As China moved in with its military to assert its claims, the US which is backing the smaller states in the area to stand up to Beijings bid to forcefully establish control asked China to implement the verdict and settle the row peacefully with its neighbours who have counter claims over the area.The new military manoeuvres by Beijing came in the midst of the visit to China today by the US Navys top admiral, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, to discuss the South China Sea dispute in the aftermath of the verdict and ways to boost interactions between the two militaries.Richardson met the head of the Chinese navy, Admiral Wu Shengli and held talks with him.”It is very helpful for us to strengthen communication between us and build confidence. Of course it can help to improve our working and personal relationship,” Wu said.Earlier, Sun Jianguo Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the Chinas all powerful Central Military Commission, said the freedom of navigation issue “was bogus and one that certain countries repeatedly hyped up”.Without directly mentioning US, he warned that freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end “in disaster”.Reiterating Chinas stand that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea has never been affected, he said there wont be a problem in future “as long as nobody plays tricks”.Terming China as the biggest beneficiary of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea he was quoted as saying at a meeting here that Beijing wont let anybody damage it.advertisementBut at the same he said China consistently opposed “so-called military freedom of navigation” referring a number of US military vessels passing through waters close to artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea.”This kind of military freedom of navigation is damaging to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and it could even play out in a disastrous way,” he said. PTI KJV KUN
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip and gave a little nod.This was how he really wanted to go out.On top of his game in the water.Totally content away from the pool.“It turned out pretty cool,” Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. “It’s just a perfect way to finish.”Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, the numbers are simply astonishing.No other Olympian has more than nine gold medals.With 28 medals in all, he’s 10 clear of anyone else.“It’s not even once in a generation,” said his coach, Bob Bowman. “It might be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael Phelps comes along. ”As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms. One night after his only setback of the games, an upset loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly, Phelps was back on top.At age 31, he leaves Rio with five golds and a silver.“I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “This is the best place I’ve ever been in my life.”In the stands, his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, bounced along to the music with their son, 3-month-old Boomer, cradled in her arms.Phelps is eager to spend a lot more time with them. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he wants to watch his son grow, maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.And what if Boomer wants to take all those medals to show-and-tell someday?“I might let him take one,” Phelps said with a grin.“Maybe a bronze,” Bowman chimed in.Most of the U.S. swim team was in the stands to watch Phelps’ finale, including the biggest female star at the pool, Katie Ledecky.The 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps’ final Olympics — twice. He initially retired after the 2012 London Olympics, only to decide about a year later to return.The comeback endured a huge setback with his second drunken-driving arrest in 2014, which led to Phelps being banned from the world championships last year. But it also sparked a turnaround in his personal life. He entered six weeks of inpatient therapy, where he got in touch with some of the issues that seemed to lead him astray.He quit drinking, reconnected with his estranged father, got engaged, moved to Arizona along with Bowman, and became a father for the first time.Phelps sounds much more adamant when he says his swimming career really is over.“These games really showed his growth,” teammate Anthony Ervin said. “That human spirit, that capacity to heal. I think it showed in his swimming, it showed in his demeanor, and it certainly showed in his leadership on the team.”Phelps was elected a team captain for the first time in his fifth Olympics and truly seemed to enjoy being around his fellow swimmers. He was still the same ruthless competitor, but he was also willing to join in when some of his younger teammates made a carpool karaoke video at their final training camp in Atlanta.Took a starring role, in fact.“Being Michael requires such isolation,” Ervin said. “Other people respect that. They give him that space because he is the greatest. But this time around he started reaching out, reaching out to other people, bringing them closer, letting that gap be bridged. That was special.”On a victory stroll around the pool, Phelps and his teammates grabbed a sign that said, “Thank You Rio.”“No matter what country you swim for, you’re indebted to Michael Phelps for bringing a lot of exposure to the sport and making it a little more mainstream,” Murphy said. “If this is the end that was a great way to cap off an incredible career.”Murphy, who won two backstroke golds in Rio, put the Americans out front with a world-record split — it counts since he was leading off — before Britain surged ahead on the breaststroke with its own world-record holder, Adam Peaty.Phelps dove into the pool in second place.He wouldn’t be for long.On the return lap, Phelps powered through the water with his windmill of a stroke, surging ahead of James Guy to pass off a lead to the anchor Adrian.It wasn’t in doubt after that. Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds. Britain held on for silver, with Australia nabbing bronze.The victory came just minutes after the women’s medley relay gave the United States its 1,000th Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games.“A thousandth gold for team USA,” said Simone Manuel, who swam the anchor leg for her second gold of the games and second medal of the night. “It’s a nice number.”Kathleen Baker, Lilly King and Dana Vollmer joined Manuel in the historic victory, which came with a time of 3:53.13. Australia earned silver, while Denmark took bronze.Earlier in the night, Manuel took silver in the 50 free. She already became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic swimming title with her win in the 100 free.Connor Jaeger gave the U.S. another silver in the 1,500 free, leaving the American with 33 swimming medals in Rio — matching the highest total since they captured 34 against a depleted field at the boycotted Los Angeles Games of 1984.The U.S. also won 33 medals at Sydney in 2000.The final two individual golds of the games went to Pernille Blume of Denmark in the 50 free, her country’s first swimming victory since 1948, and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in the grueling 1,500 free.The night, though, belonged to Phelps, who walked out of the arena for the final time carrying an American flag handed to him by his mother from her front-row seat, right next to Johnson and little Boomer.With a gold medal around his neck.The only way imaginable.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous AAEON: the power of a Mini-ITX SBC on a 4” boardNext Bringing machine learning to the edge: A Q&A with Neurala’s Anatoli Gorshechnikov Datalight has released the latest version of its FlashFX Tera product with enhancements for NOR device long-term reliability features as well as refinements to validation tests for multi-level cell NAND flash and enhanced support for i.MX family of processors from NXP.Ensuring long-term reliability for flash media requires careful attention to the physical degradation that occurs over time which leads to bit errors and device failure. While FlashFX Tera has managed data retention and error handling challenges for NAND flash media since its inception, but NOR flash has heretofore not required such sophistication. Now customers are beginning to suspect similar longevity concerns for NOR flash media and Datalight has responded with enhancements to error detection and correction focused on NOR flash. This software solution allows the data from blocks with correctible errors to be rewritten elsewhere while the original block is fully erased for future reuse. In addition to correcting single bit errors, two-bit errors are detected for proper handling by the design.Customers who place a premium on device cost often choose MLC NAND flash as their storage media. FlashFX Tera is acknowledged as the market leader in support for MLC NAND flash media and is the only flash manager with robust MLC support on Linux, as such support has been deprecated from open source solutions. This release offers refinements to the Flash Memory Services Layer (FMSL) test for this media type. This Flash Media test is crucial to exercise all aspects of implementation and customization of both the drivers and the hardware. Like all Datalight tests which are included with its products, the full source code is provided for ease of customization and finding hardware errors from within a debugger.FlashFX Tera continues to support the NXP series of application processors with an updated version of our i.MX family NAND Technology Module, which is designed to support i.MX8, i.MX7 and i.MX6 processors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) Indian attacker Ranjit Singh emerged as the top pick in the first Pro Volleyball League auction which also saw six foreign and 117 Indian players going under the hammer here Friday.Singh was the costliest Indian player with Ahmedabad Defenders shelling out Rs 13 lakhs for him.”I am excited to see what’s building up here. For all of us, this is a new chapter and hope we can live up to the expectations and faith shown in us by the team owners, federation and organizers here,” Singh said.In the foreign player draft, the Black Hawks Hyderabad got Round 1 first pick and they chose Carson Clark. Paul Lotman was the second pick joining Calicut Heroes. The third pick of the foreign draft was Rudy Verhoeff joining Chennai Spartans.Tomislav Coskovic, David Lee and Novica Bjelica were picked 4th, 5th & 6th by U Mumba Volley, Kochi Blue Spikers and Ahmedabad Defenders respectively.Olympic Gold medallist Lee, who was drafted by Kochi Blue Spikers, said: “I am thrilled to join the Kochi Blue Spikers. The league will do a world of good not only to the players but also the sport and its fans. Can’t wait to get to India and get in the thick of action.”The Pro Volleyball League (PVL) scheduled to begin from February 2 in Chennai and Kochi will have six franchisees that includes Ahmedabad Defenders, Chennai Spartans, U Mumba Volley , Black Hawks Hyderabad and the Kochi Blue Spikers.Each of the six teams will have 12 players including two foreign players, one Indian icon player and two Indian U-21 players.advertisement The league will be played over a total of 18 matches with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format and the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.Volleyball Federation of India, Secretary General, Ramavtar Singh Jhakar also a former player said: “It is a known fact that well-organized leagues can give a sport much-needed shot in the arm. We expect Pro Volleyball League to do that to Volleyball. The player draft and auction is the beginning of the fillip that the sport needs.” PTI APA ATKATK
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Update: The piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, has chimed in on Twitter regarding the incident. She says she’s a Villanova Wildcat until she dies, through the smiles and the tears. Well done.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Earlier: Saturday night, Villanova became the first 1-seed to go down in this year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to 8-seed NC State in a thriller, 71-68. The Wildcats had trouble on the offensive end all night, shooting just 31% overall, despite Darrun Hilliard II catching absolute fire toward the end of the contest. After it was over, Nova fans were understandably upset. One was taking it a bit harder than most, however.As the game ended, TBS’ cameras panned to a girl in Villanova’s band playing the flute piccolo. She couldn’t control the tears rolling down her cheeks. Video of the incident has gone viral.It’s a tough way for Villanova to lose, but the Wildcats still had an incredible year. Hopefully the young fan can take some solace in that.More: The 64 Most-Annoying Fan Bases
Next Reuters LondonAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 08:38 IST Paul Pogba missed a penalty awarded in the 67th minute on Monday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUnited miss chance to go top with 1-1 draw at WolvesStunning Neves goal cancels out Martial’s openerPogba wins penalty but spot kick saved by PatricioManchester United were held 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers and missed out on taking top spot in the Premier League on Monday as a sumptuous Ruben Neves strike cancelled out Anthony Martial’s first-half goal and Paul Pogba missed a late penalty.After a 4-0 home win over Chelsea on the opening day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team dominated the early exchanges and led after 27 minutes when Marcus Rashford slipped the ball in for Martial to score his 50th goal for the club in all competitions.But Wolves, who beat the visitors in the league and FA Cup at Molineux last season, were transformed in the second half, rejuvenated by substitute Adama Traore on the wing.In the 55th minute, a clever corner routine left Portuguese midfielder Neves free outside the area from where he hit a delightful curling strike over keeper David de Gea that went in off the underside of the bar, ramping up the raucous atmosphere.The goal was confirmed after a VAR review into whether Joao Moutinho was offside when he received the ball back following a the short corner routine.”It was fantastic,” Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo said of Neves’ strike. “In the first half we struggled so much, but it all changed in the second… I am proud of all the performance.”Pogba then missed a penalty awarded in the 67th minute after he tumbled in the area under Wolves captain Conor Coady’s feet.The Frenchman’s spot kick, superbly saved by Rui Patricio, was his fourth missed penalty in the Premier League since the start of last season, raising questions as to why United’s other designated penalty-taker Rashford did not step up instead.advertisement”The two of them are confident penalty takers,” Solskjaer said as he defended Pogba. “When there are two names there, it’s the one who’s most confident. Paul’s scored so many before, so absolutely no problem at all.”JUBILANT NEVESThe result left United on four points from two games, while Wolves are still looking for their first win of the season, having picked up two points from two draws.Goalscorer, Neves, however, was jubilant with another strong performance from the Midlands team against a leading side.”I’m really happy for the goal and the result as we drew against a big team,” he said.After regaining their supremacy in possession, United had another glorious chance near the end but defender Luke Shaw shot straight at Patricio from the edge of the area, to the relief of the home fans in the 31,314 crowd.A win would have taken United above early pacesetters Liverpool and Arsenal on goal difference.But Solskjaer seemed content to have collected four points from the opening two games after most pundits had ruled out his team’s chances of being title contenders this season.”We are improving,” said the Norwegian.”In the first half, we dominated possession. In the second half, we knew they were going to come out like a house on fire… Then we took control again and could have won it.”Also Read | Want my Arjuna Award to serve as inspiration to everyone playing football: Gurpreet Singh SandhuAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow Wolverhampton WanderersFollow Paul PogbaFollow VARFollow Premier league Premier League: Pogba misses penalty as Wolves hold Manchester United to 1-1 drawAfter a 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening day, Manchester United missed a chance to go top on Monday as they were held to 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their Premier League outing. advertisement
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has secured an order for four Pure Car/Truck Carriers (PCTCs) worth KRW 367.7 billion (USD 311.6 million).The order has been placed by an undisclosed Asian owner.Under the deal, Hyundai Mipo is scheduled to deliver the car carriers by June 30, 2019, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.The Ulsan-based shipbuilder has been on a winning streak over the recent period, and the latest order is the fourth one signed in September.Specifically, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has signed contracts for four PCTCs with an undisclosed Marshal Islands-registered company two weeks ago worth USD 284 million, followed by a deal for two Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) ships, worth a total of USD 186.5 million and an order for the construction of three gas carriers worth a total of USD 140 million with respective European clients.The shipyard’s current orderbook stands at KRW 3.97 trillion (USD 3.38 billion).World Maritime News Staff
Seoul: India and China are projected to account for nearly half of the air passenger growth worldwide over the next two decades, with travellers coming from all walks of life, according to global airlines’ grouping IATA. With more number of people making air travel, India was one of the fastest growing domestic aviation markets in the world for nearly five years continuously. However, the growth turned negative in April mainly due to flight cancellations and subsequent grounding of full service carrier Jet Airways. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsBrian Pearce, Chief Economist at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Sunday said the negative growth in the Indian market was temporary and that the market would expand as Indians want to travel more. In his address at the annual general meeting here, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said the developing markets are expected to provide the majority of additional passenger demand. “India and China alone are forecast to account for around 45 per cent of all additional passenger trips over the next two decades. Even more than today, the travellers of the future will come from all walks of life and economic means,” he said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefTalking about infrastructure issues, de Juniac said critically congested airports are spread the world over, and governments should take note that developing infrastructure, airports or air traffic management, lays an economic cornerstone. According to him, careful planning, broad consultation with users, examination of funding options and a keen focus on affordability are the keys to making it successful. “Sao Paulo, New York, London, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Bangkok and Sydney are all examples of airport bottlenecks due to capacity constraints — both real and artifical,” de Juniac said. Creeping protectionist or isolationist political agendas are on the rise and that they threaten to compromise value the aviation industry creates, he added. On year-on-year basis, India’s domestic air passenger growth declined 4.5 per cent in April, as per data released by aviation regulator DGCA. In its monthly report issued in May, IATA said India’s domestic air traffic registered first negative growth rate in more than five years in April, mainly due to the demise of Jet Airways. Following a sustained period of strong double-digit RPK growth, the India domestic market recorded its first negative growth rate in April since January 2014, it had said. Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPK) is a measure of passenger volumes. On Sunday, IATA said that in the Asia-Pacific airlines would deliver a net profit of $6 billion in 2019 compared to $7.7 billion last year. “The region is showing very diverse performance. Accounting for about 40 per cent of global air cargo traffic makes the region the most exposed to weakness in world trade, and that, combined with higher fuel costs, is squeezing the region’s profits,” it added. International Air Transport Association is a grouping of around 290 airlines.
Washington: US President Donald Trump has dismissed allegations that he raped a woman in a dressing room in the mid-1990s, terming it “fiction”. E. Jean Carroll, 75, a television show host and magazine columnist, made the accusation in an essay published on Friday in NY Magazine, the local media reported. The President said he has never met Carroll and the writer’s motivation behind the claim was to “sell a new book”, reported BBC news. “I’ve never met this person in my life,” the US President said in a statement. “She is trying to sell a new book-that should indicate her motivation. It should be sold in the fiction section.” Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Trump encouraged anyone with “information that the Democratic Party is working with Carroll or New York Magazine” to notify the White House. He accused the publication of “peddling fake news”. “Shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda,” he said. “It’s just as bad for people to believe it, particularly when there is zero evidence,” he added. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador In his statement, Trump thanked Bergdorf Goodman for “confirming they have no video footage of any such incident”. Carroll has said that the rape happened in a Bergdorf Goodman changing room, in New York, in the mid 1990s. Trump had greeted her as: “Hey, you’re that advice lady!” to which she replied: “Hey, you’re that real-estate tycoon!” He then sought her help to buy a gift for a woman. Both settled on a gift of lingerie, and when he asked her to model it, she jokingly said he must try it on first, a leading media outlet reported. Carroll, the 16th woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault, wrote that inside the changing room, he had pinned her to the wall. “He opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway – or completely, I’m not certain – inside me. “It turns into a colossal struggle. “I finally get a knee up high enough to push him out and off and I turn, open the door, and run out of the dressing room.”
Patna: The Bardhaman railway station in West Bengal will be named after revolutionary freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt, who was born in that district but later made the Bihar capital his home, Union minister Nityanand Rai said here.Rai, the Minister of State for Home and the Bihar BJP chief, made a statement to this effect on Saturday after paying a visit to the house here where Dutt stayed after Independence.The Union minister visited the house, located in Jakkanpur locality, along with BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the occasion of the death anniversary of Dutt where they also met his daughter Bharti Bagchi – the only surviving family member of the revolutionary. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersNotably, a posh colony named after the revolutionary is situated close to AIIMS at New Delhi where Dutt breathed his last in 1965.Born in a village of Bardhaman district in 1910, Dutt became associated with the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association which was headed by Chandrashekhar Azad and he accompanied Bhagat Singh to the national assembly in Delhi where they courted arrest after throwing bombs and throwing revolutionary pamphlets while chanting the slogan “Inquilab zindabad”.While Bhagat Singh – who was also an accused in the murder of a British police official – was hanged to death, Dutt was sentenced for life and deported to a jail in Andaman and Nicobar islands.After Independence, Dutt had settled down in Patna along with his wife Anjali who taught at a leading girls’ school of the city.
QUEBEC — The number of Quebecers seeking medical assistance in dying has been growing steadily since 2015, according to a report on the state of end-of-life care tabled Wednesday in the provincial legislature.The commission created to oversee the Quebec law on assisted dying found that 1,632 people received medical assistance in dying between Dec. 10, 2015, when the law came into effect, and March 31, 2018. Of those cases, 969 were in 2017-18.This “strong growth” is much greater than what elected officials expected when the law was drafted, commission chairman Michel A. Bureau said.Almost all those who received medical assistance in dying had six months or less to live, 87 per cent were at least 60 years old and 78 per cent had cancer.Two-thirds of the deaths were in a hospital, while 20 per cent were at the patient’s home and 10 per cent were in a long-term care centre.About one-third of the 2,462 total requests for medical assistance in dying were rejected, usually because the person did not meet the eligibility requirements.To receive medical assistance in dying under the Quebec law, one must be at the end of life, suffer from a serious, incurable illness, be in an advanced state of irreversible decline and experience constant and unbearable physical or psychological suffering.Four hundred people did not receive medical assistance in dying even though they met the eligibility requirements, the report found. About 30 per cent died before it could be performed, 20 per cent changed their minds and 19 per cent lost their ability to consent to care.Bureau’s report states that access to medical assistance in dying remains uneven. For example, there were 87 assisted deaths at Montreal’s two teaching hospitals, about half the number at the teaching hospital in Quebec City.Doctors’ adherence to the program also remains inadequate, the commission said. About 350 physicians, the vast majority of whom are family physicians, have agreed to administer physician-assisted dying.“It is reported that people are discouraged from applying for medical assistance in dying, that their request is not heard or that it is rejected without having been properly assessed,” the report says.The commission recommends that hospitals take the necessary steps to ensure that each application is assessed with “diligence” so an eligible patient “can receive timely care” as prescribed by law.Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann kicked off the debate on a possible expansion of medical aid in dying for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. She announced that the group of experts currently working on the issue will report to the government in late May. This report will be followed by a round of public consultations, McCann said, without specifying a deadline.During the election campaign, the Coalition Avenir Quebec pledged to hold public consultations in order to potentially expand medical assistance in dying.“Quebecers are ready to continue the discussion,” the minister said. “We have a duty to be proactive and to get ahead of the issues that arise.”Véronique Hivon of the Parti Quebecois warned that the debate will raise complex questions. Is someone with Alzheimer’s in constant suffering, will the eligibility criteria need to be changed and will doctors agree, she wondered.Caroline Plante, The Canadian Press
Rabat – Four female Moroccan students will participate in TechGirls 2017, an international summer exchange program encouraging girls to pursue technology-related careers, held between July 12 and August 8 in the US.The three-week technology camp is designed to empower and inspire young girls from North Africa and the Middle East to look for careers in science and technology.During their stay, the four students aged between 15 and 17 will spend a week receiving over 45 hours of “hands-on” instruction on technology-related topics, such as Java programming and mobile application development. The teenagers will also have the opportunity to visit technology companies, attend cultural events and take part in leadership clinics. They will benefit from the guidance of technology experts, who will give them advice about their future careers.Joining the four Moroccan students in the program are other young women from: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunsia.
A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people.The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Viber.Sri Lankan officials said they were temporarily blocking social media to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The defence ministry said the shutdown would extend until the government concludes its investigation into the bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels.NetBlocks cautioned that such post-attack blackouts are often ineffective.“What we’ve seen is that when social media is shut down, it creates a vacuum of information that’s readily exploited by other parties,” said Alp Toker, executive director of the London-based group. “It can add to the sense of fear and can cause panic.”The group said its monitoring of Sri Lankan internet connectivity found no disruptions to the fundamental infrastructure of the internet, meaning the blackout was directed at specific services. Some social media outlets, such as Twitter, appeared unaffected, but the blockage affected popular messaging services.“That’s going to be a problem for people trying to communicate with friends and family,” Toker said.This isn’t the first time Sri Lanka has blocked social media. The government imposed a weeklong ban in March 2018 because of concerns that WhatsApp and other platforms were being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country’s central region.Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, has struggled in recent years to combat the use of its platforms to incite violence and spread hate messages and political propaganda in countries including India, Myanmar and the United States.The company said in a statement Sunday that it has been working to support first responders and law enforcement in Sri Lanka and identify and remove content that violates company standards.“We are aware of the government’s statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms,” the company said. “People rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time.”Google didn’t respond to a request for comment about the disruption to its YouTube service in Sri Lanka. Requests for comment made to messaging services Snap and Viber were not immediately returned.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press
The Durban Review Conference, scheduled for 20-24 April in Geneva, will assess progress in implementing the measures adopted at 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in South Africa eight years ago.A working group made up of UN Member States has begun negotiations in Geneva on a draft outcome document, use a 38-page text as the basis for their negotiations.“The Secretary-General welcomes the United States’ decision to send a delegation to engage in the preliminary negotiations to finalize the draft outcome document of the Durban Review Conference,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban “urges all Member States to engage constructively on all the outstanding issues of the outcome document to ensure a successful outcome of the Conference,” the statement added.Israel indicated last November that it does not plan to take part in the April review conference. 17 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the United States’ decision to participate in preparatory talks for an upcoming review meeting of the landmark 2001 United Nations anti-racism conference which the US, along with Israel, had withdrawn from citing concerns the forum was being used by some to push an anti-Israel agenda.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News anchor Rebecca Jarvis is moving to ABC News.ABC says Jarvis will join the network later this month as its chief business and economics correspondent.During her three years with CBS, Jarvis reported on business and economics affairs. She also co-anchored “CBS This Saturday.”Before joining CBS, she spent three years at CNBC reporting on market news from the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.Jarvis previously wrote for publications including Crain’s Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She also has worked in investment banking and foreign currency trading.A native of Minneapolis, she graduated from the University of Chicago. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:48 am MDT CBS News anchor Rebecca Jarvis heads to ABC as its chief business and economics correspondent
In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body decided to keep the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) until 31 March 2018, but approved 16,215 military personnel, 660 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units.In a previous mandate extension, the Council approved 19,815 military personnel, 760 military observers and staff officers, 391 police personnel, and 1,050 personnel of formed police units. The Council also decided that the strategic priorities of MONUSCO are to contribute to the protection of civilians and support the implementation of the 31 December 2016 agreement on the electoral process.In that regard, the Council called on the Government of the DRC and its national partners, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), to ensure a transparent and credible electoral process, in fulfilment of their primary responsibility to create propitious conditions for the forthcoming elections. The Council tasked the Mission, with, among other responsibilities, ensuring effective and dynamic protection of civilians under threat of physical violence, including by preventing, deterring, and stopping all armed groups and local militias from inflicting violence on the populations. The Secretary-General was requested to take the necessary measures to ensure full compliance of MONUSCO with the United Nations zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to keep the Council fully informed through his reports to the Council about the Mission’s progress in this regard.It also urged troop- and police-contributing countries to take appropriate preventative action including pre-deployment awareness training, and to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mr Les Manning – one of the few remaining WWII veterans who fought in the Battle of Crete – celebrated his one hundred and first birthday, and the Cretan community in Victoria were out in force to wish him many more happy returns. Les, accompanied by daughter Lynda, and three grand-daughters, was guest of honour at a special Easter Monday lunch hosted by the Pancretan Association of Melbourne at the Cretan Village in Wantirna. A meal of mezedes and spit-roasted lamb was followed by chocolate cake with a single candle, and the entire dining room singing Happy Birthday – in English and then Greek – to the old soldier. After Les thanked his fellow diners, his daughter Lynda Banks said the extraordinary affection shown by the Cretan community to her father was warmly appreciated. “They make us feel so welcome, they’re a very loving and passionate people, and we feel like we’re part of their family,” said Lynda. “They come up to dad and kiss him. It’s a wonderful experience and I know it inspires him to live another two or three years at least.” “It makes me feel great,” said Les as his daughter and granddaughters joined the traditional Cretan dancing accompanied by a bouzouki band. Despite having suffered a stroke since turning 100, Les was in good form – still recounting his experiences of the Battle of Crete with great clarity. After the Allied evacuation of mainland Greece in April 1941, he and his fellow Diggers of the Victoria-raised 2/7 Battalion were sent to the island just before the German airborne invasion. The 2/7th were deployed at Georgioupolis in the opening days of the battle, but on 27 May 1941, they took part in what became known as the charge at 42nd Street near Souda, where Anzac troops forced back an elite division of Austrian mountain troops, buying time for other Allied soldiers to cross the White Mountains to the evacuation point at Sfakia. Les, pinned down by mortar fire at 42nd Street, made it to Sfakia days later, but like thousands of others, he was left behind. Evading capture briefly, Les became a prisoner of war and was shipped to Stalag 13 in Bavaria where he spent the rest of the war. Born and raised in Richmond, Leslie Manning – the son of a Flinders Lane rag trader – joined the 2/7th Battalion in October 1939, and left Port Melbourne for the Middle East in April 1940. A year later he was in Greece. After the war, Les worked as a security guard for the state savings bank in Melbourne. A father of four, he celebrated his sixtieth wedding anniversary with his wife Alma last year. John Nikolakakis, president of the Pancretan Association of Melbourne told Neos Kosmos that the association was delighted to be able to mark Les’s 101st birthday with him. “To have him celebrate with us is an honour to us all,” said Mr Nikolakakis. “To think this veteran was born before the events at Gallipoli in 1915 proves how much we should respect these very few veterans that are still with us. God bless you Les and Happy Birthday!”
PORTLAND — A small landslide has spilled debris on the side of an exit ramp along eastbound Interstate 84, forcing the Oregon Department of Transportation to close that ramp through the weekend.KOIN reports that Exit 41, the ramp to the Northeast Eagle Creek Loop in the Columbia River Gorge, is the ramp that was closed.ODOT officials said they are concerned about more slides because of rain in the forecast.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Next was a substantive application filed on behalf of former Premier, Michael Misick. Fiery Queen’s Counsel, Ralph Thorne who represents Misick said his client is protesting the trial as ‘unfair’. The specialty argument threatens to end or delay the proceedings as Thorne has given a preview of what he wanted to present when court resumed at 2pm.The changes over the years including the number of counts which have gone from 26 to 23 to 16 to 17 expose, in Misick’s view, the erratic nature of the trial. In fact Michael Misick’s counsel will challenge the ‘regularity of the trial.’ Andrew Mitchell for the SIPT called the beginnings of the specialty argument ‘reprehensible.’ Mitchell, who today demonstrated obvious signs of exasperation at the litany of challenges by Michael Misick explained to Harrison that QC Thorne ought know better than to be a “mouthpiece of political concerns” for the ex-Premier. Thorne defended that it is a constitutional not political point, that he has an obligation to his client and intends no disrespect and stated that his motion will surround the view that the trial is ‘UNFAIR.’ Thorne had only moments before argued that it was preposterous that a new or amended witness list was provided to the various legal teams today. Justice Harrison asked QC, Andrew Mitchell to provide a ‘final and formal’ document listing over 100 witnesses for the trials. During the roll call, all defendants were present. Helen Garlick, Special Prosecutor, was also at court today; she appeared much later in the morning. Related Items:andrew mitchell, Helen garlick, justice paul harrison, michael misick, ralph thorne, trial, unfair Recommended for you Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues