Critics Say He Can’t Beat a Dictator. This Venezuelan Thinks He Can.

If there is one thing that particularly irks Henri Falcón, it’s the suggestion that you can’t beat a dictatorship.

Mr. Falcón, a former governor, promises to defeat President Nicolás Maduro when Venezuela goes to the polls on Sunday. Few elections have been such a crossroads for democracy in South America in recent years — and for the fate of one of its countries.

The daily hunger across Venezuela mounts, claiming the lives of infants and sending hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border. Inflation is mind-boggling, whittling the nation’s minimum wage to the equivalent of $3 a month.

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Online attack forms are changing

At the beginning of 2017, the number of recorded and blocked crypto-mining and crypto-jacking attacks equalled hundreds of attempts per day, but today there are thousands.

Malware has existed since the first computers came into use. However, its forms, methods of attacks and purposes constantly change.

In 2017, another breakthrough in the structure of cyber attacks occurred, says Michal Salát, security expert of the Czech IT security company Avast.

For details click: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20817975/online-attack-forms-are-changing.html

Global stocks fall as key Trump adviser's departure heightens trade war fears

Global stocks and the dollar slumped on Wednesday after a key advocate for free trade in the White House resigned, fanning fears that President Donald Trump will proceed with tariffs and risk a trade war. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, seen as a bulwark against protectionist forces within the Trump administration, said on Tuesday he was leaving.

S&P 500 futures dropped more than 1 percent and set the downbeat tone for Asia.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei retreated 0.7 percent.

For details click: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets/global-stocks-fall-as-key-trump-advisers-departure-heightens-trade-war-fears-idUSKCN1GI33E

UPDATED: Fico won't step down, accuses Kiska of joining opposition

President Andrej Kiska met with Prime Minister Robert Fico on March 4 to discuss the current situation and moods in society following the murder of investigative reporter, Ján Kuciak, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.

“Unfortunately, it turned out that our opinions differ regarding the solutions, so I decided to give my statement now,” Kiska said following the meeting. “The last thing we need is a political theatre in television.”

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U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun 'elites' after Florida school massacre

The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre echoed President Donald Trump’s call to arm teachers to prevent school shootings, and weighed in on a long-running political and cultural divide over access to weapons that has been inflamed by last week’s massacre at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and staff.

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Mochovce nuclear power station closer to completion

The completion of the third and fourth units of the nuclear power station in Mochovce in south-central Slovakia is closer to completion. The dominant power producer and operator of the nuclear station in Mochovce, Slovenské Elektrárne, has connected the third unit to the national grid. This connection now serves as the main source of electricity for the construction site and for the launch of this unit into operation. After this unit is complete and starts generating electricity, it will supply the grid via this connection.

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Trouble in Maldives Paradise Could Become a Global Threat

The Maldives is a curious half-paradise, half-hell: The allure of its romantic island resorts often seems to be in inverse proportion to the sordidness of its politics. These could reach a dangerous new level if the political crisis that erupted last week is allowed to embroil India and China.

The current mess started as February began when the country’s Supreme Court unexpectedly decided to nullify sentences against nine of the many opposition figures thrown into prison or forced into exile by President Abdulla Yameen. Among those cleared was Mohamed Nasheed, a former president who won the only fair election the country has had, but was replaced by the corrupt and authoritarian Mr. Yameen.

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Slovakia simplifies rules for import of foreign workers

Employing foreign workers will become easier in Slovakia. On February 8th Parliament passed a revision to the law on employment services to be effective as of May 1, 2018. It will ease the import of workers from third countries for selected professions for which companies are unable to find workers and in districts with an unemployment rate below 5 percent but the number cannot comprise more than 30 percent of the total workers for any given company.

“For identified jobs, a simplified procedure would apply for third-country nationals for granting unified permits. For example, it will not be necessary to report vacancies for this purpose,” MPs for Smer Ján Podmanický, Martin Glváč and Ľubomír Petrák wrote in the draft revision.

For details click: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756618/slovakia-simplifies-rules-for-import-of-foreign-workers.html

Richter: We do not open our doors wide to cheap foreign labour

Unemployment in Slovakia is at a historically low level. Districts in western Slovakia suffer a lack of labour. The cabinet plans make it easier for them to hire foreigners.

“It is important for us that Slovak employees are not discriminated against,” claims Labour Minister Ján Richter in his first interview for the Sme daily since he started his second term as minister. “For example, we cannot allow employers to opt for foreigners just because they are satisfied with lower wages.”

For details click: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750882/richter-we-do-not-open-our-doors-wide-to-cheap-foreign-labour.html