Seven killed as truck rams hutment in U.P.

first_imgFour minors, aged between 3 to 8, were among seven persons who died when a truck carrying cattle rammed into a hutment in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district on New Year’s Day, police said. The incident occurred around 5.30 a.m. at Malda village in Chakia area – around 20 km from the district headquarters of Chandauli town, Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh said. Seven personse have died and one girl was injured. She has been admitted to a hospital, the officer said. The deceased have been identified as Shyama (60), Ram Kishun (27), Suhagin (25) and four children – Golu (3), Munni (4), Monu (5) and Nisha (8), police said.SHO suspendedThe SP has suspended the Station House Officer of Ilia police station and the in-charge of Malda police outpost. The SHO of Chakia police station has been sent to police lines and two constables, along with a Dial-100 team, have also been suspended.last_img read more

Hafiz Saeed Petitions UN to Remove Him from List of Terrorists

first_imgLashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed wants the United Nations to remove his name from the list of designated terrorists. Saeed’s lawyer also said that he filed for de-listing while he was under house arrest in Pakistan.His lawyer Navid Rasul Mirza of Mirza and Mirza confirmed that Saeed filed for de-listing, the Hindustan Times reported. “I cannot give details of the petition. I don’t have the permission of my client to speak on this,” Navid’s son, Barrister Haider Rasul Mirza, who is representing Saeed in the UN, told the publication.“I have been engaged by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (“the petitioner”), to submit on his behalf this de-listing request for the removal of his name from the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list being maintained by the United Nations Security Council’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, pursuant to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions…” the petition reads, according to the newspaper.Saeed was put on the list on Dec. 10, 2008 by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee “as being associated with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Al Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts of activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” both entities,” according to Interpol.The UN sanctions list also said that his house is in Mohalla Johar, Lahore, Pakistan. He has been acknowledged as the leader of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba by the Interpol and the UN Security Council.According to Interpol, he “traveled to Afghanistan during the late 1970s or the early 1980s to receive militant training. There he came into contact with Dr. Abdullah Azzam, the mentor of Usama bin Laden and other fighters in Afghanistan. In 2005, Saeed determined where graduates of a LeT camp in Pakistan should be sent to fight, and personally organized the infiltration of LeT militants into Iraq during a trip to Saudi Arabia. In 2006, Saeed oversaw the management of a terrorist camp, including funding of the camp. Saeed also arranged for a LeT operative to be sent to Europe as LeT’s European fundraising coordinator. He established a LeT office in Quetta, Pakistan in June 2006 to assist the Taliban in the conduct of their operations in Afghanistan.”He is considered the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. The three-day attack led to the death of 166 people.For de-listing, an individual has to furnish the following:explanation as to why the designation does not or no longer meets the listing criteria (through countering the reasons for listing as stated in the list entry for that particular individual or entity);the designee’s current occupation and/or activities, and any other relevant information, such as information on assets;any documentation supporting the request can be referred to and/or attached together with the explanation of its relevance, where appropriate.Saeed had been under house arrest since January and was released by a court in Pakistan last week due to lack of evidence. The United States, France and India criticized Pakistan’s decision to set him free.Saeed’s petition also comes in the wake of his political ambitions. A JuD member was reported to have said last week that Saeed could contest elections as the leader of the Milli Muslim League. Related ItemsHafiz SaeedPakistanTerrorismlast_img read more

Reyes, Valdez say team needs chemistry

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Finals stint an achievement for Bali Pure, says Gorayeb Valdez added: “It’s a nice way of training because right now we are working on team plays. But there’s a need to jell with one another.”Valdez missed the team’s participation in the Asian Clubs in Kazakhstan, but the 23-year-old star said she looks forward to more training abroad with the team before flying to the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the first day of practice after the final roster was announced, the Nationals worked on their drills and combination plays that Reyes said “would really require knowing each other well.”Also present in the morning practice at Arellano University were Ces Molina, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Gen Casugod, Kim Fajardo, Denden Lazaro, Aby Maraño, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and pool member Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJaja Santiago missed the training because she was practicing with National University, while Rachel Anne Daquis was absent for personal reasons.“It’s still a long process because we rarely get a complete team. But we really try to train despite the busy schedule with our clubs,” said Reyes. “We need to see each other. There can’t be a no-practice week.” Philippine volleyball team captain Mika Reyes and college rival Alyssa Valdez agreed on the need to work on their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Fans “emotionally drained” after India’s World Cup win: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that playing in the IPL just after the World Cup was tough and the fans were also “emotionally drained” after the country’s historic triumph of the coveted trophy last month.”The IPL schedule was tough as it came just after the World Cup,” Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni said after CSK won the IPL 4 title by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the summit clash here.”The whole of India wanted the country to win the World Cup and we did. The fans were a bit emotionally drained after the World Cup to come out in large numbers initially in the IPL. But they later came out to watch the IPL,” he said.Talking about Sunday’s comprehensive victory over RCB, Dhoni heaped praised on the opening pair of Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay for setting up a huge total with a 159-run stand.”Well you can say we saved the best for the last. Vijay and Hussey gave us a great start and stayed till the 15-16th over. Hence we could maintain the momentum and score over 200 runs,” he said.”You want to show intent in a final and show you want to win it. That’s what the batsmen did,” he added. He also praised off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his impressive 3/16 performance.”Ashwin bowled really well, he has real heart to toss the ball really well up even with just two fielders outside. Very contributive performance,” he said.Asked which one was tougher in CSK’s title win between last year and this season, Dhoni said, “Last year we struggled a bit to make the semis, this time it was more comfortable.advertisement”I am happy to have also won the fairplay award, people say you need to play hard. We showed you can play fair and still win it.” .- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 latest leak re-confirms specs ahead of October 16 launch

first_imgNot even a week is left for the launch of Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in Berlin but the rumours and leaks just won’t stop pouring in. While we already know enough about the Mate 10 Pro, thanks to the endless leaks and rumours, a new leaked image which looks like a promotional poster hints at the specs of the Mate 10 smartphone.According to the leaked image posted on Weibo, the Mate 10 will sport a massive 6.2-inch display with a 2,160 x 1080 pixels of resolution. The phone will have an aspect ratio of 18:9 which means that the phone could come with a nearly bezel-less display, similar to what is being rumoured for the OnePlus 5T. Both the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro will be powered by  Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor developed on the 10nm process along with AI support. There are talks that the smartphone will run on Android 8.0 with Huawei’s own UI on top.While the previous rumours suggested that the Mate 10 could come with a dual camera set up with 20MP+13MP sensors, the leaked poster suggests that the phone will come with Leica’s 20MP+ 23MP dual camera set up. The poster shows that the phone will come with 4000mAh battery.There are two RAM variants expected for the Mate 10 with 4GB or 8GB RAM. The phone is expected to come with features like the iris scanner, facial recognition, AR compatibility and 3D sensing.There was an image posted on Weibo in August that showed that the Mate 10 could sport a bezel-less display and a metal unibody design. The image showed a fingerprint sensor placed below the vertically aligned Leica-branded dual cameras at the back.advertisementAlso Read: Huawei Mate 10 first look out, set to launch on October 16The Mate 10 Pro is a device more often seen in leaks and rumours than the Mate 10. The famous tipster Evan Blass recently leaked new images of the smartphone that appear to be the official press renders. The phone will sport a nearly bezel-less 5.99-inch Quad HD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone will run on Android 8.0 Oreo and is expected to come in four variants — three with 6GB RAM and one with 8GB RAM. The phone could have 4000mAh battery with Huawei’s ‘Super Charge’ fast charging technology.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly

first_imgDefending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany were the clear favourites as they took on Mexico in their opening match of the tournament. But the North Americans had other ideas as they pulled off a massive upset against the reigning world champions.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE Mexico fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium (Reuters Photo)The historic win was earned through Hirving Lozano’s goal. The 22-year-old scored in the 35th minute with a low shot past Manuel Neuer. The goal led to wild celebrations in the stadium and back home in Mexico.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL FIXTURESIt was the second successive World Cup that the champions were beaten in their opening match after Spain were thrashed 5-1 by the Netherlands in Brazil four years ago. The result left the German fans in absolute shock (Reuters Photo)Fans on social media celebrated goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s performance, circulating memes depicting him as president of Mexico. Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory (Reuters Photo)Others riffed on U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, placing photos of Ochoa guarding the goal alongside the caption “Hey! We already have a wall.”advertisementGerman newspaper today:”Sorry Mexico, today we build the wall”Karma’s:México beat Germany in the #WorldCup #GERMEX 0-1 Tiwari (@43kinglove43) June 17, 20181-0!! S/o to all my Mexican homies back at home who couldnt make it to Russia #GERMEX White (@TonyWhiteMM) June 18, 2018Another popular meme depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel holding a phone to her ear with the text: “Donald? It’s me Angela. Please build the wall.”Hello @realDonaldTrump, please build the wall. #GERMEX #WorldCup Kyallo (@paulokyalo) June 17, 2018Leroy Sane at home like #GERMEX Latim (@brianlatim) June 17, 2018Mexico will face South Korea in their next game on Saturday in Rostov-on-Dov, Russia.The Mexico Goal by Hirving Lozano that beat Germany with some classic commentary from Enrique Bermudez#worldcup #GERMEX Of The Kop (@_RoarOfTheKop_) June 17, 2018The Germans, who are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962, next play Sweden on June 23 before facing South Korea in their final group game four days later.last_img read more

CSK has moved on from MS Dhoni controversy: Mike Hussey

first_imgChennai Super Kings team has ‘moved on’ from the controversy created due to an uncharacteristic outburst from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and will have no bearing during Sunday’s IPL encounter against KKR, batting coach Mike Hussey said Saturday.During an IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni lost his cool as he rushed into the field of play to confront umpire Ulhas Gandhe for backtracking on a no-ball signal. The former India captain was docked 50 percent of his match fees.”It’s (incident) like having a loss. And again, you move on to the next match as quickly as you possibly can. So to be honest, we haven’t spoken about it. It’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on,” Hussey said on the eve of their return leg match in Kolkata.”Yeah, it’s all happened and it’s been dealt with pretty much right after the game. And the game is finished and and that’s the thing about the IPL. You get to move on to the next match very quickly. There’s no point us dwelling on it. Worrying about and stressing about it, we’ve got to move on.”Hussey went on to say that Dhoni is a huge asset to any team, a brilliant player who can play to any situation of the game well.”So if he comes into the team’s in trouble, quite often you see him play slowly and just resurrect the innings, build a partnership, we’ve seen how dominant and how powerful that can be at the death as well.advertisement”So that that’s probably his value is that he can play a variety of roles. And he plays it very well with a calm head. So, so he’s a huge asset to any team that he plays for.”Asked whether he could be the answer to the No 4 riddle in the upcoming World Cup, Hussey said: “I’m sure the Indian selectors will think about lots of different combinations along the way. But at the end of the day, I don’t think it really matters whether you bet 4, 5 or 6, I think he’s going to be a great asset to the team.”Table leaders CSK are the team to beat this season with six wins out of seven matches, the latest coming against Rajasthan Royals when Santer sealed the game in the final ball with a six amind all the drama and controversy.”The lucky thing about the CSK batting order is that they are very experienced players. They know their own games very well. Quite a few of them have played here at the Eden Gardens on many occasions so they will know hat to expect and lets hope they can make the adjustments as quickly as possible. I’m expecting them to adjust pretty quickly,” he said.Andre Russell in ominous form with the bat, Chennai Super Kings will have their strategies clear to stop the Jamaican.”He is obviously in great touch at the moment. I just think every team is going to have some some clear plans against him. But I think you need to be really calm in the moment with him, very clear on where you want to try and ball and then execute that skill as best you can.”If he still is good enough to get it away, that’s okay then try and execute it again the next ball. not to complicate things too much keep things very simple but but the execution is probably the key.”With 10 wickets from seven matches, seamer Deepak Chahar has been in exceptionally good form doing a fine job in the Powerplay overs.Hussey said the 26-year-old’s ability to to swing the new ball with good control makes him a bankable bowler.”You watch the slow motions, the seam position coming down, it’s in beautiful position so yeah, he’s been very accurate and can swing the new ball and that’s why he’s used in the in the in the first few over and he’s ability to pick up wickets in that power plays very important as well,” he hailed.”In the last few matches, we have actually started using them at the death as well. And and I do see that continuing, maybe just one over towards the end. And it’s something that I know he really looks forward to.”Giving a team update, Hussey said Dwayne Bravo is not fit yet.”I am not hundred percent sure but he is well on his way to getting back from the hamstring injury, hoping he is back as soon as he can but I don’t think he is ready quite as yet.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni should have been banned for 2 matches over umpiring outburst: Virender SehwagAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketerslast_img read more

Wisconsin man has #HOTSPORTSTAKE on OSU

first_imgThis is going to be a problem.I laughed my way this post by “Wisconsin’s Sports Talk Leader” Bill Michaels.He suggests the death penalty for OSU, that none of its administration or coaches should ever work again. Hey, here’s an excerpt:Those who are within the program will suffer the wrath of the NCAA.  The coaches, Les Miles (now with LSU) and current OSU head coach Mike Gundy, can move on and find work almost anywhere. Yes their reputations are somewhat tarnished but a year or so removed from the situation, they are as good as new elsewhere.All eyes are now on the NCAA, remembering the Miami investigation, I can only say “Don’t screw this one up!”The problem is that he wrote about it on Tuesday — after Part 1 — but implied that he’d already seen the whole thing. Now unless “Wisconsin’s Sports Talk Leader” Bill Michaels has insiders at Sports Illustrated that I’m just totally unaware of then you see the larger issue here.People aren’t, you know, going to read the articles. And if you think they read the articles they sure aren’t going to read a detailed breakdown by me or anyone else or follow up in six months (or 60 months) when all this is over.So for all intents and purposes — Thayer Evans’ work is done here. Whatever comes of this — whether it fizzles out or ends in court — if his goal was to tackle Oklahoma State, he’s already succeeded to a large degree.Now I wrote yesterday that I’m not sure as many people care as Sports Illustrated originally thought but the ones that do will likely join Mr. Hotsportstake Wisconsin and remember OSU for this scandal and this scandal alone.For shame.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

SmrtGRiPS get you where you’re going while keeping your eyes on the road

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design Navigating in the 21st century is less about tabletop maps as it is built-in apps. However, though turn-by-turn navigation is often baked into the dash of your car, accessing the same set of features while cruising down the road on your bike is far more cumbersome, especially when you consider how vital it is to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel when faced with a smattering of potential pitfalls. Fortunately, that’s where SmrtGRiPS’ connected bike grips ($60) come in.Designed and engineered in Germany, the hands-free smart grips are made to alleviate common problems every cyclist faces on the daily. You can easily swap the rechargeable grips with those on your bike, and once you set your desired destination and route using the accompanying Boréal app, the grips use haptic communication signals to guide you about town. As you approach an upcoming signal, for instance, the right grip will gently vibrate and become more pronounced as you get closer. Same goes for the left.Intuitive navigation is only one part of their appeal, though. The mobile app for Android and iOS devices lets you quickly locate your bike via a distance indicator and a convenient “Ring your ride” button, the latter of which immediately prompts the SmrtGRiPS to signal their location. Moreover, you can even use the app to notify the crowdGPS network if you’re bike goes missing. Afterward, you’ll receive an instant notification whenever another SmrtGRiP user comes within 330 feet of your bike. The fact Boréal utilizes OpenStreetMaps only adds to the equation, providing you with a wealth of crowd-sourced information pertaining to bike lanes, popular routes, nearby friends, and more.It may be some time before the SmrtGRiPS see the light of day given their Indiegogo campaign is set to end in March, but the 3.5-ounce devices will also be waterproof and run for three months on a single charge upon their debut — making them just as perfect for your rainy morning commute as your cross-country venture next summer.Check out SmrtGRiPS on Indiegogo for more information, or to contribute to the company’s crowd-funding campaign. Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Editors’ Recommendations The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Painlast_img read more

Moroccans Slam CTM for Excluding Western Sahara from Moroccos Map

Rabat – CTM broadcasted a nine-month advertisement to promote the company’s transport services which excluded Morocco’s southern provinces in Western Sahara.The advertisement, which was displayed in French, included a presentation from CTM’s CEO, Ezzoubeir Errhaimini, who spoke about the company’s achievements since its creation in 1919.The advertisement also included details about trips offered by the company from Casablanca to Agadir, clients’ statements, and the services provided to them. read Also: UAFA Deletes Tweet of Map Excluding Western Sahara from MoroccoThe advertisement says that the company “respects all international standards adopted in the field of urban transportation, whether about safety or respect for the environment.” Moroccan media referred to CTM’s decision to exclude Western Sahara as a “crime” against Morocco’s territorial integrity, considering it “a negligence that requires accountability and prosecution.” They also called on authorities to take legal action against the company. Morocco World News contacted CTM hoping to hear their side of the story from Sahar El Guetbaoui, the marketing manager. However, El Guetbaoui has not yet responded. read more

Hurricanes impact on political process in Haiti reaffirms need to extend peackeeping

The Provisional Electoral Council has postponed the elections, pending completion of an assessment of the hurricane’s impact on the electoral process, she said. Preliminary reports indicate that at least 70 per cent of voting centres may have been affected in the South department, and even more in Grand’Anse, where many areas are still inaccessible, she added. Prior to the disruption caused by the hurricane, which made landfall on 4 October, technical preparations had largely been on track for the holding of the elections, she said, noting that most political actors were committed to renewing the country’s key democratic institutions through elections as a crucial first step toward Haiti’s return to constitutional order, following the extended period of transitional governance. “No political party had boycotted the process, and the large number of registered candidates and parties reflected a broad participation of actors across the political spectrum, setting the stage for an inclusive electoral process,” she said. Haiti’s ownership of electoral process is a promising sign for its futureThe commitment shown by the Haitian authorities to own the electoral process, including financial and operational aspects, is a promising sign for the country’s future, especially given the eventual drawdown of MINUSTAH, the Special Representative said. She emphasized that while the Provisional Electoral Council is preparing to announce a new electoral calendar, it is important to find the right balance to maintain the momentum generated for elections and to take into account the technical and political considerations, while facing the largest humanitarian crisis that Haiti has known since 2010. Despite the imperative need for all actors to focus on the emergency response, they cannot lose sight of the longer term challenges and priorities, such as strengthening the rule of law institutions and most notably the Haitian National Police, which has yet to become operationally independent to fully provide for security throughout the country, she stressed. Work on the new five-year development strategy is reaching its final stages, determining objectives with respect to the required police-to-population ratio and identifying areas in which continuous specialized support is needed for further institutional and operational improvement of the national police, she said. ‘This is a humanitarian tragedy and an acute emergency situation’Detailing the damage brought by the storm, she reported that more than 2.1 million people are estimated to have been affected, with more than 1.4 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The Ministry of the Interior has confirmed 372 deaths, a figure that is likely to rise, while more than 60,000 people have been evacuated and remain in temporary shelters. Though the full extent of the physical damage is still being assessed by the Government, “This is a humanitarian tragedy and an acute emergency situation,” she warned. There are hundreds of suspected cholera cases, and we are already seeing the first deathsThe health impact of this disaster cannot be overestimated. “The absence of drinking water and the contamination by sewage of other available water, is causing a very high level of infections from diarrheal disease, including but not exclusively, cholera,” she said. “There are hundreds of suspected cholera cases, and we are already seeing the first deaths.” Protecting vulnerable populations from cholera, and ensuring that the restoration, and in some cases the installation, of water and sanitation systems has to be one of the priorities for humanitarian action, she said. Regarding a flash appeal for $120 million announced yesterday by the UN and partners, she called on all Member States to contribute urgently to the appeal, in support of the response being led by the Government to meet the needs of 750,000 people for the next three months. “I call on all of Haiti’s international partners to continue to lend your support to the country to rapidly overcome the new challenges occasioned by the hurricane so that focus of all can be returned to strengthening the country’s economic, physical and institutional infrastructure,” said Sandra Honoré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, during a Security Council debate on the UN’s mandate in the country. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) be extended for six months at the current force and police strength. “This will allow MINUSTAH to support the Haitian authorities in their efforts to return to full constitutional order amidst the humanitarian crisis created by Hurricane Matthew,” said Ms. Honoré, who is also the head of MINUSTAH. She noted that MINUSTAH’s civilian and uniformed personnel and capacities are being put to full use in support of the humanitarian efforts, by opening up access to roads, providing airlift and supporting the Haitian National Police in securing humanitarian workers and stocks, among other tasks. She went on to highlight that not only did Hurricane Matthew bring destruction to Haiti, it has also affected the country’s political outlook, rendering impossible the holding on 9 October of the presidential elections repeated from last year, as well as the partial senatorial elections and legislative reruns. Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Sandra Honoré. UN Photo/Manuel Elias read more

With access to clean modern energy poorer countries look to power ahead

In its 2017 report on the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), focused on Transformational Energy Access the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said that only four of them were on course to achieve internationally agreed targets on energy distribution by 2030. While they have made great strides in recent years, achieving the global goal of universal access to energy by 2030, the finish line for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will require a 350 per cent increase in their annual rate of electrification, said UNCTAD. “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 is not only a question of satisfying households’ basic energy needs,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said in Geneva, ahead of the report’s publication on Tuesday. “That in itself has valuable welfare implications, but we need to go beyond […] For electrification to transform LDC economies, modern energy provision needs to spur productivity increases and unlock the production of more goods and services.” Dr. Kituyi added: “The productive use of energy is what turns access into economic development, and what ensures that investments in electricity infrastructure are economically viable. But that means looking beyond satisfying households basic needs to achieving transformational energy access – satisfying producers’ needs for adequate, reliable and affordable energy.” Find out more about the UN’s work with and for the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries hereTo that end, the report notes that renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, could have a revolutionary effect in rural areas, home to 82 per cent of those without power in the least developed countries, and help to overcome the historical obstacles to rural electrification. But non-hydro renewable energy in these countries has so far come mostly from small-scale technologies, such as solar lanterns and stand-alone home systems. While these have brought some progress, they fall short of the game-changing access to power that they need to transform their economies. Utility-scale renewable technologies capable of feeding the grids and mini-grids necessary not only to power homes, but also to grow businesses and industries, need to be deployed rapidly. But to achieve this, the least developed countries must overcome important technological, economic and institutional obstacles. This will require both the right national policies and stronger international support. Because energy technologies, and particularly renewable technologies, are constantly evolving, it is critical that the least developed countries gain access to the technologies suited to their particular conditions and circumstances, and that they strengthen the capacity of their energy sectors to absorb such technologies. The recently created Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries could help, but developed countries could help even more by living up to their technology-transfer obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol, said UNCTAD. read more

Martin Schwalb to sue HSV Hamburg

germanyHSV HamburgHSV HandballMartin Schwalb Martin Schwalb will be sueing his former club, HSV Hamburg. Martin Schwalb was under contract until 2015, but he suffered heart attack after which HSV Hamburg terminated his contract in the club. Now the 51-year old is taking the case to the court, and the first hearing on the 22nd of September. ← Previous Story Dagur Sigurdsson confirmed Germany coach Next Story → Men’s U18 EUR0 2014 starts in Poland

PGE Vive Kielce beat Orlen Wisla Plock in Polish derby

Orlen Wisla PlockPGE Vive Kielce ← Previous Story EHF statement about “March 24”: EHF CL schedule is set two years ago Next Story → THE END OF SERIES: Pick Szeged conquer “Veszprem Arena” PGE Vive Kielce stay at the TOP of the Polish handball with another victory over the biggest rival Orlen Wisla Plock 36:30 (17:18). This time, team of Piotr Przbecky was better in the first half, but home team overtook result in the last 30 minutes to secure another convincing victory at the end with Karol Bielecki in the role of the TOP scorer with eight goals.PGE VIVE Kielce – Orlen Wisła Płock 36:30 (17:18)                             PGE VIVE: Szmal, Wałach – Jurecki 4, Dujshebaev 6, Kus, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 8, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 2, Janc 1, Lijewski 2, Jurkiewicz, Zorman 2, Bombac 5, Djukić 1.Orlen Wisła: Morawski, Wichary, Borbely – Daszek 1, Duarte 4, Krajewski 5, Racotea 2, Obradović, Ghionea 3, T. Gębala 3, Ivić, Tarabochia 1, M. Gębala, Żabić 4, Mihić 2, De Toledo 5. read more

Tottenham to bid for Jack Grealish

first_imgIt seems Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is out to check crisis club Aston Villa’s insistence they will not sell Jack Grealish for under £40 million by making a bid for the midfielder.Mauricio Pochettino identified Aston Villa star as prime summer target and Tottenham is on their way to bid for Jack Grealish, a move that seems to take advantage of the current financial crisis trailing the midfielder current club, according to The Telegraph.Report: Eriksen confirms his push to leave Spurs George Patchias – September 3, 2019 Christian Eriksen has publicly admitted his wish to quit Tottenham this summer and has no regrets about forcing the issue.In comments published by the…The Championship club will have to cash in on Grealish this summer after failing to win promotion to the Premier League left them in a financial mess.Levy will believe he can get Grealish for as little as £15m, despite Villa’s attempts to stress they will not sell their prized asset on the cheap. That could make negotiations strained, but Levy will know that Villa are not in a strong position to stick to their guns having only just staved off the immediate threat of administration by settling their bill with HMRC.last_img read more

Missing woman found dead in Cat Island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #womanfounddeadinCatIsland Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 2, 2017 – Cat Island – A murder investigation is launched in Cat Island after an elderly American woman’s body was found on Sunday in bushes.   It is said that three men are in custody being questioned about the killing.Police rushed to Cat Island over the weekend after there was a report of the woman going missing, her vehicle was found burned.#MagneticMediaNews#womanfounddeadinCatIslandlast_img read more

Cancer Research UK tops list of best notforprofit organisations to work for

first_imgCancer Research UK is the best not-for-profit organisation to work for in Britain, according to data analysis by job website Indeed.The charity, which has 40,000 volunteer workers and 4,000 paid staff, topped the rankings determined by reviews left by visitors to the site on individual pages. Cancer Research UK’s culture and its promotion of a good work-life balance were among the workplace factors highly rated by employees.Second on the list was global charity Oxfam. Reviews posted on Indeed by volunteers and staff, both past and present, praised the organisation for being an engaging and inspiring place to work.The National Citizen Service, a volunteer group that seeks to empower teenagers across the UK, took third place, while charities the British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder completed the top five.Local government body Transport for London, which topped Indeed’s rankings for work-life balance earlier in the year, was the 12th-placed not-for-profit organisation.Indeed used a proprietary algorithm to rank the organisations using a variety of factors, such as average rating, number of reviews and the history of job openings.Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, said: “Non-profit organisations can be fantastic places to work, with stimulating environments where employees are encouraged and empowered to make a difference.“Many of those who choose a career in the sector are looking beyond their pay packet to other rewards. Yet it’s striking that, just as in the commercial world, the employers that score highest with their staff are those who make their teams feel valued, and offer a good work-life balance and a positive workplace culture.”last_img read more

Evangelicals and Muslims see similarities in faiths and favor closer ties survey

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Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,LifeWay Christian Resources to close all stores in 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — As a growing number of evangelical Christian leaders are working to improve Christian-Muslim relations, a new online study finds that more than 3 in 4 U.S. evangelicals say they never or infrequently interact with Muslims.The national benchmark survey by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding — which conducted online interviews with 500 self-identified Muslims and 500 self-identified evangelicals in early January — suggests that an overlap in religious values between the two faith groups is obscured by a lack of understanding.Rabbi Marc Schneier, who heads the foundation, said he was surprised at the low number of evangelical Christians — 22 percent — who said they interact with Muslims at least somewhat frequently and that they believe the interaction has fostered better understanding between the groups. In contrast, 53 percent of Muslims said the same for evangelicals.Graphic courtesy of the Foundation for Ethnic UnderstandingIn addition, the poll’s open-ended questions, which weren’t released with the survey results, showed that many evangelicals were disinterested in knowing more about Islam, its practices and holidays, according to FFEU’s polling experts, pointing to an overall lack of engagement.Said Schneier, “That lack of interest is a real concern and a challenge.”Among the evangelicals surveyed, most showed low levels of familiarity with basic Islamic terminology. Only half said they were very or somewhat familiar with the holy month of Ramadan — about 3 percent incorrectly identified it as a Jewish term — and 9 percent were familiar with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.Muslims tended to show more understanding of Christian terms, with 65 percent surveyed saying they were familiar with Lent and 77 percent saying the same of the Old Testament.The data “reveals much about our current state,” said Micah Fries, co-author of “Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors.” “Unfortunately, too often it is fear and ignorance that fuels further separation between the Muslim and Evangelical communities.” The knowledge gap shown in the survey, he said, might serve as “a wakeup call” that could lead to better relations.The study provided support for that possibility: Muslims and evangelicals who interacted with members of the other group frequently were more likely to see their faiths as more similar than different and to perceive the other faith as inclusive, modern and evolving.“Evangelical Christian-Muslim relations is today’s largest interreligious challenge, and the poll shows that there are causes for concern and elements of hope and optimism on both sides to narrow the divide,” Schneier said.Graphic courtesy of the Foundation for Ethnic UnderstandingAs a result, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, founded in 1989 to address Muslim-Jewish relations and African-American-Jewish relations, has made it a priority this year to help build relationships between Muslims and evangelicals.Yet there was cause for concern: 62 percent of evangelicals surveyed identified “a lot” or “some” anti-Muslim sentiment among evangelicals.Common reasons given for the discrimination was a feeling that Islam is insular and parochial, and that Muslims are largely anti-Israel.The FFEU’s survey found that more than half of surveyed Muslims and evangelicals blame both Israelis and Palestinians for the Mideast crisis and strong numbers of both groups said they were hopeful for a peaceful solution.The survey also revealed that Muslims and evangelicals share many religious and political values. Religious freedom, immigration, health care and the safety of their families were among both groups’ top political concerns. Both groups said they pray and attend faith services at similar rates, and they also ranked the same three religious values as most important to them: daily prayer, family and making the world a better place.If evangelicals don’t see these similarities, said Imam Ossama Bahloul, resident scholar at the Islamic Center of Nashville, it’s because of their lack of exposure to the Islamic faith.“Most of the evangelicals lack an opportunity to interact with the Muslim community,” he said. “One might say that they live within their own bubble of like-minded people, and this has prevented them from realizing that there are similarities between both themselves and Muslims. Both communities care deeply about faith, family and are pro-life.”That ignorance prevents them from building coalitions to further their commonly held values, said Bahloul, who has been working on strengthening interfaith relations in Tennessee for nearly a decade.He said that while his community’s relationship with local Jews is thriving, building ties with evangelical leaders has been “challenging.” Evangelical leaders are willing to work together outside their respective houses of worship, but giving imams access to their congregations was another issue.But continued Muslim outreach to evangelicals and rural Americans is the “most critical work we have to do in America,” he said. “We have to give it the proper attention, to change the narrative, to fight Islamophobia and any discrimination against religious minorities.”Eboo Patel, a prominent Muslim interfaith advocate, says FFEU’s data misses an emerging trend in which growing numbers of evangelicals and institutions are mobilizing to bridge the Christian-Muslim divide.In February, a large contingent of evangelical leaders joined other interfaith leaders at the Alliance of Virtue conference advocating religious freedom in Washington, D.C. In Texas, NorthWood Church’s pastor Bob Roberts Jr. has led initiatives to bring together pastors and imams. Fuller Theological Seminary professor Matthew Kaemingk has written a book about Christian hospitality toward Muslim immigrants.Last year, Neighborly Faith, an organization in North Carolina working to help evangelicals build relationships with people of other faiths, launched a fellowship program with funding from Islamic Relief USA to help evangelical college students combat Islamophobia in their communities. One fellow, a student from Chicago’s Trinity International University, is bringing together families from his church and families from a local mosque to break bread together. Another fellow, from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is working to help Southern Baptists welcome Muslim refugees.The divide, Patel said, “is inspiring a set of Muslims and evangelicals to be interfaith leaders to bridge that gap,” Patel said. “They’re recognizing that fear and loathing of Muslims is a civil problem and a violation of their faith commitments.”Author Eboo Patel. Image courtesy of Interfaith Youth CoreNowhere is the phenomenon more visible, Patel said, than in evangelical higher education and among young evangelicals. In the past several months, he has been invited to speak at prominent Christian universities, including Wheaton, Pepperdine and Bethel.“They’re saying, ‘Look, we cannot bear false witness against our Muslim neighbor,’” Patel said. “They’re recognizing that it’s not good for them, it’s not good for America, and it’s not Christian.”When the FFEU conducted a similar study on Jewish-Muslim relations last year, the findings were more positive. Majorities of both Muslims and Jews agreed that their faiths are more similar than different, and more than 60 percent of both Muslims and Jews said that working together to strengthen anti-discrimination policies is important.Such numbers are the “fruit of long-term bridge-building,” said Patel, adding that political climates with rampant anti-Semitism and Islamophobia have drawn Jews and Muslims, both religious minorities, together in common cause. White evangelicals, however, are in a position of relative power — courted by the president and with open access to the White House. Bahloul said their size and influence mean that many evangelical Christians do not seem to realize that interfaith work is in their interest.“I know from my sincere relationships with evangelicals that building relationships between the two communities serves to benefit on an individual level as well as the community at large,” he said.Schneier sees Jewish-Muslim relations in the United States as a roadmap for evangelicals.“Jewish-Muslim relations have moved from a state of conflict to a state of cooperation,” Schneier said. “I’ve seen this trajectory toward the promised land of Jewish-Muslim cooperation, and I predict this same journey will happen for evangelical Christians.”The margin of error for respondents in the FFEU survey is plus or minus 4.38 percentage points. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! 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Punycode Phishing Attack fools even diehard Internet veterans

first_imgPunycode Phishing Attack fools even die-hard Internet veterans by Martin Brinkmann on April 17, 2017 in Security – Last Update: April 18, 2017 – 29 commentsThere are only a handful of rules that you need to know to counter any phishing attack that you may be exposed to on the Internet, right?Check the web address and make sure it is the right one. Also, make sure you don’t follow any links on pages or in messages that you don’t trust 100%.While that is sound advise, and will help you identify the bulk of phishing attacks, Chinese security researcher Xudong Zheng just demonstrated that things may not always be that easy.Punycode Phishing AttackHe set up a special domain to demonstrate how this works. Point your browser to https://www.аррӏе.com/ and watch what happens.Somehow, you did not end up on Apple’s website, but on a site that uses the correct URL, seemingly, and has a security certificate. If an attacker would have replicated Apple’s website, and not displayed the “hey there” message, would you have noticed that you are not on Apple’s site?You wonder probably how this works. The technique uses something that is called Punycode. Broken down to the essentials, Punycode enables you to register domain names with characters that are not native to a language.A basic example would be the German city of München. The letter ü is not available in English for instance, and that is where Punycode comes into play. The Punycode version of München is xn--mnchen-3ya. You can convert text on a site like Punycoder to see how other names are converted.One of the main issues from a security perspective is that some characters are not easily distinguishable. Compare the ASCII “a” with the Cyrillic “а” and tell me if you see the difference.An attack that makes use of these similarities are called homograph attack. Modern browsers come with security features that protect users from these kind of attacks.If you open this а domain name for instance, you will notice that most browsers displays the Punycode version of it ( instead automatically.The security researcher discovered however that the protection in Chrome or Firefox fail if every single character is replaced with a foreign one. This is why this аррӏе.com domain name displays as if it is the real deal, even though it is actually news is that some browsers protect you against the attack already. If you use Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari or Vivaldi, you will notice that the Punycode address is displayed automatically.If you open the same domain name in Chrome, Firefox or Opera however, is displayed instead.That’s a big problem obviously, as that address is not distinguishable from Apple’s real domain name.The researcher disclosed the vulnerability to Google and Mozilla on January 20, 2017. Google created a patch for the issue which the company plans to roll out later this month in Chrome 58.Mozilla filed a bug on Bugzilla, but no consensus appears to have been reached yet. Firefox users who want to be on the safe side of things need to make a change in the configuration:Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and hit the Enter-key.Confirm that you will be careful.Search for network.IDN_show_punycode.Double-click the preference to set it to true.This forces Firefox to show Punycode when it is used.Chrome users on the other hand need to wait until Google releases a fix for the browser.Update: Chrome users can install Punycode Alert that warns users when a Punycode containing URL is loaded.Now You: would you have fallen for the attack?SummaryArticle NamePunycode Phishing Attack fools even die-hard Internet veteransDescriptionChinese security researcher Xudong Zheng discovered a new phishing attack using Punycode that will fool even die-hard Internet veterans.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more