Americas cyberattacks on us have failed Iran

first_imgTehran: Iran said Monday that no cyber attack against the Islamic republic has ever succeeded, after American media reported the US launched one last week amid a standoff between the two countries. “The media are asking about the veracity of the alleged cyber attack against Iran. No successful attack has been carried out by them, although they are making a lot of effort,” telecommunications minister Mohammad Javad Azarari Jahromi said on Twitter without referring to any US attack. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonMeanwhile, US President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Mr Trump said the additional sanctions were in response to the shooting down of a US drone and “many other things”. He added that they would “continue to increase pressure on Tehran”, saying “never can Iran have a nuclear weapon”. US media on Saturday said Washington launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network this week after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe Washington Post said that after the drone shooting US President Donald Trump authorised US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyber attack on Iran. The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches but caused no casualties, according to the Post, which cited people familiar with the matter. Yahoo cited two former intelligence officials as saying the US targeted a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian telecommunications minister acknowledged that Iran has “been facing cyber terrorism — such as Stuxnet — and unilateralism — such as sanctions”. The Stuxnet virus, discovered in 2010, is believed to have been engineered by Israel and the US to damage nuclear facilities in Iran. And Tehran is believed to have stepped up its own cyber capabilities in the face of US efforts to isolate the Islamic republic. “We foiled last year not one attack but 33 million attacks with Dejpha shield,” Azari Jahromi said referring to a new internet defence system. Tensions between Iran and the United States have been high since Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from the multinational 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The accord sought to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief. After leaving the accord Trump imposed biting sanctions on Iran to choke off its oil sales and cripple its economy, and his administration is expected to announce more sanctions on Iran later Monday. The tensions between Iran and the US were exacerbated in recent weeks after Washington accused Tehran of being behind a series of attacks on tankers in the strategic Gulf. Iran has denied any involvement.last_img read more

Spouse of senior official began work for BC FN health agency days

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe spouse of a top official with the First Nations Health Authority began working for the ground-breaking British Columbia-based organization days after the Auditor General of Canada issued a report highlighting problems in its governance practices, APTN National News has learned.Six days after Auditor General Michael Ferguson released the results of an audit on Feb. 2 into the First Nations Health Authority’s (FNHA) conflict of interest and hiring practices, the spouse of Richard Jock, the agency’s chief operating officer, began working as a specialist in the mental wellness program section of the organization.Virginia Toulouse, who began work on Monday, is listed in an organizational chart that leads directly the chief operating officer, according to an internal document seen by APTN.The FNHA issued a statement confirming that Toulouse is employed by the FNHA and that she is the COO’s spouse. The statement said “Mr. Jock and Ms. Toulouse are domestic partners and have completed the FNHA conflict of interest process and procedure.”The statement also said FNHA hired her through an “open competition including public posting, written assessment and interview process.”The statement said, “Ms. Toulouse brings 18 years’ experience working with residential school survivors and 36 years of experience in health.” The statement said she reports to the director of mental wellness.This is the second, publicly known instance were the spouse of a senior FNHA official has found employment within the organization.The spouse of CEO Joe Gallagher also works for the FNHA.The Office of the Auditor General launched the audit of the FNHA after it received an anonymous letter containing explosive allegations claiming the leadership of the organization fostered a “toxic” work environment. One of the allegations concerned the hiring of the CEO’s wife.The Auditor General’s audit focused on how the FNHA responded to the allegations in the anonymous letter, including one around a conflict of interest “involving (FNHA) employees.” While the report found that, on the surface, it appeared that FNHA’s board handled the issue adequately, it recommended the authority tighten up its protocol on the issue.“It is important in such situations that the authority can demonstrate that perceived or real conflicts of interest are dealt with transparently,” said the auditor’s report said. “Perceived conflicts of interest may have the same impact on the reputation and functioning of the organization as actual conflicts of interests do.”The federal auditors found several instances where there was little evidence to support the qualifications of individuals hired by the FNHA after reviewing the personnel files of 14 managers.The auditors found that only three of the 14 positions had been publicly posted or had a rational for why no competition was offered. The audit found that only six of the 14 personnel files had a resume on record and only two contained documentation supporting the claimed education level. Auditors also discovered that only three of the managers had undergone a background check.The FNHA is the product of over a decade of work that created a ground-breaking First Nation agency designed to deliver health programs and services to First Nation communities in B.C.The FNHA was created through the officially named Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance between B.C., Ottawa and First Nations.The FNHA is slated to receive $4.7 billion in funding from 2013 to 2023. The agreement includes an annual 5.5 escalator for its first five years.The Auditor General said the FNHA’s creation solved some of the persistent problems that cripple health services for First Nations.Jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Interior and Islamic Affairs Ministries Hunt for Extremist Books in Moroccan

Rabat – Since last week, the Ministries of Interior and Islamic Affairs have been on the hunt for books sold in Morocco’s bookstores advocating religious extremism as well as Shia Islam.Commissions from both ministries have begun a campaign in bookstores around the kingdom to search out religious extremist books, especially those whose authors are preachers known for praising terrorism and radicalism, reported the daily Al Massae daily on December 4.The Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, has sent a confidential letter to the territorial directorates to list bookstores specializing in selling extremist works and to note the titles of books of that glorify Shia Islam or contain extremist ideologies. These measures seek to protect Moroccan youth from religious radicalism and to prevent them from falling into the criminal hands of terrorist organizations, said the daily.The ministries have explained that these measures “in no way constitute any obstacle to freedom of thought and expression.”However, there is no direct relationship between extremist religious ideology and Shia Islam, and some of the most well-known terrorist groups, including Daech and Al-Qaeda, purport to follow the Wahhabi movement of Sunni Islam.In recent years Morocco has concentrated its efforts on the promotion of moderate Islam, in order to eliminate some of the root causes of terrorism and extremism.This strategy has included developing curricula for imams, promoting scholarly research through the Mohammedan League of Ulema on the nation’s Islamic values, and engaging youth in religious and social issues.The country has also launched the Mohammed VI Holy Quran radio and the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams (religious leaders), Morchidins and Morchidates (preachers), with the aim of promoting the values of moderation and tolerance preached by Islam. read more

Zambia backs proposed UN treaty to regulate trade in small arms

“Zambia continues to face difficulties in controlling the inflow of small arms and light weapons,” Kalombo T. Mwansa, Zambia’s Minister of Defence, told the high-level debate of the General Assembly in New York yesterday.“It is in this regard that we strongly support the convening of the United Nations Conference in 2012 to establish legally binding international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms with specific measures against defaulters,” Mr. Mwansa said.In 2006, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to establish a group of governmental experts to look into “the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.”The report of that group, concluded in 2008, prompted the General Assembly to start discussions focused on a possible arms trade treaty, open to all Member States, according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). 28 September 2010Zambia has backed the convening of a United Nations conference to discuss an international agreement to regulate trade in small arms and light weapons, saying uncontrolled trade in such arms threatened the country’s security and social development. read more

Allegations unfounded says MR

The Prime Minister said Rajapaksa formally invited him to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November. The President also expressed his hope that other countries would make a fair assessment of what was happening in Sri Lanka and not rush to judgment based on “unfounded allegations”. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the allegations against the government on the war are unfounded.The New Straits Times said that Najib had a bilateral meeting with President Rajapaksa in Tanzania. Both leaders were in Tanzania for a Global summit which began last week. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN official welcomes proclamation of International Day to honour victims of genocide

“Remembering the events of the past and paying tribute to those who perished should strengthen our resolve to prevent such events from ever happening again,” Adama Dieng said in a press release issued today.“We have a collective responsibility to prevent genocide – and by commemorating the victims of the crime of genocide, we can dignify them and show that we are not indifferent, that we care about what happened to them and will never forget them.” Genocide is defined by the UN as a crime that is committed against members of a national, ethnic or religious group solely because they are members of that group. Genocide also entails there being intent to exterminate a particular group.The 9th of December is the anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention. The International Day is intended to commemorate and honour the victims of the crime of genocide around the world, and to raise awareness of the Convention and its role in protecting populations from future genocides.In adopting the resolution on Friday, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it, through appropriate and necessary means, and that fighting impunity for the crime of genocide is an important factor in its prevention.“Genocide represents the very worst of humanity. No human being should experience such a terrible crime,” Mr. Dieng stated. read more

Blaikie prepares to step down as Dean of Education

Following her decision last fall not to seek a second term, Fiona Blaikie will step down this year as Dean of Brock’s Faculty of Education when she completes her five-year term. Blaikie will take a one-year administrative leave that customarily follows a decanal term, before returning to the Faculty of Education as a professor.Fiona BlaikieA scholar known for her expertise in art education, Blaikie came to Brock in 2010 from Lakehead University, where she had served as Interim Director of Undergraduate Programs in Education.Brock University Provost Neil McCartney today said Blaikie’s leadership and insights have been invaluable at a time when university administrators must deal with budget pressures and shifting government policy.“Fiona has remained dedicated to the needs of the Dean’s office,” said McCartney. “The University is very grateful for her commitment and guidance.”McCartney said the University will hold a social appreciation gathering for Blaikie sometime in May, on a date to be announced.He said the University will also be launching a full decanal search, and expects to announce an interim dean for the faculty of Education later this month. read more

Is Joe Biden the man to take on Donald Trump His chances

first_img Share Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Apr 28th 2019, 10:00 PM Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 10:00 PM Former vice president Joe Biden. I don’t cover national Dem trial heat polls in the Trailer, but today’s Q-poll continues to peg Biden as a relatively weak frontrunner. Q-polls by year:May 2007:* Hillary 32%March 2015: Hillary 56%March 2019: Biden 29%*earliest poll that cycle— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 28, 2019 Image: Matt Slocum/PA Images Short URL Is Joe Biden the man to take on Donald Trump? His chances may not be as strong as they seem Biden entered the contest as frontrunner, but how long will that last? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE WORST KEPT secret in US politics was finally confirmed on Thursday when Joe Biden officially announced himself as a candidate for the presidency.It’s Biden’s third run at the White House but by far his best chance, having been vice president since his last attempt in 2008.But while the 76-year-old enters the crowded Democratic contest as a poll leader, he faces some big challenges if he does want to be the man to take on Donald Trump.Firstly, Biden is actually a weak frontrunner.Recent polls have shown that he leads the field of candidates by a relatively small margin compared to previous primary races. A Reuters poll of Democrats this week put nationwide support for Biden at 24%, ahead of Bernie Sanders in second place at 15%.Other polls have put Biden at around 30%, but he’s actually behind in early primary states like New Hampshire.Losing early voting states quickly erases someone’s status as a frontrunner, depriving them of a perceived inevitability that can be difficult to stop. 65 Comments Former vice president Joe Biden. Image: Matt Slocum/PA Images Source: Dave Weigel/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4607844 Biden’s announcement video displays a clear strategy that’s somewhat of a departure from other Democrats.Biden devotes most of the video to speaking about Charlottesville and Trump’s reaction to it. He describes the president’s response as representing the “greatest threat” to the United States in his lifetime.“If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation,” Biden says, placing opposition to Trump at the heart of his candidacy.For Democrats, this was exactly what they sought to avoid doing during their successful midterm campaign. In that instance, Democrats were more focused on issues like healthcare than getting caught up with Trump’s rhetoric.This will be harder to avoid when Trump is actually involved, but the Democratic race so far has been marked by more discussions over policy than the president.Most agree that allowing opposition to Trump become the dominant reason for voting for Hillary Clinton was a mistake.“We spent, I think, way too much time on our side talking about him,” breakout candidate Pete Buttigieg said last month.Biden’s video also said nothing about what he’d like to achieve as president beyond protecting the “idea” of America.Contrast that with the platforms of Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who each have a defined pitch of progressive policies.In some ways it was easier for Biden to be the frontrunner having not officially declared his candidacy and not proposed anything. Now that he has done so he will need to back that up.He must also do that in a way that doesn’t make him look like out of step with an increasingly diverse party. As a white man who’s been a politician for 50 years, Biden will not be able to argue that he’s a fresh face. Biden at a Senate committee in 1991. Source: PA ImagesThat long career in politics also brings problems in itself.Anita Hill, who was infamously forced to testify before Congress after alleging sexual advances by a Supreme Court nominee, this week criticised Biden to the New York Times.Biden was chairman of the Congress committee at the time and has himself admitted that the way the hearing was handled was wrong. Hill told the New York Times that he reached out to her a number of weeks ago but stopped short of the apology she wanted.Biden also stopped short of apologising after multiple women came forward recently to say that he had made inappropriate physical contact with them.Both those issues present problems for Biden and it will be interesting to see if they are raised at any point by other Democrats when the primary campaign begins in earnest.The first Democratic debates are in June and the first primaries will be in January 2020.Despite these potential pitfalls though, Biden is leading in the polls for a reason and he could well be the man to beat.First and foremost is his association with the Obama presidency. The president/vice-president relationship can often be one of convenience at best, but in the case of Obama and Biden there appeared to be a genuine warmth between then. Source: CNN/YouTubeObama has frequently said that choosing Biden as a running mate was the best decision of his presidency and he rewarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.These bromantic notions from a popular presidency will no doubt remind Democrats of happier times.Biden is also a native of Pennsylvania, a traditionally blue collar state that Trump won in 2016. Tactically speaking, Biden winning there in 2020 along with some neighbouring states would be enough to give him the White House.And while Biden’s early focus on Trump may be a gamble, it could be one that pays off. In a crowded contest, positioning yourself as Trump’s main adversary could be a winning tactic.Biden certainly has an esteem that the other candidates can’t match and early on he looks likely to use it. 21,205 Views last_img read more

Le Windows Marketplace atteint les 60000 applications

first_imgLe Windows Marketplace atteint les 60.000 applicationsSi le manque d’applications sur les Windows Phone vous a poussé vers iOS ou Android, sachez  que l’argument n’est plus tout à fait valable.Si l’app store de Windows est tout de même encore loin de ces deux principaux concurrents (400.000 applications pour Android et 100.000 de plus pour Apple), il faut rappeler que la plateforme n’a même pas deux ans d’existence. Ces derniers mois, la soumission d’applications s’est nettement accélérée, faisant passer le nombre de 50.000 à 60.000 en 25 jours. Cela pourrait peut-être s’expliquer par l’arrivée de nouveaux modèles de smartphone (le Nokia Lumia 800 par exemple) et la mise à jour Mango pour Windows Phone, amenant de nouvelles fonctionnalités.Tous les feux sont donc au vert pour la firme de Redmond; un état de fait qui fait espérer le mieux pour la plateforme Windows Phone et son marché d’application.Le 24 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Benzema I want to be a Real Madrid legend

Benzema I want to be a Real Madrid legend

first_imgKarim Benzema plans to start afresh in the new season and continue with his path onto becoming a Real Madrid greatThe French striker had a difficult time last season and was only able to muster 11 goals in a total of 45 games in all competitions.Benzema’s struggles last term saw him lose his place in the France national team for the World Cup this summer and he was forced to watch from home as Les Bleus went on and won a second world title at Russia.To add to his woes, Benzema’s future at Real has been put into heavy doubt with many Spanish media outlets suggesting that it is time for him to pull the curtain on his nine-year stay at the Spanish capital this summer with Serie A giants Napoli reportedly interested.But, contrary to the speculation, Benzema has been hard at work since the very first day of pre-season and he is now raring to go for Los Blancos as the Frenchman looks to put the struggles of last season behind him.“So far this pre-season, we’ve been working really hard and putting in some good work,” he told the club website.“We know that it’s demanding, but it sets us in good stead for the rest of the season.“We have to keep winning silverware because the target here is always to win things as a team.“On a personal level, I’ll be looking to have a better season than I did last time around and continue to etch my name into the club’s history books.“I couldn’t have imagined achieving everything that I have, but I joined this club to win silverware, be a success and achieve a lot of things.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I knew that I’d have some tough seasons, but it doesn’t matter because this is the best club in the world.”He added: “I’m really happy.”Dancing with the ball ! ? @realmadrid #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lYgK8VuYzJ— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 20, 2018The loss of Zinedine Zidane as head coach had only fueled speculation surrounding Benzema’s future at Real.But the 30-year-old is enjoying his start to life under new boss Julen Lopetegui.“We know that Lopetegui is a coach who likes his teams to have the ball and play a possession-based game,” Benzema said.“He also places great emphasis on working hard when we lose the ball and how we press after we’ve given possession away.”Benzema will likely be in action for Real in the first game of their pre-season tour against Manchester United next Tuesday night.last_img read more

Sockeye streaming up Columbia at record pace

first_imgSockeye salmon have returned to the Columbia River in record numbers this summer, more than tripling the forecast of state and tribal biologists.The count through Tuesday at Bonneville Dam was more than 353,000 sockeye. The old record — a combination of the Bonneville count and lower Columbia commercial catch — was 335,300 in 1947.The final tally could be 375,000 or more.SALKUM — Sockeye occasionally stray into the Cowlitz River, although no run exists in the watershed.There’s one very persistent sockeye in the Cowlitz this year.The fish first returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery in mid-June. It was marked and recycled to the Massey Bar boat ramp on June 21. It came back to the hatchery on June 23, taken downstream again, and returned on June 25, only to be recycled downstream yet again.It returned July 1 for a fourth time. It’s reward was to be recycled a fourth time to Massey Bar ramp.Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said it is too early to say why the sockeye return is a record high.The sockeye are headed for the Wenatchee and Okanogan rivers, with a tiny percentage of the salmon headed for the upper Snake River.The vast majority of this year’s record return is destined for the Okanogan, she said.“There’s something good going on in the Okanogan to help these fish,’’ LeFleur said.Sockeye are the smallest of Columbia River salmon, averaging 3 to 5 pounds, but are considered as excellent a table treat as spring chinook. Kokanee, a popular sport species, are landlocked sockeye.Sockeye are caught incidentally by sportsmen fishing for salmon and steelhead, but do not bite well.An estimated 135 sockeye have been kept and 1,025 released from 36,954 angler trips for chinook and steelhead between June 16 and Monday. Sockeye did not become legal for sportsmen to keep until June 26.last_img read more

TexasBased Group Drove Nationwide Spike In White Supremacist Activity In 2018

TexasBased Group Drove Nationwide Spike In White Supremacist Activity In 2018

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:54 Photo provided by the Anti-Defamation LeagueAustin, Texas, November 4, 2017: Approximately 25 Patriot Front members and associates, wearing masks and carrying burning torches, demonstrated in front of the George Washington statue at the University of Texas.Activity by white supremacist groups spiked nationwide over the past year. One of the most active is a Texas-based organization with Houston ties.The Anti-Defamation League tracked 1,187 instances of propaganda by white supremacist groups in 2018, nearly triple the number in 2017. More than a quarter of those stemmed from one Texas group: Patriot Front.“It’s an alt-right group. It’s a relatively new group that started last year. Their founder and leader is a guy named Thomas Rousseau who’s from Dallas,” said Dena Marks, senior associate director of the ADL’s Southwest Regional Office. Patriot Front leaflets campuses and neighborhoods and organizes flash demonstrations.“There was one that happened last year at an ice house on West Alabama, where some Patriot Front members came in and started yelling at people who were holding an immigration information session there,” Marks said. She asks that anyone finding Patriot Front flyers notify the ADL. Sharelast_img read more

DC Area Lawmakers Reject Proposed Trump Budget

DC Area Lawmakers Reject Proposed Trump Budget

first_imgMembers of the U.S. Congress in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area soundly rejected President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled budget.On May 23, Trump’s administration released his budget for fiscal year 2018 that called for cutting Medicaid by $800 billion in the next ten years and eliminating key social programs. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) didn’t like the Trump budget at all but did see some nuggets that she could work with.D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says like many other representatives in the House that she is unhappy with Trump’s budget proposal. (Courtesy photo)“While the Trump budget harshly and unsustainably cuts virtually all domestic programs, especially affecting the most vulnerable Americans, we were able to achieve a better-than-expected result for the District of Columbia,” Norton said in a statement. “However, I am already preparing to mount a coordinated effort with a broad coalition of allies to fight the anti-home rule riders blocking local D.C. laws during the upcoming appropriations process.”The delegate noted positives in the president’s budget such as $30 million for the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant that helps D.C. students pay in-state tuition costs at public universities in other states and a financial aid for private institutions. However, the budget contains a rider that would try to block the city’s Death With Dignity Act (DWA) that became law without congressional interference earlier this year and Norton said that she will attempt to stop the “no local funds can be used” provision of the budget to prevent DWA.The budget also contains familiar riders such as prohibiting the city from using its funds for abortions for low-income women and on commercializing marijuana and Norton said she would fight those, too.Norton, who has served as a delegate to the U.S. Congress since 1991, was pleased that the budget contained funds for ongoing construction at St. Elizabeths West for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters and $150 million for capital improvements for Washington’s bus and subway system.U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) represents much of Prince George’s County and parts of Anne Arundel County didn’t like the Trump proposal either.“President Trump is proposing insidious cuts to programs American families depend on every day,” Brown said in a statement. “It is a laundry list of broken promises that targets the very people who need help the most. By cutting Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance, and slashing food stamps, disability insurance, school lunches, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity-Trump eviscerates effective and proven programs that help working poor, middle-class families and seniors.“We need to invest in education, workforce training and scientific research in order to promote sustainable growth and create jobs. Instead this budget would be a catastrophic for my district, our state and our country.”U.S. Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.) said that the budget of the Congressional Black Caucus would be better for the nation.“The federal budget must reflect our nation’s priorities,” Scott said in a statement. “The CBC budget works to strengthen our economy by making meaningful investments in education, transportation and infrastructure, the environment, scientific research and maintains a strong social safety net that protects our most vulnerable. President Trump’s FY 18 budget seeks to cut $4.3 trillion over 10 years from program that support the most vulnerable and at the same time cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans.”In summary, the CBC budget would have $3.9 trillion in revenue enhancements by taxing the wealthy more; paying for universal health care coverage and supports primary, secondary and higher education with programs to help students manage debt and more money for HBCUs.“Robin Hood in reverse-stealing from those most vulnerable while rewarding those who already have the most,” said U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.).“Middle class Americans, minority communities, low-income families, children and the elderly will suffer under this budget, which fails to protect funding for public education, health care, housing and the social safety net,” McEachin said in a statement.last_img read more

A fair run

A fair run

first_imgThe 5th edition of the Contours India – Women’s Day Run was held today, March 2nd2014, at the Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bangalore. The popular annual run event is hosted on the occasion of International Women’s day every year by Contours India, a women’s only fitness chain. The event is aimed at raising awareness on women’s empowerment and raising funds for the Asha Foundation. Leading the way for decades of experiencing the world’s class marathon events, Bangalore is set as the ideal location for the Women’s Day Run to celebrate womanhood and bringing in change for the future of children. The event is powered by Performax by Reliance Trends and supported by Charity Partner – Asha Foundation.last_img read more

Local train misses platform hits buffer in Ranaghat

Local train misses platform hits buffer in Ranaghat

first_imgKolkata: An EMU local train overshot platform and hit a buffer at Ranaghat station on Sunday, leading to the suspension of the motorman.According to an Eastern Railway spokesperson, no injury had, however, taken place as the train was at a very low speed. According to the spokesperson, the suburban local train from Bongaon was to terminate at Ranaghat station. The train was running at 5 km per hour, when it hit the buffer. There was no substantial damage to the train. The incident took place at around 7.23 am on Sunday morning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe first compartment of the train was damaged after hitting the buffer. The metal buffers at the end of platform number 4 have been damaged after the train hit them. The buffers are meant to stop trains in such circumstances, where the locomotive fails to stop at a designated point.The motorman, however, claimed that a mentally challenged man had entered the driver’s cabin, while the train was entering the platform on Sunday morning. Senior railway officials rushed to the spot after the accident. An inquiry has been initiated in this connection.Action will be taken against the motorman if any negligence found on his part, the spokesperson said.The motorman of the Bongaon-Ranaghat train has been put under suspension till the completion of inquiry into the accident, a senior official of the Eastern Railway said. The mentally challenged man was later detained by the GRP at Ranaghat and an investigation is being held to ascertain the facts.last_img read more

How to monitor Spotify resource usage on Windows

How to monitor Spotify resource usage on Windows

first_imgHow to monitor Spotify resource usage on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on November 10, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: November 12, 2016 – 9 commentsSpotify is a popular music service that is available as a web version, desktop clients and as applications for various platforms.Some Spotify users noticed back in June that the client was causing excessive writes on the disk. While the reported write amount varies a lot, some stated that they were seeing 10Gb/hour writes on their computer by Spotify alone.Update: Spotify has released a new client version that addresses the issue according to the update history. Updating the desktop client to version 1.0.42 should fix the amount of written data. Feedback from users suggest that the situation has improved but not been resolved completely. EndWhat’s particularly interesting about this is that the writes occur even if Spotify is kept open in the background but not playing any songs.If you do some math, you will realize that those writes cannot be explained by song caching even if the highest song quality is used.Users who notice the behavior are worried that Spotify alone may cause their computer’s Solid State Drives to die early due to the excessive number of writes.Monitor SpotifyNot all Spotify users are affected by the issue. I let Spotify Free run on a test system for some time and noticed no excessive writes at all.If you are using Spotify, first thing you may want to do therefore is to monitor the resource usage of the client to find out if the version of Spotify running on your device is writing excessively to the drive.While you can use a lot of tools to monitor writes on a system, I suggest you simply start by looking at what the Windows Task Manager reports (or the excellent Process Explorer).Hit Ctrl-Shift-Esc to launch it.Switch to processes or details depending on which version of Windows you are using afterwards.Locate the spotify.exe process or processes, and check their I/O write bytes.You may need to add the data to the table by right-clicking on a table header and selecting “select columns”.Note that the data is bytes which means that you need to convert it to Gigabyte first. You can use this tool for that. Basically, 1000000000 bytes are roughly 0.931 Gigabyte. So, if you see something like 2.3 million bytes like on the screenshot above, that is just about 2 Megabyte of data.What if Spotify causes excessive writes?Spotify users who analyzed the issue found out that the writes cannot be linked to song caching but affect certain database files in the Spotify folder: mercury.db and mercury.db-wal in the root Spotify folder.So, what appears to happen is that Spotify runs the vacuum command on the database aggressively which causes the writes. Vacuum optimizes the database file by reclaiming space using various optimization routines. This process creates a temp database file that replaces the original file after the command ran its course.Spotify users have a couple of options to deal with the issue.Use the Web Client and not a desktop client. This is by far the easiest option but it may not be convenient.Move the cache files to a RAM disk, or another drive (not SSD if possible). Ram disk uses system memory as a temporary disk which would mean that Spotify would write to RAM instead of the actual hard drive.Edit the Spotify binary and replace the VACCUM command with blanks. Note that this has not been tested on Windows, but it seems to work fine on Mac OS X. Two issues arise from this: first, you have to redo the process after each update. Second, the database file may get slower over time since it is never vacuumed.Now You: Are you noticing excessive writes when running Spotify? SummaryArticle NameHow to monitor Spotify resource usage on WindowsDescriptionFind out how to monitor the resource usage of the Spotify desktop client on Windows to find out if it causes excessive writes on the PC.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Nicaraguas Ortega wants to have a friendly chat with next Costa Rican

Nicaraguas Ortega wants to have a friendly chat with next Costa Rican

first_imgNicaragua President Daniel Ortega wants to open up a dialogue with Laura Chinchilla’s successor as president of Costa Rica, according to Nicaraguan analysts in areport by the news agency EFE.Ortega made gestures this week signaling that he wishes to improve the contentious relationship between the two Central American neighbors, once Costa Rica elects its next president on April 6. Johnny Araya, of Chinchilla’s National Liberation Party, will take on Luis Guillermo Solís, of the center-left Citizens Action Party in a runoff.Chinchilla’s last day in office will be May 8, and Ortega will be pleased to see her go. During Chinchilla’s four years in office, the presidential counterparts have maintained a theatrically adverse relationship. Some of the disputes arose over alleged aggressions from Nicaragua toward Costa Rica. Those allegations are now being tried in an International Court of Justice. Other issues – like the idea that Nicaragua might invade Guanacaste – seem to be more about chest-thumping and braggadocio from both sides.Chinchilla announced last week that Costa Rica plans to take Nicaragua once more to the world court before her term ends. In this case, the complaint comes after Managua allegedly offered maritime territories in Costa Rican waters to international oil companies for concessions.“They talk of dialogue and brotherhood, but in reality, on the ground, they continue being hostile, aggressive and arrogant,” Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said, referring to Costa Rica’s decision to file another case against Nicaragua.Neither Solís nor Araya wants to appear weak before Ortega’s swaggering up north, but they face a tough dilemma since the Nicaraguan president likely won’t be going away for some time.They might need to search for ways to compromise with Ortega, whose rule seems to grow more authoritarian each year. The Sandinista revolutionary became president in 2007, and his government continues to tinker with the constitution to allow Ortega to keep running for president. On Monday, constitutional reforms take effect that remove presidential term limits, opening the door for Ortega to become president for life.According to the analysts in the EFE article, Ortega wants to present a vision of a more united Central America. He desires to form bilateral agreements with neighbors, Costa Rica and Panama. For that to happen, Ortega will need a Costa Rican president who’s willing to play ball with him. Could that be Solís or Araya? Ortega hopes he’ll at least have better luck with one of them than he did Chinchilla, and that’s why he’s reaching out now and alluding to extending an olive branch to the eventual winner. Facebook Comments Related posts:Candidate Johnny Araya says he’s willing to meet Nicaragua’s Ortega Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order VIDEO: Costa Rican officials present new evidence of alleged damage to its territory by Nicaraguan workers Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ imagelast_img read more

FILE In this April 6 2017 file photo Queen Lat

FILE In this April 6 2017 file photo Queen Lat

first_img FILE- In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Queen Latifah speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Latifah is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Rutgers − Newark commencement ceremony on Monday, May 14, 2018. An Associated Press analysis found that two-thirds of the speakers at the nation’s 25 wealthiest colleges’ ceremonies in spring 2018 are women for the first time in at least two decades. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Amid #MeToo, more colleges host women as graduation speakers by Collin Binkley, The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2018 6:01 am PDT Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img This graduation season, the podium is all hers.For the first time in at least two decades, the majority of the nation’s top colleges are featuring women as their spring commencement speakers, a shift that industry experts credit to the wave of female empowerment that has fueled the #MeToo movement.Yale is bringing Hillary Clinton. MIT will host Sheryl Sandberg. Vanderbilt landed Amal Clooney, while Dartmouth chose Mindy Kaling.Overall, women account for nearly 60 per cent of the speakers at the 25 schools that have the largest endowments and traditionally carry the clout to draw big names to the lectern. By contrast, women made up just a quarter of the speakers at those schools over the previous 19 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of university records.Companies that are hired to find speakers say they’ve seen a surge in requests for women at the same time that the #MeToo movement has shed light on sexual misconduct from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. Demand has grown so quickly that some say they’re struggling to keep up.“There’s been a much bigger push to bring in white females, black females — anyone other than a white male,” said Richard Schelp, owner of Executive Speakers Bureau in Memphis, Tennessee, where 40 per cent of recent booking requests from schools and other clients have been for women. “We’re digging deep into our reservoir of resources.”Schools contacted by the AP said the #MeToo movement didn’t directly influence their decisions, but some said it might have been on the minds of students who help pick finalists. Many start looking for speakers more than a year in advance, competing for prominent figures that will impress alumni and prospective students.Speakers chosen this year include women from politics, business, athletics and the arts, and many reflect diversity beyond their gender. Film director Ava DuVernay will be the first woman of colour to give Cornell’s speech in a decade. Raquel Bono, a vice-admiral in the U.S. Navy and a Filipina American, will speak at the University of Texas, Austin.As ceremonies unfold in coming weeks, experts say graduates can expect to hear speeches on equality, inclusivity and other topics that might have been seen as too thorny in the past.“Because there’s so much demand out there, I think they’re much more comfortable talking about this,” said Don Epstein, CEO of the Greater Talent Network, a New York agency owned by United Talent Agency. “The public is finally saying enough, we want to hear about it.”Outside the richest schools, many of this year’s marquee speakers are also women.Queen Latifah is headed to Rutgers University’s Newark campus. Wesleyan University in Connecticut will hear from Anita Hill, who has become a #MeToo icon for her 1991 testimony accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.It’s a stark contrast with past years that saw few female speakers. In 2007, for example, only two of the 25 richest schools chose women. In 2003, none of the eight Ivy League schools did.Colleges say they strive for diversity but face tough competition for a small pool of speakers. And while more women have joined the speaking industry in recent years, experts say they remain widely outnumbered by men.Bringing celebrity speakers can also carry a hefty cost — sometimes upward of $100,000 — leading many schools to seek alumni or others who won’t charge a fee.Still, some schools have brought far fewer women than their peers. A handful of colleges have brought just three in the past two decades, including Harvard University and the universities of Notre Dame, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Notre Dame officials said they look for a mix of speakers but are sometimes thwarted by scheduling conflicts. Still, they showcase diversity in other ways, spokesman Dennis Brown said. Class valedictorians, who also speak at graduation, have been women five of the past 10 years, he said.“Our graduates do hear from a variety of voices, including women and people of colour,” he said.In cases where schools don’t have speakers at their university-wide graduation ceremonies, the AP analysis counted less formal class day or senior day speeches that are typically organized by students. Yale, which has brought five women to its class day over the past 20 years, said administrators usually play only a small role.A few colleges have brought a rough balance of men and women in recent decades. At Dartmouth College and Duke University, women account for 40 per cent of spring speakers since 1999. Dartmouth officials attribute it to a wide pool of successful female graduates, along with some scheduling luck.At Vanderbilt, which has been bringing speakers for 15 years, 60 per cent have been women. Provost Susan Wente credits the committee of students that helps pick finalists.“That student advisory group is diverse amongst itself,” she said. “They have consistently produced a slate of finalists that are also diverse.”Epstein, whose company worked with about 30 college commencements this year, said demand for women has been growing over the last year — and is still mounting as schools begin planning for next year.“I think we’re just scratching the surface here,” he said. “This is not a flash in the pan. This is a long-term issue that’s going to be around for a long time, until there’s real equality.”___Binkley can be reached on Twitter at @cbinkleylast_img read more

Barbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 24 ounces and 185

first_imgBarbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 2.4 ounces and 18.5 inches long at 11:31 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Fletcher Levi was born 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long at 11:54 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Barbara Ivy was born 6 pounds 2.4 ounces and 18.5 inches long at 11:31 pm. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm]Many congratulations to Arcosanti residents Kelli and Jim Huth on the birth of their beautiful, healthy twins! The babies were born the night of April 5th. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] April 8, 2005Many congratulations to Arcosanti residents Kelli and Jim Huth on the birth of their beautiful, healthy twins! The babies were born the night of April 5th. [Photo: Stacy Bilby & text: lm] Welcome to Ivy and Fletcher. [Photo: Huth Family & text: sa]last_img read more

Police officer arrested in connection with theft

Police officer arrested in connection with theft

first_imgLimassol police on Sunday arrested one of their own on suspicion of stealing from a wallet that a member of the public had found and handed over to the authorities to be returned to the owner.The 51-year-old police officer was questioned and released to be charged at a later date, police said.The alleged theft took place in Limassol on Friday after someone handed to police a wallet containing cash, which they had found.Some of the cash went missing later and suspicion fell on the suspect.The case is being investigated by the force’s internal affairs service. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip 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 Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more