3 killed in clashes near Dera HQ

first_imgThree persons were killed and four sustained injuries in violent clashes between the supporters of the Dera chief and the police in Sirsa as violence erupted near the Dera headquarters here on Friday evening, soon after the CBI court pronounced its verdict holding Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a rape case.The clashes took place around 5 p.m. after a mob torched a milk plant, a paper mill and a power sub-station near Shahpur Begu village. A Hindi news channel journalist was also manhandled by the mob.3 in serious conditionOne of the deceased has been identified as Wazir Chand, a resident of Sukh Sagar Colony. The identities of the other two deceased were yet to be established. “Three of the injured are serious and have been referred to the medical college hospital in Abroha,” said Deputy Director, Haryana Public Relations Department, Satish Mehra.The violent protests against the verdict, however, mostly remained confined to the neighbourhood of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises on the outskirts of the city. Gurbaksh, one of the Dera followers, said the verdict was not acceptable to him and lakhs of the supporters.last_img read more

Google Looks For Partners in India to Launch its Smart Home Devices

first_imgGoogle is in talks with Indian companies to integrate its voice assistant service with their consumer durable products like refrigerators, lights, fans, air conditioners, heaters, etc.According to a report by The Economic Times, the US-based tech giant is also in talks with Indian telecom providers to enable users to get the details of their bills through voice commands.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img

He’s Back! Twitter Filled With Jokes, Memes and Banter as Jose Mourinho is Named New Tottenham Hotspur Manager

first_imgI’ll just leave this here… Will probably be the highlight of getting Jose! Will be an interesting 18 months! #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/ldSPQN25SF — ben (@BenMoore82) November 20, 2019 Here we go… #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/TbMdWvTJkv— , . (@danthfcuk) November 20, 2019I see Jose got the Spurs job… Wait till he goes to the well… #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/VAJHGgdzlB — Marcus.Donor card holder. UTFR (@Mark1975s) November 20, 2019 jose mourinhomanagermauricio pochettinoPremier League First Published: November 20, 2019, 1:42 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Jose Mourinho was appointed the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday to replace the Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked a day before with the club languishing 14th in the Premier League.The Portuguese former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season, the north London club said in a statement. “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries.”The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.”He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”Spurs hailed their new boss, saying in their statement: “Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies.”He won Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.The 56-year-old Portuguese won three Premier League titles over two spells in charge of Chelsea and returned to England to manage Manchester United in 2016.Twitter though was a goldmine of jokes, memes and banter:#Mourinho new spurs manager officaly pic.twitter.com/pBR3PwsvjU— Rahil (@Rahil74618621) November 20, 2019All the way to the bank #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/Cm3uTE2FDn— AJ – Gooner / ⭐️ (@AJ_Gooner) November 20, 2019’#Mourinho after being appointed as Spurs boss Special is back! pic.twitter.com/x5DBnM6ptP— ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER (@SabeloSabby) November 20, 2019I wonder if #Mourinho will be as good for Tottenham as he was for Man United pic.twitter.com/j3EnBxCIBq— Sarah Murphy (@Sarahmurphy4) November 20, 2019How can I get behind a man I’ve spent the last 15 years despising? This is shit #mourinho — Geoff Pedder (@geoff_pedder) November 20, 2019 How many time has Jose Mourinho upset Chelsea fans? #Tottenham Chelsea fans: pic.twitter.com/e8WaRBUEI0 — Hairy Macancheese (@macncheese065) November 20, 2019(With inputs from Agencies) With Jose back in the Premier League, it feels like this video needs to be brought back to the timeline. pic.twitter.com/pFoRkOvw6u — HLTCO (@HLTCO) November 20, 2019last_img read more

Gender equality is a must, says Sonakshi

first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) Actress Sonakshi Sinha says that gender equality is the most important thing that the society needs today and she feels things are going to change for the better soon.”We are here to tell everyone that dont differentiate or be biased between a girl and boy. Gender equality is utmost important in todays day and age. We are far away from being at equal level. But today women are doing well in every field and things will change gradually,” she said.She also said that gender bias exists in every field be it sports, business or the film industry.The actress was talking at “Like A Girl” campaign by Whisper that aims to encourage girls to do their best.The 29-year-old actress feels lucky to have been brought up in an environment where there was no discrimination in the family.”Society keeps saying dont do this, dont do that. I have two brothers and I feel fortunate that I had been raised in no different way. My parents have been quite supportive and I am glad I am able to make decisions and choices and do things the way I want,” she added.The actress says even though people used to tell her something discouraging she has always chose to ignore it.”I am an adamant person. I dont listen when people say you cant do this or that. I dont think there is anything that I cant do. Its essential to have a strong support of family, friends,” she said.advertisement”I think encouragement in right way is needed. I am doing well in the film industry. I am working hard and with lot of passion and dedication. I am giving my best,” she added. PTI KKP DK PSH BASlast_img read more

Gulati will continue to influence U.S. Soccer

first_imgUnited States Gulati’s influence in American soccer won’t die with his USSF presidency Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 05:34 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sunil Gulati Fabrice Coffini United States MLS Sunil Gulati’s decision to not seek re-election as U.S. Soccer president will not end his reign as an American soccer power broker Friends, Americans, soccer fans, lend me your eyes.I come to bury Sunil Gulati’s U.S. Soccer presidency, not to praise it.The evil that men do lives after them. The good is often interred with their bones. So let it be with Gulati’s presidency. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player —Mark Antony’s eulogy from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar came to mind when the news hit on Monday night that Sunil Gulati was bowing out from running for re-election as U.S. Soccer president. Much like Caesar, Gulati had compiled an impressive resume of successes, but also like Caesar, growing concerns about his power and ability to lead his empire led to a revolt.Gulati didn’t wait for the proverbial knives to come out though. He was smart enough to see the end of his presidency coming, though he would have to have been pretty oblivious not to be aware that American soccer fans from coast to coast wanted him out.Unlike Caesar, the revolt against Gulati wasn’t limited to a few powerful enemies. It had spread across American soccer in the wake of the U.S. national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Gulati lost the faith of the public well before his decision, becoming one of the faces of the USMNT failure, and while many will rightfully point out the good things he has done in his decades of work in American soccer, you aren’t likely to find many rushing to beg Gulati to reconsider his decision not to run.Michael Bradley Christian Pulisic USAGulati has thrived as a U.S. Soccer decision-maker because he so often was the smartest guy in the room, and a master politician. We all had a front-row seat to his political abilities when we watched him help steer Gianni Infantino into the FIFA presidency during the live broadcast of the FIFA elections. Gulati worked the room like a wizard, leaving many in the U.S. to understand how he had come to be the most powerful man in American soccer.Knowing that, it shouldn’t have come as a shock that Gulati made the decision to step out of the presidential race. He has endured plenty of criticism for taking this long to make the decision, but it is more likely that he has spent part of the two months since the debacle in Trinidad orchestrating his presidential succession once he realized the backlash from the USMNT failure was going to be too much for him to overcome.That much was easy to see after the choreographed leaking of Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter’s name as Gulati’s preferred successor, followed shortly by Gulati’s announcement, and then immediately after by Carter’s announcement that she would be running.Kathy CarterApparently, Gulati believes Carter is a strong enough candidate to win the election despite the potential disadvantage of being widely regarded as Gulati’s handpicked successor. Carter’s resume in the soccer business world is a strong one, but her candidacy won’t necessarily draw much support from the segment of voters who are eager to have someone in charge who doesn’t have strong ties to MLS and the U.S. Soccer leadership in place under Gulati.That would be much more of a concern for Carter if the U.S. Soccer presidency were decided by an open public vote. In that instance, the hatred aimed at Gulati would be too much for Carter to overcome. That isn’t how the presidency is decided though. That vote is determined by member representatives of the Youth, Adult, Professional and Athlete councils, voting groups Gulati is very familiar with and groups he is well-equipped to maneuver into supporting his preferred replacement.Gulati’s biggest critics will hate hearing that, but that’s the reality of where the presidential election stands. If that’s the case, then does Gulati’s decision to step aside really mean that much in the big picture if he orchestrates the selection of his chosen replacement? You can argue that by removing himself from the election, he is taking away some of the fuel being used by some candidates to ride the wave of discontent in American soccer, one where Gulati has become the poster child for U.S. Soccer’s most devastating failure.That is why the U.S. Soccer presidential election has gone from a largely overlooked event which saw Gulati run unopposed on multiple occasions to one now loaded with candidates. The clamoring for change has led to a mixed bag of candidates, some well-known, some not. Some qualified, and some not.Perhaps the uncertainty of the candidate pool — and the potential for an unqualified candidate to win the presidency on the back of an anti-Gulati platform — led Gulati to try and orchestrate a path for what he considers a qualified replacement. Those who fear things remaining the same in U.S. Soccer after the USMNT debacle, only with a different figurehead in charge, have reason to worry, though we can only hope that whoever replaces Gulati will learn from his mistakes, or risk being doomed to repeat them.Gulati’s decision to leave the next presidential cycle for someone else shouldn’t be seen as the demise of Gulati as an American soccer power broker. Far from it. He is still a FIFA executive, wielding considerable international influence in the sport, and he is a safe bet to continue being a part of the joint CONCACAF bid to host the 2026 World Cup. That, coupled with the pull he could gain by paving the road to the U.S. Soccer president’s office for his successor, means that while Gulati’s U.S. Soccer presidency will soon be laid to rest, his considerable influence in American soccer won’t be buried along with it.last_img read more

Roma: Chelsea bid for Dzeko ‘not interesting’

first_imgTransfers Roma not convinced by Chelsea’s ‘uninteresting’ Dzeko bid, says Monchi Seth Vertelney 04:15 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Edin Dzeko Roma 2017 Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Edin Džeko Roma Premier League Serie A The 31-year-old striker could be on his way to London, but his club’s director said he was unimpressed with a bid from the Blues Roma sporting director Monchi has rejected reports that his side have agreed a fee with Chelsea over striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian has been subject of interest from the Blues along with his team-mate Emerson Palmieri.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been linked with a host of strikers to help share the goal-scoring burden with Alvaro Morata, and appears to have settled on Dzeko as his top January option.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But, prior to Wednesday’s match against Sampdoria – a game Dzeko started – Monchi claimed that Chelsea’s bid for the 31-year-old striker was “not interesting.”“Roma, like every club in the world, listen to the offers that arrive for their players, not just for Edin, but anyone in the squad,” Monchi told Mediaset Premium. “We are ready to listen and then we decide. Now Dzeko is here and the rest doesn’t matter, which means the offer that arrived is not interesting.”Goal reported on Monday that Chelsea and Roma had reached an agreement over a fee for the double transfer of Dzeko and Emerson. Dzeko is still yet to agree personal terms with the Blues, with the player’s agent attempting to resolve visa issues in order to continue talks in London with Chelsea.last_img read more

CIESAS Evaluation of ALSO

first_imgPosted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia (CIESAS). MHTF is supporting their project, Evaluation of ALSO Program. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: CIESASIn the last 3 months, the CIESAS team made an important decision in the design of the ALSO evaluation. The evaluation site was changed from the General Hospital in the coastal city of Pochutla, Oaxaca to the much bigger Civil Hospital Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso in the capital city of Oaxaca. CIESAS made this decision because, unlike we were previously told, this latter hospital does meet basic methodological requirements to carry out the evaluation, and it also is the largest hospital with the greatest load of obstetric emergencies throughout the State of Oaxaca.CIESAS hired four field-workers, all of them recent graduates from medical school and trained them in the correct implementation of observation checklists and patients’ interviews, as well as in basic hospital research bioethics. All instruments were designed for this particular evaluation and were tested and reviewed before being fully implemented. Since the end of September, fieldworkers have been rotating during the night and the morning shifts in the ER and in the Ob/Gyn Unit of the Valdivieso Hospital, observing and registering the actual management of obstetric hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia, as well as observing and registering how Ob/Gyns manage normal hospital deliveries.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Kohli beats Sachin Lara becomes fastest to reach 20000 international runs

first_imgManchester: India captain Virat Kohli Thursday became the fastest batsman to reach 20,000 international runs, eclipsing batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. Kohli broke the long-standing feat held jointly by Tendulkar and Lara during India’s World Cup encounter against West Indies here. Kohli reached the milestone in only his 417th international innings, while Tendulkar and Lara, both retired now, took 453 innings each to get there. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Prior to Thursday’s match, Kohli was 37 runs short of the milestone and reached the feat with a single off West Indies skipper Jason Holder in the 25th over of the India innings. Kohli, thus, became the 12th batsman and third Indian after Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to reach 20,000 international runs. The 30-year-old India captain has so far accumulated 11,549 runs in Tests, besides 1647 runs in T20 cricket. His runs tally in ODIs prior to Thursday’s match stood at 11903. Besides this, Kohli also became only the third captain in the history of the World Cup to register four consecutive 50-plus scores. The other skippers to attain the feat are Graeme Smith (in 2007) and Aaron Finch (2019).last_img read more

WWEs Singh Brothers praise Varun Dhawan

first_imgOttawa: WWE superstars Singh Brothers have praised actor Varun Dhawan, saying he is going to be great in his upcoming film “Coolie No. 1” remake. Sunil Singh and Samir Singh created a fake award ceremony and presented a Bollywood award to Varun. “On set of our latest blockbuster Bollywood Project. And a special shoutout to a huge fan of WWE and Bollywood superstar himself, Varun,” the Singh Brothers tweeted. Retweeting their post, Varun thanked the wrestlers for their gesture. Varun wrote: “Hahaha…Thank you. I will try living up to this honour my boys.”last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, June 23———NORTHERN ONTARIO FIRST NATION FACES THIRD SUICIDE: A Northern Ontario First Nation says it needs immediate help in the wake of a third suicide. Last week’s death of Jenara Roundsky, 12, marks the third pre-teen member of the Wapekeka First Nation to die by suicide this year. A band spokesman says there are 10 and 12 year old boys and girls who are acting like front-line workers and first responders. The band says no help has arrived, but Health Canada has indicated that long-requested federal aid money should be in the band’s account next week.———HEALTH OFFICIALS SUPPORT RECOMMENDATIONS TO DEAL WITH HEALTH RISKS OF USING MARIJUANA: Health Minister Jane Philpott is welcoming new marijuana guidelines to ease the health risks of using marijuana. The guidelines were published in the American Journal of Public Health. They recommend staying away from cannabis if pregnant or at risk of mental health problems, as well as delaying its use until later in life. The project was conducted by the Ontario arm of the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse.———NAVY SAYS IT NEEDS SUBMARINES: The head of the Canadian navy says submarines are needed to patrol Canada’s coastlines. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd says having a submarine is the best way to spot foreign subs that may be approaching or have even entered Canadian waters, or those of its NATO allies. The Trudeau government’s new defence policy includes a plan to extend the lives of the navy’s four submarines so they can sail into the 2030s, which sources say will cost upwards of $2.5 billion.———N.S. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY POTENT OPIOID HAS MADE ITS WAY TO EAST COAST: A senior Nova Scotia health official says one of the most potent opioids on the planet has likely made its way to the East Coast. Nova Scotia chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strang says the opioid containing carfentanil poses a deadly risk for street drug users. Strang says carfentanil, used by veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large mammals, can be fatal even on first use.———SUPREME COURT GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR FACEBOOK LAWSUIT: The Supreme Court of Canada says a woman who wants to sue Facebook over its use of “sponsored stories” can pursue her case. Deborah Douez wants to file a class-action lawsuit in the British Columbia courts against the social media giant over a now-defunct advertising format. The British Columbia Supreme Court approved her suit, but the province’s appeal court countered it should properly be pursued in California, where Facebook has its head office.———BC SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS: A British Columbia school district is making a number of security recommendations over a fatal stabbing last year at a Abbotsford high school. Among other things, the report calls for a review of cellphone reception in all Abbotsford schools after a critically injured student took refuge in a locked computer lab but others inside could not call for help because the room had no phone, cell or intercom service. The stabbing incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary saw one student killed and another critically injured.———INDIGENOUS LEADERS URGE SPEEDING RESTORATION OF MANITOBA RAIL LINE. Indigenous leaders say a broken rail line that has cut off land access to Churchill could be fixed in a couple of months if governments and the rail line owner would spend more money and hire workers from another rail company. Chiefs say the Keewatin Railway Company run by First Nations in the province’s northwest has the supplies, manpower and expertise to get repairs done quickly on the rail line to Churchill.———JOHNNY DEPP APOLOGIZES FOR ASSASSIN COMMENTS: Johnny Depp has apologized for joking about assassinating President Donald Trump and says he meant no malice. The actor released a statement to People magazine Friday in which he called his remarks Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival a bad joke and said it was in poor taste. Depp’s statement said he was trying to be amusing when he asked the crowd when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. He answered that it’s “been a while, but maybe it’s time.” Depp’s statement said he was trying to be amusing.———MILITARY EXPECTED TO GIVE BLESSING TO ATTENDING PRIDE EVENTS: The military is expected to issue a directive in the coming days encouraging personnel to attend Pride events in uniform. Sources are describing the measure as part of a larger effort to make the military more diverse and inclusive. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, head of the navy, issued his own order this week that lets sailors wear their uniform at Pride events without having to ask permission. Military personnel generally have to seek authorization to wear their uniforms to public events.———U2 PERFORMING AT CANADA DAY: Next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa will feature U2 band members Bono and the Edge. The federal government says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. Officials predict more than 450,000 people could descend on Parliament Hill and venues in the capital for the massive event.last_img read more

New NB premier plans to see through pledge to fight Ottawas carbon

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s newly minted Tory premier says he will follow through on his promise to fight Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan but wants to get all the facts before making a move.Just after his first meeting with his new cabinet Saturday morning, Blaine Higgs told reporters he’d spoken with the federal minister of intergovernmental affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, the previous day.Higgs said he intends to hear a presentation on the federal carbon pricing system.“We want to understand completely the situation as it is being proposed by the federal government,” he said. “Now, that does not take off anything in relation to my co-operation…with other provinces in order to fight the carbon tax,” he said. “That is my intent, that’s what I ran on and that’s what I’ll continue to do. But I always work knowing all the facts.”Higgs was sworn in as premier on Friday, a week after Brian Gallant’s Liberal government was defeated on a confidence vote.The previous government also opposed a carbon tax, with former environment minister Andrew Harvey saying it “defies logic” in the province.Ottawa has asked all provinces to put a minimum price of $20 a tonne of emissions by Jan. 1.The federal government recently detailed a plan to charge a carbon tax in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — the four provinces that have refused to comply. Ottawa plans to rebate the carbon tax money to residents of those provinces.At the news conference Saturday, Higgs said he was committed to joining his counterparts in fighting the federal plan. He noted that he had spoken with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier in the week and plans to meet him, along with the others opposed to Ottawa’s plan, face to face.“I’ve always said we don’t need more tax to stay on track with our emissions,” he said, adding that he’s learned New Brunswick’s outputs are on track with the national standard. “We’re meeting that target, and we’ll meet it by 2030.”He said the carbon pricing plan could put New Brunswick at a disadvantage.“I say it whether it be a carbon tax, whether it be in any aspect of our economy, we cannot be at a disadvantage with those we’re competing with.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN highlevel meeting on youth to open in New York on Monday

22 July 2011Representatives from 400 youth groups will gather in New York on Monday to attend a high-level meeting on youth convened by the General Assembly to discuss a wide range of issues of concern to the younger generation, including jobs, poverty and sustainable development. Key speakers at the opening session of the two-day event include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the General Assembly Joseph Deiss, supermodel Alek Wek, who was born in South Sudan, and Brazilian youth representative Romulo Dantas.A number of heads of State are also expected to attend the gathering, which will also be addressed by several other senior UN officials.The high-level meeting is part of events to mark the International Year of Youth, and will have the overarching theme of “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.”It will comprise two consecutive informal interactive thematic panel discussions on Monday and two plenary meetings on Tuesday, with the former chaired by Member States at the invitation of Mr. Deiss.The first panel discussion will be on the theme of strengthening international cooperation on youth affairs and enhancing dialogue, mutual understanding and active participation to achieve social integration, full employment and poverty eradication.The second panel will be on the challenges to youth development and opportunities for poverty eradication, employment and sustainable development. read more

CIBC among top brands used in North American phishing attacks security firm

TORONTO — The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is one of the most commonly targeted brands used by cyberthieves in phishing attacks across North America, with a more than 600 per cent surge in fake email attempts in the third quarter, according to analysis by an email security firm.Vade Secure’s research shows that during that period CIBC was the lone Canadian company among the top 25 brands used by cybercriminals trying to trick people into handing over their credentials and confidential data, according to the France-based company’s engine.The Toronto-based bank was ranked 25th and used in an average of 5.3 new phishing links per day during the third quarter, an increase of more than 622 per cent from the previous quarter, the analysis showed.Proposed class-action lawsuits filed against Bank of Montreal, CIBC’s Simplii over security breachesBMO, CIBC’s Simplii Financial say fraudsters may have accessed data for thousands of clientsCyber risks to your finances are rising as big banks rely on the oligopoly of big techThe email security firm’s chief executive Adrien Gendre said each of these links, which typically mimic official webpages, can be sent to thousands of users.It’s unclear what is behind the surge in phishing activity, but one factor could be CIBC’s launch of its Simplii Financial direct banking brand last year, Gendre said. When users are less familiar with what interactions to expect, they are easier to deceive with a fake email, he said.“Every new service, it’s a good target for phishing… People will click more on it,” Gendre said.Vade Secure, based in Lille, France, protects more than 500 million inboxes and its conclusions were based on the phishing attacks detected by its artificial-intelligence powered platform.CIBC said “cyber security is an evolving space that we monitor closely.“We have multiple layers of security in place and continuously invest to safeguard our clients,” spokesman Tom Wallis wrote in an emailed statement.The email security firm’s analysis comes as Canadian banks continue ramp up their spending on technology, including cybersecurity defences, and months after BMO and Simplii said that thousands of customers may have had personal and financial data compromised.In May, BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.A leak of user data is often followed by a wave of phishing attacks or a malware attack months later, Gendre said.A few years ago, grammatical errors or language mistakes would easily signal that it was fraudulent, but now these fake webpages are often indistinguishable from the real thing, Gendre added.The three top targets in North American phishing attacks during the third quarter were Microsoft, PayPal and Netflix, but other large Canadian banks were also among the 86 brands tracked by Vade Secure.Bank of Montreal was in 33rd place with phishing activity up 317.5 per cent from the previous quarter, followed by Scotiabank in 47th place with activity up 53.1 per cent. Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank saw a drop in phishing activity, down 91 per cent and 57.6 per cent from the previous quarter, respectively, to put them in the 49th and 62nd spots.However, during the second quarter, RBC was in the 21st spot with an 767.3 per cent increase in phishing links, according to Vade Secure.Gendre said cyberthieves typically cycle through different targets, switching to a new one as users become aware of the fake links and their attacks become less efficient.RBC’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer Adam Evans said that as the bank increases its global footprint it becomes a bigger target for phishing attacks, but it has layers of security to protect against these kinds threats. The bank has also been increasing its cyber security budget and investing in technologies to mitigate this threat, he added.“Organizations that have a global footprint are going to be targeted more often and probably more frequently over time,” he said.BMO, Scotiabank and TD Bank did not respond to requests for comment. read more

With catastrophe looming over Horn of Africa UN agency calls for urgent

With many children in the Horn of Africa eating only one meal each day and livestock dying in large numbers, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urged donors to provide immediate food aid for 5.4 million people to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in the drought-stricken region.The estimated numbers of people hit by drought are: 2.5 million in Kenya, 1.4 million in Somalia, 1.5 million in Ethiopia and 60,000 in Djibouti, the agency said. Last week, the UN aid agency estimated that more than 11 million people are in need of assistance, with food shortages “particularly grave” in Somalia where about 2 million people need help. “In all four countries, it is clear that WFP will have to expand its existing operations to drought-affected populations in order to address the increasing needs,” said Holdbrook Arthur, WFP Regional Director for Eastern and Central Africa, speaking in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. “While final figures on the number of people in need of urgent assistance are still being established, donors must respond now if we are going to avert a humanitarian catastrophe,” he stressed.In mid-2005, concerns over the deteriorating food security situation in the region led WFP to undertake, in partnership with other concerned partners, a comprehensive review of the food situation among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in the Greater Horn of Africa. As a result, WFP is establishing a long term, well-coordinated and integrated early warning system, while it aims to enhance coping strategies, diversify income generation and livelihood activities and strengthen governance to support “The emergency we face in the Horn today is the result of successive seasons of failed rains. Consequently, pastoralists living in these arid, remote lands have very few survival strategies left and desperately require our assistance to make it through until the next rains,” said Mr. Arthur. read more

Ban welcomes deal at UNled climate change talks as step towards 2015

“The Secretary-General welcomes the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference that concluded today in Warsaw and he congratulates Poland for successfully hosting the Conference,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The deal hammered out today ends two-weeks of talks between diplomats and environment experts representing more than 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. For the first time, the talks, which are also known as the Conference of the Parties or COP-19, included participation from the private sector, with a UN-business forum held on its sidelines.The agreement lays the groundwork for a legally-binding treaty to be adopted in 2015, and enter force by 2020, which would cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. In today’s statement, Mr. Ban welcomed the Parties’ decision “to intensify immediate actions to fight climate change” and to come forward with their national contributions to the agreement well before its finalization in 2015. The talks were made all the more urgent by the devastation in Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands of people and affected 13.25 million overall just as participants were arriving in Poland.Today’s deal comes one year before the 2014 Climate Summit that Mr. Ban said he would convene in New York in September during the General Assembly.Mr. Ban has asked world leaders, as well as leaders from business, finance, local government and civil society, to bring bold announcements and actions that will lead to significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened adaptation and resilience efforts, his spokesperson said in reference to the 2014 summit.“Much more needs to be done over the coming two years to achieve the ambitious agreement necessary to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius,” the spokesperson said in the statement. read more

Worlds most vulnerable must benefit from promise and ideals of UN Charter

“I know that at times Member States feel that such efforts are a form of interference that undermines national sovereignty,” he said. “But it is violence and conflict – and not our attempt to help Member States prevent it – that threaten State sovereignty. It is violations of human rights by the State that erode the legitimacy of the State.” Moreover, Mr. Ban noted that Article 99 of the Charter empowers him to “bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.” While Article 99 has been formally invoked only rarely in UN history, it remains a key mechanism, the Secretary-General said. “Whether or not Article 99 is formally invoked may be secondary,” Mr. Ban said. “First and foremost is our responsibility to alert the Council when we see situations that we feel require its engagement. I will continue to act in that spirit.”The UN Charter and the Security Council Stressing that in its engagements, the UN seeks to reinforce sovereignty, and not challenge or undermine it, Mr. Ban expressed hope that when considering which items reach the Security Council’s agenda, States will be driven by the Charter, and not by “geo-political rivalries or other external dynamics.” “When a Member State uses an overly broad definition of terrorism to monopolize power at the risk of long-term stability, that would seem to merit the Council’s attention,” Mr. Ban said. “When we see massive loss of life and cross-border flows of people, that would seem to merit the Council’s attention,” he noted. “We must not avert our eyes from these or other such situations, no matter how complex or contentious they might be to discuss,” he continued. “And the world must see that the Council is addressing the situations that matter most to most people.” In addition, the Secretary-General emphasized that the Security Council has many tools with which to encourage and seek to secure the peaceful resolution of disputes before they escalate. “But ultimately the unity of the Security Council is the crucial factor. We have seen what [heights] are possible when unity is visible – and we have seen the depths that are inevitable when unity has vanished,” he concluded. “For the millions living amidst war and extreme poverty, and for countless others whose rights are violated or neglected in other ways, the ideals and aspirations of the Charter remain elusive,” Mr. Ban said at the start of an open debate in the UN Security Council at Headquarters in New York on “Respect for the principles and purposes of the Charter as a key element for the maintenance of international peace and security.” Noting that 2015 was one of the most “troubled and turbulent years in recent history,” with civil wars ravaging Syria and Yemen and the spread of violent extremism, the UN chief emphasized that decades of experience have nonetheless validated the Charter’s vision. “The blatant disrespect for fundamental principles of international human rights and humanitarian law defies our common humanity – and challenges the Security Council in fulfilling its duties under the Charter,” Mr. Ban said. While the primary responsibility for preventing conflict and protecting human rights lies with Member States, as clearly established in the Charter, Mr. Ban acknowledged that in some situations, Member States might lack the capacity to fulfil their obligations. In other situations, it is Member States themselves that are the main violators of human rights. “The United Nations can help Member States meet these national challenges and uphold their responsibility to protect,” Mr. Ban stressed. “We continue to offer assistance in building up national capacity to identify and address the precursors of genocide and other grave crimes.”’Human Rights Up Front’ Specifically, the UN chief noted that the Human Rights up Front initiative, launched in late 2013, is helping the UN system to better coordinate across the peace and security, development and human rights pillars, and to engage with Member States at early stages of crises. “We are placing a growing focus on prevention – through both early warning and early action,” Mr. Ban said. “We should all much prefer to assess early information than to wait for the warning signs of disaster. Our engagement with Member States on these matters will continue to be based on cooperation, transparency and respect for sovereignty,” he added. Mr. Ban also noted that the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have demonstrated the capacity of Member States to overcome divisions and chart a course towards the common good. ‹ › Participants at the Security Council’s debate on “Respect for the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations as a key element for the maintenance of international peace and security”. UN Photo/Manuel Elias read more

Unicef Brock holding Roses for Refugees fundraiser

Nigeria Emiko has witnessed the work Unicef does around the world.The Brock University international student from Nigeria often saw Unicef volunteers handing out medical supplies, giving vaccinations and providing educational materials.That’s why when he came to Brock to study economics, he decided to join Unicef Brock, a chapter of Unicef Canada.“I wanted to help people,” he said, adding the organization allows him to be a philanthropist with real impact.Unicef Brock is holding a fundraiser Feb. 12 called Roses For Refugees.The organization’s co-president Chantal Christian said half of the money raised at the fundraiser will go to Unicef and the rest will be donated to a local private sponsorship group that is helping a Syrian refugee family.“Rather than just focusing on the international relief, we want to also help people in our own community,” she said.The roses are being sold just in time for Valentine’s Day and there will be plenty of red ones available along with other assorted colours.They sell for $3 each, six for $15 or a dozen for $30.Unicef Brock will have a table set up in A-block of Mackenzie Chown starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 12. They’ll be there until the roses, bought with a donation from the Brock University Students’ Union, are sold out.Emiko and Christian said the group hopes to raise $1,000. They are confident the Brock community will support the fundraiser.“We usually sell out,” Christian said. “A lot of times Brock staff and students come and just donate money and don’t even take a rose.”The group wanted to raise $3,000 during the 2015-16 school year.They’ve far surpassed that already, raising $8,000 in November when Emiko and three other members — Patrick Foster, Jad Nasser and on the last day of the three-day journey Stephanie Mannella — walked from Brock to Toronto.That fundraising effort raised $4,000 and the government matched the funds. All of the money went to Unicef Canada’s campaign to help in the refugee crisis.“A lot of the money we are fundraising is going to refugee camps in Jordan and the Middle East,” Christian said. read more

West Indies stars one step closer to return

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTop West Indians will continue international snub: SammyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”CWI agrees truce with star players over availabilityJuly 13, 2017In “latest news”Bravo brothers, Pollard, Simmons edge closer to West Indies returnsSeptember 14, 2018In “latest news” (ESPNcricinfo) With West Indies in a race to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, their cricket board has offered “temporary amnesty” to the players who do not fit their selection criteria in order to have them available to play ODIs. This could pave way for the return of stars such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree as soon as later this month when the team is scheduled for a tour of England.Cricket West Indies (CWI) has had a stringent policy of picking only those players who are active in the domestic one-day tournament for 50-over internationals. But, with one eye on putting the best XI on the park, the board and the West Indies Players Association have called a truce.On September 30, the top-eight ranked teams as per the ICC will gain automatic qualification to the next World Cup. CWI chief executive Johnny Grave admitted to the possibility that West Indies – ranked ninth, 10 points below their closest rival – might not make the cut. Should that be the case, West Indies will then have to go through a 10-team qualifying tournament and unless they end up in the top two, they won’t make the showpiece event in England.“We recognise that it is highly unlikely that we will now automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup, so whilst the qualifying tournament has yet to be confirmed by ICC, we may only have eight ODIs against England and New Zealand in the next six months to prepare,” Grave said. “It is crucial that we can have our best performing Windies players available for selection in these important games.”Grave also indicated that the CWI’s cricket committee was due to present their findings on player eligibility criteria by the end of July. These recommendations will then be put forward at the board of directors meeting in September. But in the meantime, “all CWI registered players will be available for selection,” the press release said.Additionally, CWI is compiling a list of all male and female and age-group players in the system. “This will show commitment on the part of the players to be available for the format/s of the game they wish to play; a commitment to participate in the regional set-up and to honour the system to be in place by then,” board president Dave Cameron said. “We must be able to identify the full slate and categories of players we have in the West Indies.” read more

Curtin CMSR paper says more time needed for mine closure

first_imgMore time is needed to allow for adequate mine site restoration practices, according to a new paper from the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration (CMSR), an Australian Research Council funded centre, based at Curtin University.Dr Adam Cross from the CMSR explained current mine site closure legislation provides a relatively short timeframe for industry to complete restoration efforts.“After a mining operation ceases, there is often less than ten years given to adequately restore the used land back to a sustainable ecological landscape, but the time frames required for soils and plant communities to develop naturally on tailings is at odds with this short deadline, especially across different climatic zones,” Dr Cross said.“Essentially, industry are being asked to achieve thousands of years of natural soil development in under a decade.“We’re not saying it can’t be done – we’re just saying it needs more time and industry need tools that can help predict the trajectory and resilience of restoration at early stages.”Tailings are the processed primary minerals left over from mining. When these are returned to the earth, they are vastly different in composition to the original, pre-mining landscape.“The tailings in our study were produced from the processing of magnetite ore. They are different from natural soils in the region in that they contain no clay minerals, exhibit virtually no microbiological activity, and their chemical characteristics are biologically challenging,” Dr Cross said.“Studies have shown that natural microbes can assist in soil development and foster effective plant growth, and a major focus of our research is facilitating the establishment of these natural microbial communities in tailings.“The research highlights the need for the early establishment of site appropriate microbiota to adequately prepare the soil to sustain vegetation, before revegetation can begin,” Dr Cross said.“Adequate restoration is much more than simply sprinkling some seeds and planting some trees – ecologists need to prepare the soil layer by layer, introducing microbes to create a sustainable foundation and then move on to the above ground landscaping – a process which takes a considerable amount of time.”The research paper – One giant leap for mankind: can ecopoiesis avert mine tailings disasters? – has been published in Springer Nature’s Plant and Soil.last_img read more