Why You Might Reconsider Your Password-less Smartphone

first_imgI’ll admit it – I can be lazy when it comes to security. I don’t have a passcode on my iPhone because it never leaves my pocket and I’m not one to misplace things. An article in Ars Technica has me rethinking my passé attitude toward passcodes and privacy, however. According to the article, a recent decision holds that “police officers may lawfully search mobile phones found on arrested individuals’ persons without first obtaining a search warrant.”The decision (.pdf) by a California Supreme Court allows that police officers can “conduct a warrantless search of the text message folder of a cell phone they take from [one’s] person after the arrest.”The solution to this, according to Ars Technica’s Ryan Radia, is not simple, but setting a password is a good first step:While the search incident to arrest exception gives police free rein to search and seize mobile phones found on arrestees’ persons, police generally cannot lawfully compel suspects to disclose or enter their mobile phone passwords. That’s because the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination bars the government from compelling an individual to divulge any information or engage in any action considered to be “testimonial”.Password protection, however, is just the beginning,says Radia. “If you care about your privacy, password-protecting your smartphone should be a no-brainer,” he writes. “Better yet, you should ensure your smartphone supports a secure implementation of full-disk encryption.”For the full, in-depth discussion of the topic, definitely give Radia’s article on Ars Technica a read.  Tags:#Government#web mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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SIT quizzes Chinmayanand for seven hours, searches home

first_imgThe Special Investigation Team probing a student’s rape allegation against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand questioned him for seven hours and sealed the bedroom at his home here, sources said on Friday. The SIT, formed on the orders of the Supreme Court, also brought the college student to the former Union Minister’s home on Friday morning, continuing the search for evidence in her presence. Mr. Chinmayanand, whose organisation runs several colleges, was questioned for about seven hours at the police lines here on Thursday night. SIT members and a forensic team also spent six hours at his Divya Dham residence, where the bedroom was later sealed. Sources said the BJP leader has been asked by SIT not to leave Shahjahanpur till the completion of the probe, and policemen have been deployed in and around his home. College closedThe college where the woman studied was closed on Friday, with the administration announcing a holiday and pasting a notice on the gates. The post-graduate student has alleged that she was raped and “physically exploited” for a year by the BJP leader. Mr. Chinmayanand’s lawyer has, however, alleged an extortion attempt. The woman first levelled harassment charges against the BJP leader in a video clip uploaded on social media. She was then missing for several days before a Uttar Pradesh police team traced her in Rajasthan and produced her before the Supreme Court. The woman’s classmate, who was with her when the police found her, on Friday said she had told him and others about the harassment. According to him, Mr. Chinmayanand told her to move into a hostel room after she got a college job as she would get late in reaching home.“She said a video was made of her having a bath, after which she was blackmailed and her physical exploitation started,” the classmate told reporters. ‘Evidence removed’The student’s father has alleged that Mr. Chinmayanand’s supporters have removed from her room a pair of spectacles with a camera fitted in them, suggesting that this contained evidence against the BJP leader. In a letter to SIT on Wednesday, the woman also alleged that some vital evidence was removed from the hostel room before it was sealed by the police.last_img read more

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Boxing: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez to return on Canelo vs GGG 2 undercard

first_imgAdvertisementRoman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will be looking to end his two-fight losing streak against former WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes on the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 rematch on September 15 on HBO pay-per-view at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gonzalez-Fuentes fight still hasn’t been finalized, but it’s in the works according to ESPN.“Right now he’s committed to coming back, he got the visa situation straightened out in Nicaragua. He’s committed to coming back in September, “said Tom Loeffler, who is the Stateside promoter for the future Hall-of-Famer, to BoxingScene.com.“The door is definitely open for ‘Chocolatito’ to be on any ‘SuperFly’ show as he remains the most popular fighter, at least as being a fan favorite in that division.“He set the record for the third highest ticket sales at the StubHub Center behind ‘Triple G’ (Gennady Golovkin)-Vanes Martirosyan and ‘Triple G-(Marco Antonio) Rubio.’Chocolatito’ carried the show in the rematch with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.”It’s unclear as in which weight class will Chocolatito will be back.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Vulnerable Novak Djokovic looks to right ship against Jiri Vesely at US Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic, faltering and looking unusually vulnerable in his opening match at the U.S. Open, will attempt to right the ship on Wednesday when he plays Czech Jiri Vesely in the second round. (Bernard Tomic courts controversy again with lewd rant at heckler)The defending champion struggled with his form and fitness in a laboured 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz on Monday, adding a right elbow issue to the left wrist injury that has dogged him in recent months. (Former champion Juan Martin del Potro roars into US Open second round)The left-handed Vesely beat Djokovic on clay in Monte Carlo earlier this year but the Serbian world number one said that defeat would have no bearing on Wednesday’s encounter.”Different surface, different circumstances, best-of-five,” said Djokovic, a 12-times grand slam champion who lost early at Wimbledon this year and also at the Rio Olympics this month. (Williams sisters act through to US Open second round)”But still, Vesely deserves respect. He’s somebody that has been kind of trying to break through as the next generation.”A couple of years ago, he already was there. He made a name of himself. Just gained the consistency, I think, over the last couple of years. He has a big game, a big serve, big forehand, and moves well for his size. So let’s see. (Eugenie Bouchard falls at US Open but legal battle continues)”Obviously he hasn’t played many times on the Arthur (Ashe) Stadium. Conditions are quite suitable to my style of the game. Hopefully I’ll be able to slow his serve down a little bit and then take it from there.”advertisementFourth seed Rafa Nadal, who is recovering from a wrist injury that forced him to pull out of the French Open and then to miss Wimbledon, plays in Wednesday’s night session against Andreas Seppi of Italy. (Kei Nishikori avoids first-round exit, Ana Ivanovic knocked out)The Spaniard says his wrist is improving day by day but concedes that he needs to cut loose on his forehand.”When you have pain, you try to change the movement to avoid a little bit that pain,” Nadal said. “So I need to find again the normal movement. But I am on the way.”Australian Open champion and second seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, third-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Czech Petra Kvitova, a twice former Wimbledon champion, are also in second-round action.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Marin Cilic into final with hard-fought win over Sam Querrey

first_imgCroatian Marin Cilic reached his first Wimbledon final with a hard-earned 6-7(6) 6-4 7-6(3) 7-5 win over resilient American Sam Querrey on Friday.Fans who may have been disappointed that neither Rafa Nadal or Andy Murray featured in the last four were given plenty of compensation by a high-quality match lasting just under three hours.Cilic will face seven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer  on Sunday.Querrey, looking to be the first American to reach the final at the All England Club since Andy Roddick in 2009, had played three five-set games to reach the semi-final stage, including his quarter-final win over Murray, and he could well have taken the Croat into a decisive set.But serving to save the match, he double-faulted and made two unforced errors before Cilic sealed victory with a forehand winner on match point.The 28-year-old raised his arms to the sky in triumph as he celebrated becoming the first Croatian to reach the men’s singles final at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001.The 2014 U.S. Open winner has been beaten in the quarter-final stage in his last three Wimbledon appearances but few would question the seventh seed’s right to challenge for the title on Sunday after this display.It was clear from the start that it was going to be a tight contest with neither player able to get even a sniff of a break in the first set.Cilic, though, took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but lost five straight points as he allowed the American back into the battle.advertisementAt 6-6 there was a delay of over three minutes when a spectator fell in the stands and had to receive attention from stewards before being led out.When play resumed Cilic produced two dreadful unforced errors with his backhand to hand the American the set and give himself plenty of work to do.At 3-3 in the second Cilic struck, a superb backhand winner down the line on break-point giving him the advantage in the set that he never looked like losing.When the Croat broke to go 2-1 up in the third set, the momentum seemed to have shifted decisively to Cilic with Querrey looking weary.But the American dug deep and came out fighting – immediately breaking back and holding firm to force another tiebreak.The contest was on-serve at 4-3 until Querrey’s errors caused him to suffer two mini-breaks and the Croat took his chance.Cilic sensed his moment but it was not until late in the fourth, with Querrey serving to stay in the match, that he grabbed it to book his place in the final.last_img read more

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Hamilton on Track for 6th Consecutive Pole at Australian GP

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton got incrementally faster across three practice sessions in a propitious precursor for qualifying Saturday, where he’s aiming to secure pole position for the sixth Australian Grand Prix in succession.The five-time Formula One world champion topped the time sheets in both practice sessions Friday and followed up by recording the quickest lap time of 1 minute, 22.292 seconds in his Mercedes just hours before the qualifying session for the season-opening race.He was followed by two Ferraris in the third practice, with two-time defending Australian GP champion Sebastian Vettel 0.264 behind in second spot and Charles Leclerc 0.457 back in third.Haas Racing drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were fourth and fifth, followed by Pierre Gasly in a Red Bull and Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen was 1.189 off the pace in ninth and was one place ahead of his former Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who was 1.403 behind in a Renault.Hamilton is aiming for a record-extending eighth pole position at the Albert Park circuit, dating back to 2008 when he won from the front row of the grid. He has dominated qualifying here since 2014, but hasn’t won the Australian GP since 2015.The teams and drivers had a two-hour break between the end of the third practice and the start of qualifying.By: John Pye, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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‘Insigne perfect replacement for Neymar’

first_imgBarcelona Napoli’s Insigne billed as perfect replacement for Neymar at Barca by Sacchi Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 19:22 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) LorenzoInsigne-Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Napoli Serie A Primera División The former Italy and AC Milan boss feels the Italy international would be the ideal player to fill the void left by the Brazilian at Camp Nou Lorenzo Insigne has been hailed as the “greatest Italian talent in 10 years” by Arrigo Sacchi, who believes the Napoli forward would be ideal for Barcelona.Insigne was linked with Barcelona in the final days of the transfer window and said that a switch to the Blaugrana would be a dream, while also lamenting Napoli’s failure to win major trophies despite an impressive squad.Barca 5/4 to win La Liga title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina For now he remains with Napoli, though former Italy and AC Milan coach Sacchi feels Insigne would be a perfect replacement for Neymar following the Brazilian’s world-record move from Barca to Paris Saint-Germain.”I don’t think Barcelona are up to the same standard as Real Madrid,” Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”Having lost Neymar, Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement. He is the greatest Italian talent in 10 years and has some genial intuition.”He just needs to avoid being ‘sneaky’ when he isn’t in the mood to run.”When Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik block the midfielders who can only go via the right-back, he looks back and tries to make preventative blocks instead of trying to snatch the ball.”It’s a shame, because tactically he really is wonderful.”last_img read more

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Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:18 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Newcastle United Newcastle United Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Saturday Arsenal and Newcastle will both look to give their fanbases a lift on Saturday when the teams meet in the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners have only conceded seven goals at home this season although their away form in 2017 leaves much to be admired, with Wednesday’s 0-0 stalemate against West Ham pushing their top four hopes even further away.Arsene Wenger’s side have struggled to create chances in the final third despite boasting a plethora of attacking options but Saturday’s game could be perfect match to get back on track in the league.”At the moment there is a difference between points we get and the domination we have in the game,” said Wenger.”Of course it is down to the fact that we’ve played recently against two teams who defended extremely well at home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Maybe we have to speed up our passing and have more penetrating runs in the final third to create more chances. Maybe we need support for our central strikers in the box as well.”ARSENAL INJURIES Shkodran Mustafi could start against Newcastle after returning to training but Aaron Ramsey is still unavailable with a hamstring injury.Wales midfielder Ramsey won’t feature due to a hamstring injury and Wenger remained coy over whether he will rotate players due to the short turnaround between fixtures.”Mustafi is back in training today,” said Wenger. “I don’t know if I will include him tomorrow, it’s still a little gamble and apart from that we will have to see how everybody recovers.”We’ll see today in training, but we have no basic problem. Of course Aaron Ramsey will not be available, I said that he will be out for a little longer and that will be maybe three weeks that he is not in contention.Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Steven Defour Burnley Aaron Ramsey ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game but Jonjo Shelvey misses out for Newcastle after his red card against Everton.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger rotated for the game against West Ham but could continue with Jack Wilshere if he feels the England midfielder can manage two games in four days following his previous injury history.Mustafi could start if he passes a late fitness test while Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette are expected to start in attack after the latter was rested on Wednesday.Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin are alternate defensive midfield choices if Wenger opts to play one of those alongside either Xhaka or Wilshere.Arsenal XINEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Newcastle have claimed one point from the last 24 and currently sit one point shy of the relegation zone having lost seven of their last eight games.Former Arsenal midfielder Issac Hayden is expected to come in for the suspended Shelvey while Paul Dummett returns from injury. Aleksandar Mitrovic misses out with a back injury.Dwight Gayle and Joselu are the club’s join top goalscorers this season having scored three goals each. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Arsenal have won each of their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle, scoring 22 goals and conceding just six. Newcastle have lost their last five Premier League visits to Arsenal – however, their last victory there came in November 2010 when they were newly promoted. Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t lost back to back home Premier League games in the same season since November 2010, with one of those defeats coming against Newcastle. Arsenal have only had a longer Premier League winning run against Manchester City (11 between August 1994 and September 2004) than their current run of nine against Newcastle. Rafael Benitez has never won away at Arsenal in the Premier League in six attempts (W0 D2 L4) and has managed more away Premier League games there without winning than any other team. Olivier Giroud has scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than any other club (8) and has had a hand in six goals in four Premier League games against them at the Emirates (five goals, one assist). Since the start of last season, Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in 12 Premier League appearances (966 mins) when starting and averaged a goal every 161 minutes. As a substitute, he’s scored 10 goals in 571 minutes – one every 57 minutes on average. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is not being televised in the UK, while in the United States (US) Arsenal v Newcastle can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Hubble: Daily contacts for half the price

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV Editors’ Recommendations Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Those of you who wear contact lenses know all too well about the nuisance they can be.Sometimes we get a little lazy and forget to take them out. Other times we’ll wear them a lot longer than we’re supposed to just because. That protein gets caked on, and before you know it, you have an eye infection on the horizon. Ideally, we’d wear daily contact lenses and just chuck them into the garbage, but they’re expensive. They can cost more than a dollar a day, ranging from $480 to $720 annually.Ben Cogan, a veteran of Harry’s, one of our favorite direct-to-order razor companies, was onto something when he realized two years ago that he either had to spend money or keep on wearing his remaining lenses in order to save money. “I knew there had to be a better, more efficient way to to get lenses, and I knew I wasn’t facing this problem on my own,” said Cogan.With proper research he realized that there are only four contact lense manufacturers that control 95 percent of the market, while there were over 40 million contact lenses users in the United States, so he took the same approach that Harry’s did, cut out the middleman, and created Hubble, a new brand of disposable daily contact lenses that you can buy for $300 a year, half the price of the average cost of disposable dailies. Still wary of trying them out? They’ll even give you your first box for free to show you just how easy it is.I tried it myself. All I had to do was enter my prescription and the next day, I had a box of contacts at my door. Not bad at all. I’ve worn them on several occasions, and they’re just as good as the other contact lenses — I won’t out those brands, you know what they are — that cost twice as much. It’s as easy and simple as that. So ditch your biweekly contacts. Ditch your dailies. Save yourself some money and get something nice. Switch to Hubble. We promise you won’t regret it.For more information, visit hubblecontacts.comlast_img read more

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‘Time to Bring Dementia Out of the Shadows’ – Dr. Govia

first_img “Persons living with dementia are not crazy, senile, or gone off… . People living with dementia and their carers are not to be shunned or regarded as second-class citizens. We need more safe spaces,” she said. Story Highlights Dr. Govia was addressing the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week by the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) on September 21 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Jamaica, Dr. Ishtar Govia, says it is time to “bring dementia out of the shadows” in order to eliminate the stigma associated with the condition. Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Jamaica, Dr. Ishtar Govia, says it is time to “bring dementia out of the shadows” in order to eliminate the stigma associated with the condition.“Persons living with dementia are not crazy, senile, or gone off… . People living with dementia and their carers are not to be shunned or regarded as second-class citizens. We need more safe spaces,” she said.Dr. Govia was addressing the launch of Senior Citizens’ Week by the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) on September 21 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 per cent of dementia cases globally.Dr. Govia explained that the brain functioning of persons living with dementia, such as those living with Alzheimer’s disease, gets progressively worse, causing them to have problems with memory, thinking, reasoning skills, behaviours, and mood.She said that a coordinated national response to dementia is critical for Jamaica, given the projected exponential increase in persons living with the condition in the Caribbean region.She said studies suggest that there may be up to 41,000 Jamaicans living with dementia, an increase from an estimated 19,000 in 2010.She noted that a stakeholder workshop held in July, which focused on mapping the dementia care landscape in Jamaica, highlighted the need for increased national research, awareness and training around dementia.The session was organised by Alzheimer’s Jamaica, in collaboration with the Strengthening Responses to Dementia in Developing Countries (STRiDE) research project, and involved more than 50 stakeholders, including persons living with dementia and their carers, and representatives from the public and private sectors, and civil society.Dr. Govia said data from the stakeholder workshop and dementia care mapping exercise found that stigma reduction, multisectoral collaboration, protective policies, increased access to care and affordable medication are considered key for improving the lives of persons living with dementia in Jamaica.Also highlighted was the need for greater sensitisation and increased services in sectors such as banking, law enforcement and the health sector.Dr. Govia said Alzheimer’s Jamaica will be continuing its work with the STRiDE project to develop and deliver stigma-reduction programmes; and will also commence qualitative data collection focused on the cost of care provided by family members.The organisation will also, in early 2019, launch its intergenerational innovations competition, which will target schools and encourage young persons to apply their creativity to the challenges facing people living with dementia and their carers.last_img read more

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Sena MP calls Karnataka political turmoil real drama

first_imgMumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut Saturday called the political turmoil in neighbouring Karnataka as “real drama” and said the “collapse” of the non- BJP government there was “bound to happen”.The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker.Nine MLAs of the Congress and three of the JD(S) reached Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s office to put in their papers on Saturday, and later met Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan.One Congress MLA had resigned earlier this week.In a tweet in Hindi, Rajya Sabha MP Raut said, “The real drama begins in Karnataka. Non-BJP government is collapsing. This was bound to happen.” While rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath told reporters in Bengaluru “14 MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have resigned”, Karnataka Assembly secretariat sources said 13 legislators had put in their papers.The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker.The BJP has 105 MLAs in the 224-member House.last_img read more

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Uncertainty on Kosovos future status could lead to instability warns Ban Kimoon

3 January 2008The loss of momentum in making progress towards resolving Kosovo’s future status could result in instability in the Serbian province and the greater region, even potentially endangering United Nations staff, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today. The loss of momentum in making progress towards resolving Kosovo’s future status could result in instability in the Serbian province and the greater region, even potentially endangering United Nations staff, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today. “The parties are urged to reaffirm and act upon their declared commitments to refrain from any actions or statements that could endanger peace, incite violence or jeopardize security in Kosovo and the region,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the UN peacekeeping mission in the province, known as UNMIK. Last month, the troika – comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States – told the Security Council in a report that despite four months of intense and high-level negotiations, Belgrade and Pristina have been unable to reach agreement on Kosovo’s final status. The province’s Albanian leadership supports independence but Serbia is opposed. “Neither party was willing to cede its position on the fundamental question of sovereignty,” said the troika, which was established after a stalemate emerged over a proposal by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, for a phased process of independence for Kosovo. In his report, Mr. Ban said that expectations in the province, where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one, are still high that a solution will be reached quickly. “As such the status quo is not likely to be sustainable,” he noted. “Should the impasse continue, events on the ground could take on a momentum of their own, putting at serious risk the achievements and legacy of the United Nations in Kosovo.” The Secretary-General called attention to the readiness of the EU to play a larger role in Kosovo to bolster the province’s stability. “The European’s Union’s growing institutional commitment to Kosovo is important, as is its continuing provision of a European perspective to Kosovo,” he said. Although encouraged by the “free and fair manner” in which November 2007 elections were held in the province, the Secretary-General expressed concern over the low participation of Kosovo Serbs at the polls. “The elections highlighted, once again, that many members of the Kosovo Serb community, particularly those living in northern Kosovo, do not feel represented by Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions,” he pointed out. Mr. Ban appealed to both the Kosovo Serb community’s political representatives and Belgrade authorities to encourage Serbs in the province to take an active and constructive role in Kosovo’s institutions. At the same time, he encouraged Kosovo’s leaders to continue outreach efforts to Kosovo Serb and other m read more

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Cannabis Quebec groups worried about impact in the workplace

MONTREAL — Quebec’s largest labour federation and a major business group say the provincial government needs to pay particular attention to the workplace consequences of cannabis use.The Quebec Federation of Labour and the federation that represents Quebec’s chambers of commerce made the comments Thursday as public consultations continued on the repercussions of legalizing cannabis.The head of the business group said in an interview that studies in jurisdictions where cannabis is legal have shown a drop in employee productivity, increased absenteeism as well as mental health problems.Stephane Forget also fears a spike in the number of work-related accidents against the backdrop of imperfect screening tests.Forget said certain tests will allow employers to determine that someone has used cannabis within a certain time frame but will not enable them to pinpoint the level of impairment.The Quebec Federation of Labour, meanwhile, fears employers will adopt zero-tolerance policies which will encroach on workers’ private lives. read more

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JVP suspects violence in Kandy part of an organised plan

He said that while the violence was reported to have erupted as a result of a clash between two groups in which one person was killed, the incident took place several days ago and yet the violence erupted on Sunday. The JVP leader also said that existing laws can be used to curb communal violence in the country and a state of emergency is not required. (Colombo Gazette) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says it suspects the violence in Kandy was part of an organised plan and not a spontaneous act.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Parliament that the sequence of events which took place in Kandy raise suspicions. Dissanayake said that there was a suspicion that some of the recent communal violence occurred with the knowledge of the Government.

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Molson Coors Brewing CEO Swinburn to retire at years end Hunter named

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 7:27 am MDT Molson Coors Brewing CEO Swinburn to retire at year’s end; Hunter named as successor DENVER – Molson Coors Brewing President and CEO Peter S. Swinburn will retire at the end of the year.The brewing company said Friday that Swinburn will be succeeded in the posts by Mark R. Hunter, who currently serves as CEO and president of Molson Coors Europe.The 61-year-old Swinburn has served as CEO since 2008. Hunter, 51, has served as CEO and president of the company’s European business since January 2013.Swinburn will continue to lead the company until he retires and will help with the transition process.Swinburn’s retirement from his posts, as well as from his role as a board member, is effective Dec. 31. Hunter will become a director.Molson Coors Brewing Co., which is based in Denver and Montreal, has brands including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling and Blue Moon. Its Class B shares shed $1.01, or 1.4 per cent, to $72 in morning trading Friday. read more

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Sanctions are effective method to build global stability Security Council told

“UN sanctions have proved to be an effective complement to other Security Council instruments and actions,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, said in a briefing to the Council on the evolution of UN sanctions. “We know it is not perfect, but there is also no doubt that it works.”The usage of sanctions has had a long and storied history within the UN body since its first application in 1966 on Southern Rhodesia. Since then, 25 sanctions regimes have been implemented for a wide range of purposes – from being used to support conflict resolution efforts to the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, and counter terrorism. Currently, noted the Under-Secretary-General, 15 sanctions regimes are in place – the highest number in the history of the Organization – at a “comparatively modest” cost of under $30 million a year to manage. Despite the long-standing use of sanctions, Mr. Feltman recalled that the Council had also shown its capacity to “continuously innovate and adjust its sanctions regime” with the “most significant transformation” being the 1994 shift from comprehensive to targeted sanctions, comprising travel bans, asset freezes, arms embargoes, bans on the trade of commodities (diamonds, coal, wildlife products, charcoal), restrictions on items, material, equipment, goods and technology related to nuclear ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction programmes, as well as bans on the export of certain luxury goods. In addition, the 1999 introduction of sanctions monitoring groups formed the basis of another “important innovation” leading to the 11 monitoring groups, teams and panels currently working world-wide in support of the Security Council and its sanctions committees. Nevertheless, he explained that much work was to be done to raise the awareness of Member States that UN sanctions are meant to be “supportive not punitive.” “They are not meant to cripple states but to help them overcome instability, address massive human rights violations, curb illegal smuggling, and counter terrorism,” he told the Council members. “Some Member States already do understand this and have requested the Security Council to adopt, fine-tune or strengthen targeted measures, to support their fragile political transitions and national reconciliation efforts. Many others request the Council to strengthen targeted measures to help protect against terrorism and other illicit activities.” At the same time, Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL’s Secretary-General, briefed the Council on his organization’s role in enhancing sanctions implementation through its global law enforcement network.“INTERPOL supports the implementation of UN sanctions by enhancing the quality of information available to the sanctions Committees,” Mr. Stock told delegates. “In addition to this support, INTERPOL also assists in the effective implementation of specific UN sanctions, related to individuals – such as the travel ban and asset freezing – and goods – like the arms embargo and illegal natural resource exploitation,” he explained. Mr. Stock outlined how his agency remained keen on hearing new ideas on how to improve sanctions implementation and emphasized the importance of strengthening INTERPOL’s alliance with the UN.To that point, in his briefing, Mr. Feltman delineated a series of proposals for the Council’s consideration on how to better coordinate the sanctions process, including the increased use of assessment missions to take stock of the impact of sanctions; the expansion of the relevant designation criteria to address specific human rights violations; the creation of a “clear and standardized listing/delisting framework;” and the strengthening of due process when considering the designation of individuals and entities. “More work is also needed to provide assistance to Member States implementing UN sanctions. This will clearly take effort and resources,” he continued. “And some more work is needed to take into greater account the rights of individuals, entities and Member States designated for targeted measures.” He acknowledged, however, that despite the improvements and updates required, the UN’s sanctions regime still functioned accordingly. “UN sanctions, in short, work,” he said. read more

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New members – May 2015

Find out who has joined the premier automotive trade association and what they get from membership. New members – May 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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12 people including 3yearold shot in Chicago park

first_imgThey hit the light pole next to me, but I ducked down and ran into the house. They’ve been coming round here looking for people to shoot every night, just gang-banging stuff. It’s what they do.Police spokesman Ron Gaines says victims are being interviewed to determine the circumstances of the shooting, adding no one had been taken into custody.Francis John, 70, said she was in her apartment when the shooting occurred. She said she went down to see what was going on and “a lot of youngsters were running scared.”She said she was surprised by what had happened, saying she has lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years.Read: America’s history of racial killings and failed convictions> TWELVE PEOPLE, INCLUDING a 3-year-old, were injured late last night when someone opened fire on people in Cornell Square Park on Chicago’s southwest side.Chicago Fire Department officials said the child was in critical condition. Two other victims were also in critical condition. The others were reported in serious to fair condition.The shooting comes nearly three weeks after Chicago saw an outburst of violence over the Labor Day weekend that ended with eight dead and 20 others injured.The city’s Police Department has responded to shootings that have grabbed national headlines by stepping up its crime-fighting efforts, paying overtime to add patrols to some hard-hit neighborhoods, including the Back of the Yards, where the shooting took place.ShootingOfficer Amina Greer said the latest shooting occurred shortly after 10pm last night. According to Greer, at least 10 ambulances responded to the scene, transporting victims to several area hospitals. One victim transported himself to a hospital, police said.A witness, Julian Harris, told the Chicago Sun-Times that dreadlocked men fired at him from a gray sedan before turning toward Cornell Square Park and firing at people in the area. He said his 3-year-old nephew was wounded in the cheek.last_img read more

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This Kickstarterbacked oscilloscope watch is the nerdiest thing you can put on

first_imgIf you have ever looked down at your watch and wished it could do a little more, perhaps you want a smartwatch. If, however, you’ve ever wished there was a giant electrical test instrument strapped to your wrist, well you want an entirely different kind of watch like the oscilloscope watch that has just launched on Kickstarter. It’s already closing in on the $60,000 funding goal after just a few days.The oscilloscope watch will feature a 1.28-inch monochrome LCD screen with a resolution of 128 x 128 (an OLED or e-paper display is also possible). It will, of course, function as a regular watch with an alarm function, but the watch can also be used as a standard oscilloscope, a waveform generator, a logic analyzer, a protocol sniffer, and a frequency counter. This will all be controlled through eight tactile buttons on the watch and powered by a 400mAh li-ion battery that should last about 30 days on a charge.You may look at this device and think it’s a foolish sort of thing to attach to your wrist, but there is clearly a dedicated subset of electronics enthusiasts who are clamoring for a compact testing unit like this. All the limited early bird funding levels have been claimed, and a few hundred people have already pledged at the regular $125 level or higher to get an oscilloscope watch.There are still a few unknowns as the oscilloscope watch closes in on the goal. Integrating probes to actually measure a source is a challenge. These may come in the form of a keychain attachment or be build into the watch strap, but this will be decided later. The size is also up in the air. The prototype is a bit bulky, but it’s in a rough 3D printed case. The final product may be a little more slim, but don’t assume anything yet. This isn’t really being designed as a fashion statement anyway — you won’t impress very many people with your oscilloscope watch.last_img read more

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Ben Affleck Promises Changes for Justice Leagues Batman

first_img It’s no secret that the DCEU has had some problems. The incredibly bleak tone that plagued Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman had many fans wondering what happened to their favorite superheroes. In the comics, and the best movie/TV adaptations, Batman and Superman aren’t serious and brooding all the time. Superman is a funny, charismatic, eternally optimistic country boy, and even Batman has been known to crack a joke once in a while. But that complex, layered and heroic version of Batman has been largely absent from the DCEU movies. Now, Ben Affleck says that’s about to change.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Affleck said that fans should expect a more familiar-looking Batman than what we’ve seen from the DCEU so far. He explained that in BvS, Bruce Wayne was in an especially dark place after losing coworkers during Superman’s battle with Zod in Man of Steel.“He was holding on to a lot of anger, in a little bit of an irrational way. Whereas this is a much more traditional Batman. He’s heroic. He does things in his own way, but he wants to save people, help people,” Affleck told EW.Alright. I can buy that. But since the first time we meet Batman in the DCEU is when he’s holding onto irrational anger, how were we supposed to know it wasn’t just a radical misinterpretation of the character? In any case, the success of Wonder Woman appears to have clued Warner Bros. into how to make these heroes work. In short, give us the versions of the characters we love. The ones we obsess over in comics and animated shows.“This is more in keeping with the canon of how Batman’s usually been portrayed, and how he’s portrayed vis a vis the Justice League in the comics,” Affleck said. “This is more the Batman you would find if you opened up your average Batman comic book. Not that it’s average. I think it’s a really cool story. Actually, it’s sort of a story about multilateralism. It’s not a bad theme to have!”That actually sounds really promising. At the very least somebody has been paying attention to what works in the comics and is trying to bring that over to the movies. And given the extensive reshoots under Joss Whedon the movie has been undergoing, it sounds like somebody at Warner Bros. recognizes what elements needed to be fixed. (We’re only guessing, of course. We won’t know for sure if they pull it off until the movie actually comes out.) Though it is kind of funny that Affleck felt the need to clarify the “average Batman comic” statement. It’s much more of a compliment than he gives it credit for. Lately, the average Batman comic book has been pretty spectacular.While we might see some personality changes for big screen Batman, Ben Affleck’s brother Casey might have given away a bigger change. Throwing Ben’s future in the DCEU into question yet again, Casey has doubts about Ben’s participation in Matt Reeves‘ solo Bat-flick. Appearing on Boston’s WEEI Sports radio, Casey had some things to say about Ben’s portrayal of Batman.The relevant question starts at about the 6-minute mark, when the host asks about the rumor that Ben Affleck is giving up the role of Batman. Casey said, “I thought he was an OK Batman. No, I thought he was great. He was great. He’s a hero, so he had something to channel and work with there. But he’s not going to do that movie, I don’t think. Sorry to say.”When the host points out that that might be breaking news, Casey says he was just making it up, but it doesn’t sound very convincing. Why would he make up something like that? Being Ben Affleck’s brother, it’s reasonable to assume he has more information than the rest of us do, right? Of course, he then goes on to disparage Swamp Thing, so maybe he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Swamp thing is great, and I will not hear a word against him.In all seriousness, this just adds more confusion to an already convoluted rumor. It’s certainly plausible that Warner Bros. might want to go a different way with future DCEU movies, given they’ve only had one unqualified hit so far. That different way might include someone else playing Batman. It’s also true that Ben Affleck’s statements on the subject haven’t outright denied the rumors. He talks about how much he loves playing the character, yet stops short of saying he’s not leaving. (Though at Comic Con, Affleck did mention his enthusiasm for working with Matt Reeves, implying that he would at least stick around for The Batman.)One thing Casey Affleck is right about: Ben is a great Batman. The movies themselves haven’t been the best, but he was not the problem. You could genetically engineer an actor to have the best elements of Christian Bale, Kevin Conroy, Michael Keaton and Adam West and even that… thing would struggle with the material in BvS and Suicide Squad. Ben Affleck is a fine actor, certainly better than most people give him credit for. Cutting him this early in the DCEU, would be a mistake. Hopefully, rumors of his imminent departure are just that. But Casey’s remarks don’t instill a whole lot of confidence.We’ll see Ben Affleck’s new take on Batman when Justice League hits theaters on November 17. Here’s hoping it won’t be his last.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Stay on targetlast_img read more

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