Bryce Harper explains why he chose Phillies over Giants

first_imgEven though the Giants’ final offer of 12 years, $310 million was less than … Bryce Harper said he wanted to sign with the Giants last month, but unlike Tony Bennett his heart just wasn’t in San Francisco.It belonged to Philadelphia.Harper told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal he loved pretty much everything about the Giants and he would have been happy to play here. But he needed to follow his heart.(Here’s where the cynical Giants supporters point out he also followed the money).last_img read more

Spammers Using Facebook Events to Trick Users

first_imgRelated Posts Spammers are using Facebook Events to trick users into completing online surveys, taking part in online contests and perform other tasks which allow spammers to generate commissions. In some cases, users are also tricked into giving up their mobile phone number, which is then automatically signed up for expensive premium services.According to multiple security firms, spammers using Facebook Events to promote their links have been highly successful in their efforts to dupe unsuspecting users thus far. According to a report from TrendMicro,”tens of thousands” of users had mistakenly registered for one spammer’s event. Meanwhile, Sophos found an example where over 10 million Facebook users had been targeted, and over 165,000 had accepted.Event Spam: Bogus Events with Link-Bait TitlesTrendMicro’s fraud analyst Paul Pajares says that spammers have turned to Facebook Events instead of posting their links to users’ walls where they can “easily get lost in the News Feed.”  These bogus events often have tantalizing, link-bait titles like “How to Find Out Who’s Viewing Your Profile” or “Who Blocked You From His Friend List?” How the Scams WorkOnce on an Event’s page, users visiting the “More Info” section  are provided with instructions on how to find out the answer to the question the event promotes (e.g. who blocked you, who’s viewing your profile, etc.) The final step, of course, is clicking the spammer’s link.This link is obfuscated using a URL-shortener like, which takes a longer link and compresses it into a shorter one that redirects to the site in question. and other services like it grew in popularity thanks to Twitter, which limits the number of characters in its status update field to 140 characters. For Twitter users sharing news and other links with each other, these services are invaluable. However, for spammers, the shorteners can hide what would otherwise be questionable domain names and URLs from potential scam victims.As a best practice, you should avoid any event invitations of a similar nature, even if you see a friend promoting them on their own Facebook Wall. The tricky, bogus events being used by these cyber criminals also automatically reshare the Event’s link to victims’ own Facebook pages. If you see something like this, you may want to inform your friend that they were a victim of a spammer.Update: An earlier version of this article implied that the problem of Event spam was a new vector for Facebook spammers. However, this is not the case. As you can see here, spammers have been using events for months now. The examples cited by the security researchers, however, are new. Screenshots show spam events with dates in March, April and May 2011. Due to these particular events’ success in duping users, the researchers felt it necessary to again highlight the problem. Image Credits: Sophos; Trend Micro A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit For the record, Facebook doesn’t allow you to track profile views or blocks, either through its own user interface and feature set or via third-party Facebook applications. Facebook even explains in its own online Help documentation that “blocking someone is completely confidential,” and that no one will ever be notified that they’ve been blocked. It also does not permit third-party applications to track this information, either.In addition, any application that claims it can show you who’s been viewing your profile should be reported, Facebook says in a separate FAQ (frequently asked question) available here.However, despite the ongoing issue of Event spam, Facebook has not updated its Help documentation to refer to both applications and events. The pages only mentions apps.That said, any links promoting such activities should be avoided at all costs, no matter the source.Facebook-Scale Spam is Very SuccessfulIn the case of one event (“Who Blocked You…”), security researchers found that 10.3 million Facebook users were targeted and over 165,000 of that group had been duped into accepting the event invite. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#Real World#security#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Not all of these fake Facebook Events appeal to users’ egos, however. Some just use the tried-and-tested social engineering technique which promotes something (a video, photo, etc.) you have to “see to believe.” For example, one event reads “You will NEVER send a TEXT after seeing this VIDEO!” and the event’s wall says “This is a horrific video!” followed by a link where the video can (supposedly) be viewed. At the time that Sophos uncovered this scam, over 13,000 users had “registered” to attend. sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Doctor’s suicide: three accused to be in custody till June 24

first_imgThe City Civil and Sessions Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of three senior doctors at BYL Nair Hospital till June 24 in the case for abetting the suicide of 26-year-old, second-year resident doctor Dr. Payal Tadvi. Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, were booked on May 23, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises.The trio were sent to judicial custody on May 31 and they subsequently filed their bail pleas. They are currently lodged at Byculla jail. On Monday they broke down in court and told the judge they cannot stay in jail anymore. The doctors claimed that they were subjected to injustice and requested the judge to hear the arguments pertaining to bail soon. Additional sessions judge R.M. Sadrani adjourned the hearing to June 17 for bail arguments and extended judicial custody till June 24. They have been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The Crime Branch was scheduled to file its reply on Monday, however they sought some time and it will be filed on June 17. Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, appearing for the doctors, told the court that under the SC/ST Act there is a provision to provide video recording of court proceedings. He filed an application before the court which was allowed by the court.last_img read more

Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2016

first_img(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with Busineswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) Akamai Releases Second Quarter 2016 State of the Internet / Security ReportBengaluru, Karnataka, India, September 15, 2016(Business Wire India) *Q2 report spotlights a 129 percent YoY increase in total DDoS attacks and a record 276 percent increase in NTP reflection attacks *Web application attacks increased by 14 percent; SQL Injection and Local File Inclusion (LFI) continue growth as most common attack vectorsAkamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report. The report, using data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform?, highlights the cloud security landscape, specifically trends with DDoS and web application attacks, as well as malicious traffic from bots.Download the latest State of the Internet / Security Report for data, analysis, and graphics attack sizes are decreasing, we continue to see an uptick in the number of attacks as launch tools grow increasingly pervasive and easy to use and monetize,? said Martin McKeay, Editor-in-Chief, State of the Internet / Security Report. (MORE) BUS TLS JSMlast_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Raises 45 Million At Annual Gala

first_imgThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its third annual gala this week in Saint-Tropez, and raised $45 million to go towards its aim of protecting vulnerable wildlife and stopping climate change.Leonardo DiCaprio honored Prince Albert II of Monaco with the first ever New World Leadership Award at the event.Among the guests were Bono, Mariah Carey, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Chris Rock, Bradley Cooper, Edward Norton, Petra Nemcova, Naomi Campbell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Doutzen Kroes and Constance Jablonski.Performers included The Weeknd, Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey, and the event included a live auction.Part of the evening’s proceeds was donated to read more

Crown says man should be convicted of Monica Jacks murder based on

first_imgThe Canadian PressA man charged with murdering 12-year-old Monica Jack in British Columbia over 40 years ago went on trial Monday.Crown prosecutor Mark Sheardown outlined the case against Garry Handlen saying he should be found guilty after confessing to undercover police that he abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her.Sheardown told jurors Handlen also took police to the crime scene and provided details about snatching the girl while she was riding her new bike near Merritt, in the province’s read more

Canadas Bell Media has teamed up with Lionsgate t

first_imgCanada’s Bell Media has teamed up with Lionsgate to bring in its premium pay television platform Starz to a Canadian audience and gain first-window rights to future Lionsgate theatrical releases.Chris AlbrechtThe agreement is a move by Starz and Bell Media to compete for premium subscribers on all platforms, and adds to Bell Media’s suite of subscription services.These include pay television network The Movie Network Encore (TMN Encore), which will be rebranded in early 2019 with a slate of premium Starz programming and a broad selection of Lionsgate hit films and television series added.The collaboration with Starz parent Lionsgate also encompasses future exclusive first-window access to the studio’s slate of Hollywood movies. All Lionsgate films will also be available to subscribers of Bell Media’s French-language Pay TV service, Super Écran.This marks the first international launch of Starz since Lionsgate acquired the network in December 2016. The channel will be introduced across Bell Media platforms, including TMN and Canada’s premium streaming service Crave TV.The newly branded service will also be available on a direct-to-consumer basis.“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht.“Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth of Starz in the territory.”Starz already has an international SVOD service, Starz Play, which has performed strongly in the Middle East and is set for further rollout this year.Starz is not the first US premium pay TV channel to launch in Canada. HBO Canada has operated in the territory for a decade, while CBS Corp.’s Showtime debuted locally after a deal with Bell in 2015.last_img read more

The number of European films released outside of E

first_imgThe number of European films released outside of Europe grew by 8.5% in 2016, according to research from the European Audiovisual Observatory. However, the number of cinema admissions in the 12 non-European markets studied fell sharply.According to the Observatory, 650 European films were on theatrical release in at least one of the markets covered by its research in 2016, representing an 8.5% rise year-on-year. This was the largest number of European films released outside Europe over a five-year period and represents about 11% of the total number of European films on release worldwide, including in Europe.However, cinema admissions in the 12 markets covered fell from 108 million to 82 million in 2016, resulting in an estimated gross box office take for European films outside Europe of €475 million.European films accounted for 19% of the tracked number of films on release, in line with the five-year average, and 2% of the admissions generated in the 12 non-European sample markets, the lowest market share in the past five years.The US remains the largest foreign market for European films, accounting for 32% of total admissions to European films outside of Europe. China was the second largest market in terms of admissions with 18.6 million tickets sold in 2016, accounting for 23% of total admissions. This was followed by Mexico, with 12% of total admissions, Australia – 7% – and South Korea –6%.The UK overtook France as the most successful European film export country in 2016 with UK films cumulatively selling 44.6 million tickets, accounting for 55% of total admissions. French films came in second place, with 14.1 million admissions, representing 17% of total admissions to European films.last_img read more

DERRY Girls star SaoirseMonica Jackson visited a

first_img DERRY Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson visited a local charity yesterday to provide her support as they appeal for votes to be named Best Health Project in the 2018 National Lottery Awards.Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a Derry-based family support group and suicide prevention charity which has been supported by the National Lottery. HURT also offers help to people who are struggling with addiction and also their families. ShareTweet Sadie O’Reilly, who founded the charity following the death of her son Tony from a drug overdose in 1999, said: “Over the years, we at HURT, must have worked with thousands of real-life Derry girls and boys and their families providing addiction support services.“Funding from the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, has been crucial in helping us carry out this vital work. It would mean so much to us all to win a National Lottery Award and we are immensely grateful for Saoirse’s support.Saoirse-Monica added: “I was delighted to be able to meet Sadie O’Reilly and her fantastic team at HURT.“Drug and alcohol addiction is such an important issue and Derry, like many other places, has its fair share of problems. center_img “However, it is heartening to learn that organisations like HURT can offer much needed help and assistance not only to people suffering from addiction but their families too.“To win a National Lottery Award would be a fitting recognition for HURT and I hope everyone can get behind them and vote for them.”HURT said on its Facebook page: “We were delighted yesterday to have the star of the hit Channel 4 comedy ‘Derry Girls’ Saoirse Jackson come help support us in our bid to be named ‘Best Health Project’ in the 2018 National Lottery Good Causes Awards!VOTE FOR US HEREDerry Girls actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson visits addiction support charity HURT was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by John2,John2,addictionalcoholDerry charityDerry Girls actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson visits addiction support charity HURTdrugsFounder Sadie O’Neillhurtlast_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link ALERT: E.B. and Doug share secret behind fast-approaching “trading window” the Government is set to open On several days a year, investors make 30x MORE money than any other. The Government, through an antiquated federal statute, is responsible for these absurd opportunities. These “windows” open like clockwork, in a highly predictable way. They don’t stay open for very long. But they generate opportunities to make gains like 400% in 18 hours… 188% in 24 hours… 700% in 5 days… and a rare 1,610% in 7 days. Click here to learn when the next “window” is set to open [this date is quickly approaching]. Justin: At the end of the day, cultures borrow from each other. This is how society evolves. Yet, a growing number of people can’t seem to grasp this. It’s comical as much as it is disturbing. Doug: This is the kind of thinking that wound up making people serfs, where if you were born in one place and one occupation, you were obligated to stay there. You weren’t allowed to borrow from somebody else or learn a different trade, you were only supposed to do what tradition dictated. So I guess in PC World only blacks are supposed to make chitlins, and eat collard greens and watermelon, and only Mexicans are supposed to make burritos and tacos. I suppose the French aren’t supposed to cook German food, either. Etc., etc. It reminds me of that stupid meme Bush created, where “French fries” were renamed “Freedom fries” during the Gulf War. The whole thing is crazy. These people are criminally insane. As well as stupid. It’s like the minorities need protection because they’re stupid and incompetent. And the white people will steal their cuisine from them, like they, idiotically, think they’ve stolen everything else. But if you look at it that way, these people have in fact stolen all the inventions of white people. Which is to say, just about everything you have in the world that’s worth having today. It’s a sign of psychological aberration. There’s absolutely no intellectual, moral, or any other argument that can be made for this stupidity. But it’s growing, not diminishing. Trends in motion tend to stay in motion, until a crisis happens. Then a new trend evolves. But who’s to say the new trend is going to be better than this one? It might be worse. Justin: Yes, unfortunately, this isn’t just a problem in Portland. It’s a nationwide epidemic. Doug: It’s a good argument for why the US should break up into little sub-countries. And the breakup should be done on cultural grounds. Because the people of Portland have very little in common with the ranchers in eastern Oregon. Just like the people in San Francisco and Los Angeles have very little in common with the people in the California desert and farm country. And the people who live in pot country in Mendocino County have very little in common with the people that live in San Diego. It’s ridiculous that California be one state. It should be several. The same is true of most states in the US, and the US as a whole, quite frankly. They’re historic artifacts. They have very little reason for existence. And it’s also true of most countries in the world, and I’m very gratified to see Catalonia making real efforts to break off from Spain. Part of the same problem. This is a cultural thing. There are no political solutions to cultural problems. Justin: So, if the government can’t fix this, what can? Is there even a cure? Doug: That’s a good question. It’ll only get worse if the government makes more laws to “solve” this problem. And I don’t know they’ll ever even see the real problem. As they pass more laws, they’re inevitably going to either aggravate the situation or clamp down on the pressure cooker so the explosion will be even bigger. I’m glad to be here in South America most of the time. We don’t have these problems in Argentina. Well, we do, but they’re not as serious. Perhaps because this is a fairly culturally homogeneous country. A final parenthetical note. Years ago I spent a week in Acapulco, staying at a house owned by a rich friend of mine in Hong Kong. In his visitor’s book, he noted that there weren’t any good Mexican restaurants in the city. Shockingly, he was right. Maybe that was because all the best chefs had emigrated to the US, or Mexico was then too poor to afford good ingredients for its own cuisine, or whatever, I don’t know. But, in my experience, Americans have improved Mexican food. That’s what “fusion” cuisine is all about, and I love it. “Authentic” food from backward places—whatever its merits—is often unsanitary, coarse, unreliably prepared, and made from often questionable local materials. I’ve eaten plenty around the world, and native cuisines are almost always greatly improved when they’re done over in America. Let me hasten to add that I expect hate mail from Social Justice Warriors who occasionally troll this site, and believe anything from the primitive world is corrupted when it lands in the US. But I look forward to reading hate mail. It’s more amusing than watching Comedy Central. Justin: It sounds like you made the right decision by relocating to Argentina. If this keeps up, I might have to follow in your footsteps. Anyway, that’s all I got for you today. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, Doug. Doug: My pleasure, Justin. Justin’s note: Although America as we know it is getting stranger each day, there’s a far more important change taking place at the highest levels of US government. It involves a shocking currency ban Doug recently discovered… which could take place very soon. Fed members have already met privately to discuss this ban. And it could devalue the savings of countless Americans. Thankfully, there are four steps that Doug is taking today to prepare. And he’s decided to share them with his readers in this free video. Check it out right here. — America’s Undisputed Trading Champion (Whom You’ve Probably Never Heard of) Says to Do One Thing NOW There’s a new king of Wall Street. But you’ve likely never heard of him. He outperformed Gabelli, Yusko, Einhorn, Greenblatt, Tepper, Rieder and more than 600 others to take first place in Wall Street’s most prestigious competition. His picks also outperformed every single hedge fund in the world this past year. Click here to see what “America’s Top Trader” says you should do with your money… TODAY. Justin’s note: White people shouldn’t make burritos. At least, that’s what some people in Portland think… It all started after two white women from Portland took a road trip to Mexico. There, they met the “tortilla ladies” of Puerto Nuevo. They asked about their process…learned their basic ingredients…and watched them roll tortillas from scratch. When the two women returned to Portland, they opened their own restaurant, Kooks Burritos, using what they’d learned. They also shared the story of their Mexican road trip with a local publication. A week after that story broke, their restaurant shut down due to accusations of “cultural appropriation.” In other words, it’s apparently racist to replicate another culture’s cuisine. After reading this ridiculous story, I called Doug Casey to get his take. As you can imagine, Doug had some interesting things to say. Below is a transcript of our conversation… Justin: Doug, what did you make of this story? Does the punishment fit the “crime”? Doug: This actually beggars the imagination that a couple of girls take a trip to Mexico, improve their cooking skills—and are punished for it. And apparently not by Mexicans living in Portland, but apparently by other white people, since Portland is a very white city. Although it’s impossible to determine from press reports the racial makeup of the protestors. In today’s ultra-PC world, reporters wouldn’t mention that unless it seemed to prove that whites were oppressing non-whites. It’s safe to conjecture, however, that there’s a cadre of activists who make their living by being professional brown or black people, who’ve rounded up some self-hating whites to act as their running dogs. The tactic has worked well for “community organizers” like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama. Recommended Link — People that perceive themselves as being underprivileged, or minorities, or People of Color, or whatever they want to call themselves, have captured the semantic and philosophical high ground. At this point, however, these people (am I being non-PC in using that phrase? Maybe… it’s so hard to stay current) aren’t driven by any rationality for things done to them, or their ancestors. They’re just being driven by hatred, envy, and avarice. A civilization is in trouble when vices have captured the philosophical high ground. It’s as if it’s become a bad thing to be a white person. Which is rather amazing, because essentially all of the things that make life easy and pleasant—science, literature, music, inventions, industry, technology—have been created by white Europeans. Today, however, it’s considered shameful to be of European extraction. White people supposedly aren’t allowed to take advantage of the very few things that Third Worlders actually have produced. So it seems to me that, at the very time community organizers and the chattering classes are accusing whites of racism, we’re actually building towards some kind of a serious race war. One that they’re actively trying to foment, at least as much as the Ku Klux Klan ever did. Which is really a pity, because personally, I choose my friends based upon their character and what they do, not based on some accident of birth. At the same time, it’s got to be said that ever since humans became biologically modern about 100,000 years ago—although anthropologists are starting to think it may be as long as 300,000–500,000 years ago—anybody from an outside group that looked different or dressed differently was viewed with suspicion. Because they might be pursuing the same deer that you are. And maybe the only thing you had in common was the deer that you both wanted to kill and take home for dinner. That was the start of racism, or “my groupism.” If you look different, you’re not part of my group. If you’re not part of my group, you’re probably an enemy. Which was probably, factually, the case in the days of scarce resources. Racism, therefore, isn’t entirely irrational. And it’s probably a genetic characteristic at this point. “Discrimination” is necessary and laudable; it’s entirely a question of how rational it is. Justin: But Doug, humans no longer have to fight each other for meals to survive. And yet, racism seems to be getting worse. Doug: Yes, it’s perverse that at the very time when resources are becoming vastly more abundant that racism seems to be becoming more of an issue, not less of an issue. This is very disturbing. Racism itself is a perfectly natural thing, and has survival value. But race hatred, which is what these people are fomenting, makes no sense. Neither does making laws against it make any sense. I prefer that people be at liberty to openly express their beliefs, and the state of their psyches. Not have to cover these things up. I like to know whom I’m dealing with… Perhaps the reason we’re seeing a resurgence of race hatred is that these people have spent most of their lives in government schools, and have been inculcated with Cultural Marxism. Because the schools seem to be getting worse, I don’t see that the situation is going to get better. Justin: I agree, Doug. This kind of thinking is incredibly destructive. Can you imagine if people thought like this in the 1950s or ’60s? We wouldn’t have rock and roll, which came from the blues. The Rolling Stones might have been crucified. Doug: Very good point. A free man can say what he thinks, and an honest man thinks what he says. Today’s PC culture is making it hard not to act like a hypocritical slave. It’s disgusting. And another sign of the ongoing collapse of Western Civilization.last_img read more