Govt may infuse 4000 cr in nonlife PSU firms in Budget

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is likely to announce infusion of about Rs 4,000 crore in three public sector general insurance companies to shore up their capital. The capital infusion will help them improve their financial health to an extent that the proposed merger of the general insurance firms could take place, sources said. The announcement to this effect could be made in the first full-fledged Budget of Modi 2.0 government, to be presented in Parliament on July 5. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsAccording to the sources, the Department of Financial Services will seek around Rs 4,000 crore in the Budget for fund infusion in three insurance companies — National Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company. Depending on the capital that Budget provides, individual allocation would be made, they added. The profitability of many general insurance companies, including that of state-owned ones has been under pressure owing to rising underwriting losses and higher claims. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe two of these public sector companies are struggling to maintain the solvency ratio. As against the insurance regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority’s (IRDA) solvency ratio norm of 1.5, National Insurance has an insolvency ratio of 1.5, while United India’s level is comparatively lower at 1.21. It is to be noted that the government, in the Budget 2018-19, had proposed to merge National Insurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance Company. The then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget speech had announced that the three companies would be merged into a single insurance entity. The process of merger could not be completed due to various reasons, including poor financial health of these companies. As on March 31, 2017, the three companies together had more than 200 insurance products with a total premium of Rs 41,461 crore and a market share of around 35 per cent. Their combined net worth is Rs 9,243 crore, with total employee strength of around 44,000 spread over 6,000 offices. In 2017, state-owned New India Assurance Company and General Insurance Corporation of India were listed on the bourses. Initial estimates suggest that the combined entity formed by merging the three insurers will be the largest non-life insurance company in India, valued at Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh crore.last_img read more

ACTRA says its expediting sexual harassment complaints processes

first_imgActor and filmmaker Nicole Stamp moderated the discussion “Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Industry” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday, December 1, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies. TORONTO — The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints. Advertisement “In film time, if you get assaulted on Monday, you’re back on set on Tuesday and it might be a really intense day where you can’t call in sick,” said Stamp. Stamp said she felt “it was a really productive discussion” in which the panellists were speaking candidly and “were comfortable being a little bit vulnerable in explaining some of the process.” “We will announce it to the world. I’ve said to a few producers, ‘Are you afraid that you will lose business?’ and they go, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do this.’ I think we’ll gain business because people know when they come to Canada, you’re protected.”Victoria Ahearn – The Canadian Press Advertisement Having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated, noted actor/filmmaker Nicole Stamp, who moderated the panel chat. Many on the panel said the industry is at a “watershed moment” in which organizations are working together to change the entire culture. That includes having zero tolerance, ending complicity, achieving parity, diversifying the power structure, and creating a future in which abuse is less likely to happen. “What I find really heartening about this discussion is the extent to which we’re all on the same page and we’re all adopting the same near-term, tangible tools and practices that can lead to real change on the issue,” said Marguerite Pigott, vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives at the CMPA. Twitter “It goes directly to a counsellor, a company that does this for us, and/or it goes straight to our executive director or our staff, and people are there with you, immediately,” Tova said in an interview. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Friday’s talk also included representatives from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association, who met with ACTRA and other industry stakeholders last week about how to work together to end sexual harassment. Audience members included filmmakers Sarah Polley and Jennifer Baichwal. Also on the panel were filmmakers Patricia Rozema and Melanie Chung, Alix Herber of the Labour and Employment Law Group, and producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures. Tova said ACTRA has also hired a lawyer — a human rights specialist who has worked in the industry — to be their in-house adviser and guide complainants on what their choices are, how they can proceed and what they can do. “Many, many, many are calling us now about situations they’ve never reported before, ever,” she said, adding they have “some cases that are now going forward.” “Canada will be the leader in anti-harassment,” added Tova. Among the immediate steps is a plan to “investigate and get things happening” on serious allegations of sexual misconduct within 48 hours, she said. “That’s a big part of it — protecting our members going forward,” said Tova. “You just have to call us. We’re committed 100 per cent. We are there for you.” Advertisement “It’s more difficult than in many workplaces where you might be able to get a little bit of time away from the person that abused you. On a film set, you might be right back in with them the next day.” Login/Register With: Facebook ACTRA has also rebranded its after-hours, anonymous emergency reporting system as the Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline and is “plastering it everywhere,” encouraging members to call if they have had an experience they’d like to share.last_img read more

Kim Coates makes a remarkable return to the stage as Rooster Byron

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Written by Jez Butterworth. Directed by Mitchell Cushman. Until March 10 at Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave. OutsidetheMarch.ca or 647-341-7390In 2009, Jez Butterworth created another icon of English folklore.Johnny “Rooster” Byron is Shakespeare’s lush Falstaff or faerie Puck, J.M. Barrie’s eternal boy Peter Pan, the noble and reclusive Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, any unwitting man who came face to face with a giant, and more. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Kim Coates as Rooster Byron, who goes from oddball eccentric with a drug and drinking problem to something more mysterious, magical and frightening in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. (DAHLIA KATZ) He is both an amalgamation of the mythical English men who came before him and a man made purely in the present.  READ MOREReview: Play Jerusalem triumphs as pure theatre of the kind we rarely seeJohnny (Rooster) Byron is an ex-daredevil drug dealer who sells cocaine to teenagers and parties with them at his trailer in the woods on the edge of a fictional town in the English county of Wiltshire. A modern-day Falstaff, he’s the unlikely hero of playwright Jez Butterworth’s profane and problematic Jerusalem – an exploration of the place of English identity in an increasingly bureaucratic and homogenous world, now getting a raging Toronto premiere directed by Mitchell Cushman.This sprawling Broadway and West End drama needs a star at its centre to work – and Kim Coates, the Saskatoon-born actor best known for his work on the FX show Sons of Anarchy, is taking on the challenging role here after a 25-year absence from the stage.This type of casting always rolls my eyes, but Coates quickly shows he hasn’t lost his live-performing chops in the decades since he got rave reviews as the psychopathic Roma in Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Stratford Festival back in 1986.  READ MORElast_img read more

Labrador 9 in custody after early morning raid and NCC vows on

first_img(9 people are in custody after an early morning raid at the construction site of the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project. Photo courtesy: Justin Brake/The Independent)Editor’s note: Early Monday afternoon, the RCMP sent follow up information stating that a person at the camp had also been taken into custody bringing the number of people arrested to 9. They are all charged with one count of disobeying a court order.Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsHappy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge.The eight people who say they are defenders of the land were arrested Monday when the RCMP cleared the camp after a court injunction was issued.The RCMP in St. John’s, N.L. released a brief statement Monday.“The arrests come following a court granted enforcement order,” the statement said. “There were no injuries during the arrests and police will continue to monitor the activity. The individuals are still in custody and are awaiting court appearances later today. The investigation is continuing.”The RCMP said they have been charged with disobeying a court order.See related stories here: Muskrat Falls According to the provincially owned energy company Nalcor, the group had been blocking the entrance to the site and slowing progress of the work.The project is controversial for Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill river with vegetation in place will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.They want the area to be cleared of any vegetation prior to flooding. According to Nalcor 41 squre kilometres will be flooded for the dam.“That will not stop us …”At a news conference broadcast live from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nunatukavut President Todd Russell condemned the arrests and vowed they will not stop the movement to change the plan for Muskrat Falls unless the government stops the planned flooding.“As of today the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) will be committing our people, our resources to on the ground action until our voices are heard as we are respected,” said Russell. “We are here to say to nalcor , try to bring transformers through any of our communities and we will be there.”The planned flood has prompted an Inuit artist to start a hunger strike. Billy Gauthier told APTN National News that he will not eat until the government agrees to clear cut the flood zone.Russell said Monday that the NCC has called off its annual general meeting to concentrate on a strategy to take on Nalcor and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.“We are going to be on the protest site and get ready, it won’t be only one site,” said Russell. “It could any number of places on our land. We are taking direct action. We are committed to this for the long run.”Protest in St. John’s …. About 30 people marched in front of the legislature in St. John’s this morning to raise concerns about Muskrat Falls.Organizer Denise Cole said the flooding of traditional Inuit land is an attack on local food sources and culture.She wants the project, now estimated to cost $11.4-billion, to be scrapped.Provincial NDP member Gerry Rogers says the Liberal government and the Tories before them have ignored concerns, despite studies by Harvard University that have raised alarms about methylmercury contamination.troache@aptn.ca news@aptn.ca— with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

DR Congo UN steps up border patrols after reported rebel arms trafficking

“This concern stems from information on the seizure in Uganda of vehicles transporting arms,” UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Amadou Gueye told the weekly news briefing in Kinshasa, the capital, yesterday.“Measures to halt this traffic include first of all continuing to patrol this frontier with our units deployed in the sector,” he said, stressing that the DRC and Ugandan armies are also cooperating closely in the matter.The LRA terrorized northern Uganda for two decades before spilling over into neighbouring countries, including the DRC, and has been accused of committing atrocities such as mutilations and the recruitment of child soldiers. 23 September 2010United Nations peacekeepers are patrolling the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda after reports of arms trafficking by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) across DRC and southern Sudan. read more

Campus Store offers staff appreciation sale

While students are away for Reading Week, Brock faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of some Campus Store savings.The Campus Store will be holding a staff appreciation event for all faculty and staff from Wednesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 23.The sale will feature discounts on various Brock branded clothing just in time for next weekend’s OUA Men’s Basketball playoff game, which tips off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Bob Davis Gymnasium.Among the discounts offered:All men’s and women’s Campus Crew items will be 50 per cent offAll clearance items will be an additional 10 per cent offCutter & Buck jackets and Roots jackets will be 30 per cent offSelect Cutter & Buck button-up shirts will be 30 per cent offAside from the advertised sales, the standard 20 per cent discount on all clothing, memorability, greeting cards and stationary for faculty and staff will still remain in effect. read more

Kevin Durant Helps Oklahoma School Build AllNew Facility to

Kevin Durant with students from Positive Tomorrows (Positive Tomorrows)Kevin Durant is continuing his charitability toward Oklahoma City even though the NBA forward has moved on to play for the Golden State Warriors. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Positive Tomorrows announced the athlete’s Kevin Durant Charity Foundation donated $57,000 to the elementary school.According to a statement on the Oklahoma-based school’s website, Durant’s hefty gift unlocked a secret $50,000 challenge award that will allow the school to buy land for a new building.“Kevin continues to be a great friend to Positive Tomorrows, and he has been instrumental in helping our school grow over the last several years,” school president and principal Susan Agel said. “Still, we consistently turn away students due to a lack of space and his generous contribution this year along with several anonymous donors will enable us to embark on our upcoming capital campaign debt-free. We are so grateful.”Positive Tomorrows works to provide a private, tuition-free education to homeless students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, 48 percent of which are Black. It also supports families so they can improve their employment, housing and income.As a supporter of the institution since 2012, Durant has gifted students with shoes on Christmas and paid for a summer program. Last year, NewsOK reported that the NBA star gave $35,000 to the school to stock food and build an all-new kitchen to better serve pupils.“They needed some help and, simple,” he said of the grant. “I’ve been here and seen the impact it’s had on these kids and I just wanted to help even more.”This year’s $57,000 gift makes it the fourth time he has provided funds to the school.“He’s been an instrumental part of our growth,” Agel said. “And it means the world to us and to our students that he continues to believe in our children’s potential and to invest in their futures.” read more

Eyebrows crucial to human evolution its how we first learnt to communicate

first_imgThey then discounted two theories commonly put forward to explain its protruding brow ridges – one being that they were needed to fill the space where the flat brain cases and eye sockets of archaic hominins met, and the second being that it acted to stabilise their skulls from the force of chewing.It led them to the possibility that the evolutionary changes were linked to social factors.Professor of Anatomy Paul O’Higgins said: “We suggest a plausible contributing explanation can be found in social communication.”The researchers explained communicative foreheads started off as a side-effect of our faces getting gradually smaller over the past 100,000 years.They said the process sped up in last 20,000 years as we switched from hunter gatherers to agriculturalists – a lifestyle with less variety in both diet and physical effort. Image issued by the University of York of a computer generated model of modern skull next to the heavy-browed skull of ancient hominin Kabwe 1 Image issued by the University of York of a computer generated model of modern skull next to the heavy-browed skull of ancient hominin Kabwe 1Credit:Paul O’Higgins/PA Co-author Dr Penny Spikins at York’s Department of Archaeology said: “Modern humans are the last surviving hominin.”While our sister species the Neanderthals were dying out, we were rapidly colonising the globe and surviving in extreme environments.”This had a lot to do with our ability to create large social networks – we know, for example, that prehistoric modern humans avoided inbreeding and went to stay with friends in distant locations during hard times.”Dr Spikins says in the study that eyebrow movements allow us to express complex emotions, as well as perceive the emotions of others. A rapid “eyebrow flash”, for instance, is a “cross-cultural sign of recognition and openness to social interaction”, while “pulling our eyebrows up at the middle is an expression of sympathy”.She added: “Eyebrows are the missing part of the puzzle of how modern humans managed to get on so much better with each other than other now-extinct hominins.” Eyebrows are crucial to human evolution, scientists have discovered, because it is how our predecessors first learnt to communicate.The evolution of highly mobile brows to express emotions helped early humans convey nuanced messages of recognition or sympathy, research by the University of York found.Scientists believe this was crucial to survival because it enabled them to work together, rather than alone in the wild.It is also probably why modern humans have developed a smooth forehead with more visible brows, compared to the pronounced brow of early hominins, they said.The team used 3D engineering software to study the brow ridge of a fossilised skull known as Kabwe 1, which lived between 600,000 and 200,000 years ago.center_img Eyebrow movements allow us to express complex emotionsCredit:Wavebreak Media ltd/Alamy Stock Photo Eyebrow movements allow us to express complex emotions Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…Dr Richard Haass arrives at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast this morning for the final hothouse political negotiations in Northern Ireland – a last-ditch bid to find agreement on contentious issues left over from the peace process. Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire.IRELANDA final day of political negotiations aimed at finding agreement on contentious issues in Northern Ireland’s peace process, chaired by former US diplomat Richard Haas, are expected to stretch on into the night [RTÉ]Power was returned to homes across the country after the ‘worst storm impact in 16 years’, according to the ESB – which affected more than 100,000 customers.Michael Schumacher remains ‘fighting for his life’ after a serious skiing accident in the French Alps.A new Red C poll of Irish adults found that just 27 per cent of Irish people would support further austerity measures, even in order to save the euro currency.The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs welcomed the “interest and initiative” by retailers which have voluntarily adopted a new code regarding children’s clothing.Two people were hospitalised with stab wounds, and several others received medical treatment, after a violent incident in Newtownabbey in Co Antrim.An Bord Pleanála granted the Irish Jewish Museum and reinstated synagogue in Portobello, Co Dublin, permission to expand.A 30-year-old man appeared in court charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life following a stand-off in Sligo on Saturday during which shots were fired at Gardaí. [RTÉ]One lucky Co Kerry man is kicking 2014 off in style after picking up his €250,000 Lotto winnings.A father with terminal lung cancer has joined with the HSE in its fight against tobacco with this poignant video testimony.WORLDThe cover of an Ireland v Germany football programme. The scarce programme was for Ireland’s match against Germany on October 17, 1936 which was held at Dalymount Park. It’s estimated that it will go for €400-600 under the hammer at Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectibles Auction in Dublin on 8 March 2014. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire#WWII: Germany has urged Japan to deal ‘honestly’ with its its actions during World War II after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visited a controversial war shrine.#DRC: Forty people who took part in an uprising in Democratic Republic of Congo today have been killed, and armed youths have kidnapped several reporters.#BURMA: Reformist president Thein Sein has granted pardons to political prisoners in an apparent effort to fulfil his pledge to free all political prisoners by the end of this year.#RUSSIA: The International Olympic Committee is confident that the Games in Sochi in Russia will be ‘safe and secure’ after at least 31 people were killed in two separate attacks in Volgograd in the space of 24 hours.INNOVATIONChristmas is over and boredom may be beginning to set in, so here are a few free games to help you pass the time…The internet has changed our lives in many ways – but does that include the clothes you choose to put on your back? It just might, with online retailers claiming that the once failsafe option for a girl’s night out – the little black dress – is now being eclipsed by bright cloths and prints… as the bold colours look better in social media snaps. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTThis amazing optical illusion of a watchful T-Rex has left many people scratching their heads… Can you figure it out before the big reveal at the end? [h/t entertainment.ie] Uploaded by brusspuplast_img read more

Poor diets are causing scurvy to make a comeback in Australia

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3109128 15,220 Views SCURVY, A DISEASE historically associated with old-world sailors on long voyages, is making a surprise comeback in Australia, with health officials revealing a rare spate of cases.Caused by vitamin C deficiency, the condition used to be a common – and often fatal – curse among seafarers who went months without fresh fruit and vegetables.Once barely heard of in developed countries, reports suggest the problem is also on the rise in Britain, while a medical journal this year detailed the case of a baby developing scurvy in Spain.Jenny Gunton, who heads the Centre for Diabetes, Obesity and Endocrinology research at the Westmead Institute in Sydney, said scurvy had reappeared in Australia because of poor dietary habits.She discovered the disease after wounds on several of her patients failed to heal.“When I asked about their diet, one person was eating little or no fresh fruit and vegetables, but the rest ate fair amounts of vegetables; they were simply over-cooking them, which destroys the vitamin C,” she said.“It highlights a danger that you can consume plenty of calories, yet not receive enough nutrients.”The scurvy diagnosis for 12 patients was made based on blood tests and symptoms, with all cured by a simple course of vitamin C.A lack of vitamin C can lead to defective formation of collagen and connective tissues, and cause bruising, bleeding gums, blood spots in the skin, joint pain and impaired wound healing.Common foods that keep scurvy at bay include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi fruit, bell peppers and grapefruit, but overcooking can destroy key nutrients. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/wasanajai Nov 29th 2016, 1:46 PM Poor diets are causing scurvy to make a comeback in Australia The disease was historically associated with seafaring and a lack of vitamin C on long voyages. Image: Shutterstock/wasanajaicenter_img By AFP Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 1:46 PM Share42 Tweet Email7 18 Comments Source: Shutterstock/Baloncici“Couldn’t believe it”Penelope Jackson was one of those diagnosed with the disease and said she was stunned.“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘hang on a minute, scurvy hasn’t be around for centuries’,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald.“It’s something you associate with the First Fleet and the days of Arthur Phillip and Captain (James) Cook. You don’t expect it to be around in the 21st century.”Phillip was the first governor of New South Wales state who sailed with the First Fleet from England in 1788 while navigator and explorer Cook is often credited as one of the first to understand the relationship between fresh fruit and scurvy.Gunton, who published a research paper on the diseases’ resurgence in the international journal Diabetic Medicine, said patients could be overweight or obese and still have the condition.Her paper reported there was no predominant social pattern to the incidence of the disease and that patients with poor diets appeared to be from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.“This result suggests that despite the large amount of dietary advice readily available to the community, there are still plenty of people -– from all walks of life -– who are not getting the messages,” Gunton said.“Human bodies cannot synthesise vitamin C, so we must eat foods containing it.”Health authorities tend not to test for scurvy these days and Gunton’s study advised clinicians to be alert to the potential problem especially in diabetes patients.“Particularly if their patients present with unhealed ulcers, easy bruising or gum bleeding without obvious cause,” she said.- © AFP 2016Read: Here’s what Ernest Shackleton and his crew were having for dinner, inching through the ice 100 years ago today…Read: Only 18 people in the world have this rare disease – an Irish 3-year-old is one Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Migrant background advantage for students

first_imgNSW public school students from non-English speaking backgrounds perform as well or better in school-based assessments than students from English speaking backgrounds, NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said this week.Mr Piccoli said nearly one quarter of a million of public school students in NSW come from homes where languages other than English are spoken. “Relative to public school students from English-speaking backgrounds, students from language backgrounds other than English have higher average numeracy scores across all four NAPLAN assessments – in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9,” he added.“Some of the strongest performing schools in the state also have high percentages of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. This is true of the state’s top high schools – including James Ruse and both North Sydney Boys and Girls schools.”Other public high schools with high numbers of students from non-English speaking backgrounds which are also achieving outstanding results include: Strathfield Girls, Homebush Boys, Macarthur Girls, and Canley Vale High.“Teaching is the single most important in-school influence on student performance. We want to attract the best people into teaching degrees and better support them once they enter the classroom. We have invested $155 million, much of which will support beginning teachers in NSW government schools,” said Mr Piccoli.“Two years ago, the government launched Local Schools, Local Decisions to give principals and their communities much greater local decision-making authority,” stated the minister, who went on to say that since then, schools across the state have invested in lifting the quality of teaching through direct professional development, reshaped their teaching workforce to suit local needs, provided additional literacy and numeracy support for students, and employed additional staff to focus on community and student engagement.He also stressed that all NSW public schools are now managing their own planned maintenance programs, make most purchases of up to $5000 without head office approval, and are choosing how to fill around 60 per cent of all vacancies. “NSW public schools are also now funded using a new Resource Allocation Model. This needs-based funding model has distributed $300 million across all public schools this year with targeted loadings for all indigenous students and to address socio-economic disadvantage,” Mr Piccoli concluded. For more information about the performance of students from non-English speaking backgrounds, please visit www.cese.nsw.gov.au/publications/cese-bulletins. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kaspersky passe Flame sur le gril

first_imgKaspersky passe Flame sur le grilAprès avoir mis en évidence le virus Flame, l’éditeur d’antivirus russe Kaspersky, vient de publier la première autopsie de ce malware.Après avoir mis en évidence le virus Flame, l’éditeur d’anti-virus russe Kaspersky vient de publier un rapport complet sur le malware, réalisé dans le cadre d’une enquête pour l’UIT, l’Union internationale des télécommunications. Kaspersky a donc surveillé l’un des serveurs de commande et de contrôle (c&c) de Flame, en collaboration avec deux fournisseurs de services Internet : GoDaddy et OpenDNS. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les conclusions du rapport, les serveurs c&c ont été enregistrés sous de nombreuses fausses identités, dont les premières traces remonteraient jusqu’en 2008. Kaspersky a aussi identifié un total de 80 domaines utilisés par les serveurs c&c de Flame. Il semblerait que les auteurs du virus s’intéressent particulièrement aux documents texte, PDF et aux dessins Autocad (conception assistée par ordinateur). « Les documents volés étaient compressés à l’aide de la librairie open source Zlib et d’une variante de la méthode PPDM et ils étaient cryptés de manière simple », précise Kaspersky. Parmi les bonnes nouvelles, Kaspersky juge la version de Windows 7 64 bits efficace pour lutter contre le virus. Malgré tout, Microsoft a mis à disposition des utilisateurs un correctif pour toutes ses versions de Windows. Pour rappel, Flame est un virus très complexe qui se présente sous la forme d’un cheval de Troie avec un fonctionnement proche d’un ver. Cette “hybridation” lui permet de se répliquer dans un réseau local ou sur un périphérique et de récupérer les données. Découvert depuis mai, Flame toucherait le Moyen-Orient, l’Europe, l’Amérique du Nord et l’Asie Pacifique.Le 6 juin 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles

first_imgStay on target In the U.S., air travel accounts for about a third of all Co2 emissions. A startup called ZeroAvia wants to clean things up in a big way.ZeroAvia recently emerged from stealth with a zero-emission powertrain for small aircraft. It’s electric, but there are no big, bulky batteries involved. ZeroAvia opted for compressed hydrogen instead.Why not use batteries? Compressed hydrogen is about four times as energy-dense as today’s best batteries. Founder, physicist and pilot Valery Miftakhov told FastCompany “actually getting a sizable aircraft in the air for a reasonable amount of time will be quite difficult with batteries.” That’s something he believes isn’t likely to change in the near future.ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-powered system, on the other hand, allows for flights of up to 500 miles with as many as 20 passengers. Those numbers may seem too small to make a significant impact in air travel emissions, but Miftakhov notes that roughly half of all flights are less than 500 miles.The company plans to partner with aircraft manufacturers to offer the powertrain as an option. ZeroAvia did its own testing on a Piper Matrix that was retrofitted, so airlines looking to go green may have that opportunity as well.There’s more incentive than just reducing environmental impact here, too. Miftakhov says that the hydrogen system reduces fuel and maintenance costs by as much as 75 percent — which can cut the overall cost of operating a route in half.Another cost that ZeroAvia’s customers won’t have to deal with: replacement cells, which battery-powered planes will need on a regular basis.ZeroAvia plans to start offering their powertain by 2022. The company is optimistic about its potential and believes that industry demand will be strong. They’re predicting sales of 100,000 or more units in the first ten years.Personally, I can’t wait for the day I can climb onboard a zero-emission plane at my tiny local airport. It’s served exclusively by the kind of airplanes ZeroAvia is targeting.Watch: This Electric Train-Plane Hybrid Is the Best of Both WorldsMore on Geek.com:World’s First All-Electric, Jet-Powered, Five-Seater Air Taxi Completes Test FlightWorld’s Largest Aircraft Takes Flight for the First TimeNASA, MIT Test Futuristic Shape-Shifting Airplane Wing Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling last_img read more

Ranieri We deserved more

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri is left disappointed after their 1-1 draw with Wolves as they lost their lead in the late stages of the game.After a goalless first half, Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead in the 74th minute, but with five minutes to go, Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mitrović had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”last_img read more

Senate Democrats spending plan receives praise criticism

first_imgSenate Democrats unveil Wash. budget proposalSouthwest Washington educators and health care officials on Tuesday greeted the latest budget proposal by Senate Democrats a little more warmly than they received the House Democrats’ version, but the plan still prompted plenty of criticism.“Overall, we’re pretty pleased with it,” said Steve Olsen, chief fiscal officer of Vancouver Public Schools. But, he added, “the truth will be when the consensus budget comes out.”Clark County school districts fare slightly better in the state Senate budget, Olsen said, because the Senate budget doesn’t delay levy equalization payments, which help even the playing field for districts with comparatively lower property values. The Senate Democrats’ budget also reduces the size of kindergarten through third-grade classes at low-income schools, Olsen said.Higher education officials also were pleased with the Senate proposal. The House version unveiled last week would take about $65 million out of higher education, although some of it is added back in for specific programs.If approved, the supplemental operating budget proposed by Senate Democrats on Tuesday would be the first time since 2007 that Washington State University dodged appropriations cuts, according to a WSU news release. WSU, which has a branch campus in Vancouver, would see $9.3 million slashed from its budget under the House Democrats’ proposal a cut that’s omitted in the Senate version.last_img read more

Spin Magazine Reduces Frequency Rate Base

first_imgMeanwhile, the brand is investing in digital roll-outs, including its SPIN Play iPad app. In June, SPIN shuffled its editorial and publisher ranks in an effort to capitalize on its cross-platform efforts. Editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell were let go and Jeff Rogers was hired into the new position of digital general manager. Reflective of the ongoing shuffle magazines go through to zero in on the right print-digital formula, music magazine SPIN is reportedly reducing its frequency from monthly to bimonthly starting with the March 2012 issue. In addition, it will be adjusting its rate base downward from 450,000 to 350,000.Not all is contracting, however. The magazine is investing in heavier paper stock and a larger trim size—9.5 by 12 inches. The adjustments point to a refinement of the brand’s print and digital strategies into the familiar formula of relegating quick-hit, newsier content to the website and longer form writing for print.Issues will continue to pursue a theme approach. The October issue is the dance issue, September featured style, August was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, and so on.last_img read more

Proposal Would Reject Pay Increases For Public Employees

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has included in its version of the state budget language rejecting monetary terms included in contracts for more than a dozen units for the upcoming fiscal year.Download AudioThe committee also adopted language removing salary increases for employees not covered by unions. Committee co-chair Pete Kelly said that action would require separate legislation. Such legislation was introduced in the House on Wednesday.Kelly says the move is geared toward saving jobs. The state faces projected multibillion-dollar deficits amid low prices, and departments are facing cuts.Documents provided at a Wednesday morning hearing showed the removal of the salary increases would save about $57 million in all fund sources.Sen. Click Bishop, a former state labor commissioner, said afterward that he did not support the amendments.last_img read more

Uttam fires salvo against BJP TRS for faking rivalry in State

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Monday accused that both the BJP and TRS were enacting fake drama of political rivalry only to mislead people and damage the Congress party. In a live interaction with Congress party workers on social media platform Facebook and tele-conference, Uttam expressed wonder over the statement of BJP National working president JP Nadda, wherein the latter accused Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of indulging in corruption. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us “Congress party has been exposing the corrupt practices and mass irregularities of the TRS government for the last five years. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi or his government never took note of our allegations. Similarly, K Chandrashekar Rao has always behaved like a true ‘Modi Bhakt’ and never criticised the BJP government,” Uttam said. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Uttam said the BJP and TRS are secret allies in Delhi and were enacting the rivalry drama in Telangana. He challenged BJP leader Nadda to make his party’s government at the Centre order a CBI probe against TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, if BJP was serious against exposing the corruption in TRS government. He pointed out that the TRS supported the BJP government since 2014 and Rao was such a great fan of PM Modi that when the latter visited Telangana, the Chief Minister just wanted a little space in Modi’s heart and nothing else. Advertise With Us The TPCC chief said the Congress party has continuously exposed the irregularities and corruption by Chandrashekar Rao regime in Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya and other irrigation projects. Uttam said the BJP leaders were daydreaming of coming to power in Telangana after the party won four Lok Sabha seats. He said BJP would never gain strength in Telangana as Modi government did nothing for the State in the last five years. The TPCC chief announced that a delegation of senior leaders of Congress party would visit Tummidi Hatti in Adilabad district on August 25 to review the status of availability of Godavari waters. He said Chandrashekar Rao government has wasted thousands of crores of public money by constructing the barrage at Medigadda instead of Tummidi Hatti by re-designing the Kaleshwaram project. Uttam Kumar Reddy also warned against harassment of Congress workers by TRS leaders and a few police officials. Asking the party workers not to worry, he promised that the Congress party would defend them under all circumstances. He was informed that one MPTC of Congress party in Devarkonda Assembly segment attempted suicide due to harassment by one police sub-inspector. He said a representation was immediately made with Director General of Police and concerned Superintendent of Police. He said that SI has reportedly been transferred. The TPCC chief also informed that 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi would be organised at a grand scale across Telangana on August 20 (Tuesday). He said that the celebration, in different forms, would be held continuously for the next few months. He also informed that the AICC was organising a grand celebration of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary on August 22 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.last_img read more

Sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

first_imgThis photograph taken on 17 May 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker sewing flags for world cup football playing nations in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFPFlagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation’s colours-the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil.Textile printer Kamal Hossain owns one of scores of small, hot, sweaty workshops in the Merajnagar of capital Dhaka, working flat-out to produce flags and pennants for the local market ahead of the tournament in Russia.“For the last two months I have been working non-stop,” said Hossain.“There are days when I do not even get two hours of sleep,” added the 40-year-old, barely lifting his head from his screen-printing machine.Bangladesh is traditionally cricket territory, but every four years the country of 160 million people-whose national team is ranked 197th out of 202 in the world by FIFA-goes World Cup crazy.Flags in the colours of Argentina and Brazil take over the streets, and printers in Merajnagar are expecting to produce hundreds of thousands before the tournament starts in Moscow on 14 June.Homes have been converted into makeshift printing and sewing plants as orders pour in from across the country.“Every day we’re printing and making thousands of flags. Today we’ve already printed 11,000 Argentina pennants,” said Hossain.This photograph taken on 17 May 2018, shows Salim Hawalader, owner of a factory that produces national flags, hanging Argentine flags in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFPMaradona to MessiFans across Bangladesh hold flag-waving processions to honour their favourite team. Last week, a video of supporters marching with a 200 metre-long Argentina flag in the northwestern town of Madarganj went viral on social media.The impoverished country first saw live World Cup matches in 1982.But it was the 1986 tournament, when Diego Maradona single-handedly helped Argentina win the trophy, that cemented football into the Bangladesh psyche-along with a new favourite team.“The craze for Argentina is still going strong, Maradona is gone but Messi is the new superstar,” said Faruq Mia, a flag hawker who came from neighbouring Narayanganj district to stock up.Mia bought 500 flags last week, made a big profit and so needs 500 more. He will be cheering for Argentina.Factory owner Selim Howlader expects to sell several hundred thousand flags as “World Cup fever came early in the country, months before kickoff”.“In 2014, I sold more than 80,000 flags. Most of them were sold during the World Cup or just days before kickoff. Now I am selling 2,000-2,500 big flags and 10,000 pennants a day and the World Cup is still weeks away,” said the happy 33-year-old businessman.Howlader employs 25 workers and said about 2,000 people in all are working in Merajnagar’s flag factories.Long hoursMessi and Neymar’s teams dominate by far Howlader’s order list. “Argentina and Brazil are the two most popular teams in Bangladesh,” he said.This photograph taken on 17 May 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker using a silk-screen for printing a Brazil flag in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of the 2018 football World Cup. Photo: AFP“I have even got orders to make 50-foot long Argentine flags. These two teams have the most supporters in our country. Germany, Spain and Portugal are the other popular teams.”Some four million people work in Bangladesh’s 4,500 apparel factories, who provide billions of dollars worth of clothes to top retailers around the world.But experts and rights groups say that while there has been progress in improving conditions for garment workers in the country, they still often face long hours, dangerous working environments and dismally low pay.The flag boom means extra income for poor workers like Nargis Akhter, 28, and her husband Mohammad Iqbal who work in Howlader’s factory.“On an average every day we make 3,000 taka ($35),” said Iqbal. An average garment factory pays about $70 for an entire month’s work-among the world’s lowest wages for such a job.“I wish the craze for flags would go on for many more months,” said Akhter, with a smile.last_img read more

A Minimum 6M Settlement Disclosed in Baltimore Public Housing SexforRepairs Lawsuit

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer representing women who said maintenance workers demanded sex from them in exchange for basic repairs at public housing units in Baltimore says a settlement of at least $6 million has been reached.Cary J. Hansel said at a news conference Friday that all victims of sexual harassment in public housing will be eligible for the settlement. Hansel said the settlement amount will range from $6 million to $7.95 million, depending on how many join the lawsuit.The lawsuit included accounts by women who alleged they had been victimized by handymen whose neglect resulted in squalid conditions including leaks, insect infestations and dangerous mold growth.Housing Authority Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has said the agency will make sure this doesn’t happen again.last_img read more