Microsoft Seizure of sites Iranian hackers used for attacks

WASHINGTON — Microsoft says it has seized 99 websites used by Iranian hackers to launch cyberattacks.The company said Wednesday it took control of the websites after suing the hacking group and obtaining a U.S. judge’s approval.Microsoft says it’s been tracking the group since 2013. The company says the group has tried to steal sensitive information from activists, journalists and others in the Middle East.Microsoft calls the group Phosphorus, while others call it APT35.Wednesday’s announcement ties the hackers to the country of Iran but not specifically to its government.A spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.Microsoft has taken hackers to court before. It used a similar strategy in 2016 to seize fake domains created by Russia-backed hackers.The Associated Press read more

Over 100 Indians jailed in Lanka

“The Government attaches high importance to the welfare, safety and security of our fishermen. As soon as reports of apprehension of Indian fishermen are received, the Government has, through diplomatic channels, immediately and consistently taken up the matter for their expeditious release and repatriation with the Governments concerned. The matter has also been taken up during bilateral meetings at various levels,” he said. Besides this he said 14 Indian fishermen with 4 boats are in the custody of Sri Lanka on charges of smuggling narcotics and contraband. Khurshid said that during the 4th meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fisheries in January 2012 in Colombo, both sides reiterated the highest priority accorded by their respective Governments to the well being, safety and security of fishermen from the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) Over 100 Indian fishermen are in Sri Lankan custody, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that  as per available information, as on 30 July, 2013, there are 114 Indian fishermen (along with 21 Indian fishing vessels) in the custody of Sri Lanka. read more

SLFP MP Dilum Amunugama invited to join the UNP

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarian Dilum Amunugama has been invited to join the United National Party (UNP).UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said that Dilum Amunugama is a talented young politician and the country needs him. He said he heard Amunugama had been removed from his post in the SLFP so he extended an open invitation to the Parliamentarian to join hands with the UNP.Amunugama is part of the joint opposition supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) read more

TimorLeste court sentences juvenile for killings after UNrun ballot in 1999

The 12-month sentence given to the minor, identified only as “X” because he was 14 years old at the time the crimes were committed, was the first case involving a youngster to be tried by the Special Panel of Dili District Court for Serious Crimes, according to the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).During the trial, the court was told that “X” had been abducted and brutalized by the Skunar militia before the crimes were committed. The prosecution had recommended a maximum penalty of time already served, while the defence recommended that no sentence be recorded in light of the particular brutality endured by the juvenile and his young age at the time of the offence.After credit for time served in pre-trial detention, only nine days of the one-year sentence remain to be served. The court suspended the remainder of the sentence, declaring “X” able to return home and free from the conditions of his earlier conditional release.UNMISET’s Human Rights Unit and Timor-Leste’s Social Services are planning a reconciliation meeting between the juvenile and the families of the victims as part of the reintegration process following his release. read more

UN observes latest round of peace talks between Sudan and Darfur rebel

Mohamed Sahnoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa, is representing the UN, which has observer status in the talks convened by the African Union (AU), UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.This week’s meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, is a follow-up to talks in Addis Ababa in June between Khartoum and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).In New York, the Security Council was briefed on the situation in Darfur by UN Assistant Secretary-General Tuliameni Kalomoh. Following the closed-door meeting, the Council President, Russian Ambassador Andrey Denisov, told reporters that the members “urged all parties to work together to end the violence and resolve the issues that would relieve the ongoing humanitarian suffering in Darfur.”The President’s press statement also urged the Sudanese Government and all other parties involved to continue to cooperate closely with the African Union and the UN in seeking a resolution of the crisis. Jan Pronk, the most senior UN envoy on Sudan, also discussed the situation in Darfur when he met today in Khartoum with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who is visiting the country.Mr. Pronk, who is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, and Mr. Straw focused on the upcoming mission to Darfur by a delegation from the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM) – a body set up by the UN and Khartoum after Mr. Annan visited the country in July.More than 1.2 million people are internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 are refugees in neighbouring Chad, mainly because of attacks by Janjaweed militias, who are allied to the Sudanese Government forces fighting the rebel groups.JIM was set up to make sure the UN and Khartoum implement their promises, especially Khartoum’s pledges to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security for the vast population of vulnerable IDPs.In other developments:Mr. Pronk and Mr. Straw also discussed the peace talks taking place in Naivasha, Kenya, between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in a bid to end the separate, 21-year civil war in the country’s south.The Sudanese Government has sent a high-level delegation to the West Darfur town of Masteri to probe last week’s reports from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that a fresh batch of 30,000 people from Darfur are considering fleeing to Chad. read more

How A Weekend Of Upsets Changed The College Football Playoff

The big beneficiaries of that were Ohio State, which tacked 18 percentage points onto its CFP probability, and Louisville, which picked up 12 points — as well as the Big Ten’s less-heralded contenders (Wisconsin and Penn State) and whoever wins the Big 12 (probably Oklahoma), who now has a Hail Mary’s chance to make the playoff. WisconsinBig Ten24+92+1 Oklahoma St.Big 123—<1— AlabamaSEC90%+438%+7 MichiganBig Ten36-2012-7 TEAMCONFERENCEPROBCHANGEPROBCHANGE Ohio StateBig Ten56+1817+7 USCPac-122+2<1— Changes in FiveThirtyEight’s CFP prediction model are since last week.Source: ESPN Stats & InfoRMATION GROUP Washington St.Pac-124—<1— AuburnSEC<1-10<1-2 OklahomaBig 1215+72+2 Penn StateBig Ten8+6<1— Western MichiganMAC<1—<1— 2016 College Football Playoff predictions update (Nov. 16) MAKES PLAYOFFWINS NAT’L TITLE FloridaSEC<1—<1— Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » We’d said Louisville needed help to squeeze back into the playoff picture, and this past weekend provided it. If the Cardinals win out (the biggest obstacle to which is Houston, on the road, this Thursday night), they’d be slightly better than 50-50 to make the CFP. And Michigan’s loss only ratchets up the pressure surrounding “The Game” against Ohio State on Nov. 26: Provided each team beats its next foe (both Michigan and Ohio State are very likely to beat Indiana and Michigan State, respectively), the winner of the two rivals’ annual clash will be practically guaranteed to make the CFP — while the loser’s chances will be slim at best.All of these shake-ups will lead to a few weeks of extra anxiety for the coaches involved. But from a fan’s perspective, they took a relatively tidy (read: potentially boring) playoff picture and made it far more chaotic, a good recipe for an exciting climax to the season.Check out our college football predictions. After one of the wildest upset weekends in history — three of the AP poll’s top four teams all lost on Saturday — you knew the college football landscape was due for some bulldozing. That applied to both the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings, which landed Tuesday night, and FiveThirtyEight’s CFP prediction model, which uses those rankings to simulate the rest of the season and project who will be left standing when the committee makes its final decision. Each leaves us with a cloudier view of the playoff picture now than we had a week ago.On the committee side, Washington dropped out of the rankings’ all-important top four (the Huskies fell to No. 6 after falling to USC), Clemson slid from second to fourth after its loss to Pitt, and Ohio State vaulted from No. 5 to No. 2. At the same time, Michigan stayed at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa, and Alabama strengthened its grip on No. 1 — so three of the top four from last week’s rankings remained in those coveted positions. But now slots 2 through 6 in the rankings are all occupied by one-loss teams, with six more two-loss teams directly behind them. Aside from the Crimson Tide’s ongoing dominance, there’s not much to feel confident about going into the final few weeks of the regular season.That point is underscored by our CFP prediction model. Alabama remained relatively steady, and now has a 90 percent probability of making the playoff; at this point, the Tide would likely get in even if they lost a game (whether to Auburn in the season finale, or perhaps even the SEC championship). But the weekend also took identical 20-percentage-point tolls on Michigan and Washington’s CFP probabilities, and lopped 9 points off of Clemson’s as well. TennesseeSEC<1—<1— LouisvilleACC40+129+3 ColoradoPac-1210+2<1— NebraskaBig Ten<1—<1— West VirginiaBig 126+2<1— ClemsonACC70-914-3 WashingtonPac-1232-205-5 UtahPac-122+2<1— read more

Mens Gymnastics No 3 Ohio State hit the road to NCAA championships

Ohio State senior Logan Melander performs on pommel horse against Michigan on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterReturning from the Big Ten championships with their 14th conference title, the No. 3 Ohio State men’s gymnastics team prepares to hit the road for the NCAA championships. The journey, however, might not be the only thing on the minds of the athletes, as the Buckeyes mourn the loss of former team member, Larry Mayer, who passed away Monday evening.“We recently lost a member of our gymnastics family, and it was very hard for us,” said OSU coach Rustam Sharipov. “Larry Mayer was bright and a great athlete … Our thoughts go to his family and we are thinking of him. As for (the) NCAA championship, we’ve had some rough patches this season … but the guys work very hard and we are ready.”Mayer, 24, graduated in 2015 with a successful season, placing 10th on vault at the Big Ten event finals and seventh on vault at the team finals. He also won vault with a 15.150 against Michigan, and tied for second place on vault against Penn State with a 14.900. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.The NCAA championships start on Friday at the Christl Arena at The United States Military Academy at West Point.The championships qualifier begins Friday with two pre-qualifying sessions. The top three teams will advance to Saturday’s final session.Last season, the Buckeyes advanced to the 2016 NCAA championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA pre-qualifier at St. John Arena. However, it was Oklahoma who took home the title with a team score of 443.400 points. Stanford finished second with 434.050, while OSU placed third with 433.050.The Buckeyes will enter the championships ranked third in the all-around, second on pommel horse, third on rings, third on parallel bars and fourth on high bar.“We’ve basically just been making sure that everyone is healthy and everyone feels ready to go this weekend, but we’re actually so prepared that athletes who haven’t competed much this season will compete during the qualifier to give other guys a break,” said junior Seth Delbridge. “We’ve had a great season, and I just want to do the best that we can to earn the title. If we all go in with this outlook, I think we’ll do great.”OSU will compete in the first pre-qualifying session on Friday at 1 p.m. Team, all-around and event finals will take place on Saturday. read more

Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson becomes focal point in the Ohio State offense

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson attempts a block against Cleveland State on Nov. 23 in St. John Arena. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorKaleb Wesson has been the focal point of the Ohio State offense over the last three games. Coming into the season with a career high of 18 points, the sophomore forward matched that against South Carolina State and exceeded that in his next game, scoring 19 points against Samford. Wesson continued his key role in the Ohio State offense in St. John Arena: the same place his father played in. In Friday’s 89-62 win against Cleveland State, he led the team with 19 points, matching his career high, making eight of 15 attempts from the floor. When you ask Wesson about the groove he’s been in, about the integral role he’s played in the offense in the last three games of Ohio State’s six-game winning streak to start the 2018-19 season, he does not mention himself. It’s all about the players around him. “I feel I have more opportunities because of my teammates,” Wesson said. “My teammates stepped up early in the year. Creighton, me and C.J. [Jackson] didn’t play very well and we still won the game because people stepped up. I feel if more people step up, I will get more shots.” He said his teammates move the ball around on the outside, finding an easier angle for the big man in the middle, finding an ability to pin defenders in the low post. But for a team that lost a lot of its forward depth right before the season began, with Micah Potter announcing his transfer from the program prior to its first game against Cincinnati on Nov. 7, many of the questions revolved around the same general topic. Wesson is only one player, and with only two other true “big men” on the roster —sophomore forward Kyle Young and freshman forward JaeDon LeDee — how would Ohio State be able to be consistent in the paint? How would Ohio State be able to play big? It’s setting the identity of Ohio State, no matter the personnel the team has available. It’s something that was planned for in the second half against Cleveland State. “The plan was to get the ball inside,” Wesson said. “Every single time, we try and play inside out.” In the second half, Wesson led the team with 10 points, connecting on four of seven shots from the floor. In Wesson, Ohio State is able to set the tone for the rest of the team in that area, something that Cleveland State head coach Dennis Felton had to prepare for.“We know that when he is in the game, they want to run their offense through him. They want to do a lot of things that end up being about four out, one in to get him the ball,” Felton said. “He’s very heavy and wide and strong and he’s terrific at using his girth to seal for angles. That came as no surprise.” Like Wesson said, though, it’s not just him, barrelling over opponents in the paint, using his size and girth to bully opponents in the low post. It’s his teammates, getting him in the right positions, finding the mismatches defensively. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he gives credit to Wesson not being trapped so much, finding one-on-one matchups down low as opposed to what Creighton did, double teaming the forward in the paint. But even in those situations, Holtmann said Wesson has found a way to succeed. “What people have to understand is Kaleb, he understands how to play,” Holtmann said. “If there are two guys on him, he’s going to pass the ball out. There’s some teams that are really going to try and limit his scoring and he’s going to have to recognize that and be able to make the right basketball play.” But Wesson still can’t do everything in the paint by himself, and the numbers have shown that. The Buckeyes recorded 38 rebounds to Cleveland State’s 37, a team that its head coach described as struggling with its post presence. Much of the success for the Vikings against Ohio State was their ability to get second chances in the paint, recording 12 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points. Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young showed a bit of promise in that area, recording three offensive boards in Friday’s win, showing a hustle in the paint, getting to the loose balls, something Holtmann said the team, as a whole, did not do a good job in against Cleveland State. Wesson understands how important offensive boards are to a team’s success. “We definitely have to pick up our offensive rebounding,” Wesson said. “That’s a big key, getting extra possessions in the game, getting extra shots.”  To Holtmann, it’s simpler than that. It’s rebounding in general, offensive and defensive boards. That’s what is going to give Ohio State that staying power. Even if his offensive numbers decrease, that’s where Wesson’s staying power will be, where his impact will be made: on the glass. read more

ExAussie bikie gang member blown up in Athens Mercedes explosion

first_imgFormer Victorian president of the Comancheros bikie gang Amad “Jay’’ Malkoun, aged 56, was seriously injured in a car bomb in Glyfada, an upmarket southern suburb of Athens.The explosion took place at 10am on Friday morning at an open-air car park as Mr Malkoun left the local gym at 28 Vouliagmenis Avenue.Eyewitness accounts state that was pulled out of the wreckage within moments after the explosion by either a passerby or one of his own bodyguards.Authorities closed down both lanes of traffic on the busy avenue and had to put out the fire caused by the explosion that also spread to three adjacent cars.The incident is currently being investigated and it is still unknown whether the explosive mechanism was detonated by the ignition or done remotely.Greek police sources say the man’s driving license was issued by the United Arab Emirates, however the license plate on the car were Australian.He is currently being treated at the Asclipeio General Hospital in Voula for serious injuries which are not life threatening.Mr Malkoun had left Australia with his wife and two children in 2013 and moved to Dubai to escape internal warfare within his bikie gang. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Former combat pilot to share stories of her experiences

first_imgFormer Army helicopter pilot Amber Smith, who learned to fly on the family farm near White Salmon, will discuss her combat experiences Friday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.The free presentation is at 7 p.m. at the national park’s Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.Smith served in the U.S. Army as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot-in-command and air mission commander in the 101st Airborne Division from 2003 to 2010. Smith deployed twice — to Iraq in 2005 and then to eastern Afghanistan in 2008.Smith is the author of the recently released book “Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Smith will sign copies of her book, which will be available for sale in the Visitor Center Bookstore.Knowing that she wanted to fly, Smith enlisted in 2003 in the Army — the only service to guarantee her a flying slot, she told a U.S. military online publication in 2008.“Women were very rare in the Kiowa Warrior community. I worked very hard to do my job and contribute to the mission. As soon as they realized that, I was part of the team,” she said in a news release from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.last_img read more

Premiers Sales Blitz team leaves Sunday for Six City tour in US

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Tourism and Business leaders from the World’s Best Island Destination will file out on Sunday for a one week trek through the United States. Some countries call it a fam trip, but with business, investment and tourism to be pitched to potential interests, the Turks and Caicos is labeling the stride as the Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz. Beginning in Atlanta, moving on to Dallas and Houston with a stop into Chicago, New York and Boston the team representing the Office of the Premier, the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourist Board, TCHTA and Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) will be led by Hon Porsha Smith, Minister of Tourism. Through luncheons and evening meetings the group will meet with as many as 600 executives to promote the islands at venues including the City Club of Buckhead, rooftop at the Knickerbocker and the Crescent Club. The Office of the Premier says the benefit of the strategic meetings with these six cities in the five days is a maneuver for short and long term growth. “The overall benefits of the Sales Blitz to the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to be increases in tourist arrivals, the broadening of opportunities for investment and building on the strategic direction for bringing sustainable year-round stimuli to the economy, particularly to the hospitality sector and especially to the small and medium sized businesses locally.” You can follow me on Twitter @DeeCaribbean, we will have your regular highlights. TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Related Items:Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz, ministry of tourism, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing, Premier’s North American Tourism, TCHTA, the Tourist Board, Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Soy Leaders Visit Poultry Industry in Ghana

first_imgASA Director Joe Steinkamp and CEO Steve Censky join Samuel Darko, CEO of Darko Poultry Farms, viewing a sample of local maize stored at his feed milling facility. Local maize quality varies significantly and solvent extracted 47 percent protein soybean meal availability is irregular, both issues to be addressed by the ASA/WISHH Program’s AMPLIFIES Ghana project.American Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President Joe Steinkamp (IN) and CEO Stephen Censky visited the only vertically integrated poultry operation in Ghana last week.Darko Farms, established in the late 1960s, runs a parent stock hatchery, day-old chick, broiler grow-out, feed compounding and slaughter facility in Kumasi, Ghana. They are a stakeholder in the ASA/ World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program’s new Food for Progress project aimed at revitalizing the Ghanaian poultry industry, which will include the monetization of U.S. soybean meal later this year.The challenges Darko Farms face include biosecurity, consistent feed ingredient quality and supply, and low local demand for breast meat.They prefer solvent extracted soybean meal for their feeds and are developing a business model involving contracted poultry producers who will place a minimum of 2,000 chicks and receive Darko feeds and extension services for maximum efficient broiler production.last_img read more

All clear given at Lotus House Womens Shelter in Miami after bomb

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have given the all clear after investigating a bomb threat at the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami.City of Miami Police responded to the shelter, located in the area of Northwest 15th Street and Second Avenue, just before 10 a.m., Tuesday.Officials evacuated the building as they investigated the threat.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where several police cruisers could be seen parked around the shelter.Approximately an hour later police cleared the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Loyal subscribers to get rewards in The Elder Scrolls Online

first_imgWith free-to-play massively multiplayer online games being so common now, surviving as a subscription-based MMO is quite difficult. Many previously paid-for online games have made the switch to free-to-play, but Bethesda isn’t prepared to do that with The Elder Scrolls Online, and instead is choosing to reward loyalty.As a thank you for subscribing, Bethesda is introducing a loyalty program that rewards players with in-game items. All you have to do is subscribe for a set period of time.The first reward is for anyone who has subscribed for at least 3 months. They don’t have to be consecutive months, though. You could have played the first 2 months of release, taken a break, and returned. As soon as that 3rd month ticks by you are eligible for the reward.The first reward will be sent out in September, with Bethesda informing those who’ve logged 3 months of subscription time that they have a High Hrothgar Wraith vanity pet waiting to unlock. It’s meant to be a way to demonstrate “your dedication to saving Tamriel wherever you adventure in-game.”The loyalty program looks set to reward players on a recurring 3 month basis, so the next reward will be unlocked at 6 months of subscription time. Bethesda hasn’t announced what that will be yet, but with the first reward unlocking in September, we can expect to find out in December.For now the game is only available to play on PC, but console versions are coming early next year. And while this loyalty program might be attractive to existing players, I’d suggest Bethesda may want to review the pricing of digital editions of the game on its own online store. They are far too high right now.last_img read more

Facebook answers privacy flap over leftover cookies

first_img Canada privacy office launches new Facebook probe (PhysOrg.com) — A Sunday blog post by self-described hacker, writer and entrepreneur Nik Cubrilovic has set off a firestorm of discussions and accusations that Facebook violates user privacy in the form of tracking via leftover cookies. Cubrilovic accused Facebook of using cookies to track users even after users have logged off. “Logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application,” he said. “A number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com.” Explore further Citation: Facebook answers privacy flap over leftover cookies (2011, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-facebook-privacy-leftover-cookies.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook “alters” tracking cookies when you log out instead of deleting them. Cubrilovic’s findings were from his analysis of HTTP headers sent by browsers to Facebook.com. The solution, he said, is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions. The story quickly propagated as did news of Facebook employee responses that Facebook’s millions of users should not be bothered.Facebook did not deny that cookies remain even after the user has logged out. What Facebook did seek to correct was any notion that leftover cookies were used to snoop.Facebook engineer Arturo Bejar said that Facebook uses data from logged-out cookies to prevent spamming, phishing and other security risks. An extended Facebook response with similar assurances came from Gregg Stefanci, a Facebook engineer. Stefani defended Facebook’s intentions as user-centric, and not for profiteering by snooping. “We don’t have an ad network and we don’t sell people’s information.” Stefanci said. “Rather, the logged-out cookies are used for safety and security protections.”One example of user protection, he said, was disabling registration if an underage user tries to re-register with a different birth date. Another purpose was helping people recover hacked accounts, and identifying shared computers to discourage the use of ‘Keep me logged in.’While Facebook staffers’ reactions defending Facebook have been quite clear, a stinging sentence on Cubrilovic’s Sunday blog is feeding news posting after news posting: “This is not what ‘logout’ is supposed to mean.”The cookies flap comes at a time when privacy watchdogs are worried about Facebook’s new Timeline feature and are preparing a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to look into the sharing of information via Timeline. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is especially concerned over Timeline, a new design for a profile page. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy believes that the redesign is part of an effort to boost data collection prior to an IPO.last_img read more

Honduran doctors teachers strike for second day

first_imgNo related posts. TEGUCIGALPA – Thousands of public-sector doctors and teachers protested in the Honduran capital for a second day against a delay in payment of their salaries in June.The government “has not paid the majority of teachers the salary they are owed for this month,” union leader Orlando Mejia told reporters.More than 2.5 million public-school students missed classes Monday and Tuesday due to the strike of some 61,000 teachers, who are paid an average monthly wage of $350.In a statement, teachers demanded that “President Porfirio Lobo meet payment dates of the 20th of each month.” They also complained about getting bank deposits many days after deposit dates.The doctors’ strike also seeks payment of a wage adjustment for the first half of 2012, and comes on top of a month-long walkout by 2,600 auxiliary nurses.Darío Zúñiga, head of the emergency pediatric unit at the Tegucigalpa Teaching Hospital, said that striking doctors are only attending to emergency and critical patients. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Germans today see Nazi defeat as liberation

first_imgIn marking the end of the war in Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel has already paid tribute to Nazi victims in a ceremony at the Dachau concentration camp near Munich; on Sunday she will lay a wreath on the tomb of an unknown Red Army soldier buried in Moscow. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier left Thursday to take part in ceremonies in Volgograd, formally Stalingrad, where the Soviets won a decisive victory over the Nazis in a turning point of the war.The change in perception has not come overnight.A groundbreaking moment came when then-West German President Richard von Weizsaecker’s referred to Nazi Germany’s defeat as a “day of liberation” in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the war’s end in 1985. When Weizsaecker died in January, Merkel said the comment was “a necessary, clear statement that was significant for our German self-image.”Another important landmark came in 2004, when then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder marked the 60th anniversary of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg’s failed attempt to kill Hitler with a briefcase bomb by calling him and his co-conspirators heroes — erasing any perception of them as traitors as they had been labeled by the Nazis. 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The war remains so central to modern Germany that there is no danger of it being forgotten in Germany, even if perceptions have changed, said Berlin Free University historian Paul Nolte.He noted how the French Revolution more than 200 years ago still plays a role today in French political discourse, and that the U.S. Civil War ended 150 years ago but remains part of the American racism debate today.The Nazi era will be a decisive part of Germany’s history, “long into the foreseeable future,” he said.“Even when it lies 200 years in the past.”_____Kirsten Grieshaber and Geir Moulson contributed to this story.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Sponsored Stories BERLIN (AP) — Millions of Germans experienced the fall of Nazi Germany 70 years ago Friday as total defeat. Today, most Germans view it as liberation from 12 years of tyranny.In a symbol of the shift in perception, the German Parliament plans a special session Friday to reflect upon “a day that stands for a new beginning, and the double liberation from war and Nazism.”A poll released last week showed 89 percent of Germans now think of the end of the war as liberation, with only 9 percent calling it a defeat. That compares to 35 percent who saw the Nazi fall as a defeat a decade ago. The Forsa institute poll of 18 to 85 year olds had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Schroeder was the first chancellor with no personal memory of the war himself. And only one member of Merkel’s Cabinet — Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble — was born by the war’s end.Merkel in her video message this week stressed that her generation still had an historical obligation to fulfill.“We Germans have a special responsibility to deal attentively, sensitively and skillfully with what we did in the Nazi era and what long-lasting wounds and concerns there are in other countries,” she said. “I fully understand that.”German President Joachim Gauck, meanwhile, has said that paying tribute to Soviet soldiers would be at the center of his commemorations marking the events of May 1945 — although the former pastor from communist East Germany acknowledged that memories of the Soviet army are “ambivalent.”“On May 8, 1945, we were liberated — by the people of the Soviet Union, though not only them,” he told the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview Saturday. “We owe them gratitude and respect. And that is the case regardless of the fact that the Soviet liberators ensured, as occupiers in eastern Germany after the war, a lack of freedom, repression and persecution.” Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Fannies Book Shrinks Some More in August

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market October 2, 2014 426 Views Fannie Mae 2014-10-02 Tory Barringercenter_img Fannie Mae’s book of business shrank in August at its steepest rate in more than a year, according to the company’s latest volume summary.The company reported a compounded growth rate of -4.0 percent in its book for August, putting its total value down to $3.1 trillion. It was the ninth straight month of contraction.Year-to-date, the book’s annualized growth rate came to -2.3 percent as of August 31.Numbers were down all around throughout the month, with Fannie’s gross mortgage portfolio seeing the sharpest decline. According to the company, the portfolio fell at an annualized rate of 16.7 percent, totaling $443.1 billion as purchases waned and sales jumped.New business acquisitions were also down for Fannie, slipping from July’s year-high of nearly $40 billion to $37.7 billion.The GSE also reported another decline in single-family serious delinquencies, which were at a rate of 1.99 percent in August, just down from an even 2 percent in July. Multifamily delinquency came down as well, slipping to 0.09 percent after three straight months at 0.10 percent. Fannie’s Book Shrinks Some More in Augustlast_img read more

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AIFF Abdoulaye Koffi scored the lone goal for Shillong Lajong in the 28th minute.

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