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first_imgThe AER says they continue to work with the company, the RCMP, and local fire department to ensure all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident. FAIRVIEW, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Limited had experienced a fire, on Wednesday, March 20, at their gas plant in Fairview, Alberta.The Alberta Energy Regulator responded to a Canadian Natural Resources’ tank fire approximately 12 kilometres southwest of Fairview.According to the AER, the fire had started at around 8:00 p.m. and was extinguished at approximately 11:40 p.m.last_img read more

Rabat – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, said on Tuesday during a Town Hall question and answer session at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, that Facebook would soon add a “dislike” button to the users’ statuses.Facebook is finally responding to growing demands from Facebook users and decided to add the “dislike” button. The social media site’s users said that “like” button does not fit certain status updates and moments, such as sad and tragic events.“It’s important to give people more options than just ‘like’ to help express empathy and sympathy,” Zuckerberg said. However, the social network company wanted to limit the dislike button to very specific posts, something that won’t be simple.Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to limit the use of the “dislike” button to only be used to express sympathy and empathy when someone posts something sad or upsetting.The founder of Facebook said that the company has found that users don’t really want to use the “dislike” button to put down others, but they want to have a feature through which they can express support when their friends share something sad.“What they really want is an ability to express empathy,” Zuckerberg said, adding, “If you’re expressing something sad… it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post, but your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

7 February 2008While the United Nations has a leading role in advancing global issues such as development and poverty eradication, the world body must be strengthened to respond more effectively to today’s challenges, the President of the General Assembly said today. “The need for change is compelling,” Srgjan Kerim told an informal meeting of the Assembly on system-wide coherence, adding that now is the time for the 192-member body to “deliver as one.”Mr. Kerim pointed out that despite its unique legitimacy, the UN’s status as a central actor in development is undermined by “a lack of focus” on results.“It is clear that without ambitious and far-reaching reforms the United Nations will be unable to deliver on its promises and maintain its position at the heart of the multilateral system,” he told delegates. Change is “inevitable,” he stressed, if the UN is play its vital role in advancing global issues, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the pledges made by world leaders to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015.“The United Nations – more than any other body – is uniquely placed to take a leading role in achieving the MDGs. But in order to do so, and like any other organization, it must renew and retool itself to respond to emerging challenges.” Reform and continuous improvement are an intrinsic part of any successful organisation, and the UN is no exception, Mr. Kerim pointed out, adding that the world body will only continue to attract resources if it can demonstrate its effectiveness and deliver results.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has endorsed a set of recommendations put forward in 2006 in the report of the High-level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence as “an ambitious yet achievable vision of a harmonized and accountable UN system.”The report, entitled Delivering as One, recommended a country-level consolidation of UN agencies, the strengthening of leadership on humanitarian and environmental activities, and the creation of both a new funding system and a new women’s organization.So far eight pilot countries are testing the ‘One UN’ approach, and Mr. Kerim noted that the results of these pilots will be important for future discussions on achieving greater coherence and effectiveness across the system. read more

19 March 2009While characterizing Liberia’s security situation as relatively stable, the top United Nations envoy to the West African nation today cautioned that significant challenges remain in the areas of security and the rule of law. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ellen Margrethe Løj, called for sustained international support as Liberia continues to recover from a brutal 14-year civil war, and observed that while no longer a failed State, the country is still very fragile and located in a region that is still unstable. “While the situation along the borders has been calm during the reporting period, underlying tensions remain strong, in particular in relation to Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire,” she told a closed-door meeting of the Security Council, as she presented the Secretary-General’s latest report on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). She cited the recent coup in Guinea and the postponement of elections and limited disarmament process in Cote d’Ivoire to underline UNMIL’s concern about the regional situation. “UNMIL, therefore, continues to monitor the border areas closely, since there is no doubt that disturbance in one country can have an immediate negative effect in neighbouring countries,” said Ms. Løj, who heads the Mission. Turning to the domestic situation, she noted that small skirmishes or disputes often develop into serious mob violence with the population taking justice into their own hands. This is often the result of a lack of public trust in national security and rule of law institutions. But this is not surprising given that Liberian security institutions, like all public institutions in the country, have to be “rebuilt from scratch,” she stated, pointing to constraints regarding operational functions, logistics, management and planning capabilities. “There will be no quick fixes. It simply takes time – and funding continues to be a major challenge.” The Special Representative also highlighted the impact of the global economic downturn on the country, which is already suffering from high unemployment. “The massive youth unemployment and the current job lay-offs constitute a real security concern, and the problem is likely to increase if some of the anticipated foreign investment in Liberia, as now feared, will be delayed or scaled down,” she said. Ms. Løj warned that “without regular and stable jobs, more Liberians, especially the younger generation, could be tempted by the easy money associated with illegal economic activities or potentially by those wanting to recruit for subversive activities once again.” read more

VANCOUVER — Media association says Competition Bureau examination of digital giants like Facebook and Google could give struggling companies a lift.The president of News Media Canada says his association, which represents hundreds of news organizations, has been pushing the government for years to level the playing field between digital players and legacy media.John Hinds says the Competition Bureau’s announcement yesterday to seek information from the public and businesses on what companies in the digital economy may be doing to harm competition is better late than never.Hinds says traditional media has been decimated by the rise of digital players in Canada, which have diverted advertising dollars, as well as benefited from current taxation and copyright laws, and the ability to gather massive amounts of consumer data.He says any information gleaned could lead to an investigation and regulatory or legislative change.Hinds points to an inquiry by the bureau’s Australian counterpart that examined the impact of digital companies, predominantly Google and Facebook, on advertisers, media and consumers as a good example for how to tackle the problem.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released a more than 600-page report in June with 23 recommendations that included developing and implementing a platform-neutral regulatory framework for all companies that produce or deliver content in the country, and providing stable and adequate funding for public broadcasters.The Canadian Press read more

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has granted conditional approval for the Mount Polley mine to reopen immediately, but its long-term operation depends on how water is treated and discharged.Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Thursday the initial permit outlines the first of three steps the mine must take before it can be authorized to operate fully.The tailings dam at the central B.C. mine breached last August, and 24 million cubic metres of mine waste and water gushed into area lakes and waterways in what was considered an environmental disaster.An independent government-ordered report concluded the spill was caused by poor dam design, which didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures associated with glacial till beneath the pond.Bennett said the current permit will be welcome news to out-of-work miners and their families in the communities of Likely, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, but future operations hinge on the company proving it can meet conditions of the Mines Act and the Environmental Management Act.“The permit does not include the right to discharge water off the site,” he said.Bennett said the Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) mine must now put their tailings and water into a pit called Springer pit.He described it as an empty quarry that should be able to hold the mine’s tailings until next fall when the company must apply for its second conditional permit, to treat and discharge water.Bennett said the mine must receive that permit in order to continue operating.The final permit application, which must be submitted to the government by June 30, 2016, involves the mine’s long-term plans for water treatment and discharge, Bennett said.“We need to see the plan that shows us that they can discharge water safely, responsibly from the site,” he said. “They would not be given a permit to discharge any water from the site unless the water meets drinking-quality guideline standards and also the aquatic organism protection standards.”Imperial Metals Corp. estimates it will take about a month before it can start production, with up to 220 workers on site.Company vice-president Steve Robertson said he expects Mount Polley Mine Corp. to immediately recall up to 30 workers.He said the conditional permit fits the company’s intention to have Mount Polley operating permanently within a year.“The strategy here is to be able to do this temporary work plan in order to give us the time to get in place a long-term water management plan and discharge plan,” Robertson said. “We expect to be able to go back to the government in the fall with a proposal for a full-time restart of the mine.” B.C. gives restricted OK for mine to reopen after tailings spill disaster by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 11:55 am MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 6:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The Brock Badgers women’s soccer team has had the results of four games of the ongoing 2017 season forfeited due to an eligibility issue.Ontario University Athletics announced the decision by U Sports (formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport) on Thursday, Oct. 5. The ruling is the result of Brock using an ineligible player in four of the first five regular season women’s soccer games.Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden said the use of the ineligible player was the result of an oversight, and called the situation a learning experience on a number of fronts.“This is a very unfortunate situation but the coaches and players will not let this setback derail their goal of finishing the season on a positive note and making the playoffs,” Lumsden said.The forfeit impacts a 2-2 tie against Wilfrid Laurier on Aug. 25, a 1-1 tie against Waterloo on Aug. 27, a 1-0 win over Guelph on Sept. 8 and a 1-0 loss against Western on Sept. 10. All will now be recorded as 1-0 losses.“The eligibility violation was reviewed and verified, and as a result, games in which the Brock University athlete participated in are forfeited,” the OUA said in announcing the U Sports decision.The ineligible player has now been removed from the roster and head coach Kevin Trethowan said the team will work harder than ever to overcome the setback.“This is a huge setback for us but we can’t let off-the-field factors impact our performances on the field,” he said. “Playoffs are still within reach and we will still be pushing to make them. We are a resilient bunch and this will only make us stronger.”The Badgers have five games remaining in the regular season including home games against Guelph and York this weekend and away games against McMaster, Waterloo and Laurier Oct. 15, 21 and 22, respectively.With the forfeits, Brock’s record stands at three wins, seven losses and one tie. read more

first_imgA teenager has been hit with a criminal record for a “killer clown” stunt near an infants school as the escalating craze sparked calls from police chiefs to remove fancy dress from shop shelves.Forces vowed to prosecute all pranksters as numbers of sinister sightings continued to soar, with reports of violence as vigilantes fighting back at those in fancy dress.Senior officers warned the trend, which started in the US, was wasting police resources as Kent Police revealed it alone had received reports of 59 clown-related incidents in just three days. 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. Meanwhile, Vera Baird, the police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, told BBC radio officers were  now resorting to asking shops to stop clown costumes.One 18-year-old, named locally as Connor Jones,  from Caerphilly, Wales, is believed to be one of the first offenders to be to be hit with a criminal record over the stunts.He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and fined £90 for a public order offence  after reports of a menacing figure on a pedestrian bridge outside an infants and comprehensive school. Dai Evans, a 34-year-old sales rep who was collecting his daughter, told the Caerphilly Observer: “The teachers were in the yard [of the infants school] and they moved the children away because he was doing it.”Then we had a message on the school’s app warning us that someone was dressed as a clown…. There is a time and place to have a laugh and a joke, but outside a school on a Friday afternoon?”Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, of Gwent Police, said his force was keen to show it would not tolerate clown stunts. “In this case, not only is this man out of pocket, he will now have a criminal record which will impact his future, including any job opportunities.“I hope this result sends a strong message to anyone thinking about taking part in this craze, that their five minutes of what they may think is fun really isn’t worth it.”Scotland Yard also warned it would bring prosecutions against “killer clowns” after a student brandishing a chainsaw caused panic on a university campus. The student, who identifies himself as Kenny Parker, 19, on Facebook, sparked chaos while running through the grounds of Brunel University in Uxbridge.Amid warnings of police action, he apologised, saying he bought the chainsaw at B&Q to record footage for his YouTube channel.He said: “I’m really nervous. I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s such a mess.”First of all I want to say a massive sorry to anyone I’ve scared. Secondly, this was a YouTube video.”Scotland Yard said a 19-year-old was in custody last night over to the incident at Brunel University .A spokesman said: “The incident was reported to police on Tuesday, 11 October. On the same day, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He is currently in custody at a west London police station.” Commander Julian Bennett, the head of crime prevention at the Met, said: “We are currently assessing a small number of reported ‘killer clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.”Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.”However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.”Clown craze coincides with Hollywood remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’last_img read more

first_imgAN IRISH MAN has been killed in a construction accident in New York.The New York State police said that Gary Feeney (24) was crushed by a 40-foot pipe that became dislodged and fell eight feet while it was being unloaded from a trailer.The incident occurred at approximately 10.42am on 13 April.  Police in Saratoga were dispatched to a National Grid construction site on the northwest corner of St-67 and East Line Road in the Town of Ballston for a report of a construction accident involving a  pipe that had fallen on a worker.Upon arrival, they found Gary Feeney laying face down on the ground. Other workers at the site had removed a 12 inch-by-40 foot pipe from the victim.  Community Ambulance, arrived and assumed treatment and Feeney was transported to Saratoga Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11.20amGary T Feeney was 24 years old and from Dorchester, Massachusetts, and employed by National Grid subcontractor Feeney Brothers Corp of Dorchester.Police said: Initial investigation at the scene indicates that the victim was assisting in unloading the 1700 pound pipe from a flatbed tractor trailer and was holding a guide rope while the pipe was being lifted by an excavator with steel cables and hooks.  The pipe is believed to have shifted causing slack in one of cables and dislodging one of the hooks.  This caused the pipe to fall approximately 8 feet from the top of the load, pinning the victim to the ground.The NYSP is assisting the National Grid Internal Audit Team, Public Service Commission and OSHA and a joint investigation is continuing.The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the young man’s death, but his family had not sought consular assistance.last_img read more

first_imgTDK Corporations demonstrated some cool wireless charging tech last week at CEATEC Japan 2011. They showcased magnetic resonance charging, in the form of headphones and a toy car. Unlike the inductive charging that you may have seen in select Android phones’ optional battery covers, magnetic resonance charging can theoretically allow some distance between the charger and the device.As you can see in the shot below, the headphones rest on a vertical charging stand that contains a power transmission coil. If this setup were to work with inductive charging, it would require the headphones’ reception coil and the base’s transmission coil to be nearly touching in order to draw power. But with magnetic resonance, the headphones’ coils are actually in the earpieces. A distance of several inches doesn’t stop it from juicing up.TDK also showed off a toy car (below) that can draw a charge from the track beneath its wheels. But they aren’t planning on selling kids’ remote controlled cars, rather this is a proof of concept that could eventually be used in charging electric cars. Imagine a world where streets have transmission coils beneath the surface, and cars can charge up while driving along. In this scenario, vehicles could theoretically run infinitely without stopping.Of course that would be years down the road, and would require lots more advancement in magnetic resonance charging, but it’s an intriguing idea to say the least. Can you imagine the political mess that would result from that, with oil companies throwing money (and lobbyists) at Washington to try to avoid a shift to the new tech? I can see the “wirelessly charging streets will harm your babies” propaganda already.If TDK Corporation sounds familiar, they were formerly called TDK Electronics, and were known for manufacturing blank cassette tapes back in the day. No word yet on whether we’ll be seeing any wirelessly charging boom boxes anytime soon.via Tech-On!last_img read more

first_imgYour recent article ‘Abbott the forgotten Philhellene’ is one of those articles that tries to rewrite history in the same way Andrew Bolt did in The Herald Sun and Greg Sheridan did in The Australian. Obviously Abbott has friends in the Greek community to help perpetuate the lie that Abbott is a misunderstood nice guy. Abbott told so many lies that it is hard to know where to start. We are aware that some rich Greeks support the fascist side of politics. Even some, who began as poor migrants, decided at some stage that supporting the Liberals was to their benefit. Just like a Greek pensioner I know who has put all his assets in his children’s name so he can get the pension. He changed his tune when Abbott cut his pension, when he said emphatically before the election that he was not going to touch pensions. In his first budget Abbott attacked the disadvantaged and cut all spending except the benefits to the rich. All these rich professors, solicitors, barristers and other business owners who were all there to support Tony Abbott should be supporting the Greek community and most of the people who are not rich instead of supporting Abbott and the Liberals who want to damage the not-so-rich. We Greek Australians should all remember the corrupt saga that became know as the ‘Greek Social Security case’,” created by the Liberal government of Malcolm Fraser and treasurer John Howard in 1976. This was a conspiracy by various commonwealth government departments to ‘get’ Greeks, who, it was thought by the racially prejudiced Commonwealth Police (COMPOL), were defrauding the government. The operation which eventuated was known as ‘Don’s Party’, after the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Don Thomas. It involved early morning raids on some 160 homes and five doctors’ surgeries by a team of over 100 officers of the Commonwealth Police. ‘Don’s Party’ was the largest co-ordinated operation conducted to date by that agency. In order to ensure that the raids received maximum publicity, reporters from the Sydney tabloid The Sun were alerted in advance and invited to attend. Initially, 181 people, virtually all of Greek ethnic background, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth. On 3 April 1978, eighty-three of the accused appeared in Central Court, Sydney. On the steps of the courthouse, Chief Inspector Thomas held a news conference and jubilantly referred to his operation as “the biggest breakthrough in the history of the police force”. Indeed, Thomas revealed that the ‘party’ was not yet over. He heralded the possibility of a further thousand arrests, and the extradition of a further 300 people from Greece. The publicity, as intended, was massive. Headlines blared: ‘Police Seek 1400 More Pay Cheats’ and ‘Cheats Live Luxury Life in Greece’. It was also announced that the Commonwealth Police had been stationed at all major airports to prevent others connected with the alleged fraud from leaving Australia. The Minister for Social Security was advised by the Commissioner of COMPOL that a second wave of raids would take place in Sydney the following weekend. As it happened, these further arrests were not to eventuate. But prosecutions were begun against those arrested thus far, and a total of 669 social security recipients had their benefits withdrawn and their payments cancelled. Unfortunately for Chief Inspector Thomas, his police colleagues, and the Department of Social Security, ‘Don’s Party’ was something less than a smashing success. The legal costs entailed in prosecuting 180 alleged co-conspirators were massive. As the majority of the accused were of very modest means, the cost of their legal representation was borne by the Australian government. The mass arrests resulted in only a handful of convictions and outrage in the Greek community. Over the following five years, conspiracy charges were withdrawn against all but five suspects. The cost of these abortive legal proceedings reached $10 million. But the real losers in the operation were those who were wrongly implicated in the conspiracy. Most were born in Greece, with elementary formal education and with limited ability to speak or understand English. A number had not adjusted well to life in Australia; they tended to come from village backgrounds and coped poorly with the stresses of urban living. Many had worked for a number of years in heavy labouring jobs, and had suffered disabling physical injury from industrial accidents. A number also suffered psychiatric illness, thereby compounding these difficulties. For a person unable to communicate in English, unfamiliar with the Australian criminal justice system, and characterised by something less than robust mental health to begin with, the experience of ‘Don’s Party’ was traumatic. Although the raids on doctors’ premises had been conducted pursuant to search warrants, no such formalities were followed in the course of raids on patients’ homes. It was generally assumed that non-English speaking migrants would be ignorant of their legal rights, or at least too frightened to invoke them. Many of the suspects experienced extreme distress as they were taken into custody in front of their families and neighbours. The suffering of spouses and children of the arrestees was no less acute. According to one authoritative account, the typical suspect was intimidated by the statements and conduct of the police in that they pressed him for answers to their questions and their number and physical size were overbearing. He was apprehensive that he might suffer physical violence. He believed that the police were laughing and joking about him and that they were making derogatory remarks about his Greek nationality. When identification photographs were taken of the arrestees, a number included a sign with the word ‘Greece’ written on it. Many of the suspects were detained in police custody for a number of hours until friends or relatives were able to arrange bail money. The task of raising $1,000 cash on a weekend is daunting enough for an invalid pensioner. It was even more difficult for those whose bank passbooks had been confiscated. Without having been convicted of any crime, they were subjected to treatment which could only be regarded as punitive. The subsequent inquiry by Dame Roma Mitchell, who was given Royal Commission powers, found it was COMPOL that behaved corruptly, were incompetent and that essentially, it was racial prejudice which gave rise to the idea that “Greek migrants were getting payments and living a life of luxury in Greece”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek postal service ELTA has released a new series of stamps with a bee theme to commemorate World Bee Day.As of 2018, the United Nations General Assembly has declared that 20 May will be an annual day to remind people of the important role that bees play in sustainable development, and also warn of their decline.Aside from bees’ role in making beneficial products for human consumption such as honey, they also contribute significantly to the reproductive process of plants through pollination. Without this process, many plant species would cease to exist, impacting negatively on the greater environment and on the human diet.The stamps were presented on Wednesday in collaboration with Beekeeping Environmental Society of Saronicos Island To Kentri.Attending the launch were a number of local government officials and deputies, along with Alternate Agriculture Minister George Tsironis and Slovenian Ambassador Anita Pipan.The new series of stamps launched by ELTA this week. Photo: ELTAlast_img read more

first_imgSix small children greeted visitors on Friday at Mattress Factory Outlet near Vancouver Mall.They’re Jeff Weinstein’s grandchildren, they’re in a poster-size photo, and they’re a big part of the reason Weinstein has decided to end a 72-year-old era.Weinstein announced a “Going Out of Business Sale!” with an insert that appeared Friday in The Columbian. He and his father, Allan Weinstein, opened the business in 1994, the same year they stepped away from Vancouver Furniture Co., a downtown fixture from 1946 to 1996.Jeff Weinstein, 70, grappled for months with whether to close the mattress store and move on with his life, but ultimately decided it was time.“I’ve been working in town five, six, seven days (a week) for 48 years,” Weinstein said. “I don’t know if there’s ever a right time, but we have six grandchildren in Southern California. I’d like to spend more time with them.”The two children of Jeff and Sherri Weinstein have moved on to lives far from the home furnishings business. Brent Weinstein is an executive with United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills and daughter Staci Harding is a labor and delivery nurse in the Los Angeles area. And the brother and sister gathered their respective broods for the poster at the entrance of Mattress Factory Outlet, at 4708 N.E. Thurston Way, with this message: “Good luck, Papa, On Your Retirement!”last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – IKEA announced the recall of safety gates and gate extensions, Thursday, due to a fall hazard they pose to children and consumers.According to the company, consumers should stop using IKEA’s PATRULL, PATRULL FAST and PATRULL KLÄMMA safety gates and safety gate extensions. Customers are advised to return the products to any IKEA store for a full refund. IKEA officials said the gates’ locking mechanism opens unexpectedly.The company said about 80,000 units have been sold in the U.S., as well as 28,000 in Canada. There have been 55 incident reports that involve these products worldwide and includes 10 injuries that resulted in two concussions, as well as cuts and bruising. Four of the reported incidents in the U.S. resulted in cuts and bruises to children.For more information, customers can call IKEA toll-free at 1-888-966-4532 anytime or go online at and click on the recall button.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAnnisul Huq. File photoDhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq passed away on Thursday. He was 65.A businessman-turned mayor, he was kept on life support at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a London hospital for cerebral vasculitis. He was also diagnosed with complications in his lungs and some infections in the blood.He went to London on a personal trip on 29 July last. On 13 August, he was admitted to hospital after falling sick.According to his family members, the doctors of the London hospital removed the ventilation apparatus from his mouth around 4:23pm in London time, declaring him dead.They said Annisul’s body will be taken to Bangladesh on Saturday morning and he will be buried at Banani graveyard after all the necessary funeral ceremonies.last_img read more

first_imgContrary to the timeless proverb, you can teach an old dog new tricks and though they may be slow learners, they display superior logic than puppies, reveals a new study.Using a series of touchscreen tests, researchers from Austria conducted a study on the effect of ageing on cognitive processes such as learning, memory and logical reasoning in pet dogs of varying ages.The study provides measures associated with normal cognitive ageing in Border collies — fast learning popular breed of pet dog — and thus could be used as a basis for breed comparisons as well as early recognition and treatment of certain cognitive deficits, said the researchers from the Messerli Research Institute at Vetmeduni in Vienna. Older dogs learn more slowly and displayed lower cognitive flexibility, the study showed. The older dogs required more trials than younger ones before they were able to solve the given task correctly, the research said. “The test showed that older dogs are less flexible in their way of thinking than younger ones. As in people, older dogs find it more difficult to change old habits or what they have learned,” said Lisa Wallis from the Messerli Research Institute at Vetmeduni in Vienna.Dogs’ logical reasoning improved with age, revealed the study. The older the dog, the better it performed, while younger dogs were unable to master the tasks given, probably because older dogs more stubbornly insist on what they have learned before and are less flexible than younger animals, the researchers said.The tests also revealed that dogs’ long-term memory is not affected by age.last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, Harry Sintonen, researcher at F-Secure, discovered 35-year-old vulnerabilities associated with SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) client, a network protocol, that uses Secure Shell (SSH) for data transfer between hosts on a network. These SCP clients are susceptible to a malicious SCP server, which could perform unauthorized changes to the target directory. In 2000, a directory traversal bug was found in the SCP client in SSH, which got fixed then. Vulnerabilities discovered One of the vulnerabilities associated with SCP clients lets the attackers write arbitrary malicious files to the target directory on the client machine. The attackers can change the permissions on the directory to allow further compromises. Another vulnerability is that the SCP clients are failing to verify how valid is the object returned to it after a download request. The consequences are severe as an attacker who controls the server can easily drop arbitrary files into the directory from which the user runs SCP (similar to a man-in-the-middle attack). The list of major vulnerabilities discovered are: CWE-20: SCP client improper directory name validation [CVE-2018-20685] With the help of empty (“D0777 0 \n”) or dot (“D0777 0 .\n”) directory name, the SCP client permits the server to modify permissions of the target directory. CWE-20: SCP client missing received object name validation [CVE-2019-6111] Since the SCP implementation has been derived from 1983 rcp (1), the server can choose which files/directories are sent to the client. According to the post by Sintonen, “A malicious SCP server can overwrite arbitrary files in the SCP client target directory. If recursive operation (-r) is performed, the server can manipulate subdirectories as well (for example overwrite .ssh/authorized_keys).” This vulnerability is known as CVE-2018-20684 in WinSCP. CWE-451: SCP client spoofing via object name [CVE-2019-6109] The object name can be used to manipulate the client output as there is a missing character encoding in the progress display. For example to employ ANSI codes to hide additionalfiles being transferred. CWE-451: SCP client spoofing via stderr [CVE-2019-6110] A malicious server can manipulate the client output by accepting and displaying arbitrary stderr output from the SCP server. These vulnerabilities affect the SCP client implementations in Red Hat, Debian, and SUSE Linux, OpenSSH version 7.9 and earlier, and few versions of WinSCP. How to overcome these vulnerabilities? For OpenSSH Users can switch to sftp or apply the for hardening scp against server-side manipulation attempts. A note by Sintonen : This patch may cause problems if the the remote and local shells don’t agree on the way glob() pattern matching works. YMMV. For WinSCP One can upgrade to WinSCP 5.14 or later versions. There are no fixes available for PuTTY yet and users are refraining from using PuTTY. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “I strongly discourage anyone from using PuTTY, not for this reason, but for its weird and nonstandard handling of SSH keys.” Users are now more skeptical to deal with the network while downloading their files and transferring them. Most of us highly rely on SSH as we think it is secure and trusted, but should we continue trusting it? Is it advisable to blindly trust and not take preventive measure beforehand? One of the users commented on HackerNews, “We trust a lot of things, and maybe we shouldn’t. I use SCP infrequently and on machines that I control, so that’s a level of risk I’m comfortable with.” Another user commented on the HackerNews thread, “The argument that you trusted this server enough to connect to it and download a file, therefore you clearly should trust it enough to permit it to execute arbitrary executables on your machine, is false in both cases.” Another user advises accessing data in offline mode by shutting down the instance and connecting the storage as secondary storage on another instance. The user further suggests discarding the storage as soon as the work is done. The data can also be downloaded at the hypervisor level. Another comment on HackerNews reads, “You can’t physically access the disk, but you often can download a snapshot or disk image, which is created at the hypervisor level.” To know more about the vulnerabilities, check out the post by Sintonen advisories. Read Next OpenSSH, now a part of the Windows Server 2019 OpenSSH 7.9 released OpenSSH 7.8 released!last_img read more

first_imgOne of the major highlights at the ongoing Microsoft Inspire 2019 at Las Vegas, was the demonstration of Holoportation by Azure Corporate Vice President Julia White. Holoportation is a type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. Microsoft Researchers have been working on this technology for several years by utilizing Mixed Reality (MR) devices with HoloLens, which is a pair of mixed reality smart glasses. Individuals owning these devices will be able to see each other virtually, thus giving the impression that they are in the same room at the same time. Yesterday, on Day 3 of the conference, White demonstrated this technology using Mixed Reality and Azure AI. White wore a HoloLens 2 headset which generated a ‘mini-me’ version of herself, which she could almost hold in her hand. After a little sparkling of green special effects, the miniature version got transformed into a full-size hologram of White. The hologram of White spoke in Japanese, even though the real White doesn’t know the language personally. The hologram White’s voice was the exact replica of the real White’s “unique voice signature”. White said this “mind blowing” technology was made possible by using Mixed Real technology to create her hologram and to render it live. Next, it used Azure speech to text capability in English transcription to get the speech and then used Azure translate to translate her language in Japanese. Finally, the neural text to speech technology was applied to make it sound exactly like White, just speaking in Japanese. This is not the first time that Microsoft has demonstrated its holographic technology. Last year, during the Microsoft Inspire 2018 event, the Microsoft team had remotely collaborated in real-time with a 3D hologram. The demo participants had used advanced hand gestures and voice commands to collectively assess and dissect a 3D hologram of the Rigado Cascade IoT gateway. The Azure text-to-speech allows users to convert their custom voice into natural human-like synthesized speech. Thus, this technology gives the ability to converse with anybody, anywhere in the world in real-time, without any language barrier and in their own voice texture. The audience present expressed their amazement during the demo. The seamless technology has also impressed many Twitterati. With Microsoft showcasing its prowess in the field of virtual and augmented reality, it can be expected that devices like 3D cameras, HoloLens headsets might become the new norm in smartphones, video games, and many other applications. Read Next Microsoft adds Telemetry files in a “security-only update” without prior notice to users Microsoft introduces passwordless feature in its Windows 10 devices, replaces it with Windows Hello face authentication, fingerprints, or a PIN Microsoft will not support Windows registry backup by default, to reduce disk footprint size from Windows 10 onwardslast_img read more

first_imgQueenstown One Day Wellness RetreatBlending yoga, Pilates and nutrition with breathtaking views of Queenstown and mouthwatering cocktails and food, the launch of the weekly Queenstown One Day Wellness Retreat has broken the mould of traditional NZ tourism.After breaking her back two years ago, Physiotherapist Caitlin Reid discovered the power of holistic wellbeing; and became determined to share it with others through events and retreats.Over the past three years, Caitlin heard her tourist clientele constantly telling her they felt awful from eating and drinking to excess while on holiday. She was determined to help Queenstown’s huge visiting population find balance during their visits, leading to the launch of the Queenstown One Day Wellness Retreat on 3 July.“Not everyone wants to go bungy jumping when they visit. So many tourists want to explore Queenstown in an unforgettable, healthy way through an experience they don’t get at home. This is the perfect day for those tourists,” says Caitlin.Starting with an energising yoga/Pilates class for all levels and experiences, guests then enjoy mouth-watering chia puddings before engaging in an interactive nutrition workshop. Next they’ll hop in the Skyline gondola and enjoy the full fresh food buffet while gazing at awe-inspiring views of Queenstown.After the gondola ride down, guests relax with a winter workshop to help them learn tips for staying healthy in winter. After zoning out with a calming stretch class and gentle meditation, guests will put their feet up by the fire with a cocktail and canapés at the Jervois Steakhouse Bar.Blending evidence-based health with inspiring wellbeing and Queenstown’s best food and drink, this new tourist attraction is the ultimate day of bliss. The Queenstown One Day Retreat is available every Sunday, based out of Bodyworks NZ, the brand new studio in the Sofitel.All ages (18+) and levels of experience are welcome. Half and full day retreats available. Queenstown Wellness RetreatSource = Aprivé Wellnesslast_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Sanctuary Retreats share its top five picks for activities to enjoy in the starlight:Star BedSanctuary Retreats’ newest luxury safari lodge, South Africa’s Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, offers guests an unforgettable experience – falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas. The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve making it the perfect retreats for romantics with a sense of adventure at heart. Priced from US$420 per person per night, twin share.Night SafariAt Sanctuary Swala Camp in Tanzania intrepid guests can venture into the Tarangire National Park under cover of darkness. As the sun sets on the savannah, Africa is completely transformed, and those who take a night safari are given the chance to meet some of Africa’s remarkable night crawlers. Search for rarely seen animals such as the bushbaby, African wild cat, or the bat eared fox. With Sanctuary Retreats’ specialised lighting you may even catch the excitement of a lion hunt. Priced from $470 per person per night twin share.Dinner under the starsNot to be outdone by its stunning safari lodges, Sanctuary Retreats’ river cruises also offer guests the chance to dine under the stars in some of the most magical locations. A particular favourite is the Sandbank Dinner experience offered on the Sanctuary Ananda where guests dine under a blanket of stars on the banks of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River. As stars glisten overhead and pagodas shine in the skyline, guests enjoy Burmese delicacies created from a live wok station surrounded by lanterns and traditional parasols. Priced from A$1407 per person for 3 nights.Star bathAfter a day spent on a Botswana safari in the wetlands, what better way to soak those aching muscles than in Sanctuary Baines’ Camp’s opulent star bath? Hidden on your own private viewing deck, this indulgence is not to be missed as you relax and unwind from the day’s events surrounded by twinkling lanterns and shining stars.Priced from US$529 per person per night for a minimum 2-night stay.Cosmic safariWhile many come to Africa for the dramatic landscapes and plentiful wildlife, what they don’t expect is the dazzling night’s sky. With hardly any light pollution in such remote locations, guests with Sanctuary Retreats are treated to the ultimate stargazing experiences – and one of the best is on offer at Tanzania’s Sanctuary Kusini Lodge. Sit atop the kopje (small hill) above the Camp as the camp manager takes you on a spectacular cosmic safari, unveiling the mysteries and beauty of the universe. Priced from US$450.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more