Police search home and office of journalist who exposed fraud

first_imgNews BelgiumEurope – Central Asia News News RSF_en Organisation March 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police search home and office of journalist who exposed fraud June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belgium November 23, 2020 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders today denounced a court-ordered search of the belongings of a journalist, who has exposed fraud in European institutions, as a violation of the media’s right not to reveal sources of information, which it called “vital for the practice of independent investigative journalism.”Brussels police, armed with a local court order, raided the home and office on 19 March of Hans-Martin Tillack, Brussels correspondent of the German weekly magazine Stern, who is being investigated for allegedly “corrupting a public official.””We remind you that the European Court of Human Rights considers searches of a journalist’s home or office as violations of article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights unless there is a ‘pressing social need,'” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Belgian royal prosecutor Paul Degryse. “We demand that the journalist’s belongings be returned to him immediately.”Tillack is under investigation by a Brussels court for “corrupting a civil servant” after a complaint filed by the European Union’s anti-fraud office OLAF accusing him of paying EU officials for information about supposed EU corruption that he reported in Stern in 2002. Police raided his home at 7 in the morning and seized computer equipment, his mobile phone and many documents. The magazine’s offices at the Brussels International Press Centre were also searched and his computer, phones and files there also seized. He was interrogated by police, who freed him at the end of the day.The management of Stern said OLAF’s accusations were unfounded and that neither Tillack or the magazine had paid anything for the information. “This is an attack on press freedom,” said Boris Wintzenburg, of the magazine’s political desk, who said it may also be linked to a recent article by Tillack about corruption in the European Parliament. Help by sharing this information News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts December 2, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union BelgiumEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Blue Jackets end Sharks six-game road winning streak

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The Erik Karlsson injury watch resumed in Columbus on Saturday.Karlsson left the ice midway through the Sharks 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets after re-aggravating his injured groin, missing the game’s last 33:04.The two-time Norris Trophy winner suited up for his fourth straight game Saturday after missing nine games with a groin injury. Head coach Pete DeBoer initially labeled the injury as “not serious” after he held Karlsson off the ice for most of the third period …last_img read more

3 things: Giants’ Rodriguez dominated by Yankees’ reserve bats in sweep finale

first_imgEvery Giant was outmatched by his … Interleague play began back in 1997, and since then the mighty Yankees have yet to hand the Giants a series sweep.That is, until this weekend.Here are three observations from the Giants’ 11-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday afternoon that sealed the sweep.Dereck Rodriguez loses his command, controlThis series wasn’t particularly fair. Even with their most potent bats injured, the Yankees were playing at a level lightyears ahead of the home team.last_img read more

What does 49ers deadline deal with Nick Bosa mean?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Signing NFL draft picks to contracts is mostly a formality thanks to the 2011 installation of a pay scale, and, as a result, the 49ers have not had a top draft pick hold out even a full day before signing.Nick Bosa, this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick, will not buck that trend.A day before the 49ers start training camp, Bosa signed a four-year deal Thursday, as did wide receiver Deebo Samuel, a wide receiver.Bosa missed almost all of the organized team activities after …last_img read more

A Few Critical Steps to Take if Your Website has been Hacked

first_imgEmma Thomas Hello! My name is Emma Thomas and I’m a project manager in EMUCoupon and a part-time digital marketing consultant, part-time travel blogger, and a full-time dreamer. I have three passions in my life, traveling, social media and writing. So you are the new victim of nefarious hackers. I know that you are nervous and worried and that’s natural. But, be calm; this is not the end of the world. Hacking is quite common, and so is the recovery of hacked websites. You will be successful in getting your site recovered. But, here are a few critical steps to take if your website has been hacked.                The harrowing hell caused by a slithering hacker.Hacking has become a menace. Here are some harrowing statistics.43% of cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses. Every day 230,000 samples of malware are produced. A Clark School study at the University of Maryland revealed that there is a cyber-attack after every 39 seconds. The businesses have to pay a considerable cost for hacking and other cyber-crimes. A Juniper Research study has estimated that cybercrimes will cost businesses $2 trillion in 2019.Why do hackers hack websites?There are too many ulterior motives of hackers, who hack websites for many nefarious purposes. Some of these are as follows:To render a website useless or shut it down.To digitally steal your money, especially through banking Trojans and malicious lines of codes.Politically driven defacing of rivals websites. i.e., defacing a website belonging to a contestant in some election.Purely mischievous fun. e.g., school’s own students, attacking its websiteTo exploit your identity for their own benefits. e.g., using your credit card by gaining access to login information or pins.The mechanism of website hacking and the signs that show your website has been hacked.How is a website hacked?Hackers are always in search of vulnerabilities of sites to attack. They hack a site in different ways, which may include any of the following:They guess your passwords easily. Protection necessitates having secured passwords.They get your login details through malicious malware introduced to your computer.They hack some other website residing on the same server, that of your site.They find a security flaw/loophole in the software you use or maybe your firewall is outdated and vulnerable.Signs of a hacked website.If any of the following sign appears on your site/web page it is an indication that site has been hacked.Your website is redirected to another URL that in most cases is a pornographic website.A google alert appearing on the website which informs that the site has been hacked.Strange looking JavaScript appears in the source code of the site.You find new admin, database and FTP users which were not created by you.Spam advertisements and pop-ups on the website due to malicious codes.The site is no more accessible by Google.Your website has been defaced.Your browsers, Google Chrome or Firefox, give a warning that site is compromised.Let’s now check out some of the remedial measures that can help you recover your website.Inform your hosting service provider/web designer.This step (inform your hosting service) is the foremost important step you need to take immediately after finding that you’re the victim of a hacking incident.In most cases, web hosting companies can fix the problems because they are well equipped with the necessary expertise in dealing with such issues. If the hosting service lacks skilled human resource, you should consult your support team, which include your web developer or internal IT support (in case your company has one).The support team must have programming skills and strong know-how of system security.Run a full virus scan of your computers.The hackers in their endeavor to hack some site mostly infect your computers with Trojans, malware, viruses, and spyware, etc. Use secure and trusted commercial antivirus software. I will recommend Norton, Bitdefender, or F-secure. The hackers tend to create backdoors that allow them to avoid regular authentications for getting access to a website.Remember, inactive themes, and unused plug-ins are soft targets for creating hackable back doors.Many renowned hosting services provide great help in scanning malware and malicious codes. WordPress, for instance, offers the best malware detecting and removing plug-ins like word fence security and Malware Security.Assess the extent of the damage.It is critical to know how severe was the attack and exactly how much damage has it caused.By understanding its severity, you will be able to devise an appropriate strategy for fixing it up.  Get the information in search console, where you may have received messages from Google in “message center” on spam and malware. Also, check the “security issues” segment of your webmaster tools that will provide you information about the type of hack your system has experienced.Make an in-depth investigation for files or pages modified or new pages created with spams. Inspecting all threats can be easily checked by comparing with a backup (Understand why Good backups are critical).Change all passwords.Changing passwords is among the most critical early measures one has to take when his website is hacked. Just do it — change your passwords, even if you have to write them down. Do it. After a scan and clean up — reset all your passwords. Since hackers are keen about your passwords and email addresses, the reset passwords must be tricky and quite hard to guess. Change all user passwords along with passwords for FTP, database usernames, HTTP authentication, and usernames for databases.It is also recommended that you change passwords on all sites where you have entered your financial and personal data. Try to set hard to crack passwords.Shut your site down.You should immediately shut down your website and take it offline for a temporary period. The action of taking your site down, even for a short period, is required in order to save your visitors and people who access your website from malicious malware and span files. Secondly, it will help your support team to service the site and fix the problem without being interrupted.Clean your site.Before starting any cleanup process, you should take a backup of your site because despite being hacked up it might contain much valuable information for you. You need to clean files and database hacks by checking that what has been changed or modified which should not have been.Remove all the URLs created by hackers but take precaution and remove only those pages which you do not want, because the hackers might have damaged some good pages also which need not be deleted and can be restored to the original position with the help of back up.Request a Google review.Once you are done with all the steps mentioned above and have successfully restored the website, you must always request a Google review for unflagging your site as dangerous. You should go to the security issue report through search console and find the issues. Google will ask you information about what did you do to clean the site for each category of hacked spam. The review process may take several weeks because it may involve a manual investigation or a complete reprocessing of all the hacked pages. This wait, however, is worth its while and a review should not be avoided at any cost.ConclusionGetting your website hacked is a nightmare. You not only lose your confidential data but also suffer obstructed traffic and financial damage along with great inconvenience. Every threat and challenge, however, has many opportunities as well.Prevention, as they say, is better than cure.So there are many useful lessons you will learn from this unfortunate experience. Some of these include making sure that you deploy (use) powerful Antivirus software, a trusted firewall, and an efficient monitoring system to review changes. Last but not least, please — please — use a proper backup system. 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Absence Makes the Heart Go Wander

first_imgFor all the talk of relationship selling being dead, I am still long human relationships. Your best relationships are based on your ability to create value, no doubt. But they are relationships nonetheless, and relationships require proper care and feeding.Other than an inability to create value, nothing destroys relationships faster than your absence. A lack of presence is a liability when it comes to relationships. It’s neglect.Absence does not make the heart grow fonder. Absence makes the heart go wander.If you don’t invest in your client relationships, know that someone else will. If you aren’t willing to have a presence, to give the relationship its proper care and feeding, and continually create value, you can bet that your competitor will. Here are three commands for preventing a wandering heart in your client contacts.Maintain a Presence: Long periods of absence are felt as neglect. Long periods without communication make your client feel that they are being ignored. The maintenance of relationships requires an investment of time. Relationships require your presence. The best way to maintain a presence is by using your calendar to plan your relationship building. Make a list of the relationships you need to maintain, and schedule the sales calls you need to make at least one quarter in advance. Then make your presence felt.Prove That You Care: Your clients need to know that you care about them. They need to know that you are thinking about them and their business. Proving that you care requires an investment of time, but the unexpected follow up call to ensure that things are going well (or the unexpected thank you card) indicates that you care. It proves you are thinking about your client. Make the calls. Send the thank you cards. Do something. Prove that you care.Move From Value Creation to Value Creation: Relationships are based on value creation. It’s not enough just to have a friendly relationship with your clients. You have to bring business results. You have to bring them new ideas. Preventing your clients from having a wandering heart means moving from value creation to value creation, never becoming complacent, never resting on your laurels. Sales is the fashion business. Make a list of ideas that you and your clients can implement together over the next four quarters. Share these initiatives with your clients during your meetings. They give you a reason to have a presence, and it’s a reason based on value creation.Work to make the heart grow fonder, not to make the heart go wander.QuestionsWhat do relationships require in the way of care and feeding? How do you give them the proper care and feeding?What do your customers feel when you sell them something then disappear, only returning when you have something else to sell?How do you prevent your clients from feeling neglected? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event

first_imgThe bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.last_img read more

NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists, who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder but no structural damage to the joint.Fultz had already changed the mechanics of his free throw shooting in a bid to solve the problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut his play has suffered and he averaged just six points and 2.3 rebounds in four games, before missing Philadelphia’s last two.He had averaged 23.3 points in his lone college season with the University of Washington.                                         /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel seals its twin towers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Markelle Fultz (right) with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (left) after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City.  (AFP FILE PHOTO)Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top pick in last June’s NBA draft, will be sidelined indefinitely with the right shoulder injury that has hindered him this season, the Sixers said on Sunday.The 76ers said Fultz would be re-evaluated in three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

24 days agoChelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lille

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard positive Kante will face Lilleby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante is a chance to face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Injuries have disrupted Kante all season, with a hamstring niggle the latest ailment that caused him to miss Saturday’s win over Brighton.But the World Cup winner returned to training on Tuesday and Lampard was confident he could play against the Ligue 1 outfit.”He trained this morning and he got through training okay,” said Lampard.”He is still one we have to assess in the morning but we are positive he will be fit to play.”The injury doesn’t relate to the Europa League final. What that injury did do, regardless of whether he played that game, was meant he had a broken pre-season.”It’s a slight domino effect. The main injury is now feeling good, but he’s probably got a couple of niggles since that, and a tackle at Manchester United in the first game that affected him on the ankle.”There’s a bit of bad luck in there as well. Everyone is working towards getting him regularly fit so he can play continuous games, and I’m hoping that’s coming really soon.” last_img read more

Bow Islands Spitz sunflower seed company shutting down over 50 job losses

first_imgAfter starting out as a family business in 1982, PepsiCo. has announced the Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island will shut down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs.In a statement, the company said it made its “difficult decision” on Thursday.“This facility will close later this year and Spitz production will be moving to an existing contract manufacturer partner in the US.,” the company said in a statement. “This was a business decision based on an extensive evaluation of the long-term viability of this site and its ability to meet our increasing volume requirements for the brand, which will continue to play an important role in our North American portfolio.“We are committed to assisting our impacted associates with financial support, access to financial counselling and job placement services.”Spitz sunflower seed plant in Bow Island is shutting down, leading to over 50 people losing their jobs. It was founded in 1982 in Bow Island and bought by PepsiCo in 2008. In a statement, company points to “long-term viability” and “increasing volume requirements” #abmoney pic.twitter.com/yrZR8VbmmV— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) February 16, 2018Spitz International was founded in 1982 by Dutch immigrants Tom and Emmy Droog, eventually becoming a leading sunflower seed producer and was bought by PepsiCo. in 2008.“We hope you get out there and enjoy all our delicious flavours and taste the Spitz® difference for yourself!” the Spitz website still said on Friday. “And when you do, think of the folks in Bow Island, who couldn’t be prouder.”While the company’s statement made no mention of politics, the area’s MLA and UCP Finance Critic Drew Barnes blames the NDP.“Many companies are going to vote with their feet, they’re not going to provide jobs, they’re not going to create wealth here in Alberta, and until a government change or a new direction, we’re going to be feeling the pain for it,” he said. “You look at our ever-increasing electricity rates, you look at our minimum wage changes, you look at our oil and gas people not working in Alberta.“They didn’t make their decision only in this vacuum, but I’m sure when I’m talking to the people in Bow Island in the coffee shop tomorrow morning, they’ll be feeling the current NDP government’s a big part of their decision.”last_img read more