ESCRYPT: smart control loop for detecting and blocking attacks makes vehicles immune

first_img Continue Reading Previous ROHM: DC/DC converter works up to ten years on a single coin batteryNext Avalue introduces advanced ARC industrial tablet PCs These days, the trend is towards connected, partially, and highly automated driving functions – calling for comprehensive security solutions. Traditional defenses that protect single functions are no longer sufficient in the face of these developments. After all, the vehicles affected will be on the roads for many years to come – and therefore have to withstand many generations of hacker attacks. The answer to the problem is automotive security solutions that combine attack detection and blocking functions in a self-teaching control loop. ESCRYPT’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution (IDPS) follows precisely this approach, offering a cyclical, multitiered defense strategy that combines various system components.The embedded CycurGATE firewall, for instance, immediately blocks any attack on an ECU that follows a known attack pattern. Even so, to be able to continue guarding against the constantly shifting lines of attack in the future, the firewall’s rule sets (black and white lists) must be constantly updated. This is where the embedded CycurIDS attack detection software comes into its own. CycurIDS has been designed for both CAN- and future Ethernet-based E/E architectures, and constantly monitors data traffic. It is able to detect typical attack signatures, especially anomalies in cyclical messages and misappropriation of diagnostic requests. Any anomalies logged are either saved to the vehicle for later analysis or – for a fast response – automatically saved to a cloud-based event database.In the final step of the process, IDS data from the entire vehicle fleet is aggregated and analyzed in the backend using the big data analysis tool CycurGUARD. This software draws on its continually growing attack database to identify any acute threats in real time, and notify the cyber security team when necessary. The security team can then perform further analysis, implement the necessary countermeasures, and roll out a security update to all the vehicles in the fleet.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Australia cricket stars doff their hats to MS Dhoni: He is a legend

first_imgAustralia’s cricket stars are in awe of MS Dhoni who is gearing up to play the three-ODI series starting January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Dhoni first played an ODI in Australia back in 2008 and has scored 860 runs off 32 matches in the country since.Dhoni has played 48 ODIs against Australia and has scored 1355 runs including two hundreds.MS Dhoni, on his very first tour of Australia 11 years ago, had led India to victory in the CB Series. After qualifying for the finals of the tri-series, India defeated Australia 2-0.Back in 2016, Dhoni had overseen a 1-4 defeat in the five-match ODI series before blanking Australia 3-0 in the T20I series. Known for his cool on and off the field, Dhoni has many admirers around the cricket world.Usman Khawaja, the Australian middle-order batsman, said he had plenty on common with the way MS Dhoni plays his cricket”He’s obviously a legend of a cricketer but he’s such a good bloke and so relaxed,” Khawaja told”I love playing cricket with him and on the same team because I think we’re quite similar in the way we play.”He concentrates on the controllable, doesn’t worry about the rest, doesn’t let a lot faze him, understands there’s a lot of up and downs in cricket and I think he’s experienced that throughout his career and the way he plays and the way he goes about it.”Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s optional training session ahead of the 1st ODI against Australia. (@BCCI) January 9, 2019Dhoni a great ambassador for cricket: CumminsAustralia pacer Pat Cummins lauded MS Dhoni for his ability to stay calm and balanced despite all his successes as a leader.”I think my main memory of Dhoni is just his persona on the field,” Cummins said.”You’ve seen him winning IPL tournaments, World Cups, Test matches, incredible victories, and he just picks up the stump and walks off (like) nothing happened.”Winning games from impossible positions and he just seems like the most level, calm captain when he’s captaining, just play, nothing seems too big a deal, and just can pull things out of his hat like no one else.”He’s a great ambassador for cricket, being an idol to a billion Indian people back home and he’s hugely respected around the world.”The influence that is @msdhoni in vice-captain @ImRo45’s words #TeamIndia #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 10, 2019Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine, who got into several verbal wars with Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant during the recently concluded four-Test series, said MS Dhoni is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the history of the game.”I think he is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen to ever play the game,” Australia Test skipper and fellow wicketkeeper Tim Paine told “He is right up there, no doubt about that, particularly in white-ball cricket.”Hopefully he doesn’t get too many runs but it’s certainly going to be nice to have him here for a little bit. I’m happy I won’t be out there against him.”MS Dhoni is only one of three cricketers to have captained in 200 ODIs. Dhoni remains India’s most successful ODI captain with 110 wins from 200 matches – overall, he has captained India in 332 internationals across the three formats.MS Dhoni’s experience will be key for India even though his recent form has been disappointing. India vice-captain Rohit Sharma said Dhoni is the guiding light for the team.Tim Paine in awe of Dhoni’s ability to keep things simplePaine said the best thing about Dhoni was that he kept things simple.”What I do love about watching him play, whether he is batting or keeping and captaining, he keeps things very simple,” Paine said.”That’s just from what I can see. Cricket is a very complicated game and I’ve enjoyed watching him really simplify it still in this modern age.”He just looks like he does the basics pretty well, stays real relaxed and – at his age from the pressure he would be under in India and around the world – he looks like he just loves playing cricket,” Paine said.Also Read |Never seen a batsman concentrate like Pujara and that includes Tendulkar, Dravid: LangerAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Sydney weather forces Team India to practice indoors ahead of 1st ODIAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Steve Smith speaks up about Virat Kohli’s support

first_imgAustralian batsman Steve Smith has termed as ‘lovely gesture’ the support he received from Virat Kohli during their recent World Cup clash, while revealing that the crowd’s booing did not bother the former Australia captain.”Yeah, it was a lovely gesture. It doesn’t really bother me what the crowd do to be perfectly honest, I’m just sort of blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from Virat, that’s for sure,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Smith as saying.Smith just made a return to his national team after serving a year-long ban, which was handed out to him for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal last year. Therefore, during the match between India and Australia in the premier tournament on June 9, Steve Smith faced ‘cheater, cheater’ chants from the Indians fans. However, Kohli signalled the crowd to applaud Smith and not jeer at him.India won by 36 runs and after the match, Kohli admitted that he apologized to Smith on behalf of the fans.Australia’s win against West Indies was the most doubtful win as the former was on just 38 runs after the loss of four wickets. However, Smith’s 73 runs off 103 balls and Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92-run inning from 60 balls helped set a target of 289 runs, which they later defended and won the match by 15-runs.Smith talked about his slow inning and said: “We spoke after the first [warm-up] game against West Indies, and one-day cricket you’ve got to really adapt to the conditions and sometimes you may need to play like a Test match and sometimes you may need to play like a T20. I know the situation a lot of the time, it’s about summing it up and playing according to what needs to be done out in the middle.”advertisementAustralia sit on the top of the points table and will now face Bangladesh on June 20.Also Read | We are improving with each game: Aaron Finch after Australia crush Sri Lanka in LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Finch, Starc star as Australia top table with big win over Sri LankaAlso Seelast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something different

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: Malcom can offer us something differentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insists he’s happy with the progress of three of their summer signings.Valverde discussed Malcom, Clement Lenglet and Arthur yesterday.He stated, “Lenglet already knew LaLiga which is an advantage to get used to the rhythm of the matches. Also to the demands that are in defence. And for the injuries he has become indispensable. “Arthur’s case is different because he did not know LaLiga and he played at a different pace. But he has fit very well because his characteristics conform to the style of Barça.”On Malcom, he added: “He is a player who has not participated as much as the other two but is a forward, good at one against one and scoring. He is different. Hope he helps us. The injuries have burdened him but we believe he has a future ahead of him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Hakim to meet civic bodies on ways to tackle outbreak of dengue

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, will meet seniorofficials of the civic bodies to find out ways and means to combat the outbreak of dengue and an unknown fever in some areas. The chairmen of different municipalities and mayors of corporations will also attend the meeting. The meeting will be held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on August 14. Senior officials of state Health department will also be present at the meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that while addressing the gathering to observe a Save Green Stay Clean programme at Nazrul Mancha on August 1, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had cautioned the municipalities in North 24-Parganas about dengue which has taken the shape of an epidemic in Bangladesh and urged them to ramp up anti-larvae drives. It may be mentioned that Mohammad Tajul Islam, Local Government and Rural Development minister of Bangladesh, met Hakim on August 3 to discuss about the anti-dengue drives that are being carried out in Bengal and subsequently on August 5, a video conference was held between the Mayor of Dhaka and senior officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, headed by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, where the civic officials told their Bangladesh counterparts about the steps being taken in the city against the disease. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, some pockets in North 24-Parganas including Basirhat, Gaighata, Ashoknagar and Barasat are reeling under dengue and unknown fever. The state Health department has given Rs 40.50 lakh to the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to intensify anti-larvae drives. 450 additional personnel have been provided to carry out the drives and conduct house-to-house survey. Around 2,000 people afflicted with dengue have been admitted to different hospitals in North 24-Parganas. Virologists from School of Tropical Medicine (STM) have visited the affected areas and collected blood samples of those suffering from high fever. In a recently held meeting with senior officials of the state Health department headed by additional chief secretary Rajiva Sinha, Hakim had said that KMC has become a role model to all the civic bodies to combat vector-borne diseases. For successful launching of anti-larvae drives, the cooperation of common people is mandatory. It has been learnt that awareness campaign against dengue and the unknown fever will be conducted throughout the state.last_img read more

Cultural traditions in China and Croatia put on UN heritage protection list

15 November 2010Three cultural elements in China and one in Croatia were today inscribed on the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection at a meeting in Kenya of parties to the international convention designed to preserve the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Three cultural elements in China and one in Croatia were today inscribed on the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection at a meeting in Kenya of parties to the international convention designed to preserve the world’s intangible cultural heritage.Some 400 State delegates, representatives from civil society and observers are attending the 5th session of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, which is being held for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa.The new additions to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding include the Meshrep tradition found among the Uygur people in China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. A complete Meshrep event includes a rich collection of traditions and performance arts, such as music, dance, drama, folk arts, acrobatics, oral literature and games.Also added to the list are the watertight-bulkhead technology of Chinese junks developed in southern China’s Fujian province. The technology permits the construction of ocean-going vessels with watertight compartments. Delegates also selected China’s wooden movable-type printing for addition to the list. The technique is one the world’s oldest and is practised in Rui’an county, Zhejiang province, where it is used in compiling and printing clan genealogies.Croatia’s Ojkanje singing also made it to the list. Found in the Croatian regions of the Dalmatian hinterland, the Ojkanje is performed by two or more singers using a distinctive voice-shaking technique created by the throat. Each song lasts as long as the lead singer can hold his or her breath.The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is administered by UNESCO), was adopted in 2003 and is ratified by 132 States. It recommends the protection of elements such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and know-how related to traditional handicrafts.“The Convention is one of the most innovative instruments that we have developed to address contemporary challenges,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director General, in her opening address. “I see our commitment to intangible heritage as an act of solidarity, respect and understanding of others,” she said.During the five-day meeting, the Committee will also examine 47 elements for inscription to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Ms. Bokova lamented the absence at this year’s session of inscription candidates from Africa.“We should feel an obligation towards the African continent and to all those who have an extremely rich intangible heritage and who are not fittingly represented in the Convention’s Lists,” she said. read more

Canada housing starts jump to highest in almost a decade beating expectations

OTTAWA — The annual pace of housing starts increased more than expected in March and hit their highest level since September 2007.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts for March came in at 253,720 units, up from 214,253 in February.Economists had expected a reading of 215,000 for last month, according to Thomson Reuters.Canadians ready to cash in on their property, poll finds; problem is, where to go next?Seven ways to cool Toronto’s red-hot housing market without hurting everyone elseOverheating housing could drag down Canada’s economy if unchecked, RBC warnsThe overall increase came as the annual pace of urban starts increased by 20.2 per cent to 235,674 units, boosted by an increase in multi-unit starts.Multi-unit urban starts increased by 30.2 per cent to 160,989, while single-detached urban starts increased by 3.1 per cent to 74,685 units. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,046.CMHC’s trend measure, a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rate, increased to 211,342 units in March compared with 205,521 in February. read more

Prince Harry announces massive travel sustainability project

NEW YORK — The eco-minded Prince Harry announced a massive travel sustainability initiative Tuesday in partnership with key service providers that’s aimed at bettering the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travellers.The Duke of Sussex unveiled Travalyst at a news conference in Amsterdam, a city hit hard by over-tourism. He was joined by representatives of his partners,, TripAdvisor, Visa, China’s largest travel company, Ctrip, and the Ctrip-owned fare aggregator Skyscanner.The long-term initiative is focused on tackling the travel industry’s impact on climate change, improving wildlife conservation and protecting the environment in top tourist spots. It will also look at ways to better serve local communities through tourism dollars.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 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 Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,614.48, down 11.08 points):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.75 per cent, to $4.05 on 6.5 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 41 cents, or 0.62 per cent, to $65.63 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 14 cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $5.22 on 4.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.25 per cent, to $4.04 on 4.3 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 33 cents, or 2.38 per cent, to $14.18 on 3.7 million shares. The CEO says his company plans to accelerate drilling of conventional gas wells on lands it’s buying from ConocoPhillips through a $17.7-billion deal announced last month. Brian Ferguson says the Calgary-based company will increase spending to $650 million in 2019 to drill about 120 wells on the land in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta.Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX:GCM). Miner. Unchanged at 9.5 cents on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up $1.54, or 8.70 per cent, to $19.25 on 2.8 million shares. The chairman says he remains confident about the lending company’s future despite recently announced allegations against the company, as well as two of its former CEOs and its current chief financial officer. An open letter by Home Capital chairman Kevin Smith says the company recognizes that shareholder confidence has been shaken by the Ontario Security Commission’s allegations, released Wednesday.National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). Bank. Down five cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $54.31 on 1.8 million shares. National Bank has signed a deal to take a minority stake in robo-adviser Nest Wealth for $6 million. Canada’s big banks have been ramping up their investments in technology in the face of competition from low-cost robo-advisers and other technology providers. read more

UN envoy in Iraq welcomes beginning of parliamentary voting process

“Today’s special voting marks the beginning of the voting process,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Martin Kobler said in a news release. The country’s electoral body, the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), demonstrated “a high level of professionalism in this first election organized under full Iraqi ownership,” Mr. Kobler stressed. “Now that Iraqi security forces, police and military have exercised their right to cast their ballot, all eyes are focused on the election day on 20 April,” the UN Envoy noted. He urged the security forces to ensure a free and secure environment for the elections. At least 15.5 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in the 20 April polls, according to official estimates, where more than 8,000 candidates are reportedly vying for 378 seats on provincial councils. Provincial councils are responsible for nominating governors who take charge of the provinces’ administration, finances and reconstruction projects.“It is of the utmost importance that voters turn out in an orderly and safe environment free of violence, threats and intimidation,” Mr. Kobler concluded.Next week’s elections are the first Iraq has held since parliamentary elections in 2010. read more

UN striving to get prevention right SecretaryGeneral says in Andrew Carnegie lecture

“The UN and its Member States have much work to do. As we strive to get prevention right, let us continue to be inspired by the contributions of David Hamburg,” the Secretary-General said in the inaugural Andrew Carnegie Distinguished Lecture on conflict prevention, which honoured Mr. Hamburg.The event, which took place this evening at Headquarters, was co-sponsored by the United Nations and the Foreign Policy Association. Honouree David A. Hamburg, who discussed his new book Give Peace A Chance, was introduced by Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning. “David Hamburg has made truly important intellectual contributions to the world and to the work of the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said, noting that Mr. Hamburg, during 15 years as head of the Carnegie Corporation, helped to transform the way the United Nations, Governments and the broader public looked at a range of issues, from public health and education to nuclear non-proliferation to conflict prevention. “His work on conflict prevention has been especially notable,” Mr. Ban said, recalling that one the main priorities of his tenure as UN Chief has been to improve the Organization’s ability to address brewing tensions before they become bigger and costlier crises. “I wanted us to make greater use of the many tools available under Chapter VI of the UN Charter to prevent armed conflict,” he said, adding that in that endeavour, a major reference point has been the seminal 1997 report of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. The key elements of that report still resonated today, he said, citing its focus on early action, national ownership and the critical role of civil society; the need to address the full range socio-economic and political factors to ensure lasting peace; and the acknowledgement that in extreme situations, the use of force remains an important tool to prevent even greater atrocities.“The United Nations has come a long way in internalizing and operationalizing these insights,” the Secretary-General said, noting that UN special envoys are the most visible manifestations of the world body’s growing emphasis on preventive diplomacy. “These envoys can now call on rapidly deployable expertise on cease-fire negotiations, power-sharing, constitutional design, gender issues and other aspects of peace processes,” said Mr. Band, adding that UN regional offices in West Africa, Central Asia and Central Africa act as forward platforms for preventive work.“We have worked hard to bridge the gap between the political and development arms of the United Nations to more effectively address drivers of conflict,” he said. The Organization had also helped to solidly embed the Responsibility to Protect in its normative framework. While those efforts have yielded concrete results – from Kenya to Kyrgyzstan, the UN has kept tensions from escalating, and it was accompanying difficult transition processes in Guinea, Yemen and Somalia – “we are reminded on a daily basis that prevention has limits and shortcomings,” he said citing situations in Syria, Mal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic “Our efforts in preventive diplomacy are hampered by sovereignty concerns of Member States and fears of external interference,” Mr. Pan said, stressing that preventive action can only succeed when the international community speaks with one voice. Divisions in the Security Council or in approaches among organizations can undermine the effectiveness of mediators. He noted that early warning also remains a challenge. Social media are helping the United Nations to take the pulse of a country or a situation. “But we have also been caught unprepared. And we need to improve our ability to engage preventively in fragile countries where we have only a development presence, as was the case in Sri Lanka,” he said. Concluding, he said that Mr. Hamburg’s work has enabled the international community to make quantum leaps in its approach to addressing armed conflict. “As the title of his new book puts it, he is helping us all to ‘Give Peace a Chance’” the Secretary-General said. read more

Information Center of Ministry of Land and Resources China and Swedens RMG

first_imgRaw Materials Group (RMG), mineral economists based in Stockholm, Sweden has concluded a co-operation agreement with Information Center of Ministry of Land and Resources (ICMLR) Beijing, China. RMG and ICMLR strengthen their long co-operation and will pursue a number of joint research projects. The agreement was signed during the China Mining 2011 in Tianjin. By combining RMG’s databases covering all mines in the world with ICMLR’s extensive knowledge of Chinese mineral deposits and exploration, a research unit without equal is created, says RMG.The partners will start with two topics:• Supply and Demand of key minerals in major areas of the world• Exploration expenditure in the world- developments and driversRMG and ICMLR are convinced that these joint research projects strengthen the links between the two partners and set the scene for a successful future together with considerable mutual benefits. “This agreement confirms RMG’s global presence and strong position among mineral economists all over the world” says RMG’s founder Magnus Ericsson. “This agreement deepens the ICMLR’s international cooperation, and further widen ICMLR’s ways to research more mining information of all over the world” says ICMLR’s director Han Haiqing.last_img read more

The people behind us suddenly dropped Witnesses describe Tayto Park stairs collapse

first_img“The people behind us suddenly dropped”: Witnesses describe Tayto Park stairs collapse Nine people were taken to hospital over the incident. Monday 24 Oct 2016, 8:03 AM Oct 24th 2016, 8:03 AM AN INVESTIGATION IS underway into the collapse of a staircase at the Tayto Park House of Horrors event, which led to the hospitalisation of nine people.The incident occurred on Saturday night at approximately 8pm. The park is located in Ashbourne, Co Meath.A statement from Tayto said that its emergency plan was immediately put into place after the incident occurred.It’s understood all of those who were hospitalised have since been released.Witnesses have been speaking about what happened on the night. Rian O’Kelly (25) from Dublin, told BBC Radio Ulster that she had just stepped off the staircase when it collapsed.She brought her sister and two of her sister’s friends to the event. They queued for an hour to get into the House of Horrors, and she said the queue reached up two flights of stairs. 20,974 Views The management of Tayto Park will co-operate fully with the investigation as the safety of our guests is paramount.Tayto Park reopened as normal yesterday.Read: Nine people injured after House of Horrors staircase collapse at Tayto Park> We had just stepped on to kind of like a landing and there is another flight of stairs going up. And basically we heard this big creaking noise and we thought it was part of the show, like it was trying to be scary, but next of all the people behind us suddenly dropped and the whole staircase collapsed. Share13 Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps By Aoife Barry 21 Comments Image: Google Maps And then obviously everyone got really afraid and everyone started crying and screaming and running because we thought we were going to drop as well.She described the situation as “surreal”. “It was like they vanished,” she said of the people who were on the part of the staircase that dropped.“I was also so frightened, my knees were totally shaking. All of the younger children and adults were screaming and crying it was very scary and it was ironic that we were supposed to be going into the House of Horrors.”Tayto Park said in a statement that at approximately 8pm the lower portion of a permanent staircase leading to The House of Horrors gave way.The Tayto Park emergency plan was immediately put in place and the emergency services attended the scene. Nine people were transported to hospitals in the city as a precautionary measure to assess their injuries. Short URLlast_img read more

Marrickvilles Greek poster girl

first_imgGreek Australian Maia Oranea Stratos is the official face of the Marrickville Festival being held on tomorrow. The eight-year-old is the perfect example of the culturally diverse area of Marrickville with a Greek mother and an Irish Australian father. Her mother, Katerina Stratos, and her husband both work in the film and arts industries and said their daughter exemplified the culturally mixed and artistic community of Marrickville. “We love living in Marrickville because our neighbourhood is so artistic and Maia is a product of that artistic community – she loves sculpting, drawing and painting,” said Katerina. Maia said she regularly visits the area’s local markets and enjoys shopping at Reverse Garbage where she buys recycled materials to make Plasticine and clay models. “There’s always fun things to do,” Maia said when asked what she likes most about Marrickville. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

82 will check an organisations benefits package when job hunting

first_imgMore than three quarters (82%) of employee respondents will check an organisation’s benefits package when job hunting, according to research by Jobsite.Its survey of 1,000 UK employees and 500 employers also found that 34% of employer respondents view benefits as an important recruitment tool.The research also found:72% of employee respondents would be more motivated and likely to stay at an organisation if offered an attractive benefits package.62% of employer respondents believe they offer a good benefits package, and 47% of employee respondents agree.20% of employee respondents feel their benefits package is poor.Just under half (49%) of employee respondents would sacrifice £115 a month for benefits that would contribute to a better work-life balance.93% of employee respondents and 95% of employer respondents believe having flexibility in the workplace makes staff feel more trusted and valued.25% of employer respondents are worried about the effect flexible working will have on staff productivity.41% of female employee respondents value their benefits package at £50 or less a year.29% of male employee respondents value their benefits at more than £500 a year, compared to 17% of female employee respondents.52% of employee respondents name increased annual leave as their top benefit, followed by an enhanced pension scheme (48%), flexible working (45%), and private healthcare (34%).Nick Gold, chief executive officer at Jobsite, said: “The discrepancy between businesses and employees in attitude towards benefits is very surprising. It’s yet another indication of the new modern working culture, in which employees are looking for flexibility in their working life and remuneration.“Businesses need to adopt this culture and recognise that offering a strong benefits package is an excellent way of attracting and retaining the best talent. A modern approach to this is creating a flexible ‘shopping list’ style of package, allowing employees to decide which benefits offer the most value to them as individuals.”last_img read more

Man wearing utility worker vest steals package from SWMD home

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A home surveillance system captured a man dressed as a utility worker stealing packages from a home in Southwest Miami-Dade.Video shows the man walking up to a home near Southwest 55th Avenue and Flagler Street, looking around and grabbing the packages left at the door.The man could be seen wearing a helmet and an orange and yellow Water and Sewer safety vest.The theft took place on Feb. 28.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Splatoon playable without a Wii U thanks to impressive Minecraft mod

first_imgNintendo’s latest effort to get gamers interested in and buying the Wii U is the third-person shooter called Splatoon. The game is receiving great reviews, with an average score of 81 on Metacritic since its launch late last month. However, Nintendo is not going to be happy to see that Splatoon is already playable without a Wii U thanks to a very impressive Minecraft mod by SethBling.The aim of Splatoon is for two opposing teams to cover a level in ink. The team that covers more of a level in ink when a set time limit is reached wins the game. Players fire ink in their team color, but must change to a squid form in order to replenish their ink supply as well as unlocking the ability to climb up walls or through grates wherever their ink color is present.As you can see in the video below, Splatoon in Minecraft has implemented all of the mechanics from Nintendo’s original game:I doubt Nintendo will choose to ignore this because of just how popular Minecraft is with its core audience of children. It also helps that Minecraft is owned by Microsoft, who will at least engage Nintendo in conversation if they choose to complain about the mod.Personally, I don’t think this will impact sales of Splatoon very much. Kids already with a Wii U at home will want to play Splatoon, and they will urge their friends to buy it, too. They may also play the Minecraft version, but however good it is, it’s always going to be more clunky than the Nintendo original.What we should focus on here is just how impressive the modding community is within Minecraft, and how much scope there is for creativity in Minecraft. I wonder what they’ll produce next?last_img read more

Mother saves 5 yearold from mountain lion Oakland loses third police chief

first_imgColorado Mother saves 5 year-old from mountain lion attack. Third Oakland police chief resigns in one week amidst department scandal.ICYMI last night: A new police chief removed in Oakland, a new scandal.— KQED News (@KQEDnews) June 18, 2016 Advertisement Hospital: 5-year-old boy attacked by mountain lion. Mother of boy fought off the animal. Boy being transported to Denver in fair condition.— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) June 18, 2016 Apple ordered to stop selling iPhone 6 in China. (Forbes)Apple Ordered To Halt iPhone 6 Sales In China— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 18, 2016 RIP Ron Lester, “Billy Bob” from “Varsity Blues.” (Variety)Every child’s nightmare: Arizona Ice cream truck melts in fire.FD: 1 hospitalized after ice cream truck fire in #Phoenix #abc15— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) June 18, 2016 First trailer for Tupac biopic “All Eyes on Me”.last_img read more

There will be a plugin Hybrid Jeep Wrangler in 2020

first_imgThe Jeep Wrangler, the car most people are probably thinking of when they hear about “a Jeep,” will take a leap forward into the world of alternative powertrains in 2020 when it gets a plug-in hybrid variant. The PHEV version of the Wrangler was announced at the LA Auto Show this week (via Roadshow) alongside an EcoDiesel and standard gas versions.There’s not much additional information out there yet regarding the plug-in Jeep, except that it could borrow from the hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica, which offers a fully electric range of 33 miles and an overall efficiency rating of 32 miles per gallon. Maybe you could stick with electric drive for the commute, and only dip into your gas reserves when you’re hitting the off-road trails for the weekend.This is definitely a bit of a departure for the tried and true Wrangler brand identity, but automakers are increasingly looking for places in the lineup where use of EV and hybrid drivetrains make sense, from both a consumer and a manufacturer’s perspective.last_img read more

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has five

first_imgCardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has five catches for 67 yards in two games this season.A perennial Pro Bowler, Fitz often times puts up those numbers in just a half of football.The Cardinals have struggled to get their star the football through two games this season, especially in the 20-18 win over New England last Sunday.Kevin Kolb attempted to get the ball to Fitzgerald five times, but he came down with just one catch for four yards. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img 0 Comments   Share   “I think we’ve done a real good job now for six years of scheming to get Larry the ball,” an unconcerned Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Miller said. “As well as that being a focus, I think we need to remember, took, our focus is to win the game.”While those words are not likely to appease the many fantasy football owners who have Fitzgerald on their roster, it is ultimately the only thing that matters for the Cardinals.Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more