Salt and roti in mid-day meal expose: Take photos, don’t shoot videos, U.P. District Magistrate tells print journalists

first_imgNHRC notice to U.P. Chief Secretary over rotis, salt served in midday meal A day after booking a journalist for exposing the poor quality of the mid-day meal at a primary school in Mirzapur, the district administration on Tuesday justified its action saying the reporter’s act had appeared suspect because he had shot a video of the incident despite working for a print daily.Talking to reporters, Mirzapur District Magistrate Anurag Patel said the reporter Pawan Jaiswal had gone to the primary school to film a video and make it “viral” as part of a “conspiracy.”“There is a different way to make news,” Mr. Patel said. “You are a print media journalist, you could have taken photos. You could have printed whatever you found wrong, but he did not do so. That is why his role appeared to be suspicious.”Days after he filmed children eating roti and salt during the mid-day meal served in the school, Mr. Jaiswal was booked by police for trying to defame the government as part of a “conspiracy”.The FIR was lodged on the complaint of Prem Shankar Ram, Block Education Officer, Mirzapur. Along with the scribe, the police also booked Raj Kumar Pal, a representative of the village pradhan, who tipped off the journalist about the inferior quality of meals being served at the school.Public support poured in for the scribe with the Editors Guild Of India and the Uttar Pradesh Accredited Journalists Association demanding immediate withdrawal of the criminal case against Mr. Jaiswal for doing his job.Also Read  “It is a clear and classic case of shooting the messenger. It is shocking that instead of taking action to fix what is wrong on the ground, the government has filed criminal cases against the journalist,” the EGI said. Mr. Jaiswal acknowledged the public support he received and demanded that the “baseless” allegations against him be withdrawn immediately. “I did not do any wrong act,” said Mr. Jaiswal, adding that such action by the administration would demotivate scribes like him from doing their duty. Minister of State for Basic Education Satish Dwivedi gave a vague reply when reporters asked him about the case filed against the scribe. “No action should be taken against [someone] for bringing to light corruption or any fact,” he said.However, he added, “It is a matter of the police department.” So he would seek a report from the SP before any intervention.While the scribe had been booked on the serious charge of criminal conspiracy, ironically in the same FIR, the administration admitted that only roti and salt were cooked for the children at the school till noon on August 22, when the reporter filmed the episode. But it accused Mr. Jaiswal and Mr. Pal of hatching up a conspiracy to defame the mid-day meal scheme and malign the State government.Instead of arranging for the vegetables, Mr. Pal called Mr. Jaiswal, to the school premises and asked him to shoot a video showing students being served only roti and salt, the administration alleged. The government said Mr. Jaiswal not only shot the video but also forwarded it to agency ANI, following which it was made viral on social media. The action against the reporter was also contradicted by the stand taken by the administration after the issue came to light in August. Mr. Patel , the District Magistrate, had found the complaints to be true, after holding two independent probes at the local level.“Both reports showed that it was true that the students were being fed roti and salt,” Mr. Patel said in August, as he announced the suspension of the teacher-in-charge and the gram panchayat supervisor for the lapse. Mr. Jaiswal on September 2 stuck to his guns and said he had reported what he saw. “I saw at 12:07 minutes that the children were eating salt and roti,” he said, referring to his footage.He also said that after he received information about the mid-day meal, he had even brought it to the notice of the assistant basic siksha adhikari Brijesh Kumar Singh before heading out to the school. He said the district administration lodged criminal cases against him as the issue had become a “high-profile” one causing deep embarrassment to the administration.last_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, Tourism Department Director Sajiv GaunsMeanwhile, Tourism Department Director Sajiv Gauns Desai said tourists tend to take a break from adventure sports and beach holiday during monsoon and departments focus will be to now promote monsoon tourism.”Summer time in Goa has always been a season of joy and fun with all the adventure and water sport activities available across the state. However, monsoon also has a special place in thecalendarfor touristslooking for relaxation,” Desai said.”Goa is at its best during the monsoonsforits greenery, picturesquelandscaping and more. It is that time when nature flourishes. Goa takes on a more traditional flavour,” he said.Desai said tourist arrivals during monsoon (June, July and August) last year recorded 22 per cent increase as against an 18 per cent rise in 2014, which indicates that Goa is as much as a favoured destination to visit during rainy season.”The downpour have already started and soon we shall start various monsoon adventure activities carried out in the hinterland such as eco-trekking, adventure expeditions, white water rafting, which are greatly enjoyed and loved by the locals as well as tourists,” Desai said.Goa also has plethora of natural sights ranging from various waterfalls to springs that come alive along the hilly terrains, he added. PTI RPS ARS TIR BASlast_img read more

World Series in Houston a homecoming for Nats star Rendon

first_img“As a kid growing up, obviously you want to play for the hometown team,” he said. “But I think this will do.”Before Rendon starred at Rice, he was a standout player for Lamar High School, which sits in Houston’s posh River Oaks neighborhood. David Munoz was an assistant at Lamar when Rendon was there, and remains at the school as the head coach.Munoz still keeps in touch with Rendon and raved about his former pupil.“His most enduring quality is that he has not changed,” Munoz said Monday. “This is a kid who is still someone who is not caught up in any kind of anything. Ego. Brand. A very selfless person. He’s the same person he was when he was at Lamar.”Something else that hasn’t changed about Rendon, who led the National League with 126 RBIs this season, since he was a teenager is his knack for making big plays.“The thing that set him apart more than anything else was his ability to come through in clutch situations for us,” Munoz said. “The bigger the situation, the better he was. And his demeanor never changed. Very calm. Always smiling.”He wore that big smile at World Series media day on Monday as hordes of reporters crowded around him, jockeying for position and shouting questions over each other. The beginning of his interview was interrupted by teammate Kurt Suzuki walking by, noticing the crowd and yelling: “We get it, you’re from Houston.”Suzuki was mocking the attention that Rendon was getting, but his status in Houston is no laughing matter. Rendon was such a big deal while playing for the Owls that then-mayor Annise Parker honored him with ‘Anthony Rendon Day’ after he won the Dick Howser Trophy Winner as the National Player of the Year in 2010.Rendon thinks Parker might have been a bit biased since she was a Rice alumna, but he was thrilled by the honor nonetheless. Although there was a little bit of a letdown when he realized what the ceremony would entail.“You hear all these stories like so and so he plays for the Rockets or he’s the best fireman in the world, he gets a key to the city,” Rendon said. “That’s what was going through my mind and I was like: ‘I’m about to get a key to the city.’ And she just hands me like this piece of paper. But it was still an awesome experience.” Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Patriots blitz Darnold, Jets 33-0 to remain undefeated This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon warms up during batting practice for baseball’s World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)HOUSTON — Anthony Rendon vividly remembers his one visit to the Astrodome as a child to see the Houston Astros and his beloved Killer B’s.“I was really young at that time but that memory still sticks in my head,” the Washington Nationals star said.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The third baseman laughed and shook his head when asked how many tickets he’ll have to get for Game 1 on Tuesday night.“I really don’t know,” he said. “I can’t put a number out there but it’s definitely going to be a lot.”And he made a rule for all his Houston people coming to the game: If he gets them a ticket, they have to root for the Nationals.“Oh yeah,” he said. “Definitely.”Rendon is notoriously low-key and rarely shows much emotion on the field. He admitted this week will be a bit different after spending his entire life in Houston before the Nationals drafted him out of Rice with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Instead, he’s leading the Nationals to their first World Series against the team he rooted for as a child.The Astrodome has long been closed and he’ll get a chance to put on a show for friends and family in the domed (and very pleasant smelling) confines of Minute Maid Park. MOST READ Though Rendon has spent his entire major league career in the nation’s capital, he’s never wavered in his love for Houston and said Monday that is something that will never change.“This is my city for sure,” he said. “Born and raised. Still live here in the offseason and I don’t plan on leaving.”So this week he’ll hit up some of his favorite taquerias because he can’t get Mexican food up to his standards in Washington, and will probably grab some barbecue at his college haunt Demeris Bar-B-Q. Then he’ll try and make sure his team doesn’t end up like the 2005 Astros, who made a run similar to Washington’s turnaround to reach their first World Series.“Hopefully that’s not our fate,” he said. “They got swept.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar biopic opens across UK cinemas today

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, May 26 (PTI) A biopic on the life of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar opened across cinemas in the UK today.”Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, the first-of-its-kind Indian docu-drama to get a wide cinema release in Britain, traces the life of Tendulkar from the moment he received a cricket bat as a gift from his elder sister at the age of eight.”Playing cricket was like going to the temple for me,” says Tendulkar in the film, which has been narrated by him.London-based director James Erskine, a well-known sports documentarian, tracks Tendulkars journey which led to Indias 2011 World Cup victory and his retirement from Test cricket in 2013.The film, which has been set to a musical score by Oscar-winning musician A R Rahman, also has previously lesser- known glimpses of the personal life of the 44-year-old cricketing genius who played 200 Test matches in his illustrious career.”This film really is the story of the man, and while cricket is a huge part of his life, it is just one chapter,” said Erskine.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut, a reference to Tendulkars record, and Carnival Motion Pictures, the film had premiered in India earlier this week and its cinematic opening in the UK coincides with a worldwide release. PTI AK CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

BCCI to appoint ethics officer to look into conflict of interest after Ramachandra Guha’s resignation

first_imgThe BCCI will soon appoint an ethics officer to address the issue of conflict of interest, which has been plaguing Indian cricket for some time now.Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai on Monday said such a decision was the need of the hour.”All issues regarding conflict of interest will be referred to ethics officer appointed by the BCCI. He will be appointed soon. A lot of complaints regarding conflict of interest have been received,” said Rai after a meeting.Historian Ramachandra Guha, who resigned from the committee recently, had lashed out at the BCCI’s functioning in his resignation letter and made observation on conflict of interest in the case of Rahul Dravid, who is India A coach and also a mentor of the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise.Dravid has sought more clarity on the subject so that he can take an informed decision.Guha sparked a debate on the issue as he also alleged that legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar also had a conflict of interest in his working as BCCI commentator when he also had stakes in Professional Management Group (PMG) which signed up Shikhar Dhawan for three years.The historian wrote in his letter, “I have repeatedly pointed to the anomaly whereby BCCI-contracted commentators simultaneously act as player agents.”last_img read more

2nd ODI: All-round Steyn, Tahir star as South Africa thrash Zimbabwe by 120 runs

first_imgDale Steyn and Imran Tahir starred for South Africa as they beat Zimbabwe by 120 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series to bag the series with a game to spare.While Steyn put on an all-round show, Tahir bagged a hat-trick and returned with figures of six wickets for 24 runs to turn the game in South Africa’s favour in a low-scoring match at the Mangaung Oval.Batting first, South Africa were all-out for 198 in 47.3 overs. The Proteas reached the score thanks to Steyn’s career-best score of 60 from 85 balls.The veteran fast bowler came in to bat with South Africa reeling at 101 for seven and along Andile Phehlukwayo (28) added 75 for the eighth wicket, a record for South Africa against Zimbabwe, and Steyn went on to take the hosts past their all-time low of 185 against the neighbouring country.Playing in his first one-day international in two years, Steyn hit eight fours and a six in an 85-ball innings.His previous one-day international score was 35 against India in Jaipur in 2009/10.Opening bowlers Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara put an inexperienced South African batting line-up under early pressure, taking a wicket apiece inside the first 13 deliveries of the innings.Jarvis finished with two for 26 and Chatara took three for 42. Seamer Donald Tiripano and leg-spinner Brandon Mavuta took two wickets each.Dale Steyn returns to the side with his maiden ODI fifty to salvage the innings and pull the Proteas to 198 all out – their second lowest ODI total against Zimbabwe. Will they be able to defend it to claim the series?#SAvZIM LIVE (@ICC) October 3, 2018Chasing 199 to win, Zimbabwe lost two quick wickets within the first 10 overs. Experienced campaigners Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza looked to steady the ship but Taylor fell for 10 in the 14th over and after that, it was a procession for Zimbabwe, who lost seven wickets for 35 runs and were bundled out for 78 from 24 overs.Tahir starred with the ball and ran through the Zimbabwe middle-order all by himself while Styen picked up 2/19 from his six overs. Lungi Ngidi and Phehlukwayo picked up a wicket each.Steyn was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-round show.He’s back! @DaleSteyn62 says he’s happy he could help the team to a series win #ProteaFire #TeamMan #canbatcanbowl #SAvZIM South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 3, 2018South Africa have now won 29 matches in a row against Zimbabwe since losing in Durban in 1999/2000.The last ODI will be played on Saturday at Boland Park in Paarl and that will be followed by a three-match T20I series, starting on October 9.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

TTLine Orders Green Ship in China

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany-based ferry company TT-Line has placed an order for a dual fuel vessel with China’s shipbuilder Jiangsu Jinling.Under the deal, which includes an option for one further unit, the company’s new ferry would be delivered during 2022. Following delivery, the vessel would be used within TT-Line’s route network in the Baltic Sea.The shipping firm said that the 230-meter-long vessel would be optimized for efficiency and flexibility. Compared to the previous generation of RoPax vessels, the latest vessel will reduce more than 50% of emissions while still maintaining the speed, the company explained.The dual fuel ship would be able to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), leading to very low emissions of particulate matter.“TT-Line will set a new standard in terms of cutting harmful emissions by choosing LNG as a fuel for the innovative TT-Line Green Ship. This innovative and future-oriented TT-Line Green Ship will be the most environmentally friendly RoPax ship in our trading area,” Bernhard J. Termühlen, Managing Director of TT-Line, said.The new TT-Line vessel builds on the company’s Green Ship concept and is designed to carry 800 passengers and more than 200 trucks and trailers. While designing the vessel, a particular emphasize was put on flexibility and fast turnarounds in ports.last_img read more

West African troops in Liberia set to don UN blue helmets on

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. read more

South Australias mining future threatened by lack of skillsinfrastructure

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

This couple say they are discriminated against because they are straight

first_img 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 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. last_img read more

Greek olive oil makes a splash

first_img 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: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Government focus shifts to relief growth

first_img 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: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Baleines des pays dAmérique du sud veulent des aires protégées

first_imgBaleines : 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 Perrinlast_img read more

Weather Eye Pattern of belowaverage rainfall likely to continue

first_img 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 read more


first_imgBy 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.]]>last_img read more

Heres How Translators Are Helping Harvey Evacuees

first_img 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.last_img read more

Twitter Instagram promoting extreme thinness

first_imgPosts 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.last_img read more

Explore the land before time and the legend of Thai silk at

first_imgeTN 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 Londoncenter_img SAWASDEE: You can read full article here: read more

Canonical the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution was hacked Ubuntu source

first_imgOn Saturday, Ubuntu-maker Canonical Ltd’s source code repositories were compromised and used to create repositories and issues among other activities. The unknown attacker(s) used a Canonical owned GitHub account whose credentials were compromised to unauthorizedly access Canonical’s Github account. According to a mirror of the hacked Canonical GitHub account, the hacker created 11 new GitHub repositories in the official Canonical account. The repositories were empty and  sequentially named CAN_GOT_HAXXD_1, `with no existing data being changed or deleted. The Ubuntu source code remains unaffected. A Canonical representative said in a statement, “There is no indication at this point that any source code or PII was affected. Furthermore, the Launchpad infrastructure where the Ubuntu distribution is built and maintained is disconnected from GitHub and there is also no indication that it has been affected.” The hack appears to be limited to a defacement, as if the hacker(s) had added malicious code to Canonical projects, then they wouldn’t have drawn attention by creating new repositories in the Canonical GitHub account. The official Ubuntu forums had been hacked on three different occasions, first in July 2013, when hackers stole the details of 1.82 million users. Second in July 2016, when the data of two million users was compromised. Third, in December 2016 when Ubuntu Forums was hacked with 1.8 Million users credentials stolen. In May, this year attackers wiped many GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket repos with ‘compromised’ valid credentials leaving behind a ransom note. Canonical has since removed the compromised account from the Canonical organisation in GitHub and is still investigating the extent of the breach. The Ubuntu security team said it plans to post a public update after our investigation, audit and remediations are finished. Twitter was flooded with people warning others about the hack. Read Next Ubuntu has decided to drop i386 (32-bit) architecture from Ubuntu 19.10 onwards DockerHub database breach exposes 190K customer data including tokens for GitHub and Bitbucket repositories Attackers wiped many GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket repos with ‘compromised’ valid credentials leaving behind a ransom note.last_img

Black Hat USA 2019 conference Highlights IBMs warshipping OS threat intelligence bots

first_imgThe 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. It can be used as a standalone tool for IoT security testing and more interestingly, it provides building blocks for writing new plugins/exploits and other IoT security assessment test cases with ease. EXPLIoT supports most IoT communication protocols, hardware interfacing functionality and test cases that can be used from within the framework to quickly map and exploit an IoT product or IoT Infrastructure. PyRDP: Python 3 Remote Desktop Protocol Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) and Library PyRDP is an RDP man-in-the-middle tool that has applications in pentesting and malware research. In pentesting, PyRDP has a number of features that allow attackers to compromise RDP sessions when combined with TCP man-in-the-middle solutions. On the malware research side, PyRDP can be used as part of a fully interactive honeypot. It can be placed in front of a Windows RDP server to intercept malicious sessions. 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. To know more about the entire conference in detail, head over to Black Hat USA 2019 official website. Read Next Google Project Zero reveals six “interactionless” bugs that can affect iOS via Apple’s iMessage Apple plans to suspend Siri response grading process due to privacy issues Apple Card, iPhone’s new payment system, is now available for select userslast_img read more