US considers Native Canadian groups as possible terror threats embassy cables

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The U.S. has been keeping regular intelligence on potential security threats in Canada, including the activities of unnamed First Nations groups, according to two cables sent by the U.S. embassy in Ottawa and obtained by APTN National News.The cables, labelled “secret,” were given to APTN by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. They were in a batch of about 800 cables that were not part of this week’s larger release of U.S. State Department cables originating in Canada.They were embargoed until 9 p.m. ET Friday.The cables, sent from the U.S. embassy in Ottawa, and titled, Security Environmental Profile Response For Mission Canada, appear to be part of regular updates on the situation in the country.The U.S. identified the involvement of Aboriginal groups in anti-U.S. demonstrations and as possible terror threats in a Feb. 27, 2009 cable.In a Feb. 16, 2005 cable, Aboriginal groups are only identified as possible terror threats.The copy of the cables obtained by APTN, however, only include a “partial extract of the original cable,” according to the documents.The cables are structured as answers to a list of questions not contained in the documents.Under the subheading “Demonstrations,” the information details the size, type and frequency of demonstrations, highlighting those targeting the U.S. and its domestic and foreign policies.“Human rights groups, small political protest/grass roots organizations and Canadian Aboriginal groups are prone to carrying out demonstrations aimed at the host government and sponsor anti-U.S. demonstrations,” reads the cable from 2009.The same cable then describes the types of issues that have triggered demonstrations and the size.“Peaceful demonstrations and marches occur near the embassy on a frequent basis and involve between 20 to 100 persons. Police support including notification and monitoring is excellent,” said the cable. “Ongoing U.S. Foreign Policy initiatives and military actions as well as U.S domestic issues related to the U.S. Canada border have triggered Anti-American demonstrations(sic).”The cable also noted Toronto and Vancouver see the largest demonstrations.The 2005 cable said there was an increase in demonstrations throughout the country as a result of the Iraq war.The cables also list potential terrorist threats in Canada. Under the heading “Indigenous Terrorism,” the cables outline several subgroups of interest, including Anti-American Terrorist Groups and Other Indigenous Terror Groups.Both cable lists indicate there are no known Anti-American terrorist groups or formally named home-grown terror groups in Canada. The cables, however, include Aboriginal groups under the heading of “Other Indigenous Terror Groups” which also named the so-called Toronto 18, who were arrested in 2006 for planning attacks against Canadian targets.“These ‘homegrown terrorists’ are first generation Canadian citizens, primarily of Pakistani descent, and they were allegedly plotting to attack the CN Tower in Toronto as well as the Parliament building in Ottawa,” the 2009 cable said. “Native Canadian (Aboriginal) groups have on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian police.”The 2005 cable lists only Aboriginal groups under the same heading.“Native Canadian (Aboriginal) Groups have, on occasion, had confrontations with Canadian government security and military personnel,” the cable said.The 2009 cable also notes that the RCMP arrested a “suspected terrorist” believed to be plotting attacks in Austria.The same cable also notes that “almost every known Islamic extremist group has either a presence or sympathizers in Canada.”jbarrera@aptn.caThe cablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Financial and industrials weigh on TSX loonie climbs against US dollar

first_imgTORONTO — The key financial and industrial sectors weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while the loonie traded higher against the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.91 points at 15,130.97.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.84 points at 25,340.11. The S&P 500 index was down 0.59 of a point at 2,729.61, while the Nasdaq composite was down 37.52 points at 7,221.51.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.10 cents US compared with an average of 75.75 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was up US$1.19 at US$57.87 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 18.6 cents at US$4.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.50 at US$1,221.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.77 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Competition commissioner urges BC to change liquor policy lowering prices

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices.Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products.B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores.Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.”Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial liquor policy.Boswell, who applauded B.C.’s efforts to review its policy, says those changes would encourage more competition and lead to more choice for consumers and lower prices.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nine Pakistanis killed in New Zealand terror attacks: Pak FO

first_imgIslamabad: Nine Pakistani nationals have been killed in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, authorities here said on Sunday. At least 50 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the number of dead rose to nine after three more persons were confirmed dead by the New Zealand authorities. “A total of 9 Pakistanis were killed in New Zealand terror attack,’ he said. Faisal said on Saturday that six Pakistanis were confirmed as dead while three were still missing. Prime Minister Imran Khan extended support to the families and also announced to award a Pakistani who tried to tackle the attacker but was killed. “Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was killed trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,’ he tweeted. Earlier, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to New Zealand’s Tehran-based ambassador who is also accredited to Pakistan ambassador Hamish McMaster. Faisal said that she “conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.” The 28-year-old gunman, identified Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques anywhere in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.last_img read more

How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories » read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchells Ohio State career wasnt supposed to end like

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus. read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State wraps up the regular season at Wisconsin

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-13-2, 0-6-1 Big Ten) will conclude the 2018 regular season when it travels to Wisconsin (8-5-2, 5-2 Big Ten) on Sunday afternoon.The Buckeyes enter the season finale on an eight-game losing streak, in which the team has only managed to find the back of the net four times. On the other side of the pitch, Wisconsin enters the match coming off of back-to-back victories over Michigan and Northwestern, trying to secure the second seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Tournament, which will kick off next Sunday, will see Ohio State enter as the ninth and lowest seed in the tournament. Indiana has earned the No. 1 seed, clinching its first Big Ten title since 2010 after defeating Ohio State in Columbus on Wednesday night. The Badgers offense is driven mainly by a pair of talented freshmen forwards from Illinois, Andrew Akindele with three goals and four assists and Noah Melick with four goals and one assist. Wisconsin’s second-leading goal scorer is redshirt senior forward Isaac Schlenker, who has three goals on the year.In order for Ohio State to find the win column, its forward group, led by the team’s leading scorer, redshirt freshman forward Devyn Etling, and the team’s leader in shots taken, senior forward Michael Prosuk must have an impact on Sunday afternoon.“We have to keep moving forward, one thing I give these guys credit for is they battle. They battle, and they battle and they battle. Against Wisconsin we’ve got to find some goals,” Maisonneuve said. “Again, if we defend like we did [against Indiana], we’ll be successful, we just have to find some goals.”In goal for Ohio State, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried is coming off a brilliant performance against No. 2 Indiana on Wednesday. Siegfried secured a season-high seven saves as his play between the pipes kept Ohio State alive all night. “The good thing about this, although we didn’t get the result we wanted, I think we’re going to kind of have a lot of confidence rolling into Wisconsin on Sunday,” Siegfried said. His backline, which had a strong outing against Indiana must have a repeat performance to give Siegfried some support. After the match against Indiana on Wednesday, Siegfried said that relishing their role as an underdog helped them against the Hoosiers and he said he thinks it will help them against Wisconsin in the finale. “I just think accepting that underdog mentality and kind of running with it is huge for us,” Siegfried said. “And I think we did that [Wednesday night] and we gave it to them a little bit so I don’t think Indiana wants to play us here again in the Big Ten quarterfinals after that. If Indiana doesn’t want to play you, then Wisconsin probably doesn’t want to play you.”Between the pipes for Wisconsin is junior goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy has a 0.93 goals against average alongside a .776 save percentage. Siegfried, has a 1.89 goals against average and a .644 save percentage for Ohio State through its 16 matches this season. Ohio State and Wisconsin are scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. read more

Joe Barton on his management career

first_imgJoey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton discussed quitting football and the first steps he took towards management.“For me it has been a case of years of thinking, planning and anticipating what you were going to do coming to fruition,” he told Sky Sports.“And then all those best-laid plans going right out the window!“Everything you think you’ll face you do and then more, but it has been really enjoyable and every day is a real learning experience.“I don’t think anything can ever prepare you for it. It’s a role that varies from club to club and you can have all manner of things going on in any given day.“You really have to think about the ramifications of any decision or any interaction.”LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Joey Barton, Manager of Fleetwood Town reacts during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leicester City and Fleetwood Town at The King Power Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)Joey Barton remembers those four years he played for Newcastle Manuel R. Medina – April 30, 2019 The English midfielder talked how he was signed by owner Mike Ashley and how he was frustrated after a while with the Magpies.It has been a good start to life as a manager for Barton. Fleetwood Town are 12th in the League One table. And the for the rookie manager, it’s been a learning curve as their form has tailed off in the last few weeks.“Getting the job was a case of timing and opportunity,” Barton said. “Fleetwood were changing managers and wanted to speak with me, and I couldn’t refuse that opportunity.“It has been a bit of a baptism of fire because I didn’t really know much about the level and there were a lot of grounds I hadn’t visited before this season.“But it’s the perfect breeding ground for me and a place where I know I can fulfill my potential.“It’s enough out of the spotlight to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, while also not getting too much praise when you do really get it right.”last_img read more

Weve got great character – Etheridge

first_imgCardiff City goalkeeper Neal Etheridge has hailed his team’s character and desire after their hard-fought 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.Callum Paterson scored and Etheridge kept a clean sheet at the other end to help Cardiff City win a vital three points.The victory lifted Cardiff to 14th place in the Premier League table, and the Philippines goalkeeper was impressed with the overall performance of the team.“It’s great to achieve our third consecutive win at home,” Etheridge told the club’s website.“I think we played really well. We were very solid at the back. It’s fantastic to get another clean-sheet, especially at this level.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“Obviously, we can now progress with this result and keep going forward. The lads are very happy with the result. Southampton was a team similar to our level so it was important to get the win.“The weather conditions weren’t the best. It really started to come down after the warm-up. The wind affected the play and it was difficult for the players. The lads had to battle extra hard but took away the deserved three points.“They put a lot of balls into the box and it was a very tricky game; especially with the weather conditions. All credit to the back four with the clean-sheet.“We’ve got a great character in the squad. In the past, we’ve had to show a response from being behind to win games.“But against Southampton, we got in front and had to stay in front. The characters in the dressing room are extremely happy.”last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Hold RAD Refresher Course On October 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department announced this week it will be holding a R.A.D. Refresher Course on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Public Safety Building.The course has been scheduled for women who have previously successfully completed R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System), which is a women’s self-defense program that is comprised of easy-to-learn, effective physical defense techniques. Online registration for the free one-night course is required and can be found HERE.Contact Sgt. Chris Ahern at 978-658-5071 or cahern[at]wpd.org with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFree R.A.D. Class Offered To Wilmington Women Through Middlesex Sheriff’s OfficeIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer Free R.A.D. Class In AprilIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer FREE R.A.D. ClassesIn “Government”last_img read more

The Latest Lawmakers Say Flynn Sidestepped Disclosure Rules

first_img Share The Latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):1:20 p.m.An attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says that his client told the Defense Intelligence Agency that he would be traveling to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network.Attorney Robert Kelner says Flynn also talked with the Defense Intelligence Agency staff after he returned from the trip and answered any questions they asked.Kelner’s comments came the same day the two top congressmen on a House committee investigating Flynn said that the former lieutenant general may have violated federal law by accepting tens of thousands of dollars in payments as part of the trip. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted because, as a former Army officer, he was barred from accepting the foreign payments._____11:20 a.m.The senior members of Congress on the House Oversight Committee say classified military documents show that the Trump administration’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, did not ask permission or inform the U.S. government about payments he received for appearances before Russian organizations in 2015 and for lobbying that helped Turkey’s government.Flynn’s failure to obtain permission from military authorities for the payments raises concern whether Flynn violated a constitutional ban on foreign payments to retired military officers. That’s according to Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.The two leaders of the oversight committee said there was no evidence Flynn complied with federal law. They said Flynn could be criminally prosecuted, and they said Flynn should surrender the money he was paid.___10:55 a.m.The White House is refusing to provide lawmakers with information and documents related to President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser’s security clearance and payments from organizations tied to the Russian and Turkish governments.The White House was responding to requests made last month by the House Oversight committee. The committee made six requests, and the White House cited reasons it could not comply with each of them.Trump has said he fired Michael Flynn because of misleading comments he made to the vice president about his discussions with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Flynn is among the Trump associates being investigated by Congress and the FBI for possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia._____8:45 a.m.Former acting attorney general Sally Yates is scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing next month on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Yates is to appear May 8 along with James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence.The hearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee was announced Tuesday morning.It will mark her first appearance on Capitol Hill since she was fired in late January after refusing to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban.last_img read more

DRI seizes 10 kg of smuggled gold in Bengal 2 held

first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized ten kgs of smuggled gold worth Rs 3.18 crore from West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, a DRI release said on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, the officials intercepted a car at Fulbari in Siliguri area on Saturday and arrested two persons with the smuggled gold. “The officials recovered ten foreign origin gold bars, each weighing one kilogram, from a car near Siliguri’s Fulbari. The car was on its way from Bhutan to Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. Two persons travelling in the car have been arrested,” the release said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Upon interrogation it was revealed that the gold bars were brought to India from Bhutan through the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border. “The gold bars were originally handed over to the accused persons at a hotel situated in Bhutan’s Phuentsholing and were supposed to be delivered to the buyer in India,” DRI said. The DRI has seized over 152 kg of gold valued at close to Rs 50 crore in West Bengal and northeastern states in 2017-18.last_img read more

Cyber Incidents Response Team to bolster Navy now

first_imgIndian Navy has followed the Army in creating Cyber Incidents Response Team (CIRT) under a rear admiral to keep in check malicious attacks of the kind the US military agencies are facing from Chinese cyber warriors. A navy source says: “We have a fairly robust system in place. The CIRT keeps a running check on our systems for possible breaches.”Army was the first amongst the Indian armed forces to set up the army cyber group in 2005 for indulging in active defense and limited offensive operations. The system was built by a retired signals office commanding-in-chief Lieutenant General Devinder Kumar, who is extremely reticent about talking about the set-up, which is his creation. Navy’s is of lesser vintage. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe navy’s staffing of the cyber security arm is through its intake of software engineers trained in premier educational institutions of the country. The CIRT interfaces with the civilian agencies like the Computer Emergency Response Team – India (CERT-IN) in case the situation demands such intervention.Otherwise, the CIRT does regular audit of the navy’s computer systems. In fact, as a navy source says: “The computers on which sensitive matters are handled are not connected to the internet; do not have slots for pen drives, computer discs or any other external device.” Cyber directorate of the navy has stipulated, a computer is placed in a public space for the contingency of any of the staffers having to access the internet.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe person/s who need to use that computer have to seek a clearance from the rear admiral, who is also the assistant chief of naval staff for foreign cooperation and intelligence. Considering that the navy also has a larger dimension of communicating with its vessels at sea, a source says: “We have our security overlays when communicating with ships at sea. These days we have satellite communication.” Navy has its own dedicated satellite, Rukmini, that send out communications to the ships in encrypted form.last_img read more