a month agoMan Utd will hand Solskjaer January funds

first_imgMan Utd will hand Solskjaer January fundsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January.The Daily Mail says United put the Norwegian in charge of a rebuilding process when he was appointed full-time in March and accept that it will take time for him to turn the club’s fortunes around.They will back Solskjaer in the January transfer window if he wants to strengthen his squad again after spending nearly £150million this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James. In particular, United are in need of a striker, having allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without signing a replacement.The decision has backfired after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were injured, while teenage prospect Mason Greenwood missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impact

first_imgWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Plane that crashed in Saskatchewan left long wreckage path across ground TSB

first_imgFOND DU LAC, Sask. – Investigators say a passenger plane that crashed in northern Saskatchewan left a path of wreckage almost a quarter of a kilometre long through trees and across the ground.All 25 people on board survived, some with serious injuries, when the twin-engine ATR42-320 went down close to the Fond du Lac air strip after taking off on Wednesday night.Previous reports have said there was no explosion or fire.The Transportation Safety Board says its team of investigators has recovered the plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders.West Wind Aviation has grounded its other ATR aircraft for the time being.The board says it will continue to gather more data in the coming days and weeks and interview witnesses to determine what happened.“Investigations are complex and we take the time needed to complete a thorough investigation,” the board said in a release Friday.“It is important not to draw conclusions or speculate as to causes at this time. There are often many factors that can contribute to an accident.”First Nations chiefs say the crash demonstrates the need for upgraded runways and all-season roads in remote communities.Fond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi said his community has one of the shortest runways in northern Saskatchewan, even though the size of planes using the airstrip continue to grow.Mercredi said they could also use an all-season road so people would have a choice about whether they wanted to fly or drive.“We as leaders need to sit down with the province regarding all-season roads and upgrades to our runways,” Mercredi said.There is an ice road in the winter, but the chief said many people still fly.Chris Jobb, a vice-chief of the Prince Albert General Council, said similar concerns need to be addressed in other remote Saskatchewan communities such as Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake.— With files from CKBIlast_img read more

VIEWERS CANT RESIST SEASON 2 OF THE HANDMAIDS TALE ON BRAVO

first_img Facebook Advertisement Bravo’s #1 most watched series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, returned with a two-part Season 2 premiere event on Sunday night. The award-winning dystopian drama has unsurprisingly amassed solidarity with viewers across Canada, its return was up 3% over the Season 1 two-part premiere with total viewers, and up 15% with among A25-54.The series once again strapped viewers in and took them for a ride into a harrowing season premiere that delivered the series signature visceral punch and glimmer of hope.The 13-episode season continues next Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusting to a new way of life and the arrival of an unexpected person who disrupts the Colonies. THE HANDMAID’S TALE — “June” – Episode 201 — Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead. (Photo by:George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Season 1 of THE HANDMAID’s TALE is currently streaming on CraveTV with Season 2 episodes streaming following their debut run on Bravo. Advertisementlast_img read more

Thomson Reuters reports Q1 loss on onetime charge on financial and risk

first_imgTORONTO – Thomson Reuters Corp. reported a loss in its first quarter as it took a one-time charge related to the sale of its financial and risk business announced earlier this year.The news and information company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss attributable to shareholders amounted to US$339 million or 48 cents per share compared with a profit attributable to shareholders of $297 million or 41 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $1.38 billion, up from $1.33 billion.The loss in the most recent quarter reflected an $844-million deferred tax charge associated with the proposed sale of a 55 per cent interest in the company’s financial and risk business to a consortium led by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone.On an adjusted basis, Thomson Reuters says it earned 28 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 25 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 27 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)last_img read more

Minister says 409 injured in gas tax protests around France

first_imgPARIS — Grassroots protests over hikes in taxes on diesel fuel and gasoline have continued in France, though on a far smaller scale than the ones that paralyzed traffic around the country.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Sunday increased the number of people reported injured during Saturday’s protests to 409. He said 14 of them had serious injuries. Castaner told RTL radio 28 firefighters and member of police forces also were injured.A protester struck and killed by a car that accelerated in a panic at a roadblock in the Savoie region was the only death. French media reported on Sunday that the driver of the vehicle was handed preliminary manslaughter charges.Castaner said 157 people were detained for questioning — up from 73 reported Saturday night.Protests continued at 150 sites.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oscare Child Care closes and North Peace Cultural Centre opens new programs

first_imgBy offering this new out of school care program, the hope is to encourage youth in their studies and artistic endeavours. There will also be a French tutor available during the after school hours to help children attending Ecole Central.Over the next few weeks, NPCC will decide if there is a need for full-day programs on Pro- D days and school holidays.For more information on the out of school programs should contact the North Peace Cultural Centres office at (250)785-1992 or email; reception@npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Oscare Child Care Centre has closed their doors as of Tuesday, and the North Peace Cultural Centre was quick to make room for children by expanding on their out of school childcare programsOctober 30, 2018, the doors were officially closed at Oscare Child Care Centre yet two blocks down the street, the North Peace Cultural Centre (NPCC) has been making room and implementing programs to help accommodate children before and after school.The NPCC has offered after-school programs in specific art classes since 1992, yet in 2014 they expanded to include the first fine arts preschool in Northern B.C.last_img read more

My loved ones shouldnt suffer Varun

first_imgMumbai: Just days after reports emerged that a fanatic fan of Varun Dhawan threatened his ladylove Natasha Dalal, the actor said his near and dear ones should not be paying a price due to his celebrity status. There has been a buzz that a female fan waited for hours to meet Varun outside his residence. Since the actor was busy, he did not step out, and that made the fan so angry that she started misbehaving and uttered: “I will kill Natasha”. According to reports, when the girl refused to leave, security officials informed the local police station. Asked about the incident, Varun said: “The police has got involved in the matter, so I will refrain from speaking on the incident. Keeping that aside, I am generally saying that it is a wrong thing. My loved ones should not have to pay any price because of my celebrity status.”last_img read more

Ruby and Berlusconis Affair Moroccan Minister Unveils New Facts

first_imgCasablanca- On Monday, Mohamed Moubdie, the Moroccan Minister of Public Service and Administrative Modernization, shared controversial information with Moroccan newspaper Al Akhbar about the affair between Silvio Berlusconi and “Ruby.”Moubdie told Al Akhbar that “Ruby was not a minor when she had a sexual affair with the Italian politician.”In 2010, Berlusconi, former Prime Minister of Italy, was pronounced guilty of soliciting sex from a Moroccan nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, also known as Ruby Rubacuori, who was said to still be a minor at that time. According to Moubdie, he was the one who signed El Mahroug’s birth certificate in 1992, while he was still the president of the municipal council in Fqih Ben Saleh (200 kilometres from Casablanca). Hence, Ruby was not a minor when she had an affair with Berlusconi.According to Italian press, Berlusconi’s defense requested that investigations be carried out concerning Moubdie’s controversial statements.Souad Sbari, a former Italian lawmaker  called on the prosecutor to intervene in order to elucidate the case and retrieve the original documentation concerning Ruby’s date of birth. Sbai also demanded the Minister testify in the case.“It’s a story that should not be swept under the carpet, because Italians want to know the truth once and for all about this issue,” Sbai told the Italian media.Subsequently, the Attorney General of Milan opened investigations on 45 people suspected of perjury in their testimonials concerning Silvio Berlusconi’s affair.However, according to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Moubdie denied having shared any facts about Berlusconi’s affair with Al Akhbar. “I did not unveil any facts about the affair simply because I do not have any information about it,” the Minister said.But a recording of the interview conducted with the Minister by Moroccan journalist Bouchra Dou clearly confirms that the official stated that Ruby was not minor when she had an affair with Berlusconi.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Skeptical Football Goatslingers Manning vs Messi And The Andrew Luck Experiment

In last week’s column, I pointed out the importance of teams’ early records when trying to predict their playoff fates. This prompted a few skeptical tweets, like so:This tweeter is obviously right. The first few games of the season are predictive in part because losing games makes it harder to make the playoffs, and in part because they tell us something about the strength of the teams that lost them.That said, “Correlation is not causation” is what I like to call The Hammer to end arguments against all kinds of statistical findings. People use it to bash anything, but it’s blunt and dangerous.1Every time someone uses The Hammer on me, a puppy loses its wings.The artist and writer Randall Munroe took on The Hammer in xkcd:In the alt text of that comic, he hits the nail on the head: “Correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing ‘look over there.’”Let’s break down an example2Rookie Quarterback Watch has pretty much devolved into “How Bad Will the QBs Ahead of Rookie QBs Get Before the Rookie QBs Get to Start?” Watch.: Last week I observed that quarterbacks who (A) start more games in their rookie seasons (B) tend to have better careers. What does this observation imply?There are several possibilities:Starting rookies causes them to have better careers (A causes B).The types of rookies who are likely to have better careers are more likely to earn a rookie starting spot (B causes A).Rookies who are drafted higher are more likely to get starts, and are also more likely to have better careers (something else — call it C — causes both A and B).This is all just a coincidence and we should go home.Some combination of the above.That covers a lot of bases, but by making the observation, Nos. 1 through 3 become more likely than they were before. In this case, it’s fairly easy to establish that the relationship between A and B (rookie starts and non-rookie career AV) exists even when controlling for C (draft position).Following the observation that A and B are correlated, basically any possible state of the universe in which A and B are causally related has become more likely. For a Bayesian, determining which possibilities have seen their likelihood change the most involves consulting his prior beliefs, establishing which possibilities were the most likely before his new observation, and how likely the observation would be if each possibility were true. This leads to an updated set of beliefs about the likelihood of each scenario, which becomes the baseline for evaluating new observations, and so on.Charitably, “correlation ≠ causation” itself is a kind of limited Bayesian analysis. When people use it, they often mean simply that the “A causes B” scenario still doesn’t seem very likely to them, and thus they think other explanations are more likely. This is the case for most popular statistics examples, like the fact that lemon imports correlate negatively with highway fatality. That lemons are somehow preventing accidents is obviously ridiculous, so it doesn’t matter how strong the correlation is: It’s either a coincidence or we’re going to need other explanations.3I should note that for a true Bayesian, the odds that lemon imports actually do reduce highway fatality has still increased on the margins.But the idea that rookies playing could help them develop is not ridiculous — it’s highly debatable. After observing the relationship between rookie QB starts and career success (plus controlling for draft position), I must conclude that playing rookies is more likely to be good for their careers than I thought before, barring any other evidence. But that doesn’t mean it’s true. The alternative (or concurrent) explanation is also plausible: If coaches are good at determining which rookie QBs are actually good, and then tend to start the better ones, it’s still possible that starting them has a neutral (or even negative) effect on their careers individually. Regardless of which explanation is true, the observation remains the same: a rookie QB getting the start is good news for his prospects.Charts of the weekAaron Rodgers had his ups and downs against the Jets last week:I jest, of course. Rodgers brilliantly brought the Packers back from a 21-3 hole, but the comeback was complete by the end of the third quarter.This was Rodgers’s first-ever win after being down 15 points or more4I picked this number because it’s the smallest margin which Rodgers has never overcome, but as a separate and interesting point, I’ve found that 15-16 point margins, while technically “two scores” because they can be reached with two touchdowns plus two point conversions, actually act more like three score margins (17) than two score margins (14). against an opponent — though it was only his 12th opportunity. Here’s how he stacks up against other QBs since 2001 in comparable situations:Whoa, Peyton Manning! Forget Rodgers, Manning is the story here. But, it’s only 10 wins. Crazy things happen right? Let’s widen the scope, taking a look at all games in which a player’s team trailed by eight or more points, rather than just 15 or more:Peyton Manning is a practically Messi-esque outlier, complete with his own Cristiano Ronaldo to keep him company.Goatslinger of the weekThis was a tough week for gunslingers, as QBs who threw interceptions went 1-14, most of those games weren’t that close, and many of the interceptions were terrible. (Our nominal winner: Matt Ryan, whose three interceptions were at least all thrown downfield while his team was trailing.)So I’ve invented a new (hopefully temporary) award of ignominy: the Goatslinger.Andrew Luck, last week’s Gunslinger, is a contender for Goatslinger this week. With just 5:15 left, up seven against the Philadelphia Eagles, and already in field goal range, he threw an interception to Malcolm Jenkins. Plays like that give gamblers a bad name!But the top Goatslinger was Colin Kaepernick for his amazing effort to throw away San Francisco’s win against Chicago. He managed four turnovers (three interceptions and a fumble), three of them with his team up, including the interception up 20-14 in the fourth quarter that led to Chicago’s game-deciding touchdown.Twitter question of the week, Part 1I had two interesting questions on Twitter this week related to the timing and length of drives. First up:The answer is essentially “none,” or that there ends up being even less scoring in these scenarios. But the question is deceptively interesting. It’s also a fun vehicle for exploring the relationship between turnover rates and scoring/touchdown rates.In general, teams score more per drive when they are behind, but are also more likely to turn the ball over. I’ve broken down drives by quarter and point margin (tied, up or down 1-3 points, 4-7 points, 8-14 points, and 15 points or more) and compared how often the drives resulted in touchdowns to how often they resulted in turnovers.5To pre-empt a question I will almost certainly get despite this attempt to pre-empt it: Yes, obviously a lot more can happen on drives than just touchdowns or turnovers. For example, drives that end in field goal attempts count as neither, even though they may lead to points. This matters in situations where there’s no time for a touchdown, or where a team only cares about the three points. But we’ve excluded a lot of those situations by filtering out the last two minutes of each half. It’s also possible to do the same analysis on a points-per-drive, or even “expected points added” basis, but the results are similar. Considering the implications are the same, I prefer the symmetry and ease of interpreting touchdowns vs. turnovers. This gives us a sense of the trade-off between the two.Think of a drive when the game is tied in the first quarter as a kind of baseline: If a team starts at least 70 yards out, 15.5 percent of such drives will end in TDs, and 12.5 percent will end in turnovers. Compare that to the situation where teams are most aggressive: when they’re down 8-14 points in the fourth quarter. In those scenarios they score touchdowns 21.2 percent of the time and turn it over at a 27.5 percent clip.As teams play more aggressively, their chances of scoring go up, but so do their chances of turning the ball over. You can think of the ratio between these chances as the “price” of marginal scoring. For example, increasing your chances of scoring a touchdown by 1 percent requires increasing your chances of turning the ball over by up to 2 percent.6I should note that this exchange rate is likely skewed a little by the fact that worse teams tend to be behind more. I’m working on deskewing this to get a more exact comparison for a future project. In some situations, that’s a price you’re willing to pay (such as when you’re behind and stalled drives are pretty much just as bad), and in some it’s not.Understanding this trade-off is useful in analyzing a whole range of things in football, and my study of it is ongoing. But in the meantime, we can use our immediate findings to look at the situations our tweeter asked about and see what’s going on there.Before the half, it’s apparent that teams are extremely willing to settle for the points they have. With between one and two minutes on the clock in the second quarter, teams score touchdowns on 7 percent of their drives and turn the ball over on 12.9 percent. These are both lower than our baseline, so they’re definitely being conservative. It’s unclear what effect more aggression would have.With between one and two minutes on the clock at the end of the fourth quarter in games separated by between four and eight points, teams score touchdowns on 15.3 percent of drives, and turn the ball over on 42.1 percent of them. This is interesting because they spend a large number of turnovers on a completely average number of touchdowns. I think this reflects time pressure, but it could also suggest that true last-ditch “prevent” defenses may be pretty effective.Twitter question of the week, Part 2The simple answer is: Absolutely, a drive that eats up clock is valuable — when a team is ahead and wants to shorten the game. But shortening the game can also be useful when one team is a lot worse than the other.Imagine trading 100 drives with a team led by Peyton Manning, the Chiefs’ opponent in Week 2. Manning scores more per drive than anyone, and his accumulated points scored over 100 of them would be impossible for all but the best teams to overcome. Say the difference between your team and Manning’s was that Manning’s was one point per drive better — in a 100-drive game, your team would have to run 100 points above expectation to have a fighting chance. Statistically, that’s virtually impossible.7A team’s standard deviation on points scored over 100 drives is only 10 times the standard deviation of points scored for a single drive, so it can’t be more than 35, which would make a 100-point swing a three-standard-deviation event.But if each team got only one drive, yours would win every time it scored and Manning’s didn’t. That’s orders of magnitude more likely.This was pretty much exactly what happened with the Chiefs against the Broncos. The Chiefs had two extremely long drives in the second half: The first came at the start of the third quarter, lasted 10 minutes, and ended with a missed 37-yard field goal. The second came at the start of the fourth quarter, lasted 7:42, and ended with a Chiefs TD that drew them within four and set up a potential game-winning drive after Manning failed to score. As a result, Manning had only two meaningful possessions in the entire second half. Down 11 points, the Chiefs needed to score twice in their three possessions and have Denver score none in their two to win. Given the circumstances, those aren’t terrible odds.But let’s focus on their second drive at the very beginning of the fourth. It’s extremely risky to draw up a drive that lasts that long when down 11, as the end of the game quickly approaches. But leaving that aside, they did score a TD in a supposedly back-breaking fashion. Are such TDs any more valuable than regular TDs in similar situations?Using play-by-play data from ESPN, I looked back at all touchdown-scoring drives starting in the third quarter8I excluded the fourth quarter to minimize end-of-game effect. since 2001 in which a team was down 11-13 points at the start. I was kind of surprised by the results:The sample sizes on these aren’t very big (it’s only 107 cases total, and the most likely drive is right around the middle), but teams have won nine of 19 cases (47 percent) in which their scoring drives lasted longer than three minutes. That’s a pretty big number for being down, and it’s way higher than the 20 percent teams won after scoring on more normal drives. Why and if that’s significant, I don’t know, but it certainly leaves open the possibility that long drives like that may indicate/affect something larger.The Hacker Gods read FiveThirtyEightAs we all know, the Hacker Gods — who probably created this universe, by accident, while simulating a fourth-dimensional supernova — obviously read FiveThirtyEight. Last week they appeared to enjoy bolstering my analysis of Philip Rivers, but this week they are trying to undo me.Aaron Rodgers, whom I previously criticized for playing too conservatively (especially when behind), somehow brought the Packers back from 18 down against the Jets, earning the first 15+ point comeback victory of his career.Last week I talked up the majesty of gambling even if it risks an interception, but in Week 2 quarterbacks who threw one or more interceptions went 1-14.The only INT-throwing QB to win was Nick Foles against the Colts, but he won in part because inaugural Gunslinger of the Week Andrew Luck basically gave the game away by throwing his own INT with his team up seven and in field goal range in the fourth (suffice to say, that is a terrible spot to gamble).Experimental chart of the weekInspired by the Aaron Rodgers comeback, I asked on Twitter who people would want leading their team if it was down 15 or more points. Andrew Luck won the straw poll by a landslide with 47 percent of the votes, versus 20 percent for Peyton Manning. (Turnout was poor.9Only 15 votes total.)From the Charts of the Week above, this might seem pretty silly. For the most part, it is: Manning has won a higher percentage of games in which he has been down by 15 points than Luck, over a lot more games, even though it seems Luck has been on a tear for a couple of years. Impressive, but Manning has been down 15 much less often than Luck.This chart plots the percentage of 15-point comeback opportunities won vs. how often those opportunities have come up. I’ve also represented the total number of games, the number of comeback opportunities, and the number of successful comebacks as concentric circles, and plotted like so:Manning is even more impressive relative to Brady/Rodgers, but Luck managing to win in 3 of just 13 tries despite being on a team that ends up in that spot 36 percent of the time isn’t too shabby (the other data point near Luck at 20 percent is Matthew Stafford). If he can keep that up for another decade or so, he might just be a worthy successor to Manning.Most empirically significant game of Week 3If I could only watch one game, obviously it would be the Broncos/Seahawks Super Bowl rematch. But there is probably nothing that could happen in that game that would surprise me.Minnesota at New Orleans, on the other hand, holds some mystery. It may have even more empirical effect on Peyton Manning’s legacy than Manning’s own game: Every game that Matt Cassel bombs is more evidence that Bill Belichick has more to do with Tom Brady’s success than Tom Brady (because then it’s more likely that Cassel’s/Brady’s success in New England was because of Belichick), that Randy Moss is likely responsible for much of Brady’s (and Cassel’s) statistical accomplishment, and thus that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of this generation.Charts by Reuben Fischer-BaumCORRECTION (Sept. 18, 1:50 p.m.): This article originally misstated the time and recipient of Andrew Luck’s interception in the Colts’ game against the Eagles. Luck threw the interception with 5:15, not 5:32, left in the fourth quarter and Malcolm Jenkins, not Rahim Moore, intercepted it. read more

UCSD ranked among top 100 research institutions in the US

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, June 20, 2019 UCSD ranked among top 100 research institutions in the US SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – UC San Diego is one of the top 10 universities in the country for research output and fourth among the country’s public universities, according to rankings released Thursday by the Nature Index.The index, a research database run by the scientific journal Nature, released its annual list of the top 500 universities and institutions for scientific research around the world. The list considered research articles published during 2018 in the 82 scientific journals in the Nature Index archive.UCSD ranked ninth among U.S. research institutions and sat behind UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan and UCLA among public universities in the U.S. Harvard University ranked second overall and first among U.S. research institutions, while the Chinese Academy of Sciences topped the list.“Our culture of experimentation and fresh thinking allow our exceptional faculty and scholars to conduct high volumes of transformative research, which has a global impact,” said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “UC San Diego is a unique place where fresh ideas are translated into solutions to benefit society.”U.S. universities accounted for roughly 150 entries on the list, the most of any country in the world. Chinese universities totaled nearly 100 entries on the list while the United Kingdom and Germany also had several dozen entries.The 2019 ranking is a step back for UCSD, which ranked 18th overall on Nature Index’s 2018 list. UCSD also ranked seventh among all U.S. research institutions in 2018 and third among public universities behind UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. Posted: June 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 76 Beta released with focus on security cloud

first_imgRed Hat has rolled out their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 beta in their goal of becoming the cloud powerhouse. This release focuses on security and compliance, automation, and cloud deployment features. Linux security improvements As far as Linux based security is considered, some improvements made include: GnuTLS library with Hardware Security Module (HSM) support Strengthened OpenSSL for mainframes Enhancements to the nftables firewall Integration of Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) to provide a safer mechanism for monitoring Linux kernel activity Hybrid cloud deployment-related changes Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 has introduced a variety of cloud deployment improvements. Red Hat’s Paul Cormier considers the hybrid cloud to be the default technology choice. “Enterprises want the best answers to meet their specific needs, regardless of whether that’s through the public cloud or on bare metal in their own datacenter.” For starters, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 uses Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 hardware modules to enable Network Bound Disk Encryption (NBDE). This provides two layers of security features for hybrid cloud operations: The network-based mechanism works in the cloud, On-premises TPM helps to keep information on disks more secure. They have also introduced Podman, a part of Red Hat’s lightweight container toolkit. It adds enterprise-grade security features to containers. Podman complements Buildah and Skopeo by enabling users to run, build, and share containers using the command line interface. It can also work with CRI-O, a lightweight Kubernetes containers runtime. Management and Automation The latest beta version also adds enhancements to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Web Console including: Showing available updates on the system summary pages. Automatic configuration of single sign-on for identity management, helping to simplify this task for security administrators. An interface to control firewall services. These are just a select few updates. For a more detailed coverage, go through the release notes available on the Red Hat Blog. Read Next Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 (RHEL 7.5) now generally available. What RedHat and others announced at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018. RedHat and others launch Istio 1.0 service mesh for microservices.last_img read more

Middle Easts largest aquarium now in Oman

first_imgBuilt inside the Mall of Muscat, the aquarium is first of its kind in Oman and the largest in the Middle East covering 8,000 sq m of the mall and spanning three floors. The Oman aquarium opened doors to visitors in April showcasing around 1,000 types of Omani fishes and 30,000 marine animals including sharks, lobsters, turtles, rays, local corals, penguins and crocodiles.The main tank has a walk-through tunnel for visitors to get an up-close and personal look at the variety of fishes inside. The ticket is priced at OMR 8.5 for adults and OMR 6.5 for children.In addition to the newly launched aquarium, the Mall of Muscat also has recreational city (Fabi Land), cinema complex with 14 lounges, more than 200 retail outlets and soon to open Snow Park.last_img read more

Middle East service provider Ooredoo Oman has tapp

first_imgMiddle East service provider Ooredoo Oman has tapped TV technology outfit Netgem to provide a new multiscreen TV service.The deal is Netgem’s first in the Middle East. The company has made its platform available in Arabic with support from local content providers and technical partners.The Netgem-powered multiscreen TV-as-a-service will enable Ooredoo Oman to offer its customers a range of programming, including English and Arabic channels, and VOD services. A connected user interface will give Ooredoo’s customers the ability to enjoy access to the content across multiple devices.Sylvain ThevenotSylvain Thevenot, managing director, Netgem #TelcoTV Services, said: “We are very proud to support the launch of Ooredoo Oman TV with our feature-rich TV product offering a great range of international and local content. This is the first deployment of our TV-as-a-Service solution in the Middle-East, and reinforces that our cloud-based technology is the platform of choice to rapidly launch powerful entertainment services. With our award-winning user interface now adapted to support mixed Arabic and European content, we are looking forward to further deployments in the region.’’Johan Buse, chief commercial officer at Ooredoo, said, “We are very excited to unveil Ooredoo TV, which is powered by Netgem, and give consumers in Oman a simple and seamless way to stream their favourite content direct to their mobile phones. This is a step change in the way people access TV content and we are happy to be at the forefront of a new digital experience.”last_img read more

It appears that Fridays price rally in all precio

first_imgIt appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et alIt was a pretty quiet day price wise all over Planet Earth on Monday.  Gold traded mostly within a five dollar price range.However, gross volume was very heavy, which is no surprise as we head into the final few days of roll-overs out of the December contract.  Everybody with a December futures contract that isn’t standing for physical delivery has to be out by the end of the trading day on Wednesday at the latest.Gold closed at $1,749.40 spot…down $2.50 from Friday’s close.  Once again there was no follow-through from Friday’s big up day…and I’ll have much more on this in ‘The Wrap’ further down.  Gross volume was 247,000 contracts, but once the roll-overs were subtracted out, the net volume was light at only 84,000 contracts or so.It was almost the same story in silver, except there was somewhat more ‘volatility in the silver price…and the attempted rally at the Comex open ran into the usual not-for-profit crooks.Silver closed at $34.18 spot…up a whole nickel from Friday’s close.  Gross volume was monstrous at 106,000 contracts, but netted out it was only around 26,500 contracts.The dollar index did virtually nothing on Monday, although it began to weaken a bit starting at 3:00 p.m. in New York trading, where it fell 20 basis points down to the 80.05 mark…and then rallied a hair into the close.  The index finished at 80.13…down a mere 8 basis points from Friday.  Nothing to see here.Here’s the 2-day dollar index chart.  It includes the 6:00 p.m. Sunday night open in New York.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…hit their nadir around 10:30 a.m. in New York, which was gold’s low price tick…and then rallied a bit from there.  But shortly before 2:00 p.m. a rally with some legs ensued…and most of the day’s losses were eliminated by the 4:00 p.m. Eastern time equity market close.  The HUI finished down a tiny 0.17%.The silver stocks didn’t go quite as well as the gold stocks, even though the price finished in the black.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.82%.(Click on image to enlarge)As expected the CME Daily Delivery Report wasn’t much, as the November delivery month is virtually over.  It showed that 9 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV.It was a different story over at the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 400,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 690,125 troy ounces of silver on Friday…and shipped 157,945 troy ounces out the door.  Virtually all of the action was at Scotia Mocatta…and the link to that activity is here.Because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the Commitment of Traders Report was delayed until yesterday…and I was shocked at what it showed.In silver, the Commercial net short position increased by a very chunky 4,225 contracts…or 21.1 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 275.9 million ounces. On a net basis, the ‘big 4’ short holders are short more than 44.0% of the entire Comex futures market in silver…263 million ounces worth, almost the size of the entire Commercial net short position.Ted Butler says that JPMorgan Chase holds 34.0 percentage points of that total on its own…so it’s a good bet that Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta holds the lion’s share of the remaining 10 percentage points.  It’s my opinion that there are only two big shorts that matter…and these are them.But, just to keep piling it on, the ‘5 through 8’ big short holders are short another 8.9 percentage points.  However, in the grand scheme of things, the positions of the  ‘5 through 8’ traders…plus the smallest two traders in the ‘Big 4’ category…are immaterial, as they can only possible hold a percentage point or two of the short position apiece.  On a net basis, the ‘Big 8’ are short 52.9% of the entire Comex silver market…and JPMorgan chase is short 34 percentage points of that amount all by itself.In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by 11,269 contracts, or 1.13 million ounces.  The Commercial net short position in gold now sits at 23.61 million ounces.  The ‘Big 4’ are short 14.94 million ounces of gold, which represents 34.3% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 5.59 million ounces of gold, or 12.9% of the entire Comex futures market on a ‘net’ basis.  Adding this up, the ‘Big 8’ are short about 47.2% of the entire futures market in gold…and that’s a minimum number.Here are a few sentences I stole from silver analyst Ted Butler‘s short Monday commentary to his clients regarding yesterday’s COT Report…“By my calculations, JPMorgan is holding a net short position of 35,000 contracts in COMEX silver futures, one of their largest short positions ever, as of the latest COT. That’s the equivalent of 175 million oz. Because there was also a large increase in spread positions in the Disaggregated COT report, JPM’s market share is now up to 34% of the entire short side of the COMEX silver futures market. While I am stating this as factually as possible, it almost qualifies as being unbelievable.”Nothing free market about this.  If you want a visual and historic representation of the COT reports going back about 16 year…these linked interactive charts show the short and long term trends for all COT categories, which are visible at a glance.  For gold the link is here…and for silver the link is here.Yesterday’s COT Report snapshot of the ‘big 4’ and ‘big 8’ short-side traders comes in this excellent graph of “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” as provided by Nick Laird.(Click on image to enlarge)It’s my belief that almost the entire red bar in silver is made up of the short positions of JPMorgan and Scotiabank/Scotia Mocatta.  As I said before, the short positions of the other six traders in the ‘8 or less’ category…are immaterial.Reader E.W.F…who was kind enough to send out a full set of charts from that data contained in the Disaggregated COT Report…sent me this table of numbers, along with the following comments…“The silver top 4 net short position hasn’t been this large since September 28, 2010.  Silver open interest hasn’t been this high since November 9, 2010.  The current silver COT structure is remarkably similar to the COT structure seen in late 2010 when the silver price started to spike.”Without doubt, we’re probably beyond those 2010 numbers at this point already, as the deterioration on Friday was shocking…and I’ll have more on that in ‘The Wrap’.Since it’s my Tuesday column, I have more than the usual number of stories for you today…and I’ll happily leave the final edit up to you.There are only two  mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. – BuddhaI was disappointed, but not entirely surprised by the fact that there was no follow-through price action to the upside on Monday, after Friday’s big day in all four precious metals.  What did surprise me was the monstrous increase in the preliminary open interest numbers for both gold and silver that were posted on the CME’s website early Saturday morning.  I was expecting/hoping that there would be some major reduction when the final numbers were posted late Monday morning Eastern time…but there wasn’t.  There were almost no changes at all.It appears that Friday’s price rally in all precious metals was met with massive short selling by JPMorgan Chase et al…as there is no other explanation for such a big increase in open interest.  The bullion banks, led by JPM…are going short against all comers.I mentioned in my closing comments about yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report that we have probably already exceeded the October 2010 figures for open interest, Commercial net short position…and short positions for the big 4 and big 8 that reader EWF showed in his table of numbers just above the ‘Critical Reads’ section above.  As Ted Butler correctly pointed out in his COT commentary yesterday, all will be revealed with this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  Based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be ugly.At the moment, the final roll-overs out of the December delivery month are in progress…and it should be all wrapped up by the close of trading tomorrow.Today is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, so most of the roll-over data will be in it.Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts.  Yes, the rallies on Friday show that we’ve broken nicely above the 50-day moving averages in both metals.  Can we go higher from here?  Absolutely, but based on the COT data, we’re much closer to a top then a bottom…and unless JPMorgan Chase et al get over run, or puts their hands in their pockets and do nothing as this rally progresses, or start buying back part of their massive short position…this rally will end the same as every other rally…in tears.  We’ve seen this picture many times before.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)In overnight trading, gross volume is decent in gold…and very heavy in silver.  But once the roll-overs are removed, volumes sink to fumes and vapour.  I expect this situation to continue for the rest of the Tuesday session.   The prices of both metals aren’t doing much of anything…and the dollar index is still hanging in just above the 80.00 level…and is up about 14 basis points from Monday’s New York close.Unless something comes out of left field during the next four days, I’m not expecting a lot of price fireworks until after the December contract goes off the board.  Once we get into next week, then we’ll see what the lay of the land is when we have Friday’s COT Report under our belts.That’s more than enough for one day…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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Does the Feds official ending of its policy of fo

first_imgDoes the Fed’s official ending of its policy of forward guidance matter to savers? Absolutely. Jim Rickards recently published an excellent article detailing how the Fed’s protective guidance allowed “banks to make excess profits to restore the capital they lost in the 2008 crash.” Rickards chronicles the failure of various Federal Reserve schemes and confirms what many of us, including yours truly, already suspected: As can be seen from this history, the entire process of forward guidance has been an elaborate farce in which markets and investors have played their assigned roles. Federal Reserve officials have told me privately that they have no idea what they are doing—something they never say publicly. They simply try some policy as a kind of experiment. It if appears to work, they may do more of it. If it appears to fail, they promptly abandon it. The biggest mistake investors can make is to believe the Fed knows what they are doing—they don’t. The whole mess reminds me of a familiar tale, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. It took a child to point out what everyone could see: “But he has nothing on!” Whispers ran through the town until the townspeople all finally echoed the child, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” The Fed is naked and we all know it. But the consequences of its folly go far beyond embarrassment. Banks are doing just fine; savers, not so much. While the Fed has strongly hinted that it will raise rates, market predictions of when that will happen keep getting pushed back. Interpreting the Fed’s published statements has become a running joke. Like a naked emperor, most of the options for income investors in this environment ain’t pretty. But Money Forever Portfolio has unearthed a portfolio of rare gems designed to provide income and capital protection no matter what the next Fed experiment turns out to be.last_img read more

Air Malta pilots should stop excess demands – MHRA

first_imgThe Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) are asking Air Malta pilots to be reasonable and stop their excessive demands to the government as in their opinion it is becoming “a serious threat” to the whole of AirMalta, MHRA members and well as the economy in general.In a press release on Tuesday, the MHRA also added that the asked €700,000 guaranteed pension for every pilot is unreasonable, and is urging The Airline Pilots Association – Malta (ALPA) “to be part of what could be an aviation success story and help grow AirMalta”.Updated (3): Air Malta flights will be delayed as of midnight on MondayMHRA also feel that excessive demands may lead to Air Malta facing the same demise as other airlines around the world which have gone bankrupt such as Iceland’s WOW Airlines, as according to them only the most effective airlines with the lowest costs will survive in this fiercely competitive aviation market.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Everyone Is Talking About WikiLeaks Massive CIA Data Dump Heres Whats Going

first_img Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. Everyone Is Talking About WikiLeaks’ Massive CIA Data Dump — Here’s What’s Going On –shares Image credit: Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite via BI 6 min read Add to Queue Kif Leswingcenter_img Security Register Now » March 8, 2017 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a large cache of documents that it said are from the CIA that relate to its hacking tools. An intelligence source confirmed to The Wall Street Journal some of the contents of the documents.The files seem explosive at first glance. Internal CIA files are rarely seen, and WikiLeaks has used them to claim that the agency has “lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal.”Image credit: WikiLeaksBut some of the claims that WikiLeaks presented along with the documents have been criticized by security researchers as being exaggerated or overblown. WikiLeaks has claimed that secure messaging apps have been broken and that the CIA can hack into iPhones, which have widely been seen as a more secure choice than Android phones.Although the documents themselves are a rare and fascinating possible look into the CIA, there isn’t much in there that should worry people for now, security researchers and professionals told Business Insider.Here’s what you need to know as an iPhone or iPad user about the WikiLeaks “Vault 7” dump.1. False: The CIA was able to break into Signal and WhatsApp.Apps like Signal and WhatsApp are commonly cited as secure messaging apps, meaning the government, companies or hackers can’t intercept messages in transit and read them.That’s what security professionals call “end-to-end encryption.”If the CIA were able to break into Signal, as several outlets and commentators have claimed, that would be a big deal. Even WikiLeaks is phrasing its claims to make it sound as if this is the case.The good news is that there is no evidence in the WikiLeaks dump that suggests the math that keeps messages secure — called “crypto” — that’s behind either WhatsApp or Signal has been broken, as suggested by WikiLeaks.Instead, the claim is more fundamental. If the CIA were able to hack into an end user’s iPhone or Android device, then Signal’s crypto wouldn’t matter. The CIA would be able to read what users are seeing and sending before it was encrypted by the software.If your computer or operating system, such as iOS, is already compromised, it doesn’t matter how secure your messaging system is.Basically, the CIA “has some expensive, targeted ways to hack phones, and if your phone is hacked, well, your apps won’t save you,” Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times contributor and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, told Business Insider.The CIA/Wikileaks story today is about getting malware onto phones, none of the exploits are in Signal or break Signal Protocol encryption.— Open Whisper Systems (@whispersystems) March 7, 2017Signal’s underlying technology remains secure, it says.”End-to-end encryption has pushed intelligence agencies away from undetected and unfettered mass surveillance to where they have to use high-risk and targeted attacks,” Moxie Marlinspike, the creator of Signal, told New York Magazine.Strafach said, “WikiLeaks has an interest in getting big hype for their leaks, obviously, so it blurs what is and is not a concern.”2. The CIA did not release a tool that can hack an up-to-date iPhone.Although WikiLeaks claims the CIA has exploits that can work on iPhones, the tools and code needed to implement those hacks was not included in the document release, according to Strafach and other security experts.”I do not believe any iOS user running iOS 10+ has any cause for concern” stemming from the WikiLeaks files, Strafach said.The documents refer to iOS exploits — commonly called “zero days,” or bugs that have not been publicly found — but they tend to be threads and hints about a working exploit instead of what’s needed to verify the CIA’s capabilities. And many of the exploits in the leaked files have already been found and squashed.”While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue to work rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” an Apple representative said in a statement.What WikiLeaks is claiming the CIA can do is scary — basically, that by using expensive undiscovered bugs, it could take over a target’s phone if it got them to click on a link or another attack vector.Using exploits, hackers can “make [a phone] appear to be off when it’s really on, and enable your microphone, and be able to listen to conversations you’re having with other people,” Kevin Mitnick, an exploit vendor and well-known hacker, told Business Insider last month.Strafach said that, after perusing the WikiLeaks files, “if you are an average iOS user and you are worried about a malicious party downloading this leak and using information from it to hack your iOS device, you can rest easy.”This is not possible from what has currently been released,” he said.Strafach said that much of the files seem to show tools that do “not appear to be incredibly ‘production-ready'” and are experimental in nature. Many of the files released look like a small team’s work on experimentation and R&D and resemble how iPhone jailbreakers and small security companies put together research and internal wikis, he said.”I can’t rule out that there is not a single live vulnerability at all mentioned, but I at least have been able to ascertain that this leak does not have anything which can pose a threat to an everyday user,” he said.3. WikiLeaks hasn’t published everything it has.WikiLeaks said that it removed code and other parts of its leaked data that could be used by hackers. But it has said that Tuesday’s dump is the first of many — it’s possible that WikiLeaks is planning to publish exploit code in the future.But that might end up being a good thing for iPhone and iPad users, because when an exploit becomes public, it gets patched by Apple and other big tech companies. Once it’s patched, hackers and organizations like the CIA can’t use them anymore.Apple pays up to $200,000 for a working iOS exploit. Mitnick said the going rate for an iOS exploit can be up to $1,500,000.If any exploits are revealed by the WikiLeaks files, it’s possible that it just made millions of dollars of CIA software useless. The CIA “have to use these [attacks] very carefully,” Marlinspike told New York Magazine. “Every time they use one, there’s a chance it’ll be detected, which costs millions of dollars to them.”For maximum security, you should update to the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad in Settings > General > Software Update. Contributing Writerlast_img read more

Microsoft Sells GoogleBashing Mugs TShirts on its Website

first_img Microsoft Sells Google-Bashing Mugs, T-Shirts on its Website Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Taking its year-long campaign against Google to the next level, Microsoft has begun selling “Scroogled”-branded merchandise on its website.The software giant’s online store features a variety of anti-Google merchandise, from t-shirts to hoodies to mugs. Like the Scroogled ads on TV, the descriptions about each item are centered around the idea that Google is exploiting users’ private information. For instance, a $7.99 mug that features the phrase “Keep Calm While We Steal Your Data” – and is already sold out – boasts this description: “Put 15-ounces of your favorite beverage into this stoneware mug to let the world know that even though Google is trying to make money on almost every aspect of your digital life, you’re still calm. And fully caffeinated.”Related: Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Search for New Microsoft CEOThen there’s this biting description of an $11.99 Scroogled t-shirt: “Gulled. Humbugged. Buffaloed. Wire-tapped. Extorted. Sold out. Chicaned. Fleeced. Scammed. Conned. Surveilled. Double-dealt. Ensnared. Suckered. Sandbagged. Gossiped. Scandalmongered. Flimflammed. Skullduggered. Bamboozled. Hornswoggled. Beguiled. Cheated. Fooled. Double-crossed. Defrauded. Hoodwinked. Swindled. Duped. They’re all just synonyms for being Scroogled – and you can get them all on this American Apparel 50/50 t-shirt.”A rep for Microsoft told Ad Age the merchandise is not an aim to make money, but to give consumers a way to express their feelings about Google’s privacy practices.The items, which range from $7.99 to $25.99, include free shipping and free returns, according to the website.Related: Microsoft Axes Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Employee-Ranking System  Lyneka Little November 21, 2013 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more