APTN National NewsLillian Dyck is one of those former liberal Senators.She talked about Trudeau’s plan.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Local governments and the Province will use new housing needs reports to better understand and respond to long-term housing needs specific to their communities.To support this work the Province is providing $5 million over the next three years through a program administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, along with data and guidance to support communities’ efforts. This new legislation is requiring local governments to collect data, analyze trends and present a report every five years that describes current and anticipated housing needs.“The District of Chetwynd is pleased to have support from the Province to work on a housing needs study,” said Allen Courtoreille, mayor of Chetwynd. “As a resource community, Chetwynd faces unique housing challenges due to shifting demographics, and this is an important first step to help make sure that our young people, families and seniors have the homes they need.” According to the Province, the reports will assess key housing needs, including the need for affordable housing, rental housing and homes for seniors, people with special needs, families and people at risk of homelessness. Most of the data required by local governments, such as demographics and household income levels, will be available on a single provincial website at no cost.“Empowering communities to develop housing solutions that work for them is a key part of our government’s affordable housing strategy,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Housing needs reports will provide the information that local governments, along with the Province, need to make sure that we are all creating the right kind of homes for people living in communities throughout B.C.”The new requirements were developed in consultation with an advisory group, including representatives from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, BC Stats, BC Housing, the Planning Institute of BC, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and local governments.“Effective housing policy needs a high level of collaboration and co-operation between the various levels of governments,” said Arjun Singh, president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM). “Local governments around the province have been undertaking their own housing need studies. The new provincial requirement will increase the data available and improve its consistency among communities. UBCM is pleased to administer funding for this initiative.”Once complete, all reports will be presented to a local government council or board. The reports will also be publicly available online to anyone seeking to better understand local housing needs.The intake for the first round of funding is now open and successful local governments will be notified in summer 2019.
Kolkata: Major jewellers in the country have appealed to the government for standardisation in hallmarking of gold, contending that multiple measures of purity involved in the process was creating confusion in the industry. The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) has urged the consumer affairs ministry for standardisation in hallmarking purity across the country. Vice-chairman of GJC, Shaankar Sen, said that various forms of purity like 14, 18 and 22 carats are being used for the hallmarking process. Citing an example, Sen said that for gold bars and coins, the purity required for hallmarking is 20 and 24 carats, respectively. This, he said, was creating confusion in the jewellery industry, necessitating standardisation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChairman of GJC, Anantha Padmanabhan, said when the the model code of conduct is in force, there is a need for a standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding the seizure of gold in transit, based on valid documents. “We will meet the chief election commissioner and discuss the matter,” he told reporters here on Saturday. He also said the annual turnover of the gem and jewellery industry is around Rs 4 lakh crore, which is expected to double in the next couple of years. The GJC also launched a sensitisation programme – ‘Labham’ – for jewellers, providing information on regulatory compliance and best business practices.
Canada Bond yields for Monday as of 4 p.m. (previous day in brackets):One-month: 0.67Three-month: 0.705Six-month: 0.88One-year: 1.08Two-year: 1.193Five-year: 1.50810-year: 1.88730-year: 2.256Interest rates:Prime rate: 2.95%Overnight lending rate: 0.75%
Cold Creek County and The Small Town Girls will be performing to create awareness and raise money for Youth Unlimited Norfolk.The June 27 charity concert will be held at The Aud in Simcoe. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.“We are so excited about this,” Dan Avey, who is the satellite director of YFC/Youth Unlimited-Norfolk County, said in a press release. “To have a band like Cold Creek County here is huge. We couldn’t thank them enough for coming here and helping out with such a great cause.”YFC/Youth Unlimited-Norfolk County is a place where the area’s youth can go and be part of a community. Avey said a program like this is vital to the community.“The youth are our future,” Avey said. “Helping them out now is so important. The programming we do really does make a difference in the community. And having an event like this will go a long way.”Cold Creek County are known for their entertaining live show. They are also heavy hitters in the Canadian country scene, boasting a Juno nomination, multiple Canadian Country Music Award nominations, including group of the year. They have also won group of the year multiple years in a row at the Ontario Country Music Awards.They have several top 20 hits across Canada, including “Our Town,” “Till the Wheels Come Off,” “Beer Weather,” “Homemade,” “Money,” and their newest release “Gold.”The group’s members are Doug Oliver, Josh Lester, Trevor MacLeod, Justin Lester, and Jordan Honsinger. They were founded in Brighton, Ontario, in 2013 and signed to Sony Music Canada in 2014.Opening for Cold Creek County are local favourites, The Small Town Girls.The band consists of identical twins Haley and Hannah VanMaele, along with Cassie VanMaele, and Jillian VanDaalen.The Small Town Girls have won numerous awards, including the 2018 edition of Norfolk Has Talent.“We’re so happy that The Small Town Girls are part of this event,” Avey said. “They are great kids and great examples of how youth can reach their potential.”Tickets are for sale online and you can go to yfcnorfolkcounty.com to get the link.
A news release from FAO said that some 900 Saiga antelopes (Saiga tatarica mongolica), almost 10 percent of the sub-species’ population, have been found dead in Mongolia’s western province of Khovd. Samples taken from carcasses indicated the animals were positive for Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a highly fatal viral disease with plague-like impact on domestic sheep and goat herds, killing up to 90 percent of infected animals.While wildlife have long been considered potentially vulnerable, relatively few actual cases of PPR infection have been documented in free ranging wild goat-like species and never in free-ranging antelope.FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are leading a multinational effort to eradicate PPR, which can have devastating food-security and economic impacts, by 2030. Eighty percent of the world’s estimated 2.1 billion small ruminants live in affected regions and constitute an important asset for a third of poor rural households. PPR, first identified in Côte d’Ivoire in the 1940s, is now threatening over 75 countries.Saiga in Mongolia are not truly migratory but are certainly nomadic with an extensive range of about 130,000 square kilometers with seasonal movements in autumn for breeding and early spring for calving. The species, was once widely spread across the Eurasian steppes, is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The dead are highly suggestive of a spillover event from domestic animals with which they share common grazing areas, especially in winter when foraging ranges are fewer. Efforts are ongoing to investigate the situation on the ground, geared in particular to investigating possible other causes, such as the bacterial infection (Pasteurella multocida) that is now suspected to have been the cause of death of hundreds of thousands of Saiga in Kazakhstan in 2015.
SEATTLE — For most of the past 10 years, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin were inseparable. College teammates at Stanford. Pros together in Seattle.The first time facing each other as opponents in the pros was going to be noteworthy, no matter how much Sherman tried to downplay the significance before and after.“It was just a regular game. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t have played as well as we could have. Had too many turnovers, gave up too many plays. That’s football and that’s the way things have gone this season,” Sherman said.The subplot to Sunday’s 43-16 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers was the return of Sherman to the city where he went from an overlooked fifth-round draft pick into becoming one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL and a Super Bowl champion. He was a beloved star in Seattle, whose career with the Seahawks abruptly ended last March when he was released coming off an Achilles injury that ended his 2017 season early. He left Seattle, found a new home in San Francisco and knew doing so would mean twice a year seeing his former team.The first reunion was going to be the most awkward, but for the most part it went smoothly. Sherman tried to disassociate himself from the hype surrounding the game, while his former teammates — especially Baldwin — spoke emotionally about missing their friend and now opponent.Bobby Wagner seemed to be the only one that wanted to have a little fun with the situation, saying he was looking for Sherman on the sideline during his 98-yard interception return in the fourth quarter which led to a little trash talking postgame.“He was just telling me that I was slow. I was telling him if I’m slow then what does that say about his team? We were just talking trash,” Wagner said. “That’s my brother, it was an amazing time for us to play with each other and to see him on the opposite side in the other jersey — that he looks ugly in — was cool.”Sherman went through his normal pregame routine that included finding Baldwin and briefly throwing a ball back and forth as they did in Seattle. He spent several minutes talking with Baldwin while also giving a quick handshake and hug to Russell Wilson and speaking with several other Seahawks players and staff.When the game started, it was mostly a quiet day for the cornerback. Seattle didn’t throw much and the first time Wilson threw his way was the third quarter when Baldwin slipped free from Sherman’s tackle attempt for a 21-yard gain. He also saw Jaron Brown break free from coverage for an 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand.Afterward, he made certain to exchange jerseys with Baldwin on the field.“I’m not that emotional of a person when it comes to stuff like that,” Sherman said. “We’re obviously good friends and obviously we don’t see each other during the season. We’re going to see each other during the off-season. So it was good seeing him, good seeing his face and get to have a conversation.”Sherman said he wasn’t paying attention when Seattle’s wide receivers recreated his famous tip play from the 2013 NFC championship game when he deflected an end zone pass by Colin Kaepernick late in the fourth quarter into the arms of Malcolm Smith. The recreation was part of Seattle’s ongoing touchdown celebrations by its wide receivers and was the one Baldwin specifically wanted to do. It just happened to come in the same end zone as the original play — just this time with Baldwin in the role of Sherman in the reenactment.“He didn’t even know. I wanted it to be a surprise,” Baldwin said. “He knows it’s a tribute and he knows how the guys on this side of the ball feel. He knows how much we love him and how much we miss him.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTim Booth, The Associated Press
Globally the aluminium industry produces over 1 Mt of spent pot lining every year according to industry experts, much of which is kept in indefinite storage. This agreement is a further step for EGA towards re-using all spent pot lining in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, and Arkan, a leading building materials company, have agreed to test the use of a byproduct of aluminium smelting in Arkan’s cement plant in Al Ain, improving the environmental performance of both companies.Spent pot lining is the used inner lining of aluminium smelting pots, which is worn out and replaced every four to five years. Outside the UAE, some spent pot lining is sent to landfill.EGA will provide spent pot lining to Arkan to jointly test whether it is suitable for use as feedstock for Arkan’s cement plant. This will not only reduce storage in the UAE, but it is also expected to reduce Arkan’s energy needs and requirement for quarried rock.EGA has supplied spent pot lining to other UAE cement plants since 2010 for use as a feedstock.In 2016, over 37,000 t of EGA’s spent pot lining was used in the UAE cement industry, more than EGA’s average annual production. EGA aims to re-use all its spent pot lining in the UAE, and is safely storing excess spent pot lining already produced for eventual economic use.Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Many in the aluminium industry see spent pot lining as a problem, but we see it as an economic and environmental opportunity. Using spent pot lining in cement manufacturing is a win-win for both industries and for the country, and contributes to achievement of the economic diversification vision of the UAE.”Abdulaziz Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Arkan, said: “EGA’s spent pot lining should reduce both our costs and energy needs, delivering business value and improving our environmental performance. This project is in line with our strategy of exploring alternative fuels and feedstocks and we look forward to success in the tests.”Spent pot lining consists of carbon which burns in a cement kiln and reduces the requirements for other fuel, and refractory materials which survive the firing process and become part of the finished cement.Arkan has operated a new cement plant in Al Ain since 2014.
Merry Christmas, geeks! There’s no shortage of nerdy ways for you to kick back this Christmas Eve, whether that’s with an 8-bit Christmas soundtrack, a Santa-themed game of Angry Birds or just kicking back watching any one of the Futurama episodes featuring Santa Bot.Just in case none of those get you jolly, though, we’ve stumbled upon two great parodies of that execrable sci-fi holiday classic, the Star Wars Holiday Special.The first: 1982’s long-lost classic, the Tron Holiday Classic, featuring such celebrities as Vicki Lawrence, Burt Reynolds, Jefferson Starship and Dom DeLuise, racing their lightcycles through the world of Tron in order to save Cyber-Christmas once and for all. AdChoices广告Next is a slightly better take on the concept of a Star Wars Christmas Special, than whatever the heck was going on with “Wookiee Life Day,” accomplished by using footage from the original film, dubbing it over with new Christmas music and dialogue and going nuts with some Yuletide iMovie effects. We won’t say it’s perfect, but we’ve got to admit, we laughed when Vader found the Imperial Commander’s lack of Christmas Cheer… disturbing.Merry Christmas!
Golfe du Mexique : une vaste zone rouverte à la pêche à la crevetteFermée fin novembre après la découverte de boulettes de goudron dans les filets d’un pêcheur, une grande zone a été réouverte à la pêche à la crevette dans le Golfe du Mexique.La crevette rouge royale peut à nouveau être pêchée dans cette zone de quelque 10.000 kilomètres carrés au large des côtes de Louisiane, du Mississippi et de l’Alabama. Celle-ci avait été fermée le 24 novembre dernier par l’Agence océanique et atmosphérique américaine (NOAA) après qu’un pêcheur y a découvert des boulettes de goudron.Si les analyses n’ont pas permis de déterminer si oui ou non ces boulettes provenaient de la marée noire engendrée en avril dernier par l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon, “des tests approfondis sur les crevettes rouges royales et les autres poissons et fruits de mer de la zone révèlent qu’ils sont sans danger pour la consommation”, a assuré Roy Crabtree, un responsable de la NOAA, cité par Romandie.com. La pêche commerciale et de loisir a donc été réouverte.Le 3 février 2011 à 17:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed reports that Nabil Fekir has until the New Year to decide whether or not he wishes to continue at the clubThe French forward was close to sealing a summer move to Liverpool before his medical results caused the deal to collapse.Fekir remained at Lyon after winning the World Cup with France, but that has not stopped him from being linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Reports in the French media this week stated that Lyon would be holding a meeting with Fekir to discuss his future with just 18 months left on his contract.Now Aulas has confirmed the rumours and stated he wants a clear answer as to whether Fekir will commit his future to Lyon.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“For the moment, we haven’t really got into a real discussion, even though we met three weeks ago,” said Aulas, according to Sports Mole.“The sorting out of certain things regarding the question of his agent is underway.“The aim is to have a clear and precise position from him between now and the end of the year. Jean-Pierre Bernes is still his agent, but he might not be between now and the end of his contract.”Fekir has managed four goals and four assists in 14 appearances this season for Lyon, who lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday.
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Sen. Murkowski greeted health care advocates after the hearing. (Liz Ruskin)A U.S. Senate committee met Wednesday to figure out what to do about health care. The hearing was open and bipartisan, just the process Sen. Lisa Murkowski was calling for when she cast a key vote against the repeal-and-replace plan Republican leaders drafted behind closed doors. But time is short.Listen nowThe Senate has only a few days to stabilize the individual market across the country before insurance companies finalize their rates, and senators think Alaska has pioneered one tool that can help.The session was in one of the Senate’s largest hearing rooms. Some in the audience wore lab coats and scrubs. Others came in wheelchairs. At least two people had paper face masks, the type vulnerable patients wear to avoid infection.Alaska Insurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier advised senators how to improve the Affordable Care Act. Photo by Liz Ruskin.Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., urged senators to focus on relatively small fixes to the Affordable Care Act, to add stability to the individual market, where 6 percent of Americans buy their coverage. Alexander said senators need to be quick, because at the end of the month insurance companies submit their final rates for 2018.“We ought to be able to take this small, limited, bipartisan step on health insurance,” Alexander said. “If we don’t, millions of Americans will be hurt.”Alexander is singing Murkowski’s tune. Murkowski agrees Congress should fix flaws in the Affordable Care Act now, to bring down insurance costs. More broadly, she’s a huge fan of using the committee process to craft bills, about health care and everything else. It’s become a Senate rarity in recent years. Big bills are often negotiated among the leaders of the majority party and then opposed by nearly every member across the aisle.“The interest in doing (a health care bill) in a bipartisan open process way – this is a world apart from where we were the end of July. And I think that’s significant,” Murkowski said.Lori Wing-Heier (Photo by Liz Ruskin)One of the witnesses at the hearing was Alaska Insurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier. Earlier this year, she accomplished a massive administrative feat: She got a waiver of the Affordable Care Act rules to fund Alaska’s re-insurance program. The program pays for the treatment of several high-cost medical conditions. It brings down premiums for people who buy on the individual market, which allows the government to pay less in premium subsidies. Alaska doesn’t get more from the federal government than it would have; it’s using the money that would go to subsidize premiums to lower premiums for everyone, even those who make too much money to qualify for subsidies.Premera, the only insurer in Alaska’s individual market, credits the reinsurance program for its decision to lower premiums 20 percent.Again and again, senators asked Wing-Heier how other states can replicate Alaska’s success. She said she’s already submitted a list of suggested rule changes.“The waiver process is somewhat onerous in the fact that there is not a defined application to submit,” Wing-Heier said.Wing-Heier said states essentially have to guess what data are required. And then there’s a six-month waiting period for approval. The senators took note. Improving the waiver process is on chairman Alexander’s immediate to-do list.When the hearing ended, health care advocates in the audience went forward to talk to Murkowski. They thanked her for being one of three Republicans to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act in July.An Arkansas college student named Kati McFarland lifted her shirt to her naval to show Murkowski the feeding tube she depends on.“Without the ACA I would literally starve to death, so I just wanted to thank you again,” McFarland said.The committee plans three more hearings this month, all focused on lowering premiums in the individual market.Meanwhile, some Senate Republicans are still hoping to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a new bill, known as Graham-Cassidy. The deadline for passing that with a simple majority is also at the end of the month.
We all remember Chernobyl, yeah? That horrid nuclear disaster that’s largely responsible for turning the world away from what may be our last and best hope for saving ourselves from climate change? Well… It’s about to happen again. And that’s awful for like a million reasons. Most of them pretty obvious.Earlier this week, staff at the Hanford Site (a nuclear waste storage facility were alerted to a possible emergency and ordered to take cover. The issue was caused by a tunnel collapse leading to a plant that processes waste plutonium from reactors.The Hanford Site also doesn’t have the best safety track record. The former governor of Washington State, where the facility is located, once called it “an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen,” and it has often been called one of the most dangerous places in the US. And now, it’s even worse.AdChoices广告Effectively shutting down operations at the Plutonium Uranium Extraction (PUREX) facility, the collapse has endangered several train cars’ worth of super-toxic fuel rods taken from the Columbia River nuclear reactor. PUREX has been in the process of cleaning up the waste from that now defunct reactor for the better part of three decades, and it’s certainly not over yet.“The Department of Energy informed us this morning that a tunnel was breached,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement. “[The tunnel] was used to bury radioactive waste from the production of plutonium at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. I appreciate that the White House reached out to my office to alert us to the situation as well.“This is a serious situation,” he added. “Ensuring the safety of the workers and the community is the top priority.”Yesterday, workers were told to secure their buildings and all ventilation. They were also instructed not to eat or drink anything. Since then, the Hanford site has been completely evacuated. It seems that everyone’s made it out okay, and there’s no evidence that radiological materials have been released into the atmosphere.That’s good news, for sure, but it highlights two critical problems with how we handle nuclear energy and waste disposal.Problem 1 — We’re terrible at this stuffRadiation is really, REALLY bad. Obviously. But if you’re anything like most, you probably both under and over estimate just how serious a problem this can be. We are, for example, still dealing with the fallout (literally) from Fukushima. And that’s because radiative stuff is super hard to get rid of. It seeps into everything and spreads all over. Many of the nastiest stuff can be easily and accidentally incorporated into your body’s cellular machinery. Cesium 137 can get stuck in your cells, regularly dumping radiation into your most sensitive pieces (y’know… like DNA). Plus, it hangs around for literally years and is just volatile enough to be able to give you a pretty sizable dose of some stuff that you’d really rather not have. And that’s just one isotope. Strontium 90 and several others round out the rest of the wicked molecules.The good news is that for most of us, while the radiation spreads pretty far, it’s not usually a critical problem. The concentrations are often low enough that our body’s natural defenses are enough to handle most of it. Similarly, most animals are generally fine. But, you’ll notice I said most. See, like with mercury, predatory animals often end up with unhealthy concentrations of the chemical. And that can definitely pose real problems — for them and us.You’re probably thinking that robots are a good solution. After all, they’re not squishy; they don’t get cancer. They’ve got it covered, right? Well, not exactly. Electronics are a lot more sensitive to radiation than you may think. After all, that’s why solar flares can muck with global communications systems. While clean-up crews have been leaning on robots a bit more in recent years, they aren’t a catch-all solution for the worst areas. Sometimes, there’s more than enough radioactive nastiness to fry all the delicate chips in a bot or rover. We can’t count on them to bail us out of a jam if we get into trouble.Part 2 — The SolutionWe can’t do much about the nuclear waste that we’ve already made. It exists, and we have to put it somewhere. And before you go on a smug little rant about we should just launch the stuff into the sun, that is profoundly stupid. Rockets still have high failure rates. And while it could work, there’s also a 0.5%-ish chance the ship will blow up on the pad, spreading mega-radioactive crap all over the planet. Then we’d really have a crisis.Instead, we need to be thinking ahead. Current nuclear power is unsafe because most of the tech is based on stuff we figured out in the 50s and 60s. And because of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Fukushima, few have been keen on building out new nuclear plants. But that’s actually more dangerous. We should be decommissioning old plants and working on newer, safer ones.And it’s not like people haven’t made progress. India, for example, is working on an array of liquid fluoride thorium reactors, a type of power plant that is worlds safer than what we do now, but also a lot more challenging technically. Of course, any new construction would be a decade or more off Nuclear power plants are massive undertakings. They need to be secure, but they’re also large, complex, and easy to screw up. Thankfully, these new types of reactors have loads of safety features that are inherent to their design, many of which can make meltdowns as we know them impossible — yes, really. And if you’re wondering why we didn’t build these before… well… like I said, they’re hard. They require a lot of precise stuff, and they can be difficult and expensive to maintain. Not to mention the US Government was eager to use reactors that would produce fuel for bombs. So… yeah, there’s that, too.There’s a lot to learn about nuclear physics and engineering, but if you’re interested in helping humanity put a big dent in climate change, it’s worth the time and energy to research this stuff. You’ll be better informed and more able to speak intelligently and coherently on issues of public energy policy when those do come up. The thing is, nuclear energy doesn’t necessarily need to be feared. And it really is our last, best hope for stopping climate change. I mean at this point it’s either nuclear or geoengineering, and I dunno about you, but that second one sounds a helluva lot worse.
Geeks love Doom. They love it so much that they’ll try to hack just about anything to get id Software’s ground-breaking FPS to run on it. Doom %displayPrice% at %seller% has wound up on some pretty interesting hardware before, like an ATM… and now it’s running on a Canon Pixma $246.99 at Amazon printer.Michael Jordon (that’s Jordon, he’s not the former Bulls star and Hanes underwear spokesman) recently discovered a gaping security hole in a number of Canon’s consumer inkjet printers. The flaw? The printers’ web configuration interface isn’t secured by a username or password — let alone both — by default.Rather than just uncovering the rather obvious flaw and forcing the compromised printer to spew out page after page of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” or displaying memes on its tiny LCD screen, Jordon decided to get really ambitious.He noticed a second glaring problem: Pixma firmware updates apparently don’t have to be signed. With credential-free access to the web configuration page, Jordon figured that he could pretty easily trick the printer into installing bogus firmware. All it took was a quick modification of the printer’s DNS server IP and he was ready to serve up his payload.Fortunately, it’s just an imperfect port of Doom that Jordon pushed to the printer. It could just as easily been a data-stealing Trojan, though, and that’s obviously a major problem. A quick survey of 9,000 devices using Shodan’s web-based discovery service found 122 vulnerable printers — which Jordon believes means that there are around 2,000 vulnerable Pixma printer models out there.Canon says they’re taking Jordon’s report very seriously. They haven’t specified when a fix is coming, but they’re going to patch the hole. Until they do, make sure your wireless network is properly locked down — or your printer could be doomed in an entirely different way.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a proposal from former Barrackpore MP Tarit Baran Topdar to develop Kanchrapara Airfield into a second airport near Kolkata.Topdar had met the Chief Minister at the state Assembly on August 13 and gave the proposal in this connection.It has been learnt that he will be giving the proposal in further detail to the Chief Minister and a written communiqué in this connection is expected to be sent to the Chief Minister on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the airfield was constructed during World War II. This comes at the time when there have been discussions between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the state government, in connection with setting up of a new airport near the city.Sources said that the state government has already taken steps to develop many such airfields to ensure air connectivity in most parts of the state. The state government is also looking into the proposal of developing Kanchrapara Airfield positively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe decision on carrying out a feasibility test will be taken after the written proposal with more details gets submitted to the Chief Minister.The Kanchrapara Airfield is around 1,500 metres in length. Considering that the location is suitable to develop the same for flight operation, there could be steps to expand it further.According to the experts, the airfield is close to Kalyani Expressway. So, connectivity will not be a major problem and it will not take much time to reach the city from the airfield. At the same time, AIIMs is also coming up at Kalyani. It would also not take much time to reach there from the airfield.
India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date … You might also be interested in Some 112,000MT has been exported to the EU, which includes the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. Indian exporters had come faced some issues in the middle of the season, with Russia and Sri Lanka demanding pest-free area certificates. According to exporters, containers from India were lying uncleared for weeks in the port of St Petersburg.Bhosale said that the issues had been sorted out, because of which Russia has turned out to be a major market for India this season. Russia is among the largest importers of grapes.The season is likely to continue until mid-April.You will be able to find more information on topics such as this at the inaugural Global Grape Summit, which will take place alongside the London Produce Show and Conference on June 5th, 2019. Please visit www.globalgrapesummit.com. India: Sahyadri Farmer Producer Company leads tabl … India closes table grape season with EU exports up … Avocados “increasingly favored” in India, says IG … Indian table grape growers in the country’s top production state have exported more than 191,000 metric tons (MT) this season, marking a 20% year-on-year rise, The Financial Express reported.In 2016-17, the total exports from the state were around 131,000MT. To date, around 7,480 containers from various grape-growing regions in Maharashtra have been exported, with the Nashik region commanding an 80% share.Maharashtra State Grape Growers Association general-secretary Kailash Bhosale said that the container figures could go up to 8,500 and this could be a record-breaking season for the state. April 05 , 2019
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