A Few Critical Steps to Take if Your Website has been Hacked

first_imgEmma Thomas Hello! My name is Emma Thomas and I’m a project manager in EMUCoupon and a part-time digital marketing consultant, part-time travel blogger, and a full-time dreamer. I have three passions in my life, traveling, social media and writing. So you are the new victim of nefarious hackers. I know that you are nervous and worried and that’s natural. But, be calm; this is not the end of the world. Hacking is quite common, and so is the recovery of hacked websites. You will be successful in getting your site recovered. But, here are a few critical steps to take if your website has been hacked.                The harrowing hell caused by a slithering hacker.Hacking has become a menace. Here are some harrowing statistics.43% of cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses. Every day 230,000 samples of malware are produced. A Clark School study at the University of Maryland revealed that there is a cyber-attack after every 39 seconds. The businesses have to pay a considerable cost for hacking and other cyber-crimes. A Juniper Research study has estimated that cybercrimes will cost businesses $2 trillion in 2019.Why do hackers hack websites?There are too many ulterior motives of hackers, who hack websites for many nefarious purposes. Some of these are as follows:To render a website useless or shut it down.To digitally steal your money, especially through banking Trojans and malicious lines of codes.Politically driven defacing of rivals websites. i.e., defacing a website belonging to a contestant in some election.Purely mischievous fun. e.g., school’s own students, attacking its websiteTo exploit your identity for their own benefits. e.g., using your credit card by gaining access to login information or pins.The mechanism of website hacking and the signs that show your website has been hacked.How is a website hacked?Hackers are always in search of vulnerabilities of sites to attack. They hack a site in different ways, which may include any of the following:They guess your passwords easily. Protection necessitates having secured passwords.They get your login details through malicious malware introduced to your computer.They hack some other website residing on the same server, that of your site.They find a security flaw/loophole in the software you use or maybe your firewall is outdated and vulnerable.Signs of a hacked website.If any of the following sign appears on your site/web page it is an indication that site has been hacked.Your website is redirected to another URL that in most cases is a pornographic website.A google alert appearing on the website which informs that the site has been hacked.Strange looking JavaScript appears in the source code of the site.You find new admin, database and FTP users which were not created by you.Spam advertisements and pop-ups on the website due to malicious codes.The site is no more accessible by Google.Your website has been defaced.Your browsers, Google Chrome or Firefox, give a warning that site is compromised.Let’s now check out some of the remedial measures that can help you recover your website.Inform your hosting service provider/web designer.This step (inform your hosting service) is the foremost important step you need to take immediately after finding that you’re the victim of a hacking incident.In most cases, web hosting companies can fix the problems because they are well equipped with the necessary expertise in dealing with such issues. If the hosting service lacks skilled human resource, you should consult your support team, which include your web developer or internal IT support (in case your company has one).The support team must have programming skills and strong know-how of system security.Run a full virus scan of your computers.The hackers in their endeavor to hack some site mostly infect your computers with Trojans, malware, viruses, and spyware, etc. Use secure and trusted commercial antivirus software. I will recommend Norton, Bitdefender, or F-secure. The hackers tend to create backdoors that allow them to avoid regular authentications for getting access to a website.Remember, inactive themes, and unused plug-ins are soft targets for creating hackable back doors.Many renowned hosting services provide great help in scanning malware and malicious codes. WordPress, for instance, offers the best malware detecting and removing plug-ins like word fence security and Malware Security.Assess the extent of the damage.It is critical to know how severe was the attack and exactly how much damage has it caused.By understanding its severity, you will be able to devise an appropriate strategy for fixing it up.  Get the information in search console, where you may have received messages from Google in “message center” on spam and malware. Also, check the “security issues” segment of your webmaster tools that will provide you information about the type of hack your system has experienced.Make an in-depth investigation for files or pages modified or new pages created with spams. Inspecting all threats can be easily checked by comparing with a backup (Understand why Good backups are critical).Change all passwords.Changing passwords is among the most critical early measures one has to take when his website is hacked. Just do it — change your passwords, even if you have to write them down. Do it. After a scan and clean up — reset all your passwords. Since hackers are keen about your passwords and email addresses, the reset passwords must be tricky and quite hard to guess. Change all user passwords along with passwords for FTP, database usernames, HTTP authentication, and usernames for databases.It is also recommended that you change passwords on all sites where you have entered your financial and personal data. Try to set hard to crack passwords.Shut your site down.You should immediately shut down your website and take it offline for a temporary period. The action of taking your site down, even for a short period, is required in order to save your visitors and people who access your website from malicious malware and span files. Secondly, it will help your support team to service the site and fix the problem without being interrupted.Clean your site.Before starting any cleanup process, you should take a backup of your site because despite being hacked up it might contain much valuable information for you. You need to clean files and database hacks by checking that what has been changed or modified which should not have been.Remove all the URLs created by hackers but take precaution and remove only those pages which you do not want, because the hackers might have damaged some good pages also which need not be deleted and can be restored to the original position with the help of back up.Request a Google review.Once you are done with all the steps mentioned above and have successfully restored the website, you must always request a Google review for unflagging your site as dangerous. You should go to the security issue report through search console and find the issues. Google will ask you information about what did you do to clean the site for each category of hacked spam. The review process may take several weeks because it may involve a manual investigation or a complete reprocessing of all the hacked pages. This wait, however, is worth its while and a review should not be avoided at any cost.ConclusionGetting your website hacked is a nightmare. You not only lose your confidential data but also suffer obstructed traffic and financial damage along with great inconvenience. Every threat and challenge, however, has many opportunities as well.Prevention, as they say, is better than cure.So there are many useful lessons you will learn from this unfortunate experience. Some of these include making sure that you deploy (use) powerful Antivirus software, a trusted firewall, and an efficient monitoring system to review changes. Last but not least, please — please — use a proper backup system. 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Five leopard cubs charred to death in Pune

first_imgIn a disturbing incident in Pune’s Ambegaon taluk, at least five leopard cubs were found charred to death on Wednesday in a sugarcane farm.The leopard cubs were accidentally burnt to death after sugarcane labourers set fire to farm trash in Avasari village in Ambegaon, according to Forest Department authorities.As per other reports, the sugarcane labourers started a fire after sighting a snake, but instead ended up killing the leopard cubs, believed to be less than three weeks old. The labourers have denied they were aware of the presence of the cubs, said forest officials.Last month, two leopard cubs were rescued from the sugarcane fields in the same region when farmers of Vadgaon Anand village stumbled upon them during harvesting.In November last year, in two tragic incidents emblematic of the man-leopard conflict, a six-year-old male leopard was found dead in a forest near Alandi (near Pune city), while a two-year-old leopard was knocked down by a speeding vehicle in Ahmednagar district. In February 2018, the bodies of three leopards were discovered in Bhor Taluk in Pune district under ‘unnatural circumstances’. At the time, police authorities said the animals had died of poisoning.Maharashtra has witnessed an alarming rise in the number of leopard deaths since 2018, with wildlife activists and forest authorities estimating nearly 35 deaths in the State since January last year.last_img read more

Cricket : Dale Steyn explains that writing off the Indian Skipper could be the…

first_imgCricket – India v South Africa – Third One Day International – Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa – February 7, 2018. India’s Virat Kohli celebrates his century. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsAdvertisementLater this year, India is scheduled to field against England and Australia to play 9 test matches with the division of 4 against the Aussies and the rest against the Englishmen.The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made a record of winning 60% of the total 35 test matches he has led after taking over from MS Dhoni. While Test match wins outside the sub-continent against strong opposition don’t come easy, the onus would be on Kohli and his team to prove.South Africa’s leading bowler Dale Steyn, playing for Hampshire in the current county season says that Virat Kohli has been changing his squad quite often as he has recently experimented with an aggressive option of Rohit Sharma at No.3 to Ajinkya Rahane at one down before gifting back Pujara his slot. Steyn believes that Virat will pick up a squad which has the potential to win him games. Steyn further stated, ” As long as Virat is there, he is a master and knows what to get out of his players. He is quite an aggressive captain and he likes to win. So he will pick teams to win Test matches.”“Virat will do fine. He is a determined player. When people write him off, that’s the biggest mistake. When you write Virat off, he will come back and bite you where you don’t want to be bitten. So he will be fine in England,” Steyn says. The South African pacer is very hopeful that Virat will do wonders with the Indian squad as he matures and plays more with them. Advertisement Also Read :England vs. India: Essex prove tough for the Blues in warm-up fixtureCricket: “How Indian batsmen play Anderson will be the key,”says McGrathlast_img read more

Wheeler Rolls, Mets Beat A’s, 8-5

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — The New York Mets still consider themselves a contender in the NL East chase even with a daunting deficit to make up over the final month.They’re counting on building on their latest offensive performance.Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 on Aug. 20 to snap a three-game losing streak.“I hope it lifts us. I hope it gets us going,” Manager Terry Collins said. “There were some big hits and some very good at-bats. I just hope this is the start of a final six weeks with some good offensive nights.”Zack Wheeler (9-8) allowed two earned runs while working 5 2-3 solid innings. The Mets split their quick two-game interleague series.Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA over his nine outings since June 30. The A’s chased him after two innings in the shortest start of his career on June 25.The right-hander and former San Francisco Giants top prospect improved to 4-1 in his last 10 road starts.Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and walked in a run but avoided further damage. He finished for his fourth save.Campbell and Duda homered during a five-run third against Jeff Samardzija (3-3). Samardzija had been unbeaten in five previous starts at the Coliseum. Instead, he was done after 3 2-3 innings.The A’s closed to 5-2 in the third on consecutive RBI doubles by Coco Crisp and John Jaso. New York added on in the fourth with RBI singles from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy.“We strung five, six, seven hits in an inning. It’s something to build on,” Duda said. “Hopefully we can continue rolling.”Samardzija cruised through a 10-pitch first inning and got through the second unscathed. Acquired in a July 4 trade from the Cubs, he has never beaten the Mets in nine appearances and three starts.“It’s just having trouble putting guys away,” Samardzija said. “Probably as simple as that.”Oakland lost for the eighth time in 10 games. The A’s returned home from a 1-6 road trip through Kansas City and Atlanta in which they lost their last five.Murphy’s two-run fielding error aided the A’s in the fourth. He nearly had the ball, but it skipped off his glove and then he inadvertently kicked it.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ingram, Ball Lead Lakers to 107-97 Win over Mavericks

first_imgDALLAS (AP) — A challenge from their head coach gave Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball motivation. All they needed was an opening.The cold-shooting Dallas Mavericks provided it.Ingram scored 29 points and Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.After a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Lakers coach Luke Walton called for the two to bring more passion and fire. The duo responded, helping Los Angeles rally from a double-digit halftime deficit.“I put so much responsibility on them because that’s what I believe they’re capable of doing,” Walton said.Ball and Ingram said they talked after the loss Sunday and agreed they needed to step up in the absence of LeBron James and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.“With the guys out, (we were) trying to take over and be the leaders of our team,” Ingram said.The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches from the sideline during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Dallas led 67-54 at halftime but had its worst-scoring half of the season with just 30 points after the break – fewer than it scored in either of the first two quarters. The Mavs were 11-of-43 from the field in the second half and had 11 turnovers.Luka Doncic led the team with 27 points, and he had six of their 11 made field goals in the second half, including their only two 3-pointers.“I think they played way better defensively in the second half,” Doncic said. “We didn’t move the ball as well as we did in the first half. That was it.”Ball was held scoreless against Minnesota but responded with some clutch baskets in the second half. His fast-break dunk gave the Lakers their first lead of the game at 82-80 late in the third quarter. And he hit his only 3 of the second half with 4:23 to go to give LA a 100-89 lead.“I just tried to be more aggressive,” Ball said. “I shoot when I’m open. I just tried to force the issue a little bit more.”Ingram scored 15 of his 29 in the second half and had six assists for the game. With Dallas cutting a 14-point Lakers lead to seven twice in the final minutes, each time Ingram drew the defense to him and dished to JaVale McGee for dunks.Dallas fell for just the fourth time at home this season. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77), of Germany, dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart scored 14 points, led the team with 12 rebounds and five steals and tied Ingram for a team-high six assists.Mavericks: J.J. Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a U.S. high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.KUZMA RETURNSWith James still out, the Lakers got Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup after missing the past two games with a lower-back contusion. Kuzma missed his first eight shots and didn’t score until midway through the second quarter, but he hit two 3s early in the third quarter to spark the Lakers’ comeback. He finished with 13 points.OUT OF THE FLOWMavericks coach Rick Carlisle said a lack of ball movement has slowed the team in its losses this season, and on Monday, they had only 12 assists for a team that averages almost 23 a game.Barea could only laugh when told he led the team with three assists, saying, “You can’t win the game like that. Hopefully it won’t happen again.”UP NEXTLakers: Host Detroit on Wednesday.Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday. Two of the Suns’ nine wins this year have come against Dallas.—By DAVE JACKSON , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ministry and JTA Reach Agreement on Teaching Council Bill

first_imgEducation Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, says progress has been made in discussions between the Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) on the proposed Jamaica Teaching Council Bill. The Bill, which the Minister is working to have tabled in the House of Representatives during the current 2012/13 parliamentary year, seeks to provide for the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession, and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government paid teachers. It also gives legal powers to the Council to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher, who is charged for what is deemed a disqualifiable offence, which includes: sexual offences, murder, pornography, robbery, and fraud. Speaking at the JTA’s Roll of Honour Award Ceremony at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on Thursday (November 8), Rev. Thwaites informed that the Ministry and JTA, supported by representatives of the church and Parent/Teachers Associations (PTA), have reached a “substantial agreement” on the terms of the Bill. He said that the legislation will provide for “the professionalism of the teaching profession”. “This legislation should not cause any more trepidation than the Legal Profession Act does for the lawyers or the Medical Act (does) for the doctors, or for any other profession. It would…be a serious reproach to teachers if they resist such a move. I am pleased (about) the commitment of your association, in this regard,” the Minister added. Rev. Thwaites recently disclosed that the Bill had undergone upwards of eight months of consultations with various stakeholders, while informing of plans for further dialogue with additional interests before it is tabled in Parliament. Meanwhile, retired Principal of the Mandeville Primary and Junior High School in Manchester, Byron Farquharson, is this year’s 43rd inductee into the JTA’s Honour Roll. He was presented with the Berger Paints-sponsored Roll of Honour Award by the company’s Caribbean Regional Managing Director, Warren McDonald, and a special Citation, by JTA President, Clayton Hall.last_img read more

Nomination des membres du Comité consultatif provincial de léducation

first_img Les trois organismes membres qui ont une place désignée au sein du conseil sont les suivants : Gin Yee, comté d’Halifax, mandat de deux ans Christopher Gilham, comté d’Antigonish, mandat d’un an Margaret (Joan) MacDonnell, comté de Pictou, mandat d’un an Brent Noiles, comté de Cumberland, mandat d’un an Stephen Parsons, comté Cape Breton, mandat d’un an Maura Ryan, comté de Kings, mandat d’un an Nastasya Kennedy, comté de Kings, mandat d’un an Suzy Hansen, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, mandat de deux ans Archy Beals, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, mandat de deux ans Michael Drew, comté de Yarmouth, mandat de deux ans Lynn LeVatte, Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, mandat de deux ans Hendricka van Gurp, comté de Lunenburg, mandat de deux ans Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, représenté par Marcel Cottreau Conseil de l’éducation mi’kmaw, représenté par Darren Googoo Conseil de l’éducation afro-canadienne, représenté par Jocelyn Dorrington Les membres recevront une rémunération de 600 $ par année et leurs dépenses seront remboursées. Le président du conseil recevra une rémunération de 800 $ et ses dépenses seront remboursées. Le comité permanent sur les ressources humaines a approuvé les 12 nominations aujourd’hui, et elles seront bientôt confirmées par un décret en conseil. Douze membres ont été nommés au Conseil consultatif provincial de l’éducation, aujourd’hui 27 septembre. Le conseil sera une voix forte pour les besoins des élèves, des familles et des collectivités. Le conseil consultatif offrira des conseils directement au ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et fera en sorte que les points de vue des régions et la diversité soient considérés dans la prise de décisions. L’une des premières priorités pour laquelle le ministère demandera des conseils est le transport des élèves. « Le système d’éducation est dans une période de changement, et je sais que les élèves, les éducateurs et les familles profiteront de l’expérience et de l’expertise des membres du conseil, affirme Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Je suis ravi de leur souhaiter la bienvenue et je compte travailler en étroite collaboration avec eux. » Plus de 130 Néo-Écossais ont présenté une demande afin de devenir membres du Conseil consultatif provincial de l’éducation. Les 12 personnes nommées se joignent aux représentants des trois organismes membres, soit le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, le Conseil de l’éducation mi’kmaw et le Conseil de l’éducation afro-canadienne, pour former un conseil consultatif de 15 membres. Ces organismes ont une place désignée au sein du conseil. Les membres du conseil ont une vaste expérience et des connaissances considérables en ce qui a trait au système d’éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, notamment en enseignement, en administration et en éducation des élèves ayant une incapacité. La nomination des membres du conseil a été faite en tenant compte de la diversité des genres et de la diversité géographique. Les 12 membres nommés du Conseil consultatif provincial de l’éducation sont les suivants : last_img read more

Dispute over rules rile Californias legal pot market

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California has finalized hundreds of pages of rules governing the nation’s largest legal pot market, but the dense regulations are unlikely to settle long-running disputes over testing and home deliveries.Even if imperfect, the rules were welcomed by many in the industry who have been contending with shifting temporary regulations since the state began broad legal sales last year.By far the biggest dispute focused on deliveries.The rules will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.The dispute could end up in court.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Police nab man with heroin worth Rs 2L

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell under Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a person with heroin worth Rs 2 lakh from in front of the police morgue located behind the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH)The man has been identified as Arvind Singh. According to a source, police officers recently got a tip-off that the heroin smuggler was operating in and around Sealdah-College Street area. Based on the information, police officers came to know that Singh sold heroin to school and college students in the city through a few local drug peddlers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDetective Department personnel came to know that the area behind the medical college and hospital has turned into a hub of drug addicts since the past few days. During investigation, sleuths came to know that Singh operated from the area. Police officers immediately started search operations to nab Singh at his residential area in Girish Park but were not able to locate him. On Wednesday evening, a source of police informed that Singh has been seen around CMCH. Immediately, a team from DD raided the spot in front of the police morgue behind CMCH and arrested Singh. Sleuths have also seized 275 grams of heroin from him which he intended to hand over to some drug peddlers who allegedly did not come. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the police, the increase in drug addiction in students has become a major issue since the past few months. Recently several drug dealers and drug peddlers have been arrested, who sold ganja, heroin and other drugs to school and college students. To curb the menace, police are mulling to get in touch with school and college authorities and make an initiative to conduct counselling sessions for students to prevent them from getting addicted to drugs. On March 14, police officers had arrested two persons and seized 4kg ganja. Sleuths came to know that drug peddlers were trying to sell ganja to students of various schools and colleges. Three more were arrested with other drugs from multiple locations. They also sold drugs to students. Singh’s name cropped up during investigation in these cases.last_img read more

Priest Murdered After Hostages Were Held in French Church

By Lauren MorganRabat – Police shoot dead two armed men after they took five people hostage in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray and are reported to have slit priest’s throat.Two men armed with knives held five people hostage in a church in the Normandy region of France, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, and had reportedly slit the priest’s throat prior to being shot dead by the police. The five people were said to have been a priest, two nuns and two worshippers. French media claimed that one of the hostages managed to escape and was able to raise the alarm to outsiders, with a French interior ministry spokesman stating that one of the hostages was also in a critical condition.Anti-terrorism judges were given the case to investigate, says the Paris prosecutor’s office.The tragedy occurred as France maintain their high alert status just two weeks after a Tunisian male purposely killed 84 people and injured more than 300 by bulldozing a truck through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day – an attack claimed by Islamic State. read more

Downtown arts centre progressing

A request for proposals (RFP) will be issued later this month to architects who have been short-listed for the downtown St Catharines arts complex.The Joint Executive Committee overseeing the development of the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre agreed at its meeting Wednesday to issue the RFP on Nov. 17.The arts complex is a co-operative enterprise between Brock University and the City of St. Catharines. Brock will make the site the new home of its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, while the City will build a civic performing arts centre adjacent to the school.The architects, short-listed by the committee last month, will have until Dec. 17 to submit their proposals. The firms are:Diamond & Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Toronto)Diller Scofidio + Renfro/RDH Architects Inc. (New York)Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Toronto)Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)/Pfeiffer Partners Architects PC (Los Angeles)Saucier + Perrotte Architects/Stantec (Montreal)Once received, the proposals will be evaluated by the City and Brock, followed by recommendations to City Council and the University’s Board of Trustees.Meanwhile, PRISMPartners, the project manager hired by Brock and the City to guide the progress of the joint academic and cultural arts centre, is setting up shop in downtown St. Catharines.Staff from the Toronto-based company will move into the former Lincoln County Courthouse at James and King streets.The move, expected for this month, will put PRISM staff in close proximity to the project and its partners as work continues on the arts complex. read more

UN seeks 90 million to repatriate 500000 Sudanese when war in south

Kamel Morjane, Assistant High Commissioner at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters yesterday in Geneva that the funds are necessary to run a two-year programme helping southern Sudanese return home from at least seven different countries. Negotiators for the Sudanese Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) are holding talks in Kenya in a bid to reach a comprehensive peace agreement that would end a 21-year civil war in Sudan’s south, the longest-running conflict on the continent. Senior UN officials have said recently they are confident an agreement will be reached in the next few months, especially after the two sides initialled three protocols earlier this year. Mr. Morjane said spontaneous repatriation has already started, particularly from northern Uganda, which is itself unstable and dangerous because of civil conflict. “Although peace [in southern Sudan] is not yet final, we feel that there are solid grounds for optimism, and we must be fully prepared to repatriate, receive and reintegrate those refugees who wish to do so,” he said. Mr. Morjane said any repatriation scheme would face major challenges, given the lack of infrastructure and economic opportunities in the region. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,256.35, down 1.62 points):IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Unchanged at three cents on 14.7 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $12.52 on 5.2 million shares.BetaPro Crude Oil. (TSX:HOU). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 1.62 per cent, to $6.08 on 4.3 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up four cents, or 3.17 per cent, to $1.30 on 4.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up five cents, or 0.19 per cent, to $25.93 on 3.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 64 cents, or 4.77 per cent, to $14.06 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (TSX:GC). Travel and leisure. Up $4.57, or 17.97 per cent, to $4.57 on 625,126 shares. Brookfield Business Partners LP (TSX:BBU.UN). Real estate. Up $2.74, or 7.76 per cent, to $38.05 on 329,341 shares. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has selected these two companies to run its casinos in the Greater Toronto Area. Under the deal, Great Canadian and Brookfield would acquire OLG Slots at Woodbine, OLG Slots at Ajax Downs and the Great Blue Heron Casino located in the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2017 3:06 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

Police hunt Night Watcher burglar who nets £7m haul using special forces

first_imgSome of the family heirlooms stolen during the burglaries Terrified victims have described how the “well-spoken” raider seems to know the layout of their homes, down to where safes are hidden.He also shows a knowledge of their daily routines, often striking late at night, entering unlocked doors or windows, sometimes waiting until owners let their dogs out.During the raid on the Goodwood estate in January 2016, the Duke, 61, was struck on the head with a blunt object, before being forced to open a safe. Night Watcher burglary High value watches stolen during burglaries by The Night WatcherCredit:Surrey Police/PA The Night Watcher raided Goodwood House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of RichmondCredit:David M. Benett /Getty Lord and Lady March attend the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final at Cowdray Park Polo Club Some of the family heirlooms stolen during the burglariesCredit:Sussex Police/Solent News & Photo Agency DNA evidence was found at the scene of one of the raids, but this has not been traced to any other offences.There is a database of British military personnel DNA, but this is used to identify bodies in the event of death.However, if police come forward with the name of an individual under suspicion of a crime, the DNA database can be made available to the police in their investigation.  Items stolen in raids believed to have been carried out by the Night WatcherCredit:Surrey Police/PA An 1820 diamond tiara, worth in the region of £400,000 stolen The raider, who wears a balaclava and dark clothing, usually escapes on foot without leaving any forensic clues.He has struck seven times over the past three years in Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent, making off with more than £7 million in valuables. Similar raids have taken place around every six months, with detectives working on the theory that he strikes after spending the proceeds from each burglary.Det Insp Dee Fielding, from Surrey Police, said: “We do not believe this to be an opportunist burglar, but someone who has specialist knowledge and skills – possibly ex-forces or from a similar background.“The burglaries all appear to be the work of someone who knows exactly what they are doing and who is incredibly decisive in their actions. On each occasion, unnecessary levels of violence have been used.” Some of the family heirlooms stolen during the burglariesCredit:Sussex Police/Solent News & Photo Agency Police are hunting a violent armed burglar who uses “special forces” techniques and military-style expertise to stake out and strike at multi-million pound properties across the Home Counties.Among those targeted were the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, who were forced to hand over £700,000 of heirlooms after being tied up during a raid at Goodwood estate in Sussex.Police believe the burglar, dubbed The Night Watcher, spends months staking out secluded houses, sometimes hiding in the grounds, in order to build up an intimate understanding of the daily movements of his victims.As well as being an expert in covert surveillance, the raider has also shown athletic prowess, scaling high walls and fences while evading detection by sophisticated security systems.Police said he also displays a chilling degree of nonchalance, even when entering a property with multiple occupants. Once inside, he uses a sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence in order to force the home owners into giving up their valuables.Video: Terror of one of The Night Watcher’s victims Night Watcher burglary CCTV shows an armed person in Maidenhead Among the items stolen were a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to Louise de Kerouaille, his mistress.Police believe the first raid took place in November 2014, when two women were attacked in their home near Kingswood Golf Club in Surrey and needed treatment in hospital. The Night Watcher is captured on CCTV footage in Maidenhead, BerkshireCredit:Surrey Police/PA Some of the family heirlooms stolen during the burglaries Detectives said the extraordinary degree of planning and preparation that goes into each raid suggested he has undergone some form of military training, and have not ruled out that he could be a serving soldier. An 1820 diamond tiara, worth in the region of £400,000 stolen in the break-in at Goodwood HouseCredit:Sussex Police/Solent News & Photo Agency Night Watcher burglary High-value items taken from some of the wealthy homes raided by the Night WatcherCredit:Surrey Police/PA After being bound and gagged, he and his wife lay injured for two hours before a staff member found them and alerted the police. 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

Facebook and social networks making it harder to be an undercover cop

first_imgWe’ve all seen countless numbers of spy movies where the main character uses a fake identity to get close to their target. This sort of work doesn’t just happen in James Bond movies; covert police and intelligence operations do it all the times, and sometimes immerse themselves into a community for years. Take the news about the Anna Chapman and eight others who were living in a nice suburban community, unbeknownst to neighbors that they were really Russian spies.It was a lot easier to blend in with the crowd before Facebook (and other social networks) came along. Facial recognition technology is making it extremely difficult and almost impossible for undercover cops and intelligence agents to do their job. According to CSO, Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty said immersing someone into an organized crime group can take seven years to get them to the right place where they start getting the info they need from the crime group.At the Security 2011 Conference in Sydney, Keelty spoke about his research into how social networking affects covert operations. Keelty conducted a survey on all of the Australian Federal Police recruits and North South Wales police recruits as well as on some other state and national security agencies. He found that everyone under 26 years of age had uploaded their photo to the Internet, and 85 percent are using at least one major social networking site. About 47 of them were using the sites daily.He also found that 85 percent had their photos uploaded by another person, and 42 percent said it was possible to identify their relationships with other people through the photos. Facebook gets tens of million new images a day, so that in itself is a good resource, but governments and other organizations can also build their own image databases.The fact that a police officer’s photo could be visible to the wrong person is quite a scary thought. For example, Keelty said if you show up at the Australian embassy in Jakarta and say you’re the trade commissioner for education, and your photo from the Royal Military College graduation is up on a social network, your cover is blown.On the other hand, facial recognition can be used for good. Police can get a wealth of intelligence from social networks. For example, facial recognition was used to identify rioters during the recent London riots.Basically, if you’re a secret agent and you don’t want anyone to recognize your face in this day in age, you have to either get plastic surgery, or switch faces with another agent like in the movie “Face/Off” starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta.via CSOlast_img read more

Creating a wine haven at Heathen Estate

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — With the purchase of an established, close-in vineyard site back in October, Heathen Brewing has expanded its focus to include wine.Heathen’s owner, Sunny Parsons, is taking on the challenge of vineyard owner with much the same intensity and wide-eyed interest as his hats as entrepreneur, restaurateur and brewer.“The whole fermentation world has always attracted me because of the science behind it. I know that I know very little about wine, so I’m kind of diving in and trying to learn as much as I can,” Parsons said.Guests had their first chance to see Parsons’ latest project on Saturday, when Heathen Estate opened the doors of its grand Victorian-style home that graces a rolling hillside in the Brush Prairie area.The location was introduced to Clark County as Village Vineyard in 2014 by then-owner Patti Kuni, until she realized the daily upkeep of a winery, bed and breakfast and event space was more than she was prepared to take on in her 80s.Parsons is gracious when he talks about the acquisition of the 20-acre parcel with a south-facing slope planted with approximately seven acres of vines.last_img read more

Bus rapid transit plan gives citizen panel pause

first_imgA citizens group voted down plans for bus rapid transit on Fourth Plain Boulevard on Thursday night, citing a lack of clear information, the board’s chairwoman said.The C-Tran Citizen Advisory Committee — a standing group representing a wide array of the agency’s users and stakeholders — is the first to reject the locally preferred alternative for a high-capacity bus line, set to run from downtown to Westfield Vancouver mall.The citizen advisory committee’s rejection does not stop the project, C-Tran Public Affairs Director Scott Patterson said Friday.However, the vote does signal the ongoing controversy surrounding the $40 million to $55 million project: On Friday, opponents of the controversial project heralded the down vote as a major step in blocking its progression.But chairwoman Lisa Rasmussen, who was among those who voted against the plan, said the citizen’s board fully supports bus rapid transit — they just needed clarification.“It’s not that the CCAC is against the BRT. We are in favor of the BRT,” Rasmussen said. “We just felt things had changed in regard to the estimate of the cost and how that was going to work out. We just couldn’t support it the way things were presented last night.”last_img read more

Body eaten by alligators in Everglades canal investigated as homicide

first_imgSOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (WSVN) — Davie Police are investigating a decomposing body found partially eaten by alligators in a canal as a homicide.According to Davie Police, the grisly discovery was made in a canal located off U.S. 27, near Sheridan Street, Monday night. Investigators said the gators did not kill the man and were eating his body after he had died.“In order to protect our divers, we do have police officers with AR-15s, to make sure our divers are safe once they’re in the water,” said Davie Police Sgt. Pablo Castaneda.Rescue crews managed to chase the alligators away. However, the animals stayed and lingered, making the investigation more difficult. “The gators did get at the remains, so our units were able to get the alligators back, and the investigation is ongoing,” said Castaneda.Investigators said the gators tore the body apart so much that they initially couldn’t figure out whether it was a man or a woman or how long the body had been in the canal.Following an autopsy on Tuesday, police confirmed this is a homicide investigation, and the medical examiner determined the body is a man. “Definitely, we want to identify who the victim is and to possibly figure out what happened to them. How did they end up here?” said Castaneda.Construction workers in the area saw police back at the canal on Tuesday. They can’t believe this is now a crime scene. “Very amazing because I come in and out of here every day,” said Eddie Cousin. “I see a gator and think, ‘OK, it’s a gator. It’s the Everglades.’ I never realized that this was the place where they found a body.” Police are trying to use fingerprints to figure out the man’s identity.If you have any information that could help investigators, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Indias World Cup squad revealed by Gautam Gambhir big names dropped

first_imgThe Indian squad for the World Cup will be announced on April 15 in Mumbai, and while the selectors have maintained that the squad is pretty much certain, fans and experts are picking their own sides for the marquee event.Gautam Gambhir, who was a pivotal part of India’s triumphant 2011 World Cup team, believes India should think out of the box and pick few young faces who have been consistent.Gambhir believes that the Indian selectors should include Sanju Samson in the squad as the batsman who can bat at number 4 and also as the backup wicket-keeper.Gambhir wants the selectors to think out the box Gautam GambhirINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSpeaking on Star Sports Game Plan: India’s Road to World Cup show, the former opener said, “For me, it’s been very clear, and I see Sanju Samson the right person who can fit No. 4 spot of the team. I have always believed in thinking out of the box and look for best quality players, Sanju would be the best pick.”Also, Gambhir picked Navdeep Saini, the Delhi pacer in his World Cup squad. Saini has been impressive for Delhi in the domestic circuit, but is not having an entirely impressive Indian Premier League season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.Gautam Gambhir’s World Cup squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Sanju SamsonFor India, the number 4 conundrum has not gone away and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar wants the side to try KL Rahul at that spot and also give him a longer rope to nail down that spot.”Ambati Rayudu was spoken about when the season started, but has lost form sharply. Someone like KL Rahul could be chosen for No.4. He has played at No.4 in the past,” Gavaskar told India Today.”We have seen him bat with a lot of focus and concentration in the IPL,” Gavaskar said. “And I don’t think it’s so much a problem for an opener to switch to middle order as opposed to a middle order player to bat in the opening position.”India will kickstart their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5.last_img read more

Toy Story 4 Trailer Takes Woodys Gang on a Crazy Adventure

first_img Watch These Movies Before ‘Toy Story 4’Meet Keanu Reeves, ‘Canada’s Greatest Stuntman,’ in ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Woody and company are back: The playroom objects go on the ultimate adventure to rescue their friend, Forky, in Toy Story 4.Disney-Pixar released the movie’s first full-length trailer on Tuesday, and it teases a crazy trip filled with creepy old dolls, badass heroes, and cute friendship moments. Toy Story 4, which stars Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, and Tony Hale, will debut in theaters on June 21.In the beginning of the trailer, Woody introduces Forky, a new arts and crafts project gone wrong that becomes Bonnie’s new favorite toy. The spork, which immediately loses his googly eye when he meets the group, has a hard time fitting in with Woody’s entourage.Woody needs to make sure Forky doesn’t leave the pack, however, Forky feels like he was made for, “soup, salad, and maybe chili,” so he decides to go back to where he belongs — the trash. Woody eventually caches up to Forky, where they have to somehow get out of an eerie antique shop and battle evil dummies and a baby doll. Thankfully, Bo Peep saves the day and gets Forky and Woody out of the spooky store.Will they be able to get back to Bonnie? Or will Forky and Woody stay at funfair, where they can “be free” from humans? Plus, the rest of the toy squad has to try to rescue both, or risk never making it back to Bonnie’s playroom again.Catch Toy Story 4 in theaters soon.More on Geek.com:Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Get Emotional Recording Final Lines for ‘Toy Story 4’ ‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser Trailer Debuts Cute Forky Character Reach for the Sky in New ‘Toy Story’ -Themed Plane Stay on targetlast_img read more