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City delivers new playgrounds in Mayfield and New Lambton

first_imgCity delivers new playgrounds in Mayfield and New Lambton City of NewcastleThe Mayfield and New Lambton communities have celebrated the official opening of two upgraded playgrounds as part of the City’s annual playground improvement program.Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that upgrades were part of a $1.4 million investment in playgrounds across the city in 2020/21.“Our local parks and playgrounds are places that our community can come together to relax and interact,” Cr Nelmes said.“I’m delighted that these two upgraded playgrounds at Dangar Park and Novocastrian Park are ready for play, and the turnout at our community openings demonstrate the importance that public spaces play within local neighbourhoods.“The city’s vast array of playgrounds provide local children and families the opportunity to spend more time outdoors and engage in an active and healthy lifestyle.“This year we have invested $1.4 million on playground projects including upgrades to the popular King Edward Park playground and Tighes Hill’s Gross Street Reserve playground which are both due to be completed by the end of June.“We also delivered a new $1.2 million inclusive playground complete with seating, shelter and BBQ facilities in Mayfield’s Stevenson Park in November 2020.“Our 2021/22 budget includes a $9.1 million investment in parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities including projects like the Wallsend Active Hub and Newcastle Ocean Baths.”As part of the upgrade, the former Novocastrian Park playground was replaced with new features catering to a range of age groups including a rope climber, swings and a slide.The newly upgraded Dangar Park playground was expanded to include a new climbing frame and rocker and a new larger swing set to replace the former set which was damaged during storms in 2020. These improvements will also cater to a broader age range of children.Fletcher’s Kurraka Reserve is set to benefit from additional fitness stations which will be installed in the coming months and planning for a new active hub in Wallsend has also commenced.Newcastle has 116 playgrounds across the Local Government Area and has an ongoing program of upgrading and renewing any aging facilities. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aging, BBQ, children, community, fitness, Government, Investment, local council, Local Government, Mayfield, Newcastle, oceanlast_img read more

Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros To Release Live Collection Via BitTorrent

first_imgOn March 16th, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are planning to release a huge live music bundle through BitTorrent. Titled Live In No Particular Order: 2009 – 2014, the collection features over two hours of music for a minimum price of five dollars. Of course, considering the proceeds are going to benefit the Big Sun Foundation, feel free to donate as much as you want.To get excited, check out the live version of “Better Days” from the bundle:Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Live In No Particular Order: 2009-201401 Better Days @ Brixton Academy | London, UK | February 11, 201402 40 Day Dream @ NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert | Washington, DC | October 200903 If I Were Free @ GOTR Daytrotter Session | Troy, OH | August 30, 201304 Janglin @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201305 Up From Below @ Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico | March 20, 201106 Brother @ Gurtenfestival| Bern, Switzerland | July 12, 201207 Please @ Longwood Gardens | Kennet Square, PA | August 28, 201308 Mother @ The Box | New York, NY | July 25, 201309 Home @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201310 Mayla @ Babcock Theater | Billings, MT | May 28, 201311 They Were Wrong @ ?? | Summer 201312 This Life @ ????? | Summer 201313 Black Water @ ?? | Spring/Summer 201314 I Don’t Wanna Pray @ Brixton Academy | London, UK | February 11, 201415 Truth @ Big Top | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 201316 If I Were Free @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201317 Fog On The Tyne @ Sirius XM Studios | New York, NY | August 08, 201218 Bad Bad Love @ WXPN’s World Cafe | Philadelphia, PA | June 01, 201119 Life Is Hard @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | London, UK | February 12, 201420 All Wash Out @ KCRW’s Apogee Sessions | Los Angeles, CA | April 05, 201221 All Together[Via BitTorrent Blog]last_img read more

Lampasas man indicted for shooting eagles

first_imgA Lampasas County grand jury has returned an indictment against a Bend man on two counts of killing bald eagles, a protected non-game animal. Jackie Brister, 82, also faces additional charges alleging he captured and killed numerous other non-game birds, including black vultures and turkey vultures.Texas game wardens launched an initial investigation after responding to a call regarding a wounded bald eagle discovered near Bend on Jan. 11; the bird did not survive. Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wardens determined the eagle had been shot by a rifle. Further investigation uncovered evidence of additional taking of protected non-game animals.With help from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office, cases were made and filed with the Lampasas County District Attorney’s Office.In addition to citations for the taking of a state threatened species and non-game birds, Class C misdemeanors punishable by fines of $25-$500 for each case, Brister also faces a Class A misdemeanor violation for hunting without landowner consent. That charge carries a possible fine of $500-$4,000 and/or up to a one year state jail term. Brister could also face civil restitution for the eagles in an amount to be determined exceeding $10,000 each.•The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries division is launching a scale loaner program to give local tournament organizers the ability to use the catch, weigh and immediate release formats made popular by state and national-level tournaments like the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest (TBTF) and Major League Fishing.“We are trying to promote new tournament formats that are very conservation minded that remove impacts of delayed mortality,” said Dave Terre, TPWD Chief of Inland Fisheries Management and Research.“They take the extra fish handling, weigh-in and livewell containment process completely out of the tournament.”Typical bass tournaments involve holding up to five bass in livewells, removing them from their catch locations, and taking them through a weigh-in process onstage – a format that studies have shown results in 15-60 percent fish mortality depending on the water temperature.center_img With the catch, weigh and immediate release formats, each angler has a trained judge onboard who uses the scale to weigh the fish and return it to the water immediately after being caught, which significantly lowers fish mortality to a negligible amount – similar to catch and release fishing.Pro Am Bass Trails utilized TPWD’s new scale loaner program for the first time during their inaugural fielding event Aug. 19 at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Of the 80-fish caught, organizers observed no immediate fish mortality on the boat or shortly after release.Tournament director and competitive angler Linwood Cottner said he decided to organize a tournament of his own after growing concerned with the effects traditional bass tournaments could have on the sustainability of local bass populations. But the biggest barrier to implementing the catch, weigh and immediate release format was the initial cost of the scales, which exceeded $6,000 for a set of 60.“When I saw that number I thought ‘There’s no way I can do this,” Cottner said.“So, when I heard about the scale loaner program I jumped on it — it’s alleviated that upfront cost to help me build up the funds that we need to eventually purchase them.”The 60 loaner scales were originally donated to TPWD for use during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), a tournament that pioneered the catch, weigh and immediate release format. After a 10-year run, the TTBC was replaced by the TBTF, which uses a different set of scales provided by tournament organizer B.A.S.S.By using the loaner scales no longer needed for the TTBC, Cottner said Pro Am Bass Trails is one of the first local level organizations in Texas to successfully incorporate a catch, weigh and immediate release format into their tournament.“This cracked the shell of fear as far as putting on a tournament of this format,” Cottner said.“A lot of people are looking at this and saying, ‘This is something that can work in Texas.’ We are laying the foundation and setting the standard as far as how it can be done.”Pro Am Bass Trails uses the same catch, weigh and immediate release format as Major League Fishing, which allows anglers to see how they rank among their competitors as soon as the judges enter the fish weight into a mobile application.Linwood said the portable, certified scales are a vital component to quickly getting the fish back into the water where it came from to reduce the chance of delayed mortality.“Unless bass fishing takes a decline, this catch and release type of tournament format is going to help sustain the health of Texas waterways,” Cottner said.“And the loaner program is going to be a key factor in that.”For more information about the scale loaner program, contact Dave Terre at [email protected]last_img read more

UWP takes president nomination concern to the public

first_img Share Share 28 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Opposition Leader, Hector JohnThe United Workers Party (UWP) has announced that they will be taking what they consider a “constitutional crisis” regarding a replacement nominee for president to the public.President Liverpool whose term is expected to end in 2013 reportedly wrote to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, indicating his intention to demit office earlier due to illness.A special sitting of the Parliament was convened by Speaker of the House, Alix Boyd Knights on August 23rd, 2012 during which she explained that the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader were unable to agree on a joint nominee.As a result of this, Knights announced that members of the Parliament would have fourteen days (14) to send their nominations for a president to the clerk of the House of Assembly.Opposition Leader Hector John told Dominica Vibes News that this process is flawed and a total disrespect to the constitution of Dominica.“We want the government to halt the process and address the situation and follow the procedure set by the Constitution of Dominica so we can move in the right direction, that is all we want, nothing more. From inception the process has been flawed. Can you tell me whether there is a vacancy or show me documentary evidence saying there is a vacancy? The answer is no”.He explained that his party has written to the Prime Minister requesting a copy of the letter which he indicated the President wrote to him stating his intention to resign, but he replied by asking them to identify under what section of the constitution makes provision for that request. They have also written to the President requesting a copy of the letter but have not received a response.Therefore they have decided to host a public meeting to inform citizens of what is taking place.“We see it as very important to take this to the public, to educate the masses on what is happening right now with the procedure in terms of the removal and replacement of our president and that is very important”.He explained that his party is very concerned with the level of disrespect for the supreme law of the land; the constitution, and deems it their responsibility to inform the public of this.“We see it as a very important meeting, we see it as going there upholding the Constitution. It is not about the United Workers Party it is about the supreme law of the land and why each and every one of us must respect the constitution”.John has requested that Dominicans to come out in large numbers to give support to what we are doing and bringing the message out, letting the government and others know that we have to respect the Constitution. He also explained that his party is willing and ready to participate in the process but will only do so when it is done within the ambits of the law.To date, the UWP has not indicated who their nominee is however reports in the media indicate that former attorney general Henry Dyer might be the party’s nominee.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed that former permanent secretary and current chairman of the Independent Regulatory Commission, Eluid Williams as the government’s nominee after the special sitting of Parliament on August 23rd. The meeting will take place from 7:30 pm in Lagoon and will be carried live on Q95FM Radio.Domincia Vibes News Share LocalNews UWP takes president nomination concern to the public by: – September 10, 2012last_img read more

UWF Wraps Up Regular Season with Spring Hill and AUM

first_imgNOTES #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version SCOUTING AUM* Conference newcomers Auburn Montgomery have made a pretty strong first impression on the GSC, with a 5-7 league record. Those five wins include home victories over West Alabama and Alabama Huntsville, and the team battled Mississippi College to a 2-3 loss on the road.* Ruby Mendez has proven to be a major threat for the Warhawks. The sophomore from San Jose, California, has scored 12 goals in 14 games and has added 5 assists. She also enters the weekend on a bit of a hot streak, with five goals and two helpers in her last three matches, including one of each at Mississippi College last weekend.* AUM, despite being picked to finish 12th in the GSC, returns 65 percent of its shots and 75 percent of its goals scored, from a team that went 8-7-1 in 2016. The Warhawks may have been better than their record indicated, as the team was just 3-5 in one-goal games last season.* UWF and AUM faced off last year and the Argos took a 2-0 win, while taking 15 shots and allowing just 2. That is the only time that UWF and AUM have matched up in women’s soccer. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team will conclude its regular season with a Thursday match at Spring Hill and a home contest against Gulf South Conference newcomer Auburn Montgomery on Saturday. The Thursday game will begin at 3:30 at Library Field on the campus of Spring Hill College in Mobile, and West Florida will honor seniors Kaljit Atwal, Georgia Bailey, and Katelyn Burkhart with a Senior Day celebration on Saturday prior to the 3 pm kickoff. SCOUTING SPRING HILL* The Badgers enter the weekend with a 1-16 record but have been playing their best soccer in the last week. After a tough 0-4 loss against Mississippi College at home, the Badger women battled both Shorter and North Alabama through overtime on the road, ultimately falling 0-1 in each contest.* Spring Hill has struggled in finding the net, but Gabrielle Burmaster has been a threat throughout the year, with a team-high four goals. She has notably scored against Lee, which ranks second in the Gulf South Conference in goals against average, and against Florida Southern, which has the second-best GAA in the Sunshine State Conference. Saturday will also mark Argie’s Kids Club Day and the annual Fight Cancer Game for the women’s team. Saturday vs. Auburn MontgomerySTATS | VIDEO OUR SENIORS* A forward from Birmingham, England, Kaljit Atwal has totaled 25 points in her two years at West Florida. Those come from six goals and 13 assists across 39 games played with the blue and green. Atwal earned GSC Player of the Week honors just two weeks ago, after scoring twice and tallying three assists over a five-game, three-day stretch for the Argonauts against Montevallo, West Georgia and North Alabama.* Georgia Bailey has been a major contributor on UWF’s back line over the last four years, starting 48 matches and playing in 63, while scoring five goals and adding three assists as a defender. She has set career highs in goals and assists this year with two each, and she added one of both against North Alabama. Bailey is a three-time member of the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll and has come up with game-tying and game-winning goals in the postseason in the last two seasons.* At a university that has featured some of the best goalkeepers in GSC history, Katelyn Burkhart stands out. Her 35 career wins and 16 career shutouts each rank fifth in UWF history, and her junior campaign in 2016 will go down as one of the best in GSC lore. The Pace, Florida, native earned 18 wins in goal for UWF and posted a .407 goals against average — a mark that ranks second in UWF history, while recording 8 shutouts. Thursday at Spring HillSTATS THE REGIONAL RANKINGS* UWF jumped up to No. 3 in the South Region rankings on Wednesday, after being ranked No. 5 in the initial regional rankings last week.* Nova Southeastern led the rankings for the second consecutive week and Mississippi College came in at No. 2. Lee, North Alabama, Barry, Florida Southern and Tampa each followed West Florida. The top six teams in the regional rankings at the end of the season advance to the NCAA Tournament, where the 1 and 2 seeds in each of the country’s eight regions serve as a host for the first two rounds.last_img read more

Wednesday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these Chelsea-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-5]YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stress Is Contagious . . . So Try to Hang Out With Calmer People

first_imgIf you have a friend who’s really stressed out . . . um . . . maybe stop hanging out with them.  Sure, you might make THEIR stress worse in the process, but at least YOU’LL wind up marginally better overall. So if you’re spending time with people who are stressed, it’s going to mess with your brain and make you more stressed out too. According to a new study out of Canada, stress is CONTAGIOUS.last_img

Universal Crowd Calendar Report – June 12 to 18, 2016

first_img5 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, June 12, 2016 On Tuesday we saw the reverse of what we saw on Monday. The Universal Crowd Calendar correctly predicted the crowd level ‘8’ at Universal Studios but Islands of Adventure was a ‘5’ again. 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, June 13, 2016 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, June 16, 2016 Islands of Adventure saw wait times that matched what the Universal Crowd Calendar predicted but at Universal Studios we saw crowds three points higher that what the calendar predicted. The crowd level ‘7’ was led by average wait times like 45 minutes at Rip Ride Rockit and 103 minutes at Transformers: The Ride-3D. Islands of Adventure9 8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Monday is a good example of what we saw at Universal Orlando all week. Universal Studios had a significantly higher crowd than history would suggest for a Monday in mid-June while Islands of Adventure had exactly the crowd level predicted by the Universal Crowd Calendar. Universal Studios4 Universal Studios8 Islands of Adventure9 Universal Studios8 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Share This!Universal Crowd Calendar ReportUniversal Orlando Resort had surprisingly uncrowded parks between June 12 and 18, 2016, especially Tuesday through Saturday at Islands of Adventure. The Universal Crowd Calendar expected Islands of Adventure to keep pace with its sister park during the week now that a larger percentage of schools were out of session. Universal Studios is driving the resort-wide crowds with Islands of Adventure fading far behind.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the TouringPlans.com Universal Crowd Calendar Report: WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 4 To see Universal Orlando Resort Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin. Islands of Adventure5 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, June 15, 2016 4 Universal Studios8 Saturday saw the lowest crowds of the week resort-wide but especially at Universal Studios where Transformers: The Ride-3D averaged 43 minutes and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit averaged 32.center_img Universal Studios was much busier than its sister park once again on Wednesday thanks to average wait times like 117 minutes at Transformers: The Ride-3D and 75 minutes at Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 9 Universal Studios7 Universal Studios7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 4 4 5 4 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Islands of Adventure9 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, June 18, 2016 Islands of Adventure9 Universal Orlando Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, June 17, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Friday’s crowds were the same as what we saw on Thursday and the predictions were the same as well which means UNiversal crowds continue to be stable at Universal Studios while Islands of Adventure lags behind. Islands of Adventure4 Islands of Adventure9 7 Islands of Adventure saw wait time averages like 10 minutes at Dragon Challenge (predicted 11) and 42 minutes at The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (predicted 60) which meant crowds were much lower than we usually see on Thursday in June. Universal Studios4last_img read more

Summer at SHRM: 6 Tips for Your First Internship Experience

first_imgSo you listened to my internship-search advice, had a great resume, nailed the interview and got offered your dream internship position. Congratulations! With all the excitement you are feeling, I’m sure you are also nervous. I definitely was. It’s overwhelming to begin any new job, and it’s even more intimidating beginning your first internship. At first it seems like you need a survival guide to figure out how to do your best at your internship. But don’t fret—go in with a positive attitude and you will have a rewarding experience.Here are six tips to get the most out of your internship:      Put down the celebrity gossip magazines and pick up business journals. I totally understand the temptation of these magazines—they are mindless and easy to read. But that’s the problem: You get absolutely nothing of any substance out of those. Instead, invest in a subscription to the Wall Street Journal or some other business publication. It will help you understand how political and business issues affect your job and life. Think about it—is it more important to know that Kim what’s-her-name ate a salad and Greek yogurt for lunch or to learn something that is crucial for the development of your career?     Save your band T-shirts and body-con skirts for nights out on the town, and invest in professional clothing that will last a long time. Professional dress will give off the impression that you are a responsible young adult, and I’m sure that’s how you want to be perceived in your workplace. So get a couple of good ties or a few classic pencil skirts. When you dress well, you feel good—and that will positively affect your work performance. So go hit the outlet mall. You’ve got shopping to do!     Do not assume that because you got the internship, you are done with networking. This is a crucial time to form lasting relationships with your fellow interns and supervisors. Building a network at your current workplace is important for your career. You never know who could help you with future opportunities—or who you could help. So eat lunch in the break room with other interns and ask your supervisors for career advice. Not only will this help you, but it also can make your workplace fun! It’s great to have co-workers with whom you can share laughs. Get out of your cube and start networking.     Make sure you do not take bad college habits into your internship. It’s safe to say that most college students have spent at least one coffee-fueled night desperately typing out a paper, 12 hours before it’s due. Resolve not to do this at your internship. Instead, plan out how you are going to approach completing your projects. Make a timeline that allows for brainstorming, organizing and proofreading your assignment. Completing projects in a timely manner will guarantee good results.     Brush any insecurities aside and ask questions when you are confused. In a world where seemingly any question can be answered through a Google search, you might be intimidated to ask for help when you need it. But no one is going to think you are incapable or stupid. Actually, asking for help creates the opposite reaction: People admire those who know when they need help. Instead of doing an assignment incorrectly or not doing it at all, send an e-mail to your supervisor or ask the co-worker next to you for some support. Remember, internships are supposed to be learning experiences, and asking questions is one of the best ways to learn!     To have a successful internship, you have to put in hard work. Do your job, do it on time and do it well. You are going to get what you give to this internship, so make sure you respect yourself and this opportunity enough to put 100 percent into it. In November, when you are long done with your summer internship, it will feel good to look back at your experience and be able to honestly say that you did a darn good job.Good luck with your internship, and remember that your hard work is an investment that will yield many positive returns down the road.last_img read more

Is Your Data Protected Against These 4 Risks?

first_imgWhen people think of security threats that retail organizations face every day, their initial thoughts are often data breaches and cyberattacks. That is no surprise, as these incidents are what usually makes headlines. According to the 2018 Cost of Data Breach study, the retail industry ranked fifth in frequency of data breaches.Since the dawn of the digital age, we’ve fought cyber pirates with tools like firewalls, encryption, strong passwords, antivirus software and white-hat hackers.But with so much attention on combating cyber risks, we sometimes forget about the other side of the coin: the risk that proprietary data will be physically removed from a retail company’s headquarters, corporate offices, warehouses or even their data centers.- Sponsor – These threats have the same high stakes, which means the physical protection of private company files and customer information like credit card numbers and addresses is of equal importance.In a survey conducted by Deloitte on cyber risk in retail, respondents cited the three most concerning sources of attacks as: organized criminals, disgruntled employees or former employees, and accidental misuse by authorized users. But many organizations’ IT or security personnel rarely consider on the fact that current employees or outside contractors can use a flash drive or other device to steal private company data from one of their facilities.To remain vigilant, retail companies must focus on four main risks to physical data security when creating a comprehensive approach to protecting critical assets.Risk 1: The Insider ThreatEvery retail company has at least one disgruntled employee working for them, whether they know it or not. That means every organization is at risk of having data walk out the building with that employee.People steal data from their workplaces because they see some means to an end, whether it’s to expose something embarrassing or damaging due to a personal vendetta, or because they can sell it to a competitor or the media and benefit financially. In fact, they don’t even need to be disgruntled; they might just want a quick way to make a buck.Risk 2: The Outsider ThreatRetail companies need to be wary of threats from outsiders as well.These can come in the form of the corporate spy—someone specifically hired to pose as a legitimate employee or private contractor in order to extract information—or the opportunistic thief—a contractor hired to work on a server or in sensitive areas, who sees an opening and seizes it.Either one is equally damaging to sensitive data because of the physical access they have.Risk 3: The Seemingly Innocent Personal ItemTwo types of personal items can be used to steal data: the commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) variety, and the intentionally disguised variety.COTS devices include SD cards, external hard drives, audio recorders and even smartphones, any of which can be used to transport audio, video and computer data in and out of a building.Intentionally disguised devices could be a recording device that looks like a car key fob, or a coffee mug with a USB drive hidden in a false bottom.The difference between COTS and disguised devices is that if one gets caught with a COTS device, security will know what it is and can confiscate it. The disguised device looks like a security-approved item anyone could be carrying into the workplace, making it especially devious.Risk 4: Poor or Nonexistent ScreeningThis risk creates or amplifies all of the other three. Whether it’s an employee, an outside contractor or a device, the physical security risks are real, and everyone and everything entering and leaving a building needs to be screened.Unfortunately, screening often either isn’t occurring at all, or is ineffective or inconsistent when it does occur.This is a huge mistake, and the consequences can be dire. They range from loss of customer trust, exorbitant lawsuits and tanking stock prices in the private sector. Costs and resource use increase as well during efforts to reactively fix or mitigate the effects of physically stolen data.The risk has never been greater that information will be physically removed from a building on a piece of hardware. Years ago, it was much harder for the average individual to figure out where they could sell stolen data. Now, with the Deep Web, anyone with Tor can access forums requesting specific information from competing spy agencies, increasing the likelihood people will try it.The good news is that all of these threats are avoidable.Combating the Physical Risks to Data SecurityNot long ago, the building/physical security department and the IT/cybersecurity department were considered two different entities within an organization, with little overlap or communication.Organizations now are realizing that, because of the level of risk they face from both internal and external threats, they must take a holistic approach to data security. Physical data security and cybersecurity must be considered the yin and yang of an airtight policy that effectively protects sensitive or confidential assets from a malicious attack.Technology to Enable Physical Data SecurityElectronics such as hard drives, cell phones, smart watches, SD cards, and recording devices have a magnetic signature because of the ferrous metals inside them. Using a ferromagnetic detection system (FMDS) as people enter and exit a building or restricted area means that anything down to a small microSD card triggers an alert, allowing confiscation or further action as needed.FMDS uses passive sensors that evaluate disturbances in the earth’s magnetic field made by something magnetic moving through its detection zone.Although it is a passive technology, it is more effective and reliable than using hand wands or the walk-through metal detectors typically seen in an airport, which cannot detect very small ferrous metal objects.Recognizing the existing threats, putting together a holistic security strategy, and using the right technology to detect illicit devices comprises an effective three-pronged approach to protecting an organization’s data.Strong countermeasures are necessary because data loss can come from both inside and outside, in both private and public sectors, from places not everyone considers. With technology like FMDS acting as a backup to the human element, organizations can lock down their data and keep the wolves in sheep’s clothing from getting in the door. This post was originally published on February 6, 2019 and updated May 23,2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more