1………….> Nine Trey Gangsta: Busted
Three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters were convicted by a federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for their roles in a racketeering conspiracy that included five murders, six attempted murders, and various drug trafficking, robbery, and firearms crimes that spanned all five cities in South Hampton Roads, Virginia in 2015.
“The Nine Trey Gangsters are a violent set of the Bloods that was responsible for a wave of cold-blooded murders that terrorized Hampton Roads during the 2015 holiday season,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “I commend our dedicated law enforcement partners and federal prosecutors for their tireless efforts to stand up for the five men and women who were senselessly murdered by this vicious gang. Today’s guilty verdicts – which followed a seven-week trial with over 100 witnesses – ensure that these three members of the Nine Trey Gangsters will now face justice for their participation in the gang’s murderous conspiracy.”
2……………>Iran Cybertheft: Quds Brigade
Mabna Institute hackers who penetrated systems belonging to private and public US institutions in order to steal research, academic, and proprietary data, and intellectual property were charged for a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions into computer systems belonging to 144 U.S. universities, 176 universities across 21 foreign countries, 47 domestic and foreign private sector companies.
The defendants were listed as follows: Gholamreza Rafatnejad, 38; Ehsan Mohammadi, 37; Abdollah Karima, aka Vahid Karima, 39; Mostafa Sadeghi, 28; Seyed Ali Mirkarimi, 34; Mohammed Reza Sabahi, 26; Roozbeh Sabahi, 24; Abuzar Gohari Moqadam, 37; and Sajjad Tahmasebi, 30, all citizens and residents of Iran, who were each leaders, contractors, associates, hackers-for-hire or affiliates of the Mabna Institute, that stole more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from universities, and email accounts of employees at private sector companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
3…………> Cyclone Cluster: Australia
A very active cyclone season is growling up around the Australian tropics, with four significant systems loitering around the country’s north, including severe Tropical Cyclone Marcus, Tropical Cyclone Nora off Australia’s north-west and two tropical lows to the north east.
Tropical Cyclone Marcus with recorded maximum average wind speeds near its centre of 142 mi/h and wind gusts of up to 200mi/h battered Darwin as a category two system over the weekend, developed into a category five system this week to become the strongest in Australian waters for more than a decade.
Wind speeds above this intensity have not been witnessed in Australian waters since Severe Tropical Cyclone Monica in 2006.
4…………> Budget Ax: Trump
While firing the 1st salvo against the out-of-bound irresponsible Congress creatures, Mr. Trumps tweet threatened a government shut-down this Friday:
Donald J. Trump
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
5:55 AM – Mar 23, 2018
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The $1.3 trillion bill provides only $1.6bn in new wall funding, and has numerous strings attached, including a requirement that no new wall designs could be funded, after the White House offered Democrats a two-and-a-half or three-year Daca extension in return for including the $25b that Mr. Trump wanted for the wall.
5…………> Eye For Eye: China Tariffs
China announced that it is considering higher tariffs for imported U.S. products worth about $3 billion dollars to balance losses caused by tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China on March 23, 2018, after President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that could impose tariffs on up to 60 billion U.S. dollars of Chinese products, fueling fears that the world’s two largest economies could be sliding towards a trade war.
Washington is pressing China to reduce its 375-billion-dollar trade surplus with the United States by 100 billion dollars, and will fight targeting of 128 U.S. products, including pork, wine, and seamless steel tubes.
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