Taroudant- According to the official website of FIFA, “the FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 15 November 2013, not to recognize the elections held by the Moroccan Football (soccer) Association (FRMF) on 10 November 2013.”The decision was taken after the FRMF held elections on Sunday with no respect to FIFA directives (article 13, par. 1 a of the FIFA Statutes,” says FIFA in a press release.“FIFA has asked the FRMF to adopt statutes in conformity with the FIFA Standard Statutes before organizing new elections in the first half of 2014,” added the same release. As a result of the decision, the outgoing committee will be in charge of directing the FRMF until new elections take place in the first half of 2014.“The decision of the Emergency Committee will have no effect on the organization of the FIFA Club World Cup which will be held in Morocco from 11 to 21 December 2013,” FIFA addedAfter months of suspense and heated debate, the General Assembly of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation elected last Sunday Lakjaa Fawzi, president of the Renaissance Sportive of Berkane, as its new President.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed
The United Nations Industrial development Organization (UNIDO) said today it was helping the Sri Lankan Government to provide jobs to an estimated 40,000 widows in the island country’s northern and eastern regions, which bore the brunt of nearly three decades of civil war.UNIDO is supporting technology transfer and value addition projects to small- and medium-size industries, according to Kandeh Yumkella, the agency’s Director-General, who is conducting a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. UNIDO is also supporting Sri Lanka to develop renewable energy sources.In May last year the Government declared that its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was over after its forces defeated the separatist group following years of fighting.Mr. Yumkella said Sri Lankan industries have the potential to compete effectively in the international market, adding that the country had a comparative advantage in some sectors despite the infrastructure challenges it faced.“In the industrial sector it [Sri Lanka] has demonstrated the ability to compete globally in selected sectors. This is a sound platform to build upon,” Mr. Yumkella said.He said UNIDO also supported the country’s industrial sector by helping laboratories acquire the international accreditation that enabled manufacturers to compete globally. 11 June 2010The United Nations Industrial development Organization (UNIDO) said today it was helping the Sri Lankan Government to provide jobs to an estimated 40,000 widows in the island country’s northern and eastern regions, which bore the brunt of nearly three decades of civil war. read more
20 October 2010The importance of the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union on a range of issues, including on the Middle East, topped Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s talks today with a senior EU official in France. Before departing Strasbourg for New York, Mr. Ban met this morning with Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.They conferred on the status of the direct talks under way between Israelis and Palestinians, with Mr. Ban emphasizing the importance of negotiations and reaffirming the readiness of the diplomatic quartet – comprising the UN, the EU, Russia and the United States – to support them.The Secretary-General and Ms. Ashton also discussed the situation in Sudan, including preparations for January’s referenda, which stand at a critical juncture.On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.During their meeting today, the two officials also discussed Somalia, Iran, Pakistan and Kosovo.Yesterday, Mr. Ban addressed the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, warning the continent against a new “politics of polarization,” discrimination and intolerance over immigration, with Muslim immigrants as primary targets.“Almost seven years ago, my predecessor Kofi Annan stood before you,” he told the 27-nation European Parliament in Strasbourg. “In his address, he made an impassioned call for Europe to seize the opportunities presented by immigration and to resist those who demonized these newcomers as ‘the other.’ I wish I could report, today, that the situation in Europe has improved over the intervening years. But as a friend of Europe, I share profound concern.”In a speech earlier in the day to the 47-nation Council of Europe, whose 800 million citizens number some 300 million more than those represented in the European Union’s parliament, he highlighted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ proclamation of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.“That is our base line,” he declared at the session marking the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. “That is our standard. There are no exceptions. In a complicated and connected world, this mission is essentially simple and simply essential.” read more
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The case was submitted to a special chamber of the Tribunal at the request of both parties in December 2000. At issue is whether the European Community has complied with its obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to ensure the conservation of swordfish in the fishing activities undertaken by vessels flying the flag of its Member States in the high seas adjacent to Chile’s exclusive economic zone.The court will also consider whether a Chilean decree which purports to apply Chile’s conservation measures to swordfish on the high seas is in breach of the Convention, and whether a related accord, known as the “Galapagos Agreement,” was negotiated in keeping with the provisions of the Convention. Based in Hamburg, Germany, the Tribunal was established to deal with disputes arising from the application of the Convention, which was adopted in 1982 and entered into force a dozen years later.
Crops at the periurban agriculture cooperative Vivero Alamar, Cuba. Photo: FAO photo The report, Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean, found that the Caribbean region faces significant challenges in terms of drought, FAO said. “Drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries, so this is a key issue for Caribbean food security,” said Deep Ford, FAO Regional Coordinator in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region already experiences drought-like events every year, with low water availability often impacting on agriculture and water resources, and a significant number of bush fires, FAO noted. The region also experiences intense dry seasons, particularly in years when El Niño climate events are present. FAO said that the impacts of this are usually offset by the next wet season, but wet seasons often end early and dry seasons last longer, with the result that annual rainfall is less than expected. The Caribbean region accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries, while one of them – Barbados – is in the top 10, according to FAO. Impacts of drought on agriculture and food securityWith droughts becoming more seasonal in nature in the Caribbean region, agriculture is the most likely sector to be impacted, with serious economic and social consequences, FAO emphasized. This is particularly important because most of Caribbean agriculture is rainfed. With irrigation use becoming more widespread in the region, countries’ fresh-water supply will become an increasingly important resource, FAO said. Small-scale, family farmers, are particularly vulnerable to drought – low rainfall threatens rainfed crops and low water levels result in increased production costs due to increased irrigation. Extensive droughts also cause increased vulnerability in livestock as grazing areas change in nutritional value, with more low quality, drought tolerant species dominating during such dry spells. In addition, the potential for livestock disease outbreaks also increases, FAO said. Drought also often results in food price increases. Expensive, desalinated water resources are becoming more important in the Caribbean, accounting for as much as 70 per cent in Antigua and Barbuda, and this can impact significantly on the ability of poor households to afford food. Rural communities can also face a greater scarcity of drinking water during droughts. In such cases, children are at the highest risk from inadequate water supplies during drought. New challenges posed by climate changeThe most frequently occurring natural hazards in the Caribbean are climate-related, and their impacts may increase due to climate change, FAO said. The region’s vulnerability to climate related hazards is manifested in loss of life and annual economic and financial losses that result from strong winds, flooding and drought. Between 1970 and 2000, the Caribbean region suffered direct and indirect losses estimated at between $700 million and $3.3 billion due to natural disasters associated with weather and climate events. So far, the region has focused mainly on floods and storms, and it currently lacks effective governance, expertise, and financial resources to deal effectively with drought issues, FAO stressed. It also has poor national coordination, policy-making, and planning in place. While many regional and national programmes have developed responses to build resilience against the impacts of drought, the report found that too many of these are still only in a drafting phase, or are poorly implemented and in need of review. Regional frameworks provide a necessary first stepThe FAO report noted that the severity of the 2009-2010 drought – the worst in more than 40 years – served as an alarm bell for the Caribbean region. The event forced the region to consider, particularly in light of climate change projections, the need to introduce more strategic planning and management measures to avert the potential disaster that would result by end of the century from a drier Caribbean region, according to the report. FAO stressed, however, that the most pressing need is for countries to develop strong national initiatives. According to the report, policy-making and planning related to drought is hindered by weak governance, lack of finance and poorly coordinated land management. “These can be overcome by strong political will that encourages participation in policy and planning processes by all actors in the social strata, enabling the sustainable development of water supplies to face the upcoming challenges,” Mr. Ford said. read more
Field results show that the new Vulco® R67 mill lining rubber compound from Weir Minerals delivers an increase in wear life of 20%. With a liner that can run significantly longer, operators will experience a measurable reduction in mill downtime, installation and maintenance costs.“This is a breakthrough in the industry; a rubber mill liner that in extensive global trials delivered on average 20% longer life than comparable composite lifter bars. This means less shut-down time for maintenance, which in this highly competitive environment represents a measurable outcome to our customers’ productivity and bottom line,” states Mathias Kuhrke, Global Product Manager for Mill Lining Systems at Weir Minerals.The innovative premium rubber compound is the most wear resistant Weir Minerals has ever formulated. “Operators using R67 lifter bars within their mill will not only benefit from the increase in wear life, but they will notice a measurable reduction in installation and maintenance costs as a result of a longer run schedule.”Weir Minerals is an industry leader in materials technology, and have been supplying the Vulco® R63 rubber compound to mill lining applications across the globe for over 50 years. Whilst this technology performs well in most grinding applications, many suppliers are perceived by the market to offer similar rubber compounds with no real differentiation. Weir Minerals identified a clear gap in the market for a rubber compound that could increase the wear life of its mill liners and outlast the rest.After extensive field research on the current rubber compounds available to the market, Weir Minerals expert engineers and material scientists developed the unique patented material that forms the R67 compound. “Using our extensive in-house knowledge, experience and expertise, we were able to develop a new Weir proprietary elastomer that is able to withstand the severe abrasion typical in mill systems applications. Our Vulco R67 compound utilises new technology and chemistry in elastomer formulary which overcomes the limitations of more traditional elastomer compounds used in the market today,” states Dr Michael Lum, Materials and Elastomer Development Manager for Weir Minerals.The Vulco® R67 rubber compound is visually different from others in the market place, with green capped ends on the lifter bars. “During the product development process we added a green pigmentation to the formulation to visually set our lifter bars apart from the competitors. Now when a mill operator sees the distinct green strip on the lifter bar, they will know they have a premium product,” says Michael Lum.Over 10 trials spanning four continents have shown significant wear life improvements, in some cases exceeding a 50% increase in wear life. Weir Minerals are confident the latest R67 rubber technology will help operators across the globe get the most out of their mill.“Our customers were at the heart of this new compound development and we worked closely with them throughout the field trials. During this time, we encouraged them to provide honest feedback on the R67 rubber compound. There’s tremendous value in having a trial partner that documents the downsides as well as the positive benefits. This allowed us to note which applications the new compound is best suited for, or make further improvements to the compound,” states Hayden McLean, Mill Lining Product Manager for Weir Minerals.One operation to reap the benefits of the premium R67 rubber compound is Simplot Phosphates, LLC. Operating a phosphate mine, north of Vernal, Utah, this long-standing customer of Weir Minerals agreed to trial the liner with R67 rubber. After a nine month trial, the liner achieved a 29% improvement in wear life and had 20% service life remaining when it was removed. The trial also achieved an estimated 25% reduction in maintenance and reline costs.Bart Smuin, Mill Maintenance Supervisor for Simplot states: “R67 lasts longer, which delivers less downtime and less time in the mill. That is the biggest advantage.” read more
[Update: Michigan State Police issued a letter clearing things up a bit. It says MSP only use the data extraction devices (DEDs) if a search warrant is obtained or if the person gives consent to have his or her phone searched. Apparently, the “department’s internal directive” says only MSP specialty teams can use the DEDs on criminal cases, meaning they don’t use them at routine traffic stops. The statement said that DEDs are commercially available and are used regularly to transmit data from one cell phone to another when customers upgrade their device.]If you’re a Michigan citizen, you may want to be careful about what you have on your cell phone. Apparently Michigan State Police have been using a high-tech mobile forensics device that can pull information from over 3,000 types of cell phones in under only two minutes.The information the device is able to export is basically everything from your smartphone, including call history, deleted phone data, text messages, contacts, images, and GPS data. And don’t think you’ll be safe if your phone is password-protected, the device can get around that too.The police don’t even need a warrant to scan your phone. They can pull your information without your consent, and without any reasonable cause. The Cellebrite UFED scanner has been used by MSP since at least August 2008.It would be one thing if these scanners are being used on people who were suspected of a crime, but police officers are scanning the phones of drivers stopped in minor traffic violations.Of course, the American Civil Liberties Union wasn’t so happy about this, and, in turn, the organization evoked the Freedom of Information Act and demanded that state officials open up the data they collected so that the ACLU can figure out if the drivers have good cause for having their data copied.The ACLU said that by using the scanners to get the information without the owners knowledge, the MSP is violating the drivers’ Fourth Amendment rights, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches. MSP has issued a response sayng that it’s willing to oblige and provide the information about what the device has captured, but that there “may be a processing fee to search for, retrieve, examine, and separate exempt material.” That little fee is actually $544,680, which the MSP said would cover the time and effort needed for retrieving the detailed records and compiling the data and documentation describing what the police were doing with the data extractors.That leads us to wonder just how much information has been captured from driver’s cellphones. It must be a lot if the price is so high. Or maybe it’s a tactic to get the ACLU off their back because the MSP doesn’t want the ACLU to see the information.After yesterday’s news of the iPhone and iPad secretly tracking you, it leaves us wondering what other venues our information is secretly being extracted from without our knowledge.via TheNextWeb read more
HP’s understandably excited about its new ZBook models. The workstation-class laptops have been refreshed with impressive new hardware — including an optional 3200 x 1800 resolution QHD+ display.According to HP’s press release, it’s only available on the ZBook 15 (so it’s a 15-inch panel). That’s good for a pixel density of 244ppi, which isn’t quite enough to knock the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (at 282ppi) off its throne. It’s still pretty darn impressive, though — especially when you consider how long it took OEMs to move beyond 1280 x 800.In addition to the new 15 and 17 inch models, there’s also a more diminutive ZBook for those who crave portability without sacrificing raw power. The ZBook 14 is slim and light enough to fall within Intel’s Ultrabook specifications.All three new ZBook models have been upgraded to Intel Haswell processors. Like all good mobile workstations, there are configurations for both AMD and Nvidia fans — including Kepler GPUs.The ZBook 14 is also available with a touchscreen display — a nice touch if you’re purchasing a new laptop with Windows 8. It’s not available just yet, however. The ZBook 14 will go on sale towards the end of October.And speaking of Windows 8, don’t panic because these new machines are launching just ahead of the Windows 8.1 release. You’ll be able to upgrade all three ZBook models once Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store, and it won’t cost you a dime. The upgrade is totally free, and it’s going to deliver a number of very welcome changes — from putting back the start button and a boot-to-desktop option to better multi-monitor options and integrated 3D printing support. read more
Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WWE Executives sell large amounts of stock ahead of Thursday’s 2nd quarter report Facebook WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Alexa Bliss suffering from an illness, Stephanie McMahon challenges WWE Superstars WWE programming has been nominated as part of the preliminary ballots for 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards according to a report by PWInsider.com.This is the first time WWE has been nominated for an Emmy, although it should be noted they would still need to advance beyond this preliminary stage.The nominations for programming include:Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special:– WWE 24: Empowered– Andre the Giant (WWE and HBO documentary)Outstanding Structured Reality Program:– WWE Mixed Match Challenge– WWE Monday Night RAWOutstanding Unstructured Reality Program:– Total Bellas– Total DivasOutstanding Variety Special (Live):– WrestleMania 34Stephanie McMahon on Undercover Boss viewersOvernight viewers for CBS’s “Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition” featuring WWE’s Stephanie McMahon drew 4.08 million viewers in the overnights.If you missed it, video highlights were posted over the weekend.A final number will be released this week. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest read more
A Yacolt man was seriously injured Saturday evening when he was struck by a car near Amboy, according to the Washington State Patrol.A WSP bulletin said Jack A. Abernathy, 67, was struck by a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Lisa J. Kingsella, 50, of Vancouver at 6:36 p.m. while he was walking across state Highway 503 near Northeast 399th Street. Abernathy was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His was reported in serious condition Saturday in the hospital’s intensive care unit.Drugs or alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the collision, according to the WSP bulletin. No charges were recommended.
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue crews rescued a puppy that was found stuck under a container in Homestead.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a little stray puppy that somehow found his way under the metal box, Wednesday, and couldn’t get out.Crews dug up the area around the container and were able to get the pooch out of the tight spot.The puppy was transported to an animal shelter until he can find a home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Entrepreneur Tiffany Phillips is suing the Calista Corporation in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit.(Photo by Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK)The Calista Regional Native Corporation has denied any wrongdoing in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the company.Listen nowIn a jointly-filed response last Friday, Calista CEO Andrew Guy claims that he and his corporation didn’t do anything wrong. When a woman approached Guy with a sexual harassment complaint against a Calista top executive, his attorneys argue that he dealt with it appropriately. Their filing denies that Guy tried to bury her claim, and it denies that the Calista Corporation put the woman in harm’s way.The woman, of course, tells a different story. In a lawsuit filed last June, Tiffany Phillips accuses former executive George Owletuck of relentlessly harassing her when she tried to sell her company to Calista. She says that Owletuck sent her Victoria Secret lingerie, a handwritten love letter and over a thousand text messages – none of which Calista disputes. When Phillips told CEO Andrew Guy about the harassment, she claims that he tried to bury it by failing to report her complaint to Calista’s Human Resources Department. She also claims that Calista should have known Owletuck posed a threat to her. According to a memo written by former Human Resources Director Heather Spear, Calista had already disciplined Owletuck for harassing his co-workers several times before.Phillips is suing Andrew Guy for breach of contract and the Calista Corporation for negligence. In their initial complaint, her attorneys also sued Owletuck for sexual harassment, but the court he has since dismissed him from the case. Owletuck left both his family and the country earlier this year and is believed to be living in Ecuador. Phillips’ legal team was unable to find and serve him with the proper paperwork.Guy’s critics accuse him of burying Phillips’ harassment complaint to protect Owletuck. The two men have known each other since college and have gone hunting and traveling together; Guy is Owletuck’s daughter’s godfather, and Owletuck has referred to himself as one of Guy’s closest advisors. In the response filed Friday, Guy’s attorneys made an effort to distance him from Owletuck. The filing states that Guy “sporadically kept in touch” with him, and that “Andrew Guy and his wife have been godparents to a great many children.”The lawsuit has been moved to federal court, and the court has set a scheduling conference for November 28. It is one of two lawsuits that Calista is currently involved in. The corporation is also trying to forcibly remove its former chairman, Col. Wayne Don, from its Board of Directors. Don raised concerns about Guy’s treatment of Phillips last year, and Guy’s allies claim that he was trying to use the controversy as leverage in a failed boardroom coup. read more
Jakarta: At least one person was killed, four others injured and 1,000 people were displaced when a 6.9 earthquake struck the strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, officials said on Saturday. The quake that occurred on Friday night caused structural damage in over 100 buildings, including 58 houses and a mosque in the municipality of Pandeglang, located closest to the epicentre and the worst affected, the National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The tremor was also felt in the capital city of Jakarta, located around 250 km northwest, and damaged buildings in West Java’s Bandung, over 300 km from the epicentre, reports Efe news. The authorities initially issued a tsunami alert that led people in several parts of the coast of Java and Sumatra, Indonesia’s most populated regions, to move to higher areas. But the warning was deactivated two hours later. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The US Geological Survey, which records seismic activity around the world and had initially estimated the earthquake’s magnitude to be 6.8, but the epicentre around 90 km southwest of Pandeglang and its hypocenter at a depth of 42 km. Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of massive seismic and volcanic activities with 127 active volcanoes. It experiences about 7,000, mostly-moderate, quakes a year. Last September, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami, causing over 2,000 deaths and leaving 200,000 displaced from Palu and Donggala. read more
Monday, the first trading day of 2016, turned out to be disastrous for China, with trading halted on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets at about 1:30 pm following a 7% plunge that triggered the new “circuit breaker” mechanism, the first time in the history of China’s stock markets.The system gets triggered if the Hushen 300 Index, which reflects the performance of stocks traded on the two stock exchanges, rallies or corrects by 5%, resulting in a 15-minute suspension in trading. If the fall in the Hushen 300 Index is more than 7%, trading is halted for the day.The fall on Monday was linked to poor manufacturing activity in December in China and a sharp decline in the yuan exchange rate.Xinhua reported that the Caixin General China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which was released Monday, dropped to 48.2 in December 2015 from 48.6 in November.Earlier in the morning, when trading began, shares tumbled over 4%. The ChiNext Index, China’s version of NASDAQ, plunged 5.5%, Xinhua added.The fall had an impact on the Indian stock markets as well, with both Sensex and Nifty trading in the red on Monday.The fall in the Chinese stock exchanges also led to a fall in Japanese stock exchange, with the Nikkei share average falling to a two-and-a-half-month low, reported Reuters. read more
Mary Ball Washington was quite the character. They say that behind every great man is a great woman…and, sometimes, a pill of a mother. Take George Washington, for example. America’s first president made his way across the Delaware River, froze his buns off at Valley Forge, and led the fight for America’s independence, yet was helpless when it came to controlling his own mom. Mary Ball Washington was, if historians are to believed, something of a handful — a woman who got on her son’s last nerve and who no doubt had the big guy pulling out his powdered hair by the fistful.George Washington (Lansdowne portrait, 1796)Born in 1708, and orphaned at 13, Mary would marry British businessman Augustine Washington, a widower with four children, at age 23.The couple would have five children of their own — four boys and a girl, George being the oldest. (A sixth child, a girl named Mildred, didn’t survive infancy.) Augustine would die just twelve years after they were married.1916 photomechanical print of a portrait of Mary Ball Washington called “Mary Ball Washington at the age of about Four Score” (attributed to Robert Edge Pine)Unlike most women of the time, Mary never remarried and ran the property (Ferry Farm) herself while raising her young brood, with the help of a half-dozen slaves.Formidable, to be sure. Particularly when it came to her firstborn — and most famous — son, George. After he inherited Mount Vernon from his father in 1754, he and his mother saw very little of each other, save for when business would take him to the Fredericksburg area. But make no mistake, Mary was still very much a part of Washington’s life.This 1779 portrait of George Washington by painter Charles Willson Peale features a flag with 13-stars arranged in a circleEntrenched in the Pennsylvania backwoods, as an aide to General Edward Braddock during the French and Indian War, young Washington received a letter from his mother, informing him that she was in serious need of a servant and (wait for it) some butter. (You read that last part twice, didn’t you?)An incredulous Washington would fire off a terse missive, which started off, “Honourd Madam,” and went on to say that he was “sorry it is not in my power to provide you with a Dutch Servant, or the Butter … you desire. We are quite out of that part of the Country where either are to be had, there being few or no Inhabitants where we now lie Encampd, & butter cannot be had here to supply the wants of the army.” (Basically, 18th century shorthand for “Yeah…that’s not gonna happen.”)Mary Ball Washington House, 1200 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1927. The house was originally built in 1761 and has later additions.That, apparently, settled the matter. But a decade later, during the Revolutionary War, Mary was back in form, openly singing the praises of England’s King George III and the Loyalists — the very men her son was fighting against. And then, there was a little matter of her living arrangements.In 1772, getting on in years, Mary was convinced by her children to leave Ferry Farm and move into a home that Washington had purchased in Fredericksburg, not far from his sister Betty. Though the place was modest, Washington took great pains to upgrade the two-acre property.Washington out on the plantation, with Mount Vernon in backgroundImagine then his surprise, while deep in his battle with the Brits, he received word that his mother was complaining about her living arrangements to pretty much anyone who would listen, bemoaning that she “never lived soe poore in all my life.” Mary even went so far as to bring in the big guns, asking the Virginia state legislature for a pension.This was too much. Upon learning that his mother was accepting handouts, Washington, a proud man who feared being “viewed as a delinquent, and considered perhaps by the world as [an] unjust and undutiful son,” wrote to one of his brothers, asking him to sniff around and suss out if her claims of poverty were legit — yet at the same time instructing him, “to represent to her in delicate terms, the impropriety of her complaints, and acceptance of favors, even when they are voluntarily offered, from any but relations.”Betsy Ross 1777, a c. 1920 depiction by artist Jean Leon Gerome Ferris of Ross showing Gen. George Washington (seated, left), Robert Morris and George Ross how she cut the revised five-pointed stars for the flag.For good measure, he also wrote to a pal in the Virginia Assembly, making it clear that his mother, “has not a child that would not divide the last sixpence to relieve her from real distress. This she has been repeatedly assured of by me; and all of us, I am certain, would feel much hurt, at having our mother a pensioner, while we had the means of supporting her; but in fact she has an ample income of her own.”Mary lived to the ripe old age of eighty-one, succumbing to breast cancer in 1789. Washington would see her one last time before traveling to New York for his inauguration.Grave of Mary Ball Washington. Photo by Km96 CC BY-SA 3.0Mary would die four months later and was buried near Kenmore, the home of her daughter Betty and her husband Fielding Lewis — just a heartbeat away from Meditation Rock, a place Mary often spent time reading and praying for her son’s safe return during the Revolutionary War.Read another story from us: George Washington’s Bizarre False TeethToday, a tall granite monument, built with money raised by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, stands at the gravesite. Fittingly, for the mother of the Father of Our Country, the Mary Washington Monument is the only monument in the United States erected to a woman by women. read more
Aside from the big ugly notch on the Pixel XL 3, both the XL 3 and the Pixel 3 will sport a new security chip called the Titan M. This dedicated chip raises the security game in these new Pixel devices. The M is… well a good guess—mobile. The Titan chip was previously used internally at Google. This is another move towards making better security available at the hands of everyday consumers after Google made the Titan security key for available for purchase. What does the Titan M do? The Titan M is an individual low-power security chip designed and manufactured by Google. This is not a part of Snapdragon 845 powering the new Pixel devices. It performs a couple of security functions at the hardware level. Store and enforce the locks and rollback counters used by Android Verified Boot to prevent attackers from unlocking the bootloader. Securely locks and encrypts your phone and further limits invalid attempts of unlocking the device. Apps can use the Android Strongbox Keymaster module to generate and store keys on the Titan M. The Titan M chip has direct electrical connections to the Pixel’s side buttons that prevent an attacker from faking button presses. Factory-reset policies that enforce rules with which lost or stolen devices can be restored only by the owner. Ensures that even Google themselves can’t unlock a phone or install firmware updates without the passcode set by the owner with Insider Attack Resistance. An overview of the Titan M chip Since the Titan M is a separate chip, it protects against hardware-level attacks such as Rowhammer, Spectre, and Meltdown. Google has complete control and supervision over building this chip, right from the silicon stages. They have taken care to incorporate features like low power usage, low-latency, hardware cryptographic acceleration, tamper detection, and secure, timely firmware updates to the chip. On the left is the first generation Titan chip and on the right is the new Titan M chip. Source: Google Blog Titan M CPU The CPU used is an ARM Cortex-M3 microprocessor which is specially hardened against side-channel attacks. It has been augmented with defensive features to detect and act upon abnormal conditions. The CPU core also exposes several control registers to join access with chip configuration settings and peripherals. The Titan M verifies the signature of its firmware using a public key built into the chip. On signature verification, the flash is locked to prevent any modification. It also has a large programmable coprocessor for public key algorithms. Encryption in the chip This new chip also features hardware accelerators like AES and SHA. The accelerators are flexible meaning they can either be initialized with firmware provided keys or via chip-specific and hardware-bound keys generated by the Key Manager module. The chip-specific keys are generated internally with the True Random Number Generator (TRNG). Hence such keys are limited entirely to the chip internally and are not available outside the chip. Google tried to pack maximum security features into Titan M’s 64 KB RAM. The RAM contents of the chip can be preserved even during battery saving mode when most hardware modules are turned off. Here’s a diagram showing the chip components. Source: Google Blog Google is aware of what goes into each chip from logic gates to the boot code. The chip allows higher security in areas like two-factor authentication, medical device control, and P2P payments among other potential future uses. The Titan M firmware source code will be publicly available soon. For more details, visit the Google Blog. Read next Google Titan Security key with secure FIDO two factor authentication is now available for purchase Google introduces Cloud HSM beta hardware security module for crypto key security Google’s Protect your Election program: Security policies to defend against state-sponsored phishing attacks, and influence campaigns read more
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