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A new report launched today by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) states that not all countries are on track to meeting the deadline of removing anti-personnel landmines by 2010 as called for in a landmark 1997 treaty banning the deadly weapons.Landmine Monitor Report 2007: Toward a Mine-Free World, published by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, says that 14 countries are likely not to meet their mine clearance deadlines under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (“Mine Ban Treaty”), which entered into force in March 1999.They are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Croatia, Mozambique, Niger, Peru, Senegal, Tajikistan, Thailand, the United Kingdom (for clearance of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas), Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.In addition, France, Niger, the UK and Venezuela have not even begun clearance operations, another obligation under the Treaty.The Report also points out that Government use of anti-personnel mines declined further in 2006, with only two countries continuing to lay new mines – Russia and Myanmar.Last year, landmines claimed the lives of over 5,700 people – three quarters of whom were civilians, adds the report, which also identified at least 473,000 landmine survivors globally as of August 2007, many of whom will require life-long care as a result of their injuries. Millions more continue to live in mine-affected areas. Signed by 122 governments in Ottawa, Canada, in December 1997, the Treaty had 155 States Parties as of 15 August 2007. 12 November 2007A new report launched today by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) states that not all countries are on track to meeting the deadline of removing anti-personnel landmines by 2010 as called for in a landmark 1997 treaty banning the deadly weapons. read more


Rather than wait for students to come to the library, the library has come to them.Through a new pilot project, staff from the James A. Gibson Library have begun manning a booth on campus to offer on-the-spot book loans, answers to common research questions and information about available library resources and services.Evelyn Smith, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator and Reference Assistant for the James A. Gibson Library, has been helping to man the pop-up library in Mackenzie Chown A-Block.Found in the main hallway of Mackenzie Chown A-Block on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the pop-up library was first introduced in early March and continues to the end of the month.The project was launched in an effort to raise awareness among students of what the library has to offer, without them first having to set foot inside.“We’ve made connections with quite a few students so far,” said Evelyn Smith, the library’s Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator and Reference Assistant, who has been staffing the booth alongside colleagues Simone Saunders and Alicia Floyd. “The feedback has been great. We’ve had some interesting questions from students, but also from staff and faculty.”The booth has been used to highlight the library’s popular fiction and board game collection, while also spreading word about other lesser-known resources and services.“It began as a way to offer quick research advice to students, but evolved into an opportunity to showcase the library’s other offerings,” Smith said. “Our students only use a fraction of the resources and services available to them. We want to make sure they know we have a lot that exists that they’re not necessarily aware of.”The pop-up library continues March 22 and 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in Mackenzie Chown A-Block. read more


….as PPP/C applicant mysteriously disappears from GECOM’s listAs the Alliance for Change (AFC) continues its campaign for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), the party announced plans on Wednesday to contest 38 Local Authority Areas (LAA’s).The AFC on Wednesday announced plans to contest in less local government areas than it had intended.Party officials revealed that the party will be contesting the elections in 38 local authority areas. Initially, the party had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 areas.“The party is confident and excited about its chances at LGE 2018. We are fielding more 160 candidates with the majority being under the age of 40, we will also be contesting in 38 of the 80 local authorities in Guyana” the party announced.AFC officials are blaming a number of issues for the decision, including political bullying and a problem of communication.The party’s campaign manager David Patterson, told the media that the party is still moving forward and still satisfied with where it finds itself.“The campaign now moved into a next stage which obviously over the next four weeks will be different activities countrywide” Patterson said.Patterson says he endorses the hosting of public debates and has expressed his party’s willingness to participate in any such event as the time draws closer for the Local Government Elections.“We do feel that there should be a debate among candidates particularly in the larger constituencies, constituencies like Georgetown, Linden, Bartica, New Amsterdam and Rose Hall should have a public debate” Patterson suggested.However, Patterson says that the AFC will not organize any such debates as it may be viewed as a strategy to dominate. Nevertheless the party is willing to participate in any event organized by any civil society group or organization in Guyana.Disappearing actMeanwhile the People’s Progressive Party (PPP’s) legal challenge to the validity of the AFC’s list of backers is set for hearing at the Berbice High Court tomorrow.Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council constituency candidate for the PPP, Shafraz Beekham has filed a legal challenge against GECOM to ensure that the names “fraudulently affixed” to the backer’s lists for the AFC at this year’s LGE are removed.Ahead of Thursday’s hearing by Justice Navindra Singh in Berbice, the applicant’s attorney, Anil Nandall is claiming that his client’s name has somehow disappeared from the purportedly fraudulent list.“Yesterday at a GECOM meeting a list was produced by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowingfield purporting to be the very list that you are complaining against and outrageously your name Safraz Beekham was absent on that list. Our list has the Returning Officer (RO) stamp on it, that is the list that we are complaining against, we have a copy of that list” Nandlall complained.The Chief Elections Officer and RO Orlando Christopher Persaud are the respondents in the matter but the attorney suggested that this allegedly redrawn list is geared to derail his case.Nandlall stated “the name was obviously deleted so that they can go to the Court tomorrow to say look, this man who is complaining that his name was fraudulently procured and placed on that list, his name is not on the list. But the manufacturing seems to have taken place in GECOM itself”.The Party is also seeking to have the names of 50 electors, removed from the AFC’s list in the Berbice NDC under question.The current case is just one of several actions filed ahead of the November 12 polls. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLGE 2018: PPP questions AFC’s move to pull out from 10 LAAsOctober 11, 2018In “latest news”AFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”HAPPENING NOW…GECOM receiving lists of candidates from political parties, groups contesting LGE 2018September 21, 2018In “latest news” read more


first_imgTHE HEATWAVE HAS been welcomed by most this week – reading in the garden, barbecuing out the back and water fights with the other kids on the road.But for one group of residents in Donegal, none of those things are possible because of a disgusting sewage problem that has plagued them for years.A manhole in Hazelwood Drive and Clonleigh Park regularly overflows, leaving a stream of foul smelling sewerage which moves towards the main Lifford to Letterkenny road.According to residents, the situation is a health hazard, especially for children who play in the estate. One man said he had seen “condoms floating down” in areas where children play, while others are concerned about cars splashing the water up on passers-by.Residents are also concerned that the value of the properties has been impacted by the problem.The smell this week was described to TheJournal.ie as “horrible” by one visitor to the estate.“The thing with the smell now is that due to the heat, it is much more noticeable,” he added.Homeowners want Donegal County Council to step in but the local authority notes that Hazelwood is a private housing estate.But the management company are no longer operating and the developer has left the site.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the council said that it had taken “short term action” by desludging the wastewater tank and the associated network.“This is a private estate and the private wastewater system is not functioning properly,” the statement said.“It appears that  residents were obliged to form and engage in the Hazelwood Drive Management Company, as a condition of sale, when properties were purchased.“It would appear that this company is not actively functioning, with the result that the management of the treatment plant has been neglected, the system was not maintained and the ESB appears to have been cut off as no one was paying the bills. It also appears that the developing company has gone into receivership.”However, a separate section within council does have a remit to deal with unfinished estates. That group is “actively engaged in securing the bond monies in order to carry out remedial works at the wastewater system and restarting the treatment system again”, according to the council spokesperson.“Donegal Co. Council is working on a solution along with the relevant parties involved, (including financial institutions in control of bonds), as well as investigating national funding opportunities emerging to address legacy issues such as these.”Local publication, Donegal Now, took some footage of the overflowing manhole. Source: Donegal Now/YouTubeAnd an August 2012 Google Streetview still shows that this problem has been ongoing for years.Related: Donegal County Council need €7.8 million to fix Lifford waterWatch: Manhole cover explodes on busy Dublin streetlast_img read more


first_imgApple confronté au problème du travail des enfantsÉtats-Unis – Apple a officiellement admis que des enfants avaient travaillé en dessous de l’âge légal dans ses usines l’an dernier.D’après un article publié dans le Telegraph, au moins onze enfants ont travaillé dans trois usines Apple en dessous de l’âge légal de 16 ans l’année dernière. Les enfants travaillaient dans des usines d’assemblage de produits. Les usines concernées se situent probablement en Chine, où la majorité des iPhone et des Mac sont assemblés. Les sous-traitants d’Apple sont implantés à Taïwan, Singapour, dans les Philippines, en Malaisie, en Thaïlande, en République Tchèque et aux États-Unis. À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Cette affaire est attisée par des évènements tragiques : en 2009, un jeune employé chinois se défenestrait après une accusation de vol d’un prototype d’iPhone. Au mois de février dernier, c’est un journaliste de Reuters qui avait été frappé par des gardes après avoir pénétré dans l’enceinte d’une usine Apple pour en dénoncer les conditions de travail.De même, des horaires excessifs (plus de 60 heures par semaine) ont été recensés chez Apple ainsi que des salaires inférieurs au minimum légal. Une affaire semblable avait été rendue publique en 2008 : vingt-cinq enfants travaillaient dans la chaîne de production d’iPhone, iPod et Mac.Le 2 mars 2010 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgThe Washington State Patrol is recommending charges of driving under the influence and child endangerment for a Vancouver woman involved in a two-car injury crash in Vancouver late Saturday.A WSP bulletin said the crash occurred at 9:23 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast 157th Avenue and Fourth Plain Road when Stacey L. Barrera, 36, failed to obey a traffic control device while turning from westbound Fourth Plain to southbound 157th Avenue and crashed her 2016 Chevrolet Cruze into a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek driven east on Fourth Plain by Rebecca C. Farrell, 50, of Vancouver.Barrerra was injured in the crash and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to the WSP. Her condition was not immediately available.Two boys in her car, ages 11 and 12, were not injured. Farrell was not injured, the WSP reported.In addition to DUI and child endangerment charges, the WSP reported it is recommending a failure to obey a traffic control device.last_img read more


first_imgPacific Northwest haircut chain The Barbers is celebrating 20 years in operation this month. The family-owned company began with a single barbershop in east Vancouver specializing in men’s style haircuts and grew to 34 locations across two states.The company plans to commemorate the milestone with an all-day anniversary event June 1 at the original location at 1900 N.E. 162nd Ave., offering free food, drinks, music, prizes and half-price haircuts, as well as a fund-raising partnership with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.The company was founded by Vancouver residents Alison and Don Lovell, who continue to operate its stores along with a group of franchise partners. The original location has been joined by nine more shops in Clark County, with a few more in Spokane and the remainder in Oregon.The company employs more than 350 barbers and averages about 2,500 haircuts per month at each shop, according to Don Lovell, for a total of just under a million haircuts per year for the whole company, serving over 750,000 clients each year.Classic designThe Lovells opened the first store in May 1999, drawing on their extensive experience in the hair industry — Alison as a hairdresser and Don on the sales and operations side.last_img read more


first_img RelatedPosts Constance Hsu appointed Group COO of Sihanoukville’s Jin Bei Group Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Load More Donaco International Limited has brought forward a US$8.55 million loan repayment due in August as part of a refinancing and restructure of its existing term loan facility with Mega International Commercial Bank of Taiwan.Donaco said it has now reduced the outstanding amount to US$22.8 million after repaying US$4 million in April 2019 and another US$4.55 million this month. The combined total wasn’t due until August 2019. As a result, the company’s next repayment date has been reduced to US$5 million due in December 2019 followed by further US$5 million repayments in June and December of 2020 and a final US$7.8 million repayment in June 2021.Some loan covenants have also been relaxed, including a minimum cash requirement across the Donaco group of AU$15 million in June and December 2019 and AU$20 million in June and December 2020.There have been no changes made to restrictions on dividends and buybacks, which are restricted to 100% of reported statutory net profit after tax for each financial year, however, Donaco said it expects to record a net loss in FY19 due to an AU$38.2 million impairment charge recorded against its Cambodian casino license for Star Vegas in Poipet in 1H19. As a result, no dividends or buy backs will be permitted in FY20.last_img read more


first_img Share your voice Harriet Tubman will grace the $20 bill Comments 2 Now playing: Watch this: Google Alphabet Inc.center_img Google developed an app with former US Treasurer Rosie Rios that uses AR to put historical American women on US currency. Notable Women/Screenshot by CNET In May, the Trump administration said it was pushing back a plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. But with a new Google app, you can see Tubman on the bill now. The app, called Notable Women, was developed by Google and former US Treasurer Rosie Rios. It uses augmented reality to let people see what it would look like if women were on US currency. Here’s how it works: Place any US bill in front of your phone’s camera, and the app uses digital filters — like one you’d see on Instagram or Snapchat — to overlay a new portrait on the bill. Users can choose from a database of 100 women, including the civil rights icon Rosa Parks and astronaut Sally Ride.”It’s not just an image,” Rios said at a launch event Monday. “It’s a consciousness, a trigger, of something bigger.” The event was held at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, where Rios graduated in 1983. (By the way, I also graduated from Moreau and, after meeting Rios earlier this year, she invited me to attend the event.)mvimg-20190826-084440Rios showed off the app during an event in her hometown of Hayward, CA. Richard Nieva/CNET Rios, who served as US Treasurer from 2009 to 2016 during the Obama administration, has been one of the strongest proponents of getting a woman on US currency. She spearheaded an effort in polling Americans on who they thought should be on a redesigned $20 bill. In 2016, Harriet Tubman was chosen to be the new face of the bill. The design was set to be unveiled next year for the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.But the Notable Women app takes on a heightened meaning since Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in May said the rollout would be pushed to at least 2026, citing technical reasons. Asked about the plan’s pushback, Rios said it was challenging to face the setbacks after Timothy Geithner, the former US Treasury Secretary who approved the project, left office. In the meantime, the bill that has always been next in line to be redesigned is the $10 note, she said. “Things don’t always work out how they want to work out,” Rios said during the event. “It pains me every day. It’s not over. It’s definitely not over.” The Notable Women app, which Rios first debuted in May at a school in New York City, is meant for educational purposes — the project includes lesson plans for educators teaching various age groups. The app’s launch also comes as Silicon Valley struggles with diversity and representation challenges. New hires at Google, for example, were 33% women last year. The percentage drops dramatically when it comes to black and Latino new hires, at less than 12%. The Notable Women project came together two years ago when Rios spoke at Google’s New York City office. For the app, Google licensed the photos of all 100 women and got permission from their estates, Rios said. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the project.”The beauty of the app is we don’t have to wait,” she said. “It’s not just about seeing their face on currency. It’s about learning more about them and the contributions they’ve made to our history.” Tags Mobile 1:01last_img read more


first_img Close Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Theresa May closed the Conservative conference in Birmingham today (5 October) with a pitch to put the party in the centre ground of British politics.The Tory premier claimed Labour had abandoned the moderate position, while arguing that her government would step up and engineer an economy that works for everybody. Notably, May branded Labour as the nasty party, a slogan once used against the Conservatives.When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air.Do we have a plan for Brexit? We do.Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? We are.Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days? Just about.But I know theres another big question people want me to answer.Whats my vision for Britain? My philosophy? My approach?Today I want to answer that question very directly.I want to set out my vision for Britain after Brexit.I want to lay out my approach – the things I believe.I want to explain what a country that works for everyone means.I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics…built on the values of fairness and opportunity…where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be.And as I do so, I want to be clear about something else: that a vision is nothing without the determination to see it through.No vision ever built a business by itself. No vision ever clothed a family or fed a hungry child. No vision ever changed a country on its own.You need to put the hours in and the effort too.But if you do, great things can happen. Great changes can occur.And be in no doubt, thats what Britain needs today.Because in June people voted for change. And a change is going to come.BRITAINS QUIET REVOLUTIONChange has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britains long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.Because this is a turning point for our country.A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good.To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.Lets be clear: we have come a long way over the past six years.Weve brought the deficit down.Got more people into work than ever before.Taken the lowest paid out of income tax.Established a new National Living Wage.Helped nearly a million new business to set up and grow.Got almost one and a half million more children into good or outstanding schools.Put record investment into the NHS.Created nearly 3 million new apprenticeships.And brought crime down by more than a quarter to its lowest ever level.Thats a record of which we should all be proud.And this morning its right that we pause to say thank you to the man who made that possible. A man who challenged us to change and told us that if we did then we would win again.And he was right. We did change. We did win. The first majority Conservative Government in almost 25 years.A great leader of our party – a great servant to our country.David Cameron, thank you.But now we need to change again. For the referendum was not just a vote to withdraw from the EU. It was about something broader – something that the European Union had come to represent.It was about a sense – deep, profound and lets face it often justified – that many people have today that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.It was a vote not just to change Britains relationship with the European Union, but to call for a change in the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever.Knock on almost any door in almost any part of the country, and you will find the roots of the revolution laid bare.Our society should work for everyone, but if you cant afford to get onto the property ladder, or your child is stuck in a bad school, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our democracy should work for everyone, but if youve been trying to say things need to change for years and your complaints fall on deaf ears, it doesnt feel like its working for you.And the roots of the revolution run deep. Because it wasnt the wealthy who made the biggest sacrifices after the financial crash, but ordinary, working class families.And if youre one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people dont like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesnt seem fair.It feels like your dreams have been sacrificed in the service of others.So change has got to come.Because if we dont respond – if we dont take this opportunity to deliver the change people want – resentments will grow. Divisions will become entrenched.And that would be a disaster for Britain.Because the lesson of Britain is that we are a country built on the bonds of family, community, citizenship.Of strong institutions and a strong society.The country of my parents who instilled in me a sense of public service and of public servants everywhere who want to give something back.The parent who works hard all week but takes time out to coach the kids football team at the weekend.The local family business in my constituency thats been serving the community for more than 50 years.The servicemen and women I met last week who wear their uniform proudly at home and serve our nation with honour abroad.A country of decency, fairness and quiet resolve.And a successful country – small in size but large in stature – that with less than 1% of the worlds population boasts more Nobel Laureates than any country outside the United States… with three more added again just yesterday – two of whom worked here in this great city.A country that boasts three of the top ten universities in the world. The worlds leading financial capital. And institutions like the NHS and BBC whose reputations echo in some of the farthest corners of the globe.All possible because we are one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and I will always fight to preserve our proud, historic Union and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.Yet within our society today, we see division and unfairness all around. Between a more prosperous older generation and a struggling younger generation. Between the wealth of London and the rest of the country.But perhaps most of all, between the rich, the successful and the powerful – and their fellow citizens.Now dont get me wrong. We applaud success. We want people to get on.But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.But if you believe youre a citizen of the world, youre a citizen of nowhere. You dont understand what the very word citizenship means.So if youre a boss who earns a fortune but doesnt look after your staff…An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…Im putting you on warning. This cant go on anymore.A change has got to come. And this party – the Conservative Party – is going to make that change.BELIEVING IN THE GOOD THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DOSo today, I want to set out my plan for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules and every person has the opportunity to be all they want to be.Its a plan to tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us, so that we may build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.A plan that will mean government stepping up. Righting wrongs. Challenging vested interests. Taking big decisions. Doing what we believe to be right. Getting the job done.Because thats the good that government can do. And its what Im in this for. To stand up for the weak and stand up to the strong.And to put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people.Because too often that isnt how it works today.Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public.They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient.They find the fact that more than seventeen million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.Because if youre well off and comfortable, Britain is a different country and these concerns are not your concerns. Its easy to dismiss them – easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way.But a change has got to come. Its time to remember the good that government can do.Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good;that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot;and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of us all.Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too.Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they arent working as they should.Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.Only we can do it. Because the main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive.Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that simply pulls people further apart.Thats what Labour stands for today. Fighting among themselves. Abusing their own MPs. Threatening to end their careers. Tolerating anti-Semitism and supporting voices of hate.You know what some people call them?The nasty party.And with Labour divided, divisive and out-of-touch, we have a responsibility to step up, represent and govern for the whole nation.So where Labour build barriers, we will build bridges.That means tackling unfairness and injustice, and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people.Giving them access to the opportunities that are too often the preserve of the privileged few.Putting fairness at the heart of our agenda and creating a country in which hard work is rewarded and talent is welcome.A nation where contribution matters more than entitlement. Merit matters more than wealth.A confident global Britain that doesnt turn its back on globalisation but ensures the benefits are shared by all.A country that is prosperous and secure, so every person may share in the wealth of the nation and live their life free from fear.Thats what I mean by a country that works for everyone.A GLOBAL BRITAINAnd if we believe in the good that government can do, its important for people to trust us to deliver the change they need.We can start – as I said on Sunday – by doing something obvious. And that is to stop quibbling, respect what the people told us on the 23rd of June – and take Britain out of the European Union.Because it took that typically British quiet resolve for people to go out and vote as they did: to defy the establishment, to ignore the threats, to make their voice heard.So let us have that same resolve now.And lets be clear about what is going to happen.Article Fifty – triggered no later than the end of March.A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act – introduced in the next Parliamentary session.Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.The people told us they wanted these things – and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them.It is, of course, too early to say exactly what agreement we will reach with the EU. Its going to be a tough negotiation, it will require some give and take. And while there will always be pressure to give a running commentary, it will not be in our national interest to do so.But let me be clear about the agreement we seek.I want it to reflect the strong and mature relationships we enjoy with our European friends.I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work.I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.But lets state one thing loud and clear: we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again. And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Thats not going to happen.We are leaving to become, once more, a fully sovereign and independent country – and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.And that Britain – the Britain we build after Brexit – is going to be a Global Britain.Because while we are leaving the European Union, we will not leave the continent of Europe. We will not abandon our friends and allies abroad. And we will not retreat from the world.In fact, now is the time to forge a bold, new, confident role for ourselves on the world stage.Keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world.Providing humanitarian support for refugees in need.Taking the lead on cracking down on modern slavery wherever it is found.Ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Always acting as the strongest and most passionate advocate for free trade right across the globe.And always committed to a strong national defence and supporting the finest Armed Forces known to man.And this week, our excellent Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, proved not only that we will support them with our hearts and souls. Not only will we remain committed to spending two per cent of our national income on defence.But we will never again – in any future conflict – let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britains Armed Forces.AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEIts about restoring fairness – something that must be at the heart of everything we do. Supporting those who do the right thing, who make a contribution.Helping those who give something back.And thats at the heart of my plan for our economy too.An economy thats fair and where everyone plays by the same rules.That means acting to tackle some of the economys structural problems that hold people back.Things like the shortage of affordable homes. The need to make big decisions on – and invest in – our infrastructure. The need to rebalance the economy across sectors and areas in order to spread wealth and prosperity around the country.Politicians have talked about this for years. But the trouble is that this kind of change will never just happen by itself. If thats what we want, we need the vision and determination to see it through.Thats why Philip Hammond and Greg Clark are working on a new industrial strategy to address those long-term structural challenges and get Britain firing on all cylinders again.Its not about picking winners, propping up failing industries, or bringing old companies back from the dead.Its about identifying the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and supporting and promoting them through policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development.Its about doing what every other major and growing economy in the world does.Not just sitting back and seeing what happens – but putting in place a plan and getting on with the job.So we will identify the sectors of the economy – financial services, yes, but life sciences, tech, aerospace, car manufacturing, the creative industries and many others – that are of strategic importance to our economy, and do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.And we will identify the places that have the potential to contribute to economic growth and become the homes to millions of new jobs.That means inspiring an economic and cultural revival of all of our great regional cities.We have made a start.Thanks to George Osbornes Northern Powerhouse, over the past year, foreign direct investment in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country.Here in Birmingham, thanks to the incredible Jaguar Land Rover, the West Midlands is the only part of the country to run a trade surplus with China.And across the region, the Midlands Engine is on track to deliver 300,000 more jobs by 2020.Now its time to build on that success – in Birmingham and Manchester and in other cities across the country.And as we are here in Birmingham this week, let us show our support for the Conservative Partys candidate for next years mayoral election.A success in business running John Lewis. An action man in Birmingham, playing his part in transforming this city. A man to get things done, the future Mayor of the West Midlands – Andy Street.MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLEAn economy that works for everyone is an economy where everyone plays by the same rules.I understand the frustration people feel when they see the rich and the powerful getting away with things that they themselves wouldnt dream of doing. And they wouldnt get away with if they tried.I understand that because I feel it too.Theres always an excuse – a reason why something cant be done – but when that is used as a basis for inaction, faith in capitalism and free markets falls.The Conservative Party will always believe in free markets. And thats precisely why its this party that should act to defend them.From Edmund Burke onwards, Conservatives have always understood that if you want to preserve something important, you need to be prepared to reform it. We must apply that same approach today.Thats why where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene.Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.Its just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, cant get a decent broadband connection.Its just not right that two thirds of energy customers are stuck on the most expensive tariffs.And its just not right that the housing market continues to fail working people either.Ask almost any question about social fairness or problems with our economy, and the answer so often comes back to housing.High housing costs – and the growing gap between those on the property ladder and those who are not – lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity.We will do everything we can to help people financially so they can buy their own home. Thats why Help to Buy and Right to Buy are the right things to do.But as Sajid said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market.It means using public sector land for more and faster house building.It means encouraging new technologies that will help us to get more houses built faster. And putting in more government investment too.It means stepping up and doing whats right for Britain.Making the market work for working people.Because thats what government can do.And something else we need to do: take big, sometimes even controversial, decisions about our countrys infrastructure.Because we need to get Britain firing in all areas again.It is why we will press ahead with plans for High Speed 2, linking London and Birmingham and, eventually, towns and cities in the North.Why we will shortly announce a decision on expanding Britains airport capacity.And why – having reviewed the evidence and added important new national security safeguards – we signed up to Hinkley Point.We will take the big decisions when theyre the right decisions for Britain.Because thats what government can do.And we can make these big decisions because our economy is strong and because of the fiscal discipline we have shown over the last six years.And we must continue to aim for a balanced budget.But to build an economy that works for everyone, we must also invest in the things that matter, the things with a long-term return.That is how we will address the weaknesses in our economy, improve our productivity, increase economic growth and ensure everyone gets a fair share.And thats not the only reason.Because while monetary policy – with super-low interest rates and quantitative easing – provided the necessary emergency medicine after the financial crash, we have to acknowledge there have been some bad side effects.People with assets have got richer. People without them have suffered. People with mortgages have found their debts cheaper. People with savings have found themselves poorer.A change has got to come. And we are going to deliver it.Because thats what a Conservative Government can do.A FAIRER ECONOMYThis party will always be the party of businesses large and small.But we must acknowledge that the way a small number of businesses behave fuels the frustration people feel.Its not the norm. I know that most businesses and the people who run them are hardworking, entrepreneurial and public spirited at heart.But the actions of a few tar the reputations of the many.So the party that believes in business is going to change things to help support it.Too often the people who are supposed to hold big business accountable are drawn from the same, narrow social and professional circles as the executive team.And too often the scrutiny they provide is not good enough.A change has got to come.So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.Because we are the party of workers. Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best.Thats why we announced on Saturday that were going to review our laws to make sure that, in our modern and flexible economy, people are properly protected at work.Thats right.Workers rights – not under threat from a Conservative government.Workers rights – protected and enhanced by a Conservative government.And let me say something about tax.Were all Conservatives here. We all believe in a low-tax economy. But we also know that tax is the price we pay for living in a civilised society.Nobody, no individual tycoon and no single business, however rich, has succeeded on their own.Their goods are transported by road, their workers are educated in schools, their customers are part of sophisticated networks taking in the private sector, the public sector and charities.Weve all played a part in that success.So it doesnt matter to me who you are.If youre a tax-dodger, were coming after you.If youre an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to avoid what they owe to society, were coming after you too.An economy that works for everyone is one where everyone plays by the same rules.So whoever you are you – however rich or powerful – you have a duty to pay your tax.And were going to make sure you do.A SOCIETY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a big agenda for change. But it is necessary and essential.It is a programme for government to act to create an economy that works for everyone – an economy thats on the side of ordinary working class people.And an economy that can support the vital public services and institutions upon which we all rely – to invest in the things we hold dear.Like the NHS – one of the finest health care systems anywhere in the world, and a vital national institution.An institution that reflects our values, our belief in fairness, and in which we all take enormous pride.And I mean all.Because there is complete cross-party support for the NHS.For its status as a provider of free-at-the-point-of-use health care. For the thousands of doctors and nurses that work around the clock to care for their patients.We all have a story about the nurse who cared for a loved one, or a surgeon who saved the life of a friend.So let us take this opportunity to say to those doctors and nurses – thank you.The NHS should unite us. But year after year, election after election, Labour try to use it to divide us.At every election since it was established, Labour have said the Tories would cut the NHS – and every time we have spent more on it.Every election, they say we want to privatise the NHS – and every time we have protected it.In fact, the party that expanded the use of the private sector in the NHS the fastest was not this party, but the Labour Party.The only party to ever cut spending on the NHS is not this party, but the Labour Party – thats what they did in Wales.And at the last election, it wasnt the Labour Party that pledged to give the NHS the money it asked for to meet its five-year plan – it was this party, the Conservative Party…investing an extra £10 billion in the NHS – more than its leaders asked for…and this year more patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out, by more doctors and more nurses than ever before.Thats a tribute to everyone who works in the NHS.But also to one man – Jeremy Hunt – who is one of the most passionate advocates for patients and for the doctors, nurses and others who work in our health service that I have ever known.So lets have no more of Labours absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion.Lets put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.Lets make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.They gave up that right when they adopted the politics of division. When their extreme ideological fixations led them to simply stop listening to the country.When they abandoned the centre ground.And let us take this opportunity to show that we, the Conservative Party, truly are the party of the workers…the party of public servants…the party of the NHS.Because we believe in public service. We believe in investing in and supporting the institutions that make our country great.We believe in the good that government can do.Government cannot stand aside when it sees social injustice and unfairness. If we want to make sure Britain is a country that works for everyone, government has to act to make sure opportunity is fairly shared.And I want us to be a country where it doesnt matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether youre a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard youre prepared to work.But if were honest well admit thats simply not the case for everyone today.Advancement in todays Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance.By an accident of birth rather than talent.By privilege not merit.Rebalancing our economy is a start, but if were serious about overturning some of the longstanding injustices and barriers that stop working people from getting on, we need that economic reform to be allied with genuine and deep social reform too.Because a society that works for everyone is a society based on fairness. And only genuine social reform can deliver it.Genuine social reform means helping more people onto the housing ladder. It means making sure every child has access to a good school place.It means never writing off people who can work and consigning them to a life on benefits, but giving them the chance to go out and earn a living and to enjoy the dignity that comes with a job well done.But for those who cant work, we must offer our full support – which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help.And genuine social reform means addressing historic injustices that hold too many people back.Some of my proudest moments as Home Secretary came when we began to tackle deep-seated and long-standing problems that few had dared to tackle before.I introduced the first ever Modern Slavery Act, bringing in tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars, with life sentences for the worst offenders.I cut the polices use of stop and search by almost two thirds and reduced the disproportionate targeting of young, black men.And I know our impressive new Home Secretary Amber Rudd is committed to carrying on that work.But injustices remain.If you are from a black Caribbean background, you are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other children.If you are a black woman, you are seven times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than a white woman.People in ethnic minority households are almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as white people.But it is not just those from minority backgrounds who are affected.White working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group in society.We cannot let this stand – not if a country that works for everyone is the principle that binds us all together.Thats why I have launched an unprecedented audit of public services to shine a light on these racial disparities and let us do something about them.Because they are all burning injustices, and I want this government – this Conservative Government – to fight every single one of them.A society that works for everyone is one of fairness and opportunity. A society in which everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents will take them.Thats why in one of the first speeches I gave as Prime Minister I set out my plans to transform Britain into a Great Meritocracy.And that starts in our schools.I want Britain to be a country in which every child has access to a good school place thats right for that individual child.Because Britain after Brexit will need to make use of all of the talent we have in this country.We have come a long way.Thanks to the free schools and academies programme and the efforts of teachers, heads and governors, there are now 1.4 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared with 2010.But we need to go further. Because there are still one and a quarter million children in schools that are just not good enough.And if you live in the Midlands or the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South.This simply cannot go on.Thats why Justine Greening and I have set out a new package of reforms, building on Michael Goves success, to increase the number of good school places across the country…so theres not just a school place for every child, but a good school place for every child. A school place that suits the skills, interests and abilities of every single pupil.That is why we want more of our great universities to set up or sponsor schools in the state sector – just as the University of Birmingham has done, a few miles from here.Its why we are saying to the great private schools that – in return for their charitable tax status – we want them to do more to take on children without the means to pay, or set up and sponsor good state schools.It is why we want more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them.And it is why we have said – where there is demand from parents, where they will definitely take pupils from all backgrounds, where they will play a part in improving the quality of all schools in their area – we will lift the ban on establishing new grammar schools too.And here we see the challenge.Because for too long politicians have said to people and communities who are crying out for change that they cant have what they want.Theyve said we dont think you should have it, even though we might enjoy those very same things for ourselves.And you end up in the absurd situation where you stop these good, popular, life-changing schools from opening – by law.Imagine. Think of what that says.If youre rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child. You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.But if youre not, you cant.I can think of no better illustration of the problem – why ordinary working class people think its one rule for them, and another for everyone else.Because the message we are sending them is this: we will not allow their children to have the same opportunities that wealthier children enjoy.That is a scandal and we – the Conservative Party – must bring it to an end.A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONESo my vision is for Britain to be a Great Meritocracy.Thats what Ive always believed in. The cause that everything I have ever done in politics has been designed to serve.Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country thats fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.And united, we can do great things.We saw that in the summer in Rio. We saw how individual success was powered by collective effort. How the dedication and talent of one was supported by a united team.And how a governments determination – John Majors Conservative Governments determination – to step up and back Britains sporting success contributed to such a remarkable result.We were honoured to welcome four members of the team – Helen Richardson-Walsh, Dame Sarah Storey, Vicky Thornley and Andrew Triggs-Hodge – to our conference on Monday.And to them – and to every athlete and every member of Team and Paralympics GB – we say, thank you. You did your country proud.It was a memorable summer for British sport, but one moment stood out for me above all other.It was not from Rio. It happened later. Just a couple of weeks ago on the sun-drenched streets of Cozumel in Mexico.There, our celebrated triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was heading for glory, the finishing line in sight, when he faltered. Stopped. And was falling exhausted to the ground.And just behind him, his brother Alistair – a tough competitor who typically yields to no one – had the chance to run on and steal the prize.But seeing his brothers struggle, he didnt pass on by. As other competitors ran past, he stopped. Reached out his hand. And gently carried him home.And there in that moment, we saw revealed an essential truth. That we succeed or fail together. We achieve together or fall short together.And when one among us falters, our most basic human instinct is to put our own self-interest aside, to reach out our hand and help them over the line.Thats why the central tenet of my belief is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest.We form families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations. We have a responsibility to one another.And I firmly believe that government has a responsibility too.It is to act to encourage and nurture those relationships, networks and institutions – and to step up to correct injustices and tackle unfairness where it can – because these are the things that can drive us apart.Thats why I say today – as I have always said – that my mission – and the mission of this party – is to build a country that truly works for everyone, not just the privileged few.Its why when I stood on the steps of Number 10 for the first time as Prime Minister 84 days ago, I said that the Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people.And this week, we have shown the country that we mean business.Not just protecting, but enhancing workers rights.Building an economy thats fair, where everyone plays by the same rules.Getting more houses built. More doctors in the NHS.Investing in things that will make our economy grow.Hundreds of great new schools. Universities and fee-paying schools helping state schools to improve.And yes, where parents want them and where theyll improve standards for children of whatever background – the first new grammar schools to open in England for fifty years.A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a bold plan to bring Britain together. To build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.An agenda for a new modern Conservatism. That understands the good government can do. That will never hesitate to face down the powerful when they abuse their positions of privilege.That will always act in the interests of ordinary, working class people.Thats what governments about: action. Its about doing something, not being someone.About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.Its not always glamorous or exciting, but at its best its a noble calling.And where many just see government as the problem, I want to show it can be part of the solution too.And I know this to be true.For as I leave the door of my office at Number 10, I pass that famous staircase – the portraits of prime ministers past lined up along the wall.Men – and of course one woman – of consequence, who have steered this country through difficult times – and changed it for the better too.Theres Disraeli, who saw division and worked to heal it. Churchill, who confronted evil and had the strength to overcome. Attlee, with the vision to build a great national institution. And Lady Thatcher who taught us we could dream great dreams again.Those portraits remind me of the good that government can do.That nothing good comes easy.But with courage and vision and determination you can always see things through.And as I pass them every day, I remember that our nation has been shaped by those who stepped up to be counted when the big moments came.Such opportunities are rare, but we face such a moment today.A moment that calls us to respond and to reshape our nation once again.Not every generation is given this opportunity.Not every generation called to step up in such a way.But this is our generations moment.To write a new future upon the page.To bring power home and make decisions… here in Britain.To take back control and shape our future… here in Britain.To build an outward looking, confident, trading nation… here in Britain.To build a stronger, fairer, brighter future… here in Britain.That is the opportunity we have been given.And the responsibility to grasp it falls upon us all.So to everyone here this morning – and the millions beyond whether leavers or remain – I say:Come with me and well write that brighter future.Come with me and well make that change.Come with me as we rise to meet this moment.Come with me and together lets seize the day.last_img read more


first_imgA wordsmith who has always celebrated love, author Ruskin Bond says he cringes at times seeing the “crudity” with which women are written or spoken about now, also stressing that children today have lost their innocence. Hot on the heels of young cricketers, who are treated as icons by children in the Indian households, Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul bandying about sexist remarks in a television show and making all the wrong noises for that, Bond said he is aware that the general tone when talking about women has gone hoarse. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Children are losing their innocence or have already lost it because of the climate they are exposed to,” Bond, 84, said in an interview on the sidelines of the TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet. “The books they read sometimes maybe talk of love and love making in a bold manner which might border on crudity,” he said. “You see 12-year olds watching hard porn on the streets and that was unthinkable during our time. We did not have easy access to so many things during our day.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”So I think too much exposure to a lot of things early on and not seeing or reading the right kinds of things has lead to this,” said the creator of ‘The Room on the Roof’ (1956), ‘Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra’ (1992), among others. Bond also chose to speak specifically on the Pandya-Rahul issue, underlining that they should think twice before going to such talk shows and that they should be given a second chance. “I think they did make a mistake and such talk shows should be avoided as I feel it is also responsible for the way they behaved. They got carried away. Anyway, I read what all is going on and I feel we should not be too hard on them.” Bond, whose supernatural stories have been made into a web series, said it is a way to stay relevant in today’s times, adding that ghosts are not out to scare or harm people all the time and it’s a “safe fear” that people like to indulge in. “You can think of it that way (web series helps in staying relevant). It might help because in any case, those people, people who read, young people, many of them do enjoy reading ghost stories and tales of the supernatural as I did when I was a boy.” “And, of course, it’s only a part of my writing output, but I enjoy doing the ghost story or spooky story and particularly when I run out of other ideas because I can cook them up quite easily. Especially your hill stations are reputed to be full of them,” said Bond who lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family. The first episode of ‘Parchayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond’ premiered earlier this month and the subsequent parts will unfold till June 2019.last_img read more


first_imgSecurity is one of the major concerns while setting up data centers in the cloud. Although firewalls and managed networking components are deployed by most of the organizations for their data centers, they still fear being attacked by intruders. As such, organizations constantly seek tools that can assist them in gauging how vulnerable their network is and how they can secure their applications therein. Many confuse security assessment with penetration testing and also use it interchangeably. However, there is a notable difference between the two. Security assessment is a process of finding out the different vulnerabilities within a system and prioritize them based on severity and business criticality. On the other hand, penetration testing simulates a real-life attack and maps out paths that a real attacker would take to fulfill the attack. You can check out our article, Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackers to know about some of the pentesting tools. Plethora of tools in the market exist and every tool claims to be the best. Here is our top 5 list of tools to secure your organization over the network. Wireshark Wireshark is one of the popular tools for packet analysis. It is open source under GNU General Public License. Wireshark has a user-friendly GUI  and supports Command Line Input (CLI). It is a great debugging tool for developers who wish to develop a network application. It runs on multiple platforms including Windows, Linux, Solaris, NetBSD, and so on. WireShark community also hosts SharkFest, launched in 2008, for WireShark developers and the user communities. The main aim of this conference is to support Wireshark development and to educate current and future generations of computer science and IT professionals on how to use this tool to manage, troubleshoot, diagnose, and secure traditional and modern networks. Some benefits of using this tool include: Wireshark features live real-time traffic analysis and also supports offline analysis. Depending on the platform, one can read live data from Ethernet, PPP/HDLC, USB, IEEE 802.11, Token Ring, and many others. Decryption support for several protocols such as IPsec, ISAKMP, Kerberos, SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, WEP, and WPA/WPA2 Network captured by this tool can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility. Wireshark also has the most powerful display filters in whole industry It also provides users with Tshark, a network protocol analyzer, used to analyze packets from the hosts without a UI. Nmap Network Mapper, popularly known as Nmap is an open source licensed tool for conducting network discovery and security auditing.  It is also utilized for tasks such as network inventory management, monitoring host or service uptime, and much more. How Nmap works is, it uses raw IP packets in order to find out the available hosts on the network, the services they offer, the OS on which they are operating, the firewall that they are currently using and much more. Nmap is a quick essential to scan large networks and can also be used to scan single hosts. It runs on all major operating system. It also provides official binary packages for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It also includes Zenmap – An advanced security scanner GUI and a results viewer Ncat – This is a tool used for data transfer, redirection, and debugging. Ndiff – A utility tool for comparing scan results Nping – A packet generation and response analysis tool Nmap is traditionally a command-line tool run from a Unix shell or Windows Command prompt. This makes Nmap easy for scripting and allows easy sharing of useful commands within the user community. With this, experts do not have to move through different configuration panels and scattered option fields. Nessus Nessus, a product of the Tenable.io, is one of the popular vulnerability scanners specifically for UNIX systems. This tool remains constantly updated with 70k+ plugins. Nessus is available in both free and paid versions. The paid version costs around  $2,190 per year, whereas the free version, ‘Nessus Home’ offers limited usage and is licensed only for home network usage. Customers choose Nessus because It includes simple steps for policy creation and needs just a few clicks for scanning an entire corporate network. It offers vulnerability scanning at a low total cost of ownership (TCO) product One can carry out a quick and accurate scanning with lower false positives. It also has an embedded scripting language for users to write their own plugins and to understand the existing ones. QualysGuard QualysGuard is a famous SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) vulnerability management tool. It has a comprehensive vulnerability knowledge base, using which it is able to provide continuous protection against the latest worms and security threats. It proactively monitors all the network access points, due to which security managers can invest less time to research, scan, and fix network vulnerabilities. This helps organizations in avoiding network vulnerabilities before they could be exploited. It provides a detailed technical analysis of the threats via powerful and easy-to-read reports. The detailed report includes the security threat, the consequences faced if the vulnerability is exploited, and also a solution that recommends how the vulnerability can be fixed. One can get a summary of the overall security with QualysGuard’s executive dashboard. The dashboard displays a number of new, active, and re-opened vulnerabilities. It also displays a graph which showcases vulnerabilities based on severity level. Get to know more about QualysGuard on its official website. Core Impact Core Impact is widely used as a comprehensive tool to assess and test security vulnerability within any organization. It includes a large database of professional exploits and is regularly updated. It assists in cleanly exploiting one machine and later creating an encrypted tunnel through it to exploit other machines. Core Impact provides a controlled environment to mimic bad attacks. This helps one to secure their network before the occurrence of an actual attack. One interesting feature of Core Impact is that one can fully test their network, irrespective of the length, quickly and efficiently. These are five popular tools network security professionals use for assessing their networks. However, there are many other tools such as Netsparker, OpenVAS, Nikto, and many more for assessing the security of their network. Every security assessment tool is unique in its own way. However, it all boils down to one’s own expertise and the experience they have, and also the kind of project environment it is used in. Read Next Top 5 penetration testing tools for ethical hackers Intel’s Spectre variant 4 patch impacts CPU performance Pentest tool in focus: Metasploitlast_img read more


first_imgUnions representatives from the National Salary Council will meet on Thursday at 9 a.m. to discuss actions they hope to take to prevent the approval of a bill aimed at regulating extra salary benefits in the public sector.Union leaders are awaiting a response from government officials to a letter delivered last Friday, when they decided not to attend negotiations with the government. Instead, they began a protest outside Casa Presidencial.Gilberto Cascante, president of the National Association of Educators, said they called for the meeting in reaction to statements made by Labor Minister Olman Segura, who said this week that the bill would be sent to the Legislative Assembly this quarter. Castante said they “would block any attempt of approval.”A new call for a general strike is at the top of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, “as the possibility of negotiating the text of the draft bill is ruled out,” stated the union leader.Teachers, public workers and union leaders marched last Friday to Casa Presidencial and delivered a document opposing the government’s draft bill, known as the “Public Sector Salary Bill,” arguing it would cut nearly 40 percent of their salaries. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


first_img You might also be interested in South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger inte … Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … A 50-year-old woman has been arrested by Queensland Police following a “complex investigation” into the alleged contamination of Australian strawberries in September.After the discovery of punnets of strawberries contaminated with needles, Queensland authorities notified the public of the safety risk on September 12.Queensland Police coordinated a national investigative response with multiple government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, The Brisbane Times reported.A police taskforce was established with officers from the State Crime Command coordinating the investigation together with detectives in a number of police districts in Queensland.The woman is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.There were at least 100 reported cases of sewing needles or pins being found in strawberries in all six Australian states and in at least six different brands.There were also isolated cases of metal found in a banana, an apple and a mango, with the government saying many of the cases were thought to be “copycat” or hoaxes.The unprecedented situation led the Australian government to announce tougher penalties for food tampering, increasing the maximum prison term from 10 years to 15 years.Related article: Solidarity against strawberry sabotage: Community lifts Aussie grower spirits Australia: Hort Connections a “one-stop shop” for … November 11 , 2018 Australian veggie exports jump in 2018 …last_img read more


first_img Controls implemented by New Zealand authorities on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Auckland have been lifted, with no further Queensland fruit flies detected.A month has passed since a fly was last found on the north shore, and two months since the first fly was caught. The finds resulted in weeks of intensive trapping and inspections of hundreds of kilograms of fruit.The last Queensland fruit fly detection in Northcote was on March 14, which led to an increase in the on-the-ground operational response.Biosecurity New Zealand teams on the ground removed fallen fruit from backyards, inspected compost bins, and placed bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females. You might also be interested in Jupiter Group acquires Cool Fresh International … “With no further finds, we are confident that there are no breeding populations of Queensland fruit fly in the Northcote area, and because of that, the Controlled Area Notices can be lifted today, “says head of Biosecurity New Zealand Roger Smith.”All operational activities, including baiting, have been completed, however, as a precautionary measure, we will be keeping in place an enhanced network of fruit fly traps for an extended period. If fruit flies are present, these traps will detect them.”The Biosecurity New Zealand signage and wheelie bins will be removed from Northcote over the next few days.The lifting of legal controls follows similar moves on 22 March in Devonport (Queensland fruit fly) and in Ōtara (facialis fruit fly), after no further fruit flies were found in those areas.Biosecurity New Zealand and the country’s horticultural industries would like to sincerely thank the residents and businesses in all of the affected suburbs.”Residents in the affected areas of Northcote, Devonport, and Ōtara have been incredibly supportive and patient with not only the movement restrictions but also the regular checking of traps on fruiting plants in their gardens and we’re extremely grateful for the support,” says Mr Smith. Novel watermelon rootstock proves resistant to dis … center_img U.K.: Sainsbury’s cuts down on plastic as supermar … April 12 , 2019 Kiwifruit in Charts: With stocks at five-year high …last_img read more


first_img This cover image released by Viking shows “The Great Believers,” a novel by Rebecca Makkai which is a fiction finalist for the National Book Awards. Winners will be revealed Nov. 14 during a dinner ceremony in Manhattan. (Viking via AP) by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2018 7:42 am PDT Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 8:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A story collection by Lauren Groff, an Italian novel translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and poetry by Terrance Hayes were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.Judges selected by the National Book Foundation chose five nominees in each of five categories — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature and translation — narrowed from longlists of 10 authors that came out last month. Winners will be revealed Nov. 14 during a dinner ceremony in Manhattan, when honorary awards will be given to Isabel Allende and to Doron Weber of the Sloan Foundation.Groff, a fiction finalist in 2015 for the novel “Fates and Furies,” was nominated Wednesday for “Florida.” Others in fiction include Jamal Brinkley for his debut book of stories “A Lucky Man,” Brandon Hobson for “Where the Dead Sit Talking,” Rebecca Makkai for “The Great Believers” and Sigrid Nunez for “The Friend.” In a year when few literary works had commercial success, two of the most talked about novels appeared on the longlist, but not in the final five: Tommy Orange’s debut novel “There There” and Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage,” which Oprah Winfrey selected for her book club.Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former National Book Award fiction finalist, is among the nominees in the newly created translation category. She was cited for her work on Domenico Starnone’s “Trick.” Others chosen were Tina Kover, who translated Negar Djavadi’s “Disoriental” from the French; Martin Aitken, who translated Hanne Orstavik’s “Love” from the Norwegian; Margaret Mitsutani, who translated Yoko Tawada’s “The Emissary” from the Japanese; and Jennifer Croft, who worked on the English edition of the acclaimed Polish author Olga Tokarczuk’s “Flights.”In nonfiction, books touched upon everything from American Indians in the 18th century to poverty and capitalism in the country today. The nominees are Colin G. Calloway for “The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation,” Victoria Johnson for “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic,” Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” Jeffrey C. Stewart for “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke,” and Adam Winkler for “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.”Hayes, a National Book Award winner in 2010 for “Lighthead,” is in the poetry category this year for “American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.” Other finalists are Pulitzer winner Rae Armantrout for “Wobble,” Diana Khoi Nguyen for “Ghost Of,” Justin Phillip Reed for “Indecency” and Jenny Xie for “Eye Level.”In young people’s literature, finalists drew upon various narrative forms, from poetry to pictures, from fiction to nonfiction. Elizabeth Acevedo was a nominee for her novel in verse “The Poet X,” the story of a Dominican teen and her immersion in slam poetry. M. T. Anderson, a National Book Award winner in 2006 for “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party,” collaborated with Eugene Yelchin on the illustrated “The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge.” Other finalists were Leslie Connor for “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle,” Christopher Paul Curtis for “The Journey of Little Charlie” and Jarrett J. Krosoczka for his graphic memoir “Hey, Kiddo.”Awards judges, who include writers, critics and other members of the literary community, chose from more than 1,600 books submitted by publishers. Winners in the competitive categories each receive $10,000. In translation, the prize money is divided between the author and translator.center_img Lauren Groff, Jhumpa Lahiri among book award finalistslast_img read more


first_imgBy Bejay BrowneWORSENING problems concerning the operation of Polis Chrysochous hospital have spurred the mayor to again appeal to the Minister of health to step in and avoid dynamic action from being taken.Angelos Georgiou made his appeal in a letter sent to the minister Philippos Patsalis, which underlines a desperate lack of staff and necessary equipment. He noted that a similar correspondence sent to the deputy director of medical services, Eliza Constantinou, on December 30, which was communicated to the minister, has yet to bring a response.“We haven’t received an answer, nor was any action to address the problems raised in the letter. Instead, we see the situation is constantly deteriorating and becoming intolerable,” noted Georgiou.The mayor said that a recent visit to the hospital showed the desperate need for the facilities’ upgrading and improvement. He suggested that at least two additional GPs are required, as there used to be seven staff, but now only four doctors remain. He noted that when they take leave, three doctors are expected to cover the 24 hour emergency department, as well as the outpatient facility.Georgiou also pointed out that a massive staff shortage could put people’s health at risk and that current staff are worn out by the heavy workload.“It is unacceptable and unethical that a doctor is expected to examine 80 -100 patients a day, and in some instances even more, and is permanently on call,” he said.The mayor added that apart from unacceptable working conditions, it is often impossible for a thorough medical examination to be undertaken, due to the limited time that the doctor on duty can devote to each patient. This may jeopardise the health of patients, he said.The hospital covers the wider area of Polis which has a population of around 12,000-13,000 permanent residents which almost doubles during the summer months. He added that as there aren’t any other medical facilities in the region, that the problem becomes even more acute and places patient’s health at greater risk.He said that an inadequate road network means patients need a travelling time of at least 50-60 minutes to reach Paphos hospital.Georgiou said that repeated requests for help hadn’t brought results. He said that staff are overworked and underpaid. He noted that the main issues which need to be immediately addressed are the need to replace doctors who have left, an increase in the days where specialist doctors are at the hospital, hiring additional ambulance drivers and replacing necessary equipment such as scanners and X ray machines. He said empty promises meant that the facility had effectively been downgraded and not improved.“We request your immediate intervention to resolve these problems and avoid unnecessary actions. If not, immediate and dynamic action will be taken by the local authorities and residents of the area,” he warned.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


first_imgState prosecutors informed a Nicosia court on Monday that they will be refiling charges in the first criminal case brought against a co-operative bank.Acting on instructions from the attorney-general, prosecutors told the Nicosia criminal court they were withdrawing the prosecution and filing an amended charge sheet, after investigators uncovered additional evidence.The new charge sheet will feature one additional defendant, a company by the name of Ktimatikι Kotrona Ltd. All other current defendants will remain on the amended charge sheet.The new evidence implicates some of the defendants already named on the charge sheet, as well as Ktimatikι Kotrona Ltd.Like the original charges, they relate to the Strovolos co-op granting loans without adequate collateral.The additional evidence pertains to four loans worth a combined €2m.State prosecutor Polina Ethyvoulou told the court they decided to roll the new evidence into one case, in order to save time.The case will be refiled at the criminal court on November 21, while on December 5 the defendants are to enter a plea.The addition of Ktimatikι Kotrona Ltd brings the total number of defendants to 10.Under the previous charge sheet, nine defendants – including two companies – were accused of fraud in connection with loans worth €3.6m secured in 2007.They face charges relating to conspiracy to defraud, obtaining goods under false pretences, forgery, unlawful acquisition of property and money laundering.The defendants are former Central Co-op Bank boss Erotokritos Chlorakiotis, former Strovolos Co-op boss Demetrakis Stavrou, and former co-op development commissioner Constandinos Lyras.The indictment also includes Maria Chlorakiotou, Carolina Angelopoulou, Maria Chrysanthou, Giorgos Mavreas, Detiero Enterprises, and CHL Enterprises.According to the original charge sheet, between May and July 2007 the defendants conspired to defraud by securing illegal loans worth CYP2.1m (€3.6m) from the Strovolos co-op.The defendants also failed to disclose the real reason for a €119,602 loan and the beneficiary. They moreover provided false information, including the values of two properties used as collateral, to secure CYP2m (around €3.4m) from the same bank.They are further accused of forging the minutes of the bank’s managing committee to show that it had approved a CYP200,000 (€341,720) loan to Detiero Enterprises.Stavrou is accused of preparing a loan review report long after the money had been granted: that he forged the report between October 2012 and April 2014 when it should have been done in 2007, before the application for the €3.4m loan was presented to the committee for approval.Chlorakiotis also faces a single charge of unlawful acquisition of property in relation to the €3.4m loan.The defendants had all pleaded not guilty. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Indoor Cat Vomits (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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