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Fighting Back Against Ransomware

By on December 9, 2019

first_imgBest Practices to Protect from RansomwareThe following recommendations represent the basic controls which provide a good measure of protection against ransomware. However, as the threats constantly evolve, so must the defenses we present. Industry recommendations will change over time, evolving to align with the threats. Ransomware attacks are a highly visible problem and growing global threat to businesses, governments, and consumers. The problem is not going away. Security and technology vendors are working to find ways to undermine this new tactic by cyber criminals, but it is difficult. Businesses and consumers should proactively take steps to minimize the risks and impacts. Those who don’t are likely to feel the sting of future ransomware attacks.Interested in more? Follow me on Twitter (@Matt_Rosenquist) and LinkedIn to hear insights and what is going on in cybersecurity. Industry ForecastRansomware, as a type of cyber attack, has risen dramatically over the past couple of years. The Intel Security McAfee Labs Threats Report March 2016 shows over 6 million unique samples of ransomware in the wild. Industry experts believe ransomware will remain a major and rapidly growing threat in 2016 and beyond. The financially motivated threat-agents are relishing in their great triumphs with this approach and significant sums of money are being made. Research by the Cyber Threat Alliance showed one variant in 2015, CryptoWall3, caused an estimated $325 million in damages. Success is reinforcing the incentives and fueling technical advancements, attracting more attackers, strengthening the support infrastructures, and enhancing targeting techniques.Cybercriminals, large and small, are fully embracing ransomware. Attackers canvas broad audiences with indirect campaigns, indiscriminately seeking easy targets of opportunity. Floods of phishing emails, malicious ads which lead to infected sites, and Trojans embedded in applications will happily infect the unsuspecting. A wide range of common file types are encrypted and a relatively low ransom is set to make the option of paying more attractive. Separately, some threat agents apply direct targeting techniques which single out specific victims. They may do more customized and elaborate phishing campaigns, waterhole attacks, or directly exploit system vulnerabilities to compromise individual hosts. Attackers can target victims through the use of exploit kits, such as Angler, Magnitude and Nuclear, to deliver ransomware payloads like CryptXXX and Locky. This allows ransomware to run, target files most valued by that particular victim, and establish a higher ransom equitable to the situation.Technically, the encryption algorithms and implementation techniques have become stronger. Early variants were easily undermined by security professionals due to poor implementations, but nowadays most ransomware code is at a level which cannot be broken by anti-cryptographic methods or by identifying weaknesses in key management. Ransomware developers are also bundling their code with more features and capabilities. Advanced malware can look to see if it is in a security sandbox, establish secure connections back to command and control infrastructures, use unique Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) key pairs for each victim, combine multiple infection techniques, establish backdoors for later use, and destroy the system if attempts are made to evict the code. Attackers are creative and will maximize every opportunity. For example, the Petya ransomware was recently updated to include Mischa code. Petya attempts to encrypt the MBR but if it fails, then it reverts to using Mischa as a file encrypting scheme. Threats also mix ransomware with botnets to amplify the reach to victims. The Dridex botnet is well known to spread Locky and Cerber ransomware.For the foreseeable future, ransomware will remain a major and rapidly growing threat, fueled by anonymizing networks and payment methods. The business models and infrastructure underpinning ransomware are becoming stronger. Most of these attacks continue to use the bitcoin cryptocurrency to anonymously transfer funds from victims to the criminals. Popular anonymous networks, such as The Onion Router (TOR), are used to mask the location and owners of command and control servers. With so much money at stake, attackers realize they are getting a lot of attention from law enforcement agencies, and they work very hard at remaining in the shadows. Other advances include less-than-scrupulous developers who offer the software and hosting services to upstart criminals seeking to enter into the ransomware arena. Ransomware-as-a-Service is now a real business opportunity. Anyone can purchase or rent such a service and the infrastructure host will handle all the back-end procedures in return for a slice of the profits. This allows for specialization and the recruitment of less technical fraudsters to join in the activities.At its core, ransomware is about extorting money. Criminals tend to go where money can be made and cybercrime is no exception. Although targeting everyday consumers who blunder into their traps will continue, the more sophisticated threats are targeting industries which must maintain access to crucial data and are willing to pay larger sums. So far in 2016, the healthcare sector is one of several which has been aggressively targeted. Medical facilities need access to systems, care devices, and most importantly patient records. Several hospitals have been specifically targeted with ransomware causing a disruption to services. Transportation, financial, and legal sectors are other fields which share the same profile and are being pursued as well. New technology will also be victimized. As consumers and businesses rely on new devices and services, it creates an opportunity for this type of extortion. Imagine getting into your smart car to drive home and seeing a ransomware screen appear. With vehicle operations blocked, you are now effectively stranded. How many people would pay a small ‘fee’ to get their car started? Ransomware is a specific type of attack which involves malware that encrypts files and extorts money from victims. It is quickly becoming a favorite among cybercriminals because it is easy to develop, simple to execute, and does a very good job at compelling users to pay in order to regain access to their precious files or systems. Almost anyone and every business is a potential victim. More importantly, to the delight of extortionists, people are paying.Ransomware can manifest in several ways. In its most benign form, it can lock an Internet browsing session with intimidating warnings of government surveillance and demands of immediate payment. These rely on fear tactics and deny the user the ability to easily navigate away from the warning page, thus appearing their system is locked. The problem can be solved by simply closing the browser application and restarting. This is how many of the original ransomware schemes began but did not result in much financial gain for criminals.The use of encryption by attackers, to lock selected user files, is now the most common approach. Attackers either compromise the system via exploitation or simply by social-engineering the user into launching malicious software. Either way, once running on the target system, malware then seeks out specific file types and encrypts them with a public PKI key. The user is then notified that their precious files are encrypted and they must pay in order to receive the associated private key for the unlock process to work. Users are directed to send cryptocurrency to anonymous accounts. This practice has proven very successful as the encryption strength is exceptionally strong and the targeted files are meaningful to victims.The third type of ransomware also leverages encryption, but targets the core operating system (OS) files, effectively holding the entire boot sequence hostage. This is done by encrypting the Master Boot Record (MBR) and deleting shadow copies (a feature in Windows) and other system recovery capabilities.Overall, ransomware is a relatively new method of attack which traditional security controls are not mature in defeating. Attack methods include phishing, maliciously configured websites and online ads, Trojans embedded in downloads, device compromise, and poisoned email attachments. It represents a shift in tactics from more traditional data breach exfiltration and website Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. Ransomware undermines the integrity of specific files and systems, bringing them under the control of the adversary, rather than jeopardize the confidentiality or general availability of environments. This change is troublesome for the current generation of security tools and practices, which are struggling to adapt to the new paradigm. Security Industry Advice to Fight RansomwareRansomware is very challenging and technical solutions must support the security priorities, end-user needs, and intertwined processes which provide protection. No one solution or practice can solve the problem. The development of tactics and tools by the criminals is extremely fast to target and victimize users. The ransomware development community is very agile in countering defenses introduced by security vendors. It is a highly dynamic situation where attackers are rushing and maneuvering to maximize financial returns. They will look for easy victims, targets with value, and even work to exploit new technologies in order to keep the money flowing in their direction.The best situation is to prevent ransomware before it can arrive on your system or block an attacker’s compromising attempts to gain access. The next best opportunity is to detect the malware and rapidly evict it before it can do damage. Downloading malware happens before it is launched, which provides a narrow window of opportunity to contain the threat, if it can be detected in time. However, detection is an area where adaptive attackers are successful at creating problems for security. Whether it is detecting an intruder to your network or trying to verify a file is malicious, it is a difficult endeavor.After that, the situation gets grim quickly. Limited options exist when responding to ransomware after it has compromised the integrity of files. Most ransomware infections encrypt files in a way not recoverable without the private key, being held by the extortionist. Even if the victim pays the ransom, there is no guarantee they will get their files back, as they are dealing with less than trustworthy parties.Recovery from ransomware is always painful, can be expensive, and is time-consuming. If backups are available, then the best option is to remove the infected media and start fresh. Reuse of infected drives is not recommended for any severe malware infection as it is near impossible to know if everything is safe. It is better for everyone, especially businesses, to start with a new drive, a fresh OS install, and restore uninfected data files. For consumers, this may not be reasonable due to cost or technical challenges, resulting in a decision to attempt the cleaning and reuse of the infected drive.Many choose to simply do without the encrypted files. They may not have been that important, could be recreated, or the victim just chose to suffer and learn from the experience. Paying the ransom is not recommended by security professionals. Regardless of cooperation with the extortionists, in the end, there is a risk the files may never be decrypted. What is certain, is the victim will be recognized as someone who is willing to pay. That makes them a preferred target in the future.last_img read more

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Globetrotting MS Dhoni seeks domestic return- Here’s why it’s great news for Indian cricket

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgAt the scenic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium, Indian skipper MS Dhoni, playing in Chennai Super Kings colours, was remembered for mauling medium pacer Irfan Pathan in the final over of the clash against Kings XI Punjab. Hitting two big ones which flew out of the ground, Dhoni took his team to the semifinals of IPL in 2010.Five years later in 2015, when the Indian skipper came in to bat at the same venue, against South Africa in the first T20 International of a three-match series, few would have expected that slump in form. Dhoni struggled to put bat to ball. When he was expected to inject pace into the innings after a brilliant ton from Rohit Sharma, the skipper squandered his chances against the South African pacers. India were expected to score than 200 but ended up being bundled out for 199. The hosts eventually went on to lose the match much to the disappointment of the home fans, who were hoping for an Indian domination. The Dharamsala loss was the start of South Africa’s dream performance on Indian soil, on a long 72-day tour. Dhoni’s boys were never able to bounce back and ended up losing the T20 and the subsequent ODI series. The critics pounced on Dhoni. They slammed the captain’s poor effort with the bat and blamed him for the team’s dismal performance. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar went on to say that the team did not want Dhoni to become a liability. Homecoming after eight years After an indifferent run, Dhoni has decided to turn back to his roots. He has voiced his interest to play for Jharkhand in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy, if the bilateral series between India and Pakistan is shelved.  “We have spoken to Dhoni and he has said that in all likelihood he will be available (if there’s no Pakistan series) to play for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy,” JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma told PTI. If Dhoni plays for Jharkhand, it would mark the batman’s return to domestic cricket after a gap of eight years. His last match for his state was in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Championship in Kolkata right after India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup. Busy globetrotter For close to a decade since his debut, Dhoni has been among the busiest cricketers in the world. He was captain of the Indian Test, ODI and T20 teams, he led Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and the Champions League Twenty20, he was the main batsman, wicketkeeper and a finisher. There was no time for domestic cricket. Since 2007, Dhoni has played 75 Tests and 211 one-day internationals besides appearing in the IPL and CL T20. Dhoni has rarely missed major matches for either club or country.  Only Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have played more international cricket in the same period. While Sangakkara featured in 70 Tests and 222 ODIs, Jawardene appeared in 64 Tests and 219 ODIs in the same period. AB de Villiers (76 Test and 175 one-dayers) is fourth on that list.   A globe-trotting cricketer till he retired from Tests at the end of 2014, there was no dearth of match practice for Dhoni. But things are not the same anymore. Dhoni had a three-month break from competitive cricket earlier this year and he used that time to train with the Indian Army’s elite Para Brigade. After the World Cup, India have played only eight ODIs and two completed T20 Internationals (the Eden Gardens game was washed out). Struggling to get his touch back, Dhoni is now counting on going back to the basics in domestic cricket. Maybe a few of those helicopter shots without the pressures of an international match could help the Jharkhand hero get back to form. Dhoni did manage to find some kind of touch as the ODI series progressed against South Africa but even his most ardent fans would agree that he was nowhere near his best. India’s next limited overs assignment is in Australia, where Dhoni has been known to struggle barring a few odd innings here and there. Against a charged-up bowling attack led by the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, poor form and bad technique will get Dhoni nowhere. Back in 2007, a young Dhoni had a torrid time at the World Cup – the return to domestic cricket helped him find some much-needed form. Now, in the twilight of his career, he has to recover that golden touch for one last (and hopefully) long hurrah. In these eight years, Dhoni has achieved what no other Indian captain has. He led India to victory in the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 (2007), lifted the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series in Australia (2008), won the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy in 2013. At the same time, he has been prolific as an ODI batsman and is rightly considered to be the most accomplished finisher in the game today. But times have changed. India, even in the time of Kohli, needs Dhoni to fire for the next two years.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sanjeev Rajput books quota place for Rio Olympics

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first_imgFaced with a do-or-die situation in his own words, two-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput battled the odds to secure India’s 12 quota from shooting for the upcoming Rio Games by finishing fourth in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the Asian Olympic Qualifying Competition on Tuesday.Owing to the 35-year-old marksman s effort, India could be sending 12 shooters, their highest-ever, to the quadrennial extravaganza in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro come August. At the London Olympics four years ago, India had 11 representatives in shooting.It also brought to end a three-day barren run that set in on day four of the competition.Overcoming a broken barrel barely three days ago and a struggling 2015, Sanjeev shot 429.5 after an impressive comeback in pone in the eight-man finals at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range to earn the country another Games berth.Sanjeev qualified for the finals in fourth position shooting a score of 1163. There were three quota places available in the finals and the other two went to Kazakhstan s Vitaliy Dovgun and Thailand s 20-year old Napis Tortungpanich.India, however, missed out on a quota in men’s skeet as Angad Vir Singh Bajwa narrowly failed to make the cut after finishing eighth with a score of 118 in the qualification rounds. Six top shooters play in the finals of skeet.”I have had a tough 2015 where I had to change my shooting jacket and gun three times which affected my performances. Also, the fact that after I left the Navy in 2014 it took me a while to adjust to the change in lifestyle,” Sanjeev said after his event.advertisementThe Asian champion added, “For this competition I had trained hard but the barrel extension of my gun started giving me problems in the last three days and I could not change it at this stage. This is why I was being inconsistent in the finals as I was finding it difficult to adjust otherwise I could have shot even better. I am hoping that my form starts improving more after this performance.”Expressing his delight, President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), Raninder Singh said, “I am very happy to have won more Olympic quotas than last time but at the same time we also have to give a long hard look at the reasons why we missed so many of them after coming so close.In at least four events we missed quotas by a whisker.””We will have a look at the players’ preparations and training, review the work done by the coaches and officials as well as the federation’s working and ensure that responsibility is fixed so that we continue to improve. There are no holy cows.”last_img read more

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Atletico’s Lucas turned down Real Madrid offer

By on November 20, 2019

first_imgLucas Hernandez said he turned down the chance to leave Atletico for city rivals and La Liga giants Real Madrid.The France defender’s younger brother Theo is already on Madrid’s books, having joined from Atletico in 2017.Deals between the Madrid clubs are unusual but Theo’s move was more palatable as he had never played for Atletico’s first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lucas, though, said he could not bring himself to follow his sibling to the Santiago Bernabeu, although the 22-year-old would not rule out leaving Atleti in the future.”I didn’t pay too much attention [to the offer],” Lucas said to RMC Sport . “I was 100 per cent focused on my club, where I had recently signed a new contract.”My agent told me about it. When he said there was an opportunity to go to Real Madrid, I told him I couldn’t do that.”Atletico are my club, a team who have given me everything. I’m an honest person and I couldn’t go to Madrid.”I hope I can stay here for a very long time, but football moves very fast. If an offer comes in that I can’t refuse…”Lucas started all seven games for France in Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph at Russia 2018 and is in Didier Deschamps’ squad for games against Iceland and Germany this month.last_img read more

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The record-breaking Cech fan aiming to make it at Chelsea

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first_imgNathan Baxter has a clear career plan as the Chelsea teenager attempts to emulate the exploits of England goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Joe Hart and Jack Butland on his way to the top.Pickford enjoyed loan spells at non-league sides Darlington and Alfreton Town on his way to becoming England’s No.1 keeper, while Hart and Butland also spent time in the lower divisions.For Baxter, his route to hopefully fulfilling his dream of playing for Chelsea has seen him play for Met Police in non-league, Solihull Moors and Woking in the National League and now he is in League Two with Yeovil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 19-year-old is the only teenage goalkeeper currently in English football’s professional ranks to have racked up over 100 appearances in the senior game.As one of Chelsea’s loanees, he played more minutes than anyone else last season – 4320 in total – and Baxter has explained why he chose to begin in the lower reaches of English football before working his way up.”My third game for Solihull Moors was in the National League and it came against Lincoln at home,” Baxter told Goal. “They had just played a big FA Cup game. They had a big crowd, it was a physical side and it was a constant test in aerial battles. It was wet and windy.”I thought afterwards I probably learned more than in any game I had ever played in before. The main things you learn are not from the games individually but playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday in a 50-game season. That’s the challenge more than any game in particular.”I think to have played over 100 senior games is an achievement that I am proud of. Any manager wants a goalkeeper they can trust, the more games in senior football that you play, the more mature you get and I think that’s how any player improves.”You need match time, it is extremely important and, so far, I have been able to get that at Yeovil and at all the clubs I have been at, even though there is always strong competition when you go on loan, especially in my position because only one player can play.”I think when I say being part of the club, if you want a successful loan, I now see myself as a Yeovil player not a Chelsea player coming on loan. When I was in non-league I saw myself as a player at that level because if you don’t perform well at that level then you won’t get to move up.”There’s a lot of goalkeepers who have done that and are now playing at the top level. Pickford is the main example, all three goalkeepers in the World Cup squad had played in League Two, and two of them had played in non-league, so it is a path that a lot of goalkeepers have taken. Hopefully I can continue on that same path.”I think you are looking whether it is the right time to go out on loan. It is different for every player. When you are a goalkeeper, the level of the club is not as important because the style that your team plays doesn’t necessarily matter.”Whereas, if you’re a midfielder who likes to get the ball down and play in non-league then the ball may be in the air a lot. For a goalkeeper, you need to catch crosses, kick long, play week-in and week-out. You need to get that experience and it doesn’t matter what level you go to.”Luckily, I have been able to work my way up from non-league to National League to League Two. The more experience I can get then that’s obviously the path that lots of England goalkeepers and Premier League goalkeepers have taken.”There’s also Ben Foster, Nick Pope, Joe Hart and Jack Butland who have done that. That’s something I want to continue to do. Rise up and earn my spurs.”Baxter has racked up a host of small records at his loan clubs, including winning four different player of the season awards at Woking. At Yeovil, he went 10 hours 12 minutes without conceding a goal, and set the club record for consecutive clean sheets after notching six in a row in all competitions before the spell was broken against Swindon.The run is something that Baxter credits to the coaching team at Yeovil which is led by Darren Way, but includes John Terry’s brother Paul, Terry Skiverton and goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips.Nathan BaxterIn non-league, Baxter used to return to Chelsea to train as the clubs are on a part-time schedule. Now, he is on a full-time schedule with Yeovil but Chelsea keep an eye on all their loanees with dedicated coaches giving feedback and support.Baxter admits that, like any loanee, he dreams of one day making it at Chelsea and that Petr Cech inspired him when he was growing up in the academy system at Cobham.”I absolutely loved growing up at Chelsea,” he added. “It is a wonderful academy. The support I received growing up through the age groups was absolutely unbelievable. The way they support me while I am on loan is great. They are in constant contact with the staff at Chelsea.”Neil Bath, in particular, has been really supportive with all my loans. I am grateful to be at the club and, obviously, you always dream of playing for the first team, but I am just concentrating on playing well for Yeovil and finishing as high as we can.”I was just playing for my local Sunday League team and then eventually signed when I was eight. Chelsea asked me to come in and train at Cobham. Growing up, I loved Petr Cech, especially when I was at Chelsea he was the number one for so many years and he was the one that I always watched.”I loved his high positioning. That positioning is something that I try to copy now. My dad Richard has been a big support, too. He put in a lot of mileage, driving me all over the country and regularly to Cobham. He was the one who supported me throughout my journey.Petr Cech, Chelsea“He comes to almost every game. He came to Hartlepool away, Torquay away last year. He comes down for almost every Yeovil game.”Chelsea spotted a sports-mad Baxter at the age of six playing for Cray Wanderers in south east London before signing him up two years later. He also played for Kent County Cricket Club but football quickly became his sole focus.His highlight in academy football is winning the FA Youth Cup final in 2015-16 against Manchester City in a match that featured Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori versus Brahim Diaz, Jadon Sancho and Lukas Nmecha.”It was a great moment to win it,” he continued. “I am very proud to have been a part of it. I think I was lucky to play in games that mattered. The FA Youth Cup matters. It helped me to play senior football at the age that I did because I had played pressured games in the youth team.”That meant after, when I was on loan at every other team I went to, I could handle it. The FA Youth Cup was a good bridge from the Under 18 league to senior football.Chelsea FA Youth Cup 2015-16“Yes, it is really great to see Mason among the others to get the international call ups. It is the target of any player to play international football. It is great to know that I grew up with players that are playing at the top level. It is a motivation to see lads that I shared a dressing room with are doing well.”The England senior national team is still a long way away, but the steps so far have been smart from Baxter and those in Chelsea’s academy who want to see him develop.A next step might be a first call up to one of England’s youth squads but Baxter says he needs to keep up his form in League Two, with his international future in the hands of others.”What I would say on that is it is a goal of mine, like any other player. But my focus is on Yeovil, because if I play well for Yeovil, then my chance will come. I want to concentrate on my club and, if my performances are recognised internationally, then I will love that.”This is my fourth loan now, so I know what it takes to be successful at a club, you need to buy into a football club. I have enjoyed every minute of it so far. I have enjoyed working under the manager. The training is really good and the detail in training is really good.”The goalkeeper coach is looking after me as well, That’s the reason I went here, to develop in senior football, but the environment to train in is also great. Both sides have been great, both to learn and the performances.”last_img read more

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a month agoBruce happy with Newcastle’s market approach

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgBruce happy with Newcastle’s market approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is happy with the club’s market approach.Now working alongside Steve Nickson, Newcastle’s head of recruitment, Bruce believes the club’s current transfer policy is the way forward.“I agree with the policy. I agree with it because it’s everybody’s policy. There’s not many that want to spend big, big money on a 29-year-old,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s game against Leicester City.”Tottenham is the same, Man U is the same. We’re not alone in this. If you’re going to spend big, big money then it makes sense to spend it on a younger one than someone who is 29 or 30.”All the Premier League teams really are looking at that. If there is one out there who is a Bosman, an Andy Carroll, or Fede [Federico Fernandez], we’ve bought experienced ones, too.”If you’re going to really, really spend, big money, you’re going to spend it on a young one. I agree with that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New French High School for HRM

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgA second French high school planned for the Halifax/Bedford area means Acadian and francophone students in HRM will have more opportunities to complete their public school education in French. Education Minister Karen Casey made the announcement at École Beaubassin, a grades Primary to 8 school in Halifax today, May 15, during Acadian and Francophone Education Week. “I am very pleased to share this good news during this special week,” said Ms. Casey. “After this school opens, about 300 students from grades 6 to 12 will have a new school where French-speaking students can continue their education in their mother tongue.” The new school, which could be occupied in September 2009, reflects the province’s support for French first-language education in Nova Scotia. The school will be part of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), a provincewide school board that serves Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone communities. Enrolment in the Halifax-Bedford area has been increasing and the board has asked the Department of Education for a second high school to better accommodate local families. “The addition of another French first-language high school in HRM will accomplish many things,” said board chair Ken Gaudet. “It will make a high school education in French more attractive to students who are eligible to attend CSAP schools, especially those who live outside the metro core, and allow the CSAP to better meet its responsibilities towards all eligible families.” Currently, students from École Beaubassin and Dartmouth’s École Bois-Joli graduate to École du Carrefour high school in Dartmouth. “Building a new school will create new opportunities for Acadians and francophones studying in the Halifax metropolitan area,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “It is particularly fitting that we are making this announcement during Acadian and Francophone Education Week.” The province builds and renovates schools to provide students with safe and modern learning environments that prepare them for success and prosperity. School boards provide the Department of Education with construction and renovation priority lists, and a provincewide priority list is developed from the requests. There are several steps before a new school opens: The board will be asked to strike a site-selection team to recommend three potential locations for the new school. The Department of Transportation and Public Works will examine the sites to determine the most appropriate site for the proposed school. This process includes an environmental assessment. If the chosen site is not owned by the board, its purchase must be negotiated by the province. Tenders must be let and awarded for architectural design and construction. The school community will be consulted throughout the planning and construction process. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial schools in Cheticamp, Greenwood, Sydney and Truro are at various stages of multi-year renovation projects. In January 2006, the Department of Education announced a replacement for École de la Rive-Sud in Blockhouse.last_img read more

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Ghulam Nabi Azad on Kashmir People will know drama was to divert

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgLeader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks to Manoj C G on the situation in the Valley and why he thinks the government is trying to divert attention from burning issues In a petition to the United Nations, Pakistan has quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that “people (are) dying” in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP has targeted the Congress over this It is stupid on the part of Pakistan to have mentioned such a thing. That shows the hollowness on their part. Rahul Gandhi has already made it clear what he actually meant. I totally dismiss what Pakistan has mentioned in its petition. But the fact of the matter is that the whole world knows that Jammu and Kashmir is out of bounds for everybody, including a person like me who belongs to that state and is an MP from that state. Even I have not been allowed to enter the state. So that clearly indicates the way they have taken… All the former chief ministers and senior leaders of political parties have been taken away from their houses and kept somewhere nobody knows. Their number runs into thousands. Small and big leaders, even sarpanch-level leaders have not been spared. It is not the first time that curfew has been imposed or Section 144 invoked, but never before state leaders, that too of mainstream parties, been detained like this and leaders belonging to state prevented from entering the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Ultimately, one comes to the conclusion that there is something wrong which is being hidden by the government from the leaders so that they don’t make noise. Had everything been fine, they should have allowed the leaders of at least mainstream political parties. There were times in early 1990s when things were bad….when we were in government at the Centre…we requested or rather begged the regional parties from the Valley, the mainstream political parties in the Valley who had fled to Jammu to go back to Kashmir and start some political activity. We offered them all facilities, security. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHere is a government which instead of taking the support of political parties…(is) not allowing even former chief ministers to come out of their houses. So what is there to hide? This is something which is creating a lot of confusion….mainstream parties have from time to time helped the government of India or the state administration to retrieve the situation. And you have put them behind the bars.(Inputs fom The Indian Expess)last_img read more

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US job openings soar to record high of 63 million

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years.The number of job opening soared 645,000 in January, the Labor Department said Friday, the largest one-month increase in 2 1/2 years. The number of people hired ticked up and fewer Americans quit in January compared with the previous month.The huge demand for workers comes as the unemployment rate is already at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The report shows that overall hiring increased by a much smaller amount than job openings, suggesting that employers are having difficulty finding the workers they need. That may raise pressure on companies to increase pay in the coming months to attract more applicants.The data could fuel debates about whether a “skills gap” has made it harder for companies to fill open positions. Business groups argue that many jobs, particularly in manufacturing, administrative work, and information technology, require greater or different skill sets than in the past, and not enough workers have them.Some economists respond that businesses should offer higher wages if they are truly desperate for more employees. Americans’ paychecks have picked up a bit in recent years, but by most measures the gains are still sluggish compared with previous periods when the unemployment rate was this low.The report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, shows that job openings surged nearly 16 per cent in January compared with a year earlier. Yet the number of jobs getting filled rose just 2.3 per cent, to 5.6 million in January.In a study released this week, Burning Glass, a labour market analytics firm, finds that skills gaps exist in some specific occupations and industries, but for different reasons.In information technology, for example, there are 17 per cent more jobs open than there are available workers, Burning Glass calculates. That’s partly because demand in relatively new fields, such as cybersecurity and “big data” analysis, have exploded in recent years. Meanwhile, training programs have been slow to ramp up and teach the new, complex skills needed.Many of those jobs also combine certain skills, such as software development and business analysis skills. Training for such “hybrid jobs” is more complicated and less available than for more straightforward jobs, Burning Glass’ report said. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsored Burning Glass’s research.In other cases, employers are undercutting their own efforts. In office and administrative work, there are 5 per cent more jobs open than qualified workers, Burning Glass found.But many employers increasingly demand four-year college degrees for those jobs, narrowing the number of prospective applicants. For example, 37 per cent of job postings for bookkeepers require a college degree, the study said, but just 19 per cent of those who currently work as bookkeepers actually have them.This so-called “upskilling” accelerated during the slow recovery from the Great Recession, when employers had a much broader pool of workers to choose from. But with the unemployment rate possibly dropping below 4 per cent in the coming months, businesses may have to take a more flexible approach.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka UN saddened by death of aid worker in nofire zone

By on October 12, 2019

R. Sabesan, a national staff member with CARE, died of injuries sustained as a result of shelling inside the zone, compounded by a lack of sufficient medical care, according to a statement issued by the UN in Colombo. “Unfortunately, the death of Mr. Sabesan is an insight into the larger circumstances confronting civilians trapped by fighting in the conflict area,” it added.The world body says as many as 180,000 civilians are seeking refuge in the Government-designated no-fire zone in the northern Vanni region from the ongoing clashes between the Sri Lankan Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), repeated shelling has continued in the no-fire zone, as well as in other areas where civilians are sheltering.OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since late January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundred having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt. 19 March 2009The United Nations said today it was saddened to learn of the death of an aid worker with the non-governmental organization CARE in the so-called “no-fire” zone in Sri Lanka’s strife-torn north. read more

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Canada orders deportation of Sri Lankan accused of murder

By on October 8, 2019

Counsel for Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam argued that the ongoing proceedings could last up to four years. The lawyer added that his client’s family was in Canada and that he is not likely to flee. The Commission has also ruled that Thanabalasingam will remain in custody, at least until the reassessment of his case on Thursday. The Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada has ordered the deportation of a Sri Lankan man accused killing his wife, Radio Canada reported.Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam can however file an appeal against the order, a process which could take up to four years. He was arrested in August 2012 after Anuja Baskaran’s body was found in their apartment in the Ahuntsic neighborhood of Montreal. The woman in her twenties had been stabbed at the throat many times. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Saudi Arabia UN expert lauds legal reforms but urges more to ensure

By on October 6, 2019

Speaking to reporters in Riyadh on Sunday, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, cited a number of positive developments, including plans by the Government to ratify key human rights treaties. The Saudi legal system is being reformed, including through the adoption of a new criminal procedure code on the rights of the accused which marks “an important step in the regulation of the administration of justice.”While noting that Saudi law provides an independent judiciary, the Special Rapporteur voiced concern about its application. “I have learned that there is some resistance on the part of some judges to the presence of lawyers in their courts due to a perception that they interfere with the ability of the judge to ensure that justice is done in a particular case,” he said, adding that some prosecutors reportedly feel that lawyers interfere with their ability to investigate. “There has not been a culture of legal representation in the courts, but this may soon be rectified,” he observed, encouraging the Government to continue its efforts to regulate and improve the qualifications of lawyers without in any way impinging on their independence.He expressed concern about a number of conditions, including the lack of compliance with certain international standards of due process, particularly with respect to the right of arrested or detained persons to be promptly brought before a court. “I am also concerned about the frequent reliance on confessional evidence before the courts to prove an offence,” the expert said.Noting that about half of all law graduates are women who often do not progress to the practice of law, he recommends that more women be encouraged seek admission to the legal profession and practice before the courts. While in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Cumaraswamy met with numerous officials, including ministers, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, those involved in legal education and representatives of the prison service. He voiced appreciation to the Government for facilitating the mission, saying the authorities were “open to my questions and willing to share information concerning the operation of their judicial system.”The Special Rapporteur’s full report will be presented to the UN Commission on Human Rights in March. read more

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With Syrian truce barely alive UN envoy urges Russia and United States

By on October 2, 2019

Members of the press in attendance for a briefing by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at the Intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Elma Okic Mr. de Mistura said that another commonality is that Syria does require a new constitution, and that the key responsibility for this transitional governance will be to oversee the drafting of the new constitution. In addition, any new governance should be agreed upon in UN-facilitated intra-Syrian talks “on the basis of mutual consent,” he said. “Having said that, [there is] no denial that there are still major differences officially on the major issues,” the envoy stressed. Calls for revitalization for next round of talksThe Special Envoy also recalled the initiative by Russia and the United States in February that had led to the cessation of hostilities. “The Russian Federation and the US, as you remember, had a very strong initiative, which produced basically a miracle, because on 27 February, suddenly within hours, we had a dramatic collapse not of the cessation of hostilities but of the hostilities. And that produced a great feeling among everyone that in fact the political discussions and everything else had and should have a chance,” he said. “We need that to be urgently revitalized,” he continued. “And […] the Russian Federation and the US, as they did when they launched suddenly everything related to the cessation of hostilities, need to come back again and relaunch it.” In that vein, he appealed for an “urgent initiative” at the highest levels for the next round of talks. The next round of talks would be meaningful “only if and when the cessation of hostilities is brought back to the level we saw in February and in March,” Mr. de Mistura said. “Hence, my appeal for a US-Russian urgent initiative at the highest levels, because the legacy of both President Obama and President Putin is linked to the success of what has been a unique initiative which started very well and needs to end very well.” In addition, a new International Syria Support Group meeting at the ministerial level would also be necessary, the special envoy said, in order to “relaunch what has been for a moment put in danger.” “That is what we want to obtain before we actually announce the new round of talks, because that would certainly help the round of talks to become credible and effective. And we are ready for doing so because a lot has been done so far,” he concluded. “What we need to do and to hear is that the cessation of hostilities is salvaged and […] is saved from a total collapse,” Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, told reporters following a briefing to the Security Council yesterday. “It’s still there. It’s still there because in many areas, it’s still there. But it’s in great danger. It’s still alive, but barely. And the perception is that it could collapse at any time.” The Special Envoy said that the previous round of intra-Syrian talks had received a boost and support linked to the beginning of the cessation of hostilities and a “clear commitment” to move ahead with an accelerated pattern of humanitarian access to besieged areas. “This round of talks has instead been overshadowed, let’s be frank, by a substantial and indeed worrisome deterioration of the cessation of hostilities,” he said. “We cannot ignore that and we have not ignored it.” The most recent round of talks had seen air strikes on a hospital and the killing of a paediatric doctor, among other attacks, the Special Envoy said. “Let’s put it in a few words: In the last 48 hours, we have had an average of one Syrian killed every 25 minutes. One Syrian wounded every 13 minutes,” he said. Other senior UN officials expressed deep concern about the situation on the ground, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemning yesterday’s aerial strikes against the hospital in Aleppo. According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, civil society groups report at least 20 people were killed as a result of the attack, including three children and the area’s last paediatrician.In the statement, the UN chief echoed Mr. de Mistrua by calling on the warring sides in Syria to immediately renew their commitment to the cessation of hostilities. Mr. Ban also encouraged the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), in particular its two co-chairs, Russia and the United States – and including the United Nations, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries and which has been seeking a path forward for several months – to exert pressure on all concerned to stop the fighting and to ensure credible investigations of incidents such as the attack on Al Quds hospital.Meanwhile, in his briefing to the Security Council, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien said that for many in Syria who are merely surviving, “life is miserable.” He lamented: “Deliberately deprived of food and medicine, many face the most appalling conditions of desolation, hunger and starvation. We must all be ashamed that this is happening on our watch.” Commonalities on political transitionMr. de Mistura said that despite such incidents, the talks had continued from 13 April until 27 April. He had prepared a mediator’s summary indicating that there has been “some progress,” and including his own understanding of what have been differing visions of the political transition from different points of view. “After all, we are talking about a political discussion regarding a conflict which has been going on for more than five years, and as you can see is still ongoing – there are some commonalities on the political transition,” Mr. de Mistura said. One of the commonalities is that there is “no doubt” that there is an urgent need for a credible political transition, he said. “You remember when the word transition, at least in certain area, was taboo? Not anymore. Everyone acknowledges that that is the agenda,” the envoy stressed. The envoy also said that there is a clear understanding that a credible political transition should be overseen by a new credible and inclusive transitional governance that will be replacing the present governance arrangements. The other common point is that the transitional governance should include members of the present Government, opposition, independents and others, he said. read more

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Black Lives Matter protesters charged over London City Airport trespass

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgAn Oxford student leader and a man who directed an opera about sex workers were among nine Black Lives Matter protesters charged with trespass after blocking the runway at London City Airport.The protesters chained themselves together on the runway after allegedly breaching the airport’s perimeter fence, disrupting flights for more than six hours in protest at the impact of climate change on black people around the world.It has now emerged that several of those arrested are veterans of protests against climate change and their involvement in the City airport protests has led to accusations that the British offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement has been hijacked by middle-class white activists.Among those charged with aggravated trespass and being unlawfully airside within a restricted area of an aerodrome was Richard Collett-White, 23, a former president of Oxford’s Exeter College Junior Common Room (JCR) student body. Sam Lund-HarketCredit:Global Justice Now Richard Collett-White Mr Collett-White, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, led a student strike against high food prices at the college in 2014, arguing that students were being forced to pay £280 a term “simply for the privilege of setting foot in the only on-site eating place”.Alex Etchart, another of those charged yesterday following Tuesday’s protest, describes himself as a community musician and last year directed an opera about sex workers, featuring real life burlesque dancers and others who work in the sex industry.The 26-year-old, who lives on a houseboat on the Rivert Stort, near Roydon, Essex, has previously taken part in the Occupy London protests and anti-fracking camps.Two of those charged, William Pettifer, 27, who works on an organic farm in Radford, Somerset, and Esme Waldron, 23, a student from Brighton, took part in the blockade of Heathrow Airport in November last year.This saw anti-climate change activists occupy the entrance tunnel to Terminals 1, 2 and 3 for nearly five hours, leading to widespread disruption for travellers. Richard Collett-Whitecenter_img Sam Lund-Harket Miss Waldron said at the time: “For most of us, all we gain from new runways is dirtier air, more noise and more floods due to climate change. This is an issue of class; a familiar story of a rich and powerful elite trampling over the livelihoods of those lacking power.”Also charged was Natalie Fiennes, a former student at London School of Economics, who last year took part in the six-week occupation of its central London campus in protest at student fees.Miss Fiennes, 25, of Wandsworth, south London, has also taken part in Climate Camp protests.Those charged also include Ben Tippett, 24, also a former LSE student from Wandsworth, and Sam Lund-Harket, 32, who is a leading activist with the campaign group Global Justice Now.Mr Lund-Harket, who also lives on a houseboat on the River Stort, has previously been active in the anti-climate change groups Reclaim the Power and Grow Heathrow. The others charged were Sama Baka, 27, who also lives on a houseboat at Roydon and Deborah Frances Grayson, 31, of Slough.Ms Grayson was one of six anti-fracking protesters who locked themselves to a fire engine outside Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site at Balcombe, West Sussex, in August 2013. All nine were released on bail to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 14 September.The protest at the east London, which not only serves business travellers but residents in the most ethnically diverse parts of the capital, was criticised by several veteran black activists yesterday.Stafford Scott, the co-founder of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign, wrote on Twitter: “Black Lives Matter is fast becoming a joke” and said the protesters were “embarrassing black people”. 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.last_img read more

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Britain could carry out cyber attacks to defend itself against Russia suggests

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first_imgThe Kremlin was also responsible for creating a post-truth age by “weaponising misinformation” in a propaganda blitz of lies, he said.The speech came after Moscow has been linked to a string of high-profile cyber attacks across Europe and America.In April 2015, the French television channel TV5 Monde was taken off air, in an attack French investigators suggested was masterminded by the Kremlin.Months later, the Germany parliament’s network was shut down in an attack which Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said was steered by the Russian state.But Sir Michael warned there had been a “step change” in 2016 as attacks mounted.American intelligence services have accused Russia of using hacking attacks and propaganda to influence the US election campaign in Donald Trump’s favour and to undermine confidence in American democracy.Russia was obviously “testing” the West to weaken Nato and destabilise countries, he said.“Today we see a country that in weaponising misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery.“Nato must defend itself as effectively in the cyber sphere as it does in the air, on land, and at sea.  So adversaries know there is a price to pay if they use cyber weapons.” Show more Britain could carry out offensive cyber attacks to tackle high-tech Russian subversion, the Defence Secretary has suggested.Sir Michael Fallon said the UK and its Nato allies must now compete on the cyber battlefield as much as they do in conventional air, land and sea warfare.Britain’s adversaries must know they face a price for using cyber weapons, Sir Michael warned in a speech describing how to cope with an increasingly aggressive Russia.He said Britain was doubling its investment on defensive and offensive cyber warfare to £1.9bn. However, a group of influential MPs on Thursday said the Government’s ability to protect Britain from high-level cyber-attacks was being hit by skills shortages and a chaotic lack of organisation.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that with cyber-attacks ranked as a top four risk to UK national security, the Government needed to “raise its game”.Meg Hillier MP, chair, said the Government’s approach to handling personal data breaches was “chaotic and does not inspire confidence in its ability to take swift, coordinated and effective action in the face of higher-threat attacks.She said: “The threat of cyber crime is ever-growing yet evidence shows Britain ranks below Brazil, South Africa and China in keeping phones and laptops secure.”In this context it should concern us all that the Government is struggling to ensure its security profession has the skills it needs.”center_img Nato must defend itself as effectively in the cyber sphere as it does in the air, on land, and at seaSir Michael Fallon 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.last_img read more

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Deafening silence from MCC on next move for failed parking meter

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSCS flouts Govt’s suspension orderMarch 16, 2017In “Politics”Parking meters: AFC flip flops, calls for project’s suspension amid mounting pressureFebruary 8, 2017In “Business”PSC, GCCI meet, raise objections with Parking Meter Negotiating teamMay 25, 2017In “Business” Dear Editor,As we countdown to the expiration of the suspension of the Georgetown Metered Parking By Laws, the residents of Georgetown and citizens of Guyana have not been bestowed with the courtesy of communication from the Mayor & Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) or the government through the Ministry of Communities as to what to expect.The silence although deafening, is admittedly, sadly, not at all surprising since this seems to be the new standard level of respect which our elected officials feel we as voters are entitled to. Notwithstanding, the ‘Fantastic Four’ at M&CC buttressed, by a Council who are unable or unwilling to do otherwise, seem poised from all indications, to reinstitute the metered parking system in Georgetown once given the green light by Government with the enforceability of the said By Laws, the legal framework upon which metered parking rests.In the three months suspension nothing meaningful has taken place. The Council held purported consultations at times when it was difficult for the general public to attend, nor was there any outreach. The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) from all reports discharged their self imposed duty to the citizens of Guyana. They appeared before the mandated Committee and systematically and competently refuted every talking point of the M&CC.Notably, the aforesaid events are all taking place while proceedings are still pending in the High Court with regard to the legality of By Laws and contract. But legality aside and even if deemed legal, the damage has already been done. The project has been an undoubted failure to the point that it cannot be salvaged.The embarrassing details emanating in the media as to the irresponsible and vulgar spending of the M&CC do not further their cause. With all that has taken place and unearthed since the institution of the metered parking system in Georgetown, it would have been enough in any other civilized society for the elected officials to ‘back-peddle’ on the project. Not so in Guyana! So we the citizens of Guyana wait, in fear of ambush of the ‘green monsters’, but not cowardly, as I have no doubt my fellow citizens will once again resist if there is a reoccurrence and this time put the ‘green monsters’ to rest, permanently.Yours faithfully,Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM)  read more

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Body of murdered porn star found in Italys Lake Garda

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgTHE BODY OF porn star Ginevra Hollander was recovered by police from Italy’s Lake Garda today, four months after she went missing.The 43-year-old actress was found squashed into a plastic crate at the bottom of the lake, according to Italian media reports.Hollander — whose real name was Federica Giacomini — was identified by her right hand, which had been missing the tip of a finger since she was young. She had suffered severe head injuries.Following the grim discovery, police launched an investigation into her boyfriend — a convicted murderer fascinated by American serial killer Ted Bundy.Franco Mossini was convicted in 1978 of shooting dead the suspected lover of his ex-wife, and has spent his life in and out of psychiatric wards.In February, shortly after Giacomini disappeared, Mossini was placed back in psychiatric care after turning up in Vicenza hospital dressed in a Rambo costume and wielding a toy gun, the reports said.A witness later came forward to say he had seen Giacomini dumping the plastic crate in the lake.According to the Corriere della Sera and Repubblica dailies, the 55-year-old was fixated with American serial killer Ted Bundy.Bundy, who confessed to 30 murders carried out between 1974 and 1978, removed the front seat of his car in order better to manoeuvre the bodies of his victims in and out of the vehicle.Italian police found that Giacomini had also taken out his front seat, replacing it with a folding chair which was spotted with blood, the reports said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Australia has been given eight months to fix the Great Barrier ReefRead: 16-year-old shot by group of men in sectarian hate crime attacklast_img read more

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Holiday closures Martin Luther King Jr Day

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:• MAIL: Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. No home delivery except Express Mail.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, in Vancouver and most of Clark County, operating on its regular schedule. In Camas, normal Monday collections will be made Tuesday with Tuesday’s regular collections.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Offices closed. Washington Legislature in session.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow regular schedule. TriMet buses follow special schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed.• BANKS: Most closed; check your bank for details. Some in-store branches may be open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open regular hours, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Circulation lines, 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

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Aladdin Grammys trailer gives first look at Will Smith as Disneys blue

By on September 10, 2019

first_img Preview • Anker’s new Alexa smart speaker is an even cheaper Echo Dot $19 77 Photos 1:00 Mentioned Above Eufy Genie TV and Movies See it Disney/GIF by Alexandra Able/CNET Grammy watchers met the new Aladdin during Sunday’s musical awards show when footage from the upcoming live-action film of the famed story came out.Fans were treated to their first glance of Will Smith  as the blue-skinned Genie, the role made famous in the 1992 animated version by Robin Williams. Canadian actor Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Disney’s Aladdin trailer reveals Will Smith’s blue Genie Tags 2019 movies to geek out overcenter_img Eufy Genie “You really don’t know who I am?” Smith’s Genie says to Aladdin. “Genie, wishes, lamp, none of that ringing a bell?”An earlier teaser, showing Massoud but not Smith, was released in the fall. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 10 Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aladdin opens on May 23 in Australia and May 24 in the US and UK. Disneylast_img read more

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Snapchat might follow Instagram by letting you add music

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first_imgSnapchat could let you add music to your posts. Getty Images Snap, the company behind Snapchat, is reportedly seeking licenses that would allow users to add music to their posts on the platform. The company is hoping to secure broad rights to catalogues from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, according to a Friday report by The Wall Street Journal. Snapchat users would then have the option to include the music in their content.  No deals have been made, people familiar with the matter told The Journal, but talks have reportedly ramped up in recent weeks.Other apps like Instagram and TikTok already let users add music to their content. Facebook also struck deals with major music companies in 2017 and 2018 allowing users to upload and share videos featuring songs from those labels.  Snap didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. New Snapchat Spectacles: Are they worth it? Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Snapchat Sony,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express See It Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags See at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Best Buycenter_img $299 at Amazon Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Rylo Now playing: Watch this: Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $59 at eBay Comments What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 0 Sarah Tew/CNET See it HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) CNET Apps Today $999 $999 The Cheapskate Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 4:28 Boost Mobile Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Sprint $520 at HP $999 Share your voice Apple iPhone XS $60 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 7 See at Turo Amazonlast_img read more

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