Ransomware cyberattack shuts down major US pipeline, company says

first_imgdusanpetkovic/iStock(NEW YORK) — A cyberattack has forced the shutdown of a major gas pipeline in the U.S. that supplies 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.The cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Houston to Linden, New Jersey, began 7 p.m. on Friday night, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency report reviewed by ABC News.“We proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems,” the company said in a statement.Colonial Pipeline said in an update Saturday the attack involved ransomware.Colonial’s network supplies fuel from U.S. refiners on the Gulf Coast to the eastern and southern U.S. and transports 2.5 million barrels a day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products through 5,500 miles of pipelines, the company said.It’s not clear how long the pipelines would be shut down. The shutdown will affect other pipeline operations such as the Buckeye and Twin Oaks Pipeline, which runs through the New York City-Long Island area and Maine, FEMA said.The company, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, said it hired an outside cybersecurity firm to investigate the nature and scope of the attack and has also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies.“Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline,” the company said.President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation, according to a White House spokesperson.“The federal government is working actively to assess the implications of this incident, avoid disruption to supply, and help the company restore pipeline operations as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said.The official said the administration is proactively reaching out across the sector to ensure that they have protections in place that can detect similar attacks.The FBI said it is working with Colonial Pipeline on the ransomware attack.“FBI was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021 and is working closely with the company and government partners,” the FBI said. “We have nothing additional to share at this time.”The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a statement saying they are “engaged” with the company.“We are engaged with the company and our interagency partners regarding the situation,” Eric Goldstein, CISA’s executive assistant director of the Cybersecurity Division said. “This underscores the threat that ransomware poses to organizations regardless of size or sector. We encourage every organization to take action to strengthen their cybersecurity posture to reduce their exposure to these types of threats.”Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spoke about the dangers of ransomware earlier this week given the recent spate of ransomware attacks, including the hack of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.ABC News’ Josh Margolin, Molly Nagle and Luke Barr contributed to this reportCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for American Psycho, Starring Benjamin Walker, on Broadway

first_img Benjamin Walker Star Files Related Shows American Psycho Tickets are now available to check out Benjamin Walker’s killer moves in the eagerly anticipated American Psycho. Directed by Rupert Goold, the new musical is scheduled to begin previews on March 26, 2016 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The opening night date and further casting will be announced soon.American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the tuner follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits, because he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon.The show premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 and had been set to make its U.S. premiere at Second Stage off-Broadway in February 2015, before instead setting its sights on the Main Stem. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

BlackRock launches UK’s first tax transparent fund

first_imgThe fund will track performance of the FTSE USA Index, which tracks US large to mid-cap listed stocks.TTF usage is expected to grow, rivalling similar set-ups in other European countries, as well as the use of life funds in the UK.Two London council pension funds recently announced their commitment to form a collective investment fund, using a TTF structure, which will offer reduced investment fees and maintain tax efficiency.On the launch of the TTF, BlackRock head of UK retail said simple, tax-efficient solutions were important given the complexity for investors.“The introduction of this new structure by HM Treasury last year is an important step in the next generation of tax-efficient solutions for UK investors,” he said.“We also welcome the arrival of a level playing field, bringing the UK in line with other European fund centres.” Asset manager BlackRock has launched the UK’s first tax transparent fund (TTF) following on from the government’s decision to mimic the pooled fund structure seen elsewhere.TTFs are collective funds that provide pension funds with a vehicle that avoids additional tax penalties by treating contributors as individual investors, directly owning securities.These funds, officially known as authorised contractual funds (ACFs) in the UK, are currently available in Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Germany, which has lead the UK tax authority to implement the funds to attract and retain capital on-shore.Since the legislation passed last year, BlackRock has launched the first fund, which will offer a collective environment for investing in US equities.last_img read more

Double Rainbow Shines Over Sunman Tuesday

first_imgDouble rainbow over Sunman Tuesday. (Image: Amanda Richter)SUNMAN, Ind. – We hear Sunman is the place to be if you’re searching for a pot of gold.Amanda Richter captured a stunning photograph of this double rainbow in Sunman Tuesday night.Thanks Amanda!We’ve had storms moving through the region this week and occasional rain showers remain possible through Thursday morning.Dolly Parton may have said it best though, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”last_img

Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship

first_img Yorkshire won the English Men’s County Championship for the 21st time, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 in a final day showdown at Sandwell Park in Staffordshire.Although Yorkshire dominate the list of past winners, this is their first victory for nine years and the victory was sweet, especially after the boys’ and women’s teams narrowly lost their county finals.Team captain Darryl Berry, who has previously played in two winning sides, said: “This is great for the team and for all our supporters. It’s been a brilliant team effort, the lads have been great.”Yorkshire set up their win with a great foursomes performances, winning 2.5 of the three available points. “That was massive,” said Berry, who sent his top players out in the singles with instructions to get their points as quickly as possible. Steve Robins and Kealan Lowe, playing in the first two games, duly obliged and both won 3/2.Robins was bogey free and five-under when he finished, continuing his fine form of the championship. “I think I’ve had three bogeys in the three days,” he said. “I’ve played well this week and had six wins from six games, so I’m chuffed with that.” Yorkshire will also be pleased to hear that the 23-year-old plans to stay amateur next year.Lowe, the Yorkshire order of merit winner, sank a 4ft putt to close out his match and ensure that the team would win the title. His win gave them a total of 4.5 points and, even if they lost the remaining games, they would draw the match and become champions on a countback of points won.“It’s special to get the winning point, really good,” said Lowe, who won all his singles this week. He was playing at Men’s County Finals for the first time, having previously been in the boys’ version and he said: “This is a bit bigger and scarier with more people watching! But it’s been good.”But all of the team – and their many supporters – wanted an outright win and they were determined to get at least one more point. However, Hampshire got the momentum in the next three games with Billy McKenzie fighting back from three down at the turn to beat Bailey Gill 2 up.He was followed by Ryan Harmer who, having been up most of the way against Yorkshire champion Ben Hutchinson, was pulled back to all square with two to play but managed to win one up.Then, English champion Dan Brown was beaten 3/2 by Hampshire’s Mark Burgess and Yorkshire’s hopes of that extra point were pinned on the close match between Will Whiteoak and Hampshire captain Martin Young.Whiteoak held a one hole advantage for most of the back nine, helped by holing a monster putt for a half on 14. He held on to that slender lead, holing a good 10-footer on the last to finish 1up.“We wanted to win outright and that’s why I put Will at the back,” said Berry. “He’s a pressure man and he brings it home every time.”The result meant disappointment for Hampshire who have now come away empty-handed from seven County Finals since 2002. Team captain Martin Young said: “I’m disappointed now, but we’re getting closer and I’m proud of what the team has done and we’ve got four young lads who have never played at this level before.”The play-off for third place was won by Warwickshire who beat Cornwall 5.5-3.5. It’s the first time they’ve finished above fourth in their last five visits to County Finals and team captain Stuart Bloxham said: “Hopefully this will be good momentum to take us forward and we’ll get back to County Finals next year, when the qualifier is on home ground.“Today we played some great golf, we had a very good foursomes (winning 2.5-0.5) and we had some fantastic performances from the players in the singles. It was a hard fought and a great win, especially after the losses of the previous two days.Click here for full scoresCaption: The winning Yorkshire team (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 25 Sep 2016 Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship last_img read more

Watch : Germany and Holland play out a 6-goal thriller

first_imgAdvertisement wbrkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsf3plWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exkus5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1rew8Would you ever consider trying this?😱1ak8nbcCan your students do this? 🌚20vfwRoller skating! Powered by Firework Netherlands won an exciting contest against Germany on Saturday in the Group stage match of Euro 2020 qualification round. It was a very important three points for Holland. After this defeat, Germany stayed at the third position of their respective Group.Advertisement Germany took the lead at the beginning of the match when Serge Gnabry scored the first goal of the match at the 9th minute. Joshua Kimmich and Memphis Depay were booked in the first half of the match. The first half ended with a 1-0 scoreline in favour of Germany.Advertisement The real game began at the second half of the match. Frenkie De Jong scored the equaliser at the 59th minute of the match. Jonathan Tah’s own goal gave Holland the lead for the first time in the match at the 66th minute. Toni Kroos equalised the scoreline at the 73rd minute of the match. Marten de Roon and Frenkie de Jong were booked in the second half of the match.Donyell Malen scored the third goal of the match at the 79th minute of the match. Wijnaldum scored the last goal for Holland at the 91st minute of the match. The match ended with a scoreline of 4-2 in favour of Holland.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pedestrians Find it Tough Going on Shrewsbury Ave.

first_imgRED BANK – Recently repaved and restriped, Shrewsbury Avenue looks nice and is great for traffic, but for pedestrians crossing the busy thoroughfare, things are as tough as ever.“It’s still impossible to get across the street,” said Amy Goldsmith, a Locust Avenue resident and president of the West Side Community Group, an advocacy organization for residents and businesses.A customer at the Shrewsbury Avenue post office makes her way across that busy street.Shrewsbury Avenue is a heavily traveled traffic artery, running north-south through the borough, with motorists regularly using it as an alternative to Maple Avenue/Route 35. The west side thoroughfare, lined with a patchwork quilt of residences and retail and commercial businesses, has a considerable amount of foot traffic with area residents walking or riding bikes around the neighborhoods.Business owners and residents have long voiced concerns about the safety, specifically complaining that motorists regularly scoff at the state law requiring them to yield to pedestrians looking to cross.“If you’re going to step off the curb you better watch what you’re doing,” said Mariana Fernandez, a borough resident, as she contemplated crossing last week.The street, a Monmouth County road, was recently repaved but there are no specific plans to improve the lot for pedestrians – except to ask local officials to look into it, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said.Residents say people don’t stop when they are in the crosswalks and when they do, “they are rude,” said Tricia Nelson, owner of British Cottage furniture, 126 Shrews­bury Ave. Impolite hand gestures often accompany the stop, she said.Nelson and others suggested that plastic signs used elsewhere, including on East Front Street by Riverview Medical Center, that remind motorists of the law be installed. “They could help, don’t you think?” Nelson asked.“They put them on the east side, they should put them here,” said Glenn Piscitelli, an employee of Strokers pizza and deli, 124 Shrewsbury Ave.There have been discussions about various traffic calming proposals, most unrealized, Goldsmith said, such as talk of sidewalk bump-outs, redoing traffic signals and she has even suggested using the large, portable, illuminated signs, to remind motorists to stop for pedestrians.Red Bank Police Captain Darren McConnell said county engineers and officials don’t like the small signs placed in the street for Shrewsbury Avenue because of the street’s relative narrowness. He said, while the signs are used on other roads, “we’re getting away from them. They’re a maintenance issue because cars hit them so often.”Police have been addressing the issue by conducting an ongoing sting operation of sorts on that roadway and others. A plainclothes officer crosses the street and notifies a nearby officer in a patrol vehicle of motorists and pedestrians not adhering to the law.“In a matter of a few hours we give out close to 50 tickets,” McConnell said. The tickets could mean a $200 fine and two moving violation points to the offender, he said.Compliance is not just a problem in the borough.“It’s all over the state,” McConnell said. It’s “more an educational thing than an enforcement thing.”Goldsmith said she is concerned that when she stops her car at a crosswalk, the car following her won’t.“I fear for my life and for the people walking in front of me that the people behind won’t stop,” she said.“My biggest fear is getting squished on Shrewsbury Avenue,” Nelson of British Cottage agreed. She hopes more attention will be paid to the issue before someone is hurt or killed.Shrewsbury Avenue was among road projects, totaling about 20 miles, that the county worked on this year, Arnone said. The project repaved and restriped the road, including crosswalks.Still to be completed is the replacement of the traffic light at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard intersection where a light with a countdown clock will be installed and curb cuts will make the crosswalk handicap accessible, Arnone said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

Public invited to view and have their say on Malin Head visitor plans

first_imgPublic information events will be held next week to unveil a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head and to record the locals’ views on the plans.Donegal County Council and Fáilte Ireland are working with key agencies, business partners and community stakeholders to deliver a visitor management plan for Malin Head. The project aims to build on the unique heritage and culture of the area whilst leveraging its position as the most northerly signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.Keys and Monaghan Architects together with Cooney Architects have been appointed to prepare conceptual design and produce a final plan. Following a period of extensive public and stakeholder consultations, design concepts have been developed and the public are now invited to come and have their say on the proposed plans at any of the following information events:6.00pm-7.30pm on Tuesday the 10th December 2019 at St. Mary’s Community Hall, Carnmalin, Malin Head8.30pm-10.00pm on Tuesday the 10th December 2019 at St. Patrick’s Parochial Hall, Malin Village6.00pm-7.30pm on Wednesday the 11th December at Colgan Hall, Chapel Street, Carndonagh8.30pm-10.00pm on Wednesday the 11th December at Mc Grory’s Hotel, CuldaffFor those unable to attend any of the above information events, the proposed Malin Head Visitor Management Plan will also be available for viewing at www.donegalcoco.ie from Thursday the 12th December 2019.Feedback and observations with respect to the proposal can be made before 4pm on Friday the 20 December 2019 through any of the following options –Can be discussed/delivered to any project team member on the night of the events aboveBy e-mail to [email protected] writing to Community Development, Donegal County Council, Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh, Co. DonegalPublic invited to view and have their say on Malin Head visitor plans was last modified: December 4th, 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

9 Reasons Sales Training Fails

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now There are many reasons sales training fails. These are the reasons I most often come across.Lack of Leadership: I have walked into room after room full of salespeople because I was hired by management to train them, only to watch executive leadership and the sales managers walk out of the room. The leadership wasn’t interested in understanding what their salespeople were being taught, nor were they concerned enough about the execution of the new skills being taught to their salespeople. It was beneath them.Single Event Approach: When sales training is a single event, the expectation is unreasonably high. The trainer is expected to teach five or six concepts, the strategies for employing new skills, and the tactical decisions as to how and when to use them in a way that allows for perfect comprehension. The sales force, for their part, is supposed to grasp all of this information in a single day and exercise perfect recall and flawless execution. This isn’t how people gain new skills.No Ongoing Reinforcement: Most new skills are acquired over time. We tend to make mistakes, and it helps to have coaching and conversations to help the person learning gain an awareness of what they’re doing and how they might make adjustments. Over time, the distinctions they make allow for new choices and their skills improve.Lack of Managerial Will: When salespeople are trained, it is up to their individual managers to reinforce the training, and that means ensuring the sales force is taking new actions and producing new results. It also means that they have to observe the sales force in the field to verify for themselves.No Application: Providing information isn’t enough. Training without a focus on the practical application will not produce the necessary results. The concepts are important, but if the salesperson isn’t taught how and when to apply what they are learning in the context of what they do, they will lack the ability to apply what they have learned.No Consequences for Reverting Back to Old Habits: If there are no consequences for reverting back to old habits, then there is no accountability. If the change you are enabling with training is critical, then the new skills and behaviors cannot be a suggestion; it has to be non-negotiable. If you allow your people to wait you out, they will.Giving Up too Soon: Leaders underestimate how much time and energy is going to take to enable their sales force to acquire new skills, new beliefs, and new behaviors. They move on to other priorities when they need to talk about what they need from their sales force in every conversation. They need to point back to the training and the outcomes it was designed to help them produce over and over again until it becomes “the way we do things here.” When the leader gives up, the sales force gives up.B2C Training for B2B Sales: B2C and B2B are different. The sales approaches are different. The conversations are very different. What is at stake is often very different, as are the implications for the person buying. The approach that one might take when selling cars, where a buyer who walks off the lot is a lost sale, is different from a complex sale, where the buyers are going to need multiple conversations over time to understand what they need, how to change, and to build internal consensus. The tactics used in B2C will ruin your sales in B2B.Not Really Sales Training: Some of what it being described as sales training is not. It is training around the tools salespeople use, especially technological tools that are designed to help the salesperson with all sorts of tasks. Teaching people to use quoting software (or whatever is this year’s fashion) will help them be more efficient and give leaders more control. It might even help speed the quote to a client. But it isn’t likely to change the conversation between the salesperson and their prospect, nor is it going to create a preference to buy from them and their company.last_img read more