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Niger and DR Congo must win to survive the first-round cull while draws will suffice for Ghana and Mali, the beaten semi-finalists at the 2012 tournament in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.Ghana have known only heartbreak when it came to penalties in recent years as Asamoah Gyan rattled the crossbar with a last-minute spot kick that allowed Uruguay to go on and win a 2010 World Cup quarter-final in Johannesburg.Gyan flopped again last year at a Cup of Nations semi-final in Equatoguinean city Bata with Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene blocking his kick and the Black Stars lost to a late goal.A torrent of public and media criticism after the Africa Cup defeat led Gyan to temporarily quit international football and the United Arab Emirates-based striker was honoured with the captaincy when he returned late last year.Wakaso, who was not born when Ghana last conquered Africa 31 years ago in Libya, showed no nerves after Adama Tamboura felled Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and steered a powerful kick over goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa.Agyemang-Badu came close to breaking the deadlock six minutes earlier by nodding a Wakaso free-kick wide of Samassa, but the ball rebounded to safety off the far post.The result left Mali furious that the Ivorian referee did not red-card Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda in the sixth minute for handling outside the box with Seydou Keita poised to score.Dauda escaped with a caution, skipper Keita was just off target from the free-kick, and that was as close as the Eagles came to scoring with the Ghana defence comfortably containing a blunt strike force.“We were much more tactically disciplined in this game than against DR Congo, but I know we can do a lot better than we did today,” admitted Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.Mali coach Patrice Carteron said: “The referee did not help us because he ought to have sent off the Ghana goalkeeper rather than just booking him for handling the ball outside his area.”But there was some relief for France-born Carteron when DR Congo, fancied to defeat Niger in the later match after coming from two goals behind last weekend to hold Ghana, failed to spark in a tedious stalemate.It was the first point for the Nigeriens in the competition after losses to Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco in the 2012 tournament and to Mali last Sunday in a Group B opener.The Menas (Gazelles) squandered the best chance of the match after only four minutes when club-less Modibo Sidibe curled a shot against the post with only goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba to beat.Niger goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly, whose aerial shakiness was partly to blame for the late Mali winner four days ago, performed much better and used his arm to foil Dieumerci Mbokani just before half-time.Veteran DR Congo coach Claude Le Roy said: “We played badly tonight with many technical and tactical mistakes. It will be wonderful to play Mali although we must win to survive.”Niger coach Gernot Rohr was happier: “We made history by collecting our first Cup of Nations point. We have made some progress after losing all three matches in Gabon last year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 24 – Ghana put a series of penalty heartaches behind them, Mali seethed over a controversial decision, Niger collected their first point and DR Congo disappointed Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations.Mubarak Wakaso from Spanish Liga outfit Espanyol converted a 38th-minute spot kick to give Ghana a 1-0 victory over Mali and DR Congo and Niger drew 0-0 in a Port Elizabeth double-header that offered little excitement.As in Group A, there is all to play for in the final matches next Monday when leaders Ghana face bottom team Niger at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium while second-place Mali and DR Congo travel east to square off in Durban.
The idea that an Internet currency could solve the credit card hacker epidemic may seem counterintuitive. After all, hacking is a product of the Internet. Without the Internet, there would not be any point-of-sale (POS) retail hacking to fear. Bitcoin is far from mainstream, but it is a fascinating technological invention that is virtually un-hackable.What is a Bitcoin? Bitcoin is “crypto-currency” that exists only in data. Bitcoin’s value is determined by the market, without any tangible items to support the value. This is also true for most government currencies (including the U.S. dollar), in which the currency only has value because markets accept it.Bitcoins are transferred between users from digital “wallets.” The transaction experience from one wallet to another is similar to an electronic funds transfer using PayPal. While the process may seem similar, the two are different. Bitcoins can be bought and sold on exchanges, like stocks. Some people speculate on Bitcoin because of the volatile fluctuations in its value. Although all currencies fluctuate in value, many of them are so widely used that fluctuations are almost unnoticeable.- Sponsor – A single Bitcoin consists of an alphanumeric key (private key) and a public address. The private key is the only way a Bitcoin can be used. When a Bitcoin is transferred, a decentralized group of computers processes the exchange of currency. This group of computers creates a ledger called the “block chain.” Computers contributing to the block chain are rewarded with newly minted Bitcoins. Anyone can run the software and participate, which makes it impossible for a government to shut down the service, although some countries have passed laws forbidding its use. Such laws dramatically impact the use of Bitcoin, but have failed to stop the technology itself. This provides a gray market currency for people living in countries where the government has hyper-inflated the national currency.Bitcoin is secure and virtually unhackable. The technology (block chain) itself is unhackable. Because of Bitcoin’s use of private keys, the blockchain is accessible for anyone to see. Bitcoin’s design removes the need to keep credit card hackers out; there is no way to corrupt the block chain since all computers participating must agree. However, because of convenience, some Bitcoin holders started using online wallets, which are only as secure as the website’s security.Websites are commonly hacked, which makes this type of wallet insecure. All a hacker needs is the private key (text) in order to spend Bitcoins. Keeping private keys locally on a phone or computer is much more secure, and in many ways unhackable. A hacker would need to physically have your phone or computer to steal Bitcoins (private keys). Additionally, most phones and computers are password protected, adding an additional layer of information security. Some users have taken data security a step further by printing Bitcoin private keys on paper and erasing digital records. This method is highly secure, but if the printed Bitcoin is lost or destroyed, it’s lost forever.Why should Bitcoin matter to retailers? First of all, Bitcoin is secure. Hacking POS becomes obsolete. Once a transaction (private key) is passed from a customer to the retailer, the funds transfer is nearly instantaneous, rendering the former private key unusable, as a new private key is issued to the retailer. By contrast, credit card numbers remain usable until their expiration. In some form, there will always be credit card data available to be hacked. In some of the POS hacks making headlines in recent years, the credit card data was obtained from RAM, which is temporary data storage in a computer. Encrypting data in RAM is very difficult. Even if a solution is created for this hack, hackers will devise new ways to penetrate data security systems. Eventually, hackers will compromise chips, PINs, or anything else retailers use to safeguard data.The current credit card system works under a system of “trust” between informational databases. Bitcoin does not operate under a system of trust—rather a system of openness. All Bitcoin information is written to the block chain (ledger). However, the only way to spend a Bitcoin is with the private key, which is held exclusively by the user. There is nothing to hack – everything is open for anyone to see. There are no walls or locks necessary to keep bad guys out, because the block chain is completely open. As it relates to POS systems, there is no useable data to steal, because all of the private keys have already been passed to the block chain and are now worthless. Bitcoin private keys are like a one-time use credit card number, and only you have that number and it has never been used before. Once you use that card number, the card number is rendered useless.This type of transaction may be appealing to retailers, because POS data becomes less valuable. I’m sure there are retail executives losing sleep over securing credit card data. With Bitcoin, this concern becomes a thing of the past.Implementing Bitcoin at a major retailer would be uncharted territory. Doing so would require adding equipment similar to a credit card PIN pad. Additionally, Bitcoin has not been widely adopted by consumers, so very few customers would be using it initially. Most consumer fear stems from value fluctuations in the currency, which won’t be resolved until the currency hits a critical mass.This article was excerpted from “Why Bitcoin May Be the Solution to POS Data Hacks.” Check out the EyeOnLP video interview with the author as well. 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Over the last fifteen years, on-line social networking has grown from virtually zero to now more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. Roughly 80 percent of all on-line users are also users of social networks. McKinsey estimates that 70 percent of businesses are using some type of social technology, and 90 percent of those companies report that they derive some benefit from social technologies.But while social technologies have spread quickly, they are still very young and have potential to make a much bigger impact than they already have. McKinsey, for example, speculates that even the current generation of Social Media tools has enormous as-of-yet untapped monetary potential — on the order of $900 billion to $1.3 trillion.McKinsey identifies areas where social media may be able save or earn dollars:Businesses could use social technologies to better engage with consumers, creating better insights into what consumers want and deriving better market intelligence. As a result, McKinsey estimates that about one-third of consumers could be influenced by ‘social shopping’Social tools could improve the quality of enterprise communication and collaboration by a factor of twoSocial tools could improve the productivity of knowledge workers by a factor of 20-25 percentIndividuals benefit from social tools because they are able to consume better products and at cheaper prices
CCH Tax Day ReportLegislation has been enacted that reduces the New Jersey sales and use tax rate from 7% to 6.875% on January 1, 2017, and further reduces the rate to 6.625% on January 1, 2018.The legislation includes special transitional provisions for taxing sales transactions that stretch across the tax rate change dates.Income tax provisions (TAXDAY, 2016/10/18, S.11), petroleum products and other miscellaneous provisions contained in the legislation are discussed in separate stories. (TAXDAY, 2016/10/18, S.9)Ch. 57 (A.B. 12), Laws 2016, effective October 14, 2016, applicable as noted
Sri Lanka will take on India in the five-match ODI series starting from Nov 2Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said that his team did not have an ideal preparation for the upcoming tour of India as they were concentrating on fitness and not skills during break from international cricket.After their series against Pakistan in August, the Lankan players were having a long break and had just started fitness training sessions ahead of their home series against England, scheduled to be played late next month. But they were told by their Board to get ready for the five-ODI series tour of India, beginning November 2.Mathews said that there has been sufficient preparation for the November 2-16 ODI series against India which was hurriedly arranged after the West Indies team decided to abandon their tour midway over players’ pay dispute with their Board (WICB).”The preparation for the series is not that great, we only had a few practice sessions especially with the weather interrupting. It is not the ideal preparation for an Indian tour but we will do our best to prepare ourselves and take it as it comes,” he said.”We were preparing for the England series because we knew that there were not any tours coming before that. We were focussed a lot on fitness and we just started batting three days ago. We only had a few skill-training sessions. We needed to reach our peak levels during England series but now that we’ve been thrown into a challenge, we will try our best to be prepared as much as we can,” Mathew was quoted as saying by ‘The Nation’ newspaper.advertisementMathews said that Kumar Sangakkara was struggling with a back injury and there was a possibility of Niroshan Dickwella keeping wickets.”Sanga will keep wickets and if Dickwella plays he will play as a batsman. Sanga is struggling a little bit with his back as well that’s why we need to carry a reserve wicket keeper,” said the 27-year-old all-rounder who has scored 3013 runs at an average of 38.13 and taken 80 wickets in 133 ODIs.”Sanga is having a small disc problem in his back he was complaining of it but it’s nothing serious, he was getting better every day so hopefully he will be okay. We might have to monitor him in the next few days if he can keep, otherwise we will have to play Dickwella,” he said.Mathews warned that his team cannot lower their guard against the Indians despite captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni being rested for the first three ODIs.”Dhoni is a great strength to the Indian team and if he is rested we have a very good chance but we still cannot be complacent because we all know that India is a difficult place to play cricket,” said Mathews.”We had bad experiences in the past. We will try and play positive and good cricket to win against them.”Sri Lanka has not beaten India in India in a bilateral ODI series. Their best performance has been a draw in a three-match series, 1-1 in 1997.In Dhoni’s absence, the Indian captaincy has been handed to Virat Kohli, who has been a thorn in the Lankan flesh in the recent past. Kohli has relished the Lankan bowling so much that he enjoys a batting average of 52.65 and a strike rate of 85.16 in ODI contests against them.Mathews stated that the team was well aware of the impact Kohli can make on his team and that they were making a few plans ahead of the series.”The spinners are having a chat with Piyal Wijetunge (spin bowling coach) and the fast bowlers are having chats with Chaminda Vaas (fast bowling coach) to try and make up plans. We have a few more days to plan it out and make plans for each and every batter,” said Mathews.The Sri Lankan team leave for India on Tuesday and commence the tour with a one-day practice game against India A in Mumbai on October 30 before beginning the five-match ODI series in November 2 at Cuttack.”We had a good break to improve on our physical fitness; a good month and a half fitness session and now, we have to maintain that fitness. I am sure during the Indian matches we won’t be able to do strenuous training as we did in the past one and a half months but we will try and maintain it and look at it positively,” said Mathews.He, however, said that India series could be beneficial for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.advertisement”We will try to use (India) series to keep our momentum going as well as try and get our World Cup combinations right that will be our main focal point. Our World Cup preparations started from Pakistan series. I need to make sure I get the team right before the series in New Zealand. I will give opportunities to the players whom I need to look and try and look at other options also,” he said.”The confidence level of the team is also pretty crucial as we move into the last few months of the World Cup but then again we need to look at our options and get the combinations right as well.”
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — The race to offer commercial passengers an experience of a lifetime just got more affordable. RocketShip Tours owned by Jules Klar, a veteran in the travel business will arrange a sub-orbital trip aboard XCOR Aerospace’s third generation rocket powered vehicle for less than 50-percent of its rival Virgin Galactic. The Lynx is XCOR´s first sub-orbital rocket powered vehicle designed to take commercial passengers 37.87 miles straight up to catch a glimpse of Outer Space, Earth, enjoy weightless and then gently glide back and land at an Arizona air strip. Space tourism projects at a glance Explore further Lynx Flight Pattern – Via XCOR Aerospace Lynx is a two-passenger rocket powered aircraft that has the ability to operate as an airplane. It operates on kerosene and liquid oxygen. The pilot for the adventure of a lifetime is former NASA astronaut Colonel Rick Searfoss. Col. Searfoss was the Commander on the Space Shuttle Columbia, pilot, Space Shuttle Atlantis and chalked up a total of 50 rocket powered missions. Per Wimmer, a Danish investment banker holds the first reservation for the Lynx sub-orbital flight expected to launch sometime in 2011. Mr. Wimmer hedged his bet by plunking down the necessary reservation fee to Richard Branson´s Virgin Galactic and another rival for commercial space travel, Space Adventure. According to Wimmer, “It will be a real race to see which one goes up first”. The main difference between the XCOR Lynx is its ability to launch on any 10,000 foot runway with clear air space. Within a minute of engine light the Lynx goes super sonic. The Lynx takes to the skies and achieves Mach 2 speed with a 2.5 g-force. The guest traveler travels in the co-pilot seat and is equipped with a pressure suit. Somewhere in the range of 100,000 feet the sky darkens and within a few minutes turns to inky black. A period of weightlessness occurs after the rocket engines are shut down and the tour peaks at 200,000 feet with a vista of the Earth´s surface enhanced by the pilot´s ability to maneuver Lynx upside down and side-wise before gliding for home. In contrast the Virgin Galactic voyage is a craft that must be towed by a mother-craft some 50,000 feet above the Earth before breaking free and starting the rocket boosters. The Virgin Galactic is a six-passenger transport vehicle which may allow passengers to float around in the cabin during weightless periods. The Virgin Galactic is expected to reach 62-miles above the earth´s surface. The RocketShip adventure includes a five day stay at a luxury resort, medical evaluation, flight preparedness and training, a flight cancellation insurance policy and the 30-minute or so flight aboard the Lynx. A $20,000 dollar deposit starts the process to ensure the guest participant is medically fit for the adventure and provides some initial training. The total cost of the RocketShip Tour is $95,000 and compared to the $200,000 ticket price for the Virgin Galactic flight is a discount sub-orbital flight. On the Net: www.rocketshiptours.com© 2008 PhysOrg.com Citation: RocketShip Tours Teams Up With XCOR Aerospace To Offer A $95,000 Right Stuff Experience (2008, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-rocketship-teams-xcor-aerospace.html
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has clearly stated to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that her government is not interfering in any religious activities of Tarakeswar Temple and only carrying out beautification of the nearby area. Swamy visited Banerjee in this connection at Nabanna where he held discussion with her. After the meeting, Swamy said: “I am very satisfied with what was discussed and she was very clear and forthright. She said very clearly that as far as Tarakeswar Temple is concerned, the religious activities will be entirely looked after by the trustees but beautification of the nearby areas will be carried out by the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department.” He further said: “Derek O’Brien is a very good friend. He has been very helpful in solving a problem. There was urban development scope in Tarakeswar Temple. Mamataji has now said very clearly that as per the administration of the temple is concerned it will be by the trustees. She said her administration is secular and will not interfere in religious activity.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen asked if there was any political discussion, he said: “That always happens but there is nothing to report. Trinamool Congress MPs are regularly in touch with me when Parliament is in session. I am trying to find common grounds where we can take a united stand. For instance, now the Narendra Modi government has accepted my point of view and converted the private limited company of GSTN into a government-owned firm, one which I wanted from the very beginning.”