He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks to shake off his horrific performance in the first three quarters.“Kapag ganoon yung nilalaro ko, kapag di ako masyadong nakakapag-contribute compared nung first game namin, nagfo-focus ako sa defense at sa ka sa assists. Kapag kailangan, hindi ko naman pipilitin,” he said. “God is good na yung mga crucial shots ko, isa yun sa nagbigay sa amin ng pag-asa. Tapos sa huli, na-follow up ni Marcio (Lassiter), kamay pa rin ng Diyos yon.”(I wasn’t able to contribute compared to our first game so I focused on my defense and assists. I didn’t want to force my shots. But I hit crucial shots and that gave us hope and God is good. Marcio also had that followup and that too was still God giving us that blessing.).@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas talks about shaking off his early struggles to drill the overtime-forcing triple late in regulation. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/OizoBFBg4v— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 11, 2018The win put the Beermen up, 2-0, in the best-of-seven semifinals series, and for Santos, as tough as the game was, it just heightens up the players’ desire to keep winning.“Nakaulit nga kami,” he said before channeling his inner poet which has become a norm for every time he talks to the media.“Nakakuha na kami ng isang kaing. Sobrang nag-enjoy kami sa napitas namin na gusto lang namin na ariin yung puno next time. Pag naari na namin yung puno sa pangatlong panalo, bibilhin na namin yung lupa kung saan nakatanim yung puno na yon.”(We were able to repeat. We enjoyed getting that win so much and we want to win again next game so that when we get our third win, we can now focus on winning the series.) Lassiter in right place at right time to win it for San Miguel Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA Ginebra fan watching inside Araneta Coliseum reveled as San Miguel’s Arwind Santos struggled to get his offensive game going in Game 2 of the semifinals.He had several reasons to feel good about with Santos misfiring and the Gin Kings leading, 93-87, with exactly two minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City But he found out the hard way not to mess with Santos especially when the game is far from over.Santos first drilled a huge three with 1:53 remaining to cut the deficit down to three, 93-90, before burying the game-tying triple, 95-all, with 13.4 ticks left that forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAdding insult to injury, Santos went on to give the fan a dose of his own medicine.Santos 3! 13.4 left. 95-all. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/Lh8kzOeadx Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 11, 2018“Pinanganak akong mangaasar eh. Sa aming magkakapatid, di mo ako tatalunin sa pang-aasar,” he said as he taunted the fan repeatedly in the endgame. “Eh nung huli, naka-shoot ako. Parang ang sarap mang-asar at binalikan ko siya.”(I was born a heckler. Between me and my siblings, you really can’t beat me when it comes to heckling. I made shots in the end and it felt so good to get back at him and piss him off.)Santos got the last laugh as San Miguel stole Game 2 from Ginebra with a 104-102 win in overtime on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT The Beermen go for a 3-0 lead on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer
If we blame the President for everything wrong that happens in Liberia, then why can’t we blame them [heads of government institutions] for not paying attention to IT Departments?” -Anonymous IT professional.Methinks many organizations’ Information Technology or IT departments (in Liberia) simply exist because they are “REQUIRED” to exist, but not necessarily to support the goals of those organizations. Because of this, many IT departments tend to be ineffective, inefficient, unproductive, dysfunctional, marginalized or dormant. In most cases, what you find in these IT departments are an army of unproductive IT staff (with big titles), lacking the required skills and qualifications, and an amalgam of obsolete computers or prohibitively expensive servers that are totally under-utilized. Even worse, in some organizations, the head lacks total confidence in the abilities of his/her staff to the extent that he/she ends up inviting a relative or friend to perform basic tasks at the office; tasks that the IT Department should be performing. This is wrong! If you do not have confidence in your IT department, then you are better off revamping, restructuring or reshuffling it to a more productive and efficient department. Conversely, how would you feel if the President of Liberia who hired you had no confidence in your ability? How would you feel if your employer “covertly” brings in someone else to perform a task that you should perform or conspicuously have you marginalized? Trust me, it’s not a good feeling! (Note that this article is by no means an attempt to question the leadership ability of anyone but rather, an attempt to awaken heads of organizations to an issue that their own staff remains hesitant to discuss.)Moreover, many organizations have websites that are either obsolete, have nothing substantial to offer or simply below standards; and the heads do not even know. Now, mind you, a website is supposed to be a one-stop shop (globally) for garnering information about the organization. And then, there’s the issue of conducting official government business using @yahoo or @gmail email accounts. Something seriously is wrong here, don’t you think?The total lack of interest in the IT Department is ubiquitous in Liberia and this can be attributed to many factors: the head does not care or lacks knowledge of IT’s impact on the organization; budgetary allotment does not favor the IT department; the IT department lacks the skills to perform, and so on. I have visited organizations where all of the factors mentioned exist. The most recent experience involved budgetary allotment. Money that was allotted to the IT department was used to purchase scratch cards for staff. Now, no one knows whether the use of the scratch cards is being monitored; whether they are being used for official or personal business. But I can assure you if we investigate further we will discover that those scratch cards are used mostly for personal calls, which deny the organization of much needed automated processes and IT resources that could enable efficiency and productivity.If you want to know how much IT is valued in organizations in Liberia, ask the heads of those organizations any of the following questions: What business processes have you automated or redesigned since you took over? What is your organization’s IT Platform? What is your Technology Refresh Plan? What is your organization’s IT equipment disposal policy? Is your infrastructure standardized? Does your organization have an IT Policy? Does your organization have a disaster recovery plan? What do you do to build the capacity of your IT staff? Do you invite consultants and experts to come in and train your staff or assess your systems (and no, I don’t mean spending thousands on folks from outside Liberia who have no clue about what’s going on here.)? Chances are the head of that organization might call in the IT person to respond to these questions. In this case, you will find out that the person that you are referred to may not even have the answers to these questions and if he/she does, I reckon the answer would be in the negative. Why, because the head of that organization has never bothered to inquire about what goes on in the IT department.Before I move further, let me provide insight on some of the questions I asked above. When we talk about IT Platform we often refer to the operating system (Windows, Linux or Mac) that run applications within your organization. A Technology Refresh Plan refers to the adoption of newer technology to meet changing needs or to mitigate the risk of obsolescence of existing technology. The term “technology refresh” is more widely used when enterprises replace one-third to one-quarter of their IT assets (desktops, laptops and other end-user computing devices and servers) every three to five years. An Equipment Disposal Plan or Policy refers to the organizations approach towards removing and sanitizing in a proper and safe way, all obsolete equipment including all computers and digital storage devices. A Disaster Recovery Plan is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster. A Business Process Redesign (BPR) is the analysis and redesign of workflow within an organization. These are just a few things we need to familiarize ourselves with in order to ensure that IT supports organizational goals. Now that I have provided insight on some of the questions proffered above, what can we do to ensure that IT departments are more efficient, productive and effective? First we to understand and embrace the fact that IT provides the inputs and infrastructure that allow the primary and strategic activities to take place in any organization. IT improves the efficiency of these activities and allows the core competence to take place. Hence, we must find the right skills for the IT department and then set and communicate goals and expectations with them. We must provide the tools and infrastructure that can promote collaboration, productivity and efficiency for the IT department. This is because they are only as effective as the resources and systems they use daily.We must hold regular meetings with the IT Director/Manager/CIO/CTO or the entire IT department to create a medium that allows the staff to remain cognizant of the organization’s goals, mission and vision. We must also refrain from scaring, intimidating, politicizing, or micromanaging the IT department. We must create development opportunities for the IT staff. Bring in trainers; send them out for training locally and internationally if you can afford it. Promote them when it is appropriate. But more importantly, provide both positive and negative real-time feedback as often as possible. Immediately and publicly recognize your IT staff for their accomplishments. Conversely, address issues or areas that need improvement privately, responsibly, and immediately.It’s time we give the Liberian people what they deserve and what they pay taxes for. It is time for organizations to have AUTOMATED HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. It’s time for WEBSITES to be FUNCTIONAL, DYNAMIC, informative and up-to-date. It is time for ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS to be automated. Organizational heads need to focus on their IT department; let them get the required training. Get external consultants to assess and evaluate your IT department and infrastructure and make recommendations. IT departments on the other hand need to be innovative, do some self-learning and give their bosses reasons why they should invest in them. Aim for a 21st century approach to doing business and divorce yourself from the status quo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Ramkaran Mohan’s family still mourns loss…as driver yet to be chargedBy Kizzy ColemanChristmas is made special for a number of reasons, but most significant are the foods, fairy lights, Christmas tree with its dazzling star, the smell of new flowers, the sweet sound of Christmas carols and for most parents, the delightful look on their children’s faces on Christmas morning especially when it is time to open the Christmas presents.Some parents are anticipating that reality on December 25, but for others, it is butRamkaran Mohana mere dream.In the case of the Mohan family, it is but a dream after the life of their four- year-old baby boy, Ramkaran Mohan, was snatched from him.Many parents are privileged to see their children grow to adulthood; Ramkaran’s parents were able to just enjoy four years with him.His life was tragically taken on the fateful morning of March 15, 2017 just a short distance away from his Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home.Ramkaran was said to be playing joyfully, like he normally did, with his brother and teenage uncle.Tragedy struck after the three ventured to a shop obliquely opposite their home to purchase a ball.A woman known to be a reckless driver was on that day reportedly speeding. Ramkaran – who was standing in the corner of the road with his uncle who was holding his and his brother’s hands waiting for the woman to pass – was hooked by her vehicle, motor car PVV 5084, which reportedly swerved into the corner of the road.The child was then run over by the vehicle and dragged. It was only the sight of Ramkaran’s teenaged uncle running behind the woman’s car and signalling her to stop that prompted her to do so. It was then that she saw the child hanging from the side of her car.The young woman began to scream after realising what she had done. The child was quickly picked up and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The parents of Ramkaran at this time had no clue what had transpired as it was only until the child was already on his way to the hospital that they were informed of the accident.Screams emanated from the Mohans’ residence as the teenaged uncle of the lad relayed to them what had occurred.The family quickly rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where the child was taken … unaware that it was already too late.Little Ramkaran was buried a week later following a heart-rending funeral service. His mother cried uncontrollably; one could only begin to imagine her pain.But instead of healing with time, the wound in the heart of Mrs Mohan only widened as the woman who struck her child was released on self-bail, and to date, faced no penalty.She is reportedly the daughter of a presidential guard who following her release taunted the Mohan family with phrases like “I’m untouchable”.Weeks after the child’s demise, the Mohan family staged a protest action calling for the injustice that met their family to be corrected.Mohan’s grandmother, Bibi Nazoom Khan sounded her plea “I am calling for justice, because this female driver hit my grandson and drag him and she paid no attention or is paying no interest; they did not even come and sympathise with my family. She is even saying that her father works under the President and she is untouchable, so we all calling for justice here”.The mother of Ramkaran, whose pain was visible, cried” “I need justice; I don’t want any money, she dragged my baby like a dog and if that boy did not run in front of her car, she would’ve never stopped! I just need justice for my son…I need justice!”The protest was met with no response from the authorities. The family was then prompted to beg for a meeting with the Opposition Leader, who also was unable to help.As months go by, the family members continue their wait for justice and are being told by the authorities “we are awaiting a response from the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP)”.Now nine months after the tragedy, the Mohan family told Guyana Times: “it feels like yesterday; our wounds cannot be healed.”According to Mrs Mohan, it is a daily struggle for her to continue to live without the presence of her son.“Every day, I am surrounded by memories of Ram; it is causing me so much pain because up to now it didn’t register that I will never get to see him again,” she cried.According to Mohan’s father, “This boy here (referring to Mohan’s older brother) now deh all by himself, like it does feel lonely because when Ram was alive, you know the house never used to deh quiet, but like everything change since he dead; it hard, it really hard.”And his grandmother said: “I really want justice because this baby can enjoy nothing anymore; just like that, he gone and he cannot enjoy life anymore; it is really unfair to our family.”So, as we all enjoy this year’s Christmas festivities, remember the smile and the cheer of little Ramkaran, whose innocent life was tragically taken from him, who is unable to be loved by his parents and whose parents are unable to love him in person.
0Shares0000Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their men’s singles round-robin match on day three of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 14, 2017 © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 15 – Roger Federer moved to within one victory of becoming the oldest man to take the world number one ranking on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Rotterdam Open.The 36-year-old will now face Robin Haase in the quarter-finals on Friday. “Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle,” said Federer. “I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off.“He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that’s a great sign. I’d rather do that and return poorly.”Thursday’s win was Federer’s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber.The first set was a 54-minute struggle with the top seed having to work hard against the veteran German who was broken for the only time in the match when he double-faulted to hand Federer a 6-5 lead in the second set.Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner, then eased to victory in the 12th game with a volley winner on second match point.The Swiss is excited about the possibility of returning to the top of the rankings 19 years after he played Rotterdam in 1999 on his first career wild card.“This is an exciting challenge, I’ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year,” said Federer, who was world number one for the first time in February 2004.However, he was last at the summit in October 2012 and slumped to 17 in the world in January last year.“I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to.“The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I’m very excited for tomorrow’s match, I can’t wait for it to come around.”Bulgarian Dimitrov had to fight hard to see off Serbia’s Krajinovic © AFP/File / Greg WoodSecond seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals.Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced.The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13.Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson According to Lorraine Camper “Brian is doing well. “I just talked to Jennifer (by telephone),” she said, “and I told her ‘I’m confident you can handle things (at the hospital).” I wanted to help Brenda tonight.” Surgeons had to cut through adhesions from previous surgeries to remove the kidney from Wells. That’s why “I’m still in (a lot of) pain, but that goes with the territory,” she said. She was allowed to eat her first solid food Monday since the surgery “but I couldn’t get the sub (submarine sandwich) down,” she said. “But there’s a Starbucks downstairs (in the hotel) and I can always eat doughnuts.” Because of the limited exposure to visitors Brian Camper is permitted while recovering and because of her own condition, she hasn’t had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with him since Friday morning, prior to the surgery. Brenda Wells was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday afternoon, three days after she donated a kidney to former Lakewood High and Long Beach State basketball player Brian Camper. The 46-year-old Wells, from New Cumberland, Pa., is scheduled to fly home Thursday if her condition permits. Wells, who designs computer networks, returned to her room at the Long Beach Marriott after being released from the hospital but was at the Long Beach home of Lorraine Camper, Brian’s mother, early Monday evening. “I wanted to spend some time with Joshua (Brian and Jennifer Camper’s 4-year-old son),” Wells said by telephone. “I’m really anxious to talk to him before I leave (for home),” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Odds and ends from around the San Fernando Valley: Now this is the way to inspire kids’ interest in a career in your field: Invite them in for a day to look around and kick the tires. More than 850 students from 12 San Fernando Valley middle and high schools got a firsthand look Thursday at hospital life during the 10th annual Health Career Day at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. Interns, residents, nurses and support staffers served as mentors to the students, who donned surgical garb and participated in mock operative procedures, CPR and trauma care. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The visit gave them a behind-the-scenes look at the emergency room, pathology, physical therapy and other major departments. But the field that caught the eye of many of the girls, including Joanna Carcomo and Diana Arellano of Birmingham High School, was pediatrics. “We’re members of the medical club at our school, and of all the departments we visited, pediatrics was the greatest – caring for babies,” Carcomo said. Arellano said the visit helped reinforce her desire for a career in the health and medical profession. “They gave us a chance to see the real thing and encouraged us in our careers,” the 17-year-old said. “I loved it.” That’s the kind of reaction Dr. Vena Ricketts, associate chief for the center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, was looking for. “We can make a difference, one-on-one, and give these students hope and direction to maximize their career opportunities after school,” she said. Other agencies participating in the event included the Los Angeles city and county fire departments, local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol. When Harry Corre – who spent 3 years in POW camps during World War II – walked into a VA hospital after returning home, the first person he ran into was a rude guy sitting behind a desk with his feet up – unwilling to give Harry the time of day. “All you guys are just looking for money,” Harry remembers the guy saying. “So I gave him the Italian salute and said goodbye.” Corre, now commander of the Los Angeles chapter of the Ex-POW/MIA group, wants to make sure veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq never face the same treatment. “We want to make sure they all get a fair shake and everything that’s coming to them,” Corre said. So Harry’s POW chapter, which includes wives and widows, is hosting a welcome-home party Wednesday at the Sepulveda VA in North Hills for all returning veterans. There will be food, entertainment, and clown and magic shows for children. But, more importantly, there will be veterans-benefits counselors with education and employment information to make sure these veterans get what’s coming to them. “We want our POWs talking to and mentoring the vets because one of the biggest problems we had coming home was nobody was there to tell us what to do, where to go, and what was available,” Corre said. If you’re a veteran and want to learn more about VA benefits, bring your discharge certificate and meet some great guys. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St. Just follow the flags to the northside entrance of Building 200 and adjoining parking lot. Even if you’re not a returning vet, stop by and say “Hi” to Harry and the members of his POW/MIA chapter. And thanks, too. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The man who could be Ireland’s next President spent the week in Donegal deciding if he will run in the most-talked about election for years.Gay Byrne has been a visitor to Donegal for the past 40 years and owns a house on the outskirts of Dungloe.The former Late Late Show host has been swamped by media requests about if he will put his name forward for the Aras hotseat. Gaybo spent Friday night hillwalking around West Donegal with more than a dozen friends on a year trek.Gay, who has just turned 77, promised he would celebrate the occasion by having a “ball of malt.”Gay, who is a regular visitor to the area and is very friendly with Pat Nora Gallagher, insists he has not been approached by any political party.However speculation is growing the Fianna Fail did approach the veteran broadcaster to sound him out on standing. Gay said that his age would in no way stop him form standing for the Presidency.He recently went for a hospital check-up at St Vincent’s in Dublin and was told he was the healthiest man in the hospital!Gay said he will now take soundings and said it would be an insult to the office of the President if he did not consider it.He said simply “We’ll see what develops.”Locals are already beginning to speculate about the fall-out if Gaybo does get the nod for the Aras. ‘President to open Mary From Dungloe Festival’ may not be pie-in-the-sky afterall!EndsGAY RETURNS TO DONEGAL AS PRESSURE GROWS ON HIM TO STAND FOR PRESIDENT was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGay ByrnePRESIDENT
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Manchester City winger Kevin De Bruyne and admitted it was “a pity” he left Stamford Bridge.De Bruyne, 25, was signed by the Blues in 2012 from Belgian club Genk but played only nine games for the club, all of his appearances coming in the first half of the 2013-14 season.He was sold to Wolfsburg during that campaign and his outstanding form in the Bundesliga led to a club-record £55m move to City in August 2015.De Bruyne has scored 19 goals and made 24 assists in 59 games for City and will line-up against the Blues, rather than for them, on SaturdayConte said: “De Bruyne played with Chelsea and I think he’s a really great player.“It’s a pity that now he’s playing for another team, for sure, because he’s a fantastic player.“But now he plays with Manchester City and I wish for him the best after our game.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In the startup world, with new money comes new obligations. The leaders at mobile payment startup Square, being well-establish entrepreneurs, know this well. Yet, they cannot be excited about requirements coming from Visa after the credit card giant made a strategic investment in the company earlier this week.Visa released a new “best practices” for mobile payments April 27 and a stipulation of those practices are that credit card information be encrypted from the source of the transaction. Square does not currently encrypt credit card information coming from the dongle it uses to make transactions through smartphones. Yet, when billion-dollar behemoths that have just invested in your company strongly suggest that you do something, it is probably best that you do it. Hence, Square will issue new dongles later this year with the ability to encrypt data transmissions from the source.Note: Updated with analysis from security expert Robert Vamosi of Mocana.Square has all along said that the system they have created is secure enough without having to specifically encrypt data coming from the dongle. When mobile payment competitor Verifone blasted Square in early March for having “serious security concerns” because of lack of encryption, Square’s CEO Jack Dorsey fired back that the allegations were not “fair or accurate.”Update:We contacted Mocana security analyst Robert Vamosi, a former tech journalist who has worked with Forbes and PC World who was quoted in Verifone’s open letter for some insight. “[Point-of-sale] terminals in retail settings don’t encrypt at the moment the card is swiped, but there is a move right now within the industry toward point-to-point encryption,” Vamosi said. “Encrypting the data from the moment it is read off the card until it reaches the card brand is the Holy Grail; no one’s doing it, but many companies are attempting it.”Vamosi said the risk factors are of scammers getting between the reader (the “Square”) and the application that processes it. In that scenario, “skimming” from the transaction, as Verifone said is the potential problem, would be feasible.“The risk is in malware sitting between the dongle and the application. If malware writers target Square’s input, then there’s risk,” Vamosi said. “If malware writers don’t target them, then this is academic. But the payment industry is moving toward encrypting as much of the payment process as possible, so ultimately one could argue that it is inevitable that Square encrypts data in their dongle.”Vamosi uses the example of Albert Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the Heartland Payments System credit card breach of a few years ago as an example of the danger these types of malware could pose. “Gonzalez and his crew were able to skim unencrypted credit card data from wireless POS terminals at TJX back in 2005,” Vamosi said. “So the risk from unencrypted card data in motion across the network has been known, but it wasn’t until the Heartland Payment Systems breach in 2009 that the payment industry got serious with encrypting as much card data as possible. It is not yet, however, a PCI requirement that card data in motion must be encrypted, only data at rest is explicitly covered by the latest PCI DSS.”Basically, in the chain of transaction from swiping the card to the data being stored, encryption is a growing though not mandatory practice, especially at the point of sale, where Square lives. Visa is moving the practice of encryption forward by instituting its best practices.End update.Yet, here we are, note quite two months later, and Square is going to start encrypting its dongles. “Visa announced mobile security best practices. Square is excited to collaborate with Visa in helping define and shape the security guidelines for the rapidly evolving mobile acceptance space,” wrote Square COO Jeff Rabois in a blog post. “The adoption of best practices will help increase trust in innovative payment solutions. Of course, Square complies with all current industry standards, and we are committed to meeting or exceeding industry guidelines as they evolve — all while keeping our card reader free.”Nowhere in the post does Rabois mention the word “encryption.” The closest mention is saying that they will adhere to best practices. The two primary points of Visa’s mobile payment best practices was for encryption from the source and the ability to tokenize credit card numbers along the data chain.Here is the pertinent bit from Visa’s release:“Encrypt all account data including at the card-reader level and in transmission between the acceptance device and the processor – especially important given the use of wireless or public networks.”It may be a moral setback for Square but, as they say, with great power comes great responsibility. If the company wants to keep reaching out to the big players in the payment industry they are going to have to play by their rules. 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The Crime Branch (CB) on Saturday said it was on the strength of opinion furnished by medical experts that “it has been confirmed that the Kathua victim was subjected to sexual assault by the accused”.“The medical expert has also opined that hymen of the victim was not found intact,” said a CB spokesman.Section addedHe said, on the basis of the medical opinion, Section 376 (D) IPC (where a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention) was added in the case.“The medical opinion has established beyond doubt that the victim was held in captivity and administered sedatives and the cause of death was asphyxia leading to cardio-pulmonary arrest,” he added.The Crime Branch said that it “was in the process of submitting supplementary charge sheet”.