Del Mastro electionrelated convictions stand after top court denies leave

first_imgTORONTO – A former parliamentary secretary who used to speak for then-prime minister Stephen Harper against election-fraud allegations levelled at the Conservatives lost his bid Thursday to have the country’s highest court weigh in on his own convictions for electoral fraud.The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear his appeal means that Dean Del Mastro, initially convicted in 2014 for offences committed a decade ago, has reached the end of the road in his efforts at exoneration.“It seems like a modest word at times like these, but I’m obviously terribly disappointed,” the former Conservative MP from Peterborough, Ont., told The Canadian Press. “I had hoped to be able to fight for a just outcome through the courts, but it’s not to be.”Del Mastro said he now planned to sue Elections Canada for what he called the “negligent” investigation that led to his convictions. He said he would be seeking unspecified damages.“We’ll go after them and call into question aspects of this investigation which were negligent, which led to an outcome which is not just,” Del Mastro said. “My campaign followed all the rules.”Ontario court Judge Lisa Cameron convicted Del Mastro, 47, of three electoral offences related to his 2008 re-election campaign: overspending, failing to report a $21,000 contribution he made to his own campaign and knowingly filing a false report.Cameron handed him a one-month jail term along with four months house arrest and 18 months probation for what she called his “cheating and lying” in his “affront” to democracy. The judge also ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution.“He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it,” Cameron said at the time.Del Mastro, once a staunch and vocal defender of Conservative policies, appealed but lost at the Superior Court and Appeal Court levels.In April 2016, Superior Court Justice Bryan Shaughnessy upheld both the convictions and sentence — while setting aside the restitution order. In September, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the convictions.“The offences were serious and struck at the heart of the democratic electoral process,” the court said.Del Mastro, granted bail at various points while his appeals wound through the courts, won’t now have to go back to jail despite his latest legal setback. He had already been granted statutory release after serving 20 days in jail.However, he will now have to serve the four-month conditional sentence from his 83-hectare farm in Bailieboro, south of Peterborough, although he said he would be allowed to travel to his energy-development work a couple of times a week.“I guess it’s more like farm arrest in this case,” Del Mastro said. “I wanted to start immediately, so I have.”After his conviction, which also precluded his running for Parliament for five years, the disgraced politician resigned the Peterborough seat he had won three times.Del Mastro, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence, remained defiant on Thursday, insisting the voters were short-changed by what happened to him and refused to rule out another run for political office at some point.“If I can’t get justice and a just outcome from the courts, then maybe I should seek it from the voters,” Del Mastro said. “The most fundamental right of citizenship is people’s democratic franchise, and that’s what was crushed and taken away and that’s why the Supreme Court should have heard the case.”Del Mastro’s elections agent, accountant Richard McCarthy, 68, was given a two-month conditional sentence plus one year of probation for his role.last_img read more

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At least 150 dead as boat carrying migrants from Libya capsizes –

In one of the deadliest incidents in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, at least 150 people have drowned and scores of others are missing after a boat leaving Libya capsized off the Tunisian coast on Wednesday, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. The overcrowded boat, which set sail on Saturday from the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and was headed for Lampedusa in Italy, carried an estimated 850 people, mostly migrants from West Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Some survivors told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tunisia that the boat was manned by people with little or no maritime experience. Soon after it departed Tripoli, the boat ran into difficulties and by the third day the passengers ran out of food and water. The boat eventually ran aground on Wednesday near the Kerkennah islands, some 300 kilometres north-west of Tripoli, UNHCR reported. It capsized as desperate passengers rushed to one side, seeking rescue by the Tunisian coast guard and fishing boats that had approached the vessel. “This appears to be one of the worst and the deadliest incidents in the Mediterranean so far this year,” Adrian Edwards, the UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters.Mr. Edwards noted that the rescue operation by the Tunisian authorities is still continuing. Libya has been engulfed by fighting since a pro-democracy movement opposed to the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi emerged in February following similar protests in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries across North Africa and the Middle East.Boats loaded with migrants fleeing the ongoing conflict in Libya have been making the journey to Italy and Malta over recent months, sometimes with tragic consequences. Just last month, hundreds died as a vessel carrying about 600 people broke up shortly after departing Tripoli. 3 June 2011In one of the deadliest incidents in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, at least 150 people have drowned and scores of others are missing after a boat leaving Libya capsized off the Tunisian coast on Wednesday, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

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With 30 points Hayward helps Celtics beat Twolves 118109

MINNEAPOLIS — Gordon Hayward had a season-high 30 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists, helping the revived Boston Celtics win their third straight game by staving off the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-109 on Saturday night.Hayward, now in a bench role after starting the season slowly, scored 11 of Boston’s final 15 points over the last 3 1/2 minutes of the game and made four of five shots from 3-point range. Kyrie Irving pitched in 21 points and nine assists, Jayson Tatum added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Marcus Morris had 16 points on 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range for the Celtics. They lost eight of 12 games before starting their streak.Derrick Rose scored 26 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 9-4 at home and 7-3 since trading All-Star Jimmy Butler. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and nine rebounds and Robert Covington had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolves, who allowed more than 103 points for the first time in eight games and saw their four-game winning streak stopped.Despite missing six of his eight attempts from 3-point range, Irving was the natural catalyst for the Celtics for much of the night. When Andrew Wiggins couldn’t quite corral a loose ball at the top of the key on Minnesota’s end in the third quarter, Irving snagged it and raced the other way to feed Tatum for a lob pass and an easy dunk for a 67-55 lead by Boston.After beating San Antonio by 39 points on Wednesday, the third-largest margin of victory in franchise history, the Wolves played just well enough to stay within striking distance the whole game and just lacklustre enough to lose. Six of their 16 turnovers were travelling calls, part sloppy footwork and part bad luck.Rose, who could find himself in a contest this spring with Hayward for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, did his best to provide the energy and production off the bench. He opened the fourth quarter by sinking a mid-range jumper and hit a 3-pointer to bring the Wolves within 89-86. On their next possession, his bounce pass through traffic in the lane set up Gorgui Dieng for a three-point play and a tie game for the first time since early in the second quarter.But after the Wolves were within 103-101 on Covington’s pair of free throws, Hayward took over.Hayward, who has struggled often in the first quarter of the season in his comeback from that gruesome ankle injury he suffered in the 2017-18 opener and needed the better part of a year to heal from, has begun to rediscover his rhythm more recently. The ninth-year forward swished consecutive 3-pointers during a 21-7 surge the Celtics used in the second quarter to build a lead as big as 57-43. Morris hit back-to-back 3-pointers to begin that run.TOUGH TRAVELThe Celtics are in the middle of a rough month-long stretch of the schedule without consecutive home games and eight of 13 contests on the road. This visit to Minnesota, the night after playing at home in Boston, was already their eighth road game against a Western Conference team this season.“There’s no excuses to be made,” coach Brad Stevens said. “You just play the next one.”TIP-INSCeltics: Forward Jaylen Brown missed his third straight game because of a bruised lower back. He warmed up before tipoff but was ultimately still too sore to suit up. … Backup centre Aron Baynes had five fouls in 16 minutes.Timberwolves: After missing 17 of 18 shots, including all 10 of his 3-point attempts, against Chicago a week ago, Covington has gone 20 for 38 from the floor and 10 for 23 from 3-point range over the last three games. … Wiggins had 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting.UP NEXTCeltics: Host New York on Thursday, after losing 117-109 at home just 10 days ago to the Knicks, who have the fifth-worst record in the NBA.Timberwolves: Host Houston on Monday, the first of three matchups this season with the Rockets, who beat them 4-1 in the first-round playoff series last spring.___More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDave Campbell, The Associated Press read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State avoids cataclysmic loss to Rutgers at home off

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams drives to the basket against Rutgers on Feb. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 70-64. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorEvery Big Ten opponent has presented the Ohio State men’s basketball team with a challenge this season. In the same breath, OSU has struggled to finish teams off when sporting a sizable advantage. Big Ten bottom-feeder Rutgers was no different.The Buckeyes scraped out a 70-64 win over the Scarlet Knights (13-12, 2-10 Big Ten) on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center on the shoulders of redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and the shooting hand of redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. The game was tied twice in the later stages until Williams converted a four-point play from the right wing in front of his own bench to take the lead 66-62 with 1:05 remaining.“It was a good play (call) by (assistant) coach (Chris) Jent. It was a little horns action,” Williams said. “I just went down to the box and Trevor set me a good screen so I just ran my defender and knocked the shot down.”Thompson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Williams led OSU with 23 points, which matched a career high that he set against Navy on Nov. 11, and his 15 attempted shots are the most in a single game in his three seasons in Columbus. He made eight of them.Following an upset win at Michigan over the weekend that appeared to be a couple steps in the right direction, the Buckeyes (15-10, 5-7 Big Ten) didn’t match the same toughness or urgency they had on Saturday. They were outrebounded in the second half and committed 15 turnovers — eight of which were from the point guard position.The Buckeyes squandered two double-digit leads by not executing on offensive sets when they had the chance. OSU coach Thad Matta said that in game preparation, he paused film in the middle of a session to tell his players they could be in the same exact situation against Rutgers that was depicted on the screen, up 12 with a chance to pull away. That team executed a dunk. OSU allowed Rutgers to build a 12-4 run and cut the score to 45-41.“We had plays on the offensive end where we were not sharp, weren’t dialed in,” Matta said. “Second half, a couple times it was like we had cement shoes on. We just couldn’t move to go get the basketball.”For a second straight game, Jackson started over sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle at point guard because of a lingering ankle injury that Lyle suffered last week before the Michigan game. Lyle finished the game with two points in 16 minutes of play.After the game, Matta said that Lyle approached him at halftime and said that he was done playing due to discomfort in his ankle, suggesting that the injury might be more serious than Matta anticipated given Lyle practice fully on Tuesday. Lyle played for a limited amount of time in the second half.Matta said that both point guards played with the ball a little too much in the first half, which led to several careless turnovers. He added that he was pleased in some aspects of both Jackson’s and Lyle’s games, but there’s a ball-handling issue that needs to be resolved moving forward.“We didn’t play at the level I wanted us to play at,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We did some good things but it wasn’t all the way through the game at the level I was hoping to play at.”Up NextThe Buckeyes will try to gain some ground with another upset road win on Saturday when they play No. 21 Maryland Terrapins in College Park, Maryland, at 4 p.m. read more

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Obsessed husband caught tracking wife when iPhone hid under her car bonnet

first_imgThe truth only emerged when Morgan, 18, took the Renault Clio to a local garage and a mechanic found the iPhone near the engine under a covered metal section.Enquiries revealed Gallagher, who runs a property management firm, had been using an iPad to track the iPhone so he could follow and keep his wife under surveillance whenever she was out.He would also turn up to venues where she was by using the app.The incident was the culmination of a four-month stalking campaign by father-of-one Gallagher during which he bombarded her with text messages, sent her lurid pictures of his private parts and images of her sleeping in various stages of undress, magistrates in Manchester were told.Gallagher admitted a charge of stalking by sending numerous text messages, making contact via social media and placing a tracking device in her vehicle in order to ascertain her movements. He was due to be sentenced but fled before it was due to take place. A warrant was issued for his arrest.The couple, from Urmston, had married in February 2010 and had a son together but they had a tempestuous relationship.Ms Harvey, who had three children including Morgan from a previous relationship, said her husband was “violent and caused distress” and they split up last year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gallagher tried to track his estranged wife's movements by hiding an iPhone under the bonnet of her car Gallagher was due to be sentenced but fled before it was due to take place. A warrant was issued for his arrestCredit:Pat Isaacs An obsessed husband who tried to track his estranged wife’s movements by hiding an iPhone under the bonnet of her car was caught out when it began ringing as she went to the shops.Businessman Kevin Gallagher, 39, had been using a tracking app downloaded on to the phone to monitor the whereabouts of 37-year old Rachael Harvey, but he forgot to turn the device on silent.Later when shop worker Ms Harvey and her teenage daughter Morgan went on an errand they were baffled to hear a mysterious ringtone coming from inside the vehicle.They were unable to trace the source of the sound despite searching the car. Eileen Rogers, prosecuting, said: “Mr Gallagher would rip her clothes off of her, punch her which caused an injury to her ribs and gave her a black eye.”She has said that he was very controlling, and would ask her who she was with and where she was going and continued with this behaviour even during the time she was pregnant.”His controlling behaviour continued so that she did not go out with her friends anymore. She said that she was not mentally strong enough to leave him.”One evening he went out to work and he failed to return home. She contacted him and told him that she did not want him to come back to the marital home and she was leaving him.”The break up was amicable at first, but then he continually called and messaged her, 43 times messaging her and trying to consistently follow and contact her on social media and her friends, refusing to accept that the marriage was over.”But he sent her images of his private parts and pictures of her sleeping in stages of undress. She contacted the police and reported the harassment.”The iPhone was discovered on December 28 last year when clothes shop assistant Morgan took the family car to a local garage.”They heard a phone ringing but they could not find where the noise was coming from,” said Miss Rogers.A mechanic at the garage found the black iPhone in a covered metal section of the car.Police were contacted and investigated the contents of the phone, the messages and they went to speak to Mr Gallagher.”Another black iPhone was found concealed in a sock and these phones the police discovered were used by Mr Gallagher to track his partner and her daughter when they travelled in the car and he would turn up at the venue where he knew she was,” added the prosecutor.”When he was arrested Mr Gallagher had with him another pink iPhone and an iPad which he also used to track her. The devices were all registered to Rachael. She does want a restraining order to protect herself and her family.”The court heard Gallagher had previous convictions for violence, including common assault on Morgan last December which resulted in her getting a restraining order against him.In mitigation, defence lawyer Jeremy Spencer said: “Mr Gallagher has got a firm which he runs called K Gallagher and Son which was originally run by his father. It is a property management firm which has been operational for 34 years. Mr Gallagher’s mother also died 18 months ago, which is something that he is still dealing with.”It is a competitive area of work, and it has been difficult for them to get cover for him in the last few days.”He employs two people, one for the driving, but he is the one who is on call at all hours of the day because of the nature of the work. He can sometimes end up working a 14-hour day, at any time of the day or night” The break up was amicable at first, but then he continually called and messaged her, 43 times messaging her and trying to consistently follow and contact her on social media, and her friends refusing to accept that the marriage was overEileen Rogers, prosecutinglast_img read more

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New product for air conditioning in mining machine cabs

first_imgThe latest addition to the product range of P&H Mine Air Systems, a specialist manufacturer of climate-control units (for air conditioning and heating) for use in operator cabs on a wide variety of mining equipment is the remote compressor/condenser (RCC); a mounted 24 V DC compressor and condenser unit. It can replace conventional engine-mounted, belt-driven compressor and condenser arrangements on mobile mining equipment.The key benefits of the RCC unit are improved air conditioning system performance and equipment uptime. Compared to traditional engine-mounted, belt-driven compressor and condenser arrangements, its maintenance is a lot more cost-effective P&H claims.The unit is suitable for installation on a wide variety of mobile diesel-powered mining equipment including haul trucks, graders, dozers and wheel loaders.last_img read more

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ASOBAL Round 7 Atletico Madrid blow away opponent wins 3413

Atletico Madrid had two bad games in the Champions League against Veszprem and Savehof which the team lost, and the ASOBAL home game against BM Cangas was the real remedy for the team, and to bounce back from the defeats. The 34:13 victory over BM Cangas (Morrazo Cangas) means that now Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are lone at the top with 14 points each, followed by Ademar Leon with 11.In the other matches of the round: Guadalajara 25:24 Posada, Aragon 24:29 Huesca, Anaitasuna 29:25 Palmanaranja, La Rioja 34:19 Puerto Sagunto, Valladolid 25:23 Granollers Ademar Leonatletico madridBarcelonabm cangasmorrazo-cangas ← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 9): Rhein-Neckar Lowen beat Burgdorf, 16:0 now Next Story → Handball legend Olafur Stefansson ends NT career read more

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Prison reports Improving facilities some violence and concerns about lockups

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF Justice published its annual prison inspection reports today, concerning six institutions.Throughout the year, the visiting committees met with prisoners and looked at all aspects of life in the prisons. Their annual reports detail what they found.The inspection teams visited Loughan House, Mountjoy, St Patrick’s Institution, Training Unit, Wheatfield Prison and Portlaoise Prison.Here are some of the main findings of their reports:Loughan HouseAt Loughan House, they praised the food, catering and education department.However, they said that staffing levels have had an impact on library services.They also praised the offenders keeping the areas inside and outside the prison clean.There has been no evidence of racial, religious, sexual or other discrimination at play in Loughan, said the committee.The staff are courteous and helpful, and the committee found that the “relationship between officer and offender is different and better than that which would be possible in a bigger, closed institution”.There is a very low level of complaint here, which is “testament to a smooth-running institution which is fit for purpose”.Mountjoy PrisonThe inspectors welcomed the renovations, with the B wing opening and the “depressing” A wing closing for refurbishment.Many of the improvements the committee has recommended in the past are being attended to.They said that denial of internet access is limiting people when it comes to education, but a programme called Virtual Campus is being looked at to see if it can be introduced in Ireland.They said that more needs to be done so that more students become involved in the education centre at Mountjoy.Visits to the main library have increased significantly. The need for extra space at the prison gym is evident from the waiting lists. The committee also called for more opportunities for participation in outdoor sports, which benefits inmates.They are not satisfied that the current level of staffing makes for the effective coverage required to deal with the large number of prisoners in Mountjoy, and called for an evaluation of staffing levels.They received “far too many complaints” about the availability of chaplains in the prison.They said that they want to look at the lock-up situation, and the frustrations of prisoners locked up for 23 or more hours. In particular, they said the toilet situation – where prisoners in lock up have to use a ‘little pan’ – is “in the very least inhumane and must end in 2013″.They also said that more will have to be done to protect prisoners from intimidation and offensive acts by other prisoners.St Patrick’s InstitutionBy 2017 it is hoped there will be no 17-year old boys here. The inspectors said that the special observation cells – for ‘at risk’ or disruptive inmates – are in an “oppressive place with little daylight” while all the cells are old-fashioned.A regular problem is when an inmate damages their cell by flooding, setting a fire or wrecking fixtures. “At any time there are cells out of commission due to this”, said the inspectors.The committee has a major concern about the level of staffing, particularly in the workshops and gyms. They said that because of the ages of the inmates, “any lack of planned activity and exercise can lead to frustration, tension, and sometimes violence”, which is unacceptable.The committee were disappointed that the services of St Vincent de Paul had been removed from the visitors’ centre.There is still a problem with contraband being thrown into the netted exercise yards.Prisoner violence “continues to be problematic”. There were 73 incidents as a result of a fracas or fight, with 72 being assaults from other inmates, while there were 45 incidents of deliberate self harm, rising from 24 in 2011.Mountjoy Training UnitThe committee outlined the progress made during the year, including the plans for the incentivised regimes for the unit, the excellent kitchen, the high level of maintenance and the plans for a bicycle repair workshop and maintenance service.However, it expressed concern about literacy levels, the future viability of the library, and the under-utilisation of workshops.Wheatfield Prison Here, the committee said the cells are well maintained, but some prisoners throw their rubbish out of cell windows.The kitchen “operates at a very high level” while the staff succeeds in making the education facility “stimulating and rewarding”. However, the education programme could do with more resources.“Bullying, violent and threatening behaviour is not tolerated within the facility and prisoners that engage in negative behaviour are removed,” said the report.The visiting process “takes up a large amount of staffing resources”. Drugs are an on-going concern, and there is a strict policy on drugs.  The use of drugs in the prison “causes a lot of difficulties”.Wheatfield Prison has a number of inmates on 23-hour lock up and the committee feel that the prison authorities do try to encourage prisoners to come off this regime.It is a modern, progressive and very well-run facility, said the committee.Portlaoise PrisonThe committee praised the new state-of-the-art C Block, but was disappointed that only two of the workshops are in operation to date.The members also praised the education programme, kitchen, and training courses.Read the response of the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, here.Read: Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisons>last_img read more

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If snow comes itll stay

first_imgAs Vancouver is expected to waken Thursday to a blanket of low-elevation snow, forecasters warned area residents to be prepared for it to stick around for a while.Cold temperatures are expected to remain in place into Saturday, with overnight lows dipping into the teens in Southwest Washington. That makes it more likely that today’s difficult commute could be duplicated on Friday, especially if melting snow freezes overnight.o The Washington Department of Transportation advises motorists to check local conditions here, or call 511.o Officials remind drivers to slow down, leave plenty of space between vehicles and give plenty of room to snowplows, whose blade is often wider than the lane it’s plowing.“We’ll be left with a cold air mass Friday and Saturday,” said Tyree Wilde, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland.last_img read more

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APE completes new installation of Konamis Fortune Cup at MGM Cotai

first_img Vicky Chan: Rising star Load More RelatedPosts MGM Cotai ramp drives MGM China to 26% increase in net revenue in 2Q19 Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Gaming machine distributor Asia Pioneer Entertainment (APE) has announced the third Macau installation of Konami’s new “Fortune Cup” horse racing Multi-Terminal Gaming Machines (MTGM) at MGM Cotai.“Fortune Cup”, which was first introduce to Macau in March with installations at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace, is an arcade style MTGM combining the mechanics of traditional arcade horse racing with the actual horse race experience. It integrates a mechanical field racecourse with real-time digital video animation and a large LCD screen to offer spectators sports broadcasts in real time. Cantonese voice-overs for these broadcasts are jointly produced by electronic gaming equipment supplier APE and renowned Hong Kong horse racing commentator Samuel Hung.Developed by gaming machine specialist Konami Australia Pty Ltd, the machine comprises a central 274cm-wide race track for eight horses, which can move freely and independently across the course. There are 12 high-definition touchscreen terminals for players to place bets and view horse odds, race statistics and comprehensive bet options for win, place and quinella.“Fortune Cup is an absolute hit in Macau,” said APE’s CEO and Executive Director, Herman Ng. “For those regular players of electronic games, they find the racing game extraordinary. They can experience the excitement as if being on the real racecourse. More importantly, it is a racing game which combines sports elements where they can cheer on their stallion to final victory instead of solely pressing the bet button to wait for the result.”Hideo Goto, International Sales Manager of Konami Australia Pty Ltd, added, “Macau represents a strategic area for us in the Asia market. It has proven an important market for the company as well, with Konami expecting to conclude several more installations in the territory by the end of the year.”last_img read more

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Its Connecticuts Submarine Century Governor Declares

first_imgNavy and local officials gathered at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday to mark the start of a yearlong celebration of submarines coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the first submarines to arrive at the base located in southeastern Connecticut.The return of the Virginia-class, fast attack submarine USS California was used to re-enact the arrival of the first submarines to be homeported at the base in Groton on Oct. 18, 1915, reported the Day. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D) was one of several dignitaries who embarked on the California as it made its way up the Thames River.“From these seeds would sprout the nation’s first submarine base,” said Capt. Carl Lahti, the installation’s commanding officer. Today, 15 nuclear-powered submarines are homeported at New London.Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has designated the next 12 months as a celebration of “Connecticut’s Submarine Century.” The Naval Submarine School at New London also is marking its 100th anniversary.Lahti, Murphy and other speakers at the event highlighted the strong relationship between the submarine base and its host community. Since 2005, the Navy and the state have invested more than $200 million at the base to modernize its infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and clean up contaminated sites.Murphy told reporters that he was not afraid of a new BRAC round in light of the long-standing support for the base from both the federal and state governments.“We’ve made such amazing investments in the sub base both from a federal perspective and a state perspective that we’re confident the sub base is here to stay,” he said in response to a reporter’s question. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Return of the ridiculously good TCL 65inch Roku TV deals

first_imgThis is an excellent time to score a 65-inch TCL Roku TV. TCL At this very moment, I’m staring at a newly finished basement wall, trying to decide how best to enjoy TV on it. For a long while I’ve been thinking projector, because then I could have the giant-screen home-theater of my dreams. But then I see deals like today’s deals, and it’s totally messing with my thinking. Check it out. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the TCL 4 Series 65-inch Roku TV for $499.99. That’s $100 off the regular price and just a crazy-good deal on a really good huge TV. See it at Best BuyHere’s where it gets even more interesting: Best Buy also has the TCL 6 Series 65-inch Roku TV for $799.99, a savings of $170. I know that price isn’t quite as tantalizing as $500, but the 6 Series is a CNET favorite, and “the best picture quality for the money, period.” See it at Best BuyI asked CNET’s resident TV expert, David Katzmaier, if the 6 Series was worth an extra $300. His response: “Yes, absolutely.” Huge jump in picture quality, he said. Of course, back in 2017, we were pretty gaga over the 4 Series as well. So it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be happy with either of these. But getting back to my situation: If I want a 4K projector, it’s going to cost me at least $1,000. And it won’t have built-in Roku, so there’s one more device to buy, one more cord to deal with, one more remote to juggle. I’ll also have to deal with mounting the projector and buying (or building) a projection screen. In other words, there are hassles. Or, I could just “live with” a measly 65-inch TV and spend only $500. Or $800, if I’m feeling splurgy. If you happen to own either of these TCL TVs, hit the comments and share what you like or don’t like about it. And, of course, tell me what you think I should do in the basement: projector or big TV? Read more: The best TVs for 2019 TVs Mobile Accessories Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Originally published on April 9. Update, April 11: Verified pricing still available. Removed expired bonus deal. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Share your voice Amazon Best Buy Roku TCL 38 The TCL 6 series has an insanely good picture for the… 1:48 The Cheapskate Now playing: Watch this: Tagslast_img read more

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US Fish Wildlife Proposes Reintroducing Stellers Eiders To YK Delta

first_imgA new effort to help a once healthy population of eiders is using unique methods to try to turn sparse numbers around. Stellers eiders used to be common on parts of the YK Delta coast decades ago. Due to some combination of lead poisoning, predators, and changes of habitat they all but disappeared and were listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act in 1997.Download AudioSince 1970, only 11 nests have been reported the Y-K Delta. As part of the long recovery plan, biologists are taking the early steps of bringing the birds back. Kate Martin is the Eider Recovery Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.“We want to start establishing a population of females that would return year after year to produce young,” said Martin.Bringing back a population is no simple task. Managers are proposing starting with captive bred birds from the Alaska Sea Life Center. They will then learn how to be wild birds.“One way to do that, which we believe may be the most effective is to actually capture wild hens on the molting grounds, hold them over winter, and bond them with ducklings that are captively bred, and release them as a family group. So that wild hen might teach them what they need to know to be a success bird, how to migrate to appropriate molting areas and appropriate wintering areas,” said Martin.There are many unknowns about a reintroduction like this. Biologist don’t fully understand how birds determine where to nest. Steller’s eiders from the Russian arctic intermingle with Alaska bound birds during the winter months when they go molt and live in areas along the Alaska Penninsula stretching towards Kodiak.“One of our uncertainties is how many birds we release on the Y-K Delta will actually return to the YK delta to breed. It’s something we just don’t know until we try, that’s also because we don’t know how apt one female is to return to a place where she was born,” saidA meeting in Bethel will be at the refuge headquarters from 4 to 7 on March 6th. Managers also want to go villages on the central coast area near where the birds would actually be released.“..[To talk with] people who are closer to areas that we would actually release the birds and talk to them and get input on everything from proposed action to the potential release site any input they would like to give us,” said Martin.The planning will take a long time. The agency says preparation and methods development will span 3-5 years.“It’s something we’re committed to trying over several years, it’s going to take that long, it’s a long lived bird, we don’t even expect to see returns of birds for two years after we release them. It’s long term, big, while it’s exciting there’s a lot of pieces to it,” said Martin.More information on the proposed reintroduction is available here.last_img read more

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Pakistan envoy to UN meets UNGA President to discuss Kashmir

first_imgNEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi met with UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa here and briefed her about the situation in Kashmir. In a tweet on Tuesday, Lodhi said the United Nations should live up to its obligations on Kashmir, state-run Radio Pakistan reported. Her meeting with the UNGA president on Monday came hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he will raise the Kashmir issue at every international forum, including at the UN General Assembly. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Khan’s address to the nation came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France on Monday, categorically rejected any scope for third party mediation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. A rare closed-door consultation on Kashmir by the UN Security Council earlier this month ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.last_img read more

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72 shanties gutted in Narayanganj fire

first_imgNarayanganjA fire that broke out at Chandmari slum in Fatulla early Monday gutted 72 shanties, reports UNB.According to Narayanganj fire service, the fire broke out in a jhut warehouse in the area around 4:00am and engulfed the adjoining shanties in the slum.On information, eight firefighting units rushed in and doused the fire around 8:15am, said Monzur Kader, officer-in-charge of Fatullah police station.However, there was no report of casualty in the fire.The origin of the fire could not be known yet.last_img read more

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Trump says impeachment to make his reelection easier

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 June 2019 US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, as he travels to Camp David, Maryland. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday his chances of retaining the White House in 2020 would be strengthened if Democratic lawmakers start impeachment proceedings against him.Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he thought impeachment was good politics for him, Trump replied, “I think I win the election easier.”The president repeated his longstanding allegation that the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into his 2016 campaign was illegal.”I was spied on. What they did to me was illegal. It was illegal on the other side. I did nothing wrong,” he said in the previously recorded interview.”So impeachment’s a very unfair thing because nothing that I did was wrong. And if you look at the Mueller report, there was no collusion. This was all about collusion.”The Democrats are split over whether Trump should be impeached after the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 election outlined numerous contacts between his campaign and Russians, as well as evidence that the president tried on several occasions to stymie the investigation.While many of the candidates for the Democratic nomination are pro-impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has argued that it would be a risky move without an “ironclad” case and bipartisan support.If the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives were to vote on formal impeachment charges, the Republican-held Senate would decide whether to convict, which requires an unlikely two-thirds majority.’I don’t like losing’Trump told “Meet the Press” Pelosi was staving off growing impeachment calls from within the Democratic caucus because she agreed with his assessment that it would harm their prospects in 2020.”I think she feels that I will win much easier,” Trump said. “I mean, I’ve been told that by many people.”Former special counsel Robert Mueller spent nearly two years investigating Russian election interference and possible involvement by Trump and his inner circle.He concluded that there wasn’t sufficient proof of a criminal conspiracy but found that Trump’s campaign welcomed and expected to benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.Trump would not commit to addressing foreign election interference with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet at the G20 summit in Osaka later this month.Asked by “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd if he would directly bring up the issue with Putin, Trump said, apparently sarcastically: “I may if you’d like me to do it, I’ll do that.”In a wide-ranging interview Trump said he was not prepared to lose his reelection bid and revealed that former vice president Joe Biden was his preferred opponent.”No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life,” he said.’Fantastic job’He offered rare praise for 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, saying she was a “great candidate” and that he would rather run against Biden than face her again.”Sleepy Joe. He’s sleepy. She was not sleepy,” he said.Asked about a roiling controversy over substandard conditions in holding centers for migrant children at the southern border, Trump blamed former president Barack Obama for the Trump administration’s family separations policy and said Democrats were holding up humanitarian aid.”We’re doing a fantastic job under the circumstances,” Trump said.”What we’ve done is we’ve created, we’ve, we’ve ended separation. You know, under President Obama you had separation. I was the one that ended it,” he added.On foreign policy, Trump declined to commit to ordering the FBI to investigate the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and possible links to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard has said there is “credible evidence” to warrant investigation and financial sanctions against the prince over Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last October.Trump suggested that other Middle Eastern countries such as Iran had committed worse crimes and that an investigation would be harmful for America’s business interests.last_img read more

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Apple Announces 100 Billion Stock Buyback Tops Quarterly Earnings Forecasts

first_imgApple turned in another quarterly beat with revenue up 16% to $61.1 billion and earnings per share up 30% — and announced a whopping $100 billion share buyback program and a higher dividend to shower cash on investors and signal bullishness in the business.“Given our confidence in Apple’s future, we are very happy to announce that our board has approved a new $100 billion share repurchase authorization and a 16% increase in our quarterly dividend,” Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO, said in announcing the results.Apple CEO Tim Cook said the U.S.’s recent tax-reform legislation “enables us to deploy our global cash more efficiently.” The company in January said it expects to make about $38 billion in U.S. tax payments, as required under changes in the tax code to repatriate overseas funds, and that it will invest billions in the American economy over the next several years. Popular on Variety Apple’s services segment — which includes revenue from iTunes digital content and services, Apple Music, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing and other services — soared 31% year-over-year, to $9.2 billion. Apple had 270 million paying subscribers across services at the end of fiscal Q2 2018, up 100 million year over year, according to Cook.Meanwhile, iPad revenue was up 6%, to $4.1 billion, while unit sales increased 2% to 9.1 million. Mac unit sales dropped 3% year-over-year and revenue was flat at $5.8 billion.On the earnings call, Maestri said Apple did not have a specific end-date for the new $100 billion share repurchase program. “The amount is very, very large,” he said. “We will try to execute it… at a very fast pace, but we will also do it efficiently.”From August 2012 through March 2018, Apple has now returned $275 billion to shareholders, including $200 billion in share repurchases.For its fiscal Q3, Apple projected revenue of $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion; analysts have been estimating $51.6 billion in revenue. Apple shares were up as much as 4% in after-hours trading Tuesday after reporting earnings for the quarter ended March 31. The company reported net income of $13.82 billion, up 25% year over year, or earnings of $2.73 per diluted share.The tech giant topped Wall Street’s lowered expectations. Analyst consensus estimates had forecast revenue of $60.82 billion and adjusted EPS of $2.67 for the period, Apple’s fiscal second quarter of 2018.In recent weeks, several analysts have lowered expectations for Apple on signs of slowing iPhone growth — and that the company’s “super-cycle” model of selling the latest-and-greatest smartphone is losing steam as consumers hold on to their iPhones longer.That was borne out in the results: Apple sold 52.2 million iPhones in the March 2018 quarter, up just 3% from 50.8 million units in the year-earlier period — in line with average analyst expectations of 52.3 million units for fiscal Q2 2018. However, iPhone revenue jumped 14.3%, to $38.0 billion, in the most recent quarter. That undoubtedly was fueled by the iPhone X, Apple’s priciest model ever, which starts at $999.Cook cited strong sales growth of iPhones, services and wearables for the most recent quarter, its best-ever FYQ2 for revenue and income. “Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter,” he said in prepared remarks.International sales accounted for 65% of Apple’s quarterly revenue (the same as in the year-earlier period). The company grew revenue in all geographies, with 21% growth in Greater China and 22% growth Japan. Some analysts have been predicting that Apple will lose market share in China to cheaper smartphone rivals.Asked about the threat of a U.S.-China trade war, Cook said he was optimistic that the two sides could iron out their differences. “I’m a big believer that the two countries together can both win and grow the pie, not just allocate it differently,” he told analysts on the earnings call. “I don’t know every play-by-play that will happen, but over time, I think that view will prevail.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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5 Strategies to Optimize Email Marketing Targeting Millennials

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read July 9, 2015 Think fast: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Stretch and yawn? Hit the snooze button? Go to the bathroom? Brush your teeth?Related: 6 Ways to Build a Rabid Following on Social MediaIf you’re a millennial, the answer is most likely “check my smartphone.” According to a recent report from IDC Research, 80 percent of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning, and 79 percent of adult smartphone users have their devices with them for 22 hours a day. What does that tell marketers? Smartphones and tablets can’t be ignored.So, when it comes to the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, it’s important to know that this demographic views technology very differently than other age groups; and understanding the way they approach email is key to ensuring outbound marketing success. Here are five strategies to keep top of mind before you press “send.”1. Utilize social content.Technological change and generational change go hand in hand. The Generation Y consumers of today tend to intertwine social media and email usage. According to a recent study by Pew Research, 90 percent of millennials use the web to send and receive emails. However, they also like to tweet, update their online profiles and send text messages multiple times throughout the day.It’s therefore important to incorporate social media into your email marketing by allowing subscribers to easily share information with their friends and followers via their social media accounts. If you can get just a few millennials to open and read your email, they are more likely than any other age group to share it on social networks and expand your brand’s outreach.2. Stay relevant.Millennials are more than willing to opt into email campaigns as long as the information you’re providing them is relevant to what they want to receive. But since they have an endless supply of information available to them online, there has to be a compelling offer to induce them to share their email addresses or cell phone numbers to begin with.It’s important, then, to make sure you content is not only relatable and relevant, but also short, with embedded social sharing icons included with the content to raise your engagement metrics. Related: 5 Tools to Help Your Online Business Realize Its Full Potential3. Contact and control.Test to find out your opt-in users’ preferred form of contact (such as email or text), and use that information to correspond with them in the manner they desire. According to a study from Pace University, millennials welcome direct brand interactions through email, but want more ability to control, organize and manage the interactions. With about 80 percent of millennials sleeping with their smartphones by their bedside, all email marketing campaigns have to be responsive across every screen size to encourage millennials to interact with your brand.If you can get your call-to-action across quickly and clearly, you can then collect data and better understand how to interact with this “always connected” generation.4. Mobile matters.Smartphones have changed the way we interact with email and one other. Millennials are more likely than all other age groups to have a cell phone. According to BlueHornet’s 2014 Consumer Views of Email Marketing report, 47.5 percent of consumers have used their mobile devices to sort through their email before reading them elsewhere. As such, you need to optimize your email for use on smartphones. Make sure your email campaigns have responsive design, where the design responds to the screen size used to display the message.5. Conversation counts.Millennials outpace older generations in virtually all types of Internet and cell phone usage. Sending messaging and content doesn’t have to be a challenge when it comes to millennials. Adept at recognizing and blocking spam and valuing conversation, millenials prefer to do the research on their own to make decisions rather than being “sold.” By segmenting your contacts into lists based on demographics, desires and behavior, you can more effectively target your emails to the right audience and experience greater returns as a result. This year, more than ever, marketers are starting to see the importance of mobile email. Whether it’s checking their email first thing in the morning, getting an endless stream of updates on social media throughout the day or having access to limitless amounts of information through mobile search: millennials’ online habits are evolving. So should yours!Related: 9 Simple Email Hacks to Increase Open Rates Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

first_imgBy having federal planners determine where to put the turbines, developers hope to avoid the debacle that was Cape Wind. Cape Wind was proposed for Nantucket Sound, a shallow area between Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. Developers began it with high hopes back in 2001, but pulled the plug in 2017 after years of court battles with local residents, fishermen and two powerful American families: the Kennedys and the Koch brothers, both of whom could see the turbines from their homes.Like an extension cord that won’t reach all the way to the living room, Cape Wind’s developers were stuck in Nantucket Sound because existing undersea cables were limited in length. But new undersea transmission capability means the turbines can be located further offshore, away from beachfront homes, commercial shipping lanes or whale migration routes.Even though cables can stretch further, somebody still has to pay to bring this electricity back on land, says Mark McGranaghan, vice president of integrated grid for the Electric Power Research Institute. McGranaghan says that in Denmark and Germany the governments pay for these connections and for the offshore electrical substations that convert the turbine’s alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) for long-distance transmission. Here in the US, he predicts these costs will likely have to be paid by utility ratepayers or state taxpayers. “Offshore wind is totally real and we know how to do it,” McGranaghan says. “One of the things that comes up is who pays for the infrastructure to bring the power back.”It’s not just money. Offshore wind developers must also be sensitive to neighbors who don’t like power cables coming ashore near their homes, fishermen who fear they will be shut out from fishing grounds, or environmental advocates who worry that offshore wind platform construction will damage sound-sensitive marine mammals like whales and dolphins.Still, maybe that’s an easier job than finding a safe place to put all the radioactive waste that keeps piling up around Pilgrim and the nation’s 97 other nuclear reactors. Can offshore wind pick up the slack from Pilgrim and other fading nukes? Its proponents think so, as long they can respond to concerns about potential harm to fisheries and marine life, as well as successfully connect to the existing power grid on land. Wind power is nothing new in the US, with 56,000 turbines in 41 states, Guam and Puerto Rico producing a total of 96,433 MW nationwide. But wind farms located offshore, where wind blows stead and strong, unobstructed by buildings or mountains, have yet to start cranking. In recent years, however, the turbines have grown bigger and the towers taller, able to generate three times more power than they could five years ago. The technology needed to install them farther away from shore has improved, as well, making them more palatable to nearby communities. When it comes to wind turbines, bigger is better, says David Hattery, practice group coordinator for power at K&L Gates, a Seattle law firm that represents wind power manufacturers and developers. Bigger turbines and blades perform better under the forces generated by strong ocean winds. “Turbulence wears out bearings and gear boxes,” Hattery said. “What you don’t want offshore is a turbine that breaks down. It is very expensive to fix it.”In the race to get big, Vineyard Wind plans to use a 9.5 MW turbine with a 174-meter diameter rotor, a giant by the standard of most wind farms. But GE last year unveiled an even bigger turbine, the 12 MW Haliade-X. When complete in 2021, each turbine will have a 220-meter wingspan (tip to tip) and be able to generate enough electricity to light 16,000 European homes. GE is building these beasts for offshore farms in Europe, where wind power now generates 14 percent of the continent’s electricity (compared to 6.5 percent in the US). “We feel that we have just the right machine at just the right time,” says John Lavelle, CEO of GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business. On June 1, the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts will shut down, a victim of rising costs and a technology that is struggling to remain economically viable in the United States. But the electricity generated by the aging nuclear station soon will be replaced by another carbon-free source: a fleet of 84 offshore wind turbines rising nearly 650 feet above the ocean’s surface.The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022. That’s equivalent to the output of a large coal-fired power plant and more than Pilgrim’s 640 megawatts.“Offshore wind has arrived,” says Erich Stephens, chief development officer for Vineyard Wind, a developer based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, that is backed by Danish and Spanish wind energy firms. He explains that the costs have fallen enough to make developers take it seriously. “Not only is wind power less expensive, but you can place the turbines in deeper water, and do it less expensively than before.”Last week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities awarded Vineyard Wind a 20-year contract to provide electricity at 8.9 cents/kilowatt-hour. That’s about a third the cost of other renewables (such as Canadian hydropower), and it’s estimated that ratepayers will save $1.3 billion in energy costs over the life of the deal.center_img US officials say there’s a lot of room for offshore wind to grow in US coastal waters, with the potential to generate more than 2,000 gigawatts of capacity, or 7,200 terawatt-hours of electricity generation per year, according to the US Department of Energy. That’s nearly double the nation’s current electricity use. Even if only 1 percent of that potential is captured, nearly 6.5 million homes could be powered by offshore wind energy.Of course, getting these turbines built and spinning takes years of planning and dozens of federal and state permits. The federal government made things a bit easier in the past five years with new rules governing where to put the turbines. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (a division of the Department of Interior) now sets boundaries for offshore leases and accepts bids from commercial enterprises to develop wind farms.The first offshore project was a 30 MW, five-turbine wind farm that went live at the end of 2016. Developed by Deepwater Wind, the installation replaced diesel generators that once serviced the resorts of Block Island, Rhode Island. Now there are 15 active proposals for wind farms along the East Coast, and others are in the works for California, Hawaii, South Carolina and New York. 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Microsoft Defender ATP detects Astaroth Trojan a fileless infostealing backdoor

first_imgYesterday, the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Research Team shared details of a fileless malware campaign through which attackers were dropping Astaroth Trojan into the memory of infected computers. Astaroth is a malware known for abusing living-off-the-land binaries (LOLbins) such as Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) to steal sensitive information including credentials, keystrokes, and other data. It sends stolen data to a remote attacker, who can misuse them to carry out financial theft or sell victim information in the cybercriminal underground. This trojan has been public since 2017 and has affected a few European and Brazilian companies. As of now, Microsoft has not disclosed whether any other user’s machine was compromised. What are fileless threats? Fileless malware attacks either run the payload directly in the memory or use already installed applications to carry out the attack. As these attacks use legitimate programs, they are very difficult to detect for most security programs and even for experienced security analysts. Andrea Lelli, a member of Microsoft Defender ATP Research Team, thinks that though these attacks are difficult to detect, they are certainly not undetectable. “There’s no such thing as the perfect cybercrime: even fileless malware leaves a long trail of evidence that advanced detection technologies in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Microsoft Defender ATP) can detect and stop,” he wrote in the blog post. How is the Astaroth Trojan attack implemented? During a standard review, Lelli observed that telemetry was showing a sudden increase in the use of WMIC tool to run a script. This made him suspicious of a fileless attack. Upon further investigation, he realized that the campaign was trying to run Astaroth backdoor directly into the memory. Here’s how the initial access and execution takes place using only system tools: Source: Microsoft The attack begins with a spear-phishing email containing a malicious link that redirects a user to an LNK file. When the user double-clicks on the LNK file, it triggers the execution of the WMIC tool with the “/Format” parameter. This allows the download and execution of a JavaScript code that in turn downloads payloads by abusing the Bitsadmin tool. The downloaded payloads are Base64-encoded and are decoded using the Certutil tool. While others remain encrypted, two of them are decoded to plain DLL files. The Regsvr32 tool loads one of the decoded DLLs, which then decrypts and loads other files until the Astaroth, the final payload is injected into the Userinit process. How does Microsoft Defender ATP detect and stop these attacks? Microsoft Defender ATP comes with several advanced technologies to “spot and stop a wide range of attacks.” It leverages protection capabilities from the cloud including metadata-based ML engine, behavior-based ML engine, AMSI-paired ML engine, file classification engine, among others. On the client-side, it includes protection techniques such as memory scanning engine, emulation engine, network engine, and more. Here’s a diagram depicting all the protection technologies Microsoft Defender ATP comes with: Source: Microsoft Check out the official post by Microsoft Defender ATP Research to know more in detail. Read Next Microsoft is seeking membership to Linux-distros mailing list for early access to security vulnerabilities 12 Visual Studio Code extensions that Node.js developers will love [Sponsored by Microsoft] 5 reasons Node.js developers might actually love using Azure [Sponsored by Microsoft]last_img read more

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