Turning a blind eye

first_imgA unique feature of all environmental reports is that they are never received by the governments, for which these are essentially meant, in the same earnestness with which those reports are prepared. There is a complete disconnect between the two sides. But the very context of the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report makes it different. The report has coincided with unprecedented devastation in many parts of the country, particularly states like Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, Odissa and the North East, ravaged by floods. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn fact, the report points out that Climate Change is exacerbating land degradation processes through increases in rainfall intensity, flooding, drought frequency and severity, heat stress, dry spells, wind, sea-level rise, wave action, and other problems that will put a question mark on our survival. In fact, India has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to global warming and is set to face the brunt of Climate Change devastation in the days to come. All that the reports of IPCC and other agencies predicted are becoming a reality in the country: intense heat waves, floods and droughts and water stress, further exposing an already vulnerable population. Also Read – Insider threat managementAn earlier report in the same series had said India is already losing about 1.5 per cent of its GDP every year due to Climate Change-related risks. The agriculture sector has witnessed 4-9 per cent dip in yield every year as a result of the current 1 degree C rise in global temperature. Allowing the temperature to rise beyond 1.5°C would render India uninhabitable and even poorer, it said. The report saw higher risks from heavy precipitation events, including flooding and severe tropical cyclones over the Indian Ocean near the Arabian Sea, increased heatwave conditions and coastal flooding. Large parts of the country suffered intense heat waves in this year’s summer, with the problem extending to places like Kolkata. The report also spoke about the increased vulnerability of communities around the Ganga-Brahmaputra and Mahanadi delta. The impact of all this could be felt in a dip in crop production and decreased the nutritional quality of rice and wheat. The rising temperatures, according to the report, could create a severe negative impact on livestock due to changes in feed quality, the spread of diseases and lack of availability of water resources, coupled by an increased risk of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. It was most ominous that the release of the latest report coincided with a recurrence of the devastating floods and landslides in Kerala, a state whose successive governments have given scant respect for the adverse impact of the prodigal ways of its communities. Kerala has, in fact, been one state where the interests of land mafias and encroachment and construction lobbies have been made subservient to everything else with the help of governments that go out of their way to please these vested interests, which have got themselves deeply entrenched in the political power structure. These lobbies take positions that are diametrically opposed to causes of ecological protection and include even powerful sections of the Church, whose constituents have a vital stake in the continued degradation of land and its resources. In fact, the stand of the Church had come into direct conflict with corrective measures recommended by important reports such as the one by the Gadgil Committee, which proposed a total ban on commercial activities in the fragile eco-system of Western Ghats, bearing the brunt of the devastation in the heavy landslides and flash floods during this as well as last year’s deluge. The Pinarayi Vijayan government has been particularly insensitive to the demands of environmental protection as it introduced several relaxations in the norms so as to help the building lobby. These include dilution of the law dealing with the conversion of paddy fields for building residences and other commercial purposes, relaxation of norms for the issue of quarrying licences, which is the biggest threat to the fragile ecosystem and succumbing to the pressure of lobbies. The erstwhile UDF government of Oommen Chandy cannot escape blame as it allowed the powerful plantation lobby to use 5 per cent area of their estates for the development of tourism, which meant large-scale felling of trees and build-up of commercial facilities. Most of the landslides in this year’s flood have occurred in and around these areas, which points to the disregard of the authorities towards the need for environmental protection. Former chief minister V S Achuthanandan, who is the chairman of the Administrative Reforms Committee, an outfit formed to accommodate the veteran communist when Pinarayi was chosen to lead the new government, has come out openly against some policies of the government, saying that ignoring recommendations of experts such as the Gadgil Committee is to blame for the increasing frequency of natural disasters in the state. Madhav Gadgil, ecologist and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, who headed the Gadgil Committee, has himself attributed the devastation to the failure of the state government to implement the safeguards recommended for the area. The recommendations had become such a sensitive political issue that the UDF government had set up committee after committee to modify the report until the one committee could come up with a set of suggestions that would be acceptable to the pressure groups. And the results of all these are there for everyone to see. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for May by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in May. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.7 per cent (8.6)— Halifax 5.7 (5.6)— Moncton, N.B. 6.0 (5.7)— Saint John, N.B. 6.6 (6.5)— Saguenay, Que. 6.1 (5.8)— Quebec 3.9 (3.7)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.0 (5.5)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.2 (5.5)— Montreal 6.0 (6.1)— Gatineau, Que. 5.1 (4.8)— Ottawa 4.1 (4.2)— Kingston, Ont. 5.2 (4.9)— Peterborough, Ont. 2.7 (3.8)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.5 (4.4)— Toronto 6.2 (5.9)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.8 (5.3)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.3 (5.8)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.7 (5.4)— Brantford, Ont. 7.5 (7.2)— Guelph, Ont. 4.1 (4.8)— London, Ont. 5.3 (5.7)— Windsor, Ont. 5.9 (5.5)— Barrie, Ont. 7.4 (8.4)— Sudbury, Ont. 7.0 (7.2)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.0 (5.1)— Winnipeg 6.7 (6.5)— Regina 6.3 (5.7)— Saskatoon 6.8 (6.7)— Calgary 7.7 (8.0)— Edmonton 6.5 (6.6)— Kelowna, B.C. 5.0 (4.8)— Abbotsford, B.C. 4.6 (4.4)— Vancouver 4.1 (4.1)— Victoria 3.9 (4.2)last_img read more

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Top UN envoy urges Sudan to review death sentences against Darfur rebels

“The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has concerns that the judicial process may not have met international standards,” Ashraf Qazi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Sudan, said in a statement issued today. “It would appear that the accused were only given access to lawyers after the trials began; confessions were obtained while the accused were held incommunicado and in the absence of legal counsel and the court did not investigate allegations of ill treatment,” according to information available to UNMIS, which is headed by Mr. Qazi. The 10 May attack against the Sudanese Government was carried out by members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Omdurman, on the outskirts of Khartoum. Mr. Qazi said that while the Government has the right and the responsibility to prosecute and sentence those who committed criminal offences, it must ensure compliance of proceedings with international legal standards. “In capital punishment cases especially, the Government has an obligation to rigorously observe all fair trial guarantees set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Sudan is a State party,” he stated. The UN mission encouraged Sudan to abolish capital punishment, and, in the meantime, establish a moratorium on executions as called for by the General Assembly in November 2007. Insecurity and unrest continue to plague Darfur, an arid and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, and attempts to broker a peace deal have also been hampered by the splintering of the many rebel movements.An estimated 300,000 people have been killed there since 2003, either through direct combat or disease, malnutrition and reduced life expectancy, while another 2.7 million people have been displaced from their homes.Meanwhile, Henry Anyidoho, the Deputy Joint UN-African Union Special Representative for Darfur, will visit Nyala on 10 August, along with members of the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force – known as UNAMID – that has been deployed in the strife-torn region since January.The visit will include a meeting with the UN country team, talks with the sheiks (or traditional chiefs) in the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as with the Wali (Governor) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in that camp.While at Shangil Tobayi, the home-base of the UNAMID troops which were attacked in an ambush on 8 July, Mr. Anyidoho expressed his hopes for the quick recovery of the wounded and voiced his deep appreciation for the courage and commitment of the troops. 7 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan has called for a review of the death sentences passed by the country’s counter-terrorism courts against 30 members of a Darfur rebel group found guilty of participating in an attack near the capital in May, amid concerns that they did not receive a fair trial. read more

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Ivorian polls top talks between UN peacekeeping chief and Prime Minister

Mr. Soro announced in May that presidential elections will be held on 29 November. The ballot had been repeatedly postponed after President Laurent Gbagbo’s mandate expired in October 2005. The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, known as UNOCI, has been assisting in the implementation of the 2007 Ouagadougou Agreement, a blueprint for political reconciliation in the West African country which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and a northern area dominated by the rebel Forces Nouvelles.Speaking to reporters in Abidjan, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Alain Le Roy said he and Mr. Soro discussed the preparations for the polls and further measures to be taken in the coming weeks so that the elections actually take place on 29 November. Mr. Le Roy reiterated the support of UNOCI to ensuring a safe and peaceful atmosphere during the elections, according to a news release issued by the mission. UNOCI has been providing technical and logistical support for preparations for the elections, including in areas such as voter identification and registration. Over 6 million voters have been registered so far, or about 70 per cent of the country’s eligible voter pool.The UN peacekeeping chief, who began his visit on 10 June, also met yesterday with key political actors, including opposition leaders and with the Special Representative of the Facilitator of the Ivorian peace process.In addition to Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Le Roy is expected to travel to Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria, where he will meet with Government officials and local authorities. 12 June 2009The role of the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire in the country’s peace process, especially ahead of the upcoming presidential election, was high on the agenda as the world body’s top peacekeeping official met with Prime Minister Guillaume Soro today. read more

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Cop arrested for child rape

The police constable was subsequently arrested and was to be produced in court today.Earlier this month the police announced that there was a steep rise in the number of rape incidents reported around the country. A policeman has been arrested for raping an underage girl who had gone to witness the Kataragama perahera last night.The 13 year old girl was watching the festivities from near a bridge in the Kataragama sacred zone when she was raped by the policeman.

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Windows 8 Take 2 Microsoft to spiff up maligned operating system with

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted May 7, 2013 1:25 am MDT Windows 8, Take 2: Microsoft to spiff up maligned operating system with ‘Blue’ touch-up job SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.The tune up announced Tuesday won’t be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a software package given the codename “Blue,” are a tacit acknowledgment of the shortcomings in Windows 8, a radical overhaul of Microsoft Corp.’s ubiquitous operating system.With the makeover it released last October, Microsoft hoped to play a more prominent role in the growing mobile device market while still maintaining its dominance in PCs. But Windows 8’s design, which emphasizes interactive tiles and touch controls, seems to have befuddled as many people as it has impressed. One leading research firm, International Data Corp., says Windows 8 contributed to a 14 per cent decline in worldwide PC sales during the first three months of the year — the biggest year-over-year drop ever.Meanwhile, sales of smartphones and tablet computers are booming. The biggest beneficiaries have been Apple Inc., the maker of the iPhone and iPad, and Samsung Electronics Co., which sells the most devices running on Google Inc.’s Android software. Google is also benefiting from Android’s popularity through increased traffic to its services, creating more opportunities for the company to display ads.By contrast, leading PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., which primarily sell Windows-powered machines, have been mired in a financial funk that has battered their stocks and raised questions about their futures.Despite the troubling signs, Microsoft insists it’s pleased with Windows 8’s performance.The company, which is based in Redmond, Wash., says more than 100 million Windows 8 licenses have been sold so far, up from about 60 million licenses in January. The licensing volume “is in the same general ballpark,” as Microsoft’s previous operating system — Windows 7 — at a similar juncture of its sales cycle, according to Tami Reller, who serves as the marketing and financial chief for Microsoft’s Windows business.In an interview, Reller said Microsoft still realized changes need to be made to make Windows 8 easier to navigate and capable of taking full advantage of technology improvements that have come out since October.“Are there things that we can do to improve the experience? Absolutely,” Reller said “There is a learning curve (to Windows 8) and we can work to address that.”For now, Microsoft isn’t saying what kind of changes will be introduced with the release of Blue, which the company plans to anoint with a different name when the update is available. Microsoft also isn’t saying whether it will charge existing owners of Windows 8 devices to get the fixes in Blue. The company plans to release Blue in time for the holiday season.Reller said more details about Blue will be released before Microsoft holds a developers conference in San Francisco in late June. Some of Blue’s features are expected to be previewed at that conference.“I view this as a relaunch of Windows 8, finally giving everyone a fully baked version,” said technology analyst Patrick Moorhead. “It has been a very rough road for Microsoft so far.”If Blue is meant to make people more comfortable, the changes may incorporate more of the elements from earlier versions of Windows.A common complaint has centred on the lack of a “start” button in the Windows 8 menu.Other critics have pined for an option that would allow the system to begin in a desktop mode suited for running applications designed for earlier versions of the operating system. Windows 8 currently starts off showing a mosaic of interactive tiles tailored for swiping through programs with a finger instead of using a computer mouse.Blue also might make it easier to find a set of controls — known as “charms” in Windows 8’s parlance — that currently must be pulled out from the right side of a display screen.Besides responding to customer feedback, Blue also will make Windows 8 better suited for smaller, less expensive tablets with 7- and 8-inch display screens, Reller said. She declined to say whether Microsoft intends to make smaller version of its own Surface tablets. In a conference call with analysts last month, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein said the company was working with other manufacturers to make smaller tablets.Moorhead also believes Blue will bring more built-in programs, such as a video editor and audio recorder, to Windows 8 and may also include other improvements.One thing that Blue won’t fix: the relatively small selection of mobile applications tailored for Windows 8. Reller said the Windows 8 store now has more than 60,000 apps. By contrast, there are more than 800,000 apps available for Apple’s mobile’s devices and nearly that many for Android devices, too. In one of the most glaring omissions on Windows 8, Facebook Inc. still hasn’t designed an app to make its online social network more accessible on that system. Facebook has about 750 million mobile users.Microsoft’s decision to tweak Windows 8 so soon after its much-ballyhooed release may reinforce perceptions that the product is a flop.Windows 8’s flaws were quickly evident to analysts such as Moorhead, who believes Microsoft took some short cuts to ensure the new operating system would be ready for devices going on sale during last year’s holiday shopping season. “It’s like they had an airplane and they threw off some of the bags to make sure it could take off,” Moorhead said.Investors still believe Windows 8 will pay off for Microsoft, which gets more than half of its revenue from the sale of Windows operating systems and various software programs and services. The company’s stock slipped 40 cents to $33.35 in Tuesday’s afternoon trading, leaving the shares with a 20 per cent gain since Windows 8 went on sale. That outstrips the 15 per cent increase in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during the same stretch.Reller is trying to frame the upcoming changes to Windows 8 as evidence that Microsoft is becoming more agile and nimble as it responds to a rapidly evolving technology market. Smartphones and tablet computers have been at the epicenter of the upheaval, diminishing the demand for PCs as more people and businesses opt for the convenience of increasingly powerful mobile devices.Analysts say one reason Windows 8 got off to a slow start is because there weren’t enough devices designed to take advantage of the system’s touch-screen features. But that is about to change as HP, Dell and other PC makers prepare to roll out a wide variety of laptops and tablets with displays that respond to touch. More than 2,400 devices have now been certified to run on Windows 8, up from 2,000 in January, Reller said.Most of the touch-screen laptops will sell at prices $50 to $250 below the first wave of comparable machines running on Windows 8, reductions that Microsoft hopes will prod more people to check out the system.“As we look at Windows 8, it’s important to remember a lot of its full potential won’t be realized until there are more touch devices on the market,” Reller said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Lost complete confidence in them Nearly two new data breaches at Tusla

first_img 31,396 Views TUSLA HAS REPORTED new breaches of potentially sensitive client information at a rate of nearly two per week early this year following the launch of an official probe into its practices.The breaches included two incidents classified as “high risk” by the child protection agency – including one unauthorised disclosure in the Dublin/north-east region that Tusla said was the result of an intentional act by an outside party.The cause of the second unauthorised disclosure in the most serious category of breach was still listed as “unknown”, according to incident summaries obtained by TheJournal.ie.In total, Tusla was notified of 23 fresh data breaches during a nearly three-month period from the beginning of January. Of these, nine were classified as “medium risk”, including one in which an encrypted device was stolen.Around three-fifths of the incidents were the result of employee mistakes or omissions, while nearly two-thirds occurred in either the Dublin/north-east or Dublin/mid-Leinster regions.Speaking on condition of anonymity, one person who had recent dealings with Tusla told TheJournal.ie they had complained to the local office after finding the names of unrelated parties attached to documents sent by the child protection agency.“From that moment I lost complete confidence in them. If they send a letter to me with (unconnected) names, what information have they sent about me to someone else?” they said.Second investigationTusla declined to provide further details of the most serious incidents when contacted for comment. The agency said via a spokeswoman that it did not comment on individual breaches “in line with best practice”.“Tusla’s assessment, notification and remediation breach procedures are aligned with the (Data Protection Commission) requirements and our commitment to continuous data governance improvement,” the spokeswoman said. TheJournal.ie previously revealed that the Data Protection Commission (DPC) had opened its second inquiry into data security at the child and family agency after a “large number” of potentially serious breaches were reported between May and late December last year. Under General Data Protection Regulation provisions, the DPC can order public bodies to pay fines of up to €1 million over data breaches.The data security watchdog conducted an earlier inquiry into Tusla’s handling of sensitive information after false sexual abuse allegations were added to the file of garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. The agency later apologised over its failings in the case.The DPC subsequently presented 59 findings to Tusla, identifying among other “issues of concern” the continuing close links between the child protection agency and the HSE when it came to office space, services and IT systems.Know more about this story? Email the author via peter@thejournal.ie or send a message using the secure Threema app, ID: ESUCBYMK. 25 Comments Share Tweet Email8 Apr 29th 2019, 11:01 PM Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM Short URL Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Peter Bodkin https://jrnl.ie/4610987 ‘Lost complete confidence in them’: Nearly two new data breaches at Tusla every week Several potentially serious incidents have been reported since the Data Protection Commission launched an investigation last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Ancient road unearthed in Thessaloniki

first_imgAn ancient road that was built around 2000 years ago has been uncovered during a subway construction in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki. The 70-meter stretch of marble road was uncovered during the construction of the city’s new subway system, which has now been on hold for four years. Plans are in place to raise the road to put it on permanent display. Evidence of life in Greece 2000 years ago are etched into the marble paving stones, with drawings of children’s board games and horse-drawn carriage still clear to see with the naked eye. Also discovered at the site were remains of tools, lamps and the bases of marble columns. The original road, built by Greeks 500 years earlier, still remains underneath the Roman construction. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vancouver man sentenced to 10 years for sex crime

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel with the intent to have sex with minors.Nathaniel Juhl, 28, also received five years of supervised release beginning at the end of his prison term.In May 2006, Juhl started chatting online with FBI agents posing as teenage girls. Juhl invited what he thought were girls ages 13 and 14 to meet him at the Sunset Transition Station in Beaverton, Ore., in October 2006, planning to take them back to his Vancouver home for “sexual activity,” according to a bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.Instead, he was taken into custody by federal agents. A search of his personal computer turned up more than 800 images of child pornography, the bulletin said.Juhl was arrested most recently in April 2009 in Kingman, Ariz., months after he failed to show for a court appearance. Juhl, a construction worker by trade, was working at the time for a traveling carnival.He has been in custody since his 2009 arrest. Juhl was brought to trial as part of Project Safe Childhood, a DOJ-led effort to “protect children from online exploitation and abuse.” The case was investigated by the FBI and the Beaverton Police Department.last_img read more

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Lorry container rams into bike in Hyderabad 1 killed

first_imgA lorry container rammed into a bike in the wee hours on Wednesday here at Tukkuguda gate leaving one dead on the spot. He was identified as Venkatesh, a resident of Amangal. The accident occurred when the container rammed into the bike from the rear when the victim was on his bike. Passersby alerted the Pahadi Shareef police who registered a case and shifted the body to Osmania General Hospital (OGH) for post-mortem. The police registered a case against the driver and seized the vehicle.last_img read more

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Katrina Kaif eats like horse I get seminude pictures on phone Interesting

first_imgVarun Dhawan on Quick Heal PinchYouTube ScreenshotVarun Dhawan recently appeared on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show – Quick Heal Pinch, and made some interesting comments and revelations. Some of the most mention-worthy comments involve Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Varun’s phone.While replying to a fan’s comment on Varun and Alia’s chemistry, the actor said that sometimes some onscreen pairs become iconic. Citing examples of the same, Varun mentioned Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and lastly Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.Ranbir and Deepika do not only make a hit onscreen pair, but the two were once real-life lovers too.Going forward, the Badlapur actor then spoke about receiving semi-nude pictures from girls and boys on his phone. This topic came up when Arbaaz asked him if he would be comfortable to share his ATM card or his phone with anyone. Varun opted for ATM card and said that it is too risky to share a phone with anyone in today’s world.He further said that his phone is often flooded with things he did not want to have, but appear on his phone due to social media. He said that a lot of time girls, as well as boys, have sent him semi-nude pictures, which even created problems between him and his girlfriend Natasha. Varun Dhawan, Natasha DalalVarinder ChawlaThe next question asked to Varun was – who is more interesting on social media versus real life? Varun took Katrina Kaif’s name and added that her social media makes it look like she is always having a fun time and holidays. But in real life Katrina is always focussed in work. “She is a horse with blinkers on, except when she is hungry and chooses to eat something,” he said.Adding to the comment, Arbaaz said, “Even when hungry she eats like a horse”, and Varun agreed to him too.Another interesting thing said on the show is regarding Varun’s marriage. While speaking about the phone issue, Varun said that people nowadays keep two phones after marriage. Reacting to this, Arbaaz quickly said, “That is what going to happen with you soon”. Agreeing to it, Varun then said, “Yes, but I won’t keep two phones, and instead resort to pager”.So, are Varun and Natasha planning to tie the knot anytime soon? Well, only time will tell.last_img read more

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Japan flood death toll hits 141

first_imgSoldiers search for victims at a flood hit area in Kurashiki city, Okayama prefecture on 9 July, 2018. Photo: AFPRescue workers carried out house-to-house searches Tuesday in the increasingly unlikely hope of finding survivors after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 141 lives in one of Japan’s worst weather-related disasters for decades.The record downpours that began last week have stopped and receding flood waters have laid bare the destruction that has cut a swathe through the west of the country.In the city of Kurashiki, the flooding engulfed entire districts at one point, forcing some people to their rooftops to wait for rescue.By Tuesday morning, rescue workers were going door-to-door, looking for survivors — or victims — of the disaster.”It’s what we call a grid operation, where we are checking every single house to see if there are people still trapped inside them,” an official with the local Okayama prefecture government told AFP.”We know it’s a race against time, we are trying as hard as we can.”In the Mabi district of Kurashiki, the water left behind a fine yellow silt that has transformed the area into moonscape.Cars driving through kicked up clouds of dust. People walking around wore medical masks or covered their mouths with small towels to protect themselves against the particulates.Stores were still closed, and inside one barber’s shop the red sofas, customer chairs, and standing hairdryers were all covered with the same silt.Fumiko Inokuchi, 61, was inside her home, sorting though the damage caused by floods that submerged the entire first floor.She escaped the house on Saturday, crossing the street to take shelter in a three-storey care home for the elderly, from where she watched in horror as the waters rose.”I saw my house sink underwater and I couldn’t do anything at all, there was just nothing I could do. I felt helpless,” she said, retrieving a photo of her children playing baseball.”I got married here, and we built this house two years afterwards. We raised our three small sons to adulthood here, there are so many memories,” she said, her eyes welling with tears.- New dangers from heat -The crisis is the deadliest rain-related disaster in over three decades, and one that has sparked national grief.On Monday Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a four-stop foreign trip as the death toll rose.Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that at least 141 people had been killed. Media said dozens more remained missing and the tally was expected to rise further.Around 75,000 police, firemen and troops have been deployed in the search and rescue operation across parts of central and western Japan, Suga said, warning that hot weather posed new risks.Thousands of people remain in shelters after authorities issued evacuation orders for as many of five million residents, and local authorities in some areas were offering drinking water and bathing services for those in homes without their own supply.”It will be over 35 Celsius in some areas… Please be careful about heatstroke if you’re doing reconstruction outdoors, and continue to be vigilant about landslides,” Suga said.The government said it would tap around $20 million in reserve funds to provide aid to those affected by the disaster. Abe was expected to visit the areas in coming days.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews THE DISASTER ARTIST

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Finally, Tommy Wiseau Joins The Avengers in Marvel’s ‘The Room’Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero Are Still Best Friends center_img Is The Disaster Artist good?It’s fine, but really only anything more if you’re already big into The Room?What’s The Room?You probably don’t need to see The Disaster Artist.Oh. Okay, but… what if I want to see it anyway?Then you should see The Room beforehand.And The Room is…?The Room was an independently-produced drama from 2003 that is… a very, very bad movie whose “badness” manifested in that particular “Who thought any of this was a good idea and were they from this planet?” fashion that’s landed other stuff like Troll 2 or Night of The Lepus a cult-following. But what makes The Room unique is that conceptually it’s a bog-standard self-indulgent indie relationship drama whose compelling strangeness stems not from concept but from the subtle way everything seems just slightly… “off”.  This is with the exception of writer/director/producer/financier and lead star Tommy Wiseau. He’s an enigmatic figure whose unplaceable accent and air of near-complete mystery as to his age, place of origin and where he gets the apparently limitless cash supply he used to self-produce the film probably has as much to do with the cultural fascination as the film itself.So it’s a “cult movie” as in like a Rocky Horror type thing?Yes. People go to screenings to yell catchphrases back at the characters and throw random objects at certain intervals. It’s all a little tiresome, and without the extra subtext of LGBTQ self-expression that was such a huge aspect of why Rocky Horror blew up in the first place. This is more of a hipster-irony thing gone mainstream.Got it. So Disaster Artist is…?A comedy biopic based on the book about the bizarre circumstances surrounding the making of the film and it’s unexpected second life as pop-culture phenomenon by Greg Sestero, who co-starred in the film as “Mark.” He’s here played by Dave Franco opposite big brother James as Tommy Wiseau; who befriends Greg randomly and brings him to L.A. to pursue a film acting dream together. When neither of them can get much going on, they decide to make their own movie based on Tommy’s original script, and the production turns into a weird calamity mostly thanks to Wiseau’s outlandish personality – especially when he feels his friendship with Greg threatened by outside influences.Do we find out “what’s going on” with Tommy Wiseau? Because that seems like an interesting mystery.We still haven’t in reality, so no. The film also doesn’t have much of a stated theory, though there’s a scene where the cast and crew of The Room theorize about it.So… wait, what’s the movie actually about, then? Just making the movie?Yeah, it’s ultimately not much more than a “tribute film” more interested in continuing (indeed, becoming part of!) the mystique of The Room than getting any deeper into its subject. It eventually wants to posit the ironic enthusiasm of The Room’s midnight-movie fandom as a kind of “validating moment” for Wiseau and company – in effect, congratulating its makers and stars for BEING fans of The Room. Which is fine up to a point. But narratively it feels pretty hollow to reach the finale and realize that it doesn’t have much to say about the themes of creativity, drive, following your dreams and the general mania of the filmmaking process that it briefly dances up next to in the first and second acts.The reviews have been very positive, though…I mean, it’s NOT a bad movie – in fact, it’s pretty entertaining in spots! But I can’t help but feel like the over-the-top positive notices have more to do with how overwhelmingly The Room fandom intersects with the current status-quo of movie journalism. It’s a well-made, affectionate mash-note to the moment in time when the Los Angeles area “cool kid” hipster-cinephile scene was “discovering” this particular oddity and not much beyond that. And I kind of doubt that a similar effort that was this inscrutably “inside baseball” about a non-film-related object of backhanded affection would be getting the same rapturous response.Is James Franco good?What you’ve heard is true, James Franco is EXCELLENT in part and the main reason to see the movie even if you’re as tired of hearing about The Room as I am. It’s an uncanny impression that successfully gets across how oddly compelling Wiseau is said to be as a personality and even hints at a deeply needy, insecure psychology at play;  even if it’s ultimately an above-average SNL sketch caricature more than a three-dimensional characterization. I’m not sure I buy the Oscar talk, but he’s definitely the centerpiece here.But is it worth it at all beyond that?Sort of, yeah. The production backstory itself is strange enough, and Franco really is that good; so for a little while it feels like at least a worthy successor to Bowfinger (even if neither of them can touch Ed Wood.) But by the time the credits are rolling over side-by-side takes showing off how accurately they were able to recreate scenes from The Room itself, and we realize that doing THIS was the main reason they made the movie as opposed to having a coherent story to tell, I’d definitely had my fill.last_img read more

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Nissan Uses A Faraday Cage To Combat Phone Distractions

first_img Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo Stay on target Distracted driving is a huge problem. Some have called on Apple and Google to implement features that automatically lock down phones when they detect that you’re driving. Nissan would like to offer a more old-school solution: the Faraday cage.You know, the shield made of conductive metal mesh invented by Michael Faraday in the 1830s. To keep drivers’ attention on the road, Nissan has embedded one in the center armrest of a Juke (much like the one pictured above, minus the Nismo upgrades). They call it “Signal Shield,” and it repels cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth.Nissan says that Signal Shield is about “creating a ‘phone-free’ space and time,” adding that it allows for “a digital detox and a drive that’s free of incoming distractions.” It’s a lot like enabling airplane mode, except you activate it by shutting your phone in a box instead of tapping a button on your screen.Blocking Bluetooth signals does, of course, mean that your multi-hundred-dollar smartphone can’t wirelessly pipe any tunes you have stored on it through the Juke’s stereo. No worries: Nissan has included a good ol’ fashioned USB port so that you can make a (gasp) physical connection.Signal Shield isn’t for everyone. Some of us aren’t fazed by the ever-blinking LED or the odd buzz or chirp from a new notification. That’s fine, Nissan says. Signal Shield is about giving drivers the option, especially “those [drivers] who struggle to ignore the beeps and pings.”There might be an opportunity to profit here, too. Maybe you can corner the market on digital detox Uber rides by requiring your passengers to pop their phones inside when they get in. The whole Faraday cage thing has already proven successful in more than a few bars, after all.last_img read more

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Software Thats Resilient Against Hacker Attack

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers headed by Martin Rinard, a professor of computer science at MIT, have developed new software that automatically patches errors in deployed software in a matter of minutes. Image Credit: Technology Review New trojan detected for Microsoft Word PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Automatically Patching Errors in Deployed Software, Conference Audio. Via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further The software is called ClearView and is designed to apply patches whenever it detects that something has gone wrong with the program. ClearView operates by monitoring a program’s normal behavior and establishing a set of rules. ClearView looks for certain types of errors that are mostly caused by an attacker introducing malicious code into the operating program. When ClearView detects a software intrusion, it identifies the rule that has been compromised and generates a set of repair patches designed to force the software to follow the compromised rules. ClearView then studies all possibilities to determine which selected rule is the most successful patch. ClearView can be very successful when it is installed on multiple computers running the same software. By ClearView analyzing the malicious code and applying the most effective rule on one machine, it can then apply the patch to all other machines. ClearView applies the patch to the binary code, bypassing the source code which enables it to fix programs without human intervention. ClearView was tested on a group of computers running Firefox and an independent team to launch an attack on the Web browser. The attack team used 10 different attacks to inject malicious code into Firefox. ClearView was successful in all 10 attacks by blocking the malicious code and shutting down the program before its intended attack took effect.ClearView created patches that corrected the errors introduced by the malicious code and discarded any corrections that had a negative effect. ClearView, on average, came up with a working patch within five minutes of its first attack.In a TR interview, Rinard stated: “What this research is leading us to believe is that software isn’t in itself inherently fragile and brittle because of errors. It’s fragile and brittle because people are afraid to let the software continue if they think there’s something wrong with it.” Some software engineering approaches, such as “failure-oblivious computing” or “acceptable computing,” share this philosophy.More information: Automatically Patching Errors in Deployed Software, 22nd ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. [Paper] [Slides] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Software That’s Resilient Against Hacker Attack (2009, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-software-resilient-hacker.htmllast_img read more

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Another hit to Floridas image with gunfire at teen nightclub

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press Share Tags: Florida Posted bycenter_img Another hit to Florida’s image with gunfire at teen nightclub Monday, July 25, 2016 FORT MYERS — Gunfire erupted at a nightclub hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens in Florida, leaving two teens dead and at least 17 other people wounded, officials said Monday. This represents another hit to Florida’s image, which suffered last month after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub.It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence, but Fort Myers police Capt. Jim Mulligan said the shooting was not an act of terror. Police detained three people and said the area around Club Blu had been deemed safe, Mulligan said.The two teens killed were 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Ste’Fan Strawder, police said. Archilles lived about a mile from the nightclub, said his father, Jean Archilles. Archilles said his son loved to play football and basketball.“He liked to make people laugh. He’s a funny kid. He’s always joking,” Jean Archilles said.He said he doesn’t wish bad for the shooter.“When he lays down in his bed, how is he feeling about what he did? A 14-year-old kid!” Archilles said. “Is he thinking about his family, his friends? Because everybody has family and friends. Does he feel good about himself?”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThree people remained hospitalized Monday morning, said Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System. All others were treated and released.Ages of the patients ranged from 12 to 27, Garn said.The club is in a strip mall that includes a daycare centre and is across the street from a large apartment complex. Officers had the area taped off as crime scene technicians scoured the strip mall parking lot for clues.State records online show the alcohol license for Club Blu was revoked June 7. The records from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation say the license was revoked because of an incident that occurred a year ago, but there are no additional details available. The same records also show that a complaint was filed in 2014 for “criminal activity” and that the club was given an official notice.The violence at Club Blu erupted about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Mulligan said. There were two active crime scenes, police said. Several hours later a street in the area remained closed as police investigated.Syreeta Gary told WFTX-TV her daughter ran and dodged between shots to avoid being shot. Her daughter was OK, but her daughter’s friend “got hit in the leg and luckily it’s just her leg,” she said.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“Her dodging bullets and running, dropping in between cars, it’s ridiculous that these kids have to go through this,” Gary said. “They can’t enjoy themselves because you have other people that have criminalistic minds and they just want to terrorize things.”A post on Club Blu’s Facebook page Monday morning said the shooting happened as the club was closing and parents were picking up their children. The post also said there was armed security at the event.“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the post read. “We tried to give teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”The shooting comes more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Following an extensive

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterFollowing an extensive redesign, the Kempinski Hotel Bahía has reopened with two new dining venues which form part of their new restaurant concept El Paseo Del Mar.El Paseo Del Mar is a gastronomic hot spot, which combines three fantastic concepts all set within the Kempinski Hotel Bahía. Black Rose The Bar, is a cocktail bar and lounge, and the place to meet, sip specialty cocktails, craft beers and wines alongside great snacks and light meals in the lobby of the hotel.Baltazár Bar & Grill will add a cool poolside restaurant and steakhouse to the El Paseo del Mar concept. The refined yet cool poolside restaurant will celebrate fresh ingredients, prepared with love. The chefs utilise a Josper Grill and Tandoor oven to cook premium cuts of regional meat and fish to perfection. With a funky interior the Baltazár experience blends Andalusian design with a cool vibe providing guests a very special dining experience overlooking the Kempinski Hotel Bahia’s beautiful pools and gardens.Spíler Beach Club, on the seafront, will complete the El Paseo del Mar experience, with a relaxed and casual beach restaurant and bar right next to the Mediterranean. The menu will include favourites such as wood-fired artisan pizza, Argentinian steaks from the grill, plus amazing burgers and superfood salads.El Paseo del Mar has been created by the Zsidai Gastronomy Group in cooperation with Kempinski Hotel Bahía. It is a hub for great food and exceptional service in a refined and upscale yet casual environment. This gourmet destination is a new addition to the Costa del Sol’s culinary scene which will provide guests with great value for every occasion.Carla Lopes, general manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía commented, “It is so exciting to be able to present this new collection of restaurants and bars under the brand El Paseo del Mar. We are striving to create both gastronomic and social experiences, combined with the ambience, decoration, music and lighting. We welcome you to try our speciality cocktails at Black Rose The Bar, enjoy the freshest fish or meat from the grill at the creative Baltazár Bar & Grill and chill out in style at our cool Spiler Beach Club and restaurant.”Roy Zsidai, CEO of the Zsidai Gastronomy Group added, “We are delighted to be bringing our experience, vision and restaurant concepts to the Kempinski Hotel Bahía. As restaurateurs with experience of setting up similar venues in the Kempinski Budapest, we know we have the skills to create iconic restaurant concepts here. I love the area and feel the Kempinski Hotel Bahía has amazing potential to become one of the coolest locations on the Costa del Sol.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Government posts €625m fiscal surplus in H1

first_imgThe general government generated a fiscal surplus of €62.5m on a cash basis in the first six months of the year mainly on increased revenue, which outstripped a rise in spending, against a €42.5m deficit a year before, the finance ministry said.Total revenue rose 8.2 per cent year-on-year in H1, or €245m to over €3.2bn, the finance ministry said in a statement on its website. The increase resulted mainly from an increase in indirect tax revenue by €160m, to €1.4bn, which included a €98m increase in value added tax, to €802.5m.Direct tax revenue dropped by €29m, to €822.7m, while social security contributions and non-tax revenue rose by €53m, to €563.2m, and €58, to €475.5m respectively.Government spending rose an annual 3.8 per cent, or €116m, in the first six months of the year, to €3.2bn, the ministry said. The increase in spending was mainly on a €55m rise in interest payments, to €279.3m. This increase in interest payments appears to be related to the June government bond issue and debt buybacks as in January to May, interest payments had decreased by almost €1m compared to the respective period last year.Spending on goods and services, wages and salaries, and current transfers, rose by €37m, to €190.6m, €23m, to €811.1m, and €13m, to €687.3m respectively, the ministry said. Subsidies dropped by €31m, to €39.1m, while pensions, social pensions, social security payments and non-allocated expenditure rose by €10, to €271.5m, €1m, to €32.5m, €2m, to €778.3m, and €4m, to €12.4m respectively.The primary surplus, which is the difference between total revenue and spending excluding interest payments, rose by almost €111m, to €287.5, the ministry said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Statement of intent on gas to be signed

first_imgBy Elias HazouCYPRUS and a US-Israeli partnership will next week be signing a statement of intent for the development of a natural gas liquefaction plant on the island, it was revealed yesterday.Charles Ellinas, head of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company, said the signing ceremony would take place on Wednesday at Nicosia’s Filoxenia hotel.The parties are the Cyprus state, Noble Energy International, and Israel’s Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership.It is hoped the preliminary accord leads to a final agreement in the future setting up a joint venture between the parties – a special-purpose vehicle seeking investors for the estimated €7 to €8bn LNG plant.Earlier this month, Noble started appraisal drilling in its Block 12 concession off the southern coast to ascertain whether there is enough untapped gas to make the venture commercially viable.Based on initial test drilling in 2011, the estimated amount of gas in Block 12 is 5-8 trillion cubic feet, with a mean of seven trillion cubic feet, the Houston-based company said.Noble owns 70 per cent of the drilling project, with Israeli partners Delek and Avner each holding 15 per cent.Officials here say a final investment decision by Noble to develop the gas could be taken in 2016.Ellinas reiterated yesterday that the estimated gas reserves in Block 12 are sufficient to make an LNG plant viable, but reiterated that Cyprus would welcome Israeli and possibly Lebanese gas being processed at the facility at Vasilikos.On Sunday the Israeli cabinet is expected to approve a decision on its own hydrocarbon finds. Israel will be keeping 60 per cent of its natural gas reserves for domestic use and permit the export of the remaining 40 per cent.Israel’s gas reserves are expected to total 900 billion cubic meters (BCM), meaning the country Israel will retain some 540 BCM for domestic use and leave 360 BCM for exports.Ellinas said this quantity would be enough for Israel to steer its exports into two directions, one being to Turkey via a pipeline, the other sending its gas to Cyprus for processing into LNG.He was speaking at the 2nd Cyprus Natural Gas Conference, a two-day event in Nicosia organised by IMH.Due to Israeli security concerns over its gas infrastructures, it would be wise for the Middle Eastern nation to diversify its export routes, said Amit Mor, a leading independent energy consultant.Thus part of the exported gas from the Tamar field might be diverted via pipeline to Turkey and the rest to Cyprus and then shipped onto European or Asian markets, he said.Debt-stricken Cyprus is counting on its gas resources to pull it back from the brink, although actual revenues from gas sales would come no earlier than 2020.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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