first_imgWATFORD, England — No matter how far the Buffalo Bills run, they just can’t hide from their injury problems.The banged-up Bills (3-3) flew across the pond and arrived in London early this week after losing at home to the Cincinnati Bengals, a game in which backup quarterback EJ Manuel started and was inconsistent in the place of the injured Tyrod Taylor and the defense stumbled in the second half.“We got to flush the toilet, so to speak, on one game,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said. “There’s no question about it. We got to get better.”The Bills will face the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) on Oct. 25 at Wembley Stadium in the second of three regular-season NFL games in London this year. The Jaguars are 0-2 at Wembley, while the Bills will be making their first appearance in Britain.Ryan, however, still doesn’t know who will be taking the snaps on Sunday.“It’s too early to tell about his outlook,” Ryan said of Taylor, who started the first five games of the season but sprained a ligament in his left knee in the 14-13 win over Tennessee on Oct. 11. “Obviously he’s going through treatments and we’ll see how he progresses through the week.”Taylor said he was making progress and shared the reps with Manuel during an Oct. 21 practice. He didn’t say if he was going to start, however, but that he was getting himself prepared to play.“It feels good. It’s getting better,” Taylor said of his knee. “We’re in good conversation as far as how I feel. At the end of the day, it’s up to the coaches to make the decision.”Besides the questions surrounding Taylor, the Bills will also be without defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who is out indefinitely with what Ryan called “a significant” injury to his left knee. Williams was carted off after being hurt late in the fourth quarter of the 34-21 loss to the Bengals on Oct. 18.And receiver Percy Harvin is absent because of what the coach called “a personal issue,” without elaborating further.The injury to Williams is a big problem for a defense that has been struggling and has so far failed to play up to its high-priced expectations. Williams is a 10-year veteran and respected team leader who has been formidable against the run and pressuring opposing passers.The Bills are already missing starting safety Aaron Williams, who is out until at least December because of a neck injury.Cornerback Leodis McKelvin returned to practice but remains on the reserve/non-football injury list. McKelvin missed the remainder of last season after breaking his right ankle in November. He aggravated the injury in July and had a follow-up operation before the start of training camp.“We’ve had a ton of injuries, just a bunch of them, that’s kind of offset us a little bit,” Ryan said. “Right now we got to make do with where we’re at.“Did we want to have a better record? Absolutely we did. But we’ve earned the 3-3 record.”Buffalo has missed the playoffs for 15 consecutive seasons — the NFL’s longest active playoff drought. And over that stretch, they’ve had just two winning seasons, 9-7 finishes in 2004 and 2014.Ryan was supposed to usher in a new era, but the Bills are 1-3 at home with three straight losses in Buffalo while the team’s defense has been playing well below its own elite expectations.“We’ll face the music. We got no problem facing the music,” Ryan said. “We’re disappointing ourselves, we’re disappointing our fans, we get all that, but, man, we’re going to do what we can to right the ship.”(CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgApple is expected to launch the Apple iPhone XI consisting of the iPhone XIR, the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max in September this year. But even before the company unveils its 2019 iPhones, details about the company’s 2020 iPhone models – possibly iPhone 12 or iPhone XII – have already started doing rounds on the internet. Now, a new report suggests that Apple will use OLED displays by LG in its 2020 iPhones.Apple is said to ditch the LCD display in its 2020 iPhones and opt for expensive OLED displays in all its iPhone models scheduled for next year. Now a new report by a Korea-based news channel, ETNews, says that Apple is planning to include flexible OLED panels by LG in its 2020 iPhones.As per the report, the Korean tech giant will begin the mass production of its flexibled OLED panel in the third quarter of this year and it will supply the flexible OLED panels to some models of Apple’s 2020 iPhone models. In addition to this, LG is also expected to supply, in small quanities, flexible OLED panels to some iPhone models scheduled to be released later this year.As far as the 2020 iPhones are concerned, reports over the past couple of months have detailed a number of features – besides 5G connectivity — that will make it to the Cupertino, California based company’s phone next year. For starters, a report by DigiTimes earlier this month stated that Apple’s 2020 iPhones are likely to come with 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensors at the back. At present, the company users ToF sensors in the front, which are used for a varety of features such as face recognition and Animoji. Including ToF sensors at the back would increase the range of the phone’s rear camera and allow the device to measure an area up to 4.5 meters, which is longer than what Android phones can measure right now.advertisementA separate report by Ice Universe suggests that Apple may use displays with a refresh rate of 120GHz in its 2020 iPhones. Apple first offered refresh rates of up to 120GHz in its 12.5-inch iPad Pro models that featured ProMotion display.ALSO READ: | 2020 iPhones may come with a 3D ToF sensor at the backALSO READ: | 2020 iPhone may get 120Hz display like iPad Pro, Apple in talks with Samsung and LGALSO READ: | Apple will launch two 5G iPhones in 2020 with 5.4-inch, 6.7-inch OLED panel: Analystlast_img read more

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first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Super-hot chile peppers have intrigued and beguiled humanity for at least 6,000 years. While peppers can be delicious, many folks seem more attracted to the punishing heat. If you’re the kind of person who sees an erupting volcano and thinks, “I want to put my tongue on that,” then the super-hot peppers on this list are for you. For help identifying the hottest peppers in the world, we reached out to Dr. Paul Bosland, Director of the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University. We could call him Dr. Pepper, but let’s not.Where Does the Heat Come From?“The heat in a chile pepper comes from alkaloids called capsaicinoids,” says Dr. Bosland. Environmental conditions and genetics affect how hot a pepper gets, and the spiciness can vary widely from pepper to pepper. It’s believed that chile peppers evolved extreme heat as a defense mechanism from predators. Humans, meanwhile, have evolved to become super-dumb pepper-eaters. Checkmate, peppers.Chile pepper heat is often measured via the Scoville Organoleptic Test. “In the test, human subjects taste a series of prepared chile samples to determine the heat level,” according to a guide published by the CPI. “The samples are diluted in the laboratory until heat can no longer be detected by the tasters. A single unit of dilution is called a Scoville Heat Unit.” Jalapeños, which represent the limit of heat for some people, have somewhere between 2,000 and 10,000 SHUs. “Pure capsaicin, one of the capsaicinoids found in chile peppers, is 16 million Scoville Heat Units,” says Dr. Bosland.5. Trinidad 7-pot JonahAt 780,000 SHUs, the Trinidad 7-pot Jonah is said to have enough heat for seven pots of stew. This pepper comes from the Chaguanas region of Trinidad, an island located just off the coast of Venezuela. In fact, most of the world’s super-hot peppers are thought to have originated on Trinidad, then made their way to Europe and Asia during the Columbian Exchange. The Trinidad 7-pot Jonah is about an inch or two long, and typically has a sweet, nutty flavor.4. Bhut JolokiaThe bhut jolokia, which roughly translates to “ghost pepper,” turns the temperature up to 1 million SHUs. These peppers are usually red or orange in color, and a bit longer than the 7-pot Jonahs. An alternative name for this pepper means “poison” in Assamese, if that gives you any idea of its heat. India, the bhut jolokia’s country of origin, has even incorporated this beastly pepper into non-lethal hand grenades.Related: Move Over Sriracha! There’s a New Hot Sauce in Town3. Trinidad ScorpionClocking in at about 1.5 million SHUs, this son of a gun is roughly 230 times hotter than your average jalapeño. This pepper has earned the name “scorpion” because of the stinger-like point at the end. The considerable sting one feels while eating it probably has something to do with the name, too. After taking a bite of the Trinidad Scorpion, you might cool yourself down with a tall glass of real scorpions.2. Douglah Trinidad ChocolateSurprise, surprise, another super-hot pepper from Trinidad. This rascal is often grown to have a sweet flavor and a brownish, chocolatey hue. However, its similarities with chocolate end there. With about 1.8 million SHUs, this pepper will blow the roof off of your mouth, and probably your house. Whatever you do, do not give out Douglah Trinidad Chocolates on Halloween.1. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion  At 2 million SHUs, you should finalize your will, kiss your loved ones goodbye, and abandon all hope before you try the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. To give you some perspective, classic red Tabasco Sauce peaks at about 5,000 SHUs, making the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion at least 400 times hotter than the so-called “hot sauce.” The capsaicinoids in this pepper are strong enough to eat through latex gloves — imagine what they can do to your mouth.If you want to go even hotter, you might try the Carolina Reaper, which was named the hottest pepper in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013. However, the Chili Pepper Institute has not yet confirmed it as the world’s hottest pepper. Still, the Carolina Reaper deserves an honorable mention at the very least.Dr. Bosland recommends being very careful when eating any of the above peppers. “These chile peppers go well with citrus notes, fish, and tropical fruit,” he says. “One of the best ways to soothe the heat is milk. Milk contains a protein, casein, that counters the capsaicinoids.”The Chile Pepper Institute was founded in 1992. If you’re interested in purchasing the seeds of the world’s hottest peppers, check out the CPI’s online store. The Best American Liqueur The Best American Gin Editors’ Recommendations The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

first_imgBig Brothers Big Sisters’ celebrity ambassador Nancy Lieberman applauds the national mentoring organization’s choice to make Jamie Foxx national spokesperson, saying it will energize other actors and professional athletes to get involved.Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman Applauds Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Choice of Jamie Foxx as National Spokesperson.Lieberman, who became a Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrity ambassador this summer, expects Foxx’s new role to attract other high-profile athletes and entertainers to advocate for the national mentoring organization. Basketball Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian, Lieberman has committed to appearing at a series of 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters’ recruitment and fundraising events to help the organization increase its capacity to serve more children.“Providing opportunities to help children overcome adversity to find success as adults is my life’s mission,” Lieberman said. “Last year, when I met Kimmie, my eight-year-old Little Sister, it turned out I’d already met her. She was one of the young athletes at my basketball camp! I cannot tell you how pleased I am that as a result of her mother seeking Big Brothers Big Sisters’ support, I get to continue my friendship with Kimmie as her long-time mentor.”Lieberman, AKA “Lady Magic,” is well-known in sports, having broken barriers in women’s and men’s professional basketball. She currently serves as the TV analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Fox Sports Southwest, as well as assistant general manager for the Texas Legends NBA Development League team (official minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks), she has been a WNBA player, coach, and a broadcaster for ABC, NBC and ESPN. As an author of Playbook for Success and the first female coach of a men’s team in the NBA D-League, her motivational presence is rich and inspiring.“In addition to being a business and sports champion, Nancy is an amazingly talented speaker who effectively uses humor to communicate the importance of mentoring to motivate people to donate and volunteer,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Pierson. “We are delighted that she has committed to boosting her support next year.”Lieberman began her professional career with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Professional Basketball League. Recognized as the only woman to play in a men’s professional sports league, in 1986, she played with the United States Basketball League’s Springfield Fame and in 1987 joined the Long Island Knights. The next year, she toured the world as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters’ Washington Generals. In 1997, at age 39, drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, she became the oldest WNBA player and in 2008, at age 50, she topped that record, returning to the league’s Detroit Shock for one game.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter years of political turmoil and a criminal trial the chief and several members of Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan have received their punishment for stealing money.But they won’t be going to jail.Recently re-elected Chief Duane Antoine was sentenced to 20 months probation, community service and ordered to pay $2,500.Coun. Colin Favel was ordered to repay more than $12,000.Both Favel and Antoine admitted to stealing treaty money from the band.They weren’t alone.last_img

DURHAM, N.C. — Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock price took a hit.The freak injury during one of the college basketball season’s marquee games immediately sparked debates about everything from the shoe manufacturer to insurance issues and whether the likely NBA lottery pick should risk his professional future by continuing to play for the top-ranked-for-now Blue Devils.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said after Duke’s loss to No. 8 North Carolina on Wednesday night that Williamson sprained his right knee and didn’t know how long he will be out.By Thursday morning, Nike, which manufactured the shoes Williamson was wearing, also was feeling the impact of the injury.The company’s stock price was down about 1 per cent, or 97 cents, to $83.87 during midday trading Thursday as the sportswear manufacturer became the target of ridicule on social media. A spokesman said Nike has begun an investigation into what it called an “isolated” event.“Shoes have failed before, but not as visibly,” said Matt Powell, a senior industry advisor for sports for the NPD Group, a market research firm.Playing before a crowd littered with celebrities — from Spike Lee to former President Barack Obama — Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of the game as his Nike PG 2.5, from Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George’s signature sneaker line, tore apart. Williamson wears that model frequently during games and hadn’t had any obvious problems.The 280-pound Williamson is one of the most powerful players in the game, and he tried to plant with his left foot as he lost his right foot was slipping. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe and Williamson’s foot came all the way through the large gap. He ended up in an awkward-almost-split, clutching the back of his right knee . He walked to the bench and a few minutes later headed to the locker room, leaving the wrecked shoe under his chair.George said Thursday that he has talked with Nike to see what went wrong and what happened to the shoe.“It hasn’t happened to me as long as I’ve been in this shoe,” George said. “We’ve made three generations, going on four now of my shoe, of being successful. So I didn’t necessarily feel any way about that part — the negative part of it. My only concern was for Zion, honestly.”Since Duke is a Nike-sponsored school, Williamson has his choice of that company’s footwear.But in the embarrassing moment for Nike, when Williamson planted hard near the free-throw line, the blue rubber sole on the shoe ripped loose from the white shoe from the heel to the toes along the outside edge. Williamson’s foot came all the way through the large gap. He immediately clutched his right knee, walked on his own to the bench and a few minutes later headed to the locker room, leaving the pair of shoes under his chair.“I’ve seen guys bust through shoes but not sprain their knee,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s gone down a couple times where he’s slipped and saved the ball. That’s what I thought happened. He goes so fast that maybe if there’s something slippery, that happened.”The injury also set off a fresh round of debate about whether Williamson — the possible No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, should he leave Duke after his freshman season — would be wise to end his college season in an attempt to avoid an injury that could jeopardize his pro career. NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen made the case for it a month ago, saying on ESPN that “I would shut it down.”Asked to respond on Feb. 5 to those comments, Williamson turned to his locker room sidekick, walk-on Mike Buckmire, and asked, “Buck, would you hate me if I shut down the season?“I couldn’t do that to my teammates,” Williamson continued. “Again, thank you for, like, seeing the confidence in me and the type of player I can become. But I love college too much to stop playing. I wouldn’t give this up.”Now that he’s actually hurt, it’s unknown if his feelings have changed.It’s also unclear, if he decides to continue his college career, whether Williamson has an insurance policy to protect him in case of injury like many other elite college athletes have purchased.Duke spokesman Mike DeGeorge on Thursday could not confirm a report by Action Network that Williamson had an $8 million loss of value policy written by Winston-Salem-based International Specialty Insurance that would pay out if he slipped past the 16th pick in this June’s draft. Officials at ISI did not return telephone and email messages Thursday.Loss of value polices are not offered by the NCAA, but the governing body does offer disability insurance.Spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the NCAA allows schools to purchase loss of value policies on a player’s behalf. She added that the NCAA also facilitates a disability insurance program for players in five sports, including men’s basketball, in which athletes can purchase policies with preapproved financing to protect against future loss of earnings due to injuries suffered in college.There are no NCAA restrictions on how much insurance a player can purchase, or if the player wants both types of policies, Osburn said.A few years ago, former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore took out a disability insurance policy.He purchased a $1.8 million insurance policy through the NCAA program. Lattimore had a clause in his policy that it would pay out if he did not play four NFL games. Lattimore never played in an NFL game but only received about $270,000 from the policy, in part because he did get a signing bonus when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round.He purchased the policy prior to his sophomore season in 2011, then renewed it the following year. That season he dislocated his knee in a game suffered several torn ligaments when he was tackled. Lattimore currently works as the director of football player development at his alma mater.___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina; AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina; and AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio in New York contributed to this report.___More AP college basketball: and McCreary, The Associated Press read more

TORONTO — Hydro One says its chief operating and officer and chief legal officer are leaving the company.The power utility says chief operating officer Greg Kiraly and chief legal officer Jamie Scarlett will leave after a period of planned leadership transition.The departures follow the announcement last week that Mark Poweska, BC Hydro’s executive vice president of operations, will become Hydro One’s president and chief executive in early May.The hiring came after former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt retired following the election of the Progressive Conservative government last spring.Premier Doug Ford campaigned on a promise to fire Schmidt, whom he dubbed the “Six Million Dollar man” because of the CEO’s salary.The province has since forced the utility to cap the pay of its chief executive at a maximum of $1.5 million a year in direct compensation, with a base salary of no more than $500,000.Pay for other executives at the utility is capped at 75 per cent of the CEO’s total direct compensation.The Canadian Press read more

30 July 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert today described the situation of justice in Venezuela as “worrying,” citing political interference with the work of judges and prosecutors in the South American nation. Leandro Despouy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, expressed particular concern over the removal of some provisional judges and prosecutors, without cause, without procedure and without effective judicial recourse.“The right of every person to justice should include the existence of independent and impartial judges, and for this, the stability of judges is an essential element,” Mr. Despouy said in a news release. He cited the case of Judge Alicia Torres, who says she was pressured by a superior to prohibit the head of the Globovisión television channel, Guillermo Zuloaga Núñez, from leaving the country and was dismissed after she refused to do so.According to media reports, prosecutors have accused Mr. Zuloaga of usury and conspiracy to commit a crime – accusations stemming from the recent seizure of 24 new vehicles on his property. Mr. Zuloaga denies any wrongdoing, saying the accusations are politically motivated, and that President Hugo Chavez is using prosecutors and judges to bring trumped-up charges against prominent opponents.Mr. Despouy highlighted the need to respect and apply the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers, which sets out, among other matters, that “governments will guarantee that lawyers can perform all their professional functions without intimidations, obstacles, harassments or undue interferences.”The Special Rapporteur, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, serves in an unpaid and independent capacity. read more

The U.S. Government recently awarded over $3million to three organizations supporting resettling communities in the Mullaitivu and Killinochchi districts.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance awarded funding to ZOA Refugee Care, Sewalanka, and Practical Action to provide the basic needs that many Sri Lankans urgently require. The United States (US) has expressed concerns over the rushed resettlement of the final IDPs to close the Menik Farm camp.A statement by the U.S Embassy in Colombo today said that United States welcomes the work by the Government of Sri Lanka to quickly resettle the large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) following the 26-year conflict. “However, we remain concerned about the rushed resettlement of the final IDPs to close the Menik Farm camp.  Many of the most vulnerable families of the war-affected population in the North have been placed on land hastily cleared without adequate shelter, water and sanitation, or provisions to continue their livelihoods,” the US Embassy said. The Embassy also said that many long term IDPs remain unable to return home or access basic services from the Government of Sri Lanka. The support will provide help to nearly 50,000 Sri Lankans with basic services such as adequate shelter, access to potable water and proper sanitation, and food security.  The programs will also put these individuals on the road to a sustainable future, with support to start generating needed income, and connect farmers and fishermen with markets.Through its assistance, the United States is helping resettled people move towards a better future and the U.S. Embassy looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Sri Lanka provide the services and care Sri Lankans need. read more

TISL has already begun reaching out to citizens in various districts including Colombo, Matara, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Ampara, Rathnapura, Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, forming civil society coalitions with the intention of mainstreaming the use of RTI. TISL and its partners will also take RTI to the public through a RTI bus which will act as a mobile awareness-raising RTI request facilitation centre. TISL has also launched a trilingual website – that disseminates RTI related information.Sankhitha Gunaratne, RTI Manager, TISL reemphasised that “The RTI law is unique in several ways – it overrides all other written law, where there may be contradiction. Furthermore, all information can be revealed if the greater public interest is served by disclosing the information. This applies even where the information sought could potentially fall within the exceptions in the law.” In spite of these developments, the people of Sri Lanka remain largely uninformed of the right they now enjoy, and of how it may be used. The responsibility cast on the people with this right – to truly take ownership of it and use it as a tool in their day-to-day lives – is also overlooked. The role of the Government in demystifying RTI for the people is of paramount importance for its success. However, it remains to be seen whether both the state and citizens will operationalize the right to its true potential. The Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Reform states that it has been laying the groundwork on the supply side of RTI, with trainings for public officials and appointments of the key public facing information officers and designated officers. The Ministry has also been working closely with the RTI Commission, which is vested with wide powers under the Act, such as to hear appeals, institute action against alleged offenders, and prescribe guidelines on record management and proactive disclosure, among other powers and functions. On 3rd February, TISL will be filing several public interest RTI requests at the relevant public authorities, seeking information pertinent to open government – including the assets and liabilities declarations of the President and the Prime Minister and a request for the financial reports of political parties from the Election Commission. The public authorities then become liable to respond to these requests within the specified timelines, subject to a maximum of 28 days.Like many government initiatives there will be inevitable disappointment. However, it is essential that citizens apply themselves diligently in order to make this system work.RTI now is the people’s. Whether at the level of the officers in charge of giving information or the citizen, political will no longer needs to be a factor. It is now a legal obligation. (Colombo Gazette) The Right to Information (RTI) Act comes into effect on 3rd February, 2017 bringing with it a promise – of open Government, of citizens’ active participation in governance, and of accountability to the sovereign people of the country.The Government last week gazetted the categories of public authorities that fall within the purview of the Right to Information Act. In a positive move, the government has gazetted all the Public Authorities prescribed in the law. This is a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s RTI story; one that marks the culmination of a movement of over 20 years. read more

Mr. Annan’s co-chair at the 26 May meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – headquarters for the African Union – will be AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare.A UN spokesperson in New York said the meeting is meant to support all of the areas in which the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) is lacking and to try to bring as much international support as possible to end the suffering in Darfur.Yesterday the Security Council heard a briefing on Mr. Annan’s report on UN backing for AMIS, and called for more support for that mission. It also applauded the Union’s decision to expand its deployment to more than 7,000 troops.Also this week two senior UN officials – Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno – began weeklong visits to assess the situation in Africa’s largest country.Meanwhile, a contingent of some 200 Nepalese soldiers arrived yesterday in Sudan as deployment of a 10,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission to enforce the peace accord ending a separate conflict in the country’s south began gaining momentum.An engineering battalion from Bangladesh is scheduled to follow the Nepalese group next week, while another battalion from India is expected to arrive by the end of the month.The Security Council voted unanimously in March to send 10,000 troops and 715 civilian police to southern Sudan for an initial period of six months to support January’s peace accord ending more than two decades of conflict between the Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).The peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), as part of a considerable mandate, will monitor and verify the ceasefire agreement, help set up a disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme for ex-combatants, and promote national reconciliation and human rights. read more

“We have increased our engagement in contingency planning, in close cooperation with the Departments for Field Support and Political Affairs, for potential requests for peacekeeping operations in Mali, Somalia and Syria,” Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations known informally as C34. The committee, which works through the Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization, reviews all issues relating to peacekeeping, ranging this year from troop reimbursement to intermission cooperation and resource sharing. Noting an “extremely grave political, security and humanitarian crisis” that threatened the entire Sahel region, Mr. Ladsous said a UN peacekeeping operation in Mali is a “very real possibility”.“With rapidly unfolding developments in Mali and the Sahel, the UN anticipates investing significantly more efforts and resources in the coming months,” he told the committee, which includes representatives from 124 Member States, most of them from countries which have contributed troops to prior and current operations.In December 2012, the Council authorized the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali, known as AFISMA, to support efforts by national authorities to recover the north, which was occupied last year by radical Islamists.On Somalia, he said that the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), supported by DFS and DPKO, has made significant progress in dislocating Al-Shabaab from key locations in southern and central Somalia. While active combat is likely to continue for another year, the UN and the Government are jointly reviewing plans “to further the positive political and security gains made on the ground,” he said. Likely scenarios include plans to relocate the UN Political Office (UNPOS) and UNSOA, which provides logistics to AMISOM, from Nairobi, Kenya, to Somalia within 12 months. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, continued intense violence in Syria is a “human tragedy of untold proportions,” Mr. Ladsous said. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which has also left more than four million people in need of humanitarian assistance.Mr. Ladsous warned that the continued violence poses a risk to the safety and security of UN personnel in the country, such as UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), and those working in missions elsewhere in the region, such as the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Also addressing the Committee, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Ameera Haq, outlined current procedural plans and incorporation of best practices. She noted that a comprehensive review of civilian staffing requirements in peacekeeping operations had been completed and finalized into a report by the Secretary-General. The ‘civilian capacity initiative’ aims to foster national ownership and improve post-conflict agility, and ultimately focuses on delivering stronger support to the field. Ms. Haq also noted that a Senior Advisory Group had completed a report on the topic of troop reimbursement policies which would be before the Fifth Committee on budgetary needs. “That report serves as a good basis for Member States to consider how to further develop and strengthen peacekeeping as a global public good,” she said. read more

Purpose-built coach total6312.5%5128.2%739-6.8% Purpose-built double-deck coaches >16t0-100.0%2728.6%3748.0% Purpose-built coaches 3.5t to 16t40.0%30-21.1%40-47.4% Purpose-built single-deck buses <8.5t50.0%70-20.5%99-10.0% Purpose-built single-deck coaches >16t5915.7%4559.9%662-4.3% “The bus and coach market dropped 30.6% in June this year. Although coaches posted a 12.5% increase in the month, the overall purpose-built bus and coach total fell 39.5%,” said Wendy Williamson, SMMT Bus and Coach Manager. “Last year the 2012 Olympics led to a sharp rise in registrations for the first half of the year with volumes falling after July. This should see registrations for the second half of 2013 level off, stabilising for the end of the year.” Purpose-built single-deck buses >12t to 16t61-30.7%399-7.6%809-4.3% UK bus and coach registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 Purpose-built bus total240-46.1%1441-22.8%2686-19.4% Bus and coach registrations fell 30.6% to 636 units in June.Overall registrations declined 21.3% for the first half of the year to 3,861 units.Converted bus registrations fell 20% to 333 units.Video analysis Purpose-built bus and coach total303-39.5%1953-16.5%3425-16.9% *Converted: Bus <3.5t48-7.7%347-19.7%78522.8% *Converted: Bus 3.5t to 8.5t285-21.7%1560-26.8%2846-9.5% Purpose-built single-deck buses >16t22-29.0%188-26.6%41812.1% Purpose-built single-deck buses >8.5t to 12t3057.9%149-1.3%32712.4% June% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change *All buses and coaches636-30.6%3861-21.3%7058-10.9% Purpose-built double-deck buses122-59.6%635-32.4%1033-39.7% *Converted: Bus >8.5t001-66.7%2-81.8% *Converted bus total333-20.0%1908-25.6%3633-4.3% * All vehicle manufacturer-built minibus registrations are included in the converted bus <3.5t category.** All converted bus volumes are counted in the SMMT van and truck news release. These vehicles are also represented here as they form an important part of the UK bus and coach marketClick through to download the June 2013 bus and coach registrations news release and data tablesClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

After the arrests of several senior FIFA leaders and widespread evidence of graft, bribery and general corruption at the highest levels of the global soccer conglomerate, FIFA’s selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup has come under renewed criticism. The indictments allege that vote-buying occurred in past World Cup host selections, and there have been other allegations that millions of dollars were paid to rig the vote for Qatar in 2010.And when you look at all the World Cup hosts since 1978, it’s clear that Qatar is in many ways an outlier.Compared with other World Cup hosts, Qatar is at the extremes on almost every metric I looked at. The data wasn’t perfect — two of the data sets I used weren’t measured annually when it would have been ideal if they were (the United Nations Development Program’s carbon-emissions reading and Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index). Also, the Press Freedom Index did not exist before 2002, so I used the 2002 mark for the World Cups that came before that year. It’s an estimation, but because that measurement is less susceptible to annual change, I felt safe in using it. And one last thing while we’re here: The Elo and GDP numbers for Russia and Qatar aren’t projections but are the most recent data available.Qatar was definitely not selected for its temperate weather in June, the typical time for the FIFA tournament. There has historically been some variation here — Argentina’s average June temperature is in the low 50s (it being in the Southern Hemisphere and all), and Mexico’s is in the mid-70s. But Qatar’s average June temperature is in the 90s.Perhaps Qatar is a real soccer up-and-comer, then? Not quite! I pulled the Elo rating of each men’s national team on the first game they played the year they hosted the cup1The last game of the previous year for Colombia, which resigned from hosting the 1986 cup and did not play soccer that year, and the most recent game for Russia and Qatar. to get the gist of how good the teams were on the world stage. Qatar has the second-lowest score ever.2Might they improve substantially in the next seven years? Sure, it’s possible. But the point is they’re not an unrecognized powerhouse in the sport at this point in time, and the fact that the host nation gets a free bid may mean they don’t have a ton of incentive to drastically improve.And it’s not like Qatar holds a bulk of the world’s population, either. Typically the country that gets the cup has somewhere around 1 percent to 5 percent of the world’s population, but not Qatar. With a projected population of 2.24 million in 2022, it’ll have a whopping 0.03 percent of the global population within its borders in a few years, not counting the spectators. What’s more, that population mostly comprises people who weren’t born in Qatar — as of 2013, according to the U.N., 1.6 million of the country’s 2.2 million people were international migrants.Although Qatar will be a global hub for sports journalists in several years, FIFA apparently did not select the country to highlight its illustrious human-rights record. Qatar has extreme restrictions on press freedoms that put it in league with Russia (the 2018 host) and Brazil (the 2014 one). They have a very high score on the Press Freedom Index, where a low score indicates a great deal of freedom.It’s also not for the nation’s climate record, either, as it’s by far the highest polluter — measured in metric tons of carbon emitted per capita. And that’s on a list that includes America. That was our category to lose!But Qatar does have one metric by which it is off-the-charts outstanding: gross domestic product per capita. Namely, it’s a small country that makes a whole lot of money. In the chart, we’re looking at the ratio of GDP per capita the year each nation hosted the cup to the United States’ GDP per capita that year, to keep it apples to apples.None of this proves vote-rigging, obviously. But when a country lacks many of the competitive advantages of other countries’ bids, some extra scrutiny is probably worthwhile. read more

first_imgGoogle Street View : les piétons bientôt effacés des clichés grâce à un logiciel ?Monde – Google Street View est régulièrement montré du doigt, accusé d’atteinte à la vie privée pour la présence de piétons sur ses clichés. Un nouveau logiciel pourrait cependant bientôt permettre d’effacer les passants sur les photographies du logiciel de cartographie urbaine.L’Allemagne en tête, Google Street View connaît bon nombre de détracteurs accusant le service de porter atteinte à la vie privée des passants, photographiés sans aucune demande d’autorisation préalable. Mais un étudiant de l’université de Californie pourrait aider Google à résoudre ce problème, après avoir mis au point un logiciel permettant d’effacer les piétons sur une photographie. Ainsi, Clubic explique que le logiciel parviendrait à identifier une personne sur une photo grâce à sa forme, la couleur de ses vêtements et les bâtiments environnants. Une fois l’ensemble de ces informations identifiées, le logiciel se charge de faire disparaître toute trace de présence humaine sur les photographies et de combler le vide engendré. La technique est encore balbutiante, mais elle pourrait bientôt éviter à Google Street View de faire les frais de nouvelles attaques.Le 12 août 2010 à 17:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDutch legend Wesley Sneijder believes the young Ajax team cannot be underestimated against Real MadridDe Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League.Though not many expect the young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, to pose much of a threat to Real, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.But Ajax have proven themselves to be no pushovers in the Champions League this season following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich.Aside from that, Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie with 15 wins from their 17 games leaving them second and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.Sneijder, who started out his playing career at Ajax and also played for Real, warned that an upset could be on the cards.“For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid. I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years,” Sneijder told Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“That’s obvious. Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam. It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”He added: “Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything.“But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.“This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Sneijder played for Ajax between 2002 to 2007 and won the Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups, while managing 58 goals and 45 assists in 180 appearances across all competitions.The 34-year-old has since played for Real, Inter Milan, Galatasaray, OGC Nice and now Al-Gharafa in Qatar.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 16, 2018 January 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe business community in San Diego is optimistic about the economy as we start the new year.KUSI was joined by Jerry Sanders — president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce — and Tom Wornham — president and CEO of San Diego Private Bank — with more on what we can expect in 2018. Business community expectations in San Diego for start of 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jerry Sanders, San Diego Business Forecast, Tom Wornham FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_img June 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 20, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  A group of local surfers and business leaders are coming together to prevent sand from leaving the Oceanside area. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom ‘Save Oceanside Sand’ group hopes for more sustainable beaches Updated: 1:20 PMlast_img read more