West Indies to host Pakistan for full series with eye on improving rankings

first_imgWest Indies will host a full series, including three Tests, against Pakistan beginning on March 31, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain will stage two Twenty20s, to be followed by three one-dayers at the Guyana National Stadium.Kingston’s Sabina Park will host the first Test from April 22, followed by matches in Bridgetown (April 30-May 4) and Roseau (May 10-14). (Also read: Pakistan set sights on direct qualification for 2019 ICC World Cup)Former giants West Indies rank a lowly eighth in Tests and WICB manager of operations Roland Holder said the series against number five Pakistan would offer an additional opportunity to improve their ranking.”Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies,” he said in a statement.There was no word from WICB, however, on the possibility of playing two Twenty20s in Pakistan, which remains a no-go zone for top teams wary of security issues in the south Asian country.”There is an offer (from the PCB) to play two T20 matches in Pakistan, subject to Players’ Association agreement and security clearance,” Holder had earlier told ESPNcricinfo.Schedule of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies:March 31: 1st T20I, Port-of-SpainApril 2: 2nd T20I, Port-of-SpainApril 7: 1st ODI, ProvidenceApril 9: 2nd ODI, ProvidenceApril 11: 3rd ODI, ProvidenceApril 22-26: 1st Test, KingstonApril 30-May 4: 2nd Test, BridgetownMay 10-14: 3rd Test, Roseaulast_img read more

The Climate of a Post-Kyoto World

first_imgWhile signatory nations and environmentalists hail the recent ratification of the international Kyoto Protocol on global warming, many are now looking forward and assessing the next steps necessary to further combat and curtail climate change.”Kyoto coming into force is a positive step,” said Jonathan Pershing, director of the Climate and Energy Program at World Resources Institute (WRI) and a former key U.S. negotiator for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. “It makes clear that the world takes the global warming problem seriously, and establishes a framework for addressing it.”The Kyoto Protocol, an outgrowth of the UNFCCC, was agreed to by a wide range of nations in 1997. Ratified by 141 nations, the landmark treaty committed industrialized nations to limit or reduce their GHG emissions to below 1990 levels. The treaty came into force on February 16, with official ratification by Russia. The U.S. is not a signatory to this treaty.While the treaty marks an enormous first step in the effort to curb climate change, many experts are concerned about the future of the complex international negotiations. At a recent seminar at Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, a variety of speakers with intimate experience in the process described the difficulties that lie ahead.Restrictions on GHG emissions set by the Kyoto Protocol are due to be lifted in 2012, and reluctance on behalf of the signatory nations to extend the emissions reductions targets is forcing those dedicated to the stemming global warming to look elsewhere.Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), the most recent Democratic nominee for President, spoke at the seminar and relayed his fears regarding the future of climate change policy. “The diplomatic issue is no longer Kyoto yes-or-no,” said Kerry.”The world understands that we actually need to move beyond Kyoto. Kyoto is limited in time and participation, and it may well be limited in its success. A number of proposals have been put on the international table, from a G-8 program to promote renewable energy and technology funding to development aid to the UNFCCC,” Kerry said. “But what we need now is leadership that engages the developing world. No climate change program can work without the less-developed nations being part of it.”While the Kyoto Protocol exempted developing nations from hard caps on GHG emissions, Sen. Kerry and others in attendance at the seminar emphasized the importance of including developing nations in future climate negotiations.It is clear that while the Kyoto Protocol represents great progress in the battle against global warming, strategies and processes will need to be reevaluated and enhanced for the next round of international climate policy negotiations.last_img read more

Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Online Coverage on DSport

first_img India Today Web Desk DubaiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 13:29 IST Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators (Photo tweeted by @thePSLt20)Peshawar Zalmi take on Quetta Gladiators in the third match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators start?The match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators starts at 9:30 PM IST on February 15, Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators Live Streaming on?DSport will telecast the match. Airtel TV will live stream Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match.Where will the Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match be played?The T20 match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 9:30 PM IST.Where can I watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match live?The match will be shown in DSport network and can also be streamed on Airtel TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators?Peshawar Zalmi: Daren Sammy (captain), Kamran Akmal(wicketkeeper), Imam-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson, Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Sameen Gul, Umar Amin, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Khalid Usman, Umaid Asif, Nabi Gul, Jamal Anwar, Samiullah, Ibtisam SheikhQuetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Asghar, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Smith, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Max Waller, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Saud Shakeel, Danish Aziz, Azam Khan, Jalat KhanadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Pakistan Super LeagueFollow Quetta GladiatorsFollow Peshawar Zalmi Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Online Coverage on DSportPakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 Live Streaming: Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Cricket Match — Peshawar Zalmi take on Quetta Gladiators in the third match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.advertisementlast_img read more

Just how the tide turns sometimes: Sebastian Vettel after Singapore Grand Prix win

first_img Reuters SingaporeSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 10:04 IST Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line 2.641 seconds ahead of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSebastian Vettel stood on top of the podium since the Belgian Grand Prix in August 2018It was Vettel’s fifth victory in Singapore and ended a 22-race winless streakVettel had started the race 3rd on the grid behind Charles Leclerc and Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel raced to victory in Sunday’s floodlit Singapore Grand Prix, leading a one-two with Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc.Sebastian Vettel waited more than a year for his 53rd Formula One victory but, although written off by some critics, the Ferrari driver never doubted it would come.The 32-year-old raced to victory in Sunday’s floodlit Singapore Grand Prix, leading a one-two with team mate Charles Leclerc.It was the first time the quadruple world champion had stood on top of the podium since the Belgian Grand Prix in August 2018.54321Sebastian Vettel’s 53rd win in #F1 is his 5th at Singapore#SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/oCXvHYWwBIFormula 1 (@F1) September 22, 2019″Maybe less satisfying than you think,” said the German when asked by reporters how it had felt to answer those who had doubted him.”As I said (previously) about form and stuff, I don’t think there was anything wrong.”Things weren’t maybe falling in place, plus I messed up in the race in Monza (Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix), that’s my mistake. But overall it’s part of the game. I’ve been around now for a long, long time. It’s just how the tide turns sometimes.”Vettel came into the Singapore weekend under pressure, after a messy outing at Monza where he spun off in an unforced error and was sanctioned by stewards for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner.All the emotion of that 392 day wait between wins, unleashed #F1 #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/HnZ0MCW1t1Formula 1 (@F1) September 22, 2019Leclerc, his 21-year-old team mate in only his first season with Ferrari and second in Formula One, meanwhile won the hearts of the team’s passionate fans by handing the Italians their first win on home soil since 2010.advertisementA week earlier he had scored Ferrari’s first win of the season in Belgium, prompting talk that he was now the team’s number one.In contrast, Vettel’s slump in form had fuelled speculation, despite his statements to the contrary, that he might not see out his Ferrari contract which runs to the end of 2020.Despite the slightly controversial nature of his win in Singapore, after he benefited from Ferrari’s strategy to pit earlier than Leclerc, it was clear how much it meant to the German.Career victory number 53 for SebAnd that’s 5 under the lights of Singapore!#F1 #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/E0MRSAxqlGFormula 1 (@F1) September 22, 2019″I just got a lot of energy in the last couple of weeks from messages that I received from the racing world, from people that I know from a long time ago but especially fans,” said Vettel.”When you read through some of the notes and people’s struggles in life, some very intimate and private, it gets to you and it gave me a lot of belief and just confidence to just keep trying.”LECLERC: “It’s always difficult to lose a win like that – but it’s a 1-2 for the team and I’m happy about that. We arrived looking for maybe a podium here but we leave with a 1-2, so that’s fantastic for us”#F1 #SingaporeGP pic.twitter.com/7C4pLwITnLFormula 1 (@F1) September 22, 2019Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion who was a big rival of Vettel’s boyhood hero Michael Schumacher, hailed his return to the top.”I think there were a lot of people looking at this race and saying the guy is finished,” the Briton told Sky Sports television.”Some people were saying he’s never going to come back from that (Monza nightmare). Well, he did today.”Also Read | Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel ends title drought to give Ferrari 3rd straight winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sebastian VettelFollow Singapore Grand PrixFollow F1Follow Scuderia Ferrari Next Just how the tide turns sometimes: Sebastian Vettel after Singapore Grand Prix winSebastian Vettel raced to victory in Sunday’s floodlit Singapore Grand Prix, leading a one-two with Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc.advertisementlast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Justin Giunta

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care My name is Justin Giunta. I am an artist and designer living in New York.  I am known for my fashion jewelry brand, Subversive Jewelry, but I started as and have maintained the profession of Artist. Studying studio art, I earned my BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and moved directly to New York to get started being an artist. Immediately upon arrival in New York, I started making industrial and fashion design products to sell in Manhattan boutiques.  I would make t-shirts, chandeliers, and eventually jewelry, and carry my wares to boutiques to sell.  I always had enough positive response to chart my creative career according to what I wanted to make, and then finding the customers to purchase them.Within a few short years Subversive was being styled in many editorials for major US and international publications.   Subversive Jewelry received several industry awards and has been recognized for its influence on the world of contemporary fashion jewelry.  As my unique aesthetic of deconstructed chic started to trend I started collaborating with ready to wear designers to create unique jewelry for their collections.  My first collaboration was with New York milliner Rod Keenan New York; we put rediscovered  charms and vintage finery onto wool fedoras for men to give each hat the feeling of a cabinet of curiosities.  I helped Alexander Wang bedazzle some cashmere when he was starting out as simply a knit collection, then onto Tory Burch, Target, DKNY, J. Mendel, and Calvin Klein to name a few others.  I continue to create Subversive Jewelry and collaborate with other designers.  Soon I will be launching a lighting collection with Avrett Designs based in Charleston South Carolina, as well as a small high-end jewelry collection for Subversive Jewelry, which will consist of 18k gold and precious stones for both men and women.  When I am not designing jewelry I still maintain my studio art practices.  Painting and drawing are my passion. I have yet to have my work shown in New York galleries, but I exercise my creativity daily, and there is always the hope for tomorrow. Below Mr. Giunta tells us about his personal style.Related Article:Rod Keenan on How to Wear a Hat.Jeans: Levis 511 in BlackShirts: I have my shirts custom made by Gabriella Carlson Studio in New York and Jussara Lee also in New York.Pants: Rick Owens, Martin Margiela, PradaSuits: Dior, Dries Van NotenShoes: Guidi Boots all the time!Accessories: Subversive Jewelry Rod Keenan HatsOuterwear: YSL for formal occasions, Rick Owens trench for rain outings, Columbia Down Puffer for standing out in the cold, and Y-3 when wind breaking.Favorite Cologne: Comme de Garcon IncenseYour favorite App: Flipagram, allows me to make slideshows as a single social media post. Favorite piece of technology:  3d Printers that print in metal!Next tech purchase:  3D modeling software: Z-Brushlast_img read more

Petrobras Hires Accommodation Vessel POSH XANADU

first_imgzoom PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has secured a charter contract from Petrobras worth approximately $80.5 million for its semi-submersible accommodation vessel (SSAV), the POSH XANADU.POSH 750 SeriesPetrobras will charter the POSH XANADU for one year, beginning around December 2014, to support its oil and gas production activities in the Campos Basin and has an option to extend the charter by another year.In the event the charter period is extended, the total contract value will be in excess of $144 million.Mr Gerald Seow, Chief Executive Officer of POSH said, “This contract was awarded after a stringent assessment by Petrobras on the operating capabilities of the POSH XANADU. It confirms the capability of our SSAV design to meet the operating requirements of deepwater oil field operations around the world and reaffirms the strong demand in the deepwater accommodation sector.”The POSH XANADU is a high capacity and high specification 750-berth DP3 Floatel. It is designed to offer the highest levels of safety, comfort, and welfare facility to the offshore oil field workers, enabling them to walk to work, rest, and enjoy first-class catering and recreational facilities on board and a safe habitat in case of emergencies.Other facilities on board include large conference rooms, client offices with modern workstations, workshops, warehousing facilities, and two large offshore cranes of up to 300 tons safe working load.POSH XANADU is additionally certified by Det Norske Veritas, a Norwegian classification society, with “CLEAN, Comfort Class” notation, denoting that she complies with strict noise and vibration control requirements for crew comfort, and meets high environmental emission standards.When delivered by end 2014, together with its sister vessel, the POSH ARCADIA, POSH will operate the youngest high-berth accommodation vessel fleet. May 14, 2014last_img read more

Mise à jour sur le virus H1N1 grippe porcine chez lêtre humain

first_imgDes cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) continuent d’être signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse. Trois cas supplémentaires d’hospitalisation ont été confirmés aujourd’hui 30 juin dans la régie régionale de la santé Capital et au centre de santé IWK. Il y a maintenant quatre cas d’hospitalisation dans la province. Deux personnes sont toujours hospitalisées. Un nombre croissant de cas, certains présentant des symptômes graves, continuent d’être signalés dans d’autres provinces et à l’extérieur du Canada. La Nouvelle-Écosse surveille attentivement la situation. Les systèmes de soins de santé et de santé publique continuent de prévoir des nouveaux cas et sont prêts à réagir en conséquence. « Nous continuons de voir des cas ici en Nouvelle-Écosse, a dit Dre Maureen Baikie, médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjointe. Jusqu’à présent, la majorité des personnes atteintes présentent des symptômes typiques de la grippe. La plupart des gens se rétablissent à la maison. Nous nous attendons à ce que certains cas soient plus graves que d’autres. » Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie le 26 avril est maintenant de 151. Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec le bras pour tousser ou éternuer, et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Si vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe, restez à la maison et minimisez le plus possible les contacts avec les membres de votre famille. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut consulter un médecin ou visiter une clinique sans rendez-vous. Il est important que les Néo-Écossais comprennent qu’il est sécuritaire de se rendre au travail, de participer aux activités communautaires et de faire des sorties sociales s’ils ne présentent pas de symptômes de la grippe. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . -30-last_img read more

Time for Naiks extradition

first_imgAmid the spiralling incidents of terror, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address at the recently held summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Bishkek came down heavily on the sponsors of terrorism, also responsible for aiding, funding and abetting terror. He emphatically called upon the leaders present at the summit to hold to account those complicit in fomenting terror. Later, Indian External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, while addressing the fifth conference on Intervention and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (June 15) highlighted the fact that CICA members are victims of terror and today terrorism is the gravest threat we face. His comments, so forthright, also spelt out that terrorism and terrorists’ victims cannot be equated. Incidentally, CICA is a Pan Asia forum for enhancing cooperation for promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. Also Read – A special kind of bondBoth, Prime Minister Modi and his EAM, chose the right forum before the right audience to air their concerns about the growing terror and such rhetoric augured well with other important world leaders like Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China. However, such important noise notwithstanding, the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Bin Mohamad seems unmoved in this stubborn thinking as he refuses to extradite hate preacher and propaganda activist of radical Islam Zakir Naik who is comfortably sheltered in Malaysia enjoying a Permanent Residency status. Also Read – Insider threat managementZakir continues to spew venom hurting all the other religions other than Islam operating from the Malaysian turf enjoying the state patronage. It is really unbecoming of a leader like Mahathir to overlook friendly ties with India by hardening his stance in tolerating a Wahabi radical like Naik when almost the entire world is afflicted with terror be it New Zealand, Sri Lanka, et al. Very recently, Mahathir during addressing a function of home schemes in Jasin, Malaysia asserted (June 10) that his country has the right not to extradite Zakir Naik to India as he is not going to get justice in India. Prime Minister’s open support to a fugitive from India, facing serious money laundering charges by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is further emboldening Naik who has the gumption and audacity of being repeatedly defiant in his outbursts against India and its judicial system. ED, meanwhile, is in touch with Interpol to get a Non-Bailable Warrant issued against Naik to hasten his extradition process. It is assessed that these developments have possibly led to a kind of panic reaction in Malaysia leading to Mahathir and Naik speaking in a tone marked with belligerence. Political analysts find it hard to comprehend that Mahathir would be so difficult in openly supporting Naik and his activities. Even the principal source of Wahabism, Saudi Arabia subtly passed on Naik to Malaysia apparently to avoid complications. Significantly, in Malaysia itself, activist lawyer, Siti Kasim has recently criticised Mahathir on his decision to not extradite Naik. Mahatir has been refusing extradition harping his old tune that Australia has been refusing to deport a Malaysian national, Sirul, facing death charges for murdering a Mongolian model in 2015. Kasim’s argument (June 11) holds much water when he says Sirul had already undergone the judicial process before he was convicted while Naik is yet to face the trail in India hence he remains a fit case for extradition. In the meantime, the Hindu bodies active in Malaysia, are getting critical of Mahathir for his unqualified support to Naik on grounds of religious affinity which is highly discriminatory. The advisor of the Hindu Agamam Ani Malaysia has also specifically questioned Mahathir for blocking Naik’s extradition. Plans are afoot, in the meantime, amongst the Hindu outfits to hold protest demonstrations in front of the Malaysian Home Ministry if Naik is not extradited. This gives an idea of how Mahatir’s unilateral action is met with stiff opposition in creating public opinion against Naik. While dwelling upon Zakir Naik’s extradition issue and support from Mahathir, it is important to examine Pakistan’s role. Mahathir was on a state visit to Pakistan in the recent months (March 22) to attend the national day celebrations. He was accorded an extraordinary welcome by Prime Minister Imran Khan, decorated with high honour and holding of exclusive closed-door parleys. This apart, Mahathir, while in London on June 15, held a good six-minute telephonic talk with Imran Khan. While it’s not known what all transpired in the telephonic conversation, experts believe that Imran expressly sought Malaysia’s support from Pakistan being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), after India had put forth motion against Pakistan on charges of money laundering linked to terrorism. Also, the Malaysian Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah recently claimed that Pakistan enjoying the support from Malaysia and Turkey, chances of Pakistan being blacklisted are slim. However, such claims are hollow but the point which is noteworthy is the growing ties between Pakistan and Malaysia, and in this light, it shouldn’t be surprising if Pakistan is lending support to Malaysia in its support to Zakir Naik in not extraditing. The perils of Zakir Naik remaining in Malaysia, inter alia, are strengthening his activities further as encouraged by his hosts, he would continue to spread hate ultimately taking shape of terror, radicalising the youth by misleading through his preachings of discord giving muscle to the terrorists in the making. Also, Malaysia borders southern Thailand which is already reeling under religious extremism with intermittent incidents of terror. Zakir’s toxic speeches can transcend borders and further complicate things which are totally detrimental to the ongoing united efforts by the world leaders to contain the rise of fundamentalism and terror. India would do well to further step up its diplomatic efforts as it did in the case of Masood Azhar of Jaish, to ensure Zakir Naik’s early extradition. Such an act will act as a deterrent to others spreading animosity and promoting terror. (The writer is a retired IPS officer is a security analyst.He was also formerly the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Bdesh court orders virgin removed from marriage certificates

first_imgDhaka: The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s top court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term. Under the South Asian country’s Muslim marriage laws, a bride has to select one of three options on the certificate – whether she is a Kumari (virgin), a widow or divorced. In a brief verdict on Sunday, the court ordered the government to remove the term and replace it with “unmarried”, deputy attorney general Amit Talukder told AFP. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe court is expected to publish its full verdict by October, with the changes to the certificate expected to come into effect then. “It is a landmark verdict,” Aynun Nahar Siddiqua, a lawyer for the groups which filed the case challenging the term in 2014, told AFP on Monday. Rights groups have long criticised the term — used in certificates since they were introduced in 1961 — saying it is “humiliating and discriminatory”, and that it breaches the privacy of the woman getting married. The judgement also ordered authorities to introduce the options “unmarried, widower or divorced” for the groom on the certificate.last_img read more

Trudeau kept back pocket G7 summit statement to guard against Trump

first_imgOTTAWA — The top Canadian organizer at last year’s stormy G7 summit says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kept a “back pocket” closing statement ready in case U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the usual united communique.Sen. Peter Boehm was the senior public servant who organized the Canadian-hosted G7 leaders’ meeting at Charlevoix, Que.He describes the unprecedented efforts to manage Trump’s potential disruption at the meeting in an article for a French foreign policy journal.Boehm says Trudeau agreed to what amounted to a Plan B, a “chair’s summary” that the prime minister could issue if deep differences with the Americans blocked consensus.Boehm retired from the public service three months after the summit, which ended with Trump unleashing a tirade of Twitter insults at Trudeau and his withdrawal of support for the summit’s final communique.Last September, Trudeau appointed Boehm to the Senate as an independent after a long career as a diplomat that included ambassadorships and deputy minister level offices in Ottawa.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CES 2019 Family tech gadgets appeal to parental anxiety

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Every year, the CES gadget show brings more devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents.Sure, the kids might love them too: who wouldn’t want a computerized Harry Potter wand that also teaches coding? The Las Vegas show’s growing “family tech” sector encompasses products that range from artificially intelligent toys and baby monitors to internet-connected breast pumps.Their common thread is an appeal to parental anxiety about raising smart kids, occupying their time, tracking their whereabouts and making sure they’re healthy and safe.Some also come with subtle trade-offs. “Technology makes us forget what we know about life,” said psychologist Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies people’s relationships with machines. She’s particularly concerned about robots that seek to befriend or babysit young children.NOT-SO-IMAGINARY FRIENDSTake the cute, furry Woobo, meant to be a real-life version of a child’s imaginary friend that can help set tooth-brushing routines, answer complex questions and play educational games. It’s part of a new cottage industry of sociable toys, which includes robots like Cozmo and Sony’s dog-like Aibo.A gentle pull at the ears switches the screen-faced Woobo into listening mode. The $149 toy talks in a child-like voice and makes a game out of boring chores that might otherwise require a parent’s nagging. Its makers say Woobo doesn’t glue kids to its screen because it invites them to go find things in the home, help parents cook dinner or play family games like charades.“Our focus on the content side is not to replace parents,” said Shen Guo, who co-founded Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Woobo after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. “It’s to enhance family time.”But its appeal for a child’s emotional attachment and nurturing sets off alarm bells for Turkle, who has been warning against what she calls “artificial intimacy” since the Tamagotchi digital pet craze of the 1990s.Research has shown the benefits of children playing out their inner feelings and worries by projecting them onto inert dolls. But Turkle says that doesn’t work when the toys seem real enough to have their own feelings.“Pretend empathy is not a good thing,” Turkle said. “Everything we know about children’s development is that if you read to a child, what’s going on is the relationship, the talking, the connection, the mentoring, the safety, the sense that people love learning. Why do we think this is a good idea to give this to some robot?”IS YOUR BABY BREATHING?Talk to makers of the next generation of baby monitors unveiled at CES and you’d be surprised that generations of children survived infancy without artificial intelligence systems analyzing their every breath.“Babies want to breathe. Babies want to live,” says Colt Seman, co-founder of Los Angeles-based startup Miku, which promises to monitor breathing and heart rate without letting parents get overly worked up about it.Regulators haven’t approved any baby monitors for medical use and instead recommend parents focus on providing a safe sleeping environment. Some doctors worry that such devices create additional stress for parents.Unlike most past offerings, the latest crop of baby monitors that measure vital signs are “contactless” — meaning they don’t work by attaching some electronics to a baby’s sock or chest. Raybaby’s device resembles a one-eyed robot that detects breathing patterns using radar technology. The non-ionizing radiation it emits is at low levels, but might still turn off some parents already concerned about keeping their babies too close to smartphones.Most of the other devices rely on computer vision. A camera by Nanit watches a baby from above and measures sleeping patterns by tracking the slight movements of a specially-designed swaddle. It also uses the data it collects to recommend more consistent sleep times. Nanit’s Aaron Pollack acknowledges that some parents might still check Nanit’s phone app to check breathing data five times a night “out of sheer anxiety.”“We’re not trying to prevent that,” he said. “We’re just trying to give you some piece of mind.”Two others, Miku and Utah-based Smartbeat, each boast of a level of precision and analytical rigour that could eventually help predict when the baby is going to get sick. Both have phone alert systems to report worrisome breathing irregularities. Smartbeat’s analysis is purely image-based, while Miku also uses radar. Miku’s sleeker hardware comes at a cost: It’s $399, well above the $250 Smartbeat.TECH IN THE WOMBOf course, parental anxiety begins even before a child is born — hence Owlet’s new $299 pregnancy band that wraps around a woman’s abdomen to track fetal heartbeats by taking an electrocardiogram. The idea is to put on the stretchy band before going to sleep starting about three to four months before the due date.It sends a morning wellness report to a user’s smartphone app, with details including an expectant mother’s contractions and sleep positions — and warnings if fetal heartbeat or movements fall outside acceptable ranges.An owl-faced medallion above the mother’s belly gives the band the look of a superhero emblem — and why not? Pregnancy is tough.“It’s really just having that extra piece of mind, between doctor’s visits, that everything is OK,” said Owlet spokeswoman Misty Bond.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jews and Christians in Canada Welcome Muslims Whose Mosque Was Burned

New York – The Jewish and Christian communities in Peterborough, Ontario Canada, are welcoming Muslims in their places of worship after their mosque was burned down in an act of Islamophobia.Following the Paris attacks of November 13, assaults against Muslims have risen across the world.Hours after the Paris carnage, the Masjid Al Salaam Mosque in the Canadian city was the target of an attack with Molotov cocktails and was burned down to the ground leaving the Muslim community without a place to pray.Larry Gillman, President of the Jewish community in Peterborough opened the doors of their synagogue to Muslims so they could perform their Friday prayers, according to the mosque’s website. On November 27, more than 150 Muslims attended the Beth Israel Synagogue to pray, an event that was captured in its entirety through a video posted on YouTube by the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association.This was the Second Friday (Jumuah) prayer congregation following the November 14 fire at the city’s mosque.According to the same source, on December 4, the Christian All Saints’ Anglican Church in Peterborough hosted the Muslim community for their Friday prayers.There are approximately 124,000 inhabitants in Peterborough, located 78 miles northeast of Toronto, where 800 are Muslims and 500 are Jews.The structural damage caused by the fire at Masjid Al-Salaam has been estimated to exceed Canadian $80,000, according to the same source. read more

UN climate change summit succeeded in spotlighting urgency of action says official

Yesterday’s summit was the largest-ever high-level gathering on the issue – attended by over 100 world leaders – and was part of Mr. Ban’s efforts to mobilize momentum as governments work to ‘seal the deal’ on an ambitious new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions at the UN climate change conference to be held in December in Copenhagen, Denmark. “I think it’s safe to say we achieved our goals,” Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, told a news conference. “The summit did, most certainly, mobilize significant political will at the highest level and it did focus heads of State and government on the urgency for action.” The summit also succeeded in accomplishing another major goal, he said, noting that “there was a serious and sustained dialogue between the most vulnerable and the major economies. “It was very striking how much the leaders agreed that they need to agree and can agree in Copenhagen. This was an important recognition by all the leaders present that a deal was possible and that they are going to work very hard to achieve it.”In addition, a number of important announcements were made, including by Japan, which pledged to slash their emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, and Maldives, which said it intends to become climate-neutral by 2020.“One of the biggest outcomes of the day was that financing finally took centre stage,” added Mr. Orr, noting that financing is the sine qua non of getting a successful deal in Copenhagen. He drew attention to a proposal put on the table yesterday for supporting a minimum of $100 billion per annum over the next decade, which many leaders rallied around. Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, noted that at the working dinner hosted by Mr. Ban last night, leaders expressed a very clear willingness to work together and to make sure that they break the deadlock of trust between them. “They know that the trust that is not there is stopping them from agreeing on many of the core political issues that have been discussed now for some time. “They also discussed that they are willing to do much more than what they have been willing to agree to do in the context of the negotiations. That is an optimistic sign that agreement will be possible in Copenhagen,” he added.In addition, the leaders said they were prepared to come together again before Copenhagen, depending on how negotiations go, with the Secretary-General stating that he is prepared to convene such a meeting, if desired. In a related development, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that a number of groups – from cities and railways to postal services, industry and civil society organizations – have pledged to significantly reduce their carbon footprint and promote greener living by joining the UN Climate Neutral Network.“The growth of the climate neutral movement around the world is a clear sign that people from all walks of life are committed to solving the climate crisis and bringing about low-carbon economies and societies,” said UNEP Executive Director-General Achim Steiner.“This groundswell of public support comes just weeks ahead of the crucial UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, where world leaders will have a unique opportunity to move our economies and societies onto a greener development path,” he added.Launched in 2008, the UNEP-led Network has close to 100 participants worldwide, including several countries, cities, major international companies, UN agencies and leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Among the new groups joining forces with the Network are the University of California, Berkeley, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) located in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as the Universal Postal Union, the International Union of Railways and Japan Airlines.Also today, Mr. Ban paid tribute his Special Envoy on climate change and the former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, on receiving the African Heritage Award.“I am particularly grateful to President Mogae for his passionate efforts to mobilize international action on climate change, one of the leading global challenges of our times. As he has rightly said, ‘The stakes could not be higher.’” 23 September 2009The United Nations climate change summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon succeeded in mobilizing political will ahead of a major conference later this year by focusing the attention of world leaders on the urgent need for action on global warming, a senior official said today. read more

Diaspora mourns Sunilas death Video

Reverend Dr. S.J. Emmanuel, President of the Global Tamil Forum said that Sunila built an international solidarity networking around the globe on issues of poverty, environment, labour, women’s rights, and emancipation. “Tamils lost a rare voice of reason within Sri Lanka.  Sunila Abeyasekara fought for equality of all of the residents of Sri Lanka. She stood in solidarity with Tamils in our most trying times, and she stood for accountability and justice since the end of the war in 2009,” he said. The Tamil Diaspora and human rights groups have mourned the death of leading human rights activist Sunila Abeysekara.The Global Tamil Forum said that Sunila represented a unique voice from within the majority Sinhalese community and fought repression of all forms, be it against Sinhalese, Tamils, women, Muslims and youth. The New York based Human Rights Watch also mourned the death of Sunila Abeysekera who spent more than two decades documenting human rights violations in Sri Lanka.Human Rights Watch says during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, Abeysekera refused to take sides, denouncing abuses by both the government and the LTTE.“Her fierce commitment for the rights of all civilians regardless of ethnicity won her broad-based respect. She faced death threats for her work in an environment which both during and after the war was dangerous for human rights defenders. In spite of these threats, she frequently took her message to the United Nations and other international venues, where she was a combative defender for justice,” Human Rights Watch added. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) said it was deeply saddened by the loss of Sunila Abeysekara, a passionate, tireless and courageous human rights activist.CTC says with Sunila Abeysekara’s untimely death, one of the greatest voices for peace on the island of Sri Lanka and beyond, has been lost. read more

Dating apps crack down on ghosting as epidemic of ignoring partners puts

“If you experience ghosting multiple times, it’s just strengthens this idea in your head that you’re unlovable. It can also feel like the dating scene is broken so why bother with it. That’s why we’re addressing it this way.”Having multiple options on apps, with thousands of potential partners to swipe past and match with, has amplified the problem.Leaver explained: “Social media, dating apps and apps of all kinds have made it much easier to do and spot.”The culture of having access to so many people makes those relationships feel more disposable and there isn’t accountability on apps. They don’t feel like real life.” Badoo’s in-house dating expert and psychologist, Claire Stott, believes that the use of apps to date has increased the behaviour.She said:  “Ghosting has been going on forever, but apps have expanded the dating pool and created more opportunities for people to meet. Therefore the chances of being ghosted are higher. For anyone who finds themselves being ghosted, don’t assume that they stopped talking to you because you did something wrong. It’s a by-product of online dating rather than a reflection of you as a person.”Leaver said there are definite mental health repercussions for those who have been ghosted. She explained: “The effects on them psychologically have been quite severe – in the absence of an explanation, as to why people have ended a relationship with you, you fill the gap with your own insecurities.” Dating apps are cracking down on ‘ghosting’, as the practice of ignoring a potential partner after speaking to or going on a date with them is causing would-be romantics to delete their accounts.As finding partners using apps becomes more popular, ‘ghosting’ is on the rise, as having seemingly infinite options makes it feel as though people are disposable, experts have said.The app Bumble is trying to eliminate the behaviour altogether, by sending prompts to people who have not replied to messages, urging them to either politely end the conversation or continue it.It has asked users to stop the practice, and to take a “ghosting vow” before they use the app, as well as providing support and advice to those who have experienced the behaviour. Dating app Badoo has implemented a similar strategy; if a user has not replied to someone after three days, Badoo will notify the user and provide reply suggestions. For those who are no longer interested in their match, they can simply choose to close the chat or use one of the polite responses, “Hey I think you’re great, but I don’t see us as a match. Take care!”. I’ve joined forces with @bumble to fight the scourge of ghosting this Halloween. If you have a ghosting dilemma, find this card on your Bumble app and submit a question. I’ll be answering them in time for the spookiest day of the year. #dontgetghosted #halloween pic.twitter.com/8Fu1lOBTyv— Kate Leaver (@kateileaver) October 29, 2018 Bumble has recruited an in-house ‘ghosting’ expert, Kate Leaver, who told The Telegraph: “I asked for stories of ghosting recently on Twitter and one woman said ‘which of the 73 times would you like to talk about?’ It’s disillusioning and yes, absolutely, I think it’s driving people to delete their dating apps. If we can address this sort of behaviour in the app itself, or make it less likely to happen, then hopefully people will feel more hopeful and comfortable continuing to use them. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Witnesses from list to appear at journalists trial

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The trial of investigative journalist Costas Vaxevanis was postponed on Monday to give his lawyers more time to call witnesses. Vaxevanis was arrested on Sunday, a day after publishing in the magazine Hot Doc what he claims to be a true copy of a list submitted to Athens by French authorities in October 2010 with the names of Greeks with large deposits in a Swiss bank. Vaxevanis faces charges of violating personal data. His lawyers, Haris Economopoulos and Nikos Constantopoulos, on Monday asked for a three-day delay so that they could summon more witnesses. “There are people included on the list who want to testify in court,” said Economopoulos. Vaxevanis yesterday accused authorities of double standards by citing the recent example of a newspaper that published a list of well-known artists and their declared incomes. “Journalism is uncovering the truth where others want to hide it. Everything else is nothing more than PR,” he said. Vaxevanis claims that the list he published is a true copy of a list handed to Giorgos Papaconstantinou when Christine Lagarde was finance minister of France. The list was eventually submitted earlier this month to the government by Papaconstantinou’s successor, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos. A parliamentary investigation is under way to find out why the information on the list was not used to check whether the money in the accounts was legally obtained and taxed. Authorities are questioning whether the list published by Vaxevanis is in fact the so-called “Lagarde list” and, if so, whether it has been tampered with since it was first submitted in October 2010. The fact that it does not contain dates or the amounts of the deposits has fueled suspicions that it may be not be a copy of the original Lagarde list. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Quand Orange menace Free Mobile

first_imgQuand Orange menace Free MobileOrange a menacé le groupe de Xavier Niel de suspendre le contrat d’itinérance qui les lie. Un avertissement qui n’a pas manqué de faire réagir l’Arcep, le gendarme des télécommunications.Le week-end dernier, Orange a tapé du poing sur la table dans la bataille des opérateurs téléphoniques qui a vu Free Mobile faire une entrée fracassante et remarquée en janvier 2012. Seulement, Xavier Niel et ses ouailles n’avaient pas forcément prévu la réaction des autres groupes du secteur… Le week-end dernier, un porte-parole d’Orange a ainsi expliqué que France Télécom suspendrait l’interconnexion des réseaux si “des incidents sur le réseau de Free Mobile devaient affecter la qualité de service” d’Orange.Le groupe a ainsi réagi vivement aux propos de Jean-Ludovic Silicani, le président de l’Arcep, qui s’exprimait sur les récentes pannes du nouvel opérateur. “Les incidents proviennent surtout de difficultés techniques dans l’interconnexion entre les réseaux de Free et d’Orange. Je pense que les deux parties ont sous-estimé à la fois le nombre d’abonnés et la quantité de trafic passant par le réseau d’Orange, mais aussi que les offres à 2 euros de Free Mobile conduiraient les consommateurs à ressortir d’anciens téléphones utilisant le réseau 2G. Aujourd’hui, près de la moitié des appels de Free Mobile sont en 2G, mais comme il ne dispose pas d’un tel réseau, ses clients utilisent celui d’Orange”, avait-il expliqué, relaye Le Nouvel Obs. À lire aussiForfait Free Mobile : heure d’appels doublée et SMS illimités pour 2 eurosDes propos visiblement mal supportés par Orange, qui doit en plus faire face à un flot continu d’abonnés en partance vers Free Mobile. D’où cette menace explicite, qui met d’autant plus en danger Free Mobile que le groupe ne couvre pour le moment que 27% du territoire avec son propre réseau. Mais Jean-Ludovic Silicani et l’Arcep ne comptent vraisemblablement pas laisser faire, comme le souligne cette phrase du président de l’autorité de régulation : “Si c’est nécessaire, les deux opérateurs peuvent s’entendre pour réaménager leur contrat d’itinérance sans intervention de l’Arcep. S’ils ne parviennent pas à se mettre d’accord, ils peuvent nous saisir et nous trancherons”. Le 29 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple lance la version 511 diOS

first_imgApple lance la version 5.1.1 d’iOSLa firme à la pomme vient de mettre à disposition une nouvelle version de son système d’exploitation iOS. Baptisée 5.1.1, elle vise à corriger quelques bugs mineurs et améliorer certains points. C’est une nouvelle mise à jour pour tous les dispositifs Apple. La firme vient de mettre à disposition la version 5.1.1 de son système d’exploitation iOS. Aucun changement majeur n’étant à constater, celle-ci vise essentiellement à apporter quelques modifications et à corriger quelques bugs mineurs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’a expliqué la firme à la pomme, cette nouvelle version améliore notamment la fiabilité de l’option HDR pour les photos prises à l’aide du raccourci sur l’écran verrouillé. Elle résout également des problèmes de lecture de vidéos AirPlay constatés dans certaines circonstances et fournit une amélioration de la fiabilité de synchronisation des signets Safari et de la liste de lecture. Plus particulièrement sur le nouvel iPad, elle corrige les problèmes observés concernant une alternance entre les réseaux 2G et 3G. Enfin, elle apporte une correction au problème qui provoquait parfois l’affichage de l’alerte “Achat impossible” une fois un achat effectué.Cette nouvelle version peut être téléchargée directement depuis l’onglet “Réglages” des dispositifs Apple ou depuis un ordinateur via iTunes. Le 8 mai 2012 à 19:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dells New 27Inch Monitor is Crazy Thin

first_imgStay on target Dell has produced some pretty nice displays over the years. At the 2017 installment of CES, they’ve just announced the thinnest one they’ve ever created.That little beaut with the razor-thin bezels is the Dell Ultrathin 27, and it lives up to its name in a couple of ways. One is its diagonal measurement, of course: it’s a 27-incher. The other is that it is indeed ultra-thin.According to Dell, it boasts “the world’s overall thinnest profile.” From front to back, the Ultrathin 27’s display only spreads the micrometer a scant 6.9mm. To compare that to something else that’s widely regarded as being very, very thin, the iPhone 7 measures in at 7.1mm.Apart from its razor-thin display, the Ultrathin 27 also features an HDMI input, USB-C connectivity, an audio-out jack, HDR support, and a slick mechanism that lets you rotate and pivot the display to any angle you want.Dell hasn’t listed all the specifics yet, but they claim the Ultrathin 27 will feature better contrast and color range (up to 99% SRGB) than most of the consumer monitors on the market. Its 178-degree viewing angle is right up there with other top monitors.If there’s one obvious knock on the Ultrathin 27 it’s that it’s not a 4k display — then again, not everyone cares about 4k just yet anyway. It features a Quad HD panel with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and those who’ve spent eyes-on time with it say that it’s stunning.Curious when you’ll be able to order one and how much it will cost you? Dell will start selling the Ultrathin 27 on March 23 for $699.99.For more CES coverage, check out our pals at PCMag. CES Reinstates Innovation Award for High-Tech Sex Toy2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About last_img read more

Ohio County Needs Firm to Study Regions Economy Identify Growth Opportunities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Allen County (Ohio) Commissioners in the Commissioner’s Office, 204 North Main Street, Suite 301, Lima, Ohio 45801 until 2 p.m., on Feb. 1, 2016, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the purchase of “Creating an Allen County Plan for Collaborative Growth.”The notice to bidders and specifications shall be posted on the Internet and may be viewed on Allen County’s webpage.All bids will be on the proposal form furnished by the county, and in accordance with specifications and general requirements. The Board of Allen County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids received and waive any irregularities in favor of the county.Sealed bids are to be in writing and in accordance with specifications furnished by Allen County.All bids are to be sealed and addressed to the Clerk, Board of Allen County Commissioners, 204 North Main Street, Suite 301, Lima, OH 45801 and marked “Creating an Allen County Plan for Collaborative Growth” on the outside of the envelope.last_img read more