Something has gone off the rails in police shooting investigation PI

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore fallout tonight to a story APTN National news has been following.Craig McDougall was shot and killed by Winnipeg police in August 2008.Despite the normal procedure that an inquest is usually called after an incident like this, APTN National News has learned that the file has been fully investigated yet.This is causing concern for many, including Manitoba’s official opposition.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, the McDougall file isn’t the only thing they are worried about.last_img



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Purging longforgotten online accounts Worth the trouble

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the gym.But is it even possible to delete your zombie online footprints — or worth your time to do so?Earlier this month, a little-used social network notified its few users that it will soon shut down. No, not Google Plus; that came five days later, following the disclosure of a bug that exposed data on a half-million people. The earlier shutdown involved Path, created by a former Facebook employee in 2010 as an alternative to Facebook. Then there’s Ello sending you monthly emails to remind you that this plucky but little-known social network still exists somehow.It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. But with hacking in the news constantly, including a breach affecting nearly 30 million Facebook accounts, you might not want all that data sitting around.You might not have a choice if it’s a service you use regularly. But for those you no longer use, consider a purge. Plus, it might feel good to get your online life in order, the way organizing a closet does.Take dating apps such as Tinder, long after you found a steady partner or gave up on finding one. You might have deleted Tinder from your phone, but the ghost of your Tinder account is still out there — just not getting any matches, as Tinder shows only “active” users to potential mates.Or consider Yahoo. Long after many people stopped using it, Yahoo in 2016 suffered the biggest publicly disclosed hack in history, exposing the names, email addresses, birth dates and other information from 3 billion active and dormant accounts . This sort of information is a goldmine for malicious actors looking to steal identities and gain access to financial accounts.Trouble is, cleaning up your digital past isn’t easy.For one, finding all the old accounts can be a pain. For some of us, it might not even be possible to recall every dating site and every would-be Twitter that never was, not to mention shopping or event ticketing sites you bought one thing from and forgot about.Then, you’ll have to figure out which of your many email accounts you used to log in to a service, then recover passwords and answer annoying security questions — assuming you even remember what your favourite movie or fruit was at the time. Only then might you discover that you can’t even delete your account. Yahoo, for instance, didn’t allow users to delete accounts or change personally identifying information they shared, such as their birthday, until pressured to do so after the breach.Even without these hurdles, real life gets in the way. There are probably good reasons you still haven’t organized your closet, either.Perhaps a better approach is to focus on the most sensitive accounts. It might not matter than a news site still has your log in, if you never gave it a credit card or other personal details (of course, if you reused your bank password you might be at risk).Rich Mogull, CEO of data security firm Securosis, said people should think about what information they had provided to services they no longer use and whether that information could be damaging should private posts and messages inadvertently become public.Dating sites, in particular, can be a trove of potentially damaging information. Once you’re in a relationship, delete those accounts.It’s wise to set aside a time each year — maybe after you do your taxes or right after the holidays — to manage old accounts, said Theresa Payton, who runs the security consulting company Fortalice Solutions and served under President George W. Bush as White House chief information officer.For starters, visit haveibeenpwned.com. This popular tool lets you enter your email addresses and check if it has been compromised in a data breach. Ideally, the attacked company should have notified you already, but that’s not guaranteed. Change passwords and close accounts you don’t need.You might also check justdeleteme.xyx, which Payton said could help navigate the “complexities of saying goodbye.” The site has a list of common and obscure services. Looking through it might remind you of some of the services you’ve used back in the days. Click on a service for details on how to delete your account.You might discover that some services simply won’t let you go. That could be an oversight from a startup prioritizing other features over a deletion tool. Or, it could be intentional to keep users coming back. There’s not much you can do beyond deleting as many posts, photos and other personal data as you can.What to do with accounts of people who have died is a whole other story . That said, the prospect of the Grim Reaper — and what sorts of information about you may be exposed after you shed this mortal coil — might just be the motivation you need to clean up your online trail.___Find Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutaylast_img read more



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Mental health workers start weeklong strike in California

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental health professionals throughout California started a weeklong strike Monday to protest what they say is a lack of staffing that affects care.National Union of Healthcare Workers says 4,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and other medical professionals will picket through Friday.Union president Sal Rosselli tells the East Bay Times patients have to wait a month or more for follow-up mental health appointments because of low staffing levels. He says Kaiser needs to hire hundreds more clinicians.Kaiser’s chief nurse executive Michelle Gaskill-Hames says the walkout is not about better care but to push for higher wages.Kaiser says its medical centres will remain open during the strike. Some mental health care appointments during the week may be cancelled.___Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more



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Sensex at record high, crosses 39,000

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex on Monday touched a record high and crossed the 39,000 mark for the first time. Around 10.15 a.m., the Sensex hit a fresh record of 38,993 points. At 10.27 a.m, the Sensex traded at 39,015.26, higher by 342.35 points or 0.89 per cent from the previous close. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also crossed the 11,700 mark for the first time since September 3, 2018. It traded at 11,710.25, higher by 86.35 points or 0.74 per cent from the previous close of 11,623.90 points. A rise in the Asian indices, along with healthy buying in the auto, capital goods and metal stocks supported the gains in the domestic indices, analysts said.last_img



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WTO’s dispute system collapse to hit developing nations: India

first_imgNew Delhi: India Monday said collapse of appellate body of WTO’s dispute settlement system, and the reform agenda being pushed by certain developed economies could harm the interest of developing countries. The issues were flagged by India on the first day of a meeting of senior officials of 22 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here. Speaking at the inaugural session, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said there are existential challenges to the multilateral rules-based trading system due to spate of unilateral measures and counter steps being taken by certain countries. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBesides, deadlock in key areas of negotiations and impasse in the appointment of members of WTO’s appellate body are posing challenges. “The logjam in the appellate body is a serious threat to the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO and the implementation function of the organisation,” an official statement said quoting the secretary. He said the continuous rise in protectionist measures is vitiating the global economic environment and this “situation does not bode well for developing countries, including the LDCs (least developed countries)”. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWadhawan said LDCs and developing countries like India would face more harm due to the impasse over appointment of members in the WTO’s appellate body, which is a critical part of trade dispute settlement system. “There is an urgent need to engage constructively to preserve the system and come up with constructive solutions to the problem,” he said. The delay in appointment of members in the appellate body would hamper its functioning. The US has blocked the appointment of these members. The minimum quorum (3) for functioning of this body will end on December 10, after which it will become dysfunctional. He also said the situation in the WTO has spurred a strong discourse for reforming the WTO, which unfortunately is characterised by a complete lack of balance. “The reform agenda being promoted does not address the concerns of the developing countries,” he said adding the discussions in the meeting being held here give a chance to reaffirm the resolve to keep development at the centre of the reform agenda. The reform initiatives must promote inclusiveness and non-discrimination, build trust and address the inequalities and glaring asymmetries in existing agreements, he added. The secretary said there has been no active engagement or movement on key issues of concerns for developing countries including LDCs in the negotiating agenda of the WTO. “Agriculture remains a key priority for a large membership of WTO representing the developing world. However, there is a strong push to completely relegate existing mandates, decisions and work done for the past many years, to the background,” he said. He called upon the LDCs and developing countries to collectively work for a fair and equitable agreement on fisheries subsidies. That agreement should take into consideration the livelihood needs of subsistence fishermen and protect the policy space to develop capacities for harnessing marine resources, he said. “India believes that developing countries need to work together to protect their interests in the WTO negotiations through preservation of the core fundamental principles of the WTO,” the secretary said. The two-day meeting gives an opportunity to the participating countries to develop a shared WTO reform proposal on issues of priority and interest for developing countries. This will help in building a common narrative on issues of importance for developing countries and LDCs, he said. The issues which would come up in the meeting include finding a solution to the ongoing impasse in the appellate body on an urgent basis; ways to reinvigorate negotiating agenda on issues of critical importance for developing countries; and ensuring effective, special and differential treatment for all developing countries including LDCs. The discussions of the senior officials will feed into the ministers’ deliberations Tuesday. The meeting is being attended by six LDCs and 16 developing countries, including China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Nigeria, according to a commerce ministry statement. World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo is also participating. The meeting is being held at a time when the multilateral rule-based trading system is facing serious challenges. The meeting also assumes significance as countries like the US and China are raising import duties against each other’s products, creating a trade war like situation and posing a threat to global commerce. Developed countries like the US want WTO members to start discussing new issues like e-commerce. However, India is of the view that formal discussions should begin only after consensus is built on them.last_img read more



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For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. read more



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Womens volleyball Buckeyes still hungry as first half of season wraps up

Players of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a team point during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 14. OSU lost, 3-1. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorSo far this year, OSU has played 19 different teams, traveled to seven states, moved up and down the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll and seen the floor of St. John Arena only three times. OSU will be on the road yet again on Wednesday when they will battle the last remaining undefeated conference team, the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State sits at 16-3 overall this season.  The 19th-ranked Buckeyes (13-7) will then come back to Columbus to take on No. 11 Michigan State (16-4) on Saturday. Last time around, the Spartans swept OSU in East Lansing, Michigan, 3-0 (Oct. 7). OSU is nearing the homestretch of its season and facing, arguably, its toughest string of games yet. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is anything but sluggish.“This team is hungry,” he said. “As long as we keep working hard and stay together…that’s going to pay some dividends at the end.” The Buckeyes will have to be hungry for a win when they travel to Happy Valley to face the Nittany Lions. Penn State boasts the second-highest hitting percentage in the nation. The team is also on a 14-match win streak – their last loss came on Sept. 4 against Stanford.Carlston admitted the dominance of Penn State’s 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker Haleigh Washington, but also said he sees a lot of opportunities for OSU to capitalize on. “If we can do what we’re planning on doing, which is staying aggressive and play with poise,” he said. “I like a lot of the matchups.”The Buckeyes will have three days after the Penn State match to make adjustments before their second go-round with Michigan State. Members of OSU’s team say that the quick turnaround from the first time they faced the Spartans is actually to their advantage. “It’s a little bit fresher in our minds,” senior setter Abby Fesl said. “We’ll analyze what happened last time so that we can be a little bit more prepared and more able to execute.” Fesl is new to the OSU sisterhood this season after transferring from the University of North Florida. She also said her team makes weekly goals in order to stay motivated for its grinding schedule ahead.  “We break things down kind of weekend by weekend, game by game,” she said. “We set goals for ourselves and try to accomplish those, so when we do, it’s a really great feeling.” Fesl’s teammate, junior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree, added that at this midpoint in the season, she’s seen her team’s play change but it still hold true to its spirit. “We’re the same team in a lot of senses, like the personalities are still the same,” Goree said. “We’re still having fun together, but we are a different team because we’ve grown in a lot of different ways,” she said. Carlston also said that playing a constantly tough schedule is easier because of OSU’s investment into their team and themselves. “Our freshmen have kind of grown up before our eyes, but also our leadership has matured and really ‘bought in’ to the journey. It sounds cliché, but you need to,” he said. The Buckeyes’ journey will continue on Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they face Penn State. OSU will then take on Michigan State at St. John Arena at 6 p.m. on Saturday for the breast cancer awareness match. read more



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Arsenal plan to keep Gazidis

first_imgArsenal Football Club are planning to convince Ivan Gazidis to turn down a move to AC Milan, according to Metro.Gazidis has been tasked with rebuilding the club in the aftermath of Arsene Wenger’s departure. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke controls most of the affairs and decisions made by the club and he was charged Gazidis with the responsibility of restructuring of the club.Gazidis has implemented nine new department chiefs including Sven Mislintat who is the head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi who is the head of operations.Senior members of the club’s board are trying to convince Gazidis to stay amidst speculation he’s close to joining AC Milan as their new club chief.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Elliot Management group who recently became the owners of Milan are keen to bring Gazidis to Italy as they plan to take the club back into prominence both locally and in Europe.Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh Kroenke has taken more interest in the running of the club’s affairs by working in London but Gazidis still remains a huge figure in the club despite criticism from supporters.last_img read more



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Xhaka speaks about Arsenals victory

first_imgThe Gunners defeated Fulham 4-1 today in the English Premier League to open 2019 with a win that puts them fifth on the tableGranit Xhaka scored in the 25th minute today for Arsenal in order to open the doors for the Gunners to beat Fulham FC 4-1.And Xhaka is very happy after his goal and explained the importance of winning at Anfield.“Of course, it was not a good game for us against Liverpool. We started well there but after we lost 5-1. We know we have a lot we need to improve, and today is the first step,” he told the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We know they have a new coach, a good team and we knew that before but we were playing at home and we started well, we had some chances and scored the first goals and after it went to 2-1, there were a few nerves but we are happy to have the three points.”“Yes, surprise, surprise, I can score in the box now! I am happy to be able to help the team and to take the three points, which is the most important thing,” he said about his goal.“We can learn a lot from this team. We know Liverpool have a good team this year and we have a tough programme in front of us we play West Ham away and then Chelsea at home and we want to get in the top four.”last_img read more



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TNGs New Distribution Fees A GameChanger or the Same Old Game

first_imgOver the past week I have spoken about little else than the new fees coming in from TNG, formerly The News Group, the largest wholesaler group in North America and responsible for over half of the continent’s magazine newsstand distribution. The fees, imposed unilaterally and to be implemented right away, range from two cents a copy to eight cents a copy, with 131 publications exempt.  TNG is imposing these fees in a move that is eerily reminiscent of the fee-for-distribution that Anderson News Company attempted to impose in 2009. The fee imposed then was opposed by publishers and resulted in ANCO going out of business. There are differences now. And whatever the outcome is, it will be very different from that of the ANCO affair.Which is good, as no one wants another wholesaler group to go out of business. No partner in the newsstand distribution supply chain could afford that today. As an industry, we need to try to create a situation where every member of the distribution channel is healthy and profitable. But the situation troubles me, a lot, and for many reasons. Some aspects of this TNG mandate are game changers. Some are not. But the businesses most vulnerable to the consequences of these changes are the independent publishers.I have heard—and probably so have you—comments made by some that this industry will become stronger, healthier, and more profitable by the removal of the “clutter” of the little guys from the newsstand. The irony is that the growth and stabilization of revenues in our business over the last two decades or so has come from the rise of special interest publications. Haven’t these guys been paying attention?I am troubled by the ironies. And I am troubled by the game-changing aspects of this, and by the aspects that are not game-changing at all.I am troubled that the extra fees are not being negotiated—they are being applied. That’s a game-changer. Now, is there a possibility that a publisher could talk to TNG to discuss other ways of skinning this particular cat? There might be. But to do so each publisher needs to take his or her own initiative to bring a plan to TNG. The initial wave of correspondence doesn’t include an invitation to show up at TNG to discuss. But I would encourage you to do so.The fee is expected to be updated every six months. That means that publishers cannot know what they should expect to pay for distribution of their newsstand copies throughout the coming year. They will be charged at the will of TNG. Budgeting for revenues for a year will not be possible. Planning for what might come down the pike is impossible. That’s a game-changer. The formulas used for imposing the fees are not to be shared with the publishers that they affect. Consequently, publishers have no say in how these fees are imposed, no way of improving their financial picture in the agencies. That’s a game-changer.  Experience tells us that once those fees are imposed, we cannot expect them to be rolled back. Wholesalers are not known to reverse fees, once imposed. This is not just me grousing about life. This is an explicit policy on the part of the wholesaler community. That would be the same old game. However, I have been told on excellent authority that this game is changing as well, and not for the worse. The six-month re-evaluation is formula-based. If a publisher’s standing changes for the worse, per the formula, the fee gets higher. If it changes for the better, the fee gets lower. So that’s another game-changer.Of course, once the fees are imposed, they will obviously not be restricted to TNG. They will spread to other wholesalers, of which there are mostly only two. That is the same game. I’ve heard from some industry sources that these changes are expected to succeed because the business models of publishers don’t rely on newsstand as a source. Publishers, I am told, discount subscriptions dramatically, so they don’t need the circ cash. They make their money from advertising, so they can afford to pay higher circ fees. But the publishers for whom these outdated business models still hold true are in many cases the ones exempted from the TNG fee. Many of the publishers taking the brunt of these changes depend on each revenue-generating channel to be profitable in its own right. Creating assumptions based on business models of the very publishers that aren’t hit by the consequences? That’s both an irony, and the same old game.Where we are now is not any one company’s fault, but the fact remains: There are deep paradoxes involved in the concurrent consolidation of the distribution channel and the fragmentation of publishing and its consumption. I take the wholesalers at their word that they can’t afford to stay in business under the current model. And we ignore this reality at our peril. With a 10 percent loss year over year on a fixed-cost business, the agencies need to find a way to bring their business models into alignment with today’s newsstand realities. The costs of maintaining their truck fleets are huge; the costs of maintaining their merchandising teams are huge. Revenues are slipping. And we as publishers need for them to stay in business. But from the supplier side, publishers also need to stay in business as costs keep rising and revenues keep slipping. I’ve done the math. Many of the publishers affected are already getting the thinnest slice of remit for the newsstand sales of their products. From the point of view of the wholesaler, the game is not changing as much as it needs to. The fees levied are not enough to create the profit. They are not enough to fix a system that no longer works. They are seen as a bridge. Something to keep the distribution channel alive while the game is truly, finally changed.So here we stand, yet again, on the brink of big sweeping changes, on the brink of a whole new way of doing business, and we still don’t know what it’s going to look like. But for today the changes are going to be about who can afford to stay in the game, who is going to leave, what counts as a “little” publisher and what the medium-sized publishers who don’t make the top 131 are going to do.Some are going to go with TNG’s plan. Some will talk about alternative plans, ones that meet the goals of the suppliers as well as their distribution partners, ones that keep the balls in play for at least a while longer. And some are already speaking to book distributors, direct distributors, and retailers directly. Companies are going to disappear from the system as we know it. Most—but not all—will be publishers. One thing that will not change is that publishers will continue to produce quality content that people want to read. And they will continue to find a way to get it into their audiences’ hands.The details of how that will happen are under advisement.last_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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Stowaway falls from Kenyan plane flying over London found dead in residential

first_imgKenya Airways flight.ReutersA body of a man suspected to be a stowaway was found in a London garden on Sunday. It is believed that the man fell from a plane heading to Heathrow Airport.London’s Metropolitan Police investigation confirmed that the man fell from a landing gear compartment of a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. After the plane landed, a bag, water and some food were found in the landing gear area of the aircraft.It is reported that that body of the individual fell few metres away from a resident who was sunbathing in the garden.BBC report that that the resident was “shaken” after the witnessing the unfortunate sight.The neighbour of the resident revealed that he saw “blood all over the walls of the garden” after a sound of hitting the ground by force was heard. According to the police statement, the police responded to the call from Offerton Road in the south London neighbourhood of Clapham at 3.39 pm after the resident claimed “a body was discovered in a garden,” CNN reported.Police stated the man is not yet identified and the post-mortem examination will be conducted. The death is also not being treated as suspicious.Kenya Airways said the aircraft was inspected and no damage was reported.Who is a stowaway?A stowaway is an individual who illegally hides in a vehicle (ship, aircraft, train, cargo, truck or bus) in order to avoid paying for the travel.last_img read more



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LGBT And Immigration Activists From Houston Go To Austin To Criticize SB4

first_img X 00:00 /01:19 Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Allala / Houston GLBT Political CaucusFran Watson, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus (third from the left), looks at State Senator Sylvia Garcia (center) during a press conference held in Austin as members of the group visited the Texas Capitol to voice their concerns over SB4 and SB6.Two lobbying groups from the Houston region that don’t typically work together joined forces in Austin this week to criticize bills that have to do with two of the hottest political topics this year for the Texas Legislature.Members of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and immigration activists who are worried about Senate Bills 4 and 6 visited the Texas Capitol on Monday to express their concerns to state lawmakers.SB 4 would punish cities that don’t cooperate with the federal government in regards to detaining undocumented immigrants, while SB 6 would require transgender people to use public bathrooms based on their gender at birth and not on their gender identity.Tammi Wallace, co-founder and co-chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said at a press conference that “ultimately, SB 6 sends a message that Texas is not open for business and that we will discriminate, at all cost, to our state’s economy on the back of business owners, particularly small businesses.”Carla Perez, a member of the Texas chapter of United We Dream, the largest group representing DREAMers in the United States, explained they are tying SB 4 and 6 together because that can make their advocacy more efficient.“We are here to ensure that our elected officials know, and that the state knows, that you cannot just deport immigrants and throw our LGBTQ brothers and sisters under the bus,” Perez noted at the press conference.The Texas Senate has already passed the so-called anti-sanctuary cities bill and there is a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday March 15th in the House of Representatives, while the so-called bathroom bill is still being debated in the upper chamber. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more



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Northeast Social Security Office Temporarily Closes

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROCiting unexpected repairs, officials have closed the Postal Plaza Social Security office in Northeast D.C. until further notice, the Social Security Administration announced April 30.People with existing appointments there should expect to hear from the administration with two options: to either receive services over the phone, or to reschedule their appointments to another office. The administration operates two offices in the District nearby. One is in Anacostia at 2041 MLK Jr. Ave. SE and the other is downtown at 1300 D St. SW.  The closure will not affect people with telephone appointments. Employees have been temporarily moved to other offices close by.Most Social Security services don’t require an office visit. To peruse through benefits or get more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. People 18 and older can sign up for a “My Social Security” account, which allows beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients to see their benefit verification letter, review payment history and earnings records.People who don’t receive benefits can use their online account to obtain a Social Security Statement that details earnings information and estimates of future benefits.Most services, meanwhile, are available by calling the administration at 1-800-772-1213. The deaf and hearing impaired should call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.last_img read more



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A Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone Display

first_img Smartphone addicts will want to pay close attention to this.Say, for example, you’re taking a shower or relaxing in a hot bath. Your smartphone is nowhere near your wet, soapy hands. Just then an important email comes in. You either have to ignore the message until you’re done or prematurely have to jump out and dry off. Not fun. Not convenient.The inventors of something called Cicret (pronounced “secret”) want to change that. With the simple flick of your wrist, the Cicret bracelet can project your smartphone’s display onto your forearm. Your arm essentially becomes a fully interactive display — a swipeable, touch-sensitive, full-color one that allows you to read and send emails, get directions, you name it.Related: A Watch That Shoots Lasers? Yes, Please.And it’s apparently water-proof, too.Sound too good to be true? Check out the video to get a look for yourself:See? With Cicret on your wrist, you’d never lose touch with your precious smartphone again. Your phone fix would be skin deep.Related: Want a New Smartwatch? Hold On. Why Not a Smart Ring Instead? Basically, Cicret lets you do everything you do on your phone on your forearm, palm up or palm down, depending on which way you wear it. Per Cicret’s website, you can rock it to “Read your emails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm.”How it works isn’t, well, much of a Cicret, er, secret. The promo video explains that the snap-on device works its magic using an embedded system that includes one mini projector, one microprocessor and eight long-range proximity sensors. It’s also packed with lots of other geeky goodies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, “vibrator,” micro USB port, battery, LED light components. Oh, and it comes in either 16-GB or 32-GB, and in 10 fun colors.  Also in the promo clip, the bracelet appears to be activated in a quick flick of the wrist. The smooth move instantly lights up a projection of a nearby Bluetooth-paired smartphone (notably an Android), illuminating several inches along the user’s wrist. Pretty bright idea, eh?Related: Gold? Silver? Pffft. This Necklace Is Pure Illumination.The one thing you can’t do unfortunately is get one right now. Cicret is still only in prototype mode. Soul crushing as that is, you can’t even pre-order one yet, either.Cicret’s Paris-based developers say they still need to raise about $1.2 million dollars to make the project a reality. They’re opting for their own PayPal fundraising campaign, forgoing trendy crowdfunding on Kickstarter and on Indiegogo. They recently failed to fund an ephemeral, Snapchat-like messaging app on the latter, ponying up a mere $15 of their $50,000 goal. Let’s hope it’s not a bad omen for their brilliant wearable offering.A beta version of the free app, simply called Cicret, is, however, available on Google Play. We’re guessing they want you to use it on their wristlet, you know, when you’re not busy taking a call in tub. Two questions remain: Does it work under water? And how much will one cost?Related: A Wearable Women Want to Wear? Behind Intel’s New Smart Bracelet. December 8, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more



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You are loved Inspiring messages installed on StokeonTrent bridge in effort to

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Volunteers put up messages of hope on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Lisa, aged 47, of Hyde, said: “We have decorated 31 bridges in Manchester and 34 people have told me they are still here today because they saw what was written.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Hayley Travis, Rachel Birks, Christine Travis, and Lisa Carr on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Volunteer Lisa Carr, aged 32, who works as a mental health nurse around North Staffordshire, said: “If we can do something, even to stop just one person, then we have done something worthwhile. We decorated the bridge with messages of hope, just to remind people that they are loved and that they will be missed, little quotes. Hopefully it will stop them.” Read MoreFamily demands NHS answers into death of dad-of-seven, 43, found dead in Stoke-on-Trent pub just two days after being discharged from hospital   Volunteer Rachael Birks, aged 40, from Chesterton, said: “With what has been going on recently, and stories I have seen in The Sentinel, I decided to give my support. The quotes are all there to hopefully make someone think twice. Hopefully we are going to decorate all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent and go along the A50 and A500.” Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailInspirational messages have been put up at a bridge where a mother-of-one fell to her death. While the circumstances surrounding Stephanie Housley’s tragic death have yet to be ascertained, organisers behind the messages hope to reach out to people  struggling with mental health issues and who may be contemplating taking their own life. On Sunday volunteers decorated the bridge on the A50 in Meir  with messages of hope, as well as helpline numbers which they hope will result in lives being saved. They also hope to visit all the bridges in Stoke-on-Trent to try to offer hope to vulnerable people at their lowest ebb. Their efforts were backed by the Bridge The Gap project, which has decorated motorway bridges across Manchester with inspirational quotes. Driver named following fatal collision Lisa Carr and other volunteers pin up inspirational messages on the bridge over the A50 between Meir and Meir Park Notes left on the bridge included ‘choose to keep going’, ‘suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’, and ‘just wanted to let you know, you are loved’. Read MoreDad-of-three died after being struck by train at a Stoke-on-Trent station   The Bridge The Gap project was launched by Lisa Barnes in Manchester last June. A year earlier she had stood on the top of a railway bridge in Tameside and contemplated taking her own life. She was there for three hours before a negotiator managed to talk her down. Meanwhile police have issued an appeal for witnesses as they look to piece together Stephanie Housley’s final movements before the 34-year-old, of Meir, fell from the bridge at 6.45pm on Monday, March 11. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 656. Read More’I’d do anything to have you back’ – Brother shares this poignant last photo with ‘amazing’ Steph, 34, who fell to her death from A50 bridge Need help? If you are experiencing mental health problems, feeling suicidal, or are concerned about someone else, support is available. Speak with your GP, who can refer into appropriate local services, contact the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline on 0808 800 2234 for out-of-hours support, or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.last_img read more



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Clearwater Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgClearwater, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe private aircraft operator Avantair continues to lead the way to a more environmentally responsible industry by extending its partnership with TerraPass, an originator and retailer of greenhouse gas reduction offsets.In honor of Earth Day, Avantair will again offset flight hours of carbon emissions of all new fractional owners as well as Edge Card and Axis Lease with TerraPass. Avantair was the first fractional aircraft operator to offset carbon emissions, and since the partnership with TerraPass began in 2007, Avantair has purchased Flight TerraPass credits that are equivalent to removing more than 13.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide. This is akin to taking more than 1,100 cars off the road for one year (12,000 miles driven), or the emissions created by 15,842 barrels of oil.Avantair’s new, exclusive Piaggio Avanti aircraft also produces the lowest amount of carbon emissions in the private aircraft industry, featuring innovative, fuel-efficient technology that reduces carbon dioxide output by approximately 35 percent compared with other fractional providers’ aircraft.www.avantair.comlast_img read more



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New research from the US shows that 305000 consum

first_imgNew research from the US shows that 305,000 consumers gave up their pay TV subscription in the second quarter of the year.While a large number, the research house that compiled the new figures, MoffettNathanson, was said that pay TV is holding steady and revenues per subscriber are actually increasing.The rate of decline is slowing with 387,000 subs ditching pay TV in the second quarter of last year and the annualised now running at about 400,000.last_img



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first_imgShareTweet A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “Recently there has been various reports to police of persons receiving telephone calls from various sources stating that they owe money and it can be paid using iTunes vouchers or iTunes gift cards.“Please note there are no services we are aware of that uses this method of payment only scammers.“Please see below advice from Apple.“If you receive a call like this contact police or Action Fraud.” applePOLICE IN DERRY WARNING OVER iTUNE GIFT CARD SCAM POLICE IN DERRY WARNING OVER iTUNE GIFT CARD SCAM was last modified: May 10th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: POLICE are advising the public in Derry to be alert to the latest scam by fraudsters. The crooks have been preying on both the elderly and the vulnerable claiming they owed money, for example to HM Revenue and Customs, and they only way to avoid jail was to pay the debt in the form of iTune vouchers.Some of those targeted lost almost £1,000 of their savings.last_img read more



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CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY

first_img CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY THEATREJOLLY PROMOTIONSstrabane JOLLY Promotions will bring their interactive children’s classic Little Red Riding Hood and the Silly Billy Wolf to local audiences at the end of this month.The Dungannon based theatre company specialise in all singing, all dancing productions of children’s stories and nursey rhymes that encourage their young audience to join in and will be performing the classic fairy tale at the Alley Theatre on Saturday 27th January at 2pm.This colourful, fast-paced show sees Little Red Riding Hood adventuring through the woods to visit her Granny, but somewhere along the way the Silly Billy Wolf is waiting.Children will have great fun joining in on the action, singing songs and playing games and meeting some amazing characters in this original show, written especially for this touring spectacular. With beautiful costumes, stunning stage sets and hilarious characters, this is a fun-packed show not to be missed.Suitable for younger children and their families from Jolly Promotions, the team behind Humpty Dumpty’s Big Eggventure and Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing-along.Tickets are £8, with Family of Five tickets at a cost of £35 available from the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or www.alley-theatre.com.CLASSIC FAIRY TALE PERFORMANCE COMES TO THE ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:center_img ShareTweetlast_img read more



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