The Latest Frances Macron warns not to freeze out Huawei

BEIJING — The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local):7:15 p.m.In Paris, France’s president has cautioned against freezing out Chinese tech giant Huawei or escalating trade tensions with China.Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that “launching a technology war or a trade war toward any country” is not the best way to defend national interests.Macron was speaking at the VivaTech gadget show. He was responding to the U.S. announcement Wednesday labeling Huawei a security risk and introducing export controls.But Macron added that France would be “very careful” about choosing who can install 5G networks. Huawei is far ahead of competitors in developing 5G technology, and denies accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.Macron said France and Europe want more co-operation among governments to solve conflicts, as Washington and Beijing battle for global economic and technological dominance.___6:00 p.m.China’s government has criticized Washington for imposing export controls on technology sales to tech giant Huawei, saying it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese companies.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, criticized “abuse of export control measures” on Thursday after President Donald Trump signed an order requiring vendors to get approval for sales to Huawei.Huawei, the biggest global maker of switching equipment for phone and internet companies, has spent a decade fighting accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.Lu said Beijing will take “further measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises” but gave no details.The Associated Press read more

TSX surges amid mega deals in telecom tech

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market got off to a strong start to September trading amid improved manufacturing data from China and fading chances of a military strike against Syria.The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 117.5 points to 12,771.4.Support also came from the telecom sector on Tuesday after U.S. telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. said it was no longer interested in entering the Canadian wireless market. Verizon had announced Monday that it was paying US$130-billion for the 45% stake in Verizon Wireless owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) rose $3.12 or 7.5 per cent to $44.38, BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) climbed $1.81 or 4.19% to $45 and Telus Corp. (TSX:T) jumped $2.06 or 6.3% to $34.75.Techs also advanced after Microsoft Corp. announced it was buying Nokia Corp.’s lineup of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services for US$7.2-billion. Buyout hopes for BlackBerry (TSX:BB) sent the smartphone maker’s stock up 26 cents to $10.90.The Canadian dollar was down 0.14 of a cent to 94.83 cents US as the U.S. dollar appreciated on a much better than expected reading on American manufacturing.U.S. indexes were also higher as traders weighed the chances of President Barack Obama getting congressional approval for punishing Syria for a sarin gas attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21 that U.S. intelligence says killed 1,429 people, including more than 400 children.“We’re not out of the woods yet,” observed Kash Pashootan, vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company, adding that volatility could return when Congress comes back from vacation next week.“I think volatility could be back.”The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 90.12 points to 14,900.43 as the latest reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector showed stronger than expected expansion in August. The Institute for Supply Management’s index rose to 55.7 from 53 in July, much stronger than the 54 reading that had been expected.The Nasdaq gained 44.98 points to 3,634.85 and the S&P 500 index was up 15.12 points at 1,648.09.Microsoft is attempting to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market through the Nokia purchase.The proposed price consists of (euro)3.79 billion for the Nokia unit that makes mobile phones, including its line of Lumia smartphones that run Windows Phone software. Another (euro)1.65 billion will be paid for a 10-year licence to use Nokia’s patents, with the option to extend it indefinitely.The deal came down a day after Verizon announced its deal with Vodafone. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam also suggested in an interview with Bloomberg that speculation Verizon might try to compete in Canada was “way overblown.”The spectre of competition in the Canadian wireless market from the big U.S. telco had pushed Canadian telecom stocks well off their 52-week highs over the last few of months.On the commodity markets, copper prices ran ahead following two reports — both released Monday — that showed China’s manufacturing sector improved last month after prolonged weakness. China is the world’s biggest consumer of copper, which itself is an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications. The HSBC purchasing managers’ index rose to 50.1 points in August, a level that indicates expansion as output and new orders edged up slightly and order backlogs rose at the fastest pace in two years. Meanwhile, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing PMI showed increasing expansion, rising to 51 from July’s 50, which was the highest level in 16 months.December copper got extra lift from the strong U.S. manufacturing data and gained eight cents to US$3.31 a pound, sending the base metals sector up 3.3%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 91 cents to $27.43.The energy sector gained 0.8 per cent as oil prices shed early losses after the release of the ISM data. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 17 cents to US$107.82 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 51 cents to $36.01.Gold prices reversed early losses with the December contract climbing $5.40 to US$1,401.50 an ounce and the gold sector rose 1.8%. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 38 cents to $31.48.Financials also provided lift as TD Bank (TSX:TD) ran up $1.13 to $90.75.Jobs data will also weigh on markets this week.Markets are especially anxious to see how U.S. job creation fared in August. The consensus calls for the American economy to have cranked out about 180,000 jobs but recent data showing continuing declines in the numbers of people applying for jobless benefits have led some to think that number could be much higher.In any event, traders hope the data will provide another clue as to whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to pare its monthly US$85-billion of bond purchases, which have kept long-term rates low and fuelled a strong rally on many stock markets.European bourses slipped lower as London’s FTSE index moved down 0.29%, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.38 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 dipped 0.16%. read more

PhishProne Testing Keep Your Enterprise Secure

The short answer is phishing testing! Even the best-trained employees are human and can make mistakes by clicking on a well-crafted phishing email. The goal of testing is to track, adjust, and improve the training strategy. It also provides insights for management on the effectiveness of the investment in security training, that you can compare with other companies in your industry. Some organizations may feel the need to reprimand employees that click on simulated phishing emails. This has proven to be counterproductive. Security training needs to increase a staff’s security awareness – certainly; but more importantly, it needs to change employee behavior and help create a security-minded culture. So how do you know security training is changing behaviors? The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. The Not-So-Private Elevator Martha Buyer August 20, 2019 Though not a commonly known exploit, hackers can eavesdrop on elevator conversations – exposing individuals and potentially enterprises to security risks. This sort of testing can evaluate an employee’s real-time awareness of spam, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, ransomware, and social engineering mechanisms aimed at tricking them into acting on malicious emails. Sending and tracking of simulated phishing and spear-phishing emails to employees regularly is generally accepted as a good real-time test, often referred to as phish-prone testing.Some phish-prone testing systems can provide real-time feedback to employees when they click or report phishing emails. Clicking on a simulated phishing email can direct them to a video that will help them identify malicious emails in the future. When they report it, the systems provide positive feedback. Cybercriminals are good at creating phishing and spear-phishing email scams, but they wouldn’t get anywhere without someone opening their emails. Recent reports have indicated that over 90% of security breaches are the result of human error, predominately resulting from phishing and spear-phishing attacks. Most organizations today provide some sort of security-awareness training for employees. But is it effective? Making Time for TrainingTraining modules are often low on the priority list, as employees are busy doing their jobs. The goal is to positively reinforce employees that do take the training. We’ve seen pizza lunches, gamification, and other perks work well to reward employees for participating in security training. Seeing these perks motivates their peers to put a higher priority on their own training. Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. The overall goal is to change employee behaviors and develop a culture of security within the organization. Tracking the level of organizational vulnerability is an effective way to help make improvements and adjustments to training programs. Continuous iterative testing and training will improve “human” firewalls over time — reducing security risks and improving your IT security’s defense. security-2910624_1920.jpg Log in or register to post comments Security training is never going to be something your employees sit down and binge-watch on a Saturday evening; however, it doesn’t have to be boring. There are many cost-effective sources of engaging and interesting training content, some that are almost like a Netflix video series with good acting and high-production quality. Engaging, well-produced training content will improve retention and make it easier for employees to put training higher on their priority list. In conjunction with testing and training activities, it’s advantageous to strengthen your organization’s detection and response capabilities. Properly trained employees will be able to identify malicious emails and should have a simple way of reporting these emails to the security team. A button within the email application can simplify this reporting. sctcperspective_Small.png See All in Security » IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsNetwork Securityenterprise security strategySecurity awareness trainingSecurityMonitoring, Management and SecuritySCTCSecurity Articles You Might Like Staff also need to know that if they do make the mistake of clicking on a malicious email that they know how to respond. Typically, this would be to shut down their computer and report the event to the security team. The security team needs to have a response or treatment plan that deals with the event and gets the employee back to work as quickly as possible. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. 5 Steps for Creating Effective TestsTo be able to effectively track your organization’s path to a secure culture you need to take an iterative approach of testing and training. Steps on creating effective tests are:Complete baseline testing prior to training.Train your users on a regular basis and track training module completion.Phish test users with simulated phishing and spear-phishing attacks and track the click and open rates.Provide positive reinforcement for staff that complete training and recognize malicious emails.Monitor and report metrics to management on a regular interval.Using this approach, phish-prone metrics (users that click) indicate that initial baseline testing has a 30% click rate, but after three months of training, this drops to 15%, and after one year, it drops to 2% of staff clicking on the simulated phishing emails, according to a “2019 Phishing By Industry Benchmarking” report by KnowBe4. Testing is a valuable tool to develop metrics and to track trends over time to determine if behaviors are changing. Organizations also need to conduct testing in conjunction with routine training to educate staff on the latest techniques of which to be wary. Phish-prone Tests in the EnterpriseSecurity awareness testing shouldn’t just be about having employees answer multiple-choice questions at the end of a training module. Phishing testing is a friendly attack on your employees that mimics the tactics of the hacking community. The difference is that it’s a non-malicious, “safe” attack that measures the effectiveness of security training. Testing needs to evaluate changes in behaviors. read more

Environmental review panel asks BC mining company to explain accusations

Environmental review panel asks B.C. mining company to explain accusations VANCOUVER – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency wants a British Columbia mining company to explain its accusations that an agency panel used incorrect information in when it determined that a gold and copper mine could harm the environment.The agency panel issued its report a couple of weeks ago, saying it did not believe that Taseko’s (TSX:TKO) design for the New Prosperity mine near Williams Lake could avoid contaminating a nearby lake, as the company said.The mine project was already rejected once by the federal environment minister because the company proposed using the lake as a tailings pond, so preserving the lake was key to the revised proposal.Taseko issued a news release last week saying Natural Resources Canada and the review panel used the wrong design in their analysis of the new proposal.“NRCan and the panel have chosen to ignore the Taseko design for the tailings basin that has been developed and reviewed by very experienced reputable tailings dam engineering and construction experts registered in the province of B.C.,” Russell Hallbauer, company president, said in a statement issued Nov. 5.The company said they had advised Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and asked her to consider additional information outside the panel report.Now Yves Leboeuf, vice-president of operations for the federal Environmental Assessment Agency, has asked Taseko to identify the basis for those claims.“Kindly explain how and why Taseko was, or would have been, prevented from raising its concerns about any differences in the models used by Taseko and by (Natural Resources Canada) through submissions to, and testimony before, the review panel itself as part of the review panel process,” Leboeuf wrote in a letter to Brian Battison, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs, and Karl Gustafson, the company’s legal representative at the review hearings.Leboeuf also asked the company to provide the basis for the company’s claim that the panel did not take into account the differences in the models used by Taseko and the federal agency in its decision.The review process for the project has been a contentious one, and after the original plan was rejected the company met with federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, and wrote to him about the “overzealous individuals in government.”New Prosperity is the 10th largest undeveloped gold deposit in the world, and the company says the open pit mine will generate 550 direct jobs and $11 billion in real gross domestic product over 20 years.Several local First Nations and environmental groups oppose the development, saying it will irrevocably damage the local ecosystem and disrupt traditional First Nations activities.The decision is now in the hands of the federal environment minister. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 2:33 pm MDT read more

Councillor says golf course bankruptcy imminent if taxing assessment doesnt change

Councillor says golf course bankruptcy imminent if taxing assessment doesn’t change AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Feb 27, 2017 6:16 am MDT A Calgary councillor is hoping to get some tax relief for golf courses.Ward Sutherland is filing a motion at Monday’s council meeting, calling for the city to write to the province asking it to change how they’re taxed under the Municipal Government Act.“It’s assessed as a non-business and there’s not a separate category. So, a normal business, your tax bill would probably be two to three per cent of your total revenue, while for golf courses it’s getting up to 20 per cent – sometimes higher,” he explained.The province assesses all green space as if it has buildings on it.Sutherland says if the tax rate on golf courses doesn’t change, you could see all the clubs in the city fold within 10 years. (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) read more

BC government to make announcement about Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Pipes are seen at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton, Alta., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Two key British Columbia cabinet ministers are expected to outline the government’s next steps Thursday on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after campaigning against the project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 5:53 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. government to make announcement about Trans Mountain pipeline expansion VANCOUVER – Two key British Columbia cabinet ministers are expected to outline the government’s next steps Thursday on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after campaigning against the project.No details have been provided about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the $7.4-billion project has been heavily scrutinized since the NDP government came to power.Premier John Horgan promised on the campaign trail earlier this year to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the project, but a mandate letter to the Heyman softened the language, saying instead that he must “defend B.C.’s interests in the face of” the expansion.Last month Eby said the province would not artificially delay permits for the project, because doing so would risk a costly lawsuit from proponent Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada.Several First Nations and municipalities have filed legal challenges against the expansion, which would triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase the number of tankers in Vancouver-area waters seven-fold.The project has been approved by Ottawa and the province’s former Liberal government.Trans Mountain says construction is set to begin in September. read more

UN rights expert urges ratification of treaty against torture ahead of 30th

Speaking today at the opening in Geneva of the fifty-third session of the Committee against Torture, Ibrahim Salama, Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), stressed that events this week to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, should be seen as opportunities to address the achievements and challenges in the promotion of universal ratification and in the implementation of the Convention’s provisions by State parties. “This session of the Committee comes at a time of reflection and a time of change: a time of reflection as we take stock of achievements and challenges in the 30 years since the Convention against torture was adopted; and a time of change as we move headlong into the implementation of the treaty body strengthening outcome,” he said.The Committee against Torture is a UN body of 10 independent experts that monitors the Convention’s implementation by its State parties.The Convention, which was adopted on 10 December 1984 and entered into force on 26 June 1987, provides that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”It also obliges States that have ratified the Convention to refrain from deporting or returning people to countries where they would face the risk of torture, and requires ratifying States to extradite or prosecute perpetrators of torture.As the Committee prepared to adopt its agenda for the current session, Mr. Salama said that the session also came at a time of change as the Committee moved ahead into the implementation of General Assembly resolution 68/268 from 9 April 2014 on the strengthening of the treaty bodies system, which had made numerous suggestions on the system’s harmonization and accessibility. Commending the Committee for its “pioneering” work on the simplified reporting procedure, which he said had been accepted by at least other five treaty bodies, Mr. Salama stressed that a harmonized approach to the issue of reprisals should prove more effective in counteracting the “damaging effect” of reprisals on the free collaboration of civil society with the treaty bodies. In that sense, he welcomed the decision of the Chairs of the treaty bodies to prepare a joint policy on reprisals. Taking advantage of the momentum created by UN General Assembly resolution 68/268, Mr. Salama said that OHCHR looked forward to further improving the quality and efficiency of the treaty bodies system and its delivery. Also speaking at the opening of the Committee’s session, Chairperson Claudio Grossman underscored that the Convention’s anniversary represented an opportunity to renew the commitment to the full implementation of its provisions, as the world was still not free from torture.Mr. Grossman also stressed that the simplified reporting procedure had been accepted by 86 countries, and underscored the need to evaluate its efficiency. Further, he said that reprisals against individuals cooperating with treaty bodies are unacceptable, and that the Committee had zero tolerance to attempts of repression against those cooperating with it.For his part, Mr. Salama reiterated that the Secretary-General had been tasked by the General Assembly to report back every two years on the progress achieved by the treaty bodies in achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in their work. “Our major aim that I trust you all share, is to demonstrate results,” he declared to the Committee.“Taking advantage of the momentum created by the General Assembly resolution, we look forward to further improving the quality and efficiency of the treaty body system and its delivery,” Mr. Salama added.On 4 November, two panel discussions will be held in Geneva to mark the anniversary of the Convention.During its fifty-third session, the Committee will consider the reports of Australia, Burundi, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Sweden, Ukraine, United States and Venezuela. The session will conclude on 28 November. read more

Brock education students commit to end bullying

Students in the Faculty of Education took part in an anti-bullying campaign after a student noticed educators were virtually absent from such campaigns.‘I pledge.’Brock’s education students are using this simple, powerful phrase to combat bullying thanks to a concurrent education student who noticed something was missing in anti-bullying campaigns.Last winter break while doing research for a paper, Megan Peach discovered that while there were plenty of students and public figures in anti-bullying videos, teachers were noticeably absent. Peach saw that as an opportunity to craft a strategy that would change how bullying is approached, particularly by educators.“I came across some shocking statistics of recent teen and child suicides in Ontario and was really taken back,” Peach said. “I started watching anti-bullying YouTube videos posted by students, celebrities and politicians, but not a single video showcased an educator.”The absence of educators in front of the camera was the snowflake that caused Peach’s findings to snowball into action and planning.When she returned to campus in January, Peach shared her findings with her classmates and together, they began to devise ways to bring educators to the forefront in preventing bullying.“I wrote an original script and as more people got involved, we added lines and new ideas,” she said. “We made announcements in our classes and received an overwhelming amount of support and involvement from students and professors.”The result was a written pledge – an affirmation to stand up to bullying – complemented by a video that challenges the viewer to eliminate stereotypes and victimization.The four-minute video depicts Brock students holding up signs that show reasons they were bullied while growing up.Words, such as braces, fat, loner, teacher’s pet and ugly, are prominent in the early stages of the video but replaced by positive messages, such as equity, empathy, respect, understanding and hope, as each student pledges to eradicate bullying.“It was very empowering to witness so many students get involved and take time out of their busy lives to share their bullying experiences and take action as future teachers,” Peach said.And while the education students have taken the anti-bullying pledge, so, too, have teachers and students in schools throughout the province.Peach credited two people in particular with making the project such a success.Bryce Honsinger, a professor who opened up his classroom for feedback and filming, was a “huge help and motivator” while fellow student Liam Dinsmore worked behind the camera and in the editing suite.“The project would not have been possible without their help and support,” Peach said.For more information, visit Brock Educators Against Bullying. read more

Bandits create havoc in Berbice

…rob 6 familiesBandits went on a rampage at the Glasgow New Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Berbice (Region 6, East Berbice-Corentyne) over the weekend, creating havoc for residents as they attempted to enter, or were successful in entering, six homes.Four homes in the scheme were broken into on Sunday morning. In the previous week, two other homes were broken into, and victims had harrowing encounters with the bandits.In the wee hours of Monday, bandits invaded Lot 1724 Cracks Ville, Glasgow New Housing Scheme, EBB. Owner of the home, Clement John, explained that all of the rooms in the house are sealed, so no one heard when bandits prised open the back door with a crowbar. He gave no details of what was taken.At Sohan Ramdeen’s Lot 890 Glasgow New Housing Scheme home, louvre panes were removed but the bandits were unable to gain entry into the home. One occupant explained that he had heard the dogs barking and had thought that another animal was in the yard. According to reports, a can of sardines had been punctured and placed in the yard to distract the dogs. Ramdeen explained that it was not until sunrise that he discovered the louvre panes missing from his home.At about 00:30h on that same Monday, bandits attempted to hammer their way into another Cracks Ville home, despite screams from the occupants.  “I jump up from my sleep when I hear. So I listened to hear if (there was) any other sound; but the next noise wasn’t so hard.Then I wake up my son and tell him that (bandits attacking) this house, and he say, ‘No, is cat.’… He decided to go and check the cameras, and then he see that three of the cameras turn in different directions, and so he go to the bedroom window and start screaming,” the homeowner said.Despite hearing the occupants of that home raising an alarm, the bandits continued to force their way into the building, which houses a shop. Fortunately, they could not penetrate the grill door that prohibits entry into the building, although they had wrenched open a door leading to the lower flat of the building. And the intruders fled after several residents responded to the cries of the besieged home occupants.The shop owner said the family had received information in December that persons were planning to burgle their home, and on the night they had received that information a vehicle was observed passing the home ten times, but vanished when police arrived in the area.The bandits could not gain entry into this homeThe early Monday morning bandit rampage also included an attack on teacher Debra Ward’s home. She said she was aware that at least one person was in her home at about 2:30h on Monday. She said the intruder pushed open her bedroom door, but she sprang out of bed and armed herself with a cutlass, causing the male intruder to escape through the front door.She later discovered that one Government laptop, a cellular phone and approximately $6000, most of which belongs to the school, had been taken from her home. She also discovered that a crowbar had been used to prise open the back door and grill of her home.Two other homes in the East Bank Berbice community had last Wednesday been broken into. Businessman Chris Hicks said the bandits had managed to make their way only into the lower flat of his home, from whence they removed almost $2M worth of equipment.He explained that during that attack, the bandits’ efforts to gain access to the upper flat of his home were thwarted because of the way the building is constructed. However, a masked man had climbed onto a part of the roof and had come face-to-face with him; and there was only a glass window separating the two men. According to Hicks, the man and his accomplices immediately fled the scene.And even as police responded to the Hicks report, three masked men burgled an unlicensed liquor restaurant that is situated in the same street where Hicks lives. Reports are that the bandits confiscated close to $200,000 in cash and a similar amount in jewelry from the shop owner and her school-age daughter before fleeing the scene.Having broken into that residence, the bandits allegedly woke up the sleeping occupant, Nadira, and told her not to sleep so soundly in the future, even as they demanded more cash and valuables.Police are investigating all these reports.  Several persons have already been arrested. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits invade home of NA woman in robberyJanuary 8, 2019In “Crime”Criminal gang creating havoc in New Amsterdam – residents report several daring robberies recentlyJune 22, 2016In “Crime”Ex-cop among five remandedMay 8, 2017In “Court”,…rob 6 familiesBandits went on a rampage at the Glasgow New Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Berbice (Region 6, East Berbice-Corentyne) over the weekend, creating havoc for residents as they attempted to enter, or were successful in entering, six homes.Four homes in the scheme were broken into on Sunday morning. In the previous week, two other homes were broken into, and victims had harrowing encounters with the bandits.In the wee hours of Monday, bandits invaded Lot 1724 Cracks Ville, Glasgow New Housing Scheme, EBB. Owner of the home, Clement John, explained that all of the rooms in the house are sealed, so no one heard when bandits prised open the back door with a crowbar. He gave no details of what was taken.At Sohan Ramdeen’s Lot 890 Glasgow New Housing Scheme home, louvre panes were removed but the bandits were unable to gain entry into the home. One occupant explained that he had heard the dogs barking and had thought that another animal was in the yard. According to reports, a can of sardines had been punctured and placed in the yard to distract the dogs. Ramdeen explained that it was not until sunrise that he discovered the louvre panes missing from his home.At about 00:30h on that same Monday, bandits attempted to hammer their way into another Cracks Ville home, despite screams from the occupants.  “I jump up from my sleep when I hear. So I listened to hear if (there was) any other sound; but the next noise wasn’t so hard.Then I wake up my son and tell him that (bandits attacking) this house, and he say, ‘No, is cat.’… He decided to go and check the cameras, and then he see that three of the cameras turn in different directions, and so he go to the bedroom window and start screaming,” the homeowner said.Despite hearing the occupants of that home raising an alarm, the bandits continued to force their way into the building, which houses a shop. Fortunately, they could not penetrate the grill door that prohibits entry into the building, although they had wrenched open a door leading to the lower flat of the building. And the intruders fled after several residents responded to the cries of the besieged home occupants.The shop owner said the family had received information in December that persons were planning to burgle their home, and on the night they had received that information a vehicle was observed passing the home ten times, but vanished when police arrived in the area.The bandits could not gain entry into this homeThe early Monday morning bandit rampage also included an attack on teacher Debra Ward’s home. She said she was aware that at least one person was in her home at about 2:30h on Monday. She said the intruder pushed open her bedroom door, but she sprang out of bed and armed herself with a cutlass, causing the male intruder to escape through the front door.She later discovered that one Government laptop, a cellular phone and approximately $6000, most of which belongs to the school, had been taken from her home. She also discovered that a crowbar had been used to prise open the back door and grill of her home.Two other homes in the East Bank Berbice community had last Wednesday been broken into. Businessman Chris Hicks said the bandits had managed to make their way only into the lower flat of his home, from whence they removed almost $2M worth of equipment.He explained that during that attack, the bandits’ efforts to gain access to the upper flat of his home were thwarted because of the way the building is constructed. However, a masked man had climbed onto a part of the roof and had come face-to-face with him; and there was only a glass window separating the two men. According to Hicks, the man and his accomplices immediately fled the scene.And even as police responded to the Hicks report, three masked men burgled an unlicensed liquor restaurant that is situated in the same street where Hicks lives. Reports are that the bandits confiscated close to $200,000 in cash and a similar amount in jewelry from the shop owner and her school-age daughter before fleeing the scene.Having broken into that residence, the bandits allegedly woke up the sleeping occupant, Nadira, and told her not to sleep so soundly in the future, even as they demanded more cash and valuables.Police are investigating all these reports.  Several persons have already been arrested. (Guyana Times) read more

Sheriffs Office Man stole 3 vehicles in crime spree attempted to steal

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies were kept busy Tuesday evening chasing a man whom they say was involved in a crime spree that includes the alleged theft of three vehicles and an attempted theft of a fourth.The incident began when a deputy encountered a driver distracted by his cellphone that nearly hit him head-on about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2300 block of Northeast Lockwood Creek Road, just east of La Center, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but after initial contact, the driver fled the stop and drove down a nearby road toward several rural residences, the sheriff’s office said.The vehicle had been reported stolen in Portland, according to the sheriff’s office.More deputies arrived to help and noticed a black truck leaving the same area in a reckless manner, so they tried to stop it as the truck sped east on Lockwood Creek Road. At the same time, a woman reported to deputies that her black truck had just been stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.The driver of the truck refused to stop and continued traveling east. Deputies set up spike strips in the area of Northeast Gable Avenue and 339th Street, which successfully stopped the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.last_img read more

Debate on tactics in the Diaspora on how to change Gambia

first_imgThe sentencing of prominent Gambians like Cherno Njie, Papa Faal, Banka Manneh and Alagie Saidy Barrow to prison terms combined with parole in the United States for being involved in the 30 December 2014 armed insurrection at the state house in the Gambia is instructive.The lives lost in the exercise and the pain of having to become a prisoner in a foreign land should compel every Gambian to a fresh look on how to effect change in the Gambia.The Gambia belongs to all of us and no one has monopoly of sound ideas.As a people, we have the sovereign right to determine our own destiny.Each has a tactic in place. What we need is constructive dialogue on the way forward, irrespective of party affiliation or otherwise. If our collective intelligence is relied on, we will find a genuine way forward that would ensure liberty in prosperity.last_img read more

ASA Continues to Offer Advice to Producers About Planting Decisions

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is offering growers information about the domestic and foreign demand for both biotech and non-biotech soybeans to help them make seed and planting decisions for the 2000 crop year. In its latest effort, the ASA is distributing a printed guide titled, “Planting Decision 2000,” which will be mailed to more than a quarter-million soybean producers this month. The information is also available to the public on ASA’s web site at www.amsoy.org/library.htm.”One of the most frequently asked questions farmers ask is what seed varieties they should plant in view of the current controversy surrounding biotechnology,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a soybean producer from Leland, Miss. “Understanding the current factors influencing demand for both biotech and non-biotech soybean varieties will help all of us make sound decisions.”In recent months the ASA conducted a series of town hall planting seminars around the country that were well attended by growers. ASA also will host an international identity preservation (IP) conference this month in Saint Louis.”We want farmers to be aware that there are some customers buying identity preserved, non-biotech supplies of soybeans, and that opportunities for premiums for non-biotech IP production do exist,” Curtis said. “However, we also want farmers to know that the demand for non-biotech soybeans currently represents a small fraction of the total demand for U.S. soy products. When making their seed and planting decisions we are advising producers to weigh these facts, to talk with their local buyers, and to compare the total cost and benefits of their seed and herbicide selections on a field by field basis for both biotech and non-biotech varieties.”Biotech soybean seedstock became available commercially in 1996, when U.S. farmers planted about 1 million acres of biotech varieties, which represented less than two percent of the total soybean acres planted that year. In 1997, planted acres of biotech soybeans increased to nearly 10 million acres, or about 14 percent of the total soy acres planted. By 1998, biotech seedstock acres increased to 25 million acres, representing about 34 percent of the total soy planting.Last year in 1999, approximately 38 million acres or 54 percent of total U.S. soy acres were planted to biotech seedstock. The soybeans grown from these biotech varieties have been approved for planting in the U.S., are approved for domestic consumption, and have been approved for importation into all major international markets by government regulators in those foreign countries.”The ASA is a strong advocate of agricultural biotechnology as a tool that can help farmers produce safer, more nutritious food more efficiently and more abundantly,” Curtis said. “However, ASA must take off its advocacy hat to provide soybean farmers with information that is as accurate and as balanced as possible to help them make their seed and planting decisions for 2000.”last_img read more

15th annual Kachemak Bay Writers Conference begins Friday

first_imgThis year’s Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has been celebrating the craft of writing through all means possible — gathering, reading, thinking, speaking, listening, even drawing.Natasha Tretheway, 2016 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference Keynote Speaker.(Photo Courtesy of Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference)The conference started Friday and wrapped up Tuesday in Homer. It drew participants from all over the state, featuring presenters from even farther afield and offered workshop topics that were all over the map.Sarah Leavitt, a graphic novelist from Vancouver, B.C., guided participants through visual storytelling, while poet Dan Beachy-Quick explored the meaning evoked by the use of sound in poetry. Workshops ranged from the business of publishing to the mechanics of editing and the inspiration and perspiration required to make words take shape into stories.Scott Banks, of Anchorage, has been attending the conference for seven years. Friday’s keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey has been a highlight this year.“Well, they always have the really high-quality keynote speakers and presenters,” Banks said. “It’s amazing the people we get up here, like Billy Collins, Amy Tan, and Andre Dubus III was here last year. They’re all just so good. And then the other part, of course, is meeting and re-meeting people that you’ve met here. Kind of people all in the same boat.”The weekend included several public readings in Homer, as well as a youth-specific workshop. The conference is put on by the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College.last_img read more

Gut biome of monkeys found to change when they are kept in

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that when monkeys are kept in captivity, their gut biomes become less diverse. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they collected fecal samples from monkeys from several sites and compared DNA analysis of organisms living in their guts to learn more about the impact of a changing gut biome. © 2016 Phys.org Red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus) on Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang, Viet Nam. Credit: Bui Van Tan, 2013. Scientists have known for some time that the human gut biome is far less diverse than it once was—most in the field believe this is due both to the use of antibiotics and a reduction in consumption of a variety of fibrous foods. The gut biome helps us digest our foods, which means that the greater diversity of food we eat, the greater diversity of microbes we must have in order to digest them. To gain a better understanding of this relationship, the researchers chose to study the monkey biome because it is possible to obtain samples from individuals that live in the wild as well as in captivity.To compare gut biomes, the researchers collected fecal samples over a nine-month period from wild and zoo-housed red-shanked doucs and mantled howlers—two types of monkey. The samples were then analyzed using DNA sampling techniques to identify all the types of microbes living in a given monkey gut. The team then compared the average number of individual microbes for the groups. They found that the wild monkeys had a much more diverse gut microbiome—they also noted that they ate a far more varied diet; the wild doucs, for example, ate approximately 57 plant species, while those that lived in a Vietnamese zoo were given just 15 species. Those that lived in American zoos were fed just one. The researchers also noted that the gut biomes of the two monkey species living in captivity were far more alike than those that lived in the wild and that the gut biomes of monkeys living in a zoo was very similar to the human gut biome of people eating a western diet.What is still not clear, however, is whether having a less diverse gut biome is good or bad—some evidence has suggested monkeys in captivity experience gut-related health issues, but to date, a comparative analysis of monkeys living in the wild versus those in zoos has not been done. More information: Jonathan B. Clayton et al. Captivity humanizes the primate microbiome, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1521835113AbstractThe primate gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of bacteria, whose composition is associated with numerous metabolic, autoimmune, and infectious human diseases. Although there is increasing evidence that modern and Westernized societies are associated with dramatic loss of natural human gut microbiome diversity, the causes and consequences of such loss are challenging to study. Here we use nonhuman primates (NHPs) as a model system for studying the effects of emigration and lifestyle disruption on the human gut microbiome. Using 16S rRNA gene sequencing in two model NHP species, we show that although different primate species have distinctive signature microbiota in the wild, in captivity they lose their native microbes and become colonized with Prevotella and Bacteroides, the dominant genera in the modern human gut microbiome. We confirm that captive individuals from eight other NHP species in a different zoo show the same pattern of convergence, and that semicaptive primates housed in a sanctuary represent an intermediate microbiome state between wild and captive. Using deep shotgun sequencing, chemical dietary analysis, and chloroplast relative abundance, we show that decreasing dietary fiber and plant content are associated with the captive primate microbiome. Finally, in a meta-analysis including published human data, we show that captivity has a parallel effect on the NHP gut microbiome to that of Westernization in humans. These results demonstrate that captivity and lifestyle disruption cause primates to lose native microbiota and converge along an axis toward the modern human microbiome.Press releasecenter_img Patients with multiple sclerosis found to have gut microbe changes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Gut biome of monkeys found to change when they are kept in captivity (2016, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-gut-biome-monkeys-captivity.htmllast_img read more

Chic ways to style for a Sunday brunch

first_imgBrunch is usually a casual affair and often we meet friends and family to catch up with them over brunch. Thus, what you wear should be something thats comfortable and also makes you feel good about yourself. Often, men end up either being too formal or casual at brunches but not anymore. Experts suggest some looks that are just too perfect for the kind of brunch you’re going to attend: -A little funk: Well, if you’re attending a brunch with your friends or relatives, then atmosphere being super casual will let you experiment with different styles. Here, you can sport your cargo pants paired with a white crew neck T-Shirt and sneakers. The other look is to fold the hem of your pants and pair it up with a colour block T-shirt in blue, maroons or a conversational printed Tee with espadrilles; the combination is a thumbs up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Semi-formal combo: For the formal brunch outing, opt for a semi-formal look. You can pair your formal blazer with a pastel colour polo shirt, navy blue jeans and tassel loafers. A button down shirt with khaki pants would also look neat and cool enough to leave an impression amongst your colleagues. -Go for prints: Well, if your girlfriend has invited you over a brunch, then it is time to show the uber cool side of you. Don’t keep it too casual to walk in slippers. Choose a half sleeved floral shirt paired with straight pants, throw on a bomber if you may like, put on your favourite shades and you’re good to go. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Layering: With the cold weather setting in, coat, cardigans are good options. They look different and are much more comfortable than blazers and dinner jackets. It’s a good season to layer up and finding good jackets is important for that. Experiment with not just colours and styles but also fabrics like terry, denim, fleece, etc. -Style with sweatshirts: Sweatshirts are a wardrobe staple but something to look out for this season is details. Interesting panel details, contrast stitch lines, pleat details, among others make for subtly interesting styles.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 05, 2013 Prospective Study Indicates Efficiency of Coronary CT Angiography in the Emergency Department Coupled with simple chest pain protocol, it can be used to quickly triage in low to intermediate risk patients with chest pain in the emergency department February 5, 2013 — A prospective clinical study was published recently in the American Journal of Roentgenology on whether coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) provided an accurate and efficient management method for assessment of chest pain patients with low to intermediate risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This study, presented by Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., of Baptist Health of South Florida, current vice president of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and colleagues, was carried out over three emergency departments in a large healthcare system, between January 2009 and October 2010, and found that length of stay was cut in half, and the rate of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) remained very low in patients with negative CTA findings.More than six million visits to emergency departments occur annually in the United States, made by patients experiencing chest pain. These visits can lead to a series of downstream testing, consuming both time and expense. 529 patients experiencing chest pain were admitted to the emergency departments and were treated with CTA. A dedicated chest pain triage protocol was implemented in five levels. After undergoing CTA treatment, the patients were grouped by level of severity in risk group, including no disease, mild, moderate and severe risk.Outcome measures of the study included MACE rate during the first thirty days after CTA, length of stay, radiation dose, diagnosis time and downstream testing results. The length of stay was compared both pre- and post-implementation of the triaging system and found a 51 percent decrease in length of stay, lowered from 28.8 to 14.0 hours.88.5 percent of patients were classified as having no disease or mild non-obstructive disease by CTA and were discharged from the emergency department after CTA. The downstream testing rate in this group was 3.2 percent, with very low MACE occurring in thirty days (0.2 percent). In comparison patients with stenosis of 70 percent or greater had 8.3 percent of MACE. With the fast patient release and the low downstream testing rate, CTA provides a potential cost-savings in the emergency department.”This study adds to the body of literature supporting the use of coronary CTA in the emergency department setting,” says Cury. “It reinforces the notion that CTA can be successfully implemented in the ER setting if coupled with a dedicated chest pain pathway guiding clinicians on when to order the test appropriate and how to act on the test results.”John Lesser, current president of SCCT, adds: “This prospective study by Cury et al. strongly reinforces the results from three previous randomized trials of coronary CTA in the ED. Most importantly, they were successful limiting downstream testing and costs by using a defined protocol that detailed how to act on the test results.”For more information: www.SCCT.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Eurostar Q1 revenues jump 5 percent

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L An increase in travellers has helped boost Eurostar’s revenues, the train operator reporting this week a five percent increase in sales revenue for the first three months of the year.Eurostar said sales revenue for the first three months of 2010 reached £178 million, a 5 percent jump from £168 million for the same period in 2009.The growth has been attributed to higher passenger numbers which have increased from 1.9 million in Q1 last year to 2 million in the first quarter of this year.Among the passengers, those from international markets jumped up by 22 percent while the number of leisure passengers travelling between the UK and the continent went up by 6 percent.Eurostar is currently undergoing a restructure, transforming from a partnership to a single unified corporate entity with London & Continental Railways, SNCF and SNCB.The train operator is also currently trialling a service with SNCF whereby Eurostar passengers can travel between the UK and Provence, connecting through Lille, in special reserved coaches on connecting TGVs. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a498/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Risk Standards Hits Early2000s Levels

first_img June 20, 2017 672 Views Mortgage lenders are taking increased credit risks similar to those of the early 2000s, according to the Q1 Housing Credit Index Report released by CoreLogic on Tuesday. The level of credit risk taken by lenders in Q1 of 2017 was about the same as the average risk taken between 2001 and 2003.According to the report, the shift toward riskier lending standards is a result of declining refinances.“The slight loosening in the credit index during the past year was partly due to a shift in the mix of purchase versus refinance originations because purchase loans exhibit higher risk attributes than refinanced loans,” CoreLogic reported.According to Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, increasing mortgage rates also played a role in the looser lending practices over the last quarter.“Mortgage rates during the first quarter of 2017 were up about 0.5 percentage points from a year earlier,” Nothaft said. “Since 2009, for every one-half percentage point increase in mortgage rates, the average credit score on refinance borrowers has dipped by 9 points, and this pattern will likely continue if mortgage rates move higher. That is because when rates rise, applications drop off and loan officers spend more time with the applicants that have less-than- perfect credit scores, require more documentation or have unique property issues.”CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index, or HCI, takes into account borrower credit score, loan-to-value and debt-to-income ratios, investor-owned status, condo/co-op share of purchases, and level of documentation. According to the report, credit scores have increased over the year, rising 7 points between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017. Debt-to-income ratios were stable, LTV ratios dropped by 1.7 percent over the year, and investor share of purchase loans inched up just 1 percent.Condo/co-op share rose 2 percentage points over the year—another factor that, according to Nothaft, played a role in the riskier credit standards as of late.“Overall credit risk for purchase loans was slightly higher compared with a year ago as the investor share and condo/co-op share increased,” Nothaft said. “These increases offset lower-risk signals from the credit score, DTI, and LTV attributes to result in an uptick in overall riskiness. Still, overall risk is similar to that of the early 2000s.”The HCI came in at 105.6 for the quarter; the average between 2001 and 2003 was 105.9 The 2001 to 2003 period is considered the “normal baseline for credit risk,” according to CoreLogic’s methodology. Risk Standards Hits Early-2000s Levels in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studiescenter_img Share CoreLogic Credit Risk HOUSING lending risk mortgage risk standards 2017-06-20 Aly J. Yalelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals center A.Q. Shipley waits to snap the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) Cole, 22, started 51 consecutive games at Michigan. He started his first two seasons at left tackle, switched to center in 2016, then went back to tackle for his senior season. He was the first true freshman in Michigan program history to start a season opener on the offensive line.“He has a proven track to be able to come in and be successful,” Wilks said.The Cardinals have veterans all around Cole to shepherd him through the process, with Pugh and Mike Iupati at guard, D.J. Humphries and Andre Smith at tackle, and Sam Bradford at quarterback, but Cole must get the offense set and make the line calls, traditional roles for a center.“We know what he can bring to the table,” Pugh said. “He’s very smart, he has played in a lot of games, a lot of big games against some really good competition. [We’ve got to] just make sure we communicate — overcommunicate if necessary. I can help him with a little bit of experience. I started Day 1 as a rookie. It’s a different kind of pressure going out there and playing in the NFL vs. playing in college but I know he’s prepared for it.“Mentally is going to be his biggest challenge. For me it was more physical. I was out there playing tackle. I obviously had to know the playbook and know what I had to do. The center has got to know what everyone has to do.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals starting center A.Q. Shipley suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Saturday’s Red & White Scrimmage at University of Phoenix Stadium, coach Steve Wilks said Monday. Shipley will miss the rest of the season. Rookie Mason Cole, the team’s 2018 third-round pick (No. 97), will likely replace him, but Wilks said the team could also look outside for help.“Coach [OC Mike] McCoy said it best today,” said guard Justin Pugh, who signed with Arizona as a free agent last spring after five seasons with the New York Giants. “He’s the heartbeat of the offensive line. Definitely tough news to hear from him and knowing everything he has been through throughout his career. It’s an evil of this game. You don’t want to see happen, and when it happens to one of your leaders, it definitely hurts.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I didn’t watch much Cardinal football last year, playing in the NFL on the East Coast, but when you get into this building you realize who runs things and who does things the right way. A.Q. is one of those guys.”Wilks said it was hard to pinpoint how Shipley got hurt.“It was contact,” Wilks said. “We ran it back about 12, 15 times and really couldn’t see anything malicious or anybody that fell into his leg. I think it really just got caught up in the turf and he was engaged and he said he heard it pop.”Shipley limped off the field and was examined inside a tent on the sidelines for privacy. Teammates D.J. Humphries and Larry Fitzgerald both ducked inside the tent to check on Shipley and Fitzgerald emerged with a look of disappointment on his face. After a few minutes, Shipley exited the tent and was carted off the field to the locker room.Related LinksMRI reveals torn right ACL for Arizona Cardinals center AQ Shipley“Incredibly hard to see a guy like that go down,” said Cole, who had been takings reps at center with the second team. “I learned a lot from him my first few months here and still will learn, but I’m confident I can fill in and hopefully play as good as he has. I think that’s why they drafted me here is if something like this happened. It obviously happened sooner than anyone thought.” 6 Comments   Share   Cole does not think that playing tackle last season will be a hindrance because he has been playing center with the Cardinals.“Coming from Michigan and [Jim] Harbaugh’s staff and Harbaugh’s offense, that gives me a little bit of an upper hand here, too, just in terms of learning the offense and knowing what to do,” he said. “[I’m] very comfortable with line calls.”Wilks said he noticed how Shipley’s injury deflated the team on Saturday. Both he and Pugh called it a lesson for Arizona.“It happens and I think you have to quickly hit the reset button,” Wilks said. “We’ve got to bounce back. It’s part of the season. It’s part of how things go throughout the year. We’ve just got to keep pressing.”Daniel Munyer and Evan Boehm will rotate second-team reps at center, Wilks said, with Greg Pyke another possibility. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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