Legendary Torrent Site RARBG Shuts Down Due to

​The RARBG site as it appeared in 2015. Via archive.is

The RARBG site as it appeared in 2015. Via archive.is

One of the largest and longest-running torrent sites on the internet, RARBG, suddenly ceased operations this week, citing pandemic hardships and losing staff to the war in Ukraine. 

Instead of the former library of movies, music, TV shows and games available for torrenting, visitors to the RARBG.to homepage are now met with an apologetic message from administrators announcing that the expenses related to running the site have become too much for staff to bear of out their own pockets. 

The message says that some staff have died from COVID or are still coping with complications, while others are fighting at war. The message states: 

“Hello guys, We would like to inform you that we have decided to shut down our site.
The past 2 years have been very difficult for us – some of the people in our team died due to covid complications, others still suffer the side effects of it – not being able to work at all.
Some are also fighting the war in Europe – ON BOTH SIDES.
Also, the power price increase in data centers in Europe hit us pretty hard.
Inflation makes our daily expenses impossible to bare. Therefore we can no longer run this site without massive expenses that we can no longer cover out of pocket. After an unanimous vote we’ve decided that we can no longer do it. 
We are sorry :(“

Tech and piracy outlet Torrent Freak independently confirmed the message with a source familiar with the matter.

The pirated content hosted by RARBG, which began operating 15 years ago, supplied other piracy sites with high-quality content. Website analytics tool Similarweb estimates that RARBG.to received more than 40 million visitors in April 2023; by comparison, thepiratebay.org, another popular torrent site, saw 24.4 million. 

The site’s closure comes at a time when piracy is increasing, and as services like Netflix, HBO Max (now just “Max”) and Disney Plus squeeze subscribers with increased pricing for shared plans, crackdowns on login sharing, and sudden show cancellations. In some cases, when shows are abruptly canceled, they’re taken off streaming platforms altogether; fans are left with nowhere else to access those movies or shows, and the people who helped make them are cut off from streaming residuals. 

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A Native radio station’s long, influential reach a…

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Alfred Walking Bull isn’t a morning person. Still, for nearly a year now, he’s been waking up before sunrise on Friday mornings to host Grand Entry on KFAI, a community radio station in Minneapolis.

“I don’t hear a lot of Native music on the air,” Walking Bull said. “Particularly pow wow music.”

Walking Bull is one of several volunteer hosts of Native programs at KFAI. He grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota. He didn’t hear pow wow music on the radio back then because there were few Native-owned stations at the time.

Alfred Walking Bull performs during a radio show

Alfred Walking Bull performs during the “Grand Entry” morning show at KFAI radio station on May 19 in Minneapolis.

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The Voice of the Lakota Nation

Programs — and crucially, Native owned and operated radio stations — have grown in the decades since the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee. Walking Bull says a drive from Rosebud to Pine Ridge reservation revealed the difference between stations.

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Walking Bull is one of several volunteer hosts of Native programs at KFAI. He grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in western South Dakota. He didn’t hear pow wow music on the radio there either.

“The radio in Rosebud in the 1980s was run by the Catholic church,” Walking Bull said. “It was Top 40 during the day. Mostly country in the evening. Then at 10 o’clock, there was the rosary … You pray the rosary and you went to bed.”

Things changed when Walking Bull climbed into his father’s 1976 Ford LTD and the family headed west to visit relatives on the Pine Ridge reservation, also in South Dakota. As the Catholic radio station began to fade, another radio station — this one from Porcupine, S.D. — could be heard inside the car.

Alfred Walking Bull poses for a portrait

“I don’t hear a lot of Native music on the air,” Walking Bull said, “particularly pow wow music.”

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“By the time you get to the other side of the ridge, that’s when you’d get the signal for KILI and he’d switch over,” Walking Bull said.

KILI, “The Voice of the Lakota Nation,” is a Native-owned and operated station on the Pine Ridge reservation. That station, likely the first Indigenous radio station in the Midwest, was a big influence on Walking Bull. When his father heard pow wow music on KILI, his reaction was strong.

“Sometimes he’d say ‘Hoka!’ which means now we can party,” Walking Bull said.

‘We own it’

Today, there are more than 50 Native-owned radio stations in the U.S., according to Native Public Media, a New Mexico nonprofit. There are several in Minnesota including Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio, Niijii Radio at White Earth and KOJB the Eagle in Cass Lake, owned by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Native radio is a critical source of information for people living in rural reservation communities. “[These] stations are your communication, are your link. They were your internet before the internet,” Walking Bull said.

In the early 1970s, Native radio was rare. There were only a few Native-owned and operated stations in the U.S., mostly in North Carolina and Alaska. When the standoff at Wounded Knee ended, Pine Ridge residents made that — and opening a medical clinic — a priority.

Bill Means attended that meeting a half century ago. A member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), he is president of KILI’s board of directors. Before joining AIM, he was a U.S. Army soldier fighting in Vietnam. While serving, Means read about AIM in the newspaper.

Alfred Walking Bull performs during a radio show

There are several Native radio stations in Minnesota including Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio, Niijii Radio at White Earth and KOJB the Eagle in Cass Lake, owned by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

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“I immediately thought to myself I’d rather be there with my people,” Means said. “If I could just survive this damn war.”

After the war, he returned to South Dakota and attended college. During Wounded Knee, Means says he raised money for AIM’s legal defense fund and one night, smuggled in weapons. Two Native Americans died at Wounded Knee in 1973.

When the siege ended and outsiders left, Means stayed and got to work on projects the community agreed to. A medical clinic opened first. The radio station opened in 1983. The tribe offered to let KILI broadcast from tribal-owned housing, but KILI refused. Its independence was important from the beginning.

“That way we own it,” Means said. “Nobody can kick us out. Nobody can tell us what to do.”

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Tom “Crash” Casey from KILI.

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Oglala Sioux council meetings are broadcast on KILI. That’s something longtime station manager Tom Casey said they’re committed to.

“It’s meaningful to be part of the community and have an impact on the community,” Casey said. “It’s meaningful to be able to share: Share people’s stories, share people’s lives, share way of life, share the culture.”

It airs all kinds of local things: announcements about schools and jobs, along with music, pow wows and sports.

Alfred Walking Bull tunes in when he can. Every time he does, it reminds him what makes KILI special.

“In Lakota, kili means something is kinda fancy, an exhortation,” Walking Bull said. “Every time we switched it over to KILI, we knew we were listening to Indian radio.”

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Sportscasters Ricky Grey Grass, left and Beau LeBeau.

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Stats Dept: Household internet access rate

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — Households with internet access increased to 96 per cent in 2022 compared to 94.9 per cent in 2021, says the latest report from the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s (DoSM).

In the ‘2022 ICT Use and Access by Individuals and Households Survey Report’ released today, DoSM noted that household access to mobile phones, radios and televisions remained above 95 per cent, but the access rate to pay television broadcasts was 76.9 per cent, down from 83.2 per cent in 2021.

The report also stated that the use of the internet among Malaysians aged 15 and above had increased from 96.8 per cent (2021) to 97.4 per cent (2022), where the most popular online activity in Malaysia was participating in social networks.

DoSM explained that the use of the internet had increased significantly for services related to finding information, communication, civics and politics, e-Government, entertainment, e-Commerce and other online services.

“Activities related to services increased by more than 3 percentage points. The activities related to services are finding information about goods or services, which increased to 92.5 per cent; uploading self-created content to a website (17.6 per cent); managing a personal homepage (10.3 per cent).

“Other activities related to services are performing tasks online to generate income (15.5 per cent); internet banking (74.8 per cent); listening to radio online (72.8 per cent); watching television online (68.1 per cent) and purchasing or ordering goods or services via e-Commerce (70.4 per cent),” read the report.

Based on the study, ICT skills which were one of the indicators monitored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), had also improved.

Basic ICT skills activities include copying or transferring files using copy-and-paste techniques and sending emails with files.

Activities that require specific expertise, such as using basic arithmetic formulas in a spreadsheet and writing computer programmes using programming languages, had increased to 67.1 per cent and 23.5 per cent respectively.

Other activities also increased, such as connecting and installing new devices (79.2 per cent), searching, downloading, installing and configuring software (72.5 per cent) and creating electronic presentations using computer software (62.9 per cent).

The survey was carried out during the transition to the endemic phase, which allowed the community to return to almost normal life after two years of facing Covid-19. — Bernama

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The New Range Rover Sport SV is the most powerful and dynamic Range Rover Sport ever, blending supreme performance and dynamism with peerless Range Rover capability, refinement and reductive design. Its array of performance-enhancing technologies includes an advanced suspension system and a sensory audio system.

A host of performance, comfort, and high-technology features are imbued into the Range Rover Sport SV’s DNA:

  • Performance flagship: The Range Rover Sport SV combines sporting luxury with innovative performance-enhancing technologies
  • Perfect poise: Hydraulic interlinked 6D Dynamics air suspension with pitch and roll control maintains a near-level stance during acceleration, braking, and cornering
  • Top performer: The most powerful Range Rover ever, 626-hp mild-hybrid Twin Turbo V8 propels 180 mph SUV from 0-60 mph in as little as 3.6 seconds in new dynamics-optimized SV Mode
  • Lightweight focus: The 23-inch Carbon Fiber Wheel option minimizes unsprung mass, improving handling, acceleration, and ride quality
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  • Calming comfort: RANGE ROVER FIRST New Body and Soul Seat introduces the latest in-car sensory audio technology, enabling Range Rover clients to feel the sound
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  • New for 2024: SV performance halo leads updates across the Range Rover Sport family, including the new 542hp plug-in electric hybrid and the latest Pivi Pro infotainment

See our Range Rover Sport review under the “Autos” rubric on the home page.



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PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Acquires 3,804 S…

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. grew its stake in Sonos, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONO – Get Rating) by 7.4% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 55,195 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,804 shares during the quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Sonos were worth $933,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. First Manhattan Co. acquired a new position in shares of Sonos during the 1st quarter worth about $36,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its stake in Sonos by 74.1% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 1,826 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,000 after purchasing an additional 777 shares in the last quarter. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Sonos by 2,622.0% in the fourth quarter. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC now owns 2,232 shares of the company’s stock worth $38,000 after purchasing an additional 2,150 shares during the period. Sit Investment Associates Inc. bought a new position in shares of Sonos during the fourth quarter worth $39,000. Finally, Performa Ltd US LLC grew its holdings in shares of Sonos by 100.0% in the 3rd quarter. Performa Ltd US LLC now owns 2,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $38,000 after buying an additional 1,350 shares during the period. 85.64% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Analyst Ratings Changes

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Sonos from $17.00 to $20.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 9th. DA Davidson decreased their price objective on Sonos from $26.00 to $24.00 in a research report on Thursday, May 11th.

Insider Buying and Selling at Sonos

In other news, insider Maxime Bouvat-Merlin sold 6,060 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.41, for a total transaction of $93,384.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 29,177 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $449,617.57. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. In related news, insider Maxime Bouvat-Merlin sold 6,060 shares of Sonos stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.41, for a total value of $93,384.60. Following the sale, the insider now owns 29,177 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $449,617.57. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Thomas Conrad sold 12,792 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.24, for a total value of $246,118.08. Following the sale, the director now owns 42,671 shares in the company, valued at approximately $820,990.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 20,662 shares of company stock worth $376,508. Corporate insiders own 3.13% of the company’s stock.

Sonos Trading Up 6.3 %

SONO stock opened at $15.42 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $1.98 billion, a PE ratio of -90.70, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 48.74 and a beta of 1.85. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $18.84 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $18.56. Sonos, Inc. has a 1 year low of $13.65 and a 1 year high of $24.56.

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Sonos, Inc engages in the provision of multi-room wireless smart home sound systems. It supports streaming services around the world, providing customers with access to music, Internet radio, podcasts and audiobooks, with control from Android smartphones, iPhone or iPad. The company was founded by Mai Trung, John MacFarlane, Craig A.

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Conspiracy theorists claim Kylie Minogue is part

Kylie Minogue is embroiled in a bizarre and baseless Satanic conspiracy theory.

The Australian pop star, who is currently in the midst of a major career comeback thanks to her new single Padam Padam, has been accused of pushing satanic messaging in her music videos and album artwork.

God-fearing conspiracy theorists have pointed out that the cover of the 55-year-old’s upcoming album Tension features an Illuminati pose. 

The Illuminati are a group that conspiracy theorists assert controls the world’s affairs and economy, and its members come from the worlds of politics, business and entertainment. 

In the Tension cover image, Kylie holds one hand over her eye, which conspiracy theorists believe is a reference to the ‘evil eye’.

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has been accused of being part of the Satanic organisation the Illuminati

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has been accused of being part of the Satanic organisation the Illuminati

Conspiracy theorists online have pointed out that the cover of the 55-year-old's upcoming album Tension (pictured) features an Illuminati pose

Conspiracy theorists online have pointed out that the cover of the 55-year-old’s upcoming album Tension (pictured) features an Illuminati pose

‘I don’t know who told you to pose like this but it is a symbol of Satanism,’ one fan tweeted.

‘The hand gesture represents 666 and covering one eye is a well known satanic gesture. I certainly do not believe you knew,’ they added.

‘Truly SATANIC, Kylie,’ remarked another, while one wrote: ‘So the illuminati has a new toy puppet, and she’s a pop princess!’

Another fan said that they could no longer continue making excuses for the Better The Devil You Know hitmaker. 

‘I loved #KylieMinogue. I made excuses for her. But her latest album is in-your-face Illuminati symbolism from one-eye cover to dancing in devil red on the debris of Western Civilization in the Padam Padam video,’ they wrote.

‘Looking back, it was there from the start, on “I Should Be So Lucky”,’ they finished.

Religious conspiracy theorists online have accused the songstress of Satanism

Religious conspiracy theorists online have accused the songstress of Satanism 

Kylie is far from the first A-list celebrity to be accused of being part of the Illuminati.

In 2018, Elizabeth Hurley, Boy George, Robert Downey, and former US President George W. Bush were all accused of being part of the Satanic underground club when they were all pictured sporting black eyes.

According to some conspiracy theorists, the black left eye is part of an Illuminati high-level initiation ritual during which the pledger is said to be forced to ‘eat pain’ in a quest to become more powerful.

Author and internet radio show host Sherry Shriner – who wrote the book Interview With The Devil, in which she claimed to converse with Lucifer – has spoken of the link between these black eyes and ‘soul scalping’.

Meanwhile, Kylie is currently in the middle of a huge comeback with her new single Padam Padam, which is racing up the charts

Meanwhile, Kylie is currently in the middle of a huge comeback with her new single Padam Padam, which is racing up the charts 

In Padam Padam's bizarre music video, Kylie sizzles in a series of red bodysuits and a billowing cape as she dances hypnotically in a junk yard

In Padam Padam’s bizarre music video, Kylie sizzles in a series of red bodysuits and a billowing cape as she dances hypnotically in a junk yard

According to Shriner, government leaders, people on TV with their own shows and hundreds of popular entertainers have sold their souls to Satan.

‘You cannot be on TV now, without signing on the dotted line. The bizarre recurrence of facial bruises on Illuminati politicians and entertainers has resulted in speculation that their souls have been replaced in a satanic ritual called “soul scalping”,’ she said.

Meanwhile, Kylie is currently in the middle of a huge comeback with her new single Padam Padam.

The addictive dance track has gone viral on social media and become her highest-charting hit in over a decade in both Australia and the UK. 

Kylie recently landed a coveted spot on American Idol to perform Padam Padam

Kylie recently landed a coveted spot on American Idol to perform Padam Padam

Kylie addressed her chart comeback on social media this week, thanking fans for their support.

‘It has been an incredible week topped off by being my birthday today and I can’t thank you enough. My heart is bursting with joy so thank you so so much,’ she gushed.

‘What an incredible, another wild turn in my life and my career. Thank you so much for all of your love and support, everyone who has got onto Padam Padam and made this possible for me. I love you, thank you so so much.’

In Padam Padam’s bizarre music video, Kylie sizzles in a series of red bodysuits and a billowing cape as she dances hypnotically in a junk yard. 

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Alaska Gov. Dunleavy’s policy adviser who said

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Jeremy Cubas, pictured May 23 at Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference in Anchorage. (Nathaniel Herz for Alaska Public Media)

Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s adviser on “pro-family” policies resigned Tuesday after revelations that he made incendiary and offensive statements on a podcast. 

A review of more than 100 hours of recordings by Alaska Public Media and APM Reports found that Jeremy Cubas defended Adolf Hitler’s views on “living homogeneously,” boasted that he uses a vile racial slur “on a daily basis” and said people should “get violent” in response to aggressive transgender activists.

He also said it’s not possible for a man to rape his wife.

“When you signed the contract, you have already consented,” Cubas said recently.

Cubas aired those and other extreme views on the podcast he co-hosts, Contra Gentiles, whose Latin title translates to “against the non-believers.”

The program, which has been published for the past three years, was available for anyone to hear on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube when Dunleavy, in April, promoted Cubas to a $110,000-a-year job as his policy adviser on “pro-family” issues.

Cubas resigned Tuesday, after Alaska Public Media and APM Reports asked Dunleavy’s office about Cubas’ comments, according to Jeff Turner, a spokesman for the governor.

“Gov. Dunleavy sincerely believes that the differences between people are what makes all of us stronger,” Turner said in a prepared statement. “The governor represents all Alaskans, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation or gender. Derogatory statements about individuals and groups within our society do not in any way reflect the values of Gov. Dunleavy or his administration and will not be tolerated.”

Cubas declined to comment after his resignation. But in a 50-minute interview Tuesday morning, he stood by his views.

“The podcast is made for people who are more philosophically inclined,” Cubas said. “So if somebody is not looking at it that way, but is just looking to get outraged, there’s nothing I can do about that.”

In an interview last month, Dunleavy said Cubas’ primary responsibility was assembling a pro-family website. He said he chose Cubas for the role because of his experience with web development, and because he’d already served as his staff photographer for more than a year. 

Dunleavy and his staff have not said whether they vetted the podcast prior to Cubas’ hiring. But it appears near the top of Google’s search results for his name. 

Cubas said he submitted to a background check and provided access to his social media accounts as part of the hiring process, and he assumes someone checked them. 

“They didn’t really ask me specifically about things,” he said. 

On his podcast, Cubas called Dunleavy a “good friend,” described traveling with the governor and told his listeners that he recently made speeches to a conservative Christian group about his new “office.”

His promotion also coincided with Dunleavy’s push to appeal to social conservatives during his second term as governor — raising questions about whether Cubas’ ideas influenced his agenda.

Juneau Democratic Sen. Jesse Kiehl, who is Jewish, was so alarmed after hearing a selection of Cubas’ comments that he immediately called Dunleavy to alert him. 

“This is horrifying,” Kiehl said in an interview Monday. 

“Women want to be taken by a man” 

The podcast was available online for more than a year when Cubas first started working in the governor’s office in March 2022. 

The name, Contra Gentiles, references a landmark religious text written in the 13th century by a Catholic priest and saint, Thomas Aquinas, and Cubas said the show draws on ideas that have been dominant in Western culture.

“I have not said anything in the podcast that has not been held for the majority of our civilization — including in the United States, at least in its early forms,” he said in the Tuesday interview.

Cubas co-hosts the program with Grant Cook, who said on the podcast that he works in a physical therapy clinic, and held jobs at a café and camera shop.

Episodes typically run about two hours, with some stretching on for more than four. The discussions are freewheeling and range from dialogue about Catholic philosophy to sophomoric banter about sex. But Cubas also shares extreme takes on social issues and sometimes expresses racist views.

APM Reports and Alaska Public Media used transcription software to analyze more than 100 episodes of the show and search for keywords. Disturbing themes quickly emerged.

In March, Cubas spoke at length about his belief that modern society has exaggerated the seriousness of rape.

“Rape, in the end, is pretty low on the totem pole of grave immoral actions,” Cubas said. “Because in the end, I mean, if you produce a child through rape, you’ve ontologically fulfilled the act to a pretty good capacity.”

Cubas said that’s why he believes that “an act like divorce is worse than rape.” While he also argued that rape can be sinful if it involves sex outside of wedlock, he said it’s fine for a man to force himself on his wife.

“I don’t think it’s possible to rape your wife. I think that that’s an impossible act,” he said. “When you signed the contract, you have already consented. You’re consenting until the end of time, until you’re dead.”

In another episode from 2021, Cubas said that “guys have been told that anything they do is rape,” and as a result have become too cautious around women. “Women,” he said, “want to be taken by a man.”

In the interview, Cubas defended his statements on rape. “This has been the view of the Western world for the majority of its history,” he said. “It’s only been in the last 80 to 100 years in which that has changed at all.”

In the discussion on rape and marriage on the podcast, Cubas also says that “sometimes a woman needs to be slapped,” and added “I don’t think there’s any sin there.”

Asked about that, Cubas maintained that he’s never slapped a woman. He said his comments on that subject referenced a 1987 interview by the late TV broadcaster Barbara Walters, in which actor Sean Connery said that slapping women is justified if “all other alternatives fail.” 

Cubas’ comments directly conflict with Dunleavy’s political platform. While Cubas legitimized unwanted sex on his podcast, Dunleavy has prioritized domestic violence and sexual assault prevention during his time as governor.  

In this year’s State of the State speech, Dunleavy said that ending the “scourge of sexual assault and domestic violence” is a “moral imperative.” And last month, in an executive proclamation, Dunleavy said “no one has the right to force, threaten, or manipulate anyone into sexual activity.”

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy during a candidate forum in Anchorage in October as he ran for his second term. (Elyssa Loughlin/Alaska Public Media)

Cubas defended Hitler, called MLK “a loser”

In addition to his extreme views on rape, Cubas repeatedly defended Adolf Hitler. He sometimes jokingly celebrated Hitler’s birthday, downplayed his role in the slaughter of 6 million Jews and spoke favorably about his views on keeping people of different racial backgrounds apart.

“He wasn’t just a lunatic who wanted to kill Jews. I think he was somebody who recognized the virtues of living homogeneously,” Cubas said in January — a few months before he was promoted. He added: “I think some of the principles are worth talking about.”

At the prompting of Cook, his co-host, Cubas agreed that he was not defending the Holocaust, but he argued that other Nazi leaders bore more responsibility for killing Jews than Hitler did. He also argued that Hitler accomplished much more than Martin Luther King Jr., who he called a “loser” who “accomplished nothing.”

On the same episode, Cubas argued that “anti-semitism is not a real thing,” saying that Hitler targeted Jews not because of their race but because they were “homeless people just taking over the country.” 

“He wanted the races in their respective areas to remain pure, so Europe remains Europe,” Cubas added.

Cubas and Cook referenced Hitler in at least two dozen episodes, according to an analysis of the recordings. In the interview, Cubas stood by his statements about the Nazi leader. 

“Many people promote the virtues of homogenous living,” he said. “I don’t see why that would be necessarily offensive, simply by virtue of Hitler approving of it.”

While Cubas frequently notes that his parents are from Peru and that his maternal grandmother was Black, he’s also called himself a “white Latino” and a “race realist.” And he invoked ugly racial stereotypes about minority groups. In several episodes Cubas also casually used the N-word.

“I say it on a daily basis,” Cubas said on an episode in 2021 where he used the racial epithet. “The more they tell me not to say it, the more I want to say it.” 

In a March episode called “Satanic Gender Demons” Cubas also called for violence in response to transgender activists who are “yelling at people’s faces” and “forcing you to comply to their demands.”

“Just get violent on them,” he said. “If somebody yells at your face, there’s no reason to yell back any more. You just take your fist and you start beating them.” 

Andrew Gray, the first openly gay man elected to the Alaska Legislature, said that Cubas’ comments are “absurd” and “beyond imagination.”

“If it were a movie, you wouldn’t believe it,” Gray, an Anchorage Democratic state House member, said in an interview Monday. “You would not believe that somebody working for the governor would record this in any sort of public forum — or any sort of private forum.”

Who is Jeremy Cubas?

Cubas, 40, has nine dependent children, according to a financial disclosure he filed with the state, and he owns an Anchorage photography business called MadMen Studios. 

Between 2017 and 2021, he taught philosophy classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage Mat-Su campus, and he also did graduate work in philosophy at a Catholic research university in Belgium.

On his podcast, Cubas said he was raised in a Democratic household but didn’t become interested in politics until Donald Trump ran for president. He said in the interview that he was hired into his initial position in the governor’s office after applying through normal channels. 

Cubas attends Wasilla’s Sacred Heart Church with Dunleavy, and his undergraduate degree came from the same Catholic university as the governor: Misericordia University, two hours north of Philadelphia. 

As Dunleavy’s photographer, Cubas cut a low profile; he initially took pictures at events and helped set up audiovisual equipment for news conferences. 

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Jeremy Cubas shot photos of Gov. Mike Dunleavy on May 23, 2023 at the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference in Anchorage. (Nathaniel Herz for Alaska Public Media)

His promotion in April came amid Dunleavy’s renewed emphasis on social issues during his second term. 

Dunleavy’s office did not announce Cubas’ promotion to the policy adviser position last month; the only public indication came through the financial disclosure that state law required Cubas to file when he was named to the higher-level job.

In an interview shortly after Cubas’ promotion, Dunleavy said Cubas’ main job duty was to set up a pro-life, pro-family web page for the state.

“All Jeremy’s doing is putting the website together. I’m the policy guy behind this approach. So, I’ll answer any questions you’ve got on that,” Dunleavy said, in response to a question about Cubas’ job description and why he was hired.

But Cubas, on his podcast, implied that his portfolio is broader than Dunleavy indicated.

In an episode earlier this month, Cubas referenced leading an “office of family life.” And he said he’d been asked to introduce “the office” at two dinners hosted by the Alaska Family Council, a prominent group promoting conservative Christian ideas.

Before Dunleavy hired him, Cubas predicted, on his podcast, that espousing controversial views like his would be career-ending.

“Try to get a professional job and walk in there and be like, ‘You know what, I think Black people are kind of genetically lazy.’ And see how long you could survive in that job,” Cubas said in 2021. “From the moment that leaves your mouth, you’re done.”

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LiveOne (NASDAQ:LVO) Shares Down 3.9%

LiveOne, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVO – Get Rating)’s share price dropped 3.9% during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $1.19 and last traded at $1.23. Approximately 119,332 shares changed hands during trading, a decline of 66% from the average daily volume of 353,262 shares. The stock had previously closed at $1.28.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

LVO has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Roth Mkm started coverage on LiveOne in a report on Friday, April 14th. They set a “buy” rating and a $2.80 target price on the stock. Roth Capital reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of LiveOne in a research note on Friday, April 14th. Finally, HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $3.00 price target on shares of LiveOne in a research note on Friday, February 10th.

LiveOne Price Performance

The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of $1.42 and a 200 day simple moving average of $1.22. The company has a market cap of $107.13 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -7.23 and a beta of 1.39.

Institutional Trading of LiveOne

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. FMR LLC boosted its position in shares of LiveOne by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 6,951,349 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,952,000 after acquiring an additional 35,394 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in LiveOne by 34.8% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,335,258 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,657,000 after purchasing an additional 602,534 shares in the last quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of LiveOne by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,069,538 shares of the company’s stock valued at $685,000 after purchasing an additional 13,350 shares during the period. Millennium Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of LiveOne by 9.9% in the 4th quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 946,138 shares of the company’s stock worth $609,000 after buying an additional 85,371 shares in the last quarter. Finally, No Street GP LP bought a new position in shares of LiveOne during the 1st quarter worth approximately $814,000. 24.04% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

LiveOne Company Profile

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LiveOne, Inc is a digital media company, which engages in the acquisition, distribution, and monetization of live music, Internet radio, podcasting, and music-related streaming and video content. It operates LiveXLive, a live music streaming platform, and Slacker Radio, a streaming music service, as well as produces original music-related content.

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10 internet service providers in Nigeria offering

Article Summary

  • The article examines the various packages of 10 Internet Service Providers in Nigeria offering unlimited data plans as of Q1 2023.
  • While some of the plans come with Fair Usage Policy, others are completely unlimited.
  • The ISPs also offer different packages at different prices, which gives the customers a wide range of choices to get the best value.

The competition in the internet service market in Nigeria has become stiffer after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) licenced more Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

This has created a new paradigm in which service providers now compete not just on the basis of speed, but also on cost and terms of access.

Currently, the key consideration for internet consumers is whether the service is limited or capped, with FUP or without FUP.

While the majority of internet subscriptions in Nigeria are on mobile networks, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by virtue of their business model rely mainly on subscriptions from businesses, and their services are tailored towards meeting corporate internet needs.

It must, however, be noted that while some of the ISPs claim to be offering unlimited data plans, not all are truly unlimited as some ISPs attach Fair Usage Policy (FUP) to their plans.

The FUP means that there is a certain threshold of your usage within the unlimited period where the speed you get becomes lower but you will still continue to have access to the internet.

For instance, if your one-month unlimited subscription has a 40GB FUP, it means that you will enjoy the best speed until you used up 40GB, after which the speed you get is reduced.

As of today, several ISPs are offering unlimited data plans in Nigeria. Highlighted below, in no particular order, are 10 of the ISPs offering unlimited data plans as of Q1 2023.

#10. Ngcom

Ngcom is a network company authorized by the NCC to provide internet services across Nigeria. Ngcom Network Solutions is one of Nigeria’s leading Internet service providers offering unlimited services to residential and business users.

The ISP currently has coverage in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. Its unlimited data packages include

FiberMax Liteplus

  • Monthly subscription cost: N11,500
  • Speed: Up to 12mbps
  • No FUP

FiberMax Home

  • Monthly subscription cost: N16,900
  • Speed: Up to 25mbps
  • No FUP

FiberMax Home Extra

  • Monthly subscription cost: N21,000
  • Speed: Up to 45mbps
  • No FUP

FiberMax Ultra

  • Monthly subscription: N35,650
  • Speed: Up to 70mbps
  • No FUP


  • Monthly subscription: N49,400
  • Speed: Up to 95mbps
  • No FUP

FiberMax Ultimate+

  • Monthly subscription: N65,100
  • Speed: Up to 155mbps
  • No FUP

#9. FibreOne

FiberOne is the largest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Internet service provider that is revolutionizing last-mile Internet in Nigeria by providing truly unlimited, top-quality Internet to offices and homes at a low price.

The ISP distinguished itself by placing no boundary on its unlimited plan usage through FUP. This means that the subscribers enjoy the same quality speed throughout their subscription period.

Unfortunately, FibreOne service is currently available in only 3 major cities of the country, Lagos, Abuja, and Ilorin. Its plans include:


  • Subscription cost: N11, 994 per month
  • Speed: Up to 16 Mbps
  • No FUP

Smarthome Lite

  • Subscription cost: N21,454 per month
  • Speed: Up to 43 Mbps
  • No FUP

Smarthome Plus

  • Subscription cost: N31,754 per month
  • Speed: Up to 65 Mbps
  • No FUP

Smarthome Premium

  • Subscription cost: N47,995 per month
  • Speed: Up to 88 Mbps
  • No FUP

SmartHome Platinum

  • Subscription cost: N66,750 per month
  • Speed: Up to 152 Mbps
  • No FUP

#8. Tizeti

TIZETI (wifi.com.ng) deploys unlimited internet to residential and business customers which allows customers to get the full benefit of the internet with no data or time caps. Its coverage areas include Lagos, Ogun, and Port Harcourt, and the company said it is expanding its network to cover the entire Nigeria.

Tizeti is one of the ISPs that offer different unlimited plans with no data cap, no usage threshold, and no limit on the number of devices that can be connected. Its plans include:

Residential Unlimited

  • Subscription cost: N12,500 per month
  • Validity period: 30 days
  • Unlimited data
  • Attracts N5, 7000 one-time setup fee

Turbo Connect

  • Subscription cost: N60,000 per month
  • Validity period: 30 days
  • Unlimited data
  • Speed: Up to 150Mbps
  • N135,000 one-time set-up fee

#7. Hoop Telecoms

Hoop Telecoms Limited was established in 2017 as a full Telecommunications Service provider. The company is today one of the few ISPs offering truly high-speed, unlimited data plans in Nigeria.

Hoop Telecoms currently has offices in 5 states of the country, and network/service coverage in 36 States of Nigeria and the FCT. Its nationwide network rides on both its own built infrastructure and the infrastructures of its partners, leveraging multiple infrastructure swap arrangements.

The company said it aims to be in every nook and cranny of Nigeria. Its unlimited data plans include:

Home Deluxe

  • Subscription cost N12,375 per month
  • Speed: Up to 10Mbps
  • Unlimited data
  • Validity Period: 30 days

Home Deluxe Plus

  • Subscription cost: N19,350 per month
  • Speed: Up to 15Mbps
  • Unlimited data
  • Validity Period: 30 days

Home Ultimate

  • Subscription cost: N26,875 per month
  • Speed: Up to 20Mbps
  • Unlimited data
  • Validity Period: 30 days

#6. iPNX

iPNX is the pioneer and a leading Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) operator in Nigeria. The company currently provides a number of solutions to various industries and market segments using industry-leading technology such as its Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) cable technology, core access network infrastructure, and fixed wireless radio services.

While the company also has capped data plans, its uncapped plans come at a premium with excellent speed. Its unlimited data plans are:

FOS Xtreme 200

  • Subscription cost: N98,900 per month
  • Speed: 200Mbps
  • Unlimited data for 30 days

FOS Xtreme 400

  • Subscription cost: N155,875 per month
  • Speed: 400Mbps
  • Unlimited data for 30 days

FOS Xtreme 1000

  • Subscription cost: N268,750
  • Speed: 1000Mbps
  • Unlimited data for 30 days

The modem and installation cost for iPNX is N68,625

#5. Cyberspace Network Limited

Established in 1995 as an ICT company, Cyberspace deployed its 4G LTE network infrastructure in 2014 with a promise to deliver 10x more speed, mobility, and security to its customers.

The company today offers a series of data plans to meet its customers’ needs. While most of its plans are capped, it has 2 unlimited plans targeted at its business customers. These include:

Cyber Unlimited Classic

  • Subscription cost: N24,187
  • Speed: 1Mbps
  • Unlimited data

Cyber Unlimited Premium

  • Subscription cost: N48,375 per month
  • Speed: 2Mbps
  • Unlimited data

#4. Swift Networks

Swift Networks is one of the leading ISPs in Nigeria. The company offers state-of-the-art broadband services for cost-effective and reliable deployment of a multi-service network, offering converged voice telephony, video conferencing, video surveillance, high-speed data transmission, and Internet access services over high-speed and reliable telecommunications pipe.

While the company offers multiple capped data plans, it also has unlimited data plans at extra costs. Its unlimited packages include:

Unlimited Weekly

  • It costs N6,500
  • Lasts 7 days
  • Unlimited speed
  • No FUP

Unlimited Supreme

  • It costs N25,000 per month
  • Lasts 30 days
  • Unlimited speed
  • No FUP

#3. Starlink

Elon Musk’s internet company, Starlink was issued an Internet Service Provider licence by the NCC last year. The company officially announced its operation in Nigeria this January and many Nigerians excited with the presence of a new player are already trying out its service.

While Starlink is relatively costly, especially for the reason that the subscription is still being paid in dollars though quoted in naira, Starlink’s service is unlimited.

The company currently offers a single plan that promises a speed of between 50Mbps and 200Mbps at N19,260 per month.

#2. Cool link

Cool Link provides high-speed and affordable internet service using satellite. This means that its service is available anywhere in Nigeria. The company is also offering different packages of unlimited plans which include:

Unlimited 20

  • Unlimited data for 30 days
  • 20Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds
  • It costs N7,900 per month
  • FUP is 10GB
  • Beyond 10GB, download speed reduces to 4Mbps
  • Beyond 15GB, download speed reduces to 1Mbps
  • Free night browsing (10 p.m. to 6 a. m.) at full speed

Unlimited 25

  • 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds
  • It costs N10,900
  • FUP is 20GB at up to 25Mbps
  • Beyond 20GB, download speed reduces to 5Mbps
  • Beyond 30GB, download speed reduces to 1Mbps
  • Free night access (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

Unlimited 30

  • 30Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds
  • It costs N16, 900 per month
  • FUP is 30GB at up to 30Mbps
  • Beyond 30GB, download speed reduces to 6Mbps
  • Beyond 45GB, download speed reduces to 1Mbps
  • Free night access (10 p.m. to 6 a.m)

#1. Spectranet

Spectranet currently has the largest number of subscribers among the ISPs in Nigeria. This is not surprising because the company is one of the oldest internet service providers in the country and has been doing well in delivering the best speed.

It is also among the few ISPs offering unlimited service in Nigeria. The ISP currently covers Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, and Port-Harcourt. Spectranet’s unlimited plans include:

Unlimited Gold Plan

  • Gives unlimited access for 1 month
  • It costs N18,999 per month
  • FUP is 125GB
  • Speed reduces to 512 kbps speed post 125GB

Unlimited Diamond Plan

  • This costs N20,000 per month
  • Speed @ 4Mbps
  • FUP is 200GB
  • Speed reduces to 512 kbps speed post 200GB

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Amanda Holden looks incredible as she wears

AMANDA Holden looked sensational as she showed off her second look of the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-finals.

The 52-year-old is well known for her show stopping looks for the Britain’s Got Talent live shows.

Amanda looked stunning in the plunging dress which featured nude detailing


Amanda looked stunning in the plunging dress which featured nude detailingCredit: Instagram
The BGT judge is well known for her show stopping looks for the live episodes


The BGT judge is well known for her show stopping looks for the live episodesCredit: Rex

And she didn’t disappoint during Tuesday night’s episode, looking incredible in a plunging floral print dress with nude details.

Amanda’s frock featured a daring slash to the thigh and perfectly showcased her enviable figure.

The radio host wore her blonde hair down and went full glam for her make-up.

Amanda’s latest live show look comes after her fellow judge Bruno Tonioli vowed to steal her crown for wearing the most risque outfits.

Bruno, 67, has never been afraid to wear a shirt so open that it would rival the chest-flashing of 63-year-old show boss Simon Cowell — but now he is upping the ante for Britain’s Got Talent.

The flamboyant former Strictly judge said: “Unbuttoned to the navel — I’ll have deeper plunging necklines than Amanda.

“I don’t know if I will wear bright panties, but I will wear something that suits me.

“And I know what I like: A nice suit and a bit of sparkle.”

Amanda has usually been the centre of attention during the semi-finals as a result of her rather revealing outfits.

The actress and presenter triggered a record-breaking 663 complaints from viewers in 2017 when she stepped out in an £11,000 Julien MacDonald gown which exposed her chest and stomach.

Two years later, a spider-web embroidered dress featuring see-through panels, which Amanda wore for the semi-final, also caused a storm.

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