Egypt Independent: Living-Main news en Adult dating website hack exposes personal data <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A data breach at a website billed as &quot;the world&#39;s largest sex and swinger&quot; community may expose personal and sexual information on millions of users worldwide, a report said Friday.</p><p>Stolen data from some 3.9 million members of Adult FriendFinder was leaked by hackers, according to an investigation by Britain&#39;s Channel 4.</p><p>The report said the leaked data included the sexual orientations and preferences of users, and whether they are seeking extramarital affairs.</p><p>Also exposed were email addresses, user names, dates of birth, postal codes and Internet addresses of the users&#39; computers, according to Channel 4.</p><p>In a statement on its corporate website, the parent company FriendFinder Networks said it &quot;has just been made aware of a potential data security issue and understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert.&quot;</p><p>The data breach was first reported a month ago by security researcher Bev Robb who discovered the data on a &quot;dark Web&quot; site. But the name of the dating site was not disclosed before Friday&#39;s report.</p><p>&quot;There is a ton of personally identifiable information sitting in a forum on the Darknet,&quot; Robb noted last month.</p><p>&quot;Though the files were stripped of credit card data, it is still relatively easy to connect the dots and identify thousands upon thousands of users who subscribe to this adult site.&quot;</p><p>Security experts say such stolen data can be used for various email scams and potentially for blackmail.</p><p>Security researcher Graham Cluley said in a blog post Friday that the website has an obligation to inform its 63 million members worldwide.</p><p>&quot;How about posting a warning on your website so your members can look out for phishing emails, or malware which might be sent to them?&quot; Cluley said.</p><p>&quot;What about some advice about the type of threats that users could be exposed to -- including, potentially, blackmail -- if their membership of the site is uncovered?&quot;</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 14:09:00 +0000 AFP 2450843 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/25/43/ojge.jpg Battle ropes become popular go-to fitness tools in gyms <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Battle ropes, the thick and heavy ropes that look as if they could tether a ship to shore, have become go-to fitness tools in gyms for people seeking a tough workout that is also engaging and fun.</p><p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1432561192683_1135">Whipping, slamming, dragging and drumming the long, anchored ropes have long been used in training for sports like football, but fitness experts said they have now gone mainstream in gyms as an efficient workout routine.</p><p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1432561192683_1182">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a little like running with the upper body,&rdquo; said Jonathan Ross, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just using different muscles but training muscles in different ways.&rdquo;</p><p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1432561192683_1184">The Washington, D.C. area-based trainer and author of the book &ldquo;Abs Revealed,&rdquo; said a ropes workout engages the mind as well as the body with what he calls the grace of the wave.</p><p>&ldquo;The ropes show you how you&rsquo;re moving,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;You see the physical manifestation of the body movement as you watch the ropes. If you do them well, your body is moving well.&rdquo;</p><p>Posture and coordination are inherent elements of the workout, Ross said.</p><p>Battle rope workouts also pack a calorie-burning cardio punch.</p><p>A study published in the April 2015 Journal of Strength &amp; Conditioning Research showed that a 10-minute bout of rope training resulted in high heart rates and enough energy expenditure to increase cardio respiratory fitness.</p><p>Crunch, the national chain of fitness centers, has built a group fitness class around battle ropes.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great core training. The abs, back, and glutes (muscles of the buttocks) are all engaged,&rdquo; said Donna Cyrus, senior vice president of programming at Crunch. &ldquo;Obviously there&rsquo;s toning to the upper body and it burns a lot of calories.&rdquo;</p><p>Rope classes typically include a warm-up segment followed by teams competing to see who can keep the wave, or movement of the rope, going the longest time.</p><p>Ross said battle ropes, which come in various diameters and lengths, require shoulder mobility and stability, so people dealing with shoulder issues should use them with caution.</p><p>&ldquo;The longer the rope, the more challenging because you have to generate more force,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You want to see that move travel all the way down to that anchor point.&quot;</p><p>Another mistake, he added, is pulling the ropes too tight.&nbsp;</p><p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1432561192683_1190">&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t make a wave if the rope is tight,&rdquo; he said.</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 13:42:00 +0000 Reuters 2450836 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/25/43/2015-05-25t131732z_2_lynxmpeb4o0ea_rtroptp_2_us-fitness-battleropes.jpg Renault makes concessions to striking workers in Turkey <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>French car giant Renault has offered a cash payment to striking workers in western Turkey where a wage dispute has hit the thriving Turkish car sector ahead of June 7 elections.</p><p>Oyak Renault factory, a joint venture between Renault and the Oyak army pension fund located in the western city of Bursa, said it offered workers a cash lump sum of 1000 Turkish lira ($370 or 350 euros) if they returned to work at midnight on Monday.</p><p>The workers will not face disciplinary action or layoffs due to the strike, Oyak-Renault said in a statement released overnight Saturday.</p><p>&quot;As Oyak Renault management, we are concerned about the company&#39;s future and call on all our workers to resume work on May 25,&quot; the statement said.</p><p>An official from Oyak-Renault told AFP that workers were still debating among themselves whether to accept the offer, which is tantamount to around a month of the national minimum wage.</p><p>The strike in Turkey&#39;s biggest car plant started on May 14 over a wage dispute and affected other car manufacturers including Tofas, owned by Italy&#39;s Fiat and Turkey&#39;s Koc Holding and Ford Otosan, the Turkish unit of US auto giant Ford.</p><p>Production at Ford at two locations in the Kocaeli region resumed Thursday and workers at Tofas in Bursa ended their five-day strike on Friday following an agreement between the company and the workers.</p><p>Oyak Renault said the concessions were in line with those Tofas made to its workers.</p><p>Together, production at Tofas and Oyak Renault accounts for more than 40 percent of Turkish auto output.</p><p>The strikes come ahead of legislative elections on June 7 and as the economy starts to show signs of weakness after years of impressive growth under premier-turned-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.</p><p>Car production in Turkey has grown multifold since Erdogan&#39;s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, helping fuel a decade-long economic boom.</p><p>According to the Paris-based International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), Turkey produced 1.17 million cars and commercial vehicles in 2014, up from 346,565 in 2002.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 15:14:00 +0000 AFP 2450751 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/2e400065228cc7aed793dbbd80991e87957f9574.jpg Afghan weddings: bigger, fatter and hard to tame <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>&nbsp;With a burst of confetti, dancers clap and twirl around a garland-bedecked groom as Afghanistan&#39;s wedding season kicks into high gear, but lawmakers pushing for austerity are bent on taming out-of-control guest lists.</p><p>Kabul wedding halls with Las Vegas-style razzle dazzle are busy as Afghans rush to get hitched before next month&#39;s Ramadan fasting begins, in a colourful contrast to the Taliban era when musical revelry and dancing were banned.</p><p>Hundreds of people -- not counting the ubiquitous wedding crashers -- typically attend celebrations in these halls segregated by gender, with a bulging guest list seen both as a social obligation and a totem of affluence.</p><p>&quot;In Afghanistan you invite the whole village, the whole tribe, everyone who ever invited you to their wedding -- and they bring their own guests,&quot; Akbar Sabawoon said over the din of drumbeats in Qasr-e-Paris (Paris Palace), a neon-spangled hall with a huge replica of the Eiffel Tower in the forecourt.</p><p>&quot;If you invite 1,000 people, be ready to entertain 1,500,&quot; the cousin of the bride told AFP as a traditional Attan folk dance erupted behind him.</p><p>But in a hugely contentious move lawmakers recently passed a bill aimed at taming Afghanistan&#39;s Wild West wedding culture, limiting the number of guests to 500 and capping the catering bill per head at 400 Afghanis ($7).</p><p>The bill seeks to relieve the huge financial strain weddings pose on grooms, who usually pay for everything from the banquet feast to bride price, a kind of reverse dowry presented to the girl&#39;s family in the form of cash, goods or livestock.</p><p>Thousands of dollars are typically splurged on weddings, a small fortune in a country wracked by poverty and war, driving families into massive debts and forcing young men to delay marriage, lawmakers say.</p><p>- Glitzy escapism -</p><p>But the bill, awaiting presidential approval, has sparked protest from wedding hall owners who worry the move could devastate their flourishing business -- a rare bright spot in a nose-diving economy as international aid fast evaporates after 13 years of war.</p><p>&quot;Narrow-minded MPs are picking on this issue to distract attention from real problems such as worsening security,&quot; said Hajji Ghulam Siddique, the owner of Uranus, one of the biggest of nearly three dozen wedding halls in Kabul.</p><p>&quot;Even the Taliban want to kill extravagance. What&#39;s the difference between us and the Taliban?&quot;</p><p>Lavish weddings, a post-Taliban phenomenon, are not only entertainment but also a source of momentary escapism from a wrenching conflict, adding a splash of colour in the lives of war-weary Afghans.</p><p>Outside Kabul&#39;s glitzy wedding halls is a city that appears on the verge of a nervous breakdown, awash with snipers, checkpoints, and post traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>Inside, over-the-top revelry offers a comforting illusion that the war is taking place in another realm.</p><p>&quot;As is the case with most Afghan laws, no one will obey this new legislation,&quot; said government employee Shoaib Khaksari as guests at Qasr-e-Paris hunched over platters of roast chicken, Kabuli lamb pilaf, fried eggplant, yogurt and fresh fruit.</p><p>&quot;Marriages need to be lavish as they are a one-time event. In conservative Afghanistan people don&#39;t commonly have extra-marital affairs.&quot;</p><p>But many Afghans concede some merit in the legislation.</p><p>When Khushal Nabizada, a 34-year-old doctor of internal medicine, got hitched three years ago he was forced to spend $25,000 on the wedding party, eroding his hard-earned savings in a single night.</p><p>&quot;I wanted smaller celebrations, fewer ceremonies but the bride&#39;s family were unforgiving,&quot; he said. &quot;My wife and I now look back and think what an epic waste it was.&quot;</p><p>- &#39;Marriage only salvation&#39; -</p><p>Some budget-conscious Afghans have found a canny way of trim the guest list: mixed weddings -- a relatively rare celebration in which guests are not segregated by gender.</p><p>It&#39;s a self-imposed red line for many Afghans who voluntarily decline to attend, unwilling to expose their women to a crowd full of strangers.</p><p>Marriage is often the only outlet for sexual frustration pervasive in a conservative nation where dating or any social commingling of the sexes can be misinterpreted as a sign of perversion.</p><p>Nabizada said he routinely fields queries from his young unmarried male Afghan patients torn between their sexual cravings and their desire to be religious puritans.</p><p>&quot;Young, wife-less men grapple with hormonal rage,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;Marriage is their only salvation -- and many cannot afford it.&quot;</p><p>Back in Qasr-e-Paris, the seven-member orchestra perched at the edge of the ceiling-high wooden partition separating the men from the women launched into a folk melody announcing the arrival of the bride.</p><p>&quot;Walk slowly my shining moon,&quot; the lyrics slurred in Dari as a hush of anticipation descended on the groom&#39;s side.</p><p>&quot;Walk slowly like a flower in full bloom.&quot;</p><p>The lyrical feast grew louder as the groom arrived, with beads of sweat rolling off his forehead.</p><p>&quot;He must be nervous about the wedding expenses,&quot; a guest snorted.</p><p>&quot;He should have waited until the wedding law,&quot; another said, provoking a loud ripple of titters.</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 24 May 2015 15:02:00 +0000 AFP 2450749 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/6594ec55cbea219e2eba004e3a6b7ecae788642c_1.jpg