PDM meeting does not draw huge crowd

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you Related Items:national convention, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – Residents not in rally mode as yet it appears as reports reaching Magnetic Media are that turn out at the PDM public meeting last night was not strong. The Party promised to lay out major national issues at the meeting at its headquarters in down town Providenciales ahead of its 40th anniversary National Convention and as the country braces for general elections in 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

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Money mismanaged in TCI Sports Commission scandal

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe now defunct Sports Commission was horribly managed and this forced its shut down.  During recent Public Accounts Committee meetings at Parliament, it was exposed in an audit report that hardly any record was kept of monies going out of the coffers of the entity which was set up as a statutory body, with Alvin Parker as its Director.  In 2009-2010, there were 662 transactions but 312 totaling over $123,000 were without proper documentation; by the next year, 2010-2011 the same continued and there were 228 of 605 transactions undocumented adding up to over $234,000; and in 2011 to 2012 again, more of the same as the transactions not documented were 28 and they totaled, over $173,000.  The recommendations exposed that while the TCI Sports Commission was certainly operating way out of the bounds of a responsible organization; no one was watching or noticing which allowed the risky practices to continue for at least three years. Blank cheques were left signed, almost $50,000 reimbursed to the suspended Director, conflicts of interest where Parker’s business partner allegedly also got money from the Commission, where payment was made for things the Sports Commission did not receive; disorder when it comes to security staff logging hours, without a system the audit exposed that anyone could claim any amount of hours and inflate time actually worked and scrutiny was sorely lacking for this publicly funded body.    Related Items: Alvin Parker is on administrative leave during this situation and though the Commission has been dismantled, he continues to receive a salary from TCIG and others have been absorbed in a new entity managing sports, back under the Ministry of Education.The erratic financial management decisions at the TCI Sports Commission were exposed in an audit and includes findings where staff was loaned money, but there was no reporting on the loans; where reimbursements were made for claims without receipts and other reasonable evidence that personal money was spent and needed to be paid back and missing documents including no budgets, no bank reconciliation statements and no register of fixed assets.  Parker has already been found culpable by a special tribunal, Magnetic Media has learned, but he has appealed the case which charges him with mismanaging public funds to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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3 electrocuted Jhenaidahin

first_imgThree people died from electrocution in separate places in Harinakundu and Sadar upazilas on Saturday.The deceased were Bulu Biswas, son of Chanar Uddin Biswas of Ramnagar village of Harinakundu upazila, Sujon Hossain, son of Rojob Ali Mondol of Bhutiargati village and Abul Kashem, son of Amod Ali of Hudaputia village of sadar upazila.Golam Mostofa, chairman of Chandpur union of Harinakundu upazila, said Bulu was electrocuted while working in his cowshed in the morning.Emdadul Hoque Sheikh, officer- in charge of sadar police station, said Sujon got electrocuted when he turned on an electric switch at noon.Kashem, who got electrocuted while working at his house, was rushed to Sadar Hospital where physicians declared him dead, said the OC.last_img read more

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The Murder of Lor Scoota Leaves City Reeling

first_imgSean YoesA vigil for 23-year old Tyriece Watson, the Baltimore rapper known as, “Lor Scoota,” on June 27 ended with a smoldering standoff between those mourning the young burgeoning hip hop artist and Baltimore City police, at Penn and North, one of the flashpoints of last April’s uprising. Some hurled bricks and bottles at police, three people were arrested, many appealed for peace.But, the murder of Scoota, gunned down in his car while traveling east on Moravia Road at the intersection of Harford Road, after leaving a peace rally at Morgan State University, has rattled many in the city’s poorest communities to their cores.“It’s definitely heartbreaking especially to the Baltimore hip hop community,” said independent hip hop artist and educator Eze Jackson. “I’ve taught hip hop in classes for a number of years…teaching young people how to write their own songs and song structure and one of the first things I always ask them is, `Who are your favorite rappers?’ A few years ago, I started to hear for the first time ever an overwhelming amount of students say that two Baltimore rappers were their favorites and that was Young Moose and Lor Scoota,” Jackson added.“So, the symbolism to me is not just a heavy blow to the hip hop community, but to our whole community. Here you have a young artist who, regardless of his content, was actually doing something positive that affected young people. They looked up to him, they saw him as somebody that came from their neighborhood who was now being able to do things that statistically they’re not supposed to be able to do.”In the aftermath of last April’s uprising, Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who represents the Seventh District where it unfolded, first crossed paths with Scoota.“I had the opportunity to partner with Lor Scoota at an event after the unrest, when we went around to West Baltimore high schools with local artists and talent to give a positive message to the students.  Right away, out of everybody that we interfaced with, on the stage Lor Scoota stood out,” Mosby said.“He was focused, he was driven, he was definitely a product of Baltimore, but he knew exactly where he wanted to go and how he wanted to benefit not only himself, but his family, his community and the city of Baltimore as a whole…it’s definitely a tragedy and a loss for the entire city,” Mosby added.Ras Tahuti Missouri, a 15-year old spoken word artist from West Baltimore, knew Scoota and says he was inspired by his personal example, which transcended the  the gritty lyrics of, “Bird Flu,” Scoota’s hit song chronicling Baltimore’s drug culture.“He rapped about his reality…you have to look at the artist… but, you have to look at the person. He went to the schools, feeding the homeless, donating thousands of dollars worth of shoes to children, linking up at peace rallies and he was murdered after a peace rally,” observed Missouri, whose mother recently pulled him out of Baltimore’s public schools fearing her son was being imperiled by the violence that took the life of the up and coming rap artist.Lor Scoota was one of the few shining symbols of hope for some of the city’s most disenfranchised communities. Many of the young people who rumbled through the streets of West Baltimore last April during the uprising, bumped Scoota’s music incessantly and were buoyed by the reality that he still lived among them, evidence of the promise of brighter days.  His talent cut a path for him away from the city and the violence that ultimately snuffed out his promising young life. Now, that path seems dimmer again.“He was trying to get away from the street life, he was trying to get away from all of that,” Missouri said.  “That was his ticket out of the city…rapping about what he lived… and it’s sad that the reality and what he lived turned around to be his downfall.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img
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Class0Firewall for SMS attack protection lands in Google Play

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Google appears poised to unveil new Nexus tablets Citation: Class0Firewall for SMS attack protection lands in Google Play (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-class0firewall-sms-google.html (Phys.org) —Last month, news of smartphone vulnerabilities ended with more of a bang than a whimper when Bogdan Alecu, a system administrator at Levi9 and, also, an independent security researcher, presented his findings about Nexus phones at DefCamp. This is a key conference on information security, and it ran from November 29 to November 30 in Bucharest.center_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: defcamp.ro/ In one of his tests, performed on a Nexus 4 with the screen unlocked and running Android 4.3, after receiving around 30 class 0 messages, the phone did not respond to taps or attempts to lock the screen. While in that state, the phone was unable to take incoming calls; a manual reboot was necessary. Overall, he said that he found Nexus phones –the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5—to be vulnerable to multiple SMS attempts which may force the phones to reboot or lose connectivity. The mischief is accomplished if the attacker sends around 30 Flash SMS messages to the phone. (He wanted to see what would happen if sending multiple messages to a device at short intervals.)Flash SMS messages are displayed on the screen and with this type of exploit, the user who ignores the messages without saving or dismissing actions at once may see the phone lose connectivity or reboot.According to reports, Alecu contacted Google about the issues. Is it only happening with Nexus phones? Alecu said he tried the attack on other devices with no such results. This does not mean the exploit would be impossible to carry out on smartphones from other vendors but so far he was only able to confirm such effects on Nexus phones. According to PCWorld, “We thank him for bringing the possible issue to our attention and we are investigating,” said a Google representative via email.According to Android Police, “Based on limited testing with devices from various vendors, the vulnerability appears to only affect the Nexus line running on all versions of stock Android through to the current release of KitKat.”The latest news is that a firewall app that addresses the vulnerability is available now in the Google Play store. The ClassOFirewall, from SilentServices, has been designed to help protect against such attacks; as a line of defense, the app limits how many Flash SMS can be received. Values can be set for threshold and block duration. If the number of incoming messages exceeds the defined value the message gets dropped by the Firewall. If a message gets dropped, a toast message appears. Class0Firewall is a Proof of Concept app, according to the description on Google Play, “discovered by Bogdan Alecu. He also came up with the idea for the defense.” Due to the SMS API change in Android 4.4 KitKat, the notice added, the Firewall has no effect but an attempt is to be made, said the notice, to find a way around.last_img read more

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