First Mutual Holdings Limited 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgFirst Mutual Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about First Mutual Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Holdings Limited (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Group has more than a hundred years of serving Zimbabwe by provision of economic dignity though its strategic business units. We have diverse interests in life assurance, health insurance, short term insurance; short term re-insurance; long term re-insurance; wealth management, property sector, funeral services and microfinance housed under the following subsidiaries; First Mutual Life, First Mutual Health, NicozDiamond Insurance, First Mutual Reinsurance, FMRE Property & Casualty (Botswana), First Mutual Wealth Management, First Mutual Properties, First Mutual Funeral Services and First Mutual Microfinance. First Mutual Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.last_img read more

2 FTSE 250 stocks I’d buy to beat a 2020 economic downturn

first_img See all posts by Alan Oscroft Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The Office for National Statistics has just reported an unexpected contraction in the UK economy, with a 0.3% shrinkage in November. If that continues into this year, it might pay to seek investments that are economically more diverse.That umbrella covers PageGroup (LSE: PAGE), the international recruitment specialist, though that company does have exposure to the problematic Asia Pacific economies too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The firm has just reported a 0.4% decline in gross profits for the 2019 fourth quarter, but results are varied across geographic sectors. In its home territory, the company suffered a 4.8% fall, but the UK only accounted for 16% of gross profit, which makes PageGroup relatively immune to a downturn here.Full yearThings were brighter for the full year, with a 5% rise in gross profit and 19 countries reaching new records. Previous guidance for the year is still on the mark, with operating profit expected to be in the range of £140m to £150m.Chief executive Steve Ingham said: “The majority of the Group’s regions were impacted by macro-economic and political uncertainty in Q4…Trading conditions were more challenging in many of our larger markets, including Greater China, the UK and France.”In the light of that, I see the year’s results as impressive, and I expect PageGroup to perform well when conditions improve. A P/E of around 14 looks like a fair valuation to me, with ordinary dividends coming in around 3% (but with specials set to boost dividends for this year and next).BuildingWhen it comes to the building trade, like the recruitment business, I think it pays to seek those with a more international outlook.In October, I examined Grafton Group (LSE: GFTU) after the company issued a third-quarter profit warning, saying that “I still rate Grafton as a buy, and the next year or two could be a good spell for topping up.”Since then, the share price has been on the rise, and a year-end trading update from the the international builders merchants and DIY group provided a 12% boost when the market opened — softened to a 6% gain at the time of writing.The company told us: “Trading in November and December was better than anticipated.” It is now expecting an adjusted operating profit of around £202m (approximately £190m on a pre-IFRS 16 basis for continuing operations), even though “end markets remain subdued.”Global strengthThe UK market was the weakest for revenue with a 1.1% fall, but rises across the rest of the firm’s regions resulted in an overall total gain of 2.7%. The Netherlands market was the star with a 36.2% gain, but Ireland came in 5.4% ahead too. These are all at actual exchange rates — revenues at constant currency were slightly better.The PageGroup share price has firmed up since I last rated the shares a buy, and we’re now looking at P/E multiples close to the market average at around 14. With earnings growth on the cards for 2020 and 2021, and dividend yields of around 2.5% covered three times by earnings, I remain positive. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Presidente Arriaga 19 Building / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arq…

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Arquitetos: Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3018 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Alexander Bogorodskiy+ 47Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Presidente Arriaga 19 Building / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura Portugal Manufacturers: Atlas Schindler, Maria Ana Vasco Costa, Smeg, Jofebar, Projeto MosaicoArquiteto Responsável:Samuel Torres de CarvalhoCity:LisbonCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyRecommended ProductsPartitionsJansenGlass Partitions – Janisol Folding WallFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsText description provided by the architects. The project represents a new housing building with 8 floors + attic. The building has its main entrance through Presidente Arriaga Street, while access to the parking lot is done from the back street, with a height difference between both streets of approximately 8 meters.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe project starts from the idea of creating a very uniform building, singular and framed in the urban surroundings. Following this principle, the main façade of the building is highlighted with relief tiles in the form of lozenges, elaborated by the ceramist Maria Ana Vasco Costa. On the back façade balconies in metallic structure were conceived, continuous in the width of the façade, accompanying the irregular shape of the building and which create fabulous outdoor living space for every home. As for the interior of the building, a modern, welcoming and minimalist language was sought.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiySave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe typologies of the first floors that develop in duplex apartments benefit from a private garden, and the last two floors, that also develop in duplex, have access to a private roof terrace.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyProject gallerySee allShow lessHidden in Plain Sight Pavilion / Nelsen PartnersSelected ProjectsChemin Byron House / Olson KundigSelected Projects Share Apartments “COPY” “COPY” CopyApartments•Lisbon, Portugalcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  2019 Projects Photographs:  Alexander Bogorodskiy Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Presidente Arriaga 19 Building / Samuel Torres de Carvalho ArquiteturaSave this projectSavePresidente Arriaga 19 Building / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeSamuel Torres de Carvalho ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLisbonPortugalPublished on January 02, 2020Cite: “Presidente Arriaga 19 Building / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura” [Edifício Presidente Arriaga 19 / Samuel Torres de Carvalho Arquitetura] 02 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

2019 GSK IMPACT Award winners announced

first_img Tagged with: Awards Main image: Off the Record Youth Counselling Croydon / Toucan Productions  205 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12  206 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 2019 GSK IMPACT Award winners announced The Children’s Sleep Charity, Healthy Minds, and Rape Crisis South London are among the ten winners of this year’s GSK IMPACT Awards, announced today.The ten charities were selected from more than 370 organisations across the UK to win a 2019 GSK IMPACT Award, run in partnership with The King’s Fund.The awards recognise and reward small to medium sized charities working to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities. The winners will each receive £30,000 as well as access to a training and leadership development programme. Each organisation was judged on innovation, management, partnership, achievement, community focus, and targeting need. In full, the ten winners are:The Children’s Sleep Charity, which supports children and young people with sleep issues in England and WalesEast Surrey Domestic Abuse Service, which supports people in East Surrey at risk or experiencing domestic abuse and coercionGrassroots Suicide Prevention, which aims to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with itHealthy Minds – a user-led service promoting positive mental health and recovery in Calderdale, West YorkshireOff the Record Youth Counselling Croydon, which offers free, independent and professional counselling for young people in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Merton.Positive Life – Northern Ireland’s only dedicated HIV charityRape Crisis South London, which helps women and girls in South London who have suffered from any form of sexual violenceRefugee and Migrant Centre Black Country and Birmingham, which supports migrants and refugeesSuffolk Family Carers, which supports unpaid carers of all ages across SuffolkSupport in Mind Scotland, which aims to improve the quality of life for people whose mental health has a serious impact on their life, particularly those living in rural areasAll GSK IMPACT Awards winners will be invited to take part in a tailored leadership development programme provided by The King’s Fund. They will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of over 80 previous award winners working together to develop leaders, find new ways of working, and provide mutual support.The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 16 May. An overall winner will be announced on the night and awarded an extra £10,000.Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:“We are extremely proud of the GSK IMPACT Awards, now in their 22nd year. This year’s winners are making a huge difference to the lives of people, and it’s an honour to be able to recognise and support the work that they are doing.“The ten winners offer help with a wide range of issues across the UK. It’s inspiring to see the different ways that these outstanding charities are engaging and supporting their communities and finding new and innovative ways to deliver their services.”Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said:“The standard of entry to this year’s awards was extremely high, showing the massive impact that community charities are having on people’s health and wellbeing. The financial support and the leadership and development opportunities offered by the GSK IMPACT Awards will give an important boost to these organisations and vital support for their leaders.” Melanie May | 12 March 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

People strike worldwide for the environment

first_imgOver 3,334 protests against the climate crisis — marches, school walkouts, blockaded bridges and roads, swarms of small boats and canoes impeding huge coal haulers — occurred in 150 countries on Sept. 25.These protests were part of Fridays for the Future, which began with massive turnouts a year ago to the day. Numbers this year were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some countries, gatherings are limited to 50 people. In some German cities where COVID-19 is spiking, governments forbid gatherings of any size.But there were still protests and school walkouts in almost every major European city and many smaller ones. Where schools are totally virtual, school walkouts didn’t physically take place, but other social media outlets were used. There was a 24-hour Zoom call, which let activists speak about local issues and their relationship to the climate crisis.Some groups participating in Fridays for the Future, notably the British group Extinction Rebellion (XR), explicitly linked their struggle to achieve environmental justice to supporting the struggle to make Black Lives Matter. In the U.S., a broad coalition called StrikeWithUs also explicitly linked environmental justice to the movement for Black lives.In the Philippines, marchers raised the issue of imperialist exploitation of the country and its mineral wealth. Protests highlighted the way laws against terrorism are used to outlaw protests. Mitzi Jonelle Tan, an activist, told the Guardian (Sept. 25): “We Filipinos are among the most impacted [by climate crisis], ranking second in the latest global climate risk index, yet our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions are so little.”In India, where the poorest workers have to do heavy work outside in the heat of the day, protesters emphasized the possibility of hundreds of thousands of people dying from the heat, if global warming continues to rise at current rates.Capetown, South Africa, September 25In the cities of Nairobi to the east, Cape Town to the south and Lagos to the west, there were big marches highlighting the climate changes which are inundating Africa. All across the Sahel, the southern edge of the Sahara desert, there is currently major flooding in an area generally threatened with drought. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes, and much of the crops awaiting harvest has been destroyed. These floods are threatening nations from Mauritania to South Sudan with famine.The world’s changing weather is creating greater problems. The inundations in the Sahel, a windstorm in Alaska of hurricane-force strength, a record number of Atlantic hurricanes, forest fires devastating vast areas in the western U.S., heat waves of 100 degrees in Siberia, a record ice loss in the Arctic ocean — all point to the climate crisis growing ever more deadly.The youth of the world see their future evaporating. As they say, “There is no planet B.” More and more, their signs and banners proclaim the need for a system change to combat climate change.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ethanol Production Down

first_img Ethanol Production Down Facebook Twitter Home Energy Ethanol Production Down According to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 995,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.79 million gallons daily. That is down 4,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 989,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 15.16 billion gallons. Production has averaged 983,000 b/d so far this year, for an annualized clip of 15.07 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood at 22.5 million barrels. That is a 1.5% decrease from last week and the lowest in seven weeks.Imports of ethanol were zero b/d, unchanged from last week. Not a drop of fuel ethanol imports have been recorded by EIA so far this year.Gasoline demand for the week averaged 399.1 million gallons (9.503 million barrels) daily—a four-week high. Year-to-date gasoline consumption is up nearly 3.5% over year-ago levels. Meanwhile, refiner/blender input of ethanol averaged 867,000 b/d, the lowest in six weeks.Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production was 10.47%. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 24, 2016 SHARE Previous articleNPPC Tells USDA: Defend ‘Other White Meat’ SaleNext articleGovernor Pence Signs Road Funding Bill Into Law Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

Voles and Cover Crops on the Latest HAT Soil Health Podcast

first_img Facebook Twitter Voles and Cover Crops on the Latest HAT Soil Health Podcast Home Indiana Agriculture News Voles and Cover Crops on the Latest HAT Soil Health Podcast SHARE SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 8, 2020 The HAT Soil Health Podcast- Purdue Research on Voles and Cover CropsMegan Zagorski (left) and Abby Prieur (right) talk about their research on the HAT Soil Health Podcast.The newest HAT Soil Health Podcast is available for download or streaming at On this podcast, I sat down with two recent Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources masters students to discuss their research on voles. Specifically, we discussed voles’ preferences for cover crops and effective predators to deal with them naturally.Abby Prieur’s research discovered what cover crops you might want to plant if you have a vole problem.“Voles really don’t like the brassica cover crops. So, things like radish, turnip, and canola, those were the three that voles didn’t like. On the flip side, they really like nitrogen fixers. So, things like clovers, vetches, and alfalfa.”Megan Zagorski’s research focused on raptors (no not the dinosaur or the basketball team in Toronto). She’s talking about predators and what they need to be able to attack your vole problem for you.“Hawks that are active during the day are going to be hunting by sight… so you need cover that is sparse enough for them to spot the movement or the trails that these voles will create in soybeans or their natural habitat. So, you need that, and we also need perches. Most of our raptors will hunt from perches because that’s just more energetically efficient. You can just kind of sit and wait for a vole to come along.”Again, hear more from Prieur and Zagorski in the full HAT Soil Podcast, presented by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, by clicking the play button above. You can select the Soil Health tab at the top of this page for all archived versions of the show as well. Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA Announces ASF Response Plan; Prevention Remains Top PriorityNext articleWhat To Do Differently in 2020 Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Neighborhood Church’s Summer Preacher Line-Up 2015

first_img More Cool Stuff 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Faith & Religion News Neighborhood Church’s Summer Preacher Line-Up 2015 By REV. HANNAH PETRIE Published on Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 11:09 am Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeauty Many of you have asked, who will be preaching this summer? It’s going to be a combination of guest clergy, lay-preachers and your two settled ministers. Several lay-preachers, graduates of the Preacher in You course, stepped up to offer their services and a few of you we asked. The Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez is a local Unitarian Universalist minister, as is the Rev. Jason Cook, who currently works long-distance for Meadville/Lombard UU Seminary in Chicago. And make note, we’ll get to hear from our new Interim Director of Religious Education Greg Boyd August 30th! Like our beloved Sara LaWall, Greg has ministerial aspirations and preaching is one of his skills.Below is the full line-up. Remember, beginning June 14, it is one service only at 10 a.m. What a great way to start off Rev. Lissa’s ministry – by embodying shared ministry in the pulpit this summer. See you in church!-Rev. Hannah PetrieJune 7 – Rev. Lissa GundlachJune 14 – Rev. Lissa GundlachJune 21 – Rev. Hannah PetrieJune 28 – Matt Vasko, church memberJuly 5 – Rev. Jason CookJuly 12 – Zel McCarthy, church memberJuly 19 – Rev. Lee Marie SanchezJuly 26 – Clyde Derrick, church memberAugust 2 – Rev. Lissa GundlachAugust 9 – Robert Niles, church memberAugust 16 – Christine Celata, church memberAugust 23 – Rev. Hannah PetrieAugust 30 – Greg Boyd, Interim Director of Religious EducationSeptember 6 – Rev. Hannah PetrieNeighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 449-3470 or visit EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more

Descanso Gardens Plans to Reopen Saturday

first_img The California Poppies have started flowering in the OakWoodland! Fun fact: This beautiful symbol of California is the only poppy represented amongst all the State Flowers #ExploreDescansoAfter careful consideration, Descanso Gardens has made the decision to re-open to the public on Saturday, May 16. In order to ensure that staff and visitors are safe, the Gardens have made some adjustments to how they operate. The public garden will put a variety of new social distancing rules in place including:• limiting the number of tickets they are selling to 30% of capacity• selling timed tickets to limit the number of people at the entry at any given time• reconfiguring the entry to make social distancing easier• closing all indoor spaces including the Sturt Haaga Gallery and Boddy House• adding hand sanitizing stations in the courtyard• closing drinking fountains• cleaning restrooms every half hour• there will be no programs, music or walks during this time…we will bring programming back as soon as it is safe.• seating has been removed in the courtyard to give space for social distancing• the Enchanted Railroad will be closed for now• wheelchair rental will not be availableTickets will go on sale Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting tomorrow. The new hours for the public will be 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Members have special access to the Gardens early, from 8am-9am, and they do not need tickets to visit during the day. All other visitors will need advance tickets. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Visitor Center at 818-949-4200. If guests come to the Garden without a ticket, they will not be able to.Masks and social distancing between guests will be required. Descanso is asking visitors to take the same precautions at the Gardens that they do when they go out in public. The county guidelines say that safe distancing is 6 feet apart, which, in garden terms, is about 12 goslings or 4 rose bushes.Descanso’s restaurant, The Kitchen at Descanso (formerly Maple), will be open for limited hours. You can purchase drinks, which can be taken into the garden, or food, which must be eaten in the picnic area or taken home. Because the drinking fountains will not be operational, guests are advised to bring their own water or purchase drinks at the Kitchen.“We made the decision to close on March 19th due to an abundance of caution,” said Juliann Rooke, executive director, Descanso Gardens. “We have been monitoring state and county guidelines to inform our decision and feel that it is safe for us to re-open in a limited way. We feel that now, more than ever, people are searching for peaceful, relaxing places to go and we want to be able to provide that kind of tranquility for members and visitors. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!”About Descanso GardensFounded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Descanso Gardens is open daily (closed Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. 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GEEK: How to debunk common scams like ProtectEra

first_img GEEK: How to debunk common scams like ProtectEra Pinterest Twitter Facebook Local NewsBusiness Facebook >> Jeff Werner is a software engineer and has been writing this column since 2007. Hello, Geeks! Even though this is publishing the week of January 7th it is still my first column of 2018, so I’d like to wish you all a joyful and prosperous New Year, filled with smoothly operating tech devices and minimal system errors. Don’t forget, I.G.T.M. is more than a computer help feature. I cover any and all aspects of technology, and tech is flowing out to the masses faster than most of us can keep up. So send in your questions, and I’ll be happy to try and bring some sanity to your crazy high-tech life! Meanwhile…• • •Q: I am ashamed to be writing this question due to my stupidity. I got a pop-up saying that my computer had been hacked. I was not able to get rid of it and it said do not shut down computer as it would render it inoperative. It had a number to call for help, said it was a Microsoft number, well I called it and got help. He wanted to call me back, which he did immediately. Claimed he was Microsoft and asked me to do a couple of key strokes, he got control of my computer. End result I got charged $299.99 for this service. Come to find out they sent a contract from a company called Protectera. I did not know if this was legit so took my laptop to a local repair person and had everything removed, hopefully. My question is have you heard of this company? Their number for service is [redacted]. Protectera Address: 116 Village Blvd, Suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540– Roy W.Niceville, Fla.A: Don’t be so hard on yourself, Roy, you just got fooled. If people didn’t fall for these scams, the low-lifers that perpetrate them wouldn’t keep making the attempt. I’ve seen this scam before, though it may or may not be the same group. The ones putting on this show seem to have made an entire business out of it. I’ve never heard of ProtectEra before, but I did a little research on your behalf.These guys have a legitimate-sounding name, a toll-free callback number, and a web presence, all intended to make them look like a legitimate business. However, when you start looking a little closer, the façade falls apart. For example, there is a way to look and to see who owns a particular website. Every site on the Worldwide Web is registered at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, commonly known as ICANN. These data are publicly available, and performing a lookup of this information is called a “WHOIS” search. You can go directly to ICANN’s website at, and at the bottom of the right-hand navigation pane, you’ll find a link labeled “WHOIS”. Click there, and enter “” into the search bar, and click “Lookup”, you’ll see that if this is indeed a business, it’s very oddly put together. The URL was registered through a domain clearinghouse, where it was probably purchased for a couple of dollars. No company information for “ProtectEra” is listed in the registration information. The address and phone number are those of the domain seller.I also used Google and Google Maps to research the address you supplied. Not surprisingly, that is the address of another company whose business line is leasing-out office spaces. They actually operate out of Suite 200.So, suffice it to say that the company is not legitimate. Of course, the dialog you saw also was bogus. I will go further and say that any dialog that pops up and says it contains a phone number for Microsoft is phony – Microsoft does not provide support in that manner. Never, ever click on such a dialog, and never, never, NEVER call the number, and don’t ever let anyone you’re talking to on the phone have access to your computer, no matter how legitimate they sound.You’ve done the right thing by having the junk professionally removed from your PC. Learn from the lesson, and follow the advice above, and you should be protected in the future.To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at (not .com!) WhatsApp Previous articleMASTER GARDENERS: Gardening is good for your healthNext articleWILLIAMS: Dangers of Government Control admin WhatsApp By admin – January 7, 2018 Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more