Sumit Deb assumes charge as NMDC Director Personnel

first_imgNew Delhi: Sumit Deb has assumed charge as Director (Personnel) of NMDC Limited on September 1, 2019. Prior to this, he was Executive Director (Personnel & Administration) at NMDC and was heading functions of Personnel, Human Resource Development, Rajbhasha, Administration etc. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneshwar.last_img

Partial refusal of release of NS jail death report criticized by privacy

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s freedom of information law is becoming “an exercise in frustration,” the privacy commissioner said after the government partially rejected her recommendations on a report on a man’s jailhouse death.Commissioner Catherine Tully told the Justice Department it should provide The Canadian Press with most of an internal report into how 23-year-old Clayton Cromwell died from a methadone overdose at the Burnside jail in April 2014, other than names of prisoners and guards.The efforts to see the internal report — and what it says about the Cromwell’s death — extend back to December 2014, when The Canadian Press first applied for it.Tully said the province failed to provide evidence to back its assertions that releasing the report would harm law enforcement and the facility’s security, or that it would be “detrimental” to the custody of inmates.She said when the province applied sweeping exemptions to almost all of the report, they didn’t link their claims to specific passages, and “provided no evidence of (law enforcement) harm.”The commissioner says the province has told her it is now willing to release some of the documents, but will continue to apply exemptions that she has found aren’t backed with evidence. Tully added it’s still unclear how much of the document will be provided by Oct. 10, the deadline for The Canadian Press to appeal to the courts.She said the government argues “harm” frequently in its refusals of freedom of information requests, and when her reviews have noted the lack of evidence, the province then rejects her findings and repeats its general assertions.“It’s an exercise in frustration for the public bodies, for the public and of course for this office to go through this kind of analysis and have it for the most part rejected out of hand,” she said in an interview.She said the case also illustrates how the current system forces applicants to either abandon their effort or face the expense of a time-consuming appearance before a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice, despite a review in their favour.However, Justice Minister Mark Furey responded that he feels his department is striking the proper middle ground between the public’s right to know and his protection of the institution’s safety.“I’ve given instructions within the department to review the original application and the information released with a lens to providing what additional information we can, conscious that we still have to protect the privacy of individuals and the safe functionality of the facility,” he said.He said the redacted document will be provided before Oct. 10.Opposition party critics say the case is the latest illustration of how the province’s information commissioner should be an independent officer of the legislature, and have the power to make binding recommendations.“It’s unfortunate. We have a family that’s been grieving since 2014 and can’t get information to comfort them … We have to go back to the promise the premier made in 2013 that he would make the privacy commissioner independent of the legislature,” said Karla MacFarlane, the member of the legislature for Pictou West.David Wilson, an NDP member of the legislature, said the government must give the privacy commissioner the power to compel the release of information.“You have to question whether is it time to look at the power of that office,” he said.Devin Maxwell, a lawyer representing Cromwell’s family, said the decision is disappointing.“You have to ask yourself, what are they trying to hide?” he said. “Anyone who follows the news knows there are serious problems in Nova Scotia correctional facilities and the public has the right to know.”Brian Hebert, a Halifax lawyer who has assisted citizens in court with their freedom of information case, said Nova Scotia has a relatively strong freedom of information act, but the review officer’s ability to enforce it is too weak.Hebert represented Ron Neufeld and Kathaleen Milan in their recent Nova Scotia Supreme Court victory to enforce another review by Tully the province rejected.It had recommended the release of documents about a salmon farm within 200 metres of their property.Neufeld and Milan won their decision with a ruling from a judge, but Hebert says he estimates his billing would have been about $15,000 to $20,000 if he hadn’t agreed to do the work for free.He is now faced with an attempt to recover costs from the province through the court proceedings.It’s generally not a solution for most citizens using the freedom of information act, he said.“Filing an action in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia is no easy process. You have to have the proper forms. The rules governing procedures are two or three inches thick,” he said in an interview.“Most people would probably not do it or have to get a lawyer to advise them.”His clients drafted their own appeal, and managed to find assistance from the Right to Know Coalition and the East Coast Environmental Association.“We won and the judge said it was almost a no brainer. There wasn’t much of a reason to hold this stuff back,” he said.Simply making an access to information request in Nova Scotia also has become more difficult in recent months.Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information website was knocked out of service for more than 150 days after it was taken down over privacy concerns.It was recently resurrected, but new requests for government information normally withheld from the public are no longer being accepted through the website and will need to be filed in writing.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Services of Airport Express Line affected due to technical snag

first_imgNew Delhi: Services were briefly delayed on the Dwarka Sector 21-New Delhi section of the Airport Express Line on Sunday due to a technical snag, after which operations resumed. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that there was a delay in service from Delhi Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21.”Airport Line Update — Delay in service from Aerocity to Dwarka Sector 21. Normal service on all other lines,” the DMRC wrote on their Twitter handle. However, after a few minutes, the mass transit agency said that normal services were restored on the line. “Airport Line Update — Normal service has resumed,” read another tweet by DMRC. On April 24, services on Airport Express Line was briefly affected due to the slow movement of trains from Dwarka Sector 21 to New Delhi.last_img read more

Strike grips ignored southern Tunisia region

first_imgTOZEUR – Tunisia’s southern Tozeur region ground to a halt on Wednesday, as the latest in a growing number of strikes around the country was called to protest a lack of development.“This movement is taking place because the authorities have ignored our demands,” the UGTT trade union confederation’s regional chief, Haroun Bouagga, told AFP.“If the authorities do not reply to us or begin a dialogue, we will adopt more intense forms of protest,” he warned. The strike organisers, who include the Utica bosses’ organisation as well as the UGTT, estimated that 98 percent of public offices, shops and businesses observed the strike in Tozeur, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of Tunis.Several thousand people protested in the town, shouting slogans against the Islamist Ennahda party and the coalition government it leads.The UGTT and Utica are demanding state aid to develop the tourism and agriculture sectors, the two main employers in the oasis town, which lies on the edge of the desert, not far from the Algerian border.Tunisia’s tourism industry has taken a battering since the overthrow of veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali nearly three years ago, as the transition has run into trouble and jihadist-related violence has surged.Poverty and the underdevelopment were driving forces behind the protests that toppled Ben Ali and inspired similar uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.Last week, strikes were observed in three other regions of Tunisia that complain of neglect by the central government, sparking bloody clashes with police in two of them.last_img read more

BCIJ Chief Abdelhak Khiame Deplores Security Threats in Sahel

Rabat- Abdelhak Khiame, Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), has once again expressed his concerns over the security threat in Sahel, where terror groups continue to jeopardize the stability of the region.In an interview with the Casablanca-based  Le Reporter  the Moroccan official deplored the security situation in the Sahel region, describing it as “a fertile ground for terrorism.”This was not the only concern of the BCIJ chief: several other security weaknesses have emerged in the Sahel region. Khiame explicitly underscored the link between terrorism and drug trafficking.Khiame explained that Morocco has managed to arrest many suspects involved in drug trafficking. Speaking about the security threats in the Sahel region, the BCIK chief said that illegal activity serves as a means of escaping from poverty for many separatists living in Tindouf in southern Algeria.Many of the same separatist groups are members of terrorist organizations, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).Khiame described these trafficking circles as a clear means of financing terrorism in the  region, which is already a “fertile ground for terrorism,”posing a threat not only to Morocco, but also Algeria and the entire region.He added that Morocco has put in place an “efficient” policy, as well as a security system, in order to confront all dangers related to terrorism and drug trafficking. The security apparatus has produced “record seizures” of cocaine and the dismantlement of several drug trafficking rings across Morocco.This is not the first time when Khiame expressed his deep concerns over the region. In April 2017, Khiame told French TV Channel France 24, that regional cooperation is very important in battling the transnational threat of terrorism.In a February interview with Le Monde, Khiame verified that Morocco works with its partners, efficiently exchanging information about binationals tied to terrorist cells.“We have liaison officers in the partner countries and Western liaison officers herein Morocco,” he said.Khiame, however, has expressed his concerns over the lack of cooperation between Morocco and its eastern neighbor.“The problem is the absence of collaboration from the Algerians and the existence of an area controlled by a terrorist group,” he said, referring to the Polisario Front. read more

Harper Japanese PM Shinzo Abe talk energy in Ottawa

OTTAWA — Japan’s visiting prime minister was keen to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about Canadian shale gas exports to his energy-hungry country — before telling the world about his country’s priorities at the United Nations.Energy was one area of common ground shared by Harper and Shinzo Abe during his brief visit Tuesday to Ottawa before both leaders headed to New York where the United Nations General Assembly was convening.The UN, however, is where one key difference between them will emerge: unlike Abe, Harper won’t be addressing the assembly — a decision seen by some analysts as part of an ongoing snub of the world body.Abe, who is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Thursday, views the UN as an important forum for his country to engage with the world, said Japanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak with the media.In particular, they said, Abe wants to stress the importance of strengthening the role of women, especially in business.In a speech in Britain this past summer, Abe spoke of the need to “liberate the power that women possess.”Japanese officials acknowledged that Abe’s views were in sync with Harper’s signature project from the Canadian-hosted 2010 G8 summit: the Muskoka Initiative aimed at lowering the death rate of young mothers and children in poor countries.This week, rather than address the assembly, Harper will instead take part in a side event on maternal and child health, and also a talk on the economy hosted by the Canadian American Business Council.“As you know, the prime minister has delivered UN General Assembly speeches in the past — in fact, twice as many times as the two former Liberal prime ministers,” said spokesman Carl Vallee.Canadian officials said Harper would be making an announcement Wednesday morning on maternal and child health, to bolster Canada’s commitment to the cause.“It will give the prime minister the opportunity to continue to exercise international leadership on maternal health, which is an issue close to his heart,” Vallee said.The government agreed to spend $1.1-billion between 2010 and 2015 on a global action to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve the health of mothers and children in the world’s poorest countries. A further $1.75-billion in funding was announced later as ongoing spending on maternal and child health programs.Harper welcomed Abe to his Parliament Hill office, where Japanese officials say their prime minister wanted to explore options around Canada’s shale gas deposits.Japanese officials say that their country is looking for alternatives to nuclear energy following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled reactors at the Fukushima plant.Harper has made exporting Canadian energy to Asia a key economic priority because of delays by the United States in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry Canadian oilsands bitumen to the Gulf coast.Harper will be joined by a team of Conservative ministers in New York this week.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is to give Canada’s address to the General Assembly on Monday, a less-than-desirable speaking slot that follows world leaders this week. U.S. President Barack Obama took the podium on Tuesday.Earlier this week, a coalition of former federal cabinet ministers, senior diplomats, academics and foreign-policy experts urged Harper this week to consider a deeper level of engagement with the UN. read more

Government says UN failed during war

The report handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last week by the panel tasked to review the UN’s role during the war in Sri Lanka, said that there can be no lasting peace and stability in Sri Lanka without dealing with the most serious past violations and without a political response to the aspirations of Sri Lanka’s communities.“The UN cannot fulfill its post-conflict and development responsibilities in Sri Lanka without addressing these fundamental concerns, and the UN should continue to support implementation of the recommendations of the Panel of Experts on Accountability,” the report said. The report also said the UN had a generally difficult relationship with the Government, which used its control of visas, as well as harsh and even defamatory articles in the domestic media, as a means to pressure and intimidate any staff perceived as critical of the State.Several Resident Coordinators (RCs) were declared persona non grata (PNG) and a number of senior staff were withdrawn by the UN before they suffered the same fate. Candidates proposed to replace them were apparently rejected because of past experience in conflict situations.“Many international staff felt intimidated by the Government. National staff were sometimes arrested and detained by the authorities and later, in 2009, two staff were abducted and tortured by Government agents,” the report said. In the wake of the release of the UN internal review report, the government last week conceded that the UN had “failed” in its actions during the war.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that the government will not officially respond to the report as it was an internal review document of the UN. At least 19 high-level visits were conducted from January 2007 to December 2009, including by the Secretary-General, Chef de Cabinet (2 times), USG-Humanitarian Affairs (5 times), USG-Political Affairs (3 times), USG-Human Rights, the RSG-IDPs (4 times), the USGUNHCR, two special envoys of the SRSG-CAAC, and an ASG-DPA. Each visit was oriented towards a particular mandate – humanitarian, political, human rights, IDPs, children, etc.However the report said that by the end of the conflict it would be apparent that commitments made by the Government and the LTTE to the UN, including during the high-level visits, were repeatedly broken. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader) However he said the UN had failed to take action when the LTTE used civilians as human shields during the war and so in that sense the UN had not done enough. “The UN did not carry out its role properly. However we do not agree with the conclusion that the government had put pressure on the UN during the war,” he told The Sunday Leader. The report also said that while national staff were reportedly abused by LTTE cadres, the Government’s treatment of staff affected UN policy decisions and discouraged the UN from responding publicly or more firmly to reports of Government violations. read more

Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra hides a computer in its stand to save

Dell today announced the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a modular compact PC designed for the space-constrained and open-plan workplaces. Whereas a traditional all-in-one systems feature integrated, difficult to remove hardware, Dell’s modular approach enables the system to be upgraded with higher-performing versions down the road. Decoupling the PC from the monitor also allows the user to select their preferred monitors–including third-party displays–and retain them during an upgrade. The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra (middle layer) rests in the monitor stand to save space.Internally, the compute module can support up to a 25W Intel Core-i7 vPro mobile processors, 64GB DDR4 RAM, two 1TB SSDs and 2TB HDD. The compute module is powered through a single USB-C cable much like a laptop. Furthermore, only a single cable is needed to feed power, audio, and video when paired with a compatible Dell USB-C monitor. Different stand options for Dell OptiPlex 7070 UltraIn addition to the fixed stand, Dell has also introduced am elevator stand and a swivel stand for the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. In the case of the swivel stand, the compute module mounts to the side of the arm. The stands include physical security options that protect against tampering and can support up to a 27″ VESA mount compatible display. The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra will be available starting Sept. 24 with an average price of US$749. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

Morneau Shepell to provide counselling for expat employees of Allianz clients

TORONTO – Morneau Shepell and a global insurance company based in Ireland have formed an alliance to provide health and wellness services such as confidential counselling to expatriate workers of multinational companies.Dublin-based Allianz Worldwide Care and Toronto-based Morneau Shepell say their partnership will address stress-related illness, addiction and mental health issues facing employees of global enterprises.Financial terms of the partnership weren’t disclosed.Morneau Shepell announced a similar partnership in April with India-based of Bangalore. Together they will provide employee assistance programs, or EAPs, to employees of multinational companies.Founded in 1966 by the father of Canada’s current finance minister, Morneau Shepell is one of North America’s largest providers of human resources services to its clients and their employees.Finance Minister Bill Morneau had been executive chairman until October, when he resigned the post following his election as a member of Parliament. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Morneau Shepell to provide counselling for expat employees of Allianz clients read more

Venezuela UN human rights office calls for maximum restraint by authorities in

Opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim leader in January, appeared on social media flanked by members of the armed forces on Tuesday, calling for action to remove Mr. Maduro from power. President Maduro accused his rival of an “attempted coup”. We are extremely worried by reports of excessive use of force by security forces against demonstrators across #Venezuela. We call on all sides to show maximum restraint and to renounce the use of violence.👉— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) May 1, 2019 In the light of Wednesday’s day of planned protests, OHCHR Spokesperson, Marta Hurtado, said in a statement that reported violence against demonstrators on Tuesday by pro-Government forces, had allegedly resulted in dozens being injured. “Many have also reportedly been detained”, she added, calling on “all sides to show maximum restraint and on the authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly. We also warn against the use of language inciting people to violence.” She said that State authorities had a duty “to ensure the protection of the human rights of all people – regardless of their political affiliation. All sides should renounce the use of violence”, she added.  Protesters supporting the Government also reportedly took to the streets on Wednesday, with Mr. Guaidó addressing his supporters in the capital Caracas, reportedly saying that the demonstrations were “irreversible” and “there is no turning back”. Ms. Hurtado, urged political leaders “to engage in meaningful discussions to work towards resolving the current crisis”, adding that OHCHR would “continue to monitor developments in the country.” The UN human rights office does not have a presence in Venezuela, but in March, a five-person team was in the country for a “preliminary technical mission”, deployed ahead of a possible visit by the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.  On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said via his Spokesperson, that he was following events in Venezuela “very closely”, and was reaching out to both sides of the political divide. read more

Lorry weight likely to cause surge in pothole levels

first_imgHe went on: “Our local roads network faces an unprecedented funding crisis and the latest spike in lorries could push our local roads network over the edge.”Lorries exert massively more weight on road surfaces than cars, causing them to crumble far quicker.”This year could be a tipping point year regarding potholes.”Councils, who have experienced significant budget reductions, now face the looming prospect of a bill of £14 billion to bring the nation’s roads up to scratch.”RAC roads policy spokesman Nicholas Lyes said: “We need a roads infrastructure that is fit for purpose and capable of sustaining a buoyant economy as well as supporting improved journey times for all motorists.”A DfT spokesman said: “Roads open up opportunities and vehicles have clocked up a record number of miles in the last year, which is good news for British industry and our economy as a whole.”He added: “Longer-term, HS2 will create new capacity for freight and help get lorries off our roads.” It warned that 2017 could be a tipping point for tackling potholes as the bill for repairing roads in England and Wales could reach £14 billion within two years.This is several times more than councils’ entire annual revenue spending on highways and transport, which was £4.4 billion in England during 2016.The DfT has committed £6 billion for English councils to improve local roads over the current Parliament, in addition to a £50 million-a-year fund specifically for tackling potholes.It has also unveiled plans for high-definition cameras to be fitted to council bin lorries to spot road surface problems which can be treated before they become potholes.The LGA is calling on the Government to inject a further £1 billion a year into roads maintenance by investing two pence per litre of existing fuel duty.LGA transport spokesman Martin Tett claimed motorists should “literally be bracing themselves for a surge in potholes”. Pothole levels are likely to surgebecause roads are being worn down by a spike in heavier lorries, councils have warned.The weight of goods carried by British-registered lorries rose by 5% to 1.7 billion tonnes in the year ending June 2016, latest Department for Transport (DfT) figures show.Heavier vehicles exert more pressure onto road surfaces, causing them to crumble more quickly and form potholes, the Local Government Association (LGA) said.The organisation, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, claimed Government underfunding has left local roads facing an unprecedented crisis and warned that the increase in the weight of lorries could push the network “over the edge”.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Barclays Bank lawyers killed in Italian avalanche died doing what they loved

“She was always meticulous and careful in everything she did, and though she was killed in a tragic accident, it was doing something that she loved,” Mr Clarke-Sullivan added.Mr Ziegler, a married father of two children aged eight and five, lived in east London with his wife, Victoria, 43, who became concerned at his whereabouts when he missed his flight home on Sunday.The 43-year-old was born in Surrey before he attended the Oxfordshire boarding school, Radley College, and later studied law at the London School of Economics.In a statement released yesterday, Mrs Ziegler said: “Matt was very much loved by all of us, his friends and his colleagues.“We want to say thank you to everyone who has sent their condolences and offered their help. This is obviously an extremely sad and difficult time for us, so we thank you for respecting our need for privacy so we can try and deal with our loss.” Described as “a very experienced backcountry skier and climber” by her husband, Ms Clarke was the first New Zealand woman to have climbed and skied the three highest peaks in Greenland. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. New Zealand national Ms Clarke, 39, who lived in London, had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the ski resort town of Courmayeur when an avalanche occurred  Two Barclays Bank lawyers who were killed in an Italian avalanche “died doing what they loved”, their families have said. Katherine Clarke, 39, and Matt Ziegler, 43, were both corporate lawyers and were skiing in a valley near the resort of Courmayeur, in the northern region of Valle d’Aosta, when they were killed alongside two other victims on Sunday afternoon.They are understood to have been on a skiing trip with colleagues when the fatal incident took place.Ms Clarke, a mother of one originally from New Zealand, lived in London with her husband, Jim Clarke-Sullivan, who she was due to celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary with today.Mr Clarke-Sullivan said his wife will “be missed beyond words”, adding: “Words cannot describe the loss we feel after Sunday’s accident. Katherine was an amazing mother who loved our daughter, Isla, very deeply and was completely devoted to her.“I have so many stories to tell Isla about her mum, who was always brave, always calm, bright and happy.“Katherine had an adventurous spirit which found its home in the mountains.” New Zealand national Ms Clarke, 39, who lived in London, had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the ski resort town of Courmayeur when an avalanche occurred Credit:PA read more

Samsung is shipping laptops with keylogger installed UPDATED

first_img[UPDATE] Samsung has now rubbished the claims of Mohamed Hassan stating that the keylogger detection is just a false positive in the VIPRE security suite.Samsung is fast becoming one of the top laptop brands available with its series 9 laptops looking especially attractive to anyone wanting to invest in a new machine. But any reputation the company has built up may be about to get wiped out due to claims that it is shipping brand new laptops with an active keylogger installed.AdChoices广告The last company to do this and feel the wrath of users was Sony BMG. No one can forget the trouble that company got into for using a keylogger secretly to try and limit music CD copying. And we never expected another company to be stupid enough to try the same thing, but it is looking like one has.A guest post on Networkworld by Mohamed Hassan explains how the StarLogger keylogger was found to be preinstalled and active on not one, but two brand new Samsung laptops. The first was found by Hassan when he installed security software on his new laptop that flagged it up. That laptop was later returned due to a video driver issue, but the replacement (better spec) Samsung Hassan purchased also had the same keylogger installed.To be clear, the StarLogger keylogger is completely invisible to the user. It logs every single keystroke as well as performing screen captures, and can e-mail the information at regular intervals, again without the user having any knowledge of this.The question is of course why Samsung would be shipping such software on brand new machines?Hassan has spoken with Samsung about this, but has yet to post on their response. Until we know for sure we can only speculate as to whether this was intentional or not on the part of the company.Read more at NetworkworldMatthew’s OpinionI really can’t believe that Samsung is intentionally installing this keylogger as the PR fallout from doing this would be catastrophic and the lawsuits very expensive.If I had to guess, I would say this is a rogue employee or someone at the company supplying Samsung with hard drives adding a keylogger. It should be easy to narrow the search as to who it is based on where the information is being e-mailed to. Even if it doesn’t identify an individual it should prove Samsung is not involved.Whatever the case this is highly embarrassing for Samsung and still potentially a legal nightmare for the manufacturer. It’s unfortunate that Networkworld have chosen to hold off posting the second part of Hassan’s investigation as this looks really bad for Samsung and we want to know what exactly is going on.last_img read more

Extremely shady Siri port available in Cydia

first_imgiPhone 4 owners who are wanting Siri on their devices will be tempted by a new jailbreak hack. H1Siri, created by Chinese hackers, is a full port of the assistant. The tweak is available in Cydia, but as there are several big problems we would advise you to stay away.There is no legal way to port Siri to a non-iPhone 4S device. Apple requires an iPhone 4S’s live ID token to validate the service. Those who do port the token will need to continuously port it, as it expires every couple of days. The tokens can’t be mass distributed, as one identifier being accessed by thousands of devices would alert Apple. It’s also just as illegal as a pirated video game.How does H1Siri do it? It probably uses Siri Proxy, a work-around that fools the assistant into communicating with a proxy server instead of Apple. H1Siri users report that the app has only been working intermittently. This could be the result of a remote Siri proxy that was unprepared for thousands of eager Cydia users.Testers of the app say that when the servers are responding, it is indeed a fully functional port of Siri. Unlike the Siri dictation hack that showed up last week, this is the whole nine yards: assistant and dictation.If being illegal and unresponsive isn’t enough, H1Siri could potentially be mining your data. This is speculation, but the app is from unknown developers and an unknown repo. Anything you say to Siri will be routed through these unknown entities’ servers. Do you trust them?Those living on the edge can find our instructions below. Proceed if you wish, but it isn’t likely worth it:Instructions1. Jailbreak your iPhone 4 on iOS 5. iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen might work.2. In Cydia, open the Manage tab. Choose sources, edit, then add: 3. You will be warned by Cydia that the repo includes cracked material. If inclined, choose yes.4. Search for H1Siri and install.via iDownloadbloglast_img read more

I have never seen anything like this Homelessness in Galway hits crisis

first_img 51 Comments 27,963 Views Share882 Tweet Email7 Nov 28th 2016, 9:15 PM TWO YEARS AGO, published an extensive study of homelessness in Ireland. Since then the issue has gained traction and is of huge national concern.This week, we are examining homelessness beyond the capital. What is the situation around the whole of Ireland? And what is being done to improve it?THE CONVERSATION ABOUT homelessness in Ireland is often, naturally, centred around Dublin given the sheer scale of the problem in the capital.However, homelessness is becoming a huge issue in various parts of the country, including Galway.John Dolan, the team leader of Galway Simon’s resettlement service, has worked in the area of homelessness for years. He took a career break from March 2015 to July 2016.When he returned to work a few months ago, he says it was a “completely different landscape” to what he was used to early last year, with a lot changing in a relatively short period of time.“I was shocked by the increase in the number of people seeking access to homeless services, and the change in demographics,” he tells Shop Street in Galway Source: Shutterstock/EQRoyDolan says in previous years it was common to deal with the same service users on more than one occasion, noting: “Galway is a pretty small place, you would know [people] from the past.“It’s completely different now, there are new cohorts of people that are accessing homelessness services. People that have never navigated this territory before. There is huge pressure on services here in Galway.The level of the crisis that exists is quite frightening to be honest. I have worked in homeless services for a very long time and I have never seen anything like this.“It’s very frustrating as well. We would love to have options to give or solutions to give people. The demographic of people accessing services has really expanded.”High rents Dolan says some of the people seeking help may have rented for many years but been asked to leave their house as the landlord wants to sell it or allow a family member to move in. John Dolan Source: Galway SimonDue to rents being too high for many people, Dolan says they are “left with very little option but to access homeless services”.Dolan says that while some aspect of the government’s housing action plan are to be welcomed, he’s “not sure it’s a plan that can really solve the issue as it stands because it’s such a crisis”.As part of the Rebuilding Ireland plan, the government aims to build 25,000 homes a year by 2020 and provide 47,000 new social housing units, at a cost of over €5 billion.Part of the plan will see mixed developments of social and private housing in various locations.Dolan says the plan is over-reliant on the private-rented sector, something that will not work by itself.“There are a lot of bandages being thrown out there,” he says, adding that not introducing rent controls lacks foresight.Social housing Dolan, like many others on the frontline of homelessness services, believes building more houses has to make up a large part of the response to what is a “perennial” national housing crisis.“We were able to build a huge amount of social hosing in the 1970s when we didn’t exactly have a lot of state coffers. It’s a question of political will in terms of what we do with the finances that we do have,” he notes, saying the €500 million worth of tax cuts in the Budget might have been better spent on building houses. Source: Matheus Munoz/Galway SimonNo social housing has been built in Galway since 2009.Helena Martyn of Galway City Council’s housing department told us the first phase of new social housing (14 units) in the city is expected to begin construction on Ballymoneen Road in mid-December and be completed by 2018, at an estimated cost of €3.1 million.The second phase, a minimum of 55 units, is “expected to be delivered shortly thereafter”, but it’s too early in the planning process for a cost estimation.Read: ‘My son said to me we’ll need to put up a Christmas tree this year… please God we’ll have a house first’Speaking about the plan in the Dáil this month, Housing Minister Simon Coveney said: “As with all social housing proposals, there is an onus on the local authority and on my department to ensure best value for money and a reasonable density within the development to meet respond to social housing need.Accordingly, contacts between my department and Galway City Council have included the consideration of options in relation to the density and design for this development, but such considerations should not delay advancement of the project.Coveney added that the two Galway local authorities – city and county – “have a combined target of 1,126 social housing units for the period out to 2017, supported by an allocation of €58.5 million, to be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes”.A recent social housing needs assessment found that there are approximately 3,500 households on the city’s housing waiting list.The council works with a number of bodies to provide accommodation, including Clúid Housing, Túath Housing Association, Co-operative Housing Ireland and Respond.€25,000 per monthThe average monthly spend by the council on private emergency accommodation to date in 2016 is €25,272.90, compared to €16,856.58 per month in 2015.Martyn notes that this is “significant money”, describing it as a “short-term solution” rather than an “ideal” one.“It’s not fair to expect a family’s home to be a hotel. That’s not an appropriate setting for families.” she says, adding that living in emergency accommodation is “not a healthy environment to grow up in”.Martyn says private emergency accommodation is the main option available to Galway City Council. It has made a number of transitional units available to homeless families and these are used when they become available. They are always fully occupied.Obviously where children are involved we make sure some form of accommodation available. No child should be child left sleeping on the streets. That’s one of my biggest fears.Martyn notes that, to the city council’s knowledge, this has never happened, but it if did Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, would be notified. She says this is something that could happen if a family didn’t contact the council or organisations such as Simon or COPE.Martyn says that while homelessness is less prevalent in the nearby counties of Mayo and Roscommon it’s still an issue, with more and more families facing the prospect of losing their homes.She adds that while private rented accommodation has its role to play in responding to the housing crisis, more houses need to be built nationally.Lack of accommodation remains a huge issue and new builds are needed. Source: Matheus Munoz/Galway SimonMartin O’Connor, Assistant CEO of COPE Galway, says the city is an example of somewhere where “when the crash happened, there was no overhang of unfinished properties”. He says there were “small pockets of apartments”, but not many housing estates close to completion.“Without additional housing it’s simply not going to be possible to manage the crisis,” he notes.Rough sleeping Dolan says homelessness in Galway has become much more “visible” in recent times.“It’s the first time in many people’s memory that visible homelessness is now an everyday topic of conversation. That’s significant. Squatting always happened, but now there is more of a spillover onto the streets – people sleeping in bus shelters, in front of foyers of hotels.”COPE estimates that about 20 people sleep rough in the city every night.O’Connor says this figure is likely to be higher as there are also people squatting in semi-derelict or derelict buildings, and sleeping in the stairwells of car parks.He says there are usually more men sleeping rough than women, and a small number of couples. He notes that some of their relationships formed while on streets, sometimes due in part to “reasons of safety for women”.On top of this, Dolan says there are the “invisible homeless”, people who are couch-surfing or staying in hostels, B&Bs or hotels.Services Simon provides a number of services in Galway city, including a ‘moving on’ service that aims to help men move into independent living (a service they also provide), community housing, long-term housing and a youth homelessness service.Here’s a breakdown of the number of people Galway Simon has helped in 2016:Households worked with from January to September: 529 (up from 366 in the whole of 2015)Households helped by the community support team from January to September: 285 (up from 227 in 2015)Number of people housed in their services from January to September: 101 (113 in 2015)Referrals from January to October 2016: 251 (226 in 2015)Number of families worked with from January to October: 112 (up from 32 in 2015 and five in 2014)Dolan says some of the young people they support previously lived in the care system or may have ended up on the streets due to a family breakdown.He adds that youth homelessness is a “huge issue”, and something Simon works “very much in tandem” with other agencies to tackle.Read: “I don’t want to be 40 living in a tent waking up with a bottle of vodka beside me”In a joint initiative between a number of organisations and the city council, a new complex that will house 18-25 year olds is due to open by the end of November – with the aim of getting young people off the streets before the weather worsens.“It’s very hard to get your head around, in terms of how these people have been left with so few options,” Dolan notes.Drug useDolan says some of the service users Simon works with have substance dependence and mental health issues, but describes this as “a chicken and egg scenario”, with some issues developing or worsening as a result of homelessness.“Much of this can come as a result of homelessness or some kind of trauma that existed in childhood and teenage years.” he notes. Source: Shutterstock/Olena YakobchukO’Connor says COPE has noticed an increase in heroin use in the city in recent years. He says this can lead to a “difficult” dynamic in shared emergency accommodation.We’re very clear about what’s permissible. We won’t facilitate active drug use in homeless services. We will link people and refer them to addiction services with a view to getting them on a methadone programme.O’Connor notes that it’s much easier to access services in Dublin and many addicts have to leave the west to access a detox programme.“One of the big deficits is the near complete absence of detox and rehab services in Galway and the surrounding areas.”He says COPE is aware of a “small number of cases” where women have engaged in sex work in order to get money for drugs.There is a waiting list for the local methadone programme which can cause issues because, as O’Connor puts it, there might only be a small “window of opportunity to engage with somebody”.Evictions COPE has also seen a rise in the number of families seeking help in the last 18 months in particular. O’Connor says that since then there has been “a very notable increase in the number of families starting to access services, and that level of need has persisted”.A number of families are currently being put up in a hostel originally designed for single women.Like Simon, all of COPE’s beds are full and the demand continually outstrips supply.O’Connor says a lack of affordable housing means some people end up staying emergency accommodation for extended periods of time.COPE is working with about 60 families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with four or five new families presenting for help each month. Martin O’Connor Source: COPE GalwayO’Connor says about 10 new families were presenting monthly earlier this year, but fortunately this number has dropped recently.COPE is working with a number of families who are in notice-to-quit situations and facing eviction. O’Connor says the organisation has had “some success” in getting families more time to try to strike a deal with their landlord.He says some landlords are “sympathetic and trying to be amenable”, with some “very regretful in certain instances”, but they might want to sell the property or have more rent coming in so don’t want to continue with the current arrangement.He notes that a number of landlords are also not renewing contracts to provide housing for local authorities when they come to an end, as they might be able to make more money by selling the house or renting it privately.O’Connor says nine of the 60 families being helped by COPE are experiencing “hidden homelessness – where they have lost their accommodation and are staying with family of friends – something that is not sustainable in the long-term”.Roughly half of the families COPE is currently helping are Traveller families who were settled but lost their accommodation, often due to the landlord taking the property back to sell it or for their own family to use.O’Connor says it can be “particularly challenging for Travellers” to access new privately-rented accommodation as there is an “added prejudice”.Void properties O’Connor says the number of void properties available to be refurbished and used as accommodation in Galway city is “pretty much exhausted”.He notes that many of the few three-bedroom houses available in the city cost over €1,000 a month. He says some parents struggle to make up the difference between the rent and their rent supplement entitlement of €875 if they have two children or €900 for three children – especially when they are competing with the rest of the market.The HAP was introduced in Galway in February. O’Connor says it’s “early days” for the scheme in Galway, but it has seen “some success”. Day centre Source: COPE GalwayAs well as providing an emergency accommodation response for families experiencing homeless, COPE also runs a number of hostels.Its Fairgeen facility is a 26-bedroom hostel that provides emergency and short-term accommodation for men. A 12-unit hostel, Osterley Lodge, provides emergency and short-term accommodation for women on their own or with children.Domestic violence COPE’s Waterside House is the only 24-hour accessible refuge in the western region. It provides accommodation, information, support and court accompaniment to women and their children experiencing domestic violence. There is an outreach service for women in the city and county who are in abusive relationships and need support and information.In 2015, almost 600 women and children received support from across our range of domestic violence services including our refuge. However, a further 288 individual women and 405 children who sought safe refuge could not be accommodated due to lack of space. In these instances women were offered referral to refuges elsewhere in the country.Here’s a breakdown of the domestic violence-related services provided by COPE to date in 2016:Refuge admissions: 68 women (58 individual); 74 children (70 individual)Unable to accommodate: 162 women with 197 childrenOutreach appointments provided: 545 in Galway city and countyCourt accompaniments: 59 women accompanied 110 timesPlay therapy sessions: Provided for 93 childrenHealthy relationships sessions: Provided in 33 secondary schoolsThe refuge has capacity to accommodate six women and 15 children at any given time. The building is unfit for purpose – it’s based on single room bedsit-type accommodation and cannot facilitate onsite cooking or an outdoor play area for children. Osterley Lodge Source: COPE GalwayA new facility is due to be built on Forster Street in the city centre.It will comprise nine self-contained accommodation units (seven one-beds and two two-beds), each with a kitchen/living room, bedroom/s and bathroom. It will have an overall capacity to accommodate a minimum of nine women and about 20 children. Units will be shared to facilitate further capacity when needed.The building, which will also have communal and office rooms, was donated by the Sisters of Mercy on a 99-year lease in 2013. The redevelopment is set to cost about €2.5 million, with a €1.16 million grant being provided by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.The plan is to complete the project by winter 2017.Our #Homeless Ireland 2016 series continues all of this week on ‘I have never seen anything like this’: Homelessness in Galway hits crisis point More and more families are presenting as homeless in Galway, where no social housing has been built since 2009. By Órla Ryan Short URL Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La fourmi Azteca capable de chasser ses proies grâce à un effet

first_imgLa fourmi Azteca, capable de chasser ses proies grâce à un effet “Velcro”France – Une équipe de chercheurs franco-espagnole a publié dans la revue PLoS ONE les résultats d’une recherche sur la fourmi Azteca, présente en Guyane. Celle-ci a l’étonnante capacité de capturer ses proies grâce à un effet “Velcro”.Capables de rester agrippées aux feuilles de l’arbre Cecropia, les fourmis Azteca peuvent soulever jusqu’à 13.350 fois le poids d’une ouvrière et donc, capturer de très grosses proies.En chassant les insectes qui menacent son logis, la fourmi protège l’arbre tandis que, dans le même temps, le Cecropia fournit aux fourmis le gîte, avec ses tiges creuses, et le couvert.Pour chasser une proie, les fourmis se postent le long de la bordure du revers des feuilles du Cecropia. Une fois la proie en vue, elles peuvent s’agripper grâce à leurs griffes aux longs poils présents sur ces feuilles et sont capables de porter 5.000 fois leur poids.D’autres fourmis guyanaises chassent également en groupe, comme les fourmis Allomerus qui construisent de fausses galeries sur les tiges des arbres, se cachent à l’intérieur et attrapent les insectes qui s’y aventurent.Le 28 juin 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Impact windows an obstacle for crews fighting house fire

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Windows meant to protect a South Florida home from hurricane-force winds became an obstruction to crews trying to put out a fire that broke out, Friday morning.7Skyforce HD hovered above the aftermath of the blaze that sparked near State Road 7 and Fillmore Street in Hollywood.Officials said firefighters had some trouble breaking the impact windows, but they managed to contain the flames.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

4 Things To Know About Trick Or Treating In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are four things every Wilmington trick-or-treater should know!#1) No Set TimeWilmington has no “official” trick or treating hours.“We tell families that trick or treating starts when it gets dark, with the expectation that most families with young children will conclude that a couple of hours is enough time to be out gathering treats,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “To my knowledge, we have not had a problem with unofficial approach.”On Halloween, the sun is scheduled to set in Wilmington at 5:38pm.#2) Forecast Looks GoodAccording to the National Weather Service, Halloween will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47. Patchy fog is expected after 10pm. There’s a 30% chance of rain, but not until after 2am.#3) Best NeighborhoodsTwo areas in town — the Pouliot Place/Shawsheen Commons/Mink Run Road area and the Hathaway Acres area, off of Salem Street — are known as particularly popular places for trick or treaters.#4) Keep SafeBelow are safety tips from the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal:More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety.Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles. Switch to battery operated candles.Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman McCoy Says 4 Town Meeting Articles Are ILLEGAL, Including Sciarappa Farm RezoningIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”last_img read more

Trump hails ties with UK despite Brexit criticism

first_imgUS president Donald Trump walks with Britain`s prime minister Theresa May prior to a joint press conference at Chequers, near Aylesbury, Britain on 13 July 2018.Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday played down his extraordinary attack on Britain’s plans for Brexit, praising prime minister Theresa May and insisting bilateral relations “have never been stronger”, even as tens of thousands protested in London against his visit.Trump’s first official trip to Britain was overshadowed by his warning that May’s plans for close ties with the European Union would “kill” a future US trade deal, echoing concerns among eurosceptics in her Conservative party.Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, a US grand jury on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election, following charges from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.The indictments came just three days before Trump is scheduled to meet with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.As Trump arrived in Scotland later Friday, however, the White House confirmed that the Helsinki meeting would go ahead.”It’s on,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.Trump later travelled to one of his Scottish golf courses, Turnberry.Following talks at May’s country retreat of Chequers, Trump suggested he might have been hasty in his comments over her negotiating strategy for leaving the EU.”Whatever you do is okay with us, just make sure we can trade together, that’s all that matters,” he told May at a press conference in the grounds of the 16th-century manor house, miles away from the colourful crowds denouncing his own domestic policies.”The United States looks forward to finalising a great bilateral trade deal,” he said, and repeatedly praised May’s leadership, saying she was a “terrific woman”.Trump endorses May rival Just hours earlier, The Sun tabloid published a bombshell interview with the president in which he suggested the prime minister’s Brexit proposal was not what voters wanted.He said he had advised her to take another path, adding that Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign minister this week in protest at the plan, would make “a great prime minister”.Trump denied that he had criticised May, suggesting there was an element of “fake news” in the report — even though The Sun released audio recordings of his remarks.His interview drew outrage among British politicians, who accused him of being “determined to insult” May after 18 months of testy relations between the pair.It also fired up demonstrations in London, where organisers estimated upwards of 250,000 people took to the streets.Chanting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”, they flew a huge balloon of the president depicted as a crying baby outside the Houses of Parliament.Even Londoners who did not join the protest, only stopping to take in the mass of people, placards and sloganeering, seemed supportive of the demonstrations.”He brings it on himself — it’s like having a juvenile in charge of a superpower,” said construction worker Dan Kelly, 47. ‘Kill’ trade plans Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016, but after years of fighting within the government, only on Thursday published a detailed plan for future relations.The offer to follow EU rules in trade in goods sparked outrage among eurosceptics who want a clean break, with Trump appearing to back them.His negative comments about a UK-US trade deal — viewed as one of the main benefits of leaving the EU by Brexit supporters — saw the pound fall, although it later recovered its losses.They also fuelled talk of rebellion in May’s Conservative party following the resignations of Johnson and Brexit secretary David Davis over the plan.But Trump said Friday that after speaking with May’s officials and trade experts a UK-US trade deal “will be possible”.May confirmed they had agreed to seek an “ambitious” free trade agreement, adding: “I’m clear our plan delivers on what the British people voted for.”Even without opposition from Trump, the prime minister still faces a major challenge to get agreement at home and the plan agreed with the EU.Talks are due to resume in Brussels next week.’Tough on Russia’ The two leaders also emphasised their continued cooperation on defence and security, after earlier watching a display of special forces from both countries at the military academy at Sandhurst.Trump thanked May for her support at a testy NATO summit this week in Brussels, where he subjected America’s other allies to a roasting over their defence spending.The president followed his Chequers meeting by having tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle alongside First Lady Melania Trump.May said they had agreed to engage with Russia with “strength and unity”, and Trump said he has been “tougher on Russia than anybody”.The president’s mother was born on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, and May gave him an illustrated ancestral chart of his Scottish heritage as a gift.She gave Melania, who met military veterans and schoolchildren in London on Friday with May’s husband Philip, a bespoke perfume.last_img