1 Theresa May has set herself a deadline Again

first_img1. Theresa May has set herself a deadline. (Again.)The most significant thing to come out of PMQs today was right at the beginning. Theresa May kicked off the session by announcing that she had written to Donald Tusk with an Article 50 extension request. However, contrary to the extension motion passed last week, the PM confirmed that she has only asked for a short delay to Brexit.“As Prime Minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30th June.” That was the key quote. It implies that she will put an end to her premiership if a longer extension is necessary, either due to the EU’s response to her letter or because MPs do not agree a deal in the next few months. (It’s worth noting that she may not have had a choice in that deadline anyway.)What does this mean for Labour? If it backed and built support for a longer extension, it could force Theresa May out of office. But there is a significant risk that this would topple an incompetent, unpopular Tory leader in exchange for a shiny newbie who favours ‘no deal’.2. Jeremy Corbyn is willing to compromise.As discussed in this morning’s LabourList daily email, the Labour leader has made clear that he is willing to compromise on Brexit: first, by agreeing to whip for the Kyle/Wilson plan that would see MPs allow May’s deal to pass on the condition it is put to a ‘confirmatory ballot’; now, by warming to Common Market 2.0.Corbyn emphasised these moves at PMQs today, saying: “In an effort to break the deadlock, I’ve held meetings with members all across the House.” He informed us that tomorrow he will meet with EU Prime Ministers and officials in Brussels.3. Theresa May is still refusing to compromise.Corbyn’s offer of a meeting was ignored by the Prime Minister, who simply called his invitation “a bit rich” and noted that other opposition leaders do not want to deliver Brexit (i.e. meeting with them is a waste of time). Asked whether she would drop her red lines and compromise, May refused to answer.4… and she’s blaming parliament for the Brexit chaos.Theresa May, taking responsibility? Not a chance. Listing the options rejected by the Commons – another referendum, no deal, Labour’s deal, a customs union (she left out her deal) – the PM concluded: “It’s time this parliament faced the consequences.” But apparently not time she accepted the consequences, which are that something about her deal needs to change.May later went on to shift the blame and insult MPs further. “This House has indulged itself on Europe for too long,” she claimed, without a hint of self-awareness. Corbyn said this was disrespectful of the democratic process, while Labour MPs naturally made their outrage heard.The PM’s message might make sense as one worth sending to the ‘Bored of Brexit’ electorate, but she is addressing the Commons. It is remarkable to watch her repeatedly irritate Labour MPs, from whom she needs dozens of votes when the deal is next brought back.5. Jeremy Corbyn is still pushing for a general election.Rounding off his final PMQs contribution, Corbyn asked: “If the Prime Minister cannot get changes to her deal, will she give the people a chance to reject the deal and change the government?” Optimistic ‘people’s vote’ supporters might hope he is referring to another referendum, but it’s the idea of a general election that elicits enthusiasm from the Labour leader.6. Calls are growing for ‘indicative votes’.The government must hold a series of ‘indicative votes’, Tory grandee Ken Clarke said in the questions that followed the Corbyn-May sparring match. “Just allow the indicative votes that others have put forward,” Labour’s Yvette Cooper also advised, adding: “In the national interest, I beg this Prime Minister to think again.”The Prime Minister didn’t deviate from her standard replies, which now involve blaming parliament for voting down her deal, but the day of indicative votes – which would allow MPs to freely choose their preferred Brexit options and establish the most supported path – is getting closer.Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Jeremy Corbyn /last_img read more

Good Morning Mission Who Answers the Call

first_imgPhoto by Lee Pickett 0% Right now it is 60° heading to a high of 78° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: 22nd to 23rd, Potrero to the freeway.You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.These photos were taken on Thursday.  Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett last_img read more

Business social for new development met with protest

first_imgJoe Arellano, a spokesperson for the developer Maximus, said Mission for All advocates and staff had been gathering the support of thousands of people who have signed a petition backing the project. At the business social, he said, Mission for All hoped to begin a conversation with merchants about their input, as well as some of the proposed changes to the project — like a market space on the plaza, and designating some units for teacher housing. “We want to work with the city to find a solution for the community that works,” he said. “We recognize it’s a need here in the city.”Because the building would be constructed directly adjacent to Marshall Elementary School (long a point of contention for opponents, who dislike the idea of a tall building casting a shadow over the school), Arellano said teacher housing would make sense.Though merchants who attended the social declined to comment, one business owner at the protest opposed the project. “Where are our workers going to live without affordable housing?” said Amparo Vigil, whose family operates Puerto Alegre. “If we don’t have workers who have a place to live, then we don’t have a business. Puerto Alegre disappears.”Plaza 16 has long held that the project would send a shockwave of gentrification through the already increasingly unaffordable immediate vicinity. The increase in nearby property values brought on by the development, said Marilyn Duran of the group PODER, would incentivize landlords to evict long-term tenants paying low rents in favor of higher-income tenants attracted to the newly “cleaned up” area.“I’ve been doing this since high school,” said Duran (now 27). “I haven’t seen less evictions because of market-rate development.”As for the demands of the Plaza 16 coalition, which organized the protest and has long demanded that any development at 16th and Mission be entirely below-market-rate, Arellano said, “We want to talk to the community that is interested in meaningful dialogue. The people here have made their demands clear.”   The Planning Commission is expected to consider the project later this year, though no hearing date has been set. 0% Four police officers guarded the Florida Street entrance to the building as protesters chanted and sang on the sidewalk, carrying signs that read, “We don’t negotiate with economic terrorists,” and “Monstruo fuera de mi comunidad” (“Monster out of my community”). Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16 Coalition, referring to the nickname activists long ago gave the project that promises to bring 331 units to 16th and Mission streets.  At present, 41 of those are slated for affordable housing, with an additional 49 units to be built at a different site later. The developer, Maximus, is also considering setting aside some units for teachers.Supporters of the project and members of the developer’s advocacy group, Mission for All, wore stickers with the text, “I am not a monster.”  Reporters were barred from attending the event, and it’s unclear which businesses attended. One nearby business group, the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association, has decided to remain neutral on the project, while Mission Merchant Association President Phil Lesser has voiced his enthusiastic support.   Tags: 16th Street • development • housing • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ANDRE Savelio is set to join Castleford on loan fo

first_imgANDRE Savelio is set to join Castleford on loan for the remainder of the season.The utility forward has played 42 times for the Saints since making his debut against Leeds in 2014.He joined the Saints from Latchford Albion and makes the move to gain more game time – at his own request – as he continues his development.We naturally wish Andre well in his spell over at the Tigers and will be keeping a keen eye on how he progresses.The loan agreement has no recall and Andre cannot play against the Saints.last_img read more

CFCC announces partnership grant with Cypress Creek Renewables

first_img Rouzer, students and instructors at CFCC, and Cypress Creek Renewables all gathered to talk about renewable energy.The Sustainability Technologies program at the college just received a $16,500 grant from Cypress Creek.“Clean industry businesses like solar are going to play a vital role in the future of Cape Fear Community College and we will respond to the workforce training needs,” said Jim Morton, CFCC’s interim president.Related Article: CFCC students build ‘Blueberry’ for Burgaw New Year’s Eve celebrationCypress Creek says the solar industry employs more than 7,600 North Carolinians, including Zac Simoneau. He graduated from John Wojciechowski’s Sustainability Technologies program at CFCC.“The sustainability program prepared me for life and Woj prepared me for everything I have right now. He mentored me, he got me into the solar industry,” Simoneau said.Another student, Philip Cross, says the program has already made a big impact on him and he may consider a future in sustainable energy.“We’re always gonna have it,” Cross said. “Why not harness it and get rid of the nonrenewable resources that are actually destroying our environment?”Tuesday’s announcement comes after the recent completion of Cypress Creek solar facilities in Brunswick and Columbus Counties. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An investment was made in southeastern North Carolina’s workforce Tuesday morning as a national solar company announced a partnership with Cape Fear Community College.“I think it’s gonna be a win-win all the way around. A win for job creation, a win for the environment, and a win for energy production,” said Congressman David Rouzer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

With more than 200000 in school lunch debt who foots the bill

first_img 21 schools in New Hanover County are part of a federal program called Community Eligibility Provision or CEP, which provides meals to all students at no cost.At other schools, families that cannot afford meals must apply for the Free and Reduced Meals program. If they do not, costs from unpaid lunches can fall back onto the school district.“We do encourage principals to help collect the money, on unpaid meal charges, but eventually it does fall on the finance department,” says Imer Smith, Director of Childhood Nutrition for New Hanover County Schools.Related Article: Could upcoming teacher rally affect your student’s classtime?Smith says the district encourages families in need to apply for the program.But even if they don’t, board policy prevents the schools from denying a child a meal. And that’s where costs can begin to add up.“Currently we’re at $88,000 of unpaid meal charges,” said Smith.If a portion of those unpaid charges are coming from families who simply can’t afford to pay for the food, a summer without school meals could be bleak, if not for summer food programs.“There are resources that are sponsored by New Hanover County Schools and others, where kids can go for breakfast, lunch and in some cases, dinner,” said Beth Gaglione, Branch Director for the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.Taking a look at other districts across our area, the unpaid cafeteria balances in both Brunswick and Pender counties are just over $57,000 each.Bladen, Columbus, and Whiteville schools are part of the CEP program, which means all students receive free meals.As far as summer food programs go, the Food Bank’s Kids Summer Meals program starts Monday.Nourish NC will also provide 50 lbs of food to 1,000 in New Hanover County.New Hanover County Schools’ summer food program starts at the end of the month. You don’t need to enroll, you can simply show up. NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — As another school year comes to an end, one school district has nearly $90,000 in unpaid school lunches. And that’s not the only district with a big tab.In New Hanover County alone, there is $88,000 in unpaid school lunches. Although some of that may be an oversight on the part of parents, some is due to families who cannot afford meals.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Small business denied help from SBA after Hurricane Florence

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Businesses are still trying to find their footing after Hurricane Florence. But others are struggling to get help from the small business administration.“The hurricane comes in and lost everything in here,” OSC automotive and repair owner Shannon Ward said.- Advertisement – After the hurricane, Ward opened his shop on Princess Street to a flood of problems.“I lost everything in the shop and you know, came up here, checked on everything and everything is completely destroyed,” Ward said.He says water broke through the roof of the building and flooded the facility and damaged a lot of equipment. He contacted the small business administration to get help but he says they informed him they could not help him. Ward says he was at a loss for words when they turned him down.Related Article: The Bistro at Topsail closing permanently after Hurricane Florence“Once they denied me, I was really shocked and surprised. You know, cause without assistance or help or anything else, it’s going to be hard for anybody with a small business trying to get back in operation and everything,” Ward said.Ward says he’s heard of other businesses dealing with the same issue but he’s not letting this stop him from starting his business back up from square one.“Good friends, good family and everything. I’m going to pursue to look for new property and possible build a building and new shop and try to get up a new clientele and customer base and everything,” Ward said.But for now, Ward has to close up shop until further notice. Ward says the SBA denied him because he’s not the land owner. We reached out to the SBA to find out more but we have not heard back from them.last_img read more

2018 Landfall Tradition brings collegiate golf stars to Wilmington

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 17th Annual Landfall Tradition Collegiate Tournament hosted by UNCW is bringing the biggest names in women’s collegiate golf to the Cape Fear.There will be 18 NCAA Division 1 teams featuring 8 of the top 25.  Last year’s champion Duke University will be in town to defend their title.- Advertisement – The Landfall Tradition is one of the most prestigious events in women’s college golf because of the Championship Dye Course at Landfall.  The course did experience extensive damage from hurricane Florence, but Greens Superintendent Jeff Mack says the course is ready for players.UNCW Women’s Golf Head Coach Cindy Ho says UNCW is “proud to welcome players of this caliber to Wilmington.”  She adds that UNCW golfers are in a “unique and fortunate position to play against these teams and they will learn a lot.”The public is invited to attend all other play for free.  The College/Am Tournament is Thursday at 12:30 p.m.; Rounds 1 and 2 are Friday and Saturday with tee times between 8:30 and 10:36 a.m.; and the Final Round is a Shotgun Start at 8:45 a.m. with the Awards Ceremony following at the end of play.Related Article: UNCW women’s golf leads after day one of the CAA ChampionshipAll rounds are played on the Landfall Dye Course.  To attend tell gate attendants you are there for the Landfall Tradition Tournament.For more information on players, times and history of the tournament click here.last_img read more

Cucalorus Film Festival Ready to Kick Off

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year for the annual Cucalorus film festival. The event brings thousands to the Downtown Wilmington area each year. Cucalorus is a non-competitive independent film festival that supports innovative artists and encourages creative exchange. The festival takes place November 7-11 and you can buy passes to the festival online or you can buy them on-line.During the festival, tickets can also be purchased at each venue on the day of the screening. Advance tickets for Thalian Hall screenings can be purchased at the Thalian Hall Box Office (910/343/3664) or online at thalianhall.com- Advertisement – To buy tickets or learn more click on http://www.cucalorus.org/about/faq/Rachel Taylor, Programming Director and Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer, stopped by the WWAY studios to talk about the upcoming festival and events.last_img read more

GreenBook gem keeps history alive

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The film, Green Book, took home three Oscar’s, Sunday night  including the coveted “Best Picture” category. The movie is named for the traveler’s guide necessary for African-American entertainers, motorists and tourists during the Jim Crow era. Five of those locations were in Wilmington.During the 40’s and 50’s, one of the most popular jazz scenes in Wilmington known as ‘The Barn’ drew the most talented African-American artists including Duke Ellington. With no where else to stay, the Paynes’ Tourist Home on North 6th Street became the hot spot.- Advertisement – “Back in the day it was called a hotel because a lot of African-Americans didn’t have nothing but room and houses,” said Owner of Former Paynes’ Tourist Home James S. Lofton. “This was a little more upscale than a room and house so they considered this as a hotel.”The Paynes’ Tourist Home was one of five safe spaces listed in the ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’ for African-Americans in Wilmington by 1966.“Once you left the other side of Maryland all the way down to Florida Keys, there was no other places except what’s in the ‘green book’,” said Lofton.Related Article: Wilmington fire chief outlines concerns for agency’s futureIt was first published in 1936 to aid elite black travelers who may face social and legal restrictions.“There were no accommodations in the larger arena that would accommodate blacks as we traveled back and forth,” said Leland Resident George Beatty.This travelers’ guide provided listings of helpful resources like where to eat like Hill’s Restaurant that once sat on Red Cross Street and overnight stays.“For those who stayed here regularly like those teachers, they got their meals and everything here,” said Lofton. “Believe it or not, back in the day, this was one of the few places that had steam heat and one of the few places that had air conditioning, when it first came out so it was kind of an upscale joint.”African-American legends crossed the guest house doors from the ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson to singer, actor and political activist Paul Robeson.“Our grand kids, kids and all really need to understand and embrace that history,” said Beatty. “It shows who we are and where we’ve come from.”Three other locations in Wilmington were in the book including Johnson’s Restaurant on Chestnut Street, Ollie’s Restaurant on 7th Street and Owens Club 900 Restaurant on 9th Street.last_img read more

AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attorney General Josh Stein has filed a lawsuit against Canary Tree Service, a Jacksonville, Florida-based tree removal company, and its owner Justin Hartmann, alleging that they price gouged Wilmington-area homeowners after Hurricane Florence.“My office will not allow price gouging to go unchecked,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “These out-of-state operators took advantage of homeowners rebuilding after Hurricane Florence. That’s against the law, and my office will hold them accountable.”- Advertisement – The complaint alleges price gouging incidents involving four Wilmington-area homeowners who were charged excessive amounts for tree removal work, and a fifth homeowner who was offered an inflated quote for a job.Two homeowners were charged $9,500 for 14 hours of work, which is approximately $679 per hour. Another homeowner was charged $4,500 for six hours of work, which is $750 per hour. A fourth homeowner was charged $14,000 for 30 hours of work, or $467 per hour, though another company estimated that work to cost approximately $2,400.A fifth homeowner was quoted $750 for removing a small tree, work that was ultimately completed in less than an hour by a neighbor.Related Article: Volunteer Center needs help to aid those displaced by Florence storm damageAdditionally, none of the consumers were provided written notice of their three-day right to cancel, a requirement under North Carolina law.On Thursday, Stein spoke at an event called “The Florence Factor” at the New Hanover County Senior Center, teaching older adults how to identify fraud related to storm damage repairs.“Get more than one quote for the work. Make sure that quote is in writing, and then once you’ve chosen your contractor, have that contract in writing. And don’t pay for the work until it’s completed,” Stein said.One woman who attended said she was grateful for the information.“Fortunately it did not happen to me. I have heard about it, but I think North Carolina’s very lucky to have this kind of government that cares about us to share that information,” Betty Grace said.Attorney General Stein is seeking temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief against the defendants, along with restitution for victims, civil penalties, attorney fees, and other relief.This is the seventh price gouging lawsuit Attorney General Stein has filed after Hurricanes Florence and Michael hit North Carolina in 2018.He has already reached settlements with seven defendants involved in in two lawsuits, totaling $234,006 in restitution and $154,971 in money companies are barred from collecting from homeowners.last_img read more

105 persons die from asthma in first four months of 2019

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 105 persons have died due to chronic asthma in the first four months fo 2019. There are also 26,534 persons that are registered as suffering from asthma and are in possession of a Schedule V, what in Maltese is referred to as kartuna s-safra, due to it being orginally made of a yellow coloured soft card.Between the 2017 and 2018 there was an increase of 1,675 persons that applied for a Schedule V due to their asthma problems.These statistics were published by minister for Health Chris Fearne who was answering a parliamentary question made by Partit Demokratiku MP Godfrey Farrugia.A while ago, during the programme Psy Discuss which is led by Drs. Joe and Anna Cassar, on RTK 103FM, Professor Steven Montfort explained that asthma is a condition that is greatly effected by emotion.Dr Joe Cassar, who is a psychiatrist, also added that it is quite usual that people start off with a panic attack, then they start experiencing shortness of breath and at this point they feel that they had lost absolute control.WhatsApplast_img read more

Innocent until proven guilty – Minister Farrugia

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister for Home Affairs Michael Farrugia said that he is informed that the Armed Forces of Malta observes and respects the presumption of innocence when a case is still pending. He said that this right is a sacrosanct one and pertains to every individual.Minister Farrugia was replying to a number of questions put forward by Member of Parliament Beppe Fenech Adami in Parliament, who amongst others queried what is the procedure adopted in the AFM when one of its members is subject to criminal investigations in Court.The Minister continued by explaining that in cases which are considered to be of a serious nature, the AFM immediately appoints a Board which gives recommendations on how the individual should be treated and what restrictions there should be in his regard. He also said that in such circumstances, it is ascertained that the individual works under direct surveillance.He explained that once the case is decided by the Court, the Armed Forces evaluates the offence and the judgement given, as well as the individual’s conduct at the place of work, and on the basis of this decides whether it will retain the individual or not. He said that when the individual is retained, said individual is warned not to commit further offences, and that in such a scenario there may potentially be repercussions and implications in relation to his service.“AFM has access to the criminal record”The Minister explained that before a person is engaged as a member of the Armed Forces of Malta, said person is obliged to declare his or her criminal cases, both those concluded as well as those pending. In addition, the AFM also has access to the criminal record (“fedina penali”) of each and every applicant. He also said that every case is examined in accordance with the AFM’s policies.In which context were these questions presented?This was a result of a number of AFM members which were indicted in Court on a number of different accusations, amongst which is the case where two AFM members are being accused with the murder of a man from Ivory Coast, which murder is suspected to be a racially motivated one.The two men, Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech, who, according to the Minister, were both employed by the AFM on the 30th October 2017, are being held under arrest until their case is heard by the Court. During the last hearing, it was concluded that there is enough evidence that the two men can be placed under a bill of indictment.WhatsApplast_img read more

Ukraine hit by cyberattacks as tensions rise

first_imgAdvertisement (Reuters) – Ukraine’s telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service said on Tuesday.“I confirm that an IP-telephonic attack is under way on mobile phones of members of Ukrainian parliament for the second day in row,” Valentyn Nalivaichenko told a news briefing.“At the entrance to (telecoms firm) Ukrtelecom in Crimea, illegally and in violation of all commercial contracts, was installed equipment that blocks my phone as well as the phones of other deputies, regardless of their political affiliation,” he said. – Advertisement – “The security services are now seeking to restore at least the security of communications,” he said. “All state information security systems were unprepared for such a brazen violation of the law.”Russian forces seized Crimea last week.last_img read more

Mobile malware grew almost 3fold in Q2 – Kaspersky Lab Report

first_imgAdvertisement Kaspersky Lab has published its Q2 cyberthreats report highlighting key security incidents of the quarter and evaluating the Q2 cyberthreat level.51% of web-borne attacks blocked by Kaspersky Lab’s products were launched from malicious web resources located in Russia. Next on the list came the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Virgin Islands, Ukraine, Singapore, the UK and China.Mobile threats:291,800 new mobile malware programmes emerged in Q2, which is 2.8 times greater than in Q1.There were 1 million mobile malware installation packages in Q2, which is 7 times greater than in Q1. – Advertisement – Mobile banking has remained a main target for mobile threats. Kaspersky Lab’s Q1 2015 report mentioned Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.OpFake.cc which was capable of attacking no less than 29 banking and financial applications. The Trojan’s latest version that emerged in Q2 is capable of attacking 114 (four times more) banking and financial applications. Its main goal is to steal the user’s login credentials with which to attack, among others, several popular email applications. Attacks on the Web: financial threats:There were 5,900,000 notifications about attempted malware infections to steal money via online access to bank accounts – this is 800,000 lower than in Q1.In Q2 2015, Singapore became the leader in the number of Kaspersky Lab users who came under web-borne attacks by banking Trojans – 5.3% of all Kaspersky Lab users in Singapore faced this threat over this time period. Next came Switzerland with 4.2%, Brazil (4%), Australia (4%) and Hong Kong (3.7%).Note that most countries in the TOP 10 are technologically advanced and/or have a developed banking system, which attracts the cybercriminals’ attention.Financial threats are not limited to banking malware programmes which attack the clients of online banking systems. Apart from banking malware (83%), financial threats are posed by Bitcoin miners (9%) – these are malware programmes that use the victim’s computer’s computational resources to generate bitcoins, as well as bitcoin wallet stealers (6%) and keyloggers (2%).Targeted cyberattacks:In Q2, Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team disclosed four cyberespionage campaigns CozyDuke, Naikon, Hellsing and Duqu 2.0. The victim toll includes government agencies, commercial companies and other high-level targets.The second quarter has also demonstrated the cybercriminals’ interest in small and medium businesses – these type of businesses were targeted by the cyberespionage campaign Grabit. Cybercriminals focused on such economic sectors as chemical industry, nanotechnologies, education, agriculture, mass media and construction.“In Q2 we launched an important initiative called Securing Smart Cities which aims to help those responsible for developing smart cities to do so without forgetting about cybersecurity. If security measures are not planned at the development stage, that could have serious implications later, and retro-fitting security might not be a straightforward task,” comments Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Exert at Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team.Q2 in figures:According to KSN data, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled a total of 379.9 millions of malicious attacks from online resources located all over the world – this is 19% lower than in Q1.During the three month period, an average of 23.9% of Internet users’ computers across the world came under a web-borne attack at least once. This is 2.4 percentage points lower than in Q1.26,000,000 unique malicious objects were detected, which is 8.4% lower than in Q1. The script AdWare.JS.Agent.bg was the most widespread among such objects – this script is injected by adware programmes into arbitrary web pages.The complete text of the Q2 report is available at Securelist.com.last_img read more

Apple revamps App Store may not win over developers

first_imgApple is the most valuable technology brand in the world | Courtesy Photo/File Photo. Advertisement Apple Inc. announced a series of long-awaited enhancements to its App Store on Wednesday, but the new features may not ease concerns of developers and analysts who say that the App Store model – and the very idea of the single-purpose app – has seen its best days.The revamped App Store will let developers advertise their wares in search results and give developers a bigger cut of revenues on subscription apps, while Apple said it has already dramatically sped up its app-approval process.The goal is to sustain the virtuous cycle at the heart of the hugely lucrative iPhone business. Software developers make apps for the iPhone because its customers are willing to pay, and those customers, in turn, pay a premium for the device because it has the best apps. – Advertisement – The store is now more strategically important than ever for Apple as sales of the iPhone begin to level off and the company looks to software and services to fill the gap. Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a recent conference call that App Store revenues were up 35 percent over last year.But the store is also a victim of its own success. Eight years after its launch, it is packed with more than 1.9 million apps, according to analytics firm App Annie, making it almost impossible for developers to find an audience – and increasingly difficult for customers to find what they need, as some 14,000 new apps arrive in the store each week.“The app space has grown out of control,” said Vint Cerf, one of the inventors of the internet and now a vice president at Alphabet Inc’s Google, who was speaking at a San Francisco conference on the future of the web on Wednesday. “We need to move away from having an individual app for every individual thing you want to do.”Artificial Intelligence Some users are moving away from apps toward messaging services such as Slack and Facebook Inc’s Messenger, which are branching out into areas like shopping and document storage.Meanwhile, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to a world where people navigate their phones through voice-controlled digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri, rather than opening individual apps.To be sure, chat and AI are in their infancy, and their appeal to the masses remains uncertain. But if they take off, they could erase the edge Apple enjoys by virtue of its strong app ecosystem and tip the scales toward Google, which is widely considered to have the lead in AI.“The current dynamic is very favorable to Apple, and this is a suggestion that we might shift to a different dynamic where Google would have a very strong advantage,” said Benedict Evans, a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.“No matter what you do to an app store, you always have that underlying problem: It’s a list of a million things,” he added.Apple may yet find ways to wield AI to reinforce the App Store. The company has already woven more intelligence into its operating system, which now prompts iPhone users to open certain apps during the day based on their habits.Developer Gripes On a more basic level, the changes announced this week address some of the loudest complaints from developers, who say it is virtually impossible to stand out in an app landscape dominated by hit games, big media companies and internet giants such as Facebook and Google.Statistics from Sensor Tower, an app analytics firm, show a stark and widening divide between top earners and low performers in the App Store.The top 1 percent of app publishers raked in about 94 percent of the store’s estimated $1.43 billion net revenue in the first quarter of 2016. The gulf has expanded rapidly since July 2012, the first month for which Sensor Tower has data, when the top 1 percent netted about 80 percent of the revenue in the store, according to data provided to Reuters. The figures cover paid apps and apps that include in-app purchases.Some developers who carved out a niche early say they doubt success would come so easily today.“Now the challenge for developers is, if there’s an app for everything, how will you create an app people will use?” said Lucas Buick, who founded Hipstamatic, a photography app that was an early hit in the App Store.[Reuters]last_img read more

WhatsApp Reported Testing the Revoke Unread Message Feature in Beta Versions of

first_imgWhatsApp for iOS. (Image Credit: idownloadblog.com) Advertisement @WABetaInfo, which tracks features that WhatsApp is testing in beta version across platforms reported how WhatsApp was currently working on it’s two upcoming features; live location sharing to ease in finding people, and a newly improved WhatsApp Status feature.There are new reports that the Facebook-owned messaging platform is also reportedly testing it’s anticipated feature; the ability that will allow WhatsApp users to edit or recall messages that have already been sent – meaning that the user can delete a message even after the recipient has technically received it. However, the feature will only work if the recipient has not read the message yet.As you know by now, on WhatsApp, if the recipient has received and read the message, this is symbolized blue ticks, but if the message has been received and not read, will definitely show grey tick marks. Thus you can revoke the sent message as soon as possible. – Advertisement – This feature was also first spotted by @WABetaInfo, last year.SNEAK PEEK #1: WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.17.1.869: it is possible to revoke messages! pic.twitter.com/Ncj22txxcG— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 14, 2016The update adds “revoke” and “edit” options for messages that have not yet been viewed. From the screenshots, it seems like the message is replaced with “Sender revoked the message” — so your friends will know you’re keeping something from them.[related-posts]Since the features are still in beta testing, there is no guarantee when or if they will be more widely available.last_img read more

We Are The Champions to be sung in French

first_imgI WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLEOn the subject of Queen music, a cyclist has been branded a “dummy” for trying to ride his bike on the M1 alongside cars travelling at high speed.Police were called by concerned drivers who saw the man riding along the hard shoulder in heavy rain and strong winds.The culprit was spotted riding south towards London near Junction 9 at Redbourn in Hertfordshire at around noon on Sunday. QIPCO Champion Stakes4.05pm AscotC4/ATRCIRRUS BY DEFAULTI’ve tried but failed to try and get Cirrus Des Aigles beaten today.Everything about him and his price suggest he’s one to take on but the cards appear to have fallen firmly in his favour today.I don’t think he is the horse he once was, but at seven-years-old that’s only to be expected – but I do think he’s still good enough to win the QIPCO Champion Stakes for a second time – now that the rain has fallen and there’s no Frankel standing in his way this time.He finished a length and three quarters second to the mighty Frankel last year in what turned out to be Frankel’s final race and there is considerable doubt this season as to the level of Cirrus Des Aigles form as he’s met with several defeats in lesser races than today.However, he appeared to put those behind him with a convincing win in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp last time out.He still seems to be priced on last year’s form rather than this years but that’s the premise on which I started and I couldn’t find anything to beat it.So I’m singing We Are The Champions, in French.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win CIRRUS DES AIGLES at around 6/4last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW France v Portugal Euro 2016 FINAL

first_imgThe Euro 2016 Championships will certainly not go down as a vintage one. Hope that’s not been unduly unfair but there have been few games that have really set the pulses racing coupled, of course, with England’s wretched innings.Iceland and Wales both out-performed but ultimately dropped away tamely and we are left with the hosts France and Portugal who have been one of the most boring teams in the whole tournament.Of the few matches I have enjoyed – France beating Germany 2-0 was one of the most entertaining – even though I punted both over 2.5 goals and BTTS so was desperate for a Germany goal.France are hovering around evens for the win in 90 minutes and that looks about right on the evidence of the tournament so far and on the head to head records between the two sides. If anything, it’s surprising not to see France odds-on given they have won their last 10 games against Portugal. Their overall record is W18, D1, L5.A few experts are speculating on the fact that Portugal have had an extra day to prepare and come into the final on the back of an easier win in the semis and this might be a major factor. I can’t really have that – and in any case it is countered by the fact that France are playing in front of an expectant nation at the Stade de France in Paris.Coach of France Didier Deschamps is again expected to have the luxury of having all 23 players available for final selection.Portugal v FranceUEFA EURO 2016 Final20:00 BBC One / BBC One HD / ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-1 FranceOct 2014 INTERNATIONAL France 2-1 PortugalJul 2006 WORLD CUP Portugal 0-1 FranceApr 2001 INTERNATIONAL France 4-0 PortugalJun 2000 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Portugal 1-2 FranceJan 1997 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-2 FranceJan 1996 INTERNATIONAL France 3-2 PortugalJun 1984 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 3-2 PortugalFeb 1983 INTERNATIONAL Portugal 0-3 FranceMar 1978 INTERNATIONAL France 2-0 PortugalFinals can often be a let down but I expect France to be quickly away from the traps tonight as they were against Germany. France HT/FT at 11/4 is one of my bets with Star Sports – the other being France (-1) on the three-way handicap at 3/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK FRANCE/FRANCE HT/FT 75 points at 11/4 with Star SportsBACK FRANCE (-1) THREE WAY HANDICAP 75 points at 3/1 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -209 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Sevilla v Man U

first_imgSevilla at home might prove a tough nut to crack for Man U. The Spanish side have a good home record – losing just one of their last nine European home games and a DRAW seems a likely outcome that would certainly suit Man U.Man U’s great start to 2018 has faltered in recent weeks with defeats against Spurs and Newcastle and they also have a big match to look forward to on Sunday as they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford in the Premier League.This is their first competitive meeting but an interesting stat is that Man U have never scored more than one goal in any of their past 14 Champions League encounters with Spanish opposition. Good luck then if you ae considering the ‘overs’ here !Pogba is expected to start for Man U after recovering from the illness which kept him out of the FA Cup win against Huddersfield but Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini are all likely to miss out.Goalkeeper David de Gea is set to return after being rested for the Huddersfield gameMourinho is understandably playing down hopes of winning the title. He said: “I normally say that Champions League dreams, they start around the quarter-finals and not yet.“The last 16 still looks a long way to go. At the moment, we have to focus on a very difficult moment.”Sevilla v Man UtdUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)NEVER PLAYEDThe DRAW for me at around 23/10 with an interest in the 0-0 correct score at 17/2 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 9 points at 23/10 with Star SportsBACK 0-0 4 points at 17/2 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 42.84 pointslast_img read more