New Brunswick latest province to address drone use in game hunting

first_imgThe New Brunswick government is the latest to take a hard line against the use of drones by hunters as the province’s annual moose hunt kicks off.Mike Holland, the province’s minister of energy and resource development, told reporters this week that using a drone to hunt is an offence because the province classifies drones as aircraft, which cannot be used in hunting.A number of provinces including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia specifically prohibit the use of drones in hunting.Opponents to the practice cite the ethical principle of fair chase, arguing drones give hunters an unfair advantage over the animals.In the Northwest Territories, a decision on final regulations around drone use in caribou hunting was deferred after the issue sparked debate this summer.Indigenous groups in the territory are divided on banning drones in hunting, with some arguing the ban should apply to all hunters and others saying Indigenous people should be exempt.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NAFTA legal challenges by the numbers

OTTAWA — NAFTA Chapter 11 Challenges By the Numbers:84: Total number of foreign investor dispute claims filed under NAFTA since 199439: Total number of investor disputes against Canada under NAFTA24: Total number of investor disputes against Mexico under NAFTA21: Total number of investor disputes against the United States under NAFTA8: Number of cases Canada has lost5: Number of cases Mexico has lost0: Number of cases the U.S. has lost$215 million: Amount Canada has paid in compensation for lost cases$266 million: Amount Mexico has paid in compensation for lost cases27: Number of challenges dismissed22: Number of challenges that are inactive7: Number of challenges that were withdrawn12: Number of challenges that are ongoing read more

Afghanistan Security Council condemns attempts to disrupt upcoming elections

With preparations for Afghanistan’s legislative elections taking place in the shadow of escalating violence, the United Nations Security Council today condemned “terrorist acts or other forms of violence” aimed at disrupting the political process, and called on the international community to make up a nearly $30 million shortfall to fund the poll. “The Security Council expresses grave concern about the increased attacks by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups in Afghanistan over the past few months, Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, which holds the 15-nation body’s rotating Presidency for the month of August, said. Reading out a statement that wrapped up a briefing by Jean Arnault, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Oshima encouraged all Afghan participants, especially the candidates and their supporters, “to work constructively to ensure that the ongoing electoral campaigns are conducted peacefully, in an environment free of intimidation, and that the elections can be held successfully.” Mr. Oshima said that Council members expressed the strong view that the international community must maintain a high level of commitment to help Afghanistan tackle such challenges as, disbandment of illegal armed groups, the production and trafficking of drugs, development of government institutions, acceleration of judicial reforms, protection of human rights, and sustainable economic and social development. The Council also voiced its readiness to review UNAMA’s mandate after the completion of the electoral process, in order to allow the UN to continue to play a vital role in the post-Bonn period, the transitional phase that began with the international conference on Afghanistan in Germany in 2001. Mr. Oshima added that at the request of the Afghan Government, the Council is also ready to consider the renewal of the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to restore order in the war-torn country prior to its expiration. In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Arnault said that while troubling developments on the security front were a reminder of the hurdles that Afghans faced in rebuilding their country, he was confident that by year’s end a representative new National Assembly would be established, and with it Afghanistan’s political transition would be successfully completed. Mr. Arnault also noted the deteriorating security in June and July. Attacks had recently resumed with increased intensity in the south, east and south-east, with ambushes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remaining the tactics of choice of the extremists, with deadly effect. The number of attacks against UN staff had decreased compared to last year, and those against the candidates and electoral workers had been mostly indirect. However, Mr. Arnault said it was too soon to rule out attempts at causing major disruptions of the elections. In addition, increased insecurity in the provinces along the eastern border was a cause of concern for the elections there. Video of Council meeting [3hrs 24mins] read more

UN agriculture agency and World Bank reinforce partnership to end hunger and

The United Nations agriculture agency and the World Bank have opened a new chapter in their longstanding partnership by further strengthening their cooperation to end hunger and poverty at global and national levels. The two organizations have signed a new agreement to work closely together supporting the member countries in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improve rural livelihoods, enhance efficiency of food production and distribution, and ensure sustainable management of natural resources worldwide.The framework agreement – which enables the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to provide technical expertise to governments for projects funded by the World Bank -– was signed yesterday in Rome by Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations, and Hartwig Schafer, the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services.This enhanced partnership realizes faster mobilization of FAO assistance to member countries in order to advance the 2030 Agenda for and its corresponding SDGs. “The tools […] will increase financial resources for development, especially in situations of protracted crises and fragile States,” says to Mr. Gustafson in a response during the signing ceremony.For his part, Mr. Schafer stressed that the new agreement is about joining forces on the front lines of crises and building on each organization’s comparative advantages, adding that it “becomes even more relevant in the context of emergency response, fragility and limited capacity to implement critical development programs in the countries.” The new agreement will go beyond FAO and World Bank investment programmes, says Mr. Schafter in a video interview. Through the FAO Investment Centre both international bodies have been working together for over 50 years providing development support to invest in agriculture and rural development. The Centre has contributed to over $100 billion worth of investments worldwide. read more

Peabody offers 10 million to advance clean coal research and advanced mining

first_imgEstablishing the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, supporting the Clean Coal Technology Center and helping create the Institute of Mineral Resources, Peabody Energy is advancing clean coal research and mining technologies through $10 million in grants to academic institutions, including Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Wyoming and the University of Arizona. “Peabody is a global leader in clean coal solutions, advancing signature projects and partnerships around the world to commercialize near-zero emissions technologies,” said Chairman and CEO Gregory H. Boyce. “Coal has been the fastest growing fuel in the world for each of the past five years, and the vast majority of Americans support coal for electricity generation and believe that coal is a vital fuel of the future. We’re pleased to engage in multiple university research partnerships that will help unlock the full value of coal.”The funds are being committed through multi-year grants and include:$5 million to Washington University in St. Louis to establish the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, which will develop carbon capture and storage technologies, oxyfuel combustion and other approaches to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The consortium is being funded by multiple industry partners. As part of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, the consortium will become part of an international partnership of universities, industry leaders and foundations to advance carbon solutions.$2 million to the University of Wyoming to support the Clean Coal Technology Center through the School of Energy Resources. The grant will focus on economic and energy analysis and will support the Technology Center’s work in advanced coal utilisation research and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs for energy-related careers. It will also serve as a catalyst for technology transfer to key stakeholders. A multidisciplinary economic and energy analysis of the Powder River Basin’s contribution to America’s economy will be part of the initial and ongoing research. Peabody joins a number of high-profile donors in supporting clean coal research at the university, including General Electric, which recently committed to develop the High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center for the study of coal-to-gas solutions for Powder River Basin and other Wyoming coals.$2 million to the University of Arizona to create the Institute of Mineral Resources, which will develop best practices in mining, safety and environmental stewardship. Key research efforts include advancing mine safety technology and research on energy-efficient mining.This contribution comes in addition to more than $1 million over five years in support of related educational studies at leading universities across the United States. Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company. Its coal products fuel approximately 10% of all US electricity generation and 2% of worldwide electricity.last_img read more

Disgruntled chef stands by his tweets from company account venting about getting

first_imgThis morning, he tweeted that he has been offered a new job, as well as changing his Twitter profile to reference the incident. According to The Mirror, the pub’s landlord stands by their decision, saying:When Jim, as head chef, informed me that he would not be working on Christmas Day, and other Sundays in the near future, I was left with little choice but to end our arrangement.  I had been quite clear with him when he started here that Sundays are our busiest days of the week, and that all our chefs have to work that day.Jim however, is standing by his comments.The pub should probably consider starting a new Twitter account.Here’s what happened when everyone on Twitter watched Elf together>Everyone please stop posting your bank card details on Twitter> A SERIES OF tweets went viral last night, when a disgruntled chef took to his former employer’s account to vent about getting fired.The account, belonging to The Plough pub in  Oxforshire, posted about the fact that their chef had been fired because ‘he wanted to have a weekend off this month and Christmas Day this year for family commitments.’The tweets, which remain posted, are thought to have been written by Jim Knight, who tweeted from his own account that he had not ‘hacked’ anyone, as the pub account had been created by him in the first place.He also said that there was nothing that would make him miss his daughter’s first Christmas.last_img read more

The Evening Fix Now with added footage from inside a tornado

first_imgA young Indian boy cools himself off with water being distributed by the municipality in a local slum on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/AP)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED: #NO CONFIDENCE: The Dáil is beginning a two-day debate this evening on a motion of no confidence in justice minister Alan Shatter. Kicking off the debate, Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins cited not only the recent penalty points controversy, but also Garda station closures and the banking veto in the insolvency system. Earlier, Enda Kenny once again said he had full confidence in Shatter – saying the difference between Shatter’s encounter with the Gardaí and that of Mick Wallace was that Shatter hadn’t committed a crime and Wallace had. Shatter also found an unlikely friend on the independent benches…#HADDINGTON ROAD: One of Ireland’s biggest public unions has recommended that its members vote in favour of the ‘Haddington Road’ pay deal. The INMO, representing nurses and midwives, had been one of the staunchest critics of the original Croke Park 2 proposals. Its general secretary Liam Doran said the offer was the best available.#PAY: The average weekly wage for a Irish worker stood at €696.59 in the first quarter of this year, the CSO says – up slightly from the last quarter of 2012. The same figures showed a drop of 1.3 per cent in the numbers employed in the public service; the average wage in public administration is now €938.99 a week.#TOBACCO: Ireland is to become only the second country in the world to enforce new mandatory plain packages for cigarettes. Ireland will follow Australia’s lead in demanding that cigarettes be sold in bland packaging and carrying even bigger health warnings than they do right now.#ATTACK: Gardaí investigating the stabbing of a solicitor in Dublin two years ago have arrested a man in his 30s. The man was detained in the city centre this morning after a vicious assault on a 44-year-old woman in her home at Donaghmede Park in 2011. The victim suffered serious injuries in the stabbing but has since recovered.#AUSTERITY: Joan Burton no longer believes in austerity. The social protection minister has put her name to a letter in today’s Guardian where signatories argue that Europe must now move onto the “next stage”, as austerity measures have already been brought as far as possible.Californian Jack Wiegand waves from the cockpit of his Mooney M20 single-engine plane prior to taking off for Kobe, Japan, in the next leg of his attempt to be the youngest pilot to fly around the world. Wiegand, 20, has flown across North America, the Atlantic, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)THINGS WE LOVED: This incredible photograph from the Women’s Museum of Ireland. It’s a young Irish doctor called Patricia Horne, crossing the Ananambra river in Nigeria in the 1950s. A talk on Patricia’s adventures in Nigeria will be given at the History Festival of Ireland next month.Most of us are probably a little uneasy about drones – unmanned planes which have become synonymous with bombings in some less fortunate parts of the world. Well, here’s a useful application for them in South Africa: one music festival is using drones to deliver beer to people who order it on their smartphones.This video makes us want chocolate, and also a purple carpet. But mostly chocolate. (YouTube: CadburyIRE)THINGS WE SHARED:In case you ever wondered just how developed Europe was, relative to some other parts of the world: here’s a map visualising the world’s busiest flight paths.If you’re going to heckle a comedian, just don’t make it Jimmy Carr.Ever wonder what it’s like actually being inside a tornado? Wonder no more. Sleep tight…center_img (YouTube: Brandon Ivey)last_img read more

Entomologist subjects himself to lie on the floor screaming levels of insect

first_imgPain is a hard thing to quantify, but University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt has done his best to do just that. He’s stung himself over 1,000 times with 85 different insects so we’ll know which ones hurt the most. This is the Schmidt Pain Scale, which he began developing in the 1980s. It ranges from 1 (not very painful) to 4 (feels like you’re going to die). Schmidt published a book several months ago (called The Sting of the Wild)  and recently shared some snippets of his incredibly vivid descriptions of what it’s like the be stung by the world’s most painful stingers. Seriously, he has a way with words. He even reveals the most painful sting he’s ever experienced. Fire Ant1/10Range: Native to South AmericaDescription: “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.”Pain level: 1<><>last_img read more

Juanfran Atleti are the club of my life I would like

first_imgAtletico Madrid full-back Juanfran hopes to renew his contract at the club that means the most to himThe former Real Madrid youth player has spent the last eight years with city rivals Atleti but will be out of contract at the end of this season.However, Juanfran remains a key member of the team and produced a great performance in their 1-0 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday.“Atleti are the club of my life, I would like to stay,” said Juanfran, according to Marca.“My hope is that the club renews me and that they still see me as a valuable player, who can put in a level of performance adequate of the team and our coach.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I will never create a problem here regardless if whether I leave in the summer or in future years, this club will always mean the world to me.“I hope to do whatever the best thing is for the club and I am sure that Diego Godin and Filipe Luis will do the same, they care about the club like this too.“The players are never the most important thing about Atleti but I believe my presence here can benefit the team going forward.”Juanfran has made 325 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side across all competitions.The 34-year-old’s time at the Spanish capital has seen him win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Europa League (2x) and UEFA Super Cup (2x).last_img read more

Warnock Rondon was the difference today

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes the quality of Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was the difference as his side lost 3-0 at St James Park.Cardiff City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. Fabian Schar scored a brace and Ayoze Perez grabbed the third goal in stoppage time to condemn Cardiff to their third defeat in four games.Despite not finding the back of the net, Salomon Rondon played a crucial part to Newcastle’s win, including providing an assist for Perez’s goal.Warnock has been an admirer of Rondon and had admitted wanting to sign him in the summer, but ultimately failed as he moved to Newcastle instead.“I thought Rondon was the difference today. He led the line really well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.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…“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. I couldn’t see them breaking through until the first goal which was poor from our point of view.“We started the second half well and were dangerous and then conceded the second that killed us. We didn’t have anything drop for us and they were better than us in the final third.“Nine of the lads that played today were in the Championship last year. While we are disappointed it is not the end of the world. We looked a half decent side. I didn’t think in the last third we did enough.“There was some great defending but we could have picked a better pass out at times in the second half.”last_img read more

Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Nearly one thousand people took part in the consultations on the Immigration and Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bills 2015; this according to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in a press release.It was revealed that 550 individuals participated in the online survey through emails and written submissions, while 305 people attended the public meetings. Government officials called this the most recent comprehensive overhaul of TCI Immigration laws since 1992. Now that both bills have been passed in the House of Assembly, Minister of Border Control and Employment Don Hue Gardiner said: “These Bills will improve the lives of Turks and Caicos Islanders by ensuring greater opportunities for employment as well as upward mobility on the job for our people.”“In addition, the Bills contain provisions to ensure that new comers to our shores who comply with the rules are treated fairly.” The new laws will be implemented after a period of training, public education and resourcing of personnel and equipment. More than 75 amendments were made to the Turks and Caicos Islander status Bill and over 100 changes were applied to the Immigration Bill; both of which have been passed despite public objection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:consultations, donhue gardiner, immigration bill, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Congressmen Steve Scalise back in intensive care

first_img(WSVN) – Congressmen Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit after he was shot in Virginia last month.Scalise was readmitted to the ICU, Wednesday night, due to concerns over an infection. His condition is listed as serious.The congressmen was shot in June along with several others during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.The gunshot wound landed Scalise in the hospital where he had to undergo surgery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer celebrates 25th anniversary

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – 7News’ own Alex de Armas and Vivian Gonzalez helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event. With @JHernandezU23 and DJ Carlos! @wsvn #makingstrides— Vivian Gonzalez (@VivianGonzalez7) October 28, 2017The money raised by the event will help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research and promote education. Great time at the @AmericanCancer @MakingStrides in Miami! We’re in this fight together👊🏼🎀 #breastcancer #mycommunity #makingstridesmiami— Alex de Armas (@alexdearmaswsvn) October 28, 2017Hundreds of participants walked through Marlins Park in Miami and downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday morning, to support the fight against breast cancer.center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Migrants get three mins to call home

first_imgMigrants wait to receive free food near the Serbian-Hungarian border outside the town of Subotica. ReutersAfter an 11-month journey across desert and sea, Mohamed finally hears his mother’s voice once more thanks to a Red Cross camper that travels across Italy to help migrants call home.From the border crossing of Ventimiglia in the country’s north to the southern island of Lampedusa, this white converted camper van has offered hundreds of freshly-arrived migrants a three minute call to their nearest and dearest.Last stop was the capital Rome, where it pottered to a halt Monday in front of a Red Cross tent camp which houses up to 200 people plucked from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean before they are sent to reception centres.Mohamed, a 27-year-old from Senegal, takes his place at one of the tables manned by volunteers laid out in the sunshine, as others from Bangladesh, Eritrea, Pakistan and West Africa crowd around, some unable to believe their luck.It can take time: numbers might not work, there may be network issues, or the phone rings off the hook. But often, a mother, brother or neighbour picks up on the other side of the world, and the distance drops away.”I have not spoken to my mum for five months, I heard her voice and it was like a blow to the heart, a blow of madness. I’m happy,” Mohamed tells AFP with a wide smile.Tears, celebrationsHe left home in April 2016, crossed the Sahara desert, was held hostage in Libya, before escaping and setting out to sea, where he was rescued by a Norwegian ship operating under the European border agency Frontex.He was brought to Sicily on Sunday, and was driven to the capital overnight and given a bed at the Red Cross camp.Mohamed used his three minutes — as the seconds tick down on a timer clock beside him — to thank his elder sister, who gave him the money for the journey.He also urgently wants to warn his friends: “Never try what I did. I risked my life.”It is not the first time the Red Cross volunteers have seen people warning loved ones. A few weeks ago in Pozzallo, Sicily, an Ivorian woman used the phone call to beg her mother to stop other young women leaving.”Libya is hell,” she sobbed according to the Red Cross, describing how she was raped by men holding her captive there.”My head was there in the village, mother, it was only my body that was with those men,” she was quoted as saying.The calls can be difficult when migrants discover someone back home has died.Others are moments of celebration, such as one in which a Malian man finally got through to his wife only to be told she had given birth to their baby boy.In either case the calls work wonders, says project manager Francesco Montrone, who since mid-January has overseen over 1,500 calls, 60 percent of which have been successful.Mood changer”The mood in the centres changes a lot once the migrants call home. They calm down, the atmosphere is more relaxed,” Montrone said.The project was launched a year ago in the Netherlands by the Vodafone Foundation which finances the camper and pays for the calls.The unit, which has spent two months on loan to the Italian Red Cross, will now return to tour Dutch reception centres, but Montrone hopes it won’t be the last Italy sees of this mobile psychological lifeline.Reception centres are obliged to provide migrants with telephone cards, but those waiting to be transferred from first responder camps do not have this privilege, nor do those living in informal settlements at the borders.A shy young Nigerian sits down at one of the tables, shivering in his threadbare clothes. The volunteer assigned to take care of him runs to get him a body warmer before helping him dial his father’s number.At the next table, a Pakistani who arrived last week reassures his brother he is well until an alarm clock sounds: the three minutes are up.last_img read more

ExUS Rep Stockman indicted in Houston Federal Court for misusing donations

first_img Share APFILE – In this Jan. 3, 2013, file photo, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony in Washington. Sen. John Cornyn spent nearly $5.5 million in the two months leading up to Texas’ Republican primary to help fend off a quixotic challenge from the right by renegade Congressman Stockman. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)A grand jury has indicted former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman on charges he and a former aide orchestrated a scheme to misuse hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations for personal and campaign expenses.The Republican ex-lawmaker was indicted in Houston federal court on Tuesday along with Jason Posey. Both face a variety of charges, including mail and wire fraud, making excessive campaign contributions and money laundering. The indictment alleges both men misused much of $1.25 million in donations. Shaun Clarke, Stockman’s attorney, said Tuesday the ex-congressman “is an innocent man. He intends to enter a plea of not guilty.” Court records didn’t list an attorney for Posey.last_img read more

First Trailer for Netflixs Santa Clarita Diet Revels in the Cannibalism

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target Netflix is about to get a little bloody, if the first trailer for Santa Clarita Diet is any indication.The streaming service has released a number of coy ads that only alluded to the show’s bloody story. However, on Tuesday Netflix released its first trailer, which comes out and says it: this is a show about cannibalism. And zombies, sort of.The new comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant shows a suburban couple struggling with an interesting health problem. Barrymore, who plays Sheila, starts craving raw meat after her heart stops beating one day. She claims she feels fine–in fact, she has more energy than usual–but she is also victim to a rampant id and a craving for human flesh, which leads to murder.Olyphant, who plays her husband, and the rest of the family, have to figure out how to deal with the change/The official synopsis, released in March of last year along with the casting of its leads, was vague, leaving the actual plot hidden:“Joel and Sheila Hammond are realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.”Some teasers released following the Golden Globe Awards hinted at the undead plot point but stopped just short of announcing it.It’s unclear whether Sheila will succumb to other symptoms of zombiehood, including body or brain decay, or if her condition is even a sign of a greater pandemic. According to Barrymore, it’s a personal story.“What if she finds herself, and we do this sort of Cro-Magnon type of evolution with her over the course of the ten episodes. No gimmicks, no prosthetics, just an awakening,” Barrymore told USA Today.Either way, we can expect a lot of quirky and dark humor. Santa Clarita Diet comes from the mind of Victor Fresco, who was behind Better off Ted, a sitcom that reveled in deadpan and twisted humor.The show will also feature several guest stars, including Nathan Fillion, who’s basically always welcome.Santa Clarita Diet debuts on Netflix on Feb. 2.last_img read more

Detect and Mitigate Intel AMT vulnerability

first_imgDetect and Mitigate Intel AMT vulnerability by Martin Brinkmann on May 08, 2017 in Security – Last Update: May 08, 2017 – 18 commentsA recently disclosed vulnerability in Intel products using Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability gives attackers remote access to the manageability features supported by these products.First the good news: the vulnerability does not affect (most) consumer PCs with Intel consumer firmware.These technologies have been created by Intel for remote management of computer systems. Functionality may include monitoring, upgrading, repairing and maintaining compatible devices.While you may use Intel’s own advisory to find out if a computer system is vulnerable, it is easier to use the detection tool the company created and published for that instead.You can download the tool from Intel’s website, and may run it on all Windows versions starting with Windows 7. The program is portable, and it will tell you right away whether your system is vulnerable or not.Note: Intel has published a guide to manually find out whether a system is vulnerable or not.If the computer is not vulnerable, then you are done as there is nothing else to do. If the system is vulnerable however, you have one or two options depending on whether the manufacturer of the device has published an updated firmware already.First option is to check whether updated firmware has been released. If that is the case, update the firmware to plug the security vulnerability. You find the list of firmware updates on Intel’s advisory page.If no firmware is available, you may use the third-party tool Disable Intel AMT, or one of Intel’s suggested options described in the mitigation guide.Disable Intel AMT is a basic batch file for Windows that renames the LMS.exe (Intel Local Management Service) binary so that it won’t run anymore.Intel’s own solution requires multiple steps to complete. First, the unprovisioning of any provisioned system, then the disabling or deleting of the LMS service, and optionally configuring local manageability configuration restrictions.Unconfiguring a system in CCM: ACUConfig.exe UnConfigure Unconfiguring a system in ACM without RCS integration: ACUConfig.exe UnConfigure /AdminPassword /Full Unconfiguring a system with RCS integration: ACUConfig.exe UnConfigure /RCSaddress /FullIntel published an unprovisioning tool which administrators may used if the above commands cannot be executed.System administrators may also disable or remove LMS in the following way:Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key, and hit the Enter-key. This opens an elevated command prompt.To disable LMS: sc config LMS start= disabledTo delete LMS: sc delete LMSThe vulnerabilityIf AMT is enabled, users may sign in locally or remotely.  Intel uses HTTP Digest authentication for that, and anything that a user enters is computed to a hash and then authenticated by the interface.The researchers discovered that the verification process that Intel implemented is flawed, as it accepts partial hashes or even an empty string. All an attacker requires therefore is knowledge of a working user account to sign in without knowing the correct password. (via Born)SummaryArticle NameDetect and Mitigate Intel AMT vulnerabilityDescriptionFind out if computer systems are vulnerable to the Intel AMT, ISM and ME vulnerability, and how to patch or mitigate the security issues.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

21 jars of pot found bound for Cancun address

first_imgDuring their review operation, police detected two boxes that gave off a strong smell of marijuana. Both boxes were checked by means of an X-ray, which confirmed the drugs. The boxes of drugs were discovered via a parcel company at the Cancun International Airport during a routine review carried out by federal police officers at the courier company. Cancun, Q.R. — A total of 21 jars of marijuana and 34 electronic evaporators were insured by the Federal Police in two boxes that arrived from Guadalajara, Jalisco.center_img The 21 jars of marijuana and the 34 electronic evaporators were found divided into two boxes coming from Guadalajara with a Cancun destination.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fire destroys car and shack in Limit Hill

first_imgA car and shack were destroyed in a fire that took place in Limit Hill yesterday, July 22.The Ladysmith Fire Department and other emergency officials were on scene.Brave community members also helped in extinguishing the blaze.2 people were slightly injured and treated by paramedics on scene.The cause of the fire is unknown. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

US Congress approves fresh sanctions on Venezuela

first_imgRelated posts:US Senate panel approves Venezuela sanctions Venezuela looks set to lock away prominent opposition leader Leopoldo López Exiles in Costa Rica denounce alleged Venezuelan kidnapping plot Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Facebook Comments WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Congress gave its final approval Wednesday to new sanctions against Venezuelan officials accused of violating the human rights of anti-government protesters this year.Thousands of activists were arrested and more than 43 people were killed during mass demonstrations against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, the elected successor of late strongman Hugo Chávez, which raged from February to May.The U.S. hit Venezuelan government officials with travel bans in July, but lawmakers said they did not receive White House support for a sanctions bill against Caracas.But failed efforts from Latin American allies to reform the government in Venezuela led President Barack Obama to switch his stance on increased sanctions, the White House said in November.The sanctions, passed by the Senate on Tuesday before being approved by unanimous voice vote in the House of Representatives Wednesday, freeze assets and deny visas to Venezuelan authorities responsible for violence and political detentions triggered by the protests.“Venezuelans deserve serious reforms, reforms they fought for peacefully earlier this year,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce said.“With the passage of today’s legislation, the U.S. sends a strong message of support for all Venezuelans who yearn for freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”House Democrat Juan Vargas said the sanctions would not hurt everyday Venezuelans.“These sanctions won’t touch the oil sectors or other vital parts of the economy, only those [officials] responsible for the crackdown,” he said on the House floor.Senator Robert Menendez, who sponsored the legislation in the Senate, said that “when this bill becomes law, a spotlight will shine on Venezuela’s abusers.”The bill now heads to Obama’s desk.Despite the death of longtime Washington adversary Chávez, Maduro on several occasions has accused the United States of fomenting the protests and seeking to overthrow and even assassinate him.On Saturday Maduro said he was reassessing diplomatic relations with Washington.last_img read more