Gardaí issue warning over text banking scam

first_imgGardaí have issued a warning to the public over a new text message scam focused on gaining access to personal bank accounts. Consumers are being advised to be on alert to a text message or ‘smishing’ scam in which victims receive a text appearing to be from their bank asking them to confirm personal details or click on links to unfreeze their account. The criminals behind the scam are aiming to obtain personal information that will allow them to steal money from bank accounts. Consumers should note the warning signs of false texts:The text message will be unsolicited The text message will always seek information that allows access to bank accounts, Note; banks or other financial institutions would not look for that kind of information.The text will instruct the individual to go to a website or make a phone call to a specified number The text will create a fear that if the customer does not take action requested in the text, their account will be compromised The text will emphasise the need for urgent action by the recipient of the text Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) stated that “banks and other financial entities will never make unsolicited contact with individuals asking for personal details, account numbers, 4-digit pin number or passwords.” He warned that “people receiving unsolicited communications looking for these personal details should not reply to text messages, emails or other communications. They should contact their bank independently to check on the validity of the communications they have received before taking any action”.If you think you have responded to a Smishing text message, contact your bank immediately. Gardaí have released key details of the scam:1. The message will imitate a text from your bank. 2. The message will typically ask you to click on a link to a website to “verify”, “update” or to “reactivate” your account. 3. It may ask you to reply to the text message with personal or financial information or to click on a link to website. 4. If it includes a link, the website is a fake one. The website will then attempt to get you to disclose personal or financial information. If clicked on it also could download dangerous software known as malware to your computer or mobile device.  5. Often the text will create a sense of urgency to make you act without thinking e.g. your money is in danger or your account will be frozen. Gardaí issue warning over text banking scam was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

What is the role of the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ)?

first_imgGlobalisation is upon us and South Africa is ensuring readiness by adopting what is called Specialised Economic Zones (SEZ). According to Investopedia, an SEZ is a designated area in a country subjected to specialised economic regulations different from other areas. These zones play a huge role in encouraging trade and investment opportunities that benefit the country through job creation.The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (‘Gauteng IDZ’) was founded in 2009 under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and was established with the purpose of developing and operating the designated Industrial Development Zone at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport accommodates over 21 million passengers annually, making it Africa’s largest and busiest international airport.The vision of the GIDZ is “to identify, design, package and enable focused export driven manufacturing and beneficiation programmes for location at the OR Tambo International Airport IDZ. OR Tambo International is known for its exceptional infrastructure and resources. It is a well-positioned logistics and distribution hub for air cargo internationally and in the region. OR Tambo international is the largest air cargo airport on the African continent, with the capacity to handle 40 000 tonnes annually. 82% of South Africa’s cargo comes through OR Tambo.”How does an IDZ impact citizens? In an effort to reposition itself in the world economy, the South African government launched the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme with the aim to facilitate inclusive and competitive economic growth in order for citizens to enter new jobs and benefit from the investments attracted.The GIDZ also runs a post-graduate Jewellery Design course called Design@50. The Jewellery Design Centre was established in 2013, and puts students through an 11-month course offering training in Marketing, Commercial Jewellery Design and Product Development, utilising state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing technology. The centre aims to increase technology proficiency ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and pave the way for skilled designers by shaping talent that can contribute to the development of the South African jewellery market.Design@50 was launched as part of the OR Tambo Industrial Development Zone, currently under construction next to OR Tambo International Airport.To find out more about the GIDZ, click here: http://www.gidz.co.zalast_img read more

Meet the new C-level executives born of smart cities

first_imgRelated Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#Amsterdam#Atlanta#Boston#Internet of Things#IoT#Miami#New Orleans#Paris#Smart Cities#Zurich How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Donal Powercenter_img Startup-land is populated with vaguely named denizens like “data ninjas”, “digital sherpas” and “chief evangelists.” However, the fast-growing smart cities space is adding new C-suite roles to the executive roster that actually have meaning.Network World discussed some of the new smart city specialists that are appearing as advisors for governments that are leading the smart cities charge.A significant new addition to city executive councils around the globe is the Chief Data Officer, who can be found in such cities as Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and San Diego.The proliferation of this new role is thanks to the greater presence of Internet of Things (IoT) technology where torrents of new data need to be harnessed. As well, more cities are seeing value in furthering open data strategies that raise complex technical and privacy issues.“The chief data officer would likely be responsible for championing and driving the use of data throughout every department in the city and for breaking down the silos of data, ensuring that data becomes part of everyone’s responsibility,” said TM Forum vice president Carl Piva. “Indeed, with the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation and an increasing push for a data-driven approach in cities, this role is likely to grow in importance.”Another new role is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) who is responsible for strategies that bolster a city’s ability to cope with unforeseen events that have widespread urban impact.The CRO not only plans for such natural catastrophes as hurricanes and climate change, but human-made stresses like terrorism, economic inequality and racial strife.Cities with Chief Resilience Officers include New York, Boston, New Orleans and Miami.Meanwhile, cities that are incorporating more active-transportation strategies have prioritized projects to make the urban space more bicycle friendly. And so is born the Chief Bicycle Officer.Meet your Chief Bicycle OfficerAtlanta appointed Becky Katz its Chief Bicycle Officer last year as the city vowed to get serious with its two-wheeled strategy.Katz’s role involves project development, public outreach, keeping new development cycle-friendly and implementing the city’s Relay Bike Share program.And for those that like to burn the midnight oil, an increasing number of citizens and tourists desire 24/7 access to such amenities as restaurants, offices, libraries and night clubs. And with an increasingly globalized workforce, smart cities must accommodate chunks of its population who work and play at night.However, the traditional city is designed around the daylight hours, with the nighttime often a lawless afterthought to city hall.To bridge this diurnal divide we meet the Night Mayor, who reigns over a metropolis’ hours of darkness.  Their job is essentially in keeping the peace between the day-oriented population, city hall and the elements of the public and business who prefer the nighttime hours.Such cities as Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich have already installed night mayors to keep the lively wee hours in harmony with the 9-5 world. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges Roger Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title

first_imgMiguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. LATEST STORIES “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Andreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country directorlast_img read more

Blackwater flaunts depth in win over Rain or Shine

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The Elite still drew 16 points from Parks, who came up big down the stretch, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final one minute and 29 seconds with the Painters threatening.Mike DiGregorio also had 16 while import Alex Stepheson posted 13 points and 20 rebounds. Roi Sumang also had himself a night with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals while Mac Belo chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.“They played really, really well tonight as a team. We did what we wanted to do, we played great defense.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA IMAGESRay Parks has been the consistent headliner for Blackwater in its campaign early in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Elite, however, have depth and they showed just that in a 98-92 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Blackwater bounces back, holds off Rain or Shine for 4-1 record Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Blackwater had multiple players having significant impact with five players scoring double-digits led by Allein Maliksi’s 19 points.“What we want for our team is to not be just a one-man show,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said in Filipino after steering his team to its fourth win in five outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We want everybody to contribute not just in scoring but if we let them play, they’ll contribute in every way possible whether it be diving for the ball, boxing out or defending top caliber players.”Parks came into the game having scored at least 20 points in his first four games in the PBA but Blackwater didn’t need its prized rookie to score as much this time with several players stepping up. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more