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Cricket betting racket busted in Kolkata 4 arrestedCricket betting racket busted in Kolkata 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police Thursday claimed to have busted a cricket-betting racket in the city by arresting four people and seizing over Rs 1 crore from them. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Department officers conducted raids at 12 places in the city, a senior officer said. The money was seized from four places under Burrabazar Police Station and Posta Police Station area, he said, adding that four people have been arrested so far. “Raids are still being conducted at different places under Bowbazar, Jorabagan, Burrabazar and Posta Police Station areas,” he said.last_img read more

General Assembly calls for credible probes by both sides into Gaza conflictGeneral Assembly calls for credible probes by both sides into Gaza conflict

At a meeting today in New York, 98 Member States voted in favour of a resolution on the follow-up to the report of the UN fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, and seven voted against it, with 31 abstentions. Assembly resolutions are non-binding. The four-member fact-finding mission, led by Justice Richard Goldstone, a former UN war crimes prosecutor, found that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law during the Gaza conflict. Its findings, contained in the so-called Goldstone Report, were endorsed by the Assembly in November. Earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon transmitted a follow-up report concerning the implementation of the recommendations made by the team and containing submissions from the Israeli Government, the Palestinian Authority and the Swiss Government. “International humanitarian law needs to be fully respected and civilians must be protected in all situations and circumstances,” Mr. Ban wrote. Today’s resolution reiterated that the investigations carried out by both sides must conform with “international standards into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the fact-finding mission, towards ensuring accountability and justice.” Operation ‘Cast Lead’ – the three-week military operation which Israel said it launched in response to rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza – left over 1,400 people dead, injured 5,000 others and reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble. 26 February 2010The United Nations General Assembly today called for “independent, credible” investigations by both the Israeli Government and the Palestinian side into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that started in late 2008. read more

Security Council Bangladesh takes over presidency stresses need for opennessSecurity Council Bangladesh takes over presidency stresses need for openness

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, said his goals were to “make the Council more proactive rather than reactive and to bring more transparency to the Council.” In order to promote transparency, Ambassador Chowdhury said that Council meetings would be held publicly whenever possible so that other delegates could attend and the press could follow the proceedings.During the month of June, Ambassador Chowdhury will lead a Council mission to Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. While the Council has sent teams into conflict areas in the past, this mission will mark the first one led by the President and comprised of all 15 members. “So it will be almost like a mobile Security Council,” he observed. Reviewing the schedule for the coming month, Ambassador Chowdhury noted that the Council would have to take decisions on the mandates of four UN peacekeeping operations – in Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Western Sahara and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He characterized the situation in the DRC as “complex,” but stressed that the Council was actively engaged in the matter.The Council would also continue to closely monitor the situation in the Middle East. “We’ll be in touch with the Arab Group [and] the Non-Aligned caucus in this regard, and we are advised that some requests from their side will come our way with regard to the Palestine and Middle East issue,” the President said.Concerning Afghanistan, he said the Council would meet on an expert report which proposed ways of enforcing the arms embargo against the Taliban.Another major area of concern was Burundi. “What we hear from various sources is that the situation is very delicate there,” he said. “The Council needs to send a very strong message to the parties in Burundi to exercise maximum restraint.”The presidency of the Security Council rotates each month according to the English alphabetical order. read more

Volleyball welcomes pair of Big Ten foesVolleyball welcomes pair of Big Ten foes

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (13-2) faces two Big Ten teams at home this weekend.Among the 331 Division I teams, the Buckeyes fall just short of the top 25. Competition in the Big Ten is fierce, as seven of the top 25 teams are Big Ten schools.   The team faces Wisconsin on Friday at St. John Arena. Wisconsin (5-6) is struggling at the start of its season.The Iowa Hawkeyes (9-5) make their trip to St. John Arena Saturday.Both Wisconsin and Iowa are ranked ouside of the top 25, and Iowa recently beat the Badgers 3-1. “Wisconsin is a much bigger team, but Iowa is playing well and their win over Wisconsin gave them confidence,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.  The team has been anticipating these two Big Ten matchups. Carlston recognizes that early in the season each team is still getting into its own rhythm. The Buckeyes’ goal this week has been to focus on themselves instead of what the other team is bringing to the floor.   “We just need to find our offensive balance and outplay them on the defensive side of the game,” Carlston said.  Power players this year are outside hitter junior Katie Dull and middle blocker senior Kristen Dozier.  Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Cocaine mule gets 4 years jail fined 18M for cocaine traffickingCocaine mule gets 4 years jail fined 18M for cocaine trafficking

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 years jail for Nigerian National busted with cocaine in SophiaSeptember 17, 2015In “Crime”4 years jail, $2.5M fine for cocaine swallowerNovember 25, 2015In “Crime”Duo allegedly caught in hotel with cocaine remanded to prisonNovember 17, 2015In “Crime” A 34-year-old chef who was nabbed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with over 89 cocaine pellets in his stomach was Monday sentenced to four years imprisonment topped with a $1.8 million fine.Hosanna Moses of Lot 35 Forth Street, Kingston, Georgetown made his appearance before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday and pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that between November 14 and 16, 2018, he had 888 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.File photo: Cocaine pellets retrieved from the stomach of a smugglerThe prosecution’s case, presented by Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore contended that on the day in question, the defendant was an outgoing passenger on a Suriname Airways flight destined for Miami.However, ranks from the Police Narcotics Branch intercepted the man after he was seen acting in a suspicious manner. A search was conducted on his person as well as his suitcase but no illegal substance was unearthed.Nevertheless, he was interrogated by the ranks during which he confessed to swallowing a quantity of cocaine pellets. He was taken to the GPHC where an X-Ray proved that he had the pellets lodged in his stomach.He subsequently excreted more than 89 pellets. In an application for bail, his attorney told the court that he is the only breadwinner of the family while adding that he had co-operated fully with the police during their investigations.This did not deter the magistrate from sentencing the father of one to four years in jail and the hefty fine. read more

Breaking Bad as a family drama series in 1995Breaking Bad as a family drama series in 1995

first_imgIF YOU EVER watched Party of Five, Life Goes On or 7th Heaven, this will speak volumes to you.The intro to Breaking Bad, the hard-hitting show about crystal meth and its fallout has been re-imagined as a 1995 family drama series.Bonus points for the Foreigner tune and the VHS tracking… YouTube/GoesToElevenAnd if you were a fan of ER or Law and Order… maybe this nineties Walking Dead will tickle your fancy:YouTube/GoesToElevenGames of Thrones versus Seinfeld> So you can order the crystal meth from Breaking Bad>last_img read more

I-5 interchange complete, clearing way for casino openingI-5 interchange complete, clearing way for casino opening

first_imgThe Interstate 5 interchange at Exit 16 is complete, paving the way for the opening of the Ilani Casino Resort this month.Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation directed motorists to use new ramps and a new overpass Tuesday night. Two new roundabouts bookend the overpass.The Cowlitz Indian Tribe celebrated the interchange’s opening with a blessing and song Tuesday afternoon in front of media members, local government officials and casino representatives.“Our casino will be opening soon,” Cowlitz Chairman Bill Iyall said.last_img read more

England must get used to being favorites – SouthgateEngland must get used to being favorites – Southgate

first_imgEngland national team head coach Gareth Southgate insists the team must get used to being favorites following the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw.The Three Lions have been drawn into what is considered to be the easiest group which also includes Czech Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro and Bulgaria, and widely expected to win the group.“We’re favourites, and that’s something we’ve got to start getting used to anyway,” Southgate said, according to NBC.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.”We’re going to have high expectations over the next few years, and adapting to that is probably key to our development as a team now.”“We should win the group. But if you don’t play well on any given day, you drop points and that is the reality of dealing with those sorts of matches. Nobody’s going to expect me to stand there and say it’s done already and we should just prepare for 18 months’ time.”“I think that’s where the competition for places is really important, because if our players think there’s comfort from the fixtures, then there isn’t comfort for a position in the team or in the squad. And that means that the motivation for training every day, which is what you take into your games, is really high.”last_img read more

Vehicular homicide trial of Battle Ground man 20 heads to juryVehicular homicide trial of Battle Ground man 20 heads to jury

first_imgA Clark County jury is deliberating today in the trial of a Battle Ground man accused of vehicular homicide in the 2012 death of his 17-year-old girlfriend in a traffic collision near that city.Ryan Matison, 22, is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in connection with the crash on Black Friday of that year.In closing arguments Thursday, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu alleged that Matison was recklessly driving his 1994 Toyota Corolla by speeding excessively and failing to stop at a stop sign on southbound Northeast 29th Avenue at the intersection of state Highway 502. His car collided with an eastbound 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The impact killed Matison’s girlfriend, Samantha Effingham, 17, of Woodland, who was in the Corolla’s passenger seat.The jury must decide whether Matison drove with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”Washington State Patrol Detective Jennifer Ortiz said Matison was driving 59 to 64 mph in a 40-mph zone on Northeast 29th Avenue when his Corolla entered the intersection.A couple who were driving on the road at the same time testified that Matison passed them at a high rate of speed just before the crash, and they were fearful that his vehicle would strike theirs.“He was driving down that road like a bat out of hell probably not paying attention,” Vu said Thursday. “He passed the (couple) and didn’t have time to stop at that stop sign and blew through it. … As a result, we lost a beautiful life.”last_img read more

PHOTOS Heavnly Donuts Holds Grand Reopening Founding Family Returns To WilmingtonPHOTOS Heavnly Donuts Holds Grand Reopening Founding Family Returns To Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — It was a heav’nly day indeed for the grand re-opening of Heav’nly Donuts at 579 Main Street on Tuesday. Shining sun, Romeo from Kiss 108 spinning the hits, face painted happy kids, a dancing donut mascot, and free coffee and baked goods to all made it the perfect celebration. In addition to the many area residents and businesses owners, the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and State & Town officials were on hand to perform the official ribbon cutting.Under new management, the store is now proudly owned and operated by Effie and Chris Kombouras & Jimmy and Cori Saragas.Effie and Jimmy have years of experience as their parents, George & Elaine Saragas opened the first ever Heav’nly Donuts in Methuen over 40 years ago. For the past ten years, the duo couples have continued to grow the business and now own and operate multiple locations in Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. The couples are happy to be back in town and pride themselves on delicious bakery products made from scratch, 20 flavors of brewed (no syrup) coffee, and fresh eggs.Below are photos from the event courtesy of Bella Photography: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Heav’nly Donuts To Hold Grand Reopening On June 26In “Business”NEW OWNERSHIP: Heav’nly Donuts Founders’ Son Now Running Wilmington LocationIn “Business”NATIONAL DONUT DAY: Wilmington’s Dunkin’ Donuts & Heav’nly Donuts Offering Free Donut Deal TODAY (June 7)In “Business” (NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

Delivery service speeds produce to tableDelivery service speeds produce to table

first_imgArctic Harvest delivers fresh, local produce directly from farmers in the valley to CSA members and restaurants in Anchorage. Photo: Arctic Harvest.Many restaurants around Alaska are on board with the public’s demand for locally grown foods. But getting produce from farm to table quickly can pose a challenge for busy restaurant kitchens.  That’s where one entrepreneur spotted a business opportunity.Download AudioIt’s quiet during in mid – afternoon at Spenard Roadhouse, an Anchorage restaurant popular with just about everyone. Chef Jacob Zellner has a moment away from kitchen duties to discuss what he’d like to do with tomatoes on specials he’s planning.“That can be tricky. We use several different tomatoes, but the one’s we are trying to feature .. the Heirloom tomatoes, we use twenty pounds in a couple of days. For a special, that’s pretty nice.”Spenard Roadhouse is one of the eaterys that strives to use locally grown produce in its dishes. But, the chef says, the kitchen can prepare about a thousand dinners on a Saturday night, so finding time to go shopping at farmer’s markets is not easy.So who ya gonna call when you need 20 pounds of Heirloom tomatoes fast? Kaila Byers is the one woman behind “Arctic Harvest Deliveries”.. a new concept in community supported agriculture.  That’s CSA to the uninitiated.One woman, one truck. That’s what it takes to link Matanusaka Valley produce growers to trendy restaurants in Anchorage.Byers picks up produce from up to 9 growers in the Valley .“So they are selling to me wholesale, and I am a distributor, just like any other distributor.”Then she makes same – day deliveries to more than a dozen Anchorage restaurants, selling the vegetables at retail prices.And what a delivery. Giant onions, bristling bunches of kale, string beans and kohlrabi.. tomatoes the size of your fist.  Every kind of vegetable the Valley is known for. Kitchen managers in trendy city eateries like the Beartooth and the Bridge snap them up.Byers  runs deliveries three days a week.. and alerts the restaurant kitchens to what is available beforehand. Her business, started this year, seems to be unique.Byers completed an environmental and society program at UAA. She says she didn’t necessarily want to farm, but wanted to stay in a  *related* field. Distribution seemed to be the missing link between Valley fields and city restaurants,  so Byers decided to put her efforts in creating one. She Byers  says the restaurants have been receptive to the idea.“They’re excited I think to have another avenue for getting it besides the farmer’s market, it makes it a little more convenient for them and they are able to put in an order with me for a bunch of different stuff and it comes from different farms. Yeah, they all seem pretty excited about it.”Chef Zellner says amen to that.“Using the delivery service from the Valley has been really easy for us. In the past, we have had to go to each farm individually to see what they have to offer.  But Using Kaila and Arctic Harvest Deliveries has really kind of streamlined that whole process. We’re not running to the farmers market on Saturday to find out what we can serve that night. ”And Byers says her business supports local growers in a new way.“The farmers are very supportive of me and they like that as opposed to some of the bigger distributors that are buying some other stuff, I am actually promoting local, instead of reacting to what my restaurants want, I’m saying, ‘this is all local’. I am trying to promote what is available locally, and I think the farmers really appreciate that.”With summer on the wane, leafy greens are in diminishing supply, but Byers says there’s plenty of root crops that will last through winter.“So I think I am going to try to do it through the winter, maybe down to once or twice a week, and there’ll be potatoes, cabbage, beets, maybe some other root crops.”The success of the delivery service prompted Byers to start a CSA for consumer subscribers. There are two drop sites in Anchorage, now. With only four weeks left in the season, she’s got a a subscriber list growing now for next year.  Check Arctic Harvest’s Facebook page for details.last_img read more

Ancient Hindu temple in Pakistans Sialkot reopens after 72Ancient Hindu temple in Pakistans Sialkot reopens after 72

first_imgSIALKOT: An ancient Hindu temple in Sialkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been reopened for worshippers after 72 years on the directives of country’s federal government. Fulfilling the longstanding demand of minority Hindu community, the Shawala Teeja Singh Temple was recently opened and inaugurated according to Hindu traditions, reported The Express Tribune. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “For several years, the Hindu community has been demanding that the temple be opened,” said Syed Faraz Abbas, the deputy secretary of the Shrine.Abbas added that the work on restoring the temple will soon begin after estimating the renovation cost. The idols of Hindu deities will be brought in from India. The temple had remained closed since the partition and was reopened on the directives of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB) Chairman Dr Amir Ahmed. In a similar development, a 500-year-old Gurudwara in Sialkot recently opened its doors for Indian Sikh pilgrims.While the Gurudawara earlier remained open for pilgrims from Pakistan, as well as Europe, Canada and the United States, the Indian pilgrims were not allowed to visit the holy place.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank cuts 18000 jobs in €74 billion overhaulDeutsche Bank cuts 18000 jobs in €74 billion overhaul

first_imgReutersAround 18,000 employees of Deutsche Bank were given the pink slip after reinvention plans amounting to €7.4 billion were announced a day before.Along with the ‘reinvention’ announcement, the German bank also said that they will be shutting down operations in parts of its trading business and many members in the equities division will have to quit.A report by Reuters said that hundreds of employees from the New York, Tokyo and London offices saw that their careers “ended in an envelope, a hug and a cab ride”. In the tough job market, it will be tough finding another one and the employees who have been fired are now questioning where they will go from here.”If you have a job for me, please let me know,” a banker from the Hong Kong branch was quoted as saying by Reuters outside the offices after he was informed that he will be let go.Another trader said, “The equities market is not that great so I may not find a similar job, but I have to deal with it.”Germany’s biggest lender had cut 18,000 jobs across numerous countries on Monday and reports state that this will not be the only mass firing. The Week claims that the bank’s aim is to cut its workforce to 74,000 by 2022. This is part of a restructuring plan, which the bank announced on Sunday.Deutsche Bank CEO, Christian Sewing, in a letter said, “First let me say this: I am very much aware that in rebuilding our bank, we are making deep cuts.””I personally greatly regret the impact this will have on some of you. In the long-term interests of our bank, however, we have no choice other than to approach this transformation decisively.”India has not escaped unscathed in the lay-off with employees in the Bengaluru branch bearing the brunt. “We were informed that our jobs have become redundant and handed over our letters and given approximately a month’s salary,” an employee who was let go said.He added, “The mood is pretty hopeless right now, especially (among) people who are single-earners or have big financial burdens such as loans to pay. “The employees in the New York branch learnt that their positions were cut in a meeting on Monday morning when they were summoned to the cafeteria and told that their positions were cut. They were then lead to a one-on-one meeting where they were informed of their severance and that they were being let go from the company altogether.last_img read more

Indonesian Haul festival recalls preIslamic cultureIndonesian Haul festival recalls preIslamic culture

first_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Early in the morning the villagers congregate on a small hill near the cemetery. The call for prayer quickly draws a few hundred people dressed in holiday clothes. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,The choreographed movements of the Jaran Kepang are intense, and a performance can last up to several hours, leaving the dancers drained of energy, some even collapsing while exiting the stage. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduWONOTIRTO, Indonesia (RNS) — Across this majority-Muslim country, the end of Ramadan is an occasion for celebration. But in this small village in Central Java, it is also an auspicious time to honor one’s ancestors in a festival called Haul. As is often the case in Javanese culture, the celebration is a mixture of Islam, Hinduism and animist traditions.The entire village of Wonotirto participates in a Haul ceremony, paying their respects to the founder of the area and to their ancestors, in Central Java, Indonesia. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu By: Alexandra Radu News • Photos of the Week Share This! A villager dances during a Jaran Kepang performance in Wonotirto, Central Java, Indonesia. Of all the performances, only the local Wonotirto group’s performers entered trances. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Villagers apply makeup to performers before the beginning of the Jaran Kepang dance in Wonotirto, Indonesia. The vivid makeup and heavily decorated costumes harken back to Hindu mythical stories. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu By: Alexandra Radu News TagsIndonesia Islam jaran kepang Java Kuda Lumping,You may also like Share This! Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 A villager depicts a local hero defeating a white lion – a mythical creature that threatened the region. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe dance is popular in Java and Bali and several regions of Malaysia, where it was brought by Javanese settlers. In Malaysia it is now forbidden by the Shariah law in its ritual form. Malaysians still perform the spiritual version in underground celebrations, but those are quickly disappearing. In Indonesia, it is still very much alive, performed during village celebrations, male circumcision ceremonies or when receiving important guests. Soon after the Singa Barong enters the Jaran Kepang dance, three of the dancers become entranced, a sign that the ancestral spirits have received the offerings. They start crawling and shaking uncontrollably, drinking the blessed rose water and feeding on the offerings. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email The Village Church sued for more than $1 million over alleged abuse at church camp center_img News Alexandra Radu,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Katy Perry stole Christian rapper’s beat for ‘Dark Horse,’ says jury Share This! A man carries a young dancer off the stage after the pawang. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Alexandra Radu By: Alexandra Radu The wellbeing of the possessed dancers is insured by the pawang, who give them items from the offering table. Yoko, 19, center, one of the dancers in the Jaran Kepang group who was playing the Singa Barong, entered a trance. The pawang said a prayer while holding Yoko’s head to bring him back after the spirit that possessed his body fed on the sesaji offerings. “I started dancing Jaran Kepang when I was 14 and for the last 3 years I’ve been part of the village Jaran Kepang group. I often enter trances during performances, but I never remember what happens during the trance. When it’s over I feel like waking up from sleep,” Yoko explained.  “I don’t feel I get any benefit personally from entering a trance; it’s more a benefit for the community to have the ancestral spirits appeased and protecting us.” RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe Jaran Kepang is an ancient ritual dance in which dancers ride painted horses made from woven bamboo. Its origins can be traced back to the Hindu communities in Bali and a ritual named Sang Hyang, during which the people were possessed by spirits. “Along with the spread of Hinduism to Java, the Sang Hyang evolved to become part of the Javanese traditions,” explained Santino Kuswarsantyo, who studies Jaran Kepang at an arts institute in Yogyakarta.The stories depicted by Jaran Kepang speak of the heroism of the ancestors in defending their land, often in cavalry battles that ended in victory. Many of the stories portray the fight against invading Dutch armies, while others recall missionaries spreading Islam or leaders protecting areas from dangerous creatures. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduBamboo painted horses are held high during the Jaran Kepang dance by dancers in Wonotirto, Central Java, Indonesia. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduChildren of Wonotirto dance in the opening performance of the evening. Children dance the Jaran Kepang, but they don’t enter trances, like some adults. Instead, children focus more on mastering the active and physically demanding dance moves. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduLater, after the introduction of Islam to Java, the Jaran Kepang evolved to tell stories of the bravery of the Indonesian heroic figures, usually in spreading Islam or later in the fight against the Dutch invaders.“Nowadays we have two approaches to Jaran Kepang: the spiritual approach and the rational performance approach. The spiritual version is still the original one, and the trance cannot be excluded. The performance version of the dance is shorter, only 25-30 minutes, and there is no trance involved. We usually see this version at festivals,” said Kuswarsantyo.Villagers perform the Jaran Kepang dance during the Haul celebration honoring the ancestors of the village in Central Java, Indonesia. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu A Singa Barong, a powerful mythical creature that is brought to life by the dancers during some of the Kuda Lumping performances, lies on the ground after being blessed with rose water ahead of the dance. The rattan horses have also been sprinkled with rose water and blessed by the pawang, the master of ceremonies, to facilitate the arrival of the spirits. RNS photo by Alexandra RaduThe ancestral spirits are invited to the Haul celebration through a dance called the Jaran Kepang (Kuda Lumping, Kuda Kepang or Jathilan in other regions). Jaran Kepang dances re-enact the great deeds of local ancestors with the dancers sometimes entering trances during the performance, their bodies believed to be temporarily inhabited by ancestral spirits.Some Jaran Kepang performances include synchronized jumping movements that require intense physical effort. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu A girl prays with her family during a Haul ceremony. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Dancers of all ages participate in Jaran Kepang. Children, starting around 12 years old, usually have their own group dances choreographed by experienced dancers from the adult dance group. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Share This! The Jaran Kepang dance performance is accompanied by traditional instruments, including gamelan, gong, angklung and other percussion instruments. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email After communal prayers end, people visit family and friends in the community. “We have more visitors on the Haul celebration than we do on Eid al-Fitr. Friends and family from far away villages come by,” said Dini, who had more than 40 visitors at her house during the two-day celebration. “We started cooking two days ahead, because we cooked both for our household and for the public events.”  RNS photo by Alexandra RaduHaul honors all the village ancestors, as well as Kyai Iriq, who founded the Wonotirto community hundreds of years ago.Members of the Turongo Birowo Jaran Kepang, a 50-year-old group of performers from Pagergunung village, apply makeup using motorbike mirrors before the performance in Wonotirto, Indonesia. RNS photo by Alexandra Radulast_img read more

Your Startup Should Think About Security From the BeginningYour Startup Should Think About Security From the Beginning

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 15, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read We live in the age of data where storage is a cheap commodity and data is of inestimable value. This means that you’re going to store the relevant data that will prop up your company for whatever it needs to build later — and everyone will be cool with that.The problem is that this abundance of data, collected largely from companies that don’t know how to store it properly, is why we’re seeing headlines every month about another major data breach.Related: 10 Data Security Mistakes Startups Can’t Afford to Make What you may not realize is that such breaches happen a lot. The occurrence rate is pretty much every day when you figure in companies that aren’t newsworthy or don’t even know they’ve been hacked.When a big retailer is breached, that event immediately causes a loss of trust with the company’s customer base. On top of that, the company can be sued by customers who have been damaged.If this happened to your startup, what would it cost you? Could you afford a class action lawsuit the way a Fortune 500 company could? Could you afford to lose the trust you worked so hard to build with your customers? What would happen if your proprietary information, algorithms or formulas were stolen and sold to the competition?Horrible things, no doubt.This illustrates how many startup founders aren’t security oriented. Even tech founders usually lack experience in security. And this is a potentially fatal mistake. The decisions you make in the first round of building your company can affect your next funding round or that big exit that you’ve been dreaming about.With all of this doom and gloom, however, there is still a silver lining. And that “lining” is that it’s pretty easy to get a basic level of protection on all of your digital assets from day one. First, it’s important to learn about the most valuable piece of data for a hacker: PII. PII, or personally identifiable information, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s what ties your customers’ names to a phone number, email address, mailing address, etc. This is the first thing that should be protected. Generally, it should be hidden as deeply as you can manage. This can be done by encrypting, “hashing” if you only use the data for verification or just not storing it at all if you don’t need it!  If you block this sensitive information out, a hack will be much less valuable. If you have to store it, there are some basic steps to take to make sure it’s safe and sound.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client Data Encrypt data at rest.When your data is resting in your database or in a file somewhere, you should encrypt it. With a solid encryption plan, like AES-256, in place, you need a decryption key to see any of the data. If someone gains physical access to your files or database, he or she could be in trouble without that key.”Hash” and “salt” all passwords.For data that is only sent to you and isn’t from you — like a password — store it with a one-way encryption called “hashing.” This way, if someone steals the stored password, he or she can’t easily decrypt and use it. There’s a bonus if you add some text to the password before you store it — called “salting.” This makes it even harder to find out what the password is.Secure data in transit.This is the lowest-hanging fruit by far. HTTPS or SSL connections (that green padlock on the left of the address bar in your browser) will encrypt all data that is in transit between you and your customers. If someone intercepts it and steals it, he or she will have a hard time getting any value from it at all. If your valuable data is safe from being used if stolen, you’re looking good. To look great, make sure your servers can’t be breached at all. This involves securing your code, as well. In order to secure your code, you need to lock down the common vulnerabilities.Avoid “cross-site scripting.”This type of attack occurs when someone drops malicious code on your site or app that executes remote code. This can happen if someone puts some JavaScript into his or her user profile that executes some tracking code from this person’s super-secret hacking site.Avoid “injections.”This attack occurs when someone is able to inject some code straight into your database or onto your server.Avoid cross-site request forgeries.These attacks occur when someone steals a form off your page, customizes it and uses it to perform some action that the thief isn’t authorized to perform. An example would be changing an admin password.If you are using WordPress to power your web technology, you’re in luck. There is a plugin called BulletProof Security (BPS) that solves most of this problem for you. If you don’t have WordPress, get a pro to scan and fix these issues for you as soon as possible, because they are serious. There is also a pretty handy tool called CloudFlare that will stop many of these attacks before they ever reach your servers. I always recommend both, where applicable.The human side of hackingIt’s important to realize that behind every security breach, behind every hack, there are people. These are both people who are trying to get access and people who are letting them in. So, be overly cautious in your business. Change passwords regularly and require only authorized personnel to be near computers and documents.Don’t leave that new delivery person alone at the front desk. His presence probably isn’t a big deal, but he just might be trying to hack you and leaving him alone provides that window of opportunity.What it all boils down to is a security mindset. You need to be consciously thinking about security and training your team to be mindful of it at all times: not just for your company, not just for your team, but for your customers too. This is important for everyone.Following through on these points is generally enough to thwart most hackers. Add these actions with a security-first mindset and your empire is likely to be safe and sound. Your app can thrive. Your software will be secure. Your customers will trust you. Your data will be safe.Related: 4 Reasons You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Tech Teams Getting your office, data, code and servers locked down early will save you from a world of hurt later on down the line. What are you doing right now to make sure your hard work isn’t taken down by some faceless hacker? Register Now »last_img read more

The SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage Is Available For A Limited TimeThe SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage Is Available For A Limited Time

first_img Share Tweet Submit The world today is based entirely on data in both processed and raw form. Every career line depends on data, hence storing such valuable information is very important. The question that arises now is that how can this data be stored in a secure manner? Of course you can keep the data in registers and stored in your PC’s but they always come with an inherent risk. The solution to this problem is cloud storage. Wccftech brings you this very solution at a discount! Get the SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage for a year at a great price.SpiderOak ONE 1TB Cloud Storage featuresSpiderOak ONE ensures that your data is secure regardless of what issue arises. Your data and all valuable information will be safe, secure and backed up. It comes with end-to-end encryption and ensures that all your data is protected at all times even when you are in transit or at rest on SpiderOak servers. SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage is a highly rated software and is highly recommended for everyone who wish to keep large amounts of data safe at reasonable prices.With the SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage you will be able to: Get 1TB of cloud storage from SpiderOak ONE Recovery feature can restore your data to its proper state before ransomware hits Seamlessly sync data between all of your devices, regardless of operating system Share files securely with others through a web-based interface Create temporary, self-destructing links to single files in your backup SpiderOak ONE maintains no knowledge of your password, any data stored on their servers, or the metadata associated with your filesOther DetailsBefore you avail the 69% off deal, here are some other things that you should know. The deal offers you the ability to use the service on unlimited devices! It is compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. You can easily purchase the product at the Wccftech site. Don’t forget to redeem within 30 days of purchase. Once you purchase, you will be able to avail this service for a stress-free year.Original SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage Price: $129.00Wccftech Discount SpiderOak One 1TB Cloud Storage Price: $39.99last_img read more

Armed Jesus nabbed after plotting to kidnap Obamas dog BoArmed Jesus nabbed after plotting to kidnap Obamas dog Bo

first_imgRelated posts:In New Hampshire, Clinton pledges to stand up to the gun lobby US President Obama weeps as he pleads for ‘urgency’ of gun control US indicts 17 alleged drug traffickers from Colombia, with ties to Costa Rica El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke WASHINGTON, DC. – A heavily armed man claiming to be Jesus allegedly plotted to kidnap one of the Obama family’s dogs and has been arrested, U.S. media and officials said.Scott Stockert, 49, was arrested at a Washington hotel Wednesday after Secret Service agents found unregistered firearms in his truck, together with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a machete and a club, NBC Washington said, citing authorities in the U.S. capital.Agents went to the hotel after getting a “be on the lookout” alert from the Secret Service’s Minnesota field office about the alleged kidnapping plan, NBC said.It quoted the Secret Service as saying that Stockert, from North Dakota, allegedly planned to take Bo, one of the two Portuguese water dogs owned by President Barack Obama and the first family.Court documents show that Stockert was released on Friday to a “high-intensity supervision program” and ordered not to possess any firearms or other dangerous weapons, either real or imitation.He was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ordered to stay away from the White House and the Capitol.As well as claiming to be Jesus, Stockert told agents that his parents were John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, NBC said, citing court papers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Zimbabwe poachers target rare anteatersZimbabwe poachers target rare anteaters

first_imgThe body of the anteater was recovered from poachers. The scales appeared to have already been sold, the group said.It was one of three incidents reported this year involving poaching of the endangered nocturnal creature seen by many Zimbabweans as a symbol of power and mystery.The scales are thought to have value in Asian medicine as a traditional remedy for a host of conditions.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – An animal welfare group in Zimbabwe says poachers are now targeting rare anteaters because of a growing demand for exotic animal parts for Asian traditional medicine.The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday that the outer scales of a young male pangolin, a rare type of anteater that is legally protected, were recently removed by poachers in northwestern Zimbabwe. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

IATA and African Union Commission sign MoU to improve air transport facilityIATA and African Union Commission sign MoU to improve air transport facility

first_imgThe African Union Commission (AU) has signed a MoU with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for strategic cooperation for safe, efficient and sustainable air transport to further the continent’s economic and social well-being.The memorandum was signed by Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO and AU’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim.“Africa is set to be one of the fastest-growing aviation regions with five percent annual growth forecast over the next 20 years. Achieving this potential will not happen by chance; strong partnerships are key. This MoU will help ensure that global standards and best practices form the backbone of Africa’s growth as well as position the continent’s 54 nations to promote economic and social development by unleashing the full power of aviation. I congratulate Dr Ibrahim for her leadership, vision and foresight in driving aviation development in Africa,” said Tyler.“IATA is a strategic partner in the growth of African aviation. This MoU will commit our two organisations to even closer cooperation on the priorities for African aviation. In particular, we count on IATA to partner with us by providing the requisite technical support in the establishment of the Single African Air Transport Market as part of our long-term vision in the context of the AU Agenda 2063. We are, indeed, dedicated to global best practice as a fundamental for sustained growth in aviation in Africa,” said Dr Ibrahim.last_img read more

Former FDIC Chair to Deliver Keynote Address at Women in Housing LeadershipFormer FDIC Chair to Deliver Keynote Address at Women in Housing Leadership

first_img June 26, 2015 473 Views Former FDIC Chair to Deliver Keynote Address at Women in Housing Leadership Forum in Government, Headlines, News Former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chair Sheila Bair has announced as the keynote speaker for the Third Annual Women in Housing Leadership Forum at the 12th Annual Five Star Conference and Expo on September 18 in Dallas, according to an announcement from the Five Star Institute.Now it in its third year, the Women in Housing Leadership Forum recognizes the strength and leadership of women across housing and mortgage servicing and provides a platform for advancement through open dialogue and inspiring keynotes. The Forum will be the concluding event of the three-day conference, which will be September 16 to 18 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.A renowned financial reform advocate, Bair was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to lead the FDIC in 2006 and stayed in that position for five years through the financial crisis. In her role as FDIC chair, Bair was one of the first officials to warn about the damage the subprime crisis would cause to homeowners and the economy. Also among her achievements as FDIC chair were helping to shape and implement the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the FDIC power to wind down a big bank rather than bailing it out, and the creation of the Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, which helped bring banks to underserved areas.Bair is the author of a New York Times bestseller, Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself, which was about her five years as FDIC chair. She has also written three books for children on financial literacy. Bair won multiple prestigious awards for her work as FDIC chair, including the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, and the Better Business Bureau’s Presidents’ Award. She was named the second most powerful woman in the world twice by Forbes magazine, both times behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel.In May 2015, Bair was named president of Washington College, a private liberal arts school in Maryland. When her tenure begins on August 1, she will be the 28th president overall and first female president of historic Washington College, which was founded in 1782.A native of Independence, Kansas, Bair graduated from the University of Kansas in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She earned a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1978.The Women in Housing Leadership Forum will be from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, September 18. The Forum is open to all attendees of the conference, but seating is limited.Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and 12th Annual Five Star Conference and Expo Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Five Star Institute Women in Housing Leadership Forum 2015-06-26 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more