Your Chance To Meet Janet Jackson In France And Help Charity

first_imgA new charity auction is giving you the chance to travel to France and meet Janet Jackson.Travel with a guest to Cannes in the south of France, on May 21, 2013, during the world renowned Film Festival, and join Janet Jackson as her guest at a private, exclusive, VIP event benefiting amfAR on May 23rd.This Package includes a photograph with Miss Jackson at the VIP event, two business class Delta Airlines tickets, ground transfers to and from the airport, and four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins or at a comparable property. (Travel dates and times to be confirmed and coordinated by Miss Jackson’s personal travel agent).What’s Included for you and a guest:
 – Meet and Greet with Janet Jackson – Two event tickets to amfAR event on May 23, 2013 – Photograph with Miss Jackson – Business class Delta Airlines tickets – Ground transportation to an from the airport – Four nights at the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes- Juan les Pins (single room, double occupancy)The auction benefits the Providence Educational Foundation an organization that seeks to serve and advance students of all races, genders, socio-economic levels, faiths and those with no faith through extraordinary academics and Christian education throughout our nation and around our world. The Providence Educational Foundation respects the rich diversity of the communities it serves. The mission of the Providence Educational Foundation is to support the development of innovative, high-quality, Christian education that facilitates intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Learn more by visiting access the auction, which ends March 17, click here.last_img read more

DPR Korea UN Member States voice alarm at human rights humanitarian situations

In a resolution adopted by the General Assembly, Member States urged authorities in the DPRK to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, to ensure complete access to humanitarian aid and to improve cooperation with the UN so the world body can help improve the living conditions of the civilian population.The resolution – which obtained 123 votes in favour and 16 against, with 51 abstentions – voiced concern at reports of violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.It cited acts of torture and other forms of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” such as public executions and extrajudicial detention; the death penalty being imposed for political and religious reasons; the absence of an independent judiciary and other elements needed for the rule of law; and the existence of a large number of prison camps.Member States noted the limitations “imposed on every person who wishes to move freely within the country and travel abroad,” with people or their families punished if they leave, try to leave the country or are returned.The resolution also detailed the situation facing refugees and asylum-seekers who have either been expelled or returned to the DPRK; the trafficking of women for prostitution or forced marriage; forced abortions; and “all-pervasive and severe restrictions” on the right to privacy and on freedoms of thought, conscience, religion, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association.In the text, Member States reiterated their concern at unresolved questions relating to abductions in the form of enforced disappearance, and called on the Government in Pyongyang to urgently resolve these questions in a transparent manner.The General Assembly also expressed deep concern at the humanitarian situation, saying there had been “a serious deterioration in the availability of and access to food” as a result of frequent natural disasters and structural weaknesses in agricultural production.This had led, the resolution noted, to significant food shortages, as well as the prevalence of chronic and acute malnutrition, particularly among pregnant women, infants and the elderly.The resolution calls on DPRK’s authorities to immediately end the human rights violations and to ensure that those responsible for the breaches are brought to justice before an independent judiciary.It also ass Pyongyang to cooperate with the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) “with a view to significantly improving workers’ rights,” to reinforce existing cooperate with UN aid agencies, to improve cooperation with UN development agencies and to also work closely with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and her office.Member States also stressed the need to tackle the root causes of refugee outflows and to prosecute those who exploit refugees through human smuggling, trafficking and extortion, while not criminalizing the victims.The resolution also strongly urged the authorities to fully cooperate with Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, including by allowing him to make unimpeded visits. Currently the Government refuses to recognize his mandate. 19 December 2011United Nations Member States today expressed deep concern at both persistent reports of “systematic, widespread and grave” human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the precarious humanitarian situation inside the Asian country. read more

BlackBerry Ltd names former Sybase executive as chief operating officer

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry has appointed Marty Beard, the former chief executive of LiveOps, Inc. as its new chief operating officer.Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.He was chairman and CEO of LiveOps, a provider of cloud applications for customer services. Before joining LiveOps, he was president of Sybase 365, a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and also worked at computer technology company Oracle.BlackBerry executive chairman and chief executive John Chen led a turnaround at software company Sybase before he joined BlackBerry last year.Chen’s strategy has set aside the consumer market as a priority, after the BlackBerry 10 line of phones failed to become a sales hit and instead focused on building relationships with business customers.“Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available,” Chen said in a statement.The chief operating officer job has been vacant since November 2013 when Kristian Tear left the company in a restructuring that also saw the departure Frank Boulben, the company’s chief marketing officer.BlackBerry shares have been under pressure since Apple and IBM announced that they would form a partnership focused on business customers, a key market for Canadian company.The teaming up of two of the world’s largest technology companies positions them to better compete with BlackBerry, which is trying to reaffirm its position catering to government agencies and businesses that require secure mobile communications. read more

Canadian envoy takes on Namal on twitter

The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon has reacted to Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa on twitter over a comment he made on the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting diplomats in Colombo to discuss the political crisis.Rajapaksa had tweeted saying “Interesting to see @officialunp JVP & TNA politicians meeting with the int. community. Perhaps if more effort was given toward meeting with the people & communities of #lka & paying heed to their hope for #elections, #SriLanka can finally achieve its fullest potential. #LetMeVote.” The High Commissioner replied to the tweet saying “You might ask some of your @PodujanaParty colleagues who they’re meeting with.” (Colombo Gazette)

Familiar face new head of BUSU

Chris Green’s connection to the Brock University Students’ Union started long before he became the organization’s new general manager last month.As a third-year political science student at Brock, Green (BA ’07) ran an election campaign for his friend who wanted to be a BUSU executive. It was the first time he’d heard of the student union.While his friend didn’t win, the campaign connected Green to BUSU and in 2004 he was elected to the Brock University Students’ Administrative Council, a branch of the student union.The administration here is student-focused and we work together to provide a great student experience.After serving for two years, he applied for a staff position with BUSU and worked his way from election officer to executive assistant before moving into the role of manager of marketing and communications in 2010.“This is home away from home for me,” said the life-long St. Catharines resident.Green said Brock students are fortunate that BUSU has a good relationship with University administration.“The administration here is student-focused and we work together to provide a great student experience,” he said. “Some schools have rocky relationships but not Brock. It works as a Brock community – we all have different mandates but we all have the same goal.”Green said students elected to BUSU and the support staff work to provide the programs and services students want in the most cost-effective and student-centred way possible.He said the key priorities of BUSU include inter-municipal transit, infrastructure improvements, improving access to education through lobbying efforts and providing student services and student spaces.Students pay a per credit fee to BUSU of $18.69 as well as a club levy, green levy and contribute to a strategic expansion fund.Turnover is a natural part of BUSU – there’s an election every year for the president and three vice-president positions as well as seats on the board of directors. This year’s election takes place Feb. 9-11 with the results announced on Feb. 11.Green said a big part of the general manager’s role is to keep continuity in the organization and keep track of its priorities.“We make sure the engine keeps on running and the students drive it,” he said. “The passion the students bring keeps the organization going.”Green has worked for three previous GMs of BUSU and said he learned from each of them in different ways.“I saw what to prioritize in BUSU and how to interact with full-time staff,” he said.He said Ron Gourlay, who was general manager for 20 years, is a mentor and a friend.“He’s what I aspire to be like in the relationship I have with the executive team,” Green said.Green lives in Niagara with his wife Stephanie (BA ’05) and two small children. read more

Push to lower prices amid grocery wars not ideal for overall food

TORONTO – The grocery price wars that have pushed a kilogram of bananas below the price of a chocolate bar may be good news for consumers’ wallets, but those who watch the industry see a race to the bottom that may leave shoppers with less selection and dwindling customer service.Grocery wars are not new in North America, but they got a boost this past year as U.S. giant Target entered the Canadian market, forcing Walmart to up its game in the grocery department, and spurring a new wave of consolidation involving heavyweights such as Loblaw and Sobeys.Kyle Murray, director of the school of retailing at the University of Alberta, said that while all the competition is likely to lower prices in the short term, “it also forces the companies to do things they may not otherwise do.”“In order to get those lower prices you’re going to see an increase in things that improve efficiency, but they may not improve the quality of the product or even the shopping experience,” he said.That could mean the disappearance of an in-store bakery, or butcher, because it’s cheaper to package those products centrally and then ship them to the stores.It may also result in retailers cutting costs by moving from local to global supply chains, which may not always take the most sustainable or environmentally-friendly approaches to delivering products.“You can have issues around the quality of products and the way products are manufactured; the type of ingredients that go into some of the consumer packaged goods,” said Murray.“In order to get prices low you have to do things in some cases, like replace cane sugar with corn syrup. Some of those things that may not be as obvious right away are also the result of pushing prices lower. There is some breaking point. You can’t just continue to lower your prices, you do have to start to change the product a little as well.”In March, Loblaw’s (TSX:L) $12.4 billion purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. was approved, leaving the combined company with roughly 2,300 corporate, franchised and associate-owned stores across Canada, and nearly 1,800 pharmacies to introduce their grocery product lines.Last year, Sobeys bought Safeway Canada in a $5.8 billion deal and promptly angered suppliers by demanding retroactive price breaks.The sheer size of the new giants weakened the negotiating position of suppliers, many who sought to recoup their losses by reducing spending on the research and development of innovative food products.But it’s those new products that many smaller, independent grocery retailers rely on to set their stores apart, drawing in customers that are looking at more than price points.“Manufacturers aren’t investing in new innovation that they’re bringing to the Canadian marketplace because they can’t get a return, so ultimately what happens to our guys is that they start looking like everybody else and so they lose their point of difference,” said Tom Barlow, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.Barlow says the smaller operators are an important piece of the grocery puzzle not only because they offer selection and better customer service, but also because the competition helps keep prices lower for consumers across all retailers.“Ultimately, we really believe that prices will go up if there’s not competition in the marketplace to keep it in place,” Barlow said.Several grocery stores and large supplier groups have since asked the federal government to impose a new code of conduct to protect suppliers from being squeezed by price cut demands from the country’s big grocers. But Metro was among the retail chains that rejected those calls, saying intervention isn’t required because its terms with its suppliers are fair and “very competitive.”David Sparling, a professor with Western University’s Ivey Business School, said some retailers and manufacturers are responding by updating their food processing plants and adding more technology, while the smaller players, who don’t have their own distribution centres, are looking to distinguish themselves by offering products that are fresh, local, organic, or just plain interesting.Other suppliers have chosen to go directly to consumers, setting up specialty stores where they charge higher prices or sell online.In the U.S., the competition has opened up space in the market for companies like Whole Foods, which has a higher price point but offers all organic and natural products.“Ultimately, what consumers choose will drive what retailers offer,” said Murray.“The big question is… are we going to choose overall lower price and somewhat lower quality, or are there going to be really distinct segments? There are a lot of other people that care about things (other than price). So grocers are going to have to find which of those segments they can serve best.”Follow @maurinor on Twitter. by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2014 7:00 am MDT Produce on display in a Breakeyville, Que., grocery story on Nov. 28 2006. The grocery price wars that have pushed a kilogram of bananas below the price of a chocolate bar may be good news for consumers’ wallets, but those who watch the industry see a race to the bottom that may leave shoppers with less selection and dwindling customer service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Push to lower prices amid grocery wars not ideal for overall food industry read more

Why Is The US So Good At Womens Soccer

UPDATE (July 1, 7:20 a.m.): Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s national team beat Germany 2-0, making this article’s headline even more prescient than usual. Below, Benjamin Morris looks at how America’s unique youth soccer culture has helped ensure the dominance of the USWNT. Even though the United States is a bit insecure about its place in the world’s most popular sport, the U.S. women’s national soccer team has been dominant on the world stage for nearly a quarter-century. Tonight it will face off in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup against Germany, with nothing less than the title of “greatest of all time” at stake. Each team has two World Cup championships, and they’ve been the two top-ranked teams in the world since FIFA’s rankings began in 2003. The winner will take the lead in World Cup finals appearances and will have the inside track to finish atop 2015’s rankings.So how did we get here? Basically, it boils down to two things: 1) Women’s soccer has been on a great run for the past 30-plus years in the U.S., to the point where it’s poised to become our most popular women’s sport, and 2) the rest of the world has been relatively apathetic and/or hostile to the women’s game.U.S. women’s soccer truly seemed to arrive in the public’s attention after the 1999 World Cup. If you’re old enough to have experienced the excitement and drama of it, there’s no way you could ever forget:This success didn’t come from nowhere. Since almost immediately after the implementation of Title IX (which became law in 1972, with compliance required by 1978) U.S. women’s soccer has grown like crazy. Probably the cleanest and easiest venue to see how this has played out is at the high school level; the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has high school athletics participation data going back to the ’70s:In the late ’70s, the number of high school women playing soccer was in the low five figures. By the time America won the World Cup in 1991, there were more than 120,000. By the time it won in 1999, there were more than 250,000. Now it is approaching 20 percent of all high school female athletes — about 375,000 — and has surpassed baseball/softball as the third-most-played team sport.Soccer has grown both by taking women from other sports and by capturing a disproportionate share of “new” female athletes as more young women began to play sports. Note that the percentage decline for basketball — by far the most mature women’s sport in the country — looks steep, but the change in total number of players is fairly small (there were more women playing high school basketball in 2013-14 than in 1976-77.) Soccer, though, has still been adding numbers to its ranks rapidly, despite a bit of a slowdown in its growth shortly after 1999:Soccer looks like it has a good chance of taking the top spot in the next 10-20 years. Yes, volleyball has been on a nice run of late, and looks likely to pass basketball as the most-played sport as early as this year. But volleyball is down from its peak (see chart above), and the upper limit for soccer is still unknown.For as much as the rest of the world loves soccer, it has been much slower to embrace the women’s game than the U.S. In England, women playing soccer was effectively banned (at least at venues that hosted men’s teams) from 1921 to 1971, and in Germany it was banned from 1955 to 1970. At around the time Title IX was heating up in the United States, women’s international soccer basically didn’t exist. According to FIFA, there were only three national teams and two international matches played in 1971.And while the women’s game is still growing worldwide, it has a long way to go. The latest comprehensive statistics from FIFA come from its “Big Count” in 2006. In it, women made up about 11 percent of registered soccer players worldwide, and just 13 percent of youths. While the Big Count hasn’t been updated, more recent studies haven’t suggested any major shifts, and FIFA still uses a figure of 12 percent in its literature.What’s worse, even those numbers are being skewed — by the United States. In that same report, the U.S. had more than 1.5 million registered female youth players — more than half of the world’s total. Take all U.S. youth out of the equation, and just 8 percent of the young soccer players in the rest of the world were female in 2006.Also, in the U.S., women’s soccer has more parity the higher up the ladder you go. Of all FIFA-registered youth in the U.S., 40 percent are female. In high schools, young women make up 47 percent of all soccer players. In the NCAA, 53 percent of soccer players are female, including 61 percent of those in Division I.Given that we pretty much started out on a similar playing field and have devoted more interest to women playing soccer in this country, I’m actually led to wonder why it is that we’re not even more dominant.For example, Germany has probably the most robust network of young women playing soccer outside of the U.S. Per capita its network is about the same as America’s: The U.S. has about five times as many registered youth women’s players as Germany (based on the data in the FIFA country-by-country factbook), fitting well with a population difference of about 5x for 15-24-year-old females (judging by here and here).If all else were equal, the U.S. should be smoking Germany: Both countries have similar youth participation rates, and we have five times more youths to draw on.This isn’t the type of sports mystery that can be easily solved, but the best answer is probably something along the lines of “they take soccer more seriously.” And there are some pretty good hints of that in FIFA’s data: For example, 94 percent of all the FIFA-registered players in the U.S. are youths, compared with only 31 percent in Germany. In raw numbers, that means we have a little more than 100,000 relatively serious adult female players compared with Germany’s 650,000 plus. While I generally think youth or high school participation is a great proxy for potential talent pools, in this case I think the adult participation disparity tells you quite a bit about each country’s soccer culture. We may have the numbers advantage, but we don’t treat soccer as a national passion project.At least not yet. Give us a couple more wins in Canada and we’ll see.CLARIFICATION (July 1, 10:30 a.m.): The “rise of soccer” chart has been labeled to reflect that hockey includes both ice and field variants. read more

Opinion Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan the bestkept secret in college football

OSU sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) celebrates during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes are stocked with talent. Household names such as redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott immediately come to mind whenever the Buckeyes are mentioned.Yet, there’s one player deserving of such notoriety that has flown under the radar for quite some time now.Through the first nine games of the season, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan has quietly led the Buckeyes in total tackles with 83, good for third most in the Big Ten. McMillan has not only capably anchored the middle of OSU’s stout defense, but he’s become the heart and soul of a unit that has been the single most consistent entity on the team. His conservative temperament on the field explains the lack of buzz coming from the national media. He leaves the boisterous celebrations to the likes of other notable names on the defense, like junior defensive end Joey Bosa and his signature shrug.In spite of the shuttered spotlight, McMillan has outshined his fellow starting linebackers, senior Joshua Perry and redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Overall, though, he’s been as good and as consistent as any linebacker in the country.Averaging roughly nine tackles per game, few teams have been able to successfully move the rock against the McMillan-led front seven of the Buckeyes. His sophomore campaign is going so well, in fact, that he’s been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the best linebacker in college football.With Curtis Grant currently pursuing a career in the NFL, McMillan has stepped up big time in what is his first season as a full-time starter. He attributes much of his success to newfound confidence, saying as much on Monday. “I wouldn’t say comfortable, but I would say confident,” McMillan said. “I’m out there making calls on the field; calling things out as I see it. Last year, I was more tentative on the field. But this year, I’m more confident in what I’m saying and I’m saying it loud.”That confidence is something that has helped the Buckeyes to a top-15 ranking in total defense. Despite that high level of play, McMillan is still yearning for more.“We’re steadily getting better every week,” he said. “That was one of our things at the beginning of the season: to progress every week and to be playing your best football at the end of the season. And I think we’re working toward playing our best football at the end of the season.”With only three more games left on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule, McMillan will look to continue what has been nothing short of tremendous play at the middle linebacker position. Guys like Bosa, Lee and Perry may make all of the headlines, but it’s No. 5 who quietly serves as the integral leader of the defense. All things considered, McMillan may just be the best kept secret in all of college football, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. read more

VA hope to reunite families with art stolen by the Nazis as

Troubling Objects. Uncovering the Story of Nazi Looting, a free display, curated by Jacques Schuhmacher and Alice Minter, Curator of the Gilbert Collection, will open at the V&A on 5 December 2019. Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert donated over 1,000 items to the Victoria and Albert Museum Snuffbox with monogram LM in diamonds Arthur Gilbert, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe who donated over 1,000 items of gold and silver, gold boxes, pietre dure, portrait miniatures and micro mosaics, to the Victoria and Albert Museum Arthur Gilbert, a Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe who donated over 1,000 items of gold and silver, gold boxes, pietre dure, portrait miniatures and micro mosaics, to the Victoria and Albert Museum It was acquired by the Gilbert Collection in 1983 with no information about its provenance.“In 1942, Nazi art dealers descended on the Gutmanns’ home and compelled Friedrich to send the collection to Munich. The snuffbox is not recorded on that inventory,” said Schuhmacher.“In 1943, Friedrich and his wife Louise were told they could immigrate to Italy. Instead, their train was diverted to the Theresienstadt Ghetto, and they were murdered.”Schuhmacher travelled to the Netherlands, where Friedrich lived, Germany and the United States to look through the archives. While the case remains unsolved he was able to meet a descendant of the Gutmann family, Simon Gutmann, who himself has written books on Nazi looting. But, he hopes a new display of eight objects from the Gilbert collection with “problematic provenance” that will go on show for free at the V&A this December, will encourage answers. Friedrich Bernhard Eugen Gutmann with his son Bernhard. Dutch art collector  Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert donated over 1,000 items to the Victoria and Albert Museum Snuffbox with monogram LM in diamondsCredit:Paul Gardner “If anyone has further information we welcome that information and I hope that it will lead to further research,” he said.  Once families are found they are able to make a claim via the Spoliation Advisory Panel who will issue a recommendation on the object.For now, the 35-year old said the V&A would continue to tackle the difficult history of the collection “head on” and “where it is appropriate” provenance will be featured on description labels and the V&A website.Schuhmacher said there has been a “tremendous public interest” in provenance and public restitution with a huge demand for tours and seminars.He added that the exhibition, titled Troubling Objects, was “an attempt to pioneer this type of display in the UK and to see what the response is to it”.Schuhmacher believes it is the duty of the museum to understand its objects provenance but resources prevent other institutions from following suit.He said: “It’s not about museums trying to hide something, in many cases they just don’t have the means to carry out this research.” Schuhmacher, who started his position last June, said his appointment is part of the museum “intensifying its efforts in the area of provenance search” with Nazi-looted art being a “big priority”. The Gutmann case was more fruitful than most and Schuhmacher says the process can be “frustrating”. “Sometimes you send emails to members of families and you never receive a reply and you can’t be sure if you’ve contacted the right person.” Friedrich Bernhard Eugen Gutmann with his son Bernhard. Dutch art collector  Now he hopes the 80 objects can be reunited with families.“I have been in touch with some families,” he said. “In many cases, it’s very difficult. We’re talking about cases where people were murdered and sometimes did not leave behind family members.“In other cases, the family members were scattered all over the world as they managed to escape Nazi-occupied Europe but it’s very difficult to track them down.”  One of the objects is a gold box owned by Eugen Gutmann founder of the Dresdner Bank, who died in 1925, with the bulk of his collection inherited by his son, Friedrich. The Victoria and Albert Museum hope to reunite families with 80 pieces of Nazi looted art as it becomes the first museum in the UK to hire a provenance expert.Between 1933 and 1945, Jewish art collectors in Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe had their possessions systematically taken from them but now the V&A hopes to reunite families with their stolen artefacts.Jacques Schuhmacher, 35, from Frankfurt, is the UK’s first museum curator dedicated to provenance research and has been uncovering the story of Nazi-looting through the museum’s Gilbert Collection.The collection includes 1,000 items of gold and silver; gold boxes, pietre dure, portrait miniatures and micro mosaics and was founded by Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert.But, Schuhmacher has so far identified 80 items from the collection with a troubling past, including objects sold by a German auction house in the 1930s, objects that are known to have been in Nazi Germany or a country occupied by Nazi’s, items that were once in a Jewish collection and items with limited information. 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. read more

AdvanceTC announce 48inch tabletphone running Windows 7

first_imgWith all the buzz surrounding tablet devices these days, AdvanceTC’s latest product (the Magic W3) offers a different slant on the whole craze. Instead of a conventional mobile operating system such as Honeycomb or Windows Phone 7, the company has managed to squeeze the full Windows 7 OS into a device the size of a standard smartphone.It offers Quad-band GMS, with calls handled via AdvanceTC’s custom UI, a 1.6Ghz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 1.3MP webcam and a 4.8” WVGA (800 x 480) screen. For power the device incorporates a 3200mAh battery, which may seem large, but with a full OS on-board it will likely drain quite quickly. However, AdvanceTC do have some software installed to help with that.AdChoices广告For those who are concerned about using the device with such a small screen there will be an optional HDMI dock that can improve its functionally and make it act like a nettop PC.No price details or release date as of yet, but as soon as we know something you will be the first to hear.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Rebels seize Gadhafis compound

first_imgTRIPOLI, Libya — Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Moammar Gadhafi’s compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. But they found no sign of the man himself.The storming of Bab al-Aziziya, long the nexus of Gadhafi’s power, marked the effective collapse of his 42-year-old regime. But with Gadhafi and his powerful sons still unaccounted for — and gun battles flaring across the nervous city — the fighters cannot declare victory.Hours after the battle erupted, a pro-Gadhafi TV channel quoted the Libyan leader as saying he retreated from his Tripoli compound in a “tactical move” after 64 NATO airstrikes turned it to rubble. Al-Rai TV said Wednesday it would air the comments in full and reported an excerpt in which Gadhafi vowed his forces would resist “the aggression with all strength” until either victory or death.His government’s chief spokesman also managed to get word out in a phone interview with the same station, promising “we will be back to take Tripoli back.”The rebel force entered the compound after fighting for five hours with Gadhafi loyalists outside, using mortars, heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft guns. They killed some of those who defended the compound and hauled off thousands of rifles, crates of weapons and trucks with guns mounted on the back in a frenzy of looting.last_img read more

Imperial Pacific to pay US336 million fine for labor violations

first_imgThe consent judgement, filed in the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, was signed this week by IPI Chairwoman Cui Li Jie, according to a report by Marianas Variety.Under the judgement, IPI will also “amend [its] payroll practices and require all contractors to amend and maintain their payroll practices by paying all employees an hourly rate in compliance with minimum wage and overtime provision of the labor law.”The US$3.36 million payment includes US$1.58 million for back wages, US$1.58 million for liquidated damages and US$200,000 for civil monetary penalties, to be paid in three separate payments in December 2019, 2020 and 2021.IPI recently warned it could miss its latest February 2021 construction deadline due to ongoing labor shortages at Imperial Pacific Resort. Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment RelatedPosts Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Imperial Pacific International will pay US$3.36 million in back wages, liquidated damages and civil monetary penalties to the US Department of Labor following the latter’s investigations into labor violations on the site of IPI’s under-construction Saipan integrated resort.The violations, committed by IPI’s contractors, relate to a failure to pay minimum wages or overtime and to maintain satisfactory records during a near two-year period from January 2016 to December 2017. Load More Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license feelast_img read more

Dipnetting open on Kasilof Kenai Rivers

first_imgThe Kenai River personal-use dip net fishery opened Sunday on a high point. Not only was the weather sunny and warm, but unusually high numbers of sockeye salmon greeted participants of the resident-only fishery.Dip-netters line the north bank of the Kasilof River last week. The sockeye run started slow in returning to the Kasilof. On the Kenai River, by contrast, huge numbers of sockeye greeted dip-netters on opening day July 10.(Photo by Jenny Neyman, KBBI – Homer)For the last several years, the highest daily counts of late-run sockeye salmon entering the river have arrived toward the end of July. But this year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s sonar counter has been tallying high numbers of fish as soon as it started recording late-run sockeye. Between July 1 and Sunday, four days saw counts exceeding 30,000 fish. The cumulative count by Sunday doubled the count as of July 10 last year.Jason Pawluk, with Fish and Game’s Sportfish Division in Soldotna, said biologists don’t yet know if the high numbers are an indication of a bigger-than-anticipated run or an earlier-than-anticipate run. Either way, the high counts make this a good time to run for the river.“We’re really kinda surprised at the daily passage rates we’re seeing on the Kenai right now for this time of year,” Pawluk said. If these daily passage rates continue, there could be some good dip-netting on the Kenai.”John Wentworth and Tracy Christal drove down from Talkeetna to participate in the Kasilof River personal-use dip net fishery last week. Though they live on the Big Su, Wentworth said the fish are better fresh from the ocean. (Photo by Jenny Neyman, KBBI – Homer)Dip-netting has been open on the Kasilof River since June 25. Sockeye returns there have been lagging, and the cumulative count so far this year is lower than it has been by July 10 in the previous three years. But Alaskans are still having success fishing, even if they’re having to put in extra time to fill their coolers. Alisha Beach is a trooper with the Division of Wildlife.“It’s not hot and heavy yet,” Beach said. “They come in spurts too. So the bigger run should hit somewhere around July 14, so we’re working on it.”She cautions dip-netters to carry their Alaska fishing license with them, carry and fill out their personal-use dip-net permit while fishing, and clip both sides of the tail fin before removing a salmon from the beach. One king salmon may be retained in the Kenai fishery, while no kings may be kept at the Kasilof dip-net fishery.“Most of the people are pretty good. We run into problems,” Beach said. “Especially when people don’t have permits on them. Before you conceal your fish, write down how many you took out whether it was cohos, pinks and so on and so forth.”Dip-netting is open at the mouth of the Kenai River from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily until July 31, and 24 hours a day at the Kasilof River until Aug. 7.last_img read more

Hulu Climbs Above 20 Million Subscribers Inks Major DreamWorks Animation Deal

first_imgAt the event, Hulu brought out talent involved in its upcoming originals. Those included Mindy Kaling, who noted it was her fourth straight Hulu upfront, after previously appearing to pitch her sitcom “The Mindy Project,” which the streamer picked up for three seasons it was canceled at Fox.Kaling said the 10-episode “Four Weddings and a Funeral” series will feature a diverse cast — Pakistani people, black people, and old people (but not “too many” old people), adding, “Don’t worry, there will be plenty of white people, too.” She also took shots at Netflix — “Hulu doesn’t just drown you with 12 episodes of a show all at once, and then an Adam Sandler movie every other week” — and Amazon, saying that Hulu “isn’t an add-on from the place you buy tampons and garden hoses.” The jokes drew laughs from the crowd, meant to convey Hulu’s posture as the scrappy underdog against the two much larger, global powerhouses.In the advertising-specific portion of Hulu’s pitch, the company said it will introduce the dynamic ad-insertion capabilities for Hulu With Live TV across select cable networks in Q2 before rolling out to additional channels over the coming months.Since launching the live TV package in May 2017, Hulu has steadily added local stations to now offer almost 600 across the U.S. But other than adding HBO and Cinemx as premium options, the Hulu With Live TV national lineup hasn’t made major changes. Hulu carries networks from its parent companies — Comcast/NBCUniversal, Disney, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner (Turner) — as well as CBS, A+E Networks, and Scripps.Also at the upfront, Hulu announced that it has selected Nielsen’s Digital Ad Ratings (DAR) over-the-top video measurement service as its “currency of business” across the platform. Hulu’s advertisers can use DAR to measure, guarantee and report campaign audience delivery across all desktop, mobile and connected devices.Meanwhile, Hulu’s forthcoming ad-supported download feature will let subscribers watch TV shows and movies on mobile devices — without needing an internet connection. For advertisers, it will represent a brand-new environment for targeting “engaged viewers who love the experience of watching television, wherever they may be,” said Peter Naylor, Hulu’s SVP of ad sales. Hulu’s DreamWorks Animation deal stands to be another carrot to lure new customers. Under the agreement, Hulu will become the exclusive U.S. streaming home to future theatrical releases from the studio beginning in 2019, including upcoming franchise films “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Boss Baby 2” and “Trolls 2,” in the pay-one window (which historically has gone to premium cable networks). It will also expand Hulu’s film lineup in the coming years with a catalog of library films from the studio including “Shrek,” “Shrek 2” and “Shark Tale.”Furthermore, Hulu will be the home to a slate of new, original series based on characters from DreamWorks Animation’s franchises and upcoming feature films. DreamWorks Animation Television will develop and produce the series, expected to hit Hulu beginning in 2020.“The Good Doctor” comes to Hulu under a deal with Sony Pictures Television, joining Hulu’s lineup of exclusive licensed content. The agreement covers the full first season of the series, which is now streaming on Hulu. Future episodes will become available the day after broadcast on ABC. Last year, Hulu acquired exclusive SVOD rights to NBC’s “This Is Us,” the No. 1 new broadcast drama of the 2016-17 season.ABC recently renewed “The Good Doctor” for a second season, after it became the network’s most-watched freshman series in 13 years. The show stars Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”) as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who joins the staff of a prestigious hospital.Hulu also touted its slate of upcoming originals. Those include “Castle Rock,” Hulu’s second project from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King set to premiere on July 25; “Catch-22,” from George Clooney and starring Kyle Chandler; “The First,” from Beau Willimon and starring Sean Penn; and “Little Fires Everywhere,” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerri Washington. On Wednesday, it announced “Into the Dark” as the name of the previously announced horror anthology series from Blumhouse Television, with feature-length episodes to debut monthly starting in October. Hulu is trying to flex its muscles and prove it’s bulking up to be a top contender in the streaming TV ring.The company has now surpassed 20 million U.S. subscribers, Hulu announced at its 2018 upfront event Tuesday in New York. The number, an 18% increase since the end of 2017, includes both Hulu’s live-TV package and standalone on-demand service.In something of a coup in its battle with Netflix, Hulu announced a multiyear deal with DreamWorks Animation, giving it exclusive U.S. streaming rights for the studio’s library titles, new releases starting in 2019, and new original series to bow in 2020.The pact is Hulu’s largest deal for kids and family programming to date. DWA has had a five-year relationship with Netflix, which had committed to spending $1.5 billion with the studio under their initial 2013 deal; however, the Hulu deal doesn’t mean the Netflix-DWA relationship is ending. Last month, DreamWorks Animation Television announced a “Fast & Furious” animated series is in the works for Netflix, as part of a extension of their deal to focus on animated adaptations of Universal Pictures film franchises. Also on the content front, Hulu clinched an exclusive streaming deal for “The Good Doctor,” ABC’s breakout new primetime drama of the 2017-18 season. To no one’s surprise, Hulu renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a third season, bringing back the buzzy, award-winning dystopian drama series. Hulu also announced series orders for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” from Mindy Kaling and “Ramy,” a Muslim-American comedy from Ramy Youssef and Jerrod Carmichael.Unlike Netflix, Hulu has a story to sell to advertisers. Hulu said it will begin selling dynamically inserted ads in the Hulu With Live TV service starting later in the second quarter of 2018, coming a year after it launched the $40-per-month bundle. And it announced it will offer the industry’s first ad-supported downloadable content, slated to launch with the 2018-19 TV season.True, Hulu’s 20 million subscribers are still less than half the domestic base of Netflix, which tallied 56.7 million U.S. streaming subs at the end of Q1. But Hulu believes its combo of live TV and streaming VOD gives it a unique position in the market.“Hulu is the complete TV experience for consumers, offering both live and on-demand programming and more consumer choice than ever before,” CEO Randy Freer said at the event. Hulu’s upfront, part of the 2018 Digital Content NewFronts series, was held at the recently redubbed Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden after the streamer bought the naming rights in March.In a new feature sure to delight some Hulu customers, the service later this month will let users to no longer show recommendations for content they aren’t interested in, head of experience Ben Smith announced. The example he used on stage: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”Over the past year, time spent watching Hulu has grown by more than 60%. The No. 1 show on Hulu last year, as the company previously revealed in December, was “South Park” — viewers watched 135 million hours of the irreverent animated comedy in 2017, chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell said. That’s been boosted by the “virtual” pay-TV service, which offers 50-plus channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in most markets. In addition, Hulu said that 78% of viewing on the service takes place on internet-connected TVs. Finally, the company announced four new ad-metrics partnerships. Hulu will now offer attribution across the auto category with IHS Markit’s Polk Campaign Measurement Solutions and in the retail category with Nielsen Buyer Insights. Hulu also will deliver an expanded offering for consumer packaged goods brands with IRI’s attribution solution. Under a deal with Experian, Hulu’s advertisers will be able to cross-reference their customer data with Hulu’s first-party data to better track sales growth on the platform.Correction: An earlier version of this article said Netflix was ending its relationship with DreamWorks Animation. In fact, the two companies extended their partnership last month, with a focus on animated series adapted from Universal Pictures film franchises. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

NYCC Things Get Steamy With DC Universe Movies 10th Anniversary

first_imgThe wonderful DC Animated Universe, which began 25 years ago with Batman: The Animated Series, is over. But DC has remained committed to providing quality animation with its world-famous superheroes.For ten years the DC Universe Original Movies imprint has adapted some of the recognized DC Comics stories as animated films geared towards more mature audiences. And at New York Comic Con we got to talk to some of the folks behind these cartoons in anticipation for the 30-film box set releasing this holiday.Long-time DC animation producer Alan Burnett, who’s set to retire soon, enjoyed the variety that came with working on separate movies as opposed to grinding away on a TV show. He’s also enjoyed the extra leeway that’s come with more adult-oriented animation. Burnett worked on Super Friends back in the day. Compare that to the violence and death and personal emotional stakes of the sprawling Flashpoint Paradox. That’s Burnett’s favorite film in the set and one that even influenced the storyline in the comics and eventual CW Flash show.However, recently some of the movies have been operating more like a classic TV show. The films adapting the New 52 run, as demanded by WB, all take place in a single continuity. James Tucker produced those films and said that working with an established world provides its share of benefits, as MCU fans would understand. They don’t have to constantly redesign or recast the characters. They don’t need to re-explain everything every time, and they can dig into some more obscure characters now that they know the bigger ones already sell.As for the adaptation process in general, both Barnett and Tucker talked about the challenge of finding the right (popular) runs to adapt and how to change and expand them. The goal is to make good films first that then feel like your memories of the comics, since a literal adaptation wouldn’t necessarily fit normal dramatic structure.Anyone who has seen The Killing Joke knows this doesn’t always work out. “We don’t always hit a home run,” said Bruce Timm. But it has also led to great work like Batman: Under The Red Hood which arguably improves its source material. Tucker would love to do a period movie starring the JSA or maybe All-Star Batman. Movies based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or other Vertigo characters would also be fun, if strange and difficult, to tackle.The one-off movies outside of continuity (except for the truly bizarre like the upcoming Batman Ninja showed off at NYCC) are under the domain of Bruce Timm, one of the animation masterminds behind the DCAU. Timm said working on those old shows vs working on these new movies is “apples and oranges.” TV has its own rhythms and long-form storytelling potential, but movies have more time to fine-tune things.So what’s coming next? As story editor Jim Krieg showed off the lovely complete box set and its extra behind-the-scenes features and shorts, he said the team is looking to make films starring more female characters and diverse characters in general. They also want to go back to doing more shorts showcasing smaller characters.However, one film you shouldn’t expect to see that fans still demand is Kingdom Come. Timm explained they just couldn’t afford to do animation that did justice to Alex Ross’s epic painterly art. Timm’s favorite film in this collection is the adaptation of Golden Age to Silver Age transition Justice League: The New Frontier by the late Darwyn Cooke, whose streamlined art style works much better in animation.These DC movies have also let tons of new actors try their hand at playing these characters. Timm said that it was no surprise huge nerd Nathan Fillion was a great Green Lantern. However, Peter Weller also had a keen understanding of old Batman in the two-part adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.Actor Jason O’Mara, who enjoyed the Batman animated series with his son, said that while he tried to come up with his own original take on Batman using only his voice, ultimately there are too many fantastic versions of the character and his psyche from other actors. You just have to accept there can’t be a blank slate. It’s Shakespearean. So he wouldn’t give any new Batman actor any advice because there would be no point.However, O’Mara particularly enjoyed voicing Bruce in Son of Batman, as Batman’s interactions with Damian Wayne were something that hadn’t really been explored outside of recent comics. Damian also wasn’t the most beloved character in the comics, and O’Mara hoped the film might help audiences realize how compelling the character truly is.Meanwhile, actor Vanessa Marshall said she lets the script guide her toward “making specific acting choices.” And while she loves Susan Eisenberg’s Wonder Woman voice acting, the parallel universe versions of the character Marshall plays in Crisis on Two Earths and especially her sadistic Flashpoint Paradox incarnation allow for new creative ideas and exploration.Still, as we’ve learned this year, some emotional truths about Wonder Woman are universal, like her “get it done attitude.” And Marshall likes to remember those truths in her own journey through life, hoping it improves her performances on the mic. Also Black Canary and Black Widow, two other characters Marshall has played, would tie in a fight according to her.The roundtable interview gave us some fascinating insight into the thought process of the actors and filmmakers behind these 30 animated movies. Unfortunately, the panel afterward wasn’t quite as informative. Early on the audience expressed its love of the cartoon’s more adult direction and occasional R-ratings. That created a weird, off-putting, tone-deaf vibe for the rest of the panel in-between the nifty supercut trailers.Darkness in these DC animated films has occasionally been used for responsible story-driven reasons, like the death in Superman Doomsday or the overall tone of Justice League Dark and its (still non-smoking) Constantine. I also appreciated the totally understandable horniness of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.But as talented as Tara Strong is, she’s wrong if she thinks Batgirl having sex with Batman is a good idea. It was fun when legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy took his shirt off before saying nerds like Batman because they are damaged. And I’d let John DiMaggio curse at me crotch any time. But embracing “adult” grittiness for grittiness’s sake is the kind of pandering that ruined the new post-Nolan live-action DC movies before Wonder Woman. Remember, on-screen blood doesn’t make a cartoon starring superheroes created for children any better just by being there. It’s the story, stupid.The 30-film set of the (at the moment) complete collection of DC Universe Original Movies drops this holiday season. For what it’s worth, my favorite movie in this collection is still Justice League: Gods And Monsters with its angry Mexican Superman. When are we getting a sequel to that?last_img read more

Prenatal plastic exposure affects kids motor skills

first_imgUsing personal care products like moisturisers and lipstick – rich in toxic plastic chemical – during pregnancy can affect your baby’s motor skills in adolescence, warns a research. The study showed that maternal exposure to phthalates – plasticiser chemicals – in late pregnancy could have long-lasting adverse effects on motor function in children. Phthalate exposures likely occurred when expecting mothers and their children unknowingly ingested small amounts of products like lipstick or plastic food containers or packaging or have absorbed these chemicals through their skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The study adds to the substantial body of evidence on the health risks of phthalates for children, which also includes elevated risk for asthma and cognitive issues,” said Julie Herbstman, Associate Professor at the Columbia University in the US. As lower scores on measures of motor development have been associated with more problems in cognitive, socio-emotional functioning and behaviour, the results, published in the journal Environmental Research, have implications related to overall child development. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, researchers included 209 children and measured levels of phthalates and their metabolites in urine collected from women during late pregnancy and from their children at ages three, five, and seven. Children with even subtle motor problems often have difficulty participating in daily activities of childhood, particularly sports. They may also experience low self-worth and self-esteem, high rates of anxiety and depression, as well as behavioural disorders, such as ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), according to Pam Factor-Litvak, Professor at the varsity. “To the extent possible, expecting mothers should minimise their exposures to products like moisturisers that contain these chemicals by paying attention to product labels.”last_img read more

Pale Moon 2770 release information

first_imgPale Moon 27.7.0 release information by Martin Brinkmann on January 15, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: January 18, 2018 – 45 commentsPale Moon 27.7.0 is a new version of the web browser that was released on January 15, 2018. The latest version introduces new features as well as stability, security, and privacy improvements.Pale Moon shares a lot of code with Mozilla Firefox, but there are fundamental changes between both browsers. These differences were catapulted to a new level when Mozilla announced that it would cut legacy features from Firefox.The development team of the web browser shared its vision for the browser’s future in early 2017. The decision was made back then to support Firefox legacy features such as the legacy add-on system or plugins, and to start work on a new browser project that goes under the codename Basilisk.Basilisk may become the source for a future version of Pale Moon, but it is a separate project right now. The first version of Basilisk Browser is available already.Pale Moon 27.7.0Pale Moon 27.7.0 is available for download on the official project website and through the browser’s automatic updating mechanics. You run a manual check for updates with a click on Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon. Updates are downloaded and installed automatically when discovered.The Pale moon release notes list all changes that went into the version. Pale Moon 27.7.0 includes several significant privacy and security changes. The browser won’t fill out log-in details anymore by default to reduce risks of them being stolen or abused for tracking purposes.Pale Moon users find a new setting under Preferences > Security called “Automatically fill in log-in details” which they may use to enable the auto-fill functionality again.The new Pale Moon version comes with additional privacy improvements. It features a new configuration parameter to disable the visibility Web API to block sites from finding out whether they are actively displayed to the user.Load the address about:config?filter=dom.visibilityAPI.enabled to manage the new preference. A value of true means that the API is enabled, a value of false that it is disabled.The developers disabled the sending of referrer information when links are opened in new private windows as well in the new version.Pale Moon users who used the “ask every time” cookie policy will notice that it is not available anymore. The team suggests using extensions that control the setting of cookies instead.Pale Moon 27.7.0 includes the performance timer changes that prevent Spectre attacks against the browser. Mozilla implemented the changes earlier this month in the Firefox browser as well.Other changesMost of the remaining modifications fix issues in the browser or re-organize things. Linux users find Preferences under Tools in the new version, and the “restart with add-ons disabled” option was renamed to “restart in Safe Mode.”The new version fixed a crash issue, updated the SQLite library, and fixed lots of bugs besides that. I suggest you check out the official release notes for a full rundown on what changed in the new version.Now You: Which web browser do you use predominantly nowadays?Pale Moon 27.7.1Pale Moon 27.7.1 was released on January 18, 2017. It is a bug fix release that addresses two issues. The first completes the implementation of Javascript’s ES6 Unscopables which caused some sites to display blank or load incorrectly.The second resolves a too thick tab borders issue in Windows systems that used higher settings for element scaling.Related ArticlesList of Pale Moon specific about:config preferencesPale Moon profile backup toolPale Moon TweaksThe Future of Pale MoonThis is what Pale Moon’s Firefox Compatibility Mode setting is all aboutSummaryArticle NamePale Moon 27.7.0 release informationDescriptionPale Moon 27.7.0 is a new version of the web browser that was released on January 15, 2018. The latest version introduces new features as well as stability, security, and privacy improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft Security Advisory for selfencrypting drives

first_imgMicrosoft Security Advisory for self-encrypting drives by Martin Brinkmann on November 07, 2018 in Security, Windows – 13 commentsMicrosoft published the security advisory ADV180028, Guidance for configuring BitLocker to enforce software encryption, yesterday. The advisory is a response to the research paper Self-encrypting deception: weaknesses in the encryption of solid state drives (SSDs) by the Dutch security researchers Carlo Meijer and Bernard von Gastel from Radboud University (PDF here).The researchers discovered a vulnerability in Solid State Drives that support hardware encryption that enabled them to retrieve data from the encrypted drive without knowledge of the password used to encrypt the data on it.The vulnerability requires local access to the drive as it is necessary to manipulate the firmware of it to access the data.The security researchers tested several retail solid state drives that support hardware encryption and found the vulnerability in each of them including Crucial MX100, MX200 and MX3000, Samsung T3 and T5, and Samsung 840 Evo and 850 Evo drives.How BitLocker is affectedBitLocker supports software and hardware encryption but uses hardware encryption by default if supported by the drive. Means: any drive that supports hardware encryption is potentially affected by the issue on Windows.Microsoft suggests that administrators switch the encryption mode from hardware to software to address the issue and resolve it at the same time.Verify the encryption methodSystem administrators can check the used encryption method on Windows devices in the following way:Open an elevated command prompt, e.g. by opening the Start menu, typing cmd.exe, right-clicking on the result, and selecting the “run as administrator” option.Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.Type manage-bde.exe -status.Check for “Hardware Encryption” under Encryption Method.The solid state drives uses software encryption if you don’t find hardware encryption referenced in the output.How to switch to BitLocker software encryptionAdministrators may switch the encryption method to software if BitLocker uses a drive’s hardware encryption capabilities on a Windows machine.BitLocker can’t switch to software encryption automatically if a drive uses hardware encryption. The required process involves enabling software encryption as the default, decryption of the drive, and encrypting it using BitLocker.Microsoft notes that it is not required to format the drive or install software again when switching the encryption method.First thing that needs to be done is enforce the use of software encryption using the Group Policy.Open the Start menu.Type gpedit.mscGo to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Bitlocker Drive Encryption.For the system drive, open Operating System Drives and double-click on Configure use of hardware-based encryption for operating system drives.For fixed date drives, open Fixed Data Drives and double-click on Configure use of hardware-based encryption for Fixed Data Drives.For removable drives, open Removable Data Drives and double-click on Configure use of hardware-based encryption for Removable Data Drives,Set the required policies to Disabled. A value of disabled forces BitLocker to use software-encryption for all drives even those that support hardware encryption.The setting applies to new drives that you connect to the computer. BitLocker won’t apply the new encryption method to drives that are already encrypted.It is necessary to turn off BitLocker on affected drives fully to decrypt the data and turn it on again after the process so that BitLocker uses software encryption as defined in the Group Policy to encrypt the drive’s data.Here is how that is doneOpen Explorer on the computer.Right-click on the drive and select “Manage BitLocker” from the context menu.Select “Turn off BitLocker” to decrypt the drive. The time it takes to decrypt the drive depends on a number of factorsOnce BitLocker is turned off on the drive, enable BitLocker encryption again on the drive.Closing WordsThe issue affects Solid State Drives that support hardware encryption. The security researchers tested only some Solid State Drives that support the security feature; it seems likely that additional drives are vulnerable as well.Attackers need local access to the drive to exploit the vulnerability. While that is very limiting, it is still suggested to switch to software encryption especially if critical data is stored on the drive or if the computer or drive may be sold or given away at a later point in time. (via Born)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Security Advisory for self-encrypting drivesDescriptionMicrosoft published the security advisory ADV180028, Guidance for configuring BitLocker to enforce software encryption, yesterday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Industry Veteran Joins LPS as SVP of Product Management

first_imgNew,Industry Veteran Joins LPS as SVP of Product Management Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-07-10 Tory Barringer In Florida, “”Lender Processing Services, Inc.””: (LPS), announced that Vicki Vidal has joined the company as SVP of product management for its Servicing Solutions and Technology division.[IMAGE]In her new role, Vidal will work with LPS’ product management team to review regulatory requirements and identify enhancements the company can make to its servicing systems to better support its clients.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Vicki will add strength and depth to our leadership team,”” said Joe Nackashi, CIO and EVP of the Servicing Solutions and Technology division. “”She is a well-respected industry leader, and her addition to LPS reinforces the continued investments we are making to ensure our technologies meet the evolving regulatory needs of our clients.””Vidal joins LPS from the Mortgage Bankers Association, where she worked as the associate VP of loan administration in the Public Policy and Industry Relations department. During her time there, she was responsible for residential servicing policy, covering a variety of servicing areas including default, loss mitigation and foreclosure, mortgage insurance, escrow administration, and compliance with federal laws affecting servicers.””Vicki’s extensive servicing and public policy experience will enhance our product management team’s ability to make the strategic investments necessary to ensure LPS solutions meet the changing industry landscape,”” said Scott FitzGerald, SVP of product management.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing July 10, 2013 405 Views last_img read more

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first_img“She’s doing their social media?”Does she help you out with yours?“No, no, no. Her mom and dad do that for me.”How good has long snapper Aaron Brewer been for you? We haven’t heard his name a lot. “That’s a great thing. It’s kind of like Mike Leach. You never knew him until he was doing charity work and helping somebody in the community, and that’s what Brewers has been doing, so let’s knock on wood it continues.”Did Deone Bucannon come out of last week’s game OK?“Yeah, Buc came out good. He’s had a great week of practice. You see him start to knock that rust off and recognize quicker and adjust.”What do you think about Peyton Manning getting a statue in Indianapolis?“I’ve been texting back-and-forth with him. Wish I could be there because it is a really special moment and to have that little small part of it was really special.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“All right, out for the game: D.J. Humphries and Robert Nkemdiche. Everybody else will be game-time decisions. I thought we had an excellent week of preparation. Obviously, going outside for the first time in possible weather conditions and everything else, 10 o’clock (kickoff), they’re all excuses. We got to play the game wherever it’s at, and we’re ready to roll.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   What are your thoughts on Philadelphia fans?“Some of the best. Passion. They bring passion.”When you were hired by Temple so many years ago, did you think you’d still be coaching at this time?“I would hope so if I wasn’t dead. That job damn near killed me. But, I still have some of the best relationships ever, from ’83-’88, with those guys and heard from a ton of them in the past week.”You mentioned weather conditions; do you pay attention to the forecast?“Oh yeah. You got to get guys—if it looks like rain, you’ll do a wet-ball drill and things like that with the quarterbacks and centers.”Offensive pass interference penalties are up in the league. Do you tell your players anything different?“Yeah. We have a scouting report every Friday on the crew that’s officiating our ballgame and the types of penalties, where do they happen. I think OPI was a point of emphasis in the offseason and we’ll see if it continues.”Did you catch the Diamondbacks game the other night?“Part of it. I was really, really happy. It was awesome. My granddaughter was a part of it. She’s an intern down there and got a lot of pictures and it was fantastic.”What does she do for the Diamondbacks? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires How close will Alex Boone be to possibly playing?“Should be close. Could be close.”Are you confident with again going with Will Holden or would you even consider Earl Watford there at left guard?“Yeah, Earl’s up to speed right away.”How tough is it for an offensive lineman to play with a chest or tricep injury?“You’re out there playing one arm basically. You’re limited as far as once they put that harness on you, the range of motion, how far back you can go and the things you can do, so you might be able to go get somebody and your arm, it won’t go, so it’s really difficult.”Your defense got one takeaway last week and came close to a few others. How badly do you need to force some turnovers this week?“They come in bunches and we need bunches. We’ve been close too many times now, and we need one of those games where they bounce our way.”You talked about needing to stick with the run game more, what goes into your thought process when you do decide to go away from it?“So much of it is success in the passing game. When I see Carson (Palmer) in a rhythm and then you try to mix and match it and it might be one-to-three, run-to-pass, when he’s in that really good rhythm. Other times, say, ‘hey, we need to pound it once or twice, try to get into a very manageable third down.’ It’s a fine line in-between as you’re calling plays.”last_img read more