Johnny Gimble Ricky Skaggs Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame

first_imgThree country legends get their due recognition among country music’s elitePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 3:10 pm On March 27 the Country Music Hall Of Fame announced its three 2018 selections for induction: Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West. All three musicians left an indelible mark on the music industry, even beyond their native country genres, and they have the pedigrees to prove it.Singer/songwriter West won Best Country & Western Vocal Performance — Female GRAMMY at the 7th GRAMMY Awards for her 1965 hit “Here Comes My Baby.” Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is still considered one of the leading ladies of country music.Swing fiddler Gimble, one of the most important fiddlers in the genre, earned his first GRAMMY win for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 36th GRAMMY Awards for “Red Wing” and his second and final career win in the same category at the 38th GRAMMYs for “Hightower.” https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/978657017329078272 Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame Skaggs is a man of many instruments, several genres, a composer, and producer, but first associations place him with a mandolin playing bluegrass. He’s won an impressive total of 14 career GRAMMYs for country and bluegrass. His most recent win was for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Love Remains.For these three country dynamos, the formal induction ceremony into the Country Hall in their honor will take place later this year.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Country Hall Of Fame To Add Gimble, Skaggs, West johnny-gimble-ricky-skaggs-dottie-west-selected-country-hall-fame News Facebook Email Twitter last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Shawsheen Tech Students Receive Printing Industry Award Of Excellence

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Students representing the Graphic Communication Shop at Shawsheen Tech were presented individual Awards of Excellence at the Printing Industries of New England (PINE) annual awards gala held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 10.Marcelo Freitas, a senior from Billerica, Hailey Nardone, a junior from Billerica, and Heather McLaughlin, a sophomore from Tewksbury, were recognized for the quality and creativity of their individual graphic design and print project submitted to PINE, an industry trade association, as part of the associations’ student project competition.Freitas worked on a new logo for a local construction company and Hailey Nardone designed a new logo for a brewing company.  Their respective designs were then printed and/or embroidered onto a variety of apparel that is in use at each company today.  Samples of this newly printed apparel were submitted to PINE by Heidi Lloyd and Tom Struthers, both instructors in the Graphic Communications Shop.“I was very surprised when I learned I won the award,” said Freitas. “It’s awesome.  I felt great. There is a certain type of feeling you get after you realize that you made something for someone else that they are going to use.  It’s a good feeling.”Nardone was elated when she heard the news of the award.“It felt awesome. I really like this type of work and this is what I want to do for my co-op job and then professionally for my work,” Nardone said. “This award gives me more confidence, and now the work is even more fun and interesting, knowing that I can really do this work.”McLaughlin was recognized for her framed canvas screen print of Bar Harbor Maine. “I was already working on this project.  I think I am the first person to use canvas as my material,” she said.As for the PINE award, McLaughlin added, “I felt proud of myself. I really respect my teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, for submitting my work and thinking it’s worthy of being recognized. The awards mean a lot to everyone else in the shop.  It’s really cool that three of us were recognized.  It’s great for the shop.”These students may soon be joining an industry that has a long and storied history in New England.  According to Christine Hagopian, the current President of PINE, this member-based organization has been in existence for 130 years as part of the National Printing Industry Association.However, Hagopian points out that the printing industry has a serious problem.“Our members are having great difficulty recruiting the next generation of employees for their company,” Hagopian said. “Older employees are retiring and many companies in our industry cannot find enough skilled talent to replace the people who are leaving.”“The printing industry is healthy and thriving, and there is opportunity for the next generation to do well,” Hagopian added. “This is why we started the Award for Excellence for students three years ago.  We want to recognize the schools and students that are doing good work in the graphic communications shops in New England, including Shawsheen Tech.”Students in the Graphics Communication program at Shawsheen Tech are part of the next generation of employees with the training and work experience needed  to fill the employment gap identified by Christine Hagopiian.  And according to Heidi Lloyd, an instructor in the Program, the PINE awards are a boost to her students as well as to the program.“I am thrilled that our students are being recognized! Our shop has undergone some changes over the past few years with the addition of some new equipment. We are now able to expand the education for the students with new and exciting skills and with that it is giving them more employment opportunities,” said Mrs. Lloyd.Left to Right: Hailey Nardone (Billerica), Marcelo Freitas (Billerica), Heather McLaughlin (Tewksbury) recipients of Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of New England at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Valley Technical High School High Honors and Honors For Quarter 3In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Announces First Quarter Honor Roll with 91 Wilmington StudentsIn “Education”last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Recreations Summer Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Summer 2019 ‘Recreation Matters’ newsletter was published online on Wednesday.Read the newsletter HERE. Review a complete list of youth and adult programs, trips and tickets that the department is offering this summer.Have a question? The Department can be reached via phone at 978-658-4270, via email at recreation[at]wilmingtonma.gov, or in person at Room 8 in Town Hall.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Fall NewsletterIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”VIDEO: Meet Wilmington Recreation’s New Program Coordinator Bret SawinIn “Videos”last_img read more

FDA made a creepy Xbox game to warn teens about the dangers

first_img First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S Now playing: Watch this: 3:16 Gaming Culture Post a comment The new horror game is based on a smoking statistic.  Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is changing how it’s tackling tobacco use among teenagers. One Leaves is a free horror game for Xbox and PC designed to educate teens about smoking dangers.Part of the FDA’s The Real Cost antismoking campaign, the game targets the 12-17 age range, the group most likely to experiment with cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The game’s premise is based on the statistic that three out of every four teens who smoke in high school will continue into adulthood despite trying to quit. You wake up in a cage with three other people. An ominous voice tells you the rules: The four of you must try to escape, but only one of you will. The rest will be trapped inside forever. You can run, but only in short bursts because you have poor lung capacity.”This game is part high school, part hospital and part hell,” Gary Resch of marketing agency FCB New York said in a release Wednesday. FCB helped create the game and the Real Cost campaign. If you’re not the first to make it out, the voice gives you the bad news. “You’re trapped. Game over. Just like three out of four teens who think they’ll escape smoking — but don’t know the real cost of cigarettes,” it says. Another catch? The maze changes each time you play the game. So if there’s a way to win, it’s going to be a challenge. Popular esports gamer and Fortnite star Ninja tweeted a playthrough of the game on Tuesday. He said the game’s message was important to him because his grandfather was a heavy smoker. Share your voice Watch my playthrough of a NEW game called One Leaves! I swear it wasn’t scary at all… 😶 https://t.co/L97U4MVNOS @KnowTheRealCost #OneLeavesGame #ad— Ninja (@Ninja) March 19, 2019 The game has been available since February. Plans are in the works to make One Leaves a real-life escape room experience at this year’s Winter X Games.  0 Tagslast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi as Opposition leader That looks doubtful now

first_imgRahul Gandhi [in picture] warns of earthquake if he speaks in parliament [VIDEO]Twitter/Office of RGMore than five hours into vote counting, the Congress is looking down the barrel. Let alone crossing 100 seats, the Grand Old Party hasn’t made sure it will become the official Opposition party in the Lok Sabha.Rahul Gandhi-led Congress is leading in merely 50 seats now while the BJP is leading in 293. If Congress manages to hold on to the lead position, it will end up with 50 seats, some 5 seats short of the requirement to become the official Opposition party. It will be no consolation that the party will have managed to win some six seats more than its tally in the previous election.In the last Lok Sabha, Congress made Karnataka strongman Mallikarjun Kharge its parliamentary party leader as it was clear that Rahul Gandhi would not be able to become the Opposition leader.If the lead position doesn’t turn significantly in favour of the Congress, this time too Rahul will be deprived of the Opposition leader’s position.The Congress and its supporters would never have expected such a dismal performance from a party that aimed big and proclaimed the intent to unseat Narendra Modi at any cost.Though Congress knew that its UPA alliance wasn’t going to get enough seats to form a government it still nourished serious hopes of stitching together a coalition with the other anti-BJP regional parties like the SP, BSP, TMC or YSRCP.What next for Congress? What next for Rahul?This election result would pose serious questions to Congress and its leadership. In 2014, when Congress was reduced to an all-time low of 44 seats, the ‘one-off Modi wave’ was pointed out as the reason. This time round, Rahul pulled out all stops in confronting Modi government. Issues ranging from corruption, economy, GST, demonetisation, secularism and the increasing concerns of minorities under the BJP government were all used to the hilt to drum up support across India. Close PM Modi lists out abuses hurled at him, Inside Congress’s dictionary of love Yet the campaign has failed miserably. It will be interesting to see how Congress and Rahul would explain away the outcome and chart out a future course of action.In a shocking turn of events Rahul himself is struggling to hold on to his family bastion of Amethi where Smriti Irani is putting up a stiff fight. If you look at where Congress has won seats. it’s clear that the support remains only in Kerala, Punjab and in Tamil Nadu, to a certain extent. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:14Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:13?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Is Arbaaz Khans girlfriend Giorgia Andriani uncomfortable getting papped with Arhaan Khan

first_imgTalking about Arhaan, the 16-year-old had been spending time with both partners of his separated parents. And he seems to have come to terms with the present situation. But social media users feel terrible to see Arhaan managing his time for both of his parents and their respective lovers.Earlier Malaika had said that her son has become far more accepting about her and Arbaaz’s failed marriage and being in love with Arjun Kapoor. She had recalled that her son had said to her a few months after the divorce, “Mom, you look happy.”Both Malaika and Arbaaz are in no hurry to get married and want to enjoy the current phase in their lives. Arbaaz Khan with son Arhaan Khan and girlfriend Giorgia AndrianiInstagramEstranged couple Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan have once again found love in their respective lives post their divorce after 18 years of marriage. While Malaika recently declared her love to Arjun Kapoor, Arbaaz has been dating Italian model Giorgia Andriani for a while now. And as Malaika and Arjun have returned to Mumbai from their New York vacation, Arbaaz and Giorgia were spotted during their lunch outing with Arbaaz and Malaika’s 16-year-old son Arhaan Khan.However, a strange thing happened after Arbaaz, son Arhaan and girlfriend Giorgia stepped out of a restaurant in Bandra on Sunday (July 7) afternoon. Both Arbaaz and Giorgia went separate ways as soon as the shutterbugs started clicking their pictures.Giorgia walked the other way while Arbaaz and Arhaan headed towards to their car. Arbaaz even turned around looking for Giorgia and shouted her name before sitting in the car with Arhaan. But Giorgia continued to walk onward.Going by Arbaaz’s baffled reaction, it looked as if the trio was supposed to leave together in the same car but Giorgia’s walk out has now created a slight confusion. Maybe Giorgia didn’t want to get papped with her boyfriend and his son together or there could be some other reason for her walk out which only the Italian beauty can tell.Take a look. last_img read more

Boeing crisis escalates as 737 MAX 8 makes emergency landing shortly after

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/2:01Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015.ReutersA Southwest Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 heading to the California desert for parking during a global ban of the aircraft made an emergency landing on Tuesday due to an engine-related problem shortly after take-off, the carrier said.It did not have any passengers and the issue was not related to a computer system on the 737 MAX aircraft that has come under scrutiny following two fatal crashes, one on Lion Air and another on Ethiopian Airlines, since October, the airline said.”The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport,” Southwest said in a statement.Southwest Flight 8701 returned to Orlando International Airport just before 3 pm ET after pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines, the airline said.The flight was scheduled to fly from Orlando to a logistics airport in Victorville, California, near the Mojave desert, where Southwest began flying its fleet of 34 MAX jets for storage.The US Federal Aviation Administration grounded the 737 MAX following the two crashes but has allowed airlines to conduct flights without passengers to move planes to other airports.A Boeing spokesman said the company was “aware of the incident and supporting our customer.”Rather than fly to California, Southwest said the plane will be moved to an Orlando maintenance facility for review. US Grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 And 9 Jets After Fatal Ethiopian Airlines Crashcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_img Close Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Anger mounts over London tower blaze

first_imgFact fileAnger mounted in London on Wednesday over a devastating tower block blaze which killed at least 17 people, as police said some of the victims were left unrecognisable by the blaze.Locals yelled questions at Mayor Sadiq Khan as he walked through the west London neighbourhood where the 24-storey Grenfell Tower went up in flames early on Wednesday.”How many children died? What are you going to do about it?” a boy asked Khan, as the mayor tried to stop tensions rising further.”You can see the anger for the community, justifiably so,” he said.”Many people have been saying for some time now, their concerns about the housing we’re talking about now, but also other tower blocks around London.”Grenfell Tower was home to around 600 people and whole families remain missing after the fire, which forced residents to flee through black smoke down the single stairwell, jump out of windows or even drop their children to safety.Of the 17 victims found by emergency services so far, six were outside the tower, while it has not yet been deemed safe enough to recover the 11 bodies found inside.”They are simply not recognisable because of the fire,” Fiona McCormack, from the Metropolitan Police’s identification team, said of the victims found inside Grenfell Tower.One of the victims was named as Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.”Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home,” the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.As the fire continued to burn more than 36 hours after the blaze started, police commander Stuart Cundy said he did not expect to find any survivors.”There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody. The process will be very long. We’re talking weeks, we’re talking months,” he said.Cause of fire unknownQuestions are growing about how the flames spread so quickly, engulfing the tower’s 120 apartments in what fire chiefs said was an unprecedented blaze.The focus of criticism centres on the cladding fitted to external walls on the 1970s concrete block as part of a £8.7 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) refit completed last year.According to the BBC, the cladding had a plastic core and was similar to that used by high-rise buildings in France, the United Arab Emirates and Australia, which had also suffered fires that spread.Rydon, the firm responsible for the refit, said the project “met all required building regulations”.Harley Facades, which fitted the panels, told the BBC: “At this time, we are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said they still did not the cause of the fire, where it started or why it spread in such a way.’Shaken to the core’Earlier on Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered a public inquiry, an official review of action by public institutions.In addition to debate over the cladding, questions have also been raised over why there was no sprinkler system in the Grenfell Tower which could have helped stop the fire spreading, or any central smoke alarm system that would have woken sleeping residents.Official fire service advice for residents to stay in their homes and use towels to block out smoke, while awaiting help, has also come under scrutiny.Local lawmaker Emma Dent Coad said grieving families had “lost their loved ones and their communities have been shaken to the core. They need answers”.Fellow London MP Harriet Harman urged politicians to pursue the inquiry without delay, warning Fire Minister Nick Hurd if they didn’t act “you and all of us are culpable”.Emergency fundGrenfell Tower is part of a social housing estate in north Kensington, just streets away from some of the most expensive homes in the world in Notting Hill.Residents have said their safety concerns were ignored, arguing their fears would have been addressed before the tragedy had they lived in a more upmarket area of London.”If this happened somewhere near Knightsbridge this would have been resolved. It wouldn’t have been an issue,” said Nana Akuffo, 46, a chef volunteering at a local community centre.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” Collins told AFP.The government on Thursday set up an emergency fund to allow the local authorities to deal with the disaster.Hundreds of thousands of pounds have already been raised online for the victims, while local community centres were inundated by donations of clothes and food.last_img read more

Kamal sends letter to PM Hasina seeking dialogue

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainLeader of the new opposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front Kamal Hossain on Sunday asked prime minister Sheikh Hasina to hold dialogue to settle relevant political issues ahead of the next general elections.The de facto head of the National Unity Front, which includes main opposition BNP, made the overture in a letter sent to Hasina, also the Awami League president.After launching of the Front on 13 October, its leaders raised a 7-point demand and said they would send a formal letter to the prime minister urging her to sit with the political parties for the sake of resolving the current political stalemate.The ruling party camp has so far rejected any such dialogue with the opposition although the prime minister in her most recent press briefing said that she would ‘make up’ her mind once a letter from the Front is sent to her.Members of the Front’s coordinating committee Jaglul Haidar Afriq and AHM Shafikullah brought two copies of the letter to the political office of the AL president in the city’s Dhanmondi area.“We’ve come with two copies of the letter. One is for Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and another for general secretary Obaidul Quader,” Jaglul said adding that the letter is about our 7-point demand.”AL office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap acknowledged receiving of the letter and said.”They’ve conveyed two copies of a letter. I haven’t opened it as yet.”He added that the party will disclose the matters and convey the party’s decisions after discussing it with the party president.Top leader of the Front Kamal Hossain signed on the letter that was sent to the prime minister.Mostafa Mohsin Montu, another leader of the front and also general secretary of Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum, signed on the other letter sent to the AL general secretary.last_img read more

Call for calm after 86 die in farmer herder clashes

first_imgMuhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president called for calm on Sunday after at least 86 people died in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in central Plateau state after the fighting, part of an escalation of clashes that have raged for years, often over dwindling fertile land.A total of 86 people had died by late Sunday, state police spokesman Terna Tyopev said, raising the local government’s earlier estimate of 70.The violence in Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for president Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability.In a statement on the president’s official Twitter account late on Sunday, Buhari appealed for calm, adding that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence.”But senior lawmakers lamented the state of Nigeria’s law enforcement systems.“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country,” Yakubu Dogara, the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, said in a statement on Sunday.Buhari’s party rejects criticism that his administration is soft-peddling justice for the herders, who belong to the same Fulani ethnic group as the president.last_img read more

Ethnic groups responsible for stalled peace talks says Myanmar Army

first_imgGeneral Mutu Say Poe (L), chairman of the Karen National Union (KNU), speaks with Myanmar`s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing (R) during a photo session at the third session of the Union Peace Conference in Naypyidaw on on 11 July 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar military officials on Wednesday said stalled peace talks were “drowning” the country, blaming ethnic armed groups for the fighting that continues to rage in the country’s northern borderlands.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that making peace is a top priority for her administration, but she shares power with the military, which has fought ethnic insurgencies for decades.At the start of a third round of Suu Kyi-led peace talks in the capital Naypyidaw Wednesday, Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing suggested ethnic groups were responsible for the stalled peace process that he said was “drowning our country”.“I would like to urge you to wipe out the civil armed conflicts that hinder the development of the country,” he said.Defence minister Sein Win told AFP that ethnic militias were not doing enough to staunch ongoing conflict, saying they “need to control their people.”“If their people have no discipline, problems can happen,” he said.The six-day peace talks are an attempt by Suu Kyi, who came to power in 2016 after landslide elections, to bring more ethnic groups into a ceasefire accord.Ten groups are now signed up but at least seven, including some of the largest and most influential, are holding out, with Suu Kyi saying Wednesday they were “always welcome” to join.Progress has been hampered by continued clashes between the powerful military and armed insurgents fighting for more autonomy in northern Kachin and Shan states.The grinding conflicts play out away from the more prominent global headlines generated by violence in the country’s west, where the army has driven out some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims since August.More than a third of Myanmar’s townships are affected by unresolved conflict, according to a 2017 report from the Asia Foundation.Some of the fiercest clashes are happening in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin State, where more than 100,000 people have been displaced by violence.Kachin Independence Army general Gunmaw told reporters as he arrived at his hotel Tuesday that one of the aims of the conference was to restore basic communication channels with the government.“We hope fighting will be decreased.”last_img

Saifullah Ozaki in Iraqi jail

first_imgOzakiSaifullah Ozaki, who would recruit members for the ISIS from Bangladesh and send them to Syria, has been traced. He is in a jail at the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Sulaimaniyah.Ozaki surrendered to the CTG (Kurdistan Counter Terrorism Group) two months ago, according to a Bangladeshi intelligence agency.Confirming the news, a senior official of the intelligence agency told Prothom Alo, nine Bangladeshi militants either surrendered or were arrested after the fall of the last Syrian ISIS (Islamic State) hideout in Baghouz. Three among the nine were identified.Zunaid Hassan and Tahmid Shafi were the two others. They were detained by US-backed Syrian Democratic Force. Zunaid was detained from Syria’s Deir al-Zor on 13 March.An investigation officer at the DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit told Prothom Alo, they received information that Zunaid’s brother Ibrahim Hossain Khan was killed in a drone attack on an ISIS hideaway in Syria in February.The officer, on condition of anonymity, said they recently received a message, sent to the US from Kurdistan CTG, saying Ozaki surrendered to the Kurdi forces in Baghouz, Syria on 15 March. He was then transferred to the Solaimaniyah prison.The message also stated that Ozaki went to Bulgaria from Japan via Syria with his family in 2015. Later, his wife and two children, Muhammad and Umme, were killed in an air attack later. Three of his children, Isha, 7, Yousuf, 3, and Sarah, 1, are still in Syria.The DMP CTTC unit head Manirul Islam told Prothom Alo that the there was no scope to receive information from Syria, officially, but they would look into the matter. Earlier, they were informed through Japanese intelligence that Ozaki was staying in Bulgaria, but they did not have any updates over his whereabouts, he added.According to the law enforcement and Ozaki’s family, Saifullah Ozaki was originally Hindu by religion. His original name was Sujit Debnath and his father Janardan Debnath comes from village Koroi in Nabinagar, Brahmanbaria. He passed the higher secondary exams from Sylhet Cadet College in 2001. He went to study at Asia Pacific University in Japan with a scholarship from the Japan government in 2002.Ozaki’s father thinks he might have taken up the new name, Saifullah Ozaki, after being converted to Islam in Japan before being granted citizenship there and marrying a Japanese girl.According to the Japanese media, Ozaki earned his PhD degree in 2011 and joined Ritsumeikan University as a teacher. The university authority fired him in March 2016 as he was absent without permission since January that year.Sources said a large section of the Bangladeshis who went to Syria, inspired towards militancy, did so through Ozaki. Most of them studied at cadet colleges in Bangladesh.CTTC unit head Monirul Islam in a press briefing on 29 July 2017, said they first learnt about Ozaki after detaining Aminul Islam Begh from the capital’s Uttara in 2015.A case was filed against eight persons including Aminul Islam Begh, a former Barishal Cadet College student, and Saifullah Ozaki, with the Uttara (west) police station on 24 May 2015.The CTTC unit, on 25 March this year, submitted a charge sheet of the case before the chief judicial magistrate court in Dhaka. The charge sheet stated that the defendants led in setting up militant organisations along with recruiting members and conducting terrorist activities in Bangladesh, in communication with ISIS.Ozaki spread ISIS ideology through a Facebook page titled ‘Ex-cadet Islamic Learning Forum’ and financed sabotage in the country along with other assignments of ISIS, the charge sheet added.The exact number of Bangladeshis going to Syria through Ozaki is unknown. Earlier, Gazi Kamrus Salam aka Sohan, ex cadet college student and an engineer, was detained in the country in 2016 after returning home from Syria. During interrogation, Kamrus told the law enforcement that Md Mohibur Rahman, former Sylhet Cadet College student, and Nazibullah Ansari, former Rajshahi Cadet College student and an engineer, went to Syria through Ozaki.Janardan Debnath said they first come to know about his son Ozaki being involved in militancy when the local police came to their house in 2015. Janardan talked to his son over phone, who at that time was in Japan. Ozaki claimed he donated the money not for militancy but for orphans. This was the last communication between the two.Bangladesh does not have the statistics regarding the number of persons who went to Syria including the number of deaths or other details.A law enforcement source in Dhaka referred to a foreign terrorist fighters list prepared by a certain western country, which said over 40 Bangladeshis went to Syria from Bangladesh during 2014-15.* This piece appeared online in Prothom Alo in Bangla and has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi resigns as Congress president

first_imgRahul Gandhi. Photo: AFPRahul Gandhi quit Wednesday as head of India’s main opposition Congress party, taking the blame for a second-straight election humiliation by right-wing Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter account.”Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president.”The 49-year-old, who was seeking to become the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to become prime minister, had only been Congress president since December 2017.Congress has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1948, but it has seen a spectacular collapse in support in the past decade.Gandhi said immediately after his party’s defeat in the April-May national elections that he would not continue as leader, but party barons had hoped to change his mind and Wednesday’s official announcement still came as a surprise.Congress won only 52 of the 543 seats in the lower house of parliament in the election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 303 seats, increasing its majority as it won a second consecutive five-year term.The BJP’s huge victory stunned the opposition and political pundits who had predicted a reduced majority for Modi’s party.While saying he could not avoid his share of the blame, Gandhi launched a virulent attack on the BJP’s tactics, hinting that the vote had not been free and fair and saying that the Indian press, judiciary and election commission had all been turned against the opposition.- Privileged scion? -“We didn’t fight a political party in the 2019 election. Rather, we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state,” he said.Gandhi also accused the BJP of seeking to “destroy the fabric of our nation” and vowed to protect the country until his “last breath”.”I have no hatred or anger towards the BJP but every living cell in my body instinctively resists their idea of India,” he said.Veteran Indian politician Motilal Vora, new intern president of India`s main opposition Congress party, gestures at his residence in New Delhi on 3 July, 2019. Photo: AFPCritics accuse the BJP of stoking religious tensions and trying to undermine the country’s secular credentials.The BJP denies the accusations, insisting it believes in equality for all.Around 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population is Hindu, but it is also home to large numbers of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists.The great-grandson, grandson and son of three past premiers of the world’s biggest democracy, Gandhi had set out to rejuvenate the party after it lost to BJP in the 2014 election.But he struggled to shed his image as a privileged, dynastic scion.He even lost his constituency in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, that had been a family bastion for decades. He was allowed to contest a second seat, however, and won in southern India.Gandhi’s efforts at rebuilding the so-called Grand Old Party also seemed to flounder with the senior members refusing to yield space to the younger generation. Media reports said party baron, 90-year-old Motilal Vora, would become interim chief.”Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” Gandhi said.”It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility,” he added.Analysts said Gandhi’s resignation was likely to throw the party into fresh turmoil.”Rahul Gandhi’s resignation is an important point, but the bigger thing is what comes after this,” Manisha Priyam, an independent political analyst, told AFP.”Is it going to be a substitute who is going to be placed as the president?” she said indicating that making a Gandhi family pawn as new leader would not end its troubles.Rahul Gandhi’s mother, Italian-born Sonia, remains party chairperson. His sister Priyanka also took an increased role in this year’s election.last_img

Abbott Cuts Funding To Travis County Over Sanctuary Cities

first_img Share Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blocked funding for the first time over so-called “sanctuary cities” after Austin’s sheriff stopped complying with all federal immigration detainers.An Abbott spokesman said Wednesday that $1.5 million in previously approved criminal justice grants will no longer go to Travis county.The move follows Sheriff Sally Hernandez announcing after President Trump’s inauguration that she would stop honoring all immigration holds in her jails.That blocked funding is only a fraction of Hernandez’s budget but funds programs such as crime victim services and drug treatment courts.Abbott has asked the Texas legislature to prioritize a “sanctuary city” law between now and June.He wants the power to remove locally elected officials and block a wider array of funds.last_img read more

Their Homes Still Flooded Some Houston Residents Hope For A Buyout

first_img X Listen With their homes still flooded, West Houston residents are already talking about a government buyout.People near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are angry their homes were sacrificed to protect the rest of the city. A group of Canyon Gate neighbors planned to hold a “candlelight vigil” on Monday evening, saying in a press release it would take place “near the police tape blocking them from their community.”Binay Anand’s home was among those in the neighborhood damaged by the overflowing reservoirs.“It flooded like the last day of the ordeal,” he says. Anand knew this was possible, that it’s supposed to happen that way during intense flooding, so the reservoirs’ dams don’t burst and send floodwaters down Buffalo Bayou toward Houston’s core.But he says many of his neighbors didn’t. Their reaction?“Shocked, completely cheated, completely gutted,” he says.Anand says angry neighbors quickly gathered and talked about who to sue. They felt, and still feel, like Fort Bend County didn’t give them enough advance warning to get out. But some are already talking with officials about some means of comfort: the government buying out their homes and essentially making them part of the reservoir.County Judge Robert Hebert says he isn’t supporting any such plan yet, but he says he does understand why residents would be pushing for it now.A buyout would depend on federal money, but it’s a sign that this much-talked-about method of mitigating future flood impacts might see progress in the wake of Harvey. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Marissa Cummings, Houston Public MediaHarvey’s floodwaters inundated neighborhoods near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs 00:00 /01:05 Sharelast_img read more

New simulation predicts higher average Earth temperatures by 2050 than other models

first_img More information: Broad range of 2050 warming from an observationally constrained large climate model ensemble, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1430AbstractIncomplete understanding of three aspects of the climate system—equilibrium climate sensitivity, rate of ocean heat uptake and historical aerosol forcing—and the physical processes underlying them lead to uncertainties in our assessment of the global-mean temperature evolution in the twenty-first century1, 2. Explorations of these uncertainties have so far relied on scaling approaches3, 4, large ensembles of simplified climate models1, 2, or small ensembles of complex coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation models5, 6 which under-represent uncertainties in key climate system properties derived from independent sources7, 8, 9. Here we present results from a multi-thousand-member perturbed-physics ensemble of transient coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation model simulations. We find that model versions that reproduce observed surface temperature changes over the past 50 years show global-mean temperature increases of 1.4–3 K by 2050, relative to 1961–1990, under a mid-range forcing scenario. This range of warming is broadly consistent with the expert assessment provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report10, but extends towards larger warming than observed in ensembles-of-opportunity5 typically used for climate impact assessments. From our simulations, we conclude that warming by the middle of the twenty-first century that is stronger than earlier estimates is consistent with recent observed temperature changes and a mid-range ‘no mitigation’ scenario for greenhouse-gas emissions. (PhysOrg.com) — Over the past several years, researchers have built a variety of computer simulations created to predict Earth’s climate in the future. Most recently, most models have suggested that over the next fifty years, we’ll see an average worldwide rise in temperature of perhaps 1°C. Now a new group of simulations, using the combined computing power of thousands of personal computers, says that number is too low, and that we might see temperatures rise as much as 3°C, which would of course, be a far more serious situation. The simulations, run by climateprediction.net in conjunction with the BBC Climate Change Experiment, resulted in predictions of a rise in temperature ranging from 1.4°C to 3.0°C by 2050. The large team involved in the project has published their findings in Nature Geoscience. Warming of two degrees inevitable over Canada: study Explore further Journal information: Nature Climate Change © 2012 PhysOrg.com , Nature Geoscience While very few if any climate scientists expect a rise of 3°C would destroy our way of life, such a change would almost certainly result in much higher ocean levels, permanently flooding many coastal areas. Many also see a rise of 2°C, as the tipping point, or point of no return, which could some time in the distant future spell doom for our species if not our planet. Many suggest that such a rise could also have a profound impact on weather systems. One recent study by a team of researchers and published in Nature Climate Change, reports on findings that suggest recent weather patterns are already showing signs of change due to global warming. A higher incidence of tornadoes in the US, a heat wave in Russian, flooding in Pakistan, etc. are all linked to elevated temperatures.The new computer simulation model was a modification of one already used by the UK’s meteorological agency to predict global temperature changes. It was modified to more accurately take into account carbon emissions, how fast oceans absorb heat, and heat reflected back into space by aerosols in the atmosphere. The simulation was then run over 10,000 times on personal computers offered for service by home computer users, each with slightly different parameters and each covering the period 1920 to 2080. Every simulation also ran with the assumption that carbon emissions would continue to be spewed into the atmosphere at the same rate as occurs today. Once data was received from all the simulations, the researchers discarded those findings that didn’t make sense in a contextual sense. Of those remaining, none showed an increase of less than 1°C over temperatures from just a decade ago, while nearly 15% of them showed a rise of as much as 3°C by the year 2050.While this new simulation isn’t definitive proof that temperatures worldwide will increase as much as predicted over the next thirty eight years, it most definitely is a warning that we as a species would be putting ourselves in peril if we don’t find a way to stop pumping carbon emissions into the atmosphere sooner rather than later. Citation: New simulation predicts higher average Earth temperatures by 2050 than other models (2012, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-simulation-higher-average-earth-temperatures.html Evolution of uncertainties in reconstructed global-mean temperature projections. Image (c) Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1430 This document is subject to copyright. 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Recordsetting electric airplane exceeds 200mph w Video

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Test pilot Yates is now the first person to ever fly an electric aircraft faster than 200 miles per hour, in his test flight last week at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert. The plane that he flew is called the Long-ESA, (for Electric Speed and Altitude). The aircraft is a modified Long-EZ, serving as a development platform for a new electric aircraft system which will be utilized for a flight across the Atlantic later on. The transatlantic flight is scheduled for 2014. Explore further (Phys.org) — Last week’s record of the fastest ever manned electric aircraft was set by electric-vehicle record-setter Chip Yates. He already had credentials as holding the world record for fastest electric motorcycle going over 196 mph last year. As a test pilot this time around, Yates flew an electric airplane and achieved 202.6 mph in level flight. This topped the previous record of 175 mph last year by the electric aircraft Cri-Cri. The latter, flown by French pilot Hugues Duval, broke the record during the Paris Air Show. The aircraft was powered by a pair of 35-horsepower electric motors and a pair of lithium polymer batteries. World’s first aircraft with serial hybrid electric drive The electric Long-ESA, powered by a 258 horsepower electric motor, is being worked on by electric aerospace company Flight of the Century (FOTC), where Yates is CEO, as an R&D plane for development of the company’s “mid-air recharging technology.” The company team converted Burt Rutan’s Long-EZ airplane (Rutan is an aerospace engineer) for the trial flight. In a two-month workup at the FOTC site, the plane’s gasoline power was converted over to electric power. Just how much can an electric plane achieve? So far, engineers looking at the electric plane’s future in practical terms are concerned the most with range rather than speed, and news of speed records command less attention than longevity of flight. In recognition, Yates hopes his speed runs will help develop the technology needed for longer-endurance flights and more practical electric aircraft. Yesterday’s flight of the electric Long-ESA lasted only 16 minutes. There was a hitch when Yates realized that a battery had been run too low and he had to land sooner than expected. Long-ESA will be given a more capable battery pack as part of subsequent work. The company expects a top speed of 230 to 250 mph with the full-size battery pack in place in September.Yates, meanwhile, is bringing the Long-ESA to the 2012 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh event, which runs July 23 to July 29, where the craft will go on display and where he will present his flight data. FOTC engineers worked on the test program to generate data, video and knowledge in time to share with attendees. After Oshkosh, the company intends to equip the Long-ESA with a custom designed lithium-ion series of battery packs and a front-mounted recharging probe to test mid-air tethering and battery jettison along with “rebalance” technologies. Beyond this test flight, the core mission behind FOTC is to extend the range and endurance of an electric-powered aircraft by replacing battery packs in flight using its mid-air refueling technique of “flying battery packs,” drones full of batteries, for various ground or ocean stations. A UAV would detach from the “mothership” once the batteries are depleted and fly down to a recharging station as a freshly charged battery pack is launched to dock with the aircraft. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Record-setting electric airplane exceeds 200-mph (w/ Video) (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-record-setting-electric-airplane-mph-video.html More information: www.flightofthecentury.com/last_img read more

Gastronomic sojourn from Delhi to Attari

first_imgKolkata : Carrying forward the spirit of progressive North Indian delicacies, ‘Sigree Global Grill’ and ‘Flame and Grill’ introduces The Food Highway NH1 Festival – the absolute culinary treat from Delhi to Attari. The trail celebrates the taste of rich flavors, exuberant aroma and magical tadka of the colorful land from Delhi to Punjab. A delectable array of beverages, main courses and desserts are sure to make you have a larger than life experience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis new festival picks the best of dishes from Delhi to Atari by adding some authentic recipes from Dhabas of Punjab. The restaurants present an exquisite array of menu,0 both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Vegetarians can delight their taste buds with progressive cart special ” Tom yum phoochka”, the delicious legendary “NH 1 ki Dal”, Dhaba style” Navrattan Korma”, etc. “Makaiki roti, Missi Roti” layered with dollop of white butter and Gur, give a treat to your taste buds. Non-vegetarians can opt for delicately crafted dishes like Masaledar ” Machhali Tawa Fry”, Dhabewala ” Saag Gosth”, “Butter Chicken” which is by nature Punjabi, etc. Dessert lovers can try Gulkand Ki Phirni, Candid fruit stuffed Gulab jamun and Aam papad Cheesecake. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe food highway NH1 redefines the exotic flavors of progressive Punjabi food. Most of the dishes boast of some innovative items that have been served to travelers. You can head to the Highway Food Festival and stop by for a good hearty meal. It’s perfect upscale casual dining destination for palates.The innovative menu will be on offer for a fortnight, for both lunch and dinner at Global Grill at Silver Arcade. Lunch will be served from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and dinner from 7.00 pm till 11.00 pm.last_img read more

FireEyes Global DNS Hijacking Campaign suspects Iranianbased group as the prime source

first_imgFireEye, a US cybersecurity firm, have disclosed details about their DNS hijacking campaign. In their recent report, the company shared that they have identified huge DNS hijacking affecting multiple domains belonging to government, telecommunications and internet infrastructure entities across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and North America. FireEye analysts believe an Iranian-based group is the source behind these attacks, although they do not have a definitive proof. The analysts also said that “they have been tracking this activity for several months, mapping and understanding the innovative tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) deployed by the attacker”. The FireEye Intelligence team has also identified an access from Iranian IPs to machines used to intercept, record and forward network traffic. The team also mentions that these IP addresses were previously observed during the response to an intrusion attributed to Iranian cyber espionage actors. The FireEye report highlights three different techniques used to conduct these attacks. Techniques to manipulate the DNS records and enable victim compromises 1. Altering DNS A Records Source: FireEye Here the attackers first logged into a proxy box used to conduct non-attributed browsing and as a jumpbox to other infrastructure. The attacker then logs into the DNS provider’s administration panel, utilising previously compromised credentials. Attackers change the DNS records for victim’s mail server in order to redirect it to their own mail server. They have used Let’s Encrypt certificates to support HTTPS traffic, and a load balancer to redirect victims back to the real email server after they’ve collected login credentials from victims on their shadow server. The username, password and domain credentials are harvested and stored. 2. Altering DNS NS Records Source: FireEye This technique is the same as the previous one. However, here the attacker exploits a previously compromised registrar or ccTLD. 3. A DNS Redirector Source: FireEye This technique is a conjunction of the previous two. The DNS Redirector is an attacker operations box which responds to DNS requests. Here, if the domain is from inside the company, OP2 responds with an attacker-controlled IP address, and the user is re-directed to the attacker-controlled infrastructure. Analysts said that a large number of organizations have been affected by this pattern of DNS record manipulation and fraudulent SSL certificates. These include telecoms and ISP providers, internet infrastructure providers, government and sensitive commercial entities. According to FireEye report, “While the precise mechanism by which the DNS records were changed is unknown, we believe that at least some records were changed by compromising a victim’s domain registrar account.” To know more about this news in detail, read the FireEye report. Read Next FireEye reports North Korean state sponsored hacking group, APT38 is targeting financial institutions Reddit posts an update to the FireEye’s report on suspected Iranian influence operation Justice Department’s indictment report claims Chinese hackersbreached business and government networklast_img read more