Long Island Snow Storm Forecast to Bring 4 to 8 Inches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to dump four to eight inches of snow on Long Island overnight Wednesday into Thursday—making it the third snow storm to hit LI this week.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the New York Metro area. The rain is expected to change to snow when temperatures drop from above freezing Wednesday down into the 20s Thursday.“Rain mixes with sleet and snow this evening…before changing to all snow by midnight,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Snow may be heavy at times late tonight through Thursday morning…before tapering off Thursday evening.”The snow is expected to reduce visibility—to as low as a quarter mile at times—and coat roadways in ice, making travel dangerous. It will also be dangerously cold, with wind chills expected to hit a low of zero Thursday night.Forecasters suggest drivers stay off the roads, only travel if there’s an emergency and if travel is necessary, pack a flashlight, food and water just in case.Once the storm passes, the weekend forecast include sunny skies with temps in the 20s Friday warming up to the 30s Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

‘YOU LIE, WE DIE’ | Ordinance punishes dishonest patients

first_imgILOILO– A new provincial ordinance penalizes patients lying about their true health conditionduring a state of public health emergency or pandemic such as the ongoing coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). These patients face a fine of as much as P5,000 andimprisonment for one year. OnSunday, Nograles said the Inter–AgencyTask Forceforthe Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases of the national government hasadopted the policy of mandatory public disclosure of personal informationrelating to COVID-19 cases “to enhance the contact tracing efforts of thegovernment.”/PN “Nakapaloobsa batas na iyon, sa violators of this Act, may kaso po,” the Cabinet Secretarysaid. “Hindi po silapuwedeng mag-refuse to disclose information. Kailangang magsabi sila ng totoo.” “Forexample, you went to a hospital for a checkup but did not disclose to yourdoctor you are a person under investigation or person under monitoring forcoronavirus disease, or worse, you hid the fact that you tested positive forthe virus. You are jeopardizing the whole hospital,” said Vice Gov. ChristineGarin who presided the Provincial Board in passing the new ordinance. Honestyis important to prevent a contagion, stressed Garin, proponent of the newordinance. Nograles,spokesperson for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases, reiterated in his virtual media briefing that themandatory disclosure of vital information is in accordance to the Republic Act(RA) 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Eventsof Public Health Concern Act. Onthe other hand, a medical professional is someone “engaged in providing medicalcare, concerned with promoting, maintaining, or restoring health through thestudy, diagnosis, prognoses and treatment of disease, injury, and other physicaland mental impairments.” Garinstressed that Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-223, approved on March 31, appliesonly during a state of public health emergency or pandemic. “Patients(must) truthfully disclose vital information,” read part of ProvincialOrdinance No. 2020-223, so that “health practitioners could come up with a moreprecise diagnosis or a more responsive medical intervention.” RA10173 or the Data Privacy Act protects the right to privacy and non-disclosureof medical records of patients. UnderRepublic Act 11332, any person who fails to report information about any notifiabledisease that is of public concern will be fined up to P50,000 or face up to sixmonths of jail time. Theordinance describes a patient as someone who “seeks medical attention or advicefrom a medical professional, whether in confinement or out-patient.” DOHwill soon issue corresponding guidelines on proper disclosure and harmony ofnecessary provisions on data privacy. RA11332 was the same law used as basis of President Rodrigo Duterte to place thePhilippines under a state of public health emergency last month over theincreasing number of COVID-19 cases. Section3 of the ordinance read: “A patient, or any person acting on his behalf, who isfound to have knowingly and deliberately made material misrepresentation,committed dishonesty or withheld relevant information from a medicalprofessional or his assistant during a state of public health emergency asdeclared by the National Government or a pandemic as declared by the World HealthOrganization shall be punished by an imprisonment of one year and a fineranging from P1,000 to P5,000 at the discretion of the court.” Theobjective is “to safeguard the health and security of everyone,” it stressed. Justthis Monday, April 13, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said patients whorefuse to disclose truthful information to the Department of Health (DOH) inrelation to their COVID-19 treatment will face penalties.last_img read more

Predrag Popovic, Fincore: ‘Security is a moving target leadership can’t sleep on’

first_img Share Submit Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Fincore: Enriching an operator’s offering through facial recognition technology February 5, 2019 StumbleUpon Industry technology figurehead Predrag Popovic has detailed to SBC that betting leadership needs to sharpen its skillset and understanding of security breaches and cyber-attacks as it enters a new decade of complexities.Recognised as the patron developer of the modern-day betting system, Popovic is the Co-Founder of Fincore – the first technology group to develop digital risk management and wagering software systems for the global betting industry. Addressing Spring headlines of industry cyber-security breaches, Popovic underlined his concerns that deeper security dynamics had been swept aside by a poor narrative focusing on pinpointing blame and attacks.“Too often cyber risk is poorly understood, with limited commitment and lack of proper risk assessment,” he told SBC. “Business leaders need to understand all the implications of a cyber-attack, from direct costs caused by theft and financial losses to more indirect costs like reputational damage, potential fines, operational disruption.” For Popovic, the poor understanding of cyber-security issues is reflected by stakeholders unwillingness to engage in the multi-layered complexities and intricacies attached to dealing with security threats and consequences. Nevertheless, cyber-security is at the forefront of leadership agendas as corporate investors demand rapid international expansion to achieve operator scale within multiple territories, and maintain unique compliance demands.   Popovic continued: “Compliance and security are playing an ever-increasing role in every new expansion and any serious operator needs to budget for those. “Security is a moving target and things can get hairy really fast, but careful planning and awareness of the regulatory requirements, technology limitations and data locations are the first thoughts when embarking on a new expansion.“The trickiest part, of course, is justifying the cost of cybersecurity, both to a company’s management and to its shareholders.” Popovic noted that well-publicised breaches of ‘inferior and underfunded’ solutions had made shareholders ‘sufficiently aware’ of treating cyber-security as a variable for expansion and potential acquisition.Moving forward, Popovic advised leadership to take a deeper internal approach in forming a balanced assessment of cyber-security threats, procedures and security controls.Industry trends often see incumbents move to expand their technology and software muscles when facing new threats. A trend recently replicated by operators meeting compliance and AD-tech demands.  Popovic added: “Increased spend and better technical solutions are definitely helping, but newer doesn’t necessarily mean better and the first step should always be making sure you’re fully aware what assets you have, where your data is, are your procedures up to date. “Most importantly, as humans are the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain, staff education and professional certification programs, which are already offered as a general service, can benefit all industry participants, especially when the industry addresses this area through focused cooperation.”Beyond tech, Popovic explained that leadership must recognise the true costs of cyber threats to an organisation, moving their focus beyond monetary loss and reputational damages. Security threats are better off treated as learnt experience by stakeholders.Painful as they may be, Popovic noted that cyber-attacks can lead to ‘positive effects’, be it through an “increased awareness (along with, usually, an increased budget) of the security requirements or better planning for business continuity/disaster recovery”. Of further consequence, Popovic highlighted the importance of security planning achieved through external independent assessments – a key dynamic which most operators and technology stakeholders have underdeveloped.He said: “Security should always be an independent function within an organization. Although it was historically seen as an IT service component, its domain is much wider than just IT: finance, compliance, legal, HR. Because the scope of the risk is company-wide the risk decisions need to be made at an executive level, with independent advice/audit where appropriate.”Commenting on cyber-attack consequences, Popovic underlined that compromised companies and their impacted parties cannot simply fixate on a ‘return to normal’.Cyber-attacks will test all departments of a business organisation and all its relationship with clients. A tit-for-tat blame game is just a further human dynamic of a security breach. Popovic concluded: “There is a return… but to “a new normal”. Let’s not forget that no major businesses have gone totally bust because of a cyber-attack. It takes good communications, owning up to the mistakes, getting a clear message across that the errors were understood and rectified, and that the company has learned its lessons.” _______________________Predrag Popovic – Executive Dirctor – Fincore Related Articles Fincore – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017 April 28, 2017last_img read more