Corning Cardinals gear up for fall, 2017

first_imgCorning >> Sports at Corning High is closing fast with the release of the fall sports schedule by schools officials this week. The football team will open its season during week zero at upper division Enterprise, which boasted an 8-2 junior varsity record last year. The Hornets also return one of the most explosive dual-threat quarterbacks from a year ago in incoming junior and multi-sport athlete Leslie Cummings. Corning, coached by John Studer, is coming off an 8-3 and opening-round exit in …last_img

Grand Canyon Still an Unsolved Puzzle

first_imgArguably the best-known geological landmark on the planet, Grand Canyon has been scrutinized and “geologized” for well over a century, yet remains an enigma, according to the title of a new book by James Lawrence Powell, Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle (Pi Press, 2005).  The book was reviewed by John C. Schmidt (Utah State) in Science.1  Powell (same surname, interestingly, as the famous John Wesley Powell whose intrepid band of explorers made the first boat trip through the canyon in 1869) is a geologist now directing the National Physical Science Consortium.    Overall, Schmidt liked the book and its historical glimpses: “While Darwin was developing his explanation of evolution, geologists were debunking the notion that a Great Flood formed Earth’s topography a few thousand years ago” (emphasis added in all quotes).  Yet despite his optimism, Schmidt’s review sounds only a weak overtone of confidence above a fundamental tone of uncertainty regarding geological theories and their volatility.  Some examples:Depending on what guide book we read or what ranger talk we listen to, we might learn that the Colorado River is perhaps 30 million years old…The author moves on to describe the observations of later generations of geologists, including the observations and reasoning that completely revised the early explanations of how the Grand Canyon formed.The evidence is scattered and incompletely preserved, and geologists today are still unclear about details of the Colorado River’s development.  But these gaps are relatively minor—a few million years of missing evidence here or there…He also offers readers a taste of modern speculation and the uncertainties surrounding these generally accepted notions.Until a time machine is invented, we will never know for sure how the Grand Canyon formed.  Nonetheless, we do know that the rocks forming the canyon walls are of immense age and that the cliffs and slopes exposing those rocks are features of the last instants of their history.Despite these uncertainties, Schmidt took a swipe at those who disagree with these “generally accepted notions.”  He ended,In telling the Canyon’s story, Powell provides an honest and open description of geological detective work and the rethinking of ideas.  At a time when the National Park Service sells a book describing a creationist explanation of the Grand Canyon’s formation little different than the ideas from which modern geology emerged more than 150 years ago, the book reminds us of the timeless contrast between the methods of modern natural science and the power of myth.1John C. Schmidt, “The Grand Question,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5742, 1818-1819, 16 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116363].The book to which he refers as “myth” is, of course, Tom Vail’s Grand Canyon: A Different View that became the center of controversy when geologists found it in the bookstores and tried to censor it (see 01/08/2004 and 10/14/2005 entries).  This attractive book, filled with beautiful photographs, also contains entries by 15 PhD scientists, many of them geologists, who disagree with the “generally accepted notions.”  With a sweep of the hand, Schmidt dismissed their opinions as “myth” while assuming all the paradigm shifts and uncertainties of modern geology constitute “science” – even though he confessed that, without a time machine, we could never know for sure how the canyon formed.  There are many good reasons, however, for doubting the “immense age” of the canyon walls and the canyon itself.  Here is a short, but not exhaustive, review:Gaps: The gaps are much larger than Schmidt admits; one gap is 10 million, another 60 million, and another 100 million.  Above the Great Unconformity is a gap of over a billion years, with no soil between it and the overlying sedimentary layers.  These gaps give no evidence of large passages of time between the one below and the one above, suggesting the gaps are fictional: no long ages did elapse.  The ages claimed for the layers come not from the onsite observations, but from the a priori belief that they must be fitted into a pre-existing construct, a model constructed and later Darwinized in England: the Geologic Column.Flat contacts: The contacts between many layers are knife-edge thin and straight for hundreds of square miles, with no evidence of erosion between.Flat layers: The “generally accepted notions” expect us to believe that the Colorado Plateau rose and sank above and below sea level repeatedly, yet kept the layers flat and undisturbed, a preposterous notion.Gravity: The Grand Canyon traverses the Kaibab Plateau, a mile higher in elevation than the river upstream.  Clearly, rivers do not flow over mountains.  Something caused the canyon to scour through this region after a catastrophic period of sheet erosion and rapid downcutting.Source of material: secular geologists don’t know where all the sedimentary material came from.  Some have speculated that it was transported somehow over long distances, from as far as Appalachia (09/15/2003).  On the other hand, a flood could have scoured and pulverized great quantities of lime mud and sand, and deposited it rapidly underwater.  The characteristic layers could represent material brought in from different directions as the currents changed.  (This could also imply that the similarities to Appalachian sediments indicate that similar processes were occurring there also).No evolution: Squirrels on the north rim are subspecies of those on the south rim, with smooth gradations of varieties in between (CRS).  They differ mainly in fur color.  If these species were geographically isolated for at least five million years, why did they not evolve further apart?  In that same length of time, evolutionists claim that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors.No evolution II: Investigations of organisms inhabiting the forests of Shiva Temple, a forested butte isolated from the north rim, found no differences between species on the rim, even though they, too, should have been geographically isolated for millions of years.  (CRS.)Downstream: no large river-delta deposits can be found downstream that would be expected if the Colorado River carved the canyon over a long time.Upstream: large basins that could have held enough water to carve the canyon by a dam breach can be discerned upstream.  Also, portions of the canyon (Marble Canyon, inner gorge) are convincing secular geologists that it was carved quickly (see 07/22/2002) entry).Tectonics: faults intersect the canyon all the way from top to bottom at multiple points, but not part way up.  This indicates the layers were deposited rapidly, then faulted together as units.Folding: The layers fold together as if they were still soft and unconsolidated at the time.  Some folds, such as in Carbon Canyon, show more than 90° fold with no evidence of cracking or crumbling.Volcanos: Volcanic dikes and cones poke up through all the layers from bottom to top, but not part way up, casting doubt that millions of years transpired during sedimentation.Fluting: The inner gorge rocks are only fluted at river level, indicating the river has not been cutting downward through the igneous rocks for long.Sheet erosion: Vast quantities of rock above the canyon were swept away by sheet erosion before the canyon itself was carved.  Evidence for this can be seen at Cedar Mountain and other buttes which protrude above the canyon, displaying remnants of the thousands of vertical feet of sediments that had been swept away before the downcutting of the canyon began.Sand Dunes, Not: The Coconino Sandstone, long claimed to be sand dunes turned to rock, are too fine-grained to be aeolian (wind-blown) sands, and cover too a vast an area (much of the Southwest: 100,000 square miles, with a volume 10,000 cubic miles) for this scenario to be plausible.  The crossbedding could have been laid down as sand waves by deep ocean currents.  The fossil trackways could have been made in shallow water and would have had to be buried suddenly to be preserved.  All other layers in the canyon are indisputably water-deposited.  To believe the Coconino was wind-deposited, the entire region would have had to be lifted above sea level without cracking or folding, yet the contact with the water-deposited Hermit Shale below it is flat and smooth.  This indicates that deposition of the Coconino in the Grand Canyon began immediately after the Hermit formation, without 10 million years between them.Monsoons: a type of 3-D crossbedding called hummocky cross-stratification, visible in numerous places in the canyon, gives evidence of gigantic cyclonic storms on scales larger than anything observed today.Sapping: The Redwall shows evidence of sapping (rock fall occasioned by springs weakening the rock above).  The large amphitheater-shaped alcoves characteristic of the Redwall suggest that the layers were still soft and unconsolidated and impregnated with water when they formed.Dam Break Redux: Large lava dams that formed in the lower canyon are known to have backed up the Colorado River into a huge lake since the canyon formed, yet broke and catastrophically drained quickly, perhaps multiple times.  Why not suggest the same mechanism for formation of the canyon itself?  In recent years, this idea – first proposed by creationists – has become popular among secular geologists (05/31/2002).  Why have they not given the creationists credit?Lava Dates: Radioactive dates from the lowest lavas in the canyon (underneath all the sedimentary layers) show up “younger” than those on the top at Vulcan’s Throne, indicating that radioactive dating methods that yield millions of years cannot be trusted.  Another falsification is that different radiometric methods applied within the same formation yield widely divergent dates.  In addition, carbon-14 has been found in coal seams around the Grand Canyon.  Since the half-life of carbon-14 is 5,700 years, none should remain if the coal were really millions of years old, as claimed.(For more detail on these evidences, see Tom Vail’s book, ICR’s Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe, and Walt Brown’s analysis.)You will notice that this list contains only scientific evidences – no references to the Genesis Flood.  Any similarities with the Flood account have nothing to do with the point that the observational evidences suggest a very different story than the “generally accepted notions” of modern (i.e., secular, Bible-discrediting) geology.  Science is not supposed to consist of “generally accepted notions” (see 12/27/2003 entry), nor indeed “notions” at all, but rather proofs rigorously demonstrated based on observation and experiment.  Based on the observations listed above, it would seem more scientifically justifiable to place upper limits on the age of the canyon and its walls than to extrapolate today’s slow processes recklessly into the past by many orders of magnitude, and to introduce ad hoc scenarios when the story doesn’t fit the observations.    Schmidt arrogantly applied the word myth to the creationist view, but what is the “power of myth,” if not speculating about unobservable millions of years that left no trace?  If it were not that the creationist interpretation discredits uniformitarianism and hurts the feelings of the moyboys*, most of the other books in the Grand Canyon bookstore would similarly be following the evidence where it leads.*Moyboys, n. pl.: secular scientists who toss around the phrases “millions of years, billions of years” with reckless abandon, simply because Charlie & Charlie** needed the time.**Lyell, Darwin.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

1 killed in police firing as violence continues in West Bengal

first_imgAt least one person was killed and several others injured in firing in the Bhatpara-Kakinara area of North 24 Paraganas, about 30 km from Kolkata. The deceased was identified as Dharamveer Shaw.While the police confirmed the death of Mr. Shaw, a street food vendor, locals said one more person was killed, a claim that could not be confirmed. At least three more civilians and a few policemen were injured.It was after a two-hour clash, during which miscreants hurled bombs at each other, that the police reached Bhatpara. They claimed that they had been attacked by the locals and “vehicles were vandalised”. However, one person, who claimed to be an uncle of Mr. Shaw, said that “the police opened fire without any provocation and killed his nephew.” His body could be seen lying in a pool of blood, while the bullet that presumably hit him pierced the shutter of a shop. A police officer said they had not “fired and killed civilians.”The area, predominantly inhabited by migrant workers from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, witnessed sporadic violence following the election result, which saw BJP leader Arjun Singh defeating Dinesh Trivedi of Trinamool Congress. The locals described various incidents — which were also communal — caused by the turf war between the Trinamool and the BJP.The State government has decided to set up a new police station in Bhatpara, and it was supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday. But the inauguration was postponed following the violence. Additional Director-General of Police (Barrackpore Police Commissionerate) Sanjay Singh reached the area with a huge force. The Rapid Action Force was also deployed. Director-General of Police Virendra also reached there and held meetings with officials.Home Secretary Alapan Banerjee said Section 144 had been imposed. “Section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara, Jagaddal and adjacent areas. Law and order will be restored and the situation will be normalised,” Mr. Banerjee said.BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said the party was sending a team of MPs to Bhatpara. “It is a clear case of the police opening fire and killing an innocent person. [Chief Minister] Mamata Banerjee has lost mental balance and the State government has failed to control the situation despite continuing violence in the area for quite some time,” he said. He said a team of BJP MPs would visit Bhatpara on Friday. Local MP Arjun Singh said the police “fired and killed Shaw from a close range.”TMC leader Tapas Ray said the BJP was “instigating such violence to destabilise the TMC government.” “The TMC came to power with popular mandate and still has a majority in the Assembly. But it is routinely disturbed by the Central government. This violence is an attempt of the Centre to dislodge the State government,” Mr. Ray said.last_img read more

Lightning kills two inmates in Ludhiana jail

first_imgTwo inmates were killed on Thursday after lightning struck them in Borstal Jail in Ludhiana, the police said.“The incident occurred when four inmates were praying at a temple situated inside the jail premises. Lightning struck, leaving two of them dead and the other two injured,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Devinder Chaudhary told reporters.Mr. Chaudhary said the deceased have been identified as Lakhvir Singh (18) and Rishav Kumar (19), both from Ludhiana. The injured inmates — Rajwinder Singh of Sidhwan Bet and Gurdeep Singh of Jagraon — were admitted at the civil hospital with serious burn injuries.last_img

Bucks’ Sterling Brown arrested, tased over parking spat

first_imgMOST READ Brown, who is averaging 3.5 points per game and 1.8 rebounds this season, has received more minutes over the last couple weeks including two straight starts.“That’s working hard and the results are going to show. I’ve been getting more minutes and I’ve been taking advantage of that,” Brown said. “I don’t expect (anything) to change.” LeBron won’t tell All-Star order, jokes Westbrook last pick Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown (23) chases down a loose ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Police officers used a stun gun on Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown and arrested the 22-year-old Friday after a confrontation at a Walgreens parking lot.Police Sgt. Timothy Gauerke says the department is investigating what happened and the officers’ use of force.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gauerke says officers contacted a man after seeing a vehicle parked across two handicapped parking spots while doing a business check at about 2 a.m. Gauerke did not say what led to the officers’ use of force and it wasn’t immediately known whether Brown was cited for anything.“It’s a personal issue I’m dealing with right now. I know it’s being handled. I’d appreciate it if you all respect that right now,” Brown told reporters before the Bucks’ home game Friday night against Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrown had what appeared to be a bruise and scratches on the right side of his face.Asked if there could be any discipline for Brown from the team or NBA, coach Joe Prunty said “I truly believe. We support him in this. We believe it will be resolved quickly. We’ll move forward from it.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Mukesh Ambani to foray into aviation sector May buy stake in Jet

first_img[Representational Image] Reliance Jio 4G launch live streaming information: Where to watch Mukesh Ambani AGM speech. [Photo: Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, poses for photographers before addressing the annual shareholders meeting in Mumbai June 6, 2013]ReutersAfter disrupting the telecom sector in recent times, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance industries is now planning to buy a stake in the embattled Jet Airways. Moreover, the conglomerate is also looking to bail out the national carrier, Air India, which is burdened under heavy debt. English daily, the Indian Express reported that although Reliance industries hasn’t submitted Expression of Interest (EoI) to the lenders for buying the beleaguered Jet Airways, yet the company may join Etihad Airways in its bid at a later stage. Etihad Airways, UAE’s national airline, has already submitted an EoI to the lenders.As per the existing FDI rules of the aviation sector, Etihad can raise its stake in Jet Airways under automatic route till 49 per cent. The rules further allow an NRI to buy 100 per cent in airline companies subject to the clearance from the government. However, the Reliance industry spokesperson declined to comment on the development, “Our company evaluates various opportunities on an ongoing basis. We have made and will continue to make necessary disclosures in compliance with our obligations under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2015 and our agreements with the stock exchanges.” The Air India plane flying the inaugural trip from Lucknow, the capital of India’s Uttar Pradesh, approaches to land at Najaf International Airport in the central Iraqi shrine city on February 14, 2019.HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty ImagesThe parties are under discussion pertaining to the haircut lenders have to take and this is the possible reason for the delay in the resolution process. One of the sources added, “This is precisely the reason for the delay in resolution and the consequent grounding of Jet Airways.” Apart from buying a stake in Jet Airways, Air India is also on Reliance’s radar. One of the other sources privy to the development said, “It is a boardroom strategy and could be considered at a later stage. Discussions are slowly picking pace since the interested parties are of the view they still have time.”Last year in March, the central government issued preliminary information memorandum kicking off Air India’s disinvestment process. However, the government did not receive any bids and was eventually forced to defer the strategic plan to sell its 76 per cent stake in the airline. The finance ministry had decided to sell the subsidiaries and assets of Air India to cut its debt of Rs 48,781 crore as on March 31, 2017.last_img read more

Four killed 1 injured after car collides with truck

first_imgKolkata: Four persons were killed and one injured when a car collided head on with a truck.The accident occurred on Purulia-Borakar road near Lipania-Bodashini area on Monday morning. The accident caused traffic congestion in the area for nearly an hour. The victims have been identified as Chiranjit Kundu (32), Sujit Mondal (34), Tapan Bhattacharya (32) and Sujay Das (32). They were residents of Asansol in West Burdwan. Police said the victims went to attend a marriage ceremony at Purulia town on Sunday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life They started off from Purulia town on early Monday morning to return home. According to the investigation, police came to know that they rented a Tata Indica car from Asansol. While they were returning home they met with a fatal road accident as the car hit a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction. Eyewitnesses told police the car was running at a top speed as a result of which it fell at a distance after it hit the truck. Some locals rushed to the spot after hearing a loud thud. They took part in the rescue operation. The victims were brought out of the mangled portion of the car and were rushed to Deben Mahato Sadar Hospital where four of the victims were declared brought dead. The injured person was later shifted to a private hospital as his condition deteriorated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the district police, the health condition of the injured person was stated to be critical. After being informed police reached the spot and seized the truck and the car. The traffic movement also resumed. The truck driver and the helper fled the spot immediately after the accident leaving the vehicle at the accident site. Police have started a detailed probe. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. The investigating officers are examining if the driver of the car had fallen asleep at the time of the accident or the car had developed any technical glitch. Preliminary investigation suggests that the car changed its lane which might have led to the accident. Raids are being conducted to nab the truck driver.last_img read more

State rolls out cash dole for women empowerment

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that her government will be providing a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh to encourage women in rolling out vehicles under theGatidhara scheme. Banerjee flagged off 20 electric buses, 20 CNG buses and 10 pink taxis that are owned and driven by women from Nabanna on Wendnesday. “We provide a subsidy of Rs 1 lakh under the Gatidhara scheme for unemployed youth who want to roll out vehicles. To encourage women and to make them self-dependent we will be giving Rs 1.5 lakh to women who will roll out vehicles under the Gatidhara scheme. It will be a major stride towards women empowerment. We have plans to introduce another 1000 pink taxis in the city,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that more than 36000 youths has already been provided subsidy under the scheme. “Today (Wednesday) we have rolled our 20 electric buses. We will be introducing 60 more electric buses within a period of three months. Our schemes such as Gatidhara and Jaladhara have provided employment to a number of youths in the state.” Banerjee said. The Jaladhara scheme that was introduced in April 2017 provides financial assistance to convert semi-mechanised boats to mechanised ones to avert accidents. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state government provides financial assistance of around 30 per cent of the total cost of bringing in the mechanised boats in place of semi-mechanised ones. The amount for the scheme is maximum Rs 1 lakh. According to a senior official in the state Transport department, the electric buses that have been introduced will be running in three routes from Airport to Joka, Shyambazar to Nabanna and Tollygunge to Bidhannagar. “We will have more routes with the introduction of more electric buses. Charging of electric buses will not be a problem with our department already putting up facilities of 55 charging stations in the city,” state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said. The CNG buses will presently ply in Asansol Duragpur area where there is a supply of CNG gas. Banerjee also inaugurated the renovated Jadavpur 8B bus stand through remote control. The total cost for revamp has been Rs 4.54 crore. “We are taking up renovation of more bus stands in the city for the benefit of the passengers that includes the one at Joka and Baruipur,” she said.last_img read more

Got Effective Cybersecurity Practices Be Aware The FTC Is Watching You

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Following a July ruling against medical testing laboratory LabMD (which is now out of business), the Federal Trade Commission has emerged as a central regulator of cybersecurity practices for U.S. businesses. The FTC’s mandate to act on “unfair or deceptive” business practices that could harm consumers is being interpreted in a way that means any business that handles (and might potentially mishandle) consumer data is liable to fall under the organization’s scrutiny.That’s almost every business today.Related: 5 Cybersecurity Tools Your Company Should HaveSome background: The Commission reversed an administrative law judge’s ruling and found that LabMD, a clinical laboratory for physicians, failed to protect the sensitive personal and medical information of consumers. From 2001 to 2014, LabMD collected this information for over 750,000 patients.Based on the LabMD ruling, which cited a lack of “even basic precautions to protect the sensitive consumer information maintained on its computer system,” it appears that actual harm from a data breach doesn’t necessarily need to be proven if the potential for harm exists.The ruling sends a clear and sobering signal to business owners: You must make significant, demonstrable efforts to protect yourself from data breaches or face the consequences.Related: Court Rules FTC Can Come After Your Company After a Cyber AttackA glimpse of what’s to come“LabMD’s security practices were unreasonable, lacking even basic precautions to protect the sensitive consumer information maintained on its computer system,” the FTC ruled. “Among other things, it failed to use an intrusion detection system or file integrity monitoring; neglected to monitor traffic coming across its firewalls; provided essentially no data security training to its employees; and never deleted any of the consumer data it had collected.”For small business owners who have a seemingly endless list of concerns to address, making time to focus on data security best practices is sometimes difficult to justify. But it has to be done: The FTC and other government entities are only going to sharpen their focus on data security and consumer privacy in the coming years. Data integrity must become a core aspect of doing business (rather than a minor detail that can be overlooked).With this in mind, small business owners should be aware of a few common misconceptions surrounding data security, as well as the best practices they should rely on to address them:Misconception No. 1: Data security is a ‘big business’ problem.A surprising number of small business owners look at data security as something they don’t need to worry about. You’ll hear owners say, “Nobody is interested in the data we have. We’re not Sony or a government agency.”But the truth is that cybercriminals are most certainly interested in your data, and according to Fox Business, 43 percent of worldwide attacks in 2015 were against small businesses with fewer than 250 employees.On top of that, the prevalence of ransomware attacks means that it no longer matters if your data is important to other people. If it’s important to you — the owner — hackers can take it and force you to pay large sums of money to get it back.As a small business owner, you must consider it critical to have a managed-data backup system in place. This won’t prevent attacks, but it can significantly mitigate harm to your business if one does occur, especially in the case of a ransomware attack.Misconception No. 2: One solution for all threatsSmall business owners are especially susceptible to believing that a single solution will defend against all possible threats. Security is better viewed as a managed process.Related: 10 Data-Security Measures You Can’t Do WithoutSimply having some legacy IT solutions in place shouldn’t let you develop a false sense of security and avoid asking important questions, including: Are we addressing vulnerabilities through security patching? Are we getting regular reports of that activity so that, in the event of a breach, it’s documented and we can respond effectively to an audit? Is our firewall being actively managed?You need to have a managed security system in place, one that includes regular reports on security measures, potential threats and updates. If you need more information, conduct some research on third-party managed security service providers, which can offer on-premise and remote solutions depending on your needs.Misconception No. 3: Cybersecurity training is for the IT guys.Data security isn’t just IT’s responsibility — it needs to be a priority for all employees. Your entire network can be compromised if, for instance, just one employee falls victim to a phishing email.The threat landscape is constantly changing. Implementing an employee-training program and being able to demonstrate that security should be a priority for all employees and is becoming increasingly important. Invest in regular training sessions and implement policies to reinforce the information shared. Misconception No. 4: The price isn’t right.Small business owners often look at security solutions and say, “That sounds expensive.” In reality, the cost of these services is far from prohibitive, and the services can scale as businesses and their needs grow.What’s more, forgoing security solutions means you risk the much higher price tag that accompanies a breach. Reports from Kaspersky Lab indicate that small businesses spend an average $38,000 recovering from just one data breach.Before making an investment, then, conduct a thorough assessment of your current security measures. A security audit will give you a good idea of where you stand and make you aware of any serious vulnerability. Related: 4 Strategies Small Businesses Can Use To Avoid a Data BreachLike any unfortunate event, data breaches can happen to any business — not just those with big names. The FTC ruling in LabMD demonstrates how the government is placing more and more liability responsibility on business owners to protect their client data.If yours is a small business, just claiming “I didn’t know” will no longer suffice when a data breach does occur. No matter what the size or industry of your business, make data security a top priority. 6 min read February 20, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands for the week ahead

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect  traffic and travel  delays due to roadworks across the Staffordshire Moorlands this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the district on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Staffordshire Moorlands from Monday February 25 until Sunday March 3. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication, or roadworks listed as unlikely to cause delays. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. All information from local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreNine homes on land behind Land Rover dealership refused   A523 (near Rudyard Lake): Multi-way signals on A523 Macclesfield Road at the junction of Rushton Road/Leek Old Road on February 27 Bradnop: Temporary traffic lights along A523 Ashbourne Road from February 27 until March 4 Blythe Bridge:  Caverswall Road closed from January 28 until March 14 Blythe Bridge: Give and take traffic control on Grindley Lane from February 25 until February 27 Brown Edge: Roadworks and road closure on Sandy Lane from junction with Bank End to junction with Hough Hill until 6pm on February 25 Cheadle: Roadworks and road closure on High Street between Cross Street and Tape Street  on March 3 Denford: Huntley Lane closed between Sandy Lane and Catswall Lane from February 26 until February 28 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Ashbourne Road near Moorhouse Street from February 25 until March 1 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on A53 Broad Street at junction with Hartington Street from March 3 until March 6. Leek/Leekbrook: Two way signals on A520 Cheddleton Road between Birchall and Leekbrook Bridge until April 12 Leek: Road closure on Portland Street until February 25 Read MorePet owners to face £100 penalty for not cleaning up dog mess Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more