Uk’s Ex-pm Tony Blair To Advise Albania’s New Govt In Its Efforts To Join 28-nation Eu

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2, 2013 at 06:48 p.m. 0 Likes | 0 Comments Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports First-year Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was not pleased with his team’s effort in practice. A 1-3 start for the Kentucky football team, followed by a poor week of practice, brought first-year UK coach Mark Stoops to a boiling point in his post-practice remarks Wednesday. And it seemed no element of the team was spared Stoops’ wrath as the Wildcats prepare for heavily-favored South Carolina. Among the harshest comments: “Guys were looking for a rock to hide under.” “It’s finger pointing, losing attitude, looking to hide. … With that attitude, we’re going to get rolled (by South Carolina).” “They don’t know what it takes (to win).” “21 points is the spread? Ain’t enough. … You can tell when guys are looking to hide.” See Stoops’ spirited news conference below, which was posted by : Stoops’ team opened the season with a loss to Western Kentucky, and things haven’t gotten much better since. UK’s only win came against Miami of Ohio, and the Wildcats’ offense has only scored a combined 27 points over its last three games. Stoops spoke of a tough schedule stretch ahead for UK, which includes a visit to South Carolina this weekend, followed by defending national champion Alabama, and a road trip to Mississippi State.

UK coach Mark Stoops blasts his team after poor practice

also has a duty to try. Simon Denyer Chinas leader Xi Jinping uses classic Communist methods to consolidate his rule, hammering critics and rivals. When has China blocked Internet sites? At a joint briefing in Tirana, Blair said joining the EU is the right and proper prospect for the former Communist country which until 1990 was the continents most isolated. The orientation toward Europe is immensely important, and personally Id love to see this country join the family of European nations, the former Labour premier said. Albania first applied for EU candidate status in 2009, when it joined NATO. But Brussels twice turned it down, demanding better results in fighting corruption and organized crime, and in adopting democratic reforms. Ramas main campaign pledge ahead of his June landslide election victory over his conservative predecessor Sali Berisha was to push for EU integration. Blairs team had advised Rama in his campaign. I harbor no illusions, Rama said Wednesday at a meeting with diplomats. European integration is easy to speak of but very hard to attain. Rama has promised to create 300,000 jobs and reduce poverty in one of Europes poorest countries, where the average monthly salary is 36,482 leks ($361). A recent survey shows one in seven Albanians live on less than $2 a day. Blair will not receive a fee for his help, according to Ramas spokesman, Endri Fuga. Fuga said the Albanian government would not be paying for a team of Blairs assistants, who will be stationed in Tirana, and funding for them will be sought from international institutions. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

UK gears up for cyberwarfare offensives

Speaking at the annual Conservative party conference, Hammond said the United Kingdom was dedicating additional resources and funds to building a strong cyber intelligence and surveillance network, according to Reuters . As cybercrime continues to prove a lucrative way for hackers to steal valuable data for profit or as part of state-sponsored jobs — and many governments struggle to catch up and protect networks adequately against rising attacks — defense budget funds now need to not only consider physical threats, but digital warfare as well. Hammond commented: “Last year our cyber defenses blocked around 400,000 advanced malicious cyber threats against the government’s secure internet alone, so the threat is real. But simply building cyber defenses is not enough: as in other domains of warfare, we also have to deter. Britain will build a dedicated capability to counterattack in cyberspace and if necessary to strike in cyberspace.” In February, the National Audit Office named “addressing the UK’s current and future ICT and cybersecurity skills gap” as a “key challenge.” The NAO report was published as part of the UK’s 650 million pound ($1.09 billion) Cyber Security Strategy scheme, and said it could take “20 years” to address the skills gap at all levels of education. Not only could a dedicated task force of offensive security experts deter hackers in the future, but the Defence Secretary told the Mail on Sunday that cyberstrikes could work “alongside conventional weapons in future conflicts,” disabling communications, nuclear weapons, ships and critical hardware. To establish the new cybersecurity force, the UK will recruit experts in their hundreds from a number of fields. The recruitment drive will include civilian computer experts who will be part of the “Joint Cyber Reserve,” and their role will be to work alongside members of the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ to protect critical infrastructure and prevent data theft. The cost of the program was not disclosed, but recruitment is due to begin in October. Hammond commented : “Increasingly, our defense budget is being invested in high-end capabilities such as cyber and intelligence and surveillance assets to ensure we can keep the country safe. The cyber reserves will be an essential part of ensuring we defend our national security in cyber-space. This is an exciting opportunity for Internet experts in industry to put their skills to good use for the nation, protecting our vital computer systems and capabilities.” The UK is also seeking ways to train the next generation of cyberspecialists.

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