Ban on several social media sites lifted

Social media sites Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber were banned while YouTube was also restricted. The President was expected to lift the ban late last week but he said he had changed his mind after misinformation continued to spread on Facebook.The Government has now warned that stern action will be taken against anyone spreading false news on social media or promoting hate among communities. (Colombo Gazette) The ban was imposed as social media was used to spread misinformation and promote hate following the Easter Sunday attacks. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has lifted the ban on several social media sites on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.The ban was imposed following the Easter Sunday attacks in which over 250 people were killed. read more

Joint project to study human rights situation throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights are teaming up in a project to analyze the human rights situation in 48 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Working with national experts, their team of development and human rights specialists will gather information on civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights at the grassroots level – including such issues as women’s equality, worker’s rights and equal access to public services. The aim is to promote dialogue on human rights and development among national and international decision-makers, and to help shape new policies.“This project is an encouraging example for the successful implementation of the human rights-based approach to development, and it is my sincere hope that more projects will follow,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Its findings promise to empower civil society, increase public awareness, and enhance transparency and accountability in government, as well as the country’s ability to prepare reports required by human rights treaty bodies.The initiative represents the first such survey in the country, and the first the partners are implementing together. It is part of a larger process aimed at helping countries incorporate human rights considerations into long-term development strategies. read more

Annan hails agreement on new Constitution for Afghanistan

“The Secretary-General was very pleased to learn today of the Constitutional Loya Jirga’s agreement on Afghanistan’s new Constitution,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement, which congratulated participating delegates for completing the “difficult and complex” process.The original draft of the text was subject to extensive public debate among Afghans, and the Secretary-General today hailed the “historic achievement” as evidence of their determination to establish a stable and democratic State.He also urged global support for the effort. “This is another important step in the peace process that justifies the commitment of the Afghan people and the international community to date and which must be sustained, if not increased,” he said.Mr. Annan said he was gratified that the UN had been able to contribute to the accomplishment, and commended his Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, “for the vital role he has played.”Since October 2001, Ambassador Brahimi has been serving as the senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, with overall authority for the Organization’s humanitarian, human rights and political work in the country.A former Foreign Minister of Algeria with extensive diplomatic experience, Mr. Brahimi previously carried out a number of UN assignments, including serving as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan from July 1997 until October 1999. read more

UNArab League envoy urges speedy resolution to end bloodshed in Syria

US Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns, arrives for talks on seeking a political solution. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi speaks to journalists following the meeting. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and his Deputy, Nasser Al-Kidwa (left), prior to the meeting. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail L. Bogdanov, arrives for talks on seeking a political solution. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré ‹ › “We are all very, very deeply aware of the immense suffering of the Syrian people which has gone for far too long and we all stressed the need for a speedy end to the bloodshed, to the destruction, and all forms of violence in Syria,” Mr. Brahimi said in Geneva. He was addressing reporters following a second round of talks with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, and the United States Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns. The envoy has been engaged in meetings in the region and elsewhere, as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the Syrian conflict. “In our view, there is no military solution for this conflict,” Mr. Brahimi said, adding that Mr. Bogdanov and Mr. Burns had agreed during their talks today on the necessity to reach a political solution based on the so-called Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012, which, among other items, calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition. “As you know a key element of that communiqué is the governing body which should exercise full executive powers during its existence, and we agree that full executive powers means all the powers of the State,” Mr. Brahimi said. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month. Mr. Brahimi said he would continue to engage with all Syrian parties, as well as other stakeholders in the region and internationally. The Joint Special Representative is scheduled to brief the Security Council later this month on his consultations with the Syrian Government and representatives of the opposition. The 15-member body has so far been unable to reach agreement on a course of action in relation to the conflict in Syria. “There is an absolute necessity for people to continue to work for a peaceful solution,” he said adding that “it is the wider international community, but especially the members of the Security Council that can really create the opening that is necessary to start effectively solving the problem.” The Geneva communiqué was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the so-called Action Group for Syria and lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in the Middle Eastern country. The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League. On the humanitarian front, according to UN estimates, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country quadrupled between March 2012 and December 2012, from one million to four million. UN humanitarian aid planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013, with most of these located in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. read more

Somalia amid unstable security UN warns of growing humanitarian crisis

“I condemn last night’s appalling terrorist attack against innocent civilians in Mogadishu resulting in numerous casualties,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.For decades, Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and the recent spread of religious fanaticism in the guise of Al-Shabaab has only added to the beleaguered country’s woes. In 2012, new Somali national institutions emerged as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Meanwhile, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been pursuing a renewed offensive against Al-Shabaab insurgents, who in 2011 were forced to retreat from the capital, Mogadishu.The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which Mr. Kay leads, was established in 2013 by the UN Security Council. It is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance.“The use of such indiscriminate tactics against the Somali people is a cruel and despicable crime. I commend the swift response of Somalia’s security and medical staff. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice swiftly,” added Mr. Kay.At the same time, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, voiced extreme concern over the unfolding humanitarian crisis in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia where numerous communities remain “desperately” in need of water, food and healthcare. “The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up,” Mr. Lazzarini said in a press statement. “We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.”The humanitarian coordinator noted that aid workers could reach affected areas despite the numerous challenges and persisting insecurity but urged the international community to drastically ramp up its financial assistance for the country.“Despite competing crises in the world today, not responding to the humanitarian situation in Somalia is not an option,” Mr. Lazzarini continued. “Critical funding is needed today to expand operations. Funding pipelines for food security, nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene services must be increased without delay.” read more

Weekly football predictions Week 2

Last year, Quinn Pitcock took home the title belt after dominating the competition in the first season of Lantern weekly picks. This year, Pitcock is seeking to defend his title, and his performance in Week 1 will certainly help. Pitcock and Justin Zwick – who finished third in the standings last year – finished a perfect 3-0 last week, thanks to Boise State’s late comeback win against Virginia Tech. The rest of the field limped to a 1-2 start. Each competitor was asked to predict the winners of four marquee matchups this week. Can Pitcock and Zwick keep their records unblemished? THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 11 Miami @ No. 2 Ohio State Michigan @ Notre Dame No. 18 Penn State @ No. 1 Alabama No. 17 Florida State @ No. 10 Oklahoma Dallas Lauderdale Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma Justin Zwick Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Florida State James Laurinaitis Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma Quinn Pitcock Last week/Overall: 3-0 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State Zack Meisel Last week/Overall: 1-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State read more

Graphite is the name of the game

first_imgThere is a great deal of news on graphite projects in the latest issue of International Mining Project News, the 257th edition. There are updates on some nine prefeasibility studies, two feasibility studies, 26 projects in development, nine mines that have gone into production five operations in expansion, over a dozen in acquisitions and mergers and many new appointments to new positions. IMPN is published every fortnight, in which a great deal of detail (all the latest news) is provided on each project – contact for subscription detailsAmong the operations just going into production are Asanko Gold’s Asanko gold mine (which declared commercial production in April) in Ghana, and already looking to expand. Mining is underway at West Wits Mining’s Sol Plaatjies gold project within the Soweto Cluster prospecting right area, Johannesburg, South Africa. Ore from Premier Gold Mines’ 40%-owned South Arturo mine is now being processed at Barrick’s Goldstrike mine processing facility. South Arturo is located in the Carlin Trend, Nevada and is a joint venture between Premier and Barrick Gold Corp’s wholly-owned subsidiary Barrick Gold Exploration with Barrick as operator. The mine was developed on-time and on-budget. Initial gold production is expected to ramp up during Q3-2016 with attributable gold production to Premier estimated at 80,000 oz during the current calendar year. At Blackham Resources’ 5.1 Moz Matilda gold project commissioning is underway. Mining of ore at the Matilda M10 pit has commenced and underground development at the high grade Golden Age orebody is progressing well.Avenira Ltd announces that Gadde Bissik Phosphates Operations SUARL, a Senegalese subsidiary of Avenira, has signed an additional export rock phosphate supply agreement. This offtake agreement is with Polyserve Import Export and Trade, with Baobab rock phosphate product destined for downstream phosphate fertiliser producers. This agreement adds to the offtake agreements announced in July, lifting the combined commitment to between 360,000 and 480,000 t/y. On August 4, Avenira advised that it had started commissioning at Baobab. The company’s strategy to develop the project is based on an initial Stage 1 operation producing 500,000 t/y of phosphate concentrate. Production of tin concentrate has commenced at Aus Tin Mining Ltd’s Granville tin project in Tasmania, elevating the company to only the second tin producer listed on the ASX. This milestone occurs against the back drop of an improving tin price (currently $18,270/t) and declining global tin stocks. It is anticipated that cash flow from Granville will be employed to advance the Company’s suite of projects, including the Taronga tin project in NSW and Mt Cobalt in Queensland.At Orinoco Gold’s flagship 70%-owned Cascavel gold mine, seen in the picture, in central Brazil, plant commissioning is nearing completion and the ramp-up of commercial gold production is about to commence. This is the subject of the Operations Focus in the September magazine issue of International Mining.last_img read more

Free Mobile Xavier Niel et Eric Besson sexpliquent sur Twitter

first_imgFree Mobile: Xavier Niel et Eric Besson s’expliquent sur TwitterXavier Niel, PDG de Free et Eric Besson ont communiqué sur Twitter au sujet d’un différend entre Free et le gouvernement. Le patron de Free, Xavier Niel, a interpellé le ministre de l’Industrie à la suite d’une demande adressée au régulateur des Télécoms. Eric Besson, le ministre en charge de la Nouvelle économie avait demandé à l’Arcep de de vérifier l’état du réseau Free Mobile.Xavier Niel a réagi à cette demande depuis son compte Twitter et a posté le message suivant : “3 semaines sans action sur la portabilité cela fait des 100aines de milliers d’abo[nnements] en attente d’une [carte] SIM : agissez plus, parlez moins !”. Le patron de Free Mobile a par ailleurs ajouté le site de micro-blogging : “au Ministre de faire son job: agir dans l’intérêt du consommateur en imposant le respect de la loi (porta en 3j / desimlockage immédiat)”. Enfin, un dernier tweet contenant quelques sous-entendus : “Free a fait son job: des centaines de milliers d’abo libérés et ravis, qui ont divisé leur facture, sur un réseau qui fonctionne.”Le ministre de l’Industrie, Eric Besson, également utilisateur de Twitter a répondu sur le même site : “je le fais, Xavier. Nous en reparlerons”. Il précise ensuite “Free suite et fin. Ai évidemment donné mon accord pour que l’ANFR apporte son appui à l’ARCEP. Laissons la travailler maintenant”. Dimanche, le cabinet du ministre a témoigné son soutien à Free Mobile et Xavier Niel ne s’est pas manifesté depuis… sur Twitter ! Le 30 janvier 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Green Street Academy Hopes to Bring Change to West Baltimore

first_imgStudents of Green Street Academy attend the opening ceremony of the charter school and listen to speakers. (Courtesy Photo)In an auditorium full of students wearing bright green ties and white shirts with the logo of the newly opened charter school, Green Street Academy, there is a reminder of resiliency in the West Baltimore community.Representative Elijah Cummings, the keynote speaker on Monday morning, addressed students from grades 6 to 12 about such resiliency by retelling a conversation he had with Diamond Grant, a 6th grader at the school.“She said something that really surprised me, the first thing she said, ‘I feel respected,’” he said. “Sometimes I don’t think people understand how important respect is.” Cummings pointed out that the creators of Green Street have shown how much they respect the students by making a school like GSA.The building was previously used as Gwynn Falls Park Junior High School, the same school Rep. Cummings attended as a child. It closed in 1985 and the space was bought by The Kingdom Life Church but the members only used limited areas.In 2010, the team behind Green Street Academy found the building and moved out from their previous location at North Bend Road and worked to redevelop it into an ecofriendly institution.“We operate within a space that’s going to allow us to make a really big difference for students who haven’t really reached their full potential,” Dr. Dan Schochor, the executive director, said.The school includes enough room for 875 students by 2018, with 60% of those students coming from the area, a STEM lab, certifications of certain fields of study, afterschool activities in career interests and internship opportunities, according to the website.The location can also provide an opportunity for Green Street Academy.“We need to take back our kids and let the people know that there are individuals in the community deeply invested in the future of our children,” Crystal Harden-Lindsey, the principal of GSA, said.last_img read more

Pornhub Offers Free Leaf Removal Service in Upstate New York

first_img Hate that seasonal chore of raking autumn leaves off your lawn? If you live in Dutchess County, New York, you can get (free) help from an unlikely company — Pornhub.The popular adult entertainment website announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the company wants to “blow” the lawns of Dutchess County, New York, residents for free.Pornhub wants to blow you for free!! Well, your lawn actually. If you live in Dutchess County, NY email with your contact info+proof of address and we’ll blow you…r leaves off your lawn Nov 7-9! Space is limited!— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) November 6, 2018AdChoices广告To avail of the free leaf removal service from Pornhub, all residents had to do was email the company with their contact info and a proof of address. Then, between Wednesday and Friday (November 7 to 9), a truck would arrive at their home or business and take care of clearing the leaves on their lawns.The offer is part of the campaign “Pornhub Blows America,” a partnership between the website and landscaping company Dutchess Lawns.All requests received from customers will be satisfied on a first-come, first-served basis, Jay Lotaj, CEO of Dutchess Lawns, told the Poughkeepsie Journal. For the jobs, Dutchess Lawns’ crews and vehicles will be outfitted with Pornhub’s black-and-orange logos.Pornhub will blow your leaves for free— New York Post (@nypost) November 7, 2018“This fall, Pornhub is lending a hand and offering to ‘blow’ America and remove your leaves for free. After all, we are experts when it comes to blowing and sucking. So who wants to get blown by Pornhub?” Corey Price, Pornhub’s vice president, said in a press release.Lotaj told the Poughkeepsie Journal Pornhub first reached out to him several months ago. At first, he said, he was hesitant. “Then, when I realized they were providing a free service for people up here, I thought it was a good idea,” Lotaj said. “Any time we [can] give back, we try to do it.”Lotaj said he thinks potential customers will see the humor in the situation, rather than be concerned over an association with pornography.The leaf removal campaign follows last year’s “Pornhub Plows America” campaign, which offered snow-clearing services in Boston and New York City after Winter Storm Stella.More on Site Offers Elon Musk ‘Non-Sex’ RoleAlien Sex Fetish Speaks to ‘Desire for Novelty’Sex Robot Makes Adult Film Debut Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn Stay on targetlast_img read more

Riverdales Killer Reveals a Motive and Kevin Moves into the Spotlight

first_img SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 Stay on target There’s a serial killer (kind of) on the loose, teenagers taking the law into their own hands and truly awful parenting. That’s what passes for normal on Riverdale, and that’s what last night’s episode gave us. The third episode is the first of the new season that really felt like the same show we obsessed over last winter/spring. The first had to deal with the immediate aftermath of Fred’s shooting. The second had an entire season to set up, and was still weighed down with the baggage from the first. Last night is where the season found its feet again, and the plot can move forward at the insane pace we’ve grown accustomed to.There was still plenty of set-ups for things to come, but it all served to drive the story. Jughead attends his new school, and is immediately pressured to hang out with the serpents. South Side High is pretty much every bad neighborhood school trope crammed into one building. Students have to walk through a metal detector to enter the building. There’s pointed graffiti all over the lockers (“School of LIES!”). Every kid is part of a gang, including one made up of cannibals… sure, great, you do you, Riverdale. And students are doing Pixy Stix, sorry, Jingle Jangle openly in the hall. Jughead is guided through the school by a girl named Toni Topaz, who’s also a serpent. As Jughead starts to get Southside High’s school paper going again, he recruits Toni as a photographer. The show is laying the groundwork for some kind of love triangle here. As much as we love Bughead, this kind of thing is pretty much inevitable in a teen drama.Jordan Connor as Sweet Pea, Vanessa Morgan as Toni Topaz and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Jughead’s involvement with the Serpents will continue to be an issue in his relationship with Betty. As much as he tries to distance himself from the gang and continue as a loner, he’ll always get pulled back in. That’s partly because of who his father is and partly because of how Southside High works. He stays at school late to work on a story about how Clifford Blossom was using another gang, the Ghoulies (ha!), to deal drugs locally. When it comes time to leave, he gets Grabbed by the Ghoulies and beat up. Though he lies to Betty about what happened, he starts hanging out with the Serpents for protection. There are some rocky waters ahead for Bughead.The biggest surprise of the episode is how it took the brooding, gun-buying, drug-considering Archie story from the last episode and channeled all that into something good. Good for us to watch, I mean. By any other metric, it’s a terrible idea. First, the episode did us all a favor and put an end to Archie’s constant yelling into the void. The killer (who’s really only killed one person at this point, considering Moose and Midge survived), sends a note to the Riverdale newspaper like a wannabe Zodiac. In it, he admits that he was behind Miss Grundy’s murder and the shootings. He also reveals his motive: he wants to clean Riverdale of sinners. It doesn’t explain everything, but at least it stops Archie complaining about how no one believes him. Also, I think this is the first time the show has come out and said that Miss Grundy is a child predator. Though since it comes from the words of an attempted serial killer, it’s still unclear whether the show really believes that. Riverdale, you know statutory rape isn’t cool, right? You need to show us that you understand that.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge, Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge and Cole Sprouse as Jughead (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Hiram Lodge sees Archie’s distrust of the police as something he can use to his advantage. It’s not clear exactly how yet, but he encourages Archie to come up with his own solution. That solution: A teenage vigilante squad. God, this show is amazing. Sheriff Keller raises an objection, but nobody seems to have a problem with it. Principal Weatherbee is completely on board with it as a school club, because there are only two sane adults in this town and he’s not one of them. Archie recruits the entire football team, which seems like a great idea until you remember that Reggie is the school drug dealer. And it’s not like the football team is full of moral, upstanding citizens. Organizing these guys into an authoritative mob seems like the worst idea. But Archie is so earnest and determined, it’s hard not to root for him here. Archie is at is best on this show when he’s pure-hearted and stupid. That’s this entire plot in a nutshell. And hey, they do some good here. Ethel notices she’s being stalked by a strange van, and Reggie and Archie come to her rescue. We don’t find out who was driving that van, but Ethel is safe and that is what’s important. Their video message to the killer, where they’re all shirtless and wearing red hoods, is hilarious. If there’s one image that tells you everything you need to know about Riverdale, it’s that. The group is called The Red Circle, because that’s an Archie Comics imprint and because The Red Hood is already taken.Speaking of the Lodge family, they are at full tilt crazy in this episode. Hiram is almost cartoony in his manipulation of Archie, which makes it a pleasant surprise when his “man-to-man” talk over rum turns out to be normal parent daughters boyfriend type stuff. You know, the whole “could you not sneak into my daughter’s bedroom” kind of thing. With as much as there was going on in this episode, the dinner scene was sadly rushed. Riverdale does awkward dinners so well, and the episode had all the pieces in place for a great one. Then, it just ran out of time to capitalize on any of it. We still got some great dialogue from Hermione, who has completed her heel turn at this point. I love that we just accept that this is a world where parents taunt their children over the other parent not loving them enough.Camila Mendes as Veronica and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss /The CW)Most important was Kevin Keller’s story. He didn’t have all that much to do last season, but since he came on as a series regular for this one, there’s hope for more. This is the first episode to really dive into his perspective on things. He feels dating apps make it too easy for people to misrepresent themselves, so he runs in the woods late at night looking to hook up. Yes, it puts him in considerable danger. He’s the one to find Moose and Midge after they get shot. Betty tries to convince him to stop, going so far as to accuse him of “disrespecting himself,” which is a real crappy thing to say. Thankfully, Riverdale isn’t afraid to explore Kevin’s exact reasons for cruising the woods at night. He calls out Betty for acting like he has the same options he does. It’s a small town where he’s the only out gay guy. He doesn’t get to have uncomplicated crushes and first kisses the way she can. Putting himself in danger is kind of his only option. There aren’t a lot of shows out there that will talk this honestly about that. He gets himself into a very scary situation, and for a second it looks like the show is going to kill him off. The scene even has a terrifying jump scare, that turns out to be in Kevin’s head. Thankfully, he’s able to get himself out of the woods safely, and have a surprisingly honest talk with his dad. You know, one of the two sane parents in town.  The show is adding more depth to Kevin’s character, and we can only hope it goes further from here.This is the first week where Riverdale really feels like it’s back. It’s dealt with the immediate complications of Fred Andrews’ attempted murder and built a base for the rest of the season. Now, our favorite strange, self-aware, just-trashy-enough teen soap opera can continue full steam ahead. It’s almost certainly going to take us to some insane, messed up and possibly stupid places. That’s what we signed up for, and after this episode, I’m on board for whatever this show has planned.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Azealia Banks wants to leave US

first_imgRapper Azealia Banks says she wants to leave the US because she hates “everything” about the country.The 23-year-old slammed the United States of America in an interview with Playboy Magazine in its April issue, reports“Yes! I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans,” she said, and added: “All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma-that’s really America.” Asked if there’s any person whose career she would like to emulate, Banks said: “Jay-Z. That’s the only person I have my eye set on. The race thing always comes up, but I want to get there being very black and proud and boisterous about it. You get what I mean? A lot of times when you’re a black woman and you’re proud, that’s why people don’t like you,” she said speaking to the media recently.last_img read more

Cornwall Pride might be the dreamiest LGBTI parade to attend this summer

first_imgThe Rainbow FestPhoto: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideThe Rainbow Fest is Cornwall Pride’s afternoon event. Held at the Killacourt in Newquay, it is a free event with live music from 1pm to 7pm.There will be a licensed bar area, stalls from various organizations, business and groups within Cornwall and the UK offering advice and support as well as fun games to play, face painting and more.Acts include Daisy Clark, X Factor Benji Matthews, and Joe Hurworth. Britain’s Got Talent drag queen Vicki Vivacious will be Cornwall Pride’s host for the evening.The Moonbow PartyAs the sun sets, it’s time for the afterparty… | Photo: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideCornwall Pride’s afertparty will be hosted at Tall Trees in Newquay from 8pm until 2am. The event is ticketed.The committee has teamed up with Great Western Railway and First Kernow to make sure it’s even easier to take part Cornwall Pride in Newquay this year. A fleet of free shuttle buses will operate between St. Austell and Par to offer outbound and return connections with Newquay station. All you need is your GWR train ticket.Read more about Prides:Cornwall hosted the first Pride tour in the world and the pictures are dreamy eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The longest rainbow flag and the prettiest beach, what else? | Photo: Cornwall Pride Pride Cymru has just announced its full lineup for the Big Weekend Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Newquay will celebrate its LGBTI community with the annual Cornwall Pride march, happening in one of the most stunning coastal locations of the UK. This Welsh community is hosting a Pride for the ‘small-town’ boys and girls out there Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Walking groups and floats will parade through the streets of Newquay on Saturday 25 August. The event will be family-friendly and free to attend.The most southwestern county in England already hosted a Pride tour in June, bringing a positive message of acceptance to 11 towns.Cornwall Pride is necessaryPhoto: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideEarlier this summer, however, vandals pooed on one of Newquay’s Pride rainbow benches to write a homophobic message. The disgusting incident sparked outrage and is proof of how much Pride is necessary for smaller communities.The parade on Saturday will wave the rainbow flag proudly to protest against anti-LGBTI discrimination.The gathering point is Towan Beach at 12pm. Nonetheless, marchers are advised to arrive an hour earlier to ensure the parade will start on time.The routeThe massive rainbow flag waved during Cornwall Pride Tour. | Photo: TSE Photography via Cornwall PrideStarting from Towan Beach, the parade will then head into Beach Road and Gover Lane and join Bank Street.Once in Bank Street, it will make its way through the pedestrian street and join East Street.Marchers and floats will then turn left into Bridge Road and then left again into Trebarwith Crescent and make its way to the Killacourt at 1pm.‘Onwards together’Queen drummer Roger Taylor, the patron of the event, expressed his support to the LGBTI community.‘I am indeed proud to be associated with Cornwall Pride. To me this significantly represents the fact that Cornwall is truly part of the  21st century, which must be a positive change for the better. Onwards together.’last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch again Video will play in  Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, November 15. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:49Lanes reopened on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:M6 21 to J21A North bound The Vehicles in the RTC have now been moved to the hard shoulder and all the lanes are open Slow moving traffic in the area so please plan ahead if this is your route. Police remain on scene on the H/S dealing with the RTC .”18:46A50 partially blocked due to accident near Sideway Roundabout.A50 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at A5006 (Sideway Roundabout).Near Holiday Inn Express Stoke on Trent. (Image: Inrix)18:32All traffic held on M6 NorthboundA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:J21 to J21A Northbound We have traffic held whilst we try and get the vehicles across from the Live lanes involved in the RTC Please bear with us. We will be a quick as we can to get you moving.” 18:17Three vehicle accident on M6A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Report of a 3 Vehicle RTC on the M6 J21 to J21A NB Traffic is backing up in the area. Please allow extra time if you’re heading off in this direction.” 17:40Police are investigating the attack on the supermarket cash machineMore here.16:36Weapons and drugs seized as police stop car on A34The A34 was briefly closed while police recovered a package thrown from the vehicle. More here. 15:59Slow traffic due to accident on A521Reports of slow traffic due to accident on A521 Uttoxeter Road near Tesco Express in Blythe Bridge.There are no blockages on the road as traffic is able to get past.Location of the accident (Image: Inrix)15:26One lane blocked on M6One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down van on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) and J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe).Lane one (of three) is blocked awaiting recovery. 15:03Delays on A34Reports of traffic problem and queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road Northbound between A513 Beaconside (Redhill roundabout) and Whitgreave Lane.Caller reports a traffic issue heading away from Stafford towards Stone. Awaiting further details as to the possible cause. 12:45One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked between Sandbach services and J17. 12:32Balfour Street in both directions closed due to roadworks from Ludlow Street to Waterloo Street.Until 2nd December. 12:10One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The sensors show that the break down is prior to Stafford Services. 12:10One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked. 11:33A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 11:00One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed. No camera in view. 10:03A527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 09:35A34 Northbound partially blocked, queuing traffic due to accident, a car and lorry involved at A500 (Talke Roundabout). Congestion to Brewers Fayre. On the roundabout.Just at the top of the slip road from the A500 Southbound by the entrance to Travelodge. 09:12Queuing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A520 Weston Road at A520 / B5040 / Caverswall Road (Weston Coyney Crossroads).No reported accidents however all approaches to the lights are busy. 09:03Slow traffic on A53 Leek Road in both directions around the Plough Inn. 09:02Usual slow traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 08:17Queuing traffic on A53 Southbound between A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent) and A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent).Usual delays towards Cobridge lights. 07:47Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 07:47Slow traffic on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Travel time is six minutes. 07:46Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 07:46Queuing traffic on A34 at the A51 roundabout. Congestion to the Shell Roundabout on the Southbound side. In the roadworks area.Lane closures on approach to the roundabout. Although long-term works have finished, some emergency overnight repairs have been taking place. 07:26A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:13Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:13Heavy traffic on A53 Elder Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 06:59A53 Leek New Road busy but moving at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane.06:58A50 Through The Roadworks busy but moving at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). Travel time is four minutes. Watch Next StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img TORONTO — Canada Jetlines says it is one step closer to its launch this summer after selecting Revenue Management Systems, Inc. (RMS) as its Revenue Management Platform.RMS’s airRM tool features groundbreaking tools that integrate and display critical information from multiple sources, enabling airlines to make better and more profitable decisions. It operates in real-time, giving Jetlines the ability to shift and react based on market influences or any other variable in the market.“With price being one of the most important aspects of our model, airRM was a natural choice based on their state-of-the-art platform,” said Jordi Porcel, Chief Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience Officer. “It will allow us to identify and leverage revenue opportunities and have tight control on our pricing while staying nimble. It is important to us, and to our future passengers, that we can offer the right fare for each seat on every flight.”CEO Javier Suarez added: “This marks another important commercial milestone needed as we get closer to launching operations this coming summer. Maximizing our revenue and load factors is critical to the commercial department.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterRMS is owned by Accelya, a leading provider of technology products and services to over 400 travel carriers around the world. Travelweek Group Share Jetlines announces RPM deal ahead of potential summer 2019 launch Tuesday, January 15, 2019 center_img Posted by Tags: Canada Jetlines, Jetlines, RMS << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_img5. Catch the sunset while cruising Manila BayThe sunset at Manila Bay is one of the most common tourist attractions in Manila throughout the years. Whether or not you are a hopeless romantic, the experience becomes more memorable while enjoying a set dinner on a cruise ship or renting your own yacht. 6. Ride the jeepney (dyipni)You see buses and trains in many places around the globe; but only in the Philippines will you see and experience riding a dyipni. Say “bayad po” to pass your fare until it reaches the driver or his assistant, and “para” when you’re about to alight. 9. Chomp down exotic street food like balut and isawAside from the infamous balut (one-day old chick), different types of street food are available to whet (or challenge) your pallet: ‘isaw’ (pork or chicken intestines), ‘betamax’ (pork blood), ‘adidas’ (chicken feet), ‘helmet’ (chicken head), and the list goes on. You have to be careful where to buy them though. For a great isaw experience, check out Mang Larry’s which is found across the International Center in the UP Diliman Campus. 10. Go under at Manila Ocean Park Wondering what to do in Manila when it’s raining? The Ocean Park is an all-weather activity that’s bound to take you to another world – go on an ‘aquanaut’ voyage with an oxygen supply under the water, become a real mermaid for a few hours or simply pet the sharks and stingrays as you walk around the park. Rather not get wet? Check out the fish spa or jellies exhibit to enjoy the underwater environment without donning a space helmet. Opening Hours: 10am-8pmTickets: Tickets start at 590PHP to visit the jellies, aquarium, sea lions, sharks and rays. Tours and packages are also available for different experiences.Address: 666, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000 2. Pay homage to our national hero at Rizal ParkThis iconic park, also known as Luneta, has been the site of many public executions during the Spanish era, including those of the three Filipino priests collectively known as Gomburza—Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora—and the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Hence, it is where the Rizal Monument was erected. Across historic shrine is the marble marker designated as the country’s Kilometer Zero.Opening Hours: 5am-9pm dailyTickets: Free to enterAddress: Roxas Blvd Ermita, Barangay 666 Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila 7. Embark on a Binondo food tripManila has attracted many foreign traders even before the Spanish conquistadors took over the city and later granted an area, called Binondo, to the Chinese merchants. There you will find the oldest Chinatown in the world and an array of restaurants that serve affordable, mouth-watering dishes and dim sum. Walking tours are also available to help you go around the area more conveniently.Address: Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon 3. Master your haggling skills in the street marketsYes, Manila has too many malls to choose from and they’re all air-conditioned; but the real shopping adventure is in haggling in the street markets of Divisoria, Quiapo, and Baclaran. They are crowded and the weather could be extremely humid; but the experience is rewarding once you’ve found (and most likely, you will) very cheap items that match your quirks.Best street markets in Manila Diviroria MarketSan Andres fruit marketBaclaran Market 11. Visit the National Museum of the PhilippinesTake an anthropological and archaeological tour of the Philippines in this beautioful museum. It was originally meant to be a public library, designed by Ralph Harrington Doane in 1918, but it was used for legislature instead until the war. After being reconstructed post-war, the building was turned into the National Museum in 2003. Walk through the carvings, paintings and statues that illustrate the past hundred years in Filipino heritage. Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, closed on MondaysTickets: FreeAddress: 1000 Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila12. Explore Fort SantiagoThis fourteenth century fort was built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi, but in the past 500 years it’s been occupied by Brits, Americans and the Japanese. On the tour you’ll have chance to hear the story of the Filipino hero Dr Jose Rizal and walk round the battlements. Opening Hours: 8am-6pm dailyTickets: FreeAddress: Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila center_img 8. Appreciate art by visiting old Catholic churchesPhilippines is the fifth largest Catholic country in the world and there are a number of old churches found in Manila. Their architecture, murals, and different ornaments are great displays of different artistic styles. Some of the most popular ones are the Quiapo Church, Baclaran Church, San Sebastian Church and San Agustin. 4. Discover your singing prowess in a ‘videoke’ barTo say that Filipinos love to sing is an understatement. Videoke bars are very much a ‘thing’ in Manila, and you’ll have to try a few if you want to sample the nightlife. Nervous? Many offer group rooms (try out Red Box) so you can try it in the comfort of your group of friends, and a few drinks. 13. Photograph Manila CathedralThis is another key spot for learning about the Spanish inquisition in the Philippines. Whilst the Cathedral has been knocked down by war and earthquakes multiple times, to keeps being restored to it’s former glory, and you’ll usually find a wedding inside too. Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: Free to enter – you can request a tour Address: Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila 14. Bahay Tsinoy National MuseumWhilst many of the monuments and museums commemorate the Spanish influence in the Philippines, this is one of the few attractions that showcases Chinese heritage – the food, the people and the art (tsino is Filipino for Chinese). Opening Hours: 1pm-5pm, closed on MondaysTickets: 100PHP per adult, 60PH per childAddress: 32 Anda St, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila15. Have fun at Star CityThis is where to go with the kids in manila – it’s a theme park full of dungeons, rollercoasters, classic carousels and children’s rides. Snow World is an excellent way to escape Manila’s heat, and they have plenty of food options on site too. Try to visit on a weekday though, as it’s a popular destination for school trips on the weekend. Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday 4pm-11.30pm, Wednesday-Thursday 3pm-11.30pm, Friday-Sunday 2pm-11.30pmTickets: 70PHP entrance, 390PHP for 3 rides. The ride-all-you-can ticket is 450PHP, and presents good value for the amount of time you’ll spend in there.Address: Vicente Sotto St, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Search for cheap flights to Manila1. Enlist in a walking tour of IntramurosThis historic walled city was once the core of the Spanish and American governments during their colonial reign in the Philippines. After getting ruined during World War II, efforts to rehabilitate the area began in the 1950s. You may simply walk around the area or ride a horse-drawn kalesa to explore this oldest district of Manila; but enlisting in a walking tour with a professional guide can save you time and give you a better perspective of the history and culture of the city.Where to find a walking tour in Manila: Contact Celdran for a walking tour of candy and carriage rides. How to get to ManilaThere are direct flights to Manila from London, but this is the only airport in the U.K with direct flights. If you’re flying from Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bournemouth or any other major U.K city, you may connect via London or another European city. Search for cheap flights to ManilaWhere to stay on a city break in ManilaIf you’re looking for a hostel:The MNL Boutique Hotel is one of the best hostels we’ve seen in Asia, and it’s in the heart of Makati – the place to stay for nightlife in Manila. If you’re looking for a hotel:The A Venue Hotel has a full-service spa and indoor pool. If you’re looking for luxury:The I’M Hotel has amazing views of Poblacion, beautifully designed suites and 5-star service.Search for hotels in Manila Looking for cheap flights to Manila? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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But Monnahan and his co-authors say this wont affect the populations stability.S. has a new bold gambit to shake things up: A pizza with a pigs-in-a-blanket crust The Hot Dog Bites Pizza as its been dubbed is a large one-topping pizza that comes equipped with hot dog bites baked directly into the crust Its served with Frenchs mustard and costs $1199 The new foodstuff will be available starting on Thursday June 18 "Pizza Hut has created the perfect combination for American taste buds" the company trumpets in a news release A slightly different variation of the Hot Dog Bites Pizza was available in international markets before it found its way stateside Still Pizza Hut is up against the trends: Americans have been increasingly turning away from fast food and opting instead for healthier fare This isnt the only Frankenstein-like food creation by a big brand in recent days Dunkin Donuts announced a combination donut and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie product in May This article originally appeared on Fortunecom Contact us at editors@timecom the themes drawn out in Hulu’s masterful adaptation did not suddenly become relevant after the election Fred Jalloh died last week mere hours after the WHO declaration The sequel finds the Bellas graduating college and introduces some new faces Russia watchers say PeruBrendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty ImagesrussiaVladimir Putin: The TroublemakerMassimo CalabresiJan 05 2017Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been a night owl holding meetings into the early hours of the morning He’s also the proprietor of several Twitter accounts So it’s possible that early Moscow time on Jan 4 2017 he saw the following tweet from President-elect Donald Trump pop up on his screen complaining about an apparent delay in the release of the US intelligence report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election: "The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday perhaps more time needed to build a case Very strange"At that moment as it happens the final highly classified report sat printed and ready in the office of the principal intelligence analyst overseeing the investigation And neither Putin nor Trump was going to like the conclusion The document represented the consensus opinion of the heads of the US intelligence community the National Security Agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security that Putin had engaged in a broad intentional influence operation against the November vote according to several senior intelligence and Administration officialsRelatedCongressMatthew Whitaker’s Appointment Is the First Big Test for House DemocratsCongressMatthew Whitaker’s Appointment Is the First Big Test for House DemocratsThe evidence contained in the report was so highly classified that not even the analyst’s assistant would be allowed to package it for hand delivery across the river to President Barack Obama at the White House the following day Three separate versions were to be distributed over the coming days: one top-secret highly restricted version that included signals intelligence and other sources and methods; a less classified document for Congress and agency officials; and a third declassified version for release to the public And once those findings became public say the senior intelligence and Administration officials a whole new round of political recriminations would ensueIn fact the slowdown in the report’s release was the result of the White House trying to manage the inevitable fallout Obama was scheduled for a meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill the next day His staff suggested to the intelligence community that subjecting the President to questions from Democrats about whether the Russians swayed the election and why it had taken Obama so long to counter the cyberattack would fuel partisanship around the issue according to several Administration officials familiar with the requestIt is already clear that the hack of the 2016 presidential election may have been one of the great espionage capers in memory By breaking into and then releasing at key moments in the campaign emails from the Democratic National Committee Russia caught the US political and national-security world flat-footed deploying a new asymmetric weapon against an old enemy Putin’s plot flummoxed the Obama Administration in its final months as it struggled to learn how to fight influence operations in cyberspace While there is no evidence that votes were altered the steady stream of embarrassing revelations from the emails put Hillary Clinton into a defensive crouch And in a razor-thin election there are many Americans who believe with some justification that Putin helped Trump winWhat makes it even better for Putin is the election meddling caps an extraordinary two-year string of military and diplomatic victories that leaves him in a strong position as the new President enters office In Eastern Europe Putin turned a losing hand in Ukraine into a territorial grab of Crimea He has helped fund the rise of nationalist parties in Western Europe and benefited from the resulting weakening of the European Union In the Middle East he has deployed his forces to Syria to save a beleaguered Cold War ally and emerged with newfound influence throughout the regionFor all that Russia remains a troubled country With a thinly stretched military anemic economy and fewer and fewer friends Putin’s urgent task is to figure out how to play his lucky streak into more lasting benefits Which makes the coming debate about the election hacking even more complicated: Putin may have found in Trump a President-elect willing to overlook behavior America has long opposed in favor of a new partnership But Putin cannot yet be sure On one hand Trump often talks a softer line on Moscow On the other he has hard-line stances on the Middle East and nuclear weapons that could threaten Russia’s interests "All we have are some vague sentiments that Trump has expressed during the political campaign and since the election" says Thomas Graham a top Russia adviser to Republican Presidents who has been mentioned as a possible ambassador to Moscow "but you’ve got to translate that into concrete policy"One of Washington’s worst-kept secrets last fall was that the Obama Administration was struggling with good reason over how to respond to Russia’s meddling in the US election Russia seemed most interested in sowing discord and confusion If Obama weighed in with accusations and penalties in the heat of the campaign he would run the risk of adding to the chaos On the other hand leaving the interference unchallenged seemed tantamount to acquiescence–more important it ran the risk of letting it affect the outcomeRelatedDonald J TrumpPutin and President Trump: Smiles and a Thumbs Up at Paris World War I CommemorationDonald J TrumpPutin and President Trump: Smiles and a Thumbs Up at Paris World War I CommemorationObama himself was most worried that Putin might disrupt the actual vote as he has been accused of doing in other countries by meddling with the tally or making it harder to cast ballots In September Obama asked Mike Rogers who runs the NSA to make sure the US knew about and stopped any effort at disruption But the NSA found little evidence Putin could actually affect the counting of the vote "We knew they were probing state and local election systems" says one senior Administration official "But our experts couldn’t figure out how they would use what they were doing to screw with the election because the voting systems in the country are so decentralized"Some White House and intelligence officials now say the NSA’s actions combined with personal warnings from Obama and others forestalled this avenue of attack In fact in retrospect it appears Putin was focused more on psychological operations The most visible aspect of the operation was the theft and publication of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and from the Democratic National and Congressional Campaign committees Released through WikiLeaks and other websites that investigators concluded have links to Russian agents of military intelligence some emails proved not just damaging to Clinton but disruptive to her campaign From late July through Election Day when the leaks abruptly stopped Clinton faced a constant barrage of new often inconsequential revelations that competed with her campaign agenda Some drove away potential supporters As she accepted her party’s nomination in late July Democratic backers of her primary opponent Bernie Sanders shouted "Liar" while others held a banner reading WikiLeaksOne enduring mystery of Putin’s influence operation is what other methods the Russian intelligence services deployed Senior intelligence and White House officials believe the Russians also disseminated fake news stories through automated spam programs and social-media "troll farms" to spread disinformation during the campaign In recent years Russia has been accused of using these methods to undermine elections and advance its political agendas in Eastern and Western Europe America’s fragmented media landscape may have allowed Putin to "amplify people’s existing political dispositions and feed conspiracy theorists" allowing Putin’s "ability to influence people to increase dramatically" says the senior Administration officialPutin plays this game with some natural advantages Cyberattacks are designed by nature to be secret and hard to trace For that reason even after the unclassified report is released skeptics–including defenders of WikiLeaks Trump and Russia–will be able to cast doubt on its conclusions In addition Putin is an autocrat who spent most of his early career in the KGB That means he can deploy all his government’s espionage tools in unison taking a "whole of government" approach to influence operations says Bob Anderson who headed the FBI’s Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch until January 2016 "What he does better than every other leader is he leverages all of his assets" says AndersonWhich helps explain why even now the US government doesn’t know exactly how far inside the Russian government the hacking operation went Tracing the network of fake-news sites and troll farms to figure out if they were in concert with Putin’s operation back to Russia is an effort that is only getting under way Admits a senior Administration official: "We have not as a government yet exhaustively mapped out the wiring diagram of the Russian cyberinfrastructure designed to conduct hacking or propaganda operations against the West"But uncovering the links wouldn’t necessarily make Putin’s operation easier to fight By September the intelligence community had produced a list of "a few dozen" Russian entities involved in clandestine cyberoperations so that sanctions experts at the State Department could begin working out how to penalize Russia if the President wanted to take action Over time the US government narrowed the list to three entities the intelligence community had concluded were "indisputably" linked to Russian military intelligence (GRU) which the US spies believed was the main organization behind the influence operationRelatedCongress’Protecting Mueller Is Paramount’ Lawmakers Respond to Jeff Sessions’ FiringCongress’Protecting Mueller Is Paramount’ Lawmakers Respond to Jeff Sessions’ FiringIn late December the US publicly identified the three companies The largest–STLC Ltd Special Technology Center–is an independent company based in St Petersburg that has been identified in Russian state-backed news outlets as working directly for the intelligence services of Russia The US said STLC had provided signals intelligence and operational assistance to the GRU The second was a small technical firm called Zorsecurity that the US believed provided research and development to the GRU The last was another small firm called ANO PO KSI which the US had concluded provided training to the GRUBut holding Russia publicly accountable in a way that wouldn’t help Putin was hard First off it took the intelligence community weeks to figure out how to phrase a public accusation in a way that wouldn’t expose its own secret methods for tracking the hacking operation back to Moscow "They needed to figure out how they could describe things without revealing sources and methods" says the senior Administration officialAnd then there was the question of whether identifying the bad guys would do the Russians’ dirty work for them The FBI had already been accused of siding with Trump over Clinton by investigating her use of a private email server If one of Putin’s goals was to make the entire American democratic process look corrupt rigged and untrustworthy calling out a foreign meddling operation that was benefiting Trump with only four weeks to go before the vote wasn’t going to decrease accusations of politicizationObama’s top national-security advisers held several meetings to grapple with these issues the final two on Oct 3 and Oct 5 At first no one objected to publicly naming Russia as long as the spooks were comfortable with the language But at the second meeting FBI Director Jim Comey appeared to hesitate He said he wasn’t sure the statement was the right thing to do and worried it would look as if the Administration was putting its thumb on the scale of the election (A senior Administration official calls it ironic that Comey would express concern about politicizing investigations just three weeks before his bombshell letter to Congress that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation) But in the end Comey didn’t object strongly enough to prevent the identification of Russia on Oct 7As for actually punishing Russia for its behavior that was fraught too "There was general agreement with the President’s calculation that our taking action three or four weeks before the election beyond attribution would turn this into a massive political thing" says the senior Administration official And even if he had wanted to Obama didn’t have the power A year earlier Obama had issued an Executive Order allowing him to respond to cyberattacks on things like banks and electrical systems but it had no provision for attacks against an election or using cyber means to influence one It would take weeks to draft the language necessary to amend the order Democrats remain furious at Obama for the slow response; some say it cost their party the electionBy this time the analysts tracking the Russian operation for the CIA had concluded Putin wasn’t just trying to give Western democracy a black eye say senior intelligence and Administration officials he was also trying to help Trump win White House Russian operatives had penetrated the Republican National Committee and other Republican sites and the intelligence community concluded Moscow had damaging emails on Republicans say Administration and intelligence officials But the only leaks that came out were damaging to Democrats The only Republican whose hacked emails were released was Colin Powell and they said unflattering things about Clinton RNC officials dispute they were hackedSix weeks after Trump’s victory Obama’s principals finally approved punitive measures against Putin Announced on Dec 29 they were the toughest response the US had ever taken to a cyberevent Obama targeted both the FSB and the GRU and named four top officials in the GRU and their three allied companies Obama also shut down two Russian recreational facilities that were suspiciously close to US government facilities in Washington and New York and believed to be carrying out intelligence operations And he expelled 35 Russian intelligence officers operating under cover in the US In a background call with reporters Dec 29 a senior White House official wryly said in an apparent nod to Russian eavesdropping "And for the Russian speakers among you I will wish you s novym godom (Happy New Year)"RelatedMilitaryRussian Jet Caught on Video Flying Dangerously Close to an American PlaneMilitaryRussian Jet Caught on Video Flying Dangerously Close to an American PlaneMany critics found the sanctions mild And if the US was expecting a Russian backlash Putin had a surprise in store There is an established choreography for the exposure and penalization of espionage operations which Putin as a former KGB field agent and director of the FSB the agency that succeeded the KGB has as a kind of muscle memory at this point Penalties are responded to in kind while an equivalent number of spies are expelled And at first it looked as if that was the route Moscow would take too Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Russian national television that he had recommended expelling 35 alleged US spies and closing a Western school and warehouse in Moscow Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov declared "There is no alternative here to the principle of reciprocity"Apparently there was The day after Obama’s announcement Putin said "While we reserve the right to take reciprocal measures we’re not going to downgrade ourselves" to petty spats "In our future steps on the way toward the restoration of Russia–United States relations we will proceed from the policy pursued by the [new] Administration" he said It was a bold maneuver based on a hope that in Trump Putin would find a different kind of American leaderWill he On paper Putin looks to be having a strong run He took the Crimea by force in 2014 and laid a claim to eastern Ukraine His surprise intervention in Syria not only propped up his weak ally Bashir Assad it also awed the Sunni powers like Saudi Arabia and made the US appear to be a second-class power in the region National-security officials expect him to try his cybermeddling in elections this year in France Germany and the NetherlandsDespite Putin’s recent success Russia remains vulnerable The country has been in a recession for two years and its recovery looks to be weak The success Putin had in 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