FBI sees rise in COVID-19 fraud schemes

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent FBI alert warns consumers and businesses about coronavirus (COVID-19)-related schemes to steal money and personal information.The agency cites three of the most prevalent scams and how to avoid them:1. Fake CDC emailsWatch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations offering information about the virus.Don’t click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment.last_img

Brindisi continues push to keep Bainbridge VA in place

first_img“The most important thing is that the veterans who use that clinic are going to be able to utilize it in the coming year so that we don’t have to see them be forced to travel to other parts to get the healthcare they need,” he said. Last year, a spokesperson for the Bainbridge Community Based Outpatient Clinic said it will move, but Brindisi is adamant on keeping the clinic in it’s Chenango County location. (WBNG) – Representative Anthony Brindisi is continuing his push to keep the veterans clinic in the Southern Tier. Brindisi told 12 News he has pushed for language in legislation to help keep the clinic in place for this year, but that a long-term investment into the clinic is the best way to make sure local veterans are taken care of. He said the clinic offers healthcare services and resources to veterans close by, whereas if the clinic was moved, it would force veterans to go further away to keep the care and treatment they need.last_img read more

Do key stakeholders in the tourism of the cities of Split, Šibenik and Zadar perceive the tourist system as efficient and functional?

first_imgIn the following chart, blue represents the local level, red the county level, and green the national level of the system. As can be seen, the respondents are the most dissatisfied with the national level of the system, and in terms of cities, the respondents are the most dissatisfied with the city of Zadar.For all observed tasks, all levels, local (Split, Šibenik, Zadar), county (Split-Dalmatia, Šibenik-Knin, Zadar) and national levels (CNTB) there was a negative deviation of satisfaction from the importance for each examined task, for all three cities together and for each city individually, which indicates that stakeholders believe that tourist boards are not performing tasks as they should and that tasks need to be performed more efficiently.Observing the satisfaction and importance of the activities performed by stakeholders (travel agencies, private renters, hotels, public institutions, tourist guides, restaurants, hostels) for each of them there was also a negative deviation of satisfaction from the importance. Regarding the overall satisfaction with the system, the largest number of respondents is neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 43% of them, 25% of respondents are satisfied, 22% dissatisfied, 8% extremely dissatisfied and only 2% extremely satisfied. The highest overall average score of job satisfaction was achieved by Split (3,17), followed by Šibenik (3,00) and Zadar with (2,52). The overall average score for all three observed cities was 2,88, therefore, weighing towards dissatisfaction.As many as 76% of respondents support the formation of tourist boards of regions and areas in relation to the existing tourist boards of counties, towns, cities and municipalities. 67% of respondents support the financing of tourist boards primarily through sojourn taxes and tourist membership fees. 69% of respondents believe that the current distribution of income in the ratio of 65% is local, 25% national and 10% county goods and should remain so. Respondents were also asked several open-ended questions. The first question was who should be at the head of the local tourist board, the majority of respondents answered that it should be a “tourism professional with many years of work experience in tourism”, and then how it certainly should not be the mayor or someone from policy ”.Respondents cited “politics, flatulence and unprofessional staff”, “inactivity, sluggishness, slow change, inefficiency” and “lack of coordination and synergy and strategy” as key system problems. Respondents would change staff and education “” depoliticize the system, exclude political staffing “and” better coordinate and communicate with all levels of the system, better communication with the private sector, going to the field, implementing the strategy. “Based on all the above, it can be concluded that the existing system of tourist boards at all three levels from the perspective of key stakeholders in Split, Šibenik and Zadar is not efficient or functional, nor are respondents satisfied with the tasks of any of the three observed levels. Based on foreign examples of good practice and research results, the author gave an opinion on the existing problems, but also recommendations on the reorganization of the system. The first step, which is envisaged by the proposal of the Law on Tourist Boards and Promotion of Croatian Tourism from 2015, according to him, is the organization of the system according to the principles of destination management organization, which presupposes the establishment of tourist organizations primarily on geographical-historical principles and borders, often bypassing administrative borders. , and the principles of tourist offer.The future system would consist of the National Tourist Organization (CNTB), regional tourist organizations (Dalmatia, Lika and Gorski kotar, Istria, Kvarner, Central Croatia and Zagreb, Međimurje and Slavonia), tourist organizations of the area and tourist information centers. According to him, tourist organizations in the area should be mandatory, and not be established only if the mayors and mayors of two or more cities and municipalities agree, as provided by the existing law. Tourist boards of the area should be the main carriers of tourism development, create a complete tourist product imbued with geographical and historical characteristics and thematic characteristics of the tourist offer, and would be created by merging tourist boards of cities, municipalities and towns.Thus, for example, the area of ​​Dalmatia would be covered by the regional tourist organization of Dalmatia, which would be promoted and branded on the tourist market as a coastal region rich in bathing areas, rich cultural and historical identity, unique in the world. The level below it would consist of tourist organizations of the area that would be created by merging tourist boards of cities and municipalities (eg Makarska Riviera by merging tourist boards of Baška Voda, Brela, Makarska, Tučepi and others) and tourist organizations of four big cities (Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Dubrovnik ). Equally, the best example of the formation of tourist boards in the area can be Splitska zagora, or Cetina region.In the area of ​​today’s Cetina region, there are three local tourist boards, Vrlika, Sinj and Trilj. Each of them can hardly achieve significant success by promoting only their own city, but by merging the three tourist communities and forming a tourist organization of the “Cetina region”, the basis is created for the development of adventure tourism (rafting, kayaking, paragliding), cycling, cultural tourism (Sinjska Alka, medieval fortifications of the Cetina region, Our Lady of Sinj, etc.), rural tourism, agrotourism. The tasks of informing visitors and providers of tourist services would be led by tourist information centers that would be part of the tourist boards of the area and larger cities.As for the presidents of tourist boards, according to the current law, local tourist boards are headed by mayors and mayors, headed by county prefects, and headed by the national minister of tourism. The system should be completely depoliticized, as the respondents themselves pointed out, so the management of the system of tourist boards should be completely left to the tourism profession. Tourism organizations would exist as public authorities (public tourism organizations) or public-private partnerships, but would function as an independent body that works closely with city, county, and state governments.Prika. The results of the research can be used by all those who want and can act in the direction of improving the existing system of tourist social organization in the Republic of Croatia, especially decision makers or leaders of tourist boards at all levels.Author: Ante Budimir Bekan, mag.oec.Attachment: Graduation thesis Ante Budimir Bekan, mag.oec. / Analysis of the tourist social organization in the Republic of Croatia from the perspective of key stakeholders of the three selected citiesI invite all faculties to get involved in loud thinking and popularization of the profession and to send ([email protected]) scientific master’s theses and doctoral dissertations of their former students so that important research, papers and thoughts get as many readers as possible and most importantly to valuable papers gave new added value. All with the aim of educating, encouraging thinking, promoting science and constructive discussion because two voices are always smarter than one. We bring you a very interesting research and graduate thesis by Ante Budimir Bekan, mag.oec. , who for the purposes of his thesis conducted a study of the efficiency of the system of tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia from the perspective of key stakeholders in the cities of Split, Šibenik and Zadar.In the diploma thesis “Analysis of the tourist social organization in the Republic of Croatia from the perspective of key stakeholders of the three selected cities” mag.oec. Ante Budimir Bekan under the mentorship of Assoc. Smiljana Pivčević from the Faculty of Economics in Split, conducted an empirical research of the opinions of key stakeholders in tourism in the three coastal cities of Split, Šibenik and Zadar on the existing system of tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia.The system of tourist boards operates according to the Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism from 2008, despite its numerous shortcomings. Recently, the issue of amending the law and accepting the bill, which has been on hold since 2015, has been reopened, and it presupposes the establishment of a system according to the principles of the destination management organization. In 2015, a total of 312 units were registered in the system of tourist boards, of which: Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board, 20 Tourist Boards, 10 Tourist Boards, Tourist Boards of the City of Zagreb, 116 Tourist Boards, 149 Tourist Boards , 15 TZ places, 1 TZ of the island.1 Therefore, the findings of this paper and the research are very current and interesting. Moreover, to the knowledge and surprise of the authors, no research on this very topic has been conducted in Croatia so far, and therefore they are even more interesting.110 respondents participated in the research, of which 43 from the area of ​​Split, 36 from the area of ​​Zadar and 31 respondents from the area of ​​the city of Šibenik. Observing the activities, the largest number is travel agencies, private renters, hotels, public institutions (museums, galleries, etc.), tourist guides, hostels and others (associations, attractions, transportation services).The key question posed in the paper is: Do key stakeholders in the tourism of the cities of Split, Šibenik and Zadar perceive the TZ system as efficient and functional?The research used the IPA (importance-performance analysis engl.) Methodology, which compares the importance of performing a particular task and the satisfaction of stakeholders with performing it. Thus, subtracting the average rating of importance from satisfaction results in positive or negative differences (gaps engl.). Stakeholder attitudes were examined on a Likert scale from 1 to 5, and the results are shown in graphs for all three levels of the system and in total. Blue columns show satisfaction, green importance, and red the difference between them.Source: 1 List of tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia taken from: https://imamopravoznati.org/en/request/popis_turistickih_zajednica_u_rh (accessed on 28.8.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX)last_img read more

Wellington basketball teams split against Augusta on homecoming night

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. Augusta — K. Wesbrooks 9, N. Becker 6, M. Kirk 4, C. Dalziel 4, B. Carr 3, R. Zerr 2, B. Johnston 1, K. McDaniel 1 Wellington — L. Snipes 22, P. Adams 9, T. French 6, T. Zimmerman 5, A. Rusk 5 Augusta43914—30 Wellington1241214—42 Augusta 55 Wellington 42 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Friday night’s homecoming was a bit of a mixed bag for the Crusader basketball teams. Wellington girls picked up a win over Augusta 47-30. The boys were not as fortunate losing 55-42.Wellington girls continued their hot streak, winning their fourth straight and sixth out of seventh game. After getting off to a 2-5 start, the Lady Dukes are now 8-6.“Augusta is the kind of team that will grind it out against you,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “They are well coached and play great defense. Our girls were mad afterwards they didn’t play better, but I’ll take a 17-point win over that team anyday.” While Wellington did not set the world on fire offensively Friday night, it most certainly created an inferno defensively.Augusta had just one field goal in the first half and three field goals after three quarters. Augusta would have just six field goals for the game, three coming late.“Anytime you hold a team to one field goal in the first half, you are doing something right,” Adams said.Lauryn Snipes is emerging into a premiere basketball star for the Crusaders. She scored 22 points against the Orioles. In her past three games she has scored 19, 27 and 22 points.Augusta could be considered a trap game for the Dukes after pulling off the 51-50 upset against Buhler and looking ahead to the hugely important game against Winfield Tuesday. Of course, it was homecoming, giving the Wellington girls plenty of opportunities to be sidetracked.“We were on the girls pretty hard in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Adams said. “We didn’t want them to take this game for granted. We wanted them to know they haven’t accomplished anything yet.”It looked like a teeth grinder early. Wellington led 9-4 at the end of one quarter, but Wellington was clearly not shooting well.In the second quarter, Wellington opened up a 23-7 lead. Augusta never scored until about 3 minutes left in the quarter with a free throw. Snipes ended the half with a layup at the buzzer and a missed free throw thereafter.The Crusaders would never sprint away in this contest but would slowly run away as if running a marathon in the third quarter. Eventually Wellington was in front by 19 points. Augusta had a run in which it hit two treys and two free throws on three consecutive possessions midway through the fourth quarter, but this game was never in doubt.Wellington will now battle Winfield in a non-league game next Tuesday there. This is big for two reasons. Winfield is 7-6 and Wellington is 8-6 and the No. 1 seed in the Winfield sub-state is up for grabs.It is also big because it will probably serve as a preview of what could be the sub-state championship between these evenly matched teams. Augusta11151712—55center_img •••••Wellington boys bummerThe Crusader boys had an enthusiastic crowd to back it up, but they were unable to transfer that energy to points on the hardwood.Augusta scored six three-pointers and nab a bushel of more rebounds in its 55-42 victory. The Crusaders fall to 8-7 with a date at Winfield Tuesday.Dustin McEachern scored 16 points for Augusta that included three 3-pointers in the first half.Wellington led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, before enduring one of its worst quarters of the season. Augusta went on a 15-4 second quarter run and led 26-16 at the half.It didn’t get much better in the third quarter. After Trevor Nance opened the second half with two field goals to narrow the margin to six, Augusta doubled that lead right back and pulled away from there.Nance led the Dukes with 21 points accounting for 50 percent of Wellington’s points. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellingtn: Gilmore 3, Co. Phelps 3, Reichenberger 2, Nance 21, Pettegrew 3 Snipes 3, King 6. Total 12 (3) 7-7 42. Wellington9141212—47 Augusta: Albright 2, Heill 4, McEachern 16, Wesbrooks 5, Hurst 8, Howerton 7, Clausing 5. Total: 13 (6) 11-18 55. Wellington 47, Augusta 30last_img read more

Athletics: South Africa top World U-18 for first time

first_imgChina finished second in the medals table on five gold, two silver and four with Cuba, in third on eight medals – five gold, two silvers and a bronze.Hosts Kenya finished a disappointing fourth, but with the highest number of medals, 15 – their lowest position in the biennial championships.A capacity crowd of over 60,000 spectators had turned out at the Kasarani stadium to cheer the Kenyan runners win the boy’s 2000m steeplechase and girl’s 800m races, but poor team tactics put paid to the hosts’ hopes of a third world title when they lost the decisive boys’ 3000m to arch-rivals Ethiopia.Ethiopia’s world under-20 5,000m champion Selemon Barega beat two Kenyans to add the 3000m title to his collection.IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017-Medal Table by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApp South Africa dominated the 200 meters final with Retshidisitwe Mlenga (Gold) and Tshenolo Lemao (Silver).Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | South Africa completed a clean sweep in the boy’s sprints to top the medals table for the first time at the World Under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi on Sunday.South Africa, fifth in 1999 and 2005, amassed ten medals including five golds over the five-day championships.They started the final day with a 1-2 in the men’s 200 metres won by Retshidisitswe Mlenga in a season’s best time of 21.03.The 17-year-old Mlenga, who already held the best time at altitude of 21.14secs, held off compatriot Tshenolo Lemao in a reverse result to the men’s 100m.“I came in very focused, having made a mistake in the 100m finals that happens to be my favourite race,” said Mlenga.“I listened to my coaches’ instructions this time, and I am happy to have won the gold medal.”Lemao, who won South Africa’s first ever gold in the 100m, took silver in a personal best 21.12 while Germany’s Luis Brandner (21.23) was third.last_img read more

Army of Trojan fans swarming to Midwest

first_imgFor USC football fans, there’s nothing like being on top. And for Allan Fine, whose Trojan T-shirt never saw a losing game, there’s nothing better than a win over No. 1 rival Notre Dame. So this week, the Santa Clarita dentist and his son have joined the ranks of a lockstep Trojan army heading off for South Bend, Ind., in hopes of watching their team lick the Fighting Irish. “My dukes are up,” declared Fine, 58, of Valencia, a twice-graduated Trojan who will wear his lucky shirt at Saturday’s game. “Going back to Notre Dame – it’s the Holy Grail of football. This year, more than 10,000 Los Angeles area fans are expected to pack the stands at Notre Dame Stadium for what some call the most storied rivalry in college football. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For the 77th time, the University of Southern California will butt heads with Notre Dame – the undefeated No. 1 team in the nation vs. the much-improved No. 9 team. On the gridiron, it’ll be a clash between cardinal-and-gold and blue-and-gold – between USC, which has won 27 consecutive games, and Notre Dame, which leads the all-time series 42-29-5. Off the field, USC supercoach Pete Carroll will try to outfox Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis, winner of four Super Bowl rings as an NFL assistant. The USC Trojan mascot will try to outswagger the Notre Dame leprechaun. Two of the most fabled fight songs in football history will come to blows. And 10,000 nacho-nibblers from Southern California will test their mettle against 70,000 bratwurst biters for Notre Dame. The game, to be broadcast on NBC at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, is expected to be a crisp match under clear skies wedged between two Midwestern downpours. Some even say God could bump the point spread at the historic Catholic campus. “When you sit in the stadium in South Bend and look over the goalpost, you see a picture of Jesus with his hands raised,” said Fine, who celebrated Yom Kippur this week. “They call him ‘Touchdown Jesus.”‘ Like USC fans the world over, Fine is jubilant about USC’s recent dominance. After years in the trenches after the triumphal reigns of coaches John McKay and John Robinson, USC has seized the No. 1 rank for two years running. Such force has only fueled the friendly-but-spirited joust with Notre Dame that, according to legend, began in 1926 with an agreement by athletic directors’ wives to host a warm-weather match in Southern California. USC fans, whose buses sold out weeks ago, will host their legendary tailgate party and pre-game pep rally. The Fighting Irish will host their first outdoor stadium pep rally in years. Game seats, sold out long ago, are being scalped far above face value – with midfield seats commanding up to $3,000 each. “It’s probably close to three times what we paid in ’97,” said Jim Baber, 49, of Cerritos, a USC fan who paid $800 each for two seats on the 15-yard line. “It’s still the greatest football game in the country – better than the UCLA game.” Mark Barnhill, who attended school in the San Fernando Valley when such USC legends as Anthony Davis, Charles White and Kevin Williams sharpened their cleats at San Fernando High School, wouldn’t miss it. For the first time, the longtime Trojan fan and his 15-year-old son will don the cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium. “I have no shame in saying it: Now that they’re on top, I’ve jumped right back on the bandwagon along with everybody,” said Barnhill, a 47-year-old executive who lives in West Hills. “I’ll be wearing the colors.” As will the blue-and-gold. While “Go Trojans!” will erupt behind the USC bench, Fighting Irish fans will bluster, “Raise the roof and feel the thunder!” It was during a famous matchup in 1973 that Notre Dame students rolled a Trojan horse onto the field – a visible rebuke to a Trojan force named for an ancient losing army. “It’s not only a friendly rivalry, but a great rivalry, with two great bands, two great football teams and two great academic institutions,” said Chuck Lennon, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, who was betting on a Notre Dame upset. And when Notre Dame scores, he said, the green leprechaun “will chase that Trojan horse … Traveler’s not going to walk around our field.” Not if Fine, Class of ’68 and dental school Class of ’72, can help it. He and his 25-year-old son, Adam, will be accompanied by the lucky cardinal T, which for its three-year-life has never witnessed a loss. “It’s all I ever wear,” said Fine, an ardent fan anticipating his third pilgrimage to Notre Dame. “It does the trick. That shirt’s never been defeated. “Whenever that shirt sees a losing game, it’ll be retired.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 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

Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi Discusses Oklahoma State, Calls Gundy ‘Heck of a Coach’

first_imgSecond-year Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has been a defensive specialist at Cincinnati and Michigan State for most of the last decade. His last job was as the defensive coordinator at Sparty before heading for Pitt last year to take over for Paul Chryst.He spoke earlier this week on what Pitt is in for this weekend in its trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma.On OSU’s offensive weapons“There are a bunch of different coverage adjustments we’re going to have to make. They are fast and their wideouts can play. Quarterback Mason Rudolph runs the show and their two wideouts Jalen McCleskey and James Washington are blazers. There are some different things we need to do coverage-wise to eliminate the big plays.“They like to chuck it deep, so we will be ready for that. They get into some max splits where they are really spreading you out. At the same time, we need to try to stop the run because they like to run the ball. It will be a challenge. They score a lot of points; they like to score points.”Well sort of. Against FCS teams anyway.On Pitt staying high after a win over Penn State“They only give us 12 opportunities, so we need to do it. I think that would be tough in basketball, playing 30 games. We only get 12 of them. We don’t have to play Tuesday night and then get back up for a Friday night game. We have 10 guaranteed opportunities left and our job as coaches is to make sure that we are all up for the game. We’re going to treat it just like we did last week. I told the team last night this is a big game because it’s our next game. We’re going to be excited for this one.”On Whether OSU Reminds Him of Baylor“They have some similarities; the Big 12 is like that. The Big 12 likes to throw the ball around. They are finesse-but-physical football teams. They all are in that league. The Big 12 has a lot of great football players and teams.”On how OSU will respond after CMU“I’m not worried about their mindset; I only worry about our mindset. I would guess they are going to be pretty upset and angry. I would imagine we’re going to be walking into an angry stadium on Saturday. I’m sure Coach Mike Gundy will have them ready to go like he always does. He’s a heck of a football coach. He is an emotional guy and he will have those guys cranked up and ready to go.”I like Narduzzi. Actually Pitt as a whole seems very likable. And they run solid schemes and good plays. This weekend is going to be really tough for Oklahoma State, and it needs a win in the worst way after last week’s complete debacle. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more