Ban calls for countries to turn rhetoric on women and conflict into

Ten years after a landmark Security Council resolution about the role women can play in promoting peace and security, the world has not lived up to its own expectations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging countries to translate their rhetoric into action.Mr. Ban told a ministerial meeting on resolution 1325, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that it was time for “concrete commitments” to protect women and girls from the ravages of war and to ensure they play a much greater role in preventing and solving conflicts.“Above all, we must end the brutal and blatant violations of the bodies of women and girls during armed conflict and its aftermath,” he said.“We must put women at the front and centre of peace processes – in negotiation and mediation, post-conflict governance and reconstruction. We must create and implement the right laws, so that those who carry out such crimes are brought to justice.”Mr. Ban said just 19 countries have so far developed national action plans detailing how they will implement resolution 1325 and he urged more countries to do so and to review progress against reliable indicators.“But all these commitments will not make the difference we need without increased resources. Civil society groups cannot plan and implement their programmes when funding is not enough or is unreliable because of donors’ shifting priorities. I urge those with the power to mobilize resources for this work to do so.”Resolution 1325 was seen as an historic text for its recognition of the unique and grave issues that women and girls during and after conflict.But Mr. Ban told today’s meeting that the resolution’s tenth anniversary was “a sombre occasion,” with the shortfalls clearly outweighing the successes.“Women are still excluded from peace processes. The security sector in most countries is still dominated by men. When conflicts end, and international aid begins to come in, it is still not geared to the needs of girls and women. And – most tragically and strikingly – women and girls still suffer gender-based violence, including systematic sexual attacks, in and around armed conflict.”Earlier this year Mr. Ban appointed Margot Wallström as his first Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, saying he wanted to make sure that the issue receives consistent high-level attention. 25 September 2010Ten years after a landmark Security Council resolution about the role women can play in promoting peace and security, the world has not lived up to its own expectations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging countries to translate their rhetoric into action. read more

The Lightnings Historic Dominance Wont Matter Without A Cup

While it might not be as inevitable as, say, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title in 2018 (or 2017 or 2015), Tampa’s regular-season dominance suggests that it’s poised to continue this trend. The Bolts scored 103 more goals than they conceded during the regular season; the next best mark was set by the Calgary Flames, who posted a +62 goal differential. The gulf between best and second-best is immense, and it underscores Tampa’s historic regular-season greatness. And indeed, Tampa may be the NHL’s best team since the lockout. LeaguePlayoff Teams per YearFavorite’s Average Championship Probability * Based on a logit regression between per-game scoring differential and championships won for each league.Source: The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history.En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage1They finished in basically a three-way tie at the top with the Arizona Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career.Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it.With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey’s ultimate prize.2Each of those teams played in the 1970s and were called the Montreal Canadiens.Still, NHL favorites3So defined by per-game scoring differential. haven’t had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men’s leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better championship odds going into the playoffs over the past 13 years. National Basketball Association1636.1%’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,4Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. reiterates just how special this Bolts group is. From 2005-06 to 2017-18, just three teams finished the regular season with an SRS better than 1, and no team eclipsed 1.2. The most recent team to do so — the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks — won the Stanley Cup. Tampa finished the 2018-19 regular season with an SRS of 1.21. All signs are pointing to late-spring celebrations on the Gulf Coast.Tampa’s only real concern at the moment is the health of Victor Hedman, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the top defenseman. The Swede missed Tampa’s final three games with an “upper-body injury.” Hedman has a history of concussions, and “upper-body injury” is often NHL front-office code for concussion. The slick-skating defenseman is Tampa’s fourth-highest scorer, its power-play quarterback and the leader of a rearguard partially responsible for that gaudy goal differential. The Bolts can probably survive a first-round tilt against a slightly better-than-average Blue Jackets team without Hedman, but things might not be as easy against subsequent teams.If there’s a cautionary tale for this iteration of the Bolts, it’s that Red Wings team from 1995-96: Detroit earned the second-most regular-season points in NHL history and boasted two of the league’s best offensive players (Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman) and the league’s reigning Norris Trophy winner (Paul Coffey) and yet failed to advance beyond the Western Conference finals. In the NHL, history is written between April and June, not October and April. Tampa is on top of the hockey world at the moment. But that world could change significantly in a matter of weeks. National Football League1218.7 Major League Baseball8/1021.4 National Hockey League1623.5 Hockey favorites don’t have it too badFor each of the four major North American men’s leagues, playoff field size and average pre-playoff title probability* for favorites, 2006-2018 read more

Pradeep Malinga bowl Sri Lanka to scrappy win

Lasith MalingaSri Lanka 201 (Kusal Perera 78, Nabi 4-30) beat Afghanistan 152 (Najibullah 43, Pradeep 4-31, Malinga 3-39) by 34 runs (via DLS method)Two teams, both doing a lot of things wrong. In the end, Sri Lanka did just about enough right and got on the points table with a 34-run (DLS method) win, preventing Afghanistan from recording their first World Cup win over a full-member nation. In the process, they also ensured that Lasith Malinga finally figured in an ODI win after July 6, 2017 – he had been part of 21 losses and one no-result in between.For Afghanistan, the day started well with the right call on the coin, but Hamid Hassan missed his lines and lengths completely upfront to concede 31 runs in his first two overs. Dawlat Zadran was better only in comparison and the ground fielding even worse than what Hassan dished out. If Afghanistan were in the contest despite all that, it was only due to one man: Mohammad Nabi. Nabi’s four wickets – including three in a chaotic over – put Sri Lanka in a hole they never quite got out of but rain and a revised target later, a batting effort even poorer than the Sri Lankans’ meant Afghanistan finished second best.But, chasing 187 in 41 overs after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 201 in 32.4, Afghanistan met with their old frailties: lack of patience, an obsession with big shots, and a failure to bat in phases. Hazratullah Zazai looked good – in his smash-everything way – early on, but despite a let-off when he skied Malinga only for Kusal Mendis to drop a sitter at deep square leg, he only managed 30 off 25 before Nuwan Pradeep had his number. Though it really was Thisara Perera’s wicket, as he followed Zazai’s mistimed hook and threw in the dive to grab the dipping ball at fine leg.That made it 44 for 3 – Mohammad Shahzad and Rahmat Shah had been dismissed earlier – and 57 for 5 was only around the corner, but amid a drizzle that didn’t really go away but never really threatened to push the players off the field either, Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran scripted a remarkable recovery.The pair, up against a bowling attack with more experience and nous than them, fought hard, played their shots but without much risk, and added 64 runs for the sixth wicket. A straight drive from Naib off Malinga was especially pleasing to the eye, though when they threw their bats, they mostly went aerial.But once Thisara got a gentle cutter to nip in big time to hit Naib’s off stump, the wheels came off the chase. Najibullah tried, farming the strike in the company of the tail-enders, and kept Afghanistan in the fight. who knows what might have been had he a partner he could depend on. As it turned out, he went for a run that wasn’t and could only trot off once Dimuth Karunaratne knocked the stumps down at the non-striker’s end. That, really, was the end of it. Malinga applied the finishing touches with two yorkers that took out the stumps, but Pradeep was the star of the bowling effort, his pace and the steep bounce he generated netting him 4 for 31, his career-best figures, and the Man-of-the-Match award.In the first innings, it was all about Nabi. Four times in five balls he looked like he had a wicket. Three of those times, he actually did. Sri Lanka, who started their 22nd over on 144 for 1, were suddenly 146 for 4 at the end of it. Nabi’s ploy was to go slow, slower, and slowest, and it worked like a charm on a grippy surface.Lahiru Thirimanne was the first of those three, waiting for Nabi’s flighted delivery on off stump to arrive, then pushing at the ball and under-edging on to the stumps. Next ball, Nabi had new man Kusal Mendis edging, but just past Rahmat at slip; the very next ball, it went to hand. A ball later, this time Angelo Mathews, nicked off to Rahmat off Shahzad’s pads. Just like that, Sri Lanka’s projected score on ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster dipped from 333 to 217.It had started beautifully for Sri Lanka after they were put in. In overcast conditions, Hassan conceded 15 and 16 runs in his first two overs, and Sri Lanka were on their way till Nabi and Naib got together to stem the flow of runs. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews star as Sri Lanka stun EnglandJune 21, 2019In “latest news”SLC softens stance, Lasith Malinga likely to be available for Mumbai Indians’ next two gamesMarch 25, 2019In “latest news”Malinga mulling his playing futureFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news” read more

2nd GPL submarine cable down more blackouts

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL says works to damaged submarine cable completed, but service interruptions at WCD, WBD likelyJune 17, 2019In “latest news”Chief Justice rules in favour of Gov’t in GPL case says AGFebruary 18, 2017In “latest news”GPL announces 8-hour power outages this week for Regions 3, 4 to facilitate maintenance worksJuly 22, 2019In “latest news” A second GPL Inc. submarine cable was disrupted today, June 6, 2019 due to another a maritime accident, four days following the disruption of its 69kV submarine cable.The barge involved in the accidentGPL’s 13.8kV submarine cable that rests along upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River. This incident occurred around 04:23 hrs.As a result of this incident customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity until 07:46 hrs while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from our Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.The dislodged cable was located this afternoon by deep-water divers and efforts are being made to hoist and examine it for damages.Repairs were effected to the onshore transmission and distribution infrastructure that connects to the cable as this was also damaged during the incident.This is the second cable to develop faults, triggering widespread and prolonged blackouts in the country.GPL Inc. concluded its examination of the 69 kV submarine cable laid on the river bed along the channel of the Demerara River connecting its Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston Power Stations. This was the first cable to be damaged.This examination revealed no further damage on the cable.As previously reported, investigations conducted on Wednesday June 5, revealed a compromised section of the cable approximately 0.7 km offshore from its Kingston operations.Officials from the China Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) were a part of its efforts to retrieve and examine the submarine cable and are at present preparing a curative plan of action.In the interim, the Utility Company is continuing to engage MARAD in indentifying an alternative route to lay a 13.8kV submarine cable along the Demerara River, in an effort to reconnect our Vreed-en-hoop operations to the Eastern sections of Demerara Berbice Interconnected System. Both entities are also engaged in discussions regarding establishing improved maritime conduct within proximity of our submarine cables.Future updates will be provided as these efforts progress. read more

Auditor General says audit into CJIA expansion project to begin soon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProbe into controversial D’Urban Park Project hits brick wall …AG points to need for more financial recordsFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Procurement Commission called on to investigate D’Urban ParkOctober 2, 2017In “latest news”IDB builds local audit capacity ahead of oil moneySeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” The much-anticipated financial audit of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project is expected to commence shortly once the Public Infrastructure Ministry supplies certain information to the Auditor General’s Office.This is according to Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who told INews during a telephone interview that his office is awaiting word from the subject Ministry as to when the relevant documents will be made available.“We have written for information to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. That letter went off lately (about two weeks ago) informing that we are carrying out the audit. We are requesting that (information) from them,” he stated.Sharma further explained that the reason that the Audit Office of Guyana had not requested the critical information from the Ministry was because it needed to have certain groundwork completed in this regard.This special audit comes in light of a series of calls mounting for a thorough probe into the CJIA expansion project by a wide section of society.For some time, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has faced questions over the CJIA expansion project’s costs and delayed construction. The project was initially supposed to have been completed within 32 months.The project got underway in 2012 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration when Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project— for which the Guyana Government was to contribute some US$12 million.The A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC), when in Opposition, had cut the funding the then PPP/C Government had allocated for the expansion project.When the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but after discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), it was later announced that the project would be continued but a number of downgrades were done to the design.The extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government, whereby it pledged that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018. read more

4 prisoners pardoned

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident pardons 9 female prisonersFebruary 23, 2017In “latest news”President pardons 2 female prisonersMay 24, 2019In “Crime”‘Pardoned prisoners’ enrolled in USAID SKYE ProjectJune 29, 2015In “Business” President David Granger has pardoned four prisoners, in observance of Emancipation Day 2019.The pardon takes effect August 1, 2019.The prisoners are Robert Bhagnauth, 39; Michael Gouveia, 23; Andy Roberts, 38; and Joseph Yaw, 54.The prisoners all served a portion of their sentences for the offence of possession of cannabis.

Women hesitant to take folic acid because it indicates they are actively

first_img FIONA SHANNON STARTED taking folic acid immediately when she found out she was pregnant, but the mother-of-two says it was too late and her family has now “experienced first-hand how not taking it can impact on someone’s life”.Fiona’s second daughter, Niamh, was diagnosed with spina bifida at 24 weeks.Shannon told that at the time of her pregnancies she didn’t know there was a link between folic acid and conditions such as spina bifida.“It was just something you took when pregnant, I didn’t know that was the reason.”The mum of two started taking folic acid as prescribed when she was around six weeks pregnant. Nov 24th 2016, 6:15 AM 21,519 Views Women hesitant to take folic acid because it ‘indicates they are actively trying to get pregnant’ “It was just something you took when pregnant, I didn’t know that was the reason.” Both my pregnancies were planned, but the importance of Folic Acid wasn’t really pushed as much as it is now, or I would have been taking it well before we had conceived.“It happens from day one or day two of conception so the importance of Folic Acid really needs to be put out there and advertised.”She said that pregnant women she knows still aren’t being informed.“The information should be out there – it also does no harm to you in case of an unplanned pregnancy.”Shannon added that even now advertisements for Folic Acid on television are aimed at pregnant women.As it stands only one in three Irish women routinely take folic acid supplements. Source: Shutterstock/Andrey_PopovDoctor Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, the director of human health and nutrition at Safefood said, “Folic acid is widely available, cheap and a year’s supply can cost less than a single takeaway coffee.One reason why women are hesitant about taking folic acid is because it indicates they are actively trying to get pregnant. This mindset needs to change with over 50% pregnancies unplanned but most of these are ‘happy accidents’.Shannon reiterated this, saying, “Taking a folic acid tablet a day is so simple and so easy. It doesn’t mean you’re planning a baby. But it does mean when you have a baby, however far in the future that might be, you’re already helping to protect their health.”“For a healthy mum and baby, we simply can’t get enough folic acid from our food alone even with fortified foods – taking a daily folic acid supplement of 400 mcg is the only way to go,” continued Dr Foley-Nolan.Read: A baby might be the last thing on your mind – but you still need to start taking folic acid> Share180 Tweet Email5 center_img Short URL 43 Comments By Cliodhna Russell Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 6:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The potential for a united Ireland is on the front page of

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The potential for a united Ireland is on the front page of the Financial Times EU leaders are expected to make formal reference to the potential for Irish reunification. We do not expect a change of the guidelines themselves, but only a statement to the minutes. Source: Neil Henderson/Twitter Share Tweet Email7 Friday 28 Apr 2017, 7:42 AM FINANCIAL TIMES: EU signal over united Ireland stokes fears for Post-Brexit UK #tomorrowspaperstoday— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) April 27, 2017 126 Comments THE PROSPECT OF a united Ireland was given front page prominence in the Financial Times this morning as EU leaders prepare to meet in Brussels tomorrow.Taoiseach Enda Kenny has previously stated that the EU’s guidelines for Brexit should include a provision that would allow Northern Ireland automatically rejoin the EU should reunification with the Republic ever happen.The Financial Times is reporting that this is set to be accepted by European leaders (subscription required).The formal reference to Irish reunification is not expected to be one of the guidelines for Brexit negotiations, but would be part of accompanying documents for the summit.Comparisons have been made, including by Kenny himself, between the reunification of Germany and the potential reunification of Ireland.In the case of the latter, East Germany did not apply to join the EU when it was absorbed into West Germany.Several treaties have greatly enhanced European integration in the years since that however, and Ireland has also joined the Euro.Ireland is expected to ask the 27 European Union leaders to endorse the idea when they meet in Brussels tomorrow to adopt guidelines for Brexit negotiations. The UK is not part of tomorrow’s meeting.“We expect Ireland to ask on Saturday for a statement to be added to the minutes of the European Council, which states that in case of a unification of the island in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement, the united Ireland would be a member of the EU,” an EU Council source told AFP. 32,042 Views Source: insisted that, if added on Saturday, a so-called “Kenny text” would not change the situation of Ireland or Northern Ireland.“It would merely state the obvious, that a united Ireland would continue being a member of the EU,” the EU Council source said.“The EU does of course not take a stance on the possibility of a united Ireland. Should this question arise, it would be for the peoples of Ireland and Northern Ireland to decide in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement,” the source added.The other key divorce issues the EU is set to discuss is Britain’s exit bill, estimated by EU sources at €60 billion, and the fate of three million EU citizens living in Britain, plus a million Britons living in the EU.- With reporting by © – AFP 2017 Read: On Brussels trip, Kenny says Brexit deal should include provision for united Ireland >Read: ‘Come in, I missed you’ – Merkel gives Kenny Brexit boost in Berlin meeting > Apr 28th 2017, 7:42 AM By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Setting the foundations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The foundations were laid down last Sunday for the early stages of the building of the new community centre and church hall for The Transfiguration of our Lord in Thomastown, Victoria.The blessing of the land was conducted by the Archbishop Stylianos with the assistance of Bishop Ezekiel and Bishop Iakovos. The president of the Association of Greek Orthodox Communities and Parishes of Melbourne and Victoria, Kon Kontis was presented with a golden trowel for donating the largest amount of $5000 to the church hall. Hristina Kerasioti was presented with a silver trowel for her donation of $2500, a bronze trowel was presented to Anastasia and Evayoras Ikonomidi for their donation of $2000 and a shovel was presented to Georgia Bantounas for her donation of $2000.last_img

Un navire baptisé Brigitte Bardot pour protéger les espèces marines

first_imgUn navire baptisé Brigitte Bardot pour protéger les espèces marinesMardi, à la Ciotat, un trimaran dédié à la protection des espèces marines a été baptisé du nom de l’actrice Brigitte Bardot, dont l’engagement en faveur de la cause animale n’est plus à prouver. Ce navire sera utilisé par l’association Sea Sheperd, dans des des actions de lutte contre la pêche au thon rouge notamment.La Fondation Brigitte Bardot s’est associée à l’association écologiste Sea Shepherd pour financer l’achat d’un trimaran destiné à des actions de protection des espèces marines. Le navire a été baptisé ce jeudi du nom de l’actrice française par Paul Watson, le fondateur de l’organisation canadienne, en présence de représentants de la fondation Brigitte Bardot et d’Albert Falco, l’ancien capitaine de la Calypso, le bateau du commandant Cousteau, rapporte le site de La Provence.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousLa première mission du Brigitte Bardot, dont la proue est peinte d’une super-héroïne blonde armée d’un trident, sera lancée dès le 1er juin prochain. L’équipage du trimaran de 35 mètres quittera la Ciotat pour rejoindre les eaux libyennes et lutter contre la pêche illégale du thon rouge qui y est pratiquée. Le bateau sera utilisé comme éclaireur pour le Steve-Irwin, un autre navire de Sea Shepherd qui transporte un hélicoptère. Dix personnes monteront à bord du Brigitte Bardot, tandis que 45 autres navigueront sur le Steve Irwin, a expliqué à La Provence Lamya Essemlali, la présidente de Sea Shepherd France. Tous seront équipés de gilets pare-balle, au cas où braconniers seraient armés. “Le 1er juin, nous serons au large de la Libye pour intercepter les pêcheurs illégaux de thon rouge, couper leurs filets et libérer les poissons” annonce-t-elle.”Le Brigitte-Bardot représente une nouvelle étape dans la coopération de nos deux organisations en faveur de la sauvegarde des espèces marines”, s’est félicité de son côté Christophe Marie, directeur du bureau protection animale de Fondation Brigitte Bardot, cité par Goodplanet. Paul Watson et Brigitte Bardot se sont rencontrés en 1977, alors qu’ils avaient rejoint la banquise canadienne pour y dénoncer le massacre des bébés phoques. Interrogée par le site de Nice-Matin, l’actrice n’a pas tari d’éloges au sujet du fondateur de Sea Shepherd. “Je n’admire pas beaucoup d’hommes dans la vie. Mais lui a un courage exceptionnel. Il n’en démord pas et il prend des risques pour protéger les baleines. Il a vraiment des c… C’est une espèce en voie de disparition”, a-t-elle déclaré.Le 29 mai 2011 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Riverdale Finally Makes Good on All its Stories in the Wildest Possible

first_imgStay on target The Black Hood is back, giving Riverdale the chance to make good on a storyline that never got a proper ending. This week’s episode isn’t a musical, sadly, but they’re finally revisiting the Black Hood storyline. Hopefully, it gets a better ending this time. Before that though, the episode starts off on a sad note. The entire town attends Midge’s funeral while Cheryl tributes her memory with a song. The scene is intercut with Sheriff Keller interviewing the cast of Carrie. It works so well, highlighting the undercurrent of suspicion and mistrust beneath the unity of grief.Archie thinks the Black Hood is still out there, and Keller is convinced the case is closed. After all, it’s not like there could be TWO guys out there who own black hoods. I thought Sheriff Keller was supposed to be a good cop. And we’re not the only ones losing faith in him. Understandably, Midge’s parents feel he failed to protect their daughter. Likewise, Cheryl makes it clear she feels he’s unfit for his position. Both Jughead and Sheriff Keller suspect Chic is acting as a copycat, but Betty insists he’s innocent. He was only at the performance because she invited him. He didn’t even know Midge. With all this confusion, you might be worried that Archie would bring back his Red Circle of fascist abs. Fortunately for us, Veronica knows how dumb her boy can be. She makes him promise not to do any of that again.Mark Consuelos as Hiram and KJ Apa as Archie (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)That’s all well and good, but the reappearance of a killer in Riverdale has Archie on edge. He wants his dad to move out of town for a while. He doesn’t know it, but he might have reason to be paranoid. A mysterious hooded figure spends the episode stalking him. Make that multiple figures. While Archie investigates Svenson’s house, he’s attacked by multiple figures in black hoods. They aren’t related to the serial killer from the first half of the season, though. As Veronica learns when she gets a call from Archie’s phone, these hoods are Nick St. Clair and his cronies? Remember him? The rapist that Archie beat the crap out of? He’s back for revenge.He tries holding Archie for ransom, but Veronica’s parents refuse to pay it. It seems the St. Clairs are mobsters in addition to being music producers. Of course, they are. With no help from her parents, Veronica takes matters into her own hands, which is honestly how most things involving ‘Varchie’ should happen in the first place. She pretends to give Nick what he wants, showing up at his hotel room and offering him a drink. The scene plays out slowly, which is perfect. You know Veronica has some trick up her sleeve, and the scene makes you wait for it. You have to sit through Archie thinking Veronica’s really going to go through with it. You know, because he’s stupid. Of course, Veronica isn’t going to sleep with Nick. She roofies him instead, and holds him for ransom. Turns out watching someone getting roofied is really funny when the victim is a scumbag.Camila Mendes as Veronica (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)If last week’s musical episode, and this week’s refusal by the Lodges to help Archie at all, had you thinking that Archie would wise up, well prepare to be disappointed. He showed such promise last week in telling Hiram not to come between him and Fred, but life is only that good in musicals. For a second here, I thought Archie was finally going to turn the tables on Hiram, but he only willingly moved further under his thumb. He wants Hiram’s help in killing the Black Hood. Great, kid. Now he knows even better how to manipulate you.Speaking of the Black Hood, the dominant theory right now seems to be that someone was working with Svenson. Betty and Jughead track down that theory, and figure out that Svenson was a groundskeeper at the nunnery while Chic was being raised there. Betty blackmails the nun by threatening to tell everyone about her gay conversion camp. Look, as awesome as it is to see Betty turn the screws on someone, she’s still letting a gay conversion camp exist in Riverdale. That’s super not cool, Betty. Those camps do real lasting damage to people. But Riverdale barely wanted to talk about that in the actual episode about it, so it’s not at all the focus here. Instead, Betty gets what she wants. She doesn’t find any evidence of the Black Hood, but she does find another bombshell.Lili Reinhart as Betty, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Camila Mendes as Veronica and KJ Apa as Archie (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)This episode is improving a lot of storylines this season didn’t quite figure out the first time. Chic’s true nature was always teased in end-of-episode cliffhangers that were never followed up on. Whenever the show started to say anything conclusive about him, it would cop out. Every revelation turned out to be a letdown. That ended in this episode. The nun shows Betty a photo of her brother. It’s not Chic. They’ve been living with a total stranger. When they confront him, Chic attacks Alice with a kitchen knife… Jesus, Riverdale. Fortunately, Jughead is able to knock him out, and next thing we know, he’s tied up in the basement. He claims the real Charles overdosed after being turned away by Alice one night. That sentence sends Alice into a spiral of despair, which doesn’t land as well as it should. “He OD’d on Jingle Jangle” will never not sound ridiculous.That turns out to be a lie, though. Betty and Jughead do some more investigating (maybe they should be the new sheriff), and find out that Chic and Charles had an argument shortly before Betty found him. The next day, the neighbor found sheets covered in blood. And lest you think the Black Hood’s return is just going to be another cop out, he starts calling Betty again. It’s been too long since “Lollipop” creeped me out so much. Even worse, Betty doesn’t seem too interested in catching him this time. Instead, she follows his instructions, and delivers him to the Black Hood. I’m really glad this story is back. Riverdale has me completely hooked again. We don’t get to see what happened to Chic, which makes me think we haven’t actually seen the last of him. We don’t get much time to think about that, though. Once Betty gets home, she learns her dad went out looking for her, and hasn’t come home yet. So Hal’s the Black Hood, right? Are we all pretty convinced of that at this point?Madchen Amick as Alice, Lili Reinhart as Betty and Lochlyn Munro as Hal (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Though I wish every week could be a musical episode, this Riverdale was nearly as good. This is everything I love about this show. It focused every storyline this season had introduced and intensified them all to the point of insanity. I only wish it didn’t take until this point in the season. We had way too many half-starts and copouts along the way, but all these plots are finally paying off. The Black Hood is back, scarier and more personal than before. We finally know what’s up with Chic and it’s even crazier than anything those past cliffhangers teased. It may not have been a musical, but this was pure Riverdale melodrama. I’ll take that any week. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

ExReal Madrid star Pepe leaves Besiktas

first_imgPortuguese defender Pepe has left Besiktas after agreeing to have his contract mutually terminated as his wages became too much for the clubThe 35-year-old joined Besiktas in 2017 on a free transfer from Real Madrid for a reported deal in the region of €9.5m before bonuses.Pepe went on to make 52 appearances for Besiktas along with scoring seven times.However, the Turkish club’s growing debts meant that cuts were necessary and Pepe agreed to have his deal terminated as a result – even though he was contracted until June 2019.Although it’s understood the Portugal international has left on good terms and even watched Besiktas’ 2-2 draw against Trabzonspor on Sunday in the stands at the club’s Vodafone Park Stadium.Europa League draw groups K and L George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups K and L were kind to Wolves and United, weren’t they? confirmed that Europa League group K consists of, Besiktas, Braga,…“Besiktas JK and Kepler Laveran Lima Ferreira Pepe have mutually cancelled their contract and parted ways,” read a statement on the club website.“The club thanked the Portuguese star for his efforts and wished him luck in his future career.”Besiktas are currently third in the Turkish Super Lig and eight points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.Former Real and Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo also left the club this year, while ex-Liverpool forward Ryan Babel is also set to leave.last_img read more

Miami USCG deploys Search and Rescue team to Texas

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The United States Coast Guard in Miami has joined the rescue teams headed to Texas to help those hit by Harvey.According to the USCG, a plane with at least 40 crew members have been deployed, Monday afternoon, to assist in Texas.Chief Petty Officer Matt Cramer, who works with the Marine Safety and Security Team Miami, said his Search and Rescue crew has deployed and is up to the task. “My crew trains for Search and Rescue and these types of deployments,” said Cramer. “We’re ready to get out there to start helping any way we can.”The crew is expected to land sometime on Monday, joining the City of Miami Fire Rescue team in their rescue efforts, as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons OnBoard Security Adds Walt Dorfstatter To Board Of Directors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — OnBoard Security, a leader in Internet of Things (IoT) security, is pleased to announce that Walt Dorfstatter has joined its Board of Directors.Walt was a former Executive Director at General Motors, President of OnStar and CTO at the Over-the-Air (OTA) software update company, Movimento. While at GM, Walt served as executive director of Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and Vehicle Cybersecurity at their Global Research & Development division, where he was responsible for new vehicle technology enablers and analytical tools to enhance product development and convert R&D development to innovation in the market. At GM OnStar he led the development and implementation of new OnStar technologies and services and oversaw the operations of automated services and hardware quality.“We are thrilled to welcome Walt to our Board,” explained Pete Samson, CEO of OnBoard Security. “His extensive experience will provide us invaluable guidance as we develop new products and services for the burgeoning vehicle cyber security market.”Walt’s appointment brings OnBoard Security’s Board of Directors up to five members.About OnBoard SecurityOnBoard Security, headquartered in Wilmington, MA, was created to help automotive and IoT organizations stay ahead of the curve through superior cybersecurity software and services. For nearly 20 years, the world-renowned experts at OnBoard Security have been pioneering technologies that protect the Internet of Things, now and for the future. We address three significant challenges: ensuring the security and privacy of connected vehicles, accelerating the implementation of trusted computing, and helping avoid the existential threat from quantum computers to the integrity of the internet.Walt Dorfstatter(NOTE: The above press release is from OnBoard Security via PRWeb.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedU.S. Department Of Energy Awards Electric Vehicle Cybersecurity Grant To Wilmington’s OnBoard SecurityIn “Business”Wilmington’s Security Innovation Announces Intent To Create OnBoard Security Inc.In “Business”Wilmington’s OnBoard Security Strengthens Its Management TeamIn “Business”last_img read more

IT stocks fall on BSE NSE Wipro Glaxo Welspun hit new 52week

first_imgOn a lacklustre day of trading, shares of information technology (IT) companies were trading with minor losses while Tata Motors gained more than 4 percent despite posting a fall in June quarter net profit.Wipro shares hit a new 52-week low of Rs. 478.50 apiece on the BSE on Monday but recovered later to trade at Rs. 482.10 at around 12.04 p.m. The earlier 52-week low for the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter was Rs. 488 recorded last Friday. Infosys was down 0.27 percent at Rs. 1,018 while TCS was trading 1.65 percent lower at Rs. 2,487.50. The BSE IT index was down 0.99 percent at 10,288.Welspun India shares touched a new 52-week low of Rs. 49.15 while Glaxosmithkline Pharma shares plunged to a fresh one-year low of Rs. 2,970 before recovering to Rs. 2,992.95.The BSE Sensex was up 16 points at 27,798 while the NSE Nifty was trading with gains of 5 points at 8,578.Tata Motors shares gained more than 4 percent and were trading at Rs. 524.75, up 4.19 percent. Tata Motors reported a 57 percent fall in consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, 2016 as a result of massive forex loss of Rs. 2,236 crore due to Brexit.The company’s Q1 net profit stood at Rs. 2,236 crore despite a Rs. 478 crore one-time gain. Tata Motors had posted a net profit of Rs. 5,231 crore in the corresponding period last year.The company’s revenues rose to Rs. 67,056 crore in Q1 from Rs. 61,510 crore in the year-ago period.”Higher volumes in both standalone as well as Jaguar Land Rover business more than offset by the adverse FX impact of Rs. 2,296 crores and adverse commodity derivatives impact of Rs. 167 crores in the operating profit mainly in the Jaguar Land Rover business, lower local market incentive in the Jaguar Land Rover business, as compared to the corresponding quarter last year and higher depreciation and amortization expenses as compared to the corresponding quarter last year,” the company said in a statement.last_img read more

Babul confesses to killing Beauty after rape

first_imgBabul Miah (M), the prime accused of Beauty murder and rape case. UNB File PhotoBabul Miah, the main accused in a case filed over the murder of teenage girl Beauty after rape in Shayestaganj upazila of the district, gave statement before a court in Habiganj confessing to his guilt on Friday night.Meanwhile, Moyna Miah, who was detained on Thursday, also gave confessional statement over his involvement in the murder.Habiganj senior judicial magistrate Towhidul Islam recorded their statements under the section 164, said Shayestaganj police station officer-in-charge (investigation) Manikul Islam, reports UNB.Besides, Moyna, in his three-hour statement, confessed that he was directly involvement in the murder and disclosed names of some others involved with the murder, said the OC.Meanwhile, Babul’s mother Kolom Chan Bibi, a female member of Brahmandura union parishad and an accused in the case, was sent to jail at night after expiry of her remand.Babul Miah was arrested from Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet on 31 March.According to the case statement, Beauty, daughter of a certain Sayed Ali, was raped by Babul of the village on 21 January.Later on 4 March, the victim’s family members filed a case with Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.As Babul started to threat Beauty’s family members to force them to withdraw the case she was sent to her grandfather’s house at Gunipur village in Lakhai upazila of Habiganj.Later, she went missing from the house on 16 March and police recovered her body from haor area in Sayestaghanj upazila on the next day.The incident created a widespread outcry among people when a photograph of the victim’s body lying on a field went viral on Facebook.last_img read more

Yanny vs Laurel Means Well All Die Alone

first_imgForget about Dresses and audio clips for a minute; let’s talk about food. When you take a bite of something—an apple, let’s say—the process of chewing releases aromatic chemicals in the apple into your mouth and puts some of them into solution, in saliva. A few types of molecules get sensed by receptors in the tongue. Protons coming off of acids ping receptors for “sour.” Sugars get received as “sweet.” Bitter, salty, and the proteinaceous flavor umami all set off their own neural cascades.Everything more complicated than that wafts up the back of your throat via a process called retronasal olfaction to an array of nerve endings dangling through a perforated bit of skull behind your nose called the cribriform plate. It’s not a one-to-one relationship; there isn’t one receptor for each of the trillion or so smells a human can theoretically perceive. It’s the combination of molecules touching these little pieces of brain, and how many of the molecules, that the brain’s olfactory cortex somehow converts to a scent—the difference between, say, pine and laurel. No one really knows how. Somewhere between a volatilized molecule and the way it touches a bit of brain, a network of flashing action potentials creates a metaphor.Similarly, a linguist can tell you what sounds comprise speech, and an otologist can tell you how waves of air pressure impinging on your ear drum can in turn vibrate tiny bones behind it, which then trigger (yet again) cascades of neural activity leading to the auditory cortex, to Broca’s area of the brain. It’s hard to imagine a more rube-goldbergian way of connecting with another person. Their thoughts to their mouth to pulsations of air molecules to a vibrating membrane inside a hole in your skull to bones going clickety-click to waves of electrical activity to thoughts? Come on.But it’s the best we’ve got. PHOTO ESSAY: The spectacular wonders of Europe’s libraries We need to talk about the ending of Avengers: Infinity War Some people heard the word “laurel” in a short audio clip that became internet-famous this week, while others heard the not-word “yanny.” This proves that we will all die alone.Thanks to some sleuthing by my colleague Louise Matsakis, people interested in following up can learn that regardless of what they heard in the clip, the person speaking was, in fact, saying the word “laurel.” But the question of what was recorded, for real, diverges in important ways from the question of what people heard, also for real.Let me put this another way: Three years back, a picture of a dress—The Dress—became internet famous, because some people saw it as blue and others saw it as white. The question of why sent scientists who study color vision into a flurry of activity that’s still going on today. They want to better understand how the brain factors in illumination when calculating the color of an object, and how people see yellowish colors differently than bluish ones. Again, none of that work asks what color The Dress actually was, for real. (Blue.)There is a world that exists—an uncountable number of differently-flavored quarks bouncing up against each other. There is a world that we perceive—a hallucination generated by about a pound and a half of electrified meat encased by our skulls. Connecting the two, or conveying accurately our own personal hallucination to someone else, is the central problem of being human. Everyone’s brain makes a little world out of sensory input, and everyone’s world is just a little bit different. Tesla’s Elon Musk threatens to become a liabilitycenter_img Something about the laurel recording makes it just abstract enough for the cognitive processing to take over. The waves of atmospheric pressure are the same for everyone; but past that, every inner ear and every brain are doing something just a little bit different. That’s the distance between “laurel” and “yanny.”Color, as the furor over The Dress implied, makes for a very good tool for investigating the connections between the senses, language, and thought. Color is a thing that exists independently, if you agree that photons and wavelengths of light and reflection are real things, but color is also a thing that culture processes. As I wrote on the one-year anniversary of The Dress thing, all the bigwigs in philosophy have taken a crack at this problem, from Aristotle to CL Hardin, with Isaac Newton in between. (When the Scottish philosopher David Hume tried to figure out how people formed ideas in his Treatise of Human Nature in 1738, he said that people could only understand things they’d experienced, with the exception of colors—he thought a person could probably imagine a shade of blue he’d never seen, given a darker one and a lighter one as examples.)Even people with what vision scientists call color normal vision don’t see things quite the same way. The devil in the Blue Dress is that my blue might not have been your blue. Some research says that given a chance to choose a wavelength of light to represent an ideal yellow, most people pick pretty close to the same one. But ask about blue or green (the “grue” region of colorspace), and you get 80 nm worth of different answers. Might have something to do with the way the photoreceptors in the eye work. Or it might not. No one knows.That doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying to communicate those differences. Telling the person next to you what’s going on in your head, what your hallucination is like—I think that’s what we mean by “finding connection,” by making meaning with each other. Maybe it’s impossible, in the end. Maybe we’re all alone in our heads. But that doesn’t mean we can’t work on being alone together.More Great WIRED Stories A dying scientist and his rogue vaccine trial Facebook just tapped the next Mark Zuckerberglast_img read more

Egerton celebrates 95th birthday

first_imgHaving been founded on August 2, 1921, Egerton Primary School celebrated its 95th birthday on Agar Field today (Tuesday).The pupils were seen having fun running around the sports ground, covered in brightly-coloured paint.Fun quiz games and other activities such as netball and hockey matches were also part of the birthday celebrations.“I love my school so much and I wish it a happy birthday!” said proud little Egerton pupil Esihle Zwane.The teachers too were covered in paint and heartily joined in the celebrations together with the excitable children.DID YOU KNOW? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Have I Been Pwned up for acquisition Troy Hunt code names this

first_imgYesterday, Troy Hunt, revealed that his ‘Have I Been Pwned’(HIBP) website is up for sale, on his blogpost. Hunt has codenamed this acquisition as Project Svalbard and is working with KPMG to find a buyer. Troy Hunt has named Project Svalbard after the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. This vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity with a long-term seed storage facility, for worst-case scenarios such as natural or man-made disasters. Commercial subscribers highly depend on HIBP to alert members of identity theft programs, enable infosec companies, provide services to their customers, protect large online assets from credential stuffing attacks, preventing fraudulent financial transactions and much more. Also, governments around the world and the law enforcement agencies use HIBP to protect their departments and also for their investigations respectively. Hunt further says he has been handling everything alone. “to date, every line of code, every configuration and every breached record has been handled by me alone. There is no “HIBP team”, there’s one guy keeping the whole thing afloat”, he writes. However, in January, this year he discovered Collection #1 data breach which included 87 GB worth of data in a folder containing 12,000-plus files, nearly 773 email addresses, and more than 21 million unique passwords from data breaches going back to 2008. Hunt uploaded all of these breached data to HIBP and since then he says the site has seen a massive influx in activity, thus, taking him away from other responsibilities. “The extra attention HIBP started getting in Jan never returned to 2018 levels, it just kept growing and growing,” he says. Hunt said he was concerned about burnout, given the increasing scale and incidence of data breaches. Following this, he said it was time for HIBP to “grow up”. He also believed HIBP could do more in the space, including widening its capture of breaches. “There’s a whole heap of organizations out there that don’t know they’ve been breached simply because I haven’t had the bandwidth to deal with it all,” Hunt said. “There’s a heap of things I want to do with HIBP which I simply couldn’t do on my own. This is a project with enormous potential beyond what it’s already achieved and I want to be the guy driving that forward,” Hunt wrote. Hunt also includes a list of “commitments for the future of HIBP” in his blogpost. He also said he intended to be “part of the acquisition – that is some company gets me along with the project” and that “freely available consumer searches should remain freely available”. Via Project Svalbard, Hunt hopes to enable HIBP to reach out to more and more people and play “a much bigger role in changing the behavior of how people manage their online accounts.” A couple of commenters on the blog post ask Hunt whether he’s considered/approached Mozilla as a potential owner. In a reply to one he writes,“Being a party that’s already dependent on HIBP, I reached out to them in advance of this blog post and have spoken with them. I can’t go into more detail than that just now, but certainly their use of the service is enormously important to me.” To know more about this announcement in detail, read Troy Hunt’s official blogpost. Read Next A security researcher reveals his discovery on 800+ Million leaked Emails available online The Collections #2-5 leak of 2.2 billion email addresses might have your information, German news site, Heise reports Bo Weaver on Cloud security, skills gap, and software development in 2019last_img read more