Quotes reaction to Freeland foreign policy speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Some quotes from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s foreign policy speech Tuesday and reaction to it:“To put it plainly: Canadian diplomacy and development sometimes require the backing of hard power. Force is of course always a last resort. But the principled use of force, together with our allies and governed by international law, is part of our history and must be part of our future.” Freeland.___“Whatever their politics, Canadians understand that, as a middle power living next to the world’s only super power, Canada has a huge interest in an international order based on rules. One in which might is not always right. One in which more powerful countries are constrained in their treatment of smaller ones by standards that are internationally respected, enforced and upheld.” Freeland.___“In short, Canadian liberalism is a precious idea. It would not long survive in a world dominated by the clash of great powers and their vassals, struggling for supremacy or, at best, an uneasy detente. Canada can work for better. We must work for better.” Freeland.___“We will make the necessary investments in our military, to not only redress years of neglect and underfunding, but also to place the Canadian Armed Forces on a new footing — with the equipment, training, resources and consistent, predictable financing they need to do their difficult, dangerous and important work.” Freeland.___“What we’re seeing from this government actually is a de-emphasis of principles and an emphasis of what they perceive to be national self-interest.” Conservative MP Garnett Genuis.___“The accent on hard power is interesting. The Liberals have traditionally been soft power champions and she is saying that Canada needs both.” Fen Hampson, head of the global security program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont..last_img read more

Dog deaths in North Vancouver may be tied to suspected mushroom poisoning

first_imgNORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dog owners in North Vancouver are being advised to keep their pets on a short leash if they are walking in Cates Park along the shores of Burrard Inlet.RCMP Sgt. Doug Trousdell says at least two dogs are confirmed to have died after eating what is suspected to have been some type of poisonous mushroom.Trousdell says police have received reports in the last month about several dogs becoming ill after visiting the park, and a third dog may also have died, although that is still being confirmed.He says the BC SPCA and District of North Vancouver parks department are also investigating.Signs have been posted advising owners to keep their dogs leashed, even in off-leash areas, until further notice.Police have taken samples of mushrooms from the park and are waiting for test results, but Trousdell says the fungus is likely to have caused the dog deaths.“We are obviously alive to the possibility it could be something else but we don’t have any reason at this point … to suggest it is a deliberate act,” he said in a phone interview.If it turns out to be deliberate, Trousdell said police will become more involved. But if naturally occurring mushrooms are determined to have been the cause, the matter will be handed over to the SPCA and District of North Vancouver.last_img read more

UN mission must continue control over Kosovo Serbia tells Security Council

11 March 2008The situation on the ground in Kosovo has deteriorated since its Provisional Institutions of Self-Government declared independence last month, Serbia’s Foreign Minister told the Security Council today, calling for Belgrade and Pristina to meet again to try to work out a different resolution to their dispute over Kosovo’s status. Vuk Jeremic told a Council meeting that the “unilateral, illegal and illegitimate declaration of independence” had brought dangerous consequences to both the region and to global affairs, including “a direct assault on the innate operating logic of the international system.” He said “those 20-something countries that furthered the secessionist cause of the Kosovo Albanians [by recognizing the declaration of independence] have contributed to making the international system more unstable, more insecure, and more unpredictable” as they were legitimizing the doctrine of imposing solutions to ethnic conflicts. “It supplies any ethnic or religious group with a grievance against its capital with a play book on how to achieve their ends.” Stressing that Serbia would never recognize Kosovo’s unilateral secession, Mr. Jeremic called for the 1999 Security Council resolution that placed Kosovo under UN administration to be observed in full. “This is the only way to prevent a further deterioration of the situation on the ground. There must be no erosion” of the mandates of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), he said, adding that no further transfers of competencies from UNMIK to another body be allowed to take place. Serbia’s representative said his country was “committed to open dialogue and good-faith negotiation with all,” including on issues such as the Kosovo Serb population and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo. “Every day that goes by without working towards some sort of agreement creates unsustainable hopes, irrational fears, and dangerous, uncoordinated outcomes on the ground.” He said Serbia would not impose an embargo on Kosovo or resort to force and he apologized for the damage to foreign embassies caused by protesters in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on 21 February. “It is in our vital interest that all of Kosovo’s communities prosper – and prosper together in peace, security and reconciliation as neighbours in a progressive society of hope and forgiveness.” After Mr. Jeremic’s briefing, Council members then went into consultations on the issue.Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s status, which had been the subject of months of negotiations led by the troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States. That group was set up after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo. read more

IAEA board calls for DPR of Korea to comply with safeguards readmit

Unless the DPRK “cooperates, and cooperates fully,” Pyongyang’s continued non-compliance will have to be referred to the UN Security Council, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told a press conference after an emergency meeting of the 35-nation governing board.”I hope the DPRK will seize this opportunity to come into compliance,” said IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei. “I hope [it] will understand that compliance, and not defiance, is the way towards a solution to this issue.”The Agency’s resolution deplores the “unilateral acts” by the DPRK to “impede the functioning of containment and surveillance equipment at its nuclear facilities and the nuclear material contained therein, including the expulsion of IAEA inspectors, which renders the Agency unable to verify, pursuant to its safeguards agreement with the DPRK, that there has been no diversion of nuclear material in the DPRK.”The resolution said the board “considers that the DPRK’s actions are of great non-proliferation concern and make the Agency unable at present to verify that all nuclear material in the DPRK is declared and submitted to Agency safeguards.”The text calls for Pyongyang to allow the IAEA’s inspectors to return, restore surveillance measures at its nuclear facilities, cooperate with the Agency to clarify the DPRK’s reported uranium enrichment programme, and continue a dialogue with the Agency.In his opening statement to the board’s meeting, Mr. ElBaradei said that the current situation with the DPRK was an unsustainable one and set a dangerous precedent, “namely that non-compliance with non-proliferation obligations can be tolerated.””If we aim to maintain and preserve the integrity of the non-proliferation regime then it must be incumbent on all parties to that regime to fully meet their respective obligations, and all cases of non-compliance must be consistently addressed in a uniform fashion – namely zero tolerance,” he stressed.In other news, a UN spokesperson in New York confirmed that Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent an envoy to the DPRK to assess the humanitarian situation there.Maurice Strong, a Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, will travel first to Beijing and then Pyongyang, Hua Jiang told reporters. Asked if he would also be discussing the current nuclear situation with DPRK officials, the spokesperson said that Mr. Strong would be willing to listen to whatever they bring up during his meetings there. read more

UN aid agencies forced to limit work during renewed fighting in Côte

The bombing around the rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled towns of Bouaké and Korhogo has forced the agencies to restrict staff movements, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. Five agency vehicles were “confiscated” by armed groups and a sixth was destroyed.Continued hostilities could prevent farmers from going to their fields, affecting the harvesting of food, as well as the biggest revenue earner in the south and west, cocoa, he said.Ceasefire agreements have been signed – the latest having been the Accra III Agreement -each aimed at ending the civil strife which has killed thousands and uprooted more than a million people. A zone policed by UN peacekeepers and French Licorne forces divides the West African country in two.In the north, electricity had been cut off to Forces Nouvelles areas, creating a shortage of clean water, since the water pumps run on electricity, and impeding health care.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has been protecting former child soldiers who have been living at a demobilization site, Mr. Eckhard said.The two-year-old crisis began with a failed coup against President Laurent Gbagbo. Rebel groups said his election in 2000 was not legitimate because opposition leader Alassane Ouattara had been barred from taking part. Mr. Ouattara’s nationality had been questioned, but the justice system has since ruled in his favour.Since the start of the confrontation an estimated 70 per cent of the health services workers in the rebel-held north have left their posts, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said yesterday. Back in May there was only one doctor for around 200,000 people in one of the most affected areas.UNICEF has estimated that with the lack of teachers, or the displacement and impoverishment of families, around 700,000 children have been out of school in the past two years. read more

Harvey Proctor could be left bankrupt by Scotland Yard in legal battle over

Despite receiving an apology from Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time, Scotland Yard has refused to settle… He spent a year under a cloud of suspicion and has suffered severe psychological and emotional damage as a result of the trauma. Scotland Yard are threatening to bankrupt Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP after he launched a civil claim to recover some of the money he lost when he was wrongly accused of child abuse and murder. Mr Proctor, 72, lost his job, as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland, along with the home that went with the role, when fantasist and paedophile Carl Beech falsely claimed he had been a member of a VIP paedophile ring. read more

Goldcorps first gold production at Cerro Negro first ore to process plant

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 15 prefeasibility studies, nine feasibility studies, 23 projects in development, seven new mines that have gone into production, three existing mines that are expanding, seven merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 29 gold projects, 11 silver, 10 copper projects, eight coal, five nickel, and iron ore projects, four zinc projects, three lead projects, two tungsten projects, and one project each on magnesium, PGM, cobalt, tin, molybdenum, potash, graphite, diamonds, lithium, tantalum, tungsten, rare earths, pyrite, and vanadium. Contact emma@im-mining.com for a trial copy.Goldcorp has achieved first gold production at Cerro Negro, a high-grade gold mine located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. “We are very pleased to have first production on schedule and within our current capital cost guidance range from this world class mine,” said Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp President and CEO.“Very importantly, this achievement was reached safely, with Cerro Negro in the midst of a run of over 4.1 million man hours without a lost time accident. This milestone signals not only the start of Cerro Negro’s mine life, but also a period of sustained growth for Goldcorp. The team at Cerro Negro has done an outstanding job amid occasionally challenging circumstances and I congratulate them for this outstanding effort. We look forward to strong contributions from Cerro Negro to Goldcorp’s overall performance for many years to come.”Whilst KGHM has started feeding ore into the process plant in its Sierra Gorda mine in Chile. It is one of the largest and fastest-developed mining projects in the world. The mine’s opening ceremony is planned this autumn, in the presence of Polish, Chilean and Japanese authorities. The key infrastructure elements for production of copper concentrates have been successfully completed and commissioned: the pre-stripping process at the mine pit was completed in April 2014, with a total of 192 Mt of material removed; at the plant site the key processes such as crushing, grinding and flotation plants were successfully launched; in addition, the 143 km seawater pipeline is operational, providing seawater to the 750,000 m3 seawater pond.Primero Mining has announced it has approved the second phase expansion of its San Dimas gold-silver mine in Mexico. The company previously elected a staged approach to the full expansion and after successfully completing the first phase of the expansion has now approved the required capital to expand the San Dimas mine and mill to 3,000 t/d or approximately 210,000 to 220,000 gold equivalent oz/y. Construction of the mill expansion is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2015, with an estimated completion during the second quarter of 2016.Adani Mining has been given federal approval to develop an open-pit and underground coal mine and 189 km rail link some 160 km northwest of Clermont in central Queensland. The mine will produce up to 60 Mt/y of thermal coal from six open pits and five multi-seam underground mines and have a mine life of 60 years. All coal will be railed via a privately owned rail line connecting to the existing Aurizon rail infrastructure near Moranbah, and shipped through coal terminal facilities at the Port of Abbot Point and/or the Port of Hay Point (Dudgeon Point expansion). Export coal from this project will predominantly service the Indian market.Golden Predator Mining has announced that Tetra Tech EBA of Vancouver, Canada has been retained to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on its 100% owned Brewery Creek project.  The PEA is being conducted to demonstrate the potential viability of the mineral resources at Brewery Creek and is based on ongoing metallurgical, engineering and environmental studies. The PEA will examine a scenario of open pit mining from a number of shallow oxide deposits. The mined material would be crushed to provide enhanced gold recoveries versus the run of mine recoveries experienced during the former operation.  Results of metallurgical testing showed recoveries ranging from 77.9% to 82.9% after crushing to 80% passing 9.5 mm.   Crushed material would be stacked on the unbuilt but permitted 3 cell expansion for the heap leach pad that remains from the original operation.  Reprocessing a portion of the old heap leach pile by crushing the former run of mine material for additional gold recoveries as indicated by metallurgical testing is anticipated to be included in this assessment.last_img read more

Facebook gave Netflix Spotify others heaps of user data report says

first_imgCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. 1 Share your voice 2:58 “Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone’s private messages. We’re not the type to slide into your DMs,” it wrote early Wednesday.Spotify didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Originally published at 7:00 p.m. PT. Updated continuously with company statements. Zuckerberg defends actions after New York Times investigation Internet Tech Industry Comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone’s private messages. We’re not the type to slide into your DMs.— Netflix US (@netflix) December 19, 2018 The nine types of Facebook ads that Russian trolls paid for Privacy Facebook Facebook gave some of the tech industry’s biggest companies greater access to users’ personal data than the social-networking company previously disclosed, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Special arrangements detailed in internal Facebook documents gave Microsoft’s Bing search engine access to the names of all Facebook users’ friends without consent and allowed Netflix and Spotify to read Facebook users’ private messages, the Times reported. Other arrangements allowed Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, the Times reported, despite Facebook’s statements that it had ended that type of data sharing. Facebook has been under scrutiny since the revelation in March that consultancy Cambridge Analytica had misused Facebook user data in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. Since then, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress and the European Parliament to answer questions about Facebook’s handling of user data. The company has also been in the hot seat for not doing enough to prevent abuse by Russian trolls who posted misinformation and divisive content on the platform. The Russian activity was part of a coordinated campaign to interfere with the US presidential election by sowing discord among voters. Facebook acknowledged in July it entered into data-sharing agreements with dozens of tech companies, admitting it continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers even after it said it had discontinued the practice in May 2015. The data-sharing agreements were intended to integrate the “Facebook experience” with mobile devices, something a Facebook representative at the time called a “standard industry practice.” Facebook’s dealsThe Times reported Tuesday that the records show Facebook had arrangements with more than 150 companies — mostly in the tech industry but also in the automotive and media industries — to provide access to the data of hundreds of millions of people each month. The deals were all active in 2017, and some were still in effect this year, the Times reported. Facebook denied allowing its partners to ignore people’s privacy settings and said “it’s wrong to suggest that they do.” “Over the years, we’ve partnered with other companies so people can use Facebook on devices and platforms that we don’t support ourselves,” Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, said in a statement. “Unlike a game, streaming music service, or other third-party app, which offer experiences that are independent of Facebook, these partners can only offer specific Facebook features and are unable to use information for independent purposes.” The documents reviewed by the Times raise questions of whether Facebook’s data-sharing agreements ran afoul of a consent decree issued by the Federal Trade Commission intended to monitor how Facebook tracks and shares data about its users. The consent decree was borne out of a 2011 FTC complaint that accused Facebook of breaking its promise to keep its users’ data private. Facebook had assured users that third-party applications only had access to data required for them to function. But in fact, applications had access to almost all of a user’s personal information. Under the settlement, Facebook agreed to get consent from users before sharing their data with third parties. It also required Facebook to establish a “comprehensive privacy program” and to have a third-party conduct audits every two years for the next 20 years to certify its program is effective. Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix respondOther companies mentioned in the Times’ report denied using their partnership with Facebook to violate users’ privacy. Amazon said its partnership with Facebook didn’t violate its own privacy policy. “Amazon uses APIs provided by Facebook in order to enable Facebook experiences for our products,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement. “For example, giving customers the option to sync Facebook contacts on an Amazon Tablet. We use information only in accordance with our privacy policy.” Microsoft said it took steps to ensure that Facebook data wasn’t used to create profiles for advertising or personalization purposes. “Throughout our engagement with Facebook, we respected all user preferences,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement. Netflix said that while it tried to use Facebook to boost its usability among customers, it never read users’ private messages on the social media site. “Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so.” It echoed this sentiment in a response to the Times on Twitter. 9 Photos Tagslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Oct 26 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Lawmakers juggle ideas on alternatives to Walker’s PFD cutAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFew citizens love the fact that Governor Bill Walker vetoed half the money for Permanent Fund dividends this year – including Walker. Walker said the PFD cut is necessary as part of a comprehensive fiscal plan he’d like the Legislature to adopt.  Two senators would like to reverse the cut through different methods – a lawsuit and a new piece of legislation.Whittier Tunnel closed after rocks fall, repairs underwayJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFallen rocks in the Whittier Tunnel caused the Alaska Department of Transportation to temporarily close the thoroughfare, cutting off road and rail links to the community.US Senate candidates debate Arctic issues in BarrowLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSen. Lisa Murkowski and three challengers debated Wednesday in Barrow in what is said to be the first U.S. Senate debate to take place above the Arctic Circle.A week after return to duty, Fairbanks police Chief back on leaveDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks city police Chief Randall Aragon is on administrative leave again. A week after outgoing Mayor John Eberhart returned Aragon to duty, newly sworn in Mayor Jim Matherly reversed the order Tuesday and put the chief back on paid leave.State’s anti-discrimination agency under scrutinyLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauChugiak resident John Suter had an extraordinary discrimination case with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. It took the agency five years to investigate his case. ASCHR is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Amid complaints to the governor’s office and a new director with no legal experience, the commission is trying to move forward.Defense Secretary halts Pentagon recall of bonuses from California National Guard service membersZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSecretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement Wednesday halting the Pentagon’s collection of bonuses wrongfully paid to national guard members.Kenai Borough Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of invocation policy resolutionDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has voted to override Mayor Mike Navarre’s veto of the Assembly’s new invocation policy resolution.722 days after vote, Alaska’s first pot shop opens Saturday Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s first marijuana retailer is opening on Saturday. At least, that’s the plan.Young Clinton fan ‘totes’ her supportZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs election day approaches, we’re checking in with voters around the state — asking what matters most to them and who they’re supporting. Tonight, we hear from 19-year-old Darrian Traw, a college student in Anchorage who literally wears her politics.last_img read more

Arya Stark spinoff Game of Thrones boss revealed shocking details

first_imgGame of Thrones 8 episode 3TwitterAfter the end of Game of Thrones, fans were desperately pleading to get Arya Stark spin-off but HBO has finally decided to go against the fans’ wishes.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 “The Iron Throne” featured a happy ending for all the Stark kids — except Jon Snow, who had to spend rest of his life with the Wildings in the North. In the last scenes, we saw Arya Stark heading to the West of Westeros to explore new cultures or civilizations.Following which, fans were hoping to see a spin-off featuring the adventures of Arya Stark in the West. But HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys has recently shut down all the talks about ever getting an Arya Stark spin-off.When it was asked by The Hollywood Reporter to talk about Arya Stark spin-off, Casey Bloys stated that they want Game of Thrones to stay what it is and do not wish to take one character out of the equation and put it somewhere else to create something else.Casey then talked about the massive world which George RR Martin created and added that a sequel to Game of Thrones or a possible spin-off of any of the characters does not make any sense.”I want to let it be the artistic piece they’ve got. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not trying to do the same show over. George has a massive, massive world; there are so many ways in,” Casey Bloys added. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)That a being said, fans of Game of Thrones should not get sad because even though the stories of Arya Stark, Bran Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow are far from over, they will still get to see Westeros in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel which features Naomi Watts in the lead role.Casey Bloys talked about the Game of Thrones prequel and revealed that they are planning to start filming the pilot episode in June and it will take some time to get aired on the television screen.”My expectation is that it will be great and we’ll move forward and it’ll move along on a regular TV timetable,” he further added.Although, Arya Stark spin-off is now off the table it would have seriously been amazing to see an adult Arya Stark coming back to Westeros with several stories and adventures up on her sleeves.last_img read more

ASALH Celebrates 88th Annual Black History Month Luncheon

first_imgThe Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) celebrated its 88th annual Black History Luncheon Feb. 22 at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Civil Rights in America,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This year’s luncheon brought out over 1,000 local and out-of-state guests including students, educators, and civic and religious leaders.Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded ASALH in 1915 in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of African Americans. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, which later became a month-long celebration of Black history.University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman A. Hrabowski III was the luncheon keynote speaker and an honoree. Hrabowski was recently named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Also on his extensive resume, Hrabowski was a child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, co-founder of the Meyerhof Scholars program, an author, and holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions.Ten Living Legacy honorees were recognized for significant contributions to African-American history through public or private institutions. The awardees are: Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, first female president of Prince George’s Community College; Hon. Patsy Jo Hilliard, educator, first African-American mayor of East Point, Ga.; Bell Hooks, social activist, feminist, author; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, educator, author, philanthropist; Velma Lois Jones, educator, civil rights activist; Wyman O. Jones Sr., educator; Joyce Ladner, educator; Dr. LaSalle D. Leffal Jr., medical educator, civic leader; Reginald L. Weaver, educational advocate, speaker; and Raymond A. Winbush, community and academic leader. The Council Award for Special Recognition was bestowed upon Professor David C. Driskell, an artist and a scholar.”You don’t try to get one of these awards; you just do your work,” said Raymond A. Winbush, a Living Legacy awardee. “I was shocked because I consider this the highest honor I have ever gotten.”Hon. Patsy Jo Hilliard said she was excited and honored to be a Living Legacy awardee. “The thing is it’s what you do, not so much being first that matters … especially, if you have love for your people and you want to see them grow in their environment.” Hilliard also noted that the battle for civil rights is still going on and “we have to keep on fighting.”Guests also were able to talk with 45 authors during a book-signing event. The mistress of the ceremonies for the event was A’lelia Bundles.last_img read more

Steven Moffat Promises Some Real Belters For Whovians

first_img Wibbly-wobbly writer and producer Steven Moffat gave fans a lot to chew on in Saturday’s episode, “Extremis.”Now, with only seven chapters left in his Doctor Who story, the retiring showrunner talks childhood influences, future plans, and why the Doctor will never meet Sherlock Holmes.A lifelong fan of the BBC program, Moffat took over for Russell T. Davies in 2009, introducing Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor. Six seasons of complex plot arcs and shock-and-awe reveals later; he is satisfied with his run.“I’ve been in this job so long, I’ve done everything I can think of. Twice, probably,” Moffat told Paul Verhoeven in an episode of The Doctor Is In.Growing up on Star Trek and Star Wars and other sci-fi classics, the Scotsman credits Doctor Who as one of his greatest creative influences.“Even when I was too frightened to watch it, I was fascinated by it,” he said of the long-running drama.The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and UK low fantasy novel Tom’s Midnight Garden—”I’ve been ripping [that] off consistently for decades now”—also helped shape a young Moffat, who claims it was magic, not science fiction, that especially entranced him as a kid.Barely two when William Hartnell’s First Doctor debuted on BBC in 1963, Moffat’s first solo Doctor Who work—a short story called “Continuity Errors”—was published in 1996. Three years later, he scripted the parody Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day charity telethon.In 2004, he was tapped to write for the revival of the classic program, penning award-winning scripts “The Empty Child,” “The Doctor Dances,” “The Girl in the Fireplace,” and, of course, “Blink.”So fully ensconced in the Whoniverse, Moffat must know how old the show’s titular character actually is (at last count, he’s in his 2,000s).“I believe it is impossible for the Doctor who know what age he really is,” the exec producer told Verhoeven. “You and I, we can check the calendar. The Doctor can’t know that. He’s been living in a time machine; the calendar tells him nothing.”That doesn’t stop the Time Lord for bragging about how good he looks for his age. But, as Moffat pointed out, is he talking about Gallifreyan years or Earth years? (A good point, though there is no clear indication of the conversion rate.)“I think he makes up an age that sounds cool,” Moffat said, adding that “you can never really take entirely seriously anything the Doctor says; I don’t think he’s really in the business of telling the truth about anything.”A trait many have noticed in Moffat’s other famous entity, Sherlock.Just don’t expect the two personalities to meet any time soon: Beyond the complicated logistics of a crossover event, it’s just not plausible for the Doctor and Sherlock to cross paths.“I think Doctor Who would roll all over the other shows and their sense of reality,” Moffat explained. “Beyond the great moment where they walk toward each other, what do you have?”A lot of headstrong characters and confusing introductions, that’s what.“You don’t need two intolerant geniuses running around a place,” he said, adding the disappointing truth that “the idea of those crossovers would always be much more exciting than the reality.”Soon free of both massive franchises, Moffat plans to attend the 2018 San Diego Comic Con, then “bugger off on holiday for a while,” said the man who hasn’t had a weekend off since 2009.In January 2016, Moffat announced his retirement from the BBC series; in February he confirmed plans to also give up his writing gig, allowing incoming chief Chris Chibnall space to breathe.“What I’ll take away,” he told Verhoeven, “are a lot of very good friends and some absolutely amazing memories. And the shows we made.“I’ll be happy about that for the rest of my life.” HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

5 Things You Need to Know About the New and Scary Wave

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 20, 2017 In the wake of the Equifax breach and the global WannaCry ransomware outbreak earlier this year, tensions around cybersecurity are at an all-time high. Companies are feeling more pressure to invest in new policies and products that can keep their sensitive data safe.Yet even as they increase their security budgets, many organizations harbor real concerns as to whether any existing technology can help them keep up with the rapidly evolving nature of today’s threats.Related: Got Effective Cybersecurity Practices? Be Aware: The FTC Is Watching You.In particular, they’re worried about the steadily growing number of attacks designed to gain access to their systems and silently infect them silently, without ever downloading malicious programs or leaving behind any obvious trace.These attacks can go by several names. “Fileless attacks” is a common one, but “non-malware attacks and” “living-off-the-land attacks” are also used. The bottom line is these malicious actions are specifically designed to evade detection, primarily by using a victim company’s trusted software and system tools against it.  As a result, these attacks are quickly becoming the number-one threat keeping IT and security professionals up at night.To clarify what actually constitutes a fileless attack and explain how it can work, here are five things every business leader should know:1. Fileless attacks exploit a fundamental gap in traditional endpoint security.Traditionally, cyber attacks involving malware have revolved around attackers gaining access to a victim’s computer (typically by either exploiting a software vulnerability or tricking the victim into downloading something he or she shouldn’t), and then installing an executable file (the “payload”) that does the damage.The problem with this approach from an attacker’s perspective is that antivirus solutions are built to scan and block any suspicious files that land on the computer. By not installing malicious files, however, attackers can simply bypass these solutions. All they need to do is hijack otherwise legitimate system tools and trusted applications to do their dirty work for them.Related: Phishing In All Its Forms Is a Menace to Small Businesses2. There are a variety of fileless techniques attackers can use.At a high level, attacks can be broken down into two primary stages:  the initial compromise that gives attackers access to a target system, and the post-exploitation activities they conduct once those attackers are there. Attackers can utilize fileless techniques during one or both of these stages to accomplish their goals even as they evade traditional and even next-generation, machine-learning-powered antivirus software. To gain initial access, attackers will often utilize exploits designed to take advantage of flaws in the software the victim is already running. The Equifax breach is a recent example. Attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the company’s unpatched version of Apache Struts and use it to execute malicious commands.Exploiting vulnerable applications and injecting code into normal system processes are both popular fileless techniques for gaining access and execution on machines without getting noticed.Once the initial compromise is complete, attackers can continue avoiding detection by abusing powerful system administration tools like PowerShell, PsExec and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). Because these tools have legitimate use cases, they allow attackers to hide in plain sight while they escalate privileges, move laterally throughout the network and achieve persistence by making changes to the registry.3. A fileless attack can involve files.Before going any further, we should dispel one of the most common misunderstandings surrounding fileless attacks — they often do involve files, especially in the initial compromise stage of the attack. The primary difference is that these files aren’t malicious executables, but instead files like Microsoft Office documents.The challenge from a traditional endpoint security perspective is that there is nothing inherently malicious about these files on their own, so scanning them won’t necessarily raise any red flags. That makes them the perfect vehicles to kick off an attack.For example, an attack may begin with an employee being tricked into opening a Word document received in a phishing email; the employee thus inadvertently activates a macro or script embedded inside.That macro or script then launhes PowerShell, a legitimate framework built into Windows for automating system-administration tasks. From there, the attacker uses PowerShell to execute malicious code directly in memory, making the attack from this point forward truly fileless.Because the individual components of the attack aren’t malicious, security solutions need to be able to observe how they are behaving together, and recognize when a chain of behaviors from otherwise legitimate programs constitutes an attack.4. Fileless attacks are on the rise.In truth, many of the techniques that fileless attacks utilize have been around for some time. In-memory exploits, for example, date back to the prolific Code Red and SQL Slammer worms of the early 2000s. But the creation and widespread distribution of easy-to-use attack tools and exploit kits has made them far more prevalent. In particular, penetration-testing frameworks like Metasploit and PowerSploit are being abused since they provide ready-made fileless exploits that can be added to any attack.As a result, these techniques aren’t limited to sophisticated hackers and nation-state espionage groups anymore. They’re readily available for the average cyber criminal to use, and the number of fileless attacks on companies has risen dramatically. Once considered fringe cases, according to the SANS 2017 Threat Landscape survey, fileless attacks have been reported by nearly a third of the organizations polled.5. Fileless attacks can be stopped.While fileless techniques can be extremely difficult to detect, there are things you can do to protect your business and reduce your risk. A good first step is to disable admin tools that your organization isn’t actively utilizing, or, at the least, restrict their permissions and functionality. Because so many fileless techniques rely on it, PowerShell should be at the top of your list to consider limiting or disabling altogether.Likewise, disabling Office macros can take away one of the most common launching points for fileless attacks. Operating systems and applications should be patched as religiously as possible, and when patching isn’t feasible, those systems should be isolated to prevent potential attacks from spreading.Related: 4 Vital Cyber Security Measures Every Safety-Conscious Entrepreneur Needs to TakeWith no files to scan, detecting and blocking fileless attacks ultimately comes down to your IT department’s ability to identify malicious activity and behaviors on the end point — ideally before any damage is done. There are new end-point solutions that can accomplish that task and stop fileless attacks in real time and before they are able to compromise the device. IT and security leaders should investigate their options to determine the right solution for keeping their organizations safe. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Python steering council election results are out for January 2019

first_imgLast year, the steering council model was elected for Python governance. Now the results for the steering council election, January 2019 are out in PEP 8100. First some background about the steering council model: “Authored by Nathaniel J. Smith, and Donald Stufft, this proposal involves a model for Python governance based on a steering council. The council has vast authority, which they intend to use as rarely as possible, instead, they plan to use this power to establish standard processes. The steering council committee consists of five people. A general philosophy is followed—it’s better to split up large changes into a series of small changes to be reviewed independently. As opposed to trying to do everything in one PEP, the focus is on providing a minimal and solid foundation for future governance decisions. This PEP was accepted on December 17, 2018.” The goals of the model are to be: Boring, stick to the basics and not experiment Simplistic enough for a minimum viable product Comprehensive to avoid confusion Flexible and light-weight Of the 96 eligible voters, only 69 had cast ballots. The nomination period for the election was from January 7, 2019 to January 20, 2019. The voting period was from January 21, 2019 to February 4, 2019. The results are in and the top five candidates are: Barry Warsaw Brett Cannon Carol Willing Guido van Rossum Nick Coghlan Now, these five individuals are a part of the steering council for Python governance. The council will make decisions on PEPs. They will also work on maintaining the stability, quality of the Python language and interpreter. Read next Python governance vote results are here: The steering council model is the winner NYU and AWS introduce Deep Graph Library (DGL), a python package to build neural network graphs Introducing RustPython, a Python 3 interpreter written in Rustlast_img read more

Can Millennials Make a Homeownership Comeback

first_imgCan Millennials Make a Homeownership Comeback? Share Fannie Mae Homeownership Millennials 2016-08-10 Seth Welborn August 10, 2016 676 Views center_img One of the most nagging issues in the housing industry since the recession has been the dearth of young homeowners. And the news is staying bad for now.According to Fannie Mae, the national homeownership rate of households headed by 25- to 34-year-olds has fallen by about 10 percentage points, to 37 percent, since the peak of the housing bubble in 2006. This drop-off in younger buyers leads a generally down homeownership rate overall. In fact, Fannie Mae reported Wednesday, national homeownership rates have hit multi-decade lows, with a decline of roughly 4 points over the same time period.The young-adult homeownership decline has also been linked with several housing market shifts, including low shares of first-time home buyers and suppressed starter home construction, that have contributed to housing’s glacial recovery. The trouble is, where housing has recovered, younger buyers face a major obstacle in how much homes cost.“Greater young-adult homeownership demand could signal growing needs for starter homes, affordable home purchase mortgage products, education and counseling efforts targeted at inexperienced homeowners, and other services and technologies suitable for youthful home buyers,” said Patrick Simmons, director of Fannie Mae’s Strategic Planning Economic & Strategic Research Group. “However, tight supply and rapid price gains in the lower tiers of the home sales market are increasingly hampering first-time home buyer affordability, and endangering the budding recovery in young-adult homebuying demand.”Simmons added that “mounting affordability challenges at a time when the young-adult homeownership rebound is just beginning highlight the importance of continued industry efforts to provide housing and mortgage products that meet the needs of the growing number of potential young home buyers.”Encouragingly, Fannie Mae reported, the homeownership attainment gaps millennials face “are not immutable.” millennials can catch up with prior generations as economic and housing market conditions improve, and indeed young adult homeownership attainment accelerated between 2012 and 2014. This is “particularly notable, given that several factors weighed against a homeownership rebound during the early housing recovery,” such as tight job markets and credit restrictions, the report stated.But while jobs are picking up and credit is loosening, millennials still face a daunting task in buying homes; and the housing economy needs millennials to be able to afford homes, the report stated. in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Marketlast_img read more


first_img 13 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Quite simply, wrote Sando, much depends on how Wilks maps out a winning culture and winning gameplans around Rosen.That, and the internal development of the Cardinals’ recent draft picks, will go a long way in building depth and filling in roster holes. Top Stories Related LinksPFF: Arizona Cardinals’ projected O-line near bottom of NFLNBC’s Florio: ‘Expect nothing’ from Cardinals QB Sam BradfordCardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen blew Patrick Peterson’s mind in mini-campTo rank and score every team, the panelists take into account the Cardinals’ roster (30 percent), coaching staff (20 percent), quarterback situation (20 percent), draft (15 percent) and front office (15 percent). The final score represents the average results from ESPN’s Louis Riddick, Mike Sando and Field Yates.Because the roster accounts for the biggest chunk of the pie, the talent holes on the Cardinals stick out the most, according to Yates. The areas to watch on the roster include defensive line, wide receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald and offensive line. There’s a lot of new in Arizona, as the Cardinals are the only team with a new coach who is expected to roll out a new starting quarterback this season.Of course, Wilks’ lack of experience leading an NFL team dings Arizona again.So do the red flags surrounding the long-term health of Bradford, leaving the team’s dependence on Rosen’s development as a key for success in the near future, wrote Riddick, a former NFL safety who later worked in the front office for Washington and Philadelphia.It’s a two-part issue with the Cardinals that could derail everything going forward. First, their ability to draft and develop starters, including overall depth of the quality that will contend for division and conference titles. Second, and more specifically, did they select their QB of the future in Rosen, both in terms of the right profile for their program, and do they have the right coaches in place to develop him? I am very skeptical about part one, but I do believe in Rosen as a prospect. We will see.What’s to bump the Cardinals up in next year’s future power rankings?center_img The unknowns for the Arizona Cardinals give experts pause.Before a minute of preseason action under first-year head coach Steve Wilks and with a newcomer at quarterback — whether it’s veteran Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen — there’s nothing more to evaluate than what’s on paper.What’s on paper elicits even more questions.That’s why Arizona ranked 26th in the NFL in ESPN’s annual future power rankings, which uses a panel of three experts to determine which teams are best positioned for the next three seasons. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals introduce their first-round NFL football draft pick Josh Rosen, left, as he stands next to head coach Steve Wilks, right, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)last_img read more

Bars restaurants fined for employing staff illegally

first_imgFines over €36,000 for undeclared employment were given on Friday night during police raids on establishments in Larnaca.In total, 12 reports have been made for illegal employment following checks in two bar-restaurants, a tavern and a fast-food restaurant.The biggest fine, €28,000, was issued for one of the bar-restaurants where eight of the 13 people working there were found to be undeclared.The other bar-restaurant was also fined €7,000 for failing to inform authorities of the employment of two persons working there.Officials also issued a €1,200 fine for the fast food restaurant management as both its employees were undeclared.The raids will continue, police said, as part of a clampdown on illegal employment.According to the law, employers are subject to €500 fines for every undeclared employee, going back six months.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus sees fourth heaviest rainy season since 1901

first_imgThe rainy season 2018-2019 is the fourth heaviest since 1901, with reservoirs expected to continue to fill until the end of April even without additional rainfall.According to met office statistics, a total of 481.5mm of rainfall was recorded in the period October-January, with the highest figure of 197.3mm of rainfall recorded in January.This figure greatly surpasses the rainfall levels recorded in 2017-18, which saw a total of 275.1mm of rain.Record rain seasons since 1901 were those of 1968-69 (614.4mm of rainfall), 1929-30 (492.4mm), and 1911-12 (483.7mm).By Monday, a total of 111.3mm of rainfall was recorded in the month of February, raising total rainfall since October 1 to 592.8mm, suggesting that this rainy season could rise to the second heaviest since 1901.The heaviest rainfall since the beginning of February was recorded in Xylotymbou, which saw 162.6mm, corresponding to 306 per cent of regular rainfall levels for the area.Xylotymbou is followed by Kornos, which saw 155.33 of rainfall (213 per cent of regular levels), and Platania, where a total of 140mm of rainfall was recorded (95 per cent of regular levels).The water development department announced that reservoir water inflow levels are steadily rising. By Monday, reservoirs island-wide held a total of over 45.2 million cubic metres, and were at an average capacity of 72.2 per cent.During the current rainy season, a total of 12 reservoirs overflowed, including the large Yermasoyeia dam which is able to hold 13.4 million cubic metres of water.The Kouris dam, the largest on the island, is at 62 per cent capacity, holding 42.2 million cubic metres of water, which the Asprokremmos dam is currently at 92.9 per cent capacity, holding 41.1 million cubic metres of water.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Sheppard celebrates reading with local elementary students

first_img05Mar Rep. Sheppard celebrates reading with local elementary students Categories: Sheppard News Lawmaker visits local schools in March to encourage readingState Rep. Jason Sheppard is visiting local elementary classrooms and reading to hundreds of area students during March is Reading Month to foster a love of reading in the 56th District.“One of my favorite books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, a story about giving of yourself to make someone else’s life just a little bit better,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “It’s a great lesson for people of all ages, and I try to keep that selflessness in mind every day in Lansing as I represent our community.”The southeast Michigan representative has already read to students at New Bedford Academy, and will be reading to many more classrooms at Monroe Road, Jackman Road and Douglas Road elementary schools. Administrators and educators interested in scheduling a time for Rep. Sheppard to read are encouraged to contact his office.“Visiting Michigan students and encouraging them to engage with books will prepare them for successful futures,” Rep. Sheppard said. “As we all know, reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success, so I also encourage adults to read daily to the children in their lives.”Rep. Sheppard’s office can be reached by phone at 517-373-2617 or via email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Potvin hosts WexfordMissaukee ISD official for Gov Snyders speech

first_imgLANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, was proud to host Jeff Jennette, the superintendent for the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District, during tonight’s State of the State speech at the State Capitol.“I was pleased to have Superintendent Jennette as my guest as we listened to Gov. Snyder’s speech,” said Rep. Potvin. “We have worked together on a number of initiatives, including snow day flexibility and job training legislation. Currently, House Bills 4750 and 4751, which would expand to ISDs – such as Wexford-Missaukee – their ability to provide education and job training programs for local job providers. Education and jobs training are crucial to growing the local economy and building the future of the state of Michigan.” 19Jan Rep. Potvin hosts Wexford-Missaukee ISD official for Gov. Snyder’s speech Categories: News,Photoslast_img read more