first_imgWithout a doubt, two of the best guitarists in the business are Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Derek Trucks and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. While their paths have crossed on a handful of occasions over the years, Trucks has only made one appearance ever with Phish proper. On July 7th, 1999, Phish performed at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte, NC, and welcomed Trucks for a two-song encore that fans in attendance likely will never forget.After a great show that opened with “Back On The Train” and a free-flowing, jam-filled second set, the night’s encore saw the band call on Derek Trucks for a pair of blues-based rockers to help close the evening. Trucks lent his slide to the ripping blues of “Possum”, followed by the band transitioning into the Son Seals cover, “Funky Bitch”. Trucks and Anastasio play edoff of each other to perfection, nailing the unforgettable sit-in with ease.Listen to a full recording of this 7/7/99 show below.Phish – Blockbuster Pavilion – 7/7/1999[Video: fromtheaquarium]Setlist: Phish | Blockbuster Pavilion | Charlotte, NC | 7/7/1999Set One: Back on the Train, What’s the Use?, Billy Breathes, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley*, Axilla > Rift, Wolfman’s Brother > Maze, Loving CupSet Two: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease > My Left Toe -> Wading in the Velvet Sea -> My Left Toe > Bug > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Possum** > Funky Bitch** (Son Seals cover)Notes:* “Sneakin’ Sally” included a “Super Bad” tease from Trey and did not contain a vocal jam.** The encore featured Derek Trucks on slide guitar.last_img read more

first_imgDell EMC has improved the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program with the addition of high end, unstructured and data protection storage products and straightforward support pricing.Since Dell EMC announced the midrange products in the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program less than 30 days ago, the response has been everything we could have hoped for. The feedback has been tremendous because the program offers buyers a sense of security and confidence when making a purchase decision.Customers, partners, and even competitors all appreciate the business and technology value embodied by the program. Yet the one common question has been, “When do other products join the program?”  So in keeping with the customer-first value of our culture code, Dell EMC answered by adding new products to the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program in the form of high-end, unstructured, and data protection storage products. And we bring the Clear Price Maintenance Framework for Storage Appliances, which we communicated to our ‘family’ at Dell EMC World last May, into the Future-Proof program.This announcement adds Dell EMC VMAX All-Flash, XtremIO X2, Isilon, ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) appliance, Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) to the list of products along with the midrange Dell EMC Unity and SC Series products in the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program.Future-Proof is a customer program designed to provide investment protection with a set of world-class technology capabilities and programs that enable Dell EMC storage products to provide value for the entire lifetime of applications. The Future-Proof program is different from other offers because there is no additional cost in terms of product price and only a standard maintenance contract is required.Each of the benefits above are tailored to match the unique capabilities of each of the products and the specific requirements of the products’ respective users. And Clear Price delivers fair, cost-effective and predictable support costs for storage appliances.New Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program highlights include:Products in the program now all carry a 3-Year Satisfaction Guarantee.Hardware Investment Protection has been a hallmark of Dell EMC primary storage products and is carried to VMAX All Flash, XtremIO X2, Isilon, Data Domain and IDPA in addition to Dell EMC Unity and SC Series.The Clear Price Maintenance Framework for Storage Appliances (Clear Price) is available for all products except SC Series.All-Flash products carry the 4:1 All-Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee.Never-Worry Data Migrations help users transition to new storage technologies, led by VMAX All Flash, Isilon, and ECS, in addition to Dell EMC Unity and SC Series.All-Inclusive Software is provided for VMAX All Flash – shipping with its FX Package, XtremIO X2 and ECS, along with Dell EMC Unity and SC All-Flash products, to enable customers to get up and running with the software and licenses that come in the box.Built-In Virtustream Storage Cloud benefit is available only with Dell EMC Unity.As a user of Dell EMC storage, the Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program delivers lower acquisition and support costs as products evolve and improve, simple technology transitions, and the peace of mind that customers get more than what they pay for – backed by written guarantees.Simply put, Future-Proof is all about our customers and offering them what we believe is the best loyalty program in the industry.Please visit DellEMC.com/Future-Proof to learn more, or consult a storage expert at Dell EMC or your favorite Dell EMC channel partner to see exactly how these benefits apply to you._______________________________________________________________________________________Satisfaction Guarantee: Requires purchase of a 3-year ProSupport agreement. Compliance is based on product specifications. Any refund will be prorated.Hardware Investment Protection: Trade-In value determined based on market conditions at Dell EMC’s sole discretion.4:1 Storage Efficiency Guarantee: Requires customer signature and purchase of ProSupport with Mission Critical.Never-Worry Migrations: Does not include data transfer services. Customer responsible for ensuring data is backed-up.Built-in Virtustream Storage Cloud: Benefit available only with Dell EMC Unity purchase; Free capacity is limited to 20% of purchased storage capacity.All-Inclusive Software: Includes select software needed to store and manage data. TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. Valid only on direct purchases or through participating Channel Partners who offer reciprocal program benefits to their customers. See your Dell EMC sales representative or Channel Partner for details.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File ImageNEW YORK — COVID-19 patients will be allowed visitors in some New York hospitals and small Memorial Day ceremonies will be allowed. In New York City, online schooling will continue through the summer for some 177,700 public school students.Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments in New York:HOSPITAL VISITSSixteen hospitals in New York state will allow visitors as part of a pilot program addressing the heartbreak of COVID-19 patients suffering while isolated from their families and friends. Cuomo said visits under the two-week pilot program will be time-limited. Visitors will need to wear protective equipment and will be subject to temperature and symptom checks.Strict visitation rules were adopted to check the spread of the virus, but they have resulted in painful scenes of patients relying on phones or tablets for emotional conversations with loved ones.“It is terrible to have someone in the hospital and then that person is isolated, not being able to see their family and friends,” Cuomo said.Nine of the hospitals participating are in New York City, with the rest spread out around the state.Cuomo made the announcement as COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline. There are an average of 335 new hospitals admissions a day.There were 105 new deaths recorded Monday.MEMORIAL DAYNew York will allow Memorial Day ceremonies with up to 10 people despite statewide lockdown rules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.Ceremonies marking the Monday holiday with 10 or fewer people will be allowed by the state, but at the discretion of local governments, Cuomo said. Nonessential gatherings have been barred in New York since March, but the governor said honoring the sacrifices of military members is an “important tradition.”Localities can also stage vehicle parades, which have become more popular during the pandemic.“This is important to many, many families all across this state,” the governor said at his daily briefing. “It’s important to the veterans that they be recognized, and I think we can do that, and I think we can do it safely.”A Cuomo aide said the rule applies to traditional activities like wreath layings and that social distance rules will still apply.New York officials have been gradually relaxing lockdown rules since the peak of the outbreak.Cuomo said that Albany and the surrounding Capital Region are on track to begin relaxing some business restrictions Wednesday, which would make it the seventh region to start opening in upstate New York since last week.New York City remains under the economic lockdown along with Long Island and the mid-Hudson Valley, which includes the city’s northern suburbs.SCHOOL YEARSTRETCHES INTOSUMMER FOR 1 IN 6NYC STUDENTSNew York City’s virus-disrupted school year will extend into the summer for 177,700 youngsters, or about one in six students in the public school system, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.“We see this as a summer where unprecedented learning can happen,” de Blasio said at his daily coronavirus briefing.School buildings have been closed since March 16 in New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and efforts to move instruction online were hampered by the fact that many students lacked devices for connecting to their virtual classrooms. De Blasio said 284,000 Internet-enabled devices have been delivered to students who needed them.Instruction will be online in the summer as well, but de Blasio has said he hopes students will be able to return to school buildings in September.Summer school will be five days a week for high school students and four days for children in grades 3 through 8, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said. It will include virtual field trips and one-on-one check-ins with guidance counselors and social workers.The six-week summer session will be either required or suggested for students at risk of being held back, Carranza said.There are at least 102,000 students who will be required to participate in the online summer session if they want to be promoted to the next grade, a city Department of Education spokeswoman said. That’s more than double to 44,000 students who were required to attended summer school in 2019.LINE-OF-DUTY BENEFITSDe Blasio said he will urge state lawmakers to pass legislation providing line-of-duty death benefits to the families of New York City employees who died of COVID-19.“We need to take this weight off the shoulders of the families of these valiant New Yorkers,” said de Blasio, who said 270 city employees have died of the virus so far.Unions representing city workers and local elected officials have been pushing for the death benefit.“We are glad that Mayor de Blasio has finally come around to recognizing the heroes of this crisis.,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement.v “But it’s a long way from a press conference to legislation, so we will hold our applause until we see something in writing.”De Blasio said the benefits should go to the survivors of all city employees, not just uniformed service members. The city employees lost to COVID-19 include dozens of teachers and school paraprofessionals.De Blasio said he did not know how much it would cost to provide the benefit.last_img read more

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo June 14, 2018 After nine months of training, Second Lieutenant Viviana Yesenia Forero Moncada of the Colombian Army Aviation Branch finished her military rotorcraft pilot course in Bell TH-67 Creek aircraft on April 6, 2018. She is the Army’s first female helicopter pilot. Her training took place at the Armed Forces Helicopter School located at the Colombian Air Force’s 4th Air Combat Command in Bogotá. “Army women are a key and strategic pillar to successfully carry out the institution’s mission. [2nd Lt. Forero] demonstrated having the same capabilities as any other pilot,” Brigadier General Juan Vicente Trujillo Muñoz, commander of the Air Assault Aviation Division of the Colombian Army, told Diálogo. “Her performance in the basic rotorcraft course was outstanding; it confirms servicewomen’s determination and perseverance.” Due to 2nd Lt. Forero’s work in military intelligence, her leadership qualities and discipline, her superiors decided to send her to pilot training at the Army Aviation School. She then entered the Helicopter School, where she became the Colombian Army’s first female helicopter pilot. “This achievement is not for me or for women in the military. It’s for the Army, which can count on women in this area,” she said. Military pilot course No. 56 had a total of 14 students: four officers from Mexico, three from Colombia, two from Guatemala, two from Honduras, two from Costa Rica, and one from the Dominican Republic. The academic program consists of five modules: usage policies; aircraft systems; flight operations; tactical, night, and night vision; and instrument flight. Each module has 22 missions. All pilots acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a rotorcraft, respond to in-flight emergency situations, maneuver and control the helicopter in diverse terrain, understand aviation terminology, and gain meteorological insight, among others. Participants successfully completed the course after passing each preparatory phase. “I feel proud and grateful to God that I completed the training, which demanded a great deal of rigor and sacrifice,” 2nd Lt. Forero, now studying at the Army Training and Retraining Battalion, told Diálogo. One exercise that put officers’ skills and abilities to the test was night landings. “It’s a maneuver that requires high levels of concentration,” explained 2nd Lt. Forero. “It was difficult for me because of the control maneuvers and because you have to fly using the night vision system.” Female officers are already icons to other women serving in the military. “Being the first female pilot of Army Aviation Branch means leading the way for women and comes with an enormous responsibility to uphold the reputation of women in the military,” 2nd Lt. Forero said. The road to inclusion The Armed Forces of Colombia began moving toward gender equality at the end of the 20th century with the incorporation of women into their ranks. At first, women served Army Aviation in administrative capacities; then, they began to do maintenance tasks on different aircraft. Women carry out flight missions in fixed wing aircraft since 2013, and from 2018 in helicopters with 2nd Lt. Forero. “It’s all part of the Army Aviation’s process of transformation and evolution,” said Brig. Gen. Trujillo. “Women’s full incorporation into the military is still an ongoing process in the defense sector of many countries around the world. But it can be seen as a sign of the progress made with regards to equality in different social and public spheres previously off-limits to women,” Brig. Gen. Trujillo said. “However, in the aviation branch, women participate in all facets of the work, and the number of women in our ranks keeps growing.” Nearly 100 Colombian servicewomen perform tasks related to flights, maintenance, air traffic, aviation safety, logistics, and aviation medicine. Two women in the Army attained the rank of general. And Sergeant Major (R) Mayerlin Parra was the first female helicopter maintenance technician in Army Aviation. “Slowly but surely, women join the Army’s different specialties. Now we need to see a female ranger [specialized in irregular warfare],” remarked 2nd Lt. Forero. “We are on the right track to inclusion, and our presence is on the rise in all spheres of military institutions.” Transition to the Black Hawk Since the first week of May, 2nd Lt. Forero trains to transition rotorcraft at the Aviation Training and Retraining Battalion. For two months, the Colombia pilot will strengthen her training and preparation to command a Black Hawk UH-60 helicopter. “It’s the aircraft I want to fly, and now I will have the opportunity to do it. I am proud to be the first female Black Hawk pilot,” said 2nd Lt. Forero. After the transition, she will be able to carry out support operations for combat, combat services, and aerial assault operations as well as reconnaissance and security missions. “These heroic women prove to be up to any task,” Gen. Trujillo said.last_img read more

first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nothing ruins a summer vacation quite like card fraud. As consumers gear up for their travels, community financial institutions (FIs) should provide best practices for keeping credit and debit card information safe.FIs can start by advising cardholders to share their travel plans with their FIs. This allows FIs to place cardholders into specific fraud prevention strategies based on their travel destinations.The forms of payment consumers use when traveling can also impact their vulnerability to fraud. FIs currently issuing EMV for credit and debit cards can take this opportunity to educate cardholders on the increased security EMV chip cards offer. FIs can also advise consumers to utilize prepaid cards while they travel, as they aren’t attached to consumers’ credit or debit accounts. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img The Miami Dolphins were without five coaches against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after an assistant coach tested positive for coronavirus, while Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is among the players currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. By Sky Sports NFLLast Updated: 09/11/20 6:22pm Peter King believes the NFL might introduce an eighth playoff spot in each conference as they are worried that a team that has played all their games might miss out on a playoff spot to one that has missed games due to Covid 4:19 A look back at the action and talking points from Week 9 of the NFL season 5:45 Highlights of the Green Bay Packers against the San Francisco 49ers from Week 9 of the NFL – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – center_img Peter King believes the NFL might introduce an eighth playoff spot in each conference as they are worried that a team that has played all their games might miss out on a playoff spot to one that has missed games due to Covid NFL team owners are expected to discuss the possibility of expanding the 2020 playoffs to eight teams per conference when they meet virtually on Tuesday.With the league officially into the second half of the season, 22 bye weeks have been used while just 10 remain. That means less freedom to reschedule games as done so amid the Tennessee Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak, as well as further questions over the prospect of introducing a Week 18.“You’re either going to have to say to that couple of teams ‘you’re not playing 16 games’ or ‘we’re going to invent a Week 18′,” NBC Sports’ Peter King told Sky Sports, discussing the NFL’s options in the event of another outbreak.“They’re going to vote on giving the power to Roger Goodell to essentially allow him to say at some point in the rest of the year ‘we will have eight playoff teams per conference instead of seven’.“I asked somebody in the league why that was so important. Imagine that the seventh seed in one of the conferences goes 9-6 and their winning percentage at 9-6 having not played one game is better than a team that would be the eighth seed at 9-7, and so the NFL I think just fears making one team miss out on the playoffs because it played its full schedule while another team didn’t.” 6:49 Highlights as the New Orleans Saints overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-3 on Sunday Attempting to replicate the NBA/WNBA style bubble has been an ongoing debate since the summer, with the numerical difference in travelling parties one of the main logistical issues.While it may not be realistic during the regular season, King believes it is possible playoff teams will create their own bubble environment during the postseason month.“The Saints are basically trying to convince the league to go into a hotel, in your home town for the playoffs and don’t allow anybody else in there,” said King.“I’ve been to New Orleans 30, 40 times in my life and I can just tell you that if the New Orleans Saints walk into the hotel and say ‘hey we need your hotel for the next month’, they’re not going to even ask any questions. ‘Anything for the Saints!’“That’s what Sean Payton has been almost religious zealot in telling people around the league ‘you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do this’.“They had about 135 players and staff out of approximately 170 go into their little training camp bubble and they didn’t have any positive tests so they want to do that. They’re definitely going to do that if they make the post-season. I think every other team in the league should.”Sky Sports NFL is your dedicated channel for NFL coverage through the season – featuring a host of NFL Network programming, a new weekly preview show as well as at least five games a week and NFL Redzone, you won’t miss a moment. Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/nfl, our Twitter account @SkySportsNFL & Sky Sports – on the go! Highlights of the Green Bay Packers against the San Francisco 49ers from Week 9 of the NFL Half of the league’s 32 teams had at least one case of coronavirus as of Friday morning.King continued: “You have to ask yourself the question, what should cause a game to be postponed and what should make the NFL play a Week 18?“As much as you say, ‘well maybe Miami shouldn’t have played because of these five coaches’, I would make this point. They’ve got eight more weeks to go and they might have a situation where down the road they’re going to have 10 players out one week.“This thing that is basically racing across the country, it’s unforgiving. And that’s why I think you saw the NFL push to play the 49ers on Thursday night. Everybody said ‘well maybe they could have played Sunday or Monday’. A look back at the action and talking points from Week 9 of the NFL season The San Francisco 49ers closed their facility on Wednesday after wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tested positive, resulting in receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and offensive tackle Trent Williams joining him on the reserve/COVID-19 list as ‘close contacts’.Head coach Kyle Shanahan was also consequently left with limited options on offense as the NFL went ahead with Thursday night’s clash between the 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.Friday’s league-wide testing then returned 15 positive cases among players, coaches and other team personnel, with the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons entering intensive protocols.Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was cleared to play Sunday after spending last week on the reserve/COVID-19 list, before Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a ‘close contact’, with the Browns on a bye.The Dolphins were meanwhile without quarterbacks coach Robby Brown, defensive line coach Marion Hobby, defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander, outside linebackers coach Austin Clark and quality control coach Kolby Smith for the game against the Arizona Cardinals after learning an assistant coach had tested positive earlier in the week. 5:46 Highlights as the New Orleans Saints overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-3 on Sunday – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgState epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said Tuesday the country has been averaging an average of “a little over 40″ deaths a day. He added that Sweden saw a slight decrease in the number of daily new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus over the last few days, but said it was to early to say whether numbers had peaked.Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen elsewhere in Europe to stem the spread of the virus, instead calling for citizens to take responsibility to follow social distancing guidelines. The government has also banned gatherings of more than 50 people and barred visits to nursing homes. Sweden on Tuesday reported another 114 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 591 in a country that has adopted a softer approach to containing the outbreak than some of its European neighbors. Sweden’s Public Health Agency said it had recorded a total of 7,693 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country of around 10 million people. It reported 114 new deaths on Tuesday, an uptick from preceding daily tolls, but cautioned that some of the fatalities occurred in previous days.  The Nordic country’s softer approach has drawn criticism and curiosity abroad and the been the subject of fierce debate domestically.Sweden’s government has rejected accusations it was passive in the fight to curb the virus.”It’s not business as usual in Sweden,” Health Minister Lena Hallengren told reporters last week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgInternational ‘legal action’ World powers accuse Maduro of violently cracking down on dissent over Venezuela’s economic collapse and on opponents in a political stand-off.Investigator Francisco Cox told reporters the team had found evidence the president had on some occasions personally informed the national intelligence service (SEBIN) who to place under surveillance and detain.”We have involvement and contribution to the crime by Mr. Maduro, either directly through the chain of command and sometimes circumventing the chain of command and giving the direct order,” he said.”What we have reasonable grounds to believe is that this is a state policy… It is a political decision to target political opposition, to quash opposition.”The investigators said Venezuelan authorities should conduct “independent, impartial and transparent investigations” into the violations.But they noted “an erosion of judicial independence”, and suggested the International Criminal Court “should also consider legal actions against individuals responsible for violations and crimes.”The report decried a vast array of abuses committed amid a gradual breakdown of democratic institutions and the rule of law.It highlighted soaring numbers of extrajudicial killings, lamenting that the vast majority of such killings by security forces had resulted in no prosecutions.The mission reviewed some 2,500 incidents since 2014 that led to more than 5,000 killings by security forces.It probed 140 so-called Operations for People’s Liberation, established purportedly to fight crime, but which between 2015 and 2017 resulted in 413 people being killed, shot “sometimes at point blank range”.The report said government officials had repeatedly praised such operations. Some of those violations, “including arbitrary killings and the systematic use of torture, amount to crimes against humanity,” said Valinas, whose three-person team was unable to enter Venezuela but relied on remote interviews with victims, witnesses and others, as well as analysis of legal files.”Far from being isolated acts, these crimes were coordinated and committed pursuant to state policies, with the knowledge or direct support of commanding officers and senior government officials.” The 411-page report identified the Venezuelan officials deemed responsible, citing “reasonable grounds to believe that both the President and the Ministers of People’s Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, and for Defense, ordered or contributed to the commission of the crimes documented.” Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday.In their first report, the team tasked with probing a slew of alleged violations  said they had found evidence that state actors, including President Nicolas Maduro, were behind serious crimes.The International Fact-Finding Mission, created by the UN Human Rights Council a year ago, “found reasonable grounds to believe that Venezuelan authorities and security forces have since 2014 planned and executed serious human rights violations,” mission chairperson Marta Valinas said. Topics : ‘Systematic’ torture “These extrajudicial executions cannot be attributed to a lack of discipline among the security forces,” Valinas said.”The killings appear part of a policy to eliminate unwanted members of society under the cover of combating crime.” The investigators called for Venezuela to dismantle its Special Action Forces (FAES), which along with SEBIN was responsible for well over half of the killings.UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet had called last year for the forces to be dissolved, but Valinas said they were “still active”.The investigators also decried the “systematic practice of torture” against people detained during anti-government protests or accused of rebellion and coup attempts.It listed techniques including rape, asphyxiation, beatings, electric shocks and death threats to extract confessions or as punishment.At least three people had died after being subjected to torture while in the custody.Cox stressed that commanding officers and high-level officials “had full knowledge of this pattern of crimes”.He said the investigators had drawn up a list of 45 officials within the two agencies “who should be investigated and prosecuted”.last_img read more

first_imgNine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.The two-day board meeting, which examined the global response to the pandemic, heard calls from countries including Germany, Britain and Australia for reforms to strengthen the U.N. agency.US President Donald Trump’s administration has strongly criticized the WHO’s role in the crisis, accusing it of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions late last year when the virus first emerged in Wuhan.Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency has kept the world informed. Topics : Three independent panels reviewing WHO performance including its 2005 International Health Regulations – which set guidelines on trade and travel restrictions imposed during health emergencies – gave updates on their work.The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met for the first time last month.”We hope to get the real lessons that we can implement and prevent the same thing from happening,” Tedros said. “But I would like to assure you that WHO is ready to learn from this and change this organization.”During our transformation we promised this, we promised to keep change as a constant,” he said, referring to his program since taking the helm in 2017.center_img A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment by all leaders to ensure equal distribution of vaccines when they become available.”We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” Tedros said in final remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board, without elaborating.last_img read more

first_imgBriefing: Cyberwar without endDaniel Ben-Ami explores how financial institutions are faring in the cyber arms race against criminalsAsset managers urged to collaborate on cybersecurityInvestment firms should share resources and invest in new technologies, says the UK’s trade body for the sectorPensions industry underestimating threat of cyber crime, experts warnThe pensions industry worldwide is underestimating the risks posed by cyber crime, and too few experts are available to help tackle the problem The risk of data security incidents is increasing as pension funds insufficiently factor cybersecurity into their risk assessments, Dutch pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has warned.In its annual security monitor, the regulator said that financial institutions, including pension funds, insufficiently evaluated their risk management in this area, or failed to anticipate developments in data security.“As cybersecurity threats increase and change, evaluating and anticipating is crucial,” said DNB.It said it was remarkable that concrete threats – such as phishing, ransomware and hacking – received “little attention”. The watchdog also noted that pension funds often did not have sufficient knowledge of security measures at their outsourced service providers.“As a consequence, schemes are unable to show they are in control, or make clear that measures are effective,” DNB said.DNB added that sometimes a scheme knew how outsourcing partners had organised their security, but lacked insight into mutual dependencies.This raised questions about whether all measures combined would be sufficient for the entire investment chain.Last year, DNB warned that pension funds’ view on data security often fell short of the requirements, sometimes because of data stored in ‘the cloud’.The regulator also drew attention to access rights, highlighting that schemes often lacked formal procedures for processes such as authorisation of access to data.Further reading:last_img read more