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Situation in Somalia difficult but not hopeless says top UN envoy
22 May 2009The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today characterized the situation in the Horn of Africa nation as “very difficult … but not hopeless,” as news media reported fresh outbreaks of deadly clashes in the capital, Mogadishu. Speaking to UN Radio from his headquarters in Nairobi, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that among the tragedies, there was the fact that many of the people fleeing the capital were escaping violence for at least the second time.They had returned to Mogadishu after the signing of the UN-backed peace agreements in Djibouti in January, only to be sent running for their lives again after intense fighting between Government troops and the opposition Al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam groups began in Mogadishu on 8 May.Most of the uprooted have headed to makeshift camps south-west of the capital that already are home to some 400,000 people.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that some 46,000 people had fled the capital since the fighting broke out earlier this month.“I hope they will return soon with the betterment of the situation,” Mr. Ould-Abdallah said today.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated that over 50,000 severely malnourished children throughout the country will be without supplies because of the fighting in Mogadishu and the 17 May looting of a UNICEF office in the town of Jowhar, 90 kilometres north of the capital, which serves as the main hub for the provision of services and supplies to the whole of the central and southern regions of Somalia.Mr. Ould-Abdallah said today that he does not believe the current situation in Somalia is hopeless.“It is a long-running conflict,” he said, noting that “the tragedy in Somalia is the central government has been very weak.”With the Djibouti peace agreement, the Representative said, “we have the beginning of a credible [government]. We have to help it be functional.”Acknowledging that it is a “tough job,” he underscored that the situation is “not hopeless – and it may in fact work!” UNICEF has reported that the looting of its Jowhar office has resulted in the destruction of humanitarian supplies, assets and equipment, including vaccine cold storage, rendering thousands of doses of measles, polio and other vaccines for Somali children unusable.However, UNICEF and UNHCR said today that they plan to go ahead with a major distribution of non-food items in the coming days, targeting more than 100,000 displaced people. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that dry food distributions had not been adversely affected as of Thursday, with 14 out of 16 distribution points in Mogadishu serving over 80,000 cooked meals on a daily basis.
Dont return home UN again warns Congolese refugees in Burundi
The latest warning from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) follows an incident yesterday when more than 400 Congolese from the recently closed camp in Gihinga, central Burundi, were stopped from entering their country by DRC immigration officials.“UNHCR has repeatedly urged the refugees not to go back to their native South Kivu province in DRC for the moment, stressing that that under the prevailing security conditions neither the Government authorities nor UNHCR would be in a position to guarantee their safety on return,” agency spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told a news briefing in Geneva.DRC immigration services said their actions were based on security concerns for the group. The refugees had boarded 11 trucks provided by Burundian government yesterday morning, leaving behind another group of some 500 refugees waiting for their turn to go home. When they reached the border they found it closed and the Burundian authorities took them back to Gihinga.The refugees are being provisionally sheltered at the former camp, in classrooms and a health centre, waiting for the outcome of discussions between the Burundi authorities and DRC officials, who were expected to arrive in Bujumbura, the Burundian capital, today.The refugees are being cared for by the Burundian agency responsible, Office pour la Protection des Réfugiés et des Apatrides, which is distributing food and water provided by UNHCR and high protein biscuits provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP).The Congolese denied access to their country are those who earlier refused to relocate to the newly established Bwagiriza camp in eastern Burundi, claiming their security would not be guaranteed there. Bwagiriza camp is presently sheltering some 1,200 mostly Congolese refugees, including 599 who voluntarily transferred from Gihinga earlier this week. 9 October 2009For the second time this week, the United Nations refugee agency today warned more than 2,000 Congolese in Burundi not to return to the strife-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which they fled during ethnic fighting in 2004.
New UN study aims to curb use of ozonedepleting halons
In “Eliminating Dependency on Halons: Case Studies,” UNEP helps countries to both ensure effective fire protection and comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer by phasing out halons, which are very effective in putting out fires. The publication includes descriptions of alternatives used in different sectors (aviation, electronic facilities, military), an account of how Poland organized a network of stakeholders and institutions to steer the halon phase out, and information on the experience of specific organizations – such as NASA – in different aspects of halon management. Halons were the first ozone-depleting substance to be phased out in industrialized countries under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. Although halon production ceased in those countries by 1994, nearly 26,000 tonnes of the substance continue to be produced in developing countries and approximately 30,000 tonnes are consumed worldwide, according to figures from 1999. To make the publication widely accessible, UNEP has posted it free-of-charge on the OzonAction Programme’s website at http://www.uneptie.org/ozonaction.html.
UN environment agency announces 2003 awards
They are joined by an individual from Niger whose company is delivering “sustainable development in action” by using gum arabic to boost farmers’ incomes while rehabilitating West African dry lands, and a litter-busting brigade of Nepalese women who have transformed waste management in the Himalayan mountain kingdom.A team of Bangladeshi lawyers who are bringing environmental and social justice to their country; a Frenchman who, over half a century ago, recognized and pressed for the need for national parks; and a children’s group, which helped cut water wastage among communities in the Algerian Sahara, complete the list of this year’s winners.UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer is scheduled to present the awards during World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5 June in Beirut.The laureates include Serge M. Antoine of France, who played a major role in the creation of the Ministry of Environment; the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA), considered a pioneer in public interest environmental litigation; and Annelisa Kilbourn of the United Kingdom, who worked 16-hour days seven days a week to save the great apes, the elephant and the rhino before dying in a plane crash in Gabon last November while working on research into the Ebola virus and western lowland gorillas.Among the other winners are Bindeshwar Pathak of India, who developed the technology of a twin-pit, pour-flush toilet known as Sulabh Shauchalaya, of which 1 million have been constructed in a country where 700 million people and 120 million households have no toilets; Najib Saab of Lebanon, who launched Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment and Development) magazine, which has triggered an unprecedented environmental public awareness campaign in the Middle East; Boureima Wankoye of Niger, President of Achats Service International (ASI), which introduced the mass plantation of gum arabic in the dry lands of Niger for export to Europe, helping to rehabilitate degraded land and providing a profitable, income-generating activity for its inhabitants; and the Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) of Nepal, which collects and manages garbage from more than 3,000 households from Lalitpur, proving that using the three “Rs” principle (reduce, reuse and recycle) at community level can control waste pollution problems in an urban municipality.
Bird flu outbreak kills some of the Queens swans in Windsor
Officials are investigating a suspected outbreak of bird flu after a number of wild swans thought to be owned by the Queen reportedly died in Windsor.Seven birds are feared to have died from H5N6 avian influenza, according to the Sun.The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed it was investigating a suspected outbreak of the deadly strain in Berkshire, with results expected early next week.It did not confirm the number of birds potentially affected or the number reported to have died.Bird flu has been detected in 75 wild birds so far in 2018, including a number of mute swans, Defra’s records show.Recently, two mute swans tested positive in Greater London. Currently no bird flu has been detected in poultry or kept birds.All unmarked mute swans on the River Thames, which runs through Windsor, are owned by the Queen as part of a tradition dating back to the 12th century. The Queen’s official Swan Marker David Barber told the paper: “We are deeply saddened by the loss.”This time last year, two swans died after 12 birds were shot with an air weapon and slingshot near to Windsor Castle. 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.
Education COI calls for review of radio instruction programme
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation COI unearths non-existent teachers on payroll in Region 10April 29, 2017In “latest news”Education CoI hears concerns of Region 7 stakeholdersSeptember 13, 2016In “latest news”‘Let your voices be heard’ …Citizens urged to participate fully in Education CoIAugust 30, 2016In “latest news” The Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the education sector’s preliminary report has noted that it is “very important” that the Ministry of Education re-evaluate the Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programme, according to GINA.Chairman of the Education Commission of Inquiry, Ed CaesarChairman of the COI, Ed Caesar recently presented the report to the Minister of Education Dr Rupert Roopnaraine at the Ministry’s Brickdam office.Caesar explained that throughout the year -long consultations, teachers complained about the ineffectiveness of the IRI programme. The IRI programme is taught at the primary level. “Some people are saying too many concepts; some people are saying too many things are happening too quickly; before the children can respond the answer has been given by the narrator and so on,” Caesar shared.Caesar, a former Chief Education Officer (CEO), noted that some teachers credited the poor performance in mathematics at the primary level to the IRI programme. “In fact some schools have said let us abandon the IRI programme, and go back to the regular teaching of mathematics,” he added.The IRI programme was introduced in the primary education system in 2006 for Grades One to Three. The Ministry of Education has committed to undertake a review of the IRI programme during the course of 2017. The Acting CEO, Marcel Hutson had told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the assessment will be done with the aim of improving the programme’s delivery.The review of the programme will be done by Mathematics experts from the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD).Meanwhile, the COI has also called for the strengthening of capacity for institutions like NCERD to carry out research and evaluate programmes introduced in the education system more efficiently.
Google did not buy hotspot provider ICOA for 400 million UPDATED
Update – Both Google and ICOA have released public statements denying that an acquisition has happened. ICOA CEO George Strouthopoulos commented further in an email to TechCrunch that there has never been any discussions with any potential acquirers.For quite a while now, Google has been providing WiFi to the city of Mountain View for free. If you live within range, you can connect to the service and use it indefinitely. Google has also partnered with Boingo to offer free WiFi at thousands of other locations across the US, though none quite so large as their hometown offering. As with anything from Google, the only thing you pay for the service is what Google scrapes from how you use the service. Today, Google has announced the purchase of WiFi hotspot provider ICOA with the intent to provide their service to even more users.ICOA offers wired and wireless Internet access to 1500 sites across 45 states, according to their website. By targeting high traffic areas that ordinarily wouldn’t provide internet service, like marinas and campgrounds as well as airports, ICOA provides a solution that is in line with what Google has already been trying to accomplish with their 4,000 hotspot strong Boingo partnership. It’s unclear how Google will use ICOA moving forward, including whether or not the purchase has anything to do with Google Fiber, but the purchase extends Google’s data scraping capabilities significantly.Google’s expansion into this market matches recent expansions by Comcast, whose XFinity WiFi service allows subscribers to connect to free hotspots anywhere that businesses have enabled the feature. Google’s WiFi hotspots don’t require a subscription, but in the past they have been limited to Android, OS X, and Windows operating systems. While Google is far from being able to offer their Fiber service as a nationwide competitor to Comcast, Google is now able to offer the same value adds as their ISP service expands.ICOA release via TNWScreenshot of PRweb release (posted in case the page is removed):
The mother lode
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mothers bear the brunt as they are traditionally seen as the family caretaker. They are the ones who stop working to look after the child and can become isolated from the Greek community and the broader Australia community for decades.I write this, coincidentally, soon after the apparent murder/suicide of a Colombian family that included two children with autism. Much is being made of the children’s disability and the strain it placed on the family; the inference, presumably, is that it was the motivation for their murders. “It is fair to say that it is more difficult for carers from a non-English speaking background because not only is the English language a barrier, even if things are translated older people often can’t read in their native language,” says Carers Australia program development officer Simone Sharkey, referring to elderly Greek Australians.The most wide-ranging study of Greek background carers was undertaken by Morse and Messimeri-Kiandis (1997). They found mental health of carers considerably worse than non-carers due to the unrelieved stress and strain of caring. The majority were using some form of assistance, but few were using a full range of carer support services available. The notion of self-sacrifice was strong. Agapi Care House in Oakleigh is a Greek background respite centre that has currently suspended its respite care service to temporarily house six clients, with a range of disabilities, whose parents can no longer look after them. I recently spent a morning at Agapi Care talking to the parents whose adult children reside at the centre. These clients are waiting to move into the purpose-built Kakosaios House in Clayton where they will live permanently, each with their own room. Their parents have relinquished their daily care to the Victorian government because they feel unable to cope with their children’s behaviour. The process of relinquishing a child is deeply traumatic and is only done as a last resort.“The first thing the parents get is depression. In the Greek culture, if you’ve got a disabled child, then you’ve got a stigma. Of course it’s not, but it is very hard to get this out of the mind of a woman who is 70 years old. She is ashamed,” says Agapi Care house supervisor Anna Angelidis.She says that if the child exhibits challenging behaviour publicly, the reactions of people can discourage the mother from going out. She becomes further isolated. “If we take our clients out into the Greek community, they stare at them and talk to each other, they point, it’s just not fair.”Angelidis says that the way Greeks view disability can make it harder for them to cope. “Other cultures accept it more. They say ‘it’s just bad luck’. We have an Aussie family who leave their twin kids with us to go on holidays and have their own life. They take time for themselves. In our culture, it’s different. They keep suffering and asking why, why did it happen to me?’.”Olga*, a single parent in her 70s, gave birth prematurely to her son Nick* when she was 42. He survived but was intellectually disabled. She separated from her husband soon after his birth. Nick’s care fell solely onto Olga’s shoulders, with a day school for children with intellectual disabilities offering the only respite. “My life ended at the age of 42. I never worked again. My life became rubbish. I stayed home for 30 years looking after him on my own.” Olga was forced to relinquish his care to the state government in 2012 after Nick became more aggressive towards her, which she attributes to his depression. “If he pushed me, and I was unconscious or killed, what would happen to him? He could end up in the house on his own for days.” Now, Nick lives in several supported accommodation facilities in rotation, as there is no full-time bed available for him at Agapi Care. This is upsetting for Olga and Nick, who both prefer the Greek-speaking Agapi Care facility. His placement, however, has given Olga a chance to retire from intensive caring. Caring for a disabled child in the home for as long as possible is an integral part of the Greek character. “There are many carers who are well into their 70s that are still caring for a child with a disability. This can cause issues as the carers have age-related issues and it is often difficult to introduce services like personal care to an adult with a disability when mum and dad have been doing it all their lives,” says Carers Australia program development officer Simone Shirkey.For Australian-born Toula and her husband John*, any difficulties they face in Australia with their adult son Paul* are nothing compared to the difficulties they left behind in Greece when they migrated 18 months ago. Parents must pay for their child to attend a privately-run day school when they are under 18. There are limited support services for people with disabilities after they turn 18, meaning they are homebound, usually looked after by their mother. John’s income had dropped significantly with the Greek economic crisis, forcing their repatriation to Australia for employment and where support for Paul is better. “We didn’t bring him here to put him in care but he started to attack us. He started to kick in the walls of the house we were renting,” says John, showing me pictures on his phone of large holes in the walls of their home. Their local GP recommended they relinquish his care.For the first time in more than 20 years, Toula is able to sleep at night without been woken up by Paul, who has settled into his new residence. They socialise more. Maria*, whose adult daughter Penny* is in a wheelchair and wears incontinent nappies, says Greek holidays showed it would have been impossible for them to live in their Greek village because of the poor footpaths. People would ask intrusive questions about her daughter. In Australia, Maria was able to work while her mother-in-law minded her daughter but after her death, she was forced to stop working and become her daughter’s full-time carer.“I lost my life. That’s how I see it. Everything is always black. I take antidepressants.” Maria’s daughter was a casual resident of the respite centre, but has lost her place while the permanent residents wait for their accommodation. She has no long-term plans for Penny’s care, typical of a lot of Greek carers.“I meet older Greeks with kids who are 45-50 years of age and they are very reluctant to put them in a home. I’ve asked them, what happens when you die and they say, ‘oh well, he’ll be looked after’. But they don’t understand the difficulty of finding a permanent facility for your 50-year-old child after you’ve died. What happens is they go from pillar to post. They might live two days in Berwick, three days in Pakenham, four days in Oakleigh. The Department of Human Services takes the cheapest way out and that is how they get looked after,” says Joanna*, 48, whose son Jason* lives full time at Agapi Care.A recent cancer scare prompted her desire to see Jason permanently settled into Kakosaios House in Clayton. “I want him to be in his permanent home; to have his carers, his routine, his own room. His carers can get to know him while I am still around and able to advocate for him, so when I die, he’s there.”* All names have been changed upon request.
3DS leshop sera livré en retard
3DS : l’e-shop sera livré en retard Attendue pour la fin du mois, la mise à jour qui offrira aux utilisateurs de la 3DS un magasin en ligne et un navigateur web sera livrée avec quelques jours de retard. Il faudra encore patienter jusqu’au mois de juin, vient d’annoncer Nintendo.L’e-shop et le navigateur Internet de la 3DS se font toujours désirer. Nintendo avait annoncé la mise en ligne de sa mise à jour à la fin du mois de mai. Mais dans un message publié sur son site américain, la firme japonaise indique qu’il faudra finalement patienter encore quelques jours de plus.La mise à jour ne sera en effet pas disponible avant le 6 juin aux Etats-Unis. Quant aux possesseurs Japonais et Européens de la 3DS, ils n’auront accès à l’e-shop et au navigateur que le lendemain. A noter que c’est ce même jour que Nintendo donnera sa conférence de presse lors de l’E3, le salon du jeu vidéo de Los Angeles. Les annonces que fera la firme japonaise à cette occasion pourraient avoir un rapport avec le report de la mise à jour. A moins qu’il ne soit seulement la conséquence d’un problème technique.Le 12 mai 2011 à 18:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Après deux semaines déjà 10 millions de membres sur Google
Après deux semaines, déjà 10 millions de membres sur Google +Le nouveau réseau social lancé par le moteur de recherches américain aurait atteint les 10 millions d’inscrits en seulement quinze jours.Si rien n’est encore officiel, les calculs de Paul Allen, célèbre entrepreneur et fondateur d’Ancestry.com, sont assez fiables pour être pris au sérieux. Il a en effet constaté que le réseau social Google +, lancé le 28 juin dernier, comptait déjà 7,3 millions de membres dimanche dernier, relaye Le Parisien. Il a ainsi évalué que la barre des 10 millions serait atteinte ce mardi.À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinSelon lui, la barre des 20 millions pourrait même être franchie dès le week-end prochain, à condition toutefois que Google ouvre son réseau au grand public en laissant tomber sa version bêta et son système d’invitation. Et pendant que Facebook annonce 750 millions de membres à travers la planète, Google + cherche à s’améliorer, comme l’a expliqué Vic Gundotra, un des dirigeants de Google, dans un post relayé par Le Nouvel Obs. Les utilisateurs ont notamment pointé l’absence d’un espace de discussion, comparable à celui de Facebook, ou encore la difficulté de publier des photos.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambert
Prothèses PIP plus de 2 200 ruptures enregistrées en France
Prothèses PIP : plus de 2 200 ruptures enregistrées en FranceSelon un bilan effectué à la fin mars et dévoilé cette semaine par l’agence des produits de santé Afssaps, plus de 2.200 ruptures auraient été constatées chez des porteuses de prothèses mammaires PIP dans l’Hexagone. Plus de quatre mois après que le gouvernement a conseillé à toutes les porteuses de prothèses PIP de se faire retirer leurs implants, c’est un nouveau bilan que vient de dévoiler l’Agence des produits de santé (Afssaps). A la fin mars, un total de 2.227 ruptures de prothèse PIP a été rapporté soit 241 de plus que le bilan de fin février. À lire aussi87% des Françaises tentées par la chirurgie et la médecine esthétiqueDans 43% des cas, ces ruptures sont intervenues moins de 5 ans après la pose, ce qui dénote une usure prématurée, inhabituelle et qui confirme la mauvaise qualité de ces implants remplis de silicone non conforme, irritant pour les tissus, souligne l’agence. En outre, quelque 2.254 réactions inflammatoires ont été enregistrées par l’Afssaps. Mais dans une grande majorité des cas (72%), les réactions inflammatoires se sont produites sans qu’il y ait rupture des implants. Parallèlement, quelque 3.935 femmes se sont fait retirer leurs implants à titre préventif à la fin mars, soit 904 de plus qu’à fin février. Dans 81% des cas, les prothèses ont néanmoins été retrouvées intactes, sans rupture. D’après les chiffres communiqués en décembre dernier, environ 30.000 femmes porteraient des prothèses PIP en France.Le 20 avril 2012 à 15:34 • Maxime Lambert
Evergreen schools add makeup day
Vancouver – Evergreen Public Schools announced Wednesday that it will have a snow makeup day Feb. 17.With eight school days already canceled due to weather, the county’s largest school district will hold classes on what was originally scheduled to be a day off for students.The district previously announced another snow makeup day on Jan. 27.The other six makeup days will be added to the end of the school year, meaning school will end Friday, June 23, unless, of course, there is more inclement weather requiring additional cancellations, according to the district.
Say hola to new Vancouver celebration of all things Latino
Starting tonight at Vancouver Landing: ?Dos dias de la hora feliz!Put another way: Two days of happy hour!Organizers of this weekend’s ¡Viva Vancouver! Festival want to build a bridge between cultures here in Southwest Washington. What better way, they figure, than through food and drink, music and dance?“For two days, you don’t have to think about work or the bills or customers or your deadlines,” said organizer Domingo Estrada. Whether your primary language is English or Spanish, he said, “Just come and relax and have a good time. That’s the vibe we want.”Estrada, who works for Columbia Beverage Distributing, is excited about a new ¡Viva Vancouver! IPA that’s been brewed up by Urban Hopworks especially for this event; other Mexican-style but totally local craft beers will be available too — such as a Full Sail Mexican lager whose label proudly announces that it’s “hecho (made) en Hood River.”Beverage makers are finally waking up to the untapped purchasing power of Latinos, Estrada said. But “tropical sounds” have been part of the Northwest music scene for years, he added, and two of the area’s premiere salsa bands will appear at ¡Viva Vancouver! on Aug. 19.But first, at 6 p.m. Aug. 18, a popular young Portland mixmaster named DJ Denver will blend Spanish- and English-language grooves.Then, at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, it’s Conjunto Alegre with bandleader, singer and multi-instrumentalist Aquiles Montas. After that, at 7 p.m., headliner the Pura Vida Orquestra takes the stage.
FortisTCI Announces Staff Promotions and New Hires
Related Items:eddinton powell, fortis tci, new hires, staff promotion Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (May 13, 2015) – FortisTCI (the Company) is taking a moment to celebrate recent staff promotions and welcome several new hires who have joined the Company within the last six months. Six employees received promotions, and eight employees have joined the FortisTCI family since October 2014.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “FortisTCI’s policy is to hire and retain the best people. As a performance-based organization in an industry that requires specific skill sets, it is important that we hire talent with proven capabilities and build our knowledge base and capacity in this fast-changing, technologically driven world. Indeed, we must position the organization to meet and surpass our customers’ needs and expectations. We are proud of all of our team members.”Recent promotions and new appointments have been announced as follows:Shatel Wilson, CPA – Internal Auditor (Promotion)Archie Gaviola, CPA – Director, Financial Services (Promotion)Garrett Jones – ERP Technical Analyst & Support (Promotion)Romano Ingham – Energy & Revenue Protection Liaison Officer (Promotion)Sheldon Santiago, GISP – Enterprise System Analyst (Promotion)Todriko Saunders – GIS Specialist (Promotion)Edwin Forbes – Student ApprenticeRichard Gibbs – Financial AccountantMary Manalo Capisanan – Financial AccountantTeAnn Thomas – Jr. Business AnalystSelvano Gardiner – Student ApprenticeLacal Palmer, CPA – Finance & Business Planning AnalystRamon Suarez – Plant Diesel MechanicCorean Kelly – Jr. Plant Operator, South CaicosThe Company wishes each employee continued success in their new job roles. FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Pennsylvania Craigslist killing suspect claims 22 other slayings
SUNBURY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.In an interview with The Daily Item in Sunbury, 19-year-old Miranda Barbour said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November. She also said in the interview she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.“I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,” Barbour told the newspaper for a story published Saturday night.Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo told the newspaper that investigators were aware of Miranda Barbour’s claims of involvement in other murders. He said they are “”seriously concerned” and have contacted police in other jurisdictions.In a statement issued Sunday, the FBI’s Philadelphia division said it had been in contact with Sunbury police and “will offer any assistance requested in the case.”
Medirest staff at Northwick Park Hospital protest in pay and bullying dispute
Staff employed by healthcare facility management organisation Medirest, based at Northwick Park Hospital, are conducting a protest today (Thursday 5 September 2019) in a dispute over pay, bullying complaints and high workloads.The protest, organised by trade union GMB, will take place outside Northwick Park Hospital, in Harrow, between 12pm and 4pm today; between 80 and 100 Medirest employees are expected to attend.The dispute regards low pay, with many of Medirest’s porters, cleaners, ward hostesses and kitchen staff reporting to GMB that they are paid the national minimum wage rate of £8.21 an hour.Furthermore, GMB states that Medirest staff at Northwick Park Hospital have also been subjected to bullying and increased workloads.Tahir Bhatti, regional organiser at GMB, said: “Last year, we started to speak to the Medirest about increasing the wages from the minimum wage, as well as other issues.“Medirest have a lot of staff paid only [at] the minimum wage [rate], staff who clean up after patients, transport deceased patients and make sure the hospital functions. We feel that there should be respect and fairness for all Medirest [employees].“The union [is] calling for equal wages and a root and branch investigation into the concerns of [staff].”Medirest was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
Surveillance camera captures Tamarac home breakin
TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – The victim of a home break-in is speaking out after a man broke into her home, months after a neighbor said she saw a suspicious man lurking nearby.April Hurley said her neighbor told her about a man lurking around her Tamarac home, in July, so she bought a home security system. That system notified her when a man broke in through the sliding glass doors of her home, located along Northwest 108th Terrace and Middle Golf Court. Dec. 14.“It makes me furious, because I have my family there,” Hurley said, “and he’s violated my privacy, and he broke into a place that’s supposed to be my sanctuary.”A surveillance camera captured the man breaking through the sliding glass doors of her home. The man is seen entering the home, walking through the living room and making his way into other rooms.Hurley, a nursing student and Navy wife, was out of town when the break-in happened.“I was really shaken up, and I called the police,” Hurley said.But the man escaped without taking anything. Hurley said her neighbor saw someone fitting the description of the robber in July, and she wonders if it’s the same man.Until he’s caught, she said, she won’t be back. “When I’m done from a long day of school, I want to know that I can come back and that I’m safe,” she said, “and I can’t even have that feeling of comfort or safety. Especially around this time, with the holidays. It doesn’t feel like Christmas. Like, all I’m thinking about is, ‘I hope I get a call that they caught this guy.’”If you have any information on this break-in, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Shocking Key coins nails found inside mentally ill patients stomach removed
Around 80 objects were recovered from the stomach of a patient in Udaipur.Twitter/ANIKeys, coins, chains, nails and “chillum” – were among the items found inside the stomach of a patient in Udaipur on Monday, June 17. A team of four doctors who conducted the operation said that the patient was mentally ill and an addict.In 90 minutes, the operation was completed successfully and the doctors of the government hospital removed at least 80 objects, weighing 800 gm, from the patient’s stomach.Talking to a news agency, Dr DK Sharma said that this could be considered a strange case. “The man was admitted in the hospital complaining about a severe stomach ache. He was asked to undergo X-Ray. We were stunned to see small and big metal objects including nails inside his stomach,” the doctor said as quoted by the news agency.The doctor also said that the patient would swallow everything. “When he started complaining about continuous pain in the stomach, his family members brought him to the hospital,” he stated. A team of doctors who conducted the hospital.The patient was reportedly out of danger and was undergoing treatment in the hospital.This was not the first such incident but doctors were reportedly shocked when they scanned the patient.OTHER INCIDENTSIn a similar incident, doctors removed spoons, screwdrivers, toothbrushes and a kitchen knife from a 35-year-old man’s stomach in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi. In another case, doctors had removed 116 nails, long wire and an iron pellet from the stomach of a 40-year-old man.
CARE cares for Rohingya healthcare
Country director of CARE Bangladesh Zia Choudhury hands over diphtheria medicines to the director of Directorate General of Drug Administration, Md Golam Kibria, in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloCARE Bangladesh supports the efforts to address the outbreak of deadly disease diphtheria among the Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.At least 19 people, mostly children, died of diphtheria in the refugee camps in recent times.Country director of CARE Bangladesh Zia Choudhury handed over diphtheria medicines worth Tk 1 million to the director of Directorate General of Drug Administration, Md Golam Kibria in Dhaka on Thursday, according to a CARE news release.It said GlaxoSmithKlin donated these medicines to CARE Bangladesh to help the Myanmar refugees fight the disease.CARE Bangladesh established two temporary community clinics in Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar, with supports from GlaxoSmithKline and the health ministry of the government, to provide health services to the displaced Myanmar population.CARE Bangladesh is one of the first respondents after escalation of the current refugee crisis since August.The camp in Cox’s Bazar is a residence of 655,000 refugees who fled persecution by Myanmar military personnel and their civilian collaborators.The United Nations has reported as many as 1326 diphtheria suspects, apart from deaths of 19 in the camp.
Just How Random Are Two Factor Authentication Codes
And yet! Security engineers would have some legitimate incentives to generate more memorable passcodes. At January’s Enigma security conference, Google security engineer Grzegorz Milka revealed that fewer than 10 percent of active Google users avail themselves of 2FA. The main reason, according to him? It’s inconvenient. So it stands to reason that memorable passcodes would beget a more seamless user experience.And, in fact, user experience is why browser extensions like Authy let users access 2FA tokens directly from their computers, without having to copy and paste them, or memorize them on one device before re-entering them on another. Authentication services on smartphones smooth the copy/paste and memorize/recall speed bumps in other ways: Google’s Authenticator app allows users to copy their 2FA codes with a quick tap instead of the typical long-press. It also divides six-digit codes into two, three-digit groups.Psychologists call this last approach chunking, and it’s a powerful technique for improving memory and retrieval (a classic practical example is the way we partition telephone numbers); presenting information in chunks significantly increases a person’s odds of recalling it.All of which is to say: Security engineers do think about the 2FA experience and how they might reduce the cognitive load on a user’s working memory. Is it really so crazy to suspect that authenticators might also be designed to generate memorable passcodes? As it turns out, there’s evidence that subjective qualities like loveliness are correlated with a number’s memorability. In the 1990s, Milikowski conducted several studies on what makes numbers more or less easy to remember. In one, she found that, for numbers between one and 100, single digit numbers, teen numbers (12-19), doubled numbers (11, 22, …, 99), and large tabled numbers (numbers that appear in multiplication tables, e.g. 49, 27, 36) made a more indelible impression on test subjects than the remaining, “Other” numbers, like, say, 37. Let’s pause, now, to address the obvious flaws in my theory. It’s totally possible these mnemonics aren’t by design. Humans excel at finding patterns in randomness. What’s more, our intuitive sense of what randomness ought to look like makes us bad at anticipating, identifying, and accepting what randomness actually looks like. When Apple first launched the shuffle feature, the truly random playlists it produced often grouped multiple songs from the same artist. When users complained, Apple amended the feature to intentionally avoid these (truly random!) cluster effects. As Steve Jobs said at the time: “We’re making it less random to make it feel more random.”Or consider a series of quarter tosses: Most people are less likely to predict a sequence of five heads than they are something like THTHT—even though each of the 32 possible outcomes of flipping a coin five times has the same probability of occuring: 1/32.Trust me: I get all that. And nominally, I agree: Some sort of cognitive bias seems like a way more plausible explanation for my memorable passcodes. You know two-factor authentication tokens, the ephemeral, six-digit numbers you use as a second layer of security when logging into, say, your email? Those constantly updating, randomly generated numbers are one of the easiest ways to protect your accounts from being hacked. But for some time now, I’ve harbored a pet conspiracy theory about those codes: Maybe they aren’t as random as we’re led to believe.It began with an observation: My codes often seem to include elements that make them easier to remember. Elements like single-digit repeats (111 293; 134 441); multi-digit repeats (112 222); palindromes (353 595); ascending or descending sequences (345 564); repeating number order (618 514); and combinations thereof (876 565). Occasionally I’ll get lemons, like 031 472 or 253 741, which are less appealing in an (admittedly vague) aesthetic sense and more difficult to remember. But more often than not, the passcodes that appear in my Google Authenticator app seem tailored to reduce the cognitive burden of storing them in my working memory, the short-term storage bin our brains use to stash information for a few precious seconds before forgetting it forever.I’m not the only one who’s had this sense about 2FA codes. When I mentioned it to my editor, her eyes lit up in recognition. Andy Greenberg, WIRED’s senior security writer, told me the thought had crossed his mind. And when I asked cognitive psychologist Marisca Milikowski, an expert in people’s knowledge of numbers, she said she’d noticed it too.“Many of these numbers, they’re really nice,” she says to me while discussing the above examples, all of which recently showed up in my Authenticator app. “I mean, look at 876 565. When you get 876, it’s like you only have one thing to remember. And when there’s 565 behind it, well, that’s a lovely pattern, too.” In another experiment, she had test subjects rate each number between 1 and 100 on a variety of scales, including a good-bad spectrum. The 12 top-rated numbers, in order of goodness, were 10, 100, 36, 8, 24, 66, 16, 4, 1, 88, 21, and 12. The 12 lowest-rated numbers were 37, 93, 41, 51, 39, 17, 13, 59, 29, 43, 53, and 67. Notably, all of the good numbers belonged to a privileged, more memorable category, all the bad numbers to the less memorable Other category. In a follow-up study, Milikowski found that, in a short-term memory task, test subjects were not only more likely to correctly recall all the numbers from the good list than the bad list; they were also far more inclined to misremember numbers from the “bad” list, recalling different Other answers like 63, 19, 83, and 79. That’s precisely the kind of mistake you want to avoid making when reproducing a 2FA passcode.Milikowski never studied 6-digit numbers, but at the end of our conversation, she hypothesizes that, deliberately or no, 2FA codes do include elements that improve their memorability. The big one, she says, is repetition: “Even when the passcode contains what I call ‘bad’ numbers, it is, I think, saved by the patterns.” Crazy? No. Buuuuut it’s definitely wrong. “No, these sequences are not designed to be intentionally memorable,” says Google software engineer Diana Smetters, an expert in computer security and applied cryptography with a deep background in authentication systems. Google Authenticator generates codes using the Time-Based One Time Password Algorithm. And because TOTP is an open standard, most other 2FA generators do, as well. “The nice thing about being a standard is everybody agrees how the dance goes,” Smetters says.And that dance is random. Or rather, pseudorandom; the TOTP algorithm produces a series of numbers whose qualities approximate those of a series of truly random numbers. Which means that, like a bunch of quarter flips, or a randomly shuffled playlist, the resulting sequence often contains patterns that defy our expectations of randomness. For other forms of authentication, the company avoids using the numeral “0” and the capital letter “O,” which users often confuse. “But we don’t do that to make passcodes more memorable,” she says, “we do it so they’re harder to get wrong.” That said, Google does omit some codes. The 2FA tokens that the company sends via text message are also randomly generated, but exclude numbers that people might find confusing, awkward, or unlucky. For instance, Google scrubs any tokens that resemble the short-code phone numbers they use to send the passcodes over SMS.So technically speaking, Google could omit certain hard-to-remember sequences. But it’s probably not a great idea. “You can’t take out too many things because you want the full space of possible values for entropy,” Smetters says. In essence, your algorithm would produce fewer codes; generally speaking, the fewer codes your algorithm produces, the easier it is to crack. Plus, she says, many patterns are probably memorable to people for different reasons.Which seems to me like the ultimate takeaway: Google doesn’t need to engineer mnemonics into its 2FA codes. Our brains are good enough at finding the patterns on their own.More on SecurityTo step up your two-factor, check out Google’s Advanced Protection, the most secure account you can findIf you’re someone who’s sensitive to potential snooping, stop using texts for two-factorFor a physical two-factor, try a YubiKey, but remember they’re not infallible; a recent Google update to Chrome exposed them to a hypothetical attack (although that was on Google)