In a statement released Sunday, the UN mission, known as UNMIL, said the 3,500 “re-hatted” soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will become the first contingent of up to 15,000 UN troops that eventually will be deployed to Liberia in a peacekeeping operation approved by the Security Council early this month.”UNMIL reiterates the appreciation of the United Nations for the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States to resolve the crisis in Liberia. The initiative of ECOWAS to convene peace talks among the Liberian parties and the subsequent deployment to Liberia of the peacekeeping force, ECOMIL, have underscored the determination of the sub-regional organization to provide leadership in peace-making and peacekeeping,” the statement said.”The United Nations commends the Governments of Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo for their contribution to ECOMIL and for their willingness to re-hat the forces as United Nations peacekeepers,” it added.
A key industry consortium has described as “staggering” the impending demand for infrastructure in South Australia – home to the massive Olympic Dam mine – and deemed essential that its early development proceeds if the State is to fuel the prospective mining boom for at least the next two decades. In a major high level study commissioned and released today by the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), the organisation warned that the State’s burgeoning hard rock and energy sector needed “crucial decisions now – not in the future” on the necessary infrastructure to service the expected massive resources growth.”Planned expansion by Olympic Dam owner BHP Billiton will make the operation the largest mine on the planet, which could absorb half of the State’s stuggling power needs and require a serious injection of skills and materials.Initial estimates suggest a minimum of A$25 billion in private infrastructure expenditure across the State has already been flagged by South Australian explorers and mine developers as necessary for crystallising the State’s lead mineral projects, or the expansion of existing mining operations.The study found that the massive expansion planned for the Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine would be pivotal in influencing infrastructure decisions impacting the whole of South Australia’s mining fraternity. Furthermore, many of the other projects combined will require infrastructure rivalling the needs of the Olympic Dam expansion, and in some cases, in a much shorter timeframe.“The South Australian resources sector is at a crucial point in infrastructure development and the seriousness of this situation should not be underestimated,” SACOME’s Chief Executive, Jason Kuchel, said.“While the challenges and opportunities for the mining sector in South Australia have never been greater, we face for the first time as a whole economy, an unprecedented decision making opportunity. How well and how soon we make those decisions will determine the effectiveness with which we bring South Australia’s rich mineral potential to reality over the next 20 years.“With the proposed BHP Billiton Olympic Dam expansion set to be one of the world’s biggest open cut mines, and a range of mining operations coming on stream or expanding, the impending demand for a whole range of infrastructure needs is staggering,” Kuchel said.In a joint statement issued today, SACOME has endorsed the warnings outlined by the study’s authors. Such is the importance of the survey outcomes, that they are being revealed in Adelaide today before more than 200 industry peers at a formal launch function for the study. The Hon Patrick Conlon, SA Minister for Infrastructure, will also be present to formally respond on behalf of the Government to the infrastructure findings.The study’s consortium member, Professor Richard Blandy, said the demand for skilled employees in a range of industries and services as a result of developments in the South Australian mining industry would more than double – from an estimated 340,000 in the past year or so to 690,000 by 2027. This direct labour requirement, when coupled with the related family numbers, would provide an enormous challenge for the State to meet over this period.Professor Blandy said cross-sector “collaboration” would be fundamental to evolving an efficient mining infrastructure across South Australia, a sentiment echoed by the other consortium members – lead infrastructure engineering company, Connell Wagner and supply chain advisory specialists, SCM.“Many small to medium exploration companies wanting to move into mining and working alone will be unable to meet the high costs of their infrastructure,” Connell Wagner’s Principal, Ron Ely said.“Effective collaboration by South Australian companies will provide the economies of scale necessary for them to compete for some of the new and expanding mine operators’ plant and equipment works – thereby reducing the extent that is sourced and preassembled offshore,” he said“It will be much better for the State and its economy to work together at keeping as much as possible of the industry work, local.”Key findings:Among the key findings of the infrastructure study, are;Competition from other sectors for inputs, especially skilled peopleCritical importance of BHP Billiton’s needs to the SA economy and the future mining developmentScale, timing and composition of whole-of-sector future needs is uncertainIneffective coordination must occur at all levels of government and between resource and infrastructure companiesSouth Australia urgently requires a strategic master plan for mining supply chains and infrastructure‘First in, best dressed’ infrastructure locks out smaller, start-up mining opportunitiesCritical nation building, base infrastructure needs to be scoped and developedMining infrastructure and skills gaps could ‘choke off’ many South Australian mining opportunitiesSouth Australia could potentially miss the opportunity to ‘step change’ the South Australian economy.Recommendations include;Facilitate improved coordination and processesFacilitate development of shared infrastructureProvide investor certainty and facilitate assistanceImplementing migration, off-shoring and investor strategiesGreater Government and industry participation to focus and improve investor certaintyClear pathways, leverage off meeting BHP Billiton’s requirementsSet effective infrastructure finance frameworkKuchel said the industry was advantaged by its close working relationship with the SA Government, sharing common goals for a safe, prosperous and enduring resources sector.The State Government has already formed the Resources and Energy Sectors Infrastructure Council (RESIC) in response to the preliminary findings and recommendations of the study.The study was commissioned by SACOME and undertaken by a Connell Wagner-led consortium comprising; Professor Richard Blandy from AustralAsia Economics; Connell Wagner Principal, Ron Ely and SCM Advisor, Scott McKay.
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Image: Charlotte Ball Short URL By Rónán Duffy 52 Comments A HETEROSEXUAL COUPLE in the UK who claim they are discriminated against because of their sexuality say they will continue to fight to get a civil partnership.Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan lost their case in the Court of the Appeal by a majority of two to one even though the court decided their human rights have been breached.The couple have a 20-month-old daughter and want to formalise their relationship but told the court they have “deep-rooted and genuine ideological objections to marriage”.They consider the institution of marriage to have a “historically patriarchal nature” and feel a civil partnership would better, Share419 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3250891 Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 3:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,456 Views Feb 21st 2017, 3:55 PM reflect their values and give due recognition to the equal nature of their relationship.Since the UK’s introduction of same-sex marriage in March 2014, same-sex couples have had the choice of entering either into a civil partnership or a marriage.Opposite-sex couples do not have the option of a civil partnership and the appellant couple have taken legal action against this bar.After same-sex marriage was introduced, the UK government decided against extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.Instead, it is taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to determine the future of civil partnerships. It has noted that civil partnerships have declined since marriage rights were extended to same-sex couples.The High Court had previously ruled against the couple and they had appealed the verdict to the Court of Appeal.In its ruling, all three of the judges determined that the rights of Steinfeld and Keidan had been breached by the bar of opposite-sex civil partnerships.Two of the judges determined, however, that the government’s ‘wait and see’ approach was sufficient and lawful. Only one of the judges deemed it was not.Given that the judges largely agreed with their arguments and they lost by such a slim margin, the couple told reports outside the court that they intend to fight on.“We lost so narrowly that there’s everything to fight for. All three of the judges agreed that we are being treated differently because of our sexual orientation and that this impacts our family life. All three rejected the arguments that we could just get married,” Steinfeld said.Her partner added:We are determined to go on. Opening up civil partnerships to all is fair, popular and will be good to families and children across the country. There are over three million mixed-sex couples who are cohabiting and over two million dependent children. This is the fasted growing family type but these couples lack legal and financial security. And I think many would agree that this would be a right.Read: Gay priest marries long-term partner in ‘beautiful’ ceremony in Clare >Read: ‘People were forced to live in the same house for years’: Two decades of divorce in Ireland > Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Image: Charlotte Ball This couple say they are discriminated against because they are straight The couple want a civil partnership and not a marriage.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The nostalgia for olive groves and barrels of olive oil has taken on new meaning in crisis-hit Greece. Recently, there has been an exponential increase in interest for olive processing and olive oil marketing. “People between the ages of 20 and 45 are looking for new career paths, and they often turn toward our national product: olive oil,” Yiannis Karvelas, an educator and organizer of olive oil seminars, told Kathimerini. “It’s a realistic choice since olive trees can be found across the country,” he added. Efthimios Christakis, who exports Greek olive oil to German-speaking countries, told Kathimerini: “Every day I receive invitations from at least 10 olive oil manufacturers, all of whom are interested in exporting their oil. “Poor crops in Spain this year, which saw a one-third drop in the harvest, proved favourable for Greece, which increased its penetration into the market by approximately 10 per cent.” “It’s encouraging that budding olive oil producers are looking to get relevant training and knowledge on this issue,” said Karvelas. In fact, a few days ago, a number of manufacturers convened at a nationwide conference on exporting olive oil. Some attendees even went a step further. “We have Greek manufacturers who take part in international olive oil competitions, and this type of publicity is necessary for Greece,” Karvelas noted. Greek manufacturers are participating in renowned international competitions like the Mario Solinas, TerraOlivo in Israel, Olive Japan and the New York International Olive Oil Competition. “Plenty of Greeks have ventured into the international market and are exporting Greek olive oil even to Latin America,” Karvelas added. Manufacturers Kostas Balafas and George Dimarakis have earned six top honours for their extra virgin olive oil, Moria Elea Deluxe, which comprises the Manaki and Koroneiki olive varieties. It was named the premier product in New York’s 2013 competition and was awarded the Grand Prestige Gold Award in Israel. But their success had nothing to do with luck. Balafas and Dimarakis trained for two years, learning everything they could about the product and its production. “We enrolled in olive production seminars at the Syngrou Estate, worked together with professors from the agricultural university, spoke with chefs and foodies, and we travelled a lot,” Balafas told Kathimerini. “Olive oil should be introduced to the Asian diet, from which it is absent. It should also establish itself as a gourmet product, and not just an ingredient.” Balafas also deems it necessary to dispel certain myths. “An expensive product does not mean large profits,” he explained, adding that consumers should “look not just at the product’s final cost, but also its production costs and the quantities that are ultimately sold.” Today, Balafas’s company exports 80 per cent of its product to 12 countries. However, there are problems with the Greek olive oil market. The sale of Greek olive oil to Italy, which exports double the amount it produces, is still common practice. “It is estimated 20 to 30 per cent of so-called Italian olive oil on German shelves is actually Greek,” said Christakis. At the same time, there is also large-scale disagreement among manufacturers regarding the technical means through which the oil is produced. “Amid all the panic caused by the crisis, everyone is trying to perfect their packaging without trying to improve the quality of their product,” said Christakis, noting that the Italians used the same tactic, but have now abandoned it. Greek olive oil is also facing a identity crisis. “We need to explain to foreign consumers why it’s worth choosing Greek olive oil, rather than Italian or Spanish. We need to make it clear why we are different.” Source: ekathimerini
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has confirmed Athens will request the launch of talks on debt relief at a Eurogroup summit next week as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras prepares a pre-election campaign that is expected to focus on growth-oriented measures after a long period of austerity.Greece plans to press its international creditors on debt talks following the European Commission’s confirmation last week that the country posted a primary surplus. “The road for a discussion on debt relief is open,” Stournaras told a Greek-Chinese business conference on Monday, referring to a pledge by Greece’s creditors in November 2012 to launch talks on debt relief once Athens achieves a budget surplus before debt repayments.“At the next Eurogroup on May 5, the Greek government will raise the issue,” Stournaras said. He added that Greece had achieved more than three quarters of the fiscal adjustment it needs to make its debt sustainable. “We estimate that more than 85 percent of the improvement in the general government primary balance, aimed at reducing our debt to sustainable levels by 2020, has already been achieved,” he said, noting, “we have almost reached the top of the mountain.”Samaras is expected to strike a similar note in speeches over the coming days as the government gears up for European Parliament and local authority elections next month.This week, the premier is due to speak at forums on energy and tourism, both sectors with significant untapped potential. But Samaras is expected to adopt a two-pronged approach in campaigning – emphasizing the country’s growth potential in a bid to raise hopes about job creation while also broaching the prospect for a constitutional review in an attempt to show that his administration is breaking from the past.On Friday, Samaras is expected to unveil New Democracy’s proposals for a review of the constitution, which could include sweeping reforms affecting how the government and Parliament operates. The proposals are expected to include re-examining parliamentary immunity for MPs, setting a limit on the time a prime minister can serve in office and improving the transparency of party finances. Another key reform that the premier might put on the table, according to sources, is the reduction of the number of MPs that sit in Parliament from 300 to 250 or 200.Source: Kathimerini
Baleines : des pays d’Amérique du sud veulent des aires protégéesLes pays d’Amérique du Sud présents à la réunion de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) cette semaine, ont décidé la mise en place d’espaces protégés pour ces cétacés.Les pays du continent sud-américain ont décidé de créer de vastes sanctuaires marins, zones protégées dans lesquelles les baleines pourront nager librement, sans craindre des attaques. Cette protection devrait rester valable même en cas de levée du moratoire en vigueur concernant la chasse aux cétacés. Comme l’explique Vincent Ridoux, membre du comité scientifique de la CBI, “la logique d’un sanctuaire, c’est de renforcer le moratoire. Si un jour il s’ouvre, on garde de grandes portions d’océans fermées à la chasse commerciale”. Au cours de la réunion annuelle de la Commission qui prend fin aujourd’hui, à Jersey, le Brésil et l’Argentine ont confirmé leur projet de création de sanctuaire dans l’Atlantique sud. Ils viendraient ainsi compléter ceux qui existent déjà dans les océans Indien et Austral depuis 1994. Pourtant, il sera difficile de faire appliquer rapidement cette proposition car “cela fait partie des choses que les Japonais refusent systématiquement”, souligne Vincent Ridoux, qui est également membre de la délégation française à Jersey, auprès de l’AFP.Le Japon reste le plus grand chasseur de baleine du monde et, malgré la mise en place du sanctuaire dans l’océan Austral, il continue à capturer chaque année des cétacés au prétexte de la chasse soi-disant “scientifique”. Toutefois, la création d’un nouveau sanctuaire dans l’Atlantique sud rejoignant celui de l’océan Austral permettrait sans doute de protéger plus efficacement des baleines qui parcourent des milliers de kilomètres. “La baleine à bosse, par exemple, passe sa saison de reproduction dans les eaux chaudes puis sa saison d’alimentation dans les eaux froides, cela signifie que le sanctuaire de l’océan Austral ne suffit pas pour cette espèce”, explique Willie McKenzie, militant britannique de Greenpeace. “En créant un sanctuaire plus grand, vous protégez tout le cycle de vie de la baleine”.Si un sanctuaire dans l’Atlantique sud serait utile pour “au moins sept espèces, dont la baleine bleue, la baleine à bosse, la baleine franche australe, le rorqual commun”, comme le souligne Javier Rodriguez, professeur en biologie costaricain, l'”objectif des pays sud-américains, soutenus par l’Afrique du Sud, est aussi de développer une activité touristique sur une population de baleines en bonne santé à travers le “whale watching” [observation des baleines]”, rappelle Vincent Ridoux.À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filméeEn effet, pour les pays qui ne chassent pas les baleines, elles représentent un formidable pôle d’attraction pour les touristes. La première étude sur le sujet a été présentée l’an dernier, lors de la réunion de la CBI à Agadir, et elle faisait état d’une activité potentielle de 3 milliards de dollars par an. De plus celle-ci serait susceptible de créer 24.000 emplois dans le monde, indique 20 minutes. Une perspective qui explique aussi pourquoi, régulièrement depuis une dizaine d’années, les Sud-Américains appuient ce projet qui, pour être adopté, doit recueillir l’approbation des trois-quarts des 89 membres de la CBI. “L’important pour nous est d’envoyer un signe politique et de garder le sujet à l’ordre du jour”, souligne le responsable de la délégation brésilienne, Marcus Paranagua. Il est donc certain que le sanctuaire de l’Atlantique sud reviendra sur le tapis l’an prochain, lors de la prochaine session de la CBI qui aura lieu à Panama.Le 14 juillet 2011 à 18:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Monday was a perfect winter day with clear skies, breezy winds and highs in the mid-40s, just about an average January day. Oh really? The temperatures were about normal but hey, what about the rainfall? Day by day we go deeper into another month with below-average rainfall.Wednesday we see clouds increase and some light showers perhaps later in the day and a rainy period through the weekend. Will that help? Yes, but the following week looks like it may go back to what we have grown accustomed to lately — clear skies, sunshine and easterly winds.For those of you in calm nighttime conditions, you saw temperatures dropping well into the 20s. In the windy areas along the river into the 30s. Typical pattern. As those east winds blow all the way to the ocean beaches, afternoon temperatures were in the 55- to 60-degree range. As east winds travel and drop in elevation the air condenses and actually warms up. Delightful weather at the coast.The air in the Columbia River Basin is cold in the lower 4,000 feet or so as winds push upward against the Cascades, causing low clouds and fog. The sun angle is still low enough that it cannot burn the clouds off. That is why the air through the Gorge into Clark County feels so chilly. For the first 14 days of this month we have had six nights with freezing or below low temperatures. Plenty of 50-degree-plus days, though, to counter that, so we are running 1.6 degrees above average.As showers appear Wednesday, we will be nearly 2 inches below average on the monthly rainfall here in Vancouver. We’ll add some but as I mentioned we could go back into a dry pattern next week. For weather watchers, it is possible one storm heading our way could cause some windy conditions at the coast and locally inland. That would be the Thursday-Friday time frame.Still plenty of cold air to our north so we keep a sharp weather eye on that in 10 days or so. Enjoy the last dry day this week today. Stay warm. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.
By Sulayman BahHe was one of the expected new-comers to grace the internationals and was being lined up by the federation to be unleashed against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions for Gambia’s second match of the Gabon 2017 qualifiers.His pace and penchant for outrageous shots secured his club Cherno More the Bulgarian Cup leading to predictions of trouble for Cameroon’s defence line with his expected inclusion in Gambia’s attack.But it now appears Gambian fans who’d been head over heels in excitement over the Spanish-born Bakary Kambi Njie defection may have to wait till March 2016 to see him don the red, white, blue and green colours after the former Espanyol striker tore his anterior cruciate ligament.He’s expected to go under the knife on a date to be later confirmed with a return trip to Spain where he’ll do his rehabilitation.The recently turned 26-year-old has been an invaluable asset in Cherno More FC’s campaign to the Europa League and news of his absence will see the club depleted of its star man.During the cause of his injury, Gambia could still count on the services of a revived Ousman Jallow or Pa Amat Dibba up in attack.Bakary is tipped to return to the pitch January 2016 a time he would have been ready to commit to international duty, two months before Gambia’s away game against Group F underdogs Mauritania.Born to Gambian parents in Spain, the left-footed front-man is the first, in the current generation of Gambia footballers, to play in Spanish top tier. Bakary climbed off the substitute bench as 10-minute new entrant for Espanyol against Valencia in 2012 after moving from Real Valladolid reserve team.Njie scored 12 goals in the first season with Cherno More in 2014 a year after he bagged the same amount of goals for Spanish second tier side Hospitalite.]]>
Share KUTJose Guerrero walks around with his parrot at the Delco Center for Harvey evacuees in Austin.Thousands of people are finding their way to dry blankets and warm socks in shelters all across Texas. Dallas expects to host as many as 10,000 people fleeing Harvey; in Austin, as many as 7,000. Donations keep trickling in.But there’s one big need that’s still out there: multi-lingual volunteers.Walking into the Delco Center – one of Austin’s shelters for Harvey evacuees – you might remember that Houston was recently dubbed the most diverse city in America. A little less than half the people there speak a language other than English.Many are bilingual like much the rest of Texas. But not all.“I would certainly encourage [people] out there, if they are bilingual or trilingual, to certainly volunteer,” says Geof Sloan of the Red Cross.Tuesday morning there were no Spanish-speaking volunteers at the shelter. But, Sloan says, one of the evacuees from Freeport rose to the challenge.“Anything I can do to help, just let me know,” says Maria Villagomez. “You also need a lot of help, and helping each other is a great idea.”Also at the shelter was Jose Guerrero. Walking around with the family’s yellow- and-green parrot on his shoulder, he was hard to miss.At the time, he was on the phone with his sisters. They were still trapped in Richmond, Texas.Guerrero says leaving Richmond in the middle of a disaster – and finding answers to his questions when he doesn’t speak English – has been tough.Forty-seven-year-old Guerrero was born in Mexico and has been in the U.S. since he was 15. He’s been here much longer than he ever was in his home country. He’s a naturalized American, but he’s never been able to learn how to speak English.“I’m a little mad with myself that I don’t speak English,” he says in Spanish. “I don’t know what to tell you. Have I been lazy to learn? I’m a gardener. Have I worked too much and haven’t had time to go to school? I just don’t know.”Later that day, a bilingual volunteer arrived at the shelter. Maribel Canizales does IT work for the state comptroller’s office, but took the week off to work for the Red Cross.Immediately after she arrived, a family of Spanish speakers showed up. The mother asked if there were any showers available and Canizales walked the family to the showers, asking what else they needed: Shampoo? Socks?The adults were clearly shaken. As Canizales led them through the center, she casually put her arms around the mom.So what does it means to someone when somebody speaks their language? “There’s a connection … it makes them feel at home,” Canizales says, crying. “I want those people to feel at home, comfortable and welcomed.”Canizales is originally from Laredo. She gets emotional because, as a child, she was told not to speak Spanish.“When I came to Austin, it was very segregated back in the 70’s,” she says. “We were not very welcomed with our language, and so we were encouraged to speak English. And so, I kept up on the side with my native language, Spanish.”Today, anyone who’s been keeping up with a language other than English is encouraged to fill out a volunteer application and complete the training for the Red Cross. People who speak languages from India, Europe and Asia are needed too.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.
Posts on Twitter and Instagram often promote “bonespiration” and “thinspiration” – women’s bodies featuring protruding bones and pencil-thin limbs – which encourage eating disorders such as anorexia, a study warns. Researchers from University of Exeter in the UK show that among thousands of account holders on social media, the images of protruding bones are almost exclusively posted by young women.This so-called “bonespiration” content features selfies by young women of their skeletal bodies featuring protruding collar bones, hip bones and spines in a variety of poses, researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIts purpose is to boast about a skeletal appearance and inspire others to achieve the same emaciated look, they said.The study, published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, analysed 730 images posted.It found 26 per cent of images showed hip bones, 23 per cent showed jutting ribs, and 22 per cent showed protruding collarbones. Six per cent of photographs analysed depicted the spine.Academics fear that social media has replaced the pro- anorexia websites, and are becoming an easy to access way of encouraging eating disorders, such as anorexia, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey fear efforts to ban the images would lead to others with different hashtags appearing within days.The study also found more mainstream twitter accounts such as ‘thinspiration’, which features photos of thin celebrities, also depict young people with protruding ribs collar bones and spines.Researchers also noted a small sub group of people posting skeletal images with the hashtag ‘fitspiration’, which is dedicated to inspiring supposedly healthy bodies. The sites are being used to promote extremely unhealthy body types and are increasing pressure on teenage girls to try to become extremely thin, while contributing to a distorted view of their own body, researchers said.”Anorexia and extreme weight loss is a serious social and medical problem,” said Catherine Talbot, a psychologist at the University of Exeter.”To tackle this social contagion we need to be aware of the social media platforms being used by young people – mainly girls and young women – which is encouraging extreme weight loss. This behaviour could seriously damage their psychological and physical health,” she said.”Teenagers need to be taught about positive body image in schools and we need to build resilience,” Talbot added.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Just over 500 kilometres from Bangkok, the province of Kalasin in Thailand’s Northeastern region or Isan is known for its fertile and picturesque landscapes, lush nature, exceptional hand-woven silk and archaeological treasures of immense significance that date back over 100 million years.At least 120 million years, to be more precise. Whole fossils of Jurassic Era dinosaurs that roamed the area have been discovered in Kalasin and are on display in a museum. Evidence of prehistoric human inhabitancy has also been found here, indicating the area was settled by the Lawa tribe whose civilisation dates back some 1,600 years.Phu Faek Forest Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Largest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!LGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM London SAWASDEE: You can read full article here: https://www.tatnews.org/explore-the-land-before-time-and-the-legend-of-thai-silk-at-kalasin/
The popular Black Hat USA 2019 conference was held from August 3 – August 8 at Las Vegas. The conference included technical training sessions conducted by international industry and subject matter experts to provide hands-on offensive and defensive skill-building opportunities. It also included briefings from security experts who shared their latest findings, open-source tools, zero-day exploits, and more. Tech giants including Apple, IBM, Microsoft made some interesting announcements such as Apple and Microsoft expanding their bug-bounty programs, with IBM launching a new ‘warshipping’ hack, and much more. Black Hat USA 2019 also launched many interesting open-source tools and products like Scapy, a Python-based Interactive packet manipulation Program, CyBot, an open-Source threat intelligence chatbot, any many other products. Apple, IBM, and Microsoft announcements at Black Hat USA 2019 Apple expands its bug bounty program; announces new iOS ‘security research device program’ Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering, announced that Apple is expanding its bug bounty program by making it available for all security researchers in general. Previously, the bug bounty program was open only for those on the company’s invite-only list and the reward prize was $200,000. Following this announcement, a reward up to $1 million will be awarded to those who find vulnerabilities in Apple’s iPhones and Macs. Krstić also said that next year, Apple will be providing special iPhones to security researchers to help them find security flaws in iOS. To know more about this news in detail, head over to our complete coverage. IBM’s X-Force Red team announces new ‘warshipping’ hack to infiltrate corporate networks IBM’s offensive security team, X-Force Red announced a new attack technique nicknamed “warshipping”. According to Forbes, “When you cruise a neighborhood scouting for Wi-Fi networks, warshipping allows a hacker to remotely infiltrate corporate networks by simply hiding inside a package a remote-controlled scanning device designed to penetrate the wireless network–of a company or the CEO’s home–and report back to the sender.” Charles Henderson, head of IBM X-Force Red said, “Think of the volume of boxes moving through a corporate mailroom daily. Or consider the packages dropped off on the porch of a CEO’s home, sitting within range of their home Wi-Fi. Using warshipping, X-Force Red was able to infiltrate corporate networks undetected.” To demonstrate this approach, the X-Force team built a low-power gizmo consisting of a $100 single-board computer with built-in 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS. It’s smaller than the palm of your hand, and can be hidden in a package sent out for delivery to a target’s business or home. To know more about this announcement, head over to Forbes. Microsoft adds $300,000 to its Azure bounty program For anyone who can successfully hack Microsoft’s public-cloud infrastructure service, the company has increased the bug bounty reward by adding $300,000. Kymberlee Price, a Microsoft security manager, said, “To make it easier for security researchers to confidently and aggressively test Azure, we are inviting a select group of talented individuals to come and do their worst to emulate criminal hackers.” Further to avoid causing any disruptions to its corporate customers, Microsoft has also set up a dedicated customer-safe cloud environment, Azure Security Lab, which is a set of dedicated cloud hosts— similar to a sandbox environment and totally isolated from Azure customers—for security researchers to test attacks against Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. To know more about this announcement in detail, head over to Microsoft’s official post. Some open-source tools and products launched at Black Hat USA 2019 Scapy: Python-Based Interactive Packet Manipulation Program + Library Scapy is a powerful Python-based interactive packet manipulation program and library. Scapy can be used to forge or decode packets of a wide number of protocols and send them on the wire, capture them, store or read them using pcap files, match requests and replies, and much more. Scapy can easily handle most classical tasks like scanning, tracerouting, probing, unit tests, attacks or network discovery. It also performs well at a lot of other specific tasks that most other tools can’t handle, like sending invalid frames, injecting your own 802.11 frames, combining techniques (VLAN hopping+ARP cache poisoning, VoIP decoding on WEP protected channel, …), etc. CyBot: Open-Source Threat Intelligence Chat Bot The goal to create Cybot was “to create a repeatable process using a completely free open source framework, an inexpensive Raspberry Pi (or even virtual machine), and host a community-driven plugin framework to open up the world of threat intel chatbots to everyone from the average home user to the largest security operations center”, the speaker Tony Lee, highlights. Cybot first debuted at Black Hat Arsenal Vegas 2017 and was also taken to Black Hat Europe and Asia to gather more great feedback and ideas from an enthusiastic international crowd. The feedback helped researchers to enhance and provide a platform upgrade to Cybot. Now, you can build your own Cybot within an hour with anywhere from $0-$35 in expenses. Azucar: Multi-Threaded Plugin-Based Tool to Help Assess the Security of Azure Cloud Environment Subscription Azucar is a multi-threaded plugin-based tool to help assess the security of Azure Cloud environment subscription. By leveraging the Azure API, Azucar automatically gathers a variety of configuration data and analyses all data relating to a particular subscription in order to determine security risks. EXPLIoT: IoT Security Testing and Exploitation Framework EXPLIoT, developed in Python 3, is a framework for security testing and exploiting IoT products and IoT infrastructure. It includes a set of plugins (test cases) which are used to perform the assessment and can be extended easily with new ones. 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It has the ability to replace the credentials provided in the connection sequence with working credentials to accelerate compromise and malicious behavior collection. MoP: Master of Puppets – Open Source Super Scalable Advanced Malware Tracking Framework for Reverse Engineers MoP (“Master of Puppets”) is an open-source framework for reverse engineers who want to create and operate trackers for new malware found for research. MoP ships with a variety of workstation simulation capabilities, such as fake filesystem manager and fake process manager, multi-worker orchestration, TOR integration and more, all aiming to deceive adversaries into interacting with a simulated environment and possibly drop new unique samples. “Since everything is done in pure python, no virtual machines or Docker containers are needed and no actual malicious code is executed, all of which enables us to scale up in a click of a button, connecting to potentially thousands of different malicious servers at once from a single instance running on a single laptop.” Commando VM 2.0: Security Distribution for Penetration Testers and Red Teamers Commando VM is an open-source Windows-based security distribution designed for Penetration Testers and Red Teamers. It is an add-on from FireEye’s very successful Reverse Engineering distribution: FLARE VM. Similar to Kali Linux, Commando VM is designed with an arsenal of open-source offensive tools that will help operators achieve assessment objectives. Built on Windows, Commando VM comes with all the native support for accessing Active Directory environments. Commando VM also includes: Web application assessment tools Scripting languages (such as Python and Go) Information Gathering tools (such as Nmap, WireShark, and PowerView) Exploitation Tools (such as PowerSploit, GhostPack and Mimikatz) Persistence tools, Lateral Movement tools, Evasion tools, Post-Exploitation tools (such as FireEye’s SessionGopher), Remote Access tools, Command-Line tools, and all the might of FLARE VM’s reversing tools. Commando VM 1.0 debuted at Black Hat Asia in Singapore this year and less than two weeks after release its “GitHub repository had over 2000 followers and over 400 forks”. BLACKPHENIX: Malware Analysis + Automation Framework BLACKPHENIX framework performs an Intelligent automation and analysis by combining all the known malware analysis approaches, automating the time-consuming stages and counter-attacking malware behavioral patterns. The objective of this framework is to generate precise IOCs by revealing the real malware purpose and exposing its hidden data and related functionalities that are used to exfiltrate or compromise user information. This framework focuses on consolidating, correlating, and cross-referencing the data collected between analysis stages by the execution of Python scripts and helper modules, providing full synchronization between the debugger, disassembler, and supporting components. AutoMacTC: Finding Worms in Apple Orchards – Using AutoMacTC for macOS Incident Response AutoMacTC is an open-source Python framework that can be quickly deployed to gather forensic data on macOS devices, from the artifacts that matter most to you and your investigation. The speakers Kshitij Kumar and Jai Musunuri say, “Performing forensic imaging and deep-dive analysis can be incredibly time-consuming and induce data fatigue in analysts, who may only need a select number of artifacts to identify leads and start finding answers. The resources-to-payoff ratio is impractical.” AutoMacTC captures sufficient data into a singular location, equipping responders with all of the above. To know about other open-source products in detail, head over to the Arsenal section. Black Hat USA 2019 also hosted a number of training sessions for cybersecurity developers, pentesters, and other security enthusiasts. 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NEW YORK – Coffee futures rose to a 25-month high as concerns mounted that the global market will swing to a deficit after a drought in the first quarter ravaged crops in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer and exporter.In the year starting Oct. 1 in most countries, world production will trail demand by 7.1 million bags, Marex Spectron, a London-based brokerage, said in a report. That would mark the first shortfall in five years, U.S. government data show. Heavy rain this weekend may delay the harvest in some parts of Brazil, Commodity Weather Group said Wednesday.Through Wednesday, arabica futures surged 83 percent this year, the biggest gain among 24 raw materials tracked by the Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index. The rally may boost costs for the premium-quality beans at Starbucks Corp. and J.M. Smucker Co., the maker of Folgers, the best-selling brand in the U.S.“Concerns about the supply outlook are deepening,” Jack Scoville, a vice president for Price Futures Group in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “This problem is probably going to last more than one season.”Arabica coffee for May delivery climbed 2.9 percent to $2.079 a pound at 1:20 p.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York. Earlier, the price reached $2.10, the highest for a most-active contract since Feb. 14, 2012. The commodity headed for the sixth straight gain, the longest rally in two months.Brazil’s crop prospects may suffer for “at least three years,” Judy Ganes-Chase, the president of J. Ganes Consulting in Panama City, Panama, said in an email. “The trees will not be able to immediately rehydrate after being starved of nourishment. Trees will also be more susceptible to disease, and there will be things that are not apparent now that will manifest down the line.”In 2013, futures dropped 23 percent, capping a three-year slump of 54 percent. The rout was the longest since since 1993 amid bumper crops in Brazil. That prompted many growers to curb investments and cut fertilizer use, while Central American harvests have been hampered by leaf-rust disease.“There’s no problem with physical availability in calendar year 2014, but significant risks threaten 2015-2016,” Marex said, citing an El Niño weather event that may soak Brazil by mid-year and leaf rust.Stockpiles of robusta coffee monitored by London’s NYSE Liffe have fallen to the lowest since at least 2002.Through Wednesday, robusta futures climbed 27 percent this year. The beans are used in instant coffee.The arabica premium to robusta has more than tripled this year and headed for the highest since March 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Commodity Weather Group, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said that a dry pattern starting in a week may reduce potential crop damage from rain in Brazil.In the previous two seasons, the accumulated global coffee surplus was 9.65 million bags, Marex said.A bag weighs 60 kilograms or 132 pounds.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Brazil coffee output set for worst slump since 1965 Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies ‘Black Heart’ in Brazil heat drives coffee turnaround New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust
The Mayoral Matric Excellence Awards took place on Friday afternoon at the Town Hall. This was held to honour the top 30 matriculants from different schools in Ladysmith, who achieved seven A’s.Proud parents and matriculants took their seats as they waited for the formalities to begin. Mayor Vincent Madlala addressed the crowd about the clean audit achieved by the local municipality and the great future that lies ahead for these matriculants.Thereafter, the Grade 12’s received their trophies and certificates.Lunch was provided for all.It was definitely a day to be remembered by all the matriculants and their parents who attended the function. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Jetstar has fended off reports that its Asian offshoot Jetstar Pacific is going to be absorbed into Vietnam Airlines due to the carrier’s ongoing financial problems.A report in a Vietnamese newspaper claimed the structural change was going ahead as the low cost carrier was risking bankruptcy, the Herald Sun reported.In a company statement by Jetstar the airline reiterated its commitment to Jetstar Pacific and dismissed claims that it is to be absorbed as part of a proposed airline deal.Jetstar Pacific is majority owned by the Vietnamese State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) and 27 per cent is owned by the Qantas Group.The misleading claims stem from reports of a proposed ownership swap between SCIC and Vietnam Airlines, a swap that the Qantas Group has publicly announced in a statement that it supports.According to a Jetstar statement the proposed ownership swap with SCIC would leave the Qantas Group stake in the airline unchanged.”Contrary to reports, no agreement has been formalised and the ownership structure for Jetstar Pacific remains unchanged,” a Jetstar spokesperson said.Meanwhile, the International Pilots Association said the move indicates the risks of the Qantas group branching out its operations into Asia.The APIA claimed the airline has “failed” and now wants Qantas to explain why Jetstar Pacific has failed and to explain its losses.Jetstar has faced a number of issues over the last few years, including safety violations and government investigations into fuel hedging losses that briefly saw two Qantas Executives barred from leaving Vietnam. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Jetstar denies reports of takeover
David Shaw appeared on ESPN’s Championship Drive podcast on Wednesday and fielded a question from Adam Rittenberg about how he manages the Cardinal’s rigorous academic demands and the effort required from players to win three Pac-12 titles in four seasons.His response was essentially the oral version of this tweet.How’s it going at Stanford?#FactsOverHype #GoStanford #OnlyAtStanford #CardClass16 #CardClass17 pic.twitter.com/Bk0JZ4cyq4 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix — David Shaw (@CoachDavidShaw) December 21, 2015“For me, the biggest thing is the environment,” Shaw said. “We’ve always said we’re not going to choose one over the other, we want to be great at everything. For me as a head coach, I’m going to allow our guys to come to practice late so they’re not missing class and I’m not going to give them a hard time about it… If you watch our practice, you’re going to see a couple guys get there late and a couple guys leave early that have 7 o’clock classes and need to get off the practice field, and making sure there’s an emphasis on doing extremely well in both. If you have to choose between school and football, you choose school. We’re going to make up that time, that’s fine, when you have the time.“I think there are unbelievable time management skills that are essential that these young men are learning now. They also learn what’s important and what’s not. I think that’s huge. Any thing that these young people do, particularly on a campus like Stanford University, if they love it, they’re going to spend time on it…. I think counting the hours that somebody spends something extra and then blaming football for it, I think, is the wrong approach to take.”Shaw closed his answer by positioning Stanford as a northern star for others who are so inclined to fix themselves upon. “If nothing else, you can look at us and see that it’s a model that can be duplicated other places,” he said.The NCAA will spend the next few years tied up in the federal court system, paying its lawyers to twist itself into knots to argue football players are student-athletes and nothing more.Those lawyers would be wise to send Shaw to the stand and have him explain the way he runs the Stanford football program. It’s a better defense than they could possibly construct on their own.
A tree planting event took place in Paphos on Friday morning, creating the largest park in the centre of Paphos, according to a spokesman.Dozens of local students and environmentalists took part in the event, which saw the planting of five hundred and twenty five new trees, the cost of which was covered entirely by sponsorship from telecommunications company, Cyta.“The park was created opposite the monument of Makarios and the soil was carefully prepared before to increase the chance of the tree surviving and also saves more than 70% of water,” he said.Speaking at the ceremony, Paphoos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos expressed his joy and satisfaction at the presence of young student volunteers, stressing that their contribution clearly sends the message that today’s and tomorrow’s citizens of Paphos appreciate the environment, care their town and seek a better quality of life.“Through this new intervention, we want to create a vibrant culture nucleus and an environmental reference point. We want to offer the residents of the region a place of relaxation and sociability, good entertainment and natural beauty,” he said.He also made special mention of the renovation and transformation of the Turkish Cypriot building, known as the “Ahmet Rashid House”, which is included in the site, and aims to establish it for innovative enterprises, noting that this initiative is part of a new era for Paphos, that of modern technology, and a “smart and green city”, and sustainable actions and sustainable development.The building will be fully renovated, at an estimated cost of around 300,000 euros which will come from European funding.The event was also welcomed by head of Cyta for the region, Costas Mantis, and the representative of the Environment Commissioner, Ioanna Panagiotou.The park, which will be home not only to trees but also flowers and shrubs, will also include a playground, a small refreshment area, a walkway and a cycle path.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
By Elias HazouTHE restructuring of Cypriot banks, fiscal discipline and a lower-than-anticipated contraction of Gross Domestic Product may have somewhat improved the country’s economic outlook, but the main underlying challenges to a full recovery remain.That was the gist of a briefing given by the heads of the troika delegation to the House finance committee yesterday.Speaking to newsmen after the meeting – held behind closed doors at the troika’s request – MPs said the pending third assessment of Cyprus’ economic adjustment programme is expected to be positive.Cyprus’ international creditors – the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission – now calculate a less severe recession than initially projected, ruling DISY MP Prodromos Prodromou said.For 2014, GDP is expected to contract by around 4.7 per cent, compared to previous projections of 6 to 8 per cent. And in 2015 the economy may register an up to 1 per cent growth.But at the same time the European Commission’s Maarten Verwey again conveyed the lenders’ concerns over the size of private debt and of delinquent loans, a permanent danger looming over the banks.The EU official called for the creation of a debt management system to recover as much debt as possible but that would also ensure genuinely viable businesses do not go under.In January, EU and IMF experts warned that restructuring of loans by Cypriot banks was an “absolutely critical component” to the success of Cyprus’ bailout programme. They revealed that €19bn (120 per cent of GDP) was currently owed to the banks in non-performing loans (NPLs). The amount of NPLs currently stood at 46 per cent of the banks’ gross portfolio.Likewise data released by the Central Bank this week showed that 40.2 per cent of loans to businesses are classed as non-performing.At the end of September 2013, there were some €33bn in loans outstanding to businesses, of which €13.3bn (slightly short of Cyprus’ entire economic output) were deemed delinquent.In absolute terms the construction industry (developers) was the worst performer, with 61.9 per cent of the loans taken out (or €4.4bn) considered delinquent. In the retail and wholesale sector, NPLs accounted for 36.6 per cent of loans, and for 52 per cent (or €1.2bn) of loans in the accommodation and lodgings business (hotels).In addition to the high level of indebtedness, households and businesses alike have been starved of cash following the forced deleveraging of Cypriot banks and the imposition of capital controls after the ‘haircut’ on uninsured deposits in March last year.The credit squeeze, which precludes new investment, is the economy’s other major sore point. Politicians here have been calling for a drastic easing – or even the outright lifting – of capital controls, but it’s understood the troika want to proceed more cautiously.AKEL MP Pambos Papageorgiou called out the troika on this:“For the past year lack of credit has been the single most serious problem for the economy, yet there has been no change in policy,” he told reporters.“There are about 30 businessmen who have borrowed – never to repay– six billion euros, and meanwhile those who lent them the money, the banks, don’t seem bothered in the least,” said Papageorgiou.As long as this issue remained unresolved, he added, there was no way for the economy to rebound.During the same meeting with lawmakers yesterday, the troika once again made it clear that the privatisation of certain semi-state enterprises – a move expected to raise €1.4bn in government revenues by 2018 – is a must.However the troika realises that privatisations are a politically sensitive subject, the European Commission’s Verwey reportedly told politicians.Verwey said also that there is no fixed model for privatising semi-state enterprises. Each of the enterprises concerned would be dealt with according to their balance sheet and their type of operations.Also yesterday, troika technocrats held successive meetings at the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development (formerly the Planning Bureau) with stakeholders in the merchant shipping business and with the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency.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 roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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