2+2 to Establish India as Major Defence Partner of United States

first_imgThe maiden India-US 2+2 Dialogue in Delhi on September 6 will see deliberations on operationalisation of India’s status as major defence partner of the US in wideranging areas, from defence acquisition to communication arrangement to Indo-Pacific partnership. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Barcelona ready to unleash rested Messi

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits it is a boost that Lionel Messi was able to rest during the international break.The forward declared himself unavailable for Argentina’s friendly matches against Guatemala and Colombia, which took place in the United States during the past week.It means Messi will have had close to two weeks off between the 8-2 thrashing of Huesca and Saturday’s game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta, where Barca have won only once in their previous eight visits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Valverde is prepared to rotate his squad given Barca have five matches in 15 days, but he is glad to have his number 10 well-rested.”Those players [who didn’t play in the international break] didn’t have that wear,” he told a news conference. “They’ve had more time to train, to rest.”There’s that tiring experience of travelling, a lot of air miles, other players have had to do that, so generally it’s better for us, I won’t deny that.”We always expect the best from Messi, as we do from any player, regardless of whether there’s a midweek game or not. We knew when players had to travel for their national teams and there are away games immediately afterwards, of course it’s a huge advantage to have him rested for the last week.”We have another game in just three days’ time. Some of the players have been playing with small fitness issues so, yes, I might make some changes.”020918 Barcelona Huesca Arturo Vidal Luis Suárez Jordi AlbaValverde suggested Arthur and Arturo Vidal are likely to become more involved in the coming weeks, although the Brazil midfielder is not in the squad to face Sociedad.”Yes, I’ve got to find room for them all and hopefully when they play we’ll win our games,” Valverde said of the midfield duo. “We have a lot of competition for places.”Vidal had to do a lot of travelling this week but we have a lot of hopes pinned on them. Perhaps this isn’t the best week for them. They’ve had some long trips.”Valverde went on to praise the commitment levels of Ousmane Dembele, who endured a tough first season with injury problems.”He’s the same player. He’s great going forward, great at finding space, he scores goals. We also want consistency from him,” said Valverde.”He’s working very hard in training but essentially he is the same player. There will be big games when we need him to rise to the occasion, but that’s his job.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung’s new Note a complete package

first_img“According to Samsung market research, 85 per cent of Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, and 75 per cent say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had,” the South Korean major reiterates on its official blog announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Now because the research in question — which was commissioned by Samsung Mobile by the way — was conducted between July-August 2017, we have reason to believe, the Galaxy Note 7 mishap had little impact on fans of Samsung’s Note-series. It seems, once a Note fan, always a Note fan.Samsung must have known. That’s probably why it was able to muster up the courage to re-launch the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 as the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. But more than anything, it must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. It must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, similarly, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 — on Wednesday night at its high-profile unpacked event in New York City.The Galaxy Note 8, the way things turned out for the Galaxy Note 7, was hard to conjure for most people. The Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t meant to be, they said, and yet here I am, writing this piece about how Samsung has built the complete package with its new Note phone. In more ways, than you and I, could have ever imagined. Take a look.advertisementSamsung’s best-looking Note everThe Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screen, which means, that much like Samsung’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display with an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Which means, that it is invariably gorgeous.The Galaxy Note 8 is carved out of glass — Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The metallic centerpiece that joins the front and back is virtually non-existent, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. And it’s polished in a way that it gives out the impression that the whole thing is one continuous sheet of glass. There is a subtle difference, however, in that the Galaxy Note 8 is not as curvaceous as the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. This is so that users can make best use of the S-Pen’s note-taking capabilities on a relatively flatter surface, according to Samsung. Also, it makes the phone look — and possibly feel — a lot more solid than Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. The front, in the case of the Galaxy Note 8, is clean and without any physical buttons. The right edge houses the power button, while on the left lie the volume rocker and a dedicated Bixby button. That’s right, Samsung has also thrown in its proprietary Bixby virtual assistant into the mix here suggesting that the South Korean major may not have given up on it yet, even though it could have done by getting rid of the dedicated Bixby button or thrown in an option to remap it, this time round. Just like it is in the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the dedicated Bixby button on-board the Galaxy Note 8 does nothing else but fires up Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant.The fingerprint scanner, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module which means reaching out to it would still be an ergonomic nightmare. Although it sits directly next to the LED flash — and not next to the lens — so you’re less likely to smudge your camera this time round. The home button is, meanwhile, software-based. It is also pressure-sensitive and gives you haptic feedback when you press it, kind of how it is in the case of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But, while the iPhone has a dedicated area — atop a chunky lower bezel — to serve the purpose, Samsung’s phone employs what you can call an invisible solution.But, the biggest highlight is the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 has almost no bezels. To be a little more precise, it is all screen and no bezels. To be a little more precise, the phone gives you almost 83 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. The Galaxy Note 8, because it has almost no bezels, occupies a much smaller footprint — size as well as girth — in comparison to a regular 6-inch phone. The Galaxy Note 8, for your reference, has a 6.3-inch screen with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. The phone also comes with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality and HDR support.advertisementAll this when put together should entail in a one-of-its-kind cinematographic experience much like it in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. As long as you have the content to conjure the Galaxy Note 8’s one-of-its-kind edge-to-edge display sorcery. By now, it’s pretty clear that Samsung makes the best displays. Its Super AMOLED panels, boasting of over-saturated colours with deep blacks, are a force to reckon with. Needless to say, the Galaxy Note 8 shouldn’t disappoint either.Samsung’s smartest Note everSamsung built its own virtual assistant called Bixby for the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung had said while announcing Bixby earlier in the year, along-side the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.”Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, allowing millions of consumers to experience a smarter way to interact with their phones,” Samsung said on Wednesday while announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Bixby voice is still not available in India though.The Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screenLanguage translation along with image recognition is said to be the main USP of Bixby. The Galaxy Note 8, just like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, will be able to take pictures, identify objects, and provide context to images using Bixby.And oh, the phone does ship with Google Assistant should you be looking to ignore Bixby altogether.Samsung’s most powerful Note everJust like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy flagship phones in India, so chances are the Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in the US.The Galaxy Note 8, further, comes with 6 gigs of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Galaxy Note 8, like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Bluetooth 5.0. Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and guarantees up to four times wider range than its predecessor. At the same time, the new wireless standard allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices. In addition, the Galaxy Note 8 supports USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and comes with a bottom facing mono-speaker. It still retains a 3.5mm audio jack, which is nice.advertisementSamsung’s most secure Note everIn addition to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. It comes with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box.Samsung’s most productive Note everThe Galaxy Note 8, much like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Samsung Dex: a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. There’s little doubt that the Infinity display imparts a distinct character to both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and now the Galaxy Note 8, you can’t help but notice, it’s ‘Dex’ that is, in fact, the best thing to have happened to them.Samsung itself isn’t new to the concept of a smartphone-as-desktop. But back in the day, Samsung’s Smart Dock, was more about catching up with Apple — AirPlay — than about anything else. It did not do very well. Samsung’s new dock — called Dex — takes a different route altogether, a route quite recently taken by Microsoft and its ill-fated Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft called it Continuum. Sadly, there was not a lot that it could do. Dex can do so much more.Unlike Continuum that was intended to let users connect their Windows 10 phone to a monitor — and additionally to a keyboard and mouse — and transform it into a full-blown PC using a Microsoft Display Dock or a Miracast dongle, Samsung’s Dex has relatively humbler aspirations. The only downside is, it requires the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+/Galaxy Note 8, to work because apparently Dex breeds on raw power that only Samsung’s next-generation mobile phones with Qualcomm’s next-generation mobile processor aka the Snapdragon 835 can harness.Once everything is in order, you’ll get a PC-like desktop screen on your monitor replete with a Windows-like system tray containing all your functional and non-functional controls, including signal bars and a battery indicator. All your currently running apps will be docked at the bottom of the screen. You can access your entire Android app drawer and also add shortcuts to your desktop at will for quick access.There’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 8 is no differentBecause Dex uses core Android apps — both smartphone and tablet-compatible — and not Windows 10 Mobile-based ones the entire Google Play store is accessible via Dex when in desktop mode. Which means every app on the Play Store is available for download and install although usability could vary depending on whether the app is touch-based or otherwise. While smartphone-only apps open in smartphone-sized windows, Android apps that support both smartphone and tablet modes open in full-scale windows that can also be resized. But the biggest advantage comes through multi-tasking. You can run more than one app simultaneously, and the experience is seamless across all apps.At the same time, Samsung seems to have re-worked on a few aspects to make Dex more useful. “A new All Apps user interface which provides an overview of up to 36 apps, optimised email and video conferencing capabilities, and expanded support for more mobile games and video streaming services bring a new level of functionality and fun to the Samsung DeX experience.”Samsung’s new Note has the most compelling S-Pen everThe new S-Pen has a 0.7mm rubber tip and a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096 to emulate a real pen-like experience, according to Samsung. Last year’s S-Pen came dangerously close to a ball-point pen now, more than ever and faster and more accurate. It came with some new and improved features like the ability to magnify and translate content straight off the bat. It could also make GIFs out of videos. This year, Samsung has added a couple of more features to it to make it stand out. Not that it needed to. Samsung’s Note is the only compelling option in the market if you’re into a stylus after all.The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo’s Screen off memo feature now allows you to jot down up to 100 pages of notes without even powering on your Galaxy Note device. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo also allow you to pin these notes on the device’s Always-on display from where you can edit them at will. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo — because it can recognise punctuation marks — can also translate entire sentences on the fly now. FYI: Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and its S-Pen are IP68-certified for water and dust-resistance. Samsung’s first flagship Note to sport dual camerasThe Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle+telephoto). While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) sensor has an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation, the second 12-megapixel sensor comes with an f/2.4 aperture, again with optical image stabilisation to allow for up to 2X optical zoom (and 10X digital zoom). The dual camera system, in addition to allowing for wide angle and 2X zoom photos, also comes with a feature called Live Focus that allows for fancy portrait shots, in real time, much like the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode. “With Live Focus, users can adjust the bokeh effect — the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image — to change the depth of field of a shot. Users can control the intensity of the overall blur effect and apply it before taking the image in preview mode, or after capturing the photo in the Gallery app.”The Galaxy Note 8 also comes with a Dual Capture mode that allows users to use both the 12MP cameras simultaneously to capture both zoomed-in and wide-angle versions of the same shot, without the need of going back and forth between the two.On the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. This is possibly the same camera as the one on-board the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.Samsung’s safest Note everThere’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. Just to ensure, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — batteries – don’t suffer the same fate as the Note 7, Samsung has invested a great deal of research into these phones. In addition to the standard tests, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ batteries have been pushed through 8 other tests to meet the highest level (ever) of safety standards.The Galaxy Note 8 has been given the same treatment. Also, Samsung unlike last year, hasn’t tried to bite more than it can chew with respect to the Galaxy Note 8’s battery. The Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is bigger than the 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 but still smaller than the 3,500mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ have been safe so far. Hopefully, the Galaxy Note 8 will follow suit.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will globally be available for buying from September at a hefty price tag of $930 which roughly translates to Rs 59,561. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to hit the Indian market around the same period, quite possibly in the second week of September.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched with 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display, Bixby & dual 12MP cameraslast_img read more

Concurrent expands product capabilities with LynxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor

first_img Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform provides support for Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCsNext Axiomtek: fanless 3.5″ embedded board with optional ZIO connector for additional ports Concurrent Technologies has partnered with Lynx Software Technologies to provide solutions for applications requiring a secure virtualized environment. The LynxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor enables simultaneous operation of general purpose and real-time operating systems whilst meeting the security needs of the US Department of Defense. It is particularly suitable for use on Concurrent Technologies’ rugged server TR C4x/msd and TR G4x/msd boards, that are available with 12-core Intel Xeon processor D-1500 and up to 64GBytes of DDR4 ECC memory.These boards, in conjunction with LynxSecure hypervisor technology, are suitable for high performance computing tasks that are common in ground and vehicle based military applications. By having sufficient compute and memory resources, each processor board can run several self-contained, secure guest operating systems including Windows, Linux and real-time operating systems such as LynxOS and LynxOS-178.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Tools & Software last_img read more

Pep Guardiola lucky to be given time at Man City, says Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was “lucky” to be given adequate time to adapt to English football and imprint his philosophy on the club before leading them to titles, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has said.Sarri is under pressure at Chelsea after the club dropped to sixth in the Premier League standings and were dumped out of the FA Cup, with bookmakers making him the favourite to become the next Premier League manager to be sacked.Guardiola took charge at City in 2016 and finished his debut season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career before leading City to a record points haul last season in their league triumph.”He (Guardiola) was lucky. I think that, if you choose Guardiola, you have to wait because the club knows very well that Guardiola needs time,” Sarri told reporters ahead of Sunday’s League Cup final between the two teams.”It’s not really very easy for an English team to play that kind of football, so it’s normal.”Chelsea had looked like title contenders when the Italian guided them to a 12-game unbeaten Premier League run but six defeats in their last 14 league games — including a 6-0 reverse at champions City — has seen the club drop out of the top four.Sarri said he did not know if his job at the club was under threat and stressed on getting a result in what is the first final of the season.”In the end, the most important things are the results. In my job, I need the result, nothing else. I don’t know if I am under pressure from my club,” Sarri said.advertisement”It’s important to win the final, otherwise you are second. I think it’s very important for us because we have to find the confidence.”Also Read | Europa League last 16: Chelsea to lock horns with Dynamo Kiev, Arsenal draw RennesAlso Read | FIFA bans Chelsea from registering new players in next two transfer windowsAlso Read | Manchester City fan in critical condition after alleged assaultlast_img read more

Greencarrier to Expand Its Services to Oil and Gas Industry

first_img My location Greencarrier, January 8, 2014 zoom Greencarrier Shipping & Logistics AS is planning to expand its services to the oil and gas industry, appointing a new head of the energy and projects business unit and opening an office in Stavanger, Norway.The Scandinavian company, which offers the full range of freight forwarding and logistics services, has identified project forwarding and the energy industry as two of its main target areas for growth in 2014.Georg Skivik Moltu, who was previously head of oil & gas and projects in Northern Europe for Panalpina, has been appointed Director Global Energy & Project Solutions and is based in the new Stavanger office.“We have already entered into several contracts and we are confident that the market will appreciate a Scandinavian-owned logistics and transport company as a challenger to the major global logistics players,” he says. “Like the rest of the Greencarrier offices in Scandinavia, the Stavanger office is staffed by highly experienced and knowledgeable people, many with specific oil & gas and project forwarding experience, and offers the full range of international and domestic freight forwarding and logistics services.”Ronny Johannessen, who has decades of experience in freight forwarding and transportation, will lead the team at the Stavanger office, which opened on 1 January at Røynebergsletta 33 in the heart of the business district Forus/ Stavanger.Øyvind Lygre, CEO of Greencarrier Shipping & Logistics AS, says: “We are pleased that skilled and knowledgeable people in the Stavanger area have taken the decision to join the Greencarrier team. We offer a Scandinavian company ownership approach, with healthy values and the right attitude to employees, customers and suppliers. These are important factors for success in this demanding market and we really look forward to the future development in Stavanger and within the Energy & Projects business unit.”Georg Skivik Moltu adds: “We have ambitious development goals for energy and project work and I am confident that Greencarrier is the right company to achieve these. The company values – commitment, involvement, humour and joy – will support our business development process.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print Closelast_img read more

Rickmers Charters Out Two Ships to Maersk Line

first_imgzoom Rickmers Maritime, has secured new employment for two of its vessels.The vessels, Henry Rickmers and Richard Rickmers, both 3,450 TEU panamax container vessels, have been chartered to Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company.Henry Rickmers will be delivered to Maersk Line this week and Richard Rickmers two weeks later. The vessels have each been chartered for an initial minimum period of 12 months, up to a maximum o f 24 months. The two vessels will be chartered at a floating rate based on an index agreed upon by both Maersk Line and RTM. The charters are expected to generate revenue for the Trust amounting to an estimated US$ 5 million over the initial 12 months.Mr Thomas Preben Hansen, the Chief Executive Officer of RTM, commented, “We are proud to reintroduce Maersk Line to our portfolio of premier liner companies. Whilst the charter market continue s to be under tremendous pressure, it gives us confidence knowing that our modern and well – maintained ships remain competitive to the extent that the world’s leading liner company has chosen to charter our ships ahead of the many competing candidates.”With the addition of Maersk Line, Rickmers Maritime’s portfolio of counterparties will comprise six of the world’s ten largest container shipping companies – Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, CMA CGM, Evergreen Group (through Italia Marittima) , Hanjin Shipping, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.Rickmers Maritime, March 19, 2014last_img read more

Congress calls Kovinds speech hollow uninspiring

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday described President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech in Parliament as “hollow” and “uninspiring”. Addressing the media, party leader Anand Sharma and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Kovind’s address to the joint session of Parliament was just a repetition of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech. “The President’s address was just a repetition of Modi’s speech. He has missed major points like unemployment and GDP downfall,” Sharma said. He took a dig at Kovind for supporting the ‘one nation, one election’ concept and said that simultaneous elections were not feasible due to the country’s diversity. Making a strong case for simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly elections, the President said this was the need of the hour to accelerate development.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 22 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $22 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next draw on May 21 will be approximately $27 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

UN evacuates nonessential staff from strifetorn Chad

As fighting erupted in N’djamena, the capital of Chad, the United Nations has begun the evacuation of all non-essential staff as well as personnel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the city, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s lead logistics agency in the troubled country.A total of 148 people were evacuated from the city, where the Government and rebels clashed today, and flown directly to Yaoundé in Cameroon, where they will remain until it is considered safe for them to return.“This is not a full-scale evacuation and does not mean the complete halt of WFP’s operations in Chad,” Stefano Porretti, the agency’s Chad Country Director said. “We still have key staff in place, although obviously the lack of capacity on the ground will have an impact on the level of our work. Given the unpredictability of the situation, this relocation of non-essential staff was the most prudent course of action.” WFP works with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other UN agencies and NGOs to feed over 200,000 refugees from the Darfur conflict in a dozen camps in eastern Chad, as well as over 40,000 refugees from the Central African Republic in the south. Earlier today, UNHCR expressed alarm over the security situation for those refugees in the midst of the current fighting and the UN Security Council condemned attacks against them. Secretary-General Kofi Annan also voiced concern about the worsening security situation in a statement issued by his spokesman.Mr. Porretti voiced hope that calm would soon be restored “so as not to endanger the lives of the thousands of people who depend on international assistance.” read more

Thursdays Daily Brief Press Freedom Day Tuna Day cultural dialogue GlobalGoals awards

The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that over the past 48 hours, “at least seven people have reportedly been killed in south rural Idlib, while two were reportedly killed in Hama governorate yesterday.”Read our full story here.Mali: crimes against humanity may have taken place in last month’s Ogossagou attack Listen to or download our audio 3-minute News in Brief for 2 May 2019 on SoundCloud: Following a string of hate-fuelled attacks on places of worship around the world, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations (UNOAC), said on Thursday that it was with a “heavy heart” that he was opening the annual UN-backed forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the role of cultural dialogue in building human solidarity and countering violence.Miguel Angel Moratinos said the theme of the 5th World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, Building Dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality & violent extremism, was very timely as those gathered at the Forum, which wraps up tomorrow, would no doubt reflect on the “horrific terrorist attacks” that had taken place over recent days and months.Find our full coverage of the high-level opening event here.Harsh drought conditions in Somalia could trigger major humanitarian crisis, UN warns The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, released on Thursday the preliminary findings of a special fact-finding mission on serious human rights violations in the Ogossagou region, Mopti, in Mali, this past 23 March.During the attack that day, at least 157 members of the Fulani (or “Peule”) community were killed, 65 were wounded, and 220 homes were reduced to ashes, including some in which people had taken refuge.“Around 5am, a group of at least a hundred men, identified as ‘traditional hunters’ (dozos) along with a dozen men in military clothing and others in civilian clothing, led an attack… killing indiscriminately men, women and children, and burning down houses with torches,” explained a MINUSMA press release.The fact-finding mission found three mass graves, containing at least 150 bodies altogether.“I am profoundly shocked by the cruelty of these abominable acts against the civilian population, especially women and children,” said UN Special Representative for Mali Mahamat Saleh Annadif, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.These events took place against a backdrop of ongoing inter-communal violence. They could amount to crimes against humanity if it is proven that they took place in a context of systematic attacks against civilians, according to the Rome Statute.World Tuna Day highlights importance of sustainably managed fish stocks for the health of the ocean Thursday is World Tuna Day, which serves to highlight the importance of this valuable food source to the marine ecosystem and the global economy, says the UN.Established just two years ago, the day raises awareness about the importance of tuna – a staple of the seas – and serves to promote more sustainable fishing practices.Highlighting that tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically to all countries – and a significant source of food – the UN warns that tuna is threatened by an overwhelming demand, especially for traditional canned tuna, and as sashimi and sushi.Confirming that approximately 7 million tonnes of tuna are landed yearly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) emphasizes the whole aquaculture sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 14, to conserve the ocean and its resources.Festival in Bonn to drive action towards meeting SDGs And sticking with the SDGs, a global festival of action, kicked off in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday aiming to inspire SDGs campaigners to scale up and broaden the global movement, and make the 17 goals a reality.Organized by the UN SDG Action Campaign, the ground-breaking event runs until Saturday, providing an interactive space to showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG advocacy.Bringing together more than 1,500 political decision-makers, activists, experts, business leaders and creatives from over 130 countries, the festival is expected to motivate not only organizations but also individuals, in the push towards 2030.Watch the opening ceremony here: A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres A senior UN official has warned that harsh drought conditions currently afflicting South West state in Somalia, are likely to trigger a major humanitarian crisis, if urgent action is not taken. George Conway, acting UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, issued the warning while he was assessing the effects of the prolonged drought on vulnerable populations, in Baidoa. Highlighting the underfunding of this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan – currently only 19 per cent met – Mr. Conway said on Thursday it would require “strong advocacy with donor and financing partners” to avoid a crisis, and stop it increasing “potentially over the edge into more disastrous conditions”.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), drought conditions during the 2018-2019 rainy season have led to an increase in the number of people designated as “food insecure”, since October of last year.Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Press Freedom Day, marked on Friday.No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information, said António Guterres, describing unfettered journalism as “the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power.”Read our full story here.Not faith, ‘but those who manipulate the faithful’ driving wedge between religions, UN-backed forum in Baku told read more

Experts will explore privilege race and social justice at White Privilege Symposium

Jada Monica Drew, executive diversity & leadership trainer and author. Keynote title: “Building Youth Leadership using the Youth Action Project (YAP) Approach,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. See more at: www.jadamonicadrew.com Debby Irving, racial justice educator and writer. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. at 6 p.m. See more at: www.debbyirving.com Afua Cooper, community activist, scholar, dub poet and James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Keynote title: “Enslaved African Canadian Teenager and White Male Privilege,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:45 p.m. See more at: http://www.dal.ca/faculty/arts/jrjchair/about/CurrentChai.html Jasiri X, mentor, educator and community leader. Keynote title: “America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, Media, and Mass Incarceration,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. See more at: www.jasirix.com Shauneen Pete, associate professor, Regina University. Keynote title: “Acting Up: Activism and Action,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. See more at: http://www.uregina.ca/education/facultystaff/faculty/pete-shauneen.html White privilege knows no borders, says a world-renowned diversity scholar and founder of the White Privilege Conference.Eddie Moore Jr. says that while many in Canada believe prejudice and racism are problems for the U.S., no country is immune to issues of racial inequality and injustice.“White supremacy, white privilege and oppression is a global phenomenon,” he says. “It knows no borders.”Moore said the way to change the status quo is to expose it, analyze it and take action.“I really believe that some of the challenges associated with these issues are a result of not enough people naming it and examining it,” he says.The White Privilege Conference has been held in the United States for the past 18 years and for the first time the discussion is coming to Canada. Brock University will host the White Privilege Symposium Sept. 30-Oct. 1.“By bringing this symposium to Canada, it’s an opportunity to have some really bold and courageous conversations,” Moore says. “When we are able to share our knowledge, experience and wisdom we can come up with better results.”Shauneen Pete, Associate Professor at the University of Regina and Executive Lead on Indigenization of that university, said white privilege is an important conversation in Canada, especially considering its history.“The story of Canada is not a story about multiculturalism but a story of colonial white dominance: this truth must become a part of the social narrative we tell about ourselves,” she says. “In order to achieve the dream of reconciliation, members of the dominant group and those new Canadians who align with them, must learn the truths of our racialized past and begin to practice anti-racism in their personal and professional lives.”Debby Irving, a racial justice educator and writer, says most people incorrectly associate the term privilege with wealth. It’s a misconception she herself believed for most of her life, until she was a graduate student and a class opened her eyes to the privileges being white had afforded her.“In fact, privilege refers to access to rights, resources and other societal benefits,” she says. “One way to think about privilege is as the opposite of discrimination. Discrimination couldn’t exist without privilege, and vise versa.”Pre-eminent thinkers and researchers from both sides of the border exploring race, privilege and social justice will be presenting during the event at Brock.The following scholars will present keynote talks and workshops at the symposium:Ritu Bhasin, community activist and lawyer. Keynote title: “Breaking the Shackles of Oppression & Addressing Privilege: Rise through the Authenticity Principle.” Saturday Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. See more at: www.bhasinconsulting.com Eddie Moore, Jr., founder WPC, community activist and scholar. Keynote title: “White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations,” Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. See more at: www.eddiemoorejr.com Shirley Cheechoo, Brock University Chancellor, actress and filmmaker. Keynote title: “My Road To Healing As A Residential School Warrior,” Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. read more

Ohio State club tennis tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew

Ohio State club tennis Scarlet Team tournament delayed due to Hurricane Matthew. Credit: OSU club tennisThe Ohio State club tennis team was originally scheduled to travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C. for the United States Tennis Association Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational this weekend, but concerns over the proximity of Hurricane Matthew have delayed the event until Oct. 28-30.The delay has caused a few changes for the team and vice president Sigrid Schoerner has acknowledged that the delay affects the state of the team.“Because it’s been moved, our roster is currently under construction,” Schoerner said. “Some people were going to be able to go this weekend, but then some of them can’t go during the week we’ve been moved to.”Despite the roster shake-up, Schoerner is confident that the team will be ready to compete.“We were prepared to go this weekend, but this just means that we have more time,” Schoerner said. “If it had been moved to next weekend, that would have been one thing. I just think that it’s been (moved) pretty far ahead (and) it gives us time to practice with the whole new group of people and get them ready to go.”This invitational is quite exclusive, allowing only 48 intramural and club tennis teams to compete. Alongside OSU, only two other schools from the Big Ten will be represented at the event. The Wisconsin Badgers will be sending their club team, as will the Maryland Terrapins. Scarlet Team Fundraising Chairwoman Isabelle Nejedlik believes that it is an honor for the team to be invited to the tournament given its limited number of entrants.“It means a lot to our team to be invited to some of the bigger events in the country,” Nejedlik said. “Ohio State prides itself on its tennis and since we have such a good varsity team, they are one of the best in the country, both men’s and women’s, we always have expectations to have a really good club team as well.”The reward for winning the upcoming tournament is huge for the teams, with first and second place receiving automatic bids for the 2017 USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in April of 2017.With such high stakes on the line, Nejedlik believes that the talent and preparation on her team can help them advance to nationals.“We have pretty intense tryouts at the beginning of the season,” Nejedlik said. “Most of the girls currently on our top team were former college tennis players but transferred here. So the level every year has gotten higher and higher.” read more

Carrie Fisher discusses affair with Harrison Ford in final TV interview

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In her final TV interview before her death on December 27, actress Carrie Fisher discussed the revelation in her most recent autobiography “The Princess Diarist” that she had a brief affair with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford.last_img

80 million year old fern leaf found in core sample

first_imgA fossilized fern leaf has been found in a recent core sample taken from a project in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Sonic Drilling had been contracted to drill to 48.7 m, provide core samples and assist with soil penetration testing every 1.5 m. Bill Fitzgerald, General Manager of Sonic Drilling said “The drillers just arbitrarily picked up a piece of the core sample and found the leaf inside. It was pretty exciting to see something that old.”The engineer on site estimated the leaf to be approximately 80 million years old. It was cored at 48.7 m below the surface and embedded in coal. Sonic drill rigs are often used on projects like this due to their ability to provide undisturbed, continuous core samples to over 90 m. Using patented sonic drilling technology, samples, ranging from 76 mm to 203 mm in diameter, can be obtained from a variety of overburden including boulders, clays, silts, sand and gravel which can often get jammed with other types of drilling.The core samples are placed into clear plastic sleeves and neatly laid out allowing detailed visual examination and analysis, followed by sampling, photographing and archiving for a permanent record of existing conditions.last_img read more

Man 30 jailed for threeandahalf years for assaulting Irish Liverpool fan Seán

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4517319 I want to take this opportunity to thank the team of detectives who investigated the attack, as well as the authorities in Italy who assisted the apprehension and extradition of Mastrelli so he could face justice today. Two other Italian men have already been sentenced in relation to the incident. Daniel Sciusco (29) was jailed for two-and-a-half years for violent disorder in August of last year, and Filippo Lombardi (21) was jailed for three years for violent disorder in October.The judge said in court today that Merseyside Police have done a “tremendous job” in bringing those involved in the case to justice. Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. The impact this incident has had on Sean and his family cannot be underestimated and I hope that the jailing of Mastrelli today, together with the outpouring of support the family have received, provides them with some comfort as they continue to adjust to lives that have been forever changed by the events of that night.He said finally: Image: Merseyside Police 24,009 Views Man (30) jailed for three-and-a-half years for assaulting Irish Liverpool fan Seán Cox Simone Mastrelli (30) was charged with two counts in connection with the assault of Seán Cox. By Gráinne Ní Aodha No Comments Updated Feb 28th 2019, 3:08 PM A MAN HAS been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting Irishman Seán Cox in Liverpool last year.Cox, a 53-year-old father-of-three from Co Meath, sustained life-changing injuries in the incident.The incident happened outside Anfield stadium ahead of the Champions League match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma on 24 April 2018.Simone Mastrelli (30) was arrested in Rome on suspicion of assault and extradited to England in January, and was charged in relation to the assault.Today at Preston Crown Court, Mastrelli pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Cox.He pleaded not guilty to the charge of violent disorder, which was accepted by the prosecution.He was sentenced today to three-and-a-half years in prison.“Completely unprovoked” Commenting today following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Paul Speight with Merseyside Police said:“The shocking and completely unprovoked assault of Sean Cox was rightly met with disgust and abhorrence by people in Merseyside and across the world.“As a passionate Liverpool fan, Sean had travelled to the city to enjoy the occasion of a Champions League match. But before he had even had opportunity to enter the stadium, Sean was brutally attacked by Simone Mastrelli.“Instead of watching his favourite team, Sean ended the evening in a critical condition in hospital and has spent the past 10 months receiving round-the-clock care.center_img Feb 28th 2019, 11:58 AM Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 3:08 PM Image: Merseyside Police Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share376 Tweet Email Short URL His long road to a full recovery continues and he will carry the physical and emotional scars of that night for the rest of his life.Speight said that football fans should be able to “attend matches without fear of being subjected to such a vicious attack”. “I hope today’s sentencing sends a clear message that anyone who seeks to bring violence to a sporting event will face the full force of the law,” he said. “The fact that Mastrelli left the country after the assault in a failed bid to evade justice has only prolonged the anguish for his Sean and his family.I hope the fact he was arrested shows we and colleagues around the world will not be deterred from the pursuit of justice.last_img read more

Cyprus serial killer may have murdered up to 30 foreign women

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Army captain Nikos Metaxas, aged 35, has confessed to the murders of two women whose bodies were found in an abandoned mine shaft in Cyprus. He confessed to murdering Romanian national Livia Florentina Bunea, aged 36, and her eight-year-old daughter Elena Natalia in September 2016.He told police that one of the bodies was buried in the village of Orounda.It is now believed that the Cypriot soldier, who went by the name Orestes, may have killed more than 30 women, as well as at least two children.DNA confirmation identified the first woman to be found as slain FIlipina housemaid Mary Rose Tiburcio, aged 38. Her body was naked, bound and wrapped in a white sheet. The confessed killer told police that he also disposed of the victim’s young daughter, Sierra Graze Seucalliuc, by dumping her at Xiliatos reservoir, eight miles west of Mitseros. Divers are currently scouring the lake bed using specialized equipment.Another Asian female corpse was retrieved from the same mine in Mitseros, near Nicosia, and identified as that of Filipina Arian Palanas Lozano, aged 28, who had last been seen on 21 July 2018.The police are now looking to find other missing women, such as 30-year-old Filipina Maricar Valdez Arquiola, who disappeared on 13 December 2017. There are fears that he may have killed up to 30 foreign women after finding that he had numerous online contacts with foreign women on a dating site where he first made contact with the victims that had been found. The Limassol Intercultural Council has called for the reopening of missing person’s cases of foreign women that authorities had thought had left the country and whose disappearances had never been solved.last_img read more

Watch Eagle Wears GoPro Soars Across Packed Soccer Stadium

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: GoPro Hero7 Black Is a Radical Streaming CameraNASA Astronaut Stumped by GoPro Camera How’s the view from up there? An eagle wearing a GoPro HERO7 camera provided a soaring POV of a soccer stadium in Mexico packed with cheering fans.GoPro shared the video of the “eagle cam” on their YouTube channel to demonstrate the HyperSmooth in-camera video stabilization technology of their HERO7 line, released in September.The eagle took flight at the Estadio Azteca stadium in Mexico City.HyperSmooth can track and anticipate movements, and is “gimbal-like without the gimbal,” according to GoPro. It’s said to be the best video stabilization featured in any camera yet.Would rather have a shark’s point of view rather than an eagle’s? GoPro says HyperSmooth HyperSmooth also works underwater and in high-shock and wind situations where gimbals fail.More on Geek.com:The New iPad Pro Has the Old iPhone’s Bad Decisions$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersFrom PCMag: GoPro Hero7 Black Reviewlast_img read more

Job fair scheduled for Thursday at Vancouver Mall

first_imgVancouver Mall is hosting a job fair from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday on the upper level of the mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, between Gold’s Gym and Macy’s.Job seekers should bring resumes and be prepared for an interview.Retailers participating in the fair include AT&T, Bath & Body Works, Candy Tyme, Cinnabon, Claire’s, Cricket Wireless, Express, G by Guess, Hot Topic, Icing, J.C. Penney, Opinions LTD, Orange Julius, Piercing Pagoda, QE Home, Sears, Sprint, T-Mobile, Ulta, Vitamin World, The Walking Company and Yankee Candle.last_img

Public Schools to receive late text books today Minister reports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Oct 2015 – The Education Minister said by today all of the public schools will have their text books after meeting with what she called, ‘unforeseen circumstances’. The absence of the books has drawn criticism and Hon Akierra Missick during her ministerial statement in Parliament explained that heavy rains and service delivery strikes stopped the distribution. There was no detail given on those so called, ‘service delivery strikes’ but it was said that two pallets of primary schools books were up to yesterday in Grand Turk and were due to clear customs in order to be shipped to South Caicos by today. Also affected by delays, according to Minister Missick, were HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk, Raymond Gardiner High in North Caicos and Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos; all three of these schools are due to get their remaining text books, via Lew 1 Shipping today October 15.As for the South Caicos parade grounds, structurally it has to be reviewed as apparently – said Minister Akierra Missick – it has been built into a salt pond. The complaint is the facility is almost always flooded. Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, late, public schools, text books Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister tours schools this weeklast_img read more