Noida Police bust international computer virus scam

first_imgPolicemen carry seized computer hardware and other items after a press conference at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018. Alleged fraudsters are presented before the media at a police station in Noida on November 29, 2018.  | Photo Credit: AP | Photo Credit: AP  Those arrested were mostly people in their 20s and early 30s who quit their jobs in call centres. Police recovered hard drives, servers, laptops, cellphones and computers from them, Mr. Sharma said.center_img  In 2016, 70 people were arrested in Mumbai for allegedly cheating thousands of Americans. They would call their victims from call centres in Mumbai and tell them that they owed unpaid taxes and should buy prepaid cash cards to settle the debts or face jail. Noida Police have said that that they have arrested nearly two dozen people on suspicion of defrauding people around the world by sending fake pop-up messages warning them that their computers were infected with a virus and offering to rectify the problem at a price. Noida Police officer Ajay Pal Sharma said those arrested on November 27 and November 28 posed as representatives of Microsoft and other companies and used their logos. The arrests were made after input from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, Mr. Sharma said. Microsoft was the complainant in the case.The pop-up messages prompted victims in the United States, Britain, Australia and other countries to call a phone number shown on their computer screens, he said. They would then be scammed out of money in exchange for supposedly fixing the problem.last_img read more

OBC quota split a factor in U.P.

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government remains silent on the report submitted by a four-member social justice committee formed to review the situation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the State. However, a political discussion has already ensued, as the report suggests limited quota for dominant castes like Yadavs and Kurmis.Poll tactic The move is being seen as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) tactic to unite the Most Backward Castes against the Yadav community, as the party prepares to to face, most likely, a joint Samajwadi Party (SP)-Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) force in 2019. While the report has still not been made public or tabled in the Assembly, despite being sent to the government in October, according to an allegedly leaked copy of the report, the panel has recommended a split of the 27% OBC quota into three categories. They would be the Pichda Varg (Backward Class) at 7%, the Ati Pichda (More Backward) at 11%, and the Atyant Pichda (Most Backward) at 9%.The panel, headed by retired Allahabad High Court Justice Raghavendra Kumar, has listed 79 sub-castes under the OBC category. Of these, nine fall under Backward Class, 37 under More Backward and 33 under Most Backward categories. Significantly, listed under the Backward Class, who may then be restricted to 7% quota, are castes like the Yadav, Kurmi and Jat. The panel says that these castes are politically, socially, economically and culturally “strong” and have secured employment in government jobs at a ratio higher than their population, while also enjoying influential political representation. “They have not been socially oppressed and feel proud in telling their castes,” reads the over 400-page report.‘Specific castes’The More Backward category would include castes like Gurjar, Kushwaha-Maurya-Shakya, Prajapati, Gaderia-Pal, Baghel, Sahu, Kumhar, Teli and Lodh. The panel says that though these castes may not face cultural exclusion, they have poor representation politically and economically. Their employment rate is only 50% in comparison to their population, while some specific castes among them have been securing more employment in comparison to other castes, leading to the emergence of a new middle class, says the report. The third category, the Most Backward, consists of the most deprived castes, who are backward in all respects, while mostly employed either in lower levels of services (Grades 3 and 4), and having zero representation. Their political drawing power is also limited, the report notes. They include the riverine castes like Mallah, Nishad, Kewat, Kashyap and Kahar, apart from Bind, Rajbhar, Bhar, Loniya Chauhan, Dheevar and Ghosi.The committee was set up by Mr. Adityanath in May to explore the sub-categorisation of the OBC quota, amid demands from the BJP’s ally in U.P., the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP). The SBSP’s leader, Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, has been demanding the implementation of the report and touring various districts of U.P. to raise his voice for it. On December 24, the SBSP will stage demonstrations at all District Headquarters, demanding the implementation of the report and the sub-categorisation of the OBC quota. Mr. Rajbhar says only a few dominant castes are enjoying the benefits of the OBC quota. “We will sit on a dharna till the report is implemented,” he said.Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav held two back-to-back meetings with Backward Caste leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday, warning them of “conspiracies” to divide and mislead the 85%. “The BJP has lost on all issues. It is doing the politics of divide and rule. The BJP always says that the number of OBCs should be counted. We say everyone should be counted, because the BJP itself believes in sabka saath sabka vikaas — everyone gets rights and honour as per their population,” Mr. Yadav told reporters on Tuesday. A similar report was released under the Rajnath Singh government in 2001, which divided the OBC into three categories, isolating the Yadavs to a mere 5% quota.However, it could not get implemented as the BJP soon lost power in the State and it was also stayed in court.last_img read more

Guardiola: Foden is already a great player

first_imgPep Guardiola described Phil Foden as a “great, great football player” after the teenager starred in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win at Oxford United.Foden’s superb crossfield pass helped to create the opening goal for Gabriel Jesus and he sent Riyad Mahrez clear to add the second for City in Tuesday’s 3-0 win.And having missed a great chance from Danilo’s cross, Foden struck his first goal for the club in the second minute of added time to cap a memorable performance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola has already touted Foden for a senior England call-up and the Catalan was fulsome in his praise for the teenager after he opened his account.”He celebrated like it was his first goal,” said Guardiola. “This guy is so special, a City fan and he loves the club. You see it in his behaviour and every single action. He is already a great, great football player.”I don’t remember [my first goal], I’m sure it was good but it was a long time ago. Phil, hopefully, it will be the first of many. The first goal too, an amazing assist – and the second. “Manchester City have a player for the next years.”BORNTOBEBLUE@PhilFoden #oufcvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/DZVVeEfwwT— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 25, 2018Foden made his case for more regular selection from Guardiola and the 18-year-old was thrilled to score his first goal for the club.”It’s hard to put into words – it hasn’t fully sank in – but I’ve dreamed about it,” Foden said.”Being a City fan, it’s very special to me and I’m happy to help the team to win.”Mostly in the Premier League I was dreaming of it but it’s special in any competition. I ran off mad and it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”I enjoy assisting as well as scoring and it’s good to have both in my game. I’m learning every day from players like Kevin De Bruyne.”I felt a little bit unfit but a massive 90 minutes. I would’ve liked it [the goal] to come much earlier but it’s come now and it’s a great feeling.”last_img read more

PLS: UDE 4.10 simplifies multicore debugging and system analysis

first_imgPLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme is presenting version 4.10 of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) for the first time at the embedded world 2018. The UDE 4.10 features numerous completely new and improved functions for debugging, testing and system analysis of complex multicore applications in real-time and safety-critical embedded systems. For the comprehensive support of the latest multicore systems – such as Infineon’s AURIX 2G family with up to eight programmable processing units or the S32V from NXP with its powerful Cortex-A53 cores – among other things the multicore management has been further optimized, which for example allows synchronous stopping and starting of several heterogeneous cores. Especially for users of ARM Cortex-based SoCs, PLS has extended its instruction set support. The latest version of the UDE now allows users to debug code in AArch32 and AArch64 execution modes simultaneously.Moreover, with UDE 4.10, developers will also have even more efficient graphical visualization options for analyzing the runtime behavior of applications. Based on the recorded trace data, the program sequence or the call depth can be quickly displayed over time, and that even for very large amounts of data. The visualization of the program flow makes it very easy to draw conclusions – for example, for load distribution or synchronization of software distributed on several cores – without much additional effort.Another outstanding new feature of the UDE 4.10 is the support of ASAP2 descriptions for control unit software. ASAP2 or A2L files describe how physical values, characteristic curves and other parameters of control units are mapped and converted to program variables, internal memory structures and data types. The user can now work directly with the parameters of the electronic control unit and change them without having to worry about their actual representation in the microcontroller’s memory. Of course, user values are checked for their validity and for allowed value ranges. This makes debugging and runtime analysis of control unit software much more convenient and efficient than in the past.The UDE 4.10 also makes work much easier for developers of complex timer algorithms for the Bosch Generic Timer Module (GTM). Where previously only assembler code was used, development and debugging in conjunction with corresponding compilers from TASKING or HighTec can now be done on the basis of C source code too.Especially for the AURIX 2G family, the integrated FLASH programming module of the UDE 4.10 and the separately available FLASH/OTP programming tool UDE/Memtool have been extended with additional functions for smooth support of software-over-the-air. This means that it is now possible to create the prerequisites on the device for secure software updates via an existing internet connection later in the field.In addition to UDE 4.10, PLS introduces two new trace modules for its UAD2next, the all-round access device for state-of-the-art debugging and target communication via CAN. The first module supports parallel trace and offers up to 250 MBit/s transfer speed with 12 bits and 125 MHz (DDR). The second module supports serial trace interfaces based on the AURORA protocol and transmits the trace data generated by the target via two lanes with a transfer speed of up to 1.25 GBit/s. Both modules can easily be plugged into the robust expansion slot on the front of the UAD2next.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Maxim: advanced battery management system enables safer, smarter car of the futureNext MicroSys: RTOS Microware OS-9 Version 6.1 with embedded graphics XiBase9last_img read more

Trinamic: breakout boards shorten time to market

first_imgTime is a precious resource. Especially with technology, it’s important to drive the industry by reducing your time to market. That’s why Trinamic is rolling out open source BOBs for their chips transforming digital information into physical motion.From now on, one single, easy to use electrical component is everything needed for rapid prototyping – you no longer have to worry about building a final design or soldering SMD components before testing a prototype. The BOBs can be used on a breadboard or with flying wires, as all sensitive signals such as sense lines are routed on the BOBs themselves.The breakout boards are for anyone who needs a physical prototype fast, in order to have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). BOB has everything you need to use the component, such as sense resistors, buffer capacitors and, in some cases, even power MOSFETs or Ethernet connectors.Trinamic’s Technology Access Package (TTAP) provides the user with a sample code and API for each of the chips found on the BOBs. The comprehensive collection of technical support information and tools for Trinamic’s motor and motion control ICs found in TTAP not only simplify the (physical) design-in and bring-up, it also speeds up firmware development. All this can be transferred to a microcontroller or used with one of the Arduino samples – minimizing the time needed for prototyping.All Trinamic BOBs are open source hardware, with a permissive license. If the design works for you, just take the design and paste it into your board design. Or simply copy the schematics – whatever best works for you. Whether you’re an enthusiast tinkering away, a startup realizing its first MVP, or an international company creating the next groundbreaking application. Building, testing and reiterating your MVP doesn’t have to take long with Trinamic’s BOBs. The BOBs will be rolled-out for all Trinamic motor and motion control ICs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous AAEON: BOXER-6640 helps to control factory automation with more powerNext We Become What We Beholdlast_img read more

Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta abuses umpire, cries after losing to Kei Nishikori

first_imgAustralian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta abuses umpire, cries after losing to Kei NishikoriAustralian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta fought with the chair umpire over a controversial call during his 4th round match against Kei Nishikori. He left the court abusing, screaming and in tears.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 19:47 IST Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta was subjected to crowd boos for his reaction after the match. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPablo Carreno Busta broke into tears and anger after losing to Kei NishikoriCarreno Busta lost 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-7(8) in the Australian Open 4th roundCarreno Busta was looking to make his first quarter-final in MelbournePablo Carreno Busta felt robbed after his epic fourth round loss to Japan’s ninth seed Kei Nishikori in the Australian Open at the Margaret Court Arena on Monday. Carreno Busta had an umpire call go against him in the fifth set tiebreak after which he lost four straight points to lose the match 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-7(8).Kei Nishikori and Carreno Busta displayed an exceptional quality of tennis for five hours and six minutes to the Margaret Court Arena crowd but in the end, it was soured by a controversial umpire call and a wild reaction from the Spaniard.Carreno Busta and the chair umpire had a complete fall out in the end that led to the Spaniard leaving the court in tears, screaming his lungs out at the umpire.At 5-8 down, Nishikori and Busta played out a rally at the end of which the point was controversially awarded to the Japanese. Carreno Busta had reached out to Nishikori’s shot wide out and hit a ball close to the net. Nishikori got on top of the ball to hit a winner and just before he hit the shot, the line judge called it out. Nishikori nonetheless went with his shot.Busta challenged the call and it turned out the ball had indeed fallen on the line but since Nishikori had hit the ball and the umpire felt the call by the line judge was taken after the Japanese hit the ball, he gave the point to Nishikori.Carreno Busta had an argument with the chair umpire screaming at him that the call was made before Nishikori made the shot. The replays showed that Busta was indeed right and in that case, they would have had to replay the point. The chair umpire though did not change his decision and Busta could not put up a fight after that.advertisementAs Nishikori won the match and the crowd stood up cheering and applauding, Busta made his way to the courtside chair in tears with anger all over his face.Busta did not even shake hands with the umpire and as the Spaniard was going to bench, Nishikori took the initiative to shake hands with him and hugged him.Busta threw his kit bag in anger and then picked it up and left the arena immediately throwing abuses at the umpire as the audience booed him over the reaction. Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta argued with the chair umpire over a call in the 5th set tiebreak against Kei Nishikori. (AP Photo) Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta went wild on the court after losing to Kei Nishikori. (AP Photo)The incident was a black spot on what was an exceptional five-setter otherwise. Nishikori was wasteful to say the least but held on in the right moments to take the match.The first set was extraordinary with both players breaking each others’ serves before Busta showed immense resilience to take the set in the tiebreak.With the momentum on his side, Carreno Busta was able to break Nishikori and hold his own serves well to take the second set comfortably.In the third set, the Spaniard got an early break but soon, Nishikori broke back to make it 3-3. From there on, the two men held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. Nishikori then got the better of Carreno Busta in the tiebreak and took the match into the 4th set.In the fourth set, Nishikori managed to break Carreno Busta early but the Spaniard broke Nishikori back. However, Nishikori didn’t lose his cool and broke Carreno Busta once again and held his serve thereon to take the match into the fifth set.The 5th set showed exactly the kind of fighter that Kei Nishikori is. Nishikori found renewed energy and rallied to break Carreno Busta early on. Despite having a chance to serve out the match, Nishikori got broken back and the match eventually went to the super tiebreak.Also Read | Serena Williams walks out to world No.1 announcement by mistakeAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kei NishikoriFollow Pablo Carreno BustaFollow Australian Open Nextlast_img read more

Data Protection Bill to be Tabled in September

first_img This was noted by Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during the recent opening of the $3.5-million Annotto Bay computer resource centre in St. Mary. The Government’s Data Protection Bill, which aims to safeguard the privacy of individuals whose personal information has been documented by entities with whom they interface, is expected to be tabled in September when the Houses of Parliament reconvene following the August summer recess. Story Highlights r. Wheatley, who made the initial announcement during the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives in April, indicated then that the law aimed to govern the collection, regulation, processing, storage, use and disclosure of certain information in physical or electronic form. The Government’s Data Protection Bill, which aims to safeguard the privacy of individuals whose personal information has been documented by entities with whom they interface, is expected to be tabled in September when the Houses of Parliament reconvene following the August summer recess.This was noted by Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during the recent opening of the $3.5-million Annotto Bay computer resource centre in St. Mary.He said the Bill aims to offer individuals an additional level of security in relation to how institutions treat with their personal information.Dr. Wheatley, who made the initial announcement during the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives in April, indicated then that the law aimed to govern the collection, regulation, processing, storage, use and disclosure of certain information in physical or electronic form.“So, whether it’s the bank… the Government of Jamaica… or any other institution… once you are in possession of someone’s personal information, you must deal with that information in such a manner that offers that person a level of protection and confidence,” the Minister said in Annotto Bay.He also indicated during his Sectoral Debate presentation that the 2015 Cybercrimes Act will be reviewed during the current fiscal year to address concerns regarding how sections of the law are interpreted and enforced.Additionally, the Minister said a new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Bill will also be tabled.While encouraging greater use of ICT, Dr. Wheatley again urged persons and entities to exercise caution when doing so and safeguard themselves against cyberattacks.The Minister also encouraged persons to move away from being mere consumers of technology and become innovators, noting that “we have that inherent capacity”.“We have seen where a number of our young people are gaining employment opportunities within the app development… and in animation,” Dr. Wheatley said.The Annotto Bay computer resource centre, which is situated on the grounds of the St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, is the 256th computer access point (CAP) developed by the Universal Service Fund (USF), and the ninth established in St. Mary.It is outfitted with 16 desktop computers, one Internet broadband server and supporting network capability, one printer, one projector, and two air-conditioning units.The USF also conducted electricity upgrading on the building housing the centre, which was provided through a partnership between the Church and the Annotto Bay Community Development and Environmental Benefit Society, which applied for the CAP.last_img read more

Oil and Gas Important To Nova Scotia Economy

first_img NOTE TO EDITORS: Following is a feature release outliningfindings in The Economic Value of the Nova Scotia Ocean Sector, astudy prepared by Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists, as theyrelate to the oil and gas industry. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Oil and Gas Important To Nova ScotiaEconomy A new study says the oil and gas sector was the leading oceanindustry contributor to Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product(GDP) between 1996 and 2001. The study, released Monday, April 11 and entitled The EconomicValue of the Nova Scotia Ocean Sector, found that oil and gas ledGDP activity, with $1.37 billion in direct and spin-off activityby 2001. That represents fully one-third of the economic activityin the ocean off Nova Scotia. From drillers, to engineers with an eye to the possibledevelopment of fields like Deep Panuke and Annapolis Basin, theindustry’s contribution to GDP has already benefited many NovaScotians directly in household income. The study’s authors, Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Ltd.,said the contribution of the oil and gas industry to householdincome increased seven-fold between 1995 and 1999, rising from$16 million during the early years of Cohasset-Panuke productionto approximately $180 million during the Sable Offshore EnergyProgram. The number of full-time offshore jobs jumped from 340 in 1995 to2,218 in 1999 but declined to 1,140 in 2001. The study does notcover the offshore beyond 2001. The authors note that althoughthe industry has softened recently, upswings and downswings areto be expected when it comes to oil and gas. “Nova Scotians are now growing used to seeing the cyclesassociated with the oil and gas industry,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “This study reaffirms anoverall pattern that shows a strong industry capable of leadingthe economy.” He said many of the riches from the industry are still to come, asentiment shared by Nova Scotia’s Energy Minister, Cecil Clarke. “We know the offshore oil and gas sector is an importantcontributor to the Nova Scotia economy. The offshore revenuesagreement we recently signed with Ottawa means we’ll see an evenbigger share of the profits. We’re working hard to encourageexploration and development so we can maximize the benefits ofthis industry,” said Mr. Clarke. Experience elsewhere indicates there is reason for optimism. Theauthors predict that further commercial discoveries will lead todevelopments similar to the Sable Offshore Energy Program andresult in economic impacts of the same magnitude. The study is available on the website atwww.gov.ns.ca/econ/publications/oceanresources/ . -30-last_img read more

Treaty hunter on the Prairies Here are the dos and donts before

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week, APTN National News is running a three part series on hunting and treaty rights in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.Running into authorities can be stressful, even when you haven’t done anything wrong.Knowing your rights may help keep your blood pressure in check.Here are 10 do’s and don’ts if stopped by a conservation officer that may keep money, and the keys to your vehicle, in your wallet.The Do’s …Keep calm. Be polite.Ask why you are being stopped.Ask if there is a specific section of the Wild Life Act you are in contravention of.Ask for the Conservation Officer’s business car, name, badge number.Know where Crown land is.The Don’ts … Do not shine a light while on the road or highway.Never shoot from your vehicle.Don’t shoot on private property.Don’t escalate a situation.If arrested and charged, never make a statement.Follow Trina Roache’s stories on hunting and treaties.Special Report: Treaties, Moose and a Line in the Sandlast_img

Germanys MercedesBenz plans assembly plant in Egypt

BERLIN — German automaker Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Cars unit says it is developing plans to open an assembly plant in Egypt.Mercedes-Benz said in a statement Friday that the passenger car plant would be built by a local business partner and the project is being developed “in close collaboration” with Egypt’s government. It said board member Markus Schaefer recently held “successful discussions” with Egypt’s president and prime minister.Schaefer described Egypt as “an attractive and competitive location for production and supporting logistics” and said having an assembly plant there would enable Mercedes-Benz to expand its market position.The company said it is also offering expertise on modern mobility concepts, electric cars and autonomous driving as Egypt develops a new capital and other infrastructure projects, but detailed agreements haven’t yet been reached on that.The Associated Press

Majority of ECOWAS Members Back Moroccos Membership

Rabat – A survey has shown three-quarters of ECOWAS members support Morocco’s admission to the regional economic union. The French Institute for European Perspective and Security (IPSE) conducted the survey on attitudes towards several countries inclusion in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The survey shows that the majority—75 percent—of MPs in the ECOWAS parliament back Morocco’s accession.The remaining 25 percent said the question of Morocco’s membership requires more consultation. ECOWAS, which aims to promote economic integration among states, is made up of 15 members: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The survey also revealed positive attitudes towards Mauritania’s potential return to ECOWAS. Mauritania announced its withdrawal from ECOWAS in 2000, justifying its exit by saying it wanted to focus more on Maghreb issues.Seventy-three percent of MPs also support Tunisia’s potential membership, while Algeria’s accession was only viewed positively by 31 percent.Following Morocco’s readmission into the African Union in January 2017, King Mohammed VI informed Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former chairperson of ECOWAS, that Morocco desired to join the regional economic community as a full member.On July 31, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was elected the new chairman of (ECOWAS).Buhari’s election took place at the end of the 53rd Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State which ended on Monday evening.Will Buhari’s election open the door for Morocco’s membership? Nigeria and Morocco maintain strong diplomatic ties.Buhari visited Morocco in June at the request of King Mohammed VI. During the meeting, both countries pointed out significant developments in other areas of bilateral cooperation.During the visit, the Nigerian president said he backed Morocco’s return to the African Union and congratulated the King for his agenda to address migration issues in Africa.Morocco’s application to join the union was endorsed by several members of the ECOWAS parliament, including its speaker.In March, Moustapha Cissé Lo of Senegal reaffirmed his support for Morocco’s application.Cissé Lo said during a conference in Rabat that Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS would undoubtedly add value to the community, adding that his parliament will “fully play its role in the process of Morocco’s admission to ECOWAS.” read more

Workplace safety emphasized on National Day of Mourning

Each year on April 28, Brian Dzurban (BA ’05) takes pause and remembers.Brock’s Health, Safety and Wellness Co-ordinator annually joins Canadians in observing National Day of Mourning, reflecting on workers who have died or suffered life-changing injuries on the job.But in his moment of silence, memories come rushing back.Early in his career, just after graduating from university, Dzurban witnessed a tragic industrial accident. A warehouse employee where he was working had been operating a forklift and removing building materials from a transport truck when the machinery toppled over.“I heard a loud crash and I could see the forklift laying on its side,” Dzurban said. He ran over to assess the situation and discovered the employee’s lifeless body.For Dzurban, learning how to talk about the trauma he encountered that day has been a long but necessary process.“Initially, your mind has a very difficult time processing the event — you feel remorse, frustration, irritability and anger all at once — and it takes quite a while to come to terms with what occurred. While it was difficult and upsetting, talking about the event was what helped me move forward,” he said.According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, nearly 1,000 Canadians die each year from on-the-job injuries and work-related illnesses. An additional 241,500 claims are accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or illness.The Day of Mourning, observed annually on April 28, was declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 to remember and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illnesses in the workplace.Brock University will show its respect and support on this day of remembrance by flying its flags at half-mast.Brock faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take some time to observe the National Day of Mourning. Those wishing to take part are invited to pause for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. and tweet with the hashtags #DayOfMourning and #BrockU.“It’s important that we honour those who have lost their lives or sustained a serious workplace injury or illness,” said Dzurban. “It’s also a good opportunity to renew our commitment to safe workplaces and reinforce that safety is everyone’s responsibility.”If employees recognize a hazard or health and safety concern on campus, they’re asked to address it if they have the authority to do so, or let their supervisor know about it. An injury-incident report should be completed with a supervisor and emailed to besafe@brocku.ca“Experiencing a workplace fatality made me appreciate how fragile life is and how critically important safety is in the workplace,” said Dzurban. “We all need to be proactive in reporting and addressing hazards to prevent incidents and injuries.”For more information on the National Day of Mourning, visit the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. read more

74yearold on drugs charges

first_imgA 74-year-old Greek national appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with importing cocaine into Australia. According to a joint statement from the AFP and Customs, the man arrived at Melbourne Airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi last Saturday, March 5. During an examination of the man’s suitcase, Customs and Border Protection officers detected an anomaly in the side wall. Further investigations revealed a substance concealed between the side wall and inner lining of the suitcase, which after preliminary testing was indicated to be 1.95 kilograms of cocaine. The matter was referred to the AFP, who charged the man with importing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug, namely cocaine, and possessing a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug. The maximum penalty for these offences is 25 years imprisonment and/or a $550,000 fine. Further forensic testing will be undertaken to confirm the exact weight and purity of the substance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

7/24 Smackdown Highlights: Joe attacks Styles, Miz attacks Bryan, James Ellsworth fired

first_img Google+ Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte For more videos from RAW, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel. WWE Smackdown Highlights from the July 24, 2018 episode in Evansville. WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WhatsApplast_img

A Few Things to Look Forward To in 2018

first_imgStay on target We tend to look at a new year as a completely new beginning. Man, 2017 sure sucked, let’s try to make 2018 better. It’s easy to forget that the problems that exist on December 31 will still be there on January 1. The world will still be the same place. 2016 was bad, 2017 was worse and at this point, there’s not much hope that 2018 will be better. Not unless we’re willing to make it better. Our attitudes and determination will go a long way towards making 2018 better. That’s why entertainment is important. It can feel frivolous sometimes to list the TV, movies, comics, games, etc. that we’re looking forward to next year, but excitement and anticipation can keep us going. Whether it inspires us to keep fighting for the life we want to live or gives us an escape with which to recharge our batteries; we need entertainment. That’s part of why this website exists. With that in mind, here are a few things I’m looking forward to in the next year. No matter what 2018 brings, it looks like a great year for entertainment.MoviesThe End of Marvel’s Phase 3Avengers: Infinity War is the big star of the year, but let’s not forget that we have two other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming this year. Black Panther is only a couple short months away and it looks phenomenal. It’s taking us to a setting the movies have never explored before. Just from the trailers we’ve seen, detail and beauty are packed into every frame and T’Challs’s new suit looks so cool. I’m excited to see Michael B. Jordan take on a villainous role, especially after hearing the actor talk about what a dark place it took him to. Plus, there’s the fact that, much like this year’s Thor: Ragnarok did, it’ll probably lead directly into Avengers: Infinity War. All that together makes this a must-see for me in February.Then there’s Infinity War itself, which already looks impossibly big. I have no idea how they’re going to pull this kind of scope off, but if any studio can do it, it’s a Disney-backed Marvel. Thanos has certainly come across as formidable in his brief appearances in other movies, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can carry one himself. Either way, I’m just excited to see all these superheroes on screen together. Even more so, knowing that this and 2019’s Avengers 4 will be the last time we’ll see many of them. After ten years, I want to see how their stories will end. Even if it breaks my heart. And hey, after Infinity War, there’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. The first brought an unexpected levity to the MCU that I didn’t realize I wanted. After Infinity War, that might be exactly what we need.The New MutantsDisney may own the X-Men now, and it remains to be seen exactly what affect that will have on 20th Century Fox’s plans for them, but this movie is still happening. When it was first described as a horror movie with mutants, I was interested. Then we all saw the first trailer and it completely lived up to that description. It’s not at all what we think of when someone mentions a comic book movie. As much as I’m looking forward to Marvel Studios’ biggest spectacle yet, I’m more intrigued by movies like this. Movies that take familiar characters and do something new with them. Movies that experiment with genre to deliver something unexpected. Legion showed us a new way to tell an X-Men story on TV in 2017. I’m really hoping The New Mutants will do something similar in 2018.A Wrinkle in TimeOne of the books that got a young me into sci-fi in the first place is finally getting a proper theatrically released movie. It always deserved better than that made-for-TV garbage we got back in 2003. The book asked us to imagine impossible things and introduced generations of kids to concepts like inter-dimensional travel. I’m just eager to see how those things are represented on screen. Also, it looks gorgeous. It’s no surprise that Ava DuVernay made a good-looking movie, but every shot in the trailer is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Already, I want DuVernay to take on the rest of the books in the series, and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. Outside of the superhero movies, this is the one 2018 film I absolutely have to see in theaters.TelevisionJessica Jones, Season TwoThe first season of Jessica Jones remains my favorite of Marvel’s Netflix outings, and it’s taken too long to get a second. We finally got to catch up the Jessica in The Defenders, but she deserves another starring role. Her battle with the Purple Man was at once terrifying and powerful, and I’ve been waiting to see how it’s affected her ever since it ended. Her scenes in The Defenders were great and all, but we didn’t get much of a glimpse into her life post-Purple Man. She’s still an alcoholic with no time for anyone’s bullshit and that’s still fantastic to watch. Her refusal to take Iron Fist seriously only cemented my love for the character. We only have a few months to wait for season two, and by that point, it will have been just about two and a half years since season one. I only hope the wait is worth it.Young Justice (via DC Entertainment/Cartoon Network)Young Justice, Season ThreeSpeaking of superhero shows that have been on hiatus for too long, we’re finally getting more Young Justice in 2018. It was a fantastic animated superhero show that rivaled even the old DCAU cartoons. It had an engrossing ongoing story that it never got to finish even though it did quite well in the ratings. It was cancelled anyway for an absolutely stupid reason: The toys weren’t selling. Its funding was tied to a deal with Mattel, so in the end it didn’t matter if the show was popular at all. The audience wasn’t buying the toys, so the show got the ax. Finally, it’s coming back for a third season, launching on DC’s streaming service planned for the upcoming year. Yeah, I know, another streaming service. I’m tired of them too, but it’s hard to be mad when it allows for something this cool to happen. DC has produced some amazing TV shows recently, and it’s cool to see them get another crack at a classic animated series.Stargate: OriginsAfter the end of Stargate: Universe, I thought I was done with the franchise for good. After all, the last few seasons of SG-1 weren’t all that great, and then Universe felt like it had lost all the fun that made early Stargate, and Atlantis, so great. So when I heard they were making a prequel series, it was hard to summon any strong reaction. “Alright, good for them, maybe it’ll be cool” was kind of the best I could do. Then I saw the teaser, and it reminded me of why I liked Stargate in the first place. It feels like an adventure just the way the old shows did. Light, fun action, snarky protagonists and advanced alien societies lying beyond a mysterious portal. I’m still not entirely sure a new Stargate series can pull me back in; this one is doing everything right so far.GamesNi No Kuni II: Revenant KingdomEven as I have less and less time for games, my fondness for gigantic RPGs only grows. I love running around a new fantasy world, and honestly, the more anime it is, the better. I adored the first Ni No Kuni. It combined the smart game design and storytelling you expect from Level-5 with the character and world design of Studio Ghibli. It felt like I was playing a Ghibli movie, especially the parts where you would swap back and forth between the real world and the fantasy one to solve puzzles and fix people’s souls. Plus, any game that gives you a Welsh sidekick is a winner in my book. The sequel won’t have Ghibli’s involvement, but the studio’s former character designer Yoshiyuki Momose was on board for it. Really, I’m just looking forward to being transported to another massive anime kingdom where I can recruit monsters and battle the forces of evil. God, this game looks gorgeous.Spider-ManIt’s been way too long since we got a proper Spider-Man game, and it’s finally happening in 2018. The Spider-Man 2 movie game was so much better than it had any reason to be because swinging through its version of New York was so much fun. The open world web-slinging got even better on the next generation of consoles with Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, though that game certainly had its problems. After that, Spider-Man games saw a steep decline and disappeared altogether. This year brings Spidey back, and from what we’ve seen of his new game so far, it looks like everything I’ve been hoping for since the PS2 days. A massive, high-fidelity recreation of New York to swing through as I please. Chasing down bad guys through buildings and busy streets. Saving everyone because you’re a true superhero. Also, Miles Morales is in it, so that’s cool. Growing up in cities, surrounded by tall buildings, I’ve always wanted to be Spider-Man. I’m just happy there’s going to be a game that lets me do that again.ComicsExit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles cover (Art by Ben Caldwell, via DC Comics)Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss ChroniclesDC has been doing amazing work with their superheroes, but their updated takes on classic Hanna-Barbera characters are even better. Writer Mark Russell turned The Flintstones into a story of late-stage capitalism. A world where workers are exploited and pitted against each other, where household appliances form friendships with each other so they can make it through another day of abuse. Now, he’s taking on Snagglepuss, re-imagining the character as a Tennessee Williams-esque gay, Southern playwright. Though his work is a success on Broadway, it makes him a target of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. As a massive fan of theatre, comics and classic animation, the premise of this comic is speaking to me on a deep, personal level. The Flintstones ended up being an important comment on life in 2016. I can’t wait to see what Snagglepuss can tell us in 2018. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.AnimeCardcaptor Sakura: Clear CardI don’t watch a ton of anime anymore, but when I heard they were bringing back Cardcaptor Sakura, I knew it was one I couldn’t miss. Maybe it’s because my first exposure to anime was watching Sailor Moon every morning before school, but I’ve always enjoyed the Magical Girl genre of anime. They’re fun superhero cartoons and many of them have surprisingly deep stories. My first exposure to Cardcaptor Sakura was through the terrible Kids WB dub, Cardcaptors. Even with the heavy editing and reordering of the episodes, there was something there. I liked watching the stories of this girl who snuck out of her room each night to fight a magical card monster. Later, when I figured out you could get anime from the internet, I watched the whole series and was mesmerized. I’m absolutely here for a new season. I want to know what happens to these kids. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Winter Olympics 2018 Adam Rippon nailed his debut Olympic performance

first_img“So I go out there and I’m not only representing myself, I’m representing my coaches, I’m representing my country and I’m representing my teammates. So I remember that and that’s how I stay focused,” he said.The 28-year-old hit the headlines last week after he criticised vice president Mike Pence for his anti-LGBT record.Rippon refused to meet with Pence, who led the US delegation for the 2018 Winter Olympics.Rippon said: “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality.(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)“To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.“If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”Pence later hit back at the Olympian via his spokesperson and suggested that Rippon has “misled” the public.Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary, said: “The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes.“[Rippon]’s accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”Pence’s support for anti-LGBT laws and gay cure therapy is a matter of public record.A hardline evangelical who has not supported a single LGBT reform across nearly two decades in politics, VP Pence has one of the worst records on equality of any President or Vice President in recent memory.Pence previously suggested that HIV prevention funding be drained in order to fund state-sponsored ‘gay cure’ therapy.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Related: Out athletes Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon show off their beautiful friendshipCanadian skater Eric Radford took gold, followed by Russia who took silver.Radford, who is also an out gay skater, will compete again in the pairs tournament while Rippon will perform another men’s single.Speaking after his performance, Rippon said:“I want to throw up. I want to go over to the judges and say, ‘Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink? I’ll be fine.’ But I kept it together.”People celebrated his performance online.(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)Related: Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationOne person wrote: “Adam Rippon. An icon, an inspiration, an American hero .”“i don’t know who adam rippon is but i know that i would give my life for him,” another added.A third wrote: “You’re incredible.”Rippon was on the winter Olympic team in 2014 but he didn’t get the chance to compete.Speaking about working towards the 2018 games, he said that he had “worked my entire life for this moment”.Adam Rippon of the United States (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)“My mom has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in, and that has given my skating a greater purpose. Gay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon makes dramatic U-turn on Mike PenceWinter Olympics 2018: Proud Reese Witherspoon and Adam Rippon joke about doing a movie togetherEric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skatingPINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon took a bronze medal for Team USA at the Winter Olympics on Monday morning after giving a spectacular debut performance.Skating to Coldplay’s “O” and “Arrival of the Birds” by Cinematic Orchestra, Rippon was awarded a score of 172.98, giving the team an extra eight points. last_img read more

Alleged porn distributor pleads not guilty in NJ

first_imgShynkarenko was arrested in Thailand in 2009 while on vacation, and had been fighting extradition to the U.S. since.Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov told The Associated Press on Tuesday that local investigators had found no evidence of Shynkarenko committing a crime, and they would work to defend him.Tetyana Cherenok, Shynkarenko’s mother and a 64-year-old retired engineer, told the AP this week that her son is innocent and had been mistaken for another man with the same first and last name.The court-appointed federal public defender for Shynkarenko, Linda Foster, declined to comment on his behalf Wednesday. Shynkarenko, in shackles and wearing dark green prison scrubs, did not speaking during the brief proceeding. Foster did not request bail for him, and he remains in custody.He could face up to life in prison if convicted on all counts.___Follow Samantha Henry at http://www.twitter.com/SamanthaHenry More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system The 33-year-old from Kharkiv has been charged with 32 counts for allegedly operating Ukraine-based hardcore child porn sites with three co-conspirators who have not been named _ two from the Ukraine and one from Russia _ according to court documents.Prosecutors say Shynkarenko sold access to the sites to clients worldwide, listing the charges under innocuous names to elude detection by credit card companies, but warning customers to lie and say their credit cards had been stolen if questioned by police.He was extradited to the U.S. from Thailand this week. He was charged in New Jersey because the case began when agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm first discovered a website allegedly run by Shynkarenko on the computer of a New Jersey customer in 2005.The U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Paul Fishman, said 560 U.S.-based customers from 47 states have been convicted so far. Prosecutors said 10 to 50 customers a day were attempting to access sites allegedly run by Shynkarenko with names including “Illegal.CP,” “The Sick Child Room,” “Hottest Childporn Garden,” and “Pedo Heaven,” before they were shut down in 2008. Associated PressNEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A Ukrainian man accused of operating one of the most extensive child porn distribution networks ever prosecuted in the U.S. pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court.A court-appointed attorney entered the plea on Maksym Shynkarenko’s behalf Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Newark. The Ukrainian government says he is innocent, and his mother says his arrest is a case of mistaken identity.center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Tourism Australia recruits Mandopop star

first_imgThe ‘Mandopop’ star will document his visit on iQiyi, one of China’s most influential video sites. In related news, Tourism Australia boss Andrew McEvoy resigned and is headed to Fairfax Events. Chinese pop sensation Nicky Wu will visit NSW and Queensland as part of a new tourism campaign. Wu first rose to fame as a member of Chinese boy band ‘The Little Tigers’ in the 1980’s and now has a strong online following of over 29 million fans on Chinese social media website Weibo. “Nicky will certainly get to sample all of these in an action packed schedule which takes in some of our country’s most iconic sights and popular attractions.” Tourism Australia has partnered with Destination NSW and Tourism and Events Queensland to bring the celebrity down under and encourage more visitors from Greater China to visit Australia. Wu will tour Bondi beach, climb the Harbour Bridge, enjoy a scenic flight over Sydney, visit the Blue Mountains, call in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the Great Barrier Reef. “We already know from our research that Australia’s most popular drawcard amongst the Chinese is our unspoilt nature and unique wildlife, together with the great food and wine, and entertainment that can be enjoyed in our contemporary cities,” Tourism Australia manging director Andrew McEvoy said. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Nationstar KB Home Announce Plans to Form New Mortgage Company

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Company News Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Nationstar Processing Service Providers 2013-01-22 Tory Barringer January 22, 2013 449 Views Nationstar, KB Home Announce Plans to Form New Mortgage Companycenter_img One of the nation’s largest homebuilders is partnering up with one of the fastest growing mortgage holding companies to create a new entity.[IMAGE]In a joint announcement, “”KB Home””:http://www.kbhome.com/ and “”Nationstar Mortgage LLC””:http://www.nationstarholdings.com/ announced an agreement to form Home Community Mortgage, LLC, a limited liability company offering a range of mortgage banking services to KB Home customers.As KB Home’s preferred lender, Nationstar has served homebuyers on-site in the builder’s communities across the country. According to the announcement, Nationstar [COLUMN_BREAK]will remain KB Home’s preferred choice until Home Community Mortgage’s launch, which is scheduled for the latter half of 2013.””Creating Home Community Mortgage with Nationstar is the natural progression of our successful alliance,”” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based KB Home. “”As our relationship with Nationstar has evolved, we have been very pleased with the alignment of the values of our two companies, particularly our shared focus on achieving world-class customer service.””The new company represents another step in growth for the Texas-based Nationstar, which announced earlier in the month “”an agreement””:https://themreport.com/articles/nationstar-bofa-agree-to-215b-servicing-rights-deal-2013-01-07 to acquire approximately $215 billion in servicing rights from Bank of America. The firm currently stands as one of the largest non-bank mortgage servicers in the country with a portfolio of approximately $425 billion and more than 2.5 million customers.””We are excited to partner with KB Home to form Home Community Mortgage to support home buyers in the largest purchase decision of their lives,”” said Nationstar Mortgage CEO Jay Bray. “”This partnership showcases our ability to deliver creative solutions to one of the nation’s premier homebuilders and our commitment to enhancing the home buying experience by providing accessible financing options to home buyers.”” Sharelast_img read more