Odds & Ends: Brian d’Arcy James is Pinching Himself & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Brian d’Arcy James is Pinching HimselfBrian d’Arcy James is not only headlining a hit Great White Way musical (Something Rotten!), but he’s also in the much-buzzed about new movie Spotlight. On December 22 the busy Broadway favorite stopped by TODAY, below, to chat about his plethora of projects. “I’m pinching myself that I’m in it,” d’Arcy James admitted about the film, before going on to say that he’ll be “taking a few minutes off” over Christmas…It is busy season for the Main Stem, after all! View Comments Ryan Silverman’s Paris ProjectBroadway alum Ryan Silverman (Side Show) has been tapped for Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. He will play Captain Giorgio Bachetti alongside Natalie Dessay as Fosca and more in the Fanny Ardant-helmed production, which will run March 16, 2016 through March 24. The venue has attracted multiple high profile shows of late, including the pre-Great White Way engagement of An American in Paris; it is currently playing host to the Broadway-bound Singin’ in the Rain.Viewing Figures In for Daddy Long LegsTurns out that the Daddy Long Legs live stream on December 10 was a resounding success! The broadcast from the Davenport Theatre was seen by a total of 150,055 people in 135 countries around the world. Directed by John Caird and starring married Broadway pros Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin, the production made history as the first ever Broadway or off-Broadway performance to be broadcast over the interweb free of charge. We’re loving the whole concept of watching shows from the comfort of our own sofa…hopefully this will catch on!Hamilton’s Twitter TriumphHamilton has broken yet another record, this time on Twitter! According to the AP, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit generated more than one million tweets over the past year; in comparison, there were 266,000 tweets about the Tony-winning Fun Home and 323,000 Tony Awards-related tweets during the June broadcast. Check out a fancy chart of the last 30 days of conversation on Twitter around Hamilton below!last_img read more

Medellín Opens Once Again to the Dreams of Poets of the World

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2009 Medellín (Colombia), 4 July (EFE).- The dreams, experiences, and realities of dozens of writers from all over the world will mingle once again in the annual International Poetry Festival held in the Colombian city of Medellín, where hundreds of people attended the opening ceremonies held today in the open air despite heavy rain. The nineteenth edition of the competition brings together sixty-five poets from forty-three different countries and runs until July 11, with readings, recitals, workshops, courses, and lectures in more than a hundred locations throughout the northwestern Colombian city and several municipalities in the region. Naturally, the gathering began with the reading of several poems, in Spanish and English, to great applause from the mostly young audience gathered in the open-air Carlos Vieco Theater. Verses speaking of love, of pain, of individual and collective tragedies. There is room for them all in the festival that has become a true “rainbow,” according to South African poet Daniel Kunene, due to the great variety of subjects covered and the cultural diversity of the participants. “The poet’s task is to speak the truth,” reflected Usha Akella, from India, in an informal gathering with other authors and reporters before the opening of the competition, declared an Alternative Nobel Prize in 2006 and a Colombian Cultural Heritage Event. What is happening right now in Honduras as a result of the military coup and the conflict a few months ago in Gaza “will be reflected in poems that communicate the truth to the world,” noted American Jack Hirschman, director of the International Poetry Festival of San Francisco (U.S.). “We poets have so much to say to humanity; we’ve been saying it for a while (…) but it seems that humanity is deaf,” Bolivian Matilde Casazola commented in her turn. Along the same lines, Ecuadorian Yvon Gordon Vailakis said that festivals like the one in Medellín can help those people “listen” who turn “a deaf ear” to what is going on around them, because “the word saves and heals.” In the opinion of Swede Agneta Falk, current conflicts and social issues are very important in contemporary poetry, but no more so than other subjects like love and beauty. Through poetry “we can communicate things as beautiful as the flowers of Medellín,” American Jayne Cortez indicated in this regard. The competition began in 1991, and its purpose has always been, as its director, Fernando Rendón, explained to EFE, “to bring poetry to the life of the city,” the center of operations until a few years ago of dangerous drug cartels like that of the now deceased Pablo Escobar. It is a matter of “fighting fear with hope” and of making room in this event “for everyone who has something to say,” the organizers affirm. One of the great attractions of this year’s festival is the presence of a significant group of Asian authors, among them Lebanese Fuad Rifka, a translator of German poetry into Arabic; Vietnamese Nguyen Quang Thieu, winner of a national poetry prize in Vietnam; and Palestinian Ghassan Zaqtan, also a screenwriter and playwright. The European contingent includes Spanish environmentalist poet Jorge Riechman, and three indigenous authors stand out in the large Latin American block: Maya Rosa Chávez (Guatemala), Mapuche Graciela Huinao (Chile), and Aymara José Luis Ayala (Peru). The event, which over the course of its history has brought together 863 poets from 143 countries, is funded by the Medellín mayor’s office, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Swiss and German governments, and the Spanish, French, Italian, and Swedish embassies in Colombia. It is also supported by international cooperation organizations and agencies including Hivos, Döen, Novib, Prince Claus Fund, Heinrich Böll, and the Caipirinha Foundation.last_img read more

Argentine Armed Forces Display Accomplishments, Equipment at Tecnópolis

first_imgThe exhibit itself includes six stations: “I think the [Armed Forces’] vision is a great one,” she added. “The idea of also taking care of natural spaces, preserving endangered animals, and helping out during catastrophic weather is truly praiseworthy.” This year’s Tecnópolis, began on July 16, and is open through November 1, with no entry fee. The exhibit occupies 50 acres in the Vicente López municipality of greater Buenos Aires, where about 80 vendors are involved in the event; one such space even has a life-size dinosaur park and an interactive exhibit on ARSAT-1, an Argentine satellite. Gianella González, an 11-year-old student, already grasps the concept, said, “Sovereignty means that we have to defend our rights and support democracy in Argentina.” At the fifth stop, a radio studio announces live highlights from the exhibit via loudspeakers; other programs include performances by military bands, discussions, and teleconferences with the Military base in Antarctica. Connecting the Armed Forces to the public Finally, at the exhibit’s end, visitors are invited to leave their thoughts on what they saw, responding to the question: “In your opinion, what is sovereignty?” The stop also records video, which is projected on the building’s exterior and seen by whoever passes along Tecnópolis’s main street. 5. Soldier Radio Upon entering the space, visitors can see an air droppable general use light vehicle (VLEGA) commonly known as “Gaucho,” which was designed during a joint effort by Military engineers from Argentina and Brazil. It was developed to satisfy the operational needs of the Paratrooper Brigades of the Brazilian and Argentine Armies, and can be used on several types of missions, including operations to transport cargo, wounded persons, or communications equipment, as well as for reconnaissance missions, according to the Brazilian Army’s Technology Center. At the exhibition, children can climb into the Gaucho and take pictures with the Grenadiers – Military personnel from the Army charged with guarding the president. 2. “Like it!” 1. Megacinema On the path’s third stop, visitors can dress up in real Military uniforms from various Argentine security forces, including Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen, Grenadiers, and those personnel stationed at the Marambio Base in Antarctica. After donning the uniforms, visitors can take pictures in front of backgrounds that depict various places where the Armed Forces have been deployed, including the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, the frigate Liberty, and the interior of a Hercules C-130 plane on a mission in Antarctica. 6. Film set “I’m really excited about everything we are seeing here,” he added. “I’m especially passionate about the idea of sovereignty. It crops up when dealing with our educational system, our seas and rivers, and the union that we have created in order to take care of what is ours.” Héctor Parchelta, 59, also of Cipolletti, appreciated the initiative. “This space has allowed us to give Argentines a more complete idea of what the Armed Forces are like,” Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi said during the booth’s inauguration on July 29. center_img From the outside, it is a huge cube. Inside, it is a cinema with a 36-meter by eight-meter screen that has a 270 degree viewing angle, and an eight-minute video highlighting the Armed Forces’ importance to the country. Visitors learn, for example, that 15 percent of the personnel in Argentina’s Armed Forces are women, and that the country has maintained a presence in Antarctica for 110 years with six permanent and seven temporary Military bases (for a total of 13). Patricia Pertovt, 59, from the city of Cipolletti in the province of Río Negro, said she loved the video because it expanded the idea of what the Military is. Interactive Activities After leaving the cinema, visitors are met by a 1.6-meter tall structure that resembles the icon used for likes on Facebook. Pressing a button illuminates the structure’s hand. Visitors can also like the Defense Ministry’s website using a tablet and can take a picture to appear as their profile picture on any social network. Bands from different branches of the Armed Forces are just one of the many attractions at the exhibition; they play a diverse musical repertoire on Saturdays and Sundays, from classic Military marches to rock, swing, and jazz. During another family-friendly activity on Children’s Day (August 16), the booth’s team entertained children with face painting. The Ministry also participated in a workshop on patriotic caricatures during Comicópolis, a comic book festival held within Tecnópolis from September 17-20. As part of the Argentine Armed Forces’ efforts to reach out to civilians they serve and protect, the Ministry of Defense has a booth at the fifth annual Tecnópolis Exhibition – Latin America’s largest science, art, and technology fair. By Dialogo September 29, 2015 The world should invest in people’s well-being instead of in weapons. “The space’s greatest feat is that it has been introducing the Ministry of Defense to the public in a friendly way,” said Marina Quesada, the exhibit’s coordinator. “For example, the public is excited to see the number of instruments the bands have and, later, they associate the military with something more relaxing.” Those who have never gone skydiving can now experience it, thanks to the simulator that comprises the exhibit’s fourth stop. Visitors use a helmet with a visor that offers a 360-degree view of an actual jump that was filmed by Argentine Military personnel. Whoever “jumps” stands on a platform and can support themselves with a harness if they experience vertigo. “People put themselves in the shoes of our service members,” Camila Golzman, a member of the team that runs the Defense Ministry’s exhibit, said. “They love to dress up like Grenadiers and put on pilot helmets. These activities make the Military seem more family-friendly. Many parents choose the uniforms for their children, and some children like the uniforms so much that they want to take them home.” Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry’s Sovereignty booth greets 2,500 visitors daily, as children and adults are able to learn more about the Military’s work — from defending the national territory to providing humanitarian assistance during natural disasters. 4. Virtual reality 3. Portraits of Sovereignty “On weekdays, between 400 and 900 people tour the exhibit,” Quesada said. ”On weekends, we receive between 2,000 and 2,500 people depending on the weather. On sunny days, the exhibit completely fills up.”last_img read more

Lawyers pitch in to help a woman in need

first_img Lawyers pitch in to help a woman in need Associate EditorImagine loving to cook, but not being able to reach the dials on your stove.Imagine getting bruised and battered hoisting your body under the falling water of your bathroom shower.Imagine never feeling the breeze from your apartment balcony because you can’t get over the two-inch raised threshold.Imagine your arms aching just to get from one room to another, maneuvering over thick shag carpeting that feels like struggling slow motion through deep sand.That was the hellish routine for 40-year-old Felicia Omasta, who uses a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down ever since her mother accidentally shot her when she was a toddler.Two-and-a-half years ago, Omasta was grateful to move from subsidized housing to this two-bedroom condo in North Miami her father-in-law gave her and her husband and 6-year-old daughter. But being disabled in a place filled with barriers made her feel like a prisoner in her own home.Omasta, on federal disability, and her husband, a retired welder, could not afford to make the necessary renovations.“Someone should help this woman,” was the first thought that sprang to mind when Coral Gables attorney Matthew Dietz read about Omasta’s plight in the Miami Herald’s Christmas 2001 Wish List a year ago. She was asking for bathroom renovations.Dietz — a civil litigation attorney emphasizing disability discrimination law and other civil rights violations, chair-elect of the Bar’s Public Interest Law Section, and past chair of the Disability Law Committee — knew just what Omasta needed in the way of widened doorways and bathroom grab bars and accessible appliances. But unlike a cruise ship or a restaurant or any number of public places, he couldn’t take anyone to court to persuade the owners to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.For a split second, he felt helpless. Then he thought, “I can do this.”And he didn’t limit his vision of home improvements to just redoing her bathroom. Dietz was on a mission to make her whole apartment accessible.When he was turned down for help from corporate home-improvement stores and Habitat for Humanity, Dietz charged forward to get the job done himself, donning a hard hat and wielding a carpet cutter to change Omasta’s world.With a cadre of friends — including lawyers Jennifer Ross Schlussler, David Marko, Miguel de la O, Gregory Schwartz, and Matthew Slingbaum — help from empathetic clients; $10,000 from Access Now, the disabled advocacy group run by PILS members Phyllis and Edward Resnick; and donated services from architect Richard Londono the sawdust began flying December 12 at Omasta’s Buckley Towers condo.By New Year’s Day, the new stove had been installed, the doorways widened, the bathroom ripped apart and equipped with a roll-in shower, the walls reinforced to support grab bars. The shag carpeting was torn up and is being replaced with industrial-grade tile.Out came the drills and saws to remove that two-inch barrier between her living room and balcony.Dietz was there to witness the moment Omasta finally wheeled herself outside.“We had a big celebration to see her go out onto her balcony for the first time,” Dietz said. “We were cheering and clapping, and everyone surrounded Felicia as she smiled broadly as she and her daughter came out onto that balcony. She was extremely delighted. You can’t imagine living in an apartment and not being able to use it, to be able to look over at something that is yours and not be able to get to it. It was an incredible hindrance to being able to be a productive person.”As Omasta said: “It’s been hard to feel like a normal human being when I can’t even get around. It takes away your dignity.”Now, she said with a grin, “I feel like a kid at Christmas time,” and she told of her plans to cook a celebration dinner of lasagna and homemade bread, and teach her daughter how to bake chocolate chip cookies.By the end of January, all of the work should be completed, Dietz said, and he and his volunteer crew plan to have a painting party to put the bright finishing touches on Omasta’s walls.The lawyer who made it all happen is glowing.“This was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done since I’ve become a lawyer,” said Dietz, who said he is inspired to start a law clinic to advise disabled clients at the South Florida Center for Independent Living on their rights in education, housing, accommodations, and employment, and where to find help.“One of the things I’ve learned from doing disability law is to focus on the clients’ abilities, the things they can do. When you free somebody up and take away barriers, it gives a person more time to focus on their abilities. It provides them with a life. The energy Felicia spent every day just trying to get around her apartment and doing things we take for granted, she can now spend time with her daughter and get outside,” Dietz said.“It made me feel glad that I could do something to help her other than what I do on the day-to-day—other than litigating, bringing complaints, and doing my legal work. It made me feel good using my expertise in going beyond what my practice is.“I’m just sorry I didn’t do it sooner. I wish I could have had it done last January. Now that I see that it is going through, I am so happy for her. I hope that this makes such a change in her life, and I know it will. It facilitates independence. It sets her free.” January 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers pitch in to help a woman in needlast_img read more

Communication in an age of excess

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony Demangone continue reading »center_img We live in a wonderful age of information. You want it? You can get it. Often for free. But…There’s always a but, isn’t there? The information out there often doesn’t hit the mark. It might not be written for us. Or it is written in a format that is far too dense and difficult to consume. Or the author never connects the dots for us.All of this is swimming around my mind after reading this article from Entrepreneur. When it comes to communication, less is more. Period. In the article, Steve Tobak makes some great points.If people see too much of you, they get sick of seeing your face. More to the point, they become sort of numb to your presence and stop paying attention to anything you have to say. The same thing happens if you spam them with stuff they could care less about and waste their precious time.The way to avoid that is by blogging, posting, tweeting, updating, emailing, texting, calling – whatever form your communication or marketing takes – only what matters. Not what matters to you. What matters to them.If you don’t know what matters to them or even exactly who “them” is, then you don’t have much of a marketing or communication strategy and you probably shouldn’t be sharing anything at all until you figure it out.last_img read more

HRK 5 million has been provided for the development of cycling tourism on the continent this year as well

first_imgThe funds of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent are intended to strengthen bike tourism on the continent through tracing, arranging and marking bicycle routes and are available to the public sector – regional self-government units, ie the following counties: Bjelovar-Bilogora, Brod-Posavina, Karlovac, Koprivnica -križevačka, Krapinsko-zagorska, Ličko-senjska, Međimurska, Osječko-baranjska, Požeško-slavonska, Sisačko-moslavačka, Varaždinska, Virovitičko-podravska, Vukovarsko-srijemska and Zagrebačka. “Tourism development activities on the continent, where active tourism has an important role, have been the focus of the work of our Ministry, but also of the entire Government of the Republic of Croatia since the beginning of its mandate. Through joint activities of line ministries and through cooperation with the public sector and regional self-government units, we are working on a more balanced tourist development of destinations throughout the twelve months and positioning Croatia as a destination with a diverse and rich tourist offer. The cyclotourism development program on the continent is just one of the positive examples in which we provide continental counties with funds for the development of one of the most important forms of tourism, cycling tourism, which has almost 60 million fans across Europe and spends up to 30 percent more than the average tourist. should ultimately contribute to the development of each tourist destination. “, said the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gary Cappelli, during the announcement of the public invitation. Photo: TZ Samobor According to the previously prepared Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in the County (2017-2020), the following is co-financed: Preparation of traffic studies for the purpose of tracing and marking cyclotourist routes;Production / installation of signalization / info boards along cycling routes, including the EuroVelo route sign;Arranging / equipping cycling routes and setting up bicycle repair service stations along cycling routes;Development of standards for “bed & bike” accommodation facilities;Installation of bicycle movement / traffic counters at border crossings (entry / exit of EuroVelo route), on other international routes of bicycle routes (Sava route, Drava route, Pannonian road of peace route, etc.), in cities on the main bicycle routes, at the main tourist attractions at remote points in rural areas, etc .;Arranging cyclotouristic rest areas / lookouts on cycling tourist routes (smart rest areas, canopies, bicycle stands, installation of smart benches, installation of info boards about rest areas and relevant information about the locality / destination, etc.). Attachment: Public call for “Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019” HRK 5 million  The Ministry co-finances up to 90 percent of the eligible / eligible costs of implementing an individual project. The minimum amount of support is HRK 100.000,00, and the maximum is HRK 500.000,00.  The public call is open until March 13, 2019. More information on the conditions, find out in the attachment. The Ministry of Tourism has announced a public call for grants under the Cyclotourism Development Program on the Continent in 2019, for which the Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 5 million in the budget this year as well.  We would like to remind you that in 2017, the Ministry of Tourism, through the Program in question, co-financed the development of Operational Plans for the development of cycling tourism for 14 continental counties. The operational plans provide clear guidelines and priorities for the development of cycling tourism in each county and lay the foundations for the development of cycling tourism on the continent. Cover photo: Davor Rostuhar / Source: CNTBlast_img read more

Swing city

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From Glasgow to Gloucester

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Further BI rate cut expected as growth may drop to 2.8%: Morgan Stanley

first_imgHowever, under a bear case scenario, Bank Indonesia may cut its interest rate by 100 bps, according to the economists.“A still present current account deficit means that policymakers will have to balance between providing growth support and managing macro stability risks.”Read also: Indonesian government prepares for worst, including zero percent growth, as COVID-19 hitsThe central bank has cut its benchmark rate by 50 bps to 4.5 percent this year to protect the economy from COVID-19 effects, continuing its dovish monetary policy stance after a 100 bps cut last year to mitigate risks from a trade war between the United States and China. Under a baseline scenario, Morgan Stanley expects Indonesia’s economy to grow by 3.7 percent this year. However, in a bear case scenario, Indonesia’s economic growth may likely drop to just 2.8 percent this year.“Between fiscal and monetary policy, there is more space on the fiscal front given generally manageable public debt, fiscal deficits,” the economists said regarding Asia’s economy. “Overall, policy easing helps to mitigate the fallout on the private sector and labor market but a growth turnaround still needs COVID-19 containment.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revealed that government officials and legislators were in talks to raise Indonesia’s budget deficit cap from the current 3 percent of GDP, which would allow the state to borrow more money to fund emergency response measures against the novel coronavirus pandemic.The chairman of the House of Representatives’ budget committee (Banggar), Said Abdullah, said on March 23 that the government should raise the ceiling from the current 3 percent to 5 percent.According to data by Morgan Stanley, Indonesia’s budget deficit may reach between 2.7 percent and 3.5 percent this year, which would be the highest level in the country’s history.Read also: Expand deficit to 5%, cut taxes on rich in exchange for required COVID-19 donations: HouseMeanwhile, Bahana Sekuritas economist Satria Sambijantoro said the budget deficit would eventually hover at 3.5 to 4 percent of GDP.“Indonesia’s deficit cap of 3 percent of GDP, introduced in the aftermath of the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis, brought fiscal prudence and lowered the country’s credit risks,” Satria said in a research note. “Therefore, we expect the waiver to be only temporary, with the deficit cap back in place after risks from the COVID-19 outbreak subside.”Topics : Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate further as economic growth may drop to the lowest level since 1999 against the backdrop of an economic recession triggered by COVID-19, multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley says.Four economists at Morgan Stanley said Indonesia’s economy faced several headwinds, including a spillover from COVID-19 to exports and domestic demand, the impact of lower oil prices on prices of oil-substitute commodities and USD funding stress, given the dependence on external funding. “We see BI cutting another 50 basis points [bps] and there’s also a plan to raise the fiscal deficit ceiling temporarily to 5 percent,” Morgan Stanley said in a research note made available to The Jakarta Post.last_img read more

Facebook blocks accounts linked to Roger Stone, Brazil president

first_imgFacebook said Wednesday it took down accounts of Roger Stone, a longtime ally of US president Donald Trump, after an investigation uncovered links to a network involved in deceptive activity dating back to the 2016 US election.Stone’s personal accounts at Facebook and Instagram were among those removed in a crackdown on “inauthentic coordinated behavior” in various parts of the world, the social networking giant said.Facebook separately targeted fake accounts tied to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and networks in Canada, Ecuador and Ukraine which disguised their true origins. Memes for Bolsonaro  Facebook also disrupted a deceptive campaign in Brazil that it linked to the Social Liberal Party and employees of the offices Bolsonaro and his allies.The network in Brazil relied fictitious personae posing as reporters masquerading as news outlets, Facebook determined.Bogus accounts in Brazil posted about elections; political memes; political opposition,  journalists, and most recently they posted about the coronavirus pandemic, according to the leading social network.Gleicher credited press reports and congressional testimony in Brazil with leading Facebook to uncover the network there.The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab, working with Facebook, found “duplicate and fake accounts that promoted Bolsonaro and his allies in various Facebook groups, as well as pages with hundreds of thousand followers that published pro-Bolsonaro memes and other content disparaging his critics,” according to a post by researchers. “While the pages did not openly state that they were connected to Bolsonaro and his allies, several were linked to staffers of pro-Bolsonaro politicians.”A separate network originating in Canada and Ecuador was focused on El Salvador, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile, according to Facebook.This network posted about news in the countries it targeted, with topics including politics, activism, praise and criticism of political candidates, Gleicher said.A Facebook investigation found links to political consultants and former government employees in Ecuador and Estraterra, a Canada-based PR firm.Estraterra is now banned from Facebook platforms, according to Gleicher.A network disrupted in the Ukraine was particularly active during the 2019 presidential election in that country, posting political memes, satire and other content including about Crimea, NATO, economic policies in Ukraine, domestic politics, elections, criticism and support of various candidates, Facebook said.Facebook linked the activity to Postmen DA, an advertising agency in Ukraine. Topics : Bogus profiles Almost all of the Facebook accounts were fake, many displaying bogus profile photos taken from elsewhere online, and were used to establish pages and make them seem more popular than they were, according to a study for Facebook by the digital forensics firm Graphika.”Much of the network’s content focused on Roger Stone, praising his political acumen, defending him against criminal charges, and demanding that he be pardoned,” Graphika said in a report.The network operated across platforms, with some related assets on Twitter and YouTube; at least two petitions on change.org, and comments on news articles, according to Graphika.The bulk of the activity on the network was in around and immediately after the 2016 presidential election, but parts of it were active this year posting about Stone’s court case and judgment, Graphika said.center_img The Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation, according to Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher.Stone, who has been convicted on charges of lying and witness tampering in a federal investigation, was linked to more than 50 Facebook and Instagram accounts, and dozens of pages involved in the actions before and after the 2016 election.”We want to make sure these assets, most of which are dormant, can’t be reactivated and used in the upcoming election,” Gleicher said.While the activity dates back several years, Facebook uncovered the network as a result of the public release of search warrants from special counsel Mueller’s investigation. The fake accounts posted about local politics in Florida; hacked materials released by Wikileaks ahead of the US 2016 election; candidates in the 2016 primaries and general election, as well as Stone himself and his trial, according to Facebook.last_img read more