First-time West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor, is banking on her popularity among teammates to guide her through her first stint as leader of the regional aggregation.The most decorated regional female cricketer of all time is set to assume the post next month when she leads the regional side against Pakistan in a one-day and Twenty20 International home series.The day and night series will be played in St Lucia and Grenada, respectively, between October 13 and 31.”Most of the players do have respect for me, and I definitely have a lot of respect for them,” said the 24-year-old Taylor, who has been a member of regional side since 1998.”I, therefore, definitely think that I will get the support of, if not most, maybe all.”The outstanding batting all-rounder, who in 2013 was voted ICC Women Cricketer of The Year, replaces long-standing captain, wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, who guided West Indies to the final of the 2013 Women’s World Cup, and two Women’s World Twenty20 semi-finals.The one-day leg of the Pakistan tour will form part of both teams’ bid to finish in the top four of the round-robin ICC Women’s Championship.The quartet will automatically qualify for the 2017 Women World Cup to be staged in England.The bottom four, meanwhile, will have another chance of qualification through an ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier series in 2017.The regional women will shortly assemble for a training camp in St Lucia.
The Texila American University on Wednesday evening officially launched their Indo-Caribbean Society’s (ICS) website, which is expected to unify Caribbean interests by fostering collaborative action between organisations and businesses.The society was initiated by Texila’s team and interest groups from Caribbean regions, mainly from Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.Dr George NortonNew websiteThe idea for the formation of the society came in response to queries of ways in formulating tangible links to India and its diaspora outside of the mainstream connections.The society was envisioned in 2018 with the mission to unify and advance Indo Caribbean interest by fostering joint and collaborative action among different people, organisations and businesses.The society aims to create awareness about the heritage between India and Caribbean communities, especially among the younger generation. Furthermore, the society aims to promote goodwill, friendship and unity among the Indian and Caribbean communities, and to organise social, economic, health and cultural activities to achieve the goals and objectives of the society.ICS will focus on the following areas: cultural community, research and education, youth engagement, business networking and workshops, seminars, conferences and exhibitions.Speaking at the launching of the website, Chief Speaker Dr George Norton welcomed the initiative, noting that it is coming at a time when social integration around the world is increasing.“At a time when social integration is becoming more prevalent globally, the establishment of this society seems most appropriate…as hospitable as Caribbean people are, Indian nationals coming to the Caribbean will still encounter notable cultural differences, and I believe that this society can provide the requisite guidance for the smooth and comfortable transition, especially for youths and students seeking to settle in these parts,” Dr Norton said.Moreover, Norton expressed his delight with the aim of ICS, which is to unify and advance Caribbean interests.“Collaboration is key. Partnering and fostering good relations with different people is noble,” Dr Norton said.Also delivering remarks was the newly appointed Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Captain Gerry Gouveia, who also welcomed the launch, and said that any business-to-business organisation is appreciated at a time when Guyana and its people are preparing for a new economic boom.“As I look at some of the goals and objectives of this organisation, it actually speaks to business-to-business. In a country like ours, I believe everyday our leaders must think of how do we create jobs for our young people. We have thousands of young people graduating from the University of Guyana every year, and the big challenge is how do we create jobs for them — proper paying jobs that will allow them to live their lives with dignity and pride and self-esteem? And we don’t have to continue the tradition of losing our young and educated people, and so we have to create that environment; and so this society is a good thing, because we are talking about business-to-business,” the PSC Chair remarked.Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President, Nicholas Boyer, shared similar sentiments and noted that India has a lot to offer Guyana.“I think that this initiative by Texila is one that we should really think of as important; because, as a large democracy and world economic power, India has much to offer us; from information technology, services, manufacturing and agriculture, there is much that we could learn,” Boyer said.Following the launch, recognition was given to several contributors and sponsors of the website, including Ravi Dev, Attorney- at-Law Nigel Hughes, and Vishnu Doerga of ActionCoach Guyana.
DETROIT – The latest version of Ford’s iconic Mustang appears to be growing old, and back-to-back monthly sales declines to start 2007 have the struggling company a little worried. The new Mustang, which made its debut in the fall of 2004, has been a bright spot for Ford at a time when bright spots have been few. So when Mustang sales dropped by 19 percent in January and February compared with the same months in 2006, company officials became a little concerned. “It’s gotten our attention because when a high-volume product like that declines as much as that, we want to see what we might want to do,” said George Pipas, Ford Motor Co.’s top sales analyst. Still, Ford is working to keep the Mustang fresh with new variations that keep the car exciting, as well gearing up new promotions heading into the spring and summer, traditionally the Mustang’s best sales months, said spokesman Alan Hall. The company just began shipping new versions of a Shelby GT Mustang, and sometime next year, it plans a dark-green “Bullitt” version reminiscent of the 1968 Fastback Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the classic movie. “We have other things up our sleeve that we can’t talk about that you’ll see midyear,” said Hall. Cars with sportier body styles such as the Mustang traditionally have shorter life cycles than more conventional cars, said Tom Libby, J.D. Power and Associates’ senior director of industry analysis. The Mustang, because of its name and status, has defied that at times, Libby said. Still, Ford must do everything it can to protect the Mustang’s turf, he said. “That model is a core model for them,” he said. “They can’t let this one fall off its perch.” The company’s other remaining icon, the F-series pickup truck, also has seen its sales drop and is facing heavy competition from General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. Competition for the Mustang is only going to get worse when Dodge resurrects the Challenger muscle car in 2008 and Chevrolet comes out with the new Camaro early in 2009. “When you’ve got the Mustang and the Camaro and the Challenger going head to head, the winner is the consumer because it’s going to put a lot of downward pressure on prices,” Libby said. There’s also pressure on Ford to roll out a new model faster to compete with Chevrolet and Dodge, something all automakers are under pressure to do with intense competition in just about every market. Ford won’t say when a new Mustang will hit showrooms, but Pipas said he wouldn’t be surprised to see it sooner than later. “There will be another Mustang before too long,” he said. “This is a product where you like to redesign the product and give these loyal buyers something to look at every four years or so, give or take.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A drop in Mustang sales should be a worry for Ford. Overall U.S. sales slipped 8 percent last year. The company sold 160,975 Mustangs in 2005 and 166,530 in 2006, big numbers in the midsize sports coupe market, a segment considered to be a niche. “It did phenomenally well for a while, due in part to (it being) really the only car in the segment,” said David Lucas, vice president of Autodata Corp. “It was exciting. It appealed both to young people and the people who remember what the Mustang used to be.” Pipas said even Ford was surprised at the car’s staying power when sales continued to grow last year, though it is during the second full year when sales usually begin to decline for most models. It could be too soon, however, to write of Ford’s Mustang, Pipas said. “Two months is hardly a litmus test for the entire year, particularly when the two months aren’t big sales months for anything, let alone two-door sports coupes,” he said.
Google promises better protection against deceptive Chrome inline installations by Martin Brinkmann on January 05, 2018 in Google Chrome – 5 commentsGoogle announced today on the official Chromium blog that it will improve the Chrome browser’s protection against deceptive inline installations.When Chrome launched, extensions could be installed from anywhere. Sites sprang up that hosted multiple extensions, and any developer or company could offer extensions on their sites. The Chrome Web Store was released in December 2010, more than two years after the release of the first version of Google Chrome.Google changed the process in 2012 when it introduced inline installations as a way to better protect users.Inline installations, along with changes to Chrome’s support for non-Chrome Web Store installations, required that developers uploaded their extensions to the Chrome Web Store first before they could offer them on their websites or third-party websites.Google’s idea was to enforce the use of the Chrome Web Store for all extensions so that it could scan them and block them from being distributed this way. Nav Jagpal and Benjamin Ackerman, two members of Google’s Safe Browsing team, note that the inline installation system reduced user complaints by 65%.They acknowledge however that “fewer than 3% of extensions” engage in “deceptive or confusing install flows” today, and that these “generate 90% more user complaints on average”.Google’s plan to combat inline extensions that make up the less than 3%? More automation of course. The company plans to upgrade the automated inline installation abuse detection system to improve “detection speed” and improve the detection of extensions that abuse the system.Google will use machine learning ” to evaluate each inline installation request for signals of deceptive, confusing, or malicious ads or webpages” as well. If Google’s algorithms detect signals, Chrome will block the inline installation request and redirect Chrome users to the extension’s Chrome Web Store presence instead.Google published additional information on the company’s Chrome Developers website. The Enforcement FAQ highlights when developers are notified and why Google disables inline installations for specific extensions.Closing WordsGoogle doing something against abuse of the inline installation system is a good thing, but I’m more worried about the company’s extension vetting process. Incidents in the past have shown time and time again that malicious or invasive extensions will slip through the cracks and pass Google’s automatic examinations (see Google pulls crypto-mining Chrome extension Archive Poster or Another Chrome extension horror story: coinhive and domain registration)Now You: What should Google do in your opinion against malicious extensions?SummaryArticle NameGoogle promises better protection against deceptive Chrome inline installationsDescriptionGoogle announced today on the official Chromium blog that it will improve the Chrome browser’s protection against deceptive inline installations.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement