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Print This Post Previous: RMBS Issuance Dips, But Still Outpaces 2016 Next: What Lies Ahead? The transition from paper to digital—as a means to modernize business processes, improve operational efficiencies, and meet consumer demands—is becoming increasingly prevalent in the real estate industry. However, paper will continue to play a key role as we move into 2018, which means that businesses will need to reevaluate both their physical and digital approaches to information security in order to fend against fraud.When asked to rate their understanding of the legal requirements for storing, keeping, or disposing of confidential information, only 19 percent of respondents in the real estate industry said they have “some understanding of the requirements and somewhat adhere to them, but not on a daily basis.” This is troubling, as companies lose an estimated 5 percent of their revenue annually due to fraud, and 49 percent of occupational fraud victims never recover their losses.While digital devices are convenient for our increasingly remote workforce, the fact is that they raise the risk for fraud. When it comes to the proper handling of sensitive information on digital devices, only a quarter (26 percent) of respondents in the real estate industry say no policy exists for storing and disposing of confidential information on electronic devices.As agencies continue to add digital components to the services they offer, while maintaining a robust level of paper documents to conduct business, it is critical that they implement safe and secure data destruction processes to mitigate the risk of fraud. Real estate agencies and individual agents put themselves, their clients, and their company at risk unless they take proactive steps to improve their fraud prevention and information security.Here are some ways for leaders in the real estate industry to begin taking initiative to strengthen their information security and fend against fraud:Develop a Culture of Information SecurityBoosting information security starts with providing employees with the tools they need to identify internal risk (i.e., noticing if confidential papers are left around the office printer), monitor for human error, and quickly voice concerns when and if your business’s data is compromised. 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The former US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming to Oxford for a book launch.The US senator, who was beaten by Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination last year, will speak at the Sheldonian Theatre to promote the paperback edition of his bestselling book on his failed presidential bid.The event will be chaired by Helena Kennedy, the Principal of Mansfield College.Sanders is not new to Oxford, as his brother, Larry, lives in the East of the city. He ran as the Green Party candidate in last year’s by-election in David Cameron’s old seat of Witney, close to Oxford.The talk is set to be held at 2.30pm and is titled ‘Our Revolution: A Future to Believe in’ – the slogan of his failed presidential bid. Tickets will cost £15.Sanders was recently confirmed as one of this term’s speakers at the Cambridge Union. However, he did not feature in the Oxford Union’s Trinity term card, leaked exclusively by Cherwell last week.The talk forms part of a wider literary event – The Hay Festival – to be held in Wales. Festival director Peter Florence is hopeful the left-winger will inspire students and young people attending.He told the Oxford Mail: “What we hope from Bernie is that he’ll galvanize young people like he did in America. The way he’s working to interrogate every stupid bill in the Senate is heroic and essential. He’s a model opposition leader.”Waterstones will be selling books after Sanders’ visit.Tickets can be purchased at hayfestival.org or by calling 01497 822 629.
Jan 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Turkey has supplanted Southeast Asia as the hotbed of avian flu news over the past few days, with 14 human cases, three of them fatal, confirmed as of today by the Ministry of Health there and cases in birds reported in 10 of the country’s 81 provinces.The third death occurred Friday in a younger sibling of the first two teenage victims, whose deaths were reported last week. Another, still younger, child in the Kocyigit family is reportedly ill but recovering, according to news reports over the weekend. The family lives in a one-room house in the village of Dogubayazit and raises poultry. The children reportedly played with body parts of dead chickens.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced confirmation of H5N1 avian flu in the first two deaths by an WHO-affiliated laboratory in the United on Saturday. The Ministry of Health in Turkey has confirmed the third as also being H5N1, but WHO is awaiting further confirmation on those, as it is on 14 hospitalized patients confirmed by the ministry as having the H5 strain. In an update today, WHO says it “considers it likely that test results on the newly announced cases will be confirmed by the UK laboratory.”A team of experts convened by WHO arrived in Turkey yesterday to investigate the epidemiologic situation as well as evaluate risk factors and control measures and determine whether further help and supplies are necessary. Today’s WHO update says the team will also evaluate nearly 40 patients hospitalized with possible H5N1.Initial investigation has shown no evidence that transmissibility of the virus has increased or that the current cases are spreading from human to human, the WHO report says.Meanwhile, the agriculture ministry in Turkey has said that avian flu has been identified in birds in 10 provinces and that dead chickens have been found in Istanbul, which is in the far western part of the country, according to an AsiaNews article today. Whether the causal strain is H5N1 is not yet known, the story says. Culling of birds in the outbreak areas is under way.In other news, testing is being done in Indonesia on a 29-year-old woman hospitalized yesterday in Jakarta, according to Agence France-Presse. The story says the woman, who presented with flu-like symptoms, had contact with a neighbor’s chickens. It also says that local tests on an Indonesian man who died last week indicated he had avian influenza. Samples were reportedly sent to a WHO-affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong today for further testing.See also:Jan 7 WHO update on Turkey situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_07/en/index.htmlJan 9 WHO update on Turkey situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_09/en/index.htmlMap of Turkeyhttp://www.infoplease.com/atlas/country/turkey.html
Seismic services player Polarcus posted a loss of $19 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, but the company expects to benefit from an improving backlog.One of Polarcus’ seismic vessels; Source: PolarcusAccording to its financial statement on Thursday, Polarcus recorded revenues of $55.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $58.4 million in Q4 2018.Polarcus posted a $19 million loss for the last quarter of 2019 compared to an $18.1 million loss in the same period in 2018.The company noted that its current backlog increased to $240 million, the highest level since 2014.Polarcus added that there was a lower fleet utilization in the quarter of 71%, compared to 96% in Q4 2018, but was awarded seven new contracts since the end of Q3 2019.Full-year utilization in 2019 also dropped to 79 percent compared to 87 percent in 2018. Lower utilization resulted from the planned repositioning of the fleet, as well as a delayed contract award on one project and an extended yard stay for one vessel.Polarcus CEO, Duncan Eley, stated: “Polarcus delivered a substantial increase in earnings during 2019 with EBITDA more than doubling year-on-year and strong growth in operating cash flows. This result was driven by increased margins from improved pricing and continued focus on operational excellence and cost management.“We maintain a positive outlook for 2020, despite some recent fluctuations in global sentiment observed. Tender levels, multi-client activity, and pricing all continue to develop positively.“I am confident Polarcus is well-positioned to maximize value from the marine seismic market going forward.”The company pointed out that its financial results reflected a significantly improved seismic market resulting in substantially higher realized day rates year-on-year.In its outlook, Polarcus stated that the reshaping of the seismic industry that had occurred, resulting in an increased number of multi-client companies without vessels, provided a catalyst to drive further positive market developments assuming global energy demand is maintained.Opportunities to increase prices will be driven by healthy levels of exploration and production activity and sustained supply-side discipline. The company will continue to prioritize projects with superior margins reflecting its operational capabilities.The company’s fleet is 100 percent booked into late Q2 2020 and 65 percent booked for full-year 2020, with such a backlog – strongest since 2014 – Polarcus believes it is well-positioned to continue benefiting from an improving market.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Press Association Belgium are joint top of Group B with Wales and look on course to qualify for next year’s tournament in France. Benteke has been linked with a move from Villa this summer after his stunning form but Sherwood has told him to stay so not to jeopardise any international dreams. Sherwood explained: “It would be crucial for us for him to stay next season and beyond that. “I believe it is a very poor time to leave, just before a European Championship or World Cup. “He could go to another club, be a bit part player and then fall out of the squad for Belgium – who will be favourites to win it. “By playing for Aston Villa it is not keeping him out of that squad is it? He is still the number one choice at number nine. “Marc Wilmots (Belgium boss) is pleased he has got back in the team recently and is firing on all cylinders. They can only benefit from that.” Villa could clinch safety at St Mary’s on Saturday and are four points above the relegation zone with two games left. Sherwood is without Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker (both knee) even though Baker has returning to training. Benteke will lead the line at Southampton with Sherwood having built the team around the 24-year-old since replacing Paul Lambert in February. And Sherwood believes his star is at the best club possible. “I think it is a gamble for anyone to leave before a Championships – I honestly believe that,” he said. “If you are settled somewhere and scoring goals and the idea is to stay in the international squad and go there on form then better the devil you know than you don’t. “Where is he going to go that is bigger than Aston Villa? Is he guaranteed to play there? Is he guaranteed to play anywhere he goes? “He is not guaranteed to play here – but it is the devil he knows. “You look at strikers at all of those clubs? (Radamel) Falcao, (Mario) Balotelli, all big money strikers, new environment, it is hard, it takes time to settle. “You don’t need that time to settle when you are looking forward to a European Championship and your country is due to win it.” Tim Sherwood has warned Christian Benteke he could ruin his chances of Euro 2016 glory if he leaves Aston Villa. The Villa boss thinks any summer switch from Villa may harm Benteke’s international ambitions. Benteke has scored 11 goals in 10 games ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton and has fired Villa to the brink of Barclays Premier League survival.
Published on November 11, 2016 at 10:23 am Contact Justin: [email protected] | @jmattingly306 FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Mike Haynie smiled as he walked across the Fort Drum Youth Services gym, surrounded by Syracuse football players teaching military youth the basics of the game.“Isn’t this great?” he asked rhetorically.A few hours later on that August day, Haynie, SU’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation and executive director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, announced the reestablishment of a series between Syracuse and Army, a relationship that ended in 1996 after a century of competition. But SU taking to Fort Drum for football goes deeper than just a football clinic or four games.SU Athletics has evolved into the chief marketing tool for the university’s initiative to become the No. 1 place for veterans among higher education institutions. People know SU Athletics more than the history of veterans on campus — a pull that’s been embraced by administrators to reach the goal of becoming the standard.Saturday’s SU football game against North Carolina State is Military Appreciation Day, but the connections between veterans affairs and athletics are seen throughout the year. The football team carries the 10th Mountain Division flag onto the field before some games, the “44” logo on T-shirts mimics the division’s logo and a service member is honored during each game as a tribute, among other examples.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“What’s powerful about the athletic department in the context of executing on other things that are important to Syracuse University, is they’re our brand ambassadors to constituencies that don’t know us for other things,” Haynie said.Daily Orange File PhotoThe university’s commitment to veterans affairs dates back to World War II when Chancellor William Tolley helped write the G.I. Bill, which doubled college enrollments nationwide. SU had an open enrollment policy for veterans, leading to increased enrollment on the Hill.Chancellor Kent Syverud brought the connection back to the top of the university’s agenda when he outlined the plan to make SU the best place for veterans during his inauguration speech in April 2014, one of four key platforms laid out in the speech. The first step was promoting Haynie to vice chancellor of veterans and military affairs, a move made a month later.Since then, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the newly-created Office of Veterans and Military Affairs have gained more prominence within the university. A first-of-its-kind National Veterans Resource Complex is also being built with an estimated completion time of spring 2019.“It’s only appropriate that given it’s the university’s goal to be the No. 1 school for veterans, that athletics plays a role in that,” said SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack, “and is a partner with Mike and his team in trying to establish that.”Wildhack is on Syverud’s executive leadership team and meets with about eight other members every week to go over the administration’s goals and problems. Just by being at the Monday afternoon meetings, Wildhack is able to understand the broader state of the university, such as enrollment and legal affairs, after taking the reins of the athletic department in July.“I think it’s important that athletics is a full partner of the entire university,” Wildhack said. “I think one way to do that is for me and my staff to have an understanding of the priorities of the university and how do we play a role in helping the university achieve those priorities.”Wildhack has embraced the university’s initiative more fully than his predecessors because of his larger understanding, Haynie said.While Wildhack is new to the administration, one of the main constants of SU Athletics’ relationship with veterans and military affairs has been the football team’s annual training camp trip to Fort Drum, located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Syracuse.It started five years ago under Doug Marrone, expanded when Scott Shafer was at the helm and regressed to one day this year under Dino Babers because he needed time to install his new system he brought in his first year.“The more time we spend around our military personnel, the more we understand how much we really need to appreciate them,” Babers said in August, “and anything that we can do to help them in the future in any way, if it’s within my power, we’ll definitely try and do it.”Daily Orange File PhotoWildhack said he and Babers will talk about future expansion with the Fort Drum portion of training camp.Football players and personnel interact with Fort Drum soldiers and the children of military families during the visits. It’s a way for SU to get out into the community and publicly show its support for the military.The Fort Drum connection remains the most visible display of the university’s commitment through athletics, with it transpiring into the regular season as well.“Building a culture is all about symbols and artifacts. Because it is so visible and public, our athletic programs are some of our most prominent symbols,” Haynie said.Worlds will collide in 2023 when SU football plays future military members in a four-game series against Army. Since 1899, the teams have played 21 times overall with Syracuse holding an 11-10 series lead.Officials see the series as a way to spread the veteran-focused initiative and market itself as a leader in veterans affairs.“In the case of West Point, just the proximity – it will be something that’s attractive for alumni in the New York area, our alumni in central New York and this area,” Wildhack said.Haynie pushed hard for the series along with some other key officials, he said, adding that it’s a “logical rivalry.”As the university continues to press toward No. 1 — it was recently ranked No. 3 overall by The Military Times — athletics will still be used as a marketing tool to publicly show that support.“Syracuse has always been a place that’s placed a premium emphasis on being an institution that partners with the military and provides opportunity for our veterans,” Wildhack said. “The fact that we have that in our history and that’s been emphasized by Chancellor Syverud and his team, so I think it’s part of the fabric here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
OAKLAND — Except for one rough inning in the biggest game of the season, Liam Hendriks was effective down the stretch as the A’s “opener” last year.Saturday, the reliever was back in the familiar role.The right-hander who gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Judge in the first inning of Oakland’s wild-card playoff loss at Yankee Stadium last October was a late insert to the lineup against Cleveland, replacing scheduled starter Aaron Brooks.“The theory is to keep the starter off the top of the …
30 July 2007South Africa’s Team Barloworld wrapped up an outstanding debut at the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, with Robert Hunter finishing fourth on the final stage and second in the points’ competition, while Mauricio Soler captured the prestigious polka dot jersey, which is awarded to the King of the Mountains.In addition to those two excellent results, Barloworld also showed that its future is in good hands by placing two riders in the top-five of the white jersey competition for cyclists under the age of 25.Team Discovery Channel’s Alberto Contador, the winner of the race, finished first, with Soler ending second and Kanstantsin Siutsou fifth.New contractAnd speaking of the future, there was great news for Team Barloworld during the race when Soler – about whom there was so little known before the Tour that the voices of cycling, the great and very knowledgable commentary team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin, admitted they hadn’t previously heard of him – chose to extend his contract with the team by two years, through to the end of 2009.After his brilliant performances in the Tour, Columbia’s Soler has become a hot property, a cyclist that many of the big teams would have loved to offer a contract, so his decision to stick with Barloworld is a real coup.Team manager, the highly respected Claudio Corti, said in a statement: “I’m really delighted. Mauricio is a true professional who found in our team the perfect conditions to demonstrate his skills.”Stage victoriesBoth Soler and the team’s captain and sprint ace, South Africa’s Robbie Hunter, recorded stage victories.With French President Nikolas Sarkozy following him in the race director’s car, the Columbian climber tore through the field on the ninth stage from Val d’Isere to Briancon, one of the toughest of the Tour, to register a massively impressive victory.Hunter, meanwhile, after narrowly missing out on a win on the fourth stage, and consistently being among the top finishers in the sprint stages, got it right on stage 11, which finished in Montpellier.A six-year waitWriting on his website afterwards, he said: “This is a victory I have been looking for for over six years and, I guess it’s true, the more you wait for something the more you appreciate it. I gotta say I hope it shows everybody back in SA that anything can be achieved if you try hard enough and give it your all.“More than anything, I hope this causes a wave of interest in the sport ’cause I know how much talent there is back home and I’m sure there plenty of young guys that can achieve the same and more.”Hunter’s victory gave Barloworld two stage wins within three days and, for the sponsors, a fantastic reward for their support of the team by exposing the Barloworld brand to a huge worldwide audience.After the penultimate stage of the Tour, Chris Fisher, the head of corporate marketing at Barloworld, was interviewed on the Moneyweb Power Hour radio programme and asked about the feeling within the team.‘Absolutely delighted’“Well, within our team we’re absolutely delighted,” he said.“We’ve exceeded our expectations by far, bearing in mind we came here with the objective of having a podium finish. We’ve now had two firsts, a second, two thirds, two fourths, two fifths, a sixth today – so things couldn’t be going better for us.”And those words came before Hunter’s fourth place finish in the last stage on the Champs Elysees.Those performances have changed people’s perception of the team immeasurably; at the start of the Tour de France, many would have, upon hearing of Barloworld’s entry, asked “Who?”Following the completion of the epic race, people have sat up and taken notice. They know all about Team Barloworld now.The commentary team of Liggett and Sherwin, both enthusiastic supporters of cycling in South Africa, summed up the impact Barloworld made on the Tour by calling the team one of the stories of this year’s event.South Africans in the Tour?For South Africans, there is a big question to be asked after the successes of the SA-sponsored outfit on the biggest stage of them all. It is whether or not there will be any cyclists that follow in Robbie Hunter’s footsteps and compete in the Tour de France.Hunter had the answer to that one in an interview with Moneyweb.He said: “There are a couple of guys that this Barloworld has got. You know, you’ve got a young guy like John Lee-Augustyn, who is a hugely talented bike rider. Unfortunately he’s just a little bit too young right now to feature in the Tour de France. If it was one year later, you know, I have no doubt in my mind that he would have been in the Barloworld team.“Other riders unfortunately, like Ryan Cox, had a slight problem; he had an operation just before the Tour de France, otherwise he would have been in the race. So there are a couple of South African riders who are there and can compete on this level.”Very bright highlightsSo, while the Tour de France was dogged by some controversy, including a number of positive doping tests and Michael Rasmussen – at the time the leader of the race – being axed from Team Rabobank and sent home because of lies he had told regarding his whereabouts when out-of-competition doping tests were to have been done on him, there were also some very bright highlights.Apart from the overall victory by the young Spaniard Alberto Contador, many of them were provided by Team Barloworld.They included the out-of-nowhere domination of the King of the Mountains by Maurico Soler, the never-say-die attitude of Robbie Hunter in the sprints, and the stunning performances from the previously little-known team from South Africa, who took up the challenge of facing the big guns with gusto and emerged from the task having gained a new legion of fans. 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