The St Anne’s JCR’s website has been hacked by a pro-Palestinian liberation group.The website’s top banner, which originally read “St Anne’s JCR” and “University of Oxford”, said “HaCked by Raiz0WorM” [sic] for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon.JCR President Tom Mitty told Cherwell: “We’re seeking advice to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”Raiz0WorM has previously posted pro-Palestinian liberation messages on other hacked sites.Other than the banner, the rest of the website is unaffected, meaning that students can still access menus for hall, copies of minutes from previous JCR meetings, and the JCR constitution.Mitty said: “We are in touch with the company who provide our platform, to see if the technical situation is any more complex than mere changing of text.”The text was changed again later in the afternoon to read: “St-Annes-JCR”.The hackers’ previous targets have included a Portuguese consultancy firm, a music festival in Grenoble, and Laugharne Township Community Council.The hacker has told previous victims to contact them for information about their siteA St Anne’s student told Cherwell: “Obviously it’s worrying. The hacking looks fairly amateurish to be honest, but it’s alarming to think what could happen if a more malicious branch of hackers set their sights on getting in.“I’m mainly just confused as to why our JCR page would be targeted. I wouldn’t have thought hall menus and tortoise updates would have been top of a hacker’s agenda.”The hack comes soon after a leading cybersecurity firm found around 200,000 stolen addresses with the ox.ac.uk domain name after trawling the dark web.
By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Will Rogers may have been more than a comedian, a philosopher and a newspaper columnist.He also may have been a prophet.“I am not a member of any organized political party,” Rogers once said. “I am a Democrat.”Rogers also said Democrats had a special way of conducting a firing squad. They would form a circle, he quipped, and then fire back toward the center.True then.True now.The process for determining the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is like a demolition derby, only less structured. At the end of this month, all 23 declared candidates will start debating. The field is so large that the event requires multiple nights and a basketball squad’s worth of moderators. With any luck, that first debate might, just might, end sometime before Election Day 2020.It’s easy to see why just about every Democrat with a pulse in the United States wants to take a shot at the White House. The current occupant of the Oval Office is as vulnerable a candidate as we’re likely to see in several lifetimes.President Donald Trump and his defenders like to tout the strong economy as his argument for re-election. They never stop to ask themselves two questions.The first is: Why, if the economy is going so great, does our candidate struggle to maintain a 40 percent approval rating?The second is: What happens if the economy falters or fails – either through the natural cycle of such things or, just suppose, someone were to start a costly and self-destructive trade war that hammered Republican strongholds in disproportionate fashion? (I know. That second possibility is the stuff of fantasy. No one sane would be dumb enough to threaten imposing tariffs on major trading partners that would punish American consumers just to look tough or distract attention from other problems.)Given these two realities, the 2020 election should resemble a coronation stroll for the Democrats.But these are Democrats we’re talking about. They’re skilled at seizing defeat from the jaws of victory. That’s what they’re hard at work doing now.Republicans are much better at playing the long game.In the 2018 election, when it became clear GOP candidates were swimming into a tsunami, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told major Republican donors to write off the House of Representatives. Focus on holding onto the Senate, McConnell said.McConnell may be corrupt and amoral, but he’s no idiot.He knows the Senate has unique advantages when it comes to exerting leverage. The Senate can prevent presidents from being removed from office.More important, the Senate can bestow or withhold lifetime appointments to federal benches, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Given McConnell’s ruthless willingness to ignore or rewrite the rules regarding judicial nominations – appointing people to the Supreme Court during an election year is wrong except when he changes his mind – he can make the Senate a formidable bastion for the GOP for years, even decades to come.Expect McConnell to reprise his 2018 message next year, too. Write off the House and the presidency, he’ll say, but hold onto the Senate at all costs. We can turn the tide from there.While McConnell and canny Republicans are locking in to protect the Senate, Democrats are breeding presidential candidates like rabbits on fertility drugs. Longshot contenders for the White House who might be credible or even winning Senate candidates are all but guaranteeing that, even if a Democrat does capture the presidency in 2020, she or he won’t be able to do much with it.Thus, it so often is.Democrats have dreams.Republicans have plans.That’s why the GOP often can overcome long odds and achieve victory.That thing Will Rogers said about how Democrats form a firing squad?Prophecy.Sheer, brilliant prophecy.FOOTNOTE: ohn Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Summer Camp Music Festival continues to be one of the most beloved stops on the summer schedule of any jam music fan. Headlined annually by Umphrey’s McGee and moe., the Memorial Day weekend tradition always brings a strong serving of great musical prowess to Chillicothe, IL. This year’s lineup is no exception, with headlining sets from Mudcrutch, Big Grizmatik, STS9, Excision, The Roots, Jason Isbell, Thievery Corporation, and Ani DeFranco, in addition to UM and moe.Today the festival has revealed plans for their special Everyone Orchestra set. The lineup will include: Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Al Schnier (Moe.), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies), Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Mimi Naja (Fruition), Daniel Lamb (MarchFourth!), and Chris Gelbuda!The EO performance is part of a Make A Difference celebration. Anyone who wants to catch this all-improvised super jam will have to complete three actions from this list, which includes sustainability tasks and healing workshops. By bettering yourself and the planet, you can jam out with your favorite musicians!The full Summer Camp lineup appears below, and you can find more information here.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2011) – Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, announced that its Board of Directors declared today, October 20, 2011, a dividend of 28 cents per share, payable November 17, 2011, to shareholders of record as of November 3, 2011. Merchants plans to release earnings on or about October 25, 2011.Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer, Janet P. Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer and Geoffrey R. Hesslink, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender of Merchants will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 28, 2011. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing U.S. number (800) 230-1074; the title of the call is Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Earnings Call. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Friday, November 4, 2011. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 200986.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 40 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of comm ercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state; these teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns, and school districts. Merchants Trust Company, a division of Merchants Bank, provides investment management, financial planning and trustee services. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs, and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. 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Court rulings require EPA action on upwind air pollution FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Hill:Two separate courts ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must enforce regulations that restrict states from emitting pollution that could cross borders into neighboring states.U.S. district courts in Maryland and New York both ruled separately that EPA was derelict in its duty by not enforcing states to comply with the “Good Neighbor provision” under the Clean Air Act meant to address smog pollution. The New York court found that EPA failed to meet an August 2017 deadline that would begin the process of enforcing the law throughout states. The court’s judge ruled that EPA must take necessary steps to limit the smog that blows into New York and Connecticut from five surrounding states: Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan and Virginia.The court set a Dec. 8 deadline for compliance.In Maryland, a similar verdict found that EPA must take a final action by Sept 15. “The court notes that it does not grant the above extension lightly,” Maryland’s district court wrote in its verdict. “On the contrary, the court is troubled by EPA’s apparent unwillingness or inability to comply with its mandatory statuary duties within the timeline set by Congress.”More: Courts deal blow to EPA over Clean Air Act
Breakthrough perovskite-based solar technology could hit the market by summer of 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:British rooftops could be hosting a breakthrough in new solar power technology by next summer, using a crystal first discovered more than 200 years ago to help harness more of the sun’s power. An Oxford-based solar technology firm hopes by the end of the year to begin manufacturing the world’s most efficient solar panels, and become the first to sell them to the public within the next year.Oxford PV claims that the next-generation solar panels will be able to generate almost a third more electricity than traditional silicon-based solar panels by coating the panels with a thin layer of a crystal material called perovskite.The breakthrough would offer the first major step-change in solar power generation since the technology emerged in the 1950s, and could play a major role in helping to tackle the climate crisis by increasing clean energy.By coating a traditional solar power cell with perovskite, a solar panel can increase its power generation, and lower the overall costs of the clean electricity, because the crystal is able to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum than traditional silicon.Typically, a silicon solar cell is able to convert up to about 22% of the available solar energy into electricity. But in June 2018, Oxford PV’s perovskite-on-silicon solar cell surpassed the best performing silicon-only solar cell by reaching a new world record of 27.3%. The perovskite-coated panels will appear different too. Instead of the blue tint usually associated with traditional silicon panels, Oxford PV’s panels will appear black and blend in better with rooftop slates.Dr Chris Case, the chief technology officer at Oxford PV, said using perovskite represents “a true change” for solar technology, which has remained relatively unchanged since the silicon-based panels developed in the 1950s. “Silicon has reached its culmination of capability,” he said. “There are residual improvements to be made, and cost of production opportunities, but from a performance standpoint it is at its efficiency limit. The perovskite material is something totally innovative for solar.”[Jillian Ambrose]More: U.K. firm’s solar power breakthrough could make world’s most efficient panels by 2021
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ZD Net:Apple has announced plans to invest in two of the world’s largest wind turbines in Denmark and says its huge Danish data center is now operational.Apple announced its Danish data center plans in 2015 and today revealed its 45,000 square-meter facility in Viborg, Denmark is finally operational. Apple had originally planned to build two data centers in Denmark at a second $921m facility in Aarbenraa, Denmark. However, the tech giant abruptly cancelled it in 2019.Apple says the Danish data center is run entirely by renewable energy from local projects, including the Esbjerg wind project and a Danish solar project in Thisted, Northern Jutland. Apple is developing the wind and solar projects in partnership with European Energy.Esbjerg, on the south-east cost of Denmark, will be home to two 200-meter-tall turbines that are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours each year. That’s enough to power almost 20,000 homes if it were put into the grid, but only surplus power not consumed by Apple’s data center will go to the Danish grid. The two giant turbines will serve as a test site for offshore wind turbines.“Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a statement. “Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”[Liam Tung]More: Apple is investing in two of the world’s largest wind turbines to power its new data center Apple to buy power from Danish wind turbine test site to power nearby data center
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 10, 2017 During LAAD 2017 Defence & Security International Exhibition on April 4th, an agreement was announced between the Brazilian firm, Embraer Defense and Security, and Rockwell Collins, its American counterpart. Operating in the aerospace sector, the companies foresee a mutual incorporation of products between their portfolios. “There will be products that could potentially be produced by Rockwell Collins, which we will integrate with our solutions, and Bradar and Savis products that might be produced using Rockwell Collins solutions,” stated Jackson Schneider, the president of Embraer and director of its subsidiaries, Bradar and Savis. The exchange between the two firms has been going on for nearly 50 years, “but now we’re taking the next step in this partnership,” Schneider said, citing the KC-390 aircraft, one of the Brazilian Air Force’s most recent acquisitions. Manufactured by Embraer, the plane uses an avionic system created by Rockwell Collins. The announcement took place in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of Colin Mahoney, Vice President of Rockwell Collins; Peter Michael McKinley, U.S. Ambassador in Brazil; and Flávio Augusto Basílio, Secretary of Defense Products for Brazil’s Ministry of Defense. “This agreement is a symbol of the importance of the relationship between the United States and Brazil in terms of defense. The two countries have been partners for some time now, and we are actively working to expand and strengthen that relationship,” said Ambassador McKinley. The day before signing the agreement, government representatives from both countries had convened at the II Defense Industry Dialogue, with the goal of furthering a series of conversations about cooperation in the production of defense material. “Brazil decided that the United States should be a strategic partner. We’ve been discussing the possibility of developing a binational project,” said Basílio, adding that the “agreement between Bradar and Savis and Rockwell Collins is a concrete example of this plan.” According to him, “the most important thing is that it isn’t asymmetrical collaboration. These are two large companies, and in this case, Brazil and the United States both win. This is going to open up the possibility of jointly developing products and exploring other markets”. A milestone in the relationship This has been a notable year in the relationship between the Brazilian and U.S. defense sectors. After 10 years of exchanging ideas, Brazil’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense signed the Master Information Exchange Agreement (MIEA), on March 22nd. The document calls for bilateral cooperation to develop defense-related technology projects. “Our level of dialogue with the United States is now moving to the next level. Without this agreement, we wouldn’t be able to collaborate on defense, science, and technology,” said Basílio. One benefit of the agreement is making possible the importation of U.S. products in support of Brazilian Armed Forces’ strategic projects. It also includes a discussion of mutual certification, which will enable products certified by Brazilian laboratories to be recognized by U.S. laboratories, in order to be integrated into the market without requiring two certification processes. “That type of agreement enables a more fluid relationship and generates benefits for both economies,” Basílio pointed out. History of dialogue The recently signed MIEA implements two documents previously negotiated by Brazil and the United States: the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). Both were enacted in June 2015, after spending five years in the Brazilian National Congress awaiting analysis by the deputies and senators. DCA focuses on strength and cooperation between Brazil and the United States in defense, with particular attention paid to technology, systems and equipment, procurement, exchanging information and experiences, and joint exercises and training. GSOMIA is responsible for creating legal grounds that favor exchange initiatives in the fields of science, technology, communications, and logistics. Given the secrecy and protection of military information, this agreement’s goal is to promote commercial and industrial contracts. The next steps Talks between the two countries continue. “We are discussing another two agreements, one related to an exchange of engineers so that Brazilian professionals can go to the U.S. and those from the United States can come here, and another in the field of research, development, and technology,” Basílio said. “When that third agreement is finalized, we will be able to achieve our goal, which is developing a binational product.” The Brazilian Ministry of Defense has scheduled a meeting with the U.S. Department of Defense for October, in Washington, D.C.
King and Hayley’s rocky relationship was documented on RHOC. After the lifestyle blogger accused Jim of cheating on her with one of their nannies in October 2019, Hayley came to her dad’s defense. (Jim and the caretaker also denied the accusations.)“The selfishness is miserable for anyone to be around, let alone to be married to her,” Hayley told Us at the time. “My whole family has grown closer because we have all had to stay silent in hopes to protect my dad and no one can do it anymore.”While King and Jim continue to fight over custody of their daughter and sons, they have both moved on romantically. The former St. Louis Cardinals star has been seeing O’Connor since early 2020. King, for her part, confirmed in May that she is dating Christian Schauf after meeting on a dating app.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – The rep also claimed to TMZ that the blogger came to Jim’s home after being exposed to the virus and “was hugging and kissing the kids,” putting them and his girlfriend, Kortnie O’Connor, at risk.Jim Edmonds and daughter Hayley Courtesy of Hayley Edmonds/InstagramJim’s daughter Hayley Edmonds subsequently accused her former stepmother of knowingly exposing her and their family to the virus before she went public with her diagnosis on Sunday, November 15. (Jim and King, who split in October 2019 after five years of marriage, share daughter Aspen, 3, and 2-year-old twin boys Hayes and Hart.)“I have a question for you … I’m glad you can quarantine easily by yourself after exposing me, my dad, Kortnie, our nanny, [Hayley’s siblings] Landon, Sutton, and their home, brother and stepfather (oh and your own kids),” the 23-year-old wrote on Monday, November 16, via Instagram Stories. “But if you knew you were exposed on Tuesday what is your reasoning for insisting on taking Hayes to his soccer game and coming to our house on Saturday????”- Advertisement – It’s safe to say Jim Edmonds isn’t happy with his estranged wife, Meghan King, after she tested positive for coronavirus.The 50-year-old MLB alum’s rep accused the former Real Housewives of Orange County star, 36, of partying in Miami and not acting responsibly after learning she was exposed to COVID-19. Jim’s rep told Us Weekly on Monday, November 16, that the former athlete — who battled coronavirus in April — thinks King has a lot of “explaining to do” after she tested positive for coronavirus. The rep alleged King was partying in St. Louis and Miami. (Earlier this month, King posted photos without a mask in South Beach.)- Advertisement – Hayley, who tagged her dad and Kortnie in her Instagram Stories, went on to slam the former Bravo personality’s decision to accept clothes from “the awesome preschool community” for her three little ones that are currently staying at King’s parents’ home. (King wrote on social media on Monday that her family didn’t want to risk exposure to the virus by “gathering clothes” for the kids for their stay at their grandparents’ house.)Meghan King Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com“Don’t worry as long as you have clothing donations … because the kids are definitely in desperate need of that as opposed to families who cannot even afford to put clothes on their kids backs,” Hayley quipped.- Advertisement –
Editor’s note: Shortly after publication of this story, the US Consulate in Hong Kong first changed and later removed its Web page advising employees to stockpile a 12-week supply of food and water. Nov 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US State Department is advising government employees overseas to stockpile enough food and water to last up to 12 weeks in preparation for the threat of a severe influenza pandemic.A Nov 3 statement posted on the Web site of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau said the State Department recently sent guidance on “shelter-in-place” or “self-quarantine” to all diplomatic and consular posts.The statement said that overseas employees, like their stateside counterparts and private citizens, should maintain supplies of food and water for a possible pandemic. The advisory urges families to store nonperishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation, or cooking. Also, families are advised to store 1 gallon of water per person per day.The Hong Kong consulate also advises US citizens in Hong Kong and other countries to prepare for water supply disruptions if infrastructure breakdowns occur during an influenza pandemic.Suggested water purification techniques include boiling for at least 10 minutes and adding specified amounts of regular Clorox bleach.The recommendation that US citizens overseas stockpile 12 weeks’ worth of food and water differs from the current federal recommendation for general pandemic preparedness. The government, on its pandemic planning Web site, recommends that US residents stockpile 2 weeks’ worth of food and water.See also:PandemicFlu.gov article “A guide for individuals and families”http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/familyguide.html