Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service.Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday night that North Korea was “directly responsible” for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang will be held accountable for it.Bossert said the administration’s finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.“North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behaviour is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless,” he wrote.Bossert said the Trump administration will continue to use its “maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang’s ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise.”The WannaCry attack struck more than 150 nations in May, locking up digital documents, databases and other files and demanding a ransom for their release.It battered Britain’s National Health Service, where the cyberattack froze computers at hospitals across the country, closing emergency rooms and bringing medical treatment to a halt. Government offices in Russia, Spain, and several other countries were disrupted, as were Asian universities, Germany’s national railway and global companies such as automakers Nissan and Renault.The WannaCry ransomware exploited a vulnerability in mostly older versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Affected computers had generally not been patched with security fixes that would have blocked the attack. Security experts, however, traced the exploitation of that weakness back to the U.S. National Security Agency; it was part of a cache of stolen NSA cyberweapons publicly released by a group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers.Microsoft president Brad Smith likened the theft to “the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen,” and argued that intelligence agencies should disclose such vulnerabilities rather than hoarding them.WannaCry came to a screeching halt thanks to enterprising work by a British hacker named Marcus Hutchins, who discovered that the malware’s author had embedded a “kill switch” in the code. Hutchins was able to trip that switch, and the attack soon ended. In an unusual twist, Hutchins was arrested months later by the FBI during a visit to the U.S.; he pleaded not guilty and now awaits trial on charges he created unrelated forms of malware.The United States and South Korea have accused North Korea of launching a series of cyberattacks in recent years, though the North has dismissed the accusations.A South Korean lawmaker in October said North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S.-South Korean wartime “decapitation strike” plans against the North Korean leadership. Seoul’s Defence Ministry earlier said North Korea was likely behind the hacking of the Defence Integrated Data Center, which is the military data centre where the information was kept, in September last year but refused to confirm the nature of the information that was compromised.South Korea also last year accused North Korea of hacking the personal data of more than 10 million users of an online shopping site and dozens of email accounts used by government officials and journalists.The United States in 2014 formally accused North Korea of hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment over the movie “The Interview,” a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader.South Korea said in 2015 that North Korea had a 6,000-member cyberarmy dedicated to disrupting the South’s government and military. The figure was a sharp increase from a 2013 South Korean estimate of 3,000 such specialists.Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman of South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which deals with matters related to North Korea, said Monday that the Seoul government was examining whether the North was behind hacking attacks on a cryptocurrency exchange in June. About $7 million in digital money was stolen in the hacks, South Korean officials said.There’s speculation in the South that North Korean hackers are possibly targeting cryptocurrency like bitcoin to evade the heavy financial sanctions imposed over the country’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.“We are monitoring the bitcoin-related issue. We believe that North Korea is currently engaging in various activities to evade sanctions and earn foreign currency,” Baik said.last_img read more

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JJP to woo young local voters

first_imgGurugram: The newly formed Jannayak Janta party (JJP) has also begun campaigning for the seats in Haryana. Pinning unemployment as their main issue, it said that out of 17 lakh jobs available in Gurugram not even 2 lakh Haryanvis are given the opportunity. The opposition party also mentioned the Gurugram growth story and highlighted that in spite of city’s rapid progress its advantages have not been passed to the Haryanvis.”There are 17 lakh jobs today in Gurugram. Yet Haryanvis and locals are not getting those jobs and it is being taken by people from other regions. The Gurugram growth story is not getting passed on to people of the state,” said Dushyant Chautala, in his political rally. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticHe also raised the issue of major industries in Gurugram now shifting their base to other states. “Maruti that has contributed a great deal in the development of Gurugram is not expanding further in the district but shifting its manufacturing facility to Gujarat,” he added. The attack on the government comes with just 55 days before the state is engaged in polls. The challenge from JJP stems from the fact that it is a party formed as recent as December 9, 2018, after a split from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWith employment expected to be one of the major issues, the Haryana government has also raised the significance of micro, small and medium scale enterprises in absorbing the growing number of job aspirants. Providing the figures, Chief Minister Khattar stated that while 37,000 aspirants have been placed after the skill development, their target was over two lakh placements. With over 8,000 MSME, Gurugram is a leader in terms of small scale enterprises.last_img read more

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With restrictions lifted UN and partners deliver assistance to displaced Darfuris

The joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) escorted an eight-truck aid convoy to Khor Abeche, which is located 80 kilometres north-east of the South Darfur capital of Nyala and was the scene of recent clashes between Sudanese Government forces and rebels.Some 19 tons of food was delivered by air yesterday to over 10,000 IDPs around UNAMID’s team site there, the mission reported in an update. Meanwhile, a convoy carrying fuel and food for the estimated 5,000 new IDPs in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur, departed from the state capital of El Fasher earlier today. Similar missions to Shaeria, Jaghara and Negaha by UNAMID and humanitarian actors are planned for the coming days. On Saturday, the Joint AU-UN Special Representative in Darfur, Ibrahim Gambari, had voiced his deep concern over reports of continued fighting on the ground, including in Khor Abeche, and rising tensions in Shangil Tobaya and other areas. He insisted that the parties stop fighting immediately and provide their full cooperation to the Joint Chief Mediator for the Darfur peace process, Djibril Bassolé, in agreeing to a cessation of hostilities as soon as possible, and called on any party that may be providing support to the rebel movements to refrain from doing so. At least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million driven from their homes as a result of the fighting that has ravaged Darfur over the past seven years. 28 December 2010The United Nations and other aid agencies today began providing vital humanitarian assistance to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered outside the UN-African Union mission’s sites in Darfur now that restrictions have been lifted on all air and road movements to areas of recent fighting. read more

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US wants foreign hand in Lankas domestic probe

Biswal said much needs to be done to heal the wounds that are still open on both sides from a very brutal and a very divisive conflict between the troops and the LTTE. Rights groups claim troops killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the nearly three decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The LTTE is also accused of war crimes.“That would take time and would take very persistent effort on all sides towards reconciliation and no one should be saying one about the process. It is a difficult process, it is a long process. There will inevitably be setbacks. “It is fundamentally in the interest of the Sri Lankan people to secure the peace and prosperity of all of these citizens, and I think what motivates us is that hope and that desire to support a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka that brings opportunity for all its citizens,” Biswal said.During her visit to Lanka late last month, she said the US will move a pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its September session, in what was seen as a U-turn in America’s stance.Interestingly, it was a US-moved resolution that called for the first time called for an international probe into alleged war crimes and was adopted last year in the 47-member UNHRC. The US was at the forefront in adopting a total of three resolutions at the UN human rights session on Sri Lanka. “That is an encouraging sign. It is a long road ahead for the country, for the government, for the (new Sri Lankan) President (Maithripala Sirisena) and for the people,” she said in response to a question. “We have seen that the government in the past nine months in office has done more to try to build trust and move the country towards a more inclusive society, than perhaps been done in the last nine years and beyond,” said Biswal, the Administration’s point person for South and Central Asia. The new Sri Lankan government has “a very strong intent” in addressing rights concerns, a top Obama Administration official said, calling for a “credible domestic” probe with “substantial involvement” from international community to address justice and accountability.Less than a month after she visited Sri Lanka ahead of a crucial report on alleged war crimes during the country’s decades-long civil war with the LTTE, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI: “We have seen (in the new government), what we would say a very strong intent.” Biswal yesterday said that from the very beginning, the US has said it would support a credible domestic effort to address those long-standing issues of justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. read more

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Keith Gurr retires after 29 years maintaining Brocks landscape

A group of over 100 recently joined Keith Gurr to wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement after 29 years maintaining Brock’s landscape.Gurr was presented with a signed Brock commemorative book, which included anecdotes and well-wishes from his co-workers, a gift from CUPE Local 1295, and a Brock retirement pin. He was also treasurer for CUPE 1295 for the last 24 years.Gurr’s dedication, diligence and no-nonsense approach to just getting the job done will be sorely missed by the grounds crew and Facilities Management.

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United Steel Workers ratify new contract with Essar Steel Algoma

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2013 2:29 am MDT SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. – Essar Steel Algoma Inc. says members of United Steel Workers Local 2251 in Sault Ste Marie, Ont. have ratified a new three year contract.The agreement covering production and trades employees was hammered out last week and is effective Aug. 1.In a release issue late Friday night, Essar Steel Algoma says ratification of the agreement gives the business the stability it needs, while providing employees, customers and suppliers the security they need.Details of the contract have not been released, however, the union had been seeking changes in workplace conditions as well as benefit and wage improvements.Essar Steel is a multinational company based in India.It acquired the formerly independent Algoma Steel and took it private in 2007. United Steel Workers ratify new contract with Essar Steel Algoma read more

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No 9 Lady Vols erase 20point deficit to beat Stetson 6555

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Rennia Davis had 24 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Tennessee overcame a 20-point, second-half deficit to stay unbeaten with a 65-55 victory over Stetson on Wednesday night.Evina Westbrook added 20 points and shot 9 of 9 from the foul line to help the Lady Volunteers (7-0) avoid a stunning upset against an Atlantic Sun school whose only win this season came against NAIA program Webber International.Tennessee trailed 42-22 before Davis’ 3-pointer capped a 22-0 run to give Lady Vols their first lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Tennessee, which entered the night shooting 58.9 per cent from the line this season, made 13 straight free throws during that 22-0 spurt.Stetson (1-7) tied it late in the third quarter and knotted it up again at 46-all on Kendall Lentz’s basket with 6:46 left. Tennessee took the lead for good on Davis’ basket with 7:21 remaining and pulled awSarah Sagerer scored 19 points for Stetson before fouling out. Addi Walters added 17 points, with 13 of them coming in the first quarter.Tennessee started the night lethargic and looked increasingly flustered as Stetson grabbed a 38-22 halftime lead. Tennessee had no answers for a patient Stetson offence that used up most of the shot clock on each possession.Stetson went on a 14-0 run that lasted over 5 1/2 minutes midway through the first half. Tennessee didn’t make its first basket of the second quarter until Davis hit a layup on a fastbreak with 3:07 left in the half.The Hatters took command early by getting wide-open looks from 3-point range or driving into the lane against a Tennessee team playing a second straight game without injured centre Kasiyahna Kushkituah.BIG PICTUREStetson: The Hatters tired out as the night wore on. Stetson shot 8 of 28 overall and 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the second half after going 15 of 29 overall and 4 of 9 from beyond the arc in the first half. But this game still ought to give the Hatters plenty of confidence. Stetson’s effort Wednesday made it hard to believe how this team lost its first six games of the season.Tennessee: The Lady Vols have a habit of producing slow starts and fast finishes this season, most notably when they rallied from 12 down to beat UAB in overtime. But they can’t afford to continue this pattern as their schedule gets tougher in the coming weeks.UP NEXTStetson: At No. 12 Texas on Dec. 16.Tennessee: At No. 12 Texas on Sunday.___Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargeeSteve Megargee, The Associated Press read more

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Interview on Air Sharknado screenwriter Thunder Levin

first_imgWhere were you when the Sharknado hit SyFy? Were you one of the few who sat and watched as the story of a city under siege by flying sharks unfolded on primetime television, or were you one of the many who heard about it as Twitter became overrun with commentary? We sat down with Thunder Levin, the screenwriter responsible for Sharknado, to talk about how this movie came to be and what he’s doing next.Sharknado is a perfect example of a spontaneous event that results in a massive buzz. No one responsible for Sharknado — from SyFy on down to its creator — could have predicted the kind of instant popularity that occurred. The made-for-TV film aired like any other SyFy original movie, with no great effort to promote the film any differently than anything else on this network. For some reason the combination of freak weather, unlikely shark migration patterns, and a constant reminder that Los Angeles citizens complain any time there’s any rain at all, combined to create a bizarre story that ended with popularity that vastly exceeded Nielsen ratings for the flick.Update: The interview was planned for 3:30PM today, but Levin is running late. It’ll go live as soon as he shows up!Thunder Levin is no stranger to writing and directing, with films like Mutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood! and American Warships as feathers in his cap. Sharknado was one of several films Levin was involved in at the time, and when another film required his attention as a director he left the now famous SyFy Original in the capable hands of director Anthony C. Ferrante to translate from paper to screen. In our Interview with him today, we’ll talk about how this movie came to be, and what the Twitter explosion has meant for him.If you have any questions for Thunder, or commentary on your Sharknado experience, leave a comment below!last_img read more

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Allergies médicamenteuses une cause surprenante

first_imgAllergies médicamenteuses : une cause surprenanteMonde – Une étude de l’Inserm publiée dans la revue américaine Science Transnational Medicine l’affirme : les allergies médicamenteuses seraient liées au réveil de virus dormants.Pour la plupart des gens, une allergie est une réaction négative à un élément étranger. Une allergie médicamenteuse a donc son origine dans la prise d’un médicament (anti-épileptique, antibiotique, allopurinol…) et se manifeste par des éruptions cutanées ou des désordres viscéraux. On appelle ce phénomène rare le syndrome d’hypersensibilité ou Dress (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms). À lire aussiHGPO : définition, comment cela se passe, y a-t-il des risques ?Au terme de sept années d’étude, l’équipe du professeur Musette avance une autre théorie. Cette prétendue allergie médicamenteuse trouverait en fait sa cause dans une réaction immunitaire contre un virus dormant de type herpès, mononucléose, zona, etc. Les symptômes viseraient donc à se protéger non pas contre le médicament, mais contre le réveil d’un virus latent. A la lumière de ces nouveaux éléments, et si ces derniers sont confirmés, les traitements contre les allergies médicamenteuses sont sans doute appelés à évoluer vers une thérapie anti-virale.  Le 26 août 2010 à 11:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Make Your Nintendo Switch Accessible With the Xbox Adaptive Controller

first_imgStay on target We like the Nintendo Switch a lot, from its games to its console/handheld hybrid nature to its success pissing off Nintendo doomsayers. But an area Nintendo has historically fallen behind in is making its games accessible. That may sound strange since Nintendo games are typically meant to be enjoyed by players of all ages. But the company’s desire to finely sculpt the play experience, while great for some, can leave those with different accessibility needs wanting. It’s tough to throw a Poke Ball in Pokemon Let’s Go if you have a physical disability.However, rival gaming company Microsoft has made great recent strides in accessibility. And its recent crowning achievement is the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device that’s easy to mod with whatever custom interfaces players needs to enjoy the games. Fortunately, Microsoft sees gaming accessibility as a public good, not an exclusive feature for its own hardware. So it’s pretty easy to get the Xbox Adaptive Controller working with other consoles, including now the Nintendo Switch.This is an unofficial mod, detailed by YouTube user My Mate Vince. But with some know-how and just a couple of off-the shelf components like a Mayflash Magic-NS wireless controller adapter and Xbox Accessories PC app, you can get the Xbox One Adaptive Controller working with Switch. It’s the best Nintendo/Microsoft team-up since Mario in Minecraft. You’ll have to remap some buttons, since Xbox and Nintendo feature different default button layouts. But the whole point of the Adaptive Controller is easily remapping inputs.With this mod, you should be able to use the Xbox Adaptive Controller with any Switch games that use buttons. That includes a lot of great games including the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Motion controls however, from tossing Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey to steering your independent arms in ARMS, might cause some problems. That’s been a tricky issue for Nintendo and accessibility in general. Hopefully you’ll at least be able to remap gyro aiming in Zelda or Splatoon to analog stick.Using an Xbox Adaptive Controller on Switch is a great temporary user-made solution. But Nintendo shouldn’t let this stop them its teams from improving its own accessibility features, even if it means taking up Microsoft’s offer to share the tech. Nintendo games should truly be for everyone. For more on accessibility in games check out the shameful lack of subtitles in the Spyro remake, our interview with AbleGamers’ Steve Spohn, and why VR presents difficulties if you’re in a wheelchair. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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Solari expects Benzema to return on Saturday

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has revealed he expects Karim Benzema to return to full fitness this weekend.Los Blancos were without Benzema, with the striker having fractured his finger in their 2-1 win at Real Betis in the LaLiga last Sunday.But Solari is hopeful that the former Olympique Lyonnais striker will be able to play when Madrid host Sevilla at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.“It is a broken little finger,” he said of Benzema’s injury, according to Goal. “We hope to have him at the weekend, and next Wednesday, and the next weekend.”Marcelo takes a dig at Santiago Solari, he prefers Zidane Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 20, 2019 After a terrible year under Santiago Solari, Marcelo wasn’t nice to the Argentine coach and he obviously picked Zidane above him.Last season for Marcelo…Meanwhile, Solari insists there’s no rift between him and Isco following Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Leganes in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night.The Spain international played 68 minutes on a rare start under Solari, before getting withdrawn for Cristo Gonzalez.Isco completed 93 per cent of his passes against Mauricio Pellegrino’s men but wasted Madrid’s best chance to score with a weak effort in front of goal.Solari has regularly been asked about his apparent lack of faith in Isco but the former Madrid reserves coach insists he has no problems with the playmaker.“There is no problem, not at all,” Solari said of Isco.last_img read more

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US Approves Land Exchange For Road Through Alaska Refuge

first_imgSurrounded by Alaska officials in Washington, D.C., Zinke signed the agreement swapping up to 0.8 square miles (2 square kilometers) of federal refuge for lands of equal value owned by King Cove Native Corp. “You can’t make a fair trade for this kind of wilderness, because there’s nothing else like it,” said Randi Spivak, public lands program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “This land swap violates the purpose of the refuge. It will devastate wildlife and destroy congressionally designated wilderness.” Congress in 1997 addressed the King Cove transportation issue with a $37.5 million appropriation for water access to Cold Bay that included a $9 million hovercraft. The Aleutians East Borough, the regional governing body, took the vessel out of service after deciding it was too expensive and unreliable to operate. King Cove, a fishing community of about 900 people sandwiched between ocean and mountains, wants the road for land access to an all-weather airport at the community of Cold Bay. Strong winds and the challenging King Cove area landscape frequently prompt flight cancellations. Residents for decades have sought a road link to Cold Bay, the site of an airport built during World War II that features one of Alaska’s longest runways. Zinke said the 12-mile (19-kilometer) section of the road through the refuge would cause no harm to wildlife but would make a difference to children or mothers who need to get to a hospital. He said the road is a priority for President Donald Trump. “It’s more than just a road,” Zinke said at the signing event. “It’s an idea and value that people really do matter.” Supporters say a one-lane, gravel road would carry medical patients and private traffic but would be closed to commercial uses such as transporting fish. Spivak said King Cove residents have other, safer options for emergency flights. “The president want to make sure the people’s voice is heard,” he said The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2013 concluded that a road through the isthmus could cause irrevocable damage to the watershed. Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell agreed with a Fish and Wildlife analysis that found a land exchange could not compensate for the special qualities of existing wildlife refuge lands. A road would split an isthmus as narrow as 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) wide. The isthmus is the southern border of the 150-square-mile (390-square kilometer) Izembek Lagoon, holding one of the world’s largest beds of eelgrass, a rich food source for Pacific brant geese, endangered Steller’s eider sea ducks and other migratory birds. King Cove, Cold Bay and the Izembek refuge are near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, the body of land in Alaska’s southwest corner that juts toward the Aleutian Islands. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, portraying the exchange as a people-versus-wildlife issue. Environmental groups have said they will fight to keep a road out of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and its internationally recognized habitat for migrating waterfowl.last_img read more

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Govt mulls legal action against media for baseless JK reports

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Ministry of Home Affairs, New DelhiIANSThe government is contemplating legal action against media outlets for reporting fabricated and baseless news relating to developments in Jammu and Kashmir.Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that legal notices could be served to media outlets if they are prima facie found projecting “fabricated and provocative” stories, leading to disturbance in the law and order situation in the sensitive Valley region of Jammu and Kashmir.Attributing “facts” to foreign news agencies, a few local media outlets including a prominent English news website, have claimed that Valley has been witness to a large scale protest and violence on Friday.The media outlets, quoting a foreign TV news channel have said that police resorted to pellet gun attacks, injuring several local residents in Srinagar. However, Jammu and Kashmir Police denied any such attacks or firing by the security forces.Earlier, prominent Pakistan news daily Dawn went to the extent of claiming that over 10,000 people have gathered in Srinagar staging a protest over the revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir.Subsequently, one of the news websites based in New Delhi quoted Dawn, in its apparent bid to project a scary picture of worsening law and order situation in the Valley.The Ministry of Home Affairs then issued a statement that “news report originally published in Reuters and appeared in Dawn claims that there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar. This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been stray protest in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people”.Such fabricated news also appeared in social media which eventually led to rumour-mongering in some pockets in Jammu and Kashmir where communication was partially restored for some time.Later, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani, appealed to the media to desist from publishing news based on wrong facts and urged them to act responsibly. The IGP also assured the media that law and order situation was largely peaceful in the valley for the past one week. PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Revocation of Article 370center_img Closelast_img read more

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Snag in flight throws passengers into tizzy

first_imgKolkata: Passengers landing at the city airport were gripped by a sense of fear as they felt a sudden jerk when the Singapore Airlines flight in which they were travelling, suddenly came to a halt on the runway with a loud sound. The 200-odd passengers had to wait for more than half an hour before they could come out of the flight.According to sources in the airport, the Singapore Airlines SQ 516 landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at around 10.28 pm on Saturday night, but passengers could not vacate the flight as it had developed a hydraulic snag. The hydraulic leakage resulted in drainage of fuel from the flight on the runway. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior official said that the snag had developed a few minutes before the flight was scheduled to land, when the fuel started leaking. As it landed, the nose wheel of the flight got locked and the flight came to a halt with a sudden jerk. The pilot stopped the engine of the airline to mitigate any risk. After sometime, the flight was towed across the runway by a special vehicle. “The passengers could not be taken near the aerobridge. They were brought out of the airport in a special bus,” a source informed.A spokesperson of the airport, however, said that there was not much of a problem as the alternate runway was handed over for operation soon. “There was no impact on any other flight as the alternate runway was put in use. The runway was handed over back for operation after being vacated, proper cleaning of the fuel leakage and inspection,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more

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Firhad Hakim Binay Krishna Barman inaugurate new home for jumbos at Alipore

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, along with state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman inaugurated the enclosure for elephants in Alipore Zoo after a major facelift.The new home for the pachyderms spans over 12,000 square metre which is nearly ten times the size of the old enclosure that only had a 1,991 square metre area.”We selected Sunday for the inauguration because today is World Elephant Day. The widening of the space for the jumbos had become imperative with the Central Zoo Authority prodding the zoo authorities for increasing the space for free movement of the animals,” said state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman.Rani and Tithi- the two elephants are a major attraction in the zoo, particularly for children.”The waterbody at the front portion of the enclosure has been cleaned and beautified. Natural grass has been laid and shower has been fitted for bathing of the elephants. The trees inside the new enclosure – Aswattha, Neem, Deodar and Krishnachura – are surrounded by small brick walls so that the elephants can’t uproot them,” Zoo director Asis Kumar Samanta said, adding that the animals love open space to roam around and enjoy nature.The cost for expanding the enclosure has been Rs 1.72 crore. It may be mentioned that in 2009, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) had banned elephants in zoos but had made an exception for Alipore zoo and had told the state Forest department that they could keep two elephants at the most, by expanding the enclosure.”We are happy that the CZA has allowed us to keep elephants in Alipore Zoo. We have elephants here since its inception and the animal is associated with our sentiment,” Barman said. The zoo authorities were again prodded by CZA in 2015-16 and there was apprehension that the zoo will lose the jumbos, being unable to meet the CZA guidelines for keeping the elephants.After a number of sleepless nights, the zoo authorities, in consultation with experts, chalked out a comprehensive plan for widening of the elephant enclosure.The enclosures for animals like leopard, hyena and jackal needed to be shifted to another place, to broaden the area of the jumbos.The old elephant enclosure, with a moat, a shed and trees, was inaugurated in 1999 by the then Chief Minister Jyoti Basu. Before that, elephants used to remain chained in an enclosure one-tenth the size of the current one.last_img read more

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Kolkata police chief among best in world Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday extended her support to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who has been summoned by the CBI in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams, accusing the BJP leadership of pursuing political vendetta. “The highest levels of the BJP leadership are doing the worst kind of political vendetta. Not only are political parties their targets, they are misusing power to take control of the police and destroy all institutions. We condemn this,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The CBI has been trying to locate Kumar to question him in connection with the scams, with officials in the central investigating agency stating Saturday that they might arrest the Kolkata police chief as a last resort. The IPS officer, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, is not responding to notices to appear before the agency, they said. “The Kolkata Police Commissioner is among the best in the world. His integrity, bravery and honesty are unquestioned. He is working 24×7, and was on leave for only one day recently. When you spread lies, the lies will always remain lies,” Banerjee added. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, had also skipped a meeting with Election Commission officials last week.last_img read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Related Content Feature | April 09, 2015 Physicians Pioneer Use of Stereotactic Body Radiation for Deadly Kidney Cancer Complication New technique provides alternative to surgery for tumor removal News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Raquibul Hannan, M.D., left, and Robert Timmerman, M.D., led a team that successfully used stereotactic body radiation therapy for the first time to treat an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. Image courtesy of UT Southwestern Medical Center.April 9, 2015 — UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often-deadly complication of kidney cancer.Two case studies provide an important potential new avenue for treatment of these types of tumors, which are resistant to traditional radiation therapies and difficult to manage even with surgery, the current standard of care.“Our case studies showed similar survival with the use of stereotactic radiation therapy compared with surgery,” said lead author Raquibul Hannan, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and co-leader of the Kidney Cancer Program at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This result is important because people with this disease have a traditionally poor prognosis and few options.”The stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) was used to treat inferior vena cava tumor thrombus (IVC-TT) that reached the heart, a complication of kidney cancer in which the tumor extends into the venous system ? the system of veins that return blood to the heart. An estimated 4 to 36 percent of kidney tumors are associated with IVC-TT, according to the study in Cancer Biology & Therapy.”Removing the tumor surgically currently is the only treatment proven effective. It is still considered an extremely difficult and delicate surgery, with high rates of complications and cancer recurrence,” said Vitaly Margulis, M.D., associate professor of urology. As detailed in a recent study by Margulis in The Journal of Urology, “Patients with the disease who undergo surgery have a mortality rate that can be as high as 10 percent, depending on the location of the tumor and its growth into the venous system. There are currently no alternatives for those who are not surgical candidates.”“For these reasons, finding new therapies such as stereotactic radiation therapy are desperately needed,” Hannan said. “This innovative proof-of-principle was a critical first step for determining whether our approach will ultimately prove to be effective.”Kidney cancer is a common and often deadly malignancy, with more than 63,900 new cases and 13,800 deaths predicted in the United Staets in 2014. And it is on the rise— research suggests kidney cancer cases are increasing at a rate of about 4 percent annually. In addition, IVC-TT can be difficult to diagnose because patients may have no symptoms or a wide variety of symptoms that can be attributable to many other conditions. Left untreated, IVC-TT can lead to severe complications including pulmonary tumor embolus (tumor clots in the lung), Budd-Chiari syndrome (a serious liver condition) and even fatality.These case studies – one case of recurrent and another with unresectable IVC-TT ? demonstrate that SABR can be an effective treatment. The reported survival times of 18 months and 24 months were comparable to standard surgical outcomes and both improved symptomatically, and did not experience any acute or late treatment-related toxicity, the researchers reported. UT Southwestern’s kidney cancer team hopes to follow up with a study to evaluate the application of SABR for IVC-TT in conjunction with surgery.For more information: www.utsouthwestern.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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first_img It’s been no surprise.Ever since the Arizona Cardinals selected rookie quarterback Josh Rosen out of UCLA in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the conversation has been when — not if — Rosen will take over starting signal-caller duties. That, in part, has to do with the injury-riddled career of projected starter Sam Bradford.But that’s not stopping Rosen from taking notice of the man in front of him. Top Stories “I don’t really think people understand how good Sam [Bradford] is,” Rosen told Sirius XM over the weekend. “I’m unbelievably fortunate to watch him and how he plays.“I’m just really lucky to have that frame of reference to start the NFL, because I really believe he’s one of the better quarterbacks in this league.”Bradford has shown he can play with the best of them.Related LinksThe 5: Burning questions as the Arizona Cardinals enter training campBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCards camp notebook: Edmonds getting acclimated, standout wideoutsIn 15th NFL training camp, Larry Fitzgerald may have newness aheadCardinals’ Josh Rosen handling unfamiliarity in first NFL seasonIn 2016, Bradford led the NFL with a 71.6 completion percentage and threw for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns. He tossed just five interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 99.3.It looked as though his tear would continue the next season after opening up against the New Orleans Saints. He completed 27 of his 32 passes (84.4 percent) to go along with three touchdowns and a 143.0 QB rating.The biggest issue, however, has been Bradford’s health.After that Monday Night Football performance, Bradford would make just one more game in 2017 before he had to have his left knee scoped due to ACL injuries.Bradford got the start against the Chicago Bears, but was clearly not himself. He threw 11 passes before being replaced by Case Keenum in the second quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Rosen, who rotated behind Bradford for the majority of the day, had a front row seat of the nine-year pro in action.“To see him practice, he just completes the ball,” Rosen said of the veteran QB. “The ball just doesn’t touch the ground.“I’m very lucky that that’s my intro into the NFL. I’m not exactly modeling my game after him, but more so taking what he does really well and trying to put it into what I do because Sam is really, really good.”But as much as Rosen realizes Bradford’s abilities and understands his spot on the roster, the rookie is going to practice just as hard.“I’m going to push him every single day and I’m going to act as the starter every single time,” Rosen added of his mindset. “I’m in this locker room, but also be aware of the situation.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 2 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Josh Rosen (3), Sam Bradford (9), Chad Kanoff (6) and Mike Glennon (7) walk on the field during stretching exercises at the NFL football team’s practice Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason, Bradford is looking to return to that high level of play.“Sam can throw with the best of them around the league,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Sirius XM. “Everybody’s seen that, everybody understands that when he’s healthy he’s one of the elite passers in the game.“With the way coach [Mike] McCoy runs his system, getting the ball out of his hands quickly, I think Sam’s going to have a big season for us.”Taking every precaution with Bradford, even having keeping him out of the conditioning test, the Cardinals are ready get him acclimated to the first-team offense.So is Bradford.“It’s definitely the best it’s felt since the injury last year,” Bradford said of his knee on Saturday. “Like I said, we had kind of had a plan in place all spring.“We were really just trying to get back as much strength as possible, at the same time challenge it on the field, you know, moving around the pocket, running, trying to simulate as much football-type movements as possible.”During Day 1 of the Cardinals’ training camp, Bradford missed on his first pass against the defense, but that was about it. He looked sharp and was able to fit numerous balls into tight windows.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter16 August 2018Following Savenio‘s win earlier this week at the Virtuoso Travel Week for ‘Top year-over-year percentage growth’ – see story below – LATTE chatted exclusively with the Australian luxury network’s Managing Director David Brandon from Las Vegas, for a Piccolo (short chat), to understand just how significant this accolade is for his company.Congratulations, David, on Savenio’s award. Why is this year’s award significant to Savenio?“Savenio is a small, independent business and we have made a big mark in the industry. Not just in Australia, but internationally. Our win is not just a win for Savenio; it is a huge endorsement of the philosophy behind our brand, which is that true independence leads to success.And why is it important to you personally?Like our independent travel designers at Savenio, I am running my own business and I do it well, with commitment, integrity and passion, and I believe our model is unique in offering Independentadvisors a space to earn what they are worth and be truly independent.Given Savenio’s growth trajectory, is it reasonable to expect that you might be among the finalists of this category again next year, and could you make it back to back wins?We can only continue to do what we do and do it well. At the end of the day, these awards are fantastic, but they are no more important than our clients and the Savenio Independent Travel Designers who work with them.Which travel, and non-travel, companies inspire you/do you admire?Virtuoso inspires me every day to strive to be the best of the best. When I joined Virtuoso, I wanted to be a part of a global company that can deliver our clients exclusive amenities so I could add value to their holiday, which gives us the edge over other travel agencies.Like us, Virtuoso is growing and leading the way in the luxury travel space.What drives you every day?My dad always told me ‘hard work never hurt anyone’ and I have always adhered to that principle. I love helping clients to build their holiday dreams and also helping our Independent Travel Designers grow their own businesses to be more successful. That really makes it easy to be passionate about my job.Thanks kindly for your time.____________________________________________________________________________14 August 2018Savenio luxury travel network has gained global recognition, receiving the ‘Top year-over-year percentage growth’ award during the opening ceremony of Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas this week.The award pitched Savenio against Virtuoso’s travel agency partners across 50 countries, recognising the extraordinary growth of the brand over the past 12 months.“This award is a true reflection of Savenio’s commitment to two things: building a network of fantastic advisors and providing a platform where they can deliver excellent travel experiences for their clients,” Savenio’s Managing Director, David Brandon said from the Bellagio, Las Vegas.“My Savenio colleagues are drawn from the top 2% of Australian travel advisors and have an unrivalled level of experience and knowledge of luxury product and commitment to client service.“Savenio attracts the best of the best in our industry as we pay them the highest commissions and give them the greatest flexibility in choosing the products which are most suited to their client.Savenio’s David Brandon with Virtuoso’s Michael Londregan, Michele Saunderson and Cristina Magni.“We support all of our Independent Travel Designers to create the best possible itineraries for their clients and that means having the independence to choose the right product, not the one they have been told to sell. We believe independence equals success.“This award comes as a result of the hard work and dedication of each and every one of our Independent Travel Designers and I want to thank them for choosing to be part of the Savenio team.”Further updates from Virtuoso Travel Week to come in this week’s LATTE.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jay-Z’s companies sue NYC licensing company for fraud FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, honoree Jay-Z speaks onstage at the 2018 Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York. Jay-Z’s business entities have sued a New York City licensing firm, claiming it cheated the companies as part of a “colossal accounting scandal.” The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Manhattan, accuses Iconix Brand Group Inc. of lying about its finances when it made deals with the rapper’s Roc Nation apparel company. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK — Jay-Z’s business entities have sued a New York City licensing firm, claiming it cheated the companies as part of a “colossal accounting scandal.”The lawsuit accuses Iconix Brand Group Inc. of lying about its finances when it made deals with the rapper’s Roc Nation apparel company. There was no immediate response to a phone message on Friday seeking comment from Iconix.The suit says that Roc Nation entered into a brand partnership with Iconix in 2013. It says at the time, Iconix fabricated financial reports to falsely inflate its earnings.Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, was questioned last year by Securities and Exchange Commission about the fraud allegations.The suit filed on Thursday in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2019 9:22 am PDTlast_img read more

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