Get a Grip on Holiday Expenses – Now

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonSpending during the holiday season can mean the new year begins with the stress and panic of seemingly unsurmountable credit card debt for many. The only way to prevent this burden is to plan ahead. The Personal Finance team has identified several resources for practitioners to share with clients to help them plan for holiday expenses and start 2016 on the right financial foot.Holiday shopping is more enjoyable if it doesn’t come with debt in the new year. Photo by Ben and Kaz AskinsIn this 90-minute video, Kelvin Boston discusses the common stressors of this holiday season and provides resources for coping with the financial burden of the holidays.In this blog post, Dr. Barbara O’Neill offers tips for paying off credit card balances and using to organize credit card debt.Finally, the University of Maryland Extension offers some tips and resources for smart shopping during the holidays, including making lists, setting budgets and paying in cash.By planning ahead, the holidays can be full of cheer, not debt.last_img read more

IOC’s large role in anti-doping creates conflict of interest

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ No matter what the size, any organization looking to WADA for the boilerplate might be getting the wrong message.“You can’t be the leading regulator and tell everyone else to be independent when you’re not,” said Rob Koehler, a former WADA executive who know leads Global Athlete, which seeks a louder voice for athletes in the Olympic world.WADA has introduced major governance reforms, part of which are designed to give athletes a bigger say. Reedie said defining “independence” for a global regulator such as WADA is a difficult task.“Nobody, that I can remember, was demanding independence up until roughly December 2014 when we started to struggle with the Russia exercise,” Reedie said.Pound doesn’t think independence means the decision-making structure must be completely stripped of insiders who have institutional knowledge.“It’s a technical thing. You need some expertise to know what you’re talking about,” Pound said. “I always thought ‘independence’ was a frame of mind.”Few, though, have been able to straddle the line between anti-doping and the trappings of an IOC life as well as Pound, who led one of the key investigations into Russian doping and has been a consistent critic of the IOC on doping-related issues.While Tuesday’s conference included a number of pleas for more independence, any move for true change would almost certainly have to come with the blessing of the IOC.President Thomas Bach used Tuesday’s event to announce the committee was pumping an additional $10 million into the drug-fighting cause . He challenged the governments to add $5 million, as well.“The question they have to ask is whether they want to cede power and take a chance that democracy might do a better job,” John Fahey, a former WADA president, said of the IOC and governments. “I don’t expect anyone to be in a hurry to say ‘Yes.’ But it needs to happen.” /gsg That’s how the World Anti-Doping Agency was created two decades ago.Formed with good intentions, WADA finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 20th anniversary at a conference this week in Poland. It’s an agency riven with conflicts of interest that have hindered its fight against drugs and exacerbated its 4-year-old struggle to hold Russia accountable for a massive doping scandal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“One thing you can’t have is built-in interference,” said Edwin Moses, the Olympic champion hurdler who serves on WADA’s education committee and is also the former chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Committee. “You’ve got to cut your ties to everything.”Because the IOC provides half of WADA’s annual $34.6 million budget, its members hold six of the 12 seats on its executive board. Representatives from the Olympic movement also hold half of the spots on the 38-person foundation board, which rubber stamps the legislation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue WADA’s president for the past six years, Craig Reedie, is an IOC member, soon to be replaced by Witold Banka, who also serves at Poland’s minister of sports.Both connections — to the IOC and to governments — are conflicts of interest.The IOC conflict came into full view in 2016, following WADA’s most muscular play for independence. WADA recommended a total ban of the Russian team for the Rio Olympics, after revelations that the Russian government had directed a doping scheme designed to help athletes cheat at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events.Days later, the IOC, with Reedie sitting out the vote, rejected the recommendation.It sent a chilling message: In the IOC’s view, WADA was more a service provider than a shaper of its policy, even in the drug-fighting area it had been formed to police.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES KATOWICE, Poland  – The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog.FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaks at the opening of the executive board meeting of the IOC at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said `yes.’ IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and the other half toward investigations and research.(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments.ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Puzzle solved Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “They decided Russia was too important to not be at the Olympic Games, instead of the other way around,” said Dick Pound, an IOC member who served as WADA’s first president and remains on its board.Since then, WADA’s moves in the Russian saga have disappointed critics, who have called them too soft. Russia was technically banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics , although hundreds of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” competed. Russia was reinstated immediately after the games.With less than a year remaining until the Tokyo Olympics, the case has been re-opened because of proof Russians manipulated data handed over as part of a deal that brought the nation back into compliance. Decisions on the punishment for that are due at meetings scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 9.“For the IOC to have such a stranglehold on WADA only ensures that WADA will do what it has done for the last three years, which is to capitulate at every turn,” said Jim Walden, the attorney who represents Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.The Russia case also illustrates the vulnerability of WADA’s close relationship to governments, which combine to provide the other half of its funding.Though not the case in the United States, most Olympic teams are funded by their governments, and some of those governments have a deep interest in fielding good teams. That often conflicts with a beefed-up anti-doping regimen.At around the same time WADA was formed, many countries started building their own independent anti-doping organizations, putting them in charge of testing inside their own borders.WADA depends on these organizations to follow its rules. But many are cash-strapped while others, like Russia, are essentially arms of the government with a win-first agenda.One consequence is the vast gap that exists between testing programs in various countries.In 2017, for instance, the three countries who conducted the most tests — Germany, China and the United States — combined to collect more than 35,000 blood and urine samples. The bottom 29 countries on the list combined for 957. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img

Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen offer big discounts this month

first_imgWere you planning to buy a new car this month, then consider yourself lucky, as car-manufactures are offering heavy discounts on some of their popular vehicles. From entry level vehicles to hatchbacks to sedans and SUVs, there is something for everyone. So why don’t you sit back and check out the big deals that are coming your way.Maruti Suzuki:Country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has some exciting offers in store for an array of their popular products. Right from the entry level Alto to Swift to Ciaz, Maruti Suzuki is offering exchange bonus of up to Rs 25,000 and discounts up to Rs 15,000 on various models.Maruti Suzuki Model     Exchange offers     Discounts Alto 800     NA    Rs 15,000 Alto K10     Rs 15,000- Rs 20,000    NA Celerio     Rs 15,000- Rs 25,000    NA Swift     Rs 15,000- Rs 20,000    Rs 10,000- Rs 15,000 Ertiga     Rs 10,000     NA Ciaz     Rs 20,000- Rs 25,000    NAHonda:Honda saw healthy sales growth in April and in May are offering exchange offers of up to Rs 25,000. Honda reported a 38.1 per cent increase in domestic sales at 14,480 units in April. The company had sold 10,486 units in the same month last year.Honda Cars India Model     Exchange Offer     Discounts Honda Brio     Rs 25,000    NA Honda Amaze     Rs 20,000    NA Honda Jazz     Rs 20,000    Free InsuranceHyundai:Hyundai India recently launched the 2017 Xcent compact sedan along with the new generation Grand i10 and the Tucson SUV last year. For the month of May, Hyundai is offering exchange offers and discounts worth Rs 30,000. Below is the list of cars with the offers.Hyundai India Model     Exchange Offer     Discounts Hyundai Eon     Rs 15,000    Rs 10,000 Hyundai Elite i20     Rs 20,000    Rs 15,000 Hyundai Active i20     Rs 20,000    Rs 15,000 Hyundai Grand i10     Rs 20,000    Rs 10,000- Rs 15,000 Hyundai Verna     Rs 30,000    Rs 25,000Volkswagen:advertisementThe German car-makers are offering discounts on Ameo compact sedan and the popular Polo hatchback in India. While VW launched the Ameo last year, the company launched the sports oriented Polo GTi in India this year.Volkswagen India Model     Exchange Offer     DiscountsVolkswagen Ameo     NA    Rs 40,000- Rs 50,000Volkswagen Polo     NA    Rs 50,000(Data collected from read more

Infineon launches highly accurate digital Turbo MAP sensor

first_img Continue Reading Previous Future Electronics signs new global partnership agreement with SilvairNext Infineon: AMR-based angle sensors as single and dual die versions Infineon Technologies is presenting the new XENSIV absolute pressure sensor series KP276 at the Sensor+Test trade fair. It addresses applications such as the measurement of manifold air pressure (MAP) in aspirated or turbo (Turbo MAP) diesel and gasoline engines as well as exhaust gas recirculation. The digital sensor covers a pressure range of 10 kPa to 400 kPa, achieves a very high accuracy, and provides fast measurement and communication.The MAP is an important parameter to calculate the air-fuel ratio provided to the engine. Precise measurement helps increase combustion efficiency and thus reduce harmful emissions. In addition, manifold pressure data can be used to compute diagnostics of leakages and malfunctions of the exhaust gas recirculation valve.With an accuracy error of 0,77 percent (full scale span, FSS) over lifetime, XENSIV KP276 products are the most accurate digital Turbo MAP sensors in Infineon’s portfolio. An even more precise (0,5 percent FSS) product version is already planned. Furthermore, this version will be ISO26262 ready, providing all the analyses and documentation necessary for safety-critical applications.XENSIV KP276 sensors integrate the signal processing for an external NTC temperature sensor. This allows to provide both the pressure and the temperature signal on only one digital interface. The devices have a SENT interface with a short frame length of 846 µs and a short NTC start-up time of typically 10 ms. This leads to a faster measurement and transmission of the data compared to previous Infineon products.The sensors come in a robust SMD-8 package and are suitable for the harsh conditions in engine management applications. They are qualified for a temperature range from -40 to 150°C and protected against aggressive media like iodine and exhaust gas condensate.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


first_imgThe Long Lines Family Recreation Center’s second floor arena has been closed for the summer for remodeling effective immediately.The city’s project includes upgrades to the 2nd floor arena’s seating and flooring.The 2nd floor arena space is expected to be closed to the public from now through September 8th.Beginning June 5th the rest of the facility will be closed to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm through August 21st.The Parks and Recreation Administrative office on the lower level will remain open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

10 months agoWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah row

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool defender Van Dijk shuts down Sokratis in Salah rowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk stepped in to end the halftime row between teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal defender Sokratis during Sunday’s 5-1 rout.The Reds centre-back and Gunners defender had to be separated as tempers flared, but the situation was quickly brought under control.Moments before the spat Sokratis could be seen walking off the pitch alongside Mohamed Salah, who netted Liverpool’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.It seems the Greek defender was angry Salah went down a little too easily in the penalty area and wanted last season’s Golden Boot winner to know all about it.Seeing Sokratis shouting at Salah, Van Dijk responded by running over to the Arsenal man and squaring up to him.Sokratis was picking on Mo Salah again for the penalty.Guess who promptly puts a lid on it?— Léon (@srijandeep) December 29, 2018 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

First CFB Head Coach To Be Fired This Season Lands New Job

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: General View of the game between the California Golden Bears and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The first college football head coach to be fired this season wasn’t out of work long. Mike Jinks has been hired by a Power 5 program.Jinks, who was dismissed by Bowling Green on October 14 after two-and-a-half seasons, has been hired as the running backs coach at USC. He will join Clay Helton’s staff and work under new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.The news became official this afternoon.#USC has hired former #BowlingGreen head coach Mike Jinks as its running backs coach:— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSpr) December 11, 2018Jinks compiled a 7-24 record as a head coach at Bowling Green, but he should be a fine fit in this role. Before he became a head coach, Jinks was the running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2013-15.He also served as the team’s assistant head coach in 2015.The 46-year-old Jinks was a high school coach in Texas from 1996-2012, winning a Class 5A Division II championship at Cibolo (Tex.) Steele High in 2010.USC was 5-7 in 2018, missing a bowl game for the first time in seven years.last_img read more

PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019

first_imgPV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019Former champions PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will lead India’s campaign at the India Open Super 500 tournament, starting March 26 at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi. advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 25, 2019 13:15 IST PV Sindhu will be hoping to reclaim the India Open Super 500 title (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTS2017 champion PV Sindhu will open her India Open campaign against Mugdha AgreyKidambi Srikanth will face familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the first roundSaina Nehwal had pulled out of the Super 500 tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritisFormer champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off their erratic form at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time.With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the country’s blue-riband tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritis, the onus will be on Sindhu and Srikanth to keep the tricolour flying at the business end of the tournament starting Tuesday.Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu, who claimed the World Tour Finals in December last year, will be the firm favourite to secure the women’s title after receiving the top billing following the pullout of Chinese top seed and reigning All Englang champion Chen Yufei due to medical reasons.The absence of Japanese players will also help Sindhu’s case.Sindhu had a decent start to the new season with a quarterfinal finish at the Indonesia Masters but a first-round exit at the prestigious All England Championship came as a major jolt.The Indian ace, who won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship in 2018, will draw inspiration from her performance in the last two editions where she had reached the finals and claimed the title in 2017.Sindhu will open against compatriot Mugdha Agrey and is expected to face fast-rising Danish Mia Blichfeldt, seeded eighth, in the quarterfinals. A win is likely to pit her against Chinese third seed He Bingjiao.Youngsters Vrushali Gummadi and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka will also be in the fray in women’s singles at the World Tour Super 500 event.advertisementCan third seed Srikanth end title drought at home? The tournament will hold a lot of prominence for third seed Srikanth, who has endured a title draught for the last 17 months.With defending champion and top seed Shi Yuqi pulling out, Srikanth will be at the forefront along with former world champion Viktor Axelsen, who had claimed the title in 2017 after three back-to-back finals.Srikanth, who clinched as many as four titles in 2017, consistently reached the quarterfinals in 2018 but couldn’t come close to claiming a title with the 2017 French Open triumph being his last win.The 26-year-old from Guntur, who clinched the title in 2015, will begin his campaign against familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, and might come across fellow Indians Sameer Verma or B Sai Praneeth later as both are in the same half of the draw.Fifth seed Sameer, after reaching the semifinals at the World Tour Finals, will open against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, while Praneeth faces a qualifier.RMV Gurusaidutt too is in the same half and will start against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin.Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open for his first maiden Super Series title, is coming into the tournament after securing a final spot at the Swiss Open and he will look to extend his good run.The other half of the men’s singles draw will have HS Prannoy, Subhankar Dey, Ajay Jayaram and Parupalli Kashyap.Prannoy, troubled by a gastro-esophageal reflux disease last season, is coming to the event after competing at the Asia Mixed Team championship and will take on Thailand’s eighth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen.SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar, who had stunned Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia on way to a quarterfinal finish at the Swiss Open, will open against fourth seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto.Ajay and Kashyap, two careers marred by injuries, will look to continue their comeback with first-round matches against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei and Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu respectively.In doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty withdrew with the former still recovering from a shoulder injury. Sixth seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will lead the challenge in men’s doubles, which also features Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok.Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also be a pair to look out for after they stunned World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng last week at Hong Kong.In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will be in fray, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the best hope in mixed event.Also Read | Fighting Asthma, Axelsen hopes to peak at the right timeAlso Read | India Open 2019: Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding after Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi withdrawAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Sai PraneethFollow India badminton Super 500 tournament Nextlast_img read more

Convenience Store Online Bundle Launched

first_imgGovernment launched its second bundle of online services today, Oct. 21. The bundle makes it easier for convenience store operators to start or grow their businesses in Nova Scotia. The Convenience Store Bundle will reduce the time business people spend accessing government information and completing transactions. This is the second online bundle to be launched this year, with more bundles for other industry sectors coming soon. “Time is valuable in the convenience store sector, and we want Nova Scotia to have the most competitive and business-friendly environment,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey. “Government is taking a sector-by-sector approach online so that business owners can spend less time searching for forms and information and more time focusing on making their businesses successful. “It is fitting that we are launching the new bundle during Small Business Week because online services are a way that government is cutting red tape for small businesses to thrive.” Similar to the Restaurant and Accommodations Bundle launched in July, convenience store owners can use the new bundle to find the information, services and forms for their business needs in one place. The bundle includes tools to help operators identify what requirements apply to their business and in what order. Business operators can create a customized list of tasks for their specific needs, such as reserving a business name, applying for permits and exploring funding opportunities. “We commend the government for listening to our concerns and for consulting with us to build the online convenience store bundle,” said Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association. “This is a very good first step, with positive action. The on-line bundle will make it easier and faster for convenience store businesses to quickly source the information that they need, so they have more time to run their businesses.” The Convenience Store Bundle is available at . Select the ‘Start or Grow My Business’ button to get started. Watch the video at . Participate in the discussion around Small Business Week 2015 on Twitter using the hashtag #SBW2015.last_img read more

Winnipeg letterbomb trial hears DNA from two different explosion sites matched

first_imgWINNIPEG – The trial of a Winnipeg man accused of sending letter bombs has heard that DNA found at two different explosion sites matched.Guido Amsel has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and several explosives-related charges.He was arrested after letter bombs were sent to two Winnipeg law offices and the workplace of his former wife, Iris, in July 2015.There had also been an explosion at Iris Amsel’s home in December 2013, and court was told it was DNA found at that location that matched a profile from one of the law offices.RCMP Cpl. David Meyers testified the DNA from Iris Amsel’s home came from a piece of green braided line.He said the line wasn’t tested until after Amsel’s arrest following a letter-bomb blast which seriously injured lawyer Maria Mitousis and cost her a hand.Meyers testified he received the matching results from an RCMP lab in February 2016.“I received a forensic hit notification,” Meyers said.The trial has already heard the package which blew up in Mitousis’s office contained a digital voice recorder with explosives inside and a note that instructed her to press play on the recorder.Amsel is being tried by judge alone.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Algerian Army Under Pressure, Urges End of Crisis Before July 4…

Rabat – Under pressure from continued protests in Algiers, Algeria’s top army chief Gaid Salah has said that time is “running out” to end the escalating crisis in the country before elections.Salah asserted that “all options are open in the pursuit of overcoming the different difficulties” to end the crisis “as soon as possible.”Salah made his comments on Tuesday after the head of the Algerian Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz, resigned. Belaiz responded to the demand of protesters, who have been calling on him and all other top officials to step down.Belaiz had resisted the protesters’ demands for two weeks after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government resigned on April 3.The protesters are now calling on Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to resign, demanding a radical change in the system.Following Belaiz’s resignation, Bensalah appointed a member of the council, Kamel Feniche, as the new council president.He was a member of the council since 2016.Gaid Salah called on Algerians to be patient ahead of the coming election, which will take place on July 4.On Tuesday, however, protests continued as thousands of students rallied across the country, calling on Bensalah to leave.Some politicians had previously argued that Bensalah cannot run the country due to his former Moroccan nationality.“Mr. Abdelkader [Bensalah] has a Moroccan nationality. He can be a minister, a governor, a director of an administration, but it is impossible for him to be a president,” said Rachid Nekkaz, referring to Algeria’s Constitution.The head of Algeria’s Justice and Development Front Party, Lakhdar Benkhellaf, shared the same position as Nekkaz, opposing Bensalah because he was born in Morocco.“The condition for a [leader] occupying the post of President of the Republic, is that he must have the Algerian nationality of origin. And he [Bensalah] had another nationality until 1964 during which he had obtained Algerian nationality,” he said. read more

UN official stresses importance of regional cooperation in combating terrorism

Addressing an inter-regional meeting of countries in the Persian Gulf and neighbouring regions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, yesterday, Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, encouraged the sharing of knowledge, experience and best practices on terrorism prevention.“All of your countries share the common goals of stopping the spread of terrorism and preventing terrorist attacks, so it is in the common interest that you work together and help each other,” said Mr. Fedotov.Acts of terrorism in the region are facilitated by proceeds from the smuggling of opium westward from Afghanistan, organized crime and corruption, all of which are best addressed through a comprehensive approach based on cooperation, Mr. Fedotov said.He said UNODC is keen on promoting inter-regional cooperation between North Africa and the Middle East, the Gulf region and South-West Asia. The Office recently launched a programme in Yemen to address security issues such as drug trafficking, criminal networks and terrorism and its source of financing.Mr. Fedotov commended Prince Naïf Ahmad Bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Interior and head of the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, for encouraging a regional approach to combating terrorism. The university is UNODC’s partner in building criminal justice capacity throughout the Gulf region.During the two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fedotov also met with the head of the national Anti-Terrorism Committee, Fahed Al Maghloth, and praised the Kingdom for ratifying 12 of the 16 international conventions and protocols pertaining to terrorism. 14 February 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has underlined the need to strengthen regional and inter-regional law enforcement cooperation in the global fight against terrorism, stressing that all States have a common interest in preventing the menace. read more

Former top diplomat among civil society members appointed to CC

Also appointed to the Constitutional Council is Ahamed Javed Yusuf and Naganathan Selvakumaran. (Colombo Gazette) Former diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala is among three civil society members appointed to the Constitutional Council.Jayantha Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva.

James Spader cast as villain Ultron in Avengers sequel alongside Downey Jr

James Spader cast as villain Ultron in ‘Avengers’ sequel alongside Downey Jr., Johansson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Avengers” sequel has its villain.Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence.“Age of Ultron” is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit “The Avengers.” Disney will release it in May 2015. The film will be directed by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.The 53-year-old Spader is well known for this TV work including roles on “The Practice,” ”Boston Legal” and the upcoming NBC drama “The Blacklist.” His films include 1989’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and last year’s “Lincoln.” by The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 4:31 pm MDT read more

Michael Johnson Does Not Want Double Amputee In Olympics

Former Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson is running amok with his mouth these days. First he said that African Americans are strong athletes because they are descendants of slaves and have a genetic advantage. He followed up that unfounded claim with a dose of total insensitivity.The world-record holder in the 400 meter race said South African sprinter and double amputee Oscar Pistorius should not be allowed to participate in the Olympics. Before he shot down Pistorius, Johnson prefaced his venom by calling the running “a friend.”“I consider Oscar a friend of mine, but he knows I am against him running,” Johnson told the London Telegraph. “Because this is not about Oscar; it’s not about him as an individual. It is about the rules you will make and put in place for the sport which will apply to anyone, and not just Oscar.”Huh?Pistorius, also known as “The Blade Runner,” has garnered a lot of attention since being approved to compete in the London Games.  The South African sprinter lost the lower part of his legs as a child and uses blade-like prosthetic limbs when he competes on the track.Johnson isn’t the first to broach the subject of whether a disabled runner whose limbs have been rebuilt with modern technology be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes? But Johnson was far from eloquent in explaining his position.Meanwhile, Pistorius finished second in a 400-meter race in Italy on Tuesday, his final tuneup for Olympics. He clocked 46.56 seconds – well off the personal best of 45.07 he ran at the same meet last year. Calvin Smith of the United States won in 45.52.“My time wasn’t among the best. But I’m good physically and mentally,” Pistorius said. “I’ve used a lot of energy in these past few days, both in training and with the media because of my participation in the Olympics. The race went well, I felt fine, I just lost a bit of acceleration halfway through.”Pistorius will become the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by South Africa. He’s set to compete in the individual 400 and the 4×400 relay, although the team hasn’t decided which leg he will run. read more

Bad mother stigma preventing women seeking help for postnatal depression

first_imgDr Judy Shakespeare, who co-authored the study and speaks for perinatal mental health for the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: “We know it takes an enormous amount of courage for women to approach their doctor with concerns, so it is vital that when they do they are taken seriously, not told that what they are feeling is ‘normal’, and that they feel safe and secure enough to disclose their feelings to healthcare professionals.“The routine six-week postnatal check, offered to all new mothers after giving birth, is an important opportunity for GPs and new mothers to discuss issues around mental health and wellbeing – and begin to address any resulting concerns.“But it’s incredibly hard for GPs to explore all the physical and psychological factors affecting our patients’ health within the time constraints of the consultation as it stands.” While all new mothers are currently screened for depression around six weeks after giving birth, doctors’ leaders have said the routine appointments are often too short to pick up signs of distress.One woman who took part in the surveys reviewed by the BJGP said: “There’s a huge stigma about feeling depressed, particularly postnatal”, while another said: “Coping was entwined with perceptions of good mothering.“I felt like like I was a bad mother and I couldn’t cope with it all.”Experience of unsympathetic or unhelpful staff during previous pregnancies is also preventing women seeking help, the study found.Mothers reported simply being offered a prescription for antidepressants and then “sent away”.Others were put off by having to explain their situation to a different member of staff each time. I felt like like I was a bad mother and I couldn’t cope with it allSurvey participant Women are hiding postnatal depression because they fear unsympathetic NHS staff and being labelled a “bad mother”, a new study reveals.A survey in the British Journal of General Practice also found new mothers kept quiet about mental anxiety and being unable to cope because they believed nurses would be more likely to focus on their baby’s weight than their own mental health.Postnatal depression affects between 10 and 15 per cent of women after having a baby. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Amazon to step into the digital currency game with Coins

first_imgFrom Facebook Credits to Nintendo Points to Bitcoins, everyone loves a good digital currency. And coming in May, Amazon will be the latest to join the fray. The online retailer has announced its plans to roll out “Amazon Coins,” which will be used for Kindle Fire owners to purchase games, apps, content, and in-app purchases on their tablets.Amazon is currently touting the new service to mobile developers, encouraging them to make sure their apps support the new payment method by April 25.Any purchases made via Amazon Coins will still give developers the same royalty payments as if the user paid with a credit card. And unlike some digital currencies that have confusing conversion rates (cough, Microsoft Points, cough), one Amazon Coin will equal one penny.In order to introduce people to the digital payment method and hopefully lure them into a state of Amazon Coin addiction, Amazon will be offering tens of millions of dollars in free coinage to Kindle Fire customers. The official press release did not specify exactly who would be entitled to the initial free giveaway and how much each user will receive.Keeping customers coming back for Amazon Coins will be an interesting proposition. After all, Amazon already has multiple ways to pay — retail store gift cards, digital gifting, etc. Offering a payment option that has a more limited scope is a tricky sell. Amazon will likely continue to offer special promotions and offers to get customer dollars locked in to high-margin digital content as opposed to physical products on second takeaway from this news is that it further cements Amazon as its own tablet entity, highly segregated from the rest of the Android community. The fact that the Kindle Fire brand is going to have its own payment ecosystem shows just how much power Amazon holds in the market.last_img read more

WTF Wednesday Celebrate National SciFi Day With These Eerie Books

first_img The New Year is here, which means it might be time to catch up on some good reads. Jan. 2 is National Science Fiction Day, so why not celebrate with some eerie novels?On Wednesday, sci-fi fans worldwide will celebrate the holiday, which corresponds with the birthday of Isaac Asimov, a famous sci-fi author. Asimov is known for his books the Galactic Empire Series, the Foundation Series, and the Robot Series. According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation, Asimov would have celebrated his 99th birthday today.#OTD 1/2/1920 Isaac Asimov, atheist & humanist, was born. He was a prolific sci-fi author best known the “Foundation”, “Galactic Empire”, & “Robot” book series.“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”-I.A.— Richard Dawkins Foundation ⚧ (@rdfrs) January 2, 2019In honor of National Science Fiction Day, we’ve rounded up the best sci-fi novels that deserve a spot on your bookshelf. From power-hungry animals to creepy climate change, here are our top eight sci-fi novels.The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a pair of friends explore space with the ultimate squad: Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie, Trillian, an old romance interest from another time zone, Marvin, a clinically depressed robot, and Veet Voojagig, a former student obsessed with ballpoint pens.Buy it HereAmerican Gods‘American Gods’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Shadow, a former prisoner, is trying to get his life back on track after a horrible tragedy. When he decides to accept employment from a stranger dubbed Mr. Wednesday, he realizes that America has another fantasy dimension. American Gods follows Shadow’s journey through a magical U.S. landscape.Buy it HereStranger In A Strange Land‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Valentine Michael Smith isn’t your typical young adult. Formerly raised by Martians, Smith leaves Mars and travels to Earth to learn how to be human. In Stranger In A Strange Land, Smith’s arrival stirs up trouble on the planet and might change its inhabitants forever.Buy it HereNecrotech‘Necrotech’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Riko, a street thug, has a lot on her plate: She’s lost her memory and her girlfriend was turned into a tech-fueled zombie. Necrotech puts Riko to the ultimate test, as she has to come face-to-face with a huge conspiracy that might alter humankind with tech and flesh.Buy it HereAnimal Farm‘Animal Farm’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)George Orwell makes all our nightmares come true in Animal Farm. A pack of barnyard animals decide to rebel against their inhumane master, but they soon realize that they’re the real monsters in the situation.Buy it HereWildcard‘Wildcard’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Sometime in the future, Emika Chen has to fight against the man she loves. When she learns about Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can’t trust his sinister motives. Will Emika and the Phoenix Riders stop Hideo’s evil plans before it’s too late? You’ll have to read Wildcard to find out.Buy it Here2001: A Space Odyssey‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)The crew of the Discovery spacecraft has the ultimate showdown with HAL 9000, an strange computer that controls their vessel in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Once they leave Earth’s borders, their intergalactic journey begins to take a horrific turn.Buy it HereBlackfish City‘Blackfish City’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)When a strange woman arrives in Qaanaaq, a floating Arctic city, she brings an orca and a polar bear with her for the ride. Will she alter humanity, which has been destroyed by extreme climate change? Blackfish City shows a hellish perspective on dramatic environmental changes.Buy it HereMore on Wednesday: Amsterdam Cheese Museum Is a ‘Grate’ Attraction WTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food MuseumWTF? Wednesday: Feast Your Eyes on the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more