VMware Changes the Game with Launch of Open Platform

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting VMware is launching an open platform today called Cloud Foundry that provides developers with a choice of framework., app services and the flexibility to run on multiple cloud environments.Developers may launch the platform as a private, public or hybrid cloud environment. It can run inside the enterprise as virtual infrastructure, on a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services EC2 or as a hybrid cloud solution.The future of the cloud is one about the predominance of platforms. We’re seeing that reality emerge with this news from VMware. It also points to the increasing importance in providing developers a way to build apps without the usual hassles that come with getting them launched by the IT department.We have been highlighting this issue in the past few weeks in posts about companies such as SaaSGrid, which offers an internal platform for developers. Developers are increasingly adopting Agile methodologies, which is iterative in its approach. Agile requires updates that would normally take weeks to get approved by IT. Setting up a virtual infrastructure like CloudFoundry provides a secure place where developers can do test and development.Mozy Gets into the GameCloud Foundry will be run by the Mozy team, which is moving from EMC and will be part of VMware. VMware executives explained in an interview yesterday that the Mozy team has the experience of developing a backup service.Support for Frameworks and Application ServicesCloud Foundry also offers a choice of clouds, frameworks and application services. According to a draft blog post by VMware CTO Steve Herrod,the platform supports Spring, Grails, Node.js and Ruby on Rails with work already underway for other frameworks. It will be open to multiple services, provided by VMware or other vendors or communities. alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Initially VMware will provide basic services such as a relational database, but the choice will broaden quickly. He writes that other initial choices are MySQL, Redisand MongoDB. RabbitMQ will soon follow.Cloud Foundry will be available as a public cloud service at CloudFoundry.com and as software that can be run according to the developer’s choice.Cloud ChoiceCloud Foundry can be used on public or private clouds. It runs on top ofvSphere and vCloud infrastructure but VMware says it can also run on top of other infrastructure clouds. At its launch today, RightScale is showing how Cloud Foundry can run on top of AWS. Its open architecture means that it can run on infrastructure technologies like Eucalyptus or OpenStack.It also has a software component. Herrod:We’ve even shrunk the cloud down to sit on a developer’s laptop. With the “Micro Cloud”, we have a version of Cloud Foundry that runs in a single virtual machine.This gives allows developers to build and test their applications on their ownmachine, with the confidence that their production environment is symmetrical tothe development environment. The Micro Cloud configuration of Cloud Foundrywill be available later this quarter from CloudFoundry.com.CloudFoundry.orgCloudFoundry.org is the community open source project for the platform environment The code has been uploaded to GitHub. It is available under the Apache 2 license It will be governed like Spring, which has its roots as an open source project.SummaryCloud Foundry plays on the number of acquisitions that VMware has made in the past few years. Spring has been a jewel for VMware but now the other parts are falling into place. RabbitMQ and Gemstone are just two examples. The open play is a smart one. And the flexibility of the platform is key to its success. Cloud Foundry will without a doubt pose a real challenge to Google App Engine and other platforms such as Heroku and even Windows Azure. But this is a competitive space with new startups such as DotCloud offering a similar flexibility.Is VMware now becoming an open source company? It has the dominance in the virtualization market. Now may be the time it leverages that strength to provide an open environment that gives it leverage across the entire market. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#news last_img read more

How Google Is Throwing Sand In Apple’s Face

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Guest author Derek Brown is a technology executive and analyst who blogs at One Blind Squirrel.Yesterday at the playground, Google threw a handful of sand in Apple’s eye.With a subtle, yet powerful update to its Gmail for iOS app, links to YouTube, Google Maps and Chrome now go directly to those relevant apps (if installed), instead of the mobile web.In my view, this is an absolutely brilliant backdoor play through which Google can not only neutralize Apple, but also leverage Apple’s tremendous success to its own benefit, by enhancing the experience of Google’s dedicated users, deepening loyalty to Google’s own products, and driving incremental revenue for Google.Perhaps more important, yesterday’s Gmail for iOS update is a textbook example of why Google will emerge victorious (at Apple’s expense) in the battleground of tomorrow, Web services.As discussed in “Welcome to Google’s Playground, Apple,” mobile hardware and core OS functionality have largely reached a near-term point of peak innovation; as a result, the product itself will become effectively transparent to the end user, with attention, instead, shifting to the Web (or, cloud) services/content that those devices allow easy access to on an anywhere, anytime basis.Unfortunately for Apple, this shift substantially diminishes the value of its closed-loop hardware/software core, while simultaneously highlighting the strengths of Google’s business. To this end, almost everything Google has done since inception has focused on anywhere, anytime cloud services that function like utilities – seamlessly, across all devices, across all operating systems, all the time – at low or no incremental cost, in the face of stiff competition.Moreover, Google absolutely prints money, either directly or indirectly, from use of many of these cloud-based services, even if those services are accessed via an Apple device (e.g., Gmail for iOS). Apple, on the other hand, is almost at ground zero.For Apple to compete broadly on the battleground of tomorrow, it must quickly introduce a broad spectrum of high-impact, high-value, mass-consumption Web services that function seamlessly across all vendors, all OSs, and all devices. And, the only way I see it doing so expeditiously and successfully is through acquisition – buying services that have already proven themselves in the hands of consumers at scale.If Apple doesn’t, it risks seeing its precious hardware turned into little more than access devices for Google’s services, even as it continues losing marketshare to Google’s own Android-based hardware devices, which do an even better job of accessing Google’s services.Seems like a slightly less painful lose-lose to me.Lead image courtesy of Northfoto/Shutterstock derek browncenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Google#iOS The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Your Procurement Strategy Should Be More Than Saving Money

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Tags:#GPO#group purchasing organization#procurement#procurement strategy#supplier#supply chain#vendor How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Related Posts Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? When you’re shopping for a new car, what do you look for? Durability? In-dash navigation? The newest safety features? Chances are high that you don’t even ask if the vehicle runs. Why not? Because while it’s the single most important quality in a car, it’s also a basic expectation. Even if a car had all the other bells and whistles, you wouldn’t consider it if the engine wasn’t working. Think of your company’s procurement strategy the same way: Although saving money is important, it’s also the table stakes. What about gaining access to high-quality suppliers, reducing risk, and saving time? It’s those “features” that should be the true focus of your procurement strategy. Build Your Best Procurement StrategyProcurement requires you to balance existing supplier relationships with supply chain risks and fluctuating pricing with time expenditures. Compare direct sourcing options with indirect channels like group purchasing organizations, which leverage buying power to obtain bulk discounts from suppliers. To develop a procurement strategy that goes beyond saving money, GPO UNA suggests asking yourself:“Am I set on certain suppliers?”This question strikes at the heart of why price shouldn’t be the only consideration in your procurement strategy. A CapitalOne study published this past January showed that product quality, at 40%, is the top reason consumers stick with certain brands; just 12% of respondents pointed to price. If a certain vendor’s product really is better, it may be worth paying a premium. With that said, consider what you sacrifice by insisting on a certain brand. If that company goes under, you may be temporarily unable to get a key product to your warehouse. Even if you never need to find an alternate supplier, there’s another drawback to a brand-loyalty-above-all procurement strategy: You have to negotiate and manage every contract. GPOs handle the research, price negotiation, relationship-building, and communication, but they may not have the specific supplier you want in their portfolio. If not, ask yourself whether sticking with that brand is worth the extra legwork. “How much leverage does my company have?”Speaking of contract negotiation, this second procurement strategy question centers around price and access: Do you have enough buying power? Will top suppliers even work with a company of your size, and if so, will they offer you fair terms?Consider what happened when Whole Foods decided to tweak its own procurement strategy: The upscale grocery chain effectively shut out small- and medium-sized businesses with requirements they couldn’t meet for product demonstrations and fees they couldn’t pay for shelf space. What if you don’t have the leverage you need to include national brands in your procurement strategy? Either look elsewhere or partner with other buyers to make your purchase worth the supplier’s while. Small- to mid-sized companies can do so by joining a GPO; larger firms can make internal arrangements. For example, one aircraft manufacturer whose business units were independently purchasing components from a major supplier consolidated and threatened to cut off its orders unless the vendor acquiesced to its pricing and delivery demands.“How much time am I willing to spend?”As your company grows, the sheer scale of your supplier relationships will make procurement more time-consuming. Consumer packaged goods group Procter & Gamble has more than 75,000 suppliers; Walmart has at least 100,000. Managing that many contracts takes dozens, if not hundreds, of employees’ time. The problem with a complex procurement web isn’t just that it takes a small army to negotiate, either. After a scandal in which horse meat was discovered in European consumers’ “beef” instant meals, one food producer admitted to having 1,000 vendors for a single lasagna line. With so many suppliers, he simply didn’t have the time to vet each one for quality or safety. GPOs can save companies between 20% and 80% on common supplies, but their greatest value might be the time they save. GPOs free procurement teams from administrative tasks, letting them focus on bolstering critical supplier relationships.Buying a car is complex, but it’s far simpler than managing a company’s purchasing activities. Whether you decide to go it alone, do it indirectly through a partner, or take a hybrid approach, remember that price is only one piece of a strong procurement strategy. Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…last_img read more

Unhappy Marriages Due to Low Blood Sugar?

first_imgFeeling peeved at your partner? You may want to check your blood sugar. A new study suggests that low levels of glucose in the blood may increase anger and aggression between spouses. The researchers say their findings suggest a connection between glucose and self-control, but other experts disagree about the study’s implications.Glucose is a source of fuel for the body, and its levels in the blood rise and fall throughout the day, as the body metabolizes meals that include carbohydrates. Researchers have suspected since the 1960s that low glucose or swings in glucose may play a role in human aggression. In two 2010 studies, psychologist Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, Columbus, attempted to figure out just what that role is, first by measuring vengefulness among people with symptoms of type 2 diabetes (a disease in which the body can’t regulate glucose levels properly), and then by providing sweetened drinks to strangers competing on a computerized task. Both studies suggested that higher glucose levels can make strangers less likely to treat each other aggressively.Bushman wondered about the relationship between glucose levels and aggression among romantic couples. So he and colleagues at the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina recruited 107 married couples and equipped them with blood glucose meters, voodoo dolls, and 51 pins to record their glucose and anger levels over time.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For 21 days, the couples used the meters to measure their glucose levels each morning before breakfast and each evening before bed. They also assessed how angry they were at their spouse at the end of each day, by recording how many of the 51 pins they stuck into their voodoo dolls just before bed when their partner wasn’t looking. After 21 days, the couples were invited into the lab. There, they played a computer game that allowed them to blast their spouse with an unpleasant noise—a mixture of fingernails scratching a chalkboard, ambulance sirens, and dentist drills—as loudly and for as long as he or she wanted, as a proxy for their willingness to act aggressively and make their partner suffer.At home and in the lab, spouses with lower evening glucose levels showed more anger and aggression toward their partners, as measured by the voodoo dolls and their willingness to blast them with noise, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Those in the lowest 25th percentile of evening glucose levels stuck an average of twice as many pins in their voodoo dolls as those in the upper 25th percentile, and they selected louder and longer noise blasts for their spouse.Bushman argues that “glucose provides the energy the brain needs to exercise self-control,” and when glucose levels are low, aggression is more likely.“This is a very impressive study,” says psychologist Roy Baumeister of Florida State University, Tallahassee, who was not involved in the work. “Being able to control ourselves and our impulses is one of the most important elements of the human psyche, so understanding self-control and what fuels it is really quite important.”But psychologist David Benton of Swansea University in the United Kingdom, who studies dietary influences on the brain and behavior, is less impressed with the findings, which he says are “not particularly surprising.”“Based on previous better conducted studies it seems that low blood glucose can be one of many factors that predispose to aggressive behavior,” Benton writes in an e-mail. He points out that alcohol consumption can both lower glucose levels and lead to more aggressive behavior, but the study did not collect information on what the couples ate or drank. Without more information, “taking a single measure of dynamic response, at different times in different people, will tell us little,” he writes.Still, Bushman says that at the very least, “if you know you’re going to talk to your partner about something that can cause conflict, it may not be a bad idea to down that sugary drink first.”last_img read more

UE should have a ‘win now’ mentality, says Adorador

first_imgLATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Adorador said what hampered their development against the Lady Eagles was their reckless offensive play that resulted to 25 errors, although that mark is eight less than what Ateneo committed.Another aspect of the game that broke down UE was its porous defense allowing Ateneo to score 11 service aces and 48 scoring spikes.Adorador said they have to try harder to win however way they can.“We won’t give up, we’ll study every opponent that comes our way and we will fight,” said Adorador who had 14 points against the Lady Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT University of the East’s turbulent start in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament continued after its fourth straight setback.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The loss to Ateneo in four sets, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, was even more disappointing for the Lady Warriors since they failed to sustain their momentum after a stellar opening set.Shaya Adorador said UE has to snap out of its underdog mentality and have the initiative to start thinking about winning and nothing less in the midway point of the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Right now we’re winless and our objective is to get out of that mentality that we still haven’t won a game,” said Adorador in Filipino. “We need to change our mentality.”“Our attitude right now should be that we have to win immediately instead of just fighting.”last_img read more

Former-Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo to take charge at Aston Villa

first_imgAston Villa have appointed former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, the BBC reported on Thursday.Di Matteo, 46, a former Italy midfielder who also managed West Bromwich Albion and Schalke, replaces Remi Garde, who was sacked by Villa in March before they were relegated from the Premier League.His former Chelsea team mate, Steve Clarke, who was also an assistant manager at the London club, will be his new assistant, the BBC said.Di Matteo, who won the Champions League as Chelsea manager in 2012, is expected to have his appointment confirmed by the club when new owner Tony Xia formally takes charge following approval by the Premier League and Football League.last_img

Xhaka brothers make history by facing each other at Euro 2016

first_imgFor the first time in European Championship history, two brothers played for opposing sides when Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 on Saturday in their opening Group A match. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)Granit Xhaka helped the Swiss to victory over an Albania side that included his older brother Taulant, in their first international encounter on different teams.”It was a very special moment for our family having two sons playing on opposite sides,” said Granit, who was recently signed by Arsenal after captaining Borussia Monchengladbach to fourth place in the Bundesliga last season. “It was rather bizarre.”I think we played very well, very professional, we gave everything for our country, both of us. We’re both very happy, me a bit more because we won.”The Xhaka brothers were born in Basel, Switzerland to a Kosovar-Albanian family. They both played for Swiss national youth teams before Taulant decided to represent Albania at senior level. Granit opted to stay with Switzerland.After the national anthems were played on Saturday, the two added a brotherly hug to the usual handshakes between the two teams.Both midfielders, they first clashed over the ball just shortly after kickoff, with Granit winning the duel.And they went on to make their presences felt on the pitch.The 23-year-old Granit had a shot blocked in the fourth minute, just seconds before a corner that led to the winning goal, and he later stopped Taulant’s attacking moves in the 13th and again in 19th.Taulant blasted a shot wide in the first half, while Granit emulated him in the second.advertisementFor Taulant, it was over in the 62nd minute when he was substituted.”I’m happy we were both able to play well,” Granit said. “There was a lot of pressure on our shoulders but for me and for my brother it was great that we put in 100 percent, we really pushed our limits. We fought against one another.”Albania captain Lorik Cana, who was sent off in the first half, said there had once been a possibility of both brothers playing for Albania.”I was really behind bringing both of the Xhaka brothers in a few years ago, but that didn’t happen because of a passport procedure,” Cana said. “We’d like to have Granit as well. But it wasn’t all in our own hands.”Taulant made his debut for Albania in 2014 and has played 12 international games since. The 25-year-old recovered in time from a leg injury last month to play on Saturday.Granit has played 44 times for Switzerland since 2011, scoring six goals.They were not the only link at the match in the northern town of Lens.Both squads have players who were eligible to represent either country, following the migration of Albanian families with roots in Kosovo to Switzerland since the 1980s to escape the Balkan wars.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfall

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfallWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 13:53 IST Mohammad Hafeez also defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss in their last match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan are languishing in 9th place in the points table with just 1 win so farPakistan are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finalsPakistan need to win all four of their remaining gamesVeteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez feels the inability of the team to come out with a collective performance has been the main reason for their dismal show so far in the ongoing World Cup in England.Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals. The team has come under sharp criticism from all quarters following their embarrassing 89-run defeat against arch-rivals India on June 16.”We failed collectively as a team. We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need team performance… inputs from everyone,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Geo TV following team’s practice session at the Lord’s on Thursday.”We can’t blame any single person, everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” he added.The team, especially skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, has been drawing a lot of flak for its decision to bowl against India. They conceded a total of 336 and failed to chase down the total at the Old Trafford.Hafeez defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss, despite advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup win, to do the opposite.”It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team’s decision. We didn’t bowl well and that’s why we lost that game,” he said.Pakistan need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase.advertisement”All is not finished for us. We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We got ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning,” Hafeez said.They will next face South Africa on Sunday, following which they will play New Zealand (June 26), Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Mohammad HafeezFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Surrey Fraser Coal Terminal Gets Green Light

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Press Release, August 22, 2014 zoom Port Metro VancouverPort Metro Vancouver has approved the proposed direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks. The decision comes following a two-year project review process and including extra measures taken to assess any potential environmental and human health risks.In granting the permit, Port Metro Vancouver requires Fraser Surrey Docks to meet a strict set of conditions to ensure environmental and safety standards.Port Metro Vancouver’s priorities during the review process were to consider all public, municipal, agency, First Nations and other stakeholder concerns and questions and, should there exist any risk of adverse impacts of the proposal, ensure those impacts could be mitigated to acceptable levels.“The decision to permit the proposed coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks was not one we took lightly,” said Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations at Port Metro Vancouver. “Through our comprehensive project review process, stakeholder consultation, as well as third-party validated environmental and health studies, it was determined there are no unacceptable risks and the project could be permitted.”The permitting process was unusually extensive in this case. Though the project did not require either a full federal or provincial environmental assessment to be conducted by either the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency or the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, Port Metro Vancouver decided to require an Environmental Impact Assessment and additional human health assessments due to public interest in the project.Fraser Surrey DocksSpeaking to the thoroughness of the environmental studies and mitigation efforts, Jim Crandles, Director of Planning and Development stated, “We are confident that the project does not pose a risk to the environment or human health and that the public is protected.”The $15 million project will provide 25 direct and 25 in-direct full-time jobs.Once constructed by Fraser Surrey Docks, the facility will handle up to four million metric tonnes of coal per year which will be loaded onto barges at the facility and transferred to ocean-going carriers at Texada Island.The coal will arrive at Fraser Surrey Docks via rail and it is expected the project will result in one additional train per day along the BNSF railroad.Coal is the most heavily traded commodity in the port and the quantity to be shipped from Fraser Surrey Docks represents about 10 per cent of total coal shipments.In September 2013, Port Metro Vancouver announced new requirements for the proposed project including the prohibition of on-site storage of coal and requirements for barges to take additional measures to prevent coal dust escaping during transit to Texada Island.Port Metro Vancouver also asked Fraser Surrey Docks to work with its rail provider to address issues of potential coal dust from rail cars and in May 2014 BNSF announced that it was adding a re-spray of a dust suppressant agent to the train cars before they enter Canada.Port Metro Vancouver is mandated under the Canada Marine Act to facilitate the safe movement of goods in and out of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, and in line with the country’s trade goals and policies.last_img read more

Some seals removed from beleaguered Newfoundland town officials say

first_imgRODDICKTON, N.L. — Federal fisheries officers are assessing dozens of stranded seals causing havoc for residents of a small Newfoundland town.The wayward animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors in Roddickton, N.L. — and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine mammals.A Fisheries Department spokesperson said Thursday some seals have already been removed and officers and scientists are working to determine the health of the seals spotted inland.Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said Wednesday the group of about 40 harp seals is becoming hungry, tired and crying out, suggesting they may be too disoriented to find their way back to the ocean.Two have been struck and killed by vehicles.Town council has asked the Fisheries Department to return the seals to the ocean, which is at the edge of a frozen inlet that has trapped the animals in the area since last week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stress levels rising at Kashechewan along with flood water

first_imgtlamirande@aptn.ca@ToddLamirande Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsLeaders of a flood-prone First Nation implored Ottawa Tuesday to relocate the northern Ontario community.They say the stress and anxiety of being on the move every spring is hurting the people of Kashechewan.And has put some of their children in harm’s way.last_img

UN electoral team wraps up assessment mission to Haiti

The mission led by Nguyen Dong of the UN Electoral Assistance Division, in close coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), held consultations with the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Haitian authorities, the diplomatic community in Haiti as well as representatives of political parties, religious leaders and civil society. Mr. Nguyen said discussions revolved mainly around the conduct of elections, particularly on the modalities of the technical assistance the international community could provide. They also touched on the functioning and professionalization of the CEP as the institution in charge of the electoral process as well as on the Council’s key priorities such as the electoral registry, voting procedures and budgetary estimates, he added. “All interlocutors unanimously emphasized the need to hold presidential elections in accordance with the constitutional timeline,” Mr. Nguyen said. “The United Nations role will consist of providing technical assistance and in coordinating the bilateral assistance so as to ensure an effective and streamlined electoral process.” read more

Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions by Tammy Webber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 file photo, demonstrators gather in front of the White House in Washington, during a rally against President Donald Trump’s Energy Independence Executive order. Environmental groups are preparing to go to court to battle Trump’s efforts to roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming. But they say their first order of business is to mobilize a public backlash against an executive order Trump signed on Tuesday that eliminates many restrictions of fossil fuel production. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) CHICAGO – Environmental groups that have hired extra lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight a sweeping executive order from President Donald Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming. But they said they’ll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.Advocates said they plan to work together to mobilize a public backlash against an executive order signed by Trump on Tuesday that includes initiating a review of former President Barack Obama’s signature plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and lifting a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands. Trump, who has called global warming a “hoax” invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama’s climate plans and bring back coal jobs.Even so, “this is not what most people elected Trump to do,” said David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defence Council, who said Trump’s actions are short-sighted and won’t bring back the jobs he promised. “Poll after poll shows that the public supports climate action.”A poll released in September found 71 per cent of Americans want the U.S. government to do something about global warming, including 6 per cent who think the government should act even though they are not sure that climate change is happening. That poll, which also found most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming, was conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.The White House and Department of Justice declined to comment.While Republicans have blamed Obama-era environmental regulations for the loss of coal jobs, federal data show that U.S. mines have been losing jobs for decades under presidents from both parties because of automation and competition from natural gas and because solar panels and wind turbines can produce emissions-free electricity cheaper than burning coal.But many people in coal country are counting on the jobs that Trump has promised, and industry advocates praised his orders.“These executive actions are a welcome departure from the previous administration’s strategy of making energy more expensive through costly, job-killing regulations that choked our economy,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue.The order also will scrap language on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases, and will initiate a review of efforts to reduce the emission of methane in oil and natural gas production as well as a Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing rule, to determine whether those reflect the president’s policy priorities.It also will rescind Obama-era executive orders and memoranda, including one that addressed climate change and national security and one that sought to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change. The administration is still in discussion about whether it intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.Environmentalists say clean energy would create thousands of new jobs and fear that Trump’s actions will put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that are embracing it.But they believe efforts to revive coal ultimately will fail because many states and industries already have been embracing renewable energy or switching to natural gas.“Those decisions are being made at the state level and plant by plant,” said Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen, who said his group is “continuing to work aggressively to retire dirty coal plants.“Coal is not coming back,” Van Noppen added. “While the president is taking big splashy action, he is actually doomed to fail.”A coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia said they will oppose any effort by the Trump administration to withdraw the Clean Power Plan or seek dismissal of a pending legal case before a federal appeals court in Washington.Environmental advocates also are ready to go to court on a moment’s notice, including to defend environmental laws if the U.S. government does not, and will watch the administration’s actions closely, said the NRDC’s Goldston.“The president doesn’t get to simply rewrite safeguards; they have to … prove the changes are in line with the law and science,” Goldston said. “I think that’s going to be a high hurdle for them.”Jeremy Symons, associate vice-president at the Environmental Defence Fund, said advocates will work to build support among lawmakers along with the public.“In terms of the big picture, our strategy is simple: Shine a spotlight on what is going on and mobilize the public against these rollbacks that threaten our children’s health” and the climate, he said. read more

During Spain visit UN Chief kicks off Real MadridLevante soccer match

Sporting a white jersey with the number 1,000 on his back, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off the Real Madrid-Levante match at the Santiago Bernanéu stadium in the Spanish capital of Madrid.Mr. Ban was all smiles as he performed the ceremonial kick-off on the 30th day of the Spanish La Liga.The 1,000 number on his back represents the number of days remaining to take action before the deadline of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The eight MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.”I’ve watched Real Madrid matches for years and its one of the best teams in the world,” Mr. Ban said in an interview. “I particularly like Casillas, who is a good United Nations ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals.”With today’s kick-off Mr. Ban sought to raise awareness not just of the importance of achieving the MDGs, but also of the role that sports can play in tackling poverty, as well as promoting education, health, development and peace.Yesterday, Mr. Ban launched the campaign, “MDG Momentum – 1,000 Days of Action” and called on governments, international organizations and civil society groups to work with the UN and its partners to achieve greater gains by the 2015 target date.“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” Mr. Ban said. “[They] have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.”According to UN figures, since the MDGs were adopted by all UN Member States in 2000, global extreme poverty rate has been cut in half and two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water. In addition, according to those figures, maternal and child mortality have dropped. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.Following his visit to Madrid, Mr. Ban will travel to The Hague, Netherlands. He then heads to the Vatican City in a trip announced today by his spokespeople. Mr. Ban will meet Pope Francis on 9 April to discuss the continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See.He will also meet Italian officials in Rome, including the President, the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies. read more

Government must fuel UK automotive ambition

This week, the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG) called on government to back the UK automotive sector as a key industry for growth in a competitive global market.Launching its annual report, the APMG looked forward to the publication of the Automotive Sector Strategy describing the UK automotive industry as a ‘priority’ and reinforcing that government must sustain investment, and leverage significant overseas opportunities to ensure that UK automotive can seize opportunities for future growth.The report, Fuelling Ambition: Investment and Strategic Direction for UK Automotive, looks at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry – including future driving trends, low carbon innovation and exports and trade policy.The report highlights four key recommendations to government:1. The automotive strategy has established a comprehensive framework and strategic direction for the industry that requires cross-party and long-term government support for implementation.2. Government needs to support industry to respond to changing driving trends and habits with analysis, accurate and transparent data and further investment.3. Government must sustain long term investment for the sector, and focus particularly on areas in which the UK is excelling – such as low carbon technology.4. To expand the UK automotive sector’s success overseas, government should focus on securing deals with priority markets, such as the EU-US Trade Deal, and reducing other barriers to trade.Launching the report at the Group’s Annual General Meeting, the Group’s Chairman, Richard Burden MP said, “Protecting and strengthening the automotive sector for the future requires concerted action. Our report highlights that there are new opportunities and challenges – such as the ‘peak car phenomenon’ and low carbon innovation – that require government’s focus and investment by industry now to ensure the sector can maximise growth. For the automotive industry to continue excelling the government must continue to play a central part.”To view the full APMG annual report for 2013, follow the link: Fuelling Ambition: Investment and Strategic Direction for UK AutomotiveClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Why yoyo dieting is still better than doing nothing for weight loss

first_imgDr David Allison, a biostatistician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said people should view dieting like a trip to the dentist.“If you go the dentist for your six month evaluation, they find there’s some plaque around your teeth and scrape it off, and then they give you a toothbrush and piece of string and send you out and say keep up the good work,” he told the American Association Annual Conference in Boston.“And six months later, guess what, the plaque is back on. Just like weight loss. Nobody says dentistry is a failure. They say that’s ok. “A concern with obesity is that you lose the weight and you gain it back within two to five years. And if you do this repeatedly, perhaps you’re harming yourself. So we think it’s probably not a bad idea to lose weight even if you are going to gain it back and redo it every few yearsDr David Allison  Experts also warned that obesity can be contagious, and said socializing with people who were gaining weight puts others at greater risk of becoming fat as well. Conversely, if friends like spending time in the gym, it encourages more healthy behavior.  Dr Allison said: “One way people have thought about manipulating these social networks is through intervention programmes – maybe we should not treat people individually, but maybe we should have buddy programmes. “So you and your buddy come in and get the treatment together. Overweight man Show more “We just finished a study in mice and what we found is that when mice who are obese keep on repeatedly losing and gaining that weight, they live longer than the mice that are allowed to stay obese.“So we think it’s probably not a bad idea to lose weight even if you are going to gain it back and redo it every few years.”Around two in three British adults are overweight or obese, which increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, liver disease and cancer.Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at Oxford University said: “I agree with the notion that losing weight is generally worthwhile, even if you put the weight back on again.“We have good evidence from long term follow up studies after controlled intervention studies in humans that there is a benefit.” Exercise center_img Yo-yo dieting is still beneficial for health, new research suggest, after a study showed serial slimmers live longer than those who simply remain fat. Experts found those who dropped large amounts of weight, only to regain it later had similar life expectancies to moderate dieters.Around nine in 10 diets end in failure, but researchers said that people should not be disheartened because a cycle of weight loss and gain is still beneficial than not dieting at all. Going on a diet is still a good idea, scientists sayCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA  Exercise can be contagiousCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However other experts cautioned against yo-yo dieting for health. Professor Timothy Spector, of  King’s College, London, author of The Diet Myth:  “Data in humans shows that yo yo dieting makes you gain weight long term. In our twin study of 5000 twins the yo yo dieter was usually heavier long term than the identical twin who didn’t diet.Although mice and men are different , a recent Israeli study in mice found that yo yo dieting causes a massive change in their gut  microbes that permanently alters energy regulation. These microbes cause obesity when transplanted into other mice.”So the evidence for me shows crash calorie restriction dieting is to be avoided at all costs.”last_img read more

Twenty children killed in Oklahoma twister

first_imgTHE OKLAHOMA STATE medical examiner’s office says that 20 children are among the dead in the tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs.The twister has killed at least 51 people and officials fear the death toll will rise.Medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed the children’s deaths last night.The tornado made a direct hit on an elementary school in Moore and authorities were seen pulling children alive from the rubble. Authorities are still searching for victims throughout the community.US President Barack Obama has declared an official disaster in the state.Alonzo Adams/AP/Press Association ImagesThe storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people about 10 miles south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children. Search-and-rescue efforts were to continue throughout the night.Tiffany Thronesberry said she heard from her mother, Barbara Jarrell, shortly after the tornado.“I got a phone call from her screaming, ‘Help! Help! I can’t breathe. My house is on top of me!’” Thronesberry said.Thronesberry hurried to her mother’s house, where first responders had already pulled her out. Her mother was hospitalised for treatment of cuts and bruises.Sue Ogrocki/AP/Press Association ImagesRecovery EffortsRescuers launched a desperate rescue effort at the school, pulling children from heaps of debris and carrying them to a triage centre.Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin deployed 80 National Guard members to assist with rescue operations and activated extra highway patrol officers.Fallin also spoke with President Obama, who ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.Many land lines to stricken areas were down, and cellphone networks were congested. The storm was so massive that it will take time to establish communications between rescuers and state officials, the governor said.In video of the storm, the dark funnel cloud could be seen marching slowly across the green landscape. As it churned through the community, the twister scattered shards of wood, awnings and glass all over the streets.The tornado also destroyed the community hospital and some retail stores. Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis watched it pass through from his jewelry shop.“All of my employees were in the vault,” Lewis said.Chris Calvert saw the menacing cloud approaching from about a mile away.“I was close enough to hear it,” he said. “It was just a low roar, and you could see the debris, like pieces of shingles and insulation and stuff like that, rotating around it.”Even though his subdivision is a mile from the tornado’s path, it was still covered with debris. He found a picture of a small girl on Santa Claus’ lap in his yard.Volunteers and first responders raced to search the debris for survivors.Sue Ogrocki/AP/Press Association ImagesChildren at schoolAt Plaza Towers Elementary School, the storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal.Children from the school were among the dead, but several students were pulled alive from the rubble. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to the triage center in the parking lot.James Rushing, who lives across the street from the school, heard reports of the approaching twister and ran to the school, where his five-year-old foster son, Aiden, attends classes. Rushing believed he would be safer there.“About two minutes after I got there, the school started coming apart,” he said.The students were sent into the restroom.A man with a megaphone stood Monday evening near St. Andrews United Methodist Church and called out the names of surviving children. Parents waited nearby, hoping to hear their sons’ and daughters’ names.Don Denton hadn’t heard from his two sons since the tornado hit the town, but the man who has endured six back surgeries and walks with a severe limp said he walked about two miles as he searched for them.As reports of the storm came in, Denton’s 16-year-old texted him, telling him to call.“I was trying to call him, and I couldn’t get through,” Denton said.Eventually, Denton said, his sons spotted him in the crowd. They were fine, but upset to hear that their grandparents’ home was destroyed.Sue Ogrocki/AP/Press Association ImagesAs dusk began to fall, heavy equipment was rolled up to the school, and emergency workers wearing yellow crawled among the ruins, searching for survivors.Because the ground was muddy, bulldozers and front-end loaders were getting stuck. Crews used jackhammers and sledgehammers to tear away concrete, and chunks were being thrown to the side as the workers dug.Douglas Sherman drove two blocks from his home to help.“Just having those kids trapped in that school, that really turns the table on a lot of things,” he said.TrajectoryA map provided by the National Weather Service showed that the storm began west of Newcastle and crossed the Canadian River into Oklahoma City’s rural far southwestern side about 3pm. When it reached Moore, the twister cut a path through the center of town before lifting back into the sky at Lake Stanley Draper.Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said downed power lines and open gas lines posed a risk in the aftermath of the system.Monday’s powerful tornado loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999. The weather service estimated that it was at least a half-mile wide. The 1999 storm had winds clocked at 300 mph.Kelsey Angle, a weather service meteorologist in Kansas City, Mo., said it’s unusual for two such powerful tornadoes to track roughly the same path.It was the fourth tornado to hit Moore since 1998. A twister also struck in 2003.Lewis, who was also mayor during the 1999 storm, said the city was already at work on the recovery.“We’ve already started printing the street signs. It took 61 days to clean up after the 1999 tornado. We had a lot of help then. We’ve got a lot of help now.”Monday’s devastation in Oklahoma came almost exactly two years after an enormous twister ripped through the city of Joplin killing 158 people and injuring hundreds more.That May 2011 tornado was the deadliest in the United States since modern tornado record keeping began in 1950, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Before Joplin, the deadliest modern tornado was June 1953 in Flint, Michigan when 116 people died.Scenes of death, destruction as tornado strikes Oklahoma suburbslast_img read more

Struggling label American Apparel has fired its founder and CEO over allegations

first_img Source: AP/Press Association Images“Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead,” Mayer added.Charney founded American Apparel in 1989 in Montreal before moving its headquarters to Los Angeles.The company grew aggressively for many years and broke with the crowd with what it calls a “sweatshop-free, Made in USA manufacturing philosophy”, keeping much of its production in its California factory.American Apparel has approximately 10,000 employees and operates 249 retail stores in 20 countries, according to the statement. It has one branch in Ireland on Dublin’s Grafton Street.But the firm has struggled financially. Last year it lost $106.3 million (€78 million) on revenue of $633.9 million. That comes on top of losses of $37.3 million in 2012 and $39.3 million in 2011.Charney’s dismissal could now force American Apparel to default under its credit agreement and it is now holding discussions with lenders, the company said.American Apparel shares, which in the past had exceeded $15, fell 1.5 % at close on Wednesday to $0.64.- © AFP, 2014Read: American Apparel’s new underwear model is 62 years old > Read: ‘Traditional marketing is dead or irrelevant’ – American Apparel’s marketing guru > STRUGGLING INTERNATIONAL FASHION label American Apparel said today it is firing its founder and chief executive as part of an “investigation into alleged misconduct”.Canadian Dov Charney has been suspended and will be let go in the next 30 days, the company said in a statement.Charney, who was known for sometimes walking around his factories in his underpants, has been accused of sexual harassment by several of his own employees.“We take no joy in this, but the board felt it was the right thing to do,” Allan Mayer, who has been appointed with David Danziger as co-chairmen of the board to replace Charney, said in a statement.Chief financial officer John Luttrell, a veteran of the textile industry, was also named as interim chief executive officer.last_img read more

I have a PSN account what should I do

first_imgThe revelation yesterday that Sony has discovered PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts have been hacked, has understandably got anyone with one of those accounts worried.What exactly has been taken and what should you do about it? Here’s a brief guide that we hope you find useful.The information taken by the hacker includes:Your full nameYour address for billingYour address for shippingCountryEmail addressFull birth datePSN ID and/or Qriocity IDPSN password and/or Qriocity passwordSecurity questions and answers for both PSN and Qriocity accountsYour full purchase history of digital productsAny sub-accounts will also have the same information compromisedPotentially: Credit card number and expiry dateEffectively the hacker who took this information knows a lot about you, and depending on his/her intentions could use it in an attempt to make some money. This could be done by selling the information on which would then be used in phishing attacks, identity theft, or some form of contact attempt. Any contact will likely seem convincing as so much is known about each user from Sony’s compromised servers.There are a number of actions you can take to limit your exposure to any malicious activity both now and when PSN and Qriocity come back online.What to do nowIt’s unclear whether credit card details were taken or not, but Sony is not taking any chances and guessing they may have been. What you need to do is find out which card is associated with your PSN account and start looking through transactions from April 17 onwards. Is there anything unusual on your transaction history?Even if there isn’t yet, it is possible they could appear in the future so you need to continue to check for the next few months. Alternatively, if the card is near its expiration date, or you don’t rely on it on a daily basis, phone up your bank and tell them you want a replacement because of this Sony issue. That will get the card cancelled and a new one sent out in a few days. It also guarantees no money will be stolen from your account.Sony has offered some further advice for U.S. residents regarding obtaining a free credit report. You can view the advice and contact details of credit bureaus on the PlayStation.com PSN update post.Another problem to be aware of is reuse of username and password information. Have you used the same login details from your PSN account elsewhere? If so, you need to change them as soon as possible to ensure further accounts are not accessed. It doesn’t matter what type of accounts you have reused the login details with, change them. Remember, the hacker has answers to security questions as well as your passwords. If those same questions are used on other accounts it makes it easier to gain access. Update all the security information you can on your different online accounts.Finally, be vigilante with any emails, phone calls, or offers in the post etc. you receive in the coming weeks. These people know where you live, how to contact you via email, and what products you have purchased. It won’t be hard for them to contact you with a very official and legitimate-looking e-mail or call pretending to be from Sony. Be on your guard and treat anything like this with suspicion. Sony is not going to contact you in this way.What to do when PSN/Qriocity is back onlineIf you follow the advice given above then the only thing left to do is change your account details stored with your PSN and Qriocity accounts. That means as soon as Sony say the service is live you need to change your username and password (and security questions if possible).As far as we know, Sony is not going to reset everyone’s account and it’s up to the individual to do this. We urge you to do it as soon as you have access to your account again.It’s already been said, but it’s worth repeating. Keep an eye on your bank transactions and be extra careful filtering through your correspondence. The amount of information leaked makes it that much easier for those with malicious intentions to trick you into believing something is legitimate.If anyone has any further advice they wish to share, please do so in the comments below.last_img read more