WWE: Jerry Lawler discusses the end of Titus’ ‘World Slide’ gimmick

first_imgAdvertisementDuring the WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia just a few weeks before WrestleMania 34, something really hilarious happened that was deemed the ‘greatest moment of Royal Rumble.’Titus O’Neil, while making an entrance running, fell and slid under the ring during the 50 man Royal Rumble match.Jerry “The King” Lawler was also present during the event and talked about this particular incident with Two Lakes Sports Network.“I actually talked to Titus the next day, and I said, ‘man, that’s something that you really need to capitalize on,’” said Lawler. “And, actually, I talked him into it. If you remember the following week, he did something similar, and I told him, ‘if you could start doing that every week on your ring entrances, if you get down to the ring and just, all of a sudden, take that belly bump and slide all the way under the ring, and then have your opponent come over and look down and just be laughing, then you come from the other side of the ring, come across, roll him up, get a quick 1-2-3, all of a sudden, it makes you look like the smartest guy in the world.”Even though Titus’ fall was proving beneficial for him, the gimmick had to be scrapped for a reason.“[Titus] said, ‘that’s a great idea, and we’ll go with that,’ except for the fact that they realized they use those big LED light boards on the side of the rings now, so you can’t really go up under them like that,” Lawler said.H/T to WrestlingInc. for the transcription.Advertisementlast_img read more

End-to-end encryption boon for terror groups in India: Experts

first_imgWhen Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp announced to turn on end-to-end encryption for its over one billion monthly active users last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hailed this as an “important milestone for the WhatsApp community.” It means that for WhatsApp users, every call they make and every message, photo, video, file and voice message they send, will be end-to-end encrypted by default, allowing users to protect their conversations from being hacked.”So when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us,” said Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, in a blog post.The move — coming after the FBI-Apple tussle over unlocking an iPhone used by a terrorist — has not gone well with cyber security experts in India. According to them, this may be a boon for terror groups operating in India and across the border as this ensures that their communications cannot be intercepted as they connect.Also Read: Smartphone encryption technology challenging for law enforcement: Prasad “WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption provides more encouragement to terror groups to be more bold in their communications in coded languages which can then be transmitted without the fear of being cracked on the way,” warns Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts.In a country where WhatsApp has become somewhat of a de-facto religion for the Indian smartphone users, end-to-end encryption will hamper the Indian government’s plan to counter terrorism. “Given the fact that WhatsApp does not have an office in India, it further complicates the scenario. The Indian approach on encryption is also not clear. The draft of the National Encryption Policy received massive protests and was withdrawn by the government in 2015,” Duggal told IANS.advertisementExperts feel that end-to-end encryption will boost cyber radicalisation to a great extent. Recently, Islamic State (IS) released a technology guide ranking the security of more than 30 chat apps — including WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.Also Read: China’s Huawei backs Apple in fight over encryption Reports indicate that heavily encrypted Telegram app — built by a Russian developer — is currently hot among IS supporters, but with WhatsApp starting end-to-end encryption, experts fear that the IS militants — who plotted Paris attacks using WhatsApp and other encrypted apps — may shift base back on to the popular platform.In the ensuing debate over user privacy vs country’s security, experts give security a priority.According to Rakshit Tandon, consultant at the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and a cyber security expert, “if a smartphone or any other device or messaging app has been used against the country, law enforcement agencies have all the right to get the information out,” he told IANS.Also Read: WhatsApp encryption: Everything you need to know in 10 points “I will not call it hacking as is being said in the FBI-Apple case but getting the essential information out to nab the criminal and save the country from any possible terror attack,” said Tandon, who is also advisor to the Cyber Complaint Redressal Cell (UP Police Agra).”We need better technology but not something that helps terror organisations in the long run,” added Tandon.Lucknow-based social media analyst Anoop Mishra fears that if we can use it as a major tool for day-to-day communications, the tool can also be used by skilled terrorists or sleeper cells to plan their activities in a more secure and encrypted way.”This is going to pose more challenges for the national security agencies, especially in countries like India, where terrorism is active in form of sleeper cells and where cyber security policies are less effective and poorly implemented,” Mishra told IANS.Also Read: WhatsApp encryption feature is security threat, say Security agencies Krishna Mukherjee, analyst (telecoms) at market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), also feels that end-to-end encryption is a blessing in disguise for terrorists.”Encryption means maintaining privacy for users but on the other hand, the law enforcement agencies will have a hard time in accessing critical information when dealing with terrorists. Therefore, the need of the hour is to bring some regulations with respect to this,” Mukherjee told IANS.According to the experts, technology companies and the Indian government should join hands in zeroing in on the criminal outfits to help safeguard the national interest.”The collaboration between the two parties will help in maintaining privacy of users and in securing them too. Although encryption is welcome, it should come with some riders,” she adds.advertisementThere are no golden principles or formulas and everything will depend upon the peculiar, specific approach to be adopted by state actors as they move ahead.”End-to-end encryption is now a ground reality. The fact remains how sovereign states try to come up with legal mechanisms and processes to deal with this,” asserts Duggal, also a Supreme Court advocate.”As such, India will need to come up with its own customised approach on how to deal with this,” Duggal said.last_img read more

Lionel Messi wishes Neymar good luck for the future

first_imgLionel Messi wished Neymar good luck in his future endeavors after the Brazilian’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germian (PSG) edged closer on Wednesday. The pair along with Luis Suarez have been terrorising defences for the last couple of years but looks like it’s the end of the ‘MSN’.Neymar moved to Barcelona back in 2013 and he along with Messi formed an integral partnership up top to help Barcelona clinch numerous titles. But, after much talks, it seems Neymar’s future is sorted and it lies in Paris and not Catalonia.”It is a great pleasure to have shared all these years with you, my friend. I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life,” Messi posted on Instagram.Earlier in the day, Barcelona said Neymar had informed them of his intention to leave and the club will only entertain any offer that pays his release clause of 222 million Euros.”The player Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and agent, has informed FC Barcelona this morning of his decision to leave the club in a meeting held at the club’s offices,” Barcelona said in a statement.”The club refer to the buy-out clause of his existing contract which as of 1 July totals 222 million euros.”THE FINAL GOODBYEEarlier the 25-year-old arrived at the club’s training ground to tell team mates he was moving to Paris, Catalan radio RAC1 reported. The Brazilian striker left the training area minutes later, it said, with the club confirming on Twitter that he had been given permission not to train.advertisementIn October, the player signed a new Barcelona contract until 2021 in which his buy-out clause was raised to more than double the biggest transfer fee in soccer history.In an interview published on Wednesday, the president of the national football league, Javier Tebas, said the league would not accept payment by PSG to trigger the release clause. It would potentially be in breach of UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, he told Spanish sports newspaper AS.However, UEFA told Reuters on Wednesday that no complaint had been received, adding that European football’s governing body would not block any potential deal in advance.”UEFA will look into the details of this transfer in due course to ensure PSG are compliant with FFP requirements,” the UEFA statement said.”The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount.”We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.”PSG are one of the world’s richest clubs following their 2012 takeover by Qatar Sports Investments, an arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which has transformed their fortunes.Under the fair play rules – which Andrea Traverso, UEFA’s FFP project leader, was last week quoted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport as saying PSG were currently following – a club’s wage bill must not exceed 70 percent of its revenue.PSG’s 2015/16 revenue came to 521 million euros, according to Deloitte’s Football Money League report issued in January.550,000 EUROS A WEEK?Media sources across Europe reported that Neymar will now head to Paris to continue negotiations on a potential six-year deal worth more than 550,000 euros a week. The striker only arrived back in Spain on Tuesday after trips to China and the Middle East.Neymar has been active on social media, sharing an excerpt from the New Testament (Philippians 4:11) on Instagram which said “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content …whether living in plenty or in want.”A PSG spokesman declined to comment.Neymar signed for Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos for 57.1 million euros in 2013, although it was later revealed the cost was closer to 100 million euros.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Mentor: free schematic symbols, PCB footprints and 3D Models for PartQuest

first_imgMentor Graphics has partnered with SamacSys to provide free PCB symbols, footprints and 3D models from within PartQuest, Mentor’s online platform for finding component information. The SamacSys CAD library content saves companies the time-consuming task of library part creation.SamacSys has been selected to provide high-quality CAD models for Mentor’s PADS, xDX Designer and Xpedition PCB design solutions. Components found on PartQuest can now be downloaded into any Mentor PCB format without the need for manually extracting information from datasheets to create the CAD models. SamacSys’ tools are unique in the industry because of their capacity to deliver live, IPC-standard quality-checked parts libraries that never go out of date.Engineers and PCB designers now have access to a library containing more than 13 million components. Users of PartQuest will now see the globally recognised ‘green icon’ from SamacSys next to the components they wish to design-in. This new content significantly reduces library development time and improves design accuracy during any product development cycle – leading to lower costs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Antenova: high performing 3G,4G/LTE antennas for smallest PCBsNext RECOM: long operation lifetime through single AA battery for SensorTile modulelast_img read more

French Open: Kidambi Srikanth brushes aside Wong Wing Ki Vincent to reach Round 2

first_imgKidambi Srikanth continued to play some good badminton after the semi-final show at Denmark Open and entered the second round of French Open on Wednesday with a solid 21-19, 21-13 win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in Paris.It took Srikanth 42 minutes to brush aside Vincent and bettered his head-to-head record to 7-3. The two last met in Japan Open, where Srikanth had come out victorious in straight games.Srikanth will next be up against the winner of another men’s singles match between Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab and Lee Dong Keun of South Korea.The first game between Srikanth and Vincent saw them exchange strokes and points at almost a similar wavelength. Both the players kept the game close and had a go at each other to bring up points.While Srikanth tried to attack as he likes to do on fast courts, Vincent relied on his defensive abilities along with his attacking instincts.Eventually after a close battle, Srikanth took the first game 21-19..@srikidambi gets on a winning note! Flamboyant display from the World No 6; defeat Hong Kong’s #WKVincent in straight sets securing a 21-19 21-13 win to progress into R2 of the #FrenchOpenSuper750#IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/MqxdYI02aM BAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 24, 2018Srikanth, who is known to be a slow starter, perhaps got a boost with the first game victory and took control of the second game right from the start. The change of ends perhaps helped Srikanth as well.Srikanth opened up an 8-4 lead before Vincent pocketed two straight points to close the gap to 8-6. However, Srikanth did not back down and won three straight points to go into the break with an 11-6 lead.advertisementAfter the break, Srikanth absolutely dominated Vincent and ran with the match. Apart from a few points that Vincent could bring up, Srikanth raced to a 16-10 lead and then closed out the match 21-13.On Tuesday, PV Sindhu took the revenge on USA’s Beiwen Zhang for her first round loss in Denmark with a 21-17, 21-8 thrashing of the India Open winner and advanced to the second round.Right after that, Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran put up a spirited display against second seed Li Junhui and Lui Yuchen of China in the men’s doubles Round 1 match but came up short 14-21, 17-21.With Srikanth comfortably in the second round and on course for a title defence, the focus will shift to Denmark Open silver medallist Saina Nehwal, who has looked in good form on this European tour.Saina will be up against Japan’s Saena Kawakami later in the day while quarter-finalist in Denmark Sameer Verma has a tough match against Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. Sameer had recently defeated Christie in Odense.Sai Praneeth will also be in action in men’s singles with a first round clash against Brazilian Ygor Coelho.In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be up against German pair of Jones Ralfy Jansen and Josche Zurwonne while Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy will face Min Hyuk Kang and Kim Won Ho of South Korea.Satwik will also pair up with Ashwini Ponnappa for mixed doubles match against third seed Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan of China. The other Indian mixed doubles pair in contention Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg also have an uphill task against world No.1 Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China.In women’s doubles, Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will be up against Belgium’s Lise Jaques and Flore Vandenhoucke.last_img read more

Drogba plans 2018 retirement date

first_imgDidier Drogba Didier Drogba plans 2018 retirement date Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 01:27 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) didierdrogba - cropped Getty Images Phoenix Rising Chelsea Premier League The Chelsea legend has set his sights on retirement in 2018 after a second season with Phoenix Rising Didier Drogba seems set to call time on his playing career after the 2018 United Soccer League (USL) season to focus on other projects.Chelsea 9/1 to beat West Brom 3-0The four-time Premier League champion scored nine goals in his first season with Phoenix Rising as they finished fifth in the Western Conference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As well as being Phoenix’s star player, the Ivorian is also an owner of the club, and it is his off-field ventures that the 39-year-old wants to concentrate on going forward.”I think next year will be my last season,” he told RMC. “There comes a time when you have to stop.”I need time for my other projects. It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.”After moving to Chelsea in 2004 Drogba established himself as one of the top strikers in world football, his strength and goalscoring prowess setting him apart from his rivals.In nine years at Stamford Bridge – over two spells – the forward scored 164 times for the Blues, including a crucial goal and the winning penalty as they won the Champions League in 2012.Away from the Premier League Drogba also lifted the Super Lig title with Galatasaray in 2013, while he also spent time in China before moving to MLS with Montreal Impact.last_img read more

Regulations for Hemp Industry by 2018

first_imgChairperson of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), Hyacinth Lightbourne says regulations being developed to guide a legal hemp industry in Jamaica should be in place next year.She made the disclosure during a session on medical marijuana at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference on Tuesday (July 25) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston.Ms. Lightbourne said that a systematic approach is being taken to the hemp industry’s establishment in Jamaica, relative to that for marijuana (ganja), “because hemp that is planted too close to ganja breeds the possibility of cross pollination.”In this regard, she said advice is being sought in relation to minimising this possibility and “whether or not it has to be done specifically indoors.”“Unfortunately, we live on a small island that (can be impacted by) hurricanes; so the possibility of cross pollination is high,” she said.In the meantime, Ms. Lightbourne said measures are being implemented to ensure that small farmers are included in the discussions going forward.Cannabis is divided into two major pure strains – Indica and Sativa. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa strain.However, while Cannabis and Hemp are from the same species, they have very diverse applications.Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica strains are mostly used for psychotropic and medicinal uses. Hemp, however, is almost entirely used for industrial purposes.The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries that was established in 2015 under the Dangerous Drug (Amendment) Act, to formulate and regulate Jamaica’s legal ganja and hemp industry.last_img read more

Prime Minister Trudeau Premier Couillard march in Montreals Pride parade

first_imgMONTREAL – Thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets of Montreal on Sunday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued what has become a yearly tradition of walking in the city’s colourful Pride parade.Wearing white pants and a pink button down shirt, the prime minister yelled “Happy Pride” as he marched alongside his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, as well as Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and other dignitaries.Less than a week before the kickoff of Quebec’s election campaign, politicians from all three levels of government could be spotted among the amid the parade’s sequins, rainbow flags and whirling dancers.At a press conference ahead of the event, Trudeau called for an end to the use of the word “tolerance” as a benchmark for the treatment of diverse communities.“We need to talk about acceptance, we need to talk about openness, we need to talk about friendship, we need to talk about love — not just tolerance,” he said to cheers.Trudeau began his day at an upscale hotel in Old Montreal, where he attended a Pride-themed Liberal fundraising brunch in the company of Montreal-born “Queer Eye” TV personality Antoni Porowski.As guests snacked on foie gras appetizers and lobster rolls, the prime minister and Porowski discussed topics ranging from Montreal’s food scene to the continued importance of Pride events.Trudeau noted that LGBTQ youth are still more likely to be homeless or have suicidal thoughts, despite the progress that has been made towards equality.The prime minister planned to end the day in his home riding of Papineau, where he was set to announce his nomination as a candidate for the 2019 election.last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Visits Displaced People In Myanmars Kachin State

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt travelled to Myitkyina township in Kachin State on Thursday, where over 100,000 people have been displaced since a cease-fire agreement between the Myanmar armed forces and ethnic armed groups broke down in 2011.Angelina Jolie Pitt in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, MyanmarCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/T.StoddartShe spoke with displaced families and heard about challenges related to access to basic services, particularly health care. A 90-year-old woman described how she has been displaced for most of her life, approximately 10 times since the 1960s, and most recently in 2012.Jolie Pitt also spoke with a family who had just arrived after fleeing Sumprabum township in northern Kachin State and spending 10 days in the forest. “We have relatives and friends who are still stranded in the forest. They need help urgently,” the head of the family said.Jolie Pitt stressed the importance of humanitarian access to assist the displaced families. No local or international humanitarian actors have been able to access this conflict area since clashes started in late June this year.“Women and girls need to have a meaningful and active role in the peace process,” said the Special Envoy. “With cease-fire talks and the upcoming elections, it’s essential that all of Myanmar’s people, including those displaced, can be engaged in decisions that affect their future.”Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

Naidu condemns Centres move to invoke OSA in Rafale case

first_imgAmaravati (AP), Mar 7 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday alleged the Modi government was trying to silence the media through “unconstitutional means”, condemning the Centre’s threat of invoking action under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) against The Hindu newspaper in the Rafale case.The government Wednesday told the Supreme Court that documents related to the deal were stolen from the Defence Ministry and threatened the newspaper with action for publishing articles based on them. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Instead of coming clean on alleged irregularities of Rafale deal brought out by The Hindu and Mr N Ram, the Modi govt is trying to silence the press through unconstitutional means by creating a climate of fear. It signals an imminent possibility of the breakdown of democracy,” the chief minister tweeted. “After misguiding SC, misleading the nation, destroying all vital institutions of the country, Modi govt’s threat to file cases under Official Secrets Act against The Hindu and Mr N Ram is a serious threat to freedom of speech & expression guaranteed by the Constitution of India,” he claimed. Attorney General K K Venugopal had said before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that those who put documents on the Rafale deal in the public domain are guilty under the act and contempt of court. Unruffled by the Centre’s stand, Hindu publishing group Chairman N Ram had said nobody would get any information from the newspaper on the confidential sources who provided the documents.last_img read more

Star power doesnt matter in web space

first_imgAfter creating a niche in the film industry with her versatility, passion, and love for acting, Isha Koppikar is now working to leave her impression on the web space. The actor says she is always in search of good content and that’s all that matters to her. “My focus has always been ‘good content’. I want to do roles that are substantial, roles that one can reckon with. I want to play characters that will allow me to experiment and grow as an actor. The idea is, whatever you do, make sure you choose good content. When you work on a good project, you experience a high. I want to be in that high all the time,” says Koppikar. Also Read – The Puja carnivalOn how star power doesn’t really matter in the web business, Isha says, “In web, we care more about good actors who can justify the role. Content is the sole king here. This is because unlike movies, numbers are not an aspect to be concerned of.” The actress is currently working for ALT Balaji’s upcoming web series Fixers. She will be seen playing the character of Sub-Inspector Jayanti Javdekar, a typical Marathi woman who lives in a modest house with her young son and husband. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraFixer tells the thrilling story of a tainted ATS officer from Delhi who is drawn into the murky underbelly of Mumbai movie mafia and industrialists and becomes a fixer. Exuding immeasurable power and strength, Jayanti is the one who Malik relies on for any information or arrangements. Besides, Hindi cinema and web space, the actress has proven her acting potential in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil movies including ‘O Nanna Nalle’, ‘Jodi, Surya Vamsha’, ‘Prematho Raa’ to name a few. Being a part of this industry for more than two decades now, she has seen how the audience and their demands have evolved over the years. Isha feels, today, the audience is much smarter and it is difficult to cater to their demands and match to the level of their expectations. “This new generation has got immense exposure because of technology, as a result of which their thought process is changed. They are glued to information and are constantly looking for something meaningful. This is one of the reasons why reality-based web shows and movies are doing well,” says Koppikar who wishes to play a character like a warrior queen Wonder Woman in her career. However, in the real world, she is indeed a wonder-woman balancing a hundred things on her plate. She is not just an actor, but a wife, mother, an entrepreneur, a politician and a lot more. Sharing her mantra of managing everything so well, Isha says, “We all have to balance for better. It is all about how much you value your time as well as the time of others who are important to you. Also, it is important how you utilise that time. Like, I have a 4-year-old daughter. I can be with her all day but if I am not participating in her day-to-day activities, how am I adding value to her life as a mother,” “I believe, we all have time… we make time for what is important,” she concludes.last_img read more

DR Congo UN provides logistical support for rape trial of army general

General Kakwavu, who is currently in detention in the capital, Kinshasa, is charged with having raped two females – one of whom was aged just 13 – about seven years ago. Before his integration into the military, known as the FARDC, he led a Congolese armed group known as the UDC/FAPC. UN rights officials also followed the trial last week of 16 soldiers and a policeman on charges of rape, sexual violence and armed robbery in the Bukavu region of eastern DRC, four of whom were sentenced to death, 10 to 20 years’ hard labour, and three were released, UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) spokesperson Madnodje Mounoubai told a news conference in Kinshasa today. “The joint human rights bureau acknowledges the efforts undertaken by military justice in the fight against impunity,” he said. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, has called the DRC “the rape capital of the world.” Welcoming the opening of General Kakwavu’s trial yesterday, Ms. Wallström said: “These actions send a powerful signal that no military or political leader is above the law, and no woman is below it. In addition to prosecution, there is a need for reparation of victims. It is vital that survivors receive assistance, in particular medical interventions. The aim is not only to bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice, but also to ensure that victims obtain justice and care.” The trials and verdicts are the latest in a series that DRC officials have instituted in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, a military court in eastern DRC sentenced 11 members of the Congolese army accused of rape, pillaging, destruction of schools, abduction of children and other violations of physical integrity to jail terms. They included Lieutenant-Colonel Balumisa, aka Dix mille, and his second-in-command, Major Elia, who were jailed for life. The case involved the rapes of 24 women that took place in Katasomwa in South Kivu province in 2009. Last month, a military court sentenced several army officers and soldiers for rape and other human rights abuses, marking the first time that a high-ranking commander and several other personnel serving with the Congolese national armed forces were arrested, tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence. Lt. Col. Kibibi Mutware was reportedly sentenced to 20 years in jail after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for sending his troops to rape, beat and loot from the population of Fizi, in eastern DRC, during the night of 1 to 2 January 2011. Judges also sentenced three officers serving under the commander to 20 years in jail and five soldiers to between 10 and 15 years. Meanwhile, a delegation from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is on its first visit to the DRC as a follow-up to a report released last October that described “indescribable” atrocities committed from 1993 to 2003, when tens of thousands of people were killed, and numerous others raped and mutilated by both armed Congolese groups and foreign military forces. During its four-day stay, the delegation is meeting with national authorities to discuss “a global strategy of transitional justice, including notably prosecution of criminals, a reparations programme, gender justice and security sector reform,” Mr. Mounoubai said. Since 1999, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC has overseen the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. But fighting has continued in the east where the bulk of UN forces are deployed. 30 March 2011United Nations human rights officials are providing technical and logistical support to military justice authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the rape trial of General Jerôme Kakwavu, the highest ranking national army officer to be prosecuted for such crimes. read more

On SouthSouth Day Annan urges developing nations to fully use their creativity

Marking United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on developing countries to use every resource at their disposal and to encourage their global diasporas to offer their knowledge and skills to the development of their countries of origin. “Poverty in the South results in large part from underutilization and misallocation of resources, not from any deficit of creativity or potential,” he said in a message for the Day, whose theme this year – Celebrating the Global South: Diversity and Creativity – seeks to draw attention to the range and depth of talent in the developing world. “Through sharing ideas, knowledge and skills, developing countries can address these weaknesses and build on their strengths. They can promote economic growth, stimulate job creation and advance their shared development agenda,” he added. Mr. Annan noted that at September’s UN World Summit, leaders expressed strong support for South-South cooperation. Developing countries have launched the South Fund for Development and Humanitarian Assistance and established the Asian-African Strategic Partnership. In Africa, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) continues its work on good governance and economic development. “These developments highlight a growing consensus around coordinated action,” he concluded. “On this Day for South-South Cooperation, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better future for the South, and for all humanity.” read more

Following Argentina Grandmother reunion UN experts urge support for families of disappeared

The appeal comes after the reunion of Estela de Carlotto, President of the Argentinian human rights organisation Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, with her grandson after a 36-year search. He was born in 1978 to Ms. de Carlotto’s daughter, Laura, who was disappeared by the military regime. He was taken away as a baby from his mother who was subsequently killed, and his identity has been substituted all these years. “What happened to Ms. de Carlotto should be of hope and encouragement for all the families across the globe who tirelessly continue the search for their loved ones,” the experts said in a statement released by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). “However, it is essential that families of disappeared and organizations working on their behalf be fully supported by States that should assume their duty to secure the rights for truth, justice and reparation.” The experts are from the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances; the Committee on Enforced Disappearances; as well as the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff; and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, Morad El-Shazly.“Events like this reinforce our strong commitment and resolve to continue our work to solve each case of enforced disappearance before us,” the Working Group added. “The enforced disappearance of a child is an extreme form of violence against children, and an exacerbation of the violation of the rights protected by the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.” The Committee on Enforced Disappearances also noted that Ms. de Carlotto and her organization were one of the main actors who pushed for the draft and adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. “Ms. de Carlotto, like many other women, channelled her personal tragedy in a campaign for the hundreds of thousands who have disappeared. Therefore, it is highly symbolical that her courage and tireless fight have finally led to the identification of her grandson,” the Committee’s experts added.“It is now our duty to intensify our efforts to promote the ratification and implementation of the Convention by all States, as a preventive tool against the repetition of such tragedies,” the Committee’s experts stressed.“Thousands of cases of enforced disappearance continue to be unresolved. Behind each is a personal story,” said Morad El-Shazly. “We should never forget that throughout the world there are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, siblings and friends who are still waiting to know the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones.” read more

Cleaner found guilty of stealing Russian billionaires £330000 luxury watches spared jail

first_img“There was a high degree of trust reposed in the defendant,” he added. “They were clearly watches of substantial value, not just in terms of monetary worth.” Passing sentence, Judge Michael Grieve QC said: “Timur Sardarov was your employer over a period of at least eight years.“I saw Mr Sardarov give evidence in the trial of your friend and co-defendant Ms Cantos and you were indeed a trusted cleaner.“You let him and his wife down very badly and I hope you are aware of that. Gambling addiction is one of the scourges of modern times. It draws people like yourself to do very shameful and hurtful things.”Montes, of Colney Hatch Lane, Barnet, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.Dal-Pont, formerly of Gatliff Road, Westminster, was jailed to 16 months last month. Timur Sardarov had previously forgiven Montes for taking his wife's Rolex in 2014 The cleaner of a Russian billionaire who stole £330,000 worth of luxury watches from his Kensington home has been spared jail because of her employee’s immense wealth, a court has heard.Charisse Montes, 32, stole eight Hublot and Rolex watches worth between £25,000 and £65,000 each from Timur Sardarov, son of oil tycoon Rashid Sardarov, while he was away on a business trip.The burglary, which took place in June 2015, saw Montes pocket £22,000 after exchanging them with crooked pawnbroker Mattia Dal-Pont. Dal-Point was later caught handling stolen goods during an undercover police sting on his shop, while Montes was found in possession of £4,240 cash on her arrest, along with three iPads, a laptop and seven designer handbags. Timur Sardarov had previously forgiven Montes for taking his wife’s Rolex in 2014Credit:Central news Pictured: Mattia Dal-Pont, the pawnbroker  caught in a police sting buying luxury handbags and watches  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. But yesterday Montes escaped custody after her defence barrister, Rupert Russell, asked the Judge to place her crime in “context” with Mr Sardarov’s wealth, who he pointed out was an “extremely wealthy man”.Mr Russell also claimed that his client’s crime had been “driven” by a gambling addiction, citing evidence showing a casino app on her phone had made 2,429 ‘plays’ in the year leading up to her arrest.“She is deeply remorseful for what she has done. She does now have that under control,” he added.“She was also receiving texts from her co-defendant, Mr Dal-Pont, encouraging her to come forward with more watches. She was working as a part-time cleaner but she has in fact lost that job.”However, prosecutor Edward Franklin told Southwark Crown Court that her actions had been a “betrayal” of Mr Sardarov, who had rehired her out of “mercy” after she was sacked in 2014 for taking his wife’s Rolex. Pictured: Mattia Dal-Pont, the pawnbroker  caught in a police sting buying luxury handbags and watches last_img read more

Close roads so children can play in the street like their parents

first_imgNearly 500 communities are now involved in the Playing Out initiative  Although NHS guidelines suggest that, from the age of five, children need 60 minutes of physical activity a day only 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls achieve that.Each extra hour of activity daily is associated with 0.5 lower Body Mass Index, but declining exercise levels means that one in three youngsters in Britain is now overweight or obese.The Playing Out movement was founded in 2011 by Alice Ferguson, a mother who wanted her own children to be able to play in the street, as she had done as a child.The Bristol study found children using the scheme were outdoors for at least 70 per cent of the time that the roads were closed.Mrs Ferguson said: “We never expected it to take off like this and to have so many amazing outcomes for whole street communities.“This growing movement is really starting to challenge the idea that ‘playing out’ is a thing of the past.“Children today need the chance to be outside, active, making friends and being part of their communities just as much as we did a generation ago”. Roads should be closed regularly to allow children to play in the street as they did a generation ago, health experts have said, after a study showed pilot schemes increased youngsters’ activity five-fold.More than 500 communities in Britain have already signed up to the ‘Playing Out’ initiative, which works with local councils to temporarily pedestrianise roads for an hour or two each week to allow children to play safely near their homes.A new analysis of the simple scheme by the University of Bristol found that residents reported a greater sense of a community, overall happiness, and said their areas were more friendly and safer. One woman claimed the project had even helped her combat post-natal depression.Children’s activity levels also soared by between three and five-fold on the road closure days, and parents said skills such as cycling and road safety awareness had also improved. As more children started to get to know each other, the study authors found that a ‘calling for you’ culture developed where youngsters began drop in on each other to see if their new friends wanted to play outdoors.Youngsters interviewed said that were it not for the scheme they would usually be sitting inside, watching TV, playing video games, or eating pizza.‘We know that time spent outdoors is related to greater daily physical activity and reduced risk of obesity,” said Angie Page, Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health at Bristol University.“This resident-led intervention shows the potential for meaningful increases in physical activity as well as social benefits to both children and the communities in which they live.“It is relatively low cost, scaleable and potentially sustainable – this is why it makes sense for public health.” Children said without the scheme they would be indoors watching TV or eating pizza Credit:Nick Turner Phtography  Nearly 500 communities are now involved in the Playing Out initiative Credit: Nick Turner Photography 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. A girl jumps in a skipping rope  Children and adults have made new friends thanks to the scheme Credit:Nick Tuner Photography  Parents who have established schemes in their area say it has completely changed communities.Alison Stenning, a mother and ‘Playing Out’ organiser from North Tyneside said: “The kids all know each other now, across different ages and regardless of the school they go to. Some of the older kids now babysit for the younger ones“Lots of them have learnt to ride their bikes or scooters during playing out sessions. Older kids have taught younger kids to skip, blow bubbles, play hopscotch.“The adults play too with their own and other kids. I bought a scooter of my own for street play. We all know each other much better than we did before. We chat to each other in the street, on the school run etc. Lots of us have been to each other’s houses for drinks and foodA second report by researcher Tim Gill, author of ‘No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society’, found that the scheme was particularly helpful in disadvantaged areas where children had no parks or where streets were dangerous.“My study shows that play streets are not just for up-and-coming urban areas and leafy suburbs: they can succeed in poorer areas too,” said Mr Gill.“Local authorities must make the bureaucracy as simple as possible, and give practical help to residents, if they are to reach the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.” Children said without the scheme they would be indoors watching TV or eating pizza A little girl pushes her scooter along a closed roadCredit: Nick Turner Photography A little girl pushes her scooter along a closed roadlast_img read more

Akai Pro Unveils the SynthStation25 Keyboard for iPhone

first_imgIf you’ve always wanted to turn your iPhone into a musical instrument like these guys did when they performed on the New York City Subway, now’s your chance. Akai Pro has announced they’re now shipping the SynthStation25 Keyboard Controller for iPhone and iPod Touch, along with an companion SynthStation iOS App that can turn your mobile device into a fully functional and semi-portable music studio. The SynthStation25 Keyboard is a 25-note keyboard with space at the top to dock your iPhone or iPod Touch. When the phone is docked, you can use your phone to record music, add effects to the music you’re playing, get an extra set of piano keys, or manage audio outputs from the touch-screen. If you use the companion SynthStation iOS app, you get additional sound controls, synthesizers and drum machines, and the ability to take your music with you and work with it on your phone. The SynthStation 25 Keyboard Controller is available now for $299.99 retail price, and the SynthStation mobile app is available now in the iTunes App Store at $1.99 for a limited time, after which it’ll go back up to its $9.99 regular price.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Hayabusa la sonde a bien rapporté des particules dastéroïde

first_imgHayabusa : la sonde a bien rapporté des particules d’astéroïdeAprès des mois de suspense intenable pour les chercheurs de l’agence d’exploration spatiale japonaise (Jaxa), cette dernière vient d’annoncer la présence de quelque 1.500 particules d’astéroïde dans les échantillons rapportés par la sonde Hayabusa. Dans un communiqué, la Jaxa annonce : “Après analyse de poussières présentes dans la collecte, nous avons constaté que presque toutes étaient extraterrestres et avons abouti à la conclusion qu’il s’agissait de particules provenant de l’astéroïde Itokawa”, celui-ci étant vieux de plusieurs dizaines à plusieurs centaines de millions d’années. La confirmation de cette nouvelle est d’autant plus importante qu’il s’agit des toutes premières matières d’un corps céleste autre que la Lune à avoir été rapportées sur Terre. À lire aussiPour le nouvel An, la sonde New Horizons va accomplir un survol historiqueLes 1.500 particules évoquées présentent toutes une taille inférieure à dix microns. L’exploitation de technologies spéciales s’avère donc nécessaire pour permettre des analyses plus poussées. “Nous espérons qu’en poursuivant les analyses des poussières d’Itokawa, nous apporterons une nouvelle contribution à la compréhension de l’origine du système solaire”, s’enthousiasme l’agence japonaise.La capsule de la sonde Hayabusa contenant ces précieux échantillons avait été récupérée en juin dernier dans le désert australien, après avoir effectué en sept ans, un périlleux voyage dans l’espace de quelque six milliards de kilomètres. Elle avait alors été confiée au centre de recherche de Sagamihara, situé à Kanagawa, à l’ouest de Tokyo.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 09:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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