Obama heaps praise on Tutu

first_imgThe Nobel laureate formally stepped away from public life on Thursday to spend more time at home with his family. Nobel Peace Prize US President Barack Obama praised Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on his official retirement, calling him a moral titan and dedicated peacemaker. Obama said Tutu was the voice of the voice of the voiceless. “For decades he has been … a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice.” The US president said Tutu would be missed for his insight and activism, but that the world would continue to learn from his example. 8 October 2010 “We wish the Archbishop and his family happiness in the years ahead,” Obama said. His work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid. After South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, he led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which uncovered the horrors of apartheid-era abuses. “He has also been an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons; and an advocate for treatment and prevention programs to stop the spread of HIV/Aids,” Obama said. He lauded Tutu for playing a pivotal role in overturning apartheid, and for his extraordinary efforts in pursuing reconciliation in the new South Africa. Extraordinary efforts Source: BuaNews Tutu announced in July he would retire on his 79th birthday, which fell on Thursday, after years of fighting for justice and an end to apartheid in South Africa, and of travelling the globe to highlight human rights struggles worldwide.last_img read more

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Criminals are Excited for Cyber Monday – Tips to Avoid Them

first_imgAnd there you have it.  Keep yourself safe and secure for this year’s Cyber Monday bonanza.  Have more tips or looking for additional insight?  Join me on Twitter to continue the conversation @Matt_Rosenquist 2. Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards offer more security and protection.  Keep a close eye on your statements for fraudulent charges and immediately report any unauthorized transactions to your credit card company.3. Don’t fall for phishing or spam in emails, texts, or social media apps. Never click on embedded elements or links to open an attachment in messages that are sent to you.  These links can hide their real destination.  Instead, open a new browser tab and type in the vendor site yourself (no cut/paste cheating).  Be suspicious of emails and texts from your bank, a retail vendor, or police/FBI.  These are favorite entities that spammers love to impersonate.  Criminals will even title their messages with warnings of “fraud alert”, “order confirmation”, and “transaction validation” to get victims to open and click on links.  Be careful!4. Avoid online scams. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Beware of ads, and links in email/texts.  You won’t know where they will take you until it is too late.  Use common sense as incredibly inexpensive products may be counterfeit or non-existent altogether. 5. Only download mobile shopping applications from a trusted source and vendor. Stick to the approved Apple and Android stores.   Avoid any application which asks for your credit card number to help you shop.6. Beware of Ransomware. Make sure you have a good and up-to-date anti-malware solution installed.  Backup your files, passwords, important documents and treasured pictures to an offline drive.  I prefer convenient USB drives which are very inexpensive (and also make a great stocking-stuffer holiday gifts).7. If you have to establish an account on a shopping site, create a unique password (don’t reuse) just for that site.Use a password manager if needed and backup that password file offline. Safe shopping, Matthew Rosenquist Data HarvestersData Harvesters work to collect and aggregate personal data, so they can sell it to criminals and advertising networks.  They lure people in with ads, spam, phishing, and fake websites offering insanely good deals, so victims will happily input their personal information and credit card information.Credit Card Fraudsters Credit Card Fraudsters use stolen account information to order products and services.  With the vast number of transactions, many of high value, it is a great time for them to obtain pilfered card numbers and use them across the web.  It is more difficult for merchants and credit companies to identify fraudulent transactions on Cyber Monday, even for big ticket items.  Phishing & Spam MastersPhishing and Spam Masters assist Bot Herder, Malware Distributors, and Ransomware Extortionists.  Phishing is typically conducted via email, text message, or social media post.  It works by luring the victim to visit a maliciously crafted webpage, open a file, install an application, or click a link.  The result can infect the system with all manner of malware or get the unsuspecting victim to voluntarily provide sensitive data.  Bot HerdersBot Herders are continually looking to grow the number of systems they can control via a remote connection.  They install malware on victim’s devices which allow them to harvest information and use the group of controlled systems to collectively attack other targets.  Bot Herders participate in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks to bring down websites and click-jack scams to generate ad-revenue.  They can also turn their victims into communication relays to hide other attacks or generate and distribute spam/phishing campaigns.  Ransomware Extortionists Ransomware Extortionists conduct one of the more vicious types of online attacks.  These criminals use malware to hijack important files on a user’s systems and encrypt them.  This makes them unusable by the owner.  They may target financial records, important documents, family photos, online game accounts, etc. then demand payments of hundreds of dollars to unencrypt them.  This is a savvy and very popular extortion method which is becoming a growing problem worldwide.  They are always looking for new victims.  DDOS ExtortionistsWebsite owners need to be online and functioning properly to showcase their wares, service prospective customers, and process digital transactions.  No retail company wants their site to be down.  Cyber Monday, of all the days is the most critical.  Denial of service extortionists capitalize on this fear and demand protection money from sites, with the threat of launching an attack which will interfere with their customers’ ability to reach the site.  These criminals may employ Bot Herders to send a flood of traffic or they may simply find internal weaknesses on the hosting site to corrupt the web portal.  Either way, even being down for a few precious minutes can cost a retailer a significant number of sales. center_img Early shoppers are not the only ones excited about Cyber Monday.  Online criminals are also eagerly awaiting the biggest online shopping day of the year!  Cyber Monday sales are expected to rise 12% from last year, to reach a staggering $3 billion, according to Adobe Digital Index.  Online retailers are preparing with glee to service every customer to take their share of this year’s sales windfall.  The number of transactions will be staggering, with people scouring the web for deals, entering credit card data, using electronic currency, providing email and shipping addresses, and spending money in large amounts.  Websites, credit cards, and shipping companies will compensate for this expected surge.From a cyber criminal’s point of view, these activities are all huge opportunities to steal your credit, obtain your personal information, infect your system, and extort money from you.  Cyber threats can turn your best shopping day into a terrible nightmare.  Let me introduce you to the threats: Don’t be a victim!  Here are some recommendations to avoid the drama and have a great Cyber Monday: 1. Shop only with trusted vendors. Search for ratings and reviews from people you trust.  Make sure they have a secure website.last_img read more

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10 months agoEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clash

first_imgEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin played down his ruck with Fabian Delph during defeat at Manchester City.Calvert-Lewin clashed with Delph after the City midfielder recklessly launched himself at the Blues forward and was lucky to escape with just a yellow from the match official who sent off Phil Jagielka for a similar lunge on the opening day of the season.Asked by Sky TV: “Did it get a bit nasty towards the end?” Calvert-Lewin replied: “It did yeah. But it’s to be expected.”We’re fighting for the result and that’s what we’ve come here to do so it’s bound to get a bit physical.”Obviously me and Fabian shook hands after the game as you do.”But it’s bound to get like that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd prepared to sack Mourinho over Christmas programme

first_imgMan Utd prepared to sack Mourinho over Christmas programmeby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to sack Jose Mourinho over the Christmas programme if results nosedive.The Daily Mail says the manner of United’s capitulation at Liverpool on Sunday has left Mourinho under huge pressure again following the club’s worst start to a top-flight season in 28 years.United face Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle over Christmas – four winnable games that could also be a potential banana skin for the 55-year-old.Mourinho has appeared to be in trouble before this season and survived, but he is now odds-on to become the next Premier League boss to be axed.It’s understood that United would have to pay Mourinho one year’s salary of £18million to get rid of him, and up to £22.5m if he is still in the Champions League or in contention for a top-four place. TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted with supersub Pulisic: I know his quality

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with supersub Pulisic: I know his qualityby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was delighted with Christian Pulisic for his cameo in victory at Champions League opponents Ajax.Pulisic showed supreme skill to find space down the wing and deliver a cross to fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi, who rectified an earlier miss by converting from close range for the only goal of the game.Lampard said, “You have to give Christian huge credit because he looked so lively when he came on and the assist is just as important as the finish. The fact that a substitute scored makes me so happy because it’s not easy when you’re picking a similar team every week.”I’ve tried to shut my ears to a lot of the outside talk because there’s a lot said. I understand his quality, his young age and the fact it’s a big move for him. He wants to know what I want from him, what the Premier League is like and that’s not always an easy ride but we’ve stayed calm and kept looking at the big picture.” last_img read more

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Significant Digits For Friday Dec 4 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.0.12An attorney who wrote a book called “The Drinker’s Guide to Driving: The Secrets of DUI from One of America’s Top DUI Lawyers” was arrested for drunk driving Sunday, with a blood alcohol level of 0.12. Yes, it did happen in Florida — excellent guess. [The Herald Tribune]2nd-longestAfter his team trailed all night against the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard game-ending Hail Mary pass for a touchdown with no time on the clock. The pass was the second-longest come-from-behind game-ending touchdown ever, and from a distance where such passes have a terrible completion rate. It was the worst thing to happen to the city of Detroit since globalization and systemic mismanagement. [ESPN Stats & Info, Brian Burke]20:24Elvira Montes, an 81-year-old grandmother, was the oldest finisher in this year’s Beer Mile World Championships, finishing four beers and running 1 mile in 20 minutes, 24 seconds. She is what we in the business call a “role model.” We should all be so lucky reach age 81, let alone sustain a reliable competitive drinking habit. [Runner’s World]44.9 percentPercentage of U.S. adults who worked for an employer at least 30 hours per week in November, as measured by Gallup’s Good Jobs rate. [Gallup]92 countsThe other shoe has dropped, people, and it is feigning catastrophic injury in order to procure a yellow card as we speak. U.S. prosecutors announced a 92-count indictment against 16 FIFA officials yesterday, following up on a raid of a Swiss hotel where several officials were staying. [CNN] 95.7 degrees FahrenheitA spokesperson for the upcoming Olympic Games said that organizers did not consider it critical to pay for air conditioning in athletes’ quarters in Rio de Janeiro and that someone else will have to handle the costs. Keep in mind that this year, Aug. 19, which would be towards the end of the events this coming year, hit 95.7 degrees in Rio. [ESPN]589 reportersIn 2014, the number of reporters from niche outlets accredited by the U.S. Senate press gallery exceeded the number of reporters from daily newspapers. As someone from a niche outlet, I guess this is cool? Go niche outlets! [Pew Research Center]220,000 jobsAshton Carter, whose name makes him sound like he is a member of One Direction but who is actually America’s secretary of defense, announced yesterday that the U.S. military will open all combat jobs to women. About 220,000 such jobs within the armed forces had been closed to women. [The Washington Post]$5 millionThat’s the amount brilliant negotiator and world-renowned dealmaker Donald Trump wanted CNN to donate to charity to ensure his participation in an upcoming presidential debate. CNN declined, but the legendary businessman and genius arbitrator, who as we all know could strike an absolutely flawless deal with anyone, especially the Chinese, relented and decided to participate in the debate anyway, because the negotiating strategy of “giving up when your primary request isn’t met” is just a tactic from page one of “The Art of the Deal,” a book Trump definitely wrote all by himself. [The Washington Post]$117 millionAmount raised on Giving Tuesday, another manufactured holiday trying to chew the crumbs left over by the capitalist orgy that is Black Friday, albeit for charity. This is frankly encouraging, because I personally had a lot of trouble getting into the Small Business Saturday spirit this year. [NBC News]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

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Spot in Big Ten tournament could be locked up for OSU womens

OSU sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts (4) takes a corner kick during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao | Lantern PhotographerWednesday evening marks senior day and the conclusion of the regular season as the Ohio State women’s soccer team (9-5-3, 4-4-2) sets up to host the Michigan State Spartans (8-5-4, 4-4-2).The Spartans are tied with the Buckeyes for seventh place in the conference, so a win on Wednesday for OSU will earn it a spot in the Big Ten tournament.“I think that the vibe of our team right now is that we’ve continued to get better every game,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “So teams that continue to get better at this point in the season I think have the opportunity to continue to play, and that’s just been our mentality the whole season.”Following a defeat this past weekend against one of the nation’s top teams, the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes are excited for a chance at a big win at home.“We’ve got a lot of players that have played in championship games in our program,” Walker said. “That’s one of the things we look for when we’re recruiting, players that have been there and players that understand what that feels like. It’s something we can tap into.”Junior forward Nichelle Prince said she trusts in her team’s persistence that has been built upon throughout the season.“I think we are really resilient,” Prince said. “We know that it’s not going to be perfect, our season is not going to be perfect but we have to get up and play hard the next game.”For senior forward/midfielder Michela Paradiso, Wednesday’s game will mark her last time playing at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Paradiso said the emotional aspect has been overrun by the magnitude of the game.“It’s way more emotional than I ever thought it would be,” Paradiso said. “But I think because it’s such a big game it kind of is allowing me to not think so much about it being my last home game and more as an exciting thing to get the win to move on the Big Ten tournament, so I think that helps.”Paradiso will be honored on Wednesday alongside two fellow seniors: forward Katelyn Kraft and defender Marisa Wolf.Prince said she hopes the seniors’ seasons can end on a high note.“Because I’m a junior, I’m pretty close to them,” Prince said. “They’re all great leaders on this team and have a big influence on this team. I just want to make sure that they get the best end of the season possible and they get what they deserve.”Anticipation has been building around this game, and Walker and her players alike said they are excited and prepared.The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. read more

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Football Ohio State benefits in recruiting with blowout wins spectacle for potential

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) is congratulated by a young fan following the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State and Michigan have locked heads over recruits before. Currently, two former Wolverines’ commits are making big plays for the Buckeyes in redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley. But after Saturday, OSU might get the upper hand in signings.OSU pulled away in double overtime on a run by junior H-back Curtis Samuel with a wall of blockers in front of him. It was a statement run for a statement finish in a statement game. After the come-from-behind win, the Buckeyes proved just how good the team really is, and why the dozens of recruits should sign with the Scarlet and Gray.Against Nebraska, OSU hosted more than 20 top-ranked recruits for the 2017 class, and nearly 100 recruits total. What the high school athletes were introduced to was a complete domination of the No. 10 ranked team in the country. A 62-3 performance is quite the showing to athletes itching to play at a university that doesn’t know the word “lose.” If the team’s performance wasn’t enough to make a convincing case of OSU as a quality destination, the Buckeyes pulled out all the stops with a laser light show in the tunnel before the game and Nike throwback uniforms. Fast-forward to Nov. 26, and it’s time for The Game. The playoff stakes were high between No. 2 OSU and No. 3 Michigan, and the last chance to see the Buckeyes in regular season action for the recruits came against OSU’s toughest opponent all year. The potential commits in attendance and watching on television were treated to one of the best finishes in recent memory. In the first-ever overtime finish to the match between the Scarlet and Gray and Maize and Blue, OSU overcame an early deficit to win in walk-off fashion.“Incredible gratitude to Buckeye Nation to supply that energy in that stadium,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s as good as I ever heard. Someone told me 110,000 people. Going to ask Gene (Smith) to put more seats in there, man.”A record crowd was as loud as ever in Ohio Stadium, and players fed off the energy to find a way to win. When asked about his unit’s defensive performance, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan had some candid thoughts on the impact the team’s performance had on recruiting. “Playing around all those great guys, in front of 110,000 people, Buckeye Nation going crazy … I don’t see how recruits could choose anywhere other than The Ohio State University,” he said.Sure, it might have been little more than a plug for more players to come play for his team, but McMillan has a point. With just one losing season in the past decade, national championships in 2002 and 2014, one of the best college football coaches in Urban Meyer, and recent dominant performances, OSU might become a haven for four and five star recruits.After all, OSU was able to wrangle players like Conley and Weber away from Michigan after first committing to Michigan. In time, the Buckeyes will have even more success in recruiting if the chips keep falling into place. read more

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Raining 3s OSU advances to Sweet 16 after recordbreaking rout of George

CLEVELAND — The Ohio State men’s basketball team has two slow starts and two dominating finishes in as many NCAA Tournament games this season. After falling behind to George Mason, 11-2, in the first 3:38 of the game, the Buckeyes came roaring back to defeat the Patriots, 98-66, on Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. OSU will advance to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. The fast start by GMU was triggered by three offensive rebounds and four Buckeye turnovers, three by Naismith Award finalist, OSU freshman forward Jared Sullinger. The Buckeyes responded to the nine-point deficit after a media timeout with a 10-0 scoring run that included two 3-pointers from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty. “I don’t want them to ever play scared, and that was the message at the first timeout,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “We didn’t come up here to play like this.” The Patriots regained the lead, 14-12, with just less than 14 minutes remaining in the first half. That was their final lead of the game. The Buckeyes closed the first half on a 50-15 scoring run to double up GMU, 52-26, at halftime. OSU continued its hot shooting in the second half, finishing the game 36-for-59 from the field, including a blistering 16-of-26 from three. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led the way for the Buckeyes in his last game in his home state with a game-high 25 points after scoring just eight in the team’s first tournament game against Texas-San Antonio. The senior was 7-for-7 from three, which tied his career high for made 3-pointers in a game and set an OSU record for most made 3-pointers without a miss. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “We have so many weapons that the defense pretty much has to pick their poison. … I think I did a good job of getting my feet set and following through.” The abundance of weapons for the Buckeyes meant Lighty was not the Patriots’ first priority defensively. “First was Sullinger — we began with how we’re going to defend in the post. Second was Diebler,” GMU coach Jim Larranaga said. “Then it was let’s pray that Buford and Lighty don’t go off.” The Buckeyes also received a record day from freshman point guard Aaron Craft. OSU’s sixth man had a team single-game record 15 assists, to go along with just two turnovers. “Us sharing the ball, especially with Craft having 15 assists,” Lighty said, “it’s unbelievable.” Craft and Lighty were hardly the only Buckeyes to contribute. Sullinger finished the evening with 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard William Buford added 18 points of his own. Not to be left out, senior guard Jon Diebler also scored in double figures, finishing with 13. The large second-half lead allowed Matta to empty his bench early, as Sullinger, Buford and Lighty sat for much of the final minutes. The extended minutes for the reserves allowed all 10 Buckeyes who entered the game to score. Senior walk-on guard Eddie Days entered the game with 2:49 remaining and notched his first career point on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “To be here in Cleveland, to get his first college point,” Matta said, “I’m elated for him.” The Buckeyes held the Patriots to seven points below their season average, on 44 percent shooting. OSU also forced 17 turnovers. “We were kind of expecting that we’d be able to score the ball better than we did,” Larranaga said, “but their defense was very, very good.” Despite the dominating performance, the Buckeyes said they feel their best basketball could be ahead of them. “We can play better. We’ve got another game on Friday with Kentucky, (and) we are focusing on that,” Sullinger said. “We’re trying to take the momentum from this game and carry on to the next.” The Buckeyes will proceed to the Sweet 16 to play the Wildcats on Friday in Newark, N.J., for an opportunity to advance to the Elite Eight. read more

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