Aid to Myanmar not enough to meet existing needs – UN relief

Last May, Cyclone Nargis battered the South-East Asian nation, leaving around 140,000 dead or missing and uprooting 800,000 from their homes. Bishow Parajuli, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator highlighted the urgent needs for the cyclone-affected communities in the Ayeryarwady Delta, the hardest hit region, as well as other areas of the country at today’s meeting. “Whilst steadily recovering from Cyclone Nargis-affected areas remains high on the agenda, the UN also addresses needs for funding to other parts of the country, where immense humanitarian and development challenges exists,” he told the gathering, which drew participants from diplomatic missions, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Mr. Parajuli stressed in particular the imminent need for sustainable shelter and agricultural support ahead of the upcoming monsoon season. Early- and medium-term recovery efforts are outlined in the three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP), which was launched earlier this year by the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) – comprising the Myanmar Government, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN – and has a price tag of nearly $700 million. During a visit to Northern Rakhine State earlier this week, Mr. Parajuli witnessed just how acute the needs were for many people. Among the issues faced by those he met were the need for employment and livelihood, access to education for children, and reproductive health and family planning. The UN, working with its partners and the Government, is working to scale up its activities in that region, the Humanitarian Coordinator said, stressing that increased donor support is crucial to these efforts. 3 April 2009The level of humanitarian assistance that is currently being provided in Myanmar is much lower than the actual needs of the people, a senior United Nations relief official said today at a donors meeting in Yangon, calling for increased support for cyclone-affected communities and others. read more

Quebec to set up provincial body to control marijuana industry

Quebec tabled cannabis legislation on Thursday that will give a provincially run agency tight control over the purchase, storage and sale of the drug.A newly created subsidiary of Quebec’s liquor corporation will oversee the pot industry, Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said in the national assembly as she tabled Bill 157.Charlebois said the bill forbids minors from possessing cannabis, prohibits people from growing it for personal use and stipulates that smoking it will be banned in the same places where smoking tobacco is illegal.Will marijuana advertising follow the restrictions placed on alcohol or on tobacco?Weed is the new craft beer, says former Budweiser exec: ‘Ignore it at your peril’The bill introduces “a new principle of zero tolerance” regarding drivers caught under the influence of marijuana or any other drug.“It prohibits anyone from driving a vehicle … or having control of a vehicle if there is any detectable presence of cannabis or any other drug in their saliva,” Charlebois said.The bill also gives police officers the power to demand saliva samples from drivers suspected of being under the influence.Only the new agency — the Societe quebecoise du cannabis — will be allowed to buy cannabis from a producer, transport it, store it and sell it, although there may be certain exceptions.Ottawa has promised marijuana will be legal across Canada by next July 1 and has left it to the provinces to create their own legal framework on how the law would be enforced on their territory.Quebec tabled the legislation a day after it again asked the federal government to push back the July 1 deadline by one year so the province can reach agreement with Ottawa on various money-related issues such as the division of tax revenues.On Thursday, the national assembly adopted a motion by a margin of 97-2 to ask Ottawa to delay implementing the law. read more

He went underwater to propose to his girlfriend but he didnt live

Kenesha Antoine is mourning the loss of her boyfriend, who drowned while proposing to her in Tanzania.The American couple were vacationing in a submerged cabin, anchored in water more than 30 feet deep. On the third day, Steven Weber dived into the sea to ask Antoine to marry him.A heartbreaking video posted by Antoine on Facebook showed Weber, in goggles and flippers, swimming up to the window of their underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania. He held a handwritten note against the cabin’s glass window.“I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you. But … everything I love about you, I love more every day!” the sheet of paper, sealed in a zip-lock bag, read.Antoine watched him from inside, giggling and filming.Weber flipped over the page to show a new message, “Will you marry me?” Then he removed an engagement ring from his bathing-suit pocket.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Antoine squealed with glee as her boyfriend swam away from the window and out of view. Antoine was overwhelmed with joy. But Weber was soon in danger.According to the BBC, the hotel was notified of a “problem in the water.” By the time staff responded, hotel CEO Matthew Saus said “absolutely nothing could be done.”The Mantra Resort confirmed Weber’s death, which is under investigation by the Zanzibar police.In a Facebook post, Antoine wrote that Weber “never emerged from those depths.”“You never got to hear my answer, ‘Yes! Yes! A million times, yes’. We never got to embrace and celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together, as the best day of our lives turned into the worst, in the cruelest twist of fate imaginable,” she said.“I will try to take solace in the fact that we enjoyed the most amazing bucket list experiences these past few days, and that we both were so happy and absolutely giddy with excitement in our final moments together.” read more

UN approves largestever emergency funding allocation to scale up response in wartorn

“These funds will help to save lives,” declared UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock as he announced that the funding would rapidly bolster the response for some 22 million people in Yemen who need humanitarian assistance, including more than eight million who are “a step away from famine.”Since 2015, Yemen has been in engulfed a conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.Mr. Lowcock emphasized that to roll back the unfolding catastrophe, three things need to happen. “First,” he began, “there must be reduction both in fighting on the ground and airstrikes, which have greatly intensified in recent weeks.” Armed conflict is killing and injuring people and destroying critical infrastructure. Danger and bureaucratic impediments hamper humanitarians’ ability to reach those in need, including those at risk of diphtheria – a growing outbreak now in most of Yemen’s governorates. Mr. Lowcock maintained that “the parties to the conflict must comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” and facilitate humanitarian partners. “Second,” he continued, “we need all ports to remain open without interruption. Yemen imports about 90 per cent of its staple food and nearly all of its fuel and medicine […] a lifeline for millions of people.” Moving forward, sustained and higher levels of food, fuel and medicines must be imported. “Third,” he said, “we need faster and more generous donor financing.” While aid saved millions in 2017, recent restrictions and intensified fighting have forced more reliance on aid. “The CERF allocation today will ensure a comprehensive, integrated response across life-saving humanitarian sectors for the most vulnerable people in 27 high-priority districts at risk of famine, as well as in areas where conflict has recently escalated,” he said. “The Yemeni people need an end to the conflict so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. For this to happen, the parties to the conflict must cease hostilities and engage meaningfully with the UN to achieve a lasting political settlement,” he concluded. read more

Morrissey postpones upcoming gigs amid row over antiracism protest

“We deeply regret any inconvenience to the fans and promise to reschedule UK and European dates as soon as possible.”All original purchasers from official ticket outlets will have the full ticket fee refunded including booking fee to their credit/debit cards. Refunds from ticket agents will be actioned from midday on Monday July 2.”The singer’s world tour will continue in Mexico City in November. Morrissey has postponed all UK and European gigs scheduled for next month after fans planned a protest against his political views.The former Smiths frontman had been due to play at Castlefield Bowl in his home city of Manchester on July 7 and 8 and then further gigs in Portsmouth and Reading.Promoters blamed “logistical problems” for the postponement but his team was said to have been “rattled” by plans to hold an anti-racism party that clashed with one of the Manchester concerts.Campaigners had organised the One Nation Under A Groove protest party for July 8 at the the city’s Revolution bar after the 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.In April, Morrissey announced his support for For Britain, a far-right party created by failed Ukip leadership contestant Anne Marie Waters, who has said she left Ukip after Nigel Farage dismissed her and her allies as “Nazis and racists”. In an interview posted on his blog, he spoke in support Waters and Robinson . “As far as racism goes, the modern loony left seem to forget that Hitler was leftwing,” he said.A statement released by ticketing website Gigs and Tours said: “Due to logistical problems beyond our control, the UK/European Morrissey concerts scheduled for July will be postponed. The 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy RobinsonCredit:Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media The 59-year-old singer made comments in support of jailed English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson read more

Child sex abuse inquiry fined £200000 for bulk email identifying possible victims

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. The ICO said the Inquiry had failed to give staff proper training about the importance of using the “bcc” field, and relied on the assurance of the IT company hired to manage the mailing list that people would not be able to reply to the entire list. Several months later, in July 2017, a further incident arose when a recipient clicked on “Reply All” in response to an email from the Inquiry, sent via the mailing list, and revealed their email to the entire list. IICSA had also breached its own privacy notice by sharing participants’ emails addresses with the IT company without their consent. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been fined £200,000 after sending a bulk email that identified possible victims of child sexual abuse, the  Information Commissioner’s Office has said. The inquiry sent a blind carbon copy email to 90 participants on February 27, 2017, telling them about a public hearing, but then a member of staff sent a correction where the email addresses were entered into the “to” field instead, the ICO said.This allowed the recipients to see each other’s email addresses, identifying them as possible victims of child sexual abuse.Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s director of investigations, said the incident “placed vulnerable people at risk” and was concerning, adding that the inquiry “should and could have done more to ensure this did not happen”.”People’s email addresses can be searched via social networks and search engines, so the risk that they could be identified was significant.”One of the respondents said he was “very distressed” by the data breach, and in total the ICO received 22 complaints.Of the 90 email addresses, 52 contained the recipient’s full name or a label with their full name. IICSA became aware of the breach when a recipient added two further email addresses to the “to” field and clicked “reply all”.  The Inquiry then sent three emails asking the recipients to delete the original email and not to send it on. One of these emails led to another 39 “Reply All” emails.  read more

Hedweld launching new mining equipment tyre handler at AIMEX

first_imgHedweld will release a new tyre handler, designed as a maintenance tool for the safe and efficient removal or installation of tyres from a range of  earthmoving and plant equipment, just one of a range of products on display at Stand 5707 during AIMEX, to be held at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush, from September 6-9. The Trilift® TH15000 Workshop Tyre Handler is a self-contained diesel/hydraulic-powered, remote-controlled unit designed for the safe removal and installation of tyres and rims up to 15,000 kg safe working load, ranging in size from 27:00 R49 to 59/80 R63.“This tool has been developed for use in a workshop environment and its compact design provides minimal impact on the normal operations of a mining workshop,” Hedweld’s marketing co-ordinator, Mark Grant, said.Hedweld’s stand will also feature:The Trilift TH2000 Tyre Handler for underground mining vehicles, a self-propelled, three-wheeled main frame carrier designed to assist with the removal and replacement of the tyres and wheels of underground vehicles with a safe working load up to 2,000 kgThe Trilift Dozer Track Roller Removing Tool, which aids in the removal of track rollers on dozers and other track drive machines and can be mounted to the top of a Trilift Belly Pan Hoist or existing forklifts and overhead cranesSafe-Away® Ladders including the Electric Ladder V and CF models, along with an EE (Emergency Escape) ladder and an RTV (Raise to Vertical) ladder with hydraulic actuator.“The Safe-Away ladder systems have been designed to provide a simple access solution for use in the mining, earthmoving and civil works industries,” Grant said.Established in 1980, the Hedweld Group of Companies says its products are designed to either safely and efficiently handle components or provide safe access to heavy earthmoving equipment while delivering time and cost savings to the end user.last_img read more

Estil prêt à arrêter de fumer Il suffit de regarder son activité

first_imgEst-il prêt à arrêter de fumer ? Il suffit de regarder son activité cérébrale…Une étude américaine a mis en lumière le fait que l’activité d’une certaine partie du cerveau permettait de déterminer la réelle motivation à s’arrêter de fumer…La détermination d’un fumeur à arrêter la cigarette peut se mesurer. C’est la principale conclusion d’une étude financée par les Instituts nationaux de santé américains et la Fondation nationale pour la science, et publiée ce lundi par la revue scientifique Health Psychology. Les travaux menés à l’Université de Californie (UCLA) consistaient pour les fumeurs à regarder une série de messages sur l’arrêt de la cigarette pendant qu’un scanner enregistrait l’activité de leur cerveau. Emily Falk, principal auteur de l’étude et directrice du laboratoire sur les neurosciences et la communication à l’université du Michigan, a expliqué que les personnes dont l’activité du cortex préfrontal médian était significative se révélaient être celles qui avaient le plus de chances de réduire leur consommation de cigarettes le mois suivant. “Ce qui est passionnant, c’est qu’en sachant ce qui se passe dans le cerveau de quelqu’un (…) nous pouvons bien mieux prédire son futur comportement que si nous ne connaissions que sa propre évaluation” sur ses chances d’arrêter de fumer, a-t-elle conclu.   Le 31 janvier 2011 à 17:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Silva lauds Lucas Digne

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva is full of praise for Lucas Digne after he scored a free-kick in their 2-2 draw with Watford on Monday night.Richalison opened the scoring for Everton 15 minutes into the first half, but a Seamus Coleman own goal and an Abdoulaye Doucoure strike gave Watford the lead heading into stoppage time.In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Digne scored a stunning free-kick from 25 yards to hand Everton a point in their game against Watford.Silva was happy with the defender’s strike and described him as “a good player”.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Because he has quality, it means personality and character as well. It was an important moment for him and he showed me he is a good player,” Silva told Sky Sports.“In the first goal we conceded, there was a lack of communication between him and Bernard. In these type of moments it’s really important it doesn’t affect him.”last_img read more

Nomination Day Returns slow Will General Election wait be long

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – Nomination Day for the General Elections closed at 4pm on Friday, yet more than 48 hours later the Elections Office has not produced a list of those nominees; members of the public expressed concern about the sluggish pace of the process.Elections Supervisor Dudley Lewis told Magnetic Media that he expected to have all returns within hours on the same day, but that did not happen and up to Saturday morning there were still documents outstanding.There is no employment of technology in the transmission of information and if that continues, it very likely means general election results may take days to be known.  Lewis said the official list of nominees will be dispatched today. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #nominationday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more

Sterling Woman Charged In Motorcyclists Death

first_imgAccording to Troopers, Cresap attempted to turn left off Joyful Circle onto Sandline Drive when she saw a BMW motorcycle traveling toward them on Sandline Drive. Aprile Cresap, 53 of Sterling was arrested following the collision. Sterling resident Michael Corteg, 60, died at the scene. Cresap attempted to swerve left to avoid a collision, but Corteg on his motorcycle also swerved left, and struck the front passenger side of the truck. Corteg was ejected off the bike and landed off the road, sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries, to which he succumbed at the scene. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Sterling woman has been charged with driving under the influence  and vehicular manslaughter following a crash on Thursday that killed a motorcyclist. Cresap was arraigned Friday, and remains in custody at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility, according to a statewide inmate database.last_img read more

Hanley Wood Ordered to Pay 29 Million to Former Execs

first_imgUPDATE: “Obviously we’re pleased with decision,” says Poss. “The last thing we wanted to do was leave Hanley Wood. It’s a company we have a lot of respect for and helped build a terrific business. But when the company refused to honor the terms of our contract, the only option we had to get paid was to leave.”Hanley Wood’s Exhibitions division reported a record year in 2008, generating more than $60 million in revenues and EBITDA of more than $40 million. But the economic recession had a significant impact on the division’s revenues last year. Through the first half, earnings and revenue declined by more than 10 percent. Following a Dallas, Texas arbitration hearing, Hanley Wood Business Media has been ordered to pay a pair of former executives $2.9 million in unpaid bonuses, salary adjustments and severance pay.The breach of contract suit was brought against the Washington, D.C.-based trade publisher by former Exhibitions division president Galen Poss and vice president Michael Green, who left the company last summer. The suit claimed that Hanley Wood failed to pay the men performance-based bonuses and salary raises that were agreed to as part of their employment contracts. It said Hanley Wood argued that the bonuses and raises were “discretionary.”In his ruling, the arbitrator said the payments were mandatory and called for Hanley Wood to also pay Poss and Green 12 months of severance.When contacted by FOLIO:, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton confirmed the ruling but declined to comment further. A spokesperson for the legal team that represented Poss and Green did not immediately return requests for comment. last_img read more

Mayor Turner And Greater Houston Partnership Lead Trade Delegation To Mexico City

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:18 Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Twitter accountHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (right) and Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera (left) met during the delegation’s trip to the neighboring country.This week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) are leading a trade delegation to Mexico City.More than 1,000 companies across greater Houston report doing business with Mexico and in 2015 that trade was valued at more than $17 billion, according to Mayor Turner’s office.The delegation is focusing on strengthening the relationship in terms of tourism and medicine, with potential agreements between the Texas Medical Center and some Mexican hospitals.But energy is certainly also on the agenda and the mayor notes that the World Petroleum Congress will soon be voting on where the conference will be held in 2020.“It has not been in the United States, and specifically in Houston, in the last 30 years. Mexico has a vote at that conference next month and I am asking for their support for the City of Houston,” Turner told Houston Public Media.The trip coincides with the Monday Night Football game being played in Mexico City between the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders.Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the GHP, underlined that they planned the trip around the football game because “it was just the perfect opportunity to bring a larger than typical delegation to Mexico City.”The delegation also includes representatives from the Houston Airport System and the Port of Houston, as well as several companies that have offices in our city.They will meet with top officials from the Mexican government, and with Mexico City’s Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, among others. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X last_img read more

A New Nationwide Tax Bill Passed Today How Does It Impact Texans

first_imgE FILE 898 (CC BY-SA 2.0) / FLICKR HTTP://BIT.LY/2CZGVVOAfter weeks of debate in both the House and the Senate, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. approved changes to the U.S. tax system this week.The policy overhaul comes with a $1.5 trillion price tag for the federal government and has been spearheaded by Republicans, who hold the majority in Congress. The voted today on the GOP’s tax bill. It tackles a range of sweeping tax reforms including changes to corporate tax rates, the child tax credit for families, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and more. The bill lowers taxes for 95 percent of Americans in 2018, according to the Tax Policy Center, but cuts for the country’s top earners are much higher than those for people who make less.Over the weekend, President Trump said that the bill’s passage would be a great gift to the middle class, but a report from Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation shows that on average, families earning $20,000-$40,000 a year would pay more in individual income taxes in 2023 and beyond.What can Americans – and Texans in particular – expect from the GOP’s new tax plan? Guests: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, U.S. representative for the 35th district of TexasMark Cochran, professor of law at St. Mary’s School of LawTom Benning,  reporter for the Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau“The Source” is a live-call in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m.  During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email or tweet at @TPRSource. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982.*Audio for this interview will be available by Tuesday, Dec. 19 by 3:30 p.m.  Sharelast_img read more

DiazCanel Is Cubas New President The First Non Castro In 60 Years

first_imgTwitter via @SalvaTorresA 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states.The National Assembly announced that Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez had been approved as the sole candidate for president.The 86-year-old Castro will remain head of the Communist Party, which is designated by the constitution as “the superior guiding force of society and the state.” As a result, he will still be the most powerful person in Cuba for the time being.His departure from the presidency is nonetheless a symbolically charged moment for a country that has been under the absolute rule of one family since the revolution — first by revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and, for the last decade, his younger brother.Facing biological reality but still active and apparently healthy, Raul Castro is stepping down as president in an effort to guarantee that new leaders can maintain the government’s grip on power in the face of economic stagnation, an aging population and increasing disenchantment among younger generations.“I like sticking with the ideas of President Fidel Castro because he did a lot for the people of Cuba, but we need rejuvenation, above all in the economy,” said Melissa Mederos, a 21-year-old schoolteacher. “Diaz-Canel needs to work hard on the economy, because people need to live a little better.”Most Cubans know their first vice president as an uncharismatic figure who until recently maintained a public profile so low it was virtually nonexistent. That image changed slightly this year as state media placed an increasing spotlight on Diaz-Canel’s public appearances, including remarks to the press last month that included his promise to make Cuba’s government more responsive to its people.“We’re building a relationship between the government and the people here,” he said then after casting a ballot for members of the National Assembly. “The lives of those who will be elected have to be focused on relating to the people, listening to the people, investigating their problems and encouraging debate.”Diaz-Canel gained prominence in central Villa Clara province as the top Communist Party official, a post equivalent to governor. People there describe him as a hard-working, modest-living technocrat dedicated to improving public services. He became higher education minister in 2009 before moving into the vice presidency.In a video of a Communist Party meeting that inexplicably leaked to the public last year, Diaz-Canel expressed a series of orthodox positions that included somberly pledging to shutter some independent media and labeling some European embassies as outposts of foreign subversion.But he has also defended academics and bloggers who became targets of hardliners, leading some to describe him a potential advocate for greater openness in a system intolerant of virtually any criticism or dissent. International observers and Cubans alike will be scrutinizing every move he makes after he officially takes office on Thursday.Two years after taking over from his ailing brother in 2006, Castro launched a series of reforms that expanded Cuba’s private sector to nearly 600,000 people and allowed citizens greater freedom to travel and access to information. He has failed to fix the generally unproductive and highly subsidized state-run businesses that, along with a Soviet-model bureaucracy, employ three of every four Cubans. State salaries average $30 a month, leaving workers struggling to feed their families, and often dependent on corruption or remittances from relatives overseas.Castro’s moves to open the economy have largely been frozen or reversed as soon as they began to generate conspicuous shows of wealth by the new entrepreneurial class in a country officially dedicated to equality among its citizens.“I don’t want to see a capitalist system, hopefully that doesn’t come here, but we have to fix the economy,” said Roberto Sanchez, a 41-year-old construction worker. “I’d like to have more opportunity, to buy a car, and have a few possessions.”As in Cuba’s legislative elections, all of the leaders selected Wednesday were picked by a government-appointed commission. Ballots offer only the option of approval or disapproval and candidates generally receive more than 95 percent of the votes in their favor.The Candidacy Commission also nominated another six vice presidents of the Council of State, Cuba’s highest government body. Only one, 85-year-old Ramiro Valdez, was among the revolutionaries who fought with the Castros in the late 1950s in the eastern Sierra Maestra mountains.State media went into overdrive Wednesday with a single message: Cuba’s system is continuing in the face of change. Commentators on state television and online offered lengthy explanations of why Cuba’s single-party politics and socialist economy are superior to multi-party democracy and free markets, and assured Cubans that no fundamental changes were occurring, despite some new faces at the top.“It falls on our generation to give continuity to the revolutionary process,” said assembly member Jorge Luis Torres, a municipal councilman from central Artemisa province who appeared to be in his 40s. “We’re a generation born after the revolution, whose responsibility is driving the destiny of the nation.” Sharelast_img read more

Private Internet Access rubywexe connections explained

first_imgPrivate Internet Access rubyw.exe connections explained by Martin Brinkmann on May 24, 2016 in Network – 20 commentsIf you are using the popular VPN service Private Internet Access (PIA) and monitor outgoing network connections on your devices, you may have noticed that the program rubyw.exe attempts to connect to various Internet servers when you initiate the VPN connection to Private Internet Access.This happens only if you are using the PIA software and not if you have configured connections to the service manually or in third-party network software.Private Internet Access is a very popular VPN service thanks to anonymous payment options, unlimited bandwidth, impressive number of worldwide services, no traffic logging policy and advanced features such as a kill switch to drop the Internet connection when the connection to the VPN drops.If you monitor the outgoing connections on the device you will notice that rubyw.exe connect to various remote Internet hosts under the process ID pia_manager, which is the main process of the Private Internet Access application.The program connects to several remote hosts in a matter of seconds. Blocking the connections does not seem to have any impact on the functionality of the virtual private network connection.First, let’s talk about the connection between rubyw.exe and pia_manager.exe. Rubyw.exe is the Windows Ruby interpreter, a program that Private Internet Access uses to run its software.Rubyw.exe is the windows ruby interpreter, and our software, runs as a packaged copy of our script + all required gems + the executable. It bootstraps from the executable, extracts a copy of ruby and all gems needed to run.The reason why the software is initiating all these outbound connections on start is that it pings PIA servers to check availability, reliability and speed.Since you can only select a location you want to connect to when using Private Internet Access’ software, it is up to the program to find a suitable server in that region, and that is the reason why the connections are being made when you start the PIA software.If you check the IP addresses that are contacted on start of the VPN connection, you may notice that some are apparently not owned by Private Internet Access while most are.This is caused by rDNS (meaning remote DNS) errors according to a Private Internet Access representative.Your application is doing a rDNS lookup, and like a phone book, rDNS has to be updated, we keep ours updated to be reasonable, and to help disguise some of the connections, if you can run this without any access to rDNS, or nameserver lookups, you’ll likely see that all of these are to PIA IP addresses.While you can block the connections from being made, you may be connected to a less-than-ideal server as the program has no way of determining a suitable server in regards to speed and reliability.Now You: Do you monitor outbound connections on your devices?SummaryArticle NamePrivate Internet Access rubyw.exe connections explainedDescriptionThe guide explains why the Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN software connects to various remote Internet hosts when the software is started on a compatible device.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Guyana rebuffs Venezuela opposition complaint

first_img Comments   Share   Venezuela and Guyana have a longstanding territorial dispute over the mineral-rich Essequibo region, as well as offshore areas where there are thought to be deposits of oil and natural gas. Officials in Guyana say that Exxon Mobil has a 17 million acre (6.9 million hectare) concession where it’s conducting seismic work.Venezuela’s opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Table, expressed concern in a statement on Wednesday, rejecting “all the concessions granted by the government of Guyana in areas corresponding to the Atlantic coast of Venezuela.” In particular, it mentioned oil exploration work by Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell PLC in the area.“President Hugo Chavez’s government should state its position,” the opposition said in the statement, which came after a report in a Venezuelan newspaper that oil exploration work had been reactivated in an offshore area known as the Stabroek block.Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment on the matter.“ExxonMobil and Shell have had an active exploration license offshore Guyana for several years,” Exxon Mobil spokesman Patrick McGinn said in an emailed statement. “Exploration is a process that takes many years and has multiple phases. Currently, we are evaluating next steps in the Stabroek Block’s exploration.” New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – An offshore oil exploration concession granted by Guyana’s government to Exxon Mobil Corp. is stirring controversy in neighboring Venezuela.Guyana’s government reacted with surprise on Thursday after Venezuela’s opposition coalition condemned such oil concessions and demanded a response by President Hugo Chavez’s government.Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud said Guyana officials believe the Venezuelan opposition’s stance is largely political posturing ahead of the neighboring country’s October presidential election. “There is not a single rig or piece of equipment in the concession now,” Persaud said. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Other companies exploring for oil off Guyana’s coast include Spain’s Repsol, Britain-based Tullow Oil and CGX Energy Inc. of Canada.Last year, Venezuela’s government expressed concerns after Guyana filed a claim with the United Nations for a larger share of the continental shelf to take in offshore areas thought to hold oil and natural gas deposits.Venezuela has maintained a longstanding claim to the vast Essequibo region, which is rich in gold, bauxite and other minerals. Venezuela argues that it was cheated out of the area when the border was drawn in 1899. In recent years, though, Venezuela and Guyana have maintained cordial relations despite the dispute.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Patients with chronic pain give advice More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Death toll from Yemen rebel shelling doubles to nearly 100

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Hassan Boucenine of the Geneva-based Doctors Without Borders said that by Monday, his organization reported nearly 100 people dead, twice the casualty toll from the previous day.The shelling also wounded about 200 people, said Boucenine, the head of the organization in Yemen. Of the victims, 80 percent are civilians, including many pregnant women, elderly and children, he added.“Yesterday was the worst day in Aden since (the Saudi-led coalition campaign) started in March,” Boucenine told The Associated Press, adding that he fears “attacks on civilians will continue.”Sunday’s shelling in Dar Saad began after the Houthi rebels lost control of much of the Aden district of Tawahi, according to officials and witnesses. Tawahi is now under a security lockdown, the officials said, as anti-Houthi forces search buildings looking for rebels, some of whom had fled to the nearby mountains.Overnight, the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi positions north of Aden and in Dar Saad, killing at least 55 rebels, officials and witnesses said.The coalition also struck the home of Mehdi Meqlawa, a prominent supporter of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in a Sanaa suburb. In the Yemeni capital, it also hit Houthi headquarters near the Souq Aziz market, killing one person. Rebel shelling continued Monday in Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city, killing eight residents, while ground fighting raged on in Marib, with six anti-Houthi tribesmen and 10 Houthi fighters killed in clashes. All officials and eyewitnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters or feared reprisals.Houthi officials declined to comment on the fighting.The spokesman of the Yemeni government in exile, Rageh Badie, said they appointed the head of the Resistance Council, Nayef al-Bakri, as governor of Aden. Al-Bakri served as deputy to the former governor, Abdulaziz bin Habtoor, who fled the embattled city earlier this year. Al-Bakri is joined by the exiled deputy minister of health and the transportation and interior ministers, who have flown into Aden two days ago from Saudi Arabia. Other exiled ministers will follow suit over the next few weeks, Badie said.On Monday evening, a car bomb went off near the house of a Houthi rebel leader in the capital Sanaa, killing seven and damaging the gates of the house, according to witnesses and officials.Medical officials said six people were also wounded in the attack. One security official said five were killed. It was not possible to reconcile the difference in casualty figures, common in the immediate aftermath of such attacks. A local affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the car bomb in the western Garef neighborhood, saying it targeted a “den” of the Houthis, according to a statement shared on Twitter accounts of supporters of the IS group. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Comments   Share   SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The death toll in Yemen from the Shiite rebel shelling of a town near the southern port city of Aden rose Monday to nearly 100, the head of an international aid group said, describing it as “the worst day” for the city and its surroundings in over three months of fighting.The rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies started shelled the town of Dar Saad on Sunday after earlier losing control of some of Aden’s neighborhoods. The violence highlighted the bloody chaos of the civil war gripping the Arab world’s poorest country, which also has been the target of Saudi-led, U.S.-backed airstrikes since late March. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 It was not immediately clear if the Houthi leader, Ihab al-Kuhlani, was at home at the time of the attack and whether he was affected by the bombing.The Houthi tv station Al-Masirah reported only that a car bomb went off in the Garef Neighborhood, without offering further details.The area around the house was cordoned off by Houthi security forces after the attack.Yemen’s conflict pits the Iran-allied Houthis and troops loyal to the former president, Saleh, against an array of forces, including southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants as well as loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is backed internationally.___Youssef reported from Cairo.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Travel doesnt get much more festive than this Sk

first_imgTravel doesn’t get much more festive than this. Skyscanner scans the globe to bring you the top ten most Christmassy places on planet island ChristmasChristmas Island (Australia) – there are actually several islands in various oceans named Christmas, but probably the best known is the Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean. Over half the island is national park, but according to the CIA World Fact Book, it will soon become a site for launching space missions. Is Santa going intergalactic? Find cheap flights to Christmas Island.Turkey – though famed for its sunny beaches and warm seas, many might be surprised to hear the country also receives heavy snowfalls, boasts mountains over 4000m high and has around 10 ski resorts where you can guarantee yourself a white Christmas. Find cheap flights to Turkey.Brussels (Belgium) – forever linked with a famous Christmas side dish that causes mixed feelings at the table, the small green vegetable really is named after the Belgium capital where it’s said to have been a popular crop for more than 400 years. Find cheap flights to Brussels.Santa Cruz (California, USA) – meaning “holy cross”, Santa Cruz is a quintessential American beach town. The place where Hawaiian royalty first introduced surfing to the mainland, the city is still known for its alternative lifestyle and liberal political persuasion. Find cheap flights to San JoseRudolf Island (Russia), the northern most island of the Franz Josef Archipelago, this small, barren island that sits within the article circle, is almost completely glaciated. Despite the name, Rudolf and his reindeer buddies don’t hang out here these days – it’s just too chilly. You’ll need to join a polar expedition to get to this one. Krakow (Poland) – this city goes off with a bang in December with a cracking Christmas market held in the main square. Quaff mulled wine and browse stalls selling Baltic amber jewellery and woollen slippers from the Polish highlands. Find cheap flights to KrakowTinsel Town (Los Angeles, USA) – Hollywood’s nom de plume, the Tinsel part refers to the glittering, flashy, but superficial nature of Hollywood and the film industry. Tinsel the popular Christmas decoration was invented in Germany in 1610 and originally made of shredded silver. Find cheap flights to HollywoodCarol City (Florida, USA) – guaranteed for a balmy Christmas, temperatures here rarely dip below 20C. It seems that many of the city’s inhabitants do indeed sing for their supper; according to Wikipedia – Carol City’s most notable residents are all rappers, though Trapp Mendoza and JT Money are rarely heard waxing lyrical about baby Jesus and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. Find cheap flights to MiamiHolly (Michigan, USA) – this quiet village apparently featured in the 1993 Clint Eastwood movie – “In the Line of Fire”. It was also home to Dr Church Jr, the man who developed the Mount Rose snow sampler, a tool used to measure snow depth and water content. Find cheap flights to DetroitBethlehem (West Bank) – yes, this is a real place. Bethlehem is commonly accepted as the birth city of Jesus of Nazareth, probably the most famous person in history and the whole reason that we celebrate Christmas Day at all. Find cheap flights to Tel AvivReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related15 Festively Themed Places: World’s Most Christmassy Destinations15 Festively Themed Places: World’s Most Christmassy Destinations5 Christmassy places to escape Christmas!Plot your festive escape to one of these fantastically festive sounding but actually un-Christmassy places.The Antichrist(mas) – 5 places to escape the festive fussDoes Christmas cheer just give you festive fear? Have your doubts over Brussels’ sprouts?last_img read more

by Hillel Italie The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2018 4:54 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, file photo shows copies of J.D. Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” as well as his volume of short stories called “Nine Stories” at the Orange Public Library in Orange Village, Ohio. With Salinger’s centennial coming in 2019, the big news so far is that his publisher is planning to celebrate it. Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, that new editions of “The Catcher in the Rye” and his three other books would be released in November. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) Surprise: Publisher to celebrate Salinger centennialcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – With J.D. Salinger’s centennial coming next year, the big news so far is that his publisher is planning to celebrate it.Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday that new editions of “The Catcher in the Rye” and his three other works of fiction — “Franny and Zooey,” ”Nine Stories” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction” — would be released in November. Nationwide events will be announced later this year, Little, Brown said.The anniversary editions will include paperbacks with new covers and a bound set of unjacketed hardcovers. Little, Brown did not mention any releases of books Salinger reportedly left unpublished at the time of his death in 2010.“We’re thrilled to be publishing these beautiful new editions to coincide with Salinger’s centennial year,” Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur said in a statement. “J.D. Salinger had a unique ability to connect with readers through a character’s voice — readers have often said, upon encountering his fiction for the first time, that they felt as if it had been written just for them. We hope these reissued editions will help a new generation of readers discover the immense pleasures of reading his work.”According to Little, Brown, the New York Public Library will have an exhibition in October 2019, featuring “manuscripts, letters, books and artifacts from Salinger’s archive.”Salinger readers may regret that no new work has been announced, but it’s a surprise that his publisher will do anything.In his lifetime, Salinger gave few interviews and had no use for anniversaries or reissues or anything that might attract publicity, such as allowing e-books or audio editions. Little had changed since his death.“My father hated birthdays, holidays, and pretty much any planned or culturally mandated celebrations, and he’d certainly hate this centennial — but he loved writing and he loved his readers, and I hope his readers will be glad for an excuse to remember him in this way,” Matt Salinger, the author’s son, said in a statement.“I would also love for more people to read his last two books, ‘Franny and Zooey’ and ‘Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction,’ for I hear his voice the clearest in these,” Matt Salinger said. “He once said that he wrote his first two books with at least part of an eye on selling them, whereas he wrote the last two because he longed to READ them. I hope that over the course of the year more people will join him in loving to read these books, and will come to know his work even better.”last_img read more