U.S. Thanks to comedian Adam Sandler, many people know that the Jewish festival of lights lasts eight nights. However, there’s a bit of confusion among Jews and Gentiles alike as to how to spell the winter holiday. Is it Chanukah? Hanukkah? Hannukah? It’s not easy to figure out how many n’s and k’s there are and if there’s a c before the h. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, there’s no definitive right answer. Unlike Christmas, which has one spelling in the English language, Hanukkah’s story is a bit more complicated because it has to do with transliteration. A transliteration gives a person an idea of how a word in a foreign language is pronounced. It changes the letters of the word’s original alphabet into similar-sounding letters of a different language’s alphabet. Written in Hebrew, the holiday is spelled, חנוכה. Pronounced with the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, … [Read more...] about Chanukah or Hanukkah? What Is The Correct Spelling of the Festival of Lights?
Email is still easiest way to deliver malware. (iStock) Spam is still the go-to scheme to get malware on your computer. More than 40 years after the first spam email was sent, it’s still a reliable way to infect your computer, according to Helsinki-based cybersecurity firm F-Secure. The first spam was transmitted in 1978 when an email was sent via Arpanet, a precursor to the Internet, to 400 users. Since then, spam has remained one of the “main infection vectors” for malware, according to F-Secure. Malicious spam is typically spread through links to shady websites, scams, and infected attachments. Click rates for spam rose to 14.2 percent in the first half of 2018 from from 13.4 percent in the second half of 2017, said MWR InfoSecurity, which was acquired by F-Secure in June. “Email spam is once again the most popular choice for sending out malware,” said Päivi Tynninen, Threat Intelligence Researcher at F-Secure, in a statement. The … [Read more...] about Spam, a popular vehicle for malware, still tricks people
JAKARTA, Indonesia—This country’s election season is spelling trouble for foreign resource companies, with Chevron Corp. the latest to lose prized assets to a state company. Indonesia is in the midst of a politically popular drive to gain greater stakes in its natural resources, often by declining to grant extensions to foreign companies that have operated projects for decades. That’s in line with a global trend of state companies squeezing private players to take a greater share of wealth from mining and oil projects.... … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s Election Spells Trouble for Oil and Gas Companies
U.S. Donald Trump 2018 Midterms Immigration A blow-dryer hot wind distorted the microphones as Arizona Representative Martha McSally and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen took their places at an outdoor podium in the Sonoran Desert. It was late May, and the two stood under the baking sun on sandy soil near a section of steel border wall in Nogales. “If you crossed the border illegally with your family, we take the parents, and we prosecute them,” Nielsen said, as U.S. agents were separating parents from children from Tijuana, Mexico, to McAllen, Texas. “People seem to think there should be no critical consequences if they have children.” A cluster of TV cameras and a crew from the Spanish-language Univision recorded the scene.As chair of the Homeland Security subcommittee on borders, McSally had invited Nielsen to meet with “border stakeholders.” With the wall and a few ranchers in 10-gallon hats as backdrop, and border patrol … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Made Republicans the Family Separations Party—Does it Spell Political Death in 2018 Midterms?
Misha Johnson harvests wood Betony, used as a traditional healing herb, at Free Verse Farm & Apothecary in Chelsea on Tuesday. Farmers are saying a focus on less water-intensive crops has made the recent drier weather bearable, but many farms eagerly awaited the rain forecasted for this week. (Josh Kuckens/Staff Photo) Recent rainfall won’t entirely erase farmers’ concerns about what they’re calling a spell of dry weather that has stunted growth of crops. Some are calling this weather a sign of things to come, and farmers are doing their best to prepare. Free Verse Farm and Apothecary in Chelsea is going on its sixth year, according to the Free Verse Farm’s website, and grows a diverse crop of herbs. While Free Verse Farm’s herb crops are more resilient to the lack of rain in recent weeks, according to co-owner Taylor Katz, they’re not immune, and growth of the plants slows with the lack of water. “It seems there is a pattern,” Katz … [Read more...] about Farmers say dry spell symptomatic of ‘unpredictable’ weather