Simple AMT WS-Eventing in PowerShell with the High Level API

first_imgNow when I hit the “Get Technical Help” button or hit the appropriate key sequence during the boot process, I can trap that event on my server: Since we subscribed to All Events, it will also trap other event alerts. For example I pulled the battery out of my local machine: Recently I started working with AMT and WS-Eventing and wanted to share a few things I learned along the way. I found the quickest and easiest way to get started was to download the AMT SDK / High Level API (HLAPI) (link) and start digging into the samples there.  It was pretty straight forward to get the samples working and I was actually able to create a subscription to an event and trap the alerts on my SCS server! Great! After that bit of success I wanted to see if I could replicate the functionality in PowerShell.First off, I needed to load the High Level API assemblies in PowerShell:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnAs you can see all you need to do is load the HLAPI.DLL and the IWSManClient.DLL. Once loaded we can create a connection to our AMT client and create a subscription to some events.Next we just need to create a connection to the AMT client. For my test I just used my local machine, digest user and non-TLS:n$auth = [Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX+AuthMethod]::Digest n$cs = New-Object Intel.Manageability.ConnectionInfoEX(“localhost”,”admin”,”P@ssw0rd”,$False,””,$auth,$null,$null, $null)n$amt = [Intel.Manageability.AMTInstanceFactory]::CreateEX($cs)nnnnWe also need to indicate where the “Listener” will be located:n$lstn = “http://192.168.1.10:999″nnnnWe also need to choose what Event filter we want to subscribe to. You can find a list of them and what events they cover at this LinkFor my simple demo, I just used the “All Events” filter, basically telling AMT to send me an alert for any event.n$wsfilter = [Intel.Manageability.Events.FilterName]::AllnnnnNext we need to indicate the SenderIDType and where you want to place that SenderID. You can read more about this in the HLAPI/SDK documentation here, but your choices here are: CurrentAddress, FQDN, NONE or UUID.n$sidtype = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDType]::FQDNn$sip = [Intel.Manageability.Events.SenderIDPlacing]::ReferenceParameternnnnNow we can pull it all together into a “subscription”:n$sub = New-Object Intel.Manageability.Events.Subscription($lstn,$wsfilter,$sidtype)nnnnNow that we have the subscription defined, we can use the connection to our AMT device to apply it:n$amt.Events.WSEvents.Subscribe($sub)nnnnNow we have a subscription created on our local host that will generate a WSEvent when our filter criteria are met!I went ahead and modified this a bit and wrapped a GUI around it: There are plenty of options when it comes to creating subscriptions / subscribing to events, be sure to check out the SDK/HLAPI documentation online for more information: Link It works great on the command line, but sometimes it’s nice to have that GUI experience as well.So now we are generating alerts off of AMT events, but how can we “Trap” them?Let’s create a simple PowerShell / HLAPI based WSevent Trap / Decoder:It starts out similar to that of the subscriber script, you have to load the HLAPI assemblies:n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIHLAPI.dll’)n[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom(‘C:HLAPIIWSManClient.dll’)nnnnNext we just need to create a WSEventListener on our “Listening Server” indicating which IPAddress and Port I want to listen on:n$listener = New-Object HLAPI.Services.WSEventListener([IPAddress]::Any,’999′)nnnnNow we need to register an Object Event that will fire when we receive an alert:nRegister-ObjectEvent $listener OnNewEventArrived -SourceIdentifier $listener.OnNewEventArrived  -Action {write-host “”; write-host “Address: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.Sender ;    write-host “Alert Type: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.AlertType ;    write-host “Filter Name: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationFilterName ;    write-host “Indication Time: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.IndicationTime ;    write-host “Message: “$Event.SourceEventArgs.EventData.MessageDescription ;  }nnnnHere you can see that when the listener receives data, it fires off an Action. In our case it’s going to write out to the screen some information about the event such as the Alert Type, Filter Name, Indication Time and the Message of the event.Once we have our listener created, we can start the listener on our server:n$listener.StartListening()nnnnNow I have my AMT client ready to send out alerts based on events and we have our listener ready to trap them.In my demo I used the Get Technical Help icon in the Intel Management and Security Status Icon:last_img read more

NIH Begins Study of Oil Spill’s Impact on Residents

first_imgToday, the U.S. government launched what’s being billed as the largest study ever conducted of how an oil spill affects human health. The Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study will survey Gulf of Mexico residents who helped with the cleanup of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and follow them for at least 5 years. The $19 million study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will contact people known to have been involved in the gulf cleanup efforts and ask them to undergo physical examinations and fill out questionnaires about their health. This direct approach will be more encompassing than simply relying on extant medical records, principal investigator Dale Sandler, head of the epidemiology branch at NIEHS, explained at a teleconference today. “People might not be complaining, they might just feel lousy and not report it,” she says. The study team plans to contact 100,000 people with the goal of enrolling 55,000 in the study. The first letters will go out today, and efforts will ramp up in April. The questionnaire and findings will also be accessible on the study’s Web site. “We’re trying to set an example for doing research in daylight,” Sandler said. 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One focus of the study will be to determine how people were exposed to the oil, including through air pollution from controlled burns, direct contact with the oil or dispersants, or consuming contaminated seafood. The NIEHS group is working with toxicologists and local health officials to pin down biomarkers for these and other sources of contamination that may result in respiratory difficulties, rashes, chemicals in the bloodstream, and, in the longer term, the increased risk of cancer among the cleanup crew. Sandler said that her team will also examine anecdotal accounts of oil-spill related illnesses that have been reported. Sandler said her team won’t be able to blame the oil spill for any particular health problem reported by residents, many of whom have little access to health care and are exposed routinely to other health hazards. All the same, any recurring patterns of illness could be used as the basis for individual lawsuits against BP.last_img read more

Will face any case against Jallikattu legally: Minister

first_imgMadurai, Jan 9 (PTI) Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan today said any case against bull taming sport Jallikattu, would be met legally in court, even as he cautioned the organisers to follow guidelines on holding the game.”Animal welfare boards view that bulls are ill-treated is wrong. Such a submission would be legally dealt with in the court,” he told reporters here, a day after the Centre lifted the ban on the controversial sport.Talking to newsmen at the airport where hewas welcomed by Jallikattu organisers and supporters, Radhakrishnan said the fact was that bulls were not ill-treated during the event.However, the Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways requested the organisers to follow the guidelines on holding the event.The organisers also burst crackers and distributed sweets to people on the road leading to the airport.Jallikattu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal festival celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.The decision to allow Jallikattu days before the traditional harvest festival begins, and also bullock cart races in other parts of the country came through a government notification despite strong objections by animal rights groups. PTI SSN BN KISlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce says priority is plugging leaks at Crystal Palace

first_imgPlugging the leaks in Crystal Palace’s porous defence will be the first priority for the south London club’s new manager Sam Allardyce’s as he looks ahead to a hectic Christmas period.Former England boss Allardyce replaced the sacked Alan Pardew on Friday with Palace just above the relegation zone with the third-worst defensive record in the Premier League.”We have a very important job of stopping the goals going in at the other end,” Allardyce, said in a video on Palace’s website (www.cpfc.co.uk). (Crystal Palace appoint former England manager Sam Allardyce)”Attacking players when you are in possession are fantastic this season. The strengthening in that area by the club and by Alan has brought a lot of flair to the team and I think that has brought quite a lot more goals.”But the other side is that when we are not in possession we have got to stop conceding and make sure that those goals we score win us games. It sounds simple but it’s not that easy.”Allardyce is seen as one of the best managers in English football when it comes to surviving a relegation scrap.The experienced 62-year-old was available to Palace after his short reign as England manager ended after just 67 days in September following comments he made in a newspaper sting about “getting around” FA rules on player transfers.Allardyce is hoping to bolster the squad by signing some players in the January transfer window.”We are certainly trying to make the squad a bit bigger with more strength in depth,” he said. “The players here are good enough but if we can add to that let’s try and do it.”advertisementPalace have been in the top flight since 2013 but only one win in their last 11 league matches has seen them slide into danger near the foot of the table.They are fourth from bottom, one point above Allardyce’s former club Sunderland, ahead of Monday’s match at Watford.last_img read more

Shuttler Ajay Jayaram through to Malaysia Open quarters

first_imgIndian shuttler Ajay Jayaram defeated Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 9-21 21-14 21-19 to move into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open Superseries here on Thursday.The match which lasted around 44 minutes at the Stadium Perpaduan – 3 , saw a fightback from the Indian shuttler after dropping the opening game 9-11.But Jayaram gave a much better display in the second and third games to settle the issue.In the first game, it was a neck and neck competition but soon Axelsen took complete control of the opening game with some attacking shots.But the second game saw a great fightback from the Indian shuttler to bag the game 21-14.Continuing his dominance, Jayaram hit some great shots and showed swift court movements in the decider game. He maintained his 11-8 lead in the mid-game break and then prevailed over the fourth seed 21-19 to cause a massive upset.last_img read more

Ange Postecoglou quits as Australia football team coach, will not go to World Cup

first_imgAustralia were left without a coach seven months before the World Cup finals on Wednesday when Ange Postecoglou walked away from the job after weeks of speculation over his future.Postecoglou, who had come under fire as Australia failed to secure direct qualification to Russia, announced his decision just a week after the Socceroos had sealed their spot with a 3-1 playoff win over Honduras.The 52-year-old spoke emotionally about the toll the job had taken on his family but did not otherwise elaborate on his reasons for leaving.”After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach,” he told reporters at Sydney Cricket Ground.”As I’ve said many times, it’s been the biggest privilege of my life and probably not the ending I had envisaged when we started. But at the same time, I know it’s the right time for me and the right decision.”Graham Arnold, the coach of A-League champions Sydney FC, and Tony Popovic, who led Western Sydney Wanderers to the 2014 Asian Champions League title before taking over at Turkish club Karabukspor this year, will be the leading local candidates to replace him.Postecoglou ended a run of four foreign coaches when he was appointed eight months before the 2014 World Cup. He overhauled the side and took a young squad to Brazil where they lost all their matches but acquitted themselves well.More improvement followed and six months later the Socceroos gave the country its first major international soccer trophy by winning the Asian Cup on home soil.advertisementPostecoglou passed up several opportunities over the last month to refute a local media report that he was planning to step down and said on Wednesday he had been talked out of quitting immediately after the Honduras win.BIG SHOES TO FILLFootball Federation Australia chief David Gallop said he was confused as to why Postecoglou had decided to cut short his reign before the end of his five-year contract next July.”I’m disappointed and I guess still a bit puzzled, but I’m supportive of the notion that sometimes you reach a point where you just know that you need to do something new,” he said.”It’s my privilege, on behalf of everyone in Australian football, to thank Ange for the past four years. Ange’s record speaks for itself.”Greek-born but Australian through and through, Postecoglou said he had taken great pride in proving that a local could do the job. He said he would be looking for a new post in club football, probably abroad.”Whether people like it or not, it’s undeniable that we play different football today than we did four years ago. They have been my markers all along,” Postecoglou added.”I know that everyone was hanging on that one result last week to measure whether I was successful or not, but … bigger things were driving me when I took this job. And from that perspective, I’ve accomplished what I wanted to do.”Gallop said there was plenty of time to find a replacement before the Socceroos played their next match in March, adding there were no guarantees that an Australian would get the job.”It’s important that we get the right person to fill the big shoes,” Gallop said.”One thing I do know is that the standards that Ange set in training, in sports science, in general preparation of the boys, will now always be there.”That standard has now been set.”last_img read more

Neymar tips Belgium to shine at World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Neymar tips Belgium and Salah to shine at World Cup Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 04:15 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) neymar - CROPPED Getty Images World Cup Neymar Brazil Roberto Martinez’s side boast some of the world’s best attackers and the PSG star expects them to sparkle in Russia next year Brazil superstar Neymar has tipped Belgium to spring a surprise at the World Cup in Russia next year.The Red Devils, managed by former Everton boss Roberto Martinez, won nine of their 10 games in qualifying and boast some of the world’s most in-form attackers, such as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens.Neymar, who will lead Brazil’s line as they bid to win football’s showpiece prize for the first time since 2002, has cited Belgium as dark horses, as well as highlighting the superb recent form of Premier League top-scorer Mohamed Salah, which could be the catalyst for Egypt to cause an upset. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I think the best-known teams are the favourites, as always,” he said.”Among them are Brazil, Germany, France, Spain and Argentina – these teams will be the highlights in any championship.”And for the surprise, I think Belgium has an excellent team and can be a surprise in this World Cup. Salah is a great player who can make a difference in the World Cup.”que Deus nos abençoe e nos proteja Good bless and protect us  pic.twitter.com/kpPJ5pQ7a0— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 29, 2017Neymar was an instrumental figure in his country’s ill-fated attempt to win the World Cup on home soil in 2014 as they suffered a crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals.However, the PSG star believes he is a more experienced player now and is better positioned to spearhead an attempt to win a sixth World Cup for his country.He added: “The difference is hard to explain, but I think I’m more experienced, more wise, more ‘cascudo’, as we say in Brazil.”This is because I had many experiences, I participated in a World Cup where we lost and I think I’ll be more prepared for the next one, because I know what is like to be in a World Cup, I can be better prepared.”So the Neymar in 2018 is better than the Neymar in 2014.”last_img read more

Sterling & Willian feature in new FIFA 18 Path to Glory team

first_imgeSports Sterling & Willian feature in new FIFA 18 Path to Glory team Harry Sherlock 02:00 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Getty Images eSports Raheem Sterling Premier League Serie A Manchester City Juventus Liverpool Primera División Bundesliga The two Premier League wingers are a part of the team of World Cup hopefuls, which also includes the likes of Roberto Firmino EA Sports have announced a fresh batch of Path to Glory players available in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, including the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Willian and Raheem Sterling.EA released the initial group of players, featuring a mix of established stars like PSG’s Javier Pastore and young talent like Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, last year.With the World Cup in Russia approaching, the squads comprise players looking to earn a spot in their national team squads ahead of the summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp They are available in packs and on the transfer market, and feature boosted stats.Higuain starts with a base rating of 92, a boost of two from his base of 90, while Raheem Sterling moves from a left winger to a central attacking midfielder, with a huge rating of 87.Path to Glory players will see their stats further boosted based on the strength of their real-life performances.This will be reflected in the game when one of the players is included in a FIFA Team of the Week, Man of the Match, European Team of the Tournament, Hero or Record Breaker in-form release.FIFA 18 Path to GloryWhen that happens, the ratings on their Path to Glory card will be automatically updated in line with their latest in-form card.last_img read more

Two Things We Learned from Oklahoma State’s Win over TCU, One We Didn’t

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State moved to 6-3 on Saturday with its wild win over TCU and is now bowl eligible for the 14th-straight season. As the Cowboys head into a weird second bye week before their final three-game stretch of the regular season, let’s look back at their sixth win.Here are two things we learned from OSU-TCU and one thing we didn’t. First off, what we learned.Sanders is ImprovingIf not for the apparently obligatory interception in the fourth quarter, this conclusion would be more obvious.Sanders is an elite runner and has the ability to make just about any throw you need him to, those two things we’ve known for a while. But his decision-making has improved as the weeks have gone by, and you can tell that he’s made a concerted effort to keep two mitts on the ball when he scrambles.I was actually okay with the first-half game plan of running the wildcat with Spencer to loosen things up and then taking your shots down the field, especially since he was moving the chains.That will work for now. While it’s obvious that the coaching staff is still trying to protect him. (I get it. He’s thrown at least one pick in the last seven games). But at some point you have to take the training wheels off.If Spencer continues improving in his reads and cutting down on the turnovers, hopefully he’ll earn the keys to the offense by year’s end. Maybe just in time for Bedlam.This Defense Can Take It BackI was reticent to heap too much praise on OSU’s defense following its three-interception game against Brock Purdy — who barely throws a pick — just in case it was a fluke. But back-to-back weeks of watching this group make level-headed QBs look downright reckless, and I’m ready to start the movement. #TTIB (They takin’ it back).Purdy threw four in seven games, then three in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Max Duggan threw the first one of his college career the week before and then threw three more to OSU.In just two weeks, the team that was tied for lowest interceptions in the league (three) is now fourth with nine. Add in the five recovered fumbles, and OSU is T-2nd in turnovers gained in the Big 12 with 14. Baylor is alone in the lead with 15 (thanks largely to certain homecoming game that shall not be mentioned).Now, the one thing we didn’t learn…How Badly Tylan Will Be MissedYou might be saying, But Kyle, Dillon Stoner was one early drop from having a very Tylan stat line on just four catches. And you’d be right. But when you rely so heavily on your ground game (for good reason) and attempt just 15 passes, it makes it hard to really know what you have in terms of talent and depth at receiver.Let me be clear. I think OSU has enough talent at wideout to win the next two games, but when it comes to Bedlam — when you need your stars — I think the lack of Tylan’s playmaking ability will be glaring.Maybe that point is moot. It is Bedlam. But there exists a reality, not too far removed from our own, where Oklahoma State continues this trend of improvement and is hitting on all cylinders on the last week of the season when the Sooners show up. If we did end up in that world and OSU makes a game out of Bedlam, it’s going to be shame that No. 2 is sitting on the sidelines.last_img read more

Valencia in talks to sign Rafinha

first_imgValencia are in negotiations with Barcelona over the signing of midfielder Rafinha, with the Catalan club valuing their player at between €15 million (£13m/$16m) and €20 million (£17m/$21m), sources familiar with the deal have confirmed to Goal.  Rafinha has a year left on his current deal at Camp Nou but Barca are keen to cash in on the Brazilian as they look to offload a number of players in order to bring in big-money signings this summer. Barca are also concerned by the 26-year-old’s injury record as he has suffered a number of serious problems in recent seasons, including two torn ligaments.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Rafinha made just five La Liga appearances last term and failed to feature after November due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.  He has now recovered from the problem though and is expected to be fit for pre-season.  Valencia head coach Marcelino is keen on Rafinha’s versatility, as he has been used in a number of roles for Barca, including central midfield, full-back and on the wing.  And the Mestalla club wants to move quickly to get a deal over the line as a number of other suitors are also eyeing a move for the Barca academy graduate. The La Liga champions would prefer a permanent move although an initial loan deal with a purchase option could be considered, despite Rafinha’s contract coming to an end.  Sources told Goal that Valencia have currently tabled a €12 million (£11m/$13m) bid, and that Barca would accept an offer of €15 million for their man this summer. The two clubs are also negotiating a swap deal involving goalkeepers Jasper Cillessen and Neto. And Barca midfielder Denis Suarez is reportedly keen on a move to the Mestalla, but Valencia are yet to make a bid for the 25-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal.  The Catalan side is keen to get Suarez off their books as well following his underwhelming spell in north London. Philippe Coutinho is another name that has been linked with a departure this summer. The Brazil playmaker has failed to establish himself at Camp Nou and admitted this week he is uncertain of his future.last_img read more

Nokia 8.1 India price slashes once again, now competes head-on with Poco F1

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 11:52 IST HIGHLIGHTSNokia 8.1 is now available for starting price of Rs 19,999.HMD Global launched the Nokia 8.1 in December last year.Nokia 8.1 have received Rs 7,000 if the launch price of the phone is concerned.HMD Global launched the Nokia 8.1 in December last year. It is only recently that Nokia 8.1 India price was slashed and brought down to as low as Rs 21,000. Looks like HMd isn’t done with Nokia 8.1 yet. This is because the India price of the Nokia 8.1 has dropped yet again. The Nokia 8.1 is now available for starting price of Rs 19,999. The new price tag now makes the Nokia 8.1 a true competitor to the Xiaomi Poco F1. The original retail starting price of the Poco F1 is Rs 19,999. However, during the on-going Mi Days sale the Poco F1 is selling for as low as Rs 17,999.The Nokia 8.1 India price now starts at Rs 19999. This price is for the base model of the Nokia phone that comes packed with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. There’s a 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model of the Nokia 8.1 is now selling for Rs 22,999. This suggests that both the variants of the Nokia 8.1 have received Rs 7,000 if the launch price of the phone is concerned. The Nokia 8.1 was launched at Rs 26,999 in India back in December last year.Considering the price of the Nokia phone right now we can safely say that the Nokia 8.1 is all set to compete with Poco F1. As far as the specs are concerned the Nokia 8.1 touts an elegant glass and metal design and sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front the Nokia 8.1 is powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementOn the camera front the Nokia 8.1 includes a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup with Zeiss optics on the back panel and a 20MP front-facing camera for selfies. The Nokia 8.1 houses a 3,500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. On the software front, the Nokia 8.1 is an Android One phone and runs on stock Android 9 Pie.ALSO READ | Nokia 6.1 sells with discount of Rs 10,000 and it is worth buying, more or lessGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HMD GlobalFollow nokia Nokia 8.1 India price slashes once again, now competes head-on with Poco F1Considering the price of Rs 19,999, the Nokia phone right now we can safely say that the Nokia 8.1 is all set to compete with Poco F1.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisories Colchester County

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Branch Road Branch Road in Upper Stewiacke, between Route 289 and Meadowvale Road, is closed because of flooding. Local Area Office: 902-893-5760 -30- COLCHESTER COUNTY: Upper Debert River Road The Upper Debert River Road, between civic 460 and the East Folly Mount Road interchange, is closed because of flooding. Local Area Office: 902-893-5760last_img

Opponents seek to prolong conflict of interest allegations directed at Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Opposition parties took turns criticizing Bill Morneau on Monday as they tried to drag out a stinging ethics controversy that has swarmed the finance minister for weeks.Back in the House of Commons after a week away in their ridings, opposition MPs zeroed in on Morneau over his involvement in a pension-reform bill that they allege put him in a conflict of interest.Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has launched a formal examination of Morneau’s work to introduce Bill C-27, which critics insist will benefit his former company in which he owned about $21 million worth of shares.After the ethics controversy erupted, he sold off his holdings in Morneau Shepell, a human-resources company he built with his father, and vowed to place his other considerable assets in a blind trust.Morneau announced Monday that he fulfilled another promise to donate the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — an amount estimated at about $5 million. His office said he gave the money to the Toronto Foundation, where the funds will support charities for homeless youth, AIDS awareness, book banks for kids and after-school programs.That announcement, however, didn’t stop political foes Monday from taking their first crack at questioning Morneau on Dawson’s decision to take a closer look at whether the finance minister was in a conflict of interest.“The minister just said that now that he has sold all of his shares in Morneau Shepell he can now work on behalf of Canadians,” said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, who accused Morneau of hiding behind Dawson.“What does that say about the last two years while he held those shares? During that time, he introduced a bill creating the very targeted-benefit pension plans that his company designs and profits from.”New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen said the Liberal government’s pension bill is not only an attack on workers’ pensions, it’s a “massive” conflict of interest involving Morneau.“It seems this prime minister will walk across broken glass to defend his ethically embattled finance minister, but won’t lift a finger to help out Canadian pensioners,” Cullen said.In defending Morneau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused opponents of trying to undermine the integrity of the federal ethics watchdog.Trudeau called their criticisms as nothing but “cheap shots” and “mud-slinging.”Morneau’s opponents also had fresh fuel for Monday’s attacks.The Canada Post Pension Advisory Council revealed it had alerted Dawson in a letter on Sept. 18 that Morneau could be in a conflict of interest over the pension bill and its potential benefits for Morneau Shepell.Dawson, however, only opened an examination earlier this month after media reports shed light on the issue.Peter Whitaker, an elected official on the council, said Monday that Dawson’s office only responded to his letter Friday after the media started asking her questions about the message.“It’s frustrating,” said the retired postal worker, who would like to see Bill C-27 abandoned.Whitaker’s letter also noted that Morneau was executive chair of Morneau Shepell in 2012 when the company acquired the pension administration arm of Mercer Canada Inc., which is the chief actuary for Canada Post. He alleged Morneau Shepell could get an inside track on administrative business related to Bill C-27.He added that Morneau’s decision to sell his shares was “too little, too late” and insisted the bill is now tainted.Whitaker also shared an email response he received from Dawson’s office.It said that while it considers information from the public, the public doesn’t have standing under the Conflict of Interest Act. Her office added that the act does not apply to private companies, therefore it wouldn’t apply to Whitaker’s concerns about Mercer Canada.On Monday, Dawson’s office issued a public statement: “There is no requirement to follow up on a complaint from a member of the public. However, the commissioner has the discretion to self-initiate an examination, if she has reasonable grounds to believe that the act has been contravened.”Bill C-27 would amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act so that federally regulated companies and Crown corporations would have the option of setting up target benefit plans for their employees, instead of defined benefit plans.Morneau introduced it in October 2016, but it has languished on the order paper since then.Opponents, including unions, say the bill would erode the stability of workers’ defined benefit plans, while proponents say the changes would give employers more flexibility in helping their employees plan for retirement.Morneau has been facing intense criticism about his integrity for weeks now after information surfaced showing that, based on Dawson’s advice, he had not divested or placed his shares in a blind trust.“I will continue to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that her examination is completed,” Morneau said Monday in the House.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

France lauds initialing Skhirat agreement by Libyan parties

Paris – France lauded the initialing by the Libyan parties, on Saturday, of the Skhirat agreement, adding that this accord is the outcome of several months of UN-brokered talks.“We laud the work done by UNSG special representative Bernardino Leon and thank Morocco for hosting these talks,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius in a statement on Sunday.The Libyan parties have a historic responsibility, he said, noting that this agreement will open a new page in the history of Libya. France is ready to support Libya and Libyan people to implement this agreement in coordination with all its partners, said the statement.The Libyan parties to the conflict initialed, on Saturday in Skhirat, this agreement to solve the Libyan crisis which has been running for over 3 years.The signing ceremony was attended by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and speakers of the houses of representatives and of advisors, Rachid Talbi Alami and Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah respectively. read more

Ban emphasizes UNs role in global efforts on nuclear safety

20 May 2011Stressing that the United Nations has a “clear role to play” in nuclear safety, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he would present world leaders with ideas on disaster preparedness at the annual meeting of the General Assembly this September. Speaking at a video conference with the heads of UN agencies to discuss the implications of the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in March, Mr. Ban said nuclear safety is a matter of “global public interest.”“The UN has a clear role to play in facilitating this discussion,” he said. “To advance this agenda, I will convene a high-level meeting on 22 September on nuclear safety and security.” Mr. Ban said that at that meeting he would “present a UN system-wide study on the implications of the nuclear accident at Fukushima.”“The report will touch on a variety of areas, including environment, health, food security, sustainable development and the nexus between nuclear safety and nuclear security. It will also present system-wide views on how to improve disaster risk preparedness.“As I said when the world marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the time has come for a global rethink on nuclear energy and safety issues. While acknowledging that each State has the right to define its national energy policy, our common objective is to deepen our understanding of the entire range of issues relating to development of nuclear energy and its safety transcending national borders. Going forward, the effects of a nuclear plant disaster – from prevention to clean-up – should be more fully reflected in the assessment of how to ensure the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and maximum safety.”The Secretary-General presented a five-point action plan on nuclear safety last month during a visit to Kiev, Ukraine. Earlier this month he told a disaster risk reduction conference in Geneva that “we must accelerate our efforts. The world’s vulnerability to disaster risks is growing faster than our ability to increase resilience. As a result of global climate change, weather-related hazards are on the rise. Nuclear safety and the threat of multiple hazards add an even greater sense of urgency.” The video conference is part of a series of such system-wide meetings with UN experts and agency chiefs to analyse the implications of the Fukushima incidents, and draw conclusions on nuclear and other risk preparedness. The meeting’s participants included: Yukio Amano, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Tibor Toth, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission; Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; and senior representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

WatchCanadians swindled out of 17 million by cryptocurrency scams this year to

TORONTO — Canadians have been swindled out of than $1.7 million via scams involving cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin so far this year — more than double the amount during all of 2016.The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says that’s more than five times the amount people lost to these types of scams in 2015, which was roughly $284,000.As bitcoin becomes more popular with investors, sending the price above US$17,000 mark last week, criminals appear to be increasingly turning to cryptocurrencies to extort payment from their victims as well.These new figures come after police in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario warned in recent months to beware of scams involving demands for a transfer of funds using bitcoin.RCMP in Langley, B.C., last month said a woman received a call from what she believed was her husband’s cellphone and someone posing as a police officer, asking for bail to secure her spouse’s release.Police said the woman followed the caller’s instructions and paid them $5,000 in bitcoin, before receiving a call from her husband who was sitting at home and never arrested in the first place. read more

Individual killed following shooting incident in Divulapitiya

A individual was killed following a shooting incident in Henpitagedara, Divulapitiya today. The shooting incident involved an underworld gang and the Police Special Task Force (STF).The Police said that seven suspects were later arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

Commercial vehicle output remains down in May

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commercial vehicle output fell 32.2% in May, as restructuring impacts continue.Manufacturing down 22.8% over the year-to-date, with output for both home and export down.Production expected to stabilise in late summer.“UK commercial vehicle output continued to feel the effects of last year’s production restructuring with volumes down 32% in May. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, as we look forward to the end of this impact in late summer,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The next few months will also see new models rolling off UK assembly lines, which will help boost production numbers.”CV manufacturing output rolling year total CV manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for May 2014. read more

Marners magic the difference as speedy Leafs start strong vs Bruins

BROWSE Mitch Marner | toronto maple leafs If you want to count the ways the Toronto Maple Leafs have changed from the team that got pounded in this building 12 months ago, start here: Mitch Marner, swooping across the defensive zone, ready to pounce.Even while killing a penalty, he was looking for prey.All it took was the slightest bobble of the puck for Marner to close the gap, swipe it from Jake DeBrusk’s blade and break in alone. DeBrusk chased hard and hauled him down, but Marner left Tuukka Rask guessing wrong on a short-handed penalty shot that swung the entire direction of Game 1 in Toronto’s favour.It was the Leafs’ first penalty shot in the playoffs since Mats Sundin in 1999.#StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Jmqywu2as2— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 12, 2019“He’s smart, man. He’s just a smart player,” marvelled teammate Jake Muzzin. “He reads the play so well he’s almost one step ahead, to be honest.“Defensively and offensively.”It is not so much Marner’s intelligence the Boston Bruins are left adjusting to in the wake of a 4-1 series-opening loss, but how it’s currently being applied.At this time last year he would have been watching that sequence unfold from the bench since Marner only added penalty-killing duties to his bag of tricks after approaching assistant coach D.J. Smith prior to the season and asking if he could do it.They started him slow, at first, but here he was in the biggest game of the year leading all Leafs forwards in short-handed ice time.And thriving.“You can tell how quick of a learner he is,” said Muzzin. “Picking up reads and having a good stick and defending and stuff like that.”“It’s got to be a little bit nerve-wracking [for opponents],” observed Nazem Kadri. “He’s a smart player with speed and lots of skill. His anticipation and his reads are pretty elite, so usually when he’s looking another skilled guy in the face he kind of has a sense of where that player’s going to go.”Marner was also a key cog in Toronto’s successful strategy at 5-on-5, which is why he ended up being called for a first star turn at TD Garden. His line with John Tavares and Zach Hyman got the better end of a matchup with Boston’s feared Patrice Bergeron trio, which has come to be known as the ‘Perfection Line’ in these parts.They had a few blemishes on Thursday, seeing Marner sweep home the opening goal against them and control 61 per cent of attempts, 78 per cent of shots and 55 per cent of shots in his shared minutes with Bergeron.Puttin’ the whole body into it. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/hjYB6MpOcI— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 12, 2019When you factor in the nine points Marner had in last spring’s seven-game loss to Boston, it’s no surprise he’s going to be even more of a focal point when Game 2 is played on Saturday.“Listen, years ago I remember people said of Wayne Gretzky: ‘Why doesn’t anyone hit that guy?’ Well, it’s not that easy,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “So I think it becomes a containment issue, play him hard, play him honest 1-on-1, obviously if you can be physical against him, great.“He competed hard for the first goal, he went hard to the net. I think we gifted him [the second one] a little bit by coming in late to our coverage on the shorty but good for him, jumping in there.“He’s a good player, he’s played well against us and we need to find an answer against him.”Mike Babcock took a different approach to the Brad Marchand-Bergeron-David Pastrnak line by using Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev against them on the back end, rather than the Morgan Rielly-Ron Hainsey pairing.That’s two new pieces Babcock didn’t have at his disposal last spring who showed well in the most critical defensive matchup the Leafs are facing in this best-of-seven. Tavares won nine of his 17 draws against Bergeron, while producing more shots, chances, attempts and expected goals in their head-to-head shifts.The prized free-agent signing added an empty-net goal for good measure.Muzzin, an effective cycle-breaker and puck distributor who arrived in a January trade from Los Angeles, provided more than 20 steady minutes in his Leafs playoff debut. He’s started just 36 per cent of his shifts in the offensive zone and still saw the team control 56 per cent of shot attempts with him on the ice.“We’re a different team,” said Marner. “We did some things in the summertime and we’ve got a little more confidence in this room and we’re ready to play with it.”Most important of all for the Leafs is the fact they managed to attack against Boston’s No. 1 line without getting burned by them at even strength.It’s a fine line to walk.“They have so many threats on that line that we need everyone working together taking away options,” said Muzzin. “It’s not just one guy. All three can score, all three can pass. With me and Z and our low forward, I thought we did a good job at getting sticks in lanes, on passes and keeping them to the outside for the most part.”That left Marner to break things open.On the penalty shot, he beat Rask with a breath-taking series of dekes — finding a wide open side of the net to deposit the puck after adjusting his move to what the Bruins goaltender showed him.That gave Toronto a 2-1 lead before the game was 23 minutes old.“The crowd kind of was deflated a little bit after that,” said Kadri. “We just never looked back.” read more