The city centre has been hit by its second fire in two days, after a kitchen blaze caused extensive damage to Wagamama in the early hours of Friday morning. Fire crews were called at 5.40am and Market Street cordoned off after delivery men saw smoke in the building. Five engines attended, as well as a specialist rescue unit who helped gain access to the restaurant. Incident Commander Paul Molloy said that there was extensive damage to the kitchen area and smoke damage to the rest of the building. “Things were complicated by the fact that the fire was in a concealed space,” he said. “Now we just want to make sure that everything is safe.” The fire is believed to be accidental and unrelated to a blaze that damaged the facade of Schuh on Magdalen Street yesterday . There were no injuries in either incident. Wagamama opened in September and is not expected to be back in action until the end of the month.
Real Madrid are set to sign Getafe striker Hugo Duro on loan for next season. At Raul Gonzalez’s request, the 20-year-old forward will join Castilla, although he may take part in the seniors’ pre-season preparations under Zinedine Zidane, says Marca. A purchase option is included in the loan lead deal between the two sides for Duro, who took his first footballing steps at Getafe.Advertisement read also:Getafe president confirms Super Eagles star exit Under Jose Bordalas, he played 25 games across three seasons in LaLiga Sandander, scored one goal and contributed three assists. Duro has been called up by Luis de la Fuente for Spain U21’s game against North Macedonia in September. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneReal Faces Of The Women From World Famous PaintingsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of Heterochromia9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More
Under-pressure QPR boss Harry Redknapp has made major changes for his side’s game against Liverpool, including dropping Rio Ferdinand.Keeper Alex McCarthy makes his Rangers debut in place of Rob Green, who has tonsilitis.There are also starting places for Richard Dunne, Bobby Zamora, Nedum Onuoha and Yun Suk-Young.Former R’s youth player Raheem Sterling starts for Liverpool.QPR: McCarthy, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Isla, Henry, Fer, Sandro, Yun, Austin, Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Vargas.Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Enrique, Gerrard, Can, Sterling, Henderson, Lallana, Balotelli. Subs: Jones, Manquillo, Toure, Allen, Coutinho, Lambert, Markovic.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
3 December 2003Forty-one South Africans – and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions – have received the country’s highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the newly instituted Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery on some of South Africa’s “ordinary” heroes and heroines – ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things – at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.The new orders and decoration – each awarded in gold, silver and bronze categories – complete the country’s new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.For more on the new orders, see Orders for ‘ordinary’ peopleSpeaking at the ceremony, Mbeki said the new orders “represent the nobility of human endeavour.“The distinguished South Africans we honour today are fit and proper persons to receive these awards, because they occupy an important place among those of our people who are the handmaidens of our liberty, who represent our creative talent, who manifest the national gift of courage that rises with danger.“For all time, these men and women will be admitted as esteemed members of these orders, and recipients of the decoration, subject to the precedence and authority of our national anthem, our national flag, and our national coat of arms, which represent the highest symbolic repositories of our common nationhood.”Confronting ‘clear and present danger’First to take the podium was game ranger Sam Nkomo, who received the Mendi Decoration for Bravery (silver) for rescuing two tourists who were being attacked by elephants at a resort near Madikwe in North West in July 2003.Slabbert Leonard, who saved eight members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions from drowning after their bus plunged into the Saulspoort dam while they were on their way to a rally on May Day this year, also received the Mendi Decoration (silver).Another recipient of the decoration – in the gold category – was not an individual, but all members of the South African National Defence Force involved in rescuing over 14 000 people from the floods that ravaged neighbouring Mozambique in 2000. South Africa’s role in the rescue and relief effort was lauded by Mozambique and the international community at large.Another group award – in the silver category – was made to the members of the former South African Defence Force involved in rescuing all 587 passengers and crew aboard the Oceanos, which sank off the coast near East London in 1991. The mission has since become a textbook illustration of maritime rescue professionalism, studied by many rescue centres across the world.Two posthumous decorations in the gold category were awarded to Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Basil February, one of the first South Africans to sacrifice his life in the armed struggle; and to Petros Linda Jabane, also an Umkhonto we Sizwe fighter, whose last-ditch stand against apartheid security forces led to his becoming known as the Lion of Chiawelo.Mendi Decoration for Bravery: more on the recipients & their storiesAll the recipients, Mbeki said, had “confronted clear and present danger, with full knowledge of the potential harm to themselves, to save human life and limb … By their deeds, they reaffirmed our philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am because of you’.”Leonard said that he never thought his “bravery” would result in his being honoured, as he had performed an ordinary act as part of his involvement with the National Rescue Institute.“I never though it would come to this. This such an honour for me”, Leonard said, adding that if he had to do it again he would do it “with my eyes closed!”.Nation buildingThe Order of Luthuli – for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace – was awarded in the gold category to the late freedom fighters Charlotte Maxeke, Patrick Molaoa and Alfred Nzo, as well as to struggle veteran John Nkadimeng.In the silver category, posthumous awards went to Jafta Masemola, Archie Gumede, Matthew Goniwe, Cissie Gool and Mthuli Ka Shezi, while former Black Sash leader Mary Burton and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Phillis Naidoo were at the ceremony to receive their awards.Other recipients in the silver category were liberation theologian Father Albert Nolan, Winnie Kgware – first president of the Black People’s Convention formed in 1972 – and Afrikaner academic Prof Willie Esterhuyse, who facilitated negotiations between the African National Congress and the apartheid government in the late 1980s and early 1990sLekgau Mathabathe (posthumous) and Jasmat Nanabhai became members of the order in the bronze category.Order of Luthuli: more on the recipients & their storiesPhillis Naidoo, dedicated her award to her sons Sha and Shdhan, whom she lost during the struggle against apartheid, and the “thousands of sons and daughters of the struggle”.“I lost two sons in the struggle”, Naidoo said. “I can’t say we thought we would make it, all I know is that we had to struggle, but here we are. So this award is for my boys and everybody who can’t be here – Masemola, Gumede, Cissie, so many people have died, and this is for them.”Mbeki praised the new members of the order, saying: “All of them have sacrificed much in their own lives, and yet some, their very lives, so that all our people can enjoy the right to live in a society free of oppression, racism and bigotry. All of them have been standard bearers for freedom who have blessed us with the gift of liberty.”Human imagination and talentThe Order of Ikhamanga – for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport – was awarded to some of South Africa’s most famous artists, writers, sportsmen and women, as well as to some that are not as well known.Artists Dumile Feni (gold), Gerard Sekoto (gold), Cecil Skotnes (gold) and Gladys Mgudlandlu (silver) became members of the order, along with writers Bessie Head (gold), Olive Schreiner (gold) and Alex La Guma (gold) and actor Ken Gampu (silver).Princess Princess Magogo ka Dinizulu, regarded as an authority on Zulu music and remembered as one of Africa’s greatest composers, musicians and singers, received the award in the gold category, while film maker Lionel Ngakane – who passed away just a week before the awards ceremony – received the award in the silver category.Among the sports men and women to receive the award were some of the pioneers of non-racial sport in South Africa: footballer Steve Mokone (gold), boxer Jacob Ntuli (silver), cricketer Basil D’Oliviera (silver), cricket and rugby player Eric Majola (silver), middle distance athlete Sydney Maree (silver), and cricket and rugby player Goolam Abed (bronze).Others to receive the award were golfing great Gary Player (gold), swimmer Penny Heyns (silver), high jumper Hestrie Cloete (silver), paralympic athlete Zanele Situ (silver), and boxer Gerrie Coetzee (bronze).Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone is regarded as the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced. He became the first black professional in Europe when he signed up for English club Coventry City in 1955. He went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later Torino in Italy. In 1959 he was elected Europe’s best soccer player.Jacob Ntuli was the first black South African boxer to receive world acclaim – at a time when black boxers were severely restricted in South Africa. He became the first black South African to win an Empire championship (the forerunner to the Commonwealth title) in 1952, effectively making him one of the best two or three flyweights of his time, an achievement confirmed when Ring magazine selected him as its top-rated flyweight.Order of Ikhamanga: more on the recipients & their storiesMbeki said that the country’s “leading cultural workers and sportsmen and women” had all contributed “to the pride we as a nation feel in our achievements that celebrate our inner African and human soul”. Their achievements, Mbeki said, were representative of the country’s “wealth of human imagination and talent”.‘A new South African identity’Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony, the chancellor for the orders and director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, said the new orders reflected a new South African identity.“We (as South Africans) are engaged in the quite extraordinary actualisation of the nature of society in South Africa and what we should be like in the future”, Chikane said.Speaking during the ceremony, Chikane said: “It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation. I believe that ours is privileged to occupy such historic space.“We are privileged … to be part of this historic act of conceiving and designing new national orders and the new coat of arms for this new democratic country. We are privileged as a generation to be part of the conception and design of a new national flag as well as develop a new national anthem.“We are privileged to be part of the process of self-creation, of defining who we are and what we want to be.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The mission is clear: infiltrate the target corporate network in order to obtain corporate data and perhaps even some intellectual property along the way. Tools on hand? Just you, a clean Internet-connected machine and 15 minutes of uninterrupted time.With just a little knowledge, that’s plenty of time to get inside a supposedly unbreachable network—just by building your own botnet.What’s A Botnet, Again?Simply put, a botnet is a network of malware-infected computers that are remote-controlled by a command server. Whoever controls the botnet can make those zombie computers do bad stuff—launching distributed denial-of-service attacks is one favorite pastime—or just exploit them to harvest passwords and to access other private information within, say, a corporate network.See also Does It Really Take A Government To Launch Cloud-Based Cyberattacks?Botnets have been overshadowed recently by criminal phishing expeditions, nation-state hacks and zero-day attacks, but they represent a type of threat no one should dismiss lightly. Botnet zombies are already pervasive inside home and business networks—in part because ordinary security measures often don’t protect against them.But it’s also true that setting up a botnet is ridiculously easy. Simon Mullis, systems engineer at the security vendor FireEye, recently walked me through the process of creating a malware package that would install and infect an end-user system on a target network, turning it into a zombie that would do our bidding.The premise of the exercise was straightforward: Infect a target system that started off completely free of malware. Of course, Mullis wasn’t blasting a hapless PC with zombie malware; he just targeted a clean Window virtual machine he’d set up himself. To control the bot, he created his own command-and-control system by spinning up a LAMP server on Amazon Web Service’s EC2 platform. (He used EC2 simply for its convenience; he could just as easily have run the demonstration from a physical server right there in his office.)How To Build A BotnetOpening his browser, Mullis searched for a botnet builder tool for malware known as Ice IX. Google’s top response to his particular query—which I’m not going to reveal here—yielded a site that offered the tool for free. Ice IX is a nasty little piece of malware that injects a fake Facebook page into a victim’s browser that collects credit card information under false pretenses.Any malware, though, would have done just as well. Using methods and tools that can be found online in minutes, a botnet creator can create a central command and control server and then use social engineering to inject malware onto the victim’s computer—by, say, emailing an innocuous looking but disguised file, or tricking a user into downloading the file from a compromised website.After downloading and installing the Ice IX kit software, Mullis started up its bot builder kit and began to set up the parameters for the malware—specifying, for instance, how often the malware would communicate with the command server, what actions it would undertake and even how it would hide from anti-virus scans. Much of this work was simply a matter of filling in appropriate fields in the Ice IX builder kit’s straightforward Windows interface.Some of the rest required editing the Ice IX kit’s powerful setup.txt script. Individual command lines in that script might direct the malware to take screenshots of pages that were visited by the zombie machine’s browser on a certain domain, such as a bank web site. Or have the malware tell the zombie machine’s browser to block sites (such as anti-virus updating sites) altogether. It can also redirect legitimate site URLs to malevolent sites intended to collect critical information—credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords. You name it.Once he’d set the malware’s specifications, including the location of its controlling command server, Mullis uploaded Ice IX-produced files to his LAMP server. And presto—he had a fully configured botnet command server.Congratulations On Your New Botnet!Constructing the bot and prepping the command server is the first half of the equation. Next up is the task of encrypting and packing the infected file that will deliver containing the bot-installation malware on the target machine. The file is usually a PDF or document file, as those are the ones many users will click without thinking when faced with a phishing email or a malicious website.The malware delivery file is created with a ‘crypter and packer software, and is sent to the target for infection with the aforementioned social engineering practices. At this point, the zombied computer can now be under the author’s control.After delivering the malware package to his Windows virtual machine, Mullis simulated a user double-clicking on the file, packaged to appear as a PDF document. The file suddenly vanished from the desktop of the virtual Windows PC; its malware package was already running invisibly in the background, installing the bot software and seizing control. An unsuspecting user could easily be completely unaware that her system had just been zombified.The Bot Goes To WorkSuppose some unscrupulous individual had just zombified a corporate PC in the real world. What happens next?If the goal is network infiltration, the zombie can now read email and monitor traffic and communications, enabling its overseer to work his way through the organization in hopes of sniffing out passwords, identifying specific databases containing engineering secrets, and fingering users with greater administrative powers. At every opportunity, the botmaster spreads more malware to other computers, bolstering the ranks of his zombie horde within the corporate network and improving the odds that he’ll stumble across something juicy.And if he needs to grant his zombies new powers, all the botmaster has to do is upload new malware packages to the infected computers. This highlights one of the major dangers of botnets—they can be customized to perform just about any type of illicit activity the botmaster wants. It’s is a slower and less flashy method of attack than zero-day attacks that exploit known weaknesses in the software running on PCs and servers. But it can be every bit as effective.Botnet infiltration works so well in part because most people will tend to trust files that appear to have originated with other employees inside the company’s network. People will almost always pass along files from sources they know. And that’s a very large problem: Mullis estimated that “around 95% of the organizations we work with has this type of malware somewhere on their networks.”And while creating a botnet like this isn’t the sort of thing any person off the street could do, it’s uncomfortably close. You need some basic knowledge of how webservers are constructed—in particular, some familiarity with back-end databases like MySQL that have become ubiquitous for managing all the information stored on websites. If you’ve ever run a website, you could do this.See also BotClouds: How Botnets Now Offer Crime-As-A-ServiceThe website Mullis visited to download Ice IX kit in the first place listed the 14 steps for installing and using the software right on the download page. Step 14? “Profit.”Welcome To The Big LeaguesMullis’ point in running this demo was to underscore just how powerful malware-creation tools have become, how simple they are for relatively unsophisticated computer jockeys to use—and just how easy it is to find them. These tools are far beyond the level of sophistication the talented amateurs known as “script kiddies” once used: In just 13 minutes, anyone with a modicum of knowledge can use simplified point-and-click tools to build malware that can steal identities and corporate secrets alike without breaking a (metaphorical) sweat.See also The Hackers Are WinningAnd that’s just what Mullis found with a few Google searches; one can only imagine what tools the big-league hackers have at their disposal. That, Mullis said, is the real problem: Malware creation is frightenly easy to create for nearly all levels of hackers, thanks to the easy availability of these malware builder kits. The really dangerous malware is light-years beyond what prepackaged tools like the Ice IX kit can produce.Complicating this is the fact that anti-virus software is often unaware of this kind of malware. Zombie-type malware can only be detected if the anti-virus vendor has managed to get a signature for the malware in question. This is often difficult, since this malware takes active pains to avoid detection.In the arms race between hackers and users, the hackers are winning. The sheer volume of available malware-building kits makes that clear. Eventually, defenders should be able to catch up, but for now, it’s open season for incautious users. Image courtesy of Shutterstock IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#botnet#security Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts
Ravi ShastriThe Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday appointed former cricketer Ravi Shastri as director of the Indian team, which has been widely panned for its dismal performance in the ongoing series against England.Shastri will now control and handle the team with its coach Duncan Fletcher reporting to him for the One Day International series against England. Shastri will also coordinate with chief selector Sandeep Patil and captain MS Dhoni.”In culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England,” BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.Bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penny have also been sacked. Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun have been appointed assistant coaches while R Sridhar has been made the fielding coach.The BCCI’s move to put an Indian on top of the team pyramid is unprecedented. During the 2007 World Cup, the BCCI had sacked coach Greg Chappell, making Shastri the interim coach for the next series against Bangladesh.Here is the BCCI press release on Shastri’s appointment:RAVI SHASTRI APPOINTED DIRECTOR, INDIAN TEAM, FOR THE ONE-DAY SERIES AGAINST ENGLANDIn culmination of the discussions among all the office-bearers of the BCCI over the last couple of weeks, the BCCI has decided to avail the services of former India captain, Mr. Ravi Shastri, to oversee and guide the Indian cricket team for the forthcoming one-day international matches against England. Mr. Duncan Fletcher will continue as Head Coach while Ravi Shastri will be the overall in-charge of Cricket affairs of the Indian Team.advertisementIn their continuing efforts to re-energise the support to the team, the BCCI has given a break to the bowling coach Mr. Joe Dawes and the fielding coach, Mr. Trevor Penney, for the one-day series, and appointed Mr. Sanjay Bangar, former Indian all-rounder, and former India fast bowler Mr. Bharat Arun as the Asst. coaches of the team. Mr. R. Sridhar will join the support team as the fielding coach for the one-day series.Sanjay PatelHony. SecretaryBCCI
Former Pakistan captain and bowling great Waqar Younis feels Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys can pull off an upset this World Cup, much like they did in 1992 by winning the coveted trophy.”It is 27 years since Pakistan won the World Cup for the first time and this year feels like it did back then,” Waqar was quoted as saying by ICC.”No one gave us a chance and we arrived as the underdog. But the momentum came and we won the whole thing, that is the beauty of Pakistan cricket.”I was not part of the team because I was injured just before the World Cup, but I remember the team coming home. The whole country was out on the streets, the lights were on and we had a trophy parade.”It was party-mode, it was a carnival. Hopefully, that will happen again, but there is work to do,” said Waqar who coached Pakistan, besides being credited with the man who really put the reverse into swing bowling.In 262 ODIs, Waqar has taken 416 wickets while in 87 Tests, he has returned with 373 wickets to his name.”I think Pakistan arrive as underdogs and they need to start well. If they lose a couple of early games, then it will be an uphill task for them after that.”If they don’t start well then the negativity from series defeats to England and Australia could seep back in. They have been losing a few games and need to win early so settle nerves.”advertisementSince winning the Champions Trophy in 2017, Pakistan have won only two of the seven series they have played. The first of these was against a dismal Sri Lankan side and the second was against Zimbabwe. Three of the series defeats have been whitewashes.Despite that, Waqar feels if Sarfraz and Co. can get their fielding right, they have talent in their arsenal to pull it off.”The positive for Pakistan is that they have started scoring big totals. They have showed they are capable of scoring 300 plus and we saw that in their series against England.”The batsman have got used to the surfaces very quickly and have piled on the runs. They are all in good form, especially Babar Azam and Haris Sohail,” he said.Pakistan lost the series to England 0-4 but managed to put up 300+ totals on three occasions.Waqar said the top four looks sorted for Pakistan with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq doing well.”Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have also done well so the top four looks really good. That issue has been solved.”But the biggest issue for me is the fielding. The fielders looked out of sorts in the series against England and that could shake their confidence.”I am sure that will get a bit better but if the fielders don’t take their chances and catch balls and stop the extra 15 or 20 runs then they could struggle.”Waqar said he looks forward to watching Mohammad Amir in action, adding the overall bowling is headed in the right direction although they looked all over the place against the mighty English.”The bowling is moving in a good direction, with Wahab Riaz coming back into the side and Mohammad Amir restored. I am intrigued to see how Mohammad Amir gets on.””He is a match-winner, there is no doubt about that. If he gets some rhythm back, then he could be the difference for Pakistan.”On the flip side, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain are so talented and have long futures ahead of them. I am excited to see what they can do.”Pakistan will take on West Indies in their opener on May 31.”That first game against the West Indies will be vital. It is will be worth watching that! Both are very exciting teams and very unpredictable, you never know what you are going to get.Trent Bridge is a flat pitch too so there will be runs and it will be a fun game.Despite everything having gone on in the last couple of months, the country is behind the team. They all believe these guys can win the World Cup. If we can get off to a strong start, then you never know this team has a history of producing magic,” the 47-year old said.Also Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan team profileAlso Watch:
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out Serie A returnby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton defender Martin Montoya won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The 28 year-old had a year on-loan from Barcelona in Italy earlier in his career, though admits he didn’t do himself justice during his time at Inter Milan.Having spent his entire his senior career up until that 2015/16 campaign with Barca, Montoya admits the move to Inter was a culture shock and something he was unprepared for.However, despite his problems, which centred on the fullback managing only a handful of appearances with the Nerazzurri, the city of Milan and the country itself, left a lasting positive impression on the former Spain U21 international.He recalled to TMW, “I left Barcelona for the first time, I was just 24 years old and it was not easy to be far from home. In any case, I am really grateful to those who believed in me at Inter.”It went how it went, but it was a honour and a real pleasure to get to know a country and a championship as evocative as Italy and the Serie A closely.”Indeed, so much was that positive impression that Montoya won’t rule out anything in the future regarding a second shot at Serie A football. He added: “In football, you know, anything is possible. I’d go back to playing in Italy.”However, for now, the defender insists he’s happy on the south coast of England. Montoya was again in the starting line-up for the Seagulls’ thumping win over Tottenham on Saturday. And on Brighton, Montoya added: “I’m happy. The Premier is another great championship, very balanced and competitive. The goal for this season is to continue to enjoy this experience to the fullest, just as I have done since my arrival here last year.”- updated October 7
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Paolo Maldini losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliottby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaolo Maldini is losing the confidence of AC Milan owners Elliott Management.Maldini returned to Milan last year to take up a director’s position. However, after overseeing his third coaching appointment, Maldini’s position is now in doubt.Fellow director Zvonimir Boban is in a more secure place and TMW says it was his decision to sack Marco Giampaolo.In contrast, Giampaolo had the confidence of Maldini.It’s also emerged that Elliott will demand a big January sale, with the need to cover a major reported debt.