Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong consoled Gylfi Sigurdsson after he missed a penalty on the 83rd minute of the match between Iceland and Nigeria at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.Finnbogason was brought down inside the box by Ebuehi in the 81st minute of the match and the referre refused to award a penalty to the World Cup first timers. However, after requests, the referee asked for a review. He rushed to check the replays and after seeing them, he awarded Iceland a penalty.Sigurdsson, a seasoned campaigner was up against Nigeria’s young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. With Iceland down by two goals, it was the perfect opportunity for the tiny nation to score and then make a late charge to equalise towards the end of the game. But, the veteran failed to keep his nerves and blasted the ball over the crossbar.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEImmediately, the Iceland No.10 shook his head and was walking towards the half-way line with a disappointed look on his face. That is when Ekong came running in and patted his shoulder and consoled the Icelander before going on with the game.A massive win for #NGA means it is all to play for! #NGAISL pic.twitter.com/xSVSMGQOREFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018In the end, Ahmed Musa’s brace turned out to be enough as Iceland went onto lose the match 2-0 and have lost the chance to go second in Group D behind Croatia.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe World Cup first timers found it difficult throughout the match to make things happen. However, thanks to their resolute and compact defence, their opponents also couldn’t create too many clear cut opportunities over the match.advertisementChances proved few and far between in an uninspiring clash in hot conditions as Iceland and Nigeria went into halftime goalless in their Group D clash.Sigurdsson had a free-kick tipped over the top and a shot saved in the opening five minutes and on the stroke of half-time delivered a free-kick that offered a chance to Alfred Finnbogason to break the deadlock.World Cup 2018: No sex ban for Iceland but there is a conditionIn the second half, the teams continued to look for the opening goal but failed to break the deadlock before a lightning counter-attack led by Musa and Victor Moses led to the opening goal.Musa headed the corner away and then passed it to Moses, who ran the entire length pitch of the pitch before plucking the ball out of the air with his first touch and blasting it home. The second goal came in the 75th minute, when after a break down the wing, Musa cut inside and waltzed around the goalkeeper before firing the ball into the net. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been one of Iceland’s most consistent performers in the last couple of years (AP Photo)Sigurdsson’s missed penalty broke the hearts of the Iceland fans and also took away Iceland’s chance to stage a comeback. The African nation then saw out the rest of the match to get away with the victory.All three other teams in the group remain in the hunt to go through with Croatia, but Argentina and Iceland know they have to win to have any chance of progressing.
Serena Williams registered a solid 6-4, 6-0 win over Magda Linette on her US Open return on Monday as she took the first cautious step towards a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.The tennis ace was given a warm welcome on her return by the crowd.It was not the imposing performance many have come to expect from Williams as the six-time champion continued to scrape the rust off her game following the birth of her first child.The manner of the victory, however, mattered little to a home crowd that was just happy to see her back on court after sitting out last year.”It is such a great feeling to be back out here,” said Williams. “It is one of those feeling I only get here in New York.”First match back on Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2 years…@serenawilliams defeats Linette 6-4, 6-0 to a rousing New York crowd!https://t.co/fl9GKp76Ay#USOpen pic.twitter.com/cNtbK4O0stUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2018Telling the crowd that her spirit was broken after not saying goodbye to her daughter Olympia before leaving for her match, Williams displayed little appetite for a fight during an uneven opening set until she finally seized control with a break to go up 4-3.Williams, the winner of 72 career singles titles, has the ability to sense when she has an opponent on the ropes and moved in quickly to deliver the knockout punch, breaking the 68th ranked Pole to open the second.advertisementWhile her game might not have been firing on all cylinders her ruthlessness remained razor sharp as the American showed no hesitation storming through second set finishing off her opponent with a thundering ace.The Williams sisters bridged the afternoon and evening sessions on a steamy Arthur Ashe with Venus providing the opening act of the twin bill, grinding out a 6-3 5-7 6-3 victory over another former champion, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, before handing the stage over to her younger sibling.US Open: Rafael Nadal through to Round 2, Stan Wawrinka upsets Grigor DimitrovThe wins put the sisters on a collision course, leaving them just one victory away from a third-round showdown.While Venus remains a potential obstacle standing in the way of a 24th Grand Slam, Serena’s path to the final was cleared of another major hurdle earlier on Monday when world number one Simona Halep was upset by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.”There’s still several matches to play before you’re there,” said Williams about a possible meeting with her sister. “Right now I just feel like I’m on the road to getting better.”I’m just going to be on that road till I get there.”It might not have been a stylish win over Linette but it was nonetheless a stylish display by Williams.As always, the fashion conscious Williams created a buzz as she appeared from the players tunnel under a spotlight wearing a leather style jacket over a frilly off the shoulder tennis dress and fishnet compression tights designed to help circulation and avoid blood clots.”It’s easy to play in, kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free,” said Williams. “The tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before. That was fun.”(With Reuters inputs)
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G confirmed to launch, may come with smaller batteryThe Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is expected to be largely similar to last year’s Mate 20 X, but with a 5G chipset and smaller battery.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 08:19 IST Picture Courtesy: WeiboHIGHLIGHTSA 5G version of last year’s Mate 20 X is in the works.The Mate 20 X 5G is expected to come with a smaller 4,200mAh battery compared to the Mate 20 X.The Mate 20 X 5G could launch after the Mate X foldable phone goes on sale in June.Earlier this week, China Unicom happened to reveal official renders and retail packaging of the Mate 20 X 5G. Now, Huawei has confirmed that a 5G version of last year’s Mate 20 X is indeed in the works, but there is no word yet on its exact date of launch. The Mate 20 X was launched last year along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It is the largest device in the Mate 20 series, touting a massive phablet-like 7.2-inch display and a large 5,000mAh battery, among other things.The renders revealed by telecom operator China Unicorn suggest the design and specs of the Mate 20 X 5G will be similar to the non-5G version. It is expected to sport the same 7.2-inch OLED display with a waterdrop notch, the same Kirin 980 SoC and Leica triple camera setup as the regular Mate 20 X. The biggest difference, of course, is that the upcoming Mate 20 X will come with a 5G chipset, which will most likely be Huawei’s Balong 5000 modem.Reportedly, another change in the specs is that the Mate 20 X 5G will come with a smaller 4,200mAh battery. It will be interesting to see how much this would compromise the battery life considering the phone is expected to come with the same phablet-sized display. However, Huawei might make up for it by offering 40W SuperCharge fast charging support for the upcoming device.The Mate 20 X 5G will not be the first Huawei phone to support 5G as that title belongs to the Huawei Mate X. To recall, the Mate X is Huawei’s first commercial foldable smartphone that is due to launch in select markets later this year. The Mate X has been confirmed to launch in India as well, although an exact launch date is yet to be revealed.advertisementChina Unicom revealed in a post on Weibo that a total of 15 5G phones can be expected to launch this year from 12 brands that include Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and more. OnePlus and HMD Global have already confirmed in the past that they will launch 5G phones in 2019. OnePlus may just be the next brand as it gears up to launch the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro in May.ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro review: A camera powerhouse that is also a great smartphoneGet 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 Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HuaweiFollow Mate 20 X 5G
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How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Most people love the idea of being eco-friendly. However, it becomes increasingly complicated when venturing away from home. While travel expands our minds and promotes a better understanding of the world around us, it can also have a serious carbon footprint and a negative impact on the environment.Here are nine tips for minimizing the your impact while still achieving that great Instagram content for your friends and family back home.Go DigitalConsider utilizing your smartphone for boarding passes, maps, and travel guides instead of printing or purchasing paper versions. Not only do these digital guides and documents provide a convenient way to access the information, they are also much lighter than a carry-on bag full of books and folders.Choose a Green HotelIn the United States, LEED certification is given to buildings that meet certain “green” requirements. If traveling internationally, look for options that utilize sustainability initiatives like solar or wind power, low-flow toilets, and energy efficient lighting. If you’re planning a cruise vacation, maybe opt for the world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship instead.Utilize the “Do Not Disturb” SignAside from providing the opportunity for you to sleep in (or prevent an awkward moment with housekeeping), utilizing the “Do Not Disturb” sign during your entire hotel stay is good for the environment. Why? It’s more environmentally friendly to use bath towels for multiple days, the hotel will avoid using electricity to vacuum your room daily, and skipping the daily linen change will reduce the use of chemical cleaning agents and water.Fly Non-Stop When PossibleNon-stop flights can be pricey, but they’re worth the splurge, both for convenience and environmental impact. A significant percentage of a plane’s carbon emissions is generated during its takeoff and landing.Use Public Transit or Your Own LegsWalking, biking, and using public transit is a great way to experience a new culture while reducing your eco impact (and not to mention, get some exercise in after a long trip). If you must rent a car, opt for a fuel efficient option or go hybrid.Carry a Reusable Water BottleDisposable plastic water bottles require lots of energy and resources to produce, and can take more than 400 years to break down. Consider the number of disposable plastic bottles you might use on a given trip. That number adds up quick, doesn’t it? Bring a reusable water bottle instead.Eat Locally Sourced FoodsSupport the regional farmers by seeking out restaurants that provide dishes prepared with locally sourced produce and meat. You’re supporting the community and economy by keeping that food as close to home as possible — which also means you’ll reduce your carbon footprint to skip freight.RecycleCall ahead and ask your hotel if they recycle. If not, consider looking for options nearby. If you’re driving to your destination, you can also pack up your recyclables and carry them home or to a recycling station.Prep Your Home Before You LeaveHeating and air conditioning systems account for the largest usage of energy. During warmer months, consider raising the thermostat to a higher temperature (or turn it off all together and have a friend or neighbor turn it on prior to your return). During cooler months, lower the thermostat to a temperature that will prevent pipes from freezing but won’t waste energy warming an empty home. If you plan to be gone for more than a few days, consider lowering the temperature on the hot water tank. In addition to turning off lights prior to leaving home, unplug devices that draw electricity perpetually like televisions and computers. Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks
Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts of Jamaica for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck said the Corporate Area Criminal Court and Westmoreland Parish Court had the highest disposal rates of 62 to 63 per cent. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting significant improvement in the case-disposal rates of the Courts.Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts of Jamaica for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck said the Corporate Area Criminal Court and Westmoreland Parish Court had the highest disposal rates of 62 to 63 per cent.The disposal rate is the proportion of new cases filed within a particular period that have been disposed of within that similar period. The improvement in the case-disposal rates has also been a catalyst for improving the case-clearance rates across the Parish Courts.“An average of 2,451 new criminal cases are filed across all parishes on a monthly basis, with a total of 14,824 new criminal cases entering the Parish Courts for the first six months of 2018,” he noted.The Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 9).Mr. Chuck said 11 Courts have achieved case clearance rates of more than 90 per cent and have, therefore, attained international standards in this respect, in the second quarter.“The case-clearance rate is the ratio of new cases filed to cases completed, regardless of when those cases commenced. A persistent case-clearance rate of less than 100 per cent will result in a backlog,” Mr. Chuck said.“The Courts, therefore, have to target 90-100 per cent clearance rate in order to prevent the backlog from persisting in the courts,” he added.Mr. Chuck said the overall clearance rate for the second quarter of 2018 was 98 per cent, an improvement of nine percentage points over the first quarter.He pointed out that although these results indicate that there are still more new cases filed than cases disposed of across the Parish Courts, the overall direction is quite positive for the reduction of the criminal case backlog.“The Parish Courts of Westmoreland, St. Catherine and St. Thomas have the best cumulative clearance rates, so far, in 2018, while the Parish Courts of Clarendon and Hanover were the most improved Courts on this measure in the second quarter, with increases of 54.39 and 26.78 percentage points, respectively,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister indicated that the international benchmark for case-clearance rate is an average of 90-110 per cent, adding that the Chief Justice has set a target of 130 to 140 per cent for case clearance rates, in order to clear and prevent a continued backlog.Mr. Chuck said the noteworthy improvements in the case-clearance and case-disposal rates across all Parish Courts have resulted in the case-congestion rate falling from 310.20 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 to 223.3 per cent in the second quarter, an improvement of 86.9 percentage points.Case-congestion rate means the ratio of pending cases to cases disposed of in a given period. It is an indication of how fatigued the courts are, given the existing state of resources and degree of efficiency.A case\-congestion rate of 150 per cent, for example, is an indication that given the resources currently at a court’s disposal and its degree of efficiency, it is carrying 1.5 times its capacity.“The ideal case-congestion rate should be around 100 per cent, which would indicate that the Courts’ existing resources are efficiently aligned and optimally utilised. If the current trend continues for the next two years, the criminal-case backlog across the Parish Courts will be reduced by at least 72 per cent,” Mr. Chuck said.“This means that if we manage to sustain the current disposal rate, we will not only clear the backlog, but we will also prevent the creation of new backlog. The Courts need to dispose of cases at a rate that is faster than the rate of filing, in order to clear the backlog and prevent new cases from going into backlog,” he added.The Minister informed that the courts with the largest number of new cases were the Corporate Area, St. James and St. Catherine Parish Courts, while the Hanover, St. Mary, and St. Thomas Parish Courts reported the smallest number of new matters.The three most frequent criminal charges filed in the Parish Courts over the period under report were Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Unlawful Wounding and Threats.Males within a certain age group are the main offenders. The report noted that 82 per cent of the matters in the Courts were committed by males, with the dominant age group of offenders being young men – 26.99 per cent were 20 to 26 years old and 29.34 per cent were 27 to 36 years of age. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting significant improvement in the case-disposal rates of the Courts. The disposal rate is the proportion of new cases filed within a particular period that have been disposed of within that similar period. The improvement in the case-disposal rates has also been a catalyst for improving the case-clearance rates across the Parish Courts.
6 November 2007Displaced Somalis who have fled fighting in Mogadishu are living in “extremely harsh conditions” with reports of malnutrition and rape, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which recently joined other agencies in assessing their plight. Displaced Somalis who have fled fighting in Mogadishu are living in “extremely harsh conditions” with reports of malnutrition and rape, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which recently joined other agencies in assessing their plight.The evaluation mission on Saturday found that facilities in Afgooye, a small town west of the Somali capital, is struggling to absorb swelling populations with scant resources. “Entire families are now crammed into tiny huts,” said UNHCR spokesman William Spindler in Geneva.Hygiene remains poor in the crowded settlements raising fears of an outbreak of cholera, he said, voicing concerns about the nutritional status of young children. The UN team visited a therapeutic feeding centre, where they found “some 50 malnourished children, some of them too weak to cry.”Leaders in some of the settlements also reported several cases of rape and called for improved security and protection of the IDPs, Mr. Spindler said.The team “found thousands of newly displaced Somalis living in extremely harsh conditions,” he said, noting that during the last week, 15 new makeshift settlements have mushroomed along the road between Mogadishu and Afgooye, bringing to 50 the total number of spontaneous camps lining the route. The flare-up in fighting between insurgents and Ethiopian forces in Mogadishu nearly a week ago has displaced an estimated 90,000 people – more than half of them to Afgooye, according to UNHCR, which said another 17,000 people moved to safer neighbourhoods within the capital.“The UN inter-agency team found that in one settlement near Afgooye, the 13,000 people living there for the last few months had been joined last week by another 7,000 displaced Somalis,” said Mr. Spindler. More people continued arrive in the already fragile site. Another site with 10,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) received 2,000 more over the past week, he added. “The IDP settlements are now taxing the resources of neighbouring villages, which are also experiencing difficulties.”The agency is warning that some of the basic infrastructure set up in settlements in and around Afgooye can no longer meet the needs of the large numbers of new IDPs. Mr. Spindler said that water distribution systems need to be expanded and health centres need to be strengthened to cope with the spike in the population in and around Afgooye. Despite a lull in fighting since last week, sporadic gun battles have been reported. There are also reports of Ethiopian troop reinforcements being deployed in Mogadishu, according to the agency, which has already distributed aid to 78,000 people in Afgooye this year, and is currently preparing other distributions along with other agencies.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) looks over photographs of atomic bomb victims at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan during an August 2010 visit. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeUN News Centre: You’ve had a wide-ranging career with the United Nations, including in peacekeeping, political affairs and public information. Where do you think you’ve made the most difference?Angela Kane: Whatever I did I always tried to make a difference because that’s really worthwhile when you work. I was never content to just sit there and fulfil a mandate that I had been given. I’ve always been ‘rattling the cage,’ as they say, and that’s something that is not always liked in the United Nations. I think someone who kind of follows the script and follows it as it goes along is usually safer. But safe was never my motto. I will give you one example, and then I’ll give you another one from the political field. I joined DPI in mid ‘95 and the UN website had just been launched. That was a great achievement. It was terrific; it was early; it was pioneering. I joined the week it was launched. It had a couple of pages; it was rudimentary but, as I said, it was very much pioneering. After about a month, I said to the Under-Secretary-General – it was Samir Sanbar at the time – ‘What is being done to develop this?’ It was like tuning into the same television programme every single day. And he said, ‘What do you mean?’ And I said, ‘Well you need to develop more.’ And he said, “Do you know anything about it?’ I said, ‘Well, I’ve never done it but I’m interested in it.’ And he said, “Fine, you got it.’ So all of a sudden, I was in charge of developing the UN website. And it was a fantastic experience because you had people who were so enthusiastic about the project. We learned, at that time, HTML. We had a snowball effect. We got pages together. We changed it several times. We redesigned it. Then we launched it in French. Then there was pressure to launch it in other languages. It was a wonderful team effort… … you know it’s not like we were going home at 5:30… but because people were so passionate about it… and that was one of the most heady experiences that I think, at the time, was so worthwhile. But it swallowed me. It was very, very difficult because there were other tasks that needed to be done, but this was really so intense and it was just kind of at the cusp of this major explosion in the Internet. It was part of a revolution that I’m still very, very proud of. Every job that I have done, particularly in political affairs, you often don’t see the ‘successes’ because it’s not very visible. It’s very rare that you have a breakthrough. One of the early experiences I had was to work with Alvaro de Soto [Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General] on the El Salvador peace accords. That was ground-breaking. He did all of the work, all of the negotiations. But he said to me, ‘You need to basically be my person in New York. I’m mostly in the field negotiating with the Government and the rebels, but I need someone I can bounce ideas off.’ He would then bounce off ideas saying, ‘We’ve run up against a problem in the negotiations. Can you find a solution to it?’ And that was very creative. I mean it was fascinating. I loved that. Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane addresses a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in April 2008. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasBut it is true that there is primarily, still in many ways, a male culture. But it has changed tremendously over the last couple of years. And I’m very happy to see that. I think there could also be more done in terms of encouraging women to take on more responsibility. That is not happening enough. I find that you have to expose yourself. You have to go out there. You have to talk. You always have to volunteer for something. I volunteered on I don’t know how many boards and committees – none of which were in my job description – but simply because I always wanted to learn something. I think that’s what needs to be done more but that’s an initiative that every woman herself must take… Also, DPI has the Speakers Bureau and they’re always asking for people to speak to various groups. Now you try that once, because you also have to speak to teenagers who are coming to the UN and they’re kind of sitting there with their blackberry or iPhone, and they’re not really interested in what you’re saying. You try to capture their attention. It’s a great training ground for speaking publicly. Because I still find that women are more reluctant to speak up in meetings, and that’s a shame because I believe that they do have a lot to say. Sometimes maybe the male says it better or the male says it first. But on the other hand, this is something that I think really has to happen. UN observers, tasked with training El Salvador’s national police force, look on as a Salvadoran police officer (far right) makes a traffic stop in February 1992. The UN helped forge the landmark 1991 peace agreement that ended the country’s 12-year civil war and then deployed a mission to verify the implementation of the accords and assist with post-conflict peacebuilding. UN Photo/J Bleibtreu And then he said to me, ‘We need a whole chapter in the peace accords on how to establish a national civil police, and can you do something about this?’ I knew nothing about how to establish a national civil police. I put together a team and then travelled to El Salvador and we actually put together, with the help of this team, the chapter on the national civil police in the El Salvador peace accords. That was something that was very tangible. The other example that I wanted to give you is the Syria chemical weapons investigation. It was something that I certainly did not expect when the Secretary-General entrusted me with the job and it took over my life for all of 2013. I think that the investigation was really ground-breaking because we’d never had an investigation according to a mechanism that was established by the General Assembly in which, after a very short period of time, the team went there with a lot of personal danger to themselves and established that chemical weapons were in fact used in the vicinity of Damascus. UN News Centre: From your experience, is the Organization doing enough to promote the advancement of women within its own ranks? Angela Kane: Now it is. I think that Secretary-General Ban has really made tremendous strides in appointing more senior women, particularly at the Assistant Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General levels. But it could be more at the lower levels. When I started there were very few women. There were certainly no role models. I don’t think I ever had a woman as a boss because they just didn’t exist. There was still this feeling of, ‘Well can you really entrust a woman with certain responsibilities?’ I remember when I became an Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Political Affairs. I was responsible for everything except Africa, south of North Africa. And people said to me, ‘Well how can you do this job because you have to deal with people in the Middle East and would they accept you as a woman?’ I have never had a problem because if you have a mandate and if you have an authority, you simply exercise that authority. But you don’t ask people whether they agree with whether you’re a woman or a man. So if you’re afraid of tackling that, you shouldn’t take that job. Ms. Kane (second from right) looks on as UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas (left) addresses the opening of an academic symposium held on the margins of the NPT Review Conference held in April 2015 in New York. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeThe numbers of the nuclear weapons have gone down, particularly since the Cold War period. But after the expectations when US President Obama came into office with very high promises, particularly in the nuclear disarmament field, that has fizzled to a tremendous degree. And that has been very regrettable because it means that the relationship between the non-nuclear-weapon States and the nuclear-weapon States has become more difficult. That is shown particularly right now during the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, which happens every five years. UN News Centre: What is the biggest contribution that the United Nations can make to global disarmament efforts?Angela Kane: We are not the ones who actually can disarm but we can advocate and we can make a case for it. I think that that has been very effective. The Secretary-General is someone who is very interested in disarmament efforts. He was the first Secretary-General ever to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I remember when he entrusted me with this job, the first thing he said to me was ‘You must go to Hiroshima and Nagasaki,’ because seeing it yourself with your own eyes and seeing the peace museum and meeting with the Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombing, is extremely emotional and basically brings home what happened there and what we must do in order to avoid another instance ever of an explosion of an atomic bomb. And I did that. I went the first year and it does leave you very humbled in terms of what the people have experienced and also it strengthens your resolve to say ‘never again.’ But what we can do, as I said, is advocate and that’s what we do, I hope effectively. Not everyone may like our position but, on the other hand, we try to basically make sure that to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war also applies to not having a possibility of having a nuclear war. Nuclear disarmament, as envisioned in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has simply not occurred, according to senior United Nations official Angela Kane, who cites a “growing impatience” by the non-nuclear-weapon States for the nuclear-weapon States to disarm.Ms. Kane has served as High Representative for Disarmament Affairs for the past three years, a period during which, she says, the very deep gap between the nuclear-weapon States and the non-nuclear-weapon States has grown even wider. As the 189 States parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) meet in New York for the review conference that is held every five years, the veteran UN official spoke to the UN News Centre about developments in this area.She also discusses her career at the UN, where she has served for the past 38 years in a number of senior positions and from which she will depart at the end of this month. The German national has served on almost every continent and has vast experience ranging from political affairs, peacekeeping, public information and management. The interview has been edited for content and clarity.UN News Centre: You’ll soon be leaving after a long and impressive career with the UN. When did you join the Organization?Angela Kane: I joined in 1977. I found myself in New York. I didn’t have a work visa and I thought well, maybe I can find something at the United Nations. So there was an employment office at the time. You had two books – one was for General Service; but if you had a graduate university degree, you could look in the other book. That’s where I looked. I found out it’s not that easy, it’s not like you find something and you immediately apply. But I was very lucky. I passed an exam, a test they had at the time, and I got a job very, very quickly. I started at that time as an editor-writer for the United Nations Yearbook in DPI (Department of Public Information). I stayed there for less than a year because then I was asked to compete for another job in the Secretary-General’s Office, which I got. So then I moved to the Secretary-General’s Office which was a very interesting experience – as a P-2, the lowest professional level, and then to all of a sudden be on the 38th floor.UN News Centre: What have been the most important developments in the area of disarmament over the past three years during which you’ve served as High Representative?Angela Kane: What I have seen over the last three years has really been a very deep gap that has opened even wider between the nuclear-weapon States and the non-nuclear-weapon States. There’s a growing impatience by the non-nuclear-weapon States for the nuclear-weapon States to disarm, to actually have nuclear disarmament as it was agreed in the Non-Proliferation Treaty. And that has simply not occurred. An aerial view of the Mereb Bridge, which recreated a physical link between Ethiopia and Eritrea when it reopened in July 2001. Ms. Kane served as the deputy head of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), which was set up in 2000 to monitor the ceasefire between the two nations and was terminated eight years later, owing to crippling restrictions imposed by Eritrea on the mission. UN Photo/Jorge AramburuI was the Deputy SRSG in a peacekeeping mission – 4,500 troops – and I had to go out and speak to them all the time. This was in Ethiopia/Eritrea. So basically, here you go, and again, the hurdle that I had to overcome… I had to learn about military ranks… and how many people are in a battalion… what is a lieutenant colonel versus a colonel… I’ve never been in the military so how was I supposed to know? So that was something that I had to learn about. But, on the other hand, that’s just a learning curve that you do very quickly. But you have to have the courage to then go and to address troops.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anthony Davis had 36 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Charlotte Hornets 119-109 on Sunday.Jrue Holiday added 19 points and eight assists for the Pelicans, who won for only the second time in seven games. New Orleans led by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter and was never challenged in the second half.Davis is the franchise-changing player Charlotte had targeted in the 2012 after going 7-59 the previous season, the worst winning percentage in NBA franchise history. However, New Orleans defied the odds to win the draft lottery and took Davis No. 1 overall, while Charlotte was forced to settle on his Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2.Davis was 14 of 19 from the field and dominated on both ends of the floor.Frank Kaminsky led the Hornets with a season-high 19 points, although he struggled with guarding Davis.Kemba Walker continued his recent shooting struggles, making just 5 of 16 shots and finishing with 13 points. Walker opened the season with at least 26 points in 10 of the team’s first 17 games. However, he hasn’t reached that mark in the six games since.But Walker isn’t getting much help.Nic Batum, the team’s highest-paid player at five years for $120 million, has struggled for most of the season and was limited to two points on 1-for-7 shooting and played just 14 minutes.TIP INSPelicans: Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and eight rebounds in the win, although he was just 5 of 14 from the field. … Julius Randle and Darius Miller each had 13 points off the bench.Hornets: Marvin Williams left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return. … After starting the same lineup for the first 22 games, Willy Hernangomez got the start in place of injured Cody Zeller (ribs) at centre. … Rookie point guard Devonte Graham had a career-high eight points.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Clippers on Monday night.Hornets: At Timberwolves on Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSteve Reed, The Associated Press
Updated at 11.07pmA PLANNED STRIKE tomorrow by Marks & Spencer workers has been called off following talks today at the Labour Relations Commission.M&S employees were due to strike in a row over changes to the company’s pension scheme. They also carried out a day-long work stoppage last Saturday, while a further day of action has been threatened for Friday week.In a statement this evening, the Mandate trade union confirms a decision has been made to defer tomorrow’s strike “after intervention from the Labour Court”.The union, which represents over 2,000 M&S workers, says that while last minute negotiations at the LRC did not bring about a resolution, “both parties will now attend an emergency Labour Court hearing on Friday”.The statement concludes:Mandate will attend the emergency Labour Court hearing in an effort to resolve all of the issues in dispute and avoid the third planned day of action on Friday 20th December.SIPTU, which represents some 140 workers across stores in the Dublin area, also confirmed it would lift its strike threat for this week and attend Friday’s Labour Court hearing.Workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike after the company closed the employee defined benefit pension scheme on 31 October.Marks and Spencer is also proposing to cut employee pay in a range of areas, including the elimination of the Christmas bonus usually paid to workers and a reduction in the Sunday and public holiday premium.First posted at 9.40pmRead: Four ‘unprofitable’ M&S stores to close with the loss of 180 jobs > Read: Marks & Spencer staff to strike next Saturday >
Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Doctor Who returns for its 11th season on Sunday, Oct. 7.(That’s exactly 31 days from now, for anyone who’s counting.)Fans across the world (in the UK and US, at least) can tune in next month for Jodie Whittaker’s first full turn as the Doctor, joined by fresh friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh).New Time Lord Lady, new time slot: The revamped program, now helmed by master-of-surprise Chris Chibnall, is moving from its time-honored Saturday space to Sunday nights (time to be announced).After all, Saturday evenings from September to December are often earmarked for the Strictly Come Dancing live broadcast. A Sunday showing, however, will interfere with Strictly‘s celebrity results spectacle.This is what DVRs were invented for.I know a lot of people lost interest during the final Peter Capaldi/Steven Moffat years, and, frankly, I don’t blame you.But if the rumors are true, and “the only thing viewers will immediately recognize are the sonic screwdriver, the TARDIS, and the theme tune,” then there is no better time to jump back on the Whovian bandwagon.Episode one—”The Woman Who Fell to Earth” (presumably a direct follow-on from the newly regenerated Doctor’s harrowing plunge from the space-bound TARDIS toward our planet)—is penned by Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs, who lead Whittaker’s forest-y reveal.BBC America watchers can even catch a special encore of the premiere following its first showing on Oct. 7.No further details were released this week, but keep an eye on Geek.com for more analysis as the series begins.The BBC recently announced a full list of writers and directors for the upcoming season.Before Team TARDIS return, catch up on all things Doctor Who here—including SDCC’s first look at season 11, and our favorite underrated villains of the past 15 years. You can also pick out some great gifts from Gallifrey. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The next time you attend a performance at downtown Vancouver’s Magenta Theater, take a look overhead at all the new light fixtures. Take special note of the four lights hanging just before the tech booth, in the back corner of the auditorium.From south to north, those lights are Gail Ludowise, Ed Warner, Tom Hubbard and Bill Roberts. They’ve been named after “supervolunteers” who have given their all to the nonprofit theater. In other words, founder and artistic director Jaynie Roberts said, “They’re all Magenta fixtures.” Get it? Fixture volunteer Ed Warner spent most of last week supervising the delivery and installation of a sophisticated new lighting system at Magenta. He’s been the theater’s lighting manager for the past couple of years, and said he returned to theater lighting and technical design, his first love, after retiring from a career in the lighting industry.A couple of years ago, Roberts recalled with a laugh, Warner came into Magenta’s Main Street theater and marched straight past a volunteer orientation, then underway, to check out the lighting system overhead in the auditorium. He was impressed enough to get involved with the group, he said — clearly this was a serious outfit — and yet, what he really wanted to do was replace all those aging lights with newer ones. Why? The previous, incandescent lights were old-fashioned in every way, he said. They drew a whopping 45,000 watts of current, and burned hot enough to light cigarettes. They also burned hot enough to trigger the whole theater’s air conditioning system — so audiences were treated first to heat from overhead, then a cool breeze. You really don’t want changing weather inside your theater, Roberts said.
The August 2013 issue of Urgent Communications (UC) will be its last as Penton announces it will focus solely on digital content, effective immediately. UC, which covers communications technology for the government, public safety, utility, transportation and enterprise sectors, serves an audience looking for a print-free product, says Gregg Herring, vice president of Penton’s Public Infrastructure Group. “This is a marketplace that is geared to and focused around wireless communication,” he says. New UC content will be available through its website and UC Today, a twice-weekly electronic newsletter. According to Herring, Penton’s model for content publication has changed. Out is the old paginated magazine model and in are new digital platforms and data-driven content. “I personally think that digital editions are really not the opportunity for conversion to a digital product,” says Herring. “You’re not going to see the September issue done in a print style and then sent out digitally. We’re just not doing that.” Herring contends the decision to go solely digital was made after months of research, reader surveys and talks with advertisers. “One of the changing dynamics is digital and it having a direct impact on ROI,” says Herring. “Our revenue streams are built around advertising and our advertisers are looking for measurable ROI.” Despite serious cost considerations surrounding the decision, Herring insists consumer engagement, not cost, remains the driving force. Additionally, no jobs will be lost, only shuffled around, but new hires are not likely either. “This is more than just about no longer publishing a print product. This is about building a 365-day engagement model,” says Herring. Audience engagement will be built around Penton’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), an industry trade show and educational conference. UC’s new digital product will be rebranded as IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “Our goal is to expand the reach of IWCE by providing continuing education year round that will make our readers more proficient,” say Stacey Orlick, IWCE content director, in a statement.
News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Bruno Mars wins 2014 Best Pop Vocal Album GRAMMY WMG catalog to be available via iTunes Store and Apple Music; agreement with Sony Music next Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm Apple has inked an agreement with Warner Music Group, the company’s first deal with a major label since introducing its Apple Music service in 2015, according to a Bloomberg report. Email Facebook Twitter Apple Secures Deal With Warner Music Group Apple, Warner Music Ink Agreement apple-secures-deal-warner-music-group The deal will see WMG provide a catalog of songs that includes GRAMMY winners such as Ed Sheeran, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars, among others, available across the iTunes store and Apple Music. Bloomberg states anonymous sources claim Apple will compensate record labels with a smaller percentage of sales from Apple Music subscribers than it did compared to the first deal for the streaming service, in a bid to reduce its revenue share commitment.Meanwhile, another source stated that Apple was looking to secure a similar deal with Sony Music.Apple’s activity follows a similar lead from Spotify, which earlier this year consummated multi-year licensing deals with Universal Music Group and indie-label digital rights agency Merlin.Apple Music is a key cog in the company’s revenue stream, which the company aims to double to approximately $50 billion by 2020. On Sept. 12 Apple is scheduled to debut iPhone 8, the latest iteration of its music-friendly device that has moved more than 1.2 billion units since 2007.Facebook Goes After Music Licenses
A 21-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly vandalizing one of Kodiak’s most historic buildings, the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and many of its contents.In a press release from the Kodiak Police Department, Arkimedes Garcia was arrested around 8:00 Wednesday night as he was exiting the church.Download Audio:Northeastern side of the Holy Resurrection Church, a Russian Orthodox church in Kodiak, a city in the Kodiak Island Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. Built in 1945, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 12 December 1977. Photo by NPS.Thursday morning, Father Innocent Dresdow, the Dean of the Holy Resurrection Church, said many holy items were damaged.“It’s clear from the pattern of destruction that this dear soul is deeply troubled and his anger and his rage appeared to be directed at, frankly God. And from the perspective of the Church, he knew exactly which things were holiest. And those were the things that were in absolute disarray.”He said the most holy items have been removed from the church to an undisclosed location and are being re-blessed.Father Innocent said Garcia broke several windows and made his way into the church’s Sanctuary behind the Nave where he not only did damaged items, but desecrated them as well.“You can see in the hand crosses fi you look carefully – they’re bent upward. All of the crosses that he just damaged are bent upward in the same pattern, including St. Herman’s Monastic Cross, which is the most priceless damage that was done last night. The tabernacle is where the reserve sacraments, the Holy Mysteries, body, blood of Christ are kept. Well, that was on the floor, with the Holy Mysteries and all the holy items that were on the alter were on the floor on both sides. He bled on the holy table, he bled on the back wall, he bled in the church in different places, and on the alter particularly is a major desecration.” “So he injured himself?” “He injured himself, yes.”Father Innocent said that even though the church sustained physical damage in the attack, services will go on as planned.“Scheduled services for tonight, at 6 p.m., the Akathist to St. Herman, will be held as scheduled. We have a clean up crew coming in at 1 p.m. People are welcome to join us from the community. They don’t have to be Orthodox if they want to come and help. We’re essentially trying to go over the floor, chairs, everything to make sure all, the minutest glass shards are out of the floor and items. We have lots of children here and we want to make sure nobody gets hurt.”According to the Kodiak Police Department press release, Garcia emerged from the church “partially unclothed,” but did not explain further. Police Chief Ronda Wallace was unavailable for comment. Garcia was booked on four felony counts of burglary and criminal mischief.
The Municipality of Anchorage is getting a $300,000 grant to help clean up distressed properties. The money is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownsfields Assessment Grants program, which aims to redevelop properties that are unoccupied or under-used.Listen nowIn Anchorage, that means eight to ten sites will be analyzed to see if there’s any environmental contamination, and potentially draft a clean-up plan. Nicole Jones-Vogel manages land for the city’s real-estate department, which is helping administer the grant. She said decisions about which properties will be selected for improvements are going to be determined by the city’s long-term infrastructure planning, focused on areas served by major roadways and green-belt trails.“The vision is to spur development, economic growth, and get the limited parcels that we have redeveloped and used in accordance with the adopted plans, and the 2040 land use plan map, and any other district or neighborhood plan,” Jones-Vogel said.The money won’t actually be put towards clean up efforts. Instead, the aim is to figure out whether or not there’s been contamination, potentially removing the clean-up liability from would-be developers.Jones-Vogel and other city employees will work with partners in community groups and non-profits as part of a planning committee to pick the sites.“So when we originally started talking about going after this grant opportunity, we were looking at places like Mt. View, Fairview, Downtown, and identifying some of those underutilized, vacant, blighted parcels,” Jones-Vogel said.Jones-Vogel expects the Brownsfields money could start coming in before the end of December as part of the three year grant.
After live streaming services provider Amazon Prime Video’s entry in India, the growth of domestic direct to home (DTH) service providers are likely to be hit in coming years.Amazon launched its Prime Video service in India on Wednesday along with 200 other countries and territories. The subscription will come up at Rs 499 per year and will provide a range of entertainment services like drama, comedy, biopic, mythological, sports drama, and political satire along with local content, among others.Interestingly, the launch of Amazon Prime Video has come up after Netflix’s entry into the Indian market in January this year.According to analysts, DTH operators are likely to be negatively impacted due to rising live streaming services in the country. Firstly, DTH operators don’t have such real-time on-demand video streaming services and secondly, services of global giants like Amazon and Netflix are coming at very competitive prices.Though leading DTH operators are now providing live streaming services through smartphone apps to take on the competitions, analysts said that might not be good enough to contain live streaming service providers.DTH universe in India comprises players like Tata Sky, Dish TV, Sun DTH and Airtel Digital TV, among others. While Dish TV has the largest share of Indian DTH market, Tata Sky is placed at the second spot. Sun Direct is another major player in the market with 25 percent share in the whole pie. Airtel Digital TV also provides direct-to-home services.Meanwhile, the DTH operator space has seen consolidation in the recent times. Dish TV and Videocon DTH have announced that they would merge to create one of the biggest DTH operators in the country. Similarly, Reliance Digital has already merged with Sun Direct as part of its consolidation plan.Analysts said despite consolidation, live streaming services will hit the business of DTH operators as broadband penetration goes up along with higher internet speed.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet: That video of Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother is—you guessed it—fake.The former Miss Israel doesn’t even have a stepbrother.Rather, a machine-learning algorithm stuck Gadot’s head on a porn star’s body.The rather impressive, if not deeply unsettling, result is allegedly the work of one person—a Redditor by the name “deepfakes.”As reported by Motherboard, the video was created using “easily accessible materials and an open-source code” that anyone with an understanding of deep learning algorithms can operate.So, basically, we’re all screwed.Based on a GIF of the now-deleted Gadot video, I’m finding it hard to spot the flaws; Motherboard pointed out that “sometimes the face doesn’t track correctly,” and the clip summons an uncanny valley effect.Video Playerhttps://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/gadot.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But at first glance, you’d never know the difference. And I’m willing to bet most of the people watching these forged films are not looking too closely at the screen.As deepfakes wrote on Reddit: “Horny men are simple creatures.”Over the last two months, they have posted porn videos simulating Maisie Williams, Emma Watson, Scarlett Johansson, Aubrey Plaza, and Taylor Swift—none of which are as convincing as the one featuring Gadot.(You don’t need eagle eyes to see that Williams’ and Johansson’s faces appear to be “slipping off” the original actor’s mug.)The anonymous creator (trying to “avoid public scrutiny,” according to Motherboard) runs software built on open-source library Keras, with TensorFlow backend. It is similar to an algorithm created by NVIDIA, “but with lots of tweaks here and there,” deepfakes said.NVIDIA recently developed a way of producing photo-quality, AI-generated human profiles—by using famous faces. Like deepfakes’ erotica, this approach opens the door to fraudulent scandals and possible lawsuits.That hasn’t stopped the pseudonymous Redditor, who recently boasted that “I made some of the most advanced celebrity fake porns.”Trained on celebrity samples (pulled from Google image search, stock photos, and YouTube clips) and pornography, deepfakes’ neural network learns enough to semi-convincingly manipulate video—with some human intervention.“AI/ML [artificial intelligence/machine learning] will change everything in the near future. I think it’s important to educate people understand the issue,” they wrote in a recent Reddit post. “On the other hand, you don’t know how many comments and messages in my inbox: some pure happiness there.” Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mike IupatiOGAnkleLimitedFullFull— Ed StinsonDTToeDNPLimitedDNPOut Kam ChancellorSGroinDNPDNPDNPDoubtful Quinton JeffersonDTThumbFullLimitedDNPOut PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson PalmerQBHamstringDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Jimmy GrahamTEKneeFullDNPFull— Friday Status Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDoubtful-At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable-A 50-50 chance will not playProbable-A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Thomas RawlsRBFibulaDNPDNPDNPOut Luke WillsonTEKneeDNPDNPDNPOut Gabe MartinLBKnee—LimitedDNPDoubtful Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jaron BrownWRKneeDNPDNPLimitedQuestionable Russell WilsonQBAnkle/KneeFullFullFull— C.J. ProsiseRBWristFullFullFull— Kevin Pierre-LouisLBAnkle—DNPDNPOut PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Justin BethelCBFootLimitedLimitedFull— Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Frank ClarkDEHamstringFullFullFull— 0 Comments Share Michael BennettDEKneeFullFullLimited— Brad SowellOTBackFullFullFull— The Arizona Cardinals (3-3) host the Seattle Seahawks (4-1) for Sunday Night Football. For Arizona, a win would help them play catch-up to the NFC West leaders.Below is the official Week 7 injury report for both teams. John BrownWRHamstringDNPDNPDNPDoubtful Daily Practice Designations:Out-Definitely will not playDNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)
October 20, 2008 – Scandinavian design firm Georg Jensen unveiled a new flagship boutique on Madison Avenue. Designed as a luxurious “Danish home,” the new Georg Jensen welcomes and treats customers with the same warmth and courtesy as if they were a guest in a private Danish home. “I want our stores to express what Georg Jensen is really about: State of the art design and quality. Our ambition is to cherish the unique informal Danish way of living through our homes and create an aspirational, entertaining store experience,” Ulrik Garde Due, CEO of Georg Jensen states.The new store concept will be launched across three continents – Asia, the US and Europe—and will for the first time, express all aspects of the Georg Jensen business. Jewelry and watches will be on display among sterling silver hollowware and the stainless steel Living collection.The store concept was created by London based architect Mark Pinney, Mark Pinney Associates, with clear references to Scandinavian architecture and design, particularly the work of Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Vilhelm Wohlert and Poul Kjaerholm.www.georgjensen.com