Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation issued a reminder that plowing snow from private property into local roads, ditches, and right of ways is illegal. DOT reminds residents that as the snowfall continues this winter remember it is a violation of state law to plow excess snow from your driveway and yard across state maintained roadways. According to the Kenai Peninsula Borough, this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment. Along with the reminder about plowing, the Borough asks parents to keep children out of snow piles and berms along roadways. They say plowing snow into the right of way creates significant additional costs and delays to road crews who have to move the snow back – a cost which is eventually transferred to the taxpayer.
This change is coming amid a shift in the demographics in the cybersecurity field and a corresponding rise in interest. A 2019 survey from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium found that women make up 24% of the workforce in cybersecurity, a jump from 11% reported in 2017.”We hope that a program like this makes it easier for more mothers and parents in general to attend Black Hat,” Wylie said.Black Hat isn’t the only security conference that offers day care services. LocoMocoSec, a security conference in Hawaii started offering complimentary childcare in 2018. Moss said that Defcon wanted to introduce day care for the first time this year, but was not able to work out the logistics. The conference’s organizers intend on making it available in the future, Moss added.But it’s taking steps to address that issue. With Defcon spread across four different hotels this year, it will be the first time that the hacking conference is offering Mother’s Rooms.”This year we had extra hotel space, so we added extra villages. We started thinking, what other groups can use extra space?” Moss said. “We’re looking to see how those childcare rooms are being used.”Day care challengesWhile Black Hat’s day care program is just in its third year, the program has grown each time, Wylie said.The security conference has thousands of attendees each year, but only a handful of parents have taken advantage of the day care program. In its first year, KiddieCorp, a company that provides day care services to conventions, watched over eight children for two days, the organization said.The following year, the day care service had nine children. Black Hat is doubling day care services to four days as the demand grows, Wylie said.”We want to make sure this is an inclusive and welcoming event to everybody,” the organizer said.This year, KiddieCorp is expecting to watch over 13 children in its day care, said Amber Standley, Kiddie Corp’s operations manager.The program is offered for children from 6 months to 12 years old, and costs $10 per hour for each child. That is on top of the registration costs for Black Hat, which starts at $2,295 to attend.Having a day care program in Las Vegas isn’t a simple task, Moss learned. Defcon’s organizers spent six months trying to implement the service for the first time this year, but found several roadblocks pulling it together.To have childcare services in Las Vegas, the program needs to be compliant with Nevada’s childcare licensing, health department and fire codes, said KiddieCorp sales associate Patsy Guerrero. Caretakers need to have local childcare licenses, the food served needs to be inspected, and the room needs to be fire marshal compliant.In Las Vegas, the ratio of adults to children for day cares in one to seven, but KiddieCorp said it has one adult for every two children.”It’s a lot of steps, but with enough time, it’s doable,” Guerrero said.Hackers, parentsDefcon has come a long way since Moss first started the conference.”In the early days, you wouldn’t bring your kid to Defcon, that would be crazy,” Moss said. “As the older ones in our community started having kids, they wanted to keep coming back and seeing their friends.”As a joke, Moss said they created Defcon onesies for babies, and he was surprised to learn it sold out.Nico Sell co-founded the r00tz Asylum in 2010 as a way to give kids something to do at the conference. The r00tz Asylum is not exactly a day care, as the hacking challenges are geared for kids aged 8 to 16, but it does provide families a way to be together at Defcon.Parents have told Sell that they wouldn’t have been able to attend Defcon if it weren’t for r00tz, she said.”As a mother, my daughters have been to Defcon every year of their lives,” Sell said. “I think it’s fantastic to get more kids at these events and involved.” Hackers take on new voting machines at Defcon 0 Black Hat Defcon 1:41 Tags reading • Black Hat and Defcon look to boost diversity through day care Aug 9 • What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon Culture Security Aug 10 • Those robocall blocker apps are hanging up on your privacy The r00tz asylum isn’t a day care at Defcon, but does offer resources for families at the hacking conference. Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images When Jeff Moss started Defcon in 1993, it was unheard of to bring kids to the hacker conference in Las Vegas. Now, as the conference and its attendees grow up, and more security researchers and hackers are becoming parents, services like day cares and childcare rooms at Black Hat and Defcon are in high demand.As the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and Defcon present an opportunity for security researchers to take training workshops and network with professionals in cybersecurity. But for many years, some parents who didn’t make arrangements for their children couldn’t attend.That changed two years ago, when Black Hat started offering day care services — two decades after it all began. The conference, which is considered a more formal and corporate equivalent of Defcon, started the services after attendees noted a lack of women in cybersecurity.Black Hat and Defcon mark just the latest conferences in the tech world which have reexamined how inclusive they’ve been and whether they’ve put in enough of an effort to attract different attendees. Similar criticism has been lobbed at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference, which has likewise made an effort to support more women and people of color.Many conferences outside cybersecurity started offering day care services for the same reason, but help is still lacking. Female researches from the University of California, known as a Working Group of Mothers in Science, published an opinion piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March 2018 saying that conferences create barriers for women when they don’t offer childcare resources.”Parent–researchers face a conundrum as they struggle to attend key conferences and further their careers while finding care for the children,” the group wrote in the article.For Black Hat, more than half of the respondents on a survey conducted by the organizers in 2018 said that they were concerned about a shortage of minorities and women at the conference, according to Black Hat General Manager Steve Wylie. Share your voice Aug 11 • DARPA’s $10 million voting machine couldn’t be hacked at Defcon (for the wrong reasons) Now playing: Watch this: • Post a comment See All Aug 10 • That 4G hotspot could be a hotbed for hackers Black Hat Defcon
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari cancelled Wednesday a contract awarded to IRB Infrastructure to build the Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir. The project was reportedly worth Rs 10,050 crore (about $1.5 billion).The road and transport ministry reportedly cancelled the contract without giving any reason. IRB infrastructure had been awarded the Zojila project in January 2015 after it emerged as the sole bidder, Reuters reports. Shares of IRB Infrastructure fell 4 percent after the deal was cancelled.”We have no clue as to why,” Virendra Mhaiskar, IRB’s managing director, was quoted as saying by the agency.The Congress â€” the Opposition party in the Lok Sabha â€” has been criticising the project; it has also accused Gadkari of violating India’s anti-corruption rule. The road ministry has denied any wrongdoing.It is believed IRB acknowledges investing in a company â€” owned by Gadkari about 15 years ago when Gadkari did not hold any public office. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has been quoted by Reuters as saying the past links between Gadkari and Mhaiskar should have been disclosed at the time of awarding of the project tender.”The allegations have no base. The matter was rubbished by the ministry then and there,” Mhaiskar told the agency.The Zojila tunnel â€” the longest in Southeast Asia â€” is expected be of great socio-economic importance to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. IRB Infrastructure won the contract in a round of competitive bidding, the company had said in a regulatory filing in January.The tunnel would be of strategic importance as it is located at an altitude of 3.528 metres and between Srinagar and Leh.The company has said it will wait for the revised terms before it decides to bid again for India’s most expensive road project.IRB Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs 224.30 at around 12:53 pm Thursday, down 0.36 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Hasina, mamata and modi. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet at Shantiniketan in West Bengal on Friday.They will meet at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan at the inaugural ceremony of Bangladesh Bhaban.There is no official confirmation that there will be formal talks between prime minister Hasina and Mamata on Teesta water sharing, though there are speculations.As per her tentative programme schedule, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Kolkata at 8am on 25 May.After her arrival at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport by a VVIP flight, Hasina and Modi will leave Kolkata for Bolpur subdivision in Birbhum by a helicopter to join the convocation of Visva Bharati University at 9am.Visva Bharati Vice Chancellor Prof Sabuj Koli Sen will receive Sheikh Hasina and Modi, said an official.Hasina and Modi will inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhaban.Earlier, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said Bangladesh Bhaban will be a symbol of Bangladesh-India friendship.He said it will turn into a centre point of practicing literature, art and culture of Bangladesh and India and for relevant research.Hasina and Modi will hold a meeting at the Bangladesh Bhaban, according to her draft tour itinerary.After attending the programme, Modi will depart for New Delhi while return to Kolkata by a helicopter.From 4:45pm to 5:30pm, she will visit Jorashanko Thakur Bari in Kolkata, Rabindranath Tagore’s ancestral home, which been turned into a museum dedicated to the life and works of the Nobel laureate.On 26 May, prime minister Hasina will leave Kolkata for Asansole to receive an honorary D Litt degree to be conferred upon her by Kazi Nazrul University at its third convocation.Hasina will also visit Netaji Museum.She will leave Kolkata for Dhaka on Saturday evening. Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali will see her off.
Katja Ogrin/Redferns/Getty ImagesThe Wikipedia entry for the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race is among the site’s most edited this year.Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, has revealed its most edited articles of the year. Some are completely unsurprising — like the articles about Brexit, the Panama Papers, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and other recent and controversial news topics. The popularity of editing others is somewhat more mysterious: like the article for RuPaul’s Drag Race, and one for a fictional character named Beverley Gray — the subject of a series of 26 mystery stories written between 1934 and 1955.The article on Vincent Van Gogh was also edited thousands of times in 2016, as editors reportedly sought to clarify misunderstandings about the artist in hopes of achieving “featured” status for the page.The most edited article by far was for Deaths in 2016, which was edited 18,230 times. David Bowie, Janet Reno, Gwen Ifill, Leonard Cohen, Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, John Glenn and Prince are among the notable people who died this year.Donald Trump‘s entry was second, with 8,933 edits as of Dec. 21. If history is any indication, there’s a good chance the president-elect’s Wikipedia page will come under even more scrutiny: The Wikimedia Foundation revealed earlier this year that George W Bush’s article has the most edits of any article in English in the history of the site, with 45,862 revisions at last count.In an era when fake news has become dangerously prevalent, the job of a Wikipedia editor might be more important than ever. To this point, the Wikipedia entry for “Fake news website” has become increasingly popular in the past month — with nearly 1,000 edits to the site in the first two weeks of December alone.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Categories: Inman News,News 06Sep Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep. Inman for Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Larry Inman, of Traverse City, is joined today by Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.
Kay Benbow is the leaving the children’s division of UK pubcaster the BBC as part of a major shake-up that makes Cheryl Taylor its content chief.Kay BenbowThe key change sees CBeebies chief Benbow leaving the Corporation at the end of the year, with current CBBC chief Cheryl Taylor becoming head of content.CBBC production chief Helen Bullough is getting an expanded role encompassing preschool focused CBeebies, meaning Alison Stewart is also out.CBeebies controller of business Jackie Myburgh is also exiting, while Claire Stocks’ position of head of interactive will also close. A head of curation and discovery post will replace it.In effect, the changes mean the roles of CBeebies and CBBC controller and head of CBeebies production are made redundant.BBC Children’s and BBC North director Alice Webb announced the changes in an internal note today. Broadcast first reported the story.Cheryl TaylorTaylor will now oversee all commissioning for BBC Children’s, overseeing content for under-16s.The news comes soon after the BBC revealed it would plough an additional £34 million (€38 million) into its children’s programming over the next three years in a bid to better engage kids on digital platforms.“We’re hugely proud of the content and services that we already offer children in the UK but we know that their needs and demands are constantly changing,” said Webb.“As we move to a more personalised, platform approach – something of the utmost importance for the whole of the BBC – we need a staff structure that can deliver this change.“The departure of such significant leaders is clearly a watershed moment for BBC Children’s and I am truly indebted to each of them for the superb work they have brought to the department over the years.”Benbow first joined the BBC in 1998 and rejoined in 2006 after a short spell away. She became controller of CBeebies in 2010, and was interim director of BBC Children’s in 2014 after Joe Godwin resigned.Webb then became director in 2015, and has since talked of the need for wide-ranging structural changes in order to face the challenge of on-demand platforms such as Netflix and Amazon, whom are increasingly important to platform-agnostic children’s audiences.