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Johnson wants Britons to cycle way out of lockdown

first_imgTopics : The government’s efforts to tease people out of lockdown and into their old spending habits that can give shops and restaurants a boost are complicated by Britain’s inability to safely reopen its schools.Polls shows people are also worried about using public transport. Many trains and buses are running half-empty during morning and evening commutes.Johnson’s plan envisions more Briton’s biking and walking to work in the long term.It promises to build “thousands of miles of protected cycle routes in towns and cities” as part of a £2 billion ($2.6 billion, 2.2 billion euro) “cycling and walking revolution”.The government has also promised to start releasing the first batch of £50 “bike repair vouchers” to help people get old cycles fixed.Britain’s official virus death toll of 45,759 is the highest in Europe. “To build a healthier, more active nation, we need the right infrastructure, training and support in place to give people the confidence to travel on two wheels,” Johnson said.”That’s why now is the time to shift gears and press ahead with our biggest and boldest plans yet to boost active travel — so that everyone can feel the transformative benefits of cycling.”Johnson introduced a bike sharing program in London during his spell as the British capital’s mayor from 2008 to 2016.But the so-called “Boris bikes” stood largely untouched during a months-long lockdown that still sees swathes of central London stand empty during working hours.center_img The British government promised Monday to build thousands of miles of new bike lanes to get people moving and healthy after months of coronavirus lockdown.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge comes on the heels of a plan to force restaurants to display calories on menus as part of a broader effort to win the battle of the bulge.Government data show two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight. Some studies suggests that the virus is especially deadly to people who are obese.last_img read more


Grindstone Neck celebrates 125th anniversary of golf course

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Biocenter_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 WINTER HARBOR — In a fast-paced world, time seems to stand still on the Grindstone Neck golf course.The course not only embodies the characteristics of traditional tracks, it unites a community through memories.Grindstone Association will celebrate the 125-year anniversary of its golf course with a scramble on Friday, July 29.Festivities will start at 11:30 a.m. and include lunch, a shotgun scramble, a hole event and cocktails. RSVP by July 18.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBuilt in 1891, Grindstone Neck ranks among the 100 oldest golf courses in the nation. The course, which is open from May through October, features views of the harbor and Frenchman Bay. Golfers can see the ocean from all nine holes.Golf originated in Scotland centuries ago before coming to the United States. Courses initially followed the terrain and incorporated natural elements into the game. Now, Grindstone Neck Chairman Doug Dick says most of the good golf courses are “immaculate” without a grass blade out of place — but not Grindstone Neck.“This is the way it used to be,” Dick says. “We don’t have sand traps like most golf courses, but we’ve got our own hazards.”Those hazards include rocks, tall grass, wind and fog.Dick, who summers in Winter Harbor, says he has played a lot of golf over his lifetime, and he has met people who belong to the finest clubs in the world.“They talk about how this is their favorite,” Dick says of Grindstone Neck. “Because it’s not manicured, a lot of crazy things happen. It’s a throwback.”Golfers (from left) Steven Kampmann, Doug Dick, Custis Swope, Edith Dixon and Kevin Conley spent Thursday morning reminiscing about the Grindstone Neck golf course at the yacht club in Winter Harbor. Grindstone Neck Association will celebrate the course’s 125-year anniversary on July 29. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSIt’s also a throwback to the past. Dick and four year-round locals — Edith Dixon, Custis Swope, Steven Kampmann and Kevin Conley — spend Thursday morning reminiscing about the course inside the Grindstone Neck Yacht Club.Conley, the course’s superintendent, grew up caddying for Grindstone Neck for $1.50 a game. He and the other caddies would kill time playing cards or baseball on the first fairway. While working, they would bet sodas on which golfers would win.“When you’re 11 years old and all your friends are down here caddying,” Conley says, “there was nothing better.”Conley caddied for Swope and Dixon as well as Kampmann’s parents. He said one of the funniest matchups was Kampmann’s mother and a local Conley called “Mr. Pepper.”“His mother was the best golfer, and Mr. Pepper,” Conley hesitates, “didn’t do so well.”Conley recalls one time Kampmann’s mom asked Mr. Pepper, who “used to swear a lot,” if he wanted to continue after he pounded the ball into the ground on the fifth hole.“He turned to the caddies and said, ‘We might as well keep up the comedy for them,’” Conley says, smiling.Generations of locals have their own stories about the course.“The great thing is that my kids and my grandchildren are all playing golf in this community,” Swope says. “A lot of them learned to golf here.”Kampmann recalls a comment he made to his son, who was 9 years old at the time, while the pair waited their turn at the third tee: “Someday, if you ever get married, I can’t imagine a better place to ask someone.” Years later, Kampmann’s son proposed to his wife on the third tee.Grindstone Neck Association will celebrate its golf course’s 125-year anniversary on July 29. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSKampmann says that, just the other day on the golf course, he and his sons ran into someone who used to caddie for Kampmann’s dad.“They never met my father,” Kampmann says of his children. “What I love about this is the continuity of relationships.”Dixon values the memories she has golfing with her late husband, Fitz Dixon. She says he notched four holes-in-one on the course before passing away in 2006.“Being a small community, we all kind of do everything together,” Edith Dixon says. “It can be an expensive thing to keep up. But if we didn’t have it, we couldn’t function.”“It ties the town together,” Conley adds.Conley tears up when discussing what the course means to him.“I’ve spent practically my whole life here,” he says. “Now, I have a 5-year-old son who gets to come to work with me. It’s very special. He’s going to grow up around this like I did.”Find more information about Grindstone Neck at grindstonegolf.com. 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Simmons not ruling out a return to the head coach position

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Former West Indies head coach Phil Simmons would consider returning to the position, once his current contract with Afghanistan comes to an end following this year’s World Cup in England and Wales.Simmons, who celebrates his 56th birthday on April 18, was fired from the position three years ago, but came to an amicable settlement with Cricket West Indies, following the election two Sundays ago of Ricky Skerritt to the post of president and Dr. Kishore Shallow to the position of vice president, after a long-running, legal challenge to his dismissal.“At the mo­ment, I am con­tract­ed to Afghanistan and there can be no talk about West In­dies crick­et,” he said in a radio interview with I95 FM in his native Trinidad.“I’m fo­cused on Afghanistan and how we get ready for the Crick­et World Cup start­ing in May. But af­ter the Fi­nals on Ju­ly 15, my con­tract is up with Afghanistan, but no­body knows the fu­ture. . .My whole aim now is to win the World Cup, so af­ter Ju­ly 15, let us see what hap­pens.”Simmons added: “Every­one who knows me un­der­stands how much I love this re­gion and how hard it has been for me over the last three years deal­ing with that mat­ter. I am just glad it is over, and my name has been cleared.“Most importantly, the apology from the new president Ricky Skerritt goes a long way in clear­ing up a lot of the talk under the previous administration. I believe that this shows that this new team is about the interest of cricket and not about themselves.”Simmons, a former West Indies opener and parttime fast-medium bowler, claimed he had experienced many ills during his period as West Indies coach, although he enjoyed success with the team, winning the 2016 ICC World T20 in India.He said he was surprised to hear that Dave Cameron had lost the presidency of CWI to Skerritt, but he was looking forward to a different approach from the new administration.“I was very happy for all of those that love West In­dies cricket,” he said. “How many persons know who is in charge of the England Cricket Board? And how many cricket board pres­i­dents are on tele­vi­sion or busy tweeting? West In­dies cricket can look for­ward to Ricky and Dr. Shallow and that is the pos­i­tive going forward.”Skerritt and Shallow unseated Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan 8-4 for the top posts in West Indies cricket.last_img read more


Friday June 12th Local Sports

first_imgTONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins classic games — 7:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 2016 Class 2A state championship game — Clear Lake vs. Kuemper of Carroll — 7:00 CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa athletic director David Harris says officials with the Missouri Valley Football Conference have been looking at options for the football schedule, if some states don’t open. The Panthers play two games in Illinois, one in South Dakota and another in Ohio this fall.KGLO News · 6 – 12 – Dhsched – 1Harris says the possibility remains that some conference members may not be able to host a game.KGLO News · 6 – 12 – Dhsched – 2Harris says it is a discussion that is going on in every conference right now.KGLO News · 6 – 12 – Dhsched – 3Northern Iowa is currently scheduled to open play on September 5th at the University of Iowa. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of George Floyd hit close to home for Minnesota sports figures. Floyd was killed last month a couple of miles from the Vikings’ stadium. Reactions to his death and toward the issue of racial justice has spurred a surge of action within the Vikings and other Twin Cities teams. All-Pro linebacker Eric Kendricks has been one of the most outspoken. He was one of 10 players who met with Minneapolis police about ways to help. Vikings owners have pledged $5 million to organizations fighting hate, racism and inequality. The family that owns the Twins has committed $25 million. DES MOINES — As the Iowa Cubs wait to see if there will be any kind of Pacific Coast League season team officials are looking at other ways to utilize Principal Park. Sam Bernabe is president and CEO of the I-Cubs.KGLO News · 6 – 12 – Ppuse – 1Baseball returns to the stadium on Monday with the start of the high school season and the stadium will host 16 games over a 17 day period.KGLO News · 6 – 12 – Ppuse – 2Monday’s games will feature Tri-County and Colfax-Mingo at 1 o’clock with Ankeny Centennial and Des Moines Roosevelt playing a doubleheader at 5 o’clock.center_img IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior kicker Keith Duncan has been named a Walter Camp preseason first-team All-American. The announcement was made by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Thursday.Duncan (5-foot-10, 180-pounds) was a consensus All-American in 2019, earning five first-team All-America selections and two second-team All-America selections. Last season, Duncan led the nation with 29 made field goals to set the Iowa and Big Ten single-season record, which ranks sixth all-time in NCAA history.Duncan converted all 32 PAT attempts and made three or more field goals in five games. In wins over Iowa State (Sept. 14) and Purdue (Oct. 19), Duncan was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal attempts.In 2019, Duncan was also the Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year in the Big Ten, one of three Lou Groza Award finalists, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media, and an Academic All-Big Ten selection.Thirty-three schools from eight conferences are represented on the Walter Camp preseason All-America team. In late November, the 2020 Walter Camp All-America team will be announced. It will be the 131st edition of the team named after Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” which first selected an All-America team in 1889. Looking ahead at next week’s high school sports broadcast schedule:Mon June 15 — Clear Lake BB Vs. Iowa Falls-Alden — 7:30 — KRIBTues June 16 — Newman BB Vs. Alburnett — 7:00 — KGLOTues June 16 — Clear Lake SB Vs. Mason City High — 7:30 — KRIBlast_img read more


Teen star Charley Hull fifth in LET event

first_img Teen star Charley Hull in the LET mix in Turkey 11th May, 2012 England’s world number three amateur, Charley Hull, is just two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour. The 16-year-old from Woburn (pictured © LET/Tristan Jones) outplayed the likes of Laura Davies, Melissa Reid and last week’s winner, Carly Booth, to lie in a share of fourth place at the halfway stage in her Ladies European Tour debut event at National Golf Club in Antalya. The defending champion and Solheim Cup player Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands retained a share of the overnight lead at three under and was joined by Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom on a tough day, when a swirling breeze and tricky pins played havoc with scoring. Finland’s Minea Blomqvist was a stroke back at two under. Charley, who tied for 38th in her first Major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship last month, showed maturity beyond her years as she mixed three birdies with two bogeys to end the day at one under par in total. She likened the tight-tree lined layout to her home course and looked fearless as she attacked the pins, even hitting the flag on the tough 18th, where the second shot plays over a lake. “I feel like it was good. I feel like I left a lot of shots out there, but it was all right, steady. I was just relaxed,” said Charley. “I think you’ve just got to stay patient. You’ve got to hit it straight, chip great and putt great. Your game’s got to be pretty good. It reminds me of my home course, Woburn, like the tightness of the Duchess, but the greens of the Marquess, and then the wind can get up here as well, so it’s pretty good.” On a day when most of the leading professionals struggled, Charley made a great start with a pair of birdies on the third and fourth holes. She dropped a shot at the par-five 12th, which has been remodelled with a new green this year, birdied the 13th and then bogeyed the par three 16th. She nearly holed for a two at the 357-yard par-four 18th, but her ball bounced towards the water and came to rest 30 feet from the flag. On her game plan for the weekend, she said: “I’ll try and make a birdie every three holes, because I find when I go to the scorer, there’s always a birdie chance.” Should Charley win this weekend in Turkey, she would edge Amy Yang as the Ladies European Tour’s youngest ever champion aged 16 years, one month and 23 days. Turkish Airlines Ladies Open National Golf Club (par 73) Belek, Antalya, Turkey 10-13 May 2012 Scores at the end of round 2: 143 – Christel Boeljon (NLD) 70 73, Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 73 70 144 – Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 72 72  145 – Charley Hull (ENG) 73 72, Louise Larsson (SWE) 75 70, Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 70 75, Diana Luna (ITA) 70 75 146 – Mikaela Parmlid (SWE) 77 69, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 72 74, Laura Davies (ENG) 73 73, Sophie Giquel-bettan (FRA) 73 73 147 – Caroline Masson (GER) 71 76, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 70 77, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 72 75, Hannah Burke (ENG) 73 74, Esther Choe (USA) 75 72, Anais Maggetti (CHE) 71 76, Lee-Anne Pace (ZAF) 73 74, Charlotte Ellis (ENG) 70 77 148 – Holly Aitchison (ENG) 74 74, Bree Arthur (AUS) 73 75, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 72 76, Trish Johnson (ENG) 75 73, Stacey Keating (AUS) 71 77, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 73 75 149 – Virginie Lagoutte-clement (FRA) 75 74, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 73 76, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 73 76, Line Vedel (DNK) 76 73, Danielle Montgomery (ENG) 72 77, Henrietta Zuel (ENG) 73 76, Hannah Jun (USA) 74 75, Lucie Andre (FRA) 71 78, Julie Maisongrosse (FRA) 76 73, Carin Koch (SWE) 72 77 150 – Marieke Nivard (NLD) 76 74, Alexandra Vilatte (FRA) 74 76, Beth Allen (USA) 76 74, Ashleigh Simon (ZAF) 78 72, Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 74 76 151 – Dewi Claire Schreefel (NLD) 77 74, Vikki Laing (SCO) 75 76, Caroline Rominger (CHE) 80 71, Lindsey Wright (AUS) 72 79 152 – Caroline Afonso (FRA) 77 75, Malene Jorgensen (DNK) 76 76, Carly Booth (SCO) 73 79, Connie Chen (ZAF) 77 75, Stefania Croce (ITA) 76 76, Celine Palomar (FRA) 74 78, Miriam Nagl (GER) 74 78, Caroline Martens (NOR) 76 76, Rachel Jennings (ENG) 80 72, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 76 76 153 – Georgina Simpson (ENG) 74 79, Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) 77 76, Melissa Reid (ENG) 76 77, Smriti Mehra (IND) 79 74, Rachel Bailey (AUS) 79 74, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 73 80, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 77 76, Maria Verchenova (RUS) 78 75, Lotta Wahlin (SWE) 77 76, Anja Monke (GER) 74 79 Missed the cut: 154 – Marjet Van Der Graaff (NLD) 79 75, Giulia Sergas (ITA) 75 79, Maria Hernandez (ESP) 80 74, Emma Cabrera-bello (ESP) 74 80, Sophie Walker (ENG) 75 79, Tandi Cuningham (ZAF) 79 75, Nikki Garrett (AUS) 77 77, Elisabeth Esterl (GER) 77 77, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 75 79, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 80 74 155 – Jenni Kuosa (FIN) 75 80, Carmen Alonso (ESP) 79 76, Elena Giraud (FRA) 80 75, Kylie Walker (SCO) 79 76, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 77 78, Kym Larratt (ENG) 80 75, Kiran Matharu (ENG) 78 77, Laurette Maritz (ZAF) 76 79, Margherita Rigon (ITA) 77 78 156 – Lucy Williams (ENG) 78 78, Chrisje De Vries (NLD) 78 78, Jessica Yadloczky (USA) 76 80, Sahra Hassan (WAL) 75 81 157 – Stacy Lee Bregman (ZAF) 76 81, Mireia Prat (ESP) 79 78, Dawn Shockley (USA) 74 83, Laura Cabanillas (ESP) 78 79, Liebelei Lawrence (LUX) 78 79, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 73 84, Julie Greciet (FRA) 76 81, Becky Morgan (WAL) 75 82 158 – Steffi Kirchmayr (GER) 81 77, Maria Beautell (ESP) 82 76, Karen Lunn (AUS) 74 84, Sophie Sandolo (ITA) 82 76 159 – Helen Alfredsson (SWE) 80 79, Caroline Westrup (SWE) 80 79, Klara Spilkova (CZE) 79 80, Elizabeth Bennett (ENG) 80 79, Danielle Mcveigh (IRL) 80 79, Lisa Holm Sorensen (DNK) 78 81, Stephanie Na (AUS) 78 81, Rebecca Codd (IRL) 84 75 160 – Clare Queen (SCO) 81 79, Zuzana Kamasova (SVK) 82 78, Louise Stahle (SWE) 78 82 161 – Titiya Plucksataporn (THA) 83 78, Lydia Hall (WAL) 78 83 162 – Martina Eberl-ellis (GER) 84 78, Sharmila Nicollet (IND) 83 79, Nicole Gergely (AUT) 81 81 163 – Frances Bondad (AUS) 78 85 164 – Nina Syvertsen Reis (SWE) 84 80, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 82 82 166 – Lynn Kenny (SCO) 82 84 167 – Yasemin Sari (TUR) 84 83 168 – Eleanor Givens (ENG) 85 83 RTD: Lynnette Brooky (NZL), Tara Davies (WAL), Benedicte Toumpsin (BEL) England teenage star Charley Hull finished fifth in her first Ladies European Tour event, the Turkish Airline Ladies Open at the National Golf Club in Belek, Antalya. The 16-year-old international, who is third in the world amateur rankings, was one-under par after steady rounds of 73, 72, 73 and 73. The championship was won, for the second year in a row, by Christel Boeljon of Holland who was seven-under. Afterwards Charley said: “I’m really happy I came fifth on my own and I didn’t shoot over par at all, all week. I didn’t expect anything: I just go out there and play golf and have fun, which I did.” The Woburn player was in the mix throughout the tournament. After the first round she was three shots off the pace, at the halfway stage she was two off the lead and sharing fourth place. With a round to go, she was tied eighth and her solid play in the final round moved her up the leaderboard to fifth. Last month Charley played in the first women’s Major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California and impressively finished tied 38th. Now, she will prepare for next month’s Curtis Cup match against the USA, which takes place at Nairn, Scotland, from June 8-10. Turkish Airlines Ladies Open Final scores (Par 73) 285 – Christel Boeljon (NLD) 70 73 69 73 288 – Ursula Wikstrom (FIN) 73 70 71 74 290 – Carin Koch (SWE) 72 77 68 73, Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 73 76 66 75 291 – Charley Hull (ENG) 73 72 73 73 292 – Minea Blomqvist (FIN) 72 72 70 78, Holly Aitchison (ENG) 74 74 70 74, Pernilla Lindberg (SWE) 70 75 74 73 293 – Hannah Jun (USA) 74 75 71 73, Sophie Giquel-Bettan (FRA) 73 73 74 73 294 – Diana Luna (ITA) 70 75 72 77 295 – Danielle Montgomery (ENG) 72 77 72 74 296 – Louise Larsson (SWE) 75 70 73 78, Esther Choe (USA) 75 72 77 72, Line Vedel (DNK) 76 73 68 79 297 – Bree Arthur (AUS) 73 75 72 77, Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 72 75 71 79, Miriam Nagl (GER) 74 78 74 71 298 – Laura Davies (ENG) 73 73 78 74, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 73 80 68 77, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 72 74 75 77, Caroline Masson (GER) 71 76 76 75 299 – Lindsey Wright (AUS) 72 79 71 77, Stacey Keating (AUS) 71 77 78 73, Lee-Anne Pace (ZAF) 73 74 74 78, Hannah Burke (ENG) 73 74 75 77, Joanna Klatten (FRA) 73 75 75 76, Trish Johnson (ENG) 75 73 73 78, Ashleigh Simon (ZAF) 78 72 71 78, Felicity Johnson (ENG) 77 76 72 74 300 – Anais Maggetti (CHE) 71 76 80 73, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 73 76 75 76, Lucie Andre (FRA) 71 78 74 77, Marieke Nivard (NLD) 76 74 72 78, Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 76 76 74 74 301 – Stefania Croce (ITA) 76 76 76 73, Mikaela Parmlid (SWE) 77 69 79 76, Malene Jorgensen (DNK) 76 76 74 75, Melissa Reid (ENG) 76 77 69 79, Charlotte Ellis (ENG) 70 77 77 77, Henrietta Zuel (ENG) 73 76 75 77 302 – Cassandra Kirkland (FRA) 74 76 75 77, Anja Monke (GER) 74 79 76 73 303 – Carly Booth (SCO) 73 79 78 73, Dewi Claire Schreefel (NLD) 77 74 76 76 304 – Julie Maisongrosse (FRA) 76 73 80 75, Rachel Bailey (AUS) 79 74 73 78, Jaclyn Sweeney (USA) 77 76 73 78, Celine Palomar (FRA) 74 78 80 72, Georgina Simpson (ENG) 74 79 69 82 305 – Vikki Laing (SCO) 75 76 77 77, Rachel Jennings (ENG) 80 72 76 77, Lotta Wahlin (SWE) 77 76 75 77, Maria Verchenova (RUS) 78 75 76 76 307 – Florentyna Parker (ENG) 70 77 77 83, Beth Allen (USA) 76 74 79 78 309 – Caroline Martens (NOR) 76 76 75 82 310 – Alexandra Vilatte (FRA) 74 76 74 86, Caroline Afonso (FRA) 77 75 78 80, Virginie Lagoutte-clement (FRA) 75 74 82 79 311 – Smriti Mehra (IND) 79 74 81 77 312 – Caroline Rominger (CHE) 80 71 84 77 313 – Tania Elosegui (ESP) 72 76 80 85 315 – Connie Chen (ZAF) 77 75 80 83   11 May 2012 Teen star Charley Hull fifth in LET event last_img read more


Get Green This Season with Secondhand Safari May 2

first_img$40 for covered booth, approximately 10×10 feetSaturday, May 2 will be a springtime extravaganza where bargains abound with over 1,500 visitors and 100 vendors in years past. Along with garage sale booths, the Secondhand Safari will also have educational booths, a free book and magazine exchange, entertainment, food, and more. Admission to Secondhand Safari is just $1 all day long, so get ready for bargain hunters galore!The Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up for sellers will be on Friday, May 1 from noon to 10 p.m. The doors will be locked after set up Friday evening and security will be on-site until the event opens Saturday.Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day on May 2 to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day.For more information on the May 2 Secondhand Safari, or to reserve your booth, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. Submitted by Thurston CountyGreen is springing up all over this season, including in your wallet! Spring cleaning can make you a tidy sum at the Thurston County Fair’s annual Secondhand Safari on Saturday, May 2.It’s not too late to reserve a booth and help keep usable secondhand goods out of the landfill. Buyers, sellers, swappers and traders can all feel good about making the green choice while keeping more greenbacks in their pocket at Secondhand Safari.Not sure if you have enough gently used treasures for a booth? Secondhand Safari is a great fundraising opportunity for your family group, school club, church, charity or scouting club.Outdoor spaces and covered spaces are going fast for the May 2 event, so call the Thurston County Fair Office today at (360) 786-5453 to reserve your booth:$25 for outdoor booth, approximately 10×10 feet Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


Tech Tools That Make Doing Business Internationally Easy

first_imgMay 23, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Doing business internationally isn’t just for the big enterprises anymore. Once-emerging markets such as India, China and Singapore now demand services that only smaller firms can provide. And globe-flattening technologies including Facebook, freelance marketplace Elance and PayPal mean even the smallest firms can seize a global opportunity.But those are far from the only technologies that can help a small company do big business overseas. From shipping to electronic payments to navigating confusing regulations, the following tools can help make doing business internationally easier.Shipping overseas? There’s an app for that.One of the biggest hurdles to doing business overseas is getting your products where they needs to go. Luckily, major shippers including UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service offer Web apps that track global shipments, estimate costs and check for compliance with country-specific rules, laws and tariffs.For instance, UPS offers a free international shipping tool called TradeAbility that shippers can use to estimate costs, look up duty fees and view international trade restrictions and other regulations. FedEx, meanwhile, arranges its services by the user’s experience in international shipping — from novice to expert — and includes a set of shipping tutorials. The USPS offers downloadable global shipping software for processing global shipments. Related: Headed to Asia for Business? Pack These Networking TipsMaking payments overseas, easily.Online financial transfer services can make and receive payments to vendors and most other parties overseas. For the casual, one-time vendor, consider starting with services from PayPal and American Express.Most vendors overseas accept PayPal, and it offers a full range of services in about 20 large countries, plus the ability to send and receive payments via PayPal essentially anywhere. PayPal charges a 3.9 percent transaction fee for international sales, plus another fixed fee based on the currency received.For more sophisticated exchanges, FX International Payments by American Express offers a convenient online portal for making payments, as well as the ability to manage and track favorable exchange rates. Enrollment in the program is free, but limited to customers with a U.S. business bank account.When transferring money overseas remember that currency rates can change dramatically and require more complicated accounting.Pay your employees no matter where they are.While you might consider hiring that rockstar software engineer who lives in another country, paying that person isn’t always so easy. Though services such as PayPal can be used for payroll, chances are they don’t meet regulations in some countries.Managing international payroll right requires juggling multiple currencies and compliance with diverse employment laws and regulations. Most firms that directly hire employees in other countries might find it necessary to outsource payroll management to a company specializing in the nuances of global payroll.Many of these services cater to bigger business, but companies such as Deerfield, Ill.-based Celergo and U.K.-based NorthgateArinso, a global HR firm, have payroll services in more than 100 nations and cater to smaller multinational firms. Pricing varies depending on the country and the number of employees being paid.Know how to do business in a complex world.In order to do business internationally, you’ll need to abide by the laws of your own country as well as those of other countries. One online resource is the U.S. Commercial Service, which offers country-specific trade statistics and market research. Also, the comprehensive primers at Export.gov cover several important topics, such as when a business needs an export license.It can also be wise to keep abreast of evolving international situations such as travel warnings and alerts, country-by-country, through the U.S. State Department’s travel website.Related: 10 Hot Export Markets for Small BusinessesTake the hassle out of business travel.Expedited clearance for certain “low-risk” travelers can be available through the U.S. federal government’s Trusted Traveler programs.Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program, is meant for frequent international travelers. There is no minimum number of trips necessary to apply. The signup process usually involves a trip to your local airport for a photo, identification and background check. There are separate programs for crossing the Canadian and Mexican borders, known respectively as NEXUS and SENTRI.International calling doesn’t have to cost a fortune.It’s not a secret that calling overseas can lead to massive phone bills. But look beyond services such as Skype and Google Voice in order to cut costs. Paid Web-based calling services can connect your business phone to an affordable international calling plan.Several options offer unlimited international calling, including McLean, Va.-based Lingo, which has flat-rate unlimited international calling plans to 45 countries starting at $23.95 a month. Similarly, the World plan by Holmdel, N.J.-based Vonage, starts at $9.99 per month for unlimited calling to all phones in 10 countries and landlines in 60 countries.Related: 5 Steps for Keeping Digital Data Safe When Traveling to China 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


5 nation joint Activity Alert Report finds most threat actors use publicly

first_imgNCCIC, in collaboration with cybersecurity authorities of  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States has released a joint ‘Activity Alert Report’. This report highlights five publicly available tools frequently observed in cyber attacks worldwide. Today, malicious tools are available free for use and can be misused by cybercriminals to endanger public security and privacy. There are numerous cyber incidents encountered on a daily basis that challenge even the most secure network and exploit confidential information across finance, government, health sectors. What’s surprising is that a majority of these exploits are caused by freely available tools that find loopholes in security systems to achieve an attacker’s objectives. The report highlights the five most frequently used tools that are used by cybercriminals all over the globe to perform cyber crimes. These fall into five categories: #1 Remote Access Trojan: JBiFrost Once the  RAT program is installed on a victim’s machine, it allows remote administrative control of the system. It can then be used to exploit the system as per the hacker’s objectives. For example, installing malicious backdoors to obtain confidential data. These are often difficult to detect because they are designed to not appear in lists of running programs and to mimic the behavior of legitimate applications. RATs also disable network analysis tools (e.g., Wireshark) on the victim’s system. Operating systems Windows, Linux, MAC OS X, and Android are susceptible to this threat. Hackers spammed companies with emails to infiltrate their systems with the Adwind RAT into their systems. The entire story can be found on Symantec’s blog. #2 Webshell: China Chopper The China Chopper is being used widely since 2012. These webshells are malicious scripts which are uploaded to a target system to grant the hacker remote access to administrative capabilities on the system. The hackers can then pivot to additional hosts within a network. China Chopper consists of the client-side, which is run by the attacker, and the server, which is installed on the victim server and is also attacker-controlled. The client can issue terminal commands and manage files on the victim server. It can then upload and download files to and from the victim using wget. They can then either modify or delete the existing files. #3 Credential Stealer: Mimikatz Mimikatz is mainly used by attackers to access the memory within a targeted Windows system and collect the credentials of logged in users. These credentials can be then used to give access to other machines on a network. Besides obtaining credentials, the tool can obtain Local Area Network Manager and NT LAN Manager hashes, certificates, and long-term keys on Windows XP (2003) through Windows 8.1 (2012r2). When the “Invoke-Mimikatz” PowerShell script is used to operate Mimikatz, its activity is difficult to isolate and identify. In 2017, this tool was used in combination with NotPetya infected hundreds of computers in Russia and Ukraine. The attack paralysed systems and disabled the subway payment systems. The good news is that Mimikatz can be detected by most up-to-date antivirus tools. That being said, hackers can modify Mimikatz code to go undetected by antivirus. # 4 Lateral Movement Framework: PowerShell Empire PowerShell Empire is a post-exploitation or lateral movement tool. It allows an attacker to move around a network after gaining initial access. This tool can be used to generate executables for social engineering access to networks. The tool consists of a a threat actor that can escalate privileges, harvest credentials, exfiltrate information, and move laterally across a network. Traditional antivirus tools fail to detect PowerShell Empire. In 2018, the tool was used by hackers sending out Winter Olympics-themed socially engineered emails and malicious attachments in a spear-phishing campaign targeting several South Korean organizations. # 5 C2 Obfuscation and Exfiltration: HUC Packet Transmitter HUC Packet Transmitter (HTran) is a proxy tool used by attackers to obfuscate their location. The tool intercepts and redirects the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections from the local host to a remote host. This makes it possible to detect an attacker’s communications with victim networks. HTran uses a threat actor to facilitate TCP connections between the victim and a hop point. Threat actors can then redirect their packets through multiple compromised hosts running HTran to gain greater access to hosts in a network. The research encourages everyone to use the report to stay informed about the potential network threats due to these malicious tools. They also provide a complete list of detection and prevention measures for each tool in detail. You can head over to the official site of the US-CERT for more information on this research. Read Next 6 artificial intelligence cybersecurity tools you need to know How will AI impact job roles in Cybersecurity New cybersecurity threats posed by artificial intelligencelast_img read more


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center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share TORONTO — A new poll says the ‘staycation’ trend may be on its way out – and thank goodness for that.According to Enterprise’s ‘Weekend Getaway Survey’, nearly two-thirds of people who plan on taking a weekend getaway in 2017 will travel more than 240 kilometres from home. While weekend getaways are typically booked by the drive market, any indication that consumers are weary of their own backyards and ready to travel farther afield is a good sign.“A weekend away is a time for them to escape – to reset and recharge before jumping back into another week,” said Steve Short, Vice President at Enterprise.“Some of the results were surprising, but also very encouraging in the sense that so many people intend to take weekends away in 2017”, with nearly eight in 10 respondents indicating that they were planning to take at least one weekend trip. “We see that as further proof that taking time away to explore what we’re passionate about and be with the ones who matter most just makes our lives richer and better.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMore results from the survey:24% are planning to visit a major city, 19% are planning to visit the beach and 14% are planning to visit the mountains.Repeat destinations seem to be preferred in 2017. Only three in 10 said they plan to go somewhere new on their weekend getaway.Nearly two-thirds (62%) of parents taking a weekend getaway plan to take the kids with them.When asked to choose a word that best describes their weekend getaway, ‘relaxing’ ranked first with 39% of respondents.The top weekend getaway activities this year include ‘enjoying new restaurants, bars or pubs’ (44%) and ‘de-stressing’ (38%).When asked to choose a word that best describes their weekend getaway, only 7% of respondents selected ‘romantic’.While the ‘Sandwich Generation’ may be on the rise, travellers aren’t including mom and dad in their weekend getaways. Only 6% plan to travel with their parents.61% percent of weekend getaway takers plan to spend less than US$500, while 39% plan to spend between $500-$1,000+.last_img read more