US Probes Report of Alleged Iranian Cyber-Attack Plot

first_imgBy Dialogo December 14, 2011 The United States said on December 12, it is looking into a “very disturbing” report that implicates a US-based Venezuelan diplomat in an alleged Iranian plot to launch cyber attacks against US nuclear plants. Livia Antonieta Acosta, currently Venezuela’s consul in Miami, Florida, is described in a report by New York-based Hispanic television network Univision as an accomplice in the plot. “We did see the Univision report and are cognizant of the allegations they’ve made,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, describing the allegations as “very disturbing.” Toner added: “We don’t have any information at this point to corroborate it… We’re looking into it and continue to assess what additional actions we might take.” Univision said that Acosta, during her service as second secretary at the Venezuelan embassy in Mexico in 2007, participated in the alleged plot to target sensitive US national security facilities, including nuclear power plants. “We obviously take Iranian activity in the hemisphere seriously. We monitor its activities closely,” Toner said. In October, the United States, already gripped in a showdown with Iran over its refusal to come clean on its nuclear program, accused the Islamic Republic of a plot aimed at assassinating the Saudi ambassador in Washington.last_img read more

For the sixth year in a row, REXPO is bringing investors to Croatia

first_imgThe International Fair of Investment Projects – REXPO 2017, during two days, on November 30 and December 1, will again in City Plaza, gather numerous participants interested in the development of public and private investment projects.The United Kingdom is a partner country of the fair, and British investors see REXPO as a platform that will enable them to be informed about investment opportunities in Croatia and to make valuable contacts that could encourage greater investment momentum. DAMAC International, a leading investor in luxury real estate in the Middle East, is coming to REXPO with the same goal.The participants will be given a presentation on the most important current Croatian infrastructure project entitled “Peljesac Bridge – an engineering masterpiece“, Maintain Marjan Pipenbaher, the main and responsible designer of the bridge, and REXPO will also host Simone Micheli, one of the most famous names in the field of architectural design in Europe. The aim of his presentation is to inspire potential investors to decide to invest in the development of luxury tourism in Croatia.The second day of the fair is dedicated to investments in tourism. REXPO HTL Day is organized in cooperation with PKF hotelexperts from Vienna, and special partners this year are Hard Rock Hotels, which announced their arrival in Croatia, ie the opening of a 4 or 5 star hotel.See the REXPO 2017 program herelast_img read more

Vote to censure USG Senator Meagan Lane fails

first_imgDuring the meeting, Geschwind requested the senators vote through an anonymous ballot. They unanimously rejected his request, which resulted in a transparent vote. Sen. Max Geschwind moved to censure Sen. Meagan Lane at an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Geschwind alleged that Lane had not upheld officer conduct when she used “vulgarity” in a USG meeting two weeks ago during her senate update presentation. “My memory has become a little fuzzy since those words were said, and I really don’t want to butcher the words accidentally,” Geschwind told the Daily Trojan after the meeting. When asked by other senators to identify which comments he was referring to, Geschwind refused to name specific comments Lane made that prompted his motion to censure her. At the Jan. 15 meeting, Lane delivered a routine update on her current USG activities. Similar to other senatorial updates delivered this semester, Lane began her presentation on a personal note by talking about her boyfriend and winter break. “Quite frankly it just felt like a personal attack,” Lane told the Daily Trojan. “If I had said something offensive or done something I shouldn’t have done, then people would have remembered it, they would have known about it and it would have been dealt with. But it wasn’t.” Geschwind, a senior majoring in political science, is not eligible for re-election this year. USG Sen. Max Geschwind moved to censure fellow senator and vice presidential candidate Meagan Lane at the USG meeting Tuesday. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) According to Geschwind, other USG members, who he requested remain anonymous, encouraged him to use his power as senator to call for Lane’s censure. The Senate voted against the censure 11-1, with Geschwind casting the dissenting vote. Geschwind’s motion to censure Lane occurred a week before the USG voting period; Lane is currently campaigning for vice president. “Max, your language tonight is not only coded, it is racially charged,” said Sen. Michaela Murphy, who is running for USG president as Lane’s partner. “I am … beyond disappointed in your actions tonight, especially the fact that you did not say anything to Meagan before this. It’s shocking.” “It does feel very conveniently timed,” Lane said. “To bring something up that happened two weeks ago, the day after [the debate], is very suspicious … I don’t want to make any accusations about Sen. Geschwind … but in fairness to myself, it felt horrible to be up there. I was shaking [and] holding back tears.” “[Regarding] Sen. Murphy’s comments — because she said my comments were racially charged — I was so saddened to hear her say that,” Geschwind told the Daily Trojan. “I shouldn’t take it to heart because I feel like we were all a little caught off guard.” “I believe that we need to hold each other accountable,” Geschwind said during the meeting. “A couple of points in the agreement form that we signed was that we wouldn’t tarnish the reputation of this organization that we serve publicly. That’s what I believe happened two weeks ago due to [Lane’s] use of vulgarity and poor behavior.” Following the end of the vote, Geschwind told the Senate he should have reconsidered his actions during the meeting. “The way I went about it was wrong. I regret some of the things I may have said,” Geschwind said. “Going back, I may have done it differently … I should have had that conversation with her.”last_img read more