Trump gives in to the mask but takes new risks with schools

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday finally did the one thing that public health experts and even his own aides have begged him to do to save lives. He wore a mask in public during a visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Given his intransigence for so many months, it was a small but significant gesture at a time when coronavirus cases are surging in the US and the President has failed to grasp the depth of the crisis or offer any coherent strategy to control the spread of the virus.

The United States is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok

Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, adding that “we’re taking this very seriously.”
Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok.”
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”

China is investing billions in chipmaking to close the gap with its global rivals

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s largest semiconductor maker could raise as much as $7.5 billion this year by listing its stock in Shanghai — a move that could deliver the Chinese mainland its largest share sale in a decade, and reduce the country’s reliance on foreign chips.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), which already trades in Hong Kong, said in a stock exchange filing last week that it wants to raise at least $6.6 billion. The bigger number would be hit if the company exercises an “over-allotment option” and issues additional shares in response to strong demand from investors.

A mutation shows why the coronavirus is such a formidable foe

All living organisms mutate and adapt to maximize survival in their ecologic niche. For months, scientists have been looking into whether the novel coronavirus — known as SARS-CoV-2 — is mutating and becoming more transmissible or more lethal. Recent evidence points to a preliminary answer to half the question: yes, a study has found that the virus has mutated and the dominant strain today is now capable of infecting more human cells. But the scientists say more research is needed to show whether this changed the course of the pandemic, and it remains unclear whether this mutation is more lethal.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/12/opinions/coronavirus-mutation-increased-infectivity-haseltine/index.html

Tracking coronavirus’ global spread

Since December, the virus has spread to nearly every continent and case numbers continue to rise.

Authorities in 214 countries and territories have reported about 7.6 million Covid‑19 cases and 422,000 deaths since China reported its first cases to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December.

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-maps-and-cases/

‘Gone with the Wind’ pulled from HBO Max until it can return with ‘historical context’

New York (CNN Business)HBO Max has pulled “Gone with the Wind” from its library of films.

The removal of the film comes as mass protests sweep across the United States following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while in police custody.
The 1939 film, which tells the love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War, is considered by many to be a cinematic classic and is one of the most popular films ever made. However, the movie is also incredibly controversial. The film’s portrayal of slavery, African Americans and the Civil War South has been received much more critically in the decades since its release.

Sweden closes 30-year murder mystery over killing of PM Olof Palme

Palme

Sweden has ended a 34-year investigation into the unsolved murder of the country’s then-Prime Minister Olof Palme, saying the chief suspect is dead.

Palme was gunned down as he took a late-night walk after visiting a cinema in central Stockholm with his wife, Lisbet, on February 28, 1986.
The mystery over the murder of the Social Democratic leader has gripped Sweden for three decades, prompting much speculation over the assassin and their motive, as well as producing multiple conspiracy theories.
Meanwhile, investigators have interviewed more than 10,000 people, and 134 possible suspects have confessed to the murder.
Sweden’s Chief Prosecutor Krister Petersson told a news conference in the country’s capital on Wednesday that he believed the lone perpetrator to be a man named Stig Engström but could do nothing more to prove it.
“As the person is deceased, I cannot bring charges against him and have decided to discontinue the investigation. In my opinion, Stig Engström is the prime suspect,” he said.
“My assessment is that, after over 34 years, it is difficult to believe that any further investigation would provide us with any new details and therefore I believe we have come as far as one could expect.”

773 million e-mail passwords leaked

Friday, January 18, 2019


It may be time to change passwords on your email account.

Security expert warns that a massive leak containing over 700 million email addresses and associated passwords has been discovered. The technology magazine Wired mentions it as the largest single leak in the history of the internet.

The massive database, known as “Collection # 1”, has been circulating openly online since it was first observed on the MEGA file sharing service last week. The database is 87 gigabytes large, according to Wired.

It has now been removed from MEGA, but still circulates on forums often used by hackers.

Over 700 mill.

The database contains 773 million email addresses and 21 million passwords. The reason why there are fewer passwords a number of email addresses is that people generally choose passwords with poor security.

Many people use the same passwords, of which “123456”, “password” and “123456789” are the most commonly used passwords in the world.

Troy Hunt is among other things behind the website Have I Been Pwned? – A database that can easily tell you if your password has been leaked into the new leak or previous leaks.

On his own website, Hunt tells that 140 million of the leaked email addresses have not occurred in his database before. That means that even if you haven’t been hit by a leak before, you may have become it now.

The leak may also have hit people who have previously received the email address and their password leaked, and later have changed passwords.

Hit Norwegian high social profiles

In October last year, Dagbladet mentioned a leak of 1.4 billion passwords, which hit a number of Norwegian social peaks. The collection was published on the website Reddit in December 2017, and Dagbladet’s review showed that at least 573,000 Norwegian e-mail accounts were affected.

The surveys also showed that there were leaked passwords for 166 e-mail addresses associated with the Storting. In addition, the same information was leaked about 739 different email addresses from the ministries and 342 from the police.

It was Aftenposten who first mentioned that several Norwegian social peaks had been affected by the leak.

They could confirm that passwords used by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Telenor chief Sigve Brekke, DnB chief Rune Bjerke and Minister of Development Nikolai Astrup, had been posted openly online.

New and old leaks

Avisa wrote that spot checks showed that Norwegian top politicians and business leaders resort to very obvious phrases when they make their passwords. They claimed that in many cases the name of the wife, child or dog is used in combination with the year of birth or other numbers.

Some of the password leaks took place several years ago, and have been circulating online for a while. It doesn’t make the information less useful for criminals, writes Forbes.

For people, it is customary to recycle their own passwords or use similar versions of the password later. There are also many who do not respond quickly enough to password leaks, which can cause several of these passwords to remain in use.

Lived in Denmark for 15 years, had to have an interpreter in court

Monday, January 14, 2019

A 53-year-old man is detained in the Danish city of Vollsmose, suspected of attempting murder against his daughter. He has lived in the Danish city for 15 years, but had to use an interpreter in the interrogation court.

According to the police, the man must have put his 21-year-old daughter in danger of death by stabbing her in the stomach, groin and back. It writes the Danish telegram agency Ritzau, and it is reproduced by Funen County Avis.

The daughter is no longer in danger of death, but her condition is described as critical, and she was connected to a respirator after losing much blood. The Arab man has three other children. He told the interrogator in the interrogation court.

The man refuses to punish, but both his wife and his daughter say that he is the offender. During the hearing, the prosecutor read aloud from the minutes of the first police interview.

During the actual interrogation, the 53-year-old explained that when he came to himself in the afternoon after the murder attempt took place, he discovered a knife in his hand and saw the daughter lying in front of him. He threw the knife when he went out and couldn’t remember if there was blood on it.

Here, Norwegians hide fortunes in the tax haven

Sunday, January 13, 2019


The Islamic emirate Dubai is a tax haven with extensive secrecy and few extradition agreements.

Now, a huge data leak shows how corrupt politicians, criminals, and smugglers from all over the world have placed huge amounts in Dubai’s real estate market.

Dagbladet reveals how Norwegians have invested millions in hide for Norwegian tax authorities and make money from it.

Dubai is Las Vegas for adults in the Middle East. Wonderful restaurants, great food and wine and nightclubs, tells an elated Norwegian in the 60’s, who has owned an exclusive apartment right on the beaches for several years.

– But I wonder one thing: How did you find me?

Indoor resorts, diamond and gold trading, 10,000 crowns, and 24 carat gold ice cream balls attract people from all over the world.

“You can pay in cash when you buy property in Dubai.”

People from all over the world with money flocked to the tax haven in the desert, offering luxury properties at a low price. An investment of 2.5 million also ensures a residence permit for both the buyer and the family.

Dubai was also known to guest workers on slave contracts and underpaid maidens without rights. Investors with spreadsheets or black money faced few obstacles. House prices were quadrupled in a few years and who owns a home in Dubai is strictly kept secret by the state.

The Emirates have no extradition agreements with Norway, other European countries or the United States. Dubai is a well-known haunt for those who need protection from police, tax collectors or creditors in their home country.

Now a large database of information on 129,000 buyers, sellers and owners of 54,000 addresses in Dubai has leaked out of the country. The analysis company C4ADS and the journalist organization OCCRP have sorted the information and found huge real estate investments from people associated with corruption, murder, smuggling, money laundering or embezzlement from a number of countries in the world.

In the Dubai leak, Dagbladet has found about 80 properties associated with Norwegians, only in this one of the seven emirates.

Calculations show that half of the properties the newspaper Dagbladet found total are valued at over NOK 150 million. The other half have not obtained value calculations.

In the Dubai leak, around 30 Norwegian taxpayers are sorted by “Norwegian citizenship”. But Dagbladet has also searched among 950,000 registrations of people with “unknown citizenship”.

There were far more Norwegians here, which Dagbladet has identified by searching by name and Norwegian phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses. Not everyone has been able to make contact with. Some have rejected inquiries.

Exclusive Norwegian area

In the United Arab Emirates, torture of prisoners is widespread, according to Amnesty International. The law discriminates against gays and women, who have been arrested for having sex outside of marriage because the police report rape.

About half of the Norwegians Dagbladet have found in the leak, are registered with apartments in newly built Dubai Marina. Sunset over the Arabian Gulf, exclusive restaurants, gorgeous clubs and fashion shops lure people to the artificial island.

Car wash investors

Among the Norwegian e-mail addresses in the leak is “contact@ensjobilpleie.no”. Next to it stands the name “Arshad Akhtar” and two apartments in the apartment blocks Lago Vista and Lakeside.

Several of the companies in which the 43-year-old was the general manager, owner or chairman of the board, went bankrupt or has been forced to retire after several years of serious auditor notes, shows information from the Brønnøysund Register Center. Among the remarks are illegal lending to shareholders, lack of tax deduction, breach of the Accounting Act, lost share capital, late accounts and lack of reconciliation of cash holdings against accounts

Several people have been contacted by Dagbladet, and it is quite clear that there are embezzlement of tax in the multi-million class.

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