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Wangs-Letran escapes Go for Gold to notch 3rd straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We made a lot of turnovers. Luckily, our defense prevailed in the end,” said coach Jeff Napa.Quinto fired eight of his team-best 17 points in the fourth quarter. He also had nine rebounds and five assists, leading Wangs-Letran’s 11-2 start in the fourth quarter to turn a tight 68-62 contest to a commanding 15-point edge, 79-64, with 6:04 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGo for Gold leaned on veterans Paul Desiderio and J-Jay Alejandro during its late uprising, staging a 16-4 run to cut the deficit down to one, 89-88, with 11.4 seconds to play before Quinto’s foul shots late.Rey Publico added 14 markers, nine boards, and three blocks for the Couriers, while Bonbon Batiller got 12 in the win. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Wangs-Letran extended its winning streak to three to grab a share of the third spot at 5-2 with Marinerong Pilipino.Yankie Haruna paced Go for Gold (4-5) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Desiderio had a solid debut with his 15 markers on a 3-of-7 shooting from threes.Alejandro and Gutang both had 13 in the loss.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 91 — Quinto 17, Publico 14, Batiller 12, Mandreza 10, Fajarito 8, Muyang 8, Ambohot 7, Balanza 7, Calvo 6, Taladua 2, Yu 0.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks sign guard Brandon Jennings to 10-day contract GO FOR GOLD 88 — Haruna 20, Desiderio 15, Alejandro 13, Gutang 13, Dixon 8, Leutcheu 8, Naboa 5, Pasturan 3, Salem 3, Gaco 0.Quarters: 20-18, 43-48, 68-62, 91-88.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran staved off a late rally from Go for Gold to win, 91-88, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Bong Quinto drilled the insurance freebies in the final 8.2 seconds to put the Couriers up by three. Scratchers’ Justin Gutang missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Commerce Ministry Quarterly General Inspection Begins

first_imgThe long awaited quarterly inspection has started at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with trained inspectors deployed in 12 zones in Monrovia and its environs. The issue of inspection at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been a long standing problem, considering capacity gap and professionalism by inspectors during the exercise.The Minister of Commerce, Axel M. Addy, who spoke at the opening, last Thursday at the Ministry of Commerce said he wants to build a strong public image, with the compelling need for revenue generation.He also encouraged the inspectors to exhibit a high degree of professionalism, noting, “You are the direct ambassadors of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to the business community.”According to him, the ministry also introduced the concept of rebranding with the view of changing from the status quo to that of a refined and corporate culture that will serve the needs of the consuming public.This quarter’s inspection will focus mainly on three key sectors which are frozen foods, building materials and electronics. Last year’s inspection exercise generated over US$100,000 & LD 400,000.00 respectively, according to the ministry. The current inspection will last for one month: February 23 – March 23.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth raise awareness of sexual violence in Fort St. John

first_imgThat includes the difficult task of telling their friends when they don’t agree with something they’re doing. Instead of blaming the victim, she suggests thinking, “not on my watch,” “she doesn’t deserve it,” or “I’ll make sure she gets home safe.”Once at Centennial Park, the group heard from a member of the Fort St. John Women’s Society as well as a woman who survived years of domestic abuse.“The day I left, I found my strength,” she said.Through research so far, the Peace Project has determined that Fort St. John has the second highest rate of domestic violence in the province. Much of the next two years of the project will be a push to educate youth and families about healthy relationships, in conjunction with the My Strength campaign.Advertisement The event is intended to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth, and the vital role young men can play in fostering healthy relationships. Before the march, Peace Project co-ordinator Clarice Eckford spoke to the crowd. She says it’s key to teach these values to young people when they are first embarking on relationships.“High school is good because this is when youth and young adults are really trying to figure out relationships and what they want in a relationship and how they want to act in a relationship,” she argues. “So to get young men and women together to have that conversation start is really important.” She adds it’s hard for young men and women to be honest about how they’re feeling at their age. – Advertisement -The My Strength event was organized by NPSS students who want to see the awareness they’re promoting turned into actions. Eckford explains that they’re looking to “enlist” young men to take action against rape and abuse. “Just standing up and saying, ‘we don’t want the women in our lives to be abused, and we don’t want abuse to go on, and just standing beside women and girls.”Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgLady Captain Angela Kilgallen’s day will soon be upon us and the week kicks off on Tuesday 7th August with a categorised scramble.As many of the ladies in the higher handicap range as possible, are encouraged to enter as this is a great fun day at the start of Lady Captains Week. On Thursday 9th August there will be the very popular 13 hole fancy dress play and party.This year, Lady Captain has chosen the theme of Dots and Spots. Much secrecy surrounds the ’outfits’ and some raised eyebrows by visitors to the course on the day, is expected! Judging takes place as usual in the evening, in the clubhouse and of course the trophy is a much sought after accolade. The Lady Captains mixed foursomes is on Friday 10th August, leading to Lady Captains Day on Saturday 11th August. Please ensure you have entered your name for the various draws and not forgetting the main competition with dinner and presentation later that night. The August medal, which is normally played on the 1st Tuesday will be played on August 14th.The A.I.B. open was played last week and many thanks to the A.I.B. for their continued support of the ladies club. The lady in form, having been seen practising the night before, Anne Cannon, won with 36 points, including a nice birdie on the 8th. Runner Up from Portsalon Golf Club, a great supporter of our Opens, Deirdre O’Toole 34 points. The gross was won by Dara McGowan, Ballybofey and Stranorlar 28 gross points. 3rd place Peggy Forde 34 points B.O.T. Visitor Deirdre Hensey, Lady Vice Captain – Portsalon Golf Club, Front 9 Angela Bradley 19 points B.O.T. Back 9 Pauline Curley 18 points.The weekend 9 hole competition was won by Ruth Daly 21 points and runner up was Marian Keating 17 points B.O.T.The Maire O’Donnell team played on Monday in the home match against Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The ladies fought a tough and valiant match against a very strong opposition. Even the fox came out to support, as he raced from the bunker across the fairway to get a better view of the 3rd match! Between sunny spells and summer showers, the ladies never gave up, watched and cheered by the many supporters who are famed for supporting our very own Letterkenny Golf Club. Alas, it came down to one hole in the end and Letterkenny Ladies bow out of the competition for this year. There will be an 18 hole re-entry competition this bank holiday weekend.On behalf of the Ladies Club, may I extend every best wish to our Lady Captain for a most enjoyable week and in particular on her day 11 August. Good luck to everyone playing – may the sun shine on us all and remember, it’s golf – fun and to be enjoyed. Photo: A.I.B. Open Left to Right: Deirdre Hensey, Mary Murray, Anne Cannon, Lady Captain Angela Kilgallen, Deirdre O’Toole, Pauline Curley, Marian O’Sullivan, Angela Bradley. GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB LADIES NOTES was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies noteslast_img read more


first_imgThe car involved in today’s ramming in Castlefin.BREAKING NEWS: This is the car Gardai believe has been used in a number of attempted burglaries across Donegal in recent days.The silver Mercedes was involved in a chase with Gardai earlier today in Castlefin.It is understood the occupants of the car tried to ram Gardai. It followed reports that at least two men in the car had ben acting suspiciously in the Lifford, Raphoe, Manor and St Johnston area in recent days.The gang of three men were arrested near Doneyloop by local Gardaí, who were assisted in apprehending the men by members of the local community.Gardai are seeking to interview the men in relation to a number of incidents.We will bring you more as this story develops.  COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAI HUNT BURGLARY GANG AFTER CAR RAMMING was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarycar rammingcastlefindonegalGardailast_img read more

Mixing of mice and men

first_img One of the patent applicants, Jose Cibelli, first attempted such an experiment in 1998 when he fused cells from his cheek into cow eggs. “The idea is to hijack the machinery of the egg,” said Cibelli, whose current work at Michigan State University does not involve human material because that would violate state law. Researchers argue that co-mingling human and animal tissue is vital to ensuring that experimental drugs and new tissue replacement therapies are safe for people. Others have performed similar experiments with rabbit and chicken eggs while University of California, Irvine, researchers have reported making paralyzed rodents walk after injecting them with human nerve cells. Doctors have transplanted pig valves into human hearts for years, and scientists have injected human cells into lab animals for even longer. But the brain poses an additional level of concern because some envision nightmare scenarios in which a human mind might be trapped in an animal head. “Human diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, might be amenable to stem cell therapy, and it is conceivable, although unlikely, that an animal’s cognitive abilities could also be affected by such therapy,” said a report issued in April by the influential National Academies of Science that sought to draw some ethical research boundaries. So the report recommended that such work be allowed, but with strict ethical guidelines established. “Protocols should be reviewed to ensure that they take into account those sorts of possibilities and that they include ethically sensitive plans to manage them if they arise,” the report concluded. At the same time, the report did endorse research that co-mingles human and animal tissue as vital to ensuring that experimental drugs and new tissue replacement therapies are safe for people. Gage said the work published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is another step in overcoming one of the biggest technical hurdles confronting stem cell researchers: when exactly to inject the cells into patients. The results suggest that human embryonic stem cells, once injected into people, will mature into the cells that surround them. No known human has ever received an injection of embryonic stem cells because so little is known about how those cells will mature once inside the body. For now, Gage said his work is more geared toward understanding disease than to finding a cure. “It’s a way for us to begin to tease out the way these diseases develop,” Gage said. Human embryonic stem cells are created in the first days after conception and give rise to all the organs and tissues in the human body. Scientists hope they can someday use stem cells to replace diseased tissue. But many social conservatives, including President Bush, oppose the work because embryos are destroyed during research. Stem cell researchers argue that mixing human and animal cells is the only way to advance the field because it’s far too risky to experiment on people; so little is known about stem cells. “The experiments have to be done, which does mean human cells into non-human cells,” said Dr. Evan Snyder, a stem cell researcher at the Burnham Institute in San Diego. “You don’t work out the issues on your child or your grandmother. You want to work this out in an animal first.” Snyder is injecting human embryonic stem cells into monkeys and is convinced that there’s little danger. “It’s true that there is a huge amount of similarity, but the differences are huge,” Snyder said. “You will never ever have a little human trapped inside a mouse or monkey’s body.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Add another creation to the strange scientific menagerie where animal species are being mixed together in ever more exotic combinations. Scientists announced Monday that they had created mice with small amounts of human brain cells in an effort to make realistic models of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Led by Fred Gage of the Salk Institute in San Diego, the researchers created the mice by injecting about 100,000 human embryonic stem cells per mouse into the brains of 14-day-old rodent fetuses. Those mice were each born with about 0.1 percent of human cells in each of their heads, a trace amount that doesn’t remotely come close to “humanizing” the rodents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “This illustrates that injecting human stem cells into mouse brains doesn’t restructure the brain,” Gage said. Still, the work adds to the growing ethical concerns of mixing human and animal cells when it comes to stem cell and cloning research. After all, mice are 97.5 percent genetically identical to humans. “The worry is if you humanize them too much you cross certain boundaries,” said David Magnus, director of the Stanford Medical Center for Biomedical Ethics. “But I don’t think this research comes even close to that.” Researchers are nevertheless beginning to bump up against what bioethicists call the “yuck factor.” Three top cloning researchers, for instance, have applied for a patent that contemplates fusing a complete set of human DNA into animal eggs in order to manufacture human embryonic stem cells. last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Finishes Fall Season at Gopher Invitational

first_imgDrake will start its 2019 season Jan. 19, 2019 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center against Northern Illinois and Tennessee Tech. Print Friendly Version Final Results Box Score MINNEAPOLIS –  The Drake University men’s tennis team finished its fall season Sunday at the Gopher Invitational at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center. Drake concluded its fall campaign with two singles victories and one doubles victory. Story Links In the Gold doubles bracket, Ben Clark and Calum MacGeoch lost to Allen/Alpeza of Minnesota, 6-4 while Bayo Philips and Finley Hall defeated the Tonejc brothers from DePaul, 6-1, in Maroon doubles. Both doubles matches were in round four. In Maroon singles, Philips defeated Tonejc, V. of DePaul 6-2, 6-3 while Freddie Powell won his match against Tonejc, F. of DePaul after Tonejc retired. In Gold singles, Clark lost to Allen of Minnesota 6-2, 6-1 while MacGeoch fell in a tightly contest back-and-forth thriller to Lobak of Minneosta, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8.last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s nightmare practice highlights a big concern for the 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Training camp is supposed to be a time where teams find answers.But heading into the most important stretch of their preseason — two joint practices with the Broncos in Colorado on Friday and Saturday and then an exhibition game against them at Mile High Stadium on Monday — there are still an awful lot of questions surrounding these 49ers.Questions about health, depth, scheme, and spending. So much — too much, perhaps — about these Niners seems to be in flux. It’s simply …last_img read more

Biosecurity recommendations for youth exhibitors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As county fairs continue across Ohio and the great Ohio State Fair is about to begin, biosecurity does not take a rest. Pork Checkoff director of swine health information and research, Dr. Lisa Becton, said that message is very important for youth exhibitors during the summer show season.“As kids are actively in the fair season, showing animals and moving them around, it’s very important to know that diseases can transmit easily,” Becton said. “So it is important to do things like cleaning equipment or trailers between shows, making sure animals have proper vaccinations for things like influenza or other diseases just to make sure their not transferring anything or getting anything.”Many times the importance of making sure a show animal is isolated from other animals on the farm after a show is overlooked.“Even though an animal may look healthy, it may be carrying a virus or bacteria,” Becton said. “It’s very important to give some time to that returning animal to get a look over and get tested before it interacts with other animals and gets them sick as well.”A few basics can go a long way in making sure that potential pathogens are not transferred from one place to another. Resources are available at“As you visit that website you will find information specifically for exhibitors as to what they can do before a show, during a show and after a show,” Becton said. “You’ll also find our ‘Champions of Biosecurity Guidelines’, which are specifically set for exhibitors. So there are some useful things there that will help protect what not only is an exhibit animal for youth, but also an investment.”last_img read more

How To Build A Botnet In 15 Minutes

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The mission is clear: infiltrate the target corporate network in order to obtain corporate data and perhaps even some intellectual property along the way. Tools on hand? Just you, a clean Internet-connected machine and 15 minutes of uninterrupted time.With just a little knowledge, that’s plenty of time to get inside a supposedly unbreachable network—just by building your own botnet.What’s A Botnet, Again?Simply put, a botnet is a network of malware-infected computers that are remote-controlled by a command server. Whoever controls the botnet can make those zombie computers do bad stuff—launching distributed denial-of-service attacks is one favorite pastime—or just exploit them to harvest passwords and to access other private information within, say, a corporate network.See also Does It Really Take A Government To Launch Cloud-Based Cyberattacks?Botnets have been overshadowed recently by criminal phishing expeditions, nation-state hacks and zero-day attacks, but they represent a type of threat no one should dismiss lightly. Botnet zombies are already pervasive inside home and business networks—in part because ordinary security measures often don’t protect against them.But it’s also true that setting up a botnet is ridiculously easy. Simon Mullis, systems engineer at the security vendor FireEye, recently walked me through the process of creating a malware package that would install and infect an end-user system on a target network, turning it into a zombie that would do our bidding.The premise of the exercise was straightforward: Infect a target system that started off completely free of malware. Of course, Mullis wasn’t blasting a hapless PC with zombie malware; he just targeted a clean Window virtual machine he’d set up himself. To control the bot, he created his own command-and-control system by spinning up a LAMP server on Amazon Web Service’s EC2 platform. (He used EC2 simply for its convenience; he could just as easily have run the demonstration from a physical server right there in his office.)How To Build A BotnetOpening his browser, Mullis searched for a botnet builder tool for malware known as Ice IX. Google’s top response to his particular query—which I’m not going to reveal here—yielded a site that offered the tool for free. Ice IX is a nasty little piece of malware that injects a fake Facebook page into a victim’s browser that collects credit card information under false pretenses.Any malware, though, would have done just as well. Using methods and tools that can be found online in minutes, a botnet creator can create a central command and control server and then use social engineering to inject malware onto the victim’s computer—by, say, emailing an innocuous looking but disguised file, or tricking a user into downloading the file from a compromised website.After downloading and installing the Ice IX kit software, Mullis started up its bot builder kit and began to set up the parameters for the malware—specifying, for instance, how often the malware would communicate with the command server, what actions it would undertake and even how it would hide from anti-virus scans. Much of this work was simply a matter of filling in appropriate fields in the Ice IX builder kit’s straightforward Windows interface.Some of the rest required editing the Ice IX kit’s powerful setup.txt script. Individual command lines in that script might direct the malware to take screenshots of pages that were visited by the zombie machine’s browser on a certain domain, such as a bank web site. Or have the malware tell the zombie machine’s browser to block sites (such as anti-virus updating sites) altogether. It can also redirect legitimate site URLs to malevolent sites intended to collect critical information—credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, passwords. You name it.Once he’d set the malware’s specifications, including the location of its controlling command server, Mullis uploaded Ice IX-produced files to his LAMP server. And presto—he had a fully configured botnet command server.Congratulations On Your New Botnet!Constructing the bot and prepping the command server is the first half of the equation. Next up is the task of encrypting and packing the infected file that will deliver containing the bot-installation malware on the target machine. The file is usually a PDF or document file, as those are the ones many users will click without thinking when faced with a phishing email or a malicious website.The malware delivery file is created with a ‘crypter and packer software, and is sent to the target for infection with the aforementioned social engineering practices. At this point, the zombied computer can now be under the author’s control.After delivering the malware package to his Windows virtual machine, Mullis simulated a user double-clicking on the file, packaged to appear as a PDF document. The file suddenly vanished from the desktop of the virtual Windows PC; its malware package was already running invisibly in the background, installing the bot software and seizing control. An unsuspecting user could easily be completely unaware that her system had just been zombified.The Bot Goes To WorkSuppose some unscrupulous individual had just zombified a corporate PC in the real world. What happens next?If the goal is network infiltration, the zombie can now read email and monitor traffic and communications, enabling its overseer to work his way through the organization in hopes of sniffing out passwords, identifying specific databases containing engineering secrets, and fingering users with greater administrative powers. At every opportunity, the botmaster spreads more malware to other computers, bolstering the ranks of his zombie horde within the corporate network and improving the odds that he’ll stumble across something juicy.And if he needs to grant his zombies new powers, all the botmaster has to do is upload new malware packages to the infected computers. This highlights one of the major dangers of botnets—they can be customized to perform just about any type of illicit activity the botmaster wants. It’s is a slower and less flashy method of attack than zero-day attacks that exploit known weaknesses in the software running on PCs and servers. But it can be every bit as effective.Botnet infiltration works so well in part because most people will tend to trust files that appear to have originated with other employees inside the company’s network. People will almost always pass along files from sources they know. And that’s a very large problem: Mullis estimated that “around 95% of the organizations we work with has this type of malware somewhere on their networks.”And while creating a botnet like this isn’t the sort of thing any person off the street could do, it’s uncomfortably close. You need some basic knowledge of how webservers are constructed—in particular, some familiarity with back-end databases like MySQL that have become ubiquitous for managing all the information stored on websites. If you’ve ever run a website, you could do this.See also BotClouds: How Botnets Now Offer Crime-As-A-ServiceThe website Mullis visited to download Ice IX kit in the first place listed the 14 steps for installing and using the software right on the download page. Step 14? “Profit.”Welcome To The Big LeaguesMullis’ point in running this demo was to underscore just how powerful malware-creation tools have become, how simple they are for relatively unsophisticated computer jockeys to use—and just how easy it is to find them. These tools are far beyond the level of sophistication the talented amateurs known as “script kiddies” once used: In just 13 minutes, anyone with a modicum of knowledge can use simplified point-and-click tools to build malware that can steal identities and corporate secrets alike without breaking a (metaphorical) sweat.See also The Hackers Are WinningAnd that’s just what Mullis found with a few Google searches; one can only imagine what tools the big-league hackers have at their disposal. That, Mullis said, is the real problem: Malware creation is frightenly easy to create for nearly all levels of hackers, thanks to the easy availability of these malware builder kits. The really dangerous malware is light-years beyond what prepackaged tools like the Ice IX kit can produce.Complicating this is the fact that anti-virus software is often unaware of this kind of malware. Zombie-type malware can only be detected if the anti-virus vendor has managed to get a signature for the malware in question. This is often difficult, since this malware takes active pains to avoid detection.In the arms race between hackers and users, the hackers are winning. The sheer volume of available malware-building kits makes that clear. Eventually, defenders should be able to catch up, but for now, it’s open season for incautious users. Image courtesy of Shutterstock IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#botnet#security center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts last_img read more