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Heads Up AT&T Customers! Another Employee Accessed Your Info

first_imglauren orsini The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology AT&T said it has fired an employee who gained access to users’ personal information without permission this year. The personal information compromised may include social security numbers and drivers’ licenses. See also: AT&T Has Invented A Way To Charge You Twice For The Same InternetThe telecommunications provider sent a letter to the roughly 1,600 affected users informing them about the breach. Affected users will have any suspicious transactions reversed and will be eligible for a year of free credit monitoring, as has become customary after data breaches. “On behalf of AT&T, please accept my sincere apology for this incident,” Michael Chiarmonte, director of finance billing operations at AT&T, said in the letter. “Simply stated, this is not how we conduct business, and as a result, this individual no longer works for AT&T.” AT&T sent a letter to the Vermont attorney general indicating the company believes the breach took place sometime in August. It is the company’s second insider breach since June. Image by Shane Curcuru Related Posts Tags:#AT&T#Data Breach#security center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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The key to stopping mass shootings? Treat them like a public health disaster, this scientist says

first_img UC Davis Health Illustration Services Background checks for all firearm transactions could reduce the risk of violence. The key to stopping mass shootings? Treat them like a public health disaster, this scientist says AP Photo/Philip Kamrass By Frankie SchembriSep. 27, 2018 , 11:30 AMcenter_img Garen Wintemute  Some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, including lone gunmen killing 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have occurred in the past 2 years.These tragedies were preventable, says Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician at the University of California (UC), Davis, Medical Center, and the director of UC Davis’s Violence Prevention Research Program. Wintemute has studied gun violence for more than 30 years and is one of the few researchers to approach the matter as an issue of public health. He has gone undercover at gun shows to document illegal activity and worked with California lawmakers to establish gun policies.Wintemute writes about his solutions to gun violence in an opinion piece published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine. Science chatted with him about the unique factors behind mass shootings and which policy interventions are most effective. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Q: What does it mean to approach gun violence from a public health perspective?A: Firearm violence has been seen traditionally as a crime problem. But gun violence is one of our leading causes of death and injury, and the implications of this violence are huge in terms of the safety and health of our overall population. So, we treat it as we would any other major health problem. We ask: Where does it come from? How does it get amplified? Who is at risk for developing this problem? Can we learn enough to create a treatment or prevention strategy?Q: How are mass shootings different from other acts of gun violence? A: They are rare, accounting for maybe 1% of deaths from firearm violence. But they are also unique. They are the one form of violence about which no one can tell a story that leaves themselves out. It could happen to me. It could happen to my children. It could happen to my grandchildren. What public mass shootings have sadly done is, for the first time in history, made this everyone’s problem. The specific role of my article is to point out that there are some very specific things that we can do to help make these events a lot less likely to happen. Q: The first way you say we can stop mass shootings is through better background checks. How do we improve them?A: Twenty-two percent of all firearm transfers in the country do not involve a background check. These take place over the internet, at gun shows, or a brokered through “friend of a friend” exchanges. Some states require a background check for all transfers of firearms, but most states do not, and the federal government does not. Comprehensive, well-designed background checks, as well as regular reporting by agencies of incidents that would prohibit someone from purchasing a gun would let us see the full effectiveness of this policy.Q: Your second recommendation is for gun violence restraining orders. What do these involve?A: If a person is credibly believed to be at high and imminent risk of doing harm and has access to firearms, these laws allow law enforcement or family members to go to a judge and present the evidence just as they would in any other court proceeding. The judge can then issue an order that authorizes law enforcement to recover firearms from this individual for a defined period of time, typically just 2 or 3 weeks.These orders, if properly used, would not just prevent individual tragedies but could probably drop rates of violence altogether because it’s so common that a future shooter puts out unmistakable signals of intent to do harm. This can mean telling hospital staff, friends, or family that they’re planning on hurting themselves or others. It can mean unusual patterns of purchasing weapons, like purchasing several firearms in a short time span. Here in California, I am aware of two mass shootings that did not occur because the intended shooters said things like, “I’m going to shoot up a school,” which came to the attention of law enforcement.Q: Do you ever encounter resistance to your work because of the political debate around gun control?A: There’s always controversy with this sort of work, but to me the common ground far outweighs it. One of the policy proposals that is widely seen as highly controversial is to require a background check for all purchases of firearms. More than 90% of the population supports that measure, but so do more than 80% of gun owners and more than 70% of self-identified members of the National Rifle Association.A mistake that is often made—it’s made by the public, it’s made by the media—is to pay attention to the extremes and ignore the fact that the country has basically made up its mind on this one. We just need our leadership to represent the opinions of the people and not the opinions of the extremes.Q: What are you going to study next?A: We’re conducting a true randomized trial of an intervention here in California that identifies people who legally purchased firearms in the past but have just become prohibited from owning firearms. They’ve just been convicted of a violent crime, or they’ve just been served with a domestic violence restraining order, or they’ve just been hospitalized for a psychiatric emergency related to dangerousness to self or others. The intervention in California identifies those people, then puts law enforcement officers at the front door to recover the firearms. Intuitively, it sounds like a good idea, but no one knows whether that process is effective in reducing rates in violence. We are collaborating with enforcement agencies on a randomized trial that involves almost the entire state. This is the same process used throughout medical research to test how effective a given treatment is—only this time the treatment is a firearm policy.last_img read more

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Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open

first_imgJordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 10th hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth’s difficult week in Sydney ended on a positive note Sunday — the American eagled the 18th hole for a 4-under 67.Spieth never seemed comfortable at The Australian Golf Club earlier in the tournament and couldn’t break 70 over the first three rounds, posting earlier scores of 70-71-70 for a tournament total of 6-under 278.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a great finish,” Spieth said. “I felt like I hit a lot of really beautiful shots that weren’t necessarily rewarded today based on just trying to judge the crosswinds.“That’s all it was today. I really felt like I shot 62 today and it was 67, I had so many looks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSpieth was coming off his longest layoff since his college days, nearly seven weeks since last playing in the Presidents Cup.Spieth was also playing without his regular caddie, Michael Greller, who stayed in the U.S. after the recent birth of his son. Spieth’s longtime coach, Australian Cameron McCormick, was on his bag the week Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Spieth was trying to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years.He won the Australian Open in 2014 in his first appearance in the tournament when it was played at The Australian. He won again last year in a playoff at Royal Sydney. In 2015, he finished in a tie for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.He said having his coach as caddie was beneficial.“I was just kind of voicing a lot more than I would have ever voiced to Michael,” Spieth said. “I thought it was important for Cam to kind of hear how I’m feeling hole after hole, day after day and about different situations. I think we actually made a lot of progress in that sense, or at least have a good starting point to make some progress this off-season.”Spieth was non-committal about making another trip Down Under for next year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wolves beat Booker-less Suns MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 “I’d love to explore it,” Spieth said. “It’s just a matter of, like I’ve said every year, I try and figure out what’s going on the next week, let alone a year from now.”Spieth will play next week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where tournament host Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Vivo Xplay 6 with 16MP dual cameras spotted online

first_imgVivo’s next flagship phone, the alleged Xplay 6 has been spotted online showing off its major design scheme form both the front as well as from the rear. The phone is seen sporting an all-metal body, which is a given for most flagship phones in this day and age. The front is also seen honing a curved 2.5D glass and physical home button below the display that should double as a fingerprint scanner.On the rear, the alleged Vivo Xplay 6 is seen carrying two cameras, said to be 16-megapixel shooters although it is yet to be seen whether both will feature the same megapixel count or not.The power button and volume rocker are meanwhile seen occupying the right edge.Rumoured specs of the Vivo Xplay 6 include: a 5.43-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory which would be non-expandable and Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based user interface. It is said to be backed by a 4,000mAh battery.In another news, Vivo is expected to launch the X9 and X9 Plus phones on November 16. The Vivo X9 will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display while the X9 Plus will have a larger 5.88-inch 1080p screen.Both the phones will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB memory. Android Marshmallow is expected out-of-the-box.The X9 will carry a dual selfie camera consisting of a 20-megapixel+8-megapixel setup. The phone will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera. While the X9 will sport a 3,050mAh battery, the larger X9 Plus is said to offer a larger 4,000mAh battery.advertisementPreviously, Vivo launched the Y21L budget phone in India at Rs 7,490.  The phone is 4G VoLTE-enabled and features 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and has 1GB RAM. The device has 16GB of internal memory, expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card and runs on Funtouch OS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.Also Read: Vivo Y21L with 4.5-inch display, Android 5.1 Lollipop launched at Rs 7,490last_img read more

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13 days agoReal Sociedad coach Imanol: Messi wouldn’t get a game here

first_imgReal Sociedad coach Imanol: Messi wouldn’t get a game hereby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil says he wouldn’t want Barcelona star Lionel Messi in his squad.Imanol says it’d be unlikely the Argentine would fit with the values of the Basque club. “He wouldn’t fit with the values and the way we are at Real Sociedad,” Imanol declared.”However, he’s an incredible player and does incredible things.”But these values of humility, normality, these big players don’t have them, coaching Messi would give me headaches, even though I’d win more games.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Cleanup Sponsors Online Cape Breton Business Directory

first_imgThe Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has called tenders for the creation of an online Cape Breton Island business directory. “The $400-million cleanup represents a tremendous business opportunity for local companies,” said Frank Potter, the agency’s director of operations in Sydney. The agency will sponsor an online business directory containing detailed descriptions of island businesses that can contribute services or products to the cleanup of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens. “We want to encourage contractors to use local suppliers of goods and services,” said Mr. Potter. The Internet-based system will enable local companies to post and update complete profiles of their businesses, including capabilities, experience, number of employees and contact information. Once posted, the information will be available for viewing by any company that might have a need for such goods or services. Complete tender documents are available at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency office, 1 Inglis St., Sydney. Bids close at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 14.last_img read more

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High Winds Heavy Rain Warning for Parts of Nova Scotia

first_imgThe Emergency Management Office is warning residents in parts of Nova Scotia to prepare for high winds and heavy rain that could cause localized flooding, tree damage and power outages. “This weather event is not expected to be on the scale of post-tropical storm Arthur, but in its wake with tree-root systems already weakened, we could experience a large number of trees falling on power lines causing power outages and other damage,” said Mark Furey, Minister Responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to listen to advisories, prepare for possible power outages, check on your neighbours and those most vulnerable in your communities, and take every precaution to minimize damage.” Environment Canada is forecasting wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour over the Eastern Shore and Cape Breton overnight tonight, Sept. 21, and into Monday morning. Areas expecting the strongest winds include Lunenburg, Halifax, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury and Sydney. Wind and rainfall warnings are currently in effect for these areas, however, any shift in the track will expose a larger area to these strong winds and rain. “Residents can prevent flooding in and around their homes by taking the time to clear storm drains, and minimize their inconvenience due to power outages by running off water, stocking up on batteries and keeping some cash on hand,” said Mr. Furey. “We can’t prevent storms from happening, but we can be prepared to minimize the impact on our families and property.” Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911. -30-last_img read more

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US all set to be net oil exporter

first_imgParis: Crude production is set to continue expanding in the United States thanks to shale oil, with the country becoming a net exporter from 2021, a development which should reinforce global energy security, the IEA said Monday. “The second wave of the US shale revolution is coming,” Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, said in a statement. New technology that allows for extracting oil and gas from shale rock formations has led to a boom in oil production in the United States in recent years. With low production costs, that boom is set to continue. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe IEA forecasts the United States will account for two-thirds of the increase in global oil production and some three-quarters of the expansion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over the next five years. This will help the United States surpass Russia and nip at the heels of Saudi Arabia as the world’s top exporter. “This will shake up international oil and gas trade flows, with profound implications for the geopolitics of energy,” said Birol. Rising US shale production was one of the main drivers in the collapse in oil prices in 2014, from which the oil industry is just recovering. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsProduction outside the OPEC oil cartel is set to continue rising, according to the IEA, which sees it climbing by 6.1 million barrels per day (mbd) to 68.7 mbd in 2024. In addition to the United States, both Brazil and Norway are expected to increase output. Meanwhile, OPEC output is expected to dip in 2019 and 2020, before resuming modest growth to 32 mbd in 2024. Overall, global output is expected to rise by 5.9 mbd by 2024, with output in Iran expected to drop due to US sanctions and Venezuela thanks to its deep economic crisis. The IEA also sees growth in demand for oil to ease, in particular due to slowing expansion in China. Nevertheless, it sees demand increasing by an annual average of 1.2 mbd to 2024. China and India will still account for nearly half of the global increase in oil demand, which is expected to rise by 7.1 mbd to 106.4 mbd in 2024. Moreover, the IEA continues to see no peak in oil demand. The petrochemicals sector and jet fuel will be the key drivers of growth, “more than offsetting a slowdown in gasoline due to efficiency gains and electric cars”, said the IEA.last_img read more

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Growth in Morocco IMF Warns against Macroeconomic Risks

Rabat – According to a report conducted by the IMF “Arab Countries in Transition: Economic perspectives and key challenges,” Morocco’s GDP will reach a growth level of 5 % this year, supported by an exceptional cereal production and gradual acceleration of growth in other sectors.The Moroccan economy remains, however, unsecured against risks on the average level, underlined the IFM.Macroeconomic indicators will continue to improve and results are positively featured. Yet the slow growth registered by developed countries who are key trade partners of Morocco, might lead to a lower level of exports, of direct foreign investments, and remittances of Moroccans living abroad which may potentially slow the growth rate in the country, the IMF highlighted. The IMF highlighted that the new oil price rise might have an impact on the current conjuncture. A rising but volatile trend in the international financial markets may directly or indirectly affect the current and budgetary accounts, not to mention that the expected 2016 legislative elections might delay reforms in an unstable regional environment.With regard to its predictions for 2016, the IMF said that Morocco would witness a slow growth rate at 3.7%. This is explained by the fact that cereal production rates will return to normal.The IMF has also stressed the need for speeding up structural reforms for an inclusive growth to reduce unemployment rates. According to the same report, even though unemployment stood at 8.7% as of June 2015, it remains high among the youth reaching 20.5 per cent in urbans areas.Around 1.7 million people have been lifted out of poverty and its rate diminished by 40% thanks to strong economic growth. Yet unequal access to health services and gender inequality remains high, said the IMF.“In the coming years, the authorities have to further speed up their structural reforms including steps to improve competitiveness, reach a higher growth rate, reduce unemployment, improve business climate and access to finance” recommends the IMF.The IMF expects an improved budget balance at -5.7% of GDP in 2015 and -4.5% in 2016. The current account deficit will be brought to -3.7% of GDP this year and -2.4% next year. The inflation will continue to stand at 2%. read more

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Annan welcomes Iraqis at Security Council session

Welcoming the first Iraqis to address the United Nations Security Council since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called Baghdad’s new Governing Council “an important step towards the full restoration of Iraqi sovereignty” and laid out five guiding principles for international action. With three members of the Governing Council in the Security Council chamber, Mr. Annan told an open session of the 15-member body: “Our collective goal remains an early end to the military occupation through the formation of an internationally recognized, representative government. “Meanwhile, it is vital that the Iraqi people should be able to see a clear timetable with a specific sequence of events leading to the full restoration of sovereignty as soon as possible,” he added, reiterating the main points of his latest report on Iraq which was formally presented to the Security Council today by his Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello. “In practical terms, this means that the establishment of the Governing Council must be followed by a constitutional process run by and for Iraqis,” he told the meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Ana Palacio of Spain, which currently holds the Presidency of the Security Council. Mr. Annan stressed five fundamental principles – “which we all share” – underlying UN activities in Iraq. These are the need to respect Iraq’s independence and territorial integrity, to restore the people’s sovereignty as soon as possible, to respect their right to determine their political future, to respect the country’s sovereignty over its territory and natural resources, and to restore Iraq as a full partner in the international community at ease with its neighbours. “The United Nations will continue to play an active role in facilitating and supporting the political process, working together with the Governing Council and the (United States-run) Coalition Provisional Authority,” Mr. Annan declared. The Secretary-General was asked on his arrival at UN Headquarters before the session began whether the meeting would give momentum for another UN resolution to allow other countries to take part in security in Iraq. “Initial discussions have begun,” he told reporters. “I don’t know how quickly that will move, but there is a request for a new resolution to be undertaken, but it is at an early stage yet and I think there will be further discussions.” Video of the Council meeting read more

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New report calling for more cooperation on peacekeeping echoes UNs thinking –

The report, Meeting the Challenges of Peace Operations: Cooperation and Coordination, is the second major study from the Challenges Project, a consortium of more than a dozen countries and partner organizations that began its work on peacekeeping in 1997.At a meeting held at UN headquarters today, Mr. Annan accepted the 169-page report from the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laila Freivalds, and said it came at an opportune time as UN peacekeeping operations have grown fivefold since 2000.Underscoring the report’s strong endorsement of multilateralism, the Secretary-General said, “Today’s most pressing security challenges, notably those involving fragile States and terrorism, can only be met through concerted and coordinated multilateral action at both global and regional levels.”Foreign Minister Freivalds said the report gives practical recommendations for improving the work of peacekeeping operations by emphasizing three main areas: cooperation between the UN and regional organizations; improving training and education for peace operations; and strengthening the rule of law in post-conflict areas.She stressed the importance of backing by Member States for peacekeeping. “But,” she added, “in providing that support, governments have a right to expect that efficient and effective use will be made of their valuable resources.” This, she stressed, requires improved coordination.At a press conference held earlier in the day at UN headquarters, Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar of India, a veteran former peacekeeper who is now president of the United Service Institution of India, said that one of the major deficiencies of peacekeeping operations around the world is the lack of political commitment by the international community.The General, who served as Force Commander of the UN Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR) during the tumultuous 1990s, said Member States must “take interest in giving political back-up to missions out in the field” and in providing the UN with the necessary personnel.Over the past five years, there has been a surge in demand for UN peacekeeping operations. Presently, more than 70,000 uniformed and approximately 15,000 civilian personnel are deployed in the field. In addition to new and complex peace operations in Africa and Haiti, the UN is providing support peace missions in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as for the African Union mission in Darfur.Officially known as the “Challenges of Peace Operations: Into the 21st Century,” the project’s main goal is to enhance the international community’s capacity to conduct peace operations. A report was issued at the end of the first phase and presented to the Secretary-General in 2002. read more

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Fingall helps No 8 Stanford beat Florida Gulf Coast 8865

HONOLULU — Nadia Fingall scored a career-high 24 points and No. 8 Stanford pulled away from Florida Gulf Coast 88-65 in the opening day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Friday.The Cardinal (4-0) also got 17 from Kiana Williams and 16 from Dijonai Carrington.Fingall shot 11 of 14 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Her previous high for points was 14 against Cal State Northridge, when she was a freshman during the 2016 season.Keri Jewett-Giles scored 17 points and Nasrin Ulel added 13 for the Eagles (2-2).The game was a rematch of an NCAA Tournament game last March, in which Stanford defeated FGCU 90-70 in a second-round game at Maples Pavilion.The Cardinal have won all three meetings against the Eagles.BIG PICTUREFGCU: The Eagles were held to a season-low 26.3 per cent shooting (10 of 38) on 3-pointers. They have made at least one trey in 413 straight games. Last season they sent an NCAA Division I single-season record with 431 made 3-pointers (of 1,190 attempted).Stanford: It was the first game in eight days for the Cardinal, whose non-conference game against Ohio State Sunday was cancelled after the Buckeyes opted not to travel to the west coast due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire, which is located about 200 miles northeast of the Palo Alto, Calif. campus and has been burning since Nov. 8.UP NEXTFlorida Gulf Coast plays tournament host Hawaii Saturday for just the second time in program history and first since the 2011 season.Stanford will face American Saturday in its first meeting against the Eagles, of the Patriot League.Kalani Takase, The Associated Press read more

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James Cameron wants Avatar 2 to be 60fps 3D

first_imgWhen James Cameron finished Avatar, and 20th Century Fox released it in theaters, it set the bar 10x higher for both facial animation and CG generally in movies. To get to that point took many years, a lot of money, and unwavering trust from the movie studio and his financial backers.You’d think Cameron would be satisfied. His gamble paid off and the movie made its money back and then a ton more. But Cameron wouldn’t be an innovator and trailblazer in the industry if he didn’t keep pushing, and that’s exactly what he’s trying to do with Avatar 2 and then Avatar 3 which he has already signed up to direct.AdChoices广告Movies are typically filmed at the standard 24fps. It’s all the human eye requires to see motion, and that same film can then be converted to 3D. But Cameron is pushing for 48 and even 60fps when recording his next Avatar project. The reason being that he believes it gives the movies a whole new sense of reality. In his words, “3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window”.This week he has setup a demonstration aimed to convince people that need to be convinced that it was worth doing. The main problem it fixes is one of strobing which disappears as the frame rate goes up. It also improves the brightness of the images captured during filming.Cameron’s production partner John Landau has also pointed out that the equipment used today for digital film production can already do the 48 and 60fps captures. In fact, it’s already used at the higher frame rates, but only to capture footage that needs to be played back in slow motion.If Cameron gets his way, which he usually does, Avatar 2 will raise the bar yet again for quality of visuals.Read more at The Hollywood Reporterlast_img read more

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If you watch this Harlem Shake video you wont have to watch

first_imgIf you have been using the internet for the past week or so, you are probably already well-versed in the Harlem Shake meme. There is some history here, however. The dance originated in 1981, known as the “albee,” and involves — as the numerous videos you have undoubtedly already watched shown — something of a limp arm-shaking convulsion. Artist Baauer released a track to YouTube last year, also dubbed “Harlem Shake,” and then in late January of this year, blogger Filthy_Frank uploaded a video to YouTube that mixed both the original dance and Baauer’s track. You know the rest.Whether you find the meme hilarious, or haven’t followed a proper “meme” in a while because they’re so two years ago, you should watch the above iteration of the Harlem Shake. Whether you have consumed every last drop of the Harlem Shake, or you are being introduced to it right now, never fear, as the above video is the only one you will ever have to watch — or at least the last you will ever need to watch.For anyone inexperienced in all things internet, this Harlem Shake video was brought to you thanks to an internet staple: the poor washing machine being fed a large brick. You may have come across the above GIF in your travels — if you haven’t, you can thank us when you’re done laughing at those nervous, animated eyes. The washing machine video, of course, was its own viral hit back in 2010.last_img read more

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FECCA stop using migrants as scapegoats

first_imgThe Labor and Liberal parties are at risk of losing the migrant vote in the upcoming federal election according to the Chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), Pino Migliorino.He called on both the major parties to show leadership and bring some balance back to the debate, saying both Labor and Liberal are treating new migrants as a problem and failing to acknowledge Australia as a multicultural nation. “When we have the politicians kiss babies they’re all white,” he said.“There’s a real feeling that we don’t count and there’s a real feeling that this is particularly playing on and stoking fears that people have, which in the main are unfounded,” he said. “None of the parties and neither of the leaders have acknowledged that we are a multicultural society; that immigration has actually been fundamental to how we’ve grown and the lifestyle we now have.”Mr Migliorino said that issues like overcrowding and strained resources, which Labor leader Julia Gillard has identified as problematic, are planning issues and not a result of migration. “What is actually happening in the public debate is that we are getting people to think that it’s immigration which is the problem rather than the lack of infrastructure.” he said. The focus on asylum seekers in the lead up to this election has disproportionately inflated the issue, according to Mr Migliorino, who called the response to asylum seeker boats “ridiculous”. “Overall less than one percent of anyone who comes to Australia in any given year; that’s what we’re talking about,” he said. The FECCA chairperson said he is fed up with the scapegoating of multi-cultural Australians and is calling on both political parties to stop their fear mongering campaigns. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Australian ambassador promotes bilateral ties in Thessaloniki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Ambassador to Greece, Jenny Bloomfield, visited Thessaloniki to promote business ties and strengthen the sister city bond with Melbourne. In Thessaloniki, Mrs Bloomfield spoke at a dinner for business women, organised by the Hellenic-Australian Business Council on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Addressing members of the Thessaloniki Municipal Council, Mrs Bloomfield also spoke on Australia-Greece relations to promote further business, educational, cultural, environmental and youth ties and related it back to the 30th anniversary of the Melbourne-Thessaloniki sister city relationship and Thessaloniki’s European Youth Capital year in 2014. The Ambassador also had time to visit students of the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki, Greece’s largest university. The university is host to Australian teachers of Modern Greek and provides intensive language and cultural studies under the Australian Government’s Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship Awards. Mrs Bloomfield also visited Thessaloniki’s Byzantium Museum where she viewed exhibits and discussed opportunities for arts and cultural exchanges. Mrs Bloomfield said that Australia and Greece shared longstanding historical, cultural and people-to-people links. Australia understood the difficult situation facing Greece and was supporting Greek efforts by sharing Australia’s reform experience and promoting bilateral commercial ties, to the benefit of both countries.last_img read more

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Wealthiest Greeks make their way onto Forbes Worlds Billionaires List

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Forbes World’s Billionaires List is out for 2019 and casts the spotlight on the world’s richest. Once again Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates top the list at the 1st and 2nd position with an estimated wealth of $31 billion and $6 billion respectively.The wealthiest Greek on the list is Philip Niarchos, who climbed to 804th position from 859th last year. The French-based billionaire is the oldest son of the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, and he inherited much of his father’s wealth that also includes a spectacular art collection. His net worth is valued at $2.8 billion – which is what he was also valued at last year. He is 65 years old, married, and has four children.Spiro Latsis, who has been managing the family fortune since shipping tycoon John S. Latsis died in 2003, rolled in at 838th position. He is aged 72 and lives in Geneva. The family still has a foot in shipping through Latsco shipping though they’re now also investing in real estate. The family own stakes in Hellenic Petroleum and Lamda Development. His networth is $2.9 billion.Down in the 1116th spot is Swiss-based Greek Aristotelis Mistakidis, also known as Telis. With a net worth of $2.2 billion, the 57-year-old first made Forbes list in 2011 when Glencore went public. He currently owns 3 per cent of the company’s stock but stepped down from his role as the director of Glencore’s copper business at the end of 2018 after Canadian regulators fined and banned him from serving as a director due to compliance violations.Vardis Vardinoyannis, aged 86, is the only Greek billionaire high up on the list that actually lives in Greece. With a net worth of $1.7 billion he lives in Athens and is the father of five children. He co-founded Motor Oil Hellas, a petroleum company based in Greece. It went public on the Athens stock exchange in August 2001. Apart from Motor Oil, the family also invests in shipping, finance and soccer teams.last_img read more

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La NASA photographie une galaxie aux allures doeil du mal

first_imgLa NASA photographie une galaxie aux allures d'”oeil du mal”Une image provenant de trois télescopes de la NASA montre une galaxie spirale baptisée NGC 4151 et présentant un aspect plutôt surprenant.Fans des films du Seigneur des anneaux attention : l’oeil de Sauron existe réellement… enfin presque. Cette forme aux allures d’oeil maléfique est en fait une galaxie spirale photographiée par plusieurs télescopes. Plus précisément, l’image est une combinaison des données fournies par l’Observatoire Chandra de la NASA, par l’observatoire Very Large Array de la National Science Foundation et par le télescope Jacobus Kapteyn de La Palma. Or, si la ressemblance n’est que pure coïncidence, il faut tout de même avouer qu’elle est troublante. À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météoriteBaptisée NGC 4151, la galaxie est située à quelques 43 millions d’années-lumière de la Terre et est la plus proche à contenir un trou noir qui s’étend activement. Un trou noir qui correspond ici à la “pupille” blanche tandis que le contour rouge est formé essentiellement d’hydrogène, une structure qui interagit avec le coeur de la galaxie et qui contient également des matériaux qui vont y chuter, explique la NASA. Mais si la galaxie fascine par sa structure, elle est aussi très intéressante pour les astronomes qui pourraient obtenir de son étude de nombreuses informations sur l’interaction entre un trou noir supermassif actif et les gaz de la galaxie hôte qui l’entourent. Ainsi, les scientifiques étudient actuellement pourquoi tant de rayons X (en bleu) sont émis au centre de la galaxie. Quant aux points jaunes visibles sur l’image, ils correspondent aux régions où des étoiles se sont récemment formées.Le 30 décembre 2011 à 11:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The first image from Jumanji was released and we have some questions

first_imgThe first look at the new Jumanji film, which is currently shooting, was released this week and some elements raised even more questions.Kevin Hart released the first image from the set on his Instagram Tuesday, saying that the first day of shooting was “in the can.”“We had an amazing first day,” he wrote. “The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing!!!! This movie is going to be dope as hell….Can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow.”There are a few things to question and speculate about the image, but the one people most commented on was Karen Gillan’s outfit. Considering the other three actors are dressed appropriately–to varying degrees– for an expedition in the jungle, Gillan’s outfit seems impractical. Her crop top and short shorts also frame her body in such a way that the costume makes her look like a weird object and not a character. The focus is entirely on her body and it’s uncomfortably sexist. When you’re in the jungle but aren’t allowed to protect your skin because kids need a midriff pic.twitter.com/IQJ19hBwzY— Carli Velocci (@velocciraptor) September 20, 2016In response, Gillan took to Twitter to address the claims, saying that there will be more to the story in regards to her strange outfit. Jumanji! Yes I’m wearing child sized clothes and YES there is a reason! The pay off is worth it, I promise! #Jumanji pic.twitter.com/qBshnhwV6K— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) September 21, 2016Some subversion of tropes would make sense for the film, which isn’t a reboot of the film starring Robin Williams but is a continuation. In that world, the Jumanji board game spat out jungle archetypes, whether they were accurate or not. This included Van Pelt, a hunter who chased down Alan after he was released from the game. He also looked ridiculous.Filmmakers aren’t expanding on the plot of the sequel, so we’re not sure who these characters even are. However, this explanation goes along with another Instagram post from Dwayne Johnson, who expanded on some of the details in the photo, including everyone’s costumes.“Our dope 90’s vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot’s revealed. Truuuuuust me,” he wrote.If the characters are supposed to be archetypes, that would also explain the names, which Johnson also listed. Kevin Hart will be playing Moose Finbar, Gillan’s name is Ruby Roundhouse, Jack Black is playing Professor Shelly Oberon, and Johnson is Dr. Smolder Bravestone (“cause well… he smolders,” he commented).With a name like Ruby Roundhouse and a board game that’s built on jungle, action-adventure movie cliches, it’s possible that her outfit is in itself a joke. We’ll trust you Karen, because it’s still off-putting to see that outfit on a female lead in 2016.As for the rest of the film, Johnson promises that it’s going to be a blast.“Extremely hard trying to keep a straight face in these scenes,” he wrote. “Too funny. We’re makin’ a good one. More to come.”Expect Jumanji to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.last_img read more

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Full video of WrestleMania 34 Kickoff Show New Japan stars attend WrestleMania

first_img Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Okada spotted at Wrestlemania Axxess Superstore pic.twitter.com/kOHNP1iUKP— ʜᴇᴇʟ ʙʏ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ (@HeelByNatureYT) April 7, 2018 Twitter John Oliver Takes On The WWE Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE ReturnVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:26/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Full video of WrestleMania 34 Kickoff ShowWWE has posted the full Kickoff Show prior to WrestleMania 34 on Sunday night featuring the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, the first ever WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal and Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship.New Japan stars attend WrestleManiaNew Japan stars Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Minoru Suzuki all attended WrestleMania 34 on Sunday night in New Orleans in support of Shinsuke Nakamura, who was challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship on the show.Tanahashi and Suzuki had been in the area, wrestling for ROH, RevPro and GCW during the weekend, while Okada reportedly flew in specifically for the event.Nakamura wrestled for New Japan from 2002 to 2016 before leaving for WWE.#WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/VwXnPosyw9— 棚橋弘至 (@tanahashi1_100) April 8, 2018 MINORU SUZUKI IS AT WRESTLEMANIA. I’M MARKING THE . OUT. #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/a4GxleknEq— Marty Day (@blast0rama) April 8, 2018 WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return WhatsApp Shinsuke Nakamura Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articleslast_img read more

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