Dallas warning sirens set off by hacker

The sirens are usually used to warn of extreme weather events such as tornadoes. “All 156 sirens in the city were activated last night – it does appear at this time that it was a hack,” a spokeswoman for the city told reporters. The noise “woke up a lot of people”, she added. The sirens were activated at 23:42 local time (04:42 GMT) on Friday and lasted for about 90 minutes. Some posted footage online in which the sirens can clearly be heard. Technicians for the Office of Emergency Management…

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Express Your Love by Sending Flowers to Your Valentine in Trichy

Studded with beautiful temples such as the Ranganathaswamy Temple, the Jambukeswarar Temple, and much more, Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is a cosmopolitan city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It has a large number of migrant workers and students from other states owing to the presence of several prominent industrial units and educational centers. Although the city has a Brahminical culture, Valentine’s day has emerged as a recognized event in the recent years. If your Valentine is in Trichy, and you are in some other city, do not need to worry.Many…

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EC celebrates 25 years by inspiring young Maltese

hosted a variety of keynote and panel speakers, using a TED talk format, including opera singer Joseph Calleja and Alfred Pisani, chairman and CEO of hotel chain Corinthia Group. Guests shared their experiences to inspire young, ambitious entrepreneurs and their business goals. Andrew Mangion, executive chairman of EC, told The PIE News they found people to participate “from all walks of life”. He added that these particular entrepreneurs were people who “have not just made it in Malta, but were bold enough to dream beyond the shores of the island”. Mangion…

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Charming chalet split in half by French-Swiss border

IF YOU’VE ever wanted to be in two places at once, here’s your chance. Arbez Hotel is a charming chalet that’s split in half by the French/Swiss border — meaning it has two addresses, two postcodes, and two nationalities. While that must be a nightmare for paperwork, it’s an incredible tourist gimmick, because in some beds you can lie with your head in one country and your feet in another. The two-star accommodation was built in 1862, right before France and Switzerland signed a treaty to modify their shared border….

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Tech-savvy targeted by ID thieves, says Experian

Nearly a quarter of identity fraud victims in the UK last year were tech-savvy mobile and social media users, according to a credit checking service. Experian identified the group, which only made up 8% of the population, as suffering the biggest rise in ID theft. There was a 17% rise in victims among this group compared with 2014. The analysis comes shortly after fraud prevention service Cifas said Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn had become a “hunting ground” for identity thieves. Experian said those on social media should be cautious about…

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‘Let’s get more travel stories on Africa by Africans’

This month actor Louise Linton caused a social media storm when an extract of her African gap year memoir was published by the Telegraph and was widely panned online for being a tick list of cliches and stereotypes in the way the west has always liked to portray the continent. On Twitter, #LintonLies, set up by Zambian writer Lydia Ngoma, was trending as people started to pour scorn on Linton’s version of certain events and her take on life there. Think: “close encounters with lions”, “brutal tales of rape and…

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Ales of the riverbank: a pub crawl of Norwich by canoe

We’ve had many elegant moments, but this is not one. Charlie lowers herself into the canoe first – an unsteady and unfamiliar combination of retro, crimson lifejacket, oversized designer handbag and wooden paddle. I’m next. Map in one hand, anorak in the other, I ease myself down to the bench as Nick gently pushes us away from the bank. “Is there a technique to this?” I call out to him. “Ah, you’ll find your own way,” he replies, as we drift towards the middle of the river Wensum. We’re yet…

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Primary schools accused of ‘social segregation’ by rejecting poorer pupils in favour of children from richer homes

Places at church schools are highly competitive Getty Primary schools in England have been accused of “social segregation” after a report showed more than 1,500 schools were turning away disadvantaged pupils in favour of children from higher-income families. A report from the Sutton Trust found some of the most popular primary schools – particularly faith schools – had complicated oversubscription criteria that actively discouraged parents of poorer children and allowed the schools to be selective about which pupils were granted a place. The findings have raised concerns about a lack of equity in access to primary…

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Iran says concerned by cracks in Syria truce

Iran is concerned that an uptick in violations of Syria’s ceasefire could harm planned peace talks this week aimed at ending the five-year-old civil war, a deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the comments, cited in state news agency IRNA, after speaking to United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, who arrived in Tehran after holding meetings with Syria’s foreign minister in Damascus on Monday. “One of our main concerns in Syria is the increasing activities of armed groups in recent days and the increase…

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