Your Next Big Security Headache: Your Wireless Router

first_imgYou’ve installed antivirus software on your computers, configured your operating system to update its security automatically and password-protected your Wi-Fi. So your home network is safe against hackers, right?Guess again. And then take a long look at your wireless router.What Can Happen (Hint: It’s Bad)For years, manufacturers of home routers have all but ignored security issues, at least when it comes to making sure that consumers update their firmware to close exploitable vulnerabilities. Let’s put it this way: Have you ever updated the firmware on your router? If not, odds are good that it’s got one or more security holes through which a properly motivated hacker could slip.Attacks on routers aren’t common, partly for logistical reasons that make them uneconomical for hackers. But that could change as technology evolves, criminal incentives shift and security tightens up in other areas. One big potential trouble spot: the embedded Web servers that many routers use for managing their settings — including, of course, security.Router manufacturers have done a lousy job informing users about firmware updates that would patch security flaws, and are even worse making it easy for users to obtain and install those updates. Such patches are seldom available through automatic services, forcing users to look up the fixes on manufacturer websites.“These are low-priced, low-power devices,” Tod Beardsley, a researcher with application security vendor Rapid7, said. Manufacturers “may not have the margins on these devices to provide ongoing software support.”To see what can happen when a flaw remains unpatched, look no further than a major intrusion in Brazil in 2011, when hackers broke into 4.5 million home DSL modems over the Internet. The modems were reconfigured to send users to malware-carrying imposter websites, primarily so thieves could steal their online banking credentials.From Brazil With LoveThat exploit in Brazil was similar to one that application security tester Phil Purviance recently employed against a wireless Linksys EA2700, which was released about a year ago. Called a cross-site request forgery, the technique allowed Purviance to break into the router’s embedded management Web site. Once in, Purviance found he could change the login information and remotely manage the hardware.“What I found was so terrible, awful, and completely inexcusable!” Purviance wrote in his blog. “It only took 30 minutes to come to the conclusion that any network with an EA2700 router on it is an insecure network!”Purviance found a total of five vulnerabilities in two Linksys routers, the EA2700 and WRT54GL. Separately, flaws recently found in Linux-based routers from D-Link and Netgear could enable a hacker on the network to gain access to the command prompt on the operating system, Rapid7 reported.D-Link and Netgear didn’t respond to requests for comment. Belkin, which bought Linksys from Cisco last month, said in an email sent to ReadWrite that the EA2700 was fixed in a firmware update released last June. Called Smart Wi-Fi, the firmware is available through an opt-in update service. What Hackers WantManufacturers have gotten away with sloppy security practices because breaking into wireless routers usually requires physical proximity. That made it far harder for hackers to bust into multiple computers, because they’d have to move from network to network in order to target them. Thus hackers have tended to favor blasting out malware-carrying spam from a single location over attacking individual wireless routers.But that could change. Industrial control systems that run manufacturing operations, power grids and other critical infrastructure are increasingly under pressure from cyberespionage campaigns. Vulnerabilities in these systems are as bad as in home routers. You can see just how bad is is via the search engine Shodan,  which collects information on 500 million connected devices, such as routers, printers, webcams and servers, each month.In time, hackers will develop better tools and malware for breaking into hardware, and this technology will eventually find its way into the criminal underground.How To Safeguard Your RouterIn other words, it makes sense to safeguard your router now. Here are a few steps you can take to make your home network a less inviting target:In your router security settings, make sure you’ve changed any default usernames and passwords. These will be the first things any hacker tries, much the way a burglar jiggles a doorknob to see if it’s unlocked.Disable wireless access to your router’s management console, which allows you to manage its settings by pointing a Web browser to an address such as Disabling wireless access means you’ll have to be physically plugged into the router in order to manage it, making it far more difficult to hack.If you’re sufficiently technically minded, consider replacing your router’s doubtless buggy internal software with an open-source alternative such as DD-WRT, Tomato or OpenWRT. While these options aren’t particularly consumer friendly, their firmware is less likely to contain obvious vulnerabilities — and will probably offer you some cool new features, too.Image courtesy of ShutterstockUpdated at 12:35pm PT to make clear that embedded Web servers, not embedded browsers, pose a security threat in many routers. 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Lee waxes hot for Hotshots

first_imgRead Next MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Magnolia cruised to victory despite missing the services of playmaker Jio Jalalon. Jalalon, a native of Cagayan de Oro, is with Gilas Pilipinas, which plays Japan on Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The heady playmaker was pretty much unguardable throughout the game, especially in early part of the fourth quarter, where he toyed with Meralco’s defense. He hit a triple to make it 73-52, before zig-zagging his way for a nifty drive to make it 77-55, with 9:07 remaining.Lee finished with 21 points and three steals in just less than 20 minutes on the floor as he towed Magnolia (8-3) to the top two where it will be joined by San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco (4-7) will miss the all-Filipino playoffs for the third consecutive season.Ian Sangalang and Marc Pingris combined for 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Hotshots, who shot 50 percent from the field while limiting the Bolts to just 35 percent. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img PBA IMAGESMagnolia locked up the second twice-to-beat advantage and eliminated Meralco from playoff contention after a 94-65 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Xavier University Gym Saturday in Cagayan de Oro City.Paul Lee sparked a second-quarter breakaway that saw the Hotshots go on a 10-0 run to put the game away for good.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Nietes, Viloria go for world crowns AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

Diva Dimple breaks style stereotype in new film

first_imgVeteran actress Dimple Kapadia is still gorgeous at 53. She also has an impeccable sense of style.This was evident during the shooting of Dimple’s soon- tobe- released film, Patiala House . Sources from the unit of the film, in which Dimple plays Rishi Kapoor’s wife Mrs Kahlon, say she loves to dress up in full Punjabi attire and swears by designer clothes.In the film, where she was to sport a traditional Punjabi look, she told the producer she would wear outfits and jewellery from her personal collection, as she wanted to look different from the stereotyped appearance of Punjabi women.A little birdie on the sets tells us she looked gorgeous in her elegant dresses and expensive jewellery. The actress, who happens to be Akshay Kumar’s mother- in- law, also plays Akki’s mother in Patiala House, which is slated to release on February 11. It looks like Dimple is in no mood to compromise on her style quotient and keeps it top notch even today.It’s no surprise that one still remembers her hot look in early films such as Bobby and Sagar . Her glamourous avatar had been spoken about since those days and she has always been a trendsetter.Says producer Bhushan Kumar: “She is an amazing actress. Her performance in Patiala House is commendable. She looks elegant and in sync with her character. Fans will get a glimpse of a completely new Dimple in the film.”last_img read more

CWG scam: PM ignored Mani Shankar’s warning letters

first_imgDuring his recent interaction with the media, an editor asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the letters written by former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar exposing glaring financial irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games (CWG). But the prime minister claimed that the content of Aiyar’s letters was “purely ideological”. Two days after the prime minister’s statement given at his 7 RCR residence, Headlines Today accessed those letters which clearly go beyond ideology. These letters were written by Aiyar over a span of two years starting 2006. Aiyar’s letters quoted specific figures of financial bungling by the sacked chairperson of the CWG organising committee (OC) Suresh Kalmadi and his team during the preparation for the 2010 Games. In one of these letters, written on March 9, 2006, Aiyar stated: “I write to seek a meeting with you to discuss gargantuan gap between expenditure projections given in 2003 and present projected figures. As against the figure of Rs 150 crore for physical infrastructure, current estimates have been ramped up to over Rs 500 crore. On organisation of games, the figure has been ramped from Rs 250 crore to Rs 900 crore.” In another letter, which directly targets the former OC boss, Aiyar stated on October 25, 2007: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC chairman. Military Games held with nearly 3 quarters the number of athletes and officials expected for CWG came to under Rs 200 crore. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” ‘I didn’t want to share a cell with Kalmadi in Tihar’Confirming that he did write to the prime minister warning about the CWG scam, Aiyar said he “didn’t carry the conviction” while warning the head of the government about it. He was talking to Headlines Today over phone from Kathmandu after the news channel showed his letters. “It (CWG fiasco) was entirely avoidable. But I will blame myself,” Aiyar said, adding, “My fault is I didn’t carry the conviction… everyone thought it was a personality clash.” “My primary concern was ideological. Then I realised there was a great deal of financial impropriety,” he said. “I am sure publication of letters will refresh the prime minister’s memory. I brought it to the attention of the prime minister, cabinet ministers and the group of ministers (GoM). I was overruled in the GoM by the finance minister. The seriousness of my charges was dismissed by the GoM,” Aiyar said. “The next step was that I was sacked and Suresh Kalmadi was retained,” Aiyar said, adding, “But now I am sitting in Kathmandu, while Kalmadi is grieving in Tihar jail.” “I did not want to share a cell with Suresh Kalmadi in Tihar jail,” the senior Congress MP said. PM trashed Aiyar’s letters as ‘purely ideological’It was on June 29 when T.N. Ninan of the Business Standard raised the issue of CWG scam citing Aiyar’s letters ahead of the games before the prime minister as the latter launched a public relations drive using the media platform in a bid to explain his policies and address government’s concerns on a host of issues. In reply, the prime minister said: “You have also written Mr Ninan that our friend Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote to me, but he wrote to me on purely ideological grounds. He was opposed to hosting the Commonwealth Games.”advertisementlast_img read more

Ganguly picks India World T20 favourites, Windies dark horses

first_imgSourav Ganguly on Tuesday said India have the firepower to win the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka next month and termed the West Indies as the dark horses.”When you have players like Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, M.S. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh it is very difficult to count India out. There is a lot of firepower there,” said the former India captain at a promotional event organised by World T20 broadcaster ESPN Star Sports.Asked about Piyush Chawla and Lakshmipathy Balaji’s selection, Ganguly quipped that Chawla is proving to be a lucky mascot as India won the World Cup with him in the squad. As for Balaji, he said, the Tamil Nadu medium-pacer bowled exceedingly well in Pakistan under his captaincy and that he looked good playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League last season.”India have most things going in their favour. The tournament is happening in the sub-continent and they will be confident after their good show in the One-day series in Sri Lanka. Having said that, the tournament format is short and India are in a tough group,” said Ganguly, adding that it will be difficult to stop India if Sehwag fires at the top.India are pooled with Afghanistan and England in the group stages and will need to win seven matches to get their hands on the trophy for the second time. They triumphed in the inaugural edition in 2007.Talking about the other teams, Ganguly said: “The West Indies are a powerhouse. They are very dangerous in the shortest format with the presence of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith and they have pacers who bowl at 150 kmph-plus. In addition, they have a very talented spinner in Sunil Narine.”South Africa are also a good side and are rightly ranked the No.1 Test team. England have the advantage of having a world class spinner in Graeme Swann, though they are bound to miss Kevin Pietersen.”Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, also part of the channel’s commentary team, agreed with Ganguly on the West Indies.”As Sourav said, the West Indies look a formidable unit. They have a good chance of winning the competition as it is a bit of a lottery. Considering the format, there are bound to be upsets and surprises,” said Manjrekar talking of the tight scheduling of 27 matches involving 12 teams.The World T20 runs from Sep 18 to Oct 12.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian naval ships pay goodwill visit to Lanka

first_imgColombo, Nov 3 (PTI) Two Indian naval ships are on a five-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka to participate in a number of training exercises in a bid to share professional expertise and strengthen friendship.The ships crews will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in the country, Daily Mirror reported.Indian Naval Ships Tir and Sujatha and the Indian Coast Guard ship Sarathi arrived at the Colombo port yesterday on a goodwill and training visit, the report said.The ships crews will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay here.The Commanding Officers of the visiting Indian ships Captain D J Revar, Commandant Pankaj Agrawal and Commander KB Singh called on Sri Lankan Navys Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle at the Western Naval Command Headquarters.They held cordial discussions on matters of mutual interest and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion.The Defence Advisor attached to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Ashok Rao was also present on the occasion.The visit took place amidst an increase in military ties with Sri Lanka.Last month, vessels from the Sri Lankan Navy completed a set of military exercises in India. The Indian government also provided an Offshore Patrol Vessel to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. PTI CORR UZMlast_img read more

Plane cushions found in search for missing football player Emiliano Sala

first_imgInvestigators searching for a lost plane carrying Premier League football player Emiliano Sala said on Wednesday an underwater search would begin after they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane disappeared over the English Channel.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the northern French coast. A second cushion was found in the same area later that same day.”From a preliminary examination, we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft,” the AAIB said in a statement. Investigators said they now planned to launch an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage. Due to weather conditions, the search would start at the end of this weekend and take up to three days.”Based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, we have now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles,” they said.ALSO READ | Who is Emiliano Sala, the missing Argentinean footballer?Also Read | Cardiff City players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance: Defender Sol BambaAlso Read | Cardiff City, Arsenal pay tribute to Emiliano Sala in 1st match since his disappearancelast_img read more

Receiver Production: Washington, Others Showed Out In TCU Loss

first_imgMarcell Ateman1061000 Dillon Stoner43391 ReceiverSnaps Their PerformanceThis might be the easiest point to make, but the receivers put on the best showing of any OSU position group Saturday.Although Ateman dropped the deep one that forced a punt, he was arguably the Cowboys’ best ball-catcher. On the Dillon Stoner touchdown drive, Ateman caught three passes on three targets for 52 yards and three first downs. Those are numbers you expect from Washington.There aren’t any record-breaking stats I can throw at you this week, but at some point, you have to question (with only three drops), how can the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense put up fewer points at home against TCU than SMU did on the road?I would argue it wasn’t because of these guys. Tyron Johnson0000 Jalen McCleskey48 ReceiverTargetsCatchesYardsTDs If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! James Washington761531 Tylan Wallace3 Tyron Johnson17 Is that a good throw or nah?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017 Jalen McCleskey94790 Tylan Wallace1000 Will Mike Yurcich not dial anything up to go deep?Watch the 86-yarder again. Washington had a step, and that’s all Rudolph thought he needed. The ball neared double coverage, yet it didn’t even come close to mattering.FGs not going to get it done today, TCU.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 23, 2017There wasn’t enough of that ambition in Yurcich’s play-calling, coupled with too much double pass.No Chris LacyAfter the Pitt game, Mike Gundy said he thought Lacy would be good to go Saturday. He was not, and that had a trickle effect throughout the receiving group.Maybe if Lacy was available, Tyron Johnson could have split reps more effectively with The President and not Ateman. Maybe Washington wouldn’t have gotten so tired for the drive Wallace came in for that drop in the end zone.Maybe Washington would have caught it for a touchdown instead of a Matt Ammendola field goal.It’s not Lacy’s fault he got injured, and it’s definitely not his fault OSU lost Saturday, and in fact, that’s the point. Because Lacy was unavailable, it’s hard to put blame on Washington or any of the other receivers. Everyone’s reps went up considerably. James Washington61 A week after four receivers caught at least 100 yards worth of passes, the group as a whole finished with 371. That sounds a lot better than it looked if you watched the game.TCU’s game plan was to force the underneath throws, and it was successful. Although Mason Rudolph missed a couple deep balls, the Cowboys didn’t connect on a pass of more than 30 yards until late in the fourth quarter other than James Washington’s 86-yard score in the first.Rudolph said there were a few forced throws downfield that just weren’t there and fell incomplete because of the depth the Frogs’ defense was deploying. That meant much of the underneath and intermediate routes would be available. And to the Cowboy receivers’ credit, they thrived as well as they could in the 44-31 loss Saturday.Here are a few reasons that final score had virtually nothing to do with the guys catching the passes.Limited DropsAs OSU was trying to make its comeback, Rudolph went deep to Marcell Ateman. The ball hit the basket, and ripped through.Earlier in the game, true freshman Tylan Wallace came in for Washington for a drive that culminated on a first and 10 from the TCU 14. Rudolph fired a little in front of Wallace, but it touched his fingers and went through. It was a play Washington probably ought to have been in for.Those were the only drops that mattered Saturday, and there probably should have been at least five more. Rudolph was slightly off at times against TCU, but for the most part, like this play, the Cowboys’ receivers closed the gap.Uninspired Play CallingAll right, to a certain extent, I understand taking what the defense gives you. If the defense runs quarters, or Cover 4, it’s probably not wise to hurl it deep.But if this has been dubbed as the best receiving corps in college football and TCU is throwing man coverage at you, I am putting more confidence in Washington and the guys downfield. It was frustrating to know that the TCU defense was going to dictate the game simply by how it lined up. Imagine next week against Texas Tech if a seemingly improved Raider defense gives the Cowboys’ the same looks. Total31193712 *Best Estimates, Based on Data Keeping Marcell Ateman49 Dillon Stoner42last_img read more

Former Alabama 5-Star Eyabi Anoma May Have Found Transfer Destination

first_img has learned from two sources that Alabama transfer Eyabi Anoma is expected to sign with the Houston Cougars in the coming days. Anoma is an outside linebacker that entered the transfer portal last Sunday.Anoma is just a sophomore. He appeared in all 12 games last season and was named to the All-Freshman Team in the SEC.If he does indeed wind up at Houston, he’ll likely have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules.We’ll keep you updated on where Anoma lands. Eyabi Anoma at Alabama football's spring game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – APRIL 13: Eyabi Anoma #9 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the team’s A-Day Spring Game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma, who was a five-star recruit coming out of high school, will be transferring from the university in the coming days. Multiple reports suggest he could land at Houston.Anoma put his name in the transfer portal back in February, but eventually returned to Alabama. This past Sunday, his name was back in the portal.Alabama head coach Nick Saban confirmed on Saturday that Anoma was dismissed from the program. He did not specify as to the reasoning.Both and 247 Sports are reporting that it’s looking like Anoma will sign with the Cougars in the next few days.last_img read more

Persons Doing Business in Jamaica Will Be Required to Register with NIDS

first_img “The NIN stays with you for life. Upon death, it is deactivated on the database, but it is never ever given to anybody else to use, so you have that one number that you will use for your entire life,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart explained. Addressing a town hall meeting on the NIDS at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, recently, she advised that persons who are not citizens, “but they live here and they’ve been here for six months or more and they’re doing business, they, too, will be required to apply for a national identification number and card”. Members of the diaspora and non-Jamaicans who wish to do business in the country for six months or more, will be required to register under the new National Identification System (NIDS). Members of the diaspora and non-Jamaicans who wish to do business in the country for six months or more, will be required to register under the new National Identification System (NIDS).According to Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, this will become effective in 2019 after NIDS is fully rolled out.Addressing a town hall meeting on the NIDS at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, recently, she advised that persons who are not citizens, “but they live here and they’ve been here for six months or more and they’re doing business, they, too, will be required to apply for a national identification number and card”.She pointed out that like Jamaicans, a nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN) will be assigned to these persons.“The NIN stays with you for life. Upon death, it is deactivated on the database, but it is never ever given to anybody else to use, so you have that one number that you will use for your entire life,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart explained.She reiterated that the system will be trustworthy and of international standards, which Jamaicans living in the diaspora and non-Jamaicans can rely on.“The law also provides for us to use international best practices for security and privacy issues. The law restricts what can be disclosed to people about you and me. Section 43 of the law provides that the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) shall not disclose identity information stored in the database about any individual, except where the information is disclosed pursuant to the request of the individual. What does that mean? Each of us can give permission for the information to be disclosed,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said.Following the implementation of NIDS, Jamaican citizens and legal residents will require only one ID to guarantee freedom of access to government and private-sector services. This is to ensure the safety and security of their identities while improving their quality of life through boosting efficiency and reducing costs.The roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019 focusing on civil servants. The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by the NIRA, which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Government to Spend $846 Million to Expand Court Of Appeal

first_img Mr. Chuck said jails, prisons and the Horizon Remand Centre will be linked into the courtrooms live and direct through the technological systems being provided to the courts.  The Government is to spend $846 million on the expansion of the Court of Appeal, which will result in three new courtrooms, 15 judge’s chambers and an expanded registry.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 22).He also informed that the Government intends to amend the Constitution for retired judges to sit beyond age 70, on an as-needed basis.“A Standard Document and a five-year plan to guide the development of the physical infrastructure for the justice sector and the procurement of furniture and equipment will be developed. This will be a significant development, as that document will guide the infrastructural agenda for the fiscal years 2019/2020 to 2020/2021,”      Mr. Chuck noted.He said the country will “witness the new face of justice” when the Ministry starts the design and, hopefully, the construction of several judicial complexes across the island.These, he said, include the construction of the St. James Regional Judicial Complex; St. Ann Regional Judicial Complex; Manchester Regional Judicial Complex; Trelawny Parish Court Complex; and the construction of the Spanish Town Parish Court Complex.“When you visit St. James, St. Ann, Mandeville these are courts that really must be abandoned. They are courts that are difficult to do justice in, the conditions are just not appropriate, and I hope, Cabinet approving, that we can start the design and construction of [the] new court complexes,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister also informed of plans for the establishment of five Family Courts, one per year, St. Catherine being the one for this fiscal year; and the expansion of the Supreme Court.“There will be Mobile Courts for vulnerable witnesses, we have already bought the mobile unit.  Witnesses will be able to give evidence from remote locations,”           Mr. Chuck said.He added that the days when remandees have to travel to court for mention dates will be over.Mr. Chuck said jails, prisons and the Horizon Remand Centre will be linked into the courtrooms live and direct through the technological systems being provided to the courts.“This will reduce the reliance on the security forces to provide transportation for offenders to attend court,” Mr. Chuck said. Story Highlights He said the country will “witness the new face of justice” when the Ministry starts the design and, hopefully, the construction of several judicial complexes across the island. The Government is to spend $846 million on the expansion of the Court of Appeal, which will result in three new courtrooms, 15 judge’s chambers and an expanded registry.last_img read more

England France hammer minnows Cristiano Ronaldo shines for Portugal

first_imgLondon: England and Portugal both scored five goals while France scored three as they overcame lowly-ranked Kosovo, Andorra and Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, making his 160th international appearance, scored four as Portugal won 5-1 in Vilnius and strengthened their position in Group B after a sluggish start. For Ronaldo it was a second hat-trick in three internationals. The victory over Lithuania, 130th in the world rankings, kept brought Portugal five points behind Ukraine at the top of Group B. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPortugal, who opened the group with home draws against Ukraine and Serbia, started their recovery with a victory in Belgrade on Saturday. They have a game in hand on all the other teams in the group. “We were better, we are better, and we won because of it,” said Fernando Santos, the Portugal coach. “We kept the pace after the win at Serbia, otherwise this triumph would make no sense, and we are closer.” Ronaldo’s first goal was a penalty. The second, with the scores level after an hour, was a scuffed low shot from outside the penalty area which took a couple of stranges bounces off the artificial turf before it was parried into the air by the diving Ernestas Setkus. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe dropping ball hit the back of the goalie’s head before rolling in. The third was a clinical volley from close range. The fourth was a low shot into the corner. Vytautas Andriuskevicius scored the hosts’ only goal before William Carvalho added a fifth for the reigning champions at the end. Serbia beat Luxembourg 3-1, as Aleksandar Mitrovic netted twice, to solidify their grasp on third place. They are a point behind Portugal. In Southampton, Gareth Southgate’s England side trailed early on to Kosovo, ranked 120th in the world, when Valon Berisha scored after 34 seconds. England replied with a first-half goal binge that ended with Jadon Sancho scoring twice to make it 5-1 at the break. The visitors claimed two back in the second half, including a second for Lazio midfielder Berisha, but the 5-3 victory put England three points clear in Group A, ahead of the second-placed Czech Republic, who beat Montenegro 3-0. “A bizarre game,” said Southgate. “The outstanding parts of our play were obvious. The errors were obvious.” In Paris, the world champions made light work of beating 136-ranked Andorra 3-0. It was Les Bleus’ 100th match at the Stade de France. Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty for his country for the second game running but Kinglsey Coman, Clement Lenglet, with his first on the international goal, and Wissam Ben Yedder clinched three points. “It is really annoying. I’ll just need to keep working. You can’t be on top of your game all the time,” Griezmann said. Coman also scored two against Albania on Saturday. “It has been a very good week. It has gone well personally and collectively,” Coman told television station TF1. Cenk Tosun scored twice as the Turks beat Moldova with ease in a 4-0 victory in Chisinau. But Iceland, who had been level with the top two, suffered a blow as they lost 4-2 in Albania.last_img read more

Stephen Curry Drives Three for Three Challenge For Nothing But Nets

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will once again lead his Three for Three Challenge for the 2014-15 season by donating three life-saving bednets to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign for every three-pointer he makes this season.The Warriors have also announced that the team will match Curry’s donation throughout the 2014-15 season up to $5,000.During his first two seasons running the challenge (2012-13 & 2013-14), Curry donated 1,599 bednets to help thousands of families avoid malaria infection. During the 2012-13 season, Curry established a new NBA single-season three-point record with 272 three-pointers made and donated 816 bednets, and last season (2013-14), Curry recorded 261 three-pointers, providing 783 bednets to families.“I am honored to support the Nothing But Nets campaign for the third season in a row to continue to help raise awareness and provide bednets to protect families from malaria,” said Curry. “This has been an issue close to my heart since my days at Davidson, and I am grateful that the Warriors organization is helping me once again this season to give to such an important cause.”Since his time as a college star at Davidson when his college roommate, Bryant Barr, educated him and encouraged him to get involved in the cause, Curry has been a committed champion of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, which works with the UN and other partners to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets to protect families across sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. Bednets provide a simple, cost-effective solution. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a bednet, and provide education on its proper use. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has delivered millions of life-saving bednets to protect families in need thanks to the generous contributions from its partners, champions, and supporters.“Last year, Stephen traveled with us to Tanzania and saw first-hand how malaria can devastate families,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “We are so grateful that he and the Golden State Warriors have inspired thousands of fans to get involved in the fight to defeat malaria.”Fans can get involved to help Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the fight against malaria. Go to to send a net and help save a life.last_img read more

Pictou Aquash trial begins in South Dakota

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe trial of the man U.S. authorities believed killed Annie Mae Pictou Aquash has begun in Rapid City, SD.John Graham, a former American Indian Movement member, is charged with her murdered.APTN National News spoke with Heidi Bell Gease, a newspaper reporter with the Rapid City Journal who has been covering the trial.last_img

KMC to take concrete steps to ensure roundtheclock water supply in slums

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is gearing up to supply round the clock drinking water to the slums in the city. The slum dwellers in the city presently get water twice in a day —for around three hours in the morning and for two hours in the late afternoon.”We have already held three meetings and are chalking out a detailed plan on how to go about in developing the infrastructure in the slums so that the residents get round the clock water supply. Mayor Firhad Hakim has instructed us to take all possible measures in this regard,” said Swapan Samaddar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development ) Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe slum dwellers sometimes suffer from scarcity of water particularly during the summer months when the demand increases manifold. Some slum areas are so narrow that vehicles with water tanks are unable to reach. As per initial plans , the KMC Water Supply department will set up a reservoir in the slums wherever there will be availability of space. The water stored will be drawn through a pump and then through a dedicated pipeline it will be supplied to the slum. “We have to carry out awareness among the dwellers to prevent wastage of water,” an official in the Bustee Development department said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThere are around 4,500 slums both authorised and unauthorised under KMC’s jurisdictional area. “We are presently producing water in excess to the demand of the Kolkatans. There are supply problem in certain pockets in the added areas of the city like Tollygunj, Bansdroni, Garia and work for supply pipeline is going on in full swing. Work is expected to be over by March 2020,” an official in the Water Supply department said. The construction of a small booster pumping station at Bangur Park in ward 93 and Babubagan in ward 92 has already started. A reservoir with additional capacity of 2 million gallon is being constructed inside the campus of Anandapur booster pumping station to improve water supply in the adjacent areas.last_img read more

GES 2014 Marrakech World Capital Of SMEs And Innovating Partnership

Marrakesh – At least 3,000 entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, heads of state and young entrepreneurs from all over the world will get together in Marrakech this November 19-21 for the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GES-2014, a major global platform, held for the first time in an African country, “to empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century”.GES Marrakech 2014: Marrakech, world capital of SME’s and innovating partnership17 November 2014Held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, under the theme of “harnessing the power of technology for innovation and entrepreneurship”, the Marrakech conference “reflects the role that the Kingdom of Morocco plays in the overall economic development of the African continent and its leadership in supporting entrepreneurship and integration of youth and women in the economy. Launched in 2009 by US president Barack Obama, the GES seeks to lay bridges between entrepreneurs, banks, fund-donors and investors from the USA and Muslim communities worldwide.After the first summit held in Washington DC in 2010, followed by those of Dubai, Istanbul, and Kuala Lumpur, Marrakech was selected to host the 5th GES, in accordance with an agreement between HM the King and President Obama in November 2013 in the USA.For Moroccan delegate-minister of foreign affairs and cooperation Mbarka Bouaida, the holding of this summit illustrates “the excellence of Morocco-US bonds and is part of the strategic dialog between the two countries. The choice of Morocco as a venue for this summit is not fortuitous”, she stressed.“As an emerging country, Morocco boasts an exceptional model to share and promote, in terms of political stability and pertinence of socio-economic and human choices”, she went on, noting that the Kingdom enjoys political and social stability and is conducting deep economic and political reforms to establish the rule of law and improve its economic competitiveness.As a result of sector-focused strategies, Morocco has emerged as a reference in new sectors such as car and aeronautical industry, renewable energies, electric and pharmaceutical industries and offshoring, explained the official who also pointed out that strategic development plans also exist for conventional sectors such as tourism and agriculture as well as a vision for the 20 coming years.Morocco also stands out as a major stakeholder in the new African momentum. In addition to centuries-old ties with several countries of the continent, Morocco is adopting a clear and constant vision of South-South partnership, as a factor of progress, growth and development for the local populations.The GES 2014 is a global platform to trade ideas and experiences, an invitation to open up to the world, find out about new opportunities and conclude sound alliances between economic operators of the world.The summit features several events: the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day”, bringing together women entrepreneurs, the awarding of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology Prize to stimulate innovation and technological entrepreneurship through social media and the “Student challenge” initiative with the participation of 300 Moroccan and sub-Saharan African countries. read more

Moroccos Hamza Mendyl Apologizes After Insulting Fan

Rabat – Moroccan international footballer Hamza Mendyl has apologized after angering hundreds of his followers by insulting a critical fan.One of Mendyl’s Instagram followers criticized the footballer’s performance in the midfield during the Morocco-Comoros game on Saturday, October 13, in Casablanca.Mendyl responded in a comment harshly insulting the fan’s mother. Mendyl received heavy backlash from his followers on Instagram and Facebook.After some time, Mendyl acknowledged his mistake and posted a story on his Instagram account to apologize to the fan.“I would like to apologize to the supporter I spoke to last night; I should not have made such comments, even if I was still under pressure due to yesterday’s game,” Mendyl wrote.“I will never allow myself to insult a supporter or his family, I know the love you have for our team and I will do everything to make you proud in the future.  I accept your criticism, sorry. Forgive me,” Hamza regretted. Morocco’s Atlas Lions 1-0 victory in their game with Comoros was not a source of pride for many, including the team’s head coach, Herve Renard.Renard said that he was very disappointed at their performance.“We played everything but football,” Renard said.In August, Mendyl joined German football club FC Schalke 04 with a five-year contract.The Moroccan footballer, who is of Ivorian descent, was born in Casablanca.He made his senior debut for the Moroccan national team in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier win (2-0) over Sao Tome.Mendyl also played with the national football team during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. read more

Economy to take a hit from global developments

The impact of global developments, such as Brexit, recent Presidential elections in the United States (US) as well as interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve, the forthcoming elections in France and Germany in Europe, the projected slowdown in the Chinese economy, as well as economic conditions in Sri Lanka’s major trading partners, including India, Japan, Russia and the Middle East, will have asignificant influence on the domestic economy, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) said today.Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said that trends in oil prices and international capital flows, following the normalisation of interest rates in the US are likely to be particularly important. Accordingly, he says it is anticipated that inflation expectations would broadly remain anchored in the medium-term with appropriate demand management policies, supported by timely supply side measures. “We also expect that changes to government tax structure and supply shortages stemming from weather related developments as well as shocks that could arise due to possible reversal of global commodity prices could cause temporary variations in price levels. In particular, if current drought conditions prevail, there could be adverse implications on price levels, while impacting on economic activities, notably agriculture and power generation. As in the past, it is expected that the Government would take timely measures to counter the adverse supply side effects on prices, thus mitigating adverse inflation expectations of the general public, he said while presenting the CBSL Monetary and Financial Sector Policies for 2017 and Beyond. He also said that primary dealers play a vital role in trading of Government securities and market making. Further, there is high potential to deepen the debt securities market in the country.“Hence, we need to have a clearly stated policy framework for Primary Dealers. This will further enhance the safety of investments in the Government securities market,” he said.Accordingly, he noted that the CBSL has already revisited the existing regulatory framework of primary dealers and based on those findings, CBSL will introduce an appropriate regulatory framework for primary dealers in line with the latest developments in the market by benchmarking the global standards. CBSL also expects to establish and implement a restructuring mechanism for distressed primary dealers. (Colombo Gazette) The Central Bank has sought to preserve the soundness, efficiency and stability of the financial system primarily through the regulation and supervision of all major categories of financial institutions, ensuring sound and safe payment and settlement systems as well as establishing risk management systems and instilling good corporate governance standards and practices in the financial sector while promoting financial inclusion.“In the medium-term, our overall aim is to ensure the stability in the financial sector through identifying emerging vulnerabilities in this sector; adopting early corrective actions; and implementing a series of measures to further strengthen financial institutions, markets, infrastructure and safety nets. Our medium-term plan is to have a financial system, which offers the full range of financial products and services to all economic sectors, including agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and trade to achieve broader economic objectives of our country. We need to have a wellplanned and an ambitious agenda for financial sector development and reforms ranging across financial sector policies with a vision of innovative, robust and competitive financialsystems,” Coomaraswamy said. read more

UK to assist Hazaras in Afghanistan – UN agency

The United Kingdom will give $6 million over the next four years to help some 430,000 farmers in one of the poorest regions of Afghanistan to establish and maintain a reliable system of sustainable agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The money will be spent on training, advice and seed production in the Hazarajat area north of Kabul, home of the ethnic Hazaras, FAO said in a statement issued in Rome. The area, already under stress from civil war, has been hit hard by a three-year drought.

Bombardier to report quarterly results a day earlier than planned

Bombardier to report quarterly results a day earlier than planned MONTREAL – Bombardier has moved up the release of its first quarter results.The aerospace and transportation company issued a brief statement late Tuesday saying it would report its results for the quarter ended March 31 on Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled.When asked the reason for the change, spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau said, without elaboration, that it was a “conflict, schedule issue.”Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has asked the federal government for US$1 billion to help sell its CSeries passenger jets, a request Ottawa has been studying carefully since it was first made late last year.The Quebec government has offered the Montreal-based company the same amount of money and says it is hoping to finalize the payment soon, after an original deadline to deliver the first instalment on April 1 came and went. Premier Philippe Couillard says the province’s first payment will be made when issues, including liquidity, are dealt with.Bombardier has its annual general meeting scheduled for Friday. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 3:34 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more