first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.India: March 01 to 07Thousands of disciples from across the globe make their way to Rishikesh, at the banks of the holy river Ganges, to participate at the International Yoga Festival organised by Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Here, you begin the day early, learn yoga from internationally acclaimed instructors and attend lectures on mind, body and soul. For more information, visit www.internationalyogafestival.comUSA: March 04 to 13From the gala opening night, film premieres to seminars, the Miami International Film Festival packs in everything a cinema lover craves. Dreams will be a key theme of the festival where films from over 40 countries will be screened. Hundreds of filmmakers, actors and writers attend this festival, so if you are in Miami, don’t skip this. For details, visit www.miamifilmfestival.comAustralia: March 04 to 14This year, the 10-day long Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is being held on a bigger scale where you can attend over 250 events. The most popular bistros, restaurants, famous chefs and winemakers join the lavish extravaganza and offer lip-smacking dishes and some of the finest wines from across the continent. For more information, visit March 05 to 08At the world’s most famous carnival–Rio Carnival–watch Brazilians dance, sing, party and let their hair down in a celebration that takes over the entire city. The elaborate costumes and floats at the Samba Parade, held over two days, make this the high point of the carnival. You can even get into a costume yourself and join one of the balls. For details, visit March 11 to 13The Formula 1 Grand Prix race at Bahrain is an event that people in the city wait for anxiously. Here you can find racers speeding on a track that is designed in a desert. The entire circuit has got six individual tracks. It is a weekend full of fun, races, activities and lots of interesting food. To book your tickets, visit www.bahrain-grand-prix.comUAE: March 15 to 20Lose yourself in the world of books at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. If you happen to be there in mid March, you can interact with authors and get your books signed. But it is not only about books. The festival also has a line-up of events like a Creativity Corner for children, and a Show Kitchen, where chefs will showcase their skills. For more information, visit www.adbookfair.comItaly: March 20Taking part in Maratona di Roma is an interesting way of tracing history while you exercise your muscles. The 42-km marathon starts at the Colosseum and goes past Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. But if you don’t want to run the entire stretch, take part in the 4-km long fun race. Visit www.maratonadiroma.itIndia: March 21 to 23Consider yourself lucky if you are in Anandpur Sahib during Hola Mohalla when the entire town resonates with festivity. This is celebrated after the colourful festival of Holi. Join the procession that stops by the Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib to pay reverence. It’s great to watch local people engage in sword fighting, archery and horse riding.South Africa: March 25 to 26Swing to the tunes of jazz in South Africa’s hippest city at the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Thousands of music lovers gather to enjoy performances by more than 40 jazz musicians making it the ultimate festival for the jazz connoisseur. For details, visit www.capetownjazzfest.comadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAfter returning from a successful Test series against the West Indies, Ravichandran Ashwin feels that visitors New Zealand will come prepared for the home series and will stick to their game plan.Ashwin is wary of New Zealand batsmen, who he feels, might come down attacking more than usual. “Ideally from whatever I hear, they might play more spinners than what the other teams have traditionally done coming down here in the sub-continent. Probably their batsmen might come down attacking a little bit more which might not be very easy in Indian conditions in Tests,” he told also said, “New Zealand are one of those teams who believe in their game-plans. They will come prepared and would have done their homework.”Ashwin reckons that the Black Caps will not make mistakes that are so common in other teams. “They will make mistakes at their own pace rather than actually doing mistakes the way you want them to do. The game-plan is their strength and we have to see what their game plan is.”In the four-Test series against West Indies, Ashwin helped India notch up their biggest victories on Caribbean soil by claiming 17 wickets, besides slamming two centuries.Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took 54 wickets between them when India played against South Africa in the 2015-16 series.Ashwin has an overall of 193 scalps so far in 36 Tests, which he will look to increase in the Test series against New Zealand.last_img read more

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal needed all of 11 minutes in his Australian Open semifinal to show 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas — and everyone else — that the kid’s upset of Roger Federer was not going to be replicated on this night.Not even close.Breaking Tsitispas in the match’s third game and then another five times Thursday, while never facing a single break point himself until the very last game, Nadal bullied his way to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 victory that put him into his fifth final at Melbourne Park and 25th at all Grand Slam tournaments.Tsitsipas’ run to the first major semifinal of his nascent career was most notable for the way he beat 20-time major champion Federer in the fourth round, saving 12 of 12 break points across four sets and 3 hours, 45 minutes.But Nadal was a much more difficult puzzle to solve.On Sunday, the 32-year-old Spaniard will try to earn his second Australian Open title — he won the hard-court event in 2009 — and his 18th Slam trophy.That final will come against either top-seeded Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille, who play Friday.Supporters of Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas cheer him on during his semifinal against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)A title would make Nadal only the third man in the sport’s history to win each Grand Slam at least twice, joining retired Australian greats Rod Laver — a front-row spectator Thursday night in an arena named for him — and Roy Emerson.After a series of health issues, Nadal is once again the relentless forehand-whipping force that can dominate anyone. He quit during his quarterfinal match at Melbourne Park a year ago because of a right leg problem, then stopped again during his semifinal at the U.S. Open in September because of a painful right knee. That was followed by offseason surgery on his right ankle.Even though he is wearing a strip of tape over an abdominal muscle that troubled him in the past, Nadal has been terrific in Australia, winning all 18 sets he has played.___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterGreece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas makes a forehand return to Spain’s Rafael Nadal during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas makes a backhand return to Spain’s Rafael Nadal during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas runs to make a shot to Spain’s Rafael Nadal during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his semifinal against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)TweetPinShare44 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBERLIN — Smoke from grilled bratwurst sausages filled the air and the beer taps were kept flowing as Union Berlin fans celebrated taking a step closer to Bundesliga promotion.They lingered long after their team’s 3-0 win over Magdeburg on Sunday, sitting at picnic tables among the trees, raising their plastic glasses and singing songs in anticipation of joining German soccer’s top clubs for the first time.With one game remaining, Union is virtually assured of at least reaching a playoff for the Bundesliga, while the team can secure automatic promotion with a win at Bochum next Sunday if Paderborn loses at Dynamo Dresden at the same time.Paderborn is currently one point ahead of Union in second place and in the better position to join champion Cologne in the top division. Union, three points ahead of Hamburger SV and with a far superior goal difference, will finish third at least, meaning a two-leg playoff against Stuttgart, which finished in 16th place this year.Union can become the first club from East Germany’s Oberliga to play in the Bundesliga since Energie Cottbus was relegated in 2009.“The whole club, the fans, everyone around here deserves it,” said Union forward Sebastian Polter, who scored two goals against Magdeburg.Union’s best campaign in the second division has been helped by the toughest defense in the league and the best record at home – now 11 wins, five draws and only one loss.Fans were already in party mood before kickoff at Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium at the Old Forester’s House) in the eastern borough of Köpenick. Full with 22,000 fans, it had been sold out for weeks.Magdeburg needed a win to avoid relegation to the third division and the game, an old East German derby, was given added spice because of animosity between both sets of fans. There was increased security because of the presence of ultras from Dynamo Berlin, Union’s hated city rival, in the visiting fans’ block.Union, which traces its beginnings back to 1906 as Olympia Oberschöneweide, received its current name in 1966 and it prides itself on its resistance to the East German regime – in contrast to Dynamo, which was Stasi chief Erich Mielke’s club. Amid allegations of match-fixing and politically influenced favors, Dynamo went on to win 10 straight East German titles between 1979-88, but reunification wasn’t kind to the club and now it languishes in the fourth division.Union also had a spell in the fourth tier, but it has weathered financial difficulties to become Berlin’s second-best supported side after Hertha Berlin.Sunday’s game was interrupted for several minutes toward the end because of trouble in the Magdeburg block, where some fans attempted to force their way through a security fence. The home supporters reacted with whistles and insults.Earlier, the visiting fans marked kickoff by setting off pyrotechnics – banned to little avail by the authorities – before waving blue and white balloons.But the visitors were drowned out by the home fans, who sang about “our love, our team, our pride, our club, our Union Berlin,” and raised their hands to clap the team on.Union has fostered a close relationship with its fans. They came to the financially strapped club’s rescue in 2008 when it needed to modernize its stadium. About 1,600 volunteers contributed an estimated 90,000 hours of work to save on construction costs. Four years before, fans gave blood to raise money under the slogan “Bleed for Union.”Promotion would help repay the effort. Union midfielder Grischa Prömel scored in the eighth minute against Magdeburg, Polter made it 2-0 and then got his second in the lengthy injury time caused by the crowd disturbances.Union fans taunted the visitors and were slow to leave the stadium, pausing for beers, buying souvenirs at the club shop and enjoying the good vibes helped by the sunshine.Union coach Urs Fischer is attempting to deflate rising expectations.“There’s still a lot at stake, but we’re relying on help from Dresden,” Fischer said. “It will be a tough job. We haven’t won anything yet.”By: Ciarán Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Rains continued in North Bengal and Sikkim on Saturday with the National Highway 10 remaining shut owing to a fresh landslide. It was later reopened after the debris were removed.A landslide occurred at the Okhra village in Milling Tea Estate under Jorebungalow Police Station. “10 houses were affected in the landslide. The families residing in these houses have been shifted to safe areas,” stated Mingma Lepcha, Officer-in-Charge of the police station. The Joint Block Development Officer of the Jorebungalow-Sukhiapokhari block visited the affected area. No one was injured in the landslide nor there was any case of injury reported. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA tree fell on the way to Bhutia-bustee below the Chowrasta in Darjeeling in which a person received minor injuries. A fresh slide occurred at 29th Mile on the NH-10 to Sikkim. A large part of the road here sunk and broke away in the 29th Mile area. Incidentally, the NH-10 had been closed down owing to a major landslide at Setijhora. However, at 6:30 pm on Friday the road had reopened to vehicular traffic to be closed down after fresh landslide occurred on NH-10 on Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt around 2 pm, the PWD workers managed to clear the debris. The road was open again. “However, this road is highly vulnerable with rocks constantly sliding down along with the debris,” stated a police personnel. Serpentine jams were seen on both sides of the landslide. Police personnel were deployed to ease the traffic situation. Heavy vehicles were not allowed through the NH-55 to Darjeeling owing to the damage caused to a culvert at Tung. While some vehicles were diverted via Dilaram, Bagora, Chimney; some preferred the Mirik route. Few vehicles were allowed through Tung also. In the plains, large tracts of land in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar have been inundated. Incessant rains in Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan have caused the rivers to swell. In many areas banks of the rivers are facing erosion. Darjeeling received 62.9 mm; Kalimpong 33 mm; Kurseong 102.4 mm and Siliguri 91 mm in the past 24 hours. Raju Bista, Member of Parliament, Darjeeling, has spoken to the Joint Secretary, Disaster Management, Government of India, to provide additional relief and personnel to assist the civic administration to help clear the roads.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The family members of a 69-year-old man, who died after allegedly falling on road on Sunday, protested at R G Kar Medical College and Hospital here and refused to take the body after post-mortem on Monday evening, claiming that his eyes were missing from the body.The hospital authorities formed a committee to look into the matter, even as the family claimed that the employees blamed rats present at the morgue for it. The body of Sambhunath Das was sent to R G Kar hospital for post-mortem by police, as it was an unnatural death. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The deceased’s son, Sushanta Das, said they had received the body wrapped up in plastic sheets and a piece of cloth on Monday evening after the post-mortem. “On removing the cover from his face, we found his eyes missing. The employees told us that the rats gouged his eyes out,” said Sushanta. So, the family members started protesting and refused to take the body. Later, they accepted the body after the R G Kar hospital authorities initiated a probe into the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “We are taking the matter seriously. I have asked the committee, which has been formed specially for the case, to submit a report within 72 hours,” said Suddhadhan Batabyal, principal of RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.The family has also submitted a written complaint to the hospital authorities, mentioning that his eyes were missing and on being asked, the staff told them that the rats on the campus might have nibbled them. As per the hospital sources, the bodies are kept on iron trays in an iron cupboard inside the morgue. “There are big rodents inside the premises, specially in and around the morgue, and all efforts to get rid of them have become futile,” said a staff of the hospital. Recently, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation served a notice to R G Kar hospital over dirty premises during an anti-larvae drive. Liquid garbage was found scattered and the hospital authorities were asked to clean the premises within seven days. This is not the first such incident in a state-run hospital. In 2008, the body of a 27-year-old was nibbled by rodents at the morgue of N R S Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Key figures Statistics Canada has released to date from the 2016 census:35,151,728: Canadian population on census day 2016.5: Percentage increase in the population between 2011 and 2016.16.9: Proportion of the national population over age 65, a historic high.41: Average age of the Canadian population.7,974,370: Canadians whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.34.7: Percentage of people age 20 to 34 living with their parents, a historic high.$70,336: Median household income in 2015, the most recent year available.10.8: Percentage increase in median household income between 2005 and 2015.4.8 million: Canadians, including children, living below the poverty line in 2015.1.2 million: Number of children living in low-income households in 2015.14.5: Percentage of Canadian seniors over age 65 living in low income in 2015.97.8: Response rate from the long-form census, the highest Statistics Canada has ever recorded.last_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’ 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 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 , to reserve a website called, 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 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: 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

Rabat- The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has called on King Mohammed VI immediate intervention to prevent the “Judaization of Jerusalem” operation.The news was confirmed by Palestinian Shehab News Agency, which is affiliated with the Hamad movement.“We call on King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, to intervene immediately and promptly to prevent the permanent violations of the enemy government, which seeks to Judaize Jerusalem and change its demographic and urban characteristics,” said a statement by Hamas. Hamas message to King Mohammed VI came a few months after Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the area.Trump’s recognition was massively condemned by Arab and Western countries alike. Leaders, including King Mohammed VI, denounced the US decision, considering it as a threat to peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel.The monarch sent a letter to the US President on the eve of Trump’s decision (December 5), stressing how such decision would undermine peace negotiations over the region.The King also sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in which he expressed his deep concern over Trump’s decision, emphasizing that such an action would end peace negotiations between the two states.Despite the Arab and Western condemnation, Trump is standing firm on his decision. On February 11, Trump told the Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom.Reaffirming his decision on Jerusalem, Trump told the Israeli newspaper that ‘by taking Jerusalem off the table I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and as for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agree to.’ read more

Ambassador of Iraq in Colombo Mr. Kahtan Taha Khalaf Kali accompanied al-Rubaie, along with several other high-level officials from Iraq for the meeting. Minister al-Rubaie agreed and thanked the President for re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iraq. President Rajapaksa, remembering his own numerous visits to Iraq decades ago, said relations between the two countries must be strengthened to the level they were many years ago. Minister al-Rubaie also requested for Sri Lanka’s assistance in the construction sector. While the Minister pointed out the great need in Iraq for new structures, President Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka has a very experienced construction sector and that businesses could make good use of this opportunity.Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris extended an invitation to Iraq to send a high-level delegation to the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) that will take place on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in November. Minister al-Rubaie accepted the invitation and agreed to send a delegation. Iraq and Sri Lanka have sought stronger ties after both countries had re-established diplomatic ties.Iraq’s Labor and Social Affairs Minister Nassar al-Rubaie called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s Office. read more

Niagara Regional Police are looking for suspects in a break-and-enter in Niagara on the Lake.Police say a home in the area of Niagara Townline Rd. and St. Paul Rd. was broken into just after midnight on Sunday Dec. 17.Several valuable art items were taken from the home. Police believe the home was targeted. Officers are asking anyone who may have seen a white pick-up truck in the area to contact them or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

While Monrovia’s relative calm has allowed the United Nations and other relief agencies to step up operations in and around the beleaguered Liberian capital, the humanitarian situation in the West African country remains critical as aid workers stretch dwindling stocks of food, water and medicines to help meet the needs of thousands of displaced civilians.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), though a relative calm has prevailed for roughly one week, relief agencies are still confronted with great humanitarian needs in and around Monrovia. Many of the city’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) face shortages of basic services, and abuses against civilians, especially those living on the capital’s outskirts, are reported regularly.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Liberian officials, carried out preliminary assessments and began to distribute food to some of the more than 180,000 Monrovians in need of food aid. But food insecurity remains critical. Amid reports of increasing malnutrition among children under five both in the camps and host communities, IDPs fear to venture into the villages to look for cassava or any other commodities. Many are now begging or selling their few valuable possessions to buy food.On the health front, sustained humanitarian efforts have brought down the number of cases of cholera among the more than 30,000 IDPs that have been sheltering for weeks now at the National Sports Stadium. Contaminated water, however, still poses a health risk to most Monrovians, OCHA said. Agencies have identified 13 sites critically in need of water and sanitation services but hampered by shortages of water tankers, water bladders and jerry cans. At some camps, private companies are charging IDPs 10 Liberian dollars for five gallons of water. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the total number of cholera cases in Monrovia is now 1,630, including 15 deaths.Humanitarian agencies are also facing serious shortages of supplies and services. Though the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is providing some ambulance services, they are not sufficient to meet the demand for transporting IDPs from their camps to referral hospitals. Due in part to looting, hospitals lack food, water, stretchers, sheets, and beds. Health centres report that there is not a sufficient amount of blood available for transfusions, nor are there enough kits available for screening that blood for HIV/AIDS.Meanwhile, UNHCR reported that its rescue ship, MV Overbeck, has so far ferried home to Freetown more than 950 Sierra Leonean refugees since an emergency evacuation operation by sea kicked off on 4 July. The returnees reported that many more refugees desperately want to go home in the face of declining security in the camps in and around Monrovia. They also said that their already difficult situation in Liberia worsened after the Special Court for Sierra Leone announced the indictment against Liberian President Charles Taylor, who subsequently made public statements against Sierra Leoneans in Liberia. read more

In addition to eight years of economic blockade, over the past six years, Gaza has endured three military operations that have shattered its ability to export and produce for the domestic market, ravaged its already debilitated infrastructure, and left no time for reconstruction and economic recovery.According to UNCTAD, conflict has accelerated the “de-development” of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a process by which development is not merely hindered but reversed.The report highlights the severe crises in Gaza related to water and electricity, as well as the destruction of vital infrastructure during the military operations in July and August 2014. For example, it finds that Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants rely on coastal aquifers as their main source of freshwater, yet 95 per cent of this water is not safe to drink.In addition to the 500,000 people who have been displaced in Gaza as a result of the most recent military operation, the report estimates significant economic losses, including the destruction or severe damage of more than 20,000 Palestinian homes, 148 schools and 15 hospitals.Serious damage was also inflicted on Gaza’s sole power plant. The UN estimates that in 2014, unemployment in Gaza reached 44 per cent, the highest level on record. UNCTAD describes the economic well-being of Palestinians living in Gaza as being worse today than two decades ago. In fact, the report shows that with negative economic growth of minus 0.4 per cent last year, the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory witnessed its first recession since 2006 and a fall in income per capita for the second year in a row. The deteriorating situation is reportedly due almost entirely to a range of “discriminatory” economic policies imposed on it.These include Israel withholding almost $700 million of Palestinian clearance revenue, which comes from taxes on imports into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, compounding a fiscal crisis for the Palestinian National Authority, on whose behalf Israel collects the revenues.Finally, UNCTAD is warning that donor support remains a necessary but insufficient condition for Gaza’s recovery and reconstruction. Short of ending the blockade, it said donor aid will remain vitally important but will not reverse the ongoing de-development and impoverishment in Gaza. read more

“The spike in arrivals in Greece is sharply increasing reception pressures on the islands,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming at the bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva. “Many of the refugees and migrants are desperate to quickly move onwards, fearing that borders ahead of them will close.”“As of this morning, there were more than 27,500 people on the islands – either awaiting registration or onward transport to the mainland,” she continued.“Additional police had to be called in on Sunday and yesterday to control the chaotic situation,” she said referring to an incident in which frustration amongst refugees and migrants boiled over at a reception centre on Lesvos, leading to the evacuation of UNHCR staff and the temporary suspension of processing.Ms. Fleming emphasized that it was important that reception centres in Greece and other parts of Europe be up to the task. “Without this essential element, the relocation programme agreed by Europe in September is in serious peril and may fail,” she cautioned.She also noted that Balkan routes for refugees and migrants had reopened after “chaotic and miserable scenes.”“On the Serbian border with Croatia, some 3,000 people were left waiting amid uncertainty in the rain from Sunday until late Monday afternoon without shelter, and with minimal assistance on hand,” said Ms. Fleming. “UNHCR staff and staff of our partner organizations provided what support they could at such short notice including food, water, and blankets. But many people, including the elderly, pregnant women and several physically handicapped people, were soaked through and instances of hypothermia were reported. There was similar misery on the Croatia-Slovenia border.”An additional 4,300 people had arrived in Austria from Slovenia Monday and, in Austria and Germany, Ms. Fleming noted that tens of thousands of refugees and migrants were sleeping in tents and temporary shelters because of accommodation shortages.She also spoke about the number of deaths at sea of refugees and migrants, noting that19 people, including infants and children, had died in the past nine days in five separate incidents, almost half of these over the weekend. In total, at least 3,135 people have died in the Mediterranean in 2015, she added.To address the situation, UNHCR recommends that various measures of stabilization are needed in countries of first asylum and all countries of secondary movements.These measures include support to countries hosting the majority of Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees; an information campaign informing of the dangers of the sea journey; and the development of legal pathways to seek protection in Europe. In countries of secondary movement, significant efforts must be made to develop a robust reception and registration capacity. read more

first_img“We should expect reciprocal deals for Britons living in European countries, but Britain should make the first move to demonstrate goodwill.”Just 3 per cent of European citizens living in Britain are unemployed, with 51 per cent classed as employees, 9 per cent self-employed, 4 per cent students and 7 per cent retired, while 17 per cent are children, according to the report.More than a quarter of the food and drink manufacturing workforce and about 15 per cent of academics are from other EU countries, it added.The panel called for the permanent residence system, which is underpinned by EU law, to be converted into the indefinite leave to remain status available to international migrants living in the UK. Any EU citizen travelling to the UK after Theresa May triggers Article 50 should not be allowed to permanently stay in the UK after Brexit, a major inquiry concludes today.Amid growing fears of a “surge” of EU migrants travelling to the UK to take advantage of an expected amnesty, a major report by British Future calls for a “cut-off date” to ensure people coming to the UK do not simply “expect to stay after Brexit”.The inquiry, which includes both Remain and Leave MPs, calls for the three million EU migrants already here to be given an amnesty and offered permanent residence with the same health, social and educational rights as British citizens. Theresa May has so far refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already living in the UK, insisting that she will not do so until she has agreement from European leaders that they will do the same for British ex-pats.Around 1.2 million British nationals live in other EU countries. The report found that setting the date that Article 50 is triggered as the cut-off point would be fair and legally watertight, but would not lead to a surge in migration from across the bloc and European Economic Area nations.Gisela Stuart, a Leave campaigner and Labour MP who chaired the inquiry, said: “We determined that the triggering of Article 50 should be the cut-off date, after which EU citizens moving to the UK would not be entitled to stay permanently after Brexit. This would limit any ‘pull factor’ for EU citizens not already in the UK.”Britain should make clear at the start of the Brexit negotiations that EU citizens already here before that date can stay. This would send a clear signal about the kind of country the UK will be after Brexit and the relationship we want with Europe. Ending this worry and uncertainty, both swiftly and fairly, is not only the humane thing to doSeamus Nevin, IoD 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. But the complex and expensive process should be streamlined and costs capped, it said.Seamus Nevin, head of employment and skills policy at the Institute of Directors, said: “Businesses throughout the UK are very clear that confirming the status of EU migrants resident here is the right thing to do.”The evidence the inquiry received showed that uncertainty from valued employees about what will happen to them is tangible in workplaces across the UK. Our members can’t plan for the future or give their employees the assurances they need until government sets out its plan.”Ending this worry and uncertainty, both swiftly and fairly, is not only the humane thing to do. It is also essential to avoid major disruptions to workforce planning and business development if British companies are to be able to prepare to succeed in life outside the EU.”last_img read more

6. IFK Kristianstad4103109:118(-9)2 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen4211117:117(0)5 2. HC Vardar4400121:103(18)8 5. MOL-Pick Szeged4112108:111(-3)3 4. HC Meshkov Brest4202108:110(-2)4 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …400496:112(-16)0 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko4103109:122(-13)2 RK Vardar extend winning series at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017. The Macedonian champions are the only team with eight points alongside Vive Tauron Kielce after home win over PICK Szeged 30:27 (16:14). Raul Gonzales boys had control over the match against team of Carlos Pastor. The TOP scorer was Russian wing Timur Dibirov with eight goals, while Hungarian right back Zsolt Balogh netted nine for defeated squad.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story PSG beat Flensburg in derby – Bjerringbro Silkeborg demolish Wisla Next Story → ZRK Vardar sack Indira Kastratovic 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce4400127:102(25)8 KielcePick SzegedRK Vardar read more

first_imgMINISTER FOR HEALTH James Reilly has given a personal pledge to “tackle the smoking problem” and called for combined measures to regulate tobacco products.Speaking in Brussels in a meeting of the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, Reilly also called for comprehensive assistance to smokers who want to quit and media information campaigns.The committee was discussing the proposal to revise the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive which focuses on smokeless tobacco products, packaging and labelling, ingredients or additives, cross-border distance sales and traceability and security issues. It also aims to harmonise the implementation of international obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).Speaking about the proposal before the committee Commissioner Tonio Borg said tobacco “should look like tobacco and taste like tobacco as well, not like vanilla or other sweets”.“These products are produced in this way to be attractive to the young. Let’s not forget that most people start smoking below the age of 25 and the majority when they are still minors,” he said. Several other MEPs echoed his call for flavoured tobacco products to be abolished.However Danish MEP, Anna Rosbach, said that the committee should not forget that governments need the revenues generated by tobacco. “The fiscal impact is something we have to bear in mind”, she said. “Any smoker who stops is a good investment.”Minister Reilly said that economically, it is a “no brainer”, because of the heavy costs that smoking imposes on health systems and on the economy, through absenteeism from work.Italian MEP Oreste Rossi said he was worried that too many limits place upon people would result in an increase in the trade of illegal cigarettes. However Borg reassured the committee that security and tracking provisions were also proposed in the directive.A report will be drafted by European Parliament rapporteur Linda McAvan and put to an Environment Committee vote on 10-11 July.Related: Women who smoke ‘at greater risk of HPV infection’>last_img read more

first_imgThe buzz around the potential of HTML5 and the canvas tag to change video playback, interaction, and games on the web continues. This latest demo put together by Franz Enzenhofer, demonstrates some real-time video effects being applied to the modern version of the original Tron movie trailer.AdChoices广告The available effects include:Black & WhiteOutlineColorInvertMatrixOldBut the customization doesn’t stop there. As the video plays you can adjust how it is being displayed including changing its size, rotation, scale, and skew. All while it plays uninterrupted just using the HTML5 features of your browser.I’ve included a few screenshots of the video here, but urge you to go and have a play yourself at the hosted web page.Here’s the trailer used in its original form for comparison:last_img read more