The US Jacksonville Port Authority’s (JAXPORT) Blount Island Marine Terminal welcomed Höegh Target, the largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) in the world, on September 30, 2016. To mark the occasion, JAXPORT Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Roy Schleicher presented Captain She Wei Jun with a plaque on the bridge of the ship.The 8,500 CEU (car equivalent units) vessel, owned by Norwegian RoRo shipping company Höegh Autoliners, arrived at JAXPORT through the newly expanded Panama Canal locks.Earlier this month, the Höegh Target became first Neo-Panamax vessel to call Port Freeport, Texas.The Höegh Target is the first in a series of six Post-Panamax vessels under the Höegh Autoliners’ New Horizon design.Jacksonville is one of the nation’s busiest ports for total vehicle handling. Last year, JAXPORT moved nearly 657,000 vehicles, the largest volume since JAXPORT set an auto volume record in 2007.Image Courtesy: JAXPORT
For more information on the program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sexualassaultlegaladvice . Survivors of sexual assault will have access to 11 more lawyers providing free, independent legal advice. A federal-provincial pilot project gives assault survivors up to four hours of free legal advice. Eleven lawyers from across the province are being added, for a total of 19 lawyers providing advice. “Survivors of sexual assault need support,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Mark Furey. “By expanding the program, we’re ensuring individuals have better access to the important advice they need, and from someone they feel comfortable working with.” The expanded coverage also includes enhanced diversity, with lawyers from the Cantonese, LGBTQI+, Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. The lawyers are from Sydney (2), Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Chester and Halifax (6). All have received specialized training. Since the program launched in November 2017, 71 individuals have signed up to access the free legal advice. 211 Nova Scotia, operating independently from government, provides intake, information and administration of the certificates for the program and helps clients access these legal services. Nova Scotia has been working on several initiatives to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual assault. They include: hiring two special prosecutors in the Public Prosecution Service who are dedicated to sexual assault cases conducting police audits to ensure police have the appropriate capability to investigate sexual assaults launching the domestic violence court in Halifax Regional Municipality
The Hague: In a major victory for India, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017. His sentencing evoked a sharp reaction in India. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Reading out the verdict, President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”. The verdict in the high-profile case comes nearly five months after a 15-member bench of ICJ led by Judge Yusuf had reserved its decision on February 21 after hearing oral submissions by India and Pakistan. The proceedings of the case took two years and two months to complete. India moved the ICJ in May 8, 2017 for the “egregious violation” of the provisions of the Vienna Convention by Pakistan by repeatedly denying New Delhi consular access to Jadhav.
“A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish State,” Mr. Netanyahu told the General Assembly’s high-level annual debate, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The current Iranian leadership, the Israeli Prime Minister said, “is fuelled by an extreme fundamentalism, imposing a “backward regimented society” wherever it can, he stressed.The greatest threat to the world today, Mr. Netanyahu told heads of State and government, is “the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.”As a result, the most pressing challenging for the UN is “to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said.“Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?”The desire of all of Israel for peace was manifested in the country’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, at the expense of uprooting more than 8,000 Israelis, Mr. Netanyahu said.“We didn’t get peace,” he said. “Instead we got an Iranian-backed terror base 50 miles from Tel Aviv,” with the Palestinian group Hamas increasing their rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities by tenfold.In response, “the UN was silent,” the Prime Minister said.Despite the recent conflict in Gaza, he voiced hope that peace can be achieved.“But,” he said, “only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.” 24 September 2009Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today exhorted the United Nations to ensure that Iran, whose leader he described as a “Holocaust denier,” never acquires nuclear weapons.
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa was appointed as the Minister of Housing and Social Welfare.He took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today. Weerawansa was the Minister of Housing when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. (Colombo Gazette)
The Ontario Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause of a multi-alarm fire that sent a woman to hospital without vital signs.The alarm was sounded at 120 Strathcona Avenue North just before 4:30 a.m. Fire crews responded to find fire throughout the 10th floor apartment where a woman believed to be in her 90s lived.She was rushed to hospital, with reports saying she had second and third degree burns to 80 percent of her body.Fire damage was contained to the single apartment, but because of the seriousness of the injury, the fire marshal will be investigating. There’s no word if the woman was revived in hospital.Another person was treated for smoke inhalation but not taken to hospital.Other residents of the building were able to safely remain inside their apartments.
Any time that a product sells extremely well and becomes a household name, it’s only a matter of time before rival manufacturers try to compete with it. The Kindle Fire was one of the biggest products of the 2011 holiday season, so it’s only natural that Samsung would bring something to market that rivals it. Today we saw just that, with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.So how does the new Galaxy Tab stack up against the device that it has its targets set on? Let’s take a look:DimensionsIf you’ve ever held a Kindle Fire, then you can expect the Galaxy Tab 2 to offer a similar experience. The Tab 2, however, is a bit slimmer, despite being (ever-so-slightly) longer and wider.WeightHere we see the first big advantage for the Tab 2. It should be noticeably lighter than the Kindle Fire.DisplayThe sizes and resolutions of the tablets’ displays are identical. The Galaxy Tab 2 uses Samsung’s new PLS LCD, while the Kindle Fire uses a standard IPS display.ProcessorWe also have two evenly-matched processors — at least in terms of cores and maximum clock rates. What we don’t yet know is the exact type of chip in the Galaxy Tab 2. The Kindle Fire sports a Texas Instruments OMAP 4.RAMThough it won’t necessarily translate into a speedier tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 does double the Fire’s 512MB of RAM, with 1GB.StorageSamsung will be offering the Tab 2 in three internal flash storage options (priced accordingly, of course). It will also support a microSD card.The Fire, on the other hand, is much more limited. 8GB of storage with no SD is your only option.Wireless connectivitySamsung also offers more options for wireless connectivity. Like storage, though, you’ll have to pay for it. Those who opt for the more expensive 3G/4G version will enjoy HSPA+ 21mbps speeds. It isn’t LTE, but it should suffice for most users.BatteryIt’s a little surprising that Samsung opted for a lower capacity battery than Amazon. Battery life in the Fire is solid, but it could have easily been improved upon.There are many other factors that can determine battery life, though, so perhaps Samsung found the 4,000mAh battery to be sufficient. Future testing will tell us more here.CameraThe cameras in the Galaxy Tab 2 aren’t particularly mind-blowing, but they are cameras nonetheless. That’s more than Amazon can say about the Kindle Fire, which has no cameras.IntangiblesThere are two big miscellaneous factors working for the Galaxy Tab 2. The first is that it will run the Android Market out of the box — no hacking required. Additionally, it will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This will be seen as an enormous advantage over the Fire, which ships with a heavily-skinned version of Gingerbread, laden with Amazon promotional content.The Fire’s biggest extra perk, though, may trump all of that: its $200 price. Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing info for the Galaxy Tab 2, but we’d be utterly shocked if it sold the base model for $200. Amazon can do that because it’s counting on digital and retail sales to subsidize the initial purchase. Samsung has nothing like that to rely upon.If the 8GB Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 2 runs $300 (a big “if”), then it will provide a compelling alternative to the Fire. The lighter form factor, microSD card slot, cameras, and Ice Cream Sandwich could easily make it worth the extra $100. But if its price creeps up much higher than that, then the purchase will be harder to recommend. Until Samsung slaps a price tag on the Tab 2, we’d suggest you take a “wait and see” attitude towards its attempt to combat the Kindle Fire.More Geek.com comparisonsAndroid vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone 7iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook TabletTransformer Prime vs. iPad 2
Good Omens, a new fantasy series, is coming to Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019.On Thursday, Amazon announced the Good Omens update at a Television Critics Association press briefing, The Verge reported. The six-episode show, which is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Benedict Cumberbatch.Good Omens isn’t your typical fantasy plot: It focuses on Aziraphale (Sheen) an angel, and Crowley (Tennant), a demon, who form a cool friendship and work together to protect Earthlings from a deadly apocalypse. The pair must save the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy who has no idea that he has a role in Armageddon. Cumberbatch will play the devil in the upcoming series, who likes to stir up trouble for the dynamic duo.Amazon hasn’t disclosed any other updates on the series yet, but you can watch an Inside Look at Good Omens, a Bonus Teaser Trailer, and other behind-the-scenes footage on Amazon Prime Video before Good Omens debuts later this year.More on Geek.com:Neil Gaiman and ‘Good Omens’ Cast Reveal Trailer, Discuss ScriptAmazon’s New ‘Invincible’ Animated Superhero Show Has a Cool CastHere’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in February 2019 Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target
Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor Well, that certainly was interesting.It was compelling and surreal and a celebration of the unique creation that is American democracy. Yet while Tuesday night was extraordinary and unprecedented, a funny thing happened Wednesday: The sun came up. It did so again on Thursday and on Friday, as well. And while making long-term predictions should be left to only fools and charlatans, we’ll go out on a limb and guess that the sun will rise on Jan. 21, the first morning of a Donald J. Trump presidency.Look, I think it was a poor choice. I think Trump is a boorish, unqualified, bigoted hatemonger. And you know what: What I think doesn’t matter now; enough people disagreed with that assessment to make him the president-elect. No amount of whining or caterwauling can change that and, while we will need to consult our pocket U.S. Constitution on this one, we’re guessing that no amount of protest will change it, either.But that didn’t stop protesters in numerous cities from taking to the streets Tuesday night, Wednesday evening, and beyond.In Portland, those protesters occupied Interstate 5 and shut down rush-hour traffic in an attempt to accomplish … well, nobody knows exactly what. In so doing, they might have released some tension and mitigated some frustration, but they also harmed their cause. Reinforcing the narrative that progressives are whiny hypocrites with little regard for law and order, the protesters undoubtedly reminded Trump supporters of why those supporters believe this nation needs Trump. Chanting “not my president,” the protesters engaged in a strange manner of cognitive dissonance — unless they are leaving the country.Because Trump soon will be the president for all of the United States, not just the swaths that voted for him, and the goal now must be a shared one to improve this nation. Suggesting that Trump is not your president or hoping that he fails is like rooting for the pilot to crash the plane you are on just because you don’t like her.Of course, that’s exactly what conservatives did eight years ago on the occasion of Barack Obama’s election, and the action then was just as insufferable. The fact that Republicans engaged in nearly a decade of demonization and delegitimization of the president, only to have it pay off with the presidency and both houses of Congress, is perhaps the most disheartening aspect of Tuesday’s outcome. The cost of ideological rigidity at the expense of governing, apparently, is nothing.
Donald Trump at the first Ashes TestTwitter/Cricket AustraliaOne of the most interesting things about cricket matches in England is the atmosphere created by the English crowd. Unlike the Indian audience who make a wild cheering noise through the entire game, English people like to express their opinions in a more specific manner. However, another great feature of the crowd in cricket’s land of birth is the vast number of people dressed up as interesting characters – from fictional to historical, fantastical to real.Last year, during one of the Tests between India and England, Kim Jong-Un showed up, with a mini nuclear missile in his hands, in one of the stands with a large number of bodyguards. Now, on the third day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, an even more interesting person made an appearance, in an interesting outfit.It was none other than Donald Trump, President of the United States, wearing a diaper. Well, it was a man wearing an inflated Donald Trump costume who decided to run around the stand and create a great deal of mirth as the home crowd got worried with their team suffering a mini collapse in the first session.It may be remembered that some time ago, when the US President was about to visit the United Kingdom, some protestors wanted to hoist a giant ‘Baby Trump’ balloon in the London sky to welcome him, or to be more precise, mock him. After some doubt over whether the authorities would allow such an insulting act, it did happen.The gentleman donning the suit at the Edgbaston stadium may not have had the lofty ambition of ridiculing the controversial man occupying the position of world’s most powerful person. Most probably, he just wanted to create excitement and get himself on TV. Whatever his intentions, he did get the people excited and even got commentator David Gower to do an impersonation of Trump.The usually mellow and measured Gower doing an act of mimicry must be regarded as an equally unexpected and amusing incident as the appearance of the guy in fancy suit.
Deepika Padukone, Salman KhanReutersIn 2015, Deepika Padukone had broken down into tears in an interview while talking about her state of depression. She came out strong and overcame every circumstances that she faced during her tough time. However, Deepika was quite irked with Salman Khan for his take on depression.During a recent media interaction Salman Khan said that he can’t afford to have a luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional. He further said that no matter what he is going through, it works against him.But Deepika was not so pleased with Salman’s statement on depression. Without mentioning his name, Deepika slammed Salman for looking down upon the state of being depressed.”People confuse it with being a bit sad. A male star recently said that he didn’t have the luxury to be depressed. As if depression is a choice,” Deepika Padukone was quoted as saying by Vogue magazine.Recalling her battle with depression, Deepika said that the word that best describes her experience of depression is struggle. “Every second was a struggle. I felt exhausted the whole time,” Deepika said.It remains to be seen if Salman would change his views on depression after listening to Deepika’s justification.
Six contestants nominatedScreenshot of Hotstar videoSix contestants – Punarnavi Bhupalam, Ravikrishna, Mahesh Vitta, Himaja Reddy, Varun Sandesh and Rahul Sipligunj – were nominated for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3. One of them would have to leave the house at the end of the sixth week.Big boss adopted a new strategy for the nomination process in the sixth week. The housemates were divided into 5 pairs – Baba Baskar-Mahesh Vitta, Vithika Sheru-Rahul Sipligunj, Sreemukhi-Himaja Reddy, Ali Reza-Ravikrishna and Punarnavi Bhupalam-Varun Sandesh. One of these pairs would stand and rest of them would pour mud on one of the two to nominate him/her for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3.All the pairs went through this process and Punarnavi Bhupalam, Ravikrishna, Mahesh Vitta, Himaja Reddy and Rahul Sipligunj were nominated for the elimination. Big boss instructed captain Siva Jyothi to directly nominate one contestant for eviction and she named Varun Sandesh. Have your say in the pollBigg Boss Telugu 3 Vote: Who among these contestants should be saved in week 6?Punarnavi BhupalamRavikrishnaMahesh VittaHimaja ReddyVarun SandeshRahul Sipligunj See results Return To Poll 2Rahul Sipligunj8466 996 706 NoContestantNumber 5Ravikrishna84669 96 702 4Himaja Reddy8466 996 705 3Mahesh Vitta8466 996 712 1Punarnavi Bhupalam8466 996 709 6Varun Sandesh84669 96 714 The audience can save their favourite contestants from the eviction by casting votes for them through missed phone calls and HotStar App. One of the six inmates, who gets the least number of votes, would be evicted over the weekend.Here are the steps to save them.Missed call from PhoneStep 1: Find your favourite contestant’s missed call number form the below table.Step 2: Dial it.Step 3: Give missed call to that number.Step 4: Your vote is submitted.Note: Only 10 missed call can be given from one phone number in a week.Here are the Missed Call Numbers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 contestants:NoNoContestantContestantNumberNumberNo1ContestantPunarnavi BhupalamNumber8466 996 709No2ContestantRahul SipligunjNumber8466 996 706No3ContestantMahesh VittaNumber8466 996 712No4ContestantHimaja ReddyNumber8466 996 705No5ContestantRavikrishnaNumber84669 96 702No6ContestantVarun SandeshNumber84669 96 714 Voting on Hotstar App1 – Download the Hotstar app from Playstore and install it on your smartphone.2 – Login to the page through your e-mail or Facebook account.3 – Type Bigg Boss Telugu in the Search bar and press Enter.4 – Click on the green ‘Vote’ button below the video5 – Find the names of the contestants who are facing elimination test this week. 6 – You will get 10 votes per day till Saturday midnight. You can either cast those votes to one person or divide it among the nominated contestants.7 – One click on any contestant is considered one vote and you have to click ten times to cast 10 votes. Once you click on any contestant, you cannot take back the vote. You need to decide on who you want to vote for before clicking on anyone.
Finance minister AMA MuhithThere are over 230,000 loan defaulters in the country with the amount of the classified loan soaring to Tk 1316.66 billion in the banks and financial institutions, finance minister AMA Muhith told Parliament on Wednesday, reports UNB.”As per the latest data (till June 2018) of the Credit Information Bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank, now the number of loan defaulters is 230,658 in the country and the amount of classified loan Tk 1316.66 billion,” he said.The minister placed the statistics and a list of top 100 loan defaulters in the House replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Pinu Khan (Women Seat-23).According to the list, the top 10 loan defaulters include Mohammad Elias Brothers (PVT) Ltd, Quantum Power System Ltd, Remiex Footwear Ltd, Max Spinning Mills Ltd, Rubya Vegetable Oil Industries Ld, Rising Steel Ltd, Dhaka Trading House, Benetex Industries Ltd, Anowara Spinning Mills and Crescent Leather Products Ltd.The finance minister also placed the list of 88 banks and financial institutions having loans in default.As per the list, the amount of default loan is Tk 186.63 billion in Sonali Bank, Tk 148.40 billion in Janata Bank, Tk 92.84 billion in Agrani Bank,Tk 85.77 billion in Basic Bank, Tk 50.76 billion in National Bank, Tk 49.01 billion in Rupali Bank, Tk 39.98 billion in Southeast Bank Ltd, Tk 35.20 billion in Islami Bank (BD) Ltd and Tk 34.58 billion in Prime Bank Ltd.
Mourners gather at the funeral of Kamil Shanan, an Israeli policeman from the Arab-Druze minority, in the Druze village of Hurfeish in northern Israel. Photo: AFPThree gunmen opened fire on Israeli police in Jerusalem Friday, killing two before fleeing to an ultra-sensitive holy site where they too were shot dead in one of the city’s most serious incidents in recent years.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone later as tensions rose over the attack and its aftermath.Israeli authorities also detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric as crowds gathered at the gates of the Old City after the attack, his son said.The three attackers, Arab Israelis aged between 19 and 29, were shot dead by police. A body could be seen on the ground near the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City.Police recovered two locally-made automatic rifles, a pistol and a knife, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.A hail of gunfire could be heard on grainy footage posted on social media.Police distributed a video they said showed at least two of the attackers arriving from the direction of the mosque and ambushing police officers.Security forces later locked down the area and in a highly unusual move, the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to Friday prayers.Netanyahu signalled later in the day that the site would remain closed until at least Sunday.The attackers were from the Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm near the occupied West Bank.Police identified them as Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabareen, 29; Muhammad Hamed Abdel Latif Jabareen, 19; and Muhammad Ahmad Mafadal Jabareen, 29.Arab Israelis are descendants of Palestinians who remained on their land following the creation of Israel in 1948. They largely identify with the Palestinian cause.The police who were killed were Ha’il Satawi, 30, and Kamil Shanan, 22, both from the Druze minority.The assailants were killed at the site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam.It is the scene of regular clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police, but gunfire there is rare.The site includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.In the phone call with Netanyahu, Abbas expressed his “strong rejection and condemnation of the incident” and rejected “any act of violence from any side, especially in places of worship”, official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.The statement appeared stronger than previous such responses from Abbas, who has repeatedly called for non-violent resistance to Israel’s occupation without specifically condemning Palestinian attacks.Netanyahu said in a statement the security situation surrounding the holy site would be reassessed on Sunday.Gradually reopening the site to worshippers and visitors “will be based on an estimate that will be made Sunday,” he said.Mosque closedWith Al-Aqsa closed, crowds gathered at Old City gates and held prayers there.The grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the city’s highest Islamic authority, condemned the closure of the mosque compound for prayers.“I have very little information about it, but it doesn’t mean you should close the mosque for prayers,” he told journalists at the nearby Lions Gate entrance to the Old City.According to his son Jihad Hussein, he was later detained by Israeli police, who declined to comment.He was released without charge after being questioned over his call for Muslims to come to Jerusalem after the holy site’s closure, another of his sons told AFP.Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, called the attack “a natural response to Zionist terrorism and the desecration of the Al Aqsa mosque”, referring to previous Israeli raids at the site.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the attack could spark more violence and urged all sides to avoid escalation.Jordan, the custodian of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, urged Israel to “immediately reopen” it.Flashpoint siteThe Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Palestinians fear Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.It lies in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.Jews are allowed to visit, but are banned from praying there to avoid provoking tensions.The site is administered by the Islamic Waqf organisation. Waqf officials said Israeli police detained its guards there after the attack.A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 281 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 44 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.The violence had greatly subsided in recent months.
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump on Tuesday blasted a New York Times report about a list of questions special counsel Robert Mueller would ask him in a prospective interview.Updated at 10:34 a.m. EDTJustice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may have developed evidence not yet public about contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government as it attacked the 2016 election, based on questions published Monday by The New York Times.The Times obtained more than 40 questions evidently submitted by Mueller’s office to Trump’s legal team. Someone “outside” the legal team then gave the document to The Times, which described its contents, although not verbatim.If, according to one common theory about Mueller’s investigation, the presidential interview is the last one in the process, the questions for Trump are suggestive about evidence the special counsel already has — which investigators might wish to test with Trump in person.The questions allude to Trump’s discussions about sanctions on Russia during the campaign, Trump’s awareness during 2016 about Russia’s active measures and “any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign.”Prosecutors have connected Trump’s former campaign chairman, Manafort, to at least one person they say has ties to Russia’s intelligence services, but Manafort has not been charged with conspiring with the Russian attack.The reference to “outreach” suggests the Justice Department may have more evidence it has not yet revealed. Manafort is facing federal charges that focus on alleged money laundering and has pleaded not guilty.Most of the questions The Times printed focus on whether Trump may have obstructed justice or tried to frustrate the FBI’s Russia investigation, including whether he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to lay off then-national security adviser Mike Flynn; leaned on others to pressure Comey; why he fired Comey and more.The special counsel’s office made no comment about the questions or The Times report. Trump appeared to confirm the account with a series of tweets on Tuesday morning.So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2018“So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were ‘leaked’ to the media,” Trump wrote. “No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see … you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!”Trump’s tweet is not correct because there are questions about collusion, but it is correct in that “collusion” is not a crime, nor a legal term that prosecutors formally might invoke in an indictment.Mueller has, however, described overtures from Russian agents to Trump campaign aides in past court documents — just some of the contacts known to have taken place — and also charged a number of Russian cyber-operatives with “conspiracy to defraud the United States” in the context of the election.Trump’s reference to “illegally leaked classified information” is an allusion to the memos Comey kept about his interaction with the president. Trump and his supporters say those documents included official secrets and so the descriptions about them in the press after his firing, and since then by Comey, amount to an improper breach.A White House spokesman, Raj Shah, said later on Tuesday morning that the Times report was “troubling.” He also echoed Trump’s complaint that the special counsel investigation has gone too far afield.“The entire premise of this investigation was on this topic of collusion and the overwhelming focus of the questions is not on that topic.”The conversationThe appearance of the questions — and Trump’s reaction — may be the last nail in the coffin for a prospective interview between the president and the special counsel’s investigators.Last week, Trump hailed the verdict of the House intelligence committee’s Republican majority that there was no conspiracy between his campaign and the Russian attack. The Senate intelligence committee and Justice Department investigations that continue, he says, represent a “witch hunt.”Trump has said in the past that he wanted to talk with Mueller but that he would follow the advice of his attorneys. Outside lawyers have said they’d counsel Trump against talking with Mueller. The dangers are too great, in this view, that if the president exaggerated or prevaricated, he’d fall into a “perjury trap.”The special counsel’s office has already concluded guilty pleas with a few people in the Russia matter — including Flynn — that were based upon acknowledgements about lying to the FBI.The door, however, may not be completely shut. One of Trump’s newest lawyers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reportedly has met with Mueller to hasten the end of the special counsel investigation and kept alive the prospect of an interview with the president.NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. 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It is a sentiment shared by many–critics, journalists, music fans alike–that the 1960s decade of music ended with a violent, disturbing bang. On December 6, 1969, the Rolling Stones went ahead with a free concert that was meant to be a grand finale to their year-long tour across the U.S. But everything went terribly wrong. Though billed as a concert which would bring back the familiar warmth of the Woodstock concert, which took place just four months before in Bethel, New York, the Altamont festival is today remembered only with grim faces. It sank as the ‘failed’ Woodstock West, held at California’s Altamont Speedway.Besides the Rolling Stones, other famous bands of the day lined the evening, including Jefferson Airplane, Nash & Young, Stills, Santana, Crosby, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform but they refused upon realizing first-hand the event was becoming dangerously violent. And the evening indeed was plagued with one violent incident after another.A woman carries a child through the massive audience at the Altamont Speedway prior to the free concert headlined by the Rolling Stones. (Photo by William L. Rukeyser/Getty Images)The climax? An 18-year-old African-American teenager, by the name of Meredith Hunter, born October 24, 1951, in Alameda County CA, was killed. Meredith Hunter succumbed to deadly knife wounds, inflicted on him by Alan Passaro, a member of the Hells Angels biker gang.And the Hells Angels were in fact hired for security duties; to guard the stage and keep the peace for the duration of the festival. As it turned out, the bikers acted rather more aggressively than anyone else in the crowds.Member of the Hells Angels. Photo by SliceofNYC CC BY 2.0So, how did such a gloomy day in the history of music happen? There were several factors, including the rush in which the concert was organized. The venue was confirmed only on December 4th. The Altamont Speedway was a desolate, desperate-looking place, with not a single hint of joy in it, no trace of green tree nor patches of green grass.Not a single sight of the venue promised happiness. However, its owner offered it last-minute, and for free, so it was a deal not to be declined. Initial plans to hold the concert at the way more convenient Sears Point in Sonoma (closer to San Francisco) had fallen apart and the Stones were desperate for a venue.Altamont Speedway in 2007. Photo by Gateman1997 CC BY-SA 3.0There were also other goofs: Hells Angels were somehow arranged to carry out the security duties. The group was trusted with the task for free access to beer and a sum of $500 (little less than $3,500 in today’s money).But whoever thought that the bikers would be tolerant of a crowd wired on marijuana and other drugs such as LSD, many of whom were trying to jump on stage, made a bad mistake. Speaking of the stage, the podium was elevated very little, only four feet, and was located at the bottom of a slope. Anyhow, the festival was happening.Hells Angels at Altamont Concert (Photo by William L. Rukeyser/Getty Images)“The vibes were bad,” would note Grace Slick, an iconic figure of San Francisco’s blooming psychedelic music scene of the 1960s. She wrote in her biography: “Something was very peculiar, not particularly bad, just real peculiar. It was that kind of hazy, abrasive and unsure day. I had expected the loving vibes of Woodstock, but that wasn’t coming at me.”One after another the incidents unfolded. According to eyewitnesses, the major issue centered around the security. For reasons not always clear, the guards reportedly would violently push the fans off from the main stage, toss beer cans at them and even beat them.Publicity photo of Jefferson Airplane.There were more than just merely one or two casualties. People were getting severely hurt, for instance, peace activist Bert Kangeson, hired as permit specialist for the Grateful Dead, became victim to one of the Angels. The man ended up with 60 stitches on the head during Santana’s performance.During Jefferson Airplane’s time on stage, Marty Balin, the band’s lead singer, fell down after receiving blows from another Hell Angel. Even after he was dragged backstage, his Angel kept on hitting him, and when Rex Jackson from Grateful Dead came to help, he too was fiercely ‘punished.’ Surreal.Rolling Stones, 1965.Things escalated as the Rolling Stones climbed on stage. “I was very worried as we walked to the stage,” reportedly said Charlie Watts, the Stones’ drummer. And he had good reason to stay worried.Accounts differ on what had happened next, but the outcome was dreadful: the teenage boy Meredith Hunter fell dead after he was stabbed with a knife several times over by Alan Passaro, one of the Hells Angels members.Not all details are clear even though there is a footage of the moment, featured in Gimme Shelter, the film by David Maysles and Charlotte Zwering which documents the Rolling Stones 1969 tour across the U.S.Mick Jagger – The Rolling Stones live at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy – June 10, 2003. Photo by Kronos CC BY-SA 3.0What is known is that the teenager was on drugs as he approached the stage when the Stones started playing. He confronted the guards, and they had him nastily kicked away. Hunter decided to reapproach the stage, but this time carrying a pistol he picked up from his car. He pointed the weapon in the air, but Passaro ran in to tackle him, pulling out his knife.The footage reveals a glowing flash coming out of Hunter’s weapon, but it is hard to tell if this a real gunshot or defect on the film itself. Anyhow, Hunter kept being beaten even after he was dragged outside the crowd.“The Hells Angel stabbed Hunter no less than four more times, his knife repeatedly piercing his back. Hunter, wounded, dropped to his knees. The Hells Angel gripped him by the shoulders and kicked him in the face, over and over. The Angels surrounded him in a loose circle, pounding him with their boots until he collapsed face-forward,” writes Rolling Stone magazine on the account of Meredith Hunter’s death.Abandoned Aerosmith tour vanFollowing the incident, Hunter was carried to the Red Cross tents, and a helicopter was immediately called to take him to the nearest hospital. But it was too late.Meredith Hunter’s violent death is today interpreted as the end of the happy-go-lucky hippie days. Not that there weren’t any accidents at Woodstock or other events that attracted crowds of hippies, but this was way over the border. Altamont was declared the “death of innocence,” one of the darkest days in music history.Hunter’s attacker was arrested but acquitted, as judges ruled it was self-defense. As for the Stones, the big initiators of this regrettable event, they must have been left with mixed feelings. For many years after that, Mick Jagger did not speak in public about the murder.Woodstock Festival, 1969. 1969. by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell CC BY-SA 3.0In an interview he gave for Jann S. Wenner from Rolling Stone magazine, published in December 1995, he said the following about Altamont: “Well, awful. I mean, just awful. You feel a responsibility. How could it all have been so silly and wrong? But I didn’t think of these things that you guys thought of, you in the press: this great loss of innocence, this cathartic end of the era … I didn’t think of any of that. That particular burden didn’t weigh on my mind. It was more how awful it was to have had this experience and how awful it was for someone to get killed and how sad it was for his family and how dreadfully the Hell’s Angels behaved.”Read another story from us: Gimme Shelter: The Hell’s Angels Plot to Assassinate Mick JaggerOn that gloomy day in December 1969, besides Meredith Hunter, three more persons lost their lives in other accidents at the Altamont free concert. Hundreds more were injured. It was indeed the worst way to end such a delightful decade in music.Stefan A. is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs the blog This City Knows.
VirusTotal Graph visualizes scans and shows IP connections by Martin Brinkmann on January 09, 2018 in Security – 22 commentsVirusTotal Graph is a new feature of the popular virus scanning service that visualizes the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses of analyzed data sets.Virustotal is a handy service as it lets anyone upload files to scan them using more than 60 different antivirus engines. The service is not without criticism though; software developers have criticized it in the past for including engines that are prone to false positives.VirusTotal GraphVirusTotal Graph is available to all VirusTotal community members. You need to sign in with an account to access Graph but that is the only requirement.You can open VirusTotal Graph from any scan results page by clicking on the menu icon and selecting the “Open in VirusTotal Graph” button.The interface that opens is divided into two main panes. The main pane displays the graph, the sidebar information about the selected node.The screenshot above visualizes a simple graph of the program NoBot which I reviewed previously here on the site.It shows the exefile as the root note and a network location that was found during the scan. The file itself was not flagged by any antivirus engine but the URL in question was. Virustotal does not reveal the fact on its main website when you scan the file, but it does reveal it in Graph.Graphs can be complex depending on the file that you upload. VirusTotal published a screenshot of a graph with more than a hundred nodes on the official blog.Graph visualizes the analysis process on VirusTotal. It provides you with information that the main scan results don’t reveal. This includes among other things contacted IP addresses or URLs found in files during the scan.You can follow nodes to highlight connections and get information about each node you click on right away.File nodes reveal the type, size and the date the sample was submitted for the first time for instance. Graph displays detection information, and it is possible to edit the graph. You can add new nodes (file, URL, domain or IP addresses) to the graph. This can be useful if a file archive contains multiple files that you wanted to scan individually.Graphs can be saved so that you can go back to a saved graph at a later point in time. Saving happens online on the VirusTotal servers and not offline. You get a graph ID when you save a graph which you need to access through a link provided to you.Closing WordsVirusTotal Graph is a useful tool that visualizes the analysis and by doing so, may reveal additional information about a file. The fact that the tool reveals contacted IP addresses and found URLs alone is well worth the hassle of creating an account on the site in my opinion. (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameVirusTotal Graph visualizes scans and shows IP connectionsDescriptionVirusTotal Graph is a new feature of the popular virus scanning service that visualizes the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses of analyzed data sets.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s a look:___HEMINGWAYAmerican writer Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba on and off for years and worked on some of his most famous books here, including “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea.” One of Havana’s biggest tourist attractions is his estate at Finca Vigia, visited by literary pilgrims from around the world and Cubans alike. You can’t enter the home, but large open windows provide a good look inside. Liquor bottles and magazines artfully placed amid sofas and tables suggest Hemingway will be back at any moment. Also onsite is Hemingway’s boat, the Pilar.Photos of Hemingway posing with trophy fish and with revolutionary leader Fidel Castro decorate many bars and hotels, including the Ambos Mundos hotel in Old Havana, where you can tour a room Hemingway lived in. And two Havana bars attract a steady stream of tourists in part thanks to Hemingway’s famed drinking declaration: “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita.” The handwritten quote, allegedly scribbled by Hemingway himself, is framed over the bar at La Bodeguita del Medio. The Floridita features a Hemingway statue.Other sites include a yacht club named the Hemingway Marina and a Hemingway monument in the nearby fishing village of Cojimar. Sponsored Stories ___MOBSTERS, MOVIE STARS AND BASEBALL PLAYERSMany hotels display pictures and stories from Havana’s pre-revolutionary heyday as a glamorous playground for mobsters, movie stars and baseball players, from a plaque about Babe Ruth in the Hotel Plaza lobby to a photo exhibit at the Hotel Nacional that includes Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire. The Nacional’s official history notes that in 1946, it was the site of a meeting of Mafia bosses. The gathering later inspired part of “The Godfather: Part II.”Black-and-white photos also decorate Sloppy Joe’s, an Old Havana bar once frequented by Hemingway and other celebs. Sloppy Joe’s also figured in a piece of British culture, the book and film “Our Man in Havana,” Graham Greene’s story of a bumbling spy.___JOHN LENNON, HONORARY NEW YORKERJohn Lennon was British but New Yorkers consider him one of their own: He lived and died in Manhattan. One of Havana’s prettiest parks, John Lennon Park, has a bench where fans can pose with a sculpture of the singer. When tourists approach, an attendant places spectacles on the statue’s face. An inscription in Spanish quotes from Lennon’s song “Imagine”: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments Share FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2010 file photo, visitors look at a wax figure of U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway at an exhibition in the wax museum at Bayamo, Cuba. Hemingway lived in Cuba on and off for years and worked on some of his most famous books there, including “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea.” (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina, File) ___USS MAINEThe battleship USS Maine was destroyed in an explosion in Havana harbor in 1898 that killed 266 men. “Remember the Maine!” became a rallying cry for the Spanish-American War. America’s victory over Spain liberated Cuba, which had been a Spanish colony, but also led to U.S. intervention in Cuban affairs.A monument to the Maine, with two soaring white columns, sits on Havana’s seaside boulevard, the Malecon. A bronze eagle that crowned the monument was ripped down during an anti-U.S. protest in 1961, and the bird’s head is now kept inside the diplomatic mission that just became the U.S. Embassy. The rest of the eagle is with the office of Havana’s city historian. Some say U.S.-Cuba relations will be fully normalized when the eagle is put back together and once again crowns the monument.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ___U.S. PRESIDENTSSeveral sites around Havana reference U.S. presidents, but not all are complimentary.Inside the Museum of the Revolution, caricatures of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are displayed in “Cretins Corner.” Outside the museum sits wreckage from a U.S. spy plane shot down over Cuba in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a defining moment in John F. Kennedy’s presidency.Abraham Lincoln is honored with two statues: a miniature sculpture outside an English-language school, Escuela de Idiomas, on Avenida de los Presidentes between 17th and 19th streets in the Vedado neighborhood, and a bust in the Parque de la Fraternidad on the Paseo del Prado.Even Havana’s domed Capitolio building will look familiar to Americans. It was modeled on the U.S. Capitol in Washington.___THE ROSENBERGSJulius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the U.S. government on charges of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Their deaths were protested around the world; they left behind two young children and newly released 1950 grand jury testimony suggests Ethel may have been innocent. In Havana, a brick memorial at Zapata and Paseo streets is decorated with their images, a flock of doves and the words, “For peace, bread and roses, we will face the executioner. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, murdered June 19, 1953.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall HAVANA (AP) — This week’s reopening of embassies and resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba opens a new chapter in the countries’ complicated relationship.But any visitor to the Cuban capital can see that connections between the two nations run long and deep just by taking stock of all the attractions showcasing American culture and history. Despite decades of hostility, some of these sites even seem to celebrate Americans, while others reflect an anti-U.S. point of view. Quick workouts for men 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Pachauri had headed the four-decade-old think-tank for the last 34 years, when it emerged as a global center for research in efficient utilization of energy and sustainable use of natural resources. It has affiliate institutes in London and Washington, D.C.The accusations against Pachauri caused widespread outrage in India, where women face a stigma against discussing issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace. However, several recent high-profile cases suggest that women are beginning to feel more comfortable going public with reports of sexual assaults.Pachauri has chaired the climate panel — considered the world’s authority on climate science — since 2002, and had accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on its behalf.The panel had shared the award with Al Gore, a former U.S. vice president and environmental campaigner.___This story corrects to show that the institute is private.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall NEW DELHI (AP) — The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment.The governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute announced late Thursday that Rajendra Pachauri would be replaced as director-general of the renowned environment think-tank by Arun Mathur, an energy efficiency expert.Although no reasons were given for Pachauri’s replacement, the council said the decision was taken keeping in view the interests of the private institute and its 1,200 employees working in different parts of the world. Pachauri, 75, resigned from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February, after a 29-year-old woman accused him of stalking and sexually harassing her while they worked together at the institute. He denies the allegations.The woman filed a complaint with the police in early February alleging assault and criminal intimidation. She handed over as evidence dozens of text messages and emails that she alleged had been sent by Pachauri.Separately, the institute’s internal complaints committee examined the evidence presented by the researcher, and questioned nearly 50 other employees at the institute, and concluded that the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by the researcher were valid.No formal charges have been filed yet against Pachauri, but a court in February had prohibited him from entering or contacting anyone at the institute.In March, police told a Delhi court that Pachauri was allegedly “influencing witnesses” and hampering their investigations.Pachauri’s removal Thursday follows protests after a Delhi court last week allowed him to return to work at the institute. In the past couple of years, India has seen a wave of public anger and protest over a socially conservative nation’s chronic problem with sexual harassment and violence against women. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories 0 Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone
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