SHARE By NAFB News Service – Apr 23, 2019 USDA Seeks Another Experimental ASF Vaccine License, Years from Implementation SHARE The Department of Agriculture intends to grant an experimental license for an African swine fever vaccine. The intent was published in the Federal Register this week that USDA’s Agricultural Research Service intends to grant the license to a company in Bulgaria that manufactures and markets human and animal health products. Currently, there is no commercially available vaccine to protect swine from the deadline virus. Despite the work by the company in Bulgaria and others, National Pork Producers Council Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom told Reuters in February that researchers at USDA believe a vaccine is “a decade away.”Researchers in the European Union believe development of a vaccine may take 20 years. The threat of the disease spreading to the U.S. prompted the cancellation of the World Pork Expo this summer. Since its discovery in China in August 2018, Rabobank estimates that African swine fever has affected 150 million to 200 million pigs, which is nearly 30 percent larger than annual U.S. pork production and equivalent to Europe’s annual pork supply, according to the National Pork Board.Meanwhile, many farms in China infected with African swine fever are not restocking with pigs. Bloomberg News reports that 80 percent of farms infected with the deadly virus are not restocking, leaving a significant gap in production. China is the world’s largest pork producer, but agriculture officials in China say production has dropped 21 percent since African swine fever was first reported last August. And, a new outbreak on an island province was reported over the weekend.The declining hog production in China will result in lower demand for soybeans and feed products, but an increase in the need for pork products. Officials in China say, “if confidence among breeders fails to recover, it will hurt consumers.” They predict pork supplies could start to tighten and prices may hit record levels in the second half of the year, before tightening further in 2020. Pork accounts for more than 60 percent of meat consumption in China. Previous articleCalifornia Fruit Flavoring Company Establishing Operations in Johnson CountyNext articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Soil Erosion Significant Problem Around Indiana NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Seeks Another Experimental ASF Vaccine License, Years from Implementation Facebook Twitter
RSF_en Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas Receive email alerts Jorge Olivera Castillo has become the fourth independent journalists to be freed in the past eight days, following Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Raúl Rivero and Edel José García Díaz. Reporters Without Borders welcomes his release and hopes that the other 22 journalists still held in Cuba will also soon be freed. December 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fourth journalist released Organisation October 12, 2018 Find out more News CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today for health reasons of Jorge Olivera Castillo – the fourth independent journalist to be freed in the past eight days – and voiced the hope that the Cuban authorities will free the other 22 journalists still detained in Cuba.Of the 75 dissidents detained in a crackdown in March 2003, seven in all have so far been freed since 29 November. The three other journalists to have been released are Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Raúl Rivero and Edel José García Díaz.In a statement on 30 November, Reporters Without Borders called on the Cuban government to show a real commitment to democratisation by “putting an end to the state monopoly of news and information.” The organisation also called on the European Union to maintains its close relations with Cuba’s dissidents and to continue to condition its relations with the Cuban government on an “improvement in the situation of human rights and political freedoms” and respect for democratic pluralism.Olivera has serious gastric problems and eye trouble caused by glaucoma and high blood pressure. Human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez of the independent Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) told Agence France-Presse that, of all the imprisoned detainees, Olivera was among those who were in worst shape.Sánchez added: “There may be one or two more releases in the hours or days to come, but there won’t be any massive release of prisoners of conscience.”Aged 41 and director of the Havana Press independent agency, Olivera was arrested at his Havana home on 18 March 2003 and was given a summary trial along with three other journalists two weeks later. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for writing articles for the nuevaprensa.org website and the Spanish magazine Encuentro that were considered under law 88 to be “against national independence and Cuba’s economy.”A former employee of the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT), Olivera was a TV news editor for 10 years. He tried to leave Cuba on a raft in 1992, but was caught and detained for three days. He then joined the ranks of the dissidents and set up Havana Press with two other journalists in 1995.More information about Olivera’s arrest, trial and prison conditions New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further News May 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba October 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information
Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary arrests of at least 14 journalists while trying to cover anti-corruption demonstrations in Russia on 26 March, and calls on the authorities to drop all charges against them and to punish the police officers responsible.Both the protests themselves and the crackdown were without precedent since 2012. According to initial counts, between 32,000 and 93,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout the country and around 1,800 of them were reportedly arrested.According to RSF’s tally, at least 14 of those detained were journalists who had gone to cover the protests.Alexander Plyushchev of Echo of Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov of Mediazona, Pyotr Parkhomenko of Kommersant-FM, Timofey Dzyadko of RBC, Sofiko Arifjanova of Otkrytaya Rossya and Alec Luhn, a US reporter for The Guardian, were arrested in Moscow and were held for several hours at a police station.The last three were charged with participating in an unauthorized demonstration but the charge against Luhn seems to have been dropped later after the foreign ministry intervened.Sergei Satanovski of Novaya Gazeta, Nadezhda Zaytseva of Vedomosti, Roman Pimenov of Interpress and freelancer Artyom Aleksandrov were arrested in Saint Petersburg.Sergei Rasulov of Kommersant, Fayna Kachabekova of Kavkazskaya Politika and Vladimir Servinovski of Eto Kavkaz were arrested in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, in the Russian Caucasus. Alexander Nikishin of Otkrytyi Kanal was arrested in the southwestern city of Saratov and was sentenced the next day to four days of administrative detention for “refusing to comply with instructions from the police.”Alexei Alexeyev, the news website Chernika’s correspondent in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk, was hit by a policeman while filming a demonstrator’s arrest. The unidentified policeman hit him in the face and legs, broke his glasses and insulted him.“It is unacceptable that so many journalists were arrested although they were clearly identified,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Even more disturbing is the fact that some may be prosecuted and one was given a beating. This behaviour by the police contravenes Russian law and the international treaties by which Russia is bound. We ask the authorities to respect media freedom, punish those responsible and ensure that the police are properly trained to respect journalists’ rights.”I showed my press card [to a riot police officer] but he just said: “So what?”. Sergei SatanovskiSergei Satanovski told RSF: “I showed my press card [to a riot police officer] but that did not convince him. He just said: ‘So what?’.” Fayna Kachabekova said: “I showed the police officers my Kavkazskaya Politika correspondent’s card and I asked them to give me back my phone. But again no one reacted.”The protests against corrupt practices within the political elite were held in more than 80 Russian cities in response to a call from opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Despite their size, the protests were largely ignored by the leading national media and were curiously absent from the main online news aggregators.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information Related documents cp_26-03-17_rus.pdfPDF – 85.17 KB News Протестная мобилизация 26 марта была беспрецедентной с 2012 года, репрессии также: по предварительным оценкам, от 32 000 до 93 000 человек выступили против коррупции по всей стране, из них около 1800 были задержаны. Среди них РБГ насчитывает не менее 14 журналистов, которые освещали митинги.Александр Плющев («Эхо Москвы»), Петр Верзилов («Mediazona»), Петр Пархоменко («Коммерсантъ-FM»), Тимофей Дзядко («РБК»), Софико Арфиджанова («Открытая Россия») и американский журналист Алек Лун (Alec Luhn, «The Guardian») были задержаны в Москве и оставались в течение нескольких часов в полицейском участке. Последние три были затем обвинены в «участии в несанкционированном митинге». Однако, похоже, что обвинения, выдвинутые против Алека Луна, позже были сняты в результате вмешательства Министерства иностранных дел.Сергей Сатановский («Новая Газета»), Надежда Зайцева («Ведомости»), Роман Пименов («Interpress») и независимый журналист Артем Александров были задержаны в Санкт-Петербурге. Сергей Расулов («Коммерсантъ»), Фаина Качабекова («Кавказская Политика») и Владимир Севриновский («Это Кавказ») были задержаны в столице республики Дагестан, Махачкале. Александр Никишин («Открытый Канал») был задержан в Саратове и приговорен на следующий день к административному аресту на четверо суток за «неповиновение законному распоряжению сотрудника полиции».Алексей Алексеев (соответствующая информация находится на сайте «Черника») в Петрозаводске был избит сотрудником полиции во время проведения съемок протестной акции и задержания одного из протестующих. Неизвестный сотрудник полиции без жетона ударил его в лицо и по ноге, разбил его очки и оскорбил.«Неприемлемо, что так много журналистов было задержано, несмотря на то, что они отчетливо представились, – заявил глава отдела Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии РБГ Иоханн Бир. – Еще более тревожным является тот факт, что некоторые из них могут быть привлечены к ответственности и то, что один журналист был избит. Эти действия полиции нарушают как российское законодательство, так и международные договоры, к которым присоединилась Россия. Мы призываем власти уважать свободу прессы, наказать виновных и обеспечить, чтобы сотрудники полиции были впредь надлежащим образом проинформированы относительно прав журналистов». May 21, 2021 Find out more March 29, 2017 At least 14 reporters arbitrarily arrested during Russian protests Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Credit: Alexander Utkin / AFP Репортеры без границ (РБГ) осуждают вопиющее задержание десятков журналистов, освещавших в России антикоррупционную акцию 26 марта 2017 года. Организация призывает власти прекратить все дела против них и привлечь сотрудниковполиции к ответственности. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Russia News RSF_en News Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Антикоррупционная акция в России: около пятнадцати журналистов незаконно задержаны RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Если некоторые журналисты были освобождены после того, как они показали свою пресс-карту или аккредитацию, то в большинстве случаев это не изменило отношение полиции. «Я показал журналистское удостоверение [ОМОНовцу], но его это неубедило. Он мне сказал, «Ну и что?», – рассказал РБГ Сергей Сатановский. «Я показала полиции удостоверение корреспондента «Кавказской политики» и попросила их вернуть мой телефон. Но никто не реагировал», – свидетельствует Фаина Качабекова.Манифестации протеста против коррупции политических элит прошли в 80 городах России по призыву оппозиционера Алексея Навального. Несмотря на их необычайный размах, эти акции были в значительной степени проигнорированы крупными общенациональными СМИ, и как это не странно, отсутствовали у крупных интернет-агрегаторов контента.Россия занимает 148 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы за 2016 год, опубликованном РБГ.
Bayonne Mayor James Davis ×Bayonne Mayor James Davis O’Donnell told the press he would call Davis to concede around 9 p.m. Davis’ supporters crowded around Villa Maria on Broadway, celebrating the victory.Davis will continue to steer Bayonne through redevelopment, including several big residential projects, and other changes.For more coverage of the race, watch for the print edition of the Bayonne Community News, hitting the streets on Wednesday. BAYONNE — Mayor James Davis and the majority of his City Council slate won election in that town on Tuesday night. Davis beat out former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and local doctor Mitchell Brown to keep his spot. Davis’ council slate was projected to win as well, but the results were close in the 2nd Ward around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (follow the numbers at this link.)Davis amassed 6,850 votes to O’Donnell’s 4,556. Brown got 525, and 17 voters wrote in a personal choice.
Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Toyota/Save Mart 350.(All times Eastern)Friday, June 21TimeEventChannel2:40 p.m.Cup Series first practice (3 p.m. tape delay)FS15:40 p.m.Cup Series final practiceFS1Saturday, June 22TimeEventChannel11:35 p.m.Truck Series first practiceNo TV1:35 p.m.Truck Series final practiceNo TV3:10 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingFS1/PRN6:35 p.m.Truck Series qualifying (8:30 p.m. tape delay)FS210 p.m. ETTruck Series CarShield 200 presented by CK PowerFS1/MRNSunday, June 23TimeEventChannel3 p.m.Toyota/Save Mart 350FS1/PRNToyota/Save Mart 350 Starting LineupBelow is the full starting lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDGarrett Smithley15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDReed Sorenson27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDJJ Yeley51TBDCody Ware52TBDJustin Haley77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95TBDParker Kligerman96 He’ll be looking for his fourth win of the year and third ever at the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway in California.MORE: Watch the Sonoma race live with fuboTV (7-day trial)Kyle Busch is coming off of yet another top-10 finish and will be looking for his fifth win of the year and third ever at Sonoma.The Toyota/Save Mart 350 can be seen at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1.What time does the NASCAR race start at Sonoma?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will take place Sunday, June 23. Live coverage begins on FS1 at 3 p.m. ET.What TV channel is the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on?The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be broadcast nationally on FS1. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Toyota/Save Mart 350 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1. It’s the first road coach race of the year this week as NASCAR heads to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.The more technical of NASCAR’s two true road courses on the schedule, Martin Truex Jr. comes in having raced well this year and as the defending champion.
Share on: WhatsApp Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango of Uganda (C) tries to clear the ball during the Club World Cup football match between Kashima Antlers and Mamelodi Sundowns in Suita, Osaka . AFP PHOTOOsaka, Japan | AFP | Silvio Romero struck twice as Mexican side Club America beat Asian champions Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 on Sunday to set up a dream Club World Cup semi-final with Real Madrid.Local favourites Kashima Antlers salvaged some pride for Asia, however, when the Japanese title holders toppled South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in the day’s second quarter-final in Osaka.In the early kickoff, Kim Bo-kyung swept Korean powerhouse Jeonbuk in front after 23 minutes before Romero pounced twice to send the CONCACAF representatives through to the last four.“The players showed character, attitude and heart,” America coach Ricardo la Volpe told reporters.“We made some changes and tweaked the system a bit in the second half and got the goals.“We passed a test today and we will play Real Madrid with no fear,” he added. “We will have to work twice as hard but everyone expects us to lose so there will be no pressure on us.”Romero equalised with a clinical header just before the hour mark and the Argentine striker volleyed home the winner via a slight deflection off Jeonbuk forward Kim Shin-Wook after 74 minutes as the K-League side wilted under the mounting pressure.Club America, who also beat Jeonbuk in the quarter-finals of the FIFA tournament 10 years ago, will face European champions Real Madrid, led by talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, in Yokohama on Thursday.The hulking Kim Shin-Wook, instantly recognisable with his peppermint green mohican, was a constant menace but well shackled by markers in a tense finish as the Mexicans clung on for the win. Kashima, who came from behind to beat part-timers Auckland City 2-1 in the tournament’s curtain raiser on Thursday, were gifted their opening goal by Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango in the 63rd minute.Latching on to a knock-down from Shoma Doi, Yasushi Endo scuffed his left-foot shot which somehow squeezed under Onyango, bobbling out of his despairing grasp and over the line almost in slow motion.Substitute Mu Kanazaki killed the game off by smashing home from close range with two minutes left after more sloppy defending from the Africans.Kashima, fresh from clinching their eighth J-League crown last weekend, will face South American Libertadores Cup holders Atletico Nacional of Colombia in the competition’s first semi-final on Wednesday.“We struggled at the start to deal with their spirit,” said Kashima coach Masatada Ishii.“But we settled down in the second half, found a nice balance and scored two good goals. It was important to stay calm and we will have to be just as patient against Nacional.”Spanish giants Real are scheduled to arrive in Japan early Monday morning local time.
Building on the popularity of the iconic vuvuzela, South African National Parks, First National Bank and a local vehicle component company have teamed up to bring sports fans another instrument to pump up the volume at football matches, the spiralled kuduzela.MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli South Africa National Parks +27 12 426 5170 • Kirsten Edwards FNB Corporate Communications +27 76 191 4878USEFUL LINKS • First National Bank 2010 • South African National Parks • Travelwires.com RELATED ARTICLES • Colourful vuvuzelas – from kelp • Viva the vuvuzela orchestra! • Football – South Africa styleWilma den HartighWhen the novelty of trumpeting on a vuvuzela wears off, South African sports fans can apply their lips to a different kind of wind instrument, the kuduzela, inspired by the spiral horn of the kudu antelope.The new instrument, said to mimic a bellowing elephant, is the result of a joint effort between South African National Parks (SANparks) and First National Bank (FNB), and has been rolled out just in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.SANparks chose the kudu horn model as it has great historic significance for African communities.“Traditionally, in some African communities, the kudu horn has been used as an instrument to call people together for gatherings at the royal house or for a community imbizo [a meeting], but most importantly as a call to battle. Now the kuduzela will fulfil the same role,” said Dr David Mabunda, chief executive officer (CEO) of SANParks.“The kuduzela will call all South Africans, international guests and soccer fans to South Africa for what is set to be a spectacular tournament in 2010 and, appropriately, it will be calling the ‘warring parties’ to the symbolic battlefield of soccer,” he added.Novel business ideaAK Stone Guard, a vehicle component manufacturer based in the industrial town of Vereeniging on the outskirts of Gauteng, has set up a separate division called Kudu Kudu Manufacturing to make the kuduzelas.The company got involved in the project as a result of the economic downturn and consequent slowdown in vehicle production. As business was quiet, the owners started looking for innovative ways to keep the plant operational and their staff employed.With some careful planning, a section of the plant was modified to manufacture the kuduzelas.Reynold Thakhuli, media relations general manager for SANparks, said that through the project the company has managed to retain 25 jobs.“These people would have otherwise faced retrenchment,” he said.AK Stone Guard managing director Gary Immelman is optimistic that more workers will be employed as kuduzela production increases ahead of the World Cup.The kuduzelas are mostly made of recycled plastic from the vehicle plant.To ensure that the kuduzela looks authentic, a real horn was used to produce the mould. Thakhudi said the original horn was taken from a kudu that died of old age in the Kruger National Park.Double spin-offNot only is the project saving jobs, it will also boost conservation education in South Africa.A percentage of the manufacturing cost of each kuduzela will be donated to the Kids in Parks conservation project – an education programme which helps children explore South African national parks and understand their place in the natural and cultural world.“SANparks chose this project because it is important to educate children from an early age about conservation issues,” Thakhudi explained.FNB CEO Michael Jordaan said the bank has committed itself to donating 6.24% of the cost of every kuduzela produced to SANparks for the Kids in Parks project.“This will equate to more than R600 000 from the bank’s order alone,” Jordaan said.Finding your kuduzelaIf you’re itching to get your hands on a kuduzela, and are an FNB customer, you can enter a draw to win one. Simply make three or more prepaid airtime purchases per month by dialling *130*321# to stand a chance of winning.Until the end of September 2009 FNB has the exclusive rights to the kuduzelas for their airtime competition, but after that the horns will be available at Makro outlets, Pick ‘n Pay and Kruger National Park camp shops.If you’re an ardent fan of the trusty vuvuzela, don’t worry about them being phased out or playing second fiddle to the new kuduzela.SANpark’s Thakhudi explained that the kuduzela wouldn’t replace its well-known cousin at football games. It will just bring a unique South African flavour to stadiums during sports events, especially next year’s World Cup.“The kuduzela will sound like a herd of elephants trumpeting and we hope that the two instruments will enhance each other,” he said. • Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]
The creator of a new local card game – Game for Humanity – that encourages kind deeds and community sharing, is aiming to inspire all South Africans to make a positive difference in their world.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)CD AndersonDeveloped by Capetonian social entrepreneur Marc Buhrer, Game for Humanity is styled as an easy to play community-based card game where “everyone is a winner.” Buhrer launched the game at the beginning of 2017.How the game worksA deck contains 30 cards, each including a single instruction: a simple act of kindness, giving or community generosity. Examples include things such as ‘buying someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donating clothes and blankets to a charity’ or ‘giving a stranger a hug’.Once a player has performed the task, they pass on the card to the recipient of the gesture, so that that they can ‘pay it forward’.“It’s expected for them to continue with that random act of kindness, and hopefully the card has a life span of a few days, months or even years,” Buhrer told talk station, Radio 702.Examples of acts of kindness in Game for Humanity include ‘buy someone a cup of coffee’, ‘donate clothes and blankets to charity’ and ‘give a stranger a hug’. (Image: Game for Humanity, Instagram)According to the game’s website, the intention is to “[have] fun while spreading a positive outlook and mentality between human beings irrespective of age, race, gender, religion.”The game, Buhrer said, is to counteract negativity, globally, with something that has the ability to make someone smile and think about how one simple gesture can have a world-changing effect.Listen to the Radio 702 interview with Buhrer, as he explains the game and its growing impact: The game currently has massive support among the social media community. It’s Instagram account encourages contributions from the public to show how they are using the cards to make the world a better place.Inspiring humanity in the nation’s classroomsEach pack of 30 cards is available in two variations: one for the general community and one for schools that has specific tasks of kindness aimed at encouraging young people to be a positive force against bullying and racism.“It’s up to the youth to understand and believe that there is no such thing as a negative outcome, merely hiccups and hurdles being part of life’s rich tapestry,” Buhrer said.He hopes to develop other variations of the game, one aimed at creating positivity in corporate office environments, and one focused on health and wellness.For more information on the game, visit the Game for Humanity website. Source: 702 Radio, Game for Humanity websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Related Posts Tags:#biz#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In an effort to highlight the risks of identity theft and to argue for a centralized database reporting site, the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has released its statistics on the number of data breaches in 2010. The center recorded 662 data breaches last year, noting that the figures are probably under-reported as in many cases there are no requirements for data breaches to be reported.The ITRC defines a data breach as an event in which an individual’s name plus Social Security Number, driver’s license number, medical record, or a financial record (including credit card information) is potentially put at risk – either in electronic or paper format.62% of those breaches reported exposed Social Security Numbers, and 26% involved credit or debt card information.15.7% of the data breaches involved state and federal agencies and the military. Medical and health care facilities accounted for 24.2%, educational institutions accounted for 9.8% and the banking industry, 8.2%. That leaves businesses as the largest percentage of breaches – 42.1%.Malicious attacks, according to the report, account for more breaches than human error – the former constitutes about 17% of breaches, while the latter, just 15%. However, almost 40% of those breaches reported did not identify the manner in which information was exposed.Although the risks of hacked databases often make headlines, the report finds that paper breaches account for nearly 20% of known breaches. Only 200 of the 662 breaches were credited to information provided by states and agencies with mandatory reporting. “It is apparent, with few exceptions, that there is no transparency when it comes to reporting breaches,” said the ITRC in a statement to the press. “Other than breaches reported by the media and a few progressive state websites, there is little or no information available on many data breach events. It is clear that without a mandatory national reporting requirement, that many data breaches will continue to be unreported, or under-reported.”As we’ve noted before, data security is likely to be an important trend for 2011. The ITRC report makes clear that this isn’t simply a matter of developing policies to secure information. It’s also about developing a better system – and a mandatory system – for notifying customers of data breaches.
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