Artists Love Movies

first_imgA still from My Art of artist Laurie Simmons (right) and actress Lena Dunham. The film will be shown as part of the Artists Love Movies series on August 26. Independent/Courtesy Laurie SimmonsFollowing the great success of its inaugural film series, “American Values,” the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center is now in the midst of its second series, “Artists Love Movies,” which will continue at Pierson High School each Sunday at 6 PM throughout the summer. Giulia D’Angnolo Vallan, a distinguished film journalist and the American programmer for the Venice Film Festival, is curating the series, which consists of films directed or carefully chosen by renowned visual artists, who will be available for talk-backs post-screening.“There’s an interesting dialogue between visual arts and cinema,” said Vallan. “More and more artists are venturing into filmmaking, with strong creative ideas, while film history and its language — fueled by new technologies — find their way into art galleries and museums all over the world. Very often, behind a painter hides a fervent cinephile. And painters have long been an object of fascination for filmmakers. The cross-pollination between these different art forms is very exciting. And we want to give our audiences the opportunity to explore it.”Inspired by the rich history and interconnectivity of arts and culture ingrained in the East End, Vallan decided “Artists Love Movies” would be a perfect fit for the Sag Cinema. So far, screenings have included Eric Fischl’s presentation of Oblako-Ray, a rarely screened Glasnost-era satire directed by Nicola Dostal, and John Huston’s version of Arthur Miller’s western drama The Misfits starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, and presented by David Salle.Other featured artists are Laurie Anderson, Ai Weiwei, Laurie Simmons, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Alex Israel, all of whom are presenting films of their own invention, alongside greats like Julian Schnabel and Steve McQueen.“I see more and more artists trying to make film, and I thought, that’s what we should put for the summer series for the cinema,” said Vallan. “What we did with this is found some favorite artists, or we went to artists and asked them to pick a film.”Vallan is thrilled with the selection of modern artists, but also considered what artist throughout history she would most like to have included.“I’d like to get an artist whose work was based in movement, like Jackson Pollock,” Vallan said. “I’d love to know what film he would have chosen to present.”Artists of the East End abound, along with art enthusiasts. Stephen Hamilton, co-founder and former executive director of Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater and a member of the Cinema Advisory Board, says the response to “Artists Love Movies” has been overwhelming.“We’ve had a very good response,” said Hamilton. “[We’re] way above our budgeted numbers for income. “American Values” was equally successful, but the numbers have grown since the winter as more and more people find out about us.”There are only four films left in the “Artists Love Movies” series. Laurie Simmons presents her film My Art on August 26, April Gornik hosts Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away on September 2, there’s a special to-be-announced presentation on September 9, and Jamie Bernstein with Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note by Susan Lacy on September 16. Vallan intends to continue the collaboration with Pierson through a winter series in the coming months, while the Sag Harbor Cinema undergoes a reconstructive transformation after being gutted by a fire in December 2016.“We’re in a nomadic phase,” Vallan remarked. “We don’t have the cinema yet, so we’re going here and there for movie screenings; but what I like about it is they’re giving us an opportunity to know the audience, and to make the cinema known to them, so it’s a very interesting and exciting process.”Vallan hopes the series will continue once the new cinema space is up and running again. As it has done for over a century, the new Sag Harbor Cinema will offer free screenings and multiple programs, allowing for audiences of all breeds.“It will be programming as varied and as rich as possible,” Vallan stated. “My role in future programming will be decided at the right time, but I would certainly love to be involved in the cinema once it reopens. It will be a much bigger set of programs, because it needs to operate every day of the year. But it will be wonderful.”Hamilton, who co-produced both series with Vallan, is equally excited about the Cinema’s reopening.“I’m really looking forward to seeing how ‘Artists Love Movies’ and other series we present in venues outside the Sag Harbor Cinema will segue into the ‘state of the art’ cinema once it is rebuilt and running,” he said. “Until then, it’s been highly rewarding witnessing the possibilities of world-class cinema and film education on the East End from remote sights, as we strive to keep the re-building and re-branding process present in the community’s awareness.”“I’ve had an absolute ball working with everyone on this series and the last,” Hamilton continued, “but especially Giulia. She’s smart, funny, and really, really knows her stuff when it comes to film. We are so lucky to have her on board.” Sharelast_img read more

Products in Brief

first_imgTransport & Travel Research Ltd is undertaking the European Commission funded GENESYS research and development project to reduce energy consumption on urban rail services through better driver training. A spreadsheet model is used to calculate energy consumption, and this is used to encourage staff to drive in a more energy conscious manner. Amongst the routes modelled are parts of Dublin’s DART suburban network, the Tyne & Wear Metro, Central Trains’ Birmingham Cross-City line and the Bilbao metro.EWS is to provide maintenance, driver training and lease 14 diesel locomotives to the Continental Rail consortium to haul construction trains on the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line. Under a four-year contract, the ex-BR Class 37 locos will be based at Sallilas and Calatayud, but will be transferred to other bases as work progresses. The standard gauge line is due to be completed through to the French border in 2006 (p58). Continental Rail is jointly owned by Spanish civil engineering group Vias y Construcciones and bus operator Continental Auto.Interfleet Technology and Pickersgill-Kaye are co-operating to field test on a Class 165 diesel multiple-unit a door lock which interfaces directly with the toilet waste tank. Once the tank is full, the door automatically locks, shutting the toilet out of use. Staff are provided with an over-ride key for use in emergencies.Universal Power Systems has been awarded a contract for the installation of Uninterruptible Power Supplies at four locations on Railtrack’s Great Western zone. The UPS protects signalling equipment from transient power disturbances. A ’Plug & Play’ concept and standard proven technology has been used throughout, and the hardware is housed in portable location cases. The four sites were selected because of local difficulties in maintaining a continuous power supply, or where a signal pased at danger risked causing a significant collision. The equipment has recently been tested at Dorchester South on the Southern zone. IAD Rail Systems has received Railtrack certification for a new generation of electric point motor, which was installed at Nunhead in south London during October. The High Performance Switch System was developed over seven years by the Industrial Actuation Division of Claverham Group with Balfour Beatty, Railtrack and ERA Technology. Offering reliable actuation and enhanced locking and detection technologies, HPSS combines a proven switch actuation mechanism with sleeper-mounted torsional back-drives. Long life, low maintenance, and high reliability are claimed, together with the ability to tamp the whole turnout.Corus Rail Consultancy has launched a 3D computer simulation system to provide route familiarisation for drivers. Designed to run on a Pentium III (or equivalent) machine on a Windows 95/98 platform, the animation package gives drivers a realistic three-dimensional view of track layouts and infrastructure. It was developed for Railtrack as part of the ’Leeds 1st’ station upgrading project. Simulations will be used to train 1300 drivers for Northern Spirit, Virgin, GNER, Midland Mainline EWS and Freightliner as the layout at Leeds is progressively remodelled. Reader Enquiry Numbers:Transport & Travel Research Ltd 143English Welsh & Scottish Railway 144Pickersgill-Kaye 145Universal Power Systems 146Claverham IAD Rail Systems 147Corus Rail Consultancy 148last_img read more

Ferromex and Ferrosur order EMD SD70ACe

first_imgMEXICO: Electro-Motive Diesel of the USA is to supply 19 SD70ACe locomotives to freight operator Ferromex and 15 of the same type to its sister company Ferrosur, EMD’s parent Progress Rail Services announced on September 24. The locomotives are due to enter service by June 2015 under contracts which both include an 11-year maintenance agreement.While Ferromex already operates the 4 300 hp SD70ACe, this is the first order that Ferrosur has placed with EMD. Its 15 locomotives are to be built to a special design to improve operation in tunnels.‘The 97 SD70ACe locomotives we have received have achieved very high and consistent performance and fuel efficiency’, said Rogelio Vélez, CEO of Ferromex and Ferrosur. ‘The 34 new additions will be key to our plans for 2015 and beyond, where Ferromex will continue to grow at higher levels than the average of the North American railroad industry’.last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Speculation over Seri as midfielder reportedly heads to London

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea continue to be linked with Jean Michael Seri amid reports reports the Nice midfielder has travelled to London ahead of a potential transfer.Seri is keen to move to England and has long been touted for moves to Chelsea and Arsenal.AdChoices广告West London Sport recently revealed that Fulham are interested in the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international.But he continues to be linked primarily with the Blues and Arsenal – and the Daily Star declare that fans of both those clubs are “on red alert” with Seri apparently in the capital.The Star also suggest Seri could be a replacement for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who has been linked with Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid.Hazard still being linked with Real Talksport have picked up on reports in Italy claiming that Chelsea have made an enquiry about Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.Tottenham are also said to be keen on the Croatia international, who has been tipped to move this summer.Kovacic, 24, has struggled to hold down a place in the Real side and is reportedly looking to play first-team football.Sarri tipped to target VecinoEmbed from Getty Images Manchester United are confident of signing Willian from Chelsea now Brazil are out of the World Cup, The Sun say.Barcelona have also been linked with the Brazilian forward, who would not discuss his future while involved in the tournament in Russia.United’s former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen for the Willian to rejoin him.Sky recently reported that Chelsea had rejected a £50m bid from Barca for the player.And The Sun say United are looking to seal a £60m deal to sign him.The Sun recently claimed Barcelona were ready to offer Willian’s Brazil team-mate Paulinho, who has since moved to China, to Chelsea as part of an exchange deal.The Daily Telegraph suggested Chelsea are looking to sell Danny Drinkwater for £30m and would also be willing to sell Willian in order to fund new signings.The Telegraph believe Chelsea would rather sell to Barca than United unless the Old Trafford club are open to a swap deal involving Anthony Martial.Keeper speculationChelsea continue to be linked with goalkeepers Alisson and Jack Butland amid speculation over Thibaut Courtois’ future, while Kasper Schmeichel has also been linked with the Blues.It is now claimed that Roma’s Alisson has agreed personal terms with Chelsea.The Daily Star have picked up on a story by Italian newspaper Il Tempo claiming that the Brazil international, who is currently at the World Cup, wants to move to Stamford Bridge.It follows previous reports that Alisson has agreed a move to Real Madrid. Liverpool have also been linked with him.The Sun have reported that Stoke will offer Butland a £20,000-a-week pay rise in order to fend off interest from Chelsea.And Sky believe the Blues are interested in signing Leicester’s Schmeichel, who impressed for Denmark during the World Cup.It all comes as Chelsea keeper Courtois continues to be linked with a move to Real.Luiz dismisses Porto link Chelsea’s David Luiz has laughed off reports linking him with Porto, The Sun has also reported.It comes after Luiz posed on Instagram describing speculation he could join his former club Benfica’s rivals as “a newspaper lie.”Express claim Blues made Ndombele approachEmbed from Getty Images Italian media reports have also tipped Chelsea to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.Metro have picked up on a story claiming that a deal has been agreed for the Argentina international to join the Blues for £53m.Higuain’s brother and agent has since denied talks with Chelsea have taken place. center_img Some of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea…Embed from Getty Images The Express claim Lyon have told Chelsea that midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is not for sale.The 21-year-old was linked with the Blues amid reports that Paris St-Germain want Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.The Express suggest Chelsea held talks with Lyon and were informed that Ndombele was not available this summer.Kovacic linkedEmbed from Getty Images Italian media reports say Maurizio Sarri, widely tipped to take over as Chelsea manager, wants Inter Milan’s Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino.Sarri previously worked with the player at Empoli and it is claimed that he plans to sign him for the Blues.Higuain deal agreed, reports claimEmbed from Getty Images Reports in Spain continue to link Chelsea’s Eden Hazard with Real Madrid.Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Real president Florentino Perez has already decided that Hazard will have the number 7 shirt currently worn by Cristiano Ronaldo if they sign the Belgian and Ronaldo completes a move to Juventus.United confident of Willian deal – Sunlast_img read more

BitHub brings digital currency to South Africa

first_img19 June 2015South Africa’s first digital currency incubator and hub is up and running in the form of BitHub, headquartered at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock, Cape Town.A cross section of traders, consumers, tech geeks and bitcoin enthusiasts were at the launch. Together they created an atmosphere of optimism and excitement at the potential of digital currency across all levels of commerce and tech.Speaking at the event, Joshin Raghubar, the chairman of the Bandwidth Barn, said: “We are entering into a new age in banking and finance and are in need of a platform and community for innovation within this space. BitHub aims to amplify the community of development in digital currency, and this launch event, focusing on the payment space of digital currency, forms a great segway to greater innovation within digital currency.”Financial technologyIan Merrington, the chief executive of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (Citi), added: “We’ve been looking at the fintech space for a while, and the recent Bitcoin Conference lit a spark that we are excited to take further. Here is a platform that has potential for disruptive innovation that can solve Africa-specific needs, serve the unbanked, and also play a transformative role.”The formal banking sector was showing a keen interest in the digital currency and innovation space.“That’s why BitHub’s launch is timeous and vital,” he said. “Now there is a place to gather, to learn, to innovate; a community where digital currency entrepreneurs and developers can meet, swap ideas and solve problems. Citi is geared to help unblock constraints, backed by a business-friendly local government.Learn how bitcoin works:Legislation“We recognise that there are several challenges to overcome. Legislation around fintech needs to change, educating consumers and merchants on the philosophy and principles of digital currency, and an immature infrastructure, to name a few.“But there are also amazing opportunities; big banking is starting to invest in fintech development, we can unleash the Western Cape as a frontrunner in the development of fintech, and create awareness and positive discussion around the social impact offered by this technology through its open protocol.”Roslyn Lavers, the business development manager at PayFast, the payments processing service for South African websites, spoke about trends merchants such as Takealot, which accepted bitcoin, were experiencing.“In July 2014, PayFast’s decision to allow buyers to accept payment with bitcoin was largely exploratory, but we have been surprised by how much it is actually being used. The first week we saw payments totalling R50 000, and since then a steady trade value has been maintained.“Now we have in excess of 30 000 merchants that have bitcoin enabled, with the current trend being tech merchants embracing the bitcoin payments, and coffee and beer merchants following close behind.”Early adoptersHowever, it was still early days for bitcoin use in South Africa. “Early adopters are using this, and are using it consistently, which is a good sign, and has exceeded our expectations.”Francois Paul, a developer from BitX, a global bitcoin wallet, exchange and merchant service, explained why bitcoin was better than traditional payment methods.“Bitcoin allows for free flow of value, without a trust element in the equation,” he said. “It is a digital asset that cannot be copied, that has no counterparty risk and no charge back – it is not reversible. So the potential for fraud and scams is eliminated. It is borderless, fast, cheap and easy, and once people realise how easy it is to use, and the saving on transactional fees, consumer demand will spark a merchant response.”In South Africa, Landmark Computers was the first seller to accept bitcoin. Its chief executive, Andrew van der Nest said there was no risk and the network was incredibly safe.“We have had no issues with bitcoin as a merchant; the money is guaranteed in our account and cannot be reversed. Plus we love how ownership, control and responsibility are now absolutely in the hands of the end user, where traditionally it is the bank or merchant’s responsibility. Times are changing and we are changing with it.”Regarding education and legislation, Enrico Calandro from Research ICT Africa called on governments to become involved. “Digital currencies benefit the people, especially the poor, due to the low fees synonymous with virtual currency, and the ease of access thanks to smart phones.”Developers soughtIn closing, Merrington called on developers and entrepreneurs to participate in the growth of the technology. “We want to create a stronger community by collaborating with established players and incubating and supporting new ideas in this space.”BitHub will host regular workshops and events on digital currency and fintech innovation.Citi was established in 1998 to develop Cape Town and the region as a global technology cluster and hub for innovation that is a significant contributor to economic growth. It has become a blueprint for industry and public sector collaboration models for sector development.The Bandwidth Barn, a Citi operated initiative, has been recognised as Africa’s leading and most established incubator and accelerator. It also offers shared office space for entrepreneurs.Source: BitHublast_img read more

HeyCosmo: Automate Your Life Via Your Mobile

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Related Posts center_img To capitalize on the growing mobile market, a company called HeyCosmo is launching two new location-based service designed for use on both the web and the phone. The first service, HeyCosmo Concierge, wants to help you save time on everyday tasks like making dinner reservations or finding an affordable contractor. The second, HeyCosmo Blaster, is a social event planning tool. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe goal behind HeyCosmo Concierge is great: save you time. However, its practicality makes me wonder. The service implements advanced telephony technology to help you complete tasks. The easiest example of this would be making dinner reservations. Instead of you calling restaurants one-by-one in order to find an 8:00 PM seating for a party of five, you could use HeyCosmo Concierge to do the dialing for you. With an automated, but customizable, message, its robo-dialer immediately contacts all the restaurants in your area (and this can be narrowed down by cuisine, too) and asks the recipient of the call to press (1) for yes, we can accommodate you, (2) no, we cannot accommodate you, etc. in response to the initial recorded greeting and question. The particular questions and how they are phrased can be specified by you. You can also record your own voice if desired. At the end of the messages, an ad will play, which is how the service makes money. After placing the call, you’ll see results return immediately, in real-time, and next to each listing you’ll see the status of the call and then how the person on the other end responded (1, 2, 3, etc.) or if there was no answer. HeyCosmo ConciergeThe technology behind this is pretty impressive, but my concern is for the people on the other end of the call. Would they think this recording is spam? Would they realize it’s just a recording and hang up? Did I just save my time at the expense of theirs? Based on the number of restaurants dialed with no response, I think it’s entirely possible that the answer in many cases would be “yes.” The reason? Phone trees. After years of navigating the annoying phone trees in an effort to reach an actual human being when dialing up customer service, there’s a profound distaste for automated greetings and messages that’s still very prevalent in our culture. And unfortunately, without willing participants on the other end of the line, HeyCosmo Concierge won’t be effective.HeyCosmo BlasterHowever, the other app by this company, HeyCosmo Blaster, might have some potential…at least among the mobile-savvy kids, teens, and young adults of Gens X, Y, and Z. Blaster is a simple social planning app. To use, you just enter in a date, time, and place to meet along with the names and numbers of your friends. Blaster, like Concierge, immediately dials your friends and presents the menu choices you specified. (i.e. “Press (1) from Meet at 1:30 PM at the mall,” “Press (2) to meet at Katy’s house at 2:00 PM,” etc.). Organizers can then see the results in real-time and pick the most popular choice. HeyCosmo BlasterAlthough the technology is essentially the same as that of Concierge, the difference here is that you can have a personal conversation with your friends, family, or other group of message recipients beforehand: “Hey guys, since there’s so many of us, I’m going to use this new mobile tool from now on to organize our __________ (Fill in the blank: meetings, study groups, classes, meetups, parties, etc.) Your phone number will also show on their CallerID, so they will know it’s you. Since your friends will be expecting the call, the responses are bound to be a notch above those that come from Concierge, which is essentially a recorded message beamed to perfect strangers around your city.As for who this service appeals to, my vote goes with the younger crowd. Obviously, anyone could use it, but with this group, mobile devices are glued to their hands, so here it has a better chance of success.Learn MoreYou can visit HeyCosmo’s web site and check out all their services here: www.heycosmo.com. Concierge and Blaster are both also available as Blackberry apps; an iPhone app will arrive in a few weeks.Note: HeyCosmo also has another service, HeyCosmo Prankster, which was not demoed today. As a 10-year-old, I would have loved it. As an adult, I have to say that it’s just plain wrong. Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates’ Veteran Leaders Officially Take Ownership of Company

first_imgTwo WZ senior partners and interviewing veterans, Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP and Wayne Hoover, CFI, have purchased the remaining shares of the industry-leading interview training and consulting company Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ). Shane Sturman will continue in his role as WZ President and CEO, which he has held the last 7 years and Wayne Hoover will remain Vice President ensuring the organization’s leadership will remain intact.David Zulawski will retain his position with WZ as a member of the Board of Directors and as an officer of the company.  He will be involved in the daily business of WZ focusing on research and development as well as special assignments. “This is a seamless transition for WZ. Shane and Wayne will maintain their leadership positions while we continue to look for future innovations as we have always done,” says Zulawski.Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates is a consulting and training organization dedicated to assisting professionals who are responsible for obtaining the truth.  WZ supports law enforcement agencies, private sector investigators, human resource professionals, federal agencies and military units across the globe.  To this end WZ instructs in legally acceptable interview and interrogation techniques that are consistently updated in response to changing moral, legal and ethical standards.- Sponsor – Doug Wicklander and Dave Zulawski started Wicklander-Zulawski in 1982 with a vision of becoming the unquestioned leader in interview and interrogation training and consulting.  The organization has grown to provide over 400 seminars a year around the globe to interviewing professionals in the public and private sectors. “Our success at WZ has relied on our succession planning to assure the integrity and quality of our programs will be maintained into the future.  We are leveraging the skills and drive of Wayne and Shane to continue Doug’s and my focus for the company in the years to come.” said Zulawski.The team at Wicklander-Zulawski have been strong supporters of LP Magazine since the inception of the magazine, providing content for the “Interviewing” column in the print publication as well as LP Magazine EU; and contributing International Association of Interviewers (IAI) video tips through the LP Magazine digital offerings. The company is widely recognized as the premier consulting and training company on interview and interrogation techniques. Dedicated to assisting professionals to improve their interviewing techniques, WZ provides training and professional services to retail organizations throughout the world.For the past seven years Senior Partners Shane Sturman and Wayne Hoover have been instrumental in crafting the organization’s direction by educating professionals, building relationships, and growing a solid organization built on delivering value.“Both Wayne and I have grown up in the WZ business,” said Shane Sturman, CFI, President and Chief Executive Officer of WZ. “We will continue to realize Doug and Dave’s dream of a successful company, but even more important is to carry on their enthusiasm for the interviewing craft and continue to embody and teach the relentless pursuit of truth.” Shane has been with the company since 1994.“It’s both a duty and an honor to continue the important work that Doug and Dave created and fostered,” said L. Wayne Hoover, CFI, Senior Partner and Vice President of Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) programming for WZ. “Our goal is to continue their industry-changing initiatives and keep our clients abreast of the newest thinking in interviewing.” Wayne has been with WZ since 1991.WZ’s newest offerings have been gaining industry share including: • Multiple new Distance Learning Webinar modules • An Executive Education division • An expanded Investigations and Consulting division • A new Distance Learning platform for online training called “WZ Academy” launching later this year  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: October 24, 2016

first_imgExperts warn against fake World Series tickets, merchandiseWith the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs looking to make history, ticket scammers looking to cash in on excited fans. The Cleveland Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948. The Chicago Cubs have faced an even longer drought, having last won the World Series in 1908. This has left millions of fans in both cities looking to end heartbreaking streaks, and many want to be a part of it. Unfortunately there are those looking to take advantage of these diehard fans, seeking opportunities to cash-in on baseball fever.According to ticket resale site seatgeek.com, a ticket for a potential World Series ticket for Game 3 at Wrigley Field would start at more than $2,000 with secondary ticket websites listing some tickets at $35,000. Technologically savvy ticket scammers see this as an opportunity to score big by fooling an unsuspecting consumer that they’re paying thousands for a seat at the historic series.Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois President Steve Bernas said that people looking to get tickets online or at the ballpark need to beware of making an emotional purchase. “Every game coming up will have people that are pushing counterfeit tickets,” he said. Bernas said to resist the urge to show off your tickets online because “a scammer can grab the barcode off the picture and copy them in some way.” He says to check out the reputation of any website you are looking to buy tickets from at ask.bbb.org.- Sponsor – The Indians, Cubs and Major League Baseball are also currently looking at a number of vendors that park outside of Wrigley in Chicago and Progressive Field in Cleveland for selling knockoff merchandise.Here are some suggestions from the BBB if you’re looking into buying tickets:Don’t fall for too-good-to-be-true deals. One-time good deals should be red flags to anyone anxious for a ticket.Buy tickets and merchandise from a reputable ticket broker or retailer. There are established businesses that have been selling legitimate tickets for years. Many are Accredited Businesses with the BBB.Look for the official hologram and license from the sports league. These are very difficult to fake and an excellent indication of a licensed product.If buying merchandise online, buy from licensed sites. Look out for broken English in the descriptions. This could indicate an overseas company, and these companies are among the principal culprits in producing counterfeit goods.Use a credit card if possible, so you can appeal to the card company. Using a credit card allows you to dispute the charge before you pay.The first game of the World Series will begin Tuesday in Cleveland, with the full schedule of games as follows:Game 1: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Game 2: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Game 3: (Chicago) Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Game 4: (Chicago) Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Game 5*: (Chicago) Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Game 6*: (Cleveland) Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Game 7*: (Cleveland) Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.*If necessary [Source: Rock River Times] Investigations continue over Friday’s mass cyber-attackAn unknown attacker intermittently knocked many popular websites offline for hours Friday, from Amazon to Twitter and Netflix to Etsy. How the breach occurred is a cautionary tale of the how the rush to make humdrum devices “smart” while sometimes leaving out crucial security can have major consequences.Dyn, a provider of Internet management for multiple companies, was hit with a large-scale distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), in which its servers were flooded with millions of fake requests for information, so many that they could no longer respond to real ones and crashed under the weight.Who orchestrated the attack is still unknown. But how they did it — by enslaving ordinary household electronic devices such as DVRs, routers and digital closed-circuit cameras —is established. The attackers created a digital army of co-opted robot networks, a “botnet,” that spewed millions of nonsense messages at Dyn’s servers. Like a firehose, they could direct it at will, knocking out the servers, turning down the flow and then hitting it full blast once again. The specific weapon? An easy-to-use botnet-creating software called Mirai that requires little technical expertise. An unknown person released it to the hacker underground earlier this month, and security experts immediately warned it might come into more general use.As long as companies have been gleefully making and selling Internet-connected devices (the so-called Internet of Things or IoT), computer security experts have warned the security included with them was far too weak, or sometimes even nonexistent. While users at least sometimes are willing to install security updates to their phones or computers, the idea of going around and doing software or firmware security updates on thermostats, garage door openers and even refrigerators has yet to catch on. [Source: USA Today] Czechs Arrest Russian Hacker Sought by United StatesCzech police have arrested a Russian hacker suspected of cyberattacks in the United States, officials said. Police said an international warrant for the man, who was not named, was issued by Interpol and that officers cooperated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on the case.Hours after the arrest was made public, the professional networking service LinkedIn suggested that the arrest was tied to a 2012 breach of member information. A spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department declined to confirm that or comment on a possible connection. “Following the 2012 breach of LinkedIn member information, we have remained actively involved with the FBI’s case to pursue those responsible,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the FBI in its efforts to locate and capture the parties believed to be responsible for this criminal activity.”In May, LinkedIn said that the 2012 breach resulted in more than 100 million of its users’ passwords being compromised — vastly more than previously thought. The business social network said that it believes to be true a purported hacker’s claim that 117 million user emails and passwords were stolen in the breach.In a statement, the FBI said the man was “suspected of conducting criminal activities targeting U.S. interests,” but didn’t give any more details. “As cybercrime can originate anywhere in the world, international cooperation is crucial to successfully defeat cyber adversaries,” it said.Russian news agencies quoted Prague’s Russian Embassy spokesman Alexey Kolmakov as saying that it was insisting that the suspect be handed over to Russia. “The embassy has been taking all necessary efforts to protect the interests of this Russian citizen. We are in contact with his attorney,” the embassy statement said. The U.S. has accused Russia of coordinating the theft and disclosure of emails from the Democratic National Committee and other institutions and individuals in the U.S. to influence the outcome of the election. Russia has vigorously denied that. [Source: The New York Times] LP Worldwide: Ex-Tesco trio to stand trial for fraudThree former Tesco directors will stand trial in Crown Court next September to face charges of fraud in relation to the retailer’s £263m ($320,912,600 US) accounting scandal. Chris Bush, Carl Rogberg, and John Scouler have been accused of acting dishonestly for personal gain and abusing their positions by falsely inflating Tesco’s supplier income. Mr Bush was Tesco’s UK managing director until the scandal emerged two years ago, while Mr Rogberg was UK finance director and Mr Scouler was food commercial director.The three men were charged by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) last month with fraud by abuse of position and fraud by false accounting. The investigation into Tesco “remains ongoing”, meaning it could yet bring charges against other directors as well as a fraud charge against the company. Tesco also faces a £150m legal claim in the civil courts from a group of 60 shareholders who claim to have lost money following the supermarket’s accounting scandal.Bentham Europe, the firm funding the claim, said the investors were “misled by information inaccurately provided to the market” when Tesco overstated its profits. The retailer will likely face other lawsuits as a US law firm, Scott & Scott set up a vehicle – Tesco Shareholder Claims – last year to allow UK and European investors to join forces. The discovery of Tesco’s accounting black hole caused £2bn ($2.44 billion US) to be wiped off the supermarket’s market value. [Source: The Telegraph] Credit card theft of over $200K leads to arrestsTwo people were charged with stealing roughly $200,000 in credit and gas cards from an oilfield service company, and two others were arrested for their alleged participation in the burglaries. The Webster Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff’s Office arrested William Harry Dishinger, Janice Sherman, Shawn Milligan, and Tiffany Caldwell.Detectives say Dishinger, Caldwell and Milligan went to a business in Claiborne Parish with the intent to break into the company vehicles and steal the cards. Milligan reportedly admitted to actually stealing the cards.According to reports, the three then traveled to a gas station, filling up their vehicle using the stolen cards. They then attempted to get money and purchase items with the cards. During an interview with Dishinger, he reportedly admitted to stealing roughly $200,000 from the business over a year and a half, hitting the company in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico. He would use the credit cards to purchase gift cards and conduct cash transactions, according to the report.During a search of their residence detectives say they discovered multiple gift cards and pre-loaded cards and cash transactions, along with pipes commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. [Source: Minden Press Herald]  Mother, daughter indicted for running JCPenney retail theft ringAuthorities state they have indicted a New Jersey mother and daughter who siphoned more than $100,000 out of JCPenney stores in and around the Tri-State area. Caroline Britt and Breanna Britt were charged with reportedly stealing expensive cosmetics from ULTA beauty stores and returning the items to JCPenney stores for store credit or cash for two years, said New Jersey Attorney General Chris Porrino.From 2011 to 2013, Porrino said the women and their retail theft ring associates returned stolen ULTA merchandise to JCPenney cosmetics counters, which sold the same range of items. Porrino said the ring members initially only received store credit for the cosmetics. The group began to receive cash when they bought some merchandise from JCPenney and produced counterfeit receipts.When the members conducted the transactions, Porrino said they reportedly showed store employees fake driver’s licenses or licenses that belonged to other, existing people. The scheme raked in $107,000 from JCPenney stores in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.Porrino said the two women are charged with conspiracy, leading an organized retail theft enterprise, shoplifting and identity theft. Porrino said the mother was also charged with second-degree theft by deception. [Source: Asbury Park Press] LP Worldwide: Help us or we may leave Vancouver, Lululemon tells OttawaOne of Vancouver’s most successful companies is warning it may be forced to move its 1,200-employee head office outside the country because of problems with the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica Inc., which earlier this year delivered a scathing written critique of the strict TFW rules on hiring foreigners, wants the same kind of exemption Ottawa grants to universities, the film industry and Microsoft. That would allow the athletic apparel retailer, with global revenue of $2.1 billion in 2015, to avoid going through a time-consuming labour market impact assessment (LMIA) process before recruiting a senior manager or design expert from one of the world’s apparel hubs, like London, New York or San Francisco.“Our growth and our ability to remain headquartered in Vancouver will require that the vertically-integrated apparel industry be granted a similar LMIA transition plan exemption as the film industry and academia,” the company stated in a paper submitted to the House of Commons finance committee in late July.The B.C. Federation of Labour this week accused Lululemon of issuing a “threat,” though the Business Council of B.C. said Ottawa should make it easier to bring in people with specialized technical and professional skills. The company said it already invests considerable time and money trying to train and recruit employees, but that there isn’t a deep enough talent pool in Canada to meet the company’s needs.“Canada needs well-educated and highly skilled foreign workers to help grow our companies and drive innovation, but the ‘regular’ immigration program tends to be very difficult to use to get this kind of talent, especially in a world where employers can’t wait 18-24 months to bring on the right person,” economist Jock Finlayson, the business council’s executive vice-president, said in an email. [Source: Vancouver Sun] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Free Webinar: Get Help with Your Last-Minute Fundraising Appeals

first_imgNeed help with your final appeals of the year? There’s still time to register for our free webinar happening today.Here’s what I’ll cover in this session:— How many messages you need to send these last few weeks of the year— What you must include in your appeals to inspire giving— When to send your appeals for maximum impact— Examples of great appeals for you to copy— Plus, we’ll leave plenty of time for your questionsBonus: If you register for the webinar, you’ll not only get the recording and slides from the session, we’ll send you a free copy of our year-end appeal template to help you craft your final appeals. (Or, you can use it to check the messages you already have scheduled.)I hope to see you there!Free Webinar: Create Amazing Last-Minute Fundraising AppealsTODAY: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1pm ESTRegister Now(Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway and we’ll send the recording of the presentation, slides, and free appeal template straight to your inbox!)last_img read more

Top Nonprofit Tips for Social Media

first_imgEditor’s note: Did you miss Social Media Week? Don’t worry, every week can be Social Media Week for your nonprofit with the advice in this guest post from Social Media for Nonprofits founder Ritu Sharma.If your organization is looking to get in on the action, here’s a day-by-day breakdown of some easy-to-implement, yet highly effective tips to get your social engine humming.Monday: Create an Editorial CalendarThe typical nonprofit only allocates .25 full time employees to social media, and actually, you’re better off if this is split between several people with different perspectives and areas of expertise. Let those voices shine. How do you coordinate efforts? A content or editorial calendar is a simple tool that clarifies who is posting what, where, and when: a simple spreadsheet or a Google calendar suffices nicely.Tuesday: Find Your Killer Pix & VidsFacebook and Twitter posts with photos attract twice as many likes, comments, shares, and retweets. Imagery is key to both grabbing attention and engaging folks: in fact, charity:water’s Photo of the Day tweets are a huge part of what drove them to 1.4M followers. And videos? Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on video storytelling to help bring the impact of their work to life in their Season of Giving campaign. Sharing these clips on social media has increased the number of responses and prompts others to tell their story. Wednesday: ABT— Always Be TaggingSocial Media for Nonprofits keynote Guy Kawasaki says that taking the extra time to tag supporters in photos and videos is crucial. And think about it on a personal level: when’s the last time you got an email from Facebook saying you’ve been tagged and you didn’t click through to make sure it wasn’t a horrible photo of you? Once you get people to your page, then the engagement can begin and they can help take your message viral.Thursday: Keep it SimpleRemember to keep your posts pithy and to the point: less is more. The optimal tweet is 130 characters says Facebook for Dummies author John Haydon, and incredibly, he discovered that Facebook posts should be kept to 80 characters to maximize impact. So keep it simple and short: that’s part of the secret to going viral and engaging the “Kevin Bacon” effect, says Nonprofit Management 101 author Darian Rodriguez Heyman. But end those posts with a question to double response rates— people are much more likely to chime in if you ask vs. tell them something.Friday: Follow the LeadersMany nonprofits find Twitter perplexing. The simplest, cheapest, and best way to grow your follower base there is to follow others, especially those who are leaders in your field (i.e. other nonprofits, academics, journalists, etc.). Typically 20-30% of these will follow you back, plus you’re also creating a pool of resources that can give you a sense of what’s going on in your industry. Be sure to be a good twitizen and retweet valuable posts: it’s a great way to build up social currency.About Ritu Sharma:Ritu Sharma is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Social Media for Nonprofits. Under her leadership, the world’s only series dedicated to social media for social good has earned a 92% approval rating from over 4,500 nonprofit leaders across the world. She is a public speaker, consultant, and event planner and heads up programming, marketing, and event logistics for the series. Previously, she produced Our Social Times and Influence People’s North American Social Media Marketing and Monitoring conference series and started a web development and social media business, which leveraged an international team of programmers and designers across India, Romania, and the US.last_img read more