Annan urges emergency UN force to quell fighting in northeastern DR of

In a letter this morning to the President of the Council, the Secretary-General said he considered it likely that the situation could worsen. He asked that members of the 15-nation body urgently consider his proposal for the rapid deployment of a highly trained and well-equipped multinational force to provide security at the local airport as well as to other vial installations and to protect the civilian population.The Council’s President for the month of May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, confirmed in a statement to the press that some UN Member States have been approached by the Secretary-General to participate in this force. A UN spokesman, meanwhile, said the search for troop contributors to the multinational force “continues to go well,” with generous responses from several Member States offering both troops and logistical and financial support.In his letter, Mr. Annan expressed his “deep concern” about the rapidly deteriorating situation in and around Bunia, which has become the stage for major violent clashed between rival Lendu and Hema militia groups, which has been exacerbated by outside interferences.”This force would be deployed for a limited period until a considerably reinforced United Nations presence could be deployed,” Mr. Annan writes, adding that it would be authorized under the Chapter VII enforcement provision of the UN Charter.Because the situation in Bunia threatens to undermine the peace process in the DRC, and thereby threaten international peace and security in the region, Mr. Annan said, “the international community must act decisively.”The Council met Friday in closed session to discuss the situation in the DRC. During its meeting, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno reported that the situation in Bunia continued to be volatile, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said. Attempts by the UN to broker a local ceasefire have so far been unsuccessful, although there was no fighting in the town today.Meanwhile in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, Amos Namanga Ngongi witnessed the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities in Bunia and re-launch the Ituri peace process.The signatories included President Joseph Kabila, representatives of the democratically elected Ituri Pacification Commission – which rival militia and tribal groups agreed to set up late last month to manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over – and leaders of the various armed groups who have been fighting for control of the region’s administrative capital, Bunia.By the agreement, the parties also recommitted themselves to the political process, agreed to canton their troops within their respective headquarters and supported the immediate deployment of a multinational force.In his press statement, Ambassador Akram also said that Council members demanded that all states in the region express their commitment to extend support for the possible deployment of this force. read more

Indigo narrows firstquarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow

TORONTO – Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) tightened losses by more than 35 per cent in the first quarter as it further grew its general merchandise business.The Toronto-based retailer, which has been putting more emphasis on stationary and home decor items, reported a net loss of $9 million for the quarter ended June 27, or 35 cents per share.That compared to a loss of $14 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.Overall, revenue climbed to $189.4 million from $180.8 million in the same period of last year.About 66 per cent of sales came from books and other print products like magazines and newspapers, while nearly 31 per cent was from its general merchandise, which includes its lifestyle, paper and toys business.Online sales through the Indigo website grew 18.2 per cent to $24 million in the period.Chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement that the improvement confirms that the company’s strategy is moving in the right direction.Indigo Books & Music operates 90 large format stores under the Chapters and Indigo banners, as well as 126 smaller locations with names like Coles, Indigospirit and SmithBooks. During the quarter it closed one large format location and one of its smaller stores. Indigo narrows first-quarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Bangladesh UN agency Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis urges action for Rohingya

“For me, the most shocking part of the Rohingya refugee crisis is the number of children who have had to flee their homes,” Ms. Davis, Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the end of her visit to Kutupalong Refugee camp in Bangladesh. “Over half of the refugees in the camp are children. Some of them have lost one or both parents and they are on their own,” she added. She said that they need everything, including the very basics of shelter, water and food. “I can’t imagine going through what these children and their families have gone through, much less having the strength, resilience and extraordinary bravery these children possess,” she said. According to UNHCR, the Rohingya are a stateless minority in Myanmar. Since violence erupted on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, more than 600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh. Children make up 54 per cent of the total population. A recent survey of more than 170,000 families, or 740,000 individuals found that 5,677, or 3.3 per cent, of the households are headed by children; more than 4,800 households, or 2.8 per cent, include separated and unaccompanied children; and as many as 14 per cent of families are composed of single mothers holding their families together with little support in harsh camp conditions. “This is currently the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world and seeing the impact of this emergency on children is devastating,” Ms. Davis continued. UNHCR requires $83.7 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Bangladesh until the end of February 2018 in order to meet the acute needs of children, women and men fleeing conflict. UNHCR’s response is currently less than half funded. “The fact is that more funding, more donations, will save lives. Governments, the public, private sector, businesses, we all need to do what we can to help and donate now to support the Rohingya refugees,” Mr. Davis added. read more

Kevin Durant Is Golden States Terrifying Plan B

CLEVELAND — We witnessed how quickly everything can change in the finals during Game 1, arguably one of the more bizarre, topsy-turvy finishes in NBA Finals history. And in case you needed a reminder of the swiftness with which a narrative can change, consider this: Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, who up until Wednesday night was the odds-on favorite to be named the most valuable player of the 2018 NBA Finals, may now be a long shot to win the honor, even though the Warriors are in a great position to sweep the series.With about eight minutes left in the final quarter of a game that would all but determine whether this was truly a competitive series or merely a foregone conclusion, Curry misfired from 26 feet out. The attempt marked his 10th-straight miss — tied for the second-longest shot-making drought of Curry’s career, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group1One shy of the 11 consecutive shots he missed against the Pelicans back on March 20, 2015. — and left him a dismal 1-of-14 on the night.Yet for all of Curry’s struggles, and pedestrian shooting nights from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the road, Golden State still had a 92-90 lead on the Cavs at that point. And Kevin Durant — who’d finish with a game-high 43 points, 13 boards and one lost shoe — was the reason. Doing exactly what he was brought in to do, Durant connected on a dagger from 33 feet out to seal Game 3 with just under a minute to play, very likely ending any hope of a Cavs’ title.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Coldblooded.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“This is the beauty of this team and the luxury we have of having multiple big-time scorers. There’s going to be [bad shooting] nights like this for all of them,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, referring to Curry’s 3-for-16 finish.2Curry hit two shots, including a key triple, in the final minutes. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can score and fill it up, and they lift each other up if one is having a tough night. It’s a pretty nice luxury as a coach, for sure.”That luxury is the one that so many NBA fans feared when Durant shocked the basketball world by signing on to play for the Warriors: that Golden State would have too wide a margin for error by adding Durant onto the core of a team that had already won 73 games the season before.This isn’t to say that the club is unbeatable, necessarily. After all, the Warriors just survived a seven-game series with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals, a round that Houston might have won had it not been for an ill-timed Chris Paul hamstring injury or an epic drought from 3-point range.But Durant is the team’s back-up generator, an elite scoring force that kicks in when Curry, the team’s main power supply, is momentarily disrupted. Even as Curry struggled, Kerr and the Warriors still made good use of him by occasionally having him set a quick screen for Durant, which sometimes prompted LeBron James to switch off. On this play, Durant ends up with an easy shot over Cavaliers guard George Hill instead.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/KDSTEPH.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The margin of error is very low. You can’t — I mean, it’s almost like playing the Patriots. You can’t have mistakes. They’re not going to beat themselves,” said James, the Cavs superstar who finished with a “quiet” 33-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double but walked away with a seventh finals loss in eight tries against Golden State since the Warriors acquired Durant.“When you’re able to force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned, razor sharp and focused every single possession. You can’t have miscommunication. You can’t have flaws,” continued James, whose team beat Golden State in the NBA Finals in 2016, the season before Durant signed there. “You can’t have ‘my faults’ or ‘my bads’ or things like that, because they’re going to make you pay. When they make you pay, it’s a 3-0, 6-0 or 9-0 run, and it comes in bunches. The room for error, you just can’t have it.”Wednesday night felt reminiscent of Game 3 of last year’s finals — particularly the cold-blooded, game-sealing triple that Durant drilled with nearly the same amount of time remaining in the game, again over the outstretched arm of a helpless Cavaliers defender. Much like last year, Durant’s otherworldly performance was enough to neutralize, if not outdo, Cleveland’s superhuman star on a night when other factors would have threatened Golden State’s grip on the series.Aside from overcoming the lackluster shooting from Curry, the Warriors managed to win despite a productive night from Kevin Love (20 points on just 13 shots) and a legitimately good showing from Rodney Hood, who went from being out of the rotation entirely to scoring more (15 points) off the bench Wednesday than he had logged in a game since early April.Yet while the Cavs were happy to get production out of Hood — and finally bench the slumping Jordan Clarkson, who’d been awful — the Warriors were getting contributions from multiple players. Forward Andre Iguodala was back from injury, and despite looking rusty at times, he chipped in defensively on James and finished the contest a +14, tied for the second-highest plus-minus, just behind Durant’s +15. JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and Jordan Bell were all solid in limited roles of 17 minutes or less each and shot a combined 13-of-17 from the field.And to add insult to injury, the Warriors went after JR Smith — whose monumental brain freeze in Game 1 earned him a standing ovation from Golden State fans in Game 2 — incessantly on defense. Smith has always struggled when defending away from the ball, and the Warriors bludgeoned his inability to sink into the paint after passing Curry off to Love after a switch. Golden State found countless open looks as a result of Smith’s on-court confusion defensively.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SmithOnD.mp400:0000:0002:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In any case, whenever this series ends, in a fifth or six game or even in a sweep on Friday, we’ll hear more about Smith’s blunder in Game 1 and how the events surrounding it might have changed the complexion of the series had they played out differently. Given how good the Warriors are, and all the weapons they possess, it’s difficult to argue otherwise. There simply is little to no room for error against this ballclub, perhaps in a way that we’ve never seen before.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (June 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said Cleveland’s Game 3 loss in the 2018 NBA Finals was the eighth finals loss by LeBron James to Golden State in nine tries since the Warriors acquired Kevin Durant in 2016. It was the seventh finals loss in eight tries. read more

Sothebys to host first all gold auction after demand surges from Asia

 A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000 An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The auction will take place in London on October 17 with the online sale commencing on the 9th and concluding on the 19th.The collection will feature sculptures, sacred objects, contemporary art, ancient texts on the craft of goldsmithing; a merging of old and new styles of gilded artmaking through the ages.Among the items to be sold is a Paul Mak artwork, estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000. “This is my favourite piece so far,” said Mr Frangos.“It is not one of the most expensive pieces to feature in the auction but the level of detail is quite remarkable.” An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000Credit:The Midas Touch Sotherby’s Sale A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000Credit:Sotheby’s Kate Moss in Marc Quinn’s Song of a Siren is also to feature in the sale, with an auction estimate of £300,000 to £400,000.“The Kate Moss by Marc Quinn is truly something special as it is solid gold and extremely iconic,” he added.The cast is made from 18 carat solid gold and weighs more than 8000 grams.Mr Frangos said that it was the status symbol that gold embodies which has made it such a popular metal and that it was often the “unique and historic” nature of the items which really piqued client and collector interest.He added: “With this being Sotheby’s first all gold auction we are going to see how it goes before considering if we do them elsewhere outside of London, but even at this very early stage we have seen a huge amount of interest which is very exciting.” Sotheby’s is to hold its first ever auction entirely dedicated to gold after a spike in demand for artefacts and furniture made with the precious metal.The auction was announced following “increasingly strong demand” for gold from clients in markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.The event due to be held later this year will feature a solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss and a gold chair which once sat in Napoleon’s Throne Room.Senior director and head of sale Constantine Frangos said: “We have seen increasingly strong demand for gold items from our clients so this the the first all gold auction being held by Sotheby’s and every department is contributing so we are going to get a real variety of items.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Gold has always been a universal symbol of status and has huge historic provenance but we have seen this renewed demand for gold items mainly due to new interest from markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.” read more

LSE considers altering sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force against Taiwan to achieve ‘reunification’Credit:Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Kyodo News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. globe These geopolitical tensions were played out on LSE’s campus this week, after the University’s director, Dame Minouche Shafik, called a meeting between students from both sides.Li-An Huang, 23, a Taiwanese student who was present in the meeting, said: “The Chinese students were very firm throughout, insisting that Taiwan has always been part of China.“In the meeting I kept telling the school that we are not the same country. I even got my passport out to show them.”According to Mr Huang, representatives from LSE told him that because Taiwan is depicted as part of China on United Nations maps, the colour on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture will be changed. The sculpture was surrounded by barriers this afternoon after students disputed whether Taiwan should be considered part of ChinaCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Chinese President Xi Jinping “I’m upset about it because I feel that LSE are not trying to take responsibility for the situation and are just using the UN as an excuse. It’s like they are trying to be neutral, whilst not being neutral at all,” Mr Huang said. The London School of Economics is considering amending a Mark Wallinger globe sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after student protests.The World Turned Upside Down statue, which was unveiled last week outside LSE’s student activity centre, is a “large political globe” where the geographical locations of nation states have been inverted to show the world “from a different viewpoint.”On the map, Taiwan is coloured pink while China is coloured yellow. Taiwan is a de facto independent state but is considered to be a breakaway province by the Chinese government. It is recognised by 16 countries, but not at the United Nations. Mainland Chinese students protested against the demarcation of Taiwan on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture, and the use of a red dot for Taipei as the capital city of a country, like other nations shown on the globe.Taiwanese students however maintained the globe should remain as is, as Taiwan operates like any other democratic nation with its own government – led by president Tsai Ing-wen, a LSE alumnus – currency, military and foreign policy. Most of its 23.5 million people identify as Taiwanese. A spokeswoman for LSE said: “The artwork currently does not reflect our understanding of United Nations delineations that it was due to represent. “We thought there would at least be dialogue and we could discuss our side of the story with the Chinese students. But it felt like the decision had already been made before we got into that meeting room.“LSE is a world renowned institution. It gives the impression that it values democracy, human rights and diversity. But their decision does not suggest that at all.”The dispute also attracted the attention of Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign affairs minister.Writing in an open letter to Dame Shafik, Mr Wu said: “The truth is that Taiwan is a sovereign democratic country, not part of any other.“If the sculpture is changed as planned, it will lead young men and women everywhere to believe that LSE bows to the pressure and bullying of Beijing.”London-based NGO Formosa Salon has also begun circulating an online petition calling on LSE to allow the artwork to retain its original appearance, appealing to the public “to join together to resist China’s ‘sharp power,’ and be aware of the consequences of allowing such power to penetrate into different corners of the world.”It was unclear whether Mr Wallinger was consulted over the possible change. He did not respond to requests for comment. “We are consulting our community and considering amendments to the work. No final decisions have been reached.”Beijing has in recent years upped its diplomatic pressure on Taiwan. Earlier this year Chinese president Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force to achieve “reunification.” read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host Heads of Missions Conference

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hosting a Heads of Mission Conference (HOMC) from April 3-8, 2017 at the Pegasus Hotel, under the theme “Advancing Guyana’s Diplomacy in the 21st Century”.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, President David Granger and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl B. Greenidge will be addressing the Opening Session.The MOTP said, the Conference of Heads of Missions will provide Guyana’s diplomatic envoys abroad with the opportunity not only to consider a broad agenda of international affairs, but more particularly to familiarise themselves with the dynamics of the nation’s internal development which its diplomacy serves. The overarching goal of the Conference is to identify ways and means of enhancing efforts to effectively promote and protect Guyana’s interest abroad.Discussions will focus on a wide range of political and economic issues over a period of five days, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the current complex but evolving international situation; the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; economic diplomacy; the continuing role of the Diaspora in national development; the role of foreign investment in the nation’s development; topical and urgent questions relating to the consequences of climate change; the effect of technology on modern diplomacy; and the multipolar nature of modern international economic relations, among other questions.In addition, the Conference will accord Diplomatic Envoys and the leadership in the Ministry the opportunity to discuss operational matters to ensure that the affairs of Guyana’s Overseas Missions are effectively and efficiently conducted, the MOTP said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiplomacy integral to safeguarding Guyana’s sovereignty, economic development- PresidentApril 4, 2017In “latest news”Guyana preparing to host first ever CRIC Conference in the CaribbeanFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news”Local Diplomats demoralized by media reports of corrupt Guyanese AmbassadorOctober 9, 2014In “Politics” read more

Minister We are not abolishing the Seanad

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said that the abolition of the Seanad will be a decision of the people and has hinted that if the upcoming referendum is defeated then it could be reformed.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Minister said that the people of Ireland were being asked whether they want the government to abolish the upper house and insisted it was their choice.He also indicated that rejection of the proposal to abolish the chamber could mean it is reformed, saying: “If the people in their wisdom decide that they want a reformed Seanad and they want to retain it well then of course it’s their right to make that decision.”Independent senator Katherine Zappone, who was nominated to the Seanad by the Taoiseach two years ago, hit out at the proposals calling for reform rather than abolition and criticised planned changes to Dáil committees and other measures proposed by the government yesterday.“All we have in terms of Dáil reform is a promise, a press release,” she said saying that although Fine Gael had abolition of the chamber in their election manifesto there were other aspects of the programme for government which have not come to fruition.She also suggested that there did not need to be a rush to hold a referendum – which is set to take place in early October – saying: “What’s the rush? Why are we rushing to do this massive significant change of the governance of our country?”Coveney insisted that the proposal to abolish the Seanad was being done in conjunction with changes to local government to give councils more autonomy and pointed out that a unicameral system – where a country has one parliamentary house instead of two – is common in countries of a similar size to Ireland.“The government is putting this to the people. We are not abolishing the Seanad, we are asking the people of Ireland whether they want us to do that,” he said.“So we are providing the ultimate public debate now in the form of a long public referendum campaign between now and early October when we can have a national discussion on this as we are starting today.”Read: Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrappedlast_img read more

Have your say on the governments plan to change citizenship laws

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If a costly postal vote on marriage equality was not irregular enough of a move from the part of the legislative body to ask public approval for a piece of legislation, the Senate is moving forward deeper into novelty, setting up a SurveyMonkey online poll to check how voters feel about toughening up the laws regarding Australian citizenship.The issue has already debated – and blocked by the Senate – last year, as the government’s proposals to require that migrants pass high-level English tests as a citizenship and that eligible visa holders should be permanent residents for four years before they apply, were met with fierce political and public opposition.“As long as you are creating a situation that we have a permanent underclass of non-citizens, permanent residents who never get to become citizens, you are changing Australia from a multicultural society to a segregated society,” Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Citizenship had told SBS in October, after the government’s proposed legislation was overturned by the Labor Party, the Greens and Nick Xenophon Team.Now, seven months later, a new bill – almost identical to the government’s one, bar from the change of year in its name – has been introduced by the leader of One Nation party, Pauline Hanson.“I believe people should prove their loyalty to Australia, that they should be prepared to assimilate, that they don’t have any criminal records of bad character,” Hanson told Sky News. “I want more stringent tests on becoming an Australian citizen.”Her bill, the ‘Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018’ aims to amend the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Migration Act 1958 in relation to strengthened citizenship requirements, and enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information, among other provisions. The main difference from Peter Dutton’s failed proposal, is that it includes an even tougher restriction on migrants to become Australian citizens, specifically raising the Permanent Residency requirement to eight years – at the moment, an applicant should be living in Australia for four years, but only have permanent resident status for twelve monhts, in order to be eligible for citizenship. Other than that, Pauline Hanson’s bill is word-for-word identical to the government’s proposal.This fact led the Senate legal and constitutional affairs legislation committee to the decision of refraining from holding yet another inquiry, opting instead to act on a member’s suggestion and set up a SurveyMonkey online poll, asking voters to have a say on the issue, before it files its report in December. The poll consists of one question: “do you support the provisions of the Australian citizenship legislation amendment (strengthening the commitments for Australian citizenship and other measures) bill 2018?” – it also provides a link to the government’s website, where people can access the bill.This way to conduct an open consultation is extremely irregular, not least because SurveyMonkey is a US-based online data collection company, providing users with a platform to run surveys via web, email, and social media such as Facebook. Anyone wishing to respond to the poll can go to to this address, where they will be required to provide a name and an email address (albeit without any process of verification, in regards to genuineness, nor restrictions to the number of submissions one can enter).It is understood that the result of the poll will not be binding on the committee, nor on the parliament, while there is nothing to suggest that the Senate’s stance over the issue has changed since October, making the bill’s ratification extremely unlikely.last_img read more

Memorial held for slain Filipino 8000 to get him home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2015 – The Filipino Community says it will take $8,000 to get slain Bobby Labante’s body home to his family in the Philippines. Labante was killed on December 27th while at home at Bryant Cox apartments in Five Cays, mysteriously. On that night roommates say they were attacked in home invasion but Police are still boggled by the case and have not even classified the investigation due to the conflicting accounts of what happened. Forty-six year old Labante was the sole breadwinner for his three children and wife; a memorial was held at the local Catholic church in his memory over the weekend, according to a PTV8 news report. While the Filipino community here is looking to the employer and National Insurance to carry the bill of sending Lubante’s body home; they are hoping for donations for extra funds which can be provided to his family now left somewhat destitute. If you want to donate you can reach out to the Filipino Community and if you have any information in this case, where two men were reportedly stabbed by masked assailants, please contact 1-800-TIPS, that’s 1-800-8477. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bobby labante, memorial service Investigations continue into death of 46 year old Labante of Phillipinescenter_img Man charged with New Years Day shooting Recommended for youlast_img read more

Audi kills TT promises seven new SUV variants as it transforms for

first_img 2019 Audi Q8 is fashion-forward and loaded with tech Comments Preview • 2019 Audi Q8: Cross-country tech titan 5:56 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Car Industry Luxury cars Electric Cars SUVs Sports Cars Future Cars 2019 Audi Q8 doesn’t sacrifice in the name of fashion 3 Tags Audi 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copycenter_img More From Roadshow Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageThe TT recently received a light refresh, so it’ll probably kick around for another year or two before going gently into that good night. A new special edition is planned for the near future, too. Audi Audi’s in the middle of massively reorganizing its efforts as the entire VW Group moves wholesale into an electrified state of mind. To that end, it will make some big shifts, including eliminating a slow-selling coupe while packing on the SUV trims.Audi will soon remove the TT from its lineup, according to comments made by Audi executives at the automaker’s annual shareholders meeting in Germany. It won’t die completely, though. Rather, it’ll be replaced with an all-electric car in the same price range. It may not have the TT badge, but Audi isn’t prepared to leave this segment entirely.While it does have its ardent fans, there’s a good case to be made for shedding the diminutive hatchback. Sales figures from GoodCarBadCar show that Audi only sells a thousand or two TTs per year in the US, and while 2016 represented a high-water mark for its sales, it sold half as many in 2018 as it did two years prior. In the meantime, the automaker will continue to focus on its strengths, including SUVs, which markets are buying up like they’re going out of style (spoiler alert: they aren’t). Audi’s suits also promised during the shareholder meeting that the automaker would introduce seven new SUVs “without predecessors” in 2019.Of that seven, Audi specifically called out four. It said two will be “particularly sporty” variants of the Q8, likely alluding to SQ8 and RS Q8 variants of the automaker’s top-tier SUV. Two others, the E-Tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback, will see Audi’s swoopy-coupe badge applied to its crossovers for the first time. As for the remaining three models, Motor1 believes they might be the SQ3, RS Q3 and RS Q7, but Audi hasn’t confirmed anything. Considering we’re halfway through 2019, odds are we’ll find out soon enough. 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Review • 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Audi More about 2019 Audi Q8 49 Photoslast_img read more

Amit Shah performs the aarti at Jagannath temple kickstarts

first_imgAhmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with his wife Sonal Shah, performed the ‘Mangala Aarti’ on Thursday morning at the historic Jagannath Temple here, to kick-start the annual Gujarat Jagannath Rath Yatra that coincides with the Puri festival. Shah, who continues as the national Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, was on his first visit to home state Gujarat after being inducted in the Union Council of Ministers. He inaugurated several projects on Wednesday. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Coinciding with the historic rath yatra in Puri, the 142nd Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra began in the wee hours of Thursday. The nine-day annual chariot festival began amid heavy security in various localities of the walled city in old Ahmedabad. Beginning from the historic 450-year-old Lord Jagannath Temple in Jamalpur area, the procession would pass through the city. The Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad is among the three largest similar rath yatras which include the ratha yatra in Puri, Odisha.last_img read more

Awareness drive on plastic held at Maris Stella College

first_imgVijayawada: The Intermediate staff and students and the members of Green Audit Cell of Maris Stella College jointly organised an awareness programme on usage of plastic and problems on the college premises here on Tuesday. Participating as chief guest, Dr B Keerthi of Vasavya Mahila Mandali explained the ill-effects of using single use plastic carry bags. The college principal Dr Sr Jasintha Quardus, Grace Eunice, senior faculty member Swapna and members of Green Audit Cell, staff and students were present.last_img

Cora Barry Celebrates 70th Birthday with 70s Party

first_imgCora Masters Barry (center) and friends: Norma Stewart, left, Rock Newman, Dr. Doris Browne (red jacket), Edna Long- Green and Marlene Johnson. (Photo by Raymone Bain)Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry didn’t want to celebrate her 70 years of life with a low-key affair with family and friends eating cake and re-telling memories at her home. She didn’t want to have a formal dinner with people dressed up in tuxedos or gowns singing her praises.Barry wanted to get down and party hard. That is what she and 100 of her closest friends and associates did on April 26 at the Howard Theatre.“In D.C. we always have those types of formal parties and they are boring,” Barry said. “I wanted to have fun and have people dress like we did in the 1970s.”Many of Barry’s friends came dressed in platform shoes, bell-bottom pants, colorful headbands, go-go boots and long-sleeved, low-cut shirts and blouses. Barry wore a red-colored afro wig that submerged her head and a dashiki and large glasses.Julianne Malveaux, an NNPA columnist and the president emeritus of the Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C., wore clothes resembling those progressive political activist and scholar Angela Davis dressed during the 1970s. Many people had to have a second look to recognize D.C. School Chancellor Kaya Henderson, as she was dressed in a white dress with orange lines, a matching headband, a large black afro wig and go-go boots.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) stopped by to offer Barry congratulations on her birthday but she dressed professionally. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) dressed professionally also but was frequently on the dance floor enjoying the event.Barry is the widow of the late mayor and D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry, who died in November 2014. She served as the city’s first lady in the last of his four terms as the District mayor, 1995-1999.The Barrys were married in 1994.Barry is known nationally as the force behind the state-of-the-art Southeast Tennis & Learning Center in Ward 8 that is designed to teach young people how to play tennis as well as maintain their academic focus. Professional tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams have visited the center numerous times since its founding in 1995 and have developed a friendship with Barry during that time.Barry is a former professor of political science at the University of the District of Columbia and was involved in Marion S. Barry’s successful campaigns for D.C. Council at-large in 1974 and 1976 and his winning campaign for mayor in 1978. In 1980, then Mayor Barry appointed Cora Barry to the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission, where she served as the chairman at one time.Marie Johns, the former deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said she couldn’t miss Barry’s party.“I love Cora Barry,” Johns said. “I think it is fantastic that she has a 70s theme for her birthday. That was an interesting era and much of the music that we hear today had its origins in the 1970s.”Songs that partygoers danced to included Joe Tex’s {Ain’t Gonna Bump with No Big Fat Woman} and D.C. icon Chuck Brown’s {Bustin’ Loose}. Barry was serenaded with Steve Wonder’s {Happy Birthday to You}.Reginald Van Lee is the executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton’s D.C. office and helped to coordinate the celebration of Barry.“I am here to celebrate a fantastic woman,” Van Lee, who wore a pure white shirt and bell-bottom pants with black platform shoes and a large gold medallion around his neck, said. “Cora is Cora and she is down to earth and a real person.”Barry said that she feels fine at 70.“Seventy is the new 50,” she said with a wink in her eye.last_img read more

Rev Jamal Bryant Told to Leave Baltimore…Or Else

first_imgLocal activist PFK Boom berates the Rev. Jamal Bryant on video. (You Tube)(Updated 5/29/2016) In a video uploaded by local activist group Baltimore Blocc on May 25, a local activist orders the Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of one of the largest churches in Baltimore and one of the stars of an upcoming talk show on Fox, to get out of Baltimore or face the consequences.The exchange between the two men was shot at one of the regular vigils held for Tyrone West, a Baltimore man who died after a struggle with police in 2013. None of the nine officers who allegedly pepper-sprayed West, and hit him with their fists and batons faced charges in his death. West’s death was eventually attributed to a heart attack.Bryant briefly flirted with running for Congressman Elijah Cummings’ seat last year and was photographed with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders when he came to Baltimore. He is a well-known activist in addition to his religious duties, and has been a prominent voice against police brutality. However, according to The Baltimore Sun, Bryant also faced allegations earlier this month that he fathered a child out of wedlock.Challenging Bryant in the video is Davon Neverdon, who goes by the name PFK Boom. According to The Guardian, Neverdon rose to prominence following the Baltimore riots of April 2015 as a member of a group of reputed gangsters who sought to improve the city and end police violence; he has also campaigned to restore voting rights to felons. In 1993, Neverdon was charged and ultimately acquitted of the murder of Towson State University student Joel J. Lee.In the video clip, Neverdon calls out Bryant for the pastor’s insufficient support of local activist concerns.“We don’t want you nowhere in our city…You disrespect our streets,” he said to Bryant.He goes on to say that Bryant is a collaborator for working with “oppressors” such as Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and a host of others.In the three-minute video, Bryant remains calm with Boom.“The streets don’t want you here. I’m speaking for them. So if we see you here…,” Boom said before raising his arms in the universal symbol for the possibility of serious consequences if his request is not followed. As Bryant walks away by himself local rapper Shy Lady Heroin delivers a verse that re-iterates several of the same points Boom made previously.A representative for Bryant did not return calls for comment by press time.WARNING: The following video contains profanity that some viewers may find offensive.last_img read more

Comedian Defends Charm City

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comComedians are the windows into the soul of society. They make audiences laugh at issues and events that are troubling and today they seem to have as much credibility as any of America’s newscasters. Comedy Central Central’s Trevor Noah and HBO’s Bill Maher are pundits who are trusted more by the new generation of voters that will decide the next presidential election. Noah’s predecessor, John Stewart, testified on Capitol Hill on behalf of New York City’s first responders to be compensated for proper healthcare in the aftermath of issues that began on 9/11.Comedian Larry Lancaster uses critiques on President Donald Trump’s behavior as content for his standup sets. (Courtesy Photo)Larry Lancaster made his name as BET’s Man on the Street and is known for his political commentary and wittiness on issues related to race, culture and class. Lancaster doesn’t consider himself an expert on politics nor a social activist. He is, however, in touch with new voters and recognizes the levity he can bring to the nation’s political discourse. So when President Donald J. Trump made his disparaging remarks about Baltimore and Congressman Elijah Cummings, Lancaster called him out in basic, unapologetic terms that connect with the next generation of voters.I know Rep. Elijah Cummings to be an honorable man and a true fighter,” Lancaster told the AFRO. “But if we’re really honest there are a lot of rats in Baltimore, just like there are in New York where his Trump Towers is. If you’re the President of the United States you can’t be making statements like that.”Lancaster uses a thought provoking unique blend of humor that appeals to a diverse audience. In an era of highly charged polarizing political commentary his simplified political material is enlightening, but delivered in a style that plays to baby boomers and millennials as well. However, when it comes to political material, the President’s behavior is hitting a nerve with his audience.“When Donald Trump says [stuff] like [his said on Baltimore] he’s using it as a smoke screen to dominate the news cycle and take away from things like the Mueller report, collusion or things of that nature,” Lancaster told the AFRO. ”His behavior doesn’t represent the office that he holds.” Lancaster is one of the most dynamic young personalities who thinks comedians are in a great position to connect them with the political process in order to engage younger voters. He uses quick wit and improvisational skills that feature fast paced humor and poignant social commentary.“You’ve got to break it down and make it easier for people to understand,” Lancaster said. “When people are engaged they are down to be a part of the process.”He has been influenced by some of the all-time great comedians. Despite a dubious fall from grace, Lancaster respects the professorial aspects of Bill Cosby’s material. The cutting edge comedy of the late Bernie Mac and Robin Harris can also be heard as part of his routine. However, Larry knew he had he could make it once he was endorsed by Paul Mooney“You good,” Lancaster remembers. “That’s all I needed to hear and I knew I could make it in this game.”last_img read more

Gray Guilty in the Murder of Taylor Hayes

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROAugust 14, a Baltimore jury found Keon Gray guilty in the murder of seven-year-old Taylor Hayes last July.Gray, was found guilty of second degree murder and a total of seven of 19 counts against him including: second-degree murder of Taylor Hayes and use of a firearm in commission of a crime of violence against Taylor Hayes, among other charges against others involved in the shooting that took Taylor’s life.Seven-year-old Taylor Hayes was killed last July. On Aug. 14, Keon Gray was found guilty of second-degree murder in her death (AFRO Photo)Hayes was killed in July 2018 as she rode in the backseat of a car driven by a family friend. She was struck in the back by a bullet through the trunk and died 2 days later. She became one of Baltimore’s youngest victims of gun violence. Police have charged Daneka McDonald, 35, who is the girlfriend of Gray with an accessory after the shooting. Her car was allegedly used as the getaway vehicle in the shooting. McDonald is scheduled for trial next month. Last month, a judge prohibited parts of McDonald’s 12-hour police interview when the judge determined detectives allegedly intimidated her. Gray’s trial became more controversial when the lead detective in the case was charged with drunk driving and other charges.Sgt. Kevin T. Brown, 43, of Abingdon was charged with driving his unmarked police vehicle under the influence after a crash on I95 in Howard County last year. The charges are listed as driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving and failing to control a vehicle speed to avoid collision, in addition to the charge of carrying a handgun while under the influence of alcohol, court records show. When police arrived, Brown identified himself as a Baltimore City police officer. He was arrested at the scene and taken to JFK Memorial Highway Barrack. Baltimore Police spokesman Matt Jablow said Brown has been on administrative duty with pay but did not know when the suspension began. Jablow said the department has been aware of the charges. He declined to comment further on the investigation.A hearing on the matter is scheduled Aug. 23 and a trial date scheduled for Oct. 31.Brown, whose testimony is at the center of the trial, allegedly made conflicting statements under oath, leading defense attorneys to claim that Gray is a scapegoat for the BPD’s rushed police work. A witness stated the car she seen speeding away from the crime scene was not the same vehicle that Gray was identified in.last_img read more

Researchers find most BitTorrent users being monitored

first_img Explore further Image from the research paper. BitTorrent file sharing sites work by means of a Peer to Peer sharing scheme. Users log in and download chunks of a file they want from several different other users at the same time who share the load as a swarm. At the same time, files that they’ve already downloaded are shared with others. The protocol and hosting sites, known as trackers don’t differentiate between files that are traded legally, or illegally, hence the presence of monitors, which are “users” or clients that log in for the express purpose of finding out who is downloading illegal content. The very nature of the protocol makes it very easy for such monitors to note which users are downloading which files as it’s all tracked via IP addresses.One way to get around having an IP address cataloged by a monitor is to block their IP address; disallowing them from joining the swarm that is sending pieces of files. Users who frequent BitTorrent sites generally become aware of what are known as blocklists (lists of the IP addresses of known monitors); unfortunately, the researchers found such lists to include many false positives and negatives, making them generally useless in preventing monitoring.To figure out which clients were real users and which were monitors, the researchers noted several characteristics of the monitors that make them stand out. One was the fact that monitors tend to hold a large number of the subnets that access sharing sites. Other ways were that they tend to stay connected a lot longer than regular clients and to connect to a lot more swarms and also generally fail to report actually ever completing downloads. In short, they are simply much busier and active, though with little to show for it, than users who generally tend to only log on when they want a certain file and then go away for a period of time after they get it.After compiling lists of IP addresses they suspected of belonging to monitors, the team compared them against other known information about such IP holders and were able to verify that many of them were indeed known BitTorrent monitoring entities. They conclude by making it clear that virtually everyone that uses such sites to download files will have their IP address cataloged at some point, but add that the information gathered by such monitors likely wouldn’t withstand legal scrutiny. More information: (Phys.org)—Researchers from Birmingham University in the UK have found that users who frequent BitTorrent file sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay, risk having their IP address logged by monitors as quickly as within three hours of getting on. The team, led by Tom Chothia, discovered the extent to which monitors are tracking users on such sharing sites by monitoring activity themselves over a two year period. They found as they note in their paper presented this week at the SecureComm conference, that virtually all users of such sites wind up having their IP address noted and recorded at some point. Citation: Researchers find most BitTorrent users being monitored (2012, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-bittorrent-users.htmlcenter_img Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Anonymous exposes visitors to child porn sites © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more AutoStrain LV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more AutoStrain LV application image courtesy of Philips HealthcareJuly 2, 2019 — Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound systems. With Release 5.0, both systems now include automated applications for 2-D assessment of the heart, as well as robust 3-D right ventricle volume and ejection fraction measurements, making accurate exams faster and easier to conduct.1 Together, the new applications provide clinicians with the means to confidently evaluate the heart’s function, increasing diagnostic confidence for patients with pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, coronary disease and heart failure.According to Philips, the company is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to make echo exams easier, faster and more reproducible, eliminating barriers to accessing high-quality care. The company said the new release of Epiq CVx reduces the number of touches of the system by 21 percent in each exam, which is equivalent to more than 400 exams each year.2The AutoStrain LV application uses advanced Automatic View Recognition technology to identify the different views of the heart, providing high-quality visualization and analysis of left ventricular function – extremely important diagnostic information for patients at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Also available are AutoStrain LA and AutoStrain RV, applications which automate the measurement of left atrial and right ventricular longitudinal strain, respectively. By creating reliable and reproducible strain measurements for the left ventricle, left atrium and right ventricle, the AutoStrain LV, LA and RV applications support clinicians treating patients with atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia and other complex heart conditions.The 3D Auto RV application segments, identifies the borders of and aligns the views of the right ventricle, enabling clinicians to carry out the quantification and check the measurements in as little as 15 seconds.3 These new applications expand on the advanced automation applications already available on the Epiq CVx platform, including Dynamic HeartModel, which provides a clear vision of the heart’s chambers and how well they are pumping blood – specifically on the left side, where heart failure often begins. A recent study of Dynamic HeartModel published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging concluded that ‘the automated algorithm can quickly measure dynamic left ventricle and left atrial volumes and accurately analyze ejection/filling parameters’.4The new release also adds diagnostic capabilities to the Epiq CVxi. Tailored for use in the interventional lab, the system can now also be used in the echo lab.Beyond monitoring overall heart function, new medical fields such as cardio-oncology are using echocardiography to better assess heart health during chemotherapy, which can damage the heart if the dosage is not closely monitored. Cardio-oncology has increased the global demand for echocardiography as clinicians need to perform a deep analysis on cardiac images throughout the patient’s treatment, ensuring measurements are consistent from one exam to the next so that the results can be reliably compared.Philips unveiled Epiq CVx Release 5.0 alongside its full suite of solutions for diagnosis and interventional guidance during the annual meeting of the American Society of Echo (ASE), June 21-25 in Portland, Ore. For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcare PreviousNext 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare References1. The Philips CVx and CVxi 5.0 Diagnostic ultrasound systems are available for sale globally. The AutoStrain LV, LA, RV applications and the Dynamic Heart Model application are CE marked and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared and available for sale in Europe and in the U.S. The AI-enabled 3D AutoRV application, designed using a machine learning-based algorithm, is CE marked and FDA 510(k) pending, and is therefore available for sale in Europe but is not available for sale in the U.S.2. Based on eight scans per day over 48 weeks.3. Based on internal test results.4. European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Imaging, “Machine learning based automated dynamic quantification of left heart chambers volumes,” October 9, 2018. 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