Attempt to break into Democratic Party voter data thwarted

first_imgCHICAGO – An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s massive voter database has been thwarted, a party official said Wednesday, two years after Russian operatives sent the party into disarray by hacking into its computers and facilitating the release of tens of thousands of emails amid the presidential election.A web security firm using artificial intelligence uncovered the attempt. The DNC was notified Tuesday, it said. Hackers had created a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in an effort to gain access to the Democratic Party’s voter file, a party official said. The file contains information on tens of millions of voters. The attempt was quickly thwarted by suspending the attacker’s account, and no information was compromised, the official said. The FBI was notified.The official wasn’t authorized to speak about sensitive security information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt. The FBI declined to comment to the AP.The attempt comes as Democrats gather for their summer meeting. The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and publicly revealed internal communications that exploited divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as the two candidates vied for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the fall campaign.It also comes a day after Microsoft announced it had uncovered similarly fraudulent websites created by Kremlin agents that spoofed two conservative outfits that are foes of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, presumably to trick unwitting visitors into surrendering credentials.Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement.He said President Donald Trump isn’t doing enough to protect American democracy. Previously, Trump mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.At a previously scheduled election security briefing Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the quick response to the attempted DNC hack showed that the system was working “and that different entities understand who to reach out to,” she said.“Any attack on a political party or a campaign is important for us all to take seriously,” she said, emphasizing the government was doing all it could to help protect election systems ahead of the midterm elections. At stake is control of Congress, which could potentially switch from Republican to Democrat.Amid the news, a Senate committee abruptly postponed a Wednesday vote on legislation to help states prevent against election hacking, frustrating Democrats and at least one Republican on the panel.The vote was put off by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee after a bipartisan group of lawmakers spent months negotiating the legislation. The bill would aim to protect state election infrastructure by requiring that all states use backup paper ballots and conduct audits after elections, among other measures. It would also require DHS to immediately notify states if the federal government is aware that a state election system has been breached.A Senate Republican aide said the vote was postponed because secretaries of state had complained about certain provisions, including the type of audits the bill would require. The aide said additional Republican support would be necessary to move the legislation out of committee. The aide was not authorized to speak about the committee’s reasoning and spoke on condition of anonymity.Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after the vote’s postponement: “Congressional inaction is unacceptable.”The bill “will help states take necessary steps to further prepare our election infrastructure for the possibility of interference from not just Russia, but other possible adversaries like Iran or North Korea or a hacktivist group,” Lankford said.The DNC committee attempt wasn’t mentioned at a Senate hearing on election security Wednesday, according to senators who were present.States have been scrambling to secure their election systems since it was revealed that Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states in 2016, though the number is likely greater. There has been no indication any vote tallies were changed. Nielsen said at the briefing that states should have auditing systems in part as a safeguard so the public knows the vote tallies can be trusted.In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the San Francisco security company Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats and other liberal-leaning political organizations, said Mike Murray, the company’s vice-president of security intelligence. He said he contacted the DNC.The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.He said the tool notified Lookout before the impostor page had even been populated with content. “As soon as we realized how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.” Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.Ross Rustici, senior director for intelligence services at Cybereason in Boston, said a voter database is a juicy target for anyone trying to exacerbate political divisions in the U.S. or gain insight on political opponents.“The data housed in these types of databases would be incredibly useful both for domestic opposition research as well as for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes,” he said.___Long reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington, Frank Bajak in Boston and Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Swiss museum laments Facebook ban of images of naked statues

GENEVA — A Geneva art museum says Facebook has banned using images of a nearly-naked Venus statue and a nude, kneeling man that it had hoped to post on the social media platform to promote an upcoming exhibit.The Museum of Art and History used Twitter to say it had wanted to promote the 3-1/2 month run of “Caesar and the Rhone” that opens Friday using the two images, but Facebook “prevented us from it, because of their nudity.”The museum put the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for “censored” over their private parts, adding: “Maybe it’s time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?”Facebook didn’t immediately respond to an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.The Associated Press read more

Emmywinning Hamilton director arrives home

It may involve basic math, but it’s part of an award-wining equation. The animated kid’s show “Peg + Cat” won three daytime Emmy awards yesterday, including outstanding preschool children’s animated program, and Hamilton director Cory Bobiak is fresh off the plane from accepting the award in Los Angeles.“It was pretty surreal, like a giant expensive wedding. It was about 1,260 people in the audience,” said Bobiak.The show teaches preschool children math in a creative way. It was up against some tough competition like Disney, but Bobiak credits “Peg + Cat’s” creative touches for winning the Emmys.He says he draws inspiration from his two young kids who are pretty impressed with their dad’s award.“I think it’s really cool. I don’t know why, but to see him the next morning after he won the Emmy. I was really surprised for my mom to tell me that,” said his daughter, Frankie.“Peg + Cat” isn’t even through its first season, but with the newly-acquired hardware, Bobiak says the show has its fingers crossed that it will be making a second.The reason Bobiak didn’t have the Emmy award at home is because the show’s creator took home the statue, however Bobiak will also get one. It’s currently being engraved and will be sent to him.If you want to catch the award-winning “Peg + Cat,” it can be found on Treehouse. read more

Annan names new aides on Africa conference management

Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, before serving as Special Representative for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), was Botswana’s Ambassador to the UN.The 69-year old diplomat worked previously for the Botswana presidency. Between 1989 and 1990, he was the UN’s Deputy Special Representative in Namibia.Among many other postings, he worked as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) for South Africa, and Special Envoy of the Chairman of the Frontline States to Lesotho. He also served as his country’s High Commissioner to Guyana in 1981, High Commissioner to Jamaica in 1982 and Ambassador to Cuba in 1983.Yohannes Mengesha of Ethiopia, the new Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management, is leaving his current post as Director in the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General.Mr. Mengesha, who joined the UN in 1976 as a project officer for the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Eastern Caribbean Office, has served the Organization in various capacities including Regional Manager for the WFP Eastern and Southern Africa Bureau; Senior Adviser in the Department of Humanitarian Affairs; and Director of the Iraq Programme in the same department. read more

PODCAST Get Ready Goodman event announced on Good Morning Goodman

1:07 – Congratulations to BioLinc Blueprint winners BISEP and Campus Brainiac1:55 – Registration open for Get Ready Goodman4:11 – Department of Residences hiring a Business Peer Mentor4:45 – Good luck to students competing at DECA International Career Development Conference5:26 – Instagram Takeover – Rudy Ambrosio5:45 – BUAC hiring IT/Design Director Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf announcing that Goodman students in their final year of study are invited to Get Ready Goodman which will take place on April 21. This inaugural event includes a full day of programming with career development modules and information students need to know as they get ready to leave university and begin their careers. Registration is open on CareerZone.LeBlanc and Rauf wish luck to the Goodman students who are getting ready to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete internationally at DECA’s International Career Development Conference from April 16-19 and congratulate Brock graduate Daniel Bordenave (Bkin ’11, MSc ’15) and Brock students Harrison Olajos and Madi Fuller on winning awards at BioLinc’s Blueprint competition for their innovative business ideas.The Brock University Accounting Conference is currently hiring an IT Design Director for next year’s team. This position involves assisting with the website and photography and is a great way to get involved in this annual competition which brings together accounting students from all over Canada.Other volunteer positions for the upcoming year include a business peer mentor in the Department of Residence’s Living Learning Communities program.This the last podcast episode of Good Morning Goodman for the academic year. The series will return in September 2016.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events. read more

Theres A Difference Between Broke And Bankrupt For ExNFL Players

Torre’s segment begins at 42:00. Embed Code It’s worth mentioning, for the uninitiated, that NBER working papers have not yet been peer reviewed.3Full disclosure: In college, my introductory economics professor was Martin Feldstein, president emeritus of, yes, the National Bureau of Economic Research (and a man who, in his capacity as former chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, inspired the creation of another, very different course). As the preamble to FiveThirtyEight’s In the Papers series perpetually explains, the papers’ “conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).” But as crude as the methodology of this particular study may be, it does seem to be a useful analysis of a defined subset of NFL draftees. Had the paper existed back when I reported that 2009 SI article on how and why athletes lose their money, I would’ve added it — caveats included — to the depressingly brief roll call of academic research in this field.And that’s why one of the paper’s other prominent findings, as announced in a note from the authors, was so jarring to read. “The result of our comprehensive research on bankruptcy risk among NFL players,” they wrote, “is quite different from a widely-cited Sports Illustrated article, which reported that 78 percent of former NFL players are bankrupt or under ‘financial stress’ within two years of retirement (Torre, 2009). After 2 years of retirement, only about 1.9 percent of players in our sample have filed for bankruptcy.”One blog used that first sentence as the basis of a headline. In terms of economist trash talk, this was basically the authors flexing.But their summary of the 78 percent statistic was incomplete. Here is what my SI story said: “Reports from a host of sources (athletes, players’ associations, agents and financial advisers) indicate that: By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.”I called up the California Institute of Technology’s Kyle Carlson, one of the authors of the working paper, and mentioned this discrepancy. I pointed out that excluding the details about joblessness and divorce helped mask the difficulty of measuring a personal, complex issue. Financial health cannot be comprehensively captured by whether a person filed for bankruptcy or not. That their results are “quite different” from, well, an entirely different study should be surprising to approximately zero people.Bankruptcy, by definition, is an elective legal proceeding wherein a person publicly admits an inability to pay outstanding debts. It is also a sufficient but absolutely not necessary condition for defining financial stress; for various reasons, bankruptcy and financial stress can even be mutually exclusive. In my reporting, I have met athlete after athlete who knew to avoid the headline-generating shame of a bankruptcy filing. Even if their finances remained a shambles. Even if they were, by any reasonable standard, broke.Consider former NBA guard Allen Iverson, or ex-NFL receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail — whose case, by no coincidence, leads off that SI story — both of whom never filed for bankruptcy despite squandering their pro fortunes.“Bankruptcy is only one measure of a person’s status,” Carlson admitted to me. “It’s what we could get data on. There are many other ways in which a person could be in financial trouble. You might think of our number as maybe a lower bound for the number of guys who are actually in trouble.”And yet what Carlson called a “narrow” academic paper was promising a definitive analysis of a larger, albeit related, problem. Due to the academic marketplace — “Publish or perish” is an idiom for a reason — working papers tend to be hungry and ambitious. The goal is to make it into a journal and contribute knowledge to the world. But it can be tough to find the kind of dramatic angle that makes for an eye-catching study.Measuring financial health just through bankruptcy would be the equivalent of, say, assessing the mental health of a population by just tracking suicide rates, ignoring any other indicators of psychological stress. Pain isn’t exclusively about disaster.You often hear data people say that sample size matters. It’s not just size, though; it’s also the quality of the sample itself. Yes, the authors tell us about 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. But thanks to the relative inaccessibility of data on undrafted players, they also left out every player who didn’t begin his career by shaking hands with an NFL executive on a televised stage. In 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, 638 undrafted players were on active rosters for at least one game — a staggering 31.4 percent of the entire NFL. And that does not even include the drafted or undrafted players who never make it to an active roster, toiling instead on the practice squad or injured reserve.My 78 percent number from 2009 is limited in its own ways, admittedly. I did not conduct the study myself, and, as I told Carlson, I wish I had access to all its component parts. But the statistic was vetted by multiple NFL and NFL Players Association sources who asked not to be quoted or only be quoted anonymously. Several of them shared with me that the stat had been presented at confidential meetings they attended. It was the last, best estimate anyone in this industry had seen; in the six years since SI published the article, neither the PR-obsessed NFL nor the Players Association has disputed the number’s validity in public.What the NFL did instead was eventually market its own study, published months after my SI article in 2009, with findings that were more pessimistic than the NBER working paper’s but more optimistic than the ones in my article. The league supplied University of Michigan researchers with an even more rarified sample of players: pension-eligible retirees, meaning those who had played a minimum of three years. The average career length among those interviewed was 7.3 seasons, far longer than the NFL average.4The NFL says the average length of a player’s career is six years, but that only counts players who make it onto a club’s opening-day roster in their rookie year. Several non-league sources estimate that the average for all players is closer to three or four years. “We had no way to include players with shorter careers,” one of the Michigan authors, David Weir, wrote to me in 2012, “and I would certainly agree that they would be an interesting group to know more about.” That same year, I received an email from an NFL PR person with the following results for me to chew on: “45% (age 50+) and 48% (age 30-49) of retired players said that they have at some point ‘experienced significant losses in business or financial investments.’”None of this was a direct comparison to the number cited in my article, not even close. But said PR person nevertheless included his own note, colored in bright red font: “a far cry from 78 percent.”The NFL has already convinced thousands of men to devote themselves to the pursuit of a lifestyle that is unsustainable at best and fictional at worst. Some of the enablers of this dream include, but are not limited to: the league’s financial literacy programs, which have historically failed to instill basic principles; the NFL Players Association’s certification program for financial advisers, which supposedly vetted a number of moneymen who reportedly allowed players to lose more than $300 million in recent years; and the players themselves, who are pressured to exaggerate the opulence of their existence.Even academics are susceptible. “I don’t think there’s really a problem with either of our numbers,” Carlson told me. “They’re really measuring different things.”That last sentence isn’t a great headline, no. But it’s 100 percent true. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen: Pablo Torre Discusses His Piece On Our Sports Podcast Seven years ago, I started reporting a piece for Sports Illustrated on the financial health of NFL players — a whole lot of them went broke soon after leaving the league. Ever since then, I’ve been seeking reliable statistics to help define the scope of a complicated problem. Just how many athletes emerge financially imperiled once their pro salaries dry up?And so my brain’s wonkiest pleasure centers lit up recently when an economist friend emailed me a PDF that bills itself as a new, “comprehensive” study of that very issue. What I wasn’t expecting was for the study — in the course of selling itself to the public — to train its sights on me.Presenting the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Working Paper No. 21085, “Bankruptcy Rates Among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes.” The researchers who put it together used to compile a list of 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. They then gave that list to a third-party service,1Since the working paper itself did not explain how the researchers managed to unearth addresses for 2,016 men whose homes and employers were scattered across the country, I asked one of the authors, Kyle Carlson of the California Institute of Technology, how they managed it. He is the one who provided me with this information. asking it to search for recorded addresses that matched those names, and had another service scan for bankruptcy filings that fit both the names and the addresses.The study’s big finding: Of the 471 draftees2This total was also provided to me by Carlson. who had been retired for at least 12 years, 74, or 15.7 percent, had filed for bankruptcy by year 12. By Pablo S. Torre read more

BiH champion RK Borac Banja Luka on verge of bankruptcy

Seems that champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka won’t survive this summer. Despite fantastic handball days in second largest city in BiH during Junior World Championship 2013 two weeks ago, the most succesful team in the handball history of this country – ex Champions Cup winner from 70″s is in serious financial problem. Debt is about 900.000 EUR and the whole Management Board resigned. Club Assembly didn’t made any conclusion at the two previous meetings and the team, who has to prepare for the VELUX EHF Champions League qualification, didn’t even start to practice for the upcoming season.What will happen with one of the oldest and most traditional handbal teams in Europe, it is still uknown, but current situation tells – nothing good… Banja LukaBiH handballRK Borac Banja Luka ← Previous Story Kasim Kamenica takes charge of RK Lovcen Cetinje Next Story → Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic ready to get back in TOP handball: “Waiting for serious offer” read more

Authorities unsure if theyll ever be able to question Boston suspect

first_imgUpdated 18:30AS THE LONE surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, Boston City Mayor Tom Menino has said that authorities do not know if they will ever be able to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he remains in a serious condition in hospital.A legal issue may also hamper questioning, with the American Civil Liberties Union and a federal public defender raising concerns about investigators’ plans to question 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights.What Tsarnaev will say and when are unclear. He remains in a serious condition today and apparently in no shape for interrogation after being pulled bloodied and wounded from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense Friday that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.Miranda rightsUS officials said an elite interrogation team would question the Massachusetts college student without reading him his Miranda rights, something that is allowed on a limited basis when the public may be in immediate danger, such as when bombs are planted and ready to go off.ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is “not an open-ended exception” to the Miranda rule, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.The federal public defender’s office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are “serious issues regarding possible interrogation.”There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.No death penaltyThe most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers — ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the US for about a decade and lived in the Boston area — had help from others. The president urged people not to rush judgement about their motivations.Governor Deval Patrick said Saturday that Tsarnaev was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.‘A million questions’“I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives,” the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. “We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered.”The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.This image from last Friday shows a police vehicle probing the boat where 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hiding in Watertown. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of “USA! USA!” Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.Michael Spellman said he bought tickets to Saturday’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park to help send a message to the bombers.‘We’re not going to live in fear.’“They’re not going to stop us from doing things we love to do,” he said, sitting a few rows behind home plate. “We’re not going to live in fear.”During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the Tsarnaev brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious shootout and car chase in which they hurled explosives at police from a large homemade arsenal, authorities said.Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said one of the explosives was the same type used during the Boston Marathon attack, and authorities later recovered a pressure cooker lid that had embedded in a car down the street. He said the suspects also tossed two grenades before Tamerlan ran out of ammunition and police tackled him.But while handcuffing him, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove the carjacked Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The SUV dragged Tamerlan’s body down the block, he said. Police initially tracked the escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a house after abandoning the Mercedes.ChechnyaChechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.Investigators have not offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with officials and those who knew the Tsarnaev brothers, a picture has emerged of the older one as someone embittered toward the US, increasingly vehement in his Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.The Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two law enforcement officials said Saturday.According to an FBI news release, a foreign government said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the US for travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups.The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two officials said it was Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter publicly.InterviewThe FBI said that in response, it interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and relatives and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity. The bureau said it looked into such things as his telephone and online activity, his travels and his associations with others.An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man’s increased commitment to Islam.Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Maryland, said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen “God’s business” over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew basically ended after that call.As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “he’s been absolutely wasted by his older brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he’s done,” Tsarni said.Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Cambridge, said in an interview that the older brother had strong political views about the US. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the US uses the Bible as “an excuse for invading other countries.”Tamerlan Tsarnaev studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said. He was married with a young daughter. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.As of Saturday, more than 50 victims of the bombing remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.Read: North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston attack >last_img read more

La journée mondiale de lasthme cest demain

first_imgLa journée mondiale de l’asthme, c’est demainFrance – L’Association asthmes et allergies organise, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’asthme qui se déroule demain mardi 4 mai, une campagne de communication. Son but : faire connaître les Écoles de l’asthme, des lieux où les asthmatiques peuvent apprendre à gérer leur maladie chronique.La campagne nationale de communication s’articulant autour du thème “Écoles de l’asthme : quand on y va, on va mieux” sera lancée dès demain. Des manifestations se dérouleront dans de nombreuses villes de France : portes ouvertes dans les Écoles de l’asthme et dans les services hospitaliers, animations sportives, conférences-débats ou encore concours de création ouvert à tous les malades… Peu de patients asthmatiques connaissent l’existence des centres d’éducation thérapeutique alors qu’il y en a plus d’une centaine en France. Ceux-ci permettent l’apprentissage et l’application de stratégies simples afin de maîtriser et de gérer sa maladie. Des séances individuelles ou collectives sont proposées aux malades et pour les plus jeunes, des Écoles de l’asthme ont été spécialement conçues. Un numéro vert a été mis en place pour contacter “Asthme et allergies infos service”. Il s’agit du 0800.19.20.21. En France, plus de 4 millions de personnes souffrent d’asthme et 60% d’entre elles maîtrisent insuffisamment leur maladie selon l’étude Irdes de janvier 2009.Le 3 mai 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Local Gambian club Hawks’ midfielder Yusupha Bobb has turned professional after having inked a deal in Italy.The Gambia U-20 play-maker joins Serie A club Chievo Verona where he reunites with countryman Ali Sowe who is expected to play this year in the first team after he was on loan to three second division clubs.19-year-old Bobb moved to the Italian side, dubbed Flying Donkeys, after impressing club scouts, while on an outing for Gambia’s U-19 in the Umbria tournament reportedly last year.Yusupha can comfortably play with either foot.Gaffer Sang Ndong was inaccessible for comment but a club source told Foroyaa Sport: “He is going there as a future star. The club has been particular about signing him. He’s a talent they expect will blossom soon.”While Bobb’s acquisition increases the number of Gambians in the club, with three already in there, the Scorpion young international becomes the first player in seven years from Hawks FC to sign a contract abroad after Omar Koroma.Yusupha will start the forthcoming campaign on loan at the Italian second division club AS Cittadella.]]>last_img read more

Real Madrid drop their first points in San Mames

first_imgFirst points dropped by Real Madrid without Ronaldo, they were close to losing at San Mames against Athletic but Isco scored the equalizer for a point.This Saturday was the first day in which Real Madrid suffered the first moment in which they know they are less better without Cristiano Ronaldo, who would’ve scored in San Mames against Athletic without question today. After so much hype directed at the key players like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, they weren’t able to deliver a good performance in a very complicated stadium where they almost lost the match if it wasn’t for Isco’s equalizer during the second half. Although the Welsh winger did provide the assist for the Spaniard during the second half, he wasn’t able to produce more moments of brilliance as he was doing at the start of the season and he crashed hard against a very compact Athletic defense. But the biggest player of this match as it usually is in these types of scenarios was the crowd in San Mames, they proved that they are amongst the toughest in all of European football and they became a real problem for the Real Madrid players in every single ball they touched. There is no doubt that the spirit of the old Cathedral lives on in the new one, they are the ones who made the biggest difference against Real Madrid.Unai Simón, un futuro muy presente. #MovistarPartidazo— La Casa del Fútbol en Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) September 15, 2018But on the local side, the Basque team had an ace under their sleeve and we finally realized why they let Kepa go that easily. Young goalkeeper Unai Simon was Athletic’s unsung hero during the match by piling up the saves against all of Real Madrid’s forwards who got frustrated against this kid’s brilliant interventions, the match could’ve easily ended with Los Blancos’ victory by more than four goals if it hadn’t been for Unai. Past the half hour of the game, Susaeta combined with De Marcos and he sent a pass to the heart of the box where both Muniain and Williams were waiting to bury the ball in. Iñaki failed his strike at first but Iker was able to score the goal and make San Mames explode with cheers because they were already ahead in the scoreline. Real Madrid kept trying to penetrate Athletic’s defense during the rest of the match but they had a really hard time getting past Unai Simon, they were finally able to get an equalizer during the second half after Gareth Bale found Isco’s header that the young Athletic Club goalkeeper wasn’t able to reach in time. But Simon’s performance wasn’t stained by this goal, he was truly the man of the match against Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.⚖ Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018It’s hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui still hasn’t put his trust on some of the new arrivals like Mariano, the new Real Madrid number ‘7’ is the type of player who can solve complicated situations like the one they had today at San Mames. This draw marks the first points that Los Blancos drop during the season and watching the development of the full match, it’s clear by now that the squad will struggle without a player like Cristiano Ronaldo who was there exactly for days like this Saturday. The next month will be really difficult for Real Madrid as they now have to start the Champions League next week against AS Roma, and then one week later they will have another dangerous trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where they will face Sevilla FC in one of the most exciting fixtures of September. Julen Lopetegui needs to start trusting his new field players a little bit more, otherwise, he will keep dropping points like he did today and that can be very harmful to a club like Real Madrid this early in the season.What did you think about the match, who was your favorite player from either squad at San Mames? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Kovac Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac believes that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player, despite being omitted from the recent UEFA and FIFA awardsThe Argentine superstar was at his brilliant best on Tuesday night by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.Messi was recently left out of the three-man shortlist for both FIFA’s The Best award and the UEFA Player of the Year.But Kovac still believes that the 31-year-old sets the bar for everyone else.“For me, Lionel Messi is the best,” he told Goal.“It used to be that way, and it will continue to be so in the future.”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.The Croatian also rates fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo highly.“Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate, but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent,” said Kovac.“That’s what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way. Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric were also great last year.“The further back you play, the less you get into the limelight. But individual class ultimately decides the games.”Kovac will take charge of his first Champions League game for Bayern later this evening against Benfica.last_img read more

9000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect

first_img March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities announced a $9,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of gunning down a romantic rival last month outside a Point Loma Heights workout center.Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, 41, allegedly killed 27-year-old Alexander Mazin of San Diego in a parking lot behind 24 Hour Fitness, 3675 Midway Drive, shortly before 11 a.m. Feb. 25, according to police.Police soon identified Martinez as the suspected assailant and determined that he might have fled to an apartment in the 3000 block of Upas Street in North Park.About an hour after the shooting, officers surrounded the residence and tried in vain to contact Martinez. Following a roughly six-hour standoff, a SWAT team forced entry to the apartment, discovering that the suspect was not there.The victim’s parents told reporters their son had been going out a woman that Martinez previously had dated, and that the suspect had assaulted her several weeks prior to Mazin’s slaying.Family and friends of the victim have added $8,000 to a $1,000 reward in the case previously posted by San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Anyone who might be able to help investigators track down the suspect was asked to call the nonprofit agency at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter $9,000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 16, 2018last_img read more

Spanfeller Media to Launch Active Lifestyle Site

first_imgThe site features a consumer-generated section, where users share comments, views and other pertinent information. All of these tactics will be integrated into eKADIA’s content strategy, and will be run by an editorial staff of similar scale. Monetization strategies will also parallel its sister site, with advertising, e-commerce, events and lead generation contributing to revenue. “Like The Daily Meal, we’re not planning on being aggressive on the advertising sales front,” Spanfeller tells FOLIO:. “There’s arguably five main areas of the web: news, business finance, gossip, spectator sports and technology; you can argue for health as well. After that, it gets sparse very quickly,” says Spanfeller. “Our goal is to fill [as many] niche verticals as we can get into.” “There’s a lot more focus on casual physical activity. Part of this is a new way of life for folks growing up, but part of that is people who have a few years on them and are looking to stay young,” says Spanfeller. “Participation in marathons, the 3K, triathlons and bike rides are growing enormously. There’s nothing in the digital space that covers the full pantheon of that process or those activities.”Plans for eKADIA promotion include search optimization, syndication and the social ecosystem. Spanfeller is also relying on “word of mouth and loyalty” to help eKADIA gain its target of two million monthly users by the end of 2012. Spanfeller Media Group, owner of The Daily Meal, will launch its second vertical content site in the new year. Currently under the working title eKADIA, the active lifestyle site will be led by editorial director John Rasmus. The publishing vet is a former editor of Outside magazine; a founding editor of Men’s Journal; and the founding editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure.Spanfeller Media founder Jim Spanfeller hopes to replicate the success of its first vertical content channel with eKADIA. The Daily Meal launched in January 2011, and now attracts two million unique visitors a month.eKADIA’s business model will mirror that of its sister site. The Daily Meal has a full-time editorial staff of 20, with an additional 600 special contributors (from celebrity chefs to Ph.Ds in nutrition). Content partners include Nation Restaurant news; links to stories off-site are also featured on the site. Spanfeller expands on the syndication model, “We do more reprinting that linking out. It’s not because of a pre-set formula; it’s what’s the best way for the end user.”last_img read more

State regulator pushes for stronger laws to deal with abandoned oil wells

first_imgA rig drilling in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Image courtesy BLM-Alaska)A top state regulator is asking the legislature to make sure oil companies pay to clean up old oil wells, even after the wells are sold to a different company.Listen nowCathy Foerster of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission testified before the Senate Resources Committee on Monday.Foerster said it’s becoming more common for smaller oil companies to operate in Alaska, and those companies may be more financially unstable. She gave the example of Aurora Gas, which declared bankruptcy last year. Foerster said the company is unable to pay to plug and abandon its wells, three of which are on state land, making the state financially responsible for cleaning them up.“Aurora Gas doesn’t exist anymore, we cannot go back to Aurora gas and ask them for the money to [plug and abandon] those wells. It ain’t going to happen — just take a deep, cleansing breath and let that one go,” Foerster said.Foerster warned that if a big oil field like Prudhoe Bay is sold to a smaller company that goes bankrupt and can’t pay for cleanup, it could cost the state billions of dollars. She said the state currently has a $200,000 bond to cover the cost of plugging and abandoning all the wells at Prudhoe Bay.“For $200,000 we couldn’t even pay for the engineering study that would give us the estimate on what the true cost is to plug all of those wells,” Foerster said. “So we’re in a bad situation on having adequate bonding for our wells, and we’re working it.”Foerster says her agency has the authority to increase bond amounts. But Foerster argued the legislature should also act. One idea she floated is to update the law so the state can require former operators to pay to clean up abandoned oil wells.“Don’t we want to have the ability to go back on BP, Exxon and Conoco and say ‘you guys made a boatload of money off of this, and you drilled these wells, now get back up here and clean them up?’ We need you guys to take care of that,” Foerster said.Foerster said two other states, California and Kansas, have passed similar laws.Alaska Oil and Gas Association president Kara Moriarty said her group wants to see legislation before it forms a position on Foerster’s proposal, but she added that the issue of future well abandonments is “a potential problem that may not exist.”Moriarty said her group is generally wary of additional regulations.“I would just be cautious of anything that seems to put another hurdle on companies either coming to Alaska or being interested in investing in Alaska,” Moriarty said.last_img read more

Two drug traders found dead in two districts

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered the bodies of two suspected drug traders in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga and Tangail sadar upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.In Chuadanga, police recovered the body of a suspected drug trader from Satkopat area in Alamdanga upazila on Saturday morning.The deceased Oltu Mandal, 27, son of Mohasin Ali, a resident of Gobindapur village and accused in 12 drug cases.Abu Zihad Fakhrul Alam Khan, officer-in-charge of Alamdanga police station, said locals spotted the bullet-ridden body of Oltu around 10:00am and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for an autopsy.Police said Oltu might have been killed following an enmity over sharing of money earned through drug business.Meanwhile, in Tangail, police recovered the bullet hit body of an alleged drug paddler from a playground in Charaberibandh area of Sadar upazila.The deceased Abdul Mannan, 45, is son of Ali Hossain of Kandapara area in Tangail Municipality area.Sayedur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tangail Model Police Station, said Mannan was killed in a gunfight between two gangs of drug traders around 3:30am at Charaberibandh area.Later, in the morning police recovered the body, he said.Police also recovered a pistol, three shells and 200 pieces of yaba pills from the spot, he added.Mannan, a well-known yaba trader, was wanted in six drug related cases filed with Sadar Model Police Station, he added.Sanjit Kumar Roy, Superintendent of Tangail Police, said Mannan was killed in a factional clash.With the latest one, at least 117 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 39 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

NAACP Black students suffer daily abuse at Maryland school

first_imgPASADENA, Md. (AP) — Following reports of a teacher calling a student a racial slur and a social media post targeting Black students, a local NAACP chapter says Black students at a Maryland high school are subject to daily abuse and humiliation.Anne Arundel County NAACP President Rev. Stephen Tillett said at a press conference on March 13 that families have seen “a decades-long pattern of resistance to change and the creation of a hostile environment for children of color” at Chesapeake High School and feeder schools.Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier told The Capital the school system wants to combat the system of intimidation Tillett describes. He said Chesapeake’s principal met with the NAACP March 13.Investigators identified the threat’s poster as a Black student, but Tillett says the student’s identity doesn’t negate other experiences.last_img read more

A Comparison of GNULinux Dock Applications

first_imgA Comparison of GNU/Linux Dock Applications by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on May 17, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: May 16, 2017 – 12 commentsOne of the things that many users love about Apple MacOSX is the dock at the bottom of their screen.But docks are not exclusive to Mac users, rather Windows, GNU/Linux, and even BSD users can all have the handy tool on their desktop.GNU/Linux users have quite a few at their disposal, so I thought perhaps a comparison might be in order.I use Arch Linux with Cinnamon as my desktop environment, but all of these docks can be installed on any setup regardless of environment. Although as a note, some docks will require packages from environments that may be outside your current, such as GTK packages even though you run KDE.The docks we will be looking at are:DockyCairo-Dock / Glx-DockPlankDockyI use Docky on my machine daily, it’s become my favourite over the years. It’s lightweight, it’s customizable, it does what I need it to do. Docky is somewhat the halfway point in eye candy between the super flashy Cairo-Dock and the very minimal Plank.Docky has the ability to be hidden, or stay above windows, resized into a full panel mode, zoom on icons adjusted, and multiple backgrounds included.Cairo-DockCairo-Dock (also known as Glx-Dock) is very ‘pretty’, and has the option of utilizing OpenGL for enhanced graphics as well as reducing CPU load. If your hardware can use it (as most modern machines can), it’s quite attractive.Cairo-Dock comes preloaded with many themes, and can even be made to somewhat imitate the Mac theme. The animations are smooth, and it is extremely customizable.Cairo does use slightly more memory than Docky or Plank for example, but still realistically not enough to be of any concern unless you’re running on very old hardware.PlankPlank is designed to be extremely minimalistic. The Plank website says, “Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more.”This is entirely true. Plank is very minimalistic. It hides itself when overlapped by a window by its default behavior, and pops up when your mouse hits the bottom of the screen, or when nothing is obstructing it. There are Plank themes online available, but they are all very minimal as well. If you want a no frills dock, and don’t care for eye candy whatsoever, Plank is definitely the way to go.Other DocksThere are numerous other docks available for GNU/Linux as well, but these are the three most popular. Some others are either outdated / abandoned / deprecated, or are distribution specific such as the Deepin Dock, or Latte Dock which is specific to KDE Plasma.Both offer similar functionality and features to them like the above mentioned docks, but do not run (or at least not easily) outside of their native Desktop Environments. I tried to get both Deepin Dock and Latte to run through my Cinnamon desktop, but was unable.Granted, I didn’t spend longer than five or ten minutes trying, but really; do you want to spend potentially longer just to set up a dock when other solutions are available?Final WordsDocks in my opinion increase productivity and ease of navigation for a graphical interface. Rather than needing to navigate menu screens or application menus, one click on a dock icon will launch whatever you need. Plus, they look fancy!All of the above Docks can be installed through any major distribution package manager that I am aware of; granted I haven’t used every single system out there, so in a worst case scenario and you can’t find it, check out your favourite search engine for how to install the dock you want.What about you? Do you enjoy using a dock, and if so, which one? If not, how come? Let’s hear it in the comments.SummaryArticle NameA Comparison of GNU/Linux Dock ApplicationsDescriptionMike takes a look at several dock applications for GNU/Linux, and here specifically at Cairo Dock, Plank and Docky, plus others.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Best Prime Day 2019 Deals on Monitors – Starting at Just 7999

first_imgThere are a handful of deals on PC monitors for Prime Day 2019, with prices starting at just $79.99 for a full HD panel.A monitor can be a very expensive investment on a PC rig and it’s best to keep both eyes open for deals floating around. Luckily, thanks to Prime Day 2019, you don’t have to look that far to score yourself a deal. With deals starting from $79.99, there’s a lot to like here and there are a decent amount of options that will keep your interest at an all-time high.Buy ViewSonic VX2778-SMHD 27 Inch 1440p Frameless IPS Widescreen LED Monitor – Was $320, now just $229.99Buy ViewSonic VA2446M-LED 24 Inch Full HD 1080p LED Monitor – Was $130, now just $89.99Buy HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor with Tilt/Height Adjustment and Built-in Speakers – Was $140, now just $99.99Buy LG 27UD68-W 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync – Was $490, now just $299.99Buy Acer SB220Q bi 21.5″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor – Was $90, now just $79.99Buy Dell U-Series 38″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor – Was $1070, now just $789.99Buy HP Pavilion 21.5-Inch IPS LED HDMI VGA Monitor – Was $100, now just $89.99Buy LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21:9 Ultragear Curved WFHD (2560 x 1080) IPS 144Hz G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor – Was $550, now just $379.99All of the above deals are Prime Day exclusive and will likely return to their original prices within 24 hours. If you want to put a decent new monitor to your rig then it’s best to act fast otherwise you will lose a great set of deals. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Air Canada to launch Frankfurt London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer

first_imgAir Canada to launch Frankfurt & London Gatwick flights from YVR next summer << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img VANCOUVER — Air Canada will be ramping up international flights out of its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal service to Frankfurt and three times weekly seasonal flights to London Gatwick.Flights departing YVR will commence on June 1 and June 8, respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase. Vancouver-Frankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, while Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.This means that next summer, Air Canada Rouge will operate to London Gatwick from two points across Canada: Vancouver and Toronto.“We will be the only airline flying non-stop between YVR and the two largest airports in the London metropolitan region during the peak summer travel period with the addition of London Gatwick. By next summer, Air Canada will serve five European destinations non-stop from YVR including two significant hubs, Frankfurt and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin, and on a code-share basis with joint venture partner Lufthansa Munich, strengthening YVR as an important hub that connects our B.C., Western Canada and U.S. routes to our expanding international network,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn 2017, the airline will launch new international services between Vancouver-Taipei, Vancouver-Nagoya, Vancouver-Frankfurt, Vancouver-London Gatwick, Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers and Montreal-Marseille. Tags: Air Canada Posted bylast_img read more