first_img For now, they’ve moved their fire trucks and personnel to Invista, a nearby manufacturing plant.Hall says he hopes crews can return to the station by the end of the calendar year.“New Hanover County currently has an engineer and a designer working on the design to repair the building,” Hall said. “We hope to have all the specifications completed by probably around the first of August and then we’ll move into bid work.”Related Article: Pender Co. Schools looking for community input on make-up daysOfficials tell us the location they’re in now makes it possible for them to continue providing adequate fire protection coverage for the county’s northern fire district. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 10 months later, we’re still seeing the impact of Hurricane Florence. We have an update on New Hanover County Fire Station 12 thanks to a news tip from a viewer.If you drive by New Hanover County Fire Department Station 12 on US Highway 421, it appears abandoned. The fire station, which serves the county’s northern fire district, sustained lots of roof damage during Hurricane Florence. New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall says shortly, after the hurricane moved through the Cape Fear, portions of the roof blew off and crews had to evacuate.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgGozitan students told MEP candidate Alfred Sant that round about 1,000 students studying at the University of Malta originate from Gozo, and that this amounts roughly to a fifth of the total university population.Grupp Universitarju Għawdxin (GUG) representatives shared their concerns with the MEP candidate. Topics such as connectivity issues between the two islands, job opportunities in Gozo, increased accommodation expenses and the inefficient public transport from Ċirkewwa to University were on top of the students’ list.The Gozitan students acknowledged that there are job opportunities in Gozo related to the financial sector. In relation to the permanent link between Malta and Gozo, the student said that even though this might be successful, they would have already finished their studies by the time it would be finished.Alfred Sant from his end pledged that he will renew his focus on issues relating to Gozo and will also get EU funding that will help the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista and Opposition leader Adrian Delia questioned if government has a social conscience and how could see the elderly as a problem, telling them to hurry up and die. Speaking at the close of the party’s Extraordinary General Council on Sunday at the party headquarters, Delia thanked EPP spitzenkandidat Manfed Weber for finding the time to attend the EGM. He thanked also the EP election candidates for their speeches.The PN will fight for life, like it fought for liberty Delia said that the PN always believed in the abilities of the Maltese and this was reflected in the party’s struggle to achieve first the country’s independence from its colonial ruler and then its membership within the European Union, whilst the Partit Laburista has always hindered Malta’s position within the European Union.Delia said that it is the PN’s duty to will defend life from its conception until its end, especially when the PL believes in the right to choose before the right for life.Education Moving on, the PN leader also said that Malta does not have the necessary educational resources that are being used in other countries. He added that Maltese educators do not have the stamina to remain in their profession even though they love teaching, because of the restrictions they constantly face. Consequently, Malta is the topmost European country where students drop out of school. He said that the government is not interested in all this and is not even planning for the future and is instead importing workers from abroad that are ready to work in containers for €400 a month.Government has no social conscienceAdrian Delia stated that every time that the government announces surpluses in the economy it is deepening the anguish of all those that are suffering from the high cost of living that the current state of affairs have generated as well as all those who want to improve their education and themselves.Economy Delia stated that economic figures are only increasing because of an increase in the population. He also said that the government is not even trying to increase the possibilities of the middle class but is instead creating a wider gap with the upper crust, which is wallowing in its prosperity.GRECO Commission Adrian Delia also referred to the reports issued by the Venice and the GRECO Commissions and said that despite the government saying that it will implement the recommendations, it still appointed new magistrates and judges whilst undergoing constitutional reforms. Manfred WeberManfred Weber greeted the audience in Maltese with the phrase “Ħuti Maltin u Għawdxin” (my Maltese and Gozitan brethren). He also greeted and praised the work of his fellow MEPs Francis Zammt Dimech, Roberta Metsola and David Casa. He also said that Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia is contributing towards the future of Europe.Weber referred to his age (46) and how he is a first-generation EU citizen. He also mentions how the European Union was created as a means of expression towards continental unity.The EPP’s agendaThe EPP leader illustrated how the party’s main prerogative for the next EU parliament will be migration which he stressed is not just a southern European issue. He also talked about the need for concrete initiatives in the housing sector.Moving on to discuss commerce, he said that Europe is currently facing some difficulties because of Brexit and Donald Trump presiding over the United States.The EU Christian element Manfred Weber said that he feels proud to see a Christian church in the middle of every European city that he visits. He also added that it is important that Europeans feel proud of their faith and do not leave churches to just function as museums.Democracy and bureaucracyThe leader of the EPP ended his speech stating that Europe is a democracy and not a bureaucracy and should keep such a status quo. He said that egoism and nationalism within Europe are regaining momentum with politicians such as the French LePen, which we have to get rid of in order to keep Europe democratic. SharePrint WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “We operate in five domains: air, land, sea, outer space and cyberspace,” says Dan Kuehl, a professor of information operations at the National Defence University in Washington. “An ever increasing amount of what we do has dependencies on cyberspace; a guy typing on a computer is one of the new faces of war,” Kuehl told Al Jazeera, stressing that he is not speaking for the US government or his elite military university.“A response to a cyber-incident or attack on the US would not necessarily be a cyber-response. All appropriate options would be on the table,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said recently.Tough talk and phishing trips – Advertisement – One US defence official told The Wall Street Journal newspaper: “If you shut down our power grid, maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks,” in rhetoric likely aimed at China. For its part, the Chinese government categorically denied any involvement in the cyber attacks, which Google reported to the US state department and media outlets last week.The reason for this sort of digital tough-talk is related to basic military strategy. “There is value in ambiguity,” Kuehl said. “You don’t want your adversary to think ‘I can go up to that red line but I can’t cross it’. You want them to think ‘I won’t do anything in the first place’,” for fear of old fashioned physical reprisal.Phishing attacks recently launched against Google’s mail service targeted the personal e-mail accounts of some senior US officials, along with Chinese journalists, human rights activists and South Korea’s government.These attacks are similar in form to the scam e-mails most people receive from, say, the widow of a Nigerian millionaire who asks the user to open a message so they can claim their $14m reward for being a nice person. Once the message is opened, the victim’s computer is compromised.“This was a pretty straight forward phishing attack, other than the more sophisticated social engineering where the e-mail seems to come from someone who you know,” says Richard Stiennon, the chief research analyst at IT-Harvest and author of Surviving Cyberwar, referring to recent actions against Gmail. “The Chinese have the early advantage in executing cyber warfare. If you have a large information gathering operation, knowing even the personal data of officials can be valuable,” he told Al Jazeera. If data is stolen from personal accounts it is likely dumped into massive data banks for processing, crossing referencing and analysis.WikiLeaks documents indicate that US diplomats are concerned about China’s government recruiting top hackers to launch cyber war campaigns.“There is a strong possibility the PRC [People’s Republic of China] is harvesting the talents of its private sector in order to bolster offensive and defensive computer network operations capabilities,” said a secret state department cable from June 2009.Tampering with logisticsSince 2002, cyber intruders, apparently from China, have exploited vulnerabilities in the Window’s operating system to steal login credentials in order to gain access to hundreds of US government and defence contractor systems, according to a 2008 cable.China, for its part, says it is ready for online conflict should it arise. “Of late, an internet tornado has swept across the world… massively impacting and shocking the globe. Behind all this lies the shadow of America,” said a recent article published in the Communist-Party controlled China Youth Daily newspaper, signed by Ye Zheng and Zhao Baoxian, who are scholars with the Academy of Military Sciences, a government linked think-tank.“Faced with this warm-up for an internet war, every nation and military can’t be passive but is making preparations to fight the internet war,” the article said.That attacks apparently came from China does not, onto itself, implicate the Chinese government. Internet or IP addresses which delineate where a computer is physically located can be compromised, allowing users in one country to take over a computer somewhere else to launch attacks.“How do you know where to strike back? You don’t,” says Bruce Schneier, a technology expert and author of several books who The Economist magazine describes as a “security guru”.“You don’t have nationality for cyber attacks, making retaliation hard,” he told Al Jazeera.But the nature of the Chinese state, where information is closely controlled, most corporations are linked to the Communist Party apparatus and dissidents are crushed, means the government likely had some knowledge of what was happening, Stiennon says.And, even if the Google attack was carried out by rogue hackers, American defence planners haven’t been taking any chances. One possible scenario involves a Chinese move to re-take Taiwan – an island which China views as a renegade – despite the US and UN considering it a sovereign country.“The Chinese have looked at their biggest potential military adversary, the US, and decided that their biggest weaknesses are that they are far away and dependent on computers,” says Kuehl from the defence university. He thinks likely Chinese strategies are twofold: The obvious “degrading enemy military apparatuses in the theatre of war” and “preventing the enemy from getting there”. Cyber attacks, targeting battle ship deployments and logistics, would play decisively in the latter.“The threat, from a military perspective, isn’t data denial, it is data manipulation,” Kuehl says. “What do you do when the data on your screen is wrong and air traffic controls, money, deployment orders and personnel have all been tampered with?”Misdirection and censorshipRegardless of China’s broader aims or involvement from the Chinese government in recent cyber mischief against Google, there is nothing new or impressive about recent cyber attacks, even though the international media has focused on them, Schneier says. “Millions of these kinds of attacks happen all the time,” he says. To him, recent phishing operations against Google are not even worthy of a blog post, as such events happen so frequently.Chris Palmer, the technology director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocacy group, thinks recent rhetoric about cyber war is a “smokescreen to limit freedom of speech on the internet”.“If I was being cynical, this campaign [about cyber security] is being launched by defence contractors to drum up a threat and get money from it,” Palmer told Al Jazeera.The US state department’s tough talk about physical reprisals is not the way to defend American infrastructure from attacks, he says. The solution is much simpler: Taking sensitive data off the internet entirely.Gaining access to military documents or networks controlling physical infrastructure like water treatment plants and nuclear facilities “should be like Mission Impossible, requiring a physical presence”. In the film, Tom Cruise has to sneak into a heavily guarded room to physically access a computer with secret information.In the 1980s and early 1990s, power plants, for example, ran on private networks where the censors would talk to the controllers, Palmer says. “Now things that are supposed to be private have become virtually private, going over the same lines as internet traffic.” As getting online became cheaper, and operating private networks became more costly and cumbersome compared to using the standard internet, companies began using the regular net.“Not being on the internet costs more for dollars and opportunity cost,” he says. “The design and the reality don’t match anymore, but the design was supposed to be private.” And this semi-public link to the broader net leaves vital systems potentially open to attack.While military contractors propose new products to defend against online threats, commercial cyber crime – where companies seek data on competitors and rivals try to steal industrial secrets – may be a bigger issue than fears of nation to nation conflicts spilling onto the internet.“The [US] defence department, just like everyone else, is struggling with the rapid rise of cyber threats,” says Richard Stiennon, the security analyst. “It is all new. They don’t have a basis in international law or jurisdictional avenues from which to build a cyber response.”And, the need for better international norms for governing cyber conflict is one of the few points of agreement between analysts. “The big thing here is that there is nothing magic about cyberspace,” Schneier says. “Everything that is true is still true when you put the word ‘cyber’ in front of it.”Some may say that international laws are often worth little more than the paper on which they are printed. And, sadly, the ability to exert force still determines the international pecking order. But, it may still be better to have an unenforceable framework for online conflict than none at all.As Bruce Schneier puts it, “I think a UN conference on cyber war would be a great thing to do”.Source: http://english.aljazeera.netlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Internet has brought a shift in the way we do things today, whether you are in San Francisco or Kampala this is the first time in civilization where you can get information instantly. We represent the Information age era and we have the responsibility to use all these technologies around us to do good and be the better versions of ourselves.We all know the craziness that goes on over the internet, from Cyber Stalking to Hacking and with the NSA – Snowden revelations, we all know our information online is not safe, from the post we send online to the drunk pictures we share with our friends security is becoming an issue for many of us.I feel ashamed sometimes I see some of my old posts on Facebook and much as these were posted when I was in a happy state back then, someone trying to search for my information online will always stumble upon such pictures and they will judge me according to how I was not how I am. I know Google is trying to solve this problem but shouldn’t some things we post online Just stay online? Are we not entitled to a little Privacy? – Advertisement – I’ve met a few people who are taken in high regard online but when you get to meet them offline they are not what you expected, in fact a friend of mine saw my Facebook photo and when they met me they were totally disappointed at how I looked. You should leave what you see online that side, because we are all a bunch of beautiful creatures when it gets to the internet.I asked a few friends to tell me about the things they have done online that they were not so proud of and here are some of the reactions I got.Kidd :During a global competition once, teams were required to solicit for votes for their ideas in order to go to the next level, so my team decided to create fake accounts in order to vote for ourselves. cut story short, the Ghananians were better than us at doing this. What’s hilarious about this was the fake usernames and email addresses we had to come up with. It was the odd of all weirdest.Yosef :I have NEVER been Facebook friends with any of my girlfriends, reason my relationship status is “IN AN OPEN RELATIONSHIP” I know we all have tried some of these bad habits online but all I ask everyone is to keep your online habits online and not let them affect your offline life. I couldn’t imagine being a real pirate in real life, that stuff is for the internet and should be left there if not left alone in the first place.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The once-booming tablet market has hit some turbulence, according to Times.Year-over-year shipments of tablets declined for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. 76 million of the devices were shipped worldwide during the fourth quarter, down from about 79 million a year prior.The decline of Apple’s iPad has been well-documented: The device tumbled 18% in year-over-year unit sales during the fourth quarter and 4% for 2014 overall. But this isn’t just an Apple problem. Sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets fell a staggering 70% during the fourth quarter, from 5.8 million during that period in 2013 to 1.7 million in 2014. Samsung tablet sales also fell 18%, from 13.5 million to 11 million. – Advertisement – The shift away from tablets can likely be blamed in part on the growing size of smartphones: Owning a bigger smartphone means you might have less need for a tablet. Apple just had its most successful quarter ever largely thanks to blockbuster sales for its jumbo-sized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. People also tend to hold on to their tablets longer than their phones, at least in the U.S., because tablets are generally not subsidized by wireless carriers.Despite recent trends, overall tablet shipments in 2014 did manage to grow slightly from 2013, climbing 4% from 220 million to 230 million. IDC projects that shipments will increase again in 2015 thanks to new devices running Windows 10 and the growing popularity of large tablets with screen sizes topping 10 inches.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Super Fast! Cool to the Touch! Memory for Miles! These are three aspects every smartphone owner wants. But the reality is batteries over heat, operating systems slow down, and run out of memory at the exact moment when your baby made the cutest face, and you absolutely must take a picture. Although one or more of these problems has happened to all of us, there are some simple steps you can take to make your life with your smartphone more predictable.Huawei Uganda offers you some tips on how to keep your smartphone as new in performance as when you bought it:Don’t expose your smartphone to extreme weatherBoth extreme heat and cold can damage a smart device. Leaving your smartphone in a car during extreme hot seasons can damage it. Smartphones should never be placed in a fridge or microwave. If your device does get exposed to water, the first thing you should do is shut it down and pull out the battery (if applicable).Always keep your smart phone fully charged – Advertisement – Customers will find that their Smartphones work best and last longer when kept fully charged. Avoid using a phone until it completely runs out of power because it damages a phone’s ability to hold a charge and affects its performance.Smartphones need to rest At least once a week, reboot that device or (even better) shut it down for 30 minutes or so. Doing this will ensure that caches are cleared and subsystems are properly restarted. Shutting down the device once a week will aid with the longevity of the RAM on the device and allow certain diagnostics to be run at boot.Don’t cramp up your phone memoryMonitor the space on your device regularly especially how much space the photos and videos are consuming.Close Unused Apps, Programs and ProcessesIf your smartphone starts to slow down, take the time to close a few of the background programs and apps that are not currently in useClear the browser cache memoryWhile all smartphones are capable of surfing the web, using the Internet for long periods of time can lead to a buildup of data in the phone’s active memory. When this happens, users should clear out their browser cache.Pocket dwellingAvoid placing your smart phones in the back pocket of clothing that has no spandex (or does not stretch) because that can risk breakage.VibrationsVibrations are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages when you’re in meetings or other places where it’s necessary to keep the phone silent. In places where it doesn’t matter, it will be better for you to use your ringtone as notification if you want to keep your smartphones battery on longer.No Bluetooth, Wi-Fi if not in useEnergy is consumed whenever your smartphone searches for signals, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth etc. When the reception is poor, the phone will continue scanning to attain a good connection and this consumes battery. In case you are not using these signals, turn them off until you need to use them again.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 13 AugustRACING2.10 Newton AbbotFull Day 9/2 > 9/42.50 SalisburyDarshini evens > 8/117.10 YarmouthBlighty 6/1 > 4/18.20 KemptonMuradif 9/4 > 11/8What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know I always say this, but the betting-ring really does get SIGNIFICANTLY busier, every year, at Cheltenham and Royal Ascot. On both our Tattersalls and Rails pitches, bet-numbers have been well up, and we are delighted with business.Gold Cup Day has always been lucky for Star Sports, and I am looking forward, to working with the team, to finish off what has been a great week for the bookies.Life is good (WHEN YOU’RE WINNING!).In other news:Yesterday, during racing, I had a tap on my shoulder, from Jonathan McEvoy, a journalist; at the Daily Mail. My favourite Truth Speaker, Blog! It was fun being interviewed by Jonathan, and never mind the betting, I managed to get lots of good quotes in, for my fellow, cheeky Mail readers. A dream-come-true, to be able to tell them, that I too; am a Climate-Change Denier! THANK YOU, JONATHAN!!ONLINE LINK: CLICK HEREOver and out, B x ​last_img read more

first_imgHORSE RACING2.00 SouthwellHammer Gun 13/2 > 7/22.40 FakenhamOakidoaki 20/1 > 7/13.20 CatterickRaving Bonkers 11/2 > 7/23.30 SouthwellGnaad 9/2 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLCarabao Cup Quarter-Final19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event5/1 Leicester City 4/9 Man City 7/2 DRAWLa Liga20:30 Sky Sports Red Button13/8 Levante 19/10 Leganes 2/1 DRAW [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 19 December BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more