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DICT on top of probe into hacking of Senate staff emails

MANILA, Philippines—A task force on cybersecurity will meet on Monday to probe the hacking of emails of opposition senators’ staff, a ranking official from t.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 13th, 2017

Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump – The Guardian

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump. “Well, this is just another load of nonsense,” Putin said on NBC News’ Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, when asked whether he had any damaging information on the Republican president. The remarks were the latest in a series of denials from Moscow that have had little impact so far on a political crisis in the United States over potential links between Russia and Trump’s inner circle. The issue will be front and centre this week in Washington, where former FBI director James Comey is due to testify on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s election campaign and Moscow. Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election, was fired by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump and had never met him, regardless of Trump’s previous travel to Russia as a businessman. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were currently in Russia. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your senses?” Have you all lost your senses? Vladimir Putin Trump has offered contradictory accounts of his relationship with Putin over time but has also said the two never met. He has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia a “witch hunt” designed to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win. Trump has also disparaged a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations that purported to show Russian intelligence operatives had compromising information about him, but which he has described as a “hoax.” US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump’s favour, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies. “They have been misled,” Putin told NBC, in an interview NBC said was recorded on Friday. “And they aren’t analysing the information in its entirety. I haven’t seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election.” Trump has denied any collusion but the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter have dogged the early months of his presidency. Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump’s campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down “a treasonous path.” After Comey’s dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynnduring a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was fired for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Flynn has declined to testify to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Putin downplayed Flynn’s appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which US officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet. “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticized NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration. “You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president,” Putin said. … today we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So we think it’s fair to ask people who visit us often for their help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.( “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Aquino sets Senate hearings on ‘nakaw load’

In response to the numerous complaints on the disappearance of prepaid mobile loads or "nakaw load," Senator Bam Aquino will launch a Senate probe on Monday to address the problem hounding mobile users.   Aquino has filed Senate Resolution No. 595, directing his committee on science and technology to determine the capacity and readiness of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and other relevant government agencies and regulators to implement rules that would protect prepaid mobile subscribers.   "Huwag natin hayaang manakawan ng pera ang ating mga kababayan. We cannot ignore these consumer reports of the disappearance of prepaid mo...Keep on reading: Aquino sets Senate hearings on ‘nakaw load’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers’ crosshairs

PARIS --- The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the U.S. Senate, a cybersecurity firm said in a report Friday. The revelation suggests the group often nicknamed Fancy Bear, whose hacking campaign scrambled the 2016 U.S. electoral contest, is still busy trying to gather the emails of America's political elite. "They're still very active --- in making preparations at least --- to influence public opinion again," said Feike Hacquebord, a security researcher at Trend Micro Inc. who authoered the report. "They are looking for information they might leak la...Keep on reading: Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers’ crosshairs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Trump critics

WASHINGTON -- A senior FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe this year referred to Donald Trump before his election as an “idiot,” in emails turned over to the Senate, US media reported. Peter Strzok, a senior counterintelligence investigator, also suggested that the Republican Party “needs to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Trillanes seeks separate Senate probe on Customs officials, staff on Lacson’s payoff list

Trillanes seeks separate Senate probe on Customs officials, staff on Lacson’s payoff list.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017

New EPA head Scott Pruitt’s emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers – ABC News

More than 7,000 pages of emails from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt indicate a cozy relationship with oil and gas producers, fossil fuel companies, electric companies, as well as political groups tied to the Koch Brothers during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General. The emails &'8212; made public Wednesday by an Oklahoma judge in response to a lawsuit by liberal watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy &'8212; indicate coordination between Pruitt and these Koch-backed groups with the goal of undermining the Obama administration's efforts to help curb carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Pruitt was narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate (52-46) to be the EPA's administrator Friday after a contentious confirmation process while facing protests from Democrats and environmental groups not only because of his ties to energy companies, but because as Oklahoma’s attorney general he sued the EPA 14 times. Some emails show that companies like Devon Energy in 2013 provided Pruitt's office with draft letters to send to government regulators in an attempt to block those regulations. Some of this was publicly known because some of the emails were previously released to the New York Times in 2014. “Please find attached a short white paper with some talking points that you might find useful to cut and paste when encouraging States to file comments on the SSM rule,” wrote a lobbyist at Hunton &'38; Williams, a law firm that represents major utility companies. The SSM rule relates to industrial emissions. Democrats attempted to hold off on Pruitt’s confirmation until these emails were released, but they were unsuccessful. “Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states,” reads another email sent to Pruitt from an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group. “You both work for true champions of freedom and liberty!” The emails also show how Pruitt’s office appeared to work with these companies to draft these letters for Pruitt to sign to try and prevent new regulations. “Any suggestions?” a deputy solicitor general in Pruitt’s office wrote in May 2013 to an executive at Devon Energy, an oil and gas production company. The email to the executive, Bill Whitsitt, included a draft Pruitt’s office appeared to be planning to send to the EPA regarding proposed emissions regulations. Whitsitt replied with what looks like proposed changes: “Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none.” The deputy solicitor general replied the next day telling Whitsitt he had sent the letter, writing “Thanks for all your help on this.” In another email in January 2013, Pruitt’s chief of staff at the time gushed to Whitsitt: “You are so amazingly helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!” &'8220;Our engagement with Scott Pruitt as Attorney General of Oklahoma is consistent – and proportionate – with our commitment to engage in conversations with policymakers on a broad range of matters that promote jobs, economic growth and a robust domestic energy sector,&'8221; a spokesperson for Devon Energy told ABC News. &'8220;In some cases, we serve as a resource with useful information and expertise for decision-makers &' It would be indefensible for us to not be engaged in these important issues.&'8221; Lincoln Ferguson, the press secretary for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a statement writing that their office has &'8220;complied with a Court’s order regarding a January 2015 Open Records Act request.” &'8220;In fact, the Office went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records outside the scope of the Act,” Ferguson said. &'8220;This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act.” Americans for Prosperity declined comment. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry,” Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, wrote in an email Wednesday.( SHUSHANNAH WALSHE,RYAN STRUYK) &'160; &'160; 35&'160;total views, 35&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Senate probe on ‘Comeleak’ set

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate committee on electoral reforms is set to conduct an inquiry into the hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) databa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Albayalde welcomes probe into Cebu killings: Walang itatago ang PNP

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not hide anything should a Senate probe push through on the rise in killings in Cebu, top cop Director General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday, October 15. "We will support the probe. Palagi 'yan kung merong mga investigation or talagang ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Senate probe of Cebu slays urged - INQUIRER.net

Senate probe of Cebu slays urged - INQUIRER.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Cebu police ready to face Senate probe

THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas will face the investigation in the Senate if it will push through. Superintendent Reyman Tolentin, PRO-Central Visayas spokesperson, said the resolution filed by the senators from the minority bloc that seeks inquiry into the rash of killings and bloody police operations in Cebu cannot affect the morale of the… link: Cebu police ready to face Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Kavanaugh faces moment of truth

The US Senate girded Friday for a critical, too- close-to-call vote on moving ahead with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans brushed aside complaints by Democrats that a new FBI probe of sexual assault allegations against him was rushed and incomplete. A final vote could come Saturday on President Donald […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Senate probe pressed on teachers’ suicides

On World Teachers’ Day yesterday, Sen. Sonny Angara urged the Senate to take a long, hard look into the recent cases of suicides by public school teachers. Angara cited the need to investigate whether the suicides were caused by heavy teacher workload as claimed by a group pushing teachers’ rights and welfare. At the same […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

Some witnesses say they called FBI in vain as end of Kavanaugh probe looms

NEW YORK—Several people with information related to allegations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh say they have tried in vain to speak with the FBI, which is expected to wrap up its investigation this week. Under pressure, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the FBI investigation following a dramatic Senate hearing last […] The post Some witnesses say they called FBI in vain as end of Kavanaugh probe looms appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

WASHINGTON DC, USA – A one-time classmate of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee said Monday, October 1, that Brett Kavanaugh was a habitual heavy drinker, challenging the judge's Senate testimony to the contrary. The comments came days after the FBI opened a Senate-requested probe into allegations by 3 women ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

AFP clears Trillanes, Pangilinan on ‘Red October’ ouster plot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeg0CB2MXLI     The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday cleared opposition Senators Antonio Trillanes and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan of involvement in the so-called "Red October" ouster plot against the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.   During the hearing of the Senate committee on finance, Trillanes categorically asked AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez asked if he and Pangilinan were involved in the ouster plot.   "Basically this a sinister plot of the CCP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army). Kung makikita po natin talaga they would like to have a coalition wi...Keep on reading: AFP clears Trillanes, Pangilinan on ‘Red October’ ouster plot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

AFP chief links 10 Metro Manila universities to ‘Red October’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kR3v9qxUdo   At least 10 universities in Metro Manila have allegedly been organized by a broad coalition led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as part of the so-called "Red October" plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, the Armed Forces (AFP) chief revealed on Tuesday.   AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. detailed the plot to oust President Duterte during the hearing of the Senate committee on finance on the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies.   It was opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who asked about the ouster plot. Galvez said the "Re...Keep on reading: AFP chief links 10 Metro Manila universities to ‘Red October’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

‘Red October’ aims to force Duterte to declare martial law – AFP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtpGXiAsJu0 The "Red October" ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte is meant to push him to declare martial law nationwide, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday.   "Ang nakikita namin (What we are seeing) is the President is being dragged to declare martial law nationwide, [and] most probably a revolutionary government," Galvez said during a Senate hearing on the budget of the Department of National Defense.   Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier confirmed the existence of the plan tounseat the President.   The AFP believes that the communists are tryi...Keep on reading: ‘Red October’ aims to force Duterte to declare martial law – AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Bam Aquino wants Senate to probe killings of local gov’t execs

      Following the killings of several local government officials, Senator Bam Aquino urged the Senate to conduct an investigation into the recent attacks against several mayors and vice mayors in different part of the country. "Manindigan na tayo laban sa kultura ng karahasan sa ating bayan. Pamilyang Pilipino ang naiiwan at nasasaktan sa alitan at patayan," the senator said. (Let's stood up against the culture of violence in our country. Filipino families are being left hurt in this conflict and killings.) "Hindi sagot ang mala-martial law na patayan at intimidasyon sa mga problema ng bayan," he added. (Martial law-like killings and intimidation...Keep on reading: Bam Aquino wants Senate to probe killings of local gov’t execs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Trump orders FBI probe of Kavanaugh as Senate delays final vote

WASHINGTON D.C., USA – US President Donald Trump ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Friday, September 28, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to make way for the probe. After a dramatic day-long hearing at which a university ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018