Sully Sullivan bashes obstructionist San Diego City Council members

first_img Posted: August 15, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer expressed his frustration with the San Diego City Council on the failure to put the Convention Center expansion vote on the November ballot. Faulconer believes it was the right thing for San Diego and called the four City Council Democrats for putting politics first.City Council split the vote 4-4 on the measure that would bankroll the expansion of the Downtown Convention Center.On KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego, KUSI Contributor Sully Sullivan said, “God Bless this Mayor for putting the needs of this city, and the voters, ahead of politics. We have to find a way around this divisive, obstructionist majority city council. I’m going to name names; Myrtle Cole, David Alvarez, and the biggest ball drop is Barbara Bry, self proclaimed business person. This particular city council didn’t put the convention center initiative on the ballot; which also included homeless money, and also included road money. They didn’t put it on the ballot because well, they didn’t collect enough signatures, and they’re claiming the process wasn’t done. Well, this is why we have leaders.”RELATED STORY: Mayor Faulconer on Plaza de Panama, Convention Center expansion, and the Mission Valley stadium site Sully Sullivan bashes “obstructionist” San Diego City Council members Mike McKinnon III, Carlos Amezcua, Mike McKinnon III, Carlos Amezcua August 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Sully Sullivan FacebookTwitterlast_img read more



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Circulate San Diegos new report on aging in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Circulate San Diego’s new report on aging in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Circulate San Diego and The San Diego Foundation recently released an Age-Friendly Communities Report with La Mesa and Supporters.The report details how San Diego jurisdictions can adapt to the growing senior population by becoming Age-Friendly Communities. The report also includes research on San Diego’s senior population and best practices that San Diego cities can adopt.To read the full report click here. center_img May 15, 2019 Updated: 8:36 AM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more



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Rescuers end effort to find body in Fla sinkhole

first_imgSEFFNER, Fla. — The effort to find the body of a Florida man who was swallowed by sinkhole under his Florida home was called off Saturday while crews tried to learn how far the underground cavity reaches and whether more homes are at risk.Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said rescuers were ending the effort to find Jeff Bush’s body and they planned to bring in heavy equipment on Sunday to begin demolishing the four-bedroom home.“At this point it’s really not possible to recover the body,” Merrill said, later adding “we’re dealing with a very unusual sinkhole.”Bush, 37, was in his bedroom Thursday night in Seffner — a suburb of 8,000 people 15 miles east of downtown Tampa — when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five others in the house escape unharmed.On Saturday, the normally quiet neighborhood of concrete block homes painted in Florida pastels was jammed with cars as engineers, reporters, and curious onlookers came to the scene.last_img read more



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Scientific American Editor President to Step Down 5 Percent of Staff Cut

first_img“We’ve been working on the integration since January and  recently decided to combine and centralize a number of our operations,” Yee told FOLIO:. “Scientific American retains its editorial functions and our brand. This is the bringing together of two iconic brand in the science arena.”Through the first quarter, Scientific American’s ad pages were down 18.1 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.Editor, President to Step DownMeanwhile, longtime Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie is planning to leave the magazine in June after 15 years, Yee said. Executive editor Mariette DiChristina will step in as acting editor-in-chief following his departure.Yee also is planning to step down as president sometime this summer, following the magazine’s “initial integration” into the Nature Publishing Group. While he declined to offer specifics about his plans, Yee said he will pursue a “design-related entrepreneurial venture.” The Nature Publishing Group, which includes Scientific American, has reduced its overall workforce by 5 percent, Scientific American president Steven Yee told FOLIO: Thursday. While he declined to say exactly how many employees were let go, Yee said the cuts came from the group’s New York office. Scientific American, which is owned by book publisher Macmillan, transitioned to its Nature Publishing Group last fall.The cuts came from the group’s production, administration and office services divisions, Yee said.last_img read more



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MA Soars for Digital and Marketing Services While BtoB Media Deals Plummet

first_imgThere was one fewer deal in Marketing & Interactive Services in the first half of 2010, but deal value jumped 81 percent to $5.74 billion. While media companies made several deals in this category (including Penton buying EyeTraffic Media and Dowden Health Media buying Priority Integrated Marketing), those transactions are dwarfed by some others in this category, including New Mountain Capital buying retail market research and software company SymphonyIRI Group for $800 million and Publicis Groupe acquiring Rosetta Marketing Group for $575 million. Through the second half of 2011 and into 2012, JEGI says it expects more “middle market M&A” as companies ramp up with marketing services and mobile and technology assets. Mergers and acquisitions in the media, information, marketing services and tech sectors in the first half of 2011 may not be matching the breakneck pace of the first half of 2010 (which rebounded 61 percent over a dismal first half 2009) but were still up 3 percent in the number of deals (to 484) and 15 percent in overall value (to $23.28 billion), according to The Jordan, Edmiston Group. Buyers are putting a premium on digital, with B2B and BSC Online Media & Technology, Marketing & Interactive Services and Mobile Media & Technology accounting for 71 percent of total deals and 63 percent of deal value for the first half of 2011. Meanwhile, Consumer Magazines generated 16 transactions (up 33 percent) worth $2 billion, driven primarily by Hearst’s acquisition of Lagardere’s magazine portfolio but also TPG Capital’s purchase of Primedia for $525 million and last week’s American Media acquisition of OK! for approximately $25 million. On the other hand, the number of deals in Business-to-Business Media dropped 65 percent to eight while deal value sank 74 percent to $23 million. M&A for Exhibitions & Conferences continued to be few and far between (just 11 in the first half of the year) although deal value tripled over the first half of 2010 to $165 million, with UBM-which bought Canon Communications last year for $287 million–continuing to ramp up events (buying Catersource for the event planning industry and ABM Exhibitions, which serves industrial markets). last_img read more



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Cadillacs hot new CT6V gets pricing and preorders

first_img 18 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Fans of luxurious domestic speed can rejoice because the order books are open for Cadillac’s next V car. Cadillac Cadillac has our emotions all over the place lately with the news of the CT6 getting canceled, then un-canceled, and now here we are getting pricing information on the saucy CT6-V with its locally sourced, farm-to-table, bespoke, artisanal Blackwing turbo V8. It’s almost more than a person can stand.Cadillac announced pricing for its newest and soon-to-be-onliest V-Series car on Monday, and as is typical for fast Caddies, it seems like a helluva deal with a starting price of $88,790.”The 2019 CT6-V marks the expansion of the V-Series sub-brand and is the proof point of Cadillac’s commitment to build high-performance vehicles as we continue our product offensive,” Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac, said in a statement Monday. “Fans of Cadillac will see high-performance variants across our portfolio.”Cadillac is also hoping to snare some prospective buyers for the car by opening up preorders in advance of the car’s projected mid-2019 on-sale date. If you want one, though, you’re going to need to move quickly because GM is only offering 275 preorders in total. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2 Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Share your voice Cadillac,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 69 Photos Cadillac Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Tags Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 26 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuffcenter_img More From Roadshow General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice 81 Photos 71 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 4 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Cadillac CT6: Caddy’s flagship sedan bows out in style 10 Photos 49 Photos Performance Cars Luxury cars Car Industry GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal More From Roadshow 70 Photoslast_img read more



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Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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Mueller report dives into Russian election interference and Trump campaign

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 98 Politics Security Share your voice Tags Originally published April 18, 8:05 a.m. PT. Updates, 8:51 a.m.: Adds more detail; 9:02 a.m.: Includes responses from lawmakers. 11:39 a.m.: Adds more analysis from the report; 1:48 p.m.: Includes response from Kellyanne Conway. But the report has landed in a politically charged environment, and repercussions are likely to persist for months.Some lawmakers remain skeptical, because of the Justice Department’s role in redacting multiple pages of the document, as well as Barr’s input on its release. At a press conference Thursday, Barr said he had no objection to Mueller testifying before Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from California, invited Mueller to testify shortly after the report’s release. “After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin,” Schiff said in a statement. Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Republican from North Carolina, didn’t indicate whether he intends to have Mueller testify, but he noted that the committee would be releasing its own findings soon.  “I look forward to presenting the American people with an accounting of the facts the Committee has uncovered as we conclude our own investigation. It is my hope to release the first of our final reports in the coming weeks,” Burr said in a statement.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also criticized how much was redacted in the report, joining the growing demand for Mueller to testify before Congress. President Donald J. Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images The Mueller report, released to the public Thursday, is offering a deeper look at the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including ways that intersected with actions by members of Donald Trump’s campaign.The nearly two-year investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, concluded that Russian interference took place through two channels. The first was a social media campaign designed to favor Trump and to disparage rival candidate Hillary Clinton, and more broadly to sow discord among American voters, and the second involved “computer-intrusion operations,” including hacking, against members of the Clinton campaign.”The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report says. You can download the report, some of which has been heavily redacted at points to shield sensitive information, from the special counsel’s website here. (We’ve also embedded the report at the bottom of this article.) It was released to Congress and the public Thursday following a press conference with Attorney General William Barr.  Barr emphasized that the investigation failed to find that any Americans, including those working to elect Trump, colluded in Russia’s schemes.”There was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said.  Shortly after Barr’s press conference, the president claimed victory in a Game of Thrones-styled tweet. “Game Over,” read the tweet, addressed to his political opponents. The ongoing drama of the Mueller investigation has seized the public’s attention and shined a spotlight on the ways Russia has been able to manipulate the US electoral process — an issue companies like Facebook and Google and agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are still working to address.  The special counsel wrapped up his investigation and delivered his report to Barr on March 22. The next day, Barr provided Congress with a four-page summary of the roughly 450-page report and received criticism from some members for the summary’s lack of details. Following the release of the Justice Department’s summary, the White House said the report was a “total and complete exoneration” of Trump. Barr’s summary, however, noted that Mueller’s report said in regard to obstruction of justice that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  The report found that the Russian government would benefit from a Trump presidency and that Trump’s campaign benefited from Russia’s efforts, but didn’t find any coordination between the two parties. On Thursday at a veterans event at the White House, Trump called the investigation a “hoax” and said, “This should never happen again to another president.” At a press conference outside the White House on Thursday afternoon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Mueller’s report exonerated the president.”There was no collusion and there was certainly no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” Conway said. Russian meddling The investigation was heavily focused on connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, but the report also gives an in-depth look at how election meddling played out through technology. The special counsel examined how Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation. As the investigation proceeded, the special counsel’s office announced multiple indictments, including charges against 12 Russian hackers behind the DNC’s cyberattacks and 13 Russian nationals for spreading disinformation on social media. The propaganda efforts’ chief accountant was also charged. More on the Mueller report The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Though the evidence didn’t point to an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russians on election interference, Mueller’s investigation turned up issues with key members of the campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.     Stone has been accused of communicating with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of hacked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic committee. Last Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested after being kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’d been in asylum for more than six years. and is facing extradition to the US over hacking charges.  Tech giants have also fallen under the investigation’s scope. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company was working with Mueller’s office. Russian operatives had used fake personalities on the social network to pose as Americans arguing on divisive issues. Facebook was also heavily scrutinized over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving a UK data analytics firm with consultants who worked with the Trump campaign. The firm, which harvested data on 87 million Facebook users without their permission, kicked the hornet’s nest on privacy issues for Facebook, leading to multiple congressional hearings and changes within the company. Mueller’s investigation questioned Cambridge Analytica’s former director of business development, Brittany Kaiser. Cambridge Analytica and Zuckerberg were not mentioned in the report. The special counsel’s office scrutinized Twitter as well, looking at tweets Trump sent related to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a “witch hunt” and arguing that there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.” Russia’s hacking efforts Mueller’s indictment against 12 Russian hackers last July detailed that their operations started in March 2016, as hundreds of files containing malware infected the DNC’s servers. The Russian malware stole thousands of emails, which were posted on WikiLeaks and DC Leaks, a website created by Russian hackers posing as Americans. The defendants are members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.   The hacking victims included John Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman during the election, with 50,000 emails leaked online. The Russian hackers also bought servers to host their operations, paying more than $95,000 for setups, Mueller’s investigation found. The malware was discovered on at least 10 different DNC computers and allowed hackers to steal passwords, take screenshots and monitor network activity. They searched for terms like “Hillary,” “Trump” and “Benghazi Investigations.” Another hacking group from the GRU targeted the US’s election infrastructure, hacking systems belonging to state board of elections, local election officials, and US companies that supply voting software and machines, the report noted. Mueller’s investigation found that Russian hackers looked for vulnerabilities on election websites in more than 24 states. When the GRU successfully hacked Illinois’s Board of Elections, it gained access to a database containing information on millions of voters in the state. The investigation also found that Trump’s campaign had a strategy in place if WikiLeaks released stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign. The report detailed communications between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks during the campaign. On Oct. 12, 2016, WikiLeaks asked for Trump to tweet out a URL. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted out that same URL.  screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-12-31-25-pmWikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to tweet this URL out on Oct. 12. Twitter But while Mueller’s investigation found direct contact between Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, it did not find any evidence of coordination or exchange of services. The social media storm Mueller’s investigation also found that Russia was backing a $35 million operation to meddle with US politics through social media. The money was spent between January 2016 and June 2018 and dedicated to spreading disinformation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The operation ran like a professional social media marketing campaign, with specific departments in search engine optimization and graphic design, along with a staff of hundreds who posted on social networks. The operation studied political groups on social media starting in 2014 and mimicked their tactics, Mueller’s investigation found. The group behind the effort, the Internet Research Agency, was directed to support Trump’s campaign and attack Clinton, according to the investigation. The operation also spent $60,000 on Facebook ads, $6,000 on Instagram ads and $18,000 on Twitter. screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-11-31-15-amA screenshot of a Trump post from Mueller’s report. Department of Justice The report showed that the first ad the IRA paid for was on Instagram, on April 19, 2016. The ad said it came from the “Tea Party News,” and it asked people to upload photos with the hashtag “#KidsForTrump.”  The disinformation campaign was so successful that Facebook estimated the posts had reached up to 126 million people on the social network, with more than 80,000 posts. They also hosted rallies and events posing as Americans — sometimes even tricking the Trump campaign.  A post from August 2016 from Trump’s official Facebook account posted photos from a rally the IRA had organized. The Russian state-actors would pose as Americans opining on divisive issues like race, gender and gun control. The goal was to create political chaos by fueling intense arguments around these issues. The IRA tricked politicians and social activists with the fake personas, targeting battleground states like Colorado, Virginia and Florida. It also used stolen Social Security numbers and birthdates of US citizens to set up PayPal accounts. While members of the IRA had contact with Trump’s campaign, the investigation found that no one from the campaign knew that they were speaking with Russian actors.  The only American charged in Russia’s disinformation efforts was Richard Pinedo, a fake ID salesman in California, who sold bank account credentials to the IRA, which allowed the group to use PayPal. He pleaded guilty to one charge of identity fraud. He was sentenced in October to six months in prison and six months house arrest.  You can read the redacted Mueller report here:   1:59 Comments Now playing: Watch this: This is a disgrace. The American people deserve answers—and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify publicly before Congress. #ReleaseTheFullReport pic.twitter.com/ROG0Bt6JVq— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 18, 2019 1:45 AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election…last_img read more



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Was Dutch teen rape victim legally euthanised Heres what really happened

first_imgNoa PothovenInstagramA 17-year-old girl from the Netherlands, who was sexually assaulted three times during her childhood, breathed her last a few days ago. The girl died after she refused to eat or drink because of her unbearable psychological suffering and a long struggle with depression.She wanted to end her life earlier and had approached a state authorised clinic in the Netherlands but was refused because of her age.Penning an emotional note on Instagram, Noa Pothiven said that she had completely stopped eating, drinking as she was going through unbearable suffering. She said that she would die within the next ten days.Noa was first assaulted when she was 11 years of age and then when she was 12 at children’s parties. Again, when she was 14, she was raped by two men. She had hidden these incidents from her parents because she was ashamed, The Sun reports. Many reports claimed that the girl was assisted by a physician to end her life but her parents emphasised that she died at home after she refused to eat or drink and she did not end her life through euthanasia. Physician-assisted suicide is granted to those who are medically deemed sick and are “enduring unbearable and unendurable suffering”. She had earlier contacted Life End Clinic in The Hague to talk about life-ending options. She had done this without informing her loved ones.Euthanasia is granted to adults as well as children in certain circumstances.  InstagramNoa wrote in her Instagram post that “Love is letting go.””I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway…Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalisation, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.””I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die,” wrote Noa.She explained, “I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.”She then said that she is breathing but is not alive and that no one can change her mind about the decision. During her final days, she was in a hospital bed in her living room because of her anorexia.Last year, her lack of eating led to her organs on the brink of failure and she had to go under a medical induced coma so she could get nutrients through tubes, Noa’s award-winning book – Winning or Learning revealed.The book also said that she had gone to the police last year to report the attacks and hoped the men will be given the justice they deserve one day.last_img read more



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Only 34pc of Rohingya fund raised so far Report

first_imgrohingya.File PhotoOnly 34 per cent of the $434 million needed to provide assistance to 1.2 million people has been raised when Rohingyas are still suffering from various problems, said a new report on Monday.”Humanitarian partners are working round the clock to respond, but the reality remains that the needs are massive and urgent, and the gaps are wide. More funding is needed,” said Mia Seppo, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh.Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, but more land is needed to improve conditions in the congested camps, said the UN official.One hundred days after the start of the most recent influx, the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the report on the overall status of the humanitarian response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.There are more than 830,000 Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar: 625,000 of them have poured over the border since 25 August.These Rohingyas are now living in ten different camps, and among Bangladeshi host communities.One of the camps has become the largest and fastest growing refugee camp in the world, where approximately half a million people are living extremely close to each other without access to basic services such as toilets or clinics.The Monitoring Report, which covers the first two months of the response from 25 August to 31 October, highlights the work of the government of Bangladesh, in cooperation with humanitarian partners who are working to provide relief services for the refugee population and Bangladeshi host communities.Of the 1.2 million people in need, around half have been reached with assistance.The report also explains the challenges and gaps that remain.The risk of disease outbreak is high, and the impact of a cyclone or heavy rain would be massive.There is not enough land to provide adequate living conditions for the more than 830,000 Rohingyas that now crowd Cox’s Bazar.The report defines life-saving priorities for the coming months. These include improving nutrition, preventing and managing disease outbreak, adequate planning for the new camps, and improving protection across all areas of the response.Around 626,000 new arrivals since 25 August are reported as of 2 December, according to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Since the latest weekly situation report on 26 November, there have been 1,622 new arrivals.As of 2 December, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 730,654 people through biometric registration.The government of Bangladesh Social Services Division has identified 36,373 separated and unaccompanied minors.Till 2 December, the Armed Forces Division (AFD) has completed 7 kilometres of earthworks of the main road in the Kutupalong Balukhali extension.The AFD has now completed 40% of the earthworks need for the road.The total length of the road is 20 kilometres.last_img read more



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Hulu Amazon Stream Pocketwatch Kids Shows Featuring YouTube Stars EXCLUSIVE

first_imgThe first format is “Ultimate Mishmash,” which strings together best-of clips from Pocket.watch’s stable of YouTubers into 22-minute episodes. The initial series, drawing from some 10,000 YouTube videos, are individually dedicated to five creator partners: Ryan ToysReview — a channel starring the titular 7-year-old toy-unboxer and his family that has more than 25 billion views to date — toy-review channel HobbyKidsTV, EvanTubeHD, JillianTubeHD and video-gamer CaptainSparklez.The startup also has produced 15 episodes of “Pocket.watch Challenge Squad,” an original half-hour series based on the popular YouTube challenge format. The show features the same cast as the Pocket.watch-operated YouTube channel of the same name, which now has over 130,000 subscribers. In the “Challenge Squad” TV series, produced at the company’s studio in Culver City, Calif., the team engages in different playful challenges, like human bowling and an Oreo taste-test.Hulu has licensed a total of 90 episodes from Pocket.watch on a nonexclusive basis. Those comprise 15 episodes each of the five “Ultimate Mishmash” series and the “Pocket.watch Challenge Squad” set.Amazon Prime Video carries a selection of about 40 episodes of the new Pocket.watch shows in the U.S., through the ecommerce giant’s self-publishing program. Pocket.watch receives a cut of Prime subscription revenue, based on viewing time. With Amazon, Williams’ key interest is in the metrics: “We want to get back data on minutes streamed and how these shows perform relative to other programming.”Pocket.watch didn’t approach Netflix about licensing the long-form shows, according to Williams. Hulu was the preferred partner because it’s U.S.-only, and Netflix typically seeks worldwide rights. “Our model is very oriented to being able to sell [the shows] internationally,” Williams said.In addition to “Ultimate Mishmash” and “Challenge Squad,” the company has begun production on a sixth new TV series: “Pocket.watch Digital Superstars.” That will mash up popular videos from its YouTube creator affiliates and the Challenge Squad in 22-minute episodes hosted by Bubbles, a kid-friendly dog puppet. The first 26 episodes will be available for distribution this winter. And the company is now in the merchandise biz: Last month, the company debuted Ryan’s World, a line of Pocket.watch-branded toys and apparel from Ryan ToysReview, which launched at Walmart stores nationwide and has expanded to Target and other retailers.Pocket.watch also is about to drop its first book. “Watch this Book!,” with an Oct. 23 release date, is the first title under its imprint with Simon & Schuster’s Simon Spotlight. The tome promises a behind-the-videos look into the lives of Ryan ToysReview, HobbyKidsTV, EvanTubeHD and JillianTubeHD, with an introduction by CaptainSparklez. Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution will package all 116 episodes of Pocket.watch’s six-show lineup and pitch them to non-U.S. distributors, starting at Mipcom next week in Cannes.“My clients around the world are trying to reach today’s kids and young adults — and they’re hard to find,” said Dan Cohen, president of worldwide TV licensing and distribution at Paramount. “Kids are on YouTube, engaged with personalities that Chris has signed, and bringing [international networks and streaming services] content they can use in a traditional space will be very attractive for them.”Viacom, Paramount’s parent, led a $15 million funding round in Pocket.watch this summer. “That triggered the light bulb for me,” Cohen said. “As soon as Viacom invested, I called [Williams] to see how we could work together,” adding that Paramount doesn’t have much kids’ television content in its portfolio.Down the line, Pocket.watch is eyeing additional TV shows adapted from YouTube, including more “Mishmash” installments and new formats (e.g., a potential series based on the “try not to laugh” genre). “The ability to create more of these is something we can do fairly easily,” Williams said. “This is an incremental revenue stream, and ultimately one we believe will scale really well.”Conceptually, the “Ultimate Mishmash” is akin to “America’s Funniest Videos” or Jukin Media’s FailArmy series compiling viral-video hits. Ryan ToysReview’s “Mishmash” is hosted by Combo Panda, an animated game-playing character that’s part of Ryan’s YouTube network. CaptainSparkelz, the internet handle of gamer Jordan Maron, hosts his own series; the others are presented by “dot,” a new animated character created by Pocket.watch (a reference to the dot in its name).The new Pocket.watch TV shows are in addition to other long-form projects the company has in development, including a live-action kids sitcom created by and starring Kenan Thompson (of “Saturday Night Live”) called “Skoogle” with Nickelodeon. Pocket.watch has repackaged content from top YouTube kids franchises — including the mega-popular Ryan ToysReview channel — into half-hour TV show formats that are now streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.The startup is looking to sell the collection of TV shows internationally, too, through a pact with Paramount Pictures. The shows mark the latest line of business for Pocket.watch, launched in the spring of 2017 by CEO Chris M. Williams. The company’s strategy: to develop and launch internet-centric children’s media brands that yield multiple revenue streams.“For us, it’s about a global extension into these long-form platforms,” said Williams, a former Disney and Maker Studios exec. “For our partners, it’s an opportunity to capture what kids are truly interested in and passionate about today.”center_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more



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The joy of freedom

first_imgDuring the event, the ambience gave a nostalgic patriotic feel to the whole place. The stalls were set up selling tiranga flags, t-shirts, bangles, badges, kites, candy floss etc. 100 kites on a single string high flew high at all three Dilli Haats. Jashn-e-Azaadi at Dilli Haat had a lineup of cultural programmes throughout the event. A piano artiste played his tunes at public demand at the venue. There was a flag hoisting ceremony at 10 am on 14 August. Dilli Haats had folk music and dances each evening at 6.30 onwards from 13 to 15 August. All the Dilli Haats illuminated during the Jashn-e-Azaadi celebrations and gave the visitors a chance to shop for the tricolors merchandise, khadi products etc.last_img



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Aimia announces surprise deal Air Canada is out Porter is in

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Aimia has struck a new deal with Porter Airlines for it to become the preferred Canadian airline to issue Aeroplan Miles after rejecting Air Canada’s takeover bid just hours before the midnight deadline Thursday.Aimia said Air Canada and its three financial partners – Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada – raised their initial bid for its loyalty plan from $250 to $325 million, but Aimia wants $450 million.The break down in negotiations comes after Aimia and the Oneworld airline alliance confirmed earlier in the day that they are in talks about a potential partnership for the loyalty points program.The Oneworld alliance, whose 13 members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, is a direct competitor to the Star Alliance airline network, of which Air Canada is a member.With Air Canada out of the running, Aimia is now making way for Porter to issue Aeroplan Miles on Porter routes, effective July 2020 when its current arrangement with Air Canada ends. Porter’s fleet of aircraft is only a fraction of the size of Air Canada’s but a possible deal with Oneworld will help strengthen its air offering.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTPorter will also become a redemption partner, as of the effective time of the agreement, offering up to 60% of seat inventory for the purchase of flights with Aeroplan Miles at fixed-rate prices. The arrangement includes an extensive cooperative marketing program targeting existing Aeroplan members, with an emphasis on members who travel on Porter routes.“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to join a well-established travel loyalty program and, in the future, reach its vast member base to aggressively promote our airline,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Porter Airlines. “Our current VIPorter members will benefit from Aeroplan’s enhanced range of loyalty services, with an ability to earn and redeem points with a growing network of airlines and other brands.”Points from Porter’s existing VIPorter loyalty program will be converted into Aeroplan Miles when the agreement becomes effective in 2020. Porter passengers will then be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles on all Porter flights, plus across the growing Aeroplan collection of more than 75 travel and retail partners. This includes international airlines covering much of the globe.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAimia chief executive Jeremy Rabe says that his plan is to strengthen its air offering after July 2020.“We’ve committed to our five million members that they will be able to choose any seat on any airline, anywhere, any time with the new Aeroplan program,” Rabe said.The privately owned airline, whose main hub is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other Canadian cities from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, Ont. as well as U.S. destinations including the New York City area, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.Shortly before announcing the Porter agreement, Aimia reported that spending on Aeroplan credit cards remained strong in the second quarter and the company is “making solid progress” on streamlining its business.Aeroplan and Air Canada have each assured their customers that the Aeroplan points will be honoured as usual until their long-term contract expires.With file from The Canadian Presscenter_img Friday, August 3, 2018 Aimia announces surprise deal: Air Canada is out, Porter is in Travelweek Group last_img read more



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