CIEL Limited ( Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgCIEL Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about CIEL Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Limited (  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCIEL Limited is an investment company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. The company operates in the following segments: agriculture and property, financial services, hotels and resorts, textiles, and healthcare businesses. The activities of the company are spread out over five countries that include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, Maldives and South Africa, just to name a few. CIEL Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

£2,000 to invest? Here’s my best UK share to buy now!

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Jonathan Smith | Monday, 22nd June, 2020 | More on: JD Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. £2,000 to invest? Here’s my best UK share to buy now!center_img When I saw a stock that had doubled in price since March, I was excited. After doing some research, it’s become my best UK share to buy now. After all, stories about doubling your money from investing don’t have to remain in the realm of dubious penny stocks. There are legitimate FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 stocks with high growth potential. Of course, having the ideas is one thing, but you also need the funds to make it a reality. If you have £2,000 liquid to invest at the moment, then read on. Yet even if you have a smaller amount to invest, or soon will have funds, this is relevant to you. Triple-digit returnsThe stock I’m talking about is JD Sports Fashion (LSE: JD). Since the aggressive market sell-off in March led to a share price slump to circa 275p, the stock has rallied hard. It currently trades around 650p, well over a 100% return in three months. So what’s the story here?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Firstly, some of this return is simply a factor of the broader market bounce-back. In the FTSE 100, only seven out of the 100 constituents have recorded a negative price performance in the past three months. So naturally JD has benefited from investors buying up all kinds of FTSE 100 stocks as they felt the sell-off had been overdone.But to rally over 100% in this period indicates to me that there’s more than just positive sentiment at play here.Covid-19 consolidationJD was recently hit with the news that the buyout of Footasylum was to be blocked. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that the two firms were very similar, with a survey showing that customers saw either firm as their next best alternative for specific items. JD will appeal the decision. Irrespective of the result, I think the acquisition strategy it is pursuing is key to the recent rally in the share price.In justification of the deal, JD notes that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit Footasylum hard. This is also true of many other sports/outdoors retailers. Even Go Outdoors (owned by JD) is speculated to be heading into administration. So even if the CMA doesn’t overturn its Footasylum decision, there are many other firms for JD to look to buy. Boohoo is currently pursuing such a strategy too.I think this could lead to JD being able to buy up or merge with various smaller retailers in the coming year or so. Given the financial difficulties, it should be able to buy up firms at a discount. In the long term, this could strengthen its position in the marketplace as the largest player. Given that the CMA won’t allow mergers with a very similar competitor, this may force JD to diversify its offering further, buying into firms that operate in an identifiably different part of the sector.Can the JD sports share price rally further?Given the above reasoning, I still think there’s plenty of room for the share price to rally higher. The share price is still 20% lower than where it sat in January, as a rough barometer. With £2,000, this provides a tangible potential of over £400 profit if it bounces back. From there, I think the extent of the rally depends on which firm JD might target to buy, and what discount it’s able to buy it at. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Jonathan Smith and The Motley Fool UK have no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Community demands: Reinstate Professor Monteiro

first_imgAnthony MonteiroOn Feb. 12, a press conference and community rally were held at the District 1199C hall of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, a division of the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees, to launch a campaign to reinstate Anthony Monteiro, Ph.D., an associate professor of African-American Studies at Temple University. The midday event, organized on short notice, was attended by more than 100 people.Monteiro, a noted W.E.B. Du Bois scholar, led protests last spring when Teresa Soufas, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple, attempted to appoint a white woman professor to head the  African-American Studies Department, one of the oldest in the U.S.  After successfully supporting efforts to have African-American scholar Molefi Kete Asante, Ph.D., appointed to the position, Monteiro received a notice from the university in January that his year-to-year contract would not be renewed for the 2014-15 academic year.Monteiro, who had been promised tenure at Temple when he was hired in 2003, described his firing as a “retaliatory act” initiated by Soufas, not only for his role in the fight against her appointee, but for his long-time work in the community around Temple where he lives.In addition to the 2013 protest, Monteiro organized on-campus events honoring Pam Africa and hosted the campus premier of “Long Distance Revolutionary,” an award-winning documentary about political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Monteiro also hosted a book party there for Russell Maroon Shoatz’s “Maroon the Implacable,” which took up the issues of mass incarceration, political prisoners and solitary confinement.Monteiro recently wrote several articles in the wake of the deaths of Nelson Mandela and Amiri Baraka. He hosted W.E.B. Du Bois symposiums at Temple in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 he initiated a Saturday Free School at Temple University for people from the community to discuss philosophy, history, economics and literature.In 1991 Monteiro participated in a delegation that met with Fidel Castro on Cuba’s role in Africa, and has been a consistent supporter of the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution.Wide local, national support for MonteiroSpeakers at the press conference linked Monteiro’s firing to efforts to drive long-standing, low-income residents of color from the area and limit their access to higher education at a school originally founded to serve area residents. Children in a housing project next to the campus say they have been harassed by police and told, “You don’t belong here.”Temple is located in a historically African-American area of Philadelphia that has been under intense gentrification for several years. The campus is adjacent to two of the poorest zip codes in the city.Longtime community resident and activist Sacaree Rhodes stated, “Temple needs to know that the African-American Studies Department cannot exist without the support of the Black community.” She urged participants to call Temple President Neil Theobold to push Soufas out and reinstate Monteiro.Temple students Kashara White and Walter Smolarek, from People Utilizing Real Power, described Monteiro as “one of the best teachers” they had and promised to galvanize student support. Last November PURP held a protest against growing incidents of brutality targeting Black and Latino/a students by campus and city police.Monteiro also received support from State Representative Curtis Thomas; Pastor Renee McKinsey, of the Church of the Advocate; Ryan Boyer, business manager of Local 332 Laborers District Council; Robert Gray, of the African American Freedom and Reconstruction League; and Joe Piette, of the Phair Hiring Coalition.Professors Mark Taylor, from Princeton Theological Seminary, and Johanna Fernandez, from Baruch College, members of Educators for Mumia, read from a letter calling for Monteiro’s reinstatement that was signed by more than 60 noted academics, including Lewis R. Gordon, Cornel West and Farah Jasmine Griffin.Henry Nicholas, president of 1199C Hospital Workers Union, reported that 59 building projects are currently promoting gentrification in Philadelphia’s Black communities. Nicholas offered the hall as meeting space to Monteiro and his supporters, noting, “This is an issue we should use to unify us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgThe definition of the joint-employer doctrine, included in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, was broadened in 2015 by the Obama administration even if the corporation only controlled workers indirectly. An example is if the company demanded that franchises use software with specific scheduling practices. But the Trump-stacked board tried to load the dice when it added the word “substantial” to the words “direct and immediate” to describe the company’s control.Speaking for the union-supported National Employment Law Project, Executive Director Rebecca Dixon pointed out the obvious: “[I]f a company retains control over the essential terms and conditions of the work, it should share responsibility for the workers.” She also called out the regulation’s inherent racial bias against Black and Latinx workers in the subcontracted temporary industry. “While Black workers constitute 12.1 percent of the overall workforce, they make up 25.9 percent of temporary help agency workers; Latinx workers are 16.6 percent of all workers, but 25.4 percent of temporary help agency workers.” (Feb. 26)The Times article noted that pro-labor groups might challenge the new rule since it diametrically opposes a recent federal appeals court decision upholding the 2015  joint-employer doctrine. (For more on why the NLRB is bad for workers, read “State of the Union” in the Feb. 23 Times magazine.)Kickstarter workers first to unionize in tech industryKickstarter workers — engineers, directors, analysts, designers, coordinators and customer support specialists — are the first at a major tech company to unionize. Calling themselves Kickstarter United, the workers had been organizing since last March to join the Office and Professional Employees Union (OPEIU). The vote on Feb. 18 was 46 to 37. Calling the tech sector “a new frontier for union organizing,” OPEIU President Richard Lanigan welcomed the workers into “the labor movement’s efforts to improve the livelihoods of tech employees everywhere.” (theverge,com, Feb. 18)Although the Kickstarter CEO was initially wary of the union and insisted on an official NLRB vote, he told The Verge he doesn’t see the vote “changing [the company’s] mission or vision.” reported Feb. 18 that both staff and contractors at a growing list of tech companies have expressed interest in unionizing — Spin, Instacart and Pittsburgh-based Google tech workers, along with media outlets BuzzFeed and Vox.35-year high in major strikes 2018-19No matter how much braggart in chief President Donald Trump boasts that his economy is benefiting his working-class base, the facts prove otherwise. According to the Economic Policy Institute report issued Feb. 11, the “number of striking workers surged in 2018 and 2019,” after decades in decline. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the EPI noted that it marked “a 35-year high for the number of workers involved in a major work stoppage over a two-year period.” That began with 485,200 workers in 2018 — “a nearly twentyfold increase from 25,300 workers in 2017” — and continued in 2019 with 425,500 workers.The jump in numbers, EPI explained, “is largely fueled by an increase in stoppages involving at least 20,000 workers.” These include public school teachers from West Virginia to Chicago to Los Angeles and many states and cities in-between, as well as unionized workers at General Motors, Stop & Shop, the University of California and AT&T.EPI Policy Director Heidi Shierholz, who co-authored the report, said in a statement, “The increase in strike numbers shows that workers understand that joining together in collective action remains an effective way to raise wages and benefits, and improve working conditions.”Co-author Policy Associate Margaret Poydock pointed out that the uptick “has occurred despite current policy that makes it difficult for many workers to effectively engage in their fundamental right to strike.” She pointed to the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which the House passed Feb. 6, but which will not be approved by the current Senate.Will the surge continue? Stay turned.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this NLRB ruling seeks to kill joint-employer doctrineFollowing a similar Department of Labor rule issued Jan. 12 (WW, Jan. 23), the National Labor Relations Board weighed in on Feb. 25 with a new legal regulation that makes it harder to prove that corporations are responsible when franchise owners or contractors violate labor laws. The regulation, which becomes effective April 27, will make it harder for workers at franchises to sue when they are fired in retaliation for attempting to unionize, according to the Feb. 26 New York Times. In addition to workers in the fast food industry, this covers workers hired by contractors at staffing agencies and cleaning services.last_img read more

PM orders reopening of three newspapers closed for reprinting Mohammed cartoons

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Yemen Receive email alerts YemenMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the reopening of three privately-owned, liberal newspapers – the Yemen Observer, Al-Rai Al Am and Al-Huriya – on 2 May on the orders of Prime Minister Abdul-Qader Bajammal. Closed in March for reprinting the controversial Mohammed cartoons, the newspapers were prosecuted under a Yemeni law banning the publication of “anything that harms the Islamic faith, and denigrates a monotheistic religion or humanitarian belief.”Editors and journalists with the three newspapers are currently being tried on charges of “offending Islam.”————————————————————————–13.02.2006 Cartoons controversy: “Absurd and dangerous” measures continue in the Arab worldReporters Without Borders expressed dismay at the arrest, on 10 February 2006, of Abdel Halim Akram Sabra, editor of the independent weekly Al-Hurriya, journalist Yahya Al Aabed and editor of the Yemen Observer Mohammed Al Asaadi, for publishing the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Al Hurriya and two other newspapers that published the cartoons, the Yemen Observer and the Al Raî Al Aam have been closed. January 6, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News Organisation “We express our solidarity with Abdel Halim Sabra, Yahya Al Abed and Mohammed Al Asaadi and urge their immediate release,” said Reporters Without Borders. “They have only done their job in choosing to publish the controversial cartoons, as have dozens of other media worldwide.”“It cannot be justified for them to pay for an editorial decision with their freedom, all the more so since they did it with a desire to inform and not in a provocative manner,” the organisation added.“We appeal to the prosecutor who launched this action against them to demonstrative understanding and openness by withdrawing the complaints. The three newspapers should also be quickly allowed to resume publishing”, it concluded.The prosecutor in Sanaa has also ordered the arrest of the editor of Al Rai Al Aam, Kamal el Aloufi.Al-Hurriya, Yemen Observer and Al Raî Al Aam are privately-owned liberal newspapers which are facing legal action under a clause in the Yemeni press law which “bans publication of anything that harms the Islamic faith, denigrates a mono-theistic religion or a humanitarian belief”.The journalists’ union, which at first reacted against the publication of the cartoons and announced the “suspension” of Abdel Halim Sabra, a member of the union, has now retracted and said it is troubled by these unfair arrests.Al Huriya, Al Rai Al Aam and the Yemen Observer had published the cartoons, in the context of reporting on the reactions they had unleashed around the world.Elsewhere, Jihad Momani and Hicham al Khalidi, editors of two Jordanian newspapers who were arrested, released and then rearrested for publishing the cartoons, were freed on bail on 12 February. A verdict is expected in the week of 20 February. Both journalists have pleaded not guilty.In Algeria, Kamel Bousaad and Berkane Bouderbala, respectively editors of the Arab-language weeklies Errisala and Essafir were arrested, on 8 and 11 February 2006, for reprinting the Mohammed cartoons. Both publications have been closed. United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 26, 2021 Find out more News YemenMiddle East – North Africa News May 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 PM orders reopening of three newspapers closed for reprinting Mohammed cartoons to go further Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosionslast_img read more

The Baseball Reliquary Announces J.R. Richard, Billy Beane, and Lisa Fernandez Elected to the Shrine of the Eternals for 2019

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Richard, Lisa Fernandez, Billy BeaneOn May 5, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Baseball Reliquary announced the 21st class of electees to the Shrine of the Eternals. The Shrine of the Eternals is the national organization’s equivalent to the Baseball Hall of Fame.J.R. Richard, Billy Beane, and Lisa Fernandez were elected upon receiving the highest number of votes in balloting conducted during the month of April 2019 by the membership of the Baseball Reliquary. The three electees will be formally inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals in a public ceremony on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium in the Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena, California.Of the fifty eligible candidates on the 2019 ballot, J.R. Richard received the highest voting percentage, being named on 27% of the ballots returned. Following Richard were Billy Beane with 26.5% and Lisa Fernandez with 26%. Runners-up in this year’s election included Bob Costas (25%), Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (24.5%), Charlie Finley (24%), Charles M. Conlon (23%), Rube Waddell (22.5%), and Chet Brewer (22%). Voting percentages for all fifty candidates appear at the end of this announcement.Elected to the Shrine of the Eternals in his 20th year on the ballot, J.R. Richard, born in 1950, was one of the most intimidating pitchers of his era. James Rodney Richard won 74 games in a four-year span (1976-1979) for the punchless Houston Astros, in the process becoming the first National League right-hander to record 300 strikeouts in a season (1978), and then doing it again the following year. Called by Sparky Anderson “the most awesome creature I ever saw on a mound,” the 6-foot-8 flamethrower collapsed from a stroke in the summer of 1980, which abruptly ended his career. In the aftermath of the seizure, it came out that Richard had been feeling sluggish for some time, but had been talked out of his concern by Astro officials. Management and the media interpreted his listlessness as laziness and malingering. Until recent years, Richard’s post-baseball career was a downhill slide. The financial disasters of two broken marriages and bad investments resulted in his destitution, and in 1993 he was discovered living under a freeway overpass a few miles from the Astrodome, an almost incomprehensible fall for a man who had once seemed to have the world in the palm of his hands. The ensuing publicity helped him land part-time work and get back on his feet. A movie about his life, Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story, appeared in 2005, and his memoir, Still Throwing Heat: Strikeouts, the Streets, and a Second Chance, was published in 2015. In recent years he has been involved with several Houston area ministries, counseling at-risk youth, the homeless, and others in need.Elected to the Shrine of the Eternals in his first year on the ballot, Billy Beane, born in 1962, successfully put into practice for the first time ideas formulated by Bill James, Pete Palmer, and other pioneer sabermetricians, theorists/advocates of the quantitative analysis of baseball statistics, so-named because of an affiliation with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). A former first-round draft pick by the New York Mets whose bright future as a player quickly darkened, Billy Beane would become the maverick general manager of the Oakland A’s, where he needed a way for the small-market team to remain competitive against teams with far more financial clout, specifically the Yankees, Red Sox, and Angels. In 2002, he gambled his career to prove the statheads and figure filberts truly were on to something. Immediately pilloried in the press and derided by the hidebound baseball establishment, Beane coolly hired talent released by other organizations and plucked marginal players from the hinterlands, single-mindedly molding his team into a championship-caliber club over the objections of old-school types like Art Howe, the A’s manager. Beane signed pitchers who kept opposing batters off base and batters who excelled at reaching base, by any means necessary. To the chagrin of his wealthier competitors and the stupefaction of others, the A’s began winning, at one point reeling off 20 in succession, to finish atop the AL West with a 103-59 record. Although beaten by the Twins in the AL Divisional series that followed, the team’s success did not go unnoticed. In the time-honored tradition of baseball, every experiment that shows a positive outcome for one team is instantly put into practice by all others. Beane’s bold, paradigm-altering experiment is documented in Michael Lewis’s 2003 book, Moneyball, and the film that followed. Every MLB team now has an analytics department to evaluate players and project their future performance.Elected to the Shrine of the Eternals in her 19th year on the ballot, Lisa Fernandez, born in 1971, is one of softball’s greatest players and one of the most highly visible athletes in women’s team sports. The daughter of a Cuban-born former semi-pro ballplayer and a New York Puerto Rican stickball queen, Lisa Fernandez’s golden arm propelled the U.S. Women’s Olympic softball team to gold medal victories in 1996, 2000, and 2004. In high school, Fernandez notched two California Interscholastic Federation championships and went on to play collegiate softball at UCLA from 1990 through 1993. At UCLA (where she graduated with a degree in psychology), she broke seven school records and won the prestigious Honda-Broderick Award as best college athlete three times. She also was a two-time NCAA champion and a four-time All-American, leading the country in hitting (a robust .510) and ERA (0.23!) her senior year. When the dust settled on her college career, Fernandez had posted an astonishing 93-7 record (.930 winning percentage), at one point hurling 97 scoreless innings and 42 consecutive victories. A 2012 inductee to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Fernandez currently coaches softball at UCLA (2019 marks her 21st season with the Bruins) and travels extensively conducting softball clinics. Her influence on young women athletes has been profound.J.R. Richard, Billy Beane, and Lisa Fernandez will join 60 other baseball luminaries who have been inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals since elections began in 1999, including, in alphabetical order: Jim Abbott, Dick Allen, Roger Angell, Emmett Ashford, Moe Berg, Sy Berger, Yogi Berra, Steve Bilko, Ila Borders, Jim Bouton, Jim Brosnan, Charlie Brown, Bill Buckner, Glenn Burke, Roberto Clemente, Steve Dalkowski, Dizzy Dean, Rod Dedeaux, Jim Eisenreich, Dock Ellis, Nancy Faust, Eddie Feigner, Mark Fidrych, Curt Flood, Ted Giannoulas, Josh Gibson, Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Pete Gray, Arnold Hano, William “Dummy” Hoy, Bo Jackson, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill James, Dr. Frank Jobe, Tommy John, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Roger Maris, Marvin Miller, Minnie Minoso, Manny Mota, Don Newcombe, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Pam Postema, Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Lester Rodney, Pete Rose, Vin Scully, Rusty Staub, Casey Stengel, Luis Tiant, Bob Uecker, Fernando Valenzuela, Bill Veeck Jr., Maury Wills, Kenichi Zenimura, and Don Zimmer.For more information, call (626) 791-7647 or visit Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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What we know about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack

first_imgCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. iStock/littlehenrabi(NEW YORK) — A cybersecurity attack targeting operators of a major East Coast fuel pipeline has left the nation reeling, exposing the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure to new threats while also leaving many Americans with more questions than answers.Colonial Pipeline said on Saturday that it was the victim of a cyberattack involving ransomware and had “proactively” halted all pipeline operations as a result. The 5,500-mile pipeline system transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, according to its website, and runs from Texas to New Jersey.President Joe Biden acknowledged the ransomware attack during remarks on Monday, saying his administration has been tracking the incident “extremely carefully” and that he has been “personally briefed every day” on it.Eric Goldstein, the executive assistant director for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), told ABC News in an interview on Monday that Americans should not expect any “shortfalls” from the hack.“They expect resolution of this issue in the near future and shortfalls that will affect the American people are not anticipated,” Goldstein said.Here is what to know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, including the latest on who is behind it and how it could potentially impact gas prices.Who is behind the cyberattack?The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed in a statement Monday that Darkside ransomware was responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks.The FBI added that it will continue to work with the company and government partners on the ongoing investigation.The Darkside criminal organization operates in Eastern Europe. While federal officials are still trying to determine whether a foreign nation could be involved in the cyberattack, Russian intelligence has been known to cooperate with Eastern European cybercriminals in the past.“It is always a concern when any adversary, nation state or criminal group targets an American business or critical infrastructure and particularly, although not exclusively, when that effort results in disruption of a critical function or service,” CISA’s Goldstein told ABC News.“We are deeply focused on making sure that every organization in this country takes steps to minimize the risks to their networks and has the ability to recover quickly, regardless of the actors involved, because we know that there are so many groups out there that are attempting these kind of intrusions,” he added.Goldstein did not say whether authorities have identified Darkside as working for a foreign country.President Biden said during remarks Monday that there is currently “no evidence” that Russia is involved in the cyberattack.“Although, there is evidence that the actors’ ransomware is in Russia,” the president added. “They have some responsibility to deal with this.”When will the pipeline be operational again?Colonial Pipeline said in a statement Monday that it is executing a phased plan to incrementally return to service, with “the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week.”The company said it will be providing updates as the restoration efforts progress.“Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time,” the company said. “In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely.”How will this impact gas prices?Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told ABC News Monday that the pipeline shutdown will likely not impact the price at the pump for most Americans.“It certainly creates some logistical challenges in the Southeast, and it may create price increases modestly in the Southeast, but there is not an impending spike coming nationally,” he said. “This is not an outage of a refinery that produces gasoline and so supply is not disrupted for the rest of the nation that is not served by the Colonial Pipeline.”“This is evolving, but for now this is not going to be a national issue or have a national effect on gas prices,” he added.DeHaan predicts that motorists along the Southeast, from northern Florida to Virginia, may see slight increases of between 5 to 15 cents per gallon at most. For now, DeHaan recommends that drivers in these areas conserve as much as possible, which could help “bring a much more rapid conclusion to this once the pipeline reopens.”“My advice to motorists is not to panic buy and make the situation much worse,” DeHaan added. “If motorists do panic and rush out to fill up that could make prices spike more significantly and make outages more severe.”What is the federal government doing to help?Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randal said during a White House press briefing Monday that the Biden administration is assisting Colonial through a “whole of government effort” involving a slew of agencies being led by the Department of Energy.“Colonial is responsible for safely returning the pipeline to service, and our role in the federal government is to take proactive steps to analyze the impacts of the shutdown on the delivery of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel in states that are dependent on the pipeline, and to identify federal options for alleviating supply shortfalls, should they develop,” Sherwood-Randal said.“For example, to help address potential supply disruptions, the Department of Transportation issued an hours-of-service waiver yesterday, which provides greater flexibility to drivers transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products across 17 states as well as the District of Colombia,” she added. She emphasized there is not a supply shortage currently.Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies Anne Neuberg said at the same press briefing that they are “actively engaged with the company and offering support as needed to restore their systems.”“Right now, they’ve not asked for cyber support from the federal government, but we remain available to meet their cybersecurity needs,” she added.Neuberg demurred when asked if Colonial had paid a ransom to the hackers, saying, “Colonial is a private company, and we’ll defer information regarding their decision on paying a ransom to them.”last_img read more

Pub chain links training and its increased profits

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Pub chain links training and its increased profitsOn 15 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Managed pub chain Spirit has established a link between increased profitsand a training scheme that improves middle managers’ people skills. The company has seen a rise in sales and profits across areas where businessdevelopment managers (BDMs) have been given training in people managementskills, leadership and coaching. In the areas where training was carried out,average sales increased by 5.5 per cent and average profits by 9.6 per cent. Initially, around 30 managers attended the management development programmein a bid to improve the performance of staff within their own teams. HR director Jayne Mee explained that all BDMs in the firm were now requiredto take the six month training course. “It has improved sales and performance, but crucially it’s changed thebehaviour within teams,” she said. “It’s taught the BDMs to manageand develop their own people.” The company is different to many brewery chains as its pubs are run by16,000 employees, not tenants or leaseholders. This helped HR to assess thewhole company’s training needs. The course is made up of residential workshops, an interactive exhibitionand a range of tasks outside the company where managers interview otherprofessionals including accountants and venture capitalists. Mee said the ability to measure the performance of training and developmentin terms of profit is now a crucial aspect of the HR function. “It’shugely useful,” she said. “If the board can see the actual benefit oftheir investment in training they tend to put their weight behind it.” By Ross Wigham Comments are closed. last_img read more

Cougars Even Series with Huskies, Win 7-3

first_img Written by The Cougars never trailed in the game, coming out with three singles in their first four at-bats to bring in two runs on RBIs by Jackson Cluff and Mitch McIntyre. Game Summary Up 3-2, BYU (25-10) added runs in the fourth and sixth innings on solo home runs from Brian Hsu and McIntyre. In the bottom of the fourth, Cougar catcher Noah Hill was injured in a freak play when a pitch hit him in the throat. The senior’s neck and head were immobilized and he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he will stay overnight as a precaution and for observation. Easton Walker set a career high with eight strikeouts and allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings while Mitch McIntyre kept UW hitless in relief to stifle the HuskiesBYU now has five wins over Power 5 teams this season, including victories over Northwestern (twice), Ohio State, Oregon and now WashingtonBYU catcher Noah Hill had a ball hit his throat behind the plate in the fourth inning and was taken by ambulance to the hospital A wild pitch from Washington and a sac fly by McIntyre extended BYU’s lead to five runs in the seventh, 7-2. The score would stay that way with McIntyre coming in from the outfield to pitch the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one walk. The lefthander has still not allowed an earned run in 13.2 innings pitched this season. BYU and Washington finish the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The game will stream online live on the Pac-12 Network and on BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM. Player Highlightscenter_img BYU pitcher Easton Walker retired the Huskies after the delay in the fourth and kept Washington (17-16) scoreless until his night came to a close with one out in the seventh. The nation’s ERA leader, Walker pitched another gem, striking out a career-high eight with one walk and one earned run to stay perfect at 5-0 this season. Mitch McIntyre: 2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI; 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 KBrian Hsu: 2-5, HR, 2 R, RBIEaston Walker: W (5-0), 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEATTLE – BYU baseball defeated Washington 7-3 behind stellar pitching and double-digit hits at Husky Ballpark on Friday. April 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Cougars Even Series with Huskies, Win 7-3 Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Equinor Energy gets drilling permit for well in PL 960 in North Sea

first_img The West Hercules rig will be used for the drilling programme. (Credit: Keri Jackson from Pixabay.) Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor Energy has secured drilling permit for an exploration well 7018/5-1 in the Norwegian North Sea from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).The well 7018/5-1 will be drilled in production licence 960 area and will be drilled approximately 100km southwest of the Snøhvit field in the southern Barents Sea, off Norway.Under the drilling programme, Equinor Energy will drill a wildcat well in production licence 960 and will be carried out by the West Hercules drilling facility.The West Hercules drilling rig is currently drilling the wildcat well 6407/1-8 S for the Norwegian company in the Apollonia prospect in production licence 263 D in the Norwegian Sea.Upon completion of the work, the drilling rig will be mobilised to the Barents Sea for the work on well 7018/5-1.Equinor Energy holds 40% stake and operator of production licence 960The Norwegian oil and gas company, with an ownership stake of 40%, is the operator of the production licence 960 and the other partners include Petoro (20%), Lundin Energy Norway (20%) and Wintershall Dea Norge (20%).The licence was awarded on 22 June 2018 and the well is said to be the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence.The company said that the drilling permit depends on securing all other permits and consents required from other authorities before starting the drilling activity.Last month, the NPD has issued a drilling permit to Equinor Energy to drill wellbore well 34/7-37 S in Norwegian North Sea.The well 34/7-37 S will be drilled in the production licence 089 and is located east of the Statfjord field, directly west of the discovery 34/7-21 Borg.The drilling work on the well will be carried out by the Deepsea Atlantic drilling facility. The well is located approximately 100km southwest of the Snøhvit field in the southern Barents Sea, off Norwaylast_img read more