Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea

first_img View post tag: sea View post tag: Red View post tag: sends Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified source, in a move th…(haaretz)[mappress]Source: haaretz, June 7, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea View post tag: Submarines Share this article Iran Sends Submarines to Red Sea View post tag: Naval View post tag: Iran June 7, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Pardew pleased to come ‘home’

first_imgAlan Pardew wants to restore the spirit of his playing days after coming “home” to take over as Crystal Palace manager. Pardew was released from his Newcastle contract on Saturday morning and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to return to the club he served for four years as a player. The former midfielder was part of a successful spell in the club’s history between 1987 and 1991, scoring the winner against Liverpool to take them to the 1990 FA Cup final. And the new manager said: “Without putting pressure on the chairman – because it’s difficult when the manager keeps talking publicly about players – I think we’re going to need a player or two and that’s what we’re going to try and do.” Pardew is the permanent successor to Neil Warnock, after Keith Millen took caretaker charge for the goalless draw against Aston Villa, and becomes Palace’s fourth manager in less than 18 months. Warnock succeeded Tony Pulis in the summer, with the former Stoke boss also serving less than a year before walking away in a dispute over transfer targets. Pardew will now be looking to steady the ship and c hairman Steve Parish told the club’s website: “We wanted a manager with a great track record and proven experience in the Barclays Premier League. “In Alan we have both these things as well as a man who has great affection for this club and shares my determination to take us to the next level.” Pardew’s departure signals the end of an eventful era at St James’ Park during which he took the club to fifth place in the Premier League and the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but also came in for concerted criticism from some fans. Owner Mike Ashley remained strongly behind him, though, even after he had been banned from the touchline and fined for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler in March. Pardew said: “It’s been a privilege to manage Newcastle United and I want to thank my captain, Fabricio Coloccini, and all the players, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman and all the staff, all of whom have been outstanding servants to Newcastle United. “A special thanks also goes to the fans for all their support over the last four years. “I must also thank Mike Ashley and the board for their unwavering support during my tenure at the club.” Newcastle announced that Carver and Stone will again lead the team in the FA Cup tie at Leicester as the club continue to search for a new head coach. That title – as opposed to “manager” – indicates the club will seek to a recruit a man comfortable with working under a continental model with managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr taking care of recruitment. With the likes of Steve Bruce, Pulis and Tim Sherwood having already been ruled out, according to sources on Tyneside, St Etienne’s Christophe Galtier and former Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel have been linked with the club in recent days. However, Press Association Sport understands no approaches have yet been made. And in an interview broadcast on the club website, he said: ” I think the fans remember that era I was in, they admired the spirit and they’d probably like to see a bit more of that. Hopefully I can bring that back. “It’s been a while since I played here but it’s somewhere I know well and it’s close to my heart. “It was difficult because I’m leaving a big club in Newcastle (but) r eally and truly, my home is in this area and for me it’s what you would class, as close as you can as a manager, as your own club.” Pardew takes over a side in the bottom three that has not won for eight matches, since the 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on November 23. And he acknowledged: “It’s a little bit sticky at the moment and we need to find a way out of that. “The players have got great attitudes here, I’ve been very impressed. Can I help change that energy into more tangible results? “That might take a transfer, it might take a change of style a little bit, and that’s what hopefully a manager of my experience can do.” One target Pardew has been linked with in the January transfer window is Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. Press Associationlast_img read more

Andersen gives high praise to Badger defense

first_imgFollowing the Wisconsin football team’s 35-6 Homecoming victory over Northwestern, head coach Gary Andersen reflected on Tanner McEvoy’s development and the dominating defense as the Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) enter the second half of their schedule.While UW’s three-pronged rushing attack of Melvin Gordon, James White and freshman newcomer Corey Clement usually earns most of the praise, Andersen rightfully highlighted the stout effort his defense put forth Saturday, holding Northwestern without a touchdown — a first for the Wildcats in seven seasons.“This defense has had great effort all year long, but there were some extra effort plays in that game that just jump out at you,” Andersen said.Among Saturday’s “unusual efforts” Andersen mentioned were the seven sacks made by seven different Badgers, a statistic that exemplifies how the defense has excelled by utilizing its depth in Andersen’s scheme.“I think they’re adjusting to the amount of packages and really understanding that there are not 11 starters on this defense, there’s up to really 15 or 16 starters, if you will,” Andersen said.Expectations seem to be rising throughout the defense, which allowed Andersen to shine light on one player that may be new to defense, but not to high expectations.A highly-touted junior college transfer, McEvoy joined the Wisconsin program this summer with many drooling over the prospect of a 6-6 dual-threat quarterback commanding Andersen’s offense. However, after breaking his hand during preseason preparations, McEvoy’s potential offensive contribution seemed unlikely, so the coaching staff tried him out on defense.Despite his initial reputation as a quarterback, McEvoy seems to embrace physical play and his all-around athleticism has earned him increasing playing time at safety. He has registered eight tackles in UW’s last two games.“He’s a smart kid, that’s not an easy position to play. Mentally, to go over there and grasp it as quickly as he has and be able to get into a game like Northwestern, with all that offense, to be able to deal with it is a true credit to the kid,” Andersen said.Fortunately for McEvoy and the Badgers, their experience defending Northwestern should come in handy this Saturday, when they face another mobile quarterback in Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase.Although the Illini have not won a conference game since October of 2011, Andersen insisted his team is well aware of the dangers they’ll face in Champaign.“We talk all the time about respecting our opponents,” Andersen said. “In the morning meeting with the coaches, the kids seemed to be focused and moved in the right direction.”Andersen also discussed some of the formations his offense showed last Saturday and his intention to prepare more options moving forward.“The playbook is ever-growing. It is year one, you still got to have a foundation and a base offense before you continue to build on that, but I know they build on it every single week,” Anderson said.One look Badger fans could see more of down the road is the Wildcat formation, which eliminates the quarterback in favor of two running backs in the backfield. UW attempted the Wildcat sparingly last Saturday, but their execution requires more practice, according to Andersen.“We’ll have to hone in on that a little bit more, but I think that will be something that will definitely help us as we move forward to get a little pace out of the offense,” Andersen said.An additional aspect that could help the offense get going this Saturday is the return of leading wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.After opening UW’s scoring with a 63-yard touchdown catch, Abbrederis exited Saturday’s contest during the second quarter due to a head injury. While he did not re-enter the game, coach Andersen is optimistic about Abbrederis’ prospects of playing this weekend.“I am hopeful and I feel good about that, but we’ll know more in the next 48 hours. If Jared has the opportunity, he’ll go,” Andersen said.last_img read more

Dinosaur Extinction Story Becomes More Chancy

first_imgWhy did dinosaurs die but birds and butterflies survive?  The latest idea involves sheer dumb luck.The consensus view that an impact killed the dinosaurs is not without problems.  Why did it affect all the dinosaurs, when some were as small as chickens?  Why did they all perish, when dinosaurs had supposedly ruled the earth for 160 million years, enduring every other kind of catastrophe the earth could throw at them?Nature News now says that the problem was timing.  “Animals might have survived if impact happened a few million years earlier or later,” Alexandra Witze says.   It is, of course, impossible to prove a counterfactual condition like that.  For justification, Stephen Brusatte (U of Edinburgh) claims that there was a decrease in the number of plant-eating dinosaurs when the asteroid hit.  Pallab Ghosh at the BBC News reiterated that suggestion, claiming the extinction was a case of bad luck: “Dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact when they were at their most vulnerable, according to a new study.”  Seemingly opposite evidence was presented on PhysOrg, that says dinosaurs were doing just fine when the asteroid hit.  Herbivores were decreasing only in certain areas; “Overall, though, dinosaur species diversity appeared to be relatively stable despite the large-scale changes occurring over the last few million years.”  The article makes a point that most of the inferences about dinosaur diversity come from North American data, possibly skewing the interpretations.Tanya Lewis at Live Science put the counterfactual this way: “Could dinosaurs have survived the impact that killed them?”  Don’t think, though, that she offers the possibility some did survive; she merely echoes Brusatte’s suggestion.  Noting that more delicate animals (like some birds) did survive the impact, though, Lewis has no further answer than sheer dumb luck.  “In fact, many birds did go extinct, so it may have been random,” she says as Brusatte’s idea.  “The truth is, scientists don’t know what made most dinosaurs so susceptible to extinction.”  Lewis then pivoted that ignorance into a sermon: humans had better not mess with diversity or climate!  “At any rate, the findings in North America suggest that ecosystems are deeply interconnected….” she concludes. “Perhaps that’s a lesson for humanity today, as human activities continue to threaten biodiversity.”  It’s hard to see how a random meteor strike 65 million years ago should make humans feel guilty today.Meanwhile, Tia Ghose at Live Science interpreted seven T. rex tracks by three individuals as evidence that the monsters were not “lone wolves” as previously thought, but hunted in packs, even if they were not friendly to one another.  Whether they howled at the moon is another question.Evolutionists have no answer to dinosaur extinction, even after decades of the most popular theory that a random impact did it.  Itsy bitsy caterpillars munching on tender leaves, metamorphosing into delicate butterflies, got by just fine, but the hugely diverse dinosaurs are all gone.  Remember that any explanation that depends on sheer dumb luck and random results is no explanation at all.  Why do we listen to these losers?  Any logical explanation should be viewed as superior to the Stuff Happens Law, but that’s the Darwinians’ stock answer to everything – from the big bang, to the solar system, to life and death.  Yet the culture worships these storytellers as the guardians of Knowledge. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s career advice hotline

first_imgThe South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has launched a career advice helpline to equip students with information to navigate work and study paths. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The helpline, which started to operate recently, will help students to increase their employability and manage their own career development, as well as provide a resource for career advisers. ‘Taking the next step’ One of their main objectives is to advance the objectives of the National Qualification Framework (NQF), a set of principles and guidelines by which records of learner achievement are registered to enable national recognition of acquired skills and knowledge, thereby ensuring an integrated system that encourages life-long learning. 13 July 2010 For assistance, call the helpline on 086 0111 673, e-mail the National Qualification Framework (NQF), or visit the NQF website. A team of career guidance counsellors is in place to help students seeking advice on post-school opportunities.center_img “This means that anyone, for example, a learner needing to choose school subjects, a school leaver wanting to study further, or a working person wanting to switch to a different kind of work, can find the information and support to take the next step,” said SAQA Career Advice Services director Paul West. The South African Qualifications Authority board is a body of 22 members appointed by the ministers of education after consultation with the Minister of Labour. The members are nominated by identified national stakeholders in education and training. Making a career choice is one of life’s most important decisions, said West, and it was therefore imperative that students had the necessary information and got advice before making their decision. The launch of the helpline follows the announcement made by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande during his 2010/11 budget speech, where he announced that he had tasked SAQA with establishing a national career advice helpline. An amount of R100-million has been allocated by the department for the project, which will be spent over a three-year period. Principles and guidelineslast_img read more

How To Avoid Getting Your DNS Hacked Like The New York Times

first_imgWhen the New York Times’ website fell prey to a high profile hack Tuesday, you may have wondered how a huge, multimillion dollar corporation could get hacked in the first place. From there, it’s not that far to another terrifying idea: “If the NYT didn’t stand a chance, what hope is there for my own website?”See also: New York Times, Twitter, Other Sites Reportedly Hacked by Syrian Electronic ArmyThe NYT attack actually targeted the site’s records in the Internet’s DNS, or Domain Name System. Since computers speak in numbers and we speak in letters, DNS is what converts any IP address to a easy-to-remember address like nytimes.com. DNS hacking is a vulnerability that every website faces. (In the NYT’s case, the attackers apparently changed its DNS records so that visitors to the newspaper instead ended up on a Syrian website.)Fortunately, if you run a small-to-medium-sized website, chances are hackers don’t consider you much of a target. According to Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare and one of the key players in yesterday’s hack cleanup, you’re probably okay for now. “I wouldn’t run out and drop everything to secure my DNS,” he said. “But it would not surprise me if DNS becomes an additional vulnerability that criminals start to go after more often. I would definitely put it on my to-do list before the end of 2013.”Here’s what Prince suggests you do to keep your online presence secure. Choose A Registrar With A Secure ReputationIf you have a domain name, you probably purchased it through a domain name registrar, like GoDaddy, Bluehost, Dreamhost, or in the NYT’s case, Melbourne IT. You log into the registrar to make changes to your domain name and manage your site files. It goes without saying that you need to have a strong password on your registrar account to keep it safe. What happened yesterday was no ordinary password crack, but, as Prince said, something that was “as bad as DNS attacks can get.”“What was really spooky about yesterday’s attack was that the attacker appears to have compromised Melbourne IT, the actual registrar that registered all the domains,” said Prince. “If you think of the DNS as the white pages, it’s as if the attacker had actually hacked into the publisher of the white pages themselves and was able to change to any phone number anywhere in the entire directory.”Unfortunately, Melbourne IT did have a reputation as one of the most secure registrars in the world, which is why the Times, Twitter, the Huffington Post, and others trust it. So when this first step doesn’t work, there are other precautions you can take. Set Up A Registry LockThe New York Times bore the brunt of Tuesday’s attack. Why wasn’t Twitter as much of a target? “We speculate Twitter wasn’t affected the way the New York Times was yesterday because it had a registry lock in place,” said Prince.A registry lock is a restrictive measure on your registrar account that makes it far more difficult for anyone to make changes to it. There are numerous additional steps required before you can take even mundane actions on your account, like simply transferring your domain name to another registrar. For most people, a registry lock is too much of a hassle. But if you’ve been a hacking target in the past or feel you have an elevated risk, it may be worth it. Ask About Additional Security MeasuresYou may not realize how many security features your registrar offers. Prince suggests that if you ask directly, you may be surprised. “If the ability to turn on additional security isn’t obvious, sometimes you have to actually request it from your registrar,” he said. “Almost every registrar today can give you additional security measures to put in place if you ask for it.”You might want to consider setting up two factor authentication, a process in which your login requires not only a password, but another verifying factor. For example, if your registrar is GoDaddy, it can set up a system where the site texts a code to your cell phone that you must input before you can log in. Only the person who knows your password and is in possession of your cell phone can log in, (presumably just you).Other measures include IP address dependent login, in which a user can only access your account from a particular IP address—for example, the one at your office.“What you sacrifice with these alternate measures is flexibility and the ability to make quick changes to your account,” said Prince. “But if you’re a fast rising start-up, a media publication, or another a target more likely to be attacked, that’s the price to pay to protect online identity.”Photo by Danny Oosterveer on Flickr Tags:#security How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes lauren orsini Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The 74-year-old Court has been a critic of homosexuality for decades, and she expanded her comments in a Christian radio station interview this week.“I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,” Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMartina Navratilova wrote an open letter this week criticizing Court and recommending that tennis officials rename the arena that bears the Australian great’s name at Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open.Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, thinks that might need to happen. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open “I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that,” Stosur said.She also backed Navratilova.“I actually really like the column that Martina Navratilova wrote the other day,” Stosur said. “It’s about the tennis, but it’s also about who you are. And I think if there’s not a nice light in that, then why should there be that name up in lights.”At the French Open earlier this week, British player Andy Murray also rejected Court’s comments.“I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business,” the No. 1-ranked Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Australia’s Samantha Stosur APPARIS — Samantha Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself” with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor. In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper last week, Court wrote that she would stop flying Qantas “where possible” because the Australian airline “has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

I am leaving India with a heavy heart: Gary Kirsten

first_img“India winning the World Cup was an unbelievable experience.” Indian cricket coach Gary Kirsten could not have summed up his fairytale exit in a better way. The man, who turned M.S. Dhoni’s boys into the world beaters, said Indian team is in a healthy position, after he stepped down on Tuesday.”It was an unbelievable experience. I’m happy India won the WC. It was the result of hard work. Everybody contributed in his own capacity,” Kirsten told Headlines Today.How he transformed the team from a one-man army (Sachin Tendulkar & the rest) to the one, which had several match-winners? “We consciously worked on it. The team was like a family. As a coach, I was focused on creating multiple match winners,” said Kirsten.On the fondest memory about his stint with Team India, Gary said, “There are many (sweet memories) when we celebrated victories – such as the one against Australia (in the WC). I leave India with a heavy heart. It was a wonderful experience. It was an absolute honour to be part of the Indian team. I thank the people of India for embracing us.”What about his future plans? ” Right now, I want to go home and spend time with my family. Then I will take a decision. I’ve not made any commitments,” Kirsten said, but not without assuring that Indian team is in a sound health.last_img read more