October 17, 2019
BOSTON – Retired Canadian women’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser will donate her brain to concussion research after her death.The Concussion Legacy Foundation says the four-time Olympic gold medallist and seven-time world champion is one of three female Olympians to commit her brain to the Boston-based organization.American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor and Hockey Hall of Famer Angela Ruggiero of the U.S., were also listed in Tuesday’s announcement.Wickenheiser has been involved with concussion-related causes in the past, including helping develop video game technology to treat concussions last summer.She co-chairs the advisory board of Highmark Interactive, a Toronto digital therapeutics company developing video games to diagnose and treat concussion and brain injuries.Wickenheiser, 39, said she suffered dizziness and nausea after taking a hit in a Swedish men’s pro league in 2008 and witnessed the deterioration of friend and former NHL player Steve Montador, who was diagnosed after his death in 2015 with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.“As I transition to being an ambassador for hockey in my retirement, I am determined to leave hockey better and safer,” Wickenheiser said in a release. “Steve Montador was a friend, and when he was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015, I became inspired to do my part to fight this disease.”CTE is a degenerative brain condition that doctors believe is caused by concussions.The Concussion Legacy Foundation, which supports CTE and concussion research, says more than 2,800 former athletes and military veterans have promised to donate their brains to their organization since 2008. More than 560 of those pledges are from women.“By pledging my brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the researchers at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, I hope to support the best science and accelerate the development of ways to prevent and treat CTE,” said Wickenheiser.
October 16, 2019
Jewel will perform in Roseville, CA, on Friday as part of the Breast Concert Ever.Join NOW 100.5 at the “Breast Concert Ever” on Friday, September 14th at The Grounds in Roseville. You’ll enjoy performances from: Jewel, A Great Big World and Ocean Park Standoff . In addition to the concert under the stars, the event will feature vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, cocktails, and tons of activities for the entire family. This is an all-ages show.A portion of ticket sales will go to Cure Breast Cancer.Find out more here.
October 13, 2019
TORONTO — Ontario’s financial watchdog is set to release his latest assessment of the province’s economy and the government’s fiscal outlook this morning.Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman is expected to discuss his fall economic and budget outlook at a news conference at 10 a.m.It will be his first such report since the Progressive Conservatives took office in June.The FAO issued its spring economic outlook just weeks before the provincial election, saying the province’s deficit would jump to almost $12 billion in 2018 as a result of higher spending in the budget presented by the then-governing Liberals, as well as weak revenue gains.The Liberals had projected a deficit of $6.7 billion, a figure that was also called into question by Ontario’s auditor general.The Tories have since accepted the auditor general’s accounting but say a commission of inquiry and financial review convened to examine government spending found the province’s deficit will grow to $15 billion this year.Weltman, meanwhile, announced this summer he would look into the new government’s cancellation of the cap-and-trade program in order to determine how much that decision will end up costing the province.The Canadian Press
October 13, 2019
Surveys were put forth to get public opinion on the use for this space and now the City would like to share the results of the engagement process by discussing building options such as either a wood or metal structure with Council and a breakdown of the cost to build either option one or two.The City hopes to start project tendering in March 2019 and begin construction in April with completion in September 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City is approaching Council next week with a presentation for the Festival Plaza Conceptual Development.The City will ask Council, on December 10th after their presentation, if they wish to proceed with one of the two design options and for any further input in regards to the configuration of the space and access by possible roads. The City will ask the type of building that Council will prefer and does Council want the City to look further into public opinion regarding the festival plaza.$1.2 Million Dollars was allocated from the Peace River Agreement signing bonus in 2015 for the development of this space. This new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub.
October 12, 2019
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recreation department of Fort St. John is promoting ‘Back to School with a Flash’ an incentive to encourage safety amongst students, citizens and classrooms.September 3rd through 27th, 2019, staff from the city’s recreation team want to see back to school safe for students by getting involved and possibly winning a prize. Students are being encouraged to be as bright and visible as they can with the use of reflectors and high visibility, take a picture and email with a description of why safety is important.Citizens that live on a direct school route are being encouraged to brighten their home for mornings as children travel to school. Take a picture and email your submission for a chance to win a prize.Teachers/ Classrooms are encouraged to take a group picture of their students in their safety wear and share why safety is so important and email your submission for a chance to win a bouncy party a the field house.The staff of the recreation department share prizes will be determined depending on entries and the ages of selected winners.Photo entries of your outfit, or lit-up house, or your whole class and a description of why safety is important must be submitted to [email protected]
October 12, 2019
I had the benefit recently of listening to a well established American IT expert on the challenges for security strategists in these times of a literal tsunami of technological advancements. He brought out how the incredible speed at which technology was developing made it difficult to assess its repercussions for the future in terms of both global competition in business as well as the evolution of the military domain. It confirmed my belief that while a security specialist could do without being a technology expert, a technology advisor would succeed only if he or she had a complete grasp of security parameters and strategies – in this case, the presenter, fortunately, was aware of the importance of security orientation of technical advisors. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe tsunami of technology witnessed today can do two things – it can help development and a global advance on a positive note or add to the threat spectrum for vulnerable national entities. It is necessary that we do not see ghosts in new technology, do not look upon the speed of technology advancement as a threat by itself and have the ability to visualise and assess if something was adding up to a danger potential from both national and global angles. Also Read – Insider threat managementSecurity is a ‘science’ in the sense that it rests on concepts, precision, and detection of fault lines. It works on clarity – the bedrock of science – that admits of no compromise on this count. A nation and an individual have two basic needs, economic well being and security. For development, technology seeks the ‘end’ in terms of product creation and product delivery but in the domain of security technology has to provide at best a rolling improvement of ‘means’ in a situation where the goal post was never static – dependent as it was on the changing scenario set by the adversary. What does not change in security is the basic framework of requirements that held good in all contexts – national security, enterprise security or cybersecurity. All technology experts should have a good understanding of this in today’s world. All advisors – technical or non-technical – who are on the security turf should know what a ‘secure perimeter’ around the identified subject of protection has to be, varying from a brick and mortar fence to a firewall, what ‘intrusion detection’ systems needed to be put in place, what would be the nature of ‘Access Controls’ and ‘Inner Access Controls’ required in that specific situation and what was to be done for the ‘Insider Threat Management’. In cybersecurity, ‘hacking’ is an intrusion – though it is more like sabotage – that is detected only after it had happened so the prime response of the attacked entity has to be to safeguard what was left undamaged. ‘Access Controls’ begin with the confirmation of the identity of the person seeking to gain entrance. In the cyber domain, Login and Application layer controls served the purpose. Security of information in transit or storage is maintained through encryption. ‘Inner Access Controls’ regulate entry into sensitive inner segments like Process areas, Command & Control Centre and the location of sensitive information. Personnel Security has a limited technology paradigm, and the Insider Threat Management that covers it is largely a human effort that used intelligence tradecraft available with trained security professionals. Studies have shown that a vast majority of security breaches are traceable to conniving members of the protected organisation. Scientists including technology developers are used to transparency but in these days of ‘dual use’ they have to understand the compulsions of ‘Need to Know’ – a basic practice in the security domain that ensured that the information sought by the adversary about a protected technology would not be in possession of just any other member of the targeted enterprise. The real challenge for the security professionals lies in detecting signs of ‘vulnerability’ and establishing grounds for ‘suspicion’. An employee showing greed, addiction or disgruntlement is vulnerable to exploitation by the adversary. Signs of suspicion that the member might have been compromised already are unravelled in surprise checks, audits and operations that used special skills of intelligence tradecraft such as surveillance, secret enquiries and tapping confidentially raised Informers. Today, technology is used in a huge way in all security measures. In all situations, however, human intervention and deduction are to be constantly associated with technology there. CCTV network cannot do without human monitoring of the feed constantly or at least periodically. Response to a detected intrusion has to be guided by a human mind. A worker at the assembly line alone can notice any process flaw that needed to be rectified for better productivity. Change of Passwords, level of encryption and points of surprise checks are all decided by the concerned leaders. Data Integration and Data Analytics is done in the framework set by human masters. Technology has achieved a great deal here by doing something that was earlier done only by human analysis producing ‘triggers’ for action. This is the much talked about turf of Artificial Intelligence that now even handles the preliminary part of ‘action’ that was needed in response to a ‘trigger’. Robots do this precisely as the replacement of humans in certain sectors of ‘services’. Defence Technology is making striking contributions to the task of neutralising the ‘visible’ enemy more effective but in security, which deals with the ‘unseen’ adversary, technology tools have to play closely with the human controllers in an ongoing fashion. A technology man has to grasp the essence of security to act successfully as Technology Advisor in that realm. At the strategic level, the US and India have, apart from defence cooperation, a lot of conversion on the global issues of security – the new threat of global terror where motivation was rooted in notions of faith and indoctrination was strong enough to turn a young man into a suicide bomber, is clearly on top of the chart. The appearance of ‘lone wolf’ on the terror front is facilitated by the new communication devices, miniaturisation of weapons of attack and explosive devices and use of cyber space for online radicalisation. Hacking is another challenge to security technology and so is the rise of malware injection into both hardware entities and software programmes. Security cooperation amongst friendly countries is now focused on technology for preventing cyber attacks or neutralising a terrorist on one hand and the upgrade of the war machine on the other. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)
September 18, 2019
Fiorentina will visit Lazio at Stadio Olimpico tomorrow afternoon, as part of Matchday 8 in the Italian Lega Serie AFor Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli, the chance to continue climbing in the Italian Lega Serie A is real.But there’s an obstacle: the team has to beat Lazio at Stadio Olimpico.“Our away performances this season have taught us we must never give in. We’ve especially got to be on our toes against an opponent with such quality, as every ball could be decisive,” the manager told reporters as quoted by Football Italia.“Kevin Mirallas is not making the trip, as he had an ankle problem in the final training session. Marko Pjaca is in good shape, but I wish he’d be more relaxed and enthusiastic, not weighed down by the desire to prove something.”“I don’t know if other teams are getting scared of us, but our growth process must be a gradual and continual one because we are still young,” he added.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Our ambition is to improve upon last season and be dangerous in every game. Our future will be decided by results, so let’s not put the horse before the cart.”“The important thing is to rely on our philosophy, which is to play good football and create chances. It’ll be tough because Lazio combines technical quality with physical strength,” he said.Mister Pioli alla vigilia di @OfficialSSLazio – Fiorentina 🎙🎥 https://t.co/TUVtkwfwd2 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti #LazioFiorentina pic.twitter.com/n2uiOoaqkj— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) October 6, 2018