Pope Benedict pardons ex-butler

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Tweet FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope Benedict pardons ex-butler by: – December 22, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share The Pope informed Gabriele of his decision in personPope Benedict XVI has pardoned his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, who is serving an 18-month jail sentence for stealing confidential papers.The Pope visited Gabriele in prison to personally inform him of the decision, the Vatican said in a statement.In October the former butler was found guilty of stealing and copying the Pope’s documents and leaking them to an Italian journalist.Gabriele said he acted out of love for the Church.“This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele’s request for pardon,” the Vatican statement said.Following Gabriele’s conviction by a Vatican court, officials said he was likely to be pardoned by the pontiff.In November the court convicted a computer expert, Claudio Sciarpelletti, of helping leak the papal documents.Sciarpelletti was given a suspended sentence of two months.Gabriele’s trial heard that he had taken advantage of his access to the pontiff to photocopy thousands of confidential documents.He later passed some to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, who this year released a best-selling book detailing scandals and infighting within the Vatican.Gabriele confessed to taking the papers, but said he believed the Pope was being manipulated and hoped to reveal alleged corruption at the Holy See.BBC Newslast_img read more

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World 100m champion Coleman suspended over new missed test

first_img– ‘Purposeful attempt’ –“I think the attempt on December 9th was a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test,” Coleman said in a statement posted on his official Twitter account.“Don’t tell me I ‘missed’ a test if you sneak up on my door (parked outside the gate and walked through…there’s no record of anyone coming to my place) without my knowledge,” Coleman said.Coleman said testers had visited when he was out shopping for Christmas presents nearby, verifiable by bank statements and receipts.“I was more than ready and available for testing and if I had received a phone call I could’ve taken the drug test and carried on with my night,” he said.“I was only made aware of this attempted drug test the next day on December 10th, 2019 by the AIU when I got this failed attempt report out of nowhere.”The report from the doping control officer posted by Coleman said the tester had arrived at his apartment and had failed to get a response after “multiple, loud knocks were made every 10 minutes” for an hour.A doorbell next to Coleman’s door was pressed but no ring could be heard. No attempt to reach Coleman by phone was made, according to the document.“I’ve been contacted by phone literally every other time I’ve been tested,” Coleman said. “Literally. (I don’t know) why this time was different. He even said he couldn’t hear the doorbell so why wouldn’t you call me?”Coleman said he was tested two days later and added: “I’ve been tested multiple times since, even during quarantine.“But of course, that doesn’t matter, and the fact that I have never taken drugs doesn’t matter either.”Share on: WhatsApp World 100m champion Christian Coleman is facing suspension after missing yet another drugs testLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  Reigning world 100m champion Christian Coleman was provisionally suspended on Wednesday over a missed drugs test, putting him at risk of a two-year ban that would rule him out of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The American sprinter is “suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity”, said the Athletics Integrity Unit, World Athletics’ anti-doping arm.Coleman, who only narrowly avoided being banned last year after three violations of anti-doping “whereabouts” rules across 2018 and 2019, revealed details of his latest missed test on Twitter.The world’s fastest man, who clocked 9.76sec to win 100m gold at last year’s World Championships in Doha, said he had unsuccessfully challenged an AIU finding that he missed a test on December 9, 2019.“And now this might result in me being suspended from other filing failures that occurred well over a year ago at this point,” Coleman said.The 24-year-old is now barred from competition pending a hearing under World Athletics anti-doping rules, the AIU website said.Coleman’s impassioned statement on Twitter was accompanied by what appeared to be a copy of his formal notification from the AIU of a missed test.Coleman, 24, escaped suspension on a technicality ahead of last September’s World Championships after it emerged he had committed three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period.Those offences were recorded on June 6, 2018, January 16, 2019 and April 26, 2019.However, Coleman had successfully argued that the first missed case should have been backdated to the first day of the quarter — April 1, 2018 — meaning the three failures fell just outside the required 12-month period.But news that Coleman missed another meeting with testers in December means that his offences in January and April of last year now come into play.Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, any combination of three whereabouts failures — either missing a test or failing to file paperwork on time — within a 12-month period is deemed a doping offence punishable by a two-year suspension.Two-year suspensions can be reduced to one year if there are mitigating circumstances.last_img read more

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Local Officials Pulling All Stops to Halt JCP&L Project

first_imgHazlet Police Lt. Scott Mura said the room capacity of 660 people was nearly reached. No JCP&L officials attended the meeting, said company spokesperson Ron Morano.“JCP&L is committed to transparency and open communication throughout this process,” he told the Two River Times in an email Wednesday. “Our outreach about the project has included three open house meetings that allowed us to provide information and exchange in productive dialogue with residents in a face-to-face setting.”A letter signed by the mayors opposing the project, addressed to Anthony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of operations, was read aloud by Mayor Aagre. It talked about the mayors’ concerns about “aesthetic degradation” and “unclear demonstration for the need of the project” along with health risks for residents, sinking property values and the impact to historical districts around the proposed area.It also carried the signatures of the mayors of Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Red Bank and Union Beach.“This is a great sign that we have all 11 towns in the area supporting the five that are directly affected,” Aagre said during the meeting.Handlin, who was a vocal opponent to a similar JCP&L proposition back in 1989, has been regularly attending meetings against the Monmouth County Reliability Project, as it is formally known.During the meeting, she delivered a presentation how Montville, Morris County, fought back a JCP&L proposal. She noted that while the projects are not alike and the outcomes may in fact be different, this area could learn from the process Montville had gone through.Handlin also highlighted more than 30 questions that Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) put together for the meeting.RAGE, which started out as a simple Facebook page for residents in the affected areas to speak out, has grown into a much larger entity. Now sporting its own website, StopJCPL.org, the group plans to keep growing.“We’re in the process of incorporating right now and forming a non-profit,” said Steve Lunanuova, who has assumed the role of treasurer for the group. He predicts that in the next week RAGE will be incorporated. However, the route to becoming a non-profit organization takes more time, but Lunanuova says RAGE is looking into an expedited process.RAGE is depending on its supporters to promote their cause. With stations at two tables for the June 28 meeting, the group was selling t-shirts for $15 along with car magnets and lawn signs, both for $5 apiece. By the end of the meeting, the lawn signs were sold out.Beyond that, “there’s a GoFundMe page; people have given straight donations,” Lunanuova said. “The sales today will cover the cost of all the merchandise we purchased, and then some.”RAGE’s following has grown significantly since its inception, which was around Memorial Day weekend, according to Judy Musa, who handles public relations for the anti-JCP&L group. RAGE hosted a meeting on June 22 at the Middletown Public Library, which brought in around 340 residents. “Certainly the vast majority are from Middletown or Red Bank,” Musa said.While RAGE took the reins on the public side, Hazlet Township was the first of the five affected areas to host a special meeting about the MCRP.On June 20, both the Hazlet Township committee and Hazlet Board of Education voted to unanimously pass resolutions expressing concern about the JCP&L proposition, the first municipality to officially do so at that time.Hazlet and Middletown residents look on during an open-forum portion of the special JCP&L related meeting on June 20.In what was an open-forum style meeting, about 150 Hazlet and Middletown residents attended, while roughly 40 or so spoke on the record to the town council. Among the many speakers, the most emotional testimony came from Middletown homeowner Bernice Curto.“We are literally sick over this process,” Curto said, as tears streamed down her face.She referred towards the area of Route 1 in Woodbridge as a comparison to what the Bayshore community would soon look like, and said that “you won’t believe your eyes. These are not meant for residential areas.”Brian Christian, who lives within earshot of the rail line in Hazlet, was skeptical as to why this project is necessary.“I think they should find an alternate route, or build a substation in Red Bank instead of trying to take power from that one (Aberdeen),” said Christian, an electrician of 15 years. “Just like a generator onto the grid that can put out more power instead of dragging it from down the line.”Hazlet Committeewoman Barbara Ronchetti, who spoke out against the MCRP throughout the meeting, brought attention to other potential corridors for the project.“They had their engineers do a study of 17 routes, and they eliminated 16 of them,” she said afterwards. “But we don’t know where the 16 that were eliminated are. We need to get copies of those other ones.”Reached by phone, Morano said,  “They were talking about the site selection process. There were 17 areas that they looked at, that’s what that means,” he said. “Not specific routes for the project; necessarily as ways to do this.”Frances Haies (left) and daughter Sarah next to their information stand outside the Hazlet Township Municipal Building prior to the meeting.He also dispelled the conception that the wires could be placed underground.“There are a number of environmental concerns when undergrounding a line,” said Morano. “You have to literally disrupt the environment seriously to put a line like this underground.” He also noted that this method would cost possibly four to ten times more.Holmdel Township is the next of the affected municipalities to host a special meeting on the MCRP, which will be on July 6 at the Holmdel Township Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Story and photos by Jay CookHAZLET – At a meeting attended by more than 600 people, leaders of 11 towns declared opposition to a $75 million power line proposal, citing concerns about health risks, aesthetics and property values.Jersey Central Power and Light Company recently announced it wants to install a new 230-kilovolt transmission line beginning in Aberdeen, then traveling through Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and ending in Red Bank. It would span about 10 miles along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter railroad right-of-way. The monopoles would hold the transmission lines and could reach 170 feet in height.“This is a true bipartisan effort to beat the big conglomerate here,” said Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini at the Tuesday night meeting.The meeting at Hazlet’s recreation center was organized by state Assemblywoman Amy Handlin who announced she is proposing legislation to prohibit transmission lines within 100 feet of any dwelling or building.“This would apply to residential, commercial, public and private property,” she said of the bill, which is modeled off a law in Iowa, considered to be the most restrictive of its kind in the nation.The bill is still in its infant stages as its continues to be drafted. The whole process could take a couple weeks, according to Handlin’s office.A packed house at the James J. Cullen Recreation Center in Hazlet on June 28. To the right, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin speaks with local elected officials.Aside from Tagliarini, in attendance were Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds and Middletown Committeeman Kevin Settembrino.last_img read more

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McNabbs Jersey is Retired Reid Returns Fans Brawl at

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans greeted former team head coach Andy Reid with a standing ovation on his return to the Lincoln Financial Field not as an Eagle but on the opposing team, the Kansas City Chiefs.It was a festive game between the Eagles and the Chiefs. The Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s No.5 jersey during half time show. Reid returned to the stadium for the first time since he was fired from the ball club, and the Chiefs sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick six times, bulldozing their way to a third consecutive win.But while the Chiefs were busy beating up on the Eagles on the field, fans began fighting in the stands.A huge brawl broke out in the bleachers just inches from the press box during Thursday’s game. New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch was able to capture the incident with his cell phone camera. Details of the fight are scarce, but according to one reporter, three rows of fans were eventually thrown out of the stadium. read more

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Immigration Concerns Highlighted at Public Press Conference

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officials Related Items:detention center, illegal immigration, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Sept 2015 – While there were some serious matters on the agenda at Monday nights Public Press Conference, there was a slight moment of laughter as the Premier told Turks and Caicos Islanders to walk with their status cards as they too could be picked up by immigration officers and sent to the Detention Center. But it is no laughing matter, as Hon. Rufus Ewing weighed in on the recent immigration raids targeting illegal migrants. Ewing said officers have beefed up patrols during the past few weeks in response to the illegal immigration problem in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Premier said that “some Turks and Caicos Islanders were pulled over in jitneys, they were not carrying proper identification so they were placed in the Detention Center; it was humiliating. He advised TCIslanders to walk with their Belonger Card and those with Work Permits should do the same, otherwise you will be collected and put in the Detention Center because they’re trying to clean up the streets.”Hon. Ewing said the TCI must step up its defense by providing additional resources and manpower to fight illegal immigration. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

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Intel introduces first batch of Ivy Bridge processors

center_img © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Intel introduces first batch of Ivy Bridge processors (2012, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-intel-batch-ivy-bridge-processors.html 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 Processor for Desktoplast_img read more

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Chip and pin terminals shown to harvest customer info

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For criminals, lifting info would be all in a day’s work, enjoying a daily catch of many cardholder details. MWR performed a test to show how this can work. Criminals can load their fake cards with malicious software. The card can be made to look like any credit or debit card. A criminal could use it in any retail shop or eating establishment. Using second-hand terminals that they purchased on eBay, MWR accessed the computer code on which the terminals run. They used this code to program a fake chip and PIN card, loading the chip with malicious software that is capable of reprogramming the reader. Once used in shops, the fakes – made to look like a normal credit or debit card – infect the card readers. Once the malicious card transfers its software to the reader, it begins storing details of all subsequent cards inserted. The criminal can then return later and use a second card to download this data, which by then has all the card details and PINs.The team purchased three point-of-sale terminals on eBay, one of which is a popular model that comes with a touchscreen and a feature for capturing cardholder signatures. The other two have a port for inserting chip-and-PIN cards, as well as a mag stripe reader.As a result of this feat, thousands of terminals need reprogramming, according to reports. VeriFone, which makes most of the UK’s terminals, confirmed that MWR was on to something and the terminal maker said it is working on an “expedited” update after learning of the hacking vulnerability.”We have confirmed that MWR implemented a sophisticated scenario that is technically feasible on some older systems,” said the company.”VeriFone has developed a software update to resolve this issue in deployed systems and has already submitted the code for testing and approval on an expedited basis.” The company said it will provide the software update “to all impacted parries” to implement.Security watchers see the significance in the fact that the chip could be loaded with malicious software capable of reprogramming the reader, leaving the system open to data theft.Law enforcement agents have discovered that account numbers and PINs are being sold in bulk on carding websites, as the Internet has become an easy conduit to leverage stolen credit card, bank account, and other personal identification information of victims globally.At the recent Black Hat 2012 meeting, MWR InfoSecurity also demonstrated how to attack point of sale terminals that use a microchip and PIN identification system with a specially prepared chip-based credit card. The security company first showed how a bogus chip credit card could be used to pay for an item and obtain a receipt for a valid transaction without the payment ever being processed. The second display from MWR was the terminal reader demo, showing how a card with malware can harvest all the card numbers and PINs from previous users of the terminal. © 2012 Phys.org Cambridge researchers show Chip and PIN system vulnerable to fraud Citation: Chip and pin terminals shown to harvest customer info (2012, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chip-pin-terminals-shown-harvest.htmlcenter_img More information: www.channel4.com/news/credit-c … e-hacked-for-details Explore further (Phys.org) — For all customers, merchants and restaurant owners making use of card readers for transactions, well, this is not the best of news. Experts have found a security flaw in chip and PIN terminals that allows thieves to download customers’ card details. According to a UK-based security firm, MWR InfoSecurity, hackers can steal details from chip and PIN machines. MWR was able to prove how easily it can be done. According to a report on Sunday, thousands of credit and debit card readers, such as those sitting in shops and restaurants, will need to be reprogrammed following revelations that they can be hacked into and used to steal cardholders’ details.last_img read more

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