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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Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after coup

Turkey will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday as the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month’s attempted coup burden overstretched jails. The reform, extending an existing probation scheme, was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday in two new decrees under a state of emergency declared after the July 15 failed putsch during which 240 people were killed. The government gave no reason for the reform. Turkey’s Western allies worry President Tayyip Erdogan is using the…

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Bank of England set to cut rates as survey flags sharpest UK downturn since 2009

Britain’s economy is shrinking at its fastest rate since the financial crisis after last month’s Brexit vote, making a Bank of England rate cut on Thursday a “foregone conclusion”, a closely watched survey of businesses showed. Financial data company Markit said its monthly all-sector Purchasing Managers’ Index chalked up the steepest month-on-month decline on record after big falls in activity at private-sector services, manufacturing and construction firms. “The unprecedented month-on-month drop in the all-sector index has undoubtedly increased the chances of the UK sliding into at least a mild recession,”…

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Int’l alumni network set to reach 100,000

Since its inception just two months ago, the International Alumni Job Network already has 10,000 alumni engaged and it is on track to reach 100,000 by the end of the year. The network is tailored for Asian alumni who have graduated from universities in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, who can browse the online jobs board and look for work opportunities in their region. “We’re here to provide connections,” CEO and co-founder, Kate Harden, toldThe PIE News. “An avenue through which employers can reach this high quality labour…

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Anti-terrorism vigil set to take place at Cardiff University

Hundreds of students and locals from across Wales’ capital are to hold a candlelit vigil outside Cardiff University’s main building to show “solidarity against terrorism.” Supported by 13 of the institution’s student societies, the event’s organisers have said the vigil will pay tribute and remembrance to all the victims of recent terrorist attacks which have occurred in countries across the world, adding: “Terrorism kills without discrimination, so why should we let discrimination enter our lives?” A board will be made available where people can write messages of strength and peace…

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Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 Conference Set for March 14-17 in Fort Lauderdale

Seatrade Cruise Global has announced the 2016 Conference program details which will offer attendees a comprehensive roster of panel discussions and workshops featuring experts, leaders and thought-makers. Registration is open to attendees at a reduced rate through the Early Bird Discount available until 31 January 2016. “As the cruise industry’s premier global event, we are excited to share the first details of our 2016 conference program,” shared Robyn Duda, Portfolio Director for Seatrade Cruise Global. “We have crafted the 2016 program to be more innovative than ever with technical workshops…

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UK follows Russia’s example to set up specialist sixth form maths colleges

First Sweden was the country to emulate, when former education secretary Michael Gove was enthused by free schools. Then attention turned to Shanghai, and an initiative to improve the standard of maths in primary schools by bringing Chinese teachers to the UK. Now, though, we are taking a leaf out of Russia’s book as ministers seek to improve the supply of top- quality mathematicians by setting up specialist maths colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds. The first specialist maths college was opened in the former Soviet Union about 50 years ago…

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French riot police fire teargas as Calais camp evictions set to resume

Overnight clashes at ‘Jungle’ refugee camp after police confront people throwing stones at demolition teams Migrants and refugees at the makeshift “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais are braced for another chaotic day, as demolition teams protected by French police resume clearing part of the camp. Riot police fired more teargas overnight after an operation to dismantle hundreds temporary shelters sparked clashes on Monday. Demolition teams returned to the site on Tuesday morning, after police fired teargas at about 150 people who were throwing stones at demolition teams.Video footage from a…

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