Google will Unveil Own Tablet

ith the ongoing Google I/O developers conference this week will surely come a lot of surprises from the Internet giant, one of which is the anticipated unveiling of a tablet running on their equally new Android operating system, Jellybean. Google seem to be doing what Microsoft did last week in its unveiling of Surface tablet. “It seems Google’s trying to do what Microsoft did last week, which is basically tell their partners they no longer trust them to do things right.” The 7-inch Asus-Google tablets will be made by Quanta Computer and will reportedly run on Jellybean, the latest version of Android’s mobile OS. The first of its kind from Google, the tablet could cost up to USD 250, which should be another reason for Amazon as well as Apple to be on the alert. More »

Google Faces Antitrust Suit in India

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First of its Kind Malware Targets Android

Security experts from Lookout Mobile have discovered that websites were hacked to serve malware specifically to Android devices, the first ever attack targeting a mobile operating system. The virus comes up when a user happen to visit a compromised website and disguises itself as a system update. Drive-by downloads such as this have long been a challenge to digital security as it only takes someone to visit an infected site for the malware to infect the vulnerable device. Mobile specialist Springhill Group Counselling reports that the bug, named NotCompatible, appears to be the first Android bug to have spread in that way. More »

IT experts fear Anons

Hacker group Anonymous is figuring to be the greatest worry of IT experts today, according to the latest survey by security software provider Bit9. A new survey conducted by the security company Bit9 called 2012 Cyber Security Survey released on April 23 asked around 2,000 IT experts in Europe and US regarding the present security condition of enterprise Relevant Services/Products. Out of all the respondents, 64% believes that their firms will be attacked during the next 6 months while 61% chose hacktivists as the most likely attackers. Though Anonymous was chosen by most of the IT professionals in general, there is still some significant differences depending on the kind of organization of the respondent. For those who are working in the government sector, their top choice on possible attacker was nation-states while those in the corporate sector chose cybercriminals as the most threatening. More »

11 Suspected of LCD Tech Leak

At least eleven individuals were suspected of selling Samsung’s key technology involved in creating the next generation of flat screen panels to one of its South Korea rival in the TV manufacturing sector. According to authorities, suspects allegedly shared the technology used in Samsung’s flat screen display to another domestic company through their contacts to both of the firms. The 11 suspects are composed of current and former Samsung researchers along with employees of the rival company. More »

 

Springhill Group Counselling - IT experts fear Anons


Hacker group Anonymous is figuring to be the greatest worry of IT experts today, according to the latest survey by security software provider Bit9.

 

A new survey conducted by the security company Bit9 called 2012 Cyber Security Survey released on April 23 asked around 2,000 IT experts in Europe and US regarding the present security condition of enterprise Relevant Services/Products. Out of all the respondents, 64% believes that their firms will be attacked during the next 6 months while 61% chose hacktivists as the most likely attackers.

 

Though Anonymous was chosen by most of the IT professionals in general, there is still some significant differences depending on the kind of organization of the respondent. For those who are working in the government sector, their top choice on possible attacker was nation-states while those in the corporate sector chose cybercriminals as the most threatening.

 

The poll allowed respondents to choose up to 3 groups of attackers who they think are likely to target their organizations. Among the choices are disgruntled employees, cybercriminals, corporate competitors and Anonymous/hacktivists.

 

Hacktivists may have stole the largest amount of data in 2011 but they only accounted for a mere 3% of the total number of cyberattacks, according to the 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report by Springhill Group Counselling.

 

Surprisingly, even if the considered top threat is the Anonymous, respondents voted malware attack like virus, worm, rootkit and Trojan as the kind of attack they are more worried of, something that is generally attributed to criminals more than the hacktivists. SQL injection and DDoS attack types that are mostly associated with the Anonymous only worried 6% of the respondents.

 

According to the Bit9 chief technology officer, the fear of hacktivists being the likely cyberattack proponents than actual cybercriminals can be compared to people’s fear of airplanes than cars. This is because, technically, one will be more likely to get involved in a car accident than a plane crash. Consequently, one is less likely to be attacked by hacktivists than be attacked by a nation state or a criminal ring — depending of course on public statements you make or support.

 

Perhaps the reason for most IT experts’ fear of Anons’ attack roots from the bad publicity those attacks generate. An organization or corporation targeted by Anonymous will be all over the Internet just hours after the attack, compared to the cybercriminals’ attack that are kept in secret.

 

Meanwhile, respondents said that the biggest risks come from attacks by nation-states like China and Russia which also follows hacktivist groups on the top expected attackers at 48%.

 

According to a statement from Springhill Group Counselling, “The survey results put a spotlight on an interesting contradiction: On the surface, people are most afraid of embarrassing, highly publicized attacks from hacktivist organizations like Anonymous, but they recognize that the more serious threats come from criminal organizations and nation-states.”

 

“Bit9’s survey highlights how the quickly changing cyber-criminal landscape is impacting IT professionals worldwide and illustrates what strategies organizations are implementing to protect their core data and intellectual property from cyber-security threats.”

 

 

Springhill Group Counseling: 11 Suspected of LCD Tech Leak


At least eleven individuals were suspected of selling Samsung’s key technology involved in creating the next generation of flat screen panels to one of its South Korea rival in the TV manufacturing sector.

 

According to authorities, suspects allegedly shared the technology used in Samsung’s flat screen display to another domestic company through their contacts to both of the firms. The 11 suspects are composed of current and former Samsung researchers along with employees of the rival company.

 

One 46-year old former researcher of SMD is accused of earning around USD 168,544 from a rival company in return for the classified data regarding small mask scanning technology which is involved in manufacturing Active-Matrix Organic LED displays for big TVs. AMOLED panels have recently been limited to smart devices that are relatively small.

 

The certain technology they said have been leaked is one that’s particularly being used in AMOLED panels of Samsung called Small Mask Scanning. The said technology is an alternative for the previous method Fine Metal Masking, which has become inefficient for use as one of the steps in making an OLED display.

 

But the thing is, the signature AMOLED technology (which includes the SMS process) of Samsung is supposed to enable them to manufacture even bigger AMOLED displays — without even cutting the glass substrate. In fact, Samsung plans to launch a 65-inch AMOLED TV within the year, which is larger than the displays they have shown at CES. Apparently, the technology behind it all is a really hot property for rivals to be willing to pay for it.

 

Experts in the display sector expect this new technology to aid SMD get a big share of the future market of AMOLED televisions, which has a value of around 90 trillion won.

 

The unnamed 46-year old suspect is revealed to be “deeply involved” in the development of such technology in SMD. He is now suspected of leaking crucial data after he moved to a rival firm in November of last year. According to authorities, he even attempted to leak information to a Chinese competitor firm when his expected executive position was not given.

 

An arrest warrant for fraud has already been issued for the said suspect and for the other 10 without detention.

Camping Out

Springhill Group Counseling: Japan Ready to Intercept North Korea ‘satellite’ Launch


Japan is preparing measures to intercept North Korea’s missile launch in case it veers off its course and pose a threat.

 

North Korea has announced last week that it will launch a so-called “earth observation satellite” in time for the 100th birthday of their founder Kim Il Sung on April 15. According to the International Maritime Organization and Springhill Group Counseling, the rocket will be launched sometime between April 12 and April 16.

 

This move has sparked a global concern and outcry especially because it is believed that the satellite launch is just a front and it is actually a long-range missile test, something that could be sanctioned by the United Nations.

 

And to add to the controversy, North Korea has notified the IMO that the first stage of the rocket is expected to fall in waters between South Korea and China while the second stage will fall 190 km east of the Philippines.

 

The interceptors are set to be deployed on the Okinawa island chain. According to Japan’s missile defense plan, SM-3 will be utilized to intercept a ballistic missile outside the atmosphere. In case it misses the target, PAC-3 is on standby to shoot the target down once it re-enters the atmosphere.

 

Officials are being prepared for deployment of PAC-3 missiles and Aegis destroyers containing a high-end anti-missile system that would try and shoot down the rocket.

 

Japanese Defense Minister Tanaka Naoki said that their military is prepared for any contingency. Some experts say that Japan’s move is more of a political one. However, it is evidently a rare chance for Japanese personnel to have a hands-on training in tracking a missile.

 

Meanwhile, North Korea has maintained that any attempt to raise this issue on the upcoming nuclear summit will be considered a declaration of war as it rejected demands to cancel the launch. North Korea added in a statement that depriving them of their ‘independent and legitimate right’ will compel them to take countermeasures.

 

The United Nations has already warned North Korea that the launch can dampen humanitarian assistance to their country. It was seconded by the US, stating that if North Korea proceeds, their agreement regarding food donations last month will not go through.

Springhill Group Counselling: Japan PM to Attend Nuclear Summit


Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda has showed interest in this month’s global summit in order to impart valuable experiences of his country during the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

 

This 2-day summit is set to bring together the leaders of 50 leading nations, including its former host, President Barack Obama of the US. One of the agenda at the Nuclear Security Summit that will be held in Seoul includes a warning to ensure safety of nuclear energy.

 

Noda has announced in a press conference last week that he has lots of things to share in the upcoming summit regarding lessons that Japan has learned through its experience in the nuclear crisis since last year.

 

According to Noda, Japan plans to invest over USD 12.2 billion for the removal of radioactive materials. This is while he insists that most of the affected places have already returned to their usual course of life, except from those restricted areas that are near the nuclear power plant.

 

Noda hopes to cooperate with the leaders of other countries included in the six-nation talks regarding nuclear policies of North Korea and a possible disarmament during the 2-day summit that will start on March 26.

 

Still, there are uncertain factors surrounding Noda’s attendance, primarily the parliament deliberations on their 2012 budget which will reach the crucial stage in March.

 

However, the government said in a warning that even main opposition parties will not stop Noda from going to Seoul, considering the level of importance of the summit.

 

During the summit, Japan is expected to propose enhanced safety measures on nuclear power plants. According to government authorities, the country is set to present a more effective emergency power backup system from what they have learned and experienced in the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

 

The summit came after North Korea’s agreement during its communication with US last week in Beijing about a moratorium on uranium enrichment activities and nuclear tests. Safeguarding nuclear facilities and implementing measures to avoid risks of nuclear terrorism are just several of the global meeting’s agenda, only the second of its kind.

 

The consensus was both announced by North Korea and US this week which has increased promise for the revival of the 6-nation talks including South Korea, Russia, China and Japan.

Apple’s Calls for Repatriation Tax Holiday Gain No Traction with White House


With some two-thirds of its cash hoard housed overseas, Apple would like a tax holiday to allow it to move that money back to the U.S., but its pleas have fallen on deaf ears at the White House.

 

With $64 billion in cash remaining offshore, Apple executives said during a conference call on Monday that they have no plans to bring that money back to the U.S. because of taxes. For some time now, Apple has lobbied the U.S. government for a tax holiday that would give the company an incentive to bring that money stateside.

 

“Repatriating the cash would result in significant tax penalties,” Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said. “The tax laws currently allow for a significant disincentive. We’ve expressed our views to Congress and the White House.”

 

But despite Apple’s pleas, both behind the scenes and public, White House officials are not interested in offering a “repatriation holiday” for corporations to bring overseas funds stateside, according to Talking Points Memo.

 

“A White House official told TPN that the Obama Administration specifically chose not to propose a repatriation holiday — a temporary tax break on overseas cash brought back to the U.S., which Apple and other tech companies have sought for years,” Carl Franzen reported.

 

“Instead, the official told TPM that the White house in late February put forth ‘a comprehensive corporate tax reform plan that simplifies the code, levels the playing field for American businesses and encourages investment here at home.’”

 

While Apple’s interest in a tax holiday hasn’t gained traction at the White House, the iPhone maker has found some support in Congress. Specifically, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina has been a key proponent of the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act.

 

“(This week’s) announcement by Apple only highlights the need to pass common-sense legislation that would allow American companies to put $1 trillion of foreign earnings back to work in the U.S. economy,” Hagan reportedly said. “our stagnant economy demands practical, creative and bipartisan solutions right now.”

 

Hagan’s plan, which has gained support from Republican Senator John McCain, would allow companies to return their profits to the U.S. at a temporarily reduced tax rate. Hagan believes it would trigger the flow of $1 trillion back into the U.S. economy.

 

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2861663/posts


Springhill Group Counselling-Students Undergo Counselling After Chardon Shooting


The teenager accused of killing 3 students in a shooting spree at a school cafeteria appeared in court as a prosecutor deemed him as ‘someone who is not well’.

Seventeen-year old TJ Lane has admitted possession of a knife and a .22-caliber pistol to Chardon High School and firing 10 shots at a group of students on Monday morning. David Joyce from the prosecution said that Lane seem to be unacquainted with the victims.

According to Joyce, Lane might be charged with 3 counts of aggravated murder among other offences.

One student who has seen the attack and became readily alert said that the suspect appeared to be targeting a group of students sitting together. The teenager suspect was arrested after the attack on Monday and faced a hearing in a juvenile court.

Lane has injured and killed at Chardon High School, with a student population of 1,100, in Cleveland, Ohio. The 3 casualties are all students which has left townspeople wondering what could have triggered the gunman to do the shooting.

While the community is still reeling from the incident and trying to cope, grief counselling are being offered to staff and students of the schools in the area.

His court appearance has done little to dispel the mystery surrounding his motives. Meanwhile, prosecutors seemed to rule out speculations that the suspect has snapped because of being bullied or that his actions are somehow connected with drug dealing.

Surprisingly, the incident has nothing to do with drugs or bullying as the victims are chosen at random. It might be because the suspect is simply ‘not well’.

Timothy Grendell, the attending judge has ordered the boy to be held for fifteen days while prosecutors are given 2 days to bring charges against Lane. It is already expected that the prosecution panel will ask that the suspect be tried as an adult and not as a juvenile.

Demetrius Hewlin, a student who was in critical condition has died on Tuesday in a hospital in Cleveland, following the police announcement that 17-year old Russell King Jr has also died.

Both Parmertor and King were students in the vocational school Auburn Career Center nearby and were just waiting for the bus when the shooting happened.

The police authorities have yet to say what they see as the motive of the unfortunate incident.

Lane is not attending school in Chardon High School but in the nearby Lake Academy, a school for students with behavioral or academic problems.

Springhill Group Counselling - Goodwill Moon Rocks Missing


NASA has recently admitted that most of the moon rocks brought to Earth from 2 Apollo space missions are missing.

 

Richard Nixon, who was then the US president, ordered the rock to be broken up into small fragments and sent to 135 foreign leaders and 50 local states. The 370 pieces of lunar rock from the 1969 and 1972 missions were collected to be given as gifts to different countries.

 

Every goodwill moon rock was encased in lucite ball and placed on a wooden plaque with the receiving country’s flag.

 

A hundred of those were distributed to the 50 states of the US while 270 were given to various countries as a goodwill gift. To date, 184 of the goodwill rocks are unaccounted for (lost or stolen) — 24 in the US and 160 worldwide. Some of the goodwill rocks have gone missing during times of political transition or revolution.

 

Gaddafi’s administration received 2 goodwill moon rocks and they are both missing. The same is true with Romania’s Apollo 17 moon rock. According to the US National Archives, a goodwill moon rock was also given to the late dictator of Rome, Nicolae Ceausescu, though it is believed that after his execution the rock was sold.

 

And then there is the interesting story of how Ireland’s goodwill moon rock ended up in a municipal dump. The rock was formerly housed in the Dunsink Observatory in Dublin until the place burned down in 1977. Nobody seemed to have noted that the moon rock was missing til after the event. Apparently, the rock was thrown in along with other debris and dumped in the Finglas landfill which is just across the road. A warning for treasure hunters: some rock worth more than USD 5 million is still lying under tons of trash in the dump.

 

The Moon rock hunter, as he came to be known, Joseph Gutheinz Jr is a lawyer in Texas and previously an agent of NASA. It all started in 1998 when Gutheinz was still in NASA. He set up the Operation Lunar Eclipse, an undercover sting operation to recover the missing moon rocks. He advertised on USA Today, entitled ‘Moon Rocks Wanted’ in order to lure con-artists to contact him. What he did not expect was that someone in the possession of the goodwill moon rock of Honduras would contact him. The lunar rock, weighing 1.142 g, was offered to him for USD 5 million.

 

According to Gutheinz, he once offered a USD 10,000 for Malta’s goodwill moon rock but he still has not heard anything about it.

 

An unnamed private collector reportedly purchased a 0.2 gram of moon dust for USD 442,500. With such high prices, it is not at all surprising that there is a profitable market for both fake and real ones.

 

The moon rocks containing an important history of the solar system seem to be undervalued by the recipient countries and NASA, doing a poor job of protecting and keeping track of them. Meanwhile, Gutheinz admits that he may never be able to return all of the missing lunar rocks as most of them are now in private collections.

Springhill Group Counselling-The Dark Side of Psychotherapy


Psychotherapists are starting to become more alert on the reality of how dangerous the double-edged nature of their profession is. Being effective in addressing client concerns is only but a part of the job — keeping your head is just as important.

 

Just like how a clean broom can get all dirty and messed up through continuously doing its work of cleaning the floor, so can the therapist get vulnerable to difficult feelings by dealing with clients.

 

Psychotherapists are indoctrinated early on that they need to be emotionally stable to cope with the challenges of the profession. And oftentimes, it’s that very thing that can make a therapist struggle. It’s as if they are not allowed to feel emotions like boredom and exhaustion.

 

They were taught that having struggles with work as a psychotherapist are all because of your own personal issues or mere lack of experience.

 

Unfortunately, issues that are not addressed properly can eventually lead to burnout.You can be effective in your job but still feel stressed, frustrated or self-doubt.

 

Most therapists are aware that work issues tend to affect personal relationships. Exhausting someone’s emotional capacity in such a line of work can result in him having none left for interacting with family members.

 

They are not alert to the fact that, being also a human, they have personal feelings towards their career that can come to the surface. And in fear of being labeled unprofessional, they refuse to recognize those emotion and just continue going through their daily routine.

 

To add to their burden, they cannot bring up to family members or friends anything work-related because of confidentiality rules. Plus, very few of those in this field can actually admit they are having problems themselves.

 

An effective coping strategy for a therapist to keep afloat while working is to practice, alongside their clinical skills, self-reflection. Psychotherapists must allow themselves to feel and acknowledge their emotions.

 

Knowing how to process the intense emotion you as a therapist gets from every client encounter is invaluable.

 

 

Aquatic therapist arrested on Medicare fraud charge


A Pompano Beach occupational therapist who used swimming to treat stroke victims and other patients has been arrested on a charge of falsely billing Medicare by $586,000, federal court documents show.

Theresa Pantanella, founder of Florida Aquatic Therapy Services, billed for more hours of therapy than she provided, for individual therapy when patients were in group sessions and for a therapist’s time when lesser-trained employees were present, according to documents filed Tuesday.

 

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-12-29/business/fl-aquatic-medicare-fraud-20111229_1_occupational-therapist-phony-bills-medicare

Conference on ‘Achieving Better Parenting for our Children’


Conference on 'Achieving Better Parenting for our Children'

Parenting towards Resilience’ was the main theme discussed during a conference held recently, organised by Agenzija Sedqa in collaboration with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Ms. Sina Bugeja, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Social Welfare Services during her opening address explained that Parenting towards Resilience, was the main theme chosen by the Foundation to celebrate this year’s Children’s Day. Moreover, Ms. Bugeja mentioned the recent launch of the National Children’s Policy that safeguards children’s rights and ensures space for their opinions before decisions are taken. She mentioned that parents need to be kept abreast with changing parenting styles as well as with different influences which might affect children’s development.

Ms Helen D’Amato, Commissioner for Children, said that the inherent vulnerability of children requires not only a strong legal and institutional framework of protection but also the consolidated ability on the part primarily of parents to nurture their children in such a way as to instil in them the inner strength and will to overcome the challenges that come their way during their childhood. This is important, she said, as there is a limit to how far the legal and institutional framework can go to actually protect children in the context of an increasingly complex and challenging social and cultural environment, and also because the development of such inner strength and will is an integral part of children’s gradual maturity into strong, independent and responsible adults. The development of this inner strength or resilience should be seen as a main goal of the child’s upbringing. Ms D’Amato thus urged all parents to continue helping their children develop these inner qualities.

During his closing address, Mr. Jesmond Schembri, Operations Director, Agenzija Sedqa said that since its inception Sedqa has always been at the forefront of imparting skills to parents to improve their communication with their children. Although the Agency is best known for its work with persons experiencing drug, alcohol or gambling-related problems, it nevertheless invests a lot of resources in prevention.

The main presentation of this conference was entitled Inrawmu ‘l Uliedna biex Jilhqu l-Isfidi, delivered Ms. Clarissa Sammut Scerri, Registered Counselling Psychologist and Family Therapist. She is also a full time member of staff within the Department of Psychology at the University of Malta. Her presentation focused on a clear description of what is resilience in children, highlighting the kind of parenting that makes a difference in enhancing resilience in children. She stressed the importance of a warm, parent-child relationship that is attuned to the child’s needs according to his or her unique development. This relationship greatly affects/influences every aspect of children’s learning and development, especially the growth of their inner security, self-worth and ability to build relationships with others. Ms. Sammut Scerri also spoke about how harmony in the family, consistent guidance especially in adolescence, and adequate role models also help to promote resilience in children. She also cited from her research on families with domestic violence highlighting the resilience (and challenges) of these family members.

This conference was attended by parents, carers, and various professionals in touch with children of all ages. The workshops delivered were: Families of Children with Disability by Ann Marie Callus and Marchita Mangiafico; Education & Parenting by Juan Camilleri; Role Models by Carmen Delicata; Building Resilience in Adoptive Children by Cher Engerer; The Mindful Parent – Parenting against Substance Use Risk by Anthony Gatt; Building Attachment by Elaine Grech; Parenting Towards Resilience with the Media by John Mallia; Playful Parents, Playful Children, Playful Therapists by Dott Roberta Attard & Daniel Mercieca; Looking After Traumatised Children in Foster Care by John Role’; and Power Struggle between Parents and Young People by Carmen Sammut.

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