Passage by Kareem Mortimer wowed audiences at the Portland Maine Film Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMore from the film scene for the Caribbean, this time a director’s choice award for Bahamian film maker Kareem Mortimer. The Bahamian film, simply called: Passage wowed audiences at the Portland Maine Film Festival… Passage’s win in Maine was the latest in a string of laurels that the short has earned. Its success on the festival circuit includes a win in the open category of the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, On Location: Grand Bahama Island and Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Clarence Rolle of the Bahamas Film & Television Commission accepted on behalf of Mortimer. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing

first_img 14 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The top 3 upgrades in MacOS Catalina 0 4:39 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? In a statement, Zoom said the local web server is a workaround for Apple’s Safari 12 web browser, introduced last September.”Zoom installs a local web server on Mac devices running the Zoom client,” the statement reads. “This is a workaround to an architecture change introduced in Safari 12 that requires a user to accept launching Zoom before every meeting. The local web server automatically accepts the peripheral access on behalf of the user to avoid this extra click before joining a meeting. We feel that this is a legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”In regard to a potential denial of service attack, Zoom says it has no record of such a weakness being exploited, and says it fixed that security flaw in May. Along with the likes of Slack, Uber and Pinterest, Zoom is one of many tech companies to go public in 2019. It raised $356 million upon its April 18 IPO, with its shares trading as high as $66 on that day. The stock has risen since, currently sitting at around $90.70. Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Enlarge ImageZoom says the flaw was born out of a workaround for Safari 12. Sarah Tew/CNET Your computer’s webcam has always been a gateway for potential security intrusion, which is why people like Mark Zuckerberg and ex-FBI head James Comey put tape over theirs. On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh gave Mac users another reason to fret over their webcams — there’s a security flaw in the Zoom video-conferencing app.Zoom is most notable for its click-to-join feature, through which clicking on a browser link takes you directly to a video meeting in Zoom’s app. But Leitschuh in a Medium post explained that he months ago discovered Zoom achieves this in insecure ways, allowing websites to join you to a call as well as activating your webcam without your permission.He added that this would allow any webpage to denial-of-service a Mac by repeatedly joining you to an invalid call. Uninstalling the Zoom app from your Mac isn’t enough to fix the problem, either. Zoom achieves its click-to-join function by installing a web server on your computer — which can reinstall Zoom without your permission.”If you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily re-install the Zoom client for you,” Leitschuh writes, “without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage. This re-install ‘feature’ continues to work to this day.”1-mrgy9jojkkjsrp-xjsyomwHere’s the first setting you should change in Zoom. Jonathan Leitschuh/Medium For those of you who have the Zoom app installed on your Mac, Leitschuh, in his Medium post, lists directions to neutralize the local server in his Medium post. You should also activate the Turn off my video setting when joining a meeting, as seen above.The researcher said he contacted Zoom on March 26, giving the company a public disclosure deadline of 90 days. He said Zoom patched the issue, disabling the ability of a webpage to automatically turn on your webcam, but still this partial fix regressed on July 7, allowing webcams to once again be turned on without permission. reading • Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing app Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier • See All Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Tags Computers Security Apple Mac Pro: Expensive, sleek and definitely not for grating cheeselast_img read more

Gold prices rise for 5th straight day close at threeweek high

first_imgGold prices rose for the fifth straight day on Monday to a three-week high in Indian markets in sharp contrast to the Sensex and Nifty that opened on a negative note and drifted further in the wake of weak global cues and disappointing factory output data for April.In tandem, gold prices touched a four-week high in Singapore market to $1,281.96 an ounce, beating $1,284.20 an ounce reached on May 16.”Gold has been up and $1,300 should be an immediate target at least for the coming week, with $1,240 being the support level,” Reuters quoted Mark To, head of research at Hong Kong’s Wing Fung Financial Group, as saying.A fall in Asian stock markets on account of cautionary approach expected to be adopted by central banks of major economies this week and worries of Brexit contributed to the spike in gold prices, according to the agency.The U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Swiss National Bank and Bank of Japan are set to meet this week and are likely to keep interest rates unchanged in the context of weak global economic scenario.On Monday, gold prices gained Rs. 160 to close at Rs. 29,660 per 10 gm while silver prices declined marginally to end at Rs. 41,000 per kg.Silver had plunged below the Rs. 40,000-mark on May 20 but since then has been gaining steadily.The firm trend prevailing in the global markets along with strong buying by jewellers contributed to gold prices gaining on Monday, according to a PTI report. However, prices of the yellow metal could fall by Wednesday and an ambivalent stance of the US Federal Reserve could result in prices rising further, according to an analyst.”Gold could push a little higher during the early part of the week, but we expect it to hit some turbulence by Wednesday, the day of the Fed meeting,” Reuters quoted from a note by INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.”That is when we expect the bank to signal that it is warming up to a rate increase for July,” he added.last_img read more

Aviation fuel prices up 19 since April 1

first_imgIndian Oil Corporation (IOC) announced an increase of 7.3 percent in aviation fuel prices with effect from Tuesday (November 1), after raising the price by 3 percent on October 1. With this, the hike in the prices of the fuel (also referred to as aviation turbine fuel, or ATF) is 19.2 percent since the beginning of the current fiscal.Aviation fuel now costs Rs 50,260.63/kilolitre in Delhi and Rs 49,482 in Mumbai. The highest price among the four metros is in Kolkata, at Rs 54,921.The price was Rs. 46,826 on October 1 after the 3 percent hike and was Rs 42,157 as of April 1, 2016.Aviation fuel accounts for about 35 percent of operating costs of air carriers and influence profit margins in a big way.Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) is dispensed from specially designed refuellers in two ways. “ATF is pumped into an aircraft by two methods: Overwing and Underwing. Overwing fuelling is used on smaller planes, helicopters, and piston-engine aircraft and is similar to automobile fuelling – one or more fuel ports are opened and fuel is pumped in with a conventional pump. Underwing fuelling, also called single-point is used on larger aircraft,” according to IOC, a state-run refiner and retailer.On the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), share prices of carriers were trading in a narrow range on Tuesday at around 3 p.m. SpiceJet was down 0.68 percent at Rs 73.20, Jet Airways was up 1.51 percent at Rs 474.50 and Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation was trading 0.63 percent higher at Rs 942.IOC was trading at Rs 0.31 percent higher at Rs 324.55. BPCL was up 0.83 percent at Rs 676, while HPCL was down 0.52 percent at Rs 465.The BSE Sensex was down 23 points at 27,907. Top Sensex losers were Axis Bank and TCS, while Tata Steel (up 3.13 percent), HDFC (2.82 percent) were the top gainers.last_img read more

Court takes charges into cognizance over assaulting woman by policemen

first_imgA Jhenaidah court on Tuesday took cognizance of the charges against eight police personnel over assaulting woman, demanding extortion and giving threat to evict a family from their land, reports UNB.The court also ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the incident and submit its report within 30 days.Golam Sheikh of Hamdampur village of Shailkupa upazila filed a complaint petition with the court of Shailkupa judicial magistrate Kazi Ashrafuzzaman against sub-inspector Ilias Mollah of Kochua investigation centre and seven others police personnel.Later, the court took the cognizance of the charges and ordered PBI to look into the matter.The court also ordered the authorities concern to ensure the security to the defendants.According to the court statement, the accused police personnel went to the ancestral home of Golam Sheikh and tried to evict them.The accused also assaulted the wife of Golam Sheikh while she was trying to protest the cops.The police personnel also carried out vandalism at the home and demanded extortion of Tk 100,000 from them.last_img read more

Venezuelan Government Defiant as US Moves to Sanction Oil Industry After Move

first_img Share Ten people were killed in clashes following Venezuela’s election to choose an assembly to create a new constitution: https://t.co/qpKgSgyajV pic.twitter.com/plpwTYoueb— CFR (@CFR_org) July 31, 2017 Venezuela’s socialist government claimed a popular mandate to dramatically recast the country’s political system even as the United States pledged potentially devastating oil sanctions on Monday and condemnations of the process poured in from governments around the world and the opposition at home. Electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted Sunday to create a constitutional assembly endowing President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling party with virtually unlimited powers — a figure widely disputed by independent analysts. The official result would mean the ruling party won more support than it had in any national election since 2013, despite a cratering economy, spiraling inflation, shortages of medicine and malnutrition. Opinion polls showed 85 percent of Venezuelans disapproved of the constitutional assembly and similar numbers disapprove of Maduro’s overall performance. Independent analysts and opposition leaders estimated the real turnout at less than half the government’s claim in a vote watched by government-allied observers but no internationally recognized poll monitors. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, the governor of the central state of Miranda, urged Venezuelans to protest Monday against an assembly that critics fear will effectively create a single-party state. In a strike at Venezuela’s already flailing economy, U.S. officials said the Trump administration is preparing to levy new sanctions on Venezuela, following through on threats to impose penalties if the country went through with the weekend election. The officials said the new sanctions could be imposed as early as Monday and will likely target Venezuela’s oil sector, including possibly its state owned petroleum company. One official said an announcement was imminent. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Maduro has said the new assembly will begin to govern within a week. He said he would use the assembly’s powers to bar opposition candidates from running in gubernatorial elections in December unless they sit with his party to negotiate an end to hostilities that have generated four months of protests that have killed at least 125 and wounded nearly 2,000. Venezuela’s chief prosecutor’s office reported 10 deaths in new rounds of clashes Sunday between protesters and police. Seven police officers were wounded when a fiery explosion went off as they drove past piles of trash that had been used to blockade a street in an opposition stronghold in eastern Caracas. Maduro says a new constitution is the only way to end such conflicts. “The people have delivered the constitutional assembly,” Maduro said on national television. “More than 8 million in the middle of threats … it’s when imperialism challenges us that we prove ourselves worthy of the blood of the liberators that runs through the veins of men, women, children and young people.” National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced just before midnight that turnout in Sunday’s vote was 41.53 percent, or 8,089,320 people. The electoral council’s vote counts in the past have been seen as reliable and generally accurate, but the widely mocked announcement appeared certain to escalate the polarization and political conflict paralyzing the country. “If it wasn’t a tragedy … if it didn’t mean more crisis, the electoral council’s number would almost make you laugh,” opposition leader Freddy Guevara said on Twitter. Maduro has threatened that one of the constitutional assembly’s first acts would be jailing Guevara for inciting violence. An exit poll based on surveys from 110 voting centers by New York investment bank Torino Capital and a Venezuela public opinion company estimated 3.6 million people voted, or about 18.5 percent of registered voters. “The results thus suggest that the government maintains an important loyal core of supporters that it can mobilize in both electoral and non-electoral scenarios,” the report concluded. The same pollsters noted that Venezuela has an estimated 2.6 million government employees, “suggesting that a large fraction of the votes could have not been voluntary.” The European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, Britain and the United States criticized Sunday’s vote. The Trump administration again promised “strong and swift actions” against Venezuelan officials, including the 545 participants in the constitutional assembly, many of them low-ranking party members. Maduro said he had received congratulations from the governments of Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua, among others. Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it rigged for the ruling party. Ahead of the vote, the opposition organized a series of work stoppages as well as a July 16 protest referendum that it said drew more than 7.5 million symbolic votes against the constitutional assembly. The president of the opposition-led National Assembly, Julio Borges, told Venezuelan news channel Globovision Monday that Maduro’s foes would continue protesting until they won free elections and a change of government. He said Sunday’s vote had given Maduro “less legitimacy, less credibility, less popular support and less ability to govern.” Maduro called the vote for a constitutional assembly in May after a month of protests against his government, which has overseen Venezuela’s descent into a devastating crisis during its four years in power. Due to plunging oil prices and widespread corruption and mismanagement, Venezuela’s inflation and homicide rates are among the world’s highest, and widespread shortages of food and medicine have citizens dying of preventable illnesses and rooting through trash to feed themselves. The 545-seat constituent assembly will have the task of rewriting the country’s constitution and will have powers above and beyond other state institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress. Maduro made clear in a televised address Saturday that he intends to use the assembly not just to rewrite the country’s charter but to govern without limitation. Describing the vote as “the election of a power that’s above and beyond every other,” Maduro said he wants the assembly to strip opposition lawmakers and governors of constitutional immunity from prosecution — one of the few remaining checks on ruling party power. Declaring the opposition “already has its prison cell waiting,” Maduro added: “All the criminals will go to prison for the crimes they’ve committed.” ___ By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Presslast_img read more