Industry Minister Hails Contribution of Francis Kennedy CommerceOctober 30, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedPrivate Sector, Development Partners Welcome Leap in Doing Business Ranking RelatedCAC Secures Millions for Customers Story HighlightsIndustry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has hailed the contribution of late Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Francis “Paco” Kennedy, to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).Mr. Hylton, who also chairs the NCC, described Mr. Kennedy, who passed away earlier this week, as a “dedicated” member of the entity “and a stalwart in the private sector.”In noting Jamaica’s significantly improved position globally in the World Bank’s latest Doing Business Report, which sees the country moving up 36 places to 58th Mr. Hylton said “this…continues Jamaica’s performance trend in the global competitiveness indices, this year. Industry Minister Hails Contribution of Francis KennedyJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has hailed the contribution of late Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President, Francis “Paco” Kennedy, to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC).Speaking at the Council’s final meeting for 2014 at Jamaica Promotions Corporation’s (JAMPRO) New Kingston corporate offices on Wednesday, October 29, Mr. Hylton, who also chairs the NCC, described Mr. Kennedy, who passed away earlier this week, as a “dedicated” member of the entity “and a stalwart in the private sector.”“Paco was a friend, personal and of the Ministry, and Government. His (widow) Marjory, who all of us (NCC members) know, sits on the Council, in her own right, as President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA)…and I cannot imagine what she is going through at this time,” the Minister said, as he invited Council members attending Wednesday’s meeting to observe a minute’s silence in memory of Mr. Kennedy.Meanwhile, Mr. Hylton expressed gratitude to all of the NCC’s members, who attended and participated in the entity’s meetings during 2014.“We have accomplished a number of things that we set out to do (at) the beginning of the year, and I want to thank all of you for playing your part in large and small ways,” he said.In noting Jamaica’s significantly improved position globally in the World Bank’s latest Doing Business Report, which sees the country moving up 36 places to 58th Mr. Hylton said “this…continues Jamaica’s performance trend in the global competitiveness indices, this year, given the earlier performance for Logistics Performance Index (LPI), and then the Global Competitiveness Report, last month.”“We have received improvements all the key competitiveness reports, and we look forward to continuing this progress for the year 2015,” he stated.Mr. Hylton also noted that JAMPRO, through the work of the NCC, has been named Lead Coordinating Agency for component one of the World Bank’s Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth Project, “which will focus on the implementation of reforms impacting development approvals, access to credit, trading across borders, and general competition laws in Jamaica.”Established in 2010, the NCC brings the systems pertaining to national competitiveness under one umbrella. It seeks to implement cross-functional and multi-agency strategies to address the impediments associated with establishing and operating a business in Jamaica.Additionally, it drives the creation and maintenance of a policy environment that facilitates continued improvements in the productivity and innovativeness of Jamaican micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). Photo: JIS PhotographerIndustry, Investment, and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton (right), greets University of the West Indies (UWI) Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Alvin Wint (centre), and Scotiabank Vice President in charge of Government Affairs, and Co-Chairman, Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) Public Policy and Legislative Committee, Dr. Wayne Henry, during Wednesday’s (October 29) National Competitiveness Council (NCC) meeting at Jamaica Promotions Corporation’s (JAMPRO) New Kingston corporate offices. Mr. Hylton Chairs the NCC of which Professor Wint and Dr. Henry are also members. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedEU Head Says Trade and Business Reforms Bearing Fruit
Two Ways Home release their new single Speed of Anything tomorrow and you can listen to it exclusively here before it arrives.The song is the first track to be taken from their upcoming debut album. Take a listen below and pre-save the track by visiting https://show.co/Ne6tV86:Talking about the song the band says, “Speed of Anything is the first single from our forthcoming Album. It was written in London, recorded in Vienna and mixed in Brisbane by Stuart Stuart. The song is a declaration of love unbound by time. We can go the Speed of Anything, as long as I’m with you.”Two Ways Home raised over £10,000 through crowdfunding to make their debut album, which is due for release later in the year. Speed of Anything is the first new music from the duo since the release of two standalone singles last year.Releasing their debut EP back in 2015, Two Ways Home – Isabella and Lewis – have become one of the favourite homegrown acts on the Country music circuit. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Phil Vassar and Sarah Darling, and played at Nashville Meets London and The Long Road.Two Ways Home host their own songwriter event, The Round Up, which has featured performances from the likes of Nashville stars Charlie Worsham and Lainey Wilson. This month and next they are doing a coffee shop tour with Caffé Nero.You can catch the band live at the following dates:15th October – London (Under The Bridge)27th November – London (Half Moon Putney)28th November – Manchester (Jimmy’s)29th November – Cheltenham (Smokey Joes)30th November – Andover (The Rockhouse)
Sponsored by Axis CommunicationsAttitudes toward the cyber risk posed by network devices can vary substantially. Some organizations don’t give it much thought. They plow ahead, adding this or that device to the network without much consideration. They may not even bother to change the default password on their new IP camera. At the other extreme is hysteria, facilitated by horror stories and fanciful hypotheticals that gain traction in the media. Retail professionals in this camp could shy away from adding security devices to the network–out of concerns for security.So who’s right?- Sponsor – Neither, suggests John Bartolac, cyber security expert and senior manager for cyber strategy at Axis Communications, a leading provider of IP-based products and solutions.Smart, connected products represent a real opportunity for retailers and loss prevention practitioners. Effective use of these devices can cut expenses, improve operational efficiency, enhance safety, reduce loss, and drive business. But connected devices aren’t risk-free. “Connected devices offer great benefits, but you need to be sure these things are protected,” said Bartolac. If not deployed and maintained properly, network devices can become threat vectors for cyber instrusions, such as a botnet attack.However, while the risk is legitimate, it doesn’t outweigh the value that can be leveraged from connected devices. “You have to look at the risk, absolutely. But you shouldn’t panic or let fear paralyze you and miss out—you just need to account for the risk when you add devices,” said Bartolac.Essentially, LP should embrace the opportunities but be diligent when deploying solutions, he suggested.The risk is something that retailers have started to recognize. “I’m seeing retailers making themselves more aware of the risks, probably because of the marriage of LP with IT,” said Bartolac. “They are starting to look into what kinds of things can create risk and what kinds of solutions are appropriate, especially as systems are getting more complex.”For years, the most retailers worried about with respect to a surveillance camera was whether it was mistakenly positioned to capture customer cardholder information. “However, now that it’s a network device that can be the subject of attack, you need to take those possibilities into consideration,” said Bartolac. “Imagine what a day without online sales could do a retailer. It is devastating.”It’s an important recognition. “When you look at IP cameras, they really are acting like a server on the network,” said Bartolac. “It’s necessary to take many of the same precautions to protect a camera as a network.”At the outset, it’s critical for LP to evaluate the security of a security device as closely they do other criteria, such as compatibility, features, and price. Bartolac noted that not all manufacturers of network security devices are designed for security, and there is no guarantee—if a flaw is found—that the manufacturer will roll out a timely fix. Often, even basic security precautions are ignored in the manufacture and installation of security devices. Additionally, not all vendors do the same amount of testing.Consequently, choosing trusted manufacturers and integrators is critical, as is working exclusively with vendors that offer a roadmap for security. Axis, for example, provides a hardening guide for its network security devices, such as IP cameras.It may also be helpful to resist having your heart set on specific products when entering a project, as doing so can lead to overlooking vulnerabilities. It’s also important to develop internal technology expertise so that your LP team is capable of asking all the necessary questions. Finally, Bartolac says it’s helpful to establish best practices for low, medium, or high device protection, and to then follow the appropriate level depending on the level of risk associated with a specific device.It’s not just dodgy manufacturers or lackadaisical integrators that can be the source of risk. Retailers, too, can be guilty of failing to take even basic protections. “One of the most important security measures is the most basic—it’s passwords and the management of passwords,” said Bartolac. “It blows my mind that some companies will keep out-of-box passwords for every device and never change them.” Default passwords for IP devices are typically easy to guess and even published online, and offer an easy and frequently used avenue for cyber criminals to gain unauthorized access to a retailer’s system. Effective ways to leverage passwords to stop attacks are to set strong, unique passwords; ensure good password management; use certificates in lieu of passwords; and to change passwords on a regular basis.What are some of the other actions that retailers and LP pros should take? Bartolac and Axis offer some valuable best practices:Deploy and install devices in the recommended way. By disabling unused services and only installing trusted applications reduces the chances that a would-be perpetrator could exploit a system vulnerability. Also, place cameras where they’re out of reach of a potential attacker’s tampering.Use a principle of “least privileged accounts.” This means limiting users to only the resources they need to perform their job.To reduce exposure, prohibit direct camera access from any device that accesses video, unless it is required by the solution. Clients should only access video through a video management system or a media proxy.Adhere to a well-documented maintenance plan, and keep network devices current with firmware and security updates.Work closely with your entire supply chain of vendors to understand possible threats to your network in using your selected devices. Remember to understand the system as a whole, not just each individual device. In a truly integrated system, the devices will need to speak to each other.Ideally, all devices should fit into your IT policy on their own as well as when configured to work together.Make sure your systems are using at least of one the common authentication protocols: HTTP digest authentication and HTTPS. This ensures that all information is encrypted before being sent across the network.Technology is moving fast, and it is natural to be excited by the value that network connected devices can provide LP and retail organizations. And while the risks should not dissuade LP practitioners from pursuing those solutions, “they have to do their due diligence,” said Bartolac. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Tags:#Apple#China#Galaxy Note 4#iPhone#mobile#Samsung#smartphone#Xiaomi Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts adriana lee Four years ago, consumer electronics company Xiaomi didn’t even have a smartphone product. Now the former startup is worth $45 billion and has become one of the three top phone makers in the world.If you keep up with the job-hopping antics of tech execs, then you might have come across Xiaomi when Google VP Hugo Barra left his comfy American gig a year and a half ago to join the Chinese tech titan. Now a smartphone maker often described as China’s Apple, Xiaomi unveiled new devices Thursday in Beijing, including new Mi Note phablets whose high-end specs (but lower prices) seem to take aim at the iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi’s meteoric rise in its home country pits it against Apple, which finds the Chinese market of intense interest. The contender has been largely ignoring the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it won’t become our own tech overlord one day. In fact, plans may already be in the works for an American tech invasion. So if you’re not already familiar, here’s a basic primer on the company that could fuel all of our digital lives before long.How To Pronounce “Xiaomi”According to Barra, it sounds similar to “show me,” but the first part doesn’t take the longer “o” sound. Think “shout me,” minus the “t.” There’s an even finer distinction that the well-tuned Chinese ear could pick up, but for non-native speakers, this is good enough to get you by.What “Xiaomi” MeansThe name means “little rice” in Chinese, which is adorable and belies the big deal the company is actually becoming. How The Company GrewThe company makes smartphones for China, Taiwan, Singapore and other South East Asian countries, but with low overhead—its devices are sold exclusively online—so it can offer bargain prices. It also uses components from an array of outside vendors instead of trying to make its own parts (or pretending to), so it doesn’t have to compromise on hardware specifications—like bigger tech companies often do. Xiaomi’s fans also consider it a cool local brand. The company’s product announcements come off like rock concerts, and it’s very active on social media. Yet, it also manages to convey an image of humility and care for the customer experience. That helped it overcome a potential nightmare recently: When it came to light that it collected addressbook contacts without users’ permission, Xiaomi didn’t equivocate, but apologized and changed the default setting. Taiwan investigated the matter and wound up dismissing it.A more cynical view of its business: Xiaomi succeeds because it rips off other people’s products. (See below.) Why It’s Considered China’s AppleThough Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun hates the comparison, it exists because there are some striking similarities between products from the iPhone maker and Xiaomi devices. Superficially, the latter’s Mi Pad tablet was a dead ringer for the iPad mini, and some say its latest Mi Note phablets take cues from Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, not to mention some rather iOS-like software, complete with bright colors and flat design. For all that hand-wringing, though, what’s less clear is that consumers actually care. For far less than what Apple or its rival Samsung charges for flagship devices—full price, the base model iPhone 6 Plus costs close to $1,000 U.S. dollars in China—customers will be able to pick up the new Mi Note for about $370 (base model) and $520 (pro version).The 5.7-inch phablet measures 6.95mm in thickness and comes with a 3200 mAh battery, curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and high-megapixel cameras in the front (4 MP) and rear (13 MP), with wide aperture and optical; image stabilization. Users can pick from a choice of Snapdragon processors, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of storage, and a 1080p or 1440p display.The pro model just might be the best smartphone to hit the market yet. Its hardware specifications look even better than the iPhone 6 Plus, with photo-taking abilities as good as the HTC One and other coveted features—such as high fidelity audio quality, super-fast LTE support and dual 4G-SIM support, in a nano SIM and a micro SIM, to cover more networks. Why You Won’t See The Mi Note In The U.S.The Mi Note launches in Taiwan in the next quarter; after that, it’s off to other non-U.S. markets. However, Xiaomi does want to reach American consumers, and this year, it will begin work on devices and dealing with the LTE bands in use here for a product roll-out later. Xiaomi faces some significant challenges in doing so, though. Not the least of these is the fact that smartphone components and designs are heavily patented—and Xiaomi doesn’t hold many such patents itself. That means it would need to spend huge sums on licensing before it can sell in the U.S. or Western Europe. For a company that mostly sells its products close to cost, that’s a big hurdle.Smartphones, however, look like just one piece of Xiaomi’s larger puzzle. The company has big ambitions and the underpinnings of a broader smart home play already in place. The company sells connected electronics through its Mi.com website, and it all links up by Xiaomi’s software, a variation on Android called Miui, notes Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, a Taiwan-based technology consultant and writer. … you could argue that Xiaomi is actually the first “Internet of Things” company: unlike Google (Nest), Apple (HomeKit), or even Samsung (SmartThings), all of whom are offering some sort of open SDK to tie everything together … Xiaomi is integrating everything itself and selling everything one needs on Mi.com to a fan base primed to outfit their homes for the very first time. It’s absolutely a vertical strategy—the company is like Apple after all—it’s just that the product offering is far broader than anything even Gene Munster could imagine. Those products have limited reach, though, since they live only in Xiaomi’s existing Asian markets (where patent law is somewhat less strict). For now, anyway. Images courtesy of Xiaomi
A Malaysian government official has revealed that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 avoided Indonesian airspace after leaving Kuala Lumpur, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity ,as he was not authorised to talk to the media, said Indonesian authorities that the plane did not show up on their military radar.The plane could have deliberately flown around Indonesian airspace to avoid detection, or may have coincidentally travelled out of radar range, he said.The revelation came as searchers for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet intensified in the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether a few brief sounds picked up by underwater equipment came from the plane’s black boxes, whose battery-powered pingers are on the verge of dying out.Meanwhile, Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said on Monday that up to nine military planes, three civil planes and 14 ships will assist in search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.The search area is expected to be approximately 234,000 sq km.Royal Australian Navy’s ship Ocean Shield is continuing investigations in its own area.HMS Echo was on route to assist the Chinese vessel Haixun 01, which detected pulse signals in the Indian Ocean.A Chinese ship picked up an electronic pulsing signal on Friday and again on Saturday, and an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea acoustic equipment detected a signal in a different area on Sunday.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished mysteriously about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur shortly after midnight on March 8.advertisementThe Boeing 777-200ER was scheduled to land in Beijing on the same day. The 227 passengers on board included five Indians, 154 Chinese and 38 Malaysians.Despite extensive scouring of the remote southern Indian Ocean area by planes and ships off the coast of Perth, where the plane is believed to have crashed, no trace has been found.
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, and his driver are recuperating in hospital, following a motor-vehicle crash this morning (April 9), in Portmore, St. Catherine.The accident occurred at 9:00 a.m. at the four-way intersection of Passage Fort, Portsmouth, Waterford and Independence City.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, while addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices this morning, said Dr. Wheatley and his driver are undergoing precautionary tests.“I went and visited with him at the Andrews (Memorial Hospital) and he is okay on the face of it. He is speaking, jovial as usual, but, just out of an abundance of caution, he is being subjected to tests to make sure there is no internal damage,” Dr. Tufton said.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley took to social networking site, Twitter, to express gratitude to well-wishers.“Thanks for all the well-wishes. I am fine… just (experiencing) some neck pains. I hope the others involved in the accident are doing well,” he said.
Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, actor and comedian Rob Riggle stars in the third installment of Easter Seals Dixon Center’s award-winning PSA series.Video: What to Wear-Easter Seals Dixon Center PSAReleased to coincide with Memorial Day, “What to Wear” uses light humor to highlight the strengths of returning veterans while reinforcing the valuable contribution they make in America’s workforce.“Changing the conversation about how Americans perceive veterans is really important,” says Riggle, with 20+ years of military service. “These are hardworking, dedicated, innovative people who deserve quality employment when they return home from their military service.”Riggle stars as an executive interviewing a job candidate who happens to also be a Marine Corps veteran (played by Air Force veteran Brice Williams). Riggle questions whether the interviewee has the right skill set to match the job’s various challenges. Throughout, Williams has flashbacks to his time in action, recalling experiences that prove he’s highly qualified. Riggle asks one final question that shakes the interviewee’s confidence for a moment before William’s answers like a true military veteran.Easter Seals Dixon Center worked with its partner Veterans in Film and Television (VFT), a networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry, to recruit a filmmaker for a special career-building opportunity to direct this PSA and received a mentorship session from award-winning director, producer and writer Judd Apatow.More than 50 directorial candidates – all veterans – applied. Former Air Force Combat Camera Officer Jim Fabio was carefully selected based on criteria including an original PSA concept, video pitch, prior experience and film portfolio. In February 2015, Fabio spent time discussing the PSA with the influential director.“I like Easter Seals Dixon Center’s approach. They’re using comedy to remind us that American veterans are highly skilled, disciplined and comfortable managing high-stress situations as a way to reinforce that veterans make strong employees,” says Apatow, the award-winning comedic power behind numerous films including “Anchorman,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Bridesmaids.”Apatow, a passionate supporter of veterans, actively works with Easter Seals Dixon Center and VFT to hire veterans on his films and productions.“Meeting with Judd Apatow and then having the chance to direct Rob Riggle has been an incredibly rewarding opportunity, and I’m grateful to Easter Seals Dixon Center and VFT for making this possible,” adds Fabio.The PSAs are made possible through the Easter Seals Dixon Center and VFT partnership with support from Los Angeles-based cause marketing agency, CK&D. The trio of organizations is dedicated to helping veterans find career-driven employment.“This latest PSA will continue to celebrate the unique, successful qualities of our veterans when they return from active duty, reminding employers they are among the best and brightest,” says David W. Sutherland, Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (ret.), Chairman, Easter Seals Dixon Center and Chief Strategist, Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services. “We’re thrilled to work with Judd Apatow, Rob Riggle and Jim Fabio to break down barriers and connect individuals and organizations with solutions veterans and military families need to access meaningful employment, education, and healthcare in their communities.”
BEIJING, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concluded talks with the Chinese premier in Beijing, but they were not able to announce the start of formal free trade talks.Trudeau said there wasn’t one particular issue that held up the talks, but he wants a progressive trade deal that includes addressing issues such as gender, the environment and labour.“China is very aware that this is a precedent as they move forward with the first trade deal with a G7 country and there is a desire that we get it right,” Trudeau said.“There is a coming together on the sense that this is going to be a big thing, not a small thing,” Trudeau added.Premier Li Keqiang lauded the “golden age” of relations with Canada and said China was amenable to continuing exploratory trade talks.But tempers flared on the Chinese side during Trudeau’s Monday visit to Beijing’s opulent Great Hall of the People.Chinese security guards blocked photographers from The Canadian Press and the Prime Minister’s Office by throwing up their hands and moving their bodies between them and Trudeau as he walked a red carpet next to Li.A Chinese foreign ministry official berated a diplomat from the Canadian embassy for not bringing the passports of the reporters travelling with Trudeau. The diplomat fired back at him in what was clearly an angry exchange.Afterwards, the Chinese side cancelled a planned press conference, Trudeau’s office said.The two countries have spent months in exploratory talks that have taxed China’s patience with Canada seeking to add provisions regarding the environment, human rights, labour and gender issues.Despite the fact the much anticipated next step in Canada-China trade relations failed to materialize, Li had kind words for Trudeau and Canada. Li said it was rare for him to have yearly leader’s meetings.“This is also a testament to the golden era of our bilateral relations. This also shows the importance you attach to the relationship between our two countries,” Li told Trudeau through a translator after their meeting.Later, at a separate event, Li said Canada and China had entered a “golden age.”Both leaders gave prepared remarks after their meeting, and later at a podium where their planned press conference never happened.Trudeau said they had “frank and direct” conversations and that he looked forward to deepening economic relations with China.“The opportunities for deepening our economic and people-to-people ties are tremendous,” Trudeau told Li, who was seated across a large boardroom table in a cavernous and ornate meeting room. Both leaders were each flanked by eight officials.“We had (a) candid and in-depth exchange of views just now and reached important common understanding,” said Li, without elaborating.The Trudeau government said it is still deciding whether to formally begin trade negotiations with China and has been pushing for a framework to broaden the talks to include the environment, governance, labour and gender issues.It recently released the results of consultations with more than 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups.Some of those surveyed expressed fears a freed trade pact with China could kill Canadian jobs and reduce their ability to compete against China’s lax labour standards, lower environmental requirements and state subsidies.China says a free trade deal would be purely economic, and should not include talk of human rights.Wenran Jiang, the Alberta based president of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, said Monday’s inconclusive outcome should not have taken anyone by surprise.“The Chinese have patience and are pragmatic,” said Jiang, who returned from China last week after his sixth visit to the country this year.“They know if they push, it is not good. So the talks stay at the grand level – golden age,” he added.“We found out that the Chinese followed Canada and its internal debate closely. They are saying that an FTA will be much more in Canada’s interests, but they are not going to rush us or push us.”
Earlier this Spring, the City’s Integrated Services General Manager Victor Shopland said that the intersection is also slated to be repaved completely before the end of the construction season, though at this point no confirmed date has been announced.The closure is set to occur Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m., and at this point there’s no word when the road will reopen. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City says that a single-block stretch of 100th Avenue in downtown Fort St. John will be closed today.The City said in a post on its Facebook page that 100th Avenue will be closed to traffic between 100th St. and 98th St. so that crews can repave the road where crews conducted underground utility work on Saturday.The intersection has seen numerous closures over the summer as work crews have conducted maintenance on the busy intersection’s underground utilities.
Khartoum: Sudanese protesters have hardened their stand, demanding a transitional military council be scrapped and immediately replaced with civilian rule as Tuesday they refused to end a days-long sit-in outside army headquarters. Organisers fear the army is seeking to hijack the revolution on the streets which saw veteran president Omar al-Bashir, whose three-decade reign was toppled on Thursday by top commanders after four months of nationwide demonstrations. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USOn Monday, activists accused commanders of launching an abortive attempt to clear the sit-in outside army headquarters, ending the relative calm that has reigned since Bashir’s overthrow. Witnesses said several army vehicles had surrounded the area and that troops were seen removing the barricades which demonstrators had put up as a security measure. Activists voiced fears that the army would make a new attempt on Tuesday. Several vehicles carrying paramilitary forces deployed on a bridge that connects the protest site with north Khartoum, a witness said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The army will try to make another attempt to disperse the protesters because it is under huge pressure,” said protester Ahmed Najdih. “But we are not going anywhere. We will not lose our patience. We know what happened in Egypt and we don’t want that to happen to us.” In neighbouring Egypt, the so-called Arab Spring revolution of 2011 toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak and replaced him with elected Islamist Mohammed Morsi only for him to be overthrown in 2013 by then army chief, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Protest laders have gradually toughened their approach towards the transitional military council, as policy announcements from its uniformed officers have multiplied.