Ban highlights collaboration between UN and Islamic bloc

At the OIC’s annual coordination meeting in New York, Mr. Ban congratulated the group – the collective voice of the Muslim world, representing one fifth of humanity – on its 40th anniversary. “I deeply appreciate your collaboration with the United Nations and look forward to working more closely together in addressing the threats and challenges of our times,” he said in a message delivered by Shaaban Shaaban, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. He noted that the partnership between the UN and the OIC includes collaboration on preventive diplomacy and peace-building in Asia and Africa, whether it is cooperating on Iraqi elections or promoting efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Mr. Ban said he looked forward to further collaboration in Somalia, and urged the OIC to contribute the much-needed financial support to enable the Transitional Federal Government to expand its territorial control, maintain law and order, build institutions and deliver peace dividends.“Human security is not restricted to resolving political disputes such as these,” he noted. “We must promote human rights and good governance. “We must fight discrimination of any sort, including Islamophobia. We must fight faith-based violence, and foster tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect, as the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative is doing,” he added. In addition, more must be done to create opportunities for young people, as well as equal opportunities for women through access to education, health initiatives, and ensuring their right to participate in the civic and political life of their countries, said the Secretary-General.“And to ensure the well-being of future generations, we must address the threat of climate change,” he concluded, saying he looked forward to OIC member countries doing their part to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions at December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. 25 September 2009The United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) share the common goals of peace, security and global harmony, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting joint efforts in a range of hotspots around the world. read more

UN Human Rights Council strongly condemns abuses by Syrian authorities

The 47-member body also urged the Syrian Government to meet its responsibility to protect its people, in a resolution adopted during a special session in Geneva to discuss the report of the independent international commission of inquiry into the crackdown that was released this week. The text – which received 37 votes in favour to four against (China, Cuba, Ecuador and Russia), while six countries abstained – also established a mandate of a Special Rapporteur, or investigator, on the situation of human rights in Syria. Earlier today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged immediate action by the international community to protect the people of Syria from the Government’s “ruthless” repression.“In light of the manifest failure of the Syrian authorities to protect their citizens, the international community needs to take urgent and effective measures to protect the Syrian people.”In addition to the number of those killed, tens of thousands have been arrested since March, when a public uprising began across Syria, in line with similar movements across North Africa and the Middle East.More than 14,000 are reported to be in detention as a result of the crackdown, at least 12,400 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries and tens of thousands have been internally displaced, said Ms. Pillay. Reports of increased armed attacks by the opposition forces, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, against the Syrian military and security apparatus are also of concern, she added.The report by the three-member commission of inquiry concluded that Syrian security and military forces have committed crimes against humanity against civilians, including acts of killings, torture, rape and imprisonment. The report – based on interviews with more than 200 victims and witnesses of human rights violations – documents widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. “The levels of excessive force used against civilians, the scale of the attacks, their repetitive nature and their coordination has led the commission to the conclusion that these crimes have apparently been committed pursuant to State policy,” the commission’s chairperson, Paulo Pinheiro, told the Council.He added that the unrest has directly affected the lives of as many as three million Syrians. Virtually all victims and witnesses had stated that one or more of their family members, neighbours or friends were killed, wounded, arrested or tortured since the protests started.“The extreme suffering of the population inside and outside the country must be addressed as a matter of urgency,” stated Mr. Pinheiro. “Victims should expect nothing less from the United Nations and its Member States.” Aside from its findings, the commission called on the Syrian Government to immediately end the ongoing rights violations, to initiate investigations of these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice.Ms. Pillay stated that international and independent monitoring bodies, including her office (OHCHR) and the League of Arab States, must be allowed into the country, particularly to all places of detention, and all humanitarian workers must be guaranteed immediate and unhindered access to the country. In August the High Commissioner had encouraged the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).“The commission’s report reinforces that the need for international accountability has even greater urgency today,” she stated.The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that he is greatly disturbed by the confirmed reports of “abhorrent” abuses committed against children in Syria, including sexual violence against children in places of detention.“Such blatant disregard for children’s lives must not be ignored,” Anthony Lake stated, urging the Government to abide by its commitments to uphold the rights of children.Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights, read out a statement on behalf of all UN human rights experts, in which they voiced dismay at the fact that the number of deaths had doubled from 2,000 to 4,000 in just three months. She pointed to “alarming” numbers of reported extrajudicial executions and injuries. There was also great concern that tens of thousands had allegedly been arbitrarily arrested and detained in overcrowded detention facilities and many had reportedly been subjected to torture and ill-treatment, as well as reported cases of enforced disappearances, possibly in the thousands.Syria’s representative, Faysal Khabbaz Haboui, said that the commission’s report was not objective, and made criticisms while ignoring information given to it by the Syrian Government, including new legislation to bring about reform. The draft resolution before the Council, he said, would prolong the crisis and deliver an erroneous message from those who supported terrorism and violence, rather than pursuing constructive and positive dialogue. 2 December 2011The United Nations Human Rights Council today strongly condemned the continued abuses by the Syrian authorities as part of its violent crackdown against protesters which has led to the deaths of more than 4,000 people since March, including over 300 children. read more

Contractor killed at Suncor Energy mining site north of Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — An Alberta labour spokesman says a contract worker has died at Suncor Energy’s Millennium mine north of Fort McMurray.Trent Bancarz says a man in his 30s was digging a trench this morning when he was buried.His name has not been releasedThe man was employed by Aecom mining.Bancarz says Suncor (TSX:SU) notified the department this morning.RCMP are investigating alongside occupational health and safety officials.

Canadian inflation decelerates to 19 per cent in August as gas prices

OTTAWA – Canada’s annual inflation rate slowed slightly to 1.9 per cent in August under the weight of declining gasoline prices.Inflation was firm enough to stick close to the Bank of Canada’s ideal two per cent target and August was the sixth straight month that price growth was 1.9 per cent or higher.Statistics Canada says in a new report that excluding pump prices inflation would have increased by 2.4 per cent.Price growth was also held back last month, compared with a year earlier, by lower costs for traveler accommodation, internet access services and furniture.Consumer Price Index, August 2019: #CPI rose 1.9% on a year-over-year basis in August, down from a 2.0% increase in July, primarily due to lower gasoline prices. https://t.co/goWSFhVnM8 pic.twitter.com/EYvkWsKZOF— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) September 18, 2019The upward pressure on consumer prices, year-over-year, was led by higher costs for airline tickets, mortgage interest and auto insurance.The average of Canada’s three gauges for core inflation, which are considered better measures of underlying price pressures by excluding volatile items like gas, hit the central bank’s target at two per cent. read more

AIDSrelated deaths decline 195 million people on lifesaving treatment – UN report

Lagging behindIn contrast, progress against the targets has been poor in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where AIDS-related deaths have pointedly risen. Exceptions, however, include Algeria, Morocco and Belarus, which have increased HIV treatment access from 2010 to 2016. The report also shows that globally, 30 per cent of people living with HIV still do not know their status, 17.1 million are unable to access ART and more than half are not virally suppressed. VIDEO: AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005 and more than half of all people with HIV now have access to treatment, according to a new UN report launched. But AIDS-related deaths are on the rise in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Credit: UN News “We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in a press statement.“We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind,” he added. The UNAIDS report, Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90¬-90-90 targets, gives a comprehensive analysis of the 2014 targets to accelerate progress so that by 2020, 90 per cent of all HIV-infected people know their status, 90 per cent of all HIV-diagnosed people are accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90 per cent of those taking ART are virally suppressed. It states that last year, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to treatment and AIDS-related deaths have fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million in. With continued scale-up, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020, according to the report. “We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honour our commitment of leaving no one behind,” Mr. Sidibé stressed.Eastern and southern Africa, which account for more than half of all people living with the virus, are leading the way. Since 2010, AIDS-related deaths there have declined by 42 per cent and new HIV infections by 29 per cent, including a 56 per cent drop in new infections among children over that period – a remarkable achievement of HIV treatment and prevention efforts aimed at putting that region on track towards ending its AIDS epidemic. On the 90-90-90 trackThe Ending AIDS report reveals that in 2016, more than 70 per cent of HIV-infected people knew their status, 77 per cent of whom were accessing treatment. Of those, 82 per cent were virally supressed and helping to prevent virus transmission.Eastern and southern Africa, western and central Europe and North America and Latin America are on track to reach the targets by 2020 – with Botswana, Cambodia, Denmark, Iceland, Singapore, Sweden and the UK having already achieved it. The Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific can also reach them if programmes are further accelerated, says the report.The most significant impact of scale-up has been in reducing AIDS-related deaths, which have almost halved in the past 10 years. Accordingly, life expectancy has significantly increased in the most affected countries, particularly in eastern and southern Africa.“Communities and families are thriving as AIDS is being pushed back,” said Mr Sidibé. “As we bring the epidemic under control, health outcomes are improving and nations are becoming stronger.” read more

49ersSeahawks Preview Capsule

SAN FRANCISCO (2-9) at SEATTLE (6-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EST, FoxOPENING LINE — Seahawks by 8RECORD VS. SPREAD — San Francisco 3-8, Seattle 6-3-2SERIES RECORD —Seahawks lead 24-15LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat 49ers 24-13, Nov. 26, 2017LAST WEEK — 49ers lost to the Buccaneers 27-9; Seahawks beat Panthers 30-27AP PRO32 RANKING — 49ers No. 30, Seahawks No. 10.49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (5), PASS (24).49ERS Defence — OVERALL (11), RUSH (10), PASS (17).SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (1), PASS (26).SEAHAWKS Defence — OVERALL (16), RUSH (22), PASS (13T).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Game originally schedule for Sunday night but was flexed to afternoon start. … Seahawks have won eight straight and 10 of past 11 vs. 49ers. … … Teams play twice in 14 days. … Return of CB Richard Sherman to Seattle after seven seasons with Seahawks. … QB Nick Mullens to make his fourth start. He struggled throwing for season-low 221 yards and two interceptions in loss to Bucs. … RB Matt Breida second in NFL averaging 5.81 yards per rush, sixth in NFC with 738 yards rushing. … 49ers have rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of 11 games, most in NFL. … George Kittle ranks third in NFL among tight ends with 56 receptions and 823 yards receiving. He has 29 receptions in his past five games. … WR Marquise Goodwin has three TD catches in past two road games. … Rookie WR Dante Pettis played in college at Washington. He had career-high 77 yards receiving in last game. … LB Fred Warner one of four rookies with 80 or more tackles. Warner has 84. … Sherman had 32 INTs during his seven seasons in Seattle, most in NFL during that span. He has zero interceptions and four passes defenced this season. … Seahawks begin stretch with four of final five at home. … Seahawks 26-13 in regular-season games in December/January under Pete Carroll. … QB Russell Wilson threw for season-high 339 yards last week vs. Panthers. … Wilson and Drew Brees only two QBs with at least 25 TD passes and five or fewer interceptions this season. … Wilson has led fourth-quarter comebacks in last two games and has 26 fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks in career. … Seahawks’ streak of seven straight games of 150 yards rushing snapped last week by Panthers. First time since Week 2 Seahawks held under 100 yards rushing. … RB Chris Carson needs 365 yards rushing to be first 1,000-yard rusher for Seattle since 2014. … WR Tyler Lockett has set career high with eight TD catches. … Lockett had 107 yards receiving vs. Panthers. … WR David Moore coming off first career 100-yard receiving game. … DE Frank Clark needs one sack to set career high; he has 10. … LB Bobby Wagner has eight or more tackles in five straight games. He had 11 tackles vs. Panthers. … S Bradley McDougald’s interception vs. Panthers was Seahawks first forced takeaway since Week 8 vs. Lions. … Fantasy tip: Seattle’s run defence has dropped to 22nd giving up 121.4 yards per game. If 49ers are going to stay close, they’ll need big game from Breida.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Ukraine gay rights activists hold first ever march

first_imgActivists in Ukraine’s first gay pride demonstration during the action in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 25, 2013. About one hundred gay and lesbian Ukrainians, and those from other countries, took part in the gay pride rally, protected by hundreds of riot police. Antipathy toward homosexuals remains strong in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)AROUND ONE HUNDRED gay rights activists marched in Ukraine on Saturday despite fears of violence and a court ban, marking the first gay pride event in the ex-Soviet country, where homophobia is widespread and generally accepted.“This can be considered a historic day,” said Elena Semyonova, a representative of the organisers.Lesbian and gay rights activists, holding rainbow flags and placards, held a brief, 20-minute-long march along a street not far from the centre of the capital Kiev amid a heavy police presence.Unlike gay pride events in the West, the Kiev march was low-key and did not feature any provocative clothes or LGBT paraphernalia.The organisers advised participants to wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes that would make their escape easier in case of a sudden attack or scuffle.“Human rights are my pride,” chanted the activists who included a delegation from Munich as well as gays and lesbians from Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.“Homosexuality is not an illness” and “LGB rights are human rights” read the slogans they carried.last_img read more

Survey into attitudes towards domestic violence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek communities are encouraged to take the survey created to get a deeper understanding of attitudes towards domestic violence. The survey, being undertaken by psychology student Helen Tachos to complete her honours degree, will enable her to get an overview of the communities and different cultures attitudes towards domestic violence. Helen told Neos Kosmos that “Greeks tend to be more independent, quite close within our families; family is extremely important and just looking at the nature of our closeness we want to see whether that influences our attitudes”. “People will tolerate some behaviour because there are cultural influences,” she said, as now-a-days we tend to live in a society amongst different pockets of people who still carry strong traditions. “I think it’s important that we try to understand those,” Helen explained; stating how this is a concept just as vital to understand. “If we aren’t getting a good understanding on what the community thinks, we don’t really know the message that needs to get across”. If you would like to participate in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/S/NN9F7CDlast_img read more

Blackberry les mêmes mesures gouvernementales pourraient toucher Google et Skype en Inde

first_imgBlackberry : les mêmes mesures gouvernementales pourraient toucher Google et Skype en IndeInde – Les demandes émanant des autorités indiennes afin d’accéder aux données cryptées des messages sur Blackberry ont suscité l’émoi parmi la population. Le gouvernement craint que le smartphone, équipé de sécurités, ne puisse être utilisé par des opposants politiques.L’Inde est le théâtre de plusieurs conflits minant l’intérieur du pays, insurrection séparatiste au Cachemire ou révolutions maoïstes dans les autres provinces. Par raison de sécurité, les autorités ont exigé de RIM qu’il les laisse accéder aux données cryptées des messages transmis sur Blackberry, seuls appareils impossibles à contrôler pour le gouvernement. À lire aussiMarijuana, oreiller et cancer, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 1er juinEn cas de refus, les smartphones du fabricant canadien seraient interdits dans le pays. Ces décisions inquiètent la population : “J’espère que BlackBerry et le gouvernement trouveront une sorte d’accord pour qu’on ne soit pas affectés, confie Shaheda Madraswala, grande utilisatrice du Blackberry. Le gouvernement a besoin de sécurité à cause des menaces mais j’espère qu’ils vont trouver un compromis.” Les autorités indiennes pourraient entreprendre les mêmes démarches auprès de Google et de Skype.Le 13 août 2010 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Shuttle X50V3 un nouveau toutenun dentrée de gamme

first_imgShuttle X50V3 ; un nouveau tout-en-un d’entrée de gammeShuttle va lancer prochainement un nouvel ordinateur de bureau miniature, le X50V3. Shuttle se prépare à commercialiser un ordinateur de bureau miniature d’entrée de gamme, bien que pourvu d’un écran tactile. Son nom de code est X50V3. Grâce à son écran tactile 15,6 affichant en WXGA, le Shuttle X50V3 pourra faire aussi bien que tout netbook. Il aura pour dimensions : 39,13 x 32,7 x 4,2 cm pour 2,93 kg.Il sera par ailleurs équipé de la plateforme Cedar Trail d’Intel, et donc d’un processeur Atom D2700, en plus d’un un CPU duo-cœur Hyper-Threading cadencé à 2,13 GHz et un GPU permettant de décoder tout type d’encodage vidéo actuellement. La mémoire vive devra être ajoutée par l’utilisateur avec pour limite 4 Go de DDR3 à 1066 MHz. de même pour le disque dur ou un SSD Serial ATA au format 2,5 pouces. La sortie HDMI est de rigueur tout comme une sortie VGA, quatre ports USB 2.0, du Gigabit Ethernet, du Wi-Fi N à 150 Mbps, une webcam 2 Mégapixels, un microphone et même une paire de haut-parleurs de 2 W chacun. A noter que le Bluetooth manque tout de même à l’appel. Tout comme le système d’exploitation, contrairement au X5030T. Mais cela devrait également faire baisser son prix de venteLe 24 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hon Washington Misick puts a hold on taxes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTake a look at the broader picture…This is what the Minister of Finance, the Hon. Washington Misick is asking the public to do where taxes are concerned. In his House of Assembly report yesterday on the first six months of the fiscal year, the minister announced the government will not be withdrawing any taxes and will not be introducing anymore for right now either. Hon. Misick instead said, in the next few weeks he will be announcing a strategy for growth and empowerment which will include both private and public sector interests. News break will have more on this report in a subsequent newscast. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Steel Industry will overcome present crisis RINL Chairman and

first_imgVisakhapatnam: RINL Chairman and Managing Director P K Rath on Monday took stock of the situation on the company’s financial front and suggested initiatives to stay afloat while reviewing the plant’s performance and the current steel market scenario.He expressed hope that the steel industry has a great future and will tide over the present crisis soon. He stated that the government continues to infuse funds through various initiatives for infrastructure projects, development of smart cities and railway projects. These initiatives are giving a ray of hope for improving in the next quarter. The sops announced by the government to stimulate the economy will further boost the steel market, he added. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Rath observed that producing steel at lowest cost is the need of the hour and is a prime requisite for sustainable growth and RINL is moving towards that direction to achieve global bench marks in improvement in techno-economic parameters such as specific energy consumption, raw material consumption, waste recycling, waste heat recovery, etc. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us With steel industry being cyclical in nature, he stated that it is presently going through a slump. However, he added that the cost of production has remained high as the input raw material prices continued to be firm whereas the finished steel goods prices have plummeted by around 20%. Against this backdrop, RINL has been implementing an aggressive marketing policy to step up its sales and also to reach niche markets through its 24 marketing branch offices spread across the country, Rath mentioned. Advertise With Us RINL is giving an impetus to special steel production which caters to the needs of railways, automobile sector, engineering forging and fasteners segment etc in addition to producing steel for construction and fabrication sector through its state of the art high speed finishing mills, RINL CMD said. Forging applications in auto sector and engineering segments, cold heading quality for fasteners segment continue to yield good returns. For the first time 430 MM rounds are rolled in the plant for flange applications, precious forging and railway wheel applications to cater to the market in Northern and Western India. Exports Exports of VSP products have enhanced in the last few months. Special thrust is being given to push additional volumes in neighboring and South East Asian Countries which will create a long-term customer base. Cost cutting measures To overcome the present recession in the market, RINL has adopted cost-effective measures which are yielding encouraging results. To be globally competitive, RINL has been adopting cost improvement technologies, optimisation of usage of raw materials and reduction in greenhouse gases emissions, etc. For the first time, RINL achieved a daily shop average of Pulverised Coal Injection (PCI) of 150 kg/ton/Hot Metal in its Blast Furnace operations, a step towards a cost optimisation of hot metal production. It is expected that with the new initiation of government like the Bharatmala Project, the massive roadways project for connecting India, the Sagarmala project, the Port Development Project, affordable housing scheme as part of housing for all, airport modernisation in cities and up-gradation of minor airports, there will be ample scope to increase the overall steel consumption and this will definitely augur well for steel industry to recover soon, the CMD added.last_img read more

How one Diablo 3 player pulled in 130000 from the Real Money

first_imgWhen Blizzard first announced a second auction house for Diablo 3, one that would allow users to spend real money to equip their characters with items and accessories, there were plenty of people around who felt this was a bad decision. The announcement that Blizzard would be closing this Real Money Auction House and establishing an entirely new economy for the Reaper of Souls update confirmed for many that it was just a terrible idea.As it turns out, there are a handful of players who found this auction house quite lucrative. Recently one of them broke down how he managed to pull in $130,000 from the Real Money Auction House.Like any video game auction house, the true rulers of the system are those who can see the economy as a whole and engineer solutions that use the ebb and flow of day-to-day transactions to their advantage. While many of the early Diablo 3 scammers were hard at work mining gold and selling it for cold hard cash on shady third party websites, this one player in particular decided to observe how people used the auction house in anticipation for the RMAH.It didn’t take long to figure out that many people didn’t bother researching what their hard-earned loot was worth before placing it on the auction house. For these players, the auction house was a way to empty their inventory and maybe get a little more gold than the NPCs were offering.Our anonymous Diablo 3 player, who recently published his recipe for success online, figured out quickly that gold was a trivial thing to get a hold of when compared to items. Through scripted bot accounts, he crawled the auction house looking for high value items that had been lazily posted for fractions of what the economy had decided their worth was. When the RMAH was launched, he was able to use these bot accounts to purchase items for comparably little in-game gold and sell that same item on another account for cash.Before long, he had figured out how to buy items for under a dollar’s worth of in-game currency and re-sell for anywhere from $30-150. He later refined his process to ensure he was only buying items he knew would sell for a great deal of real money, and after this move spent most of his time just monitoring his well-oiled machine and earning profit hand over fist.During the year that this player managed to exploit the auction houses, Blizzard stepped in on four different occasions to rid the system of bot accounts in large sweeping gestures. While it could be argued that Blizzard should have been actively removing bots on a regular and consistent basis, it’s likely that their decision to instead monitor their behavior and develop better systems for determining which accounts were bots is the only reason the auction houses stayed up as long as it did. Between the in-game gold salesman and users like this one, there was no chance for a reasonable economy to exist that regular users could enjoy.In the end, we’re left with the knowledge that this system will never be scam-proof. At the same time, even this anonymous user admitted that it was unlikely an exploit like his would ever really be successful again.Whether you are angry that you didn’t think of it first or you wish you could go find this guy and give him a piece of your mind, it’s hard to argue with his results. He figured out how to buy items from lazy players and sell them to suckers, and while his methods clearly violated the Diablo 3 TOS it’s still an impressive feat.last_img read more

The Domesday Book – Early Englands Most Important Document

first_imgThe Battle of Hastings in 1066 marked the start of William the Conqueror’s rule over England when he defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II on the battlefield. Less than 20 years later, his throne was threatened by Denmark. In order to know what sort of financial and military resources William had at his disposal in case of war, he ordered a massive survey of his kingdom.This assessment, the size of which was unrivaled until first general population survey of 1801, came to be known as the Domesday Book.Great Domesday in its ‘Tudor’ binding, a wood-engraving of the 1860s.In 1085, around Christmas, William commissioned the survey of all of the boroughs and manors in his realm in order to learn exactly who owned what, what it was worth, and what taxes, if any, were owed to the King, as well as any rents or military service.As a result, the survey records what manors belonged to what estates, as well as the identities of the owners and the king’s principal barons and clergymen who held crown land, and who may have owed military service as knights.Gloucester Cathedral. Tomb and Effigy of William the Conqueror’s eldest son. Photo by Roy Hughes CC BY-SA 2.0In essence, the survey, which only took a year to complete, was designed to record, trace and recover all royal rights and monies. And it was not just for the benefit of the king; the chief barons had a vested interest to cooperate in the survey as it put into permanent record all of the tenurlal gains they had made since the start of William’s reign in 1066.As documented in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (a collection of annals written in Old English which chronicle the history of Anglo-Saxon England):“Then, at the midwinter [1085], was the king in Gloucester with his council … After this had the king a large meeting, and very deep consultation with his council, about this land; how it was occupied, and by what sort of men.A page of Domesday Book for Warwickshire.Then sent he his men over all England into each shire; commissioning them to find out ‘How many hundreds of hides were in the shire, what land the king himself had, and what stock upon the land; or, what dues he ought to have by the year from the shire.’”The survey is not an examination of the entire population of England at the time, as the names of those who appear in the book were largely landowners. It has been used for centuries, however, as a legal and administrative document, and is invaluable to historians seeking to trace the history of a particular area or person. That being said, textual analyses by historians has also revealed that the book and its contents are not infallible.View of Bertam de Verdun’s “Domesday Book” entry.Consisting of 913 pages, and 2 million words, the book mentions more than 13,000 place names in England and some parts of Wales. It was written in Medieval Latin, which was the form of Latin used in Roman Catholic Western Europe at the time.As was common with Latin, there are copious abbreviations in the Domesday Book’s language, but it also includes some vernacular, or local terms, which do not have Latin equivalents.Domesday Book: an engraving published in 1900. Great Domesday (the larger volume) and Little Domesday (the smaller volume), in their 1869 bindings, lying on their older “Tudor” bindings.The “book” was originally a set of two volumes: Great Domesday and Little Domesday, which was ironically the longer version. It was re-bound in 1984 – almost 900 years after its completion – into five separate volumes, with the hope that this will improve its chances for preservation for another 1000 years.Great Domesday is believed to have been written primarily by a single scribe, although the handwriting of a second person has been identified in some notes and entries. Because the entire book, like all publications before the printing press, was hand done, errors and inconsistencies were inevitable; it is over these errors that historians argue and exercise some caution against taking everything in the book at face value.Domesday BookLittle Domesday is smaller in physical size than its companion volume, hence its name, but it is actually longer and more detailed, specifically with regard to the description of livestock belonging to a manor. As many as seven scribes worked on Little Domesday, and it, too, consists of errors, likely caused by the speed at which it was written.Not covered in the book, however, are several important cities, including London, Winchester and Bristol. Only certain parts of the Welsh border are covered, and not every town or village that existed in 1085 is included in the Domesday Book.Domesday chest, the German-style iron-bound chest of c.1500 in which Domesday Book was kept in the 17th and 18th centuries.For example, the book has an entry for Shepshed, near Loughborough, but the settlements of Long Whatton, Lockington and Hemington, which were included in its borders, are not mentioned.That being said, we know that many other villages and settlements date back to pre-Domesday years thanks in part to Anglo-Saxon charters, architectural evidence, or even the origins of the place name itself.In 1986, memorial plaques were installed in settlements mentioned in Domesday Book.The name by which we know the extensive survey today – Domesday – was not given to the book until almost 100 years after it was written. It came to be known as “Domesday” as a metaphor for the last day of judgement.As Richard Fitzneal, a bureaucrat in the service of King Henry II, wrote in his book Dialogus de Scaccario (or Dialogue Concerning the Exchequer) in 1179: “for as the sentence of that strict and terrible last account cannot be evaded by any skilful subterfuge, so when this book is appealed to … its sentence cannot be quashed or set aside with impunity. That is why we have called the book ‘the Book of Judgement’ … because its decisions, like those of the Last Judgement, are unalterable.”Read another story from us: The medieval tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings is to leave France and head for England for first time in 950 yearsBecause of its importance, not to mention the fragile nature of the book due to its age, the survey rarely goes on public display. It is currently on loan from the National Archives to the British Library as part of its Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, which is on until February 2019. It is also available online via several sites, including that of the National Archives of the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Setting up CSF Firewall front end for IPTables

first_imgSetting up CSF Firewall front end for IPTables by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on March 18, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: March 18, 2017 – 2 commentsFirewalls, commonly underused by home users yet probably one of the most important aspects of securing your machine; ever.Windows users have a HUGE array of options in front of them, but GNU/Linux isn’t quite as flexible in terms of giving you a thousand and one options.Thankfully, there is the powerful IPTables firewall built into most systems. However, IPTables can be a daunting task for people to configure and learn how to use, thankfully there are front ends and other tools that can make setting up a very powerful firewall MUCH easier for the end-user.CSF, or ConfigServer and Firewall, is one such IPTables frontend, and is an absolute powerhouse in itself while still maintaining a much easier setup.MANY Distros come with firewall GUI frontends included in the system, but for the odd one that doesn’t, or if you are setting up a firewall on a text only system such as a VPS, or you just have decided to do away with graphical environments as a whole; this is for you.For this, I am setting up CSF on one of my VPS, through a text only environment via SSH, so it’s absolutely required that you have some basic proficiency and understanding of how to use a terminal environment on your system if you wish to follow the exact steps I will be taking.Note: You could do the vast majority of this if not all of it using a graphical environment, but I personally still would prefer to do it via command-line because I find it much faster to do simple things like extractions, copy pasting, text editing etc via terminal; but the choice is ultimately up to you. Just know that this tutorial is strictly text.The Installation of CSFThe first step is to download the tarball from the CSF website https://configserver.com/cp/csf.htmlThe first thing you’ll want to do is navigate to whatever folder you intend to download CSF to as root.sucd /usr/srcThen download the tarballwget https://download.configserver.com/csf.tgzAnd then we need to extract the tarballtar -xzf csf.tgzMove into the new directorycd csfAnd run the installation scriptsh install.shNext, we need to check if our system has all of the required IPTables modules installed. Some of these may not be installed but so long as the following script does not give a -Fatal Error- then you are good to go.perl /usr/local/csf/bin/csftest.plYou should hopefully get a message like this: “RESULT: csf should function on this server”In the scenario where you get fatal errors, this likely means that IPTables is either not installed, or not started / loaded into the kernel; look up the documentation / forums / search engine results for installing or starting IPTables for your distro of choice.With all that being said, CSF is now installed! However, it’s not actually -DOING- anything yet, so, we need to configure it.To do this, we simply need to edit one file, albeit a long file, it’s fairly well commented and documented, and relatively straight forward if you have any knowledge of networking or how the internet and your system work together. For those of you who have no idea what ports are for example, this may be a bit above your head and I highly recommend checking out some articles on the topic before you delve in deeper.Configuring CSFLet’s get started by opening the CSF configuration file with your favourite text editor, I personally use Nano for things like this.nano /etc/csf/csf.confThe first thing you will see is the following, and it is absolutely essential that you do not play with this setting until we are completely done!################################################################################ SECTION:Initial Settings################################################################################ Testing flag – enables a CRON job that clears iptables incase of# configuration problems when you start csf. This should be enabled until you# are sure that the firewall works – i.e. incase you get locked out of your# server! Then do remember to set it to 0 and restart csf when you’re sure# everything is OK. Stopping csf will remove the line from /etc/crontab## lfd will not start while this is enabledTESTING = “1”Basically keeping this on (1=on 0=off) will ensure you don’t lock yourself out of your system by misconfiguring your firewall. Once you are confident everything is working as it’s supposed to, you can disable this.There are some settings next referring to system logging, I recommend you simply scroll past them as they are set fine for most cases by default, and scroll until you see:# SECTION:IPv4 Port SettingsCSF by default will be aware of all ports currently being used, and will adjust itself accordingly. For example, on this VPS I host a number of services from VoIP servers to gameservers for a few gaming clan clients of mine, and CSF has sorted that out for me.# Allow incoming TCP portsTCP_IN = “10011,20,21,22,25,53,25639,80,110,143,443,465,587,993,995,9987,8080,8181”# Allow outgoing TCP portsTCP_OUT = “25639,10011,20,21,22,25,53,80,110,113,443,587,993,995,8080,8081,9987”# Allow incoming UDP portsUDP_IN = “20,21,25639,10011,53,9987”# Allow outgoing UDP ports# To allow outgoing traceroute add 33434:33523 to this listUDP_OUT = “20,21,53,25639,113,10011,9987,123”As you can see, a number of TCP and UDP ports are already being granted passage through the firewall. You may want to double check any games, servers or services you run for what ports they use, and ensure that these ports are all listed accordingly.If you are unsure of what ports you require open, you can check with the following commands:netstat -vatnnetstat –listennetstat -lntuAnd look for things such astcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:8081 0.0.0.0:* LISTENIn this example, port 8081 is being listened on, so I need port 8081 open.I will add some links at the bottom of this article for more indepth focus on this for those who need it.After you are all set on setting up the IPv4 ports, you will want to make sure Ipv6 is also taken care of if you utilize it on yout system, much in the same fashion.After that, you theoretically could simply start CSF and be good to go, however I highly recommend reading through the rest of the configuration file and changing anything you feel needed; ESPECIALLY if you are setting this up on any kind of server environment. CSF has some pretty awesome anti-DDoS protection options in it. I have used CSF on other servers of mine, and attempted to pwn them pretty hard for testing purposes just to have CSF put me down. That said, it’s definitely not unbeatable, but it’s solid, that’s for sure.Running CSFOnce that is all said and done, we want to test CSF to ensure everything is working properly.To do this, let’s start CSFcsf -eYou should see a bunch of text scroll through your screen, and a message that reads:csf and lfd have been enabled*WARNING* TESTING mode is enabled – do not forget to disable it in the configurationAt this point, the firewall is running. Now is when you try to connect your usual services, run your games, and do whatever it is that you normally do.If at this point you have no issues (which you shouldn’t if you followed the comments in the config file properly!) you can disable testing mode.nano /etc/csf/csf.confTESTING = “1” becomes TESTING = “0”And thencsf -rto restart CSF.You’re done!Anytime you ever need to add ports, you can simply open the CSF config file again, add the port numbers, and then restart csf withcsf -rIf you ever need to stop CSF, usecsf -xYour system is now protected by a firewall!More resources and information can be found at:https://configserver.com/cp/csf.htmlhttps://forum.configserver.com/Now You: Do you use the built-in firewall on your system?SummaryArticle NameSetting up CSF Firewall front end for IPTablesDescriptionThe guide walks you through the steps of setting up and configuring a CSF Firewall front end for IPTables on a machine running Linux.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Avast releases machinecode decompiler RetDec

first_imgAvast releases machine-code decompiler RetDec by Martin Brinkmann on December 27, 2017 in Misc, Security – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – No commentsComputer security heavyweight Avast released its machine-code decompiler RetDec as an open source tool to the public recently.The company worked on RetDec for seven years, and released the decompiler “to help the cybersecurity community fight malicious software”. The decompiler can be used to analyze a program without running it.Basically, what a decompiler does is take an executable file as input, to source code. It is pretty much the exact opposite of a compiler, a program that turns source code into executable files.Decompilers cannot reconstruct the source code of a program with 100% accuracy usually, and the fact that most malware authors do use obfuscation techniques and other protective measures make it even harder.RetDec supports different architectures and formats, and uses algorithms to improve the accuracy of the resulting code.RetDec addresses the above mentioned issues by using a large set of supported architectures and file formats, as well as in-house heuristics and algorithms to decode and reconstruct applications. RetDec is also the only decompiler of its scale using a proven LLVM infrastructure and provided for free, licensed under MIT.RetDec is freely available to anyone. You can download the source code from GitHub, or a 32-bit or 64-bit executable file for Windows instead. The release is quite big, the archive has a size of more than 250 Megabytes.Avast notes that the decompiler supports Windows 7 and newer and Linux currently, and that Mac OS X is supported unofficially.Setup is unfortunately not as easy as running a program on your machine. The installation instructions list other dependencies that you do need to install on the target machine.On Windows, it is required to install the Microsoft Visual C++Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 and other programs listed on the Windows Environment Wiki page. This is best done in a virtual machine or on a machine that is dedicated to that task in my opinion.The feature set of RetDec according to Avast:Supported file formats: ELF, PE, Mach-O, COFF, AR (archive), Intel HEX, and raw machine code.Supported architectures (32b only): Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, PIC32, and PowerPC.Static analysis of executable files with detailed information.Compiler and packer detection.Loading and instruction decoding.Signature-based removal of statically linked library code.Extraction and utilization of debugging information (DWARF, PDB).construction of instruction idioms.Detection and reconstruction of C++ class hierarchies (RTTI, vtables).Demangling of symbols from C++ binaries (GCC, MSVC, Borland).Reconstruction of functions, types, and high-level constructs.Integrated disassembler.Output in two high-level languages: C and a Python-like language.Generation of call graphs, control-flow graphs, and various statistics.Avast released a web version of RetDec as well, but had to turn it off as it caused an “extremely high load” on company servers.There is also a plugin for IDA that users of the disassembler may use to run decompilations directly in the software program.Closing WordsRetDec is a specialized tool that most computer users have no use for. The installation procedure is not super straightforward, but explained well enough on the Wiki. It is open source however, and it seems that Avast has mid and long term plans for the decompiler to improve it further. (via Born)Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 2 votes Software Name RetDecOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://github.com/avast-tl/retdec Advertisementlast_img read more

Group deals for Transats 2018 Tel Aviv flights

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — Transat’s summer 2018 Tel Aviv flights are now on sale with a special promotion for groups: savings of $50 per person for bookings made by June 30, 2017, and the 21st passenger flies for free.To better serve its travellers, including those visiting friends and family in Israel, Air Transat is offering all Economy Class passengers an allowance of one piece of checked baggage of 30 kg. Passengers are also given the option of ordering glatt kosher meals onboard.“This promotion is the perfect opportunity to incite your clients to discover this destination of incredible riches, particularly thanks to Transat’s guided tours and packages,” says the airline.Guided tours for groups include: Wonders of Israel and Jordan (available in French only); Wonders of Israel (available in French only); Discover Tel Aviv & Jerusalem; and Bible Land (available in English only).Transat also offers several packages in Jerusalem and/or Tel Aviv, which include roundtrip flight in Economy Class, accommodation in 3-, 4-, 4.5- or 5-star hotels, transfers between the airport and hotel, and seven breakfasts. Two more packages visit Tel Aviv and Galilee, and Jerusalem and the Negev desert.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerA la carte tour options include Masada and the Dead Sea, Biblical Highlights of the Galilee and Pearls of the Western Galilee.For more details visit transat.com or Get Connected. Travelweek Group Thursday, May 18, 2017 Sharecenter_img Group deals for Transat’s 2018 Tel Aviv flights Tags: Transat Posted bylast_img read more

Last chance to express interest in VISIT FLORIDAs upcoming FAM

first_img Share Last chance to express interest in VISIT FLORIDA’s upcoming FAM Tags: VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA During the week of May 13, VISIT FLORIDA will host a familiarization tour around Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Florida’s Treasure Coast. The FAM will start on May 13, with the group flying into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. For the first half of the week, the group will travel through Greater Fort Lauderdale, experiencing much of what this iconic Florida destination has to offer. During the second half of the week, the group will visit Florida’s Treasure Coast, which is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. The Treasure Coast offers “thousands of miles of untouched land, undeveloped coastlines you could walk for hours, locally owned shops and restaurants, historic farmers markets, charming art scenes, and countless water and sporting activities.”To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro by 03/20/19. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez (sgonzalez@visitflorida.org) to express your interest in participating this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sydney voted number one again

first_imgSource = Destination NSW Sydney voted number one againSydney has again been voted the number one city in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the 20th annual Travel + Leisure 2015 World’s Best Awards in the USA.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said it is a fantastic achievement.“This once again shows what an amazing world city Sydney is, with its iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, vibrant food and wine scene, and world-class events that all continue to resonate with the readers of Travel + Leisure,” Mr Ayres said.In addition, Sydney properties dominated the Top Hotels category, taking out four of the top five positions, with the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney named the number one hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.The Park Hyatt Sydney, Intercontinental Sydney and Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay also placed in the top five, reflecting the incredible standards in the State’s accommodation sector.“The USA is an important visitor market for NSW with the State welcoming more than 63 per cent of all visitors to Australia from the USA in the year ending December 2014. This acknowledgement from the readers of Travel + Leisure reinforces the enduring appeal of Sydney,” Mr Ayres added.Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase welcomed the accolade from the prestigious lifestyle magazine.“Once again Sydney continues to stand out against its international rivals with our city and our hotels a cut above the rest,” Ms Chipchase said.Travel + Leisure is a premier travel and lifestyle magazine based in New York.The prestigious 2015 World’s Best Awards are voted for by readers of Travel + Leisure and reflect the views of experienced world travellers. Visit Sydneylast_img read more

FHFA Rate Index Edges Up in June

first_img in Origination The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency’s””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) index of new mortgage contracts shows interest rates climbing 0.15 percent from May to June.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to FHFA’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey, the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders was 3.55 percent for loans closed in late June. As loans are typically locked in 30-45 days before a loan is closed, June’s data reflect market rates from mid- to late May.The contract rate on the composite of all mortgage loans in June was 3.55 percent, up 15 basis points from 3.40 in May.Accounting for additional fees and charges, the effective interest rate in June was 3.67 percent, up 10 basis points over May.Finally, the average interest rate on a conventional, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ($417,000 or less) was 3.76 percent in June, an increase of 18 basis points. The average loan amount for all loans in June was $282,400, up $1,800 from May. July 30, 2013 432 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-07-30 Tory Barringercenter_img FHFA Rate Index Edges Up in June Sharelast_img read more