UN agency sounds alarm over worsening crisis for Somalis fleeing violence

25 September 2009The mounting humanitarian crisis for millions of Somalis threatens to spiral further out of control as every month sees thousands more pour into already overcrowded makeshift camps and head out on deadly journeys to escape the violent clashes ravaging the country, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. Fighting between Government forces and rebel militia has driven some 250,000 Somalis from of their homes in the capital Mogadishu alone since May, UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.Mr. Mahecic said that most have sought shelter in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Afgooye corridor, some 30 kilometres from the capital, now home to almost 525,000 Somalis living in squalid conditions as aid workers are unable to reach them.“The deteriorating security situation and prolonged drought in Somalia are forcing more people to flee further a field, into the neighbouring countries and beyond,” said the UNHCR spokesperson.“Using unscrupulous smugglers, thousands risk their lives and take the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to reach Yemen or the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe,” he added.So far this year over 900 boats carrying around 47,000 people have attempted to get to Yemen from the Horn of Africa, with 322 people drowned or presumed dead, and just last week16 people died and 49 others are thought to have drowned in the Gulf of Aden.In addition, more than 280,000 mostly Somali refugees are now sheltering in the overstretched Dadaab refugee site, a complex of three camps in neighbouring Kenya designed to hold 90,000 people. Since January more than 50,000 Somalis have steadily streamed into the site, adding more pressure to its already overwhelmed facilities.Last month UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres described the Dadaab complex, 90 kilometres from the border with Somalia, as the “most difficult camp situation in the world,” and earlier this month UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie characterized the world’s largest refugee site as “one of the most dire” she has ever seen.Mr. Mahecic warned that after a prolonged drought, torrential rains have hit several parts of Kenya, and the agency fears heavy flooding in Dadaab in the coming weeks, posing considerable health risks to the refugees.UNHCR provides protection and assistance to over half a million Somali refugees in Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda, and the UN estimates that there almost 4 million Somalis in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including 1.5 million IDPs, said Mr. Mahecic.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the Somalia Consolidated Appeal for 2009 is only 53 per cent funded, having received $448.5 million of the $854 million required to meet the urgent needs of the 3.6 million Somalis – about half the population – requiring water, sanitation, health care and nutrition.OCHA stressed that aid organizations lack the resources to provide the required humanitarian assistance. Despite this, the World Food Programme (WFP) supports 190 supplementary feeding centres, targeting around 70,000 malnourished children across Somalia.WFP and its partners also supplied 7,700 people in the north-eastern region of Puntland with 88 tons of food commodities in the past week, and provided another 44,000 people in Somaliland with 450 tons of food.The agency has also supported the establishment of eight new supplementary feeding centres in Mogadishu, treating at least 3,250 children under the age of five and pregnant or lactating women just one week after setting up – an indication of just how dire the situation is, said OCHA. read more

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Regulator issues formal order to Trilogy Energy over Alberta pipeline leak

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 3:42 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Regulator issues formal order to Trilogy Energy over Alberta pipeline leak CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued a formal order to oil and gas producer Trilogy Energy to contain, clean up and report on a pipeline leak from its operations in north central Alberta.AER spokesman Peter Murchland says the order requires the company to stop using its leaking pipeline, which it has already done, and formalizes a schedule of reports. It also orders Trilogy to provide daily updates for the public on its website.The company has said the oil and water mixture that leaked has covered about three hectares of marshland — the size of roughly five Canadian Football League fields — approximately 15 kilometres from Fox Creek.In an update on its website Friday, Trilogy says it still doesn’t know the volume of the spill or what caused the leak discovered on Oct. 6.It says two birds were found dead on site within 48 hours of the spill but no dead wildlife has been found since then. read more

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UN officials urge action to prevent sexual violence in conflict Rohingya lawyer

UN Photo/Mark GartenDeputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses the Security Council’s open debate on women, peace and security.Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the Council that: “This year, in Myanmar and many other conflict situations, the widespread threat and use of sexual violence has, once again, been used as a tactic to advance military, economic and ideological objectives.”“And, once again, it has been a driver of massive forced displacement,” she added. “Let us intensify our efforts to end the horrific litany of sexual violence in conflict so that women, girls, men and boys have one less burden to bear as they work to rebuild shattered lives.”A decade ago, the Council adopted the groundbreaking resolution 1820, which elevated the issue of conflict-related sexual violence onto its agenda, as a threat to security and impediment to peace.It seeks to “debunk the myths that fuel sexual violence,” and rejects the notion of rape as an “inevitable byproduct of war” or mere “collateral damage.” Since then, the issue has been systematically included peacekeeping missions. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebePramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, addresses the Security Council’s open debate on women, peace and security.But “it is clear that words on paper are not yet matched by facts on the ground. We have not yet moved from resolutions to lasting solutions,” said Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.Stigma and victim-blame give the weapon of rape its uniquely destructive power, including the power to shred the social fabric, and turn victims into outcasts. It is also the reason that sexual violence remains one of the least-reported of all crimes.“It is a travesty and an outrage that not a single member of ISIL or Boko Haram has yet been convicted for sexual violence as an international crime,” she said.As recommendations, she called on the international community to establish a reparations fund for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, while stressing the need for a more operational response to stigma alleviation, as well as the need to marshal sustained funding for the gender-based response.A concept note circulated in advance of this meeting asked delegates to share national experiences regarding specific measures taken to prevent conflict-related sexual violence, particularly long-term initiatives focused on women’s empowerment, advancing gender equality, and ensuring that perpetrators of sexual violence are brought to justice.The note also posed several other discussion questions, including one about how the Council – when establishing and renewing the mandates of UN peacekeeping and political missions, as well as relevant sanctions regimes – can more effectively promote gender equality, the empowerment of women in conflict and post-conflict situations, and accountability for sexual violence crimes. “Where I come from, women and girls have been gang-raped, tortured and killed by the Myanmar Army, for no other reason than for being Rohingya,” Razia Sultana said on behalf of non-governmental organizations during a Security Council open debate on preventing sexual violence in conflict.The debate, addressed by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, was held as the Council prepares for a visit later this month to Myanmar and its neighbor Bangladesh, which hosts hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.Ms. Sultana urged the Council members to meet with women and girl survivors during the trip.Since August last year, more than 670,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar. “This is the fastest refugee movement since the Rwanda genocide,” Ms. Sultana said.“However, the international community, especially the Security Council, has failed us. This latest crisis should have been prevented if the warning signs since 2012 had not been ignored,” she added.Ms. Sultana said that her own research and interviews provide evidence that Government troops raped well over 300 women and girls in 17 villages in Rakhine state. With over 350 villages attacked and burned since August 2017, this number is likely only a fraction of the actual total.“Girls as young as six were gang-raped,” she said.This year’s UN Secretary-General’s report on sexual violence in conflict lists the Myanmar military for the first time.She said the Council must refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court without delay. read more

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What Cleveland Would Look Like With LeBron James And Kevin Love

Update (July 11, 12:30 p.m.): It’s official: LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Perhaps we should collect data on what percentage of NBA rumors on Twitter turn out to be true. But as of late Thursday afternoon, the Internet was abuzz with speculation that LeBron James will return to Cleveland.If it happens, the Cavaliers may need some additional help to build an instant championship contender for LeBron. In an article earlier Thursday, I projected the Cavaliers’ record should they sign James and Ray Allen but otherwise stand pat. It wasn’t so great: 52-30. That would be enough to make them one of the better Eastern Conference teams but probably not good enough to win a championship.But one of the reasons for James to choose Cleveland over Miami is that the Cavs have a lot more flexibility in how they might build a team around him. The Cavaliers also have some young assets — including No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins — who could be traded for another star.So let’s imagine that not only the LeBron rumors but also those involving Minnesota’s Kevin Love are true. Cleveland, after signing James, uses Wiggins as the centerpiece of a package that goes to Minnesota for Love. It also gives up Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett, and gets Ronny Turiaf in the deal — the salaries look like they’d work out.Also, in addition to Allen, the Cavs bring in friend-of-Lebron Mike Miller. That would allow them to construct a 12-man roster that looks something like this:It’s a slightly weird roster, with players splitting time between several positions. But because James could be an All-Star at any of the five positions, that’s as much a feature for Cleveland as a bug — the Cavs could go big, small or anything in between. This roster could use a defensive specialist or two off the bench, and a true backup point guard, but those are fairly petty complaints.How would this team perform? Using the same process from Thursday’s article, which projects a team’s win total based on a system called Statistical Plus Minus, it’d be on track for a record of 63-19.This would be a much better opportunity for James than anything likely in Miami, which finished with a 54-28 record last year and which would probably have about the same record if the Heat brought back James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. A 54-win team has less than a 5 percent chance of winning an NBA title; a 63-win team has about a 40 percent chance.The Cavs could be better than this still — perhaps in the range of 65 to 67 wins — if they managed to acquire Love without giving up Varejao. read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 19 2017

See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeVegas gets another teamThe San Antonio Stars will move to Las Vegas under its new management of MGM Resorts International. This makes them the second professional team to open up in the gambling town with the Oakland Raiders soon to follow. With the No. 1 pick in the draft next year, this is an exciting time for the WNBA team. [ESPN]Browns allegedly superior to other teamsThe Browns’ crew of quarterbacks — a squad of personnel I am unfortunately well-acquainted with — is not the worst in history. We’ve had the statistic Total QBR since 2006, and in the period of time since them there have been three teams — the 2010 Panthers, 2008 Raiders and 2007 49ers — who have a total QBR less than the 21.9 Cleveland currently sports. [ESPN]Clemson and Washington are not totally screwedLast week the Clemson Tigers and Washington Huskies suffered upset losses that made them fall out of the AP Top 5. Clemson is down from a 55 percent chance of making the playoff to a 29 percent chance, and Washington fell from a 43 percent chance to a 24 percent chance. Realistically, the best way to make the playoff is to win out: doing so would give them a 97 percent and 87 percent chance, respectively, of making the playoff. Clemson’s Week 10 game against N.C. State will be the decisive game, while Washington’s test will be in Week 11 at Stanford. [FiveThirtyEight]Happy Sports Equinox!Thursday, Oct. 19 is the Sports Equinox, the day when all four major U.S. sports leagues play at least one game. There have only been 17 in history. Should the Cubs force a game 7 in the NCLS, Sunday will be a second one of 2017. Fair warning, with 14 different games, it’s going to get weird tonight in even the most amply-screened sports bars. [FiveThirtyEight]Yes, let’s keep saying nice things about the EaglesOh wow the Eagles are real good this year! No reason at all to mitigate expectations, Eagles fans: You guys are going to win the Super Bowl for sure this time. Believe it! I’m in no way attempting to pump up expectation thus making the eventual and inevitable playoff catastrophe all the more panful for you to bear, not at all, we here in New York love you, Philly. Realistically though, the Eagles are solid, and have a somewhat easy route to the playoffs from here on out: Their next 10 adversaries have an average Elo rating of 1484, which is below the league average 1500. [FiveThirtyEight]Balto got highFor the first time ever, several Iditarod sled dogs from one team tested positive for a prohibited substance. The race began testing for doped-up doggies back in 1994. It’s been described by a race board member as an isolated incident. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number-10 winsGordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia five minutes into the first game of the NBA season. For Hayward, this means a difficult recovery over the course of the season. For the Celtics, it means their anticipated 47-win season drops to 37 wins, all of which is way below Vegas’ expected 53.5 wins. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: gfoster:@heynawl-enten FYI, Yankees are likeable now. So keep that in mind.https://sports.yahoo.com/alcs-game-5-new-york-yankees-actually-likable-042520640.htmlheynawl-enten:Just tweeted itWTF is this?colleen:this is provably falsethe yankees are the yankeesthe yankees are not likableQEDlarue:Curious what it would take for a hated team to become a likable team. A goliath to an underdog if you will. Possible?Predictions MLB NFL See more MLB predictions Oh, and don’t forgetThe robots fought and it really really sucked. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more

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Magdeburg extends contracts with van Olphen and Weber

The Magdeburg’s team captain Fabian van Olphen and Robert Weber will be playing for Magdeburg the next season as well, after both signed contracts until 2015. Fabian van Olphen joined Magdeburg 2006 from Lubbecke, while Robert Weber joined Magdeburg 2009 from Balingen. Magdeburg’s coach Frank Carstens said that he was delighted to have both players stay more in Magdeburg, and underlined their importance to the team. ← Previous Story Dragan Gajic on betting scandal: “Shameful campaign against my name” Next Story → South African 2012 National Championship: Gauteng men and Eastern Cape women are the winners! carstensfabian van olphenfrank carstensMagdeburgrobert webervan olphenweber

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Pedestrian in his 30s killed after being struck by car in Laois

first_imgPedestrian in his 30s killed after being struck by car in Laois last night The 38-year-old was announced dead at the scene shortly after 10pm last night. By Sean Murray Jan 22nd 2017, 8:22 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,112 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie 5 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3199198 center_img Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 8:22 AM File photo Share Tweet Email Short URL File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie A MAN IN his 30s has been killed after he was hit by a car shortly after 10pm in Laois last night.The 38-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene on the Ballylinan to Castlecomer road (N78) at Clonbrock, Crettyard in Laois.He has been removed to the mortuary at Portlaoise Hospital.The female driver of the car, aged 24, was uninjured in the collision.Gardaí in Abbeyleix are investigating the incident, and the road is currently closed to facilitate a forensic examination of the scene.An appeal for witnesses, or anyone who was on that stretch of road between 9.50pm and 10.40pm last night, has been issued and they are urged to contact gardaí at Abbeyleix Station on 057 8730580, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Father in his 60s out walking with daughter dies after being struck by car in west DublinRead: Woman killed and man injured after being hit by a car while out walking in Monaghanlast_img read more

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California Coast Credit Union robbery suspect leads South Bay police on brief

first_img Posted: May 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, California Coast Credit Union robbery suspect leads South Bay police on brief chase May 29, 2019 CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A suspect in a robbery at a South Bay financial services office was arrested Wednesday following a brief police chase and a traffic crash that left the fleeing man and a second motorist injured.The holdup at the California Coast Credit Union branch in the 300 block of East H Street in Chula Vista took place just before 2 p.m., when a man confronted a teller and demanded cash while holding his hand in one of his pockets as if clutching a concealed gun, according to police.After the clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money, the robber ran out of the office, got into a station wagon and sped off, Lt. Dan Peak said.A short time later, patrol officers caught up with the suspect and tried to pull him over. Refusing to yield, the man continued eastbound past Southwestern College.Reaching the intersection of Rutgers Avenue and Otay Lakes Road, just west of state Route 125, the fleeing man allegedly ran a stoplight, sending his car smashing into a second vehicle.As emergency personnel pulled the suspect out of his crumpled car, currency believed to have been stolen during the nearby robbery spilled onto the roadway, Peak said.Medics took the suspect and the other driver to a hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries, the lieutenant said.Investigators were still working to confirm the suspect’s identity in the late afternoon, Peak said.The collision left the road crossing closed for about two hours. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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New File Transfer Technology Promises Downloads Up to 100 Times Faster Than

first_imgFile Society uses a three-pronged pricing model, including storage, account, and transfer. Depending on the amount of storage necessary, FileSociety offers monthly storage of 25-250GB from $195-$695, and one cent per MB transfer depending on the package. Industrial Color Software has launched FileSociety, a workflow tool that allows users to manage and transfer large files including images, video, audio and other data.Unlike standard FTP software, ICE says FileSociety monitors transfer activity, produces reports and automatically notifies users and workgroups of transfer progress. FileSociety also integrates Aspera’s Fasp technology to deliver files up to 100 times faster than FTP. Among FileSociety’s publishing clients are McGraw-Hill and Playboy. According to a spokesperson other publishers are currently in trial phases.According to Carl Hixson, McGraw-Hill’s vice president of digital asset management, using FileSociety saves a significant amount of production time. “A typical layout file that would previously have taken 30 minutes to transfer to a design office in Asia now takes 11 seconds,” he said. “Multiply this across the volume of files that we move and it’s a game changer. The system is also under the control of our creative staff, which gives them the freedom and speed to take control of the production process.”last_img read more

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Your Favorite Artists Will Follow You To The Polls Thanks To StateSpecific

first_img Twitter Election Day: Hear Your State-Specific Soundtrack your-favorite-artists-will-follow-you-polls-thanks-state-specific-playlists Your Favorite Artists Will Follow You To The Polls Thanks To State-Specific Playlists Facebook Email News How one music streaming service is encouraging its users to vote in their local midterm elections on Tues. Nov. 6 with curated state playlists “to take to the polls”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 5, 2018 – 6:09 pm With U.S. midterm elections happening nationwide tomorrow, Nov. 6., many musicians and other public figures have taken to social media over the past several weeks to encourage and remind their fans to vote. Spotify has recently joined the charge with their “Get Vocal” playlists curated for listeners across all states and territories.On Tues. Oct. 30, a week out from election day, Spotify launched a new series of playlists, not to help listeners discover new artists or set a nostalgic vibe like their usual playlists do, but to encourage them to get out and vote. All U.S.-based users age 18 and up who used the app received a notification about their state’s playlist, each titled “Get Vocal, [state]!” with a description reading “Songs uniquely popular in your state to take to the polls” and a hyperlink to the Voting Information Tool, powered by Google to help voters find their polling location. According to Billboard, Spotify users will also receive a reminder when the open the app on Nov. 6 with a link to the same site.As of March 2018, 29 percent of Spotify users in the U.S. are between 25-34 years old, followed by 26 percent between the ages of 18-24 years old, according to Statista. Because only 16 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-24 voted in the last midterm elections, there has been a larger push this year to get more people to the polls, especially young people. Many artists, including John Legend and Linda Perry, who recently wrote and shared a song and campaign called “#GetUpandVote” just for the occasion, along with Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Common, Alicia Keys and plenty of others who are using their platforms to encourage more young people to the polls this year.As Rihanna recently tweeted, “I don’t care what responsibilities you have today. There’s no greater responsibility than being in control of your future and it starts NOW!!”Visit gettothepolls.com to find out where to make your voice heard and vote in your local midterm elections.Linda Perry Leads Artists Rallying Millennials To Vote In Midterm ElectionsRead morelast_img read more

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Classes resuming after Bethel school fire

first_imgThe remains of the Yup’ik immersion school on Wednesday after the Kilbuck campus fire. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)The Lower Kuskokwim School District has found temporary spaces to hold classes for both Ayaprun Elitnaurvik and the Kuskokwim Learning Academy students, the two schools housed in the Kilbuck building that was largely destroyed by Tuesday’s fire. The move will split both schools into different sites.KLA students resume classes today, Thursday, Nov. 5, at Yuut Elitnaurviat, also known as The Peoples’ Learning Center. There will also be classes held at the UAF- Kuskokwim Campus.KLA, as the school is commonly known, is an alternative school for students from throughout the Lower Kuskokwim School District. KLA boarding students are now being housed at the Yuut Yukon Dormitory.Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik immersion students will resume school on Monday, Nov. 9. Those classes will be held at the LKSD district office for kindergarten through third grades. Grades four through six will be taught at the Gladys Jung Elementary. The district says it will send parents additional information about schedules and specific locations.According to a press release from LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker, these arrangements are temporary until a long-term solution is announced for the second semester. Walker says he hopes they will announce a long-term plan in the next few weeks.last_img read more

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Nintendo 3DS wont harm childrens eyes after all

first_imgHere at Geek, we’re all anxiously awaiting Nintendo‘s next handheld console, the 3DS, but recent reports have dampened our enthusiasm somewhat, between claims that the 3DS’ battery life is only 3 to 5 hours and Nintendo Japan’s warning that the 3DS might actually be dangerous to the visual development of children.Now Nintendo’s recanting their warning that children under the age of six could have the development of their vision retarded by playing the 3DS for long periods of time. Now they say that, despite their warning, the product’s not dangerous to anyone. Whuh?According to Nintendo, the warning is just an issue of being proactive and avoiding any potential lawsuits: they don’t have any evidence that the 3DS will harm the eyes of children. Wait a second, though… if you warn people that the 3DS people can harm kid’s eyes, then say not to take that warning seriously, aren’t you sort of obviating the legal protection such a warning might afford?Either way, Nintendo expects the 3DS to sell like gang busters: according to reports, Nintendo expects to sell up to 4 million 3DSes by the end of March, which implies an early March launch in America and Europe.Read more at Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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Evaluation of ThirdParty Cookie Policies reveals a lineup of neverseen currently unblockable

first_imgIdentifying and authenticating users on the web is a cakewalk, thanks to the use of HTTP cookies. They allow website developers to store user’s website preferences or authentication tokens in the browsers. On the other hand, users can remain logged into a website without the need to re-enter their credentials again and again. Win-Win situation for everybody, right? Hold your horses. Due to the ever-evolving web, the way these cookies are implemented leave some space for hackers to perform intrusive attacks. Exploiting this domain, researchers at Belgium’s Catholic University in Leuven bagged the Distinguished Paper prize this year at the Usenix Security Conference for their award-winning presentation on, “Who Left Open the Cookie Jar? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Third-Party Cookie Policies”. How did the team discover these web security loopholes? The authors managed to reveal an array of surprisingly devastating and never-seen-before tracking techniques. These techniques were to identify web-users who were using privacy tools that were supplied by browser-vendors and also third-party tracking-blocking tools. They tested a total of 7 browsers and 46 browser extensions. The tracking techniques used  Appcache API; “lesser-known HTML tags”; the Location response-header; various redirects; Javascript in PDF tables, Javascript’s location.href property; and various service workers to track users across various sites. These techniques managed to bypass the privacy protection settings of the stock browser privacy protections. Apart from that, they also managed to fiddle with the latest privacy settings of Firefox. The techniques were advanced enough to work against popular cookie-blocking/ad-blocking/script-blocking browser extensions. Thankfully, there are no real-world concerns about these techniques being exploited. The researchers tipped off the browser vendors before they went public. This should stand as a lesson for browsers to be better equipped to defend against these tactics.  But until then, we’re all vulnerable to websites using these tactics to track virtually everywhere! Here is a snapshot of the results that the team came across: Source: wholeftopenthecookiejar.eu Exploits and their Countermeasures as explored by the Researchers The team has not only come up with a list of 10 exploits but also have suggested measures to combat them. Here is the list, in brief, to give you a short gist- #1 Bypasses for the Opera AdBlocker discovered While the built-in ad blocker is enabled, the team discovered that requests to cross-site blacklisted domains can still be sent using various mechanisms in Opera. #2 Various bypasses discovered for the same-site cookie policy in Edge The same-site cookie policy implemented by Edge can be bypassed in multiple ways. #3 The option to block third-party cookies in Safari 10 does not exclude cookies set in the first-party context from future cross-site requests In Safari 10 when users enable “allow cookies from the current website only”, cookies that are set in a first-party context are still included in cross-site requests. Safari blocks only the setting of cookies and not the sending of cookies. #4 Enabling the option to block third-party cookies in Edge has no effect Even when users enable the option to block third-party cookies in Edge, they are still included in all requests. #5 The option to block third-party cookies can be bypassed in Chromium through PDF files JavaScript embedded in PDF files can be used to send GET or POST requests to a cross-site domain. In Chromium, this bypasses the option to block third-party cookies. Affected Browsers are Chrome and Opera. #6 Cross-site requests initiated by PDF files bypass the WebExtentension API provided by Chromium Researchers found that extensions such as ad blockers or privacy extensions cannot intercept requests initiated by PDF files that are opened in Chrome or Opera through the WebExtension API. #7 Bypasses for the Firefox Tracking Protection discovered Firefox Tracking Protection can be bypassed easily by various mechanisms. Cross-site requests directed at blacklisted domains can be sent while this counter measurement is enabled. #8 Requests initiated by the AppCache API are not easily distinguished from requests initiated by browser background processes. Once again, in the Firefox browser, It is posing to be a difficult task for extension developers to distinguish requests initiated by the browsers background processes from requests initiated by websites. #9 Requests to fetch the favicon are not interceptable by Firefox extensions Looks like Firefox had a lot to fix in its extensions, as they were not able to intercept (cross-site) requests to fetch the favicon through the WebExtension API. But this stands fixed right on time. #10 Same-site cookie policy bypass discovered in Chromium Prerender functionality can be leveraged to initiate cross-site requests. This can be done including same-site cookies assigned the value strict. This bug was not detected anymore for multiple versions starting from Chrome 62, however, the bug returned in Chrome 66, 67 and 68. You can read the entire catalog to understand how your cookies are at stake (pun intended). The browser vendors have been made aware of these bugs and solutions have been proposed to rectify browser API’s and tools to deal with these exploits. Along with the aforementioned reports, wholeftopenthecookiejar.eu includes a breakdown of every test that researchers carried out against each of the 7 browsers, 46 extensions, and what version. You can read the paper presented by Gertjan Franken, Tom Van Goethem and Wouter Joosen for an inside view of why they won the award and we are sure you will agree with the same! Read Next 10 great tools to stay completely anonymous online Mozilla’s new Firefox DNS security updates spark privacy hue and cry Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018last_img read more

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Qantas decision to cutout TA creates real opportunity Kenne

first_imgThe Australian flag carrier has created a “real opportunity” to trying something new, according to The Hon Jeff Kennett, Following the carrier’s announcement to suspend marketing ties with Tourism Australia over suspected sabotage, Mr Kennett told delegates at the Australian Tourism Export Council’s annual conference in Sydney last week, the airline now had the chance to utilise its marketing funds in something new and out of the norm.Although withdrawing its share of the joint three-year $44 million marketing agreement with Tourism Australia, Qantas assured it will not take one dollar out of marketing or the promotion of Australia.   Mr Kennett said the decision had the potential to create flexibility in the industry, opening up an avenue for another body to promote the destination on an international scale.“What we’ve done in past is not simply going to work in the future,” he explained. “And whatever the reason for Qantas to come to this point, now is the time to reflect and think whether we can’t do more as an industry group and whether we can’t do more in terms of more specific and targeted marketing.”Meanwhile, last week the Tourism Australia board convened to discuss Qantas’ decision. According to the board, the bureau’s chairman and former Qantas chief executive, Mr Dixon has and will continue to “absent himself from all matters relating to the Qantas Group”.Although Qantas is yet to respond, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline has had talks with the tourist bureau since the announcement to help “fill the gaps” left by the Australian flag carrier.Mr Borghetti said Virgin was looking to double its funding to $12 million over three years for marketing campaigns, The Brisbane Times reported. “It is good that Australia now has a second carrier [because] we can step in and fill the gaps if any gaps arise,” he added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_imgAny chance that the Big Red Rage might have yielded the big clue we’re all searching for? That is, if we’re looking to employ our Draft Doppler and forecast the name the Cardinals will submit for their first round pick? Okay, here we go with our 7-Day Forecast…err, #7-Pick overall. See, during the radio show, when I asked GM Steve Keim if this year’s draft class is indeed as deep in offensive linemen as advertised? Keim replied that the Cards scouting staff had just finished discussing that exact position group earlier that same day. “It is a good group,” Keim nodded. “From top to bottom. There are guys who are going to go in the first round that I think are going to have tremendous success. I think there are going to be guys you can find in rounds three through six who are going to be good quality NFL starters.” Ding! Here in the war room weather center, it’s that comment about offensive line depth that just resulted in red and yellow imagery all over our storm tracker map. Hence, here’s our Paulie Projection guaranteed forecast, replete with multiple IFs: If the big three OTs are indeed all off the board by the seventh pick, and if Keim is indeed genuine in his expressed on-air belief that the 2013 draft is mega-deep in offensive linemen (a position Keim knows well as a former All-ACC guard) and if a big-time pass rusher is still on the board? If that all comes together, then our Thursday night forecast affixes a smiling yellow sun graphic right next to — Dion Jordan, the outside linebacker from Oregon. But, ya know what? Bring an umbrella, just in case. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgThe Peninsula Hotels announced the appointment of Mark Kobayashi as its new Vice President of Marketing reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, effective on 27 March 2017. Mark will relocate to the company’s Hong Kong headquarter from Tokyo, where he has held the role as Director of Marketing, Japan, for The Peninsula Hotels.Mark began his career with The Peninsula Hotels in October 2006, when he joined The Peninsula Tokyo as Director of Public Relations and formed a key part of the hotel’s opening team. Having been instrumental in developing the brand and positioning of The Peninsula Tokyo, both locally and internationally, he was promoted to Regional Director of Communications, Japan, in 2012. Three years later, he became Director of Marketing, Japan, and was responsible for The Peninsula’s marketing, sales, revenue management, rooms reservation, digital marketing, public relations, brand communications, bridal and conference services initiatives in the country.Japanese-American-born, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, World Politics and Economics from the University of California, Davis, He began his career as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Office of Pete Wilson, Governor of California. In 1998, he relocated to Japan and joined a Japanese public relations firm, thereafter becoming Marketing Communications Manager at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Tokyo. In 2003, Mark entered the hospitality industry as Director of Marketing Communications and opening team member of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, and later worked as Director of Marketing at Bals Corporation, Japan’s leading interior furnishing company.The Peninsula Hotels is also pleased to announce the appointment of Carson Glover as its new Director of Global Communications reporting to the Vice President of Marketing, effective on 27 February 2017. Carson joins The Peninsula Hotels from Tiffany & Co., where he worked at the company’s headquarters in New York since 2008, most recently holding the position of Senior/Group Director, Global Public Relations and Communications.Carson has developed a strong career record in public relations and communications, specialising in luxury retail. He has designed several brand partnership programmes and directed innovative marketing, communications and events initiatives that have positioned Tiffany as a highly coveted purveyor of bespoke luxury jewellery. This proven global expertise means he is well positioned to help further develop and promote The Peninsula brand in both its core and emerging markets.Carson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a major in Political Science and a minor in Art History. He began his career by working at marketing communications agencies in New York, and in 2003 joined J. Walter Thompson as Associate Director/Public Affairs for the Diamond Information Center, working on behalf of the Diamond Trading Company, the sales and marketing arm of De Beers. During his time there, he was appointed to the role of Spokesperson for the World Diamond Council. He later joined Harry Winston, Inc., as Corporate Communications Director.last_img read more

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first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 1:36 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A confident Elton John kicks off farewell tour with flair Elton John performs in concert during the opening night of his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour” at the PPL Center on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) center_img PHILADELPHIA – After 90 minutes of nonstop singing and piano playing — which had the audience on their feet and desperately waiting for more — Elton John returned to the stage dramatically, and epically.There was the sound of loud thunderstorms, dark blue, smoky lights surrounding the arena, and a grand, candle-lit chandelier on the large screen — all while music in the vein of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” played in the background.A strong light beamed from the ceiling to John’s piano as if he were Batman. After all, his performance was heroic.The Rocket Man, who kicked off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour about 60 miles from Philadelphia on Saturday, sang like a confident, electrified pro in the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday. It was the second show on his 300-date tour set to reach five continents, stretching into 2021. He will retire from the road after the shows.John’s custom Gucci blazer was covered with pink flowers and green stems — which matched his pink shoes and green glasses with rhinestones — when he emerged to sing again, as his piano smoothly moved from one end of the stage to the centre.His performance throughout the night was so rousing that concertgoers, ranging from thirtysomethings to people about John’s age (he’s 71), reacted in various ways: Some recorded every moment with their cellphones like anxious teenagers, while others danced without a care, yelled every lyric and played the air-piano. Others calmly took in the energy from their seats — after all, it was a school/work night.The nearly three-hour concert began with “Bennie and the Jets,” as John pounded away at the piano and took in a long applause at the song’s end. He was backed by an equally talented six-member band at the Wells Fargo Center and said Tuesday’s show marked an anniversary: he first played in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 1970.“There’s been one common denominator throughout (my musical) journey — you guys out there,” he said to the fans. “You bought the singles, the albums, the 8-track, the cassette, the CD, the DVD, the merchandise, but most of all, you bought the tickets to the shows.”“You have no idea how much I love to play live,” he continued. “Ten years ago, if you said I would be doing a farewell tour, I would have said you put acid in my drink.”The Oscar, Grammy and Tony winner performed two dozen songs, including classics like “Your Song,” ”Tiny Dancer,” ”Rocket Man,” ”Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting),” ”Candle In the Wind” and “I’m Still Standing.”He wore a black tailcoat blazer with shiny gold lines and red glasses with rhinestones. The earring in his right ear would put even a fancy wedding ring to shame.John didn’t speak much throughout the night — quickly jumping from song to song. He did give a shout-out to Bernie Taupin, his writing partner of 50 years who was sitting in the audience. When he sang “Border Song,” which was covered by Aretha Franklin, John said he wanted to honour those who had a profound impact on his life, including musicians, politicians, athletes and everyday people. The Queen of Soul, Nelson Mandela, Nina Simone and Stephen Hawking were among the famous faces that appeared on the screen. A photo of John and his grandmother closed the performance.The performer also highlighted the success of his Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying he started the organization after getting sober in 1990 and realizing he “hadn’t done enough to address the AIDS epidemic during its terrifying rise in the 1980s.”“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined how far it would grow,” he said of the foundation, which John said has raised $400 million and reached 100 million people.“And if there’s one thing I learned in my life, it’s about the extraordinary healing power of love and compassion and caring.”He closed the concert with “Goodbye to Yellow Brick Road,” this time in a robe and heart-shaped glasses. John took off the robe to reveal his tracksuit, ascending into a secret-like door above the stage. Just like a superhero.last_img read more

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