Small business leaders urge Congress to rethink cybersecurity measures

first_imgby: JD Harrison continue reading » As Congress this week considers legislation meant to better shield corporations and governments from cybercriminals, some experts worry the bills wouldn’t go far enough to protect and educate small businesses.“It would be a step in the right direction, but not a panacea,” Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association, said during a hearing held by the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday. He had been asked for his take on one of several bills teed up for a vote this week that would require businesses and governments to share details about data breaches and collaborate on ways to ward off attacks.“Cybersecurity has emerged as a significant problem and concern for the small-business community,” McCracken said. He later added that “sharing cybersecurity information is useful, but what small businesses really need is to know how to use that information.”His underlying point — that the government’s attempts to thwart cyber attacks must be coupled with stronger efforts to teach the business community how to detect and deal with attacks — was expressed by several experts on the panel. In other words, hacking attempts and data breaches are inevitable, they argued, especially against small businesses that criminals know are ill-prepared to defend themselves.center_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Travel Diary: Port Washington’s Waterside Wonders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWinter is coming. Yes, this is inevitable. Yet before the plummeting temperatures, blustery winds and menacing snow (hopefully not too much) transform our beautiful island into a frozen winter wonderland, there’s still enough time to eke out one or two more road trips down to the gorgeous, soothing waters bordering our coastline. There’s still one or two last chances to stare out at those precious waves—whether the ocean, harbor, or Long Island Sound—before those whirling winds whip along the shore, sending chills up your spine and cooling that giant pumpkin latte in your hand faster than you can say “Vaaa-Room.”The North Shore hamlet of Port Washington, with its colorful history, myriad parks, shops and restaurants, and endless, breathtaking romantic waterside views, makes just the perfect destination.You’ll want to roll into this majestic community in style, however. A 2015 MINI Cooper from NY Auto Giant, therefore, is exactly what the doctor ordered!Visit NY Auto Giant and drive home your 2015 MINI Cooper today!As you cruise into town in your cute, stylish ride, you’ll undoubtedly be interested in learning some history about this special, special gem. Port Washington’s modern-day origins date back to the 1600s, when more than a dozen English families purchased this precious land from the Matinecock Indians. During the 1800s, shellfishing and sand-mining became important industries here, with millions of yards of the area’s sand eventually used to form the concrete comprising some of the most iconic and well-known buildings in New York City, including the Chrysler and Empire State Building!If you’re a fan of literature, you’ll be excited to know that Port Washington is also represented within the East Egg area of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.First order of business is caffeine, of course. Luckily, besides the aforementioned wonders awaiting you and your loved ones here at “The Portler,” as some call it, this community is absolutely loaded with java-licious cafes and bakeries to get your heart a-pumpin’!Swing by COFFEED, a nonprofit micro-roaster that supports numerous charities and employs locals with disabilities, as well as serving some of the most exotic blends around. You simply can’t go wrong with the Ethiopian! Saint Honore Pastry Shop is also worth a visit—this place rocks not only the joe, but cakes, cookies, and cupcakes galore!Sip those lattes while you stroll Main Street and peruse its many stellar shops and storefronts, including Wright Music, Painting With Flowers, and The Dolphin Bookshop—the latter an independent bookstore that’s been feeding the minds and caffeine urges of patrons since 1946. You’re going to want some great food on your day adventure, and Port Washington is replete with high-quality restaurants serving some of the most delectable dishes around. Dating back to 1905, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers hungry locals and travelers premium seafood as well as absolutely breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound. DiMaggio’s is another prime choice for eats and memories. Since 1978 this trattoria and bar has been delighting hungry patrons with traditional Old World cuisine comprising only the freshest ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave your lips a-lickin’ for weeks. Roasted rabbit, ossobucco, stuffed zucchini blossoms are just a few of its many culinary masterpieces that make this a must-stop spot on any Port Washington road trip. So is Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace & Café, serving so many joyous Greek delights—stuffed grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, lamb burgers—you’ll be dreaming of that ancient land and its irresistible cuisine for a long, long time afterward. [Note: Ayhan’s sells Feta Cigars—warm, mouthwatering oozing Feta tightly wrapped into a stogie with crisp phyllo dough—the name says it all!] The place is right next door to Ayhan’s Shish (Fish) Kebab, too!Ice cream goes great with Feta (as does pretty much everything), so grab a cone and sundae with all your favorite toppings at Sweet Treats On The Wharf before heading over to a comfy bench along the waterfront. Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!You and your loved one might just be in for yet another special treat on this uber-special road trip bonanza:Several gorgeous, enigmatic sea creatures have recently been spotted swimming and frolicking amongst Port Washington’s idyllic surrounding waters. Humpback whales as well as a giddy pod of Belugas have been enjoying the ever-improving depths of the Bay and Sound—providing local residents and adventure-seeking boaters the rare, moving experience of witnessing these extraordinary beauties up close and personal!You never know what adventures await you in this remarkable, idyllic community, so head down to NY Auto Giant’s Massapequa Nissan to drive home your very own 2015 MINI Cooper today and roll through Port Washington, and any other town, in style!last_img read more

GDF leads in Joint Services Championships with 323 points

first_imgPOLICE’s Jevina Sampson and the GDF’s Ornesto Thomas picked up wins in their 800m races yesterday, while long distance champion Cleveland Forde had to run a tactical race to win the men’s 5000m on Tuesday to help the Guyana Defence Force build up a lead over the Guyana Police Force (GPF) ,when the Inter-Services Annual Athletics Championship (ISAAC) started at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Even as confusion prevailed over the results,at the end of the day the Guyana Defence Force (GDF),who are the defending champions,tallied 323 points to lead Police by 70 points.In other team results,the Guyana Prison Services ended with 51 points while the Guyana Fire Service had 49 points.Meanwhile, as competition continued yesterday with the 800m,shot put, javelin and triple-jump finals, contention continued over the day’s results, with organisers still trying to finalise the points up to late last night.A similar situation prevailed on Tuesday when the event began, which saw the winners of races being mixed up.Though the officials could not get their act together on the track, winning was the only thing on the minds of the athletes, seeking to take their team to the top. Sampson fought hard and prevailed over her teammate Shonsell Adams in the women’s 800m, while in the men’s 800m,Thomas took the win over his teammate Wayne Harlequin.In Tuesday’s events, Police’s Nathaniel Giddings ran the race of his life as he tried but failed to overpower Cleveland Forde,aka Little Kenyan. Forde was content to let his teammate Odwin Tudor and Giddings lead for most of the race, but always mindful to keep just behind the leading pack. It was with just two laps to go that Forde really began to make a bid for the lead.He received some resistance from Giddings, who was intent on giving this race his best.The sprinkling of spectators were on their feet cheering on their favourites, waiting in suspense to see if Giddings would manage an upset over FordeBut as the race entered the last lap,Giddings could no longer hold off Forde. By the time Giddings hit the back straight Forde had already put some distance between the two, and it was all over for Giddings. Giddings managed to close in on Forde,however,he couldn’t get past him.Forde then closed off the race in 15:54.70s, while Giddings came in just behind him in 15:56.60s.Many commended Giddings for his performance,saying that was one of the best they’ve seen from him. Tudor took third in 16:07.00s.The women’s 300m was won by Ashanti Scott in a time of 11:56.90s.In other wins of the day, GPF’s Saphina Vanderstoop picked up the women’s discuss win with a distance of 36.90m.GDF’s Domon Williams leaped to 6.87m to take the men’s long jump win, and Aniqua Powley won the women’s long jump after clearing 5.42m.last_img read more

Athletes may someday pay a steep price

first_imgCHECK out one of the gazillion Web sites peddling steroids and human growth hormone, and it’s a wonder everybody isn’t on the stuff. Lose weight and build muscle – in some cases, without even exercising. Erase those ugly wrinkles and look younger. Get more energy. Maybe even sleep better. Or so they say. As any kid who ever bought sea monkeys knows, things that sound too good to be true usually are. There’s no doubt steroids and human growth hormones can be beneficial when used carefully and properly. But when abused or used for purposes for which they weren’t intended, there’s no telling what can happen. The worst part is, it’ll be years, maybe even decades, before we know all the surprises that are in store. “Ten, 20 years from now, we could have a whole population of bizarre medical problems we never thought of because we’ve been playing with people’s hormones,” said Dr. Todd Schlifstein, an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Medicine. “We’re going to have a whole population with huge heads and huge hands and feet because their joints are overgrown.” Authorities in upstate New York and Rhode Island are targeting distribution networks they say might be responsible for steroid and human growth hormone sales nationwide. Nine people already have been arrested, and at least two dozen could face charges by the time the investigations end. Some high-profile athletes, including Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and boxer Evander Holyfield, have been linked to the inquiry through drug shipment records. But this isn’t the latest BALCO, an ongoing case that required Barry Bonds, Marion Jones, Jason Giambi and others to testify before a federal grand jury. center_img Prosecutors in the latest case don’t really care who’s putting what in their bodies. They’re after the pushers, the lab-coated equivalents of the coke dealers hanging out at the end of the block. Lest anyone think differently, there’s not much difference. Performance-enhancing drugs are just that. Drugs. “The abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is really an extension of the broader concept of drug abuse,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Just as LSD and cocaine can fry your brains, HGH and steroids might destroy your body, too. Lyle Alzado was a beast in his playing days, a fearsome, snarling 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds. By the time he died in 1992 at 43, brain cancer had eaten away all that muscle, leaving little more than a shell. Steroids were to blame, Alzado said. He started taking them in 1969 and spent as much as $30,000 a year on them. He also said he took human growth hormone. “My last wish?” Alzado said before he died. “That no one else ever dies this way.” Or endures the living hell that mark the days of some East German athletes. East German officials were determined to step out of the Soviet Union’s Cold War shadow, using sport to prove their country’s might. They began a systematic doping plan in the 1970s. Some 10,000 athletes were doped – most having no idea the drugs they were being given were harmful. Many were still-developing teenagers. It wasn’t until livers failed or spines twisted or, worse, children were born with birth defects, that the East German athletes realized the full horror of what had been done to them. The powerful steroids that were given out like vitamins might have helped win Olympic gold medals, but they came with a devastating price. Numb limbs, gynecological problems, miscarriages, breasts in men – at least one female athlete had a sex change. Sure, the science behind performance-enhancing drugs is evolving and is more sophisticated than it was 30 years ago. That’s what makes catching cheaters so tough. There’s always some new potion in the pipeline. And there’s always someone willing to try it. Take some pills or shots, and magically bulk up, slim down or look as if you’ve found the fountain of youth. Maybe you boost the batting average enough to get a fat new contract. Maybe you bench press enough to be the envy of everybody at the gym. But remember there is a price for everything, even if it isn’t paid right away. “Nothing,” Schlifstein said, “is cost free and risk free.” Including shipping and handling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Photo Gallery: Brett Kissel and Brad Paisley live in concert

first_imgThe entire concert venue is sold outThe traffic on Highway 97 is at one of its busiest pointsA heck load of cars with Alberta plates roll into the Encana parking lotThe night ends with your ears ringing as a result of not only the speakers, but also the immense screaming from die-hard fans throughout the stadiumLast night’s concert was no exception, as Brett Kissel was an extraordinary opening act; an act that some may say deserves its own warm-up band.Some of the songs Kissel performed includes ‘Canadian Kid’, ‘Started with a Song’, and of course, ‘Tough People Do’.Meanwhile, Brad Paisley blew away the audience with his mix of country talent and good-old-fashion charisma.- Advertisement -Brad Paisley’s performance included songs like ‘This is Country Music’, ‘Waitin’ on a Woman’, and ‘Celebrity’ to name a few.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Defeats Rider, 76-58

first_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN FS2 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa- In its final home game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic, the Drake men’s basketball team made a season-high 13 three-pointers to cruise to a 76-58 victory over visiting Rider Wednesday, Dec. 19. Drake was led by freshman D.J. Wilkins (Merrillville, Ind.) who had a career night with 17 points behind 5-of-7 shooting from the three-point arc. Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) gathered his 10th career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.) chipped in 13 points and seven assists. “D.J. gave us a big burst in the second half and got us a cushion where we could play with a lead,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries.The Bulldogs struggled early on offense, falling behind the Broncs, 10-5. However, a three from Wilkins sparked a 10-2 run to give Drake its first lead, 16-15, with 10:13 left to play in the opening half. Drake struggled from the field shooting just 35.5 percent (11-of-31) from the floor in the first twenty minutes. However, a late Norton lay-up gave Drake the halftime lead, 29-28.”I thought we shared it as well as we have all our and really moved it,” DeVries said. “Defensively we were stingy, but they [Rider] were mixing up man and zone [defenses] and getting us out of rhythm. In the second half, we responded and were unselfish in making the extra pass.”The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half where they jumped out to an 11-2 run forcing a Bronc timeout with 16:51 on the clock. Drake never surrendered its lead to move to 8-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs shot 48.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded Rider 38-32 for the game. In the second half alone, the Bulldogs converted on 64 percent of their shots while holding Rider to 28.1 percent shooting in the period.”A big part of that [second half] was we were getting stops,” DeVries said. “Because we were getting stops we were able to get out in transition and drive and kick for some better rhythm shots. The stops dictated our tempo.”Rider was led by junior Tyere Marshall who scored 21 points as the Broncs move to 4-5 on the season. The Broncs’ 58 points were a season low.Drake will depart central Iowa for Las Vegas for the final two games of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Bulldogs will take on New Mexico State (8-2) on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. CST. vs. New Mexico State 12/22/2018 – 6:30 p.m. Story Links Previewcenter_img Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more