Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

first_imgMicrosoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate.Microsoft didn’t offer any further description of the fake sites, although it has previously outlined in court filings how this hacking group operated a network of fake sites designed to trick victims into installing malicious software.The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Microsoft’s report reflects a “witch hunt” in the U.S. The ministry said Tuesday that Microsoft’s statement lacked any proof of Russian involvement because “there can’t be any.”The revelation of new hacking efforts arrives just weeks after a similar Microsoft discovery led Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to reveal that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.The hacking mirrors similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.This time, more than helping one political party over another, “this activity is most fundamentally focused on disrupting democracy,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, said in an interview this week. The FBI said Tuesday it’s aware of Microsoft’s actions to disrupt the sites but the agency wouldn’t provide details about whether it’s working with the company to combat the hacking group.Microsoft’s court filing last week said the hackers “registered or used” the fake domains at some point after April 20.Smith said there is no sign the hackers were successful in persuading anyone to click on the fake websites, which could have exposed a target victim to computer infiltration, hidden surveillance and data theft. Both conservative think tanks said they have tried to be vigilant about “spear-phishing” email attacks because their global pro-democracy work has frequently drawn the ire of authoritarian governments.“We’re glad that our work is attracting the attention of bad actors,” said Hudson Institute spokesman David Tell. “It means we’re having an effect, presumably.”The Hudson Institute, which promotes American global leadership on multiple fronts, doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with President Donald Trump, particularly with respect to Russia. In April, the institute published a report entitled “Countering Russian Kleptocracy” that laid out a blueprint for punishing Russian corruption and discouraging it through sanctions, including on Russia’s sovereign debt.The International Republican Institute, the GOP counterpart to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, trains foreign political operatives and parties on how to run elections and govern. Its members help political parties organize campaigns and observe election processes with the aim of fixing flaws and improving public confidence in elections.It is led by a board that includes six Republican senators, and one prominent Russia critic and Senate hopeful, Mitt Romney, who is running for a Utah seat this fall.The group’s president, Daniel Twining, said in a statement that the apparent hacking is “consistent with the campaign of meddling that the Kremlin has waged against organizations that support democracy and human rights.”“It is clearly designed to sow confusion, conflict and fear among those who criticize (Vladimir) Putin’s authoritarian regime,” Twining wrote.But Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said he thought the Microsoft finding as presented were nothing particularly extraordinary.“This looks like run-of-the-mill espionage to me, something that happens all the time,” he said. Think tanks in rival nations are generally fair game for cyberspies, including for U.S. and other Western intelligence agencies, he said.Microsoft calls the hacking group Strontium; others call it Fancy Bear or APT28. An indictment from U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has tied it to Russian’s main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and to the 2016 email hacking of both the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.“We have no doubt in our minds” who is responsible, Smith said.Microsoft has waged a legal battle with Strontium since suing it in a Virginia federal court in summer 2016. The company obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the group. It has so far used the courts to shut down 84 fake websites created by the group, including the most recent six announced Tuesday.Microsoft has argued in court that by setting up fake but realistic-looking domains, the hackers were misusing Microsoft trademarks and services to hack into targeted computer networks, install malware and steal sensitive emails and other data.Smith also announced Tuesday that the company is offering free cybersecurity protection to all U.S. political candidates, campaigns and other political organizations, at least so long as they’re already using Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity software. Facebook and Google have also promoted similar tools to combat campaign interference.___AP political reporter Matthew Lee in Washington and AP technology reporter Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this article.last_img read more

President hails Aussie support

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his appreciation for Australia’s support in a number of different sectors, including the support that has been extended thus far with preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 that will take place in November, the President’s office said.The President also said that the tourism and service sectors are two areas that the Government is particularly keen on promoting further, particularly because of the high literacy rate of Sri Lanka. Speaking about their impressions of Sri Lanka, the members of the delegation, many of whom were visiting the country for the first time, said they were very impressed by what they saw. One member of the delegation who had visited Sri Lanka 17 years ago said, “I can’t believe the change in Colombo” describing what he saw as “remarkable change.”Responding to a comment by the delegation about the “fabulous roads” around the country, President Rajapaksa explained that rebuilding infrastructure was one of the main priorities of the Government after the war ended. The team, which includes some of Australia’s top business leaders, toured many parts of the island last week – including the East, South and Central regions. The President said this when a high-powered Australian business delegation, led by Sri Lankan-born Australian businessman Dilip Kumar, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees, the President’s office said. 3) Peter Ivany, Executive Chairman, Ivany Investment Group; Director, TAHL.4) Andrew Banks, Chairman, Talent 2.5) Stephen John Chapman, Deputy Chairman, Blackmore’s Limited; Independent Director, ANZ Wealth Group. 6) Danny Goldberg, Executive Chairman, Dakota Capital.7) Phillip Cave, Chairman, Managing Director and Investment Committee Member, Anchorage Capital Partners.8) John Marshall, Chairman and Founder, Marshall Investments; Chairman, Apparel Group.9) Arvid Peterson, Managing Director, Peterson Investments.Consul General of Sri Lanka in New South Wales and Queensland Ambassador Bandula Jayasekara, who coordinated the visit, was also present. (Colombo Gazette) “After 30 years of war, we were destroyed,” President Rajapaksa said.The Australian delegation consisted of the following:1) Dilip Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kumar Group and Peninsula Motors in Sydney. 2) Simon Mordant, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Greenhill; Co/Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. read more

As broadcast networks watch an intruder shows up at the Emmys a

As broadcast networks watch, an intruder shows up at the Emmys, a step called ‘groundbreaking’ by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2013 12:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Emmy Awards are television’s biggest celebration of itself, but this year’s ceremony will face an intruder: “House of Cards,” the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series.Netflix’s triumph on Thursday, which includes nods for its revival of “Arrested Development,” is putting a further squeeze on the broadcast networks that already have lost substantial Emmy ground to cable. New network offerings were almost completely shut out and, like last year, no network drama made the nominations cut.Kevin Spacey, the nominated star of the political drama “House of Cards,” reveled in its impressive nine bids and role as a groundbreaker.It’s “really, in many ways, kind of a new paradigm,” he said. “It’s just a great, great thing for all of us.”The major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, likely have a different viewpoint. Cable channels over the year have sharply eroded their share of the audience, and now the Internet is nibbling away and will only become more robust as viewers turn increasingly to computers and other devices to consume video.A 6-year-old TV academy rules change allows online entries to compete with cable and broadcast programs, but until Thursday online shows popped up only in lower-profile categories.“It’s really groundbreaking,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “It’s beyond our most bold expectations. We were thinking a single nomination would be a win… It’s as much a win for Internet television as it is for the content creators.”Networks still field the most-watched series — such as top-rated series “NCIS” and the 20 million-plus viewers it delivers weekly to CBS — and enjoy the rich opportunities they represent.“There’s nothing more profitable than having a big broadcast television hit that can be exploited on multiple platforms,” including syndication and online, said Garth Ancier, a former executive for both broadcast networks and cable.But when the Emmys are presented this fall on CBS, it will surely be irritating to serve as a promotional vehicle for the competition. The ceremony rotates among the big four broadcasters who, with the exception of basically flat NBC, saw their number of Emmy bids decline this year.Besides the showing by Netflix, the leading number of nominations went to a cable miniseries, FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.” HBO fielded the next top nominees: “Game of Thrones” with 16 nods and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” earned 15 nominations.NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” came in with 15 as well, but it, outgoing “30 Rock” (also NBC, 13 bids) and “Modern Family” (ABC, 12 nominations) had the only impressive tallies for broadcast.The bonanza of nominations for “Game of Thrones” is the swords-and-fantasy show’s most-ever and includes a best drama series nod and three acting bids, including one for Peter Dinklage.Recognition went to a number of other primarily big-screen actors who have migrated to TV for powerhouse projects, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for “Under the Candelabra” among them.Joining “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones” in the best drama series category are “Breaking Bad,” ”Downton Abbey,” ”Mad Men” and last year’s winner, “Homeland.”“Mad Men,” which last year missed out on the best drama trophy that would have been its record-setting fifth, eclipsing fellow four-time winners “Hill Street Blues,” ”L.A. Law” and “The West Wing,” gets another shot this year.“Mad Men” and its creator failed to receive any writing nominations for the first time in the series’ six-year history.Besides “American Horror Story: Asylum,” others nominated in the miniseries or movie category are “Behind the Candelabra,” ”Phil Spector,” ”Political Animals,” ”Top of the Lake” and “The Bible,” which was a hit for the History channel and is getting a sequel on NBC.Hot British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who gained fame in “Sherlock” and played the villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is nominated as best lead actor in the movie and miniseries category for “Parade’s End.”In the comedy series category, nominees are “The Big Bang Theory,” ”Girls,” ”Louie,” ”Modern Family,” ”Veep” and “30 Rock,” recognized for its final season. Another outgoing comedy, “The Office,” didn’t receive a best series nod.Joining Spacey in the contest for best drama series actor are Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey”; Jon Hamm of “Mad Men”; Jeff Daniels of “The Newsroom” and Damian Lewis of “Homeland,” last year’s winner.Kevin Bacon, one of the big-screen stars trying their hand at TV, was not recognized in the category for “The Following.”“Breaking Bad,” now in its final episodes on AMC, goes out with a best drama Emmy nomination.“What’s so great about this thing is it’s going to bring us all back together. A little family reunion. So we get to come back together and celebrate the time we had together and the work that we did. It’s very exciting,” said “Breaking Bad” actor and best supporting nominee Aaron Paul, who co-hosted the award announcement with Neil Patrick Harris, a last-minute substitute for “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara.Actresses nominated for their drama series work include Robin Wright of “House of Cards”; Vera Farmiga of “Bates Hotel”; Michelle Dockery of “Downtown Abbey;” Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men”; Connie Britton of “Nashville”; and Kerry Washington of “Scandal.” Claire Danes, last year’s winner for “Homeland,” also got a nod.Besides Bateman, the nominees for best actor in a comedy are Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory”: Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes”; Don Cheadle for “House of Lies”; Louis C.K. for “Louie” and Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock.”Jon Cryer, last year’s surprise winner for “Two and a Half Men,” didn’t make the cut this year.Actresses competing for top comedy acting honours are Laura Dern for “Enlightened”; Lena Dunham for “Girls”; Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie”; Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who claimed the trophy last year for “Veep.”Most of the 2012 trophy holders have a chance to repeat.Maggie Smith was nominated again as best supporting actress in a drama for “Downton Abbey,” which has brought her two trophies. Julie Bowen is up for supporting actress in a comedy for “Modern Family.”However, Eric Stonestreet, who claimed the supporting actor award last year for the show, was snubbed while castmates Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell got nods.HBO received a leading 108 nominations, up a third over last year, followed by CBS and NBC with 53 each, ABC with 45, Showtime with 31 and AMC and FX Networks with 26 each. PBS has 24 and Fox received 19.The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Emmy ceremony, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air Sept. 22 on CBS.___AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.___Online:http://www.emmys.com read more

Andrew Lloyd Webbers theatre company given £280k parking charge by Westminster City Council

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre company has accused Westminster City Council of trying to make “windfall financial gains” by demanding £280,000 in parking charges.LW Theatres, the company owned by Lord Lloyd Webber, have applied to suspend three parking bays and one coach drop-off bay in order to carry out a £45 million refurbishment to the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in the new year.But the council have sent LW Theatres an “illogical and inequitable” invoice of £279,480 to suspend the parking places from 21 January 2019 until May 2020 for the construction to take place.The company, which owns six theatres in central London, added that the council should be “celebrating” restoration projects that are conducted by private individuals with no burden on the taxpayer, “rather than trying to penalise them by imposing parking suspension charges”.According to The Stage magazine, executive chairman of LW Theatres Mark Wordsworth wrote to the local authority, in which he said: “It appears WCC is intent on penalising those who comply with the regulations and to seek to make windfall financial gains at their expense.” Cllr Tim Mitchell, Westminster City Council cabinet member for environment and city management, said: “Suspending parking bays in central London is an inconvenience to our residents, visitors and other businesses. That’s especially true if those bays are out of action for a year and a half, as they are in this case. The award winning composer’s company have been sent an “illogical and inequitable” invoice, the executive chairman wroteCredit: Richard Shotwell/Invision “It’s simply not the same as parking in a space for a single day – reserving spaces over a long period in this busy part of London carries a higher charge per day.“This money goes towards improving transport services in Westminster, including for children travelling to school, older people and those with mobility issues.”A spokeswoman for LW Theatres said the company “do not understand where Westminster City Council have got their figures from.””The economic impact of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane should not be underestimated. We are investing £45 million in order to preserve the theatre for generations to come. Letting a theatre go dark for almost two years is a huge cost in itself”, they added. The award winning composer 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. read more

3 Lusignan prison officers being investigated after parcel thrown over fence

Three prison officers are now being investigated after it is alleged that a parcel, containing what is suspected to cannabis, was thrown over the fence at the Lusignan Prison’s holding bay on Tuesday morning.According to Prison Director, Gladwin Samuels, the incident occurred at about 04:05hrs today (Tuesday).The holding area of Lusignan PrisonHe explained that after checks around the area were made, only two prison officers were found at the scene, but investigations revealed that the “bag found in the area belonged to a third officer.”As such, the police have requested the presence of the three officers at the Lusignan Police Station as investigations continue.“As I stated a few days ago the fight against trafficking of contraband must be collective. We will continue to work to correct the very sad situation that has contributed to damaging the image of the organization. While the police do their work,  an internal investigation is set to commence,” he said.Director of Prisons, Gladwin SamuelsFurther, he noted that based on the findings of the investigation, the necessary “letter(s) of interdiction will be issued.”Samuels in a press statement on Monday last, alluding to the recent upsurge of prohibited items being found in the prison and even in the possession of prisoners, said that prison officers found colluding in trafficking contraband into the various penitentiaries countrywide will not be shown leniency and they will have to answer to the law. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspect attempting to smuggle contraband into Lusignan Prison shot at, escapesJuly 3, 2018In “Crime”Contraband unearthed at NA prison in latest raid on penitentiariesDecember 8, 2018In “Crime”Investigation launched into prisoners posing on FB with contrabandMay 14, 2018In “Crime” read more

Kitesurfer rescued from extreme weather conditions in Dublin Bay

first_imgUpdated 17.41A KITESURFER WHO got into difficulty in extreme weather conditions in Dublin Bay this morning was rescued by the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI Lifeboat.The man had been kitesurfing about 150 metres from the shore off Sandymount, Co. Dublin before getting into trouble in breaking surf at around 10.40am.The RNLI say that the the man then abandoned his equipment in an attempt to swim to safety but was prevented from doing so by the tidal conditions. He then used a waterproof mobile phone to alert the Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination (MRCC) and the RNLI Inshore lifeboat  along with the Coast Guard unit from Dun Laoghaire were tasked to the scene.The RNLI lifeboat was launched from Dun Laoghaire at around 10.50am with three volunteer crew members on board but they experienced heavy conditions at the harbour entrance due to the strong winds and rough seas.The RNLI says that the lifeboat was operating at ‘extreme weather limits’ for its design.The RNLI says that the lifeboat encountered breaking waves along the the entire shoreline from Blackrock to Sandymount before reaching the kitesurfer’s position which had been located by the Coast Guard unit in a shore search.Due to the high risk of the lifeboat capsizing, the casualty was taken on board the lifeboat and returned to Dun Laoghaire instead of directly to the shore.Stephen Wynne of Dun Laoghaire RNLI says that the rescue showed the skill of their voulteer crews.“Despite the conditions, this rescue demonstrated the capabilities of this small but highly effective lifeboat and its crew. Considerable skill is needed to avoid capsize while rescuing a casualty.”The rescued kitesurfer required no medical treatment when rescued and taken ashore.A Coastguard helicopter at the East Pier in Howth, Dublin. (Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire)HowthIn a separate incident, reports in Howth of a person being washed off the west pier into the water were found to be a false alarm.A full team call out of the Howth coast guard unit was requested along with the Irish Coast Guard helicopter and Howth RNLI lifeboats after a member of the public reported seeing a jogger being washed into the harbour.Following an extensive search in difficult conditions updated information from a witness was received and the search was stood down before noon.The Irish Coast Guard say the call was considered a false alarm with good intent.They have advised people not to walk along exposed areas of the coast line including harbour walls and seafronts with breaking waves.Read: Heavy rain, strong gales and high tides causing flooding and road closures >Read: Dún Laoghaire RNLI pay tribute to lives lost at sea >last_img read more

Report Bing serves up 500 more malware than Google

first_imgBoth Google and Bing do a good job at serving up relevant search results, but one does a much better job of minimizing the danger. According to a recently concluded study, Google serves up about five times fewer malicious links than Bing.The security sleuths at AV-Test.org have been investigating search engine results for a year and a half.  More than 40 million results were examined and 5,000 different varieties of malware pinpointed. Roughly 10 million sites were tested on both Google and Bing. While Google tripped the malware alarms just 272 times, Bing was buzzed 1285 times.Really, AV-Test’s findings aren’t all that alarming. Those malicious results account for just over 0.01 per cent of all sites tested. That’s impressive, and it shows that both Google and Bing are doing a rather good job of protecting their users.It’s true that 0.01 per cent matters when global search volumes approach three billion requests per day. Most users don’t rely solely on their search provider for protection, however. Chances are that you’re running some kind of anti-malware application. Lots of folks also use a link analysis tool like AVG’s LinkScanner or McAfee SiteAdvisor. And if you’re using a web browser that’s even close to being up to date, it’s probably got malware protection built in, too.It’s easy to think that a report like this one from AV-Test is all doom-and-gloom, but it really doesn’t change anything. On the web, it’s still caveat emptor.Danger is lurking in all kinds of dark corners, and if you’re not careful when you search for things like Kim Kardashian topless or free screensavers, there’s a good chance you’re going to trip over one of the .01% of sites that serves up malware.last_img read more

What its like to be shot with an AK47

first_imgWe’ve seen what it’s like when you shoot an AK-47 underwater, and we have also gotten a look at the at at 27,450 frames per second. Now, as if we’re building up a tolerance to AK-47 videos and need a quicker, stronger hit, it’s time to learn what it’s like to be shot at by an AK-47.Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) said it receives questions on a regular basis from customers wondering if the bullet-resistant glass the company deploys in its armored vehicles can actually resist bullets. In order to dispel the notion that the glass wasn’t as resistant as the word suggests, TAC president and CEO Trent Kimball took a seat behind a slab of the bullet-resistant glass, and allowed himself to be shot at by an AK-47.Kimball’s lucky employee, Lawrence, positioned himself in front of the glass, then let three rounds loose in the blink of an eye. Kimball not only didn’t get shot in the head three times, but barely flinched — his confidence and intact brain matter finally proving that his company’s glass sure is resistant to bullets.The video is a bit old, but nonetheless, it serves its purpose: reminding us that being shot with an AK-47 is pretty terrifying, and really good company presidents and CEOs quite literally stand behind their products. Of course, we don’t recommend you buy some TAC glass and get your buddies to shoot at you for fun, but it’s nice to know that bullet-resistant glass would protect you if that’s what you’re into.last_img read more

Shaheed Dr Milon Day observed

first_imgDr Milon shot to death near the TSC on the Dhaka University campus on his way to a meeting against the then autocratic ruler HM Ershad.The Shaheed Dr Milon Day was observed on Monday with due respect commemorating the 27th martyrdom anniversary of Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon during the anti-autocratic movement in 1990.Leaders and workers of different political parties and socio-cultural organisations paid tributes to Shaheed Milon by placing wreaths at his grave on the Dhaka Medical College campus, marking the day.On this day in 1990, Dr Milon, the then joint secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA), was shot dead by gunmen near the TSC on the Dhaka University campus on his way to a meeting against the then autocratic ruler HM Ershad.Several socio-cultural and political organisations as well as professional bodies organised various programmes, including discussion, milad mahfil, and offering fateha.The leaders of Awami League, BNP, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Workers’ Party, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College University and different professional bodies and Milon’s family members placed wreaths at his grave and offered fateha there.They also placed wreaths at the monument of Dr Milon near the TSC of Dhaka University.Bangladesh Medical Association also organised a discussion at Dr Milon Chattar of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, marking the day.last_img read more

If You Crave Fries Over Cake You May Have A Salt Tooth

first_img Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole It’s perfectly reasonable for you to have a sweet tooth, you know. Craving dessert-type food definitely isn’t anything new or unusual, but it turns out sweet food may not be the only thing people crave out there. A new study has determined that some individuals may actually have what’s colloquially known as a “salt tooth,” or a predisposition to saltier snacks thanks to a special gene.Those with a variation of the gene TAS2R48 in the study were proven more likely to consume more sodium than those without the gene, as shown off during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in New Orleans on November 13. In fact, those with the gene variation were shown to be almost twice as likely to go over a daily sodium recommendation of 2,300 mg in comparison to those without it.“By identifying which gene variant a person has, we may be able to help them make better food choices through education that is personally tailored to them,” explained Ph.D. student Jennifer Smith, who studies at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. As lead author of the study, she has also explained some of the reasoning behind a person who carries the gene’s choices.“There is some research suggesting that individuals who taste bitter more intensely may also taste salt more intensely and enjoy it more, leading to increased sodium intake,” Smith stated. “Another theory is that they use salt to mask the bitter taste of foods and thus consume more sodium.”This particular study came about as part of a plan to help reduce the risk of heart disease for residents of rural Kentucky. All 400 people participating in the study had their DNA analyzed and the results came back showing a higher risk for heart disease. The various aspects of each’s participant’s diet were examined as well, including how much fat, sugar, and alcohol each person consumed. Apparently, variations in the gene had no real effect on these parts of each individual’s diet.If you have this gene, it could explain why a massive serving of french fries often seems more appealing to you than a cupcake or bowl of ice cream. And that’s a mystery I know I’ve been trying to solve for some time now. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Paul George is laying the groundwork for his exit from Indiana

first_imgPaul George is laying the groundwork for his exit from IndianaThe Pacers are down 0-2 to the Cavs in their first round playoff series, and Colin thinks Paul George is already paving the way for his eventual exit from Indiana.George made comments essentially throwing teammate CJ Miles under the bus for taking the last shot of Game 1. Last night, following the Pacers’ Game 2 loss, he called out Lance Stephenson for his out of control and sporadic play.Colin sees it as typical behavior of someone in a relationship that wants out. They nit-pick and pick fights, so they can say it wasn’t their fault when they walk out the door.George has one year left in Indiana, and he’s gone. He’s telling you right now, you just have to listen.“This is what you do before the breakup…You can see this coming from a mile away.” David Fizdale’s viral rant was factually wrong, but he wasn’t wrong for doing itGrizzlies head coach David Fizdale went on a viral rant after losing to the Spurs last night. During his rant, he criticized officials for a disparity in foul calls and free throws, both of which were slanted heavily in favor of San Antonio. Fizdale cited a lack of respect for his team and him as a rookie head coach as the reason they didn’t get calls. Take that for data.Colin thinks the coach is factually wrong in his argument because some players just don’t create contact and get to the line like others, but he understands his motivation in ripping the officials. Fizdale wanted to voice his opinion in the hopes the officials will give his team more calls later in the series. There’s nothing wrong with that. Even if he’s wrong.“It’s a smart move by the coach, but nobody’s got anything against Memphis.”Guests:Byron Scott – Former Laker and Nets head coach and NBA champion is in-studio to talk about Magic as GM, and his take on Memphis Head Coach David Fizdale’s ‘Take that for data’ rant.Pat Mahomes – NFL Draft quarterback prospect and former Texas Tech QB is in-studio to discuss the pre-draft process; when he first knew he had a cannon for an arm; why he stuck with football instead of going pro in baseball; and how he managed to play with a broken wrist.Bob Kravitz – Indianapolis sports columnist joins the show to talk Pacers; if Paul George is leaving Indiana; how long Larry Bird will be around; the latest on Andrew Luck’s injured shoulder; and how much of his injury troubles are the Colts’ fault.last_img read more

RECAP A34 reopens following accident involving lorry

first_imgThe location of the accident on the A34 (Image: Inrix) We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here . 08:58Road now reopenedThe road has now reopened, although residual delays remain.08:49Road now only partially blocked The road was blocked, but traffic sensors show traffic is getting past the scene close the roundabout at Beaconside. Police are still on scene as of 08.30. 08:40Road remains closedThe road remains closed, according to traffic data company INRIX.08:28What we know so farThe accident took place shortly before 8amPolice are at the sceneAt least one vehicle, a lorry, is involved The A34 has reopened following an earlier accident near Stafford this morning. The accident, which involved a lorry, took place on the A34 Stone Road Southbound between Whitgreave Lane and A513 Beaconside / A34. Traffic data company INRIX reported police arrived on the scene at 8am – with the accident has taking place just before the Beaconside Roundabout. The road was originally completely blocked but INRIX reports traffic is slowly getting past the scene and the road reopened fully at 8.45am, with some residual delays remaining. Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6 , A500 , A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Friday, April 13last_img read more

Italy cruise ship salvage drags on as high winds loom

first_imgNo related posts. GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy – Salvage workers in Italy on Monday prepared to work through the night to drag upright the Costa Concordia cruise ship from its watery grave before bad weather strikes in an unprecedented and delayed operation.Franco Gabrielli, the head of Italy’s civil protection agency which is overseeing the U.S.-Italian project, said he expected the operation only to be completed early on Tuesday.He said there had been a delay as the lifting was expected to finish by 1900 GMT on Monday. He also warned there was now “great concern” about a forecast of high winds and waves on Tuesday.The 290-meter (951-foot) vessel – longer than the Titanic and more than twice as heavy – could be seen gradually emerging from its resting place close to the tiny port of Tuscany’s stunning Giglio island.The side of the 114,500-ton ship that had been underwater was rusty and brown after 20 months in the sea, contrasting with the white of the exposed side.The salvage is the biggest ever for a passenger ship.After nine hours of hoisting, supervisors of the Italian-U.S. project said the vessel had lifted by an angle of around 13 degrees towards the vertical axis.Once it has risen by 24 degrees, the ship will begin righting itself thanks to gravity and to the giant tanks welded onto one side which will fill with water.Work had to be suspended for an hour as salvage workers moved spare cable that was getting in the way of four of the 36 giant cables hoisting up the ship.The project has cost 600 million euros ($800 million) and insurers, who are picking up the bill, estimate it could run to $1.1 billion once it is completed.Salvage coordinators meanwhile played down environmental fears of toxic waste pouring into the sea, saying there had been no spillages so far.The man giving the orders from a control room on a barge is Nick Sloane, a South African with years of experience on some of the world’s biggest shipwrecks.Giglio islanders whose lives have been turned upside down by the wreck said they were relieved that the time when the ship will finally be removed was drawing closer.They will have months more to wait, as the towing away is not planned until spring of next year at the earliest when the ship will eventually be scrapped.Some 400 journalists witnessed the event and the island’s tiny port was swarming with officials, rescuers and curious onlookers since the early morning.“All the inhabitants are hoping and waiting,” said Giovanna Rum, owner of a shop for maritime clothing.The 14-deck Costa Concordia was once a floating pleasure palace with a casino, four swimming pools and the largest spa centre ever built on a ship.It struck rocks just off Giglio after veering sharply towards the island in a bravado sail-by allegedly ordered by its captain, Francesco Schettino.Dubbed “Captain Coward” and “Italy’s most hated man” for apparently abandoning the ship while passengers were still on board, Schettino is currently on trial.Four crew members and the head of ship owner Costa Crociere’s crisis unit have received short prison sentences for their roles in the crash.The ship had 4,229 people from 70 countries on board when it crashed on Jan. 13, 2012, claiming 32 lives.It keeled over in shallow waters within sight of Giglio’s port but the order to abandon the vessel came more than an hour later – a fatal delay.By that time, lifeboats on one side of the ship were virtually unusable because of the tilt and there was panic as people rushed for the remaining ones.Hundreds were forced to either jump into the water in the darkness and swim ashore or lower themselves along the exposed hull of the ship to waiting boats.Two bodies – that of an Indian waiter and an Italian passenger – were never recovered from the wreck and are believed to be still stuck under the ship.Newspaper columnists said the righting of the ship was a chance at “rehabilitation” for Italy after the damage it suffered from tales of Schettino’s alleged antics.“What is left of Italy’s reputation and credibility is playing out on this chunk of rock,” said Enrico Fierro, a columnist for Il Fatto Quotidiano daily. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Pope issues first appeal for Chinese Catholics

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has issued his first appeal directed at Catholics in China, long the source of concern for his predecessor Benedict XVI.Francis urged special prayers Wednesday for China’s faithful that they may “live their daily lives in service to their country and their fellow citizens in a way consistent with the faith they profess.”The occasion was a feast day that is celebrated in particular in Shanghai.center_img Top Stories China has an estimated 8 million to 12 million Catholics. Despite official requirements, around half worship in congregations outside the control of the officially sanctioned church.The Communist Party ordered Catholics to cut ties with the Holy See in the 1950s, and persecuted the church for years until restoring a degree of religious freedom. Tensions remain, however, over appointments of bishops.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

Related Sterling launches flights to NaplesScandin

first_img RelatedSterling launches flights to NaplesScandinavian cheap flights airline Sterling has announced the launch of two new routes to NaplesSterling plans Lisbon and Milan flightsScandinavian carrier Sterling Airlines has announced two new flights to Lisbon and Milan as part of its winter schedule.Sterling Airlines adds 27 new connecting flightsSterling Airlines adds 27 new connecting flights Scandinavian travellers now have new destination options following announcements by Polish airline Centralwings and Danish based airline Sterling.Centralwings has announced that flights from the Norwegian city of Haugesund to Gdansk and Warsaw in Poland will begin later this month.Meanwhile travellers from Billund will be able to fly direct to Salzburg from December thanks to the new route included in the Winter timetable for Sterling.Earlier this year the airline announced the launch of its Sterling Connect service which offers customers the option to purchase tickets on flights connecting through Copenhagen, on the same booking.As part of the service it is possible to book flights from Nice, Barcelona, Budapest, Faro, Milan, Malaga and London via Copenhagen to Aalborg in Denmark and Gothenburg in Sweden.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

PUNTA DE MITA MEXICO —Los Veneros an ultra luxur

first_imgPUNTA DE MITA, MEXICO —Los Veneros, an ultra luxurious oceanfront community with 239 residences and an 100-suite boutique hotel in Punta de Mita, Mexico, today announced that its first phase of development—which includes three buildings, Agave, Buganvilla, and Pacífico, as well as a poolside grill—will open in January 2009. Located in the heart of the Mexican Pacific on the north shore of Banderas Bay along 1,262 feet of white sandy beaches, Los Veneros is an ideal retreat for individuals who want to escape the stress of everyday life and create unforgettable experiences. From relaxation to adventure, the elite Punta de Mita community, located just 30 miles from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, offers the best in fine dining, outdoor activities, and tranquil beaches.“Los Veneros combines the comforts and amenities of a world-class destination with the exceptional beauty of Punta de Mita to create a serene ambiance offering the ultimate in lavish living,” said Hugh McCarthy, director of sales and marketing for Los Veneros Luxury Real Estate. “From private terraces and personal concierges to an exclusive spa and Beach Club, Los Veneros is perfect for discerning individuals who crave new experiences.”Residences in the first phase of Los Veneros will vary in size between 2,787 to 6,329 square feet and feature three- or four-bedroom units. Each luxury residence will offer a complete gourmet kitchen, dining room, living room, terrace or balcony and, in some instances, private pools. Also in phase one, the poolside grill will ensure every desire is satisfied from delectable bites to savory drinks, allowing residents to lounge by the pool and enjoy the delicious flavors of Punta de Mita.In addition to the poolside grill and fine dining at multiple restaurants, Los Veneros will offer other amenities such as four tennis courts, more than 85 pools (eight shared, 80 private), a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, Kid’s Club and Beach Club. Residents and future guests will also delight in sumptuous spa treatments, either in the tranquil atmosphere at the spa or in a private beach palapa. Meanwhile, for adventure seekers, Los Veneros residents and guests will find kiteboarding, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, kayaking, horseback riding, surfing, tennis, whale watching, and sport fishing—right at their fingertips.Los Veneros’ contemporary Mexican architecture and design simplicity, incorporating natural elements, impeccable finishes and exceptional craftsmanship, create the perfect balance between refined beauty, comfort, and style. Golden Tepeji Busardeado marble floors, Parota wood closets, solid wood entrances and interior doors will be featured throughout the residences. Kitchens will include Santa Cecilia granite countertops, solid wood cabinetry, and state-of-the-art appliances such as a SubZero refrigerator, Frigidaire dishwasher and microwave, among others. Adding to the luxe finishes, residents will enjoy marble counters, walls and floors throughout.Professionals involved in the development, design, construction, sales and management at Los Veneros include a team of talented and experienced individuals who respect the environment and are committed to superior quality and excellence. Fusing the creative ideas from internationally recognized Barba+ Ramirez Arquitectos and world-class interior designers from Farca and Uribe & Krayer, Los Veneros will provide residents with the perfect sanctuary boasting spacious dwellings with exquisite interiors. Additionally, George W. Girvin Associates, who created the site plan and landscape architecture, has created a surrounding that evokes pleasure while emphasizing the location’s natural beauty. Co-developers of the project, Icon Group and Ouest Developments, were the visionaries behind the creation of Los Veneros.Residences at Los Veneros begin in the $700,000s for a three-bedroom residence and move into the $2 million range for a four-bedroom penthouse. Los Veneros offers furniture packages upon request, tastefully designed by Farca and Uribe & Krayer.Los Veneros: Located in the heart of the Mexican Pacific in Punta de Mita, only 30 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Los Veneros is an ultra luxurious oceanfront community with 239 residences and a 100-suite boutique hotel. Situated on 1,262 feet of fine white sand, the community is distinguished by its spectacular ocean view, impeccable décor, and endless resort amenities. For discerning individuals, Los Veneros is the ideal retreat for escaping the stress of everyday life, taking in each moment and creating unforgettable experiences. Phase one of Los Veneros, which includes three residential buildings, will be completed in January 2009. For more information please visit www.losveneros.com.last_img read more

Rescued golfcourse worker pronounced dead Updated

first_imgA 39-year-old worker living in Paphos died on Thursday after being buried alive by 15-200 tonnes of rocks and dirt which fell on him while he was digging in ditch during works at the Tsada golf course in Paphos.According to official from the labour inspection department, Giorgos Katsonouris, the accident occurred around 1pm during works for the laying of water pipes.Katsonouris said that sides of the ditch caved in. The man was freed in a large rescue operation with the assistance of the fire service and was rushed to the Paphos general hospital but was  pronounced dead on arrival.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus issued almost 19000 first residence permits last year

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouCYPRUS issued a total of 18,971 first residence permits to non-European citizens in 2017, the second highest in terms of population ratio, according to the European statistical service, Eurostat, on Thursday.According to Eurostat, “a first residence permit means a residence permit issued to a person for the first time. A residence permit is considered as a first permit also if the time gap between the expiry of the previous permit and the start of validity of the new permit is at least six months”.The total figure of 18,971 first residence permits granted by the Republic of Cyprus corresponds to 22 permits per thousand population, which is the second highest rate compared to other EU member states, behind only Malta which issued 23 permits per thousand population.Some 4,710 permits (24.8 per cent) out the total 18,971 were given to Indian nationals, 2,883 (15.2 per cent) were given to Russian nationals, and 1,406 (7.4 per cent) were given to Nepali nationals.Most first residence permits granted by Cyprus in 2017 were for employment reasons, amounting a total of 8,204 permits (43.2 per cent).Some 4,923 permits (26 per cent) were granted for educational reasons, 2,741 (14.4 per cent) for family reasons, and 3,103 (16.4 per cent) for other reasons.Other reasons for the granting of resident permits include “permits issued for residence only (e.g. pensioners with sufficient financial means), international protection status (including refugee status and subsidiary protection), humanitarian reasons, permits issued to non-asylum related unaccompanied minors, victims of trafficking in human beings and other reasons not specified (e.g. beneficiaries of national regularisation programmes),” according to Eurostat.The EU as a whole granted a total of 3.1 million first residence permits to non-EU citizens in 2017, a four per cent increase (or 112,000) in comparison to 2016.“Employment reasons accounted for almost one-third (32 per cent) of all first residence permits issued in the EU in 2017, family reasons for 26 per cent, education reasons for 17 per cent, and other reasons, including international protection, for 24 per cent,” the statistical service said.The highest number of first residence permits were issued in Poland (683,000, or 22 per cent of total permits issued in the EU), followed by Germany (535 000, or 17 per cent) and the United Kingdom (517 000, or 16 per cent).“For the EU as a whole in 2017, six first residence permits were issued per thousand population,” the statistical service said. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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