10 months agoSACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety. last_img

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, 2015@umichfootball Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more

Luxury home sales fell by 60 per cent in the GTA Oakville

first_imgTORONTO – Luxury home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville and Hamilton-Burlington have fallen by almost 60 per cent year-over-year, according to a RE/MAX report.The real estate company says 76 freehold and condominium properties in the GTA sold for more than $3 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, down from 180 sales during the same period last year.In Oakville, six homes in the same price range sold early this year, in comparison to 15 a year ago.Homes priced above $1 million in Hamilton-Burlington saw a 55 per cent drop to 59 homes sold at the start of the year from 133 in 2017.Though RE/MAX says the luxury market’s record-breaking pace from last year has slowed, it is still expecting plenty of activity this year.Already RE/MAX says it has seen increases in luxury home sales in the GTA’s Kingsway/Princess Anne Manor and Rosedale neighbourhoods, where 10 homes have sold so far this year, including the most expensive one for $8.4 million.last_img read more

TSX US markets up as oil hits threeyear high Loonie down

first_imgRising oil prices boosted Toronto’s main stock index Monday while rebounding tech stocks lifted markets south of the border.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79.23 points to 15,808.63, mainly on the back of climbing oil prices, which settled above US$70 per barrel for the first time in more than three years.The June crude contract soared US$1.01 to US$70.73 per barrel. It last closed above the US$70 mark on Nov. 26, 2014.The commodity prices rose due to concerns around global supply disruptions, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Those concerns include possible new U.S. sanctions against Iran.“I think we’re seeing those supply concerns manifest in higher oil prices,” he said.That lifted the heavily-weighted energy sector on the TSX’s main index where shares gained an average of 0.21 per cent of their worth.U.S. indices also made gains, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 94.81 points to 24,357.32, the S&P 500 index up 9.21 points to 2,672.63 and the Nasdaq composite index up 55.59 points to 7,265.21.“The bigger impact on the U.S. markets is coming from the rebound in the technology sector,” Fehr said.A correction earlier in the year beat up the tech sector pretty badly, he said, and now some optimism has returned with recent earnings coming out. Apple Inc., specifically, served as a catalyst for the sector after reporting strong results earlier this month.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.74 cents US, down 0.01 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the June natural gas contract gained three cents to US$2.74 per mmBTU. The June gold contract fell 60 cents to US$1,314.10 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.08 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

First 50 retweets can tell if a tweet will go viral Study

first_imgBeijing: Estimating how infectious a tweet is from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a post will go viral or not, a study has found. As online social networks and media continue to grow, so has the importance of understanding how they influence our thoughts and opinions, said researchers from Beihang University in China. Being able to predict the spread of social contagions is considered a key goal for those social information networks, according to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAlthough models developed in the field of infectious diseases have been used to describe the spread of ideas, studies have not used real data to estimate how infectious the information is. Researchers used about one month of Twitter data — comprising over 12 million tweets and more than 1.5 million retweets — and estimated each tweet’s infectivity based on the network dynamics of the first 50 retweets associated with it. They incorporated the infectivity estimates into a model with a decay constant that captures the gradual decline in interest as online information ages. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUsing real data and simulations, the researchers tested the ability of the infectivity-based model to predict the virality of retweet cascades. They compared its performance to that of the standard community model, which incorporates other predictive factors — such as social reinforcement and trapping effects that act to keep tweet cascades within small communities of connected users. The researchers found that for both real Twitter data and simulated data, the infectivity model performed better than the community model, indicating that infectivity is a larger driving force in determining whether a tweet goes viral. Combining the two models into a hybrid community, infectivity model yielded the most accurate predictions, highlighting the complexity of the interacting forces that determine the life and death of social network information.last_img read more

Knee Problems Compounded For Sixers Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum, one of the key players in the mega-trade that involved three all-stars, said his left knee troubles have extended to his right knee, too , putting an even larger question mark over when he will actually play for the Philadelphia 76ers.Bynum — acquired by the Sixers in the four-team transaction that moved Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philly, Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, among other elements — has been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee, and his return has been pushed back three times since the beginning of training camp. The 76ers were hoping Bynum would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.That date is now in question because of issues with his left knee. Bynum says he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees.“I had a little bit of a setback,” Bynum said. “Just working through some issues with the right knee, I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don’t know what’s going on. The doctors are saying it’s a weakened cartilage state, so we kind of wait, I guess. We can’t do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.”Bynum did say he targeted Dec. 10 as a possibility, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated debut to anywhere from mid-to-late December to as late as mid-January.“It’s the same exact spot (as the right knee) with the cartilage,” Bynum said. “Just doing routine things and it started swelling up. No blunt-force injury or anything like that. It’s the same timetable still.”The Sixers entered Friday 4-4 without Bynum, including three straight losses at home.Bynum announced in May, while still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was going to Germany in September for the Orthokine blood-spinning treatment in his knees that other professional athletes have sought. The Sixers announced before training camp that Bynum needed to delay his return to allow the effects of the Orthokine treatment to work.The bone bruise in his right knee caused the Sixers to push the return date from training camp to the regular season and now possibly to midseason.But the Sixers are still looking long term with Bynum, who’s in the last year of his contract.“My main concern is Andrew’s health,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “My main concern is big picture. We want to have a long relationship with him.” read more

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Source: EdjFootball 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters Game winning chance 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 Philadelphia69.670.472.0 This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 DVOADVOA 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

FIFA has no decision to make Tebas

first_imgAccording to La Liga president, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned official matches in the United StatesThe Spanish La Liga is planning to have at least one official match in the United States.And Barcelona and Girona have been selected for this special game, to be played in Miami on January.Many have criticized this decision, and expect FIFA not to give permission to this event.But for La Liga president Javier Tebas, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned matches in the U.S.“The responsibility of FIFA and federations is to grow the sport, not one league or game,” Tebas told people in Miami today as reported by The Sports Business.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There is 90 percent likelihood for the match on January 26. The entire conflict with the media that has been generated – that had been foreseen. This has been more than a year in the making.”“We have to ask for authorizations. FIFA has no decision to make here because we use FIFA rules for international matches. Theoretically, there should be no opposition,” he added.“We just played a final in Morocco. Imagine if we could go to Morocco to play. How could we not play one match in the US? Then there is the American Federation [U.S. Soccer]. Then fourth you have CONCACAF.”“How is MLS harmed by one match? Because if someone tells me it could harm them then we would have to stop broadcasting the Premier League and Serie A on TV – that’s in people’s homes every weekend. We can’t think there will be any harm. I think this will lead to more people watching soccer,” Tebas continued.“You will need a better argument to convince me. If MLS asked me for a match in Spain, I would say yes and help it happen to promote MLS. I don’t see them as a competitor when they come to play one match. We need to be more open to this.”last_img read more

Di Francesco on race for the Champions League

first_imgRoma coach Eusebio Di Francesco believes that having many teams in race for the Champions League is an advantage for his side.While talking to the press about their chances at the Champions League, the manager said, according to Calciomercato:“The race for the Champions League? The fact that there are so many teams in it can only be an advantage. We are late compared to the others but this is an opportunity not to be missed and are three key points also in view of Parma. Now we need to lose as few points as possible,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Roma will challenge Sassulo on boxing day and FC Porto in February and Eusebio believes his side is motivated by the pressure.“Pressure? It must be a pressure that motivates us. It is our job. When the results are not good we have to interpret the solutions to win points again that will be fundamental in the standings,” Di Francesco concluded.last_img read more

Cheque to support TCI Red Cross from Scotiabank

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Royal Navy ship TCI arrival postponed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Kudos to Scotiabank says the Turks and Caicos Red Cross; the bank donated a thousand dollars for a fundraiser set for May 30th at the Provo Golf Club. That fundraiser is the annual Red Cross Ball where the main beneficiaries will be the Youth arm of the TCI Red Cross and the disaster relief program. As you know, June 1 marks the start of Hurricane Season officially… we have already had the first named system for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Ana. Thankfully there is no tropical activity forecast for the next 48 hours according to the Natl Hurricane Center. Related Items:cheques, hurricane season, provo golf club, Scotia bank, TCI Red Cross The TCI Red Cross spearheads Bahamas relief efforts New small business support organization establishedlast_img read more

Sailor in iconic VJ Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM AP, AP FacebookTwitter February 18, 2019 Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. It was years after the photo was taken that Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, were confirmed to be the couple. (Victor Jorgensen/U.S. Navy, File)Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called “V-J Day in Times Square,” but is known to most as “The Kiss.” It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple. It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.When he was honored at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss. He said Friedman reminded him of nurses on a hospital ship that he saw care for wounded sailors.“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said, WPRI-TV reported .Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed.“The guy just came over and kissed or grabbed,” she told the Library of Congress.She added, “It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event.”Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.last_img read more

Sunday Update Crews Continue To Halt Growth Towards Sterling

first_imgCall the Fire Information line at 208-391-3488, visit kpboem.com or inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6387/ As of Sunday, the following recreation areas are closed to public access: Casey: “The east side is really our crux right now, that’s definitely were we saw that acreage growth on that side as it just chews through that black spruce. With this warm weather we keep getting challenged as we attempt to push this fire towards the hills and away from the highway. Protecting Sterling will remain the focus, and has always been the focus.”  Kale Casey Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team: “We are focused on that southwest corner and you are just going  to keep hearing me say that, we are holding that southwest corner. The crews have got that corner locked off, and that’s the news we want to make sure nobody misinterprets. They are working their tails off to prevent it from making a push toward the Sterling Highway.”Recently inserted hotshot crews are tasked with implementing strategies to slow down fire progression on the eastern flank as the fire has burned on the east side of Mystery Creek Road and towards high mountain terrain. Aerial resources continue to be instrumental as ground crews called in rotary and fixed wing aircraft to target areas of concern to slow fire spread. on Saturday “Scoopers” from Canada were added these large airplanes are specially designed to scoop water from nearby Skilak and Hidden lakes and attack the fire’s edge. Those recreating in these areas should remain alert for and stay away from the center of the lakes for these firefighting aircraft. Saturday was the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew’s last shift securing the critical southwest containment line on the Swan Lake Fire. They were crucial in strengthening and mopping up the main fireline which prevents fire spread towards the private homes, businesses and infrastructure in Sterling.The Watson Lake Campground is closed to public use effective Saturday, June 22. This campground will be used as a crew camp in support of Swan Lake Fire operations, according to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bottenintnin LakeWatson Lake CampgroundEgumen Lake TrailPetersen Lake CampgroundKelly CampgroundSeven Lakes TrailSkyline TrailJean Lake Campground Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is 4 miles north of the Sterling Highway, and slowly inching towards it. The estimated 25,161 acre fire is continuing to challenge the roughly 361 crew members who are working to halt growth in that direction. Continued updates will be posted to this story if any significant changes occur throughout Sunday. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it has closed several recreation areas to support fire operations along the Sterling Highway, according to a Facebook post from refuge managers.last_img read more

Facebook removes Russian Iranian accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior

first_imgThese operated in multiple countries and pretended to be local people, media groups and political organizations. They posted stories on current events, mostly sourced from Iranian state media and focused on political tensions. Facebook previously took down accounts linked to Iran back in January and last August.The majority of the accounts — 1,907 — were linked to Russia and posted spam, with some engaged in deceptive behavior. It removed 212 accounts tied to Macedonia and Kosovo.Gleicher noted that Facebook didn’t find links between the misinformation efforts in each nation, but they used similar tactics.”In each case, the people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action,” he wrote. 0 9 Photos Share your voice Facebook Facebook took down thousands of accounts linked to deceptive behavior, it said Tuesday. Getty Images Facebook removed thousands of accounts from Russia, Iran, Macedonia and Kosovo for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” it said Tuesday.The effort was spread across 2,632 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram, Nathaniel Gleicher, the social media giant’s cybersecurity policy boss, said in a blog post.Most of the coordinated inauthentic behavior — which is how Facebook describes misinformation campaigns designed to widen political divides — came from the 513 accounts tied to Iran. center_img Post a comment The nine types of Facebook ads that Russian trolls paid for Security Internet Services Tagslast_img read more

Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online These people try to

first_imgJustin Paine sits in a pub in Oakland, California, searching the internet for your most sensitive data. It doesn’t take him long to find a promising lead.On his laptop, he opens Shodan, a searchable index of cloud servers and other internet-connected devices. Then he types the keyword “Kibana,” which reveals more than 15,000 databases stored online. Paine starts digging through the results, a plate of chicken tenders and fries growing cold next to him.”This one’s from Russia. This one’s from China,” Paine said. “This one is just wide open.”From there, Paine can sift through each database and check its contents. One database appears to have information about hotel room service. If he keeps looking deeper, he might find credit card or passport numbers. That isn’t far-fetched. In the past, he’s found databases containing patient information from drug addiction treatment centers, as well as library borrowing records and online gambling transactions.Paine is part of an informal army of web researchers who indulge an obscure passion: scouring the internet for unsecured databases. The databases — unencrypted and in plain sight — can contain all sorts of sensitive information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, bank details, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses. In the wrong hands, the data could be exploited for fraud, identity theft or blackmail. The data-hunting community is both eclectic and global. Some of its members are professional security experts, others are hobbyists. Some are advanced programmers, others can’t write a line of code. They’re in Ukraine, Israel, Australia, the US and just about any country you name. They share a common purpose: spurring database owners to lock down your info. Anybody in the world can find this data. Bob Diachenko, database hunter Cloud computing Hacking Privacy Comments Tags Cloud database removed after exposing details on 80 million US households Millions of Facebook records were exposed on public Amazon server Patient names, treatments leak among millions of rehab records To search out databases, you have to have a high tolerance for boredom and a higher one for disappointment. Paine said it would take hours to find out whether the hotel room service database was actually a cache of exposed sensitive data. Poring over databases can be mind-numbing and tends to be full of false leads. It isn’t like searching for a needle in a haystack; it’s like searching fields of haystacks hoping one might contain a needle. What’s more, there’s no guarantee the hunters will be able to prompt the owners of an exposed database to fix the problem. Sometimes, the owner will threaten legal action instead.Database jackpotYour login credentials could be in the cloud for anyone to grab. CNET The payoff, however, can be a thrill. Bob Diachenko, who hunts databases from his office in Ukraine, used to work in public relations for a company called Kromtech, which learned from a security researcher that it had a data breach. The experience intrigued Diachenko, and with no experience he dove into hunting databases. In July, he found records on thousands of US voters in an unsecured database, simply by using the keyword “voter.””If me, a guy with no technical background, can find this data,” Diachenko said, “then anybody in the world can find this data.”In January, Diachenko found 24 million financial documents related to US mortgages and banking on an exposed database. The publicity generated by the find, as well as others, helps Diachenko promote SecurityDiscovery.com, a cybersecurity consulting business he set up after leaving his previous job.Publicizing a problemChris Vickery, a director of cyberrisk research at UpGuard, says big finds raise awareness and help drum up business from companies anxious to make sure their names aren’t associated with sloppy practices. Even if the companies don’t choose UpGuard, he said, the public nature of discoveries helps his field grow.Earlier this year, Vickery looked for something big by searching on “data lake,” a term for large compilations of data stored in multiple file formats. Your data found exposed 1:48 The search helped his team make one of the biggest finds to date, a cache of 540 million Facebook records that included user’s names, Facebook ID numbers and about 22,000 unencrypted passwords stored in the cloud. The data had been stored by third-party companies, not Facebook itself.”I was swinging for the fences,” Vickery said, describing the process.Getting it securedFacebook said it acted swiftly to get the data removed. But not all companies are responsive.When database hunters can’t get a company to react, they sometimes turn to a security writer who uses the pen name Dissent. She used to hunt unsecured databases herself but now spends her time prompting companies to respond to data exposures that other researchers find. “An optimal response is, ‘Thank you for letting us know. We’re securing it and we’re notifying patients or customers and the relevant regulators,'” said Dissent, who asked to be identified by her pen name to protect her privacy.Not every company understands what it means for data to be exposed, something Dissent has documented on her website Databreaches.net. In 2017, Diachenko sought her help in reporting exposed health records from a financial software vendor to a New York City hospital. It’s a little bit like a drug. Justin Painecenter_img 3 A database with info on 80M+ US households was left open… Now playing: Watch this: Security Software Internet The pursuit of unsecured data is a sign of the times. Any organization — a private company, a nonprofit or a government agency — can store data on the cloud easily and cheaply. But many software tools that help put databases on the cloud leave the data exposed by default. Even when the tools do make data private from the start, not every organization has the expertise to know it should leave those protections in place. Often, the data just sits there in plain text waiting to be read. That means there’ll always be something for people like Paine to find. In April, researchers in Israel found demographic details on more than 80 million US households, including addresses, ages and income level.No one knows how big the problem is, says Troy Hunt, a cybersecurity expert who’s chronicled on his blog the issue of exposed databases. There are far more unsecured databases than those publicized by researchers, he says, but you can only count the ones you can see. What’s more, new databases are constantly added to the cloud.”It’s one of those tip-of-the-iceberg situations,” Hunt said. The hospital described the exposure as a hack, even though Diachenko had simply found the data online and didn’t break any passwords or encryption to see it. Dissent wrote a blog post explaining that a hospital contractor had left the data unsecured. The hospital hired an external IT company to investigate.Tools for good or badThe search tools that database hunters use are powerful. Sitting in the pub, Paine shows me one of his techniques, which has let him find exposed data on Amazon Web Services databases and which he said was “hacked together with various different tools.” The makeshift approach is necessary because data stored on Amazon’s cloud service isn’t indexed on Shodan.First, he opens a tool called Bucket Stream, which searches through public logs of the security certificates that websites need to access encryption technology. The logs let Paine find the names of new “buckets,” or containers for data, stored by Amazon, and check whether they’re publicly viewable. Then he uses a separate tool to create a searchable database of his findings.For someone who searches for caches of personal data down between the couch cushions of the internet, Paine doesn’t display glee or dismay as he examines the results. This is just the reality of the internet. It’s filled with databases that should be locked behind a password and encrypted but aren’t.Ideally, companies would hire experts to do the work he does, he says. Companies, he says, should “make sure your data isn’t leaking.”If that happened more often, Paine would have to find a new hobby. But that might be hard for him.”It’s a little bit like a drug,” he said, before finally getting around to digging into his fries and chicken. Share your voicelast_img read more

Why some senior bureaucrats will depart if PM Modi gets 2nd term

first_imgA supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays a paper cap with images of Modi and Indian Parliament during an election campaign rally in Junagadh, Gujarat.ReutersThe Indian government may have to make a series of major changes at the top of the nation’s civil service if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is re-elected to a second term in May, according to multiple sources in the administration.At least eight senior bureaucrats in the prime minister’s office have either sought a transfer to other departments or plan to take premature retirement, three government officials said. The officials, from the prime minister’s office, the home (interior) ministry and the foreign ministry, declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject.Two of them said they too are keen to be transferred to state capitals or to other jobs. They said officials in several ministries were trying to move but did not have a number.There are about 25 senior civil servants working in the prime minister’s office, which under Modi has become the single most powerful department in government.The three officials said the reasons for wanting out are almost all the same. Many top bureaucrats complained about two aspects of the Modi administration – their inability to influence government policy as it is largely controlled and set by the prime minister and a small group of ministers and advisers, and the demanding work schedule they face.”The sense of partnership is missing, Modi and his ministers do not have an organic relationship with the bureaucrats,” said the civil servant in the home ministry.Sanjay Mayukh, a spokesman for Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), declined to comment on the grounds that governance issues were managed directly by ministers.A spokesman in the prime minister’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.To be sure, some other major governments around the world often face a series of departures and changes, especially when the first-term morph into a second term.Also, just because an official talk about quitting doesn’t mean they will.But in India, officials in the prime minister’s office are hand-picked for loyalty and tend to stay if the administration is re-elected. Modi’s BJP-led alliance is tipped to win a slim majority in the April-May general election, pollsters say.Senior bureaucrats said Modi’s top-down approach, and his orders to work on public holidays, to demand they submit details of their assets, and to clean their own workplaces at the start of a five-year cleanliness campaign in 2014, has widened the gap between the civil servants and the nation’s leader.Amit Shah, a close aide of Modi and the head of the BJP, in a closed-door meeting attended by two ministers in February said bureaucrats continued to suffer from “communist romanticism”, a reference to the alleged influence of the left-leaning Congress opposition party on the bureaucrats. The ministers, who spoke to Reuters, declined to be identified.DISCONNECT WITH RULING PARTYFor some of the 5,000 or so mandarins who run the Indian government, its state-owned entities, as well as administration at a state government level, Modi’s style of leadership has been a jolt.Many of these top officials have received a Western-style education at India’s elite universities or schools overseas and are uncomfortable with the ruling party’s right-wing Hindu nationalism and Modi’s rough-hewn approach to governance.While getting into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), is incredibly hard – only 1 out of about 4,500 who took the civil service exam got selected in 2018 – traditionally once someone got in they had a job for life with few risks of ever getting fired.An IAS job – one of the most sought after in India – bestows huge power as well as cheap housing, a car with a driver and other perks, leave for government-paid foreign study, and often the chance for plum positions in business or government consultative work after retirement. There is also a handsome pension.But such conditions can also breed complacency and a lack of ‘can do’ behaviour, according to Indian politicians and civil servants.They say there are plenty of Sir Humphreys in New Delhi, referring to a character in the British TV comedy series “Yes Minister” about how top officials in Whitehall stall government policies they don’t agree with.In particular, there is deep resentment in the top echelons of the Indian civil service over the interference in government by the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu right-wing umbrella group of which the BJP is a part, these officials said.RSS functionaries have had a major role in successfully lobbying for big changes at the Reserve Bank of India, for example, leading to last December’s resignation of its governor and his replacement with an official who is considered more loyal to Modi, officials said.TECHNOCRATS, NOT GENERALISTSRSS figures also criticise Modi for not having enough professionally trained experts in place to implement some of his more controversial policies.”The country needs a professional administration for economic development and can’t depend on generalists,” said Ashwani Mahajan, co-convenor of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the RSS that has campaigned against some bureaucrats.Last year, Modi proposed bringing in at least ten professionals from the private sector into the civil service at the joint secretary level, but the plan has still to be implemented and is facing strong resistance from civil servants. Joint Secretaries are two rungs below full Secretaries, the top civil servant in a ministry.A senior finance ministry official said major policy decisions including demonetisation, Modi’s decision to wipe out high-denomination bank notes without warning in 2016 and to hastily launch a goods and services tax that hit millions of small businesses and jobs, were examples of political decisions that didn’t get enough airing among officials before being implemented. Both are thought to have hurt jobs growth, economists say.There is a wider concern in the civil service about India being ruled by a Hindu nationalist party that some see destroying the country’s previous tolerant and secular nature.But the hours are as much of a concern to some.”I am looking out for other opportunities and have even requested for a transfer because it is almost impossible to work for 12-13 hours every day, even during weekends,” said a senior official working with Modi since 2014.last_img read more

Adani wins state goahead for 77 billion coal project in Australia

first_imgIndian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Sunday received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves. Annastascia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier, said Adani has got the permission to mine 11 billion tonnes of coal. In addition, the Gautam Adani-led group can build haul roads, workshops, pipelines and power lines in association with the mine, Reuters reported. “Some approvals are still required before construction can start, and ultimately committing to the project will be a decision for Adani,” Palaszczuk was quoted as saying by the agency.Meanwhile, according to some analysts, that the Gujarat-based company would find it tough to raise financing for the project in midst of a sinking coal market. The Adani group was reportedly facing legal troubles in Australia as environmentalists had lodged challenges on numerous fronts in the month of November last year. They had claimed that the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change. Last week, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was visiting the island nation. He expressed hope that the Adani coal mine project would receive the due approvals and get a green signal, International Business Times, India reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Nurses unhappy with new dress code

first_imgThe new dress code for women nurses. Photo: CollectedThe Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) has introduced a new dress code for the country’s nurses, but they are reluctant to embrace the change by giving up their traditional white dress.The DGNM on 5 February published a directive asking the nurses to maintain the new dress code, but only a few chose to abide by the new rule. It made the Directorate send in another order on 3 May and some of the nursing colleges and institutes then started following the new dress code.However, many of the medical colleges are yet to change their traditional white outfit with the new one.During a cabinet meeting in October 2015 prime minister Sheikh Hasina directed the health secretary to show her some options to change the nurses’ traditional white dress. On 21 November last year the health and family welfare ministry appred the new dress for the nurses — olive shirt and turban and black pants and shoes for senior women staff nurses and assistant nurses, and olive shirt and black pants and shoes for male nurses.Women nursing supervisors, principals and lecturers of nursing colleges and superintendents can wear olive shirts or saris. The new dress code for male nurses. Photo: CollectedHowever, the colour of district public health nurses’ (male and female) uniform is light purple while for midwives with diploma degrees it is light pink.Several senior nurses said the administration did not take their opinion while choosing the dress code. They said the colour of the new uniform is similar to that of Ansar members while many nurses feel embarrassed wearing shirts and pants.Bangladesh Nurses Association (BNA) secretary general Jalal Uddin Badshah said he is looking for a chance to talk to the prime minister in this regard.DGNM director general Tandra Sikder, however, hoped to resolve the matter within a short period.last_img read more