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  • Cyberwar Surprise Attacks Get a Mathematical Treatment

    first_imgHave you been missing the grim mathematical war games that strategists once used to map out possible nuclear confrontations? Don’t worry, the games are back—this time applied to computer security. Researchers have now mathematically formalized the strategy of computer hacking, potentially enabling anyone—governments, activist hackers, cybermafia—to determine the optimal timing of attacks.It’s tricky to decide exactly when to try to ruin someone’s computers, sabotage the equipment controlled by their computers, or even just harvest their data. For example, if your victim will discover and delete your malware soon after they detect it, then you should wait patiently for the most damaging opportunity. But if the chances are increasing over time that the victim will patch a vulnerability before you can exploit it, then you’d better hurry. Then again, some malware is so stealthy that you can use it multiple times, so the question is not when, but how often, to use it. On top of all of this, your optimal strategy depends on not only the value of what you stand to gain but also the costs of failing or being caught. The stakes are very different if you are a criminal trying to steal bank passwords from a personal computer, for example, or a spy trying to steal military technology from a foreign country.So how do you balance all of these parameters to find the best strategy?Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Robert Axelrod to the rescue. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, political scientist is best known for his work on the prisoner’s dilemma, a problem in game theory that has influenced everything from economics to evolutionary biology. Axelrod says he became interested in cyberwar a few years ago when he realized that it involved a similar problem that he first described in a 1979 paper called “The Rational Timing of Surprise.” The core idea is that the element of surprise is itself a strategic resource, and modeling its costs and payoffs can lead you to take counterintuitive actions. A classic example is the British decision in World War II to allow German spies to continue gathering damaging intelligence for Hitler years after the spies’ identities were discovered. This allowed the British to wait until the stakes were at their absolute highest: D-Day. By feeding the German spies false information about where the invasion would land, the British sabotaged the German defense.Hacking a computer network is not so different from storming an enemy beach. In both cases, the optimal time to attack depends on how the risks, costs, and benefits change over time, the target’s vulnerabilities, and the element of surprise. So Axelrod teamed up with Rumen Iliev, a psychologist working down the hall from him, to rejigger his 1979 model for cyberattacks. Then they applied it to several recent examples, such as the Stuxnet attack, in which an unprecedentedly complex computer worm—allegedly created by the U.S. and Israeli governments—was used to sabotage Iran’s nuclear centrifuges.The timing of Stuxnet and many other known recent cyberattacks appears to be close to optimal, Axelrod and Iliev report in a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While the hackers behind them have so far probably relied on intuition, they note that their model could help in the design of future attacks. “The results, however, are equally relevant to a defender who wants to estimate how high the stakes have to be in order for the offense to exploit an unknown vulnerability,” they add.The model can also be used to help forecast potential patterns in future attacks, they add. For example, there is a large and growing market—both legal and illegal—for information on computer system vulnerabilities known as “zero-day exploits.” As this market grows, the timing of cyberattacks is likely to become more rapid, because potential victims can also buy the same information, helping them strengthen defenses. That will put pressure on hackers to attack sooner rather than wait. (Axelrod says that the U.S. government is the largest buyer in this market.)“The work provides a solid logical foundation for fresh thinking in the cyber security field,” says John Arquilla, a defense analyst at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He points out that it can lead to some seemingly “perverse” but insightful policy recommendations. For example, cyberdefenders may not want to work too hard at closing every possible security vulnerability as soon as it is identified, because “doing so might unintentionally encourage adversaries to launch attacks, even for relatively low stakes, because their exploits soon won’t be usable at all.” Suffering less frequent attacks on known vulnerabilities may be better than a constant barrage.“That said, my own view is that ‘risk’ is a multi-dimensional factor that requires further and deeper exploration,” Arquilla says. If all actors blindly pursue their own interests using the model’s logic, the world could become a more dangerous place for everyone, he says. The Stuxnet worm, for instance, was supposed to quietly delete itself after doing its harm, but it was unintentionally released “into the wild, where it is no doubt being tweaked, reverse-engineered, and readied for fresh exploits by others.”last_img read more

  • Visually-impaired musicians strike a chord in Meghalaya

    first_imgA troupe of visually impaired musicians is hitting the right notes in this hill State, with night club owners and event managers lining up to hire them, more so after the state election department recently engaged them for pre-poll campaigns.‘Light After Dark’, a musical band of five performers in their 20s, has been receiving rave reviews for its shows, not just in Meghalaya, but elsewhere in the region too, Zoma Sailo, a music teacher and the group’s mentor, said.“The band had played during the Cherry Blossom festival last year, also at the La-tomatina fest by the scenic Umiam Lake, and IIT’s TedX show at Guwahati. Everywhere the response has been overwhelming,” he said.Mr. Sailo, who teaches music at the government-run centre here, also maintained that he had to blindfold himself on occasions to get a feel of how the troupe members perceive the musical notes.“The boys, who initially played for a school band, would visit my place often to practice rock, reggae and Hindi music. They got together in 2013 to form the band with four members — Wanlamphrang as the vocalist, Rimiki Pajuh as lead guitarist, Dilbertstar Lyngdoh as bassist and Hilter Khongshai as drummer,” he said. The fifth member, Plamiki Lapasam, joined the band as vocalist and guitarist earlier this year.“The big break came when the State election department hired the band for its pre-poll campaigns. That became the turning point of their lives and there was no looking back for them,” he said. Mr. Wanlamphrang, who leads the band, said his disability never came in the way of his performances.“The band can play almost anything, from rock and reggae to traditional Khasi numbers,” he added.last_img read more

  • Lady Tamaraws ground Lady Eagles in 5 sets

    first_imgFILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University went to work on a weekend and opened its campaign on a positive tune, edging Ateneo, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Toni Rose Basas was instrumental in the Lady Tamaraws’ closeout of the fifth set scoring three straight service aces that put FEU up 12-9.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City And although Maraguinot made up for her earlier mistake to give FEU a 9-7 lead, she would hit net in her service and Tolentino followed it up with another ball on the barrier that tied the set at 9-9.“I told them that the fifth set doesn’t end at 6-1 and I know that these guys are mature enough and they know how to handle this situation,” said Pascua.Basas and Pons had 14 points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Celine Domingo added 10.Maraguinot had 21 points to lead the Lady Eagles while Tolentino added 14.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bernadeth Pons then secured the 14-9 match point for FEU with a sneaky kill right before Kat Tolentino put too much power on her last hit that finished the match.“This was a big morale boost for the players because this was our first time winning against Ateneo since Season 75,” said FEU head coach George Pascua, who’ll celebrate his 46th birthday on Monday, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU, though, started out flat in the fifth set falling behind 6-1 before Basas started hitting for the Lady Tamaraws.Basas had a hand in forcing Jhoana Maraguinot to hit net that cut the deficit to 6-5 then the fourth year Lady Tamaraw tied the set at 7-7. View commentscenter_img AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers New-look Alab Pilipinas win 5th straight, rout Slingerslast_img read more

  • CEU uses strong finishing kick for 4th straight win

    first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth Marinerong Pilipino, meanwhile, absorbed its third straight defeat and fell to a 1-4 record.Achie Iñigo went 3-of-5 from threes to wound up with 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Skippers, while Mark Isip chipped in 12 markers and six boards.The Scores:CEU 70 – Wamar 16, Ebondo 13, Uri 11, Casiño 8, Manlangit 5, Aquino 4, Arim 4, Cruz 4, Intic 3, Jeruta 2, Saber 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 57 – Iñigo 13, Isip 12, Sargent 10, Javelona 6, Lopez 6, Moralde 4, Alabanza 3, Javillonar 2, Publico 1, Gavieres 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Salcedo 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Quarters: 14-17, 37-29, 56-45, 70-57.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing surge to down Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, and extend its winning streak to four in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Orlan Wamar drilled two treys in the payoff period, the last of which gave his side the 19-point lead, 68-49, midway in the fourth quarter, to trigger the Scorpions’ blowout.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The diminutive playmaker  finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-6 sniping from threes, to go with two rebounds off the bench.“I know his game will come because his work ethic shows it. He really has the go signal from me to shoot,” said coach Yong Garcia of Wamar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRod Ebondo towered over the competition anew, racking up 13 markers, 18 boards, four blocks, and two assists, while Christian Uri got 11 in the win.CEU has now strung four straight wins to keep itself in the running for a top two seed with a 4-2 slate.center_img MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

  • Sunil Chhetri is among 27 Nehru Cup probables

    first_imgThe confusion over Sunil Chhetri’s availability for the Nehru Cup seems to be over with India coach Wim Koevermans naming the striker in the 27-member probables list for the August 22-September 2 tournament.Chhetri is currently training with his new club – Sporting Lisbon – in Portugal and was in doubt for the pre-Nehru Cup camp in Bangalore. But the footballer has now assured that he will be available after August 12.”I am happy that we have got confirmation from his (Chhetri’s) club for his release on August 12 and that leaves us with enough time to work with the player to prepare for the Nehru Cup,” Koevermans said. The coach talked with Chhetri too regarding his release.Goalkeeper Subrata Paul has also made a comeback to the national fold after recovering from a wrist injury.The probables, excluding Chhetri, are currently attending the national camp at the KSFA Stadium in Bangalore. They will shift to Greater Noida in mid-August for the final phase of preparation.Squad: Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Subhasish Roychowdhury, Karanjeet Singh; Defenders: Nirmal Chhetri, Denzil Franco, Gourmangi Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Raju Gaikwad, Khelemba Meitei, Syed Rahim Nabi, Mohan Raj; Midfielders: Mehtab Hossain, Rocus Lamare, Milan Singh, Baldeep Singh, Jewel Raja, Francis Fernandes, Alwyn George, Anthony Pereira, Gilbert Oliviera, Sanju Pradhan, Clifford Miranda, Joaquim Abranches; Forwards: Robin Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Manandeep Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua.last_img read more

  • India vs Australia 4th Test: Kuldeep, Jadeja trigger Australia collapse on rain-hit Day 3

    first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsBad light and rain brought an early end to the third day’s play in the fourth Test on Saturday with Australia struggling at 236 for 6, still 386 runs behind India’s first innings score of 622 for 7 declared.Play was suspended due to bad light in the final session just after the second new ball was due for India.But rain and thunderstorms followed soon afterwards which forced the umpires to call it a day. Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) were at the crease when the players went off the field.Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for India on Day 3 as he picked up 3 wickets for 72 runs on a flat surface which started to turn after the first session while Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets to show for his efforts. Mohammed Shami also got a wicket.Australia had made a promising start after resuming on their overnight score of 24 with Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris adding 72 runs for the first wicket.But the good start turned from bad to worse for the hosts as Khawaja fell to Kuldeep in the first session and then a mini collapse after lunch gave India the upper hand.Opener Harris fell soon after lunch but at least enjoyed the prestige of posting the highest score for an Australian in a four-test series in which Indian batsmen have pillaged five centuries on their way to a 2-1 lead.advertisementHere’s the wicket of Marcus Harris shortly after the lunch break.Stream via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/CaiEbSjKbT #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/kPHTAcjkU3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019The left-hander showed plenty of intent in his 79 but just when it appeared he could be heading for a maiden Test ton, he calamitously played the ball onto his own stumps off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.Spinner Jadeja also accounted for Marsh, who must surely have exhausted his supply of Test recalls after departing for eight, having left his bat hanging to gift Ajinkya Rahane the simplest of catches at first slip.Rahane had to work considerably harder for the catch at short midwicket that dismissed Marnus Labuschagne for 38, diving low to his left to grab the ball with both hands off the bowling of paceman Shami.A ripper from Rahane for another breakthrough on day three.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/AloLI08vB9cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019Kuldeep made Travis Head his second victim of the day shortly before the break, the batsman charging down the track to take on the left-arm wrist spinner, only to send the ball straight back to him for the catch.The chinaman returned after the break and picked up the wicket of Tim Paine in the first over of the final session as the Australia captain played all around a flighted delivery on off-stump.The surface that India’s batsmen had plundered almost at will for two days was still offering little movement for the bowlers and the Australian lineup will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a solid start to the day.last_img read more

  • a month agoWatford winger Sarr: Liverpool striker Mane world best

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford winger Sarr: Liverpool striker Mane world bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford winger Ismaila Sarr is full of praise for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.Sarr says his Senegal teammate is the best in the world.Speaking on the Hornets YouTube channel, Sarr said: “[Mane is] one of the best men in Africa and in the world.“I can say that for me, he is the best player in the world. Because he is quality. He has won the Champions League .“He has done everything for Liverpool and in all competitions, unfortunately not the Premier League but I hope he does at some point because for me, he’s the best African player in Europe.“He plays well, he does everything well both in football and life.“He also does things right with us, he’s our national team leader“He’s a guy who does things right, even outside of football.“He does what is right for him and for everybody. Because he is a nice guy and does what is right.” last_img read more

  • Our top five favorite pieces from the Ted Baker Labor Day Sale

    first_imgDon’t English gentleman always seem to nail the sartorial look? The Italians are a little OTT (paisley on floral!), the French are pretty boring in black, but the English can look sharp as a tack without even trying. That’s why we love Ted Baker.Founded in Glasgow in 1988, the brand is well known for more affordable yet quintessential British menswear (They makes clothes for the ladies too!). Having grown from the UK to Europe, Asia and Australia, Ted Baker is now a global empire and we are very thankful they are stateside too.The Ted Baker Labor Day sale only runs until, well, Labor Day (Monday, folks!) so click while you can.There is a plethora of pieces we crave on the site, but here are our top five:Graphic floral navy shirtYou still have about a month for short sleeves (minus our friends down South who can wear this till Christmas), so rock this while you can or save it up for next spring. We are big fans of the floral graphic and it can look good under a sweater too. Editors’ Recommendations Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More How to Treat a Snake Bite When You’re Stuck in a Worst-Case Scenario Blue crew neck sweaterThis crew neck wool sweater is light enough to wear through the rest of the fall (especially with your blazer!) and it’s horizontal stripes give it a little distinction from the other sweaters in your closet. Geo print cotton long sleeve shirtAre you as tired of gingham as we are? Try this refreshing signature geometric print instead. It’s not too loud, but has enough going on to warrant a double take from Lisa in the PR department. What to Wear for Labor Day and the Unofficial End of Summer Single button blue pantsDrawstrings are for the gym. To complete the look try out these comfy blue pants that are tailored, yet still have a bit of give. Finish it off with your favorite belt and you’re ready to run the place. Gray woven blazerConsider this blazer your go-to for early fall and early spring. This may be tailored, but it is not constricting and will look great anywhere from the office to the bar. How to Cure Salmon in One Savory Recipe Why You Should Care About Healthcare Practices in Vineyardslast_img read more

  • Mercator Lines on a Losing Streak

    first_imgzoom Dry bulk shipping firm Mercator Lines (Singapore) Ltd. has posted a loss for the third year in a row amid downturn of the break bulk market.The company posted a net profit loss for the financial year ending March 31st, 2015  of USD 125.4 million as compared to a net loss of USD 22.8 million in the previous year.The company’s revenue stood at USD 56.3 million as compared to USD 75.3 million posted in the corresponding period during the previous year.The company attributed the decrease in revenue mainly to fall in spot/contract rates and unscheduled maintenance of its vessels.The loss for the year includes exceptional items of USD 91.1 million out of which USD 82.4 million relates to non-cash items comprising of USD 63.5 million for allowance of impairment of property and equipment and USD 18.9 million for provision for onerous contract.Despite a net loss of USD 125.4 million for FY 2015, the company reported a positive EBITDA of USD 7.7 million. “The company continued to outperform the Baltic Panamax Index rates achieving a TCE of USD 9,193 vs the average market rate of USD 6,304 per day. The dry bulk shipping markets are indeed very challenging but given our track record and competitive strengths, the company is confident that it would ride over the current downturn in the industry,“ said Mr. Shalabh Mittal, Managing Director and CEO of Mercator Singapore.The dry bulk shipping industry continues to remain volatile with the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) dropping from 1,362 points on 31 March 2014 to unprecedented low levels of 509 on 18 February 2015 and gradually improving to 602 points on 31 March 2015.Falling commodity prices, an oversupply of new bulk carriers and weakening international demand have resulted in a considerable slowdown in global trade and downward pressure on freight rates.The average market rate for Panamax vessels in FY 2015 was USD 6,304 per day as compared to USD 10,308 in previous year, indicating almost a 39% fall. The market rate for Panamax vessels closed at a rate of USD 4,780 per day on 31 March 2015.Mercator operates a fleet of thirteen dry bulk vessels, twelve owned and one chartered-in, comprising of geared and gearless Panamaxes/Post Panamaxes/Kamsarmaxes with an aggregate capacity of about 1 million dwt.last_img read more

  • Awanuia Stays in Auckland until 2025

    first_imgzoom New Zealand’s port operator Ports of Auckland has, through its half-owned joint venture, signed a new long-term charter agreement with bunker provider Z Energy for the fuel bunkering vessel Awanuia.Seafuels, a 50:50 joint venture between Ports of Auckland and PB Bunkers BVI Ltd, will continue to operate Awanuia, the only powered marine fuel oil vessel in New Zealand, for the next ten years.Based in Auckland, the Awanuia collects marine fuel oils from the Marsden Point Refinery and refuels vessels in both Auckland and Marsden Point.”Continuing the long-term charter with Z Energy is good news for the port, their customers and New Zealand. Awanuia is state-of-the-art and the only powered marine fuel oil vessel operating in New Zealand. It is a substantial asset for the sea trade in New Zealand” said Seafuels chairman Wayne Mills.As the charter was announced, Z Energy also acknowledged Seafuels for reaching two years of operation with no lost time injuries incurred.”Prioritising safety is critical to how we do business. Our staff and the Awanuia crew have worked very hard to achieve this milestone and I would like to congratulate them on their success,” said Mills.last_img read more

  • Come From Away creators over the moon after 7 Tony nominations

    first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The cast of ‘Come From Away’ is shown in this undated handout photo. (HO / The Canadian Press) Login/Register With: Advertisement Christopher Ashley has also been nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and Jenn Colella, who has earned raves as a trailblazing American Airlines pilot, has been nominated for Best Actress in a Featured Role. The musical has also been nominated for Best Choreography and Lighting.Producer Michael Rubinoff was celebrating in Gander, N.L., where residents opened their homes and hearts to thousands of U.S. passengers who were stranded after U.S. airspace was temporarily closed after the attacks in 2001. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook The Canadian creative duo behind Come From Away, the warm-hearted musical about Newfoundland hospitality in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, are thrilled to be in contention for the Tony Awards.“We’re over the moon,” said David Hein on Tuesday after the show, written by Hein and wife Irene Sankoff, earned seven Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.“We’ve got people all over the world sending us congratulations. We’ve been working on this and going from city to city and making changes and just really sticking to the truth of the story . . . and to see it recognized in this way is absolutely unbelievable,” Sankoff said. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

  • First Nation goaltending hero Carey Price back to work

    first_imgAPTN National NewsCarey Price led Team Canada to a gold medal in men’s hockey at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.He answered questions from the media about the Olympics.last_img

  • MTY Food Group acquires Allo Mon Coco chain of breakfast and lunch

    MONTREAL — MTY Food Group Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Allo! Mon Coco, a chain of breakfast and lunch restaurants.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.Allo! Mon Coco has 39 franchised restaurants including 38 in Quebec and one in Ontario.MTY says the chain had roughly $57 million in system sales in the last 12 months.The deal includes the Allo! Mon Coco trademark for the world except the United States. Under the deal, MTY will obtain a right of first refusal should the owners of the trademark for the United States decide to sell it.MTY is a franchisor and operator of a broad range of restaurants including shopping mall food court staples such as Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok, as well as full-service restaurants such as Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores.Companies in this story: (TSX:MTY)The Canadian Press read more

  • How the major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Stocks closed broadly lower on Wall Street Friday and notched their second-straight weekly loss, as investors were whipsawed by contradictory developments in the Trump administration’s array of trade conflicts.Technology and industrial companies dropped the most. The S&P hasn’t fallen for two consecutive weeks since last year, but it remains about 14% higher so far in 2019.On Friday:The S&P 500 fell 16.79 points, or 0.6%, to 2,859.53.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 98.68 points, or 0.4%, to 25,764.The Nasdaq composite dropped 81.76, or 1%, to 7,816.28.The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks gave up 21.48 points, or 1.4%, to 1,535.76.For the week:The S&P 500 fell 21.87 points, or 0.8%.The Dow dropped 178.37 points, or 0.7%.The Nasdaq lost 100.66 points, or 1.3%.The Russell 2000 gave up 37.23 points, or 2.4%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 352.68 points, or 14.1%.The Dow is up 2,436.54 points, or 10.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,181.01 points, or 17.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 187.20 points, or 13.9%.The Associated Press read more

  • Cameco Q1 profit up on Bruce Power stake sale

    Uranium miner Cameco said Tuesday it earned $131 million in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its stake in Bruce Power Limited Partnership.The company said the profit amounted to 33 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a profit of $9 million or two cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue slipped to $419 million from $444 million in the first three months of 2013.Excluding one-time items, including the $127 million from the sale of Cameco’s stake in the Ontario-based Bruce Power nuclear facility, the company said it earned $36 million or nine cents per share compared with $27 million or seven cents per diluted share a year ago.Cameco said the increase was mainly due to higher sales volumes of uranium and higher realized prices, fees it paid due to the cancellation of its toll conversion agreement with Springfields Fuels Ltd. (SFL), which was to expire in 2016.During the quarter, Cameco produced 5.7 million pounds of uranium and sold 6.9 million pounds. That compared with production of 5.9 million pounds and sales of 5.1 million pounds in the same quarter last year.The company’s average realized price increased to $50.58 per pound compared with $48.25 a year ago, boosted by a weaker Canadian dollar.Last month, Cameco began ore production at its long-delayed Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan.The mine — a partnership with French nuclear giant Areva — first encountered underground flooding in 2006. Crews were able to safely re-enter the mine’s main working level almost a half-kilometre underground in 2010 once water was pumped out. But the mine was further delayed last year to repair a leaking tank.Between Cameco and Areva, the cost of the Cigar Lake mine came in at $2.6 billion.The McClean Lake mill, operated by Areva, is expected to begin processing the ore to uranium concentrate by the end of the second quarter and produce between two million and three million pounds of uranium concentrate this year. It expects to ramp up to its full production rate of 18 million pounds by 2018.The McClean Lake joint venture is 70 per cent owned and operated by Areva. The other McClean Lake joint venture partners are Denison Mines Corp. (TSX:DML), 22.5 per cent and OURD (Canada) Co. Ltd., 7.5 per cent. read more

  • JVP accuses UNP of failing to protect revolution

    He said that the August 17 Parliament election takes place in the backdrop of President Maithripala Srisena also betraying the people by giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the election. Silva said that during the 100 days it was in power, the UNP looked at strengthening its power and not protecting the mandate given on January 8 to President Maithripala Sirisena. “We have produced a list which can be accepted by the public. The JVP has given an ear to the public,” he added.Silva said that the theme of the JVP at the August 17 Parliament election would be focused on a new beginning for the country and they are confident of securing several seats in Parliament.He said that the JVP is the only political party contesting the election with proper principles and a clear policy. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the United National Party (UNP) of failing to protect the January 8 revolution.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the UNP and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had also turned their backs on a declaration they signed to ensure clean politicians are nominated to contest the August 17 election. The JVP says it now has the responsibility, and so do the people, to ensure the January 8 revolution is protected on August 17.Silva said that while both the UNP and UPFA have nominated some candidates who have allegations against their name to contest the Parliament election, the JVP has nominated candidates with a clean sheet. The JVP launched its election campaign in Maharagama today and and will have at least 100 main election rallies around the island. (Colombo Gazette) read more

  • Deflategate Doesnt Explain The Patriots Romping All Over The Colts

    Seven seasons after Spygate, when the New England Patriots got caught in a bit of rule-bending, the team finds itself embroiled in yet another controversy: Deflate-gate.According to ESPN’s sources, 11 of the 12 game balls allotted to New England for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts were underinflated by a couple pounds per square inch, failing to meet NFL regulations. This is potentially significant because a flatter football is easier to throw and catch, particularly in the rainy conditions of Sunday’s game.On its face, this would seem to be a story impenetrable to data analysis. We don’t yet know who or what was responsible for the deflation. It’s also impossible to quantify how much of a boost the Patriots’ passing game received from the flat balls, and although officials detected the underinflated balls at halftime, it’s not clear in which segments of the game the Patriots used the offending balls (for what it’s worth, New England’s highest-scoring quarter came immediately after halftime).But analytics can at least begin to assess how much of the Patriots’ 38-point victory can be attributed to their passing game.According to Pro-Football-Reference’s expected points metric, which tracks how many net points are added by each play after accounting for down, distance and field position, Tom Brady and the Patriots’ passing offense added 14.1 points to the team’s margin. By contrast, Andrew Luck and the Colts contributed -10.5 expected points through the air, so the difference between the two teams’ passing production was worth about 24.6 points of scoring margin to the Patriots — still about two touchdowns shy of the Colts’ entire scoreboard deficit.Now, expected points don’t take into account the leverage of the game situation in which they were produced, so here’s what the game looks like if we break down Pro-Football-Reference’s Win Probability Added (WPA) numbers by play type and quarter:In terms of game-level WPA, the biggest differences between New England and Indianapolis were in the running game and on special teams, not passing. Also, the Colts’ passing attack piled up more WPA than the Pats did in the game’s first half, when the fullest effect of the deflated balls would presumably have been felt.Again, we don’t know exactly how much of a boost Brady and company received due to the deflated footballs, but it’s tough to make the statistical case that a moderately reduced Patriots passing game would be enough to close the gap between New England and Indianapolis in other areas of the game. Any deflation effect would have to be much larger to cause that kind of difference.All of this is probably beside the point, though. Statistically, the Patriots’ videotaping during the Spygate era probably didn’t make much difference either, but the scandal lent an air of illegitimacy to the NFL’s last dynasty. Depending on what the league’s investigation uncovers here, New England could find another unfortunate footnote attached to one of the most impressive 14-year runs in football history. read more

  • St Georges flag to fly over 10 Downing St for England World

    The Cross of St George will fly over 10 Downing Street for England’s remaining World Cup matches and a Scottish politician has vowed to put the two nations’ bitter footballing rivalry to one side and follow suit.Theresa May told MPs she will be encouraging other departments across Whitehall to adopt the practice for the team’s remaining clashes in Russia.And Scotland Secretary David Mundell answered her call, seemingly throwing his support behind Gareth Southgate’s men. Mr Mundell, the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, said he was “happy” to fly the England flag from the Scotland Office – and expected other departments to reciprocate if Scotland reach the next World Cup finals in Qatar in 2022.Asked on Twitter whether he would be following the PM’s call for Whitehall departments to display the Cross of St George, Mr Mundell replied: “Happy to do so as I am confident No 10 and other UK departments will be flying the saltire in 2022.”Speaking in the Commons, Mrs May congratulated England on making it through to the next round and told MPs: “No 10 will be flying the England flag on the day of each of England’s matches from now on.”We will be encouraging other government departments to do the same. “I’m going to go further than my predecessors. Next year we will do the same for the women’s World Cup.” On Thursday, England face Belgium in their final group fixture of the World Cup to decide who will finish top of the pool. Next week, the last-16 round will see Harry Kane and his team bid to win the Three Lions’ first knockout game in major tournaments for 12 years. The flag will soar above Downing Street for the fixture, but England’s opponents have yet to be decided.  Tourists and England fans will be treated to at least two sights of the flag flying above Downing Street, with Gareth Southgate’s team already through to the knockout stages.  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. Mrs May made the pledge during Prime Minister’s Questions after Tory MP Nick Boles called for a show of patriotism across public buildings.The former minister had launched a petition to campaign for the move.He said: “Across the country people are taking great pride in the disciplined performance of Gareth Southgate’s young and diverse team.”Strict protocols govern which flags can be flown from government buildings and when.No 10 is currently flying the Armed Forces Day flag to mark a week of celebrations in honour of Britain’s military.A Labour source said that Jeremy Corbyn currently has a Cross of St George in his office, but declined to say whether the leader would fly the flag outside the party HQ or his own home.”Jeremy is a strong football supporter and he is supporting the England team and I’m sure he will find his own way of expressing that,” said the source. read more

  • Daily Show host Trevor Noah apologises for ignorant and racist Bollywood war

    first_imgDespite his defence, Noah apologised for any hurt he caused and responded to Sikander, noting that he has himself joked about his mother’s shooting.“Actually if you watch my stand up you’ll see that I did make jokes after my mother was shot in the head. As a comedian I use comedy to process pain and discomfort in my world but I am sorry that this hurt you and others, that’s not what I was trying to do,” he posted. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Trevor Noah/Twitter 22 Comments Source: Swara Bhasker/Twitter 34,558 Views https://jrnl.ie/4521899 (Click here if video doesn’t play)Indian writer Zainab Sikander also criticised Noah given a history of gun violence in his own family, tweeting: It’s amazing to me that my joke about the conflict in India and Pakistan trended more than the story of the actual conflict itself. Sometimes it seems like people are more offended by the jokes comedians make about an issue than the issue itself.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 2, 2019 Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 3:36 PMcenter_img Daily Show host Trevor Noah apologises for ‘ignorant and racist’ Bollywood war joke Noah was speaking about the tensions between India and Pakistan. Short URL Share119 Tweet Email Source: Comedy Central UK/YouTubeDAILY SHOW HOST Trevor Noah has apologised and defended himself against accusations of racism and insensitivity following jokes he made about the India-Pakistan conflict.In a monologue on the satirical news programme, the South African comedian put on an Indian accent and portrayed a potential war between the two nations in the form of a Bollywood movie. “If they did go to war it would probably be most entertaining war of all time,” Noah said on the Comedy Central programme Tensions between the nuclear nations ratcheted in recent weeks following a suicide attack in the disputed Kashmir region that killed 40 Indian soldiers and the violence that followed.  The loss of life caused some to criticise Noah for making light of the situation and for promoting racial stereotypes while doing so. Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker tweeted a clip of Noah’s monologue, saying that his stereotyping was “ignorant and racist” and that “Hindi is not gibberish”.Indian comedian Mallika Dua also criticised the routine, labelling it as “shockingly unintelligent and tone-deaf”. Mar 3rd 2019, 3:36 PM It’s sad when someone who’s had a violent past mocks war through a Bollywood stereotype. @Trevornoah’s mother was shot in the head by her husband (Trevor’s stepfather). Imagine someone making fun of it with a Xhosa stereotype – the tribe his mum belongs to.Responding to the criticism on Twitter yesterday, Noah said that people who had issues with his jokes needed to put them in perspective. @Trevornoah 1. War isn’t funny or entertaining. 2. Hindi is not gibberish. Ur stereotype of indo- pak is ignorant & racist. 3. Ur set smacks of essentialism & a patronising generalisation & is v #FirstWorld 4. Human lives were lost & at stake. SO disappointing! @ComedyCentral pic.twitter.com/c46TqB9btd— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) March 1, 2019 By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

  • Forced begging

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 40-year-old man was detained by police in Thessaloniki yesterday on charges of forcing his 29-year-old partner and their children to beg for money in Bulgaria and in Greece before pocketing the proceeds. The 40-year-old, who was arrested in the center of the northern city following a tip-off, was to face a local prosecutor on charges of people trafficking. Police said the suspect was a foreign national but did not determine his country of origin.last_img