Students Celebrate New Yarmouth High School

first_imgStudents in Yarmouth are learning in a modern, well-equipped, environmentally friendly new high school, officially opened by Education Minister Ramona Jennex, today, Dec. 17. Ms. Jennex joined Grade 9 to 12 students at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School (YCMHS) to share in the celebration. “This new high school is a shining example of how we’re putting kids and learning first as we build and renovate schools in communities across the province,” said Ms. Jennex. “It has dedicated facilities for art, sciences, sports and more to give students a good education that will lead to good jobs.” YCMHS includes 29 classrooms, dedicated science labs, an art room, a raised drama room and a cafeteria-auditorium space. The grounds feature soccer fields and a basketball court. “The new school is a significant improvement and the facilities work extremely well,” said acting principal Don Berry. “We’re enjoying the bright, open space of the school interior. Dedicated areas for sports, dance, and classroom activities, as well as science labs and art rooms, have contributed significantly to our school culture.” There are 950 students at the new school, which the province invested $20 million in over the past three years to build. “The new school is a huge improvement over where we were before. It’s bigger, brighter and there are more places to play sports, study or just hang out,” said Kallie Hood, co-president of the school’s student council. The school is the first in the province to incorporate Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. Environmentally friendly design elements include increased use of daylight for illumination and a wood-pellet burner system to help heat the school. The school is also expected to cost less to operate.last_img read more

Spat with Saudis hits home for armoured vehicle plant in southwestern Ontario

first_imgOTTAWA – The sudden deterioration in the Saudi-Canadian relationship is likely grabbing the attention of people in the city of London, Ont., more than anywhere else in the country.The city’s General Dynamics Land Systems plant has been supplying light armoured vehicles to Saudi security forces, thanks to a huge, $15-billion contract signed by the federal government in 2014.The 14-year arms deal, which directly employs 2,000 people, was described at the time by the previous federal Conservative government as the largest advanced manufacturing export contract in Canadian history.Many are now wondering if Canada’s contract with Saudi Arabia — which is also highly controversial — could be at risk.Over the weekend, a diplomatic dispute prompted Saudi Arabia to freeze new trade and investment deals with Canada, expel Ottawa’s ambassador and recall its own envoy. It’s also cancelling scholarships for more than 15,000 Saudi students attending Canadian universities, which will yank away big economic benefits Canada reaps from international tuition fees.The moves came in retaliation to a Canadian government tweet that said it was “gravely concerned” about the arrests of civil society and women’s activists in the Saudi kingdom.In London, there are worries about the potential economic fallout from the conflict.“It’s definitely concerning,” said Jim Reid, a union leader who represents nearly 500 workers at the General Dynamics facility in London — an area that’s seen major factory closures over the years.“It is now the largest employer in the London region…. It’s basically the last big show we’ve got.”Reid, president of Unifor’s Local 27, said the operation supports up to 7,000 spin-off jobs and he hopes the Saudi government will continue to live up to its existing contract.Reid said there are several factors playing in the agreement’s favour: the Saudis would have to pay penalties if they walk away from the deal, a pullout could hurt the country’s reputation with other international trading partners and, perhaps most importantly, Riyadh wants the model of armoured vehicle that’s produced in London.“Hopefully, this thing blows over,” said Reid, who noted his union fully supports Ottawa’s decision to call out human rights abuses and abuses against women in Saudi Arabia.Canada’s arms trade to Saudi Arabia, which is led by what is widely viewed as a deeply repressive regime, has raised numerous complaints from human rights and arms-control groups.Since the diplomatic feud erupted on Sunday, the federal Liberal government has said it stands by its decision to communicate its human-rights concerns with Saudi Arabia.“We’re going to stand with the values that we know are important for Canadians, and Saudi Arabia will take the decisions that they will take,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday when asked whether the spat could imperil the General Dynamics agreement.Doug Wilson-Hodge, manager of corporate affairs for General Dynamics, said Tuesday that the company won’t comment because the matter is between Ottawa and Saudi Arabia.Many folks in London were searching for answers Tuesday.“Local people are understandably very upset — I’ve had lots of calls,” said Irene Mathyssen, the New Democrat MP in whose riding the General Dynamics plant is located.“In light of the jobs and the families that are depending on the jobs … we hope that indeed this current deal continues to hold up.”Mathyssen said it’s unclear whether the existing agreement, as well as an additional maintenance contract, will be fulfilled.While the General Dynamics jobs are critical for her community, she also questioned why Canada now exports military equipment to non-NATO countries like Saudi Arabia, which she said has a “spotty human rights record.” Ottawa should stop doing business with unreliable partners and stick to conducting trade with its allies, Mathyssen said.Last year, Canadian exports to Saudi Arabia were almost $1.5 billion, while imports from the Middle Eastern country were about $2.6 billion.Rex Brynen, a political science professor at McGill University, said the armoured vehicles contract was a big deal for Canada, which is why the Liberals — who inherited it from their Tory predecessors — agreed to uphold it despite clear human rights concerns.Brynen, an expert in Middle East politics, said at first he didn’t think the Saudis would abandon the deal, but is reconsidering that position after they took the major step of cancelling thousands of scholarships to Canada.“The Saudis have seriously inconvenienced 15,000 of their citizens in order to make a point and, given the unpredictability of Saudi foreign policy, I think it’s anyone’s guess what might happen to that deal.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Global demand increasing for synthetic drugs UN report finds

23 June 2011While global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined or remained stable, the production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs rose, the United Nations annual drug report said today. While global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined or remained stable, the production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs rose, the United Nations annual drug report said today. “The gains we have witnessed in the traditional drugs markets are being offset by a fashion for synthetic ‘designer drugs’ mimicking illegal substances,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which produced the World Drug Report 2011. “The global drug threat has not diminished,” he told a press briefing. The report said that some 210 million people, or 4.8 per cent of the global population aged between 15 and 64, took illicit substances at least once in the previous year. The rate of overall drug use, including problem drug use, (0.6 per cent of people aged 15-64) remained stable. However, demand soared for substances not under international control, such as piperazine and cathinone. Speaking at the report’s official launch in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that it “paints a sobering picture of the threat posed by illegal drugs.” “Traffickers break more than the law,” he said. “They break the human spirit. They fuel terrorism and insurgency. They rob societies of peace.” “Drug-dependent people should not be treated with discrimination; they should be treated by medical experts and counsellors,” he said. “Drug addiction is a disease, not a crime.” Referring to the increase in the use of synthetic drugs, the report said that “non-medical use of prescription drugs is reportedly a growing health problem in a number of developed and developing countries. “Moreover, in recent years, several new synthetic compounds have emerged in established illicit drug markets. Many of these substances are marketed as ‘legal highs’ and substitutes for illicit stimulant drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy.” The report’s findings include: The United States cocaine market has witnessed a massive decline in recent years, but continues to be the world’s largest cocaine market. Cannabis remains by far the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally.Over the past decade, cocaine consumption in Europe has doubled. Market prices for cocaine have dropped appreciably since the mid-1990s. read more

Marshall granted bail on new charges

(Update)Convicted sex offender Daniel Marshall has been granted bail on new charges.Marshall was arrested yesterday at the Sopinka Courthouse on charges of sexual exploitation, sexual interference and sexual assault. This morning a Hamilton judge granted Marshall release on $50,000 bail.The 56 year old Hamilton pediatrician was sentenced to eight years in jail for a sexually abusing a boy 30 years ago. The victim was not a patient.CHCH’s Al Sweeney has this update.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Oil hovers below US83 a barrel in Europe ahead of OPEC policy

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2012 8:40 am MDT Oil hovers below US$83 a barrel in Europe ahead of OPEC policy meeting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil hovered below US$83 a barrel Thursday as markets awaited an announcement from OPEC, where some members of the cartel were pushing for the group to cut crude production amid falling prices.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery was up 11 cents at US$82.73 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 60 cents to settle at $82.62 in New York on Wednesday.In London, Brent crude for July delivery was up 10 cents at US$96.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which accounts for about 40 per cent of global crude output, is scheduled to hold its quarterly meeting later Thursday with the 12-member cartel split on whether to cut production quotas.After a 22 per cent drop in crude prices from early last month, some OPEC members such as Iran and Venezuela will likely support an output reduction to help push prices higher. However, Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest producer, is expected to call for quotas to remain unchanged.“We do not expect any change in the official production target of 30 million barrels a day set in December 2011, given the very different interests of the parties and consequent difficulty in achieving a common consensus,” said a report from JBC Energy in Vienna.Also complicating the issue is that OPEC’s current output is significantly higher than the official target.“OPEC is already producing between 31.6 million and 31.9 million barrels per day at present,” said analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “Any attempt to reduce the overproduction is likely to be blocked by Saudi Arabia and its allies, so the most probable outcome is that the status quo will be maintained.”Analysts say they don’t expect OPEC to cut supplies unless global economic growth shows signs of a sharper slowdown.“If things remains as now and the global economy muddles through, the case for a sharp immediate change in oil output policy looks questionable,” Barclays said in a report. “However, should those fundamentals worsen sharply the margin of disagreement within OPEC is likely to narrow significantly.”Crude has hovered in the low $80s for about the last two weeks after plunging from US$110 in February. Barclays estimates that if prices were to stay where they are, the U.S. and Europe would each save US$100 billion on their annual crude import bills.In other energy trading, heating oil was down 0.21 cent at US$2.6088 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) while gasoline futures fell 0.73 cent to US$2.6481 per gallon. Natural gas added 2.5 cents to $2.21 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

BC to post budget surplus but spending not on agenda says Finance

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 2:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. to post budget surplus, but spending not on agenda, says Finance Minister VICTORIA – British Columbia’s government will use its higher-than-forecasted budget surplus to pay down debt, and Finance Minister Mike de Jong says he may even address controversial social-service clawbacks.De Jong said Thursday that the budget he’ll table Feb. 17 will include a surplus higher than the $444 million he forecast last fall, although he declined to reveal specifics.Balancing the books and recording surpluses gives the government the modest ability to address some initiatives, he added.“The first call on the surpluses is to pay down that amount, the several billions of dollars, that we borrowed on behalf of British Columbians to pay for the services through those even-more-difficult years,” said De Jong.He hinted the budget could address the clawbacks to social assistance payments received by single-parent families.Those clawbacks drew fire from the Opposition New Democrats, social service groups and single parents who demanded the government stop deducting support payments from income and disability-assistance cheques.Premier Christy Clark said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press that budget surplus projections could result in some social-assistance top-ups this year, but she didn’t promise to end the clawbacks.Nelson-Creston New Democrat Michelle Mungall spearheaded a private member’s bill to end the clawbacks, saying they create hardships for many families receiving social assistance or disability payments.The government’s all-party finance committee recommended a review of the program in its annual report to the Finance Ministry.De Jong said the government still projects surplus budgets for the next three years, but they will be lower than this year’s surplus number.He said uncertainty in world energy markets will play a role in B.C.’s economic health.“While the reduction in crude prices is generally not expected to have a significant negative effect on the province, it has increased uncertainty as low oil prices are accompanied with downward pressure on other commodity prices, including natural gas,” said a statement Thursday from 14-member Economic Forecast Council, which predicts economic growth to increase by 2.8 per cent in 2016.De Jong said B.C. will likely be the only province in Canada to table a surplus budget. read more

Verizon One iPhone 5 model for all networks

first_imgThe iPhone 4 has effectively had two launches over the course of its lifetime. AT&T won big when they secured an exclusive contract to carry the phone on its GSM network. Then, earlier this year Apple developed a second version that worked and launched on the Verizon CDMA network. That pleased subscribers already on Verizon’s network, but also gave those sick of dropped calls on AT&T an alternative for their favorite handset.When iPhone 5 launches, whenever that will be, are we set to see two models available again? Not according to Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Francis Shammo. He has confirmed today during the Reuters Tech Summit that there will only be one iPhone 5. In other words, Apple is producing a world phone that will function on both networks.AdChoices广告Such a move makes a lot of sense. It means Apple only has to produce one phone, and shipments can be directed where they are needed without any version issues. It should also cut down on manufacturing costs and time as they only need run one line. There’s no way a staggered release and exclusive AT&T license would be issued again, so both networks will want stock on day one.Don’t get your hopes up about having an iPhone 5 world phone in your pocket any time soon, though. Evidence is mounting that we will be getting an iPhone 4S this year and the iPhone 5 won’t arrive until 2012, which to me suggests at the earliest June next year.via CoMlast_img read more

Poll Who would get your vote in the French presidential election

first_img 24,970 Views Image: De Russe Axelle/ABACA Poll: Who would get your vote in the French presidential election? France will go to the polls on 7 May. Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Apr 24th 2017, 8:07 AM Emmanuel Macron (10205) Share20 Tweet Email Monday 24 Apr 2017, 8:07 AM Poll Results: Image: De Russe Axelle/ABACA Marine Le Pen (4736) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 109 Comments THE RACE FOR the French presidency is hotting up as it emerged that it will be pro-EU and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron who will face off against far-right eurosceptic Marine Le Pen.National Front leader Le Pen wants to pull France out of the eurozone and has threatened to take the country out of the EU as well.Macron, a former banker and economy minister, wants to remain in the EU.He won 23.9% of votes in yesterday’s first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with 21.4%.The two go through to a second round on 7 May. Nine other candidates were eliminated.We want to know: Who would get your vote in the French presidential election? Emmanuel MacronMarine Le PenVotelast_img read more

Maïs OGM la suspension de la mise en culture en France est

first_imgMaïs OGM : la suspension de la mise en culture en France est illégaleLa décision de suspendre la culture du maïs génétiquement modifié MON 810 en France est illégale. C’est ce qu’a estimé hier l’avocat général de la Cour européenne de justice. Cette déclaration suit la plainte déposée par Monsanto, firme responsable de la mise en culture de ce maïs.Alors que la France suspend depuis février 2008 la mise en culture du maïs de Monsanto, l’avocat général de la cour, Paolo Mengozzi vient de rendre son verdict : la décision est illégale. Les autorités avaient à l’époque pris la décision en recourant à une clause de sauvegarde prévue par la législation européenne et en invoquant des “risques sérieux pour l’environnement”.À lire aussiApple jugé coupable de la violation de trois nouveaux brevetsSelon Me Paolo Mengozzi, “les autorités françaises ne pouvaient pas suspendre la culture du maïs génétiquement modifié MON 810 sur le territoire national sans avoir demandé, au préalable, à la Commission d’adopter des mesures d’urgence en cas de risque pour la santé et l’environnement”. Cette omission pourrait donc provoquer l’inapplication de la clause de sauvegarde.Bien que l’avis de l’avocat général de la Cour ne soit pas contraignant, les juges de Luxembourg vont généralement dans le même sens que lui au moment où ils rendent leur arrêt. Aussi, cette nouvelle déclaration risque de relancer le débat autour de la culture d’organismes génétiquement modifiés. Pour l’heure, les Etats de l’Union Européenne restent partagés. Six autres pays : Allemagne, Hongrie, Grèce, Luxembourg, Autriche et Bulgarie ont comme la France suspendu la culture du maïs MON 810 sur leur sol.Actuellement, seules deux plantes génétiquement modifiées sont autorisées à la culture au sein de l’Union Européenne : la pomme de terre OGM Amflora du groupe allemand BASF et le maïs OGM MON 810 de la multinationale américaine Monsanto. Quinze autres produits génétiquement modifiés attendent une autorisation de culture.Le 22 mars 2011 à 14:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hasenhuttl bemused by Southamptons capitulation

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was left disappointed after his side threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Derby County on Saturday.Saints had a two-goal advantage three minutes after the break as Nathan Redmond scored a stunner after Richard Keogh’s 4th-minute opening goal.But Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence both scored in the second half to cancel Southampton’s two-goal lead.“They felt too comfortable after 2-0 because it was a very good performance until that moment,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports.“After the break, the opposition tried to play more long balls because there was no way to go through our midfield pressing.“For a long time we didn’t give chances away and at 2-0 they were too sure they would win the game.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“It’s a pity we didn’t win, now we have another game and it’s not something we want to have.“We didn’t want this game, we had a good chance to go through and we gave it away. We have to do it again with more concentration and more passion until the end.”last_img read more

Southbound Palmetto Expressway reopened after crash at Okeechobee Road

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – The southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway have reopened after a crash at Okeechobee Road.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a black SUV and several vehicles were involved.Officials also confirmed that at least two children were involved and accompanied a family member who was transported to the hospital.It is unknown if the children were injured, or how many in total were involved.The lanes were closed while police conducted their investigation, but they have since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Shutdown Update At Least Were Talking

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate Thursday rejected two competing proposals that would have re-opened the government, part of which has been shut down since Dec. 22, when many agencies’ funding ran out.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) proposed a three-week continuing resolution to allow more time to talk about border security, but the fate of that plan was murky late Thursday night after the White House said such a plan should include a “prorated down payment” for a border wall.“That is not a reasonable agreement,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters.House Democrats plan to roll out a border security counter-proposal early Friday.After the Senate votes failed Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) huddled with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).As he left the Capitol for the evening, McConnell told reporters, “At least we’re talking,” according to The Hill.last_img read more

Nome Schools Superintendent Steve Gast Resigns

first_imgast will depart Nome at the end of this semester—December 31. (Photo by Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – Nome)Hopes of calmly winding down the fall semester have now been dashed, as the Nome Board of Education is about to get busy searching for a new superintendent. Steve Gast’s letter of resignation was officially submitted—and accepted—by the Nome School Board at last night’s regular meeting. With what he called “mixed emotions,” Gast thanked the board and the community of Nome.“It is a very bittersweet time. But some things happen, as we know, that you can’t change and when it centers around family, you just have to make some hard decisions, and that’s what I had to do,” said Gast. “I want to publicly thank not just the board, but this [community]. This is a wonderful, wonderful community. There are a lot of sweet and wonderful people and some awesome kids, and I’ve been blessed to have at least four and a half years of being involved with them, and I thank you very, very much for that.”Returning from a half-hour executive session amid the public board meeting, members unanimously voted to approve Gast’s resignation, effective December 31—each member expressing appreciation for his work and disappointment seeing him leave the district.But with only about two weeks before semester’s end, President Betsy Brennan said they’ll have to act fast to appoint an interim superintendent before eventually conducting a full search.“I think we find an interim, somebody to steer the ship for a shorter period of time, and then decide: do we want to do a full-out search? Do we have candidates internally? And then go from there,” said Brennan.December 15 will be the tentative deadline for internal district staff to express interest in the position. Pulling from within is preferable but demanding, since staff are already stretched thin. Alternatively, the Association of Alaska School Boards can step in to conduct a statewide search.Brennan said they’ll just have to buckle down to make the switch as smooth as possible. “This will be a transition time but I am confident that our staff can handle this and as a board, we’ll get working!”In more routine matters at last night’s meeting, the board recognized the Bering Sea Lions Club for their donation toward Nome Schools’ child nutrition program. And celebration of this monetary stimulus was juxtaposed with what could become future financial hurdles: an increasingly bleak outlook on state finances—discussed at last week’s City Council meeting—could spell trouble for educational funding. That, paired with the Superior Court ruling in Ketchikan that Alaskan cities (like Nome) are no longer required to help pay for public education.There’s no immediate concern for Nome Public Schools, but Gast said those rumblings should “put a shudder through everybody” while deciding how to spend responsibly for the future. Meanwhile, Nome Schools’ state funding budget for this year is based on a population of 700 students. And with enrollment dropping just slightly further than planned, Business Manager Paula Coffman says money might get a little tighter.And not just for the sake of budgeting, the board wants to explore that enrollment decline. One way was suggested by Barb Amarok.“I would like to see the school some time connect with the families who sent their children to Mt. Edgecombe High School. I think at one point this year there were 26 Nome children who had left our district and I think we need to address the reasons why,” said Amarok.Another board meeting will likely be scheduled in December to discuss filling the interim superintendent position.last_img read more

Vortex Plans to Open 2500Seat Dome Multiplex for HeadsetFree VR Experiences EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety Los Angeles-based immersive entertainment company Vortex Immersion Media wants to give consumers a new way to experience virtual reality (VR) without those pesky headsets: The company has struck a deal to open a 360-degree dome multiplex that can seat up to 2,500 visitors in its main theater in Phoenix, Arizona. The Domeplex is being built in partnership with Arizona-based commercial real estate developer The Sollanna Group, and is scheduled to open in 2020.The Domeplex will feature what Vortex executives described as “community VR” — immersive multisensory experiences that can be consumed together, without the need to put on headsets. “Our goal is to really use the power of GPU supercomputers to create spectacular things for the dome that you would never experience at home on the headset,” said Vortex president and CTO Ed Lantz in an interview with Variety. “It’s a game changer,” added Vortex CEO Mark Laisure. He argued that consumers who wear VR headsets were still acutely aware of the hardware strapped to their face, whereas a dome projection system would allow them to be more fully immersed. “It starts to blur the line,” he saidVortex has been organizing events in 360-degree immersive domes for over a decade, but Lantz said that he had been interested in combining dome-based video projection and VR for quite a bit longer. “I got involved in virtual reality in 1991,” he said. Back then, early headsets were still clunky, and nowhere near to become a consumer product.But when Lantz first saw 360-degree video projections in a planetarium, he immediately realized the potential for using the technology for immersive, VR-like experiences. “I vowed that these two worlds must come together,” he said.Vortex set up its first showcase dome in downtown Los Angeles in 2010, and has since built temporary structures for theater events, brands and music events. One of the company’s more recent experiences was Childish Gambino’s Pharos dome concert series.The newly-announced multiplex dome structure in Arizona will be the first time that Vortex will operate a permanent dome for large audience sizes — but it won’t be the only one for long, if all goes according to plan. The company, which is currently raising its first outside round of funding, intends to open and operate a number of such domes over the coming years. Each of these venues will be connected to each other via broadband, giving Vortex the ability to stream live events to multiple domes at the same time.Eventually, Vortex even plans to connect home-based VR systems with it dome venues, said Lantz. “The domes are a portal into the metaverse, and the metaverse is a portal into the dome,” he said.To prepare for this expansion, Vortex brought on Laisure as its new CEO in November. And this week, the company is set to announce that it has brought on veteran media executive Peter Csathy as its new chairman of the board. “I deeply believe that it’s the right time for this,” Csathy told Variety. “This is the new kind of theme parks.”center_img ×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

Android N plugs one ransomware attack vector

first_imgAndroid N plugs one ransomware attack vector by Martin Brinkmann on July 11, 2016 in Google Android – 2 commentsThe upcoming Android N (Nougat) operating system ships with a security change that will prevent ransomware attacks from succeeding that target the unlock password.Ransomware is not only a problem on desktop computer systems but also increasingly problematic on mobile devices.Depending on what users do on the mobile device, it may be easy to have it infected with a ransomware variant.Typically, this involves downloading apps from outside of the Google Play store.Reset PasswordOne form of Android ransomware uses the Reset Password method to change the unlock password of the device. Introduced with version 8 of the API, resetpassword() has been part of Android ever since.Force a new device unlock password (the password needed to access the entire device, not for individual accounts) on the user. This takes effect immediately.While it will still be available when Android N is released, Google made the decision to limit it to improve protection against attacks utilizing it.If you check the resetpassword information on Google Developers, you find the following note information:Note: This API has been limited as of N for device admins that are not device owner and not profile owner. The password can now only be changed if there is currently no password set.Device owner and profile owner can still do this when user is unlocked and does not have a managed profile.Basically, in most cases, apps may only use resetpassword on the device if a password to unlock the device is not set already.This makes ransomware attacks that use the method useless on devices running Android N.While that is a good thing, it does limit “good” apps as well. You cannot run an app used to reset the password again on the device after being infected with ransomware that changed the password.Additionally, it is still possible to set passwords on devices without set password. The only protection in this case is to set a password on the device to block resetpassword fully on it.The security improvement takes care of one ransomware attack vector. What it does not do is protect devices against others.Android ransomware spreads through Android apk files usually. Links may be posted in emails or chats that point to ransomware Android files.Depending on how the Android device is configured, they may install fine right away or installation may be blocked if the installation of apps from “unknown sources” is enabled. (via Symantec)SummaryArticle NameAndroid N plugs one ransomware attack vectorDescriptionThe upcoming Android N (Nougat) operating system ships with a security change that will prevent ransomware attacks from succeeding that target the unlock password.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rica accuses Bolivian president of meddling in election

first_imgRelated posts:Bolivia’s Morales: The US abolished Costa Rica’s army Bolivia’s Evo Morales: Obama should lift the embargo and return Guantánamo Naval base to Cuba Bolivia announces plans for nuclear research complex Bolivian president asks to see child born to ex-girlfriend Don’t mess with Costa Rica.The Foreign Ministry said it deplored Bolivian President Evo Morales’ comments on Feb. 7 claiming Costa Rica was a former colony of the United States and that the U.S. had disbanded the country’s army, according to a statement released Monday.Morales, who was commenting on recent elections in Costa Rica and El Salvador, said, “For the first time a leftist party stands out in a country that was once a colony of the United States, and I think – and I hope I’m not wrong – it is a country without armed forces, as the United States eliminated the army in Costa Rica.”Costa Rica disbanded its army in 1948 following a civil war – and the U.S. was not involved.“President Morales’ declaration on Feb. 7, 2104, about the electoral process constituted interference in the internal affairs of Costa Rica,” the statement read.The Foreign Ministry stressed that Costa Rica’s repulsion of William Walker, a pro-slavery invader from Tennessee who proposed annexing Central America into the United States in the 1850s, was one of the most prodigious moments in the country’s history:“Costa Rica recalls that it was for this feat by the Costa Rican people, who not only liberated themselves from the threat of colonialism by the United States, but who also liberated Nicaragua, which was [a colony].”The statement from the ministry called the comments an “unjust attack,” but aimed to take the high road in the end, reiterating Costa Rica’s support for the people of Bolivia and its democratically elected government. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Keishi Spa at Novotel Vines Resort tops World Awards

first_imgKeishi Spa at Novotel Vines Resort tops World AwardsKeishi Spa at Novotel Vines Resort tops World AwardsThree awards for Perth Luxury Golf SpaKeishi Spa, with its new and more spacious location overlooking the golf course at the Novotel Vines Resort in the Swan Valley, WA, has won three top awards at the World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards, held recently in Northern Ireland. The awards recognize and celebrate the success for exceptional service in the luxury wellness and fine dining industries.The Resort won the following awards:Best Luxury Beauty Spa Continent WinnerBest Luxury Boutique Spa Global WinnerBest Luxury Golf Resort Spa Global WinnerAt Keishi Spa (Keishi meaning pearl), guests are treated with luxury Babor Skin Care and Aromatherapy Associates in a secluded sanctuary at the Resort, just 35 minutes from Perth’s CBD. The new Spa Centre, is complete with a couple massage room, dual Vichy showers, and with a new hairdresser, making the Spa popular with both in house guests and locals.Treatments on offer at Keishi Spa include Luxury facials, body and spa packages for men and women, and are performed by highly trained and caring therapists at the Resort’s Spa.“Last year we won the continent categories in Best Luxury Beauty Spa, Best Luxury Boutique Spa and Best Luxury Golf Spa, so to win global recognition in 2018, is a huge elevation in status and cause for us to be immensely proud. It is testament to the hard work of all our staff, and we are honoured to win such accolades” said Spa Owner & Manager, Everlyn ZaccagniniThe awards celebrating the ultimate achievement in service excellence and aim to reward those who have excelled. The World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards are considered the pinnacle of accomplishment, and are recognized as a benchmark for luxury hotels and spas across the globe. Four levels are represented – Country, Regional, Continent and Global. More than 140 countries competed in 100 categories and there were over 1000 entry submissions from around the globe, including Safari Lodges and Health Retreats.For the full list of winners please visit book at Keishi Day Spa please call (08) 9297 3000 or email keishispa@outlook.comTo view the treatment menu coming to the Resort in August is Float Swan Valley. This allows you to experience relaxation in its purest form. Float, inside one of two large pods containing magnesium- filled, body temperature water. Designed to release any built up pain and tension in your body and mind.Float Swan Valley will be located near the resort pool between the mini-golf course and the tennis courts and is open to both hotel guests and outside guests.For Float bookings please call the resort on (08) 9297 3000.last_img read more

Retail Sales Edge Higher than Economic Forecasts

first_img January 15, 2013 407 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Consumer spending Investors 2013-01-15 Mark Lieberman Retail trade sales rose 0.4 percent in December, the “”Department of Commerce””: reported Tuesday. The increase was twice the rate economists anticipated.[IMAGE]Total retail activity – including restaurants – rose 0.5 percent, up from the 0.4 percent growth seen in November.Retail trade activity for the month rose 4.4 percent versus December 2011, but during the same period one year prior, retailers saw a 6.8 percent year-over-year boost in sales.Auto sales, which jumped 1.6 percent, accounted for most of the increase observed in December. Excluding auto sales, total retail activity was up just 0.26 percent in the month, reversing a 0.13 percent drop in November.[COLUMN_BREAK]Sales at furniture stores – an indicator of housing activity – rose 1.4 percent after increasing 1 percent in November. The back-to-back gains followed three straight months of declines, and year-over-year sales at furniture stores were up. 5.8 percent. Sales at building material and garden supply stores rose .03 percent, essentially flat after rising 0.8 percent in November. Those stores have yet to feel an bounce from rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Year-over-year sales at building material stores rose a scant 0.9 percent.Food stores accounted for 11.3 percent of the boost in total sales, but restaurant sales which rose 1.2 percent month-to-month represented 25.7 percent of retail growth.Department store sales rose 0.3 percent after falling 0.7 percent in November, and in December 2012, department store sales were almost 2 percent lower than figures seen during the same month in 2011.Sales at non-store retailers – which include mail order and online – rose 0.5 percent in December and were up 12.6 percent year-over-year, the tenth time in the last 11 months those sales have registered double-digit year-over-year gains._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô-Sirius 124-├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôevery Friday at 6:40 am and 9:40 am Eastern time._center_img Retail Sales Edge Higher than Economic Forecasts in Data, Government, Servicinglast_img read more