Caravan carry-on

first_imgOur lingerie story should convince you that British Baker is a broad church. And so it is that we extend a hand oh why hold back, have a kiss, it’s Christmas! to our new friends at Practical Caravan magazine. Stop the Week spotted a story online about a competition that the mobile-dwelling bible ran in association with Lakeland, to find the best caravan-shaped cake. The competition was launched in September alongside a feature on “how to make the perfect caravan cake” (see pic above).Vital business info for cake baking readers, we thought, so we got in touch. “’Perfect’ may have been a bit strong for my caravan cake…,” caravan-writer-cum-cake-baker Alyson Warnock at Practical Caravan told us. Nevertheless, she added, they received an astonishing 100 entries off the back of it, “most of which made my cake look very amateurish.”A harsh self-critic, I’m sure you’ll agree. And if you don’t, then surely the winning competition entry has attained caravan cake perfection (see pic right).last_img read more

Colt Strategy

first_imgAre the Indianapolis Colts trying to improve their defense or are they just changing it?  From their moves so far, you have no idea.  Most NFL teams turn over one-third of their roster each spring.  They do this through the loss of free agents and the draft.The Colts have picked up DE Jabbal Sheard, LB John Simon, and LB Sean Pence.  Most people feel these are just changes, not improvements since they let 6 defensive players go.  The Cincinnati Bengals seem to be doing the same thing with their roster.  However, they have let 2 starting offensive linemen go as well as 2 linebackers.  Neither team seems to have much direction in what they are doing.  Let’s hope they both do better in the upcoming draft.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Accra’s biggest artificial football turf under construction in Kotobabi

first_imgThe area well known for the churning out football talents in the capital, Kotobabi  park will by the close of the year have the biggest artificial astro turf for the community.The 700 seating capacity arena complex will also have a basketball court, volley court and a lawn tennis court for public usage. The modern edifice has a sixteen seater toilet facility and washrooms.The complex upon completion will be known as the Wembley Sports complex and it will be hired to churches, organizations and other institutions for games and other activitiesWembley Astro Turf Turkish Engineers marking out the Turflast_img read more

Do You Need a Darwinian Doctor?

first_imgVisualize a cartoon of Charles Darwin as Hippocrates.  It accompanies a book review in Science by Peter T. Ellison (Harvard).1  Ellison realizes that the mass of material doctors need to master is formidable, but thinks that “Evolutionary biology, however, is no longer an expendable topic in medical education.”    The book is Principles of Evolutionary Medicine by Gluckman, Beedle, and Hanson (Oxford, 2009).  Ellison had only minor gripes about the book.  He was thrilled to see a new treatise on a topic he feels important.  “In 2009, the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, evolutionary biology is still trying to earn a place in medical education,” Ellison said.  He was glad to see a book on this topic specifically designed as a medical school textbook, “and it succeeds brilliantly.”    What, exactly, does Darwinism have to offer?  Ellison summarized three parts of the book:Background: Part one introduces evolutionary theory “from ground zero to a sophisticated, contemporary level.”  Topics discussed are life history, game theory, intragenomic conflict, and human evolution.  “Side boxes present compelling examples drawn from current research literature that convey the excitement and relevance of research in human evolutionary biology,” Ellison said, but he did not cite any examples that would excite a doctor or encourage him to be a better help to patients.Explanation: Part two, Ellison said, includes four chapters that “showcase the power of evolutionary biology to organize and explain complex areas of human biology relevant to modern medicine.”  These include sex, “an evolutionary understanding of reproductive physiology and the forces that have shaped it”; nutrition and metabolism, “topics particularly pertinent in a time of increasing obesity and prevalence of metabolic syndromes that also demonstrate the potential of an evolutionary perspective in forging a synthetic understanding of genetic, developmental, environmental, and behavioral risk factors”; defense, e.g., “the evolution of virulence, antibiotic resistance, immunization strategies, and autoimmune disease”; and human behavior, “including mental illness as well as the influence of lifestyle factors on human health and disease.”  Again, though, Ellison did not explain why an evolutionary explanation is better than a design explanation when it comes to performing surgery.Understanding: Part three “presents a set of effective organizing principles for understanding the causes of human diseases from an evolutionary perspective.”  Ellison says this section can help doctors “internalize and readily apply” what they have learned about evolution.  He did not say how it would make their medical practice better. Medicine has apparently been advancing just fine without Darwin’s input.  Ellison began his review with a puzzling anecdote.  He noted that in 1870, Darwin’s Bulldog himself, Thomas Huxley, addressed medical students at University College London and yet did not mention evolution once.  Huxley’s point was that medical schools need to cut out extraneous material, because students already have too much to learn.  So if Darwin’s Bulldog did not include evolution as an essential element of medical education then, how can Ellison make the case that medical students need lessons in evolutionary theory now, with 140 years of additional complex material added to the curriculum?  Most of the major discoveries in anatomy and physiology at the metabolic, cell and tissue level have been made since then.    Ellison noted that a panel of deans and faculty from medical schools from around the world “endorsed the incorporation of evolutionary principles in medical curricula” last April, “And yet one can probably count on the digits of a three-toed sloth the number of medical schools currently offering such instruction.”  Ellison did not comment on whether that illustrates the survival of the fittest.1.  Peter T. Ellison, “Evolutionary Biology for Doctors,” Science, 4 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5945, p. 1207, DOI: 10.1126/science.1179152.The Darwin Party has been pushing this agenda for years (11/16/2002, 01/13/2003, 05/31/2004, 04/25/2007).  Thankfully med schools aren’t buying it – at least in the free market.  If government takes over medical care, Darwinism will undoubtedly become the central unifying theme of medicine, because it will justify eliminating the unfit to save costs.  Darwinism is all about selfishness, costs and benefits.  It is NOT about compassion and oaths to “do no harm.”    If you would avoid a charlatan trying to fix an ailment you don’t have, then run for your life from a doctor wearing a Darwin fish.  We don’t need the head of Darwin on the body of Hippocrates.  We need the opposite.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

RockYou Hacker: 30% of Sites Store Plain Text Passwords

first_imgIn a chat today lasting over an hour, we got to talk to a person claiming to be the infamous hacker behind RockYou‘s latest data security woes.While he claimed to have no animosity toward users, he had one clear message for websites: Take better care of your customers’ data. RockYou isn’t the only hacked site storing plain text login information, either.What HappenedTo bring us all up to date, here’s the gist of the story so far: The hacker, who we’ll call Tom (not his real name) for brevity’s sake, tells us that he used an SQL injection to gain direct access to RockYou’s database, where he found login information for more than 32 million user accounts. The data was all in plain text and contained third-party site logins, as well.Tom sat on this information for a while. Although he’s posted about similar hacks in the past, he also claims to have exposed the same vulnerabilities and gained access to the same kind of data for many major U.S. sites. Tom wouldn’t reveal which sites he’d hacked, but he did say that he has no intention of using or publishing the data he’s unearthed.But yesterday, incensed by this warning from an Internet security company and RockYou’s claims that only some accounts had been compromised by the security breach, Tom posted about the hack on his blog.We (along with several of our peers) were tipped off to the situation via Twitter, and TechCrunch has since written twoposts about the data breach.Why This Is a Bad ThingOne of the more interesting facets of the story is RockYou’s failure to appropriately protect user’s login credentials. The hacker showed us an image containing the last few lines of a 32,603,388-line, seven-column dataset weighing in at 276 MB. All the data we saw was in plain text; any grade schooler could have used this information to log in to users’ accounts.“If you don’t store passwords for accounts, if somebody hacks you, what can he do? Deface your site. The end,” said Tom.“That’s nothing against 32 million emails with passwords. Count how many of them have PayPal. If I check every one, and only 10 percent of them have it, and I take only $10, it’s a pretty nice amount, don’t you think?”The hacker makes an excellent point with this object lesson, and he clearly holds RockYou and its ilk squarely at fault.Tom, who says he’s employed in a good security-related job, believes there should be laws requiring companies to encrypt user data. He said, “They are now hunting for me, but why? I didn’t do anything wrong. They should now be in jail because they put all of these people at risk. This was just for illustration.”What We Can All DoTom says that one out of every three sites he’s gained access to store user data in plain text databases. “Server owners can use third-party sites for authentications, like Facebook, Google, OpenID or OAuth.” he said. “Why the [redacted] would they want user passwords? I don’t understand that.”For websites, the hacker recommends using hashes with salt or PCI DSS to protect user data. He said that message-digest algorithm-5 (MD5) is an inadequate solution. As a case in point, check out this post we saw today on Slashdot. “If you’re storing it in MD5, it’s nothing… It’s no problem to use a GPU cracker, or better, a botnet of PS3s. I’ve got three at home.”As far as users are concerned, Tom said, “Companies are putting people at risk by storing their data that way. [Users] should use their brains and generate a strong password for each site. He noted that Roboform, PassPack and KeePass are all good tools for storing and maintaining passwords.For the time being, Tom said he plans to leave the RockYou data unpublished and allow his actions to serve as a warning to users and websites to take better care of their data and identities. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odelllast_img read more

Jay Baer on How Talk Triggers Can Revolutionize Your Word of Mouth Marketing, Episode #117

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:16 — 33.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWord of mouth marketing is essential to the success of any business. Why is it then, that so many marketers don’t have a specific word of mouth marketing strategy? Jay Baer, the author of the new book “Talk Triggers,” joins Anthony on this episode of In The Arena to answer that exact question. He’ll walk you through 4 criteria to keep in mind when creating a talk trigger for your business, as well as share stories of how talk triggers have led to immense success for some of the top businesses in the United States. It’s an episode not to be missed – listen now!The persuasive power of offline #WordOfMouth #marketing is 43% higher than stand-alone posts on social media. Learn how to leverage WOM through #TalkTriggers on this episode of #InTheArena with @JayBaer, hosted by @iannarino.Click To TweetWhat are talk triggers and why are they important in word of mouth marketing?Jay explains talk triggers as, “something that you choose to do differently that creates conversation.” They’re not to be confused with marketing tactics. Rather, they’re operational choices that are designed to specifically generate discussions about your business. The single greatest way to grow any business is for your customers to do the growing for you through storytelling. You story arises from your talk trigger – are you giving your audience a story to tell?There is persuasive power in both online and offline conversations about your organizationRecent studies have shown that verbal marketing occurs equally online and offline. However, the persuasive power of offline word of mouth marketing is 43% higher than stand-alone posts on social media. The conversations that occur online and offline typically remain separate, and they are triggered by different things. Jay explains how a stellar talk trigger can be powerful both online and in person on this episode, and you don’t want to miss his insights.Creating a great #TalkTrigger to incorporate in your word of mouth #marketing strategy isn’t easy. Luckily, @JayBaer shares his top 4 criteria to follow when brainstorming ideas on this episode of #InTheArena hosted by @iannarino. Listen now!Click To TweetFollow these 4 criteria to craft a great talk triggerCreating a great talk trigger to incorporate into your word of mouth marketing strategy isn’t easy. Luckily, Jay shares his top 4 criteria to follow when brainstorming trigger ideas, and they’re all featured on this episode of In The Arena. But don’t miss the full story – be sure to check out his book on Amazon and wherever you buy books.Remarkable – it needs to be worthy of remarks – people don’t share mediocre storiesRelevant – it cannot simply be about gathering attention, because chatter only lasts for a short period of timeReasonable – different enough to attract attention, but not so “out there” that people are wary of the offerRepeatable – a talk trigger isn’t just a one-time stuntLearn from their success – both The Cheesecake Factory and Doubletree have stellar talk triggersTwo of the best examples of profitable talk triggers come from The Cheesecake Factory and Doubletree. At 5,940 words, the Factory’s menu is impressively long. But the menu is so much more than an expansive offering of entrees – it’s a specific marketing strategy. Their menu has become so infamous that when Jay and his team polled hundreds of Cheesecake Factory customers, they discovered that 38% had told someone else about the menu in the past 30 days, without being asked or prompted. This allows the Factory to spend $276 million less per year on marketing than the Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse.Consider also Doubletree’s goal to give hotel guests the warmest welcome in the hotel industry, complete with a fresh, warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Their cookies fit within the context of what they do, and they’ve been doing it for over 30 years. They sustainably delight their customers time after time, and that’s the truest sign of a successful talk trigger.“The single greatest way to grow any #business is for your customers to do the growing for you through #storytelling.” Hear more from #marketing expert @JayBaer on this episode of #InTheArena, hosted by @iannarino. Listen here! Click To TweetOutline of this great episode Jay Baer, digital marketing guru, on why he wrote a book on word of mouth marketing The persuasive power of online and in-person word of mouth marketing What are talk triggers and why are they important? Your talk triggers don’t have to be huge gestures – follow these 4 criteria to craft a great talk trigger Why is being relevant important in your talk trigger? Reasonability is just as important when designing a talk trigger Talk trigger success comes from repeatable strategiesResources & Links mentioned in this episodeTalk Triggers websiteConvince and Convert websiteJay’s websiteBOOK: “Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers”BOOK: “Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth”BOOK: “Contagious: Why Things Catch On”Ep 53, “Jay Baer on Hugging Your Haters and the Real Value of Stellar Customer Service”SPONSOR: MailTag.IODufl brandConnect with Jay on LinkedInFollow Jay on TwitterFollow Jay on FacebookThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Tweets you can use to share this episodeAuthor & #marketing expert @JayBaer explains how a stellar #TalkTrigger can be powerful both online & in person on this ep of #InTheArena, and you don’t want to miss his insights. Listen now – your word of mouth marketing strategy will thank you. @iannarinoClick To Tweet#TalkTriggers aren’t #marketing tactics. Rather, they’re operational choices that are designed to specifically generate discussions about your business. Learn more from expert @JayBaer on #InTheArena, hosted by @iannarino.Click To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Mary Kom: The woman as lean, mean fighting machine

first_imgWomen in Bollywood are usually presented as sexualised beings. If they are tough, they are portrayed as almost masculine, as in the recent film, Mardaani, where Rani Mukerji’s swagger approximates that of a generic male police officer. If they are soft, they are backlit in such a way that their curves are highlighted along with the old reliable studio rain in a wet sari routine (Sridevi in Mr India anyone?). And if they are your garden variety heroine, they have to do the obligatory midriff baring song, swinging to Hinglish lyrics, preferably as item songs which call them everything from baby dolls to badnaam Munnis.Priyanka Chopra as Mary is a completely uninhibited performance, lived physically and mentally So Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom is a relief. The camera lingers lovingly on her muscles as she stretches, does push-ups, punches, and gets punched. This is a woman’s body as a winning weapon, a lean, mean fighting machine, honed to perfection with months of rigour and training for a purpose other than titillation. This is not a woman as either Madonna or whore. This is a woman as an athlete at the top of her game–when she squares her shoulders in a tight-fitting white button down shirt while apologising to a hateful sport official, biting down her famed temper, you can almost see her muscles flexing with the effort of restraint. Salman Khan would have been proud. Ain’t nobody got a body like Shiela. So sang Shiela in Shiela ki Jawani. Katrina/Shiela, please meet Priyanka/Mary.advertisementBollywood movies still idealise the woman as someone who lives for others, as mother, daughter, wife, worker. Here Mary is shown as being totally dedicated to her sport. As her coach tells her: surrender to boxing. He tells her other fundamentals: committment, focus, no gain without pain and show no mercy. Like Maggie in Million Dollar Baby, Mary is a willing pupil, happy to go on an empty stomach if she gets a chance to fight–mera pet khushi se hi bhar gaya, she says.Mary is shown as being totally dedicated to her sport And when she becomes a mother, she, like all new mothers I know, is part elated and part depressed. She thinks it’s the end of her boxing career, and is resentful it happened while she was at the top. It’s when her husband supports her and asks her to think about herself–a rarity in Bollywood–that she starts training again, though she knows it will be tough to get back into shape.The movie addresses other areas that Bollywood shies away from–a married couple which is still attracted to each other, the female gaze (in a quick scene, Priyanka is shown ogling at her husband as he steps out of the bath), and a woman’s desire to be visible (in a telling scene on a bus, Mary is appalled when she is addressed as aunty by a child).How is Priyanka Chopra as Mary? It’s a completely uninhibited performance, lived physically and mentally. The fight scenes are visceral, and the fake bruises ain’t pretty. Priyanka’s freckles may be artfully spaced across her cheeks in too obvious a fashion and her accent a little dodgy, but it is a performance that channels Mary’s spirit–anyone who can apologise to India even after winning a bronze medal at the Olympics Games deserves India’s eternal gratitude.last_img read more