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Officials probe Baltimore cyberattack, claim of leaked files

BALTIMORE — The city of Baltimore and federal authorities are investigating whether documents posted online are connected to a ransomware attack that has hobbled the city’s computer network.A mayor’s office spokesman, Lester Davis, tells The Baltimore Sun that there’s currently no evidence personal data has been was breached in the May attack.However, a Twitter account claimed to be run by the attackers posted city material and faxes, including a detailed assessment of a woman’s medical history. And before Twitter suspended the account on Monday, someone used it to direct message the Sun, threatening to post more financial documents and personal information on the “darknet.”City officials have refused a demand to pay the equivalent of $76,000 in bitcoin in response to the attack, which used a ransomware variant called RobbinHood.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comThe Associated Press read more

Darfur peace process entering crucial phase UN official tells Security Council

20 April 2011The peace process to resolve the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan region has entered a crucial phase with parties to the dispute considering texts of key elements that would form the basis of a draft comprehensive agreement, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today. The peace process to resolve the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan region has entered a crucial phase with parties to the dispute considering texts of key elements that would form the basis of a draft comprehensive agreement, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.Briefing the Council, Atul Khare, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said that the Qatari mediators also intended to present a draft comprehensive peace agreement by 27 April to the three parties fully engaged in the Doha peace process – the Sudanese Government, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).The parties are now considering texts of the main elements of the agreement ¬– wealth and power sharing, return and compensation of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), justice and reconciliation, human rights and fundamental freedoms and security arrangements, Mr. Khare told the Council.Mediators have also indicated that a “stakeholders conference” bringing together representatives from the various interested parties in Darfur will be held in Doha from 18 to 23 May. The conference is intended to drum up consensus on the provisions of the envisaged comprehensive peace agreement.On the planned Darfur-based political process (DPP) envisaged as a way to strengthening the popular support for the outcome of the Doha peace process, Mr. Khare stressed that it “must take place in an environment that will guarantee its credibility” through ensuring unhindered participation by all.“The intention of the Government to lift emergency law will go along way toward fulfilling these conditions,” said Mr. Khare.He voiced concern over the continuing refusal by two key Darfurian rebel leaders – Minni Minawi and Abdul Wahid al-Nur – to participate in the Darfur peace process.“The full support of the international community continues to be required to reconcile Minni Minawi and Abdul Wahid with the negotiation process,” Mr. Khare told the Council.Turning to the situation inside Darfur, Mr. Khare told the Council that the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) had received reports of a build-up of Sudanese Government forces in the north-western areas of North Darfur.The Government informed UNAMID that the increased troop movement was a precautionary measure prompted by the current instability in Libya, Sudan’s neighbour to the northwest, and concerns over the proliferation of arms and rebel activity.Mr. Khare also told the Council that three crew members of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) remain in captivity 98 days since they were abducted in the Um Shalaya area of West Darfur on 13 January. “The United Nations continues to work with the Government to secure their release,” he said.He pointed out that there was a decrease in hostilities in Darfur last month, but voiced concern over tensions in North and South Darfur. UNAMID access to the Jebel Marra area has also increased with four patrols and humanitarian assessment missions reaching the area in March. read more

Samoa becomes UN labour agencys 178th member

The small South Pacific country of Samoa has become the 178th Member State of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.The accession follows receipt at ILO headquarters in Geneva of a letter from Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi stating his nation’s formal acceptance of the obligations of the agency’s constitution.The ILO, founded in 1919, is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being. It became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946 and formulates international standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights.These include freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues.It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation, employment policy, labour administration, labour law and industrial relations, working conditions, management development, cooperatives, social security, labour statistics, and occupational safety and health. read more

Boys left to fail at school because attempts to help them earn

Boys are also more likely to be expelled from school than girls, according to the Department for Education’s most recent figures, with the permanent exclusion rate for boys over three times higher than that for girls.In the past five years, more than twice as many male university students committed suicide than their female peers, despite there being fewer male students. 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. Ms Curnock Cook said that the debate about gender equality tends to be dominated by issues such as the gender pay gap and the glass ceiling.   Britain’s education system is failing to tackle the “astonishing” underperformance of boys as feminists have made the topic “taboo”, the former head of the university admissions service has warned.Mary Curnock Cook, who was chief executive of Ucas until last year, said the fact that boys are falling behind in education is a national scandal – yet it is such an “unfashionable” topic to discuss that it has become “normalised”.Girls outperform boys in all aspects of education, from primary school to GCSEs and A-level results. Last year, 57 per cent of women went to university compared to 43 per cent of men, a gap that has widened significantly over the last decade.“I just find it unacceptable to think that it’s OK to let boys fall further and further behind in education and allow the gap to get bigger,” Ms Curnock Cook said.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Boys underachieving in education is becoming pretty normalised – everyone knows it yet no one is doing anything about it.” She said that other disparities in education – such as the gulf between rich and poor children – are narrowing, but the gap between boys and girls is getting wider. “In about ten years’ time the gap between boys and girls will be worse than rich and poor. That is astonishing really.” Ms Curnock Cook will speak at a conference on Monday convened by the Men and Boys Coalition, a group of over 80 organisations, charities and academics.The coalition will publish a series of recommendations to tackle the issues faced by men and boys, such as designing extra teaching resources for use in schools, designed specifically for boys.Another proposal is to launch a nationwide “Take Your Son to University Day” campaign, modelled on the “Take Your Daughter To Work Day” that was launched in the early 1990s as a way to inform girls about career options.Dan Bell, founder of the Men and Boys Coalition, said he hopes the conference will encourage greater dialogue about these issues. “People do feel quite cautious about men and boys because it is seen as speaking up on behalf of a privileged class,” he said. Mary Curnock Cook was chief executive of Ucas until last year “But those are work issues, not education issues,” she said. “Quite often initiatives to support men do meet derision from feminists.”  When attempts are made to address men’s issues, they are ridiculed and are met with the “wrath” of feminist and gender equality groups, she said.  Last month the only university in the UK with a men’s officer scrapped the role after the candidate withdrew due to “harassment”.James Knight was the only candidate to put his name forward to be men’s officer at the University of the West of England, and said he wanted to highlight male mental health issues.However, the National Union of Students officers began a campaign against the role, and he pulled out after claiming he was harassed. The university said the post was suspended pending review.Ms Curnock Cook praised the new higher education regulator for starting to highlight the underrepresentation of white working class boys at university, by listing them as a target group for outreach activities.“But it’s too late to say ‘you have to admit more poor white boys to university’. The reason why their particular admission rate is lower is because they have fallen behind in education. It starts in the early years and gets worse over time,” she said. “When rigid gender roles were more enforced, the traditional masculine stereotype was that you just get on with it.  Now we have moved to more awareness of gender issues – but it is mainly problems caused by men rather than the problems they have.” Mary Curnock Cook was chief executive of Ucas until last year read more

Luka Cindric is MVP of SEHA Gazprom League Final4 2018

Luka Cindricseha gazprom league ← Previous Story ALL SEHA Gazprom League finals Next Story → Four teams, one dream – Draw for Women’s EHF CL Final4 on Tuesday in Budapest RK Vardar Skopje playmaker Luka Cindric is the MVP of the SEHA Gazprom League Final4.Here are the SEHA Gazprom League “All Star” team of the Final4 event in Skopje.Goalkeeper: Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar Skopje)Left wing: Timur Dibirov (RK Vardar Skopje)Left back: Domagoj Pavlovic (RK PPD Zagreb)Playmaker: Luka Cindric (RK Vardar Skopje)Right back: Ziga Mlakar (RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko)Right wing: Zlatko Horvat (RK PPD Zagreb)Line-player: Viacheslav Shumak (Meshkov Brest)Best defensive: Ilija Abutovic (RK Vardar Skopje)MVP: Luka Cindrić (RK Vardar Skopje) read more

Racial profiling has a discriminatory effect and should be prohibited report

first_imgA NEW REPORT on racism and intolerance has expressed disappointment at continued racial profiling.The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) have said that the continued requirement that non-Irish nationals produce identity documents “had a discriminatory effect on the basis of individuals’ colour.”This was despite a High Court ruling in 2011 which said that legislation to enforce this was unconstitutional.The report believed that the closure of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) in 2008 had made this issue worse.Concerned for the loss of the “bridge between authorities and the civil society”, the ECRI believed that its “unique reporting system about racist incidents were lost”.The latest monitoring report also said that Ireland’s travelling community continued to “face significant challenges” where adequate accommodation was concerned, including inadequate space for their caravans and mobile homes.Those attending school in Ireland, and for whom English is not their first language, are prime candidates for English language assistance.Despite this, funding to the Integrate Ireland Language and Training centres had been withdrawn.Progress since 2007Today’s report, the fourth in a series and the first since 2007, noted that progress continued to be made by the Equality Tribunal.It also said that the setting up of the Office of the Press Ombudsman and the Press Council had helped to prevent the publication of materials “intended or likely to to cause grave offence or stir up hatred”.Workers rights had also been given greater monitoring and enforcement with the 2007 establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA).RecommendationsThe report urged authorities to monitor how immigrants are treated, especially in respect of the Immigration Acts of 2003 and 2004, and that consideration should be given to prohibiting, through legislation, any form of racial profiling.In also recommended that an independent authority, which would operate separate of Ireland’s courts, should be created to deal with cases of discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Further action was also required in order to ensure that housing met the needs of travellers, while educational systems should be improved in order to ensure that all children of “immigrant origin” had access to education, including higher education.Read in-full: ECRI report on Ireland >Read: New primary school anti-racism initiative launched >last_img read more

Dublin work syndicate speechless as they claim €885 million EuroMillions jackpot

first_imgDublin work syndicate ‘speechless’ as they claim €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot The members of the syndicate plan to return to normal life “as soon as possible”. Image: Shutterstock/Romolo Tavani Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 10th 2017, 9:23 AM 66,480 Views 48 Comments Short URL Share584 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/Romolo Tavani A WORK SYNDICATE from Dublin have collected their cheque for a whopping €88,587,275 after buying the winning ticket for the EuroMillions lottery on Tuesday 24 January.The winning ticket was bought at the Applegreen Motorway Services station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin.A spokesperson for the syndicate, which has an unspecified number of members, said they would be having a “quiet party with family and friends”.We will not be getting carried away with our win and we will return to normal everyday life as soon as possible.News spread quickly around the syndicate after it was announced that the winning ticket had been bought in Ireland.They checked the numbers online and were hit with a message that they had to contact the National Lottery.“When I checked the numbers, I was speechless,” the spokesperson said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was such an incredible feeling”.As for what they’ll do what the money, sun holidays are on the agenda but the syndicate are looking forward to the financial freedom that comes when the pressure to pay bills, mortgages and loans lifts.A statement from National Lottery said that this was the third EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland in the last 12 months.The other lucky tickets were sold in Easons, Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow on 29 January 2016, and in O’Hanlon’s, Canal House, Portarlington in Laois on 1 July 2016.Read: Applegreen where winning Euromillions ticket was sold runs out of cheap petrolRead: Someone in Ireland has won €88 million in the Euromillions tonight Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:23 AM By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Patrimoine mondial de lUnesco  42 nouveaux sites candidats

first_imgPatrimoine mondial de l’Unesco : 42 nouveaux sites candidatsL’organisation des Nations unies a annoncé hier l’inscription de quarante-deux sites à la liste de candidature pour le patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. La session annuelle qui se tiendra fin juin devrait statuer sur les aspirants méritant d’être distingués pour leur “valeur universelle exceptionnelle”.Du 19 au 29 juin se tiendra à Paris le comité annuel au cours duquel seront choisis les sites qui rejoindront la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Au total, quarante-deux sites sont candidats.Depuis la création de la Convention de l’Unesco de 1972 sur la protection du patrimoine mondial, 911 sites ont été distingués pour leur “valeur universelle exceptionnelle” répartis dans dans 151 pays. Parmi eux, 704 appartiennent au domaine culturel, 180 au domaine naturel et 27 mixtes. La distinction qui sera donnée aux sites candidats représente un fort enjeu économique. En effet, l’inscription d’un site sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco permet d’augmenter la fréquentation touristique et de bénéficier d’aides pour financer leur entretien. Toutefois cette reconnaissance implique également des contraintes en terme de protection qui doivent être rigoureusement respectée sous peine de pénalités allant jusqu’à retirer le site de la prestigieuse liste.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Sur les 42 sites candidats, 10 sont proposés comme des biens naturels, 29 comme des biens culturels et 3 mixtes. Six pays n’ayant pas encore été distingués ont déposé une candidature à l’inscription d’un bien, à savoir la Barbade, le Congo, les Emirats Arabes Unis, la Jamaïque, la Micronésie et les Palaos.  Découvrez quelques uns de ces sites candidats en images en cliquant ci-dessous : 6 mai 2011 à 13:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SF Transit Hacker Makes Bold Threats Gets Hacked in Return

first_img Last week a hacker broke into the payment systems for San Francisco’s MUNI system, and now that same attacker, known by the alias Cryptom, is holding personal data on employees and customers if he doesn’t get a ransom.In a ransom note obtained by The Verge, he said,”I hope the company tries to fix it correctly and we can advise them… But if they don’t, we will publish 30G databases and documents include [sic] contracts, employees data, LLD Plans, customers.”It’s common practice for hackers, particularly those employed by companies and governments, to press and probe the security of different digital systems. Others are freelancers and will find vulnerabilities in exchange for huge sums of money — sometimes in the millions of dollars for something ubiquitous like an iPhone. So it comes as no surprise that this attacker is trying to get some cash from the high-profile attack.According to the cyber security news site, CSO, the hacker is demanding 100 Bitcoins (approximately $73,000), but no transfers to his Bitcoin accounts have yet been made.MUNI has confirmed that the attack was real, but didn’t believe that any information on the customers’ personal information. As of Monday, the faregates were back to working normally, though the attack is still being investigated.In the meantime, an anonymous hacker broke into Cryptom’s email. The vigilante then leaked the contents of the account to security reporter Brian Krebs. Krebs said a review of the information he found showed that Cryptom wasn’t a first-timer. He’s been linked to attacks on several different businesses across the world. Typically, he’ll scan for vulnerabilities, breach a system, and then threaten to either permanently delete any data obtained, or raise the ransom each day he isn’t paid. While the nationality of the attacker isn’t known yet, Krebs suspects that Cryptom is Iranian.The full text of the message Cryptom sent to MUNI appears below:San Francisco People ride for free two days ! welcome!But if ugly hacker’s attack to Operational Railways System’s, whats’ happen to You?Anyone See Something like that in Hollywood Movies But it’s Completely Possible in Real World!It’s Show to You and Proof of Concept; Company don’t pay Attention to Your Safety!They give Your Money and everyday Rich more! But they don’t Pay for IT Security and using very old system’s!We Hacked 2000 server/pc in SFMTA including all payment kiosk and internal Automation and Email and …!We Gain Access Completely Random and Our Virus Working Automatically! We Don’t Have Targeted Attack to them! It’s wonderful!If some Hacker Try to Hack Your Transportation Infrastructure Target-Based, it’s Have More Impact!We Don’t live in USA, but I hope Company Try to Fix it Correctly and We Can Advise Them But if they Don’t, We Will Publish 30G Databases and Documents include contracts, employees data, LLD Plans, customers and … to Have More Impact to Company To Force Them to do Right Job! Stay on target Get This Ethical Hacking Training Bundle for 90 Percent OffAnonymous Online Shopping Don’t Come Easy—Or Cheap last_img read more

Hidden Figures Is Great but Playing This Game Makes It Even Better

first_imgStay on target I went to see Hidden Figures this past weekend, and while it was a solid film and a great touchstone for Women of Color, but the film often undersold how talented these women really were. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) was one of the brightest minds around, graduating from high school at 14 and college at 18. She was instrumental in many of NASA’s early missions, including the launch of Apollo 11 and the safe return of Apollo 13. Her talent for math and calculations was so exceptional that John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, personally asked that Johnson re-check calculations from NASA’s new IBM computers.That sounds impressive, for sure, but it’s hard to get across just extraordinary those feats are. First, so much has to be right on launch, that even after 50 years the average failure rate for rockets stands at just under 6%. Given that each of these machines costs tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, that’s a hefty sum to put on the line (also: if you ever wondered why we don’t gather up all the nuclear waste on Earth and launch it into the Sun, that’s why). And to ensure that these runs go well, there’s an astonishing amount of math and some truly mind-boggling numbers at play.Hidden Figures hints at that, with a Scotty-esque quip about halfway through the film that space travel is like firing a shotgun and hoping one of the pellets hits a pinhead from a football field away. And that’s actually not too far off. But the human mind really isn’t equipped to understand how truly ridiculous that scale is. Chances are good that you can’t genuinely grasp how small a person is compared to the Earth, much less what that means in the vast void of space. There is a game that I think Johnson and her colleagues would be fans of, though: Kerbal Space Program.It’s a couple of years old at this point, but essentially, KSP is a mostly accurate simulation of the physics and engineering behinds rockets, and it’s a love letter to human space travel. I won’t sugar coat it; this game is brutally hard. And to have even the tiniest hope of success, you’ll need a crash course in actual rocket science. You’ll learn about RCS thrusters, perihelia, specific impulse and countless other stats and figures that you’ll need to keep in mind if you want to get to space.If you’re up for the challenge, you can work the numbers just like Katherine Johnson, too. When you’re designing and building out your rocket, you’ll have access to all the data you need — how much each piece weighs, how much thrust it can put it out, etc. With that info, you can cobble together your own rocket and, with some planning and luck, put the bird into orbit. Once you’ve mastered that, you can try manned missions, successful recovery of astronauts, and space station construction. But each step is exponentially harder than the one before, and you’ll have to keep track of an enormous amount of data and get comfortable with Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation.If I took one thing from my time with KSP, it’s how exceptional the world’s space programs really were — and still are. Even today, with monstrous supercomputers and teeming throngs of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians on hand, space flight borders on the miraculous. Once you grasp that, and really internalize it, it only breeds more respect for the pioneers: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and the dozens of women they each worked with. Best All-American Movies to Stream Over Fourth of JulyThe Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of This Year’s Oscar Nominations last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Treat Mom This Mothers Day With A Trip From

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This year, why not celebrate your mom and/or grandmother with a fun day (or two) together? Consider a trip with the Wilmington Recreation Department as we will take care of all the details so you can enjoy your day!For the adventurous mom! How about spending a day in the Big Apple? We’re headed to NYC on Saturday, May 5. Plan to see a show, tour the 9/11 museum, visit the Statue of Liberty, or just take in all the sights of the city at your leisure. The time is yours to explore at your own pace. Cost is $65.For the game-loving mom! On Thursday, May 17 we’re off to Wright’s Farm Restaurant for our ‘Bingo Bonanza’ trip. This exciting day trip includes an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner and some Bingo action complete with prizes in the form of gift cards. Not only will you have a great afternoon complete with a delicious meal, you may even win something to take home with you! Cost is $62.For the musical mom! On Thursday, June 7, join us for a day trip to the acclaimed Venus de Milo Restaurant for a performance of “The King Returns”, an Elvis tribute by the popular Mark Shelton and his band. Our residents have raved about Mark’s performance on the Town Common and at the Beacon and Indian Head Resorts. A plated luncheon is included. Cost is $88.All of the above trips include roundtrip transportation, a tour escort, taxes and service charges.To register, visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday April 7 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowHilcorp shuts down third pipeline in Cook InletRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe federal agency charged with regulating pipelines and hazardous materials is looking into another natural gas leak on a Hilcorp platform in Cook Inlet.Sullivan: Syria strike offers chance to restore U.S. credibilityLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump’s decision to launch missiles on Syria Thursday night drew a range of reactions on Capitol Hill. But Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress gave it three thumbs up.Cuts to 4-25 reversed, but 1,500 to deploy to AfghanistanZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIt’s official: The Army has decided to keep the 4-25th brigade combat team intact at Joint Base Elmendof-Richardson in Anchorage.Report: Trump to re-open Arctic waters to oil leasingLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump may soon issue an executive order intended to lift restrictions on oil development in Arctic waters. That’s according to a Bloomberg news story.Federal judge rules against Wishbone Hill MinePhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaA federal judge has ruled against Usibelli Coal in a case involving the proposed Wishbone Hill Mine east of Palmer.AK Moose Federation can no longer use federal funds for moose kill responseCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFunds for a roadside moose salvage program have dried up, and wildlife troopers are going back to a patchwork approach for getting road kill meat to charities.Narcan saves lives in opioid epidemic but is only first stepAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state’s Department of Health and Social Services is starting to distribute Narcan kits around Alaska. The nasal spray stops opioid overdoses. For one woman at the Covenant House, helping build the kits is personal. The drug has saved her life.Most, but not all, scientists agree that starvation killed hundreds of puffins last yearZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk  – UnalaskaWhat caused more than 300 puffins to wash up dead in the Pribilof Islands last fall? Starvation. At least, that’s the consensus among most scientists.AK: Attacking avalanches before they strikeJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauMost of Juneau’s power is hydroelectric. Getting that power to the community requires transmission lines that traverse through miles of avalanche country. That’s why Alaska Electric Light and Power Company hires helicopter crews to trigger slides to prevent destructive avalanches from knocking out the power.49 Voices: Shawna Rudio of UnalaskaZoe Sobel and Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media/Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaThis week we’re hearing from Shawna Rudio in Unalaska. Rudio is a high school English teacher at Unalaska City School.last_img read more

Families remain ignorant for 4 yrs about missing persons

first_imgShahnaz Begum, wife of missing BNP leader Humayun Parvez, speaks at a seminar at DRU in Dhaka. Photo: Prothom AloShahriar Kabir broke down in tears, saying, “If anyone’s father dies, they can go the grave and pray. But I don’t even know whether my father is dead or alive.”Shahriar is the son of Laksham (Comilla) BNP leader Humayun Parvez who has been missing for four years.On 27 November 2013, Humayun Parvez with two leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Saiful Islam and Jasimuddin, had been going to Dhaka from Laksham by ambulance. A team of RAB-11 intercepted them in Comilla’s Harispur and picked them up in their vehicle. He has not been heard of since, said Humayun’s son Shahriar.He was speaking at a seminar organised by Bangladesh Nagorik Odhikar Forum to demand an end to the disappearances, killings and oppression.  Members of other families of abducted persons gathered at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) yesterday, Sunday, to attend the seminar, demanding that the missing persons be returned.The seminar was chaired by Humayun Parvez’s wife Shahnaz Begum.Shahnaz Begum said Humayun’s father had finally passed away without knowing the fate of his son. She demanded justice for all extrajudicial killings and abductions.Her son Shahriar said that a case was lodged with the Laksham police station four years ago, but no headway was made in the case.Rafsanul Islam, son of another victim Saiful Islam, claimed that he filed a case about four years ago, but there has been no progress in the case. The police were silent about it.The speakers at the programme said that nearly 400 people including BNP leader Ilias Ali and Chowdhury Alam, politicians, teachers, media persons, and publishers had disappeared.Sajedul Islam disappeared from the capital four years ago. His sister Afroza Islam said, “RAB picked Sajedul and eight others from Bashundhara residential area on 4 December, 2013. The families are still looking. The home minister has simply said that they cannot find them.Afroza thinks that the missing persons had been abducted for criticising the government.Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain, member of BNP’s permanent committee, was the chief guest at the seminar, with professor Siddiqur Rahman from Dhaka University as special guest. Lawyer Rafique Sikder read the keynote.last_img read more

Schmid Shoots Outstanding Round at the Open Championship

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing in his first professional event, Matthias Schmid of the University of Louisville men’s golf team fired an even-par 71 in the second round of the Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland on Friday. The rising junior will miss the cut line despite his solid round on Friday.After shooting a 5-over-par on Thursday, the native of Germany was outstanding on Friday, recording four birdies and two bogeys to finish in a tie for 106th place after concluding play at 5-over-par for the two rounds of the championship.The all-ACC performer shot a 33 on the first nine holes, recording birdies on No. 2, No. 6 and No. 7 to get to as low as 2-under-par for the tournament. However, the back nine wasn’t as kind as Schmid carded a 38 after a triple bogey on No. 11. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Despite Long Litigious Past Samsung and Google Announce 10 Year CrossLicensing Agreement

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Are Google and Samsung frenemies now? After years of litigation over mobile technology patents, it appears as though the tech giants have finally made peace. The companies announced today a decade-long cross-licensing agreement that covers existing patents and those that may be filed in the future.“With this agreement, Samsung and Google gain access to each other’s industry-leading patent portfolios, paving the way for deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future products and technologies,” Samsung said in a statement.Both companies have tens of thousands of patents, however, the statement does not specify which ones are covered under the agreement.Two years ago, Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft royalties and collaborate on the development of Microsoft-based phones in order to avoid going to court over violating its patents. At the time, the agreement was seen as a setback to Google which had been attempting to establish itself as the standard in mobile operating systems by giving its Android software to smartphone and tablet makers for free.The deal with Google comes at a rough patch for Samsung, which could be strategically aligning itself as it continues to fight a major dispute with Apple. Last November, a U.S. jury in federal court ordered Samsung to pay Apple roughly $290 million in damages. The companies have agreed to a mediation meeting sometime before Feb. 19.Related: In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court Date January 27, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Its like the Grand Canyon Residents resort to emptying sandbags into this

first_imgThe potholes on Whiteridge Road, Kidsgrove Neighbour Rob Forrester, aged 54, said: “We have to go on the other side of the road to avoid the pothole and sometimes we have to slam our brakes on to avoid having an accident with another car. It’s been like that for 18 months and nothing is being done.”  Kidsgrove town councillor Mary Maxfield lives on Whiteridge Road and says it’s ridiculous that residents are having to fill the pothole in themselves. Read More’Roll up, roll up to the county with the worst potholes!’ – Binky the Clown left with a frown over £1k bill to repair damaged Mercedes   She said: “It’s ridiculous that people are having to empty sandbags in the pothole and put cardboard in there themselves. “It’s a last resort and residents should not have to do this when council tax is going up. I have people contacting me everyday about the pothole. “If it damages a car then it will cost the council a lot more money paying for compensation than it would to repair it.” Share this video Click for Sound The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Police search for missing woman We pay for stories! Send your videos to StokeonTrentLive has contacted the council for a statement regarding the pothole. Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “We do have a huge road network here in Staffordshire, with around 6,000km of roads and these are inspected regularly by our team of highway inspectors. From these safety inspections our crews fix around 20,000 potholes every year.  We are also investing an extra five million pounds in road maintenance this year, on top of an extra £5m last year which helped fix over 31,000 potholes. “Pothole repairs are prioritised depending on the risk they pose to the public.  All reported defects are inspected as soon as possible and assessed for their severity.  Any defect which poses an immediate risk is dealt with as a priority, and lesser priority potholes are dealt with when resources are available. “Highways crews are aware of the issue and will be scheduling in repairs when resources are available.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive How to get the council to pay for pothole damage Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFed-up residents have resorted to emptying the contents of sandbags into a huge pothole in their street to create a smoother road surface – more than 12 months after first reporting the problem. Families in Whiteridge Road, Kidsgrove, fear the crater could cause an accident because it is on the junction with Mount Road and cars often have to drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid it. They say the problem was first reported to Staffordshire County Council in November, 2017 – and it has still not been repaired.  Whiteridge Road resident David Cooke has compared the pothole to the Grand Canyon. Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Mary Maxfield next to the pothole in Whiteridge Road, Kidsgrove He said: “It’s like the Grand Canyon. I’ve contacted the council once or twice and was told last May that they were going to come out and fix it, but they haven’t. “What gets me is that we’ve just had the council fix the pavements here when they didn’t need doing and they haven’t done the pothole.  “Somebody even emptied a sandbag into the hole from the roadwork sign that was put up while they fixed the pavement. “I have to try to avoid the pothole and go on the wrong side of the road, which is confusing for other road users and could cause an accident. I don’t know what’s happening to my poor suspension when I have to drive over it.” center_img Watch again Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window The Whiteridge Road pothole in Kidsgrove Michael Duncalf, aged 79, of Whiteridge Road, said: “I first reported the pothole in November 2017. It’s causing many problems and I have to drive onto the other side of the road to avoid it. Everyone is complaining about it. Read More’Ken’s really enjoying the new lido!’ – Campaigning Desiree snaps these ingenious photos to highlight HUGE potholes on her estate   “It’s a very busy road and somebody has even emptied a sandbag in it and put cardboard in it in an attempt to fix it, but that doesn’t last.  “I’m worried about it damaging my car which is only eight months old and I’m worried someone could be injured because kids go up and down here on bikes. I’ve reported it three times and I’ve never had a response from the council. I’m getting nowhere with it – you may as well talk to a wall.” Click to playTap to play Video will play in  Driver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

As Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Drag On Mortgage Rates Settle In

first_img Share Fixed mortgage rates showed little signs of life in the last full week of November, hovering near record lows as markets show heightened worry about the fiscal cliff.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””: Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.32 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending November 29, up from the previous week’s record low of 3.31 percent.The 15-year FRM also slid up, reaching 2.64 percent (0.6 point). The previous survey showed an average rate of 2.63 percent.Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-index hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) slipped down, averaging [COLUMN_BREAK]2.72 percent (0.6 point) from 2.74 percent before. The 1-year ARM remained flat from week to week at 2.56 percent (0.5 point).Rates recorded for “”Bankrate’s””: weekly survey were similarly unchanged. The 30-year fixed average fell from 3.53 percent to tie the survey’s record low of 3.52 percent. The average 15-year fixed rate held steady at 2.86 percent.The 5/1 ARM showed the most movement, bouncing up to 2.74 percent from 2.70 previously.””The uncertainty of the fiscal cliff outcome has businesses, consumers, and financial markets uncertain and that uncertainty is good for mortgage rates,”” Bankrate said. “”Expect mortgage rates to remain at these levels as long as the fiscal cliff talks drag on.””The majority of analysts “”surveyed””: by Bankrate–70 percent–expressed doubt that rates will post any notable movement one way or the other in the coming week. Of the remainder, 23 percent said they expect a drop, citing the little progress that’s been made in avoiding the fiscal cliff.Regardless of Washington’s rhetoric, senior mortgage reporter Polyana da Costa says the power of the Federal Reserve’s ongoing quantitative easing efforts is undeniable.””With or without a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, rates will stay where the Fed wants them,”” da Costa said. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November 29, 2012 413 Views center_img As Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Drag On, Mortgage Rates Settle In Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Politics Processing Service Providers 2012-11-29 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Connecticut Home Sales Pick Up Strength in June

first_img Connecticut’s housing market headed into summer with a promising gain in home sales, reflecting the spoils of an active spring season.Single-family home sales in the Constitution State totaled 2,799 in June, according to the Warren Group, marking a 5.8 percent increase from a year ago. It was the fourth time so far this year that home sales have performed better annually.Throughout the entire second quarter, sales totaled 6,679, down nearly 5 percent compared to the year-ago period.Warren Group CEO Timothy M. Warren Jr. explained that the rise in sales activity was expected as deals made during the spring selling season hit their closings in June, July, and August. Indeed, June sales were the strongest since August 2013, when they came to a total of 2,897.”The housing market in Connecticut is showing signs of improvement as we see the biggest percentage gain in monthly home sales so far this year,” Warren said. “While not robust, the Connecticut real estate market continues to show a solid recovery.”On an annual basis, home prices in the state came down 3.2 percent to a median $276,000. Year-to-date, the Warren Group reports the median single-family price was $250,000 through 2014’s first half, a decline of 2.0 percent from 2013.Shifting the focus to condominiums, the group says condo sales jumped 14.1 percent year-over-year in June, climbing by nearly 100 units to 760 sold. For the first half of the year, condo sales came to 3,067, up 3.8 percent.While single-family home prices were in decline, condo prices rose. According to the Warren Group, the median selling price for condos in June was 180,000, up 2.9 percent from June 2013, though the year-to-date median was down 1.2 percent to $166,000. Connecticut Home Sales Pick Up Strength in June in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharecenter_img Home Prices Home Sales The Warren Group 2014-08-06 Tory Barringer August 6, 2014 500 Views last_img read more

India Maharashtra table grape exports surge 20 t

first_img India: Maharashtra table grape exports surge 20% t … Inspirational educational seminar program set for … Inaugural Global Grape Summit draws large internat … April 10 , 2019 In fact, 21% of U.K. households have cut down on their meat intake, a shift likely due in part to popular campaigns like ‘Meat-free Mondays’, says consumer panel research company Kantar Worldpanel.This trend has already had an overwhelming influence on commercial sales–150 million more meatless dinners were sold in January 2019 versus the same month the previous year, adds Kantar.What’s more, its findings show that 92% of plant-based meals were eaten by non-vegans in the UK in 2018.Derek Sarno, Tesco’s director of plant-based innovation, comments: “Plant-based alternatives, in general, have become so high in quality that most life-long meat eaters are now including these foods as part of their diet.”We are seeing a new kind of shopper–more conscious of their own health and the environment and perfectly happy to make dietary changes such as becoming vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian to achieve those aims.”The rise of eating more plant-based food and people becoming flexitarian is having a massive effect on the way many people shop, and as a result, the retail industry is having to adapt.” center_img You might also be interested in U.S.: Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packa … In response to the rising focus on reducing meat consumption, leading British supermarket chain Tesco has started offering plant-based foods alongside meat selections in its larger stores.Included in the new fixture, available as of April 8, are vegan and vegetarian food products by brands including Heck, Vivera, Beyond Meat, and Vegetarian Butcher.The company hopes this move will meet its customers’ changing grocery demands.According to Tesco, more and more Brits are substituting meat with plant-based alternatives and turning to vegetarian or vegan diets.The number of ‘flexitarians’, or people who eat both meat and plant-based substitutes, is also growing in the country.last_img read more

House education committee briefed on exams blunder Updated

first_imgThe cabinet on Wednesday approved the coverage of expenses for candidates seeking state school positions who will travel from abroad next week to take make-up exams after their original ones were cancelled on Monday when the material was posted on the ministry’s website prior to the test.Education Minister Costas Kadis said the maximum amount approved by the cabinet for this purpose was €40,000. The issue however, is to be examined by the Audit Office, Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides said, as it is a matter of squandering of public funds.Kadis briefed the House education committee and the cabinet of the “unfortunate incident” on Wednesday.  The minister said that despite the blunder the procedure will continue as planned.An investigator has been appointed, he said, who will present the findings of his probe into the incident at the beginning of next week.“If administrative or criminal responsibilities arise, then what must be done will be, in cooperation with the state legal services,” he said.Kadis said that he briefed MPs on the management of the situation following the error.On whether the premature posting of the material was due to an error or sabotage, he said that this would be determined by the findings of the probe.“I cannot say anything now. What emerged also from the information given to parliament, is that the whole procedure was absolutely correct and designed in detail and the mistake was made by not applying the scheduled procedure,” Kadis said.He added that President Nicos Anastasiades fully supported his and his ministry’s actions.“We assume our part of the responsibility of course. I was the first to admit it was an unbelievable, unacceptable mistake. We apologised to the candidates for the inconvenience,” he said.The head of the education ministry’s exams service, Terpsa Constantinidou, said that the incident was not a leak but a publication of the material of the exams. She added that following the opinion of the attorney-general, the rest of the exams will be conducted as planned.“An error has been made, which is being investigated, in breach of the instructions that were being issued and the measures taken, which were, in particular, based on all the procedures so far followed by the examinations service which are known (to staff),” Constantinidou said.The five exams that were cancelled on Monday – physics, religious studies, chemistry, physical education and computer science – will take place next week, she said.In total, 941 candidates were affected by Monday’s cancellation, many of whom had travelled from abroad. More than 5,500 prospective educators signed up to take the exams that began on Saturday with a Greek language test and a skills test on Sunday. This week, candidates will be tested in their subject area. Results were expected at the end of February.Teachers’ unions however, who have been expressing their discontent with the new reform, called for the intervention of the Attorney-general to rule whether the liability of the exams was harmed.They also said that many of the affected candidates will sue and depending on the outcome this may render the exams void anyway.Head of Oelmek secondary education teachers’ union, Yiannos Socratous, said that the incident, except from the economic blow, also hurt the credibility of the exams.“It is not just the leak, this has proved that it was based on sloppiness,” he said. He added that the ministry had made several changes shortly before the exams, which is contrary to regulations.The head of primary education teachers’ union Poed, Filios Fylaktou, too called for the intervention of the Attorney-general and that of the House education committee, to discuss if this suffered a blow to the credibility of the exams. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more