Taliban threaten Afghan presidential elections

first_imgKabul: The Taliban warned Afghans Tuesday to keep away from election rallies and ordered its fighters to “stand against” the planned September vote. The Taliban and other insurgent groups conducted frequent attacks during previous elections, and this year’s campaign season has already been rocked by deadly violence. The presidential election is currently slated for September 28, but has got off to a lacklustre start and some candidates are yet to launch their campaigns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Many observers think the poll will be postponed again — it has already been pushed back twice this year — to create space for a peace deal to be finalised between the US and the Taliban. In their message, the Taliban said fighters should “stand against this theatrical and sham of a process to their full capabilities” — a clear instruction to conduct attacks. “To prevent losses, God forbid, from being incurred by our fellow compatriots, they must stay away from gatherings and rallies that could become potential targets,” a message posted on the Taliban’s website stated. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The Taliban said Afghan elections do not “hold any value”, referring to the 2014 presidential poll that was mired in fraud allegations and saw the US broker a power-sharing deal between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Last month, on the first day of the campaign season, suicide bombers and gunmen stormed the Kabul office of Amrullah Saleh, Ghani’s running-mate, killing at least 20 people. Privately, many Afghans say they have no intention of voting, given the security risks and the perception of fraud. The US and the Taliban are currently meeting in Doha for an eighth round of talks aimed at striking a peace deal that would slash the US military presence in Afghanistan. Both sides have cited “excellent progress”. “We are discussing the final remaining points,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told AFP on Tuesday. “With that, the peace agreement will be completed and then we will decide on the announcement of the date of the agreement.”last_img

Oxfam Asks Coldplay Fans To Be A Part Of A Global Campaign

first_imgOxfam is looking for Coldplay fans to take part in a groundbreaking global music project to campaign against one of the world’s greatest human injustices.Coldplay’s music video and film director Mat Whitecross will curate an exclusive crowd sourced video stitching together thousands of pieces of film and photography submitted by fans and supporters to an incredible acoustic version of Coldplay’s famous track ‘In My Place’. The voices shared will become part of a unique music video to help the charity campaign to end the trauma inflicted on thousands of families because of land grabs.Every year Governments, banks or private investors buy huge plots of land in some of the poorest countries in the world for profit. This land is often home to people who rely on it to grow food and feed their families. Thousands of families are being evicted from the land, leaving them homeless and with no means to piece their lives back together. Land grabs are forcing people and their possessions out, forcing them from the place they call home.Mat Whitecross and Oxfam are encouraging dedicated Coldplay fans and friends of the charity to echo this idea of dislocation and displacement in their own way in the form of creative video or photographic content by 20 March 2013. People are being asked to move something favourite, personal or familiar from their home to somewhere it doesn’t belong. Alternatively, they could do something personal, everyday, familiar that they’d usually do at home, in totally the wrong place. For more information click here.Mat Whitecross says: “Having a home is hugely important for people to feel safe and in a place they can thrive, which is at the very heart of the song. I wanted to somehow create this feeling of people being out of place in order to illustrate the suffering that so many people experience because of land grabs.”Oxfam is pioneering the approach of fan-sourcing for this global campaign film which will launch in April as the World Bank convenes its Annual Spring Meetings. The World Bank is in a unique position as an investor in land and an adviser to governments and companies on buying and selling land. With this film Oxfam wants to show world leaders that there is a growing global movement demanding decisive action to stop land grabs.Mat Whitecross continues: “I have worked with Coldplay for a long time so know how dedicated and passionate their fans are. The idea of harnessing this to create an original and powerful crowd sourced campaigning tool is one I’m excited about.”Oxfam’s Campaigns Director Ben Philips said: “The World Bank should be in no doubt that more and more people want to see it take action in the fight against land grabs. Last year Coldplay invited Oxfam on their world tour with the GROW campaign and we were hugely motivated by the overwhelming support of fans all over the world. Campaigning is all about putting yourself in someone else’s place we know that when we unite and stand up against global injustice we can make a real difference. “To submit your content today, click here.Source:Oxfam.org.uklast_img

SBI offers 20 bps discount on EV loans

first_imgMumbai: In a bid to boost volumes for the struggling electric vehicles segment, State Bank of India Monday launched a discounted loan for buyers of such vehicles pricing 20 basis points lower than its existing auto loans. “We believe SBI green car loan (electric vehicle) scheme would act as a change agent in the auto loan segment and encourage customers to switch to electric vehicles which can improve overall air quality and lower carbon emissions,” managing director, retail and digital banking, PK Gupta said. The scheme that comes with the longest repayment period of up to eight years is a strategic inclusion to the bank’s auto loan segment offered with zero processing fee for the first six months of the launch. Of the 3.6 million (FY19) car industry, electric vehicles constitute around 1,000 units per annum, according to industry data.last_img

Amnesty chief says it is time for Sri Lanka to act

Also, the “international community” — often a euphemism for “northern western powers” — was compromised, the secretary general said. “Post 9-11, they have taken many shortcuts, and made huge compromises on migration and refugee issues,” Shetty noted, adding that the western powers were often willing to trade off human rights for economic interests. (Colombo Gazette) In addition to questions on accountability and militarisation, people in the north constantly underscored poverty and the loss of livelihoods, particularly among women-headed households, Shetty observed. “Often, this was closely linked to land… these are people whose land is their livelihood,” he said, even as hundreds in the island’s north and east are protesting for their land, currently held by the military, to be returned. Acknowledging “important improvements” in the overall situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty on Wednesday said it was now time for the Government to act, after it recently got a two-year extension at the UN Human Rights Council to fulfil its commitments, The Hindu newspaper reported.Drawing from a report that Amnesty released earlier this week on enforced disappearances, Shetty said: “Families of the disappeared have spent years, sometimes decades, waiting for answers. The Government can delay no longer.” Urging the Government to swiftly operationalise the Office On Missing Persons and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Shetty emphasised that Sri Lanka would not be able to break away from its violent past until families of the disappeared “get the truth they demand and the justice they deserve”. On the sidelines of the press conference, Shetty told The Hindu geopolitical dynamics had a direct bearing on the nature of engagement of international actors. The fact that there was now a UNHRC resolution co-sponsored by the U.S. and Sri Lanka was positive. “But once it comes into the domestic sphere, I am not sure how much influence the U.S. or anybody else has.”

Kosovo UN condemns rockthrowing incident against potential Serb returnees

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with the international force for Kosovo (KFOR) decried the incident, which took place on 7 November near the town of Grmovo in the Viti/Vitina Municipality during a United Methodist Committee on Relief-sponsored “go-and-see” visit.According to the UN Mission, a group of Albanian males deliberately disrupted the convoy of vehicles by throwing rocks and eggs, breaking windows of several vehicles and slightly injuring a UN police officer and one male Serb returnee.”This incident goes against the very fabric of progress here in Kosovo and does not indicate the unwillingness of the vast majority of the citizens to support minority returns,” said Pasqualino Verdecchia, UNMIK regional administrator for Gjilan/Gnjilane.UN and Kosovo police, and KFOR are investigating the incident. Police temporarily apprehended at least one individual for questioning.

NMA welcomes McConnellInhofe measure blocking EPA from raising energy costs unemployment in

first_imgNational Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement in support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) Energy Tax Prevention Act, which was offered Thursday as an amendment to S. 493, The SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.  The amendment would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources.“EPA’s ill-considered regulation, if left unchallenged, will drive up electricity costs for consumers and basic industry and set back efforts to create jobs and economic opportunity.  That’s why this amendment is necessary.  It will protect hundreds of thousands of households and businesses that rely heavily on coal-based generation for affordable electricity.  It provides clear certainty to manufacturing industries and power companies reluctant to expand capacity or their workforce out of the understandable fear of higher costs from EPA’s regulatory mandates and impractical compliance deadlines.“Congress, reflecting the wishes of the American people, has repeatedly rejected a course of action that EPA insists on pursuing when less damaging options for continuing the nation’s environmental progress are readily available.  This measure puts elected representatives back in charge and common sense back in government.  It removes a major threat to economic recovery and an obstacle to achieving more balanced solutions to the country’s energy and environmental needs.”last_img

How the Cyprus bank closure is crippling business on the island

first_imgCo-operative Societies chief Constantinos Lyras said the closure of banks is crippling the Cypriot economy.“The more days the banks remain closed, the more the uncertainty increases,” he told the official CNA news agency.“My opinion is that banks should open as soon as possible. I hope the right decisions are taken, because if the haircut is not approved, without any other solution there will be heightened panic.”Although shoppers have been able to use credit cards for purchases at supermarkets and fuel stations, some institutions are beginning to demand payment in cash.This was the case in at least one cafe in the city centre, where many shopfronts are shuttered and plastered with “For Rent” signs.In addition, petrol stations were also accepting only cash payments, Stefanos Stefanou, head of the association of service station owners, told the Sigma private television channel.The Cypriot economy had flourished since the 1990s, but contracted by 2.3 per cent in 2012.- © AFP, 2013Read: ECB gives Cyprus until Monday to sort bailout deal > Read: Irish government ‘will not be targeting bank deposits like Cyprus’ > CYPRUS CLOSED ITS banks earlier this week to avert a run on savings and secure a bailout for its near-bankrupt economy – but the move has dealt another blow to companies already hit by the global financial crisis.“We cannot buy, we cannot sell,” said Costakis Sophoclides, the director of a frozen goods company who usually goes to banks in order to pay his suppliers.“A lot of my customers are hotels and restaurants… and we cannot supply them… I have 25 employees now but next week I will have no products in my stores.“What will happen? We don’t know when we will get paid and if we will get paid,” said the businessman whose products are imported from Europe, including Germany and the Netherlands.Exactly one week ago, after about 10 hours of negotiations, the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agreed to provide €10 billion to bail out Cyprus.But under the deal, Nicosia had to come up with €5.8 billion of its own by imposing a one-off levy of between 6.75 and 9.9 per cent on all bank deposits, sparking outrage among savers.With banks closed on Saturdays, Cypriots panicked and rushed to cash points, some of which were depleted within hours over the long holiday weekend before being refilled on Tuesday.Banks have been shut for eight days now and will stay closed until Tuesday, the finance ministry said.A statement said the closure was “deemed necessary, on grounds of public interest in order to ensure financial stability” in Cyprus, where next Monday is a bank holiday.To prevent a run on the banks, the Cypriot authorities have also blocked online electronic funds transfers.Blow to confidence(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)The authorities are also working on legislation to restrict the outflow of cash from the country once they do open their doors again, and splitting the sector into good and bad lenders, state radio reports.“I can’t make any transactions with my account,” lamented Gatienne Thibaut, who runs a French restaurant. “I will lose the confidence of my suppliers in France. They’ll say ‘Even if she wants to pay me, she can’t’. We have been taken hostage when we have nothing to do with it.Alexandros Mitides, who runs a family business that sells marble, said he had already been hit hard by the crisis over the “last two, three years.”“I used to have 15 employees for many years and today only two, and they work half days.“Nobody is paying,” he said, adding:We are just trying to survive.last_img

Piton de la Fournaise accalmie de léruption

first_imgPiton de la Fournaise : accalmie de l’éruptionLa Réunion – Dimanche 24 octobre, l’Observatoire vulcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF) signalait une baisse d’intensité de la nouvelle éruption du volcan. Réouvert au public, le site est doté d’une plateforme d’observation qui, selon certains, ne garantit ni la qualité du spectacle, ni la sécurité des spectateurs. Aucun séisme enregistré jeudi sous le volcan, une éruption qualifiée vendredi de “stable et qui se poursuit tranquillement”, affaiblissement éruptif dimanche par rapport à samedi : l’Observatoire vulcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise annonce clairement un retour progressif au calme du volcan réunionnais, entré en éruption jeudi 14 octobre pour la deuxième fois de l’année.Ouvert au public depuis mercredi soir, un belvédère situé à 600 mètres de l’éruption ne permet pas aux observateurs, gênés par le cratère du Château-Fort, d’observer le phénomène dans de bonnes conditions, selon l’Association citoyenne de Saint-Pierre (ACSP). Du coup explique-t-elle, de nombreux randonneurs négligent les panneaux d’interdiction et avancent jusqu’à 200 mètres du site, pour être en vue des coulées de lave et du cône actif. Un endroit que l’association estime plus approprié pour une plateforme “officielle”. Le 25 octobre 2010 à 11:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

Entry deadline for Employee Benefits Awards 2019 fast approaching

first_imgTime is running out for employers looking to enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2019, with the deadline of 21 December fast approaching.Now in its 17th year, the Employee Benefits Awards offers organisations the opportunity to showcase the significant contribution they are making through their benefits strategies.The 19 available categories span numerous aspects of employee benefits, including financial wellbeing, pensions, healthcare and employee engagement and mental health.Award categories include: Best benefits to support diversity and inclusion, Best benefits to support work-life balance, Best employee engagement strategy and Best mental health strategy.There are also categories for Employee benefits professional of the year, Benefits team of the year, and the overall award for the night, the Grand Prix.The 2018 winners list includes such names as BT, Weetabix, Deloitte, Three UK and Skyscanner.The winners for 2019 will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, held on 7 June 2019 at The Pavilion at the Tower of London. This must-attend event will give entrants and industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate best practice and innovation in an iconic location.Click here to find out more information, or to enter the awards…last_img

Traffic Stops Leads To Chase Down Swanson River Road

first_imgMegan Peters: “If somebody witnessed a person, or know who that person was, we would always appreciate that type of information. To provide that information they can reach out to the local trooper post by calling 262-4456.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers on Friday afternoon attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic stop in the Sterling area that lead troopers on foot chase. Megan Peters with AST: “Troopers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield in the Sterling area. The driver ultimately bailed out and ran, so troopers converged on the area in an attempt to locate that person.” The case number to reference, AK 19007851. AST was unable to identify the individual, could not find them, and have since left the area.last_img

Meet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At Toys For Tots Drive In

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Bruins great Rick “Nifty” Middleton will join West Real Estate for a “Toys for Tots” Drive on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 1pm to 3pm, at The West Real Estate office (386 Main Street, Wilmington).Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation and receive an autographed photo of Boston Bruins alumni Rick Middleton. Bring your cameras!Have a question? Contact West Real Estate as 978-658-4419 or westrewilm[at]aol.com.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… RelatedMeet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At “Toys For Tots” Drive In Wilmington On December 17In “Community”VIDEO: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Visits Wilmington For Toys For Tots BenefitIn “Videos”PHOTOS: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Participates In Toys For Tots Drive In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”last_img

How I survived Marvels 59hour movie marathon and my favorite films

first_img Marvel 9 Now playing: Watch this: Wednesday, 4:58 p.m PT: I started to get into Ant-Man and thought it was really fun (plus, points for being based in San Francisco). But my energy started to run low, and I realized if I didn’t take a nap, I ran the risk of dozing off during Captain America: Civil War, which is up next. So less than halfway through Ant-Man, I let myself sleep.I’d like to go back and watch it in full sometime, without having to watch 21 other movies, too.Wednesday, 7:35 p.m. PT: I loved Captain America: Civil War, to no one’s surprise, I’m sure. It was really entertaining and fun to follow. Good jokes, too. Spider-Man gets a lot of credit for that. He and Tony Stark make an epic pair.  I actually had to check the schedule a few times to make sure I wasn’t watching an Avengers film, because Captain America doesn’t appear that much more than the other characters.  Also, I have a buddy now! My friend and colleague Alexandra Able is here. She brought me earplugs for tonight. Bless her soul. Wednesday, 9:45 p.m. PT: I wish I was tired enough to sleep through Doctor Strange. I need to try to sleep so I can be awake for Thor: Ragnarok at 3:20 a.m. PT. I’ve been told it’s a good one. After that, we get a 1.5 hour break before Black Panther, which I’ve already seen twice. If I need more sleep, I can get it then. I’m curious to see the sleep stats from my Fitbit after. Goodnight for now. Day 3Thursday, 1:21 a.m. PT: It’s officially day three! I managed to sleep through Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I imagine is impressive given there are apparently some major battle scenes. Woke up a little earlier than I’d planned since Spider-Man: Homecoming (which I’ve already seen) is on.My Fitbit says I slept for 2 hours and 1 minute. Don’t forget that one minute. I think it was really critical. I didn’t hit any stages of sleep — REM, light, deep — apparently. It just says “No Stages.” Thursday, 12:12 p.m. PT: I’m not OK. This is not OK.No, I’m not dehydrated or sleepy. That’s nothing. Avengers: Infinity War just ended, even though THAT IS NOT AN ENDING. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? I don’t know how everyone else has been faring leading up to the release of Avengers: Endgame. How have you been going on with your day-to-day lives with an “ending” like that??? As folks on Twitter have pointed out, though, at least I have to wait only five hours for a resolution. My deepest sympathies to the rest of you who have undoubtedly suffered for far too long. 24 hours in!! I’m surprised, but I still feel great. All your well wishes must be working 🙏 Almost halfway there! Thanks for following along with me so far. It’s been super fun hearing from you all. Let’s keep going!— Abrar Al-Heeti (@alheeti_3) April 24, 2019 Spoiler-free: Ultimate love letter to MCU fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed: Marvel clincher so close to being perfect Some people slept on blankets on the floor and benches in the hallway. I’m not that desperate yet— Abrar Al-Heeti (@alheeti_3) April 25, 2019 26 Photos Wednesday, 8:21 a.m. PT:  OK, let me amend the tone on my last update. Captain America: The Winter Soldier totally deserved my time and interest. I’m starting to feel like this may be the story I’m most interested in, at least so far. I missed the beginning (these 15-minute breaks really aren’t long enough), but I felt I could still pick up the plotline when I got back in the theater from my prayer/filming/bathroom break.When Bucky showed up, I gasped. That was such a good plot twist. What I love about the two Captain America movies I’ve seen so far is how they work in emotion. In the first one, when Captain America said “I had a date,” my heart broke. In The Winter Soldier, I almost lost it when he told Bucky during the fight scene, “I’m with you til the end of the line.” So good.Guardians of the Galaxy is next. Not sure if I should be excited.Wednesday, 10:14 a.m  PT: I couldn’t really get into Guardians of the Galaxy. The fantasy element was a bit too strong for my taste, I think. It did have good humor, which was a redeeming quality. But honestly, I was hardly paying attention. I think I was also distracted by the fact that I have a TWO-HOUR break now! I’m in! pic.twitter.com/9eVyZmlMM2— Abrar Al-Heeti (@alheeti_3) April 23, 2019 I’m sensing 3.5 hours of sleep probably isn’t read more

Apple doesnt have an AR headset yet but its AR toolkit is

first_img WWDC 2019 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Mobile Wearable Tech WWDC 2019 Apple Event Minecraft Earth demo happening for first time… pic.twitter.com/Qxj70pSr6N— Scott Stein (@jetscott) June 3, 2019 0 reading • Apple doesn’t have an AR headset yet, but its AR toolkit is paving the way Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? See All iOS 13 iPadOS Augmented reality (AR) Applecenter_img Tags Reality is blendingTo Apple, AR is still very much about increasing realism: It showcased a lot of graphics tricks using ARKit 3, which leans on the power of recent iPhone and iPad hardware, and RealityKit, which is a set of 3D graphics tools that are looking to make whole AR scenes work more realistically.The effects I saw can start to become almost overwhelming, even if they’re not always perfect. There’s occlusion, which can recognize people and make sure virtual objects stay properly in front of or behind them in real time.Motion blur and more advanced shadows, as shown in demos, made things look even more real in photos and videos. A depth-of-field effect can notice what’s in focus on the camera and blur out virtual things to make them match the same focus. Virtual things can even have overlaid grain to match the noise in a camera’s video.I’ve started feeling that AR things on iOS, even last year, have begun looking so real that they can casually fool someone online. These new effects feel like they’re closing the gap even more. This is still happening on your iPhone or iPad, not on a pair of 3D glasses. But how many steps are left before that’s the inevitable final result? I chased a giant ball that wasn’t really there with a friend. I watched someone puppet a hovering sun with their face, and speak through its mouth. I sat through sessions where Apple employees discussed the importance of Reality Files, which could store sharable 3D experiences that would unfold on command.Apple didn’t discuss augmented reality for all that much time on stage at WWDC 2019, but it was around in a lot of places. And what Apple has built this time around is stranger and more fascinating than what was summarized in those brief moments. I tried to wrap my head around as much as I could during a few days in San Jose.After seeing Google also discuss AR just a month earlier at Google I/O, I noticed some key differences. Google largely backed away from AR as a vehicle for wonder and magic, choosing a path hoping for both utility and cross-platform support: virtual animals popping into the world via Google Search, helpful reality-navigating shortcuts in Google Maps, or camera tools that highlight popular dishes on real restaurant menus.Apple chose to emphasize building AR’s graphic chops even further, to a point where, perhaps, reality and AR become indistinguishable, with a new set of AR creation tools that looks a lot like the start of a creative suite for everyday people. These might be essential pieces falling in place for an AR/VR headset expected as soon as next year, to compete with hardware like Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and a growing range of lower-cost phone-compatible headsets.But it also looks, at this point, like Apple’s wild new realities are made for Apple devices and software only. Now playing: Watch this: Shared worlds: What every AR platform is aiming forImagine hundreds of people running around in a universe full of magic things they can all see and share together, a metaverse that’s layered on top of this reality. Pokemon Go began that dream, and Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth will take it a step further by anchoring objects into the real world, and layering real people into the virtual world. Apple explored multiplayer AR last year, but that may have been more of a test run: The updates to ARKit 3 this year, according to Apple, unlock the multiplayer possibilities that seemed to be nearly there a year ago.What I found most fascinating was that two people could start read more

Impeach me Ill jail you

first_imgPhilippine president Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan`s prime minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Abe`s official residence in Tokyo, Japan on 31 May. Photo: ReutersPhilippine president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened opponents with prison if they try to impeach him, the latest in what a top UN official and an Asian lawmakers’ group this week called a pattern of persecution and assaults on free speech.Duterte vented his anger late on Thursday amid intense media scrutiny and accusations that he is siding with China over a 9 June sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel, which happened inside Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).The maverick leader has echoed Beijing’s line that it was an accident, not an intentional ramming, and shrugged off the presence of Chinese fishermen inside the Philippine EEZ, saying he would allow it out of friendship.Some high-profile critics, among them a top judge and a former foreign minister, have called that a breach of the constitution, or worthy of his impeachment.”Me? Will be impeached? I will jail them all,” Duterte told reporters. “Try to do it and I will do it. Son of a bitch.”He added: “I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? Okay. You sons of bitches, do it. Yes. File it.”A report on Tuesday by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights chided the Duterte administration for what it said were threats and aggressive rhetoric and trumped-up criminal charges against opponents that amounted to “deliberate effort to muzzle critics and weaken checks and balances.”UN high commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said there was a “very real risk of violence” for Filipinos who speak out, noting threats were publicly made by state officials.While Duterte’s popularity and mandate have been bolstered by a recent midterm election, the sinking incident has put the domestic spotlight on cracks that are appearing in his much-trumpeted foreign policy of non-confrontation with China in return for economic incentives.Some analysts say China’s offers of high-interest infrastructure loans and promises of massive investments have won Duterte’s acquiescence, but with much of that yet to materialise and China further militarising its artificial islands and strengthening its fishing militia, Duterte risks looking like he is being duped.Asked on Friday about threats to jail opponents, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was merely upset that people could not see he had the country’s interests at heart.”He cannot understand why people are against his policy,” Panelo told reporterslast_img

Proposed Pokémon Go Lawsuit Settlement May Remove Poké Stops Gyms

first_imgA proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against “Pokémon Go” developer Niantic could remove or change a number of Poké Stops and Gyms in the popular augmented reality game.The proposed settlement was filed in a California court on Thursday and applies to anyone in the U.S. who owns or leases property within 100 meters of a designated Poké Stop or Gym. If it’s approved, Niantic will have to take measures to prevent placing Poké Stops or virtual game items on private property in the future. It will have to maintain a form on its website where people can ask for the removal of Poké Stops or Gyms if they are within 40 meters of their residential properties. During a three-year period, Niantic must use “commercially reasonable efforts” to resolve these complaints and communicate a resolution within 15 days for 95% of cases each year. The developer must also maintain a database for these requests and keep them for a minimum of one year, and work to avoid placing new Poké Stops or Gyms on single-family residential properties going forward.The proposed settlement will also affect “Pokémon Go” Raids. If a Raid involves more than 10 participants, Niantic must send a warning message to players’ screens reminding them to be courteous to others and respectful of real world surroundings.“Pokémon Go” gameplay in public parks could change as well. Under the proposed settlement, county or city governments can request that Niantic use their hours of operation on Poké Stops and Gyms located within the parks. The developer must also add a new warning to the game’s launch screen that states, “Be courteous to members of real-world communities as you play ‘Pokémon Go’” or something similar.A New Jersey resident named Jeffrey Marder first filed the lawsuit in 2016. He claimed “Pokémon Go” encouraged players to trespass on other people’s properties while in pursuit of Pokémon and Poké Stops, real-world locations where players can pick up in-game items.“During the week of ‘Pokémon Go’s’ release, strangers began lingering outside of his home with their phones in hand,” the lawsuit stated. “At least five individuals knocked on Plaintiff’s door and asked for access to Plaintiff’s backyard in order to ‘catch’ Pokémon that the game had placed at Plaintiff’s residence.”Plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit are seeking up to $1,000 each “for their service to the class and in assisting to bring about the substantial benefits of the settlement.” Their attorneys are also seeking fees and reimbursement for expenses related to the case.Variety reached out to Niantic for a statement, but it did not immediately respond.View this document on Scribd ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img

Google launches Chrome Enterprise

first_imgGoogle launches Chrome Enterprise by Martin Brinkmann on August 23, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 2 commentsDavid Karam, Google Chrome Enterprise product manager announced yesterday on Google’s The Keyword blog the launch of Chrome Enterprise.Chrome Enterprise is designed to be a “single, cost-effective solution” for organizations to “give them the flexibility and control to keep their employees connected”.Chrome Enterprise offers a host of features, including access to enterprise app storefronts, deep security controls, 24/7 support, as well as integration with cloud and on-premise management tools, VMware Workspace ONE and MicrosoftⓇ Active DirectoryThe name that Google selected for the service is confusing. Chrome Enterprise is not about Google Chrome, but about Chrome OS. There is also Chrome Enterprise Support which Google offers already for organizations to “configure, deploy and manage the Chrome browser”, and the MSI file of Chrome Browser for Business is called Chrome Standalone Enterprise, or short, Chrome Enterprise.Chrome EnterpriseChrome Enterprise is available for $50 per device per year of service. It is Chrome OS but with features added to it that provide Enterprises with better management options.Google lists the following additions:Managed Google Play (beta)Managed Chrome Extensions & Browser ManagementPrinter ManagementMicrosoft Active Directory IntegrationFlexible Cloud-Based Fleet ManagementSingle Sign-On SupportPublic and Ephemeral Sessions & Kiosk ModesManaged Networks & ProxiesManaged OS UpdatesTheft Prevention24/7 Enterprise Support.Chrome Enterprise is fully compatible with on-premise infrastructure through Microsoft Active Directory according to Google.This integration allows employees to use their native credentials to authenticate across devices and Google Cloud Services like Google Play while centralizing management of user and device policies for IT admins.Chrome Enterprise administrators may use a single unified endpoint management solution to manage all devices. The first third-party solution that Google integrated into Chrome Enterprise is VMware Workspace ONE.Workspace ONE will provide a centralized approach to managing corporate-owned or bring-your-own deviceSome features that Google listed as Chrome Enterprise exclusive are already available for Enterprise customers with device management licenses. This includes operating system updates, public sessions, or kiosks for instance.SummaryArticle NameGoogle launches Chrome EnterpriseDescriptionDavid Karam, Google Chrome Enterprise product manager announced yesterday on Google’s The Keyword blog the launch of Chrome Enterprise.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img

Discussion of fan card put off until September

first_imgThe House legal affairs committee said Wednesday it would continue discussion of a controversial fan identity card after the summer recess because it was impossible to go through the provisions of a bill by Friday, parliament’s last plenum.The committee has been discussing a proposal by ruling Disy that seeks to amend provisions on the fan card to appease organised football supporters who boycotted fixtures during the last season.MPs were told by the justice minister that the card was necessary to tackle violence and that law-abiding supporters had nothing to fear.Giorgos Savvides assured football clubs and supporters in general that law-abiding people had nothing to fear and urged fan clubs to tell their members to issue a card, whose purpose was to fight hooliganism.Admission to any sports venue as of last August is granted only to those possessing the card. Since its introduction, there has been hardly any trouble.MPs also discussed safety and security in the stadiums with most failing to meet the requirements, which are also necessary in the enforcement of the fan card provisions.Around 72,000 people have been issued a fan card.It was opposed by the fan clubs of all major football teams, citing concerns that police would use the data to keep tabs on them.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Varosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoArgaka mukhtar stops conservationists againUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Is Living Paycheck to Paycheck the New Normal for MiddleClass America

first_imgShare640Tweet7ShareEmail647 Sharesmichael kooiman [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsJanuary 29, 2019; CBS News“Millions of middle-class Americans are just one missed paycheck away from poverty,” reports Aimee Picchi for CBS News. Picchi adds that four in ten are considered “liquid-asset poor,” which is defined as lacking “enough savings to make ends meet at the poverty level for three months.”For a family of four to live at a poverty-line income for three months would cost $6,275. Again, four in ten households have cash savings that fall below this amount. For Latinx and Black households, these numbers are higher, as 62.5 percent of Latinx households and 62.7 percent of Black households have cash savings that fall below this level.Of course, a family living a middle-class lifestyle can’t shift gears overnight—rent and car payments, for example, don’t disappear just because you don’t get a paycheck. So even if your family had $6,000-plus in the bank, it would be unlikely to last three months.These findings, Picchi explains, come from a study, titled Vulnerability in the Face of Economic Uncertainty, authored by Kasey Wiedrich and David Newville, released last week from the nonprofit economic advocacy group Prosperity Now. For years, Prosperity Now (once called “CFED,” or the Corporation for Enterprise Development) has released its annual “Prosperity Now Scorecards.” But this year’s report, released just days after a record 35-day federal shutdown ended, is getting more attention, as the economic fragility of so many who consider themselves “middle class” came plainly into view.As Wiedrich tells Picchi, the shutdown illustrated key points made in the report: “These federal jobs are well paying, they are stable, they give benefits,” Wiedrich observes. “But if you lose that paycheck for a couple weeks, people aren’t able to pay their bills.”Additional findings from the report include the following:An estimated 13.2 percent of households fell behind on their bills in the past year. For Latinx households, that number increases to 16.9 percent and, for Black households, 24.3 percent.Households that include a person with a disability find keeping up with bills especially difficult. In 2018, 28.4 percent of such households fell behind on bill payments.An estimated 19.6 percent of Americans lack credit access, including 31.2 percent of Latinx households and 35.9 percent of Black households.An estimated 10.9 percent of whites and 17.2 percent of Blacks decided to skip at least one doctor’s visit due to cost.Almost half (48.1 percent) of US households have credit scores that fall outside the “prime” category (leading to higher interest charges).The report also offers a snapshot of other economic trends. For example, median student loan debt continues to rise, reaching $18,366 in 2018, with 15.2 percent of borrowers currently with delinquent status. The rate of children with health insurance, which had fallen since the Affordable Care Act was passed, climbed in 2018 from 6.1 percent to 6.9 percent.A companion report, authored by Solana Rice, Lebaron Sims, Jr., Holden Weisman, and Emma Polson, titled Accounting for Race: A New Way to Compare the Financial Health of Households in States, breaks income insecurity data down to the state level. Some of the trends are not unexpected—many of the states with the greatest economic insecurity are in the South, while many northern states do better. But states do not always follow these regional patterns. For instance, Pennsylvania falls in the lowest category (highest economic insecurity), while Virginia ranks among the top tier of states. The report also finds that racial disparities are lowest in Maryland, but highest in Minnesota. Overall, the five states with the least economic insecurity are (in rank order) Vermont, Hawai’i, New Hampshire, Washington, and Utah. On the other side of the ledger, Louisiana has the highest economic insecurity and is followed in rank order by South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington, DC.The chart below illustrates what the differences mean in people’s lives.VermontLouisiana Households that fall behind on bills10.6%17.7%Adults forgoing doctor visits due to costs8.8%17.1%Student loan delinquency rate9.7%19.7%Underemployment rate6.1%9.1%Can policy help? Both reports offer suggestions. Wiedrich and Newville recommend boosting financial security through safety net programs, increasing consumer protections, supporting affordable homeownership, changing the tax code to encourage savings by low-income households, and providing government-funded universal child savings accounts at birth.States, note Rice and her coauthors, can pass (as 29 states and DC have done) state earned income tax credit laws and remove asset caps that counterproductively kick residents who save off of benefit programs. Broader suggestions are listed in a Prosperity Now report from last fall and its companion read more

European satellite operator Eutelsat has agreed to

first_imgEuropean satellite operator Eutelsat has agreed to by 100% of Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex) for US$1.142 billion (€861 million) as it looks to up its presence in the Latin American market.Eutelsat said that the deal, together with the recently ordered Eutelsat 65 West A satellite, will position the firm “as a major satellite operator in Latin America,” and reflects its strategy to expand in high growth markets.“With Satmex’s strategic orbital slots, state of the art fleet and upcoming satellites, Eutelsat is gaining a robust platform from which to access the significant opportunities in this region,” said Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen.Satmex is based in Mexico and operates three satellites – Satmex 6 at 113.0° west, Satmex 5 at 114.9° west and Satmex 8 at 116.8° west that cover 90% of the population of the Americas. It has frequency rights in C and Ku-bands and was granted Ka-band rights in 2012 and currently has has an 11% market share in Latin America, according to Eutelsat.Eutelsat agreed to buy Satmex for US$831 million and take on its US$311 million net debt, giving the deal an enterprise value of US$1.14 billion. Eutelsat said the agreement will benefit its top-line growth. Satmex’s fixed service satellite business generated revenues of US$111.8 million and adjusted EBITDA of US$89.1 million last year.“Our fleet will provide Eutelsat with a unique strategic opportunity to enter the fast-growing Latin American market and obtain premier orbital locations across the continent. Our clients will benefit from the integration of our network into Eutelsat’s world-class satellite fleet and operations,” said Satmex CEO, Patricio Northland.The news comes a day after Eutelsat reported revenue for the year ending 30 June of €1.284 billion, up 5.1% year-on-year. EBITDA came in at €995.3 million, up 4% year-on-year.“Our industry is continuing to grow, albeit at a lesser pace than in the past decade. Several markets are still developing at a high pace – notably Russia, Central Asia and Africa, where we already enjoy strong positions, and Asia Pacific and Latin America, where we are actively developing our footprint,” said de Rosen.The Satmex deal is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to government and regulatory approvals.last_img