Best of the Best Regatta on final leg this weekend in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, Renward R. Wells, held a press conference last week to update on The Bahamas’ second annual hosting of the Final Stretch of the “Best of the Best” Regatta, scheduled for December 7 thru 10, 2017 at Montagu Bay.   Minister Wells said that more than 50 boats are participating in the A, B and C classes and the Ministry has done its part to ensure the level of participation lives up to the name “Best of the Best.”He added that boat owners and captains will continue to inform the Ministry of what is needed to prepare for what may well be the most competitive weekend of sloop sailing in the history of The Bahamas — anticipating the weekend will be a ‘clash of the champions,’ this Thursday.“Speaking of champions, I am pleased that we will also be hosting the year-end race event for the Star Sailor’s League.  Sailors from around the world have begun arriving and training in Montagu Harbour for what, too, will be a very competitive race,” said Minister Wells.“As a fellow Olympian and a proud Bahamian, I am particularly pleased that we will be hosting a number of Olympic gold medalists and world champions in this race.   I thank Mr. Robert Dunkley and the Nassau Yacht Club team for their work in staging the races along with the Star Sailor’s League.   I am particularly delighted to announce that our own Olympic Gold medal winner, The Sea Wolf, Sir Durward Knowles, will be out to view the races.”#MagneticMediaNews#BestoftheBestRegattaPhoto credit: Life on The Hook Related Items:#BestoftheBestRegatta, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Former McClellan AFB to Pursue Permanent Role as Aviation Hub for Forest

first_imgSacramento officials are promoting McClellan Park, the reuse project at the former McClellan Air Force Base, as the U.S. Forest Service’s Western base of operations for its fleet of firefighting aircraft.“We think we have a pretty good location for this,” Larry Kelley, president of McClellan Park LLC, the firm that runs the 3,000-acre business park, told the Sacramento Bee.The base recently was selected as the temporary home for a fleet of at least five Forest Service HC-130H aircraft. The three-year contract — which is generating 100 fire-season jobs and 20 off-season ones — could give McClellan a leg up in the competition to become the Forest Service’s permanent home for as many as seven Hercules firefighting aircraft, say McClellan officials and Rep. Doris Matsui (D).Other states also have expressed interest in becoming the agency’s hub for air firefighting.McClellan’s assets include large hangars and a 10,600-foot runway, an existing Coast Guard Air Station, and a fire retardant distribution center and maintenance facility run by Cal Fire, said Scott Owens, senior vice president of McClellan Business Park and McClellan Jet Services.The Forest Service has begun the search for a long-term base of operations, which would be located somewhere in the 11 western-most states. “The long-term facility will be the primary base for maintenance and training, and it will be the off-season home of the aircraft and crews,” according to an agency spokeswoman. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Wipro increase freshers salaries by Rs 30000 per annum

first_imgSpecial arrangementIn a first, Wipro has increased the annual freshers’ package by Rs 30,000. It will now give Rs 3.5 lakh per annum compared to Rs 3.2 lakh which the freshers were receiving till now.The decision by Wipro has come at a time when many MNCs have tried to revamp their companies to make the employees more adaptable to change, in some cases, even fire the senior level employees to make way for a younger demographic.Earlier this month, Cognizant had laid off 200 of its senior employees while Tech Mahindra had lowered the retirement age for its employees.TCS has started a national-level test during placements to find those with newer skills, preferably in coding. Infosys is also on a similar path.Taking Cognizant as an example Wipro has also decided to keep a nation-wide test in order to procure as much talent as possible.”We are also introducing a coding test to improve the quality of hires. We are looking to roll out a broad-based national talent test to expand the reach of our hiring process,” Wipro president and chief human resources officer Saurabh Goval was quoted saying by TOI.The report claims that the number of Wipro’s employees has risen by 10,687, which is the highest in 15 quarters.”We are hiring 25-30 per cent more than last year,” Goval said.The multi-national company has been training students in colleges in particular software and modules to hire them faster.”We have collapsed the internal training period to 1-2 weeks in some cases to deploy them faster,”  Govil told The Times of India.last_img read more

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IS fighter wants to return to Italy

first_imgMounsef al-Mkhayar, 22, an Islamic state fighter of Morrocan descent and Italian citizenship, gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Qamishli, Syria 9 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersAn Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life, saying he had abandoned the self-styled jihadist “caliphate” after growing disillusioned with its rulers.Mounsef al-Mkhayar, a 22-year-old of Moroccan descent who grew up in Italy, spoke to Reuters in his first interview since surrendering to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) two months ago.He has been in prison since emerging from Baghouz, a tiny village in eastern Syria where the SDF is poised to wipe out the last vestige of Islamic State rule – which once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.Mkhayar gave an account of growing chaos among jihadists on the brink of defeat, and of disputes in the ranks as top commanders fled Syria.But he said Islamic State was also planning for the next phase, smuggling out hundreds of men to set up sleeper cells across Iraq and eastern Syria: “They said ‘We must get revenge.'”Mkhayar is one of thousands from all over the world who were drawn to the promise of an ultra-radical Sunni Islamist utopia overriding national borders. Kurdish security officials identified him as Italian, and he said he holds Italian citizenship.”I wish to return to Italy to my family and friends … for them to accept and help me to live a new life,” said Mkhayar, who walks on crutches after shelling injured his leg. “I just want to get out of this movie, I’m tired.”FROM MILAN TO MAYADINMkhayar was sentenced to eight years in jail by a Milan court in 2017 for spreading Islamic State propaganda and trying to recruit Italians to its cause, according to Italian media. As a result, he is likely to have to serve this sentence if he does return to Italy.Reuters interviewed him at a security office in northern Syria in the presence of an SDF official.As it nears victory, the SDF has struggled with the dilemma of holding fighters who travelled from abroad to join Islamic State along with women and children.Before the final assault on Baghouz, the Kurdish-led SDF said it had around 800 foreign militants in jails and 2,000 of their wives and children in camps. Since then, the numbers have ballooned.The SDF wants them sent back where they came from. But foreign governments generally do not want to receive citizens who may be hard to prosecute, and who pledged allegiance to a caliphate that left behind of a trail of butchery.Once an atheist with an affinity for rap music and a dream of moving to America, Mkhayar joined Islamic State at 18.He said he had spent most of his life in Milan with an aunt he calls his mother, before being placed in a home for troubled youths overseen by an Italian priest. He spent a month in prison on drugs charges.Then he began immersing himself in Islamic State videos on YouTube and speaking to recruiters on Facebook. It took him only a month to decide to move to Syria with a friend four years ago.His friend was later killed on the battlefield. After military and religious training, Mkhayar fought on various fronts. As Islamic State lost its Syrian headquarters at Raqqa, he left for Mayadin on the Euphrates river in Syria, then moved further east across the desert, towards the Iraqi border.”WE’RE GETTING OUT”Amid a string of military defeats in eastern Syria, Islamic State leaders were in disarray, killing off rival clerics and commanders known as emirs, Mkhayar said.He said he had tried to quit the fighting but had been imprisoned, and then dispatched back to the frontlines as attacks intensified.He wound up in Baghouz, where he said the jihadists were split between wanting to give up or fight to the death.Mkhayar said his wife, a Syrian Kurdish woman from Kobani whom he had married three years ago, helped convince him to leave.”‘That’s it,’ we said, ‘we’re getting out.’ I saw my little daughter turning weak. I was scared my children would die.”Mkhayar said he could not sleep thinking about his wife and two daughters in a camp for displaced people in another part of northeast Syria. His wife is due to give birth in a month.He said he still believed in the idea of a caliphate for Muslims, but accused Islamic State rulers of governing their land like “a mafia”, seeking only to make money and violating their own rules with impunity.Commanders had stolen money and fled to Turkey, Iraq or Western Europe while ordering people to stay and defend Islam, he said.”This is my belief and I won’t change it, but here in Islamic State, in reality this doesn’t exist … There is no justice,” he said.”Honestly, I came here too fast … When I arrived, I found another story.”last_img read more

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Microsoft Security Essentials misses AVTest Certified status

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Microsoft Security Essentials misses AV-Test Certified status (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-microsoft-essentials-av-test-certified-status.html Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More information: blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archi … st-test-results.aspxcenter_img AV-Test is an independent testing lab based in Germany. As a service provider in IT security and anti-virus research, they aim at detecting and analyzing malware, and informing customers of results. Their work is done at laboratories in Magdeburg and Leipzig.Microsoft’s site presents Microsoft Security Essentials as “built for individuals and small businesses, but “based on the same technology that Microsoft uses to protect giant businesses.”Microsoft missed certification by one point on the current test. In the previous failure the company missed certification by half a point. “During November and December 2012 we continuously evaluated 25 home user security products using their default settings,” said the AV-Test account of its recent testing. “We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers.”Microsoft, meanwhile, issued a statement regarding the test results. “We continually evaluate and look at ways to improve our processes. We know from feedback from customers that industry testing is valuable, and their tests do help us improve,” said Joe Blackbird, program manager, Microsoft Malware Protection Center, in a response. “We’re committed to reducing our 0.0033 percent margin to zero.”On Microsoft’s side, he said, “We conduct a rigorous review of the results whenever test results warrant it. We take the protection of our customers very seriously, and the investments we make to do these reviews is an example of that commitment.”At the same time, he said, it was difficult for independent anti-malware testing organizations to devise “tests that are consistent with the real-world conditions that customers live in.” Blackbird reviewed a number of points, using figures to support his views. He offered “some key upfront data points to keep in mind.” Among the points listed in his response: “AV-Test’s test results indicate that our products detected 72 percent of all ‘0-day malware’ using a sample size of 100 pieces of malware. We know from telemetry from hundreds of millions of systems around the world that 99.997 percent of our customers hit with any 0-day did not encounter the malware samples tested in this test.” Microsoft anti-virus program evicts Chrome browser (Phys.org)—Microsoft Security Essentials failed another certification test by independent testing lab, AV-Test Institute. The group publishes test results every two months. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.1 was among three failures, in the testing that was done for the months of November and December 2012. The testing looked at over two dozen consumer antivirus security programs. The other two that failed certification were PC Tools Internet Security 2012 and AhnLab Internet Security 8.0.last_img read more

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