Council Roundup: Height and Zoning Changes Approved

first_imgThe 1000 block of Asbury Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, is part of Ocean City’s Central Business (CB) zone.At Thursday’s public meeting (Nov. 13), City Council approved spending $750,000 for a new skateboard park on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue, but here are a handful of other items that might be of interest:Utility Poles in Merion Park: Council approved the first reading of an ordinance approving two new utility poles to service the new pump station for the flood-prone neighborhood. A second reading is schedule for Dec. 4. Mayor Jay Gillian reports that the project is near complete.Downtown Business Zone Changes: Council gave final approval to an ordinance that includes changes related to building height, design standards, parking requirements, balconies and decks, and residential units in the Central Business (CB) Zone. See the Agenda Packet for full documentation.New Height Guidelines for Residences: City Council gave final approval to an amended ordinance that changes how building heights are measured. In determining how tall new buildings can be built, heights will measured from a point at three feet above base flood elevation (from that point to the top of the roof). A recently approved ordinance that requires the floor joists of new homes to be built two feet above BFE remains unchanged. See the Agenda Packet for full documentation.New Height Guidelines for Businesses: Council gave final approval to the first of several amended ordinances designed to create a uniform measuring point for heights in all commercial districts. The reference point is base flood elevation (and not the center line of the street) under the proposed measure.Beach Project Easements: Council gave final approval to an ordinance that provides easements to the state and federal government on beach parcels for which the city holds riparian grants. The piece of paperwork is one of the last steps required before the project can begin.See the Agenda Packet for full documentation on all agenda items.__________Click here to sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alertslast_img read more

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Harvard student receives Helton Fellowship

first_imgThe American Society of International Law (ASIL) has announced its 10th class of Helton Fellowship winners who received a $2,000 micro-grant to peruse fieldwork or research on a variety of issues involving human rights, international criminal law, humanitarian affairs, and other international law areas.This year’s winners included one Harvard student, Shayak Sarkar, a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Economics. He will be actively pursuing research to improve financial regulation and governance in collaboration with the Centre for Microfinance and the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy in New Dehli, India.last_img

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka an injury doubt for Manchester United’s game against AZ Alkmaar

first_imgWan-Bissaka missed United’s draw with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure if Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be fit to play against Manchester United’s Europa League clash against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.The right-back missed United’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Monday night due to tonsillitis.Ashley Young played at right-back in Wan-Bissaka’s absence and may be called upon to fill in again for the youngster against AZ Alkmaar.Asked if Wan-Bissaka would be well enough to travel to the Netherlands, Solskjaer replied: ‘Not sure.’ADVERTISEMENT Solskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flagTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:37FullscreenSolskjaer says Man Utd players were affected by linesman’s flaghttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-says-man-utd-players-affected-linesmans-flag-2016988/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Wan-Bissaka has become a crucial figure in United’s team since joining from Crystal Palace in the summer.The draw with Arsenal was the first Premier League match Wan-Bissaka has missed this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited were also without Anthony Martial for the game and it appears the striker may not return to action until after the international break. Advertisement Martial has not played since August (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer takes his side to St James’ Park this weekend to take on Newcastle before breaking up for two weeks.Martial has not played since the end of August and Solskjaer confirmed the Frenchman would not feature on Thursday night.‘Maybe the weekend, if not [it will be] after the international break,’ Solskjaer said about Martial.MORE: Robin van Persie disagrees with David de Gea that Manchester United ‘deserved’ to beat ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Aaron Wan-Bissaka an injury doubt for Manchester United’s game against AZ Alkmaar Comment Coral BarryTuesday 1 Oct 2019 11:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShareslast_img read more

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Infographic: the life and work of Oliver Tambo

first_imgOn 27 October South Africa commemorates what would have been the 100th birthday of Oliver Tambo, one of the country’s most important revolutionary leaders. Here is an overview of Tambo’s history and significance in the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy.South African political icon Oliver Tambo embodied the values of unity, sacrifice, humility, honesty, discipline and mutual respect. In 2017, the country commemorates the centenary of Tambo’s birth. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSources: South African History Online, The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

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The Hackers Are Winning

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#cybersecurity#hackers#security After almost two decades online, I have never been more paranoid about my security, identity and theft.Since the start of 2013, the following has happened:My Twitter password was compromised.So was the password on my Evernote account.My Yahoo email (which I hardly use anymore) was hacked and sent spam to everybody in my contacts.And, the kicker of them all, my debit card was compromised while I was traveling in Manhattan.That’s just my personal journey for the first two and a half months of the year. I am not alone. Millions of Internet users have been affected by security breaches so far in 2013. Even the big companies of the Internet have seen breaches. Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have all admitted to being penetrated in one form or another. High profile Twitter accounts have been hacked, like those of Burger King and Jeep.It’s time to admit it. The hackers are winning. Are They, Really?Assaying blame for hacks is a difficult endeavor. On one hand, people say we need to rebuild the Internet to make it more secure by default. Their theory is that the Web is, by its very nature, a hodge-podge mix of vulnerable nodes and standards that is aging and easy to exploit. This is largely true. Hackers hoard zero-day vulnerabilities like squirrels preparing for winter, and a motivated hacker can basically bust through anything.On the other, many security experts argue that security starts with the individual. If you get hacked, you are basically at fault for violating basic security protocols — for instance, by failing to change your passwords or by clicking on suspicious links. “There’s no simple answer to this question,” Catalin Cosoi of antivirus company BitDefender wrote in an email to ReadWrite. He continued:Hackers, scammers and malware writers have two main advantages: they have access to a lot of money (either by sponsorship or classic fraud) and they don’t have to obey any software practice (their “software” doesn’t have to be properly tested, it can have bugs, doesn’t have to work on any operating system and it really doesn’t matter if it crashes a few machines). However, no one wants to complicate their lives more than needed or pay more that it actually makes, so if the hack gets very complicated, they will simply move to someone else.Reactive Measures & The Myth Of The Impenetrable FortressAntivirus companies like Bitdefender are, by their own admission, highly reactive. They wait for a new virus to show itself on the Internet and then create a way to inoculate against it. This reactive approach has been going on for almost 20 years and it is increasingly becoming an untenable model.“It works the same way human medicine responds to illness: once you identified the stream or the behavior, you can create vaccine for it,” Cosoi said. “But we can’t find a cure for an illness that doesn’t currently exist –- at least not without significant costs. What we can do, though, is find ways to boost the immune system to make it less prone to future infections. In the security industry, we call this raising the cost of the attack.”Spammers and malicious hackers have the stereotype of being inherently lazy. Like any stereotype, this is both true and false.When it comes to getting people’s money, most spammers prefer the path of least resistance. This leads to the quantity-over-quality approaches such as hacking Yahoo email accounts and spamming every contact from the user’s address book. The easy route is to just get one person on the hook and then spread the virus through them, multiplying the scale of the attack with each successful infection.When Cosoi talks about “raising the cost of the attack,” he means that if it was harder to perform these types of attacks, they would slow to a trickle. The fact that they are so easy for spammers means they will continue. On the other hand, it is nearly impossible to keep a motivated hacker from getting something he or she really wants. These types of black hats are fewer and further in between but are infinitely more dangerous than your average spam-net. They usually don’t target average users. Instead, they target the enterprise behind the user, which can lead to widespread breaches that affect everybody. As security researcher Graham Cluley at Sophos put it to me via email:Regular Joe User isn’t being targeted, and don’t have to follow any different rules than the ones they should have been following for some years now to deal with the approximately 100,000 new unique samples of malware we see each day.Is It Your Fault?Some in the security industry think that breaches (both enterprise and individual) are inherently preventable. Just be smart and you’ll be fine, right?“The sky is not falling,” said Cluley. “Burger King, Jeep and others who have had their Twitter accounts hacked have probably fallen victim because of human weakness. Chances are that they followed poor password practices, like using the same password in multiple places or choosing a password that was easy to crack.”I can half believe that sentiment. It’s very easy to imagine some intern manning the Burger King Twitter account might have a poor password or has been clicking on linkbait spam. That doesn’t negate the fact that Twitter itself was hacked, exposing the passwords of some of its more popular and influential users.I’m highly aware of suspicious links and attempts to spearphish me (a tactic where a specialized message with a poisoned link is sent to an individual as opposed to spammed to the masses). I don’t click on links that might be malware.Caution Only Gets You So FarAnd yet, my caution hasn’t protected me. For instance, I was not spammed or phished on Yahoo. I hardly use the account and only became aware of the hack when my Yahoo email started spamming my Google email (oh, the irony). This hack was on the Yahoo side, not the fault of an individual. Same goes for my password compromises on Evernote and Twitter. Unless I’m completely missing something, these breaches were not my fault. I was a victim caught in a larger game of cat-and-mouse between the hackers, security companies and susceptible enterprises. “There are no shortage of attackers with the necessary skill, motivation and financial resources to break into a given enterprise and steal data,” said Michael Sutton VP of security research at Zscaler, a company that focuses on detecting breaches. “When companies such as Twitter, Apple and Facebook, with sophisticated security teams and more than adequate means to attract the very best talent cannot stop every attack, we must accept that the goal of building an impenetrable fortress is unachievable.”Security Starts With The Individual (Who Can Still Be A Victim)Researchers like Cluley have long advocated that security starts and ends with the individual.“The takeaway from all these security stories is that each of us has a part to play in the fight against the bad guys — whether it’s on our home computers (ensuring they don’t get hijacked into a botnet) or in the workplace,” Cluley said. “Report suspicious activity, think before clicking on unsolicited attachments or links, keep your OS, your PDF reader, your anti-virus up-to-date with the latest security patches.”The argument is a sound one and similar to how entities like the World Health Organization have gone about fighting outbreaks of epidemic disease: educate people to take care of themselves. Sometimes though, it doesn’t matter how much you know or how assiduously you take care of yourself — you are going to get sick (or hacked) and there is nothing you can do about it.So, are the hackers winning? When people still do everything right and still become victims, you tell me. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Corporate tax cut a ‘bold’ step and Deepavali gift to India: Yogi Adityanath

first_imgTerming the huge cut in corporate tax rates by the Centre early this week as a “bold” step and a pre-Deepavali gift to India Inc., Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday hoped the ₹1.45 lakh crore tax break would help propel India into a USD 5 trillion economy and U.P. into a USD 1 trillion economy by 2024. “The message behind the cut in tax rates is very clear – more wealth and more investment by companies, creation of more jobs, high development, increase in demand and productivity, and increased income,” said Mr. Adityanath. The Chief Minister exuded confidence that the Union Finance Ministry’s move will “not only enable India to become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also help Uttar Pradesh to embark on the path of becoming a USD 1 trillion economy”. The Chief Minister made the remarks at a news conference ahead of a training programme Manthan organised for ministers and senior officials of the Uttar Pradesh government by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He said the tax rate cuts will tremendously benefit the automobile sector and capital intensive industries such as construction and engineering. “U.P. has already prepared 21 sectoral policies and is ready as a new investment destination. The new tax rate cut will boost new possibilities in the State and will have a positive impact on the State’s economy,” an official statement quoted the Chief Minister as saying. “The move will not have any negative impact on tax collection in the State. The tax rate cut is a historic and bold step,” the Chief Minister added. “The US-China trade war will benefit the country, and U.P. can derive the maximum benefit from it, as the State has better connectivity, land bank, policies of most of the focus sectors,” said Mr. Adityanath. “We have also made a significant jump in the country in the ease of doing business. In the past two-and-a-half years, the condition of MSME sector in the State has also improved,” the Chief Minister said. Mr. Adityanath said that at a time when growth rate of many countries is hovering in the range of 1-2%, India is growing at the rate of “over 5%”. “I congratulate the Prime Minister and Union Finance Minister for these historic and bold decisions,” he said, adding Uttar Pradesh will become one of the most attractive investment destinations. Battling a six-year low economic growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate, the Centre on Friday slashed corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10% to 25.17% to bring them at par with Asian rivals such as China and South Korea, as it looked to boost demand and investments.last_img read more

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Congress used to darbar culture, why is Sonia silent on corruption: BJP

first_imgStepping up its attack on the Congress after it targeted its president Nitin Gadkari, the BJP on Friday put a four-point poser to Sonia Gandhi, questioning her silence on various scams emerging in the country.Seeking an apology from the Congress for the “shameful, sub-standard and uncivilised” attacks on Gadkari, BJP’s chief national spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress was used to the “darbar culture” and unable to digest the fact that a common worker can rise to the level of national president in the Opposition party.The BJP asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to explain why she had remained silent on matters concerning corruption in the 2G spectrum case, the Commonwealth Games scam, the Adarsh Cooperative Housing scam and a Delhi minister’s indictment by the Lokayukta. The party said it expected Sonia to reply if she was “serious and sincere in the fight against corruption”.Alleging that Sonia’s claims of tackling corruption seriously were an eyewash, Prasad said: “There was nothing wrong in the BJP chief’s comments on the Congress president that her claims of fighting corruption were hollow. The nation understood everything as the Congress president fears many skeletons would come out in case she went ahead with dealing against corruption sternly.”He said the Congress’s reaction to Gadkari reflected that a “cornered Congress has become deeply frustrated” on the issue of corruption.”Why did she (Sonia) keep quiet when Rs 1.76 lakh crore of public money was looted in the 2G scam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was giving a clean chit to then telecom minister A. Raja,” Prasad asked.advertisementPrasad also questioned Sonia’s “silence when Rs 70,000 crore of public money was looted in the name of Commonwealth Games and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was lambasting the Shunglu Committee report even when it had serious allegations against her”.He also raised the issue of important files pertaining to the Adarsh Cooperative Housing scam being lost under curious circumstances.In his last poser, Prasad questioned Sonia on why she “kept quiet after the Lokayukta indicted Delhi Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for his abuse of authority and recommended his removal even while the Congress government got a collusive recommendation from the President to get the Lokayukta report rejected”.Justifying Gadkari’s comments, the BJP deplored the “shameful, sub-standard and uncivilised” attacks made by the Congress against him and sought an apology.”A cornered Congress has become deeply frustrated as far as the issue of corruption is concerned and therefore the kind of uncivilised and below standard comments are being made against the BJP national president, which are deeply regrettable and condemnable,” Prasad said.”The Congress is used to the darbar culture, where only a member of a particular family could become the national party president and is unable to digest the fact that a common worker can rise to the level of the party’s national president,” Prasad said.”We are proud of this democratic culture, where a partyman from the grassroot level can rise to such a level. This can only happen in the BJP,” he said.Earlier, the BJP spokesman sought an apology from Sonia and Singh over a Delhi minister’s comments on Raj Ghat and Mahatma Gandhi.”This is like playing a cruel joke with the pride of the Father of the Nation,” he said. “Both the Congress chief and the PM owe an apology to the nation.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Not thinking about retirement yet: Ignace Tirkey

first_imgHe may be the oldest Indian to take the hockey field at the London Olympics and considered surplus to requirements for the three upcoming tournaments, but veteran full-back Ignace Tirkey is not ready to call it a day yet and is targeting the big events coming up in 2014.Before the Olympic Qualifier in the Capital earlier this year, Ignace -who was also part of the 2004 Athens Games squad -had indicated that he would like to have another shot at the Olympics before retiring.However, the 31-year-old seems to have had a change of heart despite being told that he is not in contention for the teams to be picked for the Lanco International nine-a-side Super Series, FIH Champions Trophy and the Asian Champions Trophy.”I am not thinking about retirement yet. In fact, I am looking forward to 2014 which will have three major events -the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asiad,” Ignace told Mail Today on Tuesday.”If I am fit, I will like to play in those tournaments.It all depends on the condition in which my body will be at that time.” After India’s 12th-place finish at the London Games, veterans such as Ignace, goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and forward Tushar Khandker did not find a place when the probables list was trimmed from 48 to 33.Ignace, who has left the national camp in Patiala for his hometown Ranchi, said he will now concentrate on performing well in domestic tournaments.”In a few days’ time, I will go to Kolkata to play in the Beighton Cup. I will also play in the Nehru and Shastri hockey tournaments,” the armyman said.”There are no major international tournaments in 2013, but I am gearing up for the first edition of the Hockey India League.” Ignace has been dogged by a groin injury of late and though it is much better now, he believes it would have played a role in the selectors asking him to take a break.”I am undergoing continuous treatment on it and am 70 per cent ok. However, that may not be enough for the level of fitness required. I did not do much practice during the break after the Olympics. I will continue with my rest and recuperation in the coming weeks,” he said.Ignace believes it is the right time to test youngsters for the future.”The selectors wanted to try out the new boys so they gave rest to a few of us.” His longtime teammate Khandker also believed that the omission did not mean the end of the road for them.”It is very important to groom youngsters and find out who can be part of the team when the big events come in 2014 and 2016,” the forward told Mail Today. “As far as my future is concerned, I am confident that can make it back to the national team soon. In the meantime, I will continue playing all the domestic tournaments to prove that I have still got what it takes to succeed at the top level,” Khandker added.advertisementlast_img read more

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New DEMA Director introduced to Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:dema, Desiree lewis, john claydon Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Jul 2015 – For the past two weeks he has been mentioned in major news coming from the government’s arm for managing coastal resources. Officially, TCIG is now introducing the nation to Dr John Claydon who heads the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, aka, DEMA. Permanent Secretary Desiree Lewis said in a statement: “We are pleased to have Dr. Claydon as part of the team and look forward to a prosperous and sustainable future with him, his knowledge and professionalism will be an asset considering that the 14 British Overseas Territories account for 90% of the UK’s biodiversity.” Dr. Claydon holds a Ph.D. from James Cook University, Australia and has 10 years industry experience with a background in Marine Biology & Ecology and strong familiarity with this region. In fact, he has also spent six years on the island of South Caicos as a lecturer in tropical marine ecology and later as Director of the School for Field Studies. Dr. Claydon joined the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture since July 4. Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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The Caribbean Region First to be Free of Local Measles Transmission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 11 November 2016 – The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission.This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).This means that children in the Caribbean are now less likely to be affected by measles, once they are vaccinated.  Measles affects mostly children and is one of the most contagious diseases.However, widespread use of the vaccine has led to a great reduction in measles cases in the Region.“No local measles cases have been reported in the Caribbean Region since 1991,” stated Dr. C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). He warned however, that “we cannot become complacent, as measles still circulates in other parts of the world.”  He went on to say “due to the high intensity of international travel related to the large tourism sector, the Caribbean region remains at high risk for the importation of measles and rubella cases.”Between 1971 and 1979, more than 100,000 deaths in the Americas were attributable to the disease.  Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets or via direct contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of infected individuals. It can cause serious complications including blindness, severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in children with nutritional problems.Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Caribbean and countries of the Americas, after the regional eradication of endemic smallpox in 1971, polio in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015. Related Items:last_img read more

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