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I am a complicated person: Chris Gayle to India Today

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first_imgWest Indies star batsman Chris Gayle on Friday launched his autobiography — Six Machine — in India. From his infamous sexist comment at the Big Bash to playing more Tests for his country, the ‘Universe Boss’ spoke at length with India Today.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO UNIVERSE BOSS”Not just World boss, I’m now Universe Boss. It’s fantastic to be in India, lots of fans, electric. Very loved in India, I can repay that by entertaining on the field and taking selfies with everyone.” (Chris Gayle back in India, dances up a storm with Virat Kohli)ON BEING COMPLICATED”I am complicated, I have moods which change quickly, it’s evident on social media. I’m thankful for social media to express myself instead of taking it out on the bowlers all the time!”There are things about me people don’t know because media doesn’t talk about it. People have branded me as a party animal but there is nothing wrong in that. (Why Chris Gayle doesn’t deserve to play in Indian Premier League anymore)I have done lots of good things for other people, but people sell negative things. I’m not looking for any credit but there are other sides to me.”ON TEST COMEBACK “I have played over 100 Tests, two triple tons, yet people brand me as ‘King of T20 cricket’ which is fine. But as an opening batsman with a batting average of 40 is good. Injuries have stopped me but I’m trying to come back to Tests. I want to play a few more Tests, plenty more years left, no need to rush back. I still have another triple Test ton left in me.” ON MISSING OUT ON 200 IN IPLadvertisement”I could have got 200 in that IPL game (when he scored 175 vs Pune Warriors in 2013, highest T20 individual score). I had thought team would need 180 to win, but I myself got 175. 200 was there for the taking, if I could have got more strike. But it was a team thing, foundation was set.”He looks into camera – “AB, you should have given me the strike so that I could have got a double hundred!”ON BIG BASH SAGA”It was uncalled for especially from the media. Past cricketers did too but they are now commentators, they are paid to take sides. They can’t come out and side with me, or they will lose their job. Those cricketers were ‘badder’ than me, their history is there, they have done worse. They tried to make me look bad because I’m from West Indies. Most people don’t like us because we have this flair and swagger on the field.” “People don’t like our swag. We dominate on the field. People gravitate to us. They don’t like that. Because we can do so many things, we are multi-talented in all aspects of sports. When we excel people try to bring us down.” NOTHING WRONG WITH ‘DON’T BLUSH BABY’ COMMENT “Nothing is wrong. I will stick by that until I die. It was a joke, everybody took it too seriously. The person (Mel McLaughlin) I said it too wasn’t offended at any particular time.” (Chris Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?)PEOPLE TRYING TO BRING DOWN GAYLE”I can call her now. She said it publicly Gayle apologised. She was forced to do it. She’s not with the channel anymore. There was a backlash, people trying to target Chris Gayle. An ex-cricketer said Gayle should be banned from Big Bash. “Ian Chappell punched someone and was locked up. They have done worse than me, just for a couple of lines. “We all know about (Andrew) Flintoff, taking sexual enhancers, he has done worse. They are just trying to bring down Chris Gayle.” WHY GAYLE IS THE TARGET?”Because I am a fun person. People like me. I like to party, I give the people what they want. I make sure I perform on the field.” HOW HAS INDIA CHANGED YOU?”I grew up with struggle, just like many Indian cricketers. Like Dhoni selling tickets, I used to sell juice in the market, I used to hustle to make money for school and to eat. I’m a hustler.” ON DRAWING COMPARISON WITH ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC”Based on things we have done we are alike. His haters have become his fans. He needs new haters now. When you turn 35 people think you are done. He’s still doing more than youngsters. In cricket I am the only one. Just one. Universe Boss. I’m the only one. No other cricketer like me. I’m saying it and I mean it.”  IF NOT A CRICKETERadvertisement”(Cristiano) Ronaldo is wearing my boots right now. Shining on the football pitch. If you see my skills, oooff. I can’t even say the words. I would be such an entertainer. I would be better than George Best off the field with the crazy stuff. Laughs.”Sports is stressful especially when things not going your way. That’s why it’s important to have close people around you. Sports teaches about life.” ON FUTURE GOALS”I set all targets when I was young. I have achieved all. Last one was a child. I got that four months ago. Greatest thing that ever happened to me. I will set more targets to get drive and passion.”RAHUL AS DANGEROUS AS KOHLI “KL Rahul is very talented. This is a Jamaican slang ‘run for your money’. People take it wrongly. It’s not that he will outshine Kohli.”Kohli has been dominating for long. Kohli is the man, no doubt about that. Rahul is learning the game even more. He can be as dangerous as Kohli. Rahul has a bright future in all formats. Makes cricket looks easy.”I also like Rahane a lot. He has been around for long. He is a smooth operator. He reminds me of Carl Hooper. Very easy going.”TIPS TO WEST INDIES TEST TEAM”I wish it will be the next series vs Pakistan but it’s a young team. It will take time as the captain is also very young. They should try to learn quickly and stand for something. Be more competitive and don’t let anyone walk over you. It’s a rebuilding process in Test cricket.”We always struggle in long format because we concentrate in short periods.” TYSON NOT BIGGER THAN ME”Make sure you read my book. You have read Mike Tyson. Tyson is not bigger than me. I’m taller than him. He’s short but he might punch a bit harder…. laughs.”last_img read more

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Faf du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia

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first_imgFaf du Plessis reckons he’ll forget about the booing, eventually, and his enduring memories of the Australian tour will be about South Africa’s against-the-odds series win.South Africa’s depth was tested when its inspirational captain was ruled out before the tour because of injury, and leading paceman Dale Steyn broke down on the second day of the series.”Obviously there were a lot of questions asked. We lost A.B., which is a massive player. We lost Dale,” Du Plessis said Sunday, summing up the 2-1 series win after Australia rallied to claim the third match by seven wickets.”Before the series, if you told the South Africa team they’d lost those two players, they would say to you we had no chance to beat Australia.”The South Africans were in dire trouble at 81-5 on day one in Perth, but recovered with an innings-reviving partnership between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma to reach 242. Australia raced to 158 in reply, until Steyn dismissed David Warner for 97. It turned out to be Steyn’s only real contribution to the series.And it proved to be a turning point in South Africa’s favor.Enter Kagiso Rabada, in his ninth test, who took two big wickets in the first innings to back up Vernon Philander, the new leader of the attack, who took four. Rabada returned to take five wickets in the second innings of a 177-run win.In Hobart, Philander was unplayable on the first morning, taking 5-21 as Australia was skittled for 85. Kyle Abbott, coming into the XI to replace Steyn and playing his eighth test, took three wickets in the first innings and 6-77 in the second, when Rabada chimed in with four as South Africa won by an innings and 80 runs to clinch the series.advertisementIn the meantime, Dean Elgar and J.P. Duminy posted centuries in Perth, where de Kock scored two half-centuries. In Hobart, where the Australian batsmen made the wicket appear unplayable, de Kock scored a century and shared another important partnership with Bavuma that helped set South Africa on course for its massive victory. (Day-Night Test: Australia take control in Adelaide)Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 118 in the first innings in Adelaide South Africa’s first experience of a day-night test before making tactical declaration at 259-9 on the first night. That will stay with him as a lesson in the pink ball format.Australia replied with 383 and was on top, but Stephen Cook prolonged South Africa’s resistance with a gritty 104 in the second innings his highest score since a century on debut against England in January.”I said before the series this will be a great tour for young guys to make names for themselves, and the guys did that,” du Plessis said. “Everyone stepped up everyone put their hands up at different stages.”Philander was voted player of the series for his 12 wickets and 136 runs with the bat, including a high of 73. Rabada was second in the bowling ranks with 15 wickets in between established Australian pair Josh Hazlewood with 17 and Mitchell Starc with 14. Abbott was a constant threat in his two tests, taking 13 wickets at an average of 14.84. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)Du Plessis had a tumultuous last week, being found guilty by the International Cricket Council of ball tampering, after he was seen putting his fingers in his mouth while he was sucking a mint, then shining the ball in Hobart.Cricket South Africa appealed the verdict, and du Plessis said he’s been unfairly made a scapegoat for doing something that cricketers all over the world have long done.It dominated headlines in Australia the day before the test, and du Plessis was loudly booed as he walked out to bat. Some in the crowd booed when he reached his century.”The last couple of days there was a little bit of huff and puff,” du Plessis said. “From a cricket point of view, what will stick me is winning this series.”From a personal note, to overcome everything that happened and to score a hundred in that first innings is something I’ll remember forever.”last_img read more

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Pakistan reclaiming cricketing glory after tumultuous Tableeghi tryst

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first_imgHuge crowds welcomed back members of the victorious Pakistan team after a successful Champions Trophy campaign. Thousands thronged different cities across the country as ten players landed after weeks of downs and ups in England. And thousands gathered outside the residence of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who proudly held aloft the trophy his team had won by defeating India in a one-sided final.Pakistan celebrated their victory and they deserved to. They earned it. But there is more to celebrate for a country that has long been left frustrated by the inability of their players to stay in sync with the modern-day game – the influence of extreme religiosity influenced by the presence of the Tableeghi Jamaat, is finally on the wane.WHAT IS THE TABLEEGHI JAMAAT?Tableeghi Jamaat or TJ a movement which was started in 1927 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India. Wikipedia describes TJ as “a non-political global Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to primary Sunni Islam, and particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour. The organisation is estimated to have between 12 million and 150 million adherents (the majority living in South Asia), and a presence in somewhere between 150 and 213 countries. It has been called “one of the most influential religious movements in 20th century Islam.”The cricket world had noticed a sudden shift in focus in the Pakistan team setup under Inzamam-ul-Haq, who took over as captain in 2004. In the next three years till he retired, players were actively encouraged to offer their namaz (prayers) in full public view. Cricketers grew beards, thanked the Lord before post-match speeches and apparently did not even spend much time at the gym honing their fitness.advertisementHowever, the TJ influence dates back to Waqar Younis’ reign as captain, who had brought on board Saeed Anwar, who was grieving the death of his daughter. The stylish left-handed opener then spent time recruiting team members into their fold and the religious transformation of a cricket team was underway.The impact of Islamist practices in the cricket structure has long remained a talking point in Pakistani circles.Back in 2013, the Dawn had reported former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)chairman Shaharyar Khan in his book “The Cricket Cauldron” wrote of the religious movement in the team. In the 2003 World Cup, Anwar had told his teammates to loud applause that “angels will descend and help Pakistan win the Cup.”CONSEQUENCES OF RELIGIOUS EXTREMESPakistan were knocked out in the first round after winning only against Holland and Namibia, Waqar was removed as skipper and many of their other stalwarts bowed out. Inzamam only took over in 2004 (after a brief stint by Rashid Latif) and under him, key players were kept out in the cold because they did not subscribe to his hardcore interpretation of religion.Inzamam led Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup and again, the team exited in the first round, this time having to deal with the humiliation of losing to Ireland.Pakistan’s performances had started to dip sharply from 2003 and the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, further pushed things back for Pakistan. No international team has since gone back to play in that country except for Zimbabwe in 2015 for short limited-overs series. Consequently, the team suffered. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) became their home base, the domestic cricket structure, never a strong suit to begin with, plunged further.Under Inzamam’s leadership, Yousuf Youhana, a Dalit Christian, converted to Islam. Shaharyar, in his book, explained, Yousuf was inspired by the message of Islam being propagated by the then captain. More importantly, Yousuf believed conversion would help him become captain at some stage.Pakistan, blessed with the flamboyance of men like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, were quickly being wiped off the cricketing map. Imran and Akram represented different eras of swag, glamour and inflicted fear and charm in equal measure. They were serious international celebrities and were showered with adulation wherever they went. Pakistan cricketers of subsequent generations failed to inspire similar feelings of awe.HINDU LEG-SPINNER VICTIMISEDThen there was the case of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. He was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) back in 2012 after being accused of trying to influence some of his teammates at Essex to indulge in spot fixing. Kaneria continues to deny his involvement and last year it was reported he was desperate for the BCCI to step in and help him after being ignored by the PCB.However, Kaneria later denied making any such statement but the talented leggie continues to battle it out on his own without any kind of assistance from the PCB.advertisementThe Kaneria episode is in stark contrast to Mohammad Amir, who was jailed for his role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 but subsequently returned into the international fold and played a key role in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph.Amir, undoubtedly talented, was backed to the hilt by PCB and the team management despite a far more serious offence while Kaneria has been left to fend for himself despite denying the charges laid down by the ECB.PAKISTAN CRICKETERS TRIED TO CONVERT INTERNATIONAL STARSAfter an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014, Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad had attempted to convert Tillakaratne Dilshan on the field. Shehzad had a shocking conversation with Dilshan as the teams left the field after a Sri Lankan victory. “If you are a non-Muslim and you convert, no matter whatever you do in life, you can go straight to heaven,” Shehzad was heard saying in a video that went viral. Dilshan’s response was barely audible but it was clear it did not please Shehzad, who said: “Then be ready for the fire.”It was perhaps not the only instance of a Pakistani player trying to convert players of other faiths from another country.Several other media reports had emerged after the Shehzad controversy which claimed Yousuf wanted to convert Australian cricketers. During Pakistan’s horror tour down under when they lost all three Tests, five ODIs and the one-off T20 International, Yousuf spent time chatting up the Aussies to see if they would convert.FEAR FACTOR LOST, ZERO CHARMThere came a phase in Pakistani cricket – 2003 onwards – which saw loss of form and charm. Shoaib Akhtar was fast, brutal and fun to watch – he refused to conform to the rigidity of the team leadership. According to Shaharyar, Younus Khan was another such star, who struggled to hold on despite his phenomenal record.With the advent of time and the emergence of Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan cricket found its footing again and shifted its focus solely back to the game. There are still traces of religiosity in the side but there is a sense of purpose.NEW DAWN FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET?A Test series victory in England  was forged on the back of two old warhorses, who were determined to turn the tide. But the Champions Trophy glory will be owed to Pakistan’s new brigade, which is now eager to catch up with the rest of the world. They want to achieve what their slicker neighbours from India have achieved, they want to see where the fitness of Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya can take them.Zaman was in the Navy a decade back but now wants to be considered among the fiercest opening batsmen in world cricket. Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Hassan bowled with spite and venom and they looked fitter than an entire earlier generation of Pakistani pacers. Shadab’s fielding was electric and his confidence on the biggest stage unparalleled. The current cricketers have grown up watching Younus practice for hours, they are accustomed to watching Misbah sermonise on the art of perfection as cricketers and they are more open to the idea of learning from Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith.advertisementThe new generation of Pakistan cricketers has seen the opportunity to make their name in a new world. There is a chance for them to build the old aura again. With time, the Fakha Zamans, the Shadab Khans and the Hassan Alis will perhaps inspire the same kind of adulation that their illustrious predecessors did, before Tableeghi Jamaat raised its head in the dressing-room.last_img read more

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Dortmund Under P0ressure as Old Problems Resurface

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first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is under pressure after dropping more points in its bid to end Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance.But don’t suggest the team has a mentality problem.Dortmund captain Marco Reus reacted angrily to the suggestion after Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.“Are you serious? The 2-2 was a mentality problem?” Reus told a Sky reporter. “Every week the same rubbish.”Dortmund coach Lucien Favre also rejected the notion on Thursday.“It’s easy to say it’s a question of mentality. I don’t think Dortmund had won in Frankfurt for six years,” Favre said. “We were close to a win because we played very well. We could have done better because we only scored two goals. Of course we can be annoyed about losing two points, (conceding a goal) two minutes before the end, it’s a shame, but we have to look forward.”File-Picture taken on Sept.14, 2019 shows Dortmund’s Marco Reus, left, celebrating his second goal with Dortmund’s Jacob Bruun Larsen, right, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in Dortmund, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Favre received support from sporting director Michael Zorc.“Mentality is blamed for a lot, especially when things are not going well,” said Zorc.“We’re still very early into the season. When I look at the (media) reports this week then I get the impression we’re at the end, that we’ve missed our targets and that we’ve played a terrible season. It’s all a bit too much for me,” Zorc said.But Dortmund’s league challenge is in danger of faltering due to the same frailties that undermined its hopes last season. The side has already dropped five points from five games and it can ill afford many more slip-ups if it is to claim its first Bundesliga title since 2012.Dortmund failed to exploit numerous chances to build on leads against Frankfurt and twice allowed the home side to get back in the game. The defense looked shaky without the injured Mats Hummels, who had been forced off injured after 63 minutes.“We had big opportunities to score more goals,” Favre said. “At times we played very, very well, but at times our last pass and our second-last pass wasn’t so good.”It was a similar story against Barcelona in the Champions League the previous Tuesday, when Dortmund dominated the second half but failed to convert chances into goals and had to be content with a 0-0 draw.Favre said the situation reminded him of February, when Dortmund went five games without a win and got knocked out of the German Cup by Werder Bremen. Also, Tottenham won 3-0 against Dortmund, on its way to knocking Favre’s team out of the Champions League.Dortmund frequently dominated last season without converting chances into goals and was then prone to conceding late in games as nerves took hold.“You have to keep going after scoring the first goal,” said Favre, whose side failed to register a shot at goal in the last 15 minutes of the first half against Frankfurt, and was hanging on again at the end of the second.“You can’t dominate a game for 90 minutes. Altogether it was OK, but not good enough,” Favre said.The draw left second-place Bayern a point ahead of Dortmund after five games. Leader Leipzig is three points ahead of Dortmund.Dortmund hosts Bremen on Saturday, while Bayern visits bottom side Paderborn and Leipzig hosts Schalke.___By CIARÁN FAHEY Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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My story isn’t over – Giroud still happy at Arsenal

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first_imgArsenal My story isn’t over – Giroud still happy at Arsenal Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:47 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) OlivierGiroud - Cropped Getty Images Arsenal Olivier Giroud Premier League Despite not yet making a Premier League start this season, the Frenchman said he was happy in north London Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud insists he has no regrets over his decision to stay at the Premier League club.Giroud, 31, was linked with a move away in the close-season but instead ended up staying at Arsenal.13/5 for Arsenal and Spurs draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the France international is yet to make a Premier League start this season, scoring just once in 10 appearances as a substitute.Giroud, who netted for his nation in a 2-0 friendly win over Wales on Friday, said he was still happy with his decision to remain at the Emirates Stadium.”For the moment I am not questioning myself about my future,” he told UK newspapers.”I am happy at Arsenal and I am fine with the decision to stay because I want to. I am thinking that the story between the club and myself is not over and not finished.”I keep believing in my quality and I keep the faith. I have a lot of objectives with Arsenal and my country so I always try to move forward and keep scoring.”@_OlivierGiroud_ has now scored 15 goals in his last 22 games for @equipedefrance #NaNaNaNaa pic.twitter.com/GaIcoomzoS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 10, 2017Giroud has scored twice in four Europa League starts, but his record of having netted at least 10 league goals in each of his seasons with Arsenal could be coming to an end.However, the striker said he trusted Arsene Wenger, and he was keen to repay his manager when possible.”Arsene’s always supporting me and there is a lot of trust in each other,” Giroud said.”He trusts in me and I try to give it back on the pitch when I can.”last_img read more

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Verratti: PSG under pressure to win cup final

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first_imgPSG Verratti admits under-pressure PSG are ‘obliged’ to win Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:36 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marco Verratti PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG Coupe de la Ligue PSG v Monaco Monaco Ligue 1 The PSG midfielder is feeling the heat ahead of the club’s Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti admits they are under a lot of pressure to win the Coupe de la Ligue, even though he thinks some criticism of the team has been unjust.Unai Emery’s side are aiming to win a third domestic treble in four seasons and will take the first step towards that goal against Monaco on Saturday in Bordeaux.Victory in that final will also give them a fifth Coupe de la Ligue triumph in a row, but speculation persists that Emery will be moved on at the end of the season due to their failure to get past Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Verratti thinks a lot that is said in the media is untrue but accepts there will always be a lot of scrutiny on PSG, given their success in recent seasons.”There’s been a lot of agitation, especially outside the club. I see wrong things every day,” he told a news conference.”There’s a lot of noise if we don’t win everything, which also means that we’re looked at as great players. We’re under a lot of pressure.”Maybe we haven’t been at the right heights in the last two years. We have to stay calm. An important trophy will arrive one day.”Marco Verratti PSG Real Madrid Champions League 06032018.jpgVerratti accepts his side are obliged to win the final, even though preparations have been hampered by players arriving back from the international break.”It’s an obligation, yes. We try to win everything at the start of the season,” he said.”It’s not easy to win these trophies. It’s very important to win, for us and for the club. On the outside, maybe trophies are minimised, but, for us, these are true goals.”Coming into this match off the back of an international break is difficult. We have not been able to train much together.”last_img read more

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Drewry: Carriers Bolster Supply in Asia-ECNA Trade

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first_imgzoom Upward spiralling headhaul freight rates earlier this year have lured most carriers to place a significant amount of additional tonnage into Asia-East Central North America (ECNA) trade via new services, according to shipping consultancy firm Drewry.Asian boxes bound for ECNA (including Canada and Mexico) in January and February climbed year-on-year by 15% in both months. Looking specifically at boxes landed at the US ports over the whole of the first quarter, the East Coast terminals saw gains of 23% while Gulf Coast discharges rose by 53%. This compares to a decline of 6% of Asian goods arriving along the US western seaboard and an overall growth of US imports from the Far East registering a gentle 3%, Drewry said.During the first quarter, it was Houston that witnessed the most explosive growth in Transpacific imports – up by 62% year-on-year – but throughputs at the premier Gulf Coast port are far lower than some of the USEC ports such as Savannah and Norfolk where Asian imports advanced by 40% and 28% respectively.  The New York/New Jersey complex, which draws the highest throughput of Far Eastern imports, enjoyed a growth factor of 19%.Instead of the 19 connections between Asia and ECNA there will be 25 Capacity provided in the first quarter of this year, averaging some 380,000 teu per month, represented a slight drop when compared to last quarter of 2014, and was only 3.2% above what was being offered in the trade a year earlier.Drewry predicts that this relative calm in slot supply is about to end because by the start of June six additional services will have been introduced. Instead of the 19 connections offered in the first quarter between Asia and ECNA there will be 25, and even after applying a generous allowance for out-of-scope cargoes, the monthly slot count is reckoned to reach some 475,000 teu, equating to approximately 18% greater supply compared to the third quarter peak season last year.Although a Suez routing for the coverage of the Asia-ECNA trade has become increasingly popular in the last few years (8 out of the previous 19 connections sailed via Suez), only one of the six new services that are being introduced will not transit the Panama Canal. According to Drewry, that might suggest that the carriers have already started jockeying for position in preparation for when the widened Panama Canal opens next year.The odd man out is Zim’s Seven Star Express which, sailing via Suez, will concentrate on the South China and the South East Asia markets, deploying ten ships averaging almost 6,000 teu. This permanent fixture follows three earlier ad hoc sailings that the Israeli carrier inserted to take advantage of the climbing freight rates during the flight of cargo away from the congested USWC ports. All three sailings, utilising 10,000 teu units, were reported to have been full.CMA CGM is involved in setting up two new services: one is within the newly formed Ocean Three alliance while the other – a Transpacific/Transatlantic pendulum product – will be operated with Hamburg Sud.“And if any further evidence is needed to demonstrate that modern-day global alliances are flexibly structured to allow individual members to “do their own thing” then Maersk’s decision to launch its TP10 service without any involvement of its 2M partner MSC bears testament to that,” Drewry said.Among the global carrier pack, MSC remains the only line that has so far resisted the temptation to bolster supply. First into the fray out of the six new loops was the new CKYHE alliance service which started out from Ningbo on 27 March with 9 vessels averaging 4,380 teu and which has been scheduled to make just two calls at ECNA ports – Savannah and Charleston.The 12-month rolling average eastbound demand growth rate still runs to double digits  and, although West Coast port operations are returning to normal, the proportion of US cargo routing via the eastern and Gulf seaboards is expected to steadily rise. Nevertheless, an 18% injection of capacity is undoubtedly putting rates under pressure. Just before Chinese New Year, eastbound spot rates had risen to almost $5,000 per 40ft but by the end of April they had fallen back to $3,700. Drewry said that this was an abnormally large correction for the Transpacific trade by any standards and open market rates are now barely $400 higher than where they stood a year ago.“Earlier in the year the Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement carriers set a minimum rate guideline of $3,800 for 1 May BCO service contract renewals, translating to an average hike of $1,000. The recent drift in spot rates means that that goal is now unachievable and that status quo or only modest rate uplift is a more likely outcome,” Drewry concludes.last_img read more

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State KMC gear up to tackle impact of Fani

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first_imgKolkata: The state government, along with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), is taking all possible preparation in the wake of severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is expected to hit the coastal belt of the state between Friday night and Saturday morning.Chief Secretary Malay De held a high-level meeting at Nabanna with all concerned departments and senior officials of Navy, Coast Guard, NDRF, State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and Kolkata Police. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing an election rally at Bhatpara, said the state is making all possible arrangements and said that a control room will remain functional at Nabanna from May 2 to 5. The number of the control room is 1070 (toll free) and 22535185. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNDRF will deploy one company of force each in places like Jhargram, Kharagpur, Digha, Kakdwip, Hasnabad and Dhamakhali as precautionary measure. Four SDRF teams have moved to Basanti in South 24-Parganas, Contai and Haldia in East Midnapore and Arambagh in Hooghly, with a standby team of SDRF at Nabanna. Ferry service and plying of all boats will be closed from May 3 to May 4 in East and West Midnapore, Jhargram, North & South 24-Parganas, Jhargram, Howrah, Hooghly and Kolkata. There will be quick response teams from civil defence deployed in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Howrah and Hooghly. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMayor Firhad Hakim held a meeting at the KMC headquarters along with some concerned government agencies and issued instructions to dismantle all hoardings by early Friday morning to rule out any chances of damage caused due to their collapse. “The leaves of all concerned departments of the civic body have been cancelled. We will do announcements along with Kolkata Police in front of all dilapidated buildings and will ask them to vacate them immediately to avert any mishap. Our main aim is to ensure that there isn’t loss of a single life,” Hakim said. The Mayor did not rule out the chances of waterlogging in the city, but assured that the civic body is making arrangements for quick drainage of water by alerting all pumping stations. There will be arrangements of relief material, food and water in all boroughs. The Kolkata Port Trust has issued a general alert for all ships in the docks both at Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex, which have been specifically advised to take all precautionary measures. 5 Coast Guard vessels and all operational crafts of the port are being provided safe berthing inside docks. Ships from riverine jetties at Haldia and Budge Budge and Sagar and Diamond Harbour anchorages have either been put out to sea or shifted to docks.last_img read more

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Airbnb names Fred Reid head of transportation

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SAN FRANCISCO — Home-sharing company Airbnb has hired veteran aviation executive Fred Reid to explore future partnerships with airlines and other providers.Reid has served as the founding CEO of Virgin America, president of Delta Airlines and president and chief operating officer of Lufthansa. Most recently he was president of Kitty Hawk’s Cora program, which is developing autonomous, electric “air taxis.”Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the company doesn’t want to start its own airline or sell tickets. It wants to partner with providers who make travel easier and more fun.The hire is part of Airbnb’s goal of becoming an end-to-end platform that gets people to its properties and helps them plan what to do when they arrive.Airbnb is preparing for an initial public offering as early as this year.The Associated Press read more

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WatchTotal SA sells 10 of its stake in Fort Hills oil sands

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CALGARY — Suncor Energy is tightening its grip on the Fort Hills oil sands project by paying $310 million to acquire an additional 10 per cent interest from one of its two partners.The seller is Total E&P Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Paris-based Total SA, which will retain a 29.2 per cent interest — remaining the second-largest partner after Suncor.Once the transaction closes, Suncor will own 50.8 per cent of the project and 20 per cent will be owned by Teck Resources Ltd., which has waived its right to increase its share proportionately.Feeling the pinch, oilsands companies make transition to low-cost productionCanadian oilpatch may be out ‘of the game’ if new pipelines not built: CAPPSuncor Energy Inc CEO eyes fire sales, blasts ‘stupidity’ of pipeline politics in U.S. and CanadaSuncor said the transaction — which can be undertaken within its current capital spending plan for 2015 — underscores the Calgary-based oil and gas producer’s  confidence in its position within the oil sands.“With engineering over 90 per cent complete and construction surpassing 40 per cent, Fort Hills is on track, with first oil expected in the fourth quarter of 2017,” said Suncor president and CEO Steve Williams. read more

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Quebec construction commission office and professional workers start strike

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec construction commission office and professional workers start strike by News Staff Posted Jun 5, 2012 2:50 am MDT MONTREAL – About 600 professional and office employees of Quebec’s construction commission launched a general strike just after midnight on Tuesday.The union says the employer rejected a conciliator’s proposal Monday evening.Union executive director Serge Cadieux said the commission’s decision was “irresponsible and would cause a lot of harm to the construction industry.”He added that the conciliator’s proposal respected the financial framework imposed by the Treasury Board and accepted by all public and parapublic sectors. The settlement also included adjustments to the pension plan to balance costs and permit a profit without increasing contributions by the commission and employees.Members of Local 573 last week rejected by 86 per cent the commission’s last contract offer and voted in favour of a strike. Employees have been without a contract since December 2009.The commission responded by approving a two-day lockout last Thursday over the unwillingness of the union to negotiate in good faith the renewal of the collective agreement. The work stoppage would allow it to prepare for the general strike.Since May 7, the Quebec Construction Commission has faced intermittent strikes and four days of a general strike.Three hundred investigators will continue with their activities throughout the labour dispute.Picketing will start today at regional offices of the commission across Quebec. read more

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US job openings tick up to new record high

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first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. businesses posted the most job openings on record in April for the second straight month, underscoring the economy’s strong demand for workers.The number of available jobs rose 1 percent to 6.7 million from 6.6 million in March, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s the most since records began in December 2000.Steady economic growth has encouraged employers to step up hiring. That pushed the unemployment rate in May to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent. Faster consumer spending is expected to lift economic growth above a 3 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter, after growth lagged a bit in the first three months of the year.There are now more open jobs than there are unemployed people, a historically unusual development that should give workers more leverage to demand raises. At the peak of the recession, there were, on average, 6.7 unemployed people for each job. Now, that figure has fallen to just 0.95 per opening.Yet wage gains remain sluggish, compared to previous periods when the unemployment rate was this low. Hourly pay rose 2.8 percent in May for all workers, excluding managers, compared with a year earlier. In April 2000, the last time the unemployment rate was at 3.8 percent, hourly pay was up nearly 4 percent.last_img read more

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Nextgeneration Audi RS6 Avant teased ahead of September debut

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first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow 0 Post a comment Audi 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is sharp but not shouty 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Enlarge ImageHey Audi? We want this. Audi Audi treats Americans to a rather wide variety of RS models, but there’s piece of forbidden fruit we’ve yet to taste. That’s the Audi RS6 Avant.While we don’t have confirmation the hot wagon will be heading our way, Audi is nearly ready to reveal it and teased the model on its German Facebook page this past Friday. According to the post, the brand plans to debut the wagon at its Audi City Berlin showroom locally this September. To be clear, Audi didn’t explicitly say this teaser shows the RS6 Avant, but there’s no denying the rear end and long roof on display here. Although cloaked in darkness and a sheet, Audi’s latest corporate taillight peeks through with a signature LED design. Compared to the current-generation RS6, the design should be rather evolutionary overall, but who are we kidding? It’s going to look gorgeous because it’s a sleek wagon. Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise 6:29 If the new RS6 Avant follows suit with the current car, it’ll pack a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with around 650 horsepower. Should Audi Sport feel frisky, an electric motor part of a mild-hybrid system could push that figure even higher.Will Audi finally bring it to North America? All signs have pointed to that being the case. Audi previously told Motor Authority in February that the company is actively looking at bringing the RS6 Avant and standard A6 Avant to these shores with the next-generation models. The company has also previously encouraged fans to continue speaking out in favor of bringing the model to North America. Say it loud, say it proud: we want the RS6 Avant, Audi. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes Wagons Performance Cars 69 Photos Audilast_img read more

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Sophie Turner chugs wine like a Stark before making out with Joe

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first_imgSophie TurnerSophie Turner Official InstagramSophie Turner is best known for playing Sansa Stark in HBO’s Emmy award-winning show Game of Thrones. The acclaimed actress has recently proved that she can chug down one entire glass of red wine in one go.Earlier on Tuesday, Sophie Turner was spotted enjoying the ice hockey game. When the 23-year-old Turner noticed that she was being shown on the video screen, she took the opportunity to entertain everyone. After she was caught on the camera for the arena jumbotron, she gathered thousands of applause by downing a glass of red wine in one go — proving that she is a true Stark. In addition to this, Sansa showered kisses on her fiancé Joe Jonas at Madison Square Garden.You can check out the video below: In professional endeavor, Sophie Turner is going to portray the role of Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones season eight. As the released trailer depicted, the stacks are pretty high with every character and based on Sansa’s current state of mind, there are chances that she will wage a war against Daenerys Targaryen.”Winterfell is your, Your Grace!” Sansa Stark said to Daenerys Targaryen in the released marketing clip by HBO. Based on this, several fans speculated that Sansa’s time with Dany is going to create some friction. At the same time, Sansa and Daenerys’ fight could cause problems for Jon Snow.Sophie Turner has been playing Sansa Stark since she was only 13 years old and as per her, “it feels like I grew up with the character.” Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/FacebookBesides this, Sophie Turner is going to feature as Jean Grey in the upcoming X-Men movie. As per the actress, she “feel empowered by Jean Grey” as she is very much on her own and even the British actress felt many a time that she is on her own in the entertainment industry.Sophie Turner’s Game of Thrones season eight is going to air on HBO in April. Whereas, her X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie is all set to release on June 7, 2019. The X-Men movie will also feature James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters in the pivotal roles.last_img read more

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Astronomers observe a unique multiplylensed supernova

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first_img Hubble captures first-ever predicted exploding star The MACS J1149.6+2223 field, showing the positions of the three primary images of the SN Refsdal host galaxy (labeled 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3). SN Refsdal appears as four point sources in an Einstein Cross configuration in the southeast spiral arm of image 1.1. The highlighted box is shown at the same scale in panels on the right side, which illustrate the removal of contaminating diffraction spikes from a difference image. Each difference image is centered on the location of the contaminating star (top panel), then rotated clockwise by 90 degrees (middle panel). The rotated difference image is then subtracted from the initial difference image, removing most of the flux from the contaminating diffraction spike at the location of the SN Refsdal point sources (bottom panel). Credit: Steven A. Rodney et al., 2015. 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. © 2016 Phys.org More than a year ago, four images of SN Refsdal were detected by Hubble as part of the Grism Lens-Amplified Survey from Space (GLASS) program. GLASS acquires near-infrared grism spectra of massive galaxy clusters with the primary goals of studying faint, high-redshift galaxies and spatially resolved intermediate-redshift galaxies, as well as characterizing the cluster galaxy population. The images obtained by Hubble show SN Refsdal shining brightly from the arm of a spiral galaxy that lies far beyond another galaxy between the supernova and our planet. SN Refsdal as a background source is strongly lensed by galaxies and a galaxy cluster massive enough to bend the light into multiple images.The astronomers then predicted that the supernova will soon reappear in the cluster field. Their predictions were correct, as SN Refsdal reappeared once more between mid November and Dec. 11, 2015. The exact date is uncertain by approximately one month, which is the interval between two consecutive Hubble observations.This reappearance was a great occasion for a team of scientists led by Steven A. Rodney from the University of South Carolina to sum up the findings since previous sightings of SN Refdal in 2014. Moreover, the team managed to measure time delays for the four images obtained over a year ago.The researchers found that the observed shape of SN Refsdal has distinct similarities with supernova SN 1987A. They also noted that the studied supernova is most likely a member of the peculiar Type II sub-class defined by the SN 1987A prototype.To conduct precise measurements of relative time delays and also magnification ratios from the SN Refsdal data, the scientists used two methods: light curve template matching and flexible polynomial light curve models. They constructed their models based on supernovae like SN 1987A, which has a well-sampled light curve coverage. The researchers note that the use of two different methods yields complementary results.”Even the best fit, template-based model shows systematic residuals and does not provide a good representation of the observed data. SN Refsdal is not quite a clone of other observed 87A-like Type II supernovae. Thus, as a second approach for measuring the time delays between the four Refsdal sources, we used a series of flexible light curve models—splines and polynomials—to represent the underlying light curve shape. By adopting these free-form curves in place of the rigid SN light curve templates, we can derive time delays that are agnostic about the classification of SN Refsdal,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.Rodney and his team determined these time delays with a precision of two to eight days. According to their study, the time delay between the first and the fourth image is about 26 days.”This level of precision is promising, as it suggests that a similarly cadenced monitoring campaign could deliver a relative precision of 1 percent on the time delay to the next image,” the paper reads.SN Refsdal, as the first multiply-imaged supernova ever seen, will be a target of numerous observations conducted by scientists studying lens modeling methods. The researchers concluded that with a sufficiently rapid observational cadence and concerted lens modeling efforts, it will be feasible to use measurements of these lensed time delays as cosmographic tools. Cluster-lensed supernovae such as SN Refsdal could, indeed, contribute to future time delay cosmography efforts. (Phys.org)—SN Refsdal is a peculiar supernova visible within the field of the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223. Discovered in November 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, this supernova is the first that was seen multiple times thanks to gravitational lensing. Now, an international team of astronomers has published a paper on Jan. 15 summarizing one year of Hubble observations of SN Refsdal. The research is available online on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: SN Refsdal : Photometry and Time Delay Measurements of the First Einstein Cross Supernova, arXiv:1512.05734 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1512.05734AbstractWe present the first year of Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the unique supernova (SN) ‘Refsdal’, a gravitationally lensed SN at z=1.488±0.001 with multiple images behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.6+2223. The first four observed images of SN Refsdal (images S1-S4) exhibited a slow rise (over ~150 days) to reach a broad peak brightness around 20 April, 2015. Using a set of light curve templates constructed from SN 1987A-like peculiar Type II SNe, we measure time delays for the four images relative to S1 of 4±4 (for S2), 2±5 (S3), and 24±7 days (S4). The measured magnification ratios relative to S1 are 1.15±0.05 (S2), 1.01±0.04 (S3), and 0.34±0.02 (S4). None of the template light curves fully captures the photometric behavior of SN Refsdal, so we also derive complementary measurements for these parameters using polynomials to represent the intrinsic light curve shape. These more flexible fits deliver fully consistent time delays of 7±2 (S2), 0.6±3 (S3), and 27±8 days (S4). The lensing magnification ratios are similarly consistent, measured as 1.17±0.02 (S2), 1.00±0.01 (S3), and 0.38±0.02 (S4). We compare these measurements against published predictions from lens models, and find that the majority of model predictions are in very good agreement with our measurements. Finally, we discuss avenues for future improvement of time delay measurements—both for SN Refsdal and for other strongly lensed SNe yet to come. Citation: Astronomers observe a unique multiply-lensed supernova (2016, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-astronomers-unique-multiply-lensed-supernova.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Keep your serverless AWS applications secure Tutorial

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first_imgHandling security is an extensive and complex topic. If not done right, you open up your app to dangerous hacks and breaches. Even if everything is right, it may be hacked. So it’s important we understand common security mechanisms to avoid exposing websites to vulnerabilities and follow the recommended practices and methodologies that have been largely tested and proven to be robust. In this tutorial, we will learn how to secure serverless applications using AWS. Additionally, we will learn about the security basics and then move on to handle authorization and authentication using AWS. This article is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ wriiten by Diego Zanon. Security basics in AWS One of the mantras of security experts is this: don’t roll your own. It means you should never use in a production system any kind of crypto algorithm or security model that you developed by yourself. Always use solutions that have been highly used, tested, and recommended by trusted sources. Even experienced people may commit errors and expose a solution to attacks, especially in the cryptography field, which requires advanced math. However, when a proposed solution is analyzed and tested by a great number of specialists, errors are much less frequent. In the security world, there is a term called security through obscurity. It is defined as a security model where the implementation mechanism is not publicly known, so there is a belief that it is secure because no one has prior information about the flaws it has. It can be indeed secure, but if used as the only form of protection, it is considered as a poor security practice. If a hacker is persistent enough, he or she can discover flaws even without knowing the internal code. In this case, again, it’s better to use a highly tested algorithm than your own. Security through obscurity can be compared to someone trying to protect their own money by burying it in the backyard when the common security mechanism would be to put the money in a bank. The money can be safe while buried, but it will be protected only until someone finds about its existence and starts to look for it. Due to this reason, when dealing with security, we usually prefer to use open source algorithms and tools. Everyone can access and discover flaws in them, but there are also a great number of specialists that are involved in finding the vulnerabilities and fixing them. In this section, we will discuss other security concepts that everyone must know when building a system. Information security When dealing with security, there are some attributes that need to be considered. The most important ones are the following: Authentication: Confirm the user’s identity by validating that the user is who they claim to be Authorization: Decide whether the user is allowed to execute the requested action Confidentiality: Ensure that data can’t be understood by third-parties Integrity: Protect the message against undetectable modifications Non-repudiation: Ensure that someone can’t deny the authenticity of their own message Availability: Keep the system available when needed These terms will be better explained in the next sections. Authentication Authentication is the ability to confirm the user’s identity. It can be implemented by a login form where you request the user to type their username and password. If the hashed password matches what was previously saved in the database, you have enough proof that the user is who they claim to be. This model is good enough, at least for typical applications. You confirm the identity by requesting the user to provide what they know. Another kind of authentication is to request the user to provide what they have. It can be a physical device (like a dongle) or access to an e-mail account or phone number. However, you can’t ask the user to type their credentials for every request. As long as you authenticate it in the first request, you must create a security token that will be used in the subsequent requests. This token will be saved on the client side as a cookie and will be automatically sent to the server in all requests. On AWS, this token can be created using the Cognito service. How this is done will be described later in this chapter. Authorization When a request is received in the backend, we need to check if the user is allowed to execute the requested action. For example, if the user wants to checkout the order with ID 123, we need to make a query to the database to identify who is the owner of the order and compare if it is the same user. Another scenario is when we have multiple roles in an application and we need to restrict data access. For example, a system developed to manage school grades may be implemented with two roles, such as student and teacher. The teacher will access the system to insert or update grades, while the students will access the system to read those grades. In this case, the authentication system must restrict the actions insert and update for users that are part of the teachers group and users in the students group must be restricted to read their own grades. Most of the time, we handle authorization in our own backend, but some serverless services don’t require a backend and they are responsible by themselves to properly check the authorization. For example, in the next chapter, we are going to see how serverless notifications are implemented on AWS. When we use AWS IoT, if we want a private channel of communication between two users, we must give them access to one specific resource known by both and restrict access to other users to avoid the disclosure of private messages. Confidentiality Developing a website that uses HTTPS for all requests is the main drive to achieve confidentiality in the communication between the users and your site. As the data is encrypted, it’s very hard for malicious users to decrypt and understand its contents. Although there are some attacks that can intercept the communication and forge certificates (man-in-the-middle), those require the malicious user to have access to the machine or network of the victim user. From our side, adding HTTPS support is the best thing that we can do to minimize the chance of attacks. Integrity Integrity is related to confidentiality. While confidentiality relies on encrypting a message to prevent other users from accessing its contents, integrity deals with protecting the messages against modifications by encrypting messages with digital signatures (TLS certificates). Integrity is an important concept when designing low level network systems, but all that matters for us is adding HTTPS support. Non-repudiation Non-repudiation is a term that is often confused with authentication since both of them have the objective to prove who has sent the message. However, the main difference is that authentication is more interested in a technical view and the non-repudiation concept is interested in legal terms, liability, and auditing. When you have a login form with user and password input, you can authenticate the user who correctly knows the combination, but you can’t have 100% certain since the credentials can be correctly guessed or stolen by a third-party. On the other hand, if you have a stricter access mechanism, such as a biometric entry, you have more credibility. However, this is not perfect either. It’s just a better non-repudiation mechanism. Availability Availability is also a concept of interest in the information security field because availability is not restricted to how you provision your hardware to meet your user needs. Availability can suffer attacks and can suffer interruptions due to malicious users. There are attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), that aim to create bottlenecks to disrupt site availability. In a DDoS attack, the targeted website is flooded with superfluous requests with the objective to overload the systems. This is usually accomplished by a controlled network of infected machines called a botnet. On AWS, all services run under the AWS Shield service, which was designed to protect against DDoS attacks with no additional charge. However, if you run a very large and important service, you may be a direct target of advanced and large DDoS attacks. In this case, there is a premium tier offered in the AWS Shield service to ensure your website’s availability even in worst case scenarios. This requires an investment of US$ 3,000 per month, and with this, you will have 24×7 support of a dedicated team and access to other tools for mitigation and analysis of DDoS attacks. Security on AWS We use AWS credentials, roles, and policies, but security on AWS is much more than handling authentication and authorization of users. This is what we will discuss in this section. Shared responsibility model Security on AWS is based on a shared responsibility model. While Amazon is responsible for keeping the infrastructure safe, the customers are responsible for patching security updates to software and protecting their own user accounts. AWS’s responsibilities include the following: Physical security of the hardware and facilities Infrastructure of networks, virtualization, and storage Availability of services respecting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) Security of managed services such as Lambda, RDS, DynamoDB, and others A customer’s responsibilities are as follows: Applying security patches to the operating system on EC2 machines Security of installed applications Avoiding disclosure of user credentials Correct configuration of access policies and roles Firewall configurations Network traffic protection (encrypting data to avoid disclosure of sensitive information) Encryption of server-side data and databases In the serverless model, we rely only on managed services. In this case, we don’t need to worry about applying security patches to the operating system or runtime, but we do need to worry about third-party libraries that our application depends on to execute. Also, of course, we need to worry about all the things that we need to configure (firewalls, user policies, and so on), the network traffic (supporting HTTPS) and how data is manipulated by the application. The Trusted Advisor tool AWS offers a tool named Trusted Advisor, which can be accessed through https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor. It was created to offer help on how you can optimize costs or improve performance, but it also helps identify security breaches and common misconfigurations. It searches for unrestricted access to specific ports on your EC2 machines, if Multi-Factor Authentication is enabled on the root account and if IAM users were created in your account. You need to pay for AWS premium support to unlock other features, such as cost optimization advice. However, security checks are free. Pen testing A penetration test (or pen test) is a good practice that all big websites must perform periodically. Even if you have a good team of security experts, the usual recommendation is to hire a specialized third-party company to perform pen tests and to find vulnerabilities. This is because they will most likely have tools and procedures that your team may not have tried yet. However, the caveat here is that you can’t execute these tests without contacting AWS first. To respect their user terms, you can only try to find breaches on your own account and assets, in scheduled time frames (so they can disable their intrusion detection systems for your assets), and only on restricted services, such as EC2 instances and RDS. AWS CloudTrail AWS CloudTrail is a service that was designed to record all AWS API calls that are executed on your account. The output of this service is a set of log files that register the API caller, the date/time, the source IP address of the caller, the request parameters, and the response elements that were returned. This kind of service is pretty important for security analysis, in case there are data breaches, and for systems that need the auditing mechanism for compliance standards. MFA Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra security layer that everyone must add to their AWS root account to protect against unauthorized access. Besides knowing the user and password, a malicious user would also need physical access to your smartphone or security token, which greatly restricts the risks. On AWS, you can use MFA through the following means: Virtual devices: Application installed on Android, iPhone, or Windows phones Physical devices: Six-digit tokens or OTP cards SMS: Messages received on your phone We have discussed the basic security concepts and how to apply them on a serverless project. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, do check out ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ to implement signup, sign in, and log out features using Amazon Cognito. 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Costa Rica ends clean energy run due to low rainfall

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first_imgThe Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said Thursday that the lack of rains in August forced it to fire up one of its thermal plants on the Pacific coast, ending a clean energy streak that attracted worldwide attention.In fact, it was the country’s second green streak this year. In August Costa Rica broke its own record by running 94 consecutive days exclusively on renewable energy. It set its previous record in March when it ended 75 days of renewables, ICE reported.During the second streak, between May and August, some 78 percent of the country’s electricity came from hydroelectric power plants; 12 percent from geothermal sources, 10 percent from wind power; and 0.01 percent from solar.But low water levels in the country’s reservoirs, mainly caused by drought in much of the territory, ended the green energy run. Hydroelectric plants supply some 72 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity needs, according to ICE.“The drop in rainfall forced us to use the Garabito thermal plant to meet peaks in electricity needs in late August,” ICE’s director of electricity generation Alberto Ramírez said Thursday in a public statement.Ramírez said reservoirs at Pirrís, south of San José, and Ventanas-Garita in Alajuela are the most affected by the lack of rainfall. ICE recorded a 74 percent decrease in the flow of the Pirrís River while an 80 percent decrease in the Virilla River is to blame for low levels at the Ventanas-Garita plant.Both ICE and National Meteorological Institute officials attribute this deficit to extreme weather conditions caused by the El Niño phenomenon that often produces drought in one part of the country and intense showers in another.ICE hopes reservoir levels will start to recover this month in order to avoid using thermal plants, which could lead to electricity rate hikes for its customers.But Ramírez said the country has enough fuel reserves to use thermal plants again, if necessary. “It will depend on the behavior of rainfall patterns during the rest of the year,” he said. “Then we will evaluate the need to buy more fuel to support thermal generation for the next dry season.”The state-owned National Power and Light Company last week requested an increase in electricity rates that, if approved, would raise basic rates for customers in the San José greater metropolitan area by 36 percent.ICE’s hydrology department forecasts a slight increase in rainfall levels during September and October. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s electricity mostly from renewable sources in 2016 Costa Rica prepared for this season’s harsh weather, energy officials say Construction of Central America’s biggest hydroelectric dam is nearly finished in Costa Rica Electricity rates for ICE customers to drop in Januarylast_img read more

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first_imgRail Europe Rail Europe’s new campaign includes a range of deals that agents can pass onto their clients … Agents are reminded to log onto the agent portal when booking.On the Thalys, agents with clients travelling in pairs from Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Schiphol Airport, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Koeln or Dortmund over the autumn months can now pass on savings of up to 45%. Starting from AUD$82, bookings must be made by 28 February 2019 and travel completed between 31 March and 31 May 2019. Discount applies to 1st and Premier Classes.Agents with client darting between France and Spain on the France-Spain High Speed trains can now pass on up to 30% savings when booking by 27 February 2019. Travel must be completed between 14 February and 26 June 2019.In Germany, agents can pass on up to 10% off three and four-day German Rail Passes for travel between now and 31 May 2019. The offer applies to adults, twin and youth travellers. Bookings must be made by 31 March 2019.In Switzerland, agents can pass on one and two free travel days on the four and eight-day Swiss Travel Passes respectively. Valid for adult and youth passes in 1st and 2nd classes, bookings must be made by 28 March 2019 and travel completed by 30 September 2019.Agents booking their clients on Eurostar journeys can now save them up to 30% off one way fares. Starting from AUD$73 in Standard and AU$163 in Standard Premier, bookings must be made by 4 March 2019 and travel completed between 4 March and 9 September 2019.For larger itineraries, agents can issue their clients with 1st Class Eurail Global Pass priced at 2nd Class rates. The upgrade is across the board for adults, youth and senior travellers. Bookings must be made by 28 February 2019 and travel completed between now and 16 May 2019.Forex fluctuations and terms and conditions apply.IMAGE: Along the River Moselle in Germanylast_img read more

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In this Dec 2 2018 file photo Pittsburgh Steel

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first_imgIn this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) plays against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers trade the star receiver they’d prefer to send him to a team they don’t play often. But general manager Kevin Colbert said, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, that calculation could change depending on the offer. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) Despite being under contract through the 2020 season, Brown has gone to Instagram and other social media outlets to express his displeasure with his quarterback, Roethlisberger, and ask other teams in the league to trade for him.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald surprises 12-year-old fan battling rare diseaseESPN writer offers scenarios for Cardinals to trade for Antonio BrownCardinals’ Patrick Peterson to Antonio Brown: ‘Hit my line’His outbursts have led to some support from other players around the league, including the Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson.Whether the Cardinals have interest in the embattled wide receiver is unclear.ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out that the three teams that have showed the most interest in Brown were the Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has caught passes from 19 different quarterbacks throughout his career, while all 79 of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown’s touchdown catches have come from just one, Ben Roethlisberger.At the thirteenth annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Fitzgerald said that Brown doesn’t know how good he has it.Larry, what do you think about what’s going on with Antonio Brown?@LarryFitzgerald: I don’t think AB is going about it the right way. He takes for granted the great QB he’s had. #SSAC19 pic.twitter.com/rJkZoFnNUr— Brendan Kaminsky (@BKaminsky) March 2, 2019Brown has made headlines this offseason lobbying for a trade from the Steelers, the only team he has played for throughout his nine-year career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Saloon registrations up 18 in September says Cystat

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first_imgThe number of saloon registrations rose 18 per cent in September to 3,800 compared to the respective month of 2016, the statistical service said.The increase in saloon registrations last month was on a 28 per cent annual rise in the case of second-hand cars to 2,443 – the highest since July 2009 – which more than offset a 0.5 per cent drop in brand new private car registrations to 1,357, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.In January to September, the number of saloon car registrations rose 29 per cent to 32,833 compared to a year before, Cystat said. New car registrations rose 7 per cent to 13,803 and second-hand registrations rose 53 per cent to 19,030.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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