Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis: ‘Heart says Pacquiao, mind says Broner’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We will see if Pac still has gas in the tank,” said Lewis who also tweeted that he’ll be scoring the fight on @FightScoreCard.Heart says Pac. Mind says Broner. We will see if Pac still has gas in the tank. Don’t know anything about who @BadouJack is fighting but I’m going with Badou! https://t.co/9Mhv6kNi6jFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) January 20, 2019 Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pacquiao (60-7-2) is on his first title defense of the WBA World welterweight strap after he won the title from Lucas Matthysee in July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.Lewis retired with a professional record of 41-2-1 and once held the IBF, IBO, and WBC World heavyweight titles in different times across in his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img View comments MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) and Adrien Broner face off during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 18, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his title against Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis couldn’t decide which side to put his money on between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, who are set to slug it out at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Lewis, regarded as the last undisputed World heavyweight champion, said his “heart says Pac. Mind says Broner.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sooba, Whittaker, Collymore nominated by PPP/C

first_imgLocal Government CommissionFormer Acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba and former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore have been nominated as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s representatives to the Local Government Commission (LGC).This was disclosed by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, during a press conference on Wednesday at the Party’s headquarters, Freedom House, Robb Street.She noted that the names have already been dispatched to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Minister Bulkan had complained in the past of the delay in the establishment of the Commission, blaming the PPP/C Opposition for holding up the process by not naming their nominees.However, Teixeira had lambasted the Minister for being misleading, explaining that he never followed the correct procedures to formally request that the names be submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Last month, Bulkan disclosed only one member from the Government’s side has been confirmed to serve on the commission, while other nominees are yet to be confirmed.The Commission will consist of eight members: four Government nominees, three from the parliamentary Opposition and one from a parliamentary process.Following the historic return of Local Government Elections, tensions and controversy have surrounded the establishment of some of the local democratic organs.As such, calls were made for the establishment of the LGC, which will have oversight over the various local authorities in the country.last_img read more

Bandit killed, 2 injured in foiled Republic Bank robbery

first_img…employee among injured bandits…dead bandit ID’d as senior Policeman’s son, studied in ChinaChaos erupted in downtown Georgetown early Tuesday morning when armed bandits invaded the Water Street branch of Republic Bank Limited in a failed attempt to cart off cash. The three-man attack ended with one of the bandits being killed, while his two accomplices were injured during a shootout with the Police.Dead is 24-year-old Elton Wray, also known as “Peas”, an agronomy graduate, who lived in Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and worked as a research assistant at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI). He was also the son of a senior Police official.His accomplices were Keron Saunders of Mocha Arcadia, EBD, and 24-year-old Jamal Haynes of Norton Street, Georgetown, an employee attached to Republic Bank.The dead man’s car being towed into the Brickdam Police StationAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, the three men drove up to the Bank around 07:30h on Tuesday, just as employees were entering the building.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told this publication that the men were transported in a vehicle, which was reportedly hijacked on Monday night.The gunmen entered the financial institution via the inner door of the ATM booth which they accessed from the exterior of the Bank.As panic broke out among the employees, Haynes held hostage one of his bank colleagues and made his way into the nearby Vendor’s Arcade.At this point, security guards at the Bank opened fire on the bandits, forcing the now dead man to escape the building, while the third member later surrendered himself to the Police.This newspaper spoke with eyewitnesses who were at the time plying their trade in the nearby Vendor’s Arcade. They disclosed that Wray had escaped into a “cook shop” located in the Arcade to where he was trailed by the Police.He managed to make his way into the kitchen of the establishment, where he attempted to seek refuge in disguise as a cook. However, employees at that entity raised an alarm which resulted in Wray being shot by Police.The bandit was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital along with Haynes and Saunders, but was pronounced dead on arrival while his accomplices were admitted for treatment.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank), Marlon Chapman told the media that three high-powered pistols were recovered from the crime scene.The dead man was a beneficiary of a Government of Guyana scholarship to China and graduated with a degree in agronomy. He was serving his second year of the five-year obligatory contract and was working for $186,000 a month.About 18:00h on Tuesday, Police swooped down on a Juke Nissan with registration PWW 1552, which was parked at Plaza Bridge, South Ruimveldt. Reports are residents reported that the strange vehicle was parked in the vicinity all day. When a search was conducted, it was discovered that the vehicle was registered to the dead bandit.Unsuccessful attemptMeanwhile, Republic Bank Limited (RBL), in a statement on Tuesday, said that “the bandits were unsuccessful in their robbery attempt”.Moreover, Managing Director Richard Sammy relayed, “Our greatest concern at this point rests upon the safety and well-being of our staff and customers.”Gratitude was extended to the Guyana Police Force and the private security personnel of the Professional Guard Services for their prompt response in preventing the situation from escalating further, as the Bank pledged its full support in the investigation of the crime.The Water Street location is now closed until further notice, as the Bank initiates a trauma assistance process for staff members.Further investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Huskies holding annual general meeting next week

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will be holding their AGM on May 12. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. inside of the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association office at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The gathering will cover a variety of topics including plans for the 2015-2016 season, and vacancies on the executive, ranging from president, vice-president, and directors.“The president looks after the running of the whole organization,” said general manager Jeremy Clothier. “They deal with the league, with myself the GM, and on team matters. The person we’re looking for hopefully will have a little bit of experience in that sort of role, or some business experience.”- Advertisement -The club will also be discussing ways to increase attendance for the upcoming season.Anyone is welcome to attend.last_img read more

10 greatest achievements in English football ranked: Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and more fight for top spot

first_imgOn 21 March 2015, Leicester City were rock bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety, with nine games remaining.The Foxes had won four games from 29 and were odds on to go down.Then everything changed.Having lost six of their previous eight Premier League games, Leicester won six of their next eight, drawing one, to secure survival with a game to spare.It was an incredible achievement, but what makes it all the more remarkable now is that the Foxes are leading the division almost 12 months later.According to regular talkSPORT contributor and former Manchester City star Rodney Marsh, a title victory for Leicester – which would be the first in the club’s 132-year history – would be the greatest achievement in English football history. 10. West Ham in 1975 (above), Manchester City in 1969, Bolton Wanderers in 1958 and West Bromwich Albion in 1888 – the only teams to win the FA Cup final with an all-English line up – Although players from overseas dominating English football feels like a modern development, non-English players have been a key feature of professional football in the country since the 19th century. Scottish players in particular were much sought after by the earliest professional teams, and in the history of the FA Cup – which stretches back to 1872 – only four teams consisting entirely of English players have won the final. That record now looks unlikely to ever be broken, and for that reason the four sides in question make it into the top 10 of our countdown of the greatest achievements in English football history. 12 Where would a Leicester City Premier League title rank among the greatest achievements in English football history? Check out our top 10 – just click the arrow above to count down to the greatest achievement English football has ever seen – The Foxes are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, having beaten many people’s favourites for the title, Manchester City, away from home. With 13 games to go, suddenly the prospect of a Leicester City title-winning season appears to be very realistic, which is all the more incredible considering that less than a year ago they were considered certainties to be relegated. 12 3. Liverpool’s European Cup dominance – Winning the European Cup once is an immense achievement, but a handful of clubs can claim to have defined an era by winning the famous trophy on multiple occasions in a short space of time. Most recently, Barcelona’s Champions League success has firmly marked the last decade as the Catalan club’s era, while previously Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich and AC Milan put their stamp on the tournament with golden periods. But only one English club can truly be said to have defined a European Cup era. Liverpool won the trophy four times between 1977 and 1984, in the process carving the club’s name into European Cup history. In that period, English clubs won seven out of eight European Cup finals, as Nottingham Forest (twice) and Aston Villa (once) also claimed ‘old big ears’. But it was Liverpool’s mastery of the most prestigious competition in Europe that was most impressive, including qualifying for the tournament nine years in a row when only league champions or European Cup holders were admitted. 12 12 8. Wimbledon’s rise from non-league to FA Cup winners in 11 years – While Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup final win over runaway league champions Liverpool was an upset in itself, it’s often forgotten that the Dons were one of English football’s best teams when they faced the Reds at Wembley. When they reached the 1988 FA Cup final, Wimbledon were en route to a seventh-place finish in their second top flight season, having finished sixth a year earlier. Indeed, the Dons had beaten Liverpool at Anfield in 1987, in their debut top flight campaign. The real fairytale was in the club’s remarkable rise through the pyramid system of the English game. While Liverpool had first played among the elite in the 19th century, Wimbledon only reached the fourth tier in 1977, at a time when the Reds were winning European Cups. To reach the First Division in nine years as the Dons did was astonishing, but to cap it all with the FA Cup, against the most dominant team in the land at that time, was nothing short of remarkable. 12 7. Ipswich Town winning the First Division title in their first season in the top flight – Not only did Ipswich Town claim the top flight title in 1962 just 12 months after being crowned Division Two champions, they did so in the club’s debut season among England’s elite. Managed by a certain Alf Ramsey, the Tractor Boys stunned the opposition by finishing top of the pile, playing to their strengths, with Ray Crawford, Dougie Moran and Ted Phillips scoring 33, 13 and 28 goals respectively. With defending champions Tottenham perhaps sidetracked by reaching the last four of the European Cup as well as the FA Cup final, where they beat Burnley – Ipswich’s nearest challengers in the league – Ramsey’s team seized their opportunity to make history. As if to emphasise how spectacular this success was, Ipswich finished 17th a year later, just two points above the relegation places. Ramsey, meanwhile, would go on to be appointed England manager and he didn’t do too badly in that role, either. 6. Tottenham’s double-winning season of 1960/61 – By the end of the 20th century, winning the league and cup double in England had almost become commonplace. Man United claimed both trophies in 1994 and 1996, followed by Arsenal doubles in 1998 and 2002, with Man United’s treble (including Champions League) coming in 1999. But for decades, the idea of a club winning both the top flight title and the FA Cup had seemed a dream. Granted, Preston and Aston Villa had achieved doubles in 1889 and 1897, respectively, but when Spurs embarked on their momentous 1960/61 campaign, it was very much a Holy Grail in the English game. Bearing in mind that in those days the FA Cup was as prestigious, if not more so, than the First Division title, the magnitude of Spurs’ achievement at a time when the maximum wage rule made for a more competitive era, was far greater than a double win would be in 2016. The Lilywhites set a top flight record by winning their first 11 games of the season and won the title with what would now be 97 points, then beat Leicester at Wembley. 9. Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup triumph in 2013 – Of the 17 finals prior to Wigan’s shock victory in 2013, 15 had been won by a combination of Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Of the other two, Man City took the honours in 2011, having become one of the richest clubs in the world, and Portsmouth upset the applecart in 2008, albeit having spent large sums, beyond their means, which nearly forced the club out of business and sent them plummeting down to the fourth tier. All of which makes Wigan’s win completely at odds with modern football’s expectations. The Latics beat a Man City team that had won the Premier League 12 months previously, and would go on to win it again in 2014, to lift the cup. What made it all even more astonishing was that Wigan were also relegated from the top flight in 2013, and have since gone down to the third tier (without a hint of the financial woes suffered by Pompey). 12 12 5. Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League season – After Arsenal went unbeaten away from home as they clinched the 2001/02 Premiership title, Arsene Wenger made a bold proclamation the following September: “I am still hopeful we can go through the season unbeaten – a frightening thought.” The Gunners not only lost six games in 2002/03, they also lost their title to Man United, prompting the BBC’s Stuart Roach to declare that Wenger’s unbeaten season comment would “go down under the heading of ‘things you wish you’d never said’.” But with the benefit of hindsight, it’s clear to see that Arsenal were building towards something very special, and in 2003/04 Wenger’s side managed to achieve an unblemished league campaign, winning the title without a single defeat in 38 matches. The unbeaten run would stretch to an English record 49 games, across three seasons, and the Premier League awarded the club a specially commissioned gold trophy (pictured above) to mark their achievement. 12 12 12 1. England’s 1966 World Cup win – There could be only one winner when it comes to English football’s greatest achievement. It’s no secret that the country which gave the globe Association Football was swiftly usurped when it came to any claim of being the masters of the game. By the 1960s, Brazil were the undoubted kings of football, while Italy, West Germany, Uruguay and plenty of others could claim to be ahead of the English. Little has changed before or since 1966, but for one glorious summer, on home turf, England took on the best the rest of the world could offer and were crowned number one. Half a century later, the prospect of England winning the World Cup again feels further away than ever, which only serves to shine the spotlight on the boys of ’66 even more. 12 It’s hard to argue with that assertion, but it’s worth a reminder of some of the greatest achievements connected with the game’s founding nation.Take a look at our top 10 in the slideshow above, and let us know what you consider to be the number one – just leave a comment below. 2. Nottingham Forest’s back-to-back European Cups – When Brian Clough took the Nottingham Forest manager’s job in 1975, the club was 13th in Division Two. By 1977 he had steered them to promotion, having finished third in the Second Division. Clough had previously taken Forest’s local rivals Derby from the second tier to the top of the English football tree, but it was still remarkable when Forest pipped reigning First Division and European champions Liverpool to the title in 1978, in their first campaign back in the top division. Aided by right-hand man Peter Taylor, Clough then inspired Forest to European Cup victory in 1979, knocking holders Liverpool out along the way, and followed it up with another victory in the 1980 final. Arguably the smallest club to ever win the European Cup, Forest remain the only club to have won the continent’s most prestigious competition more times than they have claimed their own domestic championship. As every year passes, this achievement appears more and more astounding. 4. Manchester United’s treble – While Celtic had achieved a quadruple in 1967 and Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV had won a continental treble of European Cup, national title and national cup, no English team had achieved the feat until Manchester United’s phenomenal 1998/99 campaign. Liverpool came close in 1977, only to lose the FA Cup final to United in between winning the title and European Cup. Liverpool’s 1984 treble, meanwhile, consisted of European Cup, First Division and League Cup, but in 1999 the Red Devils added the FA Cup to their Premier League title, then the Champions League in sensational style with two last gasp goals against Bayern Munich. A roller coaster campaign also featured titanic comebacks against Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal in the cups, while the Premier League was secured on the last day with yet another comeback, against Tottenham. Though Sir Alex Ferguson experienced almost four decades of glory, nothing else he achieved could match United’s treble for electrifying, attacking football and sheer spirit. 12last_img read more

Few apply for help on opening day of consolidated disaster assistance

first_imgCanyon Country resident Sarah Darabi didn’t have electricity or phone service until Thursday, so she applied for FEMA aid at the Santa Clarita center Friday. Her house survived the wildfires, but her spa and swimming pool were damaged. “I consider myself lucky,” said Darabi, 50. “Several of my neighbors lost their homes.” She said she came to see if she could get a loan for repairs. “I got a lot of information,” said Darabi, who had to evacuate her home with her two sons and her mother Sunday. “At this point, I don’t know if I qualify or not.” Visitors to the centers are first asked whether they have applied for aid with FEMA. If they haven’t, a bank of telephones is available for them to call. Residents from outside Los Angeles County who have been affected by wildfires and are staying in the area can also apply for federal and state help at the local centers, Tafoya said. jerry.berrios@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 Help available Centers for people affected by this week’s wildfires opened Friday in Santa Clarita and Castaic. They are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The Santa Clarita center is at the George A. Caravalho Sports Complex, Activity Center, Canyon Rooms (A and B), 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. The Castaic center is at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road. Mail information: General delivery: Customers can go to their local post office to pick up their mail with proper photo identification. Temporary change of address: Customers staying with family or friends for extended periods of time may file a temporary change of address. Application forms are available at all post offices and at www.usps.com online. Forwarded mail is received in about four to five delivery days. Permanent change of address: Customers planning to permanently relocate should initiate the change-of-address process. Movers’ guides are available at all post offices. Address changes can also be submitted online at www.usps.com. General information is also available at (800) 275-8777.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – John and Teresa Lewis, whose Canyon Country home suffered serious water and smoke damage from the Buckweed Fire, visited the local assistance center in Santa Clarita on Friday hoping to get the help and information they need to rebuild. They talked to federal, state and county representatives gathered at the city’s sports complex to help residents affected by the recent wildfires. “We are just trying to look at the different options we have for assistance and getting our home back together,” said John Lewis, 36. “It’s kind of a mess.” Despite the one-stop shopping for disaster-related assistance Friday, few people took advantage of having 30 federal, state, county and local agencies available in one place. A local assistance center also opened in Castaic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Representatives from agencies including the American Red Cross, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Southern California Edison are ready to point residents in the right direction. “Everything is here for them at one time,” said Anne Maria Tafoya, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “They don’t have to go to 30 different places.” The Small Business Administration provides federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. “We are here to help the applicants and make it as easy as possible for them to return to how they were the day before the disaster occurred,” said SBA spokesman Kevin Wynne. “We want to get them whole again.” Michael McCormick, a FEMA spokesman, encouraged residents to apply for the agency’s aid before arriving at the centers to save themselves time. Applicants can call (800) 621-3362 or go to www.fema.gov online. last_img read more

BONANZA FOR YOUTH PROJECT AS JUDGE ORDERS CRIME GOODS HANDOVER

first_imgA YOUTH group in Buncrana is celebrating today – after a judge ordered plasma TVs and computer games seized in a garda raid should be given to them.The application to give them to the Plasma Drop-In Centre was made by barrister Patricia McLaughlin on behalf of the State after a Ballybofey man was convicted of possession of stolen property in a creeper burglar case.Eddie Crerand, 29, was jailed for three years after the proceeds of up to nine burglaries were found in a caravan he was renting in Clonmany. But a garda told the court that officers who raided the caravan found more valuable goods which had not been taken in those nine raids.Efforts to trace owners had proved fruitless and Ms McLaughlin applied for them to be donated to charity.The items included Playstation games and equipment, TVs and ipods.Judge John O’Hagan, pictured, granted the request.Court report here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/02/07/notorious-criminal-jailed-for-his-part-in-creeper-burglaries/© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyBONANZA FOR YOUTH PROJECT AS JUDGE ORDERS CRIME GOODS HANDOVER was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Con artists active in Valley

first_imgMISSION HILLS – Ray Elmer thought he was doing a good deed when two women and a little girl knocked on his door in July looking for a white cat, and he let them into his back yard to search. Hours after their 15-minute visit, Elmer, a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective, discovered that cash, jewelry and his service revolver were gone from inside his house. “They were very smooth and very pleasant about things,” said Elmer, 86. “We have so many new people around the neighborhood, it seemed plausible. It kind of hurts that you get taken.” On Thursday, the LAPD asked the public’s help to find con artists that have been active in the San Fernando Valley since June, targeting senior citizens such as Elmer. “This is another reminder to be aware of your surroundings, to know who your neighbors are and be involved in your community,” City Council President Alex Padilla said. “It makes you much less susceptible to these kinds of crimes.” The suspects in the backyard scams are young women, usually accompanied by a young girl or a 9- to 10-year-old child, officials said. The lottery scam is performed by a Latino couple, officials said. Victims described one as a 40- to 50-year-old woman, 5 feet 4 inches or shorter, weighing 140 to 150 pounds, with black hair sometimes worn in a bun, brown eyes and glasses. The man has black hair and brown eyes, is 40 to 50 years old, 5 feet 4 inches or shorter, weighs 120 to 150 pounds, and possibly has a mustache. Anyone with information on the crimes, or anyone who believes they are a victim of similar crimes, can contact Parga at (818) 832-9882, or (818) 838-9800 after business hours. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Two separate groups of con artists have fleeced at least 12 victims of thousands of dollars using two separate scams, officials said – one targeting homeowners such as Elmer, and one targeting elderly Latino women on the street. In the first scam, the women get into a homeowner’s backyard on the pretense of a lost cat or a plumbing problem, officials said. While they keep the resident occupied, an unidentified suspect walks in the unlocked door and burglarizes the house. In the second scam, a couple tells elderly women that they’ve won the lottery but cannot claim the prize because they are in the country illegally, officials said. They convince the victims to give them money – sometimes thousands of dollars – as a good-faith gesture, and promise to give them a share of the winnings once the money has been claimed. “These suspects are very elaborate,” Detective Abel Parga said. “They’re actors, in a sense. They are very convincing. They prey on the fact that senior citizens have a big heart and want to help.” In the Mission area, four victims have reported the lottery scams and three have reported the backyard scams, Parga said, although officials believe there are more victims who have been too embarrassed to come forward. Five others have reported similar scams in other parts of the San Fernando Valley, Parga said. last_img read more

Music defense tricky

first_img The industry has seen an estimated $2 billion overall decline in CD sales in the last five years. New digital services such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes have made up some of that, but still account for just 6 percent of the industry’s global sales. The challenge has been to find an anti-piracy tool that works well enough to please the industry without overly annoying users, many of whom want to make legitimate backup copies of their CDs and don’t like being assumed to be criminals. The anti-piracy methods that have been attempted are legion, some rather low-tech. For a while recording labels commonly sent music critics promotional material in portable players glued shut to prevent copying. For the broader audience, new discs emerged that included digital watermarks – extra encoding designed to lock the recordings, or at least their high-resolution portions – on the disc. Sony, in fact, tried discs that contained data near the perimeter of the CD instructing a computer’s hard drive not to look for audio tracks. But blocking that technology merely required drawing a line with a marker near the edge of the CD. Other copy-protection schemes could be defeated with such simple measures as holding down the shift key on a computer while the disc was loading. Still other anti-copying speedbumps are easily overcome with the help of free programs on the Internet. For example, some programs capture and record audio streamed through a computer’s sound circuitry. “It’s an arms race that the content owner can never win,” said Yankee Group analyst Michael Goodman. “In order to make it usable, you also have to make it beatable. If you really truly want to lock it down, it is possible to lock it down. But it is so onerous on the user that they’d never want to use it in the first place.” Sony BMG seemed to be seriously upping the ante by trying XCP, which is provided by a British company, First 4 Internet Ltd. When discs with XCP were put into a computer, the CD installed a program that restricted to three the number of times the disc could be copied, according to Mark Russinovich, who discovered the controls and posted his findings online. The program also made it extremely inconvenient to transfer songs into the format used by iPods. The dangerous factor was a “rootkit,” a feature cloaking the files on users’ computers that reported back to Sony BMG about how music was played and transferred. Users who tried to remove XCP could find their CD drive crippled. Sony BMG initially rejected the uproar against XCP as technobabble. “Most people, I think, don’t even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?” the head of Sony BMG’s global digital business, Thomas Hesse, told National Public Radio. But once it turned out that the rootkit gave virus writers an easy tool for hiding “Trojan horses” and other malicious software, Sony BMG had to back down. It put up an online tool for removing XCP – only to find that process itself opened new vulnerabilities in computers. After agreeing to a recall, Sony BMG said Friday it would let customers who have already purchased CDs to mail them back, postage free, for a replacement. Sony BMG also would send them a link to download digital versions of the tunes. Although the episode could not have gone worse, it’s unlikely to lead other music companies to abandon copy-protection technologies. One rival, EMI Group PLC, is moving ahead with digital rights management from Macrovision Corp. that lets users burn three copies of a disc and “rip” it onto a computer seven times. While it’s safe to assume hacks around these rules could emerge, EMI will try to enlist consumer support for the software by having it include bonus features, like album art, liner notes and videos. Sony BMG would not comment on whether it plans to explore digital rights management techniques that are less intrusive than XCP. “They may be going through various iterations to try to find the sweet spot here,” Leigh said. “But they’re stumbling around, and the consequences of them stumbling are not worth the price.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – It’s been the better part of a decade since Napster and other free song-sharing services began scaring the daylights of the music industry. And still recording companies can’t find an effective anti-piracy technology to save their hides. The fact that so-called digital rights management might always be a doomed experiment became painfully clear with the fiasco that erupted after Sony BMG Music Entertainment added a technology known as XCP to more than 50 popular CDs. After it was discovered that XCP opened gaping security holes in users’ computers – as did the method Sony BMG offered for removing XCP – Sony BMG was forced to recall the discs this week. Some 4.7 million had been made and 2.1 million sold. Factor in lawsuits that Sony BMG could face, and it’s worth wondering whether the costs of XCP and its aftermath might even exceed whatever piracy losses the company would have suffered without it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals That’s not even accounting for the huge public relations backlash that hit Sony BMG, the second-largest music label, half-owned by Sony Corp. and half by Bertelsmann AG. “I think they’ve set back audio CD protection by years,” said Richard M. Smith, an Internet privacy and security consultant. “Nobody will want to pull a ‘Sony’ now.” Phil Leigh, analyst for Inside Digital Media, said the debacle shows just how reluctant the labels are to change their business model to reflect the distribution powers – good and bad – of the Internet. He believes that rather than adopting technological methods to try to stop unauthorized copying of music, record companies need to do more to remove the incentive for piracy. “The biggest mistake the labels are making is, they’re letting their lawyers make technical decisions. Lawyers don’t have any better understanding of technology than a cow does algebra,” Leigh said. “They insist on chasing this white whale.” It’s easy to understand why the music industry wishes songs could magically be prevented from being ripped from CDs and shared freely. last_img read more