Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out. Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points LATEST STORIES UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, left, taunts Volkan Oezdemir, right, during their weigh-in the night before their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. UFC president Dana White stands between the fighters. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — UFC is back in Boston.The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

CBI chargesheet: Kunal Ghosh supported Saradha’s business

first_imgTrinamool leader Madan MitraIt has been known for long. And now the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chargesheet in the Saradha scam has confirmed the nexus between the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the chitfund group.The chargesheet has revealed how a media house, Pratidin Prakashani, was used to promote the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group. The media house, which had Trinamool leader Srinjoy Bose as one of its editors, managed the editorial content of a television channel. Through the television channel, Saradha Group showed that its deposit collection business had Pratidin’s backing. A prominent Trinamool leader appeared in a television programme to promote the Saradha Group as well.Loot businessThe chargesheet, a copy of which is in possession of MAIL TODAY, also revealed that Trinamool leader and West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra, along with Bose and suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, abetted the loot of investors’ money by Saradha Group. The second supplementary chargesheet, which was filed in February, said both Bose and Ghosh had clear knowledge about Saradha’s actual business.The probe revealed that in June 2010, when reports started emerging about illegal chitfund companies in the state, a meeting between Trinamool leaders Bose and Ghosh, and Saradha kingpin Sudipta Sen was held. Following the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on September 8 of 2010 between Bengal Media Pvt Ltd and Pratidin Prakashani Private Ltd. Bose was the editor of the newspaper Sangbad Pratidin of the Pratidin Prakashani.As per the MoU, both the parties agreed to run Channel 10 jointly, wherein the editorial content of the television channel was the responsibility of Pratidin. “Thus the main source of funding in compliance to the conditions of the agreement with Pratidin House was from M/S Saradha Chargesheet reveals TMC-Saradha nexus SANDEEP ADHWARYU Realty India Ltd, which was raising deposits from public illegally through various investment schemes under the garb of selling products and services?” the chargesheet said.advertisement”Investigation further disclosed that Channel 10 used to provide support to the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group by creating an impression about the sound business of the group. The channel was also used to counterbalance any adverse publicity against illegal deposit collection business of Saradha Group,” it pointed out.The chargesheet added that in one such programme, aired on Channel 10, Kunal Ghosh had appeared and very strongly supported the business of Saradha Group. “It would be pertinent to mention here that Kunal Ghosh was appointed CEO by Channel 10 with manifold increase in his salary? The circumstances above support the contention that the whole arrangement between Pratidin and Saradha Group was ill-designed?” the chargesheet added.Referring to Madan Mitra, the chargesheet says: “During 2009 Madan Mitra was invited by Sudipta Sen to his Saradha Garden project where Mitra visited and addressed a gathering? in his speech Mitra praised Sudipta Sen for bringing employment opportunity for the youth. He praised expansion of business of the Saradha Group and assured his support.”last_img read more

PVL: Motolite jolts BaliPure, climbs to 3-1

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Cramps and all, Rondina shows heart in leading Petron to 3rd place PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA MOST READ Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu LATEST STORIES FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A fully-charged Motolite showed its might, rolling past BaliPure, 25-9, 25-20, 25-19, Sunday for its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos got the lion’s share of setter Iris Tolenada’s deft ball distribution as the Power Builders hiked their record to 2-1.The Water Defenders committed 22 unforced errors in the first two sets alone which hindered whatever plan they had at coming back into the match.BaliPure, which only last Wednesday scored its first win since the previous conference, beating Air Force, slumped to 1-3..ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Report: Wolves 2 Liverpool 1

first_imgRuben Neves’ superb strike gave Wolves a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup third round – making it back-to-back defeats for the Premier League leaders.Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to the XI that lost by the same scoreline to title rivals Manchester City last Thursday and they turned in a lethargic first-half display, trailing at the break to Raul Jimenez’s opener.Divock Origi found a fine equaliser but Portugal midfielder Neves raised the decibel levels significantly at Molineux with a decisive 55th-minute long ranger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? One of the players Klopp retained from the City defeat, Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, pulled up and had to be replaced in the sixth minute, meaning 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever became Liverpool’s youngest player in FA Cup historyIt was a couple of senior men who let their manager down in the 38th minute when Diogo Jota stole possession from James Milner and burst past Fabinho.Jota played in Jimenez, who still had plenty to do but bore down on goal and steered an unerring finish beyond Simon Mignolet.Liverpool pulled level six minutes into the second half when the hitherto anonymous Origi engineered a fraction of space on the edge of the box to smash home left footed.Parity did not last long as Neves found an even better finish by launching a typically dipping and swerving effort from 30 yards.| @rubendsneves_ pic.twitter.com/zecOXYTczM— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 7, 2019Jimenez had the chance to move Wolves closer to round four when he picked Hoever’s pocket but could not adjust his feet after going around Mignolet.The run of spectacular second-half strikes continued as a sumptuous free-kick from Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri hit the inside of the right post and somehow bounced to safety.Klopp then called for the big guns, sending on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but Wolves held on.What does it mean? Klopp turns attention back towards biggest challengeManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he was not in a position to choose between competitions and named a strong side to demolish Rotherham United 7-0 on Sunday. Klopp, whose squad depth is improved but does not quite match that enjoyed by Guardiola, evidently does not feel the same way and such a result always felt likely after the team-sheets were handed in.Neves adds another stunner to his collectionFormer Porto captain Neves won rave reviews early in the season but has only started one of Wolves’ past three Premier League matches. The 21-year-old was back to his sublime best here, controlling midfield with his exhaustive range of passing before producing another goal to linger in the memory.Listless Sturridge fails to make his caseLiverpool’s front two were notable for operating in not-so-splendid isolation before half-time but Origi at least got himself on the scoresheet in style after the break. Daniel Sturridge, who was England’s first-choice striker at the start of Gareth Southgate’s reign, appears to have accepted his lot as back-up following a string of injuries and the fabulous form of Jurgen Klopp’s forwards. However, he only has six months remaining on his Anfield contract and this was a sorry pitch for an extension.Key Opta Facts:- Wolves earned their first home win against Liverpool in seven attempts (D3 L3), since a 1-0 win in August 1981.- Liverpool have been eliminated from six of their last eight FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League opponents.- Wolves have eliminated Liverpool from the FA Cup five times – Stoke City are the only side they have knocked out of the competition more (6).- Raul Jimenez’s goal was Wolves’ first at home against Liverpool in 398 minutes, since Kenny Miller scored a 90th-minute goal against them in January 2004.- Eight of  Ruben Neves’ nine goals for Wolves in all competitions have been from outside the box, with his other strike coming from the penalty spot.- Liverpool’s Divock Origi scored his second goal in the FA Cup, with the other also coming against Wolves back in January 2017.- Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has ended on the losing side in all four of his appearances in the FA Cup (three times with Stoke).What’s next?Liverpool will hope for more of the same from Wolves when they travel to Manchester City in seven days’ time, by which point an away victory at Brighton and Hove Albion could again put the Reds seven points clear of the reigning champions. read morelast_img read more

Promoters and Event Planners Must Get Fire-Safety Permit

first_img The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is calling on promoters and event planners to obtain a fire-safety permit to confirm the safety of venues being used to host events this holiday season. Story Highlights The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is calling on promoters and event planners to obtain a fire-safety permit to confirm the safety of venues being used to host events this holiday season.“Persons who are hosting events, which could be a lot at Christmas, you must get a permit from the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Emeleo Ebanks, has emphasised.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, he explained that the permit provides for the safety of patrons and the operators as well as “for us to know about that event and where it is being held”.“I was alerted to situations where a lot of promoters of events would come and seek permits; and after getting them, they would come back and tell us that the event has been cancelled,” Mr. Ebanks said.“So, we will not send persons to go out there and monitor this event, but the event still goes on. The operators who are doing these things, you must understand you are putting lives at risk, you are putting yourselves at risk, and in the event that something happens, you will also be liable for a lawsuit,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Ebanks is encouraging persons who are in doubt to contact the Jamaica Fire Brigade, which will provide tips “to make your Christmas merry and safe”.He pointed out that persons can walk into any fire station across the island or call the Fire Prevention Department at 922-2523 for additional information. “So, we will not send persons to go out there and monitor this event, but the event still goes on. The operators who are doing these things, you must understand you are putting lives at risk, you are putting yourselves at risk, and in the event that something happens, you will also be liable for a lawsuit,” he added. “Persons who are hosting events, which could be a lot at Christmas, you must get a permit from the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Emeleo Ebanks, has emphasised.last_img read more

Exhibit of plastinated human corpses opens without controversy at Halifax museum

first_imgHALIFAX – An exhibition of plastinated human cadavers that has raised controversy elsewhere is being met with support, not protest, at its first stop east of Montreal, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History says.Jeff Gray, curator of visitor experiences and exhibits, said he expected some controversy over the Body Worlds RX exhibition, but has instead seen an overwhelming amount of support and interest.“When these shows first launched in the late 90s, there was a lot of controversy and people’s comfort level was lower,” he said in an interview. “But a lot of that controversy has abated over the years.”“The response has been overwhelmingly supportive. The interest in this exhibit is unprecedented,” Gray added. “We currently have more high school students booked to come visit the museum in this exhibit than we’ve had in the last 10 years.”The Roman Catholic Church, which has raised moral questions about Body Worlds exhibitions elsewhere, has chosen to stay silent about the Halifax exhibition.“At this point in time we have no specific thoughts or comments to share about the upcoming Body World RX exhibit,” Aurea Sadi, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, said in an email last month.The exhibition is dark and dramatic, with black walls, ceilings and floors. Behind glass displays are brightly lit plastinated corpses, a complex technique that removes fluids from bodies and replaces them with plastics that harden.The modern-day mummification takes thousands of hours to complete, beginning with a formaldehyde injection. Scientists at the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, then start the time-consuming anatomical dissection, unravelling a labyrinth of muscles, nerves and arteries that compose the human body. The plastination process then exchanges water for a polymer that is cured with a gas.The specimens on display in Halifax include the Standing Man, the Ligament Body, the Split Man, the X-Lady, the Javelin Thrower and the Arterial Bone Body, each poised in the black exhibit like an illuminated spectre offering a unique — if somewhat eerie — glimpse into the world of human biology and physiology, including organs, muscles, the nervous system and skeletal structures.“All specimens we process in our labs are donated. Without their donation, Body Worlds and all our work would never exist,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, a physician, exhibit curator and director of the Institute for Plastination.She said the controversy surrounding the exhibition was strongest in Germany because of its history.“People are concerned about the use of human remains, which is understandable and acceptable,” said Whalley, whose husband, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, invented plastination. “But in other countries there was hardly any controversy.”“When we started exhibiting in North America, the first museums had initiated ethical committees with church members and bioethicists involved,” she said. “That really helped get rid of suspicion, particularly on the source of the specimens.”The first plastination display was in Japan in 1995, and there have been hundreds of exhibitions since. However, at roughly 10,000 square feet, they were too large for a museum in Atlantic Canada to host.The new scaled-down exhibition, the first of its kind in the region, is about 4,000 square feet. It focuses on healthy living and lifestyles and uses plastinated bodies as a way to educate people about human health, Gray said.“When you come and you see the javelin-throwing man, that was a person,” he said. “All of the organs — of which there are many — are all real, from real people.”The exhibition, which was scheduled to open Thursday night to members and which runs until April 22, is open to all ages. The museum has left it to parents’ discretion whether it’s appropriate for young children.“It’s full bodies and nothing is covered or shied away from,” Gray said. “The reproductive organs of both males and females are on view.”About 40 Dalhousie University medical students have volunteered to help educate museum visitors about the human body, he said. The volunteers will don white lab coats, and provide visitors with information based on their specialities.The museum sold an unprecedented number of passes in the runup to Christmas, and for the first time has sold advance tickets for the exhibition, Gray said.Admission to the museum — which includes entrance to the exhibit — is $6.30 for an adult, with discounted rates of $4.05 for children, $5.70 for seniors and $5.25 for students. Annual passes are $17.95 for an adult, or $42.50 for a family.last_img read more

Ambedkar’s front to contest all 48 LS seats in Maha

first_imgMumbai: Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar on Tuesday said his political front will contest all the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, a development which comes as a jolt to efforts of the Congress and NCP to forge a ‘grand alliance’ against the BJP.Making the announcement in Akola district, located around 590 km from here, Ambedkar said no further talks would be held with the Congress to join the anti-BJP coalition. “Several proposals were made for forging an alliance with the Congress but there hit a roadblock. We cannot negotiate further with the Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Congress leadership,” he told reporters. Asked how many seats his Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi would contest, he said, “We have already announced candidates on 22 seats and will declare the remaining names soon. We will contest 48 seats in Maharashtra.” Ambedkar is likely to contest from Solapur Lok Sabha seat against senior Congress leader and former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. BJP’s Sharad Bansode defeated Shinde in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Solapur. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedPrakash Ambedkar, grandson of the architect of Indian Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar, is founder of the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh. He forged an alliance earlier with Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Maharashtra and has been holding rallies across state. The consolidation of Dalit and Muslims votes in some pockets, especially in the Vidarbha region, had prompted the Congress and NCP to invite Ambedkar to join their ‘grand alliance’ against the BJP-led NDA.last_img read more

UNbacked agreement outlines main issues on global flu readiness

“We are better prepared for pandemics than ever before. But there is more to be done and we must stay alert for new threats that may be round the corner,” David Nabarro, UN System Influenza Coordinator, told senior officials from more than 70 countries at today’s closing ceremony, a smaller than expected turnout as a result of the recent volcanic ash clouds over Europe and an earthquake in western China. The two-day meeting of the Seventh International Ministers Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza – organized around the theme “The Way Forward” – led to the creation of the so-called Hanoi Declaration.The document proposed national measures to more quickly identify new diseases that may cross from animals to humans, and to deploy public health measures promptly against outbreaks, including effective communication between professionals and public, and stronger public health and veterinary systems. It called for focused action at the interface between human, animal and environmental health systems, as well as continued efforts to reduce the extent of H5N1 avian flu and the H1N1 pandemic influenza.“Capacities for countries to work together in response to threats of avian and pandemic influenza have advanced in the last five years: the conference helped to identify areas on which we need to focus to ensure a secure future in the face of emerging diseases,” Dr. Nabarro said in a statement released today.The conference was hosted by the Government of Viet Nam, and co-organized by the United States and the European Union, in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Organization for Animal Health, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. 21 April 2010With an estimated 75 per cent of new infectious diseases in humans coming from animals and two new animal-to-human diseases expected to emerge each year, a United Nations-backed health conference in Viet Nam today wrapped up with an agreement to keep a close eye on new diseases that can jump species and cross borders. read more

Three deputy ministers resign from the Government

Three deputy ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), announced that they had resigned from the coalition Government today.Deputy Ministers Dr. Sudharshini Fernandopulle, Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Erik Weerawardena said they were resigning from the Government. The three Deputy Ministers are contesting the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). (Colombo Gazette)

Resale homes should carry energy use label by 2019 environmental groups say

OTTAWA – Listing your home for sale in Canada could soon mean you not only have to tell people how much it costs to buy it, but also how much it costs to run it.When 11 provinces and territories signed the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change in 2016, they agreed to look at requiring all existing buildings to have an energy label outlining how much energy the home or building uses as early as 2019.This week a coalition of environmental groups wrote to the federal government saying Ottawa should set that date as a hard target and help provinces implement a policy that requires the information from a home energy audit be provided when a home is listed for sale.“It’s just another way for a home to be valued and also gives an indication of how energy efficient is this home and what kinds of improvements and therefore cost savings could I be making if I’m going to be buying this home,” Karen Tam Wu, director of the buildings and urban solutions program for The Pembina Institute, told The Canadian Press.The recommendation was one of nearly two dozen the Pembina Institute and nine other environmental organizations made in a letter to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna this week.A spokeswoman for Carr said when the minister met with his provincial counterparts earlier this week in New Brunswick they endorsed a plan that helps outline how they will meet this and other goals of the framework.However the plan doesn’t mention requiring the information at the time a home is listed for sale.Rather it suggests an online portal will be created in 2019 to start sharing information on building energy use but that full adoption of energy labelling for all buildings including residential homes wouldn’t be required until 2026.Tam Wu stressed making buildings more energy efficient is not just good for the environment, it also creates jobs and drives economic growth.She said Europe is many years ahead of Canada, spurred on by energy prices which are as much as twice what they are in Canada. The new carbon price being implemented nationally next year will add to the economic case for Canadians to make their homes and buildings more efficient as well.The Pembina Institute also points to studies in the United States which have found more energy efficient buildings are more valuable to buyers and renters, meaning sale or rental prices go up when energy use goes down.Pierre Leduc, spokesman for the Canadian Real Estate Association, said the organization has already been working with different federal departments to see how it can help support Canada’s climate change commitments. It is also working on a publication for realtors to provide their clients that discusses energy efficient options for housing.Canada has to reduce annual carbon emissions almost 200 million tonnes to meet its international commitments, which is the equivalent of taking 44 million cars off the road — twice the number of passenger vehicles registered in Canada two years ago.Direct emissions from buildings accounted for about 10 per cent of Canada’s total emissions in 2015. However the environmental coalition points to a 2014 Natural Resources Canada report which found buildings account for one-quarter of Canada’s emissions when both direct and indirect emissions from the generation of the electricity they use are factored in.Buildings are responsible for about one-third of the energy use in the country.Tam Wu said the goal for new construction homes is to make them all zero-net-energy ready by 2030, meaning they are as energy efficient as possible and can produce the majority if not all of the energy they do need on their own, largely from solar panels.The framework intends to have all provinces implement a zero-net-energy building code by 2030.-follow @mrabson on Twitter. by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2017 11:13 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A sold sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June 28, 2016. A coalition of environmental groups wants to see homes listed for resale in Canada to carry information about how much energy they use. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Resale homes should carry energy use label by 2019, environmental groups say read more

New technology can help cut mine fatalities VIST Robotics CTO says

first_imgAnton Potapov, Chief Technology Officer at VIST Robotics, thinks technology has a key role to play in reducing the number of fatalities experienced in the mining industry.Potapov said some 77% of all mining accidents resulting in a fatality are tied to human interaction with equipment. With more than 2,500 deaths in 2018 alone, according to the International Mining Fatality Review, that is a lot of avoidable fatalities.“The design of fit for purpose equipment is a very important aspect to be analysed and focusing on this area is an important way to reduce fatalities,” he said.“Now we have technology that allows us to reduce human involvement in a dangerous process. Artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things and robotisation, combined, could turn into what is to be called the ‘intelligent mine’,” he said.VIST Group, a subsidiary of Zyfra Group after a recent $30 million takeover, has some experience in applying this technology. It is a leader in the field of development and implementation of IT and AI in the mining and metallurgical industries, and is involved in the automation of industrial vehicles.“In end-to-end smart mining, you remove all personnel from autonomous operating zone and leave robots to themselves. If you need a person or vehicle in there, you equip them with trackers and every autonomous truck watches them carefully.”This could lead to fatalities dropping to zero, he said.“Moreover, the economic and ecological impact are respectively positive: as the use of self-driving vehicles and smart machines allows to reduce costs, it also allows to cut emissions,” he said.He concluded: “The industrial sector is conservative but, as the benefit is obvious, it is not only about the industry but about the society as we shall support any innovation that can help us to save lives and the environment.”last_img read more

Were being exposed to more radiation than before

first_imgSource: RPIIre/YouTubeIF YOU THOUGHT that the greatest radiation threat to you was Sellafield or nuclear power stations abroad, you’d be wrong.Radon is far more of a risk to people in Ireland. The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) said that less than 1 per cent of the average radiation dose is due to exposure to artificial sources such as Sellafield and Chernobyl.Between 2008 and 2014, the annual exposure for people in Ireland has slightly increased, from 3,950 to 4,037.Notably, the dose from radon has dropped slightly, while thoron in homes has risen.Radiation in IrelandIrish people’s exposure to radiation has been quantified in a report published today by the RPII, which looked at all sources of radiation in the Irish environment and calculated the average annual dose to the population.Natural sources of radioactivity, such as radon, account for 86% of all exposure, while man-made sources contribute approximately 14%. This latter category is dominated by the “beneficial use” of radiation in medicine.Dr Ann McGarry, Chief Executive of the RPII, said:The assessment clearly identifies radon as the primary source of radiation exposure in Ireland. Our radiation dose is high compared to other European countries because of the high levels of radon in this country and some families in Ireland are exposed to extremely high radiation doses in their homes.She explained that exposure to radon is also one of the few sources which can be reduced.The assessment includes the results of a new study of radioactivity in the Irish diet; new data on thoron gas in Irish homes; and an evaluation of medical exposures by the Health Service Executive (HSE).RadonRadon is the principal source of radiation exposure to the Irish population, contributing over 55% to the average radiation dose.Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking. It is linked to up to 250 lung cancer cases per year in Ireland. Most of the radiation dose from radon is received in people’s homes, but also workplaces.Other sources of radiation, such as fallout from nuclear accidents and weapons tests, or discharges of nuclear or radioactive waste to the environment, remain at very low levels.The full report can be read here.Read: Over 90,000 homes may have ‘dangerous levels’ of radon gas… just 8% have been checked>Read: Ultrasounds could replace radiography for detecting pneumonia in children>last_img read more

Une liste noire des sites pirates dressée aux EtatsUnis

first_imgUne liste noire des sites pirates dressée aux Etats-UnisThe PirateBay, IsoHunt, Megaupload, ou encore Demonoid : le United States Trade Representative (USTR), l’organisme américain chargé de la protection commerce aux États-Unis, a dressé une liste des sites Internet et services en ligne permettant de télécharger ou consulter des contenus protégés par des droits d’auteur.Alors que le projet de loi anti-piratage américain SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), suscite un vif débat outre-Atlantique, le bureau chargé de la protection du commerce au sein de la Maison-Blanche, l’USTR, vient de rendre un rapport dans lequel il recense les outils et services permettant de télécharger ou consulter illégalement des contenus protégés par des droits d’auteur.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Dans cette liste non exhaustive de sites et services en lignes coupables de contrefaçon ou de piratage, sont cités de nombreux sites bien connus, comme The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, torrentz.eu, Demonoid, Zamunda ou Megaupload. D’autres services moins célèbres sont listés, comme le site Allofmp3, basé en russie, qui vend des MP3 à très bas prix sans reverser de droits aux auteurs, ou le réseau social russe vKontakte, accusé de “faciliter l’accès” à des contenus contrefaits et piratés.L’USTR s’est en outre penché sur les zones géographiques les plus prolifiques en matière d’échange de contenus illégaux. Parmi elles, la Chine, l’Inde, l’Indonésie, l’Équateur, le Paraguay, l’Ukraine, la Colombie, la Thaïlande, le Pakistan ou encore le Mexique. Le but de l’UTSR n’est pas de lancer des poursuites contre ces sites, ni de les sanctionner. Ils ne sont d’ailleurs même pas décrits comme illégaux. Il s’agit pour l’organisme américain de mettre en lumière les sites posant problème, et d’inviter “les autorités responsables dans les juridictions concernées à intensifier leurs efforts pour enquêter sur les états de la piraterie et de la contrefaçon dans ces marchés” lit-on dans le document. Le 23 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ore deer attack injure barking dog

first_imgBEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend, Ore., woman says three deer attacked her barking dog in her small fenced yard, leaving the animal with head wounds and a punctured chest.Tiffany Rounds says she’s used to seeing deer in central Oregon but had never seen them in her backyard before. Her small dog Daisy clearly thought that was inappropriate and went flying out the door, barking.As Rounds told KTVZ on Monday, the six-point buck and two does “immediately started beating her on with their hooves, and then the buck comes and tries to get her with his antlers.”Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Steven George says that whether it’s a dog or a coyote, deer are reacting to a predator that could hurt or even kill them “and so they’re going to be fairly defensive.”Rounds says her vet expects Daisy to make a full recovery from last Thursday’s encounter.last_img read more

First class of veterinarians graduate from UAFColorado State program

first_img“The clinical part, working with actual patients, becomes so important in the third and fourth year of veterinary school,” Hueffer said. “So, they’re like one of the top programs in the country,” Hueffer said. “I discovered I wanted to be a vet when I think I was three years old,” Millman said in a recent interview. “And I think it was when I was seven when I first learned about sled dogs back in Wisconsin, where I grew up, and that I wanted to be a sled dog vet and work the Iditarod.” Hueffer says the students must go to Colorado for those two years, because Alaska just doesn’t have the volume and variety of animal patients, especially livestock, that the students need. But he says they and the other 140 students in this year’s class get plenty of opportunities for hands-on instruction at Colorado State, because agriculture is a big industry in that area. Millman had just completed undergraduate study in Wisconsin when she came to Alaska in 2013 and got a job with Jonrowe. She says she loved it up here, but she wanted to continue with her education and at that time, Alaska’s universities didn’t offer a veterinary-medicine program. Hueffer said, on the other hand, the UAF students get experience working with animals that aren’t available in Colorado, like domesticated wildlife species. Hueffer says that may be part of the reason why all 10 of the UAF students got jobs soon after they got their diplomas. “Shortly after I moved to Alaska,” Millman said, “I heard about this program starting and decided I’d try one more time at applying. And lo and behold! I got in on the first class in 2015.” Hueffer says the UAF-Colorado State program has attracted a lot of attention in Alaska, both from those in the ag industry and those who operate veterinary clinics. Not only because of the quality of instruction, but also the requirement that students spend their first two years in Alaska. Liz Millman is one of the 10 UAF veterinary-medicine students who graduated in May. She plans to specialize in caring for sled dogs, like those that powered Iditarod musher Deedee Jonrowe. The program requires the 10 UAF students to attend their first two years of graduate-level instruction at UAF and their second two at Colorado State. The first graduates of a new veterinary-medicine program offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks have all been hired to work here in Alaska and the Lower 48. UAF officials say that shows the program is needed to fill a strong demand for veterinarians in Alaska. Liz Millman and the 10 UAF students and program administrators assemble after their May graduation ceremony on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, Colo. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Griseto) Then she learned UAF was setting one up, through a partnership with Colorado State University. “For example, the students get opportunities to work with reindeer at the Large Animal Research Station,” he said. “So, they do not only work with cows and other normal livestock.” “In the state, we have two I would small pockets of what one would consider an industry, in Palmer and Delta,” Hueffer said. “And those are relatively small, compared to other states that have veterinary schools. I mean, in Colorado, ranching is huge.” Karsten Hueffer heads up the program. He’s the associate dean of veterinary medicine at UAF, and he says the university was fortunate to link-up with Colorado State. “Quite a few clinic owners that I talk to, they sometimes struggle with getting people from Outside come up, not knowing what they’re getting themselves into – and then minus 40 hits and they can’t get out of here quick enough,” Hueffer said. Liz Millman, right, and dog handler Maren Johnson pick up sled dogs flown in to Nome for a veterinarian check-up during a recent Iditarod. Millman carried out many of these kinds of tasks over the past five years as a volunteer for the Iditarod’s returned dog program. (Photo courtesy of Davin Gilmore)last_img read more

Maulana Azad National Urdu University offers to help mainstream

first_imgJubilee Hills: Maulana Azad National Urdu University is keen to play a role in facilitating the mainstreaming of madarsas. The university also plans to provide MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in Urdu thereby ensuring its access to Urdu population. Dr Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, the Vice-Chancellor of MANUU expressed these views on Wednesday while inaugurating roundtable discussions on the draft National Education Policy (NEP), 2019. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Dr Parvaiz expressed satisfaction over the fact that MANUU succeeded in increasing the women enrolment ratio in recent years, which is one of the thrust areas of the draft policy. Reiterating the importance of mother tongue in education, he stressed the need to promote Urdu at school level to overcome the issues of not finding suitable candidates in the reserved categories. To make MANUU more inclusive, there is a need to introduce Urdu at schools. Moreover, madarsa graduates must be given a formal lateral entry opportunity at college or university level. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us If MOOCs is not made available in Urdu then Urdu and its speakers will lag behind others in terms of education, Dr Parvaiz pointed out. Prof Ayub Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, chaired the inaugural session on ‘Teacher Education with specific reference to Urdu speaking masses.’ Education Policy shapes the future of the country. Draft policy shall be studied and comprehended thoroughly, he opined. Dr M A Sikandar, Registrar, while speaking on the proposed reforms, suggested to avoid over-regulation. Advertise With Us Earlier, Prof Mohd Shahid, convenor for session I, pointed out that MANUU was consulted in July 2015 too, when the process of NEP was initiated. MANUU had sent a detailed report to MHRD on bridging gender and social gap through the new policy. Dr Afroz Alam, convenor of the second session, set the tone by raising serious doubts on implications of the policy. He described the NEP as a brilliant document which provides a lot of scope to doubt the intention. Prof V Sudhakar, chairman of the session, advised all to look at the new policy in its proper context. It should be read along with the other policies of the government. Prof G Ramesh, co-chair, welcomed the draft and said that it has given due importance to the question of teacher education. MANUU shall take the lead to implement it, especially with regard to madarsas. Prof V Venkaiah chaired the third session on ‘Optimal Learning Environment and Support for Students under Higher Education with specific reference to ODL student.’ Prof P F Rahman, Director I/c, DDE, was the convener. Prof Venkaiah in his powerpoint presentation dealt with the nuances of ODL system and the impact of new policy on it. A large number of faculty members and eminent educationists participated in the discussions held at the Conference Hall, Administrative Building. (INN)last_img read more

Plot to grab four houses in Dhaka

first_imgHouse No. 140, Motijheel police station building at Motijheel commercial area.A plot drawn up by vested quarters to occupy four state-owned houses in the capital, has been foiled.A Pakistani citizen was brought to Bangladesh so he could take over as the owner of these houses. He was speedily issued a birth certificate and passport to facilitate his taking possession of the property.Vice chairman of Beximco Group Salman F Rahman aided and abetted the Pakistani citizen Waqar Ahmed in this dubious plan.One of the houses is Sada Bahar, House No. 104, Road No. 3, Dhanmondi. The house is being now used as the training office of the National Security Intelligence (NSI). Another is house No. 140, the Motijheel police station building.Two others are houses are No. 10, Motijheel and No. 64, Dilkusha. These two houses are leased out to five persons including the owner of Bangladesh Typewriter Mahbubur Rahman and late state minister Ziaul Haque Zia. There are commercial establishments in these two buildings. The buildings are owned by the housing and public works ministry.A bench of justice Mohammed Nuruzzaman and justice SH Mohammed Nurul Huda Jaigirdar passed an order in this regard on 13 April.Speaking to Prothom Alo, assistant attorney general Sukumar Biswas said the papers, which were submitted claiming the ownership of these four houses, were forged. Through the verdict it has been established that no one can claim these houses. These are now abandoned property. These houses were under the control of the government and the government is still the owner of these four houses.In a written statement to Prothom Alo, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman denied that fake documents were used to take over the houses illegally.The power of attorney was legally taken. The claimant of these houses Waqar Ahmeds son Gulzar Ahmed was a classmate of Salman F Rahman at Notre Dame College. Gulzar met Salman F Rahman in London recently and asked for his assistance. Salman F Rahman took up legal procedures to help with Gulzar Ahmed.Before independence, when GM Madani was the chairman of DIT (currently Rajuk), he allotted lands to Pakistani citizens in Dhaka city at the market price. Madani allotted the land of these four houses to somebody named Waqar Ahmed in 1960-63. After the independence of Bangladesh, the family of Waqar started to live permanently in Pakistan. These houses were included as abandoned properties as none was claimant of these houses in 1972. In this regard, a gazette was published on 23 September 1986.After the publication of the gazette, a certain Waziuddin was given power of attorney by a forged signature of the previous owner Waqar Ahmed. Through that power of attorney, he filed a case with a civil court in Dhaka on 13 August 1986 challenging the government gazette. He concealed information and filed four cases at the settlement court, claiming that these houses were included among the abandoned properties. He also forged the signature of Waqar in the document.The settlement court in its verdict on 14 October 1992 said these houses were not abandoned properties. Waziuddin, however, could take not over the houses.Earlier, identifying himself as son of Waqar, a certain Firoz Ahmed claimed to be owner of property in Boro Katra of Dhaka (holdings 11 and 13), filed a case and lost the case. He filed a review petition. In the petition, Firoz Ahmed claimed to be only son of Waqar Ahmed and claimed his father has gone to Europe for treatment. But the actual Firoz Ahmed and his father Waqar Ahmed were still in Pakistan. Waziuddin made these forged records.Dhanmondi police arrested Waziuddin as the leader of a land forgery gang on 12 July 2007. He confessed to police that he occupied land through fake documents. After remaining in jail for a couple of days, he died in 2010. Waziuddins family now lives in a house on Road No 7 in Dhanmondi. His son Ekabbor Hossain is an Awami League member of parliament from Tangail-7. He said he knows nothing about the land and has no interest in it.A new chapterAlthough these houses were under the occupation of the government, the verdict of the settlement court was in favour of Waziuddin. As a result, the houses were dropped from the abandoned property list. Then certain influential quarters grabbed this opportunity. They brought Waqar Ahmed to Bangladesh from Pakistan.According to the verdict, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman used the letterhead of the group to write to the home ministry on 8 March 2015, asking them to issue a visa to Waqar Ahmed. The home ministry accordingly sent a recommendation to Bangladesh High Commission in Karachi to issue a visa to Waqar. Waqar came to Bangladesh on flight PK-266 on a five-day visit on 13 April. On that very day, he received a birth certificate as a citizen of Bangladesh from Zone 1 of Dhaka South City Corporation. But he submitted the photocopy of his national identity card as a permanent resident of Pakistan when taking the visa for Bangladesh.The verdict also said Waqar applied for a machine readable passport (MRP) passport on 15 April within two days after arriving in Bangladesh. He himself, however, did not go to the passport office. Citing illness, he applied and his fingerprint was taken from a residence. The passport was issued in his favour on that very day.Director general of the immigration and passport directorate Major General Masud Rezwan said a written passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The MRP was issued based on that passport.Asked how Waqar was given a Bangladeshi passport being a citizen of Pakistan, the DG said an investigation is underway in this regard. Waqar Ahmed did not come to Bangladesh after independence. The directorate of immigration and passport could not explain how the passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The directorate is also investigating this.The permanent address Waqar Ahmed mentioned in his passport belongs to Rabeya Khatun, wife Abu Yunus. A security guard of the residence in the capitals Azimpur said no one named Waqar lived in the house.The phone number Waqar used in filing his passport papers is now used by Beximco Group senior manager Tasnin Hossain.When Tasnin was contacted over phone, he said, Waqar is the friend of my boss. I cant tell you more than that.The emergency address Waqar stated in his passport is a flat in a multi-storey building in Eskaton. The residents of the building said on Tuesday that the flat belongs to Beximco Group. But, papers say the flats owner is Jupiter Business Limited. The owner of the Jupiter is Mushfiqur Rahman. The flat, however, has been kept locked for one and a half years.The verdict of the court says Waqar Ahmed applied for the power of attorney with the sub-registrar office, immediately after receiving the passport. He also met the secretary of the housing and public works.The sub-registrar sent the power of attorney appeal to the inspector general of registration, saying such appeals are not issued as per rules. Waqar went back to Karachi on 17 April.Waqar, according to the verdict, appointed Ivy Real Estate Limited managing director Mushfiqur Rahman. From court documents, the address of the Ivy Real Estate is in Road 1, Dhanmondi. This is the address of Bell Tower, an office of Beximco.An investigation officer of the case said Mushfiqur was an employee of Beximco Group but he left his job two years ago.The government filed a writ petition on 4 May 2015 after Waqars power of attorney appeal.According to the writ petition, the verdict the settlement court passed was based on fake documents. Because, Waqar Ahmed submitted his passport to the housing and public works ministry on 18 June 2015 but he was invited to Bangladesh on 8 March.He came to Bangladesh using a Pakistani passport. While taking a Bangladeshi visa, he gave information that he has been living in Pakistan since 1952.The verdict also says the settlement court passed the verdict going beyond its jurisdiction. And so, the buildings will be considered as abandoned.Asked whether there would be any criminal case for occupying the governments property, attorney generalMahbubey Alam told Prothom Alo, This isnt my work. But this is true that those who claimed the property have lost (the case).In a written statement, Salman F Rahman told Prothom Alo, Nowhere in the High Court verdict was it mentioned that Waqar Ahmeds documents were fake. The attorney general tried to prove Waqar a Pakistani citizen. But even the AG nowhere in his statement said those documents fake.Salman F Rahman, ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasinas adviser, did not comment on Waqars activities like quick issuance of Bangladeshi passport, managing Bangladeshi birth certificate and using of Beximcos address.The four building are still in the possession of the government. According to the court verdict, the houses have been abandoned property since independence of Bangladesh.Executive director of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo that many influential people try to become owners of property using fraudulent ways.Sometimes they are successful in their attempts. However, these four houses will remain an example that if concerned persons are conscious, they can protect government property, he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossainlast_img read more

Notorious gangster flees French jail by copter

first_imgMap locating Reau prison southeast of Paris, France. Photo: AFPA notorious gangster who said his life of crime was inspired by films such as “Scarface” pulled off a brazen jailbreak on Sunday, fleeing a prison near Paris aboard a hijacked helicopter in a commando-style operation.Redoine Faid, 46, broke out of the prison with the help of two accomplices who used smoke bombs and angle grinders to overcome wardens in the facility’s visiting room where Faid was talking to a brother, according to prison unionist Martial Delabroye.The men quickly made good their escape in the helicopter in an operation lasting just 10 minutes, Delabroye told AFP at the penitentiary in Reau in the French capital’s southeastern suburbs.It is the second time Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak-in 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite.The helicopter-hijacked from a terrified flight instructor-landed at around 11:15 am (0915 GMT) in the prison yard.The two black-clad men armed with assault rifles set off smoke bombs before breaking their way into the prison’s visitation room using the power tools.Informed sources earlier said there were three accomplices.The wardens, who were unarmed, fled to safety and raised the alarm.The helicopter was later found in a northeastern suburb of Paris about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the prison, one source said, adding that a manhunt has been launched across the entire Paris region.A police source said the helicopter pilot was a flight instructor waiting for a student when he was seized by Faid’s accomplices. He was forced to fly before being later freed in a state of shock.The men apparently went on to use a car that was later found torched in a shopping mall carpark, police said.The escape came after an appeals court in April sentenced Faid to 25 years for masterminding a botched armed robbery in 2010 in which a policewoman was killed.‘The Author’Faid has been behind bars since mid-2011 for breaking the terms of his parole over past convictions for bank robberies and brazen heists of cash-in-transit vehicles.In his 2013 jailbreak, he briefly took four guards hostage with a pistol before escaping in a waiting getaway car. All the hostages were released unharmed.Faid was recaptured six weeks later at a hotel in an industrial area on the outskirts of Paris.A woman working at the hotel told AFP at the time that Faid’s accomplice had paid for the room in cash and that the two men had been there for several days.Faid had earlier been released from a 10-year stint behind bars after convincing parole officers that he regretted his criminal past and was determined to start afresh.Police nicknamed him “The Author” for two books he co-wrote about his delinquent youth.Faid, who has a cult following in the tough immigrant suburbs outside Paris where he grew up, has made several television appearances.‘He’s very polite’At a Paris film festival in April 2009, Faid approached Michael Mann, director of the 1995 gangster film “Heat” starring Al Pacino and Robert Niro, telling him: “You were my technical adviser.”He wrote that he had watched the film dozens of times to perfect his bank-robbing prowess.One of his prison supervisors said that Faid had never had any conflict with staff, “but we must always be wary”.“In the corner of his mind, he never lost the idea of escaping. Behind all his manners-he is very polite-he always hid his game,” the supervisor said.Delabroye, the prison union rep, said the yard where the helicopter landed is the only area not equipped with anti-aircraft netting because inmates never use it-“except to leave the prison”.last_img read more

Think China is the No 1 Country for Hacking Think Again

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 16, 2013 2 min read Register Now »center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. China has earned a reputation as the hacker capital of the world, but a new report shows the bulk of global cyber-attack activity has recently come from its smaller neighbor Indonesia.Thirty-eight percent of cyber attacks originated in Indonesia during the second quarter of 2013, up from 21 percent in the first quarter, according to a report by security cloud platform Akamai. This spike helped push China off the hacking pedestal, with the world’s most populous country accounting for 33 percent of attacks, down from 34 percent in the previous quarter. The U.S. rounded out the top three, generating 6.9 percent of cyber-attack traffic, a decrease from 8.3 percent.Indonesia and China alone accounted for more than half of all cyber-attack activity during the quarter.Related: Don’t Get Hacked — Tools to Fight Cyber AttacksWhile it may seem like Indonesia came out of nowhere to take the lead (last year the country accounted for on average less than one percent of cyber crimes), hackers may be taking advantage of its increase in connection and weakening IT structure. The country’s average internet connection speed increased 125 percent in the second quarter from the same time last year. That, coupled with the fact the country isn’t spending a whole lot of cash on its infrastructure,  may make the country a haven for cybercriminals.Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small Business In January, hacker group Anonymous Indonesia claimed responsibility for defacing 12 government websites with the tagline “No Army Can Stop an Idea” shown on the sites. In April, the country’s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro announced they were building a Cyber Defense Center to take on hackers. Microsoft also felt the supposed wrath of Indonesia criminals (among others) when it put the kibosh on a cybercrime operation in June. Akamai’s findings are based on agents reporting log connection attempts, which the company defines as attack traffic. The company then can determine the top countries the hack attacks occur. One caveat to keep in mind: the IP address assigned to a particular country may not be the nation the attacker resides. So someone from China with an IP address associated with them, may be committing cyber attacks in France.To check out more of Akamai’s findings, check out the below highlights:Click to Enlarge+last_img read more

Russian government blocks ProtonMail services for its citizens

first_imgYesterday, ProtonMail, reported that the Russian government has blocked Russian citizens from sending any messages to the encrypted email provider. This block was issued by the Federal Security Service via a secret letter dated 25 February. According to the letter, the Russian intelligence agency ordered two of the largest Internet service providers in Russia, MTS and Rostelecom, to block traffic from Russia going to our mail servers, thus preventing Russian mail servers from communicating with ProtonMail. On Monday, March 11, a firm called TechMedia obtained a copy of the letter and published it on the Russian tech blogging platform, Habr. The blog also accused ProtonMail and several other email companies of facilitating fake bomb threats. During late January, the Russian police received several anonymous bomb threats via email, which led to a forced evacuation of government buildings schools, rail stations, shopping centers, and offices. A total of 26 IP addresses were blocked after the order was issued. This also included servers used to scramble the final connection for Tor users. “Internet providers were told to implement the block “immediately,” using a technique known as BGP blackholing, a way that tells internet routers to simply throw away internet traffic rather than routing it to its destination”, TechCrunch reports. ProtonMail chief executive Andy Yen, said, “ProtonMail is not blocked in the normal way, it’s actually a bit more subtle. They are blocking access to ProtonMail mail servers. So Mail.ru — and most other Russian mail servers — for example, is no longer able to deliver email to ProtonMail, but a Russian user has no problem getting to their inbox.” The two ProtonMail servers listed by the order are its back-end mail delivery servers, rather than the front-end website that runs on a different system. Yen said, “The wholesale blocking of ProtonMail in a way that hurts all Russian citizens who want greater online security seems like a poor approach”. He further added, “We have also implemented technical measures to ensure continued service for our users in Russia and we have been making good progress in this regard. If there is indeed a legitimate legal complaint, we encourage the Russian government to reconsider their position and solve problems by following established international law and legal procedures.” According to the ProtonMail blog, “Due to the timing of the block, some ProtonMail users in Russia suspect that the block may be related to the mass protests this past weekend in Russia where 15,000 people took to the streets to protest for more online freedom.” Meanwhile, ProtonMail has listed down a few recommendations for its Russians users, which include: 1) Using a VPN service as this allows most blocks to be circumvented. All ProtonMail users also have access to ProtonVPN, a free VPN service that the email provider operates on. 2) Encouraging other contacts to use ProtonMail. The blocks attempted by the Russian government do not and cannot impact communications between ProtonMail accounts in Russia. 3) Complain to MTS and Rostelecom. According to ProtonMail, if enough people complain, these ISPs and the Russian government may reconsider their approach. One of the users wrote on HackerNews, “This situation really pissed me off. FSB (Russian FBI) had problems with receiving bomb threats coming from Protonmail addresses. So, they secretly ordered (with an almost classified order) major ISPs to block Protonmail bypassing Russian’s existing website/IP addresses blocking scheme.” To know more about this news in detail, visit ProtonMail’s official blog post. Read Next ProtonMail shares guidelines to help organizations achieve EU GDPR compliance Hackers claim to have compromised ProtonMail, but ProtonMail calls it ‘a hoax and failed extortion attempt’ A security researcher reveals his discovery on 800+ Million leaked Emails available onlinelast_img read more