Brian Burns / December 06,2022

Rescue-attempt divers in Paria tragedy: We were prepared to die

Rescue-attempt divers in Paria tragedy: We were prepared to die

Rescue-attempt divers in Paria tragedy: We were prepared to die

LMCS dive operator Andrew Farah testifies on Thursday at the Paria Commission of Enquiry at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. – AYANNA KINSALE

LMCS dive operator Andrew Farah testified at the Paria Commission of Enquiry (CoE) on Thursday, that he and his team were willing to die to rescue their colleagues who were sucked into a 30-inch undersea pipeline at Pointe-a-Pierre on February 27.

But, he expressed frustration about continually being told he had to await approval from Paria officials to carry out rescue efforts, and being asked to get out of the water when he tried to execute his plans despite being aware of the risks.

The CoE continued at Tower D of the Port of Spain International Waterfront Centre.

On February 25, Kazim Ali Jr, Fyzal Kurban, Yusuf Henry, Rishi Nagassar and Christopher Boodram – all LMCS employees – were doing maintenance at Berth 6, belonging to Paria Fuel Trading Co Ltd, Pointe-a-Pierre, when the incident occurred. Boodram was the only survivor.

Farah said LMCS drafted a method statement and a risk assessment for the retrieval, from the pipeline, of three scuba tanks which were causing obstructions. He said, after this a camera would have been able to go further down the pipeline to assist with rescue efforts.

Brian Burns / December 02,2022

An assassination, a feud and the fight for power in Iraq’s Kurdistan



ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The marriage of convenience between Iraqi Kurdistan's political dynasties is on the rocks.

While the dominant Barzani and Talabani clans have long been at loggerheads over power and resources in a region rich in oil and gas, power-sharing governments have largely kept a lid on mistrust since the two sides fought a civil war in the 1990s.

But the lingering acrimony has spilled into the open with a vengeance since a rare assassination in the city of Erbil, and the fallout is putting the uneasy alliance through one of its stiffest tests since the war, diplomats and analysts say.

On Oct. 7, shortly after Hawker Abdullah Rasoul set off in an SUV from his home on a leafy street in Erbil, a bomb ripped through the car, killing him and wounding four family members.

Rasoul was an intelligence officer, and a defector.

After nearly two decades with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a party dominated by the Talabani family, he moved to Erbil this year and switched sides, three security sources and a Kurdish source told Reuters.

When he was killed, Rasoul, 41, was helping the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the party ruled by the Barzani family that he had been keeping tabs on for years, the sources said.

The brazen assassination was captured by security cameras and the KDP released a 27-minute video about the killing, pointing the finger of blame firmly at the PUK.

The PUK has strongly denied the accusations, saying they are politically driven, but the killing has triggered a series of incidents that have strained the power-sharing arrangement.

Brian Burns / November 26,2022

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Brian Burns / November 25,2022

RansomBoggs Ransomware hit several Ukrainian entities, experts attribute it to Russia

  • Several Ukrainian organizations were hit by Russia-based RansomBoggs Ransomware in the last week, ESET reports.
  • Several Ukrainian organizations were hit by Russia-based RansomBoggs Ransomware in the last week, ESET reports.

    Researchers from ESET observed multiple attacks involving a new family of ransomware, tracked as RansomBoggs ransomware, against Ukrainian organizations.

    The security firm first detected the attacks on November 21 and immediately alerted the CERT US. The ransomware is written in .NET and experts noticed that deployment is similar to previous attacks attributed to the Russia-linked Sandworm APT group.

    On November 21st #ESETResearch detected and alerted @_CERT_UA of a wave of ransomware we named #RansomBoggs, deployed in multiple organizations in Ukraine??. While the malware written in .NET is new, its deployment is similar to previous attacks attributed to #Sandworm. 1/9

    — ESET research (@ESETresearch)

    November 25, 2022

    Sandworm (aka BlackEnergy and TeleBots) has been active since 2000, it operates under the control of Unit 74455 of the Russian GRU’s Main Center for Special Technologies (GTsST).

    The group is also the author of the NotPetya ransomware that hit hundreds of companies worldwide in June 2017, causing billions worth of damage.

    In April, Sandworm targeted energy facilities in Ukraine with a new strain of the Industroyer ICS malware (INDUSTROYER2) and a new version of the CaddyWiper wiper.

Brian Burns / November 15,2022

Man Who Killed 6 In Waukesha Christmas Parade Is Given Life Without Release – NPR -thats news

Man Who Killed 6 In Waukesha Christmas Parade Is Given Life Without Release – NPR

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A judge on Wednesday sentenced a man who killed six people and injured many others while driving his SUV in a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee to life in prison without the possibility of release, rejecting arguments by him and his family that mental illness led him to do that.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow sentenced Darrell Brooks Jr., 40, to 76 counts, including six counts of first-degree intentional manslaughter and 61 counts of reckless endangerment.

Each murder charge carried a mandatory life sentence, and the only uncertainty Wednesday was whether Dorow would allow Brooks to serve any part of those sentences with extended community supervision, the state’s current version of probation. she didn’t. Wisconsin doesn’t have the death penalty.

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The gallery cheered when Dorow announced the life sentences. Moments later, she sentenced him to 762 years in prison on the endangerment charges.

“Frankly, Mr. Brooks, no one is safe from you,” Dorow said. “This community can only be safe if you are behind bars for the rest of your life… You left a path of destruction, chaos, death, injury and panic as you drove seven or more blocks through the Christmas parade.”

Brian Burns / October 18,2022

All You Need To Know About Vehid Abdullahi


Many people achieve success simply by setting objectives and pursuing their dreams. All a person requires in life is a dream, which he works hard to achieve. Unfortunately, as simple as it sounds, it is not for everyone, and some experience burnout before proceeding to the last level. One thing to keep in mind here is to stay focused on your trip and never compare it to others since everyone is on a different path and you must stay focused on yours.

Simply said, everyone’s concept of success is different, and you must first discover yours. People frequently assess their success by comparison to the lives of others, yet all they do is subject themselves to misery in the process. Allow your imagination to go wild; all you have to do is follow your ideas and make them a reality so that you may leave a positive impression on the world and people will remember you for something life-changing you did.

Technology has made it possible for us to perform many things quickly and easily, and all we have to do now is make use of it. It is past time for us to recognize that we are already a part of the process and have information about many things; all we need to do is take a leap of faith and leave the rest to chance.

Vehid Abdullah, who has introduced groundbreaking changes in the world of crypto and made digital payments easier for everyone, is one such individual who is worth mentioning in this route of achievement. People initially had issues with being cashless and relying on something like crypto, but via his various companies, like Pallapay, he has made it his mission to make people’s lives easier.

The Journey of Vehid Abdullahi

Brian Burns / October 04,2022

Biden Pardons All Convicts of Marijuana Possession at the Federal Level



Washington – The president of United States, Joe Biden, granted a pardon to thousands of Americans convicted of simple possession of dopeas his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug.


He is also asking governors to issue similar pardons for those convicted of state marijuana offenses, which reflect the vast majority of marijuana possession cases.

Biden, in a statement, said the move reflects his position that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.”

According to the White House, no one is currently in federal prison solely for “simple possession” of the drug, but the pardon could help thousands of people overcome obstacles to renting a home or finding a job.

“There are thousands of people who have prior federal marijuana possession convictions, who may be denied employment, housing or educational opportunities as a result,” he said. “My action will help alleviate the collateral consequences stemming from these convictions.”

Brian Burns / October 02,2022

The Dumb and Dangerous



Many people have remarked that it is increasingly more difficult to figure out which member of Congress is the dumbest and most flagrantly dishonest. Now, with so many members in Congress proudly declaring they are fully into the MAGA-QAnon Cult, the clown car is about to burst at its seams.

I actually follow many of these MAGA Cult clown car congress people on Twitter, so I read many of their tweets every day. They tweet so much I have to wonder how they get anything else done in a day.

One of the leading MAGA/QAnon Cult nut bars is Congresswoman Lauren “Q-Bert” Boebert, who represents Colorado’s Third District. Makes me wonder what kind of people would vote for a person who married a sex offender. Well, who knows …

Anyway, on Monday Boebert let this little gem fly:


As we can see California — my state — plans on banning electric cars and natural gas heaters. I had to go look that up and you know what? Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT IS LYING — again.

Brian Burns / May 27,2020

90-year-old grandma tries to defuse tense confrontation between police and her grandson


When police stopped a Texas man for an alleged traffic violation, the confrontation turned tense, videos of the incident show.

Midland police officers stopped Tye Anders, 21, on May 16 for running a stop sign, the department said in a statement.

What happened next left a family shaken, a young man on the ground and his grandma attempting to intervene in the tense confrontation that followed.

Anders, who is black, had been driving in a way that aroused suspicion, “making several extreme attempts to elude and avoid me,” a Midland police officer wrote in an affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate KWES and other media. CNN has put in a public records request for the affidavit.

The Midland Police Department released footage on Facebook from an officer’s dash cam video and a 36-minute bodycam video on May 22, six days after the incident. The video does not show the alleged traffic violation; police say it “occurred prior to activation of the video system.”

In the dashcam video, officers say Anders drove for two blocks after the cruiser’s lights went on. Anders then can be seen pulling into his grandmother’s driveway.

Anders was charged with evading in a motor vehicle while police were attempting to detain him, according to a statement from Midland police.

Justin Moore, an attorney for Anders, says his client was racially profiled, and that there was no justification for his arrest.

Anders’ grandmother tried to defuse the situation

Midland police released four versions of the bodycam video on the department’s Facebook page: Full-length front camera footage, full-length body camera footage, full-length back seat footage and a shortened video with captions.

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