UNbacked Cambodia genocide tribunal begins fitness hearing for accused

The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago began its fitness hearing today into the health of two of the ageing defendants currently on trial. Nuon Chea, 84, and Ieng Thirith, 79, are among four most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge facing charges before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), sitting in Phnom Penh. They are accused of genocide, murder, torture, religious persecution and other war crimes and crimes against humanity over their alleged actions when the Khmer Rouge was in power between April 1975 and January 1979. Professor John Campbell, a specialist geriatrician from New Zealand, was in court today at the start of the three-day hearing aimed at determining whether the accused will be well enough to stand trial. In his assessment, Mr. Campbell found Ieng Thirith, a former social affairs minister under the Khmer Rouge, “cognitively impaired” which compromised her rights to a fair trial. He also explained that Nuon Chea was unable to sit for long periods, but that he was otherwise fit to stand trial and did not suffer from cognitive or memory problems. Mr. Nuon, known as “Brother Number Two” under the Khmer Rouge, acted as chief policy architect of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, controlled the country’s internal security apparatus and rendered support for the regime’s policies of forcible relocation, enslavement and other inhumane acts. They are on trial along with Ieng Thirith’s husband, Ieng Sary, an 84-year-old former history professor who served as foreign minister and deputy prime minister under the Khmer Rouge, and Khieu Samphan, 79, who served as head of State of Democratic Kampuchea. He took over from Pol Pot when he retired as the official head of the Khmer Rouge in 1987. Under their alleged leadership, at least 1.7 million people are believed to have died from torture, starvation and execution, the ECCC said in a news release. The Trial Chamber held an initial hearing of the trial in late June and is expected to begin substantial hearing to examine evidence and witnesses by early next year. More than 800 people came to the Court to observe the fitness hearings today, many of them high school and college students. The ECCC was set up in 2006 and the UN provides assistance through the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) and participates in the operations of the tribunal. 29 August 2011The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago began its fitness hearing today into the health of two of the ageing defendants currently on trial. read more

The Latest Slow progress in talks as GM strike in 3rd day

DETROIT — The Latest on the United Auto Workers union’s strike that has crippled U.S. production at General Motors (all times local):8 a.m.Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day.Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and new work for plants slated to close worked until early evening Tuesday and are scheduled to resume bargaining early Wednesday.UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the talks were moving slowly but progressing.More than 49,000 workers walked off their jobs on Monday in a dispute over the union’s quest to get a bigger share of GM’s profits and the company’s goal of cutting labour costs so they’re closer to those at U.S. auto plants run by foreign companies.Health care costs and giving temporary workers a clear path to permanent jobs were two major sticking points in talks toward a new four-year contract.____The Associated Press read more

Paralympic gold medalist shares tearful video of being left stranded on train

A Paralympic gold medalist was left in tears on a South Western Railway train after the guard failed to provide a ramp so she could leave in her wheelchair.Sophie Christiansen filmed her ordeal and posted it on Twitter. The video shows a fellow commuter holding the train doors open for her as she waited for someone to let her off the train.Eventually, a guard came and brought her a ramp. She said: “I went home and I cried. It finally hit me that society is just not going to change to make services truly accessible. I will have to accept discrimination all my life.”The champion horserider, who was travelling from London to Godalming, said she had made the train company aware she would need a ramp to get off when she arrived at her destination.She told the BBC: “It’s always the general public helping me; I don’t know what I’d do without them.”Without the help I probably would’ve ended up in Portsmouth at the end of the line because there is no real way for me to block the door to stop the train from moving.”Ms Christiansen has been campaigning for some time for trains to have automated ramps so disabled people can disembark. The train company said it was investigating the incident “as a priority” and it was reviewing the process “to make sure this doesn’t happen again”.Rail Delivery Group, which represents UK train operators, said it was working to bring “thousands of new, more accessible carriages on track and speeding up the process for passengers booking assistance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Buy This Comic CROWDED 1

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they’ll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign’s 30 days—or their lives—are over.”CROWDED #1(W): Christopher Sebela (P): Ro Stein (I): Ted Brandt (C): Triona Farrell (L): Cardinal RaeWe spend our life day to day with apps. Now, it’s easy to get any job associated with those apps. We become more accessible as we look for jobs driving, dogsitting, babysitting and more. It’s becoming readily available. You can do more in multiple positions and get fast cash while still maintaining a bit of comfortable living. Crowded #1 seems to be the downside of all of this. This new Image series is something unique and unconventional. It mixes the downside of apps with the down and deadly side of crowdfunding. In this vast life, we allow technology to take over our lives and the consequences that come with them.via Image ComicsIs there a story that Christopher Sebela can’t write? Honestly, who allowed him to be this good? Crowded is another phenomenal comic that readers will be able to add to their Sebela bibliography. Crowded #1 delivers a unique and unconventionally narrative that Sebela is so damn good at. He’s a master craftsman of creating worlds that are relatable. However, he spins it all the way around to deliver something we’ve never seen before. With Crowded #1, he takes the futuristic side of crowdfunding and job apps, taking it up a notch with assassins and murder. He spins it and creates a quirky and fun narrative. All of it driven by an unlikely and suspect situation mixed with a fantastical comedic situation, and you’ll love every gigabit of it ever.Something that strikes you immediately about this story is the characters, especially our main two Charlie, the hunted and Vita, the protector. These two are a mess in themselves. If this were a different situation, you wouldn’t put these two in a room together. They could not be more opposite, but that’s something that works brilliantly within the story and makes it unbelievably fascinating to read. Sebela bounces them off of each other, containing and combining them in an impossible scenario with chemistry like no other. They don’t trust each other and hardly know each other. It’s like they’re put in this scenario to understand each other for better or worse. Characters are something that Sebela excels in including his worldbuilding and with Crowded #1, both of his skill sets come together to create a something out of this world.via Image ComicsRo Stein and Ted Brandt are magic together. The two of them could not be in more in sync with the visuals they bring to these pages. Ro Stein takes over pencils, and I am in love with their art. It’s zany, kooky, offbeat, fast-paced and brilliant. Stein drips this it in details with their art, exaggerating details almost styled in the way of FLCL (Fooly Cooly). With Stein’s art, it feels like Brandt’s inks are what’s stopping it from completely flying off the page. Brandt is low-key one of my favorite inkers because he inks down to the very last detail and leaves nothing undone. In that, Brandt brings Stein’s pencils to the front, allowing the work to be a showcase in itself. It’s a rarity when two people come into a comic and create something that feels so naturally them.For the both of them, something that stands out for the visuals themselves are the character designs. I’m an absolute sucker for good character design, and Vita and Charlie could not be more opposite both character-wise, but also visually. White and back, pink and yellow, tall and short, it’s the opposite in every way possible. The way they carry themselves also bring another tremendous visual element that Stein and Brandt bring to the comic. This is also where that brilliant FLCL element comes back into play. From the facial expressions, the clothes, the movements, and more, every panel is something different for the characters. Stein and Brandt craft that world for Sebela, giving readers a peek into their creative hive. However, Triona Farrell also plays a vital role in what brings this comic into greatness with her colors.via Image ComicsI don’t get to say the words “muted neon explosion” together a lot. I’d like to say it for Triona Farrell’s colors in Crowded #1. Farrell’s colors allow the mood of this comic to be high octane and as eccentric and wacky as it needs to be. She gives such an enthusiastic and dangerous mood to her colors. This allows you to get even more excited about each of the panels as you brace yourself for what happens next. Farrell enhances what Stein and Brandt give in their pencils and inks. She’s fantastic with the colors she brings to the forefront while also illuminating the right kind of lighting sources. She lets almost every color to explode on these pages in one way or another.via Image ComicsCardinal Rae’s letters have so much personality within them, and it’s the last piece of this creative puzzle that honestly brings this thing together in such a cohesive and killer way. Rae places in a way that lets both of the characters personalities shine with their lettering. Not only by placing them with their colors (which is a very nice touch), but also placing in a way where you can dishing the different voice-overs. Rae also places where they let the art shine through and places for the comedic timing of the facial expressions and actions in the panels to Sebela’s script.Crowded #1 almost becomes like a character study in two completely different personalities brought together by cruel fate and it’s off to a hell of a good start. Crowded #1 is a wind-up of a ride that won’t stop now that it’s started. We’re along for the risks and rewards with these two characters and hope they can make it out of this alive, or without killing each other first. Crowded #1 is now available on ComiXology and your local comic shop.8/15/2018 Releases – In addition to CROWDED #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Best of Archie Americana: Bronze Age by Archie Superstars (W), Archie Superstars (A) Archie ComicsBettie Page Vol. 2: Model Agent by David Avallone (W), Esau Figueroa, Matt Gaudio (A), DynamiteBeverly by Nick Drnaso (W/A) Drawn & QuarterlyThe Weatherman #3 by Jody LeHeup (W), Nathan Fox (A), Nathan Fox, Marcos Martin (CA) Image ComicsSanpaku by Kate Gavino (W/A/CA) – BOOM! – ArchaiaLuke Cage #1 by Anthony Del Col (W), Jahnoy Lindsay (A), Declan Shalvey (CA)Ice Cream Man #6 by W. Maxwell Prince (W) Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C) Image ComicsExtermination #1 by Ed Brisson (W), Pepe Larraz (A), Mark Brooks (CA) Marvel ComicsLooking for more amazing books this week? Check out our roundup of all the best variant covers to add to your pull list here.center_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more


Pulisic talks about whats next for him

first_imgThe new Chelsea signing talked for the first time to the team’s official website and explained what’s next before he gets transferred.In one of January’s biggest transfer market surprise, Christian Pulisic will leave Borussia Dortmund and join Chelsea in the summer.And the American footballer has talked for the first time with the team’s official website about what the next months mean for him.“I’ve always appreciated how they’ve [Chelsea have] played football, and it’s really nice how they play now, with their new coach. It fits me very well,” he told the club’s webpage.“It is good to know that people know about my future.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am really excited that I have the chance to be here [with Dortmund] for the rest of the season,” he added.“I hope people understand my decision and that I am here 100 percent. I am very focused to finish out the season with Dortmund.”“I’ve had an amazing five years in Germany. It has been incredible and I am so thankful for that,” he commented.“But it has been a dream of mine [to play in England] and I am really excited for this move. I just feel it was the right time for me.”last_img read more


State RepElect Dave Robertson Other Newly Elected Legislators Meet Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian welcomed four newly elected members of the county’s legislative delegation to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction for an official visit on Tuesday, December 18.The visit by Senator-elect Edward Kennedy (D – First Middlesex) and Representatives-elect Richard Haggerty (D – 30th Middlesex), David Robertson (D – 19th Middlesex) and Maria Robinson (6th Middlesex) was the first in a series being planned by Sheriff Koutoujian and other sheriffs across the Commonwealth.“We are not a fortress on a hill. The work we do has an impact not only on those placed in our custody by the courts, but their families and the community at large,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “These visits are critical opportunities for legislators to see first-hand the incredible work our officers, medical staff, educators, and counselors do on a daily basis to keep our communities safe and ready those in our custody to return to the community better prepared to be productive taxpayers and citizens.”During the visit, the incoming legislators met with inmates and staff in the Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV), as well as the People Achieving Change Together (P.A.C.T.) program for young adult offenders ages 18-24. They also learned about the new educational tablet program now underway and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the nationally recognized Medication Assisted Treatment And Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program.“Sheriff Koutoujian and his professional staff provided an important and up close look at the serious work being done at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction,” said Rep.-elect Haggerty. “I look forward to partnering with the Sheriff’s Department on a range of issues to enhance public safety, lower recidivism and better prepare those in custody for reentry into society.”“The tour with Sheriff Koutoujian was excellent; the Sheriff showcased not only how well his operations are conducted on a day-to-day basis, but I especially enjoyed his intelligent approach to incarceration,” said Rep.-elect Robertson. “The Sheriff understood the need for justice, but is also focusing on working hard to ensure that prisoners, be it short or long term, do not wind back up in prison. Not only is this better for the prisoner, but is better for society as a whole as the Middlesex County Sheriff’s office reforms individuals as productive members of society and saves the taxpayers money in the long-term.”“It was incredible to see how the Sheriff has incorporated therapeutic methods with traditional corrections work to help some of our most vulnerable populations re-enter society and start anew,” said Rep.-elect Robinson.Sheriff Koutoujian also briefed the incoming legislators on two major initiatives now underway that will enhance opportunities for diversion for those with behavioral health issues.The first was the creation of the Middlesex County Restoration Commission. The 11-member commission was created by the Legislature and is co-chaired by Sheriff Koutoujian and Dr. Danna Mauch, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. It is tasked with exploring the potential of creating greater opportunity for law enforcement and the courts to divert those with mental illness and/or substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and towards appropriate treatment.The second was Middlesex County’s designation by the Laura and John Arnold (LJAF) as one of three national pilot sites for the Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) Initiative. The effort is focused on linking local police, jail, hospital and service provider data to identify individuals who overlap within these multiple systems – known as frequent or super utilizers – with a goal of proactively linking them with services. Currently, more than two-dozen Middlesex County police departments have joined the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in the pilot announced this past May.A second visit for newly elected members of the Middlesex delegation unable to attend Tuesday is being planned for early 2019.Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (center) recently welcomed (from left) State Representative-elect Richard Haggerty, State Representative-elect Maria Robinson, State Senator-elect Edward Kennedy and State Representative-elect David Robertson to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction for a meeting and overview of initiatives currently underway at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff Welcomes Legislators For Criminal Justice DiscussionIn “Government”last_img read more


Congress leader Jairam Ramesh caused policy paralysis Prakash

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Thursday took a dig at senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh for being responsible for “policy paralysis” during the UPA II government. Referring to Congress leader Veerappa Moily’s remarks chiding Ramesh for “policy paralysis,” Javadekar said, “A decision that took 640 days to be reached during Ramesh’s time as environment minister, now takes 100 days” adding that efficiency has been brought in along with environment protection. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Moily had on Wednesday held Ramesh responsible for the “policy paralysis” during UPA-II and for compromising on the principles of governance. Javadekar said policy paralysis never allows sustainable growth. “Decisive leadership gives real support and real momentum to the economy. This has been provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even the world recognises that,” he said addressing the SKOCH summit. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us He added that people might not understand economics, but they believe that India will be able to achieve its goal of becoming a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2025 as leadership has a crucial role to play in shaping up country’s economy. “There will be challenges in economic conditions of the country. However, leaving aside the dogmas, the Modi government has the capability to take a strong leadership approach,” he said while attacking the UPA government for not bringing any “real growth in the country”. Advertise With Us “Zero corruption and low inflation are key to a sustainable economic development. From 2004 to 2014, 10-12 per cent of inflation was recorded every year. But that is not real growth. The real growth is visible now. One trillion dollars added in last five years is a growth because of low inflation,” he said. He stressed that infrastructure development is crucial to economic growth and hence the government has raised Rs 20 lakh crore every year for the infrastructure development. “Economies become rich with infrastructure development,” he said adding that agriculture, industries and service sectors were crucial to make India a five-trillion-dollar economy. “There is no investment in agriculture sector as the farmers have no provision to earn profits every year. There is an urgent need to increase agricultural productivity, which is half of other countries. We need to improve our lands and quality of seeds, bring investment and technology and explore possibility of exports in agriculture sector. And hence, the government has taken a slew of measures to improve the sector,” he said. He said that India exports skills globally, but has limited progress in innovation. “We are contributors to innovation and not owners to innovation. This is why in the Budget we have talked about National Research Foundation to promote research and innovation,” he said. “Another thing is, how will we sustain our own innovation,” he said adding it requires society and government’s partnership. “To strengthen the economy, this government not just has the intention, but the capability to take decisions to do so. A stimulus package by RBI is one such example,” he said. Terming GST as a revolutionary step, he said that it was this government that undertook the decision to introduce the country’s own taxation system in form of GST. “This has brought in transparency, made the tax compliance better, reduced corruption and hence slashed the rates. GST is the shining example of cooperative federalism,” he said. He said that good governance is extremely important for steering the country’s economy in one direction. “Globally, the countries that are developed have institutions built on strong foundations. From 2004 to 2014, these institutes which were misused are now emerging,” he said. Along with strengthening the institutions, achieving zero corruption is a huge success. “We have brought so much technology into the systems which has led to greater transparency. So much is the awareness about the online mechanisms in my own department that people are able to track which files are pending for over a week with which officer,” he said.last_img read more


Baltimore Beats Short Run Ends

first_imgThe short run of the Baltimore Beat, an alternative weekly newspaper, is over.“Ugh terrible stupid news. Our publisher has decided to stop publishing the Baltimore Beat. The paper is over,” Brandon Soderberg, the newspaper’s managing editor said Tuesday on Twitter.Lisa Snowden-McCray was the editor-in-chief of The Baltimore Beat, which is shutting down immediately after just a four-month run. (Twitter)“We launched the Baltimore Beat in November 2017 in an effort to provide a new alternative, independent journalistic voice to the city. We’re proud of the work we’ve done but, unfortunately, advertising support hasn’t been sufficient to sustain us,” said the Beat in a statement. “As a result, we are closing the Beat effective immediately. Thank you to our readers and advertisers and all those who reached out to help. We’re grateful for the opportunity and regret that we are unable to continue.”Baltimore resident Kevin Naff, of Brown, Naff Pitts Omnimedia, which publishes the Washington Blade, the oldest LGBT newspaper in the country, published the Beat. Lisa Snowden-McCray was the Beat’s editor-in-chief. She, along with several other former members of Baltimore City Paper, the alternative weekly, which shuttered after 40 years in Nov. 2017, birthed the Beat.“We did really great work in a short time with limited resources,” Snowden-McCray, who was previously a freelance reporter for the AFRO, wrote on Twitter.During an interview with Baltimore Magazine in Jan., Snowden-McCray laid out her vision for the short-lived weekly newspaper.“What is a priority to me, is to keep pushing to get new voices into the paper, and give people a platform for stories that aren’t being told anywhere else,” Snowden-McCray said.“It’s a gamble, but journalism is a gamble everywhere these days.”last_img read more


Giant flare detected on a premain sequence M star

first_img Stellar flares are energetic and impulsive releases of large amounts of energy from a star. They occur when a shift in the star’s magnetic field accelerates electrons to speeds approaching that of light, which results in eruptions producing emission across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.While flares from M stars provide some of the most dramatic stellar events, they are difficult to predict. Spotting such activity on this type of object requires long-duration measurements of many stars, which can be provided, for instance, by wide-field surveys for transiting exoplanets.Recently, a team of astronomers led by James Jackman of University of Warwick, U.K. has analyzed observational data collected by NGTS between November 2015 and August 2016. NGTS is a ground-based transiting exoplanet survey consists of 12 telescopes. The survey is able to detect and resolve flares on both single and blended objects.NGTS allowed Jackman’s team to detect a flare on NGTS J121939.5-355557 (NGTS J1219-3555 for short) on January 31, 2016. Located some 685 light years away from the Earth, J1219-3555 is a young (around 2.2 million years old) star of spectral type M3 about the size of our sun, however slightly more than five times less massive. It has an effective temperature of 3,090 K.”In this work, we have detected a high-energy stellar flare from the 2 Myr old pre-main sequence M star NGTS J121939.5-355557 with NGTS,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, this flare had an energy of 3.2 undecillion erg and a maximum amplitude of 7.2. The astronomers noted that this energy is greater than all M dwarf flares observed with NASA’s Kepler space telescope and is comparable to that emitted by the highest energy G star superflares. They added that the newly spotted flare is one of the largest energy M star flares ever observed.Furthermore, in the flare peak the researchers found significant multi-mode quasi-periodic pulsations (QPPs). The team underlined the importance of this finding as although such pulsations are commonly observed in solar flares, they remain relatively rare in stellar flare observations.The QPPs in the flare of NGTS J1219-3555 are formed of two statistically significant periods of approximately 320 and 660 seconds, with an oscillation amplitude of 0.1. The astronomers added that these values make the flare described in the paper one of the largest amplitude events to exhibit such pulsations.In concluding remarks, the researchers underlined the importance of wide field, long timescale surveys such as NGTS in the search for high-energy events like the flare in NGTS J1219-3555. Finding and studying these flares could be important for improving our understanding of formation and habitability of Earth-like alien worlds around M-type stars. Zoom in of the flare peak, in which oscillations are clearly seen. A flux spike, lasting only about 20-30 seconds, is seen at the beginning of the oscillations approximately 8 minutes after the night start. A green interpolating line is shown to aid the eye. Credit: Jackman et al., 2018. Using the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), astronomers have identified an energetic flare displaying quasi-periodic pulsations on the pre-main sequence M star NGTS J121939.5-355557. The newly detected flare is one of the most energetic flares seen on an M-type star to date. The finding is reported in a paper published November 5 on arXiv.org. Citation: Giant flare detected on a pre-main sequence M star (2018, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-giant-flare-pre-main-sequence-star.html © 2018 Science X Network Explore further More information: James A.G. Jackman et al. Detection of a giant flare displaying quasi-periodic pulsations from a pre-main sequence M star with NGTS. arXiv:1811.02008 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1811.02008 Powerful flare detected on an M-dwarf star 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.last_img read more

In Business the Cyber War Between the US and China and Russia

first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global For one unnamed American biomedical company, it took five years to bring a new product to market as it stuttered on the ideation assembly line. There was genesis, then research and development, then meticulous rounds of testing to refine what came before and meet regulatory scrutiny. Only then was the product manufactured and sold for use in a hospital.How did a Chinese competitor manage to rush the same product to market in 18 months? Heart valves and prosthetics take less time, it turns out, when a team of digital cat burglars can sneak into the American company’s mainframe and pop out with schematics for a fully tested product, beating the original innovators to market.“It happens with every industry,” says Shawn Henry, president of services and chief security officer of CrowdStrike, a cyber security firm in Irvine, Calif. The biomedical company is a client of CrowdStrike’s, one of countless U.S. firms that see foreign hackers worm their way into their mainframes and facilities on a regular basis.It’s nothing personal. In several areas of the world, the United States is mired in economic and political tension. In China, it is facing a rising economic power that has little patience for Western dominance. In Russia, it is facing a belligerent former power that is using force to recoup what was lost so long ago (and economic leverage to keep it that way). The hostilities continue to play out in bold headlines and fraught diplomatic relations, a Cold War simmer that refuses to boil over.In the digital world, however, the U.S. and its adversaries have been at war for some time. Some of the largest U.S. threats are buzzing through Russian and Chinese computer systems operated by droves of highly skilled hackers. A small biomedical company beat by a copy of its own product? Just the tip of a mammoth iceberg of cyber warfare over the last decade that has left companies and organizations that are standing on the sidelines shellacked.Cyber sabotage has quickly become the 21st century’s preferred form of international trade theft. Hackers hunt any intellectual property worth a dollar, ruble, or yuan. Pilfered research from the biomedical, energy, finance, software, IT, defense, and aerospace industries creates not only economic gain but state-related advantage. In China, the state and economy are so intertwined that illicit intelligence-gathering doubles as national security. In Russia, the battery of economic sanctions in response to its military actions in Eastern Europe have incentivized subterfuge opportunities.It is difficult to attribute attacks to certain nations. In the interconnected digital world, there is no equivalent of a DNA sample or fingerprint to identify the perpetrator of a specific cyber crime. Still, aggregate data—including time zone, location of the physical servers used in the attack, nation-specific tools and techniques, and language indicators—leads researchers like CrowdStrike to place the majority of blame on Moscow and Shanghai.“I’m talking about thousands of data points here,” Henry says. Cyber theft is a lot like bank robbing, he says—the more you do it, the more trails you leave. “You’re able to see consistencies of patterns, and along the line somewhere the attackers make a mistake. They make the digital equivalent of parking their getaway car near the convenience store camera, and we can attribute.”Eric Chien, technical director at Symantec, the computer security company, organizes foreign cyber soldiers into three categories: independent hackers, hackers financially backed by states, and purely state-employed hackers. Each prefer to operate in a different corner of the international market. Independent hackers, for example, often break into consumer-based industries for financial gain. The theft of data from JPMorgan Chase and other banks, disclosed in August, is one example. The theft of 1.2 billion digital credentials by a Russian crime ring, also revealed in August, is another.State-backed or state-employed hackers, on the other hand, are more interested in information with strategic value. Contract-based hackers might pillage companies for oil-drilling maps, software source code, or military technology for the next generation of fighter jets. Others might might sabotage the mergers and acquisitions of U.S. companies with their Russian or Chinese counterparts at their government’s behest.There has been an uptick of activity from China ahead of the 2014 G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Henry says.“It’s typical of G-20 that the Chinese are interested in advance knowledge of what people’s positions are, what people will be discussing, and how it will impact Chinese business and public perception of China,” he says. “It’s really about knowing the answers to the test before they take it.“Less frequent (but more concerning) are large-scale campaigns from state actors aimed at undermining infrastructure and stability. In 2013 and 2014, the Dragonfly attacks targeted a clutch of energy companies in the U.S. (as well as Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland) to gain access to the power grid and related infrastructure. A similar battery of Russian attacks on U.S. energy companies occurred in 2013. In 2014, the Turla malware campaign involved the attack of foreign embassies of former Eastern Bloc nations. Diplomats and foreign agents were spied on for at least four years. With a steep cost to conduct such surveillance yet no apparent economic motive, some researchers attribute the campaign directly to government.Cyber security firms have few readymade fixes for an issue as extensive as a digital international trade war. International agreements to limit such behavior are seen as toothless. Russia and China have denied allegations of cyber espionage and, in the wake of disclosures about the activities of the National Security Agency by the former contractor Edward Snowden, accused the U.S. of hypocrisy.David Orodyansky, chief executive of the privacy software developer AnchorFree, laments what he sees as disingenuous U.S. foreign cyber policy. “The [NSA spying scandal] kind of prompted Russia and China to do the same thing,” he says. “We spied on Germany and Brazil and all these other places, so they have no reason not to do the same thing. We need to take the high ground and say, ‘Look, we’re not going to play this game.’”Henry says the benefits are too tempting. “Those nations [that steal intellectual property] are gaining so much,” he says. “They’re at an advantage. We’re at a disadvantage. I just don’t see [international agreements] happening anytime soon.”Henry and Orodyansky agree on an uneasy truth: If the U.S. government can’t protect its businesses, those businesses should protect themselves. Otherwise that new product on the market might look all too familiar. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 13, 2014last_img read more


An early access to Sailfish 3 is here

first_imgThis week, Sailfish OS announced the early release of its third generation release i.e Sailfish 3 software and has made it available to all Sailfish users who had opted-in for the early access updates. Sami Pienimäki, CEO & Co-founder of Jolla Ltd, in his release post said, “we are expanding the Sailfish community program, “Sailfish X“, with a few of key additions next week: on November 8 we release the software for various Sony Xperia XA2 models.” Why the name ‘Sailfish’? Sailfish 3.0.0 is named after the legendary National Park Lemmenjoki in Northern Lapland. We’ve always aimed at respecting our Finnish roots in naming our software versions: previously we’ve covered lakes and rivers, and now we’re set to explore our beautiful national parks. Sailfish 3 will be rolled out in phases, and thus many features are deployed in several software releases. The first phase is Sailfish 3.0.0 is available as an early access version since October 31st. The customer release is expected to roll out soon in the coming weeks. Further, the next release 3.0.1 is expected to release in early December. Security and Corporate features of Sailfish 3 Sailfish 3 has a deeper level of security, which makes it a go-to option for various corporate and organizational solutions, and other use cases. Some of the new enhanced features in Sailfish 3 include Mobile Device Management (MDM), fully integrated VPN solutions, enterprise WiFi, data encryption, and better and faster performance. It also offers a full support for regional infrastructures including steady releases & OS upgrades, local hosting, training, and a flexible feature set to support specific customer needs. User experience highlights for Sailfish 3.0.0 New Top Menu: quick settings and shortcuts can now be accessed anywhere Light ambiances: new fresh look for Sailfish OS Data encryption: memory card encryption is now available. Device file system encryption is coming in next releases. New Keyboard gestures: quickly change keyboard layouts with one swipe USB On-The-Go storage: connect to different kinds of external storage devices Camera improvements: new lock screen camera roll allows you to review the photos you just took without unlocking the device Further, due to the rewritten way to launch apps and load views, one can achieve much better UI performance in Sailfish 3. Sami mentions, “You can start to enjoy the faster Sailfish already now with the 3.0.0 release and the upcoming major Qt upgrade will further improve the responsiveness & performance resulting to 50% better overall performance.” To know more about Sailfish 3 in detail, visit its official website. Read Next GitHub now allows issue transfer between repositories; a public beta version Introducing Howler.js, a Javascript audio library with full cross-browser support BabyAI: A research platform for grounded language learning with human in the loop, by Yoshua Bengio et allast_img read more

40 suspected excombatants arrested in Ghana

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day After the fall in Ivory Coast of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, thousands of Ivorians who had ties to the former leader fled across the border into Ghana. The government of current Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has raised concerns about Gbagbo allies who are in exile in Ghana, accusing them of masterminding a recent spate of attacks on Ivory Coast military positions.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – A Ghanaian Interior Ministry official says that security forces have arrested 40 suspected ex-combatants at a camp housing refugees from neighboring Ivory Coast.Tetteh Padi, program coordinator for the Ghana Refugee Board, said late Monday that the arrests were carried out Saturday at the Ampain refugee camp in the country’s southwest. He said the suspected ex-combatants were being screened, and that some had been found to be legitimate refugees. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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first_imgBritish Airways will expand its codeshare agreement with Qantas on a collection of existing Qantas flights across Australia and New Zealand, effective from June 14.The new agreement will enable British Airways customers to book seats on Qantas flights to Queenstown, Albury, Armidale, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Wagga Wagga for travel after Monday 26 July.In addition, British Airways will develop its codeshare on existing Qantas services to a number of popular destinations including Auckland, Wellington, Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart.“We are very pleased we can continue to offer our customers more access to services in more destinations. “British Airways have a long-standing relationship with Qantas and a strong commitment to the Australian and New Zealand market, therefore we see great opportunity in expanding the codeshared services,” said Nicole Backo, Regional Commercial Manager for British Airways. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Qantas will also increase its cod eshare on British Airways flights between London and the wider Europe network including six new destinations: Rome, Milan, Toulouse, Prague, Warsaw and Budapest.BA will now offer Qantas customers connections to 29 destinations in total in the United Kingdom and Europe.British Airways and Qantas recently celebrated a 15-year partnership of the Joint Services Agreement which has recently been extended for a further five years from 2010. center_img <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/233e6/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more


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