing the 1-2 punch as they put up 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Beermen. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Serbian coach braces for tough 2017 season Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel ended its 2016 on a high after fending off Meralco, 101-86, to strengthen its hold of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Beermen improved to a league-best 5-1 while the Bolts are at a sorry 2-4 as they absorbed their third straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Chris Newsome led the Bolts with 16 points and 12 rebounds but turned the ball over 11 times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View commentslast_img read more

New indices open up African markets

first_imgSAinfo reporter “Providing investors worldwide with access to the African continent is an important part of the JSE’s total Africa strategy, which also includes collaboration with other African exchanges and offering issuers the opportunity to dual list on our Africa Board,” said JSE CEO Russell Loubser in a company statement this week. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Both indices are designed to be representative of the markets covered and the weighting of any single country is capped at 40% of the indices. To ensure the indices remain representative, the constituent companies will be reassessed on a quarterly basis. The FTSE/JSE All Africa 40 Index will consist of the top 40 companies by market capitalisation from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia while the FTSE/JSE All Africa ex South Africa 30 Index will consist of the top 30 companies by market capitalisation from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Tunisia. “By partnering to form these indices, FTSE and the JSE are improving the visibility of the high quality companies that exist across the continent. The JSE hopes that this will benefit all exchanges, raising their profiles and thereby enhancing the capital raising opportunities for their issuers.” Representative indices The JSE and global index provider FTSE Group have launched the FTSE/JSE All Africa 40 Index and the FTSE/JSE All Africa ex South Africa 30 Index, both of which are suitable for the creation of financial products, such as index funds warrants, certificates and exchange traded funds. “These indices are further evidence of FTSE’s and JSE’s commitment to continue providing innovative solutions to investors both in South Africa and worldwide.” “Interest in African equities is on the rise both from international and domestic investors,” said FTSE Group Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Imogen Dillon Hatcher. “Today’s launch is part of FTSE’s strategy to provide institutional investors with an accurate benchmark as well as serve as the basis for innovative investment products.” 6 October 2008last_img read more

New X-ray machines and body scanners in $A300m Australian security upgrade

first_imgA CT scanner in the US. The Australian government has confirmed that body scanners will be introduced at regional airports as part of a $A294 million package that will also see cabin baggage screening  upgraded to advanced X-Ray equipment.Sophisticated new screening technology will be introduced at major and regional Australian airports, international mail centers and air cargo facilities over four years under a 2018-19 budget initiative announced Tuesday.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the moves were in response to evolving terrorist, national security and criminal threats.These included a disrupted terrorist attack in Sydney last year that was unprecedented, sophisticated and represented a significant change in the national security environment.The package includes the deployment of more than 140 additional AFP Counter Terrorist First Response officers at airports and a further 50 officers to provide tactical intelligence and other support.There will also be upgrades to inbound air cargo and international mail screening technology as well as improved accreditation of all airport screening staff.The government will provide $A50 million to help fund upgrades to security infrastructure at 64 regional airports, with funding for the mail and cargo screening receiving $A122 million and a similar amount going to increase the border force capability at nine domestic and international airports.“I will introduce new laws to complement these measures providing the AFP broader powers to conduct identity checks at airports and to order a person to ‘move on’ from airport premises where needed,” Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said.“These initiatives will ensure Australia remains a trusted destination for trade and travel and a world-leader in aviation security.”The government pledged to work with airports to implement the enhanced measures.It did not specify the new X-ray technology but it is likely to be similar to new Computed tomography (CT) checkpoint scanning equipment being trialed n the US.CT scanners use an X-ray camera that spins around the conveyor belt to shoot hundreds of images and build a 3-D picture of carry-on items. It also applies a sophisticated algorithm to detect explosives.READ: New US screening technology addresses laptop issue.The Australian Airport Association said the airport industry was committed to ensuring government requirements were implemented in “a complex and evolving threat environment”.“These new measures will build on the already robust security arrangements in place at our airports as the industry continues to deliver on its commitment to passenger safety,” AAA chief executive Caroline Wilkie said.Wilkie emphasized that the funding package fro regional airports was particularly important.“We know regional airports are already doing it tough, and this funding is much-needed support to ensure these new arrangements are implemented in a timely, effective and consistent way across the country,” she said.The Australian government will also spend $A6.9 million over two years to continue the work of Australian Border Force Airline Liaison Officers at 19 key overseas international airports.ALOs provide airlines and local governments with on-the-spot passenger advice and are highly skilled in document examination, impostor detection and passenger assessment.ALOs in the past five years had stopped more than 1000 passengers who had attempted to board a flight to Australia as an impostor or with a fraudulent document, the government said.Disclosure:  Steve Creedy contributes The Airport Professional published by the Australian Airports Association.last_img read more

Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality – An Interview with Stephanie Lampkin

first_imgOriginally published on the HR Technology Conference Insiders blog. Stephanie Lampkin, TEDx speaker and former downhill ski racer, has graced the cover of The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review 35 under 35 and Forbes to name a few. She is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, enterprise software that mitigates unconscious bias in hiring. Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science &Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT. Born in SE Washington, DC to a homeless single mother that battled a drug addiction, Stephanie has seen the world through many lenses and experienced being over-marginalized and underestimated. These experiences have given her insights that she now uses to promote technology that levels playing fields and helps us see people better.Stephanie will be speaking on a panel at the 2018 HR Technology Conference session: Using Analytics to Drive Gender Equality.Research shows that gender-diverse companies are more likely to outperform their less diverse peers. And when women thrive, businesses and societies thrive. Advances in big data combined with analytics are making it easier than ever for organizations to close the gender gap. A panel of women in leadership roles will examine the underrepresentation of women in management, why support of women needs to go beyond parental leave programs and how to use analytics to uncover the root causes in your organization that are hindering the progress of gender equality.As an HR Technology Conference Insiders blogger, I conducted a Q & A with Stephanie to learn more: Stephanie, what do you see as the biggest challenge for organizations when it comes to removing gender bias in their talent acquisition and talent management processes?The first step is admitting there is a problem. The next step is then making people accountable. Research shows that people are overly confident of their abilities to judge other people; especially people that are underrepresented in a particular domain. There have been quite a few companies implementing unconscious bias training, but the results have been negligible. Education must be coupled with accountability. The idea of tracking and measuring where gender bias impacts talent acquisition and talent management seems a little daunting to most, but I’m a firm believer that you can’t fix what you don’t measure. There is also algorithmic bias. Most companies use some sort of resume filtering or candidate rating system that often times use factors that are historically biased against women (like how quickly someone was promoted in their last role).Big data and analytics are making it easier for organizations to identify and remove gender bias in the workplace. What are some tips for HR pros and people managers for getting started?  Which metrics should they begin tracking?The first and easiest step is blinding names and any indicators of gender where ever possible: resumes, performance reviews, etc. The next, but more difficult step is determining very structured and standard decision-making criteria whether it be for hiring, promotions, or compensation enabling HR managers to track metrics based on demographics. Eliminating as many grey areas, qualitative over quantitative metrics, subjectivity, and factors that are are open to interpretation allows for a much more accurate analysis of how meritocratic a company’s people operations truly are. Where is this already happening? In school! Girls on average have much higher GPAs than boys in both K12 and post-secondary education. The issue is things become a lot less objective for women in the workplace when their performance is based on the perception of their potential.How does Blendoor help organizations to mitigate unconscious bias in talent acquisition processes? Blendoor uses augmented intelligence and inclusive people analytics to help companies mitigate unconscious bias in people operations. We work with channel partners and market to target demographics to build the largest repository of diverse talent.  Companies access our talent pool by posting jobs and we present candidates that match each job, obscuring name, photo, and age; only demonstrating how that candidate fits that role, team, and company. By integrating with a company’s applicant tracking system we are able to track how different demographics of qualified candidates fare in the recruiting funnel to identify where bias is impacting systems and processes.Paid leave is a helpful benefit, but how else can organizations support women and their advancement in the workplace?We actually developed a diversity, equity and inclusion score (BlendScore) for this very reason. I wanted a standard, comprehensive way to measure inclusion across hundreds of companies. Our methodology is public. In addition to having what should be standard benefits like childcare assistance and paid leave, companies can support women and their advancement by achieving gender parity in leadership (board of directors, CXO, VPs, and managers), sponsoring leadership development and mentorship initiatives, and monitoring compensation and promotion decisions for equity. Across several sectors there is a noticeable drop off of women right around that 5 – 7 year career mark which is often attributed to dissatisfaction with mobility, poor culture and changing family needs. In our current society, there are different demands and expectations placed upon women that require a unique support system. This support system can’t be perceived as special treatment or concessions rather necessary and strategic tactics to retain the best talent independent of gender.As a woman with a successful career in technology, what are some important career lessons you’ve learned in dealing with gender bias?Everyone has experienced bias in varying degrees at some point in their careers; whether based on gender, race, age, height, weight…we’ve all been there. Bias is as human as eating, drinking, and sleeping. I’ve learned to leverage it instead of taking it personal. Where some might see gender bias as an impediment to getting ahead, I see it as an opportunity to quietly build strength and momentum so that when the right opportunity presents itself I will be strong and well-prepared (and often it’s a surprise).last_img read more

Security: Bad Bots Use Increasingly Sophisticated Techniques to Impersonate Humans

first_imgMalicious bots are on the prowl on the internet. A report from Distil estimates that more than one-fifth of internet traffic is from “bad bots.”  Up nearly 10 percent over last year.  “Good bots” also account for another fifth of traffic.The report found that the bases for bot attacks is data centers.  More than 82 percent of attacks from bad bots originate from cloud and data centers, up twenty percent from the previous year.  Low cost cloud computing is driving the rapid growth. The biggest targets of bad bots are ecommerce, healthcare and ticketing sites, especially online gambling and airline sitesDistil analyzed the level of sophistication of the bots being deployed and found that nearly three-quarters were relatively sophisticated in order to impersonate human behavior, like sending mouse movement and mobile gestures.Gambling companies and airlines suffer from higher proportions of bad bot traffic than other industries, with 53.1 percent and 43.9 percent of traffic coming from bad bots, respectively. Ecommerce, healthcare and ticketing websites suffer from highly sophisticated bots, which are difficult to detect.Distil Networks’ senior director of security research, , says airlines are also being targeted with a newer form of attack known as denial of inventory.Anna Westelius, said that “this problem is huge in airlines because there are a lot of bots going in and holding airline seats for specific flights. They are reselling them on other websites or holding them for competitive purposes. That does not only impact that airline badly because you end up with unsold seats or bad user experience, but it’s also a consumer problem because the airline prices increase.”last_img read more

9 Ways To Make Money In The On-Demand Economy

first_imgRelated Posts How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… Kickstarting a Stagnant Company What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Airbnb#Gig Economy#Handy#On-demand Apps#On-demand Economy#sharing economy#Uber#yec center_img WordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Recently, Uber and other companies that provide on-demand services have been under the regulatory microscope. Despite these setbacks, it’s still a great industry to get into, full of potential advantages for a would-be entrepreneur.That said, there are a few best practices that you should follow so that the problems Uber and Handy are facing don’t become your problems, too. To set you down the right path, I asked nine founders from YEC what entrepreneurs should consider before starting up in this space.Set Up Workers As Employees, Not Independent ContractorsIt might seem easier to hire independent contractors, but if you get nailed by the government for hiring those same people because they are technically employees, it will not be pretty. If you think you might have employees, they’re employees. If you think you are cutting it close, they’re employees. If you’re operating in the gray area, they’re employees. When I first started my company, we worked with a lawyer to set up contracts with 20 independent contractors. This was great for two years until suddenly the government audited our contractors and found that they were all employees. Despite fitting almost every single independent contractor requirement, one tiny discrepancy caused us to get fined. We had to pay back taxes and fines going back two years, and halt business until we got everyone switched over. It’s not worth the risk! —Vanessa Van Edwards, Science of PeopleConsider Potential Conflict With Other CompaniesUber faced a backlash that may have been unexpected, but could have been predicted and maybe even prevented. If your business involves commandeering customers from other companies, consider how you can tailor your business to better coexist within the current industry. —Andrew Namminga, AndesignUnderstand Who Your Customer IsAs the W-2/1099 debate wages on, it is important that you define who your real customer is. Uber has made a case that their customers are the livery drivers and not the passengers. Entrepreneurs really need to make sure they have a concrete reasoning as to who their customer is, in cases where they may be in a gray area. —Reza Chowdhury, AlleyWatchCreate A Solid Process For Vetting Your PartnersI feel that ensuring the safety of customers is a major issue for these types of companies. If Uber sends out a driver with a criminal record who ends up assaulting a customer, you can bet that customer’s going to blame Uber. So, as Uber, you need to be prepared to spend the time and money to fully vet your partners in a way that instills customer security and confidence. —Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at WorkOperate With Scrappy FiercenessStarting a business in the on-demand economy is a balancing act. On the one hand, prepare to be persistent. Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, calls this “scrappy fierceness.” Every day, you will have to make decisions and fight for your startup’s survival. You’re not going to make it by going about things in a conventional way. On the other hand, if you get into the new spaces of the sharing economy and grow large enough, you’re going to end up dealing with legislation and public policy. This might sound like a lot of headache-inducing bureaucracy and red tape, but you are going to have to work with policy makers to a certain extent if you want to succeed. —Breanden Beneschott, ToptalConcentrate On The Supply SideEstablishing a healthy flow of suppliers is more important than generating demand. You have to make sure your value proposition for suppliers is good enough that people are eager to sign up for your platform. Since suppliers—people who rent out their house, their car, their services, or their products—often put more time into the transaction, you have to focus on attracting and engaging them. If your value proposition works, then finding demand for your services should be easy. If you’re not doing enough for people to perceive value in supplying that demand, then no amount of marketing or consumer outreach will solve the problem. —Jared Brown, HubstaffEnsure Both Sides Of The Marketplace Are EvenWhen you create a two-sided marketplace, you must ensure it is well outlined and stays consistently balanced on each side. This remains the hardest aspect of breaking into a two-sided marketplace. This will be a constant balancing act of consumer and client growth. If one side becomes larger than the other, it’s time to reevaluate your business plan. —Jayna Cooke, EventupMeet Regulation With AutomationStartups often face tax hurdles. You can smooth a lot of friction if you develop a system that manages and advances the logistics of both tax collection and payment. After initially resisting the idea that it should collect local hotel taxes, Airbnb started collecting these taxes and, in some cities, it’s making it easier for their hosts to file those taxes. It was a true win-win situation—the cities make more money, and Airbnb now has an advantage over newer startups that might spring up to offer shared accommodations, but can’t handle the tax implications. The move was reminiscent of Apple’s idea that people only stole music because it wasn’t easy to pay for a digital single. —Jere Simpson, KitewireConnect With Your Business LawyerThe legal and regulatory environment we operate in is changing as rapidly as the businesses themselves. It’s impossible as an entrepreneur to stay abreast of all the intricacies and shifts, so rely on your experts. Cultivating relationships with lawyers, accountants and advisors can be very beneficial as a business owner. If you’re making critical decisions about your business, take the time to sit down with these experts and get their input. Set yourself up for success by avoiding legal and regulatory pitfalls from day one. —Robert De Los Santos, Sky High Party RentalsPhotoillustration by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite scott gerberlast_img read more

Government to Strengthen Relations with International Partners

first_imgDuring the 2013/14 fiscal year, the Government will continue to cement its relations with international partners, as it seeks to improve foreign policy and investment prospects.Delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House, on Thursday, April 4, the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said the government will continue to strengthen the country’s cherished relations with traditional partners, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Japan; and also with countries, such as the Gulf States and Russia, “particularly from the perspective of sources of investment, tourists and markets for some of our products.”“The place that Jamaica occupies in the global economic space obliges us to pursue several directions in regard to our Foreign Policy,” he added.The Governor-General noted that the Government’s strategic directions will also include: advancing Jamaica’s trade and investment interests at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels; and the promotion of technical, educational and economic co-operation with developing countries in Africa and Asia.He said the Government will be seeking to enhance the framework for free movement of Jamaican nationals within the Caribbean Community; to give effect to the decisions of Heads of Government; and concluding discussions on contingent rights to ensure the portability of social benefits across borders.The Governor-General pointed out that within the Latin American and the Caribbean region, the Government will continue to focus on the country’s relations within the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and to further strengthen ties with Venezuela and co-operation with Brazil. He said the Government will give steadfast attention to the pursuit of a range of other seminal goals, which include: the completion of negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty; the review of the Millennium Development Goals, post 2015; and the 3rd United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Samoa towards the end of this calendar year, in preparation for which Jamaica will host a regional meeting in July 2013.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will complete the Diaspora Policy to be presented at the Diaspora Conference, scheduled to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 16-19, 2013,” he added.In the meantime, he is encouraging Jamaicans to remain committed and not be daunted by the tasks before us.“These are indeed challenging times, not only for us as Jamaicans, but also for nations across the globe. Much larger countries with more resources are facing similar challenges. We all accept that the difficulties that our people face are real, but we resolve to re-double our efforts to meet their aspirations for a better today and a brighter tomorrow,” he said.He noted that Jamaicans are strong, creative and innovative.“We must apply our creative genius in our families, in our businesses and at our places of employment; and we must do so with honesty and integrity. In difficult times, we must work harder and we must work diligently,” he emphasized.The Governor-General’s speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more