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Lenovo may announce all-metal Lemon 3 Plus phone at MWC 2016
Chinese company Lenovo has a ‘gorgeous new device’ up its sleeve for the upcoming MWC 2016 event to be held in Barcelona, Spain. Lenovo has taken to social media channels to tease the new phone that it says ‘has been engineered from scratch’ giving on-lookers a brief look at its rear that starkly resembles that of the recently launched Lemon 3.A gorgeous new device has been engineered from scratch to deliver the #Knockout punch. Brace yourselves. pic.twitter.com/PKwuxkaJEg Lenovo India (@Lenovo_in) February 12, 2016The phone in question boasts of a full-metal back just like the Lemon 3. The resemblance extends way beyond the materials used. Everything from the camera module to the speaker out placement stay as it is. The Lemon 3 is a China-exclusive for now . The company may take the stage at MWC to make an official announcement regarding its global launch. Note, that the Lemon 3 would have a different moniker whenever it is launched in India.Also Read: Lenovo gives Vibe P1 the Turbo treatment The Lemon 3 comes with a 5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vibe UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,750mAh battery. The Lemon 3 has been priced at RMB 699 in China which roughly translates to around Rs 7,000.advertisementAlso Read: Lenovo simplifies lineup, it’s all Moto and Vibe in 2016 There have also been some rumours that the company may launch an upgraded variant of the Lemon 3, aka the Lemon 3 Plus at the MWC event. The phone in question will reportedly have a 5.5-inch FullHD screen and 3GB of RAM. Rest of the specifications are said to remain the same.
OSU has been the Big 12’s best program in the last four years
Photo Attribution: USATSII’ve done some work at Football Study Hall and here on program rankings. I like to use the F/+ system to evaluate football programs. Now that we’re a few weeks into the current college football season, I thought it would be fun to take an early peek at what my 4-year program rankings might look like at the end of this season.I use a weighting system I like to call “what have you done for me lately”. I weighed each team’s F/+ ratings this way:2013: 40%2012: 30%2011: 20%2010: 10%Using this system, here are your top 10 college football programs. The numbers listed by each team are the weighted average F/+ ratings over the past four seasons. You can read them like this: Bama has been 40.1% better than the average NCAA football team over the past four seasons, and so on.1) Alabama – 40.1%2) Oregon – 34.1%3) LSU – 26.7%4) Florida State – 26.0%5) Stanford – 25.9%6) Oklahoma State – 25.0%7) Oklahoma – 24.2%8) Florida – 21.8%9) Texas A&M – 21.7%10) Georgia – 21.5%That’s right. Your OSU Cowboys have a football program that has been on par with LSU, Florida State, Stanford, and OU over the past four football seasons.OSU’s current F/+ rating this season is #11, so we will need to remain at this level or better to remain in this company.Here are the 4-year rankings for each member of the Big 12:6) Oklahoma State – 25.0%7) Oklahoma – 24.2%19) TCU – 14.6%20) Baylor – 14.2%28) Kansas State – 10.1%36) Texas – 8.1%44) West Virginia – 5.0%49) Texas Tech – 3.5%63) Iowa State – (1.7%)114) Kansas – (18.6%)A couple thoughts:• It’s neck and neck between OSU and OU, but the Oklahoma teams have been far and away the best teams in the Big 12 over the past four seasons.• I know they’ve been bad, but it’s still pretty shocking to see Texas at #6 on this list, and it’s even more shocking to see Baylor at #4.• Kansas single-handedly takes the average Big 12 ranking from #30 to #38. Thanks guys!If you’re really interested, here’s your top 25:1) Alabama – 40.1%2) Oregon – 34.1%3) LSU – 26.7%4) Florida State – 26.0%5) Stanford – 25.9%6) Oklahoma State – 25.0% 7) Oklahoma – 24.2%8) Florida – 21.8%9) Texas A&M – 21.7%10) Georgia – 21.5%11) Notre Dame – 19.5%12) Wisconsin – 19.3%13) Ohio State – 18.7%14) Boise State – 18.5%15) Michigan State – 18.4%16) South Carolina – 17.9%17) USC – 16.4%18) Michigan – 14.9%19) TCU – 14.6% 20) Baylor – 14.2%21) Louisville – 13.8%22) Clemson – 13.4%23) Nebraska – 13.3%24) Virginia Tech – 11.2%25) Missouri – 11.1%If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
‘Dybala-Messi comparisons are laughable’
Paulo Dybala ‘Dybala-Messi comparisons are laughable’ – Juventus star not a champion, says Cassano Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:03 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Paulo Dybala Lionel Messi Juventus Barcelona Serie A Primera División The ex-Italy international believes two Argentine forwards are worlds apart in terms of current ability, while he himself is looking to find a club Comparisons between Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi are laughable in the eyes of Antonio Cassano, with the Juventus forward “not a champion”.A bright start to the season for a star turn in Turin saw him placed in a bracket alongside a fellow Argentine at Barcelona .Dybala has, however, dipped since then, while Messi has remained a mercurial presence at Camp Nou and a model of consistency. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cassano believes it is those qualities were separate two countrymen, with it wrong to suggest that a 24-year-old yet to fulfil his true potential is on the same level as a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“Paulo Dybala is a fine player, but not a champion,” the former Italy international told Corriere dello Sport .“Last season he was in great form and compared to Leo Messi, but I had to laugh. Let’s not even joke about such things, please. Leo is on another level.”According to Cassano, who has turned out in Serie A for the likes of Milan and Sampdoria in the past, only Dybala’s Juve team-mates Gianluigi Buffon, Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic can be considered “champions” in the Italian top-flight.There was a time when Cassano himself could have been considered to occupy such a bracket, with his efforts at Roma earning a move to Real Madrid in 2006.He has, however, struggled to maintain his own standards down the years and is currently without a club following an unfortunate episode with Hellas Verona at the start of the season .Cassano is now a 35-year-old free agent, but he remains eager to play on and maintains that he has never announced his retirement.“Fundamentally, I am still a player, because I train every day, but I don’t have any satisfying offers,” added a man with 39 international caps to his name.“Everyone seems to think I retired and that I can’t hack it anymore, but that’s not true. I work harder than ever and if the right opportunity came along, I’d be happy and ready.“I’m keeping my weight down, I don’t have a belly and I weigh 85kg, the same as when I went to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”
Origi eyeing ‘positive’ Liverpool contract talks
Divock Origi has confirmed he will hold talks with Liverpool over his future in the next few weeks, and admits winning a Premier League title will be a “big goal” for the Reds next term.Origi had limited opportunities for Liverpool last season but chipped in with some important goals, most notably the second in the 2-0 Champions League final victory over Tottenham and a brace in the 4-0 semi-final defeat of Barcelona at Anfield.The 24-year-old striker made a total of 12 Premier League appearances having spent the previous term on loan at Wolfsburg, where he featured in 31 of their 34 Bundesliga fixtures. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking ahead of Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Scotland, Origi said: “The next few weeks we’ll have to sit down and see what the future holds.”For now I just want to focus on these last few games [with Belgium] and then see after that.”I want to speak to the club and my people internally before going public but hopefully the talks between me, the club and my people will be positive.”Liverpool enjoyed a memorable end to the 2018-19 season in Madrid, bringing home a sixth Champions League trophy for the club, but fell just short in their bid for a first ever Premier League title.Despite notching up a monumental 97 points, Jurgen Klopp’s side finished a point behind Manchester City. And Origi says the Reds will be determined to be crowned champions of England when they return for pre-season. “It’s a big goal which we want to make steps towards,” he continued. “This year’s experience and the Champions League win will help us and it would be nice to win it.”But also let’s just enjoy what we have done [winning the Champions League] and then reset some goals ready for next season.”Origi has struggled to get past forwards Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in his search for regular first-team football, and has been largely used in a bit-part role by Klopp. Although he scored a goal from the bench in the Champions League final, Origi still drew criticism for his all-round performance from former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Alabama Football Star Could Return From Major Injury For Post-Season
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the first quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Terrell Lewis figured to be a major factor in the pass-rush for Alabama football. The Crimson Tide have obviously fared pretty well without him, but could get some help in time for the College Football Playoff.Lewis, a former five-star recruit, missed most of last season with an elbow injury. He returned in time for Alabama’s national championship win over Georgia.He made his presence felt in that one, with a key sack that forced Georgia to settle for a field goal in the game.He could make a similar return in 2018-19. Back in July, Nick Saban announced that Terrell Lewis tore his ACL during off-season training. On Monday, he was spotted at practice.From AL.com:Less than five months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Alabama outside linebacker Terrell Lewis returned to practice.Lewis was spotted on the field Monday at Hank Crisp Indoor Facility and was equipped with a brace while going through individual drills.It’s a rather stunning development considering that Lewis suffered the injury in early July and his availability this season was very much in doubt.That followed a hint-filled Instagram post by Lewis, that indicated that he could once again come back and contribute to Alabama’s playoff run.Adding a veteran, talented, former five-star pass rusher just in time for a championship run? Only at ‘Bama…[AL.com]
Tahir Raj Bhasin on Chhichhore: It is the toughest film of my career
Tahir Raj Bhasin on Chhichhore: It is the toughest film of my careerTahir Raj Bhasin, who is playing the role of sports champion in Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore, said that it is the toughest film that he has done so far.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 16:39 IST Tahir Raj Bhasin on his upcoming film ChhichhoreMardaani actor Tahir Raj Bhasin considers Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari’s forthcoming film Chhichhore to be his toughest one so far.After doing special appearances in films like Kai Po Che! and One by Two, Tahir shot to fame with Mardaani in 2014 for his villainous role. He followed it up with Force 2 and Manto. Now, he is looking forward to the release of Chhichhore.”Chhichhore is the toughest film that I have done. To play the role of a sports champion, I first needed to break my body and become supremely fit to convincingly look like a college athlete. Along with acing sporting disciplines, I also had to balance the emotional graph and light heartedness of a college drama while competing in varying sport. Combining the two drained a lot out of me,” Tahir said.”It took four months of gruelling training in four different kinds of sports – athletics, football, kabaddi and volleyball to become confident of playing, Derek, my character. I used to train for about four to five hours daily with national coaches and I remember being so exhausted and my body being in serious pain after each training session. But it was all worth it because I’m really proud of what I have done on screen and Nitesh Tiwari’s validation at the end of our shoot meant everything to me,” he added.The running shot in the trailer of the film was the biggest challenge for him to shoot.”It was a scene where I was not told that I was running with the best in the country until after the shot was over! I gave it all and I remember how in Mumbai’s most humid months shooting sports scenes of Chhichhore was tough because of the serious athletic skill I was up against. I’m just proud and happy that in the moment, as Derek, I could compete with them and do a great job for my director under pressure,” said Tahir.Watch the official trailer of Chhichhore:ALSO READ | Chhichhore: Tahir Raj Bhasin plays character inspired by Nitesh Tiwari’s senior from IIT BombayALSO READ | Confirmed: Tahir Raj Bhasin to play Sunil Gavaskar in Ranveer Singh’s 83ALSO READ | Aamir Khan pays surprise visit to Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari in Delhi. See picsALSO WATCH | Zaira Wasim quits films. What is choice when religion decides all?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Tahir Raj BhasinFollow Chhichhore
Finding new purpose
The Indian National Congress has failed in its electoral performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Yet, it has not lost its relevance with people and their politics. The politics of the Indian National Congress need not necessarily be only electoral politics. It can go beyond it with ‘people’s politics’ which essentially implies taking the issues of people and mobilising them to build a movement. This was in vogue since Independence up to the 1980s. After 1991, there has been no such pan-India political struggle organised by political parties surrounding the issues of people. There were movements of the people but they were micro. As a result, political parties have isolated themselves from political struggles and yet, conducted political events lasting for a few hours. The concept of struggle has disappeared from the minds of party cadres. Since Independence, electoral politics took precedence and people’s politics was pushed to the background. Making the government work for the people, for whom the Indian National Congress (Congress) has fought relentlessly in the past, is not so difficult if it chooses a new strategic path. Simply because of its numbered presence in Parliament, it need not feel that the space for its fight has vanished. It has to shift its fight from a Parliament premise to premises derived from people. It requires only a new vision, strategy and approach. The party has to contextualise itself to suit the requirements. Also Read – A staunch allyOver a period of time, Congress has been captured by self-seeking middlemen who influence many vital decisions and have acted as barriers in connecting the leader to her/his cadres. During the era of globalisation, Congress did a splendid job in achieving growth and evolving pro-poor programmes and schemes. Yet, the party had to face the heat of corruption and, as a result, lost its image. It is true that the Congress has set a track record of performance in the government and its name has been damaged primarily because of the corruption charges levelled against many of its ministers. In the course of years, the leadership failed to weed out corrupt persons or at least push them to the background to bring forth leaders who have a clean image with cadre connections. Further, the party has failed to take the narrative from corruption charges to major achievements in governance and development, especially for the poor. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt is to be noted here that no other president of the Congress in the past has faced problems as Rahul Gandhi has. Rahul has done his best in connecting himself with the cadre but unfortunately, the old and corrupt second-line senior leaders have failed miserably in procuring the best out of the hard work rendered by the Gandhi scion. Rahul has faced all the consequences of the commissions and omissions of the party in the past. Now, it is the reality that Rahul Gandhi has to face to take it to the centre-stage as an inevitable force to serve the people of India. His resignation can be a strategy, not a solution. At this juncture, Rahul Gandhi has to see the new opportunity. This opportunity stands in the form of a challenge. It is his responsibility to change the challenge into an opportunity. First, he has to establish grassroots connections for the party. There is no shortcut, it has to be done through the politics of struggle. When the party is geared for political struggle on issues surrounding people, committed cadres will voluntarily participate and plunge into action. It should be on the issues of the people and it should be made as people’s struggle with an evolved strategy. In this process, automatically, the middlemen, managers and brokers who have acted as leaders will disappear as they are hardly willing to be a part of any struggle. For this course of political action, strong regional leaders who have a clean image and established grassroots connections, have to be identified and appointed. For the past four to five decades, Congress has failed to nurture regional leaders and, as a result, regional parties have grown by pushing the grand old party to irrelevance. As a result, regional leaders of the Congress became subservient to regional political parties for electoral gains. This has to be reversed. In the next five years, it has to chalk out a programme for the party and the activities of the party should begin from the streets by taking up people’s issues instead of fighting for the Parliament only. In this process, a large number of new faces have to be brought into party activities, replacing the cronies. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are the assets from the perspective of the party cadres, but they are liabilities from the perspective of BJP. The party must now take the advantage of context and shift the politics from ‘electoral politics’ to ‘people’s politics’ by taking up the cause of the people through political struggles. Only then will the Indian National Congress regain its original roots and chalk out a new course of political action. Sonia Gandhi can devote her time for parliamentary politics and Rahul and Priyanka can plunge into people’s politics and thereby, they can emerge as leaders of the masses rather than leaders of the party organisation. But, will they do it? (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Tens of thousands uprooted by violence in northern Central African Republic
14 September 2007Increased violence has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) near the border with Chad, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Increased violence has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) near the border with Chad, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.Some 12,000 people – the entire population of the area between the towns of Markounda and Silambi – have been uprooted, according to UN Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR Toby Lanzer.Civilians have been caught in fighting between various armed groups, including both State and non-State factions from CAR and neighbouring Chad, in recent months. Late last month, it was reported that the population had escaped the violence into the bush.The UN expressed concern for the 12,000 living along the Markounda-Silambi axis, approximately 500 kilometres north of the capital Bangui. In July, less than half of that number of people was displaced in the area, but now the entire population of the axis has been forced to flee their homes.“Conditions are abominable – marked by constant driving rain and night-time temperatures dipping to 15 degrees Celsius,” said Mr. Lanzer, who led a UN mission to the area from 7 to 10 September. “All this comes at the height of the lean season, when people are at the end of their ropes.”These internally displaced persons (IDPs) have no shelter, safe water, health care or basic necessities such as cooking utensils and soap, and a marked increase in acute respiratory infections has been reported among the displaced.“We are approaching the harvest in the coming weeks, and people need to get to their fields. If not, hunger will inevitably follow,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who called for all parties in the country’s north to create an atmosphere conducive to the IDPs returning home.The UN and its partners’ $83 million appeal to assist those in need is only half funded, and Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, is considering allocating Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) resources to the CAR.Appealing for increased assistance, the UN highlighted the limited capacity of local authorities to protect and help those impacted.In the past 18 months, nearly 300,000 people have been uprooted from their homes because of conflict within the CAR’s borders, and problems in both Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan threaten to further destabilize the situation in northern CAR.
Burlington man charged with sexual assault
Halton Regional Police have charged a 58-year-old Burlington man with sexual assault.William McTaggart is a former instructor at Oxford College in Burlington.McTaggart, who also goes by Bill, was charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of trafficking a drug. His victim is an adult man and a former student.McTaggart was charged following an investigation by the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit.Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.
Do not let fixation with war derail fight against AIDS in Africa
Video of press briefing “It would be the ultimate triumph of conflict over the human imperative,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, said during a press briefing on the trip to southern Africa he took with James Morris, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in Africa.Drawing attention to the report of the mission, which went to Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in January, Mr. Lewis said it contained very strong and uncompromising language because there was no room for ambiguity- 40 million people worldwide, 30 million of them in Africa, were at risk due to the AIDS epidemic.”HIV/AIDS is the most fundamental underlying cause of the southern African crisis,” he stated, referring to the on-going debate about the role of drought in the food shortage. The findings during the mission, he said, conclusively support the new variant of a different kind of food shortage and agricultural decimation significantly caused by HIV/AIDS.Quoting from the report, Mr. Lewis said, “the apparent lack of urgency, leadership, direction and responsibility in the response of the United Nations, national governments, and the international community to the pandemic’s effects on women and girls is deeply troubling.”Mr. Lewis said he was “disconsolate” about the lack of follow-up or implementation to the gender policy discussions, saying, “Women are terrifyingly vulnerable.” He said he was also extremely concerned about the extraordinary proliferation of orphans in Africa and stressed that the focus must be on finding a solution to that problem.
Court approves First Nation challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline review
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2014 7:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Court approves First Nation challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline review VANCOUVER – A Federal Court judge will let a British Columbia First Nation challenge the review process into the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline.The Tsleil-Waututh (sail-WHA’-tooth) Nation says if the challenge were successful, it could force the National Energy Board to restart its review process.Tsleil-Waututh Chief Maureen Thomas says government and the NEB have entered into an unlawful process that doesn’t respect the band’s rights and title.Thomas says the First Nation will use all legal means necessary to defend itself against what it calls the energy board’s one-sided review process for the expanded pipeline.The band claimed in court that the process can’t go ahead because it hasn’t been consulted about key decisions, including about the environmental assessment.If the expansion were approved, the twinned pipeline would carry about 890,000 barrels of bitumen to Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet for transport by oil tankers.
Ban Security Council welcome South Sudan ceasefire agreement
Representatives of President Salva Kiir and former deputy president Riek Machar signed the agreement on cessation of hostilities, following three-weeks of talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.Mr. Ban “calls on the parties to immediately implement this agreement,” his spokesperson said in a statement, which also congratulates IGAD on its “successful mediation.”The UN chief also underscored the need to continue without delay a national political dialogue to reach a comprehensive peace agreement, with the participation of all South Sudanese political and civil society representatives, including the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) detainees.The ceasefire seeks to ease a political dispute in the world’s youngest nation between President Kiir and his former deputy, Mr. Machar, who was removed from office in July of 2013 and later accused of attempting a coup. The tensions escalated on 15 December into a full-scale conflict between forces loyal to either side, driving 400,000 people from their homes and leaving twice as many in dire need of aid. The 15 members of the Security Council voiced their support for the agreement, welcoming the signing as a move towards comprehensive reconciliation which deals with root causes of the conflict. The Council also condemned violent attacks against civilians. “The Council Members, all of them, expressed support for UNMISS [UN Mission in South Sudan] and reiterated importance that all parties cooperate fully with UNMISS,” said Mahmoud Daifallah Mahmoud Hmoud, Senior Deputy Permanent Representative of Jordan, which holds this month’s rotating presidency of the Council. He spoke following a closed-door briefing, via video link from Juba, by Hilde Johnson, the head of UNMISS, and Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who just returned from an official visit to the country.In addition, he said the Council condemned “attacks and accusations mounted against UNMISS and called for all parties to stop such acts and cooperate with [the Mission] in the fulfilment of its mandate.” Echoing the need for cooperation, Mr. Ban reiterated his call for all parties to ensure freedom of movement for UNMISS, humanitarian workers and human rights monitors, and welcomed the Government of South Sudan’s reassurances of its full support to the Mission and commitment to honour its Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).“The United Nations stands with the people of South Sudan and will continue to do everything within its means to protect civilians at risk and provide the necessary humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Ban said. Meanwhile, the UN Mission in the country today confirmed that its peacekeepers completed weapons searches in their eight main bases, where some 76,000 civilians continue to seek refuge.“The Mission is also seeking to work with national authorities to ensure that areas immediately surrounding its bases are free of weapons,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists in New York, quoting the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The weapons searches come just days after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm at the attempt on Sunday by senior members of South Sudan’s Government and military to forcibly enter into the UNMISS compound in Bor, Jonglei state.In the past 24 hours, the Mission carried out 186 military patrols and 62 police patrols in the capital Juba, and in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states.There are reports of fighting continuing to occur “in multiple locations in the country”, the spokesperson said.In Bor, the Mission reported hearing gunfire yesterday evening from the north of its compound.The base there is making improvements to strengthen its perimeter walls at its protection site where some 10,000 civilians have been sheltering since fighting broke out about a month ago. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), around 468,000 people are estimated to have been displaced within South Sudan since 15 December. An additional 83,900 have crossed into neighbouring countries, over half to Uganda, according to UN figures.In Malakal, in the north-eastern part of the country, UNMISS reports that its human rights division continues efforts to verify the accuracy of reported serious human rights violations, to collect evidence and document rights abuses and the violations of international humanitarian law that might have taken place.Reports and allegations relate to violations by both the so-called ‘White Army’ when it controlled the town, and by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) after it regained the control of the town after 20 January.The Mission stresses that verification by its human rights team, at this stage, has been extremely difficult because of fighting and subsequent lack of access. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, is due to brief the Security Council today on his recent visit to eth country. Hilde Johnson, the head of UNMISS, is expected to weigh in via video conference from Juba.
Shenhua and China Guodian merge to create a true giant
Two Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have merged into an energy conglomerate with total assets worth $272.96 billion, says news agency Xinhua. The new company, China Energy Corporation, has become the world’s largest in coal mining, thermal power, renewable energy and coal-to-liquid conversion, according to the founding ceremony held Tuesday November 28.It was formed by the reorganisation of power generator China Guodian Corporation and coal miner Shenhua Group. “It is the biggest consolidation among central SOEs in recent years,” said Xiao Yaqing, chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.Xiao expects the deal to improve corporate profitability and help coordinate coal and electricity markets. The merger is in line with the country’s effort to push restructuring in state-owned companies. During the past five years, 34 central SOEs were reorganised to improve competitiveness, according to Xiao. The total number of central SOEs has halved from 196 in 2003.Qiao Baoping, chairman of China Energy, said the company would focus on coal mining and power generation, while making more effort to eliminate excess capacity, and speed up its drive to go global.
Semaphore Greek Cultural Festival
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The 2012 Semaphore Greek Cultural Festival will be held this weekend and give everyone an opportunity to experience our fantastic Greek culture, with plenty of traditional food, music, sweets, drinks, dancing and rides for the kids.The festival – held on the Semaphore foreshore – showcases and celebrates Greek culture and heritage within South Australia’s broader multicultural context. Many generations of local volunteers, including grandparents, parents and children, dedicate endless hours to make the festival a success from the initial planning to cooking traditional Greek food and sweets to serving hundreds of visitors attending the event. It is this community and family spirit that underpins the essence of the festival.In 2012, the festival will celebrate 33 years of Greek community involvement and celebration at the Semaphore foreshore. MCing the weekend will be comedian George Kapiniaris, who will keep the crowds entertained on Satuday and Sunday. And bring your competitive spirit as there will be a hairy chest competition, loukoumathes eating competition, olive spitting competition, zorba till you drop and yiros eating competition. A live band will also be playing Greek music daily from 4:00 pm. The 2012 Semaphore Greek Culutural Festival will be held Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 at the Semaphore foreshore and admission is free. For more info and an event guide visit semaphoregreekfestival.com.au/2012/
DigiTech iPB10 une pédale pour guitaristes dédiée à liPad
DigiTech iPB-10: une pédale pour guitaristes dédiée à l’iPadLes constructeurs et développeurs ont bien saisi les possibilités offertes par les tablettes numériques. L’exemple en est cette pédale de distorsion pour guitaristes, réservée à l’iPad.Le DigiTech iPB-10 est un accessoire pour iPad qui prouve une nouvelle fois l’imagination des développeurs avec ces nouveaux appareils numériques. Il était déjà possible d’utiliser la tablette comme table de mixage professionnelle, ou même comme guitare avec l’iTar. Vous pourrez aujourd’hui le coupler avec une pédale de distorsion. D’applis en applis, l’iPad devient un instrument de musique à part entière.À lire aussiiPad Mini : la coque qui révèle ce que peut être la tabletteDes applications étaient déjà disponibles pour simuler cette pédale mais cette fois il s’agit d’un véritable accessoire complet qui propose à peu près les mêmes fonctions que celles dédiées pour les vraies guitares. On y place son iPad qui devient un écran de contrôle grâce à l’application à télécharger sur l’App Store, et ensuite il suffit simplement de laisser court à son inspiration. Tout est réglable sur l’iPB-10, qui comprend dans le logiciel jusqu’à 87 modèles de pédales différentes.L’utilisateur peut en sélectionner jusqu’à 10 au maximum, et switcher entre elles d’un simple pressement de pied. Plutôt pratique pour ne pas avoir à emporter 10 modèles différents lors de ses déplacements. Le Digitech iPB-10 est vendu 500 dollars et souhaite que tout à chacun se perfectionne à la musique de manière ludique. Attention tout de même, l’accessoire ne fera pas tout tout seul et pour devenir le nouveau Jimi Hendrix, il vous faudra quand même gratter de la frette !Retrouvez les étonnantes possibilités de cette pédale de disto “Next gen” en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 6 novembre 2011 à 16:17 • Maxime Lambert
Save Bristol Bay Was The Message At A Joint Chamber Luncheon
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Proponents of the proposed Pebble Mine spoke about the impacts on Bristol Bay’s Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kenai Peninsula Economy to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. Sam Snyder, PhD: “This is a mine in a size and type that we haven’t seen before. It is perfectly situated at the headwaters of the worlds most productive sockeye salmon fishery. By putting a mine like this in a place like that I think we are inviting potential disaster. Disaster aside we are guaranteeing impacts that will have long term ramifications to the local fishery.” Snyder: “I think the average Alaskan will assume that because the Army Corps. is putting it forward that it is mostly complete. You can comment on the website, but there are a lot of things missing from this draft EIS. So, the time extension, while nice, does not address many of the key deficiencies. But, it does give folks 30 more days to understand what’s in the EIS, What’s not in the EIS, and the effects it could have on Bristol Bay.” Murkowski cited the draft’s length and complexity and need to ensure Alaskans can provide “meaningful feedback” on it. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the public comment period for the draft environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay region from 90 to 120 days. The comment period is now set to run through June 29. The corps had received comments arguing against an extension and comments urging more time. Notably, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski last month requested extending the comment period to 120 days. Public comments submitted in person, online or by mail will help inform the final EIS, estimated for release in early 2020.
Turlapati receives Ravuri Literary Award in Vijayawada
Vijayawada: Padmasri awardee and noted journalist Dr Turlapati Kutumba Rao was presented with Literary Award in the memory of Jnanpeeth awardee Dr Ravuri Bhardhvaja on Friday. The programme was held at the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati organised jointly by GVR Aradhana Cultural Foundation and Dr Ravuri Bhardhvaja and Ravuri Kanthamma Trust. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us Mandali Buddha Prasad, former Deputy Speaker presenting the award said that Dr Turlapati deserves the honour who has contributed enormously to the fields of Journalism and Literature. Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO, CCVA, presided over the function and highlighted both the great personalities, Viz., Jnanpeeth Awardee. Ravuri Venkata Koteswara Rao of the trust felicitated Dr Turlapati with a cash Award of Rs 10,000 and Ramaraju Lakshmi Srinivas, with Rs 5000. Dr Turlapati in his response hoped that Dr Ravuri Bhardhvaja shall be honoured with one of the Padma awards as the other two Jnanpeeth Awardees–Viswanatha Satyanarayana and C Narayana Reddy–who were honoured with Padma Awards. Dr Aparna Prasad, Bharati Raghava Nrutya Kendra, G Venkata Ready, Chairman, GVR Cultural Foundation and a good member of literary enthusiasts from the City participated in the programme.
Airbus Beluga Meet the Worlds Most Bizarre Aeroplane
Leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently introduced one of the world’s most eccentric airplanes, called “Beluga”, in the French city of Toulose. The cargo aircraft owes its name to its resemblance to the white Arctic whale.Beluga, officially known as Airbus A300-600ST, plays a crucial role in European Aviation, despite its quirky appearance.According to CNN, Airbus’ manufacturing centers are disseminated across Europe as a consortium, wherein each factory works and specializes in the finishing of a specific segment of an aircraft. There are five Belugas which are operated by Airbus that eventually link these plants and take the various airplane sections to the final production or assembly line, either in Hamburg or Toulouse.The five Belugas are nothing but Airbus A300-600 jets which have been modified to load, carry and transport bulk cargo. The topmost part of an Airbus A300-600 is cut and an extra fuselage section, similar to a bubble, is added to provide the airframe with unique and characteristic features.The maximum payload of a Beluga is 47 tons and the hold it generates consequently helps the airplane to transport oversized cargo, as well as aircraft parts. For instance, Beluga has the capacity to carry the wings of an A340 plane or the fuselage section of the newly made Airbus A350. On the contrary, the Beluga is not large enough to aid in transporting both the interior as well as the exterior parts of the A380 super jumbo.Belugas are, more often than not, hired and operated to move satellites, helicopters and art-works at times.Beluga XL in the PipelineBeluga XL, a sequel to the Beluga, is set to be manufactured by Airbus sooner or later. This make, again, would certainly prove to be a revelation in global aviation.Beluga XL is an important part of the “Fly 10000 Program” initiated by Airbus, in order to support and strengthen the company’s infrastructure and its overall production. As the name suggests, Beluga XL is expected to feature a relatively longer range in space & size, and stronger capacity to withstand and transport bulkier payloads.If the project goes through, it would primarily aim at landing the aircraft on short run-ways, much more effortlessly than the Beluga.
Full Show DOJ Suing The City And UH Chancellor Renu Khator March
On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Justice Department is suing the City of Houston over allegations of sex discrimination and retaliation within the fire department. St. John Barned-Smith with the Houston Chronicle lays out the allegations and their impact on the department. It’s the first lawsuit under the DOJ’s new initiative to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.Also this hour: University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator joins us to share her vision for the future of the university and to answer your questions.Then: We learn how African American migration to the north in the 1900s during the Great Migration brought new job opportunities to that community — but also created discrimination and stereotypes that still persist today.And Joshua Zinn tells us about a concert combining classical music with elements of a murder mystery.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share