Tours Travel

Sporting Paris: a favorite for travel fans

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in continental Europe, but it is also a paradise for the best professional sports such as rugby, football, tennis, basketball and one of the main cycling events in the world: the Tour de France. .

The grueling endurance race has reached its climax in Paris every year since 1975. Indeed, the Champs-Élysées closes to regular traffic, allowing spectators to cheer on the remaining Tour de France competitors down the glorious boulevard to the final tape in the shadow of the imposing Arch. of Triumph. This is the race every endurance cyclist wants to win, and to be the rider to wear the coveted yellow jersey at the entrance to Paris is the ultimate honor.

Not only cycling enthusiasts are drawn to the sport of Paris. Over the past 100 years, the French capital has hosted two soccer World Cups and a Rugby World Cup finals. It also has one of the best stadiums in northern Europe: the magnificent Stade de France. Although custom-built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final, the stadium is now home to Rugby Union’s Stade Francais and also functions as the national sports stadium. It is here that the France rugby union and national soccer team play their home games, as well as various track and field athletics meetings.

But, of the regular events that take place at the stadium, it is possibly the Six Nations games that attract the most interest. In fact, most Paris hotels, not just the ones near the Stade de France, are booked weeks in advance of Six Nations rugby matches. As such, guests come from all over France in addition to tens of thousands of fans of the traveling team. The Welsh, Scottish, Irish, English and Italians all enjoy visiting the city to see their team in action, and they can also make the most of all the culture and entertainment that Paris has to offer!

From Montmartre to Montparnasse, during a Six Nations weekend, the streets of Paris are packed with rugby fans, all donning their team’s colors while enjoying the unique Parisian atmosphere. For them, a touch of sightseeing is usually interspersed with a few well-timed stops at various bars and cafes on the way to the stadium.

So if you’re planning a trip to Paris and sport doesn’t interest you, you might want to avoid being in the city when one of the Six Nations games is taking place. Conversely, if you enjoy the buzz and the sights, sounds and colors of a sporting event, you’re sure to have a memorable visit.

Technology

5 simple precautions to protect personal data outside the office

A recent article in the Times caught my attention. I was discussing the notion of “extreme jobs.” I think most of us can agree that there has been an inexorable increase in pressure on us to always be available, working longer and longer hours and still ready to answer the cell phone for a client or boss until late hours at night. on weekends and even holidays. Coupled with the ready availability of increasingly sophisticated mobile technology, it is inevitable that many of us will take our work home with us, or at least, outside of the safety of the office environment.

For many of us, that means we’re taking sensitive information with us, and the consequences of losing that data could be catastrophic. One of my current assignments is preparing security training for colleagues working in a large public sector offering. We will be providing this training to highly-skilled and experienced IT professionals, but looking around me, I am reminded that what is obvious and necessary for a security specialist is often an annoying distraction to others at best. . We must all remember that the mishandling of confidential information can have serious contractual and even legal consequences for both an individual and their employer.

So, take a look at these 5 simple precautions to make sure you’re not the one making the headlines.

1: Pay attention to the physical security of your laptop on the go: Any attempt to work outside the office almost inevitably means taking a laptop, loaded with project data (including sensitive business and even personal data), while traveling. No matter how you travel, it’s bound to present plenty of opportunities for your laptop to get lost or stolen. It’s fair to assume that, in general, the motive for the theft is to sell the laptop going forward, rather than a concerted attempt to obtain the data stored on it. However, you should take reasonable care not to advertise that you might be a valuable target. For example, do not use your company pass outside the building. The risk is higher when you have to leave the laptop unattended:

  • While driving, keep your laptop out of sight in the trunk of your car.
  • When staying at a hotel, store your laptop in a safe, if one is provided in your room.
  • When using the notebook in a public place, secure the notebook with a Kensington lock.

2: Use full disk encryption to protect your data: If your laptop is lost or stolen, the cost to replace the hardware is relatively minor, and you’re insured anyway, right? The real cost of the incident is the loss or disclosure of sensitive information stored on the laptop. To protect against this, you should install full disk encryption software. This ensures that all data on the laptop’s drive is encrypted when the laptop is turned off. Only when the laptop is powered on and the authorized user completes pre-boot authentication is the data on the drive decrypted and available for use. Commercial software is available through a number of well-known vendors, including PGP and DESlock. You should be aware that unless you are careful, even the authorized user may not be able to decrypt the data on the disk. You must make sure that:

  • Runs the operating system’s disk maintenance utilities to defragment the disk and check and mark any bad areas on the disk;
  • You must make a full backup of the disk volumes before installing encryption software;
  • The installation process will give you the opportunity to create emergency recovery information: be sure to write this ERI to a CD or other removable media and keep it in a safe place;
  • More importantly, the encryption software only takes effect when the laptop is turned off or in hibernation. You should never travel with your laptop on standby.

3: Protect yourself from eavesdropping when working in public places: One of my favorite tech commentators is Peter Cochrane, who writes a regular column for Silicon.com. Earlier this year, Peter reported on how easy it was to collect sensitive information from fellow passengers on the train. Anyone who regularly travels on commuter rail services will be familiar with prying conversations and (even worse) one-sided phone conversations, which provide far more sensitive information than they should.

Resist the temptation to discuss sensitive matters in public places, and try to limit calls to your cell phone until you can find somewhere more private. Let’s go back to Peter Cochrane again. During his frequent plane trips, he noticed that people used mobile phones to photograph other people’s laptop screens. His blog shows how it’s possible (with enough patience and a bit of experimentation) to get a reasonable image of someone’s laptop screen. This situation is easily remedied with a modest outlay, through the use of a privacy screen. These clip over the laptop screen and make it impossible to read the screen unless you’re directly in front of it. These shades work the same way as polarized sunglasses: make sure they are on correctly.

4: If you must use removable media, be especially careful: It’s almost an immutable law of nature that if you copy sensitive data to removable media, eventually that media will be lost. The simplest remedy, of course, is to not use removable media. My current employer prohibits the use of these devices on public sector projects, and at one point at least one UK government department filled USB ports on laptops with super glue, just to be absolutely sure. Of course, a blanket ban isn’t always practical, so if you need to use a memory card, removable drive, or the like, here are some suggestions:

  • Never allow the use of personal removable devices – you have no idea how or where they have been used before or will be used next.
  • Have a set of memory devices for your project, clearly marked and with some kind of unique identifier. Have team members check them in and sign them off (with a signature) when they need them, and make sure lost or expired devices always get prompt follow-up.
  • Always encrypt the device. As we discussed earlier in this article, using full disk encryption when dealing with sensitive information is absolutely vital. So if everyone on your team has the ability, it’s crazy not to use it for removable devices as well.
  • It is worth the effort to select only the minimum amount of data to copy to removable media. It may be faster to export the entire contents of a database, but you should do everything in your power to limit potential loss.

5: Always use a secure connection over public networks: Finally, when you’re out of the office and need to work, take care to secure your communications. Assume that all networks—in hotels or other public spaces, at customer sites, and even at home—are hostile. Always use a virtual private network (VPN) connection to encrypt all your traffic when connecting to your organization’s intranet from outside, and never use a public computer or your home computer to connect to the intranet. So, to summarize, a combination of sensitive procedural precautions, along with some simple and inexpensive technical additions, can go a long way to control the risks of taking sensitive information outside of the normal office environment. These measures may be a little inconvenient, but they will go a long way to ensuring that you are not responsible for a data loss, resulting in massive reputational damage, loss of contracts, and potentially huge fines for your employer.

Business

How long does a workers’ compensation claim stay on your record?

If you’ve been injured on the job in the past and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim, learn about the treatment, recovery, and paperwork involved. Depending on the circumstances and severity of your injury, and the geographic location of your workplace, certain laws will likely apply to your situation. If it happened that you had to hire legal representation to receive your benefits, it is likely that you had to resolve a dispute with your employer. The question now is, does the claim stay on your “record” and will it negatively affect your future employment?

It’s natural to feel concerned, as a potential employer may view such a claim in a number of ways:

  • A claim can put you in a less favorable light if you are applying for a position against candidates who have not been injured. An employer who has suffered a bad experience with a worker and one claim may be hesitant to risk another, even if he is reasonably healthy.
  • Notification of a claim may lead others to believe that you are not physically capable of the job for which you have applied. This may make sense if your injury was serious.

Your “record” will always show that you made a claim. Insurance companies use a computer database capable of storing the basic data of your claim, and that database is never deleted. Only insurers have access to this information.

Potential employers may find out about your claim if you (1) tell them; (2) check references and are told; or (3) obtain, with your consent, prior medical records. Typically, when fitness is part of obtaining the job, a prospective employer can request a release that allows them to obtain your past medical records. It will tell them who your family doctor or primary care doctor is and any other health care you have received. The period requested may vary, but five years is the norm. Therefore, if your claim was 15 years ago, it is highly unlikely that it will show up.

What should you do?

The thought that you might be turned away from a job based on a prior Workers’ Compensation case may worry you, but realistically, unless you’re still injured and unable to perform the new job, there’s probably no cause for concern.

If you’re asked this on a job application, my advice is to be honest. When you remain honest about your story, you have a better chance of advancing your efforts.

Home Kitchen

Tips for removing linoleum

When it comes time to buy new flooring, you can save money by removing the old flooring yourself, but if you have old linoleum on your floors, you may be in for quite a challenge. Depending on the age of the linoleum and the type of adhesive used, it can be extremely difficult to get up.

First of all, it is unlikely that you will be able to remove the linoleum and the adhesive at the same time. Consideration should be given to the surface under the linoleum and the damage it could cause, especially if that surface is wood. Concrete floors can take a lot more in the way of rough treatment. The type of scraper you use has a lot to do with your success, as well as the damage to the floor below. Lots of people use paint scrapers, but the ones with a razor blade are usually more efficient. Be prepared to break a few blades if the adhesive is hard and you are working on concrete.

Try cutting the linoleum into strips or sections rather than removing the entire piece at once. This will make it easier to gain an advantage to pry. Of course, the linoleum probably won’t come off in nice, neat sections, so be prepared to deal with a lot of leftover backing and glue still attached to your floor.

One way to deal with those debris that just won’t come off is to apply some type of solvent or remover. One popular brand is Krud Kutter, which seems to work very well based on customer feedback. Follow the instructions on the label of any product you use and wear gloves to protect your hands. Do one small section at a time, and then move on to the next.

Another technique is to use boiling water and pour it directly onto the backing and adhesive. Let it soak and then scrape. If you don’t want to use water, you can try heating the glue with a hair dryer or heat gun. Choose a very inconspicuous area, such as behind a door, to test it. Heat the adhesive with the hair dryer and scrape it off with a straight bladed scraper (such as a stiff putty knife with a beveled edge). Move the scraper in the direction of the wood grain if you are stripping a hardwood floor. Have a saucepan or some other container handy to drop the scrapings into, one that is unlikely to melt or catch fire when in contact with hot materials. Be very careful if you are using a heat gun as it can easily damage the flooring below if it is wood.

If things take a turn for the worse and you’re left with some stubborn adhesive on your floors, it might be time to sand. Of course, if your floors are wood and you plan to restore them, you’ll need to sand them anyway, but during this step you should be careful not to damage the particular area by holding the sander on it for too long.

Once you’ve finally lifted the linoleum and all traces of adhesive, you’re ready to seal the floor as recommended for your flooring type and apply the new flooring as recommended!