DR Congo new developments could pave way for uprooted to return home

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who returned from a visit to the country this week, cited as reasons for optimism the apprehension of Laurent Nkunda, who heads the mainly Tutsi group known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP) and the joint Rwandan-Congolese operation against the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR).The removal of this group, which has been in eastern DRC since 1994, “should allow other illegal armed groups to be tackled and therefore displaced people to begin to go home in significant numbers,” he told reporters in New York.Six months of clashes between the CNDP and the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) displaced some 250,000 people, on top of the 800,000 already uprooted in North Kivu province.While visiting Kibaki camp, near the provincial capital Goma, Mr. Holmes was told in conversations with internally displaced persons (IDPs) that they hope to return to their homes as soon as it is safe to do so.The presence of CNDP rebels and the operation against the FDLR preclude them from going back, but “they do see these things essentially in a positive light,” the official noted.Further, the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees is picking up, he said, with several hundred crossing back to their country on a weekly basis where they are looked after by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that while in the DRC, he also visited Haut Uélé in Orientale province, the scene of attacks by the notorious Ugandan rebels known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan have joined forces in an offensive against the group.“One of the unfortunate results or consequences so far of that operation has been a series of extremely brutal and deadly attacks by the LRA against the villages of the area,” the Under-Secretary-General said, adding that some 900 people have died in the violence since late last December.While in the region, he said he reminded the parties of the need to protect civilians as much as possible.Mr. Holmes said that roughly 150,000 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the LRA attacks, and “we need to try to find ways to help them as quickly as possible,” given the uprooted live in a remote area and are relying on host families who themselves have limited resources. 13 February 2009Recent developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – including the arrest of a rebel leader and a large-scale military operation against another militia – have sparked a “new dynamic” that could lead to the start of large numbers of displaced people returning home, the top United Nations relief official said today. read more

African UnionUN envoy calls for end to clashes along ChadSudan border

In a press release issued in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur, AU-UN Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada urged the Governments of the neighbouring nations to “refrain from any act that may lead to a further escalation of tensions, which could exacerbate the suffering of Darfur’s civilians, particularly the many internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in the region.” He urged Chad and Sudan to adhere to pacts they have signed, especially the 3 May Doha Agreement, facilitated by Qatar and Libya. Reiterating what he told the Security Council last month, Mr. Adada stressed that “the poor state of relations between Chad and Sudan constitutes one of the biggest threats to efforts to secure lasting peace for the people of Darfur.” He also echoed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement from earlier this week that there is no military solution to the conflict in Darfur and the problems between Chad, Sudan and opposition groups in both countries.“Dialogue is the only way forward,” the Representative emphasized. 20 May 2009The joint African Union-United Nations envoy to the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur today called for an end to fighting near the Chad-Sudan border and for the two nations to rein in mounting tensions. read more

Brock Media Clips for Tuesday Oct 17

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Men wear heels, stand up against domestic violence: Kevin Lawr, a supervisor in the shipping, receiving and mail room at Brock University was part of a team from Brock that participated in the Walk a Mile in her shoes fundraising and awareness event for Gillian’s Place on Saturday. The St. Catharines Standard talked to Lawr for its coverage of the event.In suicide attempt calls, police can be difference between life and death: The Toronto Star writes about how police respond to calls for suicide attempts and the training they receive to deal with them. In the story, a recently announced Brock University-based project to design a scenario-based training program is referenced.Exemplary youth honoured at Potpourri awards: The Hamilton Spectator covered the annual African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. awards where 12 university and college students were recognized for their strong commitment to the community and for their academic excellence. Among the students is Sheila Mwaura, who is studying business at Brock University.Brock U. to build virtual reality wine lab: CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis was interviewed on 610CKTB about the plans to build a one-of-a-kind wine consumer research lab. Hear the interview here.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Aaron Craft leads Ohio State to 7669 upset against No 17 Iowa

Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball during a game against Iowa Feb. 4 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. OSU won, 76-69.Courtesty of The Daily Iowan/Alyssa HitchcockWhen a team is on the road in a hostile environment, college basketball coaches typically look to their seniors to lead the way.That was the case Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa, as Ohio State senior guard Aaron Craft did a little bit of everything to help lead his team to its second straight road win, defeating No. 17 Iowa, 76-69.Craft finished with a game-high 17 points, recorded six steals, dished out six assists and delivered a crucial driving layup with 1:21 remaining while getting fouled. His free throw put the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5) up, 66-59, but Iowa would not go away.The Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4) cut the lead to four after a free throw by senior forward Zach McCabe with 54 seconds left, but they never got that close again.The battery of junior guard Shannon Scott, junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. combined to make 10 of 12 free throws after the lead was cut to four to help seal the win for the Buckeyes, who won their second straight game against a top 20 opponent — following up a 59-58 victory at then-No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.The Buckeyes shot 25-49 from the field in the game, including 7-16 from beyond the arc. Their perimeter defense proved to be the difference, as Iowa shot just 3-20 from deep.After trailing, 33-31, at halftime, OSU took the lead for good after Smith Jr. buried a three from the wing with 18:39 remaining. Smith Jr. finished with 12 points, one of five OSU guys to score in double figures including Craft, Ross with 13, junior center Amir Williams with 12 and Scott with 11.Sophomore guard Mike Gesell led the Hawkeyes with 16 points, and junior center Gabriel Olaseni added 14 off the bench.After the two straight road wins, OSU is set to come home Saturday and take on Purdue (13-9, 3-6). The Buckeyes last beat the Boilermakers, 78-69, Dec. 31 in West Lafayette, Ind. Tipoff for Saturday is set for 6 p.m. read more

Womens soccer OSU season ends in double overtime in second round of

The Ohio State University women’s soccer team compete in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament vs. Dayton. November 12, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s soccer team played through its very last whistle of the season Friday night as the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 West Virginia in a tightly contested 1-0 match. The Mountaineers defeated OSU in double-overtime in the 104th minute of the second round of the NCAA Tournament.West Virginia junior forward Michaela Abam sent a designed cross into the back of the net, just over the reach of OSU sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr, ending the game.West Virginia came into Friday night’s game as the top seed in the tournament, along with having bested the Buckeyes earlier in the regular season, 2-1.  The Mountaineers outshot OSU 26-5 on the night, but the Buckeyes defense did not break in regulation. Kerr kept the Buckeyes in the game with multiple key saves.Although the West Virginia offense dominated play throughout much of the game, Ohio State had several close goal-scoring opportunities.  In the 28th minute senior forward Nichelle Prince found her way past the Mountaineer defense, with a strike towards the left of the goal, but was saved by a diving stop.  Three minutes into the first overtime period, senior forward Lindsay Agnew had a one-on-one faceoff versus the goalkeeper, but was turned away.The Buckeyes finish the 2016 season with a record of 11-7-3 record after making the program’s 11th NCAA Tournament, and the seventh time in eight season read more

Geek deals 20 off WD TV Live streaming media player

first_imgCable TV is dead (to me at least). I haven’t had a traditional TV service since 2009, instead relying on web services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. I haven’t missed the ginormous cable bill and for the most part haven’t missed much in the way of content.Netflix has a reasonable selection of films, though not necessarily the newest, and Hulu has most of the TV shows covered. For those, like me, who have an addiction to a handful of popular shows, Netflix becomes a savior from boredom with the entire running of many a show.Initially, all of these services were only available on your PC. Being able to enjoy your favorite content on a PC was nice, though not ideal. For the majority of us who want to partake of these services on an existing home theater setup, devices like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were among the first to offer such access.Not long after, we finally saw lower-cost devices like the popular Roku that are dedicated to web streaming with custom software to access these popular services. As the popularity of web media streaming skyrocketed, more and more dedicated devices have sprung up.Western Digital’s entrant into the media streaming market is a strong one. WiFi is of course built in and they include support for all the major services: Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, MLB.TV, and more.The WD TV Live doesn’t stop at web services though, it has USB and network file sharing support, too. You can stream your favorite media from a network device or play it directly from a USB drive.For a limited time you can get the WD TV Live with a special 20% off coupon, bringing the price down to just $79.99 with free shipping.Visit LogicBuy for the WD TV Live media playerlast_img read more

LInserm sinquiète de limpact du bisphénol A sur la reproduction

first_imgL’Inserm s’inquiète de l’impact du bisphénol A sur la reproductionL’Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) a fait savoir son inquiétude concernant l’impact des substances chimiques comme le bisphénol A sur la reproduction de l’Homme.Récemment, l’Inserm a étudié cinq substances chimiques que l’on peut retrouver dans notre quotidien très facilement. Après avoir effectué plusieurs recherches, l’Institut a fait connaître son inquiétude concernant l’impact du bisphénol A sur la reproduction. En effet, il a regardé de près 1.200 études sur le sujet, se concentrant sur le bisphénol A, les parabènes, les composés perfluorés, les phtalates et les retardateurs de flammes, explique l’AFP, des substances auxquelles “la grande majorité de la population est exposée, y compris les femmes enceintes et les foetus”, précise l’Institut.À lire aussiPlastiques : l’alternative au bisphénol A ne serait pas meilleure pour la santéAprès étude, le spécialiste en épidémie environnementale appliquée à la reproduction à l’Inserm, Rémy Slama, a expliqué que le bisphénol A “est une substance relativement préoccupante par rapport aux autres […] On ne peut pas faire comme s’il n’y avait pas de danger”. Bien qu’interdit dans la fabrication de biberons depuis peu, le bisphénol A est pourtant encore largement utilisé dans la mise au point de produits du quotidien comme les bouteilles en plastique, les boîtes de conserve ou encore les amalgames dentaires. Principal facteur d’inquiétude pour les chercheurs : l’impact du bisphénol A sur la fertilité masculine. Ainsi, l’Inserm rappelle les résultats obtenus lors d’études sur des souris et des rats qui montrent “des effets même à faible dose au niveau du développement des organes de la reproduction et de la fonction de la reproduction”. Et bien que l’Institut reconnait que l’on “ne peut pas considérer que le bisphénol A, aux doses auxquelles la population générale est exposée, soit sans danger pour le versant masculin de la fonction de production”, il explique que “les études épidémiologiques disponibles ne sont pas suffisantes à ce jour pour permettre de confirmer ou d’infirmer chez l’Homme les effets à long terme observés chez l’animal”. Les chercheurs ont également observé, concernant les phtalates, que des études ont montré des effets indésirables sur l’animal mais seulement en dépassant largement les doses journalières tolérables, tandis que les retardateurs de flamme provoqueraient des effets irréversibles “qui pourraient avoir des répercussions sur la fonction de reproduction”. Le 19 avril 2011 à 13:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mariappa praises Watfords fans

first_imgFor the footballer, the Vicarage Road faithful were very loud in the Hornets victory over Everton last week.A single goal by Andre Gray was enough for Watford to secure a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday’s action in the English Premier League.And for teammate Adrian Mariappa, the fans at Vicarage Road were key for his team to get the victory.“I thought [the atmosphere] was incredible and I think it has been all season,” said Mariappa according to the team’s official website.“The crowd really get behind us, they sing, you see the banners before the game – it’s becoming a tough place to come to for opposing teams.”“The fans have been terrific – home and away – in every single game,” he added.“They really give us a good push, which is perfect for the club because everyone is pulling in the same direction, everyone has got a common goal.”“It was a good team performance, but I’m delighted for Andre, after his injury he’s fought hard to get back into the team,” said the defender.“Obviously he’s got his goal which is great for him and great for the team, and he’s got us three points as well.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We’re very blessed to have so many talented central-midfielders,” said the center-back.“Clevs came on, Nate came on and Domingos wasn’t even involved today.”“We’ve definitely got strength in depth in the midfield area. I thought [Doucouré] had a terrific game, he was driving us on, winning second balls,” he continued.“I’ve played against a lot of ex-managers, but I’m always just focused on us as a team.”“The media were always going to make a story of it, but for us, it was just another home game, a tough game, but an opportunity to get three points,” he concluded.Great catching up with my good friend Adrian Mariappa as ⁦@WatfordFC⁩ arrived at Wembley, good luck tonight my friend pic.twitter.com/qPN5hqv28I— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Son Heungmin excited ahead of Spurs clash with Dortmund

first_imgTottenham forward Son Heung-min will not dwell on his past feats against Borussia Dortmund ahead of tonight’s first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.After going winless in their opening three Group B games, Spurs produced a remarkable recovery to snatch second-place from Inter Milan on goal difference on the back of winning two of their final three matches.Now Mauricio Pochettino’s side will test their mettle against Bundesliga leaders Dortmund at Wembley tonight, where they hope to go one better than last season’s last-16 exit to Juventus.And Son, who previously played for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund and won six of those encounters.“I don’t know!” Son told the club website, when asked about his strong record against BVB.“Borussia Dortmund are one of the best teams in Germany, they are top of the table right now and it’s a special thing for me to play against them.“It’s always been an honour to play against them, especially as I’ve won most times! It’s always great to win against such a big team. That doesn’t matter though, it is history and I just want to focus on this game.“Football changes so quickly. Last season in the group stage they were still a great side but they’ve improved, they are even better than last season. It will be a very good game and I’m so excited to play against them again.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.German football expert Raphael Honigstein also warns that Spurs will be in for a tricky time against Dortmund, despite their recent injury problems.“Injuries at the back have come back to bite them a little in recent weeks,” said Honigstein.“Julian Weigl, who is normally a midfielder, has been filling in at centre-back because they’ve had many injuries – Manuel Akanji hasn’t played this year, Dan-Axel Zagadou isn’t quite right so they’ve been forced to make changes and they’ve suffered a little for it.“There was also an element of sloppiness involved against Hoffenheim (led 3-0 after 75 minutes, drew 3-3 on Saturday), they thought the game was won and they were much closer to scoring a fourth goal than Hoffenheim were to scoring but they were then caught cold. It was a similar story against Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup, where they conceded too many silly goals (drew 3-3, lost on penalties) and got knocked out.“However, in both of those games, the results actually mask the superiority of Dortmund for much of the games. They were in control, could have scored more goals and it’s only because their finishing wasn’t clinical that they allowed those teams back in and paid the price.“They have only lost once in the Bundesliga, they beat Bayern Munich, beat Atletico Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League – the heaviest defeat of the Diego Simeone era – and apart from losing against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano (in the return game in the UCL) their only defeat is at Fortuna Dusseldorf.“Okay, you could count the DFB Cup defeat on penalties, but in terms of 90 minutes they’ve only lost two games all season – that shows just how consistent they have been.”The match at Wembley between Spurs and Dortmund will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his teams third goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday May 12 2019

first_imgTwo Men And A Truck will pick up and deliver the collected items to partnering women’s shelters on or before Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12, 2019).Visit twomenandatruck.com/moversformoms for more information.#2) Take The Annual WCTV SurveyEach spring, WCTV conducts a community survey to get feedback on programming and hear how you watch content. PLEASE take a few minutes to complete this survey and then SHARE it with other people you know. WCT doesn’t get ratings, so this one of its better ways to see how people are watching our channels. At the end of the survey, you can put in your name to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published a dozen videos this week, including the Strings Spring Concert and Band Spring Concert. Watch this week’s videos HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSupport Two Men And A Truck’s ‘Movers For Moms’ Campaign; Drop-Off Boxes At 9 Wilmington BusinessesIn “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, May 12, 2019:#1) Happy Mother’s Day — Two Men And A Truck’s “Movers For Moms” CampaignA donation to Two Men And A Truck’s Movers For Moms will help local mothers in need create a better life for themselves and their families.Most needed items include:ToothpasteToothbrushesSoapBrushes and CombsChapstickBath TowelsShampooConditionerLotionDeodorantThe following drop-off donation locations are in Wilmington:Ristuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main St)UPS (668 Main Street, Unit 8)Pearl Vision (229 Main St)Interlink One (260-A Fordham Road, Ste 100)All Floorz (474 Main St)As Good As It Gets (35 Lowell St)Modern Electric (190R Main St, Ste 8)Rocco’s Restaurant (193 Main St)Wilmington Orthodontics (25 Lowell St)last_img read more

2019 Audi A6 picks up a 248hp 20liter gas engine for greater

first_img 2019 Audi A7 is one of the most well-rounded luxury cars… 2019 Audi A6: More tech to go with your luxury sedan 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Sedans Luxury cars Enlarge ImageThe A6 is still mighty attractive in base-trim form. Audi When the 2019 Audi A6 debuted, we were impressed with its comfort and technology, but when pricing information first surfaced, it only covered V6 variants of the midsize executive sedan, with Audi only saying that a four-cylinder model would arrive later. Now, almost a year after that pricing dropped, the inline-4 A6 has finally been announced.Audi on Monday unveiled the least-expensive 2019 A6 variant to date. Instead of a V6 with 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, there’s now a base variant with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 putting out 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. All-wheel drive remains standard, as is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The four-cylinder A6 also lacks the V6’s 48-volt mild hybrid system.This results in a net savings of $4,800. The V6 models start at $59,895, including $995 for destination, but the four-cylinder model’s Premium base trim comes in at a more palatable $55,095. There’s also a Premium Plus trim with more standard kit, raising the price to $58,795, which is still lower than the cheapest six-cylinder variant. It’s not like the four-cylinder A6 is a penalty box by any stretch. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, three-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats and Audi’s fantastic MMI Touch Response infotainment system, winner of the 2019 Roadshow Shift Award for Cabin Tech of the Year. You can still opt for more kit, though, exchanging hard-earned dollars for a heated steering wheel, seat ventilation, ambient lighting and Audi Virtual Cockpit, some of which is only available on the Premium Plus trim.While the EPA has not yet published data for the four-cylinder Audi, the V6 mild hybrid achieves an estimated 22 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway. More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro Comment Now playing: Watch this: 6:19 More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Tags Preview • Audi Share your voice 75 Photoslast_img read more

England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test Will the hosts find their footing

first_imgCaptains pose with the Ashes 2019 trophyTwitter / England CricketAfter a crushing defeat in the first Test, England would look to regroup at Lord’s cricket ground when the two teams meet for the second of the five matches in 2019 Ashes series. The Aussies seem to have got that spring back in their steps that had gone missing with the departure of David Warner and Steve Smith.England, on the other hand, have suffered the biggest loss possible for them in the form of James Anderson’s injury. The hosts have pinned their hopes on Jofra Archer’s pace to get them back into the series but to expect the young man to provide the same level of comfort as the person with more than 500 Test wickets is going too far.Smith, the keyStill, if England can get Smith out cheaply, it could prize open the English batting line-up and make it vulnerable to the wiles of the home team’s bowlers. Chris Woakes is usually at his best at Lord’s and he could prove to be the swing merchant that England need. Stuart Broad has also not done too badly in the first Test. Apart from Smith, he is bound to be a big threat for other batsmen. Smith is ready for another TestTwitterWill Archer deliver?Archer will be an x-factor. Sheer pace and the ability to bowl well in the death overs of an ODI innings doesn’t necessarily translate into success at the Test level. Will Archer be able to practice the art of bowling long spells on the same line and length and get the batsman to make a mistake? We don’t know. But that would be a crucial thing to watch.With Moeen Ali out of the team, Jack Leach gets an opportunity. The left-arm spinners seems like a good prospect for England. His disciplined line and length worked well in Sri Lanka and it would be interesting to see whether he can replicate that form against the Aussies.What’s wrong with Warner?Pressure would be high on both David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Both batsmen couldn’t make a big mark in the first Test. Shane Warne predicted that while Warner and Bancroft won’t be too bothered by the crowd’s hostile reaction, Smith may feel a little disturbed.However, the reverse seems to be happening. Smith looks like a person fully absorbed in the game and without much concern for what the crowd is doing. On the other hand, Warner may have let some of the negativity get under his skin. The latter does need to take some of the pressure of scoring off the shoulders of Smith.Luckily for Australia, two other batsmen found form – Matthew Wade and Travis Head. It just goes to show that when one high-quality batsman scores runs, he lifts the level of the rest of the team. However, one musn’t expect Smith to be getting runs in every innings. If he fails, then Australia would face their real test. Archer will make his debut in the second TestTwitterEngland, on the other hand, would be delighted at their opener Rory Burns finding form. The search for openers has been going on for a long time. At least momentarily, one of the spots seems fully occupied. The middle order may not have delivered in the first Test, but there is enough quality there for the supporters to be sure that someone will stand up from among them and get a good score.Lastly, the pitch is going to play a huge role. Dry surfaces won’t be liked by England after watching Nathan Lyon in action in the first game. But at this very ground – Lord’s – England also collapsed against Ireland on a green surface. So, what England would probably want is a normal wicket that is good for batting but possessing some help for swing and seam bowlers. Whether such a pitch is available or not is a different question.last_img read more

PlayStation 4 expected to cost around 430 at launch

first_imgOn February 20 Sony is expected to not only reveal the PlayStation 4 console, but also a new racing game courtesy of Evolution Studios, and a new FPS from Guerilla Games. Now it seems we’ve got the Japanese press predicting what the price of the new machine will be when it launches later this year.The expected price of the console has been set at 40,000 yen. That’s roughly $430. It’s a big saving over what the PS3 launched at, which was $500. Such a price would also instantly put it in contention with the Wii U, which sells for $375 (Deluxe Edition), while at the same time being vastly more powerful than Nintendo’s machine.A cheaper launch price shouldn’t really come as a shock to anyone. Remember, when the PS3 launched Blu-ray was a very new and expensive technology. Sony also used the Cell architecture, which again wasn’t exactly cheap. This time around Blu-ray is still the disc format of choice, but drives are now very cheap. Sony is also expected to be using a much more PC-like set of components, which again will save on manufacturing costs. The PS4 may still sell at a loss, but it won’t be anywhere near as bad as the $800-$1000 per unit costs we were hearing for the first generation PS3s.Sony will also want to be aggressive on price because the launch looks likely to happen at the same time or slightly ahead of the next Xbox. If possible, the price needs to match or undercut Microsoft’s machine. However, if the always-connected rumor turns out to be true, not many people will be buying the new Xbox anyway.last_img read more

Security Alert Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Trust Digital has proven that an attacker with the right knowledge and toolkits can remotely hijack a phone by sending an SMS message to it. The attack would be most effective if it took place in the middle of the night while you are asleep. Foldable phone opens into large OLED screen These attacks are real and can originate from any where in the world. Trust Digital recently announced software called EMM 8.0 that can help organizations protect employee phones from these types of attacks. For detailed information about EMM 8.0 software, please visit the Trust Digital Web site.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Security Alert: Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your Phone (2009, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-beware-sms-messages.html The attack, on your phone, would start by receiving a text message that would automatically start up the web browser and direct it to malicious Web site. The site would then download an executable file to the phone and steal all your personal data. The following video demonstrates this:last_img read more

Partnership unveils healthcare robot coach Autom

first_img Explore further Citation: Partnership unveils healthcare robot coach: Autom (2012, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-partnership-unveils-healthcare-robot-autom.html © 2012 Phys.org PCH International is partnering with Intuitive Automata to create and bring to market what the two are calling a “healthcare robot coach.” They have named it Autom (a homophone of autumn). The purpose of the robot is to help people develop healthy eating habits. It sits on a table or countertop and serves as a tool to help people track what they eat, and also offers encouraging comments to help people achieve eating goals. Robot takes on battle of the bulge Autom speaks to its owner and follows his or her movements with its eyes, though only when touch activated. It also has a touch screen embedded in its belly that allows the user to enter food information. The robot can be used to track the caloric content of meals consumed or those being considered by accessing, via WiFi, an online database maintained by Intuitive. The company claims it has entered information for over 75,000 food items including those from many nationally known restaurants. The robot can also display historical information on its belly screen in a variety of formats, including graphs, to help users compare actual eating habits with objectives. The robot also offers encouraging comments to help the user eat the foods that are good for them and to avoid those that are not. In addition to following a person around a room with its eyes, Autom can blink or wink to add emotional heft to its encouraging commentary. Representatives from Intuitive say that the robot format, as compared to apps on a smartphone, allow for bonding to occur between human and machine, which in the end helps users achieve their eating goals via a relationship that develops between the two – similar to the benefit people derive from hiring a human healthcare specialist. Comments on the Autom website suggest that potential customers view the robot as a personal coach, akin to a human counterpart, because company engineers have programmed the Autom to learn about the person being coached and to adjust encouraging comments accordingly. They also announce that Autom will be available by the second quarter of next year and will cost $199, with an additional $19 surcharge per month for access to the online database. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Going the Swadeshi way

first_imgArtists and master craftsmen from across the country have come together for a one-of-its kind display of handicrafts, herbal beauty products, khadi dresses and indigenous jewellery as Khadi Village Industries Commission showcases the rich cultural and artistic skills of Indian craftsmen at the India International Trade Fair (IITF).The khadi pavilion at Hall no 15 is themed around India’s efforts for achieving ‘inclusive growth’ that puts focus on the importance of promoting small and medium enterprises and indigenous artists and tribal craftsmen to achieve a balanced growth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The stalls will have a wide variety of beautiful and remarkably crafted products including dress material of khadi cotton, khadi silk, khadi polyvastra, khadi woolen, fabrics hand spun and woven by Indian weavers and artists. For those who love the indigenous khadi wear, this is a perfect one stop shop.For others who are interested in the beautiful handicrafts prepared by village artisan and tribal artists will also have plenty of things to pick up, from wood carvings, bamboo furniture, eco friendly hand made products and tribal jewellery. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlso on the shelves are organic spices that will enrich your food along with food items like honey, pickles, jams and sauces prepared by village men and women to stir your taste buds.‘Indian artisans and craftsmen possess tremendous skill and craft. The products produced by them are loved across the world. However, in a rapidly changing society preserving the art and craft of India’s indigenous craftsmen is important not only for cultural reasons but also for economic reasons. If we need to achieve inclusive growth, we need to make sure the talents and USPs of out village artisans and tribal craftsmen are given ample support,’ says S P Singh, Resident Representative, KVIC. For those who prefer the organic when it comes to skincare and bodycare, the pavilion will also have stalls with ayurvedic skincare products. Be it the bamboo work from the North East India or the cotton muslin khadi from Bengal, or embroidered woolen shawls and dresses from Jammu and Kashmir, at the KVIC pavilion you will find all under one roof. So, turn Swadeshi this week. Get a taste of the rich Indian art and craft and the fantastic fabric called khadi.last_img read more

Mindful Yoga for absolute beginners

first_imgIf you have been delaying the idea of a healthy lifestyle, start today. Yoga is a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. With a large number of people, concerned about their health and lifestyle due to hectic schedule, yoga is clearly being preferred over vigorous gym sessions and heavy weight workouts to remain stress free and healthy.”There is no doubt that yoga is the only hope left when nothing works, especially in the case of mental illness. It keeps our mind calm and concentrated as it the best stress buster to carry on with your daily routine,” says Deepak Jha, a yoga expert. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you’re new to yoga, don’t jump into tough positions. Begin with these basic asanas which can practice twice a week and gradually make it a part of your daily routine:Tadasana (Mountain pose)Stand erect with your feet together and your arms at your sides while breathing steadily and rhythmically and then lift and stretch your toes and the balls of your feet, balance your body weight on your feet lifting your ankles as you inhale and stay there for seconds. Again get back on your feet comfortably while exhaling. Repeat this asana for 3-5 long breaths so all your body muscles are stretched properly and lungs relaxes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSukhasna (Padmaasana)It is a comfortable position meditation. You just have to sit comfortably on the mat with crossed legs. Keeping your spine straight, place your hands on your knees and focus on thinking nothing. This asana takes the yoga practice beyond its physical dimension and helps you get in touch with your spiritual side. Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose)Thunderbolt pose is great for stomach, liver and uterus. It also strengthens the lower back and straightens the spine. It is a pose that comes when you kneel and sit on your knees, bringing your hips on your heels.last_img read more

Julian Edelman and Sean McVay Played Against Each Other Twice in College

first_imgSean McVay and Julian Edelman are both 32 years old, but reside on the opposite ends of the age spectrum in their respective positions of employment. The two will meet in the Super Bowl in a coach vs. player showdown, but they’ve met on a football field as players back in college.Both Edelman and McVay are MAC veterans and played twice while Edelman was the QB or Kent State and McVay was a fairly productive receiver with Miami of Ohio. The games were a split, with Edelman leading the Golden Flashes to a win with a 260 yard passing day and a score in 2006, and Miami winning 20-13 in 2007, despite 93 Edelman rushing yards and 260 through the air. McVay had 4 catches for 47 yards in 2006 and 3 for 37 in 2007 as a Miami wideout.The rubber match in this series obviously has a little more on the line than homecoming in Oxford.The only footage we found is from the 2007 game, but here are a couple of highlights from both. Two guys headed for NFL stardom crossing on different paths to NFL stardom is always an interesting moment in the space-time continuum. McVay only had three catches, but did make a nice 23-yard grab to get Miami into scoring position. The announcers reference his family’s NFL credentials during the replay: Advertisementcenter_img Edelman didn’t find the endzone, but made a nice little scramble here. Belichick saw something he liked while Jules was running for his life on a weekly basis and running the read-option for the Golden Flashes:last_img read more

Montgomery FHA Cannot and Should Not Be Taken for Granted

first_img October 24, 2018 562 Views On Wednesday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner, Brian Montgomery, shared his vision for the FHA, touching upon initiatives that the agency is undertaking to fulfill its mission of providing affordable housing for low- to middle-income buyers, minorities, and other vulnerable population in America.He was speaking at the seventh annual AEI-CRN conference on housing markets and finance, where experts from a variety of backgrounds shared lessons learned from their efforts to objectively measure housing risk and apply it to today’s market conditions. On the current priorities at the FHA, Montgomery said that his focus was on strengthening three aspects of the agency—staying true to its core mission of providing affordable housing for first-time low- to middle-income homebuyers and minorities; strengthening the agency’s capital by “sharing the integrity of our endorsements and attracting the best lender partners”; and appropriately managing risk for borrowers and partners of the taxpayers whose “hard-earned dollars are at work.”“We’re not looking at gobbling the market share of the private sector, but we are about affordable housing, we are about access to credit for first-time low- to moderate-income and minority homebuyers and we perform the heroic and counter-cyclical role in times of duress,” he said giving insights into the agency’s focus areas and why the FHA’s stewardship “cannot and should not be taken for granted.”In an upcoming interview on his second coming as FHA Commissioner with DS News, out on November 1, Montgomery had estimated that 70 percent of new homebuyers will be minorities in 20 years, with Latinos leading the pack in terms of FHA purchases. “Because of its unique ability to serve these cohorts— particularly minorities—the FHA is going to be of growing importance in the coming years,” he said.At the conference, he touched upon the FHA’s role as a mortgage insurer saying that the agency was the largest mortgage insurer in the U.S. a single-family portfolio that exceeds $1.2 trillion. Adding its commercial insurance portfolio and healthcare facilities the portfolio’s value rose to $1.3 trillion.As a comparison, when Montgomery took over the job for the first time in 2005, the portfolio was at $375 billion. “The current $1.3 trillion book means that we have a huge fiduciary responsibility to the public,” he said. “Ultimately we must operate programs that are sustainable for borrowers, renters, taxpayers, and all our stakeholders.”Highlighting some of the housing trends the FHA has seen, Montgomery said that over the first three quarters of 2018 the agency had seen a rise in risk indicators like rising home prices and though their increase had certainly seen some benefit such as rising home equity that has resulted in real equity returns for homeowners, the rising home prices could also lead to “imbalances in the housing market, especially when there’s a severe discrepancy between the supply and demand for housing.”Additionally, he said that though interest rates remained relatively historically low, they moderated the impact on the affordability of housing. Touching upon FHA’s recent changes to its reverse mortgage program called Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program, Montgomery said that last fall the FHA had made important adjustments to this program which had drained $14.5 billion during the year from the mutual mortgage insurance fund and continues to be heavily subsidized. The FHA is working to improve the viability of the program to ensure that taxpayers don’t have to bail it out in future. Montgomery said that after a careful analysis the team had found that inflated appraisal values on HECM properties were “more common than we initially thought. So beginning October 1, we put measures in place to try and correct these biases. We will be looking at all HECM appraisals submitted and we may require a second appraisal if our reviews showed that there was an inflated value.” He is also focusing the team’s efforts on taking the requisite care of the administration’s forward book. “We are seeing things in the book that is giving us pause and we continue to examine our single-family credit box. We are looking at the risk characteristics of some of the current policies regarding down payment assistance, cash out refinances and DTI ratios,” Montgomery told the audience. “We need to be vigilant about fraud and lending schemes and we cannot allow bad actors to populate our business.”Technology was a key area that Montgomery said he was keen to update at the FHA. “Ensuring we have the right technology to manage the risk of our portfolio I think is just good governance,” he said. “My highest priority has been to move FHA into the 21st century and beyond to ensure that we are able to serve the people who rely on us.” For this, Montgomery said that they needed not only state-of-the-art technology but also data analytics that were on par with the rest of the industry. However, he clarified that the agency didn’t plan to build a proprietary system but would seek to share systems with other agencies where possible to ensure this. Montgomery: “FHA Cannot and Should Not Be Taken for Granted” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img American Enterprise Institute FHA Homebuyers Lending mortgage Mortgage Insurance technology 2018-10-24 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

conferenceFlight CentreSouth Africa TourismSouth A

first_imgconferenceFlight CentreSouth Africa TourismSouth African Airways 120 Flight Centre Store Managers will be travelling to South Africa for their upcoming Leadership Conference in August, hosted by South African Tourism and South African Airways.The announcement was made at the Flight Centre Western Australia & Northern Territory Annual End of Financial Year Ball in front of over 1,000 guests. Many of the managers have never travelled to South Africa, despite it being an incredibly popular destination for leisure travellers.South African Tourism will host the group across three provinces to highlight the diversity of experiences that South Africa has to offer.IMAGE: Cape Townlast_img