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Anushka Sharma on Virat Kohli writing history with Australia win: So proud of you, my love

first_imgAnushka Sharma on Virat Kohli writing history with Australia win: So proud of you, my loveVirat Kohli became the first Indian captain to lead the team to a Test series victory in Australia, and Anushka Sharma was super proud.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 14:10 IST Anushka Sharma with Virat Kohli (L) and Team India celebrating their historic winIt was a proud moment for the country as the Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli created history by winning their first-ever Test series in Australia by a margin of 2-1. With this, Virat became the first Indian captain to lead the team to a Test series win on Australian turf.Anushka Sharma, who was cheering her husband on from the stands, was overjoyed. She took to her Instagram account to share pictures of Team India celebrating their win and wrote, “They came. They conquered! History written and created by this bunch!””Huge congratulations to all players, coaching unit and support staff; it takes undying perseverance & solid conviction to focus on what’s important and shut out the rest. So so happy and proud of you, my love,” Anushka added.The actress also took to her Instagram story to share a picture of the scoreboard, which announced Team India’s victory, and captioned it “Yay!” She also shared a picture of the Indian flag at the Sydney Cricket Ground and wrote, “Tiranga lehraya”. Anushka Sharma’s Instagram story Anushka Sharma’s Instagram storyInterestingly, Virat had called Anushka the “captain, off the field” in an earlier interview. He had gushed about her enthusiasm for the sport and said, “She is very passionate about the game. She understands the game and she can understand the sentiments of all the players, what they go through and stuff, which I think is the most beautiful thing.”advertisement”She takes all the right decisions in life. She’s totally my strength and she keeps me positive all the time, and that’s what you want in a life partner so I’m very grateful,” the cricketer had added.ALSO READ: I am married to the greatest man in the world, says Anushka Sharma about Virat KohliALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Anushka SharmaFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

NSWMA Encourages Jamaicans to Package Waste in Cardboard Boxes

first_img In light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, Community Relations Manager, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Ms. Rachel Reid, is encouraging Jamaicans to use more cardboard boxes to package their waste. Speaking at a Policy Forum hosted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), in Kingston, today (January 18), Ms. Reid said that cardboard boxes are made of biodegradable material, unlike the single-use plastic bags which are harmful to the environment. Story Highlights She said that although there is a ban on single-use plastic bags, garbage collectors will continue to collect waste items which are packaged in these bags.center_img “Separate your plastic bottles, your kitchen waste and your garden cuttings. Use the kitchen waste and garden cuttings to make a compost heap,” Ms. Reid added.MIND’s Policy Forum was held in support of National Goal 4, ‘Jamaica as a Healthy Natural Environment’ and in particular National Outcome 13, that focuses on Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources.The forum was also geared towards promoting the National Policy on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that was developed in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve environmental performance and the development of a green economy. In light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, Community Relations Manager, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Ms. Rachel Reid, is encouraging Jamaicans to use more cardboard boxes to package their waste.Speaking at a Policy Forum hosted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), in Kingston, today (January 18), Ms. Reid said that cardboard boxes are made of biodegradable material, unlike the single-use plastic bags which are harmful to the environment.She said that although there is a ban on single-use plastic bags, garbage collectors will continue to collect waste items which are packaged in these bags.The forum was held under the theme: ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle: An Imperative for Sustaining a Healthy Natural Environment’.For persons who feel they should continue to use single-use plastic bags to dispose of their waste, Ms. Reid had some suggestions.“We’re asking persons to use smaller bins on the indoor. Put one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom and you can empty these smaller bins into your bigger bin on the outside. We’re also asking persons, in terms of reducing the amount of waste that is disposed of, that they separate the waste before they put it out,” she said.Assistant Chief of Security, Post and Telecommunications Department, Mr. Barrington Graham (left), speaks with (from second left): Director, Business Development and Communications, Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Mrs. Marlene Campbell; Chief Executive Officer, National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Mr. Peter Knight, and Community Relations Manager, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Ms. Rachel Reid, at MIND’s Policy Forum, held on Friday (January 18), at MIND, in Papine, St. Andrew.last_img read more

1 in 6 Migrants Died Crossing Central Mediterranean to Italy in

Rabat – At least 843 migrants died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe between January 1 and August 8, 2019. The majority of those, 578, died while attempting to cross at the “central Mediterranean” route, which extends from Libya to Italy.The figures, from the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project, indicate the incredible risks migrants take when making the passage. One in six migrants attempting to reach Italy in 2019 have died, a UNHCR communications officer, Marco Rotunno, told the BBC. At the same time as deaths  of migrants taking the central Mediterranean route are rising, Italy has been increasing its restrictions on migrant-rescue operations. The Italian Parliament has introduced penalties on humanitarian boats engaged in the search and rescue of migrants.The boats are not allowed to dock in Italy with migrants aboard. The government can seize the rescue boats and fine captains €1 million. Rotunno noted his agency is “very very worried about the search and rescue capacity in the Mediterranean Sea that has been very very weakened in the last few years.”Read also: Viral Photo Makes Moroccan Child Face of Displaced Migrants in ItalyItaly’s new restrictions are backed by its far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini. Salvini has been serving in the role since June 2018 and is known for his anti-migrant stance.While the central Mediterranean route to Europe has claimed 578 lives, the western route, from Morocco to Spain, has seen 208 migrants die so far in 2019. The majority of the deceased migrants died just in the months of January and March.The combined death rate for crossing the Mediterranean, including western, central, and eastern passages, is actually slightly lower in 2019 (1.2%) than in the same months in 2018 (1.5%). read more

Experts at UN meeting urge action to combat environmental causes of cancer

“Many environmental and occupational factors, including certain chemicals, radiation and airborne particles, can cause cancer,” said Maria Neira, the Director for Public Health and Environment at the UN World Health Organizations (WHO), which convened the meeting in the Spanish Principality of Asturias.“These cancers could be prevented and reduced by changes in national and international policy to limit people’s involuntary exposure to these substances,” she added.The cancers related to the environment, which comprise roughly 19 per cent of all cancers and cause 1.3 million deaths each year, are often the result of situations where people have limited control over the quality of air they breathe, the water they drink, and the level of chemical contamination in indoor and outdoor environments and at places of work.In their “Asturias Pledge,” the experts urged governments to include environmental and occupational preventive measures in their national cancer control programmes, and ensure enforcement of national and international standards for environmental and occupational carcinogens.They recommended that WHO lead a global effort in highlighting the importance of primary prevention of cancer, assess the impact of environmental and occupational interventions on primary prevention of cancer, and develop guidance for implementation of evidence-based interventions.Civil society should raise awareness about practices and processes that increase carcinogenic risks, raise awareness, educate and advocate for funding to implement effective primary prevention of those types of cancers, the experts suggested.Industry, for its part, should support and implement measures aimed at preventing the cancers. It should also contribute to policy development relating to the mitigation of occupational risks and workers’ exposures; eliminate or reduce exposure to known and probable carcinogens, and better inform workers on the risks they face in the workplace and protect them from carcinogens.Reducing and eventually eliminating the exposure to environmental and occupational carcinogens is the most effective way to prevent a number of cancers, according to WHO. Stopping the use of asbestos can prevent lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancers of the larynx and ovaries, for example. Replacement of benzene with safer solvents will prevent leukaemia, the agency said. 18 March 2011Medical experts attending a United Nations-convened scientific meeting today called for action to address preventable environmental and occupational causes of cancer, noting that nearly one in five of all cases of cancers are attributable to the environment, including work settings. read more

Security Council members voice concern over slow progress of Cyprus talks

“The members of the Council continued to give their full support to the negotiating process undertaken by the two leaders pursuant to their agreement of 4 December 2001; and to the spirit of cooperation shown by their involvement in the process,” said Council President Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation in a statement to the press. “But they expressed concern that progress was slow and that a great deal of ground remained to be covered for the June target date for agreement, which the Council again strongly endorsed, to be met.” Ambassador Lavrov said the members “urged the leaders to intensify their negotiations in the period ahead and to bring to them the urgency, political determination, flexibility and spirit of give and take needed for differences to be resolved.” He added that the leaders should “focus without delay on narrowing the differences between them on all issues that must be resolved, as part of a comprehensive settlement which takes full consideration of relevant UN resolutions and treaties.”The Council President’s comments to reporters followed a closed-door briefing by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto. The members, Ambassador Lavrov said, “took note that this briefing was part of the review being conducted by the Secretary-General at approximately the half-way point between the opening of the face-to-face negotiations in January and the target date of June for agreement, referred to by each of the two leaders.”Members of the Council also reiterated their full support for Mr. Annan’s mission and “called upon the parties to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General and his Special Adviser, and to look to them for assistance in order to move forward on the substance.” read more

At UN General Debate Armenia pledges to contribute to UN reform

On the last day of the General Assembly’s high-level debate, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, today pledged today to make a “feasible contribution” to United Nations reform, stressing the urgency of the settlement of disputes by peaceful means.“A few days ago, in the framework of the UN, the first-ever High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace took place, urging tolerance and building mutual understanding and mutual respect,” the Foreign Minister told the 67th Assembly at its General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “Unfortunately,” he added, “nowadays hate and intolerance are continuing to spread in some parts of the world and we have yet to dig into the roots and causes of such a situation, to have the courage to openly ask difficult questions on the reasons and face sometimes painful responses.”In his statement, the Foreign Minister referred to what he termed the Government of Azerbaijan’s “release and glorification” of Ramil Safarov, who was convicted of killing an Armenian officer, saying, “the scandalous affair has seriously undermined the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process and endangered the fragile regional security and stability.”Mr. Nalbandian also voiced concern at the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria, which he said directly affected the large Armenian community. “The denial of genocide and impunity pave the way for the repetition of new crimes against humanity,” he noted.The Armenian Foreign Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday. read more

Ohio State lands two more fivestar recruits for 2017 class

OSU coach Urban Meyer and members of the OSU football team run into the field before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State coach Urban Meyer has a tendency to create a lot of buzz during the offseason with his recruiting classes. Monday, two more targets for the Scarlet and Gray announced their commitment to playing football in Columbus, further solidifying the strength and legitimacy of the 2017 recruiting class for OSU.When asked about the success of OSU recruiting this year, Meyer smiled and said, “I know I heard a big boom out there on the field today.” That boom, of course, was in reference to the commitments of two of the best receivers in the upcoming class, Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey.The Buckeyes now have 16 players from the ESPN 300 list, which is the highest total in the nation.OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith understands the hype, but is not sold on everyone just yet. “Yeah, probably on paper,” Smith said when asked if this is the best class he has ever seen. “You never really know until they get here. But, it’s up there. That’s for sure.”Grimes, a five-star wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is ranked as the 15th best player in the 2017 class, according to the national composite ranking. The 6-foot-3 receiver hauled in 27 receptions for 496 yards and 7 touchdowns last season.Lindsey is the No. 1 overall player from Nevada according to 24/7 Sports. Dubbed a playmaking machine by many, Lindsey raked in over 1,000 yards receiving to go along with 14 touchdown receptions and two punts returned for touchdowns during his junior high school season. Now, with the additions of the two standout wide receivers, OSU has six five-star players coming to Columbus in 2017.The incoming of such a large magnitude of young players comes at a price for OSU. That price is 13 more players than scholarships allowed than by NCAA rules. “Our situation right now with how successful we’re doing in recruits and how tight we are on scholarships has really built competition just amongst the staff alone,” Smith said. “Like, you better bring in a big-time dude or we might not be able to take him, because somebody else has a big-time dude that might come.”Regardless of competition and limited spots on the roster left, the Buckeye coaching staff feels confident in the upcoming players and how the team will manage taking on so many new faces. read more

Buckeye brainteasers Five questions for Ohio State against Penn State

What is Penn State’s mindset coming into Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium? Ohio State coach Luke Fickell said he doubted that interim PSU coach Tom Bradley’s preparation for Saturday’s game would be affected by the off-field issues in State College, Pa. “I’m sure (Bradley) is not too worried, exactly, about that. There are a lot of other things,” Fickell said at a Tuesday press conference. “You have to go with what you’ve got. He’s a team guy. He’s been around it. He understands what the situation is, and he’s going to do what he thinks is best for his program and his team.” Fickell said his main concern ahead of Saturday’s game is the players that will suit up in Scarlet and Gray for the contest, and he feels Bradley will likely share those sentiments. “I’m sure coach Bradley is focused on the 70 that he’s going to bring over here, and I’m going to be focused on the 105 that we’ll dress.” With so much discussion about the off-field issues surrounding OSU and PSU, what is at stake for the two programs when they take the field Saturday? Once the game begins Saturday and the off-field issues take a back seat to the actual contest, the teams, fans and media alike will have a game with significant implications for the Big Ten title race on their hands. A win against the Buckeyes would clinch at least a tie for the Leaders Division crown for the Nittany Lions. PSU is very much in control of its destiny heading into the final two games of the season. By contrast, OSU’s Big Ten title hopes are flickering. OSU players and coaches stopped just short of conceding the Big Ten race after their 26-23 overtime loss to Purdue Saturday. “We got plenty more years to go,” said freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier, who recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble against the Boilermakers. “We’re just going to do what we can to finish out strong.” A win would up the Buckeyes’ record to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. Even with a victory against the division-leading Nittany Lions, OSU would remain a longshot for a berth in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. What players’ on PSU could hurt the Buckeyes Saturday? Sophomore running back Silas Redd has already eclipsed the thousand-yard mark for PSU, and has rushed for 1,059 yards on 210 carries through 10 games. Redd has also tallied seven touchdowns on the ground. The Nittany Lions’ quarterback tandem of redshirt junior Matt McGloin and sophomore Rob Bolden could also pose a significant threat to the OSU defense. OSU’s Sept. 10 game against Toledo and Saturday’s loss against Purdue stand as examples of the Buckeyes’ defensive struggles against teams that employ a two-quarterback offense. The Buckeyes beat Toledo, 27-22, but junior quarterback Austin Dantin and sophomore quarterback Terrance Owens combined for 292 passing yards and two touchdowns, forcing OSU to make a last-minute defensive stand in order to preserve the win. Boilermakers’ junior quarterback Caleb TerBush and senior quarterback Robert Marve’s 234 combined passing yards were enough to derail the Buckeyes Saturday. Fickell said OSU will need to be aware of which passer PSU has in the game as both McGloin and Bolden have different abilities. “They’re still going to be similar in what they do,” Fickell said. “They’re not going to change up their entire offense for which quarterback they have in … you still have to focus on what you can do to be successful, and adjust a few things when they switch quarterbacks, kind of like (Purdue) did last week.” What will OSU need to do to beat PSU? The Buckeyes need to get teams off the field on third down, and make the tackles they’re supposed to make. Fickell said as much at his Tuesday press conference. “Ultimately… you have to get off the field on third down. We have to do a better job whether that’s getting to the quarterback, covering up receivers. We know that, and that’s where we’re focused.” OSU’s offense is averaging 25 points per game. If the defense holds up its end of the bargain, the Buckeyes will beat PSU and notch their third victory against a ranked opponent in 2011. Score prediction: Ohio State 23, Penn State 17 read more

PostHarvey Mental Health Support Sees Continued Demand New Concerns

first_img X PexelsWhen Tropical Storm Harvey flooded Houston, it was easy to see the effects. First, all the homes damaged or destroyed, and later on financial spreadsheets when the billions in losses that were tallied. However, many Houstonians are dealing with a less obvious effect from the storm on their lives — psychological trauma.Houston Public Media has reported before on the response to flood victims mental health needs, with schools bringing in additional counselors to help traumatized students. In almost no time after Harvey, school administrators were reaching out to organizations in Houston for help.“I think it was so immediately relevant to those administrators because they themselves were experiencing the trauma,” said Lisa Descant of support organization Communities in Schools. “It was just so apparent to them that the students were going to be returning with some real mental health challenges.”Descant said counselors are finding that kids are internalizing the stress and anxiety felt by their parents.“They were for the first time witnessing that their family didn’t have choice,” said David Head, Director of Mental Health and Wellness for CIS, “and I think it was interesting for me to note that there were that effect in neighborhoods that hadn’t happened before, because in a lot of our underprivileged neighborhoods that happens all the time.”Many students are seeing their families struggle in ways they previously have not. CIS has traditionally worked in low-income and underprivileged schools, but because of Harvey, schools on the other side of things are needing counselors too.Head said the stresses of Harvey, across the economic spectrum, have shown the true need for counseling services in schools.“A lot of the traumas that students were going through were already preexisting and that the storm in and of itself wasn’t the traumatic experience but it was the thing that broke the camel’s back,” Head said. “It was the extra thing that revealed that all of these other unaddressed mental health issues were there. So we went from looking a large mental health problem to an even larger one revealed after the storm went through.”Now, with counselors in place, students are able to address other issues without fear of being judged for what they’re going through.“A student who may have been struggling with depression or just struggling with anxiety now had an opportunity to go to a counselor in a non-stigmatic way and say ‘I’m going to see the counselor about Harvey’ which so many of us were impacted by that it wouldn’t draw attention,” Head said.So Harvey has, in effect, opened a new pipeline for talking about mental health for kids who otherwise might be too embarrassed. They could say they needed to talk about Harvey, which everyone understood.  For schools new to outside mental health support, Harvey has shown just how much their school needed it. “At the beginning we were trying really hard just to figure out how we were going to let students know that this existed,” said Chad Crowson, Principal of Stratford High School in Spring Branch. “In a strange sort of way Harvey helped us with that and we would never hope for that but it worked out in that sense because it sort of allowed students to recognize that this person is already here.”Crowson said that, while some schools may prefer to focus more heavily on class time, he sees psychological support as an important pathway to good academics. “I recognize that if students are not prepared to be successful in the class then they’re not going to be successful, I mean, if you’re sitting in a desk trying to learn and you have all these other things on your mind, you need to take care of that,” Crowson said.Crowson said he wants kids to find an adult in school they can trust. Having someone to talk to, he said, may make all the difference. 00:00 /04:02 Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Full Show Understanding the Ballot and Houstons Baseball History Oct 16 2018

first_imgListen X 00:00 /50:40 On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Veteran journalist Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle will become NPR’s permanent chief news executive, the network announced Tuesday. Barnes is currently the Houston Chronicle’s executive editor, and she talks with us about her vision for the job.Then: Legacy Community Health is lobbying in Washington this week against a Trump administration rule change that could negatively affect the immigration applications of those who use public assistance programs. We learn more.Also this hour: We sift through the November ballot and answer listener questions about the different races and initiatives you’ll be voting for on Election Day.Also this hour: As the Astros and the ALCS return to Houston this week, you could easily argue that we’re living in the golden age of baseball in the Bayou City. But the city does have a rich history with America’s pastime before now. We look back at it with the help of historian Mike Vance.Then, we learn about the play She Kills Monsters, a “dramatic comedy” laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

The Big One finally hits Nicoya Peninsula

first_imgNo related posts. By Vanessa I. Garnica and Hannah J. Ryan|  The Tico Times Staff“This is the quake we were waiting for,” said Leopold Linkimer, seismologist at Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network, following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake that rattled the country Wednesday morning. “Regardless, we have to be ready for any contingency because nature can surprise us.”The earthquake was registered 8 kilometers (5 miles) west of Samara in the Nicoya Peninsula, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. After the quake, which damaged several buildings in the province, shaken residents wondered, was this the big one that experts had predicted would strike the peninsula?Scientists in Costa Rica have been contemplating the possibility of a big quake in the Nicoya region for more than two decades. The last time an earthquake of a similar magnitude was registered in the area was in 1950. On average about 18 small tremors are registered daily in Costa Rica, Linkimer said.Following the quake, emergency officials gathered at National Emergency Commission (CNE) headquarters in the western San José district of Pavas to discuss initial damage reports.“We are not declaring a state of emergency at the moment,” said Vanessa Rosales, CNE president. “We have begun to receive damage reports taking place around the country. Overall, we feel at ease at this point, even though it was a significant quake.”Wednesday’s quake is considered the second biggest in the nation’s history, behind a 1991 earthquake measuring magnitude-7.7. That quake, centered in Limón province along the Caribbean coast, killed 75 people and injured more than 600.Linkimer said the official magnitude of the quake could be adjusted in coming days, pending further studies. He said that several aftershocks also are expected.Earthquakes can cause landslides in areas near the epicenter, but not necessarily volcanic activity, Linkimer said. However, volcanic activity was reported at the Irazú and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes in 1991.In some cases, volcanic activity could be registered at the exact moment an earthquake hits, Linkimer explained, although it could take weeks for activity to resurface as a result of a quake of such magnitude.The cause of Wednesday’s quake, and others of its kind in Costa Rica, is attributed to a process called subduction, where tectonic plates located in the Earth’s outer layer constantly move on top and under each other, causing the ground to move in the form of a tremor.Seismologists agree that all regions in Costa Rica are considered very active and apt for an earthquake at any given time. However, Linkimer said a big earthquake had been expected in the Nicoya Peninsula since the early 1990s.“There are certain [scientific] models that describe that some earthquakes will occur with regular occurrence,” he said.For more coverage of the Nicoya Peninsula earthquake, see Friday’s print edition of The Tico Times. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Austrian empresss potty fetches thousands of euros

first_imgVIENNA (AP) — What’s a potty worth? Thousands of euros, if it was used by an Austrian empress — but much less than her footwear.A chamber pot owned by Empress Elisabeth has fetched 4,290 euros (nearly $5,000) at an auction of imperial Austrian memorabilia in Vienna. But a pair of her white silk half boots went for 75,000 euros (nearly $85,000) — more than 10 times the lowest estimated price. Most expensive was a set of white and gold dinnerware. It sold for more than 100,000 euros at Thursday’s auction.The Habsburg empire ended a century ago with the abdication of the last emperor. But the 19th-century empress, known in Austria as Sissi, remains idolized in her home country.._Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Giant hack may be first step in pursuit of bigger US secrets

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant hack of millions of government personnel files is being treated as the work of foreign spies who could use the information to fake their way into more-secure computers and plunder U.S. secrets.Federal employees were told in a video Friday to change all their passwords, put fraud alerts on their credit reports and watch for attempts by foreign intelligence services to exploit them. That message came from Dan Payne, a senior counterintelligence official for the Director of National Intelligence. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “The kind of data that may have been compromised in this incident could include name, Social Security Number, date and place of birth, job assignments, training files, performance ratings and current and former addresses,” Schumach said in an email.The breach occurred at a network maintained by the Department of Interior, which also houses the personnel agency’s files. Schumach said agencies share computer systems partly to save money — and it’s also supposed to strengthen security.Security experts said the hackers may have gone after the personnel agency because it’s an easier target than the Pentagon or National Security Agency.Private cybersecurity researchers said they believe the personnel agency was targeted by the same hackers who got into the Anthem and Primera health insurance groups last year.John Hultquist, head of cyberespionage intelligence at iSight, said the Dallas-based security firm had found evidence linking the insurance and government attacks, but declined to say whom they suspect. “We think they are creating a database they can leverage for follow-on espionage,” Hultquist said.A spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence declined to discuss whether there was evidence against China or whether intelligence agency employees were among those whose information was compromised. 0 Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches He said details from personnel files could be used to craft personalized phony messages to trick workers. Federal employees who think they’re opening an email from co-workers or family members might infect their computers with a program that would steal more information or install spy software.Spies also could use details about an employee’s interests or background to befriend them and try to manipulate them into revealing secrets.Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker who now runs Mitnick Security Consulting of Las Vegas, called confidential details about federal employees “a gold mine.”“What’s the weakest link in security?” Mitnick said. “The human. Now you know all about your target.”The hackers may have made off with even more information about workers who undergo security clearance background checks. That information includes the names of family, neighbors, even old bosses and teachers, as well as reports on vices, arrests and foreign contacts.However, OPM spokesman Samuel Schumach said there was no evidence to suggest that security clearance information collected by OPM was compromised. It’s stored separately from routine personnel files, he said. FILE – This Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, shows the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Thursday, June 4, 2015, that data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been hacked. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) The breach was an embarrassing showing for the U.S. government’s vaunted computer-defense system for civilian agencies — dubbed “Einstein” — which is costing $376 million this year alone. It’s supposed to detect unusual Internet traffic that might reflect hacking attempts or stolen data being transmitted outside the government.A wide range of information is prized by spies — classified military secrets but also economic strategy and internal foreign policy debates.This latest breach occurred in December but wasn’t discovered until April, officials say. It was made public Thursday.“The scale of it is just staggering,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. There’s no telling how many more attacks could be spawned by the information stolen in this case, he said.Although most Americans think of identity thieves stealing from credit card or bank accounts, the information about civilian federal workers has other value for spies.“They’re able to identify people who are in positions with access to significant national security information and can use personal data to target those individuals,” said Payne, the counterintelligence official. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories “Some of you may think that you are not of interest because you don’t have access to classified information,” he said. “You are mistaken.”Federal officials said Friday the cyberattack appeared to have originated in China, but they didn’t point fingers directly at the Chinese government. The Chinese said any such accusation would be “irresponsible and unscientific.”“We know that the attack occurred from somewhere in China, but we don’t know whether it was an individual or a group or a nation-state attack,” said Rep. Jim Langevin, a Rhode Island Democrat and leading voice in Congress on cybersecurity. He added, though that it had “all the hallmarks of a nation-state attack.”White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he couldn’t divulge much while the case was under investigation. Still, he noted that investigators “are aware of the threat that is emanating from China.”One U.S. official said the breach of data involving more than 4 million past and present federal workers was being investigated as a national security matter. That suggests authorities believe a nation was behind it rather than a more loosely organized gang of cybercriminals. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement U.S. investigators have improved their ability to attribute cyberattacks in recent years, officials said, and Chinese attacks often have identifiable signatures.The Homeland Security Department noted that the Einstein defenses were just one part of the government’s cybersecurity, and said it was used to confirm the breach. But that’s like a smoke alarm sounding after the house burned down.Einstein also helped understand how the break-in happened and protect against a repeat of a similar attempt.“It didn’t fare so well,” said James Lewis, a leading cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank. “It’s only a victory if you defeat the opponent, and we didn’t.”___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Brandon Bailey, Raphael Satter, Jim Kuhnhenn, Darlene Superville and Connie Cass contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgagent incentiveasiaTravelCube The first of TravelCube’s eight weekly winners in the Asia on Sale super incentive has been announced, with Victoria’s Student Flights Fountain Gate, Narre Warren picking up nine nights’ accommodation for two in Bali, staying at Grand Istana Rama, Ramada Encore and Courtyard by Marriott.TravelCube is offering agents the chance to compete for weekly prizes and the grand prize of a six-night all-inclusive holiday in Penang, courtesy of Penang Global Tourism.To take part in the promotion agencies simply need to create and pay for room nights in Asia before 31 August 2017.The agency* selling the most room nights each week will win a weekly prize, with hotel and resort accommodation in destinations such as Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur up for grabs. The agency with the most Asian bookings created and paid for between 1 July and 31 August will win the Asia on Sale promotion’s ultimate prize: return airfares for two to Penang, accommodation at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang, the Parkroyal Beach Resort Penang and Element By Westin, along with transfers and sightseeing tours.* TravelCube’s Asia on Sale promotion is an agency-based incentive. It will be at the discretion of the agency manager to determine who will receive the prize.last_img read more

Draft approved for climate plan 20212030

first_imgTHE CABINET has approved the draft for the national energy and climate plan for 2021-2030 aiming to achieve the European Union’s ‘ambitious goals’ to make a real contribution to tackling climate change, it was announced on Thursday.The move is in line with the regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action, whereby each member state is required to establish a 10-year National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period from 2021 to 2030 in order to meet the EU’s new energy and climate targets for 2030.Cyprus’ draft NECP for the period 2021-2030, includes policies and measures concerning various sectors to achieve the objectives set.These include reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 compared to 2005.“The target set for Cyprus is a 24 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels (excluding emissions from electricity generation, the cement, ceramics / brick plants),” an official statement said.It said that, according to a recent Cyprus inventory, the transport sector contributes 49 per cent to greenhouse gas emissions, energy (excluding power generation) 17 per cent, waste 14 per cent, agriculture 12 per cent and industry 8 per cent.Another target Cyprus wants to contribute to is the penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the gross final renewable energy consumption by a total of 32 per cent in the EU by 2030. No binding national targets have so far been decided.As regards the goal of the reduction of energy consumption by 32.5 per cent at EU level by 2030, the estimated national contribution of Cyprus was set by a reduction in primary energy consumption by 9.5 per cent compared with the corresponding estimate of the European Commission for Cyprus in 2007.According to the regulation in question, all member states should submit a consolidated Energy and Climate Plan to the European Commission outlining the national energy system, the national climate policy and the national policy framework for five areas. These concerns working closely with member states to diversify Europe’s sources of energy and ensure energy security, a fully-integrated internal energy market, energy efficiency, moving towards a low-carbon economy and fulfilling the EU’s commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change and supporting research and innovation in low-carbon and clean energy technologies which can boost the EU’s competitiveness.Each member state will be responsible for monitoring progress towards the achievement of its national energy and climate objectives.In Cyprus, the ministers of agriculture, energy and trade, transport, and finance are in charge of the implementation of the NECP in cooperation with a experts and services from various ministries.The draft of the Cyprus National Plan for Energy and Climate 2021-2030, as well as the drafts of the respective national plans of other member states, will be presented for the first time on January 29 and 30 before a technical working group. Then, consultations will be held with all stakeholders for the final National Plans to be submitted by the end of 2019.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Cruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Canfield Disclosing salary information makes House more accountable

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., of Sebewaing, today announced the Michigan House is making salaries of representatives and their staff members public and easily accessible online.The House website also provides links to information about health insurance and other benefits for House employees.Canfield said the move makes state government more transparent and accountable.“We’re listening to taxpayers, and they want to know how state government spends their money,” Canfield said. “This website is designed to do just that by making House salary information easy to find.”The website including links to salary and benefits information for House employees is available at http://house.mi.gov/FinancialsEmployee.asp.### 24Jan Canfield: Disclosing salary information makes House more accountable Categories: Canfield News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Kesto announces state funding for Scarlets Park

first_img Categories: Kesto News,News 15Aug Rep. Kesto announces state funding for Scarlet’s Park Budget aids in all-inclusive playground developmentState Rep. Klint Kesto today said state funding is included in the 2017-18 budget to assist in the development of an all-inclusive playground in Commerce Township.Kesto, of Commerce Township, said the spending blueprint for the coming fiscal year includes a $100,000 appropriation to assist in the creation of Scarlet’s Park, which will be established on a portion of Dodge Park near the Commerce Township Community Library. The park is named in honor of a local 4-year-old who was born with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair.Scarlet’s Smile Foundation, a nonprofit started by Larenne Clark, the child’s grandmother, has worked with township officials and other stakeholders to plan the 16,000-square-foot park and raise money to finance equipment that is accessible to all children.“This park will benefit all children in the Commerce Township area and open a new entertainment venue for kids with physical challenges,” Kesto said. “I supported the appropriation in the upcoming budget and think it will go a long way in helping make Scarlet’s Park a reality.”Scarlet’s grandfather, Stephen Clark, said the park setting will be completely inclusive, unlike other parks the family has visited.“We have taken Scarlet to other ‘accessible’ playgrounds in the area and, although well-intentioned, they tend to be situated away from where all the other kids play. Scarlet is already segregated by her wheelchair … she shouldn’t be segregated further by a playground.” Clark said. “We can’t thank Representative Kesto enough for recognizing this need for children of all abilities and disabilities. His help securing funds for Scarlet’s Park will add immeasurable value to the lives of all children across Southeast Michigan.”Now that land has been secured, Kesto said park planners will move on to the next phase of the project, which involves securing grants and donations to equip the park with playground equipment. Plans are for the park to be surrounded by butterfly gardens and picnic tables so families can visit the playground for a meal and enjoy natural resources. The final phase includes a splash pad with changing rooms and restrooms. Equipping the park is estimated to cost $1 million.“Not only will this be a playground for kids of all abilities, it will also open new opportunities for parents and grandparents with limited mobility or physical challenges to take children to a park they can easily navigate,” Kesto said.#####last_img read more

Rep Kesto bill will prevent state funds for legal settlements

first_img Categories: Kesto News,News 28Dec Rep. Kesto bill will prevent state funds for legal settlements State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, is drafting legislation to ban Michigan’s colleges and universities from using state funding to settle any legal claims related to sexual misconduct.The legislation is in response to the growing scandal involving a former Michigan State University physician who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting patients during the course of his duties while working for USA Gymnastics and the school.“The details of this case grow more abhorrent by the day,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “This individual took advantage of and violated over 100 girls. While the health of these young women is most important, it’s obvious that the civil legal process will continue to unfold over the next few months and years. We have to protect taxpayers by ensuring not a single dime of state funding sent to Michigan State University is used as part of a settlement with these unfortunate victims.”Dr. Larry Nassar, the former MSU physician, has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography related to material seized from his personal residence. He also pleaded guilty in November in Ingham County Circuit Court to criminal sexual conduct charges involving seven victims.In response to the case, MSU officials have established a $10 million fund to cover mental health services for the approximately 150 victims in this case. Kesto is concerned after hearing recent media reports that USA Gymnastics reached a $1.25 million settlement with one victim in December 2016.“These women deserve justice, but it should be the responsibility of the MSU administration to address that,” Kesto said. “Penn State is paying the high costs of its own recent scandal to the tune of $110 million. The settlements relating to the Nassar case should not be paid for by the current students at Michigan State or the taxpayers as a whole.”#####last_img read more

Rep Wendzel to host local coffee hour

first_img22May Rep. Wendzel to host local coffee hour Categories: Wendzel News State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour.The coffee hour will take place on Friday, May 24th at Red Coach Donuts, 5811 St. Joseph Ave. in Stevensville from 9 to 10 a.m.“Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” Wendzel said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they have about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or email PaulineWendzel@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Detroit Gets 15Day Reprieve from Water Shutoff

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares July 21, 2014; Detroit Free PressAfter several weeks of strenuous community protests, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a temporary suspension of water shutoffs. The 15-day hiatus is meant, according to the Free Press, “to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills.”The Monday timing of the announcement occurred as Detroit Water was required to show up in the courtroom of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to respond to his concerns about the water controversy’s impact on the city’s bankruptcy proceedings. According to the Free Press, a citizen’s group filed a lawsuit asking Judge Rhodes to order the water restored to residential customers. A Water Department spokesperson, Bill Johnson, said he was unaware of a lawsuit.Detroit Water’s decision follows a protest of more than 1,000 people who took to the streets on Friday. The lawsuit that Johnson said he didn’t know about was filed by the four organizations that had been in the forefront of the ongoing protests against the shutoffs and were among the leaders of the Friday protests—the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, the People’s Water Board, the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, and a group called Moratorium Now!—along with 10 residents who had had their water turned off.The complaint very helpfully lists some of the commercial water customers with very large bills, tens of thousands of dollars larger than the 10 residents described in the legal filing, who weren’t facing the immediate prospect of city contractors turning off their running water. Among the listed entities were two delinquent seven-figure accounts of Chrysler Group LLC, which recently made a sizable donation to Detroit’s Grand Bargain, and two delinquent accounts of the co-sponsor of the Grand Bargain with Detroit’s philanthropic sector, the state of Michigan, with one bill at almost $5 million.As Detroit is turning off running water on residential customers, the system is plagued with leaky pipes and gushing water elsewhere in the city. Investigative journalist Steve Neavling has documented water spurting from pipes in abandoned schools, vacant fire stations, empty hospitals and factories, and even through the pavement at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. As we have indicated in earlier coverage of the Detroit water crisis, we suspect that the unexpectedly high water bills discovered by some customers reflected water leaking out from mains and service lines.Readers should know that Detroit’s water problems, horrendous as they are, are not of recent vintage. A detailed analysis prepared by the Michigan Poverty Law Program/Michigan Legal Services in 2005 calculated the impact of an “average” Detroit residential water customer’s bill on low-income Detroiters. According to the report, water bills alone would consume 8.1 percent of the household income of an average SSI recipient and 9.7 percent for a three-person household receiving the maximum benefit at that time. MPLP/MLS and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization at that time developed proposals for a water affordability program to help protect low-income Detroiters, but the recent water turnoff crisis demonstrates that affordability plans were never really adopted or implemented, Detroit’s water rates grew far larger than comparable cities, and until street protests, the Water Department was not doing what it could have and should have been doing for Detroit’s large numbers of poor people.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more