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Joel Klatt Releases His New Top 10 After Week 3

first_imgJustin Fields scrambles around the pocket for the Ohio State Buckeyes.BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)FOX analyst Joel Klatt has been on the call for two Ohio State games so far this season and he’s come away very impressed.“That’s one of the best teams in America, folks. Make no bones about it. They have a great quarterback, an elite coach, and an unbelievable defense,” he said after Ohio State’s blowout win at Indiana.Klatt has been so impressed with Ohio State that he’s jumped the Buckeyes up to the No. 2 spot in his top 10 rankings.The FOX analyst has Ohio State at 2A and Alabama at 2B.His complete top 10:ClemsonOhio StateAlabamaLSUGeorgiaOklahomaWisconsinTexasNotre DameUtahMy Top 10 1) @ClemsonFB 2a) @OhioStateFB 2b) @AlabamaFTBL 4) @LSUfootball 5) @GeorgiaFootball 6) @OU_Football 7) @BadgerFootball 8) @TexasFootball 9) @NDFootball 10) @Utah_Football— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 15, 2019Week 3 featured a couple of upsets at the bottom of the top 25. Week 4 should bring changes at the top.Notre Dame is set to play at Georgia on Saturday night. Michigan travels to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon.Next week’s top 25 polls should look fairly different to this week’s.last_img read more

Initiatives to Improve Services of Social Security Ministry

first_img Among the initiatives are the construction and improvement of several parish offices, including a new office in Hanover, which will be opened on February 28; and construction of a parish office in St. Ann, which should be completed in the first quarter of 2019/2020. Story Highlights “We are aware that as a service Ministry, we need to ensure that our clients are at the heart of what we do. Many of the initiatives being pursued will bear fruit in the 2019/2020 financial year,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said at the quarterly press briefing, held on January 30 at the Ministry in Kingston. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at improving its services.“We are aware that as a service Ministry, we need to ensure that our clients are at the heart of what we do. Many of the initiatives being pursued will bear fruit in the 2019/2020 financial year,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said at the quarterly press briefing, held on January 30 at the Ministry in Kingston.Among the initiatives are the construction and improvement of several parish offices, including a new office in Hanover, which will be opened on February 28; and construction of a parish office in St. Ann, which should be completed in the first quarter of 2019/2020.Mrs. Robinson said the St. James office is to be completely renovated, and that drawings for the renovation of the Ministry’s Ripon Road offices in Kingston are being finalised and will be put to tender by June.She also noted that the Ministry’s wide-area network (WAN) will be upgraded, using fibre-optic cable.“This might seem like a simple thing, but this upgrade will enable us to move more of our services online, expand the digitisation of files in parishes and reduce the use of paper. The removal of paper files will enable us to become more efficient as a Ministry,” she said.Mrs. Robinson noted that digitisation of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) files commenced in June 2018, and, to date, more than 50,000 files have been digitised. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at improving its services.last_img read more

Jamaica Commits To Closer Ties with South Africa

first_img She mentioned the Joint Commission on Science and Technology and agreements under consideration, including on air services “which is set to foster greater people-to-people movement and functional cooperation between our two countries.” Mr. Riley cited other agreements that “support the eradication of poverty and address the inequality that characterise most modern societies, issues which disproportionately confront women and children and other vulnerable groups.” Mr. Riley cited other agreements that “support the eradication of poverty and address the inequality that characterise most modern societies, issues which disproportionately confront women and children and other vulnerable groups”. Story Highlightscenter_img The Government of Jamaica has pledged to continue to work with the Republic of South Africa in strengthening bilateral partnerships for the benefit of the people of both countries.This commitment came from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while addressing a reception to celebrate the 24th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day, held on Thursday (May 10) at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew.Freedom Day marks the liberation of South Africa and its people from a period of colonialism and apartheid, which officially existed from 1948 to 1994.Minister Johnson Smith said there has been a significant increase in the level of cooperation between the countries.She mentioned the Joint Commission on Science and Technology and agreements under consideration, including on air services “which is set to foster greater people-to-people movement and functional cooperation between our two countries”.“These objectives will form a major part of the mandate of our new High Commissioner-designate to South Africa, Angella Comfort, who will take up her duties in short order in Pretoria,” she added.Charge d’Affaires at the South African High Commission, Phillip Riley, said the engagement between the countries is bringing tangible results.He noted, for example, that the bilateral cooperation on science, technology and innovation has resulted in the commencement of joint research, effective March this year.He said that the partnership is aimed at contributing towards scientific advancement in both countries through the joint funding of research activities in specified fields. The Government of Jamaica has pledged to continue to work with the Republic of South Africa in strengthening bilateral partnerships for the benefit of the people of both countries.last_img read more

March Break Event at the Museum of Natural History

first_imgDuring this year’s March break, visitors are invited to take AnAsian Adventure at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Themuseum has created an oriental bio-region, complete with wildlifeand diverse habitats. This experience is possible with the help of the Magnetic HillZoo in Moncton. Visitors can go eye-to-eye with such Asiananimals as live white-handed gibbons, red golden pheasants,sulphur-crested cockatoos, reeves muntjac, a Chinese watermonitor lizard, and Burmese pythons. Throughout the week, visitors can enjoy special Asian culturalperformances and musical shows by the Wilderbeats, a popularchildren’s entertainment group. Also on display will be babyanimals courtesy of 4H clubs in Hants County, and live chickshatching in the Ag Zone — a display on Agriculture Awareness bythe Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Nova ScotiaHerpetoculture Society will display live native and exoticreptiles, snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and more. “An Asian Adventure is an event that the whole family can enjoy,”said interpretation manager Alex Wilson. “In fact, the Marchbreak experience at the museum is the hottest show in town forkids on their spring break. It has proven to be the destinationof choice for many metro residents and those visiting the city.” “The Asian-Pacific region will be represented by exiting andseldom seen specimens from the museum collection,” said museumdirector Calum Ewing. “Visitors will see exotic shells,gemstones, a flying fox (bat) skeleton and a Mongolian hadrosaurdinosaur egg that is said to be 65 to 100 million years old.” Visitors are invited to bring their cameras and take photos withfull-sized cut-outs of an Asian elephant or a giant panda. Thisyear’s Asian theme presents a multi-faceted program that toucheson global issues like the conservation, biodiversity andfascinating eco-regions of other parts of the world. “The museum enjoys presenting a fun-filled theme week that isengaging and an entertaining event for all ages,” said Mr.Wilson. “For most of the year we present messages about thenatural history of Nova Scotia. March break allows us to explorethe world beyond our province.” An Asian Adventure runs from Saturday, March 13 to Sunday, March21 at the museum, located at 1747 Summer St. Special admissionprices will be in effect: $5 per person; $14 per family (1 adultand children); $19 per family (2 adults and children); childrenunder the age of two are admitted free. Preview day for An Asian Adventure is Friday, March 12, andregular admission applies.last_img read more

Spring Weight Restrictions Partially Lifted

first_imgEffective 12:01 a.m., Monday, May 12, spring weight restrictions will be removed from Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Halifax and Hants counties. The restrictions will also be lifted in southern Colchester County, south of Highway 104 between Folly River in the west and the Pictou County line in the east. The restrictions remain in effect for all counties not listed. -30-last_img

Mary Robinson Says Climate Change Is A Human Rights Issue

first_imgIn a TED talk earlier this year, former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, outlined for the audience how she sees that climate change is actually a human rights issue, something she had not connected when she began as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in 1997.When travelling in Africa, however, she kept seeing how climate change was stymieing villagers’ ability to grow food properly and prepare for their future. She cites Uganda’s long periods of drought, followed by flash flooding and then drought again, destroying harvests, livelihoods and infrastructure. She also cited Malawi, which suffered from unprecedented flooding in January 2015, which killed 300 people and lost livelihoods for hundreds of thousands.Robinson says that while the average Malawian emits about 80kg of C02 per year, the average American emits 17.5 metric tonnes. Ironically, people not contributing to global warming are suffering the consequences of it.Although it is generally agreed that we need to stay below two degrees Celsius of warming of pre-industrial standards, Robinson’s concern is that we’re on course for about four degrees. “We have to go to zero carbon emissions by about 2050,” she says, “if we’re going to stay below two degrees Celsius of warming. And that means we have to leave about two-thirds of the known resources of fossil fuels in the ground.”Although she sees great progress to cut emissions here and there, it is not enough, and she’d like to see better cooperation. “The reality is that this issue is much too important to be left to politicians and to the United Nations,” she says. “We face an existential threat to the future of our planet. And that made me realize that climate change is the greatest threat to human rights in the 21st century.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Grande Cache RCMP looking for missing man after truck found near Highway

first_imgGRANDE CACHE, A.B. – The Grande Cache RCMP are looking for the public’s help in location Tommy Harrington after his pick-up was found 70km north of Grande Cache.Tommy Lanc Harrington was last believed to have been with his pickup on the Cinch Road, 70km north of Grande Cache on the evening of Jan. 5, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Tommy’s truck has been located stuck at that location within sight of Hwy 40.It is not known if Tommy was picked up in the area. Tommy has not been in contact since that time. Tommy is described as:Indigenous5’8″145lbsBrown hairBrown eyesWearing jeansBlue hoodieThere is a general concern for Tommy’s safety and well-being. If you have seen Tommy or have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Grande Cache RCMP at 780-827-3344.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.last_img read more

Huge Fire Ravages Between 1517 hectares of Forest North of Agadir

Rabat – Between 15 and 17 hectares of forest have been ravaged by a fire that broke out on Saturday night around the rural town of Teqqi (120 km north of Agadir), according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). “Efforts are ongoing to contain the fire,” said Hamid Bensouiba, a representative of the regional office of the UN High Commission for Water and Forests and the fight against desertification, was quoted by MAP as saying. The damaged area is composed mainly of cedar, green oak, oxycèdre juniper and other shrubs, and the cause of the fire has not been determined yet. Supported by two Canadair planes, a group of 370 people, including members of the civil protection, the Royal Gendarmerie, auxiliary forces, and the local population, are working tirelessly to contain the fire. read more

Activist investors to withhold votes from key TransAlta directors

CALGARY — Activist shareholders say they’re withholding support for three of TransAlta Corp.’s directors at the upcoming annual meeting to protest a $750-million deal between the utility company and Brookfield Renewable Partners.The protest is led by Mangrove Partners of New York City and Bluescape Energy Partners of Dallas, which collectively control about 10 per cent of TransAlta’s shares.They say they’ll withhold their votes for Gordon Giffin, Alan Fohrer and Beverlee Park at an upcoming meeting and may put forward previously announced alternative nominees.The Ontario Securities Commission will hold a hearing Friday to consider their application to delay the shareholder meeting and require a vote on the Brookfield transaction.Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed deal to invest a $750-million in TransAlta’s hydro assets. Brookfield will also purchase shares to increase its stake in TransAlta to nine per cent.The U.S. investors say the deal was “rushed” and prevents TransAlta from looking at potential better options.Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) read more

WalMart urges retailers to reject 6B settlement with Visa MasterCard over card

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged retailers to reject a proposed US$6 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.The settlement, reached earlier this month, had been considered a victory for retailers. It settled a lawsuit that claimed card issuers conspired to fix merchants’ fees for accepting credit cards.Retailers have long complained about the billions of dollars in “swipe” or “interchange” fees that that they have had to pay, which average about 2 per cent of the price of a purchase.Under the settlement, stores will be allowed to charge customers more if they pay with a credit card.But the world’s largest retailer said Tuesday that the settlement doesn’t restrict credit card issuers from continually raising fees merchants must pay when shoppers use their cards. The Bentonville, Arkansas, company also says the settlement would require retailers to waive their rights to take action against card issuers.“As Walmart continues to seek reform that will provide transparency and true competition among financial institutions, we encourage all merchants to put consumers first and reject the settlement,” Wal-Mart said in a statement.Wal-Mart joins Target Corp. in speaking out against the settlement.On Friday, Target said the proposed settlement would “perpetuate a broken system, restrict retailers from any future legal action and offer no long-term relief for retailers or consumers.”And earlier in July, the National Association of Convenience Stores said it would fight the settlement because the group doesn’t think the settlement adequately addresses the issue of how much control Visa, MasterCard and banks have over merchants.MasterCard responded to Wal-Mart’s statement by saying that said that while some retailers have different opinions, the settlement was reached after years of litigation and months of negotiating.“The provisions of the settlement, including the flexibility for merchants to impose checkout fees, new negotiating tools for merchants and the scope of the release, was reached with the assistance of the court and was supported by the merchant class representing millions of large and small retailers, and prominent trade groups across the country,” said spokesman James Issokson in an email.Visa referred a request for comment to the Electronic Payments Coalition, which represents Visa, MasterCard and card issuers from most banks and credit unions in the country. That coalition said that Wal-Mart’s statement is “at absolute odds with the class representative plaintiffs and the court appointed class counsel representing millions of merchants who were intimately involved in the extensive negotiations.”“Walmart’s individual self-interest is not always parallel with the interests of the millions of other U.S. merchants,” the coalition said.The dispute between stores and banks dates back to 2005. That’s when large retailers, including Kroger Co., Safeway Inc. and Walgreen Co. began filing price-fixing lawsuits against Visa, MasterCard and other banks.Credit card companies have long defended the fees they charge stores. They say stores benefit from being able to accept credit and debit cards from customers, who often spend more when they’re using plastic instead of cash or checks.As part of the settlement, credit card companies have agreed to reduce swipe fees for eight months. The temporary reprieve on fees is valued at $1.2 billion. The settlement does not apply to debit cards, which have grown in popularity for small-value transactions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wal-Mart urges retailers to reject $6B settlement with Visa, MasterCard over card fees by News Staff Posted Jul 24, 2012 3:06 pm MDT read more

Canadian dollar lower amid rising trade deficit mixed commodity prices

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell almost two-thirds of a US cent Tuesday as the U.S. dollar was broadly higher and Canada’s merchandise trade deficit with the world rose sharply during April.The loonie was down 0.63 of a cent to 96.67 cents US, reversing a chunk of Monday’s 0.85 cent jump, after Statistics Canada said the trade deficit went from $3 million in March to $567 million the following month.Exports edged down 0.2 per cent during the month to $40.3 billion dollars, led by decreases in metal ores and non-metallic minerals, energy products, and industrial machinery.Imports rose 1.2 per cent to 440.8 billion dollars amid higher levels of energy products, motor vehicles and parts.Elsewhere on the economic front, other data showed that the U.S. trade deficit widened 8.5 per cent to US$40.3 billion in April as imports outpaced exports.Also, U.S. home prices soared 12.1 per cent in April from a year earlier, the biggest gain since February 2006. Real estate data provider CoreLogic also says prices also rose 3.2 per cent in April from March, much better than the previous month-to-month gain of 1.9 per cent.Tuesday was probably the lightest data day of the week, but the pace picks up on Wednesday with the ADP private payrolls report for May and the ISM’s survey of activity in the services sector. Most important will be the non-farm payrolls report for May on Friday. The payroll figures are usually the U.S. economic release with the greatest market impact.Canadian employment data also comes out on Friday.It’s also a big week in Europe, with the European Central Bank meeting to discuss the ailing eurozone economy and whether anything more needs to be done to get it growing again. The latest speculation in the markets is that the ECB will refrain from announcing any big new measures Thursday.Commodities were mixed as July crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 14 cents to US$93.31 a barrel.July copper edged up four cents to US$3.37 a pound and August gold fell $14.70 to US$1,397.20 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2013 8:49 am MDT Canadian dollar lower amid rising trade deficit, mixed commodity prices read more

UNs Ban apologizes to people of Haiti outlines new plan to fight

‹ › “Track Two is a concrete expression of the regret of our Organization for the suffering so many Haitians have endured. On that basis, we propose to take a community approach that would provide a package of material assistance and support to those most severely impacted by cholera,” Mr. Ban said. “The support would be based on priorities established in consultation with communities, victims and their families.”According to the Secretary-General’s report, preliminary consultations have been held in both New York and Haiti with the United Nations country team, experts, human rights and advocacy groups and networks, non-governmental organizations, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Haitian Government and other Member States. In addition, information has been gathered with respect to the impact of cholera in Haiti, the systems established to record infections and deaths, and the records and data that might be available, in order to consider and assess the feasibility of potential elements of the package.While stating that “some have urged that the package also include an individual component, such as the payment of money to the families of those who died of cholera,” the UN chief said further on-the-ground consultations would be needed, while also acknowledging the difficulties involved.“This approach would require identification of the deceased individuals and their family members. It would also require the certainty of sufficient funding to provide a meaningful fixed amount per cholera death,” Mr. Ban said. “Additional evaluation is needed on whether and how the limitations of information on deaths from cholera – including the identities of the victims – can be addressed and on the challenges and costs associated with that effort. Whatever the eventual design of the package, a familiar obstacle once again stands in the way: adequate funding.” “On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly: we apologise to the Haitian people. We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role,” Mr. Ban told UN Member States at a gathering of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, and at which he launched his report on the matter, entitled A New approach to cholera in Haiti.“Eliminating cholera from Haiti, and living up to our moral responsibility to those who have been most directly affected, will require the full commitment of the international community and, crucially, the resources necessary,” he added. “The United Nations should seize this opportunity to address a tragedy that also has damaged our reputation and global mission. That criticism will persist unless we do what is right for those affected. In short, UN action requires Member State action.”Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a devastating earthquake. The outbreak has affected an estimated 788,000 people and claimed the lives of more than 9,000. Concerted national and international efforts, backed by the United Nations, have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in the number of suspected cases. While the number of those affected remains high, and recent outbreaks – partly heightened by the impact of Hurricane Matthew – show the continued vulnerability of the population to the disease, UN officials have said the challenge is not insurmountable.Track 1 – reducing incidence of choleraCosting around $400 million over the next two years, the proposed United Nations package will centre on two different elements, known as ‘Track One’ and ‘Track Two.’ The former consists of a greatly intensified and better-resourced effort to respond to and reduce the incidence of cholera, through addressing Haiti’s short- and longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems and improved access to care and treatment. Speaking at UN Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses deep regret for the loss and suffering caused by the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and apologises on behalf of the world body. Credit: UN News Centre This is expected to involve intensifying efforts to mobilize adequate funding for an increased number of rapid response teams; strengthened epidemiological surveillance; the rapid detection, reporting and treatment of cases; the combined use of cholera vaccinations with targeted water and sanitation interventions; more focused geographical targeting; improved communication and behavioural change strategies; and strengthened support to longer-term water and sanitation services.“We would like to see improvements in people’s access to care and treatment when sick, while also addressing the longer-term issues of water, sanitation and health systems,” Mr. Ban said. “Work on Track One is [well] under way.”In this respect, the UN chief also mentioned recent vaccination campaign, backed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), which reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti’s areas devastated by the hurricane, and that a total of more than 1.2 million people will soon have been vaccinated.Track 2 – a community approachThe second track of the UN response is the development of a package of material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by cholera, centred on the victims and their families and communities. It is expected that it will also involve affected individuals and communities in the development of the package. A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)-backed vaccination campaign has recently reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti’s areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country on 4 October 2016. Photo: PAHO/WHO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits a temporary shelter for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, during a trip on 15 October 2016 to meet with communities, Government officials, and humanitarians working in the country. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe This photo is taken after tropical Storm Jeanne devastated Haiti in September 2004. Humanitarian aid is disembarked from a United Nations helicopter. In the wake of a series of deadly hurricanes and storms to sweep the Caribbean region Haitian authorities reported that at least 1,300 people are dead and more than 1,000 others are missing. UN Photo/Sophia Paris On the 12th of January 2012 a devestating eathquake with 7.0-magnitude hit the country, and is estimated to have affected one third of the Caribbean nation’s nine million people. “My heart goes out to the people of Haiti after this devastating earthquake,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that day. Shown are the remains of a cathedral in Port-au-Prince. UN Photo/Marco Dormino. A woman crosses a muddy street in downtown Port-au-Prince after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti this fall, bringing heavy rains and winds. Based on an assessment conducted by the UN agriculture organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on 23 November some 1.4 million Haitians are estimated to need humanitarian assistance of which 806,000 are in need of urgent food aid. UN Photo/ Logan Abassi “Digging a well in Pilate is straight-forward enough – the more challenging aspect to this was to bring the equipment here,” said Lieutenant Michell Vanderson Sena Leal of MINUSTAH’s Brazilian Engineering Company, after finishing up a well in the Plaisance Arrondissement in the early fall of 2016. The area had been identified earlier as one of 15 communities under “red alert” status for the country’s cholera outbreak. Photo: MINUSTAH Funding requiredThe issue of funding for the package resonated throughout the Secretary-General’s remarks.“I understand the reaction of being overwhelmed by what seems to be a never-ending list of pressing humanitarian needs around the world. In Haiti’s case, the hurricane has brought added suffering and understandably diverted resources,” Mr. Ban told the Member State representatives. “Yet,” he continued, “I want to stress that on the scale of global humanitarian and development needs, limited sums are required to eliminate cholera in Haiti. This mission is realistic and doable. Cholera is a treatable and preventable disease. It can be controlled and eliminated. What is standing in the way is adequate resources and means of delivery.” According to the Secretary-General’s report on the issue, funding is a key aspect for this track. For the past six years, both the immediate response and longer-term efforts have been severely hampered by funding shortages, which have made it impossible to fully treat or eliminate what is generally a treatable and preventable disease.Test for international communityIn his remarks, the Secretary-General also highlighted how the response to the epidemic would be an “important test” for the international community – a test of its commitment to the most vulnerable, of its long-standing relationship with the Haitian people, of its ability to demonstrate compassion while preserving the ability to do good in many other places around the world, and a test of its collective responsibility for the crucial endeavour of peacekeeping.“I will not pretend that this new approach is without risks or difficulties,” he said. “Without your political will and financial support, we have only good intentions and words. Words are powerful – yes. Words are necessary – yes. But words cannot replace action and material support.” “So many people have suffered grievously. The United Nations and its Member States have the power to recognize and respond to that suffering,” he added. “Let us step up in solidarity to our moral duty and do the right thing for the Haitian people and our United Nations.” Informal meeting of the General Assembly to hear a briefing on the United Nations’ new approach to cholera in Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe A photo taken in 13 May 1997 of a Haitian family living in the countries capital Port-au-Prince. At the time seventy-five per cent of the population of Haiti subsists in abject poverty, below the poverty line, as defined by the World Bank. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. read more

US President Trump says countries have absolute right to protect their borders

In his address to the UN General Assembly, which officially opened on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said that many of the 193 UN Member States are “coping with the challenges of uncontrolled migration.”“Each of you has the absolute right to protect your borders, and so, of course, does our country. Today, we must resolve to work together to end human smuggling and human trafficking and put these criminal networks out of business for good,” he said.While stressing that the US does not seek conflict with other nations, Mr. Trump affirmed that he will never cease to defend national interests.The American President said his administration will partner with nations that seek peace and respect.This includes working with countries in the Western Hemisphere to curb illegal immigration, which he said impacts both sending and receiving countries, as well as those pushed to escape their homelands.Mr. Trump delivered a message to “open-border activists” who encourage illegal migration flows:“You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives (and) well-being (of) countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.”The annual high-level debate marking the start of the 74th UN General Assembly runs through Monday.Brazil traditionally is the first country to speak, followed by the United States, host country to UN Headquarters in New York.At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Trump stated that wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first.“The future does not belong to globalists; the future belongs to patriots,” he said.“The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbours, and honour the differences that make each country special and unique.”On wider issues, Mr. Trump said that while he would not accept a “bad trade deal” with China, he nevertheless hoped “we can reach a deal beneficial for both countries.”Denouncing Iran’s “repressive regime” as one of the “greatest security threats facing peace-loving nations today,” Mr. Trump said Tehran is “fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen.” He added that the Government is “squandering the nation’s wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and means to deliver them.”“We must never allow this to happen,” he said. read more

Ilija Abutovic in Slovan

Famous team from time of former Yugoslavia, Slovan Ljubljana signed with Serbian left back, Ilija Abutovic (22) three years contract.  Captain of Serbia junior national tea, Abutovic (202 cm) taked national champioships with Partizan DO, but his individual progress was stopped after he broke right hand during 2009. After couple of month, he went back to the court, but his performances wasn’t so good.Slovan finished fourth in 1.MIK Liga and played in Challenge Cup semifinal. ← Previous Story Dragan Marjanac in Toledo! Next Story → Dalibor Doder in GWD Minden read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos The Wrath of Khan A Floppy Disk

first_imgIf you ask most people which Star Trek movie is their favorite, they’d probably laugh at you and call you a nerd. If you ask Star Trek fans which movie is their favorite, most of them I’ll bet would tell you it’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’s so popular that scenes from it are mainstay in pop culture, and if you haven’t seen it, this week you will: in 60 seconds. Don’t worry, it’s enough. Also in the roundup this week, a floppy disk does Toccata and Fugue (and a number of you ponder “What’s a floppy disk,”) a helmet that shaves your head for you and doesn’t demand a tip, an all-too-short Superman cartoon done in the classic style, and, of course, ninjas. The Shaving Helmet Phantom of the Floppera While I wouldn’t go so far as to really call this guy a ninja, he certainly has a great costume, a very sharp sword, and more skills than I think the YouTube commenters give him credit for. This gentleman, in what I presume is his best recreation of Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe’s original costume, takes to what I also presume is his backyard with a sword and a seemingly endless supply of soda bottles and laundry detergent containers filled with water. This is where the skill and a very sharp blade comes in: he manages to slice and dice those bottles up several times in most strikes – yes, there are a few where it looks more like he’s just swatting them around with his sword, but it’s pretty clear that in a few he’s cutting right through the plastic. That, as they say, is impressive.  When Star Trek and paper craft meet, this is what happens. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, arguably the best movie in the now 11-movie franchise, was released in 1982, and still holds up as one of the best Star Trek stories to hit the big screen. If you weren’t born when it came out, haven’t caught it in one of its many television appearances, or just altogether missed it somehow up to this point, this 60-second short will get you caught up. Best thing? You still get all the important parts.  The worst thing about this Superman cartoon, done in classic, hand-drawn 50s-eqsue mid-century modern style, is that it’s too short. Seriously, someone give Rob Pratt (the artist behind the film) a boatload of money to do a television series or full-length motion picture of this and we’re in business. Even though the clip is only a few seconds long, the second half is dedicated to the making of the short and the inspirations behind it. He certainly puts the current  Superman incarnations on television and definitely in the movies to shame. Superman Classic Enter The Ninja I’m hoping I was a bit harsh when I said that some of you would stop and wonder exactly what a floppy disk is. Still, with each passing year the floppy disk fades more and more from general memory and becomes a funny part of tech history, only brought up when we all laugh about how little storage we needed back in the day. This floppy drive, however, has no plans on going silently into that long dark night – it has new life (and viral fame) as a classical music superstar, and it performs an excellent rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Listen and be amazed. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Done in 60 Seconds 2011 We mentioned this video earlier in the week, but considering it’s still on the viral rise, it’s worth looking at again – especially since the truth behind the video is still unknown. Most people have come to accept the shaving helmet for what it appears to be: a helmet with servos and a motor in it, a bunch of razor blades, and a shaving cream dispenser, all of which are designed to shave your head cleanly, evenly, and without pain in a matter of moments. I’m still not convinced this isn’t a viral ad for something, but time will tell.last_img read more

Calls for daylight saving time to be scrapped as clocks set to

first_imgCalls for daylight saving time to be scrapped as clocks set to be turned back this weekend What do you think? Yes  (14494) Image: Shutterstock/Masson 108 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AS IT COMES closer to the clocks being turned back this weekend, there are calls for the time change to be scrapped.It will mean less daylight in the evenings and more in the mornings.The proposal of getting rid of daylight savings time has been debated in the Dáil in recent years.Those in favour say it would mean more daylight when most people are awake, safer driving conditions and brighter evenings that could help promote healthier lifestyles.Opponents argue that Ireland should stay in the same time zone as the UK and that changing the clocks helps farmers to make the most of daylight hours for harvesting.Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has joined a number of MEPS in the European Parliament who think it’s time the change was scrapped.Clune described the clocks going backwards as a relic from a bygone era that no longer serves a useful purpose. Share466 Tweet Email1 45,675 Views Yes No VoteRead: 14 TDs in Dáil chamber as Bríd Smith produces packet of abortion pills>center_img Image: Shutterstock/Masson Brighter evenings would lead to improved outcomes for road safety as the roads are more dangerous from the hours of 4-7pm.There are obvious economic benefits such as reduced energy consumption because of less need for artificial light in the evenings with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions.“The very least we should do is have an informed debate on whether it is a good idea to continue winding back the clocks every year.”So what do you think, should we scrap daylight savings time?  Poll Results: Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 10:08 PM Oct 25th 2016, 10:08 PM By Cliodhna Russell Short URL No  (4151)last_img read more

290 Project Ends And Live Music At The Airport The Good Bad

first_imgA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good the Bad and the Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Our long regional traffic nightmare is over — well one of them, anyway, as the new U.S. 290 main lanes are now in their final configurationA fight over live music at the city’s airportsOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Charles Kuffner, who writes the Off the Kuff political blogMarco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of HoustonLisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle columnist Sharelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday March 1

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll have a preview of today’s pivotal, “Super Tuesday,” GOP and Democratic presidential nominating contests with our political pundits. Plus, we’ll continue our series, “Conversations With the Candidates,” focusing on the Baltimore City sitting judges.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Foundation readies 25 computer to seed tech talents

first_img Raspberry Pi wants to inspire young people to start technology careers. User-focused lessons on how to write letters or enter data on Excel spreadsheets may be fine but the devices will place students on a learning and discovery track closer to computer science than end-user skills. The students would receive these credit-card sized computers and courses would be structured around their use. A posting on the Raspberry Pi blog this week revealed the announcement that the computers are almost ready, seen as good news by many who have been watching for progress updates. The posting said the first finished circuit boards had arrived and that test versions are to be put through electrical, software and hardware testing. If all goes well, volume production will kick in and orders for the computers will also be taken early next month.This week’s arrival of the circuit boards is treated as a milestone, as the bare bones circuit boards are the first to be populated with all the components to go into the finished product. Mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage connect via USB hub. The computer can be plugged into a TV or monitor and keyboard. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. One of the very first boards off the line More information: © 2011 ( — A $25 computer targeted to help young people learn about computers beyond uploading pics and downloading documents is about to start volume-production in January. The Raspberry Pi project, a UK-based foundation, will place the computer by the same name, Raspberry Pi, on general sale. The principle behind the project is that students today may know how to create documents and presentations but far less about fundamental systems architecture and systems development. Citation: Foundation readies $25 computer to seed tech talents (2011, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The $25 educational PC Raspberry Pi beta board, populated The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-registered charity which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics. As such, it has sought to make the devices as affordable as possible. The Register earlier this year said that the team behind the computer has spent months hunting for components that meet the right balance of cost with quality.The device uses SD cards for storage and runs on a 700MHz ARM processor. Python provides the main programming language.The finished product will actually be offered in the form of two models, one for $25 Model A, and one for $35, Model B. The Model B version includes 10/100 wired Ethernet.”Once we’re happy that this test run is fine, we’ll be pushing the button immediately on full-scale manufacture in more than one factory,” according to the blog. The first batch of 10 boards will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and the devices will go on general sale in January.The computer can be used for spreadsheets, word-processing games and can play high-definition video. “We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming,” according to the Raspberry Pi team.last_img read more

10 DataSecurity Measures You Cant Do Without

first_img 6 min read November 4, 2010 Brought to you by Business Insider Register Now » Data security should be an important area of concern for every small-business owner. When you consider all the important data you store virtually — from financial records, to customers’ private information — it’s not hard to see why one breach could seriously damage your business.According to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF], an estimated “285 million records were compromised in 2008.” And 74 percent of those incidents were from outside sources.We consulted Roland Cloutier, Chief Security Officer for ADP and a board member for the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Matt Watchinski, Senior Director of the Vulnerability Research Team for cybersecurity provider Sourcefire, to find out the key security measures every small business should be taking.1. Establish strong passwordsImplementing strong passwords is the easiest thing you can do to strengthen your security.Cloutier shares his tip for crafting a hard-to-crack password: use a combination of capital and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols and make it 8 to 12 characters long.According to Microsoft, you should definitely avoid using: any personal data (such as your birthdate), common words spelled backwards and sequences of characters or numbers, or those that are close together on the keyboard.Use their convenient password checker to see how strong yours is.As for how often you should change your password, Cloutier says that the industry standard is “every 90 days,” but don’t hesitate to do it more frequently if your data is highly-sensitive.Another key: make sure every individual has their own username and password for any login system, from desktops to your CMS. “Never just use one shared password,” says Cloutier.And finally, “Never write it down!” he adds.2. Put up a strong firewallIn order to have a properly protected network, “firewalls are a must,” Cloutier says.A firewall protects your network by controlling internet traffic coming into and flowing out of your business. They’re pretty standard across the board — Cloutier recommends any of the major brands.3. Install antivirus protectionAntivirus and anti-malware software are essentials in your arsenal of online security weapons, as well.”They’re the last line of defense” should an unwanted attack get through to your network, Cloutier explains.4. Update your programs regularlyMaking sure your computer is “properly patched and updated” is a necessary step towards being fully protected; there’s little point in installing all this great software if you’re not going to maintain it right.”Your security applications are only as good as their most recent update,” Watchinski explains. “While applications are not 100 percent fool-proof, it is important to regularly update these tools to help keep your users safe.”Frequently updating your programs keeps you up-to-date on any recent issues or holes that programmers have fixed.5. Secure your laptopsBecause of their portable nature, laptops are at a higher risk of being lost or stolen than average company desktops. It’s important to take some extra steps to make certain your sensitive data is protected.Cloutier mandates “absolutely: encrypt your laptop. It’s the easiest thing to do.”Encryption software changes the way information looks on the harddrive so that, without the correct password, it can’t be read.Cloutier also stresses the importance of never, ever leaving your laptop in your car, where it’s an easy target for thieves. If you must, lock it in your trunk.6. Secure your mobile phonesCloutier points out that smartphones hold so much data these days that you should consider them almost as valuable as company computers — and they’re much more easily lost or stolen. As such, securing them is another must.The must-haves for mobile phones:Encryption softwarePassword-protection (Cloutier also suggests enabling a specific “lock-out” period, wherein after a short amount of time not being used, the phone locks itself)Remote wiping enabledRemote wiping is “extremely effective,” Cloutier says, recounting the story of one executive who lost his Blackberry in an airport, after he had been looking at the company’s quarter financials. The exec called IT in a panic, and within 15 minutes they were able to completely wipe the phone.7. Backup regularlyScheduling regular backups to an external hard drive, or in the cloud, is a painless way to ensure that all your data is stored safely.The general rule of thumb for backups: servers should have a complete backup weekly, and incremental backups every night; personal computers should also be backed up completely every week, but you can do incremental backups every few days if you like (“however long you could live without your data,” Cloutier explains).Getting your data compromised is a painful experience — having it all backed up so you don’t completely lose it will make it much less so.8. Monitor diligently”All this great technology […] is no good unless you actually use it. You have to have someone be accountable for it,” says Cloutier.One good monitoring tool Cloutier suggests is data-leakage prevention software, which is set up at key network touchpoints to look for specific information coming out of your internal network. It can be configured to look for credit card numbers, pieces of code, or any bits of information relevant to your business that would indicate a breach.If you don’t monitor things, warns Cloutier, “it’s a waste of time and a waste of resources.” And you won’t know that you’ve been compromised until it’s far too late.9. Be careful with e-mail, IM and surfing the WebIt’s not uncommon for a unsuspecting employee to click on a link or download an attachment that they believe is harmless — only to discover they’ve been infected with a nasty virus, or worse.”Links are the numbers one way that malware ends up on computers,” says Cloutier. “Links are bad!”As such, never click on a link that you weren’t expecting or you don’t know the origination of in an e-mail or IM.You have to “be smart when surfing the Web,” Watchinski warns. “[You] should take every “warning box” that appears on [your] screen seriously and understand that every new piece of software comes with its own set of security vulnerabilities.”10. Educate your employeesTeaching your employees about safe online habits and proactive defense is crucial.”Educating them about what they are doing and why it is dangerous is a more effective strategy than expecting your IT security staff to constantly react to end users’ bad decisions,” Watchinski says.It’s not easy: “One of the most difficult things to do is protect end users against themselves,” he adds. But ultimately, prevention is the best approach to handling your data security.Make sure your employees understand how important your company’s data is, and all the measures they can take to protect it. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more