Middlesbrough ‘have to be careful’ at QPR – Adomah

first_imgMiddlesbrough’s Albert Adomah has told his club’s website they will not be taking QPR lightly when the two sides meet on Friday.Former Harrow Borough winger Adomah has been one of the key figures in Middlesbrough’s promotion challenge this season, scoring five times in 34 games.They arrive at Loftus Road in third place in the Championship, one point behind Brighton and five adrift of leaders Burnley, with a game in hand on both.Rangers, meanwhile, are 11th after picking up 10 points out of a possible 15.Adomah said: “We’re hoping we can win the game, but they’re doing well at the moment so we have to be careful. It’s not going to be an easy game.“The good thing is there are games coming weekend-Tuesday-weekend, and as players we look forward to the games.“Hopefully we can do it at QPR then it’s on to the next one.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

HEART TRUST/NTA Develops Bamboo Training Courses

first_img The HEART Trust/NTA has developed five courses aimed at ensuring competency in bamboo harvesting and processing.This is in keeping with the Government’s move to embark on the large-scale commercial production of bamboo in order to tap into the lucrative international market and provide opportunities for employment and community-based initiatives.The courses are bamboo ply technology, bamboo charcoal processing, bamboo shoots cultivation and pre-processing, bamboo coal harvesting, and bamboo culm harvesting and pre-processing.Manager for Curriculum Development at the training agency, Monica Porter-Lewis, said the training aims to establish standards in the industry.She informed that the syllabuses have been approved by the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) and will prepare persons for “immediate entry into the world of work”.She was addressing a graduation ceremony held recently at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation for young people who have received training and certification in the production of bamboo by-products, including the incorporation of bamboo in light-emitting diode (LED) technology, under the Peckham Bamboo Project.Mrs. Porter-Lewis said the agency is committed to the development of “rigorous, learner-centred curricula, so that people can acquire the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed to escape poverty, share in economic growth and fulfil their potential”.The Peckham Bamboo Project is being executed by the Clarendon Municipal Corporation through US$130,000 provided by the Organization of American States (OAS).The Peckham Bamboo Project, implemented in 2015, aims to contribute to the development of a viable and sustainable bamboo sector in Jamaica by creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in bamboo cultivation and manufacturing of bamboo by-products. The HEART Trust/NTA has developed five courses aimed at ensuring competency in bamboo harvesting and processing. Story Highlights The courses are bamboo ply technology, bamboo charcoal processing, bamboo shoots cultivation and pre-processing, bamboo coal harvesting, and bamboo culm harvesting and pre-processing. The Peckham Bamboo Project, implemented in 2015, aims to contribute to the development of a viable and sustainable bamboo sector in Jamaica by creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in bamboo cultivation and manufacturing of bamboo by-products.last_img read more

Senators want to know when theyve been hacked

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Senators want an annual report on cyberattacks affecting the governing body.  Angela Lang / CNET When a company is hacked, you’ll likely get an email warning you that your information might have been stolen. But when your senator is hacked, it could remain a secret forever. Two senators are hoping to change that.Unlike companies and federal agencies, Congress has no legal obligation to disclose breaches, meaning that the public has no idea when elected officials are hit by cyberattacks. Senators are some of the most popular targets for hackers.In 2017, then-Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin said “the Senate is considered a prime target for cybersecurity breaches” during a Senate hearing. He said that in 2016, the Senate’s secure web gateway blocked more than 273 million connections to over 54,000 malicious websites targeting their internal network.  Politicians in general are frequent targets for hacks on both their professional and personal accounts. If the attacks are successful, you usually only find out about it through media reports or leaked documents. The last time a Congressional computer breach was publicly disclosed was in 2009, when then-Florida Sen. Bill Nelson announced his personal computers were compromised. In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.The letter also calls for Stenger to inform the Senate committees on Rules and Intelligence about any breaches within five days of discovery. The hope is that if this information is regularly disclosed, senators would start taking their cybersecurity more seriously.”Each US senator deserves to know and has a responsibility to know, if and how many times Senate computers have been hacked, and whether the Senate’s existing cybersecurity measures are sufficient to protect both the integrity of this institution and the sensitive data with which it has been entrusted,” the letter reads. You can read the full letter here:  Tagscenter_img 0 Politics Securitylast_img read more

Air Canada says its new loyalty program will help to increase share

first_imgAir Canada says its new loyalty program will help to increase share price further Tags: Air Canada The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada’s move to launch its own loyalty program in 2020 will help to attract more foreign investors and narrow a gap in the value of its stock compared with its American rivals, CEO Calin Rovinescu said Monday.Air Canada is negotiating with potential credit card partners and expects to announce a decision by the end of the year, the company said. The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its more than 30-year-long partnership with Aimia Inc.-operated Aeroplan when the current contract ends in 2020.Rovinescu said the company’s decision not to renew its Aeroplan partnership will deliver up to about $2.5 billion of value for investors, which could go a long way to eliminate some of the difference in how investors value the Canadian airline compared with its U.S. peers.Part of the differential is due to the higher cost of doing business in Canada because of the fee and charges that U.S. airlines don’t face operating out of its airports, he said.Chief financial officer Michael Rousseau added that the share price gap could also be narrowed as it attracts more investors from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Currently, 42% of its shareholders are from outside of Canada.Closer to home, Air Canada said it is preparing to deploy its Rouge low-cost airplanes this summer on transcontinental routes to Western Canada in order to compete with ultra-low-cost rivals, including WestJet Airlines, which is preparing to launch its Swoop ultra-low-cost airline in June.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe routes will be between Montreal and Victoria, along with Toronto to Nanaimo and Kamloops, B.C., starting in June.Air Canada is also looking to capitalize on labour woes at its rival WestJet and preparing to increase capacity if required in response to a potential strike by WestJet pilots.“We certainly don’t take any pleasure from seeing WestJet’s current challenges and woes but certainly it’s our objective that if there was a business opportunity there we’ll seize upon it as they sought to do,” Rovinescu told shareholders.Air Canada reported a smaller-than-expected loss in its first quarter as its revenue grew compared with a year ago, boosted by increased capacity and passenger traffic.The Montreal-based airline said it lost $170 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, in its slowest quarter of the year, compared with a loss of $13 million or five cents per share in the same quarter last year.Operating revenue for the quarter totalled a record $4.07 billion, up from $3.64 billion, helped by the business cabin where revenues were up nearly 14% on higher traffic and prices.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyNon-fare ancillary revenues grew 17%, mainly from seat selection and preferred seats, which were up 56%, and upgrades that were 37% higher.The strong results were achieved despite higher costs resulting from winter service disruptions, Rovinescu told analysts.“Despite these challenges, our first quarter performance demonstrates our ability to perform against headwinds and our progress towards consistent earnings and long-term sustained profitability,” he said.On an adjusted basis, Air Canada said it lost $52 million or 19 cents per diluted share compared with an adjusted loss of $63 million or 23 cents per diluted share a year ago. The improvement came despite higher fuel prices.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted loss of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters.Air Canada will consider instituting a dividend as it gets closer to achieving an investment grade credit rating by the end of 2020, said Rousseau.However, based on other airlines, he wasn’t sure there is any real reward from having a dividend program. He added that most shareholders he hears from prefer the company to reduce its debt and buy back some shares. Sharecenter_img Posted by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more