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BBC solves World Cup streaming delay

The BBC says it has worked out how to eliminate "streaming lag", which causes live TV to be delayed by several seconds when watched online.

Many online viewers of football's World Cup in the summer heard neighbours cheering goals they had not yet seen happen, because the online stream was a few seconds behind the TV broadcast.

BBC Research & Development said it has now managed to "eliminate" the delay.

However, its software is not ready to be rolled out to the public yet.

Live TV watched online is often behind by several seconds because it takes longer to reliably send video over the internet than to broadcast it.

The issue has also affected Amazon's broadcast of the US Open tennis tournament. Analysts from streaming firm Phenix said the online broadcast was often up to 45 seconds behind the TV transmission.

When video is streamed online it is broken up into small packets, which are reassembled by the recipient's device.

If each segment is very short, processing them becomes inefficient. However, if they are too long, there is more of a delay between the TV broadcast and online stream.

The BBC said it found ways to create smaller segments that can be passed through the system more quickly. It said viewers of the resulting online streams would see action "at the same time as they would see it if they were watching on TV".

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Image captionFrance went on to win the World Cup in 2018

"With sport, it's irritating if you're watching something that is 20 or 40 seconds behind live TV," said Jake Bickerton, technology editor at the industry magazine Broadcast.

"The BBC also did trials at the World Cup streaming 4K [ultra high-definition] HDR content. Not only was there a delay, but consumers had to have really good broadband at home.

"It isn't going to be simple to get something compressed to a point where it can get to viewers at home through broadband very quickly. If the BBC is able to reduce latency, then it's a great thing going forward."

The innovation will be on show at the International Broadcasting Convention, which starts on Thursday in the Netherlands.

However, the BBC said it would need the co-operation of the whole broadcasting industry to get the system up and running.

It suggested the technology may be available by the time of the next World Cup in 2022, and could be delivered to existing equipment with a software update.


seth Posted on September 13, 2018 21:16

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Netflix drama Insatiable renewed for a second series

Controversial Netflix drama Insatiable has been renewed for a second season.

Its first series caused a lot of debate after viewers accused it of fat shaming, but on Wednesday it was confirmed it will return in 2019.

The show is centred around Patty (Debby Ryan) a bullied teen who seeks revenge after losing weight.

Netflix's decision to renew the revenge comedy has been met with a mixed reaction on social media.

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The show has previously been labelled as a satire by its makers but was criticised for its handling of sensitive topics like fat shaming and eating disorders.

It has also been accused of reinforcing views that girls and women need to be thin in order to succeed in life.

Some believe it has been renewed because of "hate watching" - where people watch a show despite not liking it or to see what the fuss is about, which nonetheless contributes to viewing figures.

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hey idiots

instead of hate watching insatiable

why not watch

- next gen
- stranger things
- okja
- disenchantment
- the meyerowitz stories
- girlboss
- the little prince

you know

stuff that's good and deserves your attention

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your hate-watching worked wonders huh


‘Insatiable’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix 

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A 712th reminder that hate watching is still watching. That watching "just to see if it's that bad" is still watching. That watching "because everyone is talking about how bad it is" is still watching. …

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.@Netflix's controversial "revenge comedy" #Insatiable – starring @DebbyRyan – will be back for another round in 2019 

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The renewing of the show has also thrown up a number of issues - a lot of fan favourites on the streaming site have not been given a second series.

Twitter user Dani shared a picture of reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, showing how the series Everything Sucks had a much higher score than Insatiable, but was yet to be renewed by the network.

Other examples pointed out online were Shadow Hunters and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which were also both not recently renewed.

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Netflix renewed "Insatiable" for a season 2. that show doesn't deserve to exist but you decided to give another season??
But Shadowhunters is still cancelled, wow.

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Insatiable getting picked up for a second season is actually worse than 13 Reasons Why getting a third. @netflix all we want is a better movie section. Please. We're begging

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Image captionWriter Lauren Gussis has defended the series, saying it is based on personal experience

Writer Lauren Gussis recently defended the topics discussed on the show and told The Hollywood Reporter that the storylines were reflective of her personal experiences of growing up.

"I wanted to poke at all those issues through comedy.

"But every single one of the issues that these characters struggle with - from eating disorders to body dysmorphia, to sexuality to needing outside power and validation, to wanting to be perfect, to mental illness - I have struggled with every single one of those things," she said.

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seth Posted on September 13, 2018 20:57

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Rihanna praised for 'diverse' NYFW lingerie show

Ri Ri has been praised for bringing New York Fashion Week to a close by inviting women of a "diverse" range of shapes, sizes and colours to model her Savage x Fenty Lingerie range.

Among the lineup were sisters Bella and Gigig Hadid, as well as pregnant model Slick Woods.

The women all held hands at the end of the show in a display of "solidarity", as the singer-turned-designer herself arrived to receive her acclaim from the crowd to the strains of Elvis Presley's Love Me Tender.

Watch below and check out the full 17 minute show over on Rihanna's YouTube page.


Rihanna thanks the audience as her #SavageXFenty show closes out New York Fashion Week

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wow #SavageXFW18 I don't think I've ever seen another lingerie collection use very visibly pregnant models before! This fashion show is diverse in so many different ways

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Rihanna showcased an inclusive line with flexible lingerie for everyone. Concluding it with the models holding hands showing solidarity . #SAVAGExFENTY

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seth Posted on September 13, 2018 20:36

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Energy Giant Engie Backs 'Blockchain Studio' With $2.3 Million Funding.

French energy company Engie and business consulting group Maltem are launching a new blockchain development spinoff for commercial clients, the companies announced Friday.

Dubbed Blockchain Studio, the new venture will target clients in Asia and Southern Europe, Engie said in a press release. Its first product is a software suite that "accelerates and industrializes the implementation of blockchain projects."

"Most blockchain projects stagnate at the 'proof of concept' stage and this technology still remains the domain of experts and specialists," the company said in its release.

The tools will help in developing smart contracts, "making it accessible to users with no technical knowledge," as well as managing "the establishment of blockchain infrastructure accessible in the cloud or directly on the company's server."

The startup secured 1.9 million euros (roughly $2.3 million) in seed funding. The team now includes 10 people and is going to grow up to 25 by the end of 2019, Engie said. The company also plans to open a branch in Singapore sometime next year.

Last March, Engie joined a group of energy companies and Grid Singularity, a Vienna-based blockchain startup, in the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) aiming to foster blockchain projects in the energy sector for commercial deployment.

In July, Engie's corporate research center, Engie Lab CRIGEN, through its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The IOTA Foundation to explore test the possible use of blockchain in energy management, smart cities, smart buildings and mobility.…-million-funding/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 17:23

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How Kenya's new police uniform compares with other East African nations' police uniforms.

While unveiling the new uniform President Uhuru said; "We want to have better visibility of the officers by introducing the new uniforms,"

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a new police uniform for the Kenyan police service.

Speaking during the National Security Conference while launching the policy framework and strategy on reorganization of the Kenya national police service, Mr. Kenyatta said 24,572 Administration Police Service officers will join 39,680 Kenya Police Service and together form General Duty Police.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta poses with police officers donning the new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


These officers will conduct their operations in the new all Kingston blue uniform and will be under the command of Deputy Inspector General.

"We want to have better visibility of the officers by introducing the new uniforms," he said.

At the same time, Mr. Kenyatta abolished 12 positions in the National Police Service (NPS).

“All police wards posts and out-posts formerly under the administration police service shall fall under the General Duty police. Those who thought that AP cannot take you to court you will see it take effect,” he said.

play Kenya police officer clad in their new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


The scrapped  positions are; Administration Police Service regional commander, Police Service regional commander, DCI regional commander, County co-ordinating commander, Police Service county commander, AP county commander, DCI county commander, AP sub-county commander, DCI sub-county commander, Police Service OCPD, District AP Commander and AP Ward commander.

"These reforms are aimed at making the police a service that is respected rather than a force that is feared," he added.

play President Uhuru Kenyatta shaking hands with police officers clad in their new Kingston blue uniform. (PSCU)


The new police uniform however, didn’t impress a large section of Kenyans who labeled them ugly, dull, old fashioned and uninspiring, some going even as far as labeling it a cheap imitation of the Chinese national police uniform.

For the better part of the day Twitter was lit with Kenyans criticizing the new uniform under #PoliceReforms.


Business Insider SSA takes a look at police uniforms in East Africa and examines just how they compare with the Kenya’s new general unit police uniform.


play Rwanda police officers. (twitter.)


Rwanda police officers dress in a dark blue uniform and honestly they look beautiful in them.


play Tanzanian police officers (bbc.)


There is nothing to write about Tanzania’s police officers uniform apart from they would look good if they were forest rangers instead.


play Uganda Police Force (Twitter)


Kenya’s new police uniform might be dull and ugly but it doesn’t compare with Uganda’s.

Uganda police are dressed in a single beige uniform from head to toe, and look like a ragtag under-equipped colonial force the British forgot to dismantle.


play Burundian police officers (Wikipedia)


Kenya might have looked towards Burundi while picking up the new police uniform because they do share some uncanny resemblance.

Burundi’s police uniform is ugly, dull, old fashioned and uninspiring just like Kenya’s.

South Sudan

play South Sudan national police service (SSNPS) (CGTN Africa)


South Sudan police officers dress in light green uniform complete with white gloves and white spats which deeply contrast with their beautiful black skin tone.


play Ethiopia Federal Police (Rapidbliz)


Ethiopia Federal Police officers dress in a grey with light blue spots military like fatigue which they have learned to own and now look like action heroes.

play Ethiopia Federal Police officers (leadership.)

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 13, 2018 16:44

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Manufacturing Giant Rostec to Manage Data on Waves Blockchain Platform.

Rostec, the Russian state-owned manufacturing conglomerate, is entering the blockchain fray.

The corporation, which holds stakes in 700 industrial entities in Russia, is working with the Waves platform to develop a blockchain system to manage data on its vast holdings, which include the carmakers Autovaz and Kamaz and the firearms manufacturer Kalashnikov.

Announced Thursday, Rostec has signed an agreement with Vostok, a startup founded by the Waves platform team. The two partners will invest a combined $2 million to bootstrap the project, but Rostec's share was not disclosed. Over the next month, the joint team will present a roadmap for the project.

The project will pave the way for the application of blockchain technology to Rostec's operations – specifically, for standardizing, collecting and analyzing data about the products manufactured under Rostec's supervision, which include both military and civilian goods.

The information coming from these disparate locations to Rostec's head office is not standardized and thus difficult to parse. Blockchain is expected to improve the organization and security of this data, some of which is sensitive military information.

Smart cities

The project will also seek to develop solutions for so-called smart cities, which leverage data to manage urban resources more efficiently. To that end, the project would facilitate the sharing of data via blockchain between federal and municipal government bodies and citizens.

Rostec has already been piloting smart city technology in several Russian cities designed to automatically regulate and adapt power consumption, traffic management, the work of street cameras with face recognition and other systems. These systems will be migrated to blockchain rails, a press representative of Rostec told CoinDesk.

For Waves, the deal is a high-profile partnership that offers the opportunity to reach major players in the Russian economy.

"Working together with Rostec, which is the main provider and driver for projects in digital economy, will not only get us access to the wide range of corporate and government clients but also will give us a strong impulse for the further development," Waves' and Vostok's CEO Sasha Ivanov said in a statement.

Rostec was created in 2007 as a state-funded corporation responsible for accelerating technological development in Russia and is chaired by Sergey Chemezov, one of the closest public officials to president Vladimir Putin.

Rostec was assigned a key role in Digital Economy,  the national development program designed by the Russian government to promote innovation in the country. In March 2017, blockchain technology was officially included in the program when prime minister Dmitry Medvedev issued an order to explore the possible use of the tech for managing Russian economic and governance practices.…ckchain-platform/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 16:26

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The top leading Ghana, Nigeria and Africa Fintech Company, Cofred, has introduced a service on CofredPay platform, called Cofred investment that enables users to do instant investment from their various banking accounts, mobile money accounts and CofredPay accounts from the entire world.     

About investment.

In an economic sense, an investment is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth. In finance, an investment is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or will later be sold at a higher price for a profit.

However, Cofred has made it possible for its users to enjoy a secured investment and unprecedented percentage. At cofredpay investment, users will be able to buy their dream assets both tangible and intangible assets, after you have invested.

About CofredPay

CofredPay is a secure online payment solution system that allows its users to send and receive payments! CofredPay also features easy bills payments, money transfer, merchant and person to person payments by allowing its users to link their Visa or MasterCard or mobile money wallet to make payments.

CofredPay is a service of Cofred which has been a secure and quick payment service provider since 2013. Cofred is truly a global company with its headquarters based at Kasoa, Ghana and its other office at Lagos, Nigeria with a staff straight of over 100 representing Ghana and Nigeria.

CofredPay is a financial technology service provider that supports an E-Commerce marketplace, a P2P money transfer service and is a payment service provider for third parties.

The service gives users access to services like buying airtime, electricity bills, water bill, DStv and GOtv subscription and many other services.

Over the past five years, CofredPay has been providing a convenient and secure way for the residence of Ghana, Nigeria and Africa to pay their bills and services. We continue to focus on making payments seamless and efficient by creating new innovative products. In line with the broader cashless agenda, this was truly the next step in the evolution of our platform – a simple, real-time and efficient way to transfer funds to ease the way we do business in Ghana, Nigeria and Africa.

Customers of Cofred can enjoy this new product by downloading the CofredPay app and login in or signing up.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 13, 2018 16:13

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E. coli 'caused Egypt hotel couple's deaths'

E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country's authorities have said.

John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August.

In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was a factor in both deaths.

But the couple's daughter described the findings as "absolute rubbish".

Kelly Ormerod, who was at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with her parents, told the BBC she did not believe the symptoms her parents showed were consistent with E. coli infection.

She added further post-mortem examinations of her parents' bodies would be carried out in the UK, on direction from the Home Office.

Image captionThe couple's daughter Kelly Ormerod was on holiday with them

According to the Egyptian general prosecutor's statement, tests showed Mr Cooper suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by E. coli, and Mrs Cooper suffered a complication linked to infection, likely to have been caused by E. coli.

He also said drinking water samples taken from the hotel were clear of any harmful bacteria and the bodies showed "no criminal violence".

How dangerous is E. coli?

By Philippa Roxby, BBC Health reporter

Any strain of E. coli capable of causing the couple's deaths so quickly would have been very toxic.

E. coli is a type of bacteria present in the gut of humans and animals.

Most strains are harmless - but some can cause cramps and diarrhoea, and others severe illness if damaging toxins are produced.

Prof Brendan Wren, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, says they were "very unlucky because these strains are very rare".

But E. coli has killed before, often after people have consumed contaminated food, such as meat, bean sprouts or salad leaves.

In these rare cases, the effects can be particularly nasty and the toxins can have an immediate effect.

The internal organs, like the liver and kidneys, are affected and simply start to shut down.

Travel firm Thomas Cook said it noted the statement from the prosecutor and said it would continue to support the Coopers' daughter and the rest of their family.

"We have not yet seen the full report and we will need time for our own experts to review it," a spokesman said.

Dr Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt's minister of tourism, said the health and safety of tourists to Egypt was "paramount".

"We will review the Attorney General's autopsy reports in fine detail to determine our next course of action to look after the welfare of our visitors," she said.


Image captionThe couple fell ill at the Red Sea resort last month

Earlier, a report in The Times claimed that the room in the hotel next door to the one the couple shared had been fumigated.

But the head of the firm that carried out the work, Namaa Services, denied any wrongdoing and said it used authorised concentrations of chemicals.

The Egyptian prosecutor's report, issued on Wednesday, also said the smell in the couple's room, which had been mentioned by Ms Ormerod, was that of an insecticide used in an adjacent room.

It said the chemical was non-toxic and there were no traces of it discovered in samples taken from Mr and Mrs Cooper's bodies.

Last week, hygiene tests at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic found high levels of E. coli.

Thomas Cook said at the time the independent experts it had commissioned to carry out the tests did not believe the results "shed any light" on the cause of death.

Mr Cooper died in his room, while Mrs Cooper, a Thomas Cook employee, died after being taken to hospital.

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 21:11

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German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.

The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September.

According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported.

A Church spokesman said it is "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

Only 38% of the alleged perpetrators were prosecuted, with most facing only minor disciplinary procedures, German media said. About one in six cases involved rape.

Most of the victims were boys, and more than half were aged 13 or younger.

Predatory clerics were often moved to new communities, where no warning was issued about their actions.

The study was compiled by three German universities, using 38,000 documents from 27 German dioceses. Its authors said the true extent of the abuse may be even greater, as some records were "destroyed or manipulated".

How has the Catholic Church reacted?

"We know the extent of the sexual abuse that has been demonstrated by the study. We are dismayed and ashamed by it," said Bishop Stephan Ackermann, a spokesman for the German Bishops' Conference, which commissioned the report.

The aim of the study was to shed light on "this dark side of our Church, for the sake of those affected, but also for us ourselves to see the errors and to do everything to prevent them from being repeated," he said.

"I stress that the study is a measure that we owe not only to the Church but first and foremost, to those affected," the bishop added.


Media captionPope Francis and Irish PM Leo Varadkar spoke out on the abuse last month

Bishop Ackermann said the report had been leaked to the press before the Church itself had seen it. He said the Church had planned to provide counselling helplines for people affected by its contents.

What is the Church doing about abuse claims?

The Vatican did not immediately respond to Spiegel's account of the report. But elsewhere on Wednesday, Pope Francis summoned Catholic bishops to the Vatican for a discussion on how to protect children in February next year.

The damning German study is the latest in a series of blows to the Roman Catholic Church.

Claims of clerical sex abuse have been levelled around the world, and with them allegations that Church leaders hushed up or ignored the wrongdoing.

Pope Francis was caught up in the scandal last month, after a former Vatican diplomat accused him of ignoring allegations against a US cardinal for five years.

The Pope's supporters vehemently question the credibility of this accusation, which the pontiff has refused to respond to.

In August, the Pope condemned the "atrocities" of child sex abuse in a letterto the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics.

It came after a grand jury report detailed seven decades of abuse in the US state of Pennsylvania. The investigation found more than 1,000 children had been abused by 300 priests there. It found evidence of systematic cover-ups by the Church.


Media caption"It's your word against God's": The office of the attorney general in Pennsylvania released video testimony from three victims

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 19:08

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Vodafone broadband adverts banned for being 'misleading'

Adverts for Vodafone broadband have been banned for misleading customers over speeds and reductions in bills.

The television and radio ads, featuring actor Martin Freeman, stated: "Vodafone guarantee your home broadband speeds or money off until it's fixed."

But the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld complaints - including from rival BT - that the claims could not be substantiated.

Vodafone said it was "disappointed" by the ASA's ruling to ban the ads.

The ads featured Mr Freeman playing an online video game, only to have his internet "drop out" at a key moment.

His opponent in the game tells him to "just get Vodafone" and on-screen text tells viewers they can claim a discount if speeds are below certain thresholds.

And Vodafone's website stated: "Our Ultimate Speed Guarantee means you get the best broadband speed available to you, or we'll give you a discount off your monthly bill until we can get you there."

But the ASA said consumers would interpret the ads to mean that Vodafone could guarantee minimum speeds fast enough to avoid common issues such as buffering.


The regulator said customers experiencing buffering and lower speeds might not qualify for the discount on bills.

The ASA said that it had told Vodafone to ensure its advertising did not mislead customers in the future.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said the company was "disappointed" by the ruling and added the ASA had "misunderstood" the offer.

She said the guarantee "is still unmatched in the market as no other major brand offers a promise like this across their entire range, nor do they apply discounts directly to customers' bills if they don't deliver".

seth Posted on September 12, 2018 16:46

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This Canadian Town is Coughing up Bitcoin after Ransomware Attack.

A town in the Ontario Province of Canada has decided to pay hackers the ransom they are demanding in bitcoin in order to get its computer network working again.

Midland, which has a population of over 16,000, had its computer systems breached and infected with ransom malware that encrypted files at the beginning of the month. The cyber-attack rendered the town’s computers inoperational for around 48 hours and this crippled email services, processing of payments, issuance of permits, reloading of transit cards and processing of marriage applications.

Critical services such as waste management and fire response were, however, not impacted. To facilitate decryption the hackers have been demanding that a ransom be paid in bitcoin. The town has consequently started the process of paying the unspecified ransom amount in bitcoin in order to get the decryption keys.

“Under the guidance of cyber security experts, we have initiated the process to pay the ransom in exchange for the decryption keys,” a media release from Midland Town Council read. “Although not ideal, it is in our best interest to bring the system back online as quickly as possible. The Town had previously secured an insurance policy to cover such circumstances. Decryption efforts are underway.”

The decision by Midland Town Council to acquiesce to the demands of the hackers stands in contrast to the move by the Professional Golfers Association of America to refuse to pay a ransom in bitcoin after similar malware was planted on its computer systems early last month. This was despite the fact that the hackers insisting that only they possessed the decryption software as CCN reported:

“We exclusively have decryption software for your situation. No decryption software is available in the public.”

In agreeing to remit the ransom Midland is, however, not alone in preferring to pay up in order to get its systems working again as many victims have done so if the amounts obtained by ransomware creators are anything to go by. Last month, for instance, it was reported by a U.K.-based cybersecurity firm, Sophos, that the creators of the SamSam ransomware had managed to rake in more than US$6 million since it started proliferating in late 2015 with the highest amount paid by an individual being US$64,000.

Additionally, a report released last year by researchers drawn from Google, Chainanalysis, University of California, San Diego and New York University concluded that creators of various ransomwares managed to generate US$25 million in 24 months, most of which was being cashed out through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange.…ansomware-attack/ ‎

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 12, 2018 16:37

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Japan shows China and North Korea it can shoot down ballistic missiles, with some help from the US.

A Japanese warship, relying on a US ship-based anti-missile system, successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean Monday evening, signaling that Japan's capabilities are maturing in the face of growing threats from China and North Korea.

  • An upgraded Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Atago-class destroyer equipped with the US ship-based Aegis anti-missile system intercepted a ballistic missile Monday evening in a test involving US and Japanese personnel.
  • A SM-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade interceptor missile successfully eliminated a ballistic missile fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.
  • The successful test signals that Japan's ballistic missile defense capabilities are maturing in the face of growing threats from China and North Korea.
  • The US and Japan are jointly developing another interceptor, but there have been certain still-to-be-resolved setbacks during testing.

A Japanese warship, using a US ship-based anti-missile system, successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean Monday evening, the Missile Defense Agency revealed in an official statement.

An upgraded Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Atago-class guided-missile destroyer detected and tracked a simple, separating ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. Responding to the threat, the ship's onboard Aegis Weapon System tracked it and launched a Standard Missile-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade missile that intercepted it mid-flight.

"This success provides confidence in the future capability for Japan to defeat the developing threats in the region," Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said in a statement apparently referencing Beijing's arsenal of ballistic missiles and Pyongyang's program, which the regime suspended after the Trump-Kim talks and which has involved test-firing ballistic missiles over Japan.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force "is developing and testing several new variants of missiles and developing methods to counter ballistic missile defenses," the Pentagon explained in its 2018 report on Chinese military power.

"We are committed to assisting the government of Japan in upgrading its national missile defense capability against emerging threats," Greaves said, according to Reuters.

The latest intercept will enhance the overall capabilities of Japan's Atago-class destroyers, which have been limited to air defense while the Kongo-class guided-missile destroyers have employed ballistic missile defense systems, Tom Karako, a missile defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote on Twitter after news of the successful test.

The US and Japan are jointly developing another interceptor missile — the SM-3 Block IIA, but testing has been a little hit or miss lately. The system has been tested three times since the start of 2017, and it has only had one successful intercept.

The Missile Defense Agency called Monday's test a "significant milestone in the growing cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in the area of missile defense."

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 16:28

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Why you can't see Kofi Annan's body

Enam Hadzide has explained that the decision to organise a closed-casket funeral ceremony for the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in line with the global icon's wishes to have a modest funeral.

According to Mr Hadzide, this informed the decision of the planning committee to cover the casket and drape it with the Ghana flag.

The Deputy Minister added that he had witnessed similar high-profile funerals around the world which involved the use of closed-caskets.

Mr Hadzide's explanations come in the wake of reservations expressed by some Ghanaians on the funeral ceremony in Accra.

Some mourners who spoke to Graphic Online expressed displeasure about the development, especially when some claimed they traveled from far places simply to catch a glimpse of the body.

Some have even suggested that Mr Annan's body was not in the casket and that it has probably been "loaded with stones," one man said.

Others suggested he has probably been cremated and that the casket contains his ashes.

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampoh, said he was not particularly happy about the fact that the casket was closed to the very public who were asked to pay their last respects to the late statesman.

He stated that the closure of the casket had not been the culture in the country and wondered why it was in the case for Annan.

Mr Annan died at age 80 in Bern, Switzerland on August 18, 2018 after a short illness.


Vendy Posted on September 12, 2018 16:18

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From Instagram to Balmain: The rise of CGI models

These three models are the faces of Balmain's new campaign.

They have the perfect angular cheekbones and ooze glamour most could never manage.

But Shudu, Margot and Zhi don't exist.

They're the latest in a line of computer-generated models being used in advertising.

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Balmain worked with British photographer Cameron James-Wilson, who created digital supermodel Shudu last year.

Shudu has now gone from having her Instagram featured by Rihanna's make-up brand Fenty Beauty to being at the centre of a major fashion campaign - all without existing in real life.

But what does this mean for real models?

'Competing with literally unreal girls is really scary'

Louise Stone is a model from London who's worked on campaigns with L'Oreal and Adidas.

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The 24-year-old is worried this new wave of CGI models could make an already competitive industry more difficult to navigate.

"It's just so easy to be replaceable," she told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"To have to compete with literally unreal girls is just really scary - you can shape anything you want and have the exact perfect look without the casting process."

A big criticism of Shudu has been that the black CGI model is taking up space which could be filled by a real black model.

"Lots of these CGI models are actually based on women of colour," said Louise.

"Models in general have it hard enough with how competitive the industry is - models of colour have an extra point to prove and have to work harder."

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Dominique Robinson landed a campaign with Tyra Banks after the supermodel commented on one of her Instagram photos.

She said she was "in shock" when she first saw the Balmain campaign. She thinks models need to talk about what it could mean for their careers.

"Girls work their entire career hoping to book a Balmain campaign, or any campaign really," she said.

"If it's just that easy to hand a campaign to CGI models… what does the future of e-commerce look like for us?

"And it's not only cutting models out, it's cutting out production too."

It's not just models who are concerned.

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Photographer Manny Roman was among those posting criticism on Balmain's Instagram.

He's concerned about the impact seeing the models could have on self-esteem.

"While I do admire the campaign's digital art, I don't like the non-realistic message that Balmain is sending out to society," he said.

"Many of us are consumed with our social media accounts and some have a hard time living up to the physical standards of models and celebrities they follow.

"I fear the CGI models image will escalate the body and image dysmorphic epidemic."

'How many people get to make a supermodel as their day job?'

Boosted by huge Instagram followings, CGI models have become more and more popular.

Before he worked on the Balmain campaign, Cameron James-Wilson's model Shudu became popular because, initially, people weren't sure whether she was real or CGI after her posts began getting attention on Instagram.

"The interest has literally been overwhelming," he said. "I love every second of developing these new characters.

"How many people get to make a supermodel as their day job?"

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Since the Balmain campaign came out, he's been approached by other brands to possibly create avatars for them - but he doesn't think real models need to worry.

"I see digital models as something that is very situational and works well for certain things but not so for others.

"Both can coexist and also work together."

He added: "Imagine if a real model was scanned digitally and then could work anywhere in the world at anytime and do multiple shoots a day?"

Cameron says he's not adverse to criticism - he calls it an "important factor" in his work.

But he also doesn't see the controversy around his models as any different to controversies around new tech in the past.

"With any new technology there's always a polarised discussion - some people are staunchly against it, and some people embrace it."

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31 cities where you could be considered 'rich' if you earn less than $100,000.

GoBankingRates released a new study that measures wealth in American cities where residents are considered "rich" earning less than $100,000 annually. The study defined being rich as earning more than 80% of the people in your city.

  • GoBankingRates released a new study that measures what it takes to be considered "rich" in American cities.
  • GoBankingRates looked at household income percentiles and concluded that an individual making more than 80% of the community is "rich."
  • Here's where you can still be "rich" making less than $100,000 a year.

Being "rich" means something different to most people.

GoBankingRates released a new study that determined the American cities where you can still be considered "rich" earning an income of less than $100,000.

The study defined being rich or wealthy as "one with more money or assets relative to others in a society." GoBankingRates looked at household income percentiles and concluded that an individual making more than 80% of their community is "rich."

They study also factored in median home values from Zillow and data from Sperling's Best Places on grocery costs, utilities, healthcare, and transportation.

Below, check out the 31 cities where making between $60,000 and $100,000 puts you in the top 20% of earners in your area.

31. Las Vegas, Nevada


31. Las Vegas, Nevada



Top 80th percentile income: $99,470

Median top-tier home price: $393,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,870




30. Dallas, Texas


30. Dallas, Texas

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $99,244

Median top-tier home price: $396,400

Monthly mortgage: $1,875




29. Albuquerque, New Mexico


29. Albuquerque, New Mexico



Top 80th percentile income: $98,128

Median top-tier home price: $304,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,466




28. Nashville, Tennessee


28. Nashville, Tennessee

(Scott Heaney/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $97,910

Median top-tier home price: $430,100

Monthly mortgage: $2,041




27. St. Petersburg, Florida


27. St. Petersburg, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $96,609

Median top-tier home price: $348,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,659




26. Louisville, Kentucky


26. Louisville, Kentucky

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $95,483

Median top-tier home price: $277,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,385




25. Kansas City, Missouri


25. Kansas City, Missouri



Top 80th percentile income: $95,477

Median top-tier home price: $321,100

Monthly mortgage: $1,587




24. Baltimore, Maryland


24. Baltimore, Maryland



Top 80th percentile income: $95,111

Median top-tier home price: $467,300

Monthly mortgage: $2,270




23. San Antonio, Texas


23. San Antonio, Texas



Top 80th percentile income: $94,978

Median top-tier home price: $322,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,589




22. Jacksonville, Florida


22. Jacksonville, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $94,400

Median top-tier home price: $351,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,729




21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $93,091

Median top-tier home price: $263,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,312




20. New Orleans, Louisiana


20. New Orleans, Louisiana

(Rusty Costanza/Getty)


Top 80th percentile income: $92,179

Median top-tier home price: $321,800

Monthly mortgage: $1,593




19. Richmond, Virginia


19. Richmond, Virginia

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $91,506

Median top-tier home price: $362,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,775




18. Columbus, Ohio


18. Columbus, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $91,198

Median top-tier home price: $332,700

Monthly mortgage: $1,645




17. Providence, Rhode Island


17. Providence, Rhode Island

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $88,406

Median top-tier home price: $453,100

Monthly mortgage: $2,210




16. Indianapolis, Indiana


16. Indianapolis, Indiana

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income:$87,809

Median top-tier home price: $271,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,352




15. Orlando, Florida


15. Orlando, Florida

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $87,199

Median top-tier home price: $351,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,729




14. Winston-Salem, North Carolina


14. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

(Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $87,062

Median top-tier home price: $239,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,200




13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Top 80th percentile income: $86,567

Median top-tier home price: $398,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,950




12. El Paso, Texas


12. El Paso, Texas



Top 80th percentile income: $86,307

Median top-tier home price: $190,800

Monthly mortgage: $967






11. St. Louis, Missouri


11. St. Louis, Missouri



Top 80th percentile income: $81,034

Median top-tier home price: $298,500

Monthly mortgage: $1,480




10. Cincinnati, Ohio


10. Cincinnati, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $80,947

Median top-tier home price: $285,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,375




9. Memphis, Tennessee


9. Memphis, Tennessee



Top 80th percentile income: $78,860

Median top-tier home price: $263,200

Monthly mortgage: $1,317




8. Miami, Florida


8. Miami, Florida

(Courtesy of TripAdvisor)


Top 80th percentile income: $76,933

Median top-tier home price: $479,800

Monthly mortgage: $2,334




7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin


7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $76,339

Median top-tier home price: $354,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,747




6. Tuscon, Arizona


6. Tuscon, Arizona

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $76,297

Median top-tier home price: $340,300

Monthly mortgage: $1,676




5. Buffalo, New York


5. Buffalo, New York

(Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $74,421

Median top-tier home price: $263,900

Monthly mortgage: $1,326




4. Hartford, Connecticut


4. Hartford, Connecticut

(Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $69,254

Median top-tier home price: $345,800

Monthly mortgage: $1,701




3. Birmingham, Alabama


3. Birmingham, Alabama

(Kris Kuzniar/Shutterstock)


Top 80th percentile income: $68,837

Median top-tier home price: $285,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,423




2. Cleveland, Ohio


2. Cleveland, Ohio



Top 80th percentile income: $60,143

Median top-tier home price: $259,600

Monthly mortgage: $1,257




1. Detroit, Michigan


1. Detroit, Michigan



Top 80th percentile income: $58,926

Median top-tier home price: $312,000

Monthly mortgage: $1,492

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2 nuclear power plants are right in the path of Hurricane Florence — here's how they are preparing.

The Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants in North Carolina are in Hurricane Florence's direct path. They are preparing backup generators, checking for loose parts, and planning to shut down 12 hours before the storm hits.

  • Two nuclear plants in North Carolina are in Hurricane Florence's direct path.
  • The Brunswick and Harris nuclear plants are bracing themselves by preparing backup generators and checking for loose material.
  • They also plan to shut down 12 hours before the storm hits.
  • The hurricane is predicted to make landfall on North Carolina's coast late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Hurricane Florence will pass directly over two nuclear power plants in North Carolina when it makes landfall later this week — and they're taking extensive measures to brace themselves for the storm.

The Category 4 hurricane, which is currently carrying 130 mph winds, is forecast to make landfall on North Carolina's coast late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

It is predicted to directly pass over the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which is located 30 miles south of Wilmington, as well as the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, a town farther inland and about 23 miles from Raleigh.

Read more: Hurricane Florence could bring 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of floodwater in a 'catastrophic' landfall


The two nuclear plants and the predicted path of Hurricane Florence.

(Google Maps)


The Brunswick plant produces about 1,870 megawatts of power, while the Harris plant produces 932 megawatts, Reuters reported. One megawatt can power about 1,000 US homes.

Both power plants are bracing themselves for the hurricane by sweeping the site for any loose material that could get ripped off by high winds, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, a corporation that owns and operates the two power plants.

They have also prepared their backup diesel generators to make sure the plants have enough fuel to keep producing power.

All US nuclear stations have installed safety equipment such as portable pumps and generators since the 2011 nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, Duke spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Green told Reuters.

Both power plants have also been ordered to shut down their nuclear reactors 12 hours before the hurricane hits their region, Roger Hannah, a spokesman for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission told Reuters on Tuesday.

It could take weeks for the plants to restore full power production after the storm, Reuters reported.

Read More: Here's a map of all the areas that could get hit

The map below shows the predicted path and schedule of the hurricane from Wednesday to the following Monday.



(National Hurricane Center)


Predictions from the National Hurricane Center also showed that the Brunswick plant is in an area that could be affected by storm surge — sea water forced inland by the power of the storm.

The NHC warned that the storm surge could lead to "catastrophic" flash flooding far inland. Rising water levels could leave coastal parts of North Carolina under nine feet of water, NHC director Ken Graham told CBS News on Tuesday.

The Brunswick station is waterproof up to 22 feet, Reuters reported, citing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The storm could also affect plants holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and hog farms that store animal waste in open-air lagoons, the Associated Press reported.

The Carolinas are home to 12 of the 99 nuclear stations in the US, according to S&P Global. Four others are in Virginia, which is also likely to be hit by the hurricane.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 14:01

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Sri Lanka is building a $15 billion metropolis to rival cities like Hong Kong and Dubai.

Sri Lanka is building a major new development to stimulate its war-torn economy thanks to a $1.4 billion Chinese investment. But the project is prompting criticism among environmental groups, which worry about coastal damage.

  • Sri Lanka is building a new metropolis with a $1.4 billion Chinese investment.
  • By the time it is completed in 2041, the project could cost around $15 billion.
  • At 665 acres, the Port City development could eventually double the size of the nation's capital.

Sri Lanka's $1.4 billion Port City development has elicited parallels to a number of major urban centers. At 665 acres, the project is about the same size as central London, but its design resembles cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai.

A decade ago, the idea of a Sri Lankan city that rivaled the world's leading financial hubs seemed implausible. From 1983 to 2009, the nation was ravaged by a brutal civil war between its military and an insurgent group called the Tamil Tigers. By the end of the conflict, hundreds of thousands of civilians had been killed and the city had spent more than $200 billion on war costs.

Less than ten years later, the nation has devised a plan for bringing jobs and economic opportunity to its capital city, Colombo. Through the development of a new metropolis inside the capital, officials estimate that Colombo could eventually double in size. Already, Colombo is the most populous city in Sri Lanka, with around 750,000 residents in its urban core.

Though the concept of Port City originated in 2004, its plans were delayed until after the war. Around that time, Sri Lanka saw an influx of Chinese investment, which the country put toward major infrastructure improvements. The partnership ran into trouble when Sri Lanka had difficulty repaying its debt, while China was accused of using its investments to wield political influence.

In 2014, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe suspended the Port City project, citing concerns about damage to the coastline. This angered the project's investor, China Communications Construction Company, which claimed to be losing $380,000 a day while the development was in limbo. By 2016, the plan was back in motion with a new set of environmental protections.

According to the site's developer, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the project is still on track to complete its reclamation efforts and the first phase of infrastructure by 2020. Port City is set to be finished in 2041, at which point its costs could reach $15 billion.

Here's what it might look like in the future.

To build the city, developers are using dredgers to gather up sand from the bottom of the ocean.


Drone footage of the project's four dredgers.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


CHEC ultimately plans to add 65 million cubic meters (around 17 billion gallons) of sand along the shore.



Environmental groups have raised concerns about the destruction of aquatic life, which could damage the livelihood of local fishermen. But developers contend that dredging won't pose a threat.


Environmental groups have raised concerns about the destruction of aquatic life, which could damage the livelihood of local fishermen. But developers contend that dredging won't pose a threat.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


CHEC recently obtained a permit that allows it to dredge 5 kilometers from the coastline and only at depths at or below 15 meters. The organization is also prohibited from dredging in areas near reef habitats or fishing grounds.

To account for the economic cost to local fishermen, the company has set aside nearly $7 million to be distributed among fishing associations over the course of three years.



Developers have completed more than 90% of their reclamation efforts, putting them on track to finish by June 2019.


Drone footage of Colombo.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


The project has received a $1.4 billion investment, but the sand itself could cost more than double that amount.


The project has received a $1.4 billion investment, but the sand itself could cost more than double that amount.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


Colombo's Centre for Environmental Justice estimates that the development will require around 100 million cubic meters of sand, worth around $3.2 billion.



The financial district features high-quality office space, a shopping plaza, and a cultural park.


Colombo International Financial Centre

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


A "central park" borders the main canal, providing space for outdoor recreation and events.


A "central park" borders the main canal, providing space for outdoor recreation and events.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


The entire development features 110 acres of public parks and 300 acres for recreation and water sports.



Building heights decrease in the direction of prevailing winds and waterfronts, allowing for increased air circulation within the city.


Building heights decrease in the direction of prevailing winds and waterfronts, allowing for increased air circulation within the city.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


The city is designed specifically for residential and commercial use — no industrial activities are allowed.


The city is designed specifically for residential and commercial use — no industrial activities are allowed.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


According to development officials, other planned projects in Sri Lanka will satisfy the need for industrial space.



Transit developments and walkways will connect residents to local landmarks like Galle Face Beach, Beira Lake, and Viharamabedevi Park.


Transit developments and walkways will connect residents to local landmarks like Galle Face Beach, Beira Lake, and Viharamabedevi Park.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


The city is expected to host around 80,000 residents and 250,000 daily commuters.


The city is expected to host around 80,000 residents and 250,000 daily commuters.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


It could be also be governed by its own legal system.


It could be also be governed by its own legal system.

(CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd)


The system is still being discussed, and will require approval from Sri Lanka's parliament and council of ministers.

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'I looked at her lustfully then kissed her. She didn't resist,' Mugabe reveals how his adulterous affair with Grace began.

"She didn’t protest or refuse and then I said to myself..its game over"

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has opened up on how his adulterous affair with Grace Mugabe unfolded, saying he just "grabbed and kissed" her when she was still his secretary and "she didn't resist".

Speaking at the funeral of Grace’s mother over the weekend, an emotional Mugabe narrated to guests how he fell in love with his wife when she became his secretary.

play Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe (Courtesy)


"... She [Grace] came as a secretary and they were many of them, I just looked at them and then it was love at first sight with Grace. Then I said to her one day, I love you and she didn’t respond," Mugabe was quoted as saying by

I then grabbed her hand and I kissed her. She didn’t protest or refuse and then I said to myself now that she has accepted to be kissed, it's game over.."


This happened while his now late wife Sally Mugabe was suffering from renal complications and was unable to bear children for the former president who said he needed someone to give his mother grandchildren.

play Mugabe – a staunch catholic - said he was torn apart between obeying the Catholic Church doctrine against adultery and pleasing his mother who wanted grandchildren. (Courtesy)


Mugabe – a staunch catholic - said he was torn apart between obeying the Catholic Church doctrine against adultery and pleasing his mother who wanted grandchildren.

“Yes, we had gotten involved when Sally was still alive, I had to. Grace and I never dated either, I was just introduced to her and I said to myself she is a beautiful girl,"  he said.

The 94-year-old eventually married Grace in 1996 and have two children to date, Robert Junior and Bellarmine Chatunga.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 13:32

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Tech elites are now paying $2,750 a year to freeze stem cells from liposuctioned fat as a 'back up' for a longer life.

A startup called Forever Labs offers tech elites a chance to save their young stem cells in the hopes that they can use them to help fight disease and live longer. The cells are mostly siphoned from bone marrow, but now they can come from fat that's removed via liposuction, too.

  • A startup called Forever Labs freezes and stores people's stem cells as a kind of back-up drive for their future selves.
  • The company is now offering a way to bank stem cells from fat stores instead of bone marrow.
  • Stem cells have a range of potential therapeutic uses in conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, since they can turn into any kind of cell.
  • But for now, stem cells are used only for very limited purposes, like treating cancer.

Your next effort to prolong your life could involve an awkward conversation with your plastic surgeon. Don't throw away the fat you've just removed from my liposuction procedure, you might ask them. Instead, save the excess material because it's rich in stem cells.

Beginning this week, longevity startup Forever Labs will offer its customers the ability to bank the stem cells in their fat stores — the same material that's removed and destroyed after liposuction. Those stem cells are seen as a key component of health. Some believe they may also hold the keys to a longer, better life.

Founded in 2015, Forever Labs collaborates with a network of specialized doctors to siphon stem cells from customers' bone marrow. The company is now also partnering with some plastic surgeons to allow people who are already undergoing liposuction to bank the stem cells from the fat that would otherwise be discarded.

“If you’re going to throw them in the garbage, you might as well bank them,” Mark Katakowski, Forever Labs' co-founder and CEO, told Business Insider.

Forever Labs then freezes the stem cells, delivers them to one of its cell-banking facilities, and maintains them under careful conditions. The hope is that one day, more advanced science will allow patients to have their own young cells injected back into their bodies. According to this line of thinking, these cells could then do everything from fight aging to help treat diseases like diabetes.

"This is like a back-up," Katakowski said.

Forever Labs charges $2,750 per year or a one-time payment of $7,000 to harvest a customer's stem cells from the bone marrow extracted by an orthopedic surgeon. (The surgery is included in that cost.) The new method using fat is $1,000 cheaper for those paying annually, but the one-time payment costs the same.

What a bank of your stem cells might be used for


A tray of stem cells at the University of Connecticut's Stem Cell Institute.

(Getty Images/Spencer Platt)


A medical physicist and former research scientist for the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, Katakowski was spurred to bank his own stem cells in 2015 after studying their therapeutic potential in mice.

Stem cells are unique because they can develop into many different cell types, from those that make up muscle tissue to those that form the neurons in our brain. For that reason, scientists have long hoped that stem cells could be used to regenerate failing tissues or organs as an alternative to transplants, which are expensive, time-consuming, and come with a risk of rejection. Instead of getting a transplanted kidney from a donor, for example, a patient could one day hope to receive a sample of his or her own stem cells, programmed to generate a new kidney.

But stem cells are only widely used today for one procedure: bone marrow transplants. The transplants are typically used by leukemia patients who undergo the treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy as a means of replacing the healthy stem cells that the chemo has destroyed.

"Right now that’s the only approved use of stem cells," Allison Mayle, a cancer researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, told Business Insider.

In recent years, scientists have been studying how to use stem cells to treat a range of other conditions that involve a specific type of failing cell, such as type 1 diabetes (where the body's immune system destroys the pancreas' insulin-producing beta cells), macular degeneration, and heart disease. So far, however, those trials have only included a very small number of patients; more extensive studies have only been carried out in lab animals.

Ronna Parsa, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon, has been contracted with Forever Labs to do bone marrow stem cell draws since March. Since then, she's done roughly five procedures, or roughly one draw each month. She also banked her own stem cells with Forever Labs.

"After doing the research I can just see the vast potential for these types of therapies in the future," Parsa told Business Insider. "By freezing my 32-year-old stem cells, hopefully when I’m 50 or 60 or 70 I can use those."

Mayle agrees that the therapies could have potential, but she isn't sure they'll come to fruition in time for most patients to see a benefit.

"Would this be something that's going to happen in our lifetime? It's hard to tell," Mayle said. "There certainly are things that could work in the next five to ten years, but they also might not."

'An ace in my pocket'

Nevertheless, stem cell banking is beginning to emerge as a trend. One recent report projected that the global stem cell banking market would grow from $6.3 billion in 2018 to $9.3 billion by 2023. Katakowski wouldn't share how many customers he's had so far, but said most hail from areas with tech meccas, like Silicon Valley and New York City.

In the US, hundreds of providers currently offer stem cell banking. A handful also offer unproven anti-aging therapies using the cells. One such company, Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics, used to inject patients with retrieved stem cells, and once treated Texas governor Rick Perry. But Celltex stopped offering the service in the US in 2012 after regulators warned them that they lacked federal approval.

Katakowski said Forever Labs is not offering any stem cell therapies, just the ability to store the cells until peer-reviewed science makes proven therapies available.

"In the back of your mind you know you've got it," Katakowski said. "It gives you a little piece of mind. Is it going to be a get-out-of-jail-free card or an ace in my pocket? It might."

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 12, 2018 13:28

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Is India Ready to Legalize Crypto? Officials Visit Japan & UK to Study Policies.

While the Supreme Court of India hears the crypto exchange industry’s case against the central bank following the latter’s banking ban, regulators are exploring regulatory policies for the nascent sector.

Businesses and associations in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector are expected to participate in the hearing alongside the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency market of India.

In its annual report, SEBI revealed that it has sent government officials to Japan, UK, and Switzerland to study cryptocurrency regulations in overseas markets with active digital asset exchanges and communities.

Unexpected Variable

In July, the supreme court of India declined to reverse the ban on cryptocurrency trading imposed by the Central Bank of India, requesting banks to maintain a strict ban on providing any financial services to cryptocurrency-related businesses.

Speaking to Bloomberg, law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co partner Anand Bhushan said that apart from the government’s concerns regarding money laundering, there exists risk in allowing digital currencies as a medium of exchange due to a large amount of speculation and volatility.

“Nobody is able to price the risk currently. The minute you have clarity on exchanges and whether digital currencies can be used as a medium of exchange or payment, or if it is a commodity, there will be less speculation and much more stability in pricing,” Bhushan said.

But, as SFOX head of growth Danny Kim said, the entrance of large-scale investment firms into the cryptocurrency market has led to an increase in stability, as seen in the price movement of Bitcoin throughout August, when it recorded its most stable month since June of 2017.

“Before institutional firms were actively trading crypto or heavily involved (before 2018) bitcoin price differences between exchanges varied as high as 4.5%,” Kim explained.

The increase in stability, as well as the recognition of cryptocurrency exchanges as regulated financial institutions by major regions such as Japan, South Korea, France, UK, and the US could encourage India to reverse its ban.

Analysts expect that the exposure of local government officials to overseas markets that have demonstrated a high level of growth in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space could act as an unforeseen variable that may redirect the long-term strategy of SEBI.

As seen in the 50 percent increase in cryptocurrency and blockchain-related job growth in Asia and the decision of governments to consider the blockchain as one of the three core technologies in the fourth industrial revolution alongside big data and AI, a complete ban on cryptocurrency trading could result in voluntary isolation.

As large the economy of India is, Europe has continued to lag behind Japan and South Korea since 2012 in both trading volume and industry growth due to their initial rejection of the market.

This week, the European Commission, the executive branch that drafts legislation for the EU, acknowledged the cryptocurrency sector as a legitimate industry, given the rapid growth rate of the market despite its volatility.

Valdis Dombrovskis, the vice president of the European Commission, said:

“We also had a good exchange of views on crypto-assets. We see that crypto-assets are here to stay. Despite the recent turbulence, this market continues to grow.”…o-study-policies/

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‘Slice’ Is a ‘Drunkenly Scribbled’ Horror Comedy About Prejudice, and Gentrification A24 brings you the story of “a ghost, a werewolf, and a pretty s—y pizza place”

“Slice,” the feature film debut for Chance the Rapper and his childhood friend, writer-director Austin Vesely, had its premiere and sole theatrical screenings on Monday night, just before distributor A24 surprise-dropped it on iTunes, digital and on-demand like it’s a new Beyoncé album.

“It was a drunken scribble in a notebook that I turned into a script for a short film,” writer/director Vesely joked during a Q&A after its Chicago screening, which was simulcast to the screenings in 20 other cities.

That quip was appropriate for the very laissez-faire occasion, at least from the ground in Los Angeles, where the scene at the Regal Cinema L.A. Live in downtown was the opposite of a big premiere to-do. Almost no signage to even signify the movie was showing could be seen, and attendees weren’t even sure what they were in for.

“So what’s this movie supposed to be about,” one 20-something woman asked while making her way into the theater.

Well, the logline in the film’s trailer says it all: “It’s a story about a ghost, a werewolf and a pretty s–ty pizza place.

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The horror-comedy, also starring Paul Scheer, who shot his scenes in one 15-hour day, Rae Gray (“Fear the Walking Dead”) and “Atlanta’s” Zazie Beetz (most recently seen in “Deadpool 2”), is a whodunit murder mystery in a world where humans, ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves live side-by-side.

The film follows the events in the spooky, corrupt small town of Kingfisher. The town has had a bit of a ghost problem since an asylum, where patients were tortured and experimented on, burned down and the victims were buried in a mass unmarked grave. It’s explained that the mayor designated a part of town — aptly named Ghost Town — for the ghosts to live so they’re not disrupting the human occupants. Not exactly a subtle political metaphor.

By the way, that unmarked grave turns out to actually be a gateway to hell and, oh, home to a pizza restaurant staffed by a rag tag group of employees. When restaurant’s deliverers start being killed, the town goes into a panic, blaming ghosts, a werewolf — he’ll tell you he’s not that kind of werewolf — and anyone else who fits the crime per local prejudices. In order to clear their names and uncover the truth, a group including a ghost, a werewolf and a journalist set out to solve the mysterious murders.

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“When I write stuff it never ends up being something that fits a formula that you’re familiar with,” Vesely said. “But also it’s the politics.”

The cast in attendance for the Q&A talked about how the unique script attracted them to the project, which was shot on a shoestring budget (so much so, in fact, the ghosts are just actors with white face paint to make them look dead).

“I just thought the script was so fun and funky. I love things that just commit to what they are,” said Beetz, who started filming “Slice” before the season one premiere of “Atlanta.”

The film surely knows what it is. The stylized, often campy, noir throws twists, horror and mystery tropes, as well as plenty of off kilter jokes left and right. And the audience lapped it up. When jokes landed and the clever tone really seemed to work overtime to elevate the film, the audience would burst into laughter — particularly the boisterous guy who sat behind me and seemed to enjoy every nugget the film had to offer.

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GIS reveals over 4,000 irregular Ghanaian migrants returned from Libya in 2017

About 4,092 Ghanaian migrants returned from Libya in 2017, figures from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has revealed.

According to Chief Superintendent James Hayford Boadi, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Head of the Immigration Information Centre of the GIS, most of the returnees were from Brong-Ahafo.

Instead of leaving the country through the appropriate routes, the migrants risked their lives through the Sahara Desert to Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Europe, he said.

Speaking at the opening session of a returnees’ needs assessment workshop on Monday in Sunyani, Chief Superintendent Boadi said irregular migration was becoming a national challenge which needed concerted efforts to tackle.

The Ghana Centre for Jobs, Migration and Re-integration (MIAC) of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations organised the two-day workshop attended by about 85 returnees.

Most often Ghanaians voluntary returnees arrived without significant awareness of the changing dynamics in the country after years and sometimes decades of absence.

Research showed that the alienation experienced in the country had a direct effect on the ease of reintegration.

Currently, about 800,000 Ghanaians live and work outside their home country.

The workshop was however aimed at providing information on opportunities in the Ghanaian labour market and skilled vocational training for the interested returnees to get employment, become self-reliant and stay comfortable in Ghana.

Chief Superintendent Boadi noted that since the migrants entered Europe irregularly, most of them only had the option of applying for asylum with little prospect of success while others lived precariously.

Globally, he said more than 3,233 irregular African migrants died in 2017, adding that from January to August this year more than 1,549 deaths were recorded mostly on the Mediterranean.

Mr. Kwasi Awuah Ababio, Director of Diasporian Affairs at the office of the President, said numerous economic opportunities were available in the country and advised the youth to stay home and take advantage of that to build their future. He urged the youth who were determined to travel abroad to choose the regular labour migration routes in order not to be stranded.

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How Facebook 'became a beast' in Myanmar

Decades of ethnic and religious tensions, a sudden explosion of internet access, and a company that had trouble identifying and removing the most hateful posts.

It all added up to a perfect storm in Myanmar, where the United Nations says Facebook had a "determining role" in whipping up anger against the Rohingya minority.

"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended," Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said in March.

The company admits failures and has moved to address the problems. But how did Facebook's dream of a more open and connected world go wrong in one south-east Asian country?

Enter Facebook

"Nowadays, everyone can use the internet," says Thet Swei Win, director of Synergy, an organisation that works to promote social harmony between ethnic groups in Myanmar.

That wasn't the case in Myanmar five years ago.

Outside influence had been kept to a minimum during the decades when the military dominated the country. But with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and her election as Myanmar's de facto leader, the government began to liberalise business - including, crucially, the telecoms sector.

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The effect was dramatic, according to Elizabeth Mearns of BBC Media Action, the BBC's international development charity.

"A SIM card was about $200 [before the changes]," she says. "In 2013, they opened up access to other telecom companies and the SIM cards dropped to $2. Suddenly it became incredibly accessible."

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Image captionFor many in Myanmar, Facebook is synonymous with the internet

And after they bought an inexpensive phone and a cheap SIM card, there was one app that everybody in Myanmar wanted: Facebook. The reason? Google and some of the other big online portals didn't support Burmese text, but Facebook did.

"People were immediately buying internet accessible smart phones and they wouldn't leave the shop unless the Facebook app had been downloaded onto their phones," Mearns says.

Thet Swei Win believes that because the bulk of the population had little prior internet experience, they were especially vulnerable to propaganda and misinformation.

"We have no internet literacy," he told Trending. "We have no proper education on how to use the internet, how to filter the news, how to use the internet effectively. We did not have that kind of knowledge."

Ethnic tensions

Out of a population of about 50 million, around 18 million in Myanmar are regular Facebook users.

But Facebook and the telecoms companies which gave millions their first access to the internet do not appear to have been ready to grapple with the ethnic and religious tensions inside the country.

The enmity goes deep. Rohingyas are denied Burmese citizenship. Many in the Buddhist ruling class do not even consider them a distinct ethnic group - instead they refer to them as "Bengalis", a term that deliberately emphasises their separateness from the rest of the country.

Last year's military operation in the north-west Rakhine state was designed, the government says, to root out militants. It resulted in more than 700,000 people fleeing for neighbouring Bangladesh - something that the United Nations calls the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. But the government of Myanmar has rejected those allegations.

Facebook 'weaponised'

The combination of ethnic tensions and a booming social media market was toxic. Since the beginning of mass internet use in Myanmar, inflammatory posts against Rohingya have regularly appeared on Facebook,

Thet Swei Win said he was horrified by the anti-Rohingya material he has seen being shared. "Facebook is being weaponised," he told BBC Trending.

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In August, a Reuters investigation found more than 1,000 Burmese posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims.

"To be honest I thought we might find at best a couple of hundred examples I thought that would make the point," says Reuters investigative reporter Steve Stecklow, who worked with Burmese-speaking colleagues on the story.

Stecklow says some of the material was extremely violent and graphic.

"It was sickening to read and I had to keep saying to people 'Are you OK? Do you want to take a break?'"

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Image captionSome posts on Facebook expressed the hope that fleeing Rohingya refugees would drown at sea

"When I sent it to Facebook, I put a warning on the email saying I just want you to know these are very disturbing things," he says. "What was so remarkable was that [some of] this had been on Facebook for five years and it wasn't until we notified them in August that it was removed."

Several of the posts catalogued by Stecklow and his team described Rohingyas as dogs or pigs.

"This is a way of dehumanising a group," Stecklow says. "Then when things like genocide happen, potentially there may not be a public uproar or outcry as people don't even view these people as people."

Lack of staff

The material that the Reuters team found clearly contravened Facebook's community guidelines, the rules that dictate what is and is not allowed on the platform. All of the posts were removed after the investigation, although the BBC has since found similar material still live on the site.

So why did the social network fail to grasp how it was being used to spread propaganda?

One reason, according to Mearns, Stecklow and others, was that the company had difficulty with interpreting certain words.

For example, one particular racial slur - "kalar" - can be a highly derogatory term used against Muslims, or have a much more innocent meaning: "chickpea".

In 2017, Stecklow says, the company banned the term, but later revoked the ban because of the word's dual meaning.

There were also software problems which meant that many mobile phone users in Myanmar had difficulties reading Facebook's instructions for how to report worrying material.

But there was also a much more fundamental issue - the lack of Burmese-speaking content monitors. According to the Reuters report, the company had just one such employee in 2014, a number that had increased to four the following year.

The company now has 60 and hopes to have around 100 Burmese speakers by the end of this year.

Multiple warnings

Following the explosion in Facebook use in Myanmar, the company did receive multiple warnings from individuals about how the platform was being used to spread anti-Rohingya hate speech.

In 2013, Australian documentary maker Aela Callan raised concerns with a senior Facebook manager. The next year a doctoral student named Matt Schissler has a series of interactions with employees, which resulted in some content being removed.

And in 2015, tech entrepreneur David Madden travelled to Facebook's headquarters in California to give managers a presentation on how he had seen the platform used to stir up hate in Myanmar.

"They were warned so many times," Madden told Reuters. "It couldn't have been presented to them more clearly, and they didn't take the necessary steps."

Accounts removed

Facebook did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

Since last year, the company has taken some action. In August, Facebook removed 18 accounts and 52 pages linked to Burmese officials. One account on Instagram, which Facebook owns, was also closed. The company said it "found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuses in the country."


Image captionRadical Buddhist monk Wirathu's Facebook page was removed earlier this year

Between them, the accounts and pages were followed by almost 12 million people.

In January this year, Facebook also removed the account of Ashin Wirathu, a radical monk famed for his angry speeches which stoking fears against Muslims.

'Too slow'

In a statement, Facebook has admitted that in Myanmar it was "too slow to prevent misinformation and hate", and acknowledged that countries that are new to the internet and social media are susceptible to the spreading of hate.

The subject of hate speech on the platform came up in early September, when Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, testified in front of a US Senate committee.

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Image captionSheryl Sandberg says Facebook is committed to tackling hate speech

"Hate is against our policies and we take strong measures to take it down. We also publish publicly what our hate-speech standards are," she said. "We care tremendously about civil rights."

When Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress in April, he was asked specifically about events in Myanmar, and said that in addition to hiring more Burmese speakers, the company was also working with local groups to identify "specific hate figures" and creating a team that would help identify similar issues in Myanmar and other countries in the future.

Elizabeth Mearns from BBC Media Action, believes that while it is Facebook's role in Myanmar that is currently under scrutiny, the situation is just one example of a far wider issue.

"We are definitely now in a situation where content on social media is directly affecting people's real life. It's affecting the way people vote. It's affecting the way people behave towards each other, and it's creating violence and conflict," she says.

"The international community understands now, I think, that it needs to step up and understand technology. And understand what's happening on social media in their countries or in other countries."

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Marie Colvin: Reporter's last days retold for cinema

In 2012, in the besieged city of Homs, photojournalist Paul Conroy was lucky to escape alive when a makeshift media centre came under fire from Syrian government forces. His colleagues Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed. A new documentary Under the Wire tells the story - the first of two films this year to feature Colvin and Conroy.

Despite the violent way she died, there are times when Conroy can only smile at the memory of the war correspondent Colvin.

"I met Marie about 15 years ago. We were both trying to get into northern Iraq from Syria. I'd built a boat to cross the Tigris river out of lorry inner tubes and bits of wood and basically string.

"But I got captured and was sent back and in the journalists' bar no one would speak to me because they all thought I'd spoiled their chances of getting in. Then Marie walked in and she said - who and where is the 'Boatman'? I put my hand up and she said, 'Boatman, can I buy you a whiskey?' That was the start of it."

After that Conroy bumped into the Sunday Times' US-born correspondent several times. As a resourceful photo-journalist with a similar taste for the field of battle, he was aware of her reputation.

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Image captionPaul Conroy was trusted by Marie Colvin

"She was notoriously difficult and some photographers she worked with found her scary. And she would just dump them if they didn't fit.

"Marie and I worked together in Libya for the Sunday Times and once there was a guy who was to fill in for me for a couple of days. But almost at once Marie was on the phone saying get back here now - she'd already sent this guy off 300 miles and she never spoke to him again."

Under the Wire, directed by film-maker Chris Martin, doesn't try to portray Colvin as an easy colleague.

He remembers he was filming in the Caribbean when he heard of her death. "And I saw material on YouTube of Paul trapped in Syria. I saw that the people I was working with were really concerned about his fate and I knew at once there was a story to be told."

Martin's documentary shows what happens after Colvin and Conroy arrive in Homs through a 3km storm drain.

Conroy says the city was the obvious fulcrum of the story. The government of President Bashar al-Assad saw Homs as the major centre of revolt and was ready to crush dissent there.

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Image captionEdith Bouvier is flown home to France after escaping to Lebanon

Conroy says just getting in was difficult. "We spent a week or two in Beirut making contacts. From there we went up into the mountains between Lebanon and Syria, where we met with members of the Free Syrian Army (a loose anti-Assad coalition). They took us over the border at night time through minefields, dodging army checkpoints. They then handed us over to another unit of the Free Syrian Army.

"It took about three days to go 30 kilometres. But the only way into Baba Amr - the part of Homs really getting hammered - was by this storm drain about 4ft high. We went through it bent double and carrying all our kit. We were pulled out of the tunnel, thrown in the back of a truck and ran the gauntlet of Syrian forces.

Conroy says the few journalists around Homs were aware of the risks. "I was told by a Lebanese source that Syrian government policy was to kill any journalists and then drop the bodies on the battlefield. It was a horrible situation and the film makes that very clear."

Martin makes no apologies for having filled in pictorial gaps in the narrative. "We went to extraordinary lengths to find video material. A lot of it was just the odd five seconds taken in Homs by activists; it took a massive amount of tracking down, not just in the Middle East. We found things like a Skype call made from the journalists' base in Homs at the moment the rockets hit."

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Image captionMarie Colvin at a service for journalists, cameramen and support staff to have died in war zones

But he says some 15 minutes of the running time consists of reconstructions of what happened to Colville and Conroy and to the other four journalists with them before the fatal attack - Edith Bouvier, Remi Ochlik and William Daniels, who were all French, and the Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa.

Martin acknowledges this is not a the film like this might have been made only a few years ago.

"We had just three or four minutes of material which Paul had shot - everything else was destroyed when the rockets came in. But we did find some footage of the tunnel and even of Paul and Marie in Homs working on what turned out to be Marie's last piece of journalism.

"So we pieced together that archive with our interview with Paul and with the testament of Edith Bouvier and William Daniels - and of Wael their brave translator. That was the spine of the film."

But Martin says the documentary market is changing and as a result he decided he needed to shoot high-quality extra material to knit the story together.

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Image captionRosamund Pike is to play Colvin in a feature film called a Private War

The production team decamped to northern Morocco to stage a version of the storm drain sequence. Additional interiors were shot in London. The craft skills on display mean the documentary often has the feel of a well-produced feature film.

"Documentaries like Under the Wire are now mainly going to be seen first on theatrical release," he says. "They're not just for TV. And if you're in cinemas you're competing with feature films which might cost $100m (£77m) or more. So we have to engage the viewer. We can't expect audiences to come and find the story on our terms."

The American director Matthew Heineman has also been at work on the life of Colvin. A Private War, which in part tells the same story, is due for release this year. But Heineman has made a feature film, starring Rosamund Pike as Colvin and with Jamie Dornan as Conroy.

In real life Conroy only realised back in London how badly he'd been hurt in the attack, which killed Colvin and Ochlik.

"Obviously I knew I had a huge hole in the back of my leg. But in London I found out I also had a great big piece of shrapnel wedged under my kidneys. I had 23 operations on my leg and others on my abdomen and back. I was in hospital for five months.

"There's still a story to be told in Syria. I can't even begin to say how deeply I regret Marie and Remi dying. But do I regret going in and trying to do our job? Absolutely not."

Under the Wire is on release.

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'Bachelor' and "Bachelor in Paradise" fan favorite Amanda Stanton has been arrested for domestic battery after a drunken post-bachelorette party incident with her boyfriend ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with what went down tell us Stanton was partying with friends at The Encore for a co-ed bachelorette event. We're told Stanton's bf, Bobby Jacobs, was there too ... and everyone was celebrating in a room at the hotel.

Law enforcement tells us security came to the room for a noise complaint, and Bobby was talking to the guard. We're told that's when an apparently boozed up Amanda tried to intervene, and shoved Bobby in the process. We're told the shove was hard enough for security to call cops, who arrested Amanda for misdemeanor domestic violence.

She was released Monday. Sources close to Amanda tell us she and Bobby are still together, and they both think someone slipped something -- a drug, presumably -- into her drink. Stanton was a fave on Ben Higgins' season of "The Bachelor" ... finishing 4th. She went on to appear on season 3 of "Bachelor in Paradise" and got engaged to Josh Murray, but things went south quickly. We reached out to Bobby and Amanda ... so far, no word back.

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The Rise of Masternodes Might Soon be Followed by the Creation of Servicenodes

Dash’s earliest innovation was the creation of a two-tier network. The first tier consists of miners and ordinary users, while the second tier is comprised of masternodes. These special nodes provide advanced services to the network.

Several currencies followed in Dash’s footsteps by creating their own two-tier networks. Among these are PIVX, Crown, ExclusiveCoin, and Helium, making masternode-based coins one of the latest trends in the Cryptosphere.

But what is so special about masternodes? Why all the buzz? The first order of business is to break things down and determine exactly what masternodes are and what they do.

What is a masternode and what does it do?

Masternodes are a type of full node that offers various services to the network and are compensated by the network for these functions. Like all full nodes, masternodes host an entire copy of the Blockchain.  However, masternodes differ from ordinary full nodes in a few important ways.

These special nodes get compensated by sharing in the block reward because they provide special services to the network. Additionally, masternodes require a certain number of coins as collateral. Finally, masternodes perform advanced functions for the network beyond the mere sending of transactions. Three of Dash’s distinguishing features, InstantSend, PrivateSend and Decentralized Governance by Blockchain (DGBB) are all powered by masternodes.

Operating a masternode

To operate a masternode, users must hold a certain number of coins as collateral. With Dash, the required collateral is 1,000 DASH, but this number differs with each currency. The collateral is required to prevent Sybil attacks on the network, whereby an attacker could create numerous masternodes and interfere with network operations. With Dash, this collateral can be moved or spent at any time. It is not “locked,” although moving or spending the collateral will result in the associated masternode going offline.

Users must also host their masternode on hardware that meets certain minimum requirements for CPU, RAM, disc space and networking. Masternodes are typically hosted on virtual private servers (VPS) by providers such as Digital Ocean or Vultr.

Return on investment (ROI)

As previously mentioned, masternodes are compensated for their services via the network.  For example, with Dash and Crown, the mining reward is split so that 45 percent of the mining reward goes to masternodes, 10 percent goes to a development fund and 45 percent to the miner who found the block.  

Dash pays masternodes based on a deterministic schedule so that each node is paid in a round-robin fashion until all nodes have been paid. However, Dash does add a small bit of variance so the system cannot be gamed. There is a very small chance that a masternode can be skipped or double paid in a cycle. Other currencies handle masternode selection and payment differently.

Dash’s current annual return on investment is about 8.3 percent, while other projects provide an ROI as high as 20 percent. Of course, investors are also expecting their underlying collateral value to increase with time, making these projects a win-win. For example, in a few months, Crown’s market capitalization ballooned from under $200,000 to over $15 mln. What was the change that prompted this massive growth? The addition of masternodes.

What’s Next?

Co-founder of Blockchain TV and Crypto Consultant, Jason Cassidy tells Cointelegraph that just as masternodes improved Blockchain tech in several ways, a new innovation may be upon us in the near future, the servicenode.

Cassidy talks about a project that targets real businesses and generates intrinsic value to the Blockchain:

“Servicenodes will offer BaaS (Blockchain as a service) to enterprise businesses. The use cases for Blockchain vary from business to business but often can offer a secure and more effective way of sharing information across large-scale businesses.  Servicenodes will help these businesses run private Blockchains by increasing the decentralization of the network and thereby creating a more robust and stable network.”

This new development is powered by the Helium project and is set to be made public in the coming weeks.

How will servicenodes work?

Cassidy explains that servicenodes will require a yet-to-be-disclosed amount of collateral and will operate similarly to the Uber model by including an individual rating system.  Servicenode operators seeking to host Blockchains for enterprise businesses will have to be vetted for security, confirmed to meet hardware requirements and possibly be required to contract for a minimum length of service to ensure these nodes stay online in perpetuity.  

Servicenode providers will compete with each other to provide BaaS at a competitive price.  Businesses who engage with the servicenodes will pay them directly, with a portion of that payment distributed across the Helium network.  This system is ultimately designed to support miners after the last Helium blocks have been extracted and the reward drops to zero. In this sense, servicenodes are acting as a support mechanism to the entire network, ensuring greater security and longevity.

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Google fights plan to extend 'right to be forgotten'

European rules that allow individuals the "right to be forgotten" online could be extended worldwide.

The European Court of Justice is hearing evidence on the matter and will rule in 2019.

Google argues that extending the law could turn it into a tool for censorship, in "less democratic" regimes.

France's regulator said that Google is currently not respecting the rights of citizens to have information erased.

A panel of 15 judges will hear evidence from 70 or more stakeholders in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

The right to be forgotten became law in 2014, following the case of Spaniard Mario Costeja who successfully argued that out-of-date details about his financial circumstances should be removed from Google.

At the time, the ECJ ruled that information deemed "inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive" should be delisted.

While the content remains online, it cannot be found via online searches of an individual's name.

Google, which was not happy with the judgement, complied but only by delisting requests on local country domains, something which angered regulators.

Since 2014, the search engine has received more than 700,000 requests to delist information amounting to 2.7 million web addresses.

It has complied with less than half (44%).

France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes wants the court to clarify whether the delisting should extend beyond the French version of Google's search engine to all versions across the world.

As well as affecting other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo, the judgement could also affect social networks.

Google's position remains unchanged from 2015 when lawyer Kent Walk said in a blogpost: "No one country should be able to impose its rules on the citizens of another country, especially when it comes to linking to lawful content.

"Adopting such a rule would encourage other countries, including less democratic regimes, to try to impose their values on citizens in the rest of the world."

The search giant has the backing of a wide range of human rights and media organisations, including Article 19, a British-led human rights organisation.

It will urge the Luxembourg court to "limit the scope of the right to be forgotten".

"European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what internet users around the world find when they use a search engine," Thomas Hughes, Article 19 executive director said.

"If European regulators can tell Google to remove all references to a website, then it will be only a matter of time before countries like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia start to do the same."

In a separate case being heard by the ECJ on the same day, four individuals will argue for another extension of the right to be forgotten rules, claiming that sensitive personal data, including information about political views and criminal records, should automatically be purged from search results.

Previously Google has said this would give "carte blanche" to people who might wish to use privacy laws to hide information of public interest, such as a politician's political views or a public figure's criminal record.

"This would effectively erase the public's right to know important information about people who represent them in society or provide them services," the firm said in a blogpost.

In terms of what the cases could mean for British citizens, the UK is currently still subject to rulings from the ECJ but its legal relationship could change once it leaves the EU in March 2019.

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Jealous stalker guilty of murdering co-worker in Taunton

A jealous worker who stalked and strangled a colleague he was obsessed with has been convicted of her murder.

Heather Jordan's body was found in Lyngford Park, Taunton, by dog walkers on 18 February.

Martin Corns, 52, had denied killing her in a fit of jealous rage after she spurned his advances and claimed he had been stealing petrol when she died.

At Exeter Crown Court earlier, Corns was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years.

Judge Brian Forster said Corns, of Taunton, had confronted 34-year-old Ms Jordan in the park with the intention of killing her.

"You strangled the person whom you described in letters as 'my beautiful princess'," he said.

"You attempted to make it look like she had been robbed. You were motivated in part to stop the deceased making a complaint about you."


Image captionCorns admitted he had watched Ms Jordan's house and said it was "creepy and strange"

The court heard Corns had become obsessed with Ms Jordan after meeting her at Boots, where they both worked as cleaners.

They started a non-sexual relationship, which she described as "committed friendship", and the prosecution told the court he killed her after she told him she wanted to stop meeting him.

Corns bombarded Ms Jordan with more than 2,000 texts and calls, watched her home, followed her around at work and became increasingly possessive and jealous, the jury heard.


Image captionA CCTV image shows Heather Jordan being followed by Martin Corns before she died

He murdered Ms Jordan while she was walking from her home to her weekend cleaning job at the Priorswood Co-op at about 05:15.

A torn-up love letter was found scattered around her body and the killing was made to look like a robbery.

She was found in a park shelter by dog walkers.


Image captionThe love letter was pieced together by officers

Ms Jordan's mother Jennifer Rigby told jurors she had been about to lodge a complaint of harassment against Corns with bosses at Boots.

She also said she did not like receiving a dozen red roses from him on Valentine's Day, two days before the murder.

The jury heard Corns was convinced Ms Jordan was seeing a supervisor at Boots and refused to accept her repeated denials.

Det Insp Mike Buck, who led the investigation, thanked Ms Jordan's family and friends for "their courage and the dignity they showed at court".

"A major part of the trial was CCTV provided by local businesses and private householders for which I am very grateful," he added.


Image captionCorns also sent Heather Jordan a Valentine's Day card before murdering her

Speaking before the trial, Mrs Rigby said her daughter had a kind heart and liked to help anyone she could but had suffered bouts of depression.

"She was basically a good all-round person to know," she said.

"She used to say, 'When you're old, I'll look after you.' She won't now."

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 18:35

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Hurricane Florence: Warnings of life-threatening surge,

Hurricane Florence gathers strength as it moves closer to US

Hurricane Florence - the most powerful storm to threaten the Carolinas in nearly three decades - is expected to strengthen, say forecasters.

Officials warn there is a chance of "life-threatening inundation from rising water" over the next 48 hours as Florence heads for the US East Coast.

With sustained winds of about 130mph (215km/h), the weather system is currently a category four storm.

It could make landfall on Thursday, near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

"This storm is a monster," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference on Tuesday. "It's big and it's vicious.

"It is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane."

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 17:48

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TV may invite viewer to sue its manufacturer

Consider it a different kind of on-screen courtroom drama. Owners of Vizio Smart TVs may soon see a message inviting them to take legal action against the manufacturer.

California-based Vizio, one of America’s leading TV brands, was in 2015 caught gathering large amounts of user data, which was then passed on to advertisers.

It settled with the US trade regulator for $2.2m (£1.7m), but still faces a class action lawsuit involving potentially millions of customers.

The company could now be forced to inform potentially affected owners directly – via a pop-up message on-screen.

The BBC understands the note would tell the customer about the legal action, and how to find out if they can be involved. If the lawsuit is successful, customers could receive a portion of the damages won. Only affected customers in the US are eligible to join the lawsuit.

According to US law, notices about class action lawsuits – the term given to a case that has affected a large number of people – have to be delivered in the most effective way that is “practicable under the circumstances, including individual notice to all members who can be identified through reasonable effort”.

Typically, this might be through an email or letter, or perhaps advertising – but since the Vizio televisions sets are connected to the internet, attorneys believe an on-screen message would be an effective option.

However, the idea “requires testing to make sure any TV notice can be properly displayed and functions as intended”, according to court papers first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Both parties in the case have until 3 October to present wording and a delivery method that is “workable and satisfies applicable legal standards”.

If happy, the court would then decide when the message should be sent out to the potentially affected customers – which could number as many as 11 million.

The 2015 ProPublica investigation discovered Vizio had been logging viewing habits and selling that information on to data brokers.

At the time, the firm said: “Non-personal identifiable information may be shared with select partners … to permit these companies to make, for example, better-informed decisions regarding content production, programming and advertising.”

The Federal Trade Commission, however, took a dim view. It settled with the firm for $2.2m on the understanding it would stop the practice, and in future more prominently tell users how data was being collected.

“This settlement stops Vizio’s unauthorised tracking, and makes clear that smart TV makers should get people’s consent before collecting and sharing television viewing information.”


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seth Posted on September 11, 2018 15:45

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British Airways: Suspect code that hacked fliers 'found'

A cyber-security firm has said it found malicious code injected into the British Airways website, which could be the cause of a recent data breach that affected 380,000 transactions.

A RiskIQ researcher analysed code from BA's website and app around the time when the breach began, in late August.

He claimed to have discovered evidence of a "skimming" script designed to steal financial data from online payment forms.

BA said it was unable to comment.

A very similar attack, by a group dubbed Magecart, affected the Ticketmaster website recently, which RiskIQ said it also analysed in depth.

The company said the code found on the BA site was very similar, but appeared to have been modified to suit the way the airline's site had been designed.

"This particular skimmer is very much attuned to how British Airway's payment page is set up, which tells us that the attackers carefully considered how to target this site instead of blindly injecting the regular Magecart skimmer," the researcher wrote in a report on the findings.

"The infrastructure used in this attack was set up with British Airways in mind and purposely targeted scripts that would blend in with normal payment processing to avoid detection."

Hacks like this make use of an increasingly common phenomenon, in which large websites embed multiple pieces of code from other sources or third-party suppliers.

Such code may be needed to do specific jobs, such as authorise a payment or present ads to the user. But malicious code can be slipped in instead - this is known as a supply chain attack.

In BA's case, hackers stole names, email addresses and credit card details - including the long number, expiry date and the three-digit CVV security code.

"As this is a criminal investigation, we are unable to comment on speculation," said BA in a statement.

A spokesman for the UK's National Crime Agency said it was aware of the RiskIQ report but would not be commenting at this time.

Data grab

RiskIQ said the malicious script consisted of just 22 lines of code. It worked by grabbing data from BA's online payment form and then sending it to the hackers' server once a customer hit the "submit" button.

The cyber-security firm added that the attackers had apparently been able to gather data from mobile app users as well because the same script was found loaded into the app on a page describing government taxes and carrier charges.

"The page [in the app] is built with the same... components as the real website, meaning design and functionality-wise, it's a total match," the RiskIQ report noted.


Media captionBritish Airways' chairman and CEO says affected customers will be 100% compensated

RiskIQ recommended that BA customers affected by the breach get a new debit or credit card from their bank.

The firm pointed out that whoever was behind the attack had apparently decided to target specific brands and that more breaches of a similar nature were likely.

"There is a very clear emerging risk where the weakest link in payment processes is being actively targeted," cyber-security expert Kevin Beaumont told the BBC.

"And that weakest link in the chain is often by placing older systems or third-party code into the payment chain."

Andrew Dwyer, a cyber-security researcher at the University of Oxford added that the attackers appeared to have gone to "extraordinary lengths" to tailor their code to the BA site.

According to RiskIQ, they also acquired a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate - which suggests to web browsers, not always accurately, that a web page is safe to use.

If this was indeed how the attack worked, he added, there are ways of preventing third-party code taking data from sensitive web pages.

"BA should have been able to see this," he told the BBC.

seth Posted on September 11, 2018 15:26

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One of the World’s Wealthiest Football Clubs is Launching a Cryptocurrency.

French soccer giant Paris Saint-Germain football club (PSG) will launch its own cryptocurrency with a token offering that aims to incentivize its supporters over a blockchain.

The development sees a new partnership between top French Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and blockchain company which is based in Malta. The partnership is based on the ‘socios’ concept that already exists between football fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

PSG plays in the highest tier of France’s soccer league and has been hailed as the country’s “most popular” team. The club is owned and bankrolled by a Qatar state investment firm and holds the record for the highest transfer fee paid with the $263 million purchase of Brazilian football star Neymar from Barcelona in 2017.

Socios describes itself as a digitized, tokenized form of the “Socios” crowd-management concept of Real Madrid & FC Barcelona — “socios” means member or associate in Spanish. The platform is powered by a sports blockchain venture dubbed chiliZ, which has the backing of high profile crypto industry players that include crypto exchange Binance. chiliZ has raised $66 million in funding to date, according to sources.

Speaking exclusively to CCN, Chilliz CEO Alex Dreyfus explained that the platform was looking forward to further collaboration with other top soccer clubs.

“We are focusing on onboarding the biggest clubs in Europe and in the coming weeks, we will announce other big clubs who will also be joining our platform. Outside of France, our priority is clubs in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany.”

PSG’s partnership with the platform will allow the club to launch a Fan Token Offering (FTO) that gives fans access to branded Saint German club tokens which come with voting rights and can also confer VIP status and/or rewards to their holders.

Fans will reportedly be able to vote on “cosmetic” decisions (choosing the club’s jersey color, stadium music and logo) and certain sports aspects (MVP, Player of the Match or Month, friendlies matches, summer tours, charity line-ups, etc).

Dreyfus noted that the strategy represents a limited token mechanism, which does not tokenize the club’s existing corporate structure but is focused on incentivizing and monetizing fan engagement and experiences via crypto. Marc Armstrong, Chief Partnership Officer of PS further elaborated:

“Paris Saint-Germain is determined to leverage the opportunities that cryptocurrency can provide. This revolutionary technology will have an important impact on the club’s overall business strategy and the way we engage with our fanbase”, he added.

Saint Germain fan tokens will reportedly be tradable on the marketplace, but only against the chiliZ native token ($CHZ). The club’s FTO will reportedly take place before the start of the coming soccer season, although the exact date and token pricing are yet to be revealed.

Dreyfus said that while PSG is the first high-profile club to join the initiative, the platform ultimately aims to engage “hundreds of millions” of soccer fans of multiple high caliber soccer clubs worldwide. Dreyfus said that the platform will help engage and educate a major demographic about blockchain and crypto.

Dreyfus is a familiar figure in the Malta Blockchain scene having already brought a number of crypto companies to Malta including Binance. He is also involved in the Malta Blockchain Campus that is currently under construction in the burgeoning town of Sliema and which aims to bring together crypto and blockchain companies under one roof.…a-cryptocurrency/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 15:20

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La Liga, Barcelona & Girona ask Spanish FA for US game permission.

Barcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the US.

The game, Girona's 'home' match, would be held at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.

A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed.

RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, Uefa and Concacaf need to give permission for the game to go ahead.

Luis Rubiales, the president of the RFEF, has previously spoken outagainst the US game.

The Spanish players' union (AFE) have also been opposed to the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players will have the "final say".

La Liga, Spain's top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.

Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles north east of Barcelona. The club say the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 14:14

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DKB apologises for poor performance at Glo Laffta Fest

Sunday night can be described as one of the worst for comedian DKB as he failed to shine at the second edition of Glo’s Laffta Fest, which took place at the Fantasy Dome, Trade Fair in Accra. 

The King of GH comedy as DKB calls himself could not crack the ribs of the audience for the over 20 minutes he was on stage.

DKB spoke about the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari answering questions with questions and the fact that Africa is poor and would like to be born in America in his next life. But all the jokes he shared did not impress the audience and some of the patrons started booing him.

DKB then asked what he had done and then apologised for not lifting up his game on the night.

“It is not every day that your jokes land well and I accept the fact that I didn’t do well, better luck for me next time,” he stated. He received a standing ovation for speaking the truth.

Foster Romanus, who had a torrid time at the maiden Laffta Fest returned to prove himself and this time around, he was able to get some people laughing.

He told jokes about how whites treat everything with passion to the extent that they are willing to die for each other but that cannot happen with blacks among others. 

After some more jokes, he asked the audience to get on their feet as he wanted to do magic. 

After succeeding in getting almost everyone on their feet, he said he had told himself he would receive a standing ovation at the end of his performance and had succeeded in doing so.

Although some of the jokes the Nigerian comedians told were not new, the manner in which they were delivered still elicited laughter from the audience.

Dan D Humurous who was the best comedian on the night had everyone laughing throughout his 30 minutes performance.

A joke he told about Nigerian men loving business to the extent that they would sell fire extinguisher in hell to make money got everyone laughing.

Basket Mouth did incredibly well although his time on stage was quite short. A joke he shared about fetish priest asking for things they know you will definitely not get it got people laughing.

Other acts that passed through on the night were Gordons, Khemical, Senator, Salvador and some underground comedians.

Hosted by Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker and Nigerian actress, Ebube Nwagbo, the Glo Laffta Fest was well patronised with patrons having a great time.

joshua Posted on September 11, 2018 13:46

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Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 12:55

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Crypto Exchanges are Evading China’s Ban by Changing Domain Names.

Despite the rise in control measures over cryptocurrency trading, observers are almost certain that Chinese investors will continually skirt the ban, which makes it nearly impossible for authorities to shut down trading entirely, per reports from South China Morning Post (SCMP.) and

SCMP references an earlier story published on the Shanghai Securities Times which reported that trading authorities were beefing up controls and their monitoring by blocking all access to 124 foreign crypto exchanges that provide trading services to Chinese investors. This move has had little to no effect as traders continue to use virtual private networks (VPNs) tools to access foreign exchanges, as well as leveraging Tether (USDT) for exchanging cryptocurrency for fiat currency and vice versa.

The Chinese government has been anti-crypto for a while but the most significant resistance against the industry dates back to early 2017 where Beijing began its crackdown on the domestic cryptocurrency ecosystem. These exchanges continue to circumvent the ban, reinventing them using new domain names under foreign identities which allows them trade to the locals.

Industry enthusiasts and investors claim that it would be difficult for regulators to completely block access as long as the trading platform servers remain outside China; transactions are conducted peer-to-peer and stay decentralized, as is common with crypto trading. The experts also believe the short-term consequences of this may be a temporary decrease in trading interest among novice cryptocurrency investors. And then subsequently, access to foreign exchange platform may be limited.

SCMP quoted a source close to one of the foreign exchanges who said regulators have the “technical ability to shut down VPNs” but there are currently no visible restrictions on using VPNs in China—which is a loophole for potential traders to access exchange platforms.

Earlier this year in March, state-run media outlet People’s Daily criticized crypto media outlets, claiming they were manipulating the cryptocurrency markets. Six months after, WeChat blocked cryptocurrency and blockchain media accounts in China claiming the accounts were found to violate the messaging apps regulations. For fear of being caught napping by regulators, Alipay and WeChat Pay said they would work with regulatory bodies in China to monitor and prohibit cryptocurrency transactions on their platforms.:…ing-domain-names/

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 11, 2018 12:04

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'AMERICA'S DARKEST DAY' See newspaper headlines from around the world 24 hours after 9/11.

The day after the September 11 attacks, newspapers around the world reacted by capturing sadness, shock, and horror. These are the front pages people woke up to on September 12, 2001.

  • Tuesday is the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • The day after the attacks, newspapers around the world reacted by capturing the sadness, shock, and horror people felt.
  • We compiled front pages from American and international newspapers to show what people woke up to on September 12, 2001.

The September 11 terrorist attacks happened on this day 17 years ago.

For many people, the attacks were the biggest news story of their lifetimes. Just about everyone who experienced it can remember where they were when they heard of the attacks.

People who remember that day also remember the following morning, when newspapers around the world captured the horror, shock, and sadness people felt.

The Newseum, a museum in Washington, DC, that chronicles the history of media, archived more than 100 newspapers from September 12, 2001, the day after the attacks. The front pages of these newspapers, bearing headlines like "ACT OF WAR" and "AMERICA'S DARKEST DAY," underscore the impact the attacks had on the American psyche.

Here is what newspapers looked like the day after September 11, 2001.

The New York Times


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The New York Post


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The New York Daily News


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USA Today


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The Atlanta Constitution


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The Detroit Free Press


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Seattle Post-Intelligencer


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Canada's The Globe and Mail


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London's The Daily Telegraph


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London's The Times


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Melbourne's Herald Sun

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Migrant crisis: Scores drown off Libyan coast.

More than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month, an aid agency says.

According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) two rubber boats set off on 1 September, but one of the vessels deflated and sank.

The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km (62 miles) to the south-east of the capital Tripoli.

MSF says the group is now being held in "arbitrary detention".

The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by MSF for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel.

Over 1,500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Many more have been rescued, although Italy, a primary destination for migrants travelling from Libya, has recently started to refuse entry to migrant ships.

Concerns remain for those who are returned to Libya by the country's Coast Guard, with reports emerging late last year of sub-Saharan African migrants being kidnapped for ransom or sold as slaves in the northern African country.

khojho Posted on September 11, 2018 09:45

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Uefa plans third European club competition.

Real Madrid won the Champions League in May 2018

Uefa plans to introduce a third European club competition alongside the Champions League and Europa League from 2021.

Head of the European Club Association, Andrea Agnelli, said "the green light has been given", pending approval.

He did not give any more details on how the tournament would be organised or when it would be staged.

Agnelli, who is also chairman of Italian champions Juventus, said: "The current model needs modernising."

Speaking at the annual general assembly of the ECA in Croatia, he added: "A detailed assessment of the existing international match calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024."

khojho Posted on September 11, 2018 09:39

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Modric deserved UEFA Player of the Year ahead of 'marketed' Ronaldo - Ramos

Sergio Ramos insists that Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric deserved to win the UEFA Player of the Year award ahead of those with "more marketing", such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric's win sparked controversy in Italy, with Ronaldo's representative, Jorge Mendes, blasting the snub as "ridiculous and shameful".

However, Ramos believes that Modric, who played a key role in the club's Champions League victory, deserved the award over the Portuguese.

Indeed, the midfielder's performances at the World Cup seemed to back up UEFA's decision, the ex-Tottenham midfielder guiding his Croatia side to their first ever final, where they lost to France.

Portugal, meanwhile, fell to Uruguay in the Round of 16.

"There are few players that I am as proud of having in my team as [Modric]," said Ramos, per the Daily Mail.

"He is a great friend and a great player. He is one of the few players who [if he wins] would make me as happy as if they had given it to me."

Ramos also appeared to take a dig at Ronaldo in claiming that Modric is more unassuming than the Juve striker, who has yet to score a goal in Serie A.


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Canada ends search for missing German star Daniel Küblböck

A search has been called off for a German pop singer who went missing from a cruise ship off Canada's Atlantic coast.

A spokesman for Aida Cruises, which operates the AidaLuna vessel, said it suspected Daniel Küblböck, 33, had jumped overboard on Sunday morning.

The ship was heading towards St John's, Newfoundland, at the time.

The AidaLuna stopped and returned to where the incident happened following a cabin search.

The case has now been handed over to police as a missing person file.

The Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement that the "difficult decision" was taken to end the search on Monday morning "given the short survivability time due to the temperature of the water at this time of year".

Coast guard vessels and military aircraft were deployed to assist in the search for the missing man.

The search was focused on a region about 200 km (125 miles) north of St John's.

An eyewitness quoted by Bild newspaper supported the report that Mr Küblböck, who was travelling alone, had jumped from a deck.

The cruise ship was on a 16-day trip, leaving Hamburg, Germany, on 29 August. It is scheduled to arrive in New York on 14 September.

Aida Cruises said on Twitter that "our thoughts with the family of the missing".

Mr Küblböck came to fame as a contestant in the talent show Germany Seeks the Superstar in 2003.

He has since appeared on a number of reality television shows, including Let's Dance in 2015.

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Breaking: Winklevoss’ Gemini Launches U.S. Dollar-Pegged Cryptocurrency.

Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, has announced the creation of a USD-pegged Ethereum token that looks to supplant tether (USDT) as the stablecoin of choice among bitcoin traders.

Gemini Launches Tether Competitor

Announced on Monday, the Gemini dollar (GUSD) aims to become what the controversial tether token has not, a “trusted and regulated digital representation” of the U.S. dollar that can be transmitted across the blockchain and traded on cryptocurrency exchanges located throughout the world.…d-cryptocurrency

Dominic Solomon Posted on September 10, 2018 18:17

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Les Moonves, one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, leaves CBS with a net worth of $700 million.

Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman of CBS corporation, has left the company following new reports of sexual harassment and assault accusations, the network announced on Sunday. Moonves is worth an estimated $700 million and was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US.


Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman of CBS Corporation, left the company after a new wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations, the network announced Sunday night.

The New Yorker published a report Sunday detailing accusations against the media executive from six women. This came after CBS hired multiple law firms to launch an investigation against Moonves in August, after six other women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct or harassment.

Moonves was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, thanks to a compensation package of cash, restricted shares and stock options worth $57 million in 2014, Forbes reported. He's worth an estimated $700 million.

CNBC reported on Thursday that the board was considering giving him a $100 million exit package, but CBS said in its Sunday statement that Moonves would not receive any severance benefits at this time, pending the results of an independent investigation.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 14:55

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Injured Alli to Miss Switzerland match

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has withdrawn from the England squad for Tuesday's friendly against Switzerland with a minor muscle strain.

He picked up the problem in Saturday's 2-1 Nations League defeat by Spain.

The 22-year-old will be treated by his club rather than joining the squad at Leicester's King Power Stadium.

Manager Gareth Southgate had already brought in Leicester's Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray from the Under-21s and has not called up a replacement for Alli.

Ezenbie Posted on September 10, 2018 14:52

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Multichoice is cutting down jobs as DSTV faces stiff competition in South Africa and regulatory hurdles in Nigeria.

The company may cut up to 200 jobs in the shake-up process.

Multichoice is said to be cutting down jobs as the pay TV company struggles to get the hold on stiff competition in the South African market and regulatory hurdles in Nigeria.

According to Business Lives, the company may cut up to 200 jobs in the shake-up process.

The company's spokesperson said the job cut is necessary to have a “learner and remain globally competitive”.

Multichoice is having a tough time with Netflix and others

In July 2018, the African cable TV asked the South African government to ensure level playing field among pay TV operators to compete with over-the-top players.

Calvo Mawela, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa at Naspers Limited explained that Netflix is enjoying an undue advantage in the region.

Mawela admitted that viewers' habits had changed, with people wanting to watch more content online. He said the company is exploring the possibility of offering a streaming-only package in direct battle with Netflix.

Multichoice loses 41,000 subscribers, revenue down

Also, in its financial result for the year ended March 31, 2018, the company's revenue dropped drastically over the loss of high-end subscribers.

It lost 41,000 high-end subscribers who use its premium offer last year owing to threats posed by Netflix and Amazon, the online streaming giants.

Regulatory hurdles on subscription rates

In Nigeria, Multichoice is also facing consumers' hard stick on the recently increased subscription rates.

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) sued the company for violating the agreement it reached with the Nigerian government after an initial price hike in 2015.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 14:49

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China reportedly detained a man for terrorist charges after he set his watch 2 hours behind Beijing time.

The man detained was of the Uighur minority. China has one official time zone, but is so big the natural daylight schedules differ across the country. Changing clocks to "Urumqi time" to follow the natural daylight schedule of the western region of Xinjiang is seen as a form of resistance.

  • China is accused of locking 1 million people of the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority in detention centers or re-education camps in the country.
  • According to a new Human Rights Watch report, a Uighur man was detained for changing his watch to two hours behind Beijing time.
  • The man had reportedly changed his clock to Urumqi time, which follows the natural daylight schedule in the western region in Xinjiang.
  • China has just one official time zone, but is so big the natural daylight schedules differ across the country.
  • Changing clocks to "Urumqi time" is seen as a form of resistance against the Chinese government.

China detained a man of the Uighur ethnic minority because he set his watch to a different time from Beijing, Human Rights Watch has said in a new report.

The unnamed man was arrested for being a terrorist suspect and sent to a detention center in Xinjiang, western China, the nonprofit reported, citing a former detainee identified by the pseudonym Nur. The date of the arrest and detention was not clear.

The activist group's source, who was identified by the pseudonym Nur, said: "I know of a guy ... who was taken away for having set his watch to Urumqi time — they say that's what makes him suspicious for terrorism."

China justifies its surveillance and crackdown in Xinjiang as preventing terrorism, and has repeatedly accused militant Uighurs of starting terrorist attacks across the country since at least the mid-1990s.

Former detainees have detailed both physical and psychological torture in China's political camps. Recent inmates also described being forced to sing patriotic hymns in Chinese, and deprived of food if they did not comply, The New York Times reported.

Urumqi time, or Xinjiang time, is an unofficial time zone set two hours behind Beijing's.

China has one official time zone for the entire country — China Standard Time (CST) — which follows Beijing hours. But because the country is so big, Beijing is actually two hours ahead of the natural daylight schedule in Xinjiang, which is in the west.

Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, merged all of the country's time zones into one to enhance "national unity."

Setting clocks to "Urumqi time" is therefore seen as a form of resistance against the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese authorities have used various excuses to justify detaining Uighurs in recent months.

Earlier this week, authorities in Xinjiang arrested four Uighur journalists for being "two-faced," a term used to mean paying lip service to the Chinese Communist Party but privately criticizing its policies, Radio Free Asia reported.

The Chinese government has denied that internment camps exist, but have acknowledged a program of "resettlement" for people it refers to as extremists.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 08:52

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Seven people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris.

Paris has been the site of several largescale terror attacks in the last few years, though there have been no major attacks since 2015.

  • Seven people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday night.
  • The attacker is in custody, and the event is not believed to be terror related.
  • Paris has been the site of several large scale terror attacks in the last few years, although there have been no major attacks since 2015.


Seven people were injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday night.

The attack occurred around 10:45 p.m. local time when a man armed with a crowbar and a knife began attacking people in the 19th Arrondissement, northeast of Paris, according to La Parisien,

The attacker allegedly stabbed three people at the MK2 theatre near the Quai de la Loire, La Parisien reported, before two men playing petanque at a court nearby tried to disrupt the assailant by throwing a ball at him.

The attacker continued down the street, allegedly attacking several more people, including two British tourists, before police arrested him.

La Parisien said the alleged attacker is of Afghan descent.

Officials said seven people were wounded, including four with serious injuries.

There was no indication of terror, according to La Parisien, though police have not revealed a motive.

Paris has been the site of several large scale terror attacks in the last few years, though there have been no major attacks since 2015.

France has seen smaller lone-wolf attacks in recent months. In May, a Chechnyan national attacked four people in Paris with a knife, killing one and injuring four.

In June, a woman stabbed two people with a box cutter in a supermarket in Toulon. And in August, a 19-year-old Afghan Asylum seeker stabbed four people in the southwestern French town of Perigueux, injuring four.

Albert Ulebe Posted on September 10, 2018 07:53

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