Almost Empty Youth Centre to Close

first_imgThe province will work closely with local governments andbusiness organizations in southwestern Nova Scotia to promoteeconomic development, as it prepares for closure of the ShelburneYouth Centre on April 1. The announcement was made today, Feb. 10, by Justice MinisterMichael Baker. There are only two youths living on the modern campus that oncehoused 120 and that now has a normal capacity of 24. The facilitycosts about $2.8 million a year to operate. “With extra space available at our Nova Scotia Youth Centre inWaterville,” said Mr. Baker, “it’s the appropriate time to closeShelburne and transfer the remaining young people, to make surethey receive excellent programs in a larger group environment.Today’s announcement is all about doing the right thing for ouryouth, working with our staff to help them explore options, andworking together on future economic development opportunities.” As a result of the decline in the number of young people incustody, Shelburne was downsized to 24 beds in 2001. Since thefederal Youth Criminal Justice Act took effect in 2003, thenumber of residents has continued to drop. Under the Act, youthsunder the age of 18 who commit violent offences can be placed incustody. Non-violent offenders receive intensive supervision orother community-based sentences. Historically, about 75 per centof the young people living on-site have come from the metroHalifax region, with only two per cent from the South Shore. “When it comes to working hands-on with South Shore youth, ourintensive supervision programs provide an even greater benefitthan having a facility like Shelburne,” said Mr. Baker. “Ourprobation officers in Bridgewater and Yarmouth give directsupport to area schools by working with as many as 20 youths. Andthat support will continue. “This announcement removes any uncertainty among staff about thefuture of Shelburne,” added Mr. Baker. “I know it’s been adifficult time for them. Now, it’s time to roll up our sleevesand do our best to support the region’s economic strategy.” Mr. Baker said the province will listen closely to suggestionsand recommendations from the region. “We’re certainly open toideas,” he added. “We understand the value of attracting long-term jobs to the region.” The Shelburne Youth Centre is a former naval base that wasconverted to a juvenile training school following the SecondWorld War. The Department of Justice assumed responsibility forthe facility in 1994. Discussions will take place shortly with staff and the NovaScotia Government and General Employees’ Union to identifyoptions for staff, including continuing employment withinCorrectional Services.last_img read more

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Sexual assault case SC dismisses Tarun Tejpals plea seeking quashing of charges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by Tehelka magazine’s founder Tarun Tejpal seeking quashing of charges framed against him in a sexual assault case filed by a former woman colleague. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked Goa’s lower court to complete the trial preferably within six months in the case against Tejpal. Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former woman colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013. He has denied the allegations. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Tejpal was arrested on November 30, 2013, by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court. He has been out on bail since May 2014. The court had on August 6 reserved its order on Tejpal’s plea. The Goa Police had claimed that there were “contemporaneous” WhatsApp messages and e-mails which showed that the Tehelka magazine founder should face trial in the case. The police, while opposing Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of charges framed against him, had told the court that there was “ample material” warranting trial in the case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tejpal had moved the apex court, challenging the Bombay High Court’s December 20, 2017, order dismissing his plea seeking quashing of charges. Earlier, he had claimed that there were inconsistencies in the video recordings and the statements of the victim recorded under section 164 of CrPC before the magistrate. The trial court in Mapusa town of Goa had framed charges against Tejpal under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including alleged sexual harassment and provisions related to rape.last_img read more

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Massive movie memorabilia auction earns more than 6M

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – An auction of more than 2,000 pieces of film memorabilia including props from “Star Wars” and “Terminator” films has earned more than $6 million.Profiles in History says Friday that a Harley-Davidson ridden by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” sold for more $480,000, while a Death Star prop used in “Return of the Jedi” sold for $240,000.Other items that sold in the “Icons & Legends of Hollywood” auction include a practice chariot used during filming of “Ben Hur,” a rifle used by Jane Fonda in “Barbarella”The chariot sold for $144,000, while a chest used to house Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber in the original “Star Wars” sold for $132,000.A spacesuit worn by Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” fetched $192,000, while the bus used in “Speed” sold for $96,000.___This story has been corrected to show the “Ben Hur” chariot sold for $144,000, not $140,000 and that a lightsaber chest, not the lightsaber.last_img read more

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Peace Country Pickleball Skills Development Clinic

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Brook Siver, IPTPA Level 2 Certified Instructor and Elya Postma, IPTPA Level 1 Certified Instructor will lead an interactive Pickleball clinic to develop skills.Beginner Clinic – Monday, July 22, 2019(limited to 16 participants)5:30 pm-7:30pmIntermediate Clinic – Monday, July 22, 2019(limited to 16 participants)7:30 pm-9:30 pm $30.00 per person, paddles and balls will be availableTo register contact; rsipe@bluenova.ca or 250-262-5801To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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UN launches initiative to improve Internet access in AsiaPacific region

11 March 2008The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a new database to promote the development of telecentres – community centres where people in the poorest and most remote areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a new database to promote the development of telecentres – community centres where people in the poorest and most remote areas, from farmers to students, gain access to computers and the Internet. The Telecentre Online Database, covering over 12,000 telecentres in 16 countries, seeks to support research and information exchange for those involved with these e-centres. It also provides statistical data and information on individual countries and specific projects, with information accessible by a keyword search. The project is part of a larger initiative of the UN’s five regional commissions called “Knowledge networks through ICT access points for disadvantaged communities,” which aims to empower poor and disadvantaged communities – women in particular – by converting selected e-centres into global knowledge hubs to bolster communities’ abilities to organize, share and disseminate knowledge. Meanwhile, a UN-backed meeting focusing on expanding affordable broadband access has opened in Pattaya, Thailand. The three-day meeting, organized by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Thai Government, will also assess new regulatory measures targeted at encouraging investment and growth in information and communication technologies (ICT). “Sharing of views, experiences and best practices among regulators is the only way to address the challenges posed by today’s technological and market developments,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré noted. “It is only by working together that smart policies and practices can be put into place to ensure that the target of connecting the world to ICT within the next seven years can be met.” read more

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Highlevel UN forum stresses role of women in advancing global development

2 July 2010The annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded today with Member States stressing the need for greater investment in women and girls and outlining concrete steps to advance gender equality and empower women. The annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded today with Member States stressing the need for greater investment in women and girls and outlining concrete steps to advance gender equality and empower women. In a ministerial declaration adopted at the end of its week-long meeting, the 54-member Council stressed the need to invest more in women and girls, which is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of eight human development and poverty eradication targets with a 2015 deadline. The Council’s action comes on the same day that the General Assembly voted unanimously to create a single UN body tasked with accelerating progress in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.The new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – or UN Women – will merge four of the world body’s agencies and offices: the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, and the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW).The President of ECOSOC, Hamidon Ali, welcomed the creation of UN Women, noting that gender equality and the empowerment of women remain at the very heart of the realization of the MDGs.“In that context, UN Women will reinforce our UN development agenda and help us achieve the MDGs by 2015,” he told a news conference in New York following the conclusion of the Council’s high-level segment. In today’s declaration, the Council reaffirmed “the vital role of women as agents of development,” and stressed that achieving MDG 3 on promoting gender equality and empowering women is essential to the achievement of all the Goals. Member States also emphasized, among other things, the need to strengthen the full integration of women into the formal economy, boost national and international efforts to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, and improve access to health systems for women and girls.As part of its current session, ECOSOC held a high-level panel today on “Gender and Biodiversity” at which Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro stressed that, all around the globe, women are central to preserving the incredible variety of life on Earth.And yet, too often the gender component of development is overlooked, she noted.“We need concrete targets and a new vision for conserving Earth’s biological diversity for the benefit of all,” she stated. “And that vision must encompass gender.”ECOSOC’s week-long high-level segment featured the Development Cooperation Forum, which centred on development cooperation in times of crises, the Annual Ministerial Review, which focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women, and a policy dialogue on the state of the world economy.The Council will continue its 2010 substantive session, which is scheduled to end on 23 July, with a coordination segment, an operational activities segment, a humanitarian affairs segment, and a general segment. read more

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Florida diocese investigating exhead of Rhode Island school

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An Episcopal diocese in Florida says it is investigating a former headmaster at the elite Rhode Island boarding school St. George’s, which is at the centre of an abuse scandal.The Rev. George E. Andrews is accused of failing to report sexual abuse by a teacher to authorities when he led the school in the 1980s. He now runs a consulting firm that places chaplains at Episcopal and other schools. His son-in-law is the Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, and his daughter sits on the St. George’s board.The Diocese of Southeast Florida opened an investigation into Andrews earlier this year after news broke that dozens of students had been abused at the $58,000-per-year school in Middletown. The church investigation was put on hold while police and independent investigator Martin Murphy looked into St. George’s, according to Bishop Peter Eaton of the Diocese of Southeast Florida.Police brought no charges, but last week the independent investigator released a 390-page report that detailed decades of abuse by multiple teachers, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.According to the report, Andrews, headmaster from 1984 to 1988, fired a choirmaster for inappropriate sexual contact with a student. The investigator found that Andrews, on the advice of a school lawyer, never reported the abuse to authorities. It also concluded that under Rhode Island’s reporting laws, his inaction didn’t appear to break the law.However, the investigation found Andrews was apparently aware that the dean of students provided a positive job recommendation for the choirmaster to another school. When Andrews announced the choirmaster’s departure, he told the school the man had quit and that “we will feel his separation deeply.” Andrews told investigators that looking at the remarks today made him ill to his stomach.Eaton told The Associated Press in an email that the diocese was carefully reviewing the independent report. He wouldn’t comment further until the completion of the church investigation and said he could not provide a date for when it would be complete.Andrews’ lawyer, Michael J. Connolly, said his client relied on lawyers’ advice, did not authorize any positive job reference and was unaware of the scale of the abuse. More than a dozen former students told the independent investigator the choirmaster abused them.“Does he regret what happened? Does he wish he had done more? Of course he does. He is sickened by what he read in that report,” Connolly said. “Clearly, not enough was done, but most of the information in the Murphy report was not known to Rev. Andrews or his staff.”Eric MacLeish, who represents dozens of people abused at St. George’s, said Andrews didn’t do enough.“This man is an Episcopal minister. You’ve got to do more, and more didn’t happen,” he said. “Maybe somebody got hurt because of this.”Some of the abuse victims would like to meet with Andrews and others to engage in a process of “truth and reconciliation,” MacLeish said.Andrews’ lawyer said Andrews would be happy to meet with victims. Florida diocese investigating ex-head of Rhode Island school FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2016, file photo, buildings at St. George’s School sit on a hill in Middletown, R.I. A report issued Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, said that at least one in five girls who attended the elite Rhode Island boarding school in the 1970s was sexually abused by the same athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Sep 7, 2016 12:28 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Surpêche quand Google Earth aide à détecter les engins de pêche non

first_imgSurpêche : quand Google Earth aide à détecter les engins de pêche non déclarésUne étude canadienne montre que les images satellitaires – comme celles de Google Earth montrant les côtes du Golfe Persique – peuvent permettre de mieux contrôler la présence d’importants dispositifs de pêche en mer, et donc de mieux évaluer les prises réelles, pas toujours déclarées par les pêcheurs. Après avoir permis plusieurs découvertes archéologiques, Google Earth pourrait-il aider à lutter contre la surpêche ? C’est ce que révèle une étude tout juste publiée dans la revue Journal of Marine Science. Selon ces travaux, c’est pas moins de 6 fois plus de poisson qui serait capturé dans certaines régions du monde comparé à ce qui a été déclaré à l’organisme de gestion de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation des Nations Unies. Pour en arriver là, les scientifiques de l’Université de Colombie Britannique, auteurs de l’étude, ont utilisé l’imagerie satellite de Google Earth pour recenser certains engins de pêche côtière et, à partir de là, évaluer le volume réel des prises. Ainsi, sur des photos prises en 2005 au-dessus du golfe Persique, ils ont repéré 1 900 ‘nasses’ de parfois plus de 100 mètres de longueur. Ces pièges semi-permanents tirent parti des différences de marée pour pêcher une grande variété d’espèces marines. De quoi prendre environ 31.000 tonnes de poisson, alors que les 7 pays de cette région, cette année-là, n’en ont déclaré que 5.260 tonnes à l’ONU. La même année, l’Iran, l’Arabie Saoudite et le Qatar n’ont déclaré aucune prise utilisant des nasses. Pourtant, les chercheurs en ont bel et bien observé, en particulier en Iran où 728 pièges ont été dénombrés, ce qui pourrait correspondre à une prise totale de 12.000 tonnes de poissons. Mieux protéger les océans grâce à la technologie “Cette technique de pêche ancienne existe depuis des milliers d’années. Mais nous n’étions pas en mesure de vraiment comprendre son impact sur nos ressources marines avant maintenant, [ce que nous pouvons faire aujourd’hui] avec l’aide de la technologie moderne”, explique Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, travaillant sur le projet Sea Around Us de l’Université de Colombie Britannique et auteur principal de l’étude.”Maintes et maintes fois, nous avons constaté que, [dans] les données mondiales concernant les captures […], ‘le compte n’y était pas’”, affirme Daniel Pauly, directeur du projet Sea Around Us et co-auteur de l’étude.A l’heure où la situation des populations marines inquiète, cette découverte pourrait être d’une importance cruciale.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? “Comme les pays ne fournissent pas d’informations fiables sur les captures de leurs pêcheries, nous devons élargir notre réflexion et envisager d’autres sources d’informations et de nouvelles technologies pour nous dire ce qui se passe dans nos océans”, conclut-il. (crédits photo : 2013 Digital Globe) Le 29 novembre 2013 à 10:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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What the Hell is Going on With the Flash Movie

first_imgStay on target The DC Films are and have been wracked with problems. In terms of upcoming projects, few are more worrying than The Flash, which has gone through multiple directors and doesn’t even have a potential release date.Now it’s reported the script is getting a page-one rewrite, meaning that it’s getting almost entirely redone.Joby Harold, whose resume only has a few big-budget credits, including the upcoming Guy Ritchie, flick King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, has been tasked with doing the rewrite.Additionally, the film has already gone through two directors: Seth Grahame-Smith–most known for writing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–and Rick Famuyiwa, who directed the 2015 indie hit Dope. Famuyiwa left the project in October over creative differences.Both the directors did drafts. Grahame-Smith wrote the original script and was attached to make his directorial debut with The Flash before departing, and Famuyiwa did a rewrite when he was brought on. He said he was excited to work on the project and bring his “voice, humor, and heart” to it. However, it’s been said Warner Bros. didn’t like the script or story, which supposedly had more edge.Warner Bros. executives are working on the new script while Ezra Miller, who’s going to star as Barry Allen, films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2. They’re taking their time finding a replacement director.The only thing that has been consistent about The Flash has been the actors. Miller, who made cameos in Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is set to star as the scarlet speedster in Justice League. Famuyiwa brought on Kiersey Clemons to play Iris West and Billy Crudup to play Barry’s father, and those two actors are still attached.There was also the rumor Flash was going to be facing off against the Rogues, but with Famuyiwa gone, this’ll probably change.This isn’t the first time Warner Bros. has looked like they don’t know what they’re doing in regards to the DCEU. Both Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were grim messes with terrible scripts (or at least according to the ones we saw on the screen). The studio is jumping ahead with a ton of new additions to the universe–including Harley Quinn spin-off Gotham City Sirens–before getting a handle on what their franchise will look like. Seeing the studio scramble with The Flash doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence that it’s learned from its mistakes. 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 last_img read more

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San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, Trucks

first_img San Diego Gas and Electric is getting ready for the next wave of vehicle electrification in California. The company is getting ready to build a massive charging network to support heavy-duty vehicles.The California Public Utilities Commission recently gave SDG&E the green light to deploy the infrastructure necessary to electrify at least 3,000 buses, trucks, and forklifts. It’s a major undertaking that SDG&E believes will take five years to complete.California already has good deal of EV infrastructure in place, but the vast majority of it is tailored to small passenger vehicles. It won’t be able to cope with demands from the electric delivery trucks, garbage trucks, transit buses, school buses, and other heavy-duty EVs that manufacturers are now shipping.AdChoices广告We’re excited to announce our major program to help electrify large vehicles and industrial equipment has been approved by the California Public Utilities Commision! Learn more: https://t.co/Y6G2pAcBtA #cleantransportation pic.twitter.com/oqgIN3uxUk— SDG&E (@SDGE) August 15, 2019With this new infrastructure in place, SDG&E hopes to help make a big dent in greenhouse gas emissions. In San Diego and southern Orange County there are currently more than 100,000 fossil fuel-burning commercial vehicles like the EVs SDG&E is prepping for. They produce a large chunk of all vehicle emissions — which account for more than 40 percent of California’s total GHGs.Big vehicles have equally big batteries on board, and SDG&E wants to seize on the opportunity that presents. They anticipate using this heavy equipment as rolling energy storage that can take on charge when the supply is high (think bright, sunny days that are maxing out solar arrays) and share it with the grid when needed.That supply, incidentally, is among the cleanest you’ll find in the U.S. According to SDG&E, generates 45 percent of the power it supplies to its customers from renewable sources.In addition to building a charging network that’s beefy enough to handle a steady flow of commercial vehicles, SDG&E is introducing a new rate plan for businesses. It’s intended to give them a little added incentive to make the switch to EVs.Watch: Walmart Sues Tesla’s SolarCity as Solar Panels Cause FiresMore on Geek.com:Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofWatch: Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tows Over a Million PoundsAdditive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the Cold Stay on target World’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Launches in DenmarkThis Monster EV Generates More Energy Than It Uses last_img read more

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Conte praised Pochettinos qualities

first_imgAntonio Conte praised Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching qualities as these two are about to face in the upcoming match – and the Italian coach defended his opponent’s inability to win a trophy with his team…Pochettino has been the Tottenham head coach for four years and he hasn’t managed to win a trophy there yet – but Conte is certain that is has nothing to say about his qualities as he is still a great manager.The former Juventus coach spoke about his upcoming opponent as he said, according to Talk Sport:“I consider Mauricio Pochettino a really good manager.”“I think that, if Tottenham grew a lot in this period, he has a lot of credit for that.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“We are talking about a team who, in the last period for many years now, they are competing to win the title.”“Two years ago, they were very close to winning the title when Leicester won it. Last season they tried to compete with us.”“Don’t forget that only one team can win the title.”“You start every competition with six teams, six top teams who are ready to win something during the season.”“For example, last season, Chelsea won the title, Manchester United won the Carabao Cup, and Arsenal won the FA Cup.”last_img read more

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Herrera Beutler Dingethal advance in 3rd Congressional District

first_imgIncumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, proved establishment Republicans still have sway in Southwest Washington as she garnered more votes than her two opponents, one with Tea Party leanings, in Tuesday’s primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Herrera Beutler pulled in 48.37 percent of the vote. Her Democratic challenger, Bob Dingethal, will advance to the primary with Herrera Beutler after receiving 38.76 percent of the vote. Michael Delavar, a Republican challenger who was inspired by the ousting of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a Tea Party opponent in the Virginia primary, looks to be out of the race after receiving only 12.87 percent of the vote. Herrera Beutler is campaigning for her third term in Congress. She has based her campaign on being the local congresswoman, the one who will work hardest for Southwest Washington. Herrera Beutler said she spent Tuesday at the Clark County Fair with her daughter and met several young women who told her she was doing a good job. “I was feeling encouraged” coming into the race, “but you never know,” she said. She said she was pleased with the results. “I want this job, and I’m pleased to see it seems the people want me to do this job,” she said.One of the loudest criticisms launched at the congresswoman by both her opponents was her decision to stop holding traditional town hall meetings and move toward hosting “community coffees.”last_img read more

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AMMK union secretary hacked to death by unidentified assailants in Tamil Nadu

first_imgRepresentational ImageCreative CommonsThe union secretary of TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) was hacked to death by some unidentified people at Manamadurai in Tamil Nadu on Sunday (May 26) morning.Saravanan, who was out for a morning walk was brutally attacked by the gang near Manamadurai-Sivaganga bypass. He tried to escape from the gang after seeing them but the criminals chased him and slashed him hard, leaving him in a pool of blood.The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained. However, the police have initiated an investigation over the murder of the AMMK functionary by forming a team of four to nab the culprits. The lawmakers are also probing into different angles, also they are trying to dig out his personal or political rivalries from the past.According to the initial reports, more than two people are doubted to be involved in the crime. The police have gathered possible suspects and have been questioning them to get a trail over the murder. Nearly 20 people have been detained in connection with the murder.The AMMK party leaders and workers including the party’s district secretary Umadevan has refused to accept the mortal remains of the slain leader, whose body is kept at the government hospital in Sivaganga as a mark of protest. They demanded the culprits be arrested, reports PTI.Saravanan was a resident of Pandiyan Nagar in Manamadurai and was party’s West Union Secretary. He vigorously campaigned for the AMMK candidate and former legislator Mariappan Kennedy in the recent assembly elections.last_img read more

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Breaking David Warner becomes father for third time Family blessed with a

first_imgFile photo of David WarnerMorne de Klerk/Getty ImagesCandice Warner, wife of Australian opening batsman David Warner, gave birth to their third child last night in London, England. David, who is playing for Australia in the World Cup, took to Twitter to make this delightful announcement. In his first tweet since June 1, the dashing opening batsman informed his followers that the baby was born at 10:30 PM on June 30. The name of the girl was also mentioned – Isla Rose Warner. A photo of the newly-born girl with her sisters and mother was also posted by the cricketer on Instagram. InstagramThe Warners were already parents to two girls – Ivy Mae and Indi Rae – and will now have a younger sister to give them company. TwitterThis news comes at a good time when both Warner and his team Australia are finding their best form in the ongoing World Cup. The stocky left-hander has already registered a big hundred in the tournament and is starting to resemble his old self after going through a painful period of 12 months where he was banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.last_img read more

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BNP will join national polls CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will take part in the next general election.”BNP officially met the election commissioner and said they will participate in the next parliamentary election,” said Nurul Huda while talking to reporters after a view exchange meeting at the deputy commissioner’s office in Tangail.BNP did not say that they will not take part in the next general election while talking before media, he said.The dialogue with different political parties is going on and the decision of deploying army in the election will be taken after the end of the dialogues as many parties have raised the issue during dialogue, he added.Replying to a question about Rohingyas refugees, the CEC said “The election commission is alert so that Rohingyas are not enlisted as voters.”last_img read more

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4 held for smuggling Pangolin scales

first_imgDarjeeling: Three persons from Sikkim and one from Bengal have been arrested by foresters of Baikanthapur Division of North Bengal for smuggling Pangolin scales to Bhutan.The foresters had received information that Pangolin scales were being smuggled to Bhutan. “From early in the morning we positioned ourselves at Rongpu on the Sikkim-Bengal border. Around 1:45 pm they arrived in a speeding vehicle. We arrested four persons and recovered 2 kg 400 gm of Pangolin skin,” said Sanjay Dutta, range officer, Belakoba Range. The four arrested include Kamal Kumar Sinha (70 years) of Yangyang, Dal Bahadur Thapa (65 years) of Gangtok, Passang Tshering Bhutia (43 years) of Yangyang and Wangsten Sherpa Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata(24 years) of Kalimpong. The vehicle has also been seized. They were charged under the Wildlife Act and produced at the Jalpaiguri Court. “During interrogation we found out that around 10 to 12 Pangolins were killed in Sikkim and the scales taken out. The scales were being taken to Bhutan,” the ranger said. The scales are sold at very high cost and used in traditional medicines in some countries like China. Pangolins are endangered animals. The role of certain transporters in Siliguri is also being probed.last_img read more

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Curaçao celebrates Pride with annual Navigaytion cruise in the Caribbean Sea

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The dreamy island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean Sea is about to celebrate its LGBTI community. Now in its sixth year, Curaçao Pride will take over the capital Willemstad and set sail for the big cruise on 30 September.Cruisers will go on board in downtown Willemstad and then move along the coast of Curaçao to Fuik Beach and return.The annual Navigaytion Sea Parade will be anticipated by a whole long weekend of events, mainly free.The festival will kick off on 26 September with a Pre Pride Happy at Chin Chin Lounge Bar.On 27 September, there will be a Pride Walk from Rif Fort, Otrabanda to Queen Wilhelmina Park. After the walk, a Pride opening event with performances by DJ Nena, Shary An Nivillac, Juni Juliet, Randy. Furthermore, the afterparty will be at Club Vanilla.Blue Curaçao? Yes, pleaseObviously, there is going to be a Blue Curaçao tasting.The Dutch island in the Caribbean is, in fact, the land of the popular bitter blue liqueur.The tasting will take place at  Landhuis Chobolobo on 27 September. Participants will be treated to welcome cocktails, a guided tour through the Blue Curaçao distillery, plus cocktail tasting and snacks. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Curaçao Pride will take place between 26 and 30 September. | Photo: Pixabay GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read more about the events here.[embedded content]LGBTI rights in CuraçaoAs part of the Netherlands, the island recognizes same-sex marriages celebrated in the other parts of the kingdom.However, the country is deeply Catholic and therefore opposes LGBTI equality.Same-sex sexual activity is legal, but there is no formal recognition for same-sex couples. Citizens with a Dutch passport need to go to the other parts of the kingdom to get married. Moreover, same-sex couples can’t adopt children.That is why the Curacao Pride Organization is advocating to improve the LGBTI rights in the country.‘A group dedicated to showing that being gay is normal and as such should receive the same rights and privileges as bestowed upon other groups in society,’ reads their website.You might also like:First Hebridean Pride condemned as ‘sad and shameful’ by religious leader Montego Bay Pride challenges Jamaica’s anti-LGBTIs: ‘We’re members of your society’LGBT tourist hotspot Puerto Vallarta celebrates half-naked go-go boys and drag queensVallarta Pride brings in the clowns to celebrate Puerto Vallarta CentennialRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/curacao-pride-cruise/last_img read more

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What will you do if you were the lucky winner of the

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Red Team Tactics Getting started with Cobalt Strike Tutorial

first_imgAccording to cobaltstrike.com: “Cobalt Strike is a software for Adversary Simulations and Red Team Operations. Adversary Simulations and Red Team Operations are security assessments that replicate the tactics and techniques of an advanced adversary in a network. While penetration tests focus on unpatched vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, these assessments benefit security operations and incident response.” This tutorial is an excerpt taken from the book Hands-On Red Team Tactics written by Himanshu Sharma and Harpreet Singh. This book demonstrates advanced methods of post-exploitation using Cobalt Strike and introduces you to Command and Control (C2) servers and redirectors. In this article, you will understand the basics of what Cobalt Strike is, how to set it up, and also about its interface. Before installing Cobalt Strike, please make sure that you have Oracle Java installed with version 1.7 or above. You can check whether or not you have Java installed by executing the following command: java -version If you receive the java command not found error or another related error, then you need to install Java on your system. You can download this here: https://www.java.com/en/. Cobalt Strike comes in a package that consists of a client and server files. To start with the setup, we need to run the team server. The following are the files that you’ll get once you download the package: The first thing we need to do is run the team server script located in the same directory. What is a team server? This is the main controller for the payloads that are used in Cobalt Strike. It logs all of the events that occur in Cobalt Strike. It collects all the credentials that are discovered in the post-exploitation phase or used by the attacker on the target systems to log in. It is a simple bash script that calls for the Metasploit RPC service (msfrpcd) and starts the server with cobaltstrike.jar. This script can be customized according to the needs. Cobalt Strike works on a client-server model in which the red-teamer connects to the team server via the Cobalt Strike client. All the connections (bind/reverse) to/from the victims are managed by the team server. The system requirements for running the team server are as follows: System requirements: 2 GHz+ processor 2 GB RAM 500MB+ available disk space Amazon EC2: At least a high-CPU medium (c1.medium, 1.7 GB) instance Supported operating systems: Kali Linux 1.0, 2.0 – i386 and AMD64 Ubuntu Linux 12.04, 14.04 – x86, and x86_64 The Cobalt Strike client supports: Windows 7 and above macOS X 10.10 and above Kali Linux 1.0, 2.0 – i386 and AMD64 Ubuntu Linux 12.04, 14.04 – x86, and x86_64 As shown in the following screenshot, the team server needs at least two mandatory arguments in order to run. This includes host, which is an IP address that is reachable from the internet. If behind a home router, you can port forward the listener’s port on the router. The second mandatory argument is password, which will be used by the team server for authentication: The third and fourth arguments specify a Malleable C2 communication profile and a kill date for the payloads (both optional). A Malleable C2 profile is a straightforward program that determines how to change information and store it in an exchange. It’s a really cool feature in Cobalt Strike. The team server must run with the root privileges so that it can start the listener on system ports (port numbers: 0–1023); otherwise, you will receive a Permission denied error when attempting to start a listener: The Permission denied error can be seen on the team server console window, as shown in the following screenshot: Now that the concept of the team server has been explained, we can move on to the next topic. You’ll learn how to set up a team server for accessing it through Cobalt Strike. Cobalt Strike setup The team server can be run using the following command: sudo ./teamserver 192.168.10.122 harry@123 Here, I am using the IP 192.168.10.122 as my team server and harry@123 as my password for the team server: If you receive the same output as we can see in the preceding screenshot, then this means that your team server is running successfully. Of course, the SHA256 hash for the SSL certificate used by the team server will be different each time it runs on your system, so don’t worry if the hash changes each time you start the server. Upon successfully starting the server, we can now get on with the client. To run the client, use the following command: java -jar cobaltstrike.jar This command will open up the connect dialog, which is used to connect to the Cobalt Strike team server. At this point, you need to provide the team server IP, the Port number (which is 50050, by default), the User (which can be any random user of your choice), and the Password for the team server. The client will connect with the team server when you press the Connect button. Upon successful authorization, you will see a team server fingerprint verification window. This window will ask you to show the exact same SHA256 hash for the SSL certificate that was generated by the team server at runtime. This verification only happens once during the initial stages of connection. If you see this window again, your team server is either restarted or you are connected to a new device. This is a precautionary measure for preventing Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks: Once the connection is established with the team server, the Cobalt Strike client will open: Let’s look further to understand the Cobalt Strike interface so that you can use it to its full potential in a red-team engagement. Cobalt Strike interface The user interface for Cobalt Strike is divided into two horizontal sections, as demonstrated in the preceding screenshot. These sections are the visualization tab and the display tab. The top of the interface shows the visualization tab, which visually displays all the sessions and targets in order to make it possible to better understand the network of the compromised host. The bottom of the interface shows the display tab, which is used to display the Cobalt Strike features and sessions for interaction. Toolbar Common features used in Cobalt Strike can be readily accessible at the click of a button. The toolbar offers you all the common functions to speed up your Cobalt Strike usage: Each feature in the toolbar is as follows: Connecting to another team server In order to connect to another team server, you can click on the + sign, which will open up the connect window: All of the previous connections will be stored as a profile and can be called for connection again in the connect window: Disconnecting from the team server By clicking on the minus (–) sign, you will be disconnected from the current instance of the team server: You will also see a box just above the server switchbar that says Disconnected from team server. Once you disconnect from the instance, you can close it and continue the operations on the other instance. However, be sure to bear in mind that once you close the tab after disconnection, you will lose all display tabs that were open on that particular instance. What’s wrong with that? This may cause some issues. This is because in a red-team operation you do not always have the specific script that will execute certain commands and save the information in the database. In this case, it would be better to execute the command on a shell and then save the output on Notepad or Sublime. However, not many people follow this practice, and hence they lose a lot of valuable information. You can now imagine how heart-breaking it can be to close the instance in case of disconnection and find that all of your shell output (which was not even copied to Notepad) is gone! Configure listeners For a team server to function properly, you need to configure a listener. But before we can do this, we need to know what a listener actually is. Just like the handler used in Metasploit (that is, exploit/multi/handler), the Cobalt Strike team server also needs a handler for handling the bind/reverse connections to and from the target/victim’s system/server. You can configure a listener by clicking on the headphones-like icon: After clicking the headphones icon, you’ll open the Listeners tab in the bottom section. Click on the Add button to add a new listener: You can choose the type of payload you want to listen for with the Host IP address and the port to listen on for the team server or the redirector: In this case, we have used a beacon payload, which will be communicating over SSL. Beacon payloads are a special kind of payload in Cobalt Strike that may look like a generic meterpreter but actually have much more functionality than that. Beacons will be discussed in more detail in further chapters. As a beacon uses HTTP/S as the communication channel to check for the tasking allotted to it, you’ll be asked to give the IP address for the team server and domain name in case any redirector is configured (Redirectors will be discussed in more details in further chapters): Once you’re done with the previous step, you have now successfully configured your listener. Your listener is now ready for the incoming connection: Session graphs To see the sessions in a graph view, you can click the button shown in the following screenshot: Session graphs will show a graphical representation of the systems that have been compromised and injected with the payloads. In the following screenshot, the system displayed on the screen has been compromised. PT is the user, PT-PC is the computer name (hostname), and the numbers just after the @ are the PIDs of the processes that have the payload injected into them: When you escalate the privileges from a normal user to NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM (vertical privilege escalation), the session graph will show the system in red and surrounded by lightning bolts. There is also another thing to notice here: the * (asterisk) just after the username. This means that the system with PID 1784 is escalated to NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM: Session table To see the open sessions in a tabular view, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: All the sessions that are opened in Cobalt Strike will be shown along with the sessions’ details. For example, this may include external IP, internal IP, user, computer name, PID into which the session is injected, or last. Last is an element of Cobalt Strike that is similar to WhatsApp’s Last Seen feature, showing the last time that the compromised system contacted the team server (in seconds). This is generally used to check when the session was last active: Right-clicking on one of the sessions gives the user multiple options to interact with, as demonstrated in the following screenshot: These options will be discussed later in the book. Targets list To view the targets, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: Targets will only show the IP address and the computer name, as follows: For further options, you can right-click on the target: From here, you can interact with the sessions opened on the target system. As you can see in the preceding screenshot, PT@2908 is the session opened on the given IP and the beacon payload resides in the PID 2908. Consequently, we can interact with this session directly from here: Credentials Credentials such as web login passwords, password hashes extracted from the SAM file, plain-text passwords extracted using mimikatz, etc. are retrieved from the compromised system and are saved in the database. They can be displayed by clicking on the icon shown in the following screenshot: When you perform a hashdump in Metasploit (a post-exploitation module that dumps all NTLM password hashes from the SAM database), the credentials are saved in the database. With this, when you dump hashes in Cobalt Strike or when you use valid credentials to log in, the credentials are saved and can be viewed from here: Downloaded files To view all the exfiltrated data from the target system, you can click on the button shown in the following screenshot: This will show the files (exfiltration) that were downloaded from the target system: Keystrokes This option is generally used when you have enabled a keylogger in the beacon. The keylogger will then log the keystrokes and send it to the beacon. To use this option, click the button shown in the following screenshot: When a user logs into the system, the keylogger will log all the keystrokes of that user (explorer.exe is a good candidate for keylogging). So, before you enable the keylogger from the beacon, migrate or inject a new beacon into the explorer.exe process and then start the keylogger. Once you do this, you can see that there’s a new entry in the Keystrokes tab: The left side of the tab will show the information related to the beacon. This may include the user, the computer name, the PID in which the keylogger is injected, and the timestamp when the keylogger sends the saved keystrokes to the beacon. In contrast, the right side of the tab will show you the keystrokes that were logged. Screenshots To view the screenshots from the target system, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: This will open up the tab for screenshots. Here, you will get to know what’s happening on the system’s screen at that moment itself. This is quite helpful when a server administrator is logged in to the system and works on Active Directory (AD) and Domain Controller (DC) settings. When monitoring the screen, we can find crucial information that can lead to DC compromise: To know about Payload generation in stageless Windows executable, Java signed applet, and MS Office macros, head over to the book for a complete overview. Scripted web delivery This technique is used to deliver the payload via the web. To continue, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: A scripted web delivery will deliver the payload to the target system when the generated command/script is executed on the system. A new window will open where you can select the type of script/command that will be used for payload delivery. Here, you also have the option to add the listener accordingly: File hosting Files that you want to host on a web server can also be hosted through the Cobalt Strike team server. To host a file through the team server, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: This will bring up the window where you can set the URI, the file you want to host, the web server’s IP address and port, and the MIME type. Once done, you can download the same file from the Cobalt Strike team server’s web server. You can also provide the IP and port information of your favorite web redirector. This method is generally used for payload delivery: Managing the web server The web server running on the team server, which is generally used for file hosting and beacons, can be managed as well. To manage the web server, click on the button shown in the following screenshot: This will open the Sites tab where you can find all web services, the beacons, and the jobs assigned to those running beacons. You can manage the jobs here: Server switchbar The Cobalt Strike client can connect to multiple team servers at the same time and you can manage all the existing connections through the server switchbar. The switchbar allows you to switch between the server instances: You can also rename the instances according to the role of the server. To do this, simply right-click on the Instance tab and you’ll get two options: Rename and Disconnect: You need to click on the Rename button to rename the instance of your choice. Once you click this button, you’ll be prompted for the new name that you want to give to your instance: For now, we have changed this to EspionageServer: Renaming the switchbar helps a lot when it comes to managing multiple sessions from multiple team servers at the same time. To know more about how to customize a team server head over to the book. To summarize, we got to know what a team server is, how to setup Cobalt Strike and about the Cobalt Strike Interface. 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first_imgChilean President Sebastian Piñera, left, and Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado sign bilateral agreements at Casa Presidencial in San José on July 9, 2018.The agreements included a memorandum of understanding to develop joint programs between the two countries’ ministries of the environment on biodiversity, climate change and environmental data. Other issues included in the bilateral agreements were gender equality, equal rights and zero-tolerance for violence against women, according to AFP. Related posts:Chile bombings shake Latin America’s model nation Costa Rica to ‘take a hard look’ at its diplomatic missions, foreign minister says after meeting with US Secretary of State Kerry 2018: A big year for Latin American elections Watch Carlos Alvarado and Justin Trudeau’s first conversation Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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