continue reading » Payment card data breaches, in which credit and/or debit card information is stolen from a third-party, have been occurring at an alarming frequency the last several years. According to the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of data breaches in the United States alone increased from approximately 200 in 2005 to more than 1,300 in 2017.Each of these incidents can affect tens (if not hundreds) of millions of consumers. For example, Target reported that a 2013 breach of its systems compromised more than 40 million payment cards. A data breach reported by Home Depot the next year affected approximately 56 million cards. More recently, Equifax acknowledged in 2017 that a data breach exposed highly sensitive personally identifiable information for over 145.5 million people.But while consumers are often the focus of media attention surrounding payment card data breaches, it is the financial institutions that issued the affected payment cards who bear the brunt of the harm. Credit unions have been at the forefront of recent litigation to recover these costs, bringing class actions against the merchants whose allegedly lax security controls resulted in payment card information being stolen. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services for USC student Health, sets up for a suicide prevention discussion. The event was cut short because no students showed up. (Julia Rosher | Daily Trojan)USC Student Health held two open discussions centered on suicide prevention on Monday. These were the only USC-hosted events for National Suicide Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about suicide. However, the discussion was cut short after no students showed up — not a single seat was filled during both sessions. While the lack of attendees may have dampened the intended discussion, professionals still emphasized the need for open forums among students and faculty. “The reality [is] that student populations are experiencing seemingly more distress yearly,” said Dr. Robert Mendola, the division’s executive director and division chief for student mental health. “We have to identify what’s going on and how to prevent this trend.” The discussion was meant to inform students about a suicide prevention tactic titled “Take 5 to save lives,” which presenters said can take as little as five minutes to implement. The tactic includes educating students on signs of suicide, self-care, awareness and the importance of reaching out to professionals.The forum was also meant to address the increased risk of suicide among marginalized groups including the LGBTQ community. “What we do see is that the [suicide] rates are very high for the LGBTQ community,” said Dr. Kelly Greco, the assistant director of outreach and prevention services. Throughout this week, USC will be emphasizing the importance of spreading awareness among peers across social media platforms. There will also be a large focus on encouraging students to participate in an ongoing dialogue that extends far past this week. “This is a topic and dialogue that needs to be continuous throughout the year,” Greco said. The Engemann Student Health Center has started working with the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps evaluate a campus’ needs for mental health services and creates comprehensive systems, programs and policies tailored toward mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. By integrating the Jed program onto campus, the health center can pinpoint specific issues to target that are present in the well-being of USC students. “Our efforts are increasing because our resources are increasing,” Mendola said while referring to the addition of 10 new therapists to the counseling center’s resources. “By increasing our therapists by 10, we’re not just increasing direct service to students, we’re increasing our availability to engage in programs.” An example of a new program the center is offering comes in the form of “Feel Better” workshops, which cover topics on anxiety, resilience and other issues present on campus. The workshops encourage proactive student participation in a safe environment; however, they will only take place during the beginning of the semester. Another resource mentioned was Trojan Care for Trojans, an anonymous request form available to all students if they feel worried about a peer. “The undertone of all of this is how do we create a campus driven by a culture of student wellbeing?” said Paula Swinford, the director of the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion.
Photo by: GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF (Charlie Ngatai went down against the Brumbies). An ankle injury suffered in the 28-10 final-round win over the Brumbies in Hamilton last Saturday night kept the 26-year-old from travelling with the team, coach Dave Rennie revealed from South Africa on Tuesday evening.Ngatai went down early in the match, and while he played on, he was then pulled at halftime as a precaution, but in the end wasn’t taken on the long haul, with Rennie seeing it as too much of a gamble.”His ankle just wasn’t good enough,” Rennie said. We’re not in a position to take a risk, you’re only allowed to bring 25 guys away, so it gives us a couple of spare guys but we needed to make sure that if we got any illness or injury late in the week, that we had suitable cover.”With Alex Nankivell – who started at centre last weekend – not selected in the travelling party, the midfield will feature either Stephen Donald or Tim Nanai-Williams – having arrived a day later than his team-mates following his commitments with Samoa – partnering Anton Lienert-Brown, with Solomon Alaimalo providing cover from the wing.Dominic Bird (concussion) and Liam Messam (hamstring) weren’t risked last weekend, but are good to go, while the All Blacks trio of Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane and Lienert-Brown will be injected after a week off following a heavy workload in the test series against the British and Irish Lions.Rennie said it was quite noticeable that that trio were fizzing with energy during what duties they have undertaken so far.With a similar climate to back home there hasn’t been any challenges in terms of getting acclimatised to the weather, but it’s just overcoming the travel factor which is imperative and has the Chiefs easing into their week.”We haven’t done an enormous amount, to be honest,” Rennie said. “We left at 2am [Sunday, NZ time] and most guys probably only had an hour’s sleep prior to that and of course a big day of travel, and we arrived here around midnight Sunday night, local time [late morning Monday, NZ time].The fact the Chiefs had to trek the 11,765km to the Cape for this game is not so much the worry in terms of their title chances – they go into the fixture as favourites – it’s more the fact that if they make the semifinals it’s guaranteed to be all the way back in New Zealand – either against the Crusaders in Christchurch, or against the Highlanders in Dunedin.It mirrors the task they faced last year, when they went over and spanked the Stormers 60-21, before coming up well short against the eventual title-winning Hurricanes 25-9 in Wellington.Rennie noted that was somewhat of an anomaly – against what was a high quality side – and that his team had generally fronted well on return from South Africa, so they were just embracing the excitement that the challenge presents.Of course, it’ll be first things first anyway, against what is a quite improved Stormers side this year, who beat the Chiefs 34-26 in Cape Town in round seven, in what was one of the season’s highest quality games.”Maybe last year they were surprised with the intensity of the game,” Rennie said. “And they hadn’t played a New Zealand side all year. This year they’ve played five, and they were certainly far better prepared, a hell of a lot fitter, and fronted big time against us. So we’re pretty sure what we’re going to face, certainly they’ll be physical and they’ll back themselves.”The Stormers will also be buoyed by some good news on the injury front, with fullback SP Marais and flanker Kobus van Dyk both back in the mix after missing the last couple of games with knee injuries, prop Wilco Louw (knee) and flanker Rynhardt Elstadt (wrist) both having recovered after being late-in-the-week withdrawals from the team which beat the Bulls in Pretoria 41-33 last weekend, and props Oli Kebble (hamstring) and Ali Vermaak (calf) both available for the first time since the international break.