first_imgDownload AudioJuneau residents are hitting the polls on Tuesday to elect a new mayor. Two candidates are vying for the spot: Ken Koelsch  and Karen Crane. The city decided to hold the $35,000 special election after the death of Mayor Greg Fisk. Fisk died of natural causes shortly after winning last year’s election. The mayoral candidates have served on the Juneau Assembly before.last_img

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first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Greeting card giant Hallmark says it shouldn’t have changed the lyrics to “Deck the Halls” on a new holiday ornament that’s stirring customer backlash online.The company took heat Thursday after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater. The ornament alters the carol’s lyrics by removing the word “gay” and emblazoning the sweater with: “Don we now our FUN apparel!”Critics took to social media, accusing Hallmark of making a political statement.The Kansas City, Mo.-based company says it was surprised by the reaction and now realizes it shouldn’t have changed the wording. But a spokeswoman says Hallmark won’t stop selling the ornament.Facebook commenters said they would never again buy Hallmark merchandise and that the change amounted to the company rewriting holiday classics in the name of political correctness.Hallmark released a statement Wednesday saying the multiple meanings attached to the word “gay” meant the sweater’s lyrics would be “open to misinterpretation.”last_img

first_img Mobile Security Telegram Messenger Now playing: Watch this: If China was using a DDoS attack to disrupt the demonstrations, it’d be taking a similar approach to Russia, Iran and Indonesia. The governments in those countries have blocked Telegram, arguing that it was used for anti-government protests and terrorism.Telegram didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 2:49 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:08 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 1 2:46 Share your voice Comment Inside a password-free future Tags Did China set out to disrupt Telegram? Telegram’s founder thinks so. Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The distributed denial of service attack that hit Telegram Wednesday came from China, the secure messaging app’s founder said. Pavel Durov’s tweet suggested that the country’s government may have done it to disrupt protests in Hong Kong.In a DDoS attack, an online service gets bombarded with traffic from networks of bots, to the point where it’s overwhelmed and legit users get frozen out. In an explanation Wednesday, Telegram compared it to an “army of lemmings” jumping the line at a McDonald’s and making innumerable “garbage requests.” IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception.— Pavel Durov (@durov) June 12, 2019 “IP addresses coming mostly from China. Historically, all state actor-sized DDoS (200-400 Gb/s of junk) we experienced coincided in time with protests in Hong Kong (coordinated on @telegram). This case was not an exception,” Durov wrote in a followup tweet.Tens of thousands took to Hong Kong’s streets to oppose a government plan that’d allow extraditions to mainland China. People are worried that it would bring the semiautonomous former British colony under the Chinese government’s thumb. These protesters relied on encrypted messaging services, which let them mask their identities from Chinese authorities, to communicate. Telegram and Firechat are some of the top trending apps in Hong Kong’s Apple store, Bloomberg noted. Out in public, some people masked their faces to avoid facial recognition systems and wouldn’t use public transit cards linked to their identities, according to Bloomberg.last_img

first_imgIMA director Mohammed Mansoor Khan with Shivajinagar MLA R Roshan Baig and Karnataka CM HD KumaraswamyfacebookAfter IMA director Mohammed Mansoor Khan left the country leaving nearly 50,000 investors stranded, another video has surfaced on the internet in which Khan has claimed of coming back to India to clear all the mess created by his firm. Khan said that he is ready to liquidate his assets and return the money to the investors. He is also ready to cooperate with SIT.In the new video, Khan has said that IMA never cheated anyone but the company was not on stable grounds due to corruption in the central, state and local level authorities. Khan claimed that many bigwigs are involved and it is not possible to oust them. He said that he has the complete list of people who took money from him and the company for their personal benefits.He regrets leaving the country and wishes to return. He also asks Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar to help him out. The video has surfaced after 15 days.Khan said that he wants to come back to India and wants the authorities to make ways for his return so that he can put the real story to the people and return their money. Khan also alleged that he tried to return to India ion June 14 but he could not as he was deboarded and told to contact the immigration department. When he went there, they were not available as it was time for Juma prayer.Khan said that when he left the country, there was non-verbal assets and properties worth Rs 500 crore, 120 kg solid gold and 600 kg bullion which is no more there and are missing. He also said that many of the crucial documents and gold and jewellery were moved from the company vault by some of his friends and relatives.He said that the gold and other documents were moved by his relative Nizamuddin, IMA director Mohammed Waseem, Khalid Ahmed and his son Fahad Ahmed on Friday night. He said that Nizamuddin had access to the vault along with a few other people involved with IMA.He also said that the Rs 600 crore bail-out plan was true as a bank had promised to help him but he could not do so as the alleged IAS officer had asked for Rs 10 crore. Khan could not deliver it to him at the said time due to which his NOC was cancelled.He said that he was being accused of running a Ponzi scheme which is not true. He claimed that he ran a legitimate business. “You cannot build another IMA. You have to do many regulated and unregulated activities while doing business,” he said.In the video, Khan said that he has no idea about his family, which is alleged to be somewhere in India. If he releases the names of the people involved in IMA through the video, their safety is at stake as many top shot people’s name will come out and their true face shall be revealed before the public. “Insha Allah I will come back with all the details,” he said.last_img

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