Rahul Gandhi on two-day visit to Amethi

first_imgCongress President Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency Amethi starting Wednesday.Mr. Gandhi said he would meet and discuss issues with people in his home constituency.“I am coming to Amethi. Will be with my people and discuss issues with them. Will keep sharing the details of my story of happiness with you by way of pictures,” Mr. Gandhi said in a Facebook post. During his stay, Mr. Gandhi is scheduled to meet representatives of gram panchayats at Fursatganj. He will also take part in the swearing-in of newly elected bar members in Gauriganj, his representative Chandrakant Dubey had said.Mr. Gandhi will address a ‘nukkad sabha’ at Haliyapur and stay the night at Bhueymau guest house, where he will meet party workers on the second day of his visit before leaving for Delhi, Mr. Dubey had said. Mr. Gandhi was scheduled to visit Amethi on January 4 but it was cancelled in view of the Winter session of Parliament. His visit would have clashed with Union Minister Smriti Irani’s Amethi trip, which was also scheduled for the same day and was being seen as the first major political face-off ahead of the general elections. The Congress chief will also tour states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the coming days.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao arrives in Manila after welterweight defense

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao arrives at the international airport in Manila on January 24, 2019, days after defeating US boxer Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Manila following his successful defense of the WBA welterweight in Las Vegas last Sunday.Pacquiao arrived on Thursday night and was welcomed by a throng of reporters and fans at Naia Terminal 1.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Juan Gomez de Liaño impresses in first Mighty Sports practice Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Addressing the crowd, Pacquiao thanked his fans for always watching his fights.After the easy victory over Adrien Broner, Pacquiao spent a few days in Los Angeles where he watched a Lakers game with his family and had a chance meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more


first_imgReds went downhill from there on as Binny also tried Reds went downhill from there on as Binny also tried to sweep and missed the line to make it 98 for four (effectively five with Mukund not coming out to bat). In the meantime, Karn Sharma (3/33 in 9 overs) increased the pressure as he got Gurkeerat stumped by Dinesh Karthik with a lovely leg-break and Jadeja removed Amit Mishra to make it four wickets for himself. Karn then found the outside edge of Ankush Bains (20) and was lucky to dismiss Pradeep Sangwan with a half-tracker. Jadeja completed a coveted five-for when he bowled one that had Nathu Singh plumb in-front. Brief Scores: India Blue 693/6 decl and 179/5 decl (Mayank Agarwal 52, Rohit Sharma 32 no, Kuldeep Yadav 3/62) India Red 356 & 161 in 44.1 overs (Gurkeerat Singh 39, Ravindra Jadeja 5/76). India Blue won by 355 runs. PTI KHS AH AHlast_img read more

Why vehicle security may require a different approach

first_imgWith more than 152 million vehicles connnected to the Internet by 2020, it’s no surprise that electronic control units (ECUs) are easy targets for attackers and other adversaries. This is supported by published reports on recent attacks on Volkswagen/Audi, BMW, and Tesla vehicles.  And as cars become more connected, this trend will continue to grow.Hacker AccessThere are a number entry points, such as Wi-Fi, Telematics, Bluetooth that hackers can gain access to vulnerable ECUs. In April 2018, Computest reported vulnerabilities in Audi vehicles that enabled hackers to gain access via Wi-Fi to the in-vehicle network (IVN), gain root privilege, execute rough firmware updates and manipulate the gateway. In May 2018, Keen Labs published its research on BMW and demonstrated how they could penetrate the system via the telematics unit and change the gateway policy (among others) in order to gain control of the IVN. They also found code signing vulnerabilities that could be exploited to update the image to a rough image.  And in 2016 and 2017, Keen Labs published their research on vulnerabilities in Tesla vehicles, where in both cases the team attacked the Wi-Fi. This allowed them to manipulate and modify the software or bypass the code signing verification. While this is not an exhaustive list, it demonstrates how many attack vectors are able to gain control over the ECUs and eventually take over commands in the vehicle.Securing the ECU is challengingThe attackers’ main goal is to persistently manipulate the software that is running in the ECU in order to leverage it even after the system is reset. And, there are several techniques to achieve this goal. The first is to define layers of security to protect the attack vectors and identify or prevent malicious commands. And ultimately, it’s crucial to prevent the attacker from modifying the software.There are many challenges the industry is facing to secure ECUs including:Not increasing boot time, as in many cases boot time is critical, and it can’t be increased since it is related to time-critical messages in theSecuring low end devices with limited processing power that can’t bear additional overhead for security and normally with have very limited hardware security features.Dealing with failure mode. What if the firmware was altered? Should the car stop? What are the next steps? These questions in some cases mean that even if there is possibility to detect the problem, it is not necessarily helpful.Relying on software solutions, even software solutions that provide firmware integrity have their limitations: dependent on the operating system/real-time operating system (OS/RTOS) CPU power from the main feature, and software tends to be comprised more easily than hardware.Expanding protection to the entire memory. Since protecting the memory is done by cryptographic operation, the size of the protected memory is correlated to the time it takes to validate it, which means that only small blocks are being protected, and attackers attack the un-protected blocks.Taking a Different Approach for Securing the ECUProtecting ECUs in vehicles is a complicated process and may require a different security approach, such as protecting the memory for all devices.  The firmware resides in the memory, and during boot time, the firmware is fetched from the memory to the processor. What if we could ensure that the firmware can’t be altered in the memory itself? What if sensitive data could be accessed only by an authorized party?High-end processors or OS features can partially protect data, but attackers are experts in bypassing this and accessing the memory directly.The solutions must be processor and operating system agnostic and protect from the processor and software from vulnerabilities. It required to work with low-end processors, protect any required size of memory and there is no failure mode, preventing any possible modification.It is clear to everyone in the industry that the secure update and management of the ECUs is crucial link in the chain – What if firmware over the air (OTA) updates could be securely authorized, managed and updated in the storage level?.OTA is facing many challenges in our industry, some are operational including:How to deploy the update images?How to guarantee that the images are being delivered to the ECU?How to manage which ones are being updated and which aren’t?And others are technology-related, including:How to protect the cloud from the rough ECU?How to create root of trust (RoT) with the ECU?How to create unique secure channel with the ECU.Today OTA solutions are based on software agents in the ECU and cloud services that deploy the updated images. But it raises the challenge – if there is no hardware root of trust (RoT) in the ECUs, there is no assurance.  What is the real image that is stored in the persistent memory?  What if the software was comprised and reported back a rough response?Moreover, since there is no RoT with the ECU, rough ECUs can be used to attack the cloud. Solutions that provide secured memory deliver OTA and management systems derived from the memory hardware itself. This provides the capability to identify the ECU, create a secure bi-directional channel, guaranteeing the real version that is stored on the ECU’s memory cannot be manipulated. Of course, since it is protected memory storage only authorized cloud services can update the memory and the cloud services can connect only to an authorized ECU.SummarySolutions must provide a cloud to ECU , all the way to the persistent memory solution with that are able to create a secure channel with the memory device in confidential, authorized and private manner.It’s critical for connected and autonomous vehicles to better secure their ECUs from malicious actors, as more cars rely on devices to take over basic automotive functions.  After all, consumer safety is at stake.Yoni Kahana is VP Customers at NanoLock Security, where he leads NanoLock’s business development initiatives and works with NanoLock’s repeatable customers in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. He brings extensive cybersecurity experience, with specific expertise in securing embedded and connected devices in connected vehicles and IoT devices. Prior to joining NanoLock, Yoni was the Product Cybersecurity Group Manager for General Motors in Israel. He also was a Security System Team leader and Security System Product Engineer at Qualcomm. He served as an officer in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in an elite unit where he led and developed cybersecurity solutions. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, IoT Continue Reading Previous Renesas: R-Car-compatible connected car software development tools for Cloud ServiceNext IBASE: Mini-ITX motherboard with 8th Gen Intel Xeon E / Core processorslast_img read more

Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Game Ever

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Here is the scoring drive chart which is just completely ludicrous (especially at the time).screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-25-amAnd the full highlights. The Holland pick, which is fabulous, comes at the 12:15 mark.Symons, by the way, lives in Houston now. And looks exactly like I remembered him.Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone a blessed 2013 #LetsRide pic.twitter.com/fOzFKBD5— BJ Symons (@BJSymons) January 1, 2013 Jon Holland.A mere footnote in the history of Oklahoma State football. He was also the author of the play that capped one of my favorite Oklahoma State-Texas Tech games ever (and there have been a lot of them). The Pokes took the Raiders 51-49 in 2003 despite an absurd day from my least-favorite of all of Mike Leach’s QBs: B.J. Symons.Here’s the AP with the recap.The teams combined for 1,334 total yards. Oklahoma State was third in the nation in scoring coming in, averaging 40.6 points. Texas Tech had averaged 46.8.Symons actually still holds the single-season NCAA record for total yards with 5,976 that year. He also holds the records for most passes in a season (719) and most 400-yard games (11!) Look at these numbers from the OSU game.screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-8-51-33-amWes Welker had 10 catches for 129 yards and a pair of TDs. OSU countered with 28 carries and 238 yards plus three TDs from Tatum Bell. The Woods bros added nine catches for 217 yards.“The offense came out quickly with big plays by Tatum Bell and Rashaun Woods,” Les Miles told the AP. “It gave us the opportunity to score and score repeatedly. We understood that this would be a four-quarter game. The clock just doesn’t seem to run when you play Texas Tech.”But the biggest catch of the day definitely came from Holland.last_img read more

Nottinghamshire say Alex Hales is ready for ‘long road back’ after drug ban

first_img Read more Cricket Share on LinkedIn But while Hales has been left devastated by the call, it has been decided he must get back to playing as soon as possible following talks with Nottinghamshire’s chief executive, Lisa Pursehouse, and director of cricket, Mick Newell, on Tuesday.It means on the day he was meant to be facing Ireland in a one-off ODI in Malahide – the start of England’s build-up to their World Cup opener against South Africa on 30 May – Hales will instead take on Durham at Grantham CC in the Royal London Cup.In announcing this comeback – the white-ball specialist’s first game of the English summer after sitting out six 50-over matches while banned for a second such violation of his career – Nottinghamshire made it clear his off-field behaviour has been unacceptable.While immune from the sack under the terms of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s recreational drug policy, Hales must now spend the remainder of the season making amends if his contract is to be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.A club statement read: “Following his withdrawal from all England squads this week, we have met with Alex to express our concerns and to reiterate that such actions cannot continue. Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Leadership failure at ECB leaves Alex Hales and England in a mess Since you’re here… “The meeting was open, honest and constructive and a way forward was agreed between both parties. Alex has expressed a great deal of regret and contrition for his actions and he has ultimately paid a heavy price.“He accepts that the position he finds himself in is of his own making. He knows he has a long road back to redeem himself in the eyes of many people, but that now has to be his aim.“After much deliberation, we believe it’s in the best interests of all concerned for him to get back to playing cricket for Nottinghamshire as quickly as possible.”Hales, who on Monday accused England of reneging on assurances he would not be dropped in response to the ban, will face one of his international team-mates, with the fast bowler Mark Wood due to play for Durham as he steps up his return from recent ankle discomfort. Share via Email Share on Messenger England cricket team news Support The Guardian Alex Hales ‘devastated’ after drugs ban costs him World Cup place … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Nottinghamshire Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Alex Hales will return to cricket with Nottinghamshire on Friday for the first steps of what his club have called “a long road back” to redemption.The opener was removed from England’s preliminary World Cup squad on Monday morning in response to the 21-day ban for recreational drug use that was first revealed by the Guardian last week and which expires on Thursday. Topics Read morelast_img read more

Marshall Islands Court Denies Frontlines DHT Injunction

first_imgzoom The High Court of the Marshall Islands has denied Frontline’s request for a preliminary injunction relating to the vessel acquisition agreement between DHT Holdings and BW Group Limited.On June 7, 2017, the court rejected Frontline’s arguments and issued an order denying the company’s motion for a preliminary injunction, according to the information provided by DHT Holdings.The court cited Frontline’s failure “to demonstrate a probability of success on the merits of its claims.”In particular, the court noted that the acquisition of BW’s fleet fell within the sound discretion of the DHT board of directors’ business judgment, and that Frontline “has no likelihood of success” on any challenge to the rights plan implemented by the DHT Board, as the rights plan was a reasonable response to Frontline’s actions.Both the High Court of the Marshall Islands and the Supreme Court of the State of New York have now rejected Frontline’s attempt to interfere with DHT’s acquisition of BW’s fleet.last_img read more

Kashmir is Pakistans jugular vein PM Imran

first_imgIslamabad: Kashmir is Pakistan’s “jugular vein” and India’s decision to alter its special status poses challenges to the country’s security and integrity, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday. Prime Minister Khan in his message on Pakistan’s Defence and Martyrs Day said his government has launched a proactive diplomatic campaign in the world capitals and at the United Nations to apprise the world community about Kashmir after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USPakistan observes September 6 as the Defence and Martyrs Day to mark the anniversary of the 1965 war with India. “For Pakistan, Kashmir stands as its jugular vein. Altering its status poses challenges to Pakistan’s security and integrity,” Khan said. “I have also urged upon the international community to seriously consider the safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal… this is an issue that impacts not just the South Asian region but the whole world,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe prime minister said the world community will be responsible for the “catastrophic aftermath” if it fails to pay attention to India’s nuclear arsenal. “I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity,” Khan said. Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked after New Delhi withdrew Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5. Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it. Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa who addressed the main ceremony at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi said Kashmir was the “unfulfilled agenda” of the completion of Pakistan. “I want to make it clear that Kashmir is the unfulfilled agenda of the completion of Pakistan. It will remain so until it is a resolved according to the UN resolutions,” he said. Bajwa said Pakistan had won its battle against terrorism and was now fighting to end poverty and backwardness. “Today there is a better environment of peace in Pakistan and the country gives the message of peace and security to the world,” he said. “Pakistan has fulfilled its responsibilities in the war on terrorism and now responsibility rests with the world community to full its responsibility and reject all forms of terrorism and extremism. Our fight now is against poverty, unemployment and economic backwardness after successfully confronting the menace of terrorism,” he said.last_img read more

DGC Top 15 Discovery Long List Announcement

first_imgThe 16th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guests soon to be announced.https://www.dgc.ca/en/national/news/2017-directors-guild-of-canada-awards-nominees-announced/The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. 10AM             Toronto, ON 10:20AM        TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2017 – As TIFF gets underway next week, the Directors Guild of Canada will present the 2017 Discovery Award Long List, highlighting the “Top 15 new Directors to watch this festival season” as selected by the Guild and our partners.The DGC Discovery Award, sponsored by Entertainment One, recognizes outstanding achievement by an emerging Canadian director, or an established director working in a new genre.The Long List will be announced by Discovery Jury Chair Ingrid Veninger and DGC National Directors Division Chair Warren P. Sonoda. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Follow us @DGCTalent on Twitter. #DGCAwardsFacebook.com/dgcontario DGC Discovery Award Long List Presentation List presented Advertisement Tuesday, September 5th  TORONTO 134 Peter St., 5th Floor Lounge Advertisement eOne Headquarters DGC * RSVP to HMcIntyre@dgc.ca  Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Military campaign in Yemen Saudi Prince Offers 100 Bentleys to Pilots

Rabat – Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia promised to offer Bentley luxury cars to the 100 Saudi fighter pilots who participated in Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen.Bin Talal made the promise in a tweet published on Tuesday in the wake of his country’s announcement of a new phase in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.???? ????? ?? ?????? #?????__????? ????????. #????? pic.twitter.com/Yja4OwCBwl— ? Tala ? (@Taltool11) April 22, 2015“I congratulate our wise leaders on the victory on Operation Decisive Storm and the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope,” the prince tweeted. “To recognize the one hundred participating Saudi pilots I am pleased to present them with 100 Bentley cars,” he added.Last month, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in Yemen, codenamed Decisive Storm, aimed at weakening Iran-backed Houti rebels. In addition to Saudi Arabia, the campaign is being waged by a coalition that also includes Morocco, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and Sudan.Prince Al Waleed bin Talal is a member of the Saudi royal family and a Billionaire with stakes in companies like News Corp., Time Warner and Apple. He is the richest person in the Arab world and among the wealthiest people in the world with a net worth estimated at $23 billion.In 2014, he is also reported to have offered 25 luxury cars to members of a Saudi soccer club following their victory in a league competition. read more

Ban urges Israel to restrain settlement building in occupied Palestinian land

6 October 2010In a review of global crisis flashpoints, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israel to restore a settlement moratorium in occupied Palestinian territory and warned that mishandling of the independence referendum in Southern Sudan could spark renewed conflict. He also stressed the independence of the United Nations-backed tribunal entrusted with uncovering the truth behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others in 2005, and denied that a human rights report on massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had been toned down to save face for neighbouring countries cited in the report who also contribute troops to UN peacekeeping forces.“In recent days I have spoken with principal players on each side, including [Israeli] Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and President [Mahmoud] Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, as well as US special envoy George Mitchell,” Mr. Ban told his monthly news conference, citing the Middle East conflict first in a review of issues discussed in the mini-summits and bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the recent opening of this year’s General Assembly. “All told me they were committed to finding solutions to the problems immediately before us. All want to keep the peace process going. I urge Israel to restore settlement restraint, under its Roadmap obligations, and I urge Arab leaders meeting in Sirte to keep doors open and support President Abbas. Negotiations should move forward intensively, focused on resolving core issues – not talks for the sake of talks.”The Roadmap refers to the internationally endorsed plan to establish a Palestinian State living side by side with Israel in peace and security. Israel did not extend a 10-month moratorium on settlement building that expired at the end of September, without which Mr. Abbas has said he will not continue the peace talks, an issue he will discuss with other Arab League leaders at a meeting on Friday in Sirte, Libya.Mr. Ban noted that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon came up in a number of meetings. “I want to be perfectly clear. This tribunal is independent, with a clear mandate from the Security Council to uncover the truth and end impunity,” he stressed. “That work is important and it must go ahead. I urge all Lebanese and regional parties not to prejudge the outcome, nor to interfere in the Tribunal’s work.”The Tribunal is an independent body that was set up in The Hague in the Netherlands, following a probe by an independent international commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing in February 2005 was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack.Mr. Ban today reviewed the Middle East negotiations and Lebanon in talks with Israeli opposition leader and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni. While concern was expressed at reports of the rearmament of Hizbollah, with whom Israel fought a month-long war in 2006, the Secretary-General urged respect for the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon.As he has in the past, Mr. Ban called on Israel to cease its over-flights of Lebanese territory and expressed the hope that progress could soon be realized on Ghajar, the northern part of which is still occupied by Israel, according to his spokesperson.Turning to Sudan, Mr. Ban noted that there are less than 100 days before two referenda on self-determination in Africa’s largest country on 9 January. “The stakes could not be higher,” he said.“Handled properly, the January ballot could help build a future that improves the lives of all Sudanese. Handled poorly, it could spark conflict, with consequences across Africa and beyond.”The referendum in Southern Sudan is the final stage in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the 2005 pact that ended two decades of fighting between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south. A second referendum is being held in the oil-rich Abyei region to decide whether it belongs to northern or southern Sudan and Mr. Ban today voiced concern at the lack of progress in forming the Abyei Commission.“Both sides, north and south, agreed that the vote should take place as scheduled, and that they would accept the results,” he declared. “They further agreed that negotiations on their common future should take place peacefully within the agreed framework of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”On the DRC, Mr. Ban stressed the high standing of a recent UN human rights report that found that “indescribable” atrocities were committed from 1993 to 2003 by both armed Congolese groups and foreign national military forces, with tens of thousands of people killed and numerous others raped and mutilated.“The report was not ‘toned down,’ as some claimed. No deal done to save face for any troop-contributing nations,” he said, noting that it is now up to the DRC Government to act on its recommendations, especially as they relate to transitional justice.The UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) is now reviewing its policies and operations in the aftermath of recent fighting and the rape of more than 300 unprotected civilians in eastern North Kivu province, where UN peacekeepers are stationed, he added, but he pointed out the limits on action by the world body in such a vast country.“This was a clear tragedy, and we must find ways to do better,” he declared. “Bluntly put, the sheer geography is too large, the number of peacekeepers too small, our resources too limited. That said, despite these constraints, we are taking steps. We are improving our civilian alert system. We will make increasing use of the tools available to us in potential areas of trouble. For example, we will do more random ‘spot’ patrolling.” read more

Hibernia estimated to have more than 16 billion barrels of oil regulator

Hibernia estimated to have more than 1.6 billion barrels of oil, regulator says ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The federal-provincial regulator for Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil industry says there is more oil in the Hibernia offshore site than previously estimated.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says Hibernia is now estimated to have 1.644 billion barrels of oil.That’s up from its previous 2010 estimate of 1.395 billion barrels of oil.Hibernia, which began producing oil in November 1997, is Newfoundland’s oldest offshore site.It is located about 315 kilometres east of St. John’s. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2014 8:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,464.56, up 54.78 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 9.88 per cent, to $3.78 on 9.5 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 49 cents, or 8.57 per cent, to $6.21 on 7.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.79 per cent, to $2.55 on 6.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 36 cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $23.15 on 5.5 million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 71 cents, or 11.70 per cent, to $6.78 on 5.2 million shares. Japanese company Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. will pay $195 million for 30 per cent of Iamgold’s ownership interest in the Cote Gold Project in Ontario.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 26 cents, or 6.37 per cent, to $4.34 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up seven cents, or 0.31 per cent, to $22.58 on 224,963 shares. A recent successful bid to unionize WestJet pilots has prompted a push to organize flight attendants at the airline. The airline, Canada’s second-largest, has long prided itself on its relationship with its employees, whom it refers to as co-owners. Among the benefits offered to WestJet staff are a company-matched share purchase plan. Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 2:31 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mosquitopacked drones ready to join fight against Zika and other deadly diseases

“We’re pleased with initial tests that show less than 10 per cent mortality through the entire chilling, transport and aerial release process,” said Adam Klaptocz, co-founder of WeRobotics.The breakthrough technology also cuts the cost of the process by half.Until now, sterile mosquitos have been released using time-consuming and labour-intensive ground methods.“With the drone, we can treat 20 hectares in five minutes,” said Mr. Bouyer.Weighing less than 10 kilograms, the drone can carry 50,000 sterile mosquitos per flight and at 10,000 Euro per drone, its use also reduces the cost of releasing mosquitos by half.The IAEA and its partners are now working to reduce the drone’s weight and to increase its capacity to carry up to 150,000 mosquitos per flight.The system test was carried out last month in Brazil, a country hit hard by the 2015-16 Zika epidemic, which also spread to other parts of South and North America and affected several islands in the Pacific, and South-east Asia.Brazil plans to start using the drone-based system in select urban and rural areas from January 2019, at the peak of the summer and mosquito season.“We are hopeful about the application of SIT for the control of Aedes aegypti in Brazil with the results from the drone tests,” said Jair Virginio, Director of Brazil-based Moscamed, a recently-designated IAEA Collaborating Centre. The drone-based mechanism overcomes a critical bottleneck in the application of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control insect pests, said the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which developed the system in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-profit group WeRobotics.“The use of drones is a breakthrough, and paves the way for large-scale and cost-efficient releases, also over densely populated areas,” said Jeremy Bouyer, medical entomologist at the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.SIT, a form of insect birth control, uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitos, which are then released to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.However, to be effective, the technique requires the uniform release of large numbers of insects in good condition over a given area.For instance, Aedes mosquitos, responsible for the spread of diseases like dengue and yellow fever, do not disperse for more than 100 meters in their lifetime. They are also fragile, and high-altitude releases by airplanes – often used in the application of SIT for other insects – can damage their wings and legs.The drone-based system overcomes this problem. read more

Search now on for Brocks first open access champion

A new award has been created to highlight the potential of open access to broaden the reach of Brock research and transform scholarly publishing.Launched in advance of International Open Access Week, the Brock University Award for Open Access recognizes a Brock community member who is a champion of freely sharing scholarship with audiences around the globe.In addition to enhancing public access to publicly-funded research, open access benefits both individual researchers and their institutions by promoting higher citation counts, increased community impact and enhanced opportunities for collaboration.“The benefits of open access for research dissemination are huge,” said University Librarian Mark Robertson. “We’re excited to host an award that recognizes the important role that Brock researchers play in championing open access in this changing landscape.”Open to Brock University faculty, librarians, staff and students, the $2,500 award may be used to either pay an article processing charge for an open access journal or to support a non-profit platform for open scholarship.Open Access, which refers to scholarly digital content that is free to the end user, is a dramatic evolution in how scholarship is disseminated. For centuries, published research has only been available to institutions or individuals who can afford to pay costly fees to access subscription journals.“Open access opens up knowledge to everyone,” said Elizabeth Yates, Liaison/Scholarly Communication Librarian. “We want to honour those at Brock who are helping shape a more sustainable and democratic system of scholarly communication.”Applications including a nomination statement and supporting documentation, must be submitted online by Oct. 13 at noon. A winner will be announced during Open Access Week, Oct. 23 to 27. read more

Employers can force women to wear high heels as Government rejects campaign

first_img“To make the law clearer to employers and raise awareness among employees, the Government will be producing new guidance on workplace dress codes.” She was later called to present evidence before the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees, during which MPs also heard that a black woman had been forced to chemically straighten her hair by an agency which provides temp workers to Harrods.However, while the Government acknowledged that the awareness among workers and bosses of the law was patchy, it added that some employers “knowingly flout the law”.Instead, the Government Equalities Office has called on all employers to review their dress codes and “consider whether they remain relevant and lawful”. Earlier in the year MPs had been told how women in heels were expected to climb ladders, move furniture and walk for great distances, while others were told to unbutton their blouses to entice male customers when they investigated the issue.But the Government rejected calls by the committees for changes to tribunal rules and more in-depth monitoring of failed discrimination claims.Helen Jones, who chairs the Petitions Committee, said: “This petition, and our inquiry, have already done a great deal to improve public awareness of the law.”It is nevertheless very welcome that the Government has accepted our recommendation that it should be doing much more to improve understanding among employers and employees alike, to prevent discriminatory practices in the workplace.A Government spokesperson said: “No employer should discriminate against workers on grounds of gender – it is unacceptable and is against the law. Dress codes must include equivalent requirements for both men and women. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, the chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller, said the Government had not gone far enough, adding that current equality legislation is “not sufficient to achieve equality in practice.””This petition, and the committees’ inquiry, have reinforced the need for effective enforcement of legislation and for employers and employees to be aware of their obligations and rights,” she added.”We welcome the commitments made by the Government to increasing awareness of those rights, and hope that the next Government will monitor how this changes women’s experiences of the workplace.” Calls for a ban on “sexist” dress codes which force women to wear high heels to work has been rejected by the Government.It means that employers can continue to insist that female employees wear heels, providing it is considered a job requirement and men are made to dress to an “equivalent level of smartness”. New guidelines on dress codes are set to be issued in the summer following a public outcry over a temp worker being sent home after she refused to wear heels to work.But the Government has ruled out a change in the law because it believes the existing legislation is “adequate” and already prevents companies from gender-based discrimination.It comes more than a year after Nicola Thorp was told to go home from work without pay, after she arrived at PriceWaterhouseCooper to work in a temporary receptionist role in flat shoes, but refused to comply with demands that she wear 2-4 inch heels.Outraged, she launched a petition to tighten legislation on compulsory gendered uniforms, which gathered 152,400 signatures. It also plans to produce new guidelines in the summer to improve workers’ awareness of their rights.last_img read more

Together for Yes activists named on Time magazines top 100 list of

first_img Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 12:45 PM Their incredible tenacity and integrity and courageousness will be an inspiration for generations to come.Negga says that the Together for Yes campaign, “put the Mná na hÉireann (women of Ireland) front, centre and in control of their own bodies and rights like never before”.  Honoured and thrilled for all who fought so hard for #Repealedthe8th and so proud of the people of Ireland. Tremendous boost for global #ProChoice movement. TFY co- directors among ⁦@TIMEMagazine_⁩ 100 most influential https://t.co/8tGIs41pNf— RepealEight (@repealeight) April 17, 2019 (L to R) Orla O’Connor, Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth in the RDS during the referendum count. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie The Together for Yes campaign was an umbrella group a made up of about 70 civil society groups that campaigned successfully for a Yes vote in the 2018 Eighth Amendment referendum. Griffin, Smyth and O’Connor were co-directors of the group having each campaigned for the holding of a referendum as part of different groups.Griffin is a founding member of the Abortion Rights Campaign and O’Connor is director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland.Smyth, who was convenor of the Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, said Ireland’s result has had an impact beyond these shores.“We are honoured to receive this accolade from Time Magazine.  It is evidence of the significant international ‘ripple’ impact of the Together for Yes campaign,” she said today.“The referendum result here in Ireland was a real boost for the morale of pro-choice campaigners throughout the word, and we hope it can be a beacon of light wherever and whenever abortion rights are denied, restricted or under severe threat.” 23,762 Views Source: RepealEight/Twitter Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Together for Yes activists named on Time magazine’s top 100 list of most influential people Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor were named in the ‘Icons’ section of the list. THREE ACTIVISTS WHO led the Together for Yes campaign during the Eighth Amendment referendum have been named on Time magazine’s list of ‘Most Influential’ people for 2019.Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth and Orla O’Connor were named in the ‘Icons’ section of the list, alongside newsmakers including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama. Donald Trump, Pope Francis and Xi Jinping are among heads of state to make the Top 100 in the ‘Leaders’ category.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was named on Time’s most influential list last year. The entry for Griffin, Smyth and O’Connor was written by Irish actress Ruth Negga who said that:center_img Apr 17th 2019, 12:43 PM https://jrnl.ie/4596229 By Rónán Duffy (L to R) Orla O’Connor, Grainne Griffin, Ailbhe Smyth in the RDS during the referendum count. Share444 Tweet Email 101 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Funding frozen for multicultural communities

first_imgThe Federal government has stalled in giving more than 400 community and multicultural groups, churches and charities across Australia funding, pending a review. More than $4.5 million was allocated to be donated to the community groups under the ‘Building Multicultural Communities’ program. The groups were offered the money in August, a month before the federal election, but now the funding is in doubt as the government seeks to review all pre-election grants. In a statement, the Department of Social Services said it is “assessing all grant spending for consistency with government priorities and commitments”. It says it will notify successful applicants once the review is complete if they will be receiving any funds. Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Guy Zangari said the government has forgotten multicultural communities. “This funding freeze shows the Liberals don’t value multicultural groups and other community organisations doing important work,” Mr Zangari said. “These organisations bring people together. They do the important work that governments can’t – and carry out heroic fundraising off their own bat.” In the same program last year, the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW received $22,000 to renovate a kitchen in Long Day care centre in Petersham which caters for 58 people. The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Burwood and District was given $43,888 to upgrade their courtyard. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Two Choices For Future Editors—Be a Cyborg or a Robot

first_imgSmart publishers have already abandoned the “fire and forget” model. Questex Media defines areas where certain editors excel and tries to extend those lessons to other editors, even categorizing roles such as “Acquisition Expert,” “Optimization Editor,” and “Retention Writer.” There is an increasing drumbeat (and not just at content farms either) to evaluate and pay editors not by the quantity of stories they generate but by the traffic and response they produce. I firmly believe that link sharing and riffing off other people’s stories (uh, sort of like I’m doing here) will never equal the response generated by original enterprise reporting, at least for independent publishers. If your future reviews are going to be analytics-based, it’s past time for every editor to understand what producing Web content really means, and take advantage of every tool at their disposal. All Things Digital’s Peter Kafka has an interesting video interview with Tony Haile, founder of Chartbeat, a real-time Web analytics firm that just introduced Newsbeat, which Haile touts as the “first publisher-focused analytics service.” Rather than focus on driving overall SEO for an entire site, Newsbeat offers individual editors the ability to see how their stories are performing and make tweaks to headlines or links to boost performance (most smaller publishers we’re aware of already offer editors access to Google Analytics but at larger sites things get a little more tiered). During the interview Kafka makes an interesting point about what the daily role of the online writer should be, asking “Shouldn’t your main job be producing content” rather than obsessing over back-end analytics? Haile responds by saying that the industry is moving away from the “fire and forget” model of posting something and just hoping for the best, and that editors in the future will be either “cyborgs” or “robots,” which he defines as cyborgs being “people who are enhanced by technology” and robots as “people who are replaced by technology.”last_img read more

In South Korea hope and doubt ahead of TrumpKim summit

first_imgFILE – In this 18 September, 2017, file photo provided by South Korea defense ministry, US Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35B stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15K fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills, South Korea. The on-again, off-again meeting between president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been an emotional roller coaster for South Koreans. With the summit now set for Tuesday, they await the historic event with both hopes and doubts. Photo : APThe on-again, off-again meeting between president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been an emotional roller coaster for South Koreans, who now await Tuesday’s historic summit with both hope and doubt.The hope is that improved relations between Washington and Pyongyang will ease tensions and dispel the threat of war, which has hung over the region for more than a half-century.But having seen North Korea go back on its word in the past, such as when it broke a previous nuclear pact in 2002, South Koreans remain cautious about the sudden breeze of peace blowing across their divided peninsula.”North Korea’s willingness for talks seems clear now. The problem is that we are not so sure what they ultimately want,” said graduate student Kim Jae-hak.For him, the ideal outcome would be a formal declaration to the end the Korean War, followed by the complete denuclearization of North Korea. He warned, however, that high expectations can bring great disappointment, so Koreans should watch how things unfold.South Korea’s government has been careful to avoid rash comments or hasty interpretations of the seesaw developments in the lead-up to the summit in Singapore. Still, South Korean president Moon Jae-in has made negotiations with North Korea a centerpiece of his administration and has a lot riding on next week’s events.Moon took office in May 2017 with a pledge to seek improved relations and ultimately peace with North Korea. In April, he met the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, for talks at the Demilitarized Zone dividing their countries and the two set foot in one another’s countries, if only for a moment.Moon’s patient, yet determined diplomacy has been key to setting up the Trump and Kim meeting. It was Moon who presented Trump with the initial offer of a summit with Kim. After Trump accepted and then canceled, Moon worked to get it back on track by holding another meeting with Kim.”It is critically important for President Moon Jae-in that the Trump-Moon summit goes well,” said John Delury, associate professor of East Asian studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. Moon has “staked a lot of political capital in getting the US and North Korea to move together in a positive way just like the two Koreas have done.”The Singapore meeting would only be the start of a long process, Delury stressed. Reducing the threat of conflict is the initial goal, he said, which would be followed by cultural, humanitarian and economic steps.”A successful Singapore (meeting) gives more room for President Moon and Chairman Kim Jong Un to move forward in terms of inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation,” he said.For now, Moon seems to have public backing, with a Gallup Korea survey last week measuring his approval rating at 75 per cent.Office worker Kim Jung-eun said the atmosphere of dialogue was welcome after North Korea’s provocative run of weapons tests in 2017 pushed animosity to new heights.”I never truly thought we were headed for another war, but there was always a lingering fear in the back of my head,” she said. “Thinking about where we were then, I am really thankful about the current atmosphere of peace. I hope that the process results in lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.”The Trump-Kim summit has fueled hopes in South Korea that the two leaders may weigh a formal declaration to end the Korean War. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, but not a formal peace treaty.Some, though, think that such talk should wait. The first priority should be getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, said Im Yang-bin, a professor.”If the issue of denuclearization becomes resolved through talks a declaration ending the war will naturally follow,” Im said.last_img read more