Brazil’s Rousseff Grounds Fighter Choice Until Economy Takes Off

first_img Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff tied the decision on a fighter jet in a deal worth billions of dollars to the country’s economy picking up. “We have pushed back the choice… and this will take some time depending on how long it takes the Brazilian economy to recover,” Rousseff said at a joint press conference with her French counterpart Francois Hollande. Brazil is looking to buy 36 multi-purpose jets to modernize its air force in a contract valued at between $4 billion and $7 billion. The Rafale fighter, built by French firm Dassault Aviation, is up against the US aviation giant Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and Swedish manufacturer Saab’s Gripen. Brazil, which boasts the world’s sixth-largest economy, began considering buying a new fighter model several years ago, but Rousseff said the government had postponed making a decision in the face of a sharp economic slowdown. The Brazilian economy rose 2.7 percent last year, sharply down from a sizzling 7.5 percent in 2010. “We are waiting for growth at a higher rate that will permit us to make this project a priority again,” said Rousseff. She said there were signs that growth was picking up “but we still have to be careful about extraordinary expenditures.” The early favorite was the Rafale, but Brasília finds it too expensive and has been pressing for a better price. Paris has offered full technology transfers in its bid to win the contract. Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet is cheaper, but Brazilian officials are wary of Washington’s possible use of technology restrictions. By Dialogo December 13, 2012last_img read more

I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

first_imgBy Julia Angwin, ProPublicaSome people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me up at night. After all, as a journalist, it’s important for me to give my sources assurances that I will keep their communications confidential. And in today’s world, that is an ever-more-difficult task.Everyone — journalists or not — faces an increasing array of attacks on our security and privacy. Even if you’re not the U.S.’s intelligence chief, whose email was recently hacked, it’s smart to up your game. So this year, I thought I’d share my resolutions.1. Software updatesIt’s not sexy, but at the top of my list is updating my software to the latest versions. Nothing else matters – not fancy encryption or strong passwords – if you’re using software that contains gaping holes that any criminal or spy can penetrate.And I hate to break it to you, but all your software is as holey as Swiss cheese. The software updates you receive are just patches for the holes that have been discovered so far. More holes will be discovered later. What’s more, updates are basically red alerts to hackers, pointing them to the holes.So I’ve just updated my phone and computer operating systems, as well as all my Web browsers, software and phone apps.2. Ditching old, buggy softwareNext up is ditching old, unused or poorly maintained software. Using software is a commitment. If you don’t update it, you are wearing a “hack me” sign on your forehead. So if there are programs or apps that you don’t use, delete them.This year, I decided to ditch my instant messaging client Adium. I was using it to enable encrypted chats. But like many cash-strapped open source projects, it is rarely updated and has been linked to many security vulnerabilities.Instead, I switched to Tor Messenger, an encrypted messaging program that is run by the Tor Project, a nonprofit that makes the anonymous Web browser that I already use. By the sad standards of underfunded open source security tools, Tor is relatively well-financed and so I have some hope that its tools will continue to be updated.Tor Messenger links up with my existing Gmail and Jabber chat accounts, and is encrypted and anonymous by default.For even more privacy, I also signed up for Ricochet, an encrypted chat program that runs on the so-called Dark Web. One downside: You can only chat with other Ricochet users. So far, I have all of two buddies on it. [INSERT SAD EMOJI HERE!]3. Upgrading my passwordsPasswords are, of course, the definition of unsexy. But you gotta have ‘em, and they should be long and unique (no re-using between websites). I use a password manager, 1Password, to generate most of my passwords.But for my most important accounts, such as email and my bank, I use a method called Diceware to generate passwords that are about 30 characters long and made up of dictionary words that I can remember. (Thank you Chase for allowing 30-character long passwords — not all banks do, strangely.)If your passwords are long and unique, you don’t need to change them every few months, as most companies incorrectly force employees to do. But I’d been using the same Diceware passwords for a few years now — and I figured it was time to create new ones.4. Upgrading my encryption keyAfter getting all the basics out of the way, I finally got to the fun stuff: Secret coded messages! Who doesn’t love encryption? Modern crypto scrambles your communications so well that FBI Director James Comey has spent the past year complaining that it’s too hard to crack.Most of my encrypted communications take place on Signal, an easy to use phone app. But for email, I use Gnu Privacy Guard, a much older and more complex program.I’ve long been haunted by the fact that when I set up GPG four years ago, I didn’t create my encryption key in the most secure way. This year, I decided to finally fix it. To set up my keys correctly, I had to find a computer that never touches the Internet and follow the instructions in this helpful guide: “Creating the Perfect GPG Key Pair.”My new key seemed all pristine and shiny. And my old key – which I am now revoking – was like an old sweater that I was tossing. It had served me well, but it was time to go.In fact, closet cleaning is probably the best analogy for my New Year’s security project. At the end, I felt cleaner and lighter — the same way I do when I toss out old clothes. And perhaps that feeling was its greatest benefit. I may not be able to foil all the hackers and spies across theInternet. But I can sleep better at night knowing I have tried my best.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Going for gold

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‘Marked man’ Farah romps home at Prefontaine

first_img“It’s hard trying to maintain it year after year. But I know what I have to do — eat sleep and train properly. But that’s what it takes if you want to win medals.”Farah said he plans to race in Usain Bolt’s farewell meeting in Kingston next month before heading to Europe to run in Ostrava. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei at the Rio Olympics last year. Mo Farah won in Eugene in 13:00.70 with Cheptegei 4th in a season best 13:02.84Eugene, United States | AFP |  Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah fired a warning shot to his rivals with the fastest time of the year after powering to victory in the 5,000m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.The British long distance king, racing in a track meeting on US soil for the last time, produced another flawless tactical display to come home in 13min 00.70sec at Eugene’s Hayward Field in Oregon.The 34-year-old star, who completed an unprecedented ‘double-double’ of 5,000m and 10,000m gold at last year’s Olympics in Rio, crossed ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in second and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworwor in third.Afterwards Farah, who plans to retire from the track after August’s World Championships in London, said he had been determined to send a message to his main rivals in Oregon.“For me it wasn’t about time. It was just a matter of telling the boys ‘Look, I’m ready’,” Farah told reporters.“A lot of the boys talk a lot. A lot of guys saying ‘I’m going to do this or that.’ But I don’t like to do that. I just want my running to do the talking and get on with it.”Farah, who is also the reigning world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m, said he had got used to being regarded as the man to beat.“I’ve got a target on my back,” Farah said. “I’ve been on the top of my game for the last five years and everyone wants to beat me. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Proud Dinka warrior…Manute Bol was a ‘special blessing’

first_imgHUMANITARIAN—Former NBA basketball star Manute Bol poses for a photograph at the Sunrise Sudan headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, June 9. by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier Without question the most memorable teammate from my 14-year pro basketball career was the late Manute Bol, affectionately known as “Nutie” by his teammates and friends. Although his 7-7 stature made him stand out in any crowd and his presence inside the lane instantly commanded attention, it was his humanitarian efforts, unique background, humor and intelligence that I came to admire most.Manute was a man of humble yet noble beginnings. Bol Nyuol, Manute’s great-great grandfather, was a chief of the Tuic Dinka tribe. His grandfather was also a very wealthy tribal chief who was said to have had 40 wives and 80 children. Although Manute’s father was not a tribal chief nor did he inherit the family wealth, he was a well-to-do tribe member. His father was said to have had 150 cows and held the honored position of tribal elder. IMPOSING PRESENCE—In this Jan. 26, 1993 photo, New York Knicks Patrick Ewing, right, is blocked by Philadelphia 76er Manute Bol during an NBA game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Manute’s date of birth is believed to be in the fall between the years of 1961 and 1963. The exact date is not known as a result of the practice of his tribe not using birth certificates. Instead Dinkas relied on the memory of elders to approximate a birth within the tribe.I was curious to know more about African culture so I would ask Manute many questions about his life in Sudan when we were teammates from 1990 to 1993 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Out of those long conversations, what really stood out for me was the manhood rite rituals. The Dinkas subjected all their teenage boys who were candidates for manhood to a barbaric face and head scarring custom and the candidates had six teeth forcibly extracted. After watching other candidates go through this bloody and painful tribal custom, Manute rebelled. In fact, when Manute was identified by the elders as the next candidate for the ritual, Manute ran away on several occasions. Eventually, he was poignantly told by tribal elders that he had to go through the ritual or he would not be a Dinka. Manute acquiesced and endured the very painful demands of the manhood rite ritual. He visibly bore the markings of this ritual on his head and face the rest of his adult life.Dinka manhood candidates also had to learn animal husbandry. Animal husbandry involved candidates learning about the birthing, care, sale and protection of cows. I was amazed by the requirement of having a 13-year-old manhood candidate kill a lion. At the tender age of 13, Manute was charged with the duty of killing an adult lion with a spear. Then he had to cut the mane off of the lion’s neck and carry it to the tribal chief. According to Manute he accomplished this feat by going into the bush and spotting a sleeping lion. He claimed to have stealthily come up behind the lion, raised his spear high in the air and deeply injected his spear into the lion’s neck. He claims that the lion roared and struggled but quickly died. A couple years after completing all the manhood rite rituals, Manute started playing basketball when his cousin from Khartoum, Nyuol Makwag Bol, suggested he take up the sport. Eventually Manute traveled to the town of Wau and played on their local police team. Manute’s father objected and was quoted as saying that “basketball was not good work for a Dinka.” Manute did not heed his father’s warning but chose to spend hours on a local court shooting, dribbling and working on layups. One day Nyuol asked Manute “why don’t you try dunk?” Manute took one dribble and went up for a dunk. Manute often said when telling this story: “When I came down I hurt my teeth in the net.” In other words, Manute had a tooth extracted by the net. In 1979 Manute earned a spot on the city’s Catholic team where he joined his cousin Nyuol. Khartoum, however, was not an ideal place for Bol. Its very large Arab population harbored a very intense hatred of Christians and Blacks. “I did fight a lot in Khartoum,” Bol said. “I was bad. I don’t take anything. Sometimes I can say we Dinkas are crazy.”Manute was seen by several American coaches during his time in Khartoum and was invited to come to the USA. Eventually, he came to the states with the intent of playing for Cleveland State. The details were never finalized so Manute looked for other options. He eventually enrolled at the University of Bridgeport, a Division II school, where he played during the 1984-1985 season.Manute’s pro career started when he was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Clippers in 1983. Later that year the N.B.A ruled Manute had not been eligible for the draft and declared the pick invalid. He was drafted again in 1985 in the second round by the Washington Bullets. As a rookie he set the N.B.A record of 5 blocked shots per game. Manute was among the blocked shot leaders most of his career but only led the league during his rookie campaign 1985-86 and in the 1988-89 season. He was also named to the All Defensive team in 1986. He played a total of 10 years in the N.B.A for four teams—Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.In 1987, the Bullets drafted a 5-3 point guard from Wake Forest named Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues. This draft placed the tallest and shortest players in the history of the N.B.A on the same roster for one season. Sadly, many in the media turned the pairing of the two into a bit of a circus act. Manute and “Muggsy” were made the butt of many insensitive jokes on the TV night show circuit and even by standup comedians like Woody Allen. I had the occasion to play with “Muggsy” on the USA team that went on to win a gold medal and I played with Manute for three years on the 76ers. Based on my experiences of playing with and against these players for many years, I can say they were competitors that were very serious about their professional careers.Being made the butt of many jokes was the least of Manute’s worries. His native country of Sudan had been engulfed by bloody civil wars since 1983. The heart of the conflict has pivoted on the Muslims desire to control and/or exterminate Christians although animist and non-Muslims were also targets of persecution. As such, the Muslims enacted the extreme measures of cold-blooded murders and forced slavery against non-Muslims for decades in Sudan as a method to impose their will on the opposition and country. The religious hostility was so severe that Manute claims to have lost 250 family members during the civil war. Manute was not the type to remain neutral in the face of such oppression and violence by Muslims. Instead he was known to fight against the oppression in various forms. “In the United States they call Black people nigger, you know, that thing. In my country, the Moslem people call us Abid (Arabic for slave). Really, I don’t like. If they say it to somebody, not even me, I fight them,” Manute said in a Washington Post article.Manute, whose name means “special blessing” in the Dinka language, also used more sophisticated measures of fighting. He was credited with championing a cause that sought and eventually was successful in unifying the warring factions in Sudan. He took part in peace talks, visited refugee camps, protested outside several embassies, giving millions to support a rebel group, the 2006 Sudan Freedom March, appearing before Congress on behalf of his tribe and starting the Ring True foundation. “Manute gave his life for his country in all kinds of aspects,” said Bol’s friend, Tom Prichard, executive director of the humanitarian organization Sudan Sunrise.Manute literally and figuratively gave all he had to help his tribe survive Muslim persecution. It is reported that he gave most of his N.B.A. earnings, a good portion of his time and even contracted the deadly Steven-Johns syndrome which eventually claimed his life while in Sudan on a humanitarian effort. “I can’t think of a person that I know of in the world that used their celebrity status for a greater good than Manute Bol. He used it for his people. He gave his life for his people,” said Sen. Sam Brownback of KansasOn June 19, Manute’s life was prematurely taken by complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome which caused acute kidney failure. Manute’s funeral was held June 29 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He is survived by two concurrent wives and 10 children.The proud Dinka warrior who fought hard to overcome poverty, for his people’s survival and in the N.B.A is no longer with us but his legacy lives on. Well done my friend and rest in peace.last_img read more


first_imgBill Neal:10 Now look, let’s get something understood right from the gate, this week’s bottom line is all about the facts…the truth my man, nothing but the truth, short and sweet. So let’s get at it!:09 After a fair amount of noise from people who can’t see any better than Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, let me assure you that Halle Berry is in fact the finest woman on the planet. Still the Queen… yes, a drama queen, but still #1. None the less, and if you have any doubts whatsoever, you need to revisit her website:!! Now here’s your first “Shut-up about it” for 2013.:08 It’s easy for some of you to talk that smack now about my Lakers and you know who you are. But let’s see if you’re still talking it when my boys upset O.K.C. for the Western Conference title!:07 I received the Steelers Super Bowl six pack as a Christmas gift and if you ever, ever, ever have any doubt as to who the greatest football team in history is, you only need to dial up the first four Super Bowls and you’ll be clear. The-most-dominant-team-of-all-time-mmmaaannn! And as good as the last two were, and I love them too…it’s not even close. Dude, they went five games in 1975 and nobody scored a point against them. The Vikings had 28 yards in the Super Bowl. C’mon man!:06 The Pirates traded away one of the best closers in baseball and they got little or nothing in return, as usual. You do the math.:05 There’s a reason for these strikes and shut-outs in sports I keep telling ya, and it’s not what they want you to think. Billionaires don’t get to be billionaires by accident. They don’t just throw money away. There is some benefit to these strikes that makes them richer and that my brother you can take to the bank. And yes, hockey is back!:04 Ever notice how you don’t see many ugly people around anymore? I mean, there are a few here and there…and you know who they are, yes you do, yes-you-do! But, you don’t see as many as we used to. It just makes me wonder where have all the ugly people gone? (Oh shut-up, you were thinking it too. You just needed me to say it for you!) I told you it was “Truth Time.”:03 Listen to me on this and listen to me good cause sometimes ya’ll be reading, but you don’t be listening. I took my three best friends in the world to the Savoy over the holiday. One from here, one from Atlanta and one from Florida. Now me and the other Pittsburgh cat know what the deal is upstairs at the Savoy with them “Younger Than Us” women, but my other partners wouldn’t listen and they went upstairs anyway. Well, let me put it to you this way, I am down to one best friend in the world cause we ain’t seen the other two cats since they followed them seven FFFiiinnneee girls upstairs. This is the truth…stay-your-ass-downstairs-if-you-ain’t-under-50 years old-man!!!:02 Sports Round-Up 2013 New England wins the Super Bowl. • Alabama wins the NCAA title in football. • Duke wins yet another NCAA basketball championship. • The Lakers will upset the Heat in seven for the NBA title… huh!?!? • “Tiger” will win three majors this year (and all his new women agree.) • The Yankees win the series and Jeter goes out on top. (I know, but a brother can dream can’t he?):01 At the Buzzer…hhheeerrreee we go! • “The Ultimate Force” Karate and Boxing Show is coming up next month featuring a salute to Master Jacquet Bazemore and Rayco “War Saunders”. More details next week. • The legend that you know as “Rocky” Ford who could shift gears better and faster with one arm than anybody else with two has crossed the finish line for the last time. Rest in peace Rock! • Champion Enterprises is looking for intelligent, caring, community minded people to join their executive staff, also for women who look like and want to be a part of the Allure Models for 2013. If you’re interested, call the Champions at 412-628-4856. • I saw “D’Jango” a second time and it was twice as good. Yeah, it’s rough and raw, but for you haters, you have to put yourself back in time and you must remember, It’s-Only-A-Movie!!! What is wrong with you people? • I gotta slip this in because S. Broadus… “The Boss” don’t like me doing this, but if you want or need to make a lot of money right away and the right way, there’s going to be a huge job opportunity that can change your life Jan. 27 at 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills, 6700 Saltsburg Rd., from 3-7 p.m. $10 cost includes free parking, gourmet coffee and tea, desserts and “The Chance Of A Lifetime.” Call “Q” for information at 412-628-7947. Do it…no, do it now…I am telling you…do it! • Champions and the Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football Team will give “The Super”… Super Bowl Party. Food, drinks, models, legends, free parking and the game at 3 Lakes, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. Call 412-628-4856 for more information, and by now you know it’s going to be at Pittsburgh’s new No. 1 Spot to be, the magnificent 3 Lakes Golf Course.~Game Over~last_img read more

Brett Lee on Virat Kohli: Sachin is God. Can someone beat his record?

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TwitterAdvertisement ggywNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsao5lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) z0nr0jWould you ever consider trying this?😱5ryaCan your students do this? 🌚bjavRoller skating! Powered by Firework Seven years has passed since his retirement, but Sachin Tendulkar’s charisma is stilll prevalent in the cricketing world. Worshipped by millions of fans and even junior cricketers, the former Team India batsman is the highest run scorer in international cricket, and holds the record of 100 centuries in Tests and ODI’s combined. However, India’s present cricketing stalwart Virat Kohli is slowly making his move towards the record, already securing 71 international tons. Can Kohli one day reach the ‘God of cricket’s feat? Legendary pace bowler Brett Lee speaks his mind.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TwitterA young Virat Kohli entered the Men in Blue dressing room when Sachin was reaching the twilight years of his career. However, there was no delay for the young batsman to shine, and now wearing the captain’s armband, Kohli is hailed as one of the greatest batsmen ever.The 31 year old already has 27 Test and 43 ODI centuries to his name, just 29 more to go to reach the milestone set by the Little Master. In a recent talk show, Brett Lee feels Kohli might soon achieve Sachin’s feat.Advertisement “We are talking about phenomenal numbers here, so you mentioned seven to eight years of cricket and at the rate he (Kohli ) is going, yes, he can definitely knock it off,” Lee said in the Star Sports’ latest show Cricket Connected.The former Aussie international narrated three factors that has worked for Kohli over the years- talent, fitness and mental capacity.Advertisement Lee went on: “It comes down to three things, there is one thing I would like to eliminate – so, you talk about talent as a batsman, he’s definitely got that talent, eliminate that first and foremost. Then fitness – Virat Kohli has got that fitness, so for me it is all about fitness at the age of 30 and also that mental strength, the mental capacity to get through those hard times, being away from home, from his wife, or when they will have children.”“He will do it easily with his talent, it comes down to his mental strength and if he stays fit enough and I believe he has got all those three components to go past Sachin,” the 43 year old added.However, achieving the feat of the ‘God’ himself is not an easy taks for even someone with the capabilities of Kohli, as Lee concluded: “but, how can you say someone can go past Sachin Tendulkar- this is God here, can someone go better than God, we will wait and see.” If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Virat Kohli has an important message for RCB fans: “No matter what happens, I’m never leaving!”Compiling celebrities, sports people wishing Sachin for his 47th b’day Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2016)–Follow Me Crev made an eye catching move around Santa Anita’s far turn en route to a resounding 2 ½ length win in Sunday’s $65,000 allowance feature under Flavien Prat and thus stamped himself a candidate for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, according to trainer Vladimir Cerin.“If he comes out of this race well, we’re going to look at the Big Cap and there’s a good chance we’ll run,” said Cerin of the 4-year-old Quality Road gelding who left 4-5 favorite Prospect Park in his wake while collecting his fourth straight win. “I was concerned today because we missed some training with him coming out of his last race (a 1 ¾ length allowance score going 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 9). I got him in a hyperbaric chamber a number of times though, and it really helped him.”Owned by David and Holly Wilson, Follow Me Crev had been ridden in his last two wins by Alonso Quinonez, but due to travel contingencies returning from Saudi Arabia, Quinonez was replaced this morning by Prat. The second choice in a field of six older horses, Follow Me Crev paid $7.60, $3.00 and $2.40.“He’s a really smart horse,” said Prat. “I made a move on the far turn and when we went for home, he switched leads and finished really well.”Claimed nine starts back for $50,000 on May 31, Follow Me Crev improved his overall record to 16-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $198,440.Trained by Clifford Sise and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Prospect Park, a Grade III winner who was scratched out of Saturday’s Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes, sat a close second to pacesetter Big Cazanova but was no match for the winner the final sixteenth as he finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of “Big Caz” and paid $2.60 and $2.10.“We’re hoping this is a perfect setup for the Santa Anita Handicap,” said Sise, whose Prospect Park hadn’t run since finishing third in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6. “He needed this race. He was only 70 or 80 percent (ready) today, so this was perfect.”Like Prospect Park, Argentine-bred Big Cazanova scratched out of yesterday’s Arcadia to run on the main track today. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Big Cazanova was off at 9-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.25, 1:10.92 and 1:36.81.Nominations for the 79th running of the mile and a quarter Santa Anita Handicap close on Feb. 27.Racing resumes at Santa Anita tomorrow, with a nine-race President’s Day card. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more