Of a total of 119 strains of bacteria from 3 depths in an acid peat on Signy Island, S. Orkney, 52% belonged to the genus Brevibacterium. Twelve other genera were recorded of which numerically the most important were Arthrobacter, Cellulomonas, Kurthia and Micrococcus. 62% of the collection were psychrophilic, but only 4 strains were obligate psychrophiles. No pattern could be established for the various genera from different depths. The fine structure of an obligately psychrophilic pleomorphic rod from the peat is illustrated and discussed.
Back to overview,Home naval-today Photo: USS Indiana christening ceremony View post tag: USS Indiana View post tag: Virginia-Class May 1, 2017 View post tag: US Navy Share this article Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding on April 29 hosted the christening ceremony of Indiana (SSN 789), the U.S. Navy’s 16th Virginia-class submarine.With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion.“It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart from any other machine ever built. These ships are second to none, made in America by truly remarkable Americans.”Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.Stackley spoke of the U.S. Navy’s important presence around the world. “More than a hundred U.S. Navy ships are underway, providing assurance to our allies, maintaining persistent surveillance in regions of interest, conducting special operations undetected, safeguarding the choke points of the world, standing poised to assure access to strike if necessary, and providing humanitarian relief if needed. And all the while, [Navy ships are] serving as the enduring, reliable deterrent that underpins our nation’s security.”Speaking on behalf of the state of Indiana, Donnelly thanked the shipbuilders for their service to the U.S. Navy and the Indiana crew. “This crew is going to be at the very tip of the spear,” he said, “and you have given them the tools, the equipment, the ability to accomplish everything.”About 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders have participated in Indiana’s construction in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat. Construction began in September 2012 and is about 90 percent complete. The submarine is on track to deliver to the Navy this year. Photo: USS Indiana christening ceremony Authorities
David Cameron, Conservative Party leader and an alumnus of Brasenose, addressed students of the college last Saturday.His speech was entirely on politics. He explained how to achieve progressive results through conservative means and fielded questions on a diverse range of topics from the environment to social policy.Surprisingly, no questions raised his membership of the Bullingdon Club. He asserted at the start of his speech, “I would not change a thing about my time here.”Afterwards he met with smaller groups of students at Brasenose who talked with him about life at Oxford. One student, Johnny Isaac, commented that Cameron “gave a polished performance which could potentially have swayed any swing voters in the room”.Earlier in the week the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visited Oxford and addressed an audience of 350 people as part of his “Nick Clegg meets…” series.
The addition of triple threat Big Grizmatik – the rare supergroup comprised of electronic giants Big Gigantic, Griz, and Gramatik – to this year’s Summer Camp Festival lineup had fans in for a real treat. To close out the three day festival in Chillicothe, IL, the live electro-funk producers threw down a raging set of epic proportions, drawing one of the largest crowds of the weekend to their party.The legendary George Clinton, who was on the grounds to play with Parliament Funkadelic earlier in the day, even joined in on the action, generating an enthusiastic “We Want The Funk” chant from the audience. With contagious energy and infectious beats, the squad played banger after banger from each of their own catalogues and beyond. It was the perfect closer to a memorable weekend, ending things on the highest of notes.Check out a recap of the sit-in from GRiZ himself.Setlist: Big Grizmatik at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chilicothe, IL – 5/29/16I Don’t Mind – GRiZ (Unreleased) C’mon – GRiZ x Big G (Unreleased) Get Em High – Big GIt’s Just a Ride – GramatikWe Want The Funk (with George Clinton)Before I Go – GRiZ (Unreleased) I Gotta Know – Big G (Unreleased) The Anthem – GRiZExpect Us – Gramatik Good Times Roll – GRiZ x Big GDLIMF – GrizmatikFunk With Me – Big G x SnailsCorporate Demons – Gramatik Talkin’ My Freedom – Grizmatik Feelin’ – Big G (Unreleased) Wicked – GRiZ (Unreleased)23 Flavors – Gramatik Wave (remix) – Big GWar Of The Currents – Gramatik Touch The Sky – Big GRather Be Free – GRiZ (Unreleased)Can’t Hold Us – Big GBluestep – GramatikEncore: Little Things – Big G[Photo via Big Gigantic Facebook]
They were much more aggressive. Calling me names when I told them I thought my computer was okay. Yelling at me when I said that I would take my computer to the computer repair shop I always use for computer tech support. Even threatening me with arrest, or to have people come to my home, if I didn’t let them clean up my computer like “a good cyber citizen.”Being lured to the tech support siteAnother variation of the tech support scam is luring people to the bogus, malicious fake site. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently fined ($1.3 million) and shut down some scammers who had stolen over $17 million from their duped victims by luring them to their sites with pop-up alerts telling the victim that malware was on their PC. The ads provided a contact number and people would be told to call to get rid of the problem. From there they’d be directed to a malicious site and the unsuspecting victim would follow instructions, and then nasty malware, ransomware would be downloaded, and they would be charged thousands of dollars to have it removed.Know the signs of a scammerEvery business, of every size, and every individual is a potential target. Make sure that everyone in the organization can recognize some of the key red flags of a tech support scammer.Unsolicited callsIf someone, who is not from any organization or vendor that you know you’ve paid to get tech services from, calls out of the blue and tells you that you have malware on your computer and they need to get into it to remove it, they are probably a crook.Dubious information providedThey will try to sound convincing by telling you to go to your event log viewer, and will sound alarmed and concerned when you tell them the files that you have there; they’ll tell you that those files are all malicious. Don’t believe them. They are logs generated by the many different activities processed by your computer.All of my calls came from people with very thick non-U.S. accents. I asked the first person who called, whose accent was so thick I had to ask him to repeat what he said several times, for his name. He said his name was Sam Wilson. This name also did not match the location from where he sounded like he came.Malicious websitesThese scammers have been using the same bogus business names when they speak with victims. Here are some of the URLs the scammers try to and convince victims to go to: onesupport.me support.me click4support chromecrashreport.com comphelpapp.com costatechhelp.com earntechhelp.com emergencyvirussupport.com get.instant-protection.com gettechhelp.com mypcoptimizerpro.com redlrect-403av.com redlrect-winav.com responsecomputersupport.com security-issue.us security-message.support washtechhelp.com window-defender-security-alert.info windows-spywarealert-cucwmpxvlfqfo2lpxgapsmccuy1yflsnjvtme.coKeep this list handy. If someone tells you to go to one of these sites, you’ll know you are speaking with a scammer; simply hang up.Invalid area codesScam callers often mask their phone numbers, using invalid phone numbers when they call so they cannot be traced. Figure 2 lists the 575 currently unassigned area codes that phone criminals love to use.Of course, some phone scammers will use legitimate area codes, but those numbers are comparatively small. As a case in point, only three of the 14 different phone numbers used by calling criminals who called me were actually used area codes.Keep this list handy. If someone calls using one of these area codes, you’ll know you are speaking with a scammer; simply hang up.Stay awareNever give control of your computer to someone who made an unsolicited call to you. And never provide credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be tech support.If you do fall victim to one of these scams, report it to your company’s information security area and/or local police immediately.Every business, of every size, sector and location, needs to stay aware of these calling scams. These criminals are equal opportunity scammers; they will call anyone anywhere to get a victim. This makes it more important than ever before for every organization to ensure they provide information security training to all their employees, and send them ongoing reminders warning of such scams. It also makes it very important for every individual to be able to recognize the signs of a phone scammer so they will not fall victim, and possibly lose all their files, and a lot of money, in the process.For more information about these tech support scam crimes, see:Phone Scam Open Season – Business RisksMore Phone Scams For the General PublicAnd read more about a particular phone scam where cybercriminals haved posed as Microsoft and Dell tech support.This post originally appeared on the PowerMore web site and was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies. By Rebecca Herold, CEO, Privacy Professor®Have you ever gotten an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be a tech support pro who wants to help you with an urgent problem with your computer? Chances are you have. It is estimated that just one type of these many scams have cost U.S. victims $1.5 billion so far in 2015. It is not known how many of these scams are currently active, but with new ones popping up almost every day, I would estimate there are at least hundreds, if not over one thousand, different groups of these crooks launching their own tech support phone scam.My experiencesI got my first tech support scam call way back in 2005. I first wrote aboutanother scammer with a different scam who called me in 2008. I’ve also had over a dozen of my friends and acquaintances contact me to let me know that they had been called by a tech support phone scammer. Many of their experiences have been unique from what I’ve seen. The types of phone scams that can exist are only limited by the imaginations of the crooks committing them.I got another call from another tech support scam caller on November 27 of this year (listen to it here; 15:42 minutes). These tech support scam calls have really evolved and are more aggressive and sophisticated in their tactics than ever before. In the past, they would not call me again after I hung up on them when they called.In the past I would also play along with all the crooks’ calls and then hang up right before the point they would typically infect their victims’ computer. If you listen to my most recent call recording, to the end, you’ll know I stayed with them, playing along and doing as they asked, right up to the point where they wanted me to hit enter to give them access to my computer; I then told them I lost my internet connection. But this time was different, and points to a trend to be much more aggressive than in the past.The call started with one person who, once I was engaged in conversation, said that she could see (even though she did not have access to my computer yet) that my computer was “so badly infected, and putting everyone else” I communicate with through it at risk that she wanted her manager, “the foremost expert in the world in such computer problems,” to speak with me. And then she transferred me to another person.The tech support scam crooks repeatedly called me, 243 more times through December 9 from fourteen (so far) different phone numbers shown in Figure 1. This is an average of 19 calls per day! This shows how much they want to get into other people’s computers, and how lucrative their crimes are, to be so persistent.
View Comments Coming through, coming through! Broadway.com has confirmed that Great White Way alum Keke Palmer will appear in Fox’s forthcoming live telecast of Grease. Palmer, who made her Broadway debut last year in Cinderella, will play Marty Maraschino (of “Freddy, My Love” and “Like, does he have a car?” fame.) She joins previously announced cast members Julianne Hough as Sandy and Gigi star Vanessa Hudgens as Betty Rizzo. The Pink Ladies hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.Palmer’s film and TV credits include the upcoming Ryan Murphy series Scream Queens, Masters of Sex, The Trip to Bountiful, Akeelah and the Bee, Joyful Noise, The Cleaner, True Jackson, VP and 90210. Her debut album So Uncool was released by Atlantic Records in 2007. In June, Palmer became the youngest talk show host at the age of 20 with BET’s Just Keke.The popular tuner, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on Broadway twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing.Robert Cary and Buyer & Cellar scribe Jonathan Tolins will pen a new script for television. The two recently contributed additional book material to the current revival of On the Town. Complete casting for the Fox and Paramount Television project, including the role of Danny Zuko, will be announced at a later time, though Broadway.com fans have already voiced that they want a certain glittery rock goddess to don the leather jacket.
Efficiency Vermont is working to help all Vermonters affected by Irene. As Vermonters think about repairing or rebuilding their homes, Efficiency Vermont can provide advice on replacing damaged insulation and on how to address health and safety issues. In addition, Efficiency Vermont will have financial assistance available for heating and hot water systems, replacing insulation, air sealing, and finding a contractor as well as rebates on ENERGY STAR® dehumidifiers, refrigerators and clothes washers. ‘Countless Vermonters have seen their homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, and their appliances ruined,’ said Efficiency Vermont Director Jim Merriam. ‘Efficiency Vermont can provide technical and financial assistance to help Vermonters start to recover from this devastation. We are working closely with state agencies to ensure a coordinated response so that as Vermonters rebuild, they get the help they need, regardless of the source.’ The information below will be supplemented in the coming days with additional details about how Efficiency Vermont can help Vermont homes and businesses recover. Special Weekend/Holiday Hours to Reach Efficiency VermontIn addition to its regular business hours, Efficiency Vermont technical staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend at 888-921-5990 to provide technical assistance and to answer your questions. Efficiency Vermont is expecting high call volume, so if callers don’t reach someone immediately, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.Vermonters impacted by Irene can also visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/irene(link is external) any time for more information. Health and SafetyAs repairs are being made to homes affected by Irene, it is important to consider mold, mildew, indoor air quality and carbon monoxide. For more information on these health and safety issues and how to prevent them, please call Efficiency Vermont at888-921-5990. Reinsulating Walls and Air SealingFor Vermonters who need to reinsulate their homes or don’t know what steps to take next, Efficiency Vermont can provide technical advice and will be providing financial assistance. Call Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 to get started. Finding a ContractorFor help finding a contractor, Efficiency Vermont supports a network of highly-trained contractors certified by the Building Performance Institute. Call Efficiency Vermont at888-921-5990 for help finding a contractor in your area, or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/homepeformance(link is external) and click on the ‘Find a Contractor’ tab. Heating and Hot Water Equipment For heating and hot water equipment assessment and repair, the best place to start is by calling your fuel dealer for assistance. Efficiency Vermont is working with the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association to determine the best way to help support those affected by Irene with technical and financial assistance. ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebates Clothes Washers and Refrigerators: Efficiency Vermont currently offers a $50 mail-in rebate on select ENERGY STAR® clothes washers and refrigerators. You can also combine this rebate with a $50 instant in-store rebate funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ─ for a total rebate of $100. Dehumidifiers: Efficiency Vermont also currently offers a $25 mail-in rebate on ENERGY STAR® qualified dehumidifiers. Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under appointment to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Rather than working their way up the corporate ladder, top talent is more often looking for jobs that enable them to develop their skills and increase their value in a future role, according to a report released by Right Management, the global workforce consulting arm of ManpowerGroup.“Fulfilling Careers Instead of Filling Jobs,” argues that companies can significantly increase employee engagement and reduce turnover by focusing on management strategies that provide clear avenues for growth and prioritize employee development. Managers need to shift from the old corporate culture that emphasized seniority and time served to one that aligns better with employees’ near-term development goals. If not, organizations will find it difficult to attract and retain talent going forward.“Unless your top talent is able to strengthen their skill sets and managers are regularly talking to them about opportunities ahead, pretty soon they’re going to ask: What am I doing here?” notes Mara Swan, global leader of Right Management and executive vice president of ManpowerGroup. “People rightly see their skills, experience, social networks and ideas as assets—if companies aren’t helping cultivate them further, employees will look elsewhere.”Of the many factors that motivate individuals at work, two-thirds are related to career conversations. Organizations benefit from the improved engagement and increased productivity that follows when employees are equipped to take on new challenges and opportunities. The No. 1 thing employers can do to engage talent and improve performance is to take a bolder, more proactive approach to creating and facilitating career journeys. continue reading »
Skimming horror stories are nothing new. Tales of consumers unwittingly inserting their cards at ATMs with fraudulent technology frequently pervade headlines. Fake card inserts, keypads, and other devices have all been fitted on ATMs, giving them the look of the real deal while quietly collecting consumers’ data. Gradually, skimming devices have become smaller and smaller, making them more challenging to detect. These innovations have proved costly for credit unions and consumers alike. In 2015, ATM compromises increased 546 percent from the previous year. Now, a new wave of skimmers threatens to cause trouble in the U.S. Called shimmers, these devices capture EMV chip card transaction data. Hidden within ATMs, shimmers are virtually undetectable. According to John Buzzard, CO-OP’s industry fraud specialist, this means shimmers have the potential to be even riskier than previous skimming iterations.“Out of sight, out of mind can also apply to shimmers,” said Buzzard. “Common indicators of skimming devices, such as dangling wires, out-of-place stickers, and unusual scratches, may not be present. This makes it far more difficult to identify shimmers.”Fraudsters place the minuscule shimming devices directly next to ATMs’ chip readers. Powered by a microprocessor and flash memory, each device is well equipped to pick up card data – including account numbers and expiration dates. The attack’s subtlety makes it highly unlikely the chip reader will even pick up a disturbance.While the data collected cannot be used to counterfeit chip cards, it can be used to make fake magnetic-stripe cards. Criminals will likely attempt to take advantage of this vulnerability by using the counterfeit cards for fraudulent purchases. Merchants who have not yet implemented EMV chip technology, in particular, may see these purchases come through.Detecting fake cards created through shimming can be relatively easy for credit unions, however. The card verification values (CVVs) on the fake cards will not match the integrated card verification values (iCVVs) of the actual chip cards. By checking the CVVs on transactions, credit unions can more quickly weed out fraud.With a presence in both Mexico and Canada already, it seems only a matter of time before shimmers start making their way to the U.S. To best prepare for this, credit unions are advised to consider taking the following steps.Conduct physical ATM examinations. Video or PIN-capture devices may be in place to accompany shimming devices. Any foreign objects should be noted and removed immediately.Implement anti-shimming equipment. ATM manufacturers may offer protective plates to help deter criminals from attaching shimmers.Reissue EMV chip cards with new numbers. Issuing chip cards with new card numbers and expiration dates also trigger new CVV and iCVV values. Even if consumers had been victimized by shimming, any captured card information would become void. Utilize fraud prevention resources. Credit unions partnering with CO-OP have access to FICO Card Alert Service (CAS). This resource helps identify skimming points of compromise involving stolen magnetic-stripe cards and PINs.The emergence of shimming technology serves as a stark reminder of how quickly fraudsters can innovate. By being agile in their ability to recognize and adapt to changing fraud trends, credit unions will be better equipped to stay one step ahead. To learn more about how to optimize today’s most advanced security innovations, download CO-OP’s newest eBook here. 229SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ashley Town Ashely Town is Director of Fraud Services for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. She can be reached at ashley…. Web: https://www.co-opfs.org Details
College journalists are also facing disruptions in the media industry, just like those working at professional news outlets, and questions about whether they will graduate to jobs in the business. Some are experimenting with new ways of delivering information.Arielle Gordon, 21, a senior at Colorado College, helped start a newsletter to report about the pandemic on campus and in the surrounding community of Colorado Springs. After a spike of cases in late August, the school’s test positivity rate has stayed below 1 percent, according to its coronavirus dashboard.“Our audience is definitely expanding as coronavirus cases pop up,” Ms. Gordon said, adding, “People in the broader community have more questions and have started paying more attention to the stuff that we’re reporting.”- Advertisement – Along with her co-writers, Ms. Gordon has published interviews with campus administrators, offered scientific forecasts about the state of public health and infection in the community, and documented the exhaustion of life in quarantine dorms.“People want to know what went wrong,” she said. “We’ve been trying to find out as much we can.” “You’re not parachuting in,” said Oyin Adedoyin, 21, the editor in chief of The Spokesman, the student newspaper at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. “You literally live it,” she added.The Spokesman has partnered with the Poynter Institute to report on health disparities in Baltimore’s Black community. “Black people, specifically, have been affected by the coronavirus,” Ms. Adedoyin said, “whether it’s unemployment, whether it’s students who just really don’t learn as well online, whether it’s family situations where you just can’t be home.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –