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Our New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime

first_imgGetting a new PC used to take valuable time out of the workday.   But as part of our focus on a user-centered model of delivering IT services, Intel IT recently optimized our PC delivery process, resulting in improved employee productivity, a better employee experience, and reduced operational costs.  These process improvements allow our employees to return to work more quickly, reducing their downtime from an average of 4.5 hours to 1 hour, a 77-percent reduction. Read the paper “New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime” to learn about the changes we made.last_img

Harington suggests he is not done with Game of Thrones yet

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 16 (PTI) Amid numerous speculations and fan theories, Kit Harington, who essayed the role of Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones”, has hinted that he might not be done with the fantasy drama yet. The season 5 finale suggested that Jon Snow had fulfilled his Nights Watch oath and would never be seen again, reported Variety. “The important thing is that I now know exactly how long I am still under contract… Lets just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while, Ill probably be in my thirties when its over,” Harington teased. The 28-year-old actor is still sporting the famous Jon Snow long, dark hair and was rumoured to be seen near the set during the shooting of season 6 of HBOs popular series. PTI SHD PSHlast_img

Stats: England lose 8 wickets for 8 runs

first_imgLeg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s maiden six-wicket haul turned things around for India as the hosts beat England by 75 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.Chasing a mammoth 203, England were on track till the 13th over scoring 119/2, before Chahal’s magical spell (6/25) put the visitors on the back foot as they surrendered meekly to lose their last eight wickets for just eight runs and end on 127.England started well with opener Jason Roy (32) and Joe Root (42) putting on 47 runs for the second wicket before the latter combined with skipper Eoin Morgan (40) and added 64 runs for the third wicket to put them in a commanding position. (Yuzvendra Chahal second bowler after Ajantha Mendis to take six-wicket haul in T20 Internationals)But thereafter it was Chahal all the way, who triggered a collapse by sending back Morgan and Root off consecutive deliveries before pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) added to their woes by striking in the very next over to dismiss wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for a duck.England’s batsmen were in such a hurry that it hardly took Chahal another over to take three more wickets of Ben Stokes (6), Moeen Ali (2) and Chris Jordan (0) and dash any hopes of a recovery.Tottering at 127/9, Bumrah dismissed tail-ender Tymal Mills (0) to seal the deal in India’s favour.India’s biggest wins in Twenty20 InternationalsMARGIN OPPONENTVENUE YEAR90 runsEnglandColombo RPS201275 runsEnglandBangalore201773 runsAustraliaMirpur201469 runsSri LankaRanchi201654 runsZimbabweHarare2015From 119/2 to 127 all out – England lost their last 8 wickets for only 8 runs in 19 balls. This is the second worst 8-wicket collapse for any team in international cricket across all three formats. New Zealand lost 8 wickets for only 5 runs in a Test match way back in 1946. advertisementWorst 8 wicket collapses in international cricket COLLAPSE FORVSVENUE YEAR FORMAT5/8New ZealandAustraliaWellington1946Tests8/8EnglandIndiaBangalore2017T20Is8/10New ZealandPakistanAuckland2001Tests8/10Sri LankaWest IndiesSharjah1986ODIs8/10AustraliaSouth AfricaCape Town2011Tests8/11EnglandWest IndiesLord’s1979ODIsYoung India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal initially became the first Indian bowler to record a five-wicket haul and then went on write his name in the history books by finishing with figures of 6 for 25.Chahal is now only the second bowler after Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis to snare six wickets in an innings in T20 Internationals.Best bowling figures in Twenty20 InternationalsFIGURESPLAYERVSYEAR 6/8Ajantha MendisZimbabwe20126/16Ajantha MendisAustralia20116/25Yuzvendra ChahalEngland20175/3Rangana HerathNew Zealand20145/6Umar GulNew Zealand2009 Best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 InternationalsFIGURES PLAYERVS YEAR6/25Yuzvendra ChahalEngland20174/8Ravichandran AshwinSri Lanka20164/10Barinder SranZimbabwe20164/11Ravichandran AshwinAustralia20144/12Harbhajan SinghEngland2012This was India’s second highest total in T20Is batting first.India’s highest totals in Twenty20 Internationals (batting first)TOTAL VS VENUE YEARRESULT 218/4EnglandDurban2007Won202/6EnglandBangalore2017Won199/5South AfricaDharamshala2015Lost196/6Sri LankaRanchi2016Won192/5PakistanAhmedabad2012Won192/2West IndiesMumbai2016Lostlast_img read more

Vivo X20 Plus UD with in-display fingerprint sensor to launch on January 25

first_imgChinese smartphone brand Vivo made headlines at CES 2018 earlier this month when it unveiled the first ready-to-produce smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor developed by Synaptics. During the unveiling, Vivo did not provide a name for the smartphone or a launch date. A few days ago, the phone arrived on TENAA with the name X20 Plus UD and we now understand that the smartphone could be launched on January 25 at a price of CNY 3,998 (approx Rs. 39,800).The launch date and pricing of the Vivo X20 Plus UD were provided by Zyad Atef on Twitter. As nothing is confirmed as of now, it is best to take this with a grain of salt. As the name suggests, the X20 Plus UD will be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus that was launched back in September. The biggest difference, of course, will be the fingerprint sensor. While it was previously seen on the back of the X20 Plus, the sensor will now be hiding under the display on the front with the X20 Plus UD. This keeps the rear panel clean with just the logo and a dual rear camera setup.While Vivo did showcase a smartphone with an under display fingerprint sensor provided by Qualcomm at MWC last year, the company found that it wasn’t as responsive as it would have liked it to be. Thanks to Synaptics’ optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID, Vivo is now the first brand to ship the much-expected technology. Under display fingerprint sensor is expected to go mainstream this year as manufacturers launch more and more bezel-less smartphones.advertisementALSO READ: Vivo unveils world’s first commercial smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES 2018Apart from the under display fingerprint sensor, the X20 Plus UD is expected to be pretty much similar to the X20 Plus. It will likely sport a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It may be powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor along with 4GB of RAM. As the X20 Plus was never brought to the Indian market, it is still uncertain whether the X20 Plus UD will make it to the country.<br />last_img read more

Ramos unsure about Ronaldo’s future

first_imgReal Madrid Ramos unsure about Ronaldo’s Madrid future Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 09:34 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Primera División The defender insisted he knew nothing about recent rumours suggesting the Portugal star wants to leave the Blancos Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was unwilling to be drawn into Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club, saying he had no idea what the Portugal star would end up deciding.Ronaldo, 32, is again being linked with a move away from the La Liga champions despite being contracted until mid-2021.Real 14/5 to win La Liga 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 Asked about the star forward’s future again after Spain’s 3-3 friendly draw with Russia, Ramos said he had no idea.”Cristiano is leaving? Ask him, I don’t know about these things,” the defender told reporters.Madrid are back in action with a derby clash against Atletico on Saturday, sitting third in the table and eight points behind rivals and league leaders Barcelona.Ramos said Zinedine Zidane’s men could afford few mistakes for the rest of the season.”It’s the good thing about football – difficult games come in,” he said.”We have a minimum margin of error because we have wasted several points.”We hope to play a good role in the derby and then we’ll see.”last_img read more

Kane Williamson thrilled after New Zealand use potent weapon perfectly vs India

first_imgKane Williamson thrilled after New Zealand use potent weapon perfectly vs IndiaIndia vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson lauded his bowlers for exploiting the conditions in Hamilton after New Zealand hammered India by 8 wickets. Trent Boult picked 5 for 21 to bowl India out for their 7th lowest ODI total before Ross Taylor scored 37 not out off 25 balls to secure victory for the Black Caps.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 12:00 IST India vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson was pull of praise for his star bowler Trent Boult (@ICC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson was happy his bowlers could get the ball to swing vs India in HamiltonTrent Boult’s five-wicket haul bowled India out for their 7th lowest ODI totalWilliamson now wants New Zealand to improve further against IndiaBrief Scores: New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25) (SCORECARD) New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said he had no idea the Hamilton pitch would afford as much swing as it did in the fourth ODI against India. Trent Boult picked his fifth five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 92, their seventh lowest total in one-day internationals.New Zealand chased down the paltry target of 93 with 8 wickets and 212 balls or 35.3 overs to spare. This was India’s heaviest defeat in terms of balls left. Without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the line-up, the Indian batting line-up was completely exposed after openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were dismissed early.After New Zealand had lost the third ODI on Monday, Williamson had said India were teaching his men a lesson. Three days later, the Black Caps bouned back to show they had learnt their lesson well. The series is lost but aided by swing, New Zealand played for pride and delivered.”We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well,” Willimason said at the post-match presentation.”Credit to the areas the guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to that was a real step at the right direction. It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use.It was just one of those days where things went our way and we were able to exploit the conditions with the ball. – Kane Williamson #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/8eaFlr4pYEadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 31, 2019″Because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets. We exploited the conditions really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance,” Williamson said.India and New Zealand now travel to Wellington for the fifth and final ODI on Sunday. The Black Caps will hope for another win to end the series with a respectable margin of 3-2.”We’ll be on a different surface at Wellington. Cricket will be different. Great to have a win today… Against a team like India, it’s going to be a strong challenge. He (Henry Nicholls) played beautifully, it was challenging. Guptill whacked it around and other guys chipped in well. This is an opportunity to play against best team in the world – great opportunity to improve,” he said.Trent Boult was named man-of-the-match for his figures of 5 for 21. He said it was pleasing to exploit the conditions as well as he did. “It was nice to see the bowling swinging…. To make the most of the conditions was very pleasing. Colin de Grandhomme from the other end bowled ten overs on-the-trot as well. It was Nice to bowl them out cheaply. It’s pretty simple on a wicket like this. Pitch it up and target the stumps. We will put on a similar performance hopefully in the next game and make it 3-2.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Trent BoultFollow India vs New ZealandFollow 4th ODIlast_img read more

SRC To Showcase Opportunities In Personal Care Industry

first_img Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.Acting Manager for Marketing and Corporate Communications, Carolyn Rose Miller, told JIS News that this event, to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will highlight the various business opportunities in the area of personal care.Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island.Attendees will receive information on market trends, the SRC’s capabilities in the production of personal-care products as well as technical information about the industry.Mrs. Miller said that the SRC will also be sharing success stories of persons who have utilised the services of the Council to get their products into the local and international markets. These services include product testing and development.Among the speakers and presenters are Executive Director of the SRC, Dr. Cliff Riley; and Product and Research Development Manager, Dr. Charah Watson.The event will include an outside radio broadcast as well as an exhibition of products.The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Focus will be placed on formulations from local oils and hydrosols, such as make-up, hair care products, toothpaste, and sanitisers. These items, she noted, are heavily imported into the island. Story Highlights The SRC has advised that space is limited, and so persons interested in attending must contact the entity at 927-1771-2 or 977-1771. Entrepreneurs in the personal care industry and persons who want to start a business in the field, are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) annual Opportunity Quest at its Hope Gardens offices on Thursday, May 25.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Oldham Road Oldham Road will be closed at the intersection of Route 212 (Old Guysborough Road) in Goffs on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3, for culvert replacement. Motorists can detour on Highway 102 between Exit 5A and Exit 7. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30-last_img

We are in a crisis and we need to call it what

first_img(Photo courtesy Ben Powless)APTN National NewsTORONTO–After introductions that used over five of her allotted 15 minutes, Mi’kmaq candidate Pam Palmater said she believes the next national chief faces hard times ahead.And she said the Assembly of First Nations needs to change to reflect that.“We are in a crisis and we need to call it what it is. We cannot move forward unless we, as the AFN, are the first to stand up front and say we won’t take this from this point forward. So what do we do? We know the status quo is killing our people,” she said.Palmater, a Ryerson University professor, is one of eight candidates vying for the position of national chief of the AFN. She was speaking during the candidate’s forum during the AFN gathering in Toronto where chiefs will vote for national chief on Wednesday.Palmater said the organization must take a tougher stance against the Harper government.“It’s no secret Canada has tried to assimilate us and it remains their ultimate objective. But we now have a government that has put that on fast forward, laid down the gauntlet and said, ‘I dare you to do something about it.’ I’m here today to do something about it,” she said.Palmater said chiefs are reluctant to make radical changes to the organization because of fear.“Canada yields a very powerful weapon over us. If we speak out, they cut our funding. If we speak out, maybe they don’t approve your economic development plan. And we are very much dependent on all of these social programs and services. Not in a shameful way, but in a way like any province and territory or municipality is dependent on those social programs,” she said.She said there is still a need to work with the Canadian government.“But this choice is not about working with the federal government in an abusive relationship where we always come out at the end. We have the right and the responsibility to demand a respectful relationship,” she said.Palmater said that if she’s elected the AFN will be given back to the chiefs, saying the organization is not a government but a potentially powerful advocate.“Why on earth wouldn’t we make that choice? We can do this. We’ve done it before, we’re standing here as a testament. We can do it again,” she said.last_img read more

Feds focused on targeted competitiveness plan over corporate tax cuts sources

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is looking at targeted measures to enhance Canada’s competitiveness rather than broad-based corporate tax cuts, sources say.For months, the federal Liberals have been under pressure from business leaders to respond to a U.S. tax overhaul that many warn has put Canada at a disadvantage.Morneau told reporters this week that he hadn’t ruled anything out when specifically asked whether tax cuts would be part of his competitiveness plan.But Morneau has been meeting with businesses across the country in an effort to find the best way to deal with the U.S. changes. And sources with knowledge of the federal approach who spoke on condition of anonymity say his emphasis has been consistently on targeted measures.Morneau intends to announce plans in his fall economic update to bolster Canada’s competitiveness.The Trump administration’s changes include big tax reductions for businesses and loosened regulations, which have created fears Canada has lost part of its edge as an investment destination.The finance minister has been analyzing the impacts of the U.S. changes and has spent the summer on a “listening tour” to get feedback from the Canadian business community.Industry stakeholders have been calling for lower taxes — but a cut to the federal corporate rate would come at a cost. A tool on the parliamentary budget officer’s website estimates that a one percentage point reduction to the business tax rate would trim about $1.7 billion per year from federal revenues.There are, however, also recommendations that Morneau consider a cheaper option: allowing all companies to immediately write off new equipment purchases.The U.S. tax package enables American companies to immediately write off the full cost of new machinery and equipment. Canada already offers this provision for its manufacturing sector and there are calls for it to be expanded to cover all industries.Some experts believe this kind of measure should be combined with cuts to business taxes.A study released Wednesday by the PwC accounting firm warned the American tax reforms will have a major, negative impact on Canada. They will shift investment to the U.S. and hurt economic activity in Canada, it said.The analysis said the U.S. changes threaten 635,000 Canadian jobs, which represents about 3.4 per cent of all workers, and could lower Canada’s gross domestic product by 4.9 per cent. The report said $20 billion worth of government revenue could also be at risk.The study was commissioned by the Business Council of Canada, which has been pushing for lower corporate taxes.“Canada’s relatively favourable corporate tax environment was a major advantage in terms of attracting new investment,” said the report, which recommends federal and provincial tax reductions among its policy options.“Due to the U.S. tax reform, this advantage has now disappeared.”The assessment paints a far bleaker picture than estimates released last spring by the Bank of Canada.The central bank figured the U.S. reforms could lower business investment by about three per cent from 2017 to the end of 2020. The bank said this would shave the level of economic growth by about 0.2 per cent by the end of 2020.Morneau faced criticism from the business community after his February budget lacked specific steps to address their competitiveness concerns.The finance minister wanted more time assess the situation and his office has insisted he would avoid any “knee-jerk reactions.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Darfur UN peacekeeping chief urges more efforts to include rebels in peace

25 October 2011While important progress has been made in the peace process in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, more needs to be done to bring on board rebel groups who are still fighting the Government, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today. “I call on those parties who have not yet done so to cease hostilities and enter into peace negotiations immediately and without preconditions,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council, referring to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) signed between the Government and one of the rebel groups, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).Mr. Ladsous was presenting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the joint UN-African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the 23,000-strong force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes since 2003. As signs of progress, he cited LJM leader Tijani Al Seisi’s arrival in Darfur and his inauguration at the beginning of the week as President of the Darfur Regional Authority, paving the way for the next stage of the DDPD, the establishment of various committees and commissions which are expected to include elements from another group, the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi, which is now fighting the Government again after joining a previous peace effort.Other hold-out groups include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid, and Mr. Ladsous stressed the vital importance of bringing all groups into the peace process.“We must continue to do all that is in our power to help the Sudanese reach a final and inclusive settlement to this conflict,” he said. “It will be crucial in this regard for the signatory parties to broaden support for the DDPD by working to ensure peace dividends reach the people of Darfur.”Mr. Ladsous noted that ongoing clashes, involving sporadic fighting between Government forces and armed groups as well as deadly attacks against UNAMID patrols, threaten the protection and humanitarian activities of both aid workers and the mission. “I strongly condemn those responsible for the cowardly attack on UNAMID peacekeepers at Zam Zam,” he said, referring to the ambush of a patrol near a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on 10 October in which three UN peacekeepers were killed.“I call on the Government to fully investigate the incident and to spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.” read more

Grad student says Brock prepared him for Harvard program

A Brock University graduate student is one step closer to attending his dream Ivy League school.Harish Aggarwal (BSc ’15), an MSc student, said his education from Brock prepared him well for the rigours of Harvard University, where he attended the intensive Summer Session for Public Health Studies program.The competitive, seven-week program introduces students to the core areas of public health, and is an important step in Aggarwal’s path to earning a Masters degree from Harvard.Aggarwal, of Niagara Falls, is one of only 60 people worldwide to earn a spot in the program.“It’s divided into two half-summer terms, earning 15 credits within the seven weeks. All of the work I completed goes towards earning a Masters of Public Health at Harvard, which I plan to return to in September 2017,” Aggarwal said.In the weeks prior to beginning this new chapter in his academic career, he sought advice from then-President Jack Lightstone.“He told me that there is nowhere that my Brock education would not prepare me for, and when I got there, he was exactly right,” he said.“Even though I was intimidated by the fact that most of my peers were medical doctors with much more experience, my time at Brock was just as challenging, and it prepared me exceptionally well.”Aggarwal also credits his co-curricular involvement for steering him towards the path to public health, having been involved in the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP), Med Plus, the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-being, as well as sitting on the Niagara Falls Community Outreach Board of Directors during his undergrad.“I’ve always had an interest in public health. After my experience in I-EQUIP, I really started to focus on this area, starting with my Master’s research at Brock. Right now I’m exploring how self-efficacy relates to obesity in children,” he said.In anticipation of the start of his last year in his program, Aggarwal is looking forward to bringing his experience at Harvard into the classroom.“The program has not only made me a better researcher through my studies in biostatistics and epidemiology, but is also shaping me to be a better teaching assistant for my students,” he said. read more

Regina man facing 45 charges in connection with string of auto and

Police have arrested a 19-year-old Regina man following an investigation into a series of recent auto and property thefts in the city.The man is facing a total of 45 charges, which date back to May 2. He was arrested on Aug. 15 while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in the area of College Avenue and Halifax Street.According to the Regina Police Service (RPS), plainclothes officers were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the man. Police said he was safely taken into custody, but the arrest did cause a disruption in the neighbourhood and some property damage to vehicles.The man has been charged in connection with seven separate auto thefts. Some of the stolen vehicles include a Ford F150, Honda Accord, Toyota Prius, 2005 Audi and 2015 Audi.Before his arrest, police allege the man pulled a modified gun, a .22 calibre rifle, and attempted to hide it. The arrest led police to obtain a search warrant for an address on the 800 block of Victoria Avenue. There, police found a stolen vehicle and other stolen items.Aside from vehicles, the man has also been charged with stealing gas, possessing a stolen credit card, possessing an identity document belonging to another person and several breach of probation charges.The man is also facing seven firearm and weapon charges, including possession of a gun obtained by crime.The man made his first court appearance on Monday at Regina Provincial Court. read more

UNESCO chief pleads for release of French journalists abducted in Iraq

Christian Chesnot, a correspondent for Radio France International, and Georges Malbrunot of the daily Le Figaro are being held by militants demanding that France rescind a ban on Muslim female students wearing headscarves in schools, according to a video aired on the Al-Jazeera Arabic television station. “It is totally unacceptable that conflicting factions should use them [the journalists] as pawns in their struggle. Such attacks will not contribute to the well-being of the people of Iraq. Such actions are contrary to the teaching of Islam,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “I am deeply distressed by the shameful targeting of media professionals in Iraq and wish to pay tribute to their courage and their exemplary commitment to freedom of expression,” he added. According to the International News Safety Institute, 51 media workers from 16 countries have died covering the Iraq conflict. The heaviest toll has been paid by Iraqi journalists – 28 of them have been killed. Over the past several months Mr. Matsuura has issued numerous condemnations of the murder of journalists in various countries, calling them an attack on society as a whole. Only last Saturday he denounced reported killing in Iraq of Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni as a “flagrant disregard for civilian lives and for the most fundamental human values.” read more

Ahead of Yemen ceasefire UNICEF sounds alarm about impact of crisis on

Speaking to reporters earlier this afternoon in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac explained that the UN agency and its partners were stepping up a series of initiatives targeting Yemen’s struggling children, including nutrition screening, vaccinations and other life-saving interventions. In the southern city of Aden, for instance, UNICEF had supplied emergency ambulances, as well as blood testing and transfusion services to ensure that injured children could receive immediate treatment. Mr. Boulierac added that the UNICEF team in Aden was also currently supporting an immunization campaign as part of a nation-wide drive aimed at vaccinating around one million children under the age of one against measles, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. “Our mobile teams and staff have to brave extremely hazardous conditions, risking their lives to reach children and women wherever they can. If they don’t do that more children are likely to die from malnutrition and preventable diseases,” Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen said in a press release. “But what Yemen really needs now is a return to peace, a solution to the fuel and power crisis and restoration of regular health services”, Mr. Harneis added. According to the latest UN data, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been steadily deteriorating since the outbreak of fighting in late March 2015. In the past three months alone, some 3,000 Yemenis have been killed, half of them civilians, and 14,000 others injured. Over a million people have had to flee their homes and 21 million need immediate help, close to 13 million people are unable to meet their food needs, 15 million people have no healthcare and outbreaks of dengue and malaria are raging unchecked. Humanitarian partners have reached 4.4 million people with aid in the past three months, but this is a fraction of those in need, says the UN Spokesperson’s office. The United Nations, the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement and international non-governmental organizations working together have now activated the highest level of emergency response. At the same time, just yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the beginning of a humanitarian pause on Friday, 10 July, to permit humanitarian actors to reach civilians in need. Today, the UN Security Council welcomed the announcement and emphasized that all parties would need to suspend military operations during the pause and that no party should take advantage of the pause to move weapons or seize territory. Further, the Council urged all parties to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to all parts of Yemen, as well as rapid, safe, and unhindered access for humanitarian actors to reach people in need of humanitarian assistance, including medical assistance. The announcement of the pause comes at a critical moment for Yemen’s children, according to the UNICEF spokesperson who reported that more than 2.5 million children were at risk of diarrhoeal diseases, half a million were at risk of severe acute malnutrition, more than 1.3 million children faced the threat of acute respiratory tract infections and 2.6 million of them under the age of 15 were not protected against measles. To that point, Mr. Boulierac reiterated the UN’s call all parties to enable the urgent delivery of food, water and medical attention to the most vulnerable populations in Yemen during the pause. Also addressing the briefing was World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs, who cited the agency’s efforts over the past months in reaching close to 2 million people with emergency food aid. Nevertheless, she added, numerous obstacles continued to impede the UN agency’s access to vulnerable populations including damaged roads and multiple checkpoints. read more

Early action key to preventing crises related to El Niño and La

AUDIO: Interview with UN OCHA’s Greg Puley “We know that the earlier we’re able to put in place a response, the more efficient and effective that response can be,” Greg Puley, Chief of Policy Advice and Planning Section, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told UN News. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. Its counterpart La Niña is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures, but it also results in extreme weather. In 2016, 23 countries – representing 60 million people – had to appeal for emergency aid because of El Niño-related weather events. While there is never 100 per cent certainty that a weather event will happen, Mr. Puley urged governments “to be willing to act on the clues.” He discussed insurance, or forecast-based funding, which released funding early, as innovations that have “no regrets” even if a predicted event does not happen. “If you’re aware that excess precipitation is forecast, for example, you can make some investment to reinforce river beds so that the excess precipitation doesn’t result in flooding,” he said. “It will cost you $10 million to reinforce the river bed. It might have cost you $50 or $60 million to provide food, water and shelter to people who are displaced by the flood. You can make those investments when you know.” read more

Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State upset by No 19 Michigan 8475

The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) led by five points at halftime, but failed to finish off No. 19 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) in the second half, falling 84-75 to the Wolverines Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.The Wolverines clawed their way back into the game after trailing the majority of the game. Over the final 2:59 of the third quarter, they went on a 13-4 run to take a 62-58 lead. The visiting team extended its lead and closed the game with a 22-17 fourth-quarter run.Ohio State struggled in the second half, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field. The Buckeyes also finished 6-for-30 from 3-point range. Their shooting woes were not the only problem. Ohio State was out-rebounded 44-31 in the game.“I don’t think we had the focus that we needed tonight to win, way too many mental errors against a good Michigan team,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought they played well, and when we made mistakes they made us pay. They shot 53 percent and outrebounded us by 13, we shot 36 percent, you’re not going to win a game.”A 15-point first half from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga boosted the Buckeyes to a 41-36 lead, but she was held to just six second-half points before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field. Mitchell tied the all-time made 3-point record in all divisions with 58.3 seconds remaining in the game. She has made 441 career triples.The Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers to their eight, but Michigan executed its offense well when it maintained possession, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.The Buckeyes’ pesky defense and solid ball movement was effective in the first half. That changed in the second half behind Michigan center Hallie Thome’s domination in the paint. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 27 points, despite facing early foul trouble.“[Thome] was incredible the first go around so we really wanted to make sure we found her early and got her touches early and last game it was the opposite. Last game Mavunga got those two fouls early and she was out,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “For our team to stay as close as we did at half without [Thome] being in the game, I felt pretty good at half going in.”Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who averaged 23.1 points per game entering the game, was held to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. But she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists, with most of her scoring coming during the Wolverines’ second-half charge. read more

Paedophile accused of murdering two schoolgirls goes on trial 30 years after he

Opening the case for the prosecution, Brian Altman QC told the jury: “The killings were entirely intentional and they were carried out in the woods by a man who sexually assaulted them for his own gratification. That man, say the prosecution, was this defendant, Russell Bishop.”Mr Altman went on: “This defendant was, as you will hear, arrested in 1986, charged and indeed tried the following year in 1987 for the murders of both girls, but on December 10 1987 he was acquitted by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.“Having been acquitted of these murders, the defendant was discharged was a free man and returned to live in the Brighton area.”Less than three years after his acquittal on 4 February 1990, the defendant committed offices involving the attempted murder, kidnapping and indecent assault of a seven-year-old girl in the Whitehawk are of Brighton.“Unlike Nicola and Karen, the victim survived and was able to identify the defendant as her attacker, which, together with scientific and other compelling evidence, led to his conditions by a jury at Lewes Crown Court on December 13 1990.” Schoolgirl victims Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola Fellows Schoolgirl victims Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola FellowsCredit:PA Their bodies were found in the woods at Wild Park in Brighton the following day. Both girls had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death.Bishop was charged with their murders the following year, but was cleared following a trial at Lewes Crown Court.But after the longest investigation in Sussex Police’s history, Bishop was charged with the killings once again after the Court of Appeal quashed his original acquittal. Police searching an area where the girl's bodies were found The jury at the Old Bailey was told that the case against Bishop was based on similarities between the two cases, but also developments in DNA and forensic science, which was not available at the time of the original trial. 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. Mr Altman told the jury: “Despite the acquittal the case was never closed and the police have continued to investigate it.“One significant part of the enquiry has been to re evaluate various areas of scientific work that were performed for the purposes of the 1987 trial but through the lens of modern day techniques, DNA profiling which although available in 1986 and 1987 was the in its infancy.”He went on:  “Because of the new evidence and without making any judgment about the guilt or otherwise of this defendant, the Court of Appeal has quashed the 1987 acquittals. That means the defendant can be prosecuted again based on the evidence that existed then and the new evidence that is available now. “Evidence of the re-evaluation of the science available at the time of the original trial and new science, we suggest proves that Russell Bishop was to the exclusion of anyone else responsible for the murders of the two girls.” Bishop denies the murders and the trial is expected to last up to eight weeks. A convicted paedophile acquitted of the kidnap and murder of two schoolgirls more than 30 years ago has gone on trial for a second time after new DNA evidence came to light, the Old Bailey has been told.Russell Bishop, 52, was found not guilty of the sexually motivated murders of nine-year-old schoolgirls, Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, who were killed in Brighton in 1986.Three years after walking free from court in December 1987, he molested another seven-year-old girl, strangled her and left her for dead in the Whitehawk area of the city.For more than three decades the investigation into Nicola and Karen’s killings remained open and last year, following advances in DNA and forensic technology, Sussex Police charged Bishop with the notorious double murder.Karen and Nicola, who were close friends, disappeared from near their homes in the Moulsecoomb area of Brighton on 9 October 1986 after going out to play. Police searching an area where the girl’s bodies were foundCredit:Ken Mason  read more

Young Dubs respond in style to beat Cork despite losing Crummey to

first_img Short URL Young Dubs respond in style to beat Cork despite losing Crummey to red card Ger Cunningham’s men bounced back to earn an eight-point victory at Páirc Uí Rinn tonight. 27,285 Views Cork’s Patrick Horgan with Ben Quinn of Dublin. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO 51 Comments By Denis Hurley Feb 18th 2017, 9:09 PM Follow us: http://the42.ie/3247450 Dublin 2-19Cork 1-14Denis Hurley reports from Páirc Ui RinnDUBLIN GOT THEIR first Allianz HL Division 1A points of the year as a first-half scoring burst of an unanswered 1-8 at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening put them into a lead Cork would not be able to reel in.Having lost heavily to Tipperary last week, Dublin manager Ger Cunningham needed a response against his native county but Cork started as they finished against Clare, moving 0-4 to 0-1 ahead early on.However, Ryan O’Dywer’s goal put Dublin 1-2 to 0-5 in front and the points began to flow, with Donal Burke getting the first of his eight. The full-forward could even have had a goal only for Anthony Nash to save his penalty.Cork revived themselves coming up to half-time, Shane Kingston with a smartly-taken goal from Luke Meade’s pass before adding two points, and a 1-11 to 1-7 deficit at the interval was not insurmountable. Goulmouth action at Páirc Uí Rinn. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWithin six minutes of the restart, though, Dublin had reasserted themselves, Burke setting up Eoghan Conroy for a goal, and Burke, O’Dwyer, Chris Bennett and Eamon Dillon all added further points.Not even the sending off of Chris Crummey – who also saw red when the counties met in the championship last summer – could destabilise Dublin, as a misfiring Cork never looked like mounting a late fightback.Scorers for Dublin: Domhnall Burke 0-8 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65), Eoghan Conroy 1-2, Ryan O’Dwyer 1-1, Rian McBride 0-2 each, Chris Crummey, Eamon Dillon, Chris Bennett, Caolán Conway, Cian O’Sullivan, Fiontán Mac Gib 0-1 each.Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65), Shane Kingston 1-2, Luke Meade 0-2, Mark Coleman (0-1 free), Alan Cadogan, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.Dublin16. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)18. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s)3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)4. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)8. Ben Quinn (Crumlin)6. Liam Rushe (St Patrick’s, Palmerstown)7. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)21. Caolán Conway (Kilmacud Crokes)11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s)25. Eoghan Conroy (St Maur’s)22. Rian McBride (St Vincent’s)10. Eamon Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)15. Fiontán Mac Gib (Setanta)12. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)14. Donal Burke (Na Fianna)Subs:13. Chris Bennett (Faughs) for Quinn (49)17. Cian McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes) for Conway (59)26. Cian O’Sullivan (St Brigid’s) for O’Dwyer (63)23. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes) for Dillon (67)9. Domhnall Fox (St Jude’s) for Burke (70)Cork1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)2. Killian Burke (Midleton)4. David Griffin (Carrigaline)3. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)9. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)11. Luke Meade (Newcestown)12. Shane Kingston (Douglas)15. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)10. Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)Subs:18. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for Spillane (25, injured)17. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers) for Griffin (half-time)26. Conor Lehane (Midleton) for Fitzgibbon (45)22. Paul Haughney (Midleton) for Kearney (49)Referee: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share64 Tweet Email Cork’s Patrick Horgan with Ben Quinn of Dublin. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 9:09 PM Last year’s All-Ireland finalists open 2017 with wins and they both mean businessAs it happened: Cork v Dublin, Division 1A hurling league Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek embassy in Australia GCM and the PanMacedonian Association demand an apology

first_imgSeven Network’s presenter Andrew Gaze, while hosting of the opening ceremony alongside sports journalist Bruce McAvaney referred to FYROM as being the home of Alexander the Great and King Phillip causing the outrage not only of the Greek Australians but of Greeks worldwide.The first mobilised by the major gaffe, were the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, along with hundreds of viewers who took to Facebook and Twitter to complain, sharing their disappointment towards Gaze who in fact used to play basketball professionally in Greece.This is how it went:Andrew Gaze: “Greatest ancient Olympic Champion was? Macedonian and his name was Phillip the second, father of Alexander the Great.”Bruce McAvaney: “And a bit of history about Macedonia.”Gaze responded on Twitter, saying that “If it is incorrect or wasn’t communicated correctly, I sincerely apologise,” sharing a photo of the script. Meanwhile, a similar misappropriation of history took place on national American television when commentators from NBC network referred to FYROM as the homeland of Greece’s historical figures.In a letter to the broadcaster, the President of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria accused the network of “ignorance of history citing known historical fact that in antiquity, only Greeks were permitted to take part in the Olympics yet when mentioning Alexander the Great’s participation in the ancient games, it was during the entrance of FYROM, a Slavic nation whose history clearly has nothing to do with the Macedonian general of antiquity.”Neos Kosmos’ Greek edition also featured the story on its front page voicing the Greek Community’s demands calling for an official retraction and apology from the Australian network. “I urge you to educate your staff on nothing more than what is the internationally accepted name for the state known as FYROM and request that they do not re-write history for cheap amusement or to fill in broadcast time”, wrote Bill Papastergiadis.Today, the Greek Embassy from Canberra also issued an official statement asking for Channel 7 to retract the comments and rectify the comments. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more