Australia tightens security on electronic devices.

first_imgPassengers travelling to Australia from Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have to remember to keep their electronic devices charged and may face longer waits at security due to increased requirements relating to electronic devices.The Australian government stopped short of banning larger electronic devices on flights but is requiring additional security measures in response to concerns raised by US authorities.The US has banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabins of aircraft flying directly to its cities from the three Gulf airports.“I want to assure people that there is no specific threat to Australia,” Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester said.“In response to national security advice the Federal Government has made precautionary changes and instructed airlines to implement new protocols from next week.“Explosive detection screening will be conducted for randomly selected passengers and their baggage.  Checks may also include targeted screening of electronic devices.“Our changes are in line with the UK, which recently announced that people travelling from Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai will be subject to random explosive trace detection (ETD) screening.“There is no ban on the carriage of electronic devices on flights to Australia at this stage.’’The moves affect flights by Qatar, Etihad, Emirates and Qantas and are similar to measures introduced on flights to the UK and those already in place on Australian domestic flights.The airlines already have gate-screening measures in place to enforce liquid and gels restrictions.Both the US and UK have banned large electronic devices as cabin baggage from specific airports North Africa and the Middle east, although the UK did not include the Gulf airports.The bans have been heavily criticised as inconsistent and the International Air Transport Association has called on governments to find an alternative.US authorities did not detail any new incidents triggering the ban but said they had seen intensifying propaganda from terrorist groups encouraging attacks on aviation.In a Q&A released by the Department of Homeland Security, the US said it was concerned about terrorists “ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by the 2015 airliner downing in Egypt, the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia, and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul”.“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,’’ it said.Commenting on the trend that prompted the concerns,  the DHS said:  “Although the U.S. has instituted robust aviation security measures since 9/11, our information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying given that aviation attacks provide an opportunity to cause mass casualties and inflict significant economic damage, as well as generate overwhelming media coverage.“We note that disseminated propaganda from various terrorist groups is encouraging attacks on aviation, to include tactics to circumvent aviation security. Terrorist propaganda has highlighted the attacks against aircraft in Egypt with a soda can packed with explosives in October 2015, and in Somalia using an explosives-laden laptop in February 2016.’’last_img read more

In a High-Tech World, Do Businesses Overlook the Value of Heritage?

first_imgRelated Posts “Authenticity” has likely been mentioned more than once in any modern company boardroom. And for good reason: A 2017 study from Cohn & Wolfe revealed that 91 percent of consumers reward “authentic” companies for their behavior, purchasing their goods or recommending them to others.But all of the strategizing and positioning that goes on behind the scenes to create an authentic image makes many companies come off as, well, inauthentic. Working hard to find a niche or an angle that makes a specific company appear both appealing and honest simply makes the company look like it’s trying too hard — and that’s a big turnoff for consumers. In fact, a lack of authenticity has been deemed the “fastest way to kill your brand.”What’s a company in today’s economy supposed to do? In a world driven by high tech, many brands have overlooked one of the simplest ways to highlight what’s most authentic about them: their heritage.Using Your Track Record to Your AdvantageThe truth is that consumers view brands’ past successes, failures, behavior, and products as indicators of what’s to come. WIRED and other outlets have argued that things change much more slowly than we perceive them to, so consumers aren’t unreasonable in their “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior” mindset.This is a good thing for brands that have built a solid track record they can celebrate. One of the benefits of building a strong brand that can withstand the winds of change is that it comes with a built-in and incredibly authentic backstory and history to share. One analysis of Ford, for example, valued the brand at nearly $14 billion, with its heritage component making up around $1.5 billion of the total.Brands that understand the value of heritage have come up with some pretty unique ways to celebrate it. BMW, for example, celebrated its 100th anniversary by introducing new models; Slurpee celebrated its 50th by offering collectible cups and partnering with 7-Eleven to host #BYOCupDay. Others have launched corporate museums to honor their past successes and get consumers excited about future developments.  The value of heritage applies to both established enterprises and growing brands — and playing it up is less complicated than some might think.How Heritage-Driven Brands Get It DoneLee Jeans is one company that ties its heritage to its modern image. The brand, founded in 1889, started as a company designed to help laborers in the Great Plains get work done; its well-known jeans were introduced in 1924 to support farmers, cowboys, and railroad workers.Today, the brand is maintaining its classic styles, combining them with high-grade touches and high-quality materials to make them collector’s pieces. Its Lee 101 collection includes a modern version of its 1952 zip fly composed of Japanese artisan-made selvage dry denim; a fresh take on its 1941 Slim Rider jeans, made of Japanese left-hand twill; and a new rendering of its 1933 cowboy denim jacket, which positions the tarnished brass button next to dark indigo denim and a modern cut. Each item highlights the brand’s heritage while building on it.The brand became known for long-lasting styles made of durable fabric, and it’s shifted to doing the same thing today with different materials. It’s worked, too: According to the NPD Total Measured Market Data, Lee’s men’s denim has outpaced the total market’s men’s denim growth by seven times over the past two years.Tito’s Handmade Vodka has also made an effort to capitalize on its history. The brand’s website offers the story of its founder, Tito Beveridge, underscoring his desire to craft high-quality liquor while utilizing time-tested techniques: “Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ oldest legal distillery. We make it in batches, use old-fashioned pot stills, and taste-test every batch.”The growing brand has seen the heritage angle work to its advantage: Tito’s became America’s top-selling spirits brand in 2017, built on a one-year growth of 44 percent that resulted in sales totaling almost $190 million. The independently owned brand’s success — earned without TV advertising — is credited to its “folksy” marketing and brand consistency.Authenticity is the name of the game in today’s business landscape, but brands shouldn’t be jumping through hoops to “create” authentic reputations. Instead, they should be doing something many tech companies aren’t comfortable with: looking to their past and embracing it as they move forward into the future. Authentic reputations are earned, not won, and heritage offers brands an excellent opportunity to prove they’ve earned them. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#authenticity#heritage#longevity#tech companies 8 Key Components to Building a Successful Busin… Simple Branding Is Key for Complex Tech, Says R… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. 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Patnaik campaigns for Bijepur candidate

first_imgChief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday campaigned for party nominee Rita Sahu in the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha where bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21. Hundreds of supporters stood along the roads when Mr. Patnaik undertook a roadshow and addressed people at several locations urging them to vote for Ms. Sahu for the all-round development of their constituency. Many senior party leaders were also present. Overnight stayMr. Patnaik is scheduled to stay overnight and campaign in different areas on Friday. Ms. Sahu had won from Bijepur as a BJD candidate when a bypoll was held in the constituency in 2018 following the death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu. As campaigning will come to end on Saturday evening, other major contenders for the seat – Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Dillip Kumar Panda of Congress – have also intensified campaign in the constituency. Many senior leaders of the BJD, the BJP and the Congress have been camping in Bijepur to canvass for votes in favour of their respective candidates. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned in the constituency a few days ago, is scheduled to campaign again to seek votes in favour of Mr. Gartia on Friday. The bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who had won from both Bijepur and Hinjili constituencies, vacated the Bijepur seat.last_img read more

You can’t teach what David Silva has – Given

first_imgDavid Silva You can’t teach what gifted David Silva has – Given Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 23:59 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City Napoli v Manchester City Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League UEFA Champions League The World Cup-winning attacker continues to thrive in Pep Guardiola’s side and his former team-mate believes he remains underrated David Silva deserves to be regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League, according to former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given.The Spain international is in his eighth season with City and remains a key player for Pep Guardiola’s side. The 31-year-old is joint top of the Premier League assist chart this season alongside Kevin De Bruyne, while only his City team-mate and Mesut Ozil have created more chances after 10 games, according to Opta.Silva has a gift that cannot be coached in many young players, according to Given, who believes he remains underrated by many football admirers. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The good thing about David is that he makes everything look so easy,” the former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper told Goal. “He never panics, he always seems to have space and time on the ball and that’s a knack in itself, finding pockets in the pitch where to go.”The midfielders pick him up, the defenders pick him up, it’s stuff that sometimes you can’t teach or coach a kid.”He’s very gifted and I’m shocked he’s not talked with the greats especially some of the foreign players who have come into the Premier League, he’s definitely up there.”Silva has had an impact on the Premier League since his arrival from Valencia, but Given revealed that the country has changed the Premier League winner in one way too.“It’s funny because when he first came he liked fruit salads and salads. He asked me one day what I was eating. I had apple crumble and custard and he said: ‘I must try this’,” Given recalls. “And next to every game he’s getting apple crumble and custard into him!“But what a player he has been and still is at Man City.”Given, who spent two years at Man City, has also been impressed by Ederson in his first season with Guardiola’s team, stating the 24-year-old goalkeeper is a perfect fit for the club.  “It’s well documented that Pep Guardiola wants someobody that can play out from the back and keep possession, keep the ball, and Ederson is probably one of the best, if not the best, at doing that,” he added.”The other side of the coin is that he has to save the ball as well, that’s his job, that’s why he’s got the gloves on and he’s been impressive in that as well.”I think people shouldn’t shy away from the fact he’s a goalkeeper and, in my opinion, the first box you’ve got to tick is, can you stop the ball going in the net? I think Ederson’s very good at that as well and he’s obviously fantastic with his feet. That’s exactly the perfect fit for a Guardiola team.”Shay: Any Given Saturday – The Autobiography is published by Trinity Mirror Sport Media and available in Hardback or ebooklast_img read more

Mixed Fortunes

first_imgAustralia draws first blood in the Trans-Tasman Mixed Open series. In cool conditions at Trusts Arena in Auckland it was the Australian Mixed Open team that signalled the Australian’s intent for this year’s Trans Tasman Series following their emphatic World Cup victory in 2015.New Zealand though to their credit were very strong and brave in defeat: victory clutched away from them in the dying seconds of the match.The match was significant for Elin Mortimer the day after celebrating her birthday notching a hat-trick along with Leah Opie-Lukins enjoying a memorable Trans-Tasman return with three touchdowns to her name as well.  â€œIt was a real arm wrestle to be honest,” Australia’s Assistant Coach, Justin Creighton said post-match. “We came out expecting it be a grind and it was even more-so than we thought. A couple of big moments we needed to win and we didn’t – and that put us under pressure.“We were very happy in the box and felt that if we go through it with our composure and if we keep calm and stick to our processes we would get there in the end.“NZ played a very clever and smart style of game and exploited a few areas we didn’t even know we had so we will work on these. Katherine Stevens in defence and James Blackwood were really strong too as well, but all the guys did great and particularly those on debut tonight.” Dean Springfield opened Australia’s account very early in the opening stanza and set the tone for the Australians scoring within the first minute following a nice sweep play.Elin Mortimer on the left flank danced with the sideline and was the next to score but a quick reply by Danyon Morgan-Puterangi within the next set brought New Zealand right back into the match.Opie-Lukins crossed-out wide at the seventh minute for Australia with Morgan-Puterangi going over for his double early in the match. Mortimer crossed for an early brace at the 15th minute mark, the recipient of another good long ball out wide.The Kiwis’ Mark Hodson scored following great lead-up work again by their number six, Mackenzie Haugh bringing the score to 4-3 and then Sammi Stanton on the cusp of half-time brought the score level to go into the break with the scores all locked-up.Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta opened the scoring for New Zealand in the first half and Leah Opie-Lukins crossed again out wide on the stroke of half-time taking both teams to the sheds with five in the bank.Within thirty seconds though the Kiwis moved in front for the second time in the match only to see Trent Touma squeezing his first try in near the right corner post to lock the score up again 6-all.New Zealand captain Wiremu Takerei crossed then Katherine Stevens from Australia following some great phase play by Springfield and Lang. Zara Nicholas followed up soon-after with a great touchdown as well.Then a late sweep to the right corner brought Dylan Thompson delivered Opie-Lukins her hat trick.New Zealand wasn’t going away though with Rauwhero scoring wide-out from a brilliant 25m left to right pass just one in arrears.  Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta scored his double with a minute left to lock-up with scores again.Elin Mortimer scored her hat-trick within the last 30 seconds avoiding the dreaded drop-off and putting the exclamation mark on a very exciting match.Australia can now breathe a sigh of relief and look to wrap up their series in Game Two tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 10 (Mortimer 3, Opie-Lukins 3, Springfield, Touma, Nicholas, Stevens) defeated New Zealand 9) Muir-Tuuta 2, Morgan-Puterangi 2, Takerei, Stanton, Hodson, Robinson-Bartlett, Rauwhero)Related LinksMixed match reportlast_img read more