Exhibit honours Morrisseaus work

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of several events that took place last week during the AFN’s general assembly was an exhibition of work by noted Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau.Many of the pieces in the collection were bought directly from him.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more on this story.last_img

Sudan unravelling of peace pact could bring humanitarian catastrophe Ban warns

22 April 2009Should the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan collapse, a humanitarian catastrophe could ensue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to remain focused on ensuring its implementation. In his latest report to the Security Council on Sudan, Mr. Ban wrote that the expulsion of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the country and the closure of three national groups, following the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for war crimes, could result in a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.The United Nations will work with the Sudanese Government to bridge gaps, “but available capacity for immediate alternatives are limited given the sheer size of what has been the world’s largest humanitarian programme,” he said.This echoes a report on the deployment of the hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Darfur region, made public yesterday, in which he characterized the NGOs’ ejection as an “extremely negative” development.The Secretary-General called on the Government to reconsider its decision, stressing that “anti-NGO rhetoric threatens not only the security of [the expelled organizations] and the humanitarian community that remains in the Sudan, but also the continued delivery of vitally-needed humanitarian services and human rights activities.”The vacuum left by the ejection of the aid agencies has left large areas of the Three Areas of Abyei and eastern Sudan with little humanitarian, recovery or reintegration support, the report pointed out, warning that this could hurt peace efforts.The key benchmarks of the CPA – which ended the conflict in which at least 2 million people were killed and some 4.5 million more driven from their homes – include census results, border demarcation, and referendum preparations.In his report, Mr. Ban said that he is encouraged by strides made in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme and also by the parties’ cooperation on the issue.The initiative could spur confidence and progress towards putting the CPA into place, he said, urging donors to continue funding the scheme.The Secretary-General welcomed the announcement of an electoral timeline, pledging the UN’s assistance in helping the National Elections Commission to organize and hold free, fair and peaceful polls, a key element of the CPA.He also repeated the world body’s commitment to help the parties hold referendums in 2011 in Southern Sudan and the disputed town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between the country’s north and south.“This goal must remain a priority for the parties regardless of other developments, and I restate my call on them to put in place the necessary legal and institutional frameworks for the vote and post-referendum stability,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General recommended that the Council extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for a further 12 months, until 30 April 2010. read more

Rwanda trial against military officers wraps up at UNbacked tribunal

29 June 2009Both the prosecution and defense have wrapped up their cases against four former military officers charged with genocide and other war crimes by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed Rwanda in 1994. April of that year saw the beginning of a slaughter in the tiny East African country in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates died, mostly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.The four men – General Augustin Bizimungu, former Rwandan Army Chief of Staff; General Augustine Ndindiliyimana, former Chief of Staff of the military police; Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, former Commander in the army; and Innocent Sagahutu, former second-in-command of the Reconnaissance Battalion – are jointly accused of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or complicity in genocide; crimes against humanity; and other war crimes.At the end of the trial last week in Arusha, Tanzania, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is based, the prosecution called for the conviction of the accused and sentences of life imprisonment.The evidence they have presented, they said, prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the four men ordered, encouraged and supported the massacres of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.No date has been set yet for the verdict in the trial, which began in September 2004 and heard the testimonies of over 200 witnesses.Last week, the ICTR found a former Government minister guilty of genocide, sentencing him to 30 years in prison. On 23 April 2004, Callixte Kalimanzira, former Acting Minister of Interior, lured thousands of Tutsi refugees to Kabuye hill in Butare prefecture, where they were attacked and killed, according to the Tribunal. read more

WestJet Airlines says passenger demand growing despite Albertas sluggish economy

WestJet Airlines said Monday passenger demand keeps growing even as concerns mount about the impact on the Calgary-based carrier due to a sluggish Alberta economy following the recent collapse in oil prices.The airline said passenger traffic increased 1.5% in March from a year ago, as a record 1.7 million people flew on the Calgary-based airline and its regional subsidiary WestJet Encore.However, WestJet’s capacity grew 4.8%, causing its load factor — or the amount of seats that are used — to fall by 2.7 points to 81.3%, from 84% in March 2014.Load factor is one of the statistics used by airlines and analysts to measure whether an airline has right number of flights and seating for the level of passenger demand.WestJet CEO Gregg Saretsky said load factors have been depressed by the industry’s increased supply of seats to some southern sun markets that has been rising faster than demand. Transat AT has said industry seat capacity to sun destinations was up 12% this winter.“Despite this, the overall demand environment remains strong,” Saretsky said in a statement, adding that revenue per available seat for the first quarter is expected to be in line with its prior guidance. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, WestJet’s shares were down $1.38, or 4.63% at $28.41 in Monday morning trading.WestJet Airlines CFO quits to join another Calgary-based companyAir Canada stock stays steady in aftermath of Halifax flight 624 crashDavid Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the March statistics demonstrated that WestJet’s traffic isn’t breaking, even though lower oil prices is slowing slowing the economy in its home province and nationally.“We think WestJet’s traffic data suggests slow growth, but not a major collapse in demand or pricing,” Tyerman wrote in a report.WestJet, which has expanded beyond its western base by growing nationally and internationally, has said its exposure to Alberta is now similar to Air Canada, Canada’s biggest airline.National Bank Financial analyst Cameron Doerksen said the weakening Western Canadian economy is investors’ biggest concern. He estimates an economic downturn in the province would have an impact since it accounts for about 25% of WestJet’s departures.The analyst said air travel has only been modestly impacted in Alberta so far in 2015 as traffic at Calgary Airport is up 0.9%. Edmonton is down 0.7% and Fort McMurray is down 1.7%, but demand “remains healthy” in the rest of WestJet’s network.Analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said WestJet will continue to benefit from a “rational and healthy demand environment” as non-fare or ancillary revenues will continue to grow. WestJet’s fuel prices which are down 29% from last year should more than offset the negative impact of a lower Canadian dollar on fuel and other U.S.-denominated costs. read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 50.31 points to 15,792.51.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 37.73 points to 22,878.74.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 2.40 points to 2,553.33.The Nasdaq composite index was up 14.46 points to 6,605.97.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.18 cents US, unchanged from Thursday’s average price of 80.18 cents US.

Liberal government unveils ranks of new infrastructure banks board of directors

OTTAWA — The federal government is putting in place the 10 people who will guide a new agency designed to help finance new highways and transit systems across Canada.The newly unveiled list of directors for the Liberal government’s new infrastructure bank includes lawyers, business leaders, a former mayor of Calgary, Indigenous leaders and the former president of the Montreal airport authority.The announcement is a key step for the agency, which the Liberals have promised to have up and running by the end of the year.Liberals to close PPP Canada after new infrastructure bank opensMessage massage: feds wrestled with infrastructure bank narrative, tooThe board, led by former Royal Bank executive Janice Fukakusa, will help the Trudeau government decide who should be the agency’s first chief executive. Former Calgary mayor David Bronconnier is also a member, as is James Cherry, formerly president and CEO of Aeroports de Montreal.The bank will take $35 billion in government funding and use the money to potentially leverage three or four times that much in private dollars to help finance infrastructure projects across the country.Eligible projects will have to generate revenue, meaning roads, bridges, water and transit systems where user fees help to defray costs. read more

GTF says international inaction on Sri Lanka not an option

“Without agreeing to such a plan, Sri Lanka meeting its commitments before the comprehensive review in a year’s time is virtually zero. This action plan should include confidence building measures – demilitarisation, land and prisoner release and the repeal of the Prevention of the Terrorism Act (PTA), and key transitional justice measures – immediate operationalising of the OMP, establishing a credible judicial mechanism that incorporate a special counsel, foreign judges and authorised prosecutors and investigators, and setting-up impartial arrangements to address truth-seeking and reparation,” GTF said.GTF says it is time the international community stopped accepting the multitude of reasons Sri Lanka has been sighting (potentially this may include the recent Local Council elections on this occasion), and seriously consider alternative measures, either through other organs of the UN or through effective governmental initiatives. Vetting procedures and travel restrictions on those individuals identified with war crimes and serious human rights abuses is an important first step in this direction.GTF quoted the UN High Commissioner, who urged ‘the Human Rights Council to continue to play a critical role in encouraging progress in accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka’ and went on to call upon ‘Member States to explore other avenues, including the application of universal jurisdiction that could foster accountability.’ “The Office of Missing Persons (OMP), the only transitional justice process Sri Lanka has contemplated to-date, has not been operationalised more than a year and a half after it was legislated. The constitutional reform process appeared to be in a standstill. The recent Local Council elections show the desperate need for enlightened political leadership to prevent the re-emergence of communal-antagonistic politics. It is in this context that the ongoing UNHRC session is highly significant for the future wellbeing of all the peoples of Sri Lanka,” GTF said. The diaspora group says the stakes are high for the people of Sri Lanka, and indeed for the region, to be conflict-free and remain in sustained peace. International inaction is not an option. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on the international community to use all its leverage to ensure accountability and reconciliation has not reached a dead-end in Sri Lanka.In a statement, the GTF said that the warning signs are all there adding that almost nine years after the end of the war and two and a half years after co-sponsoring a UNHRC resolution calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the Government of Sri Lanka has not taken meaningful steps to inspire confidence of its commitments and intentions. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomed the report provided by High Commissioner Zeid (Jan. 25, 2018) on the progress made by Sri Lanka in implementing the UNHRC resolutions it co-sponsored. As per his report, “The fulfilment of the transitional justice commitments made under resolution 30/1 has been virtually stalled for more than a year. Progress with some confidence-building measures has often been insufficient and inconclusive, and …………did not receive sufficient political support to move things forward.” The report further stated, “The lack of sufficient progress in implementing critical confidence-building measures, such as the release of land, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the solution to the pending cases under the Act, have antagonized key constituencies that could be instrumental to the Government’s reform efforts.” By providing an overview of a limited, well-known emblematic cases, High Commissioner argued that “The authorities have not yet demonstrated the capacity or willingness to address impunity for gross violations and abuses of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law” and that “the failure to show major progress in these emblematic cases strengthens the argument for the establishment of a specialized court,……………, staffed by specialized personnel and supported by international practitioners.”GTF says it is critically important that the key countries of the UNHRC impress upon Sri Lanka to present a comprehensive transitional justice strategy, including a clearly defined timeline for implementation. read more

Blackjewels coal assets sold at auction hearing Monday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Contura Energy has made a successful bid of $33.75 million at an auction for the assets of three Blackjewel LLC mines in Wyoming and West Virginia.The results were announced Sunday and are subject to a federal bankruptcy judge’s approval Monday in Charleston.Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy’s bid was an increase from its original offer of $20.6 million as the stalking horse bidder for the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines in Wyoming and Pax Surface Mine in Scarbro, West Virginia. They’ve been closed since Blackjewel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 1.The results did not indicate whether any mines would reopen and enable hundreds of idled miners to return to work. Contura Energy did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.John Raby, The Associated Press read more

Job vacancies rose in September StatsCan

Job vacancies rose in September: StatsCan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the number of job vacancies has grown on a year-over-year basis.The federal agency says there were 267,000 vacancies in September, up 19,000 from September 2011.As a result, it says there were 5.3 unemployed people for every vacancy that month, down from 5.7 a year earlier.Statistics Canada says the decline in the ratio of unemployment to job vacancies was all the result of the increase in vacancies.Provincially, the highest ratio of unemployed people to job vacancies was seen in Newfoundland and Labrador, where there were 11.2 people out of work for every open position.The lowest ratio was found in Alberta, where there were just 1.7 unemployed people for every job vacancy. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2012 1:49 pm MDT read more

STILL 100 DAYS TO JOIN Masters Handball World Cup 2018 in Omis

The second edition of Masters Handball World Cup 2018 will take place in the city of Omis (Croatia) on a beautiful Adriatic coast.Already teams from 10 countries already registered (Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Austria, Turkey), but there is still time to apply for the most interesting handball event for veterans this year in which you can combine playing with relaxing time among the friends.Registration fee for all the teams is 200 EUR, while every players paying 140 EUR for three-nights stay in hotel Sagita near Omis.More information:www.mhworldcup.com ← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem launch campaign “HandballHelpsKids Next Story → EHF CL FINAL4 2019 in Cologne for 10th year in a row read more

Maximize your geek with Mimocos Millennium Falcon microSD reader

first_imgWe may be marching towards a cloud-connected world where all of our data exists on the other side of a password, but for right now I still carry a flash drive around with me. In fact, I have a couple of flash drives, and I routinely lose all of them. Flash drives are small, inexpensive, and look almost exactly the same no matter where you get the from.In other words, if you are with a group of people and you find yourself in need of a flash drive, chances are they will probably all end up looking very similar. Unless, of course, you had a Mimobot. For a couple of years now the team at Mimoco have been making some of the coolest flash drives I have ever seen. Their drives are all wrapped in cleverly designed images from everyone’s favorite sci-fi and fantasy goodies.From Emily the Strange to Master Chief, these guys make some really neat looking flash drives. Now Mimoco are branching out to handle your microSD cards as well, with a new line of readers they call MimoMicro.The gadget itself is incredibly simple, and not at all new. Insert the microSD card into the slot, and pop the USB stick in the computer. You can access all of the data on the card and pop it back into your phone or camera, or you can leave it in the MimoMicro and enjoy your shiny new flash drive. It works exactly as expected. The MimoMicro does come with a keychain clip as well, so you can attach it to whatever you want for rapid access. What sets it apart, like all of Mimoco’s products, is how incredibly cool they look. Sure, I could grab a cheap microSD card reader off amazon for a few bucks, or I could make every other geek I know insanely jealous when I pull out the Millennium Falcon.MimoMicro’s are $13, and currently you can get them in a variety of Star Wars related designs as well as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Mimoco also sells their own branded microSD cards, starting at 4GB for $9 and 32GB for $50. If you’ve been looking for a microSD card reader, or you just really want a mini Yoda to clip to your keychain, the MimoMicro reader has you covered.last_img read more

La Nasa expérimente une nouvelle combinaison pour aller sur Mars

first_imgLa Nasa expérimente une nouvelle combinaison pour aller sur Mars Une équipe de la Nasa a testé une nouvelle combinaison dans des conditions extrêmes. Prévue pour supporter le climat martien, les chercheurs de l’agence spatiale américaine sont partis essayer l’équipement dans une base de l’Antarctique.   La combinaison NDX-1, conçue par un ingénieur de l’agence aérospatiale, Pablo de Leon, est capable de supporter des températures très basses et des vents soufflant à 75 km/h. C’est ce que rapporte Reuters qui a suivi les tests de la Nasa. Pour prouver la résistance de la combinaison aux conditions extrêmes, les chercheurs se sont rendus à Marambio, une base en Antarctique relativement facile d’accès. “C’est la première fois que la combinaison a été soumise à de pareilles conditions dans un environnement isolé” a expliqué l’ingénieur.  Destinée à supporter les conditions climatiques qui règnent sur Mars, c’est-à-dire aussi bien une terrible sécheresse que des températures et des vents dignes de l’Antarctique, la combinaison a été soumise à différents tests pour voir si elle serait en mesure de résister à la rigueur du climat.  À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Ce prototype de 100 000 dollars, créé à partir des fonds fournis par la Nasa, est constitué de plus de 350 matériaux parmi lesquels on trouve du Kevlar et des fibres de carbone destinés à alléger l’ensemble sans sacrifier la résistance. Pour l’expérimentation, c’est l’ingénieur argentin lui-même qui a revêtu la combinaison pressurisée. Selon ses dires, le casque aurait rendu claustrophobe n’importe quelle personne.  Cette avancée ne change toutefois rien au fait que la Nasa ne dispose pas du budget nécessaire pour envoyer des êtres humains sur Mars à l’horizon 2030 comme l’avait suggéré l’an passé le président Barack Obama.Le 22 mars 2011 à 15:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Twitter Protest Proves Japanese Monks Can Do Anything in Robes

first_img#僧衣でできるもん #StarWars改良衣ですが参加!動きやすくてとても便利です。 pic.twitter.com/oXZEHv0Dw0— 祥山(声優) (@showzan331) January 2, 2019 お坊さんの衣は、動きやすいですよ。運転に支障がないですね。#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/x8zVxzm3Tz— マナップ (@manappuland) January 2, 2019 僧侶にとって僧衣というのはスーツのようなもので、「正装」です。僧衣にも色々な種類があり、略式のものから法要用の正式なものまであります。着ながら演奏もできます。#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/VmAZn3J0bV— Yasuaki Fukuhara(福原 泰明) (@yasu_f18) January 2, 2019According to The Japan News, the unnamed monk who unwittingly launched this movement was on his way to a Buddhist memorial service in September when he was stopped by cops in Fukui, about 180 miles west of Tokyo.While local traffic regulations prohibit operating a vehicle in clothing that could affect safe driving, many monks drive in their robes—which typically fall below the knees—on a daily basis.This man in particular said he had driven in such attire for 20 years and never received a traffic violation, according to The Japan News, an English version of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.As of Dec. 29, he had not paid the fine or responded to a subsequent demand. Further refusal could result in a formal trial, which appears to be exactly what he wants.“I’d like to clearly state at a trial that I can drive safely in a monk robe,” he told Yomiuri Shimbun.The Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha sect, to which the man belongs, said the regulation is a “challenge to monk’s activities,” and is therefore unacceptable.More on Geek.com:Japan Quits IWC to Resume Commercial WhalingJapanese Man Happily ‘Married’ to 16-Year-Old Hologram SingerAccording to Japan, Christopher Robin Has It Easycenter_img Anything you can do, Buddhist monks can do better—while wearing ritual robes.When police in Japan fined a monk ¥6,000 ($55) for driving in a kimono that could “affect safe driving,” the brotherhood banded together for a bizarre-yet-life-affirming Twitter protest.Armed with a hashtag that translates to “I can do it with monk’s clothes,” bhikkhus across the country posted clips of themselves juggling, playing drums, and sword fighting—without any interference from their traditional garb.One video shows a surprisingly springy monk perfectly sticking his landing after a series of somersaults. Another two highlight the fact that there is no right attire for the gym.The wide sleeves and long tails of customary robes are no obstacle even for a lightsaber-wielding monk.last_img read more

Facebook to ban users from Live streaming if they violate community rules

first_img Comment Facebook Tags 1 Facebook’s Live streaming feature policy has changed. Picture Alliance Facebook said Tuesday it would ban users from its Live streaming feature for a set period of time if they violate certain community guidelines.The move is in response to the Mosque massacre that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, in which a gunman livestreamed his gunning down of 50 victims.”Starting today, people who have broken certain rules on Facebook — including our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy — will be restricted from using Facebook Live,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, wrote in a Tuesday blog post.A comprehensive list of offenses that would see a user barred from Live wasn’t included, although the examples used all had to do with circulating terrorist-related content. It’s one part of a two-pronged attack against malicious livestreaming, as Rosen also announced in the blog that Facebook is investing $7.5 million in research to develop better video detection technology.Rosen explained that Facebook has historically banned rule-breaking users from its entire platform, but that its new policy seeks to set rules that would specifically bar people from the Live service.”Today we are tightening the rules that apply specifically to Live,” Rosen wrote. “We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses. From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on their first offense. For instance, someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time.”He added that a user banned from Live will “over the coming weeks” also be restricted from other services on the platform, such as creating ads.Weeks after the massacre, Facebook said that the 17-minute video wasn’t reported during the period it was live, and that the first user report came 12 minutes after the livestream ended. In other words, the original video was available on Facebook for a full 29 minutes. However, the video was then uploaded over a million times by users. Facebook was able to purge 1.5 million uploads of the video and 1.2 million were blocked before going live on the platform.To assist with such purges, the company is investing $7.5 million in research, across the University of Maryland, Cornell University and the University of California, Berkley, to improve video detection software.Specifically, the company wants to get better at detecting edited versions of clips — say, for instance, a banned clip that has its audio and colors distorted — and at identifying if the poster is innocently sharing an image of someone intentionally manipulating videos and photos to bypass Facebook’s systems.”Dealing with the rise of manipulated media will require deep research and collaboration between industry and academia,” Rosen wrote. “In the months to come, we will partner more so we can all move as quickly as possible to innovate in the face of this threat.”   Share your voice Mobile Internetlast_img read more

Taron Egerton talks about the challenges of playing Elton John in Rocketman

first_imgBritish actor Taron Egerton had a pretty tough time transforming to Sir Elton John for his biopic, Rocketman. Detailing about the challenges he’s faced during filming, Egerton told E! News how getting the hair and makeup in place was the toughest bit about the transformation.He quoted, “I can remember the day we first did those things to my hair,” he explained and further added, “For the ’70s period of the film, we used my own hair in the hope of achieving something very natural. We dyed my hair, we thinned it out and we shaved my hairline up [sighs] further than it already is.” Although he didn’t fancy the shaving of hairline bit, he does admit that it helped him get into character. Taron EgertonInstagram”But it was great really. I found something quite exciting about transforming the way you look a bit, especially as an actor, because it makes you feel different. So whilst I didn’t relish having my forehead bicked every day, because I was worried it wouldn’t grow back, it works really well in the movie,” he said. Despite all the hardships, Egerton is happy that he got to portray such a phenomenal artist on the big screen.Turns out, during the filming, Sir Elton even let Taron read through his diary which, in his words, “That was such an exciting thing… absolutely hilarious as well.” Scottish actor, Richard Madden, who plays John Reid in Rocketman, also quipped, “There’s nothing more terrifying… I felt naked when [I] sing and dance. You’re kind of showing different things and I was really terrified of it.” Madden further added, “I worked really hard to try and make sure that I wasn’t thinking about my singing voice on the day [of filming]. I was thinking about the storytelling, instead.” Taron Egerton and Sir Elton JohnInstagramThe Legendary singer seems to have found a sweet spot for Egerton, who plays him in his biopic. During one of Taron Egerton’s interactions with Jimmy Kimmel on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor divulged into details of how Sir Elton keeps spamming his emails by sending him reviews of Taron’s performance. “I try and avoid reviews,” Egerton told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, “but Elton sends me them every day.” Rocketman is all set to hit the screens on May 31.last_img read more

EPA Removes Waste At Toxic Sites Flooded By Harvey Wont Say From

first_img Share AP PhotoA gate at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site is shown Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas, where three tanks once used to store toxic waste were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.The one-sentence disclosure about the 517 containers was made Friday night deep within a media release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency summarizing the government’s response to the devastating storm.At least a dozen Superfund sites in and around Houston were flooded in the days after Harvey’s record-shattering rains stopped. Associated Press journalists surveyed seven of the flooded sites by boat, vehicle and on foot. The EPA said at the time that its personnel had been unable to reach the sites, though they surveyed the locations using aerial photos.The Associated Press reported Monday that a government hotline also received calls about three spills at the U.S. Oil Recovery Superfund site, a former petroleum waste processing plant outside Houston contaminated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. Records obtained by the AP showed workers at the site reported spills of unknown materials in unknown amounts.Local pollution control officials photographed three large tanks used to store potentially hazardous waste completely underwater on Aug. 29. The EPA later said there was no evidence that nearby Vince Bayou had been impacted.PRP Group, the company formed to clean up the U.S. Oil Recovery site, said it does not know how much material leaked from the tanks, soaking into the soil or flowing into the bayou. As part of the post-storm cleanup, workers have vacuumed up 63 truckloads of potentially contaminated storm water, totaling about 315,000 gallons.It was not immediately clear whether those truckloads accounted for any of the 517 containers cited in the FEMA media release on Friday. The EPA has not responded to questions from AP about activities at U.S. Oil Recovery for more than a week.About a dozen miles east, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site is on and around a low-lying island that was the site of a paper mill in the 1960s, leaving behind dangerous levels of dioxins and other long-lasting toxins linked to birth defects and cancer. The site was completely covered with floodwaters when the AP surveyed it on Sept. 1.To prevent contaminated soil and sediments from being washed down river, about 16 acres of the site was covered in 2011 with an “armored cap” of fabric and rock. The cap was reportedly designed to last for up to 100 years, but it has required extensive repairs on at least six occasions in recent years, with large sections becoming displaced or having been washed away.The EPA has not responded to repeated inquiries over the past two weeks about whether its assessment has determined whether the cap was similarly damaged during Harvey.The companies responsible for cleaning up the site, Waste Management Inc. and International Paper, have said there were “a small number of areas where the current layer of armored cap is thinner than required.”“There was no evidence of a release from any of these areas,” the companies said, adding that sediments there were sampled last week.The EPA has not yet released those test results to the public.last_img read more

Hermine hits Florida Wade speaks out Debate moderators announced ExStanford swimmer released

first_imgJared Fogle sues his victim’s family for emotional distress. Try not to vomit.Jared Fogle blames child pornography victim’s parents for emotional distress https://t.co/8Hi1K7D9Qq pic.twitter.com/o6YOQFHpY9— AJC (@ajc) September 2, 2016 Hermine hits Florida.From one of our very own employee when a rain band came through his apartment yesterday in Riverview, FL. #Hermine pic.twitter.com/c075RRbv1d— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) September 2, 2016 Wade says Trump tweet about cousin was for “political gain”.Dwyane Wade: Trump tweet left a ‘bad taste in my mouth’ https://t.co/P6rF3h7VI7 via @NickGass— POLITICO (@politico) September 2, 2016 RIP John Polito. Cohen Brothers fave.R.I.P. Jon Polito, a Coen brothers regular, who has passed away at the age of 65. pic.twitter.com/KBzqukRkBs— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) September 2, 2016 Presidential debate moderators announced.The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the moderators… pic.twitter.com/Bdux1IJeCB— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 2, 2016 Ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner released from jail after serving only 3 months of a 6 month sentence for sexual assault.Ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner released after jail term for sexually assaulting unconscious woman https://t.co/stsxHnK8XK— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) September 2, 2016 Dwyane Wade ‘conflicted’ over controversial Trump tweet, doesn’t want cousin’s death used for ‘political gain.’ pic.twitter.com/AtMijTQerc— ABC News (@ABC) September 2, 2016center_img Advertisement Time lapse of #Hermine leaving Carrabelle from @rtbrunelle pic.twitter.com/19w3iRBjdE— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) September 2, 2016 BREAKING: Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner silent during release from California jail https://t.co/3IM7eDAlju— Global News Toronto (@globalnewsto) September 2, 2016 Crystal River Flooding. 18 families evacuated. #Hermine pic.twitter.com/c4a28sgSGc— Alcides Segui FOX (@seguifox13) September 2, 2016 Spacewalk.@JAXA_en astronaut Takuya Onishi gently guides #AstroKate in her bulky spacesuit back in airlock after #spacewalk. pic.twitter.com/6qmkJm1b2z— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) September 1, 2016last_img read more

Commercial Password Manager Test 4 out of 9 recommendable

first_imgCommercial Password Manager Test: 4 out of 9 recommendable by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2017 in Internet – 24 commentsGerman testing authority Stiftung Warentest looked closely at nine commercial password managers in its most recent print issue.The password managers that it reviewed and looked were: Dashlane Premium, McAfee True Key Premium, Keeper Security, LastPass Premium, 1Password, SafeInCloud, F-Secure Key Premium, Kaspersky Password Manager, and Enpass.Only the first four mentioned password managers received a recommendation by the testers. All password managers were graded based on security, usability and extra features. Here is a list of things the testers put much of the focus on:Master password rules, and rules for passwords that are generated and/or stored in the application, for instance the minimum and maximum length of passwords, and complexity.Security features such as support for two-factor authentication, protection against third-party access, or security auditing features.Documentation, and how comfortable and easy setup and daily use is.Extra features such as support for saving other data, use of profiles, saving of critical data such as credit card numbers.The testers analyzed the data sending behavior of each application furthermore by tunneling all traffic through a proxy server.The test reveals little unfortunately when it comes to the actual ratings. Only one program, F-Secure’s Key Premium, received the best rating in the password requirements group, while better rated programs such as Dashlane Premium or LastPass Premium only the second best rating. It is unclear why that is the case as it is not revealed in the test.The testers put a lot of focus on usability, as it made up 40% of the overall rating, and the application’s data sending behavior was not taken into account at all.Stiftung Warentest criticized the sending behavior of the Android application in all programs that ended on its recommendation listing. Some password managers sent data, for instance a device’s ID to third parties according to Stiftung Warentest.Keeper Security and LastPass Premium got the best overall ratings in the security group, Dashlane Premium in the usability group.The testers looked at the password managers of web browsers as well in the test, but don’t recommend using them. The two reasons given are that they don’t come with password generation options, and that browsers are connected all the time to the Internet which increases the attack surface. Lastly, only some support the optional setting of a master password.Closing WordsOnly four of the nine password managing solutions received a recommendation, but those that are recommended are not necessarily the programs that are the most secure to use.Security made up only 40% of the overall rating, with extra features making up another 20% (which could include extra security features). Usability is without doubt important, but the 40% that it contributed to a program’s overall rating seems a bit high in a field where security is of utmost importance.I would have liked a stronger focus on security features, for instance whether you may save the password databases offline only, can sync between network devices, where the data is stored, how the company reacted to security incidents in the past, whether security solutions were audited by third-parties and so on.Last but not least, I would have liked to see a comparison to free tools like KeePass as well (which would have done well in security, not so well in usability based on test criteria).Now You: Which password manager do you use and why? (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameCommercial Password Manager Test: 4 out of 9 recommendableDescriptionGerman testing authority Stiftung Warentest looked closely at nine commercial password managers in its most recent print issue.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more