The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a permanent cease trade order against BCA Investment Co-operative Ltd. The company, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, violated securities laws by failing to file continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance ordered BCA Investment to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of BCA Investment. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca -30-
Hong Kong: Hong Kong police used water cannon for the first time Sunday, raising the stakes against protesters who have staged sometimes violent rallies that have rocked the city for the past three months. Officers were also seen with drawn sidearms as protesters clashed with police in the district of Tsuen Wan after a rally at a nearby sports stadium. The financial hub has been gripped by mass rallies that were initially against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun into a wider pro-democracy movement targeting the pro-Beijing government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs thousands of people marched in the pouring rain to Tsuen Wan, a group of hardcore protesters erected makeshift roadblocks and dug up bricks from the pavements. After firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds, police drove water cannon vehicles onto the streets, unfurling signs warning protesters they would deploy the jets if they did not leave. The jets were later fired from the moving trucks towards a crowd of protesters who ran away, but hardcore group of protesters later threw bricks and Molotov cocktails in violent confrontations with riot police. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThere were no immediate reports of injuries. Police had previously said the vehicles, complete with surveillance cameras and multiple spray nozzles, would only be used in the event of a “large-scale public disturbance”. Throughout the protests, Beijing has used a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle to constrict the protests in a strategy dubbed “white terror” by the movement. The MTR – the city’s metro – is the latest Hong Kong enterprise to face public censure, after appearing to bend to Chinese state-media attacks accusing the transport system of being an “exclusive” service to ferry protesters to rallies. On Sunday the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan, in the second day of station closures in-a-row. “However bleak our future is, we’re trying to express ourselves rationally,” said Peter, in his 20s, before the clashes began. “We have faith in ourselves and we have faith in our city that some day our demands will be answered.” A second rally in the afternoon of a few hundred people – some of them family members of police – criticised the government for leaving officers to handle the brunt of the crisis, while also calling for an independent investigation into the police handling of the protests. “I believe within these two months, police have got enough opprobrium,” said a woman who asked not to be named and said she was a police officer’s wife. The city’s officers are often the focus of protesters’ anger because of their perceived heavy handling of the rallies. Ten people were left in hospital after Saturday’s clashes – two in a serious condition – staff said, without detailing if they were police or protesters. On Saturday police baton-charged protesters and fired tear gas, while demonstrators threw rocks and bottles later into the night in a working-class neighbourhood. Protesters say Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are in jeopardy as Beijing tightens its political chokehold on the semi-autonomous city. The city had appeared to have pulled back from a sharp nosedive into violence, with the last serious confrontation taking place more than a week ago, shortly after protests paralysed the airport.
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man fighting to have his last name — Grabher — reinstated on a licence plate says police have now forced him to remove an inactive Alberta plate from the front of his car.Lorne Grabher said he received a call from police Monday after a complaint was lodged against the personalized Alberta licence plate he had on the front of his car.Nova Scotia requires only one valid plate, at the rear, and drivers in the province often place inactive or novelty plates on the front of their vehicles.Grabher says police told him he would face a stiff penalty for driving with a fraudulent plate if he did not remove the Alberta plate, which had his last name on it in capitalized letters.The 69-year-old man said he feels he’s being unfairly targeted.“I’ve been red-flagged,” he said from his Dartmouth home, noting the large number of vehicles in the province that have inactive out-of-province plates on the front.Grabher received international attention after the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked his personalized Nova Scotia plate bearing his last name, saying it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”“The issue for me is where does anybody, especially the government, get the right to discriminate against somebody’s name,” he said. “The only place I can think of where they do stunts like that is if you live in a communist country.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing Grabher, and says the revocation infringes on his constitutional rights.The organization filed a notice of application with the provincial Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision.A hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to June 6 after a lawyer representing the province requested more time to “gather the names of witnesses” and “confirm instructions with my client.”Grabher called the legal dispute a waste of taxpayer dollars.“It’s my last name,” he said. “We’ve had this licence plate in my family for 27 years.”Grabher said his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.In the early 1800s, Grabher’s great-great-grandfather made the journey from Austria to the United States, part of a wave of settlers.His grandfather then moved to Canada in 1890 and put down roots in Alberta.Grabher said his father joined the army at the age of 17, during the Second World War, and was sent to Cape Breton, where his family settled.He said revoking his personalized licence plate is foolish and offensive.Grabher said he is now using an alphanumeric licence plate on the rear of his car, and has removed the old Alberta plate from the front as requested by police.
Rabat – After he had an accident with Tom Coronel in Marrakech, driver Mehdi Bennani of Morocco was disqualified from the race on Sunday for being underweight.This is big disappointment for Moroccans who were expecting their superstar to shine in the World Touring Car Championship that kicked off on Sunday in Marrakech.Bennani crashed into Tom Coronel at the startline, and Coronel’s Chevrolet was destroyed after it hit the wall hard and then bounced back across the track. Bennani has been given a three-place grid penalty for the race next week for the incident, but the worst is yet to come.After Mehdi Bennani passed Mikhail Kozlowski and was ranked fifth in the provisional results, he was supposed to qualify to the second race of World Touring Car Championship. However he has been disqualified for technical reasons.According to Touring Car Times, Bennani “has now been excluded as his car has been found to be underweight in scrutinizing.”According to the same source, “the minimum weight for the Honda Civic, like the Citroën, the Lada and the Chevrolet, which all are running maximum ballast in Morocco and France is 1,164kg.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
OTTAWA — While politicians in Ottawa still can’t decide who is in the middle class, a new analysis suggests wealth is increasingly gravitating to the very top.The report by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the country’s 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.002% of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country’s poorest 11.4 million.[np_storybar title=”How Canada’s middle class is getting richer, a lot richer” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/25/canada-middle-class-statscan-net-worth/”%5D Canadian politicians have been trying to make the middle class out to be a poor huddled mass of declining fortunes, but a landmark study from Statistics Canada paints very much the opposite picture. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]That’s more than in 1999, when the richest 86 had as much money as the poorest 10.1 million and enough to buy up everything in New Brunswick and still have about $40 billion left over, according to the report, to be released Thursday.The point of the exercise, says economist and author David Macdonald, who used Statistics Canada data and research from Canadian Business magazine, is to show that if income inequality is a policy and social justice concern — wealth inequality is worse.In fact, the super-rich list of Canadian residents has little to do with income in the traditional sense, he said. None of the 86 are company CEOs — often the poster children of the Occupy crowd for their unseemly salaries and bonuses. Instead, the ones on the list are there by virtue of being company founders or related to company founders.The super-rich have gotten there by creating and trading assets, whether companies, real estate or securities.“We often focus on income inequality but that’s a socialist paradise compared to wealth inequality,” said Macdonald.“The top 20% only get half of all the income, but in terms of wealth inequality, the top 20% have 70% of all wealth. It’s much more extreme and the concern is as you accumulate all this wealth, this wealth starts to buy you political power.”Inequality, whether in income or wealth, increasingly looks like it will become a key issue in the upcoming federal election, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair seeking to make the case that Conservative policies have left the middle class behind — with little job security, higher in debt, and in many instances, living paycheque to paycheque.The government has pointed to the growth in net worth most recently reported by Statistics Canada in February as an indicator their policies are working for everyone.“After-tax disposable income has increased by 10% across all income brackets,” noted Employment Minister Jason Kenney at the time.But Statistics Canada also showed wealth gravitating to the top. While median income rose almost 80% since 1999 to $243,800 per family unit, the top 40% possessed 88.9% of total net worth, leaving the bottom 60% with a mere 11.1% of the pie.Eye-opening was the data that showed the poorest 20% of family units had more debts than assets.The issue flared again Wednesday after Trudeau asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he thought that the problem of the middle class was a myth. Harper chided Trudeau for his inability to define the middle class.But the issue is not going away. The NDP has been especially critical of the government’s decision to severely cut corporate tax rates, even in the middle of a recession, and getting little job creation or business investment in return.Some economists have also argued that nations with high levels of inequality tend to underperform more egalitarian countries in terms of overall economic growth.The latest CCPA analysis also suggests that once someone gets to the top of the wealth ladder, they likely stay there.The richest individuals and families in 2013 were pretty much the same people who made the list in 2005 and in 1999 — well-known family names like Thomson, Weston, Irving, Desmarais and Pattison.Between 1999 and 2013, the report shows that the wealthiest 86 Canadians had enlarged their pot of gold from $118 billion to $178 billion on real non-inflationary terms.Macdonald says a reason wealth growth is increasingly becoming concentrated is that it is taxed differently from income. “If one Canadian makes $100,000 a year selling a company (or shares) while another makes $100,000 a year working at a job, the worker will pay twice the tax of the business seller,” he said.“A combination of a higher inclusion rate (for capital gains) and higher income taxes at the top of the income scale could go part way to offset the flood of wealth that is accumulating in the pockets of Canada’s wealthiest and ensure some benefits are returned to the majority of Canadians.”
WARSAW, Poland — Poland has scrapped its personal income tax for young employees in a drive to reverse a brain drain and demographic decline that’s dimming the prospects of a country that is otherwise experiencing strong economic growth.The new law by the right-wing government, which took effect Thursday, slashes the personal income tax to zero for workers under the age of 26 earning less than $22,000 a year. It is expected to boost the earnings of nearly 2 million Poles at home, and the government hopes it will also persuade young Poles working abroad to return home.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently said he hoped it would prevent what he called a painful “bleeding” of the younger generation from the nation.Monika Scislowska And Rafal Niedzielski, The Associated Press
He said more information is needed in order to understand the implications of what impact maintaining the status quo has had on both parties over the past 14 years.“As someone that fits into that low-income, fixed-income bracket I think the one thing that I do is I proportionately pay a lot more of my income on city taxes,” said Elliot.He said a reduction in annual residential property taxes would put him in a better position to spend more money in the community and support local businesses.But he said council also needs to look more closely at what the impact of reducing residential property taxes would have.Administration’s report compares Regina’s tax share ratio with four other major Canadian cities.In Calgary, the tax share between residential and commercial properties is 46 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.In Edmonton, it’s 52 per cent residential and 48 per cent non-residential, while both Winnipeg and Saskatoon’s split is 70 per cent residential and 30 per cent non-residential.The report urges formal stakeholder engagement with the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Regina (EDR) and other major stakeholders if any changes to the current tax policy are made.Due to the absence of executive committee member Coun. Andrew Stevens the report was tabled until next month’s meeting for further firstname.lastname@example.org Difficult choices ahead as city reveals preliminary 2020 budget review Money talks: City of Regina expects to be under budget for the 2019 fiscal year Currently, the tax share between residential and commercial properties is 65 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.While those numbers have remained relatively stable between 2005 and 2018, the dollar amount of taxes levied over the same time frame has increased and the residential share of taxes has increased slightly compared to the non-residential share.“Any change in the relative tax share between residential and nonresidential properties results in a small change to the annual taxes of a residential property, but a significant change to the annual taxes of a commercial property,” warns administration’s report.For example, a one per cent change only reduces annual taxes for a residential property valued at $500,000 by $46, but increases the annual taxes of a motel valued a $2,309,100 by $599.A five per cent change would reduce annual taxes for the same residential property by $232, but increase it for the motel by $2,994.“Part of it is the message,” said Hopkins of a possible tax share change. “What message are we sending out? (Right now) we have a message that’s positive, that we’re looking for investment.”“What we’re doing is working,” he added.Regina resident Jim Elliot called on council to ask for a more detailed report with more in-depth data before making any decisions. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it was Regina & District Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins’ message to executive committee during a meeting about potential changes to the city’s tax policy Wednesday.“We have a very competitive property tax both on the residential side as well as the non-residential side,” said Hopkins. “It’s doing good things in our community. So, if it’s not broke what are we trying to fix?”Hopkins supported a report from administration that recommended keeping the city’s current tax sharing ratio at the status quo, a report prompted by a motion brought forward by Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens last year.The motion, which was approved by council in December 2018, asked administration to identify the impacts of revising existing tax policies related to non-residential properties “in the interest of offering relief for residential rate payers.”Related Jim Elliott. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post
Maternal deaths have dropped by nearly 50 per cent, down from an estimated 523,000 in 1990 to some 289,000 at latest count. And according to the UN, midwives who are educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed by women and their newborns.“As we approach the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we are proud of the progress made for Goal 5, to improve maternal health,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “But while this progress is welcome, it is not enough,’ he added.This Day – observed around the world on 05 May with the theme this year Midwives: For a better tomorrow –highlights gaps that need to be addressed in order to provide universal sexual and reproductive, maternal and newborn health care. This year, in preparation for the post-2015 international development agenda, midwives are being recognized for their critical role in ensuring safe deliveries, promoting healthy birth spacing, and protecting the health and rights of women and girls. However, a massive midwife shortage around the world exists and has been documented in the State of Midwifery 2014 report. That gap is particularly dangerous when it comes to countries in crisis. “The need for strong health systems and sufficient health workers was recently highlighted by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where pregnant women struggled to find available health services to ensure safe delivery,” said Dr. Osotimehin. UNFPA is expanding midwifery services to support resilient health systems in the affected countries. Today, it funds more than 250 midwifery schools with books, training equipment and trained faculty, and has helped train over 15,000 midwives globally. It also supports midwifery in more than 70 countries worldwide, and in 2014 helped launch Bachelor’s degree programmes in midwifery in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Somalia and Zambia.In the past four years, more than 35 countries have made national pledges to strengthen midwifery. Ethiopia pledged to quadruple the number of midwives from 2,050 to 8,635, and will achieve this target ahead of time. Bangladesh pledged to train an additional 3,000 midwives, and some 2,000 midwives are already undergoing training at 31 training centres. Haiti dispatched the first group of midwives last year from its new midwifery school built after the 2010 earthquake. And Afghanistan revived and strengthened community midwifery, which has helped reduce maternal death ratios by more than 80 per cent since 2002.Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their new-borns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. In addition to their work caring for women during and after childbirth, midwives provide a wide range of assistance, including advancing women’s and girls’ rights, care in humanitarian emergencies, training and supervision, and counselling services on family planning and reproductive health.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 – Year – old killed along Parika main roadNovember 10, 2014In “Crime”Truck driver dies after Greenwich crashOctober 1, 2016In “latest news”Elderly woman killed after canter slams into her at HoustonAugust 10, 2017In “Crime” Bernice Gordon in happier timesReports indicate that Bernice Gordon of Parika, East Bank Essequibo, was walking towards the junction at around 20:00hrs to accompany her daughter home from work when she was struck down by a canter travelling in the opposite direction.Gordon’s body was reportedly flung several feet away and after suffering injuries to her neck, back and shoulder, she died instantly.The woman was rushed to the Leonora Hospital at approximately 20:30hrs where she was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem will be conducted on her body later today.The driver of the canter is presently in police custody and sources say that he is a former police officer.Gordon mothered four children, one of whom died prior to this incident. She is also said to be a widower.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) A 54-year-old seamstress was last night killed after she was struck down by a canter at the Parika junction, East Bank Essequibo.
The Atari Jaguar released in 1993, and only survived about three years before it was sent to the console great beyond. You might remember it for its ridiculous controller, or perhaps because the original Rayman was one of its only prominent titles. Interestingly, had the Jaguar been more popular, it could have been known for bringing virtual reality gaming to the living room.Only a few Jaguar peripherals were ever released — an add-on CD drive, a Jaguar LAN connector, and the ProController, which was a standard Jaguar controller with three extra buttons. However, a virtual reality headset peripheral was announced. Though it was ultimately canceled and never released to consumers, some working headsets were made. After Atari merged with JTS in 1996, most of the headsets were reportedly destroyed, but not all of them. Supposedly, there are only two working units known to be left in existence, and one is up for auction.For a starting bid of just $14,500, the VR headset can be yours — and don’t worry, at publishing time there weren’t any bids.There were two Jaguar VR headset models — a blue and grey high resolution iteration, and a red and grey low resolution unit, which is the one up for auction. Because the red and grey model was replaced by the high resolution blue and grey model, there were some kinks that weren’t fully ironed out of the red and grey unit, such as occasionally displaying a double screen. The auction description notes the rig takes a while to set up and requires patience, but instructions have been included.Unfortunately, the only game that was released that works with the VR headset was Missile Command 3D, which thankfully comes with the auction, as does a Jaguar VR gun, as well as a few other items that you can check out in the listing. If you really want to dump around 15 grand on a VR headset that only plays one game for a long-dead console, you’ll need a few other things to get the unit fully up and running: An extra power supply (which must be an official Jaguar model) is required for the headset’s tracker, a SCART to RGB connector, and of course the Jaguar itself with a working controller.If you’re a collector or just have a morbid curiosity, check out the auction here.
The 1.6GHz processor in the Galaxy S4 is pretty powerful, but the new chips due out next year will blow it away. Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries plan on delivering ARM-based processors that will boast clock speeds of up to 3GHz.It’s an impressive milestone, to be sure, but clock speed alone isn’t enough to guarantee that these chips will actually perform well in the real world. And then there’s the bothersome issue of battery drain to contend with.Not to worry. TSMC and GlobalFoundries will be utilizing a 20nm process to fabricate these new ARM chips. That’s 8nm smaller than the Exynos 5410, and the reduction should mean that the next-gen processors will be both faster and more efficient than their predecessors.But will they be fast enough to keep pace with Intel’s latest offerings? Initial benchmarks of its Bay Trail chips are impressive. A mystery device with a 1.1GHz processor posted the highest AnTuTu score ever recorded — a whopping 43,416. That’s about 30% faster than current top-of-the-line ARM-powered Android devices.It may be capable of higher marks, too. Current Bay Trail chips can be clocked up to 2.1GHz — and you’ve got to think that a phone running a Bay Trail at that speed would be able to obliterate an already-amazing benchmark score.Whichever chip comes out on top, the real winners here are us, the smartphone and tablet buyers. The bottom line is that ARM chipmakers will need to be on the top of their game now that Intel is ready to duke it out.TSMC and GlobalFoundries are clearly ready to go toe-to-toe.
Feb 20th 2018, 8:00 PM Former world champion Andy Lee announces retirement from boxing The 33-year-old Limerick man captured the WBO World middleweight title in 2014, and won 35 of his 39 pro bouts. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM Ah man. I see that @AndyLeeBoxing is retiring. Simultaneously disappointed, yet very happy as he seems to have found his peace. He deserves it.— Patrick Connor (@PatrickMConnor) February 20, 2018 A sophomore world title shot beckoned after Peter Quillin’s decision to vacate the WBO title left fancied Russian Matt Korobov without an opponent.Lee, fresh off his stunning near-decapitation of Jackson, again took matters out of the judges’ hands, creasing the former amateur standout with another right hook before pummeling the Russian to a standing stoppage and raising the maroon strap.In victory in Las Vegas, Lee became the first Irish man since the great Jimmy McLarnin 80 years earlier to win a world title on US soil.In his next outing, he survived three knockdowns – one of them a clear slip and incorrectly counted by referee Steve Willis, who later apologised to the Munsterman – to fight the returning Quillin to a draw, inflicting upon the Cuban-Brooklynite a first knockdown of his own – Lee’s right hand again doing wreck on the big stage.A twice-postponed bout with Briton Billy Joe Saunders would eventually see Lee relinquish his bauble as he survived two heavy deckings to lose narrowly on points. Saunders still holds the WBO belt.Lee fought just once after that December 2015 defeat – at Madison Square Garden last March, when he outpointed American KeAndrae Leatherwood – but despite several negotiations with high-profile opponents, couldn’t land the meaningful fight which would have seem him prolong an enthralling career.Having become a father for the first time last year, Lee retires on his own terms, having by his own admission already lived his dream of becoming a world champion. He departs the sport – as a participant, at least – having gained a reputation as one of the most affable characters within it, in spite of its often nefarious nature. .@offtheball doing justice to @AndyLeeBoxing with that farewell montage. Always comes across as an absolute gent, and always so frank with his thoughts even when still in business. Can only wish him all the best in retirement – will always hold the distinction of world champ— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) February 20, 2018 https://the42.ie/3862668 32 Comments Share178 Tweet Email1 The stylish southpaw won 35 of his 39 professional contests, 24 of them quick, with his ‘right hook from hell’ gaining notoriety among boxing’s middleweight ranks as one of the most potent weapons in the sport.A 2004 Athens Olympian, Lee turned professional under the legendary Emanuel Steward in the latter’s equally iconic Kronk Gym in 2006, and established himself as one of the world’s hottest pugilistic properties before suffering a shock stoppage defeat to Bryan Vera two years later.The Irish boxing great rebounded with 13 straight victories before succumbing to a dubiously blown-up Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in his maiden world-title tilt in El Paso, Texas, during the summer of 2012.It was 2014 before ‘Irish Andy’ earned another shot at world honours, and true to form, it was a title shot born of inauspicious circumstances; in a light-middleweight bout with hard-hitting Virgin Islands native John Jackson – son of the nuclear-fisted Julian Jackson – Lee recovered from his first career knockdown, and a large deficit on the judges’ scorecards, to register one of the most replayed one-punch KOs in recent memory and resurrect his career.In 2014, despite being on the canvas in the second round. Andy Lee knocked John Jackson unconscious in the fifth round at MSG, New York. pic.twitter.com/bgo0YnW3UF— Boxing Register (@BoxingRegister) December 27, 2017 By Gavan Casey 24,366 Views .@AndyLeeBoxing retires from boxing at the age of 33, via @offtheball. Had a fine career and, good grief, he could really punch. Always good to see a fighter get out at the right time.— Tom Craze (@TomCraze) February 20, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL IRISH MIDDLEWEIGHT ANDY Lee has confirmed his retirement from boxing after a professional career which spanned 12 years and culminated in his becoming WBO World middleweight champion in 2014.Limerick’s Lee, 33, made the announcement on Off The Ball with whom he now works as a co-presenter and analyst.WATCH | OTB LIVE | ANDY LEE RETIRES FROM BOXING https://t.co/hf2DozleVZ— Off The Ball (@offtheball) February 20, 2018
Naturally, joking serves a purpose — it provides psychological distance from negative feelings like shame or anxiety. A study of 105 wheelchair-bound college students found that humor, especially concerning bladder and bowel problems, was a key method of coping with distress. As one respondent said, “We have to laugh at ourselves to make life easier.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Publicly laughing at your toddler’s distress has somehow become not only acceptable but encouraged. Websites offer “best of”compilations, or canned quips readers can use when posting tantrum photos and videos (“Metallica has a new lead singer”). As psychologists and parents ourselves, we understand the urge to laugh when a child howls because he’s forbidden to eat the packing peanuts from the Amazon box, and we also understand the impulse to make these moments public. The problem is the mockery. What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore “the wrong way”? Increasingly, the answer is “snap a photo, add a snarky caption and upload it to Instagram.”
Quad9 DNS promises better privacy and security by Martin Brinkmann on November 19, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: June 28, 2019 – 32 commentsQuad9 is a new endpoint DNS service by IBM, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) that improves privacy and data protection.While there are quite a few public DNS services out there, most Internet users probably don’t use any of those but rely on the Internet Provider for all things DNS. That’s comfortable as it works out of the box, but neither really secure nor beneficial to data privacy.The provider knows any domain name to IP look up on the computer, and knows exactly what users do on the Internet. Even VPN solutions may not protect against this, depending on whether the VPN protects against DNS leaks or not.Third-party services may improve security, privacy and the performance of DNS. Not all services do, and some services may use the accumulated traffic information internally or may sell it to marketing companies.Related articlesHow to fix Resolving Host (DNS) issues on WindowsHow to configure DNSCrypt on WindowsDNS Jumper 2.0 gets better automation optionsVerisign launches Public DNS service that respects user privacyQuad9 DNSQuad9 by IBM, PCH and GCA promises fast speeds, and improved security and privacy. The operators of Quad9 promise that the service does not “store, correlate or otherwise employ any personally identifiable information”, and that data will never be shared with marketers or used for demographic analysis.Security checks are performed on all DNS requests to identify malicious networks and sites prior to the loading of content from these sites and services.Quad9 uses PCH’s network of worldwide servers — IBM states that services are available in over 160 locations around the world — and that access and performance should be quite good regardless of location.Setting up Quad9 is quite easy as well. All you need to do is set the DNS of the network adapter to 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 to do so . You find instructions on how to set this up for Windows and Mac devices on the Quad9 website.Webmasters find options on the site to check whether domains are blocked by the service, and an option to request the unblocking if it is a false positive.I ran Quad9 through a series of DNS benchmarks and the service did not disappoint.While it is not the fastest service out there, it finished in the top 3 before popular services such as Google DNS, OpenDNS and many others.Here is a video that highlights the basics of Quad9 and DNSClosing wordsIt is always good to have more choice, and Quad9 is a promising new DNS service that is free, secure, not invasive to privacy, and quite fast .Now You: Which DNS service do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameQuad9 DNS promises better privacy and securityDescriptionQuad9 is a new endpoint DNS service by IBM, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) that improves privacy and data protection.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- In the week since the website called, ‘Saw’, launched at least three men have been violently assaulted.The victims contacted the Russia LGBT Network to report what had happened to them, but there may be many more who are too afraid to speak out.‘This is terrifying,’ Mikhail Tumasov, chairperson of the Russia LGBT Network, tells Gay Star News.‘I’ve never seen anything like this.‘The killing and torturing of gay people, they call it a game.’But Tumasov wants to be very clear, while it’s a first that homophobic violence is being treated like a game, the website is a part of a trend of anti-LGBTI sentiment in Russia. A trend, he says, is supported by government silence.Russia’s LGBTI community does not have any legal protections from discrimination and violence. In 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed the ‘gay propaganda law’ and since then the LGBT community has lived in fear of persecution.The European Court of Human Rights said the law was ‘discriminatory, reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia’.Pay to find gay people, pay more to get your name taken offThe website allows people to upload photos of people they accuse of being gay with personal information and how to find them.Organizers plan to make a database of people of gay people, including their addresses and other information.People will then be able to access the names for a fee: 200 Rubles (US $3) to find personal information.But if your name is on the database and you want to have it removed, you have to pay a bigger fee: 1500 Rubles (US $23).Some of the profiles of alleged gay men posted to ‘Saw’. | Photo: Supplied‘Saw’ supposedly takes its name from the horror movie franchise of the same name.The targeting of LGBT people is called a ‘game’ on the website. It has 1 to 31 May listed as the dates for the ‘game’.For now, the ‘game’ is targeting people in the province of Ufa, in south-east Russia.The website even boasts how the ‘best 50 homophobes from Chechnya’ are based in Ufa.While the ‘game’ is based in Ufa, one of the early victims was from nearby Samara.‘Even though this started in Ufa, that man was in Samara, so someone on the website described him and then people in Samara went to find him and attacked,’ Tumasov says.Access to ‘Saw’ was blocked recently. But it has continued on social media which concerns Tumasov that the attacks may go national across Russia.‘I’m sure it will spread quickly. What is frightening to us that this has structure, it has a system,’ he said. ‘It’s the first time we have seen an organised approach to homophobic violence, it’s very dangerous.’‘Chechnya’s Comeback’, the website celebrating the torture of gay men. | Photo: SuppliedWill ‘Saw’ target Russia’s World Cup?Tumasov worries ‘Saw’s’ organizers might target foreigners coming to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.‘We are about to start our world cup, many foreigners will come and many won’t know what they can face here,’ he says.‘Some of the fans could be simply LGBTY friendly, they don’t have to be gay, they could be straight and could behave freely. And if there is suspicion they might be followed.’But Tumasov’s advice for World Cup attendees is the same advice he’s giving to LGBTI people in Ufa.‘Be very careful about online invitations to date, make sure you have a friend coming with you if you are meeting someone online for the first time,’ he says.Government must lead by exampleTumasov argues Russia’s inaction on the crimes against gay people in Chechnya has sent a message to ‘Saw’s’ organizers that homophobic violence is acceptable.‘The Russian LGBT Network is still trying to get a response from the government about what has happened in Chechnya,’ he says.‘The government has not responded clearly to condemn the violence and we can see how that could be inspiration for homophobic groups.‘It’s important that for the government to say clearly, that LGBT people are a social group and theyshould be protected.‘Then such people (homophobes) would follow their example.’In the meantime the Russian LGBT Network is mobilizing itself and other organizations to support any potential victims.They are getting lawyers ready to protect victims and encourage people to support any victims.But he says the solution is in the hands of lawmakers.‘This (website) is real, not fake,’ he says.‘As LGBTI people we rely on our surroundings, that’s why I’m talking about creating laws because we don’t have any legal protections.’We have to save peopleTumasov has been a long time LGBTI advocate in Russia. He has witnessed a lot of homophobia and even been the victim of horrific homophobic violence himself.But he’s more worried about ‘Saw’ than of anything else he’s seen.When he first saw the website, he found it ‘terrifying’, but knew he had to spring into action.‘I was very calm when I saw it, the first thing I thought is we have to do something,’ he says.‘I thought, “let’s help, let’s save people”.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A new website in Russia is encouraging people to ‘report’ LGBTI people to be targeted for torture.‘Chechnya’s Comeback’, the website says, referring to the local government-sanctioned brutal torture and executions of alleged gay men in the Northern Caucasus. Russia actually just told the UN that gay people don’t exist in ChechnyaLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRussia releases homoerotic video to get people to vote in electionsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russia-website-wants-users-to-hunt-gays-in-saw-inspired-horror-game/