MEP says PC system harmful

He said that the government is, at present, carrying out development work around the country without using the provincial council system. Gunawardena said that land and police powers should not be in the hands of the provinces as that could pose a threat to national security. The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) says the 13th Amendment to the constitution has brought more harm than good to the country.MEP leader and government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that through the 13th Amendment an attempt was made to use the Provincial Council system to merge the North and East. The Minister also noted that the debate of the 13th Amendment has created a situation which should be addressed soon. (Colombo Gazette)

UN labour conference adopts measures to tackle globalizations challenges

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today concluded its annual conference, during which delegates adopted a series of measures designed to promote a more rigorous approach to tackling the challenges of globalization.The 90th International Labour Conference also agreed to create an “anchor” for personal security through poverty reduction, job creation and improved workplace health and safety.This year’s session of the tri-partite body, which is made up of government, worker and employer representatives from the Organization’s 175 member States, was marked by what ILO Director-General Juan Somavia called an “exceptionally rich” discussion surrounding globalization, child labour and other issues and saw a “broad and steadily deepening consensus over the goal of decent work for all.””Until we see a globalization that prioritizes the creation of employment and the reduction of poverty, the whole concept is going to remain dogged by controversy,” Mr. Somavia said. “Decent work for all…is the surest route out of poverty and an anchor for family security essential to peaceful communities. We need to do more and do it better.” The Conference also debated the situation in the occupied Arab territories and heard pledges in support of enhancing ILO efforts to create jobs in the area and promote dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. Mr. Somavia said the ILO would allocate resources immediately with a view to establishing a Palestinian Fund for Employment and Social Protection. On 12 June, the ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour, which saw events in countries around the world aimed at reinforcing the global movement to abolish child labour. read more

Cyber security program being offered after Ransomware issues

Information Technology Services will offer a cyber security awareness program for faculty, staff and students this fall.The program will inform the Brock community about the risks of being connected and teach safe practices to keep all of our systems and data as safe as possible after a nasty threat that resurfaced across the Internet this past week called Ransomware.Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on an infected computer, including shared drives, and demands payment to decrypt them. There is no known way to decrypt these files once they are encrypted except to make the payment, which Brock University is strongly against.This type of infection is very disruptive and in some cases results in loss of data if backups are not being performed on a daily basis by the end user.??Ransomware is typically spread through email attachments, but can also be spread by visiting a malicious or hacked website that will try to exploit outdated browser plugins.The best way to avoid infection is to not open any attachments in emails from?unknown sources. Also avoid attachments from known sources that seem suspicious?and be careful of the websites visited.Keeping your systems up to date with security patches and staying current with your antivirus/malware protection software will also help protect your systems and data.If you suspect that your computer has been infected please turn the? computer off immediately and call the ITS Help Desk at ext. 4357.Recovering from a Ransomware infection depends on how quickly the infection is detected, how promptly the computer is powered off and whether a backup of your data is being done on a regular schedule.For more information on backing up your data please contact the ITS Help Desk.Information the Brock University cyber security awareness program will be posted as it becomes available. read more