Coolpad Cool Play 6 with 4600mAh battery, dual rear camera set up launched

first_imgChinese company Coolpad has unveiled a new smartphone named Cool Play 6 in its home country. The smartphone has been announced at 1499 Yuan and will be sold in Gold and Black colour variants. The phone sports a metal build and the main highlight of the phone is its dual rear-camera set up. The smartphone also features a fingerprint scanner at the back along with the company’s logo.The Cool Play 6 sports a 5.5-inch fullHD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The smartphone dons a metal unibody design giving phone a premium look. In terms of storage, Cool Play 6 comes loaded with 6GB RAM along with massive 64GB internal storage which can be expanded via microSD card. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 653 64-bit octa-core processor paired with Adreno 510 GPU.  Cool Play 6 runs latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with company’s custom UI on top. Cool Play 6 is backed by a non-removable 4060 mAh battery which claims to offer to up to 252 hours on standby.Also Read: Coolpad Note 5 Lite with 3GB RAM, front LED flash launched at Rs 8,199On the camera front, Cool Play 6 comes with a 13MP dual rear camera set up with phase detection autofocus and dual tone LED flash technology. On the front is an 8MP selfie-shooter with /2.2 aperture. The dual SIM smartphone includes connectivity options like VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB Type-C port. The device will go on sale starting May 16 in China with no words on India availability yet.Coolpad recently launched its budget smartphone-Coolpad Note 5 Lite in India. The smartphone is an addition to company’s Note 5 series and come with a sleek metal body design. The device is available in Gold and Grey colour variants. On the specs front, Note 5 Lite sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with scratch resistant 2.5D curved glass on top. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by quad-core MediaTek MT6745 processor, Mali-T720 GPU paired with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone is backed by 2,500mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

Colon On, Mets Take Phils, 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Just like all his (much) younger teammates, Bartolo Colon loves to face the Phillies.Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and the New York Mets got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending their dominant run against Philadelphia with a 3-1 victory on Aug. 31.New York increased its NL East lead to 6 1-2 games over second-place Washington, which lost 8-5 in St. Louis.“I feel really proud,” Colon said through a translator. “The team needed a day like today, especially the bullpen.”The Mets improved to 13-1 against last-place Philadelphia this season with their 10th consecutive win over their division rival. They have won 24-of-29 versus the Phillies dating to last year.After throwing seven shutout innings Aug. 26 in Philadelphia during New York’s four-game sweep, the 42-year-old Colon (12-11) was one better this time.He struck out nine, walked one and yielded four harmless singles on an 89-degree night, pushing his scoreless streak to a season-high 16 innings.“He’s incredible,” Conforto said. “He’s masterful with the way he pitches, so it’s very fun to watch.”The beefy right-hander tossed an inning Aug. 29 against Boston on his regular throw day to spare a tired bullpen, his first relief appearance since April 2011 with the Yankees. And he even helped himself at the plate, hitting a two-out single in front of Granderson’s 23rd homer.“I think he got a little frustrated when he went through that streak where things weren’t working very good. And the last two times out, he’s actually thrown a couple times between starts,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “The fact he’s throwing a bit more, he’s found his command, he’s found his release point. He’s pitched great.”Colon was lifted for a pinch-hitter after throwing 73 of 100 pitches for strikes — and closer Jeurys Familia immediately loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. But he broke Jeff Francoeur’s bat on a run-scoring double play, then won an eight-pitch standoff with Andres Blanco.Blanco nearly hit a tying homer, but threw his head back in disappointment when his drive curled just foul in the right-field corner. Familia fanned Blanco with a 99 mph fastball for his 36th save in 41 attempts, ending a crisp game that took only 2 hours, 23 minutes.Conforto hit a solo shot off fellow rookie Jerad Eickhoff (1-2) in the fifth, an opposite-field drive to left-center. Colon singled for his career-best seventh hit of the season, and Granderson homered to right.“I’m happy with Eickhoff’s performance. He pitched really well,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “I think he learned that you can’t take pitchers for granted, especially a guy that just swings.”Eickhoff, acquired from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels, allowed four hits over seven innings in his third major league start. He’s lost the past two to Colon, who has won all four outings vs. the Phillies this year and is 7-1 with a 2.78 ERA against them in two seasons with the Mets.“When he’s on like tonight, his ball is moving everywhere,” Francoeur said. “People are like, that he throws 85 percent fastballs and that’s true to an extent — but his fastball can range from 85 to 93 (mph). … He knows how to pitch.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgA former lottery computer programmer has pleaded guilty in Iowa to running a criminal scheme that allowed him to collect millions of dollars in lottery winnings in four other states.Former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton on Thursday admitted that he manipulated the computer software he designed, allowing him to provide winning numbers to his brother and others.Iowa lottery C-E-O Terry Rich talked about the pending plea earlier this week:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..will be solved. :09Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says Tipton, his brother Tommy Tipton and Texas businessman Robert Rhodes will repay $2.2 million in prizes they improperly claimed in Colorado, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Kansas:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….most cases though. :21Iowa prosecutors will ask for a 25-year prison sentence for Eddie Tipton.Tommy Tipton also pleaded guilty Thursday in Iowa and was sentenced to 75 days in jail.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Arsenal ease past Nottingham Forest 5-0 after Gabriel Martinelli’s double

first_imgShare on Facebook 6 Milosevic Read more Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 8 Ceballos Possession 28 Willock 77 Saka 37 Adomah 32 Smith-Rowe Fouls Total control, an absence of alarms in any form, and enough positives to suggest more nights of this clarity might lie ahead. This was such a dominant, sleek victory that it must have felt as if it was happening to another football club but Arsenal are entitled to ascribe it some longer-term significance. On another occasion the return of Héctor Bellerín, who was roared on to the pitch as a substitute and promptly set up their third goal with his first contribution after nine months out, might have been the obvious good news story but this time it was difficult to know where to start.Provisions must be made for the fact Nottingham Forest, distracted by a Championship promotion campaign that resumes on Friday, were present in little more than name. But there were visions of Arsenal as they might yet be. They have missed the composure of Rob Holding, sidelined for a similar period to Bellerín, but saw him rise confidently on his first appearance since December for the header that doubled their lead.A fit Kieran Tierney might well have illuminated the season’s early weeks and now, on his debut, he could be seen tearing up the left flank and delivering a stream of smart crosses. Gabriel Martinelli, who scored their first and last goals, looks an outstanding prospect at centre-forward while Joe Willock suggested further what we already know: that there are few 20-year-old midfielders with comparable potential in English football.“It was a good result and we can be positive that we have different options for different matches,” Unai Emery said. Martinelli, who is 18, looks a serious one. Arsenal’s young recruits from South America have often disappeared after being subjected to obscure loan spells but there is something different about the Brazilian, who careered on to an excellent volleyed cross from Calum Chambers to thud in the opener and then curled a deflected fifth at the end. 19 Arsenal Off target 4 Nottm Forest 8 Arsenal On target 1 Nottm Forest Lineups 33 Macey Substitutes Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn match reports Arsenal NOT ARS 26 Martinez Share on Twitter Arsenal Goal attempts 10 Ozil 28 Tiago Silva Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest 2 Bellerin 20 Mustafi (s 45′) 7 Grabban 5 4 “He deserves it,” Emery said. “He has worked and trained with big spirit and a big performance.” Martinelli showed impressive strength and footwork throughout. Willock, who has a happy knack of arriving in threatening areas, stood out too and was the beneficiary of Bellerín’s overlap and centre in the 77th minute. With a moment like that, it was as if the Spain international had never been away; Emery said he had wanted to play the entire 90 minutes but must be patient, with Monday’s game at Manchester United also likely to be too soon for a start.Not to worry: Chambers, an unexpected success as stand-in right-back against Aston Villa on Sunday, shone again in that position and then switched flanks upon Bellerín’s introduction, subsequently setting up a finish on the stretch from Reiss Nelson for number four. He must have felt far from view during last season’s loan with a desperate Fulham but, at 24, looks ready to contribute if he can nail down a position.That is a debate for another day. The only semblance of a cloud for Arsenal on this one was the first-half departure of Emile Smith Rowe, who went off on a stretcher as a precaution after taking a blow to the head. Even Mesut Özil’s wheeling-out as captain, which could have been pored over if things had gone differently, generally escaped scrutiny.“I think the game for us in 90 minutes was very consistent,” Emery concluded and, if that becomes a familiar refrain, expectations of Arsenal may have to be adjusted yet again. NOT33ARS67% (s 71′) 38 Baloguncenter_img 11 Torreira 15 0 (s 81′) 11 Cash 3 Tierney 36 Chema 3 Tobias Figueiredo (s 77′) (s 59′) Carabao Cup 16 Holding 2 Yuri Ribeiro Corners 35 Martinelli Tottenham crash out of Carabao Cup to Colchester on penalties 49 Muric 21 Sow 48 Mighten 10 Joao Carvalho Match stats Nottingham Forest (s 78′) 46 Lawrence-Gabriel 40 Bola Topics 33 67 40 Johnson 12 Smith 18 Robinson 41 Burton 19 Ameobi 21 Chambers 23 Lolley Nottm Forest Substitutes 24 Nelson Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Redmi Note 7 Pro, Motorola One Vision and Galaxy M40: Best smartphones you can buy under Rs 20,000 in July

first_img Next Redmi Note 7 Pro, Motorola One Vision and Galaxy M40: Best smartphones you can buy under Rs 20,000 in JulyOver the last one month, we have seen a couple of new additions to this category from Motorola, Samsung and Vivo. Under Rs 20,000, they offer the complete package at a reasonable price.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 13:12 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe all-rounder from Xiaomi – the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a phone that’s good at everything.The Motorola One Vision has been the surprise package this year.Vivo wants to play hard in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with a feature-rich device and the Z1 Pro is exactly that.Premium flagship phones are the ultimate phone to buy if you can’t withstand any compromise. However, if you are restrained to a tight budget, there are a couple of phones that you can get for less than Rs 20,000 in the market. These may not be the all-rounders you get in the premium segments but you will be assured that these phones offer the basics right and then some more.Over the last few months, we have seen a couple of new addition to this category form major players. Samsung released its Galaxy M40 with a powerful Snapdragon 675 chipset whereas Motorola came back with a bang with its One Vision. Also, the good old Poco F1 still stays as the preference for power users looking to get flagship-grade performance from a mid-teir phone.Without further delay, let’s look at some of the smartest options you can consider under Rs 20,000.Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in July 2019Redmi Note 7 Pro (from Rs 13,999)The all-rounder from Xiaomi – this is a phone that’s good at everything. It looks stunning with its striking gradient colours, has a great 48-megapixel camera at the back for taking good photos at any time, a long-lasting battery and a big display. With a Snapdragon 675 chip, the phone can handle most mundane tasks with ease. At Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard, making it a great value. Motorola One Vision (at Rs 19,999)The Motorola One Vision has been the surprise package this year. The One Vision sports a uniquely slim 21:9 display that’s tall as well. The screen is perfect for watching videos or movies shot in the 21:9 format, thereby making for an immersive viewing experience. The rear camera’s Night mode takes excellent photos with lots of sharpness. The stock Android interface sprinkled with Moto Experiences makes for clean and smooth user experience. And more than everything, it looks gorgeous and is easily the most beautiful phone you can buy under Rs 20,000.advertisementVivo Z1 Pro (from Rs 14,990)Vivo wants to play hard in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with a feature-rich device and the Z1 Pro is exactly that. The Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 675 chipset, a fullscreen display with a hole-punch cutout for the camera and a triple camera setup at the back – what else one needs. Also, the Z1 Pro gets Vivo’s stunning gradient colour schemes, making for a portable fashion statement on the move. And when you consider the starting price of Rs 15,990, it’s an unbeatable bargain. Samsung Galaxy M40 (from Rs 19,990)The Galaxy M40 is Samsung’s answer to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro. Even though it’s expensive, it offers an unbeatable package – a Snapdragon 675 chipset, an LCD display with a hole-punch cutout, a triple camera setup and 6GB RAM – this is easily a power package. The combination of a 32MP main camera along with an 8MP wide-angle camera and 5MP depth camera is extremely versatile. And, it comes in striking gradient colours.Poco F1 (from Rs 17,999)If unbeatable specifications are all you want, the Poco F1 is just for you. It can blow away all the phones mentioned here with its Snapdragon 845 chipset – the flagship chip from last year. Coupled with a 4000mAh battery and big 6.18-inch Full HD+ LCD display, this is one of the best phones for power users who love gaming. Even the cameras are quite good and they can impress shutterbugs easily. However, the plastic build and the dated design with a huge display notch can take away from the premium feel.ALSO READ | Galaxy M30, Galaxy S10+ Galaxy A50: Samsung has many Galaxy phones, here is a list of phones worth buyingALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7S, Poco F1: Best Xiaomi phones to buy in India right nowALSO READ | 5 premium yet affordable phones worth buying in mid-2019: OnePlus 7, Asus 6z, Honor 20 and two moreGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow SamsungFollow MotorolaFollow vivolast_img read more

Un plus grand nombre doptions de crédits de développement personnel offert aux

first_img « Le crédit de développement personnel permet aux élèves de recevoir un apprentissage à différents sujets dans un environnement communautaire qui complète l’apprentissage en classe, a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Lorsque les élèves acquièrent de nouvelles compétences, vivent de nouvelles expériences et établissent des liens plus solides avec leur communauté, tout le monde est gagnant. » Grâce au crédit de développement personnel, les élèves du deuxième cycle du secondaire ont plus d’options pour répondre aux exigences liées à l’obtention du diplôme. Le programme permet aux élèves d’obtenir un demi-crédit ou un plein crédit facultatif. « Le crédit de développement personnel 4-H est un excellent programme qui assure la reconnaissance du travail des élèves dans le cadre du programme 4-H, selon Nicole MacEachern, assistante d’été du programme 4-H pour la région du Cap-Breton. Ce crédit d’étude secondaire de deuxième cycle démontre aux futurs employeurs, aux universités et aux comités responsables des bourses qu’en plus de travailler fort, nous avons assumé avec succès un rôle de leadership dans notre communauté, dans le cadre du programme 4-H. » Pour pouvoir devenir prestataire reconnu, les organismes doivent offrir des services communautaires dans le domaine du leadership, des arts ou des langues qui répondent aux normes présentées dans la politique relative aux crédits de développement personnel. Pour savoir comment devenir un prestataire reconnu ou pour participer au programme à titre d’élève, consultez le Les élèves ont maintenant un plus grand nombre d’options de crédits de développement personnel grâce à l’ajout de trois nouveaux organismes partenaires pour l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Les nouveaux prestataires sont les suivants : La Croix-Rouge canadienne, programme des moniteurs en sécurité aquatique The Catapult Leadership Society, Catapult Plus L’Association forestière de la Nouvelle-Écosse, programme Envirothonlast_img read more

Facebook says its getting better at removing hate speech

first_imgNEW YORK — Facebook says it’s making progress on deleting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules and detecting problems before users see them.The company released its second report Thursday detailing how it enforces community standards on hate, nudity and other posts. Compared with its May report, Facebook says it has doubled the amount of hate speech it detects proactively, before users report violations. The new report covers April to September.The report comes a day after The New York Times published an extensive report about the company’s strategy it described as “delay, deny and deflect” to deal with crisis after crisis over the past two years. This included hiring a Washington public relations firm, Definers, to discredit opponents. Facebook said Thursday it has cut ties with the firm.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Muslim Preacher Lashes Out at Moroccan Teacher Trainees

Taroudante – In a recent article, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Ahmed Raissouni lashed out at teacher trainees, describing their nearly six-month strike as “chaotic and demagogic.”The Former president of the Islamic Unification and Reform Movement (URM), the advocacy arm of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), said that he wouldn’t allow his grandchildren to be taught by any of the current teacher trainees if they were given the chance to teach during the next school year.The Moroccan scholar said that the protests by the teacher trainees pose a threat to the educational system in the country. He added that, “we are facing a new generation of potential teachers who wanted – they and those who support them- to force the government and parliament to change the constitutional laws adopted through protesting for nearly the whole school year.”The scholar said that these teacher trainees wanted to become full-fledged teachers by their own terms and without any conditions.Raissouni said that, “we thought that Morocco has overcome…demagogy and chaos,” adding that this calamity showed that those behind this mess “still have their feet firmly in the ranks of many political and trade leaders and others who have abandoned the principles and spirit of responsibility and citizenship.”The Moroccan scholar added that the “work in [the] public sector has become a comfortable refuge and safe haven for a lot of lay and idle workers.”The scholar concluded his article by asking the public to imagine how these teacher trainees might behave towards administrative staff and their students, given the fact that they dealt with the state’s decrees in a careless and disobedient manner. read more

Japanese accident offers lessons for world on nuclear safety – UN team

22 June 2011The accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power station after the earthquake and tsunami in March offers lessons for the whole world on how to improve nuclear safety, according to the United Nations fact-finding mission that carried out a recent assessment. Last month, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent an international fact-finding mission to Japan to make a preliminary assessment of the safety issues linked with the accident, nearly three months after the disaster which struck on 11 March.The mission’s team leader, Mike Weightman, presented its report today at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, which is being hosted by the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. “We must as a world seek every opportunity to learn lessons from incidents, accidents and extreme events such as what happened at Fukushima,” said Mr. Weightman, the Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations of the United Kingdom. The preliminary conclusions and lessons to be learned have been shared and discussed with Japanese officials and experts. They fall broadly under three areas: external hazards, severe accident management and emergency preparedness.The mission’s report contains 15 conclusions and 16 lessons for the international community to consider so that it can take advantage of the “unique opportunity” created by the Fukushima accident to seek to learn and improve global nuclear safety.“One of the main findings is to never be complacent. We must seek to improve as we go forward,” said Mr. Weightman. The lessons also cover issues such as the basic design basis for plants, making sure they are compatible with the circumstances around them and ensuring that they cover extreme events, as well as making sure they have essential safety equipment that can survive these events and deliver the “prime safety functions of containment, control and cooling,” he added. “For me the essence of nuclear safety in a sustained way is about continuous improvement, which really is the bedrock of nuclear safety,” said Mr. Weightman.At the start of the conference on Monday, participants adopted a declaration calling for stronger national and international measures to ensure the highest and most effective levels of nuclear safety in the wake of the Japanese accident.The declaration added that safety standards should be continuously reviewed, strengthened and implemented as broadly and effectively as possible, and encouraged States with nuclear plants to conduct “comprehensive risk and safety assessments of their nuclear power plants in a transparent manner” in response to the accident in Japan. read more

Former LTTE weapons expert arrested in India

The other accused are: C Dinesh Kumar, 27, CR Camp in Paramathiveloor taluk in Nammakal district; Rajeev Gandhi alias Kandan, 28, CR Camp in Alamkundi taluk in Pudukkottai district; Maria Jamsan, 22, Valayapet in Vellore district; Shivakumar, 28, SLR Camp in Thirumangalam taluk in Madurai district; S Ravichandran, 30, SLR camp Thirumangalam district; Mahendran, 41, Kumbdipundi post in Thiruvalluvar district; S Suresh, 26, Thoppukkollai camp in Pudukkottai; Mariya Siran, 33, Alangudi taluk in Pudukkottai; Siraj, 37, SICO Housing unit, Coimbatore post; Yakoob, 40, of Kuniyamuthur of Coimbatore; and Saleem, Gramini Street, Valajapet in Vellore district in TN. Thirteen agents – 12 of them Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees – who lured 84 gullible of their ilk for a boat ride to Australia from India for a better life, are now cooling their heels behind bars.The agents include Thavarassa, 46, of Okkaveelbeed, Tulkai in Sri Lanka. A former LTTE soldier, who by very admission of city police officials in Mangalore, has more knowledge about fire arms and rocket launchers than most policemen put together. Shahjahan, 33, Koyyamarkad of Kanjikod post, Palakkad district is the lone Indian among the 13 arrested agents.Pratap Reddy, in-charge city police chief, said a case has been booked against the accused under Sections 120 B read with Section 420 of Indian Penal Code, along with Section 14 of Foreigners Act and paragraph 5 of Foreigners Order in Mangalore North (Bunder) police station. Police are mapping the activities of each of these 13 agents and their exact role in facilitating the trafficking of these Sri Lankan Tamilian refugees to Australia. (TOI) read more

Duminda Silva returns

Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in the shooting incident in October 2011 and Silva was seen as one of the main suspects in the murder.Silva is now scheduled to appear in court over the case on March 14. The police said that he has been placed under police remand at a private hospital. The Attorney General’s department had recently instructed the police to file a case against MP Silva over the incident. According to the instructions issued by the AG, the CID has also been told to file cases against 12 others in relation to the case. Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of late government member Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, had told the Colombo Gazette recently that she fears for her life as the case gathers steam again.Premachandra also raised hope that justice will finally be meted out against her father’s killers. (Colombo Gazette) Parliamentarian Duminda Silva returned to the island early this morning, sources close to him claimed.Silva was receiving treatment in Singapore for the injuries he suffered during a shooting incident in 2011 in which presidential adviser Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed. read more

Prosecution rests in 1st case against Malaysias exPM Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian prosecutors have wrapped up their case against former Prime Minister Najib Razak in his first corruption trial after five months, paving the way for his second court case to begin.Prosecutors said Tuesday they were resting their case against Najib after questioning 57 witnesses. The judge will hear the prosecution’s closing arguments Oct. 22 and will rule on Nov. 11 whether Najib should enter his defence.Najib faces 42 charges of corruption, abuse of power and money laundering in five separate criminal cases linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund after his shocking election ouster last year.Najib, 65, denies wrongdoing and accuses Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government of seeking political vengeance.His second trial is due to begin Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Fox network sports channels go dark for Dish customers

NEW YORK — Fox’s cable sports networks and some local Fox stations have gone dark for customers of satellite TV provider Dish because of a dispute over the networks’ cost.Dish says the broadcast network was pulled in 17 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Fox News remains on Dish.Customers of the Sling streaming service are also affected.These types of blackouts have become increasingly common as broadcasters seek to charge cable and satellite TV providers more. Those costs eventually show up on customers’ bills.Dish is offering affected customers antennas for the Fox network. It’s also recommending the Locast streaming service. Those won’t work for cable. It suggests watching NFL games using the TV antenna or the NFL app for mobile.The Associated Press read more

Pakistani musician Salman Ahmad to join UNs fight against AIDS

Mr. Ahmad will be featured in a poster campaign entitled “I care… do you?” developed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). At the global level, the campaign, which already features UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as well as Danny Glover, Ronaldo and Ricky Martin, aims to involve men more fully in the battle against AIDS.Salman Ahmad was selected to participate in the World AIDS Campaign in light of his popularity with young people and his forward thinking on social issues. “His background as a medical doctor uniquely equips him with the knowledge necessary to speak with authority on the subject,” the UN said in a statement released in Islamabad. “He is committed to talking publicly about the issue and imparting to young people the fact that HIV/AIDS represents a very real threat.”Mr. Ahmad will officially launch the World AIDS Campaign 2001 in Pakistan on Monday. As part of the launch, the UN Information Centre will release a brochure in Urdu and English explaining the upcoming General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS, where 189 Member-States should agree on new measures to tackle this worldwide threat.While Pakistan reports infection rates much lower than Sub-Saharan Africa, concern for the country and the rest of South Asia is growing rapidly due to the many risks and vulnerabilities present in the region’s massive population, the UN said. read more

UN University worldwide partners launch online university

Universities in developed countries have been taking ever-greater advantage of new technologies through online learning programmes and other virtual efforts, and it is time now for that experience and expertise to reach educational institutions in the developing world, Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by the UN University Rector, Hans van Ginkel, at the launching ceremony of the Global Virtual University (GVU) in Arendal, Norway.The Global Virtual University is an online university for sustainable development, with a particular objective to meet the needs of the developing world. GVU will promote an international network of equal-partner universities and institutions delivering e-learning courses and programmes with a global outreach focused on environment and development. These institutions – organized as a branch of the UN University with an administrative centre in Arendal – will issue common diplomas and will develop joint academic degrees. “An information society has emerged, and the developing world must be a full partner,” the Secretary-General said, stressing that the GVU, under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), is a fine example of building bridges in an area of crucial importance to human prosperity; environmentally sustainable development. “As such, it can make an important contribution to efforts to achieve the objectives set out at last year’s World Summit for Social Development in Johannesburg,” he added.The GVU initiative also offered the prospect of constructive international cooperation, not only between rich and poor countries, but also within the developing world. The GVU will be administered by UNEP’s partner Global Resource Information Database (GIRD-Arendal) and will include Norway’s Adger University among its core partners.”I am pleased to know that African universities from Ghana, Uganda and South Africa are among the participants,” Mr. Annan said, urging all to work together to ensure this “invaluable tool succeeds in its efforts to promote education, protect the environment and shape a more sustainable future for our world.” read more

Survey finds 63 per cent of farmers agree with abortion legislation

first_imgA NEW SURVEY has found that just 20 per cent of farmers are opposed to the abortion legislation passed recently.A joint survey by the Irish Examiner and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), found that 63 per cent of  farmers either agree or strongly agree with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.More female farmers surveyed were opposed to the legislation. In the under 35 age group of farmers, support for abortion when the mother’s life is at risk reached 70 per cent.The region with the highest support for the legislation was Tinahealy in Wicklow with Skibereen noted as the only region surveyed to have a majority of people opposed to it.Support for the abortion provision was strongest among Sinn Féin voters and lowest among Labour supporters.Read: Abortion laws may not commence until next year>Read: Mater Hospital says it will comply with new abortion laws>last_img read more

Suspected WWII mine found in port of Patra

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A naval mine was detected by Greek coast guard officers in the northern part of Patra port in the western Peloponnese.Initial coast guard reports said the mine had been estimated at 400 kilos and was being guarded by coast guard officers until bomb disposal experts arrived for further inspection.Experts believe the mine may date to World War II.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Over D335M Contributed By GPA SSHFC for Acquisition of Gallia Ferries

first_imgBy Mamadou DemMr. Abdoulie Tambadou, the Managing Director of the Gambia Ports Authority, yesterday disclosed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission of Enquiry that the total cost contributed by both GPA and SSHFC for the Gallia ferries, amounted to D335,110,690.00.The Ports MD testified that he was not aware whether the office of the former president has correspondence with regard to the procurement of the ferries.According to GPA MD, the expected cost for the construction of slipways for the ferries was $500,000.00 noting that the total cost for Kunta Kinteh was 7,726,200.00 Euros but was quick to add that the office of the former president was not involved in the procurement of the said ferry.Prior to Tambadou’s testimony, former Permanent Secretaries at the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture, were also summoned by the Commission with regard the acquisition of Mahindra tractors, in the form of a loan agreement between the Government of The Gambia and the Mahindra Company in India.Naffie Barry, the permanent secretary at Ministry of Trade, Employment and Regional Integration, told the Commission that in November 2005, a delegation comprised of Balla Gaye, former Finance Minister and the former Chief Executive Officer of then GIPZA, went to India for a conclave and during the visit, a loan agreement was signed for the purchase of tractors.According to Mrs. Barry, she and Kebba S Touray, signed the loan agreement on behalf of the then Minister Balla Gaye, after they were given authority to sign on behalf of the minister.She explained that part of the agreement was the supply of 500 tractors with guaranty as well as an assembly plant; that the total loan was $6.7 million which she said, was signed by the then permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Suruwa B Jaiteh.Upon return from India, Mrs Barry said she forwarded the signed agreement to permanent secretaries at the Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance, as well as the Secretary General, office of the former president.Madam Barry further explained that it was based on the instruction of the Secretary General that the delegation was formed to visit India, after the Gambian consular had shortlisted two Companies for the procurement of tractors and that they decided to choose Mahindra; that the agreement was signed between the former Government and the Company.She recalled that upon their return from India, a report was made but she could not find the said report but was asked by the Commission Counsel Amie Bensouda, to find out and make it available to the Commission. However when shown a report by the Counsel, Mrs. Barry said it looked familiar but could not confirm as the one before the commission. PS Barry revealed that after recommending the Mahindra tractors, an agreement was signed on 12 April 2006, and the desire was for the tractors to be 500 units with the guaranty which she said, was signed by Suruwa B Jaiteh, the then Ps agric.She finally testified that she was informed that the tractors arrived but could not tell the Commission what happened to the said tractors, noting that she believed the purpose of the tractors was for the mechanisation of farming and creation of employment.Next to give evidence on the Mahindra tractors was Suruwa B Jaiteh, the former PS Agric who retired in 1998 but was on contract from 2005-2006, before he became a consultant.Mr. Jaiteh said during his capacity as Permanent Secretary 2, he was responsible for programs and budget, at the Ministry. He told the Commission that in 2006 they were summoned by the office of the former president to sign for the Mahindra tractors on behalf of Government, by the then Secretary General, Mambury Njie. Asked by Counsel Bensouda whether there was any proposal for the acquisition of the tractors by the Ministry, he responded in the affirmative noting that in India, they conducted an inspection of Companies regarding tractors and Mahindra was chosen to be the supplier of the tractors.Mr. Jaiteh further told the Commission that he signed for the acquisition of 500 tractors with Mahindra adding that by the time the tractors arrived, he was out of the system but arrangement was made with the Ministry of Finance for a consortium of Gambian entrepreneurs who can contract the tractors on loan.However, He said he did not know whether the consortium was formed because he was sent to jail but was informed that the former president took over the responsibility of the tractors and kept them at KGI.Kebba Manneh, Senior Manager, Technical Service at the GPA, also gave evidence on the Joint Venture Agreement for the purchase of Aljamdou and Kansala ferries.Momodou Lamin Gibba also testified on the Gallia ferries in his capacity as the then Managing Director of SSHFC, as well as PS Local Government, who continued his evidence on the land leased to the Gambia Milling Corporation and other matters.last_img read more

Shaqiri asks for respect

first_imgThe Liverpool winger won six titles while he was with the German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but he got demoted with Stoke, something that marked his careerXherdan Shaqiri has won it all, from a national league to the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup.But the Liverpool winger still remembers his worst defeat ever: getting demoted with Stoke from the English Premier League to the Championship.“Being relegated with Stoke was a very bad experience for the club and for me and I hope they can come back quickly. But despite what happened there, I am a Champions League winner. I think that deserves respect,” he was quoted by Sky Sports.“People should remember where I played before, the qualities I have, and what I have achieved in the game.”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.“I played for one of the biggest teams in the world in Munich and again I am playing for one of the big clubs,” he commented.“So I don’t feel any pressure from the Liverpool shirt.”“When I go back to Munich, the fans show me that I am loved. I want it to be the same here. Why not a second time?” he added.“I think I am settled now and showing my best form.”last_img read more

Study shows women lower their voice when competing for a man

first_img Want to know if your partner’s cheating on you? Just listen to their voice 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. Explore further A team of researchers with members from the U.K., Poland and Germany has found that women tend to lower their voices when competing sexually for a man. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study involving participants in a speed-dating event and what they found. Citation: Study shows women lower their voice when competing for a man (2018, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from To learn more about the many facets of human courtship, the researchers received permission to record participants in two speed-dating events. In all, there were 30 participants, all heterosexual and all between the ages of 20 and 40. The researchers note also that the events transpired as usual—the women remained seated at their positions as the men traveled to each woman one by one. As the events unfolded, each participant made known their receptiveness to each potential mate by marking “Yes” or “No” on a questionnaire. Each participant was then able to see how many other people had marked “Yes” or “No” for each new “date” they spoke with.In listening to the recordings and comparing them to the scores the participants had received, the researchers spotted some patterns. First, men tended to lower their voices when speaking with someone that they would wind up giving a “Yes.” That was expected; prior research has shown that men tend to lower their voices when speaking with someone they find sexually attractive. But the researchers were surprised to find that the women did the same thing. Instead of making their voices higher when sexually attracted to a man, as prior research had suggested, the women participants tended to lower them—going husky, as it were. But there was also a caveat—the women only lowered their voices when speaking with a man they found sexually attractive if other women at the event had also judged him so by giving him a “Yes.”The researchers report that they found the women at the event to be choosier, also—they gave a “Yes” to just a third of the men they spoke with. Men, on the other hand, were less choosy, giving a “Yes” to half of all the women they met.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2018 Science X Network More information: Katarzyna Pisanski et al. Voice pitch modulation in human mate choice, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1634 Credit: CC0 Public Domainlast_img read more