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Video What The French Owe To Moroccan Soldiers in WWII

Rabat – French-Moroccan alliances have been in place for centuries. Fully independent since 1955, Morocco was a French protectorate  for nearly 44 years.As a tribute of remembrance and appreciation, the French honored those brave Moroccan veterans and fallen soldiers who freed Corsica from the Nazis over 72 years ago.What the French owe to Moroccan “goumiers” in World War II cannot fade from memory or the rich history of France and Morocco. The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Corsica was celebrated in 2013 when the French honored the surviving Moroccan soldiers. The ceremonial day was made into a documentary.The documentary was directed by France2. Memorable clips have been uploaded online, which have now surfaced to remind us that Muslims and Christians have defended and died for each other.More than 6,000 Moroccan soldiers of the French colonial army left the other side of the Mediterranean Sea to liberate Corsica from the Nazi occupation on October 4, 1943.According to the documentary, only about 808 Moroccan soldiers remain alive from that glorious period.Elderly men today and wearing Moroccan djellaba, four “goumiers” were flown to Corsica and stood on the same spot where they once fought to free the territory. This was their first time back on the island since 1943.The documentary began with a trip to Casablanca to visit with the veteran. French and Moroccan students shared fantastic stories with the “goumiers,” who are in their 90s, maybe even close to 100 years old.The Moroccan veterans were taken to Rabat where they met with Kader Arif, French Minister Delegate of Defense.The decorated soldiers traveled to Corsica onboard the private plane of French President François Hollande in a gesture of respect and recognition.While in Corsica, the men recounted, with great enthusiasm, what they went through during the liberation of the island in 1943.They were then taken to the Thegime Memorial, which pays tribute to the sacrifice of the thousands of fallen Moroccans who fought the occupation.The honors of the French Republic were given to these Moroccan heroes, where the flags of both countries waved proud in the air together.The mountainous Mediterranean island became the first part of the French territory freed from German occupation thanks to the brave “goumiers” who risked their lives.The symbolic tombs of 47 Moroccan Muslim soldiers and one Christian commander lie in Corsica as legendary tribute of what Morocco did for the liberation of France.Nowadays, both countries share more than the use of the French language and a profound history. They remain trade and tourism partners and both governments remain amicable and in cooperation. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,702.69, up 100.37 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 21 cents, or 1.99 per cent, to $10.34 on 29.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down 14 cents, or one per cent, to $14.07 on 16.4 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 37 cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $49.45 on 9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up eight cents, or 0.39 per cent, to $20.77 on 8.8 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Health care. Down $1.87, or 6.12 per cent, to $28.70 on 6.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up two cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $1.93 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting:WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Up 74 cents, or 3.7 per cent, to $20.94. WestJet says strong demand, higher-paying passengers and its new ultra-low-cost subsidiary will bolster revenue in 2019 as the company continues its transition from regional airline to international player. But its profits fell 39 per cent in the fourth-quarter from a year ago amid surging jet fuel prices. Passenger revenue grew seven per cent last quarter compared to the same period a year earlier, but fuel costs rose 21 per cent to $304.9 million, WestJet said, cancelling out some of the gains. WestJet earned $29.2 million in the fourth quarter, down from $47.8 million in the same period a year earlier. Revenue totalled $1.19 billion.Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS). Up $4.75 to $65.75. Domtar shares rose nearly eight per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the company released earnings results and a positive outlook. The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, says it had net earnings of $87 million or $1.38 per share for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, compared with net loss of $386 million or $6.16 per share for the fourth quarter in 2017. Adjusted net earnings worked out to $103 million or $1.63 per share for the quarter, in line with analyst expectations according to Thomson Reuters Eikon, and up from $40 million or 64 cents per share for the fourth quarter a year earlier. read more

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Transport of energy across borders requires collective effort – UN official

24 April 2009International cooperation is crucial for a reliable supply of energy across national borders, whether through gas and oil pipelines or other means, a top United Nations development official said today. “Overcoming the barriers to reliable and stable energy transit requires a collective response that is practical, takes into account the needs of all affected countries, and draws on our collective expertise,” Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at a conference on the issue in Turkmenistan. “Overcoming the barriers to reliable and stable energy transit requires a collective response that is practical, takes into account the needs of all affected countries, and draws on our collective expertise,” Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, said at a conference on the issue in Turkmenistan. Mr. Sha is representing the Secretary-General at the conference, which follows up on a General Assembly resolution on “Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy and its Role in Ensuring Sustainable Development and International Cooperation.”Stable means of energy transport is of mutual benefit to many countries, he said. Importing countries, he said, need to feel secure that their access to energy will not be disrupted abruptly. Similarly, exporting countries want to feel secure that there will be no abrupt disruptions in their incomes.However, for developing countries, reliable energy transit requires investment in infrastructure, and attracting adequate capital requires proper governance, appropriate policies and creation of efficient markets. In addition, he said, it is important to keep in mind that the ultimate goal of energy transit, whether for trade or consumption, is to ensure continued progress towards sustainable development.“Effective energy sector governance can help stimulate investment not only in energy transit infrastructure, but also in energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner energy technologies,” Mr. Sha stressed. The establishment of common and transparent rules in operation of energy markets can play an important role in this regard, he said.Stable means of energy transport is of mutual benefit to many countries, he said. Importing countries, he said, need to feel secure that their access to energy will not be disrupted abruptly. Similarly, exporting countries want to feel secure that there will be no abrupt disruptions in their incomes.However, for developing countries, reliable energy transit requires investment in infrastructure, and attracting adequate capital requires proper governance, appropriate policies and creation of efficient markets. In addition, he said, it is important to keep in mind that the ultimate goal of energy transit, whether for trade or consumption, is to ensure continued progress towards sustainable development.“Effective energy sector governance can help stimulate investment not only in energy transit infrastructure, but also in energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner energy technologies,” Mr. Sha stressed. The establishment of common and transparent rules in operation of energy markets can play an important role in this regard, he said. read more

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10 things every student should know when coming to Brock

It’s back to school time and here’s 10 quintessential things every Brock University student needs to know.1 – Keep Track of Important DatesThe Fall Term begins on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Residence Move In Day is Sunday, Sept. 4 and Orientation happens on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Here are some other important dates to remember:2 – Download the Brock Mobile AppBrock’s app will help you with everything from keeping track of upcoming events to searching for text books and following social media. It’s a must-have for every Badger.3 – Get a Brock CardYour Brock Card – student ID – is an all-access pass to everything Brock University. Use it to ride the bus and workout at The Zone. You can also load it with cash and use it to buy food on campus. The Brock Card office is located in Market Hall.4 – Get to Know How to Get AroundTransit schedules have changed this year so make sure you get familiar with the bus schedule here. In partnership with the Brock University Students’ Union, St. Catharines Taxi will be providing students with flat rate taxi rides around the Niagara region.5 – Gear Up with School Swag and Campus Store DealsWant to show your Badger pride and dress the part? Visit the Brock Campus Store, which offers extended back-to-school hours this week and plenty of deals. The Campus Store is offering Campus Cash, for every $100 you spend on textbooks, you get $5 in Campus Cash to use at the store. The Campus Store has special back-to-school hours:6 – Find Out About ParkingBringing your car to campus? You have choices. Parking permits are available at the Parking Services office or you can pay when you park in various lots on campus. Click here to find out all you need to know about parking.7 – Prep Your DevicesStudents have access to Microsoft Office ProPlus 365 at no cost so make sure you get your computers and devices ready for school by clicking here.8 – Go To Faculty OrientationFamiliarize yourself with your faculty and meet fellow Badgers at the faculty orientations on Sept. 6: 9 – Take Advantage of Free TicketsThere are a limited number of free student tickets for the Sept. 16 Homecoming Tailgate Party and Steel Blade hockey game up for grabs on Sept. 12 at the Walker Welcome Desk. Want to catch another game? There are free student tickets available for all Brock’s varsity games.10 – Be Part of the Fun and TraditionsThroughout the year, there are plenty of events and activities taking place for Brock students to enjoy. From the annual Grape Stomp to this year’s O-Week activities and concerts, there’s something for everyone. Make sure to check experiencebu.brocku.ca on a regular basis for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. read more

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Prahalis 25 points not enough to propel Buckeyes to victory

When the Michigan women’s basketball team (13-8, 6-2) defeated Ohio State (13-7, 4-4) on Dec. 30, the Wolverines benefited from a 1-for-13 shooting performance from OSU junior guard Samantha Prahalis. Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center, the Wolverines weren’t as fortunate — however, they were still victorious. Prahalis connected on her first seven shots of the night, five of which were 3-pointers. But her 25-point, six-assist performance wasn’t enough for the Buckeyes, as they fell to Michigan 69-66 in a game that may have come down to last-minute free throws. “I give (Michigan) a lot of credit. They played very well,” OSU coach Jim Foster said following his team’s second loss to Michigan this season. “They executed. We didn’t.” Not having missed a shot in the first half, Prahalis connected on a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt at the end of the first half to give OSU a 46-33 lead. Prahalis’ perfect first half, in which she scored 19 points, helped the Buckeyes weather a barrage of Wolverine 3-pointers, as Michigan connected on eight of its first 12 shots from beyond the arc. “I just got in a good rhythm,” Prahalis said. “I just was a little hot tonight and just found a good rhythm.” Though Michigan couldn’t find a way to slow down Prahalis, foul trouble did. OSU’s leading scorer picked up her third foul with 16 minutes remaining in the game and the Buckeyes up by 12 points. With Prahalis saddled onto the bench, the Wolverines cut OSU’s lead down to as few as five points before Prahalis returned with 10 minutes remaining. “She is our point guard, and she makes the ball move,” Foster said. “She’s got to understand fouls. A silly foul can be costly down the road.” Even with Prahalis back in the game, the Buckeyes struggled to extend their lead, as Michigan’s Rachel Sheffer’s 3-point shot with a minute remaining in the game cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one point. After a missed jumper by Prahalis, Sheffer connected on two free throws to give Michigan a 67-66 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Sheffer finished the game with a team-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Wolverines. After an OSU timeout, Prahalis came up short on another jumper. However, senior guard Alison Jackson grabbed the rebound and was fouled on a put-back attempt. With the chance to tie the game with one basket, or take the lead with two, Jackson stepped to the line for her two free throws. She missed both. OSU senior guard Brittany Johnson added 14 points for the Buckeyes, and senior center Jantel Lavender scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Lavender’s ninth rebound of the game made her the Big Ten’s career leader in rebounds. “It’s awesome that it hasn’t been broken in 26 years,” Lavender said. “I just rebound hard and try to get every rebound.” OSU’s loss Thursday snapped a three-conference-game winning streak for the six-time defending Big Ten champions. The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State at 2 p.m. Sunday. “We’ve got to have some of these young players continue to progress and understand that one game is not the next,” Foster said. “What you have to do in one game, you might have to do something else the next time you’re out there.” read more

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Giant planet beyond Solar System hot enough to boil iron

first_img“When we pointed Hubble at WASP-121b, we saw glowing water molecules, implying that the planet has a strong stratosphere.”WASP-121b is a “hot Jupiter” gas giant that hugs its star so closely one of its years lasts 1.3 days on Earth.The top of its atmosphere is heated to a blazing 2,500C (4,532F), the point at which iron exists as a gas rather than a solid.The research is published in the latest issue of the journal Nature. The radiation was in the form of infrared light indivisible to the human eye which was picked up by the Hubble Space Telescope.Lead researcher Dr Tom Evans, from the University of Exeter, said: “Theoretical models have suggested that stratospheres may define a special class of ultra-hot exoplanets, with important implications for the atmospheric physics and chemistry. A huge planet beyond the solar system has an upper atmosphere hot enough to boil iron, scientists have discovered.The international team identified glowing water molecules in the stratosphere of the exoplanet WASP-121b, which is 900 light years from Earth.Water vapour in a planet’s atmosphere behaves in predictable ways depending on its temperature.While cool water vapour blocks specific wavelengths of light, vapour at higher temperatures causes them to “glow”.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Poll Do you think the government will be successful in this round

first_img No (1317) I don’t know (1301) Poll Results: YesNoI don’t knowVotecenter_img THE GOVERNMENT WILL resume talks today with public sector unions in hopes of reaching a deal on an extension of the Croke Park Agreement.Cuts to overtime pay for weekends and nights as well as a proposal to lengthen the working day will all be on the table as the government looks to make savings of around €170 million.Bodies representing gardaí of all levels have already withdrawn from the talks and will not be returning though the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association has said it will join talks, despite tension over the Graduate Nursing Scheme.The government appears to be sticking to its plans despite opposition from unions but associations representing gardaí in particular are adamant that they will not negotiate any deal that includes pay cuts.We want to know: Do you think the government will be successful in achieving a deal to save €170 million in this round of talks? Yes (265)last_img read more

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Michelle Obama Takes NORAD Santa Phone Calls

first_imgYou’d think that the Obama family would be doing all right financially these days, without Michelle having to pick up a night job. The First Lady was on the phones yesterday, however, taking calls for NORAD as part of the missile defense system’s 55 year tradition of Christmas Eve Santa tracking.Obama took calls for about 40 minutes yesterday at Peterson Air Force Base, while her presidential husband took their daughters to the Beach. Obama’s participation marks the first time a First Lady has pitched in for NORAD’s annual event. Her presence took most callers by surprise.AdChoices广告One ten-year-old caller took the opportunity to ask the First Lady about her husband. “He’s a pretty good guy,” she told the young caller. “I mean, it’s a tough job and sometimes you want to do everything you can to help him, but it’s pretty easy being married to him. He’s kind of funny – fun to hang out with.”last_img read more

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Steve Jobs introduces the HUMANCENTiPAD in South Park season premiere

first_imgIt’s just about time for everyone’s favorite obscene cartoon to grace us with its season premiere. The first episode of the 15th season of South Park will air tonight and will feature the man himself, Steve Jobs. The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have mixed Jobs’ characteristic product release announcements with the cringe-worthy horror flick The Human Centipede to create a new “revolutionary” product.For those of you who haven’t seen or even heard of The Human Centipede, it entails a crazy German scientist sewing three people together to form the creature in the title. Parker and Stone show Jobs announcing a new product that will “once again revolutionize the way we use our phones and tablet devices.” Enter, the HUMANCENTiPAD.AdChoices广告Comedy Central said in a press release that Kyle becomes “intimately” involved with the new Apple product’s development. The video below, though somewhat NSFW, shows Kyle attached to two other people (presumably Apple employees?) in a rear-to-mouth chain with the iPad at one end and the iPhone at the other. Kyle is unfortunately in the middle.Cartman, on the other hand, is upset that he doesn’t even own the first iPad, and blames his mother for that.The season premiere will air tonight, April 27 at 10 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.via BusinessInsiderlast_img read more

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Kittys In North Reading Closed Until Further Notice After Salmonella Outbreak

first_imgNORTH READING, MA — The North Reading Board of Health is investigating several complaints from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding a possible salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s Restaurant.On July 3, 2018, the North Reading Board of Health received complaints from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health about a salmonella outbreak that was believed to have occurred at Kitty’s Restaurant on June 23, 2018. Thirty nine people filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Of those complaints, there were nine confirmed cases of salmonella, and an additional thirty suspected illness of salmonella.The food suspected to be contaminated was narrowed down to the antipasto salad. The Board of Health conducted its initial investigation on July 3, 2018, working with the restaurant owners to try to determine how the food was contaminated. The investigation included determining the source of the food, how the food was prepared, who prepared it, how it was served, and who it was served to.On July 5, 2018, after receiving additional information regarding potential illnesses associated with visits on June 25th, the Board of Health recommended that Kitty’s management close the restaurant in order to conduct a full cleaning and sanitization of the building. The Board of Health, working with the State Division of Epidemiology and Immunization, also provided information and guidance to Kitty’s management to test forty six employees who may have been working during the outbreak. All tested employees must be cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health before being able to return to work.On July 6, 2018, Kitty’s was allowed to re-open after the facility received a comprehensive cleaning under the direction and guidance of the North Reading Board of Health.Then due to additional information received by the Health Department, Kitty’s Restaurant was ordered closed again until further notice while the Health Department continues an investigation relative to food borne illness.The North Reading Health Department will continue to work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization on this matter.If anyone has any questions or concerns relating to this matter, please contact the North Reading Board of Health at 978-357-5242.(NOTE: The above information is from the North Reading Board of Health.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

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Political Roundup Takeaways From The Democratic Debates And Bail Reform Lawsuit Settlement

first_imgFrom what happened in last night’s Democratic presidential debate, to what’s in store for tonight’s second part of the debate, to the settlement of the bail reform lawsuit against Harris County, we discuss those stories and other developments in city, state, and national politics.In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder and Jon Taylor of the UT-San Antonio. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /20:54 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Starcraft 2 remotecontrolled siege tank made from Lego bricks

first_imgIt’s not the most powerful vehicle in the Starcraft universe; it’s not even the most powerful Terran vehicle that you can build, but it’s definitely one of the coolest. The siege tank is a staple in several build strats because it can be used for area denial and to keep your bases safe from approaching ground attackers, but it also can be used as an offensive weapon that can rain down hot death on your enemies if you get them close to their bases.Now, an intrepid Starcraft fan has built one entirely from Lego bricks. It’s small, but it’s remote controlled, and can switch modes at the touch of a button. YouTube user petzoldhaus – better known as Marky Mark’s Lego Creations – assembled this beautiful, working siege tank and put the video up at YouTube and at Team Liquid for the Starcraft-loving world to enjoy.The tank has four separate motors and two actuators. It’s fully mobile, and can drive forward, in reverse, and turn around corners. The only thing missing (aside from firing actual shells, of course) is the tank commander’s voice shouting “I’m about to drop the hammer and dispense some indiscriminate justice!” The Lego version does, however, make all the right sounds when it transforms from tank mode to artillery mode and back again.The project seems to be the first for petzoldhaus, all of his other YouTube videos mostly involve spending time outdoors, feeding wildlife, and going skydiving. Not boring by any stretch, but certainly not a Lego siege tank.via YouTube and Team Liquidlast_img read more

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Microsoft reveals how it determines the severity of security bugs

first_imgMicrosoft reveals how it determines the severity of security bugs by Martin Brinkmann on September 11, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: September 11, 2018 – 2 commentsMicrosoft published two security-related documents recently that describe how the company determines the severity level of vulnerabilities and how it decides when to release the updates.The first document, Microsoft Vulnerability Severity Classification for Windows, lists information that Microsoft’s Security Response Center uses to classify the severity of security issues disclosed to the company or found by company employees.Microsoft distinguishes between server and client systems, and classifies vulnerabilities accordingly.Certain vulnerability or attack characteristics may lead to higher or lower severity ratings.Client versions of WindowsCritical — Vulnerabilities that can be exploited without warnings or prompts. Examples include remote elevation of privileges exploits that allow attackers to write to the file system, or execute arbitrary code without user interaction.Important — The main distinguishing factor between critical and important severity ratings is that important vulnerabilities are exploited with warnings or prompts, or via extensive actions without prompt. Examples include local escalation of privilege exploits or the execution of arbitrary code that requires extensive user action.Moderate — Moderate vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to retrieve information from systems, e.g. through non-encrypted connections or spoofing. Also includes some denial of service attacks.Low — The lowest severity rating includes attacks that are temporary in nature, e.g. Denial of Service or modifying data that does not persist across sessions.Server versions of WindowsCritical — Server vulnerabilities such as network worms that compromise the server. Exampls include unauthorized file access and SQL injection attacks.Important — Vulnerabilities such as denial of service attacks or elevation of privileges attacks that are non-default or for which mitigations exist that can prevent critical scenarios.Moderate — Vulnerabilities that usually require specific scenarios, specific locations, or other prerequisites.Low — Information disclosure and tampering that are specific or not targeted.Microsoft Security Servicing Criteria for WindowsMicrosoft revealed in a second document how it determines when to publish security updates for vulnerabilities.Windows users and administrators know that Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month and that is the most common time for the release. Some security updates need to be released immediately instead; that is the case for vulnerabilities that are exploited actively and on scale. Other security updates may not get released immediately or during Patch Tuesday as they are postponed to the next feature update for a particular version of Windows.Microsoft Security Servicing Criteria for Windows details the process of determining when to release patches. Two questions are very important when it comes to that:Does the vulnerability violate the goal or intent of a security boundary or a security feature?Does the severity of the vulnerability meet the bar for servicing?Microsoft creates security updates for vulnerabilities if the answer to both questions is yes. If at least one answer is no, Microsoft may postpone the update to the next version or release of Windows.The document provides information on security boundaries, features, and defense-in-depth security features as well.Security Boundary — A security boundary provides a logical separation between the code and data of security domains with different levels of trustSecurity Features — Security features build upon security boundaries to provide robust protection against specific threats.Defense-in-depth security features — In some cases, a security feature may provide protection against a threat without being able to provide a robust defense. These security features are typically referred to as defense-in-depth features or mitigations because they provide additional security but may have by design limitations that prevent them from fully mitigating a threatClosing WordsThe two published documents shed some light on the severity rating scheme that Microsoft uses to classify vulnerabilities and how the company determines when to produce security updates for issues and when to push security updates to newer versions of Windows. (via Günter Born)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft reveals how it determines the severity of security bugsDescriptionMicrosoft published two security-related documents recently that describe how the company determines the severity level of vulnerabilities and how it decides when to release the updates.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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House panel OKs bill punishing State over Benghazi response

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “The proposed 15 percent cut to the State Department’s operating funds if officials don’t feed the sham investigation of Benghazi is simply atrocious,” Lowey said.Jamal Ware, a spokesman for the Republicans on the Benghazi panel, asked: “What is it exactly they are afraid the people will find? All this provision does is withhold some non-security related funds until State Department implements a plan to assure policy decisions are transparent to the public.”Earnest said the move to withhold funding called into question the sincerity of Republicans who have called for additional security at U.S. outposts in the wake of the Benghazi attacks. He said it was hard to believe that cutting such a substantial chunk of State Department funding wouldn’t undermine security at embassies.State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said a 15 percent cut “would be counterproductive and would only further constrain the resources that we need (to meet) these growing increases in requests over recent years,” citing the FOIA and congressional requests.The bill provides money for embassy security and assistance to countries, including Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine. It also funds democracy programs; international broadcasting; and Central America’s efforts to address the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have come to the United States during the past year. It also states that the Palestinian Authority will not receive economic aid if it continues to pursue unilateral efforts at the United Nations and other international organization outside of a negotiated peace agreement with Israel. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ___Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor, Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.The $47.8 billion bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 also restricts funds to set up a diplomatic presence in Cuba — a setback to the Obama administration’s effort to thaw relations with the communist state after a half century. The Republican-led Appropriations Committee approved the bill by voice vote. Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The provisions are just the latest salvo as newly-empowered Republicans try to use their power over the federal purse to challenge President Barack Obama on the environment, health care, regulation of the Internet, and abortion — just for starters. As the same time a battle is ongoing between the White House, its Democratic allies and Republicans controlling Congress that’s about to come to a head next week with a Senate filibuster of a half trillion-plus Pentagon funding bill approved by a Senate panel on Thursday.Democrats are trying to jump-start a budget summit aimed at swapping longer-term budget cuts and new revenues to provide relief for domestic agencies hit by returning budget cuts known as sequestration. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he’d welcome a call to start a budget summit — rather than reams of veto threats and position papers — but he’s yet to hear directly from Obama about one.Responding to Boehner, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House would engage in the spending process in a supporting role, but said it was up to lawmakers to negotiate.“Ultimately, this is something that the Congress must resolve,” he said. The House foreign aid bill withholds nearly $700 million — or 15 percent of the department’s operational funds — until it develops and implements a plan to reduce a backlog of Freedom of Information Act and congressional requests. The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and other Republicans have complained that the State Department has delayed providing emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and some of her top staffers.Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, used a personal server and email address while she was secretary of state. The department says it has provided more than 40,000 pages of documents, some 300 emails and has provided interviews with people with knowledge about the 2012 attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.Under a judge’s order, the department must release batches of Clinton’s email correspondence every 30 days starting June 30, a process that would encompass 55,000 pages of emails sent from the personal email address that Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee that handles State Department spending, tried unsuccessfully to remove the punitive provision from the bill, but her amendment failed.last_img read more

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A day in Mumbai

first_imgSpending a day at one of the most popular city in India i:e Mumbai is a thrilling experience. Meet with one of India’s most visionary businessmen, play cricket in a local park and travel to school with children from a Mumbai slum.Source: BBClast_img

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Senior Home Equity Went Up 30B in Q4 NRMLA

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Senior home equity went up by $30 billion in the fourth quarter last year, leaving senior homeowners to account for $3.22 trillion in equity, according to a recent report.[IMAGE]The “”National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association””:http://www.nrmlaonline.org/ (NRMLA) collaborated with “”Risk Span””:http://riskspan.com/ to release the Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI).[COLUMN_BREAK]The results? The reverse mortgage market is stabilizing, according to the index, which registered 153.48 in the fourth quarter, up 0.9 percent from the third quarter.The group attributed increases to senior housing values, which went up by 0.6 percent, alongside a dip in mortgage debt by 0.3 percent.Senior mortgage debt also declined for the eleventh consecutive quarter to $1.01 trillion.””Our nation’s demographic and economic trends suggest that the reverse mortgage market will continue to grow,”” Peter Bell, president and CEO of NRMLA, said in a statement. “”This data further validates that reverse mortgages are a fundamental tool to help fund longevity at a time when many Americans might face limited options.””He added that “”[m]any seniors face the possibility of losing their homes based on a shortfall in cash each month,”” calling the reverse mortgage “”a great financial solution.””NRMLA and Risk Span have managed the index since 2000. Agents & Brokers Home Equity Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Processing Reverse Mortgage Risk Span Service Providers 2012-04-20 Ryan Schuette Sharecenter_img Senior Home Equity Went Up $30B in Q4: NRMLA April 20, 2012 436 Views last_img read more

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first_imgGateway Mortgage Group announced it has completed its merger with Farmers Exchange Bank to form Gateway First Bank, an Oklahoma banking corporation.“This acquisition and resulting transformation is a very important achievement for Gateway,” said Stephen Curry, Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer. “By combining two successful Oklahoma companies to form Gateway First Bank we have created a robust foundation for future growth. Over the next year we intend to deliver significant enhancements to the customer experience and new products, while maintaining the superior service, great culture and nationally-recognized workplace we’re known for.”To fund the acquisition and support future growth, Gateway First Bank completed an initial closing of a private placement offering, raising approximately $40 million in equity capital. Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP served as legal counsel to Gateway for the acquisition and the private placement. Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. served as placement agent for the private placement. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP served as legal counsel to the placement agent. Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP served as legal counsel to Farmers Exchange Bank in the acquisition.______Calyx Software, announced that its Path loan origination software (LOS) is now integrated with SimpleCECL from LoanScorecard. SimpleCECL combines the proprietary credit and prepayment forecasting model and related analytics from Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc. (AD&Co) with LoanScorecard technology to provide loan-level analysis for Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) and a calculation of the appropriate loan loss reserves to hold, based on the model’s projected lifetime losses for that loan.Issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, CECL is the new “expected loss” accounting model for estimating the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses. It replaces the current “incurred loss” model and goes into effect in 2020 for SEC-filing institutions and 2022 for all other financial institutions.With this integration, financial institutions can seamlessly generate loan-level CECL analysis to ensure accuracy and compliance for all loans originated, including those with a policy exception, as well as an exact calculation for loan loss reserves under the new regulation—all without ever leaving the LOS._______Blue Water Financial Technologies LLC (Blue Water), the Minneapolis-based provider of asset valuation, MSR distribution, MSR hedging, and electronic solutions to mortgage lenders, has announced the appointment of Joseph A. Grimes III as Senior Advisor.Grimes will join Blue Water’s Advisory Board led by Nicholas Smith, Founder and CEO of Rice Park Capital Management (RPC), Jeff Hilligoss, Senior Advisor to RPC and CEO of Upper Bound, and Brad Farrell, Senior Advisor to RPC and former CFO of Two Harbors Investment Corp.“Joe brings a strong grasp of counterparty risk and vast experience in structured mortgage servicing and capital markets transactions. Blue Water is configuring itself to bring unique mortgage servicing technology and service solutions to the market and an expansive product set to its clients. Joe’s experiences will assist Blue Water in executing this vision. I’m truly excited to have him engaged with our Advisory Board,” said Alan Qureshi, managing Partner at Blue Water. Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News May 23, 2019 479 Views center_img 15-Year Mortgage cloud technology 2019-05-23 Mike Albanese Eye on the Industry: Updates on Gateway Mortgage & Morelast_img read more

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first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesEuropean Union sanctions on Russia created additional concerns for Cyprus economy, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, assuring Russian businessmen that Cyprus was doing its best to deal with the financial crisis.The Russian food embargo has hurt Cyprus exports to the tune of around €13 million a year, according to data from the agriculture ministry. It affects mainly citrus farmers.Addressing a seminar on the future of Cyprus for Russian business, Anastasiades thanked Russian investors for their interest in Cyprus.“The fact that international investment activity in the country is maintained at a high level, proves the foreign entrepreneur’s trust towards investing in Cyprus. To this end, I do believe that the prospects for the island look extremely promising,” he said.Yet, he added, “we are aware of the difficulties, viewing them as a challenge for the future that is to be overcome by constantly being alert and concentrating on implementing our plan for further economic improvement.”The president also talked about Cyprus path to financial stability, noting how the island’s credit outlook was upgraded by the international ratings agencies and how the country had returned to international markets.The president also said company registrations had gone up by 13 per cent for the period between June and August of 2014 and that public finances were significantly improved.Referring to Russia-Cyprus business relations, Anastasiades said that recent Russian investment activity “reflects the ongoing and steady business relationship between our countries, which also includes important tourism exchanges. In fact, he said, Russia was Cyprus’ second largest tourist market, with the numbers of Russian citizens visiting our island constantly increasing in recent years. Total tourist arrivals from Russia until August 2014 rose 17 per cent compared to the same period for 2013,” Anastasiades noted.Anastasiades said that the government was greatly facilitating investments though the application of measures that involve, among others, the reduction of the time needed for issuing permits, the licensing and encouragement of the prompt completion of projects, the licensing of joint ventures and the granting of residence permits and citizenship to foreign investors.On his part, ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy thanked Cyprus for “attempting to restrain Brussels from making this war of sanctions even worse. Our country is certainly taking all necessary diplomatic efforts to assist in bringing peace to Ukraine and we believe that political dialogue between Russia and EU at the present time is vital,” he said.As regards the Cyprus economy he said: “We have taken some steps as well, among them the decision of the Russian Government to restructure previously granted credit in favour of our Cypriot friends.”The Russian ambassador made clear that Russia continued to support the Cypriot economy through tourism and property investment.Cyprus’ relationship with Russia and Russian businessmen has been strained for the last year, following the 2013 Eurogroup bank  haircut, which affected Russian depositors the most.Bi-lateral relations were also hurt at an international level recently, following a book published by author/journalist Makarios Drousiotis, in which he argued that Russia was never a friend to Cyprus and that the “good Russians” angle was a myth perpetuated by politicians. At the time Drousiotis was employed at the presidential palace as a special advisor to the president.The book prompted a response by the Russian embassy in the form of an open letter, attacking Drousiotis on his methodology and motives and making special note that he was advising the president. Anastasiades had to issue a statement saying that Russia-Cyprus relations were and always would be strong.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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