Go back to the enewsletter Macaos dedication to

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMacao’s dedication to food and the important role it plays in developing tourism and the economy has been rewarded on a silver platter… on a worldwide scale.In unveiling its latest list of “Creative Cities”, UNESCO stated that Macao had been recognised for its gastronomy.Such designation is set to further endorse the worldwide recognition of Macao and its 400-year-old culinary legacy.“Such endorsement will also provide a favourable platform for food traditions to continuously thrive,” said Helen Wong, GM of the Macao Government Tourism Office Australia and New Zealand.“This is exciting news for Macao and its cultural importance to gastronomy, and to everyone involved in the creation of the many mouth-watering menus and dining options offered throughout the former Portuguese enclave,” she said.The designation of Macao as a member city of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of gastronomy is set to bring new opportunities for the city to diversify the economy.Gastronomy would now act as a driver to preserve Macao’s cultural identity, while promoting a sustainable development and expanding its international cooperation.As for the creativity aspect, the designation is expected to stimulate stakeholders in gastronomy and agents in other creative sectors to explore how culinary and other aspects of culture can fuse to diversify the economy.Other Creative Cities of Gastronomy include: Chengdu and Shunde (China), Belém and Florianopolis (Brazil), Popayán (Colombia), Rasht (Iran), Parma (Italy), Zahlé (Lebanon), Ensenada (Mexico), Bergen (Norway), Jeonju (South Korea), Tsuruoka (Japan), Dénia and Burgos (Spain), Östersund (Sweden), Phuket (Thailand), Gaziantep (Turkey) and Tucson (USA).Macao was among eight to be newly designated this week. The others were Alba (Italy), Buenaventura (Colombia), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Hatay (Turkey), Panama City (Panama), Paraty (Brazil) and San Antonio (USA),Sixty-four cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities in the various fields. Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created to promote cooperation with and among cities that had identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development in regards to economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Rep Heise invites residents to April coffee hours

first_img13Apr Rep. Heise invites residents to April coffee hours State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents of the 20th House district to meet with him in Northville this month for coffee to discuss state and local issues.Rep. Heise’s coffee hours are scheduled for Friday, April 17th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 20140 Haggerty Road in Northville.“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to meet with and hear from individuals in our community,” said Rep. Heise, R-Plymouth. “I always look forwarding to meeting with local residents and bringing their ideas and concerns back to Lansing.”No appointments are necessary for these office hours. Residents who are not able to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Heise’s office by phone at 1-855-REPKURT, or by email at KurtHeise@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

Angel Ruiz presenting the new brand Ericsson Media

first_imgAngel Ruiz presenting the new brandEricsson Media Solutions is rebranding as MediaKind.Speaking at a press event in London, Arun Bhikshesvaran, chief marketing officer, Ericsson Media Solutions, said that “today marks a very important occasion for us”.The media technology outfit is currently undergoing a ‘carve out’ process that will see Ericsson divest a 51% majority stake in it to private-equity outfit One Equity Partners, a move that executives now expect to be completed in Q3.Bhikshesvaran said that the MediaKind brand reflected the company’s DNA. “We took a lot of input from our employee base. We asked them if we were an automobile what should we be. The answer was a hybrid and Media and Kind coming together is also kind of a hybrid,” he said.MediaKind CEO Angel Ruiz said that Ericsson had decided to carve out its media business some 16 months ago. “This history of our new company goes back some 12 years when Tandberg Television was acquired by Ericsson,” he said.Ruiz said that the new company would operate in “a very competitive space” and would require R&D investment to prosper through innovation.Ruiz said that Ericsson had spent US$3 billion on the portfolio of assets that are going into MediaKind. He said that the new company had “a gold presence” in the market with some 900 customers today.“We have a combination of media and mobility that I don’t think anyone else in the market has today,” said Ruiz, adding that Ericsson’s legacy in mobile telecoms would continue to be an important asset for the company going forwards.“With media today being very heavily entertainment based, just think about the number of mobile devices that are out there,” he said, outlining a vision where people could consume entertainment seamlessly on the move and shifting from screen to screen as they enter their homes.MediaKind’s management team will include Gowton Achaibar as COO and head of R&D. Achaibar has strong mobility experience, said Ruiz.Mark Russell will serve as CTO.Bhikshesvaran, also with strong mobility experience, will head up marketing.Former Imagine Communications executive Misty Kawecki from Imagine will serve as CFO.Sales will be led by Ken Yap in South-East Asia, Alex Borland in EMEA, Clayton Cruz in Latin America and Steve Payn in North America. Svven Bolthausen will have the role of SVP, commercial management and sales support, and Heather Andrade-Neumann will be in charge of human resources.Bhikshesvaran said that MediaKind counts nine out of ten global telecom operators, cable operators and satellite operators and eight out of the top 10 media and broadcast companies, as customers.Companies acquired by Ericsson that have gone in to make up the new outfit include Tandberg Television, HyCGRoup, Fabrix, Microsoft Mediaroom, Envivio, Azuki and Aspex.MediaKind serves 18 million pay TV subscribers in 26 countries and supports media delivery to over one billion homes, dealing with three million video assets daily and 200 Petabytes of time-shifted storage.Bhikshesvaran said the company would look at adjacent markets to entertainment such as smart cities and the Internet of Things for growth.Ruiz said that city officials all over the world are interested in how video is going to help deliver the smart city and smart services of the future. “From our perspective, being media and video focused means being entertainment focused. But when you talk about where video is in 2025, the amount of video that will not be entertainment but will be about safety and security and city administration will be phenomenal,” he said.Platforms like Ericsson’s video storage and processing along with analytics will be central to delivering this, he said.On Ericsson’s own strategy, Ruiz said that there is an intersection between mobile and video and it makes sense for Ericsson to continue to hold a 49% stake. However, he said that when Ericsson’s new management started to look at the investments it had made in video, executives had been concerned about the fragmentation of the market, particularly in segments such as video compression and processing.He alluded to the fact that One Equity Partners has done a number of acquisitions, is a long-term investor, and suggested that it would be in a good place to drive this consolidation.Within its entertainment market, Ruiz said that MediaKind remained focused on MediaFirst, its flagship platform both for OTT TV and traditional pay TV.Borland meanwhile said that “OTT is a very big part of our future”, adding that MediaFirst would be “very focused on the OTT space going forwards”.Commenting on the rebrand, Paolo Pescatore, technology, media and telecoms analyst, said: “Finally, the unit can get on it with business. This represents a new start and it must deliver. No more second chances. Arguably, the unit should be well placed to exploit the opportunities in convergence underpinned by the growing demand of video usage. The equity firm can ensure a commercially minded focus, while it can still rely on Ericsson’s vast technical expertise and huge connections to thrive.“There will be obstacles that it still needs to overcome. In particular regaining trust among existing and new customers. The new brand and future plans will go some way to restore confidence and rebuild credibility with the burgeoning media and telco industries.”last_img read more

With guest host John DonvanFor several months th

first_imgWith guest host John Donvan.For several months, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was in limbo. Its budget expired and Congress took no action to reauthorize it. Then, relief came as part of the bill that ended the government shutdown last week.But the future of another vital health service remains uncertain. The more than 10,000 community health centers that treat low-income Americans have not seen a funding reauthorization.The centers, funded by the Affordable Care Act, retain bipartisan support, The Hill quotes Republican Senator Tom Cole saying “I certainly didn’t support Obamacare but I think one of the good provisions was the expansion of the community health centers … I think they’re a wonderful model. They’re a much cheaper way to deliver care to people that really need it. So, again, I think there is a commitment there to find a solution.”What will become of the centers where an estimated one in 13 Americans gets care?GUESTSJames Macrae, Associate Administrator, Bureau of Primary Health Care,Health Resources and Services Administration,U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesLeighton Ku, Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington UniversityDan Hawkins, Senior VP of Public Policy & Research,National Association of Community Health CentersKim Wagenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Cabarrus Rowan Community Health CentersFor more, visit https://the1a.org.© 2018 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio. Copyright 2018 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5.last_img read more

At my babys sixmonth appointment a few months ba

first_imgAt my baby’s six-month appointment a few months back, I got a one-pager from the pediatrician titled “Starting Solid Foods.””It is critical that the baby develop a taste for rice cereal at the beginning, to offset the loss of iron from formula or breast milk,” it reads.Sounds serious. Then come the all caps: “THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF FEEDING GIVE RICE CEREAL ONLY.” That is followed by advice to introduce pureed vegetables before fruits so the baby doesn’t develop a sweet tooth.I obediently went out and bought some sand-textured baby cereal. (Organic, of course.)”Oh no, we’re not doing that.” My spouse pointed me to a parenting book we had on the shelf. “There’s no need for cereals alone; they are bland and bulky and their iron benefits are overstated,” it reads. “The idea that you should introduce vegetables before fruits to avoid creating a sweet tooth is just an unfounded myth. A carrot has virtually the same amount of sugar as an apple.”Welcome to early parenthood’s barrage of contradictory advice. It tends to be detailed, with convincing internal logic. “Studies” are often invoked. And the stakes feel so high — like, if I do this wrong, will my baby be malnourished or end up a picky eater or not succeed in life somehow?Enter Brown University economics professor Emily Oster and her new book, Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth to Preschool. It’s the follow-up to her first book, Expecting Better, a deep look at the data behind pregnancy advice, which has a bit of a cult following. (I am in this cult.)In her new book, Oster ticks through big and small parenting dilemmas. She uses her training as an economist to look at the relevant research for each of them and to assess how much stock we should put in the findings.”What I do in the book is actually try to comb through these studies and figure out which of them are giving us the best information,” Oster says. “So then you can make these choices having the best information, not just the first thing that comes up when you Google it at 3 o’clock in the morning.”OK, so what about my solid-food dilemma? Yea or nay on rice cereal? Veggies first?”It turns out there isn’t any evidence to suggest that is a particularly important way to introduce foods or not,” she says. The answer to this one: You do you. Keep the food mushy, and don’t stress about it too much.This wasn’t my only point of confusion that this book cleared up, even though I’m nearly four years into parenthood. Here are a few of my personal takeaways.Nipple confusion is not a thing — you don’t need to wait three weeks after birth to give a pacifier or bottle. (This makes me feel better about giving my firstborn a pacifier on day two.)Baby milestones have a wide normal range, so don’t obsess. (Still vaguely worried that by nine months my baby should be clapping.)Breastfeeding does not help mom lose weight. (Crushed.)A lot of the other takeaways are kind of nuanced. They don’t give you a clear-cut answer, so much as information to help you make your own decision. One reason for that is designing a good study of the risks and benefits of a parenting decision is really hard. Take, for example, Chapter 4: “Breast Is Best? Breast Is Better? Breast Is About the Same?” Oster provides a path through the maze of conflicting advice by sifting out the convincing studies from the questionable ones.”Most of the studies on this are done by comparing the kids whose moms breastfeed to the kids whose moms don’t,” Oster says. “The issue with that is that the kind of moms who breastfeed are different than the moms who don’t, on average. So, in the U.S. in particular, moms who breastfeed tend to be better educated, higher income, more likely to be married.”(It’s unclear why that demographic breastfeeds more, Oster says, but the timing for the trend is connected to the public health push away from formula that began in the 1970s.) Now, let’s say you want to find out the impact of breastfeeding — and not of these demographic differences — on things like IQ and obesity.”When we narrow in on some studies that are better — like, for example, studies that compare siblings, where one sibling is breastfed and one sibling is not — those studies do not show the same kinds of impacts on long-term things like obesity or IQ,” Oster says.For the record, she found that there are some health benefits to breastfeeding, but they’re more limited than the hype. If it works for you and your family, Oster concludes, great; if not, formula is a good option.So, even if you’ve made a decision about how to introduce solids and whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed, there are so many other ones to make! What about baby nap schedules, how to potty train or the financial impact of choosing a nanny versus day care versus staying at home?As an economist, Oster advocates for taking some of the angst out of it. When making a parenting decision, she says, “Step one is to kind of really figure out what the best evidence says about the choice.” Look for randomized studies and big sample sizes.”But then there’s a really important second step, which is to combine that with what is going to work for your family,” she says.For instance, when she first brought her baby daughter home, she knew the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleep in your room, ideally for the whole first year, as part of its safe infant sleeping environment guidance.”My husband did one day with our older daughter, and he was like, ‘I can’t believe it’s making those noises.’ He just couldn’t do it. He wouldn’t sleep,” she says. Room sharing for a full year was just not workable for her family.With Cribsheet, Oster is trying to make parents less confused, more confident in their choices and less judgmental of other parents who make different choices. Reading the book makes that feel surprisingly achievable. Laying out the research really strips these decisions of their drama, and you end up wondering why it all felt so overwhelming in the first place.When the time came to break out the solid foods with my baby, we did mashed sweet potato. A few months into it, emboldened by Oster’s book, we’ve gotten adventurous: This weekend at our Seder, baby even had a bit of brisket smushed up with horseradish. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Snapchat Introduces a Group Video Call Feature

first_img April 6, 2018 1 min read Next Article Plus, 82Labs raises $8 million, and a self-care startup raises $5 million. –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Snapchat introduced a new video group chat feature. This new addition will let you chat with 16 of your closest friends and do a voice call with up to 32 people. Getting started is simple. You tap the video icon in the group chat or start a call with a few people and then invite new friends to join.The hangover recovery drink from 82Labs has raised $8 million. This special morning-after recovery drink has vitamins, electrolytes and an herbal medicine called DHM that apparently makes your hangover magically go away. The new funding is from Altos Ventures, Slow Ventures, Strong Ventures and Thunder Road Capital.A self-care startup called Shine raised $5 million in series A funding. Shine is a free service that sends you a daily text to help you thrive. It sends quotes, research-backed articles and actionable advice to help you start your morning off right. Shine has 2 million active users to date. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »center_img News and Trends Snapchat Introduces a Group Video Call Feature VIP Contributor Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Venturer Snap Introduces A Group Video Call FeaturePlus, 82Labs raises $8 million dollars, and a self-care startup raises $5million dollars!last_img read more

Twitter Retweets Can Now Contain Photos Videos GIFs

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Twitter Retweets Can Now Contain Photos, Videos, GIFs New Twitter features roll out at a snail’s pace, with the memorable big changes being the increase in character limit and the switch from stars to hearts. This week we got a smaller, but still significant change to retweets. It’s now possible to retweet with a photo, video, or GIF attached.As The Verge reports, retweeting until now has been limited to two options: a simple retweet of the original tweet, or you could retweet with a comment. It’s that second option which is being expanded to allow the inclusion of media. So clicking “Retweet with comment” will now allow you to embed a photo, a video, or a GIF.For now, the retweet tweak is limited to Twitter on Android, iOS, or the Twitter mobile website. Desktop users don’t have access to it yet and these new media-rich retweets will look a little strange on desktop until that’s fixed. Even so, it’s sure to be a welcome update by users who’d rather not be limited to text when sharing someone else’s tweet with their followers.From Twitter’s point of view, the change proved quite challenging because it was difficult to get the layout right without things looking confusing. Stacking media can make the stream of information look muddled, so Twitter needed it to be very clear how the media was linked between the two tweets. This was achieved by placing the original tweet in a smaller box below the retweet, but also indented from it. That way the retweet looks more prominent, but it’s visually quite clear it’s a response to the indented tweet below.Retweeting with media is already being used and some major brands are taking full advantage, including Game of Thrones. It’s one of those features that will soon become a natural part of retweets and we’ll all forget how limited retweeting used to be. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Senior Editor Next Article center_img It’s a relatively small change for users, but apparently a really challenging new feature for Twitter to implement and get right. May 7, 2019 Twitter 2 min read Apply Now » Matthew Humphries –shareslast_img read more

Dealing With Internal Security Threats

first_img May 6, 2003 –shares Technology Next Article Add to Queue 4 min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s often the internal, not external, threats that pose the greatest risk to your network. Are you prepared for the worst? Dealing With Internal Security Threats Q: How easily could a nontechnical internal employee hack my company’s network?A: With all the recent press regarding the sharp rise in Internet-based external threats, is it any wonder that internal threats continue to be overlooked? Many companies today continue to focus the majority of their budgets and effort on “external” penetration and denial of service (DOS) risks. Regardless of the source, you will consistently find that internal security breaches continue to lead to external breaches by a significant majority. In fact, the risk of internal attacks is very likely to rise in the coming year due to the growth, sophistication and ease of use of hacking tools available online.For years, security professionals have commonly communicated the vulnerabilities of operating systems and network services–such as Web, e-mail, ftp and telnet–to the public in many forms. In order for would-be hackers or disgruntled employees to take advantage of these published vulnerabilities, they’d have to create application code or scripts after studying the notes of a select group of experts who originally discovered and documented the vulnerability. Taking advantage of these security holes would require a level of knowledge beyond that of many common IT administrators and the majority of nontechnical individuals. Hence, the most common threats from nontechnical internal employees have mostly been limited to a matter of improperly managed permissions, weak authentication and other administrative-level issues.Over the past year, the number of precoded exploit applications has been on the rise. The more sophisticated hackers are now writing and publishing applications that nontechnical individuals can use on UNIX or Windows PCs. These exploit applications can scan internal networks for vulnerable servers and then perform a specific exploit against the selected target.The most common type of attack used by these new applications is DOS attacks that crash production servers with little or no way to track the source of the problem. Crashing a server is a significant issue since it not only affects productivity, but can also corrupt data, causing integrity issues. The need is apparent for constant attention to security patches and fixes as well as internal auditing and/or intrusion detection systems.Internal auditing is one critical aspect of a security plan that can reduce the risk associated with these new attack tools. However, many internal-auditing projects, if they are being done at all, focus on high-level policy issues like weak passwords, directory and file permissions, and disaster-recovery procedures. Often, it is only the external audits that commonly test for the actual operating system and network service vulnerabilities being exploited by this new age of hacking tools. It is vital that the IT managers evaluating security-auditing vendors be sure that internal-auditing vendors provide a comprehensive analysis of the operating system and application vulnerabilities. Without this analysis, these new risks to business continuance and data integrity may go undetected until they directly affect the bottom line.Many managers assume that nontechnical employees do not pose a significant risk to business continuance from an information security standpoint. Unfortunately, because of the easy access to more sophisticated exploit tools, that assumption is costing business today in terms of service outages and lost revenue. Know your risks and remediation requirements by performing an internal audit before your company becomes the next victim.Michael Bruck is the founding partner of BAI Security, an 8-year-old information security consulting firm. Bruck leads his security team with a successful 16-year background in IT management and senior engineering positions. He is also the developer and author of best practices that are becoming standards in the information security consulting business. He can be reached via www.baisecurity.netor by e-mail at mbruck@baisecurity.net.The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton on Why Failure Should Not Hold You Back

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Hillary Clinton on Why Failure Should Not Hold You Back 2 min read November 9, 2016 Nina Zipkin Add to Queue Image credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan Next Article Goalscenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares The Democratic candidate provided valuable advice in her concession speech. In a graceful concession speech in New York City on Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her historic campaign to a close with some valuable advice about how to contend with failures and setbacks in the course of your career.After thanking her family, her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, her campaign staff and volunteers across the country, Clinton reflected on what she had learned in her decades of service.Related: 5 Ways to Get Going Again After You’ve Survived a Setback”I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones,” she said. “Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”Clinton also encouraged unity.Related: Why True Entrepreneurs View Setbacks As Opportunities”I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future,” she said. “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”She wrapped up her speech emphasizing the importance of continuing to work hard, pursue every dream and opportunity and have the strength and courage of your convictions.No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, that’s advice we can all take to heart. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Study uncovers new biomarker for personalized cancer treatments

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019Cancer cells are characterized by the ability to evade apoptosis, a type of programmed cell death that allows the organism to remove damaged cells. Many studies devoted to new chemotherapy treatments aim to induce apoptosis and thus remove cancer cells or reduce the size of the tumor. Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) have demonstrated that the protein TP53INP2 plays an important role in the induction of cell death. This finding could be relevant in the treatment of certain types of cancer.”We observed that when cells have high levels of TP53INP2, apoptosis is accelerated when specific receptors on the cell membrane are activated. In contrast, the cells that did not express this protein were more resistant to apoptosis,” comments Antonio Zorzano, head of the Complex Metabolic Disease and Mitochondria Lab at IRB Barcelona.Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskPublished in EMBO Journal, this study describes how this protein increases the efficacy of certain chemotherapy treatments, such as TRAIL. “We demonstrate that TP53INP2 makes cancer cells more sensitive to death signals, including TRAIL,” explains Saška Ivanova, postdoctoral fellow at IRB Barcelona and first author of the study.TRAIL holds great promise for the treatment of cancer because it can selectively induce the death of cancer cells. Since its discovery in 1995, many clinical assays have been devoted to this drug. However, not all patients with cancer respond to this treatment. Researchers at IRB Barcelona have confirmed the relation between high levels of TP53INP2 and an enhanced response of liver and breast cancer cells to TRAIL.One of the issues regarding TRAIL is the need to identify patients likely to respond to this treatment, as TRAIL can enhance tumor progression in some types of cancer. “We propose the protein TP53INP2 as a potential marker to identify patients that could benefit from treatment with TRAIL,” explains Zorzano, full professor at the University of Barcelona and CIBERDEM researcher.Personalized medicine, an approach that allows treatment to be adapted to the characteristics of each patient, emerges as one of the health care strategies with most potential. Knowledge of the type of cancer and selection of the most efficient treatment in each case will increase patient survival. However, biomarkers are needed. In this regard, this study offers a new approach to support physicians in the selection of personalized treatments.”We are now extending the study to other types of cancer, such as lung cancer, to confirm whether TP53INP2 also improves the response to treatment with TRAIL,” adds Ivanova. Source:https://www.irbbarcelona.org/en/news/researchers-identify-a-new-biomarker-for-personalised-treatments-against-cancerlast_img read more

How the Russian government used disinformation and cyber warfare in 2016 election

first_imgThe Soviet Union and now Russia under Vladimir Putin have waged a political power struggle against the West for nearly a century. Spreading false and distorted information – called “dezinformatsiya” after the Russian word for “disinformation” – is an age-old strategy for coordinated and sustained influence campaigns that have interrupted the possibility of level-headed political discourse. Emerging reports that Russian hackers targeted a Democratic senator’s 2018 reelection campaign suggest that what happened in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election may be set to recur. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: How the Russian government used disinformation and cyber warfare in 2016 election – an ethical hacker explains (2018, July 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-russian-disinformation-cyber-warfare-election.html This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As an ethical hacker, security researcher and data analyst, I have seen firsthand how disinformation is becoming the new focus of cyberattacks. In a recent talk, I suggested that cyberwarfare is no longer just about the technical details of computer ports and protocols. Rather, disinformation and social media are rapidly becoming the best hacking tools. With social media, anyone – even Russian intelligence officers and professional trolls – can widely publish misleading content. As legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick put it, “it’s easier to manipulate people rather than technology.”Two sets of federal indictments – one in February and another in July – allege in detail how a private company linked to Putin and the Russian military itself worked to polarize American political discourse and sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Cybersecurity experts in the U.S. knew that the Russian intelligence agencies were conducting these acts of information warfare and cyberwarfare, but I doubt they had any idea how comprehensive and integrated they were – until now.Russia’s propaganda machine duped American votersThe operation was complex. What is publicly known now is perhaps most easily understood in two pieces, the subjects of separate federal indictments. First, a billionaire Russian businessman and Putin associate allegedly assembled a network of troll factories: private Russian companies engaging in a massive disinformation campaign. Their employees posed as Americans, created racially and politically divisive social media groups and pages, and developed fake news articles and commentary to build political animosity within the American public. Second, the Russian military intelligence agency, known by its Russian acronym as the GRU, allegedly used coordinated hacking to target more than 500 people and institutions in the United States. The Russian hackers downloaded potentially damaging information and released it to the public via WikiLeaks and under various aliases including “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0.”Online trolls manipulated your opinionsThe people involved did not fit the stereotypical picture of internet trolls. One leading Russian troll factory was a company called the Internet Research Agency, reportedly with all the trappings of a real corporation, including a graphics department to create incendiary images, a foreign department dedicated to following political discourse in other countries and an IT department to make sure trolls had reliable computers and internet connections. Employees, mostly 18 to 20 years old, were paid as much as US$2,100 a month for creating fake social media accounts and blogs to distribute disinformation to Americans.They were employed to take advantage of deepening political polarization in the U.S. The Russians saw this as an opportunity to stir up conflict – like poking a stick into a beehive. These trolls were instructed to stir up racial tensions, stage “flash mobs” and organize activist campaigns – sometimes announcing events for opposing groups at the same times and locations. One ex-troll told a Russian independent TV network that his job included writing incendiary comments and creating fake posts on political forums: “The way you chose to stir up the situation, whether it was commenting [on] the news section or on political forums, it didn’t really matter.” In 2015, well before the 2016 election, the troll-factory network had more than 800 people doing this kind of work, producing propaganda videos, infographics, memes, reports, news, interviews and various analytical materials to persuade the public.America never stood a chance. Outside forces pushed the American people farther apart. Credit: Delpixel/Shutterstock.com Provided by The Conversation Explore further An interview with an ex-Russian troll. Focusing on social mediaIt’s no surprise that these Russian trolls spent most of their time on Facebook and Instagram: Two-thirds of Americans get at least some news on social media. The trolls spread out across both platforms, seeking to encourage conflict on any topic that was getting a lot of attention: immigration, religion, the Black Lives Matter movement and other hot-button issues. When describing how he managed all of the fake social media accounts, the ex-troll said: “First, you gotta be a redneck from Kentucky, then you need to be a white guy from Minnesota, you’ve slaved away all your life and paid your taxes, and then 15 minutes later you are from New York posting in some Black slang.”Then, the indictments reveal, the GRU entered this increasingly fraught online political discourse.The GRU joins inLike another significant political scandal, the GRU effort allegedly started with a break-in to Democratic National Committee records – but this time it was a digital burglary. It wasn’t particularly sophisticated, either, using two common hacking techniques, spearphishing and malicious software.As the July indictment details, starting in March 2016, Russian military operatives sent a series of fake emails, disguised to look real, to more than 300 people associated with Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. One of the targets was Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who fell for the scheme and unwittingly handed over more than 50,000 emails to the Russians.Around the same time, the Russian hackers allegedly began searching for technical vulnerabilities in the Democratic organizations’ computer networks. They used techniques and specialized malicious software that Russians had used in other hacking efforts, including against the German Parliament and the French television network TV5 Monde. By April 2016, the hackers had gained access to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee systems, exploring servers and secretly extracting sensitive data. They located a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee staffer who also had privileges in the Democratic National Committee systems, and thereby got into the Democratic National Committee networks too, extracting more information. When the Democratic National Committee realized there was unusual data traffic in its systems, the group hired a private cybersecurity firm, which in June 2016 publicly announced that its investigation had concluded that Russia was behind the hacking. At that point, the Russians allegedly tried to delete traces of their presence on the networks. But they kept all the data they had stolen.Opposing Hillary ClintonAs early as April 2016, the GRU was allegedly trying to use the Democrats’ confidential documents and email messages to stir up political trouble in the U.S. There is evidence that the Russian government, or people acting on its behalf, offered key people in the Trump campaign damaging information on Clinton.In July 2016, the indictments say, the GRU began releasing many of the Democrats’ documents and email messages, mainly through WikiLeaks, an internet site dedicated to anonymous publishing of secret information. All of this effort was, according to the indictments, set up to undermine Hillary Clinton in the eyes of the American public. Putin definitely wanted Trump to win – as the Russian president himself acknowledged while standing next to Trump in Helsinki in July. And the trolls were instructed to go after her savagely: A former Russian troll said, “Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich.”The indictments describe in detail how information warfare and cyberwarfare were used as political tools to advance the interests of people in Russia. Something similar may be set to happen in 2018, too. Facebook says Kremlin-linked ads ready for public view, but House hasn’t released themlast_img read more

Renegade White Dwarf Survived a Supernova Now Its Warping the Little Dipper

first_img 15 Amazing Images of Stars There’s a rebellious, half-dead star in the Little Dipper that’s hellbent on escaping our galaxy — and now, astronomers have an idea why. The star, a small white dwarf that’s moving incredibly fast toward the edge of the galaxy, may be one of just a handful of known white dwarfs that exploded in supernovas and lived to tell the tale, according to a study published June 21 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Academic Astronomical Society. The study authors said this unusual star, named LP 40−365, is a “partly burnt runaway remnant,” suggesting that a peculiar, weaker-than-average supernova rendered the star much smaller, faster and toastier than a typical white dwarf. Strange as it appears, this stellar oddity may not be alone; using data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope, the study authors also found three additional stars in other parts of the galaxy with properties and trajectories similar to LP 40-365’s.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65914-partly-burnt-remnants-survive-supernova.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The researchers said these four oddball stars may represent a newfound type of fate for white dwarfs that run out of fuel and explode — a fate that leaves them charred, shrunken and streaking across the galaxy at incredible velocities, but still largely intact. These partly burnt dwarfs “form a distinct class of chemically peculiar runaway stars,” the study authors wrote, and the objects could shed their own weird form of light on the complex factors that cause stars to explode in the first place. A modest thermonuclear explosion When a large star exhausts all of its nuclear fuel, it may shed its outer layers of matter and shrink into a hot, shriveled husk called a white dwarf. Eventually, as gravity continues compacting that dying star core, the star may collapse, explode in a supernova, and leave behind an ultradense neutron star or black hole. The authors of the new study said stars like LP 40−365 represent a third possible fate for exploded dwarfs. To meet this fate, the white dwarf must explode in a peculiar, theoretical sort of explosion called a type Iax supernova. Essentially, previous studies have argued, these are smaller-than-average supernovas capable of ripping away some of a white dwarf’s matter while leaving its core largely intact. In addition to blowing away a bunch of the afflicted star’s mass, a type Iax supernova may kick that star out of its orbit — possibly sending the star flying so fast that it is no longer bound by the gravitational pull of its home galaxy. Stars like LP 40−365 will almost assuredly escape into intergalactic space in time, the authors wrote, and satellite images already show this happening. (Take a look at these two images of LP 40−365, taken in 1955 and 1995, to see how its escape is already warping the shape of the Little Dipper.) It’s not unusual for a renegade star to get punted across the universe after, say, its binary partner explodes or gets sucked into a black hole. But it’s quite another matter for an old star to collapse into a white dwarf, explode in a supernova and then keep on smoldering as an even-smaller white dwarf. Besides their impressive speed (they move at hundreds of miles per second), partly burnt remnants are also unusual for their size; they are much smaller than a typical white dwarf, having lost much of their mass in the supernova. They also retain clear traces of past supernovae in their atmospheres, which are rich in ash and heavy elements but lacking in light elements like hydrogen and helium, which may have burnt away. The researchers said they are optimistic that, by looking for these telltale features, the Gaia satellite could detect as many as 20 additional partly burnt stellar remnants before the instrument’s mission ends in 2022. That could provide enough evidence to prove that some stars have what it takes to survive a supernova explosion, even if the experience leaves them eager to find a new galactic home. 9 Strange Excuses for Why We Haven’t Met Aliens Yet Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoairdogusa.comThe World’s Best Washable Air Purifierairdogusa.comUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo The 12 Strangest Objects in the Universelast_img read more

Strike over Article 35A cripples life for second day

first_img Supreme Court adjourns hearing on pleas challenging Article 35 A SHARE SHARE EMAIL Members of the Kashmir Traders’ Association hold placards during a protest march against petitions filed in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of Article 35A, in Srinagar on Sunday. A strike has been called in the Valley in support of Article 35A that gives special powers to the state legislature.   –  THE HINDU SHARE Published on strike August 06, 2018 RELATED Life in Kashmir remained severely affected for the second consecutive day today due to a complete shut-down called by separatists against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A.The two-day strike called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) — comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik — comes as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a PIL challenging the validity of Article 35A later in the day.Article 35A, incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, confers special status to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.Educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained closed across the Valley, while all kinds of transport remained off the roads due to the strike.The state government has filed an application before the registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it was going to seek adjournment of the hearing in view of the “ongoing preparations” for the upcoming panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state.Officials said security forces had been deployed at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir to maintain law and order. The situation across the valley is peaceful, with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far today, the officials said.Stone-pelting incidents were reported from some places yesterday, with six people getting injured in Kulgam district in a clash between protesters and security forces. Various organisations, including the state bar association, transporters and traders’ bodies have extended support to the shut-down call.Protests have been held across the length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days, with mainstream parties such as the National Conference and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) also holding rallies in support of continuing Article 35A. laws COMMENTS COMMENT Jammu and Kashmirlast_img read more

Five things to watch out for on December 26 2018

first_imgstrike Published on banking air pollution COMMENT COMMENTS The cricket Test match between Australia and India will take place on Wednesday Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The match will see Rohit Sharma, who would be returning after an injury, and Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order. Mayank will be making his Test debut at the MCG with the four-match series level at 1-1.Close to 1 million employees of various banks, including private lenders, have called for a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest against the proposed amalgamation of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank with Bank of Baroda. The strike call comes on the heels of an officers union of state-run banks observing a day-long strike last Friday on similar grounds along with the demand for immediate settlement of the wage negotiations.Flipkart’s Mobiles Bonanza sale will start on Wednesday and will go on till Saturday, December 29. It will offers buyers discounts on numerous smartphones for one last time before the year ends. The list includes the Realme 2 Pro, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Honor 9N and the Nokia 5.1 Plus.A special court in the United Kingdom (UK) will pronounce its order on Wednesday regarding an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking declaration of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya as a “fugitive economic offender” and confiscation of his properties. Mallya is currently facing charges of financial irregularities.Factories located in the main industrial of the Delhi-NCR region will remain closed on Wednesday as per the recommendations received by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority from the Central Pollution Control Board Task force. The decision came amidst deteriorating air quality in Delhi and the surrounding regions. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Vijay Mallya. File photo   –  File photo December 26, 2018 SHARE cricket Flipkartlast_img read more

SC grants bail to 4 convicts in 2002 Naroda Patiya caseSC grants

first_imgSHARE January 23, 2019 COMMENTS Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The Supreme Court has granted bail to four convicts in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in Gujarat in which 97 people were killed by a mob during the 2002 riots in the State.A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar on Tuesday granted bail to the four convicts — Umeshbhai Surabhai Bharwad, Rajkumar, Padmendrasinh Jaswantsinh Rajput and Harshad alias Mungda Jila Govind Chhara Parmar. The Gujarat High Court had on April 20 last year upheld the conviction of 12 out of the 29 accused who were pronounced guilty on various charges by the trial court and had acquitted 17 others, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani.The rioting had taken place on February 28, 2002, in the Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad where a mob had killed 97 people, most of them from a minority community.The massacre had taken place a day after the torching of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra, which had triggered State-wide riots. last_img read more

MoF RM925mil of funds related to 1MDB has been returned

first_img Related News KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM925.1 million of 1MDB-related money has been returned to the government to-date, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.In a statement today, he said the funds recovered were in various currencies of different denominations.Lim said RM805.8 million of the funds were returned from the United States, of which RM567.8 million were from the Park Lane Hotel, Manhattan and RM238 million from Red Granite Pictures.He added that RM92.3 million of the funds recovered were from Singapore and RM27 million were recovered locally, of which RM6.1 million were from the 1MDB Foundation and RM20.9 million from the company itself. Business News 11 Jul 2019 US investigating Deutsche Bank’s dealings with Malaysian fund 1MDB {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: Nation 07 May 2019 AG: RM236.5mil returned so far to Malaysia in 1MDB recoverycenter_img “This is the result of the efforts made by the authorities, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the cooperation with foreign authorities.“Efforts to recover the funds will continue to repay 1MDB’s debts amounting to RM51 billion,” he said, adding that the amount included future interest payments guaranteed by the Federal government. – Bernama 1MDB , 1MDB World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. Attorney General Barr won’t recuse himself from New York case against Epstein-official Related Newslast_img read more

Former France great Giresse survives coup manhunt in coaching career

first_imgAlongside Luis Fernandez, Jean Tigana and Michel Platini, Giresse was part of the most eye-catching midfields France has ever had. He is often remembered for his goal in the epic World Cup semi-final against West Germany in 1982 and a celebration that is etched into the competition’s history. His coaching career began with two stints at Toulouse, winning promotion to the first division each time. He then spent two years with the Georgia national team before moving to Africa.POLICE PROTECTIONThe first stop was Gabon where he nearly quit following a furious reaction to a loss against Cameroon. “I experienced the anger of the public. I don’t feel safe. We’ve been threatened,” he said at the time. “Police had to ensure our exit from the stadium and I was the first one targeted.” Yet, he was persuaded to stay on and helped them qualify for Afcon in 2010 after missing four consecutive editions.Two years later, he led Mali to an impressive third place but shortly afterwards found himself in Bamako during a coup and was holed up for several days before he was able to leave for France.But it was contract terms that prompted him to resign. “It impeded my independence,” he said. “I had to give a list of players for approval and the medical staff was no longer under my direction.”He was back at the Afcon with Senegal three years later but a group stage exit left Giresse fearing more violence — this time from the media.”They went beyond the limits of decency,” he said. “It was of such verbal violence, and it could have spilled over into physical violence. They almost threw themselves on me at the end of the press conference. It was a man-hunt.”He returned with Mali in 2017 but they went out in the group stage.This time, his Tunisia side produced lacklustre performances as they drew their three group games before beating Ghana on penalties in the round of sixteen, helped by an inspired move from Giresse.The coach brought on reserve goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha just for the shootout and the substitute saved a spot kick to send his side through.They finally won a match inside 90 minutes on Thursday by beating Madagascar 3-0, the first time that a Giresse-coached side has scored three goals in a match at the finals.”Now, we are the stage of the competition that Tunisia has waited for many years,” said Giresse. “It was our objective, now we have to go as far as possible.””We want to finish this competition in style.” (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} CAIRO (Reuters) – As a player, Alain Giresse was part of a midfield known as the Magic Square that lifted France to some memorable performances during the 1980s, which included winning the European championship.His coaching career has also been remarkable — though not quite in the way such a great player might have expected. In the last 15 years of working around Africa, the 66-year-old Tunisia coach, who is at his fifth Africa Cup of Nations finals, has been caught up in a coup, needed police protection and suffered what he described as a manhunt.But, after all that, he finds himself within touching distance of a major title, with his side having reached the semi-finals where they meet Senegal on Sunday. Related News Football 09 Jul 2019 Tunisia take last place in the Cup of Nations quarter-finalscenter_img Football 29 Jun 2019 Tunisia hit back to draw after Mali score direct from corner Football 09 Jul 2019 Zaha sends Ivory Coast into last eight as Mali fluff their lines Related Newslast_img read more