first_img Today’s Game: – 3:30 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Portmore United FC at Effortville Community Centre Fans crying out for excitement in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will have it all today when title aspirants Humble Lion hosts former champions Portmore United in a first-leg semi-final at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Game time is 3:30 p.m. This ‘Clarendon derby’ will feature a number of former teammates at the schoolboy and club levels going against each other and should have fireworks aplenty. Perhaps the only drawback could be the capacity of the venue. Despite the above and the fact that there is a place in the RSPL final on offer, what perhaps will be most on the minds of the fans is whether the ‘vexed’ Humble Lion will have the chance to right what they believe was a wrong. Portmore United, the team many love to hate, were beaten 3-1 in their third encounter of the season with Humble Lion, but had the win erased when they protested the use of an ineligible player. The competition’s committee ruled against Humble Lion and awarded Portmore United three points and a 3-0 win. That result almost derailed Humble Lion’s season as they fell from fourth spot a position which had been their preserve for most of the season and one which would have guaranteed them a spot in the semi-final and fell to sixth. Those three points also enabled Portmore United to top the table on points, as they finished one ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens and collected the bounty of one million dollars. “Obviously, the issue will be on the minds of all concerned, but we intend not to make it a distraction,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion, said of the impact the ruling will have on his players. “I have asked my team not to focus on that issue, but to focus on the game itself and what winning these two games will mean to us,” added the man who led Wolmer’s Boys’ to a schoolboy football title this season. While stating that he asked his players to put the past in a certain ‘space’, Reynolds confessed that in their matches leading up to this one, that disappointment was a major motivator. “Getting to this stage, we used this incident to motivate us. For about a round and a half, we were in fourth spot, but wouldn’t get any further. Since we lost the points in the boardroom, our only blemish in terms of dropped points was a 0-1 loss to Arnett Gardens. We pledged to fight to get back in,” Reynolds explained. Portmore United’s Geoffrey Hewitt acknowledged that the results and points reversal could play a part in the temperature of the match. “It is something that we are totally cognisant of, but this is a semi-final. It is a big game and several things can motivate us to perform. We are confident in our ability to win and we are motivated to do so,” said Hewitt, a very successful coach at the schoolboy level, in particular at Garvey Maceo. Not one to say a lot, Hewitt would only add that they are driven by ambition. “Our ambition drives us. That is our driving force. We are determined to succeed and we believe that we have what it takes to be champions, and Humble Lion is our first hurdle to the championship,” Hewitt said. Talent is something Portmore United have in abundance. Besides the steady Ewan Grandison, there is the duo of Ricardo Morris and Tramaine Stewart, who can decide a game on their own. Javon East is another player who comes to mind and, if fully fit, could cause problems. Defensively, they are also sound with the vertically-challenged, but commanding Damano Salmon, Ryan Wellington and possibly Uptsan Edwards. Humble Lion are themselves not humble in the talent department and should have at their disposal the on-form Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Jermaine Christian, Wolry and Kemeel Wolfe and the fit-again Francois Swaby, who could come off the bench. The other semi-final, between Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United, who finished third, will be played tomorrow at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay. Tomorrow’s Gamecenter_img – 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Catherine Hall Complexlast_img read more

first_imgFinn Harps make the long trip south this weekend, for a Saturday afternoon kick-off at the RSC against Waterford United (kick-off 2.30pm).The RSC has proved to be a difficult venue for Harps down through the years, and they haven’t recorded a victory at the venue since a 4-3 win in August 2001, some eleven games ago.After beating Mervue United three weeks ago, Harps have now lost two on the trot in the league against Athlone Town and Wexford Youths. “I thought we played well, particularly second half,” said Harps Director of Football Felix Healy after the 1-0 home defeat to Wexford last weekend, “but the defending for their goal was extremely poor and rightly punished.”Harps quickly put that defeat behind them and followed it up with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Mayo League in the EA Sports Cup at the start of the week.“Monday night gave us the opportunity to give one or two who haven’t been involved to get a run out,” said Healy.“17 year-old Shane McGinty was also given his first team debut and it was quite an impressive debut. He, like one or two others from the under 19’s, will have more involvement with the first team once their season ends shortly.” Although Harps have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their four league games to date, Healy is also worried about the fact that his team are not putting away any of the numerous chances that they are creating.“A disappointing aspect again on Monday night was our inability to convert the chances created,” he said. “Indeed one or two misses were amongst some of the worst I’ve ever witnessed. We should have scored several goals in the past fortnight; at Athlone, Wexford and Mayo.”On Saturday, Harps will look to halt their recent losing streak in the league. “Waterford suffered a heavy defeat in the league cup earlier this week and I have no doubt that they will be hoping to erase memories of that loss as soon as they possibly can,” said Healy ahead of the longest away trip of the season for Harps.“Conceding 6 goals is never nice for any team but they recovered from a similar setback at Wexford in the opening match of the season to overcome Limerick and they’ll be going all out for a similar response against Harps.”Healy is hoping that with a bit of consistency, Harps’ fortunes will soon turn. He certainly feels the team is better than recent results have shown. “Our quality with the ball has been, at times, first class. (Thomas) McBride has tremendous ability, which allied with (Shaun) McGowan’s power and mobility should make for a very interesting pairing in the centre of midfield.“Defensively, as a unit we could be better; however, some people have under-performed in their respective roles. It’s criminal that we only have 3 points after our first 4 league games, due to individual mistakes at the back.”Harps will again plan without the injured Keith Cowan, while Stephen O’Donnell remains a doubt. “At this moment in time, we still await news of a scan Stephen O’Donnell had in Dublin on Monday. Whether he will travel to Waterford is in doubt but we remain hopeful.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: Stephen O’Donnell (medial ligament)Injured: Keith Cowan (double hairline fracture ankle).Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-W-L-L (3 pts)Waterford United: W-L-L-W-W-L (9 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games against Waterford United23/11/2007 – Waterford United 3-3 Finn Harps (Promotion/Relegation Play-Off)28/07/2009 – Waterford United 4-0 Finn Harps (First Division)23/04/2010 – Waterford United 2-0 Finn Harps (First Division)09/10/2010 – Waterford United 3-1 Finn Harps (First Division)25/03/2011 – Waterford United 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)09/09/2011 – Waterford United 0-0 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2012Kevin McHugh – 3 (1 in League Cup)Adam Clarke – 2Thomas McMonagle – 1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2012 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)26/03/2012 – (LC) Finn Harps 2-0 Mayo League (Mayo o.g., McHugh)24/03/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths16/03/2012 – (FD) Athlone Town 2-0 Finn Harps10/03/2012 – (FD) Finn Harps 4-3 Mervue United (Clarke, McHugh 2, McMonagle)02/03/2012 – (FD) Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (Clarke)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HARPS HEAD SOUTH IN SEARCH OF VITAL POINTS was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsWATERFORD UNITEDlast_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (3-4) vs. Lions (3-3-1) at Oakland Coliseum on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (PT)TV: FOX-TV, Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Shannon Spake (reporter). Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon when the Raiders close out their long run of games away from Oakland by facing the Texans in Houston.center_img ODDS: Raiders -2 (opened at Raiders …last_img

first_img SharePrint RelatedParent Insider Tips: Getting Your Kids Outside with GeocachingAugust 25, 2014In “Community”The 3 Things to Avoid While Geocaching with KidsDecember 23, 2014In “Community”5 Tricks of the Trade for Geocaching with KidsApril 29, 2014In “Community” As a parent, you learn to appreciate the little victories in life, whether that means celebrating a win after a soccer game or reveling in the triumph of getting your child to eat all their vegetables. However, nothing quite beats the satisfaction of watching your child grin from ear to ear as they explore and discover the world around them through geocaching. With over 3 million geocaches worldwide waiting to be discovered, every location can be turned into an adventure and each family outing a victory.Here are five tips on how to make geocaching with kids a success!Make it a family activity. Involve the kids in choosing which geocaches to look for. Have them read the description of the geocache and brainstorm what it could be!Let the kids be your guide. Children are eager to participate, so let them take the lead through navigating or looking under each rock and bush for an elusive geocache.Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you are genuinely excited about geocaching, your kids will be, too. So start practicing your happy dance and be ready to break out those moves when you find one!Make memories to last a lifetime. Capture all those memorable moments, from searching to finding to signing and trading. Each step of the way can be an exciting adventure.Bring snacks. They can mean the difference between a fun day at the park and a before-dinner meltdown.What tips do you have for geocaching with kids? Share your best advice in the comments!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgA number of Maratha outfits including the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sambhaji Brigade have announced their intention to demonstrate against senior India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Dr. Medha Khole on September 25 for allegedly defaming her cook Nirmala Yadav.Dr. Khole is engulfed in a storm of controversy after she accused Ms. Yadav of ‘impersonating’ as a Brahmin to secure work in her household, drawing severe censure from activists and a number of social outfits.“Her [Khole’s] actions have needlessly contributed to the heightening of social tensions. Despite conferring with the Commissioner of Police, no FIR has yet been lodged against her…while the police caved in to Khole’s demands and lodged an FIR against the cook, they have been surprisingly tardy to lodge one against Khole based on Yadav’s complaint,” said Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade.The groups plan to take out a formidable rally from Lal Mahal to the Commissioner’s office, demanding that an FIR against Khole be lodged forthwith and further action be taken against her.Ms. Khole filed a complaint against Ms. Yadav after she reportedly discovered that the cook was not of the Brahmin caste, but belonged to the Maratha community following the recently concluded Gauri Ganpati festival.The police said that Ms. Khole alleged in her complaint that Ms. Yadav had ostensibly ‘concealed her caste’ to secure the job as she was under severe financial stress.Ms. Yadav has denied this, stating that Ms. Khole had never asked her about her caste when she sought work with her in 2016.Ms. Khole claimed that her religious sentiments were allegedly hurt as she had wanted a married Brahmin woman to cook for family events like the death anniversary of her parents and the Gauri Ganapati festival.Under pressure, Ms. Khole on Saturday (September 9) last week withdrew her case against Ms. Yadav.“My complaint was related to cheating. But if I have hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologise and withdraw my complaint,” Dr. Khole said while withdrawing her complaint.Ms. Yadav (60) in turn has filed a cross-complaint against Khole for attempting to defame her and causing her mental and physical harassment. However, the police have yet to register an FIR based on it. A second complaint has been lodged against Dr. Khole at the Sinhagad police station by the Sambhaji Brigade.“I was deeply hurt by this blatant display of casteism on her [Khole’s] part, and shocked by the fury of her verbal and physical assault on me…my father was in the freedom struggle and I was bought up in a progressive milieu,” Ms. Yadav said, speaking after lodging her complaint against Dr. Khole.She announced her resolve to participate in the demonstration on September 25.On the evening of September 6, the Sinhgad police, on Ms. Khole’s insistence, had booked Ms. Yadav under sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 352 (punishment for assault or criminal force) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), while alleging that it was Ms. Yadav who assaulted her — a fact that has raised the hackles of the protesting outfits.According to IMD sources, Dr. Khole has not been reporting to work for more than a year. However, the met department refused to give clear reasons for her prolonged absence.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s sporting clubs have the potential to recruit over 1.1 million Australian primary school aged children in sport if they can address the key barriers to their sport participation, according to a new research report released this week. Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy said the report – Market Segmentation for Sport Participation: Children 5-13 years old – identified the key motivators, needs and barriers that underpin Australian children’s participation in sport.“Young children tend to be fans of sport, and we see large numbers of primary-school aged children getting involved in club-based sport,” Senator Lundy said.“But, this research tells us that older kids often see sports clubs as competitive and overly focused on performance. These things are taking the fun out of sports participation for some kids. “The challenge for clubs is to remember that kids just want to have fun, and kids will leave club-based sport if they stop enjoying themselves.”One possible approach to keep Australian children engaged in sport is the Playing for Life philosophy, which is based on the concept of game play and uses games rather than traditional drill training to promote sports participation.The Playing For Life philosophy was developed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) as a means to engage children of all abilities in junior sports and to provide positive sporting experiences. Touch Football Australia (TFA) has partnered with the ASC, through its Active After School Communities (AASC) program, to provide children with an introductory Touch Football program. The Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual consists of seven sequential, game-based lessons suitable for primary school-aged children of all abilities. The lessons are designed to assist people with minimal experience in Touch Football, to deliver fun, inclusive games in line with the Playing for Life philosophy.Playing for Life is an approach to coaching that uses games rather than drills to introduce the skills and tactics of a particular sport, or structured physical activity, being delivered. Each session is designed purposefully, so that the games progressively introduce and develop a particular skill that is the focus of the session. The emphasis is on providing safe, fun, engaging activities that ensure maximum participation from all children, regardless of their level of ability.The Playing for Life – Touch Football resource has also been designed to strengthen the link between school and community participation, supporting the AASC program as a link in the junior participation pathway. To view the Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual, please click on the attachment below.The Minister has also released new research that validates the Playing For Life philosophy with children aged from five to 12, with Playing for Life to be effective at creating fun and inclusive environments for sport participation.The Children’s Market Segmentation and the Playing For Life validation research are complementary tools that can help sports understand and better retain children within their affiliates (clubs).The research follows on from the Adult Market Segmentation study released earlier this year. Both are key parts of the ASC’s leadership role in guiding sport through the provision of evidence-based support, tools and investment to increase participation.More information regarding the Children’s Market Segmentation and Playing For Life research is available at ausport.gov.au.Related Filesplay_for_life_-_touch_football_02-pdfRelated LinksPlaying For Lifelast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign.The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who worked for Clinton during her first presidential run, the messages bounced back untouched.Except one.Within nine days, some of the campaign’s most consequential secrets would be in the hackers’ hands, part of a massive operation aimed at vacuuming up millions of messages from thousands of inboxes across the world.An Associated Press investigation into the digital break-ins that disrupted the U.S. presidential contest has sketched out an anatomy of the hack that led to months of damaging disclosures about the Democratic Party’s nominee. It wasn’t just a few aides that the hackers went after; it was an all-out blitz across the Democratic Party. They tried to compromise Clinton’s inner circle and more than 130 party employees, supporters and contractors.While U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the email thefts, the AP drew on forensic data to report Thursday that the hackers known as Fancy Bear were closely aligned with the interests of the Russian government.The AP’s reconstruction— based on a database of 19,000 malicious links recently shared by cybersecurity firm Secureworks — shows how the hackers worked their way around the Clinton campaign’s top-of-the-line digital security to steal chairman John Podesta’s emails in March 2016.It also helps explain how a Russian-linked intermediary could boast to a Trump policy adviser, a month later, that the Kremlin had “thousands of emails” worth of dirt on Clinton.____PHISHING FOR VICTIMSThe rogue messages that first flew across the internet March 10 were dressed up to look like they came from Google, the company that provided the Clinton campaign’s email infrastructure. The messages urged users to boost their security or change their passwords while in fact steering them toward decoy websites designed to collect their credentials.One of the first people targeted was Rahul Sreenivasan, who had worked as a Clinton organizer in Texas in 2008 — his first paid job in politics. Sreenivasan, now a legislative staffer in Austin, was dumbfounded when told by the AP that hackers had tried to break into his 2008 email — an address he said had been dead for nearly a decade.“They probably crawled the internet for this stuff,” he said.Almost everyone else targeted in the initial wave was, like Sreenivasan, a 2008 staffer whose defunct email address had somehow lingered online.But one email made its way to the account of another staffer who’d worked for Clinton in 2008 and joined again in 2016, the AP found. It’s possible the hackers broke in and stole her contacts; the data shows the phishing links sent to her were clicked several times.Secureworks’ data reveals when phishing links were created and indicates whether they were clicked. But it doesn’t show whether people entered their passwords.Within hours of a second volley emailed March 11, the hackers hit pay dirt. All of a sudden, they were sending links aimed at senior Clinton officials’ nonpublic 2016 addresses, including those belonging to longtime Clinton aide Robert Russo and campaign chairman John Podesta.The Clinton campaign was no easy target; several former employees said the organization put particular stress on digital safety.Work emails were protected by two-factor authentication, a technique that uses a second passcode to keep accounts secure. Most messages were deleted after 30 days and staff went through phishing drills. Security awareness even followed the campaigners into the bathroom, where someone put a picture of a toothbrush under the words: “You shouldn’t share your passwords either.”Two-factor authentication may have slowed the hackers, but it didn’t stop them. After repeated attempts to break into various staffers’ hillaryclinton.com accounts, the hackers turned to the personal Gmail addresses. It was there on March 19 that they targeted top Clinton lieutenants — including campaign manager Robby Mook, senior adviser Jake Sullivan and political fixer Philippe Reines.A malicious link was generated for Podesta at 11:28 a.m. Moscow time, the AP found. Documents subsequently published by WikiLeaks show that the rogue email arrived in his inbox six minutes later. The link was clicked twice.Podesta’s messages — at least 50,000 of them — were in the hackers’ hands.___A SERIOUS BREACHThough the heart of the campaign was now compromised, the hacking efforts continued. Three new volleys of malicious messages were generated on the 22nd, 23rd and 25th of March, targeting communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, among others.The torrent of phishing emails caught the attention of the FBI, which had spent the previous six months urging the Democratic National Committee in Washington to raise its shield against suspected Russian hacking. In late March, FBI agents paid a visit to Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters, where they were received warily, given the agency’s investigation into the candidate’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.The phishing messages also caught the attention of Secureworks, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, which had been following Fancy Bear, whom Secureworks codenamed Iron Twilight.Fancy Bear had made a critical mistake.It fumbled a setting in the Bitly link-shortening service that it was using to sneak its emails past Google’s spam filter. The blunder exposed whom they were targeting.It was late March when Secureworks discovered the hackers were going after Democrats.“As soon as we started seeing some of those hillaryclinton.com email addresses coming through, the DNC email addresses, we realized it’s going to be an interesting twist to this,” said Rafe Pilling, a senior security researcher with Secureworks.By early April Fancy Bear was getting increasingly aggressive, the AP found. More than 60 bogus emails were prepared for Clinton campaign and DNC staffers on April 6 alone, and the hackers began hunting for Democrats beyond New York and Washington, targeting the digital communications director for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and a deputy director in the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The group’s hackers seemed particularly interested in Democratic officials working on voter registration issues: Pratt Wiley, the DNC’s then-director of voter protection, had been targeted as far back as October 2015 and the hackers tried to pry open his inbox as many as 15 times over six months.Employees at several organizations connected to the Democrats were targeted, including the Clinton Foundation, the Center for American Progress, technology provider NGP VAN, campaign strategy firm 270 Strategies, and partisan news outlet Shareblue Media.As the hacking intensified, other elements swung into place. On April 12, 2016, someone paid $37 worth of bitcoin to the Romanian web hosting company THCServers.com , to reserve a website called Electionleaks.com, according to transaction records obtained by AP. A botched registration meant the site never got off the ground, but the records show THC received a nearly identical payment a week later to create DCLeaks.com.By the second half of April, the DNC’s senior leadership was beginning to realize something was amiss. One DNC consultant, Alexandra Chalupa, received an April 20 warning from Yahoo saying her account was under threat from state-sponsored hackers, according to a screengrab she circulated among colleagues.The Trump campaign had gotten a whiff of Clinton email hacking, too. According to recently unsealed court documents, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos said that it was at an April 26 meeting at a London hotel that he was told by a professor closely connected to the Russian government that the Kremlin had obtained compromising information about Clinton.“They have dirt on her,” Papadopoulos said he was told. “They have thousands of emails.”A few days later, Amy Dacey, then the DNC chief executive, got an urgent call.There’d been a serious breach at the DNC.___‘DON’T EVEN TALK TO YOUR DOG ABOUT IT’It was 4 p.m. on Friday June 10 when some 100 staffers filed into the Democratic National Committee’s main conference room for a mandatory, all-hands meeting.“What I am about to tell you cannot leave this room,” DNC chief operating officer Lindsey Reynolds told the assembled crowd, according to two people there at the time.Everyone needed to turn in their laptops immediately; there would be no last-minute emails; no downloading documents and no exceptions. Reynolds insisted on total secrecy.“Don’t even talk to your dog about it,” she was quoted as saying.Reynolds didn’t return messages seeking comment.Two days later, as the cybersecurity firm that was brought in to clean out the DNC’s computers finished its work, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a British Sunday television show that emails related to Clinton were “pending publication.”“WikiLeaks has a very good year ahead,” he said.On Tuesday, June 14, the Democrats went public with the allegation that their computers had been compromised by Russian state-backed hackers, including Fancy Bear.Shortly after noon the next day, William Bastone, the editor-in-chief of investigative news site The Smoking Gun, got an email bearing a small cache of documents marked “CONFIDENTIAL.”“Hi,” the message said. “This is Guccifer 2.0 and this is me who hacked Democratic National Committee.”___‘CAN IT INFLUENCE THE ELECTION?’Guccifer 2.0 acted as a kind of master of ceremonies during the summer of leaks, proclaiming that the DNC’s stolen documents were in WikiLeaks’ hands, publishing a selection of the material himself and constantly chatting up journalists over Twitter in a bid to keep the story in the press.He appeared particularly excited to hear on June 24 that his leaks had sparked a lawsuit against the DNC by disgruntled supporters of Clinton rival Bernie Sanders.“Can it influence the election in any how?” he asked a journalist with Russia’s Sputnik News, in uneven English.Later that month Guccifer 2.0 began directing reporters to the newly launched DCLeaks site, which was also dribbling out stolen material on Democrats. When WikiLeaks joined the fray on July 22 with its own disclosures the leaks metastasized into a crisis, triggering intraparty feuding that forced the resignation of the DNC’s chairwoman and drew angry protests at the Democratic National Convention.Guccifer 2.0, WikiLeaks and DCLeaks ultimately published more than 150,000 emails stolen from more than a dozen Democrats, according to an AP count.The AP has since found that each of one of those Democrats had previously been targeted by Fancy Bear, either at their personal Gmail addresses or via the DNC, a finding established by running targets’ emails against the Secureworks’ list.All three leak-branded sites have distanced themselves from Moscow. DCLeaks claimed to be run by American hacktivists. WikiLeaks said Russia wasn’t its source. Guccifer 2.0 claimed to be Romanian.But there were signs of dishonesty from the start. The first document Guccifer 2.0 published on June 15 came not from the DNC as advertised but from Podesta’s inbox , according to a former DNC official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.The official said the word “CONFIDENTIAL” was not in the original document .Guccifer 2.0 had airbrushed it to catch reporters’ attention.___‘PLEASE GOD, DON’T LET IT BE ME’To hear the defeated candidate tell it, there’s no doubt the leaks helped swing the election.“Even if Russian interference made only a marginal difference,” Clinton told an audience at a recent speech at Stanford University, “this election was won at the margins, in the Electoral College.”It’s clear Clinton’s campaign was profoundly destabilized by the sudden exposures that regularly radiated from every hacked inbox. It wasn’t just her arch-sounding speeches to Wall Street executives or the exposure of political machinations but also the brutal stripping of so many staffers’ privacy.“It felt like your friend had just been robbed, but it wasn’t just one friend, it was all your friends at the same time by the same criminal,” said Jesse Ferguson, a former Clinton spokesman.An atmosphere of dread settled over the Democrats as the disclosures continued.One staffer described walking through the DNC’s office in Washington to find employees scrolling through articles about Putin and Russia. Another said she began looking over her shoulder when returning from Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn after sundown. Some feared they were being watched; a car break-in, a strange woman found lurking in a backyard late at night and even a snake spotted on the grounds of the DNC all fed an undercurrent of fear.Even those who hadn’t worked at Democratic organizations for years were anxious. Brent Kimmel, a former technologist at the DNC, remembers watching the leaks stream out and thinking: “Please God, don’t let it be me.”___‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN’On Oct. 7, it was Podesta.The day began badly, with Hillary Clinton’s phone buzzing with crank messages after its number was exposed in a leak from the day before. The number had to be changed immediately; a former campaign official said that Abedin, Clinton’s confidante, had to call staffers one at a time with Clinton’s new contact information because no one dared put it in an email.The same afternoon, just as the American electorate was digesting a lewd audio tape of Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women, WikiLeaks began publishing the emails stolen from Podesta.The publications sparked a media stampede as they were doled out one batch at a time, with many news organizations tasking reporters with scrolling through the thousands of emails being released in tranches. At the AP alone, as many as 30 journalists were assigned, at various times, to go through the material.Guccifer 2.0 told one reporter he was thrilled that WikiLeaks had finally followed through.“Together with Assange we’ll make america great again,” he wrote.___Donn reported from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Desmond Butler, Ted Bridis, Julie Pace and Ken Thomas in Washington, Justin Myers in Chicago, Frank Bajak in Houston, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Maggie Michael in Cairo, Erika Kinetz in Shanghai and Vadim Ghirda in Bucharest, Romania contributed to this report.___Editor’s Note: Satter’s father, David Satter, is an author and Russia specialist who has been critical of the Russian government. Several of his emails were published last year by hackers and his address is on Secureworks’ list.___Previously in this series: http://apne.ws/b8By82Blast_img read more

first_imgOAKVILLE, Ont. – Tim Hortons’s franchisee advisory board has waded into a war of words between the brand’s parent company and an outspoken restaurant owners association, attacking the group for publicly slandering the company and making complaints about it to the federal government and in the media.In a letter sent to fellow franchisees this week, the board says recent “negative commentary,” much of which stemmed from the Great White North Franchisee Association’s criticism, is “corrosive and damaging to our brand, our livelihoods and that of our teams.”The franchisee advisory board has 19 elected members — all whom signed the letter — who liaise with company executives and advocate on behalf of franchisees.The letter was triggered by the relationship between parent company Restaurant Brands International and the GWNFA, which became tense over the last few months, after the association attacked RBI for cost-cutting measures in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hike, cash register outages and a $700-million renovation plan to spruce up restaurants. Their spat intensified in April, when a federal investigation was triggered after GWNFA wrote to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains alleging RBI had failed to live up to promises made under the Investment Canada Act in 2014, when Tim Hortons was merged with Burger King to create RBI.The letter called GWNFA’s plea for a government investigation “a final straw.”“Without a doubt, this media attention has affected our brand in the eyes of the public – it has caused the public to watch and consider us more critically than they may have once done,” the letter said.“This second look has exposed issues that may have previously existed but were forgiven or overlooked. Issues such as service, accuracy or operational execution to name a few.”The board said it feared the public wrongfully perceives that GWNFA speaks for all franchisees and warned that “our guests are voting with their feet.”It noted that Tim Hortons had plunged from the fourth spot to the fiftieth in a recent annual brand reputation rankings survey looking at Canada’s most adored companies.RBI’s stock also took a dive, reaching its lowest point this month since September 2017 as internal strife between the GWNFA and the company became public.In an emailed statement, RBI noted it didn’t have anything to say about communications between the sparring franchisee factions, but said it was committed “to improving our relationship with all of our franchise owners.”“We realize we have work to do, and welcome all opportunities for dialogue with franchisees in pursuit of that goal,” the statement added.Earlier this week, Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo told The Canadian Press the company has a “good” rapport with the franchisee advisory board.On the topic of the letter GWNFA sent to Bains citing issues with RBI’s commitments to maintain franchisee relationships, the company’s rent and royalty structure for five years and existing employment levels at franchises across Canada, Macedo said only that “we have reported into Ottawa each and every year with everything we have done and we are happy to co-operate if anything comes up.”The GWNFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Board member Lou Gossner would not agree to an interview on the letter, but said in an email that “we look forward to moving past our recent differences and getting back to doing what we love: serving our guests, our team members and our communities.”Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to meet briefly Tuesday with the heads of three leading German automakers.The meeting comes at a time of elevated U.S.-European trade tensions in which car exports have been a focus. Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on auto imports from Europe and other countries, citing U.S. trade deficits with those nations.The White House says economic advisers are meeting with Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to discuss investment opportunities in the U.S., including in manufacturing and research and development.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will meet briefly with the auto executives.German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday in Berlin dismissed suggestions that the automakers could conduct trade diplomacy. Merkel stressed that trade negotiations are a responsibility for the European Union.Darlene Superville, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index climbed higher in late-morning trading, boosted by the energy sector which benefited from higher oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 77.21 points at 14,494.10.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 180.44 points at 23,856.08. The S&P 500 index was up 19.45 points at 2,565.61, while the Nasdaq composite was up 46.54 points at 6,830.45.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.52 cents US compared with an average of 74.33 cents US on Tuesday.The February crude contract was up US$1.56 at US$48.16 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 25.8 cents at US$3.58 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$5 at US$1,258.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 2.40 cents at US$2.69 a pound.last_img read more