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New High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed by UN

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Valentin Inzko, a senior Austrian diplomat, as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body stressed the importance of the High Representative’s role in the implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, which ended devastating inter-ethnic fighting in the Balkan country.Mr. Inzko was appointed on 11 March as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for Bosnia and Herzegovina until 28 February 2010, and was designated High Representative by the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council on 13 March.Previously the Austrian ambassador to Slovenia, Mr. Inzko is a 60-year-old career diplomat with extensive experience in south-eastern Europe, much of that in Bosnia and Herzegovina.In today’s resolution, the Council also paid tribute to Miroslav Lajcák, Mr. Inzko’s predecessor, who had served from June 2007. 25 March 2009The United Nations Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Valentin Inzko, a senior Austrian diplomat, as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina. read more

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In Washington UN World Bank chiefs rally support to build a healthy

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim pledged $50 million ahead of the high-level conference on “Haiti: Clean Water, Improved Sanitation, Better Health” , co-hosted with the UN Secretary-General to substantially improve water and sanitation coverage in Haiti, and strengthen health services.“We have made significant progress in controlling the cholera epidemic in Haiti, but too many people are still getting sick, mainly because they don’t have access to clean water and lack sanitation systems. Cholera remains endemic and water borne diseases are one of the leading causes of infant mortality in Haiti,” said Mr. Kim.“Expanding coverage of safe water and sanitation is possible. We cannot ignore this opportunity to prevent thousands more Haitian children from dying from waterborne diseases,” he added.The high-level conference is being chaired by Mr. Kim and the Secretary-General, who invited leading partners to join in an effort to substantially improve water and sanitation coverage in Haiti, and strengthen health services.“For decades, water and sanitation have been neglected in Haiti, with serious consequences for public health, said Mr. Ban, explaining that without safe water and adequate sanitation, people die from preventable waterborne illnesses, including diarrhoea Malnutrition rates worsen, stunting not only a child’s development but that of the country itself. Children, especially girls, stay out of school. “We now need to catch up. We must help the Haitian people. We must bring access to water, sanitation and healthcare within reach of every Haitian,” the Secretary-General declared, emphasizing that the Haitian Government is “fully mobilized” and all UN agencies in the country will continue to support the Government’s efforts. The UN chief went on to say that Dr. Paul Farmer, his Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, and Pedro Medrano, the UN Senior Coordinator for Resource Mobilization for Haiti Cholera Elimination, have been tracking pledges and disbursements towards the country’s national action plan. “As of today, the $2.2 billion, 10-year National Plan is just 10 per cent funded. While a lot has been done, there is clearly much more to do,” said the Secretary-General.“I call on all of Haiti’s partners to step up, sustain the recent momentum, and help build a healthy Haiti underpinned by clean water and improved sanitation,” said Mr. Ban, adding that the Haitian people expect their Government and the international community to deliver. “If we all do our part, we can help Haitians to realize a healthier, more prosperous future.”As for the “Total Sanitation” initiative he launched with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe when he visited Haiti in July 2014, Mr. Ban said: “I had an emotional visit to Haiti in July, when I heard first-hand how cholera has affected families. I also saw what communities can do…and how resilient people were. With a little bit of help, we can help address the underlying risks and make them free of disease.”The campaign will strive for zero open defecation, increased access to water and sanitation infrastructure in primary and secondary schools, as well as in health centres. And it will also encourage greater household investments in durable, hygienic latrines.New costing analysis conducted by the World Bank and Haiti’s Department of Health and National Department for Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) estimates that $310 million investment in water, sanitation and health is needed to save lives and prevent cholera in high prevalence zones over the next three years. The new $50 million World Bank pledge will contribute to the implementation of a project that will reach about 2 million people in cholera hot spots of rural Haiti.According to the World Bank, about 38 per cent of Haitians lack access to safe drinking water, and only 24 percent of Haitian families has access to improved sanitation. Evidence shows that for every dollar invested in water and sanitation, seven dollars are gained in healthcare savings and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. This new initiative calls for concerted push for water and sanitation will help save lives and improve people’s health.The conference is taking place as significant progress has been made in the fight against cholera, but at the same time, more than 30 people get infected every day and water borne diseases remain one of the leading causes of child mortality.The United Nations has developed a two-year support plan to the Haitian National Plan to eliminate cholera and which focuses on four pillars: epidemiological surveillance; health promotion; medical treatment; and water, hygiene and sanitation. read more

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Prevention crisis is hampering global HIV response warns head of UNAIDS

Describing his appeal as a “wake-up call” to the global community, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé explained that “partial successes” in saving lives and stopping new infections  – some 1.4 million  since 2010 – had resulted in a lack of urgency among Member States.This is despite the fact that 180,000 children became infected with HIV last year, missing the 2018 target of protecting all youngsters from the virus, Sidibé said.The UNAIDS chief also noted that more than three decades into the HIV epidemic, three-in-five people starting HIV treatment are still not screened, tested or treated for tuberculosis – the biggest killer of people living with HIV.There is an acute shortage of health-care workers and there is continuing stigma and discrimination –  Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director“The number of AIDS-related deaths is the lowest this century,” he said introducing the agency’s latest report, noting that fewer than one million people per year now die from illnesses linked to AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).Other successes include the fact that three out of four people living with HIV are now aware of their status – an important first step to getting medical help, the UNAIDS chief said.In addition, a record 21.7 million people are on treatment—an increase of 2.3 million people since the end of 2016, according to the Global AIDS Update 2018.Despite these apparent successes, globally, new HIV infections have declined by only 18 per cent in the past seven years, UNAIDS says, from 2.2 million in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2017.At its peak in 1996, 3.4 million people were infected by the virus.The reduction in new HIV infections has been strongest in the region most affected by HIV, Eastern and Southern Africa, where new HIV infections have fallen by 30 per cent since 2010. UNAIDS/Laurence GeaiMichel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, at the launch of the ‘Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices’ report in Paris, France.While these results are welcome, the UNAIDS Chief Executive cautioned that an additional 2.8 million people a year will require access to treatment for the next three years, if global targets are to be met.And although there is an urgent need to do this, “there are no new commitments to increase resources, there is an acute shortage of health-care workers and there is continuing stigma and discrimination”, he said.One key and immediate challenge is reducing new HIV infections which are not falling fast enough, Mr. Sidibé added, owing to a lack of impetus on prevention.This is despite many available measures to protect vulnerable and marginalized communities who face an increased risk of HIV infection, the reason being that they are not being scaled up sufficiently and they “are not reaching the people who need them the most”.And in a call for Governments everywhere to “protect everyone”, the UNAIDS chief noted the terrible consequences of stigma and discrimination, which lead to the denial of access to critical HIV services and result in more deaths.“Human rights are universal,” he said. “Bad laws that criminalize HIV transmission, sex work, personal drug use and sexual orientation or hinder access to services must go, and go now.”In terms of international funding to fight AIDS, resources increased last year, but there is still a 20 per cent shortfall.A cut of this magnitude “will be catastrophic” for the 44 countries that rely on international assistance for the majority of their national AIDS policy response, said the UNAIDS chief. read more

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Ohio State hoops freshmen sweep Big Ten weekly awards

D’Angelo Russell (0) attempts a shot over Indiana sophomore guard Stanford Robinson (22) during a Jan. 25 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 82-70.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams each had experienced starters returning this season, but so far a pair of freshmen have stolen the show.That trend continued Monday afternoon when D’Angelo Russell from the men’s team and Kelsey Mitchell for the women were each named Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week.In two games — both wins — for the Buckeyes in the past week, Russell averaged 27.5 points, eight assists and 6.5 rebounds and made 21 of 32 total shot attempts. The run included a career-high 33 points in the win against Northwestern, and he did it without turning the ball over a single time.Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Minnesota on Jan. 15 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 76-72.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMitchell played just once to earn her honors, but made it count with 37 points in an overtime win against Purdue on the road. Of the 37 points, 31 came in the second half and overtime as she finished the game 13-of-14 from the free throw line.Mitchell has been the conference player of the week two times, and the freshman of the week five times. Russell’s player of the week award was his first, but he’s been the rookie of the week four times.Russell and the Buckeye men’s team are scheduled to return to the court Thursday against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center, while Mitchell and company are set to take on Wisconsin that same night in Madison, Wis. read more

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Over 150 housing units slated for 2018 CHPA

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuplexes, townhouses’ construction to start in regions shortly – CH&PAApril 25, 2017In “latest news”33 flat duplexes nearing completion – CH&PA says working closely with beneficiariesFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”2nd Housing Expo slated for Dec. 2018 ─ Three-day event to be held at ProspectSeptember 7, 2018In “latest news” The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is moving to expand it’s ‘Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond’ project with the completion of 150 housing units in 2018.This is according to Director of Projects Omar Narine who told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the Housing Solutions 2017 and Beyond project was the largest programme offered by CH&PA last year.File photo: The concrete and wooden two-storey duplexes that were constructed by the CH&PA for the model housing village at Perseverance, East Bank Demerara (EBD)Following the demand for the exhibited housing units, construction of the various structures began in Regions Three, Four and Five, Narine said. “We are currently working on 18 two-bedroom bungalow designs at Perseverance; we are currently working on 33 flat concrete duplexes at Perseverance; we are currently working on 10 two-bedroom units at (Onderneeming) West Bank Demerara (and) we are working on 50 elevated two-bedroom units at Perseverance.”Omar Narine, CH&PA Director of ProjectsHe added “We have recently signed contracts for 15 two-bedroom units at Perseverance, 15 flat three-bedroom (units) at Perseverance and 10 two and three bedroom (units) at Hope and Experiment. We are also working on 10 elevated units at Hope and Experiment.”Last year, under the Housing Solution 2017 and Beyond project, CH&PA completed six duplexes and two elevated units at Perseverance on the East Bank of Demerara (ECD.)According to the DPI, the project aims to bring resolution to those persons who form the huge backlog of applications at CH&PA, some of whom applied for their house lots since 1994.Highlighting that all Guyanese must be provided with affordable housing, the DPI said that the project makes available affordable housing options for low to middle-income persons. read more

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This StopMotion Gundam Animation Is The Stuff of Greatness

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. We all love Gundam, right? For many of us, that love for the series has extended to looking to make our own Gundam-inspired anime series or manga somehow. The concept seems far off, especially for those of us who aren’t so artistically-inclined, So it’s awesome to see that this particular filmmaker, Rihito Ue, took to YouTube with his own special set of skills to make a short video using a viable replacement for animation and artwork: Gundam models.In a stop-motion video, Ue takes his own selection of Gunpla models and puts them to work in “One Shot Gunpla: The StopMotion Works.” The video takes inspiration from one popular scene from the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime, and it recaptures the spirit in a play by play that’s 100% accurate to the original, even with anime audio as well as video from the show itself, which Ue left on TV while posing and filming the Gundams just so. You’ve gotta hand it to him, as this obviously took a lot of work to put together.Ue also took the time to include laser weapons, explosions, and other fun touches to the video, and different types of shooting techniques to get it just right. The shots were filmed with one take, and it’s impressive to see what all this director was able to accomplish using household items and amateur techniques. It really makes you wonder what kind of work a polished professional could put out if this is the work of an amateur.AdChoices广告If you’re interested in watching how Ue put everything together, you can check out a “making of” video above, which should answer some of your questions. Be forewarned, though, as it may very well inspire you to start a Gunpla collection of your own so you can start making these awesome films someday, too!If a giant Gundam mech isn’t your speed, maybe Barbie dressed as one is. The 28 foot Gundam model in Japan is pretty impressive too. Follow all your favorite anime mechs here for daily updates.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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House Passes Amendment to Fulfill Funding for Harbor Maintenance

first_imgLate last week, the House passed H.R. 4923, the FY2015 Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill. In addition, an amendment, offered by Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), was adopted to add $57.6 million to the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) funding to meet the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) spending targets included in the enacted Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).The amendment passed on a strong 281-137 vote and increased the bill’s overall Corps funding to just under $5.6 billion. The ASA strongly supported the HMTF targets in the WRRDA bill and is pleased that the House has acted to fulfill that agreement. While the Energy & Water Appropriations bill has passed the House, it is stalled in the Senate. A Senate “mini-bus” bill combining appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice, and Transportation-HUD was pulled from Senate floor debate at the end of June because of pending controversial amendments related to Clean Water Act regulations and the EPA’s carbon emissions rule.   Action by the Senate Appropriations Committee on its Energy & Water bill has been delayed indefinitely for the same reasons. None of the 12 annual appropriations bills has been passed yet in the Senate, making it likely that a Continuing Resolution will be required in September.last_img read more

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Microsoft rolls out global family caregiver benefit

first_imgTechnology organisation Microsoft has launched a paid family caregiver benefit for its employees worldwide.The new benefit allows employees to take up to four weeks of fully-paid leave in order to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.Microsoft launched the family caregiver leave for its US employees on 27 June 2017. The benefit has been rolled out in 22 of the countries in which the organisation operates so far, and staff in the remaining countries will receive access to the leave arrangement over the coming months.Kathleen Hogan, chief people officer and executive vice-president of human resources at Microsoft, said: “This important new benefit represents a significant milestone in our effort to build a culture of diversity and inclusion, and it demonstrates our deep commitment to employee wellbeing and care, and respect for the full career journey.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy“I’ve often said that life happens when you’re working. And it’s true. We will all face difficult times that bleed over into work, no one is immune. As a global employer, we know it’s up to us to continually evaluate the needs of our workforce and provide market-leading benefits and programmes to support our employees, at work and home.”last_img read more

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Politico Names Poppy MacDonald President of US Operations

first_imgPolitico has named Poppy MacDonald president of the brand’s U.S. operations, effective in September. MacDonald will report directly to Politico owner, chairman, and CEO Robert Allbritton, and publisher and founding editor-in-chief John Harris.  “Poppy MacDonald has a keen understanding of the mission of Politico and we’re thrilled that she’s agreed to lead our domestic efforts as we enter the next phase of growth,” said Allbritton in a statement. “Poppy has a proven record of success at the helm of major publications and companies, and will be a bold, thoughtful, and team-oriented leader for our U.S. operation.” MacDonald previously served as executive director of Politico Pro, from August 2010 to May 2011. She will rejoin Politico from National Journal, a division of Atlantic Media, where she served as publisher and president, and played an integral role developing and growing the brand’s membership business. MacDonald’s appointment comes in the wake of several high level departures at Politico, which began with Garret Graff, then editor of Politico Magazine, who left in October of last year. In a staff memo, Michael Finnegan, Atlantic Media president, announced that Kevin Turpin will succeed MacDonald. Over the past 11 years, Turpin has held a variety of roles at the publication. Most recently he was National Journal’s senior vice president for strategy and operations, leading the brand’s new product development and research teams. Additionally, Peter Cherukuri, Politico’s EVP for audience solutions and president of brand journalism studio Politico Focus, revealed today that he is leaving the company. He is joining tech startup Incubator 1776 to serve as president and chief innovation officer. In January 2016, CEO and editor Jim Vandehei, chief political reporter and “Playbook” correspondent Mike Allen, chief operating officer Kim Kingsley, chief revenue officer Roy Schwartz, and EVP Danielle Jones announced they would leave the brand after the presidential elections. Vandehei, Kingsley, and Jones actually left the company in April. In July, Politico announced Carrie Budoff Brown will succeed Susan Glasser as editor in November.last_img read more

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Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidPublic Buildings Department — Wilmington High School Gym Floor Replacement Project — Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 11:00amWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW — Stormwater Pond Maintenance Service — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding and Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Want to learn Tlingit Theres a new app for that

first_img 1 of 3 Screenshot of the Tlingit Games app, during the Birds game. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)Screenshot of the Tlingit Games app, during the Birds game. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau) A screenshot of the Tlingit Language app from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)A screenshot of the Tlingit Language app from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau) Screenshot of the Tlingit Games app, during the Ocean game. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)Screenshot of the Tlingit Games app, during the Ocean game. (Screenshot by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)center_img There are only a few hundred Tlingit speakers in the world, according to linguists and researchers.Sealaska Heritage’s Katrina Hotch, left, and Kathy Dye both worked on the recently-released Tlingit language app. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)In a world where English is considered the dominant language, Tlingit is endangered, linguistically speaking.The Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes to combat that.Listen nowThe organization announced the release of two free apps Monday, aimed at making learning the language more accessible.Katrina Hotch is behind two recently released apps to help people learn Tlingit.Earlier this week, I sat down with Hotch and Kathy Dye. Dye walked me through the Tlingit Games app, which has two naming games in it.The game features a colorful array of about a dozen birds common throughout Southeast, there’s even a hummingbird that flies in and out of your screen.Dye designed the birds herself; each one took about a day, with the goal is to match what someone might see in our actual world with their Tlingit names.Hotch has been working on the language app since the year began — editing and gathering audio, some that’s decades old, from Sealaska Heritage Institute’s archives.“There’s also years and years of work of collecting the audio,” Dye said, “that a lot of current and past employees have been working on, and that’s been going on for many years.“Yeah, there’s so many people that have done a lot of work in the language and it’s exciting to make it more accessible to everyone,” Hotch said. The other app, Learning Tlingit, has about 300 entries in three main categories—alphabet, vocabulary, and phrases.“One of the more difficult but super useful phrases for a beginning learner is ‘I don’t know,’” Hotch said.Hotch says she’s not a fluent speaker, so she tried to pick entries that would be helpful for someone who’s learning.“What’s probably going to be some really popular phrases is introductions and learning Tlingit and probably meal time,” she said, “everyone eats, yeah?”She says the goal was to create a game that exemplifies the organization’s mission.“Especially Haa Shuká ,” Hotch said, “that’s the concept of, you’re connected to the past, present, and future. We have audio of all of these speakers, and some of them have gone on, but we’re making it available for present and future generations to help perpetuate the language and culture.”The institute hopes apps like this will give people the tools they need to learn and maintain the language.last_img read more

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Mother of Satan behind Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

first_imgSecurity personnel stand guard near St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Sri Lanka.Reuters file [Representational Image]Dazzling in his expensive western attire and driving a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser was the identity of Sri Lankan millionaire-turned-suicide bomber Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim. He was well-respected in his community and was known to be the smartest in his family.While Inshaf had moderate religious views his brother Ilham was open about his links with National Towheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) and had strict views on Sharia laws and other extremist ideologies.It is still unknown as to why the brothers from such well-educated wealthy families did such a horrible thing by terrorising the island nation. On Sunday, both the brothers bombed two five-star hotels in Colombo while the guests were enjoying their breakfast buffet.Mother of SatanIt was in a copper manufacturing facility, Colossus Copper owned by Inshaf in Wellampitiya suburb of Sri Lanka where the suicide bombs and vests were made by using triacetone triperoxide (TATP).TATP is the same chemical explosive that has been used by terrorist organisations and extremists in creating bombs, suicide bombs and improvised explosives. It can be easily prepared from retail ingredients such as hair bleach and nail polish remover due to which it is preferred by the terrorists.Commonly referred as the “mother of Satan” by terrorist group al-Qaeda, TATP is one of the few explosives that does not contain nitrogen, so it can easily evade bomb detectors that are designed to scan nitrogenous explosives.TATP used in Terror attacksShoe bomb attempt in Paris, 2001London bombings, 2005Paris attacks, 2015Brussels bombings, 2016Parsons Green bombing in London, 2017Surabaya bombings in Indonesia, 2018Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings, 2019last_img read more

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Verizon set to acquire Yahoo in a 48 billion deal

first_imgVerizon Communications, an American broadband telecom company, will acquire Yahoo in a deal pegged at $4.8 billion. According to media reports, the deal includes Yahoo’s core assets, real estate assets and some intellectual property.Yahoo will, however, retain its stakes in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yahoo Japan Corp, which would have a combined market value of $40 billion, Bloomberg reported.Verizon Communications will announce its plans to buy Yahoo’s core assets before the U.S. markets open on Monday morning. The deal will finally seal the fate of the web pioneer after months of speculations and increasing pressure from its investors Starboard Value LP.Post the acquisition, Yahoo’s daily users would be added to Verizon’s increasing media properties. In addition, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer will step down after failing to re-invent the California-based web portal company.”They (Verizon) are trying to monetise wireless in an entirely new way. Instead of charging customers for traffic, they are turning to charging advertisers for eyeballs,” Craig Moffett, an analyst with MoffettNathason, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg on Sunday.Yahoo, which is primarily an internet search company, had in February announced that it was looking for alternatives for its core internet business. During the same month, the company had announced it was cutting down its workforce by 15 percent. This included 1,700 layoffs.On July 18, Yahoo reported losses worth $440 million for the second quarter of the current financial year. The firm’s revenues rose $60 million to record $1.3 billion for the quarter that ended on June 30, BBC reported. The increase in revenues was attributed to its core internet business, and mobile revenues.A BBC analyst Colin Gills had recently expected the value of the deal to be in the range of $5-8 billion.Verizon had shown interest in acquiring Yahoo’s core business since the beginning of the year, when Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo had said the firm would “see if there is a strategic fit for its holdings.” The holdings included mail, sports and news technology, Reuters had reported in April.The other contender for buying Yahoo’s core business included its rival search-engine firm Google.last_img read more

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A pro samesex marriage candidate just won the presidency in Costa Rica

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… On Sunday the Latin American nation headed to the polls for a runoff election between the centre-left Alvarado and his conservative and religious opponent Fabricio Alvarado. The two men have the same surname but are not related.Alvarado won with 60% of the vote. Fabricio Alvarado who used to be an evangelical singer only 39% of the vote.The election came down to the wire with same-sex marriage a dominant issue throughout the election campaign.In the Costa Rica elections, equality and love won over, biasm and inequality.Faith has been restored, to a country with so much beauty and more potential.Well done to all the citizens, whom have chosen love over hate,And fairness over unfairness.LOVE WILL ALWAYS WIN.— Bavaria (@WeAreBavaria) April 2, 2018When the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that member nations should legalize same-sex marriage, Fabricio said it violated Costa Rica’s ‘traditional values’.Costa Rica’s government at the time agreed to comply with the IACHR’s ruling. But Fabricio said it was ‘a violation of the country’s sovereignty and an affront to traditional values.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Carlos Alvarado is Costa Rica’s new president. | Photo: Twitter/@CarlosALvQ Today is a great day for Costa Rica, an election that divided the country between homophobia and pro-gay marriage finally came to the right outcome ♥ #lovewins pic.twitter.com/79nm3poILD— viane (@vianerds) April 2, 2018Marriage equality takes center stageCosta Rica’s 3.3 million residents are predominantly Roman Catholic and most consider themselves conservative. Many commentators said the election would essentially be a referendum on marriage equality because the issue had taken center stage during the campaign.Alvarado said his win sent a ‘beautiful’ message to the world.‘Let’s celebrate our 200 years of Indpendence with a government worthy and up to date with the times,’ he wrote on Twitter.‘Today, the world is watching us and we sent a beautiful democratic message.’I was so afraid for today’s election but in the end Costa Rica rejected a homophobic, religious, old fashion way candidate.Pura vida, Costa Rica — ✬ andy ✬ (@umamichicken) April 2, 2018 In good news for Costa Rica’s LGBTI community, Carlos Alvarado, has won a photo finish presidential election. Costa Rica’s Supreme Court rules marriage equality must be law by 2020Costa Rica votes for a new president amid tension over LGBTI rightsDisappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pro-sex-marriage-candidate-win-costa-rican-presidential-race/ GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Another data breach reported at Atlantis Paradise Island

first_img PARADISE ISLAND — If you have clients who stayed at Atlantis, Paradise Island between Nov. 1, 2016 and April 3, 2017, they may have been impacted by a data security breach.According to the resort, a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some customers who used debit or credit cards at food and beverage and retail locations at the resort between this period.“We have engaged professionals who have corrected the issue and customers can now safely use their credit and debit cards at the food and beverage and retail locations at the Resort. This incident did not affect credit and debit cards used to make or pay for hotel reservations or purchases made by guests who charged their food and beverage or retail purchases back to their room,” said the resort.This isn’t the first time Atlantis has reported a security incident. Back in November 2016, they announced a similar incident that occurred between March 9 and Oct. 22, 2016.WHAT HAPPENED?The resort began investigating unusual activity after receiving reports from its credit card processor. The resort immediately began working with third-party forensic experts to investigate these reports and to identify any signs of compromise on its computer systems. On May 10, 2017, the resort confirmed the existence of suspicious files on its computer systems that indicated a potential compromise of customers’ credit and debit card data for some credit and debit cards used at food and beverage and retail locations at the resort.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe resort has been working with third-party forensic investigators to determine what happened and what information was affected. The resort has confirmed that malware may have captured data from some credit and debit cards used at food and beverage and retail locations at the resort. The resort has removed the malware at issue to contain this incident and implemented additional procedures in an effort to prevent any further unauthorized access to customers’ credit and debit card information. This incident did not affect credit and debit cards used to make or pay for hotel reservations or purchases made by guests who charged their food and beverage or retail purchases back to their room.WHAT INFORMATION WAS INVOLVED?Through the ongoing third-party forensic investigations, the Resort confirmed that malware may have captured credit and debit card data from some credit and debit cards used at food and beverage and retail locations between Nov. 1, 2016 and April 3, 2017. The information at risk as a result of this event for credit or debit cards used at the impacted locations includes the card number, expiration date and CVV. This incident did not involve customers’ Social Security numbers as this information is never collected by the resort. This incident did not involve customers’ names or PIN numbers, either.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckFOR MORE INFORMATIONCustomers can email notices@atlantisparadise.comfor more information regarding this incident. Customers can also find information on this incident and what they can do to better protect against fraud and identity theft at atlantisbahamas.com.The resort encourages customers who believe they may be affected by this incident to take additional action to further protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss. At no charge, customers can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on their file, alerting creditors to take additional steps to verify their identity prior to granting credit in their name.Customers may also place a security freeze on their credit reports. A security freeze prohibits a credit reporting agency from releasing any information from a customer’s credit report without the consumer’s written authorization. Monday, July 24, 2017 Tags: Atlantis, Travel Alert Another data breach reported at Atlantis, Paradise Island Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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A V Moorty

first_imgOTM Mumbai is a brand and whenever exhibition happens, you cannot ignore OTM. Here you get a flow, participants, and agency visiting so everything is awesome, fantastic. We are glad to see such heavy crowd and so many participants, probably looking forward for something good to happen for the upcoming season.last_img

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Consumers Mixed on Housing Economic Sentiment

first_img Consumer attitudes toward the housing market deteriorated slightly in June, reflecting a more subdued outlook as the sector pulls out of its early-year slump.Looking ahead to the next 12 months, 46 percent of Americans polled expect home prices to rise, Fannie Mae reported in its latest National Housing Survey. That share is down from 48 percent in May and 50 percent in April.On average, respondents anticipate a home price change of 2.4 percent, down half a percentage point from the previous two surveys and the lowest forecast since January, when news of a slowdown in price gains affected attitudes.Additionally, the share of respondents who said they expect mortgage rates to rise over the next year increased to 55 percent, ending a downward trend that began in February.”The uptick this month in the share of consumers expecting mortgage rates to go up and the accompanying decline in home price expectations reflect the pause of activity in the housing market so far this year,” said Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae. “Despite recent improvement, we now expect an annual decline in existing home sales due to weak volume in the first four months of the year associated with the rise in mortgage rates mid-last year and the current dearth of supply of lower-priced homes.”In brighter news, 52 percent of consumers surveyed said they think it would be easy for them to get a home mortgage today, matching the survey’s record high.At the same time, the share of employed respondents who expressed concerns about their job security dropped to an all-time survey low, Duncan reported—consistent with June’s encouraging jobs report.”This may encourage potential homebuyers to enter the purchase market in 2014, helping to offset some of the weakness in sales activity,” he added.Overall, 39 percent of Americans polled said the economy is on the right track, up slightly from May, though more than half said it’s still on the wrong track.There was also a slight uptick in the share of respondents whose household income has risen “significantly” over the past year, accompanied by an increase in the share whose expenses have risen. July 7, 2014 437 Views Consumers Mixed on Housing, Economic Sentiment Consumer Confidence Fannie Mae Forecast Home Prices Mortgage Rates 2014-07-07 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

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Police chief seeks public participation for a better society

first_imgPolice chief Zacharias Chrysostomou on Monday called on the public to cooperate with the police for a better and safer society.In his Christmas message, Chrysostomou said that, already, a large part of society was already participating in the neighbourhood watch schemes with positive results.“So, let us join forces for an even safer society,” Chrysostomou said.Police, he said, welcome the new year with optimism and high expectations but also with a sense of duty and responsibility.“Our primary concern is your own security and protection; the provision of high-quality services in society, so that conditions of order, security and serenity prevail,” he said.Chrysostomou said that, through a process of reform and modernisation, “we continue with determination our multilevel work, which is the prevention and investigation of crime and the preservation of security and justice on our island.”But in order to achieve these goals, which should also be the target of society, he said, collective effort is required.The state-organised neighbourhood watch scheme got underway in Dhali in 2011 and has since spread to all of the towns and most villages. There are currently more than 100,000 people involved in the initiative nationwide.Police first inform residents about crimes committed in their area through text messages and ask for information from residents concerning any suspicious or unusual activity. The messages also aim at informing residents so that they can take precautionary measures to protect themselves.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Heavy rain leaves roads slippy

first_imgHeavy rain overnight across the island has left roads slippery and dangerous, police warned on Thursday morning.Due to landslides, the Ayios Nicolaos – Mandria road is closed. Drivers should use the Ayios Nicolaos – Arsos – Omodhos road.In the Paphos districet, the Ayios Nicolaos road leading to Pera Vasa is closed, as well as the Salamis – Galataria and Kelokedaros – Natas – Salamiou roads.In the Nicosia area, the Potamia bridge is temporarily closed to traffic.On Thursday, Friday and Saturday some more rain and isolated storms are expected, but there will also be long periods of sunny weather.Temperatures are normal for this time of the year, peaking at around 16C to 17C in coastal areas and inland and 6C in the mountains.The height of snow on Troodos square is 40 centimetres.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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