Mark Ellingson spent 27 years as the pastor of the rural Holmes United Methodist Church as well as helping out at rural Lutheran Churches. In 2010 he became a Chaplain working with Hospice Care and then, in 2014, became Manager of Pastoral Services at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND. Mark has worked extensively with resilience especially in the context of disaster and trauma. He became a Board Certified Chaplain in 2013, fills in on Sundays at various small churches and continues to enjoy playing ball with the Holmes Softball Club. He is married to Betty, a Speech Pathologist in the schools and has five grown children and two grandsons. by Mark EllingsonThe church I served for 27 years was settled in the midst of the country, surrounded by trees, crops and wildlife. I always lived in the parsonage next door. About a mile away was our ballpark where softball teams came to play the church ball club sometimes with a deer watching from behind the left field fence.Military families from the nearby air force base found this setting inviting. We would usually have some Air Force folks who would find a rural home or farmstead to rent or buy instead of living on base.We learned some things about the military personnel who came among us. For one thing they would improve the homes in which they lived. Places which had been vacant for years would be mowed and painted and cleaned. The whole community looked better.As an established church of generally German background we had learned to accept the occasional Norwegian (like me as the pastor). Our military families brought different backgrounds and travel experiences which enriched, challenged and interested everyone.Many of the families discovered our church, attended and became active. They were great to have in church for they offered something often in short supply: initiative. If we had something which needed doing I could expect a volunteer from among my military members or their families. They were used to getting things done and seemed to thrive on completing a project. I remember when our church council talked about a new church sign to point the way to the church. Within a week one of my military men, one soon to be transferred, had the sign built and paid for.I enjoyed many times of working with my air force friends and fellowshipping at their homes. But I also learned some of the unique stresses they faced.Deployment was one stress. The military folks would tell about the places they visited and show souvenirs they had collected. But sometimes they would also share about the challenge of being apart from family and, perhaps even more difficult, coming back together after months of learning to do things on their own.Military living had other stresses, including issues of life and death. They had unique expectations and were looked at differently by civilians. As I spent time with my military families I learned some things which helped them.Participation in a group. I’ve already noted the value these families had for our church. But a group – church or other – which valued the contributions of military families helped those families deal with the other stresses. The families which sought us, or another group, were the better for us. As were we. Staying connected during deployments. When someone from our church was deployed we tried to stay connected. Sometimes it was a care package or just letters. If those letters and contact came from genuine caring they made a difference. And we also made efforts to affirm and support the family who stayed behind.A real welcome (or welcome back). Our middle-sized country church enjoyed having military families and welcomed them into the fellowship. When someone returned after deployment we also invited them to tell their stories and our people would turn out to see pictures and ask questions. Communication Skills for re-introduction after deployment. Perhaps the greatest challenge for deployed military is coming home and putting the family back together. Both the deployed and those left behind have learned to get along apart. How do they work that out?1. Patience in getting back together. Perhaps some families just “picked up” right where they were before the deployment. But, more often, the family had to take time to get to know one another again. The things the family learned to do weren’t immediately unlearned. So that took …2. Listening. Actually taking time to listen to one another is a skill everyone could work on, but all the more here. Listening was the best thing the church could do for everyone involved and a needed skill when the family is coming back together. While listening it was important to be …3. Acknowledging Changes. Some changes are obvious: the baby started to walk while dad was gone, the teenager grew three inches, the spouse grew out her hair. Other changes are less obvious having to do with new experiences the family had separately. Sometimes those experiences change a person. Such changes need to acknowledged and worked through. A military wife I knew learned to be very independent while her husband was gone and didn’t want to give back some of the things she’d begun to do on her own. The couple needed to work that through. They weren’t successful. Others, by listening with patience, created a stronger relationship.In looking back at our relationships with military families, I recognize the thing we did right was to include them. Inclusion means more than stopping by to invite them to church, though invitation is important. A person feels included when they are welcomed to bring in their uniqueness to the group. We welcomed the unique skills, background and experiences of our military families and only hope they learned as much from being part of our church family as we learned from them.
World half-marathon champion to lead the TCS World 10K, Bengaluru,World half-marathon champion to lead the TCS World 10K, Bengaluru
Peres Jepchirchir, world half-marathon champion Published on × April 19, 2016 people Peres Jepchirchir, world half-marathon champion, will lead the field at the TCS World 10K, Bengaluru on May 15.Procam International on Tuesday said the list of international elite athletes have confirmed to run the TCS World 10K. The elite field of athletes include World half-marathon female champion, Peres Jepchirchir, Gladys Chesir who has the record for the fastest 10K for a woman, clocking 30:41 at the Berlin 10K, defending World 10K champion Mosinet Geremew and former World Record holder in the marathon, Patrick Makau.Amongst the women, the 22-year-old Jepchirchir, produced one of the biggest surprises of 2016 when she captured the world title at the IAAF World Half Marathon championships in Cardiff in March, catapulting herself to the forefront of the world road running stage. That victory over several better established runners has given the rising star a necessary confidence boost that she relishes as she prepares for debut in racing in India.“I don’t think [being a world champion] will add a lot of pressure but it will surely be more challenging. My career and experience has taught me that if you feel confident in your training you cannot fear the other runners, but you must simply give your best,” shared, the young Kenyan who is also aiming for an Olympic spot on her national running team in the 10,000m and is hoping to use her outing in Bengaluru as a good gauge of her ability. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Peres Jepchirchir, world half-marathon champion sport SHARE 0 COMMENT COMMENTS
AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has stunned the club by turning down a new contract, CEO Marco Fassone has said.Donnarumma signed for Milan’s youth team in 2013 before making his senior debut in 2015 at just 16-years-old. He went on to become first choice at the club, making 68 appearances over the last two seasons.The 18-year-old’s contract expires next year and his decision to reject a new deal was made on Thursday after talks between the player, his agent Mino Raiola and the club.”Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan,” Fassone said in a statement.”We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”The Italy international made his under-21 debut in 2015 and was called up to the senior side in 2016.
Seth Rollins outsmarted 29 other wrestlers in the ring on Sunday to win the 30-man Royal Rumble match and book a place in Wrestlemania 35 in April.Rollins had to beat the likes of Brawn Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Andrade in the final minutes of the 58-minute match to win the Royal Rumble epic showdown.Rollins made a point on Monday to discuss how his passion and his heart had carried him through the wild ups and downs of the past two years. He said, in effect, it would always keep him going. It didn’t fail him now: Seth Rollins went the distance, and now there’s just one thing left to do.#TheArchitect @WWERollins just STOMPED his way to @WrestleMania!!! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/9xPf0yFXWQWWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Meanwhile, the 30-women match saw Becky Lynch fight her way through arch-rivals Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair to win the whole thing and earn an opportunity to challenge for a World Championship at WrestleMania 35. Lynch however, lost her singles match against SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka.Becky first eliminated Jax by yanking The Irresistible Force off the apron after Charlotte teed her up, only to suffer a cheap shot that left Lynch with an injured knee that almost gave Charlotte the victory via forfeit. Lynch, however, was unwilling to suffer a second defeat in the same night, and bulldozed her way into the ring, insisting she wanted to continue.#WrestleMania, HERE SHE COMES!#RoyalRumble @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/0h5l8EoXsWWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Charlotte obliged her fellow Horsewoman, toying with the hobbled Lynch and lining her up for the big boot that would finally put The Man down. With her last gasp of effort, Becky dodged the kick and landed one hard right to The Queen, sending Charlotte crumbling to the outside and bringing the match to an end.advertisementIn case you needed a reminder… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/JqNuGEeEIPWWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019In the other matches, Shane McMahon and The Miz overcame their inexperience as a tag team to defeat The Bar and become SmackDown Tag Team Champions while Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy beat over Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami in Fatal 4-Way Match on Royal Rumble Kickoff.RAW Women’s champion Ronda Rousey defeated Sasha Banks to defend her title while WWE Champion Daniel Bryan had the better of AJ Styles to retain his title.Brock Lesnar entertained the capacity crowd by beating Finn Balor even though the latter threw a flurry of strikes on the former at the beginning of the match.This is what @HeymanHustle calls a SPOILER.#RoyalRumble @BrockLesnar pic.twitter.com/ygFHkZjTnzWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Immediately after Balor executed his finishing maneuver, Lesnar trapped the challenger in the Kimura Lock, forcing Bálor to tap out. Furious that The Extraordinary Man got as close as he did to ending his reign, Lesnar erupted after the bell, punishing Bálor with three German suplexes before putting a painful exclamation on the brutality with an F-5.Shinsuke Nakamura claimed his second United States Title by conquering Rusev while Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated the mash-up team of Rezar and Scott Dawson on Royal Rumble Kickoff.Also Watch:
The Stoke fans were booing me. It was poor, booing someone who was injured. I found that disrespectful Doing my second ACL was so beneficial. I knew anger wasn’t going to get me fit. That time I was doing so many things different Share on WhatsApp “As I was driving home I got upset,” the 25-year-old says. “I was punching the hell out of my car and everything. I got home. My wife wasn’t there and I threw my keys through this window and nearly cracked this door. I went upstairs, lay on the bed, got upset and fell asleep. I was sobbing. I was fuming. There were upset tears, tears for how long it was going to take.”Wilson is engaging company before Sunday’s home game against Arsenal. He is in good spirits, joking that he thought about cancelling this meeting given what happened after we met nearly two and a half years ago.Call it the interviewer’s curse. After Wilson fought to overcome a tough childhood and a no-frills start to his professional career, there was a buzz around him following Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League. He started the season with five goals in seven games and there was talk of an England call-up. The interview was published on 26 September 2015, the day Bournemouth travelled to Stoke City, the same day Wilson was caught by a late tackle from Philipp Wollscheid. The doubts crept in. He returned after six months and scored a few goals but his running style was no longer as symmetrical. His team-mates were sensitive enough not to question him when he failed to reach passes but Howe could see Wilson was struggling.When the second injury arrived, Wilson was no longer a regular. After it, he became more rational. He watched Josh King develop into a goalscorer and Bournemouth sign Jermain Defoe, but he had matured. He listened when new specialists told him to forget about playing again in six months.“I knew that anger wasn’t going to get me fit,” he says. “That time I was doing so many things different. I was squatting before I’d had my operation. Doing my second ACL was so beneficial. I went on three different holidays. I went to a rehab place in Qatar, then I ended up in Philadelphia. Every six weeks I was trying to have a change of scenery.” “It was nasty,” he says. “As I got up I asked if my leg was broken. They said it wasn’t so I thought: ‘No worries, get me up.’” The Stoke crowd suspected some amateur dramatics. “The fans were booing me. I ran on the second time, went down again and the fans were booing me again. It was poor, booing somebody who was injured. I found that disrespectful.“It felt like I was winded. I jogged back on and I think the damage was already done because the knee was unstable. It felt like someone had blown my kneecap up with a shotgun.”He remembers having to be calmed down by his team-mates when Wollscheid boarded Bournemouth’s coach to apologise – he made his peace with the Stoke defender in the end – and drugs masked the pain on the journey home. “Then I go and get my scan done. They tell me it’s my ACL and I was going to be out for six to nine months. I was numb. I’m usually lively but I was lost for words.” “I just felt angry,” Callum Wilson says as he remembers the moment when Bournemouth’s physio delivered the bad news in a hospital waiting room 11 months ago. Wilson had been hoping for the best without much conviction after feeling a familiar twinge in his left knee during a mundane training session but an MRI scan had confirmed the striker’s worst fears.At first he wondered whether it was a wind-up. Deep down, however, he knew what to expect. “I heard a little pop and I was just like: ‘Yeah,’” Wilson says. “I got it iced. After that it was throbbing. Straight away I was saying I’d done my ACL.”He took no pleasure from the accuracy of his self-diagnosis. To put it into context, some footballers never make it back from one ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Wilson had suffered ACL injuries in both knees in the space of 16 months.His emotions bubbled to the surface. It takes a lot to wipe the smile off Wilson’s face and a conversation with him is peppered with little quips and playful boasts about his goalscoring ability. Shutting him up is usually not an easy task but the physio’s news left him in a daze. Reuse this content Share on Facebook Pinterest Read more Wilson, left, challenges Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu at Stamford Bridge last month. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson speeds up scoring after slowing down eating Share via Email Twitter Share on Pinterest Facebook Back for pre-season but no real break: how footballers’ summers changed interviews Share on LinkedIn Topics Bournemouth struggled without Wilson initially and they signed two strikers, Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban, in January 2016. Wilson was desperate to make a swift return yet he underestimated the physical and spiritual demands of the recovery process, ignoring warning signs such as soreness in his knee and rejecting Eddie Howe’s offer of a holiday.“You know what it’s like when you get injured,” Wilson says. “Everyone’s going: ‘How are you, how are you?’ and I feel like you need to walk around with a sign on saying: ‘I’m OK.’ I wanted to be isolated. I knew I’d bring the lads down with my moodiness.“It was my first season in the Premier League and I wanted to get fit. The manager said: ‘Whenever you want time off just let me know.’ But I knew if I took two weeks off my return would be two weeks later. I put my heart and soul into my rehab, which is why I think I was mentally tired when I did get back. I hadn’t had one holiday to reflect on everything.”Two weeks is hardly a long time. “You’re right,” Wilson says. “Between the two injuries I was nowhere near the player I was. I just wasn’t Callum Wilson, you know?” Bournemouth Read more Share on Messenger After receiving a supportive message from Alan Shearer, Wilson vowed to prove people wrong. He also wanted his five-year-old son to believe his father is a footballer. “When I was injured he was wearing everyone else’s shirt but mine,” he says. “He liked Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He had Nathan Aké from Bournemouth. One day he said: ‘Daddy, I want a Josh King shirt.’”Wilson, who has scored six goals this season, bursts into laughter. “Now he wants to get my card in the Match Attax because he can’t get hold of them at all. He’s buying hundreds of packets and he can’t seem to find me.”It all seems like a valuable learning experience. Wilson knows more about his body – out of concern, he questions why Ibrahimovic returned so quickly from his ACL injury – and has discovered how to keep setbacks in perspective.He took it slowly, starting his coaching badges, regaining sharpness in under-21 games and accepting Howe’s decision not to risk him at first. He made his comeback in a Carabao Cup tie against Middlesbrough in October, scoring a penalty in a 3-1 win, and a month later his son told him to score four goals in a home game against Huddersfield Town.“I ended up scoring three and thought that would have to do,” Wilson says. “I felt like I was back. There were no more injuries, no more playing in the shadow of myself. I thought: ‘Callum’s back.’” Share on Twitter
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Fantasy football is one of the major factors in the sport becoming the most popular in the country. Unfortunately, college football fans haven’t had a great mainstream college fantasy football option to this point.It appears that that is changing this fall.This morning, Yahoo! Sports, which runs one of the most popular NFL fantasy football platforms in the country, announced that it is finally starting college fantasy football.Yahoo! college fantasy football will feature players from the Power Five leagues and Notre Dame.That gives players 65 full rosters to build teams from. More, on Yahoo!’s college fantasy game:Yahoo Sports College Fantasy Football will feature players from 65 teams. That’s all of the Power Five (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) teams plus Notre Dame.From there, your team will look very much like your normal NFL fantasy roster. It will feature 15 player slots, just like the default roster size for NFL fantasy football:1 QB2 RB2 WR1 TE1 FLEX (WR/RB/TE)1 K1 D/ST6 benchJust like with NFL fantasy, you can create or join a league that hosts between four and 20 players. You can choose from three different draft styles — standard, autodraft and offline. You can customize whether you want to play head-to-head or total points, and your commissioner can customize scoring. Default scoring in 2018 will include a half-point per reception. No Pro or Cash leagues will be available.The college fantasy football season is set to run from August 30, the true Week 1 of this season, until the November 24 games. The few games that fall in ‘Week 0’ before August 30, and then the conference title and bowl games are not included.We’re sure there are some Group of Five fans that want to draft some of the top players in those leagues. However, this is a great start, and will probably be really huge for Yahoo! this year.[Yahoo! Sports]
Lamprell, November 8, 2013 zoom Lamprell, a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, announced that it has successfully completed and delivered the first of two Caspian Sea jackup rigs to the client, marking another significant milestone for the Group.The rig has now been delivered to the client and was recently towed out from the Astrakhan re-assembly yard to commence operations on its first contract elsewhere in the Caspian Sea.The Group is making good progress in relation to the on-going second Caspian Sea project, which is already well under way and is expected to be delivered in Q4 2014. The first two module shipments have already been transferred from the Group’s facility in Hamriyah to the Astrakhan yard as planned and on time. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close
From local business to ocean innovation, waterfronts are places where Nova Scotians can bring big ideas to life. “The waterfront is our premier stage for recreation, entertainment and culture, and entrepreneurs are continually developing new experiences for visitors,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. “Our job is to bring it all together to provide the best mix of private-sector business, infrastructure and community partners.” Such a business is Dave’s Lobster. Originally from Prince Edward Island and new to the Halifax waterfront this year, it will bring fresh lobster rolls and tacos to the water’s edge. “Local is key for us and we’re looking forward to making our mark with Nova Scotia products and flavours,” said Dave Hyndman, president and owner, noting they received Trip Advisor’s top restaurant in Charlottetown award last year. Another new business is Stillwell Beer Garden, featuring Nova Scotia craft beer at Summit Amphitheatre. It will join other seasonal businesses such as Beavertails, The Battered Fish, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Amos Pewter, Tourism Cape Breton, Waterfront Pizza and Wraps, Rosie’s Face Painting and Black Bear Ice Cream, as well as the year-round offerings. Lost Cod Clothing Co. is a clothing company dedicated to bringing Nova Scotia stories to life. Theodore Tugboat, Harbour Hopper Tours, Ambassatours Hop On Hop Off and a fleet of harbour tour options dock along the waterfront and educate while they entertain. Also new this year, the Canadian Sea Turtle Centre will feature Nova Scotia’s marine wildlife and the local efforts to conserve sea turtles, particularly the leatherback turtle. “We are thrilled to launch the Canadian Sea Turtle Centre on the Halifax waterfront this season, an environmental education centre which will inspire an interest in marine conservation through interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages,” said Kathleen Martin, executive director of the Canadian Sea Turtle Network, a Halifax-based environmental charity involving fishermen, scientists and coastal community members. Sands at Salter, near Bishop’s Landing, returns as an activity hub with I Heart Bikes, Segway Nova Scotia, Kayak Halifax, and Feel the Burn Beach Volleyball. Nearby, golf fans can enjoy H2O Golf. I Love Local Halifax’s Open City on May 9, is the unofficial season opener with lots happening on both sides of the harbour. Alongside the interesting mix of local business activity, this season’s event lineup includes some of the region’s best, such as the TD Halifax Jazz Fest, Halifax International Busker Festival and, for the first time, Halifax Ribfest from June 26 to 28. Waterfront Development is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. For more information, visit www.my-waterfront.ca .
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Thousands of people who rushed out of their homes as a wildfire neared Williams Lake are being allowed to return to the Interior British Columbia city, but with a warning that they could be forced to leave again.Mayor Walt Cobb said he couldn’t be happier an evacuation order that went into effect on July 15 was being lifted on Thursday.“The wildfires near our community are not 100 per cent contained and due to the changing weather conditions an evacuation could happen,” he said. “So welcome home and please be as orderly in your return as you were during the evacuation.”Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said winds that risked making the fires more aggressive didn’t end up having that effect, but as the conditions persist, concerns remain.Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond said that while an evacuation order for Williams Lake and 10 surrounding areas was being lifted, residents of five other areas could still not return home due to ongoing wildfire dangers.Richmond said the returning evacuees should keep their belongings packed because they may have to leave at a moment’s notice if another evacuation order is issued.“People need to consider, particularly those in rural areas, that the areas have been profoundly affected by wildfire. The services you used to rely on may be limited for some time,” he saidRichmond said people headed home should bring back basic necessities such as food and prescription medications to last them for up to a week.Hospital and ambulance services as well as grocery stores and gas stations were being re-established in co-ordination with local and First Nations governments and agencies including the Red Cross, he said.North and south routes into Williams Lake along Highway 97 reopened on Thursday as the regional district urged residents to watch for livestock and wildlife on roads around Williams Lake because many fences were burned in the area.Mounties and Armed Forces personnel were to be stationed at checkpoints but the RCMP warned residents to be prepared for significant delays on main routes.A so-called resiliency centre was also established in Williams Lake so returning residents could connect with social assistance and insurance agencies as well as the SPCA and mental health and counselling services.The regional district recommended homeowners and land owners work with an insurance agency that could assess dangerous trees through a qualified arborist.Hot and dry conditions saw 14 new fires Wednesday including one east of Kamloops that led the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to declare a local state of emergency and issue two evacuation orders covering about 60 properties.BC Wildfire Service information officer Max Birkner said the fire near Monte Lake grew dramatically but as of Thursday mapped at around 1.5 square kilometres in size.Birkner couldn’t confirm if any structures had been lost.With no rain expected to bring reprieve in the coming days, RCMP are reminding the public to adhere to fire bans and other restrictions meant to prevent the situation from worsening.Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said two people were rescued from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park South on Tuesday despite restrictions to accessing the backcountry.She said crews also had to put out a campfire the hikers had made the previous evening and transport them out of the area by helicopter.“It’s really unfortunate these hikers’ blatant disregard of park closures resulted in the diversion of valuable resources and assets, mainly people and a helicopter, which would have otherwise been used in fire suppression efforts,” Linteau said.She said the hikers were issued two fines totalling $1,233 and reminds the public that anyone convicted of causing a wildfire can be liable for the cost of damages, face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in prison.– By Camille Bains and Linda Givetash in Vancouver
The city of Burlington has announced it will be moving the location of the popular ‘Burlassic Park’ viewing party due to construction at city hall.The city has been hosting the free event for fans to watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.City officials say the location is being moved from Civic Square outside of Burlington City Hall to the Central Park Bandshell for Games 3 and 4. Viewing parties for Games 5, 6 and 7 will be back at Civic Square in downtown Burlington.Thousands of fans filled ‘Burlassic Park’ for the Games 1 and 2 of the championship series.The viewing party for Wednesday’s game is set to begin at 8:30 p.m.🏀🚨Burlington’s hugely popular #BurlassicPark is moving to the Central Park Bandshell for Games 3 and 4 due to construction work at City Hall. Games 5, 6 and 7 will be at Civic Square in downtown #BurlON. //t.co/EMnmpslFlP #WeTheNorth #Raptors @raptors 🚨🏀 pic.twitter.com/gecepmsUMZ— City of Burlington (@cityburlington) June 5, 2019
Mr. Annan made his assessment in a letter to the Security Council calling for more information on the attack, and it drew on official accounts provided by the Governments of Lebanon and Israel, as well as UN witnesses who visited Qana after the incident, although he highlighted that none were present when it occurred.“The attack on Qana should be seen in the broader context of what could be, based on preliminary information available to the United Nations, including eyewitness accounts, a pattern of violations of international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, committed during the course of the current hostilities.”“I have repeatedly condemned all actions that target civilians and I again call on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and, in particular, to take all necessary precautions to spare civilian life and property.”Expressing his grave distress at the “tragic events” in Qana and by the overall effect of the conflict on the civilian populations of both Israel and Lebanon, Mr. Annan said it was at a “level of seriousness that requires further gathering of information, including violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”His letter also included a statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and highlighted that while medical teams from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were able to assist in the rescue efforts once they arrived in Qana, the nearest UN post is around 20 kilometres away.“UNIFIL is not in a position to confirm or deny whether Hizbollah was launching military activities from Qana in the days prior to or on 30 July,” Mr. Annan wrote in the six-page letter that also includes excerpts from notes verbales received from the Governments of Israel and Lebanon.“Qana is the centre of Hizbollah’s regional headquarters. It contains extensive weapons stockpiles, serves as a haven for fleeing terrorists, and is the source of over 150 missiles launched into northern Israel,” Israel said in its statement, adding that “prior to the operation” it had “publicly called on the residents to move away from the terrorists and flee from the areas where missiles are being launched.”Lebanon’s response contradicted this, noting that civilians had taken refuge in the three-storey building that was struck by Israeli missiles because it had a reinforced basement and adding that “they were not able to flee the area because of destroyed roads and the ongoing Israeli attacks.”“None of the bodies recovered showed that there were militants mingled among the civilians, and the rescuers found no weapons in the building that was struck,” the Lebanese said in their note verbale.Mr. Annan’s letter also highlighted that Qana is no stranger to tragedy, noting that in April 1996, more than 100 Lebanese civilians who had sought refuge in a UNIFIL compound were killed by Israeli shelling.
Two in three cases of cancer are not picked up by GPs, according to research that shows for the first time how long patients really wait for a diagnosis.Researchers said the findings were “worrying” and urged family doctors to be “more proactive” about sending patients for tests, even if symptoms were not clear cut.The study of more than 135,000 patients with two of the most common forms of the disease found average waits of more than eight weeks for diagnosis. The vast majority of cases that turned out to be cancer were never suspected by family doctors, so were not given an urgent referral.Experts warned that the delays were the “difference between life and death” for many patients, fuelling Britain’s poor survival rates.The study by Cancer Research UK found that just 37 per cent of all cancer diagnoses in England involved patients who had been given an urgent referral by their GP, because the disease was suspected. Just 32 per cent of diagnoses for bowel cancer and 28 per cent of diagnoses for lung cancer were identified this way.The study shows that without such a referral, those with bowel cancer wait an average of 61 days for a diagnosis, five weeks longer than the cases that were suspected by GPs. She urged GPs to err on the side of caution if there was a chance of cancer.“We need to encourage and support GPs to be a bit more proactive about thinking who might have cancer, and also in not getting too caught up in stereotypes about who might have particular types of disease, such as not thinking about lung cancer in non-smokers,” she said. “When you look at international research, it shows GPs here tend not to refer patients for tests as those in some other countries [do].”Studies have repeatedly shown that Britain’s cancer survival rates lag behind other countries in Europe, with research showing that given the same symptoms, doctors elsewhere are more likely to refer for tests.Last year, the largest ever global study of cancer survival, published in The Lancet, found the UK fell into the bottom half of the league table, for many common types of the disease.In 2015, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance that lowered the threshold for referral, advising GPs to act on any suspicion of cancer, as well as on symptoms that are seen as “red flags”.Dr Moffat said the latest research showed the importance of this.“Even if a patient’s symptoms are not ticking all the boxes, if a GP has got an instinct that something is going on they should be able to refer urgently. If they choose to refer routinely instead, the patient will likely have a longer time to diagnosis, and if it is cancer, for some patients this could make a difference to their chances of a good outcome,” she said. One in four patients faced a delay of more than three months. Overall, cases that had been classed as “routine” were four times as likely to face a long wait as those given an urgent referral, researchers found. Lung cancer patients had an average wait of 69 days, which was twice as long as the cases that were spotted and given an urgent referral. One in four waited more than four months after first seeing a doctor, the study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, found.Dr Jodie Moffat, Cancer Research head of early diagnosis, said it was “worrying” to see the high number of patients not diagnosed until they ended up in hospital as an emergency.The study found 35 per cent of lung cancer patients and 24 per cent of bowel cancer patients only received their diagnosis after being rushed to hospital, when symptoms were severe.Dr Moffat said: “Clearly there are patients here for whom a quicker timescale would have meant a different outcome, in terms of survival. We need a system that works for all patients.“One of the things this shows is quite a few cases which came through as an emergency presentation, which is worrying. For some of these patients, it is the difference between life and death.” BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen has talked about his diagnosis with bowel cancer Credit:ii Schroer The charity found that among 20 types of cancer, one in four patients diagnosed after not being given an urgent referral could expect to wait at least 80 days for diagnosis.Dr Moffat said that GPs sometimes avoided making referrals because they were aware of heavy pressure on services. She raised concerns that NHS pledges to ensure speedier diagnosis for those with suspected cancer could drive even longer times for those who are referred for routine tests. From March next year, patients urgently referred with suspected cancer, or as a result of screening, should receive a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days.NHS England said: “This report is right about the benefits of early diagnosis, but it describes the position in 2015, not the situation today. In the four years since this report’s now outdated figures, there has been a huge increase in urgent cancer referrals, with two million cancer checks last year – the highest number on record, and more than double those undertaken in 2010.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Attorney Kumar Doraisami [centre] with Commissioner Rosemary Benjamin-Noble [left] and Secretary Amanda Jaisingh.The newly reconstituted Integrity Commission says it will be putting forward recommendations to have sections of the Act amended to eliminate corruption within society.Since its installation in February of this year, the Commission which is chaired by former Land Court judge, Kumar Doraisami has received some 248 Declarations from public officials, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Doraisami said the vision of the Commission is to improve public confidence in the integrity of persons holding public office.“The objective is to secure the integrity of those persons through their compliance with the provisions of the Integrity Commission Act. The relevant persons will be required to fill out their declaration forms to the period specified in the Act. The Commission will receive and examine the Declarations and retain them in confidence,” he told the media at a press conference.Addressing the Act and the proposed amendments, Doraisami said in the first schedule, only the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police are required to declare their assets and liabilities.“We find that only putting the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner as people who will have to declare [to be narrow], we will actually recommend that we go further down into the police force, looking at the Traffic Chief, the Divisional Commander, because sometimes the actions are really down the line,” Doraisami said.The same recommendation will be put forward for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Doraisami said the managers in the outlying areas should also be required to make declarations.“We have to have the schedule amended to see if we can cover a broad spectrum of the areas where the corruption is likely to occur,” he was quoted by DPI as saying.While the Commission was sworn in February this year, Doraisami said it was only recently that it was able to acquire its own office building at Church Road, Subryanville, Georgetown. He explained that the Commission has already set up its organizational chart and will start employing persons to carry out its mandate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother 163 officials fail to make declarations to Integrity CommissionMarch 10, 2019In “Crime”Integrity Commission could soon be functional following Opposition leader’s approval of nomineesFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news”Head of NPTAB, Prisons Director among officials red-flagged by Integrity CommissionMay 13, 2019In “latest news”
Stay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Newgrounds turned 21 last year. It’s old enough to drink. But for a generation of a certain type of nerdy kids, it was the website equivalent of the cool older sibling who first introduced them to drinking. The internet has changed a great deal since this portal for games and videos was in its prime. In many ways, internet culture has simply caught up to what Newgrounds was doing. As its impact continues to grow, it’s increasingly clear that Game of the Year is the least of the awards we can grant Newgrounds.Newgrounds occupies and is arguably the crown jewel of the late 90s/early 2000s, pre-YouTube internet space where it took some effort to find genuinely funny short videos online. I’m talking about websites like Albino Black Sheep and Ebaum’s World and previous Game of the Year winner Homestar Runner. Looking back on this time, it’s depressingly clear this was the origin of the 4chan/Reddit/message board school of anonymous nihilistic “alt-right” way of behaving online. But back then the juvenile naughtiness was just for fun and tucked away harmlessly in the corner, not ruining the entire world like Nazis.While other websites highlighted what were essentially uncensored America’s Funniest Home Videos, Newgrounds stood out with its art and gaming bent. Newgrounds was a haven for (Macromedia, later, Adobe) Flash, the then-dominant program for displaying videos on the internet. The Numa Numa Dance debuted on Newgrounds. But Flash could also be used for so much more and Newgrounds provided many examples with its seemingly endless library of user-submitted Flash games and animations.Game Grumps fans, the Awesome Series demonstrated how much more interesting and entertaining Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson is as an animator and voice actor than just a (very successful) YouTuber. Mouth Moods mastermind Neil Cicierega’s epic Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny song got an incredible Flash music video on the site. And because the site was free (and copyright laws on the internet at the time were non-existent) Newgrounds was overflowing with games and videos parodying other video games. Chris “Kirbopher” Niosi’s Nintendo parody anthologies were formative experiences for me.Newgrounds wasn’t the only Flash game website at the time, but the subversive, Not Safe for School tone of Newgrounds’ games made it a favorite among students savvy enough to find them. Where else could you snipe stick figures and watch blood erupt from their poorly drawn stumps? Where else could you find an unofficial Pokemon Tower Defense game next to the most earnest attempts to recreate anime smut?Humor reigned supreme on Newgrounds, but that didn’t mean serious, skillful work wasn’t happening on the site. The site’s slogan “Everything, By Everyone” encapsulates the site’s dedication to artistic collaboration. Newgrounds makes it easy for artists, writers, coders, musicians, and whoever else to find partners and make something for contests or just for the sake of making something. And sometimes those partners kept making things even outside of Newgrounds.Genuinely great video games that aren’t on Newgrounds only exists because of Newgrounds. Seven years after co-founding Newgrounds, Tom Fulp and his team created twitch shooter Alien Hominid for the site. They later became an actual video game developer, The Behemoth, to bring the game to consoles. Since then, The Behemoth has kept on making games like Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater, and the upcoming Pit People (a game featured at the recent Tribeca Games Festival).Meanwhile, one of the most difficult and acclaimed 2D platformers of the past decade, Super Meat Boy, began as a Newgrounds game just called Meat Boy. The game’s flat, Flash artwork and gross-out aesthetic are absolutely the Newgrounds style. He’s a boy without skin fighting a fetus in a jar! But that didn’t stop critics from appreciating the legitimately brilliant level design and pixel-perfect controls and physics. One of those developers, Edmund McMillen, then went on to make The Binding of Isaac, a similarly praised game also very much in the Newgrounds mold.People (mostly tech journalists) are quick to dance on Flash’s grave these days, and I get it. The program was inefficient and riddled with security risks. But it also bothers me because I don’t think those people realize how impressive and influential Flash was as an art form, not just a video player, and how one could be genuinely sad to see it go. Newgrounds epitomized that value of Flash.Throughout middle school I spent countless hours teaching myself to animate in Flash. I never really mastered it, mostly because I’m impatient and can’t draw. However, I was elated when after weeks of work my bad Super Smash Bros. Flash cartoon series actually found itself an audience and wasn’t downvoted into oblivion. Newgrounds is still around today with support for more modern engine standards like Unity and HTML5, but in my mind it will always be linked with Flash.Let go of your arbitrary definition of high and low art and you’ll recognize Newgrounds for what it is: a modern internet art movement. Fauvism for Flash. The Hudson River School for memes. It’s the best kind of Game of the Year, the kind that begat countless more Games of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!
Just announced! ⚡️⚡️⚡️@DwyaneWade has been named to his 13th #NBAAllStar team!Thanks to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade has been added as a special #NBAAllStar team roster addition. Congrats #FatherPrime! We’ll see you in Charlotte! pic.twitter.com/ZDUwXSDrRu— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 1, 2019“Thanks to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Wade has been added as a special #NBAAllStar team roster addition. Congrats #FatherPrime!” the team wrote.Also added alongside Wade was Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been added to the roster for the NBA All-Star game.The Miami Heat made the announcement in a tweet. “Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” Silver said in a press release. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”Nowitzki and Wade will be selected in a new third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, adding a 13th player to each active roster.The game will air on Feb. 17.This will be Wade’s 13th time playing in the All-Stars.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Other odd-but-believable results from the TickPick survey: Nearly one in four folk-music fans have cried during sex. Fans of electronic dance music are more likely to admit to sexual fetishes than fans of other genres. Heavy-metal fans are most likely to use contraceptives. More than 25 percent of country-music fans admitted to one-night stands. (Hey, if it weren’t for that last one, half of country-music songs might not be written.)TickPick doesn’t specify how many of the 1,010 people surveyed actually own AirPods, so we don’t really know how many people that 17 percent represents. Still, one “yes” answer is one “yes” too many. $144 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Turned On reading • Please stop leaving in Apple AirPods while having sex $159 Culture Mobile Accessories See It Apple Share your voice Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See it Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $144 Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Comments More on the intersection of sex and tech $144 See It See All • Meet the people hacking their bodies for better sex ‘Consent condoms’ need four hands to open box VR ‘sex helmet’ concept will haunt your nightmares Who are you people who are not only doing this, but admitting to it? Sarah Tew/CNET Are those AirPods in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? In yet another sign we’re living in the final days, some people are apparently leaving their Apple AirPod wireless headphones in their ears while they have sex. Yeah, you know who you are.Ticket marketplace TickPick surveyed 1,010 people who both enjoy listening to music and are sexually active to discover their preferences in both areas. Answers are self-reported, so it’s possible everyone was lying and no one has ever left their AirPods in while getting busy. But if you believe the numbers, 17 percent of AirPod owners who responded are rocking out with their, er, AirPods in.The survey didn’t ask necessary follow-up questions, such as: Why? Or are the AirPods actually transmitting music? And if so, are we talking Barry White here, or are the lovers in question just catching up on their This American Life podcast backlog? Apple AirPods 2019 See It Best Buy 10
Aligarh : Mohd Farman Niazi is a victim of mob lynching – only he has survived to tell his tale of woe. Niazi, a student of a madrasa in Bareilly, was travelling from Aligarh to Bareilly two days ago on a train when some youths entered the train at the Rajghat Narora station and seeing his skull cap, they started making casteist remarks and then began beating him. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “They kicked me and threw my skull cap out of the train. They tore my clothes and broke my spectacles. None of the passengers came to my rescue. The torture continued till I lost consciousness,” he said. When he regained consciousness, he found himself lying on the outskirts of a village in Khair area. With the help of his Aadhar card, the local people sent him by a bus to Aligarh and he is now back in his madrasa. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The youth, on Thursday, posted a video on social media in which he has related the entire sequence of events. He has also filed a complaint in Jawan police station. SP City Abhishek Kumar said that action will be taken on the FIR lodged by Niazi. Former President of Aligarh Muslim University Students Union (AMUSU), Faizul Hasan, said that the incident deserved to be condemned in the strongest terms.
A man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, April 26, 2017.Reuters fileIndian stock markets got a boost from domestic mutual funds (MFs), with fund managers investing Rs 9,918 crore in equities last month, more than double the amount in the preceding month.In March, MFs total net equity investments stood at Rs 4,191 crore, news agency PTI reported on Sunday, citing data released by capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).The April inflows into equities also marked a five-month, short of Rs 13,775 crore in November last year, the month of demonetization, while the full-year net purchases of equities by MFs was Rs 51,000 crore in 2016-17, PTI added.The 30-scrip index (BSE Sensex) reached record highs in April.In financial year 2016-17, net inflows into equity MFs was Rs 60,270 crore as against Rs 67,611 crore in the preceding year.The country’s top three fund houses are ICICI MF, HDFC MF and Reliance MF.India’s benchmark index BSE Sensex gained just 1 percent in April compared to 2 percent for Hong Kong (Hang Seng) and 3 percent for South Korea (Kospi). For the three-month period ended April, Sensex gained 6 percent while the one-year appreciation is 17 percent, according to IDBI Capital Markets & Securities.In April, select sectoral indices outperformed the BSE Sensex; Realty Index gained 20 percent and Capital Goods Index 8.6 percent.The month was an exception for foreign institutional investors (FIIs) who turned net sellers in Indian equities to the tune of about $200 million, though for the four-month period, their net equity investments in India were significant.”The equity markets saw inflows of $6.4 billion (for January-April 2017), double the $3.2 billion in the corresponding period last year. The debt market has seen inflows of $7.6 billion in 2017 so far, againt of $7.6 billion in 2016,” Teresa John, analyst at brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities, had told International Business Times, India edition a few days ago.India’s foreign exchange reserves hit a lifetime high of $372.73 billion as of April 28, 2017, after a net inflow of $1.59 billion, according to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data released on Friday. The rise comes on the back of $1.25 billion increase for the week ended April 21.The earlier all-time high was $371.99 billion reported for the week ended September 30, 2016.The BSE Sensex saw some bullish trend during the four-day week but ended with losses on Friday (May 5), to close at 29,859, down 267 points while the NSE Nifty ended 75 points lower at 9,285. A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, November 15, 2016 (representational image).Reuters file
It’s well-known that exceptionally gifted people are often a little unusual. Our pop culture is full of such individuals, and historically Van Gogh, Picasso, and Nikolai Tesla are all prime examples of people who were utterly brilliant, but also saw the world in a very different light than the rest of us. Another example of this phenomenon is Jack Parsons. Born in 1914, Parsons helped to not just put space exploration on the map, he was one of the gifted scientists who helped create it.Parsons was one of the co-founders of Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), and made enormous contributions to the field of rocket development.John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons at the JPL test site in the Arroyo Seco, Pasadena.One area he was best known for was his work in solid fuel propellant, according to Space Safety Magazine. His technology became the basis for the solid engines in the space shuttles and the Minuteman missiles.He was one of the founders of Aerojet Corporation. In other words, when we make references to someone being like a rocket scientist, Jack Parsons is the kind of person who sets the standard for the comparison.Parsons in 1938, holding the replica car bomb used in the murder trial of police officer Captain Earl Kynette.Why, then, have we never heard of him? Given the opening paragraph of this article, it should come as no surprise that Parsons, in addition to his brilliance, was also a very strange and disturbed man.Parsons was, undeniably, a searcher, and not just in his professional life. By the time he was in his mid-twenties, Parsons had developed an intense interest in spirituality and magick, and began attending nightly meetings of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), the sex-and-drug-fueled occult society created by Aleister Crowley, according to Motherboard.GALCIT Group members in the Arroyo Seco, November 1936. Left foreground to right: Rudolph Schott, Amo Smith, Frank Malina, Ed Forman, and Jack Parsons.At the OTO he watched bizarre rituals related to sex magick as conceived by Crowley, where participants took part in a warped version of the Catholic mass, with invocations, swords, and a version of the Eucharist that included the consumption of wine and cakes that were made with menstrual blood.Parsons was captivated by the idea that sex and spirituality could be combined to raise the level of the practitioner’s consciousness. He was heard chanting poetry written by Crowley while he was preparing to ignite rockets at work.As his career was progressed, so did his involvement with OTO. He eventually became the leader of the Los Angeles group and communicated regularly with Crowley.Aleister Crowley (pictured in 1912), founder of Thelema, was Parsons’ spiritual mentor.His work with the JPL and his role as one of the founders of Aerojet were earning him big bucks, and he took some those dollars and used them to buy a mansion in Pasadena’s “Millionaire’s Row.” The mansion was dubbed the Parsonage, and became the new home of the LA branch of OTO, as well as attracting fringe scientists and science authors to join the mix.His behavior at work was erratic and he often treated it like his own personal playground. He fought duels with a friend on the testing range, and he seduced secretaries, bringing them back to his mansion.Grady McMurtry was recruited into the O.T.O. by Parsons.He once blew up a batch of rocket fuel because he didn’t like it, creating a huge explosion and causing tremendous amounts of damage. The field of rocketry was being taken more and more seriously, though, and his shenanigans didn’t play well with his colleagues. The FBI was even called in to investigate him as a possible security risk.In 1943 he was offered $20,000 for his shares in Aerojet, which he decided to take as he was noticing the increasing bad feelings from his colleagues. Parsons used the money to pay for the other major part of his life — his hedonistic spiritual explorations at the Parsonage.GALCIT Project Number 1 during the JATO experiments. From left to right: Fred S. Miller, Jack Parsons, Ed Forman, Frank Malina, Captain Homer Boushey, Private Kobe (first initial unknown), and Corporal R. Hamilton.He met L. Ron Hubbard, and, finding him to be a kindred soul and his magickal equal, invited him to the Parsonage, where he was made an OTO initiate. The two men then embarked on a lengthy series of ritual workings that were meant to raise the red goddess, Babalon.L. Ron Hubbard in Los Angeles, California.Their collaboration ended when, after Parsons had spent most of the money he got for his shares in Aerojet, Hubbard proposed a scheme to raise more cash with a capital investment from Parsons. Parsons handed over the money in perfect trust, and Hubbard skipped town with the money — and with Parsons’ wife in the bargain.In his professional life, Parsons never regained his former stature or income. He struggled with money and worked various small jobs that underutilized his undeniable talents, including creating pyrotechnic effects for Hollywood.Solid-fuel JATO unit manufactured by Aerojet, at the National Air and Space Museum.His strange life ended in 1950 when he was only 37 years old. He was mixing chemicals in his workshop when they exploded. He survived for a time, but in the end his injuries took his life. There are those who thought that his death may have been an assassination or a magickal experiment gone wrong, although it’s far more likely he simply made a mistake.Read another story from us: The Bizarre Obsessive Compulsive Rituals and Habits of Nikola TeslaEither way, his name was purged from most of the technical documents for the various projects he was involved with, or at least rendered into a footnote, and the man who was as mad as he was brilliant largely faded from history.
Flaw in Android Full Disk Encryption discovered by Martin Brinkmann on July 01, 2016 in Google Android – Last Update: July 01, 2016 – 6 commentsA security researcher discovered a flaw in how Android devices handle full disk encryption which makes it easier for attackers to gain access to the data.Google started to implement Full Disk Encryption on Android starting with version 5.0. The idea behind the security feature is to protect data on the device from unauthorized access.The recent Apple versus the FBI case has shown that full disk encryption can protect data even from powerful organizations. While the FBI managed to gain access to the data eventually, it had to resort to hacking the device instead of beating its full disk encryption implementation.Android’s disk encryption in a nutshell is derived from the user’s authentication code and a hardware derived key. The disk is decrypted when Android users enter their password.All of this happens in the background and invisible to the user. Google implemented additional means to improve the security of the data. It introduced delays between password attempts to make brute forcing less useful, and there is even an option to wipe the data after failed decryption attempts.A security researcher analyzed Android’s full disk encryption implementation recently and came to the conclusion that it is not as secure as it should be.Flaw in Android Full Disk EncryptionYou find all the technical bits of the analysis on this blog, and it is a good read if you are interested in security. The information is highly technical on the other hand and most Android users are probably only interested in what this means for them.Basically, what it means is that in worst case, Android’s disk encryption hinges on the user’s account password only. The researcher managed to gain code execution privileges within the TrustZone kernel by exploiting two security vulnerabilities discovered in 2014. Qualcomm did create patches for these vulnerabilities.While you may have thought that this is the case anyway, it is not. Android uses the password to create a strong 2048-but RSA key derived from it instead.Another takeaway from the analysis is that Qualcomm or OEMs can comply with law enforcement to break the full disk encryption.Since the key is available to TrustZone, Qualcomm and OEMs could simply create and sign a TrustZone image which extracts the KeyMaster keys and flash it to the target device. This would allow law enforcement to easily brute-force the FDE password off the device using the leaked keys.Again, recreating the attack requires executing code within the TrustZone kernel which means that creating a modified TrustZone kernel image is not sufficient.Ultimately, it means that hackers can break Android’s full disk encryption when Qualcomm chips are used, and OEMs or Qualcomm may be coerced to do the same.The researcher has created a proof of concept script which is available on GitHub, and a brute force script to brute force Android’s full disk encryption off the device.There is little that users can do about it. Without doubt the best defense is to use a very secure password for the device.SummaryArticle NameFlaw in Android Full Disk Encryption discoveredDescriptionA security researcher discovered a flaw in how Android devices handle full disk encryption which makes it easier for attackers to gain access to the data.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement