Jacks struggle to stop CW, fall at home

first_imgHumboldt State put up a valiant effort in front of a sparsely populated Redwood Bowl but fell short against GNAC rival Central Washington, losing 62-24 Saturday night.Humboldt (1-5, 1-7) started on a high note when junior quarterback Joey Sweeney connected on a 44-yard pass to sophomore receiver Ryan McCombs on the Jacks’ second drive of the game. The drive would end, however, after Sweeney was sacked and stripped for a fumble at Central Washington’s 26-yard line.“Regardless of the record we …last_img

‘Ban public servants from govt contracts’

first_img20 February 2013Public servants should be banned from contracting with the government, and should face consequences for benefiting from state contracts, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.During a briefing on the National Development Plan in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Manuel echoed Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s call, made a few days ago, that public servants should be outlawed from benefiting from government contracts.Sisulu’s department is working on amending the Public Service Act to make it law that civil servants cannot do business with the state.Public servants ‘must perform’Manuel told Parliamentarians that ensuring that public sector delivery was ratcheted up would be key to the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).He said that, “in the interests of democracy”, public servants that were not skilled and effective should be removed.The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Jacob Zuma said the NDP was a “roadmap to a South Africa where all will have water, electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, adequate nutrition, education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation and a clean environment.”Five-year phasesManuel detailed how the plan will be broken up into five-year chunks, in line with the electoral cycle, with the 2014-19 medium term strategic framework to form the first five-year building block of the plan.The Presidency will lead the formulation of the 2014-19 medium-term strategic framework, and a first draft of the framework will be submitted to the Cabinet in July.The framework will include key targets from the NDP and other plans such as the New Growth Path, National Infrastructure Plan and Industry Policy Action Plan.Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said the implementation framework of the NDP had been finalised and that following the Budget Speech later this month, departments would be expected to integrate their plans with that of the NDP.The integration with the NDP will mean that departments’ strategic plans, annual performance plans and programme plans will need to be evaluated by the Presidency to ensure that they are aligned with the plan, before being submitted to Parliament.The Presidency and National Treasury will also work with departments to clarify roles and responsibilities, ensure that plans and budgets are aligned, and to develop clear performance indicators for each programme.Implementation to begin this yearCritical steps would this year be taken to implement the NDP, including ensuring that programmes that don’t require additional resources and long lead times are implemented.The government will also focus on areas where implementation of existing policies needs to improve and will also hold focused dialogues to overcome obstacles to implementation.The government will also engage with other sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementing the NDP and to identify any obstacles they may be facing.The 2019-24 and 2024-29 planning cycles will be used to initiate the remaining activities and be informed by a performance review of the previous cycle.Manuel said the National Planning Commission had begun advertising for additional positions in its secretariat.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Preparing a crop insurance plan for 2018 – Part 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm Credit recommends farmers take a close look at their crop insurance plan this winter. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Jason Alexander, Senior Vice President of Insurance Services with Farm Credit Mid-America.FCMA Jason Alexander 11.20.17For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America, visit e-FarmCredit.com/insightslast_img

How to Keep Dropbox Employees’ Hands Off Your Data

first_imgYesterday Dropbox, the popular file storage Web application that enables users to easily sync a folder from their local computer with the the cloud, made a small change to its terms of service. Dropbox made it clear that it would decrypt and hand-over files if the U.S. government requested it.The issue is not so much that Dropbox is willing to hand over user data to the feds if requested – as RedMonk co-founder and analyst James Governor points out, the company doesn’t have much choice: “given I understand it runs on Amazon Web Services, which would give up the data if asked anyway.” The real issue, it seems, is that Dropbox has the ability to snoop on your encrypted files at all.Other Web-based backup services, such as JungleDisk (owned by Rackspace) and Mozy (owned by EMC and managed by VMware) give customers control over their encryption keys. That means that employees working on these services won’t be able to snoop on customers’ files, or turn it over to any government body.But as Governor points out, these services don’t do what Dropbox does. I use JungleDisk to backup my local files to the cloud. I use Dropbox to make it easy for me to access a smaller set of files on any device I happen to be using – my laptop, my Android phone or someone else’s computer.There’s still the option for users to encrypt their files themselves using a tool like Truecrypt before putting them in their Dropbox folders. You can learn how to do this here. But it seems this creates an opportunity for a competitor – like Box or Syncplicity – to offer and advertise simple encryption that the companies can’t access.For some background reading on why Dropbox has the ability to decrypt users’ files, see this article by Christopher Soghoian.For an enterprise look at the same issue – storing encrypted files in the cloud – see our article 5 Resources for Migrating to the Cloud Securely.Small businesses will want to take a look at our article How to Keep Company Data Safe on Employees’ Personal Devices.Update: Dropbox has issued the following statement in response:Every Dropbox employee understands that the most important value of the company is maintaining users’ trust. Employees are prohibited by company policy from accessing users’ files and there are technical access controls to prohibit unauthorized access by employees. As with almost every other online company, there are a limited number of employees who may access user data when legally required to do so, and to help troubleshoot users’ accounts with their consent.Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for considered Dropbox’s side of the story!I didn’t mean to imply that Dropbox employees were allowed to snoop through your files willy nilly. I never doubted whether Dropbox had explicit policies regarding who could access customers’ files, or that it only a very small number of people had the technical capability to do so. But having anyone able to decrypt your files and hand them over to anyone, legal order or not, is a problem here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market klint finleycenter_img Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Google Is Rebooting Its Troubled Digital Wallet On The Web

first_imgWhat’s in Google’s Wallet?Under the Wallet name, Google has been mostly selling failure. It’s offered a confusing array of payment services—most notably, a way of paying for items in stores by tapping your smartphone to a device on the counter.That in-store payment service has been, let’s say it, an outright disaster. But Google is sticking with Wallet—at least in name—with two new services unveiled Wednesday at Google I/O, its annual developer conference held this week in San Francisco.The first, Google Wallet Instant Buy, allows developers—the focus of Google’s efforts of late—to build Wallet as a checkout option on mobile apps, sparing the agonizing dozens of steps required to input a credit-card number, billing address, and other information needed to buy.The other, like eBay’s PayPal service, lets Google Wallet users send money via email.Eyes On The Payment PrizeGoogle has long aimed to become a payments player. It knows that many of its searches drive people to e-commerce sites where they conduct transactions. Handling the actual purchase would give it the ultimate informational signal that an ad is effective.And Google accepts billions of dollars of payments a year—though mostly from small businesses buying search ads, rather than from transactions in goods and services.More recently, though, the growing number of Android smartphones has created a base of consumers who have signed up for Google Wallet—whether they realize it or not—in order to buy apps and digital content on the Google Play store.Google hoped to extend that consumer base into purchases in retail stores, but it made a series of bad choices, from the NFC wireless hardware it insisted on to the executives it chose to oversee the project. (Two have left, and one has taken a new, unspecified assignment within the company.) Very few merchants ended up accepting Google Wallet in stores, and very few consumers ever had access to it.There were rumors that Google was going to unveil one more run at retail payments at I/O by rolling out a plastic Google Wallet card—essentially a regular credit card, linked to a user’s Google Wallet account, for buying things anywhere MasterCard was accepted. But that product reportedly ran into glitches, and the most recent head of Google’s payments push, Osama Bedier, left the company.Back To The WebBy bringing payments back to its Web roots, Google is essentially mimicking the architecture of PayPal. The main reason for offering email payments seems to be feature parity with PayPal. But Google has one big advantage over PayPal—namely, its ability to build Wallet into every Android phone and its hugely popular Gmail service.Right now, the in-app Wallet checkout feature seems geared for e-commerce on the go, rather than purchases in stores. But it’s easy to imagine this new instantiation of Google Wallet getting used in stores, too.How would this work? Think of how Apple lets you pay for Apple Store purchases with an app, charging a stored credit card. Or how Square lets you buy a coffee by saying your name—no card swipe required. Or how you can get a ride in an Uber town car without having to sign a paper slip.Could Google help merchants build apps that allow customers to pay for purchases without digging into their pockets—no credit-card swipe or smartphone tap required? This makes the most sense for ordering items ahead of time for pickup. But it would be simple to speed that up. Maybe Google Wallet would generate a virtual gift card that old-fashioned cash registers could scan.The threat to Google’s never-fading payments dreams is that others may get there first. Braintree and Stripe are already popular with app developers, and work on more than just Android. Meanwhile, Square, PayPal, Groupon and others are colonizing retail checkout counters with iPads.Those rivals should not rest easy, however. Google has shown a stubborn determination to enter the payments business that it hasn’t demonstrated with other more experimental projects. And with these latest products, sensibly designed around how developers and consumers actually want payments to happen, it may have finally gotten its cards laid out straight. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement owen thomas Tags:#Google IO13#Google Wallet#io13#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payments Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more