Alli apologises for coronavirus video

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has apologised for a video posted on his Snapchat account in which he appeared to mock an Asian man in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.The newly identified coronavirus outbreak in China has killed over 900 people, with more than 40,000 infected.Alli, who has been on holiday while Spurs are on their winter break, posted the video of him wearing a face mask in an airport lounge with the message, “Corona whattt, please listen with volume.”He then zooms the camera towards a man of Asian appearance before panning to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash with the video caption reading: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”The post was subsequently removed and Alli later apologised on Chinese social media platform Weibo.“It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down,” he said. “I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.”last_img read more

Perception of SARA impacts credibility

first_imgA few days ago, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Aubrey Retmyer, was reported as saying that his known political loyalty would not affect his work. His response was in the context of perceived bias by SARA against members of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) who continue to be placed before the courts. The PPP has consistently labelled the charges as baseless and frivolous and more recently the Party’s General Secretary described them as a means of reputational damage.To some, Retmyer’s statement can be seen as refreshing and as a hallmark of professionalism. To others, it would be mere defensive rhetoric. He accurately referenced Guyana being a small country and the difficulty of knowing persons who are not politically oriented. He also stated that he can have a political preference and still be unbiased in the execution of his duties.Such comments are laudable, a reflection of people’s expectations and captures the manner in which someone at that level should execute his/her duties. While one may have no reason to doubt his ability to function professionally, the context of what has unfolded since the establishment of SARA, must be examined.The Government, having promised their supporters during the 2015 election campaign to place PPP officials before the courts, has used SARA and the numerous forensic audits in that regard. Of importance is that during its three years thus far, some stakeholders have pointed out what they believed to be very questionable Government transactions including the Sussex Street Drug Bond, Jubilee Park and the $600 million plus drug purchase for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).The stakeholders who brought attention to these situations are of the belief that State assets may have been compromised and that there is more than enough merit for each to be thoroughly investigated by SARA.The reality is that only officials from the PPP Administration have being charged and placed into the court docks. The perception by many is that SARA is deliberately ignoring everything that has been presented in relation to Government’s alleged wrongdoings. With time, perception tends to become a substitution for reality and it is therefore extremely challenging for people not to believe.Perception or not, many are of the view that SARA, through its actions so far, is an entity solely to go after former PPP officials. From its mandate, that clearly is not the case. However, strong words such as ‘witch-hunt’ and ‘persecution’ have been used by the PPP and its supporters to describe what is being meted out to them. In that context of what continues to unfold, the usage of such terms not only seems unavoidable, but factual.This feeling is further fuelled by the lack appearance of any attempt by SARA to give similar priority to complaints raised in relation to alleged financial improprieties by Government officials in spite of necessary information reportedly provided. Clearly, the ordinary people will be unaware if efforts are ongoing discretely. Even if that were the case, the lack of provision of minimal information stacks on the growing perception.In this regard, some have questioned the Agency over what appears to be a reluctance to investigate the complaints alluded to. This therefore has potential to negatively impact its credibility which in turn can give credence to the belief of bias against one side. None can dispute that information first has to be verified. Then the credibility of that and potential evidence are determined to further an investigation.By that, it implies that initial work has to be done. Was it? If not, why? Therein may lie Retmyer’s dilemma. While as an individual he would want to ensure that his political allegiance does not cloud his professional judgement, the entirety of SARA’s operations has to be seen to be complying in tandem. The belief by many is that the entity’s judgement may be clouded by alleged political loyalty. Even if it is not true, there is that strong perception which is driven by a belief of political direction.In order for the Agency to have full acceptance from all on its national purpose, that perception has to change through impartiality and unfettered and holistic professionalism devoid of any political directive. It therefore becomes extremely challenging, again in the context noted, for any known political operative or affiliate at the helm to remove that perception despite good intentions.However, he has an opportunity to influence the raising of the bar on expected fairness to mitigate the strong belief of partiality. A genuine quest in that direction would be welcomed and would boost credibility.last_img read more

Pediatricians detail early symptoms of autism that can point to disorder by age 2

first_imgCHICAGO – The country’s leading pediatricians group is making its strongest push yet to have all children screened for autism twice by age 2, warning of symptoms such as babies who don’t babble at 9 months and 1-year-olds who don’t point to toys. The advice is meant to help both parents and doctors spot autism sooner. There is no cure for the disorder, but experts say that early therapy can lessen its severity. Symptoms to watch for and the call for early screening come in two new reports. They are being released by the American Academy of Pediatrics today at its annual meeting in San Francisco and will appear in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics and on the group’s Web site – The reports list numerous warning signs, such as a 4-month-old not smiling at the sound of Mom or Dad’s voice, or the loss of language or social skills at any age. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Experts say one in 150 U.S. children has the troubling developmental disorder. “Parents come into your office now saying `I’m worried about autism.’ Ten years ago, they didn’t know what it was,” said Dr. Chris Johnson of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She co-wrote the reports. The academy’s renewed effort reflects growing awareness since its first autism guidelines in 2001. A 2006 policy statement urged autism screening for all children at their regular doctor visits at age 18 months and 24 months. The authors caution that not all children who display a few of these symptoms are autistic, and they said parents shouldn’t overreact to quirky behavior. Just because a child likes to line up toy cars or has temper tantrums “doesn’t mean you need to have concern, if they’re also interacting socially and also pretending with toys and communicating well,” said co-author Dr. Scott Myers, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician in Danville, Pa. “With awareness comes concern when there doesn’t always need to be,” he said. “These resources will help educate the reader as to which things you really need to be concerned about.” Another educational tool, a Web site that debuted in mid-October, offers dozens of video clips of autistic kids contrasted with unaffected children’s behavior. That Web site – – is sponsored by two nonprofit advocacy groups: Autism Speaks and First Signs. They hope the site will promote early diagnosis and treatment to help children with autism lead more normal lives. The two new reports say children with suspected autism should start treatment even before a formal diagnosis. They also warn parents about the special diets and alternative treatments endorsed by celebrities, saying there’s no proof those work. Recommended treatment should include at least 25 hours a week of intensive behavior-based therapy, including educational activities and speech therapy, according to the reports. They list several specific approaches that have been shown to help. For very young children, therapy typically involves fun activities, such as bouncing balls back and forth or sharing toys to develop social skills; there is repeated praise for eye contact and other behavior autistic children often avoid. Mary Grace Mauney, an 18-year-old high school senior from Lilburn, Ga., has a mild form of autism that wasn’t diagnosed until she was 9. As a young girl, she didn’t smile, spoke in a very formal manner and began to repeat the last word or syllable of her sentences. She was prone to intense tantrums, but only outside school. There, she excelled and was in gifted classes. “I took her to a therapist, and they said she was just very sensitive and very intense and very creative,” said her mother, Maureen, 54. Pediatricians should send such children for “early intervention as soon as you even think there’s a problem,” Johnson said. Dr. Ruby Roy, a pediatrician with Loyola University Medical Center, who treats at least 20 autistic children, applauded the reports. “This is a disorder that is often missed, especially when it’s mild, and the mild kids are the ones … who can be helped the most,” Roy said. Dr. Dirk Steinert, who treats children and adults at Columbia St. Mary’s clinic in suburban Milwaukee, said the push for early autism screening is important – but that it’s tough to squeeze it into a child’s regular wellness checkup. Some pediatricians have tried scheduling a visit just to check for developmental problems, when children are 2 . The problem is that insurance doesn’t always cover these extra visits, Steinert said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Jeweler lowers boom on suspect

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSheriff’s deputies arrested 25-year-old Trent Adams of Los Angeles on suspicion of burglary following the 10:30 a.m. incident. A second man was still being sought. On Wednesday, Hodgkins said he had gotten flowers, candy and cards and about a dozen phone calls from people saying he was an inspiration and that more people like him were needed to stand up to criminals. Hodgkins, in business for 35 years, said he supplied video from the incident to deputies, including a clear shot of the second suspect’s face. 661-476-4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Ever since he and his wife were shot during a robbery of their jewelry shop in 1996, Terry Hodgkins has been vigilant about not letting it happen again. So Tuesday, when his suspicions were aroused after two men entered the store, he stepped into a backroom, got his 9mm pistol and watched them through a two-way mirror. When both men bolted for the door with a $7,000 gold necklace, Hodgkins fired two shots, prompting one thief to drop to the floor while the other escaped, gold chain in hand. No one was hit. “You gotta protect your stuff. The police do what they can but they are overwhelmed,” Hodgkins said. “You work your whole life to build a business, have some type of security and wealth, and someone, a 25-year-old punk, wants to come in and take it away.” last_img read more

9-11 tapes show heroism, heartbreak

first_imgNEW YORK – Trapped and running out of air on the smoky 83rd floor of the World Trade Center, Melissa Doi begged the 911 operator not to hang up. “Can you stay on the line with me, please? I feel like I’m dying,” Doi said. The operator stayed on for 24 minutes, imploring Doi to keep breathing and praying, saying, “It’s going to be fine” over and over, long after Doi had stopped talking. Finally, the connection ended. “The line is now dead,” one dispatcher said. “Oh my lord,” said the operator. Within minutes of the first plane hitting at 8:46 a.m., firefighters – some off-duty, some even retired – began calling dispatchers to volunteer their help. Lt. Timothy Higgins, in a typical response, called at 8:52 a.m. “We’re available for the trade center,” he volunteered. “OK, thanks,” replied the dispatcher. Higgins, with five other members of his squad, made the trip to Manhattan. All six died. In the Bronx, Lt. Michael Healey called a dispatcher just before the second plane hit to ask for an assignment in lower Manhattan. “I was just seeing if he could maybe possibly get us over there, so, just keep us in mind, over into Manhattan,” he said. “OK,” the dispatcher said. They responded, with Healey and five other squad members killed. Family members complained their loved ones were betrayed by poor communication that could have steered them outside before the buildings collapsed. Bravery as death nears Here are some excerpts from newly released emergency phone calls made after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: “We’re in a state of confusion. We have no cell phone service anywhere because of the disaster. … Bring all the additional handy talkies.” – Battalion Chief Dennis Devlin, who died in the attack “One of the towers just collapsed. Everybody’s got to be inside of it. … There’s got to be thousands of people inside it. One of the towers just came down on top of EVERYBODY.” – Unidentified fire lieutenant “Keep praying. They’ll be in there soon. It takes a while to get up those stairs … It’s going to be fine. It’s going to be fine.” – Dispatcher to 9-11 victim Melissa Doi, who died on the 83rd floor of the south tower “Well, a plane just crashed into it this morning, the other one the same thing. OK? Why don’t you just try to stay calm, try to stay together. I’m going to try to get this to the radio people to get somebody up to you.” – Unidentified dispatcher to person in the trade center “We have six men here. Do you want us to find our way down there? … OK, we’re going to try and respond down to the trade center.” – Fire Lt. Raymond Murphy, who died after volunteering his services “Sir, did you find something and put it over your head? OK, did you see any fire at this time? Sir … OK, I want you to go on the floor. Kneel on the floor. On the floor. Cover your head with a cloth.” – Unidentified dispatcher “We got people jumping out of buildings. It is unreal. It is absolutely unreal.” – Unidentified emergency worker “Ma’am, if you have to break a window, if you have to. If you don’t, don’t break it. I’m gonna get somebody there to get you, OK? … I’m not going to be able to call you back, we’re very busy right now. Everybody’s calling me.” – Unidentified dispatcher “I’m on the 35th floor. … Numerous burn injuries are coming down. I’m trying to send them down. … We’re still heading up.” – Fire Capt. Patrick Brown, later killed in the trade center “There’s heavy smoke and flames, and the building management is announcing that everything is all right, and it’s not and they’re confused.” – 911 operator, relaying call from the 82nd floor of the south tower to another dispatcher160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Doi, a 32-year-old financial manager, died in the World Trade Center’s south tower on Sept. 11, 2001. On Wednesday, her voice was heard as the city released new tapes of hundreds of heart-wrenching phone calls, along with other emergency transcripts. The tapes recorded rescuers complaining about chaos in the twin towers. But they also evoked the firefighters’ powerful sense of duty, with some struggling to evacuate the towers and others begging dispatchers to send them to the scene. A total of 343 firefighters died in the disaster. “We’re in a state of confusion,” Battalion Chief Dennis Devlin said, standing inside a command post at the trade center as the towers burned above. “We have no cell phone service anywhere because of the disaster. … Bring all the additional handy talkies.” Devlin was one of 19 dead firefighters whose voices were captured on the 1,613 previously undisclosed emergency calls. The New York Times and relatives of Sept. 11 victims sued for release of the tapes to learn what happened in the towers and what dispatchers told workers and rescuers. Most of the calls involved firefighters and dispatchers. The voices of 10 civilians calling from inside the World Trade Center were edited out because of privacy concerns. last_img read more

Columbus Catholic holds off La Crosse Aquinas to win WIAA Division 4 regional final

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team is moving on to the sectionals for the second year in a row after a hard-fought 4-2 victory over La Crosse Aquinas in a WIAA Division 4 regional final Thursday at Griese Park.Columbus Catholic (14-4-3) moves on to a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer sectional semifinal next Thursday at Stevens Point Pacelli. The game will be played at the Portage County Soccer Complex starting at 7 p.m. Columbus Catholic and Pacelli split a pair of Mid-State Soccer Conference matches this season, with each winning on its home field.The sectional championship is Saturday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. at Griese Park.“I’m excited,” Columbus Catholic senior goalkeeper Evan Hansen said. “I think we can go pretty far. I am feeling good. This was a good victory and I think we can give any team a run for their money.”Senior Sean McCarthy, who missed Tuesday’s regional semifinal due to illness, scored twice for the Dons in the first half as they got out to a quick 2-0 lead.McCarthy scored 3:54 into the game on an assist from Charles Payant and added another goal on 19:42 on an assist from Alexandra Hutchison to put the Dons on top.Columbus went up 3-0 when Aquinas kicked in an own goal before halftime.In the second half, McCarthy left the game with an injury and Aquinas took advantage.Tim Healy scored twice, bringing the Blugolds to within one with just under 20 minutes left.While Aquinas controlled the ball for much of the remaining time, it was the Dons who were able to score and pad their lead.Freshman Calvin Brown popped a high shot over Aquinas goalkeeper Noah Snyder with 16:01 left to give Columbus some much-needed breathing room with a 4-2 lead.“They were a very, very tough team, one of the toughest we’ve seen all season,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “It was nice to be able to hold on like that and get that fourth goal to kind of put it out of reach.“I’m really happy for everyone on this team. Outside was working well until Sean (was injured). Once he was out, we lost that speed on the outside, and that finishing factor. We kind of got shell-shocked a little bit. I thought we did a better job after halftime of trying to possess the ball and working it a little more.”Aquinas peppered Hansen with shots over the final minutes and he turned back every one to preserve the victory. Hansen finished with a season-high 14 saves.“We knew they were going to be a harder team, we’re getting into the playoffs now,” Hansen said. “They were getting shots on us. They were a good team. I was making sure my defenders were marking. They were taking shots inside the 18 (yard box), outside the 18, so I really had to focus on that. It wasn’t easy.”Dons 4, Blugolds 2Aquinas 0 2 – 2Columbus Catholic 3 1 – 4First half: 1. CC, Sean McCarthy (Charles Payant), 3:54; 2. CC, McCarthy (Alexandra Hutchison), 19:42; 3. CC, Aquinas own goal.Second half: 4. A, Tim Healy (Evan Dolan), 53:39; 5. A, Healy (Dante Pizzini), 70:42; 6. CC, Calvin Brown (Hutchison), 73:59.Shots on goal: Aquinas 16; Columbus Catholic 5.Corner kicks: Aquinas 10; Columbus Catholic 1.Saves: A, Noah Snyder 1; CC, Evan Hansen 14.Records: Aquinas 11-7-2; Columbus Catholic 14-4-3.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Maboneng moves to Ghana

first_imgPeople live there. And eat, socialize, work and open businesses there. The Maboneng district has revitalized a part of inner city Johannesburg (Image: Darren Smith) • Jonathan Liebman Founder Propertuity +27 11 592 0513 • Moad builds a genius space for Africa’s arts • New technology hub for Braamfontein • Creativity for a good cause • Benin gallery keeps African art in Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizensRomaana Naidoo Joburg’s trendy urban neighbourhood, Maboneng is the inspiration behind a new development initiative planned for Accra, the coastal capital of Ghana.Jonathan Liebmann, the founder of Propertuity, the company that owns and developed what many see as the embodiment of regeneration in the inner city, says he will take his Maboneng model to the West African city because “it’s in need of something alternative to the new buildings that are going up”. Although the Maboneng model is the inspiration for the new development, Liebmann says the concept will always be adapted to the local environment, while features such as mixed-use space and mixed-income housing will remain.Maboneng, meaning “Place of Light”, is an ultra-modern take on inner city living, breathing new life into the once-derelict eastern side of the Joburg CBD. The precinct is a “mixed-use” space that offers housing, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as loft apartments, offices, a hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces, all in an urban landscape. Although the plans for Ghana are still in their infancy, Liebmann has already identified a local partner and is looking into various prospects.With this being Propertuity’s inaugural venture outside South Africa, Liebmann says: “Our initial investment will be limited so as to not materially change our risk profile” to ensure the project doesn’t negatively affect the company’s finances. “We are still mainly focused on Maboneng as our largest investment but we feel the company has gained intellectual capital that can now be leveraged in other parts of Africa.”He adds that Perpetuity will look to invest and develop in any city with a significant population but it largely depends on the local partners that become available. Africa offers huge growth and a unique vibrant culture that other parts of the world do not, Liebmann says.The future of the property sector on the continent, “will follow major international trends in becoming consolidated and owned by fewer larger companies rather than being family-owned”.Choosing GhanaThe Greater Accra Metropolitan Area is home to some four million people, so it makes sense that Liebmann would venture there first. As Accra has expanded, some of the old buildings have been neglected. Large numbers of buildings have not been finished, mainly because the organisations and individuals who own them have run out of money. However, new suburban areas are being established with services and infrastructure to cater to the needs of the middle-class earners.Present-day Accra is a modern city with British, Danish and Dutch influences, such as James Fort; Osu, now Osu Castle; and Ussherstown near the Dutch Ussher fort. It’s also home to the National Museum of Ghana, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Archives of Ghana and Ghana’s central library, the National Theatre, the Accra Centre for National Culture, a lighthouse, and a sports stadium.Over the year, immigrants from the Americas, Europe, Asia and other African countries have flocked to Accra, and the city has expanded. Ring Road, extending from the Korle Lagoon in the west, going east to the juncture of Independence Avenue, and continuing on to Osu, forms a circle around the oldest districts of the city. This area separates central Accra from the outlying suburbs.Central Accra comprises the CBD, which is made up of the historic districts of Usshertown, Tudu, Victoriaborg, West Ridge and East Ridge, as well as the historic residential districts of Jamestown, Adabraka, Asylum Down, North Ridge and Osu. Residential areas are mostly found in eastern Accra or north of Ring Road East, stretching as far north as Kwame Nkrumah Motorway. Western Accra, on the other hand, is a mix of residential and business.Portions of Accra’s inner city contain a mixture of very low-density and high-density developments, with under-utilised service infrastructure as well as overstretched infrastructure. Housing can be grouped into three broad categories: low income, middle income and high income. Low income housing areas include Osu, Jamestown, Adedenkpo, Chorkor, La, Teshie, Nungua, Sukura, Kwashieman, Odorkor, Bubiashie, Abeka, Nima, Maamobi and Chorkor.Together, they are home to about 58% of Accra’s total population; and most of the city’s informal businesses are situated in low income areas. In the inner city, low income structures are built with minimal room to expand.Accommodation in middle income areas, which are largely populated by Ghanaian citizens, has been provided by state, parastatal and private sector organisations and individuals. These suburbs include Dansoman Estates, North Kaneshie Estates, Asylum Down, Kanda Estates, Abelempke, Achimota,Adenta and Tesano. Buildings here are better than those in low income suburbs since they have been planned. The middle income group makes up 32% of the city’s population.The remaining 10% of the population live in high income suburbs. These comprise North Ridge and West Ridge, Ringway Estates, north Labone Estates, Airport Residential Area, Roman Ridge, and East Legon. Buildings in the high income suburbs are spacious, well-planned and well-developed.Environmental redesignLiebmann was drawn to property development because of its “necessary scale to be able to create change”. He says: “I am obsessed with good design as I believe design can be a major tool to transform an environment… Regeneration is a focus of our company so we like to start with areas that really need attention. The area [Maboneng Precinct] made sense in that it’s very centrally located and has beautiful old buildings.”Propertuity is focused on transforming areas by designing and developing iconic properties to create an “integrated and uplifted urban environment”. “I enjoy the character and design of the old buildings; I have been exposed to them on my travels and so have seen the way that they can be converted into new spaces,” says Liebmann.Speaking about the driving force behind taking such a massive risk with Maboneng, he says: “It started with my personal needs to live and work in alternative spaces. I am also a true urbanist so for me, reconnecting with the urban core was the driver.“Our 2020 vision for Maboneng is to grow the community to 20 000 people. We have 30 buildings in the pipeline to be developed in the next three years.” Liebmann is one of the youngest property developers in the country and says his age has allowed him to be fully committed to his work and have the energy to take on numerous tasks.Recent developmentsPropertuity has recently concluded an agreement with Arrowhead Properties for the company to buy eight buildings in the Maboneng Precinct for R180-million. The acquisition, at a forward yield of 11%, is in line with Arrowhead’s strategy to procure “revenue-enhancing properties”. The buildings will be managed by specialist CBD property managers Mafadi Property Management.These eight buildings, with a to let area of 58 000m2, are mainly industrial, with a smaller component of office and retail. “We will use the funds from this sale to propel Maboneng into its next development phase,” says Liebmann.Propertuity intends to develop and sell more properties to Arrowhead in a mutually beneficial relationship. Propertuity focuses on development and Arrowhead on acquiring developed property with solid yields. Arrowhead’s overall strategy is to increase its portfolio to R10-billion by 2016 by obtaining properties that offer attractive yields. It currently owns properties valued at more than R5-billion.Arrowhead’s chief executive officer, Mark Kaplan, explains: “This transaction further reinforces the continued interest in the Johannesburg inner city where regeneration efforts have resulted in improved property values.”Maboneng PrecinctLiebmann founded Propertuity in 2008 with a vision to create a well-designed and affordable integrated urban offering in Johannesburg. That year, the company made its first acquisition and along with architect Enrico Daffonchio, designed and developed Arts on Main, which offers a space for creatives to live and work. By 2009, Arts on Main was completed and celebrated artist William Kentridge and the art-focused Nirox Foundation’s NIROXprojects gallery moved in as tenants.Following its success, Propertuity initiated plans to develop the surrounding area to form a “connected urban neighbourhood”. This led to the company acquiring its second structure just 500m from Arts on Main, at 286 Fox Street; in 2010, Main Street Life was completed. It has 194 residential apartments, a boutique hotel and ground floor shops. That same year, Propertuity began construction on Revolution House, on the corner of Kruger and Main streets; The Main Change, at 20 Kruger Street; and Fox Street Studios, at 280 Fox Street.The Maboneng Precinct is made up of a number of completed and “in the pipeline” developments which include:·         Artisan Lofts (residential, 260 Market Street);·         The Main Change (commercial offices, 20 Kruger Street);·         Craftsmen’s Ship (industrial, 260 Main Street);·         Maverick Corner (retail, 300 Commissioner Street);·         Arts on Main (mixed use, 264 Fox Street);·         Revolution House (residential, 21 Kruger Street – corner Kruger and Main streets);·         12 Decades Hotel (7th floor, 286 Fox Street);·         Fox Street Studios (commercial, 280 Fox Street);·         MOAD – Museum of African Design (exhibition and performance space, 281 Commissioner Street);·         Main Street Life (residential, 286 Fox Street);·         The Urban Fox (residential, 276 Fox Street);·         Curiocity (backpackers’ lodge, 302 Fox Street);·         Off the Grid (five-storey parking lot and transport hub, 250 Main Street);·         Remed’s View (student accommodation, 306 Commissioner Street);·         Aerial Empire (mixed-use, Sivewright Avenue);·         Rocket Factory (residential, 275 Commissioner Street);·         Living MOAD (residential, 281 Commissioner Street); and,·         The Townhouse (residential, 280 Fox Street Street).Arts on Main was recognised for its original use of public space when it scooped the Johannesburg Development Agency’s Halala Award for “Relaxing and Playing Joburg: the recreation destination” in 2010. The category recognises “creativity and innovation through the use of new and old buildings that provide unique recreational spaces”.In 2012, The Main Change won the Halala Award for “Working and Buying Joburg: creating a business destination”, which identifies innovative commercial and retail developments that attract people to the business hub.Liebmann was invited to speak at TEDxStellenbosch in 2011 on how his projects had developed a vibrant community and creative hub in the Maboneng Precinct.He has participated in many forums, including the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2012, where he represented Johannesburg and South Africa on the global stage. At the event, Liebmann was asked to speak on Urban Africa. He championed the regeneration of blighted urban areas and spoke about his company’s vision to rescue old office blocks and warehouses in Johannesburg and convert them cultural hubs, with galleries, artist studios, offices and retail spaces for the creative community.He was also chosen as one of Forbes’s “Top 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30” in 2012 and 2013, and featured in the Mail and Guardian’s “Top 200 Young South Africans in 2010”. He appeared on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2013. The success of Maboneng has breathed new life into the city. Now Jonathan Liebman hopes to emulate that success in Ghana. (Image: Pascal Parent)last_img read more

LP101: Data Security and Access Control

first_imgComputer systems, data networks, and the information that resides on them are critical assets of any retail organization and integral to the success of the company’s mission, goals and objectives. As a result, these vital systems require proper data security and protection to ensure availability, confidentiality, and integrity. As retailers adopt business models that provide employees, business partners, suppliers and customers with greater access to this sensitive information, we not only enhance our business opportunities—we increase our risks as well. As escalating issues have continued to intensify and the need to secure both our information resources and our facilities has risen exponentially, companies have recognized this need and are responding to it.Managing the security of our information lifelines requires comprehensive solutions that meet the needs of the dynamic retail environment; and identifying critical data security requirements and incorporating them into our processes and operations is an important starting point. Every organization should embrace security solutions based on the risks that they face as part of their day-to-day business operations, establishing standards and practices that meet the company’s unique data security needs.They should protect data from theft, unintended disclosure, deletion, manipulation and other unauthorized use. They should include multiple layers of data security without creating excessive management complexity. They should ensure that data security processes are incorporated into our overall business processes while remaining focused on productivity and necessary access to needed data. All such security measures should be based on the functional nature and level of importance held by the systems, network resources and data involved. Some important questions would include:- Sponsor – • What data is used and stored on the system? • Who uses or otherwise has access to the system? • How do users access the system? • What functions does the system provide, and what is the relative importance of those functions? • Are there other networks, programs or users that share the system? What is the potential connectivity to other networks and/or users? • Where is the system physically located? • How are data backups made, how frequently, and where are they stored? Who has access to them? • Are there any regulatory or statutory requirements that we have to consider?Addressing these and other critical questions and evaluating data security practices and programs that safeguard the availability, confidentiality and integrity of our systems are essential aspects of our protection programs. It is important to understand the scope of these risks and the potential problems that may exist in order to best serve the needs of our companies; implementing appropriate protocols and reacting and responding as necessary and appropriate.Access ControlAccess Control is the ability to monitor and regulate who has access to sensitive areas and/or information. Designed to restrict privileges based on an individual’s identity and successful authentication, access control is commonly applied to the retail world in terms of physical security, computer security, and network security systems.The primary component of any access control system is the development of criteria by which access levels to both areas and individuals are assigned. Role and policy-based controls enable the building of complex rules that govern various levels of accessibility to areas and/or information, ensuring security controls while providing adequate access and productivity to meet the various needs of the business. Simply stated, we want to design a system that is secure, but allows that the appropriate individuals have access to the areas they need to do their jobs; and in a way that is not a hindrance to day-to-day activities.Computer Operating SystemsWhen referring to computer security, access control is the process by which we direct or control access by users to computer systems, and/or data found on a computer system. It permits company decision makers to specify what users can do, which resources that they can access and what operations that they can perform. This is typically broken down into three essential services:Identification & Authentication: This data security validation determines who can log on to a system. It is the process of verifying a user’s identity for the purposes of using the system, during which time an “authenticator” is established. Authenticators are typically based on at least one (but sometimes more than one) of the following factors:• Something you know, such as a password or personal identification number (PIN). This assumes that only the owner of the account knows the password or PIN necessary to access the account. • Something that you have, such as an access card or token. Once again, this assumes that only the owner of the account has access to the card or token. • Something that you are, which might involve fingerprint identification, voice recognition, retina scans or other devices • Where you are, for example whether inside or outside the company firewallAuthorization: This data security protection determines what you can do once you are in the system. Most operating systems define sets of permissions that are variations or extensions of three primary types of access:• Read information found in the file contents • Write or modify the contents of a file by adding, creating, deleting or renaming files or information. • Execute the file if it is a program (cause the program to be run).Accountability: This data security process uses system components to track and document what the user did and where they visited while using the system. Such audit trails can be effective ways to detect security violations and recreate user incidents.Even the simple mistakes of well-intentioned team members can pose a significant threat to operations. As a result, every retail company must carefully evaluate their specific data security needs and determine the most appropriate and cost-effective measures to restrict access and protect their information resources.With the perpetual evolution of new equipment, technology and security techniques, it can be easy to forget that the problem that all of these advancements are trying to solve is neither technical nor complicated—keeping unauthorized and ill-intentioned individuals out of places where they don’t belong.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about developing your data security skills and the certification process, visit  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Approval Closer for Old Stem Cell Lines

first_imgScientists who were worried about getting approval to study several popular stem cell lines can breathe easier. On Tuesday, WiCell, a nonprofit at the University of Wisconsin, asked the National Institutes of Health to add four lines to the agency’s registry of cells that can be studied with federal funds. NIH will now review the lines to make sure they comply with ethical requirements laid out by the Obama Administration. Some scientists who have been using these cells—approved under the Bush-era stem cell policy—had tired of waiting and were thinking about scrapping projects that use the lines.last_img read more