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first_imgWhen you don’t want to get out of bed, when you want to hit the snooze button, when you really want to retreat to the warm comfort of a few more minutes sleep, that’s the time you most need to muster the will to get up and get moving.When you don’t want to step onto the treadmill, into the gym, or climb under the heavy bar, that’s the time you need to summon your strength and do the work.When the blank page tries to intimidate you into giving up, giving in, and moving on, that’s the time when you need to let loose the words and ideas buried deep inside you struggling to escape.When you don’t want to close the browser, shut the lid, and disconnect, that’s when you most need to stop procrastinating, do the work you are avoiding, and remember why you’re here.When you don’t want to make the call because there is too much at risk, there’s too much at stake, and there’s too much to lose, that’s when you need to unleash your hidden power and dial the seven digits.When you don’t want to do the work, grind it out, or exert the necessary effort to get results, that’s when you need to take action and begin.When your scared to death to start that new thing, to go it alone, to step out onto the ledge and risk the chance, that’s the time to look fear in the eye, to stare it down, and to do what you were made for.When others insist that you can’t, that you will fail, that you will be hurt and embarrassed, that’s when you need to recognize that their fears aren’t your fears, that failure is just one short stop on your life’s adventure, and that it’s more embarrassing to have wasted what’s deep inside of you than it is to stumble.Do what you need to do. Now. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Nine Held in Brisbane After Group Posing as Journalists for Commonwealth Games is Busted

first_imgOne Indian man was charged with people smuggling and falsifying documents after eight other Indians were arrested at the Brisbane airport by the Australian Border Force (ABF) on March 28. The group had said they were journalists traveling to cover the Commonwealth Games 2018 and had Temporary Activity Visas.An airline liaison officer in Bangkok found the group to be “non-genuine travelers” and flagged the group on transit through Thailand, the ABF said in a statement.Eight of them were allegedly carrying fake foreign media credentials for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. An investigation has been launched.Rakesh Kumar Sharma, 46, who is suspected of people smuggling was remanded into custody on March 29. He was charged under Migration Act 1958.  He held valid credentials and faces maximum penalty up to 20 years in jail. Sharma will be taken before the court on April 6 when a Hindi interpreter is present. The eight others have been sent to immigration detention and face immediate deportation.Indian group caught in Australia with fake documents Photo: ABFWhile the ABF is working hard to ensure smooth entry for legitimate Commonwealth Games visitors, attempts to exploit the event and Australia’s visa program will not be tolerated, Terry Price, the ABF regional commander Queensland, said.“Anyone wishing to enter Australia, including athletes, team officials, spectators and the media, must hold a valid visa and accreditation and must be deemed to be a legitimate visitor,” Price said. “As with all travelers, the ABF will process all Commonwealth Games visitors on arrival and anyone found not to be here for legitimate purposes can expect to have their visas cancelled and to be turned around. This may occur on arrival in Australia, or prior to boarding flights to Australia.“We have a skilled network of ALOs at key overseas international airports who can identify travellers of concern and stop them travelling or, as in this case, provide real time information to alert colleagues onshore. The ABF remains highly alert to other similar attempts that may occur as we get closer to the start of the Commonwealth Games,” he said. Related ItemsAustraliacommonwealth gamesHuman Traffickinglast_img read more

ONE fighter Batolbatol passes away

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Signed under the ONE Championship umbrella for the past three years, Batolbatol has registered a 5-3 record since transitioning from boxing to the world of MMA.His last fight was on May last year where he submitted to Christian Lee at ONE: Kingdom of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBatolbatol was scheduled to fight Indonesian Sunoto Peringkat at ONE: Conquest of Kings this July before the card was cancelled.In a statement, ONE Championship expressed its grief following the tragic news, which read: “ONE Championship is deeply saddened by his untimely passing. The organization extends its sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rocky Batolbatol during this very difficult time.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Batolbatol’s fellow fighters also paid him a tribute, with Jenel Lausa writing: “Sana nasa magandang kalagayan ka na ngayon, ‘tol. We miss you so much. God bless. Alam naman namin kasama ka na ngayon ni God.”(I hope you’re in a better place right now, brother. We miss you so much. God bless. We know that you’re with God now.) IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Rocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol passed away on Sunday after figuring in a road accident in his hometown Cagayan de Oro. He was 32.Formal medical reports have yet to be released on his untimely demise.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

London Olympics organizers apologize to North Korea after flag blunder

first_imgThe organisers of 2012 London Olympic Games have issued a statement of apology after mistakenly using the national flag of South Korea for the North Korean team before an Olympics group match of women’s football. “Ahead of the women’s football match at Hampden Park on Wednesday, the Republic of Korea flag was shown on a big-screen video package instead of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea flag,” said the statement issued by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games(LOCOG).”Clearly, that is a mistake. We will apologise to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again.”last_img

How to prevent IoT-based Internet outages: #2 Floodgate

first_img December 8, 2016 at 9:33 am “Good article…” Continue Reading Previous Can Sentiment Analysis Platform Predict Outcome of US Election?Next Fully-programmable SoCs — A new breed of devices Log in to Reply Anonymous says: ameliamartin says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA, Industry, Security, Supply Chain 2 thoughts on “How to prevent IoT-based Internet outages: #2 Floodgate” November 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm Log in to Reply Recently, I started a mini-series of columns relating to creating a secure Internet of Things (IoT), or an Internet of Secure Things (IoST) as the folks at Icon Labs would say (see also How to prevent IoT-based Internet outages: #1 SynthOS ).As you may recall, this all started with the massive cyberattack on October 21, which disrupted Internet service across Europe and the US. In this attack, malware took over more than 500,000 under-secured IoT devices — like surveillance cameras — on the edge of the Internet and used these devices to mount a concerted distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that brought down some of the most popular sites on the Internet.I was just thinking, I wonder how much one of those surveillance camera systems would have cost before the cyberattack? I also wonder what they are selling for on eBay and Alibaba now (can the manufacturer even give them away)?Earlier today, I was chatting with Alan Grau, the President and co-founder of Icon Labs, which is focused on creating the IoST by providing security for even the smallest IoT devices. We started by considering my previous column, in which I said:Security must be present end-to-end throughout the Internet and must cover both hardware and software. One problem is that, although a lot of effort is going into securing the core of the infrastructure, more and more functionality is being pushed out to “the edge” of the Internet in the form of the IoT devices themselves.Alan responded by showing me the following graphic, which depicts the way in which Icon Labs visualizes the computing landscape:(Source: Icon Labs) Happily, Alan and I agreed that we were saying much the same thing in different ways (it would have been a bit awkward if we’d each decided that the other was completely barking up the wrong tree). Alan then showed me another graphic that gave me pause for thought:(Source: Icon Labs) We start with the security on the device itself, which includes things like the ability to perform secure boot and to ensure that any instructions it is given are coming from a trusted authority. In the case of the devices used in the cyberattack mentioned above, this level security was almost non-existent — or at least, largely irrelevant — in that any security that was present was riddled with loopholes and backdoors.The next step up the security chain is security management. This covers a range of activities, from the ability to remotely (and securely) upgrade any security features such as firewalls, to the ability for the devices to detect that they are under attack and to report details of such an attack to a “higher authority.”Next, we find key and certificate management, which includes the ability for the “higher authority” to push credentials down into the devices, where these keys and certificates are used by the devices to ensure that they are communicating with trusted (and uncompromised) hosts, and by the hosts to ensure that they are talking with legitimate (and uncompromised) devices.Everything we’ve discussed thus far is encompassed by Icon Labs’ Floodgate Security Framework, which provides a full suite of device protection, secure credentialing services, and integration with IoT cloud services. In addition to secure credentialing, the Icon Labs Floodgate Security Framework includes secure boot, secure software updates, firewall, intrusion detection, TLS, and a management agent.(Source: Icon Labs) The folks at Icon Labs are now turning their attention to the topic of device lifecycle management. To be honest, much of this wasn’t something I’d thought much about before, but I’m certainly thinking about it now. It starts with the manufacturing of the devices to ensure that there’s no possibility of them being cloned and/or introducing back doors or other security breaches into the devices before they’ve even left the factory.Device lifecycle management also covers devices being deployed for the first time, followed by subsequent re-deployments as they are moved around the world, possibly being passed from one owner to another. Finally, lifecycle management covers the decommissioning of the devices, including the removal or destruction of any sensitive information stored within, such as data, encryption keys, security certificates, and so forth. (I remember hearing that the hard drives in discarded photocopiers from doctors’ and lawyers’ offices typically contain humongous amounts of extremely sensitive information.)One thing I’ve gleaned from all of this is that implementing security into one’s IoT devices is absolutely mission-critical; another thing is that it’s not trivial or for the weak of heart. Fortunately, embedded systems developers don’t have to reinvent the wheel and do everything themselves — there are robust solutions already available, such as those from Icon Labs.How about you? What level of security are you implementing in your own embedded systems? Do you create these security systems internally, or do you use third-party vendors? And do you have any information you’d care to share regarding any security-related IP, tools, techniques, and vendors, including any disasters, close-calls, or triumphs? “I really thank you for the valuable info on this great subject and look forward to more great posts. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. I am appreciating it very much! Looking forward to another great article. Good luck to the author! Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

AAEON to continue support of AMD Geode boards through 2021

first_img Continue Reading Previous ON Semi expands solutions for industrial IoT, smart home and wearablesNext Cypress: unified software suite to accelerate IoT product designs AAEON is working with AMD to ensure that the CPU manufacturer’s popular Geode product line remains in service for many years to come. AAEON produces motherboards in a range of form factors that run on the LX800 processor. These boards take advantage of the processor’s design features to deliver high-speed, low-power computing with excellent graphics capabilities, and they’re ideal for rugged, thin devices and industrial automation applications. Since the boards are extremely durable and offer outstanding support for legacy devices, they also provide an excellent return on investment for customers. First introduced in 2005, AMD Geode processors sit at the heart of thousands of AAEON-produced solutions all around the world.AAEON boards fitted with AMD Geode processors include PCM-5895 REV. A, PCM-5895 REV. B, EPIC-5536, GENE-5315 REV. A, GENE-5315 REV. B, PFM-541I, PFM-540I REV. A, PFM-540I REV. B, ETX-701, HSB-800I.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

J. League jump gun on Torres deal

first_imgTransfers J. League apologises for jumping the gun on Torres transfer story Dom Farrell 01:53 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Torres - cropped Getty Images Transfers Sagan Tosu Atlético Madrid Primera División J1 League The Spanish striker appeared to have signed for Sagan Tosu but the Japanese top flight has confirmed a move announcement was made in error Andres Iniesta might be set to grace the J.League but former Spain team-mate Fernando Torres will not be joining him – just yet.Following Barcelona great Iniesta completing his surprise switch to Vissel Kobe last week, Torres has been linked with a move to Sagan Tosu in Japan’s top flight.On Wednesday, the J. League published a story on its official website announcing the 34-year-old striker had signed for struggling Sagan – the club lie second bottom in the table after 15 matches this season – only to swiftly take the article down and publish an apology. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Today on the official website of the J.League, a page containing incorrect information regarding a player joining Sagan Tosu was made viewable,” a statement read.”Our sincere apologies go to the Sagan Tosu club, everybody involved with the club, fans and supporters for any inconvenience this may have caused.”We are currently investigating what caused this error and we will do our very best to prevent this from happening again.”Torres bade an emotional farewell to Atletico Madrid on the final day of La Liga this season, scoring his 128th and 129th goals for his boyhood club in a 2-2 draw against Eibar.That outing came a few days after the World Cup winner secured a first major honour with the Rojiblancos as they saw off Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final.last_img read more

Hazard airs future ambition amid exit talk

first_imgEden Hazard is looking for more goals and trophies at Chelsea, in a hint towards where his future may lie, while admitting that performances for Belgium have made him “one of the best players in the world”.The 27-year-old forward is enjoying another standout season at club level in 2018-19, with his exploits seeing further questions asked of how long he will remain in west London.Hazard has hinted in the recent past that he may move on at some stage, but he is happy in his current surroundings for now. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He has been asked to fill a slightly different position for Chelsea of late, as he operates in a central ‘false nine’ role under Maurizio Sarri, and is delighted to be contributing to the pursuit of collective goals.Hazard told the Blues’ official website: “I have never thought about myself; I just try to play for my team-mates.“I spend more time in the middle of the pitch now so I am more like a playmaker. Sometimes I am lucky to pass the ball and we score; sometimes not!“I want to keep this thing as a part of my football: playing for my team-mates. If everyone can shine it’s good.“I’m happy with my form and with what we have done so far this season. For four months now we have been enjoying playing football with the team and the new manager.“I know I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can improve a lot in the future I think.“I need to score more goals; we need to win more trophies. I won already a lot with Chelsea, but when you play for Chelsea you want big trophies like the Champions League, and to reach finals.”Eden Hazard Belgium 2018While chasing down more major honours at domestic level, Hazard concedes that it was his showings for his country at the 2018 World Cup which have taken his game to new heights and seen him placed in a talent bracket alongside the very best players on the planet.He added: “Personally I feel like I went on to another level because of the World Cup.“I think before the World Cup people thought I was a good player, but after the World Cup they were saying I was one of the best players in the world.“That’s the level I want to reach and stay at. I think since the beginning of the season I have done pretty well.”Hazard and Chelsea will be back in action on Boxing Day when they make the short trip to Watford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

MPA Investigating Sea Prince Incident

first_imgzoom Following the incident involving the Indonesia-registered ferry Sea Prince off Batam on November 29, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched an investigation into the incident with the ferry operator, Batamfast, and relevant Indonesian authorities.MPA said it has also interviewed some of the affected passengers and the ferry crew members, and calls on the members of the public to provide information regarding the incident.As World Maritime News reported, all passengers were accounted for after the vessel hit a floating object last week.At the time of the incident, the ferry was carrying a total of 97 passengers, including 51 Singaporeans and 7 crew members.The incident occurred shorty after the ferry departed the Nongsapura ferry terminal.last_img read more

Province Invests in Next Generation of Shipbuilders

first_imgNova Scotia is built to build ships and the province is investing in the next generation of shipbuilders. The province, through jobsHere, the province’s plan to create good jobs and grow the economy, will invest more than $190,000 in a new metal fabrication program at Nova Scotia Community College beginning in September. “One of the main goals of the jobsHere strategy is to help Nova Scotians learn the right skills to land good jobs and that is what this investment is all about,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Nova Scotia has a proud history of shipbuilding, and the future looks bright. This is an investment in jobs, in education, and in future generations of shipbuilders in Nova Scotia.” Metal fabricators cut, bend and assemble metal into structures, and these skills are essential to key Nova Scotia industries such as shipbuilding, heavy machinery and structural steel and manufacturing plants. The provincial investment included $67,200 to redevelop the metal fabrication apprenticeship curriculum and $123,000 to buy equipment to support a second section of the metal fabrication diploma program at NSCC. The new, re-developed program will continue at the Marconi Campus in Sydney and the additional section will be offered at the Akerley Campus in Dartmouth. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. donated 25 state-of-the-art welding stations and supplies worth $112,500 as part of its commitment to industrial and regional benefits for the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel construction program at Halifax Shipyard. These welding machines will be used by students in the new metal fabrication lab at the Akerley Campus. “This new program is a prime example of the province of Nova Scotia and NSCC responding to a growing labour force need,” said Steve Durrell, president, Irving Shipbuilding. “Steel fabrication is a huge part of the shipbuilding industry and, based on our current order book of projects, we will need more steel fabricators at Irving Shipbuilding over the next five to seven years. The number of apprentices in our workforce peaked at 300 last year, a clear indication that we have already begun in earnest to invest in the shipbuilders of tomorrow. It certainly made the decision to invest in new welding equipment to support this new program an easy one.” Another dozen employers from Nova Scotia’s steel manufacturing industry have donated $119,500. “The input we received from employers and the workforce development experts at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education is just as valuable as their financial contributions,” said Don Bureaux, president, NSCC. “Their knowledge, insight and experience is infused in this program, which means our students are learning exactly what they need to build careers, and futures, right here at home in Nova Scotia.” Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the single largest employer of apprentices in Nova Scotia. Premier Dexter said it’s this kind of commitment to skills and training that makes the company the best choice to build Canada’s fleet. “This new program is a demonstration of the possibilities created when government, industry and educators work together,” said Premier Dexter. “It’s what makes Nova Scotia built to build.”last_img read more

Mentally ill dad who killed three kids up for review in British

first_imgVANCOUVER – The case of a British Columbia man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children because of a mental illness is up for review, two years after a provincial board opened the door to him receiving supervised day trips.Allan Schoenborn has yet to be granted escorted day passes, despite the B.C. Review Board delegating the authority to grant them in May 2015 to the director of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in suburban Vancouver.Schoenborn stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his two sons Max and Cordon, eight and five, at the family’s home in Merritt in April 2008. A court ruled he was experiencing psychosis at the time and believed he was saving his children from a life of crime, and physical and sexual abuse.Schoenborn’s annual review board hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. His lawyers, Diane Nielsen and Dante Abbey, have not said whether they will request any changes to their client’s custody order.“Nobody wants an untreated and potentially dangerous person on the street,” Abbey said in an interview.“The board is ultimately responsible for striking that balance … between protection of the public and safety. And, frankly, they’re not doing a bad job.”Escorted outings are typically brief, lasting no longer than two hours, Nielsen and Abbey said in an email. Patients are accompanied by at least two staff members and visits are planned at pre-arranged locations near the hospital.The Crown is also applying separately in B.C. Supreme Court to have Schoenborn designated a high-risk accused, which would end the possibility of any outings, and extend the time between annual review hearings up to three years. Only a new court order could reverse the designation.Former prime minister Stephen Harper used Schoenborn as an example when introducing the new designation, which can be applied to people found not criminally responsible because of mental disorder.Lawyer Rishi Gill, who represents Schoenborn in the high-risk accused proceedings, described the change as a “huge waste of resources” that punishes people with mental illness.“This legislation is purely political,” Gill said, adding that Schoenborn’s next appearance in that case is scheduled for mid-June.The 2015 review board decision says Schoenborn was diagnosed as having a delusional disorder, a substance abuse disorder and paranoid personality traits, but his symptoms have been in remission for many years.The document also describes how Schoenborn has suffered “significant negative attention” while in custody because of the notoriety of his offences including taunts, name-calling, threats and physical assault.The B.C. Review Board sits in panels of three and can order someone to remain in custody or grant them either a conditional or absolute discharge. Custody orders can be tailored to individual cases, Nielsen explained.Schoenborn’s most recent review hearing was in May 2015. He consented to forego a hearing in 2016 while hearings were held on whether he should be designated a high-risk accused.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Coast Guard evacuates 89yearold Canadian from cruise ship

first_imgNORFOLK, Va. – An 89-year-old Canadian woman has been evacuated from a cruise ship off the Atlantic coast after exhibiting signs of a heart attack.The Coast Guard said Sunday that it responded to a call Saturday afternoon from the cruise ship Insignia, which was 80 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.A helicopter from the Coast Guard Station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina responded and arrived at the ship about two hours later.The woman, a Canadian, was hoisted to the helicopter and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.A nurse from the cruise ship accompanied her.Oceana Cruises’ website describes the Insignia as an 11-deck ship that accommodates nearly 700 cruisers.The coast guard and the hospital couldn’t say where in Canada the woman was from.last_img read more

UK to give Sri Lanka £1 million for NorthEast resettlement

It will also help families rebuild their lives by supporting livelihood development through training on small business management, and provision of essential fishing and agricultural equipment. Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services.Helping families return to their villages is a crucial element of Sri Lanka addressing the legacy of civil war and is a key part of the joint strategy agreed by the UN and the Government of Sri Lanka to support long-term post-conflict peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. The funding will help those returning to their homes in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts by contributing towards roads, wells and sanitary services, and help re-establish access to local government services as well as local civil society organisations. Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said that helping some of the families resettle in districts from which they had been displaced is a very important step.“It is symbolic of the steady progress made after decades of conflict. There remains a lot to do, but I am proud of the UK’s support to the rebuilding process. We will continue to encourage the Sri Lankan Government to make progress delivering their Human Rights Council commitments, and I hope that the UK’s Sri Lankan diaspora will also play their part in encouraging that progress,” he said. The Minister said that the UK currently supports stability in Sri Lanka through projects designed to build reconciliation and the rule of law; including, police and defence reform, demining, inter-faith mediation and anti-bribery and corruption, among other issues.The funding is being provided through the UK’s Conflict Security and Stability Fund (CSSF), increasing the UK’s contribution through the CSSF for Sri Lanka to £7.9 million between 2016 and 2019.The funding is part of the UK’s contribution to Sri Lanka’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan; a joint strategy agreed by the UN and the Government of Sri Lanka to support long term post-conflict peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UK finds 34 highrise apartment buildings with unsafe siding

by Sylvia Hui And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 5:22 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fire officers talk to residents outside Burnham block, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017, after the local council evacuated some 650 homes overnight. The apartments were evacuated overnight after fire inspectors concluded that the buildings, in north London’s Camden area, were unsafe because of problematic fire doors, gas pipe insulation, and external cladding similar to that blamed for the rapid spread of a fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower on June 14. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) LONDON – Britain’s fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities said 34 high-rise apartment blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them “not safe for people to sleep in overnight.”Hundreds of residents hastily packed their bags and sought emergency shelter, with many angry and confused about the chaotic situation. Some refused to leave their high-rise apartments. Scores of evacuees slept on inflatable beds in a gym while officials sought better accommodations for them.Camden Council leader Georgia Gould said it decided to evacuate four blocks in north London’s Chalcots Estate late Friday after fire inspectors uncovered problems with “gas insulation and door stops,” which, combined with the presence of flammable cladding encasing the buildings, meant residents had to leave immediately.The evacuation comes amid widening worries about the safety of high-rise apartment blocks across the country following the inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14, killing at least 79 people. Attention has focused on the 24-story tower’s external cladding material, which has been blamed for the rapid spread of that blaze, but multiple other fire risks have now been identified in some housing blocks.The government said Saturday that the cladding samples that failed fire safety tests came from 34 apartment towers in cities including London, Manchester, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said further testing “is running around the clock.”So far, Camden Council has been the only local authority to have asked residents to leave as a precaution. It said about 650 apartments were evacuated, though initial reports put the figure at 800 apartments.The council said residents would be out of their homes for three to four weeks while it completes fire-safety upgrades.“I know some residents are angry and upset, but I want to be very clear that Camden Council acted to protect them,” Gould said in a statement. “Grenfell changed everything, and when told our blocks were unsafe to remain in, we acted.”Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been criticized for her slow response to the Grenfell tragedy, said Saturday that the government was supporting Camden officials to ensure residents have somewhere to stay while building work is done.In response, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, said May needed to “get a grip” and lead a stronger response to what is now a “national threat.”Residents — including families with babies and elderly relatives — trooped out of the buildings late Friday night with suitcases and plastic bags stuffed with clothes. Council workers guided dozens to a nearby gym, where they spent the night on inflatable mattresses. Others were being put up in hotels or other housing projects.Many residents complained about a lack of information and confusion. Officials first announced the evacuation of one building, then expanded it to five before reducing it to four. Some residents said they learned about the evacuation from the television news hours before officials came knocking on doors.Renee Williams, 90, who has lived in Taplow Tower since 1968, told Britain’s Press Association: “No official came and told us what’s going on. I saw it on the TV, so I packed an overnight bag.“It’s unbelievable. I understand that it’s for our safety but they can’t just ask us to evacuate with such short notice. There’s no organization and it’s chaos,” she said.Carl McDowell, 31, said he took one look at the inflatable beds at the gym and went back to his Taplow apartment to sleep there overnight. Other residents were distraught that they were ordered to evacuate, but were told to leave their pets behind in buildings that could be dangerous.Fire-safety experts say the Grenfell Tower blaze, which police said was touched off by a fire at a refrigerator, was probably due to a string of failures, not just the cladding, which is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings.Police said Friday they are considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell disaster and they were conducting a wide-ranging investigation that will look at everything that contributed to it. The Metropolitan Police said cladding attached to Grenfell during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators.“We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards,” Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters. “We are looking at all health and safety and fire safety offences, and we are reviewing every company at the moment involved in the building and refurbishment of Grenfell Tower.”The government has ordered an immediate examination of the refrigerator model that started the blaze, the Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer.The government also urged building owners, public and private, to submit samples of their cladding. One hotel chain, Premier Inn, has calling in experts to check its buildings.Police say 79 people are either confirmed or presumed dead in the Grenfell blaze, although that number may change, and it will take weeks to find and identify remains. To encourage co-operation with authorities, May said the government won’t penalize any Grenfell fire survivors who were in the country illegally.___Sheila Norman-Culp, Gregory Katz and Alastair J. Grant contributed to this report. UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding read more

USUE Womens Basketball Falls Short in OT to CSI Photo Gallery

Photos by Jeff Barrett By Loren Miller, Utah State Eastern Sports InformationUtah State Eastern women’s basketball lost to the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles 75-69 at home on Saturday in overtime. The game went down to the wire in regulation with both teams going back and forth until the final buzzer.With 10 seconds left in regulation, USU Eastern’s Emmery Wagstaff hit a three pointer to put the Eagles up 59-56. In the next possession, CSI responded with a three of their own made by Finley Garnett with eight seconds left. A last second attempt by USU Eastern to win the game was not be successful as a shot by Wagstaff came up short.In overtime, CSI sank six free throws in the final minutes to put the Golden Eagles over the top to give them their first win this season over USU Eastern.“The team played hard and put themselves in a great position to win. Unfortunately, we came up short,” said USU Eastern head coach Chelsey Warburton.Sophomore forward Alyssa Crumley led the Eagles with 19 points while grabbing nine rebounds and three assists. Wagstaff finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists.The Eagles finish the regular season with a 17-10 record and a 5-7 record in conference play.They will take on the Colorado Northwest Spartans on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. in the opening round of the 2019 Region XVIII Tournament. Thursday’s game will be at home and can be seen live on the Scenic West Digital Network. Tickets for Thursday’s game and the rest of the conference tournament can be purchased online at usueasternathletics.com/tickets. read more

Tobias Karlsson to end career in rainbow shoes

Tobias Karlsson decided to be remembered as the first promo-face of LGBT population in handball world. The 36-years old SG Flensburg Handewitt captain will play his last season in Salming shoes in “rainbow” design.– I’ve been thinking about it since I was banned from using a colored headband. This is my last season and I want to show that I did not give up. I can not understand why they do not agree to promote such values. My shoes are not available for sale, they have been made for me, maybe I will put them on the internet auction and funds for charities – Karlsson said in statement.Tobbias Karlsson prepares special “rainbow” message for Poland SG Flensburg HandewittTobias Karlsson ← Previous Story 10 PLAYERS ENOUGH: PGE Vive Kielce easily beat Gornik Zabrze Next Story → SG BBM Bietigheim and RK Podravka qualify for Women’s EHF CL 2018/19 read more

Swiftkey 3 optimisera votre frappe sous Android 4

first_imgSwiftkey 3 optimisera votre frappe sous Android 4La version 3 de Swiftkey débarque, pour une frappe sur écran tactile encore plus rapide et confortable. Swiftkey est une application de clavier pour Android. Elle propose une frappe prédictive très puissante, basée sur des études de linguistiques statistiques. Elle est capable non seulement de compléter le mot en cours de frappe, mais également de tenter de prédire le prochain mot, avant même que la première lettre ne soit tapée !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette version 3 vise à une parfaite compatibilité avec Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Elle reprend les fonctionnalités qui font la qualité de Swiftkey, à commencer par l’apprentissage. Comme chacun écrit différemment, Swiftkey étudie tout ce à quoi vous lui donnez accès : mails, SMS, tweets et autres, pour savoir dès son installation si vous êtes un fan des « kikoo lol mdr » ou si vous utilisez quotidiennement l’imparfait du subjonctif.Les testeurs de chez Phonandroid ont pris en main la béta de la v3, et n’y trouvent rien à redire !  La version béta est gratuite et l’installation ne prend que quelques minutes, alors pourquoi ne pas l’essayer ? Le 10 avril 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les calamars géants dévoilent leurs secrets de famille

first_imgLes calamars géants dévoilent leurs secrets de familleBien que très différents physiquement, les calamars géants du monde entier seraient essentiellement identiques et appartiendraient tous à une seule et même espèce, selon des scientifiques danois. Peu connus de la communauté scientifique, les calamars géants commencent à peine à dévoiler leur mystère ! Malgré des décennies de fascination, ces monstres des mers pouvant mesurer jusqu’à 18 mètres ont été rarement observés et la première vidéo montrant un calamar dans son environnement naturel date à peine de l’année dernière (diffusée récemment sur Arte). Toutefois, les scientifiques ne sont pas à cours d’idée pour en savoir plus sur ces animaux et leurs travaux commencent à porter leurs fruits.C’est ce qu’explique une nouvelle étude récemment publiée dans la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B et menée par une équipe de chercheurs internationaux. Selon ces travaux, les calamars géants appartiendraient tous à une seule et même espèce, et ce, malgré les différences qui existent entre les spécimens. Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques ont étudié 43 échantillons d’ADN, récoltés à partir de corps découverts sur la plage ou dans des estomacs de baleines.  Ils ont ainsi découvert que les ADN mitochondriaux, hérités de la mère, étaient similaires dans les échantillons de tissus de tous les spécimens. Ils appartiendraient donc tous à la même population, sans sous-groupe.Une seule espèce sans structureSelon les scientifiques, les échantillons ont montré une diversité génétique 20 fois plus faible que celle observée chez d’autres espèces de calamars, ce qui signifie que les calamars géants seraient tous génétiquement similaires, malgré leurs différences. Les résultats ont d’ailleurs laissé les chercheurs perplexes : “les espèces qui vivent dans une zone développent des différences par rapport à d’autres évoluant dans d’autres zones. Mais les calamars géants sont identiques peu importe l’endroit”, décrit le professeur Thomas P. Gilbert, du Musée d’Histoire Naturelle du Danemark. Ces similitudes pourraient suggérer que les calamars s’accouplent au gré de leurs migrations dans les eaux mondiales. “C’est très dur à expliquer. Mais on suppose que le calamar, sous sa forme larvaire, doit se laisser porter par les courants marins. Lorsqu’ils sont assez grands, ils doivent plonger dans le fond marin le plus proche. Les adultes et les jeunes ne restent pas ensemble au même endroit. Les plus jeunes se déplacent à chaque dans une nouvelle zone, empêchant toute structure de population de se former”, explique-t-il cité par BBC Nature. Avec une capacité d’adaptation rapide à l’environnement, la population de calamars est assez conséquente, mais pourrait aussi être liée à une explosion des naissances. Cette dernière pourrait être due à un déclin de leurs prédateurs ou une augmentation de leurs proies.Une découverte qui remet en cause plusieurs hypothèses Ces résultats contredisent les croyances des scientifiques qui considéraient jusqu’ici qu’il existait au moins huit différentes espèces de calamars géants. Une observation basée sur les nombreuses différences physiques qui existent entre les spécimens. “En général, le calamar possède un long corps et de longs et fins tentacules. Mais au large des côtes du Japon, ils sont beaucoup plus petits et trapus. Leurs tentacules sont plus épais”, explique le professeur  Gilbert.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en savoir encore davantage, les chercheurs comptent donc confirmer leurs résultats à l’aide de nouvelles analyses. Si leurs conclusions tiennent la route, ils prévoient alors de conduire des études supplémentaires sur les échantillons pour bâtir l’ensemble du génome du calamar géant.(Crédits photo : image issue du documentaire diffusé en février dernier par Arte)  Le 20 mars 2013 à 13:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Guendouzi Playing for France is still my goal

first_imgArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi insists playing for France at senior level remains the dream for himThe 19-year-old has impressed in his first season of Premier League football and has started in 18 of his 24 appearances at Arsenal.Recently, Morocco attempted to convince Guendouzi to switch his allegiances and play his international football for them instead of France.The Paris-native is eligible to play for the Lions of the Atlas due to his Moroccan heritage and the fact that he’s only represented France at youth level.But Guendouzi insists his commitment to Les Bleus has never wavered.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I always played with young French teams,” Guendouzi told RMC.“The France A team is an objective, a dream. I know I have the capacity to go there one day. It will be up to me to continue working, not to get big-headed.“There are very big players in the middle of the field, international stars. I will continue to work and if one day I have to be there, I will be there. In any case, I strongly believe in it.”Guendouzi will likely feature in Arsenal’s trip to Anfield on Saturday against Premier League leaders Liverpool.last_img read more