• Today’s Toons 5/24/16

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    May 24, 2016 5:32 am


  • Hackers could bring down the banks, warns network boss

    The head of the network that connects the world’s banks has issued a warning: Hackers will strike again, and they could bring down a bank. The message from SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt follows cyberattacks on banks in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ecuador in which similar methods were used to circumvent local security systems. The attack on Bangladesh’s central bank yielded $101 million, while Ecuadorian bank Banco del Austro was hit for $12 million. Leibbrandt suggested in a speech on Tuesday that other attacks may have gone unreported. “The Bangladesh fraud is not an isolated incident: we are aware of at least two, but possibly more, other cases where fraudsters used the same modus operandi, albeit without the spectacular amounts,” he said. Related: Banking industry fears hackers can too easily attack the global financial system SWIFT, or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, has already warned customers that the attacks appear to be “part of a …

    May 24, 2016 5:31 am


  • McCloskey to extend stay with Ulster

    Stuart McCloskey scored four tries in 23 appearances for Ulster during the 2015/16 season Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey has signed a contract extension which will see him remain at Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2019. The 23-year-old, Ulster’s Player of the Year, made his international debut for Ireland in the Six Nations game against England at Twickenham in February. McCloskey still had a year remaining on his previous contract but had no hesitation in signing a long-term deal. “I grew up in Ulster and it was always a dream to wear the jersey,” he said. “Despite some strong interest from other clubs, it was a fairly straightforward decision since all of my family and friends are here. “The supporters, the facilities we have and the quality of the coaching were all factors in my decision. “We had a disappointing finish to the season but I believe things are promising for the future and I’m …

    May 24, 2016 6:33 am

World News

  • Low-paid teacher ‘set up armed gang’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Police say they caught the fugitive teacher by chance while inspecting a construction site A primary school teacher in Cambodia allegedly set up an armed gang and turned to violent crime because his salary was so low, it’s been reported. Police in Phnom Penh say 62-year-old Moeng Sary was arrested after five years on the run following a string of some 37 armed robberies, and has been charged with theft and “using a weapon without permission”, the Khmer Times reports. The former teacher from Cambodia’s southern province of Prey Veng, was identified as a suspect by police following the robbery of a shop in which the owners were beaten, and an estimated $120,000 (£82,000) in jewellery and cash was taken. Authorities claim that this was Mr Sary’s final robbery, after two of his alleged accomplices were captured and implicated him as their ringleader. According to a report in the Cambodia …

    May 24, 2016 6:35 am


  • Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables

    At one point this month renewable energy sources briefly supplied close to 90 percent of the power on Germany’s electric grid. But that doesn’t mean the world’s fourth-largest economy is close to being run on zero-carbon electricity. In fact, Germany is giving the rest of the world a lesson in just how much can go wrong when you try to reduce carbon emissions solely by installing lots of wind and solar. After years of declines, Germany’s carbon emissions rose slightly in 2015, largely because the country produces more electricity than it needs. That’s happening because even if there are times when renewables can supply nearly all of the electricity on the grid, the variability of those sources forces Germany to keep other power plants running. And in Germany, which is phasing out its nuclear plants, those other plants primarily burn dirty coal. Now the government is about to reboot its energy strategy, known as the …

    May 24, 2016 3:10 am


  • 1 in 4 patients develop heart failure within 4 years of first heart attack

    24 May 2016: One in four patients develop heart failure within four years of a first heart attack, according to a study in nearly 25 000 patients presented today at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure by Dr Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht, in Utrecht, the Netherlands.1 Risk factors included older age, greater socioeconomic deprivation, and comorbidities such as diabetes. “Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalisation and death,” said Dr Gho. “Patients with ischaemic heart disease are at the highest risk. This includes those who have had a myocardial infarction, also called heart attack.” He continued: “Research studying incidence of heart failure following myocardial infarction is limited and mainly stems from the thrombolytic era, when drugs were used to dissolve blood clots. Today the preferred treatment for acute myocardial infarction is percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) where …

    May 24, 2016 6:11 am


  • Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth

    MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite the promise of an “easy and natural” treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows. People use black salve with the hope that it will remove skin cancers. But, this purported therapy contains corrosive ingredients that can destroy the skin’s top layer while cancer continues to grow underneath, the researchers explained. “There is a misperception that black salve ‘draws the cancer out,’ when, in fact, it just indiscriminately damages anything it touches,” study co-author Dr. Mark Eliason, a dermatologist at the University of Utah, said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. “One of the reasons black salve treatment is so dangerous is that many users have no idea how harmful it can be.” For the study, the researchers interviewed people who used black salve. They found that 74 percent of these patients were …

    May 24, 2016 2:50 am



  • Kourtney Kardashian Flashes Her Rock Hard Abs In A Sexy Leather Two-Piece Outfit In Vegas

    Kourtney Kardashian left her kids home with ex Scott Disick this weekend to head out to Vegas to help open up a new nightclub. The reality star hit the red carpet at the grand opening of the Jewel Nightclub at the Aria Resort Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday with some pals, including sister Khloe’s BFF Malika Haqq, wearing a sexy black leather outfit paired with black velvet thigh high f-me boots. Kourtney showed off plenty of skin in her black leather shorts and crop top, adding a sexy black choker and looking pretty fine for a 37-year-old mother of three.            

    May 24, 2016 5:11 am


  • Union flips out over church’s school pizza giveaway

    It’s the mother of all food fights – church ladies versus lunch ladies. The controversy involves a church that received permission from the Seattle School District to serve free pizza to students at three area high schools. Click here to join Todd’s American Dispatch: A must-read for conservatives! A union representing public school cafeteria workers in Seattle, Washington erupted with rage last week – warning that the weekly pizza giveaway could result in cafeteria layoffs. They even accused Bethany Community Church of proselytizing with pepperoni. “We are not telling them a Bible story before they get pizza,” Youth Pastor Nick Steinloski told television station KOMO. He also said it is about showing the kids the church cares about them. No sermon. Just two, hot slices of cheesy goodness – and according to the kids it’s a heckuva lot better than what they would get in the school cafeteria. To say the lunch ladies got their …

    May 24, 2016 5:51 am

Odd News

  • Tanzanian president sacks minister for being drunk on the job

    DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania’s president has sacked his home affairs minister after he turned up to parliament and answered questions while under the influence of alcohol, the presidency said late on Friday. President John Magufuli, who took office in November, has promised to tackle corruption and inefficiency in government. He has sacked several senior officials for graft and cut spending he deemed wasteful, such as scrapping official Christmas cards. Charles Kitwanga is the first minister to be fired since the cabinet’s appointment. Analysts said his sacking came as a surprise as he was widely viewed as being close to Magufuli. The presidential State House said in a statement Kitwanga was sacked after he “turned up drunk to parliament and responded to a question directed to the Ministry of Home Affairs while being in a drunken state.” It did not say when the episode took place. Kitwanga had previously faced calls to quit before the incident by lawmakers who …

    May 21, 2016 6:15 am