Youth stabbed to death over mobile phone

first_imgIllustrationA youth was stabbed to death and another was injured over a mobile phone in Sherpur upazilla of Bogra on Wednesday night.The deceased is Abbas Ali, 24, from Mohipur Jamtala village in Sherpur upazilla.Injured Md Faruk, 15, a Class-X student, was under treatment at Sherpur Upazilla Health Complex.Police have detained a youth, Niyamul Haque, 19, on suspect of his involvement with the incident. He disclosed names of five persons involved with the stabbing.Quoting Niyamul, Sherpur police station inspector Bulbul Islam said Maruf and Shakil, 19, from Mohipur had an enmity over an old mobile phone set. On Wednesday night, Maruf’s friend Abbas had an altercation with Shakil over the phone set.At a stage of the altercation, Shakil’s friend Al Amin stabbed Abbas and Maruf indiscriminately in Bottola Bazar area of Mohipur village, leaving them injured critically.Locals rushed Abbas to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival.Family of the deceased said they would file a murder case.Sherpur police station office-in-charge Khan Md Erfan said police were trying to arrest other suspects.last_img read more

Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting

first_img © 2015 Phys.org When big ships unload their cargo, they are left mostly empty, which creates a weight distribution problem—to fix that problem, giant pumps are used to fill ballast tanks with water from the sea in which they reside. Unfortunately, those pumps also suck up local organisms, which then live in the ballast tanks for some period of time as the ship travels to a place to pick up cargo. Upon arrival, the water in the ballast tanks is pumped back into the sea in anticipation of new added cargo. But, as scientists, environmentalists, sports enthusiasts and others have found, that ballast water may contain an organism that is able to take up residence (dubbed an invasive species) in its new part of the world, and sometimes is able to dominate those already there, putting the legacy residents at risk. In this new effort, the researchers sought to put some metrics on the ballast tank dumping problem around the shores of their native Australia in an attempt to better understand the invasive species risk for the country. They gathered historical shipping data for the period 1999 to 2012, which included ballast filling and dumping information and data regarding organisms that are known to be able to survive living in ballast tanks.In analyzing their data using a computer model, they found that ballast dumping in Australian seaports more than doubled during the study period and that the majority of the increase was related to mining and forestry operations, which meant that the dumping increase was more often located in remote ports near mines, rather than in more established areas. They also found that a large percentage of ballast water was coming from the waters around Southeast Asia and China, which they suggest offers an opportunity for more research regarding which species from those areas might be in the ballast water being dumped in Australian ports and other places around the world. Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of math and biological researchers with the University of Adelaide, has found that the amount of ballast water being dumped into the waters around Australia more than doubled over a thirteen year study period increasing the possibly of invasive species introduction. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes how they studied historic ballast data to create a model of ballast dumping, and discovered that most of the increase can be attributed to mining operations. More information: Temporal modelling of ballast water discharge and ship-mediated invasion risk to Australia, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150039 AbstractBiological invasions have the potential to cause extensive ecological and economic damage. Maritime trade facilitates biological invasions by transferring species in ballast water, and on ships’ hulls. With volumes of maritime trade increasing globally, efforts to prevent these biological invasions are of significant importance. Both the International Maritime Organization and the Australian government have developed policy seeking to reduce the risk of these invasions. In this study, we constructed models for the transfer of ballast water into Australian waters, based on historic ballast survey data. We used these models to hindcast ballast water discharge over all vessels that arrived in Australian waters between 1999 and 2012. We used models for propagule survival to compare the risk of ballast-mediated propagule transport between ecoregions. We found that total annual ballast discharge volume into Australia more than doubled over the study period, with the vast majority of ballast water discharge and propagule pressure associated with bulk carrier traffic. As such, the ecoregions suffering the greatest risk are those associated with the export of mining commodities. As global marine trade continues to increase, effective monitoring and biosecurity policy will remain necessary to combat the risk of future marine invasion events. New requirements for ballast water dumped by ships This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting foothold (2015, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-ship-ballast-dumps-australia-climbing.html Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencelast_img read more

IBM launches Industrys first Cybersecurity Operations Center on Wheels for ondemand cybersecurity

first_img“Having a mobile facility that allows us to bring realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience will be a game changer in our mission to improve incident response efforts for organizations around the world.”-Caleb Barlow, vice president of Threat Intelligence at IBM Security Yesterday (On 15th October), IBM Security announced the industry’s first mobile Security Operations Center- ‘The IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center’ (C-TOC). This mobile command center hosted at the back of a semi truck will travel around the U.S and Europe for cybersecurity training, preparedness, and response operations. The aim of this project is to provide an on-demand cybersecurity support, while building cybersecurity awareness and skills with professionals, students and consumers. Cybercriminals are getting smarter by the day and cyber crimes are becoming sophisticated by the hour. It is necessary for organizations to plan and rehearse their response to potential security breaches in advance. According to the 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study, companies that respond to incidents effectively and remediate the event within 30 days can save over $1 million on the total cost of a data breach. Taking this into consideration, the C-TOC has the potential to provide immediate onsite support for clients at times when their cybersecurity needs may arise. The mobile vehicle is modeled after Tactical Operations Centers used by the military and incident command posts used by first responders. It comes with a gesture-controlled cybersecurity “watch floor,” data center and conference facilities. It has self-sustaining power, satellite and cellular communications, which will provide a sterile and resilient network for investigation, response and serve as a platform for cybersecurity training. Source: IBM Source: IBM Here are some of the key takeaways that individuals can benefit from, from this mobile Security Operations center: #1 Focus on Response Training and Preparedness The C-TOC will simulate real world scenarios to depict how hackers operate- to help companies train their teams to respond to attacks. The training will cover key strategies to protect business and its resources from cyberattacks. #2 Onsite Cybersecurity Support The C-TOC is mobile and can be deployed as an on-demand Security Operation Center. It aims to provide a realistic cybersecurity experience in the industry while visiting local universities and industries to build interest in cybersecurity careers and to address other cybersecurity concerns. #3 Cyber Best Practices Laboratory The C-TOC training includes real world examples based on experiences with customers in the Cambridge Cyber Range. Attack scenarios will be designed for teams to participate in. The challenges are designed keeping in mind various pointers like: working as a team to mitigate attacks, thinking as a hacker, hands- on experience with a malicious toolset and much more #4 Supplementary Cybersecurity Operations The IBM team also aims to spread awareness on the cybersecurity workforce shortage that is anticipated soon. With an expected shortfall of nearly 2 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022, it is necessary to educate the masses about careers in security as well as help upskill current professionals in cybersecurity. This is one of the many initiatives taken by IBM to bring about awareness about the importance of mitigating cyber attacks in time. Back in 2016, IBM invested $200 million in new incident response facilities, services and software, which included the industry’s first Cyber Range for the commercial sector. By real world simulation of cyber attacks and training individuals to come up with advanced defense strategies, the SOC aims to get a realistic cyberattack preparation and rehearsal to a larger, global audience. To know more about this news as well as the dates that the C-TOC will tour the U.S. and Europe, head over to IBM’s official blog. Read Next Mozilla announces $3.5 million award for ‘Responsible Computer Science Challenge’ to encourage teaching ethical coding to CS graduates The Intercept says Google’s Dragonfly is closer to launch than Google would like us to believe U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports U.S weapons can be easily hackedlast_img read more

Googles Project Zero reveals a High severity copyonwrite security flaw found in

first_imgA Security researcher from Google’s Project Zero team recently revealed a high severity flaw in the macOS kernel that allows a copy-on-write (COW) behavior, a resource-management technique, also referred to as shadowing. The researcher informed Apple about the flaw back in November 2018, but the company is yet to fix it even after exceeding the 90-day deadline. This is the reason why the bug is now being made public with a “high severity” label. According to a post on Monorail, the issue tracking tool is for chromium-related projects, “The copy-on-write behavior works not only with anonymous memory but also with file mappings. This means that, after the destination process has started reading from the transferred memory area, memory pressure can cause the pages holding the transferred memory to be evicted from the page cache. Later, when the evicted pages are needed again, they can be reloaded from the backing filesystem.” “This means that if an attacker can mutate an on-disk file without informing the virtual management subsystem, this is a security bug. MacOS permits normal users to mount filesystem images. When a mounted filesystem image is mutated directly (e.g. by calling pwrite() on the filesystem image), this information is not propagated into the mounted filesystem”, the post further reads. According to a Google project member, “We’ve been in contact with Apple regarding this issue, and at this point no fix is available. Apple is intending to resolve this issue in a future release, and we’re working together to assess the options for a patch. We’ll update this issue tracker entry once we have more details.” A user commented on HackerNews, “Given the requirements that a secondary process should even be able to modify a file that is already open, I guess the expected behavior is that the 1st process’s version should remain cached in memory while allowing the on-disk (CoW) version to be updated? While also informing the 1st process of the update and allowing the 1st process to reload/reopen the file if it chooses to do so. If this is the intended/expected behavior, then it follows that pwrite() and other syscalls should inform the kernel and cause prevent the origional cache from being flushed.” To know more about this news, head over to the bug issue post. Read Next Drupal releases security advisory for ‘serious’ Remote Code Execution vulnerability Google’s home security system, Nest Secure’s had a hidden microphone; Google says it was an “error” Firedome’s ‘Endpoint Protection’ solution for improved IoT securitylast_img read more

It was a recordbreaking year for Europe hotels in 2017 with 2018

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Britain & Europe, Trend Watch Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img LONDON — After reaching record-high performance levels in 2017, Europe’s hotel industry is forecasted to maintain its upward trajectory in 2018, says STR.According to recent data, Europe’s occupancy rate in 2017 was up 2.4% to 71.9%, while its Average Daily Rate (ADR) was up 3.1% to EUR110.51. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) was EUR79.46, an increase of 5.6%.Each of the three key performance metrics were the highest STR has ever benchmarked for Europe.“Hotel markets across Europe have benefitted from a wide range of factors in recent years,” said Robin Rossmann, STR’s managing director. “While hotel performance was up for nearly every world region in 2017, Europe was the clear leader in terms of growth. The region has seen substantial growth in both tourism and corporate business, and has remained resilient in the face of several terror attacks, with increasingly shorter turnaround periods needed for performance recovery.”Rossmann added that the company expects 2018 to be another stellar year for Europe hotels, “with RevPAR growth again exceeding 5% year over year.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIn addition to rising 2.4% over 2016, Europe’s occupancy level in 2017 was nearly 10% higher than the previous peak in 2008, which came before the global financial crisis. During the months of July, August and September 2017, Europe recorded double-digit ADR growth compared to those same months in 2008.Looking ahead, STR’s market Forecast Reports project strong performance growth in a number of key European cities, with Moscow, Athens, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and Prague all expected to se RevPAR growth above 6%, mainly as a result of ADR growth.Paris’ performance will likely be driven by demand growth, as the market continues to see increased tourism from terror attacks in recent years. Berlin hotels are expected to record a RevPAR increase around 5%, again mainly driven by growth in ADR.After benefitting from the ‘Brexit boost’ of a weakened pound sterling following the U.K.’s June 2016 EU Referendum, London’s hotel performance has slowed in recent months as the sterling has recovered substantially against the dollar. Although the city’s demand (room nights sold) is expected to continue growing, it will likely be outweighed by supply growth, as London’s hotel inventory continues to expand. ADR growth should help the U.K. capital achieve year-end RevPAR growth around 2%. It was a record-breaking year for Europe hotels in 2017, with 2018 looking just as promising Tuesday, March 6, 2018 last_img read more

Sneak peek at newest Ambergris Caye boutique resort

first_imgSneak peek at newest Ambergris Caye boutique resort Share Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Tags: Alaia, Belize, Marriott Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by AMBERGRIS CAYE — Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels is offering a first look at the new Alaia boutique resort coming to Belize in 2020, as hotel development on the country’s cayes continues at a rapid pace.Beach Side ViewSet on the southern part of Ambergris Caye, in the historic town of San Pedro, Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand’s collection when it opens in two years.RooftopAlaia broke ground at the end of 2017 with a launch plan of five phases. Amenities will include a beach club exclusive to guests and residents, a rooftop suspended pool and lounge with ocean views, full service spa, fitness centre, kids’ club, dive shop and live art gallery.Villa“Belize’s tourism is booming, with 2017 being a record year and vastly surpassing the 400,000 annual visitor threshold,” says Manuel Heredia, Belize’s Minister of Tourism.  “With the industry playing an integral role on the country’s economy, Alaia has the government’s full support as it will take our country to new heights by boosting the employment growth, generating awareness around the destination, and allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Belize’s vibrant culture.”PoolAlaia isn’t Marriott’s only property on the island. The 203-key Belize Marriott Ambergris Caye Resort and Residences will offer an upscale experience on Belize’s largest island, known for its world-class scuba diving, fishing, water sports and white sandy beaches.Beach Front ViewBelize’s first luxury resort from a global brand, Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, opened its doors in December 2017.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaMeanwhile Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is already at work on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize. The luxury retreat on Belize’s island of Caye Chapel will include 100 guest rooms and suites.last_img read more

CIE Tours celebrates Tartan Week with up to 15 off Scottish tours

first_img MORRISTOW — In celebration of Tartan Week, CIE Tours International has announced new offers on top Scottish tours.Taking place from April 3-10, with National Tartan Day scheduled for April 6, Tartan Week encourages millions of North Americans to reconnect with their Scottish roots. And as a leader in premier guided vacations to Britain and Ireland, CIE Tours is joining in on the week-long festivities with substantial discounts on up to seven of its Scotland-based itineraries.There are two ways to save on Scotland this April with CIE:‘Scottish Clans & Castles’ Tour of the Week: Clients save 15%, or $1,000-$1,683, when booking between April 3-9April Promotion: Clients enjoy 10% off select summer departures for the following Scottish tours when booked by April 22: ‘Scottish Dream’ (8 days, from $2,552 per person); ‘Taste of Scotland & Ireland’ (10 days, from $3,225 per person); ‘Best of Britain’ (10 days, from $3,654 per person); and ‘Highlights of Britain’ (15 days, from $5,396 per person)More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsBefore booking, CIE has three fun facts for Scotland-bound travellers:There are more than 150 languages, in addition to English, spoken in Scotland.13% of the country’s population identifies as ginger, the highest proportion in the world.More than 800 islands comprise Scotland, of which only 100 are inhabited.“Scotland has much to offer travellers, whether they choose to immerse themselves in the stunning landscape, delve into the rich culture of the country, explore the deep royal connections or sample the finest Scotch whiskey,” said the company.For more information go to cietours.com. Tags: CIE Tours, Promotions, Scotland Travelweek Group CIE Tours celebrates Tartan Week with up to 15% off Scottish tours Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more