Order has returned to Gorakhpur hospital after Yogi Adityanath visit, say kin of patients

first_imgAgricultural labourer Ganga Ram was happy that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the BRD Government College and Hospital on Sunday as, “with him came everything in order”. Family members of several children admitted to different wards, with whom the U.P. CM spoke, maintained, “He came, he saw, he asked us a few lines and he moved away with everything in order.”“He [the CM] asked if there any problem, if there was a lack of oxygen, how our child was now, and then moved to the next bed,” said Ganga Ram, whose 1.5-year-old grandchild Ankesh Kumar was admitted in the room housing bed numbers 25 to 38 in the 100-bed ward of the hospital’s encephalitis block. Coming from Faizabad, Ganga Ram’s grandchild was admitted in the hospital on August 10 but, he says, “by God’s grace, he was not on the list of the 30 children that died.” Anjana Devi, who hails from the from Ballia village, and whose nine-month-old baby girl Aaradhya is admitted in the same ward for the past one week, echoes similar views. “Today, with the coming of the CM, doctors and nurses became more active and attentive…for us, it is all like a Godsent,” she told The Hindu. The CM asked her how her child was, she said, adding that he also asked, “Oxygen mil raha hai bacche ko? (is your child is getting oxygen?).”last_img read more

I believe in ‘miracle’, says F1 legend Gerhard Berger on Michael Schumacher’s recovery

first_imgMotorsport veteran Gerhard Berger has expressed his hope that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will one day recover from the brain injuries he sustained in 2013 skiing crash.Berger said that he truly believes in `miracle` and is, therefore, hoping to hear some positive news in the coming future.”I believe in the miracle and very much hope that we will soon hear positive news from Michael,”Sport24 quoted Berger as saying.Not much is known about Schumacher’s current condition following a skiing fall, but it was emerged in court earlier in May 2017 that he still could not walk.Schumacher, who holds the record of seven Formula One titles and 91 race wins between 1991 and 2006, suffered from head injuries while skiing during a French Alps vacation in 2013.Last May, Schumachar was honoured for his life’s work. He was awarded with the inaugural ‘ Nurburgring Award’ trophy for winning at the fabled circuit for a record five times in Germany.last_img

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star goes on sale in India, brings 6.3-inch Infinity Display, Snapdragon 660 SoC

first_imgSamsung’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8 Star is now on sale in India. The device was quietly announced last week and will be available online exclusively on Amazon India. The Galaxy A8 Star comes soon after the launch of the flagship Galaxy Note 9 in India. Notably, the Galaxy A8 Star boats of a tall Infinity Display, dual camera setup and a large battery, among other things, at a price that squarely takes on the OnePlus 6.The Galaxy A8 Star has price tag of Rs 34,990 on Amazon India. The e-commerce platform is offering no-cost EMI and exchange of up to Rs 6,027. Additional offers include instant cashback of 5 per cent for customers purchasing the device via HDFC Bank Credit card.The newest mid-range smartphone from Samsung sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity Display, which is as tall as the display on the Galaxy Note 8. It brings a 3D glass on the front and a 2.5D curved glass on the back. It gets a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset which is a pretty powerful mid-range processor that also powers the Nokia 7 Plus and the Mi A2.The Galaxy A8 Star has only one variant which comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. It houses a large 3,700mAh battery, which is bigger than the Galaxy S9+. It also comes with USB Type-C and fast charging support. The phone also comes with a dedicated Bixby button on the side.Samsung is touting an advanced dual camera system in the back which it calls Dual Rear IntelliCam. This means the cameras will be able to adjust itself intelligently to take great pictures in any lighting condition. The cameras on the back include a 16MP PDAF primary sensor and a 24MP secondary sensor both with f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the Galaxy A8 Star gets a 24-megapixel sensor with f/2.0.advertisementlast_img read more

Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun England

first_imgPakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez produced an all-round effort with bat and ball to script a 14-run win for his team against England in Nottingham as the Men in Green bounced back in style in the World Cup 2019.Hafeez was his side’s top scorer with 84 off 62 balls, while Babar Azam made 63 and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed belted a quickfire 55 as Pakistan posted 348 for 8 after being put into bat. Hafeez then chipped in with the crucial wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan as Pakistan stopped England at 334 for 9 in 50 overs.Speaking after the game, Hafeez said the team never stopped believing in themselves during the second innings when Joe Root and Jos Buttler were going great guns during their 130-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Root (107) and Buttler (103) both scored hundreds but once they fell, the English batting collapsed with Wahab Riaz finishing with 3 wickets while Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan picked up two apiece.”Everyone believed we can do this. We’re really happy and everyone chipped in, taking the task and giving everything. To be honest, we were very confident and we had a good meeting together. We just needed one winning performance. It was a total team effort,” Hafeez said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.The win also snapped Pakistan’s 11-match losing streak which also included the 4-0 loss against England in the ODI series just prior to the World Cup.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also heaped praise on his team and called it a total team effort.”I think it’s a great team effort. Fakhar and Imam started well. The match starts at 10.30pm and the first ten overs is important. They got a good start and that’s why we got 350. We tried a few different things – we started with Shadab because they weren’t good against spinners. Fielding is an important part and it was the main difference. This gives a lot of confidence to the team,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.advertisementAlso Read | England vs Pakistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep calm to upset England in high-scoring thrillerAlso Read | Jos Buttler hits England’s fastest World Cup 100Also Read | England vs Pakistan: Joe Root 1st player to hit 100 in World Cup 2019last_img read more

Look Where Jim Harbaugh Was Spotted Today

first_imgJim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shouts during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.It’s heavy recruiting season in the college football world, with all of the country’s top head coaches darting across the country to meet with prospects.Today, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was apparently doing some recruiting in enemy territory.The mother of a former Ohio State football star snapped a picture of Harbaugh at a Central Ohio grocery store.Eleven Warriors posted the photo:You run into the strangest people at Central Ohio Kroger stores. pic.twitter.com/BOr3LZmVnc— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 6, 2018Former Buckeyes’ star Joshua Perry provided some details on the photo:“For reference, my mom ran into him and snapped this pic while he was getting coffee. She showed off the Gold Pants, of course!”For reference, my mom ran into him and snapped this pic while he was getting coffee. She showed off the Gold Pants, of course! https://t.co/JmXOA4VgVj— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) December 6, 2018That’s pretty great.last_img read more

The Best Pre-Shave Oils to Prevent Pesky Skin Irritation and Razor Burn

first_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble How to Shave With a Straight Razor Do you dread shaving? Is it because every time you do, your face ends up tortured by razor burn, shaving bumps, ingrown hairs, nicks, and cuts? If so, it’s time to up your pre-shave game, where preparation is most important. And you’ll be glad you did.Comfortably taking down your facial fur isn’t as easy as slapping on some foam and dragging a raggedy razor across your face. You need to prep your skin. Just a few drops of one of these bests pre-shave oils and a fresh razor blade can transform your experience and smooth up your handsome face.Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / GettyWhat’s a Pre-Shave Oil?A pre-shave oil, not to be confused with beard oil, softens stubble, lubricates, and lifts beard hairs away from the skin all in preparation to be shorn. Pre-shave oils also allow the razor to glide more easily across your face, ultimately resulting in a smoother and closer shave. Less razor drag means fewer skin tears, nicks, and cuts. And less bleeding means goodbye to toilet paper face or the burn of an alum block. In short, a pre-shave oil is the first step to the perfect wet shave.Benefits of Using a Pre-Shave OilReduces the risk of ingrown hairsPrevents razor burn and shaving bumpsLessens the chance of nicks and cutsSoftens stubbleLubricates skinLifts beard hair from the skin for a closer shaveYou can use pre-shave oil all on its own (which allows you to see exactly what you’re doing with the razor) or you can cocktail it with a shaving cream for maximum comfort. The best pre-shave oils are formulated with healthy botanicals, vitamins, and nourishing carrier oils, like avocado oil, coconut oil, and jojoba.The Best Pre-Shave Oils for Your Smoothest Shave YetTaylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Pre-Shave Oil – $21If you tend to deal with sensitive skin and haven’t found a pre-shave treatment that works for you, Taylor of Old Bond Street has a sensational solution that prepares your skin for not only a closer shave, but one that is more comfortable. This England-based company has been helping men shave since 1894 and they’ve been doing so in a robust yet simple way. Their sandalwood scented formula gives off a soothing smell and prepares your skin for the daily fight. The brand also offers a great pre-shave herbal gel ($11) that acts as an astringent and lifts coarse facial hair for more precise razor contact.Shop NowAnthony Pre-Shave + Conditioning Beard Oil – $26This dual facial hair fix can be used as a pre-shave oil when mixed with shaving cream or a beard conditioner all on its own. It’s perfect for guys shaving around a goatee or cleaning up the lines of a mustache. It has rosemary and basil oils to nourish and soften beard hair. And calendula and olive oils stop beard itch and flaking by hydrating the skin underneath.Shop NowTenzing Pre-Shave Oil – $22If Made in America is your mantra, then Tenzing is for you. Named after Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, part of the first two-man team to climb Mount Everest some 60 years ago, this brand uses some of the healthiest and most natural ingredients around. Better yet, all of the ingredients are sourced exclusively from the United States. Açaí, olive oil and grapeseed oils have been individually selected and combined to prepare your skin for an exceptional shave. The plastic bottle is great for travel. And our favorite part? No sticky residue.Shop NowVikings Blade Black Forest Pre-Shave Oil – $25Instead of trying to provide a modern experience that may or may not be successful, Vikings Blade takes the art of shaving back to the basics with the traditional shaving techniques of our forefathers. The Black Forest pre-shave oil boasts a subtle manly sandalwood-western cedar scent that lingers after use. It’s a great pick, especially for being in the $25 and under range.Shop NowThe Barba Corp Corte Pre-Shave Oil – $25New York City-based grooming gurus The Barba Corp take pride in more than just the shaving process. For them, preparation is key and it starts with their Corte pre-shave oil. A great base to use either before your favorite shaving cream for a full shave or as a lone igniter when shaping up lines and cleaning up hairy stragglers, the Barba features ingredients such as castor oil, aloe vera, safflower oil, and vitamin E. The Corte pre-shave oil lays the foundation for smooth shave that will leave your face feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.Shop NowBilly Jealousy Hot Towel Pre-Shave Treatment – $30You have to admit, a hot towel shave is an amazing experience. It’s undoubtedly one of the closest shaves you will ever receive. Billy Jealousy’s hot towel pre-shave treatment aims to replicate this experience with an innovative zeolite infused formula that warms and hydrates your skin on contact, conditions skin with soothing oils like bergamot, peppermint, and grapefruit, and ultimately sets your facial surface up for a direct, easy shave. All you need to do is apply and remoisten the formula with warm water while shaving.Shop NowAmerican Crew Ultra-Gliding Shave Oil – $11American Crew’s Ultra-Gliding Shave Oil is a great non-greasy pre-shave oil option. While the product moisturizes and plumps the skin, making for a cushioning skin, eucalyptus and clove oils (among other beneficial botanicals) get to work toning the skin beneath the beard. Use in combination with a shaving cream for the ultimate close shave or simply use on its own for detail work along sideburns, goatees, mustaches, and any other fancy facial hair you can come up with.Shop NowThe B.I.G. Company Pre-Shave Oil – $14The B.I.G. Company — or “Big Incredible Gentlemen” — doesn’t take shaving lightly. In fact, it’s so focused on giving you the best shave that the brand’s pre-shave oil helps your skin days after shaving, too. This formula locks in moisture and softens beard hair to allow your razor to work with your skin rather than against it, which in turn gives you irritation and redness relief for days after shaving. Shaving should be an experience you enjoy and take pride in. The B.I.G. Company will bring back this delight and fulfillment you’ve been missing. If not, it offers a 30-day money back guarantee.Shop NowMurdock London Pre-Shave Oil – $24The skincare masters at Murdock London have a robust concoction that works for everyone from those with super sensitive skin to men with thick and coarse hair. Ensuring a smooth shave by softening facial hair and providing supple skin that’s razor ripe, the pre-shave oil also offers a fantastic scent, which is no surprise coming from some of the best cologne suppliers east of the Atlantic. It’s free of all parabens, sulfates, and all that B.S., making for an effective yet healthy solution for achieving a sharp and secure shave.Shop NowBevel Priming Oil  – $15We first heard of Bevel through iconic rapper and “Man of New York’” himself, Nas, who mentioned the company’s finesse and efficacy in his lyrics on “Album Done” by DJ Khaled. Nas has been clean cut and dapper for as long as I can remember and now we know why. Bevel uses a special blend of castor, olive and sunflower oils to help soften stubble and hair, which in turn, prevent nicks and snags. This formula works great for men of color because it moisturizes your skin and softens your facial hair better than many of its counterparts, which is essential for obtaining a close yet comfortable shaving experience.The Bevel razor ($50) is a fantastic addition to your arsenal, too, as it’s ideal weight and sharp blades take care of most of the work for you. All you have to do is find the way your beard grows, and shave with it.Shop NowArticle originally published March 1, 2016. Last updated by Bryan Holt on October 26, 2018, to include more of the best pre-shave oil options. How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Government Encourages BPO Stakeholders to Plan the Way Forward

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at a VIP Luncheon and Awards on the final day of the Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently, Mrs. Williams said the sector has been expanding and impacting Jamaicans at all levels. The BPO sector is one of the fastest growing industries, which has contributed in excess of US$400 million to Jamaica’s economy, and has exponential multiplier effects with other sectors, such as security, transportation, retail, food and beverage, insurance, financial and others. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams is encouraging stakeholders in the Business Process Outsourcing sector (BPO) to come together and plan the way forward for the rapidly growing industry. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams is encouraging stakeholders in the Business Process Outsourcing sector (BPO) to come together and plan the way forward for the rapidly growing industry.Speaking at a VIP Luncheon and Awards on the final day of the Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently, Mrs. Williams said the sector has been expanding and impacting Jamaicans at all levels.“We can all see the industry developing island wide. It’s no longer just in Kingston and St. James but also in other parishes. That is growth we can all be excited about,” she stated.The BPO sector is one of the fastest growing industries, which has contributed in excess of US$400 million to Jamaica’s economy, and has exponential multiplier effects with other sectors, such as security, transportation, retail, food and beverage, insurance, financial and others.For her part, President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Diane Edwards said Jamaica’s rising profile as the ideal Caribbean destination for the BPO sector, is a result of years of partnerships and developments.“Outsourcing continues to grow far beyond estimates, as the industry experiences a boom in new projects and expansions,” she noted.Meanwhile, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda said the industry represents the fastest growing sector in the Jamaican economy, accounting for over 26,000 jobs and projecting to add at least another 5,000 by 2019.“At the end of 2017, following the rapid expansion of the sector, revenues climbed to an excess of US$400 million. These impressive statistics represent an industry that is keen to engage our Jamaican youth and provide a stable source of income to many Jamaican families,” he stated.At the event, four awards were handed out for outstanding contributions to the BPO sector over the years.Tech Company Conduit Jamaica, received the BPO Economic Impact Award; while former Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, received the award for outstanding work in the development of the BPO sector.In addition, businessman Gordon Marzouca, received the Pioneer Award in private sector development; while Former Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Edward Seaga received the Pioneer Award in Outsourcing.The Outsource2Jamaica Symposium and Expo was put on by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) and its members and partners, including JAMPRO.last_img read more

Relief For High Assessments

first_imgRelief is in sight for Nova Scotian property owners who have beenimpacted in recent years by skyrocketing assessments, ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnetannounced today, Oct. 29. “Many Nova Scotians have seen their property assessment skyrocketin recent years because they live in a hot real estate market,”Mr. Barnet said. “When their assessment increases, there isusually a related increase in their municipal tax bill. Whatwe’re doing today is providing some relief to those Nova Scotianswho, through no fault of their own, have been affected by suddenand dramatic increases in property taxes.” Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will be contactingthe estimated 65,000 Nova Scotians who may be eligible for anassessment cap. These property owners will be sent lettersexplaining the cap along with an application form. The new program allows property owners to apply for a cap on theassessed value of their property. Eligible property owners willpay property tax based on the capped amount rather than thehigher market value. To be eligible, a property must meet all the criteria, whichinclude being at least 50 per cent owned by a Nova Scotiaresident, is residential with no more than three dwelling unitsor is vacant taxable resource property, and have a propertyassessment increase that exceeds the cap. The base year is 2001, and the cap for the subsequent years is 15per cent increase in 2002, 15 per cent in 2003, 10 per cent in2004 and 10 per cent in 2005. The program will become effectivebeginning with the 2005-06 municipal taxation year. Applications, which will be mailed to potentially eligibleproperty owners, must be received by Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations by Nov. 30. Applicants will be informed inFebruary 2005 if they are eligible for the cap program. For moreinformation, see the website at www.nsassessment.ca/cap .last_img read more

No shortage of medicines phone restriction helped save lives JK Guv

first_imgNew Delhi: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday denied that there was any shortage of medicines and essential commodities in Jammu and Kashmir and said communication curbs helped save many lives there.Mailk also said no life has been lost in Jammu and Kashmir due to any violence in the last 10 days after the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories.”If blockade of communication helps saves lives, what is the harm?” he told reporters when asked to comment on how long the restrictions will continue. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsMalik said that in the past, whenever there was a crisis in Kashmir, at least 50 people used to die in the first week itself.”Our attitude that there should be no loss of human life. ’10 din telephone nahi honge, nahi honge, lekin hum bahut jaldi sab wapas kar denge. (If there is no phone connection for 10 days, so be it. But, we will restore everything soon),” he said.Malik said there has been no shortage of medicines and essential commodities anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir and enough stocks were available for the people to buy. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”In fact, we delivered meat, vegetables and eggs to people’s doorsteps on Eid,” he said.The Governor was in the national capital to pay his last respect to former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who passed away on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.Fondly remembering Jaitley, Malik said it was the departed leader who had insisted him to take up the responsibility as the Jammu and Kashmir Governor last year. “I was advised by Arun Jaitley to take up the responsibility as Governor. He told me that it will be historic. He also told me that his in-laws are from Jammu,” he said.last_img read more

Proposed sterilization lawsuit filed in Saskatoon court over tubal ligations

first_imgSASKATOON – A proposed class action lawsuit against Canada’s attorney general, the Saskatchewan government, the province’s health regions and doctors who allegedly coerced Indigenous women to undergo sterilization has been filed in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench.The statement of claim was filed about three months after the Saskatoon Health Region released the findings of a six-month external review into Indigenous women who had tubal ligation.A judge needs to sign off on the statement of claim before it moves forward as a class action suit.The lawsuit, if certified, would seek damages for each plaintiff.Two women are currently listed as plaintiffs but more women in Saskatchewan could be included if the lawsuit is approved.The statement of claim states the women’s charter rights, including their right to life, liberty and security and their right to receive health care free of discrimination, were breached.Other damages listed include future cost of care, punitive or exemplary damages, and general damages for “lost opportunity,” among others.After the report was released, federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said it was an indication of racism in a health-care system that remains biased against Aboriginal women.The report was researched and compiled by Yvonne Boyer, a lawyer and a Canada Research Chair at Manitoba’s Brandon University, and Dr. Judith Bartlett, a physician and researcher.The report suggested some Indigenous women from Saskatoon and the surrounding area were coerced into having their Fallopian tubes clamped or severed after giving birth in hospital.Most of the women who were interviewed for the report either did not recall consenting to the procedure, or did so because they were exhausted and too overwhelmed to fight any longer, the researchers found.In response to the findings, the Saskatoon Health Region said it deeply regrets what happened, acknowledging it failed to treat the women with the respect, compassion and support they deserve.(CTV Saskatoon)last_img read more

Washington sees in Morocco key regional actor officials of Department of

first_imgWashington – For the USA, Morocco is a key regional actor, said top officials of the Department of State who were briefing via teleconference accredited reporters with the US diplomacy on the tour by Secretary of State John Kerry in several MENA countries.We consider that Morocco, where Kerry is expected to arrive on November 11, is a key regional actor, they said on Sunday in Washington.They added that Rabat and Washington are linked by a strategic dialogue, an FTA enforced in 2006 and a Millennium account challenge compact worth 700 million dirhams. The upcoming visit by John Kerry and the Morocco-US strategic dialogue highlight the special, long-standing partnership between America and the Kingdom, spokesperson of the Department of State Jen Psaki said on Thursday.last_img

Ivorian President in Morocco to Take Part in COP22

Abidjan – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara arrived on Sunday in Marrakech to take part in the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-22).During his visit to the Kingdom, President Ouattara will hold talks with several heads of state and other personalities, Cote d’Ivoire’s presidency said in a statement.Ivorian President will visit France on Tuesday, November 22, where he will hold talks with French President, François Hollande, the same source said. The COP 22 is an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water.The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22. read more

In Cameroon Ban urges less talk more action to achieve targets on

10 June 2010Africa, with its limitless potential, can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Cameroon today, calling for “less talk, more action” to help the continent meet the globally-backed targets. Africa, with its limitless potential, can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Cameroon today, calling for “less talk, more action” to help the continent meet the globally-backed targets.“As I see it, delivering for the people of Africa is a matter of commitment,” Mr. Ban told Cameroon’s National Assembly.“Africa’s people need neither pity nor charity,” he said in the capital, Yaoundé. “They need only the tools to create jobs and generate incomes.”Developed countries must follow through on their aid commitments and also ensure that African products are not priced out of markets by heavy import taxes, the Secretary-General stressed.The continent requires a “true partnership,” one where donors listen to recipients and adapt their help to Africa’s needs, he said.Mr. Ban noted that of the MDGs – eight targets agreed on by world leaders with a 2015 expiration date – maternal health is the area that has lagged the furthest behind. “Yet if we can succeed here, we will touch off a virtuous ‘ripple-effect’ through all the Goals.”He also underscored that “Africa, too, has a promise to keep,” since sustainable development initiatives can only successful if there is both peace and good governance.The Secretary-General hailed the continent’s shift from a principle of “non-interference” to one of “non-indifference,” calling for Africa to continue to building on this momentum.He underscored the need for peaceful, credible and transparent elections, noting that “we cannot allow the will of the people to be thwarted by electoral fraud.”He also spoke out against unconstitutional changes of government, corruption, nepotism and tyranny.“Without sustained development, Africa will not attain the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Ban said. “And without achieving the Millennium Development Goals, Africa will not find the promise and prosperity that its people so richly deserve.”While in Cameroon, he met with President Paul Biya and visited the city of Mbalmayo to see first-hand the UN’s work on a range of MDG-related projects in areas such as water, income generation and gender empowerment.The Secretary-General, who arrived in the country from Burundi, also met with UN staff members.He will return to South Africa, where he started his latest visit to the continent, overnight and will attend the opening match of the soccer World Cup in Johannesburg tomorrow.This is the Secretary-General’s second trip to Africa this month, and it will also take him to Benin and Sierra Leone.Last week, he visited Malawi and Uganda, and later in June he will travel to Gabon, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a UN peacekeeping mission – known as MONUC – has been in operation for 11 years. read more

Sri Lanka enters into visa waiver agreement with Philippines

The Agreement shall enter into force when the two Parties inform each other of the completion of internal procedures and the respective mechanisms being put in place.This is the second successive Agreement concluded between the Governments of Sri Lanka and the Philippines during this year demonstrating inter-alia the strong, mutual desire and commitment of the two countries to further elevate the existing close and friendly relations. Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Perfecto R. Yasay,Jr., and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja signed the Agreement on behalf of the two countries. The signing of the Agreement is a significant milestone of the bilateral relations as the two countries reach 55 years of Diplomatic relations in 2016. Sri Lanka and the Philippines further cemented relations with the signature of Visa Waiver Agreement for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders today at the Carlos P. Garcia Conference Room of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.The Agreement facilitates holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports of the two countries to enter and stay in the territory of either country up to thirty (30) days without having to obtain prior visa. Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes of the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, Ambassador Leah Basinag-Ruiz, Chief Coordinator, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary Frank R. Cimafranca of Office of the Consular Affairs, Ms. Angelica C. Escalona, Executive Director of Consular Affairs, Mr. Raly L. Tejada, Executive Director of Protocol, Ms. Leah C. Rodriguez, Director of Public Diplomacy, Ms. Jaybee B. Arguillas, Principal Assistant of Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs and Mrs. Sewwandi de Silva, Second Secretary &Head of Chancery of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, were present at the signing ceremony today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Parts of North shuts down protest in Kilinochchi

Parts of the North shut down today while a mass protest was staged in Kilinochchi demanding concrete answers to concerns on human rights violations related to the war.The protest took place as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) began it’s 40th session in Geneva today with Sri Lanka on the agenda. Families of the missing were among those who took part in the protest in Kilinochchi. (Colombo Gazette)

Burkina Faso UNAfrican Union mission encouraged by commitment to restore order

“The joint mission is encouraged by the commitment of the parties to resolving the crisis peacefully and in accordance with the national constitution,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, in a press briefing at UN Headquarters this afternoon.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Ouagadougou on 31 October as part of a joint mission that also includes the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs.As part of its consultations, the spokesperson said, the joint mission met yesterday with the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his capacity as the Chairman of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Governments.The spokesperson also noted that Mr. Chambas briefed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe in Lomé on the progress of the ongoing consultations.“All interlocutors concurred that the transitional process in Burkina Faso should be in line with constitutional provisions,” the spokesperson said. read more

SEHA FINAL4 RK Vardar chase Veszprem for regional title

SEHA FINAL 4 RK Vardar are the second finalists of the SEHA GAZPROM Final4 in Varaždin. The Macedonian champions beat PPD Zagreb 26:24 (12:10) in noisy atmosphere of Varazdin Arena, where match was followed by 5.000, mostly, Croatian fans. Raul Gonzales team had control over the results and showed more led by 7-meter shoter Dejan Manaskov 6(5), Alex Dujshebaev five and Luka Cindrič, who scored four goals.For PPD Zagreb, Zlatko Horvat netted six goals (five from 7-meter)STATISTICSSEHA GAZPROM FINAL between RK Vardar and MVM Veszprem will be played on Sunday – 19.o0 hrs.PHOTO: SEHA ← Previous Story MVM Veszprem at SEHA GAZPROM Final after penalty shot-out Next Story → VIDEO: Domagoj Pavlović roller coaster…

A great day for Europe MEPs approve EUs budget for the next

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has approved the EU’s nearly one trillion euro budget for the next seven years.The budget was approved by a large majority of 682 MEPs and will mark the first-ever trimmed-back, long-term budget for EU institutions to spend from the period 2014 to 2020.While conservatives and the socialists united to pass the measure, the Greens and the radical left voted against.“This is a great day for Europe,” European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said today. “The European Parliament has given its final blessing to the European budget from 2014 until 2020, thus bringing successfully an end to long negotiations. Now, the Council can seal the deal shortly.” Known as the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF), the budget provides for €908 billion in payments against €960 billion in funding commitments which is 3.7 per cent and 3.5 per cent less than in the previous 2007-2013 budget.The budget is geared towards the EU’s overarching priorities to create sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness.Today’s vote marks the end of a battle that has gone back and forth between the European Commission, member states and MEPs in recent months.Ireland’s presidency of the EU in the first half of this year saw significant progress, with an agreement reached by the parliament in July, but there have been further hurdles to clear in recent months.While austerity-minded governments in countries like Britain, as well as the Commission, wanted to cut back on EU spending, MEPs from peripheral EU countries wanted more funding to boost jobs and growth.The last step for the seven-year blueprint will be formal approval in the coming days by the European Council of member states.Read: EU Budget for 2014 agreed after marathon overnight talksRead: EU avoids its own shutdown after MEPs agree to fill €2.7bn funding shortfallPreviously: European Parliament approves epic €960 billion budget after months of squabblinglast_img read more

XIM3 brings highprecision mouse keyboard controls to the Xbox 360

first_imgHaving grown up playing first-person shooters on a PC, any attempt I make to play such games on a console has been met with me thinking “this would be so much better with a keyboard and mouse”.Unless the game is terrible, I keep playing and make do with the joypad as a controller. But if I had the option of plugging in a keyboard and mouse I would probably use it. Well, if you are a 360 gamer that option now exists thanks to the XIM3 adaptor.AdChoices广告The XIM3 consists of a small LCD display and 4 USB ports. Each port allows for a connection to your Xbox 360, keyboard, mouse, and 360 joypad, all of which need to be connected for the system to work. The joypad also allows for navigation of the XIM3 settings–you do not need a PC at any point.The most important feature of the XIM3 is the real-time command transfer, so there is no lag between your keyboard and mouse input and the game. As far as the 360 is concerned, you are using a joypad to input commands.Configuration controls are included on the XIM3 to allow you to configure on a per game basis. There’s also 10 Smart Transitions specifically for setting up mouse precision and overcoming dead zones which can differ depending on the game being played. Watch the video below for more information on this:If you want mouse and keyboard control on your 360, then this does look to be the best option at the moment. However, it’s not cheap and you can expect to pay $149.99.Read more at XIM3, via  HotHardwareMatthew’s OpinionI’m sure a lot of 360 gamers will have an issue with this and its potential to improve a user’s performance in multiplayer on games like Modern Warfare 2. It’s true that keyboard and mouse do allow for more accurate movement, but a seasoned joypad user should be able to match a XIM3 player. It’s when you put two new players in a room that you’ll probably see the XIM3 give an advantage.This video of the XIM3 being used with Halo 3 shows accelerated turning while allowing for accurate aiming. So yes, it does offer an advantage if such settings are used.At $149.99, I doubt you will see many players making the investment. But for some, the draw of being able to use keyboard and mouse input will be enough to warrant the investment.last_img read more

How to secure your online existence

first_imgIn a world where many of us live large chunks of our personal and professional lives in a web browser, there should be nothing more important than the security of our online information. We broadcast our locations, our shopping habits, our innermost thoughts through a browser to the services we trust to keep that information safe. While we can hold the keepers of our information responsible for any vulnerabilities on their end, we own the keys to the front door. It is the responsibility of the user to keep themselves secure, and there are plenty of tools out there to help you do exactly that.Choosing a great passwordSomewhere along the way we got confused about what a good password is. We listen to these security experts that tell us we should have four capital letters, two numbers, and a handful of special characters. I am immediately reminded of XKCD cartoonist Randall Monroe’s comic on password strength, which demonstrates the two sided problem with making your password a ridiculous array of randomness. Larger than this problem, however, are the users whose passwords are single dictionary words or dates that coincide with events that are easy to figure out.Even today three of the top 10 passwords are “password”, “1234567”, and “qwerty”, and while a complicated jumble of letters and numbers are much more secure than those, you can still do better.It never hurts to test your password. There are a handful of services out there that will tell you how secure you password is, but my personal favorite is howsecureismypassword.net. This service is free, easy to use, and gives you some base guidelines on making your password more secure. The best way to use a service like this is to come up with a password similar to the one you want to use, and enter it on the website — it’s probably not the smartest thing in the world to use your actual password.This service will give you a good starting point, and a clear idea of what a strong password will look like. Once you have a great password, you will already be safer than most but there’s still more you can do.Two-factor authenticationPasswords can be guessed, leaked, or they can be accidentally given out. There are still plenty of people out there that tape their password to the underside of their keyboard or on a sticky note in their desk. While this can be avoided, there are other ways to keep yourself secure. PayPal, Gmail, Facebook, and Dropbox are the leaders of a list that use an additional security layer called two-factor authentication (often seen as TFA or 2FA).What TFA does is allow you to have a secondary password that you enter when you sign in to the service. The second password is usually generated fresh ever 30 (or so) seconds) and is handled though a smartphone app or small device. The generated password is usually just a few numbers, which is fine because it is usable for just long enough for you to sign in to the service, and then it changes.Paypal, Battle.Net, and your bank account provide you with a keyfob that generates the key, as long as you are willing to pay for it (about $30 generally). The keyfobs only work for one service, so by the end of the day your keychain isn’t likely to fit in your pocket. The most common form of two-factor authentication is to just send the code to your phone. Facebook, for example, will send you a text message with the secondary password, which is only good for a few seconds. Google has a public service that any company can use to add TFA to their service, and the Google Authentication app dispenses the passwords from your phone. Dropbox is one such company that uses the Google Authenticator when you setup authentication on their service.This adds a great layer of security to your services, but hinges on your ability to not lose your phone or a small thumb device. While it is less likely that your phone will be stolen to gain access to your services, it’s not impossible. More likely, however, is that your phone simply not be able to deliver the information to you. If your phone breaks, or you have exhausted the battery after a long day, you are no longer able to access your online services that you aren’t already signed in to.Secure password storageThe truth is that two-factor authentication is exhausting, and the recovery process if anything happens to your phone is painfully tedious. It’s very secure, but really not something that I think the average user would put themselves through. Let’s face it, most people really doesn’t even like passwords. In a perfect world, the computer would just log them in to everything and no one would ever have to think about passwords because all of the security would just be done for them. This isn’t so much fantasy as an actual way to secure your digital services by allowing a program to generate your login credentials for all of the services you use.The greatest example of this is LastPass. Lastpass is a quick install onto your computer and an add-on to your web browser. Every time you want to go to a website, LastPass will generate a secure password for that service and store it for you securely. It’s so secure that even you don’t know what it is, unless you write it down or memorize the randomly generated key.After that, you can access the information from your LastPass vault, but typically you would only access that to add or remove security features or auto-fill information for specific websites. The whole idea is that you aren’t responsible for your security online, LastPass is. If you pay for the premium service, you can use the LastPass app to help keep yourself secure when not at the PC.Just as your password is only as secure as you are, your LastPass account is guarded by a login that you control. While it is convenient to have one password to a system that authorizes secure passwords for everything, there’s not really a lot of benefit if someone gains access to your LastPass account. In the end, it all comes back to how secure you are with that one password. Unless, of course, you decided to take things one step further and add two factor authentication to your LastPass.LastPass is a popular password manager, but it’s far from alone. There is also 1Password, RoboForm, KeePass, and others.YubikeyAs a standalone device, a Yubikey is a fantastic tool for any security conscious individual. This product allows a physical USB key to be your password for certain things. It can be setup, for example, so that your computer only unlocks when the Yubikey is inserted and the password from the Yubikey is offered. In most versions of the Yubikey there’s a button on board that transmits the password when you press it. As long as the private key from the Yubikey matches the one stored on your PC, the password generated by the Yubikey will unlock the device. There are variations of these devices that can even fit entirely inside the USB port, or run on NFC instead of having a physical button. These devices start at about $25.When you use the Yubikey in conjunction with another security service, such as LastPass or Symantec VIP, Yubikey becomes a new kind of two-factor authentication. Instead of relying on keyfobs, apps, or SMS to receive what you need to login to your account, the Yupikey itself generates the key needed to access these services. This removes the potential threats generated by someone getting a hold of your phone or a malicious app on your phone intercepting the SMS.Final thoughtsThere’s no such thing as being 100% secure, unless you live your digital life on a airgap network and don’t use any of the online services available today. For the most part, however, people are a secure as they want to be. There’s no shortage of tools out there to improve that security, and especially in a world where the services we use are routinely under attack, it makes good sense to consider additional security options.last_img read more