From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Facebook users are now a target of a new scamming attack that is being spread through emails. Apparently Facebook users are getting emails with the title “Update Account Agreement”. The email is pretended to be sent out by the Facebook Team and encourages the users to download an attached zip file, “”.

The email message has been cleverly drafted and banks on the latest privacy changes. It informs the users that due to the recent privacy changes, all users would have to submit a new account agreement to Facebook. The email then goes on to ask the users to unzip the attachment and run the “agreement.exe” file if they want their Facebook accounts to have unrestricted access to Facebook features.

If a user falls for this trick, the exe installs a rogue antivirus Security Tool on the computer. Once installed the software continues to display misleading virus infection messages, restarts the computer every now and then, prevents the users from running executable files and occasionally renders the computer unusable by displaying a blue screen of death.

The full content of the email is pasted below:

Dear Facebook user,

Due to Facebook policy changes, all Facebook users must submit a new, updated account agreement, regardless of their original account start date. Accounts that do not sumit the updated account agreement by the deadline will have restricted access to Facebook.

Please unzip the attached file and run “agreement.exe” by double-clicking it.


The Facebook Team

We are all too familiar with these hoax mails from the days of Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, when users received such emails and had to follow certain instructions in order for their email accounts to remain active. With the popularity of Facebook, the malicious entities have now switched their focus towards the social networking giant.

Panda Security Labs, a web security firm, has detected 16,000 Account Update email messages sent out to Facebook users since yesterday.The massive flooding of recent hoax chain message, regarding Automation Labs and the paranoia that it created, suggests that a large majority of Facebook users receiving such an email would likely fell for this trap.

If Facebook would ever have to communicate with you, it would do so via a message in your Facebook message box, rather than an email message. Be advised and not to open any such email. Make sure to let your Facebook friends know about this latest threat as well.

Facebook Account Update Agreement


By Luke Phillips
If you’re attending the Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta this year, you’re going to want to dig out your old tie-dye shirts, grab some bell-bottom pants and feather your hair.

The lineup for this year’s grandstand entertainment will feature four bands who will take fairgoers on a musical journey through the 60s, 70s, and 80s. There will also be some more modern acts thrown in for good measure.

“By the time the fair ends on March 7, fairgoers will have been treated to virtually all forms of music that have been made popular over the past four decades,” said Fair Manager Theresa Garcia in a press release about the fair lineup.

The entertainment begins on Friday, Feb. 26 with ‘Hot For Teacher’, a Van Halen tribute band, taking the stage at the Granite Construction Grandstand Event Center. ‘Hot for Teacher’ was formed in 1999 to showcase Van Halen’s David Lee Roth era hits. According to the bands promotional materials, singer Randy Monroe “belts out powerful and high-energy vocal rants. Singing with the same, if not more, of the volcanic intensity of the original recordings while imitating David Lee Roth and supplying audiences with stage antics grooved to the beat of the music.”

On Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Las Vegas based Beatles tribute band ‘Yesterday’ will play a variety of tunes from the fab four. ‘Yesterday’ was formed in 1986 and has toured in dozens of countries on five different continents. They have been featured on radio, television, and in magazines. According to the bands publicity information they expertly perform all eras of Beatles music and are “considered to be among the top artist’s in today’s Beatles Tribute world.

On Tuesday, March 2, Jimmie Cannon and his Valley Jazz will perform at the fair’s annual Jazz Festival as a tribute to their fallen leader. Cannon died last year and this year’s Jazz Festival has been developed into a tribute to the iconic music educator and jazz musician. The festival will take place all evening long.

For country music fans, Whiskey Dawn will perform at the grandstands on March 4 at 7 p.m. The California-based band has been performing for three years and has released one album. They have been featured on country music radio stations all over the state of California. According to their publicity information, the band is known for their “inspiring original music, tight, high-energy performances, and passionate vocals.”

On Friday, March 5 it will be back to the past with Eagles tribute band ‘Life in the Fast Lane’. This six-piece band will give you the chance to relive great music and reminisce with friends as they recreate Eagles’ hits such as ‘Hotel California’, ‘Take it Easy’, and ‘Witchy Woman’.

Grandstand entertainment will wrap up on Saturday, March 6 with ‘Summer of Love’, a tribute to the music of the 60s. The band will play all types of 60s music including rock n roll, British Invasion, Mo-Town, and ‘hippy music’.

All grandstand entertainment during the fair is free with the price of admission.

Tickets for fair admission are $8 for adults, $5 for children and $6 for seniors age 60 and over. Children under five years of age are free.

Pre-sale tickets are also still available at businesses throughout the Imperial Valley or at the fair office at the I.V. Expo fairgrounds. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $5 for seniors.


By Chris Furguson
At the February 16 meeting of the Brawley City Council, a contract for $713,195 was awarded to Colley Construction of Hesperia, California
The project, entitled the Cattle Call Park Bicycle Pedestrian Path and Landscaping, will be paid for through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.
The public works department, who will be in charge of the reconstruction, asked for a waiver as Colley made a slight mistake in the bid process.
Bids for the project were advertised on February 2nd and seven bids were received ranging from Colley’s $713,195 bid to one at $866,320.  El Centro’s Granite Construction was the only local contractor to make a bid for this project.
Cattle Call Arena’s road had been a project looked at for more than 30 years.  While some in the city wanted to use Measure D funds to repair the road, the priority has always been on residential and commercial streets.
The cracked and poorly maintained road has been a sore spot for the Cattle Call Arena for many years and is one of the main complaints visitors have about the park.
The road reconstruction will begin in March and is one of several improvement projects the city has lined up in the coming months.  Those projects include rehabilitation of a parking lot on G street, a portion of Malan Street and the recently settled Best Road finishing project.
In 2011, the city will receive another grant to create a physical barrier between the bicycle path and the main road around the arena.  The total construction grant will total over $1 million dollars.


The 2nd Annual Ocotillo Cactus Festival will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 9 am – 2 pm at Ocotillo County Park.
The event was founded in March of 2009 in an effort to bring attention to a small, beautiful and somewhat forgotten community. The Ocotillo desert provides a springtime bloom like none other in the Imperial County. During the festival participants can enjoy contests, food and drink, live music, informational booths and opportunities to win various prizes. Native cactus will be available for purchase as will custom crafts from the local community.
“We want to bring the surrounding communities together to celebrate Spring in the desert through a festival where you can purchase native cacti, enjoy good food and support the local community,” said Suzanne Bitterlich, event coordinator.
The Ocotillo Cactus Festival invites the local community to join in the desert Springtime celebration and participate in the festivities. The proceeds of this year’s festival will be used to start a Scholarship Fund for Imperial Valley High School students, a community emergency fund and to help kick-start the 3rd Annual Ocotillo Cactus Festival.
“We want to grow our little festival into something people will come from miles around to see and experience,” added Bitterlich. “The Ocotillo desert is a gem in the area and we want to share that.”
For more information please visit or contact Suzanne Bitterlich via email.


By Colleen

There is no ladies’ night in Vancouver. At least not at the ski jump competition.

While we may have earned the right to vote, anchor the national nightly news, and nearly took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we still can’t ski jump in Olympic competition.

As a person who shudders upon hearing the word “rollercoaster” it’s not like this bothers me on a personal level because my skills are being witheld from the world. But it did make me curious…

What makes things interesting is apparently, chicks are pretty good at this. In fact, the person who holds the record for the longest jump off the Whistler, B.C.’s ski jump (which was built for the 2010 Olympic Games) is a woman- Lindsey Van.

It seems that women aren’t allowed to ski jump at the Olympics pretty much because that’s the way it has always been. While women ski jumpers have petitioned for inclusion since the 1998 Nagano games, it’s been repeatedly denied. The two major requirements for becoming an Olympic sport are: having a world championship and a sizeable number of athletes worldwide. Women’s ski jumping has had a world championship for years, and while it can easily be said that America’s children aren’t bashing down doors to go ski jump, the sport has more participants than the recently added event called ski cross. Go figure.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you aware of any other scenarios today that exclude women?

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