Diversification of business needed in Region 5 – new Chamber of Commerce

first_img…as 5 new faces added to Chamber’s executiveThe Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) has elected a new executive to serve for the 2019-2020 physical year. Five new faces were placed on the organisation’s executive, with new comer Altabh Khan.The full executive is Khan – President, Niron Singh – Vice President, Tage Singh – Treasurer, and Business Development and LiPresident of the Region Five Chamber of Commerce,Altabh Khanaison Officer – L Luke.Imran Saccoor – Secretary and Krishna Sewlall – Public Relations Officer, previously served on the Board of Directors, wile Leanna Amanda Bachan retains the post as administrator.Khan said that over the next year, the Chamber will continue to embark on its commerce initiatives, including the Region Five Business Fair, Tourism Night amongst others.He said the Chamber will continue to advocate the call for D’Edward/Rosignol to be a township, noting that the community satisfies the requirements for a township.However, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has been pushing to have Fort Wellington become a town in the region.Meanwhile, other activities on the card for the 2019-2020 period by the Chamber include the Region Five Expo, sport and beach tourism activities, and training seminars amongst others.The new Chamber President called on the business community to support his call for a transformation of the region.He said there is the potential to transform the way commerce is conducted and urged all businessmen and women to play their role in the transformation process. Acknowledging that the region is an agricultural driven community, he mentioned that farmers need to adapt to the changing agricultural world and utilise better technology and farming methods, including hydroponics and green house farming, if they are to remain competitive as the cost of inputs continue to rise.Diversification of business was also touted as an initiative to be adopted since some of the traditional industries including rice and sugar continue to be challenged.“Farmers also need access to packaging plants wherein they can have options to market their produce. Cheaper cost of financing is also needed to support the agricultural initiative and farmers need to adopt a cultured approach to seek out foreign markets and export their produce rather than placing reliance on domestic market.”Khan noted that petty crimes continue to be a hindrance to the businesses society and this must be addressed. He added that a safer business environment is needed.Through collaborative efforts, the Chamber hopes to engage and work with regional authorities to implement and develop programmes that can be beneficial to youths for the creation of jobs.Khan added that the Small Business Bureau can give loans and grants in this regard.“However more marketing is required at the regional level as micro and start-up businesses are still not aware of how to access this facility,” the Chamber President pointed out.last_img read more

Bengals’ Palmer helps lead AFC

first_imgHONOLULU – Even while the star-studded AFC cruised to a comfortable lead in the Pro Bowl, USC product Carson Palmer could sense a wacky finish lurking just beyond everybody’s control. “With this much talent, anybody could change the game at any time,” the Cincinnati quarterback said. “You’ve got to expect something crazy to happen, because it will.” Palmer’s hunch proved correct in the improbable final minutes – but thanks to Palmer’s poise and a costly NFC penalty, the AFC’s Hawaiian vacation ended with another win. Nate Kaeding kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to cap another strong drive led by Palmer, the MVP of the AFC’s 31-28 victory Saturday in the 57thedition of the NFL’s all-star game. The NFC trailed 28-14 with 3minutes to play before injecting a little drama into this normally mellow exhibition. Steven Jackson scored on a fourth-down TD run, and Ronde Barber recovered an onside kick to set up Anquan Boldin’s 47-yard TD catch from Tony Romo with 1:48 left – followed by a tying 2-point conversion catch by Carolina’s Steve Smith. Suddenly, the AFC’s $40,000bonuses for winning the game were in doubt. But just as quickly as the NFC’s playmakers got back in the game, the AFC got it together again. “I had a feeling they were going to have one more shot,” Jackson said. “These games are all about who lands the last punch, and Carson is a great player.” Palmer, who passed for 190yards and two touchdowns, calmly got the AFC across midfield – and then Arizona’s Adrian Wilson, mistakenly believing Palmer’s long pass had been tipped, leveled Chad Johnson at the goal line before the throw reached them. The 39-yard pass-interference penalty put the ball near the goal line. SanDiego’s Kaeding easily made his field goal, setting off fireworks at sold-out Aloha Stadium for the talent-rich AFC’s eighth win in the last 11 Pro Bowls. Palmer threw a 42-yard TD pass to Johnson and a 72-yarder to Reggie Wayne, and Baltimore’s Ed Reed intercepted two passes before the frantic finish. Palmer, who took over for Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning after just two series, went 8 for 17 in his first Pro Bowl appearance after missing last season’s game with a knee injury. center_img “This is all just a fun game,” said Reed, who tied the Pro Bowl record for interceptions. “Carson made two great throws, and those guys made great catches. We needed those points.” League MVP LaDainian Tomlinson also ran for a score as the AFC underlined its regular-season superiority – but until things got tight, neither side cared much about the result in the league’s annual postseason showcase. NFC starter Drew Brees also played just two series before dislocating his left elbow – a scary moment for Sean Payton, his coach with both the Saints and the NFC squad, but one that’s unlikely to affect next season. 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

Family’s tragedy turned into hope

first_img“It started off as a walk-in drug counseling center, but we soon saw a need for more services,” she said. The nonprofit center, with a $1.3 million annual budget, now offers a variety of services including drug abuse counseling, domestic abuse counseling, food distribution for La Habra residents, low-cost dental care, translation, a literacy development program, nutrition, budgeting classes and more. About 10,000 clients come through the door annually, said Lester, 68, who has been involved with The Gary Center for 25 years. Although a lot of the clients are ordered to weekly counseling sessions by either the court system, probation officers or social services, there are clients – families and individuals – who seek help on their own, counselor Jorge Montoya said. “Most of the cases involve domestic abuse,” he said. “But it’s challenging to break through their barriers no matter why they come here.” Montoya, 34, said there are different levels of willingness to open up to the 15 counselors. The center’s staff also visits area schools to counsel students on anger issues and drug and alcohol abuse. “Some of the students are referred by their teachers who’ve observed behavior that has sent up red flags,” Lester said. One of the most popular services, said Lester, is the dental clinic, which serves about 3,000 clients a year. “Without this clinic, a lot of families would not have access to dental care,” Lester said. The clinic offers dental services on a sliding scale dependent upon income for individuals 14 and older; $5 per visit for children 5 and under and $10 for children age 6 through 13. “For a lot of children, this is the first time they’ve ever been to a dentist,” said Aida De Leon, registered dental assistant. The clinic has grown from two chairs to four because of the generous donations of contributors, said John Rees, president of The Gary Center board of directors. He estimates that 25 percent of the center’s budget comes from client fees and 75percent comes from grants, the Orange County chapter of the United Way, sponsors and individual donations. “We are able to serve the community through our fundraising efforts,” he said. And those services, especially the counseling, Lester said, help the community as a whole. “If you can get people into counseling, you help society by making it a safer and healthier place,” she said. To volunteer your time or make a donation, call (562) 691-3236. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Kids Dental HealthLA HABRA – For almost 40 years one La Habra family’s pain has helped ease the distress of countless others. Longtime residents Allen and Hope Stafford founded The Gary Center, 341 S. Hillcrest St., in 1971 after the death of their then-19-year-old son, Gary, who died of a drug overdose. It was not only a tribute to their son, said Gary Center Director Martha Lester, but a way to help other families avoid the emotional heartache of drug abuse. last_img read more

Hopes high for Arnold’s speech

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his third state of the state speech Thursday, he will have two competing audiences.Local Democrats say they want to hear that he’s going to give schools more money, but the Republicans want to hear more details on some of the things he’s already proposed, such as a minimum wage increase.“I would like to hear him say there will be substantial increased funding for education,” said state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena. “We’re $700 per student below the national average.”But state Sen. Bob Margett, R-Glendora, said he wants more details on Schwarzenegger’s proposal to raise the minimum wage from $6.75 per hour to $7.75 per hour. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar minimum-wage proposal in September.“I would like him to tell us the impact of a raise in the minimum wage,” Margett said. “(It) doesn’t necessarily mean it will be all bad. Whenever we do something to increase costs, we need to know what those economic impacts will be.”Margett said he also hopes that Schwarzenegger will discuss disaster funding as well as a way to improve flood control in Northern California.“We need a catastrophe insurance program that will take care of everything that will hit in our society,” he said.State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said what Schwarzenegger says is less important than how he does it.“I’m looking for the demeanor,” Romero said. “I’m looking to see a Gov. Schwarzenegger, not a terminator. I’m looking to see someone who wants to find common ground with the Legislature and move out of electioneering and sloganeering.”Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, said he wants Schwarzenegger to discuss his successes.“I’d like to hear him say that because he held the line on taxes and new programs, the economy is rebounding, new jobs are being created and our revenue is up by about $5.2 billion,” Huff said.Huff said the biggest challenge for Schwarzenegger will be to ensure that money goes to education and transportation and taxes are not raised.Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, said he wants to hear details on the governor’s proposals, such as his proposed $50 billion transportation bond issue.“He throws the cliches out,” Bermudez said. “I want to hear how he’s going to deliver. I want to hear how the governor is going to create the reforms he said he’s going to do.”Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, said that Schwarzenegger in early reports appears to be supporting issues she supports, such as the minimum wage hike and a reduction in tuition.“But I am just holding my breath and hoping he does follow through,” Chu said. “This governor has a history of saying one thing and doing another. We want to see his actions following his words.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Poll shows sharp split on illegal-alien issue

first_img “If I were in the White House, I would be pretty pleased about this,” said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor who studies public opinion. “It does suggest pretty strongly that the president has the opportunity to drive public opinion on this.” Arizona State University professor Bruce Merrill said immigration was the first issue he had seen in 20 years that did not clearly break along partisan lines. “Conservative Democrats don’t feel any different from conservative Republicans,” he said, with both camps strongly opposing the idea of rewarding people who broke the law to enter the country. The AP-Ipsos survey of 1,003 adults was conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Debate is swirling in Congress over a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs for an estimated 400,000 immigrants each year. Two-thirds of those surveyed think illegal immigrants fill jobs that most Americans do not want, the poll found. But the survey found greater ambiguity on whether illegal immigrants are good or bad for American society. Fifty-one percent said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to society and 42 percent said they were mostly a drain. Likewise, there was deep division on how serious a crime it should be enter the country illegally. Fifty-one percent thought it should be considered a “minor offense” and 47 percent considered it a “serious criminal offense.” “Americans are quite divided, but it seems as if they are looking for a solution that involves some sort of legal documentation,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc., based in Albuquerque, N.M. He predicted that as the issue gets more attention in coming months, more Americans will start forming strong opinions. Both pro- and anti-immigration interests predicted opinion would move in their direction as people become better informed. Michelle Waslin, director of immigration policy research for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group, said that as people consider the specific requirements that immigrants would have to meet to obtain legal status, they are more supportive of the idea. Paul Egan, director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors stricter immigration rules, said that when people fully understand the potential implications of the guest worker program, they will be more likely to oppose it. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. OK TO STAY: An AP-Ipsos poll found that more than one-half of those questioned – 56 percent – are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the U.S. FOLLOW THE RULES: A smaller segment – 41 percent – opposes offering any kind of legal status to those who did not play by the rules to get here. CAPITAL BATTLE: Congress is debating a proposal that would legalize many illegal immigrants in the United States and expand guest worker programs. – Associated Press Some demographics and details about the AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about immigration. The results are taken from a poll of 1,003 adults conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Ipsos, an international polling firm. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. TEMPORARY WORKER PROGRAM: Some 56 percent of those polled said they favor allowing immigrants with jobs who are in the country illegally to apply for legal, temporary worker status. Democrats, at 62 percent, were more likely than Republicans, 52 percent, to support that proposal. Support decreases with age: 65 percent of those age 18-29 supported it, compared with 54 percent of those 35 and older. Support increases with education. Some 65 percent of those with college degrees support it, while 54 percent of those with a high school education or less oppose it. Support is higher in urban areas, 57 percent, and suburban areas, 59 percent, than in rural areas, 47 percent. CONTRIBUTION OR DRAIN: Some 51 percent of those polled said illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, while 47 percent said illegal immigrants are a drain. Also, 61 percent of those age 18-34 were more likely to say illegal immigrants make a positive contribution, while 46 percent of those 35 and over felt that way. Those most likely to say illegal immigrants make a contribution are: people with college degrees, 64 percent; Democrats, 62 percent compared with 41 percent of Republicans; those earning more than $75,000 a year, 61 percent; young people from 18-34, 61 percent; and nonwhites, 61 percent. Those most likely to say illegal immigrants are a drain: people in rural areas, 53 percent; Republicans, 51 percent compared with 33 percent of Democrats; those over 65, 50 percent; people with income under $25,000 a year, 47 percent. WOULD A FENCE REDUCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Two-thirds of the general population say a fence would not reduce the number of illegal immigrants. Majorities in all groups express a lack of confidence that a fence would make a difference. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Americans are divided about whether illegal immigrants help or hurt the country, a poll finds. More than one-half of those questioned are open to allowing undocumented workers to obtain some temporary legal status so they can stay in the United States. At the same time, people doubt that erecting a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border could help to fix such a complex and enduring problem, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Two-thirds do not think it would work. “You can’t go and round up 11 million people and ship them out of the country,” said Robert Kelly. The Chicago lawyer is among the 56 percent of Americans who favor offering some kind of legal status. “It just isn’t practical,” he said. A smaller but still significant share – 41 percent – opposes offering any kind of legal status, giving voice to a law-and-order mind-set that bristles at the notion of officially recognizing those who did not play by the rules to get here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Illegal is criminal,” said Louella Kelly, a 65-year-old grandmother from Round Rock, Texas. She said her 16-year-old granddaughter has had a hard time finding part-time work because of all the jobs taken by those who are illegally in the country. “If we’re going to give them amnesty, then why don’t we give amnesty to all the people who break out of jail?” Political analysts see an opening in such poll results for President George W. Bush, who supports a temporary guest-worker program. The Republican Party is divided. Business interests want to preserve their access to foreign workers as a cheap labor force, while many conservatives would rather get tough on illegal immigrants. The survey found 62 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans favored temporary worker status. last_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FC

first_imgFinn Harps Coaches presented with disability football certs by Therese Laverty, Donegal Sports Partnership, Also pictured are John Campbell (Secretary Finn Harps FC) James Rodgers Head of Youth DeveFootball for All in DonegalAura Leisure Centre Letterkenny was the venue for the recent “Coaching Players with a Disability Award” facilitated by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).Oisin Jordan National Coordinator of the FAI’s Football for All Programme delivered an excellent interactive session on the day which was well attended by coaches from the Finn Harps Schools Programme. The workshop aimed to assist coaches in working with players with disabilities encouraging them to apply their existing coaching knowledge and skills when coaching players with disabilities.Coaches on the day actively participated in both theory and practical sessions which focused on the inclusion of various types of disabilities.The disability football workshop was the preliminary stage of a bigger plan. Donegal Sports Partnership and Finn Harps FC with the Support of the FAI will now join forces and establish a Football for All Programme in the New Year.The programme aims to increase participation of children aged 6-12 years in football by providing an inclusive sporting environment where everyone is welcome irrespective of ability. Everybody regardless of their ability should have the opportunity to access football in their local club ensuring the FAI promotes an ethos of inclusion within the football community. Speaking in advance of the launch of the “Football for All Programme” Thérèse Laverty, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Donegal Sports Partnership said: “This is huge development for disability sport in Donegal; it’s fantastic that Finn Harps FC have come on board with us and recognise the importance of providing inclusive coaching sessions for children of all abilities, I look forward to working with them on the initiative.”Finn Harps head of Youth Development James Rogers speaking at the launch said: “We are delighted at Finn Harps to be part of this project which will increase the participation of people with disabilities in sport; we are also delighted to be working with Thérèse Laverty and Donegal Sports Partnership in this area.“John Campbell has developed a schools programme that has over thirty schools and over five thousand children participating, with ten coaches also working on the programme. Now that all these Coaches are skilled and confident in the area of coaching people with disabilities it allows us the opportunity in conjunction with Donegal Sports Partnership to make substantial progress in this area.”For further information on the Football for All Club in Donegal which is due to commence in January in Letterkenny, please do not hesitate to contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 074 (91) 16078/16079 or via email at sido@activedonegal.com . DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FC was last modified: December 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LINK UP WITH FINN HARPS FClast_img read more

Mountain is still called Mount Diablo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He then suggested Mount Yahweh, claiming the word meant not only “God” in Hebrew but also “The Creator” in the tribal language of the Miwok tribe. But a tribe spokeswoman said the word is not listed in the Miwok dictionary. The agency also denied the request of a Marin County couple seeking to change the peak’s name to Mount Ohlone and Mount Miwok after two local indigenous tribes. Mijares said he was not surprised by the ruling because he had encountered stiff state and local opposition. “I understand that it is a long-standing name, and I understand there are interest groups that aren’t open to change,” he said. The name Mount Diablo comes from a name Spanish soldiers assigned to an indigenous village set near a thicket near modern-day Concord. Soldiers said a group of American Indians escaped an 1805 military campaign with the help of evil spirits. WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Federal officials have rejected a request to change the name of Mount Diablo after receiving complaints that it was offensive to some religions. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted unanimously this week to keep Mount Diablo’s name the same, saying it “saw no compelling reason to change the name,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Runyan. The Portland, Ore.-based agency was responding to a complaint by Art Mijares, an Oakley man who wanted the name changed to reflect American Indian languages. He withdrew his first suggestion, Mount Kawukum, after learning the moniker was a gimmick promoted by an early 20th-century real estate developer. They called the site “Monte del Diablo,” or thicket of the devil, and American explorers later mistakenly applied the name to the mountain itself, historians said.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

DDTV: SEE THE LAUNCH OF DONEGAL SPORT4LIFE CONFERENCE AND EXPO

first_imgThe Sport4Life Conference and Expo is to be major player in sport and wellbeing development across Donegal.The event, which will be staged at venues throughout Ballybofey and Stranorlar this coming November, will provide the opportunity to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity throughout Donegal and beyond.  Details of the event were announced earlier today and DonegalTV were there to capture the launch.Simply click on the video to see the event.For further details visit https://www.facebook.com/Sport4Life-1… DDTV: SEE THE LAUNCH OF DONEGAL SPORT4LIFE CONFERENCE AND EXPO was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:conferencedonegalexpoSport4Lifelast_img read more

Evaluating Popular Web Browsers in Terms of Security and Privacy

first_imgBrowsers are like gods of the internet; it feels incredible when we skeptically think how just a few codes let us virtually access the world on our fingertips. Statically Google’s Chrome is the market share leader with 62.5% followed by Apple’s Safari at 13.8%.Over the last few years, many browsers have tried to dethrone Chrome but have failed because numbers of windows users are increasing day by day. These numbers indicate people’s interest in browsers and OS, but are we neglecting something crucial here? Apparently, Yes.Security and Privacy are often overlooked over convenience. One should never underestimate the importance of online privacy and security, especially when using the internet.List of ContestantsHere is a list of popular web browsers competing in terms of security and privacy:The runaway market leader: Chrome.Former most used: Microsoft Internet Explorer.The Apple favorite: Safari.Open-Source King: Mozilla Firefox.An Open-Source Version of Chrome: Chromium.The light-sized: Opera.The Anonymous: Tor Browser.The Ranking CriteriaTo decide which browser is the best for privacy and security, we will evaluate them using two criteria:Available security features.Embedded Privacy Tools.Each browser will be rated out of five and will be ranked accordingly.#7. Microsoft Internet ExplorerIt was a trusted browser for many before the release of Chrome. It had near monopoly on browsers like Firefox and Safari. There was a time when internet explorer (IE) ruled the internet, but the wheel of fortune turned, and now Microsoft is urging people not to use IE.Security Features: Internet Explorer is one of the less secure browsers available. Although, internet explorer warns users when they visit a potentially harmful website and it has adjustable security features that can aid in online protection. Still, the features offered by IE are not up to the mark as compared to its competitors.Privacy Tools: Internet Explorer allows toggling pop-up blockers just like Chrome and also sends a “Do Not Track” request to the site you visit and also to the third-party whose content is featured. Additionally, IE features a Tracking Protection which lets you subscribe to tracking protection list. This intimates the browser to prevent listed sites form bombarding cookies on your browser. However, IE is a closed-source, so there is no way someone can tell what sorts of surveillance widgets are being used in the browser itself.#6. OperaIt was developed by Hakon Wium Lie in 1995. The man that developed Opera was also the creator of CSS web standard. Opera has much in common with Chromium; its browser has adopted much of Chromium’s code which makes Opera a trusted browser for privacy advocates.Security Features: Opera is house to many security features that can boost the browsing experience and make it safer. Malware and Fraud protection, blocking scripts and numerous add-ons make opera a secure and strong alternative for Chrome.Privacy Tools: Opera does not feature many customized tools to enhance privacy and security; it thinks that many users do not feel comfortable with a browser that provides such features by default. You can consider choosing the fastest VPN for anonymous browsing and secure internet surfing.#5. Google ChromeIt’s been ten years since the Chrome launch, and it has been an undisputed champion in the browser market share. Given that it has a firm reputation over speed and involvement of Google’s product like Gmail, YouTube and Google Docs in our lives, it is important to evaluate how this browser giant performs on our selected criteria.Security Features: Google has a good history of updating its browser Chrome to ensure that its users enjoy swift internet browsing. Talking of security, Google has long been encouraging hackers to find vulnerabilities in its browsers so that the company can find the loopholes and fix them to improve the product. Chrome also scans anything that is downloaded to minimize the risk of virus infection.Privacy Tools: Google Chrome does have a usual pop-up blocker that sends “Do Not Track” request to the website and third-party that sends the content, but one cannot ignore that Google knows a lot about you. Google chrome contributes so much in telling about you to the company and then monetizes that information to serve you with ads. A prominent example is of Google’s fishy location history policy and the way the browser logs you in automatically whenever you wish to use Chrome.Learn more about How a VPN can help your IoT be safer#4. Apple SafariSafari might sound different to Windows users, but this Apple browser has been featured on PC since 2012 after which it became available for Apple devices. Although Safari is the default browser for Mac, it is facing the same fate as of Internet Explorer as Chrome is sweeping them all.Security Features: Safari does a decent job in protecting its users. It prevents suspicious websites from loading and alerting the user of a potential threat. Safari also prevents malicious codes from affecting your browsing experience by running web pages in a sandbox. Its new feature named “Password Generator” dissuades users to use old passwords. Overall it performs above average in terms of security.Privacy Tools: The recent update by Apple has really up the game for Safari in terms of privacy. Features like camouflaging from digital fingerprinting; intelligent tracking protection and an array of useful add-ons are introduced to enhance user’s online privacy. Safari recently discontinued the use of “Do Not Track,” and it is a closed-source platform; this would not be the case then it would have scored 5/5.Learn more about How you can improve the cybersecurity?#3. ChromiumGoogle Chrome is an open-source platform, but some of its proprietaries come with specific Google code which makes it a semi-open-source platform. Chromium is a pure Open-Source version of Chrome which caters more privacy and is perfect for people who want to benefit from open-source Google platform.Security Features: Since Chromium is an open-source platform user can check by themselves if any vulnerability is patched. Before you opt for Chromium, be sure that you download the software from the verified source, there is so many malware masquerading under the name of Chromium.Privacy Tools: Neither Chromium nor Chrome allows you to disable WebRTC; this leaves users vulnerable to WebRTC leaks. Users can use a VPN service to fight back and to prevent a WebRTC leak. There is one thing where chromium excels from Chrome in terms of privacy; it does not send the data to Google.#2. Mozilla FirefoxOut of all browsers in this list, only Firefox is the one that is developed by a nonprofit company named “Mozilla.” Mozilla Firefox is acclaimed for customizability and is a long-favored alternative to Google, Apple, and Microsoft. It has released a version named “Quantum” which is hyped to be the most privacy-oriented update yet.Security Features: Mozilla Firefox offers a wide range of security features that any internet user will appreciate. Its features include; Malware and Phishing protection, warning users when a site wants to install the add-on and blocking web forgeries. Firefox users can relax after knowing that their browser is one of the most secure amongst its competitors.Privacy Tools: Firefox features ‘Content Blocking’ which allows users to block the trackers that the browsers detect. It offers a wide range of add-ons to its users who want to up their online privacy game. Since Firefox is the only open-source browser that is widely used so anyone can examine what source code is running and make sure no tracking software has its footprints on the code.#1. Tor BrowserThe Tor browser was developed in 2002 to ensure that users browse the internet anonymously. When using a Tor browser your activity and identity keeps hidden as everything you do is encrypted via three layers of network relays.Security Features: A tor browser is highly regarded when it comes to security, as no one can track your internet activity and know your real identity unless you explicitly reveal it yourself. Tor browser also protects its users from websites that use fingerprint browsing history by integrating NoScript.Privacy Tools: The process of protecting your data through three layers of relays makes it incredibly difficult for anyone to trace your activity. However, Authorities and ISPs can see who is using tor, but they cannot see their activity. 2Mozilla Firefox4.5/55/5 4Apple Safari4/54.5 Zubair KhanZubair Hussain Khan 3Chromium3.5/54/5 RankBrowserSecurityPrivacy 5Google Chrome4/51/5 7Microsoft Internet Explorer2.5/52/5 Concluding Comments from the WriterThe browsers above have their respective strengths and weaknesses; they try their level best to give you a secure and private browsing experience and succeed in some ways. If you need surefire protection and want to access restricted websites, then go with a VPN. 6Opera3/51/5 1Tor Browser5/54.5/5 Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Zubair Khan – a foodie by choice and tech enthusiast by profession. He loves to get his hands into modern technology trends and share the knowledge with everyone. He is currently working fulltime for ReviewsDir as a Digital Marketing Executive. Aside of the work life, Zubair loves to travel new places and explore nature, food is still his first love though! Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

2,855 villages in U.P. under water

first_imgThe flood situation in Uttar Pradesh remained alarming on Tuesday with reports of 10 more deaths, taking the toll to 82 in the current wave of floods in the State.“As many as 2,855 villages in 25 districts are inundated affecting a population of over 22 lakh,” the Relief Commissioner’s office said here, citing a flood report as on Monday.It said that around 50,000 people had taken shelter in relief camps in eastern U.P. where there was no let-up in flood fury as the raging waters of the rivers emanating in Nepal caused havoc in vast areas.Army choppers, the NDRF and PAC (flood) jawans continued rescue operations.Water recedes in AssamThe flood situation in Assam improved further on Tuesday with water receding from human habitations and fields.No fresh deaths were reported in the State and the toll stood at 70, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report here said. Altogether 11.02 lakh people had been affected by the floods that submerged 9,000 hectares of fields, the report said.The Brahmaputra river is still flowing above the danger mark at some places. A total of 31,519 people are put up at 94 relief centres.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that under the Prime Minister’s directive, a high-level committee would be constituted to find a lasting solution to the flood and erosion problems of the State.In Himachal Pradesh, one man is feared to have drowned in the swollen Govind Sagar Lake in Bilaspur district. Thirteen houses were damaged following heavy rain.The local MeT office has warned of heavy rain in lower and mid hills over the next 24 hours.last_img read more