Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s younger son Naseem Geelani has written a letter to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) asking it to “send him notice through the varsity administration” for his personal appearance. “I have no objection to attend the NIA office in New Delhi but kindly serve notice through Vice-Chancellor, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Agriculture Science [SKUAST]. I can only be permitted to leave,” reads Mr. Geelani’s letter addressed to the NIA, Superintendent of Police, Vishal Garg.The NIA has served notice on Mr. Geelani, who works as an assistant professor at the faculty of forestry in SKUAST, in a “disproportionate assets case.” In a reply to the NIA, Naseem has denied possessing any property in terms of land and houses as mentioned by the agency. “At the time of receiving NIA notice, I have less than ₹500 as my bank balance, while loan liability is of ₹18.8 lakh,” he said. He said his only fault was “being the son of the Hurriyat Chairman.” The Hurriyat chairman’s elder son Naeem Geelani, a cardiologist, has already been questioned by the NIA.
Days after an Apple employee was shot dead by a Uttar Pradesh police constable in Lucknow for not stopping his SUV, some 40,000 policemen are being sent back to the classroom.The two constables, Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep, who were arrested and dismissed from service following the murder of Vivek Tiwari, the Apple executive, were recruited in 2013. With a strength of around 2.5 lakh police personnel, U.P has the single largest police force in the country. ‘Erosion in standards’Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh told The Hindu that in the past five to six years, there has been a huge erosion in training standards.“We haven’t been able to build up the capacity or refine the training modules. Working on correcting this for last two-three months….training has suffered, the police tactics have suffered. You cannot kill somebody who is unarmed. There was a lack of tactics on the part of the police constable,” Mr. Singh said.The U.P police is already under the scanner for killing “criminals” in police encounters. But Mr. Tiwari’s September 29 murder has put further pressure on the beleaguered police force. “The two constables are not brand ambassadors for the U.P. Police. They committed murder and were put behind bars. It was an aberration,” Mr Singh said.‘Not trigger happy’When asked if the “trigger happy” conduct of the policemen, involved in thousands of encounters, could have emboldened the two policemen to commit the crime, Mr. Singh said, “My boys are not trigger happy. These are isolated incidents, police encounters are done in self defence. …our first priority is to arrest the criminals, not kill them. In 1,400-1,500 engagements that we have had, more than 1200 criminals were arrested.”He said as many as 39,778 constables were recruited in 2013 and were trained in batches from 2015-2017. “These constables are being sent for refresher courses from October 8 onwards. To begin with, 6,000 constables posted in Lucknow will be trained first over a period of 12 days — the focus will be on soft skills and conduct with the common man. Later, it will be organised in remaining districts. The constables will be divided in batches of 300, and the course covering 20 batches will be completed in 20 weeks,” the DGP said.Following Mr. Tiwari’s killing, several social media posts had surfaced in support of the accused policemen questioning the police leadership. The accused gave interviews to television channels where they defended their action and blamed the deceased for trying to “crash” his SUV on them, forcing them to shoot in “self-defence”. ‘No mutiny’Mr. Singh however, rubbished claims of a “mutiny” in the force and said a 2016 picture of policemen in Varanasi wearing black bands on their arms was being circulated to show that there was support for the accused.“I have asked the district administration to keep a watch on such social media posts and take action accordingly against the erring policemen who participate in such activities. I spoke to several of them after the incident was reported but none of them supported this act,” he added. read more
Next week will start on a pretty bad note for Indians currently in the US without proper documents. And this is a big chunk of people. A Pew Research Centre study in 2016 claimed that there could be as many as five lakh undocumented Indians in the country – people who either overstayed their visas or entered US borders illegally. Significantly, this figure has reportedly jumped nearly 43% since 2009.Read it at Business Today Related Items
Published on games After a difficult start that cost them two matches, the Indian men continued with their winning ways defeating Olympiad champion United States 3.5—0.5 in what was a creditable effort in the fourth round of the world teams’ chess championship here.Grandmaster B Adhiban showed the way with black pieces and outwitted Varuzhan Akobian, Krishnan Sasikiran showed his golden form in crushing Ray Robson right from the opening while Parimarjan Negi showed that being out of the game for a little while hasn’t really dampened his spirits as he crushed Jeffery Xiong.At the top of the tables, Vidit Gujarathi played out a draw with Alexander Onischuk to complete a near whitewash of the US team.Having beaten Belarus in the previous round, the Indian men continued to climb up the ladders, taking their tally to four points out of a possible eight to grab a joint fifth in the standings.Russian men scored over Belarus by a 3—1 margin to jump into joint lead along with China that had a regulation victory over Egypt.In the shocker of the day, the Turkey team continued to impress as they beat overnight leader Poland 2.5—1.5 and now share the third spot with the Polish on six points.India shares the fifth spot with Ukraine on four points, a point clear of United States while Norway is eighth on two points, a point ahead of Belarus. Egypt men are yet to open their account and they meet the Indian team in the next round.In the women’s section, the eves also came good as they beat Poland by 2.5—1.5 margin. Padmini Rout turned out to be the star of the show as she won a fine game against Karina Szczepkowska while the other three games ended in draws.The Indian women moved to third spot following this fine victory. Russia and Ukraine share the lead in this section with seven points each while the Indian eves have five points in all.Results round 4 open: Indian beat USA (3) 3.5—0.5 (Vidit Gujarathi drew with Alexander Onischuk; Varuzhan Akobian lost to B Adhiban; Krishnan Sasikiran beat Ray Robson; Jeffery Xiong lost to Parimarjan Negi); Belarus (1) lost to Russia (7) 1—3; Poland (6) lost to Turkey (6); 1.5—2.5; Norway (2) lost to Ukraine (4) 1—3; China beat Egypt 3.5—0.5Women: India (5) beat Poland (4) 2.5—1.5 (D Harika drew with Monica Socko; Jolanta Zawadzka drew with Tania Sachdev; Padmini Rout beat Karina Szczepkowska; Joanna Majdan—Gajewska drew wth S Vijayalakshmi); Ukraine (7) beat Vietnam (2) 3—1; Azerbaijan (4) drew with China (4) 2—2; Georgia (4) lost to Russia (7) 1.5—2.5; USA (3) beat Egypt (0) 3.5—0.5. SHARE sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 21, 2017 COMMENT COMMENTS read more
Advertisement AdvertisementSachin Tendulkar has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to launch an academy. The leading run scorer in Test and One Day International wants to create a platform to learn and practice for the budding males and females between the ages of 9-14, where cricket shall be the primary sport.“Along the way, there were many guys who approached me but I was not convinced with what they wanted to do,” Sachin said in an interview.The first cricket camp is scheduled to be hosted from 6-9th August at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood while Mumbai shall be hosting one in November.Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy’s proposal was discussed over a period of 10 months between Sachin and Middlesex. Finally, they came to an agreement when both ends were convinced.The academy’s vision is to not focus only on Cricket but to promote other sports like Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming, Billiards and many other sport across the world.The highest civilian ‘Bharat Ratna’ award winner Tendulkar seems to embark on a new journey with great ambition and planning.Also Read :Cricket: Root goes back to basics to face Kuldeep YadavCricket: Twitter reacts to Fakhar Zaman’s double century read more
Controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin has vowed to defeat the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at the Rio Olympics later this year. Gatlin is seeking revenge after Jamaican Bolt put a troubled build-up behind him to beat the American and retain his world 100 metre title in Beijing last year.The prospect of another clash between Bolt and Gatlin sets the tone for an epic 100m showdown during the summer Olympics in Brazil from August 5-21.”I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York,” said Gatlin on Tuesday.”We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.”Although Gatlin came into the final in Beijing last year on a 28-race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second.Gatlin said he considers himself the closest threat Bolt has ever had and he is working hard to be even better.”It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock,” said Gatlin.”Last year was a nail-biter to the finish line at the World Championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now I am working to be better than that.”advertisement read more
RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 meters east of Black River Bridge east for 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, paving and shouldering from Thursday, June 14 until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 -30-
COMMUNAUTÉS, CULTURE ET PATRIMOINE–Programme à l’appui des artistes de diverses communautés culturelles et des artistes handicapés —————————————————————Les artistes de diverses communautés culturelles et les artistes handicapés de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont maintenant un programme qui reconnaît, célèbre et appuie leurs contributions aux arts et à la culture, ainsi qu’à l’économie de la création. Leonard Preyra, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, s’est joint à Louise Profeit-LeBlanc du Conseil des arts du Canada, à Candace Stevenson, présidente d’Arts Nouvelle-Écosse et à des membres de la communauté de la création de la province pour le lancement du programme de financement pour l’équité dans les arts, aujourd’hui 24 juin. « Le fait de célébrer et d’appuyer tous les aspects de notre culture et notre patrimoine mène à une province forte et dynamique, a dit M. Preyra. Ce programme permettra aux artistes qui ont fait face à des obstacles dans le passé d’avoir accès à du financement qui les aidera à se développer en tant qu’artistes et en tant que contributeurs au secteur croissant des arts et de la culture, ainsi qu’à l’économie de la création de la province. » Les communautés désignées d’artistes qui pourront profiter de ce programme incluent les artistes autochtones, les artistes de communautés culturelles différentes, les artistes handicapés et les artistes qui vivent avec une maladie mentale. « Le Conseil des arts du Canada s’engage à faire en sorte que ces artistes aient un accès équitable au financement public, a dit Robert Sirman, directeur et chef de la direction. Ce partenariat reflète notre engagement et offre une occasion aux artistes de créer de nouvelles oeuvres, de faire avancer leur carrière et de célébrer la complexité de la créativité à l’échelle de la province. » Le fonds est d’une valeur de 450 000 $ sur une période de trois ans. Le gouvernement provincial et le Conseil des arts du Canada contribueront chacun 75 000 $ par année. Le programme appuiera les artistes dans le domaine de la création, de la production, du perfectionnement professionnel et du financement aux fins de déplacements spéciaux. Il sera géré par Arts Nouvelle-Écosse. « Le travail effectué avec cette communauté mal desservie dans le cadre de l’élaboration de ce programme a été une collaboration inspirante et productive, a dit Mme Stevenson. Nous sommes maintenant ravis de pouvoir procéder au lancement du programme afin de contribuer à l’avancement de ces artistes professionnels par un appui financier. » Le lancement a eu lieu au théâtre d’Alderney Landing à Dartmouth, et a inclut des présentations et des oeuvres d’art d’artistes provenant de cultures différentes. Pour obtenir plus d’information, communiquez avec Enrique Ferreol, agent de programme, au numéro 902-424-6472 ou à l’adresse firstname.lastname@example.org. read more
Ghaziabad: Twelve persons, including the MLA of Dhaulana area, Aslam Chaudhary, have been booked by Ghaziabad police for allegedly trying to acquire the land owned by Gram Panchayat in Masuri area and thrashing the security supervisor and two other guards deployed at the land. Taking cognisance into the matter, the administration has imposed CrPc section 144 in order to maintain law and order in the area.Cops said that nearly a dozen goons allegedly barged in to the land after breaking the broke boundary walls on Sunday. “The accused persons also thrashed the security supervisor Ashok Kumar Jain and two other guards deployed at the land. It has been alleged that the goons were working for the MLA,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The land belonged to Gram Panchayat but in 1958, the land was sold to DCM company for its development. After some years the company had sold this land to a Delhi based businessman Gopal Kawatra. However, some of the villagers had moved to high court claiming that the land was belonged to them but apex court had given the judgement into the favour of the businessman in 2018,” said Naresh Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Masuri police station. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer said that an FIR has been lodged against twelve persons including the MLA under section 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 307 (attempt to murder), 448 (Punishment for house-trespass) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC. Meanwhile, police have imposed CrPc section 144 in the area to maintain law and order. read more
OTTAWA — A House of Commons committee is urging the government to take a deeper look at the concept of a guaranteed minimum income to help a growing cohort of “gig economy” workers.The MPs’ report on declines in traditional, full-time employment in favour of short-term contract work says the government needs to explore new types of income supports “that do not depend upon someone having a job.”To that end, the committee calls on federal officials to review a minimum income program, which is typically a no-strings-attached government payment to every citizen, as an option to help those between gigs who fall through the existing social safety net.The report calls for a revamp of the employment-insurance system to widen the safety net by reducing the minimum number of hours someone must work before qualifying for benefits and boosting the value of payments.MPs on the committee make a nod to some recent federal efforts, such as a soon-to-be-launched tax credit for individuals to offset the cost of work-training courses.But here, too, the committee urges the government to pay close attention to the design of the Canada Training Benefit to make sure it is accessible to low-wage, part-time or self-employed workers and to make every effort to ensure they use the program.The Canadian Press read more
Assistant coach Kevin Burch talked to freshman outside hitter Resse Devilbliss in the game against Lindenwood on Feb. 19. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterBehind the success of the 40-game win streak of the top-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team is a coaching staff that is no stranger to winning national championships, especially assistant coach Kevin Burch.Burch has been a part of a staff that has coached a national championship volleyball team for the past six years, including last year when OSU won the national title.“I think it’s a lot of luck,” Burch said. “No matter what, I think that if I were not to look at it as luck, then I probably wouldn’t have won six in a row.”Before Burch became a six-time national championship winning volleyball coach, his journey in the volleyball world started when he was a junior in high school. He went to El Modena High School in Orange, California, where he played soccer and football until he injured himself on the football field.It was at this time that he first discovered men’s volleyball and he began playing after he recovered from his injury in the spring. By the time he graduated, he helped his team win its first league title in 16 years.“I started late, but I loved it,” Burch said. “I couldn’t wait to go to practice every day. I couldn’t wait to be a part of it. So, when I got the opportunity to coach, after I was done playing in high school, I jumped all over it. I loved it.”He had his first coaching job at Foothill High School in Tustin, California. He then left to play volleyball for Orange Coast Community College for a year where he was also a team captain. It was that year, 2008, when Burch knew he wasn’t cut out to play volleyball at a high level, but he wanted to still be involved in the sport.He was then faced with the decision to transfer and was considering OSU, where his grandfather received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. His grandfather, who is an Ohio native, was a huge factor in Burch’s decision to come to OSU.“When I came back here for the first time, when I was 12 years old I realized, like, there are more people like my grandpa that are just good, old-fashioned people,” Burch said. “The longer that I’ve been around them, the more I realize that it’s more of just who I am, the way that I was brought up, my kind of people.”Under the wing of OSU coach Pete Hanson, Burch was promoted to student volunteer assistant coach in his second year in the program. Then in 2011, he helped coach the Buckeyes to a national championship, starting his six-season national title streak.After the 2011 season, he went on to coach the men’s volleyball team at Springfield College, where he held his first collegiate coaching job. The Springfield Pride won the Division III national championship.He then went to the University of California, Irvine to help coach the Anteaters to a men’s national title as an assistant coach. In the 2014 season, he went back to Springfield, where the men’s team won another Division III national championship.After his second stint at Springfield, he went on to the Penn State women’s volleyball coaching staff where he was director of operations. While working under the guidance of legendary volleyball head coach Russ Rose, the Penn State Lady Lions won the 2014 National Championship.Then, Burch received an offer to come coach the Buckeyes again under Hanson.“I told Russ that the only program I would leave for was Ohio State, and when Pete (Hansen) calls, you listen,” Burch said. “I couldn’t wait to be back where it all started.”He began having an impact on the team right away through his scouting efforts, statistical breakdowns and defensive schemes.“When the position became available, it just seemed like a no-brainer. It was a pretty easy decision,” Hanson said. “Kevin is just a wonderful young assistant. He’s energetic, he’s professional, great at his job. The guys have bought into what he is saying.”In the Buckeyes’ championship run last season, Burch worked closely with players, including redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson.“Kevin is like a unicorn,” Lesson said. “He’s a rare species. He brings a side to coaching that I personally have never seen before.”Burch said his coaching style is heavily influenced by the lessons that his grandfather taught him growing up while he played sports.“First of all, my grandpa was a teacher. He was at brilliant human being, brilliant man,” Burch said. “When I starting coaching, the teaching never stopped. He would always kind of start teaching me how to be a teacher. It was always, ‘Make sure you’re positive, make sure to control your emotion and make sure to help them control their emotion.’”Even though he grew up in Southern California, Burch still considers Columbus home for him and his wife.“This is kind of where the heart is now,” Burch said. “My wife and I love it here, and I don’t think we’d have it any other way. I’m really, really happy and me and my wife being happy is the most important thing.” read more
THE EU HAS fined Microsoft €561 million for failing to provide customers with a choice of Internet browser, as the tech giant had promised.But the EU itself has been criticised with claims that it had not done its job properly by allowing the US giant to monitor its own commitments.EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said this was the first time a company had been fined for failing to live up to commitments it had made to satisfy an EU complaint, making it a “very serious infringement.”Almunia stressed that in 2009, Microsoft had given a cast-iron vow to offer clients a web browser choice through to 2014 after complaints about the then-dominance of its Windows Explorer product.“Legally binding commitments reached in anti-trust decisions play a very important role in our enforcement policy because they allow for rapid solutions to competition problems,” Almunia said in a statement.“Such decisions require strict compliance. A failure to comply is a very serious infringement that must be sanctioned accordingly.”A Commission probe showed that during the roll-out of Windows 7, Microsoft failed to offer the choice screen for the period May 2011 to July 2012, affecting some 15 million computer buyers.Asked several times at a press conference why the Commission had not picked up on the problem at the time, Almunia said that it was Microsoft itself which was in charge of monitoring its commitments and reporting to the EU.“The monitoring trustee was Microsoft … in 2009 we were perhaps more naive than we are today,” he said, adding that the Commission was only made aware of the problem after a complaint since the company did not mention it.Closer monitoringIn future, such commitments would be monitored much more closely, said Almunia, who took up his post in 2010.Officials will have to be “very careful about how they design the monitoring of (company) commitments … I don’t want this to be repeated in the future,” he said.Wednesday’s action was intended to “deter those who may be tempted in the future not to meet the commitments they made,” he added.Microsoft acknowledged the failure on Wednesday, which it put down to technical problems.“We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it,” the company said, adding that it would do all in its power to avoid any repeat.From July 2012, Microsoft complied with the web choice requirement and Almunia said the company had indicated it would make up the 14 months of lost time.Wednesday’s decision comes as the Commission reviews proposals from Internet giant Google aimed at ending a probe into its dominance of online search advertising platforms.Critics say Google controls about 70 percent of the Internet search market, and the advertising that goes with it.The US regulator said last month it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google but had won commitments from the company to end its “most troubling” practices.Almunia said the EU probe into Google was continuing and declined to be drawn further. The single biggest EU anti-trust fine was against computer chip-maker Intel at €1.06 billion in 2009.- © AFP, 2013Read: Goodbye Hotmail, hello Microsoft Outlook read more
The downtown Vancouver restaurant Thai Orchid has scheduled an 11 a.m. Monday grand opening and ribbon-cutting event and invites members of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to help celebrate its new location at 213 W. 11th St.The new site will open to the public at 4 p.m. the same day. Restaurant owner Kat Saenguraiporn last year purchased the site — a one-story building that once served as annex showroom space for the former Koplan’s Home Furnishings — for $750,000.The space has been remodeled with natural wood and metal accents that highlight the building’s exposed brick walls. Thai Orchid has served Thai cuisine since 1997 in leased space on the southeast corner of the same city block at West Evergreen Boulevard and Washington Street. read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward College campus police are preparing students to handle a shooting.Some students fear they could be easy targets on campus but said, with the proper training, they’ll know what to do in a bad situation.“I’m a mother, and I have a friend that was a victim and passed away due to gunfire, so I was in shock,” said Broward College student Tiana Gonzalez.“No student really can come on campus these days and really say that they feel safe,” said Broward College student Alec Vergara.Before the Parkland high school shooting, monthly mass shooting seminars held at Broward College were sparsely attended, but nearly a week after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there was a large turnout.“On the heels of being the center of attention with such a terrible event in our lives, it has really woken people up,” said campus safety director Lt. John Labandera.The hour-long session included a video from the Center for Personal Protection and Safety. “It’s a step in the right direction because, so far, there is no steps that have been taken,” Vergara said.Students said they believe these kinds of steps will not only keep them safe but others as well.“You just have to act, so I hope we can take something from this and at least have an idea,” Brannon said.“You can save yourself and save others in the long run,” Gonzalez said.Campus police said they also invite non-students to attend sessions, as well. If you’re interested, you can get the contact information here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The goal is to teach people warning signs and how to handle yourself in a crisis.Senior Lindsey Brannon is studying to be a teacher and felt like the presentation could be beneficial for her future career.“After the event occurred last Wednesday, I emailed my advisor the next day and said, ‘Hey, I’m a future teacher. We need this,’” she said.Labandera, who has spent his career in law enforcement has hosted these sessions on each Broward College campus once a month. However, after the Stoneman Douglas shooting, Labandera said the lesson is now personal.“It effected me tremendously because I’ve spent many years as a police officer and resource officer working for the Broward County Schools,” he said.Labandera said the most important thing is to be aware of anything going on around you. “The minute you walk out of your door from home, you must raise your condition level of alertness,” he said.It’s a tip that these students admitted can be easily overlooked, especially when you’re busy. read more
Visakhapatnam: Students of Vignan’s Women Engineering College takes out an eco-rally on conservation of water at RK Beach in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Holding placards and raising slogans, several students took part in the rally organised by the institution’s Department of Information Technology with enthusiasm. The rally is aimed to create awareness on saving every drop of water and its judicious use.
The midseason finale is the perfect time to draw the disparate storylines back to a single focus. That’s something The Gifted needed as it approached its short winter break. It’s going to be taking the next few weeks off, it needed to leave us eager to pick it back up in 2019. It does a pretty good job of it too. A few of the show’s recent episodes have felt a little disjointed. With characters going off in different directions, not every story felt like it had the same momentum behind it. The midseason finale fixed that, leaving the show in an exciting state before taking a short holiday break.Much of the action this episode focuses on Rebecca. We even begin with a peek into her past for the opening flashback. It’s kind of a letdown to return to the flashback-opening-as-present-day-setup formula after last week’s fun time-jumping episode, but this one’s good enough to make up for it. Like any good X-Men story, even the evil mutants aren’t truly bad. They have legitimate reasons for doing what they do. We see Rebecca as a teenager whose parents are so afraid of her, they flinch when she uses her powers to mush up her breakfast. Apparently she almost killed her teacher at school, but the scene makes it sound like an accident. This was before years of torture and imprisonment made her homicidal. Even knowing what she goes on to do, it’s genuinely sad and affecting to watch her parents call Sentinel Services on her. The scene does such a good job communicating her sense of betrayal.Anjelica Bette Fellini and Percy Hynes White (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)She’s experiencing that betrayal all over again in the present. Reeva re-captured her and now imprisons her in a dark, constantly moving metal box. The people who saved her are torturing her all over again. Even Andy, blinded by angst though he is, sees the hypocrisy here. He’s disgusted by it, and takes the first opportunity to break his girlfriend out. His fantasies of two young lovers running away together are short-lived, though. She’s already been recaptured once, and she’s not going to let it happen again. When Andy mentions the Inner Circle is all in a meeting together, she immediately goes to kill them all. That’s where things cross a line for Andy. He was able to justify her actions at the bank. She was emotional, it was her first mission, that kind of thing. But this is premeditated murder. Andy sees the choice laid out in front of him and he chooses to protect his friends. They’re goals may be questionable, but Andy doesn’t see that yet, and they’ve generally tried to avoid killing innocent people. So they’ve got that going for them.Andy saves the Inner Circle with a blast that sends Rebecca flying across the room… and landing against a corner hard enough to break her neck. Andy screams in horror when he finds out she’s dead, and for some reason, the emotion doesn’t really land in this scene. It feels a little too rushed. The show nailed the hurt and betrayal of the cold open, but Rebecca’s death, while certainly shocking, didn’t quite land the way it should have. What’s more interesting is the sense that Reeva may have planned this whole thing. She needs Andy for her big security firm hit, and Rebecca’s become dangerously close to stealing him away. Before her death, Reeva ominously talks about a part Rebecca still has to play. Did she set this up? Did she know the torture would cause Andy to free her, while making Rebecca mad enough to kill? She may not have planned for Andy to be the one to deliver the blow, but it’s certainly possible she intended to drive them apart one way or the other.Percy Hynes White, guest star Anjelica Bette Fellini and Grace Byers (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Either way, it worked. Andy, convinced by Polaris that the world they’re fighting for is worth it, goes through with the attack. He destroys the servers controlling every mutant prison collar currently in use. That was the goal here. To free every imprisoned mutant. And it looks so cool. It’s a powerful image to leave us on for a few weeks. Not only do we get to see Polaris looking exactly like her father (whom the show still won’t name), we get to see a mutant-powered prison break, complete with a spontaneously combusting prison guard. Should I feel guilty for finding that image so satisfying? Probably. But he was a tool of fascism and thems the breaks. Watching a newly freed mutant light a dude on fire is just cool. Not sorry.What makes the midseason finale work so well is how every story builds to its conclusion at the same time. In the case of the Underground, that led to some unecessary filler drama that I just didn’t care about, but that’s basically where this story’s been all season. It’s a lot of fretting about methods, with Blink justifiably worrying that Thunderbird’s recklessness is putting other mutants in danger. It demonstrably is. That leads Thunderbird to accuse Blink of cheating on him with the leader of the Morlocks for… some reason. Yeah, this feels like it was shoehorned in there because the writers wanted the midesason finale to feel like everything was going wrong. In this case, it felt forced. What worked was the Underground finding out exactly what the Inner Circle’s plan was just as they were carrying it out. And just as a militia of Purifiers led by Jace Turner starts bearing down on them. Yeah, Turner is full a full on supremacist now, which makes it incredibly tense when he finally catches up to the Underground in this episode. Thunderbird draws him away long enough for the others to escape, but Turner pins him to a wall with a truck, and captures him. This ending is a downer, but it saved the Underground story for me. I’m so much more interested in where it goes from here than I was at the start of the episode.Coby Bell and Blair Redford (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)Even the Struckers’ storyline, which is the most divorced from the others, is intriguing and action-packed. Remember all those uneasy feelings we had last week about Dr. Risman’s research? Surprise! They were totally justified. The words “final solution” are even on her literature. Well, it’s not like X-Men has ever been subtle about its allegories. Reed and Caitlin don’t want to believe it at first, but the doctor starts showing a creepy amount of interest in the connection between Lauren and Andy, and how it relates to the Von Strucker twins. When finally confronted with the truth, the Struckers decide to destroy all the research, and I frankly can’t think of a better family bonding activity. Risman isn’t under any illusions about what she’s doing, either. 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China Russia and Israel The ongoing investigation into possible Russian interference in the US presidential election and the shock firing of FBI Director James Comey spotlights how cybercrime threatens to undermine the very fabric of our democracy But last weeks global WannaCry ransomware attack which has infected more than 300000 computers worldwide show that extortion is the primary motive of hackers And it came as no surprise when a slew of top online security firms on Tuesday drew links between WannaCry and previous North Korean hacks “It is similar to North Korea’s backdoor malicious codes” Simon Choi a senior researcher with South Korea’s Hauri Labs cybersecurity firm told the Associated Press Today an elite squad of 6800 North Korean state hackers are engaged in fraud blackmail and online gambling that together generate annual revenue of $860 million according to the Korea Institute of Liberal Democracy in Seoul And as US state infrastructure and military facilities become ever more controlled via computer systems the scope for hacking to do real physical damage rupturing gas pipelines crashing crowded commuter trains or sending stock markets reeling increases day by day "Foreign currency earning through cybercrime is their ordinary day to day operation which can suddenly turn into offensive cyber attacks in times of crisis and war" says Professor Lim Jong-in of Korea Universitys Department of Cyber Defense and a former special security advisor to former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye "The North Korean cyber threat keeps advancing and attacks on national infrastructure pose a serious national security threat" North Koreas cybercrime operations made world headlines following the 2014 hack of Sony Entertainment Pictures in revenge for the satirical movie The Interview which lampooned the Kim clan In the aftermath Barack Obama became the first US President to blame a nation state for a cyber attack “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship in the United States” fumed Obama However despite the Sony attacks infamy North Korean cybercrime has been brewing for a long time ‘War will be [waged as] information warfare’ North Korea embarked on sustained IT and telecommunications development in 1979 when Pyongyang first sought to establish a microchip plant through a UN-sponsored project In 1983 North Korea had its first computer assembly plant with a computer technology college following two years later In 1986 North Korea reportedly received 25 Soviet instructors to train "cyberwarriors" Fast-forward to 1995 and Kim Jong Il father of Kim Jong Un and son of North Koreas founding father Kim Il Sung was openly exulting cyber warfare "In the 20th century war is with bullets over oil" the middle Kim said "But in the 21st century war will be [waged as] information warfare" A year later North Korea gained its first Internet link to the outside world via the Pyongyang office of the UN Development Program According to Kim Hung Gwang a former computer science professor in Pyongyang who defected to the South the first North Korean cyber attack occurred in 2004 Following the collapse of the six-party denuclearization talks in 2008 North Korea responded with threats of a "hi-tech" war On July 4 the next year Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks flooding a network with data to trigger a crash targeted South Korean and US government departments media outlets and financial websites via disk-wiping malware In March 2011 to coincide with the annual joint US-South Korea military exercises South Korean media financial and critical infrastructure again fell victim to a malware attack Dubbed "10 Days of Rain" by the McAfee antivirus firm the breach also targeted US and South Korean military targets and jammed the GPS systems of hundreds of civilian aircraft and ships In May 2013 several South Korean financial institutions and the governments website Domain Name System registry were hacked Read More: The World Can Expect More Cybercrime From North Korea North Koreas cyber operations are not random sporadic attacks but form part of an ongoing carefully orchestrated national campaign Its modern peacetime strategy although due to the signing of an armistice rather than peace deal the two Koreas technically remain at war is to launch low-intensity operations to disrupt the status quo in enemy states without spiraling into a battle the Kim regime cannot win "North Korea has hackers for targeting Europe the US and Asia all waiting ready to be activated" says the defector Kim Owing to decades of impoverished isolation North Koreas bloated military remains technically ossified and Kim Jong Un is cognizant of the unfavorable conventional military balance This explains his determined quest for nuclear weapons the ultimate equalizer toward which an estimated $11 billion to $32 billion has been funneled so far Cyber capabilities are also attractive given their low development costs attribution difficulties and opportunities for acquiring intelligence Plus the asymmetric balance is for once in North Koreas favor; the worlds most cloistered nation with Internet penetration of less than 1% can inflict exponentially more harm against the tech-reliant West than it could ever suffer itself Moreover cyber warfare is not only cheap compared to conventional warfare but can in fact be turned into a considerable cash cow Following Februarys fourth nuclear test the UN imposed unprecedented sanctions that have further weakened North Koreas conventional military capabilities restricting access to imported jet fuel for example thus augmenting the importance of unconventional warfare The sanctions also hinder the regimes traditional modes of generating revenue generally exporting coal and minerals Because the closer Pyongyang gets to a bomb the harder the international community squeezes the more cash must be earned through illicit means like cybercrime Attacks are ramping up in scale frequency and audacity North Korea is chief suspect in the attempted heist of $1 billion dollars from Bangladesh Central Bank in February last year (they made off with $81 million) This is on top of raids on a bank in the Philippines the previous October and Tien Phong Bank in Vietnam that December According to analysts at Internet security firm Symantec all three raids used code identical to the Sony hack "Weve never seen an attack where a nation-state has gone in and stolen money" Eric Chien a security researcher at Symantec told the New York Times "This is a first" North Korea is now suspected of hacks on banks in 18 countries However as one might expect South Korean businesses are primary targets largely to undermine popular confidence in the Seoul government and institutions Last May North Korean agents stole the personal details of 103 million users of the Interpark e-commerce firm Click and extort A sudden ping made the Interpark employee look up from his cluttered cubicle in Seouls well-heeled Gangnam neighborhood The email came from an address matching his brothers name and used a familiar salutation Attached was a screen-wallpaper photo file named "OurFamilyabcdscr” including an image probably gleaned from social media The employee didnt think twice about clicking on the innocuous sounding file unwittingly unleashing hidden malware into his company computer The virus then sought out Interparks file-sharing server The servers password was obtained though a Brute Force Attack an unsophisticated but formidable code-breaking technique equivalent to a safecracker whirring through all possible combinations until he stumbles across the correct one The virus was then free to blanket the entire company until it reached the administrator’s computer From there 26658753 pieces of private company and customer information were retrieved split into 16 separate files and snuck out via the original compromised employee’s computer That hack led to the attempted blackmail of Interpark bosses for 3 billion won ($26 million) of untraceable bitcoin But North Korean cybercrime has consequences much graver than falling shares and undermined public confidence Military facilities are also favorite targets In 2008 defense contractor Aegiss cruiser and guided missile designs were hacked In 2013 Russia’s Kaspersky Lab antivirus firm revealed a widespread breach of the South Korean defense industry Then came hacks of aerospace firm LIG Nex1 in 2015 and shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries in 2016 The US government knows this game all too well Between 2009-10 whats believed to be a joint-mission between American and Israeli security services struck Irans uranium enrichment facilities Dubbed "Stuxnet" by antivirus analysts the worm was administered to Irans nuclear plants by first infecting the systems of five contractor firms demonstrating that even "air-gapped" networks those completely separated from the Internet can easily be penetrated As a result an estimated 984 uranium enriching centrifuges or one third of capacity were destroyed putting Irans nuclear program back by a year There are also reports that North Koreas recent spate of failed missile launches is due to a similar US-led cyber operation North Korea itself has used similar methods to breach "air-gapped" networks In December 2014 a South Korean nuclear power plant operator was hacked though no physical damage was caused Myriad examples demonstrate American systems are similarly vulnerable: The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation breaches from 2010 until 2013; the Democratic National Committee hack before Novembers presidential election; hacks of private firms like Anthem Chase Target and JP Morgan losing millions of customer records and valuable financial data "While theres no evidence that North Korea has developed infrastructure-attacking malware there is probably no way to know unless it is activated" says Daniel Pinkston a North Korea expert at Seouls Troy University and author of a report on North Korean cybercrime Raised for cybercrime It would be arrogant to assume North Korea doesnt have the ability Today the nations brightest youngsters are groomed from age seven or eight to be hackers First they are drilled in the standard sciences at some of the 290 elite middle schools dotting the country Then the top 50 of each year are picked to attend the prestigious Kumsong [High] School where 60% of the curriculum concerns computers The most accomplished continue their studies at top colleges Kim Il Sung University North Koreas most prestigious academic institution that’s stocked with the nations brainiest progeny has one of its seven colleges dedicated to computer science The Kim Il Military Academy established in 1986 has a five-year program to train students in software programming technical reconnaissance and electronic warfare Around a quarter of graduates are assigned to cyber hacking offices belonging to the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB) The RBG is North Koreas principle intelligence and clandestine operations organ responsible for raids infiltrations disruptions and other espionage It is believed responsible for the March 2010 torpedo attack that sank South Koreas Cheonan naval vessel with the loss of 46 lives The RGB has a cyber attack unit known as Bureau 91 which conducts email phishing operations against citizens of the South But the bulk of DPRK cyber capabilities are controlled via the RGBs Bureau 121 which is thought responsible for the Sony attack and boasts around 3000 staff Bureau 121 has become one of Kim Jong Uns most prestigious military organizations One high-level defector even told TIME of a young hacker whose success earned a reprieve for his banished "disloyal" parents to return to the more comfortable capital Read More: Researchers See Similarities Between Global Ransomware Attack and North Korean Hacks Due to capacity restrictions on North Koreas own Internet and the need to muddle the attribution of attacks hundreds of top North Korean cyber operatives are sent overseas Jang Se-yul a North Korean who trained at Mirim University the countrys top engineering college before defecting to the South in 2008 says he keeps in touch with some of his former classmates who now work for Bureau 121 They include members of a six-strong team who were sent to Chinas northeastern city of Shenyang near the North Korean border Everyday they write software in a ramshackle industrial robot development plant at a business park outside the city But at night the cells real mission is launching cyber attacks against South Korean financial institutions Similar to a terrorist cell they have no knowledge of their fellow hackers inside China only reporting to bosses in their homeland "The last contact I had was last year" says Jang "They said the Chinese authorities were cracking down and so they would set up in Thailand or Laos instead" In the early days North Koreans learned hacking skills from China and Soviet Russia China continued schooling North Korean hackers until 2010 when its leadership became wary of the flourishing hacking skills of its erstwhile subordinates and nixed the training programs But given the nature of cybercrime competent computer programmers can essentially self-teach via open source tools on darkweb forums the Internet beyond the search engines Last year the China government even sent a memorandum to companies employing North Korean IT staff to warn against potential cyber terrorism Code in every smartphone Its not just China that should be worried Northeastern Chinese cities such as Shenyang and Dandong boast more than 100 IT firms that subcontract work from large companies including Huawei Xiaomi and Samsung Highly-skilled North Koreans are hired by those subcontractors owing to their below market wages giving them the means to reach a significant proportion of households on Earth "North Koreans are planting malicious Zero-Day [completely hidden] codes in the software that these subcontractors develop for launching future attacks" says Professor Lim Even if Beijing is wary of North Korean cybercrime it still abets the Kim regime When in 2014 South Korean investigators traced a hack on Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power to a server in Shenyang the Chinese government refused to permit access or cooperate in any way And experts agree that should relations between Beijing and Washington sour the Chinese military may utilize North Korean hackers or at the very least purchase any intelligence they gather independently "That is a likely scenario" says the defector Jang Potential targets are legion The US and South Korea are among most advanced countries in terms of communications infrastructure traffic management power grids banking making them correspondingly susceptible to cyber attacks The US is arguably the most vulnerable owing to aging infrastructure which was either never originally intended to be computerized or simply has severely outdated security protocols In the event of all-out inter-Korean war North Korea could launch blistering cyber attacks against US infrastructure and its financial systems to hamper the swift dispatch of troops and arms Pyongyang strategists posit that a delay of a week may be enough to occupy Seoul with a lightning attack and negotiate favorable peace terms with Washington Read More: North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Are Not Reason Enough to Start a War Ominously should North Korea develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the US mainland a prospect experts say could take three to five years cyber attacks may spike The presence of countervailing nuclear deterrents which lessen the prospect of full-scale war can in fact incentivize lower-level acts of aggression US policymakers do not have a pre-established menu of proportional response options for cyber attacks and the international legal framework regarding state responsibility is weak In a public talk in February 2015 NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers said of cybercrime "we’ve got to publicly acknowledge it we’ve got to publicly attribute it and then we’ve got to talk about what we’re going to do to impose cost" But the greatest danger of North Korean cybercrime may stem from personality politics The brazen Sony hack accompanied by threats against company employees and cinema patrons was predicated by an insult to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un In North Koreas stifling autocracy the Kim clan is nigh deified and slights against the leadership treated with the utmost gravity The scheduled release of The Interview also coincided with a UN vote on the Commission of Inquiry report on human rights abuses in North Korea which directly implicated Kim This likely contributed to the scale of the response and any future affronts may likewise spark a sudden escalation President Trump is not a man to mince words During his presidential campaign he called Kim a "maniac" and a "madman" Following recent missile tests he dispatched a US Naval Strike Group to the Korean Peninsula and warned of a "major major" conflict with North Korea if Kim refused to denuclearize Invective and perceived provocations from the Oval Office perhaps owing to more nuclear tests or some other escalation could see cyber warfare unleashed to settle scores once again For today we are all at the mercy of hotheads wielding ice-cold technology With reporting by Stephen Kim / Seoul Write to Charlie Campbell at charliecampbell@timecomImran Khan is back from his first official visit to China.7 percent, who spoke by phone on Tuesday. read more