APTN National News“Got land – Thank an Indian”.It’s a slogan that’s caused some controversy the last few months.Now in Saskatchewan a teenaged girl says school officials banned her from wearing a hooded sweater with those words.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.
Rabat – Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani will publicly respond to political, economic and social issues concerning Moroccans on a political talk show broadcast live on Moroccan TV, on Saturday night.Moroccan channels 2M TV and Al Oula will both air the meeting at 9:40p.m.The current crisis in Al Hoceima and its surrounding areas will be discussed, and questions expected to be raised on the topic include: What measures should be undertaken to mitigate social protests in Al Hoceima?How can the region’s development projects be speed up?What strategies are being implemented by the government to respond to the social,• political and economic demands of the Al Hoceima demonstrators?El Othmani told Moroccan media on June 28 that the government was ready to implement King Mohammed VI’s instructions to speed up the development of projects in the region.Eight months of protests and ensuing increasing tensions between the government and demonstrators have put the government under pressure to speed up the realization of the projects as well as to send positive signs to local inhabitants by decreasing the heavy security presence in the area.Protests have been taking place in Al Hoceima and its surrounding areas since the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a fish vendor who was fatally crushed in a trash compactor on October 28.Demonstrations have intensified in recent weeks due to the arrest of the movement’s leading activist, Nasser Zafzafi.
Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, issued a statement in Baghdad calling the creation of the Independent High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) “a milestone” that will further existing efforts by the national Government’s human rights ministry, the judiciary, the Council of Representatives, law enforcement agencies and civil society groups.He said the new body will help advance human rights in many spheres, including the civil, cultural, economic, political and social.The Council of Representatives agreed yesterday to the setting up of the IHCHR, which is mandated in the Iraqi constitution, after the proposal was presented by the Council’s human rights committee following months of work.Mr. de Mistura called on both the Council and the Iraqi Government to ensure “the prompt establishment of a strong, credible and independent Commission that from the outset becomes an institution responsive to the needs of the Iraqi citizens, especially those of vulnerable groups such as children, women and minorities,” according to his statement.He stressed that the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is ready to help with the selection process for IHCHR members and work the Commission once it is operating, in line with Iraqi law.On Friday, Mr. de Mistura briefed the Security Council at UN Headquarters in New York on the latest developments inside Iraq, warning that the country is entering a critical period as it prepares for upcoming provincial polls.The Special Representative said the polls offered an opportunity to shape a new political landscape in the fledgling democracy, while he cautioned that the potential for election-related violence and instability remains. 17 November 2008The top United Nations official in Iraq today welcomed the country’s establishment of an independent commission to promote and protect human rights in the troubled Middle East country.
“It’s not been a good week for email security,” Gawker gadget site Gizmodo notes. Just a day after the Gawker blog network was hacked and 1.3 million passwords were stolen comes news that another and very, very different company’s databases have been compromised by computer hackers: McDonald’s.According to Reuters, McDonald’s Corp has just announced that hackers gained access to a database containing an unidentified number of email address and birthdates for the strange breed of person who goes to McDonald’s’ websites and decides to subscribe.AdChoices广告On the one hand, the hack is less invasive than the Gawker hack, because it doesn’t appear that passwords were compromised. On the other hand, McDona;d’s is being cagey about the actual numbers of customers involved… and while credit card numbers, passwords and social security numbers were not compromised, birthdays were… making it possible on some sites for those email addresses to be paired with birthday security questions.Gawker and McDonald’s aren’t the only huge breaches in the last week. On Friday, Walgreens admitted that one of their databases containing customer email addresses had been breached as well.One thing’s for sure: it’s been a great week for hackers, and for the email spammers who were given the windfall of a few million email addresses to start bombarding.Read more at Reuters
In case you didn’t attend the iPad 2 announcement yesterday, Apple has made the video of the event available for viewing. So if you have an hour and 13 minutes you can watch Steve Jobs, Scott Forstall, and the rest of the team run through yesterday’s event. It’ll be a lot quicker to run through our post or even a live blog, but if you want every detail and every bit of nuance without any editorializing or interpretation, then the video feed is the way to go. Keep in mind that while photographs were allowed at the event yesterday video was not, so this is your chance to see the live action as well as the videos that were played during the presentation.Stream or download it from iTunes, it’s the one at the top: Apple Special Event, March 2011.
“Got spice?”That was the big, clever marketing message on a banner displayed by a Spokane-area convenience store when Sarah Denis drove by.Denis, a chemical dependency counselor at Daybreak Youth Services, a Vancouver residential drug-treatment facility for teen boys, wondered if the store owner knows what she’s been learning recently: Spice and its chemical cousins may still be legal — but they can cause anxiety, paranoia, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, vomiting, seizures and other nasty health problems.Sounds like a fun high, huh?Synthetic cannabinoids, originally designed to mimic the effects of marijuana for medical testing, have arrived in Clark County — and spread across the nation — as a supposedly safe and legal alternative to pot. You can buy it in local smoke shops and some convenience stores, where it comes in little foil squares, labeled as incense and stamped with the additional warning, “Not for human consumption.” But manufacturer, seller and buyer all know what it’s really for.It isn’t detected by traditional urinalysis. Police and local hospitals aren’t reporting crime waves or emergency rooms swamped with kids totally splattered on spice.But Denis, who interviews teen boys on their way into Daybreak for inpatient treatment, said she’s heard that spice sparks some distinctly unpotlike behaviors: rather than slowing down or mellowing out the smoker, it can lead to a loss of impulse control and a serious psychological need for more. There are anecdotal reports of kids ransacking their homes for the money to buy it, she said.“But some kids say it’s not that way for them,” she added.“The temptation to use it, and to think it’s OK to use it, are pretty strong,” said Donna Wiench, Daybreak’s development director. “They tell us it’s not a drug because it’s not illegal and it’s not addictive.”
Email Twitter News Music Is Coming: Composer Ramin Djawadi Looks Back On Eight Epic Seasons Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Interview: Game Of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi music-coming-composer-ramin-djawadi-looks-back-eight-epic-seasons-game-thrones Facebook As ‘Game Of Thrones’ premieres its eighth and final season, the GRAMMY-nominated composer reflects on scoring the beloved fantasy-drama, what’s next for “GoT: The Live Concert Experience” and moreRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Apr 14, 2019 – 9:11 am When score-composer Ramin Djawadi first met with “Game Of Thrones” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, they were quite clear about what they did not want in their fantasy drama theme music. The HBO juggernaut, which premeired in 2011 and premieres its eighth and final season on Sunday, April 14, could not have lutes or flutes in its score, as those light woodwind instruments are all too frequently used in most fantasy films. The score to “Game Of Thrones” had to sound current, Djawadi tells the Recording Academy just days before Season 8 is set to premiere. And that’s how the low-octave cello, took center stage in “Game Of Thrones'” epic, and poignant, title sequence. Now, eight years later, to call “Game Of Thrones” a pop culture phenomenon would be to put the show’s impact mildly. To date, the series has received 47 Primetime Emmy Awards, and the Iranian-German composer earned a GRAMMY nod for his work on Season 7 at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. He’s even taken the show on the road, literally, with “Game Of Thrones: The Live Concert Experience,” an all-arena tour that ran in 2017 and 2018 and featured Djawadi conducting an 80-piece orchestra and choir, which performed highlights from the series’ score, on a 360-degree stage.Djawadi, who began his career at Berklee College of Music and apprenticed for renowned score-composer and GRAMMY winner Hans Zimmer, certainly was a known entity prior to “Thrones,” having nabbed an earlier GRAMMY nod for his work on Iron Man. Since “GoT,” he’s worked on another high-profile HBO epic: “Westworld.”As Djawadi prepares to formally close this chapter of his career, the Recording Academy caught up with the celebrated composer to talk about the final season of “Thrones”—or, well, given the notoriously tight-lipped, spoiler-phobic nature surrounding the show’s promotion, talk around the final season would be more accurate phrasing. We also touch on his early days in the film-and-television-scoring industry, how he met Weiss and Benioff, adapting characters’ musical themes to their story arcs, and what’s next for “Game Of Thrones: The Live Concert Experience.”So, as you prepare to say goodbye to “Game Of Thrones,” would you say that the last few months have been pretty intense?Ramin Djawadi: Yeah, you could say that. I mean, intense and bittersweet. It’s very emotional for me to write this final season, I have to say.I can’t even imagine! I want to talk Thrones, but before we do, I’d love to learn more about how you got started composing for TV and film. I noticed that you were an apprentice to Hans Zimmer. How did you originally connect with him?Djawadi: It was a complete coincidence, actually. The connection was made through a good friend of mine in Germany that’s an owner of a guitar store, and whenever I’d visit my family in Germany I’d see him also, but we were just chatting and he said, “Oh, so you want to [compose]. I know somebody that knows somebody that knows Hans.” That’s how the connection was made.Then, next I knew I was on a plane. I lived in Boston at the time, because that’s where I went to school. Next I knew I was on a plane to Los Angeles, and started working as an assistant in a studio. In the beginning I didn’t get to do any music. I was literally working in the machine room taking care of the computers and the samplers and all that. Then, little by little I was allowed to work on some projects. My big breakthrough was the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, and so that’s when I started arrangements.[Zimmer] has been an incredible mentor for me, not only musically, but I think more so how the meanings are done and how to be organized with all the amount of music to write, and there’s so many other aspects to the business other than just writing music.Well, as someone who now is in a position to be a mentor to a younger generation of arrangers, what lessons, if any, have you passed down to the people who work for you?Djawadi: I feel his way of working and then having apprentices and doing these mentor things, I think that’s incredible. And that’s something I do with my team as well, where people start for me as assistant and tech assistants. Then, they also work their way up and they get to do music. I think that system that works incredibly well, because I feel when you come out of college or whatever your music education is, again, there’s only so much you can learn about writing and music. But there are all these other things in the industry that you can’t really learn unless you’re actually in it. I think the best way to learn is to be in the presence of an established composer. I think that’s something that hasn’t always done over the years, and I think it works incredibly well.I know that you did a lot of commercial work prior to “Game of Thrones.” When you were considering arranging for the series, was there an audition process? You almost didn’t work on the show, is that right?Djawadi: The process was actually very organic. I mean, David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] had pretty much narrowed it down to me, somehow. My name was suggested and I think they liked some of my previous work and then were interested in meeting me. They sent over the first two episodes and I watched them, I loved them. Then, a meeting was set up and we got together and just talked about the show. That’s really, I think, where it just clicked.Yeah, I almost didn’t do it because I was at the time when this all happened I was already very busy with existing work, and I thought, “Okay, this is such a massive amount of [work].” We all obviously were aware of the scope of work that needed to be done on this, and I thought I don’t know if I have enough time to do this.Yeah. And you didn’t know what it was going to become.Djawadi: No, and I was so involved in the show, and also especially David and Dan, again, we just hit it off in that first meeting so well, and I just said, “I’m not going to sleep for the next couple of months, and I just want to work on the show. I just want to be part of this.” And looking back I’m so glad that it all came together like this. Pretty incredible.Were you familiar with the novels at the time?Djawadi: No, I was not. I mean, I knew of the books, but I had not read them, and today I have not read them. When I started the show I just thought, you know, now when season eight is over my plan is to pick up the books and actually read them, but then at the time I thought there is no point now of me trying to catch up, and I’m just going to let the season guide me with the plot, and obviously David and Dan guide me with musically what I have to write.What do you remember about David and Dan describing the mood and tone of the show, and how that informed your arrangements in 2011?Djawadi: They really had an amazing vision. Some of the things they said were not even so much what I should do, but it was more things that I shouldn’t do that really guided me well. One of those famous things that we laugh about and they said to me right away, “We don’t want any medieval flutes, because I know we have dragons and we have swords and all that, so no medieval flute.” So I knew, okay, I can’t have that.They were looking for a bit more of a contemporary sound, even though overall the score is definitely traditional instruments, but they were just the writing style they described to be a bit more contemporary. They said, “Look, you can use synthesizers,” because there’s definitely plenty of synthesizers in the score. It’s all pretty much organic, but they wanted contemporary.Then the cello came up, which is the leading instrument in the show, and we all agreed that that could be a great instrument.When you were familiarizing yourself with the series, did you ever consult with George R.R. Martin when determining the score? Djawadi: No, I primarily only worked with David and Dan. I mean, I met George several times at several “Game of Thrones” events, usually the premieres, and of course I told him how incredible I think [he is]; he is the core of it all. To come up with something this complex is just unbelievable.Funny enough, for example, with “The Rains of Castamere,” the lyrics are from the book, so I feel like I have collaborated with George and written a song together where I’ve written the melody and he’s written the lyrics. So I always smile about that.Absolutely. And I know that you’ve arranged leitmotifs for all of the different characters and houses. What’s be the first thing you’d consider when determining what that character’s recurring theme will be?Djawadi: I guess the overall story arc. I’m kind of struggling now a little bit how to put it in words, but just looking at the character’s journey or what they’re going through, my job is to enhance that with music, so I would look at that. Like, for example, the Stark theme, all the Starks were split up, they’re all in different places. You know, there’s a piece in one of the first pieces in season one where it plays … we call that piece “Goodbye Brother,” where Jon says goodbye to Bran, and it’s these goodbyes that gives a bit of a sad tone always to me. That’s why I felt the Stark theme should have a very emotional, almost a sadness to it, and that’s how I always try to approach these different themes.To hone in on Jon for a second, I mean, he actually died, and then he comes back. And it’s said that every time the Lord of Light brings someone back, you never come back quite the same as you were before. Do major changes like that in a character’s story arc, does that determine how their leitmotif evolves?Djawadi: Yeah, that’s a good example, because most of the time we use the Stark theme for him. But yeah, when he died and when he came back we thought “Oh, it’s maybe time to give him his own theme, so then I wrote a whole new theme for him.” That was in season six.Then, in season seven when the relationship with Dany happened, then we felt the need [to create] a love theme that we make for them, so now we had yet another theme that we could use for him or for them. That’s how it kind of develops.Same with Arya. She kind of started doing her own thing, and that’s when we felt okay, it’s time to give her her own theme. Every season we look at where are these character arcs going and how we should approach it.Have there ever been any clues or hints dropped into the music? Say, a bit of Dany’s Targaryen motif woven into Jon’s motif as, well, a secret Targaryen? Because for a long time, we didn’t know for sure that Jon was Rhaegar Targaryen’s son…Djawadi: Yeah, no. There’s definitely clues in the music, and we carefully think about that. Either there are scenes where they can work together. That’s always something we look for, because we look at the music as another character, so we feel there’s really a great bit of storytelling. I always like to say we can lead the audience in either the right way or the wrong way with the score. It’s good to have these motifs and themes that are so attached to characters or houses or plots, too. It works really well.Well, as we noted before, it must be an emotional experience to bid farewell to a project of this magnitude. That being the case, are there any plans in place to take “Game of Thrones: The Live Concert Experience” back on the road?Djawadi: I mean, it would certainly make sense. At this point I can’t say too much about it, but I would certainly like that. We did our first tour, which, by the way, was incredible, and the fact that we even could do a tour on that scale was an absolute dream come true for me to perform this music in front of an audience.We did it after season six, and the new updated the show after season seven, so clearly it would make absolute sense now that this is ending to actually update the show and then really have a complete show, because right now the live show was always just not complete, just like the seasons weren’t. I’ll take it a step at a time. We’ll see what happens.Have you experienced ‘Game Of Thrones’ live in concert?Read more
TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO), the company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, said on Thursday it will buy Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX.N) for $10.2 billion, creating one of North America’s largest regulated natural gas transmission businesses.The deal, valued at $13 billion including debt, comes months after U.S. President Barack Obama blocked the cross-border Keystone XL crude pipeline. His decision was a victory for environmentalists and a blow to TransCanada after a seven-year battle for approval.TransCanada will offer $25.50 per share in cash for each Columbia Pipeline share, an 8.5 percent premium to the stock’s Thursday close.Columbia Pipeline shares were at $24.75 in extended trading, while TransCanada’s U.S.-listed shares were down nearly 4 percent at $36.50.Columbia Pipeline owns and operates about 15,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, connecting the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States, home to some of the country’s most prolific shale gas plays.That pipeline system will link up with TransCanada’s existing assets to create a 5,700-mile network spanning the continent.”This acquisition represents a rare opportunity to invest in an extensive competitively positioned growing network of regulated natural gas pipeline and storage assets in the Marcellus and Utica regions of the United States,” TransCanada Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said on a conference call.The deal will also give TransCanada a combined portfolio of C$23 billion ($17.72 billion) of secured near-term growth projects. The company said that would add to per-share earnings in the first full year of ownership and may boost its dividend growth rate of 8 to 10 percent per year.TransCanada will finance the deal by selling its U.S. Northeast merchant power assets and a minority interest in its Mexican natural gas pipeline business. The company said it had also secured $10.3 billion of credit facilities.The growth in TransCanada’s gas pipeline business is in contrast to slow progress in building new crude oil pipelines. The company’s proposed Energy East project faced a setback this month when the Quebec government filed a motion for an injunction to ensure that the pipeline complied with the province’s environmental laws. [L2N1690TB]If the deal closes in the second half as expected, TransCanada will then own the general partner of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (CPPL.N).Columbia Pipeline Partners, whose general partner is currently owned by Columbia Pipeline Group, will remain a publicly traded partnership, the companies said.($1 = 1.2979 Canadian dollars)
A cholera outbreak has rapidly spread in Yemen, killing 115 people in two weeks in the impoverished country where hospitals badly damaged by more than two years of war can barely cope.Patients with cholera symptoms have flooded the run-down medical facilities, as international relief agencies warned of a catastrophic humanitarian situation and urged citizens to exercise hygiene precautions.“We now are facing a serious outbreak of cholera,” said Dominik Stillhart, the director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross at a news conference in Sanaa on Sunday.Citing figures compiled by the Yemeni health ministry, Stillhart said 115 people had died of cholera between April 27 and Saturday.More than 8,500 suspected cases of the waterborne disease were reported in the same period in 14 governorates across Yemen, Stillhart said, up from 2,300 cases in 10 governorates last week.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed fears on Sunday that health authorities alone will not be able to deal with the outbreak.“MSF calls on international organisations to scale up their assistance urgently to limit the spread of the outbreak and anticipate potential other ones,” it said in a statement.This is the second outbreak of cholera, a bacterial infection contracted through ingesting contaminated food or water, in less than a year in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country.Yemen is witnessing a devastating war between the Saudi-supported government and Iranian-backed Huthi rebels, and less than half of the country’s health facilities are functioning two years into the conflict.“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic,” Stillhart said.Garbage fills streets -“There are up to four cholera patients in one single bed,” Stillhart said.“There are people in the garden, and some even in their cars with the IV drip hanging from the window,” he said, adding that the ICRC has intervened with IV fluid, chlorine tablets and oral rehydration salts.A garbage crisis in the capital caused by municipality trash collectors going on a 10-day pay strike, which ended over the weekend, contributed to the outbreak, said Stillhart.Piles of garbage had mounted in the capital’s streets, with residents and passersby wearing masks to avoid the stench of rotting refuse.Residents of Sanaa “need to follow the guidelines, like cleaning fruits and vegetables very well and not eating uncovered foods that might be polluted,” said Jameel Nashir, Yemen’s health chief at the World Health Organisation.“Additionally, they should use good water from sources that are safe and away from the polluted areas,” he told AFP.Ali al-Washali, a patient who suffered severe diarrhoea, said his neighbourhood has always been supplied with water from artesian wells delivered in tankers without any problems, “except for now, as people are getting sick.”The WHO now classifies Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq.The ICRC has decided to “significantly expand” operations in Yemen owing to not only cholera but the overall humanitarian situation, Stillhart told reporters.Critical food imports are also at an all-time low as many of the country’s Red Sea ports are blockaded.The United Nations has warned 17 million people—equivalent to two-thirds of the population—are at imminent risk of famine in Yemen.More than 8,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened to support Yemen’s government in 2015, according to the WHO.
A Sri Lankan man mobile phone user holds up a message twitter showing that facebook had been banned in Colombo on 7 March 2018. AFPSri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment.The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left Muslim homes and businesses in ruins.Schools were shut across Kandy, a hill station popular with tourists, as rioters defied curfews and clashed with police who used teargas to disperse the mobs.A senior government source said Sri Lanka’s telecoms regulator had asked internet providers to block access to Facebook and other social media platforms to stop the unrest spreading.“This is a temporary measure and we will have the restrictions removed soon,” a top official told AFP on condition of anonymity.He said police had already identified anti-Muslim messages being shared on social networks, including a video posted by a hardline Buddhist monk urging violence against Muslims.Authorities suspended internet access entirely to curfew-bound Kandy after discovering rioters were using online messaging services like WhatsApp to coordinate attacks on Muslim properties.Sri Lankan telecoms providers said they would be blocking certain social networks following an order from the island’s regulator.“Access to certain social media sites and messaging platforms will be restricted with immediate effect until further notice,” Sri Lanka’s largest mobile phone provider Dialog said in a statement.The internet blackout in Kandy, 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of Colombo, has also affected media organisations to get pictures and video footage from the region.Censorship and media oppression was used widely by strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse, who for a decade in power ordered local internet providers to block anti-government sentiment online.His successor president Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015 promising an end to draconian government restrictions, but some websites critical of the government remain blocked.
Barry Allen is still dealing with the fallout from Flashpoint, and it expands beyond Central City. We have our first Arrowverse crossover of the season, as Barry rushes to Starling City to talk things out with Felicity. It appears Eobard Thawne changed a lot more than Iris’s relationship with her father. After stopping a jewelry thief, he returns to S.T.A.R. Labs to find everyone in a funk. His attempts at being friendly are taken as cruel jokes and he also finds out that both times he’s kissed Iris have been erased from existence.Investigating further, Barry learns that Iris never forgave her dad for not telling her her mom was still alive, and that Cisco’s brother was killed by a drunk driver. Oh, and over in Starling City, Diggle now has a son instead of a daughter. Jeez, Flash, what else did you do to the Arrowverse? It’s probably your fault Kara and James aren’t together on Supergirl too, isn’t it? There is one change that, while not Barry’s favorite, is a great improvement on the old timeline. This reality has Tom Felton in it. Felton plays Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI investigating husks left behind by metahumans. He and Barry have apparently shared an office for a year, and they really don’t get along.This episode features the most awkward family dinner ever. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Barry tries to fix things among his friends by inviting everyone over to dinner at Joe’s house. It does not go well, but he does learn that Cisco is mad at him for not going back in time to save his brother. The dinner is cut short when Cisco detects a metahuman running around the city. It turns out to be Edward Clariss, who’s been given his powers back by Dr. Alchemy and knows all about the alternate timeline.Barry tries to go back in time and fix everything, but he stopped in 1998 by the Jay Garrick Flash, who’s been keeping an eye on him. Jay tells Barry there are consequences to time travel. That no matter what Barry does, his world will never be the same again. Convinced to live with his mistakes and move on, he goes back to the present and tells his friends everything. He even brings back the Back to the Future Part II graph to do it. While everyone is initially hesitant to process all the new information, Iris manages to forgive her dad and convince everyone else to move on together.Barry tracks down The Rival with the begrudging help of his partner, Julian. He runs to the location Clariss was killed, only to meet Alchemy. Alchemy reveals he’s given Clariss his powers back to “prepare this world.” Whatever that means. The Rival ambushes him and comes very close to killing him. Fortunately, Cisco was tracking Barry’s location and, as Vibe, saves Barry saying, “Stay away from my friend.”Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) saves The Flash (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Things back to mostly-normal, the team resolves to find out more about Alchemy and Cisco says that maybe someday he and the Flash will fight alongside each other. After Barry leaves, Caitlin reveals that she’s developing some metahuman abilities herself. As the episode ends, Barry and Iris finally share a kiss that doesn’t get erased from time, and Alchemy seemingly kills Clariss for his failure.The sole purpose of this episode was to get things back on track. Not only did it accomplish that, but it managed to tell a great consolidated superhero story. We learned more about this new timeline Barry’s stuck in and we see the entire team come together to make the best of it. Jay Garrick’s appearance also provided a satisfying explanation as to why Barry can’t just keep going back in time to solve everything. Now that the show has established a new normal for this season, it’ll be exciting to see where they go from here. Dr. Alchemy can give people powers, so it looks like we won’t be wanting for new classic supervillains. Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis
Your Facebook status updates, ‘likes’ and even photos could help researchers better understand mental health disorders, a new study says. Social networks may even be used in future to treat mental illness, particularly among young people, the researchers said.“Facebook is hugely popular and could provide us with a wealth of data to improve our knowledge of mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia,” said the study’s lead-author Becky Inkster from University of Cambridge. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver a billion people worldwide use Facebook daily – one in seven of the global population – and social media use is increasing at three times the rate of other internet use. “Its reach is particularly broad, too, stretching across the digital divide to traditionally hard-to-reach groups including homeless youth, immigrants, people with mental health problems, and seniors,” Inkster noted. The researchers believe that Facebook might be used to help improve the detection of mental health factors. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFacebook data tends to be more reliable than offline self-reported information, while still reflecting an individual’s offline behaviours, study co-author Michal Kosinski from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the US added.It also enables researchers to measure content that is difficult to assess offline, such as conversation intensity, and to reach sample sizes previously unobtainable. Status updates, shares and likes can provide a wealth of information about users, the researchers noted in the study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry. “Facebook relationships may help those with reduced self-esteem and provide companionship for individuals who are socially isolated,” Inkster said.“We know that socially isolated adolescents are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts, so these online stepping stones could encourage patients to reform offline social connections,” she added.These online – potentially leading to offline – social connections can provide support for vulnerable individuals such as homeless youth, a population at increased risk of mental health problems. Research has shown that this support is associated with a reduction in their alcohol intake and a decrease in depression-like symptoms. Unlike virtual patient communities, an advantage of using social networking sites, especially Facebook, is that people naturally use them in their daily lives, which addresses concerns about the limited duration of participation in virtual communities, the study said.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette is something you do not want to miss this week!We have a juicy front page about the municipality’s financial status.As it is Cancer Awareness Month, check out our four-page feature or the profiles we have done on amazing women who have survived or are facing cancer.We also have a few sportsmen sharing their accomplishments.As we are your link to the community, we give a few people the chance weekly to give their opinion on various matters. This week, on page 6 (our letters page), we discuss the recent shootings in town.Don’t forget our hard news, with stories such as the gunmen who slaughtered three people in Ezakheni, faeces-filled water contaminating the Klip River, and a woman who was raped while her boyfriend was sleeping in the same bed next to her. With all these articles to read, you can certainly keep up-to-date with what’s happening in your community.If you are looking for a job, the vacancies section is a must in this week’s Gazette, plus much much more! The Gazette costs R4.90 and can be purchased at various supermarkets, from street-sellers at robots and stop streets around town, and if all else fails, pay us a visit at our offices (San Marco Centre) and pick up a copy.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
A lot of schools started writing trials this week. As a Grade 12 pupil, the thought of adult life may scare you and you might be concerned about what to do next year, but don’t focus on that right now. Besides, you first have to pass your matric before you do anything else, so focus on the exams!Here are a few tips to help you ‘ace’ your trial exams and finals:• Plan a study roster: You may not think it helps, but it does.• Make sure you get enough rest: Sleep at least six hours a night.• The days you are not writing are not off days: Use these days to study.• Make sure to study in a quiet area, with no distractions.• Make sure you have everything you need before studying so you don’t have to stand up and break your concentration.• By now, you should have a method of studying, whether you remember all the info by reading it aloud, having someone read it to you, rewriting everything or making use of colours. Do not change your method now, as long as it works for you.• Have a glass of water with you to keep hydrated.• Eat before studying so you are not hungry and have all the energy you need. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite • If you prefer studying with music, make sure the music does not have vocals (lyrics) and is not repetitive, as your attention will then be drawn to the music and away from the work at hand.• Do not study for hours on end: Take regular breaks and go for a walk outside.Most importantly, stay calm during the exam. Read through your paper before getting started and if you get stuck by a question, leave a space for it and answer it later. Write neatly and clearly, and make sure you have everything you need to write your exam.Good luck, matrics of 2016!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Free, public Wi-Fi is now crucial in ensuring people stay connected where a secure network is absent or mobile data is unavailable. While the advantages of flexible internet access are obvious, the dangers are often less clear. By now, most of us are aware that these networks can pose a risk, but few can articulate exactly what these risks are and how we can protect ourselves. Follow the advice below to find out exactly what dangers lurk within. The perils of public wi-fi When you join a public hotspot without protection and begin to access the internet, the packets of data that go from your device to the router are public and open for anyone to intercept. While that sounds scary, technology like SSL/TLS has ensured the danger here isn’t as bad as it was a few years ago. That being said, all a cybercriminal needs to snoop on your connection is some relatively simple Linux software that’s accessible online. This leaves you vulnerable to a variety of attacks. Let’s take a look at some of them now. Data monitoring Typically, a wi-fi adapter will be set on “managed” mode. This means it acts as a standalone client connecting to a single router for access to the internet. The interface will ignore all data packets except those that are explicitly addressed to it. However, some adapters can be configured into other modes. In “monitor” mode, an adapter will capture all the wireless traffic in a certain channel, regardless of the source or intended recipient. In this mode, the adapter can even capture data packets without being connected to a router – meaning it can sniff and snoop on all the data it gets its hands on. Not all commercial wi-fi adapters are capable of this, as it’s cheaper for manufacturers to make those that only handle “managed” mode. Still, if someone gets their hands on one and pairs it with some simple Linux software, they can see which URLs you are loading and all of the data you’re entering on any website not using HTTPS – including names, addresses, and financial accounts. Fake hotspots Catching unencrypted data packets out of the air isn’t the only risk of public wi-fi. When you connect to an unprotected router, you are implicitly trusting the supplier of that connection. Usually this trust is well-founded – it’s unlikely your local café is interested in your private data. However, the carelessness with which we now connect to public routers means that cybercriminals can easily set up a fake network to bait you in. Once an illegitimate hotspot has been created, all of the data flowing through it can be captured, analysed, and manipulated. One of the most common forms of manipulation is simply redirecting your traffic to an imitation of a popular website. The sole purpose of this clone site will be to capture your personal information and card details – the same strategy used in phishing scams. ARP spoofing Unfortunately, cybercriminals don’t even need a fake hotspot to interfere with your traffic. Every wi-fi and Ethernet network has a unique MAC address – an identifying code used to ensure data packets travel to the correct destination. The way that routers – and all other devices – discover this information is using ARP (Address Resolution Protocol). For example, your smartphone might send out a request asking which device on the network is associated with a certain IP address. The requested device responds with its MAC address, ensuring the data packets are physically directed to the correct location. The issue with ARP is that it can be faked. Your smartphone might send a request for the address of the public wi-fi router, and a different device will answer with a false address. Providing the signal of the false device is stronger than the legitimate one, your smartphone will be fooled. Again, this can be done with simple Linux software. Once the spoofing has taken place, all of your data will be sent to the false router, which can subsequently manipulate the traffic however it likes. Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks A man-in-the-middle attack (MITM) refers to any malicious action in which the attacker secretly relays or alters the communication between two parties. On an unprotected connection, a cybercriminal can modify key parts of the network traffic, redirect this traffic elsewhere, or inject content into an existing packet. This could mean displaying a fake login form or website, changing links, text, pictures, or more. This is relatively straightforward to execute; an attacker within reception range of an unencrypted wi-fi point could insert themselves easily. How to secure your connection The prevalence and simplicity of these attacks only serves to highlight the importance of basic cybersecurity best practices. Following these foundational rules of cybersecurity should serve to counteract the vast majority of public wi-fi threats. Firewalls An effective firewall will monitor and block any suspicious traffic flowing to and from your device. It’s a given that you should always have a firewall in place and your virus definitions updated to protect your device from upcoming threats. Though properly configured firewalls can effectively block some attacks, they’re not infallible, and do not exempt you from danger. They primarily help protect against malicious traffic, not malicious programs, and may not protect you if you inadvertently run malware. Firewalls should always be used in conjunction with other protective measures such as antivirus software. Software updates Not to be underestimated, software and system updates are imperative and should be installed as soon as they’re offered. Staying up to date with the latest security patches is the simplest step in protecting yourself against existing and easily-exploited system vulnerabilities. Use a VPN Whether you’re a regular user of public Wi-Fi or not, A VPN is an essential security tool worth having. This software works by generating an encrypted tunnel that all of your traffic travels through, ensuring your data is secure regardless of the safety of the network you’re on. This is paramount for anyone concerned about their security online, and is arguably the best safeguard against the risks of open networks. That being said, there are dozens of available VPN services, many of which are unreliable or even dangerous. Free VPN providers have been known to monitor and sell users’ data to third parties. It’s important you choose a service provider with a strong reputation and a strict no-logging policy. It’s a crowded market, but most review websites recommend ExpressVPN and NordVPN as reliable options. Use common sense If you find yourself with no option but to use public Wi-Fi without a VPN, the majority of attacks can be avoided with old-school safe computing practices. Avoid making purchases or visiting sensitive websites like online banking. It’s best to stay away from any website that doesn’t use HTTPS. Luckily, popular browser extensions like HTTPS everywhere can help extend your reach. The majority of modern browsers have in-built security features that can identify threats and notify you if they encounter a malicious website. While it’s sensible to heed these warnings, these browsers are not failsafe and are much less likely to spot local interference by an unknown third party. Simple solutions are often the strongest in cybersecurity With the rising use of HTTPS and TLS, it’s become much harder for data to be intercepted and exploited. That being said, with a laptop, free Linux software, and a cheap Wi-Fi adapter, you’d be surprised how much damage can be done. Public Wi-Fi is now a staple of modern life. Despite its ubiquity, it’s still exploited with relative ease, and many are oblivious to exactly what these risks entail. Clearly cybersecurity still has a long way to go at the consumer level; for now, old lessons still ring true – the simplest solutions are often the strongest. William Chalk is a writer and researcher at Top10VPN, a cybersecurity research group and the world’s largest VPN (Virtual Private Network) review site. As well as recommending the best VPN services, they publish independent research to help raise awareness of digital privacy and security risks.
Thousands of frequent flyers testing out the Qantas automated check in system since July last year have complained that the new service is flawed. Despite the airline denying any issues, The Australia Services Union (ASU) federal secretary Linda White said people taking part in the experiment at Perth Airport said the system has “a lot of issues” mostly because people are not sure of how to use the system, Embrace Australia. Ms White added that the new service also required passengers to be more hands on with their baggage, an action flyers are not too keen on adding during their time at the airport. “Passengers are pretty upset about the automated check-in, especially premium passengers as they don’t want to have to do things like carry their own bags,” Ms White said. “Attacks on our members can range from being spat on or being verbally harassed, and there has been an increase in these kinds of incidents since the automated check-in systems were introduced in Perth. “It’s very hard to figure out what to do.”According to the source, the increased anger towards staff has prompted the airport to supply alarms to one quarter of the crew to be used in argumentative situations. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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