first_imgGARDAI have arrested a third man as part of their investigation into the seizure of more than €1M worth of cannabis near Malin yesterday.The third suspect was detained overnight.Garda experts are still at the scene of the warehouse, 3kms outside Malin Town. Two other Chinese nationals were arrested at the scene during a Garda raid yesterday.They were living on the site.Garda Superintendent Kevin English, who is leading the investigation, warned landlords to be responsible when leasing properties.“Where people have commercial premises for rent, we would ask them to have inspection clauses so that they know what their premises are being used for. “They need to be responsible and they need to ensure that they are being rent for lawful purposes,” he said.Supt English said he would not rule out the possibility that there is a paramilitary link to the find and confirmed they are liaising with the PSNI.Seized cannabis included everything from seeds to recently harvested plants.Sources say the raid was a result of “good police work” by community Gardai.It’s understood Gardai now believe the cannabis factory is part of a network of growhouses in Co Donegal and believe there may be more here in the county. Gardai are urging anyone who sees suspicious activity, particularly in rural areas where there are disused warehouses or outbuildings, to contact them immediately.They also believe the Chinese nationals are being forced to work in the growhouses by criminal gangs who are also involved in human trafficking.THIRD CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED IN €1M CANNABIS FIND PROBE was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THIRD CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED IN €1M CANNABIS FIND PROBElast_img read more

Govt pledges to freeze tuition fees for five years

first_imgEducation Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election.Ahead of the Leaving Cert results this week, the announcement will be a relief to parents who are already struggling with the rising cost of student accommodation.However, it will cause concern for the third-level education sector which is facing significant funding challenges. In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Independent, Mr McHugh says he has the backing of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his stance.Asked directly if Fine Gael would increase fees if in government for another five years, he said: “No, in terms of increasing fees or even putting student loans, we have to look at the overall pressures on parents and see how to make it easier rather than [adding] to the pressures they are under already.”The Fine Gael minister’s comments are the clearest commitment to date from the main coalition party to freeze college fees.The third-level sector has consistently said it is facing serious financial difficulties, which are damaging its ability to compete internationally. Colleges have been seeking clarity on proposals to bring in a loan scheme or higher charges for students.Read the full story here: pledges to freeze tuition fees for five years was last modified: August 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Striving for Passivhaus Affordability

first_imgFor builder Christian Corson, low numbers are good numbers. His current project, a 1,600-sq.-ft. two-bedroom Passivhaus in Knox, Maine, has been testing well and not costing much. A few months ago, for example, with just the rough shell in place – oriented-strand board sheathing on a timber frame, all taping done, and windows installed and sealed in place – the building showed 0.545 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.There have been four blower-door tests since. The most recent, with construction essentially complete, Corson says, showed 0.286 ach50 – notably below the 0.6 ach50 Passivhaus requirement. In addition, the building’s annual heat demand is now at 3.1 Btu per sq. ft. – again well below the Passivhaus requirement, which is 4.75 Btu per sq. ft. (Modeling is based on 7,345 heating degree days.)But the other encouraging low number, Corson adds, is $130 – the cost per square foot, including all site work on the 10-acre lot.“This is the first step of an evolution for me to go beyond Passivhaus and do it affordably,” Corson, owner of EcoCor Design/Build, told GBA recently. “By exceeding the Passivhaus standard, it affords us some design flexibility down the road, so maybe we can deviate from the usual design, put more windows on the north side, and not be so committed to a single look.”Push to NZEThe slab for this project sits on a platform of expanded polystyrene that is 12 in. thick and insulates to R-54. Corson avoided using spray polyurethane foam.The exterior walls are insulated to R-58 with dense-packed cellulose; the ceiling is insulated to R-80 with loose-fill cellulose. Air conditioning and heat will be supplied by a Mitsubishi minisplit air-source heat pump, although the house also is equipped with electric baseboard heaters as backup.The home’s triple-glazed vinyl-frame windows, made by a Lithuanian company, Intus Windows, are rated at just under R-9. Corson became a product representative for Intus because, he says, the company offers an exceptional combination of quality and price.The project also includes a 1.4-kW photovoltaic system: six panels mounted on power rails that will affixed by brackets over the lower windows on the south side of the house. The PV system will bring the house to net-positive-energy operation – or very close to it.last_img read more

[Infographic] Pay Attention to Mobile App Permissions!

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#privacy#security Related Posts center_img When you download an app from the Android Google Play store, it will prompt you to accept the permissions it requests from your device. Most people do not pay attention and simply download the app. This is a bad idea. Left unchecked, app permissions can open your device to possible data theft, spam and malware.An Android app can ask for 124 different types of permissions. According to a study by the UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department in February, 33% of Android apps request more permissions than they need. The researchers asked users if they understood what the permissions requested by an app actually were for, and 97% of those surveyed could not correctly identify what all the app permissions were used for. For instance, when an app requests access to your device storage, what is it actually asking for? Can it modify or delete your USB storage, and why would it want to do such a thing? When it asks for access to your accounts, which accounts does it want? If it requests SMS privileges, do you know whether it could text premium pay services on your behalf? These are all serious questions, yet most people just click “download” and start using the app.Researchers found that only 83% of Android users paid attention to permissions when installing an app and 42% did not know what permission were for. This could prove problematic for users who prefer to keep their personal information secret. Most apps from reputable developers play by the rules when it comes to how permissions are used. But that is not always the case. The mobile social network Path was caught uploading users’ contacts from their address books to Path’s servers without permission. Path apologized and said it wiped its servers of the purloined data, but less scrupulous developers have little incentive to do so when the data gleaned from a device through broad permissions is lucrative enough. There are a few basic rules to follow when downloading an app. First, where is it coming from? The Apple App Store can generally be trusted, as it pre-screens all apps before publishing them. A few apps have been discovered behaving badly (Path, for instance), but Apple cracks down quickly on apps found to violate its terms of service. Yet Apple does not explicitly show the permissions an app has been granted upon download the way Android does. Google Play is a different matter. Publishers are not subjected to the same type of pre-screening that iOS apps are, and even though permissions are listed upon download, what you think an app is doing may be different from what the app actually does. Downloading an app is like making any other type of purchase. Instead of opening your wallet willy-nilly and downloading whatever seems interesting, do some research. Read reviews and check comments about the app. Does developer have a good reputation? Do the permissions make sense for what the app is supposed to do? An RSS reader, for instance, probably does not need access to your smartphone’s camera. If it does ask for that permission, even though there is no plausible reason for it, do not download that app.[Infographic courtesy of McAfee.] dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Update: Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Security Bug That Could Have Affected Millions

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Update: As of Friday, Sept. 21, Microsoft has now issued a patch for the new zero-day vulnerability we reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The patch should be automatically applied to those users who have automatic updates enabled. A separate patch has also been applied to a Flash vulnerability Microsoft discovered with the Internet Explorer 10 browser used by Windows 8.Microsoft said it was investigating a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could affect millions of users, running the latest versions of Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s most popular operating systems.Specifically, Microsoft warned that the bug could affect users running Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9, using the Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and Windows Server operating systems. Windows 8 and its integrated Internet Explorer 10 browser do not appear to be affected, Microsoft says. Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 runs in a restricted mode and is also not affected.While it’s unclear exactly how many users may be affected by the vulnerability, IE makes up 32.8% of the global browser market according to StatCounter, just a hair behind Chrome, at 33.6%.Vulnerability Is SeriousUpdate: Microsoft has now issued a patch.So far, Microsoft has not issued a patch, although downloading the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v3.0 may help mitigate the problem in the short term, Microsoft has said.The vulnerability is considered to be a serious one, both in its scope and in its potential for harm. Basically, as Microsoft notes, “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user”. In other words, the attacker could essentially do what he wanted with your computer: drop a keylogger or other snooping software, crash it, or perform other malicious activities. Symantec confirmed the vulnerability, and found that the software downloads additional malware.According to Microsoft, the vulnerability could be exploited within a Web page: “An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Eric Romang, who was assisted by members of the Metasploit team, which develops a vulnerability tool to for “penetration testing” against suspected vulnerable machines.Using a Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 machine with an up-to-date Adobe Flash plugin, Romang noted that files cached on a server used by the alleged Chinese “Nitro” gang of hackers contained HTML code that launched an infected Adobe SWF file or Flash Player movie, which could execute arbitrary code on a user’s machine. The “Nitro” attacks (PDF) were a coordinated series of attacks that took place through Sept. 2011, targeted at the chemical and motor industries, apparently for the purposes of industrial espionage.The team of hackers has since deleted the files from the server, indicating that they’re now aware that they’ve been spotted. That means that this particular “zero-day” hack has only a limited lifespan until Microsoft issues a patch.So What Should You Do?At this point, some security researchers are reportedly warning that you should stay away from Internet Explorer entirely until a patch is issued. That’s probably a little extreme – but it’s absolutely safe, too. Until (and if) Chrome and Firefox are also found to be vulnerable to this exploit, using these browsers is probably your best bet. You can also expect the major antivirus vendors to move quickly; McAfee, for example, said that it is already working on an update that will protect its users against the vulnerability.If you’re using an older version of IE, you may as well take this opportunity to upgrade to the latest version that your operating system supports. You probably shouldn’t worry about opening any HTML-encoded email; by default, all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Windows Mail open HTML email messages in the Restricted sites zone, which prevents the code from being launched. But beware – clicking a link in an otherwise innocuous email message could also take you to an infected Web site; as always, use caution when clicking willy-nilly across the Web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market markhachmanlast_img read more