first_imgTonight in San Diego, the USC Alumni Association and the Marshall Keenan MBA Career Resource Center will host their fourth Pink Slip Party, a networking program that has been praised for providing practical benefits and moral support to unemployed USC alumni.These events invite Trojan alumni who are out of work to receive free one-on-one career counseling and résumé help from professionals.Two pink slip parties have been held so far at venues in Los Angeles as well as one in San Francisco. Attendance has remained high since the parties began in June, with each event drawing about 200 alumni.Scott Turner, associate director of the Alumni Career Services Program and founder of the Pink Slip Party program said he sees it as an opportunity for alumni to network and to realize they are not the only ones dealing with unemployment.“A pink slip party is usually when laid off workers get together in a bar to feel better and talk about their experience,” Turner said. “I took this idea and modified it.”For his version of a pink slip party, Turner has hired career coaches to teach people how to market themselves in an economic downturn. Turner works together with Scott Mory, CEO of the USC Alumni Association, to host these events.“There are alumni out there who are in need of career support and moral support,” Mory said. “The idea is to provide a way for alumni who are going through a similar process to go through it together.”Peter Giulioni, executive director of the Keenan MBA Career Resource Center, said these workshops can be “incredibly useful.” “Having a trained professional look at your résumé, getting people to validate that you have a good skill set and just meeting other people who are also in the job search process can all be very helpful to the alum who is seeking a job,” Giulioni said.He said he thinks attendees benefit not just from the career advice but also from the emotional support.“It feels like, ‘I’m not in this by myself, there are people here to help me, and the Trojan network is alive,’” Giulioni said. “It also takes away a little bit of the stigma of being a certain age and being out of work.”Turner said the relaxed atmosphere of the events tends to draw younger alumni, but alumni of all ages have shown up at past events.He said feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and he cited the career coaches as a key aspect of this success.“The most important thing is the professional career coaches,” Turner said. “Being able to sit down for 15 minutes with a professional career coach for free is something you don’t really get to do anywhere else.”There will be 11 career coaches at the San Diego event tonight, ranging from the President of Thompson Search to a vice president at the TriStaff Group. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will also be there to provide free financial advice. As of Monday evening, 200 USC alumni were already registered for the event.USC seniors who will be venturing into the job market soon said they see value in events like the pink slip parties and are glad the Alumni Association is taking an active role in helping graduates find jobs.“The closer I get to graduation without having a job, the more uneasy I become. But knowing that a post recruiting service exists does make me feel a bit more comfortable,” said Eric Gallegos, a senior majoring in accounting.Turner said seniors are not the target market for the pink slip series, and plans are already in motion to hold the next event in Los Angeles this spring, but he sees no reason why seniors couldn’t go.“There’s no reason at all why graduating seniors couldn’t attend,” Turner said. “They are getting ready to jump into the marketplace.”Though the pink slip parties have received a lot of support, they are just one of many programs geared at helping unemployed alumni.“The pink slip parties are happening in the context of a much greater initiative to help support our alumni in finding careers,” Mory said. “For the last year, the Alumni Association and the Career Planning and Placement Center have been involved with a campaign called ‘Trojans Hiring Trojans’ for alumni who are in a position to hire and want to help unemployed USC graduates.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter victories in all five divisions yesterday, Australia repeated the feat today. The New Zealanders fought hard but were unable to match the Aussies, and with pride on the line tomorrow will be out to prevent 3-0 series wins in all divisions. The Men’s 30’s match, as was expected, was the match of the tournament. In both a physical and passionate display the match had everything from injuries to periods of time, Australia coming from behind to steal victory in the tight battle. ResultsMen’s 50’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Men’s 45’s –  Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 40’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 4.Women’s 30’s – Australia 7 defeated New Zealand 2.Men’s 30’s – Australia 10 defeated New Zealand 8.For full match reports visit the Trans Tasman website at: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6460-0-114197-0last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stock indexes jumped Wednesday to reverse some of their big losses from the week before. In the U.S., technology companies rallied and energy companies rose along with crude oil prices. Health care and industrial companies also jumped, while safer, high-dividend stocks like utilities and household goods makers were little changed.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 31 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,668 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 271 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 24,641. The Nasdaq composite jumped 110 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 7,142. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 1,460.Stocks have gyrated this week after they took steep losses at the end of the week before. The repeated changes in direction reflect investors’ nervousness about the health of the global economy, as economic growth is expected to slow down in 2019 and the U.S.-China trade dispute and rising interest rates could both make that slowdown more painful.EARLY LEADERS: Among technology companies, Microsoft rallied 2 per cent to $110.79 and Apple added 1.3 per cent to $170.87. Amazon gained 2.3 per cent to $1,681 and Netflix jumped 3.6 per cent to $274.89 as internet and media companies joined in the gains.Among industrials, Caterpillar climbed 2.5 per cent to $126.27 and Boeing rose 1.4 per cent to $326.50. Equipment rental company United Rentals surged 7.8 per cent to $109.76 after it gave strong forecasts for 2019 and said it will start buying back more stock this month. The company said it stopped buying its own stock at the beginning of November following an acquisition.TURMOIL IN BRITAIN: British legislators forced a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May. The vote is scheduled for later Wednesday and could end May’s tenure and bring even more chaos into British politics. Lawmakers within the Conservative Party have expressed frustrations with May over her negotiations of Britain’s departure from the European Union, and many of them want a cleaner break from the trading bloc. Opposition lawmakers don’t want Britain to leave the EU.The uncertainty has knocked the British pound sharply lower in recent days, but it rose Wednesday to $1.2622 from $1.2527. The British FTSE 100 stock index added 1.1 per cent.INFLATION WATCH: U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November, according to the Labor Department. Prices had edged up over the previous seven months. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.2 per cent in November and is up 2.2 per cent over the last year. However energy prices fell sharply as the price of crude oil plunged more than 20 per cent in November.OVERSEAS: The CAC 40 in France surged 2 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose 1.3 per cent. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.4 per cent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.6 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 0.7 per cent to $52.02 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 1.5 per cent to $61.08 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices slipped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.89 per cent from 2.88 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 113.29 yen from 113.40 yen. The euro rose to $1.1361 from $1.1325.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The new year brings with it tax changes at the federal level that will affect just about every Canadian, as well as small businesses.One of the first changes workers will see is an increase in Canada Pension Plan premiums coming off their paycheques — the first of five years of hikes to pay for enhancements to the pension plan.Employment Insurance premiums, on the other hand, will drop by four cents for every $100 of insurable earnings.Meanwhile, the small business tax rate is going down from 10 to nine per cent. But changes to how much so-called passive income a small business can hold are also coming into effect, which is expected to push some businesses into paying a much higher corporate tax rate.Also in 2019, low income workers can qualify for an increase in the Canada Workers Benefit. But they will have to wait until 2020 to receive the extra money.The federal government’s new carbon pricing system will also come into effect in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own, resulting in higher costs for fossil fuels by April, and direct rebates to partly offset the increased costs.Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer is already gearing up to make it an issue leading to the October federal election, calling 2019 the year of the carbon tax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two Transported To Hospital After Collision On KBeach Road

first_imgBoth drivers were injured and transported to Central Peninsula Hospital.  Barnes was charged with Negligent Driving.  Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash however the operation of a cell phone is believed to be. Central Emergency Services and the Alaska State Troopers arrived on scene and contacted the drivers of both vehicles, one of which was entrapped. According to Troopers, Julianne Barnes, 34 of Soldotna, was driving a Chevy Suburban when she crashed into the back of a Ford F150 driven by Thomas McCray, 64 of Soldotna. The investigation is ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two individuals were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital following a motor vehicle collision on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Judy Lynn Lane, around 10:05am, Wednesday.last_img read more

Nikiski Spring Cleanup May 1119

first_imgJust last week the sixth annual Kenai River Spring Cleanup collected 2,330 lbs of trash from Soldotna-area parks. Hundreds of students participated in the annual clean-up effort. Alaska Waste has volunteered to pick up the bags on May 20th. They will pick up bags on the main highways in Nikiski throughout the week. The Nikiski Spring Cleanup will run from May 11-19.  The week-long event is sponsored by the Nikiski Community Council and the Nikiski Rec Center. Volunteers can stop by the Rec Center and pick up designated bags and sign up to be entered in a drawing that will be held during Family Fun in the Midnight Sun.center_img Both the Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce also distribute little yellow bags to local volunteers dedicated to making the Kenai Peninsula a cleaner place to live. Shannon Davis, Executive Director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Don’t be shy about coming in and picking up some of those clean-up bags.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home — it’s for the community we call home, too. Local organizations are inviting volunteers to pitch in at cleanup events throughout Nikiski starting on Saturday.last_img read more

Al Qaeda suspects porn film found to contain treasure trove of secret

first_img Hide files within files for better data security Citation: Al Qaeda suspect’s porn film found to contain treasure trove of secret documents (2012, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-al-qaeda-porn-treasure-trove.html The files were hidden in the video file through a process called steganography or concealed writing. The term steganography includes methods used for centuries, such as invisible ink, but now also includes techniques such as concealing (often unencrypted) content inside a digital image, video or audio file. Steganography conceals data within “plain sight,” which makes it difficult to detect.Digital steganography can be done on audio files by manipulating the waveform to hide data, but such changes produce noise that is more obvious than changes visible to the eye. Data can be hidden in image files opened in a text editor simply by inserting text at the end of the file, but more sophisticated and effective methods use special software to manipulate individual bytes or pixels of the media file. For example, readily available software can be used to manipulate the properties of individual pixels within an image. The color of pixels is determined by vector values representing the intensity of each color (red, green and blue in RGB systems, for example), and these values can be manipulated to hide data.Other steganographic software tools convert bytes of data to be concealed into individual binary bits (0 and 1) that are then substituted for the least significant bits in the media file. The substitutions are spread throughout the media file following a sequence or algorithm, to make detection more difficult and distortion of the media file less noticeable. Another, even more sophisticated method is to manipulate the discrete cosine transform coefficients (DCTs) used to compress JPEG files to hide data into parts of an image. This method enables the hidden data to survive even if the image is later cropped, resized or compressed.The forensic task of revealing data hidden within files is complicated because the area is rapidly developing and becoming ever more sophisticated, but security programs are available that can help researchers detect manipulations within images and other digital files.The researchers from the German Federal Criminal Police (BKA), spent many weeks examining the hidden pornographic video found on suspected Al Qaeda member, the Austrian Maqsood Lodin, when he was arrested in Berlin after returning from Pakistan. The video, called “Kick Ass,” was stored in a password-protected folder and within the video they found a file called “Sexy Tanja.” Further analysis of this file eventually revealed that it contained more than 100 concealed unencrypted documents describing Al Qaeda plans and operations. A video file has ample room for concealing documents, and would be relatively easy to distribute. In Maqsood Lodin’s memory stick, the porn video contained hidden terrorist training manuals in pdf form in English, German and Arabic, along with numerous documents detailing planned future Al Qaeda attacks, and lessons learned from previous operations. Lodin is currently on trial in Berlin, and has pleaded not guilty to charges of terrorism. 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. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org A suspected member of the Al Qaeda terrorist group, arrested in May last year in Germany, was found with a memory stick hidden in his underwear. Police discovered the stick contained a password-protected folder with pornographic videos inside it, but suspicious computer forensic experts thought there must be more. After weeks of analysis, they determined that one of the pornographic videos contained concealed documents detailing Al Qaeda operations and plans.last_img read more