GE earnings surge

first_img Thursday 21 April 2011 10:39 am Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ General Electric posted an 80 per cent surge in first-quarter profit, blowing past Wall Street forecasts and joining a wave of better-than-expected earnings from US manufacturers.The largest U.S. conglomerate was helped by a pickup in demand for railroad locomotives – a weak spot over the past year – as well as higher revenues at its healthcare and energy business. Profit at GE Capital, which was the company’s Achilles heel during the financial crisis, more than tripled.GE also raised its dividend for the third time since July and Its shares rose nearly four per cent to $21.20 in premarket trading, within sight of their 52-week high of $21.65.“You have got growth coming out of every segment of GE, which is quite encouraging. Infrastructure orders are up 13 per cent,” said Daniel Holland, equity analyst at Morningstar in Chicago.The world’s biggest maker of jet engines and electric turbines said earnings attributable to common shareholders came to $3.36bn (£2.02bn), or 31 cents per share, up from $1.87 billion, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue rose six per cent to $38.45bn.“This is a superb turnaround,” said Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners in London. “GE is reflecting an improvement in the U.S. economy and indeed more importantly it reflects the improvement of the global economy.” Share Tags: NULL whatsapp John Dunne GE earnings surge whatsapplast_img read more

Shocking boot to face and ‘disrespectful behaviour’ results in top end ruling

first_imgThursday Nov 14, 2019 Shocking boot to face and ‘disrespectful behaviour’ results in top end ruling Wasps Paolo Odogwu last night appeared before an independent disciplinary panel after he was red carded in the final minutes of their match against Sales Sharks last Friday night. ADVERTISEMENTOdogwu jumped to catch a high ball and as is customary, he got his leg up in front of him but then, whether by instinct, malice or sheer recklessness, extended his leg in a kicking motion.Unfortunately, the boot caught the face of Rohan Janse Van Rensburg in a very nasty way.Referee Tom Foley had very little option, upon TMO consultation, but to red card Odogwu, despite there being just a minute left to play.He was given a six week suspension by the independent panel and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 December 2019.Independent panel chair Dan White said: “The panel did not accept the player’s explanation that his leg extended to assist his balance in the air and prevent him from falling backwards.“The panel found that while he did not intentionally aim to make contact with the Sale player’s face, he did intend to use his outstretched leg to fend off a potential oncoming player and was reckless as to whether or not it made contact or caused injury. In this case the dangerous action of the player resulted in a minor injury to the Sale player.ADVERTISEMENT“In our opinion, this was nevertheless a top end entry point; his disrespectful behaviour to the referee and crowd, after receiving the red card, only served to reinforce our view. His behaviour reflected poorly on the player and the game as a whole.“The player did accept the charge, has no prior disciplinary record, apologised for his actions and subsequent behaviour (both post-match, publicly on twitter and again at the hearing) and was therefore awarded full mitigation of 50%.”You can see the incident in the highlights video below Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk

first_imgArchitects: ihrmk Area Area of this architecture project 2014 “COPY” Japan Save this picture!© Hiroshi Ueda+ 17 Share Year:  House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/593833/house-passage-of-landscape-ihrmk Clipboard “COPY” CopyHouses•Toyota, Japan Projects House Passage of Landscape / ihrmkSave this projectSaveHouse Passage of Landscape / ihrmk Year:  CopyAbout this officeihrmkOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesToyotaHousesJapanPublished on February 05, 2015Cite: “House Passage of Landscape / ihrmk” 05 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?“景观的旅程”住宅/ ihrmk是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  99 m² Area:  99 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 Photographs photographs:  Hiroshi UedaPhotographs:  Hiroshi UedaSave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapText description provided by the architects. Tanada, terraced paddy field, widely appears to its south and the west. My first visiting of this site was in early summer, three years ago. Bright green and reflection of water of the rice field just after the rice-planting, natural sounds of breeze rusting the leaves of lemon trees and Magnolia figo slightly and sound of running water from the waterway had created comfortable scenery there. It was calm place and there was nothing to cutting off my view from the site.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaI did not want to design unsociable utopia nor symbol of the scenery on there, conversely I wanted to create the house which can participate in the flow of natural environment around. Accordingly, I decided to make passages from south to north on the first floor and from east to west on the second floor.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Hiroshi Ueda3 gate-shaped frames which compose wall, floor and ceiling are layered in tiers by 650mm for each direction. Outside lines of the surface of the wall and the ceiling are aligned with the inside lines, which makes internal and external eyes fall out smoothly. On the first floor, front room, living room, wood deck and garden form straight line toward the slope of tanada from north side. The first floor also connects to the dining room and the reading room on the second floor, through the gap of the frame from south side. In the second floor, the gaps of the frame of the ceiling become high side window for ventilation and lighting. The some plastering boxes are put between frames appropriately. They are shoes closet, pantry and restroom and so on.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaI answered the client requests; “we want to awake in the morning sunlight”, “we want to doze in the comfortable breeze”, “we want to feel the atmosphere of the family anywhere in the house” and “but, we need lots of storage room”. I feel that this house become “a passage of landscape” which can feel difference of light, wind, sound and width of the sky depending on the space and the inside and outside continue to the scenery.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaProject gallerySee allShow lessRebuilding Sandy Hook: How Svigals + Partners’ Design Offers Safety and SolaceArchitecture NewsINNOCAD Founder Martin Lesjak Named Contract’s Designer of the Year 2015Architecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/593833/house-passage-of-landscape-ihrmk Clipboard Houses ArchDailylast_img read more

Reconstruction of Jiang Village / Yuan Ye Architects

first_img China “COPY” CopyAbout this officeYuan Ye ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationPuyangOn InstagramOn FacebookChinaPublished on August 18, 2020Cite: “Reconstruction of Jiang Village / Yuan Ye Architects” 18 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?姜庄村改造 / 袁野建筑工作室是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses, Renovation•Puyang, China Photographs:  JIESUArchitect In Charge:Ye YuanStructure And Landscape Design:Yuan Ye ArchitectsClient:China Foundation for Poverty AlleviationStructure Design:Yuan Ye ArchitectsLandscape Design:Yuan Ye ArchitectsCity:PuyangCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© JIESURecommended ProductsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemResidential ApplicationsLunawoodLunawood Thermowood Façade and Decking in Project ÖWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. Jiang village is located on the Bank of the Yellow River at the junction of Henan Province and Shandong Province in China, with a history of more than 400 years. In the village, 99% of the villagers are surnamed “Jiang”, and a genealogy of Jiang’s clan of 96 generations has been well preserved. Due to the frequent flooding of the Yellow River, since the 1960s, villagers have moved to new villages to the west of the Yellow River levee, and the old villages have been abandoned. In 2017, with the support of the local government, the public welfare project of “BONA VILLA” initiated by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation took Jiang village as an important pilot project of rural tourism poverty alleviation for overall reconstruction.Save this picture!© JIESUSave this picture!site planThe project consists of ten courtyard hotels transformed from abandoned local residential buildings, three public cultural buildings and two tree houses in the forest. The reconstruction also includes the infrastructure transformation of the whole village, the overall landscape protection and organic renewal of the village.The reconstruction plan emphasizes the close relationship between the village and the Yellow River, dike, forest and farmland, and respects the original texture and landscape of the village.Save this picture!© JIESUThe renovated buildings continue the L-shaped and U-shaped courtyard pattern of local dwellings, maintain the external wall material characteristics of raw soil, brick and bluestone, staggered brick cornice, yellow mud roof and slightly arched wooden frame form, and strengthen the structure of abandoned residential buildings, add internal thermal insulation, increase sanitary rooms, improve the height of indoor space, so as to facilitate natural ventilation and lighting, and make the indoor and outdoor environment melt into one.Save this picture!© JIESUSave this picture!courtyard 1 planSave this picture!© JIESUThe villager cultural center is transformed from the sheep pen and pigsty in the village. Its functions include library, country bar, exhibition hall and restaurant, forming three public courtyards in series. The micro arched roof of the tree house in the forest is unified with the folk houses, which is the container of the scenery and a part of the landscape at the same time.Save this picture!© JIESUSave this picture!culture center axonometricSave this picture!© JIESUAs a “rural poverty alleviation” project supported by charitable donation funds, Jiang village makes villagers get the “dividend” from operation and become the main beneficiary, so as to get rid of poverty. The construction of the project is completed by local villagers, which reproduces and continues the traditional local construction methods and local cultural customs, and strengthens the identity and cohesion of rural communities. The architect hopes that through the overall transformation of Jiang village, a new type of rural social ecological environment can be established to improve the quality of public life of villagers, enhance the villagers’ Self-worth consciousness and social public awareness, so as to realize the organic transformation from traditional village to modern village.Save this picture!© JIESUThe reconstruction of Jiang village has also taught architects a profound lesson: only by returning to the “origin”, reestablishing the intimate feelings between man and the land and the symbiotic relationship between man and nature, and through “design on the ground” and “construction on the ground”, can the building “grow” naturally from the land, so as to realize the spiritual return to the “Hometown”.Save this picture!© JIESUProject gallerySee allShow lessRoof & Mushrooms Pavilion / nendo + Ryue NishizawaSelected ProjectsMarina Park Pavilion / DRTAN LM ArchitectSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© JIESU+ 42Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Projects Reconstruction of Jiang Village / Yuan Ye Architects Photographs Area:  2065 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Yuan Ye Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945809/reconstruction-of-jiang-village-yuan-ye-architects Clipboard 2019 “COPY” Houses ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945809/reconstruction-of-jiang-village-yuan-ye-architects Clipboard Year:  Reconstruction of Jiang Village / Yuan Ye ArchitectsSave this projectSaveReconstruction of Jiang Village / Yuan Ye Architectslast_img read more

Firefox fundraising site “too popular”

first_img The HelpFirefox website set up to raise funds through selling pixel adverts has gone down after it proved too popular with would-be donors.According to ZDNet UK, a statement on the site said: “The first 24 hours of this site has been a true success, with more than 13 800 pixels being sold. We have to take down the site for now but we hope to be back as soon as possible.”Pixels adverts are being sold on the site at $1 each to raise funds to further the development of the open source web browser Firefox. Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 January 2006 | News Tagged with: Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Firefox fundraising site “too popular”center_img  16 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The site is trying to emulate the success of British student Alex Tew and his Million Dollar Homepage.last_img read more

TCU student data visualizations

first_imgFacebook Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Clutch Factor Bernice Ogbondah is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. When she’s not reporting you can find her curating playlists or furiously retweeting foreign affairs, political pundits and anything social justice. Facebook Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ + posts Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ Which first-year residence hall is right for you? Linkedin Tips on offering servings of politics and opinions at the holiday table Big 12 Grad.InfogramA look at TCU STEM by genderSTEM Infographic reportingVenngage InfographicsInternational FrogsReporting Final Venngage InfographicsFast facts about TCUWhat you need to know about TCUInfogramThe cost of college lifeBaylor, TCU & SMU Venngage Infographics Previous articleHoroscope: January 19, 2018Next articleSAG Awards predictions Bernice Ogbondah RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Former football player credits collegiate success to family’s support Twitter Bernice Ogbondah ReddIt Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: The Closer Second annual Fortress Fest comes to the Fort this weekend Review: Fortress Fest was a success Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ printBelow is an exploration of the TCU fact book presented in several data visualizations. They were created by reporting students in JOUR 30204.Big 12 Graduation RatesThis data looks at the Graduation Success Rate (GSA) of football programs in the BIG 12 from 2013-2017. Over the past four years each university’s graduation success rate was influenced by the general academic caliber of the student athlete, as well as coaching changes, conference changes and scandals. The GSR calculates the percentage of student athletes who complete a Bachelor of Arts or Science in a six-year window. Unlike the federal gradation rate, GSR takes into account student athletes who transfer into a college. GSR does not punish colleges when student athletes transfer. Research done by the NCAA shows that GSR gives a more accurate student-athlete graduation rate than the Federal Graduation Rate. ReddIt Linkedin Bernice Ogbondahhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/bernice-ogbondah/ Twitterlast_img read more

Opposition media criminalized, two journalists arrested while covering eviction

first_imgNews Receive email alerts HondurasAmericas News News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America December 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition media criminalized, two journalists arrested while covering eviction Follow the news on Honduras Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of Elba Yolibeth Rubio and Elia Xiomara Hernández, two reporters for community radio La Voz de Zacate Grande, who were arrested while covering a family’s eviction from land on the southern island of Zacate Grande by police and marines on 15 December.Around 20 arrests were made when the family, with the support of neighbours, protested against their expulsion from land in the locality of Coyolito that is claimed by influential agro-businessman Miguel Facussé Barjum. The two journalists were also arrested despite identifying themselves as reporters. They were all taken to the police station in the nearby city of Nacaome, where they were due to be brought before the prosecutor-general. But deputy police chief Ramón Banegas subsequently denied being aware of the arrest of the two journalists, and there has been no news of them for the past two days. Reporters Without Borders holds the judicial and police authorities responsible for the journalists’ physical safety. Honduran officials often try to cover up violence of a political nature when the basic freedoms of the population are flouted.La Voz de Zacate Grande has repeatedly been targeted in recent months because of its stance in land disputes involving Facussé. Police and soldiers shut the station down during a major operation last June. The criminalization of opposition and community media has become common since the June 2009 coup d’état. One of the regions where the repression is concentrated is Aguán, which is under army control. It was after reportedly being threatened by soldiers that journalist Nahum Palacios Arteaga was murdered on 14 March. In all, nine journalists have been killed this year in Honduras, three of them in direct connection with their work.The Honduran government gave the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) an undertaking last month to take whatever measures were necessary to guarantee free speech and the ability of journalists to work freely.Nonetheless, armed individuals claiming to have judicial authority raided Canal 36-Cholusat, a Tegucigalpa-based TV station opposed to the coup, and threatened its employees on 26 November. And the government has never complied with an IACHR order to provide protection for the staff of Radio Progreso and its director, Father Ismail Moreno.Photo: AFP center_img Reports RSF_en to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” HondurasAmericas Organisation last_img read more

Man arrested over offences at wake and funeral of Peggy O’hara

first_img Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Man arrested over offences at wake and funeral of Peggy O’haracenter_img Detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating offences committed at the wake and funeral of Peggy O’Hara in Derry in July have arrested a 39 year old man in the Claudy area this morning. The suspect has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning. WhatsApp Previous articleLetterkenny University Hospital will not partake in imminent strike action next weekNext articleUpdate: Man involved in Killygordon crash transferred to Dublin admin Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest By admin – December 10, 2015 Google+ Facebook Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Derry Council to write to Taoiseach over cross-border travel fines

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – March 2, 2021 Facebook Derry Council to write to Taoiseach over cross-border travel fines Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGarda warning after high level of drink/drug driving detectionsNext articleCouncil seeks to incorporate Ten-T routes into Development Plan News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Derry City and Strabane District Council is set to write to the Taoiseach, raising concern over travel fines in the Republic. People in the North who cross the border into the likes of Donegal could potentially be met with a 100 hundred euro fine if Gardai here deem their trip to be non-essential.However residents in the south who may travel into the North are not facing the same sanctions as there are no similar fines being handed out by the PSNI.The issue was initially raised by DUP Cllr Keith Kerrigan, says the fines are unfair:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/borderfines1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack Raises Alarm Bells for Cities, States

first_img‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack Raises Alarm Bells for Cities, Statesby Jenni Bengal for The Pew Charitable TrustThe massive cyberattack that has infected computers in at least 150 countries this past week hasn’t had a major impact on the federal government. But it has struck at least one county and several universities and prompted some state and local agencies to scramble to beef up their protections against the virus.In the Chicago area, the virus showed up on computers in some Cook County government offices. MIT and several other universities reported that some of their computers also had been compromised. In Connecticut, the state court system briefly shut down some of its computers to update anti-virus software. And in Michigan, state officials quickly began installing extra protection on servers, work stations and public kiosks.State IT officials say they often don’t have enough money to effectively fight sophisticated cyber threats. And the scale of this one has made them even more concerned.“This is a big wake-up call because it is cyber disruption,” said Doug Robinson, executive director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). “States and local government need to address this because it’s a serious threat. We have urged states to take action immediately.”Cybercriminals launched the fast-moving virus, dubbed “WannaCry,” last Friday. So far, it has infected more than 300,000 machines in countries from Russia to Brazil. Its victims have included Britain’s National Health Service, universities in China and Germany’s train system.The attackers used “ransomware,” malicious software that hijacks computer systems, encrypts data and locks machines, holding them hostage until victims pay a ransom or restore the data on their own. Hackers demanded $300 to $600 in payments in bitcoin, digital currency that is transferred all over the internet, which makes payments difficult to trace.WannaCry spread across computers that run on Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. While Microsoft issued a patch, or security update, in March to protect against the virus, many systems that used older versions the company no longer supported remained vulnerable. Microsoft released special patches for the older versions after the cyberattack.Cybersecurity experts say they’re not sure why more computer systems in the U.S. haven’t been infected. But they caution that state and local governments still could be affected.“We’ve been getting a lot of emails from them wanting to know what they should do,” said Brian Calkin, a vice president of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a federally funded group that tracks cybersecurity issues for states and local governments. “Our advice is to apply patches and keep your antivirus software up to date. Who knows what will happen?”A Growing ThreatHackers using ransomware increasingly have been attacking local governments, hospitals and police departments across the U.S. City and county governments, along with local school districts, have seen an “exponential rise” in threats in the last two years, said Srini Subramanian, a state cybersecurity specialist at the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Victims have ranged from small police departments in Maine to a large hospital in Los Angeles.Even if government officials decide to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in ransom, their computer networks and communications are often crippled for a day or more by the viruses. And if they don’t pay, it can sometimes take days or even weeks to get their systems back up and running. In the meantime, public services for residents, schoolchildren and even hospital patients may be affected.While federal officials say the WannaCry ransomware attack apparently has only raised about $70,000 in ransom and the infection rate has been lower in the U.S. than in many other parts of the world, they caution that the crisis may not be over, as the malware morphs into other forms that could threaten more networks.Some state and local officials say they aren’t taking any chances.In Connecticut, the judicial branch this week performed “preventive maintenance” on its computer system at courthouses statewide, said spokeswoman Rhonda Stearley-Hebert. She said some parts of the system had to be shut down briefly, including at New Haven Superior Court, where cases were delayed for two hours Monday as staffers installed a software update.In Auburn, Massachusetts, Information Technology Director Mike Marino said his office installed anti-ransomware software this week on every computer on the network, including those at the municipal building, senior center, library and fire stations.Auburn’s school department was hit by a ransomware attack about a year and a half ago, and Marino said he doesn’t want town offices to go through that kind of situation. “Just the work required to get things back up and running is so time intensive,” he said. “Plus, any files that aren’t able to be backed up are just lost.”Michigan took emergency steps to upgrade its network with the latest patch as soon as officials learned of the global cyberattack, said Rajiv Das, the state’s chief security officer. As of Thursday, all the work was completed other than at some employees’ desktops and kiosks used by the public.“Right now, we are watching very carefully. This is definitely not the end,” Das said. “If you ask me, I’m worried. That’s why my team is on guard.”In Cook County, WannaCry was discovered on “a small number of systems,” according to spokesman Frank Shuftan. He said as of Thursday, almost everything had been restored and staffers were making additional security improvements, but he would not give any more details, citing security reasons.Cybersecurity ChallengesFor IT chiefs at the state and local government level, the failure to protect computers is often a matter of dollars or indifference, said Dan Lohrmann, chief security officer for Security Mentor, a national security training firm that works with states.“Some agencies may have the funding to do updates; some may not. Some may be interested in doing it; some may not,” he said. “In many cases, it’s very decentralized. So it’s more like herding cats.”While cybersecurity has become the top priority for state IT officials, funding is often inadequate, according to a 2016 survey of top IT security officers from 48 states by NASCIO and Deloitte. The report found that in most states, spending on cybersecurity was only a fraction of the overall IT budget, ranging from zero to 2 percent.And while most elected and appointed state officials said they are very or extremely confident that IT security officials are well-prepared for cyber threats, the report found that only about a quarter of the security officials responsible for dealing with the threats were very or extremely confident that adequate measures are in place to protect the data.NASCIO’s Robinson said a global, organized cyber threat like WannaCry shows how important it is for those measures to be in place.“I don’t think it’s over. There’s the chance they will regroup and do another targeted attack,” he said. “States need to patch their operating systems when the patches are released. They need to work to strengthen their firewalls and back up their computers. They need to be ready.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more