Talks with Anna satisfactory: Bhamre

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Monday said discussions with Anna Hazare were “satisfactory” and expressed hope that the activist would give up his fast soon. The indefinite strike commenced by Mr. Hazare entered day 6 on Monday.“I have had an hour-long discussion with him on a number of issues from the appointment of the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas to the plight of the farmers and the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee reports. I feel that these discussions were fruitful and that we can expect a positive development by Tuesday noon,” said Mr. Bhamre. He had rushed on Monday evening to hold talks with Mr. Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar..With public ire mounting in Ralegan Siddhi that the Centre and State were apathetic towards Mr. Hazare’s fast, the Centre urgently dispatched Mr. Bhamre, to assuage the veteran social crusader that his demands were being seriously considered.Earlier, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, representing the Fadnavis government, had a three-hour discussion with Mr. Hazare as the former attempted to persuade him to end his fast.Both Mr. Bhamre and Mr. Mahajan urged Mr. Hazare to end the strike in wake of the latter’s rapidly declining health.‘All right’While doctors said that Mr. Hazare had lost four kilos since he began his fast on January 30, the activist said he felt all right and could pull on with his strike for five more days.last_img

NIT Srinagar website hacked, Pak cyber hackers post anti-India and hate messages

first_imgYesterday, the official website of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar was hacked by a group of hackers who called themselves ‘All Pak Cyber Skullz Members’. The website was immediately blocked by the authorities after they found that anti-India slogans have been posted on the same.NIT Srinagar became a target perhaps for the fact that it had hit headlines after a clash between Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri students last year when the latter cheered India’s defeat in the T20 World Cup match against West Indies. The servers were downed after the attack.Outcome of Pakistan losing the match against IndiaImmediately after Pakistan lost the cricket match, hackers had taken over the website and posted hate messages — ‘Go Modi go’, ‘All we ask is for freedom, you can kill us, you can’t kill us all, we shall not give up’, ‘Free Kashmir. Freedom is our goal’, and other inflammatory posts.Top sources told IANS, “After the site was hacked, the website has been blocked and its retrieval is in progress now.” Sports clashes between India and Pakistan have created tension between different groups of students in the institute in the past as well. Anti-India slogans posted”We saw that the website had been hacked when some students tried to access it to see a few articles of the syllabus. We were shocked to see that the website bore anti-India literature, anti-Indian Armed Forces propaganda and a call to leave Kashmir and give it freedom,” one of the students told Mail Today.advertisementRead: 16-year-old Lucknow girl beats obsessive-compulsive disorder to score CGPA 10 in CBSE class 10 exams Read: Enrolling for PhD gets tougher: No admission without passing NET, SETFor information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img

In 9th, Marlins Beat Mets, 4-3

first_imgMIAMI — For the second time in three days, Martin Prado put a dent in the Mets’ division lead.Prado hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 4-3 victory on Sept. 6. New York’s lead in the NL East was shaved to four games over the Nationals heading into a pivotal three-game series between the teams beginning Sept. 7 in Washington.“Certainly it’s tightening up,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.The Nationals beat Atlanta 8-4 on Sunday to finish a four-game sweep. Meanwhile, the Mets dropped two of three in Miami — with both losses coming on game-ending swings by Prado.He also hit a walk-off double in a Sept 4th 6-5 win in 11 innings as part of a five-hit night.“My heart was going like a race car, but you just have to stay focused,” Prado said. “It’s all about momentum. I feel good about my swing and I was in a good spot, and when things are going like that you feel like you have a pretty good chance to win.”Pinch-hitter Justin Bour delivered a tying homer for the Marlins with two outs in the eighth off Tyler Clippard (2-1).Jeff Mathis struck out leading off the ninth but advanced to first base on a wild pitch by Clippard. Dee Gordon singled and Christian Yelich was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.“You want to get a double play,” Collins said. “Yelich can run and is a lot faster than Prado. I just said, if this guy can hit a groundball we’re going to get a double play, where I don’t think that’s the same feeling with Yelich.”Prado, who is 2-for-22 against Clippard, saw 12 pitches from the reliever, fouling off six straight before hitting a line drive to left field. Yoenis Cespedes made a leaping catch, but his throw home was too late to get pinch-runner J.T. Realmuto.“We’ve faced each other a lot in the past and he’s got a good idea of what I’m bringing to the table,” Clippard said. “He did a good job battling a lot of tough pitches off and he got one out there in the outfield deep enough.”Marlins Manager Dan Jennings said he felt very good with Prado at the plate in a big situation.“He’s given those types of quality at-bats pretty much all year and of late he’s really been on fire,” Jennings said.A.J. Ramos (2-4) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth when pinch-hitter Travis d’Arnaud grounded into a double play.“I got my pitch,” d’Arnaud said. “I just pulled my head off a little bit and rolled it over.”Bour’s home run landed in the upper deck in right field. It was the Marlins’ first pinch-hit homer of the season and Bour’s first career pinch-hit homer.“I tried to give him a day off and he came in and kept us in it,” Jennings said.Cespedes and Wilmer Flores homered for the Mets, who are 4-5 after a seven-game winning streak.“We lost a couple tough ones here, but there’s no reason for it to affect us moving forward,” captain David Wright said. “It’s going to be a big series. It’s two really good teams going at it.”New York rookie Steven Matz tossed 5 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits in his first major league start since July 5 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.The left-hander exited with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, but is optimistic he’ll be able to make his next start.“I think we caught it before it got too bad,” Matz said. “I used to get it a lot in 2013 when I pitched in Savannah and it was really humid. I guess your skin just softens up when it gets humid.”Matz struck out six and walked two while throwing 51 of 81 pitches for strikes. He was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two career starts before a partially torn muscle near his armpit sidelined him for almost two months.Cespedes’ solo home run in the first inning was his 12th with the Mets in 33 games since they acquired him in a July 31 trade with Detroit. He has a career-best 30 overall this season.The Marlins tied it in the bottom half on a single by Marcell Ozuna. Mathis gave them a 2-1 lead in the fifth with his first home run since May 14, 2014, at Dodger Stadium.Cespedes led off the sixth with a single against Chris Narveson. Flores homered two batters later to put the Mets ahead 3-2.Jarred Cosart also made his return to the mound for the Marlins in his first start since July 4 at the Chicago Cubs due to a bout with vertigo. Cosart pitched 4 2-3 innings, allowing one run and five hits. (CHRISTOPHER STOCK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Cypress: automotive touchscreen controller with cryptographic engine

first_img Continue Reading Previous Allegro MicroSystems: ISO 26262/ASIL-D power management IC for automotive control unitsNext Infineon: fully integrated SVID and PVID enabled voltage regulator Cypress Semiconductor introduced a new automotive capacitive touchscreen controller family, the TrueTouch CYAT817 touchscreen controller family specifically to meet rigorous automotive quality standards. The family offers an advanced hover capability that can detect a finger up to 35 mm above the screen and a force touch capability that provides accurate measurement of the pressure applied by multiple independent fingers. The family’s integrated acoustic and haptic feedback control provides faster response times for a better user experience compared to systems where the processing of a touch and pressure applied are not measured on-chip.The Automotive TrueTouch CYAT817 controller family implements its Hover and Force Touch features while meeting stringent automotive electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility requirements. With a power-efficient 32-bit Arm Cortex-M processor and optimized analog front-end, each controller can replace the mechanical on/off button of an infotainment system with a capacitive touch sensor, enabling sleek, modern interior designs. The controllers deliver faster response times by integrating decision and control processing on-chip for acoustic and haptic feedback so that systems are no longer required to transmit data on a touch input via Controller Area Network or a Low-Voltage Differential Signaling backchannel for distributed implementations to be processed in the head-unit.The CYAT817 controllers can support two standard host interfaces such as I2C and SPI, along with a CAN interface for either higher system integration or to implement redundancy for safety relevant applications per ISO 26262. The controllers protect against hacking with a cryptographic engine that securely encrypts communication with the head-unit, preventing unauthorized access of touch data containing sensitive user information that could allow reverse engineering of PINs or passwords.Cypress AutoArmor meets car manufacturers’ most challenging EMC requirements for chip-level emissions (IEC 61967), conducted (IEC 62132) and radiated (ISO 11452) immunity, as well as for system-level (CISPR 25) specifications. AutoArmor uses automatic frequency hopping to prevent false touches caused by EMI from other electronic systems, and it uses TX frequency spreading to reduce electromagnetic emissions by up to 30%.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img

Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinals

first_imgAshleigh Barty’s winning streak is over, and so are her chances of winning a second straight Glam Slam title.The top-ranked Australian had won 15 matches in a row, including the French Open title, but she lost to Alison Riske 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at Wimbledon on Monday, giving the unseeded American a spot in the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time.”I haven’t been starting out fantastic in all my matches, but I knew I had the confidence that if I could manage my service games I was going to get looks on her serve,” said Riske, whose best previous showing was reaching the third round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the 2013 U.S. Open. “I had to play aggressive. I had to take it to Ash.”Barty was playing her first tournament as the No. 1-ranked player, and she started off by winning points with her serve against Riske.In the opening service game, the top-seeded Barty won all four points with aces. She won two more points in her next game with aces, as well. She finished the match with 12 of them.But Riske took her chances when she got them, breaking Barty four times on four attempts, including to take a 5-3 lead in the deciding set before serving it out.Also, No. 8 Elina Svitolina beat No. 24 Petra Martic 6-4, 6-2, and Zhang Shuai defeated Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.Svitolina won six straight games from 4-4 in the first set. Martic called for medical treatment on her left leg after the first game of the second set and her movement appeared to be hampered the rest of the way. She asked for treatment again at 4-1.advertisementAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal sees off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer into 4th round for 17th timeAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova reach 4th roundAlso Seelast_img

How Arsenal made Kane a 100-goal striker

first_imgHarry Kane Kane reveals how Arsenal made him a 100-goal striker with a chip on his shoulder Chris Burton 00:54 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane TOTW Getty Harry Kane Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal The England international was released by the Gunners at the age of eight, with that snub providing the motivation to become one of the world’s best Tottenham striker Harry Kane admits being snubbed by Arsenal left him determined to prove a point to them and everybody else.The newest member of the Premier League’s 100-goal club was released by the Gunners at the age of eight.Kane says he was left with “a chip on my shoulder” after being shown to the door by one north London heavyweight, but quickly set about getting his own back after swapping red for white. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old has become one of the most fearsome frontmen on the planet with Spurs, with Arsenal having inadvertently helped to mould a prolific marksman for fierce rivals and England.Kane told the Players’ Tribune after becoming a Premier League centurion: “After Arsenal, I bounced around a bit and went back to play for my local team, and then I was spotted by a scout from Watford who offered me a trial.“It’s funny how things work out, as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham’s youth academy. The white kit fit better on me, I think.“I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy team] and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.“It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before. “”For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me. I remember walking round the pitch after the final whistle and clapping to the fans and it felt like, ‘well, I told you so’.“We were in the tunnel, and I thought, ‘Okay took me 12 years, but we’ll see who was right and who was wrong.“I scored two that day, and the winner in the 86th minute was something that I’d never even dream of visualising before a match.Harry Kane Arsenal snub“It was a header, probably the best header I’ve ever scored and that feeling when it hit the back of the net, I’ve never felt a rush like that in my whole career.”“I dreamed of playing for Spurs since I was a boy. For a long time my motivation was simply to close my eyes and picture myself scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League.”Kane reached 100 efforts in English top-flight competition during a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, with a controversial late penalty taking him to the landmark.That effort has helped to keep him in contention for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot, while the ultimate aim is to close in on 200 goals as quickly as possible. “That has to be the aim,” Kane added.“Hopefully I can get better and better. I am 24 years old, that’s not young but it’s not old so I’ve still got a lot of learning to do.“I feel I am getting more experience year by year and I feel I am getting stronger and more physical and hopefully that just continues. I will always keep trying to work hard and get better and hopefully that will be the case.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

Feel the Bromance at Saturdays NYC

first_imgGenerally speaking, we want so much more from the retail experience than browsing, buying and leaving these days. Things have moved on, and one of our favorite pioneers is Saturdays Surf NYC. As of 2009, the downtown live/surf brand launched its flagship space on Crosby Street in SoHo. Since then, Saturdays has launched its second NY store in the West Village and two international branches in Kobe and Tokyo.Which ever store you’re in, you can depend on wanting to stay and hangout way beyond making your purchase, thanks to espresso bars, outdoor bench gardens and the warm and welcoming dude atmosphere.  All this bromance made us want to get to know the instigators better, so we caught up with co-founder Josh Rosen to shoot the breeze.Hey Josh, how’s business?Business is doing very well. In the recent months, we opened our fourth store in the beautiful Japanese city of Kobe, and we also launched the second issue of Saturdays Magazine. The summer collection has just hit stores, and we are about to start selling Spring 2014 in our showroom. We are busy but having a great time.The store doubles up as a popular hangout spot. How important is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to the success of a store that’s still carving its reputation?From day one, we’ve made it our mission to curate an environment where people can hang out and relax. When we opened in 2009, Colin, Morgan and myself were the only people that worked in the store. Everyone that came in felt the passion that we had for what we were doing. It was our lifestyle and our baby, and I think people really responded to that. Now that we spend less time in the stores, we make sure in the hiring process that we find people that are passionate to share our message and maintain that energy.What’s your favorite thing in store right now?Product wise, it’s all the patterns that we created for our summer collection. Other then that, it’s always amazing to see all the people in the back garden of our SoHo store.If you could place a mini ocean to surf on anywhere in NY where would it be and why?When I’m biking over either the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge, I always look down and see that little inlet. I feel like it would be the perfect place for a wave machine.Can you tell us about any brands or creative’s you’re really excited about right now? We have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Japan in the past few years. There is so much going on there with men’s fashion. N.Hoolywood, White Mountaineering, and North Face Purple label are a few brands I’m feeling at the moment. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail last_img

2012 Murder Case Added to Rewards Program

first_imgHalifax Regional Police and the provincial government are hoping to receive more information about the death of Kevin Sean Farren through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Mr. Farren’s death could receive up to $150,000. “If anyone has information about Kevin’s death, no matter how small it may seem, I urge them to come forward,” said Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “We need the public’s help to bring this case to a close. His family deserves answers.” On March 9, 2012, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at an address on Havenbrook Hill in Dartmouth. When officers arrived at the location, they found Mr. Farren inside the residence deceased. “One of the main obstacles we face in unsolved homicides is a lack of co-operation from people who know what happened,” said Supt. Jim Perrin, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. “Homicide investigators believe there are people out there who have information on the homicide of Kevin Ferren and we hope that the incentive of a reward will encourage them to do the right thing and come forward with what they know.” Police believe there are people who have information that could result in an arrest and possible charges. Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090. In August 2014, the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program paid its first reward to an individual who provided information that led to the arrest and conviction of Dustan Joseph Preeper and Joshua Michael Preeper for the murder of Melissa Dawn Peacock. Those who come forward with information must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit

Calgary man charged with leaving threatening message for public safety minister

first_imgCALGARY – An Alberta man has been charged with making threats in a phone message that police say was left for Canada’s public safety minister.RCMP allege the threats were made against Ralph Goodale on June 4.Police say the force’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Alberta identified a suspect from the message and officers arrested him on Thursday in Airdrie, north of Calgary.Cpl. Ronald Bumbry says police are not releasing details about the alleged threats, and aren’t saying whose phone line the message was left on.Sebastien Taylor, 48, of Calgary is charged with one count of uttering threats and remains in custody.Taylor is scheduled to appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Monday morning.last_img

Ashanti Named As 2012 Read For The Record Ambassador

first_imgJumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, announced today that GRAMMY Award winning, multi-platinum artist, Ashanti, is the official celebrity ambassador of the 2012 Read for the Record campaign.As celebrity ambassador, Ashanti will officially kick off the campaign with a special appearance on the TODAY Show on September 24, 2012 to encourage people to participate in the world’s largest shared reading experience on October 4, 2012. Ashanti will join the TODAY team live on set at The New York Public Library as part of NBC News’ 2012 “Education Nation” Summit coverage.Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy by breaking the world record for reading the same book on the same day. On October 4, adults and children across the country will read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.“We’re so honored to have Ashanti as our 2012 Read for the Record celebrity ambassador and we admire her commitment to help Jumpstart raise awareness of the importance of high quality early education in our country,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart.In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60 percent behind their peers from affluent communities, leaving them woefully unprepared when it’s time to start school. When children start school behind, they are more likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives, and this gap only widens over time. In 2011 alone, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record impacted 2.2 million individuals, raising awareness of the early education crisis and Jumpstart’s mission.“I’m really excited to participate in Read for the Record and play a role in making a positive impact in the lives of children by giving them a ‘jump start,’” said Ashanti.Ashanti is a GRAMMY Award winning multiplatinum singer/songwriter, actor, author, Guinness Book world record holder, and currently an executive producer and co-anchor of Fuse News. Ashanti is also CEO of her own label, Written Entertainment, which, in conjunction with Fuse Studios, is producing Fuse News. In 2002, Ashanti burst onto the music scene with her smash hit debut album, self-titled Ashanti, which sold over 500,000 units in its first week and landed her the #1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts. In addition, her first three chart entries landed in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, making Billboard history. She is currently recording her fifth studio album Braveheart. Ashanti has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Coach Carter, John Tucker Must Die, Muppets Wizard of Oz, Resident Evil Extinction, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and American Dreams. She has also penned a book of poetry published by Hyperion Books and launched a self-titled fragrance line.For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, click here. For information on Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Fundraising Drive, click here.last_img

Shutdown looms for UN air service for aid workers in West Africa

2 September 2008The future of the United Nations air service that helps relief workers to deliver life-saving supplies and assistance to hundreds of thousands of West Africans is in jeopardy because of a funding shortfall of more than $5 million, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today. The future of the United Nations air service that helps relief workers to deliver life-saving supplies and assistance to hundreds of thousands of West Africans is in jeopardy because of a funding shortfall of more than $5 million, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.“As well as providing transport for aid workers, the humanitarian air service is also crucial for medical and security evacuations,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP’s Regional Director in West Africa.“A disruption of these operations in West Africa will have serious consequences for the people in need of assistance, and also for the security of our staff.”The rising cost of fuel, on top of limited contributions, has grounded some flights of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in some countries.One plane has already suspended flights while another will fly on a limited schedule in the Central African Republic (CAR), where WFP is helping 300,000 people. The service – which needs $3 months to stay airborne for the next six months – may be forced to suspend operations this month.During the rainy season, UNHAS is often the only means of transporting aid workers, as roads are impassable and many parts of the country are cut off from Bangui, the capital.UNHAS for the West African coastal region, helping people in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is also facing shutdown, with a $2.5 million funding shortfall needing to be filled if it is to continue its services until the end of the year.In June, WFP said it would have to scale back the operations of UNHAS in Sudan due to lack of funds, curtailing the ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of the strife-torn nation.

UN agency begins registering over 100000 people fleeing DR Congo clashes

“The registration is designed to ascertain the number of refugees and to properly identify them,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva. “We will also be profiling refugee families to determine their specific needs and cater our assistance programs accordingly,” he added.The operation kicked off in Betou district of Lukouala region in northern Republic of Congo (ROC), an area hosting more than 60 per cent of the estimated 107,000 DRC refugees.Mr. Mahecic noted that the exercise, being carried out a 500-kilometres long stretch of territory along the Oubangui River, is logistically challenging given that the majority of the refugees are in areas that can be reached only by boats.“The water levels are receding and we are running against time to complete the registration within two months before the dry season sets in and rivers become too low for navigation,” he stated. Despite the challenges, UNHCR is continuing to deliver emergency assistance, including blankets, plastic sheeting for shelter, kitchen sets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets, to the Congolese who left their homeland last year. The refugees fled Equateur province after fighting erupted in late October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area. Tensions have since expanded to most parts of Equateur and the DRC army has launched an offensive against the militia.In addition to those seeking refuge in northern ROC, the UN has registered some 18,000 Congolese who fled to the Central African Republic (CAR) and more are continuing to arrive there.Meanwhile, back in Equateur province, UNHCR is participating in an inter-agency humanitarian assessment mission to identify the needs of an estimated 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the recent ethnic violence and tensions. 15 January 2010The United Nations refugee agency today began registering over 100,000 refugees who fled ethnic conflict in the Equateur province in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since November last year.

Ban welcomes launch of digital initiative to attain Millennium Development Goals

21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch today in New York of a global initiative to harness digital technologies to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch today in New York of a global initiative to harness digital technologies to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Known as the “MDGs eNabler,” the initiative comprises a set of online tools aimed at providing users around the world with resources and tools to accelerate progress on the MDGs at the national level.The project was spearheaded by the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID), with support from governments and private corporations, academia and civil society.“I welcome the GAID membership, under the leadership of its Chairman, Mr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, to launch web-based knowledge tools and information resources, providing tangible and practical benefits to developing countries in their efforts to advance MDGs,” said Mr. Ban, in his message to a High-level Meeting of UNGAID.“ICT can empower farmers to have better access to market, increasing their opportunity to be part of the global supply change,” the Secretary-General said.“ICT can enable students to get better education materials. Doctors use ICT to provide health care to those in need, including in remote areas,” he said, adding that such technologies can provide access to unlimited knowledge and opportunity for those who do not have it.“I invite all stakeholders to join the GAID membership in this endeavour,” he concluded.More than 80 government leaders, chief executives from technology companies from all around the world, and senior UN officials took part in today’s launch.The “MDGs eNabler” brings together many innovative components, including an ICT solutions matrix, a strategic planner, a portal of ICT-for-development portals, simulation and game tools, and a so-called compendium of excellence. It serves as a “one-stop-shop” for policy-makers, planners, project managers and development practitioners, seeking to implement national development strategies and programmes.The Global Alliance for ICT and Development was established in 2006 as a multi-stakeholder platform to put in practice the spirit and vision of the World Summit on the Information Society and to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

Auto strike would be painful to Canadian economic growth Moodys

A debt ratings agency that covers the auto industry believes that even a short strike by Canadian auto workers could be “painful” and hurt the country’s weak economic growth for months to come.“Even a one-week walkout could jeopardize Canada’s increasingly listless growth, shaving 0.25 percentage point from September GDP while disrupting North American supply chains and retail spending into the fourth quarter,” Moody’s Analytics senior economist Mark Hopkins said Friday.Automakers are seeking to reduce labour costs because health-care costs are rising and the strong Canadian dollar is eroding competitiveness.In June, General Motors announced it would shut down its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont., next year, a move that will eliminate 2,000 direct jobs. The planned closure comes as the big automaker restarts production at the former Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.Moody’s said the auto industry is one of “the few bright lights on the Canadian manufacturing landscape.”[np-related]Transportation equipment accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in Canadian manufacturing in the 12 months through June. The resurgence of the Big 3 has helped drive a sharp acceleration in Ontario manufacturing, more than offsetting the slowing pace of shipments from Quebec and British Columbia, Hopkins wrote in a report.“Improving auto sales in the U.S. have also been a key component of demand growth for Canada’s largest trading partner. Stalling this momentum, even temporarily, would be costly.”Meanwhile, ratings service DBRS said it believes a strike won’t likely be long or have a significantly harmful effect on General Motors or Ford.DBRS said the risk of a strike is “manageable” even though it will have some impact on the automakers’ U.S. operations because of the inter-relationship between the operations on both sides of the border.“We don’t expect a prolonged strike and even if the strike were to commence, the impact on the company and consequently the effect on the rating is not that material,” he said during a conference call after it raised the ratings of the two companies.The ratings agency upgraded the ratings of both General Motors and Ford to BBB (low) from BB (high) due to their improved profitability, strong financial positions and strengthening North American operations.DBRS said the U.S. automakers are mainly profitable because of past concessions from hourly workers. But abandoning efforts to reduce the $15 per hour cost differential between the Canadian and U.S. operations would make them uncompetitive with offshore rivals, especially from Japan and Korea.“Everybody’s quality of cars is narrowing and everybody’s design and change in products is competitive so you have to always keep an eye on the cost structure,” Hon said.He said the automakers “learned the lesson” of past talks and can’t give more favourable contract terms in good times and then ask for givebacks in bad times.The Big 3 U.S. automakers are continuing tough negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union as a countdown continues to a threatened strike at 11:59 p.m. Monday.The union has offered wage and benefit concessions for new hires but is refusing demands for reductions for existing employees.“To date, little success has been made, with the union and the companies still very far apart on a number of fundamental issues,” the CAW said Friday in a message to its members at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.It added that each of the three companies “remains steadfast in their determination to force deep concessions on both existing and future workers.”“The CAW is equally determined to resist these demands and negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the best interest of our members.”The union has warned that it may target more than one of the U.S. automakers if negotiations fall through.GM only produces a few models at its sole remaining CAW-affiliated assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.Ford employs less than 5,000 workers at its assembly plant in Oakville and two engine assembly facilities in Windsor.University of Windsor professor Tony Faria said the impact of a strike would be much greater on Chrysler, which derives about a quarter of its production from Canada. All of its minivans are made in Windsor, along with several key sedans and vehicles.“Chrysler is looking at razor thin profits. They’ve got good prospects for this year and next year but the only way their profits are actually going to materialize is they have to be producing vehicles,” he said in an interview.Faria said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is a tough negotiator but he can’t afford a shutdown.“Chrysler is only now getting into a profitable situation so this is a bad, bad time for Chrysler to be shut down.”

Guinea UN envoy welcomes Electoral Commission chiefs resignation

In a press statement released by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region, said that Louceny Camara’s declared intention to step down from his position as President of CENI is an important step in paving the way towards a new round of legislative elections. “Said Djinnit encourages all parties to build on this momentum and engage constructively in discussions on the re-composition of the National Independent Electoral Commission,” said the statement. “He also encourages the Guinean stakeholders to reach a compromise on the technical arrangements for the holding of the legislative polls.”Guinea has been affected by political tumult since Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008, following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté. In November 2010, the election of Alpha Condé as President was the final stage of an interim Government’s efforts to set the stage for democracy in the country. According to media reports, Mr. Camara’s imminent resignation follows accusations by Guinean political stakeholders that the electoral commission chief was using his office as a pretext for delaying the elections. The UNOWA statement, which reiterated the UN’s commitment to providing assistance in preparing and holding the elections, further noted Mr. Djinnit’s readiness to continue working closely with all parties to foster an environment conducive to free, fair and credible elections.

Three British Airways passengers treated like rock stars when they found they

first_imgThe women on board On board the plane Credit:SWNS  Credit:SWNS  The women on board Credit:SWNS  Ms Stevens and Ms Walker, who are television producers, and Ms Hunt, a lawyer, were also treated to a three-course meal and posed for selfies with the captain of the BA flight.Ms Stevens, from Sutton, London, said: “It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that we’ll never forget.”We felt like celebrities, especially when we were given Champagne – it was the best Christmas present ever, we couldn’t believe how kind and lovely everyone was.”We were the only people in the departure lounge so staff let us use the executive suite, which is usually reserved for business flight passengers.”Then we mentioned how we’d hoped to buy our family gifts at the airport, and staff opened shops so we could browse. It was as though we’d hired out the place just for us.” But it was delayed by three hours, so having checked-in online they turned up late to the airport to “stretch out” the holiday.On arrival, they found passengers who arrived at the scheduled time had been squeezed onto an earlier flight.Ms Stevens said they “felt like A-listers” as cabin crew ushered them into business class seats – having paid just £80 each for an economy return ticket.center_img The women on board She added: “The celebrity treatment continued on board when we were given front row seats and a private safety talk.”The plane took off really quickly because it was so light  – it felt like we were on a private jet.”The cabin crew were laughing and even the pilot made an announcement stating he’d never flown a commercial flight with so few people.”On board, the women were given unlimited Champagne – and say they got through 10 mini-bottles between them.They took videos and selfies on board and tucked into breaded chicken and potato salad with cheese, hot crusty rolls and chocolate pudding. Three women have said they were treated like “rock stars” when they found themselves alone on a British Airways flight for 150 people.Laura Stevens, 34, said she and friends Sarah Hunt, 35, and Laurie-Lin Waller, 33, were upgraded to business class, drank Champagne and took selfies in the cockpit on the 2.5-hour flight.The women were due to fly back to the UK on the 5.20pm flight from Gibraltar to London Heathrow on December 18 after enjoying a three-day break. Credit:SWNS  Ms Stevens said: “We put on our shades and had a great time partying on board. We joked about being a girl band and took videos of us strolling up and down the aisles.”Cabin crew warned us that the fog meant it could take a while to land but we were having such a fantastic time we told them to take their time – we wanted the flight to go on forever.”When the plane landed, Ms Stevens and Ms Hunt, who is from Gibraltar, and Ms Walker, from Glasgow, took selfies in the cockpit and say ground staff “couldn’t believe” there were just three passengers aboard.”Even strolling through passport control we felt like celebs as there were no queues. The whole thing was so surreal,” added Ms Stevens.”People pay thousands for the kind of experience we had, but we got it all for the cost of an economy ticket – it was a real one-off.”We can’t thank BA enough – they made our Christmas!” 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.last_img

Overcrowding fears lead Tallaght Hospital to cancel nonurgent surgeries

first_imgTALLAGHT HOSPITAL HAS cancelled some non-urgent elective and day case surgeries due to “seasonally high admittances and attendances”.In a statement this morning, the hospital’s management said it is implementing a response plan to deal with the current pressures on the Emergency Department.Last night, the INMO claimed that patients were being put at risk because of overcrowding. There were 254 people on trolleys in January, with another 69 people on trolleys in wards.However, today the hospital said that “significant engagement” is taking place with medical and surgical staff in order to put in place a plan to address the current staff levels and maintain patient safety.“While this is clearly an undesirable situation, it is not untypical at this time of the year,” the statement continued. “The cancellations are being carried out in planned manner and patients are being notified in advance.”The INMO is calling on the HSE to lift its embargo on recruitment of frontline staff. “We are afraid the hospital is dangerous due to overcrowding and staff shortages,” said Derek Reilly from the INMO.“Patient safety is at risk there – we are afraid someone might die.”“Our members in the Emergency Department are unanimous to a person that the department is not safe,” said Reilly, adding that the coronary care department and wards are also concerned.The INMO is due to meet management in Tallaght Hospital on Friday morning.Related: Concerns that overcrowding at Tallaght Hospital puts patient safety at riskMore: Graduate nurses to protest €6.49 per hour training wagelast_img

Ubuntu for Android seen running on a Motorola Atrix 2

first_imgEver since Canonical announced its Ubuntu for Android project, I’ve been lusting after a device that ships with it. The idea of being able to carry around just one device instead of three is like a breath of fresh air to my weary neck and shoulders.Canonical has shown some real savvy in understanding that they didn’t need to compete with Android or iOS by releasing another full mobile OS, and has made a brilliant move in my opinion to expand the market footprint of Ubuntu into the mobile arena. Of course, not everyone agrees with my assessment, largely because of the complete lack of any kind of beta build that can be downloaded and tested.While we’re still waiting impatiently for Canonical to release some code for us to play with, a new video has appeared in which project manager Richard Collins demonstrates exactly how the software functions. Posted above for your viewing pleasure, the five-minute demonstration gives us a window into the project.As you can see, Canonical is testing its software using a Motorola Atrix 2. While you may think the choice of device is related to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, it’s simply not the case. In my interviews with Canonical CEO Jane Silber and Richard Collins, it was stated firmly that the company’s choice of handsets was made from a purely technical standpoint. Because the Atrix 2 has a dual-core processor and a dock that is readily available, it became the prime candidate for development of Ubuntu for Android.There’s also been confusion about how Ubuntu is running on the device. Many people have assumed that it’s a shell interface or some sort of emulation. Both assumptions are wrong as this is in fact a full build of Ubuntu that has been optimized to run on mobile processors using the Android OS as a base. In designing the link between Ubuntu and Android in this way, Canonical has created a symbiotic relationship that allows each OS to operate independently while still allowing information such as phone calls and email to flow between the two seamlessly.Of course, Ubuntu for Android has a long way to go before it’s ready for mass consumption. A large part of the process is going to be getting the software into the community’s hands. Hopefully we will see that happen soon.Read more at ExtremeTechlast_img

McAfee promises 100 Decentral dongle will enable NSAproof chats

first_imgJohn McAfee is working on a $100 device called Decentral that will allow you to chat with your contacts in complete secrecy. Plug it in, and you’re joined up to a sort of living, breathing mobile network that can’t be infiltrated by government cyberops.Who better to bring a device like this to market than McAfee? After all, he’s got the criminal past (he’s a self-confessed former drug dealer) and requisite paranoia (have a look a his insane Belize saga) to truly understand why something like Decentral should exist. It doesn’t hurt that he also headed up a massive security software company for several years.Will Decentral be a hit? McAfee certainly thinks so. “I cannot imagine one college student in the world who will not stand in line to get one,” he told a conference center crowd in San Jose. And suppose the US government bans its sale? What then?McAfee says he’ll make sure it winds up on store shelves in “England, Japan, [and] the Third World.” Decentral won’t be stopped, he said.Still, you’ve got to wonder if McAfee can really deliver what he’s promising. Can Decentral really lock out the the same people that have reportedly hacked pretty much every super power in the world, created backdoors into industry-standard encryption standards, and entrapped “anonymous” TOR users?Decentral will also have to offer something very compelling and unique to convince users to part with $100. Existing apps like Tor chat and the recently-announced BitTorrent Chat — which will also be completely decentralized and encrypted, like Decentral.Then again, celebrity endorsements often help sell a product. With McAfee — the guy who gifted Trojanized laptops to Belizean officials and jammed a tampon up his nose to alter his physical appearance and avoid capture — as the face of Decentral, there’s a chance it could be a smash hit with privacy-minded technophiles.last_img

525000 Medicare beneficiaries in San Diego County to receive new cards

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New Medicare cards are going to be rolled out to hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries. The new cards focus on preventing identity theft by removing social security numbers from the cards.Richard Woodward, from the Senior Medicare Patrol was here to tell us more about the changes coming with new cards. 525,000 Medicare beneficiaries in San Diego County to receive new cards July 6, 2018 Posted: July 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img