World’s first EleFriendly bus launches in Wasgamuwa The first EleFriendly bus in the world was launched on the 23rd of May, in a village in the Wasgamuwa National Park. The launch was held in the Pussellayaya Temple within the Wasgamuwa National Park, located in the middle of Sri Lanka. This bus will help reduce human-elephant conflict by allowing the villagers to safely cross the ancient elephant corridor ...

Iceland does not want foreign investors A law passed on May 22 by Iceland's parliament is offering the foreign holders of about $2.3 billion worth of krona-denominated bonds a choice of either selling out in June at a below-market exchange rate, or have the money they receive upon maturity be impounded indefinitely in low interest bank accounts. In other words, Iceland is trying to kick out ...

Photo by Louis Cahill In January last year, I visited Mullaitivu. Since it was after dusk, I decided to find lodging just for one night. During the day, I had the opportunity of listening to the horror stories of local Tamils who were caught in the final onslaught on Mullivaikkal and the alleged massacre of civilians in the government’s bid ...

What The Vehicle Tax Increase Means For Us (Other Than The Obvious) If you were contemplating purchasing a vehicle in the near future, or are in the process of buying one, hold that thought. While you were dreaming of driving down the road in your sporty new Mazda Axela, the government introduced a Transected Value or Unit Rate Tax through an Extraordinary Gazette Notification last night. Was that too technical? Let us ...

Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed’s outburst is not acceptable by any standards. As the senior most political office holder in the province, he has a much bigger responsibility to ensure that law, order and justice prevails. If he was insulted, the stage was not the forum to address it. He was a bad example to the children around him.  Yet, haven’t ...

Reading a custom log file from OSSIM Let write OSSIM plugin read hello log (which is my custom log file for this post). For this post I will call my plugin as ‘hello’ and it read log file called ‘hello. log’. Creating the plugin configuration file – hello.cfg CFG file contains fields called 'DEFAULT', 'config', translation and rules Plugins can be found in below location. we have ...

Featured image courtesy Afriel Youth Network “Knowledge is power vs. power is knowledge” Politics has played a significant role in the Sri Lankan conflict which some consider to be an “ethnic” conflict, some as a “civil” war while others as a “state versus terrorist” war. Moving aside from the semantics and syntax, the conflict itself caused significant pain and ...

The much awaited Netball Junior National Championship is scheduled to be held on the 4th and 5th of June at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. The tournament, which was postponed a number of times, was scheduled to be played on the 28th and 29th of May, however owing to the prevailing inclement weather, was pushed back to early June. The ...

Everything You Need To Know About The Increase In VAT On May 2, Sri Lanka raised its headline rate of value-added tax (VAT) from 11% to 15% to shore up the nation’s finances in an attempt to reduce government deficit, which has been hit by increased levels of borrowing, falling oil prices, and international economic turmoil. Based on the stats in 2015, the Government owed Rs. 9.5 trillion ($65.6 billion) ...

Excerpts from a comment by Kieth on Income InequalityFeudalism – exploit the masses through land ownershipCapitalism – exploit the masses through wealth (Capital)Today this is done through the parasitic, rentier trickle up of Capitalism:a) Those with excess capital invest it and collect interest and rent.b) Those with insufficient capital borrow money and pay interest and rent.All this was much easier ...

Panama Papers: Most listed are Politicians The most listed occupation in Panama Papers is Politician. One thing is very clear, as officials are hypocritically denouncing the strategies they practice themselves.I dont agree with much of the referencing article, but link given belowhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-22/guess-what-occupation-most-frequently-cited-panama-papers

I went to the place on May 18th around 10am, where we had the commemoration last year thinking that security would be eased and space given for people to commemorate the tragedy of May 18th. To my surprise there was no arrangement done and just a few who had braved the harassment were trying to fill in the low ground ...

Field Notes: An Event Apart Boston 2016 Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, designers Kjell Reigstad and Mel Choyce and code wrangler Kelly Dwan attended An Event Apart in Boston, Massachusetts. An Event Apart is a tech industry conference built by, and ...

May 18: We Have a Lot to Mourn Vaaharai community marks May 18, 2016 (source: Tamil Guardian) I am astounded; the government has called off this year’s ‘Victory Parade’ and no one is really talking about it. Why are we not talking about it? Why isn’t everyone talking about it? Why aren’t we all so very glad? In an interview with the Sunday Observer, our present Defense Minister ...

Featured image courtesy Washington Post Two things trouble and pain me. The Mullivaikkal “remembrance” on 18 May, of the dead and missing people due to war, whose families are still agitating to know the “truth” and want justice and now in the South, reports coming in on the same day of the displaced, the dead and the 03 buried villages ...

OSSIM components This post explain the steps to enable both OSSEC and SSH plugins in OSSIM. First we enable the plugins. 1. Update the ossim configuration variables at /etc/ossim/ossim_setup.conf Add ossec and ssh into the ‘detectors’ 2. As config is updated and now we run ossim-reconfig by ossim-reconfig -c -v –d 2.1 In SSH and OSSEC plugin config can be found in ...

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