Bank takes Internet banking facility offline due to scam.

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NZ City (New Zealand) – The Bank of New Zealand’s Internet banking Website was offline on Thursday, October 20, after reports of customers being targeted by a phishing scam. The bank said it became aware of the latest scam targeting its online customers at about 1 p.m. local time Thursday, and took its banking Website offline at that time. The Website may be online again by Friday, October 21, but is likely to be without some of its functions until further notice.
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Vermont college mistakenly posts students’ personal information.

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Vermont Technical College, located in Randolph Center, VT, mistakenly posted every student’s Social Security number on the Internet for almost two years, college officials said. The data, along with names, addresses, SAT scores and ethnicities, were removed last week, and there was no indication that the information was downloaded by identity thieves, officials said. The 2003 information was publicly posted in January 2004 when the college’s coordinator of tutoring services tried to direct it to a secure computer drive but inadvertently sent it to the public Website instead, college President Allan Rodgers said. The error was discovered last week by a former student who plugged his own name into the Google search engine.
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1st Annual Open Martial Arts Championships

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Tournament: Michigan Tang Soo Do 1st Annual Open Martial Arts Championships, Saturday Oct. 22nd at the Total Sports Complex, 30990 Wixom Rd Wixom Mi 48393. Registration 9 a.m., Judges meet at 10:30, Competition begins at noon. Competitors $45, spectators $6. For More Information Contact GM Zacker at tmasblue7@aol.com or call 313-671-2576 anytime.
The Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Society In conjunction with JDS Enterprises Proudly Presents: THE WAR ON THE FLOOR!
This is an NASKA Rated BBB Event.
1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place trophies and medals in all divisions. Cash prize for mens adult black belt sparring , womens adult black belt sparring. Open to all styles and systems. Special Awards ceremony to some special pioneers of Tang Soo Do. Come be part of the Tournament of All Tournaments.

Recovering from the flood waters.

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Well we may not be in New Orleans but over the past two weeks we have been fighting the flood waters of the Northeast! Luckily we seem to have survived with only minor damage. Luckily all of our equipment was spared. Unfortunately all our systems were offline so we were unable to post events, we plan on redoubling our efforts to bring you up to date.

School district fears identity theft.

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The Mountain Home School District in Idaho has notified its employees that its employee database may have been compromised and that they should be aware of potential identity theft problems. Superintendent Tim McMurtrey was notified by the Idaho State Police of the potential problem last week after Jerome County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people in a Twin Falls motel, originally on drug charges. In the course of their investigation authorities discovered a whole series of allegedly forged or stolen driver’s licenses and $17,000 in counterfeit checks. A number of the drivers licenses were in the names of Caldwell School District, ID, employees and several of the checks, which displayed the Caldwell School District logo on them, were apparently meant to be drawn on the Caldwell School District account. In addition, however, authorities also found a list of Mountain Home School District employees and their Social Security numbers. At present, there is not evidence to suggest those names or numbers had been used by the suspects, McMurtrey said. Mountain Home School District employs over 300 staff.
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Identity Theft Summit

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October 19, Albuquerque Tribune (NM) – Summit attendees discuss identity theft. Several law enforcement representatives in New Mexico, as well as national officials, attended a statewide summit to discuss identity theft Monday, October 17. The summit was put on by the New Mexico Securities Division Regulation and Licensing Department to discuss solutions to the growing problem. As it is, New Mexico is ranked twelfth in the number of identity-theft victims in the United States with 83.4 per 100,000 population in 2004, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Police Officer Matt Flotte said that identity theft is still not seen as a serious crime in the eyes of many law enforcement officers. “Most officers are still under the opinion that it’s a secondary crime and don’t realize the huge impact it has on its victims,” he said. New Mexico Identity Theft Summit 2005:
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Chen Tai Chi Master in Canada for a Limited Time

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Prof. Wang Zheng-Hua, a Tai Chi Master in the Chen style began a three month tour of Canada yesterday. Visiting Brandon he offered lessons in the Chen style which employs both fast and slow movements. Master Wang learned the Chen style from the direct descendents of its original founder. Master Wang’s interpreter and sponsor, Michael Shen explained it was a great honor to bring him to Canada. During his time in Canada, Master Wang will give lessons in several select cities — Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Winnipeg, Montreal and Brandon.
Shen, who visits Brandon periodically to teach a form of meditation called Qigong (pronounce chee-gong), made an extra effort to bring Wang to the Wheat City. The students that attended found the Chen style very challenging despite the fact that Master Wang made it appear effortless! As Master Wang took them through a relatively simple routine, the attending students struggled to keep up. “Try to master how to relax,” Wang advised them before demonstrating a more advanced series of moves. “That’s all,” he said with a wry smile. “Isn’t that simple?” Not so much, as it turns out!
His slow, graceful movements captivated their eyes, almost lulling them into a passive state, before he snapped them out of it with a swift, high kick, slapping his hands to his foot above his head. In another routine, Wang shifted his weight onto one leg, performed a series of waving motions with his arms, and then simultaneously slapped his fist into his palm and stomped the ground in a single, quick — and loud — motion. The contrasts are part of the underlying philosophy of the Chen style, Wang explained. “The philosophy is a basic Chinese philosophy called yi-jing, which means time of change,” he said through his interpreter. While tai chi involves physical movements, Shen said the best instructors also teach their students about the underlying mental discipline required to perfect the art. By combining the mental and the physical, tai chi improves overall health, according to Wang. Practising tai chi helps prevent the effects of aging, Wang added, and can help with other ailments as well. In addition, the martial art provides an insight into another way of life.
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Martial Arts Hall of Fame DVD Release

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The Martial Arts History Museum is proud to announce the release of the first ever, Martial Arts Hall of Fame Biography DVD. This first of a collection series pays proper tribute to many of the pioneers, legends, champions and masters who have made an impact in the martial arts community. The DVD provides a short history of the pioneers of the community and indicates why they were selected as part of the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Each biography series, which is bound to be a collector’s item, highlights archival photographs, videos and narrations by Museum Ambassador David Ortiz. Then Hall of Fame inductees were selected to be part of this first edition. They include the biographies of hapkido legend Bong Soo Han, kickboxing champion Blinky Rodriguez, nationally rated forms competitor Carrie Ogawa-Wong, the “father of American karate” Ed Parker, Japanese karate pioneer Hidy Ochiai, the “king of kata” Eric Lee, pioneer of female kickboxing Lilly Rodriguez, taekwondo legend S. Henry Cho and kali pioneer Ted LucayLucay.
The DVD is not for sale but given freely to “Dragon Level” Museum Members. Memberships are tax-deductible since the Martial Arts History Museum is a non-profit, charitable organization.
“It’s important that we have some type of validity and accountability in the martial arts. The inductees in the Hall of Fame are something that people should strive for and something that will show others for many generations why they were selected to be part of the Hall of Fame,” notes Museum president Michael Matsuda. “The Museum will have many items that people will not only enjoy, but have as part of their collection. Especially when it has to do with the style an individual is studying. This will help keep that history alive.”
Museum memberships and Dragon Level Museum Memberships can be found and purchased on the Museum’s website at www.MartialArtsHistoryMuseum.com.

Karate Training Forum Coming Soon

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The customizations of the KarateTraining.org Forum are nearing completion. Once active you will be able to discuss a wide range of martial arts and related topics. Unlike other forums ours will support sub-forms making it easier to navigate and find the topics that interest you!

Humane Self-Defense!

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Now we’ve heard it all. A Florida State University Department of Criminology study indicates that despite the common belief that it is better to offer no resistance to attackers, the opposite is true (shocking!). What is so interesting is that in response to this study a new program called Humane Self-Defense was developed! What is Humane Self-Defense? Good question, Humane self-defense does not involve the use of ant type of weapons! Wow, what a novel idea, a self-defense class that only teaches how to defend yourself with your body! While I think it is a great marketing idea I think the use of humane is playing a bit to much to the politically correct. After all isn’t it the politically correct that suggest you should not fight back but offer no resistance. After all if you give them what they want they have no reason to hurt you, criminals and thugs are people too. So my hat is off to the promotion of self-defense but perhaps a name change is in order.
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