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Suspicious substance reported at Canadian Consulate in Istanbul

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:08am
Turkish authorities are investigating a suspicious substance at the Canadian Consulate in Istanbul, and unspecified security incidents also are being investigated at two other foreign consulates in Turkey's largest city, the country's emergency management agency said Friday.
Categories: International News

Straighten out smartphone slump!

Health - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:58am
As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and feel stressed, it can cause persistent pain.
Categories: Health

The week in 37 photos

CNN - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:50am
Categories: National News

The week in 37 photos

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:47am
Categories: International News

Stir in Sweden's waters is over as search for vessel is called off

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:45am
Sweden's military feels certain there was an intruder, but it has called off the search for a mystery vessel in waters near Stockholm.
Categories: International News

'Hitch' TV show in the works at Fox

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:19am
Will Smith's date doctor "Hitch" is setting up a practice on TV.
Categories: Entertainment News

Diamond reveals 'Sweet Caroline' story

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:18am
It was a great story.
Categories: Entertainment News

Quelle surprise! Bilingual stars

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:16am
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg already owns a good chunk of the Internet, but on Wednesday he won it as well when he spoke Chinese to an audience at a Beijing university.
Categories: Entertainment News

Brad Pitt gets between 'Two Ferns'

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:16am
Just another big name for Zach Galifianakis and "Between Two Ferns": Brad Pitt.
Categories: Entertainment News

Archie and friends coming to TV

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:13am
Archie Andrews has lived, died and become a zombie. And now, the cartoon character is returning to TV.
Categories: Entertainment News

Bus driver lays the smackdown on thief

CNN - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:51am
Bus driver bags purse-snatcher with a bat. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on instant karma caught on camera.
Categories: National News

Diwali celebrations light up India

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:38am
Around the world, Indians are celebrating the festival of lights with fireworks and candles. Here's a look at some of this week's India festivities.
Categories: International News

North Korea restricting tourism because of Ebola fears

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:27am
North Korea is closing its borders to international tourists due to concerns about Ebola, tour agencies specializing in the country were told.
Categories: International News

Rwanda reverses its decision to screen U.S. visitors for Ebola

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:27am
Rwanda will not be screening U.S. visitors for Ebola after all.
Categories: International News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:09am
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Serbia and Albania punished by UEFA after drone brawl

CNN World - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:05am
It was a night which evoked hatred of years past -- now both Serbia and Albania have been punished for their part in dramatic night of violence in Belgrade.
Categories: International News

Career changers find fulfillment, job security in nursing

Education - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am

(BPT) - Marquita Davis, a registered nurse, began her professional life as an early childhood educator. She cared for her students, shaping their minds and social development skills to prepare them for their future education. Years later, unforeseen life events inspired Davis to provide care in a new role, this time as a nurse.

“Teaching young children was rewarding,” she explains. “I enjoyed the challenge of developing imaginative ways to engage with a young audience and prepare students for a lifetime of learning.”

Davis’ career path took a dramatic turn when her husband Gene, then only 34 years old, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition that required a transplant. She started working in a custodial role at the hospital where he was receiving care to bring in additional income.

“I spent significant time at the hospital working and being at my husband’s bedside before he passed away,” she reflects. “The level of care and compassion the nurses provided to my family inspired me to serve in the same capacity. Seeing the role they played in patients’ lives sparked a desire to make a positive impact on health care.”

For those considering a new career, nursing provides diverse, flexible career advancement opportunities. Employment options can range from full- or part-time, during the day, or at night. And unique specializations enable nurses to work in a variety of settings and locations, including rural or urban as well as inpatient or outpatient environments.

A nurse’s role also is expanding to meet the needs of an evolving health care system. Nursing is among the top occupations for job growth through 2022, and the registered nurse workforce is expected to grow 19 percent by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, the 30 million new patients who will receive health coverage through the Affordable Care Act will further increase demand for nurses.

Though challenging, the profession places nurses at the center of a patient or family’s most intimate moments, and for many nurses, presents professionally fulfilling opportunities to make a difference in their lives.

“I was initially overwhelmed as I considered making a career transition,” says Davis. “Once I saw the promise and stability nursing offered, I realized it was a smart choice and a natural fit. As a nurse, I could leverage the communication and education skills I developed as an early childhood educator, while serving in a role that could provide me with significant personal fulfillment.”

In 2012, Davis returned to the classroom – this time as a student. She enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Atlanta. “I researched several nursing degree programs but ultimately decided a BSN degree program would make me more marketable to employers because it was a requirement of many hospitals in my community,” Davis says.

BSN-educated nurses like Davis are in demand. A 2013 national survey of deans and directors of U.S. nursing schools found that 59 percent of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation. Nearly half of hospitals and other health care settings now require incoming nurses to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and 78.6 percent say they prefer BSN graduates.

Davis graduated from Chamberlain in June 2014, and is looking forward to fulfilling her dream of making a positive impact on the health care system by providing extraordinary care to her patients. “The support I received from my instructors throughout my nursing education strengthened my confidence and allowed me to make a smooth transition into the nursing field,” she says.

She was recently accepted into the prestigious nurse residency program at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She will work in the pulmonary thoracic unit.

“I feel like I’ve come full circle,” says Davis. “I spent many years in the cardiac unit with my husband. His nurses motivated me to enter this rewarding profession – and today I join them.”

Categories: Lifestyle

Ethical hackers combat cyber criminals to boost public safety

Education - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am

(BPT) - Home Depot announced that personal financial information from 56 million credit and debit cards was at risk following a data security breach in September. Americans were still reeling from the Heartbleed bug, which compromised the security of some of the country’s largest companies in April 2014. Today cyber hacking – a crime that exploits technology to compromise personal information – is all too familiar.

In an increasingly digital world, financial losses from cybercrime will continue to rise. Experts estimate cybercrime leads to global financial losses of at least $375 billion annually, according to a 2014 Intel Security report.

How do businesses strengthen protection against cyber criminals? They beat them at their own game by employing ethical hackers. Cyber security expert Dr. Karmaveer Koonjbearry, professor in the Colleges of Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences and Health Sciences at DeVry University, explains how hacking can be used for good.

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking is a legal, authorized process to identify security vulnerabilities in computer systems. Professional ethical hackers identify unnecessary open ports and backdoors that malicious hackers could potentially infiltrate to access files, credit card and Social Security numbers or other personal information. Ethical hackers make recommendations to large companies on how to mitigate such vulnerabilities.

Where do ethical hackers work?

Jobs for ethical hackers are expected to increase as organizations seek to strengthen their Internet security. Many large organizations already employ ethical hackers to test applications before they are deployed. Smaller organizations typically outsource ethical hacking periodically to check their systems.

What training is available for someone who wants to become an ethical hacker?

Degree programs in computer information systems and network and communications management can prepare students well for future careers in ethical hacking. The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) offers a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course to help professionals develop the skills required and prepare for the EC-Council CEH Certification exam.

What soft skills should ethical hackers possess?

Ethical hackers must have strong communication skills to explain system vulnerabilities constructively to corporate leadership, Web developers and application owners. They must be efficient yet thorough, and be prepared to work with some people who may not welcome the additional work required to secure their systems.

Are there any risks in ethical hacking?

Ethical hackers develop extensive knowledge about an organization’s systems, safeguards, vulnerabilities and practices. This information, in the wrong hands, can have disastrous consequences. It is critical that organizations select ethical hackers with the right background and ethical disposition. A “bad” ethical hacker can have significant consequences on an organization’s bottom line and reputation.

Categories: Lifestyle

Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life

Community Cares - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am

(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his arms around his brother and performs the Heimlich maneuver. The orange slice is dislodged. Oxygen is restored. They all can sleep soundly.

“It happened too fast for me to be nervous,” Louis Fritz of Walton, Kentucky, says of his heroic act.

Thankfully, Fritz was able to recognize the signs of choking and perform the Heimlich maneuver with confidence - saving his younger brother’s life.

Choking is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Over the years, the Heimlich maneuver has saved an estimated 50,000 U.S. lives, and thousands more worldwide. Although most people don’t consider themselves heroic, one organization is passionately working to teach people that anyone can be a Heimlich hero.

A Deaconess Associations, Inc. initiative, Heimlich Heroes is a free interactive program designed for children ages seven and up. By the end of their basic one hour training, students are taught how to recognize the signs of choking, minimize or eliminate the risk of choking and properly perform the Heimlich maneuver.

It’s impactful

Over 4,000 people across 22 states have been trained or have registered with Heimlich Heroes for training free of charge.

“Our goal is to train as many young people as possible,” says Terri Huntington, program manager, “Children are curious and excited that they have the potential to save a life.”

It’s interactive

The Heimlich Heroes training kit includes an instructional video, learning materials for students based on their ages and the Heidi or Hank training doll. These 42-inch dolls feature an internal diaphragm, lungs and a windpipe. The dolls’ plastic mouths expel a peanut-sized foam cushion when the maneuver is performed correctly.

Practicing the maneuver on a doll helps children learn the approximate amount of pressure they need to exert and it builds confidence in performing it. When faced with a choking emergency, trained children are then ready to spring into action and save a life.

“The kids are so much more conscious about choking hazards and took the training a lot more seriously than I even expected them to,” Jessie S., a school nurse who administered the training in Texas. “It was so easy to put together and we had no problems at all. We really look forward to doing it again next year.”

Although the basic training session only lasts an hour, extended lessons that align with the Common Core curriculum are available for school use.

It’s important

Fritz learned about the Heimlich maneuver from reading a hospital poster a few years prior. Other children are learning about it from parents and guardians, movies (like Mrs. Doubtfire) and Scouting organizations.

“I had never actually practiced the Heimlich maneuver before I had to use it on my brother,” reflects Fritz, “I think it’s important for all kids to be trained because you never know when you might need to save someone from choking.”

Heimlich Heroes is specifically designed to help children, teachers, sitters, parents and other youth leaders become equipped to handle a choking emergency and prevent needless deaths. “Training is simple, free and easily accessible. Investing even just 45 minutes can mean the difference between life and death,” explains Huntington, “Anyone can be a Heimlich Hero.”

To access free training materials and learn how to bring Heimlich Heroes to your school or organization, visit www.heimlichheroes.com/anyone.

Categories: Lifestyle

Ethical hackers combat cyber criminals to boost public safety

Business/Careers - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00am

(BPT) - Home Depot announced that personal financial information from 56 million credit and debit cards was at risk following a data security breach in September. Americans were still reeling from the Heartbleed bug, which compromised the security of some of the country’s largest companies in April 2014. Today cyber hacking – a crime that exploits technology to compromise personal information – is all too familiar.

In an increasingly digital world, financial losses from cybercrime will continue to rise. Experts estimate cybercrime leads to global financial losses of at least $375 billion annually, according to a 2014 Intel Security report.

How do businesses strengthen protection against cyber criminals? They beat them at their own game by employing ethical hackers. Cyber security expert Dr. Karmaveer Koonjbearry, professor in the Colleges of Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences and Health Sciences at DeVry University, explains how hacking can be used for good.

What is ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking is a legal, authorized process to identify security vulnerabilities in computer systems. Professional ethical hackers identify unnecessary open ports and backdoors that malicious hackers could potentially infiltrate to access files, credit card and Social Security numbers or other personal information. Ethical hackers make recommendations to large companies on how to mitigate such vulnerabilities.

Where do ethical hackers work?

Jobs for ethical hackers are expected to increase as organizations seek to strengthen their Internet security. Many large organizations already employ ethical hackers to test applications before they are deployed. Smaller organizations typically outsource ethical hacking periodically to check their systems.

What training is available for someone who wants to become an ethical hacker?

Degree programs in computer information systems and network and communications management can prepare students well for future careers in ethical hacking. The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) offers a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) course to help professionals develop the skills required and prepare for the EC-Council CEH Certification exam.

What soft skills should ethical hackers possess?

Ethical hackers must have strong communication skills to explain system vulnerabilities constructively to corporate leadership, Web developers and application owners. They must be efficient yet thorough, and be prepared to work with some people who may not welcome the additional work required to secure their systems.

Are there any risks in ethical hacking?

Ethical hackers develop extensive knowledge about an organization’s systems, safeguards, vulnerabilities and practices. This information, in the wrong hands, can have disastrous consequences. It is critical that organizations select ethical hackers with the right background and ethical disposition. A “bad” ethical hacker can have significant consequences on an organization’s bottom line and reputation.

Categories: Lifestyle
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