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Brazilian band visits campus

first_img40 members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi arrived on campus Tuesday to visit the University and perform during the halftime show on Saturday at the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. In English, Meninos do Morumbi means “Kids of Morumbi,” the neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, where the band is based. The students will remain on campus until Sunday and are lodging at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. According to the Notre Dame Band website, in 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame band toured Brazil and performed for Meninos do Morumbi in São Paulo, the country’s largest city and Dr. Ken Dye, director of bands, said he enjoyed the visit to Brazil. “They were very gracious hosts and shared their exciting music with our band,” Dye said. The band later invited the youth band to Notre Dame to perform and experience campus life. Dye is looking forward to the interaction between the Notre Dame Band members and the young performers from Brazil. According to their website, Meninos do Morumbi is a social project that gives youth an alternative to delinquency, violence and drugs through music. “We attend around 2,000 children and young from 22 slums of São Paulo,” Ana Paula Costa, the band’s spokeswoman,said. According to Costa, Meninos do Morumbi has had 14,000 youth participants thus far. Musician and current director Flávio Pimenta founded the band in 1996. “I originally invited children from the slums and poor communities found begging on the streets of my neighborhood to teach music in my studio in my house,” Pimenta said. “The idea was not and is not charity.” According to Pimenta, the band has greatly impacted the students’ lives. “Not only the music, but the experience of good values. We are a place for good values,” Pimenta said. According to a press release, the group provides an escape from situations of personal and social risk through many expressions. “We offer them a range of activities in the areas of culture, music, arts, education and sports,” Costa said. The band has performed for former U.S. President George W. Bush as well as singer Madonna, according to Costa. They have also performed in the United Kingdom and France. The band’s style of music interprets songs of Brazilian and African folklore. According to Costa, the youth play music from Brazilian genres including jongo, maracatu, funk and samba. Sandra Teixeira, a Notre Dame Portuguese professor originally from Brazil, is excited for the band’s visit. “The Portuguese and Brazilian studies program is very excited about this incredible opportunity,” Teixeira said. “The visit will share an important aspect of Brazilian culture, as well as our love for music and dance, with the entire Notre Dame community.” Meninos do Morumbi will participate in many events throughout Notre Dame’s campus. The band is holding a performance today and a Brazilian instrument and dance workshop at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Brazil and Portuguese Language Clubs of Notre Dame will host a welcome reception and social hour in the ballroom of Lafortune Student Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Besides having the unique opportunity to watch a vibrant and culturally infused show, students will be able to witness a very successful story of the determination and talent exemplified by these kids and mentors,” Teixeira said.last_img read more

Tech Time: Counter-espionage measures

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img Most cyberattacks are, essentially, espionage and call for such counter-espionage defenses as penetration testing, spying on the dark web and guarding against a ransomware attack.Penetration testing and rotating testing companies is now routine for most credit unions, observes Mark Arnold, VP/advisory services for Denver-based Lares, a credit union-focused data security firm. What’s emerging as a best practice is staging something like a war game where a red team attacks the security barriers and a blue team defends them. Then they blend into a purple team and share what they’ve learned. The teams can be staffed by vendor security pros or by the credit union if it has the resources, he notes. “We offer ride-alongs where we do the attacking and show credit union staff how it’s done,” he explains.$4.9 billion Veridian Credit Union, Waterloo, Iowa, regularly runs penetration tests, changing testers at least every two years. In addition to attacking networks and servers, testers try to lure staff into compromises like accepting a fake delivery or responding to a fake call from IT, notes CUES member Brett Engstrom, CIO. After five years of trying to compromise staff, the success rate has fallen to almost zero, he adds.Penetration testing continues to be useful but limited, suggests Paul Love, chief information security and privacy officer for CUES Supplier member CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, California. Traditional penetration testing is like someone outside a building probing for ways to get in. Something called “compromise testing” has emerged to take a broader assessment, looking for indications that an attacker “is now or has been on your network,” he explains.last_img read more

China’s economy bounces back from pandemic contraction

first_img“No matter how much stimulus and fiscal sugar you try to entice consumers with, they will not leave their apartment and go on a spending spree until they feel confident the landscape is virus-free,” said AxiCorp strategist Stephen Innes.The retail sector occupies an increasingly crucial role in China’s economy as leaders look to consumers, rather than trade and investment, to drive growth.A domestic consumption pick-up is especially needed as external demand weakens, but Innes noted it is easier to normalise supply than demand.Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics said household consumption remains the “weakest link” among indicators, although China’s economic upturn is expected to continue in the second half of 2020.’Still under pressure’Economists warn, however, that official Chinese figures should be taken with a grain of salt, with longstanding suspicions they are massaged upward for political reasons by a ruling Communist Party that bases its legitimacy on delivering continued prosperity.”Is it too good to be true?” ING chief economist for Greater China Iris Pang asked, telling AFP that more data was needed.She also pointed to risks down the road including trade and tech tensions with other major economies, particularly the United States.Economists also warn of uncertainty owing to an uneven recovery — growth in infrastructure investment has rebounded, but private fixed-asset investment and retail sales remained weak.As if mindful of the concerns, Xi pledged that “China will foster new opportunities and create new prospects for Chinese and foreign enterprises”, and will implement growth-oriented policies, his letter said, according to Xinhua.The coronavirus, which first emerged in the city of Wuhan late last year, has since shut businesses and destroyed millions of jobs globally, likely tipping the world economy into recession.Growth beat the 1.3 percent gain tipped in an AFP poll of analysts but remains among China’s lowest quarterly expansion rates on record.The economy contracted 1.6 percent on-year in the first six months, the NBS said, and urban unemployment dipped to 5.7 percent in June from 5.9 percent a month earlier.Unemployment is a closely watched marker, with nearly nine million graduates expected to enter an uncertain labour market this year and analysts saying actual joblessness is likely higher.Industrial production grew 4.8 percent in June, in line with expectations and up from 4.4 percent in May.NBS spokeswoman Liu Aihua said China’s economy was staging a “gradual recovery”.But it is “still under pressure” as the pandemic ravages many of China’s key trading partners.China is expected to be the only major economy to see growth in 2020, being the first hit by the virus and to bounce back.Topics : China’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter following a coronavirus contraction, with President Xi Jinping promising continued expansion ahead and urging foreign companies to be a part of it.The forecast-beating figures released Thursday follow a string of data showing the world’s number two economy slowly emerging from the pandemic, and should provide hope to other governments looking to recover from a crisis that has likely caused a global recession.Gross domestic product expanded 3.2 percent in April-June, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, smashing expectations and a massive improvement on the 6.8 percent contraction in the first quarter. In a letter to members of the Global CEO Council, Xi said “the fundamentals of China’s long-term economic growth have not changed and will not change”, according to state media.He reiterated repeated pledges to continue opening up an economy that many foreign businesses say offers unfair advantages to Chinese companies, and added that it was “the right choice to stay rooted in China”.However, in a sign that full recovery could take time, retail sales – a key indication of consumer sentiment – fell short of forecasts, shrinking 1.8 percent on-year in June, suggesting continued reticence about going out to spend even as the virus appears largely under control in China.The data also failed to lift Asian markets, led by Shanghai, which tanked 4.5 percent having rallied around 15 percent this month.last_img read more

Kenin revels in limelight after reaching first Grand Slam final

first_imgSofia Kenin apologised to home fans at the Australian Open and said her phone was “blowing up” after the 14th seed stunned Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals on Thursday.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way The Moscow-born American reached her first Grand Slam final with a surprise 7-6 (8⁄6), 7-5 victory over Australia’s top seed and home favourite. Kenin will play unseeded Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final after the Spaniard defeated fourth seed Simona Halep.“I’d like to first apologise to all of the Australian fans,” said the 21-year-old Kenin.“I know they wanted her to win, it’s not easy for them. I beat the world number one,” said Kenin, almost unbelieving.Kenin is used to playing the role of party spoiler, having defeated 15-year-old fellow American Coco Gauff in the fourth round.Kenin enjoyed a breakthrough 2019, winning her first three WTA titles, but was something of an unknown quantity at the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.The only American left in the draw suddenly finds herself in the limelight – and she is enjoying it there.“I know people haven’t really paid attention much to me in the past. I had to establish myself – and I have,” said Kenin.“Now I’m getting the attention, which I like – not going to lie.“But my phone is blowing up these past two weeks, I haven’t been able to check normal… my Instagram, Twitter, everything.“It’s blowing up, I love this attention. I’m enjoying every single moment of it.”Kenin was emotional when she defeated Gauff but this time, in the immediate aftermath of beating Barty, she looked stunned.Sofia Kenin of the United States stunned Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finalsRead Also: Aussie Open: Ferocious heat ‘killed me’, says beaten Halep“I’ve always dreamed about this,” she said, calling her Australian Open experience “surreal”.“I’ve worked so hard. I’ve put all the efforts into my practices, into my fitness,” added Kenin, whose fighting spirit and tenacity has been her trademark over the last fortnight.“All the efforts I’ve been doing, it’s got me here.“It’s just paying off and it’s like a dream come true for me.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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