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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts anthony myers Tags:#documents#Dropbox#file sync#files#Google#Microsoft#online#privacy#referer headers#security#storage#vulnerabilities Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Those files you’re storing on cloud services like Dropbox or Box may not be as secure as you think.Both services, like other cloud-storage providers, allow users to share links to their stored documents. But sending those links out, even to trusted individuals, can also inadvertently give third parties access to your files as well, according to findings publicized by the file-sharing company Intralinks—which, by the way, is a competitor to both Box and Dropbox.Dropbox says it’s working to fix the problem by disabling any previously shared links that might be vulnerable to leakage. Box released an email statement saying that it has found no evidence that anyone has abused such “open links” and touting the various privacy settings it offers its users to “help manage access to their content.”Intralinks chief security officer John Landy wrote that his company inadvertently stumbled upon the vulnerability in the course of running a Google Adwords campaign that mentioned its competitors. That campaign turned up shared-file URLs that led straight to sensitive files that ordinary users had stored on Box and Dropbox—including bank records, mortgage applications and tax returns. Security blogger Graham Cluley, who also blogs for Intralink, provides some examples.How That Leakage HappensHow, exactly, that happened involves some conjecture. Landy wrote that some Dropbox and Box users apparently created shared links to their files, which they or their recipients then mistakenly entered into a browser search box instead of the URL bar. Doing so and then clicking on an ad—which may seem a fairly unlikely occurrence, at least until you multiply it by the number of people sharing files across the Internet—would then send the file’s URL to the ad network.One Intralinks executive quoted by Cluley estimated that in one of the company’s Adwords campaign, five percent of all hits (presumably meaning ad clicks) yielded URLs to private files, half of which required no password to access. That “small” campaign turned up more than 300 documents.There’s also a second way links to private files could leak out to the world. If a shared Dropbox or Box document itself contains links to other sites, clicking on one will pass along the document’s URL to the next website as part of what’s known as a referer header, where administrators of the second site could see it.It’s not clear if similar vulnerabilities exist for other cloud-storage services such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.No Password RequiredThe problem for Box and Dropbox is that they don’t make their shared links more secure, Landy wrote. Recipients of shared links should have to log into the service to authenticate themselves by default, he suggested.Dropbox engineering vice president Aditya Agarwal said in a blog post that his company hasn’t detected any malicious attacks involving shared file URLs. Dropbox decided to disable any affected document links anyway. The vulnerability has been patched for any shared links going forward, so only previously shared items are affected.Dropbox customers can recreate their shared links, and the company will restore old links as it confirms that particular documents aren’t vulnerable. Agarwal also noted that Dropbox for Business users can require password access to shared files; ordinary users of Dropbox’s free service don’t have that option.The Dropbox post only addresses one of the two vulnerabilities outlined by Intralinks—the leak-via-referer-header method. In an update, Agarwal wrote that Dropbox is aware that file URLs could leak via search engines that pass them to ad partners, but said that issue is “well known” and that the company “doesn’t consider it a vulnerability.”Like Dropbox for Business customers, users of Box can also require passwords for file access, although in neither case is that security feature turned on by default. “Box also displays a message to help users understand the permissions for their content,” a Box spokesperson said via email.Image of Dropbox CEO Drew Houston by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) The health sector has been given “top” priority and there has been a “sizable” increase of 21 per cent in this years budget allocation, the government today said.”Health has been given top priority. A high allocation for health has been given in this years budget. Providing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and reaching out to the poor and vulnerable which is this NDA governments commitment, I think this budget will be helpful in taking that forward,” Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.He said that from last years budget, there has been a 21 per cent increase which is “sizable”. Last year, budget allocation was Rs 25,946 crore while this year, Rs 31,300 crore has been allocated, Nadda said.He said that this was perhaps the first in several years where a Revised Estimate (RE) was not reduced in relation to the Budget Estimate (BE).He said that there was an increased allocation for the Ministry at the RE stage to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore while the spending this year has been more than 90 per cent of the budget.It is because of our constant effort and monitoring that the expenditure in the states has really picked up, he said.Nadda said that under National Health Mission (NHM), there has been an increase of Rs 705 crore while the medical education sector has also witnessed an increase in its budget by Rs 1,263 crore.The Minister said that this is in addition to the total budgetary allocation of Rs 5,429 crore to this sector. He said that for AIIMS in New Delhi, apart from the allocation of Rs 1,000, an additional Rs 450 crore has been allocated.advertisementNadda said that there has also been an additional allocation of Rs 244 crore for the new AIIMS which are coming up while for the tertiary schemes which includes cancer and other diseases, Rs 725 crore has been provided.In the human resource sector, budgetary allocation of Rs 600 crore has been given, Nadda said. PTI TDS SMN PAL SMNlast_img read more

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first_imgBajaj Auto has finally launched the new generation Pulsar NS 160 in India with bookings already underway. While speculations and media reports suggested that the new Pulsar NS160 will be launched next month, Bajaj Auto launched the new bike on Friday itself,  before the Goods and Service Tax was rolled out at midnight in Parliament. Prices were to take effect from July 1, 2017.Here’s a list of things that you need to know about the new Bajaj Pulsar NS160.Price: City     Price (ex showroom) Mumbai    Rs 80,648 Chennai    Rs 81,466 Kolkata    Rs 80,365Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.advertisementBajaj Pulsar NS160Safety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of  Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.ALSO READ:Bajaj launches Pulsar NS160 in India; priced at Rs 78,368last_img read more

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first_imgInternational cricket needs more context and support from administrators to stop players from choosing lucrative Twenty20 leagues over the traditional Test format, former England captain Mike Brearley has said.Brearley cites the example of South African AB de Villiers, who is sitting out of the ongoing Test series in England and is tipped to retire from Tests this year to prolong his career in limited-overs cricket.”My view is that not everything that could be done to preserve and encourage international and especially Test cricket has yet been done,” Brearley, the outgoing chairman of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) world cricket committee, wrote in a column for the Times.”ICC (International Cricket Council) is trying to make improvements to scheduling and to context. The countries need to make a big push for increased context, including proper competition through a Test championship.”They must create windows for Test cricket and be willing to try out all sorts of measures – more day-night matches, lower gate charges in some places, offering spectators more and using every resource to publicise Test cricket and create stars.”Brearley, however, acknowledged the players have a right to earn their livelihood.”There is no blame attached to the individuals for making such choices,” said the 75-year-old who played 39 Tests between 1976 and 1981.”We all know that a cricketing career is a doubtful matter, depending as it does on fitness, form, and selectorial whims.”The first Test at Lord’s between England and South Africa drew good spectators which boosted Brearley’s faith in the traditional five-day format of the game.advertisement”As this entertaining if one-sided match showed, and as the high percentage of results and high quality over the past year or two reinforces, Test cricket is in good form on the pitch,” he said.”Let’s do everything we can to keep it there.”last_img read more

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first_imgLewis Hamilton pipped Sebastian Vettel to grab his fourth successive pole position at Silverstone for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.It was also Hamilton’s 50th pole for Mercedes while his sixth overall at Silverstone.”I gave it everything I could, it was so close with the Ferraris,” said Hamilton, whose comeback after being behind Vettel set off celebrations among fans. “I’m so grateful for the support.”Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point going into the 10th of 21 races, was faster than Hamilton until the British driver went again to finish 0.044 seconds ahead.”It felt like the most pressurized lap I’ve ever had,” Hamilton said. “I’m happy for the fans. I hope I can do it for them tomorrow.”Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari finished third, ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, while Austrian GP winner Max Verstappen was fifth and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.Hamilton will be chasing a fifth straight victory and a record sixth overall in his home race on Sunday.Both Mercedes drivers failed to finish in Austria due to team errors, and Hamilton was grateful that the problems they had in Spielberg have apparently been overcome.Now it seems the biggest challenge will come from the Ferrari drivers. Raikkonen was less than one tenth of a second slower in final practice earlier Saturday, while Vettel was fastest in Friday’s second practice.Williams’ woes continued in qualifying when Lance Stroll lost control and crashed out early in the session, with teammate Sergey Sirotkin following suit shortly afterward. The Russian was at least able to drive back to the pit lane, where Williams’ deputy team principal Claire Harris held her head in her hands.advertisementWilliams has only four points this season and Harris acknowledged Friday that she had been “dreading” the team’s home race.Brendon Hartley, who crashed spectacularly in the morning practice, did not take part in qualifying. The New Zealander was fortunate to emerge unhurt after losing his front left wheel due to a suspected suspension failure, pitching the car off at speed in a shower of sparks and dust before slamming into the barriers.Sunday’s race is the last one in F1’s inaugural triple-header after the Austrian and French GPs over the previous weekends.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Messenger US sports Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Take the play above from Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rodgers finished this game with 199 yards on 34 attempts. This play alone cost him 41 yards after Davante Adams dropped the ball. Not only that, Rodgers did everything perfectly. He bailed out of the pocket as pressure arrived before making an exceptional throw while moving to his left. The defender didn’t knock the ball away from Adams or hit his hands as the ball arrives. His presence alone is enough to make Adams fluff his responsibility. Adams was a big problem throughout last season. His raw numbers were fine – he caught 12 touchdowns during the regular season – but no other quarterback in the league would have got those numbers from him. Adams cost Rodgers six touchdowns last year. Twenty-eight teams didn’t lose that many touchdowns to receiver error last year – Adams did it on his own. Rodgers can make a receiver like Adams productive because of his superhuman consistency making difficult plays. When Rodgers’ receivers mess up, he simply creates another opportunity for a big play. This could be seen during the Packers’ thrilling victory over the Dallas Cowboys in last season’s playoffs. Rodgers set up the win with a brilliant throw (and a great catch from Jared Cook). But if we go back two plays before that incredible throw, we can see Cook ruining two more opportunities created by Rodgers’ outrageous skills. Most quarterbacks can’t make those throws once, never mind three times in a row when the game is on the line. Photograph: NFL Photograph: NFL On the second throw, Rodgers is flushed from the pocket, Cook is blanketed in coverage, but the quarterback still puts the ball in the perfect spot. Byron Jones has his hand in front of Cook’s chest but Cook’s hands reach the ball first and he has a clean opportunity to catch the ball – but fails. Another great play from Rodgers, and another missed opportunity by his receiver. Cook eventually made the big play down the sideline to set up the game-winning field goal, but Rodgers is the only quarterback in the league who makes those three throws so consistently that his receivers’ limitations are almost completely ignored. Photograph: NFL In the above chart there is a random selection of the top quarterbacks from last season. Each column shows off the percentage to that yard range on the field as well as where that percentage ranked league-wide. Rodgers ranks in the top five in four of the six categories and the lowest he drops in any category is seventh. That is astonishing consistency. Brees was the closest to matching Rodgers while the rest of the league looked more like Rivers, Brady and Roethlisberger: quarterbacks who had great strengths in some areas but major weaknesses in others. With that accuracy it’s no surprise that Rodgers has avoided interceptions at an incredible rate over the course of his career. Eleven quarterbacks have thrown as many, or more, touchdowns as Rodgers has in his career (297). Of those 11 Rodgers has not only thrown the fewest interceptions (72) but if you doubled his interception total he would still have fewer interceptions than the next-best quarterback. Rodgers has thrown 4,657 passes in his career. He has been intercepted on 1.55% of those throws. Brady has a 1.85 interception percentage, no other quarterback in history who has thrown at least 4,500 passes has an interception percentage below 2.18. Rodgers is by far the best quarterback in NFL history at taking care of the ball and the Quarterback Catalogue charting re-emphasizes that. In 2015 he threw a pass that should have been intercepted once every 70.2 attempts, almost twice as good as the second-best quarterback, Sam Bradford. In 2016 he threw an interceptable pass once every 40.89 attempts, fifth-best in the league. None of the quarterbacks ahead of him were as productive and none of them consistently threw into tight windows as regularly or with as much success.That precision plays a big role in Rodgers’ ability to avoid turning the ball over but that’s only part of it. He’s also a very intelligent quarterback, something that is regularly discussed, and possesses rare ability to maximize his pass protection with his footwork, something that is never discussed.Rodgers has had all this success while playing in a scheme that doesn’t use a lot of play action or create a lot of yards after the catch. Twenty-eight quarterbacks used play action more often than Rodgers last year while 17 gained a higher percentage of their yards after the catch. It’s not a scheme that creates easy reads or changes every week to attack the specific weaknesses of its opponents. The only reason the Packers offense works is because it boasts the best quarterback in the NFL. Quarterbacks in general don’t control as much as is suggested but those at the extremes — the Blake Bortles and Jared Goffs at the bottom, or the Tom Bradys and Aaron Rodgers at the top — can drag down or elevate everyone around them.Because the NFL focuses more on counting Super Bowls and playoff victories when it comes to evaluating quarterbacks, Rodgers – with his one championship so far – will always be regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. That’s wrong: he’s the best quarterback of his generation. Since you’re here… Share via Email Topics It’s long been acknowledged by NFL analysts, fans and coaches alike that quarterbacks take too much blame and too much of the credit. NFL statistics are usually created by the result of the play, which means they are decided by not only the quarterback but also by the receiver who catches – or drops – his passes. When Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Drew Brees had their historic seasons, they played with great team-mates, players who didn’t need to be elevated by their quarterback to be productive. That wasn’t the case with Aaron Rodgers last season – and explains why many don’t realize how great the Green Bay Packers quarterback is as he prepares for his first game of the season this weekend. Sixty-seven times last season Rodgers threw an accurate pass that was turned into an incompletion by his team-mate. Those 67 plays cost him at least 875 yards, the most in the league, and at least 11 touchdowns, again the most in the league. Explaining Rodgers’ struggles over the first five games of last season – when he came in for widespread criticism – is easy. Twenty of his 67 lost receptions came in those games, they cost him at least 273 yards and at least two touchdowns. The above play is the first of the final drive. Cook runs down the seam and has safety Byron Jones on his inside shoulder. Rodgers recognizes this and throws a perfect backshoulder pass to Cook. He creates the separation for his tight end by putting the ball in a spot where the defender can’t see it but Cook can grab it. The difficulty of this throw is huge because the quarterback has to time and place the ball perfectly without an angle to work with. Cook had the easiest job but instead of catching the ball he clapped his hands to applaud the throw. Reuse this content Read more Aaron Rodgers: racial injustice is ‘real’ and Kaepernick should be in NFL Green Bay Packers Sportblog features Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn That precision Rodgers shows off making difficult throws translates to simpler throws too. I created the Pre-Snaps Quarterback Catalogue, part of which charts an accuracy percentage. It’s a relatively simple idea. Accuracy percentage doesn’t look at whether the receiver caught the ball or not, it only judges the play based on where the ball was placed. None of the throws shown so far in this article were caught, but all would go down as accurate passes for the purposes of accuracy percentage. Rodgers ranked third in overall accuracy percentage but when you break the numbers down based on where each pass was thrown, it becomes clear that he was the most accurate passer in the league. Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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first_imgArsenal v Manchester City No scorpion kick for Ospina as he follows in Higuita’s Wembley footsteps with Arsenal Nicholas McGee 20:05 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ospina-Cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has his sights set on making more memories at a venue that is held dear by Colombian football fans. Arsenal’s David Ospina is relishing the experience of playing in another cup final at Wembley, a venue that has long held a special place in the heart of the Colombian goalkeeper.Serving as deputy to Petr Cech in the Premier League, Ospina has largely been restricted to appearances in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.The 29-year-old will be between the posts when Arsenal face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, having helped them beat Chelsea in the FA Cup decider last May. 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 That victory gave Ospina further fond memories of Wembley, an arena already engrained in the history of Colombian football as the scene of the famous ‘scorpion kick’ clearance by eccentric goalkeeper Rene Higuita in an international friendly in 1995.Looking back on that iconic moment, Ospina said: “We were delighted. We talked about it a lot. It was great he did it at Wembley, too. “For us Colombians Higuita is a really important figure. He did so much for the national team and the country. I have always had great respect for him, and it’s nice that he is remembered here for something special.”It is unlikely that Ospina will attempt to replicate Higuita’s moment of magic in a game of such magnitude, though manager Arsene Wenger felt compelled to remind him he would not approve of deploying the unusual technique.”I wouldn’t really be happy [to see Ospina try it],” Wenger said. “It shows that football has changed. These kind of characters have disappeared from the game. With the importance of every single result, there is less room for this kind of improvisation and more individual responsibility on the players.”Rather than attempting to pull off a feat of individual skill, Ospina is focused instead on ensuring he makes the most of the opportunity to impress and earns himself another Wembley experience to remember.”Of course, everybody wants to play as regularly as they can but in my situation it’s a question of always being fully prepared and we will be for the final,” he added.”I always love playing at Wembley. It’s the kind of atmosphere you want to experience. City are excellent, no doubt. “They have an outstanding group of players who have done things very well through the season. But our focus will be on what we do well and how we can achieve what we want to.”last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: IT services major HCL Technologies on Wednesday reported an 8.2 per cent fall in consolidated net profit to Rs 2,230 crore for the June quarter, and said it was “cautiously optimistic” about growth in the ongoing fiscal. HCL Technologies’ net profit stood at Rs 2,431 crore in the year-ago period, as per the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS). Its revenue from operations rose 18.3 per cent to Rs 16,427 crore in the June quarter from Rs 13,878 crore a year ago. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company has maintained its forecast of FY2020 revenue growth to be between 14-16 per cent in constant currency terms. “We have started FY’20 on a very, very strong note with continued revenue momentum. We posted double-digit quarterly year-on-year growth of 17 per cent in constant currency…In terms of incremental revenue added, it comes close to USD 100 million, which is the highest-ever incremental revenue that we have produced,” HCL Technologies President and CEO C Vijayakumar told reporters. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHCL Technologies’ performance in the June quarter continues to be better than that of rival Wipro that clocked 8.9 per cent rise in revenue from operations to Rs 15,006.3 crore in the June 2019 quarter. Larger rivals Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys logged a revenue growth of 11.4 per cent (to Rs 38,172 crore) and 14 per cent (to Rs 21,803 crore), respectively. Pointing to the lower EBIT (earnings before interest and tax), he said the “muted performance” is in line with the investments that the company was making “to ensure that the future growth momentum is maintained”. In December last year, HCL Technologies had inked an agreement to acquire select IBM software products for Rs 12,252 crore (about USD 1.8 billion), including earnouts of Rs 1,035 crore (USD 150 million). The company closed the deal on June 30, 2019. Also, in March this year, HCL announced the acquisition of US-based Strong-Bridge LLC for USD 45 million.last_img read more

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One of the themes of the meeting with Irene Khan was Amnesty’s ‘Demand Dignity’ campaign, which highlights the importance of fighting poverty using human rights perspectives.Ms. Khan has called poverty “the world’s worst human rights crisis,” and in the run-up to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, Amnesty is urging world leaders and policy-makers to shift the debate on poverty from economics to addressing the human rights problems that impoverish and keep people poor.Mr. Ban stressed that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight global targets to reduce hunger, poverty and a host of others social ills by 2015 – represent not only a significant political commitment for development, but also stand as important milestones for often neglected human rights. Human rights values and principles permeate, underpin and are supported by all eight Goals, he said. 15 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed global development and human rights in a meeting today at United Nations Headquarters with the head of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International. read more

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UN officials in Bunia reported that the Force has been deploying in an increasing number of neighbourhoods in the town. In the Yambi area, members of the Hema-UPC militia withdrew when elements of the force arrived there.The Force has set up checkpoints in various areas in town. While it is deploying in the south, it has also set up a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bunia to prevent the entry of armed elements.Last week, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported that the Force would begin informing all armed groups of the “weapons-free town of Bunia” plan, which kicked off Monday.In London, where he had talks with top British officials, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the need for the neighbouring countries to cooperate fully in ensuring that there is effective cooperation along their border with the DRC. He added that the main players – the Presidents of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC must also work with the international community to ensure that the fighting in the region is stopped.Meanwhile, in his final press conference as the head of MONUC, Amos Namanga Ngongi said in Kinshasa today that his experience had been “largely positive.” He welcomed the breakthrough in the DRC peace process since he took up MONUC’s leadership in 2001, particularly the recent launching of the first commercial convoy between the capital and Kisangani, and the reunification of the country through radio broadcasts that span the entire Congolese territory.He also welcomed the withdrawal of foreign troops from the DRC, the frontline ceasefire, and the reinforcement of MONUC’s presence in the Ituri district. Still, he deplored the continued mistrust among the Congolese parties and the killing of civilians throughout the eastern part of the country. He hoped that soon, all the Congolese parties would respect the various agreements that had been signed and that, possibly, by as early as 3 July, a transitional government could be installed.Mr. Ngongi’s successor will be William Lacy Swing, former United States Ambassador to the DRC and currently Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Western Sahara. Mr. Swing is expected to arrive in Kinshasa in about 10 days to take up his duties as MONUC chief. read more

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The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan Ministry of Health are targeting 3 million children between birth and five-years old for immunization, Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming medicine, as well as 350,000 girls and women between 15- and 45-years old for anti-tetanus inoculations and information on hygiene and health care, UNICEF said.”This initiative is a critical stepping-stone towards reducing child mortality in post-war Angola. Such days also show that Angola’s health system is shifting from rather emergency-oriented services to serving the long-term health needs of the population,” said Mario Ferrari, UNICEF representative in the oil-rich country emerging from the devastation of nearly 30 years of civil war.According to UN figures, 260 children out of every 1,000 children die before reaching the age of 5. That compares with 121 deaths per 1,000 in low-income countries, 40 per 1,000 in lower-middle-income countries, 22 in upper-middle-income countries and seven in high-income countries.The “dramatic mortality rate” is a consequence of insufficient access to and the poor quality of health services, as well as inadequate family care practices among both urban and rural communities, UNICEF said.”Parents need to be trained in early detection of symptoms to seek timely care for their children and understand that hygiene practices in the homes can often change the fate of children,” said UNICEF’s Guy Clarysse, a health officer in Angola.The Angolan Government and UNICEF previously trained 10,000 health workers in 2003 to undertake a national vaccination campaign for 7 million children against measles, the biggest vaccine-preventable killer of Angolan children. The outreach re-established the infrastructure for immunization in the country.In 2005 and 2006 the annual health weeks will spotlight polio and measles and the campaigns will take place every six months from 2007, UNICEF said. read more

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“The lesson we must learn from her tragic death is that we need to work even harder to spread enlightenment and tolerance, and to overcome extremism and intolerance,” Mr. Annan said in the Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture at the American University in Cairo.The attack which killed Ms. Younes, a 33-year veteran of UN service, along with the top UN envoy in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello and 20 others, was not resistance to foreign occupation but murder and terrorism, he declared.”If anything can make such murders even worse, it is the fact that they appear to be part of a deliberate strategy to foster division and hatred, both within Iraq and in the wider world. The objective, it seems, is to turn Muslims not only against the west but against each other,” he said.”We must break free from these cycles of violence and exclusion, which are stifling the human spirit. But we cannot do so by replying in kind. If we respond blindly to violence with violence, to anathema with anathema, to exclusion with exclusion, we will be accepting the logic of the very people we seek to defeat, and thereby helping them win new converts to their ideas,” he added.”On the contrary, we must respond to their logic with our own logic – the logic of peace, of reconciliation, of inclusion and mutual respect. We must resolve, even more firmly, to build nations within which people of different communities can coexist, and enjoy equal rights.”Such resolve entails making the Middle East “a region where all nations, including Israelis and Palestinians, can live side by side in peace and justice, each in their own state, within secure and recognized boundaries, free from threats or acts of force,” Mr. Annan said.It entails, too, building a world in which no nation or community will be punished collectively for the crimes of some of its members, in which no religion will be demonized for the aberrations of some of its adherents, in which there will be no ‘clash of civilizations,’ because people will strive to discover the best in each other’s traditions and cultures, and to learn from it, he said.”That is the kind of world that Nadia Younes stood for,” he continued. “If we lose the battle against poverty, disease, injustice and environmental degradation, we will all lose. If we allow conflict to persist between nations, or within them, we will all lose. If we allow the continued proliferation of nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological weapons, we will all lose. If we lose the battle against terrorism, we will all lose…”But if we win the battle for justice – which means balanced and sustainable development, collective security, and universal human rights, underpinned by the rule of law both among nations and within them – then we will all win,” Mr. Annan declared.”Those are not separate battles, but one – because, in the long run, we will not enjoy development without security, we will not enjoy security without development, and we will enjoy neither without respect for human rights.”To justice in that broad sense, comprising those three essential aspects of the UN’s mission, Nadia Younes devoted, and in the end, sacrificed her life. The best way for us to commemorate her is to work even harder to achieve that goal,” he concluded. read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two prominent members of Adelaide’s Greek community will face each other in court this month over comments made four years ago about the future of local churches.Former president of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA), property developer Theo Maras, is suing former Industrial Commissioner John Lesses over what Mr Maras describes as “defamatory” statements made to GOCSA members in June 2011.The statements, made in a newsletter and email to GOCSA members, described Mr Maras and other leaders of the organisation as “blatantly treating GOCSA members with contempt” and acting in a way that would abandon GOCSA’s independent status and align the organisation with the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.Last week the Adelaide Advertiser reported that GOCSA members feared that churches would be forced to close if GOCSA relinquished its independence. Mr Lesses claims that Mr Maras said he “did not care if three churches closed”.Mr Lesses is understood to have corresponded with members asking them to hold Mr Maras and others “accountable for this travesty of process” and described an annual general meeting of GOCSA as a “monumental fiasco”.In his statement of claim, Mr Maras said as the founder of the Maras Group, “a high profile, respected and successful property investment and development group”, the statements by Mr Lesses left him “injured in his reputation and profession” and that he had “been brought into ridicule, odium and contempt”. Court documents are reported to claim Mr Maras’ damages were aggravated by the “improper, unjustifiable and deliberate conduct of [Mr Less] … with the intention of embarrassing [Mr Maras] within the Greek community”.Mr Maras claims the statements were defamatory and had the meaning that he was “untrustworthy” and “does not care about GOCSA churches”.The Maras Group chief further claims that Mr Lesses edited a photograph of him shaking hands with an Archdiocese of Australia Bishop in order to convey the impression he was aligned with the national body.“[The image] was altered to obscure the fact that the occasion was a reception at Parliament House hosted by (former) Premier [Mike] Rann in honour of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece,” court documents state.In his statement of defence, Mr Lesses denies defaming Mr Maras, arguing he believed the statements to be true.Mr Lesses has been president of GOCSA since July 2013 and claims the independence of the organisation was of “paramount” importance and that he had acted in the best interests of members.Mr Lesses also says the statements were made under “qualified privilege at Common Law” and denied they had damaged the reputation of Mr Maras.The case is listed for a five-day trial in the District Court starting on May 18.Mr Maras has been an active community leader in Adelaide for many years and has numerous awards including being a Member of the Order of Australia.Mr Lesses is a former commissioner in the South Australian and Australian Industrial Relations Commissions and is a former secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of SA.Source: Adelaide Advertiserlast_img read more

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first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Barcelona great Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol in 2005 ahead of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.Pochettino is preparing his side to face Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.The North Londoners lost their first Champions League group game to Inter Milan, and they are bidding to return to winning ways against the Spanish Champions.Pochettino revealed to Sky Sports: “I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol.“A small guy, playing in the academy in Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus in the Joan Gamper (an annual pre-season tournament).“I remember that summer.“But, because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona.“So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol.“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”last_img read more

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first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti claims his team must be at their best if they’re to overcome Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.The Nerazzurri host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday looking to secure a place in the semis, and Spalletti insists they have no margin for error if they’re to defeat Simone Inzaghi’s men.“Tomorrow’s match is an important and difficult one: winning it would mean progressing to the semi-finals of the competition, so we know what it’s all about,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“It is going to be a game where we’ll be faced with difficult situations, but we know what the solution is: being Inter. If we play like Inter we’ll have a good chance of getting into the next round. There is no need to evaluate whether what we put into the previous game was enough. We have to put everything we’ve got into matches.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“In recent games, we haven’t been able to do this. We have to remember who we are every time we take to the pitch and put everything we’ve got into it.”The Nerazzurri produced one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Lazio in October, and Spalletti said: “We managed the game well that evening, having more possession than them despite Lazio being a technical side. Defensively we were compact when they looked to counter, while we also managed to score goals.”“A bit of everything is needed. There is a need to fully demonstrate all of these qualities in matches every time we play. If we can get all these ingredients back then there are more possibilities.”last_img read more

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first_img Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:#magneticmedianews, andrew holness, jamaica, UWi Honour Park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told students aspiring to university in his country not to let lack of funding stop them.Holness made the remarks yesterday during a ceremony for his induction to the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Honour Park at the University’s Mona campus in St. Andrew, Jamaica. “Students who want to pursue higher education should never make the financing an obstacle,” said Holness after sharing he began his university career with little to no money.Holness said governments had a role in assisting those students who could not readily afford tertiary education. As Prime Minister, Andrew Holness has been lauded as an advocate for education. He is also a former Minister of Education and responsible for many programs towards making higher education more affordable and accessible. He added that UWI was critical to the growth of the Jamaican economy. Economic growth, according to Holness, is the key to eradicating poverty and inequality in Jamaica.#MagneticMediaNews#UWIHonourPark#HolnessInduction Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgMyanmar’s army-controlled home ministry is investigating a cover-up by the country’s border force of the deaths in custody of two Rohingya Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, according to a police report reviewed by Reuters and interviews with two senior security officials.The internal document is the first official admission of serious wrongdoing by security forces in their crackdown against insurgents in northwestern Myanmar that has sent more than 70,000 people fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.When contacted by Reuters, the Home Affairs Ministry denied an investigation was under way, but the commander of the Border Guard Police (BGP) in the area where the incident took place and a senior home ministry security official confirmed the authenticity of the document and said it was not the only such case that was being looked into.The home ministry oversees the national police force, which includes the BGP. The ministry is headed by an army general.Myanmar is under growing international pressure to take action against those who are alleged to have committed atrocities in Rakhine. The United Nations has documented mass killings and rapes it says may amount to crimes against humanity.About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship. Many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.The civilian government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denied almost all allegations against the country’s still-powerful armed forces during what it has said was a lawful counterinsurgency campaign that began in October.”NOT TELLING THE TRUTH”The undated document reviewed by Reuters, titled “A cover-up of two deaths by Border Guard Police”, was compiled by a BGP unit in northern Rakhine and focuses on two men who were arrested on Oct. 18 and questioned on suspicion of aiding insurgents.The men died in custody, the document says, without specifying a cause of death. Instead of reporting the deaths, it says BGP officers in the village of Nga Khu Ya, in Maungdaw township, recorded that they had been transferred, with eight others, to another police detention centre.Thura San Lwin, BGP chief in Maungdaw township, near the border with Bangladesh, said the document outlining the findings of the investigation had been submitted to police headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw.”We are taking actions to punish those who lied in their reports. We won’t forgive them. We are also taking actions to punish those who did not follow the rule of law,” he said.He said two other incidents of BGP officers on the ground “not telling the truth” in reports on the security crackdown were also being investigated by the home ministry.He declined to provide further details about the nature of those other two incidents, or about the probe into the Nga Khu Ya case.Contradicting the local commander, Home Ministry spokesman Police Colonel Myo Thu Soe denied that any BGP officers had lied to conceal the deaths of the two detainees. He said the pair, who were father and son, died from asthma on the way to a hospital on Oct. 18.Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said the government “has instructed the police to look into unreliable reports” during their operation in Rakhine. He declined to elaborate.BLAME GAMEPhil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said cover-ups of abuses by security forces were common in Myanmar.”There are many other cases of abuse that still need to be exposed,” he said, adding that abuses committed by the army were “serious and widespread, and probably dwarf what the BGP committed”.The army has been in direct control of northern Rakhine since early October and drove the sweeping operation there.The military press bureau did not respond to several requests for comment.Northwestern Myanmar has been cut off to aid workers and other independent observers since October.The military campaign there began after nine BGP officers were killed in attacks on security posts near the Bangladesh border on Oct. 9. It has renewed international criticism that Myanmar leader Suu Kyi has done too little to help the Rohingya Muslim minority.In a report published earlier this month based on accounts from Rohingyas who had escaped or been released, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights described “inhumane conditions and ill-treatment” including rape, torture and deprivation of food and water in various detention centres across northern Rakhine.Myanmar’s presidential office, military and police forces have each set up teams to investigate alleged crimes in Rakhine after Suu Kyi promised to probe UN allegations of atrocities.That has set the scene for a behind-the-scenes tussle over who will be held accountable, according to the senior home ministry official and another source with close ties to senior figures in the military.The person with close military ties said the army and police were “trying to blame each other” for alleged atrocities.”The military did not expect such a strong response from the international community,” said the source, who is familiar with the thinking of some top generals. “It is now under pressure to investigate.”last_img read more

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first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comTwo fires in southern Maryland left over 60 people displaced and three firefighters injured last weekend in the vicinity of National Harbor.  While there were no fatalities, at least one of them was due to negligence on the part of residents who didn’t dispose of charcoal properly. Early Saturday evening, Prince George’s County firefighters were called to a massive blaze at an apartment building in the 5500 block of Livingston Terrace, near National Harbor in Oxon Hill.  When they arrived the three-story complex was engulfed in flames sending smoke into the air that could reportedly be seenFires in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington displaced about 60 people over the weekend, according to Prince George’s County Fire Department. (Courtesy Photo)10 miles away into Northwest, D.C.The intensity of the fire required the assistance of first responders from three other departments around the metro area. District of Columbia, Alexandria and Fairfax County firefighters collaborated with Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGCFD) in their attempts to contain the destructive inferno. Residents were forced to watch helplessly as flames engulfed all three floors of the building’s interior leaving the space unliveable.  Three firefighters were injured and over 60 people were forced to leave their homes indefinitely. According to Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mike Yourishin, all three floors sustained heavy damage and a portion of the building’s roof collapsed. The fire took approximately two hours to contain.  After it was finally brought under control around 8:30 p.m. rescue crews remained on the scene to check for additional hot spots. Three firefighters who were injured sustained minor burns and received treatment at an area hospital. There were no confirmed reports of  any injuries to residents.A total of 61 residents are now displaced and receiving temporary assistance from the capital region American Red Cross and Prince George County resources.  The residents who were displaced include 39 adults and 22 kids and are receiving lodging, financial assistance, a small cash grant and toiletry kit.Sunday afternoon, Prince George’s County Fire Department crews were once again dispatched to a single family home after a fire started on the 1300 block of Gun Powder Court in Fort Washington, MD around lunchtime.  A fire that broke out Sunday in Fort Washington was caused by charcoal briquettes that were not properly disposed of, according to fire officials in Prince George’s County.No injuries were reported in the fire, but officials estimate that there is at least $100,000 worth of damage to the home. Firefighters were able to successfully extinguish the blaze and all occupants of the home were safe.However, it has underscored the need for safety as the Fourth of July holiday and the summer’s cookout season begins to intensify over the next few weeks.  According to PGCFD officials, July is the most dangerous month of the year for fire accidents caused by mistakes by those who mishandle grilling equipment, charcoal and lighter fluid.On average, more than 10,000 home fires are started by grills each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That leads to  approximately 19,000 emergency room hospital visits because of injuries including 9,300 thermal burns. Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.While this incident was due to apparent negligence when using conventional charcoal grills, gas grills are more dangerous and cause more injuries.  However, when disposing of charcoal the coals should be completely cool before placing them in a metal container.  All grills should be placed away from the home, deck railings and away from leaves and overhanging branches.  Gas and propane units should be used outdoors only.Only charcoal starter fluid should be used when lighting and never add charcoal fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire once coals are lit.last_img read more

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first_imgMicrotransactions. Do you know anybody who likes them in games? I certainly don’t, in fact, it acts as a deterrent to actually purchasing a console game at launch for me. You really don’t know the full impact of microtransactions until you play the game, and finding out a developer has gone too far after spending $60 is more than a little frustrating.So it’s very frustrating and annoying to discover that Konami has decided to inject optional microtransactions into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. There’s no detail yet on what these transactions will be (which is pretty typical pre-launch), but they are listed on the PlayStation Store pre-order page for the game as a single line stating “In-game purchases optional.” That’s long-hand for microtransactions.Clearly Konami is not satisfied with just collecting the guaranteed profit from what will be a game that sells millions. They want more, and they have tweaked the gameplay to allow for microtransactions to exist. Unfortunately, the majority of gamers won’t realize they form part of the experience until after purchase, and therefore Konami will likely count the addition as a success, especially if people start buying the in-game purchases in the thousands.Previews of The Phantom Pain have suggested microtransactions before. In particular, the use of the in-game currency Gross Military Product (GMP) to build your base. Building takes time and money, so it seems likely Konami will allow you to speed up this process by purchasing reduced build times as well as buying more GMP to spend. We may also see in-game items offered for sale, for example, shields, cardboard box designs, and Metal Gear Online XP boost packs. Yes, they are all optional, but they only exist to generate more profit.Konami really has imploded recently, what with the Kojima split, Silent Hills being canceled, and future focus on mobile games. It seems The Phantom Pain could be the last big console game from the publisher anyone cares about. Let’s just hope it doesn’t leave a bad taste in gamer’s mouths because of microtransactions.[H/T to All Games Beta for PlayStation Store image]last_img read more

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first_imgSons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’, suggests new research.While previous research linked older paternal age to risk of autism and schizophrenia, this study published in Translational Psychiatry suggests that children of older fathers may also have certain advantages over their peers in educational and career settings.”We have known for a while about the negative consequences of advanced paternal age, but now we have shown that these children may also go on to have better educational and career prospects,” said Magdalena Janecka from King’s College London. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers collected behavioural and cognitive data from Britain’s 15,000 twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS).When the twins were 12 years old, they completed online tests that measured ‘geek-like’ traits.Using this information, the researchers computed a ‘geek index’ for every child in the study and higher geek index scores were reported in the sons of older fathers. In addition, they found that ‘geekier’ children do better in school exams, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.These results also have implications for understanding links between higher paternal age, autism and characteristics typically seen in ‘geeks’. The researchers think that some of the genes for ‘geekiness’ and for autism are overlapping, and that those genes are more likely to be present in older fathers.last_img read more

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