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Sep
4

Goldman Sachs more than doubles profit on trading boost

first_imgTuesday 19 January 2021 2:45 pm whatsapp Goldman Sachs more than doubles profit on trading boost Show Comments ▼ The New York bank reported profit of $4.36bn, up from $1.72bn a year earlier, with revenue rising to a record $11.7bn for the quarter. Earnings per share rose to $12.08 per share, nearly double what analysts had expected.  Both banks were boosted by the release of cash reserves they had built up for bad loans. Goldman also moved some of its money out of its reserves but its exposure is significantly smaller than its peers.  Its global markets arm, which houses its trading business, saw its best performance in a decade with revenues jumping 23 per cent to $4.27bn.  Share While Citigroup reported a seven per cent decline in profit to the equivalent of $2.08 per share, it beat the analyst consensus of $1.34 per share. Similarly JP Morgan reported a 42 per cent jump in profit to $12.1bn. Angharad Carrick Goldman Sachs more than doubled its profits in the fourth quarter helped by a boom in its investment banking and trading activity.  Also Read: Goldman Sachs more than doubles profit on trading boost Goldman traders will likely be eyeing a pay rise as the bank set set aside $13.1bn to pay out bonuses and payroll this year, an eight per cent increase on the previous year.  whatsapp Also Read: Goldman Sachs more than doubles profit on trading boost The results reflect a strong year for Goldman’s investment bank and trading desks, with its investment banking arm hitting record revenues of $2.6bn in the quarter. The increase reflected higher net revenues in underwriting and financial advisory which was partially offset by a net loss in corporate lending.  The fourth quarter earnings are another indication of a strong year for Wall Street banks despite the pandemic. Last week JP Morgan and Citigroup reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings last week. last_img read more

Aug
24

New Perseverance play explores local love mystery

first_imgArts & Culture | KRNN | KXLL | SoutheastNew Perseverance play explores local love mysteryOctober 27, 2017 by Scott Burton, KTOO Share:John Barrymore’s, portrayed by Peter DeLaurier, theatrics are as interesting to Muz, actress Shelley Virginia, and Joe Ibach, actor Mike Peterson, as their simplicity is to him.A new play titled “Dreaming Glacier Bay” opens tonight at Perseverance Theatre. Based on true events, the play is set on Lemesurier Island near the entrance to Glacier Bay, and involves Hollywood movie star John Barrymore. But what brought Barrymore to our waters?Check out the above video of John Barrymore playing Larry Renault in the 1933 “Dinner at Eight.”I asked local film buff Collette Costa if Barrymore was a big deal. She said that in today’s world, Barrymore might be like a Ralph Fiennes or Daniel Day-Lewis stylistically, or a Tom Hanks popularity-wise.“Dreaming Glacier Bay” playwright Joel Bennett hangs out during a sneak preview of his show Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Just before making “Dinner at Eight” in ‘33, Barrymore motored his yacht — three or four times — from southern California to southeast Alaska to visit Joe and Muz Ibach.Juneau photographer, filmmaker and playwright Joel Bennett was introduced to the history in the 1970s.“I was always perplexed by why no one really had done anything with this material. Not even a book,” Bennett said.Since his first introduction to the mysterious story, Bennett spent time at the Ibach couple’s house, which still stands on the island.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/10/27DREAM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s examined photographs, letters and any other evidence he could find to explain Barrymore’s strong interest in either Alaska, or the couple — Joe, or Muz — a woman with a mysterious background as a show business dancer back east.Joe Ibach, played by actor Mike Peterson, Muz, actress Shelley Virginia) and John Barrymore, actor Peter DeLaurier, share a drink during rehearsal for “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Joe Ibach, portrayed by Mike Peterson, worked as a hunting guide, fox farmer and prospector. He sits in his cabin during rehearsal for “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Cate Ross, Shelley Virginia and Michael Evan Harvey prepare for a rehearsal of “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Dolores Barrymore, portrayed by actress Cate Ross, and John Barrymore, portrayed by Peter DeLaurier, get notes from Michael Evan Harvey, director of “Dreaming Glacier Bay” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)1234 read more

Aug
24

Canadian board game convention lures Southeast Alaska’s tabletop gaming enthusiasts

first_imgArts & Culture | Community | SoutheastCanadian board game convention lures Southeast Alaska’s tabletop gaming enthusiastsNovember 9, 2018 by Katherine Rose, KCAW-Sitka Share:(From left) Judson Rusk, Calvin Drake and Seaton Bryan play Nyctophobia, a board game where players are unable to see the board. The three traveled to SHUX earlier this fall to try new board games and meet the creators of some of their favorites. (Photo by Katherine Rose/KCAW)The tourism season has come to a close, and that means that things in Southeast Alaska are slowing down for the winter. Some spend their winters adventuring in warmer places, vacationing on tropical islands, trying to miss as much of the rain and cold as they can. But a group of Sitkans decided to take a vacation to an equally cold and rainy place: Vancouver, British Columbia, for a board game convention.At the gargantuan Vancouver Convention Centre, in the middle of hundreds of tables covered in black tablecloths, groups of four to five confer among themselves. At one of those tables, the Sitkan group are in their own world, wandering through some imaginary woods, trying to escape from a vicious ax murderer.They’re playing Nyctophobia, a board game where players never actually see the board. They wear plastic blackout sunglasses, as one player who can see guides their hands. They feel each piece on the board, stumbling blindly through the forest looking for rocks, stopping at trees, and desperately searching for the car so they can escape.They’ve traveled to SHUX, a convention for tabletop gamers to gather and try some new board games on the market. In its second year, SHUX was put on in October by Shut Up and Sit Down, a team of people who review board games professionally on YouTube, and they produce some of the most popular podcasts and videos in the tabletop gaming community. Sitkan Seaton Bryan relies on their reviews to decide what games to add to his growing library.“I’ve been playing board games religiously since high school,” Bryan said. “Started with some basic stuff. But I have around 200 games now in my collection, just as many kinds as possible.”While Bryan has been into it for a while, many more people are dipping their toes in the tabletop world. Board games have seen a massive resurgence over the past ten years. SHUX co-founder Matt Lees has a theory about why the market is booming.“I think personally it’s that people are starting to self-moderate a little bit,” Lees said. “Our lives are becoming increasingly digital, and people are looking for ways to step away from that. Still spend time with people, still spend time thinking about complex puzzles and stuff, but just away from screens.”With a growing demand, the market is flooded with new games that appeal to mainstream audiences and some to more niche interests. In the SHUX expo hall are games like Fog of Love, a two-person role player that simulates a relationship in a romantic comedy, and a game called Chai, where you play a tea merchant trying to “brew the perfect blend of tea.”The board game library at SHUX. (Photo by Katherine Rose/KCAW)“It’s very exciting for us because we think that lots of people grew up playing board games that were, frankly, a bit bad,” Lees said. “Monopoly is only fun if you’re winning, which means that 75 percent of people playing aren’t having a good time.”And it’s not just about loading up on new cardboard. For people from a small town like Sitka, it’s nice to be able to come to a place where there is a convention hall half Sitka’s size, filled with 2,000 people in the building that share their passion for tabletop gaming.“Just being able to run into people that saw what game you were playing and say ‘Oh I love that game!’ or do that yourself, walk around, see something you’ve never played before, sit down and find out, it’s amazing,” Bryan said.In Juneau, Jack Eddy runs a board game review site of his own: The Cardboard Herald. He produces podcasts and videos, and he’ll likely have a table at Juneau’s own growing board game convention in January, Platypus Con, which is in its fifth year.“You may be interested to know that two of the original Magic the Gathering artists are actually from Sitka, Alaska: Anson Maddocks and Mark Tedin,” Eddy said. “They actually met at Sitka elementary school and went to college together.”That’s no surprise to Eddy, who thinks Southeast is the perfect setting for breeding creative energy and fostering human connection.“I think it’s that we have a desire for interaction. Particularly in Southeast, we’re a really artistic community and a community-oriented community,” Eddy said. “The level of participation in any sort of community event seems like way higher per capita than anywhere else.”And back at SHUX, Lees has an idea of why Southeast Alaska may have a strong tabletop gaming culture.“It’s really unsurprising to me that a group has come all the way from a place where, in the winter it’s boring and dark. I think lots of people who get into board games do so for reasons like that,” Lees said. “Maybe they’re having a difficult time in their life, maybe they’re having issues with mobility, maybe they’re living somewhere where you can’t go out and have a good time outside. People gravitate to board games for different reasons, but when they find them they really stay. I think more people should give it a go, because it’s brilliant.”And Bryan and his friends did give it a go — they left Vancouver with suitcases full of board games, back to Sitka stocked up on cardboard and prepared for the winter.Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Calvin Drake’s name in the feature photo’s caption.Share this story:last_img read more

Jul
13

2014 US midterm elections: Will Libertarian Party candidates spoil a Republican win?

first_imgTuesday 4 November 2014 4:14 pm 2014 US midterm elections: Will Libertarian Party candidates spoil a Republican win? Share whatsapp whatsapp Guy Bentley Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoElvenarAdvertisement #StayAtHome and Play this Fantasy Game. No Install.ElvenarUndo As millions of Americans go to the polls to elect a slew of senators, governors and representatives it looks as though Republicans are in for a good night.Republicans are guaranteed to retain control of the House of Representatives which they have held since 2010. The real contest to look out for is the Senate that has been under Democratic control since 2007. Polling guru Nate Silver has given the Republicans a 70 per cent chance of a victory. The GOP needs to pick up six Senate seats to gain a majority and are set to win three with relative ease. There are eight seats that can be classified as toss-ups.A GOP win would be a devastating blow to Barak Obama and would effectively be the death knell for Democratic policy making for the rest of his term. New Hampshire and North Carolina are two races to keep an eye on. The polls are tight in both states but if Republicans take them both, it will signal a big win for the GOP.In tight races, Republicans will need every vote they can get, and this is where voters for third parties come in, particularly libertarians. The Libertarian Party has never won a seat in congress and the party’s candidate in the 2012 presidential election received just one per cent of the vote.However, some right-leaning commentators fear Libertarian candidates could act as spoilers and throw some races to the Democratic candidate. Ultra-conservative author and syndicated columnist Anne Coulter, wrote in September:The biggest current danger for Republicans is that idiots will vote for Libertarian candidates in do-or-die Senate elections … If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you.It certainly appears to be the case that the proportion of Americans subscribing to a libertarian political point of view is growing. In 2014, Gallup estimated that 24 per cent of the American electorate can be characterised as libertarian.At election time, libertarian-leaning voters, if they show up and don’t vote for the Libertarian Party (LP), tend to break Republican over Democrat by around two to one. However, Coulter shoudn’t be too worried about the libertarian factor according to research from Time.Even if a LP candidate wasn’t on the ballot and their voters turned out anyway there are usually way too few of them to make any kind of a difference to the outcome.Of the 1,873 elections for the House and Senate since 2006 just 70 were won with less than 50 per cent of the vote and LP candidates ran in 46 of them. In those races, 29 were won by smaller margin than the Libertarian polled on the day. If half of the Libertarian candidates’ voters showed up and split 60-40 in favour of the GOP just a single race would’ve turned out differently.In 2008, Republican Norm Cole would’ve triumphed over Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race.  Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Jul
4

News / Shipper + 3PL + data sharing = more trust and a smoother supply chain

first_img 3PLs that collaborate with shippers on data will boost efficiency and see longer-lasting relationships with their customers.“Logistics is still a people business, and personal relationships are important,” said Lorenzo Fornaroli, senior director global logistics strategy and operations at Huawei.“But there is much easier access to data now. I see a lot that needs to be done in terms of trust and relationships in China, but collaboration [over data] brings success to both parties.“We have teams of scientists, but we are not good yet at using the data to come to meaningful solutions. We’ve been surprised to see how poor companies can be at analysing data.” © Mast3r By Alex Lennane 23/10/2019center_img Mr Fornaroli said collaboration with a 3PL could help with the analysis of the data.“There is lots of compliance, lots of rules, and 3PLs can take care of that. But there is an opportunity to share more with suppliers so they can see how we work. And there are opportunities to use data to improve awareness of potential suppliers.“We have to be open and share more. A lot of it is up to the shipper to share, so the supplier can do the job we expect it to do.”He added that while most relationships began with a contractual agreement, companies needed to mature from that.“That’s not the best way. You need trust, and to work out how to nurture that. I see lots of customer-supplier relations that are not conducive to trust.”Once that trust is in place, shippers would more likely stick with their 3PL, he said.“In the next 10 years, I see longer relationships once you have developed a platform together, as the return on investment needs longer. And it’s not easy to change from one platform to another. Companies will still outsource, but contracts will be for longer.”Jeroen Eijsink, president Europe for CH Robinson, said the 3PL’s relationship with Microsoft, for example, was one such long-term vision.Microsoft outsourced the freight management of its hardware to CH Robinson, amounting to some four million shipments a year. The hardware is sourced from 90 countries – but mainly China – and must be delivered to 69 countries.“It’s not a steady supply chain, it’s a dynamic environment,” he explained. “We had to build global visibility at the SKU level; 90% of the challenge was the execution, only 10% was about the software. It was hard to convince all our partners to connect in the proper way.“The journey started three to four years ago – and there are still gaps to fill. But it’s a partnership, and Microsoft helps to get carriers to talk to us. It’s a long-term vision, working on that journey.”Michael Gierloff, director European transport sourcing and supply chain collaboration for Chep, which offers its own platform to suppliers, said both parties could benefit from a strong partnership and shared data.“The question is, am I willing to share my data? And can I share my data? Everywhere we have projects promoting collaboration, it’s not clear what can be shared.“Customers have to declare pallets in our system, and collaboration and exchanging data offers necessary flexibility.“It’s still mandatory to have partnerships in transport. There are challenges, such as the last mile, driver shortages, the downturn in Europe. But I firmly believe in collaboration to make logistics efficient, and you need to involve everybody. There is still so much inefficiency we can take out of the market and then share [the benefits].”last_img read more

Jun
23

World Health Organization names nominees to lead global agency

first_img Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that three finalists are in the running to become the next director-general of the global health agency.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 51, of Ethiopia, Dr. Sania Nishtar, 53, of Pakistan, and Dr. David Nabarro, 67, of Britain were selected as finalists in the competition to replace Dr. Margaret Chan, whose second term of office ends June 30. Their voting tallies were in that order, sources told STAT.Knocked out of contention were Dr. Flavia Bustreo, 55, of Italy, a WHO assistant director-general, and France’s Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, 64, at one point considered a strong contender for the job.advertisement The election of the global health agency’s eighth director-general will take place in May when its 194 member states convene in Geneva for the WHO’s annual general meeting, the World Health Assembly. By Helen Branswell Jan. 25, 2017 Reprints HealthWorld Health Organization names nominees to lead global agency Here’s how the next director-general can rebuild the World Health Organization The contenders are vying to take the reins of the UN’s leading health agency, which has been buffeted by criticism in recent years, largely due to its slow response to massive outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014.advertisement Multiple post-mortem reports slammed the WHO’s handling of that crisis and called for an overhaul of the agency, particularly its emergency response capacity. That work is underway with the creation of a health emergencies program.Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said whoever wins the role has a big job on his or her hands.“Under the leadership of one of these candidates, the WHO needs to make the case for greater investment in public health and be fearless in calling out countries that fail to play their part,” Farrar said in a statement.“This is a time for decisive, inspirational leadership. It’s a chance to start a new chapter in global health. We look forward to hearing more from the shortlisted candidates about how they will provide this leadership in the months remaining before the World Health Assembly.”Originally six candidates were vying for the position, which carries a five-year term. But following rules set out for this election, the WHO’s executive board pared that list down to five on Tuesday, knocking out Dr. Miklós Szócska, 56, of Hungary.The remaining five candidates were interviewed Wednesday behind closed doors, after which the 34-member executive board voted to winnow the list down to three.It had been thought voting might go late into the night in Geneva, but the outcome was quick. As expected, the presence of multiple Europeans on the ballot appeared to have split theirs votes. That raises the possibility that Nabarro may benefit from the departure of Bustreo and Douste-Blazy.Countries have been holding their cards close to their vests on this election. The US representative on the executive board, Dr. Tom Frieden — until last week the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — would not reveal for whom he’d been instructed to support.Even if countries had declared their preferences, the voting process would have made it hard to predict the outcome.In Wednesday’s voting, each representative voted for three people. The system may have been devised to try to ensure that the three strongest candidates made it to the final round. But observers predicted lots of strategic voting, with countries shoring up their favorites’ chances by using their second and third votes to support candidates who are perceived to be weaker than the rest. @HelenBranswell center_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Related: Privacy Policy Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Tedros — a former health and foreign affairs minister from Ethiopia, he is known by his first name — has the support of the African Union, potentially a bloc of 54 votes at the World Health Assembly. His is the only non-physician among the candidates; he has a PhD in community health.Nabarro has spent much of his career in first the WHO and then the United Nations. He is currently the special adviser to the UN secretary general on sustainable development and climate change.Nishtar is a former health minister from Pakistan with extensive experience both nationally and internationally in the civil society sector. Helen Branswell From left, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 51, of Ethiopia; Dr. Sania Nishtar, 53, of Pakistan; and Dr. David Nabarro, 67, of Britain. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images, JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images, Mary Altaffer/AP Tags public healthlast_img read more

Jun
21

Softball player “embarrassed and disrespected” after umpires ask her to cut braids off

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. / CNN — A North Carolina high school student-athlete is demanding an end to hair discrimination after she said she was forced to cut her hair during a game. On April 19, sophomore Nicole Pyles was playing a game of softball at Hillside High School.“The umps came up to my coach asking about my beads. I was just like, well, it’s fine. I’ll tuck them and put them away,” she said.It was the top of the second inning when she said her team was winning, and the umpire noticed her knotless braids with beads. It’s a style Pyles said she’s worn to other games. AdvertisementTags: hair discriminationhigh school sportssoftball Gateway football laying building blocks for future success May 14, 2021 FSW Softball leads the way with school’s first national championship June 2, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments FSW softball moves on to quarterfinals May 27, 2021 FSW softball team removed from Southwest flight for not wearing masks June 3, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Nicole’s dad, Julius Pyles, said he contacted all parties involved the next day.“I was deeply hurt because my child, none of those girls, should have had to endure that type of behavior,” he added.N.C. High School Athletic Association Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement on Wednesday about the incident:“The NCHSAA is aware of the report that a young lady at Hillside High School cut her hair to remove hair beads in order to stay in the game against Jordan High School on April 19, 2021. The NCHSAA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) which is the organization that helps provide uniform playing rules for high school athletics across the nation. As a member of the NFHS, the NCHSAA follows all NFHS playing rules and regulations, including Softball rule 3-2-5 which states that ‘Plastic visors, bandannas, and hair-beads are prohibited.’“This is not a new rule, and when the violation was noticed by an umpire, the proper determination of illegal equipment was verified as supported by NFHS rule. Further, according to NFHS Softball Rule 3-5-1, prior to the start of a contest, it is the responsibility of each coach to verify to the plate umpire that all his or her players are legally equipped and that players and equipment are in compliance with all NFHS rules.“We empathize with the student-athlete and her experience. It is truly unfortunate, as we believe this situation should never have occurred. The NCHSAA expectation is that coaches will know the playing rules and ensure that their players are also aware of them prior to participating in any athletic contest.”Four months ago, Durham became one of the first cities in the state to ban discrimination based on hairstyle in the workplace.Durham Public Schools released a statement late Wednesday citing its support for the policy:“Durham Public Schools supports our students’ right to free expression and opposes unreasonable or biased restrictions on Black women’s hairstyles,” the statement reads.“We really want Durham Public Schools and the county to not only have the hair act for employment and housing but to extend that to the classrooms and into the field, so that young girls like Nicole and so many other student-athletes can live in their full dignity,” said Tyler Whittenberg, the Chief Counsel for Justice System Reform with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which sponsors the Youth Justice Project.The Youth Justice Project is pushing for change. The group has compiled a list of demands that includes an apology to the team and coach from two coaches at Jordan High School, two umpires officiating the softball game, and N.C. High School Athletic Association Supervisor of Official Mark Drelbelbis.The demands also include that DPS and N.C. High School Athletic Association should pass policies that ensure hair discrimination will not happen again to another Black girl.DPS officials said it’s encouraging the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations to review their policies. The district said that, on the surface, they seem fair but are “culturally biased.”The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Advertisement“When I came back to hit again, it was brought up that there was another issue,” she said. “That they couldn’t see my number, but now it’s a safety issue or a violation, whatever they want to call it.”Pyles said she was asked to remove the beads in compliance with the National Federation of State High School Association’s policy, or she wouldn’t be allowed to finish the game.“My team, all of my friends were cutting out some of my beads. They snatched some of the beads out of my hair,” described Pyles. “I felt just so embarrassed and disrespected and just distraught at that point.” RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Jun
19

Hackers use Korea’s divided family reunion plans to mount ‘spear-phishing’ attack

first_img North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Headline By Mun Dong Hui – 2018.07.09 3:13pm HWP file assumed to be sent by a North Korean hacker. Image: ESTsecurity Corp.As the two Koreas move forward with preparations to hold family reunions in August, there has been a spate of email phishing attacks on defector and North Korean human rights organizations thought to be the work of North Korean hackers.Daily NK has learned that hackers have sent out “spear phishing” emails to representatives of defector and North Korean human rights organizations in a bid to obtain sensitive information. The emails were sent out with the subject title, “Ministry of Unification Divided Families Information System Administrator.”  Spear phishing, which gets its name from the underwater fishing technique, typically involves a hacker sending out an email that attracts the attention of the target user and entices them to click on a virus-infected link. After the virus enters the target user’s computer, sensitive information is sent back to the hacker and other malicious processes can be initiated. Computer security experts say that methods used in the recent spear phishing attacks are more refined than those used in the past. In past attacks, target users were invited to click on an attached file in the Hangul Word format (.hwp); however, this recent spate of attacks has involved fake “security emails” where users are directed to click on a link to a .hwp file. This is a similar method used by real companies when they send email requests to customers for online payments. Hackers have sent out emails to representatives of North Korean human rights organizations and tried to fool their targets by stating that the email is from the Ministry of Unification.When the email from the hackers is opened, a pop-up designed to resemble a security messages appears. Note the misspelling of the word “security” in red. Image: Estsecurity Corp.The emails stated that target users could check information regarding family reunions on July 3, when the two Koreas exchanged lists of divided family members. Sending the emails on that date was likely an attempt to get as many target users as possible to click the links. The two Koreas exchanged lists of divided family members (South Korea: 250; North Korea; 200) who were deemed eligible to participate in the upcoming reunions on July 3. While the recent hacking incidents cannot be completely proven to be the work of North Korea, the code used is similar to other attacks linked to the country, together with the methodology. Moreover, the fact that defector and North Korean human rights organizations were targeted highlights the question of motive.A computer security expert who requested anonymity told Daily NK on July 4 that the code used in this attack is similar to other attacks attributed to North Korea, “so it’s likely they’re behind it. But it cannot be completely proven and more investigation is needed.” East Security’s Security Response Team Director Mun Jong-hyun said that the code used in the attack and the attached file format (.exe) are all familiar to South Korean computer security analysts. “The attack methods used are similar to those used by hackers who are on government payrolls. There is Russian language embedded in the code used in the attacks, which appears to be an attempt to hide the origin of the attacks. However, they used an .hwp file and fluent Korean in the body of the email – including use of the word ‘bibon’ (shorthand for ‘password’),” he told Daily NK.The advanced packaging tool (APT), referred to as Operation Mystery Egg, used in the recent hacking attacks has been broadly used to attack South Korean organizations working on North Korea issues.“These recent attacks are APT attacks through email perpetrated by the Kumsong 121 Group, which is suspected of working for the regime,” said Director Mun. “APT attacks will continue until they have achieved their objectives.”“Hackers collect information from the target users’ virus-infected computers and send additional files to the infected computer through command and control (C&C) servers. Through this method, hackers can gain complete control over the computer,” he added.Computer security experts say that users must be extremely careful as the attacks are becoming more sophisticated and nuanced.“When you receive an email you need to confirm the email address of the sender. Hackers use the email addresses of South Korean portal sites to conduct attacks,” another computer expert, who asked not to be named due to security concerns, added.“Computer users should confirm whether the email they received is from an official email account from a government agency before opening it. Any emails that seem suspicious should be reported to computer security specialists.” SHARE AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] News Facebook Twittercenter_img News Hackers use Korea’s divided family reunion plans to mount ‘spear-phishing’ attack Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Jun
15

Honda plans to slash trims, launch a new global platform

first_img RELATED TAGSHondaNews While announcing its not-so-creatively-named e electric city car (yeah, just ‘e’) earlier today, head honcho Takahiro Hachigo outlined a few other steps for Honda’s future, ones which include the introduction of a new global platform. It’ll be called – wait for it – Honda Architecture.The company said that, by 2025, it will reduce the total number of variations at the trim and option level for its global models to one-third of what is currently available. That’s a huge decrease.In addition, it stated its intention to increase efficiency by eliminating and consolidating some “similar regional models” into models shared across multiple regions. The first model being developed with this new method will be a global model Honda promises it is launching next year.All this global talk is well and good, but what does it mean for Honda shoppers in this country? Less choice, essentially. According to company spox, the North American market will see a reduced number of variations at the trim and option level.No specifics were given but it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out what that statement could portend: the amalgamation of some top-tier trims and the cleaving of certain powertrain combinations with low take rates, such as the manual transmission Accord. The statement went on to say the company will also simplify the production model allocation at each plant. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 Honda HR-V Buried in the release was the statement the company will expand the application of its two-motor hybrid system to the entire lineup of Honda vehicles, including a more compact system suitable for small-sized vehicles. The first car to adopt this system is the new Fit, which is planned as a world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca One key piece of the profitability puzzle for many auto manufacturers is the use of a global platform across many different models.Volkswagen does this to great effect on the shared modular design of its MQB platform; Toyota does the same with its TNGA architecture.Now we can count Honda among the companies waking up to the benefits of this sort of cost-saving measure. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Focus on academics: Drop-in advising available

first_imgWith the fall semester underway, and classes and student life in full swing, you might be looking for some guidance and support. Whether you are a first-year student or a senior, or seeking help in dealing with academic and/or personal issues, navigating the extensive array of resources and services at CU-Boulder can sometimes seem intimidating or overwhelming. Make an appointment to visit with your advisor by going to MyCUHub today.Also, be sure to take advantage of the campus-wide drop-in advising hours, available every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. to access advising resources for any major or minor across campus. Drop-in advising hours are are great option for: First-year students interested in connecting with departmental advisors in a specific major or minor Journalism students with questions about courses in an additional field of study Students thinking about completing an intra-university transfer to another college on campus Any student still exploring major and minor options.Please visit http://advising.colorado.edu/drop-in-hours for a list of locations. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 22, 2015 center_img Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more