Hamas Calls on Morocco to Reconsider Shimon Peress Visit Next Month

Rabat – Hamas called on Morocco to reconsider an expected visit by former Israeli President Shimon Peres to the kingdom next month.Israel’s former President is expected among attendees of the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa conference on May 5-7 in Marrakech.The Palestinian movement called on Morocco and all Arab countries to reject all forms of normalization with Israel. “We have hopes that the king and the government of Morocco will reconsider Peres’s visit to their country,” Hamas said in a statement carried by international news outlets.Hamas said that Peres’s visit would only make Israel look better in front of the rest of the world.It added that the visit would open the door for what it described as “perilous” normalization with the self-proclaimed Jewish State.Several Moroccan organizations are also mobilizing against the planned visit of the former Israeli President.The National Group for the Support of Palestine (le Groupement national de soutien à la Palestine) and the Democratic Network for Solidarity with the people (le Réseau démocratique de solidarité avec les peuples) have called on Moroccan authorities to prevent former Israeli President Shimon Peres from visiting the country.The high-profile conference is being organized by the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. read more

War not inevitable but Iraq must meet Security Council demands Annan

“I think the message today has been clear – everyone wants Iraq to be proactive in cooperating with the inspectors and fulfil the demands of the international community,” he told reporters after a luncheon hosted by Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating Presidency for the month of February. “I think if they do that, we can avoid a war.”The luncheon followed an open ministerial-level meeting of the Council to hear an extensive briefing by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, who presented US evidence of Iraq’s programme of weapons of mass destruction. All members of the Council, and the representative of Iraq, spoke during the debate.Asked about the possibility of him going to Baghdad, Mr. Annan noted that the question had been posed in the Council. He stressed that the international community’s message for Iraq to disarm was clear. “That message has come from the united Security Council, it has come from the Arab League, it has come from its neighbours and the [chief UN] inspectors are going back in the next few days to give them the same message in the name of a united international community,” he stressed. “If I were to go, I would not carry a different message. I would be carrying the same message.”The Secretary-General also stressed that the Council, based on reports by UN inspectors, would have to determine whether Iraq was cooperating, or declare it in material breach. “But the judgement has to come some day,” he said. “It is not up to the inspectors to declare material breach. They will present the facts and it is up to the Council to make that judgement.”Responding to a question regarding a possible UN role beyond the looming conflict, the Secretary-General reiterated that the UN has been engaged in contingency planning on the humanitarian side. “This is also something that we have given some preliminary thought to, but we are not there at all,” he said. read more

Hacker claims release of stolen copies of Netflix series

Hacker claims release of stolen copies of Netflix series FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2015 file photo, actress Laverne Cox attends the “Orange Is the New Black” FYC Screening at DGA Theater in New York. A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black,” and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online. New episodes of “Orange” are scheduled for official release on June 9, 2017. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP) by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2017 9:56 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black.”The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move on Twitter early Saturday. The post included a link to an illegal file-sharing service where purportedly 10 episodes from the series’ upcoming fifth season were available for download. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of the uploaded files.New episodes of “Orange” are scheduled for official release on June 9. Pirated copies of the series’ episodes could dent Netflix’s subscriber growth and the company’s stock price. A spokeswoman for the video streaming service declined to comment on the release of the episodes Saturday.Earlier, Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an “active situation” that’s being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.The Dark Overlord had been demanding that Netflix pay an unspecified ransom in exchange for not releasing the episodes prematurely online. In a statement online Saturday, the hacker noted that Netflix had remained “unresponsive” to the ransom request.“It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix,” the hacker wrote. “You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was.”The hacker claims to have stolen other series from Netflix and other studios, including ABC, National Geographic and Fox. The Dark Overlord promised to also release titles from those other networks unless “modest” ransoms are paid.Rumours of a massive leak of Hollywood films and TV episodes have been circulating online for months, fed by purported screenshots of the footage and a copy of a proposed deal to delete the stolen material in return for tens of thousands of dollars in electronic currency.When the AP contacted The Dark Overlord in February, the hacker said the purloined video wouldn’t be made publicly available after all, making the far-fetched claim that “no one really (cares) about unreleased movies and TV show episodes.”It’s not clear what triggered The Dark Overload’s renewed ransom demands.Netflix is counting on “Orange” to help it add 3.2 million subscribers from April through June. That’s substantially higher than the company’s average gain of 1.8 million subscribers in the same period over the past five years.Whenever Netflix’s quarterly subscriber gains fall short of management’s projections, the company’s stock usually plunges.___Associated Press writers Alex Veiga in Los Angeles and Raphael Satter in Paris contributed to this story. read more

ExEurotunnel boss sobs as homeless man who pushed him on Tube tracks

A former Eurotunnel boss sobbed in court as the man who pushed him on to the tracks of the London Underground was found guilty of attempted murder.Sir Robert Malpas, 91, said he felt himself “flying” on to the rails at Marble Arch station, after Paul Crossley, 46, shoved him from behind with both hands.CCTV footage of the attack drew gasps from the public gallery in the Old Bailey when it was played in court for the first time.Sir Robert, who was knighted by the Queen in 1998, was rescued by heroic passer-by Riyad El Hussani, who leapt from the platform to save him as the electronic arrivals board showed just one minute until the next train.But the retired industrialist was left with a fractured pelvis and a gash to the head requiring 12 stitches after the attack on April 27.A second Tube passenger, Tobias French, managed to keep his balance when he was earlier pushed by Crossley as a train pulled in to Tottenham Court Road station.Crossley told jurors his victims were chosen at random but claimed he had not intended to kill them. But he was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder on Friday. Crossley attempting to push Tobias French onto the Tube tracksCredit:BTP He denied two charges of attempted murder and an alternative count of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr French, but pleaded guilty to a wounding charge in relation to the attack on Sir Robert.Speaking outside the Old Bailey, Detective Inspector Darren Gough, from British Transport Police said: “This was a most shocking incident and the victims in this case were extremely lucky to have survived. He is then approached from behind by Crossley, who has a hood pulled over his cap, before being sent sprawling on to the tracks.”As I was walking along the platform I felt a two-handed push to my back,” said Sir Robert. “I was fortunate I was quick to defend myself along with help from a member of the public.”Crossley, who was living in a homeless hostel in east London, was chased and detained by members of the public after he pushed Sir Robert.He told them: “It’s not right, I know it’s wrong,” before explaining to police officers: “I didn’t get much sleep last night.”Crossley, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 17, admitted he was the man wearing a cap and hood caught on CCTV shoving both men.He told jurors he had taken crack cocaine the previous day and began feeling paranoid as he made his way to the West End to get coffee.Crossley claimed he had meant “to scare” Mr French who had “looked at me a bit funny”, and said he was having a panic attack at the time he attacked Sir Robert, intending to “push him over on to the floor”. Sir Robert Malpas is pushed onto the Tube tracks by Paul Crossley, who was found guilty of attempted murder Paul CrossleyCredit:BTP Having been pushed by Crossley, Sir Robert is seen dangling over the edge of the platform about to fall onto the tracks Sir Robert Malpas is pushed onto the Tube tracks by Paul Crossley, who was found guilty of attempted murderCredit:BTP The Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, adjourned sentencing for reports. Sir Robert crashes down onto the Tube tracks Credit:BTP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paul Crossley Sir Robert, who sat in the public gallery with his arms folded, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out.But he sobbed after the jury left the court, removing his glasses to wipe away tears.Prosecutor Benjamin Aina QC said Sir Robert was “in a very bad way” following the attack, but added: “Fortunately he has recovered. He is able to walk and go about his normal affairs.”He said Tobias French had played professional sport, which had enabled him to keep his balance.The judge said: “Mr El Hussani showed extraordinary bravery with a complete disregard for his own safety in saving Sir Robert and he is obviously to be commended for that.”In a statement read to jurors during the trial, Sir Robert said he had been to a pensioners’ lunch in central London before using his freedom pass for his planned journey to Oxford Circus on the Central line.CCTV footage shows him walking along the platform, wearing a brown Burberry raincoat, suit and tie, and carrying an umbrella. Crossley attempting to push Tobias French onto the Tube tracks Having been pushed by Crossley, Sir Robert is seen dangling over the edge of the platform about to fall onto the tracksCredit:BTP “I felt myself flying over the tracks and landing on the rails. I may have been concussed but only for a very short time. I banged my head on the rails.”He was rescued by French teacher Mr El Hussani, who had just finished work at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.He said he heard “screams and shouting” before running 20 metres to where Sir Robert lay with his clothes and umbrella covered in blood.”I then jumped straight on to the tracks to save his life,” he said in a statement on the day of the incident.”I’m still in shock with what’s happened. I also feel sad as I could have lost my life twice.”I was scared that when I was on the tracks I could have been electrocuted and also could have then been hit by a train.” “This could have easily been a double murder investigation and more victims had it not been for the brave actions of the travelling public who stepped in and restrained Crossley and assisted the victims.”I would like to remind the public that this type of incident is very rare and millions of journeys are made across the Underground without incident.” Mr El Hussani suffered burns to his right hand after touching the electrified rail.Mr French told of his own lucky escape, having been pushed by Crossley as he waited for a train earlier the same day.”I remember thinking I was very lucky to be alive,” he said.”There was a train coming in my direction at the time and if I had been pushed in front of it, I’m certain I would have been killed. Sir Robert crashes down onto the Tube tracks  read more

Lethem miner in custody over unlicenced gun

Charges are expected to be laid soon against a Karasabai, Lethem miner who was found with an unlicenced firearm in his possession on Thursday afternoon.The weapon in questionINews understands that at about 14:55hrs, a party of police officers, acting on intelligence information, visited a Bartica business and a search was launched.During the process, investigators revealed that the unlicenced Magnum pistol was recovered on the 28-year-old miner.As such, he was apprehended.Investigations are continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner busted with unlicenced gun, ammoMarch 10, 2018In “Crime”Mazaruni miners busted with unlicenced firearm, ammoFebruary 28, 2017In “Crime”Gold miner who claimed he was robbed among 5 in custody for unlicenced gunAugust 18, 2018In “Crime” read more

Kadetten Schaffhausen wins Swiss Super Cup

Kadetten Schaffhausen beat champion Wacker Thun 27:21 (14:12) in Gossau and win the Swiss Super Cup! At the first match of the season, new Kadetten’s coach Markus Baur won the first trophy with the new team who surprisingly lost the Championship at the Play Off Final last May. The TOP scorer in the winning squad were Emrich and Mamic with 6 goals, while Franic and Chalkidis scored both 4 in defeated team.Wacker Thun: Merz/Winkler (31.-39.); Dähler (3), Isailovic (1), Franic (4/3), Lanz (2), Caspar (2), von Deschwanden (1), Bhend, Chalkidis (4), Rathgeb (1), Huwyler, Hüsser (2), Studer (1).Kadetten Schaffhausen: Vaskevicius/Maier (); Cvijetic (1), Kukucka (4), Emrich (6), Goepfert (3), Graubner (1), Pendic, Mamic (6/1), Stojanovic (3), Heer, Jurca (2), Muggli, Tominec (1).Wacker Thun will play at the VELUX EHF Champions League, while Kadetten will join EHF Cup.PHOTO: KADETTEN SCHAFHAUSEN GossauhandballkadettenKadetten SchaffhausenSwiss handballSwiss handball Super Cupwacker thun ← Previous Story PSG beat Veszprem finally! Next Story → Oscar Carlen left HSV Handball – New surgery in Sweden read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEvery morning, TheJournal.ie brings you brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #COURTS: A man has been released without charge following the seizure of heroin worth almost €6.3 million last week.2. #POLICING: A new scheme will see every 150 houses in Dublin have its own dedicated garda, the Irish Mail on Sunday reports. The ‘back to basics’ programme will eventually be rolled out to the rest of the country.3. #LEGALISATION: A report in this morning’s Sunday Times details how medicinal cannabis for patients with conditions linked to muscle spasticity will be legalised next month, although will take some time before it comes on the market.4. #YOUR INFO: Pharmaceutical companies can buy the records of every public patient in Ireland, the Sunday Business Post has revealed. The paper reports that the information has details such as name and date of birth, removed.5. #BANKING INQUIRY: The Sunday Times reports that a crucial 2008 cabinet letter regarding the bank guarantee may be released to the inquiry, after previous fears that it would be withheld.6. #INSURGENCY: The first shipment of Russian fighter jets to be used to fight rebels has arrived, according to BBC News.7. #UPWARD ONLY: Bewley’s on Grafton Street could have its rent reduced next week. The Supreme Court is due to rule on whether it should be brought in line with market rates.8. #LAUNCH: North Korea has launched two short-range Scud missiles, in breach of UN sanctions, Reuters reports.9. #MARS: Nasa has tested what is pretty much a flying saucer, carrying advanced technology to be used to land on Mars. However, its parachuted tangled and it crashed into the Pacific Ocean.last_img read more

Geek deals 566 gets you a Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29inch monitor

first_imgA shiny new monitor offers two main benefits for those seeking to upgrade their display: better image quality and improved multi-tasking. If you happen to be using something made back in the early days of LCDs, where your resolution doesn’t exceed 1000 pixels in either direction, then even a $90 bargain basement special will be an upgrade.For the rest of us, getting a significant bang for the buck out of a monitor upgrade means looking into a larger, higher resolution display. With many budget displays offering just 1680×1050 or sometimes 1920×1080 resolution on a panel around 20-inches in size, significant improvements can be made to your computing experience with a display like this Dell UltraSharp U2913WM.The U2913WM is one of a newer type of displays referred to as ultra-wide or panoramic. It measures in at 29-inches diagonally, which might seem like an odd size before you consider the resolution: 2560×1080. While offering the same vertical resolution as a more common Full HD 1080p screen, the 2560 horizontal pixels give you a huge amount of multi-tasking capability.Even at 1920×1080, having two websites or documents open side by side doesn’t work out ideally — some of what you’re viewing will be cut-off. The U2913WM’s resolution gives you plenty of room for working with multiple documents, browser windows, and the like.While even casual users will fall in love with the added screen real estate, the wide color gamut and factory calibration are especially aimed at graphic artists and anyone who needs color accuracy. This is also where the extra-wide format comes in handy, as you have plenty of real estate to view your workspace and keep all the toolbars and palettes you want on screen.It will have no trouble connecting to any video source you desire, with an array of DVI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI video inputs. You also get a four port USB 3.0 hub for easy connection of all those peripherals. This wouldn’t be an UltraSharp without the fully-adjustable stand and 3 year advance exchange warranty.While some may criticize the lack of vertical resolution compared to other large displays, in particular 27-inch models sporting 2560×1440, it helps to keep in mind that such models typically cost $100-200 more than this deal on the U2913WM. Normally priced at $699, we’ve got two stackable coupon codes that bring the total down to just $566.19 with free shipping. This is a downright impressive monitor for the price, so be sure to check it out before this deal disappears.Dell UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 29″ 2560 x 1080 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $566.19 + free shipping (reg. $699 | use BOTH coupons 2SWVM6553NQ6F7 and VNVC57F?X1269L)Our other top deals:The Dark Knight Trilogy (Blu-ray) for $38.99 + free shipping (reg. $52.99)Linksys AE6000 Wireless-AC Dual-Band USB Adapter for $56.99 + free shipping (reg. $59.99)Cobra iRadar Radar Detector for Android or Apple Devices for $59.99 + free shipping (reg. $149.95)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of using an Irish company to avoid Spanish tax

first_img Image: Paul White/AP Photo By Fora Staff Dec 2nd 2016, 2:00 PM 20,455 Views REAL MADRID STAR Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of using a Dublin-based company to minimise the taxes paid on money earned from his lucrative image rights.The claims have led to renewed accusations that Ireland was promoting “tax dumping” and stripping other European countries of their rightful revenue.Yesterday Spanish newspaper El Confidencial published a document that appeared to show a 2012 deal between Dublin company Multisports Image Management (MIM) and a Saudi mobile phone company, Mobily.El Confidencial reported that MIM was used to conclude an arrangement that would see Ronaldo’s image in an advertising campaign. The documents published by the newspaper appear to show that Mobily paid MIM €1.1 million as part of the deal.The arrangement would give Mobily access to Ronaldo’s image rights for an advertising campaign and some social media marketing.EU nationals are allowed to own companies in other states. However, the report highlighted the “obvious” tax benefits for the Portuguese footballer siphoning income through Ireland, where companies benefit from a 12.5% corporate tax rate.This is half of the 25% levy on profits in Spain, where Ronaldo is currently residing.The paper said that it worked with Football Leaks on the report. Football Leaks is a website which reveals footballers’ contract details and transfer fees as well as other information.However, a separate Irish company connected to the Portugese soccer player has hit back at the report. Cristiano Ronaldo Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIrish-based GestiFute International is one of a series of Irish-based special purpose firms established by soccer super agent Jorge Mendes, who represents Ronaldo and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, among others.CyberattackIn a statement, the company said that “a number of different companies connected to the world of sports were victims of a cyberattack in several European countries, including Spain”.“After more than eight months since the attack, in the past weeks Gestifute, its clients, advisors and other entities related to Gestifute have received detailed enquiries from various media organizations which are all members of a pan-European consortium.“The most serious and malicious allegations in the enquiries relate to José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.” Take me to Fora Friday 2 Dec 2016, 2:00 PM Read: Losses snowball at luxury Kilkenny retreat Mount JulietRead: Grafton Street is going to become an even pricier place to set up shop Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: 38 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3115988 Image: Paul White/AP Photo Share80 Tweet Email It added: “Both Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities.“Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor José Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense.” GestiFute is connected to Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS EntertainmentThe statement also mentioned that European tax authorities have different “criteria in terms of image rights”. It said that “foreign clients are often affected by these differences, which they respect and abide by”.“In any cases in which there have been disagreements with the respective authorities on the tax criteria to be applied, these have always been resolved by agreement with the authorities without legal proceedings ever being necessary,” it said.Commenting on the allegations, German Green Party MEP Sven Giegold said that “not only on the playing field but also when it comes to paying taxes, fair play should be the rule of thumb”.He said the report illustrated the need for a common minimum tax rates for companies in Europe and added: “Once again it is Ireland that promotes tax dumping and takes away tax revenue from other EU countries.”MIM and GestiFuteRonaldo is not listed as a director or shareholder of MIM. It is likely that any deal involving the company would have been carried out by an agent working on his behalf.The company had €4 million in cash as of the end of 2014, the latest year for which its accounts are currently available.Dublin accountant Andy Quinn was the only director registered for MIM. He resigned from his position as a director at the company in August. Quinn is also listed as the director of several other companies, including GestiFute.As previously reported by Fora, GestiFute paid out a whopping €6.5 million dividend in 2014.Although it is not specified who the dividend is paid to, 95% of the shares of the Irish firm are held by a company called Start SGPS SA.According to GestiFute’s website, Start SGPS SA is the holding company used by Mendes for all of his sports-related business dealings.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Cristiano Ronaldo accused of using an Irish company to avoid Spanish tax But a firm connected to the Real Madrid star claims it was the victim of a cyberattack.last_img read more

Explainer Who is Reality Winner and why has she been charged with

first_img 21 Comments By Sean Murray FOR QUITE A while now, Donald Trump has bemoaned the leaking of information to the press from various agencies in the US.“Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on US FIND NOW,” he tweeted in February.In March, he said: “The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of classified information. Must find leaker now!” Source: Donald J Trump/TwitterWhen, in the aftermath of the Manchester attack, information from UK authorities was leaked to the US press, Trump was irate.He described the leaks as “deeply troubling” and threatened to prosecute those responsible.Numerous leaks to the press have centred on alleged Russian involvement in last November’s presidential election, with stories around the involvement of his son-in-law Jared Kushner prominent among them.One story, published on 5 June on online news organisation the Intercept, suggested that election-related hacking penetrated further into US voting systems than was previously known. It referenced a top-secret report which was dated 5 May to support the claim.Barely an hour after its publication, a government contractor named Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and charged with copying classified documents and mailing it to a reporter.But who is Reality Winner? What information was leaked? And how did she come to possess these documents if she did leak this information to the press?Reality Winner Source: InstagramReality Leigh Winner is a 25-year-old woman from Augusta, Georgia, who served with the Air Force from January 2013 till February of this year.Her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Guardian that Reality had excelled in academia, tennis and athletics, and was fluent in several languages.On social media, under the name Sara Winners, Winner would frequently retweet criticisms of Donald Trump’s policies. Source: Sara Winners/TwitterAround the time that Trump implemented the travel ban in January, she tweeted using the hashtag #TrumpIsACunt and, on the night he was elected, she tweeted: “Well. People suck”.Her mother said that she “never thought this would be something she would do”, adding that while she opposed Trump Winner was “not someone who would go and riot or picket”.In recent times, she worked as a contractor for Pluribus International Corporation. Pluribus is a defence and intelligence contractor for the US government.What was leaked?A report from the National Security Agency (NSA) was leaked to the Intercept online publication and it is strongly believed that it is this document that relates to Winner’s arrest.The news outlet was founded by journalists in the wake of the NSA documents on mass surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden.The headline of the report reads: “Top-secret NSA report details Russian hacking effort days before 2016 election“. https://jrnl.ie/3431299 Jun 7th 2017, 1:45 PM Share18 Tweet Email3 Source: The InterceptIt depicts a hacking operation tied closely to Moscow’s GRU intelligence directorate that targeted private US companies providing voter registration services and equipment to local governments.The operation, which potentially threatened the integrity of the US vote, went on for months, until just days before the 8 November election, according to the document.The NSA did not conclude whether the hackers had any effect on the outcome, the Intercept said. But US intelligence officials have repeatedly said vote tallies were not affected in the election, in which President Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.“Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named US company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions,” the NSA report says, according to the Intercept.The report shows that, by trying to steal log-in credentials and using spear-phishing emails to plant malware, the hackers “obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards.”How successful that effort was, and what kind of data may have been stolen, remains an unanswered question, the NSA report says.Florida-based VR Systems, whose electronic voter identification system was in use in eight states, was a target of the Russian hacking effort, it says. In a statement the company said it had alerted its customers when it became aware of the phishing effort, and that none fell for it or were compromised.“Phishing and spear-phishing are not uncommon in our society,” it said. “We have policies and procedures in effect to protect our customers and our company.”VR Systems also stressed that none of its products are used for recording or tabulating votes.The Intercept contacted NSA and the national intelligence director’s office about the document and both agencies asked that it not be published. US intelligence officials then asked The Intercept to redact certain sections.The publication said some material was withheld at US intelligence agencies’ request because it wasn’t “clearly in the public interest”.Where does Winner come in?Within around an hour of the report being published on the Intercept, Reality Winner was arrested for leaking top-secret information to a news outlet.It appears however, that she was under investigation before the publication of the Intercept story and, as soon as it was published, authorities acted swiftly.It is the security services’ assertion that Winner unlawfully accessed top-secret files while working for Pluribus at a US government facility in Georgia. NSA campus in Fort Meade Source: Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoIn a sworn affidavit from an FBI special agent, Winner “admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a “need to know”, and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified” on 3 June, two days before the publication of the story.The FBI also claims it uncovered evidence that Winner had email contact with a news outlet and was one of six individuals that had printed the report.A separate search-warrant application by investigators describes an encounter last month between an unnamed reporter and an unnamed defence contractor.The Intercept had been attempting to verify that the documents were legitimate and asked the contractor to confirm by sending through a photo of them. This contractor is said to have told the reporter that the documents were fake, and immediately notified the agency in question about the leak.For its part, the Intercept says that it does not know who provided them with the report.“As we reported in the story,” they said in a statement,”the NSA document was provided to us anonymously. The Intercept has no knowledge of the identity of the source.”Winner has been charged under the Espionage Act. If found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison.With reporting from the Associated Press and AFP.Read: Trump threatens prosecution over Manchester attack leaksRead: White House ordered to save all of Trump’s tweets – even the ones he deleted or changedcenter_img Short URL 27,494 Views Explainer: Who is Reality Winner, and why has she been charged with leaking US secrets? The 25-year-old Air Force veteran has been charged with leaking information related to alleged Russian hacks. 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Nintendo les ventes de 3DS doublées au Japon

first_imgNintendo : les ventes de 3DS doublées au JaponLa nouvelle est des plus surprenantes. L’annonce de la baisse du prix de la Nintento 3DS était censé plomber les ventes de la console de Nintendo jusqu’à l’application du nouveau tarif. Mais au Japon, les ventes auraient doublé depuis l’annonce de la firme japonaise.La Nintendo 3DS n’ayant pas rencontré le succès escompté, en raison notamment du mince catalogue de jeux compatibles avec la console, Nintendo a annoncé son intention de diminuer son prix. Une réduction qui sera effective dès le 11 août au Japon, et le lendemain dans le reste du monde.À lire aussiContre l’anxiété, faites une partie de Tetris !En toute logique, les ventes de la console auraient du chuter vertigineusement suite à cette annonce. Mais si l’on en croit les chiffres de Media Create, firme nippone spécialisée dans l’analyse des informations sur l’industrie du divertissement numérique, les ventes auraient doublé au Japon dans la semaine qui a suivi l’annonce de Nintendo. Si les joueurs japonais n’ont pas attendu que la baisse du prix de la console soit appliquée, c’est pour profiter du programme Ambassador, affirme Media Create. Ce programme offre aux consommateurs des jeux eShop à ceux qui achèteront la Nintento 3DS au prix fort. 20 jeux à télécharger gratuitement L’équipe Nintendo a en effet expliqué : “Nous sommes conscients que le délai écoulé depuis le lancement de la Nintendo 3DS est très court et que les fans loyaux qui ont soutenu la console risquent d’être déçus. Vous représentez les clients les plus importants de Nintendo, vous êtes nos ambassadeurs et nous aimerions donc vous témoigner notre reconnaissance en vous offrant 20 jeux à télécharger gratuitement depuis le Nintendo eShop, dans le cadre du programme des Ambassadeurs Nintendo 3DS. Pour recevoir ces jeux, rien de plus simple : il vous suffit d’enregistrer votre console Nintendo 3DS en vous rendant sur le Nintendo eShop avant le 11 août, 23 h 59 (CET)”. Pas si étonnant donc que les Japonais se soient rués sur la console portable…Le 8 août 2011 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Aubameyang geared up for the North London derby

first_imgArsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expecting a “great battle” as they face Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday.Aubameyang, who scored the winner for Arsenal on Sunday in their 2-1 win at Bournemouth last weekend, says he’s fully aware of the threat that Spurs pose, but they are ready for the challenge.Tottenham have won their last three matches in the Premier League, while Arsenal is unbeaten in 11 top-flight matches. And the two teams are preparing to lock horns in what promises to be an exciting North London derby on Sunday.“The rivalry is too much, but we know they are playing well. We know that it will be a tough game but we have to be focused on what we are doing,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.“We know that if we want to win we need to work a lot.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Both teams are playing well in this moment so we feel the atmosphere and the excitement. Everybody is talking about this game. It is always special to play a derby.“As an Arsenal player, we hope that only Arsenal get into the Champions League but we know it is tough and maybe both teams will go. It will be a great battle.”last_img read more

Sean Dyche admits Burnley are playing with fear

first_imgBurnley are struggling to maintain the heights of last season and are playing with fear, according to manager Sean Dyche.The Clarets are currently in the relegation zone after 14 games and the 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace condemned them to their fifth defeat in six Premier League games.With games against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal to come before the festive period, Dyche said hard work and a bit of luck are the only things that can improve the club’s situation.“[Crystal Palace] deserved to win,” he told Sky Sports. “The performance: there was a bit of fear attached to it. The eye of the tiger we had last year – it was a collective unit – has softened quite obviously – and that can happen with tough results.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“There’s a lot of demand on this season, a different kind of demand that is new to the players and new to the club as well.“I think that that affects the way a group works sometimes, and I think they’ve found a challenge within that. So each game has that bit of trepidation to it and instead of that professional enjoyment that you want from your players, it becomes huff and puff, ‘just get through it’ and that mentality.“I’ve been through it myself down my career as a player and as a manager as well. To get that eye of the tiger back, it usually – not always – comes from hard work. The reason I say not always is that now and again you get it from a lucky one.“It’s strange football, you nick a lucky win and all of a sudden it looks different, but you don’t want to rely on them. You want to rely on the good work that the players can do to turn things around.”last_img read more

Mali govt resigns over death of 160 people last month

first_imgPeople take part in a rally to protest against the failure of the government and international peacekeepers to stem rising ethnic and jihadist violence, in the Malian capital of Bamako. Photo: ReutersMali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga’s resignation and that of his government two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence.Lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties had submitted a motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday, blaming Maiga and his administration for failing to clamp down on the unrest.”A prime minister will be named very soon and a new government will be put in place after consultations with all political forces” from both the ruling and opposition sides, the statement from Keita’s office said.The president had on Tuesday said in a televised address that he had “heard the anger”, without explicitly naming the prime minister.The government had come under mounting pressure over its handling of violence in the restive Mopti region and especially a massacre on 23 March in which 160 people were killed in the village of Ogossagou near the border with Burkina Faso.Members of the Dogon ethnic group — a hunting and farming community with a long history of tensions with the nomadic Fulani people over access to land — were blamed for the mass killing.An AFP reporter at the time said many homes in the village had been burned down and the ground was littered with corpses.The Fulani have also been accused of supporting a jihadist preacher, Amadou Koufa, who rose to prominence in central Mali four years ago.So-called self-defence groups emerged in the Dogon community with the declared role of providing protection against the insurgents.But the militia, called the Dan Nan Ambassagou, also used its powers to attack the Fulani, and was ordered to be dissolved after the village massacre.Islamist threatTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Bamako on 5 April to protest against the upsurge of violence, accusing the government of not doing enough to stop it.The protest was called by Muslim religious leaders, organisations representing the Fulani community, opposition parties and civil society groups.Mali has been struggling to restore stability since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country’s vast desert north in early 2012.While the jihadists were largely driven out in a French-led military operation that began in January 2013, huge areas are still in the grip of lawlessness, despite a 2015 peace agreement with some armed groups that sought to definitively stamp out the Islamist threat.Since then, militants have shifted from the north towards the more densely populated centre of the country, where they have sharpened ancient rivalries and ethnic conflicts that date back years.Jihadist attacks have also spread to Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.March’s attack was the deadliest in Mali since the 2013 French-led military intervention.In the aftermath of the massacre, Keita visited the village and vowed to beef up security and enforce justice.last_img read more

Exploring trading opportunities

first_imgA part of this thought has been converted into action over the years through the efforts put in by India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) by organising India International Trade Fair (IITF), but it certainly didn’t get a breakthrough until recently, when Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi gave way to the ‘Make In India’ initiative.IITF, an annual celebration of trade and industry, aims to strengthen our bilateral relations with the rest of the world. In the realm of external relations, the government has intensified India’s engagement with it’s neighbours and all friendly countries across the globe for better trade and cultural relations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Complimenting ITPO, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, underlined the contribution of the organisation in providing an ideal platform to SMEs. According to him, the fair, which is an archetype of the modern trade show, is a brand name in itself, enjoying recognition worldwide.This edition of the fair has a tremendous significance, especially when a unique transformation is taking place in the country. Several recent initiatives of the Government have already shown results and a positive impact has been created in key sectors. The ‘Make in India’ initiative will help India become a sought after investment and manufacturing destination. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe 35th edition of India’s largest trade fair has commenced on a high note here, drawing huge crowds to the sprawling Pragati Maidan fairgrounds on the very first day. Some of the sellers attributed the overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ mantra.LC Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITPO, expressed his gratitude to the President of India for sparing his gracious time and highlighted the salient features of the fair. He informed that IITF 2015 has participation of over 7000 exhibitors from 28 countries as against 6800 exhibitors last year. He also stated that IITF is a 14-day grand festival to celebrate and stimulate Indian trade and commerce, not only within the country but across the globe as well. Aligning with the Government of India policy of Start- Up, ITPO has earmarked Hall No. 26 for start-up enterpreneurs who have been provided a discounted tariff on rentals. ITPO has dedicated itself to ‘Swachh Bharat Mission,’ by introducing a separate award category for the best State Pavilion.Speaking on the occasion, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan, the partner country for the fair, expressed his happiness over the participation of his country as a partner country and stated that India is a strategic partner of Afghanistan.Syed Muazeem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh, the focus country for the fair, appreciated India’s Look East policy which represents its efforts to cultivate extensive economic and cultural relations with the nations of Southeast Asia.Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Department of Commerce, Industry and Employment, Government of Madhya Pradesh, the focus state of the fair, emphasised that Madhya Pradesh, ranked fifth for Ease of Doing Business in India by World Bank, is also laying emphasis on infrastructure development and IT.As a partner country, Afghanistan had its own pavilion at the exposition with around 50 stalls selling handmade jewellery, watches, world renowned Afghani carpets, kaftans, saffron and dry fruits – a hot seller. Aiming at potential women buyers, is the Afghani Lapis Lazuli stoned jewellery. “Considering it’s the start of the fair, we have had a very good sale and have noticed huge numbers of buyers compared to the previous years. India’s push for ‘Make in India’ could be doing the trick,” said Shirin Qahraman, a woman entrepreneur from Kabul. Qahraman’s store has an exclusive collection of Lapis Lazuli neck-pieces, rings and bracelets. The neck-pieces start from Rs 2,000 and go as high as Rs 10,000.For Sado Zai, 32, a retail carpet seller from Kabul, the fair has been extremely helpful in marketing his products across the world. “The trade fair has been enabling us showcase our products to people around the world. I now have a few clients in India who import my carpets regularly. Through Make in India project, we are exploring ways to set up a business here,” said Zai as he exhibited his wares. The Afghani carpets are priced anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 50,000, depending on their size.As enthusiastic were the sellers about the fair, many expressed concern that the rent they have to pay for their stalls has skyrocketed. “For a stall of 10×6 feet, manned by two people, the rent is as high as $4,500 for the (two-week) duration of the fair. If this continues, it would be difficult for us to return in future,” Qahraman said.Also grabbing eyeballs at the fair were Turkish stalls with their bright glass lamps, ceramics and the well-known Turkish tea pots. Along with that, the Chinese pavilion is displaying a large number of technology-related products like water purifiers, energy-saving room heaters and food processors, among others. Indian khadi stalls with products from across the country are also a huge hit.Rashi Kumar, a bank professional, has been visiting the fair for the past 10 years and said the variety of products displayed by foreign participants is much better this year. “I have noticed many new countries participating this year, with a wider variety of products,” Kumar said, although the organisers last year announced participation of delegations from 41 countries.last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Submit Breaches, targeted attacks, hacks, ransomware attacks, and an unending list of malicious activities that are targeting both the end users and businesses has resulted in a sudden realization that more people are needed on the defensive side to deal with those on the offensive spectrum of what is turning into a war. This also means there’s money to be made and highly rewarding careers to be had. Want to have a pie for yourself? Polish up your skills with this Complete Cybersecurity Certification Bundle and get ready to assist companies and law enforcement in assessing and preventing digital threats.Pay What You Want: The Complete Cybersecurity Certification BundleCompTIA Security+ SY0-501: study to pass one of the most important IT certifications on earthComputer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI): certifies individuals in the specific security discipline of computer forensicsCisco 210-260: Implementing Cisco Network Security: become adept at securing networks running on Cisco serversCSA Certificate Of Cloud Technology Security Knowledge (CCSK): strive towards a career in cloud security with this preparation for the CCSK certification examRisk Management Professional (PMI-RMP): globally recognized and demanded, the PMI-RMP fills the need for a specialist role in project risk management.Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): promotes international security practices and recognizes individuals who manage, design, and oversee an enterprise’s information securityCompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): technical knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, design, and engineer secure solutions across complex enterprise environments.CompTIA CSA+ (Cyber Security Analyst): international, vendor-neutral cybersecurity certification that applies behavioral analytics to improve the overall state of IT security.CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional 2015: one of the most important advanced network security certifications on EarthExcited to dive into the exciting, CSI-like industry? Head over to this link and pay what you want for this Complete Cyber Security Certification Bundle. The total value of this bundle is over $2,891 but you can get all of this for as low as $17.Win Samsung Galaxy S9If you manage to beat the leader’s price (currently at $80), you will be featured on the Leaderboard and entered in an epic giveaway of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S9.Original value: $2,891| Average Price: $17 at the time of writing| Pay What You Want: as low as $1last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | September 26, 2011 Hoag Breast Care Center First in California Offering 3-D Mammography September 26, 2011 — Hoag Breast Care Center recently became the first breast care center in California and one of a handful in the United States offering 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screenings. The technology promises to improve breast cancer detection, especially in young women and women with radiographically dense breast tissue.Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved 3-D imaging modality that can identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. It is especially beneficial for women with dense breasts.Dense breast tissue can obscure an underlying cancer, or conversely mimic a cancer when none exists. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of breast cancers cannot be detected using traditional 2-D mammography, especially in women with dense breast tissue.”It’s a major milestone to be the first breast center in California to provide patients with digital breast tomosynthesis,” said Gary M. Levine, M.D., director of breast imaging at Hoag Breast Care Center. “At Hoag we have been involved with the development and testing of tomosynthesis since 2009. Recent reader studies have confirmed digital breast tomosynthesis to be superior to conventional mammography alone at finding early breast cancer. Tomosynthesis will allow us to discover more early stage breast cancers, and early detection translates to lives saved.”During a tomosynthesis exam, 15 digital “projection” images are captured as the system arcs over the breast during a short four-second scan. These images are then digitally reconstructed into a series of high-resolution one-millimeter slices that can be reviewed individually or played back in a cine loop.”Tomosynthesis, by solving the issue of tissue superimposition, will not only allow us to detect breast cancer more reliably, it will also reduce the number of unnecessary call backs for additional testing,” Levine said. “This will then address a frequent criticism of mammography by reducing anxiety and controlling costs.”A woman can learn if her breasts are dense by asking her physician or the radiologist who performs her mammogram. Breast density is not based on family history and cannot be determined by look and feel of the breast. Approximately 75 percent of women in their forties have dense breasts, and this percentage typically decreases with age; 54 percent of women in their fifties and 42 percent of women in their sixties having dense breasts. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of women Hoag screens annually have extremely dense breast tissue, particularly younger women ages 40-49.Regardless of dense breast tissue, mammograms and self breast awareness play a crucial role in early detection. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime.The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If found and treated early, while still localized in the breast, the ten-year survival rate for breast cancer is greater than 90 percent.Hoag offers digital breast tomosynthesis to Orange County women due to a generous grant from Circle 1000, a group of women that have raised funds for Hoag Family Cancer Institute since 1987. In the near future, Hoag will be extending this technology to Irvine as well.For more information: hoag.porternovelli.com/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more

Still fresh off his teams loss to the St Louis R

first_img Still fresh off his team’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians now has to fix any issues his team had and prepare for their matchup with the Detroit Lions.On The Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta on Arizona Sports 620 Monday, Arians talked about some of the things he’s hoping to fix from the game as well as previewed some of the key matchups against the Lions.“When we leave the building today at 5 o’clock, I want everything corrected from this game,” Arians said. “That’s our coaches’ job, that’s our players’ job.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals head coach 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Aside from the offensive line troubles that have already been well documented, one area that needs fixing according to Arians is putting pressure on the quarterback.“We had good inside pressure, it’s the outside pass rushers that need to stick to their techniques and do what they do best,” Arians said. “Don’t try to create on the run someone you’re not. We were a little bit out of sync on who we were in that ballgame.”When asked about the Lions, Arians first mentioned Detroit’s imposing defensive line, consisting of rookie Ezekial Ansah, Nick Fairly and Ndamukong Suh, who received a hefty suspension from the NFL for a hit during his team’s Week 1 win over Minnesota.Arians also talked planning for running back Reggie Bush, who’s coming off a great all-around performance in week one and is used in a multitude of ways by the Lions.“They have those great wide receivers and you’re going to double-team them a lot so you’re going to have Reggie sitting there one-on-one and that’s the type of running game they want,” Arians explained.Between Bush and All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Cardinals defense will have their hands full against the Lions, who defeated the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 on Sunday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

Economist sceptical as NPL bills likely to get majority

first_imgA sufficient majority appears to be forming in the parliament that will allow the island to avoid a further deterioration of the current banking crisis.Diko has indicated its willingness to support a bundle of bills to toughen existing foreclosure legislation, the condition set by Brussels to allow the transfer of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s operations to Hellenic Bank.Still, a prominent economist has cast doubt on whether the new reforms, aimed at helping banks reduce their stock in non-performing loans, will be implementable.“I believe we will support the bills on Friday,” said Diko deputy Angelos Votsis in an interview to state-radio CyBC on Wednesday.His party, he added, which initially supported reforms required by Cyprus’s bailout terms back in 2013 before resorting to all-out populism in early 2014, was ready to do its “duty” by contributing to financial stability.The government secured Diko’s support for the bills which include the extension of guarantees to Hellenic Bank against a possible underperformance of acquired assets, tougher laws offering borrowers incentives to pay their loans and punishing those who fail to do so, by accepting amendments to them proposed by the second largest opposition party. It also agreed to changes proposed by Diko on Estia, a scheme designed to help struggling households with mortgaged primary residences.In a telephone interview, economist Marios Clerides said that his concerns about the chances of success for the new reform push were related to the government’s political will to facilitate the reform of the judicial system, known for dragging its feet.“Reforming the judicial system requires the allocation of resources and emphasis,” he said. Cypriot politicians are more likely to make resources available for the construction of a road which would benefit a local community than allowing courts to work faster which would have a positive impact on the entire society.Clerides, who resigned three years ago as chief executive officer at the Co-op over policy disagreements, said that the success of the non-performing loans management body would depend on ensuring that those managing it are not influenced by political parties. The management body will initially manage €7bn in Co-op assets transferred to the state after the completion of the deal with Hellenic.Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Tuesday that the cabinet tasked Finance Minister Harris Georgiades to assign the drafting of the body’s operational framework to an independent agency, likely the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to ensure high standards of corporate governance. The body is expected to be staffed with several hundred of the staff currently working for the Co-op, which has traditionally been under the influence of politicians since the early days of the Republic.Lastly, he said that he considered it important for society to rethink its culture, one in which borrowers who do not pay their loans are presented as victims of the banks.“The Movement against Foreclosures was demonstrating the other day while depositors were lifting all cash they held in their accounts at the Co-op,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more