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2016 is upon us, and with it, a boatload of new snow on the local mountains. The picturesque snowcapped peaks, literally a million dollar view, lures locals and visitors alike to the North Shore. From literally anywhere in Metro Vancouver, those enticed by the allure of the mountains can get there with only a short drive, a slightly longer bus ride, or even on a bicycle.

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Photo Credit: Scott Merriman (NSR)

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Last Two Days – Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

 

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Loonie Left attacks on Trump expose the real problem – Political Correctness

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When Trump suggested a temporary ban on Muslims being allowed into the US it brought a deluge of protest from the European Loonie Left and calls to ban him from visiting Britain and Europe. The Scottish Nazi Party even went so far as to strip him of honorary tasks bestowed by Scotland. Naturally, US Democrat politicians also tried to exploit the statement in an attempt to damage the one Republican Presidential candidate they fear. All very predictable and showing more of what the Loonie Left is responsible for than what Trump stands for.

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KPMG’s predictions for 2016 for the cyber security industry

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Each year, companies interested in cyber threats publish similar documents to that reproduced below. Each year governments claim to be doing ‘something’ about the fastest rising global crimes. Sadly, not much has changed. More than 25 years ago, cyber security specialists warned governments of the potential threats and the need to both legislate and support development of technology to prevent the establishment of this very costly crime wave. Unfortunately, politicians failed to act and the IT and communications industries failed to take action on the grounds that it would disrupt marketing programs and hit the profit margins. There are always excuses for not taking risk management seriously. Even given this serious level of threat and neglect, figures estimating cyber crime have consistently fallen well below the actual crime levels. This is because many systems, particularly domestic systems, have virtually no protection and many attacks go completely unseen, but also because some organizations, notably banks, conceal the level of attacks for fear that this will damage customer confidence. Lets make 2016 the year when everyone wakes up and starts acting before the problem becomes too severe to get under full control.  Editor

30th December 2015

  • Looking ahead at the cyber security landscape for next year, David Ferbrache, Technical Director at KPMG’s cyber security practice, points out that law enforcement is catching up with hackers and in response they are employing smarter methods of attack:

Revealing the scale of the problem

 

“The recent field trial by the Office of National Statistics suggested that there could have been over 7.5 million cyber offences against individuals last year. 2016 will see cybercrime finally find its place in our official statistics. I doubt that even the headline grabbing statistics which follow will capture the true scale of cybercrime – with many crimes against organisations remaining unreported.

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Time Running Out – Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

 

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Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

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Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

 

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Win a great book – enter now – closes December 31 2015

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Win one of three copies of “Kings of the Air” by entering the FIRE Project December Book Competition.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS and Merry Christmas

Competition December 2015

Competition open Wednesday 16th December 2015

Last date for entries Thursday 31st December 2015

Question: Name the French fighter ‘Ace’ who was the first pilot to use a machine gun firing through the propeller arc

Send your answer in an email to:     competitions@firetrench.com

Enter in the subject field  FIRE Project Competition Number One

Enter in the email body your answer, The name of the French fighter ‘Ace’

Then email before the Closing Date; which is Thursday 31st December 2016 24:00 hrs Zulu (UK time zone)

Judging: On Friday 1st January 2016, the FIRE Project judges will select the first three correct entries. The winners will receive a congratulations email to the address in their entry and will be required to reply by email with an address that they wish their prize to be posted to by surface mail. The FIRE Project will only use information provided by entrants for the purposes of the competition and that data will be purged after the prizes have been dispatched to the three winners. The judges decision will be final and binding

 

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Seamanship in the Age of Sail, 1600-1860

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The first reaction to this book is jaw dropping. The publisher has a well deserved reputation for producing outstanding, heavily-illustrated large format books with the highest quality production. The author has produced fine text from extensive research and the illustrations have been executed by Mark Myers who demonstrates great ability in producing the vital images. The cover price is aggressive for a book of this quality, although it will inevitably restrict access for many readers who would greatly enjoy the work. Traditionally this is the type of book that used to reach a wider audience through public lending libraries but many of these important sources of information and education are being closed, with the survivors facing a totally inadequate funding for the purchase of new books. This may be addressed eventually with public access to the new British Library Copyright database for electronic books, but there are many issues to be addressed before that becomes practical with adequate protection of intellectual rights. So the best this reviewer can offer would-be readers is: sell your grannies, beg, borrow, or steal the cover price and snap up a copy. This is fantastic book, that opens the mysteries of seamanship in the age of sail. It is comprehensive and although the period covered is 1600 to 1860, the lessons in seaman ship apply to earlier vessels and to those magnificent survivors, the USN Frigate USS Constitution and the US whale ship Charles W Morgan, both of which have been restored to full sailing capability. Very Highly Recommended.

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