UN tribunal postpones trial of Serbian security figure due to ill health

16 May 2008The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today adjourned the trial of a former high-level official with the Serbian secret service after ruling that he is not fit to stand trial on health grounds. Today’s decision overturns that of the trial chamber last month that ruled that Jovica Stanišić could stand trial. But the appeals chamber found that Mr. Stanišić has the right to be present in the court, deeming a video-conference link from the detention unit to be insufficient. The proceedings will be postponed for three months, at which time the defendant’s health condition will be reassessed to determine whether the trial should resume. Mr. Stanišić is accused of directing, organizing, equipping, training, arming and financing secret units of the Serbian State Security which murdered, persecuted and deported Croats, Bosnian Muslims and other non-Serb civilians from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia between 1991 and 1995. read more

UN rights experts call on Myanmar to halt counterinsurgency drive targeting civilians

“We are deeply concerned about the widespread violence that has continued to spiral for the last six months in the Thandaung and Papun townships of Karen state as well as Kyaukgyi and Shwegyin townships of Pegu Division,” the six experts said in a joint statement issued in Geneva.“The military allegedly acted with excessive use of force and fire arms. Homes were demolished and according to reports, residents have been offered neither alternative housing nor any form of compensation. Other reports from various sources corroborate very serious allegations of unlawful killings, torture, rape and forced labour,” they added.They voiced alarm over the state of destitution in which many displaced persons were forced to live, citing obstructed access to food, education, housing and health services. “We deplore the violence against unarmed civilians by the Myanmar military and call for action to ensure no further excessive use of force is employed against persons belonging to any community in Myanmar,” they said.“We remind the Government and non-State armed groups of their obligation to protect civilians from the effects of armed conflict and that the current government strategy of targeting civilians in the course of its military operations represents a wilful abrogation of its responsibility under international humanitarian and human rights law.”The experts are the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro; the Independent Expert on minority issues, Gay McDougall; the Special Rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak; the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Miloon Kothari; the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler; and the Special Rapporteur on the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

Libya UN official condemns terrorist attack on Spanish embassy

According to media reports, a bomb detonated outside the Spanish Embassy on 20 April damaging part of the compound’s exterior wall but incurring no casualties. The incident is also the most recent in a series of attacks against foreign embassies including those of the Republic of Korea and Morocco.In a statement released yesterday evening, UNSMIL said the attack against the Spanish embassy should serve as “a reminder that the continuing fighting and political instability contribute to providing the safe ground for terrorists to operate and expand” throughout Libya. “UNSMIL urges the Libyans to press ahead with their efforts to reach a political agreement to restore peace and stability, as well as strengthen the State institutions to combat terrorism,” the statement added. The bombing comes at a time when national stakeholders are gathered to reach a mediated settlement to Libya’s continuing fighting.The latest round of political talks, in fact, are currently underway in Skhirat, Morocco with parties expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the Draft Agreement on the Political Transition in Libya. read more

Madelines Madeline next in BUFS lineup

The line between performance and reality begins to blur in the latest offering by the Brock University Film Society.Madeline’s Madeline, an intense and challenging drama written and directed by Josephine Decker, will be screened at The Film House in downtown St. Catharines on Thursday, Oct. 11.Molly Parker stars as an experimental theatre director with newcomer Helena Howard as a gifted young performer.Madeline (Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious theatre troupe. When the ambitious director (Parker) pushes Madeline to weave her rich interior world and her troubled relationship with her mother (Miranda July) into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting conflict rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women’s lives.The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Howard “a once-in-a-generation talent.”The Boston Globe calls Madeline’s Madeline “one of the best films of the year, if also one of the hardest to initially get your head around.”Tickets are available at the Film House on the evening of screenings.General admission is $9 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through The Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre over the next couple of months is posted on The Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> read more

Former Buckeye Mike Brewster battling at Senior Bowl

Former Ohio State football center Mike Brewster has been fighting to improve his draft stock this past week during preparation for Saturday’s Senior Bowl — literally. A co-captain of the 2011 Buckeyes squad and a four-year starter for OSU, Brewster has had mixed results during the week of practice leading to the showcase game for NFL prospects. Thursday’s practices in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, was canceled due to severe weather. However, Wednesday’s practices didn’t go well for Brewster, according to a report from Tony Pauline, a Sports Illustrated draft expert. Some of the center’s successes during the week, as well as his struggles, came against an old rival from the “team up north.” “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State is having a tough go of it this morning,” Pauline wrote on cnnsi.com. “He was just beaten badly by Mike Martin of Michigan, who had been quiet most of the day. Brewster has been struggling to hold the point and continues to get pushed back off the line.” After Tuesday’s practice, Pauline wrote: “(Center) Mike Brewster of Ohio State and (defensive tackle) Mike Martin of Michigan are again battling hard in practice. Brewster laughed about it yesterday and noted it’s just a continuation of what’s taken place the past four years.” A week of ups and downs for Brewster, a 2010 All-American and all Big Ten Conference honoree, might not deter the player from reaching professional football. In a November interview with The Lantern, ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay said Brewster, who could not be reached for comment, should still find his way to the NFL. “He’s really played well (for OSU),” McShay said. “He’s been their best lineman. He’s going to find a way to succeed in the NFL. He’s just one of those guys.” Saturday’s Senior Bowl in kicks off at 4 p.m. in Mobile at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network. Michael Periatt contributed to this story. read more

Sister of missing Irishman in London appeals for help from public

first_imgUpdated at 6.24pmTHE SISTER OF an 18-year-old Galway man who was missing in London has said that it is “not like him to do anything silly”.Speaking on today’s RTÉ News at One, Regina Ní hAilpín said that the reaction to her brother’s disappearance has been “phenomenal”.Patrick Halpin from Loughrea, County Galway had been last seen in a West End night club in the early hours of Wednesday morning.Regina told the show that the family wanted the public to continue to circulate pictures of her brother, as she and her father prepare to join the search in London.“Everyone has family in England at this stage. We need people to keep retweeting and keep sharing the picture. We have to keep it going.”The Department of Foreign Affairs were assisting in the case.Read: 18-year-old student missing on DCU society trip in Londonlast_img read more

Oculus Rift demonstrates the tedium of a coverbased shooter

first_imgSo far, the big issue with the Oculus Rift is that, since the device is only available in a development kit release, users can only really try out very basic tech demos. Team Fortress 2 is relatively easy to set up with the Rift, but in practice, the twitch-based reactive gameplay makes it a chore to play — especially because you have to use a mouse in conjunction with the Rift. Now, a new demo created by Teddy Lipowitz, HydraDeck: Cover Shooter, does what he name suggests and shows us all what it would be like to play a cover-based shooter using the Oculus Rift.The demo also employs the Razer Hydra, Razer’s motion controller, which provides the movement and gun-firing controls. Cover-based shooters — though the tactic is still employed in wildly popular series like Mass Effect and Uncharted — have recently gain notoriety as a cheap, boring mechanism. The HydraDeck doesn’t quite do cover-based shooting any justice, as the tedium of having to mechanically kneel and pop up from behind objects ad nauseam is on full display. However, the demo also shows how the Rift can be easily integrated into modern-day games, giving us hope for the virtual future.The Rift and Hydra combination works seamlessly with the gameplay, and all you have to do to calibrate the rig beforehand is tap the Hydra controller to the back of your neck, and tape the other controller to your shirt (or stick it in a shirt pocket). The wand handles the vertical movement, while the controller handles the gun and horizontal movement. The Rift, of course, handles the virtual reality.If you’re the sort that has a Rift and Hydra, as well as the know-how to get everything working together, you can grab the demo from the Rift developer forums.last_img read more

New Shake Shack Location Will Have a Robot Kitchen

first_imgStay on target Yet another robot-powered restaurant is opening soon. This time, it’s one of former president and cheeseburger lover Barack Obama’s personal favorites: Shake Shack.Now, the image above isn’t from Shake Shack’s media folk. It’s clearly Bender working the kitchen in the Futurama episode “My Three Suns.” Still, it would be awesome if the kitchens were actually being staffed by humanoid robots rather than a bunch of disembodied mechanical arms and conveyor belts, wouldn’t it?Like Cafe X on the other side of the country, the new Astor Place Shake Shack location will still have human workers on staff. CEO Randy Garutti says their official job titles will be “hospitality champs” and they’ll focus on customer interactions instead of food prep chores.The restaurant will also be the company’s first completely cashless location. Customers will input orders at kiosks and pay with a card or app, and the “hospitality champs” will be at the ready to assist with any technical difficulties that arise.Once the automated kitchen has finished preparing a customer’s food a notification gets sent via SMS. That means you’re not limited to waiting within range of one of those clunky buzzin discs. You’re free to roam anywhere you want as long as you’ve got signal. Presumably, you’ll want to stay fairly close so you don’t return to a room-temperature burger, soggy fries, and a runny shake.As for fears that the modernized ordering system and robot kitchen will mean fewer jobs for humans, Gerutti says that’s not the case at all. “We’re doubling the amount of kitchen equipment and hiring a similar number of staff members because we’re expecting higher volumes to come with the shorter lines,” Eater reports.They’ll be paid decently, too. Staff at this particular location will be hired on at $15 an hour, which is $2.50 higher than the Shake Shack average. That’s partly to prepare the company for minimum wage hikes that are coming shortly.As for the extra kitchen equipment, Garutti says it should give the Astor Place Shake Shack enough capacity to add delivery options in the near future. No word yet on whether humans or robots will be doing the delivering.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower last_img read more

Body Painting Might Protect You From Insect Bites

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Repellents might keep blood-sucking bugs away, but research just revealed an innovative insect bite protection strategy: body painting.A study led by Hungarian and Swedish researchers found that white, painted stripes on bodies might protect the skin from bug bites, said a Lund University press release. The study, which was published in Royal Society Open Science on Wednesday, demonstrated that this ancient technique, which is used by indigenous tribes worldwide, could also offer protection from insect-borne diseases.Susanne Åkesson, a Lund University Professor and one of the study’s scientists, said body painting could have developed at the same time on different continents, but it’s unknown where the tradition started.A boy from the Karo tribe poses for a photo in front of the Omo river in Ethiopia’s southern Omo Valley region.(Photo Credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)“Body painting began long before humans started to wear clothes. There are archaeological finds that include markings on the walls of caves where Neanderthals lived,” Åkesson said in the press release. “They suggest that they had been body painted with earth pigments such as ochre.”Animals, such as zebras, have stripes that protect them from insect bites. The team decided to step up their research and explore if body painting might yield the same effect for humans.The body painted plastic models in the experiment. (Photo Credit: Gabor Horvath/Lund University)To put this concept to the test, the scientists used plastic models that were the same size as adult humans, and painted them in different colors. For the experiment, the team painted each model a different color: beige, black, or black with white stripes. After painting each model, the scientists covered them with a layer of insect glue.The results showed that the darker model with white stripes had less bugs: The dark model attracted 10 times more horseflies than the white stripes model. Plus, the beige model attracted twice as many horseflies as the patterned model.Scientists also found that male and female horseflies exhibited different behaviors. Male and female horseflies were more attracted to models on the ground, while only female horseflies preferred standing models.Light signals also played an important role in blood-sucking activity: Female horseflies responded to light reflected from vertical planes (ex. standing models), and males responded to light reflected from horizontal planes (ground models).The scientists didn’t share next steps for the experiment, however, it’s interesting to see how body painting might generate less bug bites and reduce the risk of insect-borne diseases for humans.More on Geek.com:Parasitic Worm Bacterial Is Stronger Than DEET Mosquito RepellentVampire Bat Venom Could Soon Be Used for Medical TreatmentsHawaii Officials Investigate Video of Man Standing on While Carcasslast_img read more

About 254 pounds of fentanyl 395 pounds of meth seized by Border

first_imgAbout 254 pounds of fentanyl, 395 pounds of meth seized by Border Protection RECORD FENTANYL SEIZURE – #CBP officers in AZ seized 254lbs of fentanyl and 395lbs of meth concealed in a tractor-trailer arriving from Mexico last week. It was the largest fentanyl seizure in CBP history. LEARN MORE: https://t.co/2unUTIKVbh pic.twitter.com/BZuRzgDVxG— CBP (@CBP) January 31, 2019“The size of a few grains of salt of fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid, can kill a person very quickly,” Humphries said. The seizure, he said, had prevented an immeasurable number of doses of the drug “that could have harmed so many families.”The Drug Enforcement Administration said the previous largest U.S. seizure of fentanyl had been in August 2017 when it captured 145 pounds (66 kilograms) of the drug in a Queens, New York, apartment that was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. Before that, the largest recorded fentanyl seizure was 88 pounds (40 kilograms) nabbed from a pickup truck in Bartow County, Georgia.Mexican traffickers have been increasingly smuggling the drug into the United States, mostly hidden in passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers trying to head through ports of entry in the Nogales, Arizona, and San Diego areas.Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent for the Phoenix division, expressed admiration for size of the recent bust, emphasizing that it was not the product of any intelligence from his agency but rather “pure, old fashioned police work” by the agent who pulled the truck over.“It was totally a cold hit” based on the agent’s hunch, Coleman said.Fentanyl has caused a surge in fatal overdoses around the U.S., including the 2016 accidental death of pop music legend Prince, who consumed the opioid in counterfeit pills that looked like the narcotic analgesic Vicodin.U.S. law enforcement officials say the illicit version of the painkiller is now seen mostly as a white powder that can be mixed with heroin for an extra kick as well as blue pills that are counterfeits of prescription drugs like oxycodone.The legal prescription form of the drug is used mostly to provide relief to cancer patients suffering unbearable pain at the end of their lives.DEA officials have said that while 85 percent of the illicit fentanyl entering the United States from Mexico is seized at San Diego-area border crossings, an increasing amount is being detected on the border with Arizona, a state where the Sinaloa cartel controls the drug trade and fatal fentanyl overdoses are rising.The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a recent report that fentanyl is now the drug most often involved in fatal overdoses across the country, accounting for more than 18,000, or almost 29 percent, of the 63,000 overdose fatalities in 2016.Full press conference: Posted: January 31, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:32 PM AP, KUSI Newsroom, AP, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.The drug was found hidden Saturday morning in a compartment under the rear floor of a tractor-trailer after a scan during secondary inspection indicated “some anomalies” in the load, and the agency’s police dog team alerted officers to the presence of drugs, Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said.Most of the seized fentanyl with an overall street value of about $3.5 million was in white powder form, but about 2 pounds of it (1 kilogram) was contained in pills. Agents also seized nearly 395 pounds (179 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.18 million, Humphries said. January 31, 2019last_img read more

Two killed in collision at Otay Mesa intersection

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two people are dead and another is seriously injured tonight after a collision in Otay Mesa.According to Border Patrol Agents, just before 6:30 tonight, agents spotted a man and a woman crossing the border illegally, and getting into a car with another driver.The driver led Border Patrol Agents on a high speed chase and the car eventually ran into a big rig at the intersection of Otay Mesa Road and Sanyo Avenue.Two men inside the car died in the crash and the woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Two killed in collision at Otay Mesa intersection Posted: February 19, 2019 February 19, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

FTC looking at whether Juul marketed to minors says report

first_imgThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that “e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.” Eva Hambach/Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether e-cigarette maker Juul practiced deceptive marketing, including targeting minors, says a Thursday report from The Wall Street Journal. Regulators may also seek monetary damages as they look into Juul’s hiring of social media influencers to advertise its nicotine vaping devices, said the Journal.”We fully cooperate and are transparent with any government agency or regulator who have interest in our category” a Juul spokesman said in a statement to CNET.The company also said its paid influencer program was a “short-lived pilot that ended in 2018.” Juul said it worked with fewer than 10 adults who were all smokers or former smokers over the age of 30.Separate investigations into the company and possible vaping-related health issues have been launched by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several state attorneys general and the Food and Drug Administration. The FTC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Share your voice 0 Get your vitamins by vaping Wellness Politics Post a commentcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: FTC 4:37 Tagslast_img read more

Leave Alaska Assault on Property Leaves Sudanese Immigrants in Spenard Concerned

first_imgAn incident over the weekend alarmed members of an immigrant community in Anchorage. However, officials are stopping short of labeling it a hate crime.Download AudioOn Sunday morning a vehicle outside a multi-family home was found with deflated tires and covered with hateful messages written in washable orange marker.Debby Bock is a friend of the five men who live together in the building, all of whom are refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan. Bock came over Sunday, and was shocked by what she saw.“There was writing on every single window and every single side of both of the cars,” Bock said. “Things that said, ‘Not welcome,’ ‘Go home,’ ‘Take a hike,’ ‘Leave Alaska,’ ‘Go away.’”The men called the Anchorage Police Department to file a report. But both they and Bock were surprised that the Department is treating the incident as a vandalism case, and could not spare an officer to respond in person.“I called the police again,” Bock said, “and the dispatcher told me that they had taken a report over the phone, but no one was going to come out, and no one was going to take pictures.”Community members in Spenard, where the incident took place, have made efforts in the last day to show support with men living at the residence targeted. But the men feel unsafe after what happened, according to Bock, and some are wondering if the assault on property constitutes a hate crime.The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which monitors hate crimes, has not seen evidence that would involve the organization in the case.“At this time the FBI is not investigating this as a hate crime. We are not a part of the investigation,” said Staci Feger-Pellessier, a communications specialist with the Bureau’s Anchorage division.No comment was available from the Public Affairs office at the Anchorage Police Department, which was closed in observation of Seward’s Day.last_img read more

Speaker Tammineni Sitaram expresses anger on Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAmaravati: During the Assembly session on Thursday, the TDP chief and Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu commented on removing the illegal statues on the road. With this, the YSRCP members have raised objections on Naidu’s comments which led to the uproar in the house On this occasion, Speaker Tammineni Sitaram also expressed anger on Chandrababu Naidu and said not to mislead the discission. The Speaker said not to wast the time of the question hour and said the Opposition should make use of the House time. He confirmed that the voice of the Opposition would not be squeezed and that will not happen in this house.last_img

Young women from Myanmar trafficked to China hired to bear children and

first_img Close Thousands of women from Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam trafficked and sold as brides in China IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:08Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img In a heartbreaking revelation that brings to fore the plight of the residents of conflict-hit borderlands, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, has said that numerous young girls and women from Myanmar’s Kachin state are trafficked to China each year and sold as brides in the country. The women are sold to men, who are not really looking for wives and just want the women to bear children for them.The report titled “Give Us a Baby and We’ll Let You Go” explains that the demand for these women has risen due to China’s “one-child policy” and illegal sex-selection, which has resulted in a dearth of women in the East Asian country. It has earlier been said that China has 33 million lesser women than men.The report goes on to add that traffickers usually earn between $3,000 and $13,000 selling women to Chinese families and the women are repeatedly raped until they are pregnant. “Once trafficked women and girls gave birth to a baby, they were sometimes able to escape their captors, but usually at the cost of leaving their child behind with little hope of seeing the child again,” the report said.How does trafficking work? An earlier report had suggested that many of these unions are arranged by the women’s parents and other family members. The women “cannot say no to their parents,” Moon Nay Li of Kachin Women’s Association told the Agence France-Presse adding that they then have no other choice once “traffickers and agents have given money to their parents.”Younger women often command a higher price and are sold to older, sick, or disabled men in rural areas. Once they bear children, they are forced out or sold on to new husbands. Some women even manage to return home but are often trafficked once again.Women detail their ordeal A woman, identified as Seng Moon, was living as a refugee in an internal displaced person (IDP) camp in northeastern Myanmar. Her sister-in-law is said to have convinced her to move to China, where she could find herself a job. Once in the car, she was given a pill to prevent motor sickness and she fell asleep immediately.However, all her dreams came crashing down when she woke up to see that she was a captive and her hands were tied behind her back. “I cried and shouted and asked for help,” the HRW report quoted Seng as saying, but by then she was already in the Chinese territory. Her sister-in-law then left her with a Chinese family, resurfacing months later and telling her: “Now you have to get married to a Chinese man.” Seng was then taken to another house.”My sister-in-law left me at the home. …The family took me to a room. In that room I was tied up again. …They locked the door—for one or two months…. Each time when the Chinese man brought me meals, he raped me…,” Seng said. “After two months, they dragged me out of the room. The father of the Chinese man said, “Here is your husband. Now you are a married couple. Be nice to each other and build a happy family.”The “husband” reportedly continued to abuse her and seven months later she became pregnant. She gave birth to a baby boy and asked to go home. To her surprise, the husband said: “No one plans to stop you. If you want to go back home, you can. But you can’t take my baby.”However, months later she managed to escape and cross over to Myanmar with the help of a Kachin woman. While Seng managed to sneak away from the baby with her, there are said to be hundreds of women who had no choice but to leave their babies behind not knowing if they will even see the children again. Kachin state in MyanmarGoogle MapsThe HRW interviewed 37 other women for the report, and they too narrated similar horrific stories. A survivor said that she was, in fact, raped by the broker himself.”The original broker had gone, and a second broker came and showed me to the men and asked me which one I liked. When I said I didn’t like any of the men, the broker slapped me. This continued for a few days and I kept refusing,” she said. “Then the broker raped me. The broker got mad — to calm himself down at night he raped me. It was a violent rape. When I didn’t take off my clothes he beat me.”Another woman, who was interviewed for the earlier study, had also told researchers W. Courtland Robinson and Moon that she had been trafficked three times until now and “pushed into giving birth” each time.Survivors in Myanmar Things do not get easier even once these women go back home to Myanmar and they are often known to face trauma and severe social stigma. They do not have access to facilities in Kachin and struggle to rebuild their lives.”Most victims face terrible situations. They come back, and they are totally different from us,” a Kachin Women’s Association official told HRW. “They are just gazing, staring … People who just came back don’t even dare to go outside and show their faces …They feel guilty for being (trafficked).” A woman plants seedlings at a village on March 15, 2006 in Panwa, Kachin State Special Region 1 of Kachin State, Myanmar.China Photos/Getty ImagesNo government initiatives The Chinese and the Myanmar government have reportedly not taken any steps to curb trafficking, due to which traffickers are known to be boldly operating in the region. Heather Barr, acting women’s rights co-director at Human Rights Watch, said that the governments of these nations have been “looking away while unscrupulous traffickers are selling Kachin women and girls into captivity and unspeakable abuse.”She went on to add that the survivors must be supported and the government and other organisations must take steps to assist them.”The Myanmar and Chinese governments, as well as the Kachin Independence Organization, should be doing much more to prevent trafficking, recover and assist victims, and prosecute traffickers,” she added. “Donors and international organizations should support the local groups that are doing the hard work that governments want to rescue trafficked women and girls and help them recover.”last_img read more

Rise of eshopping rise of counterfeit fashion

first_imgDesigners, however, feel that while technology has helped the Indian fashion industry grow, there are a few downsides, including easy access to designs leading to plagiarism.For designer Ashish Soni, the influx of online stores has certainly meant more business, but for him, it has also resulted in the rise of counterfeit fashion.“In India, in the last few years, the online presence has increased to a great extent. However, they usually tempt their buyers by offering large discounts in their latest designs. One of the disadvantages of advancement of technology is the rise of counterfeit fashion,” said Soni, when asked how technology has helped the fashion industry to grow. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Many small labels tend to copy designs from the top designers and sell them at a cheaper rate and usually targeting the younger audience, who are more tech savvy but low on spending. This is one major issue which all designers face on a daily basis,” added the designer, who will celebrate his silver jubilee in the fashion industry next year.According to one estimate, the Indian e-commerce market is soon predicted to reach $63.7 billion (Rs 434,200 crore); hence online shopping is not something designers can ignore. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor Simran Arya, who runs her label Carousel by Simran Arya, it has been interesting to witness how technology has helped brands unlock new customers but has increasingly taken hold of many spheres of the fashion industry globally.“The best part about technology is that it allows brands to constantly re-invent brand experiences. The large pool of database helps brands tap into the behaviour of their clientele and understand relevant preference patterns, which help to identify what strategies work best and provide a wow shopping experience to buyers,” Arya said. But this also results in imitations.“This breeds a culture of easy access to information, allowing fast fashion labels to capitalise by imitating trends and producing a lower-priced range of reputed design labels. Online portals usually tempt buyers to shop for more in order to avoid overheads like delivery and shipping expenses.“Their pricing and discounts are relatively unstable, along with the inability to view the quality of the purchase or see if it fits well, yet, the ever-growing familiarity with technology has prompted most shoppers to shift to the swiftness and ease of online shopping,” Arya said.Designers feel that today for any business to thrive in the market, it’s essential to balance both online and offline shopping.Jyoti Sachdev Iyer, who has been in the industry for the past two decades and is selling clothes both online and offline, says that to survive in the industry a strong online presence is extremely necessary, but she also feels technology has had both a positive and negative impact on the industry.“At the end of the day, all good comes with a bit of compromise. The question is whether or not this compromise is really worth it,” said Iyer.  Sabena Puri, co-founder of Stage 3 – a rental and styling platform started by designers Rina Dhaka, Sabena Puri and Sanchit Baweja – is confident that in the next three to five years, India will witness a fashion revolution powered by technological innovation.“In India, access to designer-led fashion is going to witness a big leap because of services such as ours at Stage 3. Access, both physical and financial, is going to be greatly enhanced as the fashion of established as well as upcoming designers will be available at 1/10th of the cost and to any Tier 2 and Tier 3 city in the country,” she told.last_img read more

Two bars closed in Cancun after police find drugs

first_imgThe Fiscalía General del Estado says that as a result of their operation, two people found in possession of narcotics were taken into custody and that two establishments were shut down after drugs were found on site. Ministerial agents placed seals across the Guanatos bar in Plaza de Toros de Cancún and across Genesis bar, located in Supermanzana 69. Cancun, Q.R. — Two bars in Cancun have been shut down after inspections found them in possession of drugs. In a report from the Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE), police were part of an operation that included inspecting bars and restaurants in various parts of the city of Cancun, explaining that the objective was to inhibit the crimes that have been impacting the state. The FGE reported that the operation involved the police and military corporations that make up the state security coordination for Quintana Roo. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out so get your copy NOW

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite So what are you waiting for? Go and grab your copy NOW!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you’d be wise to get your copy as soon as possible.Read our front-page story about the fire that destroyed the old Aloes Night Club building on Monday.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories. Read about the SASSA disability grant debacle and water restrictions tightening as the drought conditions worsen.There are also crime stories you are sure to find interesting.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages!Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our community articles, school news and sport.You can purchase your copy on the streets and at various shops around town; the newspaper is not hard to find!The cost of the Ladysmith Gazette is ONLY R5.30.last_img read more

Kubernetes 112 released with general availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap support for

first_imgAs promised by the Kubernetes team earlier this month, Kubernetes 1.12 now stands released! With a focus on internal improvements,  the release includes two highly-anticipated features- general availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap and Support for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS). This promises to provide better security, availability, resiliency, and ease of use for faster delivery of production based applications. Let’s dive into the features of Kubernetes 1.12 #1 General Availability of Kubelet TLS Bootstrap The team has made the Kubelet TLS Bootstrap generally available. This feature significantly streamlines Kubernetes’ ability to add and remove nodes to the cluster. Cluster operators are responsible for ensuring the TLS assets they manage remain up-to-date and can be rotated in the face of security events. Kubelet server certificate bootstrap and rotation (beta) will introduce a process for generating a key locally and then issuing a Certificate Signing Request to the cluster API server to get an associated certificate signed by the cluster’s root certificate authority. As certificates approach expiration, the same mechanism will be used to request an updated certificate. #2 Stable Support for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) and Cluster-Autoscaler Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) allows users to create and manage a homogenous VM pool. This pool can automatically increase or decrease based on demand or a set schedule. Users can easily manage, scale, and load balance multiple VMs to provide high availability and application resiliency which will be ideal for large-scale applications that can run as Kubernetes workloads. The stable support will allow Kubernetes to manage the scaling of containerized applications with Azure VMSS. Users will have the ability to integrate the applications with cluster-autoscaler to automatically adjust the size of the Kubernetes clusters. #3 Other additional Feature Updates Encryption at rest via KMS is now in beta. It adds multiple encryption providers, including Google Cloud KMS, Azure Key Vault, AWS KMS, and Hashicorp Vault. These providers will encrypt data as it is stored to etcd. RuntimeClass is a new cluster-scoped resource that surfaces container runtime properties to the control plane. Topology aware dynamic provisioning is now in beta. Storage resources can now understand where they live. Configurable pod process namespace sharing enables users to configure containers within a pod to share a common PID namespace by setting an option in the PodSpec. Vertical Scaling of Pods will help vary the resource limits on a pod over its lifetime. Snapshot / restore functionality for Kubernetes and CSI will provide standardized APIs design and add PV snapshot/restore support for CSI volume drivers To explore these features in depth, the team will be hosting a  5 Days of Kubernetes series next week. Users will be given a walkthrough of the following features: Day 1 – Kubelet TLS Bootstrap Day 2 – Support for Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS) and Cluster-Autoscaler Day 3 – Snapshots Functionality Day 4 – RuntimeClass Day 5 – Topology Resources Additionally, users can join the members of the release team on November 6th at 10 am PDT in a webinar that will cover major features in this release. You can check out the release on GitHub. Additionally, if you would like to know more about this release, head over to Kubernetes official blog. Read Next Google Cloud hands over Kubernetes project operations to CNCF, grants $9M in GCP credits VMware Kubernetes Engine (VKE) launched to offer Kubernetes-as-a-Service Nvidia GPUs offer Kubernetes for accelerated deployments of Artificial Intelligence workloadslast_img read more