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first_imgThe Nexus phones — for now called Sailfish and Marlin — are coming soon, most likely in September. We have already seen their mock ups, already have a fair idea of the hardware inside them and, courtesy the FCC in US, already know for sure that HTC is making them. But there is another piece of information that is out on the world wide web, an image to be specific, and it’s already diving the Android fans, especially those who are waiting for the phone.The image in question belongs to the Nexus Sailfish, which is the smaller Nexus this year with a screen size of 5 inches. (The Marlin is the bigger Nexus with 5.5-inch screen). The image, leaked by Android Police, shows that the Nexus Sailfish is going to be a very familiar phone. Yes, it will most likely have a very premium finish, complete with a body made of metal and glass, but it will also sport a design that we have seen again and again in the last two years. It will look like the HTC One A9.Now, HTC One A9 is not bad looking phone. In fact it is a fairly smart looking phone and you can easily say that a Nexus phone that looks similar to the One A9 will be arguably the best looking Nexus launched so far. It will definitely be better looking than the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5X, both of which have plastic bodies.Also Read: Nexus Sailfish leaks in blurry images, looks like HTC One A9 advertisementYet, the Nexus Sailfish, even before its launch, has already found itself in middle of a controversy. There are a number of Android and Nexus fans who are already hating on it. Inspired by the One A9 is not exactly its problem. The problem is the thick bezel around the screen, which in a way is because of the HTC One A9 design.Just like the upcoming Sailfish phone, the A9 also has a 5-inch screen. So, it seems that Google and HTC have not only taken some inspiration from the design of A9 for their smaller Nexus phone but have also decided to keep the design process as close to the A9’s as possible. This means even when the Nexus Sailfish sports a fingerprint scanner on the back, its bezel under the screen is similar to what the A9 has. Now, in this case of the A9 this area was supposed to big because it houses a physical home button along with a fingerprint scanner. On the Nexus device there is no home button or fingerprint scanner on the front. It’s just there because, as disgruntled fans say, Google and HTC are lazy.Ron Amadeo, who writes for Ars Technica, created a quick mock up of the Nexus Sailfish and posted it on his Google+ page, which was then shared on Reddit. The community at the Android sub-Reddit is surely seething with anger over Google and HTC’s decision to not trim the thick bezels. Here is a comment posted on Ron’s page, which perfectly captures the sentiment:”That’s why they will only sell two of them. It shows how much effort and thought Google puts into their hardware. They have a pixel team, why the f**k don’t they use them??”Similar thoughts have been repeated at the Android sub-Reddit. For example, one Reddit user said:”I thought this nexus would be my first Nexus, now I don’t know. This ruined my day.”Although a few are still hoping for the best. They believe that the phone in the leaked image could be a prototype and the actual one would be better. Another said that in images it may look bad but actually the Sailfish will look better. for example, here are thoughts from another Reddit user:Pretty lame, but I can’t judge until I see real images. The leaked images of the camera hump on the (Nexus) 6P looked bigger than it was, so maybe the same with the bezel? Can’t really imagine how, but you never know.Better luck next year?Also Read: HTC-made Nexus Sailfish to have 5-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon 820A few months ago, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai raised a lot of hopes when it comes to the next Nexus. He said that going forward Google will be “more opinionated” about the design of the Nexus phones. Until now the company has focused on creating Nexus phones with functional design, which may not look great but are good enough and the probably can be manufactured at a lower cost. But that hasn’t been enough, especially at a time when Google is hoping to convert Nexus phones into a sort of sub-brand capable of competing with the iPhone and Galaxy phones.advertisementTo really stand apart in the world of smartphone, the company needs better looking Nexus phones. Pichai’s comments hinted that this year’s Nexus phones will be different.But it looks like the Android fans jumped the gun. It is possible that even as Google overhauls the Nexus strategy, this year we are going to see the continuation of the old even if we may see the G logo on the Sailfish and Marlin. It is possible that by June, when Pichai made the comments, everything about the Sailfish and Marlin was already fixed. So, this year’s Nexus phones are just going to look like slightly modified One A9.But good does have a fairly decent design team. The Pixel Chromebook, which uses an all aluminum shell, has a fresh design with industrial looks that make it truly unique. Google has also reportedly set up a new division under Rick Osterloh, ex Motorola president, to build better hardware, including Nexus phones.But considering it all started just a few months ago, the earliest the results from these endeavors are going to appear will be in 2017. More of the story: The upcoming Nexus Sailfish (and Marlin) may look rather lame, but there is a chance in 2017 the Nexus devices will get a major makeover. Although, this won’t be much of a consolation for those who are hoping to get a Nexus phone this year.Also Read: Nexus Sailfish will have 5-inch screen, Snapdragon 820 insidelast_img read more

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first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally approved a new set of rules for the game of cricket. Some major changes are going to be introduced in the game from September 28, 2017.The ICC’s rule changing committee was led by none other than former Indian coach and master of spin bowling, Anil Kumble.The upcoming India-Australia series which is scheduled from September 17 to October 13, will be played as per existing by-laws of the game as the series is starting from before the introduction of new rules. The Sri Lanka vs Pakistan and Bangladesh vs South Africa series which is scheduled to start on September 28, will be played as per the new rules. The New Zealand tour of India in mid-October will be played as per the new rules. Here are the new rules to be introduced soon:Umpires will have the authority to send players off for any serious breaches of behaviour, similar to a red card in footballCricket has of late become a batsman favouring game and the bat specifications played a huge part. Although, the new rules will be changing all that with the restrictions on the the bat dimensions. The updated limits are 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edgeThe run-out rule has also been amended. A cricket spokesperson said, “If the bat (held by the hand) or another part of the batsman’s person is grounded beyond the popping crease and this contact with the ground is subsequently lost when the wicket is put down, the batsman will be protected from being run out if he/she is running or diving and has continued forward momentum towards the stumps and beyond.” This will protect a batsman in case his bat reaches the crease but bat bounces up once inside of itadvertisementTeams opting for a review will no longer lose it under DRS if a leg-before wicket (LBW) referral returns back as ‘Umpires’ Call’There will be less of DRS reviews in Test matches. The current rule allowed the top-up of reviews after 80 overs. That top-up of reviews will now be removed.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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first_imgTopics Wales were on Monday night finalising their Six Nations side to face England at Twickenham on Saturday. What would ordinarily have been a short conversation following the bonus‑point victory against Scotland was complicated by the return to fitness of two of their injured British & Irish Lions outside backs, Liam Williams and George North.North made a try-scoring return for Northampton against Harlequins in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday, the wing’s first start since October, while Williams, who has not played since sustaining an abdominal strain playing for Saracens at Ospreys last month, resumed training this week.Wales have not won at Twickenham in the Six Nations since 2012, the last time England were defeated at home in the tournament since when all 14 games have been won, although the Welsh were victorious there in the 2015 World Cup. Read more A common denominator in those two wins is the centre Scott Williams. He started at 13 in the World Cup, as he is set to do on Saturday after a commanding display against Scotland, having come off the bench six years ago to score what proved to be the winning try in the 19-12 victory. He did not feature in the 2014 and 2016 Six Nations defeats at Twickenham.“Another one of those memories would be nice,” Williams said. “It is a long time ago, too long. It is going to be a different challenge from Scotland but we have won there before and it is definitely do-able. We know it is going to be a step up: we will not get as many chances so we need to make sure we take them.“It was a good way to start the tournament. We showed glimpses of some really good stuff but we left a couple of tries out there if we are being harsh.“I am fortunate enough to have played in this competition a few times and know how important the first game is in giving you something to build on. I said in the autumn we were changing the way we play but it does not happen overnight. It is starting to pay off now.”Wales are waiting to see whether the second-row Cory Hill will be fit. He left the field after 55 minutes on Saturday for a head injury assessment and did not return. Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Ireland’s Van der Flier ruled out for seasonThe Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.The Leinster back-row hobbled out of Saturday’s 15-13 Six Nations win against France in Paris and the Irish Rugby Football Union announced on Monday that he has now been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.Van der Flier had held off the charge of in-form Leinster team-mate Dan Leavy to take the No 7 shirt at the Stade de France, and had started well before injury struck.Ireland are already hoping that the British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien can recover from a hip injury to feature at some point in the Six Nations, so Joe Schmidt’s men can do without further hindrance in their back-row stocks.Van der Flier’s injury also represents a significant blow to Leinster, who must do without the 24-year-old for the rest of a highly-promising season, with a Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens in April.Ireland appear to have emerged otherwise unscathed from their gruelling, last-gasp win in Paris, where Johnny Sexton dropped an overtime goal to snatch victory.The fit-again Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne has returned to the squad to boost the front-row options, but Andrew Conway remains sidelined with a knee concern of his own.Ireland will host Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, in the former Ireland full-back Conor O’Shea’s first Dublin encounter as Azzurri head coach. 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first_img Next World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarIndia vs Bangladesh World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma is a smarter player now than he was a couple of years ago and said he understands his game better now. On Tuesday, Rohit hit 104 to help India defeat Bangladesh and book a berth in the semi-finals.advertisement India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 01:01 IST Rohit Sharma scored his 4th century in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma is now a smarter player than he was a couple of years backTendulkar said Rohit Sharma now understands his game very well and knows when to rotate the strikeRohit Sharma’s 4th hundred of World Cup 2019 helped India reach the semi-finalsRohit Sharma has been in sensational form in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On Tuesday, he became only the 2nd batsman to score 4 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup when he smashed 104 against Bangladesh in Birmingham.Rohit’s 26th ODI hundred helped India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs and book a berth in the semi-finals. Virat Kohli was in awe of his vice-captain and branded him the best one-day player in the world.Like Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar also heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma and said he is now more matured as a batsman and understands his game very well.”Rohit was playing chess with Bangladesh. he knew where they were going to bowl to him,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.Rohit was dropped on 9 by Tamim Iqbal and he made Bangladesh pay. He has been dropped on several occasions so far in this World Cup and Rohit Sharma has capitalised in style.Sachin Tendulkar said teams could not afford to drop chances offered by someone as classy as Rohit Sharma.”Catches win you matches – you cannot drop someone like Rohit. He has consistently proven that if he is not feeling too great at the start of his innings, that’s when you can get him out,” Tendulkar said.”The way Rohit Sharma has batted in this tournament… Everyone needs luck from time to time. He understands his batting, when to pace himself and when to rotate the strike. He is a smarter player than he was a couple of years ago. He is more matured and understands his game much better now,” Tendulkar said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma best one-day player in the world, says Virat KohliAlso See: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 Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Freida Pinto is the latest star to join the cast of filmmaker Ron Howard’s next directorial venture “Hillbilly Elegy”. The project, which hails from Netflix stable, is based on the bestselling memoir of the same name by author JD Vance. Pinto, who most recently featured in “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”, joins Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Haley Bennett and Gabriel Basso in the project. According to Variety, actors Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos have also boarded the cast. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The film’s story, described as a modern exploration of the American Dream, follows three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. Howard, best known for films such as “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Rush”, will direct the film from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The director will also produce the project alongside Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder, while Vance and Julie Oh will executive produce.last_img read more

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first_imgSASKATOON – Saskatoon’s public high schools will stop hosting graduation banquets for students effective next year.The reason?In a letter sent to parents, school principals say the banquets are too expensive for some families, especially when the cost of grad pictures, after-grad events and grad clothes are factored in.The letter also notes that safety and security are concerns, and that volunteers have been dealing with some people who behave unsafely or disrespectfully.While banquets are being cancelled, the letter says the schools will still hold cap-and-gown graduation ceremonies.The letter also points out that many families have chosen to hold their own events for their graduating children.“The total cost of the grad experience has created a financial hardship for some families in every school and has left some students unable to participate,” reads the letter.“This is contrary to our goal to offer a collective celebration of all graduates.” (CKOM)last_img read more

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19 August 2008As the United Nations today remembers the colleagues killed and injured in the attack on its headquarters in Baghdad in 2003, the world body’s top political official said there is no better tribute to the fallen than continuing the vital work they began in Iraq. “The United Nations will continue to support the Government and people of Iraq as they try to rebuild their country in peace,” B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, writes in an op-ed published in The San Diego Union-Tribune.“Our work on the ground, each and every day, is the best tribute we can pay to the colleagues who perished on that terrible afternoon five years ago in Baghdad.” The UN’s top envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 others were killed in the suicide bombing at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad on 19 August 2003, which Mr. Pascoe calls “one of the darkest and most painful days in our 60-year history.”He notes that subsequent tragedies such as the bombing last December of UN offices in Algiers serve as a reminder of the gravity of the threats the Organization’s staff face, and have prompted heightened efforts to improve UN security around the world. “But through it all, the work of the United Nations continues,” stresses Mr. Pascoe. “Our structures were shaken, but not our resolve – and Iraq provides no better case in point.” He points out that after returning staff to the country not long after the 19 August bombing, the world body helped organize Iraq’s landmark 2005 elections as well as the drafting of a new constitution. It has also been working hard to promote human rights, provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people and help its neighbours cope with the influx of refugees. UN efforts in Iraq have increased “significantly” under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who visited Baghdad very early in this term and has sent a clear message throughout the Organization that more should be done to help the country and its people, he notes. In addition, a year ago this month, the Security Council adopted a resolution providing the mandate for a broader UN role in Iraq and, under the leadership of the current UN envoy in Baghdad, Staffan de Mistura, the world body’s efforts are gaining more visibility.For example, the UN has been assisting the country’s efforts related to the holding of provincial elections and internal boundary issues such as the eventual status of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. Just last week, the UN and the Iraqi Government signed a landmark agreement outlining a three-year blueprint for the world body’s work in reconstruction, development and humanitarian assistance.At the same time, Mr. Pascoe writes that while the Organization’s role in Iraq has been increasing, “the UN footprint in Iraq remains modest today given the dangers prevailing in the country.”He notes that the 300 UN international staff currently on the ground are based largely in Baghdad’s international zone, “though we have been branching out to the provinces and gradually increasing our numbers.” With the financial support of Member States and the Iraqi Government, he adds, the UN plans to construct a larger, better fortified compound that can safely house more staff.“In the end,” he concludes, “stability in Iraq cannot be built by outsiders but rather by Iraqis themselves, making courageous compromises in the greater interest of the nation. Without progress in that direction, recent improvements in security will remain fragile.” read more

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The Government must address a dysfunctional justice system and the human rights violations that are reported daily, Akich Okola, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Burundi, yesterday told the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which examines social, humanitarian and cultural issues.Some positive measures have improved human rights, Mr. Okola said, commending the work of the integrated human rights mechanism and noting efforts underway to train officials, especially state security agents, to respect human rights. He also applauded the Government’s strides in social and economic rights, including offering free primary education and free health care for expectant mothers and children.But more needs to be done, he said. In a visit to Burundi last month, Mr. Okola reported an ineffective justice system and overcrowded jails and noted that respect for freedom of expression and opinion was under threat. The Government and ruling party’s tense relations with opposition parties, civil society and the media escalated and reached a crisis point last summer during a coup attempt and remains strained, he added.Mr. Okola appealed to the Government to speed up the trial of alleged coup plotters, show tolerance towards the media, push forward plans for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a special chamber to bring guilty parties to justice. He called on international donors to increase humanitarian and development assistance.In response, the representative of Burundi, said his Government was determined to improve the human rights situation and was committed to national reconciliation, resolving questions of expropriation, tensions and combating impunity. He added that Burundi remained open to cooperation, including with the Independent Expert, and would continue to work to ensure that all human rights were respected in the country.Responding, Mr. Okola said on the issue of reconciliation, his investigations showed little governmental support for a truth and reconciliation mechanism, nor for the creation of a special chamber. He suggested that such a chamber would operate independently and could be a model for Burundi’s inefficient justice system, and that increased international aid would help to further reconciliation and reconstruction after 40 years of conflicts.With regard to neighbouring Rwanda, the General Assembly yesterday extended the tenure of 18 temporary judges serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), moving forward with its target of trying by 2008 all ethnic Hutu extremists charged with the massacre of some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in just 100 days.The Security Council created the ICTR in November 1994 to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in Rwanda that year. read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 6:04 pm MDT Election of pope a slowly unfolding mystery for media NEW YORK, N.Y. – The election of a new pope presented news organizations Wednesday with a slowly unfolding mystery governed by centuries of tradition.Television news personalities were clearly uncomfortable with the uncertainty. But it may have been the best thing for their networks, with the story revealing itself like a reality show competition, only this time without a manufactured conclusion.White smoke or black smoke? Who’s that sneaking a peek through the curtains at St. Peter’s Square? When will someone appear to announce the new pope’s name? Will it be anyone the odds makers have been predicting? ABC’s Diane Sawyer could only marvel at the mystery during the hourlong period between white smoke and the appearance of the new Pope Francis.“In this age of multiple media devices, the fact that nothing has leaked from behind that door is pretty amazing to the worldwide media gathering here,” she said.It must have felt strange after a seemingly endless political campaign, with new polls every day to decipher and a cacophony of consultants offering opinions. Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith was cut off by analyst Robert Moynihan of the Catholic news magazine “Inside the Vatican” when he started speculating on the front-runners in the papal election.“We don’t know, Shep,” Moynihan said. “They could be surprising us.”CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried to discern what it meant to get a new pope toward the end of the second day of the conclave. Was that relatively quick? Or not? Could it mean an advantage for a perceived front-runner? Or a long shot?“Right now, there are only 115 people who know the answer to the question that is at the front of our brains,” he said.Ultimately, the man chosen as pope — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio — had not been considered a front-runner by most media outlets even though he reportedly was second to the retired Pope Benedict XVI in the last papal conclave in 2005.Killing some time, NBC News offered a graphic that showed the amount of time between white smoke and the appearance of the new pope during the last three papal elections. Norah O’Donnell discussed on CBS how the new pope would be fitted into clothes.A website, popealarm.com, that offered people a chance for a text or email alert when a new pope had been chosen did not move too swiftly. It took 12 minutes for a text to be delivered after the first appearance of white smoke.Fortunately for reporters, it was relatively clear that white smoke was streaming from the Sistine Chapel chimney upon Pope Francis’ election. It enabled broadcast networks to quickly and authoritatively break into regular programming. Earlier, there was much discussion on CNN about how the smoke could initially appear grey, including a description of chemicals used in the burning of ballots.“Who knew smoke was so complicated?” said CNN’s Carol Costello.After Bergoglio was named, networks quickly searched their files and found footage of him. The key word from networks after the new Pope Francis made his first appearance: humility.“There appears to be a humility in his choice of white vestments and in asking for a prayer for him,” said NBC’s Brian Williams.The news quickly flooded the social media lines, along with some quick jokes. Some posts referenced movie titles: “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Pope”; “Jurassic Pope”; “Dpope Unchained.”A Twitter account that looked like it could be the pope’s ((at)JMBergoglio) was flooded with followers, drawing more than 137,000. But it was clearly a fake, with one tweet saying he’d be loved more than Santa Claus.There is an official pope account: (at)Pontifex. Pope Benedict XVI joined in December under that handle, but it went quiet after his retirement announcement.Shortly after the new pope appeared, the account tweeted “HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM.” (“We have a Pope Francis.”)___Associated Press correspondent Jake Coyle in New York contributed to this report.___David Bauder can be reached at dbauder(at)ap.org and on Twitter (at)dbauder. read more

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“I can announce today that an advance team is now on the ground in Cyprus, the final staging point to undertake the mission in Syria,” the Secretary-General said at The Hague alongside the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzümcü. “I can report that the United Nations investigation mission is now in a position to deploy in Syria in less than 24 hours. All technical and logistical arrangements are in place,” said Mr. Ban.“Mr. Sellström, he is also now on his way to Cyprus today,” Mr. Ban added in reference to Professor Åke Sellström, the head of the UN fact-finding mission.“Now all we are waiting for is the go-ahead from the Syrian Government for a thorough investigation to determine whether any chemical weapons were used in any location,” he said. The UN chief reiterated that this is yet another indication of his “strong commitment to investigate all possible uses of chemical weapons” in the country.“Ultimately, this is about the well-being of the Syrian people who have suffered enough already,” he added. The terms of reference for the mission were finalized in consultation with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the OPCW which continues to provide technical support. The conflict in Syria, which has entered its third year, has already claimed over 70,000 lives and displaced more than three million people since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. Some 1.1 million people have also been forced to flee Syria and take refuge in neighbouring countries.Earlier today, Mr. Ban opened the Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first UN Secretary-General to participate in the Review Conference. “The Chemical Weapons Convention is a historic achievement in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation,” Mr. Ban said. “With robust monitoring and verification mechanism, it has achieved remarkable progress in eliminating chemical weapons. Our goal is now within reach.” The OPCW, established to oversee the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, has helped to destroy at least 78 per cent of chemical weapons stockpiles declared by 188 members, according to its website. Syria is one of eight remaining Member States outside the Convention, including Angola, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, Somalia and South Sudan. read more

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first_img Friday 9 Jun 2017, 11:01 PM Jun 9th 2017, 11:01 PM By Rónán Duffy Tomorrow’s UK papers will make grim reading for Theresa May There’s no let up after for the British PM. 50,599 Views Share160 Tweet Email5 53 Comments center_img THE BRITISH NEWSPAPER front pages have been a feature of the general election campaign that’s just past.Not that they’ve been influential, because the result would suggest otherwise, but because they’ve been so outrageously over the top.On the even of the general election, Jeremy Corbyn and his senior colleagues were labelled as ‘apologists for terror’ by the Daily Mail.This label was especially shocking given it came within three weeks of two terror attacks in England.But after her disastrous election result it was Theresa May who was on the receiving end of Fleet Street’s editors today.And it seems like there’s no let up tomorrow with the UK newspapers all reporting that her future hangs in the balance.The i’s headline sums up what most are going for.The Times focuses on the uncertain future of both the Prime Minister and of Brexit talks.The Daily Mail reports that Tory MPS could force Theresa May out in six months. http://jrnl.ie/3436633 The Daily Mirror focuses on May’s attempts to make a deal with the DUP, calling it a ‘Coalition of Crackpots’.The staunchly pro-Brexit Daily Express says that must be May’s priority.The Guardian focuses on May’s failed snap election gamble, labelling it as ‘From hubris to humiliation’.The Conservative-leaning Daily Telegraph also reports on potential plots to unseat the PM.The Sun’s front page is a bit confusing but also puts a time limit on her tenure.Front pages via Twitter/@AllieHBNewsRead: ‘I am engaged to a Catholic Irishwoman from Wexford’ – Scottish Tory leader ahead of DUP deal >Read: ‘Theresa Dismay’: Here’s how the UK papers are reacting to the historic election result > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgLa libellule peut se concentrer sur une cible comme un hommeDes chercheurs de l’Université d’Adelaïde, en Australie, ont découvert un réseau de neurones impliqué dans l’attention sélective chez la libellule. Une capacité qui permet à l’insecte de se concentrer sur une proie en faisant abstraction de toutes les autres cibles potentielles. Si les libellules n’ont pas le cerveau aussi développé que celui des humains, elles présentent, à l’instar des primates, des cellules cérébrales spécifiques impliquées dans la faculté d’attention sélective. En d’autres termes, ces insectes sont capables de se concentrer sur un objectif précis en faisant abstraction de toutes autres informations qui pourraient les distraire. Une particularité qui, jusqu’à présent, était considérée comme exclue du groupe des invertébrés.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A la base de cette découverte, Steven Wiederman et David O’Carroll, spécialistes en neurosciences de l’Université d’Adelaïde, en Australie. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont isolé l’activité de neurones permettant l’attention sélective, au sein du cerveau des libellules. Cette opération, réalisée à l’aide d’une sonde en verre, près de 1500 fois plus petite que la largeur d’un cheveu, permet de suivre les processus neuronaux lorsque les libellules sont confrontées à plusieurs cibles visuelles. Les résultats, parus dans la revue Current Biology, indiquent que dans le cas où plusieurs informations visuelles sont données aux sujets de l’expérience, les cellules neuronales spécifiques s’activent. Ce processus permet aux libellules de focaliser leur attention sur une proie particulière tout en évitant d’éventuelles distractions. “Une fois que la libellule a choisi un insecte au cœur d’un essaim, ses neurones excluent toutes les autres proies potentielles. Le prédateur se précipite alors droit sur sa cible et l’obtient dans 97 pour cent du temps” explique Steven Wiederman.
Quant aux éventuelles applications dérivant de cette découverte, les chercheurs pensent que leur étude pourrait être utile notamment dans la modélisation robotique. “Nos travaux pourraient être utilisé pour modéliser un système de vision robotique. Parce que le cerveau des insectes est simple et accessible, les travaux futurs pourraient nous permettre de mieux comprendre le réseau de neurones sous-jacent et le copier sur des robots intelligents” conclut Steven Wiederman.Le 28 décembre 2012 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgManagement has written to Mamour Mbenga to find out why he is in Dakar, Senegal, and what concerns he has regarding his relation with Foroyaa.He is a young man with a future. He was on sick leave with pay for months before the 14 April incident and management was waiting for his medical report in order to launch a campaign for his medical treatment abroad for a stabbing he sustained during his youthful days.This is why management did not allow him to handle any assignment that could be injurious to his health. If he is contacted and still wishes his life to be an issue in the public space, management will give him all the coverage he would desire.Foroyaa has been working with many young people who started their career under the guidance of its management. Many move on to other works of life and are still contributing to their society.Mbenga is young and still needs to be supported and inspired to move on to live a productive and contributive life. Management will never destroy the human resources of a country that it is trying to build no matter what impression people create in their pursuit of upward mobility in life.He can count on management for the pursuit of his treatment which has been and is still our primary preoccupation.last_img read more

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first_img , Homeless encampments along San Diego River have doubled since last year Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 31, 2017center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego’s homeless population is growing, and according to the San Diego River Park Foundation, in one area the homeless population has doubled. SDRPF, a conservation group, has been counting the number of people living alongside the San Diego River since 2008. They said last year there were 56 encampments, but this year they counted the highest number ever recorded, 101. The foundation estimates each camp has around 2.5 people, meaning more than 200 call the area behind Fashion Valley Mall home. “This situation along the river has been growing exponentially over the last couple of years,” said  Councilman Scott Sherman’s, who’s district 7 cover the San Diego River. He denies this is caused by the city pushing people out of downtown, but admits the city is engaging in a losing battle.”We have to deal with laws, legal cases and precedents when we are trying to enforce the laws about the homeless,” Sherman said. “And one of those is we have to have beds available to people if we’re going to enforce the laws and take them out of certain places. So until the beds are available, we can’t enforce the laws and tell them to move. Then you have to look at some of these legal settlements. We have to give them a 72-hour notice that we’re coming so they can gather their belongings and leave. We come down there to enforce the law and clean up the place, then they move to another encampment, then in 5-6 weeks, they’re right back to where they started because there’s so many legal restrictions on what we can do.”While Sherman agrees the lack of affordable housing is partly to blame for the homeless problem, the most pressing issue the city should deal with quickly is the spreading of Hepatitis A, because the reality is people are mostly likely relieving themselves in the river. He said he is willing to take on the laws that prevent the city from cleaning the area up, even if that means lawsuits. His reasoning is the squalor people are currently living in near the river is inhumane. Posted: October 31, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgWe only have about nine days left in our campaign to raise funds for our new project “The Youth We Feed Can Lead.” Until May 31, an anonymous donor will match all funds raised, so your gift would be worth double! Our goal is to raise $2,500 by then—we’re about 20 percent of the way there!The project will take place at one of our partner organizations in Guatemala, Proximos Pasos, and will empower youth to become agents of change in their schools, families and communities. We will combine low-cost video production equipment and training with nutrition education to create youth-led videos that can then be shared. Students will be able to share their new skills, knowledge and stories with their communities about the importance of healthy diets—including the benefits of soy protein.Even more, the videos will then be shared across Spanish-speaking countries in Central America to educate thousands more. The long-term benefits are outstanding too!Youth will have new skills and will be able to better communicate important information. The demand for soy dairies that produce healthy foods will rise with the greater knowledge about them. A greater demand means more local jobs for women, resulting in a better economy and more resources to provide more food for the children of these impoverished communities!Won’t you join us in empowering youth to become agents of change for their communities? You can simply visit the WSF website or click HERE to visit our campaign page and learn more!last_img read more

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first_img Listen 00:00 /00:50 With hurricane season underway, boat owners are being encouraged to take steps to prepare for major storms. Scott Croft, with the advocacy group Boat U.S., said a lot of owners get into trouble when they try to secure their boat at the last minute. Others find themselves in a dangerous situation when they attempt to ride out the storm on a boat.Croft said it’s the preparations before the storm that really matter.“The number one way you can prevent damage to your boat is get it out of the water,” said Croft. “Boats that are hauled out of the water have a significantly greater chance of lasting the storm and having minimal damage.”But Croft acknowledged that’s often difficult to do with larger boats since many marinas don’t have the capacity to haul those vessels. He said if you anticipate having to leave your boat in the water it’s essential to have a hurricane plan in place well before any warnings.“One of the best things you can do is get yourself a kit,” said Croft. “In that kit should be things like extra lines so you can double the lines to every cleat.” He also said it’s important to have chafe protection to keep lines from snapping.Removing things like sails is important as well. Croft said he saw extensive wind damage when he was in Clear Lake with a catastrophe team after Hurricane Ike in 2008. He observed boats that would have probably come through unscathed had their owners removed tops and canvases.On top of the pre-storm preparations, Croft said it’s also important to have a good insurance policy on your boat.“Haul-out coverage usually pays half of the haul-out fee prior to a storm coming in,” said Croft. “It makes the decision to haul out that much easier. It can be expensive to haul a boat so that kind of coverage sort of lessens the bite to get the boat out of the way.”Another issue during storms are boats left in boathouses. They could be damaged by rising waters or the boathouse itself could collapse. Croft said if you do have to keep a boat in a boathouse, secure it the best you can and make sure to pull off any valuables like radars and radios.“Leaving a boat in a boathouse is probably not the best thing you can do,” said Croft. “If you can’t haul out, check your insurance policy. You want to be fully compensated when that boat is lost.”There’s also the problem of lost boats littering roadways after a storm, blocking the way for rescue workers. Croft said fiberglass boats can also be difficult to repair or recycle. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: center_img Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media Visitors check out the interior of a boat at a recent Houston Boat Show. X Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgRobert “Kaki” McQueen, a popular and prodigious artist and musician in West Baltimore’s grassroots community died Jan. 26. He was 72.McQueen was born in Baltimore to parents Wilbert and Nodia McQueen, Dec. 4, 1946. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools, during this time he began to cultivate his self-taught artistic prowess.He was drafted into the military in 1966 at age 19 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. After his service in the military, McQueen returned to Baltimore, but began to travel around the United States. By 1970, he said he experienced an, “awakening.” “I became aware of my Creator, my God, the first artist. I decided to make art my life,” McQueen told Rudolph Lewis, in a post on, “ChickenBones A Journal,” which celebrates Black culture.In the 1970’s he drove across the country in a Volkswagen with a friend and stopped in cities including, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, before landing in California and traveling up and down the California coast. McQueen said he left artwork everywhere he traveled. After more traveling around the country and overseas, McQueen ultimately returned to Baltimore where he pursued his devotion to art as a multimedia artist, painting murals and portraits and crafting sculptures, most of which evoked themes of spirituality and Black liberation.McQueen was also a prolific drummer, who was one of the founding members of the venerable “Druid Park Drummers,” founded in the 1970’s, who are still in the “Park” every Sunday practicing their craft and entertaining anybody who gathers around to listen and/or dance. On the Sunday after his death, a group of drummers played in the rain at the corner of Penn and North, to pay their respect to McQueen, a gifted artist, musician and local legend.The funeral for Robert “Kaki” McQueen is Feb. 15, at the Wylie Funeral Home, 701 N. Mount St., in West Baltimore. The wake is at 10:00 a.m., and the service begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be a repast Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Unity United Methodist Church, 1433 Edmondson Ave., in West Baltimore.last_img read more

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first_imgThere is a lot of excitement surrounding the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but for such a headset to show off its true potential the wearer needs to be able to move around.So far the best option for movement when wearing the Rift looks to be the Omni virtual reality interface. It’s basically a treadmill you walk and run around on without actually moving anywhere. The problem is, the Omni is set to cost in the region of $350 and is a rather bulky piece of kit you need to find space for. A much cheaper alternative has appeared, though, and it’s called Atlas.What Atlas does is to convert a real-world space into a virtual space. You place markers down in a room and then use an app and an iPhone (mounted on your chest) to track where you are within that environment. What this allows is for an Oculus Rift wearer to move around freely, and in so doing motion sickness is meant to be minimized. You don’t need to set aside space for it either, as it can be used pretty much anywhere.Obviously Atlas is going to be limited by the size of the environment you have to play with, but the full kit only costs $100 and it can be used anywhere just by laying down the markers and hooking up your iPhone.Atlas is currently a Kickstarter project seeking $125,000. Its creator Aaron Rasmussen has made it clear he is currently targeting developers for Atlas because it needs the support of games and simulations in order to reach its full potential. A consumer version is planned if everything goes to plan and the project gets funded.Combining Oculus Rift and Atlas certainly unlocks the potential of virtual reality. Imagine having a large warehouse full of Atlas markers and how it would feel walking around freely for hours in the reality of your choice. Add a controller (such as the Razer Hydra) and gameplay to that scenario and you Atlas could turn out to be something quite special.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A day after slamming the Centre for highest unemployment rate in the country in 45 years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the youngsters to raise questions on growing joblessness. Banerjee assured support to the youth on the occasion of the International Youth Day. “Today is International #YouthDay. In #Bangla, we celebrate Youth Day on January 12, Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. I appeal to the youth, the students & the new generation: be strong and ask for answers. There is no answer to unemployment problems,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Referring to central government data that put West Bengal at the top of the states with highest GDP growth, Banerjee said unemployment in the state has dipped by 45 per cent under her rule. “Our State #Bangla has brought down unemployment by 45%. The GDP growth of #Bangla is highest in the country. My support is always with the youth, students and the new generation. May you be inspired to reach new heights,” she said. As per the data, West Bengal has registered a GDP growth rate of 12.58 per cent in 2018-19 while unemployment rate was 6.1 percent during the period. Banerjee had written on Facebook on Sunday,”Our achievement is in sharp contrast to the state of deep recession and complete policy paralysis perpetrated by Central Government leading to significant decline of overall growth rate of the country and highest unemployment in 45 years”.last_img read more

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