• New commissioner takes over as head of UN police in Kosovo

    6 March 2007A veteran British police officer with wide experience in international law enforcement has taken over as the new United Nations police commissioner in Kosovo after his predecessor was asked to resign following the deaths of two people in a clash with pro-independence demonstrators in the Albanian-majority Serbian province. Richard Monk, first Director and Senior Police Adviser to the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 2002 to 2006, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Stephen J. Curtis, who stepped down last month. Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Kosovo Joachim Rücker asked for Mr. Curtis’s resignation after police used rubber bullets against pro-independence demonstrators in the province, which the UN has run ever since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting. The demonstration followed the unveiling of UN proposals for the future status of the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. The provisional plan, drawn up by Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for the status process Martti Ahtisaari, calls for Kosovo to have the right to govern itself and conclude international agreements, including membership in international bodies, with an international civilian and military presence supervising the new arrangements. But it does not specifically mention independence, which Serbia rejects and which many ethnic Albanians seek. During his time at OSCE Mr. Monk founded and was head of the Strategic Police Matters Unit responsible for capacity/institution-building, particularly in the former Soviet republics in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. He also carried out a ‘Study of Policing in Yugoslavia’ that forms the basis of international police aid to Serbia and Montenegro. As Commissioner of the UN International Police Task Force (IPTF) in Bosnia during 1998-99, he was responsible for rebuilding and reforming the police forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2000, he was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel on Peace Operations, which reviewed criticisms of past peacekeeping operations. As a police officer for 35 years in the United Kingdom, Mr. Monk served in several senior positions including as Head of Scotland Yard Branches dealing with Crime, Community Affairs and Crime Prevention and as Assistant Chief Constable (Crime) for the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. read more

  • Slovak official to lead UN Economic and Social Council

    Addressing the Council in New York after his election, Mr. Koterec called for a new approach to development during times of economic uncertainty.“Making ECOSOC a truly meaningful organ that has the capacity to make a difference calls for new approach,” he said. “This is so especially now, during times of hardened economic uncertainty that ECOSOC’s role and relevance is ever-increasing.”Mr. Koterec, who previously served as a senior vice-president of the Council, said part of this new approach entailed changing old perceptions about development and finding new ways to optimize cooperation among donor and aid recipient countries.“In 2012, ECOSOC must carve out its niche as the forum for frank, free-flowing discourse on development cooperation,” Mr. Koterec emphasized, adding that the Development Cooperation Forum (DFC), which will be held later this year, would provide an ideal space to do this. “Gone is the old binary division where rich nations dispense aid and poor ones receive it,” he said. “Fewer countries are destitute and thus eligible for cheap loans. At the same time, two-thirds of the world’s poorest people now live in middle-income countries.“Likewise, traditional donors no longer dominate giving. Numerous new emerging donors and private sources have become as important as many donor governments – and particularly innovative,” he said.In his statement, Mr. Koterec also discussed the Annual Ministerial Review in July, which this year will tackle the issue of creating jobs to eradicate poverty and spur sustainable economic growth. Mr. Koterec stressed that for the event to be a success, the participation of non-government entities such as academia, foundations and corporations is needed. The issue of sustainable development is also priority for ECOSOC, Mr. Koterec said, adding that the Council would take an active role in following-up with the outcome of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20).“I strongly believe that ECOSOC is well placed and well equipped to become the central place for follow-up to Rio+20. No other body, whether existing or new, has the wherewithal for integrating the economic, social and environmental pillars,” he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated Mr. Koterec as well as the new Bureau, which was also elected today. Mr. Ban also underscored the role of the Council in supporting sustainable development initiatives as well the five global imperatives he outlined in September which include empowering young people, building a safer world, preventing natural disasters and supporting countries in transition.“We must deepen our efforts to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), our main framework for development to 2015. We must intensify our efforts to ensure a successful outcome at Rio,” he said.“We also need to reflect on and plan for the Post-2015 development agenda, perhaps with a new generation of goals that reflect the sustainability dimension. The Council has a critical role to play on all of these issues, as well as the continuing challenge of climate change.”Mr. Koterec is taking over the presidency from Lazarous Kapambwe from Zambia, who also addressed the Council and highlighted the work done during his tenure. In particular, Mr. Kapambwe stressed the importance of having focused on education, which he called “the key to self-employment” in a year of economic unrest marked by high unemployment, as well as several political liberation movements in different parts of the world. 10 January 2012Slovak ambassador Miloš Koterec was elected today to serve as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six principal organs of the UN and the main body tasked with coordinating work in those two fields worldwide. read more

  • Indian fishermen freed by Sri Lanka reach Karaikal in Puducherry

    Upon taking control of the fishermen, Cost Guard ships Abheek and Rani Durgavati brought them to Karaikal.On arrival, the fisheries authorities, fishermen leaders, friends and relatives received them at the Karaikal port. (Colombo Gazette) A total of 96 fishermen, who were released by Sri Lanka, have returned to Karaikal in Puducherry, India, The Hindu newspaper reported.The fishermen belonging to Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Tuticorin, were arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities for trespassing into the Sri Lankan waters on different occasions.

  • UNICEF notes Sri Lanka must invest in its children

    Sutton has been with UNICEF since 1996, serving in Bangladesh and Iraq, and as Deputy Representative in Bhutan, the Pacific sub region with responsibility for 14 Pacific Island countries, and most recently in China. “It is an honour and a privilege to serve the children and young people of Sri Lanka” said Mr. Sutton. “After years of progress in reducing poverty, promoting reconciliation and improving the lives of children, Sri Lanka now has a unique opportunity to build a peaceful future and a prosperous society. I believe that to deliver on this potential, Sri Lanka must invest in its children and find ever-more innovative ways to support its most vulnerable young people. As UNICEF Representative I look forward to working closely with the people and the Government of Sri Lanka to deliver sustainable, positive change for children,” Sutton said. Sutton is a national of New Zealand and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a master’s degree from the University of Exeter, UK. He succeeds Ms. Una McCauley who has taken up a position as Resident Coordinator for the United Nations and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka.With Sri Lanka’s transition from a post-conflict environment to one of recovery, development and middle income status, UNICEF is focused on ensuring a more equitable approach to advancing the rights of children across the country. (Colombo Gazette) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Sri Lanka must invest in its children and find ever-more innovative ways to support its most vulnerable young people.Tim Sutton assumed office as the new Representative for UNICEF in Sri Lanka. Sutton presented his credentials to the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Ministry of Foreign Affair. read more

  • Mary Berry eat your heart out says Prince William after having a

    first_imgPrince William takes instructions during a dance class at Caius House Youth Centre Prince William cake He copied his teacher, 15-year-old Candice Blake, and raised his arms up so his body formed a T, then slowly tried to make a wave ripple from his fingertips along his arm and to his other hand.The Duke laughed at his own efforts and said about their performance: “It’s very cool, if you need an extra back-room dancer give me a shout.” The Duke of Cambridge concentrates as he takes part in a baking class  Prince William learns a move with Scariofunk dance collective The Duke of Cambridge concentrates as he takes part in a baking class Credit:Justin Tallis/PA Prince William shows off his handiwork to young people at Caius House Youth CentreCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Caius House’s origins began in 1887 when undergraduates and fellows from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, rented a house in Battersea and started a college “settlement” where they lived and ran a range of clubs for local residents.A former graduate of the college, Edward Wilson – the doctor on Captain Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition – worked at the institution when he moved to London in 1896 as a medical student.The club flourished over the decades and has been serving the local community for almost 130 years. It moved into new premises, constructed on its original site, in September 2014.It now welcomes on average of 500 young people between the ages of eight and 21 each week, who use the centre’s facilities. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Speaking about who is the best chef in his home, he added: “Catherine is a very good cook.”I did a lot of cooking when I was younger, but you have to reach a certain level when you can throw stuff in, but I stick rigidly to the recipe.”William spent more than an hour touring Caius House in Wandsworth, which offers a range of training and support opportunities in disciplines ranging from music and dance to sport and fitness.After watching a dance display by a group of teenagers, William was persuaded to try one other move called The Wave. The Duke of Cambridge has tried his hand at cake decorating as he sympathised with “distraught” fans of The Great British Bake Off.Prince William had a go at piping vanilla buttercream onto cupcakes while joining a class at a south London youth club, where he told youngsters he had watched the BBC show featuring Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.After spending a few moments decorating the cake, the future king looked up and said: “Mary Berry, eat your heart out – look at that.” Fans have been left on tenterhooks as Berry and Hollywood have yet to confirm they will be joining the show when it moves.William said to the young bakers around him: “You must be distraught it’s moving, but I’m sure it will be just as good.”After decorating his cake, William turned to Patricia Nunoo, a 17-year-old volunteer at the Caius House youth club in Wandsworth – and said: “Not quite as elegant as yours, but it’s a start.” William spoke about the news that the popular programme is leaving the BBC, but said he is “sure it will be just as good” at its new Channel 4 home.The future of Bake Off has been thrown into turmoil following the shock announcement it will move to Channel 4 and the revelation hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will not return to the show next year. Prince William takes instructions during a dance class at Caius House Youth Centre Credit:Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Prince William learns a move with Scariofunk dance collectiveCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Gettylast_img read more

  • BGC receives first Liebherr R 9800 excavator at Idemitsu Boggabri coal project

    first_imgBGC Contracting has welcomed their first Liebherr R 9800 large hydraulic excavator at the Idemitsu Boggabri Coal Project in New South Wales. This R 9800, commissioned in December 2018, joins another R 9800 on site along with two R 9400 excavators.BGC Contracting was proud to announce the commissioning of their new machine, commenting that “the R 9800 is a significant investment and strong indicator of the health of our business and commitment to partnership across project delivery in mining and construction.” Liebherr-Australia says it looks forward to supporting BGC Contracting as they continue to expand their Liebherr fleet across the country.last_img

  • Croatia beat Macedonia in Umag

    Croatian national team celebrated secure victory over Macedonia 29:21 (17:12) at the start of “HEP Croatian Cup” in Umag. Zeljko Babić boys had no problem to outplay rivals, who were without some important names in the squad…CROATIA – MACEDONIA 29:21 (17:12) Hrvatska: Stevanović (7 saves), Ivić, Stojanović; Marić 5, Duvnjak 2, Stepančić 2, Gojun, Horvat 7, Karačić 3, Kozina, Tominec, Štrlek 1, Pavlović, Kovačević 1, Mamić 2, Šebetić 1, Slišković 2, Cindrić 3 Makedonija: Mitrevski (1 saves), Ristovski (4 saves); Manaskov, Kukoski, K. Lazarov 5, Mitkov, Drogriški, Taleski 4, Dimitrovski, Pribak 1, Georgievski 2, F. Lazarov 1, Ojleski 2, Kuzmanovski, Dimitrievski, Peševski 6, Kosteski ← Previous Story DHB Super Cup: Germany and Slovenia win openers Next Story → Beach Handball Champions Cup: Sea, sun and handball in Gran Canaria read more

  • New charity index reveals Irelands top 100 highest earning charities

    first_imgTHE TOP 10 charities in Ireland’s first Charity 100 Index are dominated by hospitals.The index, compiled by governance charity Boardmatch Ireland, tracks changes in income of the 100 charities over a three year period. The research shows that four of the top ten charities are voluntary hospitals which receive grant aid from the HSE.Hospital charitiesSt Vincent’s Health Care is the highest earning charity in Ireland with a gross income of €363 million for 2011.Just last week, they were called on by the Public Accounts Committee to explain their finances. Fine Gael TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Simon Harris says he is keen to “seriously question” the group on its corporate governance and pension funding.Central Remedial ClinicThe Central Remedial Clinic which has been embroiled in controversy moved down in its rating from 25th place to 26th place on the index.The index reveals that the CRC’s gross income for 2011 amounted to €19, 644,100. From 2009 to 2011, the CRC saw a fall in its income of 10.3 per cent from just over €21, 900, 611.The second highest earning charity is The Mater University Hospital which has a gross income for 2011 of just over €257 million.All four hospitals in the top ten have voluntary boards apart from the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital who is a member of the board in all four cases, states Boardmatch Ireland. This is unusual for charities, they stated as it requires an exemption from the Revenue Commissioners and the majority of other charities in the top 100 would not have their CEO on the board.Charity sectorFrom 2009-2011, the charity sector saw an overall decrease in income of 8.8 per cent or €265 million. This is a reduction from €3.05 billion in 2009 to €2.78 billion in 2011.The top 20 charities can be seen below. To view the entire list, click here.On average, the income of eleven voluntary hospitals has declined since 2009:There are nine overseas aid agencies in the 100 index with a combined income of €270,721,225.The biggest climber on the list is the UCD Foundation which has seen its annual income increase by 204 per cent since 2009. It has moved from 150th place in 2009 to 47th in 2011.Overseas development NGO Bóthar was the biggest faller, dropping 22 places on the index since 2009. It has seen an overall decline of 26 per cent in its income of since 2009.Charity organisations that are trusts, co-ops or unincorporated are not included in this index. This excludes the likes of Crosscare, Foróige and Society of St Vincent de Paul which are unincorporated entities and therefore make no returns to the Companies Registration Office.Trócaire and The Iveagh Trust, which are trusts and the Credit Union Movement which are friendly societies make returns to the Register of Friendly Societies.Read: €3.4m funding from Gorta gives new hope to disabled youth in India>Read:  Cork twins appeal smashes target, despite a setback>last_img read more

  • Boy falls on subway tracks while playing PSP

    first_imgA few weeks ago we witnessed a woman so engrossed in her cell phone that she fell into a mall fountain.That was funny, where as this incident is anything but and could have ended in tragedy. An Italian kid, who looks to be still in single-digits in terms of age, was so engrossed in playing on his PSP that he fell on to some subway tracks at Lorento station in Milan.Quick thinking passers by reacted and one man jumped down to grab the kid and haul him back on to the platform before scrambling back up himself. That man turned out to be off-duty cop Alessandro Micalizzi.If a train had been coming we hate to think what could have happened to the child and possibly his rescuer too. We also want to know what the kid’s mother and sister were doing at the time as they were also present on the platform.Read more at Reghardware and (Italian)last_img read more

  • 17 increase in drink and drug driving arrests in first two months

    first_img17% increase in drink and drug driving arrests in first two months of 2019 compared with last year From 1 January to 28 February of this year, 1,429 drivers were arrested. THERE HAS BEEN a 17% increase in the numbers of arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the first two months of 2019 compared to the same period last year.From 1 January to 28 February of this year, 1,429 drivers were arrested, the figures from An Garda Síochána show. The figures come as motorists are being warned that gardaí will be out in force targeting drivers under the influence of drink and drugs over the St Patrick’s Day weekend.The Medical Bureau of Road Safety, which analyses the blood and urine specimens of drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for the presence of alcohol and drugs, has also reported an increase in the number of specimens being sent for analysis to date this year.“While the vast majority of drivers that we test are free from alcohol or drugs, we have detected more drivers this year that are not, which is why An Garda Síochána will have a visible enforcement presence across the country over the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend,” Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said. “This will include a targeted focus on driving under the influence of an intoxicant, whether that is alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. Members of roads policing units across the country will be targeting the times that are linked to alcohol related crashes,” he said. To date this year, 34 people have been killed on Irish roads. Last year, a total of 154 people were arrested for drink driving over the St Patrick’s Day weekend. Garda Reid reminded motorists that “drivers are required to carry their driving licence on their person”. “If stopped and breathalysed and you don’t have your licence, you will be tested at the lower level. If you fail, you will be arrested and taken to a garda station for further testing,” he said. The drink driving limit in Ireland is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. For learner drivers, novice drivers, and professional and commercial drivers, a lower limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood applies.  Short URL Share32 Tweet Email1 By Hayley Halpin Image: Sam Boal via Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 3:27 PM 10,647 Views 28 Comments Mar 14th 2019, 3:27 PM Image: Sam Boal via Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Une quinzaine de baleines meurent échouées en Ecosse

    first_imgUne quinzaine de baleines meurent échouées en EcossePrès de trente cinq baleines pilotes se sont échouées sur le sable d’une plage au nord de l’Ecosse. Une vingtaine d’entre elles ont pu être sauvées, mais les quinze autres sont mortes.Alors que la Commission baleinière internationale (Cbi) s’est réunie la semaine dernière pour évoquer la menace qui plane constamment sur ces mammifères marins, c’est un nouveau drame qui s’est produit ce week-end en Ecosse. À lire aussiLe monstre du Loch Ness : Écosse, lac, ce qu’il faut savoir sur la légendePrès de Cap Wrath dans le nord du pays, près de trente cinq baleines pilotes se sont retrouvées échouées sur le sable alors que la marée descendait. Grâce à une rapide intervention, une vingtaine d’entre elles ont pu être remises à l’eau mais les quinze autres n’ont pas survécu. Elles faisaient partie d’un banc d’une soixantaine de globicéphales qui avaient récemment pénétré dans un bras de mer, le Kyle of Durness. Un étroit passage qui s’est révélé être un piège pour les baleines.”Un étroit bras de mer parsemé de nombreux bancs de sable a pu perturber leur système d’écholocation” a ainsi expliqué le chef de la Société de protection des baleines et des dauphins cité par Selon lui, “l’échouage d’un ou d’eux de ces animaux a peut-être provoqué chez eux la panique, les autres membres du groupe ont alors essayé de leur venir en aide et se sont retrouvés, à leur tour, en difficulté”. Le 25 juillet 2011 à 14:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Vancouvers air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups

    first_imgAir quality in the Portland-Vancouver area has diminished due to increasing haze from wildfires.The Washington Smoke Information blog — a coordinated effort by county, state and federal officials to share information on smoke from wildland fires — lists Vancouver’s air quality Tuesday morning as unhealthy for sensitive groups.People with conditions such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, children younger than 18, adults older than 65, pregnant women and cigAir quality in the Vancouver-Portland area has diminished due to increasing haze from wildfires, and the smoke is expected to persist today.The Washington Smoke Information blog — a coordinated effort by county, state and federal officials to share information on smoke from wildland fires — listed Vancouver’s air quality Tuesday as unhealthy for sensitive groups.People with conditions such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, children younger than 18, adults older than 65, pregnant women and cigarette smokers are cautioned to limit their time outside.last_img read more

  • The Truth Jose Mourinho reveals all in Paul Pogba bustup

    first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed all following months of reports over a bust-up he had with Paul Pogba due to his poor attitude at Manchester UnitedThe France international is reportedly unsettled at Old Trafford and is favouring a switch to Barcelona this summer.But Mourinho has come forward and denied allegations suggesting that he has had a falling out with Pogba.“He never had a fight with me,” said the United boss, according to the Daily Mail.“We never had a warm (heated) exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all.“Don’t put him in a situation that people can think he’s not a polite, educated guy. He is.“The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I’ve never been so happy with him as I am now. That’s the truth.”Pogba captained United and scored a penalty in last Friday’s 2-1 win over Leicester City in the opening game of their new league campaign.“I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him. He came here on a Monday and trained three days,” said Mourinho.“I asked for his support for his contribution in an important match for us when the team had difficulties. He did it better and for more time than we could expect.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Pogba stirred up the rumours by saying he would be fined if he discussed his issues with Mourinho in public.When asked about those comments, Mourinho replied: “I don’t care. You have to ask Paul. I’m here for two years and a couple of months, and the only player that was fined was Anthony Martial.“So it’s not easy to be fined here, so you have to ask him. I’m not going to ask him. I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing and that’s all that matters.“When he says he did it for the fans and for the team is exactly what I want, is exactly what I demand from my players, he’s working well, playing well, he does for the fans, he does for the team and that’s what I want, to play for the team and I couldn’t be happier than what I am.”Jose confirms @PaulPogba will captain #MUFC on Sunday and says “I couldn’t be happier with him than I am now.”— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 17, 2018The Portuguese coach confirmed that Pogba will remain as captain for United’s next league game against Brighton on Sunday.He added: “Young guy but good personality, made in the academy, normally a starting line-up player, he has conditions to be captain in the future.“In the continuity of this, he was the captain and he will be the captain again, but when Antonio comes back he will be the captain.”last_img read more

  • Off Beat Firing Civil War cannons at tanks just part of the

    first_imgMike Twist’s job at Fort Vancouver puts him in a place that overlays almost two centuries of frontier heritage and American military history.Still, it isn’t a place where people get to fire a Civil War-style cannon at an old Army tank. For that, Twist and Robert Gutierrez had to go to school.Twist is a park guide and Gutierrez is a ranger at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. They oversee the historic weapons program, working with re-enactors who demonstrate black-powder weapons.As living-history participants, “We give voice to people who are no longer here,” Twist said. “We can do it through technology. We are a technological society, and technology is an easily accessed avenue.”Instructors must undergo their own training, so Twist, Gutierrez and about 80 other park staffers from around the country — all dressed in period costumes — spent two weeks at Fort McClellan in Alabama this year.last_img read more

  • Eric Schmidt and Diane Greene to leave Alphabets board of directors

    first_img Tech Industry After 18 years of board mtgs, I’m following coach Bill Campbell’s legacy & helping the next generation of talent to serve. Thanks to Larry, Sergey & all my BOD colleagues! Onward for me as Technical Advisor to coach Alphabet and Google businesses/tech, plus…..— Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) April 30, 2019 Post a comment 0 Google Alphabet Inc. Tags Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is leaving Alphabet’s board. James Martin/CNET Google parent company Alphabet said on Tuesday that Eric Schmidt, once the company’s CEO and executive chairman, won’t seek re-election to the search giant’s board of directors. Diane Greene, who formerly ran Google’s cloud division, won’t seek to be elected again either. Both executives will leave the board after their current terms expire on June 19. Schmidt will remain a “technical advisor” to Alphabet.”Eric has made an extraordinary contribution to Google and Alphabet as CEO, chairman, and board member,” John Hennessy, Alphabet’s board chairman, said in a statement. “We are extremely grateful for his guidance and leadership over many years.”In a tweet, Schmidt said that after he leaves he’ll be spending his time “helping the next generation of talent to serve.” Share your voice Schmidt joined Google in 2001 as CEO. The appointment was seen as the company adding a layer of “adult supervision” for its freewheeling founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Schmidt eventually handed the reins back to Page as CEO in 2011, though Schmidt remained the board’s executive chairman. He left that role in January 2018. Google also said Tuesday that it added Robin L. Washington, a biotech executive, to its board last week. Previously, she was the CFO of Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company based in Foster City, California. last_img read more

  • Alaska House primary has the most candidates in 22 years

    first_imgA voter casts a ballot at the Bethel City Hall in 2016. The House primary this year has the most candidates since 1996. (Photo by Adrian Wagner)Alaska is headed toward an unusually competitive primary in just over three weeks. And that competition is mostly within the Republican Party.Listen nowAt the top of the ticket, both of the competitive primaries for governor and lieutenant governor are in the Republican Party. There are seven Republican candidates to be governor and six from the party running to be lieutenant governor.Most of the attention right now is focused on the leading candidates for governor: former Wasilla Sen. Mike Dunleavy and former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell of Anchorage.Dunleavy has built up a lead, according to polls. Treadwell is trying to make up ground, arguing that he’s better qualified.In the House, there are 109 primary candidates running, the most since 1996. Twenty-four of the 29 competitive primaries in the Senate and the House are on the Republican side.Alaska Republican Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock gave two potential causes for the interest.One is the fact that the House had a Democratic speaker for the first time in 24 years.“There’s a lot of interest and excitement in taking the House back. And that’s generated candidates,” Babcock said.Babcock said the second cause arises from debates within the Republican Party. One of those debates is over whether to repeal the 2016 law known as Senate Bill 91, which overhauled the state’s criminal justice system. And there’s also been a debate on whether to restore permanent fund dividends to the amount set by the formula used until 2016.The Alaska Republican Party has voted to take the position that dividends should be restored to the full amount.last_img read more

  • Is this Vidya Balans look in Ajiths Nerkonda Paarvai

    first_imgVidya Balan and Ajith in Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutVidya Balan has joined the shooting of upcoming Tamil movie Nerkonda Paarvai. The Bollywood actress is playing the role of Ajith Kumar’s wife in the courtroom drama that also throws light at the feudal mindset and how the men-women are judged by different yardsticks in the Indian society.Currently, the shooting of Nerkonda Paarvai is happening at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. During the break, the lead actors are apparently taking pictures with those enthusiastic fans who approach them for selfies and photos.One such photo has now revealed Vidya Balan’s look. In the said picture, the actress is seen wearing an off-white kurta with a wrist band. Going by the snap, one feels that she is having a simple, yet an impressive look in Nerkonda Paarvai, a remake of Bollywood hit movie Pink.In the original, Amitabh Bachchan had played the male lead of a lawyer and a feminist man. Mamta Shankar was seen as his ailing wife. In the Tamil version, Ajith and Vidya Balan are playing husband and wife.Like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajith has sported grey hairs and dense beard. Interestingly, in the latest set of pictures, the beard is missing. Rumours claim that the script has been tweaked to suit the local sensibilities and there is a romantic portion involving Ajith and Vidya Balan.Apart from Ajith and Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath, Adhik Ravichandran, Ashwin Rao, Arjun Chidambaram, Rangaraj Pandey, Sujith Shankar and others are in the cast. The upcoming film is produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by H Vinoth. The movie will hit the screens in August.last_img read more

  • Excess workout steroids leading to infertility among men

    first_imgA combination of intense workout, which has become a daily trend for many men, along with consumption of steroids is becoming a rising cause of infertility, according to IVF experts.Long-term exhaustive exercises decreases sperm count and one’s potential for reproduction, said IVF experts.Another factor contributing to infertility was the consumption of steroids for body building which was causing zoospermia – a condition in which sperm does not generate in semen. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “In males, heavy training sessions can reduce the sperm count in the body that is directly related to the fertility of a man. There are many who have been following long-term training sessions in order to maintain the body. If one is into exhaustive training sessions, there are chances that they might have less sperm count compared to a man who has been following normal training sessions,” said Arvind Vaid, an IVF expert at the city-based Indira IVF Hospital. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRekha Goswami, a city-based independent IVF expert, said though heavy workout causes infertility problems in the long run, what is of immediate concern was consumption of steroids without medical advice.Those that use anabolic steroids or PEDs (Performance enhancing drugs) to build and repair muscle are doing damage to their testicles, as they almost work like a contraceptive. These steroids can cause the testicles to shrink stopping sperm production. This means that men taking anabolic steroids, and other drugs like them, may have problems starting or adding to their family in the future. The science behind this is that anabolic steroids increase testosterone production within the body, which helps build up muscle bulk. However, this blocks the production of testosterone in the testicles themselves, which is a necessary ingredient for sperm production.If used for a long time and in high enough doses, the damage to male fertility can become permanent. In some case, it may take up to a year for sperm production to return to normal having stopped the anabolic steroids. (Sic)”Although use of anabolic steroids can stop sperm production, the good news is that in many cases this problem is reversible. It appears that the longer one uses the steroids and the higher the dosage used, the more likely these become irreversible problems. Once performance enhancing drugs are stopped, sperm production may start again but will return in the ejaculate at the earliest three months after stopping the drugs. In fact, in patients who have used steroids for years, this sometimes may take one to two years before one may see a return in sperm production. After a period of time after stopping the PEDs, sometimes medical therapy can enhance the ability of the body to restart sperm production,” explains Dr Stanton C Honig, Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery/Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.He further added, “Anabolic steroids can cause other health problems that sometimes can be irreversible. These include aggressive behaviour, acne, baldness, prominent breasts, liver disease, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. In adolescents, it may result in stunted growth and accelerated puberty changes. PEDs can also cause sexual dysfunction. When the anabolic steroids are stopped, the “sexual rush” is gone and this will cause testosterone levels to crash to virtually zero. This may cause symptoms such as tiredness, loss of energy and loss of sex drive. Testosterone production may return in a few months, however, in certain situations, it may be a permanent problem. Luckily, there is medical treatment for this problem to raise testosterone levels.”last_img read more

  • The Internet of Things New Threats Emerge in a Connected World

    first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 10 min read Could your baby monitor be used to spy on you? Is your television keeping tabs on your viewing habits? Is it possible for your car to be hacked by malicious attackers? Or could a perfectly innocent looking device like a set-top box or Internet router be used as the gateway to gain access to your home computer?A growing number of devices are becoming the focus of security threats as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality. What is the Internet of Things? Essentially, we are moving into an era when it isn’t just computers that are connected to the Internet. Household appliances, security systems, home heating and lighting, and even cars are all becoming Internet-enabled. The grand vision is of a world where almost anything can be connected—hence the Internet of Things.Exciting new developments are in the offing. A connected home could allow you to logon to your home network before you leave work in the evening to turn on your central heating and your oven. If your alarm goes off while you are out in the evening, you could logon to your home security system from your smartphone, check your security cameras and reset your alarm if there isn’t a problem.Unfortunately, every new technological development usually comes with a new set of security threats. Most consumers are now very aware that their computer could be targeted with malware. There is also growing awareness that the new generation of smartphones are also vulnerable to attack. However, few people are aware of the threat to other devices.Linux wormThe Internet of Things may be in its infancy but threats already exist. For example, Symantec investigator Kaoru Hayashi recently discovered a new worm that targeted computers running the Linux operating system. Most people have probably never come across Linux, but it plays a big role in the business world and is widely used to run Web servers and mainframes for example.The worm, Linux.Darlloz, initially appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary. It utilizes an old vulnerability in scripting language PHP to gain access to a computer; attempts to gain administrative privileges by trying a series of commonly-used usernames and passwords and propagates itself by searching for other computers. The worm leaves a back door on the infected computer, allowing the attacker to issue commands to it.Related: The Connected Home: A Huge Opportunity But Slow to Catch OnSince the worm exploits an old vulnerability in PHP, the threat relies on finding computers that haven’t been patched in order to spread. If this was all that the worm did, it would be fairly unremarkable. However, as Kaoru investigated the threat further, he discovered something interesting. The version circulating in the wild was designed to infect only computers running Intel x86 chip architectures, which are usually found on personal computers and servers. Kaoru then discovered versions designed for the ARM, PPC, MIPS and MIPSEL chip architectures hosted on the same server as the original worm. These architectures are mostly found in devices such as home routers, set-top boxes, security cameras and industrial control systems. The attacker was in a position to begin attack these devices at a time of their choosing.One of the interesting things this worm does is scan for instances of another Linux worm, known as Linux.Aidra. If it finds any files associated with this threat, it attempts to delete them. The worm also attempts to block the communications port used by Linux.Aidra. There is no altruistic motive behind removal of the other worm. The likelihood is that the attacker behind Linux.Darlloz knows that the kinds of devices infected by Linux.Aidra have limited memory and processing power, and does not want to share them with any other piece of malware. Linux.Aidra, the malware that Linux.Darlloz attempts usurp, also exemplifies this new generation of threats. Like some of the variants of Darlloz discovered by Symantec, Linux.Aidra targets smaller devices, specifically cable and DSL modems. The worm adds them to a botnet, which can be utilized by the attackers to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Whoever authored Darlloz obviously believed that Aidra infections were so widespread that it posed a potential threat to their own malware.What is particularly worrisome about these kinds of threat is that, in many instances, the end-user may have no idea that their device is running an operating system that could be attacked. The software is, by and large, hidden away on the device. Another potential issue is that some vendors don’t supply updates, either because of hardware limitations or outdated technology, such as an inability to run newer versions of the software.Vulnerable security camerasThis worm is just the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the emerging security threat around the Internet of Things. Earlier this year, the US Federal Trade Commission settled a case against TRENDnet, a firm that makes Internet-enabled security cameras and baby monitors. The FTC said that TRENDnet had marketed the cameras as being secure. “In fact, the cameras had faulty software that left them open to online viewing, and in some instances listening, by anyone with the cameras’ Internet address,” the FTC said. “As a result of this failure, hundreds of consumers’ private camera feeds were made public on the Internet”.Related: Uh, Did Your Refrigerator Just Send Me an Internet Virus?In January 2012, a blogger made the flaw public and this resulted in people publishing links to the live feeds of nearly 700 of the cameras. “The feeds displayed babies asleep in their cribs, young children playing, and adults going about their daily lives,” the FTC said. As part of the company’s settlement with the FTC, the firm had to beef up the security on its devices and promising not to misrepresent their security in future promotional material.What is notable about the TRENDnet incident is that the devices targeted were not infected with any form of malware. Their security configuration simply allowed anyone to access them if they knew how. This was not an isolated incident. There is now even a search engine called Shodan that allows people to search for a range of Internet-enabled devices.Shodan searches for things rather than websites. Aside from security cameras and other home devices, Shodan can also find building heating control systems, water treatment plants, cars, traffic lights, fetal heart monitors and power plant controls. If a device is simply found using Shodan, it does not mean a device is vulnerable. However, services such as Shodan do make it easier for devices to be discovered if attackers know of vulnerabilities in them.The connected worldNot all concerns relate to security vulnerabilities. Internet-enabled televisions are now quite common and offer a number of useful additional features such as access to video streaming services and Web browsing. Recently, electronics manufacturer LG confirmed that several of its television models track what people watch and send aggregate data back to the company. The company said that it did this in order to customize advertising for its customers. However, an error in the system meant that the television continued to collect data even when the feature was turned off. The company has said a firmware update is being prepared that will correct this problem.Estimate on the growth in the number of connected devices in the worldImage credit: CiscoThe Internet of Things is still only in its early stages. The number of Internet-enabled devices is beginning to explode. According to Cisco, there are now more than 10 billion connected devices on the planet. Given that the world’s population is just over 7 billion, that means that there are now more connected devices than there are people. Cisco, which has been keeping tabs on the numbers of devices, now believes that the number of connected devices will hit 50 billion by 2020. Interestingly, the company believes that around 50 percent of the growth will occur in the last three years of this decade.Within the past number of years, we have seen a huge range of connected devices emerge. For example thehumble thermostat is now Web-enabled. So too is the light bulb, which can now be controlled with a smartphone. Even the automotive industry is sitting up and paying attention, promising connected vehicles that can receive a stream of real-time information.Related: Why You Should Skip the Password and Try These Things InsteadWhat is driving this explosion? Simply put, there is now more “room” on the Internet and devices are becoming cheaper to manufacture. Every device connected to the Internet needs an address in order to communicate with other devices. This is known as an Internet Protocol (IP) address. The number of available addresses under the current system of addresses, Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4), has been almost exhausted. A new system, IPv6, is currently being adopted. It can provide a vastly larger number of IP addresses, billions upon billions for every single person on the plant.Other standards are also evolving. For example, the industry charged with overseeing the Bluetooth standard for wireless communications recently announced the latest version of the technology. The group said that Bluetooth is evolving to take into account the development of the Internet of Things. The new Bluetooth standard will make iteasier for devices to find and talk to each other in an increasingly crowded environment. And it will now be easier for Bluetooth-enabled devices to link up with an IPv6-enabled Internet.In tandem with this increase in network space, Internet-enabled devices are becoming easier to manufacture. Many people may be aware of Moore’s law, the axiom that predicts that the computing power of processors will double every two years. A corollary is that lower powered chips are becoming cheaper to manufacture all of the time. Other technologies, such as Wifi chipsets, have dropped significantly in price over recent years. All of these factors are combining to mean that it’s becoming easier and cheaper to produce Internet-enabled devices.Staying protectedPerform an audit of what devices you own. Just because a device doesn’t possess a screen or a keyboard, doesn’t mean that it isn’t vulnerable to attacks.If something you own is connected to your home network, there is a possibility that it accessible over the Internet and thus needs to be secured.Pay attention to the security settings on any device you purchase. If it is remotely accessible, disable this feature if it isn’t needed. Change any default passwords to something only you know. Don’t use common or easily guessable passwords such as “123456” or “password”. A long combination of letters, numbers and symbols will generate a strong password.Regularly check the manufacturer’s website to see if there are updates to the device’s software. If security vulnerabilities are discovered, manufacturers will often patch them in new updates to the software.Many of your devices are attached to your home network, which is in turn connected to the Internet. Your router/modem is what stands between your devices and the wider world. Securing it is of paramount importance. Most come equipped with a Firewall, so ensure that it is turned on and properly configured.Related: Which Age Group Is Most Likely to Be Hacked?A version of this article first appeared on Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 5, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more