Agriculture Department raids Shetkari Sanghatana leader’s house

first_imgA day after a Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) leader in Akola district of Maharashtra planted illegal Genetically Modified (GM) seeds, the officers from Agriculture Department on Tuesday searched his house and collected the seed samples to be sent to the testing. Hundreds of farmers on Monday had joined in what they termed as the ‘civil disobedience’ movement, to protest central government’s indecisiveness in approving the next generation of GM cotton, as farmer leader Lalit Patil-Bahale sowed seeds of the illegal herbicide tolerant (HT) Bt cotton and Bt Brinjal, in his field in Akoli Jahangir in Akola’s Akot tehsil.The open defiance of law was organised by SS, a farmers’ organisation which has been an advocate of open market in the field of agriculture.“Today, the officials from the Agriculture department visited my house and seized samples of seeds which were sown yesterday. I had openly announced that we will be breaking the law and was ready for any type of repercussions,” said Mr Patil-Bahale.He said that the officials told him that samples will be sent for tests to determine whether it was really a banned HTBt cotton seed. “If they had decided to wait to test on cotton crop, then they would have had to wait for two months. It seems they were in a hurry,” he said. Akola district collector Jitendra Papalkar told The Hindu that the farmers’ body has committed an illegal act. “We have sent a team of agriculture officers and will be seeking the report from them, following which necessary action would be taken,” he said.Breaking law by planting unapproved GM seed may attract imprisonment of up to five years and monetary fine worth ₹1 lakh.The anti-GM crop activists too had termed the action by SS as one similar to bio-terrorism, risking the lives of future generations.last_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

BJP launches agitation against govt action on Ramdev

first_imgBJP on Sunday launched a nationwide 24-hour-long agitation against police crackdown on Ramdev supporters and corruption even as it asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.Several BJP leaders led by party president Nitin Gadkari and Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani reached Rajghat amid a massive police bandobast to launch the ‘satyagraha’.The decision to hold the agitation was taken at a meeting of the BJP’s national office-bearers here.”The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and against corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money. Now we want an affirmative action,” BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters.He dubbed the crackdown as an effort of the government to hide its “misdeeds” on corruption.At Rajghat, several party leaders launched an attack on the UPA government, accusing it of violating democratic norms in breaking the yoga guru’s fast.They equated last night’s police action with Jallianwala Bagh incident in which several unarmed people were killed in firing.Terming the police action on “peaceful and unarmed” people at Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike venue as a “shameful” chapter in India’s democracy, BJP earlier today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of ordering the crackdown.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Rohit Sharma devastating yet classical, Twitter reacts to historic ODI double hundred

first_imgRohit Sharma became the first cricketer in the history of the gentleman’s game to score a third double century against Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match series vs Sri Lanka in Mohali.Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have scored only one double hundred, but Rohit is the only man to score more than one in one day internationals.He blasted 13 fours and 12 sixes in his unbeaten 153-ball knock.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.209 vs Australia, Bangalore (November 2, 2013): Rohit tore into the Australian attack and smashed 12 fours and 16 sixes to finish with 209 off 158 balls.264 vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata (November 13, 2014): He returned the following year to post the highest individual score in ODI history, with a brutal 264.Here is how Twitter reacted:Way to go my friend. Always a joy to watch you bat :-)) @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/wAhZr5t0ZB- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 13, 2017What an innings Hitman , quite unreal. Many congratulations on the 3rd ODI double. 3 alone out of a total 7 ODI double hundred’s. Take a bow @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/RzZKzoEwnt- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 13, 2017Wah Rohit Wah ! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma ! pic.twitter.com/EPWGZ2qcaG- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 13, 2017Absolutely unbelievable batting by @ImRo45 …take a bow skipper..advertisement- parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 13, 2017@ImRo45 ?????? wow weeeeee!!!- Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) December 13, 2017Wow @ImRo45 ! What a serious knock. #INDvSL- Martin Guptill (@Martyguptill) December 13, 20172??0??8??*??200s by @ImRo45 – 3200s by everyone else – 4First 100 – 115 ballsSecond 100 – 36 balls153 balls, 13 fours, 12 sixes.Outstanding.#INDvSL #howzstat pic.twitter.com/0P4nBxoSRj- ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017The hitman strikes against Sri Lanka! A historic third ODI double ton from @ImRo45, who makes 208*, leads India to a massive 392/4 in Mohali #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Mm0kYWJepm- ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017No other player has more than one ODI 200… @ImRo45 now has THREE!What an unbelievable innings! ??? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/u80KyDP2PR- ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7GrZKtv2DA- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017last_img read more

Australia to play UAE in one-off T20I as preparation for Pakistan series

first_imgThe Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday, that the United Arab Emirates will take on Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Monday.The contest, which has been granted official status by the International Cricket Council (ICC), will serve as a warm-up for the visiting Australians ahead of their three-match T20 series against Pakistan which begins on October 24.Australia and Pakistan are currently playing the second match of a two-Test series in the UAE, with Tim Paine’s side seeking their first series win in Asia since 2011 after a battling draw in the last match.”This match will provide an exceptionally good Test for our players,” ECB chief selector Waleed Bukhatir said. “We need them to be put under pressure and for them to focus more intently by being challenged by higher ranked, leading teams within our game.”To do so it is vitally important for the full member countries and the ICC to support and provide the associates with such opportunities. We’re extremely thankful to the ICC, Cricket Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board.”ECB said entry for the match at Abu Dhabi Zayed Cricket Stadium (Oval 1) would be free for spectators.Top order batsman Aaron Finch was named Australia captain for the T20 series against Pakistan. The second and third games of the series will be played in Dubai on October 26 and 28.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

OnePlus 6T India launch: How to watch livestream, top offers on 6T and other key details you must know

first_imgIn several hours from now at 8.30PM, OnePlus will formally launch the OnePlus 6T in India. The phone was unveiled last night in New York, but tonight is when the company will reveal the OnePlus 6T price in India as well as other key details, including when it is going to go on sale and where can you get it. The global price of the phone starts at $549, so we are hoping that the India price is going to start somewhere between Rs 35,000 and Rs 40,000.Now, ahead of the OnePlus 6T launch, there are a number of key details that you may want to know. For example, may be, you are hoping to follow the India launch tonight, where the keynote is going to be from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei — yes, the same Pei who is famous for his impromptu ice-cream meetings with OnePlus fans in Delhi and Bangalore. So how can you do that?How to watch OnePlus 6T India livestreamOnePlus is streaming today’s launch event starting 8.30 PM, IST on its main website as well as on its YouTube channel. To watch the livestream which will be from the KDJW Stadium that is inside the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, tune in to the following URLs.– https://www.oneplus.in/6t/launch– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D97j_4c8loIn case you missed last night’s OnePlus 6T announcement, let us remind you that this is a high-end phone with a top-class design and powerful hardware. It is a slick phone, thanks to its metal and glass body, is futuristic with its in-display fingerprint sensor and waterdrop notch, and is fast, thanks to powerful core hardware such as the Snapdragon 845 processor inside it.advertisementWhile the exact details of when OnePlus 6T goes on sale and where will be it announced tonight remains a little unclear, there are some key bits that we know.– Globally, the OnePlus 6T goes on sale from November 1. In India too, the phone will be on sale from November 1, though we don’t know from what time, but indications are that the sale will start either on the night of November 1 or in the second half of.– The OnePlus 6T will be available on both Amazon India website and on OnePlus India online store.– From November 2, it is expected that the OnePlus 6T will be available in India in offline stores. These are the stores managed by OnePlus as well as those run by Croma and Reliance Digita- thr two retail partners of OnePlus.– On November 2, OnePlus is also organizing pop-up events in 10 locations in 8 Indian cities where OnePlus fans will be able to meet the OnePlus team, see the OnePlus 6T, experience it, and buy it. People who are part of the pop-up event may also get exclusive gifts as well as will have chance to enjoy snacks and drinks with the OnePlus team. The details of the pop-up events are available at: https://www.oneplus.in/6t-popupsOnePlus 6T offersAhead of the launch of the OnePlus 6T in India, there are several offers available on the phone.– Amazon India has a pre-booking page for the OnePlus 6T. If you choose to pre-book a OnePlus 6T now — and today is the last day to do so — there are a number of benefits you will get. To people who are pre-booking the phone, OnePlus and Aamzon are giving free Bullets USB-C earphones worth Rs 1490. In addition, You also get Rs 500 discount coupons you will get when you buy the OnePlus 6T after pre-booking it. And finally, today there are a number of additional offers, including bank offers from ICICI Bank and Citi Bank cards, which aim to give shopper Rs 2000 instant discount on the OnePlus 6T.– Finally, there is an offer from Jio for the OnePlus 6T. If you buy the OnePlus 6T and pair it with a Jio connection you will get a cashback of Rs 5400 and up to 3GB data from Jio. The cashback is in the form of Jio vouchers, that you will be able to use to pay for your Jio connection.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T review: Perfect to a T Details of all the pre-launch offers on OnePlus 6T are available here.last_img read more

SSA Ben Line Agencies Form New Ship Agency

first_imgzoom Two port agencies, the UAE-based Sharaf Shipping Agency (SSA) and Singapore’s Ben Line Agencies, have joined forces to establish a new global agency company for the wet and dry bulk shipping and commodity markets, WaterFront Maritime Services.To become operational on April 1, 2017, WaterFront Maritime Services is equally owned by SSA and Ben Line Agencies but will operate as an independent corporate and commercial entity.The move comes as the two companies intend to “set a new standard in port agency.”WaterFront will be headquartered in Dubai with offices in Singapore and Miami as well as operational hubs in Jakarta and the United Arab Emirates.The company will focus its services on ship owners and operators, charterers, managers and traders involved in the movement of coal, grains, iron ore, minor bulks and project cargo as well as crude oil, clean and dirty products, chemicals and gas.“By specializing in particular commodity trades and offering solutions tailored for each individual customer, WaterFront will provide end-to-end control over the shipping supply chain through a single point of contact,” WaterFront said in a statement.last_img read more

NBC News chairman an unexpected figure in Mississippi news

NEW YORK — Born and raised in Manhattan and a national news executive for much of his career, Andrew Lack would seem an unlikely figure behind an attempt to revive the ailing local news industry in Mississippi.Quietly, NBC’s news chairman has been the key person behind Mississippi Today, an online news site that has been operating for three years. It is one of several experimental approaches to journalism seeking traction during a painful time of retrenchment for local news.Why Lack? And why Mississippi?Although Lack never lived there, it’s where his mother is from. His great-grandfather was the mayor of Greenville, Mississippi. When the 71-year-old executive considered some charitable endeavours, he was drawn south and considered buying a newspaper until becoming intrigued by the pioneering Texas Tribune’s success.“Non-profit, digital-first journalism was beginning to fill a void as the newspaper structure that so many people depended on was starting to erode,” he said.Lack is listed as Mississippi Today’s founder and has sunk $1 million into it. He helped secure a broader funding base before the site’s 2016 launch; the Ford Foundation is the biggest backer with three grants totalling $1.8 million, according to the Foundation Center. James Barksdale, former Netscape CEO and a Mississippi native, is also a major supporter.Nineteen newspapers in Mississippi consider themselves dailies, yet only four publish seven days a week, said Ryan Nave, Mississippi Today’s editor-in-chief. Seeing that the number of reporters covering state government was down to a handful, the site initially made that its main area of concentration.“We just want to provide something that is unique and special, a little deeper and with a little more texture than other media that is just breaking news,” Nave said. “We’re focusing on explanatory and investigative journalism, and not trying to copy what other people are doing.”Mississippi Today wrote last week about an administrative error that left the state without enough money to give raises to public school teachers, and how some welfare money instead goes to a college scholarship program benefiting middle class families. One article, done with the help of another non-profit news site, ProPublica, was about how poor Delta residents are among the most likely to be targeted for a tax audit.Health care coverage has been a strength, said Will Norton Jr., dean of the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media, and member of the Mississippi Today board of directors.In an industry where diversity is often an issue, both Nave and his managing editor, Harvey Parson, are black. Four of the 12 listed reporters and photographers are minorities. Lack sees it as a teaching lab for young journalists.Mississippi Today has broadened its base by hiring two of the state’s best-known media figures: sports columnist Rick Cleveland and cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, who also hosts a public television show.“They have in some ways supplanted the other, more established news entities,” said Sid Salter, longtime editorial page editor at the Clarion Ledger who now works at Mississippi State University. “But because they’re digital-only in the least-wired state in the Union, it limits their influence. There are still a lot of people who, when you say ‘Mississippi Today,’ they say ‘who? What?’ I expect that to diminish.”Critics have sought to tar Mississippi Today with two words that are epithets to many, saying it is run by liberals and outsiders. Some Republicans, including Gov. Phil Bryant, refuse to return calls from its reporters.While Lack’s involvement is known to insiders, the role of a New York-based chairman of a national news division isn’t emphasized in Mississippi, Norton said. “He doesn’t want to be seen as the major player,” he said.Lack describes his Mississippi Today role as “kibitzer-in-chief.” Nave said he’s frequently calling with ideas; some are good, and with others Nave relies on his Mississippi expertise to direct Lack’s enthusiasm elsewhere. He sees Lack’s influence in invitations, like when Nave spoke at a summit run by the Paley Center for Media and the Columbia Journalism Review in New York.“People who need access to Andy are a little bit more open to having a meeting with us,” Nave said. “I know I’ve been in meetings I would not be in if Andy had not set it up.”While there are successes — the Texas Tribune and ProPublica spring to mind — there are still questions about the long-term viability of an operation based on financial contributions in an industry long dependent on advertising revenue until that largely collapsed. Norton said Mississippi Today needs to make itself a vital part of the community, perhaps by sponsoring and hosting events.The site also publicizes its work by letting other news organizations use its stories.“We’re not competing with everyone,” Lack said. “I’m not competing with the Clarion Ledger. Maybe I can help them be better.”Lack’s passion and investment have set up Mississippi Today for success, said Jennifer Preston, vice-president of journalism for the Knight Foundation. Her organization has given it $300,000 in grants, according to the Donation Center. She said it would be important if more national news figures could show a similar leadership and commitment to local news.Extra attention being paid to the financial problems decimating local news has given Lack reason for optimism.“You’re beginning to see an understanding that local news is a public responsibility that is central to a working democracy, and it’s core to the good health and life of every community,” he said.____The Associated Press’ Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi and Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this report.David Bauder, The Associated Press read more

Liberal groups want 2020 Dems to back Pentagon spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a push to get Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon.The groups are writing to all candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary on Thursday urging them to support slashing $200 billion or more from an annual defence budget that topped $700 billion last year.The effort, dubbed “Put People Over the Pentagon,” aims to elevate defence spending in a presidential race where energized progressive activists are nudging candidates to embrace their agenda.Four senators vying for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump voted against the measure that authorizes the current Pentagon budget: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.Elana Schor, The Associated Press read more

UN rushes urgentlyneeded aid to floodravaged Bolivians

22 January 2007The United Nations is sending in food and providing logistical support to approximately 8,000 Bolivian families – or 40,000 people – affected by severe floods and landslides. According to the UN Emergency Technical Team and the World Food Programme (WFP), major rivers such as Rio Grande and Pilcomayo have overflowed and as a result, seven of the nine departments comprising Bolivia have been affected. In the remaining two departments, preventive evacuation has already begun.The Bolivian Government has declared a state of emergency, as flooding has caused landslides and road obstructions, cutting off some rural communities. Bolivia’s rainy season extends from November to March, and the El Niño phenomenon is at the root of the especially harsh rain and resulting floods. The Bolivian National Meteorological Service forecasts continued heavy rains until the end of February.“The UN is helping the Government of Bolivia to respond to recent floods and landslides in that country,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters today.The Emergency Technical Team has assisted in coordinating efforts between the Bolivian Government and humanitarian agencies on the ground.WFP has teamed up with DRIPAD, a Bolivian Government institution promoting rural integration, to distribute much-needed food assistance to families in four of the seven departments impacted by flooding. read more

Somalia UN envoy condemns deadly violence in port city

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN Special Representative for Somalia, said in a statement that the fighting in Kismayo – which has led to the deaths of many civilians – was aimed at controlling the city’s port for resource generation and not over political or other issues.He also voiced his sadness at the large number of killings last week in the areas around Mogadishu and Afgoye as a result of fighting between forces backing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia.Field reports indicate many civilians were shot dead in a series of indiscriminate attacks against buses on the road between Mogadishu and Afgoye, and that at least another 2000 people were displaced from their homes. Both the TFG and the Alliance have accused each other of carrying out the killings.The attacks could be serious violations of international law, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said, warning that those responsible may be brought to justice.“I call upon all parties to the conflict in Somalia to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, and to stand by their commitments under the Djibouti agreement,” he said, adding that he offered his sympathies to the victims of the latest violence and their families.The Djibouti agreement, which was formally signed on Monday by representatives of the TFG and the Alliance, commits the two sides to ending all armed confrontation between them and to stop making inflammatory statements. It was brokered by Mr. Ould-Abdallah as part of UN efforts to bring peace to Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government since 1991. 23 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today deplored this week’s outbreak of deadly violence that has engulfed the southern port city of Kismayo and displaced thousands of people from the area. read more

Five hurt in crash

Five people were taken to hospital following a three vehicle crash on the Six Nations reserve last evening.Emergency crews arrived at the intersection of Chiefswood Road and Third Line just before 6:30 pm.All of the people involved were already safely out of their vehicles.A man and three women were taken by ambulance to Brantford General Hospital, while another man was taken to West Haldimand General in Hagersville.Police are continuing to investigate. (photo courtesy Six Nations Fire Dept)

Ghana UNbacked campaign aims to save 20000 young lives

“When children’s lives are at stake, you cannot stop at ordinary measures,” said Dorothy Rozga, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative for Ghana. “With this campaign Ghana is taking that extraordinary step we need to save young lives. This is a huge investment that will pay off for families, communities and the entire nation.”The campaign, led by Ghana’s Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and supported by Japan, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a consortium of development partners and the private sector, is being implemented against a startling backdrop of national infant and child mortality rates that have failed to improve over the last five years. Some 80,000 children under the age of five die every year in Ghana, most from preventable or treatable disease.To help change that, efforts include the distribution of 1.5 million pamphlets to all primary schools to alert parents to the week-long campaign. Trained volunteers at 9,500 posts around the country are set to immunize millions of children against measles and polio, and give them Vitamin A supplements, and children in three northern regions will be de-wormed.For the first time in Ghana’s history of national immunization days, all children under two will be given free insecticide-treated bed nets to help fight bites from mosquitoes carrying malaria, which causes one-quarter of all deaths of children under five. The consistent use of treated bed nets alone could reduce all-cause child mortality by 20 per cent. But usage by pregnant women and infants is low, so long-term community education efforts will urge families to sleep together under the nets.“What we are doing through this campaign is not only to ensure that we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but also to invest in the future – the children of Ghana,” said Dr. Joachim Saweka, WHO’s Ghana representative. “We are making a lot of savings by ensuring that our children are protected against measles, polio, Vitamin A deficiency and malaria all at once.” read more

Feds Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to

ATLANTA – A Russian man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Tuesday after federal authorities say he created a computer program that has been used to drain bank accounts.Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, who’s also known as “Gribodemon” and “Harderman,” pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud. He appeared in federal court wearing an orange jail uniform with his legs chained together as he entered a guilty plea after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.Another man, Hamza Bendelladj, was also indicted in the case and pleaded not guilty in May after being extradited from Thailand, where he was arrested a year ago. The case against him is still pending.Authorities say the 24-year-old Panin is the main author of SpyEye. The program is a type known as a banking Trojan, which was implanted onto computers to harvest financial information so its users could drain bank accounts. Authorities said the malware has infected more than 1.4 million computers in the United States and abroad and is responsible for untold amounts of financial theft.Federal prosecutor John Horn called Panin “one of the pre-eminent cybercriminals that we’ve been able to apprehend and prosecute so far.” Operating from Russia, Panin “wrote and polished the code for SpyEye until he had a product that experts described as professional grade,” Horn said.Trojans such as SpyEye can be profitable for cybercriminals. A small group of hackers in Eastern Europe arrested in 2010 was able to steal about $70 million from companies, municipalities and churches in Europe and the U.S.SpyEye was designed to automatically steal sensitive information — such as bank account credentials, credit card information, passwords and PIN numbers — after being implanted in victims’ computers. After the program took control of a computer, it allowed hackers to use a number of covert techniques to trick victims into giving up their personal information — including data grabbing and presenting victims with a fake bank account page. The information was then relayed to a command and control server, which was used to access bank accounts.Panin conspired with others, including Bendelladj, to advertise the SpyEye virus in online forums focused on cybercrime and other criminal activity and sold versions of the software for prices ranging from $1,000 to $8,500, prosecutors said. Cybercriminals were able to customize their purchases to choose specific methods of gathering personal information from victims. He is believed to have sold it to at least 150 clients. A single client of his, known by his online name “Soldier,” reportedly used the program to make more than $3.2 million in a six-month period, Horn said.Between 2009 and 2011, SpyEye was the pre-eminent malware toolkit used by cybercriminals, and it is still being used today, Horn said. Information from the financial services industry indicates that more than 10,000 bank accounts were compromised by the program in 2013 alone.Agents with the FBI in February 2011 searched and seized a SpyEye server they said was operated by Bendelladj in Georgia. That server controlled more than 200 computers infected with the virus and contained information from many financial institutions, authorities said.In June and July 2011, covert FBI sources communicated directly with Panin, who was using his online nicknames. The FBI sources were able to buy a version of SpyEye from Panin that included features designed to steal financial information, initiate fraudulent online banking transactions, among other operations.Panin, whose real name wasn’t yet known at the time, and Bendelladj were indicted in December 2011.Bendelladj was on a trip from Malaysia to Egypt when he was arrested during a layover at an airport in Bangkok on Jan. 5, 2013. Police seized two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and external hard drives.Panin was arrested July 1 when he flew through Atlanta’s airport. Horn, the prosecutor, declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Panin’s arrest. He is set to be sentenced April 29.Federal agents continue to investigate the case, and Horn said investigators have been able to provide information to authorities in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom that have allowed them to make arrests. Feds: Russian creator of bank hacking program pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kate Brumback, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2014 12:29 pm MDT read more

Conditions in Myanmars Rakhine not in place to enable safe returns –

“At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns. Refugees are still fleeing, and many have suffered violence, rape, and deep psychological harm,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists at a regular media briefing in Geneva Friday. “It is critical that returns do not take place precipitously or prematurely, without the informed consent of refugees or the basic elements of lasting solutions in place,” he stressed. Over the past three months, widespread inter-communal violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state resulted in some 622,000 people fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. Prior to this latest crisis, Bangladesh was already hosting well over 200,000 Rohingya refugees as a result of earlier displacements.According to the UN refugee agency, some of those who fled witnessed the deaths of family and friends, and most have little or nothing to go back to with their homes and villages destroyed. Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressedUNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards“Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressed,” added Mr. Edwards, underscoring that progress towards addressing the root causes of flight, including lack of citizenship for members of the Rohingya community, as recommended by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, will also be crucial. Furthermore, humanitarian access in northern Rakhine state remains negligible.At the briefing, the UNHCR spokesperson also noted that the UN agency looks forward to seeing details of the agreement between the two countries, and that it stands ready to help both governments work towards a solution for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh that meets international refugee and human rights standards.“Refugees have the right to return [and] a framework that enables them to exercise this right in line with international standards, will be welcome,” he said. read more

IPL 2017 Kings XI sent in to bat in mustwin game

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, MohaliBy: Shashank KishoreToss Kolkata Knight Riders chose to bowl v Kings XI PunjabKolkata Knight Riders’ bowlers removed Kings XI Punjab’s top order with early strikes © BCCIKings XI Punjab were put in to bat in the first of three knockout games by Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, in Mohali.Glenn Maxwell announced four changes to the Kings XI side that failed to defend 189 against Gujarat Lions two nights ago. Spinners Swapnil Singh and Rahul Tewatia came in along with Manan Vohra and Matt Henry, the New Zealand fast bowler, picked for his first game this season.The absence of Hashim Amla and David Miller, who have flown back to South Africa to prepare for the a short ODI series in England, resulted in Kings XI playing only four specialist batsmen and the wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.Meanwhile, Knight Riders were near full-strength with Robin Uthappa, who missed their last two games to nurse a sore hamstring, taking over wicketkeeping duties from Sheldon Jackson, while Kuldeep Yadav replaced Piyush Chawla.A win for Knight Riders would mean they join Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs. A Knight Riders win would also make this the earliest the four qualifying spots have been decided in the tournament’s history. (ESPNcricinfo)Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Sunil Narine, 2 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 3 Chris Lynn, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Ankit RajpootKings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 5 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6 Axar Patel, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Matt Henry, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Swapnil Singh Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTewatia, Mohit keep Kings XI aliveMay 9, 2017In “latest news”Andre Russell steals the show as Knight Riders make it two in twoMarch 27, 2019In “latest news”Clinical Knight Riders storm into Finals by upstaging table-toppersMay 28, 2014In “Sports” read more

Mining Masterclass on Mining Finance

first_img08:30Registration 10:30Tea and coffee break 10:45Current trends in the equity (both public and private) marketsRaj Khatri, Senior Managing Director and Head of Metals and Mining Europe, Macquarie Capital 11:30Practical experience of multiple finance sourcesTim Read, former Chief Executive Officer and President of Adastra Minerals Inc. 09:00Current trends in the debt finance marketMark Tyler, Head of Mining and Resources, Nedbank Contact: Liv.Carroll@pbworld.comcenter_img 12:15What to expect when financing through development finance institutionsJulian Nichol and Iain Duncan, Simmons & Simmons LLP 09:45Pre-pays as a form of financeEmma Jenkins, Director, Cambridge Risk Ltd On April 4, MinSouth and the Association of Mining Analysts continue their series of Mining Masterclasses with Simmons & Simmons LLP, in London, England. This Masterclass will look at current trends in the mining finance market and key points for consideration in relation to certain forms of mining finance. The start time is 08.30 at Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS. This Masterclass, which is free to attend, will focus on financing exploration and project development and will include presentations from banks and financial institutions with Mark Tyler of Nedbank headlining. Further details are below:Programme 13:00Networking lunchlast_img read more

HOW MUCH GREENHOUSE GASES DO AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES EMIT IN THE ATMOSPHERE

first_imgmanagement, live stock waste from enteric fermentation in cattle, manure management, fossil fuel consumption from transportation and processing, and others. Each of these sources is discussed below along with possible ways of reducing emissions. The percentage of GHG emissions from each agricultural practice in The Gambia is sourced from The Gambia Second National Communications to the UNFCCC document which was published by the UNFCCC in 2012.Agricultural Soil Management Nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils and bush and crop residue burning account for 10 percent of the total emissions from the agricultural sector. In a developed world like the United States of America, this accounts for about 60 percent of the total emissions from the agricultural sector (USEPA 1990 – 2005). Nitrous oxide is produced naturally in soils through the microbial processes of nitrification and de-nitrification. This simply means the decomposition of soil organic matter. In between the nitrification and de-nitrification processes, nitrous oxide is produced.The large increase in the use of nitrogen fertilizer ( ex. compound fertilizer or urea) for the production of a high nitrogen-consuming crop like corn has increased the emissions of nitrous oxide worldwide. Although nitrogen fertilizer is essential for increasing crop production, the development of practices for more efficiently using nitrogen fertilizer has the potential to significantly reduce nitrous oxide emissions while also reducing production costs and mitigating the nitrogen contamination of surface and ground waters. This means that if you apply nitrogen fertilizer to your crops, DO NOT broadcast it. Broadcasting means applying the fertilizer by throwing it everywhere in the crop field. Instead, use band application. Band application is when you place the fertilizer at least six inches from the stems of crops in a row and bury it in the soil. In this way the crop will efficiently use the fertilizer and less of that fertilizer will emit nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. You will also not waste the amount of your fertilizer as opposed to when you broadcast it.Enteric Fermentation Methane is produced as part of the normal digestive processes in animals, mostly cattle. During digestion, microbes in the animal’s digestive system ferment feed. This process, called enteric fermentation, produces methane as a by-product which can be emitted by the exhaling and belching of the animal. Because of their unique digestive system, ruminant animals (e.g. cattle) are the major emitters of methane. Beef cattle account for about 70 percent and dairy cattle for about 25 percent of these methane emissions in the US. It is worth noting that in the US, cattle rearing is entirely done in a confined environment where there is less movement of the cattle. Because of that management system, these cattle give off more methane than expected. However, in The Gambia, the combination of animal husbandry, rice cultivation, and bush and crop residue burning account for 51 percent of total emissions. The cattle rearing system in The Gambia is characterized by a free range system where the cattle freely move about and travel long distances each day grazing on natural vegetation. In this type of management system, less methane gas is given off. Therefore, if beef and dairy cattle numbers increase in a confined environment, methane emissions will also increase. Feed qualify and feed intake influence the level of methane emissions. In general, higher feed quality and higher feed intake lead to higher methane emissions.Manure Management Methane is produced by the anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition of manure. When manure is handled as a solid or deposited naturally on grassland, it decomposes aerobically (with oxygen) and creates little methane emissions. However, manure stored as a liquid or slurry in lagoons, ponds, tanks or pits, as is common in the US, decomposes anaerobically and creates methane emissions. Dairy cattle and pigs produce about 85 percent of the methane emissions in the US. In The Gambia, this percentage is 64. This is because The Gambia has a free range small ruminant and pig management system and their diets are generally of low quality and less in quantity. Methane emissions will increase as the number of large scale livestock confinement systems increases. Methane emissions can be reduced through the application of technologies designed to capture the methane and use it as an energy source. In addition to reducing methane emissions, methane capture will improve the profitability of the livestock operation by offsetting the need for fossil fuel energy from outside sources.Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Consumption The use of fossil fuels (i.e. diesel or petrol) in agricultural production (ex. by operating tractors on the farm and or using vehicles to transport farm inputs and produce) accounts for eight percent of the emissions from agriculture in the US. The Gambia, however, does not have any percentage emissions for fossil fuel use may be because our farmers seldom use tractors for their field operations. Even the very few who use tractors on their farms, their usage is very limited and it is on seasonal basis only. Using renewable fuels (like using solar-power tractors) can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture production.Other A variety of other sources produce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, most of the world’s rice and all of U.S. rice are grown on flooded fields which prevent atmospheric oxygen from entering soil. When rice is grown with no oxygen, the soil organic matter decomposes under anaerobic conditions and produces methane that escapes into the atmosphere and causes emissions. In The Gambia, methane emission under rice production is estimated at 33 percent. In order to reduce emissions from rice cultivation, the rice field should be drained of water at some time of the growth of the crop to minimize anaerobic fermentation.Sidat Yaffa, Ph.D.Contact: slsconsultinggambia@gmail.com ]]>last_img read more

Ronaldo My son says hell be better than me

first_imgConfidence appears to be running high in Cristiano Ronaldo’s family with the star revealing that his son is already aiming to become even better than him8-year-old Cristiano Jr has followed in his father’s footsteps this summer by signing for Juventus’ Under-9 team.And it seems that the youngster is having no trouble adapting to his new surroundings as he continues to bang in the goals for the Bianconeri youth side.Although his father, who recently scored his first two goals the Juventus senior side on Sunday, warned that he may not have it so easy when it comes to catching up with him.“I hope Cris, my son, will be like his daddy,” Ronaldo sr told reporters on Mundo Deportivo.“He says he’ll be better than me, but I think he’ll find it difficult.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Ronaldo will make his Champions League debut for Juventus this evening against Valencia.Below is a video of Cristiano Jr in action.Juventus Pulcini won 7-1 yesterday – Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. scored 4 of those goals on his debut. [TS] pic.twitter.com/AXZWsOPBBr— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) September 2, 2018last_img read more

Missing endangered woman seen with two strangers at bank police say

first_imgMajor crimes detectives are continuing their search for 22-year-old Deborah Ann Kellar, a medically endangered Vancouver woman who is missing under suspicious circumstances — and was seen at a bank with a man and woman unknown to her family.Thursday afternoon, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office released an updated bulletin that includes a more representative photo of Kellar and bank surveillance photos of the unknown man and woman.“At this time it is unknown if Deborah is in any danger,” sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Schanaker said in the bulletin. “It is known that she is missing, that she has not communicated with family members as would normally be the case, and that she is mentally challenged as reported by her family.” On Wednesday, Schanaker said, Kellar withdrew money from her U.S. bank account in Hazel Dell and Portland. And she was seen about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a U.S. Bank in Hillsboro, Ore., with the two strangers.Kellar is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall to 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds or more, with brown eyes and frizzy blond hair with brown roots showing. She likes to wear dark clothing.She has the cognitive skills of a 15-year-old, is shy of strangers and suffers from diabetes and clinical depression, Sheriff’s Sgt. Randon Walker said in a bulletin late Wednesday night.last_img read more