Modernising SA’s air traffic networks

first_img29 May 2013 South Africa’s Air Traffic Navigation Services Company (ATNS) and French multinational aerospace technology firm Thales have signed several contracts in a partnership to modernise the country’s air traffic networks. ATNS is the sole provider of air traffic, navigation, training and associated services in South Africa and is also responsible for air traffic control for about 10% of the world’s airspace. It currently operates at 22 aerodromes around the country, including OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports Thales will replace the current air traffic navigation services management systems with the Thales TopSky-ATC (air traffic control) system, as well as install the newest Thales 970s radars at ATNS’s Wakkerstroom, Potgieterus and Rhodes radar sites. Under the agreements, Thales will also provide maintenance and support for all existing ATNS radar sensors and the TopSky-ATC systems used by the Air Traffic Navigation Services Company. “South Africa is emerging as one of the fastest growing and complex air traffic management regions in the continent,” Thales South Africa chief executive officer, Patrick Oszczeda, said in a statement last week. In the last 10 years African air traffic has increased dramatically, with South Africa being one of the busiest airspaces on the continent. It is necessary to improve management, advance technologies and modernise systems as a result. “This technology acquisition will allow ATNS to deploy a truly future-proofed technology capable of not only dealing with the issues and challenges of Africa today, but also capable of growing and adapting as the airspace becomes more complex,” Oszczeda said. The two organisations are also exploring further partnerships to unlock growth and development opportunities in South Africa. “In delivering services to our customers and stakeholders, technology infrastructure and innovation play an important role in ensuring that we are able to do so,” said acting CEO of ATNS, Thabani Mthiyane. “It was therefore important for ATNS to select a partner that will not only provide enabling technology but will work with ATNS in ensuring that internal technology innovation capacity and capability is strengthened for the purpose of long-term joint development and cooperation. “This will further benefit the know-how and skills related to air traffic management in South Africa as a whole, especially in the area of technology transfer and management,” Mthiyane said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgLawmakers have started their Independence Day recess. The IRS released guidance for tax-exempt organizations and cautioned taxpayers and tax professionals about scams.CongressHouse. A House subcommittee approved an IRS budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, C.1).Senate. Senate GOP leaders delayed a vote on health care legislation (TAXDAY, 2017/06/28, C.1; TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, C.2).IRSExempt Organizations. The IRS released guidance for tax-exempt organizations that creates a streamlined tax-exempt status application process in tandem with Form 1023-EZ (T.D. 9819; TAXDAY, 2017/06/30, I.1).Tax Scams. The IRS warned taxpayers about a variety of tax scams (IR-2017-112; TAXDAY, 2017/06/27, I.1). The Service also cautioned tax professionals about phishing-email scams (IR-2017-111; TAXDAY, 2017/06/26, I.4).NTA. The National Taxpayer Advocate delivered a mid-year report to Congress, including a review of the 2017 Filing Season (IR-2017-113; TAXDAY, 2017/06/29, I.1).ETAAC. The IRS Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee delivered a report, singling out the Security Summit partnership formed to combat identity theft and refund fraud (IR-2017-114; TAXDAY, 2017/06/29, I.2).Retirement Plans. The IRS announced guidance for retirement plans relating to the pre-approved plan program, setting forth procedures for opinion letters and a list of cumulative changes in plan qualification requirements (Notice 2017-37, TAXDAY, 2017/07/03, I.5; Rev. Proc. 2017-41, TAXDAY, 2017/07/03, I.4).By Jessica Jeane and George L. Yaksick, Jr., Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

Revisiting SaaS Security Controls at Intel

first_imgSaaS is not new. It has been used for both business and personal use for some time and for a few years in its cloud form. So what sort of security changes are required to use SaaS in the enterprise? What SaaS challenges is Intel IT encountering? Why now? In this blog I share some real-life SaaS experiences, as a cloud and mobile security engineer at Intel, as well as my view of SaaS security.Matching Strategy to the Current EnvironmentThe emergence of new and large use cases triggered Intel IT to reignite our SaaS architecture and look for more security solutions for the SaaS cloud space. Previously at Intel, use cases for cloud-based SaaS were small and limited to a few users. But the new use cases involved thousands of users, mainstream apps such as data repositories and collaboration, and big business models such as CRM. These large use cases required us to reexamine our SaaS strategy, architecture, and controls to protect those mass deployments. As documented in our recent white paper, these controls center mainly on data protection, authentication and access control, and logs and alerts. We strive to enforce these controls without negatively impacting the user experience and the time to market of SaaS solutions. The paper also discusses how we manage shadow IT—users accessing SaaS services without IT awareness.How We Handle Cloud Traffic InspectionWhile the white paper summarizes our SaaS security controls, I’d like to delve a bit deeper into cloud inspection.As is often the case, the right approach wasn’t immediately apparent. We needed to examine the advantages and disadvantages of the various choices – sometimes a complicated process. We investigated two ways we could inspect activity and data:Cloud proxy. In this approach, we would pass all the traffic through a cloud proxy, which inspects the traffic and can also encrypt specific fields, a valuable process in controlling the traffic and information being passed to the cloud provider. The downside of this solution is that the traffic is directed through the cloud proxy, which might cause performance issues in massive cloud implementations, where the cloud provider has many presence points around the globe. Cloud proxies can also impact the application modules, in cases where reverse proxy is being used.Cloud provider APIs. This option uses the cloud provider’s APIs, an approach that allows inspection of user activity, data, and various attributes. The benefit of such an implementation is that it happens behind the scenes and doesn’t impact the user experience (because it is a “system-to-system” connection). But the downside of using APIs is that not all cloud providers offer the same set of APIs. Also, the use cases between SaaS providers can differ—requiring more time to fine-tune each implementation.We reached the conclusion that each solution needs to match the specific use case security requirements. Some SaaS implementations’ security requires more control, some less. Therefore we believe it is important to have a toolset where you can mix and match the needed security controls. And yes, you need to test it! I’d like to hear from other IT professionals. How are you handling SaaS deployments? What controls have you implemented? What best-known methods have you developed, and what are some remaining pain points? If you are looking for more information on our SaaS security solutions and more, check out the 2015-2016 Intel IT Annual Performance Report. I’d be happy to answer your questions and pass along our own SaaS security best practices. Please share your thoughts and insights with me – and your other IT colleagues on the IT Peer Network – by leaving a comment below. Join the conversation!last_img read more

Atalanta shake-up with Man City?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: There are growing reports Atalanta will start Josip Ilicic as a makeshift centre-forward supported by Papu Gomez and Ruslan Malinovskyi against Manchester City. The Champions League tie kicks off at the Etihad at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT). Gian Piero Gasperini is forced to do without hitman Duvan Zapata, who returned from international duty with Colombia suffering from a thigh strain. It was assumed that Luis Muriel would replace his fellow countryman, but Gasp likes to keep options off the bench to shake up the game in the second half. With that in mind, and Manchester City’s star-studded squad, Gasp could opt to start Ilicic as a False 9 with support from Gomez and Malinovskyi. Decisions in defence are foisted upon him, because Simon Kjaer and Jose Luis Palomino are injured, so Berat Djimsiti has to play even with flu symptoms. Sky Sport Italia report the possibility of another surprise twist, leaving out Hans Hateboer in favour of Robin Gosens. Meanwhile, there was good news for Atalanta from the UEFA Youth League, as they beat Manchester City 3-1 this afternoon. Ian Poveda had put the hosts in front, but the Orobici teens turned it all around with goals from Davide Angelo Ghislandi, Roberto Piccoli and Diallo Amad Traore. Atalanta (probable): Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Masiello; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gomez, Malikovskyi; Iliciclast_img read more

ISH Moves Towards Emergence from Bankruptcy

first_imgzoom Alabama-based shipping company International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) has received the necessary approvals from the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, satisfying certain conditions before its reorganization plan becomes effective.The plan was confirmed by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in March 2017.The company is expected to emerge from bankruptcy as a subsidiary of Seacor Holdings following the satisfaction of the remaining conditions and on a date to be specified by ISH.As disclosed, the effective date could be on or prior to July 3, 2017.“This has been a long and challenging process. We are most thankful for the support of our dedicated employees, customers, and suppliers during this transition. That support has been integral to the significant progress made towards a successful outcome of the Chapter 11 process,” Erik L. Johnsen, President and CEO of ISH, commented.“Through the leadership and capabilities of Seacor, upon emergence from bankruptcy International Shipholding will emerge as a stable, well-capitalized business with a bright future,” Johnsen added.“Today marks the achievement of an important step towards a restructuring transaction that will allow the company to move forward with a solid financial and operational foundation under the Seacor umbrella of companies,” Eric Fabrikant, Seacor Holdings’ Chief Operating Officer, said.Under the plan, new equity will be issued in the reorganized company to Seacor in exchange for a USD 10.5 million cash infusion and the conversion of USD 18.1 million in outstanding debtor-in-possession financing claims to equity.What is more, the plan includes USD 25 million in a new senior debt exit facility, a substantial majority of which will be used to satisfy creditor claims.According to the terms of the reorganization plan, ISH also agreed to sell its pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs) to NYK Group Americas.last_img read more

Celebs And Others To Participate In Annual Architects For Animals Giving Shelter

first_imgOne of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returns to the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City on October 19th 2017.The event is expected to be a sold-out fundraiser for LA-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay and neuter services for the city’s skyrocketing population of homeless cats.LA’s top architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers have been invited to design, build and donate one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor dwellings for cats. Shelters will be displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display: cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities such as Jay Leno, Beau Bridges, Morgan Fairchild, Tricia Helfer, Jackson Galaxy and Elvira; all bowls will be available for purchase via an online auction.“These cat shelters are absolutely remarkable,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers. “They will help raise awareness about homeless cats and provide practical solutions that can be implemented throughout our community.”This year’s event has added significance as the organization honors Myer’s late husband, Mark Dodge. The couple co-founded FixNation 10 years ago. 

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats. FixNation is a model for successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and humane colony management programs across the country and around the world.“Many communities use lethal methods in an attempt to control the population of stray, abandoned and feral cats. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they simply don’t work,” explains Myers. “TNR is a much more effective and compassionate alternative. Our mission is to manage colonies of homeless ‘community cats’ and gradually reduce their number through sterilization.”Participating firms include Abramson Teiger Architects; ES-EN-EM; HLW; HOK; Knowhow Shop; Kollin Altomare Architects; Pfeiffer Partners Architects; RNL; and Standard Architecture | Design.The “Giving Shelter” event is open to the public from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the HermanMiller Showroom. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online or at the door.last_img read more

Womens Tennis Dormet Fukuda share bond on and off the court

Redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukada celebrates during Ohio State’s loss to Duke at the ITA Indoor Championships on Feb. 8. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State sophomores Luna Dormet and Shiori Fukuda cheered on their teammates together after winning their individual singles matches against Youngstown State. Dormet hails from Tours, France, while Fukuda is from Tokyo. But the two players are close friends.  Dormet and Fukuda were doubles partners for team matches against Youngstown State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Individually, both have success, with Dormet having a record of 26-6 this season and Fukuda recording a 23-9 record.The pair became close friends because of what they have in common.“We have bonded because, besides for Isabelle [Boulais] from Canada, we are the only two international players,” Fukuda said.Their international backgrounds have led to homesickness and other struggles that domestic players have not faced, Fukuda said.“There are times where Luna misses her family and I am there for her and vice versa,” Fukuda said. “American players do not completely understand.” Both have stated that they are quite close to each other. They text each other often, have celebrated each other’s birthdays and share cuisine from their respective countries. “We cheer and are constantly there for each other on and off the court,” Dormet said. Both players’ portraits might be side by side on the official website roster, but their journeys to Ohio State could not be further apart. Fukuda started playing tennis competitively at age 7 in Japan, and went through a dark period at age 18 that made her question playing tennis competitively. “There were a lot of times when it was hard, but one moment specifically was when I was 18,” Fukuda said. “When I was 15 and 16, I was always a top-five high school tennis player in Japan. I stopped winning as much, and over time it had become a really tough time for me.”The pressure of her coach’s expectations, the constant grind of the game and uncharacteristic losses were getting the best of Fukuda. “Everyone’s expectations were quite high, and I was losing,” Fukuda said “I began to question myself. I was not confident in my game. I almost lost the drive.”However, she battled through her lack of confidence and committed to Ohio State, which Fukuda said provided the best mix of education and athletics. So far, Fukuda has found success both on and off the court for the Buckeyes. On top of being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Fukuda was also named Academic All-Big Ten and first team All-Big Ten in 2018.Dormet started playing tennis at a later age and grew up playing soccer in France. She became interested in tennis from outside the court. “One time, I was at my friend’s and we played Wii tennis,” Dormet said. “I have loved tennis since.”Dormet, unlike Fukuda, has not experienced an adverse moment in her tennis career.“I started pretty late. I noticed I could improve a lot, so there were no bad times,” Dormet said. “I just kept working on my game.”Ultimately, the two hope to celebrate a Big Ten and national championship together, which with an 8-1 record in conference play and a No. 18 ranking in the ITA Top 25, could be a possibility. read more

Paul Merson slams Arsenals defence

first_imgSky Sports pundit Paul Merson says the Gunners have “one of the worst” defences in the league and believes they won’t go far with their current backline.Despite the summer arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arsenal have been shaky at the back and Merson has urged his former club to strengthen at the back or risk achieving nothing this season.Arsenal have conceded the same amount of goals as West Ham and Watford, having shipped in 32 goals in 22 Premier League matches.“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colors.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”last_img read more

Niko Kovac hails Bayerns display against Bremen

first_imgNiko Kovac praised his players after Bayern Munich sealed a 2-1 win at Werder Bremen – but warned they must be more clinical in the future.That win meant the reigning champions would celebrate their first Bundesliga victory since October 27 thanks to Gnabry’s double.The Bavarians could have scored more in a game they dominated if they had been clinical enough in the game.Still, a 16th straight league triumph over their opponents rounded out a good week for Kovac, with Bayern having clinched a place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 5-1 thrashing of Benfica on Tuesday.Always nice to come back to Bremen. Today, we take the 3 points home with us 👨🏾‍🍳 #SG22 #SVWFCB #FCBayern— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) December 1, 2018RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“My team turned in an exceptionally good display,” the Croatian told FourFourTwo via the club’s website. “We dominated the match technically, tactically but towards the end also in terms of fighting spirit. We did a really good job today.“If there’s something I find fault with, it’s our conversion of chances. I counted six, seven more gilt-edged chances we should have converted into goals.“But I liked it that way – without the ball, we all defended together, with quick turnovers. You saw we had space and could make use of our quality up front.“I’d like to congratulate my team on the performance.”last_img read more