Monthly archives: July, 2019

Staff exodus at San Francisco Magazine beats promised layoffs to the punch

first_imgOver the past several years, San Francisco Magazine has, consistently, told some of the best-researched, best-written, and most compelling stories in this city. Sadly, its own story appears to be far less compelling — and more sadly typical of all things print media.Staffers were informed last Thursday that a number of them will soon be laid off. This comes on the heels of the magazine’s freelance budget, in the last year alone, dropping by more than one-third. It will likely soon drop further still.San Francisco Magazine purportedly spends three times as much money to put out its publication than other titles in the vast Modern Luxury chain do — and management has told local staff that it aims to bring San Francisco’s expenses more in line with the rest of the chain’s products.Modern Luxury publishes scores of titles across the nation (including Silicon Valleyand San Francisco magazines locally). You can peruse its myriad offerings here. And, in doing so, it quickly becomes clear why San Francisco Magazine outspends its sister publications.The chain’s other city magazines are not news-oriented operations; last month many — if not most of them — featured identical stories about doe-eyed Friday Night Lights heartthrob Kyle Chandler with different photos on the cover. Others featured identical stories about BlacKkKlansman heartthrob John David Washington, with different photos on the cover.San Francisco Magazine is the outlier. Its October coverboy is the not-quite-doe-eyed Gov. Jerry Brown, and its cover story is a deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked valediction of Brown’s complex and contradictory legacy. This month’s edition also features deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked stories about the internecine holy war at Glide Memorial Church; 98-year-old local dance pioneer Anna Halprin; and an analysis of San Francisco’s intricate District 6 supervisorial race.With no disrespect to Kyle Chandler or John David Washington, these are locally relevant, complicated stories about locally relevant, complicated subjects. Your humble narrator was, from 2015 to 2017, a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine and, I can assure you, the lengthy flowchart depicting the mag’s editorial process resembles the operations manual at a nuclear power plant.Deep research and painstaking fact-checking take time.And time is money.Phone calls to San Francisco Magazine publisher Paul Reulbach and Modern Luxury editorial director Stephanie Davis Smith — the media contact listed on a recent Modern Luxury press release — were not returned as of press time. But even without Modern Luxury management explicitly saying as much, it seems there’s an equation at play which will produce a desired result: Less freelance money + fewer in-house people on an already depleted editorial staff = more content of the Chandler/Washington variety.Under former editor Jon Steinberg, San Francisco Magazine won national acclaim — and multiple awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. The magazine is big and glossy and beautiful and filled with cringe-worthy, high-end advertisements — but, for quite some time now, its news stories have been of the highest caliber, and nobody who deigned to follow San Francisco goings-on could ignore it. Just a few recent highlights: Katia Savchuk on a jailed immigrant’s yearslong incarceration; Walter Thompson’s minute-by-minute recounting of the 1966 Bayview uprising through the eyes and voices of first-hand sources; Gary Kamiya’s masterful reporting on San Francisco’s homeless crisis; and an entire special issue about this city’s injection-drug epidemic — a fantastically difficult and thorough in-house effort (that required the staff to actually procure Mexican black tar heroin. And led them to win a National Magazine Award for it.).The purpose of last Thursday’s meeting at San Francisco Magazine was to announce the hiring of Steinberg’s successor: Jason Sheeler. He was, until recently, the style director at Departures, “the luxury magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders,” as the aforementioned Modern Luxury press release describes it. Sheeler, the press release continues, “will infuse more of his keen eye for style and design into the publication.”With, again, no disrespect for Sheeler, the message being imparted here does not make it appear likely that future endeavors for San Francisco Magazine will include subjects like impoverished, jailed immigrants, deep dives into the lives of San Francisco’s oppressed communities of color, or thorough and serious examinations of rampant homelessness and drug use.Sheeler is slated to start Oct. 8. And best of luck to him. Because even if he desired to do all of the above, he’d have to do it with far less money than even a short while ago, and far fewer staffers. I was, full disclosure, laid off from the magazine in 2017 due to cost considerations; Kamiya was this year jettisoned, also for cost considerations. The current staff consists of about 10 full-time-equivalent employees. Any losses on a staff this small are significant — and the impending departures may be significant indeed.After six and a half years at San Francisco Magazine, former editor Steinberg left in August to take a creative director position at Epic Digital. Regarding the magazine, he said, “I knew the writing was on the wall in the first part of 2018 when I had to slash our editorial budget by one-third — and that included laying off our executive editor, Gary.”Steinberg claimed that Modern Luxury management repeatedly informed him that San Francisco Magazine was profitable — but not profitable enough. It was not clearing the margins the chain would have wished.“I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.” Earlier this month we wrote that San Francisco Magazine was primed to be gutted and redirected away from in-depth news coverage. And, last week, that happened.On Thursday, ahead of promised staff reductions, four staffers gave notice or out-and-out walked off the job. A fifth staffer gave notice on Friday and, sources inform Mission Local, a sixth did so today. The magazine’s freelance budget, in the course of a year, has dropped by one-third and is poised to drop further still. With fewer in-house personnel and less money to pay outside freelancers, it’s a near-foregone conclusion that the magazine will in the future feature more of the shared content from the Modern Luxury chain, which is par for the course among Modern Luxury city magazines.Suffice to say, this content is not the sort of in-depth, deeply reported, fastidiously fact-checked content that won San Francisco Magazine multiple National Magazine Awards in recent years — nor is it even locally focused.Last week, in what appears to have been an uncoordinated move, articles editor Ian Stewart; associate editor Lindsey Smith; senior editor Scott Lucas; and style and design editor Erin Feher all gave notice on Thursday. Following an interchange with incoming editor Jason Sheeler, Feher says she was “inclined to pack up my desk and leave,” adding “I imagine it was a pretty shitty day for him, too.” Email Address Mission Local is told that photo director Jodi Nakatsuka gave notice on Friday and copy chief Lynn Rapoport gave notice today.Former staffers say the chain has flown in some manner of relief editor to help push out December’s edition. Calls to publisher Paul Reulbach and Sheeler have not been returned. Staffers say Sheeler is out this week, potentially handling the logistics of his move to San Francisco.Former editor Jon Steinberg told the Chronicle that his erstwhile colleagues were quitting ahead of layoffs, and also took the opportunity to bemoan San Francisco Magazine‘s increasing penchant for late payments to its freelancers and contract workers — which not infrequently are delinquent up to six months or more. Full disclosure: I was a San Francisco Magazine senior editor from May 2015 to June 2017, at which time I was laid off for what was described as a cost-saving move. Last week, Steinberg said, however, that Modern Luxury executives have long told him San Francisco Magazine was profitable — just not profitable enough.As both an editor and, later a freelancer, I personally experienced the problematic pay schedule. As an editor, it led to great frustration from freelancers and actively drove off potential writers from working with the magazine, despite the publication’s healthy pay rate of a dollar per word. As a freelancer, I did wait as long as five or six months for payment.With far fewer freelance dollars, with a troubled reputation for late payments, and with a new editor who comes out of a style and design background — and not news — it remains to be seen what manner of stories will be in January’s San Francisco Magazine (December’s stories are already assigned).Or maybe it doesn’t. As Steinberg told us earlier this month, “I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.”That Oct. 3 article is pasted below:Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez.Former editor: “I knew the writing was on the wall.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

GET down to Saints Superstore or log on to wwwsai

first_imgGET down to Saints Superstore or log on to www.saintssuperstore.com today to grab yourself a post-season reduction on Saints 2015 Replica Kit.Adult shirts have been reduced to £25 and Kids down to just £20.Most sizes still available but in very limited numbers due to the phenomenal success of this year’s Home and Away Kit.Shorts and Socks are also available again in limited supply too.Grab yourself a Saintly Saving!last_img

JUNIOR Memberships are the best way to get your mi

first_imgJUNIOR Memberships are the best way to get your mini Saint involved with the greatest game.We have a fantastic reputation for investing in our young players and this extends to our junior fans!Renewals are FROZEN in all stands and Membership starts from just £50 – that’s as little as £3.33 per home game with a top 4 finish!They also offer unbeatable value to gain access to all First Utility Super League regular home games, as well as up to 15 Saints away games.That’s up to 29 games in total for less than the cost of some computer games.Early bird Memberships start from £61 too and like renewals, fans receive a whole host of exclusive benefits including 50 per off Magic tickets and the chance to win a trip to State of Origin in 2017.Our Junior Members also have the chance to walk out with their heroes – our matchday mascots are selected from the Membership.To find out more log on to www.mysaintsmembership.com or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052.Remember, the renewal deadline for all Memberships is Monday October 31.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgCaptain Roby was rested in the win over Catalans last weekend, whilst Makinson missed out due to a back problem and Knowles was suspended after picking up a one match ban the previous week, but all three senior figures return to the squad ahead of Sunday’s clash in Hull.Youngsters Aaron Smith, James Bentley and Joe Batchelor are the three that make way in what must have been a tough decision for Holbrook given the impressive showing against Catalans last week.Matty Costello retains his place after picking up a hat-trick as does Jack Welsby who impressed at full back. Adam Swift is also included again, despite the return of Makinson, whilst Holbrook has the luxury to choose from three halves with Danny Richardson, Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax all named.Luke Thompson, Mark Percival and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are still out with injury.St.Helens 19 man squad:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 23. Lachlan Coote 24. Matty Costello, 29. Jack Welsby.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Hull KR 19 man squad:2. Craig Hall, 3. Ben Crooks, 4. Jimmy Keinhorst, 5. Ryan Shaw, 7. Danny McGuire, 8. Robbie Mulhern, 9. Shaun Lunt, 13. Weller Hauraki, 17. Chris Atkin, 19. Junior Vaivai, 20. Danny Addy, 21. George Lawler, 22. Ryan Lannon, 23. Kane Linnett, 24. Josh Drinkwater, 25. Will Oakes,  31. Adam Rooks, 33. Harry Bardle, 34. Antoni Maria.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints had to battle for their 22-16 victory and Holbrook admitted he was happy to progress in what was a “very tough” game. Despite not being able to kick clear of the Giants, Holbrook was pleased with how his side controlled the game.“I am happy to get the win, but obviously a very tough game and that is what the Challenge Cup does. It puts everyone on a level playing field and everyone wants to get to Wembley and Huddersfield had the same plan as we had. We expected a tough game and we got it.“We would have liked to have finished them off, but the ruck was the slowest I have ever seen so that made it very difficult, but look it was just a hard game and the pleasing thing was we couldn’t quite kick clear and finish them off, but we controlled the game and that is what I have said a number of times this year..“The second half we couldn’t kick away, but on the whole we controlled the game. We were only six points ahead and it never felt comfortable, but the way we were playing and obviously some of our last plays we need to improve on, but generally we were in control of the game and that was the most pleasing thing. One is to win the game and two we controlled it quite well. ”Saints have been drawn at home to Wakefield in the quarter final of the Coral Challenge Cup and Holbrook is expecting another tough encounter.“It’s another tricky game, like today. They are really capable of playing really well and they can always test any side in the competition so it’s another tough game.”last_img read more

3 2 1 Cutest memory made at Lake Linda Christmas Lights

first_img It’s a countdown this kiddo will never forget.“This will be the first year we have a special grand opening,” Tonia Register said. Tonia and her husband create a massive holiday display each year called Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights.“When we found out about Kayleigh and all the special stuff she goes through,” Tonia said. “She’s just too adorable so we decide this year normally we just cut em on and ok come through when you want to but we decided we wanted to do something special for her.”Related Article: First death during Hurricane Florence confirmed in Pender CountyThey did. Each year organizers of the Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights show in Pender County put out holiday decorations galore and flip the switch for all to enjoy.This year Kayleigh Andrews got the honor.“I hope like a lot of people are here and I hope they like it,” she said of the big event.Organizers even made Kayleigh a special elf outfit and a new dinosaur light display with a blue bow for juvenile arthritis. It’s a condition she is lives with along side her service dog, Bailey. “He’s the best, my best friend.”  And her best friend was there as the crowd began a countdown that will forever be a memory to Kayleigh and her favorite place to visit during the holidays.It’s a community continuing their tradition with something a little extra special this year. Merry Christmas, Kayleigh, and everyone who made opening night at Lake Linda’s in Hampstead one to remember.Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights is located at 218 Old House Road, Hampstead NC 28443. It is free to go through the lights, but you can donate a toy for Toys for Tots.Video of Kayleigh turning on the lights is courtesy of Tonia Register. HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Over the Thanksgiving weekend, some magic happened in Hampstead. We told you about a special 6-year-old girl who lives with juvenile arthritis earlier this month and how a community was creating a memory for her. Today we take you to it.“This is a special Christmas for me,” she told WWAY’s Jenna Kurzyna earlier this month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Is housing actually affordable in the Cape Fear Area leaders discuss topic

first_img They had guest speakers to share statistics and tips from other areas on how to handle our problem.Coalition Chair Paul D’Angelo says Wilmington is a destination and a place where people want to live. However, that can create issues when it comes to affordable living.“Naturally that is going to drive up costs,” D’Angelo said. “That’s going to drive up housing costs, but when you have a tourism economy and perhaps an economy where a lot of people are retiring, it creates service sector jobs. Those don’t pay great. They pay $8 an hour, $10 an hour, $12 an hour, so until we can see those wages rise, we are going to have an affordable housing issue here in Wilmington.”Related Article: UNCW students return for another fall move-inD’Angelo says the Cape Fear Housing Coalition is partnering with UNCW in March for the Poverty Conference where they will be talking about wages and housing. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Affordable housing in the Cape Fear is a topic that brought dozens of community leaders and elected officials together Thursday morning in Downtown Wilmington.The Cape Fear Housing Coalition holds an annual legislative breakfast to update the community on affordable housing in the area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NCDOT crews brine roads ahead of possible winter weather

first_imgNCDOT brine roads ahead of winter weather (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have seen NCDOT trucks out today ahead of possible winter weather Wednesday.Division 3 DOT officials say they were brining the roads to prepare for any possible threat of winter weather in our area. They say brine is being spread across bridges and overpasses in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Further north, Pender, Duplin, and Onslow counties are getting brine on the roads as well.- Advertisement – The brine is a mixture of salt and water that keeps the snow from adhering to the road.The DOT is monitoring the track and says they will move resources to the areas impacted by the storm.Click here for the latest weather forecast.last_img read more

Mojotone expands in Burgaw creates new jobs

first_img “I think we had maybe 20 people to 62 now. So it’s been a pretty exciting ride,” Guitar Parts Manager David Shepherd said.The company already tripled employment while creating new jobs for music lovers.“Records are being made with stuff I have a hand in getting out. So it’s pretty neat,” employee Chris Millard said. “I’ve always said if I couldn’t make my money playing music then I wanted to make my money making these guys. So it’s kind of a dream.”Related Article: Man arrested following high-speed crash in Pender CountyMojotone sells equipment across the nation and in Europe.“We’ve done stuff for you know Rush, Green Day, ZZ Top. You name it we’ve probably done something for these guys,” Shepherd said.Rep. David Rouzer (R-7th District) said the expansion is a true demonstration of the American dream.“It’s a great example of commitment and drive and the American spirit,” Rouzer said. “It’s gonna create more jobs, bring more jobs to the community, increase the tax base, and help raise the standard of living for those folks who are employed here.”The Town of Burgaw, Pender County, Wilmington Business Development, and Four County Electric Membership Corporation among others helped make this expansion possible.“It’s a reflection of all the great partnerships in this area. A lot of people coming together to make it work and to help the community,” Rouzer said.Mojotone has operated in Pender County since 2005 but outgrew its last facility.The company has an additional 40,000 square-feet in the back of the building which they plan on using to create even more jobs in the future. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The sweet sound of new jobs could be heard this afternoon in Pender County as Mojotone got a major upgrade.Mojotone is a company that makes components for electric guitars, amplifiers, and sound systems. Dozens of people including staff, local and state leaders were there as the company held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new 40,000 square-foot home in Burgaw.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pet Pals Meet Dexter

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a paw-sitively sweet face at New Hanover County Animal Services looking for a forever home.Meet Dexter. He is a 3-year-old Beagle mix looking for a constant companion. Shelter staff describes him as caring, comforting and devoted.- Advertisement – Dexter can listen to commands and loves to be rewarded with treats. He is socially motivated and just wants a human to love.If you think Dexter could be the perfect addition to your family, visit New Hanover County Animal Services to meet him. County residents can adopt for $70.Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet Max!To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img read more

H2GO warns of scam targeting customers needing help after Florence

first_img “We encourage the community to be wary of people showing up with offers to remove trees or perform restoration services at your home unsolicited,” H2GO said in a news release. “Make sure you know who you are hiring, work with local companies you trust, or check credentials and confirm that anyone you hire has insurance.”If someone is harassing you or will not leave your property, call 911. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — H2GO says its customers need to be careful of a potential scam in the wake of Hurricane Florence.The utility, which provides water and sewer service to much of northern Brunswick County, says it has been made aware of tree removal and restoration companies claiming to be contracted or endorsed by H2GO. The utility says it has not and will not contract or endorse any tree removal or restoration companies.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Store risks closing due to months of lost business

first_imgA Topsail business has lost months worth of business since hurricane Florence. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) TOPSAIL, NC (WWAY) — It’s been almost three months since Hurricane Florence, but businesses are still struggling.One business is even on the verge of closing for good. Quarter Moon in Topsail Beach has been on the island for almost 25 years.- Advertisement – Owner Lori Fisher says luckily, they did not have much damage from Florence. But Fisher says they lost months worth of business because nobody could come shop.Fisher says she was denied an SBA loan and worries that the store might not make it.“I don’t even want to think about that possibility. I would probably have to put the business up for sale or just have a liquidation sale, but my heart is in this store. And I just love it so much,” said Lori Fisher.Related Article: UNCW hopes to resume classes Oct. 1Fisher says she decided to start a GoFundMe to help with the cost of keeping the store running. Click here to donate to Fisher’s page.last_img read more

Alligator found under womans car in Carolina Beach

first_img When she took a closer look, she came face to face with an alligator. Dosier says the alligator didn’t flinch.The alligator was spotted in the vicinity of Dow Road and Fayetteville Avenue.Around 8:45 a.m., officers with the Carolina Beach Police Department removed the alligator.Related Article: Saving Clark’s neck? Panic at ‘Lampoon’s Christmas’ displayAccording to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, if you see an alligator, look but don’t feed and don’t touch. You should also not harass or poach these animals. Alligators can become a nuisance when people intentionally or unintentionally feed them. Click here for more tips on how to co-exist with alligators. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Carolina Beach woman got quite a surprise when she looked underneath her car early Tuesday morning.Lisa Overby Dosier initially thought there was a tire under her vehicle.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Saint George Redoubt to be restored

first_imgMinister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli delivers a speech during the European Capital Cities Trade Union Network (ECTUN) Conference which will focus on ‘How Trade Unions of the European Capital Cities can approach the issue of pay rise’.DOI/Anthony SultanaMinister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli delivers a speech during the European Capital Cities Trade Union Network (ECTUN) Conference which will focus on ‘How Trade Unions of the European Capital Cities can approach the issue of pay rise’.DOI/Anthony Sultana One of Malta’s circular coastal fortifications is set to be restored as part of the Local Council Restoration Works Scheme.The Saint George Redoubt in Birżebbuġa, is one of a series of fortifications built in 1714-1716 period under the Order of Saint John and is understood to be the only circular fortification built by the knights which also included a church as part of its development. It is more common to see pentagonal redoubts built as fortifications.The site is in much need of repair after years of exposure to the sea and wind. The stone structure of the external wall has deteriorated along with the impact of biological growth on the remaining stones.The restoration would see the replacement of the blocks cut to the specific sizing along with the cleaning and repointing of the mortar joints.The project is one of a number of restorations overseen by the Restoration Directorate of the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.Read more:Christ the Redeemer Chapel in Ħal Għaxaq to be restoredManikata Church to be restored21 localities benefit from Restoration Works SchemeWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Kanye West Planning To Be The Next Steve Jobs

first_imgAdvertisement Rapper Kanye West has revealed in an extensive Q&A that he’s going to be the next Steve Jobs and run a billion-dollar company.He made this revelation to Jon Caramanica of The New York Times[related-posts] – Advertisement – Here’s how Kanye phrased his ambitions:I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: “This is the level that things could be at.” So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Hackers rob banks of 1 billion

first_imgSecurity Flaw Exploit (File Photo) Advertisement More that 100 banks in 30 countries have been hit by an international hacking ring that has stolen as much as $1 billion in one of the biggest banking breaches ever.The hackers used phishing schemes and other methods to infiltrate the banks’ systems and lie dormant gathering information about bank operations. They then steal funds by transferring money to fake accounts and dispensing cash from ATMs.The communication was revealed through a report that Russian-based Kaspersky Lab is presenting today at a security conference in Cancun, Mexico.“This is likely the most sophisticated attack the world has seen to date in terms of the tactics and methods that cybercriminals have used to remain covert,” the lab’s Chris Doggett told The New York Times, which first reported on the incident.In one case, a bank lost $7.3 million through ATM fraud. In another case, a financial institution lost $10 million by the attackers exploiting its online banking platform. – Advertisement – Banks which have been hit most are in Russia, the U.S., Germany, China and Ukraine, although the attackers may be expanding throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, Kaspersky said.The hackers seem to limit their theft to about $10 million before moving on to another bank, which may explain why the fraud went undetected so long, Kaspersky’s principal security researcher Vicente Diaz told The Associated Press.Via: USA Todaylast_img read more

YouTube Testing A New Material UI Design On The Web

first_imgImage Credit: TheNextWeb Advertisement Almost every Google app on Android devices now has a material design interface plus some of Google’s web pages as well, Google’s global video-sharing website, YouTube which isn’t part of the collection of sites that have material design elements implemented, could be changing soon, as they appear to be testing a new material design interface. According to Venture Beat, “it’s surprising because Google introduced Material design almost two years ago and is only now getting around to deploying the code in the wild.”Although the material design interface is still in testing, it is apparently being tested on a small group of users while the developers look for bugs. However, Google plans to roll it out to the public.Android Police reports that, the new look won’t necessarily be immediately visible if you head on over to youtube.com. You’ll have to do a little bit of tinkering while you’re signed out of the site in Chrome (and located in the U.S.). – Advertisement – Here are some of the screen shots to the up-coming Youtube – Image Credits: Android Police 1. The Channel PageOld: New: 2. Video Player PageOld: New: Want to try it out for yourself? Here are some instructions if you’re using Chrome:Go to https:www.youtube.com/?gl=US.Open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i).Go to the `Resources´ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the youtube domain.Go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;domain=.youtube.com”; Reload the page.You can also reuse your VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie.last_img

Man U cant be given away in London

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]imes they are a changing.The odds are too.Man U are the biggest price they have EVER been pre ANY Premier League match as they go into battle at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.Martin from the Star Sports trading desk reported at lunchtime the support for Chelsea shows no let up with Man U friendless as a result.That’s quite a stat and a reflection on how the current Man U set-up is a much paler imitation of their former selves.The prices banded around about Man U are not only a reflection of their current sporadic form but also the injury problems that have built up for manager David Moyes.Strikers Wayne Rooney (groin) and Robin van Persie (thigh) miss the trip to Stamford Bridge whilst defender Rafael serves the last of his three-match ban.Such is the pace being set by Man City and Arsenal that Chelsea find themselves needing the three points just to keep tabs with them and even a win today will not move them their current third berth.It’s a match which over the years has produced plenty of goals (except last time they met when it was a nil-nil-thriller.HEAD TO HEAD RECORDAug 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-0 ChelseaMay 2013 Premier Man Utd 0-1 ChelseaApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Man UtdMar 2013 FA Cup Man Utd 2-2 ChelseaOct 2012 Capital One Chelsea 5-4 Man UtdOct 2012remier Chelsea 2-3 Man UtdFeb 2012 Premier Chelsea 3-3 Man UtdSep 2011 Premier Man Utd 3-1 ChelseaMay 2011 Premier Man Utd 2-1 ChelseaApr 2011 Champions L Man Utd 2-1 ChelseaThe history books show that Man U have won more games than Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with 30 wins to Chelsea’s 22. However, a more telling stat ahead of today’s game is that Jose Mourinho has never lost a home game against Man U in two spells as Chelsea manager.Mourinho is looking for his 100th Premier League victory as manager today and that’s exactly what I think will happen and am happy to take the odds-on.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points CHELSEA at around 8/11 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): LOSS 35.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Derby Trials at Towcester tonight

first_imgFOUR MORE KEY RACES: for the Star Sports English Greyhound Derby at Towcester tonight. Here is our latest betting:9.22 Boomroom Syndicate StakesNative Chimes 5/2Frankies Lady 7Farloe Falcon 8Roswell Iceman 7/2Dropzone 5King Kid 7/49.36 Star Sports 5th English Derby Trial Stakes Div.CKiss and Hug 5/4Madabout Eoghan 6Danzey Exception 7Razdazl Tierna 7Droopys Acrobat 3Vivaro Swift 7/29.54 Star Sports 5th English Derby Trial Stakes Div.BBarricane Tiger 5/2Droopys Who 5Hot Trend 15/8Rubys Razzle 7Sab Miller 3Droopys Bonucci 610.11 Star Sports 5th English Derby Trial Stakes Div.ADroopys Live 6Carn Brea 8CLARES ROCKET 4/6Huarache Scotty 12Tyrur Shay 7Brinkleys King 100/30last_img read more