Google Making Fashion Week Documentary Using “Glasses”

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Some of the most beautiful women on the planet have geeked out hard this week, donning Google Glasses on the catwalk for New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.Designer Diane von Furstenberg’s line teamed up with Google to unveil a futuristic collaboration, merging fashion and technology. Models have been paired with colored Glasses that match their outfits. Google will edit the footage recorded by each of the Glasses to create a documentary shot from each of the models’ perspectives. Look for it on the Google Glass Google Plus channel this week.“Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology,” Sergey Brin said. The Google co-founder joined von Furstenberg in the front row of the show, each sporting a pair. Wearable fashion technology (or is it tech fashion?) is an eye-grabber, and with Google planning to sell the Glasses in retail locations next year, this was a savvy PR move. The first Glass release, the “Explorer Edition,” is reportedly priced at $1,500, but that’s not stopping the buzz.If nothing else, it’s a big personal move for Brin, whose label faves begin and end with Crocs.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Google#web Related Posts adam popesculast_img read more

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First Farmers Were Also Sailors

first_imgWhen hunter-gatherers in the Middle East began to settle down and cultivate crops about 10,500 years ago, they became the world’s first farmers. But two new papers suggest that they were at home on both the land and the sea: Studies of ancient and modern human DNA, including the first reported ancient DNA from early Middle Eastern farmers, indicate that agriculture spread to Europe via a coastal route, probably by farmers using boats to island hop across the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.Archaeologists have long known that farming arose in the Middle East and then spread to Europe, because radiocarbon dating of hundreds of early sites shows a clear time gradient from east to west. But that is only a rough guide, and in recent years geneticists have been filling in the details of that picture by sequencing the DNA of both modern and ancient populations. While the relatively cool conditions at many European sites have helped preserve the DNA of ancient skeletons, researchers had not succeeded in sequencing DNA from the many skeletons found at very early Middle Eastern sites, due to their very hot and dry environments. That has left a big gap in their understanding of the very earliest steps in the spread of farming from the Middle East to Europe, which began at least 8000 years ago.Since the early 1990s, a Spanish team has been excavating at three ancient farming sites in Syria, whose earliest dates range from 10,500 to 10,000 years ago—the very beginning of the agricultural revolution. Last week, in PLOS Genetics, the team reported having partially sequenced DNA from the mitochondria (the energy units of the living cell) of 15 skeletons from two of the sites, Tell Ramad and Tell Halula (see photo above). 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Even more important, Fernández and her colleagues say, is what the team found when it compared the Middle Eastern DNA with a database of 60 modern populations in the Middle East and Europe. That analysis revealed very close genetic affinities with people living today in Cyprus and Crete, suggesting that farmers had first migrated from the Middle East to Greece and its islands by boat, before moving on to the mainland. The alternative, more northern route, overland to Europe via modern-day Turkey, was not supported by the data, because modern populations in Turkey did not show close genetic relationships to the Syrian skeletons.Fernández says that this scenario is also bolstered by archaeological findings of the past couple of decades. Very early farming sites have been excavated on Cyprus, but researchers were not sure whether they represented a small population pushed off the mainland—perhaps by population pressure or competition with other farmers—or the beginnings of a major migration across the sea to Europe. “This implies that the first farmers were undoubtedly in possession of advanced enough navigation capabilities,” as well as adequate boats, to make the 60 kilometers sea voyage from the mainland, Fernández says.More evidence that Middle Eastern farmers were also sailors comes from a paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team led by George Stamatoyannopoulos, a geneticist at the University of Washington, Seattle, looked at 75,000 genetic markers across the genomes of 964 people from 32 different modern populations, including Greece and the Greek islands, Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Using statistical techniques that allow researchers to trace the origins of populations based on the differences between them today, these researchers also found that farming had spread to Europe by a sea route, via Crete, the Greek islands, and the northern Mediterranean coast.The two teams did differ on one question, however: whether Middle Eastern farmers first spread from the Levantine coast (modern day Israel, Lebanon, and Syria), the conclusion of the Fernández group; or from the southern coast of modern-day Turkey, as found by the Proceedings authors. Fernández says that while “both studies support each other” in pointing to a sea route, the differences between them could be due to the genetic profiles of Middle Easterners having changed since ancient times. In her view, the ancient DNA results from Syria would be a more reliable indicator of the genetics of early farmers.However, outside researchers raise caution flags about the new ancient DNA findings. The sample of 15 skeletons from Syria is too small to represent all of the early Middle Eastern farming populations, says Guido Brandt, a paleogeneticist at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in  Germany. “It is questionable whether the genetic diversity of a melting pot like the [Middle] East can be sufficiently explored” by such a small number of partial mitochondrial DNA sequences, he contends.Deguilloux agrees. Despite the strong evidence for a maritime spread of farming, she says, the current data cannot rule out the possibility that the spread of agriculture to Europe had “multiple origins,” including overland routes.last_img read more

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San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Fernandez said San Beda will file an appeal to downgrade Bolick’s disqualifying foul in time for its game against Mapua on Friday.“We’ll appeal that for sure, but how can we appeal if there’s no report? We want to know what happened, why they called it for Robert? Why? They have to justify it,” he said.Fernandez then turned his ire towards commissioner Bai Cristobal, noting that the official could have handled the matter better knowing that decisions made from that situation gravely impact some of the players’ career in the long run.Bolick is in the running for the Most Valuable Player plum, with him currently sixth in the race with averages of 13.56 points, 7.56 rebounds, and 4.67 assists.He also posted a near triple-double performance in the game with 14 markers, 11 dimes, and seven boards, but him being sent to the showers in the game against St. Benilde already rules him out of any individual plum at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENT “Why would you throw him out? My God, the guy was running for MVP. He destroyed the future of that guy,” he said. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img With the Red Lions leading, 71-57, and the game already out of reach, Blazers guard Carlo Young took down Bolick, who was driving to the basket, hard late in the game. But Bolick and Clint Doliguez were also thrown out with 2:28 to play.“It’s unethical. We were already up by 14 points and it’s a fastbreak. Why endanger a guy? And then punish a guy? I really don’t know what’s happening,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFernandez couldn’t stop himself from wondering how the officials were able to come up with their decisions during the scuffle, sensing that there might be some kind of bias against San Beda.“I don’t want to insinuate things. I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a won game already, and then that incident happened and they penalized the other team that did not start it,” he said. “If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way. God, it’s so bad. It’s wrong. (We had) six fouls in fourth quarter and the other team only has one foul, and then that happens. They tackle a player? Should he be thrown out? Yes, it should be an [ejection]. But why penalize the other guy?” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez leapt to Robert Bolick’s defense after he felt his star playmaker was unjustly ejected in his team’s 72-56 win over St. Benilde on Tuesday.“You have to see that. You throw out a guy who is tackled, (who the other player is) trying to get injured, and then you call him and throw him out again? I really don’t know,” the mentor fumed in the press room.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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5-way PBA Govs’ Cup race for 3 premium slots

first_imgRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges So forges semis duel with Ding Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The quarterfinal pairings pit No. 1 against No. 8, No. 2 against No. 7, No. 3 against No. 6 and No. 4 against No. 5.It will be the survivors of the 1-8 and 3-6 matches and the 2-7 and 4-5 duels that will collide in the best-of-five semifinals. The finals is a best-of-seven series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc The Beermen next take on the 2-8 Phoenix Fuel Masters this Wednesday hoping to match the seven wins of Meralco and NLEX and boost their top four bid. But getting No. 8 won’t be easy with no less than the Bolts facing the Beermen in their final game this Sunday.NLEX (7-3) is also up against a tough final foe this Sunday in Star (5-3), which can still finish with eight wins like TNT and SMB with a sweep of its last three games.The Hotshots were battling the Katropa at presstime then face the Picanto on Friday before meeting the Road Warriors.Blackwater (4-5) was shooting for the last quarterfinal berth behind Rain or Shine (5-4) against GlobalPort (3-6) at presstime. If they win, the Batang Pier still have to get past the Bolts to force a playoff with the Elite.All ties among the eight top teams after the elimination round will be settled by the PBA quotient system except the deadlock for No. 8 which will be decided by a playoff.ADVERTISEMENT With their eighth win in 10 games, the Kings, who again moved ahead of the (7-2) Meralco Bolts, the 2016 runners-up, can now afford to drop their last game against the TNT KaTropa this Saturday and still contend for a slot among the top four finishers that will earn a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.After their 107-103 decision of the Kings last Sunday where they led by as much as 26 points, the Beermen struggled past the winless but suddenly tigerish Kia Picanto, 118-112, in last Saturday’s first game before forging a tie with the Katropa at 6-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWhile Terrence Watson proved an able third import replacement for SMB with 28 points and 17 rebounds against the Kings, coach Leo Austria turned to his crack all-Filipino crew, led by the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo in the second half, to pin a 10th straight loss on tailender Kia.Fajardo unloaded 22 points in the final quarter to finish with 41 points on top of 17 rebounds. Import Geron Johnson led Kia with 42. Barangay Ginebra showed why it is the defending Governors’ Cup champion even as San Miguel Beer remained on track in its quest for a second Grand Slam in the Philippine Basketball Association.The Gin Kings bounced back from a thorough beating from the Beermen early last week with an 89-82 decision of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday to secure at least a tie for a top four slot going into the final week of elimination of the season-ending eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel PLAY LIST 02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel02:00Games and Amusement chair: Kiefer Ravena should be allowed to play in PBA03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir granted visa for England tour

first_imgFast bowler Mohammad Amir has received a U.K. visa and will travel with Pakistan to England on June 18 for the four-test cricket series.The Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement on Thursday that it has been “officially informed that the U.K. government has approved the visa” for Amir.There was some doubt because Amir served half of his six-month jail sentence in England when he was banned for five years for spot-fixing in 2010 at Lord’s along with teammates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.It will be at Lord’s on July 14 when Amir could play his first test in six years.last_img

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Wolves Eat The Nets, 100-85

first_imgNEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns loved performing in front of his home fans, especially in the building where his NBA dream was realized.Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the arena where he was taken with the No. 1 pick in the June draft, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-85.The New Jersey product, who had dinner with his parents Dec. 19 and thought his grandmother was in the crowd, said he was ecstatic even early in the game, before his shots started falling.“It felt like I was at the park out here tonight,” he said, “just having a blast, having fun and no matter what happened.”He learned later his grandmother was not there. Towns said he purchased League Pass for so she could watch all his games on TV.He added that she wanted him to play baseball for the New York Yankees, but nobody can question his choice now, nor the one the Timberwolves made when they selected the 7-footer.“I was just in the hallway warming up before the game and I remember walking through that hallway right when I just got drafted to the Minnesota Timberwolves and just (being) so happy. Brings back so many memories, Barclays does,” Towns said. “Madison Square Garden may have my heart since I was a child but Barclays is where my life really started.”Gorgui Dieng added 20 points and 10 boards to lead a strong bench unit that blew the game open in the fourth quarter. Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points and Ricky Rubio had 15 assists.Brook Lopez had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Nets, who dropped their fifth straight.“It’s nothing Xs or Os or anything like that,” Lopez said. “It was just energy and effort.”Kevin Garnett was scoreless but grabbed seven rebounds in his first visit to Brooklyn since the Nets dealt him after 1 ½ seasons to Minnesota for Thaddeus Young at the trade deadline.The Wolves led nearly the whole way in their second straight victory. They were up 10 after one quarter and that was still the lead heading to the fourth, before a 12-3 spurt featuring two 3-pointers from Kevin Martin turned it into a 91-72 rout.Rubio traced the Wolves’ strong play to the second half of their loss Dec. 16 to the Knicks, when they nearly erased a huge deficit.“I would say the last six quarters before this game were where this team wants to be and today was more of the same,” he said. “We controlled the game from the beginning until the end.”Martin had 16 points and fellow reserve Zach LaVine scored 10.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bolt has ‘a bit of work to do’ in football quest

first_imgManchester United Man Utd may have to wait – Sprint king Bolt has ‘a bit of work to do’ in football quest Chris Burton 04:52 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Premier League The former Olympic champion has stated a desire to switch sports, but his early efforts with Mamelodi Sundowns have not inspired confidence Usain Bolt may want to swap athletic spikes for football boots, but the Manchester United fan has “a bit of work to do” if that dream is to become reality.The legendary Jamaican sprinter conquered the first sporting field he entered, claiming eight Olympic gold medals over the course of an iconic career.He is now looking to move in a different direction, with the 31-year-old having stated that he is “very serious” about seeking a career in football. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A trial at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund has been arranged for March, while Bolt has already offered his services to David Beckham’s new MLS franchise in Miami, saying: “If you need a striker, I’m the guy.”Such ambition may, however, have to be reined in, with a recent training spell with South African club Mamelodi Sundowns doing little to inspire confidence.The Sundowns’ New Zealand forward Jeremy Brockie told the Olympic Channel on Bolt’s progress: “It’s very easy saying that you want to become a professional footballer and it’s a whole different story being, I think he’s 31, and then trying to start.”He’s very quick so he won’t have a problem in that side of the field and he had some nifty footwork as well. [He] rated himself as an attacking player. He’s got that same confidence and swagger that he has on the sprinting track.”[But] if I had to give an honest opinion based off the little hour that we trained with him, he’s probably still got a little bit of work to do.”Bolt has previously admitted that turning out for his beloved United is “one of his biggest dreams”.Climbing that high up the ladder may be a struggle, but fellow Red Devils fan Brockie is looking forward to seeing one of the most recognisable personalities in sport chase down that goal.He added: “I’m a Manchester United fan so it’s quite exciting.”I did have a quick chat and ask if there was any truth to the Man United stuff and when I’m going to be seeing him wear a Man United shirt.”He said that he needs to go back to Jamaica and get fit for a month. He’s got a trial lined up with Dortmund and then he said he’ll see where it goes from there.”last_img read more

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Unemployment rate dipped in September on big parttime job gains StatCan

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, edging the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent, and offsetting job losses in August, Statistics Canada reported Friday.September’s increase in employment was largely driven by gains in part-time work, with part-time jobs up by around 80,000, the agency said in its monthly labour force survey.Economists had estimated the country would add 25,000 jobs in September, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The job gains were also almost entirely in Ontario and British Columbia, with little change in the other provinces.The latest monthly report from Statistics Canada indicates the jobs market remains volatile, after August saw a decline of more than 51,000 positions, raising the unemployment rate to 6.0 per cent, after two months of increasesOn a year-over-year basis, Canada gained 222,000 jobs since September 2017.South of the border, the unemployment rate in the United States dropped more than expected, to 3.7 per cent in September from 3.9 per cent the previous month, as 134,000 jobs were created, well below analyst predictions of a 185,000 jobs surge.Statistics Canada also reported the Canadian international merchandise trade balance improved in August, recording a surplus for the first time since December 2016.It said imports fell by 2.5 per cent and exports declined 1.1 per cent, producing a surplus of $526 million compared with July’s $189 million trade deficit.Taken together, the jobs and trade reports paint a rosier economic picture than anticipated, increasing the likelihood that the Bank of Canada will increase its trend-setting interest rate later this month, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Doug Porter.“The big picture is that the economy overall is looking a bit better than anticipated, with the bias now squarely to the upside on growth,” Porter headlined in a note to clients.But the fact that the job gains were part-time, and the trade surplus was the result of declines in both imports and exports, takes some of the shine off the numbers, said Royce Mendes at CIBC Capital Markets.Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey found that all of the job gains in September were made by workers in the core 25-to-54 age range with virtually no change in youth employment. September’s youth unemployment rate stood at 11.0 per cent, up by 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.Men in the core age bracket gained the most, with 34,000 jobs while women also saw increases of 20,000 positions.The agency said the number of self-employed Canadians declined by 35,000 after recording an almost equal total increase over the past twelve months.Many of the jobs were found in construction, up by 28,000 in September, reversing two previous monthly declines.Around 13,000 jobs were added in finance, insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, mostly in Ontario and Alberta.Employment increased by about 12,000 in the public sector, which has seen a rise of about 20,000 jobs overall since last September.The agriculture sector also saw gains of about 9,000 jobs, offsetting continuous declines seen since May.Statistics Canada also released third quarter employment numbers for the territories, reporting gains of 500 and 900 jobs in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories respectively while 400 job losses were recorded in Yukon. The numbers were compared with the second quarter and based on a three-month rolling average.last_img read more

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Controversy ridden Sri Lankan school in Qatar gets new Chairman

“We are set to start construction of new building of the community school within next three months and most likely it will be completed by 2020,” he said while talking to The Peninsula. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar A S P Liyanage has said that the construction work on new building of Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha will start within three months. Regarding recent change in management of school, the Ambassador said that the former chairman was removed on the basis of some serious complaints. “The embassy will also have at least five year audit of the accounts of the school,” he said, adding that the new chairman – Balasooriya – who is a chartered accountant by profession, would take the school ahead on the way to progress with full support from the Embassy.The Ambassador said that in Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha, new academic year classes would start on August 26, 2018 with many improvements in educational standards. “We are also planning to introduce Sri Lankan curriculum along existing international curriculum,” he said.The Ambassador assured the community particularly parents of children studying at Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha that recent changes in school management would not disturb anything rather cause betterment for the whole school system and its educational standards. He also clarified that the school management under new chairman would not remove any employee from academic or non-academic staff from their job. (Colombo Gazette) He said that Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha was affiliated with the Embassy. “After the appointment of the new chairman, the Embassy has also formed a steering committee mostly consisting of parents of the school students to look after affairs of the school,” he added.The Ambassador said that the government of Qatar had allocated a 10,000 square meters plot of land for the construction of Sri Lankan community school at Thumama junction. “Due to laxness of previous management of school, the construction of new building of the school could not start timely while Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha is working in a rented building at present. Now, after new chairman, things will be set on the right track,” he added.The Ambassador further said that currently as many as 1400 students were enrolled at Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha. “Most of them are from the Sri Lankan community but students from other nationalities like Bangladeshi and Nigerian etc. are also studying there.” A new Chairman has been appointed to the controversy ridden Sri Lankan school in Qatar.The Peninsula reported that former Chairman of the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha, Kumudu Foneska has been replaced with Roshan Sanjaya Balasooriya. There had been concerns over the involvement of the Embassy with the school while there were also concerns the school will be closed.Liyanage said that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education had recently appointed new chairman of Stafford Sri Lankan School Doha. “The former chairman Kumudu Foneska has been replaced with Roshan Sanjaya Balasooriya on July 4 through an official notification issued by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education which acted on the request of the embassy,” he said, adding that it was in the best interest of the school and community. He said that after the construction of new school building, for which architectural design was also ready, the school will be able to cater to almost double strength of students. read more

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Annan moves to appoint new envoy to Afghanistan

Mr. Arnault has served as the Acting Special Representative in Afghanistan since Lakhdar Brahimi stepped down from the post at the start of last month. He has also been Deputy Special Representative for the country, with responsibility for political affairs, since March 2002.Mr. Annan wrote a letter to the Security Council President on Friday informing him of his intention to appoint Mr. Arnault. The Council has until tomorrow to respond to the letter.Mr. Arnault previously served in Kabul in 1990, as a Senior Political Affairs Officer for the UN and the head of the Kabul headquarters of the then-Office of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan and Pakistan.The experienced French diplomat has held a range of international posts, including a stint as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Guatemala from 1997 to 2000. read more

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UN spotlights top 10 issues that should garner more media coverage

This list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About,” announced at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York by Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, includes a number of humanitarian emergencies, as well as conflict or post-conflict situations, and spans other matters of concern to the United Nations, although it is far from representative of the main issues before the Organization. According to DPI, the stories are not ones that have never been reported, but are often second-rung issues that need more thorough, balanced and regular attention. Mr. Tharoor stressed that the list itself was “a snapshot of the most compelling stories that, at this point in time, we believe are in need of more media attention.”While the list was prepared in consultation with various UN offices and agencies, DPI said it took full responsibility for the final selection, noting that the ranking did not necessarily reflect the order of importance. “Our number one story is merely the first among equals,” said Mr. Tharoor.Noting that the launch took place on the eve of the World Press Freedom Day, he stressed that the goal of the initiative was to engage the media in bringing attention to critical issues, rather than to criticize the press for what it covers or overlooks.To assist journalists in covering the stories, DPI will provide contact information about UN focal points for the highlighted stories, launch a special page on UN News Centre web site and will help the press to arrange interviews with UN officials prepared to speak on those issues. Video of the press briefing [35mins] read more

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Fiji and UN appeal for 38 million to relieve catastrophic loss after

Tropical Cyclone Winston: Chart 2 Tropical Cyclone Winston: Chart 3 The Government of Fiji and the United Nations today launched an appeal for $38.6 million in critical emergency relief to 350,000 people in need after Cyclone Winston’s fury left the island nation “a loss of catastrophic proportions.” “In light of the enormous and long process to recovery and rehabilitation ahead of us, and in the name of the Fijian people, I am calling on the international community’s assistance,” Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said. He said that relief efforts are in full swing and Fiji is prioritizing the restoration of such essential services as education, health, infrastructure and agriculture. Winston, the most devastating tropical cyclone on record in the Southern Hemisphere, struck the Pacific island nation on 20 February, taking more than 40 lives and affecting 350,000 people, 40 per cent of the total population. Some 54,000 people remain sheltered in 960 evacuation centres. While comprehensive data on the damage is still being collected, initial estimates indicate varying levels of destruction, with up to 100 per cent of buildings destroyed on some islands. Hundreds of schools have been damaged or destroyed, health facilities have been severely damaged and the agricultural sector faces a total loss of some $56 million. Tropical Cyclone Winston: Chart 1 Tropical Cyclone Winston: Chart 4 “Almost no part of our nation has been left unscarred, and many of our rural and maritime areas bore the brunt of Winston’s fury,” said Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. On Koro Island alone, more than 3,000 people were left homeless, with 21 per cent of livestock dead and any crop yield made impossible. “This is a loss of catastrophic proportions for Fiji, and the immediate loss will be followed by a longer term loss to Fiji’s economic and social growth,” Mr. Khan said. “We have suffered a terrible blow to infrastructure, health, education, and agriculture. It is a blow which will take us years to recover from. The moment is now, for our friends to stand by the people of Fiji.” For its part, the UN, together with its humanitarian partners, is supporting Fiji in their response to the catastrophe. “It is vital that the international community provides the necessary resources so we can help all the affected people with shelter, health services, water and sanitation, and support students to restart their education,” said Marcy Vigoda, Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva. Meanwhile, Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, is releasing some $8 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to immediate response projects in the appeal. International donors have already made in-kind donations and provided technical assistance worth nearly $22 million, and provided $9 million in cash. read more

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Churches selling stained glass and organs to fund upkeep court warns

Such items are part of the heritage, and were probably first acquired in many cases as the result of many small and sacrificial gifts by a large number of parishioners and benefactors He added: “Such items are part of the heritage, and were probably first acquired in many cases as the result of many small and sacrificial gifts by a large number of parishioners and benefactors contributing to the costs of erecting and fitting out the church. “So in my own limited experience, I think the danger is real.”However, he granted the church permission to remove the organ because its sale was “by no means a money-raising scheme” and the change would allow the church to install better facilities.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The request had been turned down, he said, in part because it was “wrong in principle for churches to look round their interiors in times of need to see what ‘treasures’ they could dispose of as decorative items, whether they be unused pulpits or balconies, or pews or windows, or indeed anything else, that might find a ready sale, and raise some funds.” Churches are selling off their stained glass windpows and organs to fund upkeep, a Church of England court has warned. John Bullimore, chancellor of the Diocese of Derby, said that fears that churches would rip out valuable artefacts to raise money were well-founded. Ruling on an application by All Saints Church, Findern, to remove a 150-year-old organ and install a kitchen and toilet, Mr Bullimore said he shared the concerns of the organ adviser that small churches would “sell off assets – furniture or fixtures and fittings – because they are ‘not really needed’, or the mission of the church locally is more important”. “I do not think this danger is altogether fanciful,” he said, adding that he had previously heard a case where a church had sought to sell its stained glass windows to a Japanese firm “to adorn some building for rest, recreation and refreshment thousands of miles away”.  read more

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New equipment operator access passport system from Whiting

first_imgAccidents and downtime are the deadly enemies of the mining and energy industries as they move into an era of unparalleled world demand for their output, driven by sharply rising urbanisation and economic development. The push to optimise output efficiencies and competitive advantage is a huge task in an industry that is critically dependent on the safety of highly skilled personnel, while achieving optimum uptime of high cost mobile and fixed equipment. Whiting Corporation division Whiting Passport has introduced to North America a new universal access control system, called AccessPoint, which uses smart card technology to control access to mobile and fixed equipment.It physically prevents unauthorised people from using vital machinery they are not qualified to control. “As the demand for commodities grows, mining companies need a partner to support them in their efforts who understands the issues important to the mining industry – like safety, and productivity,” says Whiting Passport Product Manager Joel Phelps. “AccessPoint from Whiting Passport puts an engineering control between your high-value, high-risk equipment and those who shouldn’t be using it.  This helps to ensure the safety of your operators and employees, and extends the life cycle of your equipment because you can control who can operate your equipment and who cannot.”AccessPoint is described as unique in that it controls and can record the who, how, when and where the equipment was used. The technology – which can be used on any piece of fixed or mobile equipment – is an inexpensive, easy-to-use way to significantly reduce the risks of equipment misuse, which can include death and injury, compromising of the safety of entire plant operations and also causing damage and disruption that drives up operating costs. The technology differs from existing access control systems that are designed to control access to areas, governing perimeter access. By contrast, AccessPoint from Whiting Passport puts an engineering control between any high risk, high value equipment and stops it being used by people who shouldn’t be running it. The system is administered through a secure, easy-to-use web-based application, Whiting Viewpoint, which can tell operators who is using any equipment  in real time.System users can view run hours of all AccessPoint devices within range from any Bluetooth device, or they can log into their own personal dashboard, or Viewport, from their PC to view usage statistics of all AccessPoint devices. Each AccessPoint system is customized to each specific user, who has the power to store start and stop times, to track certification and expiration statuses and to set customised re-certification intervals on a per user basis, as they see fit. “Users can remain in compliance with OHSA and other regulatory standards because AccessPoint gives them the ability to continuously view how their equipment is being used. Users can quickly address and correct misuse patterns. AccessPoint creates a shared culture of responsibility that ensures the correct use of high risk, high value plant equipment. Unlike specialised perimeter systems designed to control and record access to areas or a single asset, AccessPoint  can be deployed across the entire enterprise for every range of fixed and mobile plant equipment,  from a fleet of different vehicles and civil engineering equipment that could be lethal in the wrong hands, through to through to extensive and expensive materials handling and mineral processing systems.”last_img read more

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Police Woman confronted by burglars 3 arrested

first_imgA woman told police she was confronted by three burglars in her Ridgefield home Wednesday night. Three suspects were later arrested.A resident at 2021 S. Osprey Drive in Ridgefield called 911 just after 9 p.m. to report that she was upstairs, home alone, and could hear noises at the lower level of the residence, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported.The caller, still on the phone with a dispatcher, was confronted by the suspects, who took her phone and broke it, the sheriff’s office said. They left with an unknown amount of property.A Ridgefield police officer responded and reportedly saw the suspects’ vehicle leaving the area. The officer began a pursuit.The vehicle crashed a short distance later, and three men inside fled on foot, deputies reported.A sheriff’s deputy responding to the area located one suspect after a short foot chase and took that suspect into custody.Law enforcement with the assistance of the sheriff’s office K-9 searched the area for the remaining two suspects. The dog tracked the suspects to a large swampy area east of where the crash occurred and found them hiding in a clump of brush. They, too, were taken into custody.last_img read more

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Calling for Candidates for the 2016 Leadership At Its Best program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is seeking candidates for the 2015-16 Leadership At Its Best program, sponsored by Syngenta. The program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training program that includes advanced leadership, agricultural issues, communications and media training, culminating in Washington, D.C. with Capitol Hill visits. The candidate must be a current director or committee chair who has expressed a strong desire to assume a top leadership position AND must be able to attend both parts of the program:Part I   Aug. 10-14, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minn.Part II  March 13-15, 2016* in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the ASA Board MeetingClick here to download more information on the selection criteria for Leadership At Its Best.A nomination form is available here.Submit nomination form online here.Please contact Michelle Hummel at mhummel@soy.org if you have any questions regarding the program. State Selection Forms are due by Friday, May 22, 2015.last_img read more

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Civic workers protest for minimum wages

first_imgDubbaka: Gramapanchayat workers staged dharna in front of MPDO office on Wednesday demanding minimum wages. CITU district Asst secretary G Bhaskar expressed concern that the workers are not getting wages equal to their work. He criticised the state government for not fulfilling its assurance of providing salary of Rs 8,500 to each worker. He demanded insurance and regular medical checkups to workers. He also demanded that the officials concerned come to their aid and solve their issues.The workers threatened to intensify agitation of their demands aren’t met. Gramapanchayat workers Satyanarayana, Narasimhulu, Babu, Shankar, Nandam, Rajaiah and others were present.last_img

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RCB Rajasthan Royals can still qualify for playoffs Here are all the

first_imgThe IPL is well and truly in the business phase and as things stand right now (after Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings), there are as many as four teams which are stuck in the mid-table muddle and plenty of calculations, permutations and combinations will be applied. As of now, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are the most comfortably placed, but there could be a frenetic jostle for the fourth place.Here we look at the possible scenarios of the teams which are looking at wins in this last leg of the league stage:Sunrisers Hyderabad (10 points, 4 matches remain) Vijay Shankar and David WarnerIANSThey still have their fortunes in their own hand and if they win three out of the four matches remaining, they will be assured of a playoff berth. However, if they drop two matches and end up with 14 points, it might still be enough for them as they have a superior net run rate of 0.654.Kings XI Punjab (10 points, 3 matches remain)Unlike SRH, Kings XI have a very shabby net run rate which reads -0.117 and to ensure that this does not impede them in any which way, KXIP will have to win all their remaining matches. It could well be a shootout between SRH and KXIP. Kolkata Knight Riders (8 points, 3 matches remain)It has been a shocking slide for Dinesh Karthik’s side – 6 consecutive defeats and they are almost at a point of no return. Even if they win their remaining matches, they will end up with 12 points and will need few other results to go their way. What could ideally help them is the fact that the NRR is a decent -0.050.Rajasthan Royals (8 points, 3 matches remain)The scenario is pretty same to Kolkata Knight Riders, they have to win all their three matches and then hope other sides ease their job. They will have to hope CSK, DC win their respective matches too so that they can book a slot in the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore (8 points, 3 matches remain) Virat KohliIPLAfter a shocking start to their campaign, RCB has finally found some late momentum. 3 wins on the trot and now there is the belief in the camp that the can well win the rest of their matches and hope other sides hand them a favour. They too would want DC, CSK and MI to win all their matches so that it helps their surge.last_img read more

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Harris County Officials Encourage Residents To Be Proactive In Protecting From Mosquito

first_img Share Harris County Public HealthDr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health (first from the right), participated in a May 15, 2018, press conference where county officials encouraged the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites.The increasing heat and humidity is conducive for mosquitoes to breed more, and Harris County officials encouraged residents Tuesday to be proactive about protecting themselves from mosquito bites.During a press conference led by Judge Ed Emmett, Doctor Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, highlighted that for the past few years medical experts and the general public have realized, because of cases of Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, that “the daytime mosquito, the Aedes mosquito, increasingly has also been a real issue across the country.”Shah also noted that the Centers for Control Disease and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report indicating that diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas “have tripled across the country from 2004 to 2016.”Some of the measures recommended by experts to prevent mosquito bites are using a repellent approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as wearing long sleeves and long pants that cover the skin and regularly draining water accumulated outside of homes and in yards.last_img read more

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DMV HBCU Report Bowie State Closer to CIAA North Title Howard and

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFROBowie State moved one step closer to playing for their conference championship while Howard and Morgan were all but mathematically eliminated from contention with losses last weekend.Howard University celebrated its 151st homecoming last week, but lost their football game against South Carolina State (27-21) (Courtesy Photo).BOWIE STATE WINS AT LINCOLNBowie State took another step towards returning to the CIAA championship game with a resilient 35-14 win at Lincoln. The Bulldogs need to win their season finale at home versus Elizabeth City State to play for the title.Once again Bowie State had to overcome a slow start on a soggy day in Philadelphia to keep their championship hopes alive.  The Bulldogs recovered an early interception of quarterback Amir Hall that was returned by Dominique Rogers 50 yards for a touchdown.  Lincoln would later take a 14-0 lead as Rogers recovered a blocked punt in the end zone late in the second quarter.Hall then found his rhythm and led the Bulldogs on a 35-0 barrage as the defense shut out Lincoln for the final 41:33 of the game.  His comeback assault started with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Montez Clay that cut the deficit in half.  Following a safety, Bowie State took the lead for good when Hall connected with Geordan Clark with the first of two touchdown passes for a 23-yard score.   After Hall connected with Clark for a nine yard touchdown pass, he capped the afternoon’s scoring with a 33-yard strike to Lesana Sesay to provide the game’s final margin of victory.The 24 of 42 306 yard four touchdown performance by Hall pulled him to within two passing scores of the CIAA’s all-time leader Kameron Smith of Winston Salem St.Next: Elizabeth City StateHOWARD HOMECOMING SPOILED BY S.C. STATESouth Carolina State took advantage of Howard’s apparent pregame homecoming hangover to effectively end the Bison’ chances of winning the MEAC Championship with a 27-21 upset at Greene Stadium.Howard was flat from the start and struggled offensively on what began as a rainy afternoon in the Nation’s Capital.  S.C. State put the clamps on the Bison rushing game and forced Cailyn Newton to win the game passing.  With the Bulldogs defense focused on containing wide receivers Jequez Ezzard and Kyle Anthony, Newton was forced into two game changing interceptions that put them in a hole that was ultimately too deep to escape.Newton was mortal when he needed to be Superman but there is no phone booth at Howard.  He passed for 118 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and rushed 106 yards on 18 carries. However, S.C. State wouldn’t allow Newton to be the dynamic playmaker he’s been since stepping onto campus in 2017.The Bulldogs led 27-7 heading in the fourth quarter when Newton found his cape.  He connected with Damon Gillespie for a 65-yard touchdown closing the gap to 27-14.  Dedrick Parson also had TD runs of 65 and two yards but, Howard was penalized after recovering an onside kick. The second attempt was recovered by the Bulldogs to seal the game.Next: Florida A&MMORGAN BLOWN OUT AT FAMUAfter the warmth and fuzziness following their victory at North Carolina A&T, Morgan State’s season may have hit rock bottom with a 38-3 loss at Florida A&M.  The Rattlers cruised after opening a 31-0 halftime lead while the Bears offered little resistance to a team that will represent the MEAC in the Celebration Bowl with a victory at Howard.Their pre-Halloween nightmare in Tallahassee began when Demontre Moore recovered a fumble in the end zone to end Morgan’s first possession.  FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley completed three touchdown passes before intermission and the rout was on.Next: Bethune Cookmanlast_img read more

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