Recurring breaches in Guyana’s sea defences

first_imgDear Editor,It has been reported in the media that the high tides being experienced along Guyana’s coastland have again flooded and caused extensive damages to several villages and cultivated lands located at Fyrish, Mahaicony, Mahaica, Leguan and elsewhere.These flood occurrences, particularly during the months of October and November, are being dealt with as emergency situations by the Sea Defence Board/Ministry of Public Infrastructure (SDB/MoPI) as they scramble to mobilise equipment and materials such as boulders to temporarily build earthen embankments with a rock armour to seal the breaches which have occurred. These last-minute efforts will not help much as the damages have already been done and the ravages of the sea will require formidable defences to contain them and the infrastructure is just not there.The SDB/MoPI was committed to implementing scientific approaches to the planning and execution of interventions of the country’s sea and river defences with emphasis placed on sustaining functional and structurally adequate dykes to protect life and property particularly in critical coastal areas from the onslaught of the sea. Further, the Dutch had conducted a hydrographic study of Guyana’s coastland and concluded that erosion/accretion of its foreshore was occurring with a cyclic mode and moving westwards. Presently, erosion with breaches is taking place at several coastal locations including Fyrish and Mahaicony.The SDB/MoPI has no planned programme to raise and strengthen the copings of existing seawalls and earthen embankments to counteract the hydraulic forces being impacted on them. Therefore, weak areas are being seriously eroded and breached, causing flooding and extensive damages to properties.Guyana has limited resources to spend on its infrastructures. Unfortunately, much of it is wasted on questionable projects such as elevators on road overpasses and the planting of mangroves on the foreshore to arrest erosion. Ms Annette Arjoone, one of the principal proponents of this idea should visit Mahaicony and get a firsthand look at what has happened to the mangroves there and its ineffectiveness in preventing the breach which has caused extensive flooding to large areas of valuable farmlands.It is time that the Govt through its SDB/MoPI starts constructing adequately designed sea and river defences in critical areas to protect the lives and properties of the many poor people living along the coastland from rising sea levels which is generating larger destructive forces on the sea defences.Yours truly,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

President’s Spokesman Bemoans Unfair Criticism

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Jerolinmek M. Piah, has blamed the mass exodus of people, especially lawmakers of the ruling Unity Party (UP) on deception (cheating) and all the unimaginable vices in politics. What has drawn his attention, he says, is the level of falsehood and sweeping allegations against the President noting that it comes as no surprise because Liberia’s political history is replete with deception.Conversing with Executive Mansion reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia last weekend, Piah said it saddens him that people always want to accuse the President falsely especially when they are maneuvering for political positions.The Press Secretary was alluding to comments made by Grand Kru County Representative Wisseh Blamoh during a press conference following his resignation from the UP.Representative Blamoh last Thursday told reporters that President Sirleaf has been destabilizing the UP and running party affairs from her Executive Mansion office.  He further accused the President of undermining the chances of all Unity Party’s candidates in the ensuing senatorial elections, saying this comes at a time when the President had failed to undertake development initiatives which she promised the people of Grand Kru County.But Pia countered that Rep. Blamoh’s accusations against the President are based on fraud and deception, adding that people can be desperate and even sinister, especially during elections when politicians are seeking to outdo each other.“You can’t be running the party from the Executive Mansion and at the same time undermining it. But if the claims are true, then of course the President should have been in touch with the Unity Party,” he said.The UP, like all other political parties, says Piah, has a secretariat, headed by the Secretary General — and not the President — that runs the day-to-day affairs of the party.Mr. Piah said that it is an acceptable practice, something even guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution, for one to associate and disassociate oneself with any political institution. But it is disturbing when such moves are based on deceit, he added.“It is an acceptable thing that the man Wisseh Blamoh, and every other person myself included, has the right to do, which is to dissociate from any political party you want to disengage from. But what is sad is that when people take the interest to disengage from the original connections, they are always travelling on falsehoods and sweeping allegations. This I don’t think is the right thing to do.”Asked what he thought of Rep. Wisseh Blamo’s accusation that the President is undermining the chances of candidates running on the party’s tickets for the senatorial elections, Mr. Piah said “For Mr. Blamoh to say the standard bearer of the party is campaigning and undermining the chances of the party’s candidates is unfortunate.”He added that beyond endorsing all candidates of the UP and her assurance of support, the President has personally aided the campaign of all of the party’s candidates across the country.“For example, the party endorsed three other individuals, who are not members of the party but have the interest of the party in those counties. The President has given her personal support to these individuals. This you can confirm from the candidates themselves. Besides, the President has given financial assistance to all the candidates, in addition to what they receive from the UP,” Piah said.For his part, Rep. Blamoh said that his resignation from the UP-led government was based on the fact that it has failed miserably in meeting the expectations of the Liberian people, adding that the UP is dead, and he cannot be a part of any dead organization.He said UP is faced with serious internal squabbling, with the secretary-general and chair in one camp and the party’s standard bearer and others in another. This has led to the absence of cohesiveness in the party, he said.“Politics is interest. The Great America, you see, doesn’t have a friend; they have an interest. If my interest cannot be protected in any political entity, I cannot be a part of that entity,” said Rep. Blamo.In response to Rep. Blamo’s comments, Piah said: “I’m not here to speak for the UP, but to give some clarity on some of the false allegations against the President.”In recent times the UP has been plagued by infighting and accusations and has since lost many of its most devoted adherents, among them sitting lawmakers Senators Theordore Momo and Lahai Lassanah of Gbarpolu and Bomi Couties, respectively, as well as Representative Gabriel Nyenkan of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HERE COMES THE BRIDE – MOCK WEDDING TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY THIS WEEKEND IN KILLYBEGS

first_imgA large crowd is expected to attend a Mock Wedding in Killybegs this Saturday at The Diamond, Killybegs at 5pm!!The groom and his blushing bride would love for you all to attend and raise some money for the Killybegs Drop In Centre. Tickets are priced at €30 or two for €50 and include a three course meal in the newly reopened Bay View Hotel, followed by music by Donegal’s own RUBIX.This is going to be the event of the summer so please come along and celebrate our big day with us! HERE COMES THE BRIDE – MOCK WEDDING TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY THIS WEEKEND IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesKillybegs MOCK WEDDINGNoticeslast_img read more

The clubs with the most players at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

first_img Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will both be at the World Cup 10 10 4= Tottenham Hotspur have 12 players at the World Cup 10 10 1. Manchester City are the most represented and have 16 players at the World Cup All 32 squads for the World Cup in Russia have been confirmed.There have been some surprises on the way with numerous top stars left at home, including Manchester City starlet Leroy Sane and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi.Overall, 736 players will take part in the finals, which starts on Thursday, June 14 but which domestic football teams will be the most represented at the tournament?Nine clubs, all in Europe, have more than ten, and you can find out who has the most below…7= Manchester United have 11 players at the World Cup in Russia 4= Paris Saint-Germain have 12 players at the World Cup 10 10center_img 4= Chelsea have 12 players at the World Cup 10 10 10 7= Bayern Munich have 11 players at the World Cup 10 3. Barcelona have 14 players at the World Cup 2. Real Madrid have 15 players at the World Cup 7= Juventus have 11 players at the World Cuplast_img read more

DANNY BOY COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO CRUSH THE ROCK!

first_imgThe organisers of Lord of the Ring 2 – a fundraising white collar tournament have received a huge boost after securing a professional exhibition bout.And if you think Raphoe’s Danny ‘Boy’ Ryan and Dubliner Jim Pink Panther’ Rock will take it easy on eachother, then think again.Danny, a psychiatric nurse, is still in top shape and too to pushing a pram containing one of his children around the ecent North West 10k while the rest of us could barely push fluids! However, despite his blonde highlights, nobody doubts the punching power of Jim Rock.The grudge match is set to put even more bums on seats for organisers Letterkenny Rugby Club and Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.Tickets for the event at the Silver Tassie on Friday, May 20th are already walking out the door.But the sight of Danny and Jim going toe-to-toe is sure to make it a sell-out once more. Some of the victims…sorry opponents on the night include a list of whose who from the world of media, business and sport throughout the county.They include Highland Radio’s Kevin Collins and Barry White, sculptor Redmond Herrity, driving guru Stephen Sweeney and postman Stephen Doherty.Other notable big-hitters planning to last three rounds include Charlie Joe McGinley, Cathal McGlynn, Karol Harvey, Hugh Downey, Fintan Maloney and Michael Lynch.DANNY BOY COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO CRUSH THE ROCK! was last modified: May 10th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Danny RyanJim RockLord of the Ring 2last_img read more

ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC’S ADAMS WINS MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY

first_imgNatasha Adams from Lifford AC  won the Donegal Athletic Board’s Master Cross Country Championship today.Castlefinn was the venue for the race which was run in perfect conditions.The following is a list of the entrants and their times. Pos. No. First Name Surname Club Time1 381 Natasha Adams Lifford A.C. 10.502 373 Catroina Devine Finn Valey A.C. 11.183 380 Noleen Porter Finn Valey A.C. 11.28 4 372 Kay Byrne Finn Valey A.C. 11.315 375 Dona Evans Finn Valey A.C. 11.336 376 Helen Stockdale Finn Valey A.C. 11.417 361 Ita Boyle Rosses A.C. 12.008 362 Eimear Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.04 9 378 Catherine Brogan Finn Valey A.C. 12.2010 371 Irene Mc Fadden Letterkenny A.C. 12.2811 383 Tracey Harley Inishowen A.C. 12.3012 366 Noreen Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.34 13 377 Marie Harper Finn Valey A.C. 12.3514 374 Noreen Bonner Finn Valey A.C. 12.5315 368 Dara Dunne Letterkenny A.C. 13.0016 382 Henreita Elves Inishowen A.C. 13.1317 388 Ruth Doherty Inishowen A.C. 13.2118 370 Fin Begley Letterkenny A.C. 13.3319 395 Amanda Barr Lifford A.C. 13.3920 369 Marrian Kerr Letterkenny A.C. 13.3921 384 Breege Collins Inishowen A.C. 13.4422 386 Johanne Mc Clogan Inishowen A.C. 14.0023 367 Pat Mc Kenna Letterkenny A.C. 14.1424 391 Sharon Carlin Lifford A.C. 14.1925 392 Ursla Coyle Lifford A.C. 14.2226 379 Gloria Donaghey Finn Valey A.C. 14.2827 390 Andrea Mc Gavigan Lifford A.C. 14.4328 385 Joanne Whoriskey Inishowen A.C. 15.1129 363 Maureen Doherty Rosses A.C. 15.1430 389 Isobel Bresslin Lifford A.C. 15.2331 387 Sonia Lynch Inishowen A.C. 15.3532 365 Sinead Diver Rosses A.C. 15.4133 393 Roisin Friel Mc Ginnley Lifford A.C. 15.5934 396 Orla Moore Lifford A.C. 16.0935 364 Brid Doherty Rosses A.C. 17.21ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC’S ADAMS WINS MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY was last modified: October 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Cross CountryLIfford ACNatasha Adamslast_img read more

Round-up: Knee problem keeps Hall sidelined

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesGrant Hall is set to miss QPR’s game against Nottingham Forest.Rangers hoped Hall would return from a knee problem in time for the game at Loftus Road, where a win would guarantee their Championship status.But his season is almost certainly over as he is still recovering from the injury and is also expected to miss the match at Norwich on the final day of the campaign. Smithies wins awardsAlex Smithies has been named QPR’s player of the year.The goalkeeper won the Supporters’ Player of the Year, Ray Jones Players’ Player of the Year and Junior Hoops Player of the Year awards.Ryan Manning has won the Daphne Biggs Supporters’ Young Player of the Year award. Holloway’s plea to fansEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway has urged QPR fans to get behind their team in Saturday’s game against fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.“The lads have lost a bit of confidence, and we need the crowd to help us,” manager Holloway told the club’s website.“That’s all I’m asking – if you see the effort you demand, please keep on encouraging the players.“If you don’t, you can hammer them and you can hammer me, because that’s not right.“But I’m telling you, they’ll be at it – and they won’t let you down.” Chelsea set to face LukakuEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte says he is well aware of the threat Romelu Lukaku will pose to Chelsea when the Everton striker faces his former club on Sunday.Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, has scored 25 goals this season.He will come up against a Chelsea side that leads the Premier League table but has shown some of vulnerability at the back.“Lukaku for sure is a really good player and is scoring a lot of goals. We must pay great attention,” said Blues boss Conte.“As always, we study the opposition to try to find the best solution to stop them – single players and the team.” ‘Four or five’ good Chelsea prospectsEmbed from Getty ImagesConte says Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup triumph showed they have players with real potential.Conte watched alongside club owner Roman Abramovich as Chelsea won the trophy for the fourth season in a row, beating Manchester City in a one-sided second leg at Stamford Bridge.The Blues boss was encouraged by what he saw but acknowledges it remains difficult for players at top clubs to make the step up from youth level.“We watched the game together. It is always good to see Mr Abramovich and to see our team win for the fourth time in a row – it was good,” Conte said.“In this team I saw four or five with good prospects for the future, but you know that it is not easy for them to be Chelsea players in the first team.“Because of this gap, it is not simple, not only for Chelsea but also other teams. But we must be proud of our work in the academy.“We have four players (in the first-team squad) from the academy in Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina and I think this is great.” Weather frustrates MiddlesexHalf-centuries from Paul Stirling, John Simpson and James Franklin – plus some brilliant late hitting from Ryan Higgins – proved fruitless as bad weather prevented a result in the opening Royal London One-Day Cup match at Lord’s.Stirling (71), Franklin (69), Simpson (82 not out) and Higgins (48 not out) propelled Middlesex to a challenging total of 341-5 in their 50 overs.But the rain arrived with Sussex 26-1 from four overs in reply, meaning both teams take a point each.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Resilient Design: Emergency Renewable Energy Systems

first_imgHouse location and design are the starting points in achieving resilience — where the house located, how well it can weather storms and flooding, and how effectively it retains heat and utilizes passive solar for heating and daylighting. Beyond that, we should look to more active renewable energy systems for backup heat, water heating, and electricity. This week we’ll review these options.Wood stovesIn rural areas, clean-burning wood stoves provide an easy option for backup heat. With a compact, highly energy-efficient (resilient) home, a single small wood stove can effectively heat the entire house when there is a power outage or interruption in heating fuel. Even in our current home, which is far from what I would call a “resilient” (relative to energy performance), we use a wood stove as our primary heat source — albeit accepting significantly cooler temperatures in parts of the house that are distant from the wood stove.Wood stoves are dirty, though — even EPA-compliant models (as all new wood stoves sold new today must be). In a rural area, such as where I live, reliance on wood heat may be acceptable, but in more densely populated areas, extensive use of wood heat would cause significant pollution problems. Even in our area, when there is a power outage and more residents fire up their wood stoves, the air quality deteriorates. Thus, wood heating makes the most sense when the house to be heated is highly energy-efficient so that little wood needs to be burned to maintain comfortable, safe conditions. And then, the wood stove should be operated for maximum combustion efficiency (minimum smoke production).Pellet stovesLike wood stoves, pellet stoves can do a good job of heating an energy-efficient house. Because of the fan-supplied combustion air, pellet stoves tend to be much cleaner-burning than wood stoves. The need for electricity to operate, though, makes pellet stoves inherently less resilient.Our pellet stove — the sole heat for the apartment above our garage — works like most pellet stoves when AC electricity is available: electric coils ignite the pellets during start-up, a fan brings combustion air to the burn-pot in the stove, and another fan blows the heated air into the room. In the event of a power outage, however, our pellet stove — unlike most — can still be operated. The fans in our Quadra-Fire Mt. Vernon AE have DC motors, and we have jumper cables that allow us to operate the stove during a power outage by clipping them to an automotive or other deep-cycle 12-volt battery. This backup power isn’t enough to start the pellet stove (we have to do that manually with pellet starter gel or some kindling), but the battery can power the two fans.Solar electricityThe ultimate in resilience can be achieved with a solar-electric (photovoltaic) power system that can be used when the grid is down. Photovoltaic (PV) systems directly convert sunlight into electricity. PV modules can be installed on a roof or on ground-mounted racks. Most use silicon wafers that are specially made so that photons of light excite electrons and generate direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter in most PV systems then converts that DC electricity into alternating current (AC) that can be used by standard household appliances and also fed into the utility grid through a net-metering system.The problem with most grid-connected PV systems is that when the grid goes down (during a power outage), you can’t use the electricity. This is a safety feature with grid-connected PV systems to prevent them from feeding electricity into the power grid when linemen may be repairing down wires. To serve as a power source during a power outage (key to resilience), it is generally necessary to install some battery backup and a “hybrid” PV system. These systems are more complex (and costly), because they include not only a battery bank, but also controls that send power either to the battery bank or power grid, depending on the charge state of the batteries and status of the grid. There are apparently some specialized inverters that allow electricity to be used in the home (during the daytime when the PV system is producing electricity) even when the system is disconnected from the grid during an outage, but these inverters are uncommon.Solar water heatingTo heat water when the electric grid is down, the best option is a solar water heating system that can operate without AC electricity. Some “active” solar water heaters have DC pumps with integral PV modules that operate the pump when the sun is shining — thus the PV module serves both as the controller and the pumping power. There are also two types of passive solar water heaters that require no electricity. Thermosiphoning systems have the solar collector mounted below the storage tank, and solar-heated water rises through natural convection into the storage tank when the sun is shining. With batch or integral-collector-storage (ICS) solar water heaters, the water is stored right where it is heated (with water pressure delivering that water to a collector on the collector on the roof).A solar water heating system can be augmented with water heating coils in a wood stove to ensure adequate hot water during the winter months when there is less solar energy.About this seriesThroughout this resilient design series, I’m covering how our homes and communities can continue to function in the event of extended power outages, interruptions in heating fuel, or shortages of water. Resilient design is a life-safety issue that is critical for the security and well-being of families in a future of climate uncertainty.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2013. Or You’ll Be Sorry

first_imgTags:#Microsoft Office#Office 365 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now For those still wondering whether to choose Microsoft’s traditional Office productivity software suite or the new, subscription-based Office 365, consider this: traditional Office users will have to wait for “updates,” and they won’t receive any new “upgrades” to the service at all.And there’s another consideration, too: Office 2013 is apparently locked to a single machine, perpetually, while Office 365 licenses are sold to a group of users, who can license and de-license PCs at will.Choosing Which Office Is A Big DecisionThese are important considerations for Microsoft Office users. Microsoft is in the middle of its Office 365 launch; Microsoft made the consumer version available on Jan. 29, and the version for small businesses and enterprises will be made available on Feb. 27. Although some consumers may have already made up their mind and opened their wallets, small businesses trying to decide between a traditional Office license and the new Office 365 suite may want to put on the brakes and reconsider their options.So far, Microsoft has tried a number of strategies to encourage users to sign up for an Office 365 subscription, not the least of which has been pricing. Single consumers will probably gravitate toward the traditional Office 2013 suite, where users can buy a single license of Office 2013 Home & Student for $139.99. In two years, that option will have paid for itself, as Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription runs $99.99 per household per year. But for larger households, Office 365 makes more financial sense.Different Versions Get Treated DiffferentlyThe problem is that’s not the entire equation. Microsoft representatives said this week that updates and upgrades will be treated differently for both products.“Will Office 2013 customers with traditional licenses get updates with the same frequency as Office 365 Home Premium customers?” I asked in an email.“No,” a Microsoft representative replied. “Office 365 customers will get most updates first, and they will get upgrades and/or new capabilities. Office 2013 customers will get the same updates as Office 365 customers, usually in the form of a service pack, later than Office 365 customers, and they do not get upgrades and/or new capabilities.”The service packs will be rolled out “when needed,” the Microsoft representative added. Microsoft will also continue to support Office 2013, as it does all of its products, for ten years.What’s An Update? What’s An Upgrade?Under the Office definitions, new content will be made available to users in the form of updates, minor improvements and patches; and more significant, major upgrades. Fortunately, at least for business users, Microsoft publishes its list of updates and upgrades here. Updates happen on a monthly basis; in October, for example, the Office 365 updates consisted of new Office Web Apps, PDF viewing inside the browser, and a new administrator ability to set password expiration dates. In December, the updates were less significant: a rate-limit increase for both Outlook and Exchange.The 2013 upgrade, however, is more significant. Microsoft explains that it will be rolling out to customers throughout 2013. As you’d expect from a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, the improvements will go on behind the scenes.The new 2013 upgrade features include, according to Microsoft:Wider support for mobile devices, so you and your staff can be more productive in more places. Smarter email, calendar and contacts with broader mobile support.Improved management capabilities in the redesigned Office 365 admin portal.SkyDrive Pro will offer businesses roughly the same capabilities as Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage, where users can upload documents, photos and other files. SkyDrive Pro will let users share the documents with others in the organization, and help IT admins manage the account. (The sharing features are actually restricted more than the basic SkyDrive content, because of corporate security concerns.)Microsoft didn’t say what it would do regarding security patches; Critical updates will presumably be pushed out on a roughly equal timeframe to both Office 365 as well as Office 2013.Your Office Is LockedBut there’s another consideration, too: With Office 2013, Office copies are apparently locked to one machine, forever. Adam Turner at Australia’s The Age read through the Office 2013 licensing agreement and discovered that the terms of service for both the version that comes with new computers and retail copies are now the same: Only one computer can contain Office. Unlike with Office 2010, users can’t “de-license” the PC and shift the copy to a new machine. Microsoft public-relations officials confirmed the story’s accuracy to ReadWrite.Unfortunately, Turner discovered this only through days of communications with Microsoft’s public-relations team, and only after Microsoft’s tech-support personnel gave him mixed messages. And Turner wasn’t able to discover if the one-copy, one-license provision will be stringently enforced, or if it will end up as another loophole in the Office 365 licensing language. So far, Microsoft has used price as the prime lever to push consumers to Office 365. But for customers set on Office who still haven’t made up their minds, the lack of timely updates and upgrades should be a major concern for those eyeing Office 2013. The fear of being locked to a single PC could also be an issue for some people. If you’re the type of user who demands flexibility, including the latest features, Microsoft keeps coming up with more ways to encourage you to choose Office 365. Integration between online conferencing, social networks, and email for improved collaboration. markhachman File sharing and storage in the cloud with SkyDrive Pro. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Unsecured speeding cameras wide open to smart city hackers

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Power Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Security concerns about Internet of Things (IoT) consumer gear has now spread to speeding cameras used in smart cities.TheNewspaper.com rang alarm bells about the proliferation of connected smart city technology that is vulnerable to hackers.Specifically it reported on worrying Kaspersky Lab research that found a large number of connected speeding cameras deployed in smart city initiatives were easily hackable.Kaspersky published its results in a paper for a conference that looked at smart city security hazards.The Russian researchers explored the security vulnerabilities related to smart city technology using the Shodan search engine. They suspected many cities are deploying IoT devices to jump on the smart city bandwagon without fully examining how secure the technology is.In their research they found many instances of traffic cameras that were vulnerable to hackers, made by vendors like Redflex Traffic Systems.“We found speedcam IP addresses by pure chance… We decided to check that passwords were being used,” said Vladimir Dashchenko and Denis Makrushin from Kaspersky Lab.“Imagine our surprise when we realized there was no password and the entire video stream was available to all Internet users. Openly broadcast data includes not only the video stream itself, but additional data, such as the geographical coordinates of cameras, as well.”A roadmap to hacking a smart city?Security weaknesses extended into other municipal systems via routers and other equipment used for automated ticketing.The cause of these vulnerabilities are usually neglectful system administrators often do not set up passwords when installing IoT devices, opening them up to hackers from around the globe.“Even in not so smart cities, those devices are already processing gigabytes of citizens’ data and unfortunately are not always secure enough to defend against third parties set on manipulating them,” said the Kaspersky researchers.This follows earlier reports that the U.S. government is increasingly worried that IoT  technology harbors lurking security threats, particularly from terrorists. Various government departments had set up initiatives to assessing the threat posed by this new technology, and to find ways to properly combat next-generation terrorism tactics. Tags:#hackers#IoT#Kaspersky Lab#Redflex#security#Smart Cities last_img read more