The huge margins with which most of the BJP candidates have won in the Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan depict a decisive shift in the voters’ preference for the party barely five months after the State Assembly elections. However, the factors which combined with the “national mood” varied in different regions of the State.The Congress was elected to power in the 2018 Assembly elections on the basis of people’s verdict that was perceived to be against the rule of then Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. However, the BJP seems to have regained lost ground by recording a bigger victory than in 2014, increasing its overall vote share as well as its margin in 19 of the 25 seats which it has won.With a vote share of 58%, against 55.61% in 2014, the BJP candidates won with a margin of more than 4 lakh votes in nine LS constituencies. There were only two seats — Dausa and Karauli-Dholpur — where the margin was less than 1 lakh, probably because the candidates could not get sufficient time to campaign due to late decision on their names.Subhash Chandra Baheria won with the biggest margin of 6.12 lakh votes in Bhilwara, followed by Chandra Prakash Joshi in Chittorgarh (5.76 lakh votes) and Diya Kumari in Rajsamand (5.51 lakh votes). The 19 seats where the BJP has increased its margin include Pali, Barmer, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banswara, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Jhalawar-Baran.Only two of the Ministers, who were given responsibility to mobilise the voters in favour of the Congress candidates, were able to ensure the party’s lead over the BJP in their Assembly constituencies. The Congress candidates got more votes at Sapotra, represented by Food & Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Meena, and Sikrai, represented by Women & Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh.The vote share of the Congress, which had received 39.3% of the total votes in the 2018 Assembly elections, reduced to 34.2% in the Lok Sabha election and it could not win even a single seat in the State. While the caste combinations relied upon by the Congress did not succeed with major sections among Jats, Gujjars and Dalits apparently turning to the BJP, a number of factors helped the latter in scoring a landslide victory in different regions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Churu after the Balakot air strike on February 26 immensely helped the party in the Shekhawati region, from where a large number of youth are recruited in the armed forces every year.In the Marwar region, the alliance with the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party helped the BJP in mobilising Jats in its favour, as RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal wields considerable influence in Nagaur, Jodhpur and Barmer districts. The emergence of the Bharatiya Tribal Party in the Mewar region adversely affected the prospects of the Congress in Udaipur and Banswara, while the BJP depended on the influence of outfits like the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad and the Bajrang Dal.Gujjars in eastern Rajasthan extended their support to the BJP after the community leader, Kirori Singh Bainsla, joined the party.
India coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar for scoring a historic 50th Test ton in Centurion, describing him as professor of batting.Terming Tendulkar’s feat of scoring a half century of centuries as incredible, Kirsten credited his unmatched success to his sound technique, ability to play almost all the shots in the book and diligent preparedness.”It is an incredible feat. It must be a special one and he deserves it. He has the techniques to play almost all the shots in the book. He is the professor of batting,” Kirsten said, praising Tendulkar on becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test tons here.”The key to his success is his approach to the game, his humility to learn and try to do better all the time. He diligently prepares for every match. For him, a Test match begins two days earlier, preparing for it. I am privileged to have associated with him for the last three years,” Kirsten said.”His success at the top level under the huge expectations in India is remarkable. It is quite different in India than other countries and the adulation he got there is amazing. At any time, Tendulkar will be surrounded by 300 people,” he said.Kirsten said despite the seniormost player in the team, Tendulkar was the one who spends most time at the nets and faces maximum number of balls.”He wants to face the maximum number of balls at the nets. You will not see him play a loose shot at the nets. He is focused all the time, he wants to do better all the time,” said Kirsten.advertisement”He has been phenomenal this year. I think he is playing better than ever. He is enjoying his cricket at present,” he said.The former South African opening batsman said despite his personal achievements, Tendulkar was a perfect team-man who wants to do his best for the team’s cause.”He is a perfect team-man and he always gives his best every time he goes out to a cricket field. He has been a huge motivational factor in the side in the past three years I have been associated with the team,” Kirsten said.About India staring defeat in the Test, Kirsten admitted South Africa are in a strong position.”We have a lot to work tomorrow. South Africa are in a strong position. But let us see what happens tomorrow. May be there is help from rain also,” he said.”But, the players have done well in the second innings.They have shown we can also play on equal terms. The strong batting display in the second innings will boost the confidence of the players in the series,” he added.- With PTI inputs
Daniel Ricciardo fears that the “shoey”, a podium ritual dreaded by rival drivers and loved by Formula One fans as well as anyone else not in drinking distance, may be getting out of control.The smiling Australian’s signature celebration involves the pouring of podium champagne into a sweaty racing boot, which an unlucky victim is then urged to share in front of a global audience.With the Red Bull driver having notched up five podiums in a row, including a surprise victory in Azerbaijan at the end of June, the world has been watching plenty of shoeys this season.At the last two races, Azerbaijan and Austria, they were instigated more by podium interviewers – former racers David Coulthard and Martin Brundle – than the happy driver.”I honestly didn’t plan on doing it. Even in Baku I was, like, ‘ah, I won’t do it’,” Ricciardo told reporters on Thursday when asked about his plans for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.”DC (Coulthard) took my shoes off and then in Austria Martin was frothing for it. I feel like there’s some real sick bastards around here. I never thought it would continue like this.”Ricciardo said fans were even shouting “shoey” during an “F1 Live” promotional event in central London on Wednesday.”I’m just walking along, minding my business and they’re like ‘do a shoey’…I don’t actually just take my shoe off while I’m walking in the street and drink out of it. I feel like I dug a hole for myself with this one,” he grinned.advertisement”On that note, I feel like it’s been fun. I want to say it’s run its course; we’ll see what happens.”In Austria, while television commentator Brundle drank deeply from the shoe, Mercedes’ race winner Valtteri Bottas made himself scarce.Ricciardo was unimpressed, even if he conceded that the shoey could be risky when races were back-to-back because the top three could all pick up something that put them in hospital for a week.”I heard the Finns drink. I really heard that. But Valtteri did not carry his flag well last Sunday,” he said. “Shame on him. Wow. Valtteri Bottas. Disappointed. That’s it. No more shoeys.”Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, Bottas’s teammate and Sunday’s race favourite, was with the Finn. “I still stand firm on the toe jam stuff,” he said. “The juice from the foot is not something I wish to drink. Especially someone else’s.”
Now playing: Watch this: Wireless charging 36 Photos How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect Related coverage 12GB Mobile software 4 rear cameras Connector Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: CNET editors react RAM 512GB Kirin 980 processor No Mobile World Congress 2019 See All Price off-contract (USD) 9:54 Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth 3:30 6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels); 6.38-inch (2,480×892); 8-inch OLED (2,480×2,200) 2:13 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging See it TCL’s DragonHinge lets phones bend and fold 4G or 5G The Huawei Mate X will come in one configuration: 5G. In fact, Huawei boasts that it’s the fastest foldable phone there is (a claim we can only check when 5G is going strong). Samsung, on the other hand, will have 4G and 5G configurations, so you’re not tied to 5G if you’re not interested in paying the extra for 5G access.Price and sale dateAffordable foldable phones aren’t here yet, but companies like TCL are working on it, and Motorola is rumored to sell a $1,500 foldable Motorola Razr. You’ll have to earmark at least $2,000 if you’re going to get either the Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X. But hold on. Let’s say you have the extra dough to spend. When do you get each phone, and will they sell where you live? Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less USB-C Storage Galaxy Fold: First impressions of Samsung’s foldable… The specs (that we know about) reading • Galaxy Fold vs. Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Now playing: Watch this: Huawei Mate X Galaxy Fold: $1,980, on sale April 26 in select markets, including the US. That converts to about £1,500 or AU$2,800.Huawei Mate X: 2,300 euros, sale date starting in select markets around June or July. Huawei says it isn’t announcing sale markets until 5G networks start taking off. Because of tensions with the US government, it’s doubtful that the Mate X will sell in the US. However the price converts roughly to $2,600, £2,000 or AU$3,660.Read: Mate X foldable phone is $$$, but Huawei hints at cheaper future foldable phones Display size, resolution But what about the screen durability? Glass isn’t at a point where it can bend enough to fold (but glassmakers are working on that), so polymer it is. That’s not a screen material you think of as being worth $2,000 or more, but there you have it. The bottom line is that with version one of foldable phones, it seems likely there will always be trade-off of one sort or another. We’ll have to see both phones side by side to see which one gets more in the way.Read: I used the Huawei Mate X and now I’m a foldable phone believerThe camerasSamsung gives its Galaxy Fold a total of six cameras: three on the back, two on the front and one on the cover. Is this confusing or helpful? How easy is it to remember which camera to use for which type of photo you want to take? And how do quality and convenience compare to the Huawei Mate X’s four cameras? It looks like there are three, but Huawei consumer CEO Richard Yu confirmed there are four — one that the company will turn on in March when it launched the Huawei P30 series of phones. $1,980, converts to £1,500 or AU$2,800 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI 4:39 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Share your voice Front-facing camera Galaxy Fold screens: 4.6-inch exterior7.3-inch interior screenHuawei Mate X ‘screens’:8-inch OLED displayIn “closed” position, front screen is 6.6 inchesIn “closed” position, rear screen is 6.38 inchesLit-up screen switches as you turn the phone At least one N/A Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Galaxy Fold vs. Mate X The fold, the screensDoes your phone fold in or out? Samsung’s Galaxy Fold takes the form of a book, with its largest screen on the inside, protected by the outer “cover.” Except in this case, one of the “covers” has a screen on it. Huawei takes the opposite approach, with the screen hugging the frame. The advantage here is that you have one screen that can act like three, depending on how you hold the phone. Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 512GB 8GB Comments Can Motorola’s Razr top Galaxy Fold by going smaller? Expandable storage No N/A 60 Photos Notch versus ‘wing’The Galaxy Fold has a fairly wide eyebrow notch on its 7.3-inch screen. This blacked-out area houses two camera lenses and sensors. The Mate X’s 8-inch display is notch-free, but it does have a strip on the back where the cameras line up, and a curved “wing” that serves as a handhold. I got a chance to open and close the Mate X, and I think this wing is a clever design workaround that makes sense. It seemed to mostly work as a grip, though it isn’t a comfy handle, but it does help stabilize the device when it’s opened up in tablet form, making it easier to hold without cropping the sides. 2,299 euros, converts to $2,600, £2,000 or AU$3,660 29 Power button Power button Processor Samsung Galaxy Fold Now playing: Watch this: News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) • Time for a state of the union on foldable phones. There are currently two top brand contenders, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X. Both have plastic (polymer) screens that fold in half down the middle, premium specs and a sky-high price to match. They may both fold, but the similarities end there. For example, the Fold will sell on April 26 for $1,980 (with a 5G version incoming later this year). Preorders begin April 15. Meanwhile, the Mate X set its price higher, at 2,300 euros (roughly $2,600). It’ll come in a 5G model only and will start selling this summer. The Galaxy Fold also has one small screen on the outside and a large screen on the inside, while the Mate X uses one screen on the outside in three different ways. It shapeshifts depending on how you hold the device. Samsung’s phone comes with six cameras. While I’ve never seen the Galaxy Fold in the flesh (this was the closest I got to it), a new YouTube video claiming to show off the Fold appeared online.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei Foldable display, fast charging CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 2:43 Huawei Motorola Samsung Published: Feb. 24 at 12:05 p.m. PTLate update, March 20 at 10:27 a.m. PT: Added new links. 4,500 mAh Now playing: Watch this: 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Galaxy Fold: Samsung reveals more about its foldable… Fingerprint sensor Mobile World Congress 2019 $534 Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Every foldable phone coming your way Foldable phones are so tantalizingly close Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone in years Using the Mate X made me a foldable phone believer Battery Camera Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 4,380 mAh 20 Photos Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge The Mate X, which I briefly tried out, has four cameras (three you can see now and one that’ll launch in March) and 5G across the board. And where the Galaxy Fold’s hinge won’t lay completely flat, Huawei boasts about the sophistication of its patented hinge.We’re still learning more about both phones. But here’s what we know about both foldable phones so far, and how they both plan to take control of our brave new foldable world. Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use Tags Huawei P30 Now playing: Watch this: Foldable Phones Tablets Phones
Photo via APIn this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018.At least five people were killed and several others hurt Sunday as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people during a suspected “smuggling event” crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas, authorities said.The SUV carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said.“From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect,” Boyd said, adding that “caused the vehicle to turn over several times.”Four victims were dead at the scene, Boyd said. He said at least one and possibly two others died at a hospital.The Border Patrol said in a statement Sunday night that two other vehicles had been traveling alongside the SUV earlier in the day. An agent suspected they were conducting a “smuggling event,” according to the statement, which did not elaborate.The border agent stopped one of the vehicles and another agent stopped a second one. Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.The third vehicle kept going when agents encountered it, and a sheriff’s deputy took over the chase prior to the fatal crash, the border patrol said.The incident comes amid heightened tensions over the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies — even separating children from their parents — are needed to deter immigrants from coming to the country illegally. Over a six-week period ending in May, about 2,000 children had been separated from their families, administration officials said Friday.Most of the occupants in the SUV were believed in the country without legal permission. Boyd said the driver and one passenger were believed to be U.S. citizens. The driver was among those hospitalized, and a deputy who assisted the Border Patrol with the chase found the driver sitting upright in his seat and took him and the passenger into custody.“This, I think, is a perfect example, of why are borders need to be secured,” Boyd said.Some injured were taken by helicopter to San Antonio, about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) northeast. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash,” The Border Patrol said in the statement. Share
It is a three day extravaganza aiming to represent Delhi as a perfect tourist destination by showcasing and promoting its cultural and culinary diversity. The fest will be celebrating the irresistible fruit – mango, while also encouraging the cultural importance of Mangoes associated with Delhi. The celebration will continue for the three days of the fest.The festival will be inaugurated by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi in the presence of Manish Sisodia, Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi and Kapil Mishra, Minister for Tourism, Delhi. The fiesta will see a grand opening with artists from all over the country performing on stage and mascots dressed up in different costumes, giving it an extravagant look. Various summer fruit cultivators, product manufacturers, sharbat and dessert manufacturers and distributors from different regions of the country will be a part of this grand event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The venue, Dilli Haat, Janakpuri corresponds to the essence of the fete. It is a multi-purpose, socio-cultural complex with a bazaar-like feel to it. It is an urban version of the traditional weekly market, with a delightful mix of craft, cuisine and culture. The Delhi Summer Festival is the perfect spot for all foodies to treat their taste buds with various summer fruits, thirst quenchers, desserts and much more.It will not only be a visual and mouth-watering treat, but also a jubilation of summer with taste and fun. Guests will see stage performances by ‘Twirls & Thumkas’ enacting a parade act along with other artists like Abhijit Ganguly, a comedian, Abhishek Acharya, an illusionist, Pratyul Joshi, a musician. These performances will be conducted throughput the event. Various amateur bands, singers, musicians have also been invited to perform at the gala. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGuests will also get to attend interactive classes where recipes of yoghurt, sharbats, smoothies will be taught.Several competitions will make sure the visitors make the most out of the Summer Fest. A unique initiative ‘100 ka hai daam, kitne bhi khao Aam’ has been taken by the organizers in which the visitors have to pay only Rs.100 per entry and can eat mangoes at their heart’s desire. ‘Hangout’ is an exclusive jungle-themed entertainment centre, furnished with various games and activities to keep the children engaged.
Kolkata: One more person identified as Jaydev Yadav has been arrested in connection with the murder of Ultandanga housewife Archana Palangdar and her lover Balaram Keshri.He was arrested on Saturday night and was brought to Kolkata and produced before a city court on Sunday. Jaydev has been remanded to police custody till December 27. Sources informed that Jaydev used to be the manager of the hotel where Archana and Keshri stayed. After the murder case came to light, Jaydev Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefled Kolkata. During investigation, the sleuths came to know that both Archana and Keshri’s body were removed from the hotel using an app cab. An employee identified as Ashis Yadav loaded the bodies in the cab with assistance from two other people identified as Harihar Mahato and Yadu Prasad. All of them were arrested during an investigation. During interrogation of Ashis, the sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement. According to the sources, Jaydev being the manager of the hotel had asked Ashis to dispose of the bodies overnight. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAshis then booked an app cab and did as he was directed by Jaydev. On sensing danger, Jaydev vanished from Kolkata. After sleuths came to know about Jaydev’s involvement, they tried to locate him but failed. Recently, with the help of the mobile phone tower location tracking system, police got information that Jaydev was hiding in Jharkhand. A few days ago, police became sure of his location and sent a team to Jharkhand for arresting Jaydev. On Saturday night, the police team successfully nabbed Jaydev and brought him to Kolkata. Archana and Keshri were found dead inside a hotel room on September 19. Later, Archana’s body was dumped in a canal near Chowbaga pumping station and Keshri’s body was dumped at Nonadanga adjacent to Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass. On September 20, Archana’s body was fished out of the canal and a few days after, police were able to recover Keshri’s body. Later, cops came to know about the New Market hotel where they had stayed. During an investigation, the sleuths arrested several persons connected to the hotel and came to know that Keshri murdered Archana over some conflict and committed suicide. However, police are not believing the story narrated by them. It is expected that after Jaydev’s interrogation, a detailed information related to the murder case would be revealed.
Kolkata: The Bengal government is trying to develop a single mobile app platform, integrating over 200 services of the state government. The task of developing the app will be supervised by the state Department of Information Technology & Electronics. Ernst & Young has already started work for developing the mobile app platform.”We will start with integration of 50 services offered by the state government and gradually proceed towards our target of over 200 such services. We hope to launch this app with 50 services in this ongoing financial year,” a senior official of state IT&E department said, on the sidelines of a Knowledge Workshop on Mobile Governance & Mobile Manufacturing at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”There are as many as 100 services available under the e-district programme of the state government. But it is not integrated in the manner it should be. Services like birth certificates, land records and many other essential services that the Bengal government is offering will come under this app,” said Ramesh Mishra, Director Advisory Services, Ernst & Young. Mishra said that the company is developing a similar app titled E-Pragati in Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state IT department has already began interacting with the other state departments to have a concise idea of the services that they offer. However, the participation of the state departments in the app will be voluntary. “We have Tathya Mitra Kendras in different parts of the state, where people can seek information about the various services offered by the government. But through this integrated app, people can access the information at the touch of a button,” the IT department official added. The official reiterated that this app will be similar but much better than the Umang app of the Central government, as the security features in this app will be foolproof. “Data privacy is of utmost importance and all measures will be taken in this regard,” the official said. It may be mentioned that some other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana have already integrated or started integrating their government services into a single platform.
August 18, 2014 4 min read In 2009, CEOs in just about every large organization started purchasing iPhones and demanding access to corporate email. Although IT had securely managed BlackBerry deployments in place, many departments accommodated this request, only to find a few months later that thousands of employees had taken after these CEOs, with the key distinction that their iPhones were unauthorized.As this story and countless others illustrate, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon disrupted enterprise IT practically overnight. To catch up, the makeshift solution for many organizations has been “mobile device management” (MDM). This first attempt to secure BYOD was a knee-jerk reaction focused on managing personally owned devices in much the same way that corporate-owned laptops are managed.Related: 5 Reasons BYOD for Travel Is Here to StayAccording to a recent Gartner report, by 2016, 20 percent of enterprise BYOD programs will fail due to deployment of MDM measures that are too restrictive. The issue with MDM is it secures devices, not corporate data, and has never been a solid solution for either IT or employees in BYOD environments. Let’s examine a few reasons why.IT. The IT department doesn’t enjoy imposing suffocating restrictions on employees, but meeting the employee demand for BYOD often leaves them no choice. IT is chartered with securing the organization’s data so they use the technology available to them – MDM. That the price of this BYOD security solution is dictatorial control over employees’ personal devices is an unfortunate, necessary evil.A recent ESG report that surveyed organizations of 1,000 or more employees shockingly found that just 21 percent have implemented and standardized an MDM solution. That means that despite BYOD being one of the biggest trends in enterprise IT today, just one in five enterprises have deployed a solution to secure it. That is cause for alarm.Employees. Enterprise data is frequently exposed with BYOD. For example, an employee might use a personal smartphone to access data on Salesforce.com over a 4G wireless network, inadvertently sharing sensitive corporate data.Just as the majority of employees are blissfully unaware of the potential security breaches they are exposing their company to, they would be equally mortified if they were fully aware of what MDM products can access. According to a survey carried out by Harris Interactive on behalf of mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile, most employees do not believe that their employer can see what they are doing on their personal devices, yet 89 percent of employers said they have visibility into their employees devices at all times.Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareThis raises huge concerns for employees who are extremely uncomfortable with IT accessing personal information and controlling their device usage. Not to mention the horror stories of employees who have everything wiped from their phone if they leave a company.The future of BYOD security. BYOD has been a shock for many organizations, but it is here to stay and the path forward is to enable employees through BYOD programs. The focus must shift from securing the device to securing corporate data on the device. Next-generation BYOD solutions must not only secure corporate data, but be device-agnostic and deploy with minimal effort on either the employee or IT’s part.At the same time, the native user experience on mobile must be taken into account and respected. Today’s employees are tech-savvy and quick to write-off IT as old school and out of touch. These employees will not hesitate to “go rogue” and find workarounds if IT slows them down or invades their privacy. Next-generation BYOD security solutions must be completely frictionless and transparent to employees.Unfortunately for IT, company-issued BlackBerry phones are unlikely to make a comeback in the corporate world, but enabling a mobile workforce does not have to be a constant give-and-take. Enterprises can embrace BYOD while maintaining security and privacy but it will require a solution with BYOD in its DNA.Related: Dark ‘Cloud’ Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read July 9, 2015 Q: Do I need cyber insurance for my business?A: You must be asking because you think your business is too small to attract criminals. In fact, when it comes to cyber theft, size doesn’t matter, according to Christine Marciano, president of insurance brokerage Cyber Data Risk Managers in Princeton, N.J. She says hackers are looking for businesses of any size with valuable customer data they can steal and sell on the black market. Hence the need for cyber insurance—coverage that can include data theft or loss, network intrusions, information-security breaches and lost income due to system downtime. It’s available for first- and third-party losses, which means that if your business has customer or vendor relationships and processes customer-sensitive (nonpublic) information, you need it.We asked Marciano to give us the lowdown.Doesn’t my current insurance cover cyber breaches?Review your policies—especially the exclusions—and you’ll likely find that your traditional commercial general liability won’t respond to a cyber or data breach claim. And the last thing you want to do is handle a cyber attack or data breach alone. Cyber insurance can provide coverage for regulatory defense, penalties and fines.Penalties? Fines? How does that happen? Most states have laws requiring companies to notify individuals of security breaches involving their personally identifiable information. Regulators such as the FCC and FTC can assess fines and penalties against a company for a data-security breach that affects consumers’ sensitive, personal information. An example from April: The FCC handed AT&T a $25 million fine for a data breach that affected 280,000 customers.Gulp. how much does cyber insurance cost? Like any insurance, premiums vary by insurer and type of coverage selected. They can start at $850 a year for a $1 million aggregate policy for a small, sole-proprietor business and climb to seven figures for midsize to large companies that require coverage limits of $300 million or more.Anything I can do to whittle down those premiums? The Internet Security Alliance, in coordination with insurer AIG, has a helpful guide to best practices that need to become part of a company’s culture. Such practices can help reduce the cost of purchasing a cyber insurance policy. Go to AIG.com and download their whitepapers on managing cyber risk and maintaining “good cyber hygiene.” Among the tips: eliminate unnecessary data, regularly change passwords, avoid sharing logins and passwords, update software immediately and audit user accounts on a regular basis. If you can document that these policies are in place and followed consistently, you may see a break on your premiums—it all depends on the value of the data your business holds. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free
Tags: Australia, Travel Alert Posted by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — International air passengers are being warned of potential disruption and delays when union members in Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection go on strike for 24 hours on Aug. 12.Staff including Border Force officers will walk off the job from midnight on Aug. 12 at international airports, ports and other sites around the country. Additionally, quarantine and biosecurity staff at airports will also strike for a one-hour stop-work meeting on that day.Departing and arriving passengers on international flights are advised to allow for extra time and be prepared for possible delays during the industrial action.A release from the Community & Public Sector Union states:“We have written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking an urgent meeting to resolve his Government’s public sector bargaining mess. We’re also preparing to take action in the Fair Work Commission around the Government’s lack of good faith in bargaining and resume our successful community campaigning to hold MPs and Senators to account.”More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“Prime Minister Turnbull can avert future strike action, including the prospect of broader industrial action across the Commonwealth public sector, by working with us to fix this mess. All these workers want is to hang onto their existing workplace rights, particularly family-friendly conditions and a fair wage outcome given their wages have been frozen for the past three years.” Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Australian airport strikes expected next week
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Q&A with Agencia Global: “Listening to what agents want” Share Tags: Agencia Global Travelweek Group Posted by Monday, March 12, 2018 TORONTO — For agents who find it time-consuming – and confusing – to search through countless airfares for their clients, Agencia Global has a solution.The online-based platform provides the lowest consolidator airfare on the market, says the company, and empowers travel agents with a simple and effective tool at no cost to the user. It has no booking fees and no markup on net fares.Travelweek talked to Ryan Saroli, CEO of Agencia Global, to learn more about the B2B platform and how it can benefit agents:Q: Tell us about the company’s origins.A: Voyages A La Carte is based in Montreal and began as a traditional travel agency in 1991. In 2012, Voyages A La Carte shifted its business model toward the air consolidation business it is today. In 2013, Voyages A La Carte USA was formed to offer content from POS USA, and in 2014 Voyages A La Carte acquired Alio, a tour operator. Then in 2017, we launched our new B2B platform, Agencia Global.Q: What kind of products do you offer, and which suppliers do you work with?A: Currently, Agencia Global offers airfare, travel insurance and will soon complete the integration of hotels and car rentals. We are currently working with Manulife, CSA Insurance, CarTrawler and Booking.com. We also have contracts with over 160 airlines.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJQ: How many passengers and flights can agents book at a time?A: Currently, Agencia Global allows an agent to book up to nine passengers on one PNR. Also, Agencia Global can facilitate multi-city flights for up to five different destinations for the same passengers. Additional passengers and flights must be reserved on a separate booking.Q: What is unique to Agencia?A: Agencia is the only consolidator tool available to travel agents that has no cost to sign up, no booking fees and no markup on nets. Agencia also provides the easiest, fastest and cleanest consolidator tool online while providing customer support based in Canada to support all of our tools.Q: How many Canadian travel agents are currently registered? And what do they receive with their registration?A: Agencia Global already has several thousand agents registered with the tool. It is free to register. After registering, travel agents gain access to Agencia’s full suite of travel tools, as well as our customer support.Q: What has been the secret to the company’s success?More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA: I’d say it’s that we consider ourselves a technology company first, which is much needed in the travel industry. We’re able to provide effective travel solutions for our travel agent customers for a fraction of the price our competitors charge. This allows travel agents access to more comprehensive content without the fees or markups they’re used to.Q: What are the biggest challenges Canadian agents face today, and how can Agencia help them overcome them?A: I don’t think Canadian travel agents or home-based agents have a simple and effective tool that makes the booking process enjoyable. Agents are also at the mercy of consolidators when it comes to the rates they pay. The inefficiencies of consolidators have cost travel agents money, and we’ve developed a product that solves that problem.Q: What’s new for the company in 2018/2019?A: Agencia will constantly be improving the website and add features that travel agents are looking for. Our development team is constantly looking at user experience and our support team is listening to what the agents want.For more information on Agencia Global’s suite of offerings, go to agenciaglobal.com.